Archive | August, 2010

Long distance call – Going the Distance review

Going the Distance – Starring Justin Long, Drew Barrymore and Charlie Day. Directed by Nanette Burstein. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Nanette Burstein’s Going the Distance features the graduation of Justin Long from gawky supporting actor to gawky lead actor, and Drew Barrymore from cutesy rom-com star to cutesy rom-com star with a filthy mouth. […]

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The lady Eve – She’s Out Of My League review

She’s Out Of My League – Starring Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve and T.J. Miller. Directed by Jim Field Smith. Rated MA. Originally published March 30, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. She’s Out Of My League might be the most important romantic comedy of the past twenty five years. If only it was funny enough to warrant […]

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Aronofsky to direct Wolverine 2?

Fox are no closer to deciding on a director for Wolverine 2. Last week we discussed how The Twilight Saga: Eclipse‘s David Slade was competing for the job with Red‘s Robert Schwentke. A new contender has entered the ring: Darren Aronofsky. According to Deadline, Fox are now courting Slade and Aronofsky (sorry Schwentke) to helm […]

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First look at Russell Brand in Arthur

The New York Times have the first official images of Russell Brand in the remake of the classic 1981 comedy Arthur. Brand stars as a rich, hard-drinking playboy who stands to lose his inheritance after falling for a charming pickpocket (Greta Gerwig). The NY Times article offers an interesting insight into the writing process of […]

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Modern family – The Kids Are All Right review

The Kids Are All Right – Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. There are few films as soulful and human as Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right. That a film can set itself apart from the pack by merely being human is somewhat […]

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2010 Emmy winners!

There was a changing of the guard at the 62nd Emmy awards this morning, with perennial favourites losing out to some beloved newcomers. Host Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a rousing rendition of Born to Run. He was joined by the cast of Glee, Tina Fey and Jon Hamm. Modern Family took home the […]

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Slaughter is the best medicine – The Killer Inside Me review

The Killer Inside Me – Starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Casey Affleck is a phenomenal actor. He burst from the shadow of his older brother (yes, that Affleck) with his vulnerable, Oscar- nominated supporting turn in The Assassination of Jesse James by the […]

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John Cusack to go Poe

John Cusack is set to play Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue‘s The Raven, a fictionalised account of the writer’s mysterious final days. Cusack revealed the news via Twitter, with prose that fails to capture the profundity of the man he will soon embody: “officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, […]

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Toy Story 3 crosses $1 billion mark

Toy Story 3 has become the seventh film in history to gross more than one billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Pixar’s critically-adored final instalment of its Toy Story franchise is not only the highest grossing animated film of all time, but the only animated film to gross more than one billion dollars at […]

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The inconsolable grief of Scott Pilgrim fans (and why we need to move on).

Breaking news! Scott Pilgrim disappoints at box office! O.K., perhaps that news isn’t new, or even that surprising, but it is certainly disappointing, and one of the most widely reported box office blunders in recent history. Trailer Addict attempts to subliminally convince you to see the film with this little banner. Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of […]

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Trailer Debut: The Freebie

We didn’t think it was possible, but we now have documented footage of Dax Shepard acting bearable! The trailer for the new indie dramedy The Freebie has debuted online. Shepard stars alongside Katie Aselton as a married couple considering a sanctioned one night stand with separate partners. The Freebie marks the directorial debut of actress […]

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Jeremy Renner cast in Mission: Impossible 4. Will he take over franchise?

Remember how we discussed the possibility of Aussie actor Christopher Egan starring as Tom Cruise’s sidekick in Mission: Impossible 4? Well, never mind. Deadline are reporting that The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner has scored the role. Paramount Pictures were looking for a co-star to Cruise who could potentially carry on the franchise in the future. […]

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Local films crash Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto: Home of RUSH! Birthplace of Will Arnett, Sarah Polley and Mike Myers! And apparently, a land filled with unabashed lovers of Australian cinema! A bunch of home-grown features have been selected to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Michael Henry’s Blame, Leon Ford’s Griff the Invisible and Ben Lucas’ Wasted on the […]

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Aussie actor to team up with Cruise for M:I 4?

Australia’s own Chris Egan will test for the plum role of Tom Cruise‘s sidekick in Paramount Pictures upcoming Mission: Impossible 4. According to Deadline, Egan (Home and Away, Crush, Letters to Juliet) will compete with a couple of other young actors for the role. Keven Zegers (Transamerica) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) will also […]

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Angry Birds: the movie.

Creators of the hit iPhone and iPad game Angry Birds are hoping to turn their addictive little app into a blockbuster franchise. According to Variety, Rovio – the Finnish team behind Angry Birds – have been meeting with studios this past week to discuss an Angry Birds movie, as well as potential TV shows, toys […]

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Interview: Taika Waititi; the writer, director and star of Boy.

Interview: Taika Waititi; the writer, director and star of Boy. By Simon Miraudo. Taika Waititi is quickly gaining a reputation as the most beloved writer/director to emerge from the Land of the Long White Cloud since Peter Jackson, thanks to his funny, quirky and honest depictions of life in New Zealand. He scored an Academy […]

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127 Hours trailer debut.

The trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours has debuted online. The film stars James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who (spoiler alert?) was forced to amputate his own arm after being trapped by a boulder for, you guessed it, 127 hours. It is Boyle’s first film since he picked up the Best Director […]

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Boy story – Boy review.

Boy – Starring James Rolleston, Taika Waititi and Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu. Directed by Taika Waititi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. What does it take to create a blockbuster movie; one whose epic box-office grosses end up partly defining its nation of origin’s identity? Think of the biggest money earner in North American history: Avatar, […]

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Cusack through the ages – Hot Tub Time Machine review.

Hot Tub Time Machine – Starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Cordry. Directed by Steve Pink. Rated MA. Originally published April 20. By Simon Miraudo. Hot Tub Time Machine is the definitive comedy of the past decade. Hmm, maybe ‘definitive’ is a bit generous. I’m not claiming that it’s the best or even the […]

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Google to get ‘The Social Network’ treatment

You’ve used the website, now see the movie! The story behind the founding of Google is set to be brought to the big screen, no doubt a result of the impending success of David Fincher‘s Facebook tale The Social Network. According to Deadline, Groundswell Productions and producer John Morris have acquired the rights to Ken […]

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Animal Kingdom and Balibo take top AWGIES

Animal Kingdom screenwriter and director David Michôd took home the top prizes at the 43rd Annual Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards over the weekend. He walked away with the Major AWGIE and the AWGIE for Feature Film Screenplay (Original). Robert Connolly and David Williamson were awarded the AWGIE for Feature Film Screenplay (Adapted) for their […]

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Hanks and Bullock to get Incredibly Close?

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are in negotiations considering starring in Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The project has been put together by Scott Rudin, with Paramount and Warner Bros partnering on production and distribution. According to IndieWire, Hanks and Bullock are circling the parents of […]

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Two directors duel over Wolverine 2

When you think Wolverine, what first comes to mind? Twilight or The Time Traveler’s Wife? According to Vulture, Fox have decided upon two directors to helm Wolverine 2, with star and producer Hugh Jackman to make the final call after meeting with each next week. The two auteurs are David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, […]

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Which lucky lady will fall into Spider-Man’s web?

Sony have selected their new Spider-Man (it’s Andrew Garfield if you didn’t already know) which means that the hunt for Spidey’s love interest has begun. According to THR’s HeatVision blog, there are at least six young actresses vying for Peter Parker’s affections. They include: Lily Collins (The Blind Side)Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy)Teresa Palmer (2:37)Imogen Poots […]

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J.J. Abrams to turn teaser trailer into feature film!

Remember the trailer for J.J. Abrams secret project that may or may not be a homage to the early films of Steven Spielberg? Well, the short teaser was such a hit, Abrams now intends to turn it into a film! O.K., we’re being facetious. Still, this whole situation reminds us of the fake news story […]

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First look at the Coen Brothers’ True Grit

The first official image from Joel and Ethan Coen‘s upcoming remake of True Grit has debuted online, featuring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross (courtesy of Slashfilm). Previously: 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 […]

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January Jones joins X-Men: First Class

The casting announcements for Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class keep on coming. According to THR, Mad Men‘s January Jones has signed on to play the telepathic Emma Frost. Alice Eve had been circling the role for some time, but it looks like she missed out! Jones joins (extra deep breath) Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas […]

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Dracula: Year Zero and Mental gear up for production

Universal Pictures have announced two big-budget productions that will soon begin shooting in Australia: Alex Proyas’ long-touted Dracula: Year Zero and P.J. Hogan‘s Mental, which the director describes as “The Sound of Music on acid”. According to Encore Magazine, Mental will reunite Hogan with his Muriel’s Wedding star Toni Collette. Mental will arrive in cinemas […]

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Is Piranha 3D Oscar bait?

The team behind Alexandra Aja‘s Piranha 3D have decided to reposition their film’s marketing strategy at the last minute! Instead of promoting it as a cartoonish horror film with 3D nudity and gore, they’ve decided to sell it as a prestige picture worthy of Oscar glory (with the help of the Academy Award campaign gurus […]

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Candy coloured carnage – Kick Ass review

Kick Ass – Starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Rated MA. Originally published April 6, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. I make two pledges in this review. The first: I shall not specifically refer to the film’s quality as being “kick-ass”, nor will I directly infer that my own ass […]

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