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Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman Cast in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Pilot

29 July 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scott Speedman and Ellen Barkin are set to star in TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” pilot. The pilot, based on David Michôd’s 2010 Australian film of the same name starring Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton, follows the 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his California relatives and discovers that they’re funded by criminal activities. Barkin will play Janine “Smurf ” Cody, the family matriarch played by Weaver in the original movie. Speedman will play Barry “Baz” Brown, Edgerton’s character in the film. Also read: TBS, TNT Set Creative Development and Production Teams Under President Kevin Reilly »

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman to Star in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’

29 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman have been cast in TNT’s upcoming drama pilot “Animal Kingdom,” Variety has learned.

The story follows 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives. As he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess, he discovers it is being funded by criminal activities.

Barkin plays Janine “Smurf” Cody. A working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle, she is actually the boot-tough matriarch of an organized crime family. Smurf has enough authority to make even the most dangerous men tremble in her presence. Speedman plays Barry “Baz” Brown, who was adopted by the Cody family when he was 12. He now leads the group in their armed robberies, but he also thinks of breaking away from a life of crime.

Animal Kingdom” hails from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television and is based on the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Barkin, Speedman Enter "Animal Kingdom"

29 July 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman are set to take on the roles that Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton made famous in TNT's drama pilot "Animal Kingdom".

A U.S. TV series adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 Australian crime thriller feature, the series centers on 17-year-old Joshua 'J' Cody' who moves into the Southern California beach town of his grandmother and his uncles following his mother's overdose.

Barkin plays Janine 'Smurf' Cody, a working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle. In fact, she is actually the matriarch of an organized crime family with enough authority to make dangerous men tremble.

Speedman plays Cody's son and Josh's uncle Barry 'Baz' Brown who leads the group in their armed robberies. Jonathan Lisco penned the adaptation with John Wells to direct the pilot and executive produce. Filming begins next month in Los Angeles.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Interview: Ben Mendelsohn On 'Mississippi Grind,' 'Blackbird,' Gareth Edwards And 'Rogue One'

29 July 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Mississippi Grind," the new film from directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (review), may be a two-hander (as you can tell from this new trailer), but the focus and the driver of the action is undoubtedly Gerry, the character played by Ben Mendelsohn. Emerging from the film's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gala screening, I found myself trying to work out what exactly it was about the Australian actor in that role that was so different from almost everything else we might know him from recently —his incendiary turn in "Starred Up," his breakout "Animal Kingdom," his memorable supporting appearances in "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "Killing Them Softly," his pivotal performance in Netflix's "Bloodline." The closest I got was that as messed up and flawed as the character is (it's no spoiler to say he's an inveterate gambling addict), Gerry has no violence in him —in fact, he »

- Jessica Kiang

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The Animal Kingdom film club episode

29 July 2015 1:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Recorded live at Guardian Australia's first Film Club, film critic Luke Buckmaster discusses debut films with Animal Kingdom producer Liz Watts, Kath Shelper of Ruben Guthrie and Tristan Roche-Turner of zombie horror Wyrmwood

In the first of a new Guardian Australia culture series, Luke Buckmaster hosted our inaugural Film Club, where we combine the screening of a classic Australian film and a panel debate with film industry experts.

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The Sins Of The Past Always Come Back In New Trailer For The Gift

19 July 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In an age of mega-blockbusters and star-studded dramas, it’s refreshing to see that some people are still wholly committed to middle-of-the-road thriller fare. Enter The Gift, the directorial debut of Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton, in which he stars as an unstable psychopath taking revenge on the guy (Jason Bateman) who bullied him back in high school.

The new trailer for the pic establishes an unsettling, edgy tone before segueing into actual footage from the flick, which finds Simon (Bateman) and his young wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) tentatively reconnecting with Simon’s old classmate Gordo (Edgerton) before realizing there’s something very off about their new acquaintance.

No one’s expecting this flick to win any awards, but it looks like an appropriately tense thriller given the subject matter, albeit a somewhat silly one.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Let's fight harder to keep first-time Australian film-makers at home

16 July 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With talents like Snowtown’s Justin Kurzel and The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent getting snapped up overseas, the Australian film industry needs to find ways for debut film-makers to grow and improve at home

• Book for our screening of Animal Kingdom on 19 July in Sydney

David Michôd on Animal Kingdom: I was making a gigantic mess

Why would any self-respecting artistic film-maker want to work in Hollywood? That may seem like a ridiculous question. The playpen of Hitchcock, Scorsese, Lynch. That mecca of talent and resources.

But Hollywood is also powered by multinational corporations who view showbusiness as precisely that: a business. Producers are notorious for tempering creative visions and burning through talent, from the in/out revolving door nature of American celebrity to the “our way or the highway” attitude of the top brass, which has always been part of Hollywood’s make-or-break fabric.

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- Luke Buckmaster

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David Michôd on Animal Kingdom: I feared I was making a gigantic mess

10 July 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The writer-director of his now-classic debut film on crippling self-doubt, navigating the industry and how Ben Mendelsohn ruined Air Supply forever

• Book now for Guardian Australia’s screening of Animal Kingdom

If movie sets are where the magic happens, editing rooms are far more sobering locations: sterile technical environments where creative visions are dissected into second-by-second and frame-by-frame footage.

Related: Guardian Australia launches Film Club with screening of Animal Kingdom

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Giveaway – Win The Voices limited edition Blu-ray steelbook

4 July 2015 2:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the upcoming home entertainment release of The Voices – which is out in the UK on Monday, July 13th – we’ve got a limited edition Zavvi exclusive Blu-ray steelbook to give away to one lucky reader…

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day’s events. When one night he accidentally kills Fiona, Jerry hastily covers his tracks, under the strict advice of the subversive Mr. Whiskers. But Jerry is already beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) and things are also looking bad for Lisa, who has taken a shine to Jerry. »

- Gary Collinson

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Ben Mendelsohn to present 'Mississippi Grind' at Karlovy Vary

2 July 2015 6:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is to attend the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 3-11) to present his latest film, Mississippi Grind, alongside director Ryan Fleck.

The film, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, is from directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Siena Miller.

Mendelsohn has come to international attention in recent years since taking the lead role in Animal Kingdom (2010). He has landed roles in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012), crime-thriller Killing Them Softly (2012), and Ridley Scott’s historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).

Last year’s Karlovy Vary Iff included British prison drama Starred Up (2013), for which Mendelsohn won a British Independent Film Award.

His upcoming features include Blackbird, which co-stars Rooney Mara, and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ben Mendelsohn And Rooney Mara Begin Shooting Blackbird

18 June 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Australian stage director Benedict Andrews has performed quite the coup for his cinematic directorial debut, by recruiting two of the most sought after names currently working in film. Ben Mendelsohn has been steadily working within Hollywood for some time, but his most recent turn in the Netflix Original series Bloodline has drawn all the right attention to his extraordinary talent.

Likewise, Rooney Mara has been quietly building an impressive resume, culminating in her co-lead role in the upcoming Carol – for which she has already bagged Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. These two compelling performers are about to tackle some difficult and challenging material together in the form of Blackbird.

The film is based on the award-winning, one-act, 90 minute play by David Harrower that debuted in 2005. This source material is partly inspired by the case of Toby Studebaker, who was convicted of sex offences in 2004 after grooming a pre-teen »

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Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn to Star in the Love Affair Drama Blackbird

17 June 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are two terrific actors, and they’re coming together to star in Benedict AndrewsBlackbird. The upcoming drama from playwright David Harrow stars Mendelsohn as Ray, who “is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself; she is looking for answers.” From the sound of the plot and caliber of the lead actors, I would expect for this to show up on the festival circuit sometime next year. In the meantime, Mara is coming off a Best Actress award at Cannes for her performance in Carol, and she’ll be seen later this year in Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel, Pan. As for Mendelsohn, he’s signed on to play the »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Blackbird,' Starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, Starts Filming in England

17 June 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Principal photography has begun on psychological thriller "Blackbird," which will shoot five weeks in the south of England.  Recent Cannes Best Actress winner Rooney Mara ("Carol") stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom," "Bloodline") in David Harrower's adaptation of his Olivier Award-winning stage play, which was an intense examination of the damaged love between ex-con Ray (Mendelsohn), who is trying to get beyond his imprisonment after his affair with underage Una (Mara) 15 years ago. Then she suddenly shows up at his office.  “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen," said Australian stage director Andrews, who is making his directing debut. "David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una."   Andrews' most recent plays include London »

- Anne Thompson

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Rooney Mara Starrer ‘Blackbird’ Starts Shooting in Southern England

17 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” which stars Rooney Mara, has started shooting in the South of England. Pic, which is described as “an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love,” is produced by Jean Doumanian, whose credits include “August: Osage County,” “Saturday Night Live” and several Woody Allen movies, and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Prods., alongside Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films.

Mara, who won the actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last month for her role in “Carol,” will play opposite Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom,” “Starred Up”). Scottish playwright David Harrower penned the screenplay, which is based on his Olivier Award-winning play of the same name.

In the film, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new »

- Leo Barraclough

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Round-Up: Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures, L.A. Slasher Poster, Kill Me Three Times Blu-ray

12 June 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the first time, Entertainment Earth has created six-inch-tall Penny Dreadful action figures to be sold at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Also in this round-up: a new poster and release details for L.A. Slasher and Blu-ray details for Kill Me Three Times.

Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive Figures: Both the Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler figures are six inches tall and will be available at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. Also included as a Comic-Con 2015 exclusive is the Frankenstein Sketchbook Deluxe Journal made to look just like the one on the show. If supplies remain after the convention, you can order these items online and they will be shipped to you at the end of July. Each action figure / item comes with accessories specific to that character / item. More details below:

Vanessa Ives - "Includes the mysterious heroine’s set of fanned tarot cards (1 piece) in addition to a single tarot card. »

- Tamika Jones

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Industry mulls Netflix ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Industry mulls ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Industry chews over ‘War Machine’ deal

9 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer War Machine that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

The general consensus is the streaming giant offered the clearest evidence yet of its ability to fully finance studio-level budgets with A-list talent in pursuit of more subscribers.

Yet opinion is divided on whether the War Machine arrangement will turn out to be an ally or an enemy for the business in its current iteration.

The studios are watching closely. The project could have ended up at a Us major had New Regency and RatPac proceeded with the Afghan War satire under their three-year production deal with Pitt and Dede Gardner’s Plan B.

New Regency co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave but along with Ratpac passed on War Machine, an adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ non-fiction book, The Operators: The Wild »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Brad Pitt’s War Machine To Air Exclusively On Netflix

9 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Netflix original film, War Machine, a provocative satirical comedy from David Michôd with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, will be exclusively available to members of the leading Internet TV service globally and in select theaters next year.

Produced by Netflix and Pitt alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan), War Machine brings together Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z, Moneyball) with Michôd, the acclaimed Australian writer and director (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.

Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Netflix Buys Brad Pitt's War Machine

8 June 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Netflix has been making big inroads to acquire original content to go alongside the back catalogues it buys up. The company has made plenty of moves with TV, but is ramping up its efforts to make movies, dropping cash on deals with the likes of Adam Sandler and Idris Elba. Now it has made its biggest commitment yet, grabbing distribution rights to War Machine, which will star Brad Pitt.Animal Kingdom and The Rover’s director David Michôd will be behind the camera, and he’s also adapted the script from late journalist Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan. Pitt will star as a top general in the Us armed forces, overseeing the conflict and a mission that is riddled with problems, corruption and cock-ups. It’s all loosely based on General Stanley McChrystal, who oversaw the Us »

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