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WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
On the eve of the sixth anniversary (February 28, 1999) of the botched raid on the Davidians at Waco, Texas, the Oscar nominated documentary exploring the FBI’s actions is screening in Australia. We look at the issues and the man who produced, wrote, directed and edited the film, William Gazecki.
WAKING NED DEVINE WAKING NED DEVINE
Waking Ned, the new movie from the producers of Shooting Fish, proves that a film about two elderly men can be hip entertainment, not hip-replacement. NICK RODDICK reports.
WALKEN Christopher WALKEN Christopher
Mad, bad and dangerous to know, Christopher Walken is not your standard issue Hollywood pin up. If anything, he's the low down, but his fans love him for it, as does MATTHEW DILLON, who celebrates the rogue actor's career to date, on the video release of another Walken classic, Suicide Kings.
  WALT DISNEY'S FIRST FAIRY – PINOCCHIO'S BLUE FAIRY
In bringing his second feature length animated film, Pinocchio to the screen, Walt Disney’s wish for the Blue Fairy was to make her “probably the loveliest and most perfect character ever seen in an animated picture.” The embodiment of magic, this lovely creature was not without challenges, as the artists of Walt Disney studios worked to design Disney’s first fairy.
  WANTED: BOYS WITH BALLS
Where are the upcoming actors with machismo and enough balls to make them heroes and lovers of our fantasies? Australian casting agents and producers are asking the question, says Sandy George, in the wake of her report for Screen International on Australia’s Stars of Tomorrow (published last week).
  WEEKLY POLLS: SNAPSHOT OF YOU AT THE MOVIES
Of those who voted in our polls, one in four want Government funding for Australian film production doubled, and most people want to eat and drink while watching movies. These are some of the results of the recent weekly polls we conducted in association with telstra.com. Here are a few results of the polls over past weeks
WEILEY, JOHN: POSTCARD FROM GR WEILEY, JOHN: POSTCARD FROM GR
Australian filmmaker JOHN WEILEY (Antarctica, The Edge) is making his next IMAX format film about the sun. He is currently shooting the amazing phenomenon known as ‘aurora borealis’ in Greenland, and sent us this exclusive report.
WELCOME TO OZIWOOD WELCOME TO OZIWOOD
New opportunities for both established and new filmmakers as a new era is about to begin in Australian cinema, argues HUNTER CORDAIY.
WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP
Australian cinema’s enfant terrible, Stephan Elliott, has made three films, and each one has been launched at the temple of cinematic arts, the Cannes Film Festival. His latest, Welcome to Woop Woop, is his most subversive and risky to date. ANDREW L. URBAN followed Elliott and the film from the outback locations in Central Australia to its world premiere midnight screening at Cannes.
WESTERN VIDEO FEATURE WESTERN VIDEO FEATURE
There's a wild bunch of westerns in a store near you, cowboy, and The Sunday Telegraph’s Paul LePetit nozzles into a few for this preview.(Pic, Alvarez Kelly)
  WHAT ABOUT DICK? (DON’T ASK)
The deliriously, dirtily funny digital download release of Eric Idle’s What About Dick? is a milestone of madness as only the Brits (of Spamalot) can do it. It’s sheer and utter madness, as Andrew L. Urban discovers. (Available at whataboutdick.com from Nov. 13, 2012 - $6.
WHAT'S DRIVING THE NEW CINEMA? YOU ARE! WHAT'S DRIVING THE NEW CINEMA? YOU ARE!
What's driving the New Cinema? You are, writes STEVE KULAK. Writers are catching on to the locomotive power of film to slash open the belly of rhetoric, and you - the audience - is loving it. But it's well disguised.
  Why is James Bond so successful at the casino?
There is no one who loves gambling high stakes and winning big more than James Bond. In the movie Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s Bond won a combined sum of the equivalent of $129,629,934. Although his preferred table game is baccarat, there is a roulette strategy named after him, which covers a large number of outcomes in order to guarantee a profit, so you can try to replicate the success that James Bond achieves in the casinos.
  WIDMARK, RICHARD – OBITUARY
Richard Widmark (December 26, 1914 – March 24, 2008) began his acting career comparatively late – but he made up for it with both quality and quantity. Film lover Geoff Gardner pays tribute to one of America’s great screen actors
  Will Ocean's 2016 movie have hacking and robbing an online casino?
The Ocean's Eleven franchise of casino movies is one of the most successful casino movie franchises in all of history. These are films that have helped further the careers of everyone involved, including many of the more established stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and George Clooney. There is a new Ocean's Eleven movie that has been in development since the year 2015, and it is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2016.
  WILLIAMS, KIM – RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
“FOXTEL, football, News and wine: The secrets of a business builder and cultural maestro” goes the slug under Kim’s name on the cover of his eagerly awaited - and eagerly published – memoir-ish book. The slug does its best, but even if it included ‘movies’ somewhere, perhaps after football, it still would not – could not – do justice to the content, says Andrew L. Urban.
WILLIAMS, SUE - ADVENTURES IN A FOREIGN CINEMA WILLIAMS, SUE – ADVENTURES IN A FOREIGN CINEMA
Being abducted at gunpoint by army rebels in war-torn Uganda, hurtling down a mountainside in Ecuador crouched on a little wooden platform, waking up naked in a sleeping bag on a patch of wasteland in the Central African Republic with all her earthly possessions vanished … Australian columnist and movie critic SUE WILLIAMS has taken it all in her stride, as she reveals in her new book, Getting There: Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer.
WINDTALKERS WINDTALKERS
Nicolas Cage stars in John Woo’s new film, Windtalkers, which tells the story of the forgotten Navajo heroes of the War in the Pacific. Sam Connolly reports on a conflict which took place in paradise but had the appearance of hell.
WINSLOW BOY WINSLOW BOY
US writer and director David Mamet, with a reputation for contempo, urban, in-your-face drama, tackles a period piece that was written by a Brit about the price and value of moral right in an English family. Seems tame, until you see it. The filmmaker and his cast talk about The Winslow Boy and his tough family.
  WITCH, THE - A NEW ENGLAND FOLKTALE
Growing up in New England, witches have always been “part of my consciousness … part of my nightmares,” writer/director ROBERT EGGERS explains in this Q&A.
WOG BOY WOG BOY
Andrew L. Urban explores the making of The Wog Boy - a film by wogs, about wogs - but not just for wogs, but for all Australians, as its creator Nick Giannopoulos explains.
  WOLF CREEK - STORMY WEATHER
Wolf Creek whips up a storm at Cannes for the media, while the stars and director Greg McLean talk about the making of a horrifying film in the Australian outback – on little budget and much ambition. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  WOLFMAN, THE - FEATURE
We love the dark, freaky thrills of movies about werewolves, and this remake of the 1941 original of The Wolf Man takes its credentials seriously, says Andrew L. Urban.
  WONDERLAND – TRUE CRIME AND TRUE LOVE
In Wonderland, Val Kilmer gives the performance of his life as the drug-addled porn king John Holmes – after initially refusing to even read the script. Based on the real Holmes and real murders, the biopic also pays homage to the man’s genuine love for his wife and his mistress. But it can’t provide the answer to the mystery of the killer/s.
  WOODSMAN, THE - ON SET
The Woodsman is a haunting and thought provoking film trying to be compassionate not sympathetic about a paedophile trying to re-make his life, with a career-best performance by Kevin Bacon that the Academy ignored. Jeff Sipe visited the sombre set in Philadelphia.
WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Our UK correspondent NICK RODDICK looks back over 37 years of Bond movies - and looks forward to The World Is Not Enough.
WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH WITHOUT MUSIC WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH WITHOUT MUSIC
This time it's Garbage on the new James Bond soundtrack, The World is Not Enough, with the latest theme song to adorn a Bond movie - TWINE. But Bond music goes back to 1962 when Dr No introduced the original theme. STEVE KULAK charts Bond's musical milestones - and looks at how some other movies and music make magic.
WORLD MOVIES - A MONTH OF THE WORLD WORLD MOVIES – A MONTH OF THE WORLD
Ranging from German comedies (like Late Show - pic) to Greek mating games (like The Mating Game), the world of movies offers greater diversity – and often greater value - than much of the mainstream fare. Guest host for the month, Andrew L. Urban, previews some of the films he will introduce during September on the World Movies channel.
WORLD MOVIES - FREE (for a while) WORLD MOVIES – FREE (for a while)
Foxtel subscribers who have not yet taken the World Movies option ($6.95 a month, or 23 cents a day) can now get a taste of the specialist movie channel, during a three day showcase period, Feb. 14 – 16, with films like A Man and A Woman from Claude Lelouch and East West from Regis Wargnier – plus the Luis Bunuel classic, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. A typical weekend on World Movies.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS - SEPTEMBER 2006
The Sunday night movies throughout September are a selection of European, Asian and Russian action thrillers, in a salute to Hollywood style filmmaking on World Movies, while other highlights include two movies about women dealing with drama in their lives.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – APRIL 2006
Subscription channel World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in April 2006, including a season of rockumentaries aptly titled, Off The Record, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – AUGUST 2006
On August 20, World Movies screens the premiere of three films about the early years of the infamous and iconic revolutionary Che Guevara. Other highlights include the powerful Brazilian prison drama, Carandiru and from Italy, The Cruellest Day, based on a true story about a journalist murdered in Mogadishu while investigating toxic waste dumping by Italian firms.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – DECEMBER 2005
World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening
mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in December, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – FEBRUARY 2006
Subscription channel World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in February 2006, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – JANUARY 2006
World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening
mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in January 2006, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – JULY 2006
Women saying sorry and men saying goodbye, Presidents saying last words and computer hackers saying the wrong thing are all themes tackled in the World Movies program of movie premieres for July.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – MARCH 2006
Subscription channel World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in March 2006, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – MAY 2006
World Movies, as the name implies, delivers movies from around the world to your lounge room; this subscription tv service screens movies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ranging from commercial hits to sublime arthouse films, from comedies to thrillers and horror movies. This May, the channel showcases internationally acclaimed filmmakers Pedro Almodovar and Jim Jarmsuch.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – NOVEMBER 2006
November 2006 is my last month introducing films on World Movies: I’ve had a great time, presenting movies from around the world and enjoying the amazing diversity and quality of films presented. After four and a half years, the time has come for a fresh new approach - and for me to take a break. So here are some of the highlights from the November schedule – an eclectic mix as usual, from true stories of yesterday to fantasies of tomorrow.
  WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – OCTOBER 2006
Jim Jarmusch shares programming with Jackie Chan on World Movies in October, a typical example of the diversity that characterizes this subscription tv service, which offers viewers a menu of movies that’s always engaging, says (unbiased) Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD MOVIES SEPT 2007 - CHANGING, SURVIVING, BECOMING
In a deft piece of programming, World Movies (the subscription channel screening a full international menu of films) offers three Sunday premieres in September that are thematically and meaningfully related; each tells a story about a boy whose life is dramatically changed by circumstance, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  WORLD OF WOMEN (WOW) FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day, the 17th World of Women Film Festival will be launched on Tuesday March 8, at the City of Sydney Library, with screenings of short films by women filmmakers and a Q&A session with WOW Film Festival Director, Sil-Nyin Cameron. 
  WORLD’S END, THE – AND THE END OF THE WORLD
The pub crawl is a familiar concept to Australians, but even Aussies rarely attempt one that takes them to The World’s End – in this case, a fabled pub. Actually, it’s also possibly the world’s end ... and the title of the Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan & Rosamund Pike comedy from director Edgar Wright, coming to a screen near you, says Andrew L. Urban.
WORST FILMS OF 2002 WORST FILMS OF 2002
Some 200 films were released in Australia in 2002, and awards have been (in Australia) - or will be (in the US & Europe) - handed out to the best of them. Here, we collate the worst 20 of them, films that could all be titled ‘Unforgivable’ according to our critics, to save you the embarrassment of renting them on video. (Pic. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist)
  WU XIA (SWORDSMAN) – FEATURED PREVIEW
Wu Xia is an explosive and eerie thriller about a murderous clan set in the martial arts world. International superstars Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei co-star in this action-packed tale of crime, family and redemption. Wu Xia, derived from pronunciation of two Chinese characters (Wu) and (Xia), literally means “martial arts chivalry”. In Chinese popular culture, it depicts the adventures of martial arts heroes in ancient time that are bound by a code of chivalry that requires them to right wrongs when the helpless or the poor are oppressed.





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