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Articles by Luke Buckmaster

Oscar con: how the Academy props up the popcorn economy

The Oscars are not about creative excellence — they’re about getting in with the Hollywood powerbrokers.

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The AACTAs: all Bazzed up with nowhere to go

The AACTA awards are the Australian film industry’s night of nights, so why did international talent get all the recognition?

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Hollywood’s biggest con job: why the joke’s on the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes have no merit — critically or artistically - at all. So why do we care?

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The 10 Australian films you can actually get excited about (really!)

Yes, there really are 10 films and yes, not all of them are depressing and/or gory. Luke Buckmaster clues us in.

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A bleed-to-know basis: Dror Moreh documents The Gatekeepers

It was, as they say in the world of documentary and non-fiction, a great get. Filmmaker Dror Moreh convinced all six surviving former heads of Israel’s notorious secret service, the Shin Bet, to sit down for a series of interviews reflecting on their time in the top job. These are men who, after consuming their […]

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WikiLeaks v the world: filmmaker charts the rise and fall

The cautious among them waited and watched, reserving judgement until able to experience for themselves the film they had been instructed to hate: Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. But sycophantic supporters of Julian Assange’s secret sharing organisation — for whom their celebrity-hacker hero can do no harm — fell into line the moment WikiLeaks’ […]

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Via Skype, Baz Luhrmann touches up shrouded Gatsby

Could scenes from one of the biggest movie releases of the year and one of the most expensive literary adaptations of all time have been directed via Skype? Crikey understands blockbuster filmmaker Baz Luhrmann last year called the shots from the (cyber) director’s chair for his highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby some 16,000 kilometers from where […]

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Braff’s blockbuster begging kickstarts celebrity crowdsourcing

In David Lynch’s 2001 neo-noir Mulholland Drive a cocky young director (played by Justin Theroux) is intent on calling the shots for his new studio-financed production. He is instructed to cast a particular (unknown) actor in the lead role. When he refuses, strange things happen. He returns home to find his wife having an affair and is thrown […]

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Eye spy: the future of terror will be viral

You could have the box seat for the next terrorist attack — whether you like it or not. The Boston bombings and resulting social media storm were a window to the revolution online.

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Tropfest phenomenon comes down to heart, Polson insists

Has Tropfest got too big for its own good? Crikey speaks to organiser John Polson after another wildly successful event in Sydney — which some filmmakers refuse to enter.

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Graph search: Facebook opens new chapter to close the internet

Facebook’s new search engine attempts to build walls around the internet and keep its horde within its gates. It’s a nightmare and it will probably work. Crikey’s website editor puts it to the test.

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Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

On a bright and sunny day in Wellington, a giant billboard moves across the blue sky, flying as low as 300 metres above the ground. The Boeing 777-300 is emblazoned with images promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three mega-budget Hobbit movie adaptations from blockbuster director Peter Jackson. The 73-metre canvas took six days and 400 hours […]

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Fear, loathing, savages and success: interview with Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro’s road to success has not been a conventional one. The Oscar-winning actor speaks to Luke Buckmaster about making it in Hollywood and his new film, Oliver Stone’s Savages.

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Cruisin’ for a PR bruisin’: it’s a quick wrap for Chopper’s film

Early “buzz” for a yet-to-be-shot Australian crime drama supposedly starring Chopper Read is either a case of a monumental PR screw-up or an innovative attempt to generate word of mouth. Either way, it’s bizarre. On Monday morning a press release landed declaring that celebrity former criminal Mark “Chopper” Read would “announce filming of his final […]

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Why the death of Hollywood has been greatly exaggerated

Hollywood’s business model is in serious trouble, so the narrative goes. So why are big film studios making more money than ever? New markets in China and on the internet are driving a new boom.

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How does Hollywood deal with real-life tragedy?

One day they’re rolling out the red carpet, the next Warner Bros. was dealing with headlines asking if Batman had blood on his hands. How does Hollywood handle real-life tragedy?

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Denmore outs himself, puts face to Failed Estate

Popular sharp-toothed Australian blogger “Mr Denmore” has outed himself ahead of an appearance at a media seminar next week.

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Parallax Podcast #3

Debating The Hunger Games, A Dangerous Method, The Ides of March and more.

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Parallax Podcast #2

Debating John Carter, The Raid, We Need to Talk About Kevin and more.

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Parallax Podcast: pilot episode

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Farewell Mark Bode, Australia’s most OTW political columnist

He has travelled further than any political columnist in the country. He has witnessed things nobody talks about in production meetings…

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Meet the critics: Margaret Pomeranz on films, snacks and David

Margaret Pomeranz, along with her equally famous television co-host David Stratton, is as close to film reviewing royalty as one finds in Australia. Her jangling earrings, funky fashion sense, endearing laugh and opened-minded approach to film criticism have become synonymous with cinema discussion Down Under since her impromptu debut on SBS’s The Movie Show in 1986. But despite occupying […]

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Ford bailout reignites car manufacturing
debate

Crikey media wrap: Kim Carr’s announcement yesterday of a $103 million cash injection for Ford Australia has reignited the debate about the viability of Australia’s automobile manufacturing sector.

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