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Trailer Debut: The Artist

Silent films: they’re back! The trailer for Michel Hazanavicus‘ Cannes hit The Artist has debuted online, sans dialogue, but avec awesomeness. The Artist features Jean Dujardin as one of the biggest silent movie stars of the 1920s, whose celebrity begins to wane as the age of talkies descends upon him. The Weinstein Company picked up the […]

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Lars von Trier responds to Norway killer’s love for Dogville

Lars von Trier, who jokingly claimed he was a Nazi at Cannes earlier in the year only to find himself banned from the festival, could use some good press right about now. His reputation probably wasn’t helped when it was revealed that Anders Behring Breivik, the man responsible for 77 deaths in the recent Norway […]

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Full line-up for Melbourne International Film Festival revealed

Victoria, prepare thyself. The entire line-up of films playing at the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival has been revealed. For those of you worried that the best features had already been leaked,  rest easy in the knowledge that the team at MIFF still had a few aces in their pocket. Opening the fest on the […]

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Branching out – The Tree of Life review

The Tree of Life – Starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn. Directed by Terrence Malick. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is about the meaning of our existence, told from the perspective of God, as He recalls the entire history of the universe. Maybe. It’s definitely in that […]

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Cannes faves join Melbourne International Film Festival lineup

As if the first batch of titles announced for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival weren’t good enough (they were!), MIFF has unveiled 25 more features, all of which played at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival back in May. They include: Beauty (dir. Oliver Hermanus) Drive (dir. Nicholas Winding Refn) Elena (dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev) El […]

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Nolan and Fincher talk Malick’s The Tree of Life

Fox Searchlight has recruited Christopher Nolan and David Fincher to help promote Terrence Malick’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life. The film (which opened in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago) is an ambitious project about … everything, apparently. It’s probably not been the easiest sell, despite the star-power of Brad Pitt […]

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First look at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival

The first batch of titles heading to this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (running 21 July to 7 August) were revealed today, and they include a number of exciting local features, long-awaited international flicks and a Cannes prize winner. We’ve been waiting to catch Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture for some time; they’ll both […]

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The Tree of Life takes top prize at Cannes

Although Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life was met with a few boos following its debut screening at Cannes, the jury charged with handing out the festival’s top awards were more receptive, bestowing upon it the prestigious Palme d’Or for Best Film. At a press conference following this year’s awards ceremony, chair Robert De Niro […]

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Lars von Trier jokes about being a Nazi, then takes it back

You crazy for this one, Lars! Exactly two years (to the day!) since his controversial screening of Antichrist at the Cannes Film Festival – where he met angry catcalls from the press with the response, “I am the best director in the world” – von Trier returned to the Croisette to screen his new film […]

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The Tree of Life met with boos and cheers at Cannes

There are plenty of exciting films making their debut at the Cannes Film Festival, but none have set tongues wagging or been shrouded in more mystery than Terrence Malick’s long-delayed film-about-everything The Tree of Life. The Brad Pitt/Sean Penn feature screened yesterday, and it almost kicked off a riot, with some cinephiles literally punching one […]

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Billionairess to make two more Terminator films

Imagine you had billions and billions of dollars. What would you spend it on? Ending poverty? Possibly. Bringing to the screen all the awesome films languishing in development hell? Definitely. Very rich heiress Megan Ellison is doing just that, having already ponied up the dough for two Paul Thomas Anderson films, a new Spike Jonze/Charlie […]

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First look at We Need To Talk About Kevin

Three clips from the highly anticipated film We Need to Talk About Kevin have been released ahead of its Cannes premiere. In the Lynne Ramsay directed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestselling novel, Tilda Swinton plays Eva, mother of Kevin (Ezra Miller), who goes on a high-school killing spree. After the shooting she begins writing to […]

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Ryan Gosling in Drive is fast(er) and furious(er)

Back in January we named Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive the “16th most exciting film of 2011” based on its stellar cast alone. Now, having seen the first bit of footage from the picture, we’ll admit that we probably underestimated its potential awesomeness. Drive stars Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for […]

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First look at Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In

The 2011 Cannes film festival is getting closer, and all those films we’ve been eagerly anticipating – The Tree of Life, Sleeping Beauty, Melancholia, Drive, This Must Be The Place – are all set to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Also in competition for the top prize is Pedro Almodóvar newie, The Skin I […]

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Trailer Debut: Martha Marcy May Marlene

The transfixing trailer for Sundance favourite and Cannes-bound thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene has landed online. It stars Elizabeth Olson (yes, sister to the twins) as a young woman who escapes from a cult and their mysterious leader (Oscar nominee John Hawkes). The directorial debut from Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene was one of the […]

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Saoirse Ronan to star in Twilight author’s The Host

Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) has scored the lead role in the upcoming adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s follow up to the Twilight saga, The Host. According to Deadline, Ronan is attached to a package that also includes a script by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show). Deadline also suggests Niccol might direct. The film’s executive producers, […]

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Poster Debut: Sleeping Beauty

The sensual new poster for Julia Leigh’s Cannes-bound Aussie drama Sleeping Beauty has debuted online. Transmission brought it to our attention via Twitter. (Haven’t you heard? Everyone’s doing it that way now.) Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning as a young prostitute who submits herself to the ‘Sleeping Beauty Chamber’, in which her clients can do to […]

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Snowtown heading to Cannes

Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown has been selected for Cannes Critics’ Week, where it will compete for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize as well as the prestigious Camera d’Or. The Aussie film depicts the Snowtown murders orchestrated by John Bunting, and stars Daniel Henshall and Lucas Pittaway. Kurzel is eligible for the Camera d’Or, awarded only to […]

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See Sean Penn as goth rocker in This Must Be The Place

I am in love … with this picture of Sean Penn. A new image and clip from Penn’s forthcoming film This Must Be the Place has appeared over at The Playlist, and has more than a few people scratching their heads. In the Paolo Sorrentino directed film, Penn plays Cheyenne, a retired rock star who […]

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Trailer Debut: Sleeping Beauty

The trailer for Australian novelist-turned-director Julia Leigh’s Cannes-approved debut Sleeping Beauty has landed online. It stars Emily Browning as a young prostitute who submits herself to the ‘Sleeping Beauty Chamber’, in which her clients can do to her as they please while she sleeps. As you would expect for a film with this title – […]

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2011 Cannes lineup announced!

A bunch of exciting, controversial and most-likely confounding feature films will compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The competition lineup was announced yesterday, confirming rumours that Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia would make their debut on The Croisette. Other big names debuting their […]

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Trailer Debut: Melancholia

Now that Roland Emmerich is busy making period dramas (admittedly, expensive looking ones), a void has been left in the cinematic landscape. Who can we rely on to annually film the destruction of our planet? With the trailer for his new film Melancholia, Danish provocateur Lars von Trier modestly asks we consider him for the […]

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Poster Debut: The Tree of Life

Geez, make up your mind Terrence Malick. First you don’t want us to know anything about The Tree of Life, and then you release a poster featuring seventy images from the film. Next thing we know, you’ll actually get around to releasing the movie. You’ve changed, man. Fox Searchlight unveiled the first poster for Malick’s […]

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Trailer Debut: Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine – starring the wildly talented Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a young couple struggling to keep their marriage alive – was one of the big hits of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and received some very nice notices after screening at Cannes a few months back. The trailer for the […]

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Head to Head – The White Ribbon

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight! This week, Tom Clift punished Michael Haneke‘s Palme d’Or winner The White Ribbon by … uhh, tying a white ribbon around […]

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The Rundown: May 20-26

Hey Quickflixers! Welcome to the latest instalment of The Rundown. It’s a regular feature that will appear on the blog every Wednesday, highlighting our favourite news items from the past 7 days, as well as notable box office and weekly rental figures. (And yes, we get that it’s weird to do this in the middle […]

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Check out the dreamy Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee

Wow, Tim Burton wasn’t lying when he described this year’s Palme d’Or winner as a “dream” of a film. You’ll forgive me for feeling a little dubious that the man now in charge of churning out committee-approved dream-lite dreck would still know what a haunting film looked like. The descriptively named Uncle Boonmee Who Can […]

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Cannes Palme d’Or awarded to Uncle Boonmee

The Cannes Film Festival is over for another year, with the top prize going to the dreamlike Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jury president Tim Burton awarded Uncle Boonmee the Palme d’Or, describing it as a “dream” of a film. The picture follows a dying man’s last days […]

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Romero to remake Argento’s Deep Red?!

George A. Romero and Dario Argento are unquestionably two of the most beloved and influential genre filmmakers in history. Romero is best known of course for defining the cinematic zombie in his two masterpieces Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Argento on the other hand is famous for his own masterpieces […]

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Shia LaBeouf didn’t like Indy 4 either

Shia LaBeouf has continued his tour of contrition (or should that be Cannes-trition) by admitting that he “dropped the ball” on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The 23-year-old actor is giving plenty of interviews on the Croisette while promoting Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which made its debut at the […]

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