Archive | September, 2010

R.I.P. Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn, the acclaimed director whose controversial film Bonnie and Clyde helped kick-start the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s, passed away yesterday at the age of 88. According to his daughter Molly, Penn died in his Manhattan home of congestive heart failure. He had celebrated his 88th birthday one day earlier. Penn’s filmmaking career […]

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Star Wars set for 3D conversion

It’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for. Prepare to see Greedo shoot first … in 3D! George Lucas is gearing up for a 3D conversion of the entire Star Wars saga. The films will be rereleased from 2012 onwards, beginning with Episode One: The Phantom Menace. The subsequent episodes will arrive in cinemas one year […]

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Trailer Debut: I Am Number Four

The trailer for D.J. Caruso‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four has debuted online. The film seems to take its visual cues from Catherine Hardwicke‘s Twilight, which will be great news for its target audience, and horrifying news for the rest of the cinema-going public. I Am Number Four is based on James Frey […]

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Breaking Dawn finds its Renesmee

It looks as if the biggest and most important role in The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn has been cast. Mackenzie Foy is set to star as Renesmee Cullen, the ridiculously named child of Edward and Bella in the final instalment of the epic vampire saga. According to EW, the nine-year-old actress is close to signing […]

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In bloom – The Tree review

The Tree – Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies and Marton Csokas. Directed by Julie Bertuccelli. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Julie Bertuccelli’s The Tree is a warm, modern-day fable that avoids schmaltzy sentimentality. It tells the story of a young girl dealing with the untimely passing of her father, only to become convinced that his […]

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Darren Aronofsky joins the Superman director shortlist

Last week it was revealed that producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas were meeting with several directors to potentially helm the upcoming Superman reboot for Warner Bros. The filmmakers included Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones and Zack Snyder. However, a new name has been thrown into the pile of contenders: Mr. Darren Aronofsky. […]

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Mad Men star to play Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2

Jared Harris is reportedly set to star as Sherlock Holmes‘ nemesis Moriarty in the second instalment of Guy Ritchie‘s crime saga. The report comes from Latino Review, who note that pervasive rumours of the role belonging to either Daniel Day-Lewis or Brad Pitt were indeed false Harris is best known as Lane Pryce from television’s […]

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Owl wars – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole review

Legend of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Starring Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Zack Snyder. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Any kids’ film that features owl zombies, Hitler Youth-esque adversaries and an opening fifteen minutes that evokes Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo deserves credit for being ballsy. So allow me […]

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I will repossess your heart – Repo Men review

Repo Men – Starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker and Alice Braga. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. “You wouldn’t steal a car. You wouldn’t steal a handbag. You wouldn’t steal a movie…” Well, hang on now. Those anti-piracy warnings shouldn’t simply be reserved for the download-happy consumers at home. Occasionally filmmakers are […]

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Christopher Guest and friends to mock obsessive collectors

Christopher Guest has been responsible for some of the best comedies of the past few decades, having directed the mockumentaries Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, as well as co-writing and starring in the classic comedy This Is Spinal Tap. According to Wowowow, Guest and his troupe of hilarious improvisers are […]

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Trailer Debut: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

The first teaser trailer for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) has debuted online. And believe it or not, it’s safe for work! Of course, when the actual trailer featuring footage of the 12 links of the new Human Centipede debuts, it’ll be surely marked NSFW. For those of you who don’t believe that a […]

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Stephen Fry to star in Sherlock Holmes 2

Stephen Fry has told the BBC that he will join Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes 2, as Sherlock’s equally brilliant brother Mycroft. Here is a (dryly funny) excerpt of Fry’s conversation with Danny Baker on the BBC (transcribed by Bleeding Cool): “I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie […]

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Trailer Debut: The Coen Brothers’ True Grit

The first teaser trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen‘s remake of the classic western True Grit has debuted online. What, are you waiting for me to tell you it’s incredible? It’s the Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit. Watch this eerie, beautiful teaser below! Previously: After auditioning more than 15,000 teenage actresses for the role […]

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Interview: Jungyeob Ji; program director of Korean Film Festival in Australia

Interview: Jungyeob Ji; program director of Korean Film Festival in Australia. By Simon Miraudo. Korean cinema has undergone something of a renaissance in the past ten years. After decades of political turbulence and stifling governmental censorship, a batch of exciting filmmakers have emerged eager to share their occasionally-shocking, often-hilarious, and always-passionate art. Some of the […]

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Chloe Moretz to star as Emily The Strange

Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) is attached to star as Emily the Strange in the film adaptation of the much-loved, umm, sticker. The Emily the Strange character was created by Rob Reger for his clothing line company Cosmic Debris in 1993. Although she began life as a sticker, the character has since expanded into […]

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Chris Nolan’s shortlist of Superman directors emerge

Good news for those of you waiting to see some movement on the upcoming Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot. Deadline have revealed a shortlist of directors hand-picked by Nolan and co-producer Emma Thomas to helm the high-profile picture. The list includes: Tony Scott (The Taking of Pelham 123) Matt Reeves (Let Me In) Jonathan Liebesman (Clash […]

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Trailer Debut: The King’s Speech

The trailer for Academy Award favourite The King’s Speech has debuted online. The Tom Hooper-directed picture stars Colin Firth as stammering King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his Australian speech therapist. The film picked up the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The last two winners of that same prize were […]

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Spider-Man to snare Wasikowska and Stone in web of love?

Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Emma Stone (Easy A) are reportedly in talks to star as Spider-Man’s love interests in the upcoming reboot of the Marvel superhero saga. Last month, we reported that Sony had been searching far and wide for a female lead to play opposite their new Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). Actresses […]

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Animal Kingdom’s Michôd awarded by ADG

Animal Kingdom helmer David Michôd took home Best Direction – Feature Film at the Australian Directors Guild Awards last night. It is yet another big win for the film, which is also expected to sweep next month’s AFI awards. Earlier this year, Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance. Michôd also […]

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Trailer Debut: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

The feature trailer for (the really depressing) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One has debuted online. Scroll past the multiple Harrys to check it out. Warner Bros are selling the final instalments of the HP saga as “the motion picture event of a generation”, and the trailers released so-far have been suitably epic […]

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Lost’s Ben and Locke to star in buddy comedy

Hmm, maybe The Secret was on to something.* Today we have news of a project that seems to have been willed into existence by the feverish dreams and prayers of every Lost fan on the planet. Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson (better known as Lost’s Locke and Ben) are set to star in a new […]

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Phoenix to return to acting as DiCaprio’s lover?

Clint Eastwood reportedly wants Joaquin Phoenix to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Hoover, his upcoming biopic of the legendary FBI director. According to Vulture, sources close to the project claim Eastwood wants Phoenix to star as the FBI’s associate director (and Hoover’s lover) Clyde Tolson. DiCaprio has long been attached to star as J. Edgar […]

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Want to write reviews for Quickflix? Head to Head is back!

After a bit of a hiatus, one of our most popular features is returning to the Quickflix Blog. That’s right … HEAD TO HEAD is coming back. But we can’t do it without you! For the uninitiated, HEAD TO HEAD is an explosive recurring feature that redefines online film criticism and social media engagement, and […]

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Inception to become a video game?

We’ve seen the movie. We’ve read the online comic. Will we soon be able to play a video game based on Christopher Nolan‘s Inception? Nolan told journalists at a press conference in Rome ahead of the film’s Italian release that he was toying with the idea of turning his mind-heist thriller into a video game. […]

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Spielberg to lead the Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg is considering directing the feature film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s upcoming novel Robopocalypse, which is about exactly what you think it is about. According to Vulture, screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) has delivered a new draft of the script to DreamWorks, and Spielberg has first dibs. Vulture astutely note that Spielberg’s interest (no […]

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The game is the game – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan. Directed by Oliver Stone. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Greed may be good, but excess kills films. And Oliver Stone is about as excessive as filmmakers come. He’s a passionate writer/director who lets nothing stand in the way of his point-making: […]

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Jon Hamm too old to play Superman?

Mad Men star Jon Hamm – internationally recognised as the handsomest man alive – has addressed speculation that he will star as Clark Kent/Superman in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming reboot of the classic DC superhero. Hamm told the Toronto Sun he has not been approached by Warner Bros to star in the film. “I think unless […]

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Burton recruits old faves for Frankenweenie

Tim Burton is adapting his 1984 short Frankenweenie into a stop-motion animated feature film for Disney, and he’s recruiting some old buddies to help him out. According to Deadline, Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice) will all provide voices for Burton’s latest oddball project. […]

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P.T. Anderson’s latest film delayed indefinitely

This is rather upsetting. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming project The Master has been delayed indefinitely, as confirmed by stars Jeremy Renner and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film was to feature Hoffman as the charismatic leader of a cult, whose rise to power would parallel that of Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard. Renner was to play a […]

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Bowman begins – Robin Hood review

Robin Hood – Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Mark Strong. Directed by Ridley Scott. Rated M. Originally published May 11, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Whenever I think of Robin Hood, one story comes to mind. No, it’s not Kevin Costner’s take on the legendary folk hero, nor is it Mel Brooks’ depiction of his […]

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