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The teaser trailer and stills for 20th Century Studios’ “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which first debuted in cinemas on May 5, is available now. James Cameron’s first follow-up to his “Avatar,” the highest-grossing film of all time, will open in Australian cinemas on December 15.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive,  and the tragedies they endure. Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the film stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement and Kate Winslet. 

To whet audiences’ appetites, the studio will re-release “Avatar” in cinemas on September 22.

Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced that the Stan Original Film Transfusion commenced filming inSydney earlier this week; and will premiere on Stan in 2022.

Transfusion is a taut, muscular thriller starring Sam Worthington (Avatar) as Ryan Logan, a former Special Forces operative, who is battling to cope with life after the loss of his wife and is thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son from being taken from him.

The film also co-stars Phoebe Tonkin (Stan’s Bloom) as Justine (Ryan’s wife) and Matt Nable (The Dry) as Johnny; and introduces fresh and exciting new talent in Edward Carmody, who plays Billy Logan (Ryan’s son).

Matt Nable, Director, Writer and Co-star, said: “The opportunity to write, direct, and co-star alongside talent such as Sam and Phoebe is phenomenal.”

Cailah Scobie, Chief Content Officer at Stan, said: “The Stan Original Film Transfusion is set to be a powerful and thought-provoking Australian thriller. We’re delighted to welcome Matt Nable as actor, writer and director, along with the star-studded cast of Sam Worthington and Phoebe Tonkin.  We’re also very pleased to again be working  with John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and the entire creative team, on another fantastic Stan Original project.”

Michael Schwarz, Deeper Water Films, said: “In Transfusion we’ve found a movie that has that special combination of visceral action and achingly beautiful emotion. Matt is an already accomplished writer and actor, and it’s incredibly exciting to watch him step into the director’s chair and bring his own words to life. With Sam he has the perfect actor to showcase the rugged vulnerability of this very powerful script.” 

As well as writing and staring, Matt Nable will be making his directorial debut, with John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz producing through their Deeper Water Films banner and Cailah Scobie, Paul Wiegard, Will ClarkeAndy Mayson and Mike Runagall also be serving as Executive Producers. Worldwide sales: Altitude Film Sales 

The Stan Original Film Transfusion will premiere on Stan in 2022.

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With the monumental film Everest about to hit cinemas tomorrow we take a look at some behind-the-scenes Everest featurettes which you can view below.

Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormakur and feature an all star cast including Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal. It is in Australian cinemas tomorrow.

 

Everest

Universal Pictures have released the new Everest trailer. The film is directed by Baltasar Kormakur and features an all-star cast including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film is set for release on September 17 (Australia), September 18 (United States) and September 25 (United Kingdom).

You can view the Everest trailer below.

MIFF Premiere Fund

The State Government of Victoria has delivered a $900,000 renewal of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund, which provides strategic minority co-financing to new Australian films that then go on to premiere at MIFF.

“The MIFF Premiere Fund’s continuation is important for MIFF, audiences, local filmmakers, and the State’s creative economy,” said MIFF Chair Claire Dobbin. “Generating a pipeline of world premieres for MIFF, and screenings for the MIFF Premiere Regional Showcase, the Premiere Fund helps MIFF remain the Southern Hemisphere’s leading film event.”

“Together with MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, the MIFF Premiere Fund reinforces Melbourne’s position as a creative industries capital,” said MIFF Industry Director and Premiere Fund Executive Producer Mark Woods. “Securing finance for independent Australian films is always a challenge and the contribution of the Premiere Fund has helped close the financing gap on some 45 films. The Fund is also proud of its part in fostering diversity and equality with nearly 50% of the Premiere Fund titles having feature debut directors, 31% having female directors and 53% female producers, while 13% had indigenous elements, 29% CALD community elements and 9% LGBTI engagement.”

The MIFF Premiere Fund is one of a suite of MIFF Industry Programs, which also include MIFF 37ºSouth Market, Australia’s only festival-based movie financing market, and the MIFF Accelerator emerging director workshop.

With combined budgets of more than $100 million, the MIFF Premiere Fund’s 45 films include the likes of BRAN NUE DAE starring Geoffrey Rush, BALIBO starring Anthony LaPaglia, THE TURNING featuring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving, feature documentaries ELECTRIC BOOGALOO and IN BOB WE TRUST and the recent hit children’s film PAPER PLANES, starring Sam Worthington and David Wenham, that grossed nearly $10 million at the local box office. Following their world premieres at MIFF, the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported films also tour regionally with the MIFF Premiere Regional Showcase and have been selected for numerous overseas festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance.

“I strongly believe our industry in Victoria and MIFF is elevated by the significant opportunities the MIFF Premiere Fund provides and so it is wonderful that the Government is continuing the MIFF Premiere Fund,” said Seph McKenna, Head of Australian Production at Roadshow Films, the distributor of MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Bran Nue Dae, These Final Hours and this year’s family hit, Victorian Director Rob Connolly’s Paper Planes. “The MIFF Premiere Fund is an investment by the Government that guarantees Melbourne remains Australia’s premier film festival for all its constituencies from punter to filmmaker.”

“It is imperative for the state of filmmaking in Victoria that both the MIFF Premiere Fund and MIFF 37ºSouth Market continue to thrive and so I am thrilled that the Government is renewing the MIFF Premiere Fund,” said Lizzette Atkins who produced Rock N Roll Nerd, The Triangle Wars, Aim High In Creation and the upcoming Looking for Grace (starring Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell) with MIFF Premiere Fund assistance. “Speaking from experience, the MIFF Premiere Fund can play a critical role in a project reaching its final budget.”

“I am delighted the State Government will continue to support the MIFF Premiere Fund,” said Antony I Ginnane, who produced Last Dance and Patrick with MIFF Premiere Fund support. “The MIFF Premiere Fund has punched above its weight and each individual contribution it has made to fiction and documentary features has helped expand the quantum of Victorian production and provide vital employment.”

“I fully support the MIFF Premiere Fund – one of the most amazing film funds in Australia – if not the world!” said Veronica Fury who produced Machete Maidens Unleashed, Curse of the Gothic Symphony, First Fagin, Electric Boogloo and the upcoming Neon with MIFF Premiere Fund assistance. “It is a valuable and critical asset to Victoria and to Melbourne and so I am thrilled that the Government will allow this valuable and vital Fund to continue.”

“I wholeheartedly applaud the continuation of the MIFF Premiere Fund and its work in keeping Victorian independent film on the national and international landscape,” said producer/director Richard Lowenstein who, with Lynn-Maree Milburn, has made feature documentaries Auto Luminescent, In Bob We Trust and the upcoming Ecco Homo with MIFF Premiere Fund support.

“Finding financial support for films by new directors is increasingly difficult and the Government’s continuation of the MIFF Premiere Fund is very important for Victorian filmmakers,” said producer Philippa Campey who has produced Bastardy and Galore with MIFF Premiere Fund assistance. “I wholeheartedly support the continuation of this pivotal Fund which has become a fundamental part of our local sector and will be increasingly critical in the future with its support of quality, independent feature-length projects.”

“The wonderful thing about the MIFF Premiere Fund is it invigorates the 37ºSouth Market at MIFF and connects Victorian film-makers into the international film financing system opening up opportunities for networking and co-production that would otherwise not be there,” said producer John Moore who is producing the upcoming Putuparri & The Rainmakers with MIFF Premiere Fund support.

American Sniper

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  2. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  3. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  4. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  5. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  6. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  7. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  8. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  9. Boyhood (2014) – Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith
  10. Cake (2014) – Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington
  11. John Wick (2014) – Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
  12. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  13. Fifty Shades Of Grey(2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Jennifer Ehle
  14. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  15. Mortdecai (2015) – Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn
  16. The Boy Next Door (2015) – Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett
  17. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  18. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  19. Taken 3 (2014) – Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
  20. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  21. Foxcatcher (2014) – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
  22. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
  23. The Wedding Ringer (2015) – Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett
  24. Fury (2014) – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  25. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

American Sniper

We take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows searched for the internet over the past week.

  1. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kye Gallner, Cole Konis
  2. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  3. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  4. Boyhood (2014) – Ellar Coltraine, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith
  5. Taken 3 (2014) – Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
  6. The Imatation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robery Downey Knr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  8. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  9. Inherent Vice (2014) – Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Own Wilson, Katherine Waterson
  10. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  11. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  12. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  13. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
  14. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  15. Foxcatcher (2014) – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
  16. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  17. Selma (2014) – David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint
  18. John Wick (2014) – Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
  19. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes
  20. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
  22. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  23. Cake (2014) – Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington
  24. Agent Carter (2015) – Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj
  25. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Cake Poster

A trailer for the eagerly anticipated film Cake has just been released. Cake takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick).

The film has already seen Jennifer Aniston receive a number of award nominations and it will be released in Australian cinemas in 2015.

 

Tom Selleck

It’s what every young actor dreams of, they are offered a role in a film that looks like it could become a blockbuster. So what do you do? Phone Mum and Dad? Jump in the air? Well for some Hollywood actors they decided to say no… yes that’s right say no to what could have become one of the biggest roles of their career. Let’s have a look at the men who had the nerve to say ‘no.’

Tom Selleck – It almost seems like something that could have happened in another universe, but believe or not Harrison Ford wasn’t actually the producers first choice to play the legendary explorer Indiana Jones. When pre-production first started on “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” way back in the early 1980s the producers wanted the mustached-one himself, Tom Selleck to play the action hero. At the time Selleck was hot property due to the fact that he was playing television cop Magnum in the extremely popular “Magnum P.I.” However, when he was offered the role of Indy he turned it down, so George Lucas went with the man he had just worked with on the “Star Wars” franchise – Harrison Ford.

Will Smith – Keanu Reeves has joked in the past that getting to play Neo in the sci-fi thriller “The Matrix” provided him with enough money to feed his family forever. But Mr. Reeves should consider himself extremely lucky for every having the opportunity to don the duster jacket and enter into the realm of the matrix, because he wasn’t Andy and Lana Wachowski’s first choice to play the role. The Wachowski’s first choice was Will Smith who had just completed work on his comedy television series “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air” and was the toast of Hollywood after delivering great performances in blockbusters such as “Independence Day,” “Men In Black” and “Enemy Of The State.” Ironically, Smith ended up doing “Wild, Wild West” instead of “The Matrix” and as time has since told, that was the beginning of the fall of his career as far as critics were concerned.

Jack Nicholson – Okay, so ultimately it didn’t affect his acting career all that much, but how many people know that screen legend Jack Nicholson once turned down one of the most iconic screen roles of all time. Back in 1972 when director Francis Ford Coppola was putting together his cast for arguably one of the most famous films of all time, “The Godfather,” he originally approached Jack Nicholson about playing the role of Michael Corleone. Nicholson turned down the role and instead Coppola gave the role to a virtual unknown called Al Pacino who used the role to become a screen legend himself.

Matt Damon – Matt Damon may be one of the biggest stars on the planet so it’s a little weird to find out that the actor turned down two roles that could have helped him become an even bigger star. It seems Damon may have something against franchises because both film roles he turned down were roles in two of the biggest franchises of modern times. Firstly, Damon turned the lead role in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which was feverishly snapped up by Australian Sam Worthington, and then went on to turn down the role of Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s Batman epic “The Dark Knight.” Both films went on to become mega blockbusters at the box office; however, people should cut Damon a little slack as he turned down “Avatar” to do “The Bourne Ultimatum” and turned down “The Dark Knight” to do “Invictus,” so both his choices still kind of worked anyway.

Johnny Depp – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has become one of the most iconic films of all time and even back in 1986 you would have thought any actor would have jumped at the opportunity to work with director John Hughes. Hughes may have delivered great films like “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink” but that wasn’t enough to win over Johnny Depp who decided to pass when he was offered the role of Ferris Bueller in the comedy. True Depp seems to have landed on his feet since then so it ultimately wasn’t a bad decision, but it can still make film goers wonder what could have been. For the record, the role of Bueller ended up becoming a career defining role for Matthew Broderick.

As you can see actors say ‘no’ to a role normally because they have a good reason and thankfully not many live to regret it, although it is still a fairly funny daydream to wonder what Tom Selleck would have looked like playing Indy.