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Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho, Karrueche Tran to Star in ‘Honored’ Teen Comedy Film From Lionsgate Digital (Exclusive)

Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho, Karrueche Tran to Star in ‘Honored’ Teen Comedy Film From Lionsgate Digital (Exclusive)
A quartet of social-media stars — Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse, Arden Cho and Karrueche Tran — will topline Lionsgate Digital Studios’ “Honored,” a high-school buddy comedy revolving around childhood BFFs.

All four have sizable online followings, and Lionsgate is banking on that collective fanbase to provide ongoing promotion for the project — the latest in the “influencer driven” movie trend. Rienks (pictured above; Hulu’s “Freakish,” Go90’s “Mr. Student Body President”), Cho (“Teen Wolf”) and Tran Tran (“Claws,” “The Bay”) are popular YouTube personalities. Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Inherent Vice”) has 7.2 million Instagram followers and nearly 2 million on Twitter.

“Honored” will be executive produced by Zoe, Cisely and Mariel Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures — the first feature film from the sisters’ banner — and Untitled Entertainment’s Kendall Rhodes and Jason Newman in association with Popsugar Films. The film is being produced by Liz Destro of Destro Films (“The Little Hours,” “Joshy”), while Jordan Gilbert and Lindsay Gomez are the creative
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'800 Words': a model for successful Trans-Tasman partnerships?

South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin.

800 Words, a Seven and South Pacific Pictures co-pro, stars Erik Thomson as a widower who relocates to Nz along with his kids, played by Melina Vidler (Mako: Island of Secrets) and Benson Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor).

The role saw Thomson win the Silver Logie for Most Popular Male in 2016, and Vidler win the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

Created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming and produced by Chris Bailey, the show.s executive producers are Seven.s Julie McGauran and John Holmes and South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin, whose credits include Shortland Street and The Brokenwood Mysteries.

For South Pacific Pictures, the success of the show, originally made possible by the New Zealand Film Commission.s Screen Production Grant, has been gratifying.

.We knew we had a great show,. says Martin. .Unfortunately these days that doesn.t always mean you get a big audience.
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Seven greenlights a third season of ‘800 Words’

800 Words..

Channel 7 has commissioned a third season of 800 Words, with production set to begin in New Zealand next month.

800 Words, a Seven and South Pacific Pictures co-pro, stars Erik Thomson as a widower who relocates to Nz along with his kids (Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony).

The role saw Thomson take out the Silver Logie for Most Popular Male in 2016, and Vidler win the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

.We feel the Turner family.s story is only just beginning," said Channel 7 director of production, Brad Lyons. "There is so much more in store and we can.t wait to share it with Australia, who have embraced this series with such a charming cast and brilliant production team...

800 Words was co-created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming and is produced by Chris Bailey. Executive producers are Seven.s head of drama Julie McGauran and John Holmes.

The second
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Mel Gibson, Geoffrey Rush, Rose Byrne, George Miller to attend AACTAs

George Miller.

Geoffrey Rush, Rose Byrne and George Miller will be among those presenting at the 6th Aacta Awards in Sydney next Wednesday evening..

Mel Gibson, whose.Hacksaw Ridge.is up for 13 awards, including Best Film and Best Direction, will also be attending the ceremony. He'll be joined by fellow nominees Danielle Cormack, Pamela Rabe, Matt Nable, Samuel Johnson, Kerry Armstrong, Donna Hay and Shaynna Blaze.

Other presenters include Joel Jackson, 800 Words. Melina Vidler and Erik Thomson, and Home and Away.s Bonnie Sveen and Georgie Parker..

Play School presenter Justine Clarke, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Bindi Irwin will also attend.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Seven at 8.30pm, December 7.

Tickets are available here..
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Mel Gibson, Geoffrey Rush, Rose Byrne, George Miller to present at AACTAs

George Miller.

Geoffrey Rush, Rose Byrne and George Miller will be among those presenting at the 6th Aacta Awards in Sydney next Wednesday evening..

Mel Gibson, whose.Hacksaw Ridge.is up for 13 awards, including Best Film and Best Direction, will also be attending the ceremony. He'll be joined by fellow nominees Danielle Cormack, Pamela Rabe, Matt Nable, Samuel Johnson, Kerry Armstrong, Donna Hay and Shaynna Blaze.

Other presenters include Joel Jackson, 800 Words. Melina Vidler and Erik Thomson, and Home and Away.s Bonnie Sveen and Georgie Parker..

Play School presenter Justine Clarke, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Bindi Irwin will also attend.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Seven at 8.30pm, December 7.

Tickets are available here..
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Mel Gibson to present at Aacta Awards

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Mel Gibson is set to present at the 5th Aacta Awards in Sydney next week.

Gibson, who is currently filming World War II film Hacksaw Ridge in Nsw, will be joined by Manu Feildel, Magda Szubanski, Megan Gale, Erik Thomson, and Brenton Thwaites.

Emma Freedman will host the show.s red carpet.

Birds of Tokyo and UK dance group Rudimental will also perform live at the Ceremony..

Since releasing their debut album Home in 2013 (which sold over half a million copies) Rudimental has received a swag of Awards, including a Brit Award for Best British Single for .Waiting All Night...

Justice Crew recently recorded the Aacta Awards Ceremony show opener on location in Sydney off the back of their brand new single, Good Time; a rhythmic urban track written by Dante Jones and Andrew Bolooki..

The show opener also features top favourite TV talent including Mandy McElhinney, Home and Away
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800 Words actor to make his feature debut

Benson Jack Anthony, who played Erik Thomson.s son Arlo in the Seven Network hit drama 800 Words, has won the lead role in Emo (the musical).

In his feature debut Neil Triffett is writing and directing the irreverent high school musical satire inspired by his 2013 short film. Shooting starts in Melbourne on November 30.

Anthony is Ethan, who is desperate to fit in to his new school and quickly finds a place in the Emo band that aims to win the state school rock competition. When the Christian band enters the competition, the two groups are set to go to war. That.s awkward for Ethan as he falls in love with Trinity (newcomer Jordan Hare), the lead vocalist in the Christian band.

Rahart Adams, who plays the lead in David Caesar's feature Nowhere Boys The Book of Shadows after starring in Nickelodeon.s telemovie Liar Liar, Vampire and series Every Witch Way,
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Packed to the Rafters star Erik Thomson reprises father role in 800 Words

Actor says Seven Network is trying to lure Rafters fans to watch the new television drama, but the shows are very different

Playing a father again is the only similarity between Erik Thomson’s role in new Australian drama 800 Words and his character on the popular Packed to the Rafters.

The veteran actor says it’s understandable the Seven Network has tried to lure Rafters fans to watch 800 Words and he’s “not fighting” the station for their publicity campaign.

Related: Packed to the Rafters bids a teary farewell

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Oz-nz TV co-pro rounds out cast

Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony, Rick Donald and Bridie Carter have joined Erik Thomson in 800 Words, a drama commissioned by the Seven Network and Tvnz.

The 8-part series stars Thomson as George Turner, who quits his job as an 800 word columnist for a Sydney newspaper after his wife dies and, on impulse, buys a house in a remote New Zealand seaside town.

Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) play his teenage children Shay and Arlo Turner.

The family.s hopes of making a fresh start don.t go to plan in their new environment as the locals are both secretive and inquisitive.

Donald (Friends with Better Lives, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is cast as George.s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie and keen surfer, with Carter (McLeod.s Daughters) as Jan, editor of the newspaper George wrote for.
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Safc's new CEO outlines goals

Annabelle Sheehan.

The incoming CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation is keen to continue supporting a diverse range of projects across multiple platforms and to foster indigenous filmmaking in the State.

Currently director of production investment at ScreenWest, Annabelle Sheehan will take up the post in mid-February, succeeding Richard Harris.

.It.s important to have a diverse slate of content across film, TV drama, documentaries and online,. Sheehan tells If. .We also need to strike a balance between supporting emerging and established players and looking to see where the new talent is coming from.

.I am looking forward to understanding South Australian stories and how we can activate those stories further and expand them. I also want to connect with the indigenous community and help them look for filmmaking opportunities..

Sheehan has known Harris, who is returning to Sydney as head of Screen Australia.s business and audience department,
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Thomson, Gibney to star in new series for Seven

Erik Thomson will play a guy who moves to New Zealand with his teenage kids after his wife dies and Rebecca Gibney will return as a homicide cop in new dramas for the Seven Network.

Among the other highlights of Seven.s upfront presentation today are Restaurant Revolution, a spin-off of My Restaurant Rules; Mesmerised, an entertainment series from Endemol Australia fronted by hypnotist Peter Powers; and My Ireland with Colin, which follows My Kitchen Rules judge Collin Fassnidge as he rediscovers the country he left 15 years ago on a motorycycle.

The line-up also includes the previously announced Shine Australia miniseries Catching Milat, which dramatises the investigation that led to the arrest of serial killer Ivan Milat.

The factual slate includes Essential Media & Entertainment.s Australia: The Story of Us, which uses CGI and dramatic re-enactments to chronicle the history of the Australian people, places and events from the first
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New show for Erik Thomson?

The Seven Network is keen to find a new vehicle for Erik Thomson after the end of Packed to the Rafters.

The actor is set to shoot a pilot for the network playing a character who is far removed from Dave Rafter, the decent, salt-of-the-earth family man who loved sport and 1980s music.

Thomson will play the title character in Hartman as a brilliant but flawed, over-sexed surgeon with an unfortunate bedside manner.

Shooting will start in Melbourne later this month, produced by Southern Star Entertainment. If understands Paul Moloney, a director-producer whose credits include Winners & Losers, City Homicide, Bed of Roses and Home and Away, will work on the project.

The pilot will also feature a female Gp, a local cop and a female vigneron. If it.s picked up the series would probably start shooting in the second half of next year.

Rebecca Gibney, who played Dave.s
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Adelaide Film Festival unveils Aussie premieres

Rolf de Heer on location for.Charlie's Country with David Gulpilil

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Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country, Warwick Thornton.s The Darkside and Rowan Woods' The Broken Shore will have their world premieres at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival, which runs October 10-20. Among the other world premieres unveiled today by the Aff.s new CEO/ Director Amanda Duthie are the Adelaide-shot features One-Eyed Girl and 52 Tuesdays and the documentaries All This Mayhem, Muriel Matters and Sons and Mothers. Duthie ticked off an impressive list of 166 titles from 48 countries, including 28 world premieres, 47 Australian premieres and 34 South Australian projects. The line-up features 14 works including seven features which were supported by the Aff.s investment fund. As announced, the fest will open with John Curran.s South Australian-shot Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson.s solo 2,700 km trek via camels across the Australian desert in 1977, accompanied by her dog Diggity. Curran,
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Now Add Honey rolls in Melbourne

Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler, Hamish Blake and Erik Thomson head the cast of feature comedy Now Add Honey, which started shooting in Melbourne today.

It.s the first feature film from Gristmill, producers of ABC- TV.s The Librarians, Very Small Business and Upper Middle Bogan.

Wayne Hope makes his film directing debut. His wife Robyn Butler wrote the script and is producing with Hope and Louisa Kors, as well as playing one of the leads.

Vampire Academy.s Lucy Fry plays Honey Halloway, a Hollywood teen star who returns home to Australia for a short trip and finds her life crumbling into chaos when her mother (de Rossi) is suddenly sent away. Honey is forced to stay with her aunt Caroline (Butler) in the suburbs of Melbourne, and. discovers her family is not so normal at all.

The cast also includes 100 Bloody Acres. Angus Sampson, Ben Lawson,
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Logie Awards 2012: Winners and nominees in full, gallery

Logie Awards 2012: Winners and nominees in full, gallery
Digital Spy presents a list of winners and nominees from the TV Week Logie Awards 2012, which took place at Crown Towers on Sunday April 15, 2012: 'Most Popular' Awards: TV Week Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality on TV

Adam Hills (Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight)

Asher Keddie (Offspring and Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project)

Esther Anderson (Home and Away)

Hamish Blake (Hamish and Andy's Gap Year) - Winner

Karl Stefanovic (Today) TV Week Silver Logie - Most Popular Actor

Daniel MacPherson (Wild Boys)

Eddie Perfect (Offspring)

Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters)

Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) - Winner

Ray Meagher (Home and Away) TV Week Silver Logie - Most Popular Actress

Asher (more)
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'Packed to the Rafters' boss denies Gibney, Thomson quitting show

'Packed to the Rafters' boss denies Gibney, Thomson quitting show
Packed to the Rafters chief executive Tim Worner has hit back at rumours that his two lead stars have quit the show. Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson, who play Julie and Dave Rafter in the Seven Network family drama, are rumoured to have asked to leave the series at the end of this season. Worner told The Daily Telegraph that the network plans to follow Julie and Dave for years to come, saying: "The latest planning discussions we've had are for late 2013 and early 2014 and the storylines are very strong with Dave and Julie Rafter right in the middle of them. "Time is our friend when it comes to sifting through the ideas we have in front of us. "Of all those ideas, and there are a lot of them, the notion of wrapping (more)
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TV Week Logies announce 2012 nominations

The nominations for the 2012 TV Week Logies were announced on Sunday, with long-running soap Home and Away and Nine.s Underbelly: Razor leading the pool with seven nominations each.

Home and Away, which has been on air since 1988, received its nominations in the public-voted categories. It is up against Offspring, Packed To The Rafters, Winners And Losers and Underbelly: Razor for most popular drama series.

Esther Anderson (who plays Charlie Buckton) is nominated for both the gold logie for most popular TV personality and the silver logie for most popular actress. Veteran Ray Meagher (aka Alf Stewart) will compete against stars from Wild Boys, Packed to the Rafters and Offspring for most popular actor, while Dan Ewing, Steve Peacocke and Demi Harman are nominated in the most popular new talent categories.

Underbelly: Razor was acknowledged by both the public and industry peers. It earned nods for most popular series, actress
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2012 Logies nominees revealed

TV heavyweights Karl Stefanovic, Adam Hills and Asher Keddie are among the main contenders for the top prize at the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards.

For the second year in a row, the Today presenter, the Spicks and Specks host and the Paper Giants actress look likely to claim the top award – the viewer-voted Gold Logie – which last year was claimed by Stefanovic.

They will be challenged by Ten’s Carrie Bickmore, Hamish Blake from Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and Seven’s Esther Anderson.

The list of contenders in full:

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality on TV

Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1/Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1) Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten /Ita Buttrose, Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, ABC1) Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten) Esther Anderson (Charlie Buckton, Home And Away, Channel Seven) Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year,
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Seven's Packed To The Rafters is back for season five

Australia.s highest-rated TV drama series Packed To The Rafters is back to claim its crown.

The Seven series, which last year averaged 1.8 million viewers, returns next week with another 22 episodes.

It.s the nation.s favourite drama, having netted Best Australian Drama at the last three Logie Awards. Two weeks ago it also took out the Audience Choice Award for Best TV Program at the inaugural Aacta Awards.

Series producer Chris Martin-Jones, who occasionally sits in the director.s chair, puts the show's success down to it being so relatable. The drama focuses on the Rafter family . a family, which, like any, faces pressures of life and love while dealing with serious social issues.

.They can see the characters in their own lives. They can see the situation the character.s in,. Martin-Jones says from his Sydney office.

He says tackling serious issues such as abortion, drug abuse and
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In full: Logies 2011 - The Winners

In full: Logies 2011 - The Winners
Gold Logie

Karl Stefanovic (Today) - - Winner!

Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks)

Asher Keddie (Offspring)

Chrissie Swan (The Circle)

Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters)

Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters) Most Popular Actor

Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters) - Winner!

Callan Mulvey (Rush)

Don Hany (Offspring / Tangle)

Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters)

Michael Caton (Packed To The Rafters) Most Popular Actress

Rebecca Gibney - (Packed To The Rafters) - Winner!

Asher Keddie (Offspring)

Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters)

Margot Robbie (Neighbours)

Zoe Ventoura (Packed To The Rafters) Most Popular Presenter

Karl Stefanovic (Today) - Winner!

Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks)

Chrissie Swan (The Circle)

Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy 'Specials') (more)
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