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The feature-length documentary with no sales agent has won Australia’s richest film award, the $71,000 (A$100,000) CinefestOZ Film Prize for homegrown films.
“Putuparri seems to work with audiences because the story touches people’s hearts,” producer John Moore told Screendaily. “We have had many people come up to us after screenings with a tear in their eye saying it has helped them understand what Aboriginal culture is all about … We are hoping that winning the prize will help us find an international sales agent who can get the film into some big international festivals.”
The CinefestOZ Film Festival has been running in Western Australia’s (Wa) Margaret River region for eight years and – especially since the introduction of the prize last year – has become a significant gathering place for Australian filmmakers.
The festival also provided an opportunity for state government agency ScreenWest to stage several industry events, including a day-long series of discussions about the importance of the »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
This Week: The epic return of Mad Max, the bad news bear of Backcountry, and some Star Wars to get you by until December. Also: Boxed set season is in full swing. ► Only fitting the summer.s best movie comes to blu-ray as summer comes to an end. Mad Max: Fury Road was an old school blast that buried all doubts about rebooting the legend. Here was... Read More »
- John Law
Welcome to the 2015 Summer Blockbuster Awards, where we hand out imaginary trophies to the best, worst, craziest and most disappointing movies, characters, performers and scenes from the past four months. There are only a few rules. First, any eligible movie had to be released between May and August. Second, these awards focus on mainstream releases, because how are we supposed to compare Avengers: Age of Ultron to The Look of Silence? Third, these are 100% accurate and you are not allowed to argue with any of them. They are set in digital stone. They are law. Best New Character Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron's brave, wounded road warrior/feminist avenger slammed into pop culture with the force of a speeding War Rig this summer. Every artist...
- Jacob S. Hall
Hope everyone has their wallets ready because September 1st is a doozy of a day for home entertainment releases, with over 20 horror and sci-fi titles set to make their debut on Tuesday. For those of you Mad Max: Fury Road fans out there, this is the week you’ve all been waiting for as George Miller’s epic actioner arrives on 3D and 2D Blu-ray as well as on DVD. Scream Factory has a few films they’re releasing this week—Backcountry, The Harvest and Army of Frankensteins—and Anchor Bay Entertainment is keeping busy with a pair of notable releases too—The Curse of Downers Grove (which was penned by Bret Easton Ellis) and Lost After Dark.
- Heather Wixson
In the latest episode, Brian and Zach discuss news stories from the week including a new Amy Schumer/Jennifer Lawrence team-up, the cast of the Richard Pryor biopic, and Steve Carell joining a famous director’s movie in place of Bruce Willis.
Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are co-writing a sister comedy, will both star Eddie Murphy, Oprah join Mike Epps in Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic Steve Carell replaces Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s latest film It Follows director responds to Quentin Tarantino’s notes about the movie How Quentin Tarantino would fix It Follows Borderlands set to get a movie adaptation by Lionsgate Matt Damon says Bourne 5 will take place in a “post-Snowden” world »
- Zach Dennis
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this manic Monday? Uber rolls out new Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired cars, Spider-Man takes on Deadpool in a dance battle and learn how to build a Diy Ghostbusters trap. Suicide Squad also gets remixed with The Dirty Dozen. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Spider-Man Vs Deadpool
Have you ever wanted to see Spider-Man and Deadpool engage in a dance battle? Then you're in luck because Youtuber D Piddy has put together the video you crave. The video doesn't explain why they're both in Los Angeles, and why they somehow meet on a random rooftop, but, regardless, it's still hilarious.
Uber Goes Mad Max: Fury Road
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How did they create the best character in Fury Road? By creating a massive car.
Collider released a video included in the special features portion of Mad Max: Fury Road, which highlights how the crew created “the Doof Wagon” that housed one of the most unique characters in the film.
They said the “Doof Wagon” was created by putting 64 speakers on the 8-wheel drive, former rocket launching truck. The crew used air conditioning ducks to create the drum portion, which also helped the sound resonate with power.
Fury Road has already appeared on many top 10 lists for the year so far, and could stay there depending on the rest of the year, and it is probably a consensus among those fans that the Doof Warrior and his flame-throwing guitar was a reason why the movie was such a blast.
Watch the full video below.
- Zach Dennis
It’s been a long time since Nicholas Hoult first graced our screens opposite Hugh Grant in kooky British comedy About a Boy. As a stalwart of Bryan Singer’s revamped X-Men origins trilogy along with a eye-catching role in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road – quite the compliment, given the nature of the R-rated masterpiece – now Hoult is primed to shed light on one of literature’s most reclusive figures: J.D. Salinger.
Two years after the hit documentary attempted to peel back the layers on the famed scribe, Hoult is now set to bring him to life in upcoming drama, Rebel in the Rye. Written and directed by Danny Strong, we understand that the script itself is to be adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s aforementioned biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, which charted the titular writer’s life and how he receded into his own privacy following the »
- Michael Briers
We’re more used to see him playing fictional folk in films such as this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road. But Nicholas Hoult is about to tackle a very different challenge – playing author Jd Salinger, a real, if largely reclusive, person for writer/director Danny Strong in Rebel In The Rye.Strong has adapted the script from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography of Salinger, Jd Salinger: A Life., and the film aims to chronicle the life and mind of the secretive writer, including how he brought iconic tome The Catcher In The Rye from the depths of his brain. It’ll look at his youth, his time spent in conflict during World War II, finding love, enduring loss and years of rejection letters from The New Yorker, which fuelled chronic writer’s block but also helped him find his voice.Black Label Media is backing the film, with the distribution »
Bloom is handling international sales on Danny Strong’s drama Rebel In The Rye which will star Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Equals) as legendary author Jd Salinger. Written and directed by Strong, the screenplay was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography, Jd Salinger: A Life. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, Milk), Jason Shuman, and Danny Strong. Bloom will introduce to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA is representing the North American rights.
Rebel In The Rye takes us on a journey into the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author and tells the story of the birth of The Catcher in the Rye. As the author who captivated a generation, Jd Salinger soared to the heights »
- Michelle McCue
The script was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life.” Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, and Danny Strong.
Bloom will introduce “Rebel in the Rye” to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA is representing the North American rights.
The movie will explore the life and mind of the secretive author and tell the story of the birth of “The Catcher in the Rye.” The story will explore his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War 2, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker and his writer’s block — which led to a spiritual awakening.
- Dave McNary
“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star Nicholas Hoult is set to play legendary author J.D. Salinger in Danny Strong‘s indie drama “Rebel In the Rye,” which Bloom will begin shopping to foreign buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Monday. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”), Jason Shuman and Strong, who adapted Kenneth Slawenski’s biography “Jd Salinger: A Life.” CAA is representing North American rights. “Rebel In the Rye” takes viewers on a journey into the life and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Believe it or not, but today is actually the last day of August, which means tomorrow stars September and the final quarter of the year. With this changing of the calendar, I wanted to again give you a bit of a look inside my mind. In short, this will be a quick little look at what I’ve enjoyed most over the first eight months of the year, as opposed to some of my slightly longer outings of this ilk. 2015 has been an interesting cinematic year for sure, so there’s no shortage of films worth praising. I’m keeping it simple this time and not being repetitive with commentary, but this does give you a look at what my favorites of the year so far look like before awards season truly gets underway. That’s something, right? So far this year, I’ve seen 206 films, including a few that »
- Joey Magidson
How do you turn a "boom" into a "Boooom!"? That was just one of the challenges that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller and his team were faced with during production. The action had to be on a grand scale and surpass the typical big screen cliche explosions. Watch this exclusive clip from the Mad Max: Fury Road Blu-ray featurette that takes you on location and behind the scenes with the amazing team that raised the bar for explosive action sequences. You can...
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George Miller has earned some of the best reviews of the year for his exhilarating action sequel "Mad Max: Fury Road," but the film is just one in a long line of narrative and technological gambles from the visionary Australian filmmaker. Last night, Miller joined Robert Rodriguez on El Rey's "The Director's Chair" to reflect back on his three decades in the business and some of his most influential features, from "Mad Max" to the Oscar-winning "Happy Feet." Check out some of the highlights from the discussion below. Read More: Review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the Best Action Movie of the Year Miller credits Hitchcock, Buster Keaton and "American Cinematographer" as key motivators. "I grew up in a remote, rural town in the outback of Australia. There was no television then, and there was a Saturday matinee and there were comics. I had brothers and we would »
- Zack Sharf
Summer 2015 had a lot to offer, a lot to lose sleep over, and a lot to learn from. It gave us hope that the next summer could be even better, and that Hollywood blockbusters still have some life in them yet. Before back to school this month, here are nine lessons we took away from this summer at the movies.
Lesson #1: Mad Max: Fury Road reset the bar for action movies – Zach Dennis
In a summer overrun by dinosaurs and emotive minds, the real kings of the season busted through the Australian apocalypse on top of supercharged cars with a chrome-infused vengeance. In a summer where nostalgia boomed, a new film that will influence the future was born — and it was born on the Fury Road.
Good movies are invigorating, and nothing awoke everyone’s passion like Mad Max: Fury Road did. It wasn’t just classic fun tied »
Mad Max: Fury Road was the surprise gem of the summer movie slate, thanks in large part to Charlize Theron.s Furiosa, the incredible direction from George Miller, and, of course, those Warboys. To keep the momentum going and to celebrate the release of the new Mad Max DVD (and subsequent video game), Warner Bros. partnered with Uber in Seattle to offer customers the post-apocalyptic car ride of their lives. The Mad Max DVD hits shelves tomorrow, September 1, and Uber has a wild and crazy promotion . the car service has enlisted the aide of the Warboys from the film and game to ferry passengers around downtown Seattle. According to Uber.s website, the Wasteland is vast and gas is precious, so the Warboys must stay close to their Stronghold. Thanks to all who requested Mad Max today. The Warboys will be back again tomorrow from 10am - 6pm! #MadMaxatPAX pic. »
This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.
Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office
As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.
Loser: Movie Stars
Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »
- Gary Susman
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Tuesday, September 1 will be a lovely day -- oh, what a lovely day! -- 'cause that's when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases "Fury Road" on 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD. Here are the special features on both Blu-ray editions: "Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road," "Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels," "The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa," "The Tools of the Wasteland," "The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome," "Fury Road: Crash & Smash," and deleted scenes. The "Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology" will also be on sale September 1, including "Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Blu-ray, plus the documentary "Madness of Max" on DVD, and "Mad Max Anthology" trading cards. »
- Gina Carbone
In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:
• Universal’s focused approach shows up scattergun Warner confusion
• UK and German openings suggest Compton off the pace outside of its hood
Aka the winner v the loser of summer 2015. This week’s box office speaks volumes: Minions coasts past the $1bn mark for Universal, the studio’s third 10-digiter this year after Furious 7 and Jurassic World; Warner Bros’ Zac Efron-starring Edm drama We Are Your Friends tanks, managing just $1.8m, a calamity for a wide release. There’s nothing inherently wrong with closing summer with a niche, quasi-indie drama, but not if the rest of your summer slate has consisted of indifferent franchise revisitations (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Vacation, Entourage, Magic Mike Xxl), plodding genre efforts (The Gallows, Hot Pursuit) and one trumped-up B-movie (San Andreas). Only Mad Max: Fury Road »
- Phil Hoad
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