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Film News Roundup: ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Allen Leech Joins ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Film News Roundup: ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Allen Leech Joins ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
In today’s film news roundup, “Bohemian Rhapsody” rounds out its cast with “Downtown Abbey” actor Allen Leech, Kenny Leu and Ciara Renee will star in a police drama, and the AFI Latin American Film Festival rolls out its lineup.

Castings

Fox has rounded out the cast of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Allen Leech cast as Freddie Mercury’s personal manager, Paul Prenter.

Rami Malek is starring as the frontman, with Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Joe Mazzello as members of Queen. Production on the film will begin this fall, with Bryan Singer directing from Justin Haythe’s script. New Regency and Graham King’s Gk Films are the production companies.

Prenter was fired by Mercury for disclosing inside information about the singer after working with him for nine years, from 1977 to 1986.

Leech’s credits include “Bellevue” opposite Anna Paquin, “Downton Abbey,” and “The Imitation Game” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He
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Melbourne native Angourie Rice to star in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming

Angourie Rice in Cannes.

Australian actress Angourie Rice has been cast in the next Spiderman film, currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rice was singled out by critics for her performance in Shane Black's The Nice Guys, in which she starred alongside Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

The Melbourne native has previously appeared in Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and These Final Hours in 2013, The Doctor Blake Mysteries in 2014 and Nowhere Boys: Book of Shadows.earlier this year.

As first reported by THR, Rice's role in Spider-Man: Homecoming is being kept under wraps.

The film is the first Spiderman film made under the aegis of Marvel, and stars In the Heart of the Sea's Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

The Jon Watts-directed blockbuster is slated to hit cinemas July 7 next year.

Starring alongside Rice and Holland are Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Community's Donald Glover and Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green.
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Did Spider-Man: Homecoming Find Its Gwen Stacy?

Did Spider-Man: Homecoming Find Its Gwen Stacy?
It's only been a few weeks since filming began on Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and already we've seen a number of set photos as production continues in Atlanta, while several more cast members have been added. Over just the past week, actors such as Abraham Attah, Garcelle Beauvais, Tiffany Espensen and Tyne Daly have signed on, although no details have been given as to who they're playing. Today we have word that the superhero adventure has brought on The Nice Guys star Angourie Rice.

Like most of the new cast members before her, no details were given about which character Angourie Rice is playing, and The Hollywood Reporter doesn't specify if she has already started filming in Atlanta quite yet. While the cast keeps growing and growing, only a few actors' characters have been confirmed, such as Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.
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Ratchet & Clank movie review: wretched and junk

Could have been assembled entirely from clips from other movies — mostly the Star Wars prequels — and would have been better if it had been. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): never hopeful about based-on-videogame movies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ah, so there’s my answer, once again.

I was wondering how that standard movie philosophy still applied to me. You know, that standard movie philosophy that is not only the stuff but the actual stuffing of 99 percent of wish-fulfillment genre fantasy movies for decades now. I approached Ratchet & Clank with great anticipation. Can I do anything? Can I be anything I want to be? Am I destined for greatness, to save the world or even the whole galaxy even if I am a foolhardy, thoughtless, unfocused screwup with almost nothing to my name but maybe some undisciplined smarts and outsized aspirations to grandeur?
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Jasper Jones cast revealed at CinefestOZ

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Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions have revealed the cast for feature film Jasper Jones, which is set to start filming in Western Australia on October 26.

The cast will include Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (Glitch)..

The film is an adaption of the award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey..

Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia.

Jasper Jones will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon).

Miller will play bookish 14-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love.

McGrath has been cast as the titular character, Jasper Jones, while will play the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie.s affections.

.Perkins
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Jasper Jones cast revealed at CinéfestOZ

  • IF.com.au
Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions have revealed the cast for feature film Jasper Jones, which is set to start filming in Western Australia on October 26.

The cast will include Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (Glitch)..

The film is an adaption of the award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey..

Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia.

Jasper Jones will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon).

Miller will play bookish 14-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love.

McGrath has been cast as the titular character, Jasper Jones, while will play the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie.s affections.

.Perkins
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Cinema release for Nowhere Boys movie

These Final Hours. Angourie Rice has joined the cast of the movie spin-off of the ABC children.s drama Nowhere Boys.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures and directed by David Caesar, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows, will get a limited theatrical release before its premiere on ABC3.

Rice, who made her big screen debut in These Final Hours, has since appeared in Mako: Island of Secrets, Worst Year of My Life, Again!, The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.

She makes her Hollywood debut in The Nice Guys, Shane Black.s noir crime-drama set in 1970s Los Angeles, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, which Warner Bros. will release next year.

Now shooting in Melbourne, the Nowhere Boys movie follows teenagers Felix (Dougie Baldwin), Andy (Joel Lok), Sam (Rahart Adams) and Jake (Matt Testro) as they return home a year after discovering they were transported to an
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New formula to measure global impact of Oz films

Judging Australian films. success or failure by their local B.O. results is unfair and misleading, according to several academics who have devised a new formula for measuring the global impact of individual titles.

Dubbed film impact rating (Fir), the metric assesses films on 14 criteria including the location, volume and saturation of film screenings including film festivals; critic and user ratings, award nominations and wins; and Australian and international B.O. returns and production budget as a percentage of worldwide B.O.

The study.s authors Deb Verhoeven, Alwyn Davidson and Bronwyn Coate tracked 134 Australian films, including co-productions, that screened between December 1 2012 and June 1 2014.

By that yardstick, Saving My Banks had the greatest impact worldwide, narrowly ahead of The Great Gatsby, despite the gap in their total B.O. earnings: $US112.5 million for the Disney film co-produced by Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie, versus $351 million for Baz.s extravaganza.
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Alert the Kiddies! The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) is now front and center.

Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.

Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.

Among the films being displayed
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New award for best visual effects or animation

VFX work performed by Australian facilities on The Lego Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past will be eligible for an Aacta award. AFI | Aacta .s new award for best visual effects or animation will recognise outstanding work performed in Australia across feature film, television and documentary, regardless of the origin of the production.

That replaces the Aacta award for best visual effects, which was restricted to Australian productions and was last won by the creative team on The Great Gatsby.

AFI | Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella told If the criteria has been broadened following consultation with post houses and the Visual Effects Society (Ves).

Trewhella pointed out that the larger proportion of work undertaken by Australian VFX houses is frequently on global productions so the new award will recognise their achievements on both Australian and international productions.

VFX houses are invited to submit their best work,
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Oz audiences spark to Saving Mr Banks, The Book Thief

The Australian creative elements involved in Saving Mr Banks and The Book Thief no doubt contributed to impressive openings for both films last weekend.

Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie, who co-produced Mr Banks with the UK.s Alison Owen, gave copious interviews to launch the drama starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the Australian-born author of Mary Poppins.

Geoffrey Rush worked the publicity circuit for The Book Thief, screenwriter Michael Petroni.s adaptation of Aussie author Marcus Zusak.s novel set in Germany in WWII.

The feature directing debut of Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), The Book Thief fetched $2.4 million on 241 screens, and $2.61 million with previews. The plot follows a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who seeks refuge in the world of books while her foster parents (Rush and Emily Watson) hide a young Jewish man (Ben Schnetzer) in the basement of their German home.
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Streep, Roberts fail to shine

The star power of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts did not translate to a hefty opening for August: Osage County in Australian cinemas last week.

The John Wells-directed comedy/drama based on a Tracy Letts play raked in $1.4 million from Thursday to Sunday on a fairly wide 217 screens, plus $362,000 on the opening Wednesday.

That was well down in the pecking order of cinemagoers. preferences, trailing the second weekends of Philomena and The Railway Man on per-screen averages.

The saga of a dysfunctional family headed by Streep.s mean-spirited, drug-taking, cancer suffering character, may have been deemed as too confronting or off-putting for multiplex audiences who crave lighter fare.

That view may not just be not a cultural quirk in Australia because the film took a decent but not stellar $US141,000 on five screens in its second outing, for a cumulative total of $483,000, in the Us, where it goes wide next weekend.
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Korean Box Office: Song Kang-ho Proves He's B.O. King with The Attorney

With the help of a homegrown offering's huge opening, business came booming back by soaring over the three million mark for the first time in months. The pre-Christmas weekend saw 61% of tickets got to local films. Title Release Date Market Share Weekend Total Screens 1 The Attorney 12/18/13 45.20% 1,380,110 1,752,162 923 2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (us/nz) 12/12/13 13.20% 381,794 1,644,072 466 3 About Time (uk) 12/5/13 11.40% 338,822 2,040,272 442 4 Way Back Home 12/11/13 8.80% 275,429 1,429,886 467 5 Steal My Heart 12/18/13 6.60% 210,784 300,916 517 6 Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (us/uk) 12/19/13 6.80% 187,907 199,973 463 7 Planes (us) 12/19/13 2.90% 90,496 103,399 408 8 Saving Santa (uk) 12/19/13 2.30% 81,134 94,942 297 9 Insidious: Chapter...

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Mayhem on the Walking With Dinosaurs Red Carpet!

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What happens when a dinosaur stomps his way onto the red carpet? That's exactly what happened during our interviews with Walking with Dinosaurs 3D stars John Leguizamo, Tiya Sircar and Skyler Stone. John handles it pretty well, but Skyler...as the movie says, he might have "feared" in his pants he was so startled! What's so funny is that we Asked them what they would do if they ran into a dinosaur in real life...see if they really reacted like they said they would. Also, check out the dino mayhem and hear some great dino roars in our Walking with Dinosaurs  red carpet interviews!

 

 
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Ebiri on Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Potty Humor That Lands With a Splat

Ebiri on Walking With Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Potty Humor That Lands With a Splat
There’s still something so fundamentally awesome about dinosaurs. Go to a dinosaur exhibit sometime — it could be one of those animatronic ones, or just a regular old fossil display — and, as you stand there marveling at the creatures, ask yourself two questions: (1) Can you believe such things existed? and (2) Do you think poop jokes would make the experience more compelling?You’d think it’d be hard to screw up a movie about dinosaurs, and yet Hollywood keeps doing so. Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, an attempt to create a kid-friendly movie tied to the famous 2000 BBC TV series, is but the latest offender. The problem is clear from the very beginning, with its framing device of two young kids who are out on a trip with their paleontologist uncle (Karl Urban). The boy is bored — because there’s nothing that bores young kids as much as, you know,
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Film Review: Even Kids Might Run from ‘Walking with Dinosaurs 3D’

Chicago – “Walking with Dinosaurs” depicts the magnificent titular creatures in stunning realism and 3D vision, and then proceeds to give them line readings with the equivalent sophistication of Archie comics. This adds up to an educational film with a long, dull journey ahead.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

This is geared towards the kiddies, with a flight of fancy that becomes teeth-gnashingly stupid for their adult companions. Its heart is in the right place, as an annoying bird guides the audience through the Cretaceous Era by properly naming all of the species, yet the idea that the production had to “entertain” its young audience with a silly Dino-Shakespearian fight for power – softened for the youthful sensibility – just wasn’t compelling. The kid fidget factor, unless the moppet is a junior scientist, might top out at eleven.

The film starts out with a live action segment, as Uncle Zack (Karl Urban, using his Dr. McCoy
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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Review

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Roughly a year ago we were treated to an enticing teaser trailer for Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale’s Walking with Dinosaurs 3D; a spin-off from the popular BBC television series. The trailer gave off the impression we’d be in for a mature, grown-up nature documentary of sorts, with a David Attenborough style of narration playing over the top. However regrettably Walking with Dinosaurs offers no such thing, instead adding needless human voices to the dinosaurs and having them interact through speech, as this potentially exhilarating tale has become far too child-friendly, suffering greatly a result.

Narrated by Alex (John Leguizamo), an Alexornis bird, we delve into the life of Patchi (Justin Long), a young Pachyrinosaurus, who gets separated from his family and has to venture through the wild and dangerous dinosaur kingdom, hoping to one day emulate his father, the Alpha male of their herd, who dies courageously in battle.
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‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ Review: You’ll Be Rooting for Exctinction

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‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ Review: You’ll Be Rooting for Exctinction
Anyone who remembers Walt Disney Feature Animation’s 2000 film “Dinosaur” also likely remembers how directors Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton squandered a promising idea by pairing breathtakingly lifelike imagery with embarrassingly phony dialogue. Despite trumping that film in 1999, and on the small screen even, with the documentary miniseries “Walking With Dinosaurs,” BBC Earth decided to follow in Disney’s footsteps – including the missteps – with “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D,” an insufferable family adventure whose impressive animation is consistently undercut by cartoonish self-awareness. Bookended by the contemporary story of a teenager named Ricky (Charlie Rowe), who thinks science is for losers,...
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Walking With Dinosaurs' John Leguizamo: "I was a dinosaur freak!"

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John Leguizamo isn't Exactly a dinosaur in Walking with Dinosaurs, he plays a bird. In fact, Alex is an Alexornis Antecedens, which Leguizarmo says is, "the first prehistoric parrot." Of course, Leguizamo also voiced Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age movies. Leguizamo gave Sid a lisp after learning that sloths carried things in their mouths. So, what did he do to give Alex his own unique sound? He says, "Well, Alex is from Mexico. The Alexsoarus, so we gave him a Spanish accent." (Watch the video below to hear John demonstrate exactly how he gave Alex a Spanish flair!) 

There may be a reason Leguizamo has a knack for getting cast in dinosaur movies. He says as a kid, "I was a dinosaur freak!"

Okay, then, we asked him what advice would he give to the dinos to survive a little longer? "I would tell them not to be so aggressive with each other,
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Weekend Movies: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,' 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' & More

Opening this Wednesday, Ron Burgundy and his team take New York by storm in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and Joaquin Phoenix gets intimate with Scarlett Johansson's voice in the Spike Jonze-directed "Her." Meanwhile, Christian Bale and Amy Adams bring the '70s to life as con men (people?) in "American Hustle," getting a wide-release on Friday.

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" finds Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and the Channel 4 News team in a new city, but up to the same old tricks. After losing his San Diego job to his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Burgundy decides to take on Manhattan as part of New York's first 24-hour news channel. Written and directed by Adam McKay -- with Ferrell co-writing -- the sequel brings back Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner, and features countless celebrity cameos.

Directed by Spike Jonze, "Her" stars Joaquin Phoenix as a
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