Archive | November, 2011

You can buy Bella’s Breaking Dawn wedding dress

OK, who had four days in the pool? It took less than 100 hours for bridal design house Alfred Angelo to unveil a replica of Bella’s wedding dress following its debut in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The gown will be available in sizes 0 to 30, and will retail for $799. Designer […]

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New Muppet Walter was inspired by Michael Cera

The new Muppet movie introduces us to a brand new creation from Jim Henson’s workshop: Walter, the felt-based brother of Jason Segel‘s character Gary. Walter’s puppeteer Peter Linz has revealed to the New York Times that he was asked in his audition to base his performance on everyone’s favourite nervy Bluth: Michael Cera! “They told […]

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Hawke, Delpy and Linklater writing Before Sunset sequel

Will we soon get to spend another half-day with Jesse and Celine? Ethan Hawke has talked with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater about writing a sequel to their classic romantic dramas Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Speaking to French mag AlloCine (thoughtfully translated by Vulture), Hawke revealed that a new Before flick could be written […]

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The Dark Knight Rises takes place in the future!

Kinda! Christopher Nolan has shed a little light on his upcoming Batman sequel in a lengthy interview with Empire, revealing that it takes place almost a decade after the events of The Dark Knight. Here’s the quote, captured by Slashfilm: “It’s really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne’s story. We left him in a very […]

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Waking nightmare – Sleeping Beauty review

Sleeping Beauty – Starring Emily Browning, Rachael Blake and Peter Carroll. Directed by Julia Leigh. Rated MA. Originally published June 8, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. I remember seeing a production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days with my high school drama class. For those unfamiliar with the play, it features a woman trapped in a mound […]

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Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut with Capote novella

Actress Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directorial feature debut with Summer Crossing, a film based on the novella by Truman Capote, Variety reports. It won’t be Johansson’s first time behind the camera, with the star of Lost in Translation and the upcoming The Avengers making her debut on a short film called These […]

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Trailer Debut: Rampart

The trailer for Oren Moverman’s Rampart has debuted online and shows Woody Harrelson as “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen”. Of course, these words appear within the trailer in case you couldn’t pick up on this fact after Harrelson’s character, Dave Brown, can be seen in montage style doing things only the […]

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New season of Arrested Development officially in the works

Netflix have made a huge… well, whatever the opposite of a mistake is! The online US movie rental company will air a new season of the beloved TV show Arrested Development. Despite being axed in 2006, AD’s cult following has been clamouring for a new movie or more episodes (either way, they’re not picky). After […]

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Superfan – The Muppets review

The Muppets ­– Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper. Directed by James Bobin. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. The Muppets arrives in Australian cinemas January 12, 2012. In the meantime, enjoy this early review. The Muppets is the first theatrical adventure featuring Jim Henson’s legendary cast of critters in twelve years. Their last big […]

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Steven Soderbergh abandons The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Steven Soderbergh’s retirement date just got a little bit closer. The director has reportedly walked away from Warner Bros’ film adaptation of the 1960s spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. According to Indiewire, his decision was the result of WB’s indecisiveness and what he believed to be a lack of commitment to the project. George […]

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Poster Debut: Any Questions For Ben?

It’s been more than 10 years since the crew at Working Dog delivered a film, despite the immense success of their hits The Castle and The Dish. Thankfully, the wait for their long-delayed new project – Any Questions for Ben? – is almost over, indicated by the release of the official poster. Any Questions for Ben? […]

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Will Ice Cube and Chris Tucker reunite for Friday 4?

Ice Cube has announced – via Twitter – a fourth instalment of the much-loved Friday saga is headed to the big screen. “The 4th Friday movie is in the works. Working out a deal with New Line Cinema.” Deadline elaborate on the Tweet, claiming Cube is in serious discussions with Chris Tucker to entice the […]

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10 movie characters who are terrible at their job

10 movie characters who are terrible at their job. By Simon Miraudo. In the surprise box office hit Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz plays a … well, a bad teacher. It’s not the most imaginative title in the world, but it brought in the crowds (to the tune of $216 million worldwide). To celebrate the film’s […]

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Michael Jackson biopic in the works?

Now that the Conrad Murray trial has come to a close, is it time for a biopic on the life of the late Michael Jackson to hit cinemas? According to Variety, Jackson’s estate (namely, executor John Branca) has approached Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock of Montecito Picture Company about a film based on the King […]

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First look at Garner, Jackman, Wilde and Burrell in Butter

A batch of new images from Jim Field Smith‘s political satire Butter have made their way online, giving us our first glimpse of Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde and Ty Burrell in action. Garner and Burrell play married couple Laura and Bob; he’s a former butter carving champ, and she’s eager to steal his crown. Laura faces competition from a young […]

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Trailer Debut: Pixar’s Brave

The feature trailer for Pixar’s upcoming adventure Brave has arrived online, in all its luscious, red-headed glory. Looking like a cross between How To Train Your Dragon and The Secret of Kells, Brave takes place in the Scottish Highlands and tells the story of rebellious archer Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald). Though this trailer is not quite as […]

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Ricky Gervais will host the 2012 Golden Globes

It’s official. Rabble-rouser Ricky Gervais will return to the scene of the crime and host the 2012 Golden Globes telecast, despite his infamous performance at this year’s ceremony. According to Variety, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted on Gervais’ return (though it was far from unanimous). The HFPA was divided on the decision, offering the following statement […]

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Losin’ it – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 review

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Directed by Bill Condon. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Let the carnal delights begin! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is supposedly the reward for all of our suffering. Twihards have endured three movies worth of smouldering glances, […]

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Trailer Debut: Mirror Mirror

Hot on the heels of the newly released trailer for Rupert Sanders’ rival fairytale flick Snow White and the Huntsman comes the official teaser for Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror. Tarsem’s take on the Snow White legend is notably different from Sanders’. Whereas Huntsman looks to be a gloomy, edgy affair, Mirror Mirror is more child-oriented and comically-inclined. […]

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Brad Pitt wants to retire from acting in three years

Brad Pitt has revealed to Australian 60 Minutes his intention to retire from acting in three years time, coinciding with his fiftieth birthday. Pitt delivered the deadline when he was asked how much longer he would want to do his “business” for. When pressed for details on his post-retirement plans, Pitt responded thusly. “Hell if […]

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She’s got the look – Faces in the Crowd review

Faces in the Crowd – Starring Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon and Michael Shanks. Directed by Julien Magnat. Rated MA. By Hilary Simmons. ‘Face-blindness’ is a neurological disorder, not just an awkward affliction resulting from too much alcohol and/or anonymous hook-ups. It feels necessary to point this out because it’s the latest type of recognition impairment […]

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Warren Beatty picks Felicity Jones as his on-screen lover

English up-and-comer Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has been handpicked by Warren Beatty to star in his upcoming Howard Hughes biopic. According to Deadline, Jones will play a young woman who falls for Hughes’ driver, before becoming enamoured with the eccentric billionaire himself. Obviously, Beatty will play Hughes. He will also produce and direct his own […]

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Is Channing Tatum the new Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Following the exit of Bradley Cooper, Steven Soderbergh is reportedly courting his Magic Mike star (and inspiration!) Channing Tatum to take over the lead role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. According to Deadline, there is no official offer on the table just yet for Tatum to play superspy Napoleon Solo. Last week it was revealed Joel […]

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Warner Bros gets to work on Lego movie

Warner Bros has officially given the green light to a film based on the Lego toyline, Variety reports. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are set to helm the pic alongside Robot Chicken‘s Chris McKay. The flick will be a live-action/cartoon hybrid, with local animation house Animal Logic (Legend […]

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Harry Potter helmer bringing Doctor Who to the big screen

David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7 and 8) is set to bring the beloved, long-running sci-fi show Doctor Who to the big screen. According to Variety, Yates is teaming up with the BBC to develop the long-running program into a cinematic franchise. Yates – who was briefly attached to The Stand before Ben Affleck […]

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Mad Men won’t end “in a fart”

Untouchable Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner secured a $30 million deal earlier in the year to keep his Emmy award winning show on AMC. To prove that he’s worth the money, he spilled some (vague) details about the ending of the show. Flatulence haters, you may now rest easy! Speaking at a Q&A in L.A. (captured […]

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Trailer Debut: The Iron Lady

The trailer for the Maggie Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady – starring Meryl Streep – has debuted online, and it looks set to be the funniest, wackiest Richard Curtis comedy yet! OK, it’s not a comedy, nor is it directed by Richard Curtis. However, this first glimpse of the Phyllida Lloyd-helmed film suggests a crossing between The King’s Speech […]

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Trailer Debut: The Hunger Games

The first full-length trailer for the much anticipated The Hunger Games has been released and it’s a cracker. Reading through the YouTube comments section (always a perilous choice), fans have unanimously responded with positive comments and even admissions of tears, while the non-initiated have shown surprise and even excitement over this glimpse at the adaptation […]

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A boy’s best friend is his mother – We Need to Talk About Kevin review

We Need to Talk About Kevin  – Starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. Directed by Lynne Ramsay. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo We Need to Talk About Kevin is a nightmare movie; disjointed, dizzying, and disturbing at a primal level. Tilda Swinton stars as Eva, a reluctant mother cursed with the positively […]

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Interview: Jonathan Teplitzky (director of Burning Man)

Interview: Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man). By Simon Miraudo. Jonathan Teplitzky‘s semi-autobiographical film Burning Man tells the story of Tom (Matthew Goode), a Bondi chef and grieving widower struggling to keep his life together. He deals with the passing of his wife Sarah (Bojana Novakovic) by letting his volatile temper get the better of him and […]

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