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The End review – devastating TV that shows what makes life worth living

What’s the point of it all? Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor play a mother and daughter grappling with life’s eternal questions in this funny and painfully perceptive drama

We open with Harriet Walter lying in bed with a bag over her head and a near-empty bottle of booze by her side. A log falls out of the fire downstairs and sets light to the place. Burning is clearly not how she wants to go, so she swings herself out of bed, tears the bag off, takes a final swig of vodka and throws herself out of the window. She groans as she hits the ground, but only in disappointment when the impact fails to kill her. She is taken to hospital in an ambulance. “It says: ‘Do not resuscitate!’” she cries fiercely, jabbing at the bracelet on her wrist. “Love,” says the kindly paramedic sitting with her, “you’re still conscious.
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Billy Bowring joins See-Saw Films

Billy Bowring.

Billy Bowring has joined See-Saw Films as development producer at its Australian division after four years at Fremantle.

Reporting to executive producer Rachel Gardner and head of television Jamie Laurenson, he is primarily advancing TV projects but also working across the film slate.

Gardner says: “We wanted to work with someone who shares our taste, drive and ambition. Billy joins us with fantastic credentials and talent relationships and we are delighted to have him on board.”

As a development manager and development exec at Fremantle he was involved in such shows as Wentworth and Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Before that he was production assistant to Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen at the UK’s Number 9 Films, working across such films as Gerard Johnson’s London gangster thriller Hyena and Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

This marks another expansion for the production company headed by
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TV tonight: Harriet Walter faces death and Australia

  • The Guardian - TV News
Complex end of life decisions are the focus of new series The End. Plus: Rio Ferdinand reveals how his family life has changed since his wife’s death. Here’s what to watch this evening

End-of-life care is not quite as Harriet Walter’s Edie imagined it in this heartfelt drama on death and family life. After an attempt to kill herself, she is sent from England to live in Australia with her daughter Kate (Frances O’Connor), a decidedly anti-euthanasia doctor. Joining her are Kate’s two kids, one of whom is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. And there is the issue of Kate’s husband, who is in prison. The optimism comes in meagre doses but Walter and O’Connor deliver subtly touching performances. Ammar Kalia
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"Locke and Key" On Netflix - New Footage

From TorontoFilm.Net, Sneak Peek new footage from the supernatural live-action TV series "Locke & Key", adapting Idw Publishing's graphic novel title, starring Frances O'Connor, Jack Mulhern, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Owen Teague, streaming on Netflix February 7, 2020:

"...created by Joe Hill, the son of paranoid best-selling author Stephen King and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez...

"...'Locke and Key" follows the 'Locke' family who travel to 'Keyhouse'.

"Keyhouse is a New England mansion with fantastic keys that open up doors. 

"The building is also home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Locke & Key...

"Locke & Key" Comic Books
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Bo Report: Sony resurrects ‘Bad Boys’ as cinema patrons support bushfire relief

Bad Boys for Life’ (Photo: Sony Pictures).

Seventeen years after the Bad Boys sequel the third edition in the franchise has put Will Smith back in the winners’ circle after he starred in Ang Lee’s 2019 flop Gemini Man.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life opened in top spot in a buoyant weekend as exhibitors and distributors donated two dollars of every ticket sold on Sunday at participating cinemas to three charities involved in bushfire relief.

Sunday takings totaled $6 million, so based on an average ticket price of about $14.50 that would mean 420,000 admissions and a total donation of around $840,000.

“I really take my hat off to the distributors, exhibitors and representative bodies that were able to swiftly come together and create such a powerful and unified industry initiative,” Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Gm Alex Temesvari tells If. “It really gave cinemas a chance to contribute in a meaningful way.”

Majestic
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"Locke and Key" On Netflix

From TorontoFilm.Net, Sneak Peek the supernatural live-action TV series "Locke & Key", adapting Idw Publishing's graphic novels, starring Frances O'Connor, Jack Mulhern, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Owen Teague, streaming on Netflix February 7, 2020:

"...created by Joe Hill, the son of paranoid best-selling author Stephen King and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez...

"...'Locke and Key" follows the 'Locke' family who travel to 'Keyhouse'.

"Keyhouse is a New England mansion with fantastic keys that open up doors. 

"The building is also home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Locke & Key...

"Locke & Key" Comic Books
See full article at SneakPeek »

Netflix grabs Owen Trevor’s family film ‘Go!’

Go! (Photo credit: See Pictures).

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Owen Trevor’s debut feature Go!, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Roadshow Films will launch the See Pictures production on more than 240 screens on Thursday.

The streamer will release the action-packed family film scripted by Paper Planes’ Steve Worland under its original title Go Karts.

Worland has written a novelisation of the film in Australia which will be published in the Us later this year.

Canada-based Aqute Media negotiated the Netflix deal, which also excludes China, on behalf of the producers Jamie Hilton and Sonia Borella.

William Lodder stars as 15-year-old Jack, a charismatic larrikin who discovers go kart racing after he moves to a new town with his mother (Frances O’Connor) and dedicates himself to the sport.

Richard Roxburgh plays Patrick, an old race-car driver with a secret past who along with Jack’s new friends helps
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Netflix Buys Australian Family Pic ‘Go Karts’

  • Deadline
Netflix Buys Australian Family Pic ‘Go Karts’
Exclusive: Netflix has taken global rights, excluding China, Australia and New Zealand, to Aussie family feature Go Karts.

Pic comes from director Owen Trevor, most noted for helming multiple episodes of UK series Top Gear, and production outfit See Pictures, which has credits including the Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue comedy Swinging Safari and Simon Baker’s Breath.

Go Karts follows 15-year-old Jack who, after his mother moves them to a new town, discovers go kart racing and dedicates himself to the sport. With the support of an old race-car driver with a secret past, Jack must learn to control his recklessness to win the national title.

William Lodder leads the cast with Richard Roxburgh, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Frances O’Connor, Dan Wyllie, Cooper van Grootel, and Damian de Montemas.

Roadshow Films is releasing the film theatrically in non-Netflix territories on January 16 under the title Go!; the streaming release has
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"Locke and Key" On Netflix - New Footage

Take a look at new footage from the supernatural live-action TV series "Locke and Key", adapting the Idw Publishing graphic novel title, starring Frances O'Connor, Jack Mulhern, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Owen Teague, streaming on Netflix February 7, 2020:

"...created by Joe Hill, the son of paranoid best-selling author Stephen King and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez, "Locke and Key" follows the 'Locke' family who travel to 'Keyhouse'.

"Keyhouse is a New England mansion with fantastic keys that open up doors. The building is also home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Locke and Key" (2011)...
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2020 outlook: Foxtel’s Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh.

For Brian Walsh, 2020 shapes as the most competitive year for the broadcast and streaming sector since the inception of television in Australia in 1956.

There will be casualties among the new entrants but ultimately the viewers will be the winners, predicts Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of TV, one of the few who were there when the pay TV company launched in 1995.

“The landscape will be the most competitive since the start of television as we see the new players consolidate their positions for consumers in Australia,” he says. “Like all competition, it will bring out the best in everyone. When you have robust competition the winner will be the customer.”

While he expects Disney+ to draw a sizable audience here, particularly among young families, he predicts: “There won’t be an endless array of Ott services that will have the same success as Netflix, Disney and Amazon. There
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Zenia Starr hits the peak of her career

Zenia Starr in ‘The End’ (Photo credit: Foxtel).

Zenia Starr made her screen debut in Mark Grentell’s 2013 cricket comedy Backyard Ashes but this year has been the first when she has worked virtually non-stop.

The Indian-born, Australian-raised actor modestly credits that to a number of factors including audiences’ growing appetite to see diversity on screens and those producers and directors who were willing to take a risk in hiring her.

Equally graciously she also thanks her agent, Catherine Poulton Management, luck and “maybe some divine intervention.”

After a string of roles in the ABC’s The Unlisted, the second series of Seven Network’s Drop Dead Weird, Stan’s upcoming The Gloaming, Foxtel’s The End and Maziar Lahooti’s debut feature Below, she says: “It’s the most momentum I’ve ever had.”

Playing a Mumbai resident in Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai alongside Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs
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"Locke and Key" On Netflix

The supernatural live-action TV series "Locke and Key", adapting the Idw Publishing graphic novel title, stars Frances O'Connor, Jack Mulhern, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Owen Teague, streaming on Netflix February 7, 2020:

"...created by Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez, "Locke and Key" follows the 'Locke' family who travel to 'Keyhouse'.

"Keyhouse is a New England mansion with fantastic keys that open up doors. The building is also home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Locke and Key" (2011)...
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Netflix’s Locke & Key Series Gets February 7th Premiere Date and New Motion Poster

  • DailyDead
Are you ready to enter the Keyhouse? Netflix is. Last year the streaming service gave a series order to the long-in-development Locke & Key adaptation (based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's Idw comic book series of the same name) after it was passed on by Hulu, and now an official premiere date and motion poster have been revealed!

Shared by Joe Hill on Twitter, the new motion poster for Locke & Key reveals a February 7th premiere date for the 10-episode first season of the adaptation of the Lovecraftian Idw comic book series that follows three siblings and their mother as they move into a creepy mansion in Maine that is home to more than just cobwebs and creaky floorboards.

While a pilot episode of the Locke & Key series had already been created for Hulu with It director Andy Muschietti at the helm, Netflix wanted to take the
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Carlton Cuse’s ‘Locke and Key’ Finally Gets a Premiere Date From Netflix

  • The Wrap
Carlton Cuse’s ‘Locke and Key’ Finally Gets a Premiere Date From Netflix
Netflix has finally set the premiere date for Carlton Cuse’s TV adaptation of the beloved graphic novel series “Locke & Key,” with the epic mystery series set to launch on the streaming service early next year.

Based on the best-selling IDW comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, “Locke & Key” will debut on Netflix Feb. 7.

Locke & Key” stars Darby Stanchfield (“Scandal”) as Nina Locke, Jackson Robert Scott (“It” and “It 2”) as Bode Locke, Connor Jessup (“American Crime”) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (“Horrible Histories”) as Kinsey Locke, Bill Heck (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) as Rendell Locke, Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge, Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Griffin Gluck (“American Vandal”) as Gabe and Coby Bird as Rufus Whedon.

Created by Cuse and Meredith Averill (“The Haunting of Hill House
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First Trailer for Australian Kart Racing Movie 'Go!' with William Lodder

"You'll drive when I say so!" Roadshow Films has debuted an official trailer for an Australian movie titled simply Go!, about go-kart racing. The feel-good family movie is about a wild young man named Jack who moves to a small town in Western Australia with his single mother. He takes up competitive go-kart racing, but must work with an eccentric team to help him overcome his own problems and win the championship. Starring William Lodder as Jack, and a full cast with Frances O'Connor, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Richard Roxburgh, Cooper Van Grootel, and Dan Wyllie. This looks as cheesy and as predictable as anything from Hollywood, with all the usual "talented but problematic" sports movie tropes. At least the helmet-cam Pov looks like fun. "Go! is a high-octane Australian family film with heart." Here's the first official trailer for Owen Trevor's Go! movie, direct from Roadshow's YouTube
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The Missing

Network: Starz

Episodes: 16 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: November 15, 2014 -- April 2, 2017

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tchéky Karyo, Jason Flemyng, Ken Stott, Diana Quick, Arsher Ali, Titus De Voogdt, Saïd Taghmaoui, Anastasia Hille, Oliver Hunt, Jean-François Wolff, Eric Godon, Émilie Dequenne, Anamaria Marinca, Johan Leysen, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Jake Davies, Abigail Hardingham, Laura Fraser, and Roger Allam.

TV show description:      

This anthology TV series follows a new case with new characters in a new location each season. The story unfolds over multiple time frames simultaneously.

The first season begins when a five year-old boy named Oliver (Oliver Hunt) disappears while on holiday in France. This event starts a nearly decade-long search for his whereabouts. Viewers are taken inside the mind of the boy's
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"Locke and Key" On Netflix

According to TorontoFilm.Net, the supernatural series "Locke and Key" has been picked up by Netflix with a 10-episode order, thanks to an impressive TV pilot, adapting the Idw Publishing comic book series by writer Joe Hill,  starring Frances O'Connor, Jack Mulhern, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Nate Corddry, Jack Mulhern and Owen Teague:

"...created by Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez, "Locke and Key" follows the 'Locke' family who travel to 'Keyhouse'.

"Keyhouse is a New England mansion with fantastic keys that open up doors. The building is also home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Locke and Key" (2011)...

Find "Locke And Key" Comic Books Here
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Locke & Key Series Officially Moving Forward at Netflix

Are you ready to enter the Keyhouse? Back in May, it was reported that Netflix was looking to give a series order to the long-in-development Locke & Key adaptation (based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's Idw comic book series of the same name) after it was passed on by Hulu, and now the news is official, as Netflix has confirmed that they are moving forward with a 10-episode first season based on the Lovecraftian tale.

While a pilot episode of the Locke & Key series had already been created for Hulu with It director Andy Muschietti at the helm, Netflix wants to take the adaptation in a different creative direction with a new cast.

Joe Hill will executive produce along with Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill, who will also serve as co-showrunners. Additionally, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are among the executive producing team for the adaptation of the
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Today in Soap Opera History (June 12)

1981: General Hospital's Luke had a calling.

1984: Jack Boyd arrived in Edge of Night's Monticello.

1990: A topless Carly impressed Justin on Days of our Lives.

2000: Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke played footsie with Thorne."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1936: Popular serial Just Plain Bill aired on CBS Radio for the final time. The show returned in September on NBC, where it remained until 1954.

1941: On The Guiding Light,
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Locke & Key Series Heading to Netflix?

In its journey to the screen (both big and small), the adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's Locke & Key comic book series has been in development at Fox, Universal, and most recently, Hulu. After ordering a Locke & Key pilot episode that was directed by It filmmaker Andy Muschietti, the streaming network decided not to move forward with a full series, but now the adaptation could find a home on another streaming service: Netflix.

According to multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is "near a series-order deal" for a Locke & Key adaptation. A pilot episode of the series (the second pilot episode the adaptation has received—another one was made for Fox in 2011) had already been created for Hulu with Muschietti at the helm, and a writers' room reportedly put together seven scripts for the show, but Netflix wants to take the adaptation in a different direction,
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