Archive | October, 2013

Laura Dern goes Wild with Reese Witherspoon

Laura Dern will join Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming drama, Wild. According to Deadline, Dern will play Witherspoon’s mother in the flick, despite there being only nine years between them. The flick is based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir, and has been adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby. Witherspoon will star as Cheryl, a […]

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Cuts like a knife – Machete Kills review

By Simon Miraudo October 21, 2013 The market has well and truly rejected the Machete franchise, as if it were salted toothpaste or phlegm-flavoured soda. Yet still, further instalments keep getting churned out (probably just to keep Danny Trejo in moustache oil). The unnecessary Machete Kills – truly the Crystal Pepsi of cinema – opened […]

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Morse code – McCanick review

By Simon Miraudo October 21, 2013 The great David Morse is so frequently deployed by directors to improve their films with just a handful of scenes, he’s long since graduated from ‘That Guy’ status. (Perhaps ‘The Guy’ would be a more accurate designation?) The veteran character actor gets a rare leading role in McCanick, an […]

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Brie Larson set to join Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler

Brie Larson is in talks to play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming remake of The Gambler. According to Deadline, negotiations are in the very early stages. It seems all that Oscar buzz she’s getting for Short Term 12 (in which she plays a foster care worker) is doing great things for […]

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Trailer Debut: The Grand Budapest Hotel

You can check out anytime you want, but you may never want to leave. The trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s follow-up to his Oscar nominated Moonrise Kingdom, has arrived online. Boasting an all-star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and, of course, Bill Murray (among […]

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Mystery Road’s Aaron Pedersen describes racism as “an old friend”

Actor Aaron Pedersen has spoken about the familiarity of racism in Australia, describing it as “an old friend.” We caught up with Pedersen ahead of the release of his new movie, Mystery Road, in which he plays a cowboy detective persecuted by both his home town’s indigenous community and the mostly-white police force. Pedersen revealed […]

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First look at Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

Blue Jasmine is barely out of cinemas, but workhorse Woody Allen is close to wrapping his follow-up feature. The first images from his 2014 release, Magic in the Moonlight, show stars Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, and Colin Firth all looking rather smart in their 1920s attire. Little is known about the plot, besides the […]

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the next two Golden Globe ceremonies

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed on to host the next two Golden Globe ceremonies. This is a major coup for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who managed to snag the only recent awards show MCs that weren’t universally maligned. The 2014 ceremony will be broadcast from California on January 12. Here’s hoping Darcy […]

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd “front-runners” for Marvel’s Ant-Man

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are reportedly the “front-runners” for Marvel’s upcoming flick Ant-Man. According to Variety‘s sources, Gordon-Levitt and Rudd are the main contenders to play the shrunken superhero, though they do provide some wiggle room by adding “there’s still a remote possibility another actor could emerge.” Gordon-Levitt told AlloCine (translated by The Playlist) […]

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Television Revision: Boardwalk Empire – Season 3

By Andrew Williams October 16, 2013  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 away from the specific episodes – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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Stuck in a puzzle – Prisoners review

By Jess Lomas October 16, 2013 Many might think Liam Neeson has the kidnapped-daughter market covered with his Taken franchise, but Hugh Jackman gives him a run for his money in director Denis Villeneuve’s dark and twisted thriller Prisoners. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), their son Ralph, and daughter Anna walk […]

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Talk Hard – Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road)

Take a left on Intrigue Avenue, go past Enigma Lane, and you’ll arrive at Mystery Road. That’s where we find ourselves this week, asking Aaron Pedersen what it’s like to play a cowboy detective for director Ivan Sen. Mystery Road hits Australian cinemas October 17. Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please subscribe to us on iTunes and […]

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Spit take – I Spit on Your Grave 2 review

By Richard Haridy October 15, 2013 The rape-revenge genre is one of the most problematic to navigate. The original I Spit on Your Grave, from 1979, was a tawdry affair with a suitably exploitative vibe designed to push its audience into complex modes of identification. While the 2010 remake got plenty wrong – from its […]

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Play It Again: Twilight Zone – The Movie

By Simon Miraudo October 15, 2013 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 aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, […]

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Street shooter – Mystery Road review

By Simon Miraudo October 15, 2013 Cormac McCarthy is yet to set one of his sparse, existential tales in the Australian outback, and he may never need to now Ivan Sen has picked up the burden with Mystery Road. When it was announced he would be making something like a western – and centered around […]

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Charlie Hunnam pulls out of 50 Shades of Grey

The role of male chauvinist of the century, Christian Grey, is once again up for grabs as Charlie Hunnam departs the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The Sons of Anarchy star claimed the highly sought-after role back in September but a newly released statement by the studio claims “The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES […]

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to reunite on Devil’s Night

Comedy superstars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up again in new Sony comedy Devil’s Night, according to The Wrap. The pair has already worked together on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and fans are eager to see more from the duo, with Step Brothers grossing $120 million […]

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See the cast of Nymphomaniac in orgasmic delight

Lars Von Trier’s canny promotional campaign for his upcoming five-hour pornographic opus, Nymphomaniac, hits a new height with the release of fourteen provocative character posters. Featuring all his major actors offering up their best “o-face,” these posters give us a curious introduction to what we can expect from this inevitably divisive film, set to be […]

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Feels like we only go backwards – About Time review

By Simon Miraudo October 14, 2013 Richard Curtis lives to make you melt, and his latest, About Time, should just about do the trick. It’s sad and sweet. And shapeless. But mostly sweet. His previous directorial effort, The Boat That Rocked, also suffered from bagginess (thirty minutes were shaved off its American release). I’ll forgive […]

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Behind blue eyes – Maniac review

By Simon Miraudo October 14, 2013 Those who prefer to keep their distance from unsavoury characters would do well to avoid Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac, a horror movie that indicts desensitised audiences by placing us behind the eyes of a murderer. A remake of the grimy 1980 film of the same name, it appropriates a novel […]

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Connie Britton blames Kyle Chandler for holding up Friday Night Lights movie

There is disunion in the Taylor household. Connie Britton – aka. Mrs. Coach – was asked on Watch What Happens Live about the future of Friday Night Lights, which ran for five seasons on television and was rumoured to be getting a big-screen sequel. “You know, there’s been a lot of talk about a lot […]

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Lee Daniels casts Alex Pettyfer as gay action hero

Lee Daniels has cast Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) in his upcoming action movie, which will center on a pair of gay action heroes. Speaking to Out, Daniels said to think of it as a gay Mr. and Mrs. Smith, “but the two good-looking guys [are] the action heroes… [and] we don’t find out they’re gay until […]

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Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx teaming up for Martin Luther King Jr. biopic

Oliver Stone might reteam with his Any Given Sunday star Jamie Foxx for a biopic on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg is attached to produce the flick for DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Neither Stone nor Foxx are officially attached at this point, as reservations reportedly abound. […]

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Julian Assange leaks letter to The Fifth Estate’s Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch reportedly wanted to meet Julian Assange before production began on the WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate. Assange, no fan of the project but apparently a big fan of Cumberbatch, declined. Then, in typical Wikileaky fashion, he revealed his letter to the world, outlining his reasons. “I believe you are a good person, but […]

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Aussie Margot Robbie in consideration for Fantastic Four

Aussie Margot Robbie is having a very good year, starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and popping up in Richard Curtis’ About Time. She could transition to big-time-movie-star status should she score the role of Sue Storm in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. According to […]

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Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine wanted as new Horrible Bosses

The makers of Horrible Bosses 2 want Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine to play a dastardly father-son duo, Deadline reports. Finding despicable antagonists to match Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston will be a big task, but this particular pairing intrigues. Unfortunately, insiders claim Waltz won’t be available, but Pine might be keen. Sean […]

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Television Revision: Boardwalk Empire – Season 2

By Andrew Williams October 9, 2013 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 away from the specific episodes – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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Play It Again: Fright Night

By Jess Lomas October 8, 2013 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 aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, […]

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Bullet time – 2 Guns review

By Simon Miraudo October 8, 2013 There are actually 111 guns in 2 Guns, but that sum doesn’t include concealed weapons, so we’ll never really know the truth. This was an independent count, conducted by myself, during a first viewing of Baltasar Kormákur‘s double-cross crime comedy. (I say ‘first’ as if it will be followed […]

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New York Stories: Don Jon / Parkland / We Are What We Are

By Glenn Dunks October 8, 2013 The Manhattan Report: Having moved to America from Australia some six months ago, I’ve missed film festivals on every corner of my home country. It hasn’t so much been the movies I have missed, but the communal atmosphere they foster through red-eyed early mornings and red-wined late evenings. However, […]

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