Archive | May, 2011

Vin Diesel to star as The Machine

The giant financial success – and inevitable Oscar victories – of Fast and Furious Five has resurrected Vin Diesel‘s once stagnant career. According to Deadline, no-longer-bankrupt studio MGM has set up a starring vehicle for Diesel entitled The Machine. In the film – hoped to be the first in a series – Diesel will star […]

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Poster Debut: Horrible Bosses

You’ve seen the trailer. Now glance at the posters! The first official one-sheets for Seth Gordon‘s dark (dark!) comedy Horrible Bosses have debuted online. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star as three dudes tired of their awful bosses. For Bateman, it’s a shark-like slave-driver (Kevin Spacey); Day must contend with a sexually aggressive dentist (Jennifer Aniston); Sudeikis, meanwhile, is […]

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Carrie remake in the works

MGM and Screen Gems are teaming up to bring Stephen King’s first published novel – Carrie – back to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the playwright hired to fix the super-maligned musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark) will adapt King’s book for the screen. Carrie was previously adapted in 1976 […]

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Schwarzenegger’s movie comeback on hold; Terminator sequels and Cry Macho in doubt

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s movie comeback seemed unstoppable. Not only had he locked in his first project since leaving office as Governor of California – Cry Macho – the rights to two more Terminator films with him in the lead were just purchased, at great expense, by billionairess and movie buff Megan Ellison. The future of these […]

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Lars von Trier banned from Cannes

Update: Lars von Trier has responded to the ban. Head to the bottom of the story for his comments. Apology not accepted. That’s the message coming from Cannes following Lars von Trier’s hilariously offensive press conference following the screening of his film Melancholia, in which he jokingly claimed to be a Nazi. Although von Trier […]

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Gus Van Sant talks about his failed Breaking Dawn audition

Remember last year when it was reported that Summit Entertainment were looking at hiring some esteemed, Oscar nominated directors to helm the fourth and fifth instalments of their Twilight series? Yeah, it was a weird time. Even though Dreamgirls director Bill Condon was placed in charge of Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, it was claimed […]

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First look at Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

After weeks of casting news, Entertainment Weekly has released a first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the Gary Ross directed adaptation of the bestselling series The Hunger Games. The release of this promotional photo shows spot-on casting for the much loved heroine, despite initial doubts by many of the novel’s fans. It’s […]

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Lars von Trier jokes about being a Nazi, then takes it back

You crazy for this one, Lars! Exactly two years (to the day!) since his controversial screening of Antichrist at the Cannes Film Festival – where he met angry catcalls from the press with the response, “I am the best director in the world” – von Trier returned to the Croisette to screen his new film […]

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Trailer Debut: Fright Night

The trailer for the remake of 1985 teen vampire movie Fright Night – starring Colin Farrell as a vamp who moves next door to Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette – has debuted online. Apart from the fact that the trailer for the film – which was shot in 3D – looks a tad generic and overproduced and […]

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Jim Jarmusch to trade Coffee and Cigarettes for blood and fangs

Trying to understand what’s going on in Jim Jarmusch’s mind can be puzzling at the best of times – from spiritual gangster films to crime thrillers set in the symbolic realm, there’s just no predicting what he’ll do next. Actually, we do know. A vampire movie! Set in Detroit! According to Screen Daily, Jim is […]

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Hell on Earth – Snowtown review

Snowtown – Staring Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway and Louise Harris. Directed by Justin Kurzel. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Few films can rightfully claim to offer its audience the opportunity to spend a couple hours in the bowels of hell, but Justin Kurzel might as well print up t-shirts saying as much to promote his […]

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Thor toy sets off bomb scare

A Thor press kit has caused a security scare when it was disposed of in a Michigan dumpster, the A.V. Club reports. Not content to send out novelty hammers or blonde Thor wigs (I really, really want a blonde Thor wig), the marketing division of Akura, whose cars feature in the blockbuster, decided to send […]

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Monsters 2 in the works

Screen Daily reports Vertigo Films is prepping a sequel to the hit low budget sci-fi Monsters. The sequel, appropriately titled Monsters 2, will be helmed by two emerging talents, Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas. The director of the first film, Gareth Edwards, will serve as Executive Producer with Monsters actor Scoot McNairy and Vertigo’s Rupert […]

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Ferrell and Wahlberg reunite for Turkey Bowl

The Other Guys – Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg – are set to reteam for a new comedy in which they play neighbourhood rivals who face off in an annual football game. According to Deadline, Warner Bros acquired the pitch – tentatively titled Turkey Bowl – from writers Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and Scott Silveri […]

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Michelle Williams to play the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz prequel

Michelle Williams has scored the role of Glinda, the Good Witch, in Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful. According to Variety, Glinda’s was the last major role to be filled, and production on the film can finally move forward. The picture starts shooting in the wonderful land of Michigan in […]

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Poster Debut: The Muppets

They walk among us! Check out the (slightly weird) first official poster for The Muppets. There’s something peculiar about seeing Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal and Gonzo walking without any human assistance. Frankly, it’s unsettling. Also, that tagline just sounds … threatening. Still, nothing could knock it from its perch as our most anticipated […]

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Teaser Debut: The Adventures of Tintin

Millions of people around the world have been waiting with baited breath to see the first glimpse of footage from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Most of them are European (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  Whether you feel rapturous excitement or complete indifference towards the Belgian comic hero, you […]

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Joel Edgerton nabs role in The Great Gatsby

Back in the 70s, Robert Redford was the epitome of stylish and decadent actors – one of the few blokes at the time who could pull off the role of Jay Gatsby in Jack Clayton’s adaptation of the F.Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby. Now, Baz Luhrmann is taking a shot at bringing the novel […]

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Movie piracy – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides review

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rob Marshall. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides feels a little bit like Captain Jack Sparrow fan fiction, although if it really were fan fiction I suspect we’d see a lot […]

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The Tree of Life met with boos and cheers at Cannes

There are plenty of exciting films making their debut at the Cannes Film Festival, but none have set tongues wagging or been shrouded in more mystery than Terrence Malick’s long-delayed film-about-everything The Tree of Life. The Brad Pitt/Sean Penn feature screened yesterday, and it almost kicked off a riot, with some cinephiles literally punching one […]

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Family Guy creator to reboot The Flintstones

Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane has just closed a deal with Fox to reboot The Flintstones for both the small and big screen. The news was broken by Deadline and later confirmed at the 20th Century Fox 2011 Upfront. It is unknown what kind of approach McFarlane will take when rebooting the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, […]

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Michael Bay bets $25,000 on presence of racist robots in Transformers 3

Ahh, Skids and Mudflap. You truly are the Jar Jar Binks of our time. Transformers director Michael Bay – in an effort to appease the masses fearful that the racist robot twins would make an appearance in his latest film Dark of the Moon – has offered $25,000 to anyone who can spot the duo […]

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Old souls – Another Year review

Another Year – Starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rated M. Originally published January 27, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Everybody dies. Not everybody gets old, but most do. Mike Leigh’s Another Year considers both of these tragedies with the humour, heart and pathos fitting for humanity’s two great burdens. […]

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Lars von Trier to obstruct Scorsese’s Taxi Driver remake?

Lars von Trier and Martin Scorsese have confirmed they will collaborate on a follow up to von Trier’s The Five Obstructions, Screen Daily reports. In von Trier’s The Five Obstructions, the Danish provocateur collaborated with filmmaker Jørgen Leth, asking him to remake his short film The Perfect Human five times, each time with a different […]

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Alex Pettyfer to star in Tatum/Soderbergh stripper pic

Get your dollar bills ready ladies! Deadline reports Alex Pettyfer has signed on to Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s stripper film Magic Mike. Pettyfer, who was recently seen in I Am Number Four, will star in a role inspired by Channing Tatum’s real-life experience as a stripper before making it big in Hollywood. Tatum will play […]

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Locked in – Cell 211 review

Cell 211 – Starring Alberto Ammann and Luis Tosar. Directed by Daniel Monzon. Rated MA. Originally published March 14, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. People love prison movies. Consider The Shawshank Redemption, the number one film on IMDB’s user selected Top 250 films of all time. There are also award winners like A Prophet, Hunger, In […]

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David Hasselhoff joins Piranha 3DD

So, shall we just assume he’ll be playing a lifeguard? According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Baywatch star and ender of the Cold War David Hasselhoff has joined the cast of Piranha 3DD. He joins Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and Paul Scheer in the sequel to last year’s surprisingly well-reviewed horror comedy; itself a reboot […]

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Billionairess to make two more Terminator films

Imagine you had billions and billions of dollars. What would you spend it on? Ending poverty? Possibly. Bringing to the screen all the awesome films languishing in development hell? Definitely. Very rich heiress Megan Ellison is doing just that, having already ponied up the dough for two Paul Thomas Anderson films, a new Spike Jonze/Charlie […]

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Chris Hemsworth to star in Snow White and the Huntsman

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) has scored the leading role opposite Kristen Stewart in Universal’s upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, Deadline reports. We’ll leave it to your imagination as to which character each actor will play. A couple weeks back it was reported that Hemsworth was competing with fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton for the highly coveted […]

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A lowlight – Your Highness review

Your Highness – Starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman. Directed by David Gordon Green. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Obviously the makers of Your Highness are competing with Zack Snyder in the race to see who can waste money fastest and in the most outrageous manner possible. In Sucker Punch, Snyder – armed […]

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