The drama was commissioned by Australian pubcaster the ABC. It stars Judy Davis (“Feud”) and Aaron Pedersen (“Jack Irish”) as detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of two young men from a remote Australian Outback town. Davis is local cop Emme James, who partners with Pedersen’s indigenous detective, Jay Swan. Their investigation into the boys’ disappearance stirs up the local community as they unearth other crimes and miscarriages of justice that stretch back years.
Streaming service Acorn TV has acquired North American rights to ABC Australia’s six-part drama series Mystery Road.
The deal between the service’s UK-based development division Acorn Media Enterprises (Ame) and distributor All3media International also covers available secondary rights to the series for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Mystery Road, with Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen starring for director Rachel Perkins, will get its North American premiere as an Acorn TV Original in August.
Produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin for Bunya Productions, with
When two young men go missing in the small town of Patterson in remote Western Australia, local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), calls in seasoned detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) to help find out what happened to them.
So begins Mystery Road, a six-part spin-off of Ivan Sen’s 2013 film of the same name. Directed by Rachel Perkins (known for 1998’s Radiance but most recently 2017’s Jasper Jones), the series picks up a narrative thread between the 2013 film and its 2016 “spiritual sequel”, Goldstone. But while there are references to the films that bookend it, this Mystery Road series is a self-contained narrative, with characters – particularly Jay Swan – the constant thread.
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Last weekend saw the release of “Overboard,” a contemporary remake of the 1987 comedy of the same name.
This week’s question: What 1980s movie (comedy or otherwise) would actually benefit from being remade, either because the story left room for improvement or because it might be transformed, complicated, and/or made newly resonant by a modern perspective?
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I recently rewatched David Lean’s 1984 film “A Passage to India,” which has many brilliant things in it buuuuut also has Alec Guinness doing brownface, and hinges on a woman’s discomfort with her own sexuality that leads to a false accusation of sexual assault that takes on added fuel from racism and colonialism. The movie combines about seven different sticks of dynamite labeled #problematic, and while I was watching it,
As Swan drives to meet the local ranch owner, the camera shoots his car from way up high, the desert taking on the arresting colors – pink, white, a few seemingly-doodled black lines – of an abstract painting.
The multiple establishing shots of the local town, with a large aboriginal community, reveal a singular world unknown to most viewers. They also
Somehow, The Handmaid's Tale has successfully turned the timid and adorable Rory Gilmore into badass queer biology professor Emily who has actively resisted Gilead's nefarious, patriarchal government. Emily pays dearly for her rebelliousness. In fact, she's now trudging along in the Colonies, a toxic wasteland where criminal women work until they die.
There, we encounter someone who's a bit of a fluke among the Unwomen - a former Commander's wife named Mrs. O'Conner, who's portrayed by none other than the lovely Marisa Tomei. But Tomei's role as this outlier is abysmally grim and anything but lovely. Emily befriends this woman - sort of. (No spoilers.)
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You'll instantly recognize Tomei's charming vixen smile from her countless roles on television and in movies. She's best known for her role as the whip-smart, sassy Mona Lisa Vito, Joe Pesci's fiancée in the hilarious comedy My Cousin Vinny.
The world premiere of the 60-minute pilot episode of HBO’s Succession, written by Jesse Armstrong, the UK creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and directed by Adam McKay, whose credits include The Big Short and Anchorman, will open the ninth edition of Series Mania in Lille on April 27.
Brian Cox, Hiam Abbass and Matthew Macfadyen head the ensemble cast of Succession, which follows the travails of a dysfunctional media dynasty.
Additionally, the Official Competition is comprised of 10 world premieres of original global TV series. They include BBC and Sundance TV series The Split,
Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
Since the award is for short-run shows or TV films, naturally, there is not a whole lot of repeat champs. Only five people have won the category twice — one fewer than the amount of Best Comedy Actress Emmys Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Veep.” Only one of those five, Regina King, won it back-to-back, but she did so for the same show, “American Crime,” albeit for different characters.
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The other two-time champs are Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women,
The first picture of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland is pretty amazing in that she looks a lot like the late entertainer. If the photo was done in black and white, it would be hard to distinguish between the two. The Judy biopic has seen some controversy by fans who believe that Garland's story was already properly told in the Me
Outside of a handful of makeup and hairstyling awards, “Feud” has come up short at all the major awards shows, having the misfortune of going up against the behemoth that is “Big Little Lies.” It lost all the limited series prizes to the HBO hit when going head-to-head, while its lead stars Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, and supporting players Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Jackie Hoffman and Judy Davis have fallen to “Big Little Lies”‘ Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern,
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Gary Oldman won best actor for “Darkest Hour,” as did supporting actress Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”). All are Oscar favorites for nominations announced Tuesday.
In its 24th year, the SAG Awards had a host for the first time, Kristen Bell; she was followed by an all-female presenter line-up. The #MeToo and Time’s Up crusades were clearly on the organizers’ mind, just one day after another set of women’s marches. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris
“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”
“It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?
“It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Though Netflix is leading the pack with 20 total nominations, it’s FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan that emerged as the most-nominated show, with five of its performers also scoring individual nods. FX’s Fargo and HBO’s Big Little Lies also fared well, earning five nominations a piece.
The winners — including those in the film categories, which you can read here — will be announced during a live ceremony airing Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.
“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”
The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
Snub: “Feud” lost all of its major races, from writing and director, to actresses supporting and lead, to supporting actor and of course the overall limited series race. It lost all of those races to HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” While there were discussions and concerns that competing co-stars could split the vote for both “Lies” and “Feud” in the actress categories, “Lies” prevailed with Laura Dern taking supporting actress over her co-star Shailene Woodley, as
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This Is Us
Outstanding Comedy Series
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding Limited Series
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Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
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The seven-part miniseries, based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, won Outstanding Limited Series, beating fellow HBO drama The Night Of, as well as National Geographic’s Genius, and FX’s Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.
Laura Dern was the first to win, nabbing the trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, besting Judy Davis (FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan
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