The ABC has revealed the first part of its 2017 slate, with more programs to be unveiled in February.
The schedule includes over 20 new Australian shows, in addition to new seasons for established titles such as You Can't Ask That, Cleverman, Janet King and The Doctor Blake Mysteries..
Cleverman is returning.—.with a season that ABC TV's Richard Finalyson calls "a little less dark than the first".—.as is Glitch. The second season of the Matchbox zombie drama will be co-produced by Netflix and the ABC.
Perhaps the highest-profile new program comes from the team behind Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox:.Newton's Law stars Claudia Karvan as Josephine Newton, "a suburban solicitor with an over-developed sense of responsibility who attempts to return to her briefly glorious stint at the Bar."
Finlayson describes the eight-episode show as "really broad and light and funny.
Which movies are likely to be swarmed by buyers at Tiff 2016? Here are nine hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.
“The Bad Batch”
Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her hit debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is billed as a “dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland.” The film follows a young girl named Samantha (Suki Waterhouse) who’s been banished from civilized society and ends up escaping from a community of cannibals. Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film stars Keanu Reeves,
"Hand of God," directed by Marc Forster, stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.
Co-stars include Alona Tal, Garret Dillahunt, Julian Morris, Emilio Rivera, Andre Royo, Maximiliano Hernández, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Wes Chatham, Sandy Martin, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Anthony Starke, Daniel Louis Rivas, Elaine Tan, Ravi Kapoor, Hugh Dane, Julian Acosta, Jennifer Cortese, and Brett Wyman.
A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
"Hysteria," directed by Otto Bathurst, stars Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight. You can get more info and watch the pilot here.
Co-stars include Laura San Giacomo,
Nolan Hayes (Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail (Rodriguez), who has gone into early labor. Things quickly spiral out of control when the birth goes tragically wrong and Hurricane Katrina hits, ravaging the hospital and forcing an evacuation. With his baby dependent on a ventilator and no one around to help, Nolan faces one life-and-death decision after another and must fight to keep his daughter alive.
Featuring a music video by Safran and a PSA for Paul Walker's charity Reach Out World Wide,
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards will take place for the second time on Wednesday.
The high profile actor’s involvement will also come as a boost for Network Ten, which will air the ceremony later that night.
According to Aacta, former Packed To The Rafters star Hugh Sheridan – originally announced as the presenter – was ruled out because of an “La schedule conflict”.
Appearing along with Crowe are fellow Oscar winners, Geoffrey Rush, who is Aacta president, and Cate Blanchett.
The event will take place in front of 1000 people at The Sar Event centre in Sydney. Other big TV and film names attending include Hugo Weaving, Rove McManus, Rebecca Gibney, Deborah Mailman, Lachy Hulme, Matt LeNevez and Shane Jacobsen.
In addition to the Aacta Awards in Sydney,
Santa Apprentice, about a seven year old Nicolas learning the ropes to be the best Santa ever, stars Magda Szubanski, Delta Goodrem, Shane Jacobsen and Hugh Sheridan.
The film is directed by Luc Vinciguerra, script Alexandre Reverend and based on an original concept by Jan Van Rijsselberge .
Released last year in France, the film sold 100,000 tickets in the first week and 650,000 over the life of the release. Santa’s Apprentice made over 3.2 million Euros at the French box office ranking 4th in its first week. Santa’s Apprentice has already been sold to many countries including Austria, Canada, Greece, India, Russia and the United States of America.
Peter and Bobby Farrely have decided to divide the PG-rated film into three, 27-minute segments driven by physical comedy. According to Deadline, Peter Farrelly said “There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of Dumb and Dumber than anything else we’ve done. Our goal is 85 minutes of laughs in a film that will be very respectful of who the Stooges were. It’s by far the riskiest project we’ve ever done, without question, but it is also the one closest to our hearts.” Sounds
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According to Variety, Johnny Knoxville (of Jackass fame) will soon sign a deal to play Moe in the Farrelly brothers’ big screen adaptation of The Three Stooges. Hank Azaria was also being considered for the role. The other two Stooges have yet to be cast, but Andy Samberg and Will Sasso are both in contention for the role of Curly, while Justin Timberlake, Woody Harrelson, Shane Jacobsen, and Larry David are up for Larry.
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The Farrelly Brothers have found one-third of their lead cast for their remake/re-imagination of The Three Stooges. We’ve heard names tossed around like like Jim Carrey, Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn for a few years, but Penn and Carrey dropped out some time ago. Most recently we heard names like Johnny Knoxville, Hank Azaria, Larry David, Justin Timberlake and a few others were up for a role in the new film, but now one of those actors has been picked to play Moe, and that’s Mr. Knoxville. But don’t rule out those other actors! There’s still a good chance the others could make it in the final cast.
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey were long rumored to be cast, but then the Farrellys flip-flopped and decided they wanted to go with amateurs, who could lend more authenticity to the roles.
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