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Posted on Jun 27th, 2012 by Rachel » Filed In: News,Projects

Matchbox Pictures will produce a new six-hour mini-series about Australian and English journalists covering the battle of Gallipoli with actor Sam Worthington to co-produce, and possibly star in. Among the journalists to be portrayed is Keith Murdoch, father of Rupert Murdoch.

Keith Murdoch’s endeavours in covering Gallipoli is near legendary, credited in some quarters with being a turning point in what had been a badly run campaign.

Penny Chapman of Matchbox Pictures, producers of The Slap and The Straits, told Encore Worthington and his FullClip Productions partner John Schwarz brought the project to NBCUniversal which FullClip is in talks with on other productions, and which owns a major interest in Matchbox Pictures.

The untitled project has received development funding by Foxtel.

The mini-series follows three embedded journalists who see the war going wrong but can’t report on it; Charles Bean, British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett and Rupert Murdoch’s father Keith Murdoch as well as Australian war photographer Philip Shuler.

Chapman told Encore: “We’ve been talking since September last year. We took it to Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s director of TV, who loved it. So we did a brainstorm and we’re currently working on the script.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel executive director of television said in a statement: “Sam Worthington has brought to Foxtel a rich and riveting concept and a story of great significance. I am delighted Sam and the team at Matchbox Pictures have chosen Foxtel as the broadcaster for this symbolic television drama series. It will be one of many initiatives Foxtel will undertake in 2015 to mark the 100th year since the devastating loss of lives on the shores of Gallipoli.”

While no directors have been attached, Chapman said the writing team is Cate Shortland writer and director of Lore, Jacquelin Perske, writer of Foxtel’s Spirited, Snowtown writer Shaun Grant and Wain Fimeri, writer and director of Revealing Gallipoli and Charles Bean’s War, Bean being one of the journalists in the story.

Chapman said it’s not likely production will take place in Gallipoli and couldn’t give indication on the budget.

Chapman: “It’s hard to know the budget, it’s not anything paltry. That said, we like to pride ourselves on high quality stuff produced on a quarter of what the US does. But we’re hoping other partners will come on board.”

Similarly, with Worthington possibly on board to act, Chapman said: “We’re talking with high profile actors to come on board.”

Funding is expected from Screen Australia, state funding bodies and Foxtel. (Source)

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Posted on Jan 27th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Gallery,Interviews,Man On a Ledge

Sam was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 24th and you can watch the video below plus check out screencaptures in the gallery thanks to my friend Jessica.

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Posted on Jan 25th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Events & Premieres,Gallery,Man On a Ledge

Hey everyone! Sam attended the “Man On A Ledge” Los Angeles premiere and after party last night and I’ve added photos to the gallery! Check them out!

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Posted on Jan 22nd, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Events & Premieres,Man On a Ledge

Sam attended the Cinema Society Screening of “Man on a Ledge” on January 19 and I’ve added photos to the gallery. Check them out below!

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Posted on Jan 18th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Interviews,Man On a Ledge

Sam was on Jay Leno last night looking adorable in his tiny Hawaiian shirt! Check out the video and screencaptures below. I hope to have the video archive open soon so keep checking back!

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Posted on Jan 18th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Interviews,Man On a Ledge

A smiling Sam Worthington ambles into a Beverly Hills hotel suite looking a little doughy for an Avatar action star. But he’s fine with the assessment.

“I don’t really like going to the gym,” the Australian actor admits. “Now I try to put that into my characters.”

Certainly, the 35-year-old has more choices after starring in James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster, Avatar, and the gods-and-monsters hit, Clash of the Titans. (The sequel, Wrath of the Titans, is set to open March 30.)

He hasn’t received an official start date for the next two Avatar pictures, so he’s forging ahead with his own career moves. And that brings us to Worthington’s lead role in Man on a Ledge, which opens Jan. 27.

The film, directed by Asger Leth, is a combination of heist picture, crime thriller and procedural. Worthington’s Nick Cassidy is an escaped convict and former New York police officer, who is hanging out on the 21st-floor ledge of Manhattan’s famous Roosevelt Hotel.

Threatening to jump, Cassidy has an ulterior motive, as he negotiates with an officer (Elizabeth Banks) at the scene. While she tries to talk him in, he’s trying to expose the corrupt cops who framed him for a diamond heist that sent him to prison.

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Posted on Jan 18th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Interviews,Wrath of the Titans

Total Film was on-set of Wrath Of The Titans, and we caught up with Perseus himself, Sam Worthington, to find out more about the swords and sandals and whopping great monsters epic.

Given the lukewarm response to Clash Of The Titans, audiences may need some convincing if they’re to go on another ride with Perseus.

But Wrath is set 10 years on, and Worthington’s convinced that the team have the story elements cracked this time around.

“It’s about a dysfunctional family,” he explains. “You’ve got a guy – a son – that doesn’t like his Dad. His real Dad. And his real Dad is having problems with his brothers. The son has his own son now, his own family and his own responsibility, and it’s about keeping the family together.

“That’s basically how we looked at it. Then you thrown in a shit-load of monsters and special effects and you should have a good movie.”

Worthington was also keen to emphasise the physical nature of Perseus’ struggle: “[Me and director Jonathan Liebesman] are both fans of movies where the hero is not only reluctant but can get beat up a lot more,” says the Avatar star.

“If you look at things like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, the main hero got his arse handed to him. And we went, ‘Even though Perseus is half-god, he’s also half-human, and if you keep knocking the hero down he struggles a lot more’. In the first one Perseus is a bit of a superhuman and he doesn’t seem to get hurt. In this one, he gets hurt all the time. That was something we strove for.”

Wrath Of The Titans
opens on 30 March 2012.

For more on Wrath Of The Titans, get the new issue of Total Film magazine, which hits newsstands on tomorrow.


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Posted on Jan 18th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Man On a Ledge

Digital Spy has posted a clip of “Man on a Ledge” and I’ve posted it below for you guys to watch. Enjoy!

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Posted on Jan 14th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Avatar 2,Thunder Road,Wrath of the Titans

The man on the phone is not the Sam Worthington we know from “Avatar” and “The Debt” — the strong, silent hero who wrestles with personal demons as he defies the odds to save the day. The Sam Worthington on the phone laughs, speaks candidly and dreams of starring in a film that has more punch lines than punches.

“I’ve always wanted to do a comedy with Christian Bale,” Worthington told The Huffington Post in candid interview. “That would be my ideal dream — a comedy with me, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe,” he said, proposing the three action heroes team up for a “Three Amigos”-style flick.

Worthington spoke to The Huffington Post as he readied for the release of two new movies, “Man on a Ledge” on January 27 and March’s “Wrath of the Titans.” But for an actor who’s done mainly action hero roles, Worthington is eager to stretch his repertoire to take in not only comedy but also more serious dramatic roles.

“I never get offered comedies,” the Australian actor said with a sigh. And it’s not for lack of trying, he said. “You put yourself out there, to say, ‘Look, I can be in this musical or I’d like to give this comedy or dance movie a try.'” It’s just a process of convincing producers “you’re not having a laugh at them and you’re legitimately curious and you’d like to expand your range and show a different side of yourself,” he said.

Yes, Worthington wants to appear in a dance movie. But until he gets his crack at a Fred Astaire-type role, he’s doing his best to bring a sense of authenticity to his serious films, be they small action dramas or blowout CGI-fueled blockbusters.

After appearing in 2011 as a Mossad agent in “The Debt” and a police officer in “Texas Killing Fields,” Worthington is venturing to the other side of the law, portraying a wrongly convicted ex-cop who goes to extremes to prove his innocence in “Man on a Ledge.” The film, with its long periods of stationary dialogue, much of it with co-star Elizabeth Banks, offered him a chance to explore the desperation of a man who has put it all on the line.

He applied that same attention to character, he said, in his reprisal of Perseus in “Wrath of the Titans,” the sequel to 2010’s critically maligned swords-and-sandals 3-D epic “Clash of the Titans.” The second film offered Worthington a chance at redemption, he said, and an opportunity to replace the Sam Worthington you think you know with the brutally honest Aussie on the phone.

“The first one I didn’t like,” Worthington said frankly. “I’m not playing a character. I’m playing a carbon-copy friggin’ conduit that just goes on an action spree,” he added. “It wasn’t what I wanted to bring, or I didn’t try as hard as I could. I don’t know what happened. I maybe freaked out,” he said. “And when I looked at it, I went, ‘I can do better.'”

“On this one, we got to craft and shape a better Perseus, a more rounded Perseus and actually get a bit more heart into it,” he said of “Wrath of the Titans.” “To get a second chance at that is quite a great opportunity.”

Worthington doesn’t have to be this honest. It would be easy enough to refer critics of “Clash” to its staggering worldwide gross of nearly half a billion dollars. But the way he sees it, he has a responsibility to his audience. “Essentially that’s who you’re making a movie for — Joe Blow who’s paying his 16 bucks and taking his whole family, his whole wages, to go [out] on a Friday night and have a good time.”

After the release of “Clash,” he tried to consume all the press written about the film, from feature articles to reviews and blog posts, regardless of whether they were positive. “I tried to read everything that was written about me,” he said.

Worthington is now wrapping up the surfer flick “Drift” and gearing up to co-star with Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler in an Iraq war film, “Thunder Run.” If he can bring the same level of brutal honesty to his upcoming films, perhaps he will will finally get that chance at comedy, too.


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Posted on Jan 14th, 2012 by Michelle » Filed In: Avatar 2

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