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From Muriel’s Wedding to Moulin Rouge: inside Jill Bilcock’s frantic world of film editing

One of Australia’s most gifted film editors on Baz Luhrmann, Michael Hutchence and making Muriel likable

Anybody with the most basic understanding of film editing will tell you there are many words to describe different kinds of techniques. Montage. Juxtaposition. Fade. Dissolve. Wipe. Jump cut. Shot reverse shot. Fast cutting. Slow cutting. Cross cutting. The list goes on.

The renowned editor Jill Bilcock infused the director Baz Luhrmann’s first three films – Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge (aka the red curtain trilogy) – with a famously frenetic, flashy, in-your-face style. The term she and the glitzy auteur coined to describe their approach is unlikely to be added to textbooks any time soon: they call it “frame fucking”.

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Documentary on Late Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence to Feature Unreleased Songs, Remembrance by Bono

Documentary on Late Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence to Feature Unreleased Songs, Remembrance by Bono
A new documentary called “Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar” promises to “make headlines all around the world,” producer Mark Llewellyn told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph over the weekend. The beloved Inxs singer died in Nov. 1997 by suicide. He was 37.

The film, directed by Richard Lowenstein, who shot several Inxs videos including “What You Need” and “Never Tear Us Apart,” is slated to air on Australia’s Channel Seven in honor of the 20th anniversary of Hutchence’s death, and will include previously “missing songs,” personal photos, home videos, and lyrics, according to the Sydney-based paper. A trailer for the film features U2 frontman Bono, who remembers Hutchence as “amazing and interesting and then tragic.”

Although Inxs’ rise to international success has been well-documented, Llewellyn said he was given “unprecedented” access by the Hutchence estate (Hutchence was married to British television personality Paula Yates with whom he had a daughter, and
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Black Sails The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray

The final season of executive producer Michael Bay’s thrilling prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” the Starz hit series “Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season” arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 29 from Lionsgate. “Black Sails” has been nominated for multiple Emmy® Awards, and won in 2014 for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Sound Editing. The show was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for “Outstanding Drama Series.” The critically acclaimed series boasts a dynamic cast, including Toby Stephens (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi), Luke Arnold (”Inxs: The Michael Hutchence Story”), Toby Schmitz (“Newton’s Law”), Hannah New (Maleficent), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle”), Tom Hopper (“Merlin”) and Ray Stevenson (“Rome) as the iconic pirate “BlackBeard”.

Now you can own Black Sails The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away.
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Black Sails The Complete Fourth Season Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 29th

The final season of executive producer Michael Bay’s thrilling prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” the Starz hit series “Black Sails: The Complete Fourth Season” arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 29 from Lionsgate. “Black Sails” has been nominated for multiple Emmy® Awards, and won in 2014 for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Sound Editing. The show was also nominated for the 2016 GLAAD Awards for “Outstanding Drama Series.” The critically acclaimed series boasts a dynamic cast, including Toby Stephens (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi), Luke Arnold (”Inxs: The Michael Hutchence Story”), Toby Schmitz (“Newton’s Law”), Hannah New (Maleficent), and Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle”), Tom Hopper (“Merlin”) and Ray Stevenson (“Rome) as the iconic pirate “BlackBeard”.

It’s war in the West Indies, and the shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier. While Eleanor
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Debbie Gibson Shares 30 Fun Facts About Herself to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Out of the Blue

Debbie Gibson Shares 30 Fun Facts About Herself to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Out of the Blue
Thirty years ago, an unknown 16-year-old Long Island girl named Debbie Gibson released her first pop album.

Entitled Out of the Blue, it spawned five hit singles and sold five million copies worldwide. The chart topping “Foolish Beat” made her the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a top single – a record that endures today.

Gibson is still around. Her follow-up album, Electric Youth, went straight to no. 1. She continues to release new music and she occasionally acts—most recently in the 2016 TV Movie Summer of Dreams. She is releasing a box set of her music later this
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Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge Named Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year (Exclusive)

Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has been named Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year — the first music executive to receive the honor since it was launched in 1999. The award, which recognizes innovators who have shaped the future of media, will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 21 during the annual festival in Cannes, France. He is being cited for “championing innovative business models” and “creating a series of partnerships with a wide range of international technology and media partners.”

Along with his substantial accomplishments as the head of the world’s largest music company, Grainge has aggressively overseen Umg’s expansion into theatrical motion pictures, winning an Academy Award for the Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” and producing Ron Howard’s successful “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” documentary. He has also recently re-launched Polygram Entertainment for further film and TV development, including two upcoming projects,
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Universal Music Group relaunches Polygram label, sets Motown doc

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Universal Music Group relaunches Polygram label, sets Motown doc
La company launches Motown documentary with Berry Gordy.

Universal Music Group (Umg) is relaunching the Polygram Entertainment label as it looks to accelerate Umg’s film and television output.

Polygram will develop and produce feature films and television, including scripted and unscripted productions as well as financing premium documentaries.

The revived label will be based in Santa Monica and led by David Blackman, Umg’s head of film & television development and production.

Blackman reports to Umg executive vice president Michele Anthony and Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

Polygram’s inaugural production will be The Story of Motown, a documentary about the history and cultural impact of the iconic record label with the participation of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

The film, which will feature footage and recordings from Gordy’s personal archive, focuses on the period between Motown’s birth in Detroit in 1958 until its 1972 relocation to Los Angeles.

Polygram, Motown
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Universal Music Group relaunches Polygram, sets Motown doc

  • ScreenDaily
Universal Music Group relaunches Polygram, sets Motown doc
La company launches Motown documentary with Berry Gordy.

Universal Music Group (Umg) is re-launching the Polygram Entertainment label as it looks to accelerate Umg’s film and television output.

Polygram will develop and produce feature films and television, including scripted and unscripted productions as well as financing premium documentaries.

The revived label will be based in Santa Monica and led by David Blackman, Umg’s head of film & television development and production.

Blackman reports to Umg executive vice president Michele Anthony and Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

Polygram’s inaugural production will be The Story of Motown, a documentary about the history and cultural impact of the iconic record label with the participation of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

The film, which will feature footage and recordings from Gordy’s personal archive, focuses on the period between Motown’s birth in Detroit in 1958 until its 1972 relocation to Los Angeles.

Polygram, Motown
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Universal Music Group Revives Polygram Label for Film and TV Production

Universal Music Group Revives Polygram Label for Film and TV Production
Universal Music Group is reviving the Polygram Entertainment banner as the music giant seeks to expand its film and TV production activity.

Umg said Saturday that Polygram will be tasked with producing movies and TV programs and financing documentaries, with an emphasis on projects tied to artists connected to Umg labels. The first project from the imprint will be a documentary on Motown Records, one of the iconic music labels in the Umg vault. Also in the works is “Mystify,” a docu about the life of Michael Hutchence the late singer of Inxs.

David Blackman, who was recruited to head Umg’s newly formed film and TV unit in January, will oversee the Santa Monica-based Polygram operation, reporting to Umg exec VP Michele Anthony and Universal Music Publishing Group chairman-ceo Jody Gerson.

“Polygram will play an important role in furthering Umg’s global strategy to produce the very best in audio-visual storytelling and provide our artists
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Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce reunite – and nine other Australian films to watch in 2017

From a Babadook follow-up, to documentaries about Michael Hutchence and JonBenét Ramsey, here are the films we’re most looking forward to

Another year for Australian cinema, another three dozen films starring Shane Jacobson. Just kidding: he doesn’t even get a mention in the ten titles listed below.

The best of 2016 offered a motley array of titles, from heart-wrenching documentaries to the return of a certain dog of a certain colour.

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'O.J.: Made In America' producer-director to headline Aidc's 30th edition

Ezra Edelman, director and producer of 'O.J.:Made In America' will give a keynote at Aidc 2017..

The 30th installment of the Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) has attracted a variety of international producers as its headline speakers.

They include head of Passion Pictures John Battsek (One Day In September); vice president of the Tribeca Film Institute Amy Hobby (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and Ezra Edelman, director and producer of O.J.: Made In America.

Edelman and Battsek will deliver the opening session about using sports documentary as a way to explore power and racial discrimination. Hobby will appear in conversation about the experiences of documentary filmmakers on the festival and awards circuit.

All three will also participate as mentors in the Access@Aidc mentorship program..

Other conference sessions announced so far include:

– Revolution or Evolution?, a session about the future of .serious gaming. and virtual reality documentary with Navid Khonsari,
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[Review] Oasis: Supersonic

Oliver Stone. That’s the filmmaker who should have been asked to chronicle the career of Oasis, the hugely successful, ever-combustible, now-departed kings of Britpop. Looking at the entirety of the band’s lifespan — from the early 1990s to break-up in 2008 — it’s hard not to notice the trademarks of Doors-era Stone: controversies, fisticuffs, conspiracies, bravery, insanity, ego, vulnerability, lust, and violence. In rock and roll, these are positives, and the joys that emanate from such feelings and behavior is certainly on display in Oasis: Supersonic, a Noel and Liam Gallagher-approved documentary. The band’s career, however, is not really the subject of the new documentary directed by Mat Whitecross and from the producers of Amy, Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning Amy Winehouse documentary. Instead, Supersonic is about the rise of the band, the period from birth to its two concerts (to 250,000 attendees) at Knebworth.

And that’s fine, since
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A Pirate Meets His End in New Black Sails: Season Three Clip?

Season three of Starz’ excellent pirate series Black Sails is heading to DVD/Bluray/Digital HD on November 8th and we’ve got a clip from the release. In this clip, we see stars Tom Hopper and Zach McGowan talk about a scene in which one of their character could potentially meet their end, via a noose and an angry crowd. See the clip after the jump!

Black Sails” stars Toby Stephens as the brilliant and unstoppable ‘Captain Flint.’ Stephens is an accomplished film, television and stage actor, who appeared in the feature film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi directed by Michael Bay and released in January 2016, and is well-known for his role in Die Another Day. He starred in BBC’s “Vexed” and on stage in “Noel Coward’s Private Lives,” and his many film credits include Believe and Twelfth Night. London-born Hannah New, who portrays ‘Eleanor Guthrie,
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Mushroom's John Molloy on premiering indie Boys in the Trees at Venice

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John Molloy is the head of production at Mushroom Pictures, working out of the company's Melbourne office. After boffo success with 'Molly' earlier in the year, he's now gearing up for the release of his latest project as producer: Nicholas Verso's fantasy-tinged teen drama 'Boys in the Trees'.

When did you meet the director, Nicholas Verso? I know you produced his short..

That was the first time we worked together, on The Last Time I Saw Richard (2014), but I'd seen some of Nicholas's short films before that. Nic and I started working on Boys in the Trees and then decided to make The Last Time I Saw Richard as a way of helping us put the feature together. A proof of our relationship and also showing Nicholas' style, so that when we were out talking about the feature we had something very concrete that people could hold on to.
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Watch Bonnie Raitt's Bluesy Inxs Cover on 'Kimmel'

Watch Bonnie Raitt's Bluesy Inxs Cover on 'Kimmel'
Bonnie Raitt turned Inxs' "Need You Tonight" into a gritty blues tune on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday.

Alongside her band, Raitt scuffed up the new wave sheen of the 1987 original with a swampy groove, while delivering a throaty vocal performance still smokey enough to be reminiscent of Michael Hutchence's sultry hush. Of course, Raitt also laced the song with a bevy of slide licks and traded solos with guitarist George Marinelli and keyboardist Mike Finnigan.

Raitt's cover of "Need You Tonight" appears on her latest album, Dig In Deep,
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Richard Lowenstein to direct ‘definitive’ Michael Hutchence documentary

Michael Hutchence.

The man behind many of Inxs.s music videos, Richard Lowenstein, is set to direct a documentary about the life of the band.s late frontman, Michael Hutchence.

The feature-length documentary will be produced by Universal Music Group (Umg) and Oscar-winning production company Passion Pictures (Searching for Sugar Man). Inxs is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.

This is the second Hutchence doco in the pipeline, with Aap reporting earlier this month that Sydney businessman Ron Creevey had spent two years working on a film about the singer with La record producer Danny Saber.

Hutchence was a founding member and lead singer of. Inxs from 1977 up until his death in 1997.

Lowenstein (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, Say a Little Prayer) was a close friend of Hutchence, having worked with Inxs for many years. He was responsible for a range of the band.s videos including
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Documentary On Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence In Works

Documentary On Inxs Frontman Michael Hutchence In Works
Inxs label Universal Music Group is teaming with Searching For Sugar Man producer Passion Pictures on a feature-length documentary about the band’s lead singer Michael Hutchence. Richard Lowenstein (Say A Little Prayer), a close friend of the singer who directed many of the Aussie band’s music videos, is directing. CAA is repping North American distribution rights and worldwide deals. “To know we have access to everyone and everything required to make such a film and the…
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Inxs Lead Singer Michael Hutchence: Documentary Movie in the Works

Inxs Lead Singer Michael Hutchence: Documentary Movie in the Works
Universal Music Group and Passion Pictures, which won an Oscar for music-themed documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” are teaming to produce a documentary feature about the life of Inxs lead singer Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997.

Hutchence’s friend Richard Lowenstein, whose credits include “He Died with a Felafel in His Hand,” “Say a Little Prayer” and “Strikebound,” will direct. Lowenstein directed the majority of Hutchence and Inxs’s music videos and concert films, and Hutchence’s only lead role in a dramatic feature film, 1986’s “Dogs in Space.”

Lowenstein said he had “been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years.”

David Blackman, Umg’s head of film and television development and production, described Hutchence as “a musical genius who led one of the world’s biggest bands to global stardom, only to succumb to a tragic end.
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"Sugar Man" Team Plan Michael Hutchence Doco

Following their success on "Searching for Sugar Man," Universal Music Group and Passion Pictures are re-teaming to produce a documentary feature about the life of Inxs lead singer Michael Hutchence.

Hutchence's friend and filmmaker Richard Lowenstein ("He Died with a Felafel in His Hand," "Say a Little Prayer") will direct. Lowenstein has reportedly been "working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years."

Lowenstein is deeply familiar with the material, directing the majority of Hutchence and Inxs's music videos along with the singer's only lead role in a film - 1986's "Dogs in Space". Hutchence's daughter Tiger Lily will be a beneficiary of the film's proceeds.

The story of Hutchence was most recently adapted into the 2014 Australian mini-series "Never Tear Us Apart" with "Black Sails" star Luke Arnold as the singer and the likes
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Bruce Willis: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

Kirsten Howard Jan 19, 2017

Most Bruce Willis movies right now seem to head to DVD almost immediately. We've found even more of them...

This article has been updated to include two new films - Precious Cargo and Marauders.

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It’s not exactly clear when Bruce Willis went from being a big star whose name filled seats and sold tickets to being a guy whose name you see on the cover of so many direct-to-dvd and VOD outings (albeit ones that sometimes get a week or two in a cinema, in essence to promote the VOD release), but I’d like to go out on a limb here and say that Kevin Smith’s mouth might be partly to blame.

During one of his filmed Q&A sessions that ended up winging its way to eager fanboys and girls like
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