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Australia's richest film prize launches festival program

30 July 2015 8:31 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinèfestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.

Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.

.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .

His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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No Word On ‘Sense8′ Season 2 But Wachowskis Plan To Keep Making Movies – TCA

28 July 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In the wake of Andy and Lana Wachowski’s box office bombs Jupiter Ascending ($176M production cost, worldwide B.O. $181.9M) and Cloud Atlas ($100M budget, $130M global B.O.), one of the questions posed by a reporter at TCA today was whether the Sense8 co-creators had finally found their bliss with the Netflix formula: a format that unlike their films allows the Wachowskis to paint on a large visual, avant garde canvas without the high risks that come with theatrical… »

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No Word On ‘Sense8′ Season 2 But Wachowskis Plan To Keep Making Movies – TCA

28 July 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In the wake of Andy and Lana Wachowski’s box office bombs Jupiter Ascending ($176M production cost, worldwide B.O. $181.9M) and Cloud Atlas ($100M budget, $130M global B.O.), one of the questions posed by a reporter at TCA today was whether the Sense8 co-creators had finally found their bliss with the Netflix formula: a format that unlike their films allows the Wachowskis to paint on a large visual, avant garde canvas without the high risks that come with theatrical… »

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Sense8 Recap: Empathy Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

29 June 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Q: So, now that season one of Sense8 is over, what's the verdict: admirable folly or ballsy success?A: Admirable folly, alas. Episodes 10 to 12 of season one are ultimately disappointing, particularly when it comes to the fast-and-loose way that co-writers J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis play with the few rules they set up. As usual, the Wachowskis score big points for chutzpah (who else but the Wachowskis would insist on being as graphic as the blood childbirth scenes in episode 12?). But it's hard to root for a show with so few hard-set rules to it. Dramatic consequences are relative, a constant fact of life in the Wachowskis' rocky post-Matrix films. While Speed Racer is in fact inspired and often flat-out exhilarating, both Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas are two tons of great ideas in half-ton bags. The Wachowskis often have visionary and daring ideas, but the ending of »

- Simon Abrams

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DVD Review: 'Jupiter Ascending'

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Both of the following are true: Jupiter Ascending (2015) is a giddy, sweeping adventure filled with interesting characters and stunning visuals; Jupiter Ascending is a frustrating experience, filled with dead ends, vanishing subplots and too much exposition. Perhaps, coming from the perennially ambitious brother and sister duo Andy and Lana Wachowski, writer-directors of The Matrix (1999) and the divisive Cloud Atlas (2012) - co-written & directed with Tom Tykwer - this is to be expected. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an undocumented Russian immigrant living in Chicago, cleaning houses with her mother and aunt.

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- CineVue UK

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Why do we binge some TV shows and not others?

29 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are few things this year that I have anticipated more than "Sense8," the new Netflix series by J. Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis. Meanwhile, at the start of this year, I still hadn't seen a single episode of "Orange Is The New Black." So why is it that I burned through season three of Jenji Kohan's prison series, and I have the entire run of "Sense8," minus the first episode, still sitting there in my Netflix queue waiting for the exact right moment? Binge watching has become a cultural force over the last few years, but I would argue that it really became a thing with the rise of DVD. One of the things my wife and I used to do together was burn through shows that she had missed or never had an opportunity to see growing up in Argentina. When I was flipping out about the »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ Blu-ray Review

28 June 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Douglas Booth | Written and Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski

 

A rich science-fiction world, full of weird and colourful characters who still ring true despite having massive animal ears or wings, with well-defined politics, an ancient conflict and a lead couple who you can’t help but root for with all your heart.

Unfortunately I’m not talking about Jupiter Ascending but the comic Saga... Sadly for the Wachowskis, who clearly put a lot of care and affection into their latest ambitious failure, Jupiter Ascending fails miserably in all the ways Saga succeeds.

But perhaps that’s an unfair comparison; I should judge Jupiter Ascending on its own terms. Inferior similarities to the beloved (and, to be fair, firmly established) comic aside, the film still starts out with a literal boatload of movie cliches: Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is the »

- Mark Allen

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Sense8, Ep. 1.01 to 1.06: A moving, ambitious sci-fi series

27 June 2015 12:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sense8, Season 1, Episodes 1 to 6

Created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski

Premiered June 5th, 2015 on Netflix

Telling eight stories at once is naturally going to require some narrative shortcuts, which is the conundrum faced by the Netflix sci-fi series Sense8. In telling the story of eight people (plus Jonas and Angel, whose roles in all of this isn’t totally clear yet), the showrunning Wachowski siblings (along with their creative partner, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski) can’t afford to give each arc the time one would expect would be needed to make a drama compelling.

The problem is similar to what the Wachowskis faced in their Cloud Atlas adaptation; and, as they did in that film, their genre filmmaking skills allow them to rise to the challenge. The first half of Sense8 is strongest when it relies on the Wachowskis’ ability to make an action scene instantly exciting. »

- Max Bledstein

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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D’Arcy, Davenport, Valverde Star in ‘Gernika’

25 June 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander,” “Cloud Atlas”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Maria Valverde (“Exodus”) star in “Gernika,” a love story set against the infamous bombing of the Basque village, immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.”

Shot in the Basque Country, including in Gernika itself, the film marks the sophomore outing for Basque director Koldo Serra, who debuted impressively with “Backwoods,” a thriller portraying deep Spain prejudice and violence and starring Gary Oldman and Paddy Considine.

A Spain-u.S. co-production, “Gernika” is lead-produced by Daniel Dreifuss at new shingle Anima Pictures and, out of Spain, Jose Alba at Pecado Films. Carlos Clavijo at Travis Produce and Sayaka ProduccionesNahikari Ipiña co-produce.

Helmed by a Basque, using a Basque tax shelter, and made with a Basque and Spanish crew, “Gernika” is supported by a host of Basque entities, led by pubcaster Etb, the region of Vizcaya and the Bilbao City Council. »

- John Hopewell

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Cast of ‘Brimstone’

24 June 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has joined the cast of “Brimstone,” which has just started principal photography. The film will shoot on location in Romania, Spain and Germany.

Also joining the cast are Paul Anderson (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Jack Roth (“The Great Train Robbery”) and Carla Juri (“Wetlands”).

The film, which is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), stars Dakota Fanning (“Night Moves,” “The Runaways” and the upcoming “Franny”), Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “Lawless”) and Carice van Houten (“Black Book,” “Valkyrie”). Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by Pearce’s character, the diabolical Preacher. The movie is described as “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance.”

Els Vandevorst (“Winter in Wartime,” “The Surprise,” “Dogville”) of Holland’s N279 Entertainment produces, alongside Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) of X-Filme. Antonino Lombardo of Belgium’s Prime Time, »

- Leo Barraclough

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10 Most Ludicrous Moments From Sense8

23 June 2015 8:56 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Turns out The Wachowskis have still got it, whatever “it” is exactly. The directors of The Matrix trilogy are back on form – after disappointing with pretty much everything they did ever since the first Matrix, including anime adaptation Speed Racer and the racially troubling Cloud Atlas adaptation – thanks to their Netflix series Sense8. You may not have heard.

Unfortunately, a lot of the hype behind their sci-fi show has been swept aside in favour of the streaming service’s other blockbuster original series, Orange Is The New Black, which returned for its third season. There’s likely plenty more surprising plot twists and developments in that prison dramedy, but nothing that compares to the madness of Sense8.

In collaboration with Babylon 5 writer J Michael Straczynski and directors Tom Tykwer and James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ latest project is even more out there than 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. And that’s »

- Tom Baker

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Armchair Vacation: Five Films To Watch At Home This Weekend [June 12-14]

12 June 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.

 

5. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (HBO G0)

When thinking of brilliant artists gone far too soon, few names come to mind quicker than Kurt Cobain. The iconic leader of Nirvana who took his own life at the age of 27, just following the launch into superstardom for he and his influential grunge group. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Eight Reasons to Watch Netflix’s Sense8

10 June 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

On June 5, Netflix released a new series called Sense8, which focuses on eight people who suddenly find themselves mentally connected. Despite this strange mental connection, these individuals are completely unrelated to one another, and the first season explores these eight people and their respective journeys to understand what this link between them means, whether it’s destiny,  dangerous, or something else entirely. I recently finished binge-watching all 12 episodes of Sense8‘s first season, and if you haven’t already started watching this fantastic show, I’m going to tell you exactly why Sense8 should be next on your summer watch list. These are eight reasons to start watching Sense8 right now. The Wachowskis directed it The Wachowskis’ previous work includes The Matrix series, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending, which are all visually stunning films. I personally loved how dynamic the visuals were in Jupiter Ascending, and Sense8 definitely has that same style of cinematography. »

- Dara Driscoll

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Netflix’s ‘Sense8’ Premieres To Mixed Reviews, 500,000 Illegal Downloads

8 June 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The latest prestige project to debut exclusively on Netflix is Sense8. The Wachowskis’ sci-fi thriller spent more than two years in development, and March 5th, 2015, it finally arrived for Us Netflix subscribers. A few days after its release, it has been greeted by both mixed reviews from critics and, according to Variety, more than 500,000 illegal downloads.

Sense8’s first season, which unfolds across 12 episodes, comes from a trio of acclaimed sci-fi minds. The Wachowskis, who are best known as the co-directors of The Matrix, teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to tell the story of eight people who are connected by a telepathic bond.

In execution, though, most reviewers seem to agree that Sense8 is closer to the zanier, polarizing nature of the films that make up The Wachowski’s recent filmography--namely Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending. A positive review in The Philadelphia Enquirer, for example, termed Sense8 “slightly mad, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Watch Netflix's Risky, Entertaining 'Sense8' for Story of the Wachowskis' Career

8 June 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As "Cloud Atlas" (2012) steams toward its conclusion, it measures the world's full weight. Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae), a slave engineered to serve the consumerist wasteland of Neo Seoul, year 2144, completes her rebellion with a public message, an argument for individual liberty as collective obligation that will, in the tale's imagined future, become a kind of scripture. "Our lives are not our own," she says. "From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future." Adapted by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer from David Mitchell's unadaptable novel, "Cloud Atlas" loses the delicate echoes of the source material in a sonic boom of Hollywood filmmaking. But while it's uglier and rougher than Mitchell's sextet of linked stories, the film is unaccountably powerful. Full of "tricksy gimmicks," as publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) warns at the outset, "Cloud. »

- Matt Brennan

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Watch Netflix's Risky, Entertaining 'Sense8' for Story of the Wachowskis' Career

8 June 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As "Cloud Atlas" (2012) steams toward its conclusion, it measures the world's full weight. Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae), a slave engineered to serve the consumerist wasteland of Neo Seoul, year 2144, completes her rebellion with a public message, an argument for individual liberty as collective obligation that will, in the tale's imagined future, become a kind of scripture. "Our lives are not our own," she says. "From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future." Adapted by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer from David Mitchell's unadaptable novel, "Cloud Atlas" loses the delicate echoes of the source material in a sonic boom of Hollywood filmmaking. But while it's uglier and rougher than Mitchell's sextet of linked stories, the film is unaccountably powerful. Full of "tricksy gimmicks," as publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) warns at the outset, "Cloud. »

- Matt Brennan

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