Archive | August, 2012

Christopher Guest and Chris O’Dowd collaborating on Family Tree

In news that should please comedy geeks the world over, America’s pre-eminent mockumentarian Christopher Guest is teaming up with everyone’s favourite Irishman, Chris O’Dowd, for a new TV show. Deadline reports that HBO has given a “straight-to-series order” for Guest and O’Dowd’s Family Tree. O’Dowd will star in the documentary-style comedy as a 30-year-old who begins […]

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James Gunn might helm Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios want James Gunn (Slither, Super) to direct their other team-up flick, Guardians of the Galaxy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn is in talks with the studio to helm an instalment of their second “Phase,” which will also include Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and conclude with The Avengers 2. […]

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The Avengers 2 gets a release date

Last week it was announced that Joss Whedon would return to direct the sequel to Marvel team-up flick The Avengers. We now have an official release date for that (by then) highly anticipated follow-up. From Deadline‘s lips: May 1, 2015. Mark your calendars! You can presume the entire cast will be back, likely with a bit of […]

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Bradley Cooper might star opposite Beyonce in A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper is the latest actor supposedly considering starring in Clint Eastwood‘s remake of A Star is Born. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper is mulling over the opportunity to appear opposite Beyoncé Knowles in the flick. Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Eminem, Russell Crowe and even Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z have all been rumoured at one time or another to be in consideration […]

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Trailer Debut: 10 Years

Channing Tatum: loves high school! After posing as a teen in 21 Jump Street, he’s now appearing in Jamie Linden’s reunion flick 10 Years. The trailer shows Tatum catching up with his buddies (Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Brian Geraghty) and reconnecting with his old flame (Rosario Dawson). Bad news for his wife […]

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Trailer Debut: The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s long awaited (really?) return to film will be marked by The Expendables 2 (we’re not going to count his phoned-in, 30-second cameo in the original). However, the true mark of Arnie’s comeback success will be tested by The Last Stand, his first leading role since exiting office in California. Once you get past the hurdle of the hulking […]

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John Goodman in talks for Hangover III villain

While much of the cast for The Hangover Part III has been set, the role of villain is yet to be filled. Or is it? According to Variety, John Goodman is in talks to take on a small, antagonistic part in the Todd Phillips‘ directed flick. If he signs up, he’ll be causing trouble for Bradley Cooper, Zach […]

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The top 10 director burns

The top 10 director burns. By Simon Miraudo. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned filmmaker feud! The ever-opinionated David Cronenberg, hot on the Cosmopolis publicity trail, recently told NextMovie he had no interest in ever making a superhero movie. Then he began criticising Christopher Nolan‘s Batman flicks (“they’re mostly boring), and anyone who branded them […]

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Pen pal – Ruby Sparks review

Ruby Sparks – Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and Antonio Banderas. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Ruby Sparks plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 18, 2012. It arrives in Australian cinemas September 20, 2012. Regularly embodied by Zooey Deschanel, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (or MPDG) […]

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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. Originally published March 20, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Raid is now available on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia. 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 […]

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Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre)

Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). By Simon Miraudo. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee – more fun to pronounce than even Michel Hazanavicius!) is one of the most acclaimed writer-directors in the world. Famous for his adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, as well as The Match Factory Girl and The Man Without a Past, he also has a reputation as something of a renegade. Kaurismäki […]

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Nothing compares to you – Alps review

Alps – Starring Aggeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed, and Aris Servetalis. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Originally published June 12, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Alps plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 19, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. This review was first run during the Sydney Film Festival. Following on from his Oscar-nominated freak-fest Dogtooth, it was expected Yorgos Lanthimos‘ Alps would similarly […]

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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. Originally published March 22, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Hunger Games arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia on August 17, 2012. Well, I don’t think any of us could have predicted that the film coming to claim the ‘Insanely Popular Young Adult Franchise’ crown […]

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Gimme moor – Wuthering Heights review

Wuthering Heights – Starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, and James Northcote. Directed by Andrea Arnold. Rated MA. By Jess Lomas. Wuthering Heights plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 19, 2012. It arrives in Australian cinemas October 11, 2012. Based on the classic novel by Emily Brontë, director Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights has attempted to […]

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Kristen Stewart might be dumped from Snow White sequel

The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman might be short one Snow White. The Hollywood Reporter suggests plans for Universal’s sequel to the fairy-tale flick are being rejigged following the revelation that star Kristen Stewart had an affair with director Rupert Sanders. The focus of the follow-up will instead be turned to Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman. THR […]

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Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia for Werner Herzog

Robert Pattinson will play T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog‘s upcoming indie flick Queen of the Desert. According to Variety, Pattinson joins Naomi Watts, who will play English writer Gertrude Bell. T.E. Lawrence was, of course, the subject of David Lean‘s iconic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, where he was portrayed by Peter O’Toole. Lawrence befriended Bell in the […]

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Eastern Promises 2 scrapped by Focus Features

Eastern Promises 2 is no more. While doing press for Cosmopolis, director David Cronenberg told The Playlist that Focus Features have pulled the plug on a sequel to his Oscar nominated gangster flick. “We were supposed to start shooting ‘Eastern Promises 2’ in October…. [But] It’s done… If you don’t like it talk to James Schamus at Focus. It was […]

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Bleary eyes, full heart – Undefeated review

Undefeated – Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. Originally published July 6, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Undefeated plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 18, 2012. It arrives on DVD October 3. This review was first run during the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. There’s only room in one’s life for a certain number of passions. Hopefully family and […]

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F is for Frédéric – The Imposter review

The Imposter – Directed by Bart Layton. Originally published July 10, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Imposter plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 17, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. This review was first run during the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. A child goes missing, and, three years later, returns with a […]

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The spy who replaced me – The Bourne Legacy review

The Bourne Legacy – Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, and Edward Norton. Directed by Tony Gilroy. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. “There was never just one,” the posters for The Bourne Legacy tease. They refer to the members of the CIA’s hush-hush Treadstone program, of which forgetful super-spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), was, well, born from. […]

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The smiling assassin – Bernie review

Bernie – Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Richard Linklater. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Bernie features a series of talking head interviews with the citizens of Carthage, Texas that are so funny, folksy, and fully-realised I was certain they were fictional. After all, reality is rarely a convincing representation of […]

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Nun crazy – Beyond The Hills review

Beyond The Hills – Starring Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan, and Valeriu Andriuta. Directed by Cristian Mungiu. By Richard Haridy. Beyond The Hills played the Melbourne International Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Beyond The Hills is Cristian Mungiu‘s first feature since winning the Palme d’Or in 2007 with his harrowing drama […]

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Bohemian rhapsody – Le Havre review

Le Havre – Starring André Wilms, Blondin Miguel and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Rated M. Originally published January 16, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Le Havre arrives on DVD in Australia on August 15, 2012. Besides having one of the best names in cinema history, Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee; go on, say it!) has a reputation as one of the finest filmmakers […]

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See Russell Crowe as Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

The first image of Russell Crowe as iconic Biblical character Noah has been released by USA Today. Director Darren Aronofsky has been Tweeting numerous production photos from the set of his gargantuan epic (we particularly like this one of a puffin!), but this is the first picture of Crowe as the eponymous ark-builder. And he sure looks grizzled! […]

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Rosamund Pike in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End

Rosamund Pike will join Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the final instalment of Edgar Wright‘s “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, The World’s End. According to The Daily Mail, Pike will flex her funny bone in an as-yet unspecified role. Pegg, Frost, and Wright have long described their apocalyptic The World’s End as the final instalment of a trilogy that began with zombie […]

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Keira Knightley joins Jack Ryan

The cast of Paramount’s long-gestating Jack Ryan reboot is slowly coming together, with Keira Knightley in negotiations for the lead female role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she was the studio’s original choice to star as the wife of Chris Pine‘s title character, but director Kenneth Branagh only circled back to her after testing a number of […]

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Bill and Ted 3 secures a director

Did anyone really believe Keanu Reeves or Alex Winter when they said they were working on bringing iconic dudesters Bill and Ted back to the big screen? Well, here Vulture goes, with a report that Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, the upcoming Red 2) is attached to direct Bill and Ted 3. Original creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson have written a script that […]

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She’s got the look – Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present ­review

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present ­– Starring Marina Abramović. Directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre. Originally published July 10, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 13 and 15, 2012. It does not yet have an Australian release date. This review was first run during the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. […]

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Girl talk – Damsels in Distress review

Damsels in Distress – Starring Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, and Adam Brody. Directed by Whit Stillman. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. Damsels in Distress plays the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 10, 2012. It arrives in Melbourne cinemas September 6, 2012. While it’s been fourteen years since Whit Stillman’s last movie, The Last Days of […]

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Lionsgate consider rebooting Saw

Lionsgate are considering a reboot of the positively ancient Saw franchise, which has produced thirty-four sequels since the first flick debuted in the late 18th century. The news comes from Bloody Disgusting, who suggest that a remake is merely being mulled by the studio, and they may indeed bankroll another sequel instead. Exaggerations aside, 2012 will mark […]

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