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What Makes Film and TV Supervillains Tick?

For more than a decade, superheroes have been a staple of cinema and television. Audiences are thrilled and inspired by an everyman donning spandex to overcome great difficulties and save the day. Nevertheless the majority of superhero films are plagued by one persistent stumbling block: a villain problem. In the McU only the charismatic Loki (Tom Hiddleston), merciless Hela (Cate Blanchett), resentful Vulture (Michael Keaton), and rage-filled Killmonger (Michael B Jordan) were more than thinly defined enigmas of evil. Whilst the DC film universe has opted to embrace CGI ‘Big Bads’ that appear out of nowhere during the third act. It’s fair to say that neither universe has succeeded in creating villains as complex or endearing as their heroic counterparts.

One of the main factors contributing to cinematic supervillains inability to make an impact is their lack of motivation. Guardians of the Galaxy’s antagonist Ronan (Lee Pace) hated
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First images from Australian sci-fi horror Nekromancer

Back in October of last year we brought you some news about Nekromancer, the new sci-fi horror from Australian filmmakers Kiah and Tristan Roach-Turner, directors of the cult 2014 post-apocalyptic zombie feature Wyrmwood. And now, thanks to Dark Horizons, we’ve got a few first-look images from the new project…

Plot details for Nekromancer are being kept under wraps, but the film is described as a “brain-meltingly insane sci-fi extravaganza” which will feature the same mix of gore and comedy as the filmmakers’ debut feature.

Nekromancer features a cast that includes Monica Bellucci, Ben O’Toole, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Bob Savea and David Wenham. Visit the official Facebook page here for more info.

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Marvel's Iron Fist: Season Two; Netflix Series Casts Alice Eve (Entourage)

Alice Eve is joining the second season of Marvel's Iron Fist TV show on Netflix. The British actress, who primarily works in features, had a recurring role in the final season of HBO's Entourage. Her other Us TV series work includes the season three premiere of Black Mirror, also on Netflix. A superhero action-adventure drama, based on the Marvel comics, Marvel's Iron Fist stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand. The cast also includes: Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham, Wai Ching Ho, Barrett Doss, and Rosario Dawson. The store centers on billionaire martial arts expert Rand, who returns to New York City, 15 years after having gone missing. Read More…
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Mipcom: SundanceTV Global Takes 'Romper Stomper' Series for Asia, Europe, Latin America

SundanceTV Global has snatched up multiple territories for Romper Stomper, a new Australian drama series based on the cult film of the same name. The original 1992 film was the break-out feature for Russell Crowe.

Geoffrey Wright, who wrote and directed the feature film about Nazi skinheads in Melbourne who target local Vietnamese immigrants, co-wrote and co-directed the six-part series. The Romper Stomper series stars David Wenham (Top of the Lake), Sophie Lowe (The Returned), Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400) and Toby Wallace (Neighbours). The series picks up years after the events of the film and follows a new generation of...
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‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’: Why That Heart-Sinking Ending Was a Fitting Cap to a Tumultuous Season of TV

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‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’: Why That Heart-Sinking Ending Was a Fitting Cap to a Tumultuous Season of TV
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Top of the Lake: China Girl” Episode 6, “The Battle of the Mothers.”]

Top of the Lake: China Girl” didn’t need to exist, but the very fact that Jane Campion brought these characters back to TV made it destined for a murky ending. After all, that odd sense of closure and the lingering dread at the ramifications of a crime was what made the first set of episodes so haunting. The season-closing reveal of Sergeant Al Parker’s involvement in a child sex ring turned “Top of the Lake” from a dark meditation on rural crime to a pitch-black tale of human despair.

Top of the Lake” is all about that elusive sense of finality, the frustration with not being able to leave behind the most seismic events in your life. So what would “Top of the Lake: China Girl” offer as a follow-up? Unsurprisingly, the second series culminated in more devastation, but rounded those late developments out with a resigned sense
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Top of the Lake

Network: SundanceTV. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: March 18, 2013 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Elizabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright, Skye Wansey, Geneviève Lemon, Robyn Malcolm, Kip Chapman, Jacqueline Joe, Ewen Leslie, Clayton Jacobson, Nicole Kidman, Gwendoline Christie, Alice Englert, David Dencik, Anjee Douangphoumy, Elaine Crombie, Merlynn Tong, Lincoln Vickery, and Byron Coll. TV show description: A mystery crime drama, the Top of the Lake TV series stars Elizabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin. The first season centers on the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 12 year old New Zealand girl named Tui Mitcham (Joe). Due to dark events in her own past, Griffin identifies with
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TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3

TV Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 3
Even though Netflix has started to cancel its underperforming series in earnest, that doesn’t mean it lacks for programming. In fact, its slate of offerings is fuller than ever, which makes it difficult for viewers to choose when faced with an embarrassment of bingeable riches.

Netflix’s foreign series, however, rarely get promotion amidst all of the other American shows that have been produced. Although IndieWire has previously provided handy lists of foreign-language series a couple of times, including other imports, that is only a hint of all offerings available.

Read More:tv Imports: The Best Foreign Netflix Shows to Binge, Part 1

By now, you’ve already seen Brazil’s excellent dystopian series “3%” or the unforgettable “Chewing Gum” starring Michaela Coel, but what’s next? In an effort to continue helping viewers discover new or lesser-known foreign TV shows, we’ve compiled another list of those series worth bingeing below:
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Top Of The Lake series 1 recap

Louisa Mellor Aug 11, 2017

Here’s a reminder of the key events in Top Of The Lake series 1, for anyone whose memory needs a jog. Spoilers…

Warning: contains series one spoilers.

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Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) returns to her remote New Zealand hometown of Laketop to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, leaving behind in Sydney her fiancé of five years, Steve. When twelve-year-old Tui (Jacqueline Joe) is found standing fully dressed in the local lake, the school nurse discovers that Tui is five months pregnant. Robin is brought in to interview the child on account of her experience with abuse cases. When asked who impregnated her, Tui writes the word “No-one” on a piece of paper.

Tui’s father is local drug-dealer Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan), a violent man
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Romper Stomper to get a TV sequel

Australian streaming service Stan has announced that it is developing a six-part TV sequel to the cult 1992 film Romper Stomper, which starred Russell Crowe as the leader of a group of violent neo-Nazi extremists.

Romper Stomper will be directed by Geoffrey Wright, who helmed the original film, as well as Daina Reid (Never Tear us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs) and James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse), and is described as “a high stakes crime drama/political thriller that explores the human face of extremism” and “a timely revisiting of issues as today’s world confronts the politics of hate and hard-right populism.”

Romper Stomper will be unmissable television, as provocative now as the film was in 1992, examining at a personal level the hatred, fear, vengeance and politics hidden in plain sight all around us,” said Nick Forward, chief content officer at Stan.

The series will see Jacqueline McKenzie
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Russell Crowe's Skinhead Drama Romper Stomper is Getting a TV Series

Russell Crowe got his big break in 1992 in a crazy, violent, and controversial Australian skinhead indie film called Romper Stomper. I was blown away by this movie when I first saw it and Crowe gave such an amazing terrifying performance. He played a neo-Nazi skinhead in the film named Hando. If you've never seen this movie before, it's definitely worth checking out.

According to THR, the film's creator Geoffrey Wright is now adapting his movie into a limited run TV series. It seems like the kind of story that would work great for series. Here's a description of what the series will entail:

The high stakes crime drama/political thriller explores the human face of extremism, picking up on the prescient themes and story of Wright’s classic film, following a new generation of the activist right, its anti-fascist counterparts and the multicultural fabric of a country that they threaten to tear apart.
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‘Romper Stomper’ To Get A Six-Part TV Remake

Romper Stomper, the film that was the feature film debut of Russell Crowe back in 1992, is getting a TV remake courtesy of the Australian streaming service Stan. The original film’s director Geoffrey Wright, who went on to helm films like 2000’s Cherry Falls and the 2006 version of Macbeth, will co-direct the new series, along with Daina Reid and James Napier Robertson. More on the Romper Stomper TV series below.

Romper Stomper TV series to air of Australia’s Stan network

Supporting cast members Jacqueline McKenzie and Dan Wyllie will reprise their roles from the 1992 original, but the new Romper Stomper TV series will not see a return for Russell Crowe.

David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Sophie Lowe and Toby Wallace will join the cast though, with Wallace playing the character of Kane, a drifter who gets drawn into a hard-right Australian nationalist group.

Russell Crowe’s Mr. Hyde transformation in
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Skinhead Classic That Launched Russell Crowe's Career to Become Series for Aussie Streamer

Romper Stomper, the controversial 1992 Australian feature that cemented Russell Crowe as a star for his turn as violent neo-Nazi skinhead Hando, is being reimagined by creator Geoffrey Wright as a series.

Production on the limited-run series, planned for 2018, gets underway this week for Australian streaming service Stan, jointly owned by the Nine TV network and publisher Fairfax Media, with Jacqueline Mackenzie and Dan Wyllie reprising their roles from the original film. David Wenham, Lachy Hulme and newcomer Toby Wallace will also star.

The high stakes crime drama/political thriller explores the human face of extremism, picking up on the prescient...
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Marvel's Iron Fist: Season Two Renewal for Netflix TV Show

It looks like Netflix is giving Marvel's Iron Fist another chance. Deadline reports the streaming service has renewed the TV show for a second season.Based on the Marvel Comics character, the superhero drama centers on Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a billionaire martial arts expert who returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years. The cast also includes Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, and Rosario Dawson.Read More…
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‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Taps New Showrunner

‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Taps New Showrunner
Updated July 22, 11:21 a.m. Pt: Raven Metzner will take over as showrunner for “Iron Fist” Season 2. Metzner previously worked on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” NBC’s “Heroes Reborn,” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” He also has past experience in the Marvel world, having written the screenplay for the 2005 film “Elektra.” He replaces Season 1 showrunner Scott Buck, who is now working on the ABC Marvel series “Inhumans.”

Previously:

Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “Iron Fist” for Season 2.

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, Loeb hinted that Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who first appeared in Season 1 of “Luke Cage.” The characters previously partnered together in the Marvel comic books.

Iron Fist” stars “Game of Thrones” alum Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to the multi-billion dollar Rand Corp. who returns to New York after training for
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Disney Rolls out 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray for 5th Pirates

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Burbank, Calif. (July 14, 2017) — From Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, it was announced today at D23 Expo, that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—the fifth film in the now-iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise—will sail home on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on September 19, and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar® winners Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, No Country for Old Men) and Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, Shine).

Fans who bring home Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Film Review: ‘Australia Day’

Film Review: ‘Australia Day’
An ambitious and powerful, if necessarily convenient, multi-character drama in the mold of 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash,” “Australia Day” is a meditation on cultural diversity and the questioning of national identity. As such, it holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience. Festivals would do well to find a berth for the film, and distributors around the world would offer audiences the opportunity to learn about a darker facet of life in the Lucky Country.

Australia Day is the nation’s sometimes controversial national celebration. Marking the start of European settlement, it has evolved to represent everything from chest-pumping nationalism to citizenship ceremonies to a reflection of the impact that settlement has had on Australia’s indigenous population.

These facets of the day’s activities form the subtext of the busy screenplay. In a lower-working-class Brisbane suburb, three teenagers are independently running for their lives. Fourteen-year-old
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Film Review: ‘Ellipsis’

Film Review: ‘Ellipsis’
Before Sunrise” goes Down Under in the modest yet affecting “Ellipsis,” during which two strangers discover the wonders of nocturnal Sydney and a little bit about each other. This improvised, quickly shot drama reps the feature film debut of David Wenham, working with executive producer Robert Connolly, who gave the actor his first short directing assignment in 2013’s Tim Winton’s “The Turning.” Their reputations — Wenham was featured in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and “300” — should get the film onto the festival circuit, though theatrical will likely prove elusive.

While crossing an intersection with their heads buried in their mobile phone screens in Sydney’s bustling Central Business District, Jasper (Benedict Samuel) literally careens into Viv (Emily Barclay). Her phone shatters and he offers to pay for the damage, though the shopkeeper they find can’t promise a fix until eight the next morning.

Cut to some time together between these likable strangers. Turns
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits $650 million worldwide

The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is showing some steady sea legs at the box office, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales having pushed its worldwide haul to $650 million this past weekend.

The film, directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and released in the UK as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, has grossed a modest $150 million domestically – over $90 million less than the previous instalment On Stranger Tides, which was itself a franchise low. However, it has been performing very well on the international stage, where is has grossed a further $500 million, including $145 million from China alone.

Worldwide, Dead Men Tell No Tales is now just $4 million short of the total haul of the first instalment, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which earned $654.3 million back in 2003.

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Wenham applauds 'considerable tenacity' of 2017 Sff short film fellows

Emily Avila, Lara Kose, Goran Stolevski and Thomas Baricevic are the four recipients of Sydney Film Festival.s 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.

Each filmmaker will receive $50,000 to make a short to premiere at next year.s festival..

Actor-director David Wenham, who presided over the fellowship.s selection process as jury chair, said each of the four had shown "considerable tenacity" and drive in the early years of their careers..

.What is really exciting is each filmmaker.s strong commitment to telling diverse stories. I.m thrilled we have four young talented Australian filmmakers with such unique perspectives and a passion to create meaningful works that will connect and resonate with Australian and global audiences,. he said.

The fellows were selected from a shortlist of over 20 emerging filmmakers. Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley said the jury believed the chosen fellows were ready to take the next step in their careers.
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'Ellipsis': Film Review | Sydney 2017

'Ellipsis': Film Review | Sydney 2017
Conceived as an experiment after a more conventional directing project fell over, Ellipsis marks the feature debut of Australian actor turned filmmaker David Wenham (Lion). Shot in Sydney over 11 days and heavily improvised by its two leads, Emily Barclay (The Light Between Oceans) and Benedict Samuel (The Walk), the result is modest and amiable, unfolding over the course of one day and night; it's a kind of Antipodean version of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise. Wenham earlier directed a segment of The Turning, the 2013 Tim Winton anthology that saw a constellation of Aussie stars debut behind the lens, and...
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