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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10, respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday.

Marvel’s summer box office smash “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” followed with eight, and “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed seven apiece.

Two of last year’s big television winners, “The Walking Dead” and “Hannibal,” lead the 2015 smallscreen noms with seven and six, respectively. “Continuum,” which airs on the Syfy channel and averages less than 1 million viewers, is the next most nominated show with four.

This year’s Saturn noms exemplify the eclectic groupings that have come to distinguish the awards. The fantasy film category, for example, includes “Birdman,” “The Grand »

- Seth Kelley

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10 Actors Who “Stole” Their Performances Off Real People

13 February 2015 7:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Sometimes, a performance can seem too precise to be simply the product of an actor’s imagination, or as just a result of fine writing on the page. When an accent or a quirk appears too specific to just simply have been invented, chances are it was probably found somewhere else.

There have been some notable and well-covered examples over the years of actors using real people as the basis for performances; Orson Welles modelled Citizen Kane’s titular newspaper baron on actual newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, Dustin Hoffman took major inspiration from savant Kim Peek to play the autistic title character in Rain Man, and Johnny Depp channelled Keith Richards for Jack Sparrow.

Of course, you already know about those. This list is about ten more recent examples, with one rule: these have to be unofficial ‘interpretations’ – a cast member playing a younger or older version of »

- Brogan Morris

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Broadchurch series 2 episode 5 review

4 February 2015 5:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Broadchurch’s arty direction made this week’s episode even more heightened as a grisly revelation was made…

This review contains spoilers.

Like an orange-cagouled lamb to the slaughterhouse, Ellie Miller’s aggressive pursuit of the Sandbrook case after her heart-rending meeting with Tom led her to a grisly discovery. Was that agricultural incinerator the final resting place of Lisa Newberry’s body? Or is it simply another sleight of hand misdirection?

Not yet being in possession of all the facts, we viewers are at a loss when it comes to rationally sifting through them. Better to let the revelations and diversions tumble out at our feet over the remaining episodes while we let the series’ distracting beauty drift over us. And boy, was this episode beautiful.

Whether we have the arrival of The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky or cinematographer John Conroy to thank for it, episode five was Broadchurch as an art-house flick. »

- louisamellor

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Before I Go to Sleep | Blu-Ray Review

3 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After flopping at the box office and landing an unnecessary entry on the shortlist for 2014’s Best Actress Razzies for Nicole Kidman, Before I Go to Sleep arrives on Blu-ray with a bruised reputation. Pulpy, even schlocky at certain moments, director Rowan Joffe’s sophomore directorial feature still manages to be entertaining, a throwback to the kind of methodical studio neo-noirs we used to see more before Hollywood was overrun by the mindless recalibrations of endless superheroes and Michael Bay. With a little luck, it will have a healthy shelf-life, perhaps destined for rediscovery as an underrated guilty pleasure in decades to come.

Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel for his second feature film (2010’s remake of British noir Brighton Rock, starring Helen Mirren, was his neglected debut), screenwriter cum director Rowan Joffe forges onward in material that seems veritably inveigled with the past. Many may be pleased with the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Schepisi casts romantic drama

2 February 2015 5:36 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Lesley Mann, Anthony Lapaglia, Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas head the cast of Fred Schepisi.s The Olive Sisters.

A romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, it.s due to start shooting mid-year in Victoria.s Mornington Peninsula.

Mann will play Adrienne Bennett, a successful PR executive whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a run-down olive grove from her Italian grandparents.

After overcoming culture shock she discovers the family she barely knew and strikes up a friendship with the ruggedly handsome Joe.

Simon Baker was announced today as playing Joe and dutifully reported on Deadline.com, but his CAA agent Peter Levine told If The Mentalist regular is not attached.

A parallel narrative follows Adrienne.s grandparents who worked hard to »

- Don Groves

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‘The Water Diviner’, ‘Babadook’ Share Australian Academy’s Top Film Prize

29 January 2015 5:13 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Before bestowing its international awards in La on Saturday, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out trophies for homegrown titles in Sydney on Thursday. In a rare, but not unprecedented turn of events, the Best Film prize was a split. Both from first-time helmers, Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook shared the win. Kent also took home the Best Directing trophy — Crowe was not nominated in the category.

The Water Diviner, released by Universal locally, was the most successful Australian film of 2014 and also earned a prize for Supporting Actor Yilmaz Erdogan. Horror pic The Babadook, which also scooped Best Original Screenplay, was previously honored by the New York Film Critics Circle with the Best First Film prize. Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth drama The Railway Man was awarded the Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. The »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’

29 January 2015 2:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The top film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts was shared by “The Water Diviner” and “The Babadook.”

Both films were by first time feature directors, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Kent, respectively.

Kent also claimed the Aacta award for best direction.

David Gulpilil’s performance in “Charlie’s Country” saw him awarded Best Lead Actor. “Predestination” star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress. Susan Prior’s performance in “The Rover” earned her Best Supporting Actress prize and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in “the Water Diviner.”

The Railway Man was awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay, while “The Lego Movie,” shunned at the Oscars, took home the Aacta Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

The Aacta Award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.”

Further individual prizes went to: Rose Byrne, who collected the Trailblazer »

- Patrick Frater

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

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The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

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And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

29 January 2015 1:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Historic tie for best film at the AACTAs

29 January 2015 12:54 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner tied for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards in Sydney.

That.s the first joint award for best film in AFI/Aacta history. Kent also collected the awards for best director (Crowe wasn't nominated in that category) and original screenplay.

Telecast on Network Ten, the awards drew just 297,000 viewers in the five metro cities last night, proving more popular in Melbourne (107,000) than Sydney (80,000).

Playmaker Media.s conspiracy thriller The Code collared the awards for best TV drama, lead actor in a TV drama (Ashley Zukerman), supporting actress (Chelsie Preston Crayford) and direction in a TV drama or comedy (Shawn Seet). The Longford Lyell Award, named for Australian cinema pioneers Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell, went to screenwriter Andrew Knight, whose credits as head writer or co-writer include Fast Forward, Full Frontal, »

- Don Groves

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Romantic thriller 2.22 set to roll

28 January 2015 2:17 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones. Michiel Huisman and The Railway Man.s Sam Reid head the cast of 2.22, director Paul Currie.s romantic thriller which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.

The Dutch-born Huisman plays Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the strike of 2:22.

Forced to go on leave, he meets and falls in love with Palmer.s character Sarah, who coincidentally was one of the passengers on the plane. To his horror Dyan realizes the same patterns in his life are happening every day.

Reid plays Jonas, a high profile New York-based artist who is an ex-boyfriend of Sarah.s. The cast includes Richard Davies as a fellow air traffic controller, John Waters as Dylan.s boss, Maeve Dermody as his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Armstrong and Remy Hii.

.We.re creating a smart, stylized romantic thriller,. Currie tells If. »

- Don Groves

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First Aacta Award winners revealed

26 January 2015 8:52 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The first round of Aacta Award winners have been announced today at the 4th Aacta Award Luncheon held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Celebrating screen craft excellence in Australia, 22 awards were presented, recognising the work of screen practitioners working in television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film.

The Luncheon was hosted by writer/actor/producer/director Adam Zwar, who was also joined throughout the event by a list of distinguished presenters. including Aacta President Geoffrey Rush, David Stratton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Alexandra Schepisi, Charlotte Best and Diana Glenn.

In the feature film category, Predestination took home the most Awards; with Ben Nott Acs taking out the prize for Best Cinematography, Matt Villa Ase winning the award for Best Editing, and Matthew Putland scooping Best Production Design.

Tess Schofield was honoured with the Aacta Award for Best Costume Design for her work on The Water Diviner while »

- Emily Blatchford

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New tracks for The Railway Man director

26 January 2015 1:26 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After directing two episodes of the second series of British crime drama Broadchurch, Jonathan Teplitzky is juggling a sizable slate of film and TV projects.

The Railway Man director aims to re-team with producer Chris Brown on Mr Crankypants, a black comedy in the vein of their 2003 hit Gettin. Square.

With Us-born, UK-based writer Brock Norman Brock he.s developing Don Don, a feature about the encounter between a New York millionaire and a Thai Buddhist monk, both named Don.

He.s attached to direct Choir of Hard Knocks, a drama about a group of desperate people who find dignity and purpose under the baton of their choirmaster, which Pip Karmel is scripting for producer Marian Macgowan.

Moreover, he.s in talks to direct an episode of Essential Media & Entertainment.s 6-part Jack Irish series for the ABC and he.s keen to work in the new series of Essential.s Rake. »

- Don Groves

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2014 Australian films box office scorecard

22 January 2015 1:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

For the record, If has updated the B.O. totals of the 39 Australian films and feature documentaries released in 2014.

Collectively those titles plus holdovers from previous years raked in $26.1 million, a market share of 2.43%, according to the Mpdaa.

That.s down from the 2013 tally of $38.5 million from 27 new local films and holdovers, a market share of 3.51%. In 2012 the total was $47.8 million from 27 releases, a market share of 4.25%.

In the past 10 years the record for ticket sales is 2009 when Aussie films rang up $54.7 million, 5.04% of the total B.O.

Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner was the top-grosser in 2014 after opening on Boxing Day and earning $5.7 million, overtaking The Railway Man.s calendar year gross.

As If has reported, Oz cinema has made a positive start to 2015 with Rob Connolly.s Paper Planes scoring $3.3 million in its first week and The Water Diviner advancing to $13.5 million.

The chart's cut-off point is »

- Don Groves

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Berlin: Goldcrest to Sell Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

19 January 2015 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Goldcrest Films is to handle international rights to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” which will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. Warner Bros. has acquired German-language rights, and a U.S. deal is set to be inked soon.

The film, which is in post-production, stars Jeremy Irvine (“Woman in Black: The Angel of Death,” “The Railway Man,” “War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Mission Impossible III,” “Tudors”), Ron Perlman (“Drive,” “Hellboy” I and II) and Joey King (“White House Down,” “The Conjuring”).

It recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969, which is seen as the birth of the gay rights movement.

The drama centers on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to NY where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Lion starts shooting in India

14 January 2015 4:20 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Shooting on Australian feature film Lion will commence in Kolkata, India, this week.

Starring Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man, Paddington) and Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Slumdog Millionaire), Lion follows the story of Saroo Brierley, a five-year-old boy who, after taking a wrong train, gets lots in Northern India and can.t find his way home. Eventually ending up in an orphanage, he is adopted by a Tasmanian couple and goes on to enjoy a happy childhood growing up in Hobart. However, as a young adult he develops a passion to relocate his Indian family, and sets out to do so using the help of a new technology . Google Earth.

The true story is adapted from Brierley.s memoir A Long Way Home and will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake). The screenplay is written by Luke Davies (Candy, Life) and is being produced by »

- Emily Blatchford

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Us critics hail Predestination

12 January 2015 4:08 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us reviewers have lauded the Spierig brothers. Predestination which launched in cinemas and on-demand platforms last Friday.

The time-travel tale starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor opened on 20 screens, making a fair $US43,000 in the first three days.

Typifying the rave reviews, Rolling Stone.s Pete Travers declared, .To try and wrap your head around the plot of Predestination can only lead to madness. Don't get me wrong: The movie itself is a trip. Just jump off the cliff and go with the Spierig brothers, Peter and Michael, as they whoosh into the labyrinth of their own fervid imaginations. If you get stuck and feel lost . and you will . don't sweat it..

Travers opined that Hawke is at his mesmerizing best as the Temporal Agent whose mission is to stop future murders before they happen, and said of Snook, .You won't be able to take your eyes off Snook, »

- Don Groves

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #97. Hugh Hudson’s Altamira

5 January 2015 10:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Altamira

Director: Hugh Hudson // Writers: Olivia Hetreed, José Luis López-Linares

Hudson, notably the director of 1981 Best Picture winner Chariots of Fire, hasn’t helmed a feature since the lambasted 2000 Kim Basinger film I Dreamed of Africa, a noted passion project for the actress. His latest, Altamira, looks to be a historical reenactment, and will hopefully prove to be Hudson’s welcome return to feature films, which is why it makes our list. Banderas will play Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a Spanish jurist and amateur archeologist who made the discovery of the Altamira Cave with his nine-year-old daughter Maria. Featuring painting of bison, horses, a doe and human hands, made with charcoal and ochre, these were the first Paleolithic cave paintings of their type to be discovered.

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Rupert Everett.

Producers: Morena Films’ Lucrecia Botín and Alvaro Longoria (7 Days in Havana), Sympathetic Ink’s Andy Paterson (The Railway Man »

- Nicholas Bell

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