Archive | October, 2010

Raunch and roll – Get Him To The Greek review

Get Him To The Greek – Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Rated MA. Originally published June 16, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Get Him To The Greek is a damn funny movie. It may have its flaws, but let me just stress that this movie is damn […]

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Trending Cinema: Halloween

Looking to ‘treat’ your ears with some something spooky on All Hallows’ Eve? The latest episode of Trending Cinema should do the ‘trick’. Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo and American pop culture-vulture Jon Tilton convene once a week to discuss the wonderful world of movies (and beyond) on the Trending Cinema podcast. This week, they were […]

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Daft Punk music video offers new footage from TRON: LEGACY

Last night, audiences around the world were treated to an exclusive 23-minute preview of footage from Joseph Kosinski‘s TRON: LEGACY. The event was christened TRON Night; no doubt an attempt by Disney to mirror the success of last year’s Avatar Day, in which audiences were given a glimpse at the world of Pandora several months […]

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New Judd Apatow movie given apocalyptic release date

Mark your calendars! Deadline has revealed the release date for the next film to be written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow: June 1, 2012. This means Apatow will be given an opportunity to return to the heights of his early comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up following the financial disappointment of his still-funny-but-tonally-inconsistent […]

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Mission: Impossible 4 given new/spooky title

The team behind Mission: Impossible 4 convened at a press conference in Dubai yesterday to reveal some details about their upcoming adventure, offering the film’s official title in the process (yep, it’s been a big week for title announcements). The film shall be known as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Can we now assume that […]

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Avatar sequels given official release date

James Cameron has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to write and direct two sequels to his US$2.7 billion-grossing film Avatar. The tentatively titled Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will hit cinemas December 2014 and December 2015 respectively. According to Variety, Cameron will begin penning the films early 2011 and hopes to begin production […]

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Christopher Nolan reveals name of new Batman film!

Christopher Nolan has officially christened the third and final instalment of his critically acclaimed Batman saga, ending months of speculation (no, it won’t be Batman 33 and 1/3). It has been named: The Dark Knight Rises. So, that title immediately brings two things to mind: this and this. Neither adequately evokes the necessary drama and […]

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Animal Kingdom dominates AFI Award nominations

The nominees for the 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards were announced this morning at the Sydney Theatre. Animal Kingdom led the pack with a record-breaking 18 nominations in the feature film categories, followed by Beneath Hill 60 (12 noms) and Bright Star (11 noms). The nominations are as follows… Best Feature Film Animal KingdomBeneath Hill […]

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become 3-D feature film

The iconic music video for Michael Jackson‘s Thriller is to be adapted into a 3-D feature film. According to Deadline, director Kenny Ortega (This Is It) and screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) are pitching the project to numerous studios in Hollywood (including GK Films, Lionsgate, Summit and Fox 2000). The film will be budgeted at […]

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Head to Head – The Human Centipede

Tom Six‘s controversial picture The Human Centipede can be read much like its horrifying titular creation. Is it a damning social experiment? A monstrous failure? A middle finger to human decency? All three? In this week’s instalment of Head to Head, Josh Nelson of Philmology and Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo debate the merits of this […]

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Darren Aronofsky to adapt Aussie novel

Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, Wolverine 2 – maybe) has signed on to direct Machine Man, a serialised online novel from Aussie writer Max Barry. Machine Man tells the story of a geek who systematically replaces his body parts with high-tech machinery. Barry released one page of his tale online every day, […]

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Trailer Debut: Justin Bieber – Never Say Never

I recently called The Social Network “the first film of the new decade”. Justin Bieber – Never Say Never 3-D is the second. The trailer for the expletive-laden, drug-soaked, I’m Still Here-esque satire about the nature of celebrity family oriented concert film has debuted online, no doubt sending tweenage girls across the universe into a […]

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Ang Lee finds his Pi

Ang Lee‘s long-touted adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi is set to begin production early next year. According to Variety, Life of Pi will begin shooting in Taiwan and India next January. As we reported back in April, Lee will shoot the family-oriented picture in 3-D. The screenplay comes from David Magee (Finding […]

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Young folks – The Social Network review

The Social Network – Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer. Directed by David Fincher. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. “They [Young People] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations…They overdo everything – they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything […]

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Overkill is underrated – The A-Team review

The A-Team – Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Directed by Joe Carnahan. Rated M. Originally published June 8, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Were people really screaming out for an A-Team movie? I don’t think they were. Fans of the show seem somewhat annoyed about their beloved TV characters being […]

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Mad Men creator preps feature film debut

Matthew Weiner – creator and head-writer of the acclaimed TV show Mad Men – has lined up a cast for his feature film debut You Are Here. According to The Hollywood Cog (via Pajiba), Jack Black, Matt Dillon and Renee Zellweger are all attached to the dramedy, while an offer has also been extended to […]

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Toy Story 3 begins its (subtle) Oscar campaign

DreamWorks Animation may have entered the Oscar race first, but Disney Pixar isn’t going to let them steal all the thunder. Check out this Toy Story 3-themed cover of Variety – in which readers are reminded of the film’s modest accolades (courtesy of AwardsDaily). Now….fight! Discuss: How To Train Your Dragon vs. Toy Story 3. […]

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Tony Scott confirmed to direct Top Gun 2

Tony Scott has the need, the need for … well, you know where I’m heading with this. Scott has told Hitfix he intends to direct Top Gun 2, confirming his involvement with – and the existence of – this long-rumoured project. A couple of weeks ago we discussed the news that Paramount Pictures had approached […]

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Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey to star in ensemble comedy

Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey are set to star in an ensemble comedy from writer/director Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City). According to Deadline, the film will be set “in the world of a Home Shopping-type network, where characters make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and […]

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Jack Black to Survive A Robot Uprising?

Jack Black and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink have purchased the rights to Daniel H. Wilson’s satirical novel How To Survive A Robot Uprising. First of all, yes, that is the same Daniel H. Wilson who wrote Robopocalypse (which is to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg). According to io9, the […]

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Spielberg confirmed to direct Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg has officially selected his next directorial project. As predicted, it’s the one with ‘teenage-boy’s-fantasy’ written all over it: Robopocalypse. Robopocalypse is based on Daniel H. Wilson’s as-yet-unpublished novel (about exactly what you think it’s about). Screenwriter Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) is adapting the book for the big screen. According to Deadline, Spielberg will begin […]

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Baby’s first haunting – Paranormal Activity 2 review

Paranormal Activity 2 – Starring Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland and Katie Featherston. Directed by Tod Williams. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The success – both artistic and commercial – of Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity should have been impossible to recreate. Made on a miniscule budget of only $11,000, it eventually grossed over $190 million worldwide. […]

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It’s official. Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

After months of rumours, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros have confirmed that Martin Freeman (The Office) will star as Bilbo Baggins in their two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. Jackson had this to say about Freeman’s casting: “Despite the various rumours and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us…There […]

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Did Zach Galifianakis get Mel Gibson kicked off The Hangover 2?

Earlier this week it was revealed that Mel “You should ****ing smile and **** me!” Gibson would have a cameo in The Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist. Well, not anymore! TMZ are now reporting that Gibson has been cut from the movie at the behest of the protesting cast and crew. Director Todd Phillips […]

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Teaser Debut: Scream 4

After a couple of premature leaks, the official teaser trailer for Wes Craven’s Scream 4 has debuted online. Although I’m a big fan of the original Scream (which is almost fifteen years old; can you believe that?), I’ve not seen the second and third instalments. Therefore, I’m not totally clued into the series’ ongoing storyline. […]

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Stallone and De Niro to jump back into the boxing ring?

This is kinda tasty. Production Weekly tweeted (yeah, we know) a rumour that Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro might be teaming up for a new boxing film entitled Grudge Match. According to THR, the film “revolves around retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out […]

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Jackman talks Wolverine 2; confirms Aronofsky as director!

News emerged back in August that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) was being courted to direct Wolverine 2 by 20th Century Fox and star/producer Hugh Jackman. Well guess what? He got the job! Jackman – who also starred in Aronofsky’s The Fountain – discussed their upcoming collaboration with Vulture: “This […]

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So, who’s going to star as Zack Snyder’s Superman?

From one shortlist to another. Earlier this month, Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan selected Zack Snyder as director of their upcoming Superman reboot. The question on everyone’s lips is now: “Who will play Superman?” Although we have no concrete information to report on, allow us to entertain some intriguing possibilities. The most obvious selection […]

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R.I.P. Tom Bosley

Beloved Happy Days star Tom Bosley has passed away at the age of 83 after a short battle with lung cancer. Although best known as Richie Cunningham’s exasperated but understanding father Howard on the hit TV show Happy Days, Bosley enjoyed a rich career that spanned more than sixty years. The Californian-born Bosley made a […]

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Glee creator to remake Rocky Horror?

Ryan Murphy – creator of Glee and director of Eat Pray Love – has been approached to direct a remake of the 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. According to Deadline, Fox 2000 are courting Murphy to helm the long-rumoured re-imagining of flick, which documents one fateful evening at Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle. […]

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