9th December, 2006 

Here's a snipppet from an interview where Rob Sarkies talk about Karl:


'I think that Karl Urban has done a great job and it was one of his best performances, probably because it was so real. The Challenge for Karl was to not play the action hero in fact the character that he played was a flawed hero. He makes some big mistakes in the film and suffers the consequences really feeling a certain amount of guilt.

The thing that was inspiring for Karl was meeting the real life Nick Harvey and being shown all around the set by him. Nick showed Karl and the other first response cops where things actually would have happened and he couldn’t believe just how real and accurate the set was and he too found it very spooky. Sometimes Nick was on set when Karl was doing his performance and I know those times were the most nerve racking for Karl having the real guy watching him.'

Full interview at www.fighttimes.com


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8th December, 2006

Out of the Blue Hits Million Dollar Mark:


Karl Urban's latest film, Out of the Blue, has hit the million dollar mark at the New Zealand box office. It now ranks as one of the top ten New Zealand films in terms of box office revenue. It has so far raked in $1,015,343*.

'I think audiences have been surprised by the sensitive tone of the film and how moved they feel at the end. Hitting the million mark means they are telling their friends that it’s a film worth seeing on the big screen,' says director, Rob Sarkies.

The success of Out of the Blue highlights the increasing trend for New Zealanders to see New Zealand films. More than 1.3 million New Zealanders saw New Zealand movies in 2005-2006 compared with 185,000 in 2004-2005.

Written by Graeme Tetley with director Robert Sarkies, and produced by Tim White and Steven O’Meagher,  the film  was financed by the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air, TV3 and Dendy Films. The Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment has co- acquired all North American rights to Out of the Blue, which will be released in US cinemas next year.

* Stats courtesy of the New Zealand Film Commission to 5th Dec 2006.


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12th October, 2006

Karl Urban is currently in LA and was unfortunately unable to attend the NZ premier of his latest film, Out Of The Blue.


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10th October, 2006

Karl Urban attended the L.A. premier of Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, Flags of Our Fathers. A few pics are up on page 7 in the Image Gallery.


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28th September, 2006

The latest news about the Commanche Moon mini-series is it's now slated for a 2007 release on CBS. CBS has also committed to 2 minutes worth of commercial time for Commanche Moon during the  February 2007 Super Bowl.


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25th September, 2006

The New Zealand premier of Out Of The Blue will be in Dunedin on Wednesday, October 11th. The film officially opens there the following day. So, c'mon all you fans from New Zealand, please support this film by seeing it when it's released locally.


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24th September, 2006

The latest email I received from Out Of The Blue director, Rob Sarkies:


Good to hear from you again. Yes the film was warmly received in Toronto and we've had lots of interest in it from distributors, especially in the US. Karl was booked to be at the festival but he had to cancel at the last minute which was as disappointing for us as I'm sure it was for his Canadian fans. Got lots of good comments about his performance though, so hopefully that made up for his absence. The film is being distributed by Dendy Films in Australasia and I'd suspect they will wait to see how it goes here in NZ before deciding on the release in Australia. So if you know anyone in NZ then PLEASE encourage them to go in the opening weekend - it opens here on October 12. Believe me, with all

the competition from the big blockbusters, smaller films like this one need all the help they can get! I will send you some more pix from the film in a separate Email.


All the best - Rob


*The pics Rob sent are in the Out Of The Blue screencaps section*


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22nd September, 2006

Karl and his wife were spotted sitting front row at the Zambesi fashion show in New Zealand. Held at Pier 21 at the Orams marina in Westhaven, the Zambesi show was part of Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2006. I've added a few pics from the afterparty in Images (page 5).


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13th September, 2006

The movie poster for Out Of The Blue is up at www.blackmagic.co.nz


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12th September, 2006

Out Of The Blue premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada yesterday, where it received a long round of applause afterwards. The film about the 1990 Aramoana shooting tragedy in New Zealand reduced many of the audience to tears.

Director Rob Sarkies said the Toronto premiere was the chance to tell this New Zealand story on an international stage.

"It was fantastic to play in Toronto in front of a discerning audience who were clearly moved by what they saw. There was a Q&A session at the end of the film, and the audience was fascinated to learn more about the real events. The response really was incredible, and it was very gratifying to receive a long and sustained round of applause from an overseas audience."

Unfortunately, Karl was a no show and it was Rob Sarkies who introduced the film to the audience, along with producers Steven O’Meagher and Tim White.


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25th August, 2006

Karl made an appearance at the Air New Zealand Screen Awards, held at Auckland’s SKYCITY Theatre last night. Some pics can be seen in the image gallery (page 7) and a video featuring Karl at the event is available at  http://www.tv3.co.nz. If you don't want to view the entire clip, Karl appears at 4:18 mins.


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23rd August, 2006

Karl Urban and director Rob Sarkies will be special guests at  the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. For a complete list of the festival lineup, check out the TIFF Website.


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21st August, 2006

According to Production Weekly,  principal photography will start on October 9th for the sci-fi film Outlander. Filming will last for ten weeks in and around Halifax and British Columbia.

It is rumoured Karl Urban will topline the Weinstein Company film, about a man from another galaxy who crash-lands on Earth at the time of the Vikings, bringing with him an alien predator.

Howard McCain is helming from his own screenplay, which he co-wrote with Dirk Blackman. Patrick Tatopoulos ("I, Robot", "Godzilla") will serve as creature creator.


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8th August, 2006

CanMag has a pic of the official Pathfinder movie poster.


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5th August, 2006

For more about Out Of The Blue's world premier, check out the Media Centre News Releases at the Toronto International Film Festival Website: http://www.e.bell.ca/filmfest


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4th August, 2006

Out Of The Blue to premier at Toronto International Film Festival:


According to the New Zealand Herald, a film about the Aramoana massacre has been chosen to premier at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Out Of The Blue, directed by Robert Sarkies, is described as a "gripping" drama which recounts the tragedy, along with the tales of bravery and survival that went with Gray's rampage.

Sarkies said the 36-day film shoot involved a large cast and tight schedule and was at times made gruelling by unpredictable weather.

The film, starring Karl Urban, was shot in Otago, including some scenes in Aramoana itself.  

The film will be screened in the "discovery" section of the festival, which begins on September 7, and will released in New Zealand on October. 


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28th July, 2006

20th Century Fox has pushed back the release date of Pathfinder to January 12, 2007.  www.foxmovies.com


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27th July, 2006

Here's the latest email from Rob Sarkies about Karl's latest film:


Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. We have at last come to a decision on a title for our film so finally I can talk about it! The title is "Out of the Blue". It is the true story of the Aramoana massacre that took place in November 1990 at Aramoana, New Zealand.

I've attached a (quite low res sorry) picture* of Karl from the film with Paul Glover, who plays another policeman. Keep hassling me and I'll send you more in higher resolution as we get closer to our NZ release in mid-October. Will also be able to send you a link to the trailer once it is cut.

The film tells the story of how a community coped under great pressure during the 22 hour ordeal where a gunman killed 13 people. Karl plays one of the local policemen who tried to contain the gunman. It's an emotionally charged role and (although I'm terribly biased of course) I think its one of his best performances yet.

We are completing the final mix of the film at the moment and it is due to be released in NZ in October with an International Premier date yet to be set. Dendy is the Australasian distributor so keep an eye on their website for the film (prob nothing there yet but there will be in a few weeks).

Keep in touch and I'll feed you more info as I am able.

All the best - and sorry again for the delay....


Rob Sarkies

Director, "Out of the Blue"


*The attached pic can be seen in the Film Screencaps section, under Out Of The Blue.


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26th July, 2006

Pathfinder's release date has been pushed back to December 2006/January 2007.


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23rd July, 2006

Pathfinder Director Marcus Nispel appeared at Comic-Con to talk about the film. A clip was shown and he talked about how he wanted to make Pathfinder along the lines  of movies such as Conan The Barbarian and First Blood, a type of film he says we don't see much of these days.

More at www.aintitcool.com (scroll down a little).


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23rd June, 2006

According to http://www.stuff.co.nz, the movie The Outlander, which was originally going to be filmed in Queenstown, New Zealand, is now going to be filmed in Nova Scotia. 


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22nd June, 2006

New Line Home Entertainment is preparing new DVD versions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Three "The Lord of the Rings Limited Edition" sets, one for each movie, will be released on August 29. Each two-disc set will include the original theatrical and the extended versions of the film, along with Costa Botes' feature-length documentary on each film's creation.

Both versions of the three films , 2001's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," 2002's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and 2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", have previously been released on DVD, but New Line's executive VP of marketing, Matt Lasorsa, said, "This is the first time they are available together, which we feel will appeal to the first-time buyer."

New to DVD are the documentaries, in which director Peter Jackson and his crew gave Costa Botes full access to the set for hours of behind-the-scenes footage.


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15th June, 2006

Mention of Karl Urban playing terrorist Suhadi Sadono in Splinter Cell was briefly up on IMDB, but has since been removed, though they still have him as starring in Outlander. The official cast for Splinter Cell is TBA.


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7th June, 2006

The birthday boy is 34 today.


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4th June, 2006

Rumour has it that Karl Urban is in  talks to star in a movie based on Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.


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26th June, 2006

The official site for the movie Pathfinder is up and running. Go to pathfinderthemovie.com for the latest trailer. There are also a few production stills there.


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22nd June, 2006

A short mention of Rob Sarkies movie about the Aramoana massacre, and a pic of Karl from the film, is over at Fangoria.


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17th June, 2006

Here are some pics of Karl Urban's appearance  at the recent Starfest Con in Denver.


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14th May, 2006

Some behind the scene photos of the TV series Comanche Moon, currently shooting in New Mexico, are up on Tara Mason's Website.


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2nd May, 2006

Aramoana Movie:

New Zealand director Rob Sarkies confirms Karl Urban stars in his latest film about the Aramoana massacre. In an email, he wrote:

 

I can confirm that Karl is in the film about the Aramoana massacre. He shot with us over Feb and March this year and was very committed to telling this story with the heart it deserves. Its title will be announced later this month as will other cast members, although Karl is our only name actor. No problems with the residents were encounted during the shoot and we had many of the people who were involved in the event on set with us at various times (including the actual policeman Karl plays which I remember was one of his more nervous moments!).

Drop me a line in a month or so and I’ll do my best to get you some pictures and more info.

All the best Rob Sarkies


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26th April, 2006

The Pathfinder trailer is now online. Click here.


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22nd April, 2006

There are two pics of Karl at Starfest posted at Marc D. Borai's blog at http://lepidus923.blogspot.com. There are some other pics he took of Karl and co. If anyone's interested, you can contact Marc about them at the email addy provided at his blog.


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18th April, 2006

Karl Urban, Steve Zahn, Val Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths are to star in "Comanche Moon". Graham Greene, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks and Wes Studi will also star.

Production has started in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the new six hour mini-series which is a prequel to the multiple Emmy Award-winning mini-series "Lonesome Dove". It will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

"Lonesome Dove," which was broadcast on CBS Feb. 5-8, 1989, remains the highest-rated mini-series since the advent of people meters, averaging a 26.2/39.

Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the writers and executive producer and producer, respectively, of the feature film "Brokeback Mountain," will be the executive producers and writers. Director Simon Wincer and producer Dyson Lovell, who directed and produced "Lonesome Dove" respectively, will serve in those roles on "Comanche Moon".

"Comanche Moon" follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life -- Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini), and Call with Maggie Tilton (Banks), the young prostitute who loves him. Kilmer plays Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War. Griffiths plays Inez Scull, the Captain’s sexy wife who doesn’t hesitate to fill her time with other men when he’s away from home. Wes Studi plays Idahi, a Comanche ally of Buffalo Humps.

Two proud but very different men, McCrae and Call enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Buffalo Hump (Greene), the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf (Jonathon Joss), the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture. Assisting the Rangers in their wild chase is the renowned Kickapoo tracker, Famous Shoes (David Midthunder). They are joined by their comrades-in-arms, Deets (Keith Robinson), Jake Spoon (Ryan Merriman) and Pea Eye Parker, in the bitter struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life. The Rangers also encounter Buffalo Hump’s violent outcast son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach).


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18th March, 2006

Karl will be at the Starfest Con in Denver to promote his upcoming film, Pathfinder. The con runs from 21 to 23 April.


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17th March, 2006

Welcome to Karl Urban Online.