Archive | February, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street feature trailer debut!

source: traileraddict.com A brand new trailer for the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street has debuted online. The Samuel Bayer film comes from Michael Bay‘s production stable Platinum Dunes, and believe it or not, it actually looks good. The film stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, a wrongly-accused child molester burnt alive […]

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Zoolander 2 very close! Jonah Hill to play villain?

source: deadline.comThe long-touted sequel to Zoolander looks like it might actually be happening. Ben Stiller and Paramount have reportedly enlisted Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux to write the film and also direct. Stiller will, obviously, reprise his role as dim-witted Derek Zoolander. Theroux and Stiller previously co-wrote Tropic Thunder together. Theroux also had a […]

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Will John Krasinski be Captain America?

source: deadline.com Deadline have revealed a shortlist of actors in contention to take on the lead role in Joe Johnston‘s The First Avenger: Captain America. The list of actors include Gossip Girl‘s Chace Crawford, Cloverfield‘s Mike Vogel, Brothers’ Patrick Fleuger, Smallville’s Michael Cassidy and Friday Night Light’s Scott Porter. However, the only name that has […]

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Dedicated follower of fashion – A Single Man review

A Single Man – Starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode. Directed by Tom Ford. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man is unspeakably gorgeous to behold. From the glorious cinematography to the impossibly beautiful actors and actresses; no frame is wasted on anything even close to ugliness. It […]

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Damon and Gyllenhaal approached to star in Avatar?!

source: latimesblog.com Did you know that Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were approached by James Cameron to star as Jake Sully in Avatar? You didn’t?! In a recent report by the L.A. Times, it is revealed that Cameron’s first choice for the role of Jake Sully was always the relatively unknown Sam Worthington. However, the […]

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Coen Brothers find young girl with True Grit

source: deadline.com Joel and Ethan Coen have found the young girl to take on the lead role in their upcoming western True Grit. After auditioning more than 15,000 teenage actresses for the role of the bloodthirsty orphan Mattie, the Oscar-winning brothers selected 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld. Although Steinfeld has a couple of minor credits to her […]

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Pirates 4: Knightley and Bloom out! Ian McShane in!

source: slashfilm.com Everyone’s favourite saloon keeper, Ian McShane, is in talks to play Blackbeard in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. McShane will join Johnny Depp (once again reprising his role as Jack Sparrow) and Penelope Cruz (who is playing an unknown character that is “Sparrow’s foil and equal in many […]

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Now is the season of our discontent – The Damned United review

The Damned United – Starring Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney. Directed by Tom Hooper. Rated M. Originally published October 20, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Ask any soccer fan and they’ll tell you the same thing: You’ll find more drama in one season of football than in any of Shakespeare’s artsy-fartsy works. Take the […]

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Kevin Smith pulls Seann William Scott off the bench for Hit Somebody

source: nhl.com Kevin Smith has revealed that Seann William Scott will star in his next project, the ice hockey comedy Hit Somebody. The screenplay is based on Warren Zevon’s song of the same name, with lyrics by Mitch Albom, about a hockey enforcer named Buddy who wishes to score just one goal in a game. […]

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The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air win top WGA awards

source: wga.org The Writers Guild of America recognised the best screenplays in film and television this past weekend, with top prizes going to Oscar favourites The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air. Mark Boal won Best Original Screenplay for The Hurt Locker, beating the scripts for (500) Days of Summer, Avatar, The Hangover and […]

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The Hurt Locker beats Avatar to top prize at BAFTAs

source: bafta.org The Hurt Locker is well on its way to take the top prize at next month’s Academy Awards after picking up Best Film at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Kathryn Bigelow (pictured below) was named Best Director for her work on the Iraq war drama. The film picked up six BAFTAs all […]

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Shudder island – Shutter Island review

Shutter Island – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It doesn’t need to be said that Martin Scorsese is a living legend. He has more classic films under his belt than any filmmaker deserves. At this point, he could probably direct in his sleep, […]

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Aussie drama Animal Kingdom set for international success

source: encoremagazine.com David Michôd’s Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is well on the way to becoming one our country’s biggest cultural exports. Sony’s specialty label, Sony Pictures Classics, has acquired distribution rights for the film in the United States. Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this […]

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Kurt Cobain biopic to be helmed by Oscar nominee

source: thr.com A long-gestating Kurt Cobain biopic has been given a fresh lease on life. (Poor taste?) Oscar nominated filmmaker Oren Moverman is in negotiations to rewrite the screenplay of a Cobain biopic and also direct it. Moverman made his directorial debut last year with The Messenger, a film about war vets who are charged […]

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Rollergirls – Whip It DVD review

Whip It – Starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Drew Barrymore. Rated M. Originally published October 7, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Whip It is what the Spice Girls meant when they sang about “girl power”. Back in 1994, that world beating pop band promised to bring feminism back into the […]

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Aussie film Passengers to debut at Adelaide Fringe Festival

source: filmink.com.au Passengers, an independently produced feature about an Australian couple living in Los Angeles, is set to make its local debut at the Adelaide Fringe Festival next week. The film was written and directed by ex-pat Michael Bond and stars Aussies Cameron Daddo and Angie Milliken, as well as Oscar nominee Bruce Davison. Daddo […]

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The same old song – Crazy Heart review

Crazy Heart – Starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell. Directed by Scott Cooper. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. There are few films as modest as Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart. It’s so afraid of seeming over the top and inauthentic that it completely retreats from anything resembling a conflict. Instead of being a fist […]

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Judd Apatow producing Kristen Wiig comedy

source: variety.com Comedy kingpin Judd Apatow will produce a film written by and starring Saturday Night Live comedienne Kristen Wiig. The untitled picture was co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo. The project will be Wiig’s first as leading lady. She had supporting roles in the films Knocked Up, Whip It and Adventureland. According to Variety, […]

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Is the Taxi Driver remake happening or not?

source: screendaily.comYesterday we salivated over the possibility that Martin Scorsese would remake Taxi Driver, with Robert DeNiro reprising the iconic role of Travis Bickle and hilarious Danish director Lars von Trier acting as Scorsese’s creative partner. Well, it now seems as if that dream will not come true – maybe. Peter Aalbaek Jensen, von Trier’s […]

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Hurts so good – The Hurt Locker review

The Hurt Locker – Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is one of the most thrilling action films I’ve seen in the past few years. It features set piece after pulse-quickening set piece. But unlike other action films, you […]

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Work it Woody! – Whatever Works review

Whatever Works – Starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated M. Originally published October 14, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. Woody Allen recently told English newspaper The Telegraph how to pick his good films from his bad. “I never title a movie until it’s finished because if I look […]

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Head to Head – The Descent

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, Rhiannon Butler tried to bury Neil Marshall’s underground horror flick The Descent. For her troubles, she scored a double […]

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Head to Head – Jennifer’s Body

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, Catherine Harry performed an honest-to-blog exorcism on the Megan Fox horror-comedy Jennifer’s Body. For her troubles, she scored a […]

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Scorsese and DeNiro to remake Taxi Driver? With Von Trier?!

source: earthtimes.org OK, there’s a good chance this may not be true. BUT, if we all cross our fingers really tightly then maybe – just maybe – it’ll happen. Reports from the Berlin Film Festival suggest that Martin Scorsese is considering a remake of his seminal picture Taxi Driver. Crazy, right? It gets crazier. Copenhagen […]

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Hugo Weaving still hasn’t seen Transformers

source: theage.com This barely qualifies as “news” but I found the following quotes from Hugo Weaving‘s interview with The Age to be quite amusing. Weaving is currently on the promotional circuit talking up his latest picture The Wolfman. When asked about whether or not he will return to voice Megatron in the third Transformers film, […]

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The birth of a Kick Ass cultural icon – Hit Girl poster debut!

source: cinemablend.com The promotional materials for Kick Ass are coming thick and fast. Today we feature a poster that captures one of the films more controversial DIY-vigilantes, 12-year-old assassin Hit Girl. Of course, if I show you any more of the poster than this brief excerpt, you would likely be plunged into a morality-free madness […]

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Do you have the guts to go HEAD TO HEAD?

We’re not big on bragging here at Quickflix, except when it comes to our HEAD TO HEAD feature, which is, without question, the best thing to ever happen to the internet. Want to learn more about how to join in on the festivities? Scroll past the ninja cats and find out! With our HEAD TO […]

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A slow death – The Final Destination review

The Final Destination – Starring Bobby Campo, Nick Zano and Krista Allen. Directed by David R. Ellis. Rated R. Originally published October 14th, 2009. By Simon Miraudo. The Final Destination is a groundbreaking piece of cinema. There is no other way to put it. Imagine a film that features an endless cavalcade of people being […]

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Breaking Dawn will be filmed this year – in 2 parts

source: deadline.com Deadline is reporting that Breaking Dawn, the fourth book of Stephanie Meyer’s ultra-successful Twilight saga, will be adapted into TWO feature films. They will supposedly be filmed back-to-back, with production starting this October. We have previously discussed the inherit difficulty in adapting Breaking Dawn, particularly due to the bizarre elements featured in Meyer’s […]

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Avatar crosses $100 million at Aus box office

James Cameron‘s Avatar has crossed the magic $AU100 million mark in Australia, a record at the local box office. Oddly, Fox have not translated this figure into the official measurement of Avatar’s grosses: swimming pools full of beer. The previous title holder in Australia was Cameron’s previous film, Titanic, which collected $AU57.65 million. Avatar destroyed […]

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