Archive | March, 2012

Teaser Debut: The Host

The teaser trailer for Andrew Niccol‘s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host has arrived online. Though Meyer is best known for her blockbuster Twilight series, her novel The Host was similarly a hit upon release in 2008. The pic stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, a young woman who is rebelling against an alien invasion on Earth. Check out the teaser, which is […]

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Warner Bros officially announce The Hangover Part III

File this under, “Well, duh.” Warner Bros. Pictures has issued a press release officially announcing the production of The Hangover Part III. They’ve also set a release for the pic: May 24, 2013. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis will all return as “the Wolfpack” lacking the ability of recollection. Todd Phillips will once again direct, […]

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George Orwell’s 1984 coming to the big screen again

George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel 1984 might soon return to screens, THR reports. Imagine Entertainment, LBI Entertainment, and street artist Shepard Fairey have teamed up to develop “a new take” on Orwell’s tale. The producers are looking for a screenwriter to adapt the book before taking it to any studio. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel – […]

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Russell Crowe is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

Deadline has confirmed the long-rumoured casting of Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky‘s upcoming Biblical epic Noah. There aren’t many details available about the project, except that it will tell of Noah’s building of the ark in an “edgy” manner. Here’s what Aronofsky had to say about the project: “The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to […]

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Downton Abbey star joins Winter’s Tale

Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay (rebellious Lady Sybil!) is set to star in Akiva Goldsman’s upcoming adaptation of Winter’s Tale, Deadline reports. The film marks Oscar winning screenwriter Goldsman’s first effort behind the camera. Based on the novel by Mark Helprin, it tells of a dying woman who falls for a thief. Warner Bros […]

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Teaser Debut: Cosmopolis

Don’t call it a comeback! The French teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis indicates a return to form for the director, who has spent much of the last decade “normalling”, particularly in contrast to the body-horror films he specialised in during the 1980s. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, Cosmopolis follows Robert Pattinson young billionaire over the course of […]

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The top 10 movie apes and monkeys

The top 10 movie apes and monkeys. By Simian Miraudo. No more monkey business. We’ve been putting off this list for a while, but it’s now time to “marmoset” the record straight. Primates have always played an important part in cinema (and not just the humans) from the “old world” to the new. To celebrate […]

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My Katniss rules – The Hunger Games review

The Hunger Games – Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Gary Ross. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Well, I don’t think any of us could have predicted that the film coming to claim the ‘Insanely Popular Young Adult Franchise’ crown from The Twilight Saga would be this good. Admittedly the bar had […]

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Controversial erotic e-book headed to the big screen

Some of the top Hollywood studios are hot under the collar for E.L. James’ erotic e-book 50 Shades of Grey, a self-published tale of bondage for the Twilight set. According to the L.A. Times, Paramount, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Fox 2000, and Universal have been busy making the case to James and her literary agent that they are the […]

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Sneak Peek: The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2

The hot new trend in Hollywood seems to be releasing teasers for teasers. Thus, we present to you a 15 second sneak peek at the impending trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. In honour of the super-short teaser, we’ll offer only 15 characters of commentary. It seems to focu… Sorry folks! That’s […]

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Rogen and Hart to play “first” interracial police team

Here comes fun. Seth Rogen is confirmed to star opposite Kevin Hart in a buddy cop film about the first ever interracial police partnership, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pitch by screenwriter Rodney Rothman (Late Show with David Letterman) has been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Rothman and Rogen have worked previously together on the […]

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Trailer Debut: Sound of My Voice

The trailer for Sundance hit Sound of My Voice has appeared online following the release of twelve minutes of footage last month. The thriller, written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (who also directs) centres on a journalist and his girlfriend who go undercover to investigate a cult whose leader claims she comes from the […]

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See Toby Jones & Sienna Miller as Alfred Hitchcock & Tippi Hedren

The first image of Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren (respectively, obviously) has arrived online, courtesy of Cinemateaser. It comes from the set of Julian Jarrold’s The Girl, a recount of Hitchcock and Hedren’s experience filming The Birds, and the director’s obsession with his leading lady. For your reference, here’s the inspiration for the pic […]

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Trailer Debut: Snow White and the Huntsman

The trailer for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman has debuted online, offering us some brand new footage and a greater glimpse of the plot. Of course, the plot is of the legendary Snow White fairytale, so we had a pretty good idea of it anyway. Although we’re equally excited for Tarsem‘s insane-looking family flick Mirror Mirror (starring Lily Collins as Snow White, and Julia […]

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John Carter loses $200 million for Disney

Disney has released a statement informing investors that they expect a $200 million loss in the current fiscal quarter due to the catastrophic failure of John Carter at the box office. According to Deadline, this is “the biggest loss to date for a single film”, not including the $174 million hole left in Carolco Pictures’ pocket by […]

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Woody Allen’s Nero Fiddled gets a title change

Woody Allen‘s follow-up to his biggest ever hit, Midnight in Paris, has undergone a title change. Bid farewell to Nero Fiddled, and say ‘Buon giorno’ to To Rome With Love. Sony Pictures Classics issued a statement (though Variety first broke the news) in which the studio explained their reasoning for ditching the previous title. “Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase […]

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High-rise rampage – The Raid review

The Raid – Starring Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah and Yayan Ruhian. Directed by Gareth Evans. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. You’ll believe a man can die! Welsh-born, Indonesian-based director Gareth Evans has delivered one of the most stirring action films in eons with The Raid, a relentlessly brutal and endlessly enjoyable flick that never runs […]

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Play It Again – The Maltese Falcon

Play It Again – The Maltese Falcon. 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 famously […]

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Ignorance is bliss – Our Idiot Brother review

Our Idiot Brother  – Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Jesse Peretz. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Ned (Paul Rudd) lives on a hippie commune, grows biodynamic tomatoes, and gives his wholehearted love and attention to a golden retriever called Willie Nelson. He is a sweet-spirited idealist – that is, until […]

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Red Dog musical heads to the stage

Producer Nelson Woss is keen to expand the success of local hit Red Dog from the screen to the stage. Speaking with Perth Now, Woss revealed his plans to produce a musical based on the tale of the legendary canine who brought companionship to the miners of the Pilbara region. Woss believes the stage show could premiere […]

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21 Jump Street sequel in the works

When we spoke to 21 Jump Street directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord last week about a potential sequel to their buddy comedy, they said they had to “wait and see if planet Earth likes it as much as we do.” Well, it seems planet Earth does. The picture opened to an impressive $35 million in the […]

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See Joseph Gordon-Levitt as young Bruce Willis in Looper

You read that headline correctly. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has reteamed with his Brick director Rian Johnson for the new sci-fi thriller Looper, in which he and Bruce Willis play the same character at different ages. You may notice that JGL looks a little different in these newly posted pics (courtesy of Slashfilm); that’s thanks to multiple hours of make-up. Gordon-Levitt and Willis star […]

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Trailer Debut: Prometheus

The feature trailer for Ridley Scott‘s maybe-kinda-probably-not-make-that-defintiely Alien prequel Prometheus has landed online, armed to the hilt with Inception “bwraahhhms” and other such tension-creating tricks. Much like the teaser that came back in December, this new trailer continues to keep us in the dark in regards to the actual plot, but gives us plenty of chilling moments and special effects shots […]

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That sinking feeling – The Deep Blue Sea review

The Deep Blue Sea – Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, and Simon Russell Beale. Directed by Terence Davies. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Deep Blue Sea plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 19 to 25. It hits select Australian cinemas on April 5. Click here for more details. Rachel Weisz and Tom […]

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Ride on – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance review

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – Starring Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Ciarán Hinds. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The mantra of the fervent but long-suffering Nicolas Cage fan is as follows: There are no bad Nicolas Cage performances, just bad Nicolas Cage movies. This is how we […]

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Trailer Debut: Dark Shadows

What’s that now? The trailer for Tim Burton‘s adaptation of 70s soap opera Dark Shadows makes it look like a barrel of demented fun? We wouldn’t have believed it either, unless we’d seen it with our own eyes… We’ve been unimpressed by much of Burton’s cinematic output for much of the last decade, and were sceptical of his latest endeavour. […]

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Dr. Horrible sequel to shoot this year

Joss Whedon has been kinda preoccupied lately (maybe you’ve heard of this Avengers thing), but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about all the Dr. Horrible fans out there. Speaking to Wired at SXSW, Whedon revealed that production on a big-screen sequel to his hit internet series could begin in the American summer. “We are hard on it. It’s been […]

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Scorsese and DiCaprio commit to Wolf of Wall Street

After years of rumour, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have committed to their fifth collaboration: an adaptation of the Jordan Belfort memoir The Wolf of Wall Street. According to Deadline, the project has secured financing from Red Granite Pictures. DiCaprio will star as Belfort, a drug/alcohol/sex-addicted broker who went from multi-millionaire to convict within the span of a […]

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The top 10 movie idiots

The top 10 movie idiots. By Simon Miraudo. “Stupid is as stupid does,” Forrest Gump once cautioned a nation, and he was right. There’s a fine history of fools in cinema, and Paul Rudd‘s Ned from Our Idiot Brother (out this week on DVD and Blu-ray) joins that dim-witted pantheon. To celebrate his well-meaning stupidness, […]

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Thunderstruck – Take Shelter review

Take Shelter – Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Tova Stewart. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Rated M. Originally published July 24, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. I should have known better than to pigeonhole Michael Shannon. I’ve seen him in a number of films at this point (including his work on TV’s Boardwalk Empire), and I thought I had him pegged. When I heard he played […]

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