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Gretel and Hansel Movies
10th Nov

SCREEN RANT – Orion Pictures’ Gretel and Hansel, a retelling of classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel starring Sophia Lillis and Sammy Leakey as the titular pair, has begun filming in Dublin, the studio announced. The original story about a brother and sister kidnapped by a child-eating witch has origins going far back in time, but its most famous version was of course published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.

An opera version of Hansel and Gretel debuted in 1893, and later the characters arrived on film in Walt Disney’s 1932 short Babes in the Woods. Tim Burton tackled the story for a later Disney-produced live-action short movie in 1983, starring an all-Asian cast, but the film aired only once on The Disney Channel. Recent adaptations of the story have emphasized its twisted horror elements, as in the 2007 Korean version, and of course the 2013 action movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

Hansel and Gretel is once again set to get a new adaptation that skews toward horror, thanks to Orion Pictures. IT breakout Sophia Lillis heads up the cast of Gretel and Hansel as Gretel herself, with newcomer Sammy Leakey as her brother Hansel. The studio has announced that production on the film has commenced in Dublin, with Osgood Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) in the director’s chair, working from a script he wrote with Rob Hayes. The studio has also released a brief synopsis of the story:

A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

The movie also stars Charles Babalola (Black Mirror) as The Hunter, and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) as the cannibalistic witches who wish to make a meal of our youthful heroes. The headliner though is Lillis, who is fresh off her memorable turn as Beverly in last year’s horror blockbuster IT. Lillis will once again play the teen version of Bev in next year’s IT: Chapter Two, with Jessica Chastain portraying the adult iteration of the character. Lillis also appeared in this year’s acclaimed HBO series Sharp Objects, playing the teenage version of Amy Adams’ troubled journalist Camille. Indeed, after facing down memorable bad-mom Adora in Sharp Objects, Lillis finds herself battling evil child-devouring women in Gretel and Hansel.

It will be interesting to see what director Perkins, who has built a name for himself as a horror director, does with this new take on Hansel and Gretel. 2013’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters went for a more comedic tone, but did not make much of an impression. Of course, this whole recent trend of reimagining classic fairy tales with more intense action elements was kicked off by 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which went on to gross $396 million at the box office.

Gretel and Hansel does not yet have a release date.

Riot television Videos
22nd Jan

Here’s your first look at Jessica in the TV Movie ‘Riot’. She plays Robyn Plaister. It will air Sunday 25 February, 8.30pm on ABC TV (Australia).

Inspired by actual events during Australia’s 1970s Gay Rights Movement, Riot explores the origins of the activism that led to the world’s first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Riot television
17th Aug

IF – Damon Herriman will lead the cast of ‘Riot’ as gay rights activist Lance Gowland.

A swag of expat Australian actors will topline the new ABC telemovie, Riot.

Justified’s Damon Herriman, The Twilight Saga’s Xavier Samuel and Arrow’s Jessica de Gouw join Utopia’s Kate Box as leads of the drama focused upon the 1970s Gay Rights Movement.

Herriman plays activist Lance Gowland and the telemovie will screen next year, the tenth anniversary of his passing.

Jeffrey Walker, whose romantic comedy feature Ali’s Wedding opens August 31, directs the telemovie that will shoot in Sydney over the next four weeks. It is written by Carolyn Anderson and Greg Waters and produced by Werner Film Productions’s Joanna Werner and Louise Smith, in association with ABC Television, Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Werner Film Productions recently released Dance Academy, which earned more than $2 million at the Australian box office after the success of the Dance Academy series for the ABC and international broadcasters.

“It could never be more relevant than now to tell this story of identity, courage and love as a marginalised community finds its voice and rises up to fight oppression and injustice,” ABC head of scripted production Sally Riley said in a statement.

“With a cast as extraordinary as this, Riot promises to be a stirring, landmark television event in time for the 40th anniversary of the birth of Mardi Gras.”

On behalf of Werner Film Productions, writer Greg Waters added, “At a time when the struggle for LGBTQ rights is far from over, it was a privilege to explore the lives of pioneering activists who sacrificed so much to drag Australia towards equality.”

television Underground
08th Jun

We sure didn’t see that one coming. After two successful seasons, it is heartbreaking to see it go now. But there’s still hope another network will pick it up, and we must do everything we can to help by making noise on social media! #RenewUnderground

TV LINE – Plans for a third season of Underground have been derailed.
WGN American has cancelled the period drama after two seasons and 20 episodes, Tribune Media announced on Tuesday. Sony Pictures Television — the studio behind Underground — will attempt to find a new home for the series.

“Despite Underground being a terrific and important series, it no longer fits with our new direction and we have reached the difficult decision not to renew it for a third season,” said Tribune CEO Peter Kern in a statement. “We are tremendously proud of this landmark series that captured the zeitgeist and made an impact on television in a way never before seen on the medium… It is our hope that this remarkable show finds another home and continues its stories of courage, determination and freedom.”

The cancellation follows the demise of fellow WGN drama Outsiders and ahead of Tribune’s acquisition by Sinclair. “As WGN America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape,” Kern explained. “This move is designed to deliver additional value for our advertising and distribution partners and offer viewers more original content across our air.”

Underground‘s second and final season concluded earlier this month.

Movies OtherLife
15th May

Hi everyone! I’ve updated the gallery with two new production stills of Jessica as Ren Amari in one of her upcoming projects ‘OtherLife’. The movie will have its world premiere during the 2017 Sydney Film Festival on June 16. I am really excited to see this one, it looks promising!

OtherLife is a revolutionary new drug invented by Ren Amari (Jessica de Gouw). It expands the brain’s sense of time and creates virtual reality directly in the user’s mind. With OtherLife, mere seconds in real life can feel like hours or days of exciting adventures. Ren hopes to use this miraculous technology to heal her comatose brother, but there are other more secretive plans afoot, like selling OtherLife technology to governments wishing to solve prison overcrowding by imprisoning criminals in virtual cells: a use that Ren adamantly opposes. OtherLife makes use of a great concept in a stylish and energetic thriller.

Interviews Videos
01st Mar