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Natalie Dormer, Yael Stone board 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'

Natalie Dormer..

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer will play English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard in Foxtel.s upcoming.Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries..

FremantleMedia.s six-parter begins shooting later this month. Amanda Brotchie (Agony, This is Littleton, Lowdown).will direct alongside the previously announced Michael Rymer and Larysa Kondracki.

Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.

In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.

Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).

Schoolgirls will be played by Lily Sullivan (Camp,
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Aussie web-series The Justice Lease returns for second season

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Australian comedy web-series.The Justice Lease.is returning a for second season after winning $70,000 at the Viewster Online Film Festival.

In 2013, Severe Comedy self funded series one of The Justice Lease, a six-part web series which focused on the daily domestic lives of Superman, Batman, The Hulk and Aquaman, set in a suburban Australian share-house.

Series one of.The Justice Lease.screened at Melbourne WebFest, La WebFest (winning eight awards) and was awarded a $70,000 cash prize in the inaugural Viewster Online Film Festival.

Since then, the creators have used that budget to create a five-part series, which will be launched on March 22 via YouTube..

Producer Erasmo Raimundo said the funding had allowed the team to create the kind of series envisioned at the beginning..

"An entirely over-dramatic comedy that both pokes fun at, and reveres, the superhero genre,. he said..

Director Jeremy Brull likes to think of it as cross
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Janet King starts production

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Janet King season 2 begins production this week with Marta Dusseldorp reprising her lead role.

In the second series, King is seconded from the Dpp to lead a Royal Commission into a deadly upsurge in gun crime..

King is joined by conscripting solicitors Richard Stirling (Hamish Michael) and Lina Badir (Andrea Demetriades), and the ambitious Owen Mitchell (Damian Walshe-Howling) as Counsel Assisting.

With coercive powers Detective Andy Campbell (Christopher Morris) can only dream of, King and her team peel back the complex layers of intrigue underpinning the illicit trade in weapons..

Completing the cast are Peter Kowitz, Leah Purcell, Terry Serio, Philip Quast, Anita Hegh, Aaron Jeffrey, Genevieve Hegney, Nicholas Hope and Ewen Leslie.

The series is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, and series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott, with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldorp as associate producers, and Greg Haddrick as executive producer..

It is written by Haddrick,
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Photo Flash: Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson Return to Sweeney Todd at the English National Opera

Lonny Price directs Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera Eno and the GradeLinnit Company. Joining Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson who will lead the cast as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett are Matthew Seadon-Young as Anthony Hope,Katie Hall as Johanna Barker, Philip Quast as Judge Turpin, Jack North as Tobias Ragg, Alex Gaumond as Beadle Bamford, Rosalie Craig as Beggar Woman and John Owen-Jones as Pirelli.
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Bww TV: Watch Highlights from NY Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd- with Emma Thompson, Christian Borle, Audra McDonald & More!

The New York Philharmonic's staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time. The production, which opened last night and will run through March 8, 2014, stars bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz portrays The Beadle Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debutKyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson,Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts, Grant Sturiale is the assistant conductor, Lonny Price directs, Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers,
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Sweeney Todd review – a silky, brassy Emma Thompson joins Bryn Terfel's monstrous barber

This mostly pitch-perfect musical from the New York Philharmonic shows why it's time to put proper orchestras behind shows again

Staging musicals as concerts is a tricky business but the New York Philharmonic's production of Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, is an energetic theatrical performance that manages to hit the right notes.

Making her New York stage debut as Mrs Lovett (a role originated by Angela Lansbury), Thompson runs off with the show. Her Mrs Lovett is shrewd, conniving and utterly in control of the operation until the final moments. Her voice is silky one moment, brassy the next; it helps that the role is perfect for an imperfect voice.

Thompson's partner in crime, however, could have asked her for a few acting tips. Terfel's intimidating bass-baritone is perfect for Sweeney Todd, and his 6ft 4in frame conveys menace, but Terfel's Sweeney comes across as a monster not a brute.
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Photo Coverage: Sweeney Todd Company Celebrates Opening Night at After Party Gala!

The New York Philharmonic's staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time. The production, which opened last night and will run through March 8, 2014, stars bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz portrays The Beadle Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debutKyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson,Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. Music Director Alan Gilbertconducts, Grant Sturiale is the assistant conductor, Lonny Price directs, Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers,
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Photo Coverage: Attend the Tale! Inside the NY Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel & More!

The New York Philharmonic's staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time. The production, which opened last night and will run through March 8, 2014, stars bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actressEmma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle Tony Award winnerChristian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debutKyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson,Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct, Grant Sturiale is the assistant conductor, Lonny Price will direct, Lonny Price
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Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet with Meryl Streep, Neil Patrick Harris & More for Sweeney Todd!

The New York Philharmonic's staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center, hosted by Audra McDonald, on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time. The production, which opened last night and will run through March 8, 2014, stars bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actressEmma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle Tony Award winnerChristian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debut Kyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson,Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct, Grant Sturiale is the assistant conductor, Lonny Price will direct, Lonny Price
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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel & More!

The New York Philharmonic will soon present a staged production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, March 5-8, 2014. As previously announced, Sweeney Todd will star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debut Kyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson, Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct Lonny Price will direct and Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers.BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in rehearsal below
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Christian Borle, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey, Philip Quast & More to Join Emma Thompson & Bryn Terfel in New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Tood

The New York Philharmonic has announced several additions to the cast of its staged production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, March 5-8, 2014 Jeff Blumenkrantz will portray The Beadle Tony Award winner Christian Borle, Pirelli marking his Philharmonic debut Kyle Brenn, Tobias Ragg debut Jay Armstrong Johnson, Anthony Hope debut Erin Mackey, Johanna debut and Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Judge Turpin debut and New York stage debut. As previously announced, Sweeney Todd will star bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct, Lonny Price will direct, and Lonny Price and Matt Cowart are the producers.
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Ultraviolet - box set review

Jack Davenport and Idris Elba hunt vampires in a benighted Britain – but there are big ideas along with the garlic grenades

Back in 1998, Ultraviolet felt like a belated British answer to The X-Files. The show, which aired on Channel 4, follows a covert government squad tasked with neutralising the vampire threat in London and beyond. The bloodsuckers have been around for centuries, apparently, but prefer to keep their existence secret so as not to send the general public – their food supply – into a panic. Tracking them down is tricky, though, not least because they're invisible to cameras. But under ultraviolet light, their telltale neckbites become visible.

Enter Jack Davenport as sullen copper Michael Colefield, recruited into the team after his corrupt partner (a pre-True Blood Stephen Moyer) goes over to the other side. Davenport and Joe Ahearne, the show's creator and director, were both fresh from the success of
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At Nida Quast teaches- and learns

When Philip Quast accepted the role of Artist in Residence at the National Institute of Dramatic Art this year, he had a dual motive.

The first was to impart as much knowledge as he could to his students, drawing on nearly 35 years as an actor in stage, film and television. The second was to learn more about the mindset and motivations of aspiring young actors and directors.

.As older artists we have not necessarily come to terms with the fact that, for us, language revolves around form while for the younger generation it revolves around function, .said Quast, who graduated from Nida in 1979.

.Shakespeare is not being taught properly in schools any more, grammar is not being taught in the same way. Younger people tend not to ask questions because the answers are already being given on things like Facebook.

.Yet the students at Nida learn much faster than we
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More Ics talent find new homes

The exodus of actors from International Casting Services (Ics) continues as the agency founded 52 years ago by the late Gloria Payten prepares to shut its doors.

This week Cameron.s Management announced David Roberts and Jennifer Hagan had joined its agency after earlier signing Drew Forsythe.

Lisa Mann Creative Management (Lmcm) confirmed it is now representing former Ics clients Alycia Debnam-Carey, Christie Whelan Browne, Sophie Ross and Justin Cotta.

Linsten Morris Management has signed Dee Smart and her daughter Charlie Hancock.

Melina McKenna, who was a senior agent at Ics, joined Lmcm on June 4, and Martin Sacks, Kris McQuade, Helen Dallimore, Erica Lovell, Jo Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Kip Gamblin and Nathan O.Keefe crossed from Ics to Lmcm.

As If reported previously, Rachel Blake, John Batchelor and Tony Martin subsequently joined Rgm, John Waters signed with Marquee and Debra Lawrance went to Creative Representation.

After McKenna departed Pauline Lee,
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The curtain falls on International Casting Services

One of Australia.s longest-established talent agencies, International Casting Services (Ics), is closing its doors.

Other agents expressed sadness and surprise that the agency founded by the late Gloria Payten in 1961 is going out of business.

Ics represented dozens of Australian artists working in film, television, theatre, radio and commercial media platforms. Its creatives department looked after choreographers, cinematographers, designers, directors and writers while Ics Voices provided talent for TV and radio commercials, documentaries, corporate presentations, book readings and business events.

According to the agency.s website its roster included Jacki Weaver (who now works mostly in the Us, where she.s repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Tocezk), Kris McQuade, John Waters, Martin Sacks, Rachel Blake, Helen Morse, Drew Forsythe, John Gaden, Tony Martin, Philip Quast, Debra Lawrance and Lorna Lesley.

Word of Ics.s demise spread on Monday after the Darlinghurst-based agency sent emails to its clients advising of the closure,
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DVD Review - Ultraviolet: The Complete Series (1998)

Ultraviolet, 1998.

Created by Joe Ahearne.

Starring Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba and Philip Quast.

Synopsis:

A police detective is thrown into the world of vampires when hunting for his missing partner.

The whole world is in a state of despair, and the people in it are under threat from distinctly un-sexy vampires in Ultraviolet. This is London, 1998. We’re pre-Twilight, and here the blood-hungry undead are like the Mafia mixed with the Masons. The night creatures of Ultraviolet are evil opportunists through and through, a helpful simplification given that they don’t get much in the way of detailed backstory.

Instead, we get to know this world intermittently, often confusingly, as writer/director Joe Ahearne assumes we know as much as he does about his creation. Many character relationships ring false, the exception being between Jack Davenport’s rookie vampire hunter and Idris Elba’s cynical veteran. Davenport’s
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Collectors Edition of Ultraviolet: The Complete Series Hitting UK DVD in April

Now that Jack Davenport ("Smash") and Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") are bigger stars, a Collectors Edition DVD set of British miniseries "Ultraviolet" is on its way April 22nd, and we have all the details and a look at the artwork right here.

From the Press Release:

Dark forces are at work in "Ultraviolet," the gripping modern-day vampire drama which comes to DVD courtesy of Mediumrare Entertainment.

Starring "Smash"’s Jack Davenport and "True Blood"’s Stephen Moyer, "Ultraviolet" aired on Channel 4 to rave reviews in the late 1990s, and it will be available on DVD on 22 April 2013. "Ultraviolet" brings the world of vampires bang up-to-date as it follows the exploits of a covert government unit that must track down and destroy Code 5 infected subjects.

Detective Sergeant Michael Colefield (Davenport) is unwittingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when his best friend Jack (Moyer) disappears on the eve of
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Top 7 Contenders I Hope Become First-Time Oscar Nominees

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Oscar nominations are right around the corner (January 10), so I thought I’d use the opportunity to highlight some people I really hope get nominated. It would be easy to make this an overall list of things I want to happen – basically Les Misérables and Django Unchained for everything (it was a very merry Christmas, indeed) – but I wanted to narrow it down a bit more. While there are a lot of Oscar veterans in the running for nominations, I’ll be focusing on some folks who are vying for their first.

Now, to keep it somewhat manageable I’ll only be including people who have some modicum of hope, however slim at this late stage. Take Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild. She still has a real shot, so she might be on here (spoiler alert: she is not
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‘Les Misérables’ starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway – trailer review

Les Misérables

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Rating: Not Yet Rated

Release Date: December 14, 2012

Trailer Score: 10/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Thanks in large part to Anne Hathaway’s performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” – it’s not technically perfect, but recording the songs live helps make the vocals incredibly raw and powerful – I had chills for the entirety of this trailer. But the images the music plays over are just as striking, from the shot of Hathaway’s Fantine getting her hair chopped off to the sweeping shots of the barricade. It seems impossible that the film will be able to maintain this level of emotion, but based on the source material and the talent involved, I have faith that Les Misérables is going to be something great.

Despite angering some by defeating David Fincher at the Oscars a couple years ago, Tom Hooper really
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New DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Week of Nov 22, 2011 (Black Friday)

This week, we’re checking out nine new home video releases on Blu-ray, with Super 8 topping our list of picks for film and Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series shining bright for TV. Check out the complete rundown of titles, including animated holiday picks as well as Anime titles. Which Blu-rays are you picking up for the week of Black Friday? Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills Conan the Barbarian (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD) Starring Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman Prep and Landing Sarah’s Key Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Niels Arestrup Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan The Devil’s Double Starring Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaïssa Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special Three Amigos Fairy Tail: Part 1 For more Black Friday deals visit.
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