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Bo Report: Sony's Spider-Man reboot flies high

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'.

Sony.s $US175 million bet on rebooting the flagging Spider-Man franchise looks like paying off as Spider-Man: Homecoming smashed opening records for the series in 56 international markets last weekend, including Australia.

The action-adventure starring 20-year-old Tom Holland as Peter Parker, alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, rang up $10.1 million on 285 locations for a whopping screen average of $36,000.

That obliterates the $5.3 million debut of The Amazing Spider Man 2: Rise of Electro in 2014, which finished up earning just $16 million.

Just the second feature directed by Jon Watts, who made his debut with the obscure 2015 thriller Cop Car, the Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production raked in an estimated $116 million in the Us, the studio.s second biggest opening behind Spider-Man 3.s $151.1 million in 2007, and $140 million on 23,400 screens internationally.

In Oz the top 20 titles. receipts shot up by 58 per cent to $22.5 million, according to Numero, thanks to Spidey,
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'Unluckiest Oscar nominee of all time' finally wins

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'Unluckiest Oscar nominee of all time' finally wins
Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell had lost out 20 times before last night’s ceremony.

Forget Moonlight, Emma Stone or even Asghar Fahardi, the most heart-warming winner at the 2017 Oscars was Kevin O’Connell, who picked up the best sound mixing award for Hacksaw Ridge.

Sound engineer O’Connell had previously been nominated 20 times without winning, leading The Guardian to dub him the “unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards”.

After finally winning the Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge alongside Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, O’Connell said: “I can’t even tell you the experience that it was for me. As much as I thought I was going to know what it felt like, I didn’t.

“And I have to tell you, it was the greatest feeling in my entire life and I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had, especially to work with these guys and I’m so grateful. It’s amazing
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'Lion', 'Rogue One' Dp Greig Fraser is ready for a break

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Greig Fraser.

Australian Dp Greig Fraser is the toast of the cinematography world, having earned the Theatrical Award for best cinematography at the recent Asc awards in La for his work on 'Lion'..

Fraser, who.s also nominated for an Oscar, has had a whirlwind twelve months in which he.s shot three films: 'Lion', Disney.s 'Rogue One' and 'Mary Magdalene'. 'Magdalene' saw him reunite with 'Lion' director Garth Davis on a film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.

If chatted with the cinematographer, whose credits include early shorts by David Michôd and Nash Edgerton as well as features such as 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Bright Star', on the phone from Mexico City.

What are you shooting in Mexico?

I.m doing a commercial for PlayStation, the second I.ve done down here in Mexico City. I did one a few
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'Lion', 'Rogue One', 'Mary Magdalene' Dp Greig Fraser is ready for a break

  • IF.com.au
Greig Fraser.

Australian Dp Greig Fraser is the toast of the cinematography world, having earned the Theatrical Award for best cinematography at the recent Asc awards in La for his work on 'Lion'..

Fraser, who.s also nominated for an Oscar, has had a whirlwind twelve months in which he.s shot three films: 'Lion', Disney.s 'Rogue One' and 'Mary Magdalene'. 'Magdalene' saw him reunite with 'Lion' director Garth Davis on a film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.

If chatted with the cinematographer, whose credits include early shorts by David Michôd and Nash Edgerton as well as features such as 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Bright Star', on the phone from Mexico City.

What are you shooting in Mexico?

I.m doing a commercial for PlayStation, the second I.ve done down here in Mexico City. I did one a few
See full article at IF.com.au »

Cannes panel: Theatrical experience key to Amazon strategy

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Cannes panel: Theatrical experience key to Amazon strategy
Amazon executives discussed sales companies, emerging filmmakers, women directors and disruption.

With five films in Official Selection and multiple splashy pre-buys Amazon has been the talk of the festival and market in Cannes this year.

In a wide ranging session yesterday key executives from the company outlined strategy and vision for the retail giant’s rapidly expanding film business.

Jason Ropell, Amazon’s head of worldwide film, told a packed industry session at the UK pavilion that Amazon sees the theatrical experience as vital to its strategy:

“Dispruption can be overplayed,” said Ropell. “We’re not particularly disruptive to the theatrical eco-system. We really believe in the theatrical experience and the romance of the experience. It is an essential component of film. Our customers believe that too. Romance and commercial viability don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”

Speaking about evolving distribution models, Ted Hope, Amazon Original Movies’ head of production, described sales companies
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Amazon Studios, Stx team up on Nash Edgerton action comedy

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Amazon Studios, Stx team up on Nash Edgerton action comedy
Amazon and Stx Entertainment have teamed up on world rights to Nash Edgerton’s all-star action comedy that Stx is introducing to international buyers in Cannes.

David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, Yul Vazquez and Sharlto Copley are shooting the film in Mexico City.

Nash Edgerton’s Untitled Film centres on a newly married executive with a stake in a pharmaceutical company about to go public, whose life is abruptly thrown into disarray.

When he becomes stranded south of the border as a wanted man, the mild-mannered businessman realises that his aspirational life was not all that it seemed.

Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone wrote the screenplay and Amazon Studios produces with Nash Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham, Tambakis, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono. Trish Hoffman is the executive producer.

Edgerton previously directed Australian thriller The Square and short films Spider and Bear.
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Movie Review – Restoration (2016)

Restoration, 2016.

Directed by Zack Ward.

Starring Emily Roya O’Brien, Adrian Gaeta, Zack Ward, Sarah Ann Schultz and Anna Harr.

Synopsis:

During home renovations, a young couple release a fiery spirit seeking retribution. To save themselves and set the spirit free, they must uncover the dire truth. But nothing is as simple as it seems…

You buy a new house. You’re a young couple. You’re recently married and the next step (sometimes earlier than you expect) is a little bundle of joy to appear. Maybe you got the house a little cheaper than expected. That’s lucky right? Well not in the world of film. In the world of film you’ve probably just bought yourself a house that’s haunted by a tormented spirit (more often than not a girl).

So we have the set up for Restoration. A young couple move into their new home and
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Spencer Susser on his Tropfest-winning Shiny

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Spencer Susser last night.

American filmmaker Spencer Susser has a long history in Australia.

He was camera operator on Nash Edgerton's shorts Lucky, Spider and Bear, and collaborated with David Michôd on I Love Sarah Jane, a zombie short starring a pre-Alice Mia Wasikowska, and on his feature debut, Hesher, starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt.

Since then he's directed an episode of the TV show Hemlock Grove, and made several shorts - one of which took out Tropfest's top prize last night.

Shiny is a brief (less than four minutes) stop-motion animation Susser made with fellow Los Angeleno Daniel 'Cloud' Campos, a former dancer who toured with Madonna and is, according to Susser, "quite a well known B-boy".

The pair met through a mutual friend, Australian director Michael Gracey, and discovered a shared "let's-go-make-stuff gene", said Susser.

"Originally Cloud and I had made a stop-motion commercial for a big cool company
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New International Trailer Hits for 'Jane Got A Gun' Starring Natalie Portman

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A new international trailer is now online for "Jane Got a Gun" starring Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Joel Edgerton, and Rodrigo Santoro. Have a look at the trailer below.

Film is directed by Gavin O'Connor from a screenplay written by Brian Duffield, and Lynne Ramsay.

"Jane Got a Gun" centers on Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman), who has built a new life with her husband Bill "Ham" Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin (Ewan McGregor).

With the vengeful crew hot on Ham's trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 3-7, 2015)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 3-7, 2015)
Fantastic Four

Joining Spider-Man in the annals of dizzyingly rapid reboots, Fox’s second stab at “Fantastic Four” comes just eight years after the first try and its sequel, which didn’t set the bar inordinately high. Yet if this latest version, with a significantly younger cast (one’s tempted to call it “Fantastic Four High”), clears that threshold, it’s just barely, drawing from a different source to reimagine the quartet’s origins without conspicuously improving them. All told, the movie feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen. (Brian Lowry)

Read the full review

Ricki and the Flash

Like David Bowie joining Bing Crosby for a medley of Christmas carols, “Ricki and the Flash” combines a number of promising elements that don’t seem to have any business being anywhere near each other,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Movie Review: The Gift (2015)

Psychological thrillers had their heyday in the 90’s with films like Fatal Attraction, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and plenty of others. What was interesting was their core viewing audience were women. Typically, the films would revolve around an affair or have some sort of sexual context that would give just enough gossipy sleaze to middle America. Earlier this year, you may remember a film being released that seemed like it was somehow transported from the 90’s called The Boy Next Door, another Blumhouse joint like The Gift, starring Jennifer Lopez. If you already forgot about it, Jenny from the Block is a high school teacher who is seduced by a high school student and then the student’s obsession turns nasty. While I haven’t seen the film, this film seems to use the knowledge that people have of true life stories they have seen or heard of
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The definitive Top 25 TV kisses of all time from Ross and Rachel to Sheldon and Amy: 10-1

Yesterday we began our countdown of the best ever TV kisses after an office vote, including the likes of The X-Files, Dawson's Creek and Cheers.

Today, we conclude our poll to find the ultimate TV kiss, and please vote in our poll to select your own choice. If your favourite hasn't made the cut, please leave us a comment below.

The definitive Top 25 TV kisses of all time: 25-11

10. Kirk and Uhura in Star Trek

Sure, it's not the long, drawn-out payoff of a will-they-won't-they sitcom, and you'd be hard pushed to find a less romantic kiss on this list, but for what it represents in the wider cultural history of 1960s America and the extraordinary story behind the day of the shoot, it's hard to beat Captain Kirk and Uhura's iconic Star Trek smooch. As one of the first interracial kisses on national television - and certainly the most
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STX Entertainment Taps Jim Amos as Svp of Theatrical Distribution

Jim Amos has joined Stx Entertainment as senior VP of theatrical distribution. He will report to domestic distribution president Kevin Grayson.

Amos most recently served as VP of distribution at alternative content company Fathom Events.

He previously spent nearly 30 years as a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution team, including working as domestic distribution president from 2009 to 2013. At Sony, he worked on the releases of the James Bond, Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises.

Stx Entertainment is focused on mid-budget movies, the kind of pictures that major studios have opted out of in favor of costly comicbook movies and sequels. It plans to release between 12 and 15 major motion pictures annually beginning in 2016.

Stx Entertainment also announced that former Paramount and Weinstein Company exec Mark Mulcahy has been named VP of in-theater marketing, and Robert Springer will serve as VP of theatrical distribution and operations. Springer has previously worked at Paramount Pictures,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Channing Tatum Wants To Play Venom, Sinister Six Wishlist Revealed

While the fate of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise is very much up in the air right now, we do know that at one point, the studio was ready to move forward with both a Sinister Six and Venom spinoff. It’s unclear if they still plan to do so, what with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being a bit of a bomb for them, but the projects are likely still being considered.

So far, no official casting has been confirmed, but the studio obviously has a wishlist of who they’d like to see bring these comic book characters to life. Now, thanks to some leaked Sony emails, we know who they have their eye on.

Drew Goddard, who is set to be behind the camera for Sinister Six, wanted Tom Hardy for Sandman and Emily Blunt for Scorpia. Meanwhile, studio head Amy Pascal liked Emilia Clarke and Elizabeth Olsen for Scorpia,
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Sony Wanted Tom Hardy as Sandman and Sean Penn as Doctor Octopus in Sinister Six

According to leaked Sony Pictures emails from May, there were a lot of talks about the studio's "Sinister Six" film, which will be directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and focus on Spider-Man villains. Goddard mentioned that he wanted Tom Hardy to play Sandman, but there were also talks of making the villain the movie's comic relief, which is why actors like Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Pena, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Sharlto Copley were also on the list. Goddard wanted Emily Blunt as Scorpia, but Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal suggested Emilia Clarke and Rose Byrne. Sean Penn and Woody Harrelson were wanted for Doctor Octopus (the team's leader), while Colin Firth for The Vulture and Channing Tatum for Venom. Other actors like Denzel Washington, George Clooney and Daniel Craig were all considered for various roles.
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The joy of short films: Sbs's Tropfest treats

Sbs's countdown to Tropfest highlights the best of short film ahead of the summer festival. Which are your favourites?

For Australian film fans, Tropfest is a summer essential that has long been celebrated with a picnic in Sydney's Domain – or other outdoor venues broadcasting around the country – while keeping a wary eye on summer storm clouds. So those with both sunbaked and sodden memories of battling the crowds and the elements to champion short films will surely join me in welcoming the launch of Tropfest TV. Launched on Sunday night, the next 12 weeks, SBS2 has the next 12 weeks sorted with weekly thematically linked selections of Tropfest shorts from home and away, including New Zealand, USA and the Middle East.

I can trace my love of short films back to Disney's 1952 classic Lambert the Sheepish Lion. I must have watched that eight-minute fable a thousand times as a child. These days,
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols' Superpower Thriller 'Midnight Special,' with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton

Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols' Superpower Thriller 'Midnight Special,' with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton
Kirsten Dunst has won the female lead in Jeff Nichols’ latest, “Midnight Special,” being produced by Warner Bros. Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, who was directed by Nichols in both “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” are also set to star.Per Deadline, the film follows a father and his eight-year-old boy who must go on the run when it becomes apparent that the child has superhero-like powers. Nichols penned the script.No details yet on Dunst's character. As pointed out at Movies.com, the actress hasn’t returned to the realm of superpowers/superheroes since “Spider Man 3” in 2007. She was last seen in VOD hit “Bachelorette,” John Salles’ “On the Road” adaptation and in 2011 in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” In the pipeline she’s got the “Anchorman” sequel, as well as Patricia Highsmith adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” co-starring Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.Shannon was most recently seen
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Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is busy busy busy

For its first two thirds, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is busy busy busy with nary a minute to avoid an onslaught of stylized metaphors. People keep asking me Is it like “Moulin Rouge”? Well no, it’s not nearly as unruly because Luhrmann has to stick– more or less- to the F. Scott Fitzgerald text. He has a structure and a story and at some point he has to get with the program. And he does. The last third of his Gatsby is one of the most beautiful, moving films I’ve ever seen. And the first two thirds? They are a joyride through the director’s wild imagination. So we’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious and pained Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan. And then are the secondary roles: Elizabeth Debicki making quite
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Peek Behind The Scenes Of Nash Edgerton's Bear

A couple weeks back we showed you Bear, Nash Edgerton's awesome short film sequel to his mega successful festival gem Spider (there's a third one to be made allegedly) and now we have the making-of video which reveals the tricks and easter-eggs in the short.Check it out below. If you haven't seen Bear, watch that below first!If you like what you see, be sure to check out Nash's noir-crime feature The Square too....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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SFotD: Nash Edgerton’s ‘Bear’ Makes the Case Against Biking, Birthdays, Bears

Why Watch? Because if you’ve yet to experience the genius of Nash Edgerton‘s wicked little shorts (including the equally as jump-out-of-your-skin Spider), you’re in for a real treat (and probably a scream) from his Sundance short, Bear, which is finally available online a whole year after making me scream bloody murder at last year’s festival. Don’t watch this one at work, you’ll probably just make a fool of yourself when you yell and fall over. It’s just that good. What will it cost? Just a hair less than 11 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.
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