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Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.

Snitch

Summary: In the fast-paced action thriller Snitch, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission – risking everything, including his family and his own life.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/United Arab Emirates

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Screenwriter: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Jon Bernthal (Daniel James), Benjamin Blankenship (Agent Torres), Benjamin Bratt (Juan Carlos ‘El Topo’ Pintera), Richard Cabral (Flaco), Kerry Cahill (Jane Kemp), Kyara Campos (Isabelle Matthews), Jason Douglas (Wayne), Jason Floyd (Agent Thompson), Rafi Gavron (Jason Collins), David Harbour (Jay Price), Kym Jackson (Agent Sims), Dwayne Johnson (John Matthews), Melanie Kakakaredes (Sylvie Collins), Lela Loren (Vanessa), Sione Ma’umalanga (Manny), James Allen McCune (Craig), Spencer Miller (Anthony), Joe Nemmers (Terry Green), JD Pardo (Benicio), Barry Pepper (Agent Cooper), Harold Perrineau (Jeffrey Steele), Ashlynn Ross (Amanda), Susan Sarandon (Joanne Keeghan), Tim J. Smith (Lazy), Darnell Trotter (Bones), Nadine Velazquez (Analisa), Michael K. Williams (Malik)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification:M

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘SNITCH’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3) 

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Snitch’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(2.5) 

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Snitch’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:Snitch (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Snitch′: Check Episode #32 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Snitch’.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films – ‘Drift’, ‘The Big Wedding’, ‘Camille Rewinds’ and ‘The Hunt’.  This episode also features interviews with the stars of ‘The Big Wedding’ – Topher Grace, Katherine Heigl and Susan Sarandon. We also talk to Sam Worthington about his new film ‘Drift’. Greg and Dave also take a look at some of the films that are screening at he 2013 German Film Festival, while all the boys nominate their best acting performances by Australian actors and actresses.

Download the episode (free of charge) here!

The Big Wedding

Summary: To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Justin Zackham

Screenwriter: Justin Zackham, Jean-Stephane Bron (original script), Karine Sudan (original script)

Cast: Ana Ayora (Nuria), Ben Barnes (Alejandro), Marc Blucas (Andrew), Kyle Bornheimer (Andrew), Christa Campbell (Kim), Robert De Niro (Don), Quincy Dunn-Baker (Kevin), Christine Ebersole (Muffin), Topher Grace (Jared), Katherine Heigl (Lyla), Diane Keaton (Ellie), Megan Ketch (Jane), Patricia Rae (Madonna), David Rasche (Barry), Susan Sarandon (Bebe), Amanda Seyfried (Missy), Robin Williams (Father Moinighan)

Runtime: 89 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Big Wedding’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Big Wedding’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘TheBig Wedding′: Check Episode #30 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Big Wedding’.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:The Big Wedding (2013) on IMDb

The Company You Keep

Summary: When a former member of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground (Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, Ben Shepard (LaBeouf), an aggressive young journalist, starts searching around for leads on the other members.

Before long Ben uncovers Jim Grant (Redford) a former Weatherman and a fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than thirty years under an assumed identity as a civil rights lawyer and single father in New York, he must now go on the run.

With the FBI in hot pursuit and Shepard getting closer to discovering his secret, Grant sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name and allow him to go home to his daughter.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Robert Redford

Screenwriter: Lem Dobbs, Neil Gordon (novel)

Cast: Hamza Adam (Maulik Banjali), Julie Christie (Mimi Lurie), Chris Cooper (Daniel Sloan), Sam Elliott (Mac McLeod), Jackie Evancho (Isabel Grant), Brendan Gleeson (Henry Osborne), Terrence Howard (FBI Agent Cornelius), Richard Jenkins (Jed Lewis), Jon Johnson (Albany FBI Agent Johnson), Hiro Kanagawa (FBI Agent Kanagawa), Anna Kendrick (Diana), Matthew Kimbrough (Barnes), Shia LaBeouf (Ben Shepard), David Lewis (Albany FBI Agent Lewis), Donna Lysell (Eva Sloan), Brit Marling (Rebecca Osborne), Lochlyn Munro (FBI Agent Munro), Nick Nolte (Donal Fitzgerald), Robert Redford (Jim Grant/Nick Sloan), Gabriela Reynoso (Maria), Stephen Root (Billy Cusimano), Gabrielle Rose (Marianne Osborne), Susan Sarandon (Sharon Solarz), Stanley Tucci (Ray Fuller)

Runtime: 122 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Company You Keep’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Company You Keep’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Company You Keep′: Check Episode #28 (available 18th April, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Company You Keep’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:The Company You Keep (2012) on IMDb

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Cloud Atlas

Summary: Lana and Andy Wachowski collaborate with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer to co-direct and adapt David Mitchell’s British Book Award-winning novel Cloud Atlas. Examining how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, CLOUD ATLAS explores the connectedness of life as one soul is shaped over centuries from a killer into a hero, and how a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae each appear in multiple roles as the audience is transported across the ages from the 19th century South Pacific to a distant post-apocalyptic future.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/Germany/Hong Kong/Singapore

Director: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell (novel)

Cast: Doona Bae (Tilda/Megan’s Mom/Mexican Woman/Sonmi-451/Sonmi Prostitute), Halle Berry (Native Woman/Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Indian Party Guest/Ovid/Meronym), Jim Broadbent (Captain Molyneux/Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Korean Musician/Prescient 2), James D’Arcy (Young Rufus Sixsmith/Old Rufus Sixsmith/Nurse James/Archivist), Keith David (Kupaka/Joe Napier/An-kor Apis/Prescient), Tanja de Wendt (Mrs. Hotchkiss), Louis Dempsey (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 3/Jarvis Hoggins), Martin Docherty (Eddie Hoggins), Niall Greig Fulton (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 2/Mozza Hoggins), Robert Fyfe (Old Salty Dog/Mr. Meeks/Prescient 1), Hugh Grant (Rev. Giles Horrox/Hotel Heavy/Lloyd Hooks/Denholme Cavendish/Seer Rhee/Kona Chief), David Gyasi (Autua/Lester Rey/Duophstye), Raevan Lee Hanan (Little Girl with Orison at Papa Song’s/Catkin/Zachry Relative 1), Tom Hanks (Dr. Henry Goose/Hotel Manager/Issac Sachs/Dermot Hoggins/Cavendish Look-a-like Actor/Zachry), Heikie Hanold-Lynch (Nurse Judd Look-a0like), Andrew Havill (Mr. Hotchkiss), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Nurse Judd), Brody Nicholas Lee (Javier Gomez/Jonas/Zachry’s Older Nephew), Robin Morrissey (Young Cavendish), Mya-Lecia Naylor (Miro), Gotz Otto (Groundsman Withers), Jeremy Paxman (himself), Alistair Petrie (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 1/Musiciian/Felix Finch/Lascivious Businessman), Ralph Riach (Ernie), Jim Sturgess (Adam Ewing/Poor Hotel Guest/Megan’s Dad/Highlander/Hae-Joo Chang/Adam/Zachry Brother-In-Law), Susan Sarandon (Madame Horrox/Older Ursula/Yusouf Suleiman/Abbess), Victoria Esteban Sole (Mr. Roderick), Laura Vietzen (Young Ursula), Amanda Walker (Veronica), Hugo Weaving (Hakell Moore/Tadeusz Kesselring/Bill Smoke/Nurse Noakes/Boardman Mephi/Old Georgie), Ben Whishaw (Cabin Boy/Robert Frobisher/Store Clerk/Georgette/Tribesman), Martin Wutke (Mr. Boerhaave/Guard/Leary The Healer), Xun Zhou (Talbot/Hotel Manager/Yoona-939/Rose), Zhu Zhu (Megan Sixsmith/12th Star Clone)

Runtime: 172 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Cloud Atlas’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cloud Atlas′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Cloud Atlas’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Cloud Atlas (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone.  They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health.  What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jack Schreier

Screenwriter: Christopher D. Ford

Cast: Bonnie Bentley (Ava), Frank Langella (Frank), Rachel Ma (Robot), James Marsden (Hunter), Susan Sarandon (Jennifer), Peter Sarsgaard (Robot (voice)), Jeremy Sisto (Sheriff Rowlings), Jeremy Strong (Jake), Liv Tyler (Madison)

Runtime: 89 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Robot & Frank’ Review:

Take a quick look at the poster for Robot & Frank and you could be excused for thinking that you are about to head into a film that is so low on the budget that they have used a dodgy robot left over from the Pixar design team. If that makes you turn around and leave the cinema though it means you’ll be missing out on seeing one of the films of the year… because Robot & Frank is an absolute gem.

Frank (Frank Langella – Unknown, The Time Being) is a former prisoner who even is his old age is finding it hard to give up the habit of having to steal every now and then. He lives a very lonely life, he’s been divorced for thirty years and his son Hunter (James Marsden – Bachelorette, TV’S 30 Rock) visits when he can and his daughter Madison (Liv Tyler – The Ledge, Super) phones in quick thirty second video calls from wherever her travels have taken her this week.

Although he would never admit it Frank does struggle with life, things like household chores become too much for him and his only escape from his life is to go to the library and visit Jennifer (Susan Sarandon – That’s My Boy, The Company You Keep) whom he has a crush on. However things are about to get a lot better for Frank when Hunter buys Frank a Robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard – Green Lantern, Knight & Day) that is supposed to make life easier for Frank… he just has to accept that.

Together director, Jake Schreier (Christopher Ford Sees A Film) and screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford (Eugene!, The Fuzz) have created a very special film indeed. Despite the fact Frank is a criminal you can’t help but feel for him, especially when you realise that he is a very lonely man indeed. The fact that you find yourself relating to him means that whether the threat is coming from the police or from the ‘evil’ Jake (Jeremy Strong – Lincoln, See Girl Run) you want to see Frank and Robot outsmart them.

The other big win that Schreier and Ford can celebrate is the fact that despite his plain look and monotone voice the character of Robot also becomes quite likable, so much so that you realise aside from its science fiction based plot this is ultimately a ‘buddy’ film… and a very good one at that.

Frank & Robot is so good that it shouldn’t be completely dismissed that Frank Langella’s name could come to the fore during Awards season. Langella puts in a truly remarkable performance that really allows him to shine as his co-stars, including Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and James Marsden are all given limited screen time.

This little indie classic will warm the hearts of even the hardened cinema fan and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t earn itself a couple of Awards.


Other “Robot & Frank’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths: http://www.helium.com/items/2390485-robot-frank-review

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Robot & Frank (2012) on IMDb