Archive | January, 2011

>Dogtooth makes Oscar Foreign Film shortlist; Uncle Boonmee snubbed

>There is less than a week to go before the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards are revealed, so it hardly seems worthwhile reporting this, but… The Academy have narrowed down their 65-picture long list of contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film to a tight nine, before it is refined to a further five […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway confirmed as Catwoman; Tom Hardy as Bane

Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the third instalment of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises. The news of Hathaway scoring the hotly contested lead female role in TDKR was revealed via a Warner Bros. press release. The release also stated previously confirmed actor Tom Hardy would indeed be playing […]

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>Australian Box Office – Yogi money

>There’ll be no Boo-Boo jokes here about Yogi Bear taking the prime position in this week’s Box Office … we’ll just say we can’t bear to see it at number one. Here are the results of the Australian Box Office for the period January 13-16, 2011. 1. Yogi Bear [381 screens / $10,199]WKND = $3,885,745 […]

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>New images from The Hangover Part II

>What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but what happens in Thailand … looks exactly like what happened in Vegas. Two new images have been released for Todd Phillips’ sequel to the smash hit The Hangover, creatively titled The Hangover Part II, and we’re declaring it an awful case of déjà vu. The Hangover Part […]

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You know, for kids – The Green Hornet review

The Green Hornet – Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz. Directed by Michel Gondry. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Green Hornet looks and feels as if it were made by a bunch of (highly talented) 10-year-old boys. Taking any pleasure in the film depends on your willingness to let your inner-child run […]

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>RED 2 in the works

>According to Collider, Summit Entertainment has commissioned screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber to write the sequel to last year’s hit action/comedy RED. Whilst critical reception of the first film remains mixed, the pic certainly did well at the box office grossing $164 million USD worldwide. And it doesn’t hurt that it was nominated for (though […]

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>2011 BAFTA nominees announced!

>The nominations for the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced by pretty young thesps Dominic Cooper and Talulah Riley at the Royal Opera House in London today. The usual suspects all get a nod (as they have done in the Golden Globe, PGA, WGA and SAG nominations), but there are a couple of […]

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Primer director working on Rian Johnson’s Looper

We’ve not got too much information to work with here, but a picture from the set of Rian Johnson’s upcoming time-travel thriller Looper reveals the mysterious involvement of Shane Carruth (Primer). The picture was posted on Looper’s official Tumblr, with the enigmatic – but in a way, rather straightforward – caption: “Shane Carruth is working […]

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How the west was fun – True Grit review

True Grit – Starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld and Matt Damon. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Standard Coen Brothers Review Template: [Insert movie title] is the latest opus from the supremely talented writer/director/producer/editor duo. They reach into the annals of movie history to toy with the styles and conventions […]

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Gossip folks – Easy A review

Easy A – Starring Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Will Gluck. Rated M. Originally published September 15, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Emma Stone could make a four-hour reading of her high school yearbook entertaining. The talented young comedienne has long been ready for her close-up, but she’s often left on the […]

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First look at Edward and Bella in Breaking Dawn

It’s the moment Bella – and about a billion heavy-breathing Twihards – have been waiting for, and it’s been captured in all (well, not all) of its glory in this first promotional photo from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One: the wedding night. Yep, in the first half of the final instalment of the […]

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Baby love – The Refuge review

The Refuge – Starring Isabelle Carré and Louis-Ronan Choisy. Directed by François Ozon. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Roger Ebert is the bane of many a film critics’ existence. He is able to convey in one concise sentence what it takes lesser writers like myself thousands of words to say. On the subject of The […]

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>Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel morphs into Prometheus

Ridley Scott will direct Prometheus for 20th Century Fox, abandoning the Alien prequel for a more original concept, Deadline reports. While his new film will have strands of Alien DNA, Scott has confirmed that from the initial draft, written by Jon Spaihts, “evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes […]

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>Andy Samberg to ‘Hate’ Adam Sandler

>The Hollywood Reporter has announced Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are in talks with Columbia Pictures to star in a new comedy called I Hate You Dad. Before you get too excited and think Sandler and Samberg would make perfect brothers on screen, I Hate You Dad looks to cast Sandler as the ‘dad’ part […]

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>Trailer Debut: Scream 4

>Finally something we can all get excited about. It’s been eleven long years since horror director legend Wes Craven and talented screenwriter Kevin Williamson got together to advance the franchise, but now, in 2011, they’re back with the next instalment of Scream and according to this new feature trailer, it’s going to be a reboot […]

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>Casting call for Abe Lincoln: Vampire Killer

>Four score and seven years ago… or, in recent news, Twentieth Century Fox has commenced casting for the role of Abe Lincoln in their upcoming 3D flick, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Deadline reports. The following mix of stars will be taking the coveted screen test to play the vigilante version of America’s much loved ex-president; […]

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Aussies lose; Gervais kills; Social Network wins at Golden Globes

The Aussies went home empty handed, and host Ricky Gervais pretty much destroyed his future in Hollywood, but at least the team behind The Social Network enjoyed this year’s Golden Globes! Gervais kicked off the ceremony with a monologue that attacked – hilariously- The Tourist, Scientology, Cher, Sex and the City 2, Mel Gibson, and […]

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>And the 2011 Golden Globe winners are…

> The winners of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards are being handed out in Los Angeles tonight. Will awards’ season sweeper The Social Network trump audience favourite The King’s Speech? Will Aussies Jacki Weaver, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette or songstress Sia pick up a prize? Will Burlesque win anything? Find out as […]

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>First look at Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

>We’re a little late to the game on this one (blame a one-week working hiatus) but here is the first image of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Mark Webb’s upcoming reboot of the Marvel webslinger. Nice backpack! The blood stains, grimy suit and overall darker colour palette than that used in promotional images of […]

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>New trailer for Paul longer, funnier

>That headline kind of sums it up, but an extended trailer for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul has debuted online. Paul stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (who also penned the screenplay) as a couple of sci-fi geeks who meet an alien on the way to Area 51. Seth Rogen gave a motion-captured performance as […]

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Robert Pattinson to star in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

Hold onto your underwear ladies! Deadline has confirmed Robert Pattinson will replace Colin Farrell in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Cosmopolis, based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, is the story of a young, newlywed billionaire who, over the course of 24 hours, manages to not only lose his entire fortune but cheat […]

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>Clooney catches The Monster of Florence

>Following George Clooney’s excellent performance in Anton Corbijn’s The American, it hardly comes as a surprise that Fox 2000 have chosen him for their upcoming “star vehicle” role. Announcing Clooney as the lead, Fox 2000 have just finalised a deal to option the best-selling, non-fiction crime novel, The Monster of Florence, Deadline report. Pitched to […]

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Interview: Todd Solondz; writer/director of Life During Wartime

Interview: Todd Solondz; writer/director of Life During Wartime. By Simon Miraudo. “Now you’re a storyteller you might think you are without responsibility. But in directions, actions and words, cause and effect, you need consistency.” Belle and Sebastian sing these lines on the title track of their soundtrack to Todd Solondz’s 2001 feature Storytelling; a two-part […]

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The 25 most exciting films of 2011!

The 25 most exciting films of 2011. By Simon Miraudo. 2010 is sooo 2010. Sure, we were treated to a glut of wonderful features over the past 12 months, but take one look at the release slate for 2011 and you’ll agree that 2010 seems practically repulsive by comparison. I’ve compiled a list of the […]

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Title shot – The Fighter review

The Fighter – Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Directed by David O. Russell. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Fighter tells the true story of brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale); the former is a down-and-out boxer with a chance at a title shot, and the latter is […]

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The six stages of grieving Shyamalan – The Last Airbender review

The Last Airbender – Starring Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz and Dev Patel. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Rated PG. Originally published September 17, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Stage One: Denial. To be an M. Night Shyamalan fan is to be an M. Night Shyamalan apologist. I understand why the blogger generation has turned him into […]

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Happiness rebooted – Life During Wartime review

Life During Wartime – Starring Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson and Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Todd Solondz. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It feels a little wrong, even perverse, to describe a Todd Solondz film as “fun”. But Life During Wartime – the sequel to his acclaimed and highly disturbing 1998 picture Happiness – is fun. […]

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>Time lord James Franco to bring two classic novels to the big screen

>Actor, writer, director, producer, student, soap-opera-star, soon to be Academy Awards co-host, and all around stud muffin James Franco has his sights set on directing two literary adaptations in the near future. According to Showbiz 411, talks are already under way for Franco to write and direct an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 classic novel […]

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Monsters director takes on Godzilla

Monsters director Gareth Edwards has been nabbed by Legendary Pictures to direct for them a new Godzilla movie. According to THR, Edwards is close to finalising a deal that will see him write and direct the first major Godzilla film since Roland Emmerich had his way with the giant lizard back in 1998. In my […]

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>WGA, PGA reveal 2011 nominees

>The Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America have revealed the 2011 nominations for their annual awards. First up, the PGA, which recognises a film’s producer or producers. The winner of the Best Picture prize at the PGA has only repeated the feat at the Oscar ceremony five times in the past […]

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