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Get ready for more Monkey magic, with Deadline reporting that See-Saw Films and Jump Film & TV are rebooting the classic Japanese TV show with The Legend of Monkey, a new 10 episode series based upon the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West.
The Legend of Monkey will follow a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. Featuring in the cast are Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose) as Tripitaka, Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days) as Pigsy and Emile Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidental Soldier) as Sandy.
The New Zealand-Australian co-production has been written by Jacquelin Perske (Spirited), Craig Irvin (Nowhere Boys) and Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy), with Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) directing. It is set to air on ABC, »
- Gary Collinson
See Saw Films and Jump Film & TV have kicked off production on.The Legend of Monkey for ABC, Tvnz and Netflix..
To be shot on location around Auckland, the 10x30. children.s series is an adaptation of the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West. It.follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a journey to bring an end to a demonic reign..
The Legend of Monkey will star Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) with Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose), Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days, The Project) and Emilie Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidential Soldier)..
- Staff Writer
Universal.s The Fate of the Furious raced to the top of the Aussie box office over the Easter long weekend, pulling in $10.1 million.
The eighth installment in the franchise bowed on 697 screens; a whopping average of $14,452.
Globally, The Fate of the Furious has narrowly broken the record for the biggest opening weekend ever, having made.$USD532.5 million ($AUD700 million). The previous record was held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened on $USD529 million in 2015.
Back in Oz,.Beauty and the Beast.was knocked down to second place.with earnings of $3 million; a fall of 39 per cent. The Disney title has grossed $40.4 million after four weeks..
Also in its third week is WB.s The Lego Batman Movie, »
- Jackie Keast
The scholarship will put Taylor in writers rooms with UK and European producers from FremantleMedia..
In Europe, FreemantleMedia owns Ufa in Germany (Deutschland 83), Wildside in Italy (The Young Pope), Miso Film in Denmark, Sweden and Norway (Modus), Kwai in France (Baron Noir), and Euston Films in the UK (Hard Sun).
Fremantle.s director of global drama Sarah Doole said the company believes passionately in supporting a new generation of writers. .
.Lucas [will] have access to our family of award-winning producer across the UK and Europe which will help him to not only further develop his already impressive skills, but also to gain first-hand knowledge of the international industry..
Taylor, a former creative director at Hoodlum, has worked on projects such as.The Bourne Legacy, Salt, Dance Academy, »
- Staff Writer
Disney.s Beauty and the Beast has continued to dominate the box office, taking just under $5 million over its third weekend. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the reboot has now racked up a tidy total of $34.3 million.
Jumping up to second spot was The Boss Baby, which brought in $2.4 million. That figure is 23 per cent up on last weekend, likely thanks to school holidays having started in most states. The Fox/DreamWorks animation is now on $11.6 million after three weeks in release.
WB.s The Lego Batman Movie took its cume to $5.6 million with weekend takings of $1.8 million; a 23 per cent fall from its opening last week. .
- Jackie Keast
Xenia Goodwin shooting at the Opera House.
Xenia Goodwin made her acting debut in ABC series.Dance Academy, which ran from 2010-2013. Three years after the show wrapped, Goodwin returned to the role of Tara Webster for a Dance Academy feature shot in Sydney and New York in the middle of last year. She talks to If about reuniting with old friends and commiting to a career as an actor.
Was it strange returning to Dance Academy after so long?
The idea of it was, but once I got back in it was like we never stopped. I guess I felt like I belonged there. It was my life, and I missed it a lot..
How old were you when you started the show?
I was just turning 15. I was quite young, and determined to be a ballet dancer at the time. I.d left school and I was doing that vocationally. »
- Harry Windsor
As the spin-off movie hits cinemas, we celebrate the series about ballet dancers coming of age that was really about showing compassion for misfits
Dance Academy was the show with biggest heart on Australian TV – and if you missed it, you missed out. This local drama about young dancers and dreamers is celebrating the release of a send-off film in cinemas this week, making it the perfect time to revisit one of Australia’s most earnest slices of entertainment.
The ABC series aimed at teens ran from 2010 to 2013 and was set in the fictional National Academy of Dance – shot almost entirely in Sydney’s Walsh Bay, exalting in harbour views. The story follows country girl Tara (Xenia Goodwin) from the farm to the academy. She’s bursting with raw talent but not much in the way of training. The series charts her evolution as a dancer and as a young adult, »
- Cassie Tongue
Cheryl Burke is "excited" for her next chapter.
Et caught up with the former Dancing With the Stars pro during her first day on the job filling in for Abby Lee Miller on Lifetime's Dance Moms on Wednesday, where she called her involvement with the show "full circle."
"I am very excited to work with the kids," Burke told Et's Brendon Geoffrion outside 8 Count Dance Academy in West L.A. "I have seen the show, yes. Of course I have!"
Et learned exclusively on Tuesday that the 32-year-old dancer would be stepping in for the remainder of the season after Miller's abrupt exit from the show. While Miller cited production issues as her reason for leaving Dance Moms, Burke said her experience so far has been "amazing."
"Honestly, this is a great change for me," Burke revealed »
[[tmz:video id="0_pn2pyab8"]] The moms of "Dance Moms" are absolutely thrilled with their new host, Cheryl Burke, and equally excited to throw dirt on Abby Lee Miller's metaphorical grave. The longtime "Dancing with the Stars" pro showed up at 8 Count Dance Academy in L.A. to start working with her new students. She played it coy when paps compared her to Abby. The moms, on the other hand, couldn't wait to blab about ditching Abby and upgrading »
- TMZ Staff
While local films were quiet at the box office last year, Aussie TV drama boomed. If catches up with industry leaders to reflect on 2016 and canvass the challenges of the year ahead.
Off the back of a record year in 2015, Aussie films totalled only $24 million (1.9 per cent market share) in 2016 compared to the previous year.s $88 million (7.2 per cent share)..
However, the last couple of months have seen something of a surge. Lion is now the fifth highest grossing Australian film of all time at the local box office, and Australia films earned 13 Oscar nominations across.Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Tanna.
- Jackie Keast
On location shooting 'Dance Academy'.
.I have a nine-week old-baby who.s happy — at the moment. I found out in week one of pre-production that I was pregnant, and I.ll always remember exactly how long it takes to make a movie because she was born two weeks after we finished the film..
The Dance Academy feature, in 211 cinemas around the country from April 6, revisits the characters we last saw in the series, which ran on the ABC for three seasons beginning in 2010.
The show.s success on Netflix in America helped Werner and series co-creator Samantha Strauss put together the feature with the backing of Screen Australia and the show.s German distributor Zdf Enterprises.
StudioCanal came onboard as the Australian and New Zealand distributor, »
- Harry Windsor
Earlier feature scripts went nowhere, the writer tells If. "I.d written a film before that had a young female protagonist and that was incredibly difficult to get up. We were told at the time that it.s not a market for Australia."
But the support of StudioCanal and the show's German partner Zdf made a Dance Academy feature possible, and Strauss is thrilled with the result.
"Everything I.ve ever worked on, you just hate everything you.ve ever written and every moment is awful and you can.t imagine what it looks like," she said..
"This is the first experience where. no I shouldn.t say that (laughs). But when we saw the rough cut, »
- Harry Windsor
The Federal Government has made three new appointments to the Screen Australia board, including PricewaterhouseCoopers. Megan Brownlow as deputy chair.
Brownlow, who has worked in media and marketing for 20 years, is the editor of PwC.s annual publication The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook.
In a statement, Minister for Arts and Communications Mitch Fifield said Brownlow.s experience as a media and entertainment industry advisor would add a strong commercial element to the board.
He also said Werner.s experience in children.s content would be invaluable, and Taing.s regulatory and governance work across different sectors would bring a high level of expertise to the board.
Other members of the Screen Australia board include Nicholas Moore (chair), Al Clark, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
She speaks to Jackie Keast about Gender Matters and upcoming projects..
How did you get your start as a writer?
Well, I did it the classic long way of making sure I was an expert before I put myself forward (laughs). I left school in the early 90s and actually trained as a film editor, but I always only ever wanted to be a writer. After I finished film school I did the usual thing: I applied for a lot of development [funding] for early drafts and I tried to get Screen Nsw funding for things. I was quite lucky; there was a funding round through the F.T.O., the precursor to Screen Nsw, and they funded development on a series of 50-minute scripts. »
- Jackie Keast
Jing Tian (pictured)
The 28-year-old actress is the rising star of China. A graduate of Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, she has appeared in big productions such as costume epic “The Warring States” (2011), and acted alongside Donnie Yen in “Special ID” (2013) and Jackie Chan in “Police Story 2013” (2013). She has signed on three films with Legendary Pictures, including a prominent role in Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” (2016) and joined the cast of “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) and “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (2018).
Born in 1969, Liu Jian was trained as a painter at Nanjing University of the Arts, but he embarked on a career in animation in 2001 with a three-minute short featured in Feng Xiaogang’s comedy “Big Shot’s Funeral.” He made his debut with animated feature with “Piercing I.” The film was dubbed China’s first independent animated feature and won critical acclaim. His second animated feature, “Have »
- Vivienne Chow
Set in a primary school playground, the cross-generational series proves how much can be done with just 15 minutes
Since becoming a parent, I’ve been amazed by how repetitive children’s television can be. After a short amount of time The Wiggles start to feel like housemates, and I’ve considered taking out a restraining order on Giggle and Hoot – they’re mostly made up of bright colours and noise designed to distract, which underestimates the intelligence of little ones. I know a show is working when it holds up on the 98th viewing, and it’s a relief to find them – not just for my own sanity, but because something that is clever enough to entertain an adult is particularly nourishing for a kid.
- Cameron Williams
Lindsay Pergola and Richie Guarini definitely had the time of their lives at their wedding reception!
The newlyweds decided against a more traditional first dance in favor of a surprise (and beautifully pulled off) rendition of Dirty Dancing‘s iconic “Time of My Life” scene at their wedding in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, on New Year’s Eve.
“It was my favorite movie growing up and I always had the idea in the back of my head ever since I could remember. Then when we got engaged I asked Richie if he would do it with me and he agreed! »
- Rose Minutaglio
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