Archive | May, 2010

Quickflix Charts – The top rentals for May

Alright gang; here are the top 25 DVD rentals for the month of May, as Queued up by you. 1. Avatar 2. 20123. The Twilight Saga’s New Moon4. Julie and Julia5. The Ugly Truth6. Did You Hear About The Morgans?7. The Time Traveler’s Wife8. Where The Wild Things Are9. It’s Complicated10. Couples Retreat11. Cloudy With […]

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The new Scott Pilgrim trailer … is perfect

The feature trailer for Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has debuted online. It was unleashed upon us eager beavers following a Facebook campaign seeking 100,000 fans. Needless to say, with the new Scott Pilgrim trailer teased as a reward, the target was reached fairly quickly. We’re big fans of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic […]

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Killing the dream – Nine review

Nine – Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz. Directed by Rob Marshall. Rated M. Originally published January 20, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Remaking Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ is about as necessary as fashioning an umbrella out of rainwater. Director Rob Marshall (I can only assume a glutton for punishment) takes on this very […]

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R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

New Hollywood icon and acclaimed character actor Dennis Hopper has passed away at his L.A. home following complications from his metastasized prostate cancer. He was 74 years old. Last October, Hopper’s manager Sam Maydew announced that his client had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would cancel all traveling and acting commitments to concentrate on […]

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R.I.P. Gary Coleman

Former child star Gary Coleman passed away yesterday after being taken off life support at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Centre. He was 42 years old. Coleman had been hospitalised earlier in the week after sustaining head injuries from a fall at his Utah home. Shannon Price, Coleman’s 24-year-old wife, made the decision to turn […]

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First look at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2010 lineup

A small selection of titles screening at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival have been revealed. They include Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer, the controversial comedy Four Lions and the New Zealand box office sensation Boy. The festival will also feature a tribute to Spielberg protégé and Gremlins director Joe Dante. MIFF will screen some […]

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Interview: Cyrus Nowrasteh, director of The Stoning of Soraya M.

Interview: Cyrus Nowrasteh, director of The Stoning of Soraya M. By Simon Miraudo. Ah, controversy. Is there any faster way into the public consciousness? Of course, being at the center of a storm can have its perils. Ask director Cyrus Nowrasteh, who made a name for himself with the incendiary documentary The Path to 9/11 […]

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James McAvoy cast as Professor X in X-Men: First Class

James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Professor Xavier in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming X-Men: First Class. Professor Xavier was portrayed by Patrick Stewart in the first three X-Men films. He also appeared briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Of course, seeing as X-Men: First Class takes place much earlier than any of these other […]

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Alice in Wonderland crosses billion dollar mark

Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland has crossed the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, becoming the sixth film in history to reach the milestone. As of this morning, it has grossed a total of: US$1,000,070, 579. It currently sits behind Avatar (US$2.7bil), Titanic (US$1.8bil), Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King […]

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Want to see Harrison Ford’s Morning Glory?

The trailer for the new J.J. Abrams‘ produced comedy Morning Glory has debuted online. It stars Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton. McAdams stars as an up-and-coming news producer who is charged with saving a morning show from cancellation, and keeping anchors (Ford and Keaton) from killing one another. I’ll admit that the trailer […]

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Dilbert: The Movie

Scott Adams’ comic strip Dilbert is set to head to the big screen. A live-action feature based on the white-collar office drone is being developed by Phoenix Entertainment, with Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) set to direct. The scoop comes from Pajiba, who note that Chris Columbus previously held the film rights […]

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Jeremy Renner cast in The Avengers?

Jeremy Renner, the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker, is rumoured to have been cast as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon‘s impending Marvel team-up movie The Avengers. Hawkeye, otherwise known as Clint Barton, was an orphan who joined the circus and was trained to use a bow and arrow. Inspired by Iron Man, Barton decided to […]

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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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Controversial Killer Inside Me gets a new trailer

A new trailer for Michael Winterbottom‘s controversial film The Killer Inside Me has debuted online, along with a suitably eerie poster. See, here it is: Based on Jim Thomson’s novel of the same name, The Killer Inside Me stars Casey Affleck as a West Texas deputy sheriff with a penchant for killing (of the serial […]

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Head to Head – Iron Man 2

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, Anthony Tran joined Iron Man’s ever-growing list of foes by calling Iron Man 2 … kinda boring! For his […]

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Pacino to star in Scorsese’s Sinatra film?

Martin Scorsese wants Al Pacino to play Frank Sinatra in his long-touted biopic of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Frequent collaborator Robert DeNiro is also in Marty’s sights to play Dean Martin. Scorsese dropped the news in an interview with The Hindu (he’s currently promoting Shutter Island‘s release in India). The conversation moved from mental asylums to […]

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A crowning achievement – Animal Kingdom review

Animal Kingdom – Starring James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn and Jackie Weaver. Directed by David Michôd. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. For anyone who still thinks Australia only produces boring films about the outback, Animal Kingdom should come as a welcome gunshot to the head. Here is a crime drama that makes Blue Murder and Underbelly […]

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Goodie bag – Baghead review

Baghead – Starring Steve Zissis, Ross Partridge and Greta Gerwig. Directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. It truly saddens me that the bag-headed villain is one of the least-utilised tropes in horror cinema. Think back to Jason Voorhees’ cinematic debut – he emerged not with a hockey mask, but instead […]

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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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Dominic Cooper to play Iron Man’s dad in Captain America?

Damn these Captain America rumours, forcing me to end every headline with a question mark! Dominic Cooper has supposedly revealed that he will play Howard Stark (father of Tony/Iron Man) in the upcoming Captain America movie. Cooper let the tidbit slip to Salon whilst promoting his upcoming film Tamara Drewe. However, it all happened when […]

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Inception character posters – as if we couldn’t be any more excited…

As the release of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception looms ever closer, Warner Bros have treated us with a new batch of character posters. And yes, now we’re even more tingly with excitement. Thanks to Slashfilm for collecting the images from Moviefone, Omelete and Empire (in fact, follow the links to see even more of these great […]

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Winnebago Man – a doco about internet fandom, cult status and swearing

Last year I was lucky enough to catch the documentary Winnebago Man at the Revelation Perth international Film Festival. Director Ben Steinbauer has been tirelessly touring his film around the festival circuit, picking up a slew of prizes along the way. The film has secured a theatrical release in the U.S. – and that means […]

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Ease on down – The Road review

The Road – Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Charlize Theron. Directed by John Hillcoat. Rated MA. Originally published January 27, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Why do cannibals travel in groups? If the world as we know it does indeed come to an end, and people are driven to eating their fellow man to stay […]

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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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Say goodbye to Lost, dudes.

The following is not a formal review/summary of the television show Lost, but instead a love letter from one fan who is particularly sad to see it wrap up for good. None of the show’s major revelations will be discussed, but let’s just put a mild spoiler warning up-front. Now, enjoy. The final hours, minutes […]

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Megan Fox booted from Transformers 3

Yikes. Nikke Finke over at Deadline has revealed that Paramount and Michael Bay will not be picking up Megan Fox’s option to appear in Transformers 3. According to Finke’s source, Bay and his screenwriters are working on the script for the latest movie, in which it makes sense for Shia LaBeouf‘s character Sam to have […]

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Gag order – Food Inc. review

Food, Inc. Directed by Robert Kenner. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Objectivity is a tricky thing. We demand it from our journalists, and that’s fair enough. We want to read news and receive information from a neutral perspective, lest we be tricked into thinking or feeling a particular way (some people – bizarrely – demand […]

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Rising stars claim AIF’s Breakthrough Awards and Heath Ledger Scholarship

Australians in Film have recognised up-and-coming stars Ryan Kwanten, Chris Hemsworth and Bella Heathcoate at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. AIF is a Los Angeles-based organisation for expat Aussies working in the entertainment industry. Not only do they recognise the best and brightest young Australian talents, but they also award a prestigious scholarship in […]

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Conchords’ Clement cast as baddie in MIB 3

Jemaine Clement, one half of the folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, has been cast as the villain in Men In Black 3. According to Deadline, Clement will play the film’s primary antagonist, an alien named Yaz. Sacha Baron Cohen was also being considered for the role. (The Hollywood Reporter are calling the villain Boris […]

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See Naomi Watts as Marilyn Monroe

Thanks to happy-snappers over at the Cannes film festival, we have our first glimpse of Naomi Watts as Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming biopic Blonde. No, that’s not it. Sadly, the image of Watts as Monroe is a little less hi-res (Thanks to AlloCine for the snap regardless). Check her out below. Blonde is […]

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