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Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century

Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Australian Movie of This Century
Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the best Australian movie of the century. Recently, the Australian website Flicks.com surveyed a total of 51 critics from the country. 26 of whom were men and 25 women, making for a pretty even split and diverse group. It was the largest poll of Australian movie critics in history and, when all of the votes were tallied, director George Miller's dystopian masterpiece came out on top.

The Top five is rounded out by 2010's Animal Kingdom, 2009's Samson and Delilah, 2000's Chopper and 2001's Lantana. Sitting just outside the top five is the modern horror classic The Babadook, which was released in 2014 and gained notoriety for its originality and overall quality. Director Jennifer Kent has been in the running for several high-profile jobs, such as Captain Marvel. The 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, which was a major box office success and stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor,
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Channing Tatum Whisks Wife Jenna Away on Mexican Vacation For Her 37th Birthday: Pics

Channing Tatum Whisks Wife Jenna Away on Mexican Vacation For Her 37th Birthday: Pics
Viva Los Cabos!

Channing Tatum whisked his gorgeous wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, away for a beach getaway in Mexico over the weekend, to mark the actress and dancer’s 37th birthday on Sunday.

The couple was snapped at the airport at celebrity vacation hot spot, Cabos San Lucas, on Saturday, with Jenna sporting a white floral maxi dress, while Channing chatted on his cellphone in a blue sweater and casual pants.

Jenna shared some of the seaside fun from the couple’s luxury rental on her Instagram Stories, posting photos of a cocktail balancing on her knee against the beach backdrop, as well as a sexy shot showing her white bikini top.

She also took a snap of her reading material, Moulin Rouge.

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Later, Jenna shared more Instagram pics of her "birthday suit," a low-cut black one-piece.

"This year has been one i will never forget," she captioned one of the shots. "Challenging, beautiful and wonderfully
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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’
As much as we all love a stunning tracking shot or an impeccably stylized thriller, even the most discerning cinephiles have to admit: Sometimes, you just want a good cry. Often it’s the most gut-wrenching movies that remain in our collective cultural memory the longest; “Sophie’s Choice,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Schindler’s List,” to name just a few. Even in an age when auteur-driven driven sci-fi and superhero franchises reign supreme, Hollywood will always love a good old-fashioned tearjerker. Which is why we thought it necessary to single out some of the saddest movies of the century — so far.

Read More:The 20 Scariest Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

Though it might sound trite, one doesn’t have to give up gorgeous cinematography or a tightly-wound script in order to be moved. Not only do the films on this list find beauty in the most heartbreaking of human experiences,
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Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + More N.Y. Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The boys in the band are heading to Broadway.Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello,
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Village Voice Bilge Elbiri on a film review that changed his live (J Hoberman's 1992 piece on Orson Welles' Othello) - lovely personal piece

Nick Davis Chicago film festival jury picks and his own precise takes on the movies screened including high profile gems like Call Me By Your Name, and several foreign film Oscar submissions

Esquire Bryan Cranston must be seeking to sabotage his Oscar hopes this year with this admission that he's rooting for Trump to succeed

Huffington Post talks to Melissa Leo about Novitiate and becoming a gay icon with those "Consider..." ads

Another Mag amazing photos of the well decorated sets of Call Me By Your Name

EW Moulin Rouge!'s stage musical adaptation sets its debut for next summer in Boston. Which means we're probably looking at a Broadway transfer and contention for the June 2019 Tonys.

Sbs an amazing interview with Katya and Trixie whose new
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Quote of the Day: Nicole Kidman Says Being an Advocate Means Putting Things Into Action

Kidman in “Big Little Lies

2017 saw Nicole Kidman working with two renowned women directors: Jane Campion for “Top of the Lake: China Girl” and Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled.” Her upcoming projects include Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me,” a comedic drama following intertwined love stories, and Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” a crime drama where she’ll play an Lapd detective. It’s no coincidence that the Oscar winner is starring in so many women-helmed projects. The actress has pledged to work with a female director every 18 months, a decision she discussed with Miller in a recent Glamour feature.

“As an actor you’re only as good as the things you’re offered. And there just weren’t any women offering me things. So when you dissect that, you realize there aren’t women offering you things because they don’t have the opportunities,” Kidman explained. “I work to raise money for women’s cancers; I use my voice for violence against women. And so I was like, ‘I need to be part of the movement that will, hopefully, change the statistics in my field.’”

The “Big Little Lies” actress emphasized that talking about the issue isn’t enough. “Because, to be an advocate, you have to actually put things into action,” she observed. “It’s like, ‘Ok, Rebecca. You’re making a movie? Let’s go.’ ‘Ok, Karyn Kusama’ — I’m working with her next — ‘we may not have an enormous budget, but let’s go do it. I’ll get down in the trenches with you.’ My nine-year-old daughter wants to be a director right now. Her whole attitude is ‘The world’s my oyster.’ She doesn’t realize that it’s actually not.”

Kidman won an Oscar for her performance in “The Hours” and earned nods for “Lion,” “Rabbit Hole,” and “Moulin Rouge!” She just picked up Emmy Awards for starring in and producing “Big Little Lies,” HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarity’s bestselling novel of the same name. She played a talented lawyer who sacrifices her career to be a stay-at-home mom under pressure from her abusive husband. A second season has yet to be confirmed.

“The idea that women and men are equal is a part of my DNA,” Kidman recently wrote in Net-a-Porter’s Porter Magazine. In an open letter addressed to her “3.5 billion strong and beautiful sisters,” she said that she prides herself on portraying “strong, independent women that went against the expectations of society,” and it’s been her “driving force to make it in an industry that is still largely run by men.”

Quote of the Day: Nicole Kidman Says Being an Advocate Means Putting Things Into Action was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Baz Luhrmann Made the Most Extravagant Short Film Imaginable For H&M — Watch

Baz Luhrmann Made the Most Extravagant Short Film Imaginable For H&M — Watch
Baz Luhrmann has delivered a gift for anyone who is still mourning the loss of Netflix’s drama series “The Get Down” and is anxiously waiting for “Moulin Rouge!” to hit Broadway. Luhrmann’s latest directorial effort has arrived thanks to a short film for the Erdem x H&M fashion campaign, and let’s just say the filmmaker is probably one of the best choices if you need to make fashion look cinematic.

Read More:Why Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Is an Underappreciated Modern Classic

The film, entitled “The Secret Life of Flowers,” is set in a mysterious country mansion where it is eternally spring. A love triangle unfolds among the young guests who arrive, and it all looks incredibly stunning in the way only Luhrmann could dream up. The movie stars Tom Rhys Harries, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Ruby Dagnall.

“I wanted the film to be like a whole movie,
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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth,
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Pink Reveals Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her in a Club

Pink Reveals Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her in a Club
Pink and Christina Aguilera have called a truce. When Pink made her debut on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Thursday, she played a round of "Plead the Fifth." Host Andy Cohen asked her about her former rivalry with Aguilera, which ended after they reunited during a May 2016 episode of NBC's The Voice. The divas' feud began when they were recruited in 2001 to perform a cover of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim and Mýa for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. "[A&R executive] Ron Fair walked in. He didn't say hi to any of us and said, 'What's the high part? What's the most singing part? Christina's going to take that...
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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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Quote of the Day: Nicole Kidman on Her Feminist Roots and Goals

Kidman in “Big Little Lies”: HBO

“The idea that women and men are equal is a part of my DNA,” writes Nicole Kidman in the new issue of Net-a-Porter’s Porter Magazine. In an open letter addressed to her “3.5 billion strong and beautiful sisters,” the Oscar winner explains, “I was raised by a strong feminist mother and fully supportive father, so it never occurred to me to that I should be at a disadvantage because I was born a girl.” But she soon realized she was living in what she describes as an “unequal world.”

According to The Sydney Morning Harold, the Australian actress also emphasizes that she prides herself on portraying “strong, independent women that went against the expectations of society,” and it’s been her “driving force to make it in an industry that is still largely run by men.”

“My feminist roots have also led me to Un Women and my work as its Goodwill Ambassador,” Kidman says. “It is in this role that I come to fully understand the barriers that women around the world are facing. I have focused on lending my voice to women who are survivors of violence. The stories I have heard from them have shaken me to the core and changed me forever.”

Kidman also offers some great advice for women facing adversity. “Each of us, in ways big or small, will come across challenges, often arising out of the fact that we are women,” she observes. “It has happened to me; I am sure it has to you. In those moments, I like to think of those who had my back, who lifted me up and encouraged me to believe in myself.”

The past few years have seen countless women in Hollywood speaking out against sexism in the industry and the wider world. It’s always worth pausing to appreciate the fact that women are clearly feeling more emboldened to use their platforms to address gender inequality and feminism, which remain controversial and unpopular topics among many in — to use Kidman’s words — our unequal world.

Kidman just signed on to star in Karyn Kusama’s next film, “Destroyer,” an La-based crime thriller. She recently won Emmys for acting in and producing HBO’s murder mystery “Big Little Lies,” which saw her playing a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom in an abusive relationship with her husband. The “Moulin Rouge!” star took home an Oscar in 2003 for “The Hours.” “Top of the Lake,” “The Beguiled,” and “Lion” are among her recent credits.

Quote of the Day: Nicole Kidman on Her Feminist Roots and Goals was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Will’ Canceled by TNT After One Season

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‘Will’ Canceled by TNT After One Season
“Will” is out of ink, as TNT has canceled the drama series after one season. The show focused on the early years in the life of William Shakespeare as he plotted the launch of his nascent playwriting career. Laurie Davidson starred as the title character. The cast included Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Jamie Campbell Bower and Colm Meaney. Also Read: 'Dark Matter' Canceled by Syfy After 3 Seasons “Will” was created by Craig Pearce (“Moulin Rouge!”) and debuted in July. TNT recently picked up fellow freshman series “Claws” for a second season.
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Look Back at Madonna, Britney Spears and More Superstars' First Times on the Vma Stage

Look Back at Madonna, Britney Spears and More Superstars' First Times on the Vma Stage
With enough talent and gumption, performers can cement their icon statuses at the MTV Video Music Awards.

These singers-turned-legends blew expectations away on their very first tries at conquering the awards ceremony stage, where fans expect them to be everything but boring.

1984: Madonna

Madonna‘s now-iconic “Like a Virgin” performance stole the show at the first-ever MTV VMAs in 1984.

1992: Nirvana

After the network banned them from performing “Rape Me,” the band began their first and only performance at the awards by teasing a few chords of the song. The antics continued at the end of the performance of
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10 of Vma Video Vanguard Award Winner Pink’s Best Music Videos

10 of Vma Video Vanguard Award Winner Pink’s Best Music Videos
Pink, the queen of the independent woman, feel-good empowerment anthem, is being honored at this weekend’s MTV Vma Awards with the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Take a look back at just some of the tracks that earned her the honor below.

1. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

For this breakup anthem, Pink strips down to a corset in a vintage-inspired black-and-white video.

2. “U + Ur Hand”

Pink is living something out of a storybook in the video for her tell-off tune U + Ur Hand.

3. “So What”

Pink Dgaf in this video (seriously, no Fs.) She chops down a tree,
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‘Gay of Thrones’: How Funny or Die Recaps ‘Game of Thrones’ in Less than 24 Hours Every Week

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‘Gay of Thrones’: How Funny or Die Recaps ‘Game of Thrones’ in Less than 24 Hours Every Week
Moulin Rouge” or “The Mighty Ducks”? That was one of the toughest decisions being made Sunday night at the Funny or Die offices in Los Angeles, where the cast and crew behind the “Game of Thrones” recap series “Gay of Thrones” had gathered, as they had for the past four weeks this summer, to watch the HBO blockbuster drama and (lovingly) tear it apart.

By 5 p.m. the following day, the latest installment was online — an awe-inspiring turnaround, given the Emmy-nominated series’s dense implementation of clips, visual jokes and actor-driven improv, cut down to a tight runtime that rarely exceeds five minutes.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes Keep Leaking, but Here’s Why Its Ratings Are Still Breaking Records

Curious about what it takes to make this possible in less than 24 hours, IndieWire asked to get a peek behind the scenes of the show’s production this year.
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Pink Confirms Her 16-Year Feud With Christina Aguilera Is Over, Says She And Xtina Have ‘Made Amends’

There’s been no love lost over the years between Pink and Christina Aguilera, who famously feuded when they worked together on a cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the soundtrack for the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!” However, Pink recently slammed an Xtina fan account on Twitter for trying to stir things up, reiterating that the long-simmering […]
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Valerian review

Cara Delevigne and Dane DeHaan star in Luc Besson's bonkers space opera, Valerian. Here's what we made of it...

There’s a moment in Valerian: City Of A Thousand Planets where Dane DeHaan, sitting in some form of intergalactic strip club, watches Rihanna cavort on a stage. Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke, dressed as what can only be described as a neon cowboy, sits at a piano and cackles maniacally. Believe it or not, this is one of the less surreal things you’ll see in Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi epic.

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Adapted from the long-running French comic book series first published 50 years ago, Valerian marks Besson's return to the manic space opera territory of
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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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