Large-scale sculptures take over the Australian coastline


Burger bait. A cavalcade of charging horses. A plastic bubble paradise. They’re all sitting on the coastline of Australia.

Every year, the two-kilometre coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama becomes an open-air gallery for the celebrated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with selected artists invited to install sculptural works along the shoreline for three weeks in spring.

Started in 1997 and now featuring 100 works every year, it’s one of Australia’s most popular, free, annual events, attracting half a million visitors in 2016. Read more…

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Two Defining Dan Harmon Traits That Every Screenwriter Should Take to Heart

Dan Harmon’s process bears many lessons for aspiring screenwriters.

With a track record spanning dozens of TV shows and movies, Dan Harmon has established a unique and successful voice as someone for young writers to learn from and emulate. Best known for his work creating hit comedies like Community and Rick and Morty, Harmon has become a cultural force in the comedy community, able to understand and manipulate story structure while subverting expectations and building characters and comedic moments that speak to broad audiences. Harmon has been highly open about his process and methods, doing extensive Reddit AMA’s, and detailing the Story Circle he uses as the basis for many of his scripts. But beyond Harmon’s methodologies, the man has a great deal to offer in the way that he treats his writing process as well.

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Watch: How Michael Haneke Masters the Art of the Very Long Take

Here’s why button-pushing Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke chooses not to cut.

Starting his career in 1970s German television, Micahel Haneke has made 16 films since 1989. In the U.S., he first became more well known for Funny Games, an English remake of his own film, with action moved from Austria. He rose to further acclaim here in 2012 with Amour, which was nominated for two Academy Awards. The quality common to all his work, according to an essay on the director from n+1, is that his films are “’taxonomic’: [Haneke’s films] examine the possibilities of contemporary (haute) bourgeois life and consistently shows its protagonists to be at best trapped and ineffectual and at worst, much worse.”

“In a film, you’re constantly manipulating everything, but at least you can eliminate this kind of manipulation.”

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First Tribeca TV Festival to take place in NYC Sept. 22-24

The Tribeca Film Festival has become a traditional festival every Spring in New York City. However, in the past few years, the Festival has had screenings of TV shows, followed by Q&As with the casts, in addition to movie screenings. In 2017, for example, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale had is premiere at the festival, as well as Nat Geo’s Genius. This is the result of the increasing quality and quantity of TV shows released every year, which have been arguably more interesting than movies released in theaters. To follow this trend, the Tribeca Film has launched its first ever TV Festival, to take place between September 22nd and 24th at the Cinépolis Chelsea in New York. The line-up includes a sneak peek of Better Things (FX), followed by a conversation co-creator Louis C.K.; the series premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV), followed by a conversation with co-creator Amy Sedaris and Andy Cohen; the series premiere of ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, followed by a conversation with star/EP Kyra Sedgwick; a sneak peek of Gotham’s new season, followed by a conversation with Executive Producer Danny Cannon and ensemble cast Ben McKenzie, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, & Jessica Lucas, and more…

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‘Baywatch: The Movie’ Red Carpet to take place in Times Square

If you plan to be in New York in May and are a Baywatch fan, here is some good news: the red carpet premiere of the movie version will take place in Times Square on May 21. Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Pamela Anderson, and David Hasselhoff are expected to attend this special event, which will have other features: since there is no beach in Manhattan, Paramount will turn the plaza on Times Square into a breach area, filling it with sand, sharks, and a large white lifeguard stand. According to Showbiz 411, the reason for having the premiere in New York rather than in Santa Monica is Dwayne Johnson’s schedule: he has to be in the city that week. Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch opens nationwide on May 25. Are you attending the red carpet? Send us your pics or any other tips to! Source: Showbiz 411 Contributor Carolina Malhado also has a blog reviewing movies, TV shows and theater in New York. You can follow it on Twitter and Instagram as well.

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Cars 3 Writers to Take on A Tale of Momentum and Inertia

Cars 3 Writers to Take On A Tale of Momentum and Inertia

Two writers from Cars 3 have teamed up for Fox Animation’s A Tale of Momentum and Inertia

Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart, who together wrote on the upcoming Disney•Pixar film Cars 3, are set to take on A Tale of Momentum and Inertia for Fox Animation Studios, according to THR. The short it will be based on is from House Special, and has been seen at a number of festivals. You can check out the short in the player below. It’s the 1:10 story of a rock man, trying to keep a boulder from destroying a town.

Carlos Saldanha (Rio) and Maresa Pullman will produce for Bottle Cap Productions. Kameron Gates, who directed the short for House Special will produce as well. Gates has worked in the animation department for King KongThe Day After Tomorrow and Hellboy. He worked in visual effects for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He’s also worked in the makeup department for quite a number of productions.

Podell is an actor who’s been seen in films like Behind Enemy LinesDeep Blue Sea and the soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his Dartmouth College roommate Stewart have teamed up to write. In addition to Cars 3, they have Seuss on the way, which is a biopic of the famous tongue-twisting children’s writer Theodor Geisel with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

House Special, which produced A Tale of Momentum and Inertia, has quite a history in animation and stop-motion. Their website states, “Until July 2014, HouseSpecial was known as LAIKA/house. Our House was built on a long and illustrious history rooted in Will Vinton Studios (The PJs, The California Raisins, Dominos ‘Noid). In 2003, Will Vinton Studios changed hands and was acquired by Phil Knight (Nike founder) and re-branded as LAIKA in 2005. LAIKA/house was the iconic commercial arm of LAIKA through 2014 until we spun off (with LAIKA’s blessing) to create our independent studio.”

Cars 3 will hit theaters on June 16, 2017. Are you guys excited by the idea of A Tale of Momentum and Inertia? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Disney shows off Star Wars Land, and just shut up and take our money


ORLANDO — The Disney Parks mega-project known as Star Wars Land is well underway both here and in Anaheim, California. And the Mouse House is ready to let us in on a few of its secrets.

In a panel at Star Wars Celebration on Saturday, Disney Imagineers and Lucasfilm luminaries revealed tantalizing new details on a theme park that sounds more elaborate and unusual than any yet built on Earth.

In fact, we should really stop calling Star Wars Land a theme park — it’s more of an immersive role-playing experience set on a specific frontier planet in that galaxy far, far away.  Read more…

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