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  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    Check out the new trailer for Ron Howard's "Rush" starring Chris Hemsworth. 

    Rush tells the true story of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda, the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life, and his rivalry with fellow driver James Hunt.

    Hemsworth was Australians in Film's 2010 Breakthrough Award recipient. 


    In other "Rush" news, Universal Pictures announced last week that they have moved the release date of the film from September 20 to September 27. 

    Check out the film's other trailers below:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:14 PM | Anonymous


    Aussie Kate Jenkinson is set to join Rebel Wilson's upcoming ABC comedy "Super Fun Night".

    According to Deadline, "Jenkinson is joining the show as Kendall, a neurotic Type A lawyer idolized by Wilson’s Kimmie."

    Super Fun Night will see the two Aussies reunited for the third time, having worked together previously on two Australian comedies - in 2006 on sketch show "The Wedge" and in 2008 on six-part SBS comedy series "Bogan Pride".

    Super Fun Night will premiere on ABC (in the US) October 2, 2013. 

    The program will be a single-cam half-hour comedy that revolves around three nerdy female friends who are on a “funcomfortable" quest to have “super fun" every Friday night.

    The show will be executive produced by Conan O’Brien and will be directed by 30 Rock’s John Riggi.

    Jenkinson is one of Australians in Film's 2013 Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists.

    Read more about Super Fun Night

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    XLrator Media is releasing STORM SURFERS 3D in LOS ANGELES on July 19 at the Chinese 6, 6925 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028 ‎.

    Chinese 6 Tickets:

    The film is also screening Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 at the Aero Theatre1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

    Aero Theater Tickets

    Additional California cities dates below.

    Newport Beach, CA - July 19 at the Lido
    Palm Desert, CA - July 19 at the Palm D'Or
    San Diego, CA - July 26 at the Gaslamp Cinemas


    Meet Surfing Legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones on Saturday, July 20 at 7pm

    The film stars two time world surfing champion Tom Carroll and big wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones and directed by Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius.  The film is narrated by Toni Collette with appearances by pro-surfers Kelly Slater, Mark Matthews and Paul Morgan.


    SYNOPSIS:  Combining cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura filmmaking, STORM SURFERS 3D is the ultimate big-wave thrill ride. The film follows best friends and surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, along with surf forecaster Ben Matson, as they track and chase giant storms in their quest to ride the Pacific’s biggest and most dangerous waves.  Using state-of-the-art miniature 3D cameras that put audiences inside the barrel of the waves, STORM SURFERS 3D is a visually stunning cinematic adventure unlike any other


    Tom Carroll: Two-time world surfing champion (1984 and 85) Tom Carroll was the poster-boy of surfing in the 1980s. He risked his third championship by boycotting the South Africa leg of the world tour in protest against Apartheid – elevating him from star athlete to Australian hero.  He is now 51 years old and still searches for the biggest waves to surf around the world. 

    Ross Clarke-Jones: At 44, Ross Clarke-Jones is the greatest big wave surfer Australia has produced. He has tamed 80-90ft waves on the biggest day ever surfed, ridden a tidal surge up the piranha-infested Amazon River and is the sole Australian invitee to the legendary Quiksilver in memory of Eddie Aikau competition held at Hawaii’s Waimea Bay (and, in 2001, the first ever non-Hawaiian to win it).

    Co-directors Chris Nelius and Justin McMillan first teamed-up in 2005 to shoot The Sixth Element, a biopic about Ross Clarke-Jones. The trio became firm friends, drawn together by their mutual passion for surfing, adventure and communicating to a broad audience the extraordinary feats of daring necessary to ride big waves.
    Winner, Best Surf Film, 2013 Australian Surfing Awards
    Winner, Best Documentary – 2012 International 3D Society
    Winner, Best Feature Documentary – AATCA
    First Runner-Up, Best Documentary, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
    Official Selection, 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Official Selection, 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Aussie Margot Robbie is in talks to join Will Smith on the cast of "Focus".

    Directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), "Focus" tells the story of a con-artist and the trouble that ensues after he falls for his apprentice.

    According to Variety, Warner Bros tested several actresses for the role, including Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel and fellow Aussie Rose Byrne.

    Robbie is expected to receive an official offer from the studio soon.  

    In other Robbie news, the actress will soon be seen starring in two movies this coming November.

    On November 8, Universal Studios and Working Title will release "About Time"- a time-traveling love story from the creator of "Love Actually", "Notting Hill" and "Four weddings and a Funeral", starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Bill Nighy. 

    Then, on November 15, Robbie can be seen starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street".

    Read more about the Wolf of Wall Street

    Congrats, Margot!

  • Monday, July 15, 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    The Way Way Back starring Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Allison Janney is now in theatres! 


    THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). 

    Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.


  • Friday, July 12, 2013 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Here's a new clip from The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman.

    The film hits Australian cinemas July 25 and US theatres July 26. 

    Can't wait!

  • Friday, July 12, 2013 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    It's here! Check out the brand new trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks".

    The film stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, the Australian author of the classic children's tale Mary Poppins, Colin Farrell and Rachel Griffiths. 

    Inspired by true events, Saving Mr Banks is the extraordinary, untold story of how the classic 'Mary Poppins' made it to the screen - and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.


    The film is set to be in US theatres 13 December, and in Australia 26 December.

    Can't wait!

  • Friday, July 12, 2013 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Aussie Jason Clarke is in talks to join the stellar cast of Daniel Espinosa's thriller "Child 44".

    Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Fares Fares (whom Clarke worked with in Zero Dark Thirty), "Child 44" is set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, and tells the story of a disgraced MGB agent who is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders. 

    The film is based on the thriller novel by Tom Rob Smith, and will be co-financed and produced by Summit Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment, Scott Free Productions. 

    Clarke has a movie that is currently in cinemas - Roland Emmerich's Action film "White House Down" with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    The Queenslander's career has been rising steadily since 2012's "Lawless," which also starred Tom Hardy. 

    Clarke's breakout role came that same year in the form of CIA Interrogator Dan, in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" - the film about the hunt for Bin Laden, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Motion picture.

    Clarke also has top billing in Matt Reeve's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" with "Child 44" co-star Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and fellow Aussie Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film will be released in 2014. 

    Clarke also has signed on to star opposite Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz and Omar Sy in Stephen Gaghan's Crime Thriller "Candy Store," which tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.

    Congratulations, Jason! 




  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:38 PM | Anonymous

    Aussie newcomer Benedict Samuel has scored a role in Jake Hoffman's upcoming feature film "Asthma". Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) is already attached.

    According to Deadline, "Asthma" examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene.

    Benedict, the younger brother of actor Xavier Samuel, is a graduate of NIDA. He is known in Australia for playing Hammer Pirovic on Channel 7's Home and Away.

    Jake Hoffman is American actor Dustin Hoffman's son. Asthma will be Hoffman's feature film directorial debut. 

    Congrats, Benedict! 

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    Entries open on August 15 and close on October 10, 2013!

    Filmmakers taking part will have the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of live and free-to-air television viewers on the world’s largest platform for emerging and established filmmakers.

    The winning filmmaker will take home a brand new Toyota, a Nikon D800 DSLR plus $2,000RRP worth of Nikkor lenses, $10,000 thanks to Kennedy Miller Mitchell and a film immersion trip to Los Angeles, where the winner will meet with industry executives, courtesy of Motion Picture Association and Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft.

    Tropfest Australia attracts an event audience of approximately 150,000 people on a single night and this year will attract even more with short film fans across Australia tuning in to SBS 2 to watch the event on December 8.

    Films must be no longer than seven minutes and must include this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “Change”. It is up to entrants to interpret how they will include the TSI in their film.

    What are we looking for?
    As always, Tropfest is looking for great stories, told well. Tropfest doesn’t look at budgets or production values. The strength of idea is king, followed by great performances and beautiful storytelling.

    Tropfest exists to stimulate the production of short films, to celebrate filmmakers and to encourage great storytelling from filmmakers of all levels of experience.

    If you have a story tell, pick up a camera and start shooting!

    Read more here.

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