Archive | January, 2011

>The King’s Speech dominates SAG awards

>The King’s Speech is on track to take home the big awards at this month’s Oscar ceremony following its coronation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film picked up Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and star Colin Firth nabbed Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Along […]

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I believe in miracles – Lourdes review

Lourdes – Starring Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux and Elina Lowensohn. Directed by Jessica Hausner. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. Was it Kierkegaard or Hot Chocolate who spoke the immortal words: ‘I believe in miracles, since you came along … you sexy thing’. Despite the inherent catchiness of that haunting refrain, the people of Earth are […]

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>The King’s Speech awarded by DGA

>Holster those scissors, Harvey! You may not need to censor The King’s Speech to ensure its Oscar victory. The Directors Guild of America have awarded TKS director Tom Hooper their top prize. In the past decade, eight of the ten winners of the DGA award have gone on to claim Best Director at the Oscars. […]

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>Henry Cavill cast as Zack Synder’s Superman

>Our international nightmare is over! Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have finally selected the man to star in their Superman reboot. Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today British thespian Henry Cavill will star as their Man of Steel. Here is what Synder had to say about the casting in WB’s press […]

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Like Crazy wins top prize at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. From the 188 feature-length movies and 81 shorts, the following pictures were awarded major prizes by the Sundance Institute. So, here are the indie films to look out for over the next 12 months… Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was romantic drama Like Crazy. […]

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>Saorise Ronan cast in The Hobbit?

>Saorise Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) has reportedly been cast in Peter Jackson’s long-delayed adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Although Ronan had long been rumoured to be involved in the project, it was confirmed by casting director Ros Hubbard in an interview with IFTN. Interestingly, Ronan denied being offered a role in The Hobbit only last […]

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>Black Swan screenwriter to pen Age of Rage

>Black Swan screenwriter (and newly minted Academy Award nominee) Mark Heyman is set to pen the screenplay for sci-fi film Age of Rage according to The Hollywood Reporter. Heyman shares writing credits with John McLaughlin and Andres Heinz for Darren Aronofsky’s recent hit dance thriller Black Swan, which picked up a total of five nominations […]

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Universal want Kristen Stewart for Snow White; Viggo Mortensen for Huntsmen

We heard in December that Relativity Media’s The Brothers’ Grimm: Snow White was in competition with Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Already pitting Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts against one another for the role of the Evil Queen, we wondered then who might Hollywood have pegged for the other two leading roles: the dashing […]

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>Life in a Day to premiere on YouTube

>Life in a Day – the globally crowdsourced movie produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald – is set to make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Fittingly, the film will play on YouTube at the same time, so that the thousands of people from around the world who submitted footage […]

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Old souls – Another Year review

Another Year – Starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Everybody dies. Not everybody gets old, but most do. Mike Leigh’s Another Year considers both of these tragedies with the humour, heart and pathos fitting for humanity’s two great burdens. It tells the story of […]

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>The King’s Speech to be censored for Oscar push?

>Will Harvey Scissorhands ever be happy with a film? That is indeed the question as he considers releasing a censored cut of The King’s Speech after it has received a pack-leading 12 Oscar nominations. The story so far… Back in November, the MPAA slapped The King’s Speech with an R-rating, meaning that those under the […]

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>Fassbender to play android in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

>Hunger-striker. Movie critic. Magneto. Sex addict. The endlessly talented Michael Fassbender is set to add another challenging role to his already impressive filmography. According to THR, he will play an android in Ridley Scott’s not-quite-Alien-prequel Prometheus. We first learned Fassbender had been approached to play David the android (similar to Lance Henrikson‘s Bishop from Aliens) […]

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>2011 Academy Award nominations revealed!

>The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced in L.A. this morning by Academy president Tom Sherak and Oscar-winner Mo’Nique. The King’s Speech dominated the field with 12 nominations, followed closely by True Grit (10 nods), The Social Network (8 nods) and Inception (8 nods). Many pundits consider this to be a two-horse race, […]

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The big news from Sundance so far…

Though Sundance does not, in fact, involve either the sun or dancing, it is for many film buffs the beginning of festival envy for the year. Many of the movies that show at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah go on to have either theatrical or festival releases worldwide. However, there are just as many, […]

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The most complained about films of 2010

Something we take a sort-of bizarre pleasure in here at the Quickflix Blog is discovering which films Australian consumers are so disturbed by they feel compelled to register complaints with the Australian Classification Board. We asked the Board which films received the most vitriol in the past twelve months. The results are as follows… 1. […]

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>Last Airbender, Eclipse dominate Razzie nominations

>Ah, the Golden Raspberry Awards. In this climate of near-constant award ceremonies and deafening self-congratulation in Hollywood, it’s nice to know that there is a body out there keeping an eye on the losers. The nominations for the 31st Razzies – recognising the worst in the past 12 months of cinema – have been unveiled, […]

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>Tron: 3 rumour does the rounds

>I know it wasn’t everyone’s favourite film of 2010, but for those of you who, like me, thought Tron: Legacy was one of the most exciting cinematic experiences in recent years, you’ll be pleased to know that over on Ain’t It Cool News, Harry has given some credence to rumours of an in-the-works Tron: 3. […]

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>Trailer Debut: Griff the Invisible

>The trailer for Leon Ford’s Australian superhero movie Griff the Invisible has debuted online. Griff the Invisible is a “superhero movie” in the loosest possible sense of the term. Griff (Ryan Kwanten) is a lonely man whose superpowers can only really be seen by one other person. He works a menial job and, aside from […]

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Interview: Henry Joost; director of Catfish.

Interview: Henry Joost; director of Catfish. By Simon Miraudo. Pictured (L-R): Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost and Nev Schulman. Henry Joost and The Brothers Schulman (Ariel and Nev) are responsible for one of the most-buzzed about films of the past twelve months: Catfish. It begins innocently as a chronicle of the online relationship between New York […]

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Web 2.0 of lies – Catfish review

Catfish – Starring Nev Schulman. Directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. It’s 3am. I’ve begrudgingly rolled out of bed, leaving my girlfriend to sleep in peace, and plonked myself down in front of the laptop for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the air conditioning at our place is on […]

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The jerk, the fool, his mouse, oh brother – Dinner For Schmucks review

Dinner For Schmucks – Starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Jemaine Clement. Directed by Jay Roach. Rated M. Originally published October 1, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. I’m sure Steve Carell and Paul Rudd are among the nicest, funniest guests one could ever invite over for dinner. That being said, should anyone ever be unfortunate enough […]

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Tell Everyone. Everything. Ever. – Kawasaki’s Rose review

Kawasaki’s Rose – Starring Lenka Vlassakova, Martin Huba and Milan Mikulcik. Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Can one truly great scene save a boring film? Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk puts that to the test in his latest feature: Kawasaki’s Rose. It’s a film about the entangled lives of one well-to-do Czechoslovakian […]

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>Julian Assange biopic in the works

>The biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be turned into a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aussie reporter Andrew Fowler’s upcoming book on Assange – titled The Most Dangerous Man in the World – has been optioned by producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm. The biography begins with Assange’s childhood – […]

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Eastwood and Beyoncé remaking A Star Is Born

What is going on?! We knew that Hollywood was remake happy, but in 24 hours we’ve learnt of six of the strangest reboots ever pondered! Here’s another one… According to Deadline, Clint Eastwood will direct and Beyoncé Knowles will star in a modern adaptation of the timeless tale A Star Is Born. Their take will […]

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>WB rebooting Lethal Weapon, Westworld, The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch

>Well, OK then! If you thought news of Will Smith remaking the musical Annie as a vehicle for his hair-whipping daughter was off the reservation, wait until you hear this… According to THR, Warner Brothers are gearing up to reboot a number of their most beloved properties after the recent departure of studio exec Jessica […]

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>X-Men: First Class: More pics of Magneto and Xavier

>Yesterday we posted the first official pictures from X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming reboot of the Marvel comic saga. The director kindly sent Slashfilm a few more pictures; this time highlighting Michael Fassbender in his Magneto gear, and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. As you can see, Fassbender’s outfit is a little more lo-fi […]

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>Will Smith developing Annie remake for hair-whipping daughter

>Will Smith is in talks with Sony to bring a remake of the beloved musical Annie to the big screen, starring none other than his own “Whip My Hair” daughter Willow. Variety is reporting Smith is keen to develop this project after the success of The Karate Kid in 2010 with his son Jaden in […]

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>Depp to replace Downey Jr. in Oz: The Great and Powerful?

>Robert Downey Jr. is the Great and Powerful Oz no longer according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Disney begins discussions with Johnny Depp to take over the role. We reported back in June of last year about Oz: The Great and Powerful, the 3D prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Director Sam Raimi and Producer […]

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>Anvil director tackles ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’

>We all knew it was going to happen; but I certainly would never have guessed it was going to happen quite like this… According to the L.A. Times, Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is in discussions with executives at Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures to direct the film adaptation of one chapter from Stephen […]

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>First look at X-Men: First Class

>The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog has given us our first official look at Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming superhero prequel X-Men: First Class, featuring Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. X-Men: First Class takes place in the 1960s, and follows many of our favourite X-people in their younger years. Among the new […]

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