Archive | June, 2012

Paul Verhoeven bringing controversial Jesus biopic to screens

Would you like to see a film about the life of Jesus from the director of Showgirls and the co-writer of Pulp Fiction? Deadline reports this controversial project from Paul Verhoeven may become a reality as funding was recently secured. Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct, Total Recall) has been relatively quiet the last […]

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Fair play – Snow White and the Huntsman review

Snow White and the Huntsman – Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron. Directed by Rupert Sanders. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Rupert Sanders‘ revisionist adaptation of the Snow White saga takes its cues from two recent fantastical period pieces rather than the Grimm brothers’ original legend: Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy […]

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Teaser Debut: The Master

A second teaser trailer for one of the year’s most exciting films, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, has arrived. In the previous clip, we saw a mysterious character played by Joaquin Phoenix interrogated about a past he either didn’t remember or was lying about. Now, we get to see Philip Seymour Hoffman as the eponymous master; an […]

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First look at Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

The first image of Angelina Jolie as the evil queen in Disney’s revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty legend, Maleficent, has arrived online (courtesy of Slashfilm). Those horns look mighty threatening. Almost as sharp as her cheekbones! Elle Fanning stars as the slumbering Princess Aurora, tormented by Jolie’s title character. Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, […]

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Sesame Street movie in the works

This news article is brought to you by the letter ‘$’. 20th Century Fox has purchased the film rights to the long-running kids’ show Sesame Street.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy (Real Steel) will produce the feature. The Sesame Workshop will be involved as producers too. There are no further details on the project. Sesame Street first began […]

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Aussie Margot Robbie might star in Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street

Australian actress Margot Robbie (Neighbours) is in talks for the female lead in Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, according to Deadline. The film, adapted from the bestselling memoir by Jordon Belfort, already has Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) attached to star. Robbie would star opposite […]

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Jennifer Connelly in talks for Aronofsky’s Noah

Deadline reports Jennifer Connelly is in talks to reteam with Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Connelly and Crowe last worked together on Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind back in 2001, and are now said to play husband and wife once again in Aronofsky’s biblical epic. Connelly has also worked with Aronofsky in the past; in […]

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Wolf it down – The Grey review

The Grey – Starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts. Directed by Joe Carnahan. Rated MA. Originally published February 16, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Grey arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia June 27, 2012. Liam Neeson has spent much of his career playing larger than life characters, both real and fictional: Oskar Schindler, Zeus, Aslan, Rob Roy, Ra’s al Ghul, Qui-Gon […]

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Beautiful, if not so bold – Brave review

Brave – Featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, and Billy Connolly. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Rated PG. Originally published June 12, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Disney Pixar’s Brave is the powerhouse studio’s first non-sequel since 2009, and a marked improvement over Cars 2 (their first legitimately bad endeavour). Though it features some of the most exquisite animation ever put to film, it falls […]

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Play It Again – Lolita

Play It Again – Lolita. Starring James Mason, Sue Lyon, and Peter Sellers. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has […]

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Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair)

Interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair). By Simon Miraudo. Danish actor Mikkel Boe Følsgaard makes his feature film debut in Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair, starring as notorious King of Denmark Christian VII. Not only was he faced with the difficult task of portraying a historical figure dismissed today as simply “the mad king,” he also had to share the screen with […]

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Look who’s laughing – The Comedy (Sydney Film Festival)

The Comedy – Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and James Murphy. Directed by Rick Alverson. By Richard Haridy. The Comedy played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy is a caustic critique, not only of modern hipster culture, but also a wider generational inability to […]

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Interview: James Harkness and Natalie Eleftheriadis (Birthday)

Interview: James Harkness and Natalie Eleftheriadis (Birthday). By Simon Miraudo. This interview was originally published on August 23, 2011. Birthday arrives on DVD in Australia June 21, 2012. Check out our review here. James Harkness’ new feature film Birthday – adapted from his controversial stage play of the same name – stars Natalie Eleftheriadis as M, a high-end call girl who discovers […]

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I’ll cry if I want to – Birthday review

Birthday – Starring Natalie Eleftheriadis, Kestie Morassi and Ra Chapman. Directed by James Harkness. Originally published August 25, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Birthday arrives on DVD in Australia June 21, 2012. What is it with Australian filmmakers and the sex trade? In the last year alone, we’ve seen the inert and impenetrable Sleeping Beauty, the rollicking genre flick X, and now, we have James Harkness’ […]

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Family feud – Elena review

Elena – Starring Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, and Elena Lyadova. Directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev. Rated M. Originally published April 9, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Over the past few months we have seen compassion-fests like Buck, The Kid with a Bike, and Le Havre, where the good-hearted were cosmically rewarded for their patience and kindness during difficult times. Now comes Andrei Zvyagintsev‘s Elena, which suggests compassion isn’t all it’s cracked up […]

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First look at Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The first images of a heavily made-up Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have been released online. In the film – a remake of the 1947 pic of the same name – Stiller plays the eponymous Mitty, a daydreamer and photo developer who embarks on an adventure to find […]

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joins Mad Max: Fury Road

Transformers: Dark of the Moon star and Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has scored a role in George Miller‘s long delayed Mad Max sequel Fury Road. According to Deadline, Huntington-Whiteley will play “one of the five wives” in the picture; we’re not exactly sure what that means, but we’re hoping ‘the five wives’ are a […]

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Jonah Hill set for Django Unchained

Jonah Hill has scored a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s already-shooting Django Unchained, Deadline reports. Hill was originally set to star as the fellow who loses Django’s (Jamie Foxx) slave wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) to plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). When scheduling conflicts interfered, Hill was replaced by Sacha Baron Cohen, who himself exited the […]

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Twilight won’t be rebooted anytime soon

Summit Entertainment has told Deadline there are no plans to reboot the soon-to-conclude Twilight saga. Rumours have been swirling online – as rumours as wont to do – that Summit’s parent company Lionsgate plan to reboot the vampiric love story on the fifth anniversary of the original film’s release. Summit’s official comment is thus: ”We […]

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Alps wins top prize at Sydney Film Festival

The winner of the 59th Sydney Film Festival’s Official Competition was announced yesterday. Yorgos Lanthimos‘ Alps was named by the jury as the best of the fest, beating out heavy competition from Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild and Cate Shortland‘s long-anticipated Lore. Lanthimos’ Alps is the Greek director’s follow-up to Oscar nominated Dogtooth, […]

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Tastes like chicken – Killer Joe review (Sydney Film Festival)

Killer Joe – Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, and Juno Temple. Directed by William Friedkin. By Richard Haridy. Killer Joe played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Killer Joe is a grubby blast of amoral fun featuring a revelatory turn by Matthew McConaughey as the titular Joe; a […]

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Love fool – A Royal Affair review

A Royal Affair – Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Rated M. Originally published June 8, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Nikolaj Arcel‘s A Royal Affair doesn’t quite have the potency of a fleeting, passionate romance, so much as it mimics the drawn-out dissolution of a relationship. There are spurts of sordid sensuality and an intense, jaw-clenching climax, but […]

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Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu)

Interview: Miguel Gomes (Tabu). By Simon Miraudo. “When you can be moved by things that are unbelievable, that’s when cinema starts to be really interesting for me.” Miguel Gomes‘ beguiling Tabu won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, and is set […]

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Transformer – Holy Motors review (Sydney Film Festival)

Holy Motors – Starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Kylie Minogue. Directed by Leos Carax. By Richard Haridy. Holy Motors played the Sydney Film Festival. It arrives in Australian cinemas August 23, 2012. Holy Motors is a bewildering, indescribably wonderful film that reminded me why I fell in love with cinema. Leos Carax’s fifth feature […]

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Jean Dujardin in talks for Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar winning star of The Artist, Jean Dujardin, might star in Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio will star as Jordan Belfort – author of the memoir on which the film is based – a drug/alcohol/sex-addicted stock-broker who went from multi-millionaire to convict within the span of a […]

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Bored to Death might return as a movie

Good news for fans of recently axed HBO comedy Bored to Death; it may return as a telemovie. Ted Danson told a French journalist at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (reported by Vulture) that there have “been some conversations” about the series getting its final ep in the form of a 90-minute HBO movie. Danson […]

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The Lone Ranger’s budget blows out (again)

Disney halted production on Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Lone Ranger last year when the budget ballooned to $250 million. Months later, with costs cut and star Johnny Depp agreeing to a smaller upfront fee, the Mousehouse gave it the go ahead. That lowered $215 million budget has since exploded back to $250 million (and […]

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Ethan Hawke says the Before Sunset sequel shoots soon

Ethan Hawke has confirmed in an interview with Indiewire that a follow-up to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset will shoot in the American summer. When asked for location specifics, Hawke admitted, “I’ve gotten into trouble, so I’m sworn to secrecy. The biggest change between this one and the last one is the Internet. The first […]

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Charlize Theron investigates a Murder Mystery

Charlize Theron is in talks to star in John Madden’s Murder Mystery, according to Deadline. The Prometheus star is already signed on to co-produce the Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love) directed film, described as a comedic whodunit and “affectionate deconstruction of an Agatha Christie tale.” The role would see her as one […]

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The top 10 doomed romances

The top 10 doomed romances. By Simon Miraudo. The doomed romance: it’s a tale as old as time itself. Boy loves girl; girl loves boy; boy has his organs harvested; girl turns boy in to the police for his killing spree; boy dies mid-coitus; girl fakes own suicide, sending boy mad with grief, only to […]

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