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First look at Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball

<p><em>Image: Getty </em></p> <p>Fans have got their first look at Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in upcoming biopic<span> </span><em>Being the Ricardos<span> </span></em>with the teaser trailer dropping overnight.</p> <p>The Aaron Sorkin film follows Hollywood couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who is played by Javier Bardem, during a production week on the set of their hit sitcom<span> </span><em>I Love Lucy.</em></p> <p>Throughout a Monday table read all the way through an audience shot on Friday, both Ball and Arnaz face challenges that could end both of their careers and their marriage.</p> <p>In the trailer, quick glimpses of the couple’s whirlwind life are shown accompanied by Kidman’s voiceover, with the first clear look at Kidman coming via the re-creation of Ball’s iconic grape stomping scene.</p> <p>Production on the movie was kept tightly under wraps with a closed set throughout, as Kidman showed on social media during filming.</p> <p>In Kidman’s recent Variety Actors on Actors conversation with Chris Rock, she stated that the biopic will not be a remake of<span> </span><em>I Love Lucy</em>, but will instead tackle serious themes.</p> <p>“The strange thing about Lucille Ball is that everyone thinks we’re remaking the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, it’s so not that,” Kidman said.</p> <p>“It’s about Lucy and Desi and their relationship and their marriage. It’s very deep actually.”</p> <p><em>Being the Ricardos</em><span> </span>also navigates the racial barriers that the couple had to face, with Desi being discriminated against for being Cuban, and Lucille fighting for him to remain on the show.</p> <p>Sorkin has written the screenplay and helms the film for Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are producers. Escape Artists' Jenna Block and David Bloomfield serve as executive producers, along with Stuart Besser, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lauren Lohman.</p> <p>The trailer will be released on December 10 and the film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 21. Check out trailer below:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QT544Y0yhIg" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </p>

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Unseen Beatles footage to feature in new docu-series

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new documentary will contain previously unseen footage of The Beatles towards the end of their time as a band which will present a different take on the creation of their final studio album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Let It Be</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Originally intended as a film, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Beatles: Get Back</span></em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/peter-jacksons-documentary-the-beatles-get-back-unveils-brand-new-footage-in-extended-trailer/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has become</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a three-part documentary that follows the group as they worked, recorded, and prepared for their final rooftop performance.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU-G43YFxhD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU-G43YFxhD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Disney+ (@disneyplus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the latest extended trailer, the British stars can be seen workshopping songs and messing around in the studio, as well as discussing the group’s imminent break-up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trailer also reveals footage surrounding the departure of George Harrison and the planning they undertook for their final Savile Row concert.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See it here:</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tb83rbm0IVI" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Get Back</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, directed by Peter Jackson, sees the archived footage undergo the same restoration treatment used in his WWI project </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">They Shall Not Grow Old</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, giving it a vibrant hue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The documentary is due to premiere on Disney Plus across three consecutive nights, starting on November 25.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Beatles / YouTube</span></em></p>

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8 spooky real life horror movie locations

<p><span>You’ve watched these creepy flicks from the comfort of your couch, but would you have the guts to visit the filming locations in real life?</span></p> <p><strong>Camp No Be Bo Sco, Blairstown, New Jersey, from <em>Friday The 13th</em></strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844829/horror-spot1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3d2ff623ee7f4d9e99d53fe9e7f4645f" /></p> <p><em>Image: <span>Enzo Arcamone/Wikimedia Commons</span></em></p> <p><span>Well, what do you know? The kids’ summer camp terrorised by Mrs Vorhees in one of the most iconic horror movies of all time – and then her son, Jason, in umpteen sequels – actually exists. And it actually offers a summer camp program. For kids. Kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it? The only real difference is that the creepy camp known in the movies as Camp Crystal Lake is actually called Camp No Be Bo Sco. And, of course, it isn’t the location of countless murders. It’s a good thing most of the kids that go to the camp aren’t old enough to have watched </span><em>Friday The 13th</em><span> or any of its sequels. Makes you wonder about the parents though.</span></p> <p><strong>Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland – <em>Blair Witch Project</em></strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844830/horror-spot2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3c329314a1ac40bf8cbbb254309578b1" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><span>Ever since the release of this now infamous “found footage” horror movie, tourists have flocked to the small town of Burkittsville, Maryland in search of the fabled Blair Witch. For an authentic experience, however, you should travel about 60 kilometres south of the small town to Seneca Creek State Park – that’s where most of the movie was actually filmed. Considering Burkittsville has a population of just 200 people, and probably not much of a night life, getting lost in the woods might just be the best way to spend your time anyway. If you do decide to pitch a tent and spend the night in the woods, make sure to wear bright clothes and watch out for hunters – the type that shoot deer, not the type that ritualistically murder you in the basement of abandoned houses.</span></p> <p><strong>Toms River, New Jersey – <em>Amityville Horror</em> house</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844831/horror-spot3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce24cea19367413998741acc6e7874af" /></p> <p><em>Image: <span>Seulatr/Wikimedia Commons</span></em></p> <p><span>It’s a true story: a man killed five members of his family before killing himself in his home. About a year later, the home’s new inhabitants claimed to be terrorised by ghosts, inspiring </span><em>The Amityville Horror</em><span>. The movie, however, was not actually filmed in the supposedly haunted house in Amityville, New York. Presumably looking to avoid shelling out money to otherworldly extras, </span><em>The Amityville Horror</em><span> was actually shot at a non-haunted home in Toms River, New Jersey. It makes sense. The Amityville home – a former crime scene – is one scary spot you might genuinely want to avoid.</span></p> <p><strong>Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon – <em>The Shining</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844832/horror-spot4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/56941ce8f3474375b477b365425a99d2" /></em></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><span>All work and no play making you, well, ready for a holiday? Why not visit the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon? The now notorious hotel – known in Stanley Kubrick’s </span><em>The Shining</em><span> as The Overlook Hotel – is a favourite destination among horror movie fans hoping to catch a glimpse of ghostly twins or get lost in a hedge maze. Movie buffs should note, however, that the hotel was only actually used for some exterior shots in the movie. The rest was filmed at a studio. And Stephen King, author of the book that inspired the movie, actually pictured a different hotel when he wrote his spooky story: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.</span></p> <p><strong>“The Exorcist Steps,” Washington, D.C.</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844833/horror-spot5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0c9d32e142da4d8db0ad7d280734a2f0" /></strong></p> <p><span><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></span></p> <p><span>Think it’s hard enough to get through </span><em>The Exorcist</em><span> with your eyes open? Try living in the neighbourhood where the movie many consider to be the “scariest of all time” was filmed. The house itself actually exists in a regular neighbourhood just steps from Georgetown University, but it isn’t quite as seen in the movie. For one thing, you won’t be able to see the window into Regan MacNeil’s room, where the possessed little girl famously terrorised her visitors – the interior of the house was actually filmed in a studio. Nearby, you’ll also find the stone steps down which Father Damien Karras plunged in a bid to purge the demon from his body. On October 30, 2015, the steps were graced with a plaque in honour of the location’s legendary status among horror movie buffs.</span></p> <p><strong>Monroeville Mall, Pennsylvania – <em>Dawn of the Dead</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844834/horror-spot6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ced6a8eea24b4290ba121d1b5afc5e57" /></em></strong></p> <p><span><em>Image: Daveynin/Wikimedia Commons</em></span></p> <p><span>It’s a mall that inspired a mega-horror hit. While walking through the Monroeville Mall – one of the biggest of its kind at the time – horror movie legend George A. Romero supposedly came up with the idea to pit humans against zombies in this temple of consumerism. Production of </span><em>Dawn of the Dead</em><span> took place in the mall, during closing hours, in the winter of 1977. One can only imagine what shoppers must have thought about all the fake blood-soaked rags and severed limbs stuffed in the garbage cans. The actual mall is now home to stores like Macy’s, American Eagle and Forever 21, but it pays homage to its role in horror movie history with annual zombie-themed events – including the occasional zombie walk (above).</span></p> <p><strong>Simi Valley, California – <em>Poltergeist</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844835/horror-spot7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8db0dd4778274c17adcb7bc0f522d01e" /></em></strong></p> <p><span><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></span></p> <p><span>As if </span><em>Poltergeist</em><span> wasn’t scary enough, some believe the movie, itself, is cursed. Since the making of the first movie in the trilogy, four cast-members have died. Most notably Heather O’Rourke, who played young Carol Anne in all three movies, died of septic shock from bacterial toxins in her bloodstream at the age of 12. The house the movie was filmed in – in Simi Valley, California – was not actually built on an ancient Indian burial ground, however.</span></p> <p><strong>Santa Cruz Boardwalk, California – <em>The Lost Boys</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844836/horror-spot8.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8ca23b0d8bd54d528ba2eb05fc966053" /></em></strong></p> <p><span><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></span></p> <p><span>In order to avoid demonising real places with unsavoury plots, horror movie makers usually opt to invent fake settings for their films. When it came to the Joel Schumaker-directed ’80s favourite </span><em>The Lost Boys</em><span>, however, moviemakers didn’t work very hard to disguise the fact that the movie was shot in Santa Cruz, California. The movie takes place in a fictional city called Santa Carla and, in many scenes, clearly depicts the flashy Santa Cruz boardwalk, which offered a perfect contrast to the dark deeds of the vampires. If you visit the boardwalk in real life, however, you’re more likely to encounter a pickpocket than a neck-biter.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Daniel Reid. This article first appeared in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/8-spooky-real-life-horror-movie-locations" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reader’s Digest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here’s our best subscription offer.</span></a></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Bridgerton heartthrob to star in new heist movie

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Bridgerton</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">star Regé-Jean Page shocked fans when he announced his departure from the show, the actor has gone on to star in a new, untitled heist film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written and directed by TV writer Noah Hawley, the film will be produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo behind several </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Avengers</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Captain America </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">films.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for the film’s plot, those involved have remained tight-lipped regarding the details beyond the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/rege-jean-page-starring-in-heist-film-from-noah-hawley-and-the-russo-brothers/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">idea</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that one or more items will be stolen over the course of the movie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Page will be working with the Russo brothers for the second time, after starring alongside Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling in the brothers’ upcoming film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Gray Man</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMfF9ubJUrY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMfF9ubJUrY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Russo Brothers (@therussobrothers)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/why-bridgerton-s-hottest-property-said-no-to-season-two?fbclid=IwAR1TnfmpZI9HUiSs65vuJL44GOSwSWQepIDXA_31bR2gXRAxn056FL5z0us" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">his departure</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from Netflix’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridgerton</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> ahead of the second season, Page has been involved in a number of projects, including a role in Paramount’s upcoming </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dungeons &amp; Dragons</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> movie, and a starring role in the studio’s reboot of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Saint</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Page has also lent his voice to an audio play of Nail Gaiman’s <em>The Sandman</em>, with fans swooning over an excerpt of him singing in Greek.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Anyone else get goosebumps when they hear <a href="https://twitter.com/regejean?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@regejean</a> sing in Act II? Dirk Maggs and <a href="https://twitter.com/neilhimself?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@neilhimself</a> share more behind the scenes gems from making the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SandmanxAudible?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SandmanxAudible</a>: <a href="https://t.co/FENe8HpJR3">https://t.co/FENe8HpJR3</a> <a href="https://t.co/lUHJdBwKk9">pic.twitter.com/lUHJdBwKk9</a></p> — Audible (@audible_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/audible_com/status/1446158444990451713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 7, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dirk Maggs, the co-executive producer and director, also made an appearance in the clip praising Page’s musical talent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have Regé-Jean Page as Orpheus, and it turns out that Regé-Jean Page is not only an excellent actor and an outrageously good-looking chap. He also sings like an angel,” Maggs </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.republicworld.com/entertainment-news/hollywood-news/bridgerton-star-rege-jean-page-sings-like-an-angel-for-the-sandman-audiobook-watch.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve been, and I’ve got to say, it still sends shivers up my spine.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @regejean / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Revealed: Who this Lord of the Rings orc was based on

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elijah Wood, the actor who played Frodo Baggins in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lord of the Rings</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, has revealed that one particular orc </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://happymag.tv/lord-of-the-rings-orc-harvey-weinsteins-appearance/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">was modelled</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after a real person in an act of revenge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Armchair Expert</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, hosted by actor and comedian Dax Shepard, Wood shared that it was the orc named Gothmog, who made an appearance in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Return of the King</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, after Jackson was threatened to be replaced if he didn’t condense the trilogy into one film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But who was the subject of the revenge?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One of the orc masks - and I remember this vividly - was designed to look like Harvey Weinstein as a sort of f**k you,” Wood said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844672/orc-weinstein.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2b7b8ba14511436eb31235973ddb06b5" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gothmog the orc (left) appears to be the character that most resembles Weinstein (right). Image: New Line Cinema, Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Wood, it was a way for the film’s production team to take revenge against the entertainment mogul and convicted sex offender after he made their lives hard during production.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Initially, Weinstein’s company Miramax was set to produce </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>The Lord of the Rings</em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Weinstein refused to make three movies, demanding that director Peter Jackson condense them into just one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Weinstein then threatened to pass the film on to fellow directors Quentin Tarantino or John Madden if Jackson didn’t do as he asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Jackson reportedly asked for permission to get a different producer, Weinstein agreed but only gave him one weekend to do so.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The window of time was insane,” Wood said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They shopped it around town. Peter made a pitch video that’s pretty impressive, taken to a variety of places. Most people were balking at the notion of doing more than one film. The popular opinion was, ‘No, you have to see how [the initial movie] does and then invest the rest of your money’.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The franchise was later scooped up by Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think the lore is that they were coming with two and it was Bob Shaye who said, ‘We have to do three,’ which is insane,” said Wood.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trilogy would go on to make $2.92 billion at the box office, and is considered to be one of the most successful franchises of all time.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: New Line Cinema</span></em></p>

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Colin Firth takes on Hitler in new spy movie

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After appearing as the fictional spy Galahd in the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kingsman</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> trilogy, Colin Firth </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/colin-firth-plots-to-trick-hitler-operation-mincemeat-trailer/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">is portraying</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a real-life spy in the new trailer for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Operation Mincemeat</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the grisly name, the movie is named after the real operation run by British intelligence officers during World War 2, where they attempted to thwart the Nazis by planting a dead body in enemy waters with a briefcase full of fake documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See the trailer here:</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YQ7ZXOXHZ20" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Firth is set to play Ewen Montagu, the British naval intelligence officer who came up with the idea for Operation Mincemeat along with Matthew Macfadyen’s Charles Cholmondeley.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844679/mincemeat1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2c9d93e8b1b5492c9927d09c869a96d5" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">British musician Johnny Flynn portrays author and intelligence officer Ian Fleming.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside the scheming duo, the cast includes Penelope Wilton as Hester Leggest, Johnny Flynn as <em>James </em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Bond</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">author and intelligence officer Ian Fleming, and Kelly Macdonald’s Jean Leslie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844680/mincemeat2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/54cdfbaa95fb4ef7a57d71c0714e4eea" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kelly Macdonald as Jean Leslie, the MI5 clerk whose image was used in the operation.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jason Isaac is set to play skeptical John Godfrey, while Winston Churchill will be portrayed by Simon Russell Beale.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">John Madden - the director behind </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shakespeare in Love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - is directing the all-star cast.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Operation Mincemeat </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">is </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/operation-mincemeat/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">due to be released</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in cinemas in early April of next year.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: @netflixfilm / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Film and TV union could strike for first time in history

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The union representing behind-the-scenes workers in film and television has overwhelmingly </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-05/film-television-workers-strike-netflix-apple-amazon-disney/100514468" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">voted to strike</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for the first time in 128 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) said nearly 99 percent of its registered members - totalling 52,706 people - voted in support of a strike over the weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strike comes as the union calls for improved conditions for craftspeople, technicians, and labourers who work for Netflix, Apple and Amazon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Better pay, reasonable rest periods, safer hours, and guaranteed meal breaks are among some of the requests made of the streaming giants.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope the studios will see and understand the resolve of our members,” Matthew Loeb, the alliance’s president, said in a statement.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUadI10vvOI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUadI10vvOI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by IATSE (@iatse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The ball is in their court. If they want to avoid a strike, they will return to the bargaining table and make us a reasonable offer.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Negotiations began between the IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) - which represents studios and streamers - after the most recent three-year contract expired in July.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But conversations stopped on September 20, the day after shows that are popular on the streaming services like </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ted Lasso</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen’s Gambit</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> took out the top prizes at the Emmy Awards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the goal of reaching an agreement rather than having “a dispute”, Mr Loeb said the union’s vote was about the “quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The IATSE said it was “incomprehensible that the AMPTP, an ensemble that includes media mega-corporations worth trillions of dollars, claims it cannot provide behind-the-scenes crews with basic human necessities like adequate sleep, meal breaks, and living wages”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, the AMPTP said it would seek an agreement that would keep the industry working, particularly following the economic fallout due to the pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A deal can be made at the bargaining table, but it will require both parties working together in good faith with a willingness to compromise and to explore new solutions to resolve the open issues,” it said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If the negotiations result in a strike, it would be the first nationwide movement in the history of the theatrical stage worker group.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several big names in the industry have thrown their weight behind the movement, including actor and producer Octavia Spencer, Jeffrey Wright, and Frances Fisher.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">By a Nearly Unanimous Margin, <a href="https://twitter.com/IATSE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IATSE</a> Members in TV and Film Production Vote to Authorize a Nationwide <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Strike?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Strike</a> - <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IATSE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IATSE</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iasolidarity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iasolidarity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IATSEsolidarity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IATSEsolidarity</a> <br />⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/IA_Stories?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IA_Stories</a>⁩ <br />Congratulations!!!!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StrikeAuthorization?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StrikeAuthorization</a> <a href="https://t.co/W9sN66nGFX">https://t.co/W9sN66nGFX</a></p> — Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) <a href="https://twitter.com/Frances_Fisher/status/1445090340810145803?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our #IATSE brothers and sisters have spoken. They will #strike for better work conditions. I hope #AMPTP does the right thing and sits down again,” Spencer wrote on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re not asking for anything unreasonable.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @iatse / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Royals hit the red carpet at Bond world premiere

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond has received a royal debut, after Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, and Kate appeared at the film’s world premiere in London.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">No Time To Die</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the 25th in the series of movies depicting the British spy’s heroics, was initially due for release in April 2020.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, after multiple delays due to the pandemic the long-awaited moment has been met with relief by Craig.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A year ago, this was just a dream,” he told reporters on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It didn’t look like we would get here. But we have and I’m just happy that we’re here and we can celebrate with everybody,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lea Seydoux, who reprises her role as Dr Madeleine Swann, echoed the same relief.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s been such a crazy time for all of us,” she <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/human-interest/royals-join-cast-of-bond-film-for-premiere-c-4096628" target="_blank">said</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And now to celebrate, you know, with this film, to reunite. And it’s great. I’m really happy.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing onstage before the screening, the 53-year-old dedicated the film to its cast, crew, producers, and frontline workers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just look at us and where we are,” Craig said. “To amazing cast and crew, MGM, Universal, [producers] Barbara [Broccoli], Michael [G. Wilson]. A lot of front-line workers here. [It’s] an honour for us - we’d like to dedicate this film to you this evening.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To thank them for their work during the pandemic, healthcare workers and members of the UK armed forces were also invited to Tuesday’s premiere.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">No Time To Die</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> features Craig’s last appearance as 007, and when asked how he felt about leaving the role, he said: “I’m good. I’m really good about it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for his potential successor, Craig abruptly said: “Not my problem.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also appearing at the star-studded event were official songwriters Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, composer Hans Zimmer, screenwriters Neal Purvis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Robert Wade.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The stars stunned with bold outfit choices, including Lashana Lynch in a bold yellow off-the-shoulder gown with a wide skirt, Craig in a pink velvet dinner jacket, and Rory Kinnear in a blood orange suit jacket with a black shirt and tie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William arrived in an appropriate tuxedo and matching black tie, with Kate dressed in a sheer-panelled gown with gold sequin detailing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other A-list guests included Ronan and Storm Keating, Jason Momoa, Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, and Olympian Mo Farah.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, and Jeffrey Wright were also among the cast members who walked London’s red carpet.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Jane Fonda talks about working with Lily Tomlin

<p>When Jane Fonda was last in Australia, we asked her what it’s been like working with Lily Tomlin on the much-acclaimed Netflix series, <em>Grace and Frankie. </em></p> <p>Fonda told us working with Tomlin was: “Paradise. I admire her and love her so much.”</p> <p>“It’s like working with a genius… She really is – there are so many people inside of her. Watching her work and watching how she is in life, is an inspiration.”</p> <p>“I feel so lucky to be part of Team Lily,” she concluded. You can watch her talking in the video below.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bLpsP045rWE" title="YouTube video player" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Four episodes of the seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie released </strong></p> <p>So far, there are four episodes of the seventh and final season of G<em>race and Frankie</em> streaming on Netflix because filming was delayed because of COVID. Netflix says it plans to load more episodes as they’re available.</p> <p>Many of us have enjoyed this Emmy-nominated series and this is majorly due to the great work from the actors Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Netflix announced last year that the seventh season will be the last of the series but it still makes the show the longest-running original Netflix series to date.</p> <p>The first season of <em>Grace and Frankie </em>premiered in May 2015 and all the previous six seasons of the hit show are now streaming on Netflix.</p> <p>With the addition of this seventh season, which will end up consisting of 16 episodes, the show will have run for 94 episodes – a large number and this is what makes the show is Netflix’s longest-running original series to date.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/useJWxOqbJI" title="YouTube video player" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The star power <em>of Grace and Frankie</em></strong></p> <p><em>Grace and Frankie </em>has always had all the components needed to keep us glued to our screens whenever we watch it. As well as Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, it also features Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson as their husbands.  </p> <p>B<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Decker">rooklyn Decker</a> plays Mallory Hanson, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Embry">Ethan Embry</a> plays Coyote Bergstein, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Diane_Raphael">June Diane Raphael</a> is Brianna Hanson and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Vaughn">Baron Vaughn</a> is Bud Bergstein.</p> <p>The show has won fans all along the way because it has such an interesting storyline – all revolving around Grace and Frankie, who’ve know each other for many years because of the long-standing friendship between their husbands.</p> <p>That is, until their two husbands come out and say they’re gay and they wish to live as a couple. This leaves the women to live their own life and although they’re very different, they find they bond through this experience.</p> <p>The series was created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris and airs on Netflix. As Kauffman and Morris have said: “It’s thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix.”</p> <p><em>Images and Video: YouTube</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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The Last Laugh will keep everyone smiling

<p>A lot of us grew up with Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss on our movie screens and so it’s nice to see these two American actors have made a film together about one of them staging a comeback at the age of eighty.</p> <p>Called <em>The Last Laugh</em>, this is a movie made by Netflix and it’s streaming on Netflix in Australia and New Zealand. It’s all about Buddy Green (played by Dreyfuss) who started out as a great stand-up comic and his agent (played by Chase) booked him for a spot on <em>The Ed Sullivan Show </em>back in the 1960s.</p> <p>But at the time for his own reasons, Buddy just up and quit. It’s now fifty years later and his agent, Al Hart, hasn’t seen or heard from him for half a century.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/he3DPldzW8I" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So, you can bet Al is surprised when Buddy turns out to be his tour guide in the elderly assistance home he’s moving into. Even more surprising, Buddy is still getting laughs and is pretty much the life of the party.</p> <p>As they chat and get to know each other again, both men - who are in their 80s – say they’re bored and why not try show biz again. Al finds his old Rolodex and starts calling his contacts.</p> <p>And so begins a tough but revealing road trip from Los Angeles to New York, with Buddy performing at stops along the way.</p> <p>Chase and Dreyfuss play off each other like the pros they are. Yes, Chase must hold back his own humorous side to make way for Dreyfuss’ comic <em>tour de force. </em>But this casting works. <em>The Last Laugh </em>is sure to give you lots of laughs along the way.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.31634819532906px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844402/last-laugh-2-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ff1879e7fad4a0ab8976edd8106f7cf" /></p> <p>Fortunately, all the cast members deliver the goods here. Standouts include: Andie MacDowell as an adventurous hippy follower; Lewis Black as a fellow comic with an important decision to make; Chris Parnell as Buddy’s worried son; and Kate Micucci as Al’s concerned granddaughter.</p> <p>Although not a completely perfect movie, <em>The Last Laugh </em>reminds us how important it is to follow your dream at any age.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ff1879e7fad4a0ab8976edd8106f7cf" /><em>Images: The Last Laugh</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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No Time to Die will FINALLY be released here in November

<p>The latest James Bond movie<em>, No Time to Die</em>, was ready to be released in May of 2020 but with COVID lockdowns in place in many parts of the world, its release was delayed again and again but now finally, it will be released in Australia and New Zealand on the 11th November.</p> <p>The date for many other parts of the rest of the world is early October but unfortunately the movie is further delayed for Australia and New Zealand because of the continuing lockdowns we've been experiencing.</p> <p>While other movies ended up being released on streaming platforms such as Disney+ and Netflix, this wasn’t possible for the latest James Bond film because the movie cost over $400 million Australian dollars to make and it’s reported it needs to take in US $900 million just to break even – making it the most expensive Bond movie ever made.  </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BIhNsAtPbPI" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Daniel Craig stars again – many say this will be his last Bond movie</strong></p> <p><em>No Time to Die</em> is the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, making it the largest and most well-known film series ever. Daniel Craig stars again in this latest Bond movie but it’s been said this will be his last stint as the infamous 007 agent so it will be interesting to see how the film plays out.</p> <p>In a nod to the changing times, <em>No Time to Die</em> features two tough, kick ass female agents and who knows where this is going to lead for the future of James Bond. Some have even touted the next James Bond will be female.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pcYuPU8MP1w" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Blade Runner 2049</em> star, Ana De Armas appears alongside Daniel Craig as a ‘Bond Girl’ while Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch joins the cast.</p> <p>In interesting news, Rami Malek of <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> fame is playing the main Bond villain. Director, Cary Joji Fukunaga, has said: “We aimed to do something extraordinary with this one.”</p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c2b5075361e44ebe8973c61ec4ff443c" /></strong><strong>Movie starts with Bond having left active service</strong></p> <p>The story line for the film starts with Bond having left active service and he’s enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.</p> <p>The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.</p> <p><strong>Theme song by Billie Eilish</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BboMpayJomw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You may have heard the theme song for <em>No Time to Die</em> is performed by Billie Eilish. The 18-year-old wrote the title song with her elder brother, FINNEAS. This makes the duo the <em>youngest artists in history</em> to write and record a James Bond theme song.</p> <p>Billie Eilish has been quoted as saying: “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock”.</p> <p>Her brother FINNEAS adds: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of <em>Goldfinger </em>and <em>Live And Let Die</em>. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”</p> <p>In reference to the film’s theme song, director Cary Joji Fukunaga said: “There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and FINNEAS. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”</p> <p><strong>Release date</strong></p> <p>The 25th 007 film will be released in Australia and New Zealand on 11<sup>th</sup> November. Where cinemas are open, <em>No Time to Die </em>will be playing.</p> <p><em>Images and Video: YouTube and No Time to Die</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Dear Evan Hansen is an inspiring and entertaining film

<p>When <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em> was released on Broadway over five years ago it became a generation defining Broadway phenomenon. Now we have the film version with Ben Platt reprising the main role and he does this with breathtaking results.</p> <p>Some critics have complained it's not realistic for Platt to play Evan Hansen in the film version because Platt’s now 27 years old and it’s difficult for him to play an anxious, isolated high schooler. But does it matter that he’s a bit older now?</p> <p>Well, from an audience's point of view, it doesn’t and when Platt starts to sing those amazing songs, we can see why he won an Emmy and a Grammy for the Broadway production. As well, we have the song-writing team from <em>La La Land</em> and <em>The Greatest Showman</em> writing the songs and everything works. </p> <p>Plus, the serious nature of this film – the fact it deals with teenage suicide and how hard it is for some people to simply get by – makes it an important film and one which could help a lot of people. This makes <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em> an important and inspiring film.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CjA50VxlxAw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>The storyline</strong></p> <p>The gist of the story is that Evan Hansen is a high school loner, awkward and inept with his only friend being the equally nerdy Jared (Nik Dodani).</p> <p>He shows up on the first day of school with a cast after breaking his arm, and he’s been instructed by his therapist to write “Dear Evan Hansen” letters to himself in order to work out his issues connecting with other people.</p> <p>Fellow student Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan) has a run-in with Evan and grabs one of said letters from a printer. A few days later, Connor’s mother Cynthia and stepfather Larry (Amy Addams, Danny Pino) show up at Evan’s school with the letter saying that Connor committed suicide, and they’ve determined that the letter “to Evan” was his suicide note.</p> <p>Instead of telling them the truth, Evan concocts an elaborate lie about being friends with Connor in order to sooth his parents’ misgivings about his death. In order to maintain that illusion, Evan continues to lie to them as well as to Connor’s sister, Zoe (Kaitlyn Dever from <em>Book Smart</em>), and his lie just snowballs.</p> <p>Pretty soon, the school’s social justice activist Alana (Amandla Stenberg) has up the Connor Project so that others who feel alone can feel seen and heard, and Evan has become hugely popular at school.</p> <p>But this doesn’t last forever and Hansen has to face up to his lie later on.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d05305e536f427786bcdaecf7d7a755" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 359.29432013769366px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844257/evan-hansen-2-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d05305e536f427786bcdaecf7d7a755" /></p> <p><strong>The singing really does work</strong></p> <p>Although a lot of the focus of the singing is on Platt and his quite beautiful voice, each of the other primary cast have some amazing singing moments, whether it’s Stenberg doing a song about feeling anonymous like Connor or the song, <em>Requiem</em>, which shows off the amazing singing prowess of Devo, Pino, and even Adams.</p> <p>Julianne Moore, who plays Evan’s hardworking single mother, even gets an absolutely epic number towards the end which will get the waterworks flowing if nothing beforehand has done that job.</p> <p><strong>The showstopper is <em>You Will be Found</em></strong></p> <p>The movie’s absolutely showstopper is the number <em>You Will be Found</em> and it’s another great example of how the songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of <em>La La Land</em> fame translate so well to the screen. In fact, this song alone shows you why many people became obsessed with the Broadway version of <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em>.</p> <p>The film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (<em>The Perks of Being A Wallflower</em>, <em>Wonder</em>).and he shows here he has a strong grasp on social media, cyber bullying, viral videos, and even cancel culture and how it destroys people, including families.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6a5aa0b50b9b4978b0a9de506110c641" /><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/93c5188b8e734808ba1159d8b2176137" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.6550348953141px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844259/evan-hansen-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/93c5188b8e734808ba1159d8b2176137" /></p> <p><strong><em>Dear Evan Hansen</em></strong><strong> will be in cinemas by December 9</strong></p> <p>The film brings out many emotions and one of the reasons is because as we watch it, we can relate to so much of what Hansen is going through. The characters and the story feel very real, which is as much a testament to Chbosky as a filmmaker, but also his cast and the people behind the original musical.</p> <p>There’s a good reason why <em>Dear Evan Hansen </em>was such a success on Broadway, and a great deal of that is retained by the movie.</p> <p><em>Dear Evan Hansen</em> will be showing in cinemas by December 9 and there’ve been no announcements as to whether it will stream.</p> <p><em>Images: UPI</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Don’t Look Up teaser trailer released

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an unlikely pairing, Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio are starring in their nerdiest roles ever, in the new sci-fi comedy </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t Look Up</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Set to be released on Netflix in December, the movie has everyone talking following the release of the teaser trailer last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film follows astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) and her professor, Dr Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) as they try to convince the world to take notice of a comet bound for Earth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After discovering the incoming comet, Kate and Randall set out on a media tour that takes them from the White House to the radio show The Daily Rip.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.3333333333333px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844132/1_dont-look-up-2jpg.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d06188e5d8d64936b1572e47e661ae57" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Buzz</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With only six months until the comet makes impact, trying to convince the world to just look up proves comical - in a disaster movie meets </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Anchorman</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">kind of way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lawrence and DiCaprio aren’t the only stars to join the cast either, with Meryl Streep appearing as President Orlean and Cate Blanchett as radio host Brie.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844131/dont-look-up1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e946c65c834e4d89a6552021fd288bd3" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Netflix / Youtube</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written and directed by Academy Award winner Adam McKay, the film also stars Ron Perlman, Timoth<span>é</span>e Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Himesh Patel, Michael Chiklis, Melanie Lynskey, and Tomer Sisley.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See the trailer here.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SL9aJcqrtnw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t Look Up </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">will be available to stream on Netflix from December 24, 2021.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Netflix</span></em></p>

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Buckley’s Chance is a classic film about a boy and a dog

<p>In a classic tradition, <em>Buckley’s Chance</em> is a film which explores the close relationship between a boy and his dingo in outback Australia – and Bill Nighy comes along for the ride.</p> <p>Filmed in Broken Hill, <em>Buckley’s Chance</em> was in cinemas in June of this year but you can now stream it on Amazon Prime Video.</p> <p>Well-known British actor, Bill Nighy plays a leading role alongside Milan Burch who plays the role of the young boy, Ridley. And yes – there’s a new screen star – the dingo called Buckley.</p> <p>After the loss of his father, Ridley is forced to move to the Australian outback to live with his estranged Grandfather (Nighy). While exploring the outback, Ridley becomes lost and befriends a dingo excluded from its own pack. A strong bond is formed as the two try to make their way home.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/np7WgFqtNzE" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Based on the Aussie slang – “You’ve got Buckley’s”</strong></p> <p>The phrase – “You’ve got Buckley’s” is a much-used piece of Aussie slang and it refers to a convict called <span>William Buckley who escaped in Victoria in 1803 and lived among the Aborigines there for the next 30 years.</span></p> <p><span>At the time, it was thought no-one could ever survive in the Australian bush on their own and this is how the term “Buckley’s” came about.</span></p> <p data-adtags-visited="true">As Ridley’s grandfather, Spencer (played by Nighy) is trying to run a sheep station and he doesn’t really need his son’s grieving widow and her son around, complicating his life.</p> <p data-adtags-visited="true">But guilt over his estranged son forces Spencer to make an effort, teach the kid a little outback survival and lore. He even pulls out his gun every time he sees a dingo and aims at them.</p> <p>Ridly is horrified and asks him why he’s shooting a dog.</p> <p>“They may look like a dog, Ridley, but they’re more wolf than dog,” says Spencer.</p> <p data-adtags-visited="true">The kid isn’t convinced. So, when the chance comes to rescue a fine specimen of the breed trapped in a fence, he makes a new friend. He names it after grandpa’s ranch, “Buckley’s Chance”.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/57369d9a67a44e3d96c40dacbbcaee1b" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.53564899451555px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844021/buckleys-chance-7-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/57369d9a67a44e3d96c40dacbbcaee1b" /></p> <p>As this all happens, we see some lovely and exotic outback scenery.</p> <p data-adtags-visited="true">On the negative side, Nighy’s Aussie accent isn’t too good, so it’s up to the other supporting actors to get that right.</p> <p data-adtags-visited="true">Still, this is a sentimental and kid-friendly movie. The film’s other well-known actors include Kelton Pell, Victoria Hill and Martin Sacks.</p> <p>Overall, <em>Buckley’s Chance</em> is a thrilling tale for all the family about fun, friendship and family.</p> <p><em>Buckley’s Chance</em> showed in Australian cinemas in June of this year and now you can rent it from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Buckleys-Chance-Bill-Nighy/dp/B09CLPWMHG">Amazon Prime Video</a> for $6.99.</p> <p><em>Photos and Video: Transmission Films and YouTube</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Meet the British woman tipped to replace Indiana Jones

<p>Rumour has it British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge may replace Harrison Ford as lead in the fifth<span> </span><em>Indiana Jones</em><span> </span>movie.</p> <p>The Fleabag star is tipped to step into Ford’s shoes and take the lead in the next upcoming instalment of the popular franchise, which is set to hit cinemas next year.</p> <p>According to the<span> </span><em>Daily Mail,<span> </span></em>Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy – the bigwig behind the franchise is looking to make “Big, Bold” changes and that could mean replacing the lead character with a woman.</p> <p>“It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe”, the source said of Waller-Bridge, winner of multiple awards for her starring role in British comedy<span> </span><em>Fleabag.</em></p> <p>Should the 36-year-old actress take the lead, it would make her the first ever female lead since the first movie,<span> </span><em>Raiders Of The Lost Ark,<span> </span></em>which premiered in 1981<em>.</em> Although it remains unclear who Phoebe will portray in the upcoming movie.</p> <p><em>“The gossip on set is that this character will slot into the leading role” </em>said the source.</p> <p><em>During an interview in 2019 on the<span> </span></em><em>US Today Show,<span> </span></em><em>Ford – who played the iconic role in all four previous films – said there’s really no replacing his character, per se.</em></p> <p><em>“Nobody else is gonna be Indiana Jones! Don’t you get it? I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy” the 79-year-old said, before joking, “This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine this”.<span> </span></em>This was said at the time surrounding rumours Pine was set to be the new Indiana Jones.</p>

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Daniel Craig shares how Hugh Jackman helped him deal with fame

<p>After playing James Bond for 15 years, Daniel Craig has health with his fair share of the perks that come with international fame. </p> <p>However, the 53-year-old actor claims his time as 007 hasn't all be smooth sailing. </p> <p>In a new Apple TV documentary titled <em>Being James Bond</em>, Daniel discusses how taking over the iconic role from Pierce Brosnan was riddled with challenges. </p> <p>He admits how he was initially reluctant to accept the high profile role, <span>insisting he told film bosses, “I would not know what to do with it.”</span></p> <p><span>After indulging in a night of martini's when he landed the role, he stayed up all night reading negative reactions to his new casting. </span></p> <p><span>He said, "</span>I read everything, because that is what happens if you do that. And it was tough — really tough and hate-filled."</p> <p>“I woke up the following morning, and I went f**k it. I know the film is going to be good. I knew we were doing something really special.”</p> <p>After a steamy paparazzi shot emerged of Daniel filming a scene of <em>Casino Royale</em> at a beach in Barbados, everything changed for the actor. </p> <p>He says, “My personal life was affected by being that famous all of a sudden."</p> <p>“I used to lock myself in and close the curtains, I was in cloud cuckoo land. I was physically and mentally under siege."</p> <p>“I didn’t like the new-found level of fame. It was Hugh Jackman who helped me to come to terms with it and appreciate it.”</p> <p>Producer of many of the James Bond films Barbara Broccoli insists she was determined to cast Daniel Craig as 007 despite his reluctance. </p> <p><span>She says, “I always thought whenever he was on the screen you could not watch anyone else. He is lit from within. It was clear he is a movie star and a great actor to boot.”</span></p> <p><span>Craig claims he didn't think he live up to the incredible actors who had played the role previously, adding to his </span>hesitancy. </p> <p>He said, “As far as I was concerned I was already more ­successful then I would ever be as an actor — I did not have a cool persona."</p> <p>“Pierce had done <em>Remington Steele</em>, Roger Moore had done <em>The Saint</em> — they had done these parts where ­people had gone, ‘That’s James Bond’."</p> <p>“I had done weird arty movies. It was a harder sell. And I didn’t really want to do it, because I thought I wouldn’t know what to do with it."</p> <p>Now, 15 years after the release of <em>Casino Royale</em>, Daniel Craig is gearing up for the highly anticipated release of <em>No Time to Die</em>, which has been consistently rescheduled due to the pandemic. </p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Everything we know about the new Lady Di film Spencer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> rejoice: a new Diana-centric film is set to hit our screens.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spencer</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, named of course for the late Princess of Wales’ maiden name, focuses on just three days of her life and what might have happened following her decision to leave the royal family and end her marriage to Prince Charles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film will be directed by Pablo Larraín, known for directing the biopic </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jackie</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s everything we know so far.</span></p> <p><strong>Kristen Stewart to take on Lady Diana</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The American actress, made famous for her starring role in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Twilight Saga</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, is set to play the iconic royal.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 480px; height:410px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843885/spencer-02-1616976520.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2c54969f183b4b24ba5720ac4915b954" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NEON</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">InStyle</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> last year, Stewart shared her enthusiasm about the role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, she did face some challenges playing the British royal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it’s so, so distinct and particular,” Stewart said. “I’m working on it now and already have my dialect coach.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The actress also did her research on the late princess in order to do her justice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana - I want to know her implicitly,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To be honest, I’ve now consumed pretty much all there is to consume in terms of videos and interviews. I’ve watched everything that you could hear or see.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an interview on </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jimmy Kimmel Live! </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">at the end of 2020</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stewart shared another important detail about the film: Diana’s hair.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She has very architectural hair,” Stewart explained, “so we’re going to build it … I don’t think I can do it solely with my own hair.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There have already been some theories circulating about the movie involving the recently-released poster for the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stewart, dressed as Diana in an embroidered gown, is seen curled up and appearing to cry, with her face hidden from the camera.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843884/spencer-diana.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bfd78c9087ee472ab8047101d6fa443f" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some theorise that the look is taken from the dress Diana wore to the German Embassy. Image: NEON (left), Getty Images (right).</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some Twitter users believe the dress is inspired by the gold and white gown the princess wore to the German Embassy in London in 1986, with some noted similarities between the two.</span></p> <p><strong><em>Poldark</em> star Jack Farthing to play Prince Charles</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Best known for his role as George Warleggan in the BBC series </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Poldark</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the British actor will be starring alongside Stewart as the Prince of Wales.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair will be joined by a slew of acclaimed actors, including Sean Harris (</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Borgias</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">), Sally Hawkins (</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Shape of Water</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">), and Timothy Spall (</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The King’s Speech</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <p><strong>Release date</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The movie has finished production, and has already premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received raving reviews from critics.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for the general public, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spencer </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">is expected to arrive in theatres in November 2021, according to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2021/film/global/kristen-stewart-princess-diana-spencer-venice-film-festival-1235017419/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">See the full trailer below.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MUnsoxe7K4g" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>The plot centres around three days</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taking place at the royal family’s Sandringham Estate, where they usually spend the holidays, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spencer</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> details Diana’s realisation that her marriage to Charles has fallen apart and her reevaluation of her life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Stewart said, “[<em>Spencer</em>] takes place over three days, and it’s this really poetic, internal imagining of what that might have felt like, rather than giving information.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an interview with </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deadline</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Larraín said the story would focus on Diana’s self-discovery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“ We decided to get into a story about identity, and around how a woman decides somehow, not to be the queen. She’s a woman who, in the journey of the movie, decides and realises that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles,” Larraín said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The key is how she discovers during the process of the movie that what she really needs to do is be who she wants to be.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And by that, it doesn’t mean she needs to be next to anyone, to be part of anything, but herself and her own children.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NEON</span></em></p>

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Dark Waters is a scary movie. Here’s Why…

<p>Many people have said <em>Dark Waters</em> is more terrifying than any horror movie. That’s because the most frightening thing about<em> Dark Waters</em> is the fact it actually happened. A US corporation – Dupont – put money before human lives and jeopardised the health of every person on this planet by dumping toxic PFOA waste in waterways in West Virginia for years.</p> <p>This makes<span> </span><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>one of the scariest movies you’ll see but don’t let this put you off. We all need to see this movie because it’s about how corporations think they can get away with polluting our planet in shocking ways, as long as they keep it hidden. Yes, it’s a bit like<span> </span><em>Erin Brockovich</em><span> </span>but even a bit more sinister.</p> <p>Why is it sinister? Because in Australia, we can usually watch a film like this and thank God we live on a remote island in the South Pacific. But that argument doesn’t hold any more. There’s a scene in<span> </span><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>where Mark Ruffalo (playing lawyer Robert Bilott) asks what’s a safe level of the pollutant – PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) and the answer is – one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool!</p> <p>You see Ruffalo’s face as he mentally adds up the amount of this chemical he’s seen flowing in streams near Parkersburg in West Virginia, and you know from his expression, pretty much the world’s water supply has been wiped out. Dupont has illegally dumped so much of this chemical that by now, it would have worked its way into the underground water system and there’s no saying how far it’s travelled.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RvAOuhyunhY?controls=0" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <h4 id="h-what-s-the-story-behind-dark-waters"><strong>What’s the story behind<em><span> </span>Dark Waters</em>?</strong></h4> <p><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>is based on real-life events to do with the lawyer, Robert Bilott. Back in 1998, Bilott was working as a lawyer in Cincinnati when a cattle farmer called Wilbur Tennant (played by Bill Camp) visits him at work saying his cows are dying and he’s convinced the DuPont Chemical plant in town has something to do with it.</p> <p>At first Bilott isn’t interested – he tells the farmer he’s a defence lawyer and he “defends chemical companies.” But, as a favour to his grandmother, who knows the farmer, Bilott later drives to the farm to check it out. Once he gets there, he sees the property is a graveyard and the farmer tells him 190 of his cows have recently died.</p> <p>Bilott agrees to do some research and to find the environmental report DuPont, and the Environmental Protection Agency, wouldn’t share with the farmer.</p> <p>But what Bilott finds is far more deadly. He discovers a cover-up involving DuPont’s plant in the town of Parkersburg. He finds a synthetic chemical known as PFOA, which was created to coat army tanks in the war but was later used as a coating for cooking utensils – commonly known as Teflon – has been dumped in the area’s waterways for years.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.54574132492115px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843832/dark-waters-3-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fbfa27af6ae46b5b367a4550e95fbe6" /></p> <p>From his research, Bilott finds DuPont has known about the dangers of PFOA and the fact it’s linked with deformities in babies and cancer in people. Even worse, he learns these synthetic chemicals are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because our bodies can’t break them down – so they stay in our systems forever. Bilott is hooked and knows he has to chase this case down to the very end and show Dupont they can’t do this sort of thing.</p> <p><strong>As Bilott says later in the movie: “The system is rigged. They want us to think it will protect us. We protect us. We do.”</strong></p> <p><strong>Just how serious is this PFOA toxic waste?</strong></p> <p>PFOA is one of a class of PFAS toxins or Perfluoroalkyl substances. They are are all man-made toxins and it’s estimated the majority of living creatures on earth now have PFASs in their bloodstream.</p> <p><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>is the first movie to document this story about PFASs and the film has had a major impact. When it was first released late in 2020 in the US, DuPont suffered a stock price fall.</p> <p>The full cinema release of the movie was delayed because of COVID-19 earlier this year but now you can watch the film on Binge, Apple TV and Prime Video.</p> <p><strong>Does<span> </span><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>get its message across?</strong></p> <p><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>is two hours long and a lot of it is fairly harrowing, documentary-style viewing. But to make sure we understand the fully story, this is the most realistic and compelling way.</p> <p>Some reviewers have said the subject matter deserved more but the low key, intense nature of how the film is made – produced by Todd Haynes – is far more persuasive than any other style. The understatement wins you over to the seriousness of what’s unfolding.</p> <p>We see the effect this harrowing, drawn-out legal battle has on Bilott’s family life with his wife, Sarah, (played by Anne Hathaway) and their sons. Ruffalo gives a strong, intense performance as Bilott and we can feel his commitment to the situation. Tim Robbins delivers a great performance as Bilott’s boss at his company, allowing him to keep working on this case even though it ends up taking 13 years to resolve.</p> <p><strong>What’s the story behind PFOA and PFAs?</strong></p> <p><em>Dark Waters</em><span> </span>highlights the dire reality of pollution from this class of harmful chemicals called PFAS. PFOA is just one of these and it’s found in Teflon, carpets, waterproof clothing, grease-proof paper and some packaging.</p> <p>Most people have heard of the dangers of PFOA and many frying pans now have packaging promoting they are ‘PFOA free.’</p> <p><strong>At a time like this with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting most of the world’s population, it’s even scarier to know that the health issues linked with PFAS contamination include a reduced response to vaccines</strong>.</p> <p>The threat of PFAS contamination is not limited to the US. There have been major contaminations in Europe and unfortunately, here in Australia, we’re not exempt either.</p> <p>A story in the<em><span> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/toxic-secrets-where-the-sites-with-pfas-contamination-are-near-you-20180616-p4zlxc.html" target="_blank" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">Sydney Morning Herald,</a></em><span> </span>written by Carrie Fellner and Patrick Begley in June 2018, reports at least 90 sites across Australia are now under investigation for elevated levels of PFAS chemicals.</p> <p><strong>You can limit your exposure to PFAS</strong></p> <p>The<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/pfos.aspx" target="_blank" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)"><span> </span>NSW Health Department’s website</a><span> </span>has lots of information about PFAS and what you can do to limit your exposure. Our Defence Department has manufactured these chemicals as well and so did an American company called 3M which operated within Australia.</p> <p>You can see the 90 sites where PFAS have contaminated the area on the map<span> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/toxic-secrets-where-the-sites-with-pfas-contamination-are-near-you-20180616-p4zlxc.html" target="_blank">below.</a><span> </span>(This map is republished from a story in the<span> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/toxic-secrets-where-the-sites-with-pfas-contamination-are-near-you-20180616-p4zlxc.html" target="_blank" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>,<span> </span></a>written by Carrie Fellner and Patrick Begley in June 2018.)</p> <p><img class="wp-image-118038" src="https://womenlovetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Dark-Waters-Map.jpg" alt="Dark Waters map" /></p> <p>The<span> </span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/pfos.aspx" target="_blank" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">NSW Health Department website<span> </span></a>has some tips of what you can do to minimise your exposure to PFAS if you live in a PFAS affected area. This list includes being careful not to use groundwater, bore water or surface water for drinking or cooking. They say, using town water from the taps is OK but to be even safer, filtering your tap water would be a good idea.</p> <p><em>Images: Dark Waters</em></p> <p> </p>

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I Am Woman is Helen Reddy’s story

<p>When Helen Reddy Reddy came out and sang <em>I Am Woman</em> nearly 50 years ago, the world listened. Like most songs, there was an important story behind it and the film, <em>I Am Woman</em> tells that story in fascinating detail.</p> <p>It does seem strange that no-one had told Helen Reddy’s story on the big screen before. Sure, Reddy did write a book about her life titled,<em> The Woman I Am,</em> but to date, we haven’t had a film about this iconic Australian singer-songwriter and Grammy-award winning artist.</p> <p>Not only is Reddy one of the most successful performing artists ever to emerge from Australia, she’s also the person who co-wrote and sang the song that went on to become the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s – <em>I Am Woman.</em></p> <p><strong>The film <em>I am Woman</em> tells the full story</strong></p> <p>Released earlier in 2020, the film about Reddy’s life is now streaming on <a href="https://www.stan.com.au/">Stan. </a></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6WLMz8Qeg4A" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Made by the producers of <em>The Sapphires</em>, <em>I Am Woman</em> was directed by Unjoo Moon and shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe. Australian actor, Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as Reddy and American actor, Evan Peters, stars as Reddy’s husband, Jeff Wald.</p> <p>It’s an inspiring story because Reddy, who arrived in New York in 1966 with $230 in her pocket and her three-year-old daughter on her arm, went on to have incredible success as a singer in both the American market and then, worldwide.</p> <p>It wasn’t long before she ran out of money but five years later, she was one of the biggest superstars of her time. She became an icon of the 1970s feminist movement by co-writing a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.</p> <p><strong>Arrived in New York with $230 in her pocket</strong></p> <p>Helen Reddy arrived in New York in 1966 with $230 in her pocket and her three-year-old daughter, Tracy, on her arm.</p> <p>Reddy traveled to America because she’d been told she’d won a recording contract, but when she goes to see the record company about it, she’s met with blatant sexism and a dismissal of her work as a female artist.</p> <p>Without a visa, Reddy decides to stay in New York anyway and pursue a singing career, struggling to make ends meet and provide for her daughter. She befriends fellow Australian and legendary rock journalist, Lillian Roxon and later, it’s Roxon who inspires her to write and sing the iconic song, <em>I Am Woman. </em></p> <p>Roxon holds a party for her and it’s there Reddy meets Jeff Wald, a young aspiring talent manager who later becomes her agent and husband. Reddy’s story unfolds as she marries Wald and they move to LA so he can help her get the breaks she needs. But it’s not easy and Reddy has to persuade him to keep pushing her.</p> <p>In the end, Wald helps her achieve her goals, but it’s not enough to save their marriage because he becomes addicted to cocaine and this gradually turns their relationship toxic.</p> <p><strong><em>I am Woman</em></strong><strong> becomes an anthem</strong></p> <p>Reddy writes her iconic song, <em>I Am Woman</em>, during this time when she’s trying so hard to be heard as a musical artist in America. At exactly the same time, the Women’s Liberation Movement was at its peak.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a046199a0c1e4783add573ce4273060e" />Reddy has said <span>She was looking for songs that reflected a positive self-image that she felt she had gained from her participation in the women's liberation movement. She’s been reported as saying she was looking for the right song and she couldn’t find it, so she knew she had to write it herself.</span></p> <p><span>She worked on the song with another song writer, Ray Burton, and together they came up with <em>I am Woman</em>. </span>It became the perfect unofficial anthem and was a smash hit at the same time. Of course, the song upset some of the men who said it was “angry” or even “man-hating.”</p> <p>Reddy sang many popular songs after this one but she didn’t write many more, which would seem to be a pity.</p> <p><strong>The film is largely and Australian production</strong></p> <p>The film, <em>I Am Woman</em>, is a Goalpost Pictures production in association with Deep Blue Pacific. It had funding from Screen Australia, in association with WestEnd Films, Screen NSW, Adelaide Film Festival and South Australian Film Corporation.</p> <p>The film premiered in Sydney about a year and a half ago, with the director, Unjoo Moon, and the Australian actor, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, who played Reddy in the film.</p> <p>At the premiere, Unjoo Moon said she was thrilled to be there because: “It’s deeply meaningful to me that the release of Helen Reddy’s inspirational story, <em>I Am Woman</em>, will kick off in Australia. Not only did Helen’s story begin in Australia but so did our journey of making this movie.”</p> <p>Moon continued, saying her inspiration for the film came from her early years: “I remember so clearly, when I was a young girl growing up on the north shore here in Sydney. I wasn’t old enough to have been at a Helen Reddy concert but I remember what would happen when her music came on the radio. I’d be sitting in the back seat of the station wagon and the windows would get rolled down and everyone’s hair would come out – and I knew she just had this kind of impact on my mother and her friends,” said Moon.</p> <p><strong>This film still has so much relevance today</strong></p> <p>Some reviewers have said this film about Reddy’s life is timely for our current situation because it gives us historical background to issues which are still relevant to feminist discussions today.</p> <p>While it appeals to a specific audience – those women who grew up with Reddy’s songs as background to their lives and their children – it’s still interesting for younger women who may not know about these events.</p> <p>For the women and their children who lived through the 1970s, watching Reddy sing her songs on the big screen would be a deeply personal and rewarding experience.</p> <p>For those who are younger and don’t know Reddy’s songs as well, it’s probably enough to learn about how these songs gave women inspiration for their feminist cause – and how Reddy will always hold a special place in their hearts for the role she played as a strong and successful woman.</p> <p><strong>Helen Reddy passed away in September 2020</strong></p> <p>Helen Reddy was able to see the film, <em>I Am Woman</em> in 2020 but sadly, she passed away on September 29, 2020.</p> <p>“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother,” her daughter Traci and son Jordan posted on Facebook.</p> <p>“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman.</p> <p><strong>You can watch <em>I Am Woman</em> now on <a href="mailto:https://www.stan.com.au/">Stan.</a></strong></p>

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