Archive | June, 2010

Australian box office – The toys have it

Much like the recently demoted Kevin Rudd, Shrek Forever After has been knocked out of the top spot at the local box office by the spunky Toy Story 3 (which, somewhat prophetically, features a redheaded lass). Here are the box office results for the period June 24-27. 1. Toy Story 3 [480 screens/ $15,434] WKND […]

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The next Aussie show to be remade in the U.S. is … Wilfred!

Elijah Wood is set to star in an American remake of the offbeat Australian comedy Wilfred for FX. The news comes after last week’s discovery that U.S. cable network Starz intend to create an Americanised version of the hit Aussie crime show Underbelly. Just one more and it’s officially a trend! The scoop comes from […]

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Andy Serkis to star in Planet of the Apes prequel

Ooh, Chimpanzee that! Andy Serkis, the nimble-bodied actor behind Gollum and King Kong, has been cast as the lead ape in the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel. The film is titled Rise of the Apes and will star Serkis as a revolt-leading ape named Caesar. The casting was confirmed by 20th Century Fox VP […]

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Head to Head – Fish Tank

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, blogger extraordinaire Jess Lomas caused a bit of barney rubble (trouble) with her dis against Andrea Arnold‘s gritty drama […]

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Jaden charms the jaded – The Karate Kid review

The Karate Kid – Starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson. Directed by Harald Zwart. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Why do we become so attached to films? Why do even the most sensible movie watchers and film reviewers equate remakes of Fright Night and Footloose with sins of the highest degree? What […]

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Alice Eve joins X-Men: First Class?

Alice Eve, the wonderful British actress who played the titular “she” in She’s Out of My League and the offensively objectified nanny in Sex and the City 2, is reportedly in talks to star as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. According to Mike Fleming at Deadline, Eve is negotiating with Fox to play the […]

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Trailer for Harry Potter finale is mighty epic

After seeing a short teaser earlier this month, we have finally been treated to the feature trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the long-awaited adaptation of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s wizard saga. As you will see, Deathly Hallows is the film we’ve all been waiting for. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert […]

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Little wonder – Alice in Wonderland review

Alice in Wonderland – Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Tim Burton. Rated PG. Originally published March 9, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Tim Burton is not the filmmaker we think he is, or at the very least, not the filmmaker he wants us to think he is. He is neither […]

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Peter Jackson in negotiations to direct The Hobbit

Listen to the tiny voices of Middle Earth celebrating in unison. Peter Jackson is in talks to direct the two films based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. According to THR, Jackson is officially negotiating a deal to helm The Hobbit films following former-director Guillermo Del Toro‘s departure from the project. Jackson and Del Toro had […]

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Michael Fassbender is Young Magneto

Michael Fassbender has cast the die and accepted the role of Erik Lensherr (a.k.a. Magneto) in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Showbiz 411 have confirmed that Fassbender picked the role over that of the lead-villain in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Previously: Michael Fassbender is, without a doubt, one of the best and most exciting actors […]

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Raimi – World of Warcraft or Wizard of Oz?

A couple of weeks back, Deadline reported that Sam Raimi had signed on to direct a Wizard of Oz prequel entitled Oz, The Great and Powerful. Not so fast, say Collider, who interviewed the World of Warcraft-crazy Raimi over the weekend. In his interview with Collider, Raimi confirmed that he was not completely committed to […]

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The Social Network trailer debut

You’ve seen the poster. Now watch the trailer! Here is your first “look” at David Fincher‘s The Social Network, or as it will now and forever be known, ‘The Facebook Movie’. “Trailer” might be a generous designation for what this clip really is; it’s more of an audio clip with subtle visual aids. Sony/Columbia should […]

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The Rundown: June 21-25

Which hit Australian TV show is being remade in the U.S? Why do we defend the world’s most controversial film critic? And why did Simon give so many films 4.5/5 stars this week? Scroll past the picture of the box office busting Toy Story 3 to discover the answers to all these questions and more […]

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not – The film that could have been.

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to have a chat with screenwriter John Collee, who penned the scripts for Happy Feet, Master and Commander and the upcoming Charles Darwin biopic Creation. This is not a picture of him below. It is a picture of Mr. Robert Ripley, oddball fact-finder, amateur anthropologist and creator of […]

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Little Fockers trailer debut

The trailer for Little Fockers – the highly-anticipated (maybe?) sequel to the hit comedies Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers – has debuted online. Little Fockers reunites Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller as the ever-dueling father and son-in-law, along with Blythe Danner and Teri Polo as their put-upon wives. Owen Wilson and Barbra Streisand […]

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Could Betty White host the Oscars?

In the past 12 months, Betty White has generated the kind of good-will and adoration usually reserved for Pixar, or at the very least returning Messiahs. The 88-year-old actress stole sleeper hit The Proposal from under stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, appeared in a pretty-funny Snickers commercial, and was given the opportunity to host […]

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Willis, Mirren, Morgan and Malkovich go Red

Although I may have never expressed a desire to see Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as fierce assassins, I now realise that it is exactly what I have always wanted. The trailer for Robert Schwentke‘s comic book adaptation Red has debuted on Yahoo, featuring a grizzly Bruce Willis as a retired black-ops CIA […]

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Australian box office – Green vs. Greek

The amount of green generated by Shrek Forever After was just enough to make it the most popular film in the country this past weekend. The real rock star however turned out to be Get Him to the Greek. Here are the box office results for the period June 17-20. 1. Shrek Forever After [471 […]

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Scott Pilgrim-ise yourself!

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is truly the film that keeps on giving. A website has been created where you (yes, YOU!) can create your very own Scott Pilgrim avatar! Here’s mine: Uncanny! Click on the below image to Pilgrim-ise yourself: http://www.scottpilgrimthemovie.com/avatarCreator/ As has been recounted endlessly on this blog, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World […]

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Shane Carruth’s latest film to make your brain explode

Engineer-turned-director Shane Carruth has long been working on the follow up project to his mind-melting time travel flick Primer. Thanks to The Playlist, we now know what his next film is about! Kinda! The Playlist got a hold of Carruth’s screenplay A Topiary, which sounds as infuriating and complex as his feature film debut. Consider […]

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This is the way the world ends – In The Loop review

In The Loop – Starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander and Chris Addison. Directed by Armando Iannucci. Rated MA. Originally published January 21, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop has been praised as one of the funniest films of the past few years, but surely it deserves to be recognised for also being […]

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Head to Head – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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, Nathan Mifsud wished he could forget Michel Gondry‘s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. For his troubles, he received […]

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Rogen and Gondry unite! The Green Hornet trailer debut

As promised, the trailer for Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet has debuted online, featuring Seth Rogen as the famous vigilante and Jay Chou as his loyal (and versatile!) sidekick Kato. Although the trailer failed to debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live as intended, Yahoo were good enough to post it online. Despite early concerns, it looks […]

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Underbelly to be remade in America

The rights to the hit Australian crime drama Underbelly have been purchased by U.S. cable network Starz, and CEO Chris Albrecht now plans to remake it for American audiences. Albrecht, former chief of HBO (home of The Sopranos), hopes the U.S. adaptation of the series will replicate the same success abroad as it has had […]

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What’s beyond infinity? Toy Story 3 review

Toy Story 3 – Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. The question was never going to be, “Is Toy Story 3 any good?” Based on Pixar Animation Studios track record, the film was always going to be incredible. The question could only be, “To […]

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First images and clip from The Green Hornet

We finally have our first look at Seth Rogen in action as The Green Hornet. Not only have the first images of Rogen and co-star Jay Chou (as his loyal bodyguard Kato) emerged, but a short clip from the Michel Gondry directed film has landed online. It’s very exciting to see this project come to […]

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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. Originally published February 17, 2010. 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 […]

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The Social Network poster debut

The poster for David Fincher‘s upcoming film The Social Network, based on the controversial beginnings of Facebook, has debuted online. Click to embiggen. The film is based upon Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. It follows Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the young savant […]

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Join us or die! A (reluctant) defence of Armond White.

Join us or die! A (reluctant) defence of Armond White. By Simon Miraudo. Did you know that it is actually both illegal and immoral to criticise Toy Story 3? Well, it is. So if you don’t end up liking the film, you better keep schtum lest you and your opinion be thrown into the online […]

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The Rundown: June 14-18

Which director was (rightfully) disappointed in his last film? Which upcoming sci-fi flick will have a 20-minute long opening shot? Which movie trailer is so promising, it might just be “the best thing to have ever come from my generation“. Scroll past the hilarious Breaking Dawn fan art to discover the answers to all these […]

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