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  PAIN & GAIN – REALLY
What do Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie have in common (apart from being actors)? Nothing. But as Daniel, Paul and Adrian, they have one strong bond – they are all Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping that goes south. And that’s not South with a capital S. And it’s true. And it’s bulging with brawn. Andrew L. Urban reports. (Pain & Gain opens August 8, 2013)
  PAINTED VEIL, THE
Edward Norton’s determination and Somerset Maugham’s work, which starts out as psychological thriller and becomes a spiritual journey, combined to give momentum to making a film of the novel, with Australia’s Naomi Watts as leading lady.
PALM SPRINGS - FILM FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT PALM SPRINGS - FILM FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT
A special report by Paul Fischer
  PANDORA’S PROMISE - DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
Robert Stone is a convert to nuclear energy – as are most of the subjects of his Sundance-selected doco, Pandora’s Promise. Here he outlines the road to his – and their – clean nuclear energy Damascus.
PAPERBACK HERO: ON LOCATION PAPERBACK HERO: ON LOCATION
This report is filed LIVE by Andrew L. Urban, from deepest Nindigully, 40 minutes by strong truck out of St George, which is two hours by crop duster West of Brisbane, Queensland. Nindigully is where Antony Bowman (pictured) is shooting his second feature film, Paperback Hero, starring Claudia Karvan and Hugh Jackman. Cinematographer is David Burr; the producers are Lance Reynolds and John Winter. (Photo by Andrew L. Urban)
  PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES - UPCOMING
Jessie (Andrew Jacobs) begins experiencing a number of disturbing and inexplicable things after the death of his neighbour. As he investigates, it isn't long before Jessie finds he's been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it's only a matter of time before he is completely under its control. (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens January 23, 2014)
  PASSION: CD SOUNDTRACK
  PATE, MICHAEL
  PATE, MICHAEL – OBITUARY
Revered and liked and talented, Michael Pate had an interesting face but his real charm lay in his voice. His deep baritone allowed him to bring much gravitas and dignity to his roles, writes Geoff Gardner.
PERFECT STORM PERFECT STORM
Wolfgang Petersen learnt how to make a 'water' film with his Oscar winning submarine war drama, Das Boot; now he has perfected the technique with his latest film, The Perfect Storm, based on the worst weather collision in recorded history - and the people who got caught in it.
  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – NOW OF THE CINEMA
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘music of the night’ has been thrilling audiences around the world for almost two decades. Now, 15 years after it was first discussed, The Phantom of the Opera gets the film version it deserves, thanks to its composer teaming with Joel Schumacher. Sam Connolly reports.
  PICTURE SHOW MAN
More than 100 historical movie projectors are in the care and custody of Allan Osborne, a Melbourne man who regards these items as a vital part of cinema history. Osborne is not a collector; he’s an archivist, reports Russell Cawthorne.
PIETER de VRIES ACS: Cinematographer PIETER de VRIES ACS: Cinematographer
Pieter de Vries is the first Australian cinematographer to have won the prestigious Milli Award from his peers for his work on a documentary; that was for a doco about rats in New York, but he’s shot bigger subjects, too, like sharks, the space shuttle and wind … ANDREW L. URBAN reports on one of the Whizzards of OZ.
PINOCCHIO IN POSTER SPLURGE PINOCCHIO IN POSTER SPLURGE
An original 1940 poster for Disney’s classic Pinocchio will be the star attraction at the upcoming movie memorabilia auction in Melbourne, expected to fetch about $11,000.
  PINTER, HAROLD - OBITUARY
The obituaries for Harold Pinter concentrated almost exclusively on his contribution to the theatre. A single par, even a mere few words, were generally all that his substantial contribution to the cinema apparently warranted. Here, Geoff Gardner makes amends ...
PIP KARMEL, EDITOR PIP KARMEL, EDITOR
Usually unseen, film editors are the sculptors of film: Pip Karmel edited Shine and is an Oscar nominee for it.
PIRACY AUSTRALIA 2003 PIRACY AUSTRALIA 2003
As legislation is enacted this week to increase penalties for illegal parallel importing of films, the fight against film & video piracy in Australia heats up with the first raids against pirate duplication operations on Australian soil. The estimated annual cost of piracy to the Australian film and video industries is $100 million, with negative impacts on employment, tax revenue – and you. Andrew L. Urban reports.
PLANET OF THE APES PLANET OF THE APES
Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes is absolutely not a remake. Hal Hayes pays a visit to its distinctly Burtonesque universe.
  POLAR EXPRESS, THE – ALL ABOARD...
It’s based on the much-loved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Now, the winning team of director Robert Zemeckis and star Tom Hanks are bringing The Polar Express to the big screen. And, says Max Levant, they’ve done everything but reinvent the wheel to do so.
  POLISH FILM FESTIVAL 2012 - PREVIEW
New films and classics from Poland feature in the inaugural Polish Film Festival, including the world premiere of My Father’s Bike.
POLLACK'S MEAL FOR TOM & NICOLE POLLACK'S MEAL FOR TOM & NICOLE
This is the meal Sydney Pollack prepared for Tom and Nicole (Cruise and Kidman) on a private visit to the star couple's home on Sydney Harbour, on Saturday, September 18, 1999
  POLLACK, SYDNEY – OBITUARY
Sydney Pollack will be missed by industry colleagues and audiences, after a wonderful life and remarkable career as director, actor and producer. Andrew L. Urban farewells a good man.
POLSON, JOHN: BIOGRAPHY POLSON, JOHN: BIOGRAPHY
With a couple of feature films in development at the beginning of 2001, John Polson is poised to move yet another notch up the scale of filmmaking success; actor, filmmaker and the founder of Tropfest, in 1997 Polson was one of the youngest to be awarded the Byron Kennedy Award.
  POPULAR HERO HAS ANIMAL LOGIC STAMP
Hero, the martial arts epic from Zhang Yimou, opened at No 1 in Australia last weekend – a shining achievement for a subtitled film. And at least some of the shine comes from Australia’s Animal Logic, whose team travelled to remote regions of China to collaborate with Zhang Yimou on his visual extravaganza.
  POSTCARD FROM CANNES – DAY ELEVEN
  POSTCARD FROM CANNES – DAY TEN
  POSTCARD FROM CANNES 2007 – DAY EIGHT
  POSTCARD FROM CANNES 2007 – DAY SEVEN
  POSTCARD FROM CANNES 2007 – DAY SIX
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 - DAY NINE
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 - DAY ONE
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 - DAY THREE
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 - DAY TWO
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 - THE DAY BEFORE
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 – DAY FIVE
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2007 – DAY FOUR
  POSTCARDS FROM CANNES 2013
Our man on the Croisette, Nick Roddick, files his unique and exclusive daily reports; check here every day for Roddick’s take on the 66th Festival de Cannes
PRAISE PRAISE
A love story between a guy with no sex drive and a girl who can’t get enough… Praise be! ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
  PRE-RELEASE MOVIES - Feb 2007
Participants in the 8th season of Movies Now (from Wed. Feb 28,2007, at 6.30pm, for six Wednesdays at Dendy Newtown, Sydney) will again see a program of films before their commercial release, followed by a discussion, usually with a guest from the film, moderated by Andrew L. Urban.
  PREDESTINATION – CINEMATIC, EMOTIONALLY POWERFUL … SCI-FI
At the August 6, 2014 session of his Movies Now course* - three weeks prior to its commercial release (Aug. 28, 2014) - Andrew L. Urban screened Predestination for the 70 participants. It wasn’t the fact that it was the 150th film in the history of Movies Now that engaged the crowd, it was the film’s exceptional cinematic qualities and its emotionally powerful rendition of (Australian-made) sci-fi.
  PREMUM NON NOCERE: FIRST DO NO HARM
Australian filmmaker and founder of Asia Geographic #, James Reynolds, outlines the background to his disturbing documentary about the dangers of blood transfusion, which are being ignored by the ‘consensus’ of medical practitioners – against clear evidence – an attitude that isn’t unique. (Pic. Aryeh Shander)
  PRESTIGE, THE – TESLA'S MAGIC, BOWIE'S MYSTIQUE
After the little liked and little seen Canadian drama, Mr Rice’s Secret, in 2000, David Bowie makes a stylish return to movies as brilliant Serb-born scientist Nikola Tesla – the only character based on a real historical figure in Christopher Nolan’s new film, The Prestige. Tesla’s life and work are every bit as magical as the film’s subject matter, reports Andrew L. Urban, and Bowie gives him a profound mystique.
PRINCE OF EGYPT PRINCE OF EGYPT
The story of Moses - you know, that guy from the Bible - is now an animated family adventure, thanks to DreamWorks. But as producer Sandra Rabins and art director Ritchie Chavez explain to ANDREW L. URBAN, the story is not the one in the bible.
  PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE STAGE MUSICAL
Priscilla – the name of the iconic Australian film that not only felt good, it had something to say; now, it’s the first Australian film to be turned into a big budget musical, with the help of some of the original writers and artists. The World Premiere season began in Sydney last weekend; Andrew L. Urban had a great seat in the stalls and says: THESE are costumes !
  PRODUCERS GUILD (US) AWARDS 2009 - WINNERS
Accepting the award for Producer of the Year, Christian Colson said of his film Slumdog Millionaire, “We are excited and delighted by the fact that our film continues to be embraced here in the US - some could argue that this is the film that shouldn’t even have been made. There were no stars.... The budget was low, but not low enough. It is in Hindi. It is rated R (the US equivalent of MA). It wasn’t possible to pitch in 20 words or less.”
  PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Product placement has become a fact of movie and tv life; look at Cast Away (FedEx) and just recently, Evolution (Head & Shoulders shampoo). Here’s a chance for all Australian filmmakers, to get branded, get financed and get it made, says Andrew L. Urban, unveiling the first projects from the Urban Product Placement Unit (UPPU), like Chinatown, NSW.
PROVENCE COMES TO SYDNEY PROVENCE COMES TO SYDNEY
In May each year, Australian filmmakers head off to Cannes for the film festival; this month, Provence / Côte d’Azur came to Sydney, for an evening of tastes, colours and perfumes of the region, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  PSYCHIC INCOME – AUSSIE FILMMAKERS’ SECRET RESOURCE
The phrase ‘psychic income’ has all the possibilities that English words can offer – but in this context it refers to millions of dollars that have now been quantified by two specialist researchers into our filmmaking business, Simon Molloy and David Court. This edited extract is from their paper published in the 20th Edition of the classy AFTRS Lumina (June 2012), which is now available [free] at the iTunes store.





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