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  • Monday, May 13, 2013 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    The US network ABC has picked up Rebel Wilson’s “Super Fun Night”. 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. 

    Here’s the info right from ABC’s mouth:

    All work and no play makes Kimmie a dull girl. No chance of this young junior attorney being called that. Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call FRIDAY NIGHT FUN NIGHT: “Always together! Always Inside!” Kimmie’s sister Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale) thinks having a real life is within Kimmie’s grasp, if only she’d ditch her awkward high school friends. But Kimmie is forever loyal to her pals.

    However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into their Friday Night Fun Night (#723 to be exact), an epic cat-sitting extravaganza. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman. Newsroom), but she even meets a dashingly handsome British attorney named Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop) who invites her to his party at a trendy New York club. Determined to spend quality time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice about the importance of networking, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road…and so a new tradition is born: Friday Night SUPER FUN NIGHT. New York City may never be the same.

  • Thursday, April 04, 2013 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Aussie Luke Arnold is in talks to play Michael Hutchence in "Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story". The story will be produced by Shine Australia for the Seven Network.

    According to the Hearld Sun, the surviving members of INXS, and their manager, Chris Murphy, are offering their full cooperation.

    This is the second recent piece of good news from Arnold, who was also recently cast as the classic character John Silver in Michael Bay's 8-episode pirate drama "Black Sails".

    Arnold has been shooting Black Sails with Bay in Cape Town, and the show will air on Starz in 2014. 


  • Monday, February 18, 2013 12:09 AM | Anonymous

    Two Australian films have won Crystal Bear awards at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in an outstanding show of recognition of Australian talent. 

    Kim Mordaunt’s debut feature The Rocket won Best Feature in the Generation Kplus program. Matthew Moore’s The Amber Amulet has been awarded Best Short Film in the same section.

    The festival’s Generation Kplus program is a section devoted to young people. Its children’s and international juries also awarded Special Mentions to Catriona McKenzie’s feature Satellite Boy.

    The Rocket, written and directed by Kim Mordaunt and funded by Screen Australia, also won the Best First Feature Award and Amnesty International Film Prize at this year’s Berlinale. The Rocket is the story of a Lao boy, who is thought to bring bad luck, who leads his family across war-torn Laos to the dangerous Rocket Festival.

    Satellite Boy from first-time writer/director Catriona McKenzie, also funded by Screen Australia, features legendary actor David Gulpilil as the grandfather of a young boy trying to save his home.

    Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, Kathleen Drumm, said, “Recognition at an event like Berlin is a tremendous vote of confidence in Australia’s emerging filmmaking talent.

    “We look forward to Australian audiences having the opportunity to see The Rocket and Satellite Boy when they are released in cinemas later this year.”

    This is the fourth year in a row an Australian film has been awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale. It is the second year running that filmmaker Matthew Moore has taken out this award, after his short Julian won in 2012.

    Adapted from the novella of the same name by Craig SilveyThe Amber Amulet is the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us.

    Screen Australia supported the filmmakers of The Rocket and The Amber Amulet to attend the Berlin International Film Festival.

    For details of all the Australian films that screened at the 2013 Berlinale and its associated European Film Market visit Screen Australia’s Berlin website:

    96 mins
    Production Company Red Lamp Films Pty Ltd
    Producer Sylvia Wilczynski
    Exec Producers Bridget Ikin, Triphet Rookachat, Michael Wrenn
    Associate Producer Pauline Phayvanh Phoumindr
    Writer/Director Kim Mordaunt
    Cast Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam 
    International Sales LevelK ApS  
    Australian Distributor Curious Film
    Synopsis A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, to prove he’s not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

    90 mins
    Production Company Satellite Films 
    Producers David Jowsey, Julie Ryan
    Writer/Director Catriona McKenzie
    Cast David Gulpilil, Cameron Wallaby
    International Sales Celluloid Dreams 
    Australian Distributor Hopscotch eOne Films
    Synopsis Pete is 10 years old and lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When his home is threatened by developers, Pete travels to the city with his best friend Kalmain to try and save his home.

    22 mins
    Production Companies Goalpost Pictures, Year of the Rabbit Films
    Writers Matthew Moore, Genevieve Hegney
    Adapted from the novella by Craig Silvey
    Director Matthew Moore
    Producers Lauren Edwards, Genevieve Hegney, Matthew Moore
    Cast Ed Oxenbould, Genevieve Hegney, Eliza Logan
    Synopsis This is the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us.

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