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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ sequel in the works

Taken from the NZ Herald.

A spin-off film centred around werewolves is in the works to follow cult comedy vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

Kiwi director and writer, Taika Waititi says his next project after finishing Thor: Ragnarok will be the spin-off We're Wolves.

Co-writer and director, Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame is also on board.

"Jemaine (Clement) and I are trying to write a werewolf spin-off, yeah, so that will most likely be the next thing," he told Crave Online. "It's going to be called We're Wolves, like We are wolves. We're Wolves."

No word yet on what the plot will entail and whether any of the werewolves - which included Rhys Darby - from the first movie will make a comeback.


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Bullet Heart Club celebrate as Daffodils becomes feature film

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christianson.

A tiny Auckland theatre company is celebrating after learning its debut show will be made into a movie.

Bullet Heart Club, started by Rochelle Bright and Kitan Petkovski in 2013, will develop Daffodils, which is inspired by true events, into a feature film with Emmy award-winning production company, Wellington's KHF Media.

A cabaret-style musical, Daffodils features iconic New Zealand songs from Crowded House, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn and The Mint Chicks. It tells the story of playwright Bright's parents who met in Hamilton in the 1960s.

Silver Scroll winner LIPS (Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner) and musician Abraham Kunin remixed and reimagined the pop-rock music that shaped the romance of Bright's parents.


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Amanda Billing talks to NZ On Screen about her time on Shortland Street

Taken from NZ On Screen.

Amanda Billing played the "neurotic, belligerent but deeply sensitive" Doctor Sarah Potts on Shortland Street for 10 years. Billing felt devastated when the beloved character died on the soap, but it gave her the impetus to pursue other work. She has gone on to act in acclaimed comedy Find Me a Māori Bride and sci-fi children’s drama The Cul de Sac.

In this ScreenTalk, Billing talks about:

    Feeling out of her depth in her early days on Shortland Street
    How her own emotions helped her flesh out the role of Sarah Potts
    Taking a while to adjust to her character getting MS
    Feeling bereft after leaving the show
    Loving working with her co-stars in Find Me a Māori Bride
    Finding the schedule of DNA Detectives gruelling
    Uncovering a family scandal while doing the show
    Getting used to the reality of being a freelance actor

Watch the video here.
   

Pop-up Globe announces cast for ‘Twelfth Night’ & ’ Romeo & Juliet’

Pop-up Globe – host of one of the biggest festivals of Shakespeare ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere -- today announces the cast for two of the Bard’s best-loved works: Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet

Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet will launch Pop-up Globe’s season and are produced by the company behind the development of this world-first project. In all, eight of Shakespeare’s works will be performed at Pop-up Globe beginning on 18 February with a red carpet arrival of a who’s who of New Zealand of celebrity and civic personalities. Other works are Much Adoe About Nothing, The Tempest, Titus, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet and Henry V. Check Eventfinda for details. Good tickets are available for all shows.

Pop-up Globe is the world’s first full-scale working replica of the second Globe theatre, Shakespeare’s Theatre. Marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, it will pop up in the heart of Auckland City, host a season of the bard’s masterworks and then disappear again.

“The players in our company are a thrilling and diverse blend of new faces and bastions of the international theatre community,” says Pop-up Globe artistic director Dr Miles Gregory. “We are greatly looking forward to the cast’s unique energy and dynamic that will bring these special plays to life.”

Dr Miles Gregory will direct the cast in Twelfth Night while the University of London’s Ben Naylor will bring the tale of Romeo & Juliet to life. A leading UK expert on Shakespeare and renaissance theatre, Naylor brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to Pop-up Globe.

The coveted roles of Romeo & Juliet will be played by Jonathan Tynan-Moss and Christel Chapman while Aaron Richardson has landed the principal role of Viola / Cesario in Twelfth Night.

Tynan-Moss has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Student Drama Festival, and in conjunction with the Scottish National Theatre. He has also performed in venues around London and the South East including the Camden People's Theatre, Pushkin House, the Hazlitt Theatre, and in the West End at the Arts Theatre and the Fortune Theatre and featured in production including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As You Like It and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Chapman has worked with such companies as Red Leap, the prestigious French Groupe F and has recently finished working with Massive Theatre company. 

A recent recipient of director of the year at the prestigious Wellington Theatre Awards, Miriama McDowell (Dark Horse, Hope and Wire and No.2) will play Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet while theatre and television veteran Edward Newborn will play Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. With over 40 years’ experience internationally, Newborn’s most recent credits include The Original Phantom of the Opera in Tokyo and the 2015 London season of Simpatico. He has also become a regular on television series including Xena, Hercules and Go Girls.

Named Actress of the Year for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth, Carmel McGlone has performed from Shakespeare to Schiller on virtually all New Zealand’s main stages, TV, film- as well as in Australia where she was part of Simon Phillip’s core ensemble at the State Theatre Company. Carmel also starred in acclaimed NZ movie Hook, Line and Sinker; both series of the Emmy-award winning online series Reservoir Hill as well as local tele-feature Rage and the TV series Girl vs Boy.

Full Cast List:
Aaron Richardson (TN: Viola/Cesario; R&J: Paris/Gregory)
Adrian Hooke (TN: Feste; R&J: Sampson/2nd Musician/1st Watchman)
Alexander Holloway (TN: Curio/Officer; R&J: Balthasar)
Carl Drake (TN: Orsino; R&J: Montague)
Carmel McGlone (R&J: Nurse/Lady Montague)
Christel Chapman (R&J: Juliet)
Daniel Watterson (TN: Olivia; R&J: Benvolio/ Friar John/ 3rd Watchman)
Edward Newborn (TN: Sir Toby Belch; R&J: Friar Lawrence/Old Capulet)
Jatinder Singh (TN: Antonio; R&J: Tybalt/ 2nd Watchman)
Jonathan Tynan-Moss (TN: Sebastian; R&J: Romeo)
Miriama McDowell (R&J: Lady Capulet)
Oscar West (TN: Musician; R&J: Musician)
Paul Willis (TN: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; R&J: Peter)
Phodiso Dintwe (TN: Valentine/Officer; R&J: Apothecary/Page/1st Musician)
Stanley Jackson III (TN: Malvolio; R&J: Mercutio/Escalus)
Stephen Butterworth (TN: Maria; R&J: Capulet)
   

Antony Starr talks to Chris Schulz about his new role

Taken from NZ Herald, by Chris Schulz.

Antony Starr says his next role on American TV screens won't take as much of a physical toll on him - and he's fine with that.

The Outrageous Fortune star is coming to the end of his run on Banshee, the violent Cinemax show that screens on Soho in New Zealand.

After four seasons in the grueling role, Starr says it's time for a change - and that's what he's getting with American Gothic.

"Banshee's been a great introduction (to America)," says Starr, who plays Lucas Hood, a criminal posing as a sheriff in a crooked Pennsylvanian town, on the ultra-violent show. "I'd come from doing a show in Australia that shall remain nameless and that was awful. I got picked out of that and stuck into a lead role on an American show (and) as far as I'm concerned it's been fantastic. It's been a hell of a ride. I've learned a lot, and I'm ready to take the next step."


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Antony Starr cast in CBS drama ‘American Gothic’

Taken from Deadline, by Denise Petski.

Banshee’s Antony Starr has booked a major role opposite Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch in American Gothic, CBS’ upcoming murder mystery summer drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.

Created by Corinne Brinkerhoff, American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.


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Quake caution closes Maidment

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

One of Auckland's busiest theatres is closed indefinitely because it has been deemed an earthquake risk. The Maidment Theatre, at the University of Auckland, closed the week before Christmas without fanfare.

A university spokeswoman said a routine review of buildings by a consultant engineer had found it required seismic strengthening.

She said the complex, which includes the Maidment Theatre and the smaller Musgrove Studio Theatre, was closed for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure and staff had been moved to other buildings.

"The university regrets the disruptions this will cause but considers the safety of its staff and public paramount."

Auckland Theatre Company and the Auckland Arts Festival need to find new venues for productions booked into the Maidment.

ATC's general manager, Lester McGrath, is confident of being able to secure new venues for four of its shows and says disruption to play-goers will be minimal.


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Auckland Actors Facebook Page now LIVE

Auckland Actors are starting 2016 with the aim of faster communication with our actors when it comes to updates on news, castings, audition notice opportunities, & supporting our actors.

To start we've created a Facebook page for all our actors to discuss, share, like & interact with one another, & with the industry as a whole.

Head on over & 'Like' the page if you haven't already.

Like the Auckland Actors Ltd facebook page HERE
   

Lucy Lawless talks to Radio NZ about Ash vs Evil Dead

Taken from Radio NZ.

The Evil Dead was a 1981 movie which spawned a cult trilogy.

The new version is Ash vs Evil Dead, a TV series filmed in New Zealand and starring Kiwi actor Lucy Lawless alongside the original cast member Bruce Campbell who plays Ash  - the chainsaw handed monster hunter.

Lucy Lawless is Ruby, who blames Ash for the deaths of her family members and has vowed to kill him.

Lucy talks to Wallace about fake gore and real life crime.


Listen to the podcast here.
   

Auckland Theatre Awards Winners 2015

The Auckland Theatre Awards celebrated their 7th anniversary last night including the formally judged Excellence Awards. The awards were decided on by a panel of 6 judges who were kept secret until the event last night. The judging panel for 2015 were; former Metro editor Simon Wilson, producer Angela Green, playwright Sam Brooks, actor and director Jason Te Kare, costume designer Elizabeth Whiting and the 2014 lifetime achievement recipient and vocal coach Linda Cartwright.

Actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand presented the formal Excellence Awards.

The People’s Choice section was judged by public survey and received over 1000 nominations.

The evening, held at the Wintergarden in the Civic, was attended by 350 members of the Auckland Theatre community, including well known faces Antonia Prebble, Laura Hill, Oliver Driver and Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Actor and comedian Kura Forrester hosted the event, which included skits, songs and students from the Actors Program and Unitec.


The winners of the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards are as follows:

Excellence Awards
1. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: The Book of Everything - Silo Theatre
2. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: Little Shop of Horrors Live Live Cinema
3. Achieving excellence in set and lighting design for A Doll’s House: Tony Rabbit
4. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever The Playground Collective
5. Achieving excellence in sound design and composition throughout 2015 – Thomas Press
6. Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: Hudson & Halls Live! – Kip Chapman and the show’s creative team, Silo Theatre

The Lifetime Achievement Award
George Henare CNZM, OBE - Actor

Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity Best Newcomers
Christine Urquhart – Set & Costume designer
Jordan Keyzer – Stage Manager & Producer
Gaby Solomona - Actor

People’s Choice Awards
The HACKMAN Cup for Most Original Production... All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever Playground Collective
Mangere Arts Centre Award for Best Ensemble... The company of The Book of Everything
The Auckland Actors Award for Best Death... Rose Matafeo in Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead
The Elephant Publicity Award for Best Poster... Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science!
The Gail Cowan Award for Best Viral Marketing Campaign... The talking light bulb in All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The TAPAC Award for Best Entrance... Kate McGill & Frith Horan in The Best Possible Album Party that Anybody has Ever Been to
The Equity New Zealand Award for Best show by Emerging Artists...Alice Canton in Orangutan
The Playmarket Award for Best line in a Kiwi Play..."She doesn't have a phone in her car - it's not Star Trek” - Hudson and Halls Live!
The Johnson & Laird Management Award for Best Accent... Luci Hare in Lysistrata
The APRA Award for Best Music... Gareth Hobbs for All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The Kathryn Rawlings and Associates Award for Best Comeback...Ben Crowder directing Sit on it again
The South Pacific Pictures Award for Best Technical F*#k up...Declan Greene’s note before Eight-Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
The Actors Program Award for Best Nudity... Edwin Beats in Not Psycho
The Sharu Loves Hats Award for Best Pash... Eli Kent and the mannequin in All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever
The Pantograph Punch Award for Best Critic... James Wenley
The Tour-Makers Award for Travelling Hero... A Boy Wonder
   
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