Archive | February, 2011

Michel Gondry working on Philip K. Dick’s Ubik

French visionary and cheeky funster Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet) is set to join a very long list of directors who have brought the work of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick to the big screen. According to Deadline, Gondry will write and direct an adaptation of Dick’s Ubik. […]

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Monsters star joins Brad Pitt in Cogan’s Trade

Scoot McNairy will star alongside Brad Pitt in Cogan’s Trade, Deadline New York reports. We reported in January that Pitt would headline the cast of Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel of the same name. Now McNairy will take his first major role since 2010’s hit low-budget film Monsters. Monsters has proven […]

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Vaughn to recruit Eastwood, Nicholson and Beatty as old superheroes?

Adjust your spectacles, adhere those dentures and ready your walking frames. Writer/director/producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has the elderly in his sights. Vaughn has told Deadline London that a major Hollywood studio has shown interest in his next project, The Golden Age, about a retirement home for old superheroes. Based on an unpublished […]

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Robin McLeavy out; Mary Elizabeth Winsead in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Earlier this week it was reported that The Loved Ones’ star Robin McLeavy had been cast in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as Honest Abe’s wife Mary Todd. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is claiming Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the role instead. THR had previously said that it was down to McLeavy and Winstead for the […]

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Guy Ritchie NOT offered 300 prequel

UPDATE: E.W. are now reporting that Guy Ritchie has not been offered the opportunity to direct Xerxes. A Warner Bros. spokesperson says it is “an erroneous rumour”. A case of he said/she said? More news as it comes. Read the original report below. Guy Ritchie is quickly becoming Warner Bros.’ golden boy, having directed for […]

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Scorsese and DiCaprio reunite for The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese and current-muse Leonardo DiCaprio are set to reunite for the film adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s autobiographical best-seller The Wolf of Wall Street. According to Vulture, formerly-attached director Ridley Scott and studio Warner Bros parted way with the project, allowing Scorsese to jump aboard and direct the script by his Boardwalk Empire co-producer Terence […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: Never Let Me Go

The Jess Lomas Book Club: Never Let Me Go   *Welcome to a brand new feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!*  I have a T-shirt that reads: ‘Movies – Ruining the book since 1920’. I’m not sure I entirely agree with this statement, after […]

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Aussie actress joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

You might remember us telling you back in January that Fox had started casting their 3D flick Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Well, according to Latino Review, casting has not only commenced but the role of leading lady Mary Todd (Mr. Lincoln’s wife) has been filled – by an Aussie no less! The Hollywood Reporter last […]

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Jay Roach to helm Obama/McCain election movie

Mr. Meet the Fockers, who also invited you to a Dinner For Schmucks, is now taking on the world of politics, The Wrap report. Jay Roach will direct Game Change, adapted by Danny Strong (who has appeared in Buffy and recently Mad Men) from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s 2010 book of the same name. […]

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Forget me now – Unknown review

Unknown – Starring Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Unknown is a very silly movie, but it pulls off a genuinely surprising twist in its third act, and for that I must tip my hat to it. Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a […]

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Spider-Man reboot gets official title

For too long we have had to refer to Sony’s upcoming Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man reboot as “Sony’s upcoming Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man reboot”. Well, no more! Sony has revealed the film’s official title (in a press release along with the above image of Andrew Garfield as Spidey). And it is… The Amazing Spider-Man! So there you […]

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Interview: David O. Russell; director of The Fighter.

Interview: David O. Russell; director of The Fighter. By Simon Miraudo. David O. Russell emerged in the 1990s as one of the most exciting young filmmakers of his generation. He spent a decade refining his craft – culminating in the masterpiece Three Kings – and then found himself in ‘director jail’ for much of the […]

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Family affair – Dogtooth review

Dogtooth – Starring Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni and Christos Stergioglou. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. Understanding Dogtooth requires an understanding of the craziest, cruelest, most debauched experiments ever undertaken in human history. It tells the story of a deranged married couple who keep their three adult children confined within their isolated […]

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Pressing on – Rabbit Hole review

Rabbit Hole – Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The best any of us can hope for when we inevitably shuffle off this mortal coil is a dignified exit, as opposed to what is surely a more frequent occurrence: screeches of terror and […]

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Pretty nomad – Desert Flower review

Desert Flower – Starring Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins and Timothy Spall. Directed by Sherry Horman. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Desert Flower has an exclusive two week season at the Perth International Arts Festival from February 14th to February 27th. Click here for more details. Desert Flower is just like Pretty Woman, if Pretty Woman […]

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Paul Thomas Anderson is back in business with billionairess

You might remember our article from September 2010 announcing that Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming feature The Master had been put on hold. Well, some five months later, Vulture claims Mr Anderson has now got not just one, but two features on the way. Both Anderson’s Scientology drama The Master (still only a working title) and […]

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Christopher Nolan to follow Batman with Hughes biopic

Christopher Nolan has had a Howard Hughes biopic on the shelf for a while now and according to Vulture, it’s soon to see the light of day – after The Dark Knight Rises, of course. When Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator hit screens back in 2004, Nolan temporarily abandoned the idea (and probably rather wisely so). […]

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The Room’s Tommy Wiseau fights credit controversy!

Tommy Wiseau: Writer, actor, director, cheat? Should Wiseau strike ‘director’ from his resume? Entertainment Weekly (via Slashfilm) is reporting that “our favourite customer” from The Room may not have done as much directing on the cult film as his director credit has led us to believe. Script Supervisor on The Room, Sandy Schklair, has come […]

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Anne Hathaway to join Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages?

Will Anne Hathaway join the cast of the musical Rock of Ages? Deadline New York is reporting the Oscar nominated actress is in talks with director Adam Shankman to star opposite Tom Cruise, who has officially signed on. Rock of Ages will be an adaptation of the Tony Awards winning Broadway musical of the same […]

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Bruce Willis recruits director for Die Hard 5

We never thought it would actually happen (and it still might not), but a director has been selected to helm the fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise. According to Deadline, star Bruce Willis and studio 20th Century Fox have offered Noam Murro the opportunity to direct John McClane’s latest adventure. It was reported last […]

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The King’s Speech sweeps the BAFTAs

The King’s Speech has continued its award-season sweep by taking home seven awards including Best Film and Outstanding British Film at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter were all recognised by the BAFTAs, as was the film’s Original Screenplay and Score. The only major category in which […]

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Schwarzenegger officially returning to "acting"

’twas the Tweet heard ’round the world. As revealed through his official Twitter account (via his iPhone no less!), former Governor of California and star of Junior Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to return to the world of acting. Schwarzenegger’s two-terms as Governor came to an end on January 3rd. However, during his eight-year reign he […]

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Shane Black to direct Iron Man 3?

Late last year it was revealed that Jon Favreau would be parting ways with Marvel, and would not helm the third instalment of the Iron Man franchise. Now, it seems star Robert Downey Jr. might reteam with his Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer, as Shane Black meets Marvel execs about taking over as writer/director. According […]

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Trailer Debut: Arthur

The trailer for Arthur, starring Russell Brand as a billionaire playboy, has debuted online. The film is a remake of the much-loved 1981 picture starring Dudley Moore in the title role. There are people who love Russell Brand, and enjoy everything he does. There are those who hate him, and can’t stand anything he does. […]

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Trailer Debut: X-Men First Class

Remember that time when mutant superheroes prevented the Cuban Missile Crisis? No?! Fear not; if the trailer is any indication, Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class will act as the preeminent text on the topic. Yes, the long-awaited teaser for the 1960’s-set series reboot has debuted online, offering us a glimpse of young Professor X (James […]

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Kevin Smith bringing back Affleck and Damon for final film?

Kevin Smith hopes to reunite all the stars of his former films for his final project as writer/director, the hockey comedy Hit Somebody. Inspired by the Warren Zevon/Mitch Albom song of the same name, Hit Somebody is an affectionate look at the world of hockey, beginning in the 1950s and ending in the 1980s. It […]

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Joel and Ethan Coen to dabble in horror?

Ah, those cheeky Coen brothers. If they’re not dooming their characters to lives of existential tragedy or holding a magnifying glass over them as if they were soon-to-be-ignited ants, they’re cracking wise with film journalists. In an interview with Empire, Ethan Coen discussed potential future projects. Although he dismissed the long-touted Barton Fink sequel Old […]

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies scores ANOTHER director

First it was David O. Russell. Then it was Mike White. Now, it looks as if Lionsgate’s long-delayed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be helmed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night). The script, penned by Russell, has set tongues wagging, but the studio has been unable […]

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Trailer Debut: Hop

The trailer for Hop, the new film from Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me), has debuted online. It features Russell Brand as an animated rabbit who prepares to take on the throne of Easter Bunny. O.K., the fact that this is directed by Alvin and the Chipmunks‘ helmer Tim Hill is an ominous sign. That being said, […]

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First look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Wow, we kind of forgot this project was even happening. But nothing like having a weird image burned into your corneas to act as a permanent reminder. Take a look at Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, courtesy of Empire. Alright then! Some interesting fake-teeth work going on […]

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