Kesha feels the love after court ruling

BY DAVID LINDSAY

It was a sad day in court for pop sensation Kesha and women’s rights everywhere after a New York judge ruled on Friday that the teary and distraught singer would not be released from a recording contract with Sony Music and the producer she claimed was sexually and mentally abusing her for years.

SUPER ROBOT WARS. REALLY.

BY DANE DRAYTON @13_rings

I love the future

It’s 2015. We now have hoverboards, highly accessible media content and more Marvel films than we can handle, and yet it seems we have more to look forward to with a piloted robot battle between two American and Japanese companies with a passion for cartoons featuring four storey tall robots with teenage pilots. These lovable man-children have brought giant robots to life and have challenged each other to duke it out.

Robin, we miss you

BY BRIANNA BRIGGS
@briggsyuno

“You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

Robin Williams was known and beloved for his ability to improvise comedy gold at the drop of a hat, but he also proved himself to be a beautiful and poetic actor when it came to his more serious roles.

Celebrity profile: Jim Carrey

BY DANIELLA KALACH @dk1__

You may know him as Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. Or maybe Harry and Lloyd rings a bell? You know, that funny bloke with a bowl haircut and gapped tooth that sets off on a road trip to Aspen to chase the girl of his dreams in a van that looks like a large shaggy puppy.

Gamescom 2015. Is. Awesome.

BY JUSTIS JOHNSON
@kid_bunni

Gamescom 2015 began today in Germany and there was a lot going on. There were reveals for highly anticipated games by 2K, WB Studios and EA, with awesome story trailers and awesome explode-y gameplay.

It kicked off with a pretty exciting reveal trailer for the third instalment in the Mafia series. 2K released the four-minute trailer featuring new protagonist Lincoln Clay driving around the swamplands of 1960s New Orleans with an unfortunate hostage, accompanied by the soothing sounds of The Animals and Jimi Hendrix.

Warning: this trailer contains graphic content, viewer discretion advised

Up next we have Dice’s Star Wars Battlefront, showcasing their new dogfighting mode. The game mode shows off its very beautiful crisp gameplay, with hyper realistic Rebel and Imperial fleets and the ability for 20 players to go head to head to defend or destroy their objectives. And it wouldn’t be a Star Wars game without its key heroes and villains: Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon destroys the Imperial fleet as Bobba Fett’s Slave I comes to laser your engines.

Ad finally, at Xbox’s Conference they showed off the next few titles in their upcoming line of games, expected within the next year or so. Xbox premiered new gameplay trailers for the upcoming Xbox exclusives Crackdown 3, Scalebound and Killer Instinct Season 3, as well as announcing Halo Wars 2 coming to both Xbox One AND Windows 10.

FromSoftware also showing off new gameplay trailer for Dark Souls 3 and Deep Silver showing off gameplay for their upcoming first-person-shooter Homefront: The Revolution.

They also showed the new demo from Remedy Entertainment’s game Quantum Break with the lead actor for the game, Shawn Ashmore, surprising fans at the event with Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake to discuss and show the game on-stage.

Xbox also announced they’re launching their backwards compatibility for the Xbox One in November of this year. Ever since announcing the idea at E3, 3 million Xbox fans cast their votes on what games they want to be brought to the Xbox One. So far their new additions are Gears of War and Shadow Complex, which became available this weekend.

Gamescom finishes on August 9.

Last Cab to Darwin rolls out nationwide

BY JAMIE TOOMEY
@jamietoomeynew

Last-Cab-To-DarwinCritically acclaimed film Last Cab to Darwin has been released around Australia today.

The film, which is directed by Jeremy Sims, stars Michael Caton (The Castle), Ningali Lawford-Wolf (Rabbit Proof Fence), and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) among other stars.

The story centres on Rex, a cab driver from Broken Hill, who finds out he has stomach cancer. Rex decides to make the drive to Darwin to end his life on his own terms.

Along the way, he will encounter an array of people and begin to discover what life is really about.

Last Cab to Darwin is now showing at Dendy and Event cinemas nationwide.

Catch the Last Cab to Darwin

(L-R) Lisa Duff, Greg Duffy, Jeremy Sims, Michael Caton and Ningali Lawford on tour in Broken Hill promoting the film. Photo: Nick Hayes/@njhayes/Twitter
(L-R) Lisa Duff, Greg Duffy, Jeremy Sims, Michael Caton and Ningali Lawford on tour in Broken Hill promoting the film. Photo: Nick Hayes/@njhayes/Twitter
JAMIE TOOMEY @jamietoomeynew spoke with Lisa Duff, who is on tour with a film crew including actors Michael Caton and Ningali Lawford and director Jeremy Sims, promoting their new Australian film Last Cab to Darwin.

Hi Lisa. What is your role on Last Cab to Darwin?

I’m one of the producers.

What is the producer’s role?

The producer sources finance for the film, gives notes on script drafts, budgets the film, hires the crew, collaborates with the director on casting choices, decides with the key creatives on locations and the format of the film, and finally makes sure the film is delivered on time and to budget.

What drew you into making Last Cab?

I read the script for Last Cab quite a few years ago and prepared a budget for it. It was an amazing script and I had worked with the same team on Last Train to Freo.

How is Last Cab being received by audiences across Australia?

Audiences are loving Last Cab right across Australia, both in the city and in the country. There are many laughs and a quite a few tears.

What is it like being the producer this close to release date?

The promotional tour leading up to the release has been to many cities and cinemas. I’ve tried to go to as many cities as I could. I’m also still involved with the audit and delivery of the film to the international distributor so there’s definitely still a lot to be done. We’re also releasing a soundtrack which is very exciting.

What date is the film being released?

The film is being released nationally on August 6.

How can audiences see the film once it’s released? Where is it screening?

Last Cab will be released on over 215 screens Australia-wide which is a very large release for an Australian film. Cinemas large and small all over Australia will play Last Cab!!

Has the film been nominated for any awards yet?

We’ve entered the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards so hopefully we will get some nominations! Michael Caton’s performance is amazing – I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t nominated for an award. Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims are also nominated for an AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) award for the script.

Where has the film premiered so far?

The film has had premieres or previews in every state and territory of Australia. The Australian premiere was at the Sydney Film Festival at the State theatre with an audience of 2000 people.

Where is your favourite place so far on the promotional tour?

Broken Hill was probably my favourite place on the tour. It was the first time the cinema there had been full in many years. The audience was very appreciative that we had made the trip to premiere the film there, and a row of yellow cabs lined up outside the theatre. It was great to catch up with all the local extras and locations and the response to the film was amazing. The Deckchair cinema in Darwin was also very special.

Previously, you have worked with Jeremy, Reg & Greg on Last Train to Freo, can you explain how that was for you?

Last Train to Freo was a very different kind of film. We had a tiny budget and we had to be very resourceful to make it work. It was the first feature film for all of us so we learned a lot from the experience.

How has the film making experience changed since the making of Last Train to Freo?

Last Train to Freo was pretty much one studio location and shooting on a real train. Last Cab was many locations over a 3000km journey. The logistics were far more complex and the budget was three times the budget of Last Train to Freo. I think we needed the experience of Last Train to be confident in tackling a film with as many challenges as Last Cab.

What’s next for you?

I’ve got a two year contract at Screen Australia working as an investment manager in documentary. After that I’ll definitely be involved with production again.

Last Cab to Darwin opens around Australia on August 6.