The Mentalist: Simon Baker Used the Popular Series as Film School, Plans to Direct Breath on Screen!

DAYHERALD.COM – Simon Baker, who is known for his iconic role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, was spotted at the recently held YMCA’s The Mother of All Black and White Balls on 30th May. He was accompanied on the red carpet with his stunning wife, Rebecca Rigg.

Simon Baker has opened up about his plans to direct. He said that he didn’t want to act after ending his stint with The Guardian, but then The Mentalist happened. He had decided to take The Mentalist as a film school.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain where was live from Canne, he said that since he knew that The Mentalist will continue for a large part of his career, he decided to use this opportunity to learn and grow.

The Mentalist saw 151 hours of shooting and he said that it was like a speed dating of film production. The pieces have to be put together very fast and everything from the script to the cast to scouting for the location of the shoot needs to be done at a fast pace. In order to get a hang of the directorial role, Simon Baker directed as many people as he could on the set of The Mentalist.

With the last and final season of The Mentalist wrapped up, Simon Baker is now focusing on adapting Tim Winton’s Breath on screen. The Australian actor has been working on this idea for a while now and he feels he is ready to take the place the behind the camera to shoot his first feature film.

In order to launch his directorial debut, Simon Baker was in Cannes recently during the Cannes Film Festival. He said that it’s difficult being in the festival as a director and not an actor. He is meeting marketing heads, distributors and sales executives. Baker said that it’s a whole new world out there and it’s something he has never seen before.

Simon Baker bought the rights of Breath way back in 2009. Ever since he read the Miles Franklin Award winning book, he knew that he had to make a film adaptation of it. The storyline along with the rugged setting of the plot came across as very romantic for him.

The filming for Breath will start in the second half of 2016. Simon Baker will be joined by Mark Johnson, the producer of The Mentalist and Australian producer Jamie Hilton. They will be getting help from the Screen Australia and Screen West as well.

Breath will see The Mentalist star take the role of a writer, director and actor. This news has gathered a lot of excitement and his fans are waiting for the film to go on the floor.

The Mentalist, which had started way back in 2008, has seen a successful run. It was one of the most watched TV shows of all time. The producers of the series felt that the time was right for the show to be wrapped up and they gave a fitting end to this popular series.

The ending left the fans with no regrets except that the show could have continued forever. It answered all the unanswered queries and gave a happy ending to Lisbon and Jane’s relationship, where they are shown getting married.

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Two locals among the most loved Aussie celebrities

NORTHERNSTAR.COM.AU – TWO Northern Rivers locals, Olivia Newton-John and Simon Baker, have been included in this year’s list of most loved Australian celebrities, known as the Encore Score.

Hugh Jackman topped the list as the most popular celebrity, followed by fellow home-grown Hollywood success stories Cate Blanchett (2) and Eric Bana (3).

Singer and Newrybar business owner Olivia Newton-John was placed as number 4 in the list, with Nashua actor Simon Baker closing the top ten list.

Both Baker and Newton-John have been placed in the top ten of the most-loved celebrities in the country in each of the three occasions the survey has been conducted.

The study, compiled for the third time by Pureprofile and commissioned by Focal Attractions, reveals the popularity of Australian personalities.

Launched in 2012, and commissioned by Focal Attractions, the Encore Score uses a list of more than 1000 local and international names that have graced Australian screens, radios, magazines and billboards.

It asks 3000 everyday people whether they’ve heard of the figures, and how they rate them on a scale from those they consider to be their favourites to those they hate.

Kyle Sandilands has been dethroned as Australia’s most hated public figure, in the 2015 Encore Score survey gauging the popularity of Australia’s personalities.

The most hated person in the public domain is disgraced television personality Rolf Harris.

While Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a new figure to the list since it was last produced in 2013, is the second most disliked person in the country, joined by fellow politicians Joe Hockey, Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson in the bottom 10.

The Top 10 most popular
Hugh Jackman
Cate Blanchett
Eric Bana
Olivia Newton John
Anh Do
Hamish Blake
Rebecca Gibney
Amanda Keller
Nicole Kidman
Simon Baker

The Top 10 most hated
Rolf Harris
Tony Abbott
Kyle Sandilands
Joe Hockey
Clive Palmer
Pauline Hanson
Ben Cousins
Tom Waterhouse
Brynne Edelsten
Lara Bingle

Cannes: Simon Baker on Life After ‘The Mentalist,’ His Directorial Debut and French Celebrity

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Simon Baker is looking tired. The Australian-born star of CBS’ global hit The Mentalist is still recovering from jet lag and a lack of sleep since hopping a plane to Cannes. So he fits in with the crowd of sleep-deprived producers, stars, journalists and critics that stumble along the Croisette.

“Everyone looks horrible!” he jokes.

The Mentalist ended its successful seven-season run in February. Suddenly finding himself with time on his hands, Baker is in Cannes pitching his directorial debut, an adaptation of the 2008 novel Breath by Australian writer Tim Winton.

Baker helped co-write the script and is producing the film, which is set in a small coastal town in West Australia in the 1970s. It looks at two daredevil teenage surfers who bond with a reclusive surfer — played by Baker — who challenges them to go to new levels of recklessness. It’s a story that immediately spoke to Baker, who grew up in a costal Australian town much like the fictional Sawyer depicted in Winton’s novel. After helming several episodes of The Mentalist, the actor, 45, thought it was time to make the leap to feature films. “I enjoy being the control freak, having that influence,” he tells THR. “Often when you are acting, you do your thing and then you hand it over to someone else. This is all mine.”

But though he’s in Cannes as a producer and director, Baker is still enjoying the celebrity double-takes he gets, particularly here in France, where The Mentalist is the top-rated show on television. “I got into the elevator at my hotel a few hours ago and the bellboy looked up. When he saw it was me he turned bright red,” says Baker, “then he broke out laughing. He didn’t even say a word.”

What’s its been like doing the dirty work of financing and producing Breath?
All this time trying to figure out and organizing the financing has been a real eye opener and not the most pleasurable experience for me. It’s been hard to disconnect creatively from the piece and talk about it like a product. That’s obviously a necessary evil, but that’s been challenging.

What’s the appeal of Tim Winton for you?
The exported idea of Australians is more like me: blond, outdoorsy guy who drinks too much and is a bit brash. Tim Winton manages to combine that traditional, rugged Australian view of things with a more deep and sensitive side. … I spent some time with him and we really identified on a certain level. He grew up in a coastal area too, he’s into fishing, surfing and all that stuff. He’s really a man’s man, but he has been interested in literature and writing from a very young age. I grew up in this environment where there were six guys to one girl, very male-dominated, but I secretly wanted to become an actor. I understand where he is coming from, how difficult it is in that environment to become your own person.

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‘The Mentalist’ Star Simon Baker to Make Directorial Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

VARIETY.COM – Simon Baker, star of CBS’ “The Mentalist,” will make his debut as a movie director with dramatic thriller “Breath.” Baker will also star in the movie, which shoots in the second half of the year.

The picture is the bigscreen adaptation of the novel of the same title by celebrated Australian novelist Tim Winton. The story follows two thrill-seeking teenage boys who form an unlikely bond with a reclusive older surfer – Baker – and his mysterious wife. The script is penned by “Top of the Lake” screenwriter Gerard Lee.

“When I first read ‘Breath,’ I knew I had to somehow make the film,” said Baker. “The gathering storm of the story, detailed and intimate against the power and scope of the rugged setting, struck me as incredibly cinematic. I’m beyond excited to be back in Australia realizing this dream.”

Baker made his first steps into directing through episodes of “The Mentalist,” which he also produced. Baker also directed some episodes of TV’s “The Guardian,” which Johnson produced.

Sydney and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films is handling sales of the movie. Pic is produced by Mark Johnson, Baker and Australian producer Jamie Hilton.

“Breath” is being developed and financed with the assistance of principal investor Screen Australia. The film is also being financed with the assistance of regional film support agency ScreenWest.

REDDIT RUMOR: Doctor Strange Cast Possibly Revealed, Future Plans for Scarlet Witch?

COMICBOOKMOVIE.COM – One Reddit user has taken to the web to report a (possibly dubious) cast of Doctor Strange, as well as detailing how the Scarlet Avenger may factor in to future sequels.

One ForbiddenOne01 reported this today on the Marvel Studios reddit:

Okay, so filming starts in May, so I feel comfortable revealing this info since Marvel’s bound to release it soon (I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to be honest).

Marvel has been taking advantage of the Spider-Man and Civil War news to keep attention on them assembling the cast of Doctor Strange. That’s not why they made that deal obviously, but they certainly are taking advantage of the opportunity to get the news outlets like Latino Review off their back.

Essentially it works like this:

Chiwetel Ejiofor is Jericho Drumm (aka Brother Voodoo)
Juliet Rylance (who worked with Derrickson on Sinister) is reportedly Clea
Ancient One hasn’t been cast yet, but it’s down to the previously reported Freeman and Watanabe.
Baron Mordo, the primary villain, is Simon Baker
Wong is John Cho

The villain of the first film is Baron Mordo, with references to Dormammu ala Thanos in Guardians. The film will deal with either the Time or Soul Gem (with Guardians 2 around the corner, I presume they are using the Soul Gem, so it’s likely the Time Gem but that’s just me), which will tie it into Avengers.

There is also another female role, Umar, that has not been cast, though apparently Marvel instated an executive mandate of a minimum of two plot-important female characters per film, which has been in place since the start of Phase 2.

Apparently the plan is that during Infinity War, Strange will meet Scarlet Witch, and from there Marvel will incorporate her into the Doctor Strange franchise in future sequels as Strange’s apprentice so they have something for her to do. (I guess Quicksilver will be with Captain America)

So what do you believe? Do you take it with a grain of salt, or do you think it seems plausible enough to be accurate? There is a lot of very specific information here, and not all (or even any) of it may be accurate. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough, with the way this sort of thing works.