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‘Ready or Not’ Review: Devilishly Fun Late Summer Surprise Mashes Up ‘Clue’ and ‘The Purge’

‘Ready or Not’ Review: Devilishly Fun Late Summer Surprise Mashes Up ‘Clue’ and ‘The Purge’
Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin’s “Ready or Not” can pretty much be summed up by a single line of dialogue from the movie’s relentless second act: “Fucking rich people.” Spat out through a set of bloody teeth, those words cut right to the heart of this devilishly fun late summer surprise, a violent dark comedy that (sometimes literally) skewers the 1% by inviting us into a clan who would sooner kill than surrender their good fortune. There are other devious forces at work here, as well — the story hinges on the strange moral codes that hold families together — but most of all this is a movie about how money is always a devil’s bargain. Inheriting it can be dangerous; marrying into it can be deadly.

Grace (a phenomenal Samara Weaving) learns that lesson the hard way, even if money is the last thing on her mind. A former
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Avengers: Endgame Directors Reveal How Cap’s Reunion With Red Skull Would Play Out

While many fans had hoped Red Skull would once again appear in the McU, I don’t think a single one expected that the villainous character would play such a massive role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Having previously been zapped into oblivion in Captain America: The First Avenger (in addition to Hugo Weaving’s penchant for bashing Marvel Studios), most assumed the Hydra founder’s time had come and gone.

Cut to the summer of 2018, where a cloaked figure on the planet Vormir revealed that he was actually Red Skull, forever cursed to watch over the Soul Stone as punishment for his attempted misuse of the Tesseract. Now a solemn shell of his former evil self (and recast with Ross Marquand), Captain America’s arch-nemesis only managed to interact with Thanos, Gamora, Black Widow and Hawkeye over both movies, leaving many fans upset that a reunion
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Toronto premieres for ‘The Australian Dream’ and ‘Hearts and Bones’

The Australian Dream.’

Daniel Gordon’s The Australian Dream and Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones will have their international premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition, Eva Orner’s Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator will be among 25 titles in the Tiff Docs section, along with The Australian Dream.

Good Thing Productions and Passion Pictures’ The Australian Dream opened the Melbourne International Film Festival. Written by Stan Grant, the film looks at race, identity and belonging from the perspective of former Sydney Swans captain and Indigenous rights activist Adam Goodes.

In 2013 Goodes sparked a national conversation about racism after requesting a 13-year-old Collingwood supporter be removed from the ground after calling him an “ape.”

Madman Entertainment will launch the film on 100—plus screens on August 22.

Lawrence’s debut feature Hearts and Bones, which had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, will screen in the Discovery program.

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The Matrix Returns to Theaters for 20th Anniversary This Month

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The Matrix Returns to Theaters for 20th Anniversary This Month
As if you needed another excuse to feel old this year, The Wachowski siblings' hit sci-fi action movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano turns 20. Yup, go ahead and read that again, The Matrix turns 20 years old this year. And to celebrate the film's anniversary, the powers that be behind the scenes are unleashing the classic back into select theaters for one week at more than 135 Dolby Cinema AMC locations beginning on August 30th.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, back in Dolby Cinema at AMC 8/30-9/5. Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary
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Kelton Pell honoured as CinefestOZ Screen Legend

Kelton Pell.

Actor Kelton Pell is the first Western Australian to receive the Screen Legend accolade from CinefestOZ in the event’s 12-year history.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, his film credits include Blackfellas, Australian Rules, September, Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards, Looking For Grace, Red Dog:True Blue and Three Summers.

In his latest screen role he appeared alongside Bill Nighy, Victoria Hill and Milan Burch in director Tim Brown’s Buckley’s Chance, which was partly shot in Wa.

Nighy played Spencer, the estranged grandfather of Burch’s Ridley, who moved to Wa with his mother Gloria (Hill) after his father dies. Spencer tries to reconnect with the boy but he gets lost the outback.

Pell has been a familiar face in such TV shows as Pine Gap, The Gods of Wheat Street, The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Heights.

“It’s a huge honour,” he says of the award.
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Jillian Nguyen feeds off ‘Hungry Ghosts’ and visits ‘Loveland’

Hugo Weaving and Jillian Nguyen in ‘Loveland’.

Jillian Nguyen landed her first screen role – as Molly Kane in Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang – just two weeks after graduating from 16th Street Actors Studio in Melbourne last year.

Since then her career has rocketed as she played the lead in Ivan Sen’s romantic sci-fi drama Loveland followed by a key supporting role in Hungry Ghosts, Matchbox Pictures’ genre-bending 4-parter for Sbs directed by Shawn Seet.

There was one speed bump after Kurzel’s film wrapped: She was so depressed she got fired from her retail job. It’s unlikely she will have to go back to such work, as Seet says: “I was blown away by Jillian. She is a real, natural talent.”

Stephen Corvini, who produced Hungry Ghosts with Timothy Hobart, tells If: “She is a superstar in the making. On the screen her energy crackles and pops.
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CinefestOZ names five finalists for $100,000 prize

Owen Trevor’s Go!, John Sheedy’s H is for Happiness, Ben Lawrence’s Hearts and Bones, Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch and Paul Ireland’s Measure for Measure will compete for Australia’s biggest film prize.

Those are the finalists for the $100,000 prize at CinefestOZ, which will run from August 28 to September 1 in Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and surrounds.

CinefestOZ festival chair Helen Shervington said it had been another stellar year for the film prize entries and this year’s finalists are the cream of the crop.

The prize was established in 2014 to recognise excellence in Australian filmmaking and is awarded on the gala night by a five-member industry jury, this year chaired by director/writer Rachel Ward.

Scripted by Paper Planes‘ Steve Worland and produced by See PicturesJamie Hilton and Sonia Borella, Go! stars William Lodder, Anastasia Bampos, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Dan Wyllie, Cooper Van Grootel, Damian De Montemas,
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Hero Nation Index: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toy Story 4, Child’s Play, Morgan Freeman

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Hero Nation Index: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toy Story 4, Child’s Play, Morgan Freeman
The just-opened Columbia Pictures film Spider-Man: Far From Home imports a newcomer to the ever-expanding superhero sector: Jake Gyllenhaal, the 38-year-old Oscar nominee who has a wildly eclectic body of work but somehow managed to avoid the now-pervasive superhero genre until Far From Home became his 38th feature film.

Gyllenhaal portrays the cryptic character called Mysterio, who presents himself to Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) as the worldly survivor and heroic refuge who has arrived from a different dimension. Gyllenhaal, with a chuckle, says had no problem connecting with the fish-out-of-water aspects of his character’s alienated backstory.

“I was thrown for a loop when I first got to the set and we started filming,” Gyllenhaal said. “The way Marvel makes movies is something I wasn’t fully prepared to handle. At the beginning I was really wondering what I had got myself into.”

It was in England one year ago
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More Aussies invited to join Oscars Academy

Liz Watts and Ivan Sen.

Directors Jennifer Kent and Ivan Sen, producer Liz Watts and Oscar-nominated production designer Fiona Crombie have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film editor Dany Cooper, composer Jed Kurzel, Animal Logic founder Zareh Nalbandian, make-up artist Rosalina Da Silva, cinematographer Ari Wegner and stunt performer Glenn Boswell are also among 842 new members of the Oscars body.

Kent has been invited to join the directors and writers branches. Nalbandian and Boswell are among the members-at-large group.

Cooper’s latest credits include Jim Loach’s Measure of a Man, Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch and Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman.

Kurzel composed the music for French director/actor Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s The Mustang, Julius Avery’s Overlord and The Nightingale.

Watts is executive producing Stateless, a six-part drama about four strangers in an immigration detention centre for the ABC, after
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‘The Merger’ was a game changer for Fayssal Bazzi

Fayssal Bazzi. (Photo: Amelia J Dowd)

Actor Fayssal Bazzi’s father is Lebanese and his mother is Syrian, so for much of his career he was determined to avoid being typecast as Arabic characters, particularly criminals and terrorists.

After scoring the lead role in Mark Grentell’s comedy-drama The Merger, he has enjoyed a higher profile and portrayed a diverse range of characters.

“I just want to play characters whose ethnicity is incidental and I’ve been lucky to be able to do that in the past few years,” he tells If.

Earlier this year he played the son-in-law of Damon Herriman’s seedy night club owner in the second season of FX/Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween, created by and starring Scott Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton. That was his second collaboration with Herriman following Abe Forsythe’s 2015 Cronulla race riot drama Down Under.

Currently he is in Adelaide shooting Stateless,
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LevelK Acquires Sales to New Zealand Drama ‘Bellbird’ (Exclusive)

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Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK has acquired world sales rights to New Zealand comedy-drama “Bellbird,” the feature debut of Hamish Bennett.

Produced by Orlando Stewart for Stella Maris Productions and Catherine Fitzgerald for Blueskin Films, Bellbird tells the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son and the local community. The movie, written by Bennett, is set over four seasons in a modest Northland dairy farm.

“The characters of ‘Bellbird’ were inspired by my childhood neighbours in the small rural Northland community of Tauraroa…” said Bennett whose last short, “Rose & Beth,” won prizes in New Zealand.

“You don’t see many outward displays of affection or emotion, (but) the love, the loyalty, the reliance – it can all be found in the little moments, buried under the layers of cheeky banter and cow shit,
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Sydney Film Review: ‘Hearts and Bones’

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Sydney Film Review: ‘Hearts and Bones’
Time spent in a modern war zone can be traumatic for participant and observer alike, yet across continents and cultures, the shared experiences of living and loving in the wake of such experiences can be startlingly similar. This is multi-faceted and overarching theme woven throughout Ben Lawrence’s sensitive and affecting new Australian drama “Hearts and Bones,” an impressive narrative feature debut from the winner of last year’s Sydney Film Festival documentary prize for “Ghosthunter.”

Lawrence’s thoughtful drama also casts an illuminating light on the current hot-button issue of immigrants to Australia and their place in the social fabric, specifically in the Western Sydney suburbs in which it is filmed. The film’s second-place finish in the narrative section of the fest’s audience award (behind Samuel Van Grinsven’s “Sequin in a Blue Room”) suggests it struck a chord with traditionally partisan Aussie audiences, and with proper handling,
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Seven Miff Premiere Fund films set for the festival

‘H is for Happiness’.

Seven films supported by the Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) Premiere Fund will make their premiere at this year’s iteration, including Maziar Lahooti’s Below and Paul Ireland’s Measure for Measure.

The Premiere Fund provides minority co-financing to new Australian quality theatrical (narrative and documentary) feature films that then premiere at Miff, and over its history, has invested in more than 70 projects.

The seven films include:

Director John Sheedy’s H is for Happiness, which as previously announced, will form the festival’s Family Gala. The film tells the story of a relentlessly optimistic and hilariously forthright girl who hatches a variety of outlandish schemes to make her fractured family happy again. This charming adaptation of award-winning novel My Life as an Alphabet stars Miriam Margolyes (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Emma Booth (Hounds of Love), Richard Roxburgh (Rake), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires) and
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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert review – riotous return trip

In this smart, lovable gem, now rereleased, a trans woman and two drag queens kick up the dust in Australia’s outback

Terence Stamp had his finest hour with this movie, which incidentally allowed me to “get” Terence Stamp, while at the same wondering – as he deadpanned his role alongside Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce squeezing every last outrageous drop from theirs – whether Stamp completely “got” what was happening himself.

In 1994, writer-director Stephan Elliott created a pioneering Lgbt gem with this funny, smart and intensely lovable road-trip comedy – an anti-Crocodile Dundee. It’s about Tick (Weaving) and Adam (Pearce), Australian drag-queen short of cash who journey from Sydney to Alice Springs where Tick’s estranged straight wife, Marion (Sarah Chadwick), has got them a gig performing in a hotel lounge. This they do in a converted bus that they rename Priscilla and have to repaint, to cover the homophobic graffiti
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Bill And Ted Face The Music Casts Bill And Ted’s Daughters

If you were to travel back in time around 15 years, and tell the younger version of myself that a new Bill and Ted movie would be coming out, I’d have looked back at you with a rather puzzled expression on my face. But somehow, against all odds, the unimaginable is happening. You read that right – Bill and Ted Face The Music, the third entry in a series which debuted 30 years ago, is coming to theaters next year and filming is set to begin sometime this month.

After almost three decades, both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reprise their roles as the titular slackers, who are, yet again, tasked with saving the universe. Seeing as how George Carlin passed away more than a decade ago, the veteran comedian won’t be returning as Rufus, but it seems William Sadler will once again be playing the role of the Grim Reaper,
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Patrick Melrose: Season Two Talks Underway for Sky Atlantic and Showtime Series

Is Patrick Melrose pulling a Big Little Lies? Deadline reports there are talks to bring the Showtime and Sky Atlantic TV show back for a second season.

Based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, the drama series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a wealthy, damaged man and follows him from his dreadful childhood, through his adult struggles with substance abuse, and later quest for recovery. The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Anna Madeley, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie.

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"Black '47" - Ireland's Darkest Hour

The Irish period drama feature "Black '47", now available on Blu-ray, is directed by Lance Daly, starring Hugo Weaving ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Greene:

"...'Hannah' (Weaving) a veteran of the 'British Army' is working as an investigator for the 'Royal Irish Constabulary'. While interrogating a member of the 'Young Irelander' movement, Hannah loses his temper over the prisoner's refusal to name names and kills him.

"Martin Feeney' (Frecheville) is a former 'Connaught Ranger', who is returning to Connemara, in the west of Ireland, in 1847. On his arrival home, the country is experiencing the worst year of the 'Great Famine'. Feeney finds his mother has died of starvation and his brother has been hanged, having stabbed a bailiff during his family's eviction. 

"Feeney stays with his brother's widow (Greene), who is squatting in
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‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season

‘Patrick Melrose’: Creative Team In Talks To Bring Back Limited Series For Second Season
Exclusive: The creative team behind Patrick Melrose, the BAFTA-winning Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted drama, are in active discussions about bringing the limited series back for more episodes.

Patrick Melrose was originally set up as a five-episode order with each episode of the show based on one of Edward St Aubyn’s novels. Although all of the novels were used for the David Nicholls-penned adaptation, Deadline understands that Cumberbatch and the producers are looking at ways to carry on the story.

The series, which was directed by Edward Berger and produced by Michael Jackson’s Two Cities Television, Little Island Productions and Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, aired on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the UK in May 2018. Rachael Horovitz and Michael Jackson are lead exec producers alongside Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and Helen Flint.

Horovitz and Jackson said, “Our collective passion for Teddy’s novels and the joyful experience
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Marvel Said To Be Eyeing Walking Dead Star For Multiple McU Roles

David Morrissey is most known for his fan favorite turn as the Governor in TV’s The Walking Dead, but a new rumor points to him potentially finding a role in another comic book franchise adapted for the screen. The biggest one there is, in fact: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Insider Roger Wardell, whose information has proved reliable in the past, shared on Twitter the news that Marvel Studios are apparently big fans of the English actor and are looking over multiple roles to find the best one for him in the upcoming Phase Four.

We’ve already got the feeling that at least someone in Marvel’s casting department likes Twd, as two stars of the franchise have shown up in key roles in the franchise. Namely, Danai Gurira as Black Panther‘s Okoye – whose McU commitments have led to her quitting the AMC show after she appears for
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Agent Jones in 'The Matrix' 'Memba Him?!

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Agent Jones in 'The Matrix' 'Memba Him?!
Australian actor Robert Taylor made his big screen debut as the dangerous sentient Agent Jones -- who is the first to be seen dodging bullets in slow motion in the rooftop fight scene -- in the action packed 1999 future film, "The Matrix."  Robert Taylor was cast alongside huge stars including Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Hugo Weaving as the agent ringleader Agent Smith. "The Matrix" was the
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