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The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jul 2014



The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jul 2014

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WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 ENTERTAINMENT 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Sequels ape-peal not lost on young Aussie BRISBANE: Success in Hollywood has a habit of making young actors grow up before their time, but not rising Aussie star Kodi Smit-McPhee. The South Australian still has a strong sense of teenage enjoyment and is as eager to see his latest film Dawn of he Planet of the Apes as any adolescent sci-fi fan. Smit-McPhee, who is in Melbourne for the filming of the Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli, plays one of the central characters in the second instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot. He stars as Alexander, the son of virus survivor Malcolm (played by Aussie Jason Clarke) who forms a bond with the ape leader Caesar. Its one of several movies McPhee has made in the past couple of years that includes a remake of Romeo And Juliet and sci-fi film Young Ones, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up a decade after the end of the initial reboot film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and could be considered Smit-McPhees breakout role. Hes intrigued to see the final edit after working throughout the movie with actors wearing skin-tight motion capture suits, instead of ape costumes. I love seeing all of the work everyone did behind, and in front, of the camera and watching it come together at the end is a really cool feeling, Smit-McPhee said. The actors were in motion capture suits but they fully embodied the ape characters on set. So on set, you dont see ape suits but these amazing actors playing apes. They all deserve awards. And much like the growing intelligence of the apes in the movie franchise, the technology used to bring them to life on screen has evolved. Back when Andy Serkis first played simian ruler Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was the first time performance capture had been taken out of the studio and onto the streets. But for the sequel, using performance capture filming on location became the norm. Everything has taken a big leap forward and its mindblowing, Smit-McPhee said. So on set, you dont see ape suits but these amazing actors playing apes Kirk Acevedo, Keri Russell, Australians Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Enrique Murciano in a scene from the upcoming thriller Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and inset, Smit-McPhee in 2007 Picture: AP Voss puts forward mature argument for recruiters BRISBANE: Brownlow Medallist Michael Voss says his new reality show The Recruit exposes how the AFL system overlooks mature-aged players to its own detriment. The Foxtel production features Voss as the coach of a group of 20-something footballers trying to win a place on an AFL list. Brisbanes triple-premiership captain said the series underlined that there were AFLquality players competing in country leagues who had been overlooked for various reasons. I was left w o n d e r i n g across the pro gram, how many of these are we missing? Voss, pictured, said. Theres a real recruiting opportunity here within AFL circles and while we have academies at the junior level, there is nothing for mature ages. These guys put it on the line (in this series) and some of them have lost their jobs in chasing their dream of playing AFL football. Anyone familiar with a Fox8 reality show, such as Australias Next Top Model, will be able to follow the outline of The Recruit, starting July 16. The 10-week series begins with 50 hopefuls and by the end of the first episode just a dozen remain for the chance to join an AFL team. It concludes with three finalists taking part in a live AFL draft and their fate rests with representatives from each of the 18 AFL clubs. Voss is confident they can deliver three players who have the skills to make it in the AFL. We were quite bullish and we might have more than one player capable of playing AFL football, Voss said. There has been some genuine interest among the recruiters. And that will get more intense towards the end of the season. Helping Voss are former Adelaide and Sydney player and reality show contestant Ryan Fitzgerald and former Hawthorn forward Ben Dixon. Once the show reaches the final dozen contestants, Voss, Fitzy and Dixon will decide which three players will be put up for elimination each week. The Recruit, July 16 at 7.30pm on Fox8 Jury duty calls for Madonna Denyer to give Feud his stamp NEW YORK: Madonna finally showed up for jury duty 30 minutes after her already pushed-back reporting time. Wearing a black suit, black sunglasses and platform sandals, Madonna, pictured, was whisked up the front steps at 60 Centre St by two court officers, three policemen, two bodyguards and an assistant. M a d o n n a waited a few minutes to get through security and, after setting off the magnetome ters twice, showed off heavy metal chains around her neck. An officer scanned the stars chest with a handheld detector and waved her through. Instead of heading upstairs with the hordes of regular Joes doing their civic duty, the singer was taken to a private office to meet with a head clerk. There, Madonna had a moment of shock when County Clerk Norman Goodman joked he might have to sequester her for a week, sources said. The pop star, 55, is expected to be released from service after the brief appearance, another court source added. One attorney said she wouldnt want Madge on her jury. Shed be a total distraction, the attorney said. Everyone would be staring at her I know I would. BRISBANE: Like TV doyen Bert Newton and the excitable Rob Brough, Grant Denyer intends to stamp his personality all over the revival of game show Family Feud. The once hugely popular Family Feud is being resurrected by Network Ten and Denyer has responsibility for making it connect with viewers. You get quite protective of it (the show) and I want to make it my own and give it a fresh revamp, Denyer said. Its another incarnation of the show. But I dont have to be Bert or Rob Brough, I can just be me and that makes it more enjoyable. The game show last appeared on air in 2007 when Bert Newton hosted Berts Family Feud for some 250 episodes on the Nine Network. And theres hope for Ten that it will be a success. Within a few weeks of announcing Family Feud was coming back, the network received entries from more than 8400 families. The importance of Family Feud striking a chord with viewers is not lost on Denyer, who joined Ten at a time when it had axed breakfast show Wake Up and was asking for redundancies. I am aware of the importance of the show and Ten needs a win, he said. Family Feud, July 14 at 6pm on Network Ten It doesnt look like people in costumes, it looks real. When Smit-McPhee files into the cinema to watch his latest flick in early July, hell be looking at it from a different perspective. Unlike some actors who prefer not to watch their own movies, Smit-McPhee delights in seeing it through the eyes of his own character. I watch it (the movie) as that character and not as me on the screen, he said. Then I can enjoy it from the point of view of how everyone worked on it and not just from experience of being in it. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens tomorrow

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