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All the Details on Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Honeymoon in Paradise

All the Details on Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Honeymoon in Paradise
After tying the knot earlier this month, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian enjoyed some fun in the sun on their honeymoon in the Bahamas. A source told E! News the tennis pro and Reddit cofounder vacationed at Kamalame Cay, located just off the Andros Great Barrier Reef. According to the insider, the newlyweds stayed in a four-bedroom oceanfront villa, which cost about $35,000 per week. The source said the accommodations were nestled among the resort's lush greenery and offered numerous perks, including a beachfront terrace overlooking the Atlantic ocean and access to an overwater spa. The private island also offered the couple several amenities, including white sandy beaches and even a tennis court in case...
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Why Australia’s Whitsunday Islands Make for the Perfect Vacation Destination

Why Australia’s Whitsunday Islands Make for the Perfect Vacation Destination
There’s no place quite like Australia.

Et’s Cameron Mathison headed to the land down under, teaming up with Tourism Australia for the adventure of a lifetime.

There’s no shortage of things to do in the gorgeous vacation destination, as Mathison settled in at The Qualia Resort -- a favorite of such celebs as Taylor Swift and Chris Hemsworth -- before taking in a variety of activities, including heading to the famous Whitehaven beach, where, as Mathison points out, is where “part of the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie was shot.”

Mathison also explored the wildlife, as well as scuba dived in the majestic Great Barrier Reef, which is thankfully back to thriving, and open to the public, after the area was struck by Cyclone Debbie in March, during a year where natural disasters have affected many around the world, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida and Texas.

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Mark Lazarus Joins Australia-China Producer Sydney Films

Mark Lazarus Joins Australia-China Producer Sydney Films
Sydney Film Production Company which focuses on Australian-Chinese co-ventures, has hired industry veteran Mark Lazarus as its head of production. The company set “The Paper Menagerie” as its next film.

With recent credits including Li Bingbing-starring “Guardians of the Tomb” and Daniel Radcliffe-starrer “Jungle,” Lazarus previously served as head of creative and acquisitions at Arclight Films. Before that he was drama investment manager at Screen Australia. A string of previous jobs have seen him at the Australian Film Commission, 20th Century Fox and Fox Icon Productions.

Written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer Ken Liu, “The Paper Menagerie” follows Jack, a Chinese-American boy who learns about his late mother’s past through the origami animals she brought to life for him as a child. The book previously won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards. No director, cast or timetable was disclosed.

Headed by Song Weinan, Sydney Films this year announced a slate of
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Marlon Brando was my idol but he turned into a monster. He sabotaged my film

Screenwriter Ron Hutchinson reveals the bizarre truth behind one of the Hollywood giant’s final films, The Island of Dr Moreau

He was one of cinema’s biggest stars, but Marlon Brando behaved like a “monster” and seemed “hell-bent on sabotaging” The Island of Dr Moreau, one of his last films, according to its screenwriter.

When Ron Hutchinson was asked to work on a film with The Godfather star in 1996, he could not believe his luck. In adapting Hg Wells’s science fiction novel about a renegade scientist who creates an island of monsters, Hutchinson would be working with one of his great acting idols, as well as the acclaimed director John Frankenheimer. There was the added bonus of spending a couple of months on the Great Barrier Reef and in the rainforests of northern Australia.

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Wild About the BBC

If there’s one Great British institution that comes in for some flack on a regular basis, it’s the good old BBC. While to many that should just be ‘the old BBC’, with a new series of Strictly Come Dancing (I’m not that big on brevity) looming large, the snipers should be silenced, at least until Christmas. But as this is only a temporary measure, what’s the one thing that the broadcasting giant can count on all year round? Why, Mother Nature of course.

Whether it’s a tiger hunting, a flock of flamingos, or something a bit closer to home like fox clubs at play, these are the things that go some way to justifying the licence fee. Yes, the licence fee; that bone of contention that always leaves the general public feeling a little, well, ripped-off. One failed sitcom after another, overpaid presenters, plus the sporting calendar dwindling every year,
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Chris Hemsworth Admits He Was ‘Weirdly Shaken’ Meeting Chris Pratt: ‘He’s Just So Charismatic’

Even Chris Hemsworth gets intimidated by Chris Pratt! The 34-year-old actor revealed in an interview with Elle released on Tuesday that he was “weirdly shaken” when he met the Guardians of the Galaxy star. Related: Chris Hemsworth Celebrates Birthday Weekend With Sun, Sand & Shirtlessness on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef! “The first time I really met Chris Pratt — […]
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Chris Hemsworth Celebrates Birthday Weekend With Sun, Sand & Shirtlessness on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

Chris Hemsworth Celebrates Birthday Weekend With Sun, Sand & Shirtlessness on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!
Chris Hemsworth enjoyed one of the “best weekends ever,” lapping up sun, sand and rock-climbing on Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef.

And, while it may have been the Aussie hunk’s 34th birthday, we’re the ones getting the gifts -- since most of his holiday snaps are shirtless!

Exclusive: Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo Explain Their Adorable Cuddling Pic

Posing with his hands up in the air while his gorgeous wife, Elsa Pataky, jumped up, wrapped her legs around him and planted a sweet kiss on his lips, the Thor: Ragnorak star was clearly having the time of his life during the sun-soaked getaway.

In true superhero style, he then scaled some rocky cliffs, posing up high while Pataky perched herself closer to the ground. The 41-year-old mom of three looked fabulous in a black one-piece, which showed off her toned legs.

The breathtaking beauty of the vacation spot, off the coast
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Elsa Pataky Carries Husband Chris Hemsworth in Adorable Birthday Message: 'My Koala Bear'

Elsa Pataky Carries Husband Chris Hemsworth in Adorable Birthday Message: 'My Koala Bear'
Happy birthday, Chris Hemsworth!

The Thor star turned 34 on Friday, and celebrated with a romantic weekend away with his wife, Elsa Pataky, on Australia's Orpheus Island.

Related: Liam Hemsworth Celebrates Big Brother Chris' Birthday With a Hilarious Instagram Post

Pataky and Hemsworth were two of just 28 guests on the secluded hideaway on the Great Barrier Reef, and if the actor didn't get enough of the VIP treatment from the exclusive resort, he also got some pampering from his wife!

"Happy birthday to my koala bear!! @chrishemsworth. best weekend ever!" Pataky captioned a cute shot of herself carrying her husband. "Love you always and forever!! #shitimstrong
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‘Open Water’: How a $500,000 Indie Launched a 14-Year-Old Horror Franchise

‘Open Water’: How a $500,000 Indie Launched a 14-Year-Old Horror Franchise
More than 40 years after “Jaws” turned the fear of shark-infested waters into a classic horror trope, the concept keeps giving rise to new iterations, most recently with Liongate’s release of “Open Water 3: Cage Dive.” The low-budget project opens in limited theatrical release and VOD August 11, and it’s a curious outcome for what was a sensation at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and became a $54 million worldwide hit.

At this point, the franchise carries no earmarks of its indie roots — OW3 is a gimmicky story about Australian tourists whose cage-diving excursion with Great Whites goes horribly wrong — but the team behind the original installment never expected the concept to last this long. They didn’t even consider it a horror film.

In 2002, filmmaker Chris Kentis and his wife, Laura Lau, wrapped a passion project that had consumed two years of effort. Based on a true story about scuba divers
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Australian Senator Who Became the First to Breastfeed in Parliament Resigns

Australian Senator Who Became the First to Breastfeed in Parliament Resigns
Australian senator Larissa Waters, who became the first person to breastfeed in Parliament in May, resigned from her position on Tuesday after discovering that she holds dual citizenship with Canada, in violation of Parliamentary rules.

Waters, who was the deputy co-leader of Australia’s Greens Party, said it was “with great shock and sadness” that she learned that she was still a citizen of Canada, her birthplace.

Waters moved to Australia at 11 months old, and she hadn’t realized that based on Canadian law, she needed to actively renounce her citizenship.

“I have lived my life thinking that as a
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Screen Australia, Sydney Films unveil China co-pros

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Sydney Films is building a slate of 20 China-Australia co-pros.

Screen Australia and private production outfit Sydney Films announced a slew of China-Australian co-production projects at the on-going Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

Described as the eighth official China-Australia co-production, At Last will be directed by Yiwei Liu and produced by China’s Monumental Films with Australian production outfits Roadman Films and Story Bridge Films.

The film tells the story of a couple from Beijing who find themselves caught in a complex art heist while on holiday in Australia. Jackie Jiao, Todd Fellman, Charles Fan and Vanessa Wu will produce.

Casting is currently underway on the project with production expected to commence in Australia from mid-July. Financiers on the film include Orient Image Entertainment, Gravity Films, Shineland Media, China Lion and Screen Queensland.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said At Last would shoot in Queensland, providing around 200 jobs and injecting $10.8m into the local economy.

“At Last has
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Film Vic backs Jill Bilcock doc, bets big on animation in latest funding round

'Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible'.

16 projects will share in over $3.2 million from Film Victoria, including a feature-length portrait of veteran editor Jill Bilcock (Strictly Ballroom, Muriel.s Wedding, The Dressmaker).

Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible is also being supported by Screen Australia. Likewise feature doc Leunig: A Tale in 16 .Parts, directed by Fell's Kasimir Burgess, and 2040, a highconcept hybrid documentary from Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film)..

10 television projects and one VOD project also received funding, including new seasons of Offspring, Wrong Girl and animation Jar Dwellers Sos. Film Vic will assist five trainees to work on Jar Dwellers at animation studio Viskatoons..

Another Victorian animation team, Chocolate Liberation Front (The Adventures of Figaro Pho) have also received funding for new series Larry the Wonderpug.

In documentaries, Wtfn.s Ask The Doctor for the ABC will look at the future of health care in Australia, December Media
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‘The Chamber’ Feature: The Terrifying World of Water

It makes up seventy per cent of our bodies and covers over seventy per cent of the Earth’s surface, and keeps us alive – yet water can also strike terror into our hearts, and, deep in the ocean, conceal frightening forms that wouldn’t hesitate to eat us whole. Such is its power that it’s been used to scare us to death for years on the big screen!

As a warning to film fans, we’ve put together a handy guide that pinpoints the places where the waters are their most terrifying and deadly. Caution: Things ahead could get very wet indeed.

Location: The Yellow Sea, China

The Yellow Sea, located between China and Korea, is so called because sand from the desert turns the surface of the water golden yellow. But don’t be fooled – underneath that alluring surface, things get very black, very fast.

Water warning

As
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Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’

Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’
One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with someone who sat dry-eyed through “Marley & Me.”) Yet did you ever think you’d shed a tear for dying coral? In “Chasing Coral,” the winner of this year’s Audience Award for documentary at Sundance, we see the coral beds of the world’s oceans in all their wavy phosphorescent delicacy and flesh-bulb splendor. They’re like flowers, brains, suction cups, tubular orifices; a lot of them come in sparkly psychedelic colors that look too wild to fit onto a rainbow.

Then we see the same coral beds after they’ve expired: vast stretches of stone-gray fossil, the former tentacles reaching up like dead fingers. Anyone who has been snorkeling has probably encountered coral graveyards like these,
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Vr In the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World

Vr In the Real World: How an Emerging Technology Could Change the World
The Sundance Film Festival has long included documentaries that tackle hot button issues, but this year some of those films included virtual reality companion pieces in the New Frontier section. In addition to longstanding issues regarding technical, ethical and narrative complexities of telling stories with new technologies, these Vr additions raised serious questions about the capacity for the medium as an agent of change.

Environmental issues were at the forefront of this year’s festival, and two of the most prominent climate documentaries, “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Chasing Coral,” presented Vr shorts as well. “An Inconvenient Sequel” shows how grave the climate change crisis has become since Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted a decade ago. In the companion piece, “Melting Ice,” Gore and the film’s creator Danfung Dennis take us on a 360-degree tour of how rising temperatures have wreaked havoc on the climate of Greenland.

The
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'Chasing Coral': Film Review | Sundance 2017

'Chasing Coral': Film Review | Sundance 2017
If you’ve ever snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef or dived among the other major underwater wonderworlds across the globe, don't be surprised to find yourself getting misty-eyed during Chasing Coral. Even for those limited to swimming virtually among parrot fish and sea turtles over vast marine ecosystems of astonishing color and complexity, this superbly crafted documentary is likely to wield an unexpected emotional charge. The irrefutable visual evidence presented here would be hard for even the most stubborn climate change skeptics to ignore, detailing devastating losses to one of nature's most stunning creations that also threaten the foundations of...
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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ sequel will debut at Sundance 2017

An Inconvenient Truth sequel set for Sundance Film Festival 2017.

More on An Inconvenient Truth sequel below.

A sequel to the environmental film An Inconvenient Truth will debut at next month’s Sundance Film Festival.

The announcement was made by Sundance.org of the arrival of the new documentary, which comes ten years after the debut of the original.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting follow up that shows both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. The feature is directed by Sundance Film Festival alumni Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

The film will premiere on day one of the festival, as part of The New Climate, a program dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “I believe that storytelling
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Sundance Film Festival Embraces Virtual Reality With 2017 New Frontier Program

Sundance Film Festival Embraces Virtual Reality With 2017 New Frontier Program
Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced its feature competition categories. Today, the festival unveils its New Frontier section — which showcases the tech-enabled storytelling of tomorrow.

The boundary-pushing New Frontier category, which celebrated a decade of outside-the-box projects from the likes of James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt earlier this year, is often overlooked by attendees focused on independent cinema, and yet frequently contains the festival’s most innovative fare. This year’s slate consists of the North American premiere of “Museum Hours”; director Jem Cohen’s latest format-challenging documentary, “World Without End (No Reported Incidents)”; a pair of live multimedia-enhanced performances (including one from “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” director and Sundance veteran Terence Nance); 20 virtual-reality experiences; and 11 immersive installations — with additional projects still to come.

Three of the projects belong to Sundance’s “The New Climate” program — a thread of programming that calls attention to environmental issues and climate change.
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Sundance 2017 Announces New Frontier Lineup, Including 22 Vr Experiences and 11 New Installations

Sundance 2017 Announces New Frontier Lineup, Including 22 Vr Experiences and 11 New Installations
As the Sundance Film Festival’s groundbreaking and technology-facing New Frontier section kicks off its second decade in existence, the 2017 edition of the section boasts its most stacked and varied programing picks yet. The full slate includes “story worlds” in Augmented Reality headsets, projection-mapped acrobatics, a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data via the internet of things and a host of socialized, interactive and immersively haptic Vr story experiences.

The rest of the lineup includes live performances, a feature film and augmented reality experiences built to complement 22 Vr experiences and 11 installations, showcased between three venues in Park City. The Claim Jumper will host 10 immersive installations focused on cross-disciplinary story construction, while the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation and the Vr Bar will offer a lineup of mobile Vr. Two New Frontier projects are part of the Festival’s New Climate program, which highlights the environment and climate change.
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Sundance 2017 announces New Frontier lineup

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Sundance 2017 announces New Frontier lineup
Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.

The eleventh New Frontier programme includes storyworlds in Augmented Reality headsets, and a Vr beauty salon producing neuroscience data.

Established Vr artist Chris Milk and Aaron Kobli are behind Life Of Us, while immersive journalist Nonny de la Peña will premiere Out Of Exile: Daniel’s Story.

New Frontier will be staged at three Park City venues: Claim Jumper will host ten immersive installations; the Vr Palace will feature 17 Vr experiences alongside an additional installation; and the Vr Bar will offer a line-up of mobile Vr.

Three projects are part of the festival’s New Climate programme highlighting the environment and climate change.

Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer and chief curator, New Frontier, said: “In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also
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