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Mad Max Fury Road

The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer has landed.

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max.  Tom Hardy stars in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  Miller directed from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris.  Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten.  Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.  “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production.  The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures.  Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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The DVD and Blu-Ray launch of Interstellar in the U.K. was celebrated with an unique Interstellar Live at Royal Albert Hall. This one off unique event combined science and film with a live Q&A, before INTERSTELLAR was shown accompanied by Hans Zimmer and a live orchestra

The event, which also marked the film’s release to Blu-ray and DVD was attended by Christopher Nolan, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne and Brian Cox.

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Palace Cinemas are thrilled to announce that they have reached an agreement to secure the future operation of the Astor Theatre, as Melburnians know and love it.  The Astor will close for a short period for essential maintenance and repairs. The theatre will re-open in June 2015 with a gala event and an exciting new calendar – all of which will be announced next week.

Under Palace’s custodianship the Astor will continue operating as a single-screen, 1,110 seat auditorium, with its well-regarded programming of both new release and classic films intact and showing on 35mm and 70mm prints as well as 2K and 4K digital projection.

Benjamin Zeccola, Palace Cinema’s CEO says of the plans, “Palace Cinemas are keenly aware of the importance in preserving The Astor experience and, to that end, we see the business operating very much as it does today: one cinema, the continuation of the brilliant programming and maintaining the building in the art deco style in direct consultation with Heritage Victoria.”

George Florence, proprietor since 1982, and creator of the unique programming  and operational style, says he is delighted his legacy will continue and states,

“I am very grateful that we have found a solution to keeping The Astor Theatre operating indefinitely, after a long period of great uncertainty, and that Palace Cinemas are pledging to maintain The Astor Experience, that so many loyal patrons hold so dearly. We are sure there will be a great sigh of relief to this positive news and we look forward to a greater Astor Theatre”

Melbourne has seen thirty-two years of the finest repertory programming and the very best in film and now digital presentation thanks to founder George Florence. The Astor is so much more than just the bricks and mortar that has become Melbourne’s spiritual home for film.

 

Altruman

In what’s been an exciting year for original Australian web content, Boomgate Films is proud to  announce that its web series Altruman has been invited to a string of web festivals and begun scoring international awards.

Last Wednesday night Ben McEwing, who plays the title character, picked up the award for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy at the Indie Series Awards in Los Angeles. The show was also nominated for Best Directing in a Comedy and Best Soundtrack. The Indie Series Awards celebrate ‘independently produced, scripted entertainment created for the web’ and ‘emphasise artistic merit and social impact’ over view-count and commercial impact.

“[The award] is a reflection on the whole team. You can only do your best work with a talented group of collaborators and Altruman is that. Such amazing people,” says McEwing, who admits that “It’s still sinking in.”. It comes at the end of a dream run for the actor, who also played the lead in Tropfest 2014 finalist Sine.

The award follows invitations to a string of web series festivals, including LA Webfest, Buenos Aires Webfest, Seattle Webfest, Hollyweb Festival, Miami Webfest and the Rome Web Awards.

The six-part series premiered on ABC iview in September 2014 and follows the journey of a selfless superhero who begins to question his life choices after being diagnosed with cancer.

Co-creator Robin Geradts-Gill says, “It’s great that this space has opened up for recognising narrative web content. Only a few years ago it felt like there weren’t festivals for stuff that wasn’t a short or feature film. Now, for those of us wanting to tell serialised short stories, there’s a chance to be recognised, and to mix with like-minded film-makers.”

Co-creator Hannah Moon says, “What’s been interesting is how the show has been classified by different festivals. We sort of saw it as a drama with comic elements, but some festivals have chosen to reclassify it as a comedy, and some even have a separate ‘dramedy’ category. I’m glad people are reading it and engaging with it in different ways.”

Co-creator Stephen Sholl adds, “It’s been really exciting to see it with Spanish, or Mandarin subtitles. The web has opened up so many new avenues and platforms for story-tellers.”

Boomgate Films produced Altruman following a successful 2012 Pozible fundraising campaign which saw donors sent their very own pair of Altruman underpants as a thank you gift. Hannah, Steve and Robin, who founded Boomgate Films together, are currently spread across China and the UK juggling several projects, including the short film Dario, which is due to have its international premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival later this year, as well as a feature film, still in development, called Starfish.

The last twelve months has seen several Australian web series enter the global spotlight after reaching huge audiences on YouTube, including How To Talk Australians and The Katering Show, which, like Altruman, were made with support from Screen Australia’s Multiplatform funding program.

Based on a short film, Altruman reunites the team behind the original and adds some exciting new cast members, including comedian Lawrence Leung and Australian drama stalwarts Deidre Rubenstein & Tony Nikolakopoulos, as well as award winning cinematographer Ryan Alexander Lloyd.

It features a soundtrack packed with emerging and established Australian talent including The Little Stevies, The Panics, Ainslie Wills and Jack Carty.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Dior & I,’ ‘Samba,’ ‘A Little Chaos,’ ‘Furious 7 (Fast & Furious 7),’ ‘The Duff,’ ‘Journey To Space (3D),’ ‘The Salt Of The Earth,’ ‘Black Sea’  and ‘x+y′ . This episode also contains interviews with Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Jude Law.

Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win passes to see a special screening of ‘It Follows’ at Cinema Nova in Melbourne.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Dowload here.

Journey To Space 3D

Summary: Journey To Space is a brand new IMAX documentary that tells the history of space travel while also taking a look at the machinery and people that will carry on the future of space expedition as humanity plans to walk on Mars.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th March, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Mark Krenzien

Screenwriter: Mark Krenzien

Cast: Patrick Stewart (narrator)

Runtime: 45 mins

Classification: CTC

 

OUR JOURNEY TO SPACE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

For most of us we fell in love with space by watching some pretty badly put together documentaries that were forced upon us in school science classrooms. Normally they contained dull and boring voiceovers that had the potential to make you lapse into some kind of coma, while the footage was so grainy you basically had to take the narrator’s word for it that you were actually seeing a star system in outer space. Well that is a thing of the past because now comes Journey To Space, one of the best space documentaries that you are ever likely to see.

It probably sounds like a bit of cliché but Journey To Space is a ground-breaking documentary. Seeing a documentary on one of the world’s biggest screens in IMAX is always a brilliant experience but seeing outer space in this format takes the whole documentary experience to a completely different level. As the film shows some spectacularly clear footage captured over the years it really feels like you are laying down on the grass looking up into a night sky that has been magnified a million times over.

Experience documentary director Mark Krenzien has put Journey To Space together in such a way that there simply no part of the docco that will make its audience lose interest. The brief look at the history of space travel is brilliantly put together and manages to capture the highs, such as the first moon landing, and the lows, such as the Challenger disaster, equally well. Even the footage of various space shuttles being retired and taken to their final resting places becomes fascinating as the gives the audience a chance to get really close to these fascinating piece of equipment.

And if that footage isn’t engaging enough the second half of the documentary takes a further step forward as narrator Patrick Stewart steps aside for astronauts to talk about their own personal journeys into space and to talk about what equipment is currently being developed to take humans to Mars over the next decade. This is also the best format to view the currently available footage of Mars because presented here in this docco it really blows you away.

Journey To Space is the kind of documentary that has the power to even floor those people who say that doccos are boring and uninteresting. The only way to see Journey To Space is in 3D and in IMAX because the visuals are designed in such a way to blow you away as they are presented on the biggest screen possible. To be honest I probably learned more about space travel in this docco than I did in any science class, and the visuals completely blew me away. This is a docco that really shows just how powerful IMAX can be… a must see.

 

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

 

IMDB Rating: Journey to Space (2015) on IMDb

 

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Terminator Genisys

Paramount has released new Terminator Genisys footage featuring Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Emilia Clarke and J.K Simmons.

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Smith.

Infinitely Polar Bear

Thanks to Icon Distribution we have some very special giveaways to celebrate the release of Infinitely Polar Bear in cinemas this week

One lucky winner will receive a pass to see Infinitely Polar Bear (starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana) in cinemas as well as an Icon Family DVD Pack that contains Dan In Real Life (Steve Carell,  Juliette Binoche), Last Chance Harvey (Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson), The Burning Plain (Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Lawrence, John Corbett) and The Beaver (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster).

A further nine people win passes to see Infitely Polar Bear in cinemas.

For your chance to win in our Infinitely Polar Bear giveaway simply listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #123 to see how to win.

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Sony Pcitures have just released a brand new Spectre trailer.

In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

 SPECTRE follows the release of SKYFALL, the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.  SPECTRE is currently filming in Mexico City.