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Sweet Country movie review: an essential confrontation with the ugly not-so-past past

MaryAnn’s quick take… As harshly beautiful as its landscape, this is a stark corrective to the American western it echoes, and a pragmatic confrontation with the deep, tenacious roots of modern racism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Australia’s Northern Territory in the 1920s is “sweet country,” drools Sergeant Fletcher, “cattle country.” But it’s not his country to do anything with, and this is not his story, except as the villain… or, rather, as a personification and representation of the villainy of colonialism and racism.

As the title of the story of Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), Sweet Country is ironic at best: it’s no longer sweet for him, and its sweetness is what has enticed his invaders. Sam is an Aboriginal
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LevelK Acquires Mairi Cameron’s Australian Sexy Thriller ‘The Second’ (Exclusive)

Denmark-based LevelK has acquired international sales rights to Australian filmmaker Mairi Cameron’s sexy psychological thriller, ”The Second” which recently world premiered at Gold Coast Film Festival.

The Second,” which marks the first Original feature ordered by streaming service Stan, stars Rachel Blake (“Sleeping Beauty”), Susie Porter (“Hounds of Love”) and Vince Colosimo (“Chopper”).

The Second” follows a successful author riding high on the international acclaim of her first book, a sexually explicit autobiography. While preparing her second novel, the author’s best friend and muse reappears in her life and threatens to reveal the dark secret behind the memoir’s provenance, sparking an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

Ordered by streaming service Stan, “The Second” was produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer/producer Stephen Lance at Australian company Sense and Centsability and Dust Bunny Productions. Screen Queensland, Mind Blowing World, and The Post Lounge co-financed the film.
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TV News Roundup: Michael C. Hall’s ‘Safe’ Gets First Trailer, Netflix Release Date

In today’s roundup, Netflix dropped the trailer and announced the release date for new thriller series “Safe,” and multiple characters are returning for Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3.”

Dates

Netflix released the trailer for the new drama “Safe” starring Michael C. Hall and also announced the series will be added to the streaming platform on May 10. The show, from best-selling crime thriller novelist Harlan Coben, stars Hall as a widowed surgeon who discovers dark secrets about the people around him following his teenager daughter’s disappearance. Watch the trailer below.

Casting

Sarah Jeffery, Thomas Doherty, and Dylan Playfair will
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Angelia Jolie: "Maleficent 2"

Pre-production is underway on director Joachim Ronning's "Maleficent" sequel at Disney, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning:

"Maleficent" (2014), directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, starred Jolie as 'Maleficent' with Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville in supporting roles.

Maleficent is an evil fairy and self-proclaimed 'Mistress of All Evil', who, after not being invited to a christening...

...curses the infant 'Princess Aurora' to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on Aurora's sixteenth birthday.

Loosely inspired by the twisted fairy godmother character in author Charles Perrault's original fairy tale and the adapted Disney animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) ...

"...'Maleficent' portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, depicting her conflicted relationship with the princess and the ruler of a corrupt kingdom..."

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Ed Skrein in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel

In news that sees British actor, Ed Skrein typecast further, it appears that the-once Deadpool villain has entered final talks to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel.

As yet, details as to his character are unknown but both Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are set to return. Norwegian film director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will direct the follow up to the Fantasy drama.

Also in news – Jason Clarke enters talks to star in Pet Semetary remake

As with the lack of Skrein’s character details, no clear plot for the sequel has been revealed either. The original was based on the story fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. As a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible
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Maleficent 2 Adds Deadpool’s Ed Skrein As Its Villain

Loosely based on Walt Disney’s 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, and considered a spinoff of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Maleficent, although not as successful with critics, went on to earn a magical $758.5 million at the box office, making a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy a foregone conclusion.

Later this year, the pic is scheduled to begin production and Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will be reprising their roles, ready to do battle with an all-new villain. And, as it turns out, that antagonist will be a familiar face for fans of Marvel’s foul-mouthed merc.

That’s because Variety has learned this week that Deadpool actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel as the flick’s big bad. Details regarding Skrein’s role are scarce at the moment, but we do know that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning will direct.
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Ed Skrein to star as the villain in Maleficent sequel

It looks like the sequel to Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent is finally picking up speed. According to Variety, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) will portray the film’s villain opposite the returning Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning as Maleficent and Aurora, more commonly known as Sleeping Beauty.

Skrein’s villainous role is being kept under wraps, but the film is expected to begin production sometime this spring. Joachim R∅nning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will direct the film, replacing the original’s Robert Stromberg, from a script written by Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first film, and Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). Joe Roth is returning as a producer.

The first Maleficent told the story of Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the evil Maleficent. Beginning as a hopeful and fairly kind creature, Maleficent fell to darkness after suffering the cruelties of humanity and being betrayed
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Ed Skrein Joins ‘Maleficent 2’ Cast As A Villain

Deadpool and The Transporter Refuelled star Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney’s Maleficent 2 as a new villain. When he signs on the dotted line, he will join the likes of the returning Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, and boarding director Joachim Ronning. Variety first reported the news.

The exact details of Skrein’s potential role are being kept under wraps.

Maleficent 2 is the sequel to Disney’s $700 million-plus grossing movie, which was based on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It was one of the first of the Disney animated movies to be remake into a live-action version.

Maleficent 2 is scripted by Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster wrote most recent draft.

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Ed Skrein To Play A Villain In Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Sequel

Ed Skrein has joined Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the second installment of Disney's Maleficent franchise, which Joachim Ronning is directing. Skrein will play a villain in the film that’s based on the nemesis first introduced in the studio's 1959 fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay which Joe Roth is producing. Production is slated to begin sometime this year. The first Maleficent was released in 2014 and broke…
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Ed Skrein to Play Villain in 'Maleficent' Sequel

Ed Skrein to Play Villain in 'Maleficent' Sequel
Ed Skrein is stepping into the Disney kingdom.

The Deadpool actor will play the villain opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent sequel. Jolie and Elle Fanning are set to return for the follow-up of the 2014 hit that grossed $758 million at the global box office.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 co-helmer Joachim Ronning will direct the feature that centers on the Sleeping Beauty antagonist. Joe Roth will produce the pic, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton working on the screenplay.

After a brief Game of Thrones stint, Skrein's breakout role came as the main villain in 2016's Deadpool. He will next be seen in the...
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Ed Skrein Lands Villain Role in ‘Maleficent’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Ed Skrein Lands Villain Role in ‘Maleficent’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Deadpool” actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s “Maleficent” sequel.

Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning are returning to starring in the fantasy film, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning to direct.

Exact details behind Skrein’s villain role are currently under wraps.

Joe Roth is producing the film, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest script. Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster wrote most recent draft.

It is not clear where this film will pick up following the first movie, which was based on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty.” The original story centered on an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only to realize the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler. “Maleficent” broke several box office records on its way to making $758.5 million worldwide.

Production on
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Maleficent Sequel Casts Deadpool’s Ed Skrein As Villain

Deadpool and Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein has signed on to play a villain in the upcoming Maleficent sequel from Disney. Released in 2014, Maleficent starred Angelina Jolie as the titular spell-casting Sleeping Beauty villainess. In a twist, Maleficent came to regret putting Sleeping Beauty to sleep, thus making Maleficent not so malevolent after all.

Part of Disney’s drive to remake most of its classic animated properties as live-action films, Maleficent grossed $241 million domestically and $758 million worldwide.
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Film Voice-Overs: Top 30 greatest performances ever, ranked worst to best, include Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres

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Film Voice-Overs: Top 30 greatest performances ever, ranked worst to best, include Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres
Among the most memorable moments in film history, many have come from actors you never see on screen. They are voice-over performers with some as huge movie stars and others are folks whose names you don’t know well — but they have in common a dedication of getting their character right and the skill to pull it off.

Although there have been occasional rumblings in the awards world about the possibility of a particularly celebrated voice-over performance becoming an Oscar nominee — there was some talk of Robin Williams for “Aladdin” in 1992 and Scarlett Johansson for “Her” in 2013 — no voice artist has ever received an Academy Award nomination for their performance. One possible reason is that most voice performances appear in animated films, where acting rarely receives its due. But several of the most memorable voice-overs have been in dramas or adventure films, several of which made our list.

In compiling this ranked list,
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Film Review: ‘Half Magic’

Film Review: ‘Half Magic’
“I’m not saying I’m against women’s rights, I’m just saying there’s no market for their films,” insists vainglorious action star Peter (Chris D’Elia) to his miserable development assistant and girlfriend Honey (Heather Graham). He’s a ridiculous man and it’s a ridiculous line, but one suspects that Graham, here making her writing and directing debut after decades as eye candy, has heard similar riffs during her career. Her Wiccan romantic comedy “Half Magic” is one part wish fulfillment, two parts justified fury. When Peter sneers, “Your directing career hasn’t gotten off the ground yet because you look like a big-booby dummy,” it’s too easy to picture Graham going home from yet another lousy meeting to furiously type out frustrations which play out here in all-caps Comic Sans.

The question is: Can Graham prove powerful people like Peter wrong? She’s made a proudly feminine film about three friends
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Holiday’

The water’s warm and inviting, and that goes for precisely nothing else in “Holiday,” a low-temperature, high-impact debut from Swedish-born writer-director Isabella Eklöf that impresses with its clinical construction and still, penetrating gaze into male violence. Scratch past its smooth, sun-whitened surface, however, and messy questions lie at the nominal heart of this glassy, nasty study of a Danish gangster’s moll caught between the material rewards of her position and the abusive price she pays for it. It’s up for vigorous debate whether “Holiday’s” most shocking material offers substantive commentary on the toxic behavior it portrays, or simply eye-searing observation thereof; a steady female gaze behind the camera tilts the film’s politics in unexpected, deliberately discomfiting ways. “Holiday” can expect all-inclusive bookings on the festival circuit; distributors, however, may have reservations.

The club of contemporary cinematic provocateurs to whose brand of formalism “Holiday” is likeliest to prompt comparisons — Ulrich Seidl, Michael Haneke, even Gaspar
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The Last Word on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017)

(Annoyed sigh) So, we’re really doing this, Disney? Okay, let’s f**k with perfection, shall we; not like there’s anything better to do, I guess? Let’s dig into this live-action bastardization of the best Disney’s offered, ‘ ‘Beauty and the Beast”, or as I call it, “Beauty and the Beast: The Vindication of Lefou” (Josh Gad).

Yeah, I have not been that enthralled with some of Disney’s attempts at digging up their past works. I mean, conceptually I get it, but for a critic like me, this has been a process that’s mostly gotten erratic-but-dwindling returns. That said, I haven’t complained about it too much until now. Of course, until now, they’ve not chosen to adapt anything that’s-, (sigh) this might be somewhat sacrilegious to say, but, they haven’t gone after any of their really special properties, until now. I’m sorry,
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Maleficent 2 sets spring start date with Angelina Jolie returning

It looks like Maleficent 2 is officially a go, with Omega Underground reporting that Walt Disney Pictures has set an April start date for the sequel to the 2014 live-action fantasy.

Given the apparent collapse of Universal’s Dark Universe and its planned Bride of Frankenstein movie, for which Jolie had long been courted, it seems the actress is now locked in to reprise her role as the Sleeping Beauty antagonist, with Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directing.

According to the site, pre-production is now underway, and cameras will start rolling on April 16th in London, with the shoot running through to August.

The first Maleficent movie, directed by Robert Stromberg, saw Jolie starring alongside Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Brenton Thwaites. As yet, there’s no word on any other cast members for the sequel, nor
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Kaley Cuoco Spends a Day of ‘Pure Magic’ at Disneyland with Her New Fiancé Karl Cook

Disneyland is for lovers!

Kaley Cuoco couldn’t help but show Pda with her fiancé Karl Cook during their trip to Disneyland with a group of friends.

The Big Bang Theory star, 32, shared a photo kissing her beau in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle, which was all decked out for the holidays. Their pair even got in the spirit with festive Mickey Mouse ears — a fuzzy red headband for her and a Santa hat with ears for him.

The day also included some smiling selfies, a group shot and a yummy-looking dessert with “Going to the chapel…” written in chocolate on the serving plate.
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Joss Whedon getting writing credit on Justice League, “super dark” Joker origin movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix updates and more – Daily News Roundup

Whedon Writing Credit

The Justice League reshoot rumours have been rife since they were first announced. Zack Snyder stepped down as director following the tragic death of his daughter – with Joss Whedon stepping in – and rumours began to spread that the reshoots were significant including a completely new ending. Since then we’ve heard that Whedon could get a co-director credit, and we’ve also been told by Ray Fisher that the virtually no changes have been made. In fact the word earlier this week was that the reshoots haven’t changed much and followed Synder’s vision. But now a new rumour from Batman-on-Film has said Whedon will get a writing credit alongside Chris Terrio – which would suggest he has had a significant role to play in the shaping of Justice League. Read more here.

100% Atlantean

Death Note star Willem Dafoe has been talking about his upcoming role in Justice League,
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Mindy Newell: Wonder Woman? Okay, I’ll Chime In!

Well, everybody else here is talking about Wonder Woman, so I guess it’s my turn. Caution: there may be S-p-o-i-l-e-r-s ahead! (Especially my sixth bullet, below.)

It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. Gal Gadot is to Ww as Christopher Reeve was to Superman. Her portrayal of the Amazon leaves an indelible print upon the character; it’s as if Zeus did indeed exhale, not upon a figure of clay, but upon a two-dimensional comic book form drawn of pen and ink, allowing her to step off the flat page and into the three-dimensional world, granting her life and all the depth and breadth of humanity. Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is not some ineffectual weenie who somehow got through basic training, nor is he some steroid-enhanced muscle-bound moose. Nor is he the male version of a 1950s Lois Lane, mooning after love. Nor is
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