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Russell Crowe Looks to Directing, for Himself and for Australia

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Avengers” and “Furious” franchises.

But for the film community Down Under, and especially first-time director Crowe, the war epic amounts to something much larger – another chance for Australia to reassert itself as a maker of mass-appeal films and for the actor to shift from leading man to the man leading production.

Crowe did not try to downplay the stakes — or his ambition, at age 51, to shift at least a portion of his career to behind the camera — in an interview before the film’s American premiere last week.

“That’s the gamble, man. It’s three years of my life. And that’s what’s on the line,” he said outside the Tcl Chinese Theater. “The two »

- James Rainey

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10 Things You Need To Know About Darren Aronofsky’s Batman

15 April 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.

That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »

- Tom Baker

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Jupiter Ascending coming to Blu-ray this May

13 April 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros Pictures have announced the full specificantions and details for the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Wachowskis’ sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending, which will be getting 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D and 2D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD), and DVD releases this May.

See Also: Pre-order Jupiter Ascending via Amazon Us and Amazon UK

Both the 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Packs will be pakced with special features, including:

–Jupiter Jones: Destiny Is Within Us

Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced Caine Wise: Interplanetary Warrior

–The Wachowskis: Minds Over Matter

–Worlds Within Worlds Within Worlds

–Bullet Time Evolved

–From Earth to Jupiter (And Everywhere in Between)

The DVD will releaseinclude:

–Jupiter Jones: Destiny Is Within Us

Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced

Synopsis: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. »

- Scott J. Davis

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 13 - April 19

13 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

"Big Eyes"

Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Keane, the true 1950s artist of big-eyed waif portraits, with Christoph Waltz playing her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. Tim Burton's drama was released as a digital download on April 3 but it's on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand as of April 14. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include "The Making of Big Eyes," and the Blu-ray also includes Q&A Highlights.

"Maps to the Stars"

Director David Cronenberg's satire of the Hollywood film industry was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. and France last year and Germany in March, but it's finally getting a U.S. release on April 14. Julianne Moore leads the dark comedy's all-star cast, »

- Gina Carbone

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The Water Diviner movie review: magic unrealism

8 April 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

When director Crowe sticks to historical adventure, his film is tense and exciting. But it lacks a sense of magic that it needs to make it fully engaging. I’m “biast” (pro): love Russell Crowe

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 1919, four years after the disastrous Australian defeat at the Wwi battle of Gallipoli, a father travels to the Ottoman Empire hoping to find his lost sons. It’s sorta like Saving Private Ryan, except the soldiers to be found are dead, and the stack of needles farmer Connor (Russell Crowe: Noah, Winter’s Tale) has to search for his needles is the battle-scarred landscape upon which are scattered the long-dead bones of the 10,000 Australians — and 70,000 Turks — who were killed there.

How does Connor propose to accomplish such an impossible task? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Jupiter Ascending Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

6 April 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Wachowski's latest science fiction adventure, Jupiter Ascending, may not have lit up the box office, but there was still plenty of fun for movie-goers willing to give it a chance.  Today, Warner Bros. have announced details on the film's blu-ray release, including a date and special features, so you can check it out at home!

While I didn't "love" Jupiter Ascending as much as I wanted to, I didn't hate the film either.  It has a lot of great elements behind it, with impressive visuals and characters you want to know more about.  While I wish it had been paced differently, I don't exactly get all the hatred the movie gets either.  I thought it was still a lot of fun, and if you skipped out on it, I think it's worth watching when it hits blu-ray on June 2.  Check out the features coming on the disc when it »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Clint Mansell Set to Score Ben Wheatley's Adaptation of 'High Rise'

3 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The last feature film score that composer Clint Mansell delivered was for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, and it was certainly one of the finer points in of the Biblical epic. Before that, he delivered the haunting scores for Stoker as well as music for the thriller Filth. But otherwise, he's laid pretty low key, and isn't working as frequently as some of his colleagues. But coming up we're likely to get some magnificent work from Mansell as Film Music Reporter (via SlashFilm) reports that he will be composing the score for High Rise, the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name from Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. The composer himself confirmed the news on Twitter and is thrilled with the response: Blown away by the love shown to my involvement with @mr_wheatley & #HighRise It means a lot to me and I'll do my best to not fuck it up! »

- Ethan Anderton

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Patton Oswalt Issues 53-Tweet Defense of The Daily Show's Trevor Noah

1 April 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"Welcome to comedy in 2015, @trevornoah!" That's what comedian Patton Oswalt Tweeted in the 52nd of the 53 Tweets he posted on Wednesday in defense of the newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah. (52/53) Welcome to comedy in 2015, @Trevornoah!— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 1, 2015 On Tuesday, Noah faced accusations of anti-Semitism, sexism and transphobia as a result of Tweets he'd posted over the past few years. Oswalt, however, responded to these accusations in a lengthy, 53-part series of Tweets that argued that comedy cannot always be inoffensive. First, he told the old joke about the man who threw butter out the window in order to see butter fly. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Patton Oswalt Issues 53-Tweet Defense of The Daily Show's Trevor Noah

1 April 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"Welcome to comedy in 2015, @trevornoah!" That's what comedian Patton Oswalt Tweeted in the 52nd of the 53 Tweets he posted on Wednesday in defense of the newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah. (52/53) Welcome to comedy in 2015, @Trevornoah!— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 1, 2015 On Tuesday, Noah faced accusations of anti-Semitism, sexism and transphobia as a result of Tweets he'd posted over the past few years. Oswalt, however, responded to these accusations in a lengthy, 53-part series of Tweets that argued that comedy cannot always be inoffensive. First, he told the old joke about the man who threw butter out the window in order to see butter fly. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Round-Up: First Still from Rob Zombie’s 31, Jeff Fahey Joins From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Rekindling of Hope Exclusive Excerpt

31 March 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Shrouded in shadows, Doom-Head is featured in creepy fashion in the first still from Rob Zombie's 31. Also included in our latest round-up is a casting update for the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and an exclusive excerpt from Doug Lavers’ sci-fi thriller, Rekindling of Hope.

Rob Zombie's 31: Played by Richard Brake, Doom-Head dominates the first official still from Rob Zombie's 31 (see below). Since the news broke earlier this month that Malcolm McDowell had joined the cast of 31 as Father Murder, more actors have joined the film's ranks:

Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) plays Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) portrays Roscoe, "the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show." Jane Carr (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother) plays Sister Serpent, "a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. »

- Derek Anderson

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Russell Crowe: Michael Jackson Prank Called Me All the Time, Even Though "I Never Met Him"

31 March 2015 3:37 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Hit by a smooth criminal. Russell Crowe gave a very revealing interview to The Guardian recently, during which he revealed a strange but true story about his rise to superstardom in the early 2000s. According to the Noah star, he was the frequent victim of prank calls from none other than the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, "for two or three f--king years," despite the fact that the two had never been introduced in person. "I never met him, never shook his hand," Crowe told the [...] »

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Round-Up: Ghost Trek Feature Film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Badger Game

30 March 2015 4:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.

Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls: Press Release - "From the Executive Producer of Clive Barker's Nightbreed: Director's Cut comes the supernatural- horror-comedy, Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls.

My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »

- Derek Anderson

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The trials of Russell Crowe: pranked by Jacko, goaded by paparazzi, threatened by al-Qaida

29 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He is famously combative when it comes to the press and the public. But is Russell Crowe more sinned against than sinning? As he happily promotes his directorial debut The Water Diviner, he sets the record straight

Russell Crowe’s publicist has two pieces of information she wishes to impart before I’m ushered into the actor’s hotel suite. The first is a warning that Crowe “may be smoking” during the interview, about which I couldn’t care less, beyond wondering how much it is costing him to have a ciggie. Clearly whatever eye-watering charges Claridge’s levies against those who break the hotel’s smoking ban are but a mere bagatelle to the highest-paid actor in the world – one who has reportedly earned $82m (£55m) at the box office in the past year. The second is that Crowe is “on good form, very talkative”. It’s said brightly, »

- Alexis Petridis

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Flickering Myth Podcast Review – The Gunman (2015)

23 March 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast grabs some guns…

On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey sit down to give their thoughts on Sean Penn’s attempt at “doing a Liam Neeson” with The Gunman, from the director of Taken. The trilogy also discuss the idea of having older action stars and whether this fad is over before its started in the wake of The Gunman bombing at the box office.

See Also: Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

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An adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Prone Gunman.” Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international »

- Luke Owen

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Sean Penn’s The Gunman bombs at the box office

23 March 2015 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever since the release of Taken in 2009, it seems that older actors are trying to jump on board the action train. Sean Penn’s The Gunman is the next stop, but his first attempt has not been overly successful.

Opening to very middling reviews (the film currently holds 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 on Metacritic), The Gunman has opened to just $5 million domestically with no word yet on how it did internationally. The reported budget for the film is $40 million, so this is undoubtedly unfortunate news for the various production companies who financed the movie.

See Also: Movie Review – The Gunman (2015)

This puts The Gunman on par with other 2015 box office flops Mortdecai, Blackhat, Unfinished Business and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and is a fraction of what 3 Days to Kill made last year on its opening weekend – perhaps showing that the popularity of this subgenre has started to fall already. »

- Luke Owen

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Netflix New Releases: Movies And TV Shows Streaming In April

18 March 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

From Beautician and the Beast to National Treasure and everything in between, Netflix has a little something for everyone lined up for their subscribers in April. That includes the arrival Marvel's anticipated small screen take on Daredevil, the final season of Sons of Anarchy and Darren Aronofsky's Noah.  Here's what Netflix has set to join their streaming lineup in April. (Dates and titles are subject to change.) Week of April 1 The Beautician and the Beast - April 1 Life Partners - April 2 All Hail King Julien (Season 1, 5 new eps) - April 3 Derek (Special) - April 3 Starry Eyes - April 3 The Quiet Ones - April 3 Delta Farce - April 4 Week of April 5 Wilfred (Season 4) - April 7 Crank - April 9 Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1) - April 8 Pioneer - April 9 Marvel's Daredevil - April 10 October 1 - April 10 Finding Mercy - April 10 Confusion Na Wa - April 10 Onye Ozi - April 10 Week of »

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Round-Up: Sharknado 3 Title & Release Date Revealed, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Casting Update, New Friday the 13th T-Shirt

18 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!: The third Sharknado film will splash onto the Syfy channel on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9:00pm Est:

Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »

- Derek Anderson

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Skull Island director in talks for The Stars My Destination adaptation

14 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in talks to direct The Stars My Destination.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vogt-Roberts will be taking the helm for the adaptation of the 1957 sci-fi novel by Alfred Bester, which was picked up by Paramount last month.

Noah producer Mary Parent is already on board to produce the adaptation.

The story follows Gulliver Foyle, a man who is stuck in space after his ship is attacked and everyone else killed.

When a passing starship ignores his distress beacon, it sets him on a journey to get revenge.

Hollywood has been looking to adapt the book for around 20 years, attracting Richard Gere and directors such as Betty Thomas and Paul W.S. Anderson, but no one has got the story past the script stage so far.

King Kong prequel Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jk Simmons is due to be released on March 17, 2017. »

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Video of the Day: Watch a compilation of Darren Aronofsky’s tracking shots

11 March 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.

Darren Aronofsky seems to favor tracking shots that capture his characters from behind rather than the front or side (most frequently in The Wrestler and Black Swan). Using a dolly, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'From Dusk Till Dawn' Season 2 Brings in Danny Trejo

11 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today that Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Trejo has been cast in the roll of "The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the From Dusk Till Dawn film franchise as "Razor Charlie."

Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, to acting and producing. Trejo has starred in dozens of films including Desperado, Heat, the From Dusk Till Dawn film series, Con Air, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, the Spy Kids movies, Grindhouse, Machete, Machete Kills, Dead in Tombstone and Muppets Most Wanted. He can be heard as The Voice of Skeleton »

- MovieWeb

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