Archive | October, 2011

Carey Mulligan joins Coen brothers’ and Spike Jonze’s new films

Everyone’s favourite ingénue Carey Mulligan has just scored two major roles. She is set to star alongside Oscar Isaac in the Coen brothers’ newie Inside Llewyn Davis, and will also appear in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming – and untitled – collaboration, Variety reports. The new Joel and Ethan Coen film centres on the folk music […]

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River Phoenix’s final film to be released in 2012; Phoenix family wants no part

Director George Sluizer has revealed plans to re-cut and release his 1993 film Dark Blood, which River Phoenix was working on at the time of his death. The unfinished film was shelved followed Phoenix’s passing, but Sluizer now believes he can re-edit the picture and send it out into the world. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, […]

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The 10 least threatening movie killers

The 10 least threatening movie killers. By Simon Miraudo. Is there a more lovable actor than Steve Carell working today? We think not. Don’t you just want to cuddle him?! He’s abandoned his post at The Office and is now looking for more serious feature film fare, such as the recently announced Foxcatcher in which […]

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Night terrors – Paranormal Activity 3 review

Paranormal Activity 3 – Starring Lauren Bittner, Christopher Nicholas Smith and Jessica Tyler Brown. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. It seems the law of diminishing returns applies even to the superb Paranormal Activity series, which has dominated the Halloween season three years running with its cheeky thrills and lo-fi aesthetic. […]

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Cannonball Run remake in the works; Ritchie directing Pitt and Clooney?

Here’s an odd one. General Motors may put up the cash for Warner Bros.’ reboot of Cannonball Run, which the studio wants Guy Ritchie to helm. It gets crazier. According to Vulture, Ritchie would like to recruit Brad Pitt, George Clooney and some of their Ocean’s Eleven co-stars to appear in the flick. The original Cannonball Run films – […]

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Melissa McCarthy sells raunchy road-trip script Tammy

New Line has preemptively acquired a script by Bridesmaids‘ break-out star, recent Emmy winner and future Oscar nominee (we’re calling it!) Melissa McCarthy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script – titled Tammy – tells the story of an overweight woman who decides to go on a road trip with her “alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother” […]

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Matt Damon and John Krasinski co-wrote a movie

… and Matt Damon‘s going to direct it! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Damon has set up the untitled project at Warner Bros. John Krasinski will star in the film. Although details are scant, it involves a town being poisoned, a’la Erin Brockovich. News of the Oscar winner and Office star’s collaboration emerged back in […]

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Hathaway to star alongside Jackman and Crowe in Les Misérables

Anne Hathaway will join Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Tom Hooper’s upcoming musical adaptation of Les Misérables, Deadline reports. Hathaway – who showed off her singing skills (as well as her Rachel Berry-esque theater-geek enthusiasm) when she hosted the Oscars earlier this year – will play Fantine, opposite Jackman’s Jean Valjean and Crowe’s Inspector Javert. […]

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Mickey Rourke out of Expendables 2

So, not every over-the-hill action star will make an appearance in The Expendables 2. Deadline has revealed Mickey Rourke will not reprise his role from the first Expendables movie, citing a scheduling conflict with his new project (although, they suggest Rourke’s proposed paycheck was not tantalising enough, and the actor is looking for more award-worthy fare). He will […]

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Bad Teacher team reunite for new comedy

Bad Teacher has undeniably been one of the surprise success stories of the year; made for only $20 million, the Cameron Diaz-led pic grossed almost $215 million worldwide. A new report from Deadline says the creative heads behind the film – director Jake Kasdan, and screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg –  “haven’t made progress […]

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Channing Tatum to play Steve Carell’s murder victim in Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher is fast becoming one of our most anticipated upcoming releases, which we think is a rather tempered response to a film starring Steve Carell as real life chemical fortune heir, paranoid schizophrenic and convicted killer John du Pont. Now it seems Channing Tatum, who is making a habit of taking on unconventional projects, could […]

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It’s a sick, sick, sick, sick world – Contagion review

Contagion – Starring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Contagion is the last movie you want to see with a sore throat. Or maybe it’s the first movie you want to see with a sore throat. What could possibly top the sensory, 4-D, cinema-going experience […]

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Play It Again: The King and I

Play It Again: The King and I. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which classic-film connoisseur Jess Lomas revisits a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up … or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a […]

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The magic spell you cast – Midnight in Paris review

Midnight in Paris – Starring Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Cynical world that this is, we often think an artist’s best work is behind them. Woody Allen is not exempt; his golden age is almost universally agreed to be the 1970s, when he balanced riotous […]

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The Departed screenwriter discusses potential sequel

Martin Scorsese‘s Best Picture winner The Departed is based on the Hong Kong crime classic Infernal Affairs. Considering Infernal Affairs is followed by two sequels, rumours of another instalment of The Departed have lingered since its release in 2006. There has been, of course, one giant obstacle in the way of continuing the saga … (SPOILERS […]

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Zombieland: the TV show!

Wondering whatever happened to that long-gestating sequel to Zombieland? Turns out, the producers and original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been spending their time setting up a half-hour TV version instead. According to Vulture, talks are progressing nicely with Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures Television, and we could see the series as early […]

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Spielberg and Bay in discussions for Transformers 4; Statham eyed as star

File this one under ‘no duh‘. Hasbro wants more Transformers films and is in ‘active discussions’ with Paramount, director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg about getting to work on a fourth instalment. According to The Hollywood Reporter – who captured Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner’s conference call regarding their third-quarter earnings (augmented by the billion […]

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Man claims The Hangover II ‘ripped off’ his life and sues filmmakers

A Californian man is suing Warner Bros for allegedly stealing his life story and turning it into the plot of The Hangover Part II. Now, if you’re watching The Hangover Part II and you find yourself thinking, ‘Gee, a bunch of awfully similar things happened to me”, then you have far more serious problems than […]

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Interview: Richard De Aragues (director of TT3D: Closer to the Edge)

Interview: Richard De Aragues (director of TT3D: Closer to the Edge). By Simon Miraudo. “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” sang Neil Young, and the stars of the new documentary TT3D: Closer to the Edge have taken his advice to heart. The film details the outrageously dangerous TT-Zero motorbike races on the […]

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They don’t understand – Last Night review

Last Night – Starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. Directed by Massy Tadjedin. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Last Night is a thoughtful little arthouse film from writer-director Massy Tadjedin, which asks interesting questions about infidelity, relationships and resilience. After attending a cocktail party, Joanna (Keira Knightley) confronts her husband Michael (Sam Worthington) about his […]

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Trailer Debut: The Muppets

After countless, countless (well, four) spoof teasers, Disney has finally released a feature trailer for The Muppets, giving us a good glimpse of the film’s actual plot. In the flick, the Muppets are all washed up (inconceivable!), and a couple of super-fans (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, new puppet Walter) assist them in reaching the heights […]

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The Lone Ranger gets the green light … again

Disney have given the go-ahead to Gore Verbinski‘s super expensive new project The Lone Ranger, after previously pulling the plug back in August. According to Deadline, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have slashed the budget of the adaptation of the classic serial from $275 million to a much less terrifying (but still pricey) tag of […]

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Oscar Isaac cast in Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

Up-and-coming actor Oscar Isaac has landed the lead role in the upcoming Coen brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis, Deadline reports. Currently without US domestic distribution, the new Joel and Ethan Coen film centres on the folk music scene in 1960s’ Greenwich Village. Written by the brothers, and co-produced by Scott Rudin (No Country For Old […]

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Cloverfield director ventures into The Twilight Zone

Warner Brothers has chosen Matt Reeves to direct the new film adaptation of The Twilight Zone television series, Deadline reports. Only two weeks ago it was revealed that the studio was considering such big names as Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, David Yates and Michael Bay, but it seems Reeves (Let Me In and Cloverfield) has […]

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Iron Man 3 will lead to Avengers 2

Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed at New York Comic Con over the weekend that Iron Man 3 would potentially kick off “phase two of this … saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2“. This is hardly a surprise considering the web-spinning Marvel has done between their individual projects so far. The prospect of […]

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Patty Jenkins confirmed as Thor 2 director

Last month it was revealed Marvel wanted Monster director Patty Jenkins to helm Thor 2, following the exit of Kenneth Branagh. Well, Marvel and Jenkins have gone and made it official. Jenkins becomes the first female helmer to enter the Marvel boys’ club. Although her last film, Monster, was released in 2003, Jenkins has directed episodes of Arrested […]

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The cursed Crow reboot loses another director

Relativity Media can’t catch a break with their (attempted) reboot of The Crow. Twitch reports director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has exited the project, likely due to the fact he has been courted to helm the Highlander remake for Summit. Fresnadillo follows in the footsteps of Stephen Norrington, who was the first helmer attached to the […]

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Trailer Debut: Shame

Steve McQueen‘s controversial Shame has been one of the most talked about films of the festival circuit, and will likely remain a conversation starter until it belatedly arrives in Australian cinemas next February. Starring Michael Fassbender as a sex-addict and Carey Mulligan as his troubled sister, the picture has generated chatter thanks to its explicit […]

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The 10 most misleading movie trailers

The 10 most misleading movie trailers. By Simon Miraudo. Earlier this week, a Michigan woman sued the distributor of existential crime thriller Drive – and, bafflingly, her local cinema – for promoting the picture with a trailer that made it seem like a fast-paced, action-packed, Fast and Furious-esque vehicle. For the first time in the […]

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Carrey and Carell to play duelling magicians in Burt Wonderstone

Jim Carrey has been offered a role opposite his former Bruce Almighty co-star Steve Carell in the comedy Burt Wonderstone, The Wrap reports. Carell has long been attached to the project, in which he will star as the eponymous Las Vegas magician who must defeat a rival magic-maker following the death of his assistant. Studio […]

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