The Sixth and Final Season of House of Cards On Netflix November 2, 2018

Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Robin Wright returns as President of the United States in the sixth and final season of the award-winning landmark series House of Cards.  Wright is joined by Academy Award® nominees Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as well as Cody Fern this season alongside Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarkson, Emmy Award Nominee Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver.

House of Cards executive producers are Melissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese, Robin Wright, David Fincher​, Joshua Donen​, Dana Brunetti​, Eric Roth​, Michael Dobbs​ and Andrew Davies​. The series was created by Beau Willimon​ and is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth, with MRC as the studio, for Netflix.

In 2013, House of Cards became the first original online series to receive major nominations from the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series has received 53 Emmy nominations to date, with seven wins — including the first major Emmy for a streaming service for David Fincher’s win for “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.”

House of Cards received six Golden Globe nominations, and two wins.  The historic series has received 11 Screen Actors Guild nominations with two wins; an AFI Award; four Writers Guild Award nominations, with one win; two BAFTA nominations; four Producers Guild Award nominations; two Directors Guild Award nominations; and a Peabody Award, among other accolades.

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Inside a chic summer Aspen party

Called Wine Crush and hosted at Amy and John Phelan’s house, the evening centred itself around Preview Crush at the Baldwin Gallery and Casterline Goodman to show off the live auction items. While Australia is in the middle of the big chill, the northern hemisphere is celebrating their warmer months therefore the dress code was appropriately floral: think greenhouse chic.

Heidi Zuckerman and Amy Phelan

Anna Hansen and Lance Armstrong

Paul Pariser and Erin Leider-Pariser

Amnan Rodan and Katie Rodan

In the lead up to ArtCrush, the three days of events included a conversation between Rashid Johnson and the AAM’s Nancy and Bob Magoon, CEO and director Heidi Zuckerman and a special edition of the AAM’s Summer Lecture Series.

Sarah Arison

Rashid Johnson and Heidi Zuckerman

Barnaby Furnas, Kelly Woods, Richard Phillips and Chris Stone

Lance Armstrong and Nancy Magoon

Peter Stelljes, Heidi Zuckerman, Dustin Yellin, Lance Armstrong and Jordan Goodman

ArtCrush is long-established as one of the international contemporary art world’s most important summer gatherings and the AAM’s most vital yearly fundraiser—attended annually by more than six hundred of the most influential art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, and business leaders, whose support provides a significant portion of funding for the AAM’s year-round curatorial and educational programming.

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Michael Bublé Is Back To Thrill Australia

Global superstar Michael Bublé will thrill Australian audiences after a long absence from performing during a one-off special event on Friday 5 October to mark the closure of Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, which will be closed for three years for refurbishment and reconstruction.

It’s the first time Bublé has returned to Australia since his hugely successful, record-breaking 2014 tour.

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY said the Canadian superstar is adored by Australian audiences and the company is delighted to present this blockbuster show.

“Michael has toured Australia many times and we know Australians will be thrilled to have an opportunity to welcome him back again, particularly after his recent absence from the stage,” Mr. Dainty said.

Beginning with a passion for singing and interpreting great standards from the American Songbook, Buble’s unprecedented musical course began with the release of his self-titled Top 10 album and a Canadian Juno Award for “Best New Artist”. Bublé has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has had multiple #1 albums in Australia. His album “Christmas” has been to the top of the charts 7 years in a row and has sold over 1 million records in this country.

Michael Bublé has toured the globe many times; has won 4 Grammy Awards, 13 Juno Awards, has released 3 DVD’s and starred in 5 NBC Holiday Specials.

Tickets to this very special one-night-only event go on sale on Friday 3 August. A Telstra Thanks pre-sale, just for Telstra customers, starts on Monday 30 July. Go to for on sale times and further details.

Source: Teg Gainty

The 12th Byron Bay International Film Festival coming soon

The countdown has begun to the 12th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF2018). The idyllic surf town’s most glamorous event, the 10-day festival is a highlight of the cinematic year, an essential creative forum for filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, directors, actors – everyone in the industry or with an interest in film. It’s a high-octane nexus of ideas, networking, collaboration, stimulation.

With a thousand submissions to select from, programmers place emphasis on content that raises social, cultural and environmental awareness, and look for innovative works that utilise VR technology, immersing the BBFF audience in unseen worlds, to dream with their eyes open.

Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke recently returned from the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, where she curated the acclaimed interactive VR session entitled Australian Immersion at Cannes. She is excited about being able to share the magic that VR technology creates when it is utilised in film.

“Technology continues to break the boundaries between reality and imagination and offers us new forms of entertainment that are more immersive, where you feel transported to other realms,” she says. And what can patrons look forward to this year?

“We have over 50 public screenings coming up, the gala red carpet Opening Night and Closing Night parties, some famous faces and an awesome sunset view from our balcony bar where filmmakers and audiences mingle. Then there’s our fabulous Music Video Showcase (and party), free interactive workshops, panels with industry experts and more,” J’aimee says “On screen there will be a range of great family films but plenty of more edgy, risqué ones too, so everyone will find something to pique their interest.”

Festival-goers return year after year to enjoy the inspiration and mind-blowing creativity on offer at BBFF. The 12th Festival is not to be missed. Mark your diaries now: 12 -21 October!

Source: Byron Bay Film Festival

Foxtel signs major production deal with Tim Minchin

Foxtel, Sky UK, Screen Australia and Lingo Pictures have announced production of a landmark new series UPRIGHT, starring musician, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin.

The stellar team behind UPRIGHT includes the creator Chris Taylor, best known as a member of The Chaser team. Taylor and Minchin are writing the eight-part series alongside award- winning writer-actors Kate Mulvany (Fighting Season, Jasper Jones stage play) and Leon Ford (Offspring, No Activity). The Director is Matthew Saville (Please Like Me). Minchin will also write the music and is Executive Producer with Penny Win and Helen Bowden. Producers areLingo Pictures’ Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor and Melissa Kelly (Hounds of Love).

The series will be made in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Screenwest and Create NSW are also investors.

A sharp-tongued and touching drama, UPRIGHT is the story of two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Lucky Flynn (Minchin) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self- destruction. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4000 kilometres from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye to her, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world – a battered and scarred upright piano. But whatshould have been a straightforward drive across the Nullarbor soon becomes a test of Lucky’semotional fitness, when he (quite literally) runs into Meg (Milly Alcock), a hilarious, tough-as- nails teenager, who we soon discover has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.

Production will begin in South Australia and Western Australia in October.

Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win said: “As part of Foxtel’s commitment to telling greatAustralian stories, we are delighted to be able to bring this wonderful adventure to the screen. We look forward to working with Tim Minchin and Lingo Pictures, on what will be awonderful showcase of Aussie talent.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said: “Foxtel have proven their commitmentto the production of premium Australian drama with Wentworth, The Kettering Incident and most recently the iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock which has had fantastic success locally and with international sales.

“UPRIGHT is a project that will also appeal in Australia and to the international market, with the hugely talented Tim Minchin on board to produce and star in the series. What attracted us to this series was the well-crafted young female protagonist, and work of the strong writing team including accomplished writer Kate Mulvany, and comedic writers Leon Ford and Chris Taylor.I have no doubt this moving and quirky comedy will resonate with audiences.”

SAFC Chief Executive Courtney Gibson said: “UPRIGHT brings together an extraordinary combination of creative talents to deliver what promises to be outstanding television. SouthAustralia’s stunning locations will provide the perfect setting for this landmark production forFoxtel, which will be based at Adelaide Studios.”

Morwenna Gordon, Commissioning Editor Sky Comedy, said: “Sky Comedy is always strivingto work with the best talent and on the most surprising, unique and beautifully crafted shows, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with the world class Tim Minchin on UPRIGHT. AlongsideMilly Alcock (and a battered piano), we’re sure this is a road trip Sky customers will neverforget.”

Tim Minchin said: “From the moment I heard about the idea for UPRIGHT, I knew it was theshow I’d been waiting to make. I like stories that make me laugh and think and cry, I adore the landscapes of outback Australia, and I love music, and homecomings, and characters full offlaws. It’s awesome to be writing with this extraordinary team, and I’m looking forward to actingalongside Milly Alcock, who I think is a really special talent.”

Jason Stephens, Lingo Pictures, said: “There are not many shows I’ve enjoyed developing as much as UPRIGHT. It’s been a joy having Tim back home and working with our talented teamof writers scripting this beautiful and funny show. Matt Saville’s direction always delivers something special so I can’t wait to start shooting and bringing this story to the Foxtel and Skyaudiences.”

Lingo Pictures is currently producing Lambs of God for Foxtel, starring Ann Dowd (TheHandmaid’s Tale), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Game of Thrones) Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973) and Jessica Barden (The End of the F*****g World).

Source: Foxtel