Archive | November, 2012

Play It Again – Being There

Play It Again – Being There. Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Hal Ashby. 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 […]

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Television Revision: Fawlty Towers – Season 1

Television Revision: Fawlty Towers – Season 1. Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, and Andrew Sachs. Rated PG. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you […]

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With a bullet – Skyfall review

Skyfall – Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, and Judi Dench. Directed by Sam Mendes. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. There are good Bond films. There are bad Bond films. They’re all ‘Bond’ films, however, and that is both their best attribute and a burden. The much-vaunted reboot Casino Royale jettisoned a lot of the series’ […]

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Interview: Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant)

Interview: Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant). By Simon Miraudo. The irascible writer-director Abel Ferrara has never been backwards about coming forwards.  When Werner Herzog made a sequel/spin-off to his legendary Bad Lieutenant, the disapproving Ferrara suggested those involved “die in hell.” Herzog responded by claiming he had no idea who this Abel character was: […]

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Medicine man – The Good Doctor review

The Good Doctor – Starring Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, and Rob Morrow. Directed by Lance Daly. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Orlando Bloom breaks bad in The Good Doctor, a mildly diverting thriller that soft-pedals its weirdness resulting in an oddly neutered experience. Bloom is Martin Blake, a young student doctor in the first year […]

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George Clooney considers Brad Bird’s mysterious 1952

George Clooney might star in Brad Bird’s upcoming – and ultra-mysterious – Disney picture 1952. According to Variety, Clooney is negotiating to star in the flick, which has been penned by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost, general internet scorn) and Jeff Jensen. Though details are under wraps, sources close to the production describe it as “‘Close Encounters of […]

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Will Ferrell and Liam Neeson join LEGO movie

Will Ferrell and Liam Neeson will voice characters in Warner Bros’ upcoming animated LEGO movie. An official statement from the studio announced their casting, as well as that of Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman and Community‘s Alison Brie. They join previously announced voice talent Chris Pratt (also of Parks and Rec), Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Morgan […]

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James McAvoy re-teams with Benedict Cumberbatch for WikiLeaks movie

James McAvoy is in negotiations to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Bill Condon’s upcoming WikiLeaks movie, Variety reports. Cumberbatch will star as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; McAvoy would play his German colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. New RoboCop Joel Kinnaman had previously been rumoured to have secured this role. The picture is based on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With […]

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Hotel Transylvania 2 in the works

A sequel to Sony’s surprise hit Hotel Transylvania is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a September 2015 date has been set for the follow-up. The picture has grossed more than $253 million worldwide, and is the highest grossing Sony Pictures Animation title ever. That impressive tally can be tied to its clever pre-Halloween release […]

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Their first crime was being stupid – Killer Joe review

Killer Joe – Starring Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, and Emile Hirsch. Directed by William Friedkin. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. Their first crime was being stupid. The subjects of Tracy Letts’ play Killer Joe give trailer trash a bad name. They are trailer effluvia; fortunate enough to have taken human form, but lacking all the […]

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Mark Wahlberg really will star in Transformers 4

It was rumoured months ago, but Michael Bay denied it. Now, Bay and Paramount Pictures have announced Mark Wahlberg will indeed star in Transformers 4. Wahlberg worked with Bay on his (relatively) small budget black comedy Pain and Gain. It seems the experience was a positive one for the both of them. “Mark is awesome. We had […]

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Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig to play The Skeleton Twins

Former Saturday Night Live cast-mates Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are set to star as siblings in upcoming indie drama The Skeleton Twins, Variety reports. The duo will star as estranged twins Milo and Maggie, who reunite after coincidentally and narrowly avoiding death on the same day. Anna Faris was formerly attached to play Hader’s sis in […]

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Trailer Debut: World War Z

The trailer for Marc Forster’s troubled adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel World War Z has arrived online. Produced by and starring Brad Pitt, the flick documents an apocalyptic zombie outbreak across the world. Whereas Brooks’ book relayed events after the fact, focusing on different characters and nations in each chapter, the film mostly concerns Pitt’s family and […]

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Michael Arndt “in line” to write Star Wars Episode 7

Disney is working speedily to get this new Star Wars trilogy in cinemas by 2015. According to Deadline, Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has penned a treatment for the next three instalments of the Star Wars saga, and is “in line” to work on the full script for Episode 7. Arndt was recruited by LucasFilm to work on […]

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The top 10 Amy Adams performances

The top 10 Amy Adams performances. By Simon Miraudo. Amy Adams has come a long way since taking on the Sarah Michelle Geller role in Cruel Intentions 2 back in the year 2000 (and thank goodness). With three Oscar nominations to her name, she looks set to receive a fourth for her chilling turn as […]

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Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions)

Interview: Ben Lewin (The Sessions). By Simon Miraudo. When The Sessions (formerly The Surrogate) claimed the top prizes at Sundance earlier in the year, it wasn’t a plucky American upstart that took to the stage and basked in the applause. Instead, 66-year-old Australian writer-director Ben Lewin made his way to the podium, accompanied by wife […]

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Murder, ink – Seven Psychopaths review

Seven Psychopaths – Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken. Directed by Martin McDonagh. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The funniest joke in Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths is how it tricks viewers into thinking it’s a crime caper/gangster comedy, when it is in actuality a satire of the screenwriting process. That’s not to say […]

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Nicolas Cage not starring in Expendables 3 (yet)

There is no truth to the rumour that Nicolas Cage is confirmed for The Expendables 3, Deadline reports. Rumours flitted across the web yesterday when a Sylvester Stallone fanpage on Facebook suggested Cage, “a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group” (whatever that means), had joined the cast of the action sequel. Stallone has […]

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Harrison Ford might reprise Han Solo in Star Wars Episode 7

Harrison Ford is open to the idea of putting the famous vest back on and playing Han Solo in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars sequel, Entertainment Weekly report. According to an unnamed – but supposedly reliable – source, Harrison Ford would consider doing his Han Solo thing again. Of course, this would be pending script and director announcements. […]

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Casablanca sequel being mulled by WB

In news that really shouldn’t shock any film fan, according to The Film Stage, Warner Brothers is reportedly entertaining the idea of making a sequel to Casablanca with the creative working title, Return to Casablanca.  As the classic film is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its premiere, a treatment by Casablanca co-writer Howard Koch, written back […]

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John Cusack to play shock jock Rush Limbaugh

The Hollywood Reporter confirms John Cusack is developing a biopic about right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh and will also star in the film. With a working title of Rush, Cusack’s production company New Crime Productions has already announced the film’s director will be Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel). […]

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Interview: Paul Fenech (Housos vs. Authority)

Interview: Paul Fenech (Housos vs. Authority). By Simon Miraudo. Paul Fenech is responsible for some of Australia’s most popular – and controversial – TV series, having created and starred in Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers, and Housos. His most recent feature film, Housos vs. Authority, hit the big screen last week, and his rabid fan […]

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Play It Again – The Goodbye Girl

Play It Again – The Goodbye Girl. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Quinn Cummings. Directed by Herbert Ross. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. 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 […]

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Television Revision: Big Love – Season 1

Television Revision: Big Love – Season 1. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Chloe Sevigny. Rated MA. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you […]

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Kristen Stewart might co-star with Ben Affleck in Focus

With The Twilight Saga behind her, Kristen Stewart is looking for a role to herald the next stage of her career. According to Deadline, the young actress is considering Focus, a comedy from Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The pic already has Ben Affleck attached as a seasoned con-man; Stewart would play his protégé. Ficarra and Requa […]

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Mythbusters take on Breaking Bad

After proving that Jack could have indeed survived at the end of Titanic, the Mythbusters team are set to take on the science behind one of television’s most acclaimed shows, Breaking Bad. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman told Entertainment Weekly their plans for the Breaking Bad themed episode, though they promised not to attempt a cook of Heisenberg’s famed blue crystal meth. Instead, they will […]

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Jersey Boys movie delayed due to studio turnaround

The film adaptation of hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, based on the music of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, is not as close as we had hoped. According to Variety, Warner Bros has parted ways with the project, on account of the proposed budget and perceived limited international appeal of the tale. Jon Favreau was set […]

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Trailer Debut: Side Effects

The trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s latest pharmaceutical thriller, Side Effects, has arrived online. Though the teaser is largely ambiguous, from what we know of the picture, Rooney Mara stars as the wife of a convict (Channing Tatum) who develops a drug dependency in the lead-up to his release. Written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), Side Effects may well end up Soderbergh’s last […]

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Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)

Interview: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master). By Simon Miraudo. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s reputation is such that merely uttering the titles of his six feature films should be enough of an introduction. Frankly, the press shy auteur would probably prefer his work speak for itself. He’s enjoyed a nearly unprecedented run of creative success since making […]

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Leader of the pack – The Master review

The Master – Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Tell a friend you’re going to see the new “Scientology satire,” and they might ask questions of a couch-jumping nature. Tell them you’re going to see Joaquin Phoenix’s latest, and they might claim […]

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