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Glen Dolman and creative team bring a fresh approach to ‘Bloom’ sequel

(L-r) Greg McLean, Phoebe Tonkin, Bryan Brown, Glen Dolman.

During filming of Stan’s Bloom in Victoria last year the creator/showrunner Glen Dolman was already hatching ideas for a second series of the supernatural drama.

So when Stan’s Mike Sneesby and Nick Forward ordered another six episodes in April after he pitched an overview Dolman pressed ahead with plans to bring a fresh perspective to the show.

That involved hiring new directors in Greg McLean and Sian Davies (who collaborated on Stan’s The Gloaming), assembling a new team of writers and adding half a dozen fresh faces to the cast, with the assistance of casting director Leigh Pickford.

Joining him in the writers’ room are Giula Sandler, Matt Ford, Tommy Murphy and Catherine S McMullen. Dolman scripted four of the six eps of the first series, which was named Drama Series Production of the Year at last
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Jacqueline McKenzie, Gary Sweet, Bella Heathcote board ‘Bloom 2’

Phoebe Tonkin and Bryan Brown.

Jacqueline McKenzie, Gary Sweet, Bella Heathcote, Toby Schmitz, Jackson Heywood, Scott Lee and Ed Oxenbould are new additions to the cast of Stan’s Bloom, the second season of which is now shooting in regional Victoria.

Greg McLean and Sian Davies (who both directed episodes of Stan’s The Gloaming) are directing the six-part supernatural drama created and written by Glen Dolman, produced by Sue Seeary for Playmaker Media. Geoffrey Hall is the Dop.

Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin, Genevieve Morris, John Stanton, Anne Charleston, Terry Norris and Thomas Ersatz are all returning.

In the first series the residents of a small country town were left reeling after a “fountain of youth” appeared in the wake of a devastating flood. A mysterious plant with luminous berries gave those who consumed it a second chance to return to their prime. The results were miraculous for
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James Wan's Malignant Scores Late Summer 2020 Release Date

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James Wan's Malignant Scores Late Summer 2020 Release Date
Director James Wan is set to return to the world of horror for his next project Malignant, which has just been handed out a prime summer 2020 release date. Wan has gone on to be an incredibly valuable filmmaker over the course of the last decade and a half, ever since his breakthrough debut Saw. After having directed a couple of massive blockbusters, Wan decided to step back to his horror roots with his latest, which Warner Bros./New Line Cinema seem to have a great deal of confidence in.

According to a new report, Malignant is set to hit theaters on August 14, 2020. That's not only a premium slot on the studio's late-summer release calendar, which shows a decent deal of confidence in itself, but it's also a crowded weekend. Sony has set Escape Room 2 for that same date, which could be competing for much of the same James Wan type crowd.
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Film News Roundup: James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’ Gets August Release

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Film News Roundup: James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’ Gets August Release
In today’s film news roundup, James Wan’s “Malignant” gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners.

Release Date

Warner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan’s horror thriller “Malignant.”

Wan will direct the movie, based on a story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu. It will shoot in Los Angeles and has been selected for a state tax credit by the California Film Commission.

The film will star Bisou, Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel and Jacqueline McKenzie. Wan and Michael Clear will produce via their Atomic Monster banner. Starlight Media and Midas Innovation will provide financing.

Wan’s directing credits include “Saw,” “The Conjuring,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Furious 7,” and “Aquaman.”

Hayworth Documentary

Bremedia Produktion GmbH has started filming a documentary on Rita Hayworth from Katja Runge and Henning van Lil.
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‘Malignant’ Release Date Set; James Wan’s Horror Thriller Stalks Midsummer

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‘Malignant’ Release Date Set; James Wan’s Horror Thriller Stalks Midsummer
Aquaman helmer James Wan’s horror thriller has a go date. Warner Bros Pictures has set his New Line movie Malignant for August 14.

The cast of the Atomic Monster film formerly titled Silvercup includes Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, Jacqueline McKenzie and Ingrid Bisu, who also executive produces and shares a story by credit with Wan. The latter is producing with Michael Clear.

Wan’s film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, marks a return to the Fast & Furious and Insidious franchise honcho’s horror roots. Malignant is being financed by Starlight Media and Midas Innovation with New Line set to distribute globally excluding China. Production is under way in Los Angeles.

Malignant will open against three other wide releases: Sony’s action sequel Escape Room 2, Universal’s Bob Oedekirk thriller Nobody and Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.
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James Wan's 'Malignant' Lands Late Summer 2020 Release

James Wan's 'Malignant' Lands Late Summer 2020 Release
James Wan's Malignant is set to hit theaters Aug. 14, 2020, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.

The horror thriller, which the Aquaman helmer is directing, is from New Line, home of Wan's blockbuster Conjuring franchise. The pic — based on a story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu — will shoot in Los Angeles, as a recipient of the Independent California Film Rebate.

The logline is being kept under tight wraps. Malignant stars Bisou, Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel and Jacqueline McKenzie.

Wan and Michael Clear will produce via their Atomic Monster banner. Starlight Media and Midas Innovation ...
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Nine unveils ‘The Parent Jury,’ ‘Step Back in Time’ and renews flagship series

‘Informer 3838.’

With the Nine Network’s primary channel on track to deliver its highest ever commercial shares this year, the broadcaster’s upfronts announcement on Wednesday night predictably contained few surprises.

Among the new offerings will be The Parent Jury, which puts diverse parenting styles to the test; retro variety show Step Back in Time; and observational documentary series Taronga: Who’s Who In the Zoo.

The network also unveiled the cast of Screentime’s drama Informer 3838, which stars Ella Scott Lynch as Melbourne criminal lawyer turned police informant Nicola Gobbo.

In a new agreement with BBC Studios, Nine will get Seven Worlds, One Planet, a landmark wildlife series presented by Sir David Attenborough, which will transport viewers to seven continents as it reveals the survival challenges facing numerous animals.

That deal also encompasses first-run rights to five series under the BBC Planet banner including Perfect Planet, Green Planet, Frozen
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Ingrid Bisu Joins James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’

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Ingrid Bisu Joins James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’
Exclusive: Ingrid Bisu has been added to the cast of James Wan’s New Line horror thriller, which he recently revealed on social would be titled Malignant. Bisu, who shares a story by credit with Wan, joins previously announced cast Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jake Abel, and Jacqueline McKenzie.

Bisu, no stranger to Wan’s horror universe having appeared in The Nun, will also serve as executive producer. Wan is producing with Michael Clear. The film is being financed by Starlight Media and Midas Innovation with New Line set to distribute globally excluding China.

The film is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

Bisu’s other credits include the Toni Erdmann, which picked up an Oscar nom Best Foreign Language Film, and The Conjuring 3, slated to be released next year.
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Production underway on James Wan’s new horror Malignant

James Wan has started shooting his tenth feature film, an original horror movie in the giallo genre which has been officially titled as Malignant.

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First day of principal photography on the 10th feature film of my career. Malignant is the official title. Really excited for this one.

A post shared by James Wan (@creepypuppet) on Sep 24, 2019 at 2:43pm Pdt

Giallo films are Italian thriller-horror movies that centre around a murder mystery containing elements of slasher, crime fiction, psychological horror, and supernatural horror.

There are currently no plot details for Wan’s next feature. However, we do know the cast for Malignant includes Maddie Hasson, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young, Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie. The film is to be directed and co-produced by James Wan and written by Wan and Ingrid Bisu.

Wan is also set to return to the director’s chair on Aquaman 2,
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Malignant: Production Gets Underway on New James Wan Horror Movie

Kirsten Howard Sep 25, 2019

James Wan is returning to the world of horror before helming Aquaman 2 with Malignant.

James Wan's tenth feature film as director is now in production. Malignant has been described as a giallo, and stars Maddie Hasson, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young, Michole Briana White, and Jacqueline McKenzie.

It was confirmed that Wan would work on Malignant back in August when it was still an as-yet-untitled horror project. The film should act as a nice palate cleanser before he begins the long task of bringing Aquaman 2 to the screen for Warner Bros, and a late-2020 release date for the new celluloid scream will likely be confirmed in time.

Wan has already started three successful horror franchises in Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring - could this be the first in a new series of giallo films where Wan and others can follow in the footsteps of horror masters like Dario Argento,
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Malignant Begins Shooting: James Wan Shares First Photo from New Horror Movie

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Malignant Begins Shooting: James Wan Shares First Photo from New Horror Movie
The Conjuring and Aquaman helmer James Wan has just officially revealed the title for his next horror movie. In a post on Instagram, Wan tells fans principal photography has begun on the upcoming project by showing them the slate used for the day's shoot. On the slate is the title for the movie, which will be called Malignant. "First day of principal photography on the 10th feature film of my career," Wan says in the photo's caption. He adds, "Really excited for this one." You can take a look at the photo below.

In addition to directing, James Wan is co-producing and co-writing Malignant with his fianc&#233 Ingrid Bisu. At this time, there isn't much known about the plot, other than that it will be a "Giallo horror" movie, reminiscent of a particular sub-genre of horror made famous by Italian cinema. Starring in the movie will be Maddie Hasson, Annabelle Wallis,
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Michole Briana White & Jacqueline McKenzie Board James Wan’s Untitled Atomic Monster Movie

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Michole Briana White & Jacqueline McKenzie Board James Wan’s Untitled Atomic Monster Movie
Exclusive: Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie have joined the growing ensemble cast of James Wan’s untitled Atomic Monster film, which marks a return to his indie horror roots.

They join already-cast Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young and Maddie Hasson. The pic is in production in Los Angeles, a recipient of the Independent California Film Rebate.

White has appeared in such pics as Lila and Eve, She Hate Me, and Encino Man. She is represented by SMS and Silver J Mgmt.

McKenzie can be seen in the Netflix series Pine Gap, and she recently wrapped filming the reboot of the crime thriller miniseries Halifax: Retribution. She won the 2018 Most Outstanding Supporting Actress Logie (Australian Emmys) for her role as Gabe in Romper Stomper: Next Gen for Stan. She also stars in the miniseries Safe Harbour from NBC/Matchbox, which is currently streaming on Hulu. McKenzie is repped by the Burstein Company and Marquee.
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Bo report: ‘It’ sequel bites while ‘Angel of Mine’ and ‘The Naked Wanderer’ struggle

‘It Chapter Two.’ (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros/New Line’s It Chapter Two and Roadshow’s Chinese-American dramedy The Farewell gave the flagging Australian box office a much needed jolt last weekend while two new Oz releases struggled.

Kim Farrant’s psychological thriller Angel of Mine and Alan Lindsay’s romantic comedy The Naked Wanderer faced the same challenge which has bedeviled most Australian films this year: Opening on limited screens with minimal P&a, which means low visibility in the marketplace. So relying primarily on reviews, publicity and word of mouth is no guarantee to draw audiences.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Annika Whiteley, Finn Little, Luke Evans, Richard Roxburgh and Rob Collins, Farrant’s follow-up to Strangerland grossed $26,000 on 42 screens and $43,000 including festival screenings for R&r Films.

As If reported, the movie co-funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria has been sold by Fortitude International to
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John Brumpton on how to sustain a 30-year screen career

John Brumpton in ‘Measure for Measure.’

One of Australia’s hardest working actors, John Brumpton rarely turns down offers – except when he is asked to work for free.

In the past year he has played a rapist in Stephen Johnson’s Western High Ground, a gunslinger in the second season of Mystery Road, Hugo Weaving’s protector in Paul Ireland’s Measure for Measure and a worried dad in Jamie Helmer and Michael Leonard’s short The Diver, which premieres in competition in Venice.

IMDb lists 95 credits for the actor who made his screen debut in The Flying Doctors in 1989 and took up the profession after working as a surveyor and professional boxer.

“It’s a tough industry and surviving this long is an achievement,” he tells If. “My approach is: ‘Just be yourself.’”

He was inspired to become an actor by watching Bryan Brown in Stir, Breaker Morant and
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Aussie Bo: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ notches his biggest opening

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.’

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood posted the biggest debut of his career in Australia last weekend, emulating its Us success.

The 1969-set drama/thriller starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Damon Herriman opened 68 per cent bigger than his previous best effort Django Unchained in 2012.

The downside: The Sony Pictures release sucked a lot of air from the second weekends of Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

The top 20 titles raked in $14.4 million, 3 per cent up on the previous frame, according to Numero. Mind Blowing Films’ Bollywood film Mission Mangal and Magnum Films’ Hong Kong thriller Line Walker 2 had buoyant launches while Universal’s A Dog’s Journey opened with neither bark nor bite, mirroring its Us fate.

The lurid tale of a TV actor (DiCaprio) who wants
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Bo Report: ‘Palm Beach’ squares off against ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’

‘Palm Beach.’

The head-to-head clash between Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan last weekend was far from ideal, but both films are positioned to have leggy runs thanks to word of mouth.

Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach opened in third spot behind the fourth weekend of Disney’s blockbuster The Lion King and the second lap of Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Scripted by Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith, the comedy-drama about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday rang up $1.14 million on 250 locations and $1.23 million with previews.

Starring Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Richard E Grant, Jacqueline McKenzie, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffrey, Heather Mitchell and Matilda Brown, the film opened 3 per cent ahead of Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding, which finished with $5.2 million, and at the same level as Jeremy SimsLast Cab to Darwin,
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Guy Pearce and Jacqueline McKenzie are heading to ‘Alantown’

Guy Pearce and Jacqueline McKenzie.

Guy Pearce and Jacqueline McKenzie are attached to star in Alantown, a 6-part black comedy set in a cult-like community.

Pearce will play Alan Pepper, the group’s leader who is convinced he is Jesus in the series created and written by Marie Patane.

McKenzie will play Colleen, Alan’s devoted partner who claims to be the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene and believes she and Alan were meant to be together in this lifetime.

Unbeknownst to the group and Alan, Colleen had left her angry husband Bob and teenage daughter Paisley behind in the outside world.

As Bob and Paisley turn up at the compound looking for answers, Colleen is cast aside for a mysterious woman whom Alan believes to be the ‘actual’ reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. Colleen leaves the compound with a broken heart and a plan for revenge.

The producers, Patane’s Planet Mars Productions,
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Kelton Pell honoured as CinefestOZ Screen Legend

Kelton Pell.

Actor Kelton Pell is the first Western Australian to receive the Screen Legend accolade from CinefestOZ in the event’s 12-year history.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, his film credits include Blackfellas, Australian Rules, September, Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards, Looking For Grace, Red Dog:True Blue and Three Summers.

In his latest screen role he appeared alongside Bill Nighy, Victoria Hill and Milan Burch in director Tim Brown’s Buckley’s Chance, which was partly shot in Wa.

Nighy played Spencer, the estranged grandfather of Burch’s Ridley, who moved to Wa with his mother Gloria (Hill) after his father dies. Spencer tries to reconnect with the boy but he gets lost the outback.

Pell has been a familiar face in such TV shows as Pine Gap, The Gods of Wheat Street, The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Heights.

“It’s a huge honour,” he says of the award.
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Malignant Release Date, Cast and Details for James Wan Horror Movie

David Crow Kayti Burt Joseph Baxter Oct 23, 2019

James Wan will direct New Line horror movie Malignant before returning to helm Aquaman 2.

James Wan is at an interesting place in his career. While he proved his action movie bonafides several years ago with the stressful production of Furious 7, it was last year that he managed to successfully launch a new superhero franchise with a wild premise and little in the way of a popular shared universe to fall back on. Nevertheless, Aquaman was gonzo, bubblegum fun that grossed about $1.2 billion at the box office. So, in theory, he could do anything he’d want next. Which makes news that he’s returning to horror so intriguing.

Malignant is the official title of Wan's hush-hush horror film, which will star Annabelle Wallis and George Young. The initial announcement of the project revealed that Wan was locked in to direct a
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Anthony Lapaglia Joins Australian Crime Drama ‘Halifax: Retribution’

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Anthony Lapaglia Joins Australian Crime Drama ‘Halifax: Retribution’
Anthony Lapaglia and Jessica Marais will star alongside Rebecca Gibney in Australian drama series “Halifax: Retribution.”

The crime thriller follows forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax and was on Australian free-tv network Nine in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has resurrected the Melbourne-set show, with production getting underway this month, on location.

Other cast for the new miniseries include Jacqueline McKenzie (“Romper Stomper”), Rick Donald (“Wentworth”), Hannah Monson (“Glitch”), Craig Hall (“The Doctor Blake Mysteries”), Mavournee Hazel (“Neighbours”), and Louisa Mignone (“Rake”).

After years on the police frontline, Halifax has carved out a new career as a university professor in the new series. She has to return to the field when a serial sniper starts terrorizing Melbourne, and Halifax finds herself in his sights.

“’Halifax’ has a rich and revered heritage and I am very much looking forward to working opposite the legend that is Rebecca Gibney in this latest iteration,
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