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Sony Developing Film Based On Plus-Sized Female Superhero 'Faith'

Sony Developing Film Based On Plus-Sized Female Superhero 'Faith' | Filmic | Scoop.it
Sony has reportedly hired writer Maria Melnik to pen the script for the upcoming superhero film "Faith," which features a plus-sized female hero.
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Producers object to ABC and SBS’s hard bargaining over rights

Producers object to ABC and SBS’s hard bargaining over rights | Filmic | Scoop.it
Screen Producers Australia has raised objections to deals which the ABC and SBS have negotiated recently with producers, claiming they are inconsistent with industry standards and industrial agreements.
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‘Revenant’ Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on How the Movie Saved His Life

‘Revenant’ Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on How the Movie Saved His Life | Filmic | Scoop.it
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto feared that cancer would end his career, but a call from Alejandro González Iñárritu may have saved his life.
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Nicolas Winding Refn: our times need sex, horror and melodrama | Film | The Guardian

Nicolas Winding Refn: our times need sex, horror and melodrama | Film | The Guardian | Filmic | Scoop.it
Bad-taste cult movies can save us from the dystopian nightmare of Trump’s America, says the Drive director...
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Disney-Fox Deal Approved by Department of Justice | Hollywood Reporter

Disney-Fox Deal Approved by Department of Justice | Hollywood Reporter | Filmic | Scoop.it
The DOJ said Disney must sell Fox's regional sports networks....
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How ‘Scandal’ Raised The Bar For TV’s Social Media Impact –

How ‘Scandal’ Raised The Bar For TV’s Social Media Impact – | Filmic | Scoop.it
The "Scandal" cast ushered in a new wave of appointment television by live-Tweeting episodes every week alongside their audience.
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Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury

Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart Join Cate Blanchett on 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury | Filmic | Scoop.it
Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev make up the rest of the jury for 71st Cannes festival...
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Foxtel’s Picnic At Hanging Rock set to make binge history

Foxtel’s Picnic At Hanging Rock set to make binge history | Filmic | Scoop.it
FOXTEL’S hotly-anticipated drama series, Picnic At Hanging Rock will make history for the subscriber service as the first local commission to be made available in one drop next month.
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Handmaid’s Tale Review: Season 2 Has Bigger Universe, Low Momentum

Handmaid’s Tale Review: Season 2 Has Bigger Universe, Low Momentum | Filmic | Scoop.it
The Emmy-winning drama returns with a roar, though meanders a bit too much.
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Victoria Mahoney Becomes First Black Female Director On A 'Star Wars' Film

Victoria Mahoney Becomes First Black Female Director On A 'Star Wars' Film | Filmic | Scoop.it
Victoria Mahoney has been signed on as the second-unit director on "Star Wars: Episode IX," making her the first Black female to do so.
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'Game of Thrones' Is Going to Kill Off Just About Everyone 'One by One,' HBO Exec Teases

'Game of Thrones' Is Going to Kill Off Just About Everyone 'One by One,' HBO Exec Teases | Filmic | Scoop.it
HBO's SVP for drama Francesca Orsi said the "Game of Thrones" cast cried at the end of their table read of the season 8 scripts
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Reviewing the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies | Department of Communications and the Arts

Reviewing the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies | Department of Communications and the Arts | Filmic | Scoop.it
Reviewing the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies We are seeking feedback on draft recommendations for improving the current Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. How it works Why we want your input This is your opportunity to provide feedback to support fair and...
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Netflix poaches ​Ryan Murphy in $300m deal | News

Netflix poaches ​Ryan Murphy in $300m deal | News | Filmic | Scoop.it
’The history of this moment is not lost on me. I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket.’
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Michael Moore Calls for Urgency in Opposing Trump: 'We're Living The Handmaid's Tale'

Michael Moore Calls for Urgency in Opposing Trump: 'We're Living The Handmaid's Tale' | Filmic | Scoop.it
Michael Moore was fired up on Friday's "Real Time," telling host Bill Maher that now is the time to stand together to stop the "madness" in Washington D.C.
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SQ and Stan partner to fund development of high-end dramas

SQ and Stan partner to fund development of high-end dramas | Filmic | Scoop.it
Screen Queensland and Stan have partnered on a new fund that will support both up-and-coming and established creatives to develop high-end drama series for the streaming service.
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Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East? | Hollywood Reporter

Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East? | Hollywood Reporter | Filmic | Scoop.it
With over 400 million potential viewers, the region has vast potential, but with little variation in programming, audiences are starved for original content. The streaming giant could change all that.
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Nicolas Winding Refn Slams "Insanity That Is Donald Trump" in Essay | Hollywood Reporter

Nicolas Winding Refn Slams "Insanity That Is Donald Trump" in Essay | Hollywood Reporter | Filmic | Scoop.it
Nicolas Winding Refn offered an ambivalent Independence Day message in an opinion piece on Wednesday that slammed Donald Trump and promoted the director's upcoming free content platform byNWR as a mental stimulant in a messy political and cultural time.
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Paul McCartney, James Blunt Back New European Copyright Law | Hollywood Reporter

Paul McCartney, James Blunt Back New European Copyright Law | Hollywood Reporter | Filmic | Scoop.it
The European Parliament votes Thursday on the law that would force platforms like Google and Facebook to introduce upload filters to block copyright-protected content from being illegally posted online.
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Madeleine O’Dea in conversation with Diana Simmonds « The Walkley Foundation

Madeleine O’Dea in conversation with Diana Simmonds « The Walkley Foundation | Filmic | Scoop.it
In association with the Women’s Club and the Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival. Madeleine O’Dea, author of The Phoenix Years, in conversation with Diana Simmonds. The Phoenix Years tells the amazing story of China’s rise from economic ruin to global giant since opening up in 1978. As a journalist and foreign correspondent, Madeleine O’Dea has been an eyewitness to this for over 30 years, covering China’s political, economic and cultural life, including the explosion of its contemporary art scene and the struggle for freedom of expression. The Phoenix Years won the 2017 Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize for literary research, was a finalist in the 2017 Walkley Book Award, and was chosen by the Grattan Institute for the Prime Minister’s 2016 Summer Reading List. About the speakers Madeleine was the Beijing correspondent for The Australian Financial Review in the late 1980s, covered China through the 1990s as a producer with ABC Television and in 2004 became a presenter and editor with China Radio International in Beijing.  She later served as the arts editor for the magazine, the Beijinger. In 2010 she became the founding editor-in-chief of ARTINFO China and the Asia correspondent for Art+Auction and Modern Painters magazines. Diana Simmonds, one of Sydney’s best-known and most respected arts commentators and critics, was a judge of the 2017 Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism. She runs the influential arts website www.stagenoise.com, was a founder member of the annual Sydney Theatre Awards, and co-presents Arts Tuesday, Sydney radio’s liveliest and most informative arts show.  She has contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the Sunday Telegraph and ABC 702. The Phoenix Years will be available for sale in the club’s foyer from Better Read than Dead. Event Details  Registration is free but required for set up purposes. RSVP by May 2.  An express lunch available from 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm may be booked at the same time as registration for $22.50. TWC members may register via the member portal with lunch for $20.00. Friday 4 May 2018 1.00 – 2.00pm The Women’s Club Rose Scott Library Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
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Bruce Beresford's 'Ladies in Black' holds a mirror to multicultural Australia

Bruce Beresford's 'Ladies in Black' holds a mirror to multicultural Australia | Filmic | Scoop.it
(L-R) Alison McGirr, Angourie Rice and Rachael Taylor in ‘Ladies in Black.’ It’s taken more than 20 years to bring to the screen but Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black, his first Australian movie since Mao’s Last Dancer in 2009, is shaping as one of the most commercial films of his storied career. Sony Pictures is showing its confidence in the feel-good comedy-drama based on Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel The Women in Black by planning a wide release on October 18. The Australian results will help determine the release plans in the rest of the world, handled by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. “The aim is to make the film a big success in its home market, then take it to the rest of the world,” Stephen Basil-Jones, Sony’s executive VP for Australasia and northern Asia, tells IF. “We think it will have great playability in the suburbs, the big cities, the country and the regional areas, appealing primarily to women of all ages, particularly 35-plus, and mature males.” Beresford’s long-time producer Sue Milliken, who is not given to hyperbole, rates the film as one of the director’s best, telling IF: “It is a very happy film; audiences will have a lovely time.” Set in the summer of 1959, the film stars Angourie Rice as suburban schoolgirl Lisa, who takes a summer job at a department store where she works with a group of saleswomen who open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence. Christopher Gordon, who first collaborated with the director as the composer of Sydney: A Story of a City in 1999 and then Mao’s Last Dancer, composed the music which reflects the period. “This has been a wonderful film to score. The orchestra had a great time recording the music and it is always a joy to work with Bruce, who is a very musical director,” Gordon tells IF. Among the songs featured, Kate Miller-Heidke, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Muriel’s Wedding, has recorded a new version of the Johnny O’Keefe classic She’s My Baby. The ensemble cast includes Julia Ormond as Magda Szombatheli, the charming, sophisticated Slovenian émigré who manages the high-fashion floor, and Rachael Taylor and Alison McGirr as sales girls. Shane Jacobson and Susie Porter play Lisa’s parents and Noni Hazlehurst is the floor supervisor. Ryan Corr, Luke Pegler, Nicholas Hammond and Vincent Perez also have supporting roles. Beresford, who went to university with St John, received a copy of her book from his friend Clive James and adapted it into a feature screenplay, co-written with Milliken. (St John died in London in 2006, aged 64). Milliken started pitching the project to Australian screen agencies and distributors in 1997 but gave up in 2010 after numerous rejections despite Beresford’s track record. His biggest hits have been Double Jeopardy ($US178 million worldwide gross), Driving Miss Daisy ($107 million), Mao’s Last Dancer and Crimes of the Heart. Subsequently producer Allanah Zitserman teamed up with Milliken and they sent the same script to Screen Australia and Screen NSW, which provided production investment. Zitserman took the project to Basil-Jones, who alerted his colleagues at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. According to Milliken, the film deals with the cultural revolution which saw the rise of feminism and the influx of migrants which shaped multicultural Australia. Basil-Jones adds: “The themes are so timely, including respect for women, immigration and the accent on fashion, food and style.”        .
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‘Westworld’ Season 2: Rick Roll Prank Explained by Creators, Cast

‘Westworld’ Season 2: Rick Roll Prank Explained by Creators, Cast | Filmic | Scoop.it
The creators and cast of "Westworld" Season 2 explain the rick roll Reddit prank that kicked things off with controversy.
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Spielberg Is Developing A Film Based On DC Comics' 'Blackhawk'

Spielberg Is Developing A Film Based On DC Comics' 'Blackhawk' | Filmic | Scoop.it
Steven Spielberg is developing a big-screen adaptation of the DC Comics series "Blackhawk," which isn't your typical superhero film.
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Netflix unveils new European originals including Julian Fellowes football drama 'The English Game' | News

Netflix unveils new European originals including Julian Fellowes football drama 'The English Game' | News | Filmic | Scoop.it
Streaming giant also announces shows from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.
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Aussie actors shine in US pilots season and series

Aussie actors shine in US pilots season and series | Filmic | Scoop.it
The US TV pilots season traditionally has been a great launching pad or career-accelerator for Australian talent and this year is proving to be highly productive. Advertisement       .
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Netflix's deal with Ryan Murphy sends a message to Disney, rivals - Feb. 14, 2018

Netflix's deal with Ryan Murphy sends a message to Disney, rivals - Feb. 14, 2018 | Filmic | Scoop.it
Netflix throws brush-back pitch at Disney, rivals with Ryan Murphy deal
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