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Ricky Gervais making a David Brent movie

It’s official: Ricky Gervais will resurrect his legendary Office boss and make a David Brent movie. According to the BBC, the flick will follow Brent as he attempts to pursue his dreams of becoming a rock star. Titled Life on the Road, it will go into production next year. Gervais has trotted out Brent a number of times in […]

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Elisabeth Moss, Vince Vaughn in talks for ‘True Detective’ Season 2

Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are close to signing on for the second season of HBO’s pop-culture swallowing True Detective, but what of the other two purported lead roles? Freak out not. Fresh from The Wrap comes news of Elisabeth Moss and Vince Vaughn being in talks to fill those gaps. According to a breakdown snagged by The Wrap, […]

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Sony set female-led superhero film from ‘Spider-Man’ universe for 2017

Seeing as Marvel Studios won’t do it anytime soon, Sony has reportedly pledged to release a female-led superhero film in 2017. According to Deadline, they’ll find a female character from the Spider-Man universe (which Sony holds the rights to) to base a movie around. It follows news of them delaying The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018 following the exit […]

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They’re a weird mob – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review

By Simon Miraudo August 6, 2014 Even the most casual fan could name Marvel Studios’ ten features, starting with 2008 trend-setter Iron Man and arriving at 2014’s not-so-surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Where they’d be reasonably stumped is correctly identifying the villains. Names like Malekith the Dark Elf, Aldrich Killian, and now, Ronan the […]

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Do it again – ‘The Infinite Man’ Review

By Richard Haridy August 5, 2014 The Infinite Man is a remarkably assured debut Australian feature that perfectly balances character and concept to give us not only one of the most tightly controlled time travel narratives ever conceived but also a genuinely sweet romantic comedy. Dean (Josh McConville) just wants to recreate the perfect anniversary […]

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Play It Again – Sophie’s Choice

By Glenn Dunks August 5, 2014 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, whatever. It […]

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Kevin Feige says we’ll have to wait for a female-led Marvel movie

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the studio is too busy for a female-led superhero film right now. Ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s massive opening weekend, Comic Book Resources asked how far away Marvel was from a movie with a female lead. “I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of […]

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Bill Murray to voice Baloo in ‘The Jungle Book’

Bill Murray, still unwilling to do a third Ghostbusters, has instead signed on to voice big ol’ bear Baloo in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Jon Favreau’s CG/live-action hybrid will retell Rudyard Kipling’s classic fable, and will feature the voices of Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito and Ben Kingsley. Newcomer Neel […]

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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ grosses $1 billion at the box office

Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the 19th film to crack the billion dollar milestone at the worldwide box office, surpassing The Dark Knight this weekend to take the 18th place on the overall chart. The Michael Bay picture has so far grossed $241 million in North America, which is significantly less than the three […]

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Sony considering an all-female ‘Ghostbusters 3’ directed by Paul Feig

Sony – and especially Dan Aykroyd – really want to make a third Ghostbusters movie, and after years of false starts and rewrites and failed attempts to woo Bill Murray, the studio might be close with an all-female reboot. According to Variety, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is being courted to direct the flick, which […]

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Studio Ghibli to close film production department… maybe

Studio Ghibli is shuttering its animation feature film department… depending on who you ask. Hypable reports Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli’s general manager, took to Japanese TV to announced the closure of the wing that produced such classic movies as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and many, many more. However, SlashFilm (and many others) insist this is […]

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Brain candy – ‘Lucy’ Review

By Simon Miraudo August 1, 2014 God is a woman. Well, she is now anyway. In Luc Besson‘s Lucy, Scarlett Johansson goes from doe-eyed mafia pawn to all-powerful superbeing, and all it took was accidentally absorbing the intellect-enhancing drug placed beside her abdomen by a Korean cartel. The rest of us, meanwhile, have to choke […]

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Round the twist – ‘Predestination’ Review

By Simon Miraudo August 1, 2014 “Smart” movies can be dumb fun (Inception, Shutter Island), and “dumb” movies can be secretly smart (22 Jump Street, Spring Breakers), but movies about time travel… mostly just frustrate. They exist in some sort of netherworld, caught between smartness and dumbness, kind of like this sentence. They require rigorous […]

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Folman and Robin – ‘The Congress’ Review

By Simon Miraudo August 1, 2014 The Congress is where brutal reality meets impossible fantasy, Tex Avery meets Studio Ghibli, and director Ari Folman meets actress Robin Wright, resulting in, at the very least, a truly unique cinematic experience, and inspiring one genius headline. (See above.) Set in a near-future Hollywood that has no further […]

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Talk Hard – Zak Hilditch, These Final Hours

It’s anarchy in the WA! This week, we review the Perth-based apocalypse movie These Final Hours, now in Australian cinemas, and speak to writer-director Zak Hilditch. Get the party ended!   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Apologies for the audio quality of the interview… and the chatty bystanders. Tell your friends to subscribe to Talk Hard on iTunes and […]

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The Top 10 ‘Orange is the New Black’ Inmates

By Simon Miraudo July 30, 2014 Every sentence is a story, Orange is the New Black‘s tagline punnily promises, and it ain’t lying. Jenji Kohan’s spunky black comedy concerns the highs and lows (okay… mostly lows) of the populace in a female prison seen through the eyes of Taylor Schilling‘s Piper Chapman, a waspy, artisanal […]

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Television Revision: ‘The West Wing’ – Season 7

By Andrew Williams July 29, 2014 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 the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… The Bartlet White House has to […]

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Anarchy in the W.A. – ‘These Final Hours’ Review

By Simon Miraudo July 29, 2014 There’s never been an end-of-days movie quite like These Final Hours before, an anything-goes orgy of grief, savagery, and sex, with just enough humanity to remind us why maybe farewelling mankind would be a shame after all. Zak Hilditch‘s major feature debut makes Perth the final destination for an […]

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Talk Hard – Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant

Sit down, kids, as we share the fable of The Selfish Giant. Simon Miraudo reviews this acclaimed English drama, in Australian cinemas July 31, and then interviews its director and writer, Clio Barnard.   Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Do tell your friends to subscribe to Talk Hard on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow our RSS […]

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer promises non-stop carnage

Almost – almost – confirming that the long-delayed, production-plagued Mad Max: Fury Road actually exists and will be fit for release is this new teaser trailer, fresh from Comic Con. The clip is just a short excerpt of the lengthy sequence played at the Con, where director George Miller revealed that the entire movie would be one long […]

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Walrus? Yes! Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ trailer revealed

The trailer for Kevin Smith’s podcast-born horror flick – his first since 2011’s Red State – has arrived online, following its premiere at Comic Con. Inspired by a Gumtree post and discussed on Smith and Scott Mosier’s Smodcast, Tusk will concern a podcaster (Justin Long) who answers a classified ad from a lonely former seaman (Michael Parks), looking for an […]

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Unexpected ‘King Kong’ prequel, ‘Skull Island’, set for 2016

Among the things no one expected to be announced at Comic Con: a remake of Kazaam, a live action adaptation of the ill-fated comic hero Arm-Fall-Off-Boy, and a prequel to King Kong. So, you can imagine Con-goers surprise when the teaser for a new King Kong movie was played at the conclusion of Legendary’s panel. Titled Skull Island, the picture […]

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Quentin Tarantino is making ‘The Hateful Eight’ after all

Quentin Tarantino, that tease, revealed at Comic Con he is indeed moving forward with The Hateful Eight, despite suggesting he would abandon the film after the script leaked early this year. According to Deadline, Tarantino made the confirmation after being prodded by a fan’s question at his Django/Zorro crossover comic panel. In an earlier report, Deadline suggested QT was […]

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Marvel reveals ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ concept art, announce ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ at Comic Con; Joaquin Phoenix in talks for ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel, the reigning kings of Comic Con, selfishly dominated the weekend’s news cycle with some juicy new details about their upcoming slate. First, over the course of the Con they unveiled some concept art character posters, which, when “assembled” make up the above image, showing the Avengers (plus newbies Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision) in serious […]

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman debuted at Comic Con

The first image of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (fitted out in full Wonder Woman garb) has been released online, following its debut at the Batman V Superman Comic Con panel. Her character portrait joins the previously released posters for Bats (Ben Affleck) and Supes (Henry Cavill), though neither was quite as rapturously received as this one […]

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The Top 25 Films of 1989

By Simon Miraudo July 28, 2014 Every year is a good year for cinema, however, few can boast about having as many memorable movies – certainly ones that remain ingrained in our collective consciousness – as 1989 can. With that in mind, I dug into the Quickflix data bank to see which had been deemed […]

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Play It Again – Blue Velvet

By Glenn Dunks July 25, 2014 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, whatever. It […]

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Look but don’t touch the saucy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer

Have that fainting couch at the ready! The scandalous trailer for e-book sensation Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived online. Dakota Johnson plays sexually inexperienced uni student Anastasia Steele in the flick, ultimately seduced by BDSM-loving billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The teaser – tease being the key phrase here – for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation is […]

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ trailer full of ‘Back to the Future 2’-style shenanigans

The sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine you didn’t realise you had asked for hits cinemas next January. For those who are eagerly waiting for it – okay, I’m one of them – this new Red Band trailer should suffice. The picture sees Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke reeling from the events of […]

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ delayed until 2018

Following the disappointing box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, Sony has delayed the release of its sequel from 2016 to 2018. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 does not have a specific date in 2018, suggesting that perhaps the studio is waiting to see how their still-slated villain team-up flick Sinister Six fares […]

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