Billing against piracy

If you illegally download a movie that I am in from the internet, or buy a pirated DVD of Underbelly Two you are stealing from me and everyone who put their investment, talent and effort into that production.

Actor Roy Billing on piracy for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Free TV’s sweet deal may whiff, but so does The Oz’s second bite

There’s a funny feeling of deja vu about the front page of today’s Australian – and indeed the front page of its second, A Plus, section.   Read more »

It’s a steal

Australian internet users are facing enormous and ongoing restrictions to their legitimate access to popular content, in terms of both timeliness and price [...] If content providers want to thrive, they will have to start responding to user demands for reasonable, timely and fairly priced content.

The SMH wonders why Gossip Girl costs A$34.99 on iTunes US vs. A$74.75 here.

Unique appeal

What [...] you won’t see in another film: a snake used to replace a broken engine belt, Geoffrey Rush shitting on the side of a road, a condom tree and a hot Aboriginal girl singing ” Stand By Your Man”.

Influential US site Ain’t It Cool news reviews Bran Nue Dae.

Outlook is cloudy for McDonald’s mood app

If you’ve been on YouTube this morning, you’ve probably been boinked squarely between the eyes by the McDonald’s home page takeover.

If you follow the link, it’s an apparently ambitious digital campaign that looks like its merely fails in the execution.   Read more »

No, there is another one…

”Who doesn’t know I’m Australian?” she joked. ”Let’s have them beaten.”

Garry Maddox unearths the Aussie citizenship of District 9 producer Carolynne Cunningham.

Why every agency boss needs to hear how Goodby got its groove back

In the last three years I’ve probably sat through dozens, if not a couple of hundred, industry-related presentations. Just a handful stick with me.   Read more »

One-line synopsis

Many Australian movies have valued “quality” and “cultural content” over “entertainment” and “commercialism” [...] Little Fish, about a recovering heroin junkie’s family conflicts; Romulus, My Father, about the difficulties of migrant life in Australia during the 1960s; and Beautiful Kate, about family tragedy, secrets and incest.

QUT’s Dr. Mark Ryan is not a big fan of drama and is not afraid to show it.

Offset remains hazy

Proyas said, however, that there was a “desire and willingness” on Screen Australia’s part to provide more clarity and it and, alongside that, filmmakers are also learning from each other.

Alex Proyas called for clarification on the Producer Offset process.

Against the flow

The movie industry is in the same position that the music people were in before they got into bed with iTunes and Apple. All the great media industries will have to find ways to work with the new modes of distribution. To work against them ultimately will spell ruin.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Jackman’s Asian debut

(Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) would be Jackman’s first project in China, adding him to a growing list of Hollywood stars — including most recently Kevin Spacey — who are coming East to work in the world’s fastest-growing movie market.

Emerging industries prove that the world doesn’t begin and end at Hollywood.

His brilliant career

From time to time a litany of journalists, actors, directors and the like join in the Australia-is-racist chorus [...] Yet Thornton, who has an indigenous background, is a successful Australian whose work has been supported by the taxpayer. His brilliant career, so far, suggests that Australia is anything but in pre-fascist mode.

Sydney Institute executive director disagrees with Warwick Thornton’s views on racism in Australia.

Animal confusion

Just look at the picture. What is the film about? Does it scream gritty underworld crime flick? Does it scream – if you like Martin Scorsese or Tarantino go see this film?

Why the Animal Kingdom’s Sundance poster shouldn’t have to explain it’s  “A Crime Story”.

Cornish talks Ga’Hoole

“I voice Otulissa, who’s a teenage owl. It was so strange! I went in and sat with Zach and Deb [Snyder] and they showed me what the landscapes would be like, what the tree was like, and any other mockups.”

Abbie Cornish on working with Snyder on Animal Logic’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

With a little PR magic from Max Markson, Naomi Robson’s lizard didn’t happen and neither did the cannibals

I had an intriguing press release from publicist Max Markson today.

Naomi Robson is back in front of the camera. Even if it’s only online. And Markson Sparks PR is helping her with the launch of The Naomi Show.   Read more »

Deaf to complaints

“The cinema chains are asking for permission to discriminate against deaf and hearing-impaired people, and blind and vision-impaired people, for every one of these screenings. “

 Cinemas forget that hearing-impaired people are a potential market, willing to pay to be entertained.

Coke’s phoney happiness machine is a fail for me

In this guest posting, Tony Richardson argues that the Coke Happiness Machine viral sucks.

The folks at Coke have created a viral video and as hoped it’s being circulated worldwide … but for all the wrong reasons. The main one being that it is possibly the lamest viral ever created.   Read more »

Saying no to copy approval

“We’d dash back to the office to knock up a dry, arse-licking account of our “intimate chat” with Peter Andre to email to CAN, who would duly remove every trace of insight or humour, before making us feel sooooo special by perhaps deigning to allow us to publish it. No thanks.”

Celeb website 3am on Journo vs PR control

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