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Neil Labute’s Making A Syfy Vampire Show, And That Makes Perfect Bloody Sense

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Neil Labute’s Making A Syfy Vampire Show, And That Makes Perfect Bloody Sense
Some creators just say they’d like to work on something entirely different from what they’ve done before. But Neil Labute really walks that talk.

The playwright and filmmaker first broke out with the 1997 indie hit “In the Company of Men,” followed by more adult drama work like “The Shape of Things” and “Possession.” He’s also dabbled in other genres and mediums, including television — but his first official gig as a showrunner isn’t at all what you might expect.

Van Helsing” drops us into the middle of an apocalyptic Earth overrun by vampires. Our only savior might be the mysterious Vanessa, whose supernatural abilities include being able to change vampires back into humans with her own blood.

It’s a Syfy vampire action show shot in Canada, but don’t let its genre trappings fool you — it’s a surprisingly complex and intimate take. Check out an
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Laura Jones to receive the inaugural Awg Lifetime Achievement Award

Laura Jones.

Laura Jones will receive the inaugural Australian Writers. Guild Lifetime Achievement Award at this year.s National Screenwriters. Conference.

A joint initiative of the Awg and Foxtel, the Lifetime Achievement Award is decided by a unanimous vote of the Awg National Executive Committee, and recognises significant contribution to the Australian screen industry. .

Jones' screenwriting credits include Angela.s Ashes, Possession, A Thousand Acres, Oscar and Lucinda, The Portrait of a Lady, An Angel at My Table, Hightide and Brick Lane. .

.Laura.s characters and stories resonate powerfully with audiences and bring a uniquely Australian perspective to the world,. said Foxtel.s Group Director of Corporate Affairs Bruce Meagher..

.She has achieved a sustained critical and commercial success throughout an entire career which is a brilliant feat for an Australian feature film writer. We are delighted that Laura is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award..

Australian Writers. Guild President,
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Van Helsing: female-fronted TV series in development

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Syfy has put a Van Helsing TV series into development, focusing on female protagonist Vanessa Helsing…

Presumably hoping to shake off any lingering memories of the Hugh Jackman-starring movie, Syfy is putting its own Van Helsing TV series together.

Following in the footsteps of Ghostbusters and – as of yesterday – Ocean’s Eleven, Syfy’s protagonist here will be Vanessa Helsing, a female version of the iconic Vampire hunter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanessa Helsing will be ‘the next in a lineage of warriors who must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires.’ She will be ‘resurrected five years in the future’ and find that she is ‘essentially humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.’

The word ‘lineage’ there makes us think that this new take might use Professor Abraham van Hesling – the original version of the character,
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Lena Headey on Returning to '300,' Strong Women, the Male Ego, & Her 'Stupid' Twitter

In "300: Rise of an Empire," Lena Headey returns as Queen Gorgo, the strong-willed and battle-ready Spartan wife of Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who hesitates to team with Greek hero Themistocles and avenge her slain husband in battle against the mighty Persian army.

After catching the eye of a casting director at the age of 17, the Bermuda-born (and England-raised) Headey launched her movie career in 1992. The actress has worked consistently ever since, appearing in films such as, "The Remains of the Day," "Possession," and "The Brothers Grimm." However, it wasn't until Zack Snyder's international hit "300" (2006) that Headey finally broke out in America. Today, the actress may be best known to audiences for playing Cersei Lannister in the current hit HBO series "Game of Thrones."

The show has launched Headey into a new level of stardom, and I'll admit I was a little intimidated. It's not simply because "Game of Thrones
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Jennifer Ehle to join Fifty Shades of Grey movie cast

Zero Dark Thirty star to play Anastasia Steele's mother in big-screen adaptation of erotic literary blockbuster

• News: Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson sign up for 50 Shades

• News: Fans protest 50 Shades casting

Jennifer Ehle has joined the cast of Sam Taylor-Johnson's forthcoming big screen adaptation of erotic literary blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, reports Variety.

Ehle, known for turns in Zero Dark Thirty, Contagion, Possession and the 1995 TV version of Pride and Prejudice, will play the mother of blushing virgin Anastasia Steele. The character, Carla May Wilks, is described as a flighty and self-centred woman who enjoys turning her hobbies into ill-fated business schemes.

Fifty Shades centres on kinky billionaire Christian Grey's recruitment of Anastasia to be his well-remunerated sexual submissive. Author El James, whose steamy novel has sold more than 70m copies worldwide, revealed last month that Charlie Hunnam will play Grey and Dakota Johnson will portray Anastasia Steele in the big-screen adaptation.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Director & Actor Teams: The Overlooked & Underrated (Part 1 of 2)

Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.

One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.

This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.

There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro
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Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil Labute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” Labute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While Labute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.
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"The Purge" Fails to Dispense Any Message of Substance

Ever since the ink dried on Anthony Burgess' novel version of a  A Clockwork Orange, Hollywood filmmakers have mined over and over a two pronged theme about the near future. First, the veneer that separates the mundane world from absolute anarchy is thinner than tissue paper. Second, in the future, everyone will be a mad-dog killer for fifteen minutes.

It's these concepts that are explored in James DeMonaco's (screenwriter for Assault on Precinct 13 and Crash) new sf thriller, The Purge. Starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Brooklyn's Finest) and Lena Headey (Possession, The Brothers Grimm), the film's premise gives us a surprisingly strong springboard for this well worn topic: By 2023, the wise New Founding Fathers of America will institute a once-a-year 12 hour period where all street crimes are legal and all police and fire services are suspended.

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann
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Raunchy New Poster For ‘Some Velvet Morning’

Today we can bring you the rather raunchy new poster for Neil Labute’s (The Wicker Man, Possession) Some Velvet Morning.

As the poster states, the film stars chameleon-like actor Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada) and his ‘mistress’ Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, She’S Out Of My League). After spending four years apart, Tucci turns up on Eve’s doorstep to tell her he’s finally left his wife. Of course after four years things change, but they eventually rekindle the kink that brought them together in the first place (as shown in the poster below).

Not much is known about the film and it took some searching on the Internet to find even a basic plot line. However, eager audience members won’t have to wait too long, as the film premieres at Tribeca Film Festival later in April.

Source: Vulture
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'Game Of Thrones' Actress Files For Divorce

'Game Of Thrones' Actress Files For Divorce
And another one bites the dust. TMZ reports that "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey has filed for divorce from her musician husband Peter Loughran. Though details are brief, the 38-year-old British actress reportedly cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed the divorce documents last week at the L.A. County Superior Court.

Heady and Loughran have been married for five years, since May 2007. The couple have one son, two-year-old Wylie Elliot. Aside from her hit HBO series, which recently scored 11 Emmy nominations, Heady has starred in films such as "The Brothers Grimm," "Possession" and "300."
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As they happened

Didn't get an invite to this year's Oscars? Neither did Xan Brooks, but he stoically blogged the red carpet and then the ceremony anyway

10.57pm: And so it begins ....

11.25pm: Roll carpet, roll cameras: it's the 84th annual Academy Awards, live and lurid from Hollywood. The Guardian film team will be covering the event throughout the night, weeping with the winners and wailing with the losers as this season's awards circus clatters exhaustedly towards the finish line. This is where it ends, inside the Hollywood and Highland Centre (reputedly the winner of the 2007 "Ugliest Building in La" award). Inside, the victors shall be encased in gold, the vanquished shown the door and all manner of movies laid tenderly to rest.

But wait, kick back, and keep the war horses tethered: the actual ceremony does not officially commence until 5pm (Pacific time). Time enough to cast an eye back over some late-breaking Oscar news.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Doctor Who Christmas Special

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Filming is now complete on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Two lucky young actors join the cast for the Christmas Special:

Holly Earl (represented by A&J Management) plays 15 year old Lily Armstrong. 19 year old Holly has been working since the age of 4, including roles in Neil Labute's Possession, "Touching Evil" and the popular BBC Christmas movie The Greatest Store In the World, alongside her sister Elizabeth.

Maurice Cole (represented by Hamilton Hodell) plays her 11 year old brother, Cyril Armstrong. Maurice starred as Eli in the
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Win: Page Eight On DVD, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

Trust will be tested and lives placed at risk as psychological spy drama Page Eight comes to DVD from 5th September, 2011 courtesy of Universal Playback. We have three copies of the DVD to give away.

The feature-length drama, penned by Oscar nominee David Hare (The Hours), stars Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Boat that Rocked) as long-serving MI5 officer Johnny Worricker and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Lovely Bones) as political activist Nancy Pierpan, as they work together to uncover devastating revelations about political manoeuvres within the British Intelligence services. Also starring in this fast paced secret revolution is Judy Davis (The Starter Wife, The Break Up), Michael Gambon (The Kings Speech, Harry Potter) and Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans, The Reader).

The story follows Johnny Worricker as he investigates his boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Gambon) who dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file,
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Contest: Win Big in Our Contagion Giveaway!

Contest: Win Big in Our Contagion Giveaway!
Are you sick of lame movies? Well, then, director Steven Soderbergh has your cure with the star-studded thriller Contagion! If you are a hypochondriac or just plain paranoid about catching a deadly disease, this tense horror tale will have you squirming in the isles. Trust us, you'll never look at Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, or Gwyneth Paltrow without wanting to grab a tissue and a face mask ever again. Do you feel the sniffles coming on? Is there a weird rash forming around your wrists? Not to worry! We've got you covered. We know watching a killer 'virus on the loose' thriller like Contagion can keep you up at night, sweating through fever blisters. That's why were giving away some germ killing tchotchkes in our Contagion contest! Enter today, and worry about getting sick no more. If you win, you could take home the life preserving, H1N1 Destroying Uv Wand!
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Win a Contagion Prize Pack to Keep You Healthy

Warner Bros.' Contagion will be infecting theatres on Friday, September 9th, and we are giving away all of the essentials to make sure that you are alive and well once it gets here.

Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) directs the global thriller Contagion, bringing together a stellar international ensemble cast led by Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Inception); Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, the Bourne films); Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It, The Matrix); Academy Award® nominee Jude Law (Cold Mountain, Sherlock Holmes); Academy Award® winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, Iron Man); and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic).

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Check out the official Contagion website and the official Contagion Facebook page for more.

Below you'll get your first look at the prize package,
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Contest: Win Big in Our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Giveaway!

Contest: Win Big in Our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Giveaway!
The end is nye, dear Muggles! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 hits theaters nationwide on July 15th, and when the dust settles from the rubble of Hogwarts, Harry and his friends will finally say good-bye after ten years filled with adventure and fun. We couldn't let this epic franchise climax on a down note, so to celebrate all of those times, both good and bad, that we've shared with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the Hogwarts gang, we are throwing an awesome new contest full of magical prizes that you aren't going to want to miss. Scream adios in fashion with a heaping mound of neat-o swag, like a Snitch Clock in Box, a resin wand pen, Dragon and Gringotts coin keychains, a really cool Gringotts hoodie, T-shirts, hats, movie tickets and more. Don't let those sad moments get you down. Sign on for our
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Anna Massey obituary

Award-winning actor with a fastidious intelligence and a hint of inner steel

Anna Massey, who has died of cancer aged 73, made her name on the stage as a teenager in French-window froth. She then graduated, with effortless and extraordinary ease, to the classics and to the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and David Hare. In later years, she became best known for her award-winning work in television and film. What constantly impressed was her fastidious intelligence and capacity for stillness: always the mark of a first-rate actor.

Born in Thakeham, West Sussex, she was bred into show business although, in personal terms, that proved something of a mixed blessing. Her father was Raymond Massey, a Canadian actor who achieved success in Hollywood; her mother was Adrianne Allen who had appeared in the original production of Noël Coward's Private Lives. Anna's godfather was the film director John Ford.

Since
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Anna Massey obituary

Award-winning actor with a fastidious intelligence and a hint of inner steel

Anna Massey, who has died of cancer aged 73, made her name on the stage as a teenager in French-window froth. She then graduated, with effortless and extraordinary ease, to the classics and to the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and David Hare. In later years, she became best known for her award-winning work in television and film. What constantly impressed was her fastidious intelligence and capacity for stillness: always the mark of a first-rate actor.

Born in Thakeham, West Sussex, she was bred into show business although, in personal terms, that proved something of a mixed blessing. Her father was Raymond Massey, a Canadian actor who achieved success in Hollywood; her mother was Adrianne Allen who had appeared in the original production of Noël Coward's Private Lives. Anna's godfather was the film director John Ford.

Since
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Anna Massey dies aged 73

The award-winning actor of stage and screen, who became the mainstay of the British costume drama, has died after suffering from cancer

Anna Massey, the award-winning British actor who played innocent victim for both Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Powell, has died from cancer at the age of 73. The news was confirmed in a brief statement from her agent: "Anna Massey Cbe passed away peacefully on Sunday 3rd July, with her husband and son by her side."

The daughter of the Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, Anna Massey began her career on stage, picking up a Tony nomination for her turn in The Reluctant Debutante at the age of 18. She made her screen debut in the 1958 crime drama Gideon's Day, directed by her godfather John Ford, and co-starred with Laurence Olivier on the cult 60s thriller Bunny Lake is Missing.

Yet Massey looks set to be best remembered for her roles in
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »
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