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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

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- Anne Thompson

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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

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- Anne Thompson

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First look at Sa apocalyptic thriller Cargo

22 September 2016 6:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The first production still has been released from Cargo, starring Sherlock.s Martin Freeman.

Currently shooting in South Australia, the film is based on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling.s 2013 Tropfest short. Ramke wrote the script, and tshe and Howling are making their feature directorial debuts.

Causeway Films producers Samantha Jennings (The Pretend One) and Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) are working alongside Addictive Pictures. Russell Ackerman (Hellboy II) and John Schoenfelder, with Mark Patterson attached as South Australian producer.

Cargo follows an infected man stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic. He desperately seeks a new guardian for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his burgeoning zombification.

Salvation may lie with an isolated Aboriginal tribe, but to gain access he must first earn the allegiance of a young Indigenous girl on a tragic quest of her own.

Freeman stars alongside David Gulpilil (Charlie.s Country, »

- Staff Writer

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[Tiff Review] Goldstone

21 September 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Another missing girl has Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) on the move while the world continues to turn a blind eye. This time it isn’t an aboriginal, though, the aftermath of his work in Mystery Road culminating in a shootout with everyone dead but he a distant memory. The case that has him traveling to Goldstone concerns a young Chinese girl, her place in the desert a curiosity Jay cannot ignore. Haunted by demons that go much farther back than anything writer/director Ivan Sen introduced in his last installment, Swan is taking to the bottle and in desperate need of a win to repair his damaged soul. Unfortunately for him it doesn’t appear anyone in this desolate mining town is able—or willing—to provide assistance.

We reunite with Jay piss drunk and behind the wheel as Goldstone’s solitary law enforcement agent (Alex Russell‘s Josh) approaches. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Sister Cities Stars Sound Off on the Lifetime Movie's All-Star Cast

17 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sister Cities, the Lifetime movie premiering on the network tonight, scored a pretty fantastic all-star cast. The indie film nabbed Castle's Stana Katic, The Good Wife's Jess Weixler, Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario and Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg to play a group of four estrange sisters who reunite to mourn following their mother's alleged suicide—only to find a mystery surrounding her death. The mother? Played by Animal Kingdom (the movie) star Jacki Weaver (and Amy Smart in flashbacks). "They are divine," Weaver told E! News of her TV daughters at Lifetime's premiere for the film. While she didn't get to share the screen with them very much, considering her »

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Quickie Reviews: The Light Between Oceans and The Jungle Book

2 September 2016 5:32 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Apologies that there's no big review this weekend but I do hope you'll check out the Fassbender & Vikander flick. Here are two quick takes on movie options this weekend.

In Theaters

The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)

Story: A war veteran (Michael Fassbender) takes a position as a lighthouse keeper where he falls in love with a local girl (Alicia Vikander). Their lives change irrevocably when they discover an orphaned baby in a boat.

Review: A pop quiz. Which is more ravishing?

Real life romantic chemistry that translates intact to movie screens. Romantic dramas that don't stop at sexy but get across how comforting and life-changing love and companionship can be. Picturesque rocky islands and lighthouses softened at their edges by grassy tenderness and the windswept beauty of two definitely cinematic brunettes.

Trick question -- they're all super ravishing! I've heard the complaints that The Light Between Oceans »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Light Between Oceans – Review

1 September 2016 8:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The lushly beautiful The Light Between Oceans is a three-hankie historic drama set on the coast of Western Australia. With heart-tugging performances by an attractive trio of Oscar nominees (with two winners), Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, the film is an adaptation of M. I. Stedman’s 2012 bestseller of the same name. The tale set in a remote corner of the world, in the years after the devastation of World War I, which nearly wiped out a generation of young men in Europe and left those who survived scarred by this most brutal of wars.

Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films include Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines, both wrote the script and directs, and it is hard to imagine a more perfect director for this moody historic tale of moral choice. The title refers to the story’s setting, a remote lighthouse in Western Australia, at »

- Cate Marquis

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Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)

25 August 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30.

The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris, was co-created by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s “Trial and Retribution,” “The Bill,” “Halifax Fp”) and producer Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Hunter,” “The Rover”), and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The series tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki), a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared while they were playing in the forest. “Anna returns 15 years later to a town struggling to survive — torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories »

- Leo Barraclough

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Fury Road's Josh Helman to play bare-knuckle fighter in My Name is Lenny

22 August 2016 8:59 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Chanel Cresswell and Josh Helman in.My.Name is Lenny.

Principal photography has begun in London on My Name is Lenny, starring Aussie actor Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) as British bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean..

The film is being produced by Salon Pictures, which recently wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky.s Churchill starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson..

Joining Helman is current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping as his arch rival, Roy .Pretty Boy. Shaw as well as veterans Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Hail Caesar) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

The film is directed by Ron Scalpello (Offender, Pressure) and written by Martin Askew (Rocknrolla) and Salon co-founder Paul Van Carter (one of the producers of Churchill).

Van Carter said that Salon was "delighted to finally bring the legend of Lenny to life by making an intelligent and intimate film with our amazing cast. »

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Toronto: Adam Leon's 'Tramps' seals sales deal

16 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: WestEnd Films boards Animal Kingdom-produced rom-com starring rising UK actor Callum Turner.

Ahead of its world premiere in Toronto, WestEnd Films has boarded Tramps, the sophomore feature from Gimme The Loot writer-director Adam Leon.

Rising British actor and former Screen Star Of Tomorrow Callum Turner (BBC-twc’s War & Peace) stars in the rom-com, which is produced by Joshua Astrachan (Short Term 12) and David Kaplan (It Follows) of New York indie maestros Animal Kingdom, alongside Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies) and Jamund Washington (Gimme The Loot). Washington also shares a story by credit on the film. 

Green Room star Turner plays opposite another rising actor Grace Van Patten, who recently wrapped on Noah Baumbach’s upcoming untitled comedy with Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman.

In Tramps, Ellie (Van Patten) and Danny (Turner) are an unlikely pair of would-be criminals thrown together over two New York City summer days. Their misadventures »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Toronto: Adam Leon's 'Tramps' scores sales deal

16 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: WestEnd Films boards Animal Kingdom-produced rom-com starring rising UK actor Callum Turner.

Ahead of its world premiere in Toronto, WestEnd Films has boarded Tramps, the sophomore feature from Gimme The Loot writer-director Adam Leon.

Rising British actor and former Screen Star Of Tomorrow Callum Turner (BBC-twc’s War & Peace) stars in the rom-com, which is produced by Joshua Astrachan (Short Term 12) and David Kaplan (It Follows) of New York indie maestros Animal Kingdom, alongside Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies) and Jamund Washington (Gimme The Loot). Washington also shares a story by credit on the film. 

Green Room star Turner plays opposite another rising actor Grace Van Patten, who recently wrapped on Noah Baumbach’s upcoming untitled comedy with Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman.

In Tramps, Ellie (Van Patten) and Danny (Turner) are an unlikely pair of would-be criminals thrown together over two New York City summer days. Their misadventures »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Adam Leon's Toronto-bound 'Tramps' scores sales deal

16 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: WestEnd Films boards Animal Kingdom-produced rom-com starring rising UK actor Callum Turner.

Ahead of its world premiere in Toronto, WestEnd Films has boarded Tramps, the sophomore feature from Gimme The Loot writer-director Adam Leon.

Rising British actor and former Screen Star Of Tomorrow Callum Turner (BBC-twc’s War & Peace) stars in the rom-com, which is produced by Joshua Astrachan (Short Term 12) and David Kaplan (It Follows) of New York indie maestros Animal Kingdom, alongside Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies) and Jamund Washington (Gimme The Loot). Washington also shares a story by credit on the film. 

Green Room star Turner plays opposite another rising actor Grace Van Patten, who recently wrapped on Noah Baumbach’s upcoming untitled comedy with Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman.

In Tramps, Ellie (Van Patten) and Danny (Turner) are an unlikely pair of would-be criminals thrown together over two New York City summer days. Their misadventures »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Liz Watts set to produce Mary Magdalene biopic with See-Saw

4 August 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Liz Watts.

Producer Liz Watts will join See-Saw Films. (Lion, The King.s Speech) Iain Canning and Emile Sherman to produce a biopic on the life of Mary Magdalene.

Set to begin shooting in Europe later this year, Watts (The Rover, Animal Kingdom, Little Fish) will produce Mary Magdelene through her Sydney-based production company Porchlight Films. Watts has previously worked with See-Saw on the company.s 2012 production, Dead Europe.

Garth Davis (Top of the Lake, Lion) will direct from a script written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett (How to Talk to Girls at Parties).

Rooney Mara (Carol, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is attached to play Magdelene and Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk the Line) is in talks to play Jesus.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian) is also in talks to play the apostle Peter and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Past) in talks to play Judas.

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Producer Liz Watts joins 'Mary Magdalene'

4 August 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The founder of Sydney-based Porchlight Films has teamed up with the UK’s See-Saw Films on the prestige drama ahead of a European production start later this year.

Tahar Rahim is in talks to play Judas in the biopic alongside Rooney Mara in the title role. Joaquin Phoenix in is negotiations to play Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play the apostle Peter.

Garth Davis will direct from a screenplay by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett.

Watts, who launched Porchlight in 1997 with producer Vincent Sheehan and co-director Anita Sheehan, collaborated with See-Saw on 2012 drama Dead Europe.

Her credits include David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and Little Fish with Cate Blanchett.

She most recently served as executive producer on eight-part detective series The Kettering Incident and is working in the same role on the feature adaptation of Jasper Jones starring Levi Miller, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Animal Kingdom’ Star Shawn Hatosy on Following in Ben Mendelsohn’s Footsteps (Video)

2 August 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The cast of TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” had the unique challenge of interpreting characters that had recently been played — to great acclaim — by other actors. The series is based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, but the very natures of the different mediums necessitated some changes. “That’s the trick with Pope, who in the movie was beautifully played by Ben Mendelsohn,” Shawn Hatosy told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “He was much darker throughout. But it was only a two-hour movie. For 10 hours, we really tried to find a balance where an audience can almost be sympathetic »

- Linda Ge

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‘Animal Kingdom’ Exclusive Clip: The Cops Might Have Found The Weak Link In The Cody Family

2 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TNT’s compelling new crime drama “Animal Kingdom” takes on a criminal family, the generations of lost innocence, and a young boy caught in the middle. The series follows Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole) who moves in with the rest of his family, a criminal clan governed by fierce matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin), after the death of his mother. J’s uncles include Barry “Baz” Brown (Scott Speedman), Smurf’s adopted son and robbery leader; Andrew “Pope” Cody (Shawn Hatosy), the mentally disturbed oldest son; Craig Cody (Ben Robson), the party-minded middle son; and Deran Cody (Jake Weary), the closeted youngest son. The series premiered this past June.

Read More: Review: ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 1 Honors the Film, But Lacks the Dynamic That Made It Great

The logline for tonight’s penultimate episode of the season reads, “While the Codys go after the biggest score of their lives, the »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Cheap Thrills’ Director E.L. Katz Begins Filming ‘Small Crimes’!

27 July 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

E.L. Katz, who broke out in a big way with his excellent thriller Cheap Thrills, is now in production on Small Crimes, written by Katz and Macon Blair (Green Room, Blue Ruin), and being produced by, get this, David Lancaster (Drive, Nightcrawler, Whiplash). Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (StokerSilver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) along […] »

- MrDisgusting

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Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Others Join E.L. Katz’s ‘Small Crimes’

26 July 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) along with Emmy nominees Gary Cole (Veep) and Molly Parker (House of Cards) have joined Game of Thrones’ actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in director E.L. Katz's crime thriller, Small Crimes. The Rumble Films productions is being financed by U.K.’s Rooks Nest (The Witch, Obvious Child) and French-based Backup and Paradise City. The film, which… »

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