October 31, 2014

Top 3 Blockbuster Movies Filmed In Australia

Filed under: Film - General — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:08 am

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Australia has played host to some of the biggest and most successful Hollywood blockbusters and has been the preferred filming location for hundreds more.

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October 26, 2014

Did Making The Lord Of The Rings Ruin Peter Jackson?

Filed under: Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:01 am

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Back in 2001, a relatively unknown director by the name of Peter Jackson set about releasing a trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkein’s wildly popular fantasy novel, The Lord Of The Rings. I doubt there’s a person alive today who isn’t at the very least aware of this, if they haven’t seen the movies. Anyone who has sat down to watch the Extended Editions of the three films, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of The King, will know how difficult the filming process was, how monumentally challenging it was, and how it inevitably revolutionized the way Hollywood studios went about franchising their IP’s to capitalize on what Jackson accomplished. Not only did Lord of The Rings catapult Tolkien’s works back into popular culture, it elevated Jackson to the upper echelon of Hollywood elite. The fact that The Return of The King took home every Oscar it was nominated for during the awards season in 2004, capped off what had been perhaps the pinnacle of Jackson’s directorial career to that point.

Of course, Jackson was a hero in his native New Zealand, feted by all and sundry – hell, he was even granted a New Zealand knighthood, the highest honor that country could bestow. He became a poster-boy for geeks and nerds everywhere, although in fairness, the LOTR trilogy transcended its exclusive dominion of “subculture” and entered the mainstream, a feat not too many fantasy projects have accomplished.

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October 21, 2014

Vale – Gerard Parkes

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 4:53 pm
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Gerard Parkes (in The Boondock Saints) – 1924-2014

Gerard Parkes, a Canadian actor best known for his appearances in Fraggle Rock and the Boondock Saints franchise, has passed away.

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October 18, 2014

Cinematic Universes: How Many Do We Really Need?

Filed under: Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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Marvel has a lot to answer for.

In many ways, Hollywood has always taken advantage of the Next Big Thing, what with the glut of war films, romance films, heady dramatic films and all manner of pulp-inspired dreck flooding cinemas since the industry came into being over a century ago. Today, there’s a larger problem rife within Hollywood’s dollar-sign-lovin’ suit-brigade. In the last decade, the rise of Marvel Studio’s enormously successful Cinematic Universe, inhabited by easily identifiable heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, et al, has bloated the coffers of the industry’s main players, the fallout being that the flow on effect – to Sony’s Spider-Man franchise (which is ailing badly, creatively speaking) and Fox’s X-Men franchise (which isn’t) – has been to boost the profile of these “tentpole” releases, as well as the swollen budgets and box-office receipts.

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October 16, 2014

Vale -Elizabeth Pena

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 2:43 pm
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Elizabeth Pena – 1955-2014

American actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in films such as Jacob’s Ladder and Rush Hour, has passed away.

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October 9, 2014

Vale – Geoffrey Holder

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 7:23 pm
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Geoffrey Holder – 1930-2014

Trinidad-born stage and screen legend, Geoffrey Holder, has passed away.

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Vale – Marian Seldes

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 7:07 pm
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Marian Seldes – 1928-2014

American actress Marian Seldes, whose career spanned nearly 7 decades, has passed away.

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September 22, 2014

Vale – Polly Bergen

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:52 am
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Polly Bergen (aged 23) – 1930-2014

Tony Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Polly Bergen has passed away.

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September 15, 2014

Vale – Sir Donald Sinden

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:14 am
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Sir Donald Sinden – 1923-2014
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Acclaimed British stage, radio, television and film actor, Sir Donald Sinden, has passed away.

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September 11, 2014

Vale – Richard Kiel

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:32 am
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Richard Kiel – 1939-2014

Iconic James Bond Villain, Richard Kiel, has passed away.

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September 5, 2014

Vale – Joan Rivers

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 am
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Joan Rivers – 1933-2014

Comedienne, actress, producer, writer and commentator Joan Rivers has passed away.

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September 4, 2014

Vale – Gottfried John

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:13 pm
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Gottfried John – 1942-2014

German actor, and noted James Bond villain during the Pierce Brosnan era, Gottfried John, as passed away.

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August 25, 2014

Vale – Richard Attenborough

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:32 am
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Richard Attenborough – 1923-2014

The man who bade us welcome to Jurassic Park in 1993, Lord Richard Attenborough, has passed away.

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August 21, 2014

Vale – Brian G Hutton

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:12 am
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Brian G Hutton – 1935-2014

Film director and actor Brian G Hutton has passed away.

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August 13, 2014

Vale – Lauren Bacall

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:31 am
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Lauren Bacall – 1924-2014

Legendary screen actress, and Academy Award nominee, Lauren Bacall, has passed away.

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