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Channing Tatum and Steve Carell go for Oscar gold in ‘Foxcatcher’ teaser

The long-awaited Foxcatcher – a film I prematurely added to my Most Anticipated of 2012 list – is finally hitting cinemas this December. To tide over our ravenous anticipation, here’s another teaser trailer. Steve Carell stars as schizophrenic billionaire John du Pont, a chemical heir who tried to train wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) ahead of […]

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Oddball Oscar-nominated song ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ disqualified by the Academy

What a short, strange trip it’s been for Alone Yet Not Alone. Just two weeks ago, the world was largely unaware of this evangelical Christian film. Then, it shockingly scored a Best Original Song nomination for its title track, proving that it was, at least, more popular than Lana del Rey’s snubbed Great Gatsby anthem (and former category […]

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American Hustle, Gravity are your leading 2014 Oscar nominees

The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards have been unveiled, hinting at the showdown between Gravity, American Hustle, and 12 Years a Slave for the big prize. Gravity and American Hustle scored 10 nominations a piece, followed closely by 12 Years a Slave, which earned nine. They’ll fight for Best Picture against Captain Phillips (6 […]

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Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Warner Bros has shocked the film community by casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman. He will face off against Henry Cavill in the studio’s July 2015 release (still untitled, but likely to be called Batman vs. Superman). Zack Snyder will direct from a script by David S. Goyer. Affleck’s career seemed all but over in […]

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Teaser Debut: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller has entered the Oscar race. With The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the director and star looks to be going for the Academy’s melancholic sweet spot; the same that earned Little Miss Sunshine and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind major accolades. Based on James Thurber’s book of the same name, Stiller’s film […]

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum wanted for Guys and Dolls remake

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are at the top of 20th Century Fox’s wish list for their upcoming remake of Guys and Dolls, Deadline reports. They would tackle the roles made famous by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. The remake of the Tony Award winning stage show and Academy Award nominated film has no writer […]

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Iran suing Hollywood over Argo and similar “distorting” movies

Iran has recruited French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to file suit against Hollywood for promoting “Iranophobia” in their movies. Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo has been targeted in the suit, as well as 300, Not Without My Daughter, and The Wrestler. According to The Guardian, Coutant-Peyre revealed details of her task at Tehran’s recent Hoax of Hollywood conference. Speaking with […]

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Jennifer Lawrence follows David O. Russell to The Ends of the Earth

David O. Russell is hitching his wagon to Jennifer Lawrence’s star, casting her in a third motion picture following their hit collaboration Silver Linings Playbook.  It was announced earlier this week that Lawrence would appear alongside her Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper in an as-yet untitled Russell drama about corruption in New York City. According to The Hollywood […]

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Argo wins top SAG and PGA prizes on the way to Oscar glory

Ben Affleck’s Argo proves to be the big Oscar favourite after taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Deadline reports. The film’s SAG awards success comes hot on the heels of winning the Producers Guild of America award the previous day, as […]

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Flying high – Flight review

Flight – Starring Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, and Don Cheadle. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis jettison their bad habits like so much frozen human waste from the back of a soaring airliner with their collaboration Flight. As one of Hollywood’s most reliable leading men, Washington had […]

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Daniel Day-Lewis originally turned down Lincoln and wrote Steven Spielberg a letter to explain why

Daniel Day-Lewis is practically a mortal lock for the Best Actor prize at this year’s Oscar ceremony. In fact, the Academy probably started inscribing his name on the award as soon as it was announced he’d be playing the title character in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. There was, however, a time when he didn’t even want to […]

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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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Trailer Debut: Flight

Robert Zemeckis returns from the dead-eyed darkness of motion-capture hell with Flight, a high-stakes drama starring sure-fire Academy Award contender Denzel Washington. The second feature trailer for the flick has arrived online, which puts a greater emphasis on the air-crash sequence in which Washington’s substance-abusing pilot miraculously manages to keep everyone on board alive. However, when his […]

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Say anything – The Artist review

The Artist – Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and Uggie. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Rated PG. Originally published February 1, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Artist arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia June 28, 2012. My mother once told me that if I had nothing nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. It’s advice I ignored in the most flagrant […]

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Jean Dujardin in talks for Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar winning star of The Artist, Jean Dujardin, might star in Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio will star as Jordan Belfort – author of the memoir on which the film is based – a drug/alcohol/sex-addicted stock-broker who went from multi-millionaire to convict within the span of a […]

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The top 10 Oscar losers

The top 10 Oscar losers. By Simon Miraudo. We’re sure that winning an Academy Award is one of the highest honours an artist in the field of film could ever hope for. And it hardly needs to be said that a fair few great flicks have been recognised by the Academy over the years. However, […]

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Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year

Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been named Australian of the Year, in recognition for his work on and off screen, and for his commitment to the local arts scene. The Shine and Pirates of the Caribbean star was presented with the accolade by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra. Rush had this to say […]

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Watch the Academy Award nominations announcement live!

It’s almost here! The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards are set to be revealed tonight/tomorrow morning at 12:30am EST. Last year’s Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak will unveil the contenders in Los Angeles, and the footage will be streamed live to YouTube. Will The Artist reign supreme? Can much-loved […]

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Trailer Debut: Albert Nobbs

Dude looks like a lady in the newly released trailer for Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close as a woman who poses as a man in 19th century Ireland. Based on George Moore’s short story, Close previously starred in a theatrical adaptation of the tale back in 1982, and has spent the past 15 years […]

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Poster Debut: The Iron Lady

The poster for Phyllida Lloyd‘s The Iron Lady has debuted online. The film stars Meryl Streep as former British PM Margaret Thatcher, who, as you see in the poster, dealt with a debilitating head-flesh eating disease. OK, there probably won’t be anything about the flesh-eating disease in the flick, but we figure the woman’s life is […]

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Trailer Debut: J. Edgar

Old age make-up. Tricky accent. Leonardo DiCaprio has his work cut out for him in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar, a biopic on the life of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Although shooting began a mere seven months ago, the notoriously fast-moving Eastwood already has a trailer for us to enjoy. As well he should – […]

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AFI introduces Oscar-inspired awards

The Australian Film Institute has launched a new initiative to boost national and international recognition of Australian film, dumping the annual AFI awards in favour of the AACTAs. Geoffrey Rush was appointed the AACTAs (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) founding president, with the announcement made by Mad Max and Happy Feet director George […]

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The King’s Speech to conquer Broadway

The Oscar-winning, Colin-Firth-starring, trophy-film-for-speech-impediments The King’s Speech is heading to Broadway. Showbiz 411 has confirmed the film’s screenwriter David Seidler (who picked up an Academy Award for his troubles) will bring the story of King George VI of Britain and his now famous speech therapist, Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush in the film), to […]

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Beautiful dark twisted fantasy – Black Swan review

Black Swan – Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Rated MA. Originally published January 4, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Things are about to get … intense. Perhaps Darren Aronofsky should have considered attaching a title card with that brief caveat to the reels of his latest film Black Swan. […]

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Aronofsky, Kunis defend Portman in Black Swan controversy

In the latest of the battle of the ballerinas – or rather the case of obscure ballerina versus Natalie Portman – Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and Natalie’s co-star Mila Kunis have spoken out, defending the Oscar winning star. Aronofsky released his statement through studio Fox Searchlight after Portman’s dance double, Sarah Lane, came forward […]

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The King’s Speech sweeps the BAFTAs

The King’s Speech has continued its award-season sweep by taking home seven awards including Best Film and Outstanding British Film at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter were all recognised by the BAFTAs, as was the film’s Original Screenplay and Score. The only major category in which […]

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Alice in Wonderland for Best Picture?

Disney are gearing up to launch a full-scale Oscar campaign for Tim Burton’s billion dollar-grossing hit Alice in Wonderland. Not only will they implore the Academy to consider the film for technical Academy Awards, but also in the categories of Best Picture and Best Director. Deadline debuted the exclusive first glimpse of the Alice in […]

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Time after time – The Secret In Their Eyes review

The Secret In Their Eyes – Starring Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The annual Academy Award ceremony is steeped in tradition. These traditions include (but are not limited to): ignoring masterful directors their entire careers only to give them an Oscar for their lesser films, […]

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Interview: David Michôd; writer/director of Animal Kingdom.

Interview: David Michôd; writer/director of Animal Kingdom. By Simon Miraudo.   David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom is a rare kind of Australian film – one that rode a wave of buzz from American critics to become a local success. The picture debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, where it picked up the prestigious […]

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Listen to Trent Reznor’s score for The Social Network

We were very excited to learn that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails would score David Fincher‘s upcoming Facebook-film The Social Network. Now, five tracks from the soundtrack have made their way online, and we can confirm that our excitement was indeed justified. Reznor will self-release the score (co-written and performed by Atticus Ross) on […]

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