Archive | February, 2011

The King’s Speech reigns supreme at 83rd Academy Awards

Feel-good period piece The King’s Speech was crowned Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles today. The James Franco/Anne Hathaway hosted ceremony proved to be one of the least surprising Oscars in recent memory, and the telecast even earned the distinction from Roger Ebert of being one of the worst in history. […]

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Liveblogging the 2011 Oscar winners!

The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards are being handed out in Los Angeles today, and we’re liveblogging the results as they’re announced! But enough from us. Get ‘em while they’re hot! (Refresh to get them up-to-date.) Best Picture: The King’s Speech Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech Best […]

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Black Swan nabs top prizes at Indie Spirit Award

The Film Independent Spirit Awards took place yesterday and the winners have been announced. Honouring “independent film” (let’s not go into too much of a discussion about what constitutes an “independent film” these days, but let’s just say that the term here certainly has looser determinants than it did once upon a time), the Film […]

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The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2 big "winners" at Razzie awards

As Tinsel Town gathers today to pat themselves on the back for a job well done – as though million dollar pay cheques aren’t reward enough – the annual Razzie Awards have brought a few Hollywood stars down a peg or two by naming and shaming the worst of the year. Earning the title of […]

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Predict yourself before you wreck yourself: Our 83rd Academy Award tips.

Well, it’s been one hell of a ride, but the twelve-month-long self-congratulatory ceremony that is the Oscar campaign is almost over. The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards will be revealed Sunday night in Los Angeles (Monday morning in Australia), at a ceremony hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. But no need to shed […]

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First look at James Franco in Rise of the Apes

It’s been a little while since we reported on the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, but it still very much exists. In fact, production has officially wrapped, and we now have our first look at star James Franco doing science-y things! The image comes courtesy of JoBlo. Franco stars as a […]

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The King’s Speech director turned down Iron Man 3

Everyone is wondering what The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will do next. Poised to take home the Best Director prize at next Monday’s Oscars, and responsible for one of the most loved films of the past year, Hollywood is his oyster, and we’re just as intrigued to see how he’ll crack it open and […]

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Teaser Debut: The Hangover Part II

The ultra-brief teaser trailer for The Hangover Part II has debuted online. In a manner befitting of, oh say, The Godfather Part II, it focuses primarily on the critical acclaim of its predecessor. Which is weird, considering the first movie had an extended sequence in which a character got tased in the face. By know […]

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Arrested Development creator to remake Lars von Trier comedy

Well, you don’t read a headline like that every day. Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of the peerless and gone-far-too-soon TV show Arrested Development, is developing a remake of Lars von Trier’s Norwegian comedy Direktoren For Det Hele (or rather, The Boss of it All). The news comes from The Wrap, who claim Imagine’s Brian Grazer and […]

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Greengrass to direct Martin Luther King assassination pic

When you want to make a film about an intense, horribly tragic moment in history, you call Paul Greengrass. Although the shaky-cam loving director is mostly famous now for helming the last two films of the Bourne saga, he previously directed Bloody Sunday (about the disastrous 1972 march on Derry in Northern Ireland) and United […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark scores Australian release

We’ve been looking forward to this news since we saw the trailer for the Guillermo Del Toro written/produced chiller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark back in August of 2010. Australian distributor Hopscotch have revealed that they will distribute the film across the nation in August 2011. The Troy Nixey-directed pic stars the great Bailee […]

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Warner Bros to remake The Bodyguard

The remake-frenzy at Warner Bros can’t stop; won’t stop. According to Deadline, the studio is gearing up to remake the 1992 blockbuster hit The Bodyguard. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer – whose screenplay Family Getaway landed on the 2010 Black List; a roll of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood – will pen the remake. […]

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Trailer Debut: Bad Teacher

The red-band trailer for upcoming comedy Bad Teacher has debuted online. Cameron Diaz stars as a foul-mouthed teach who tries to win over a handsome new substitute (Justin Timberlake). Well, they weren’t lying when they slapped a red-band on this trailer (sorry under-18s – you’ll have to wait until the folks are in bed to […]

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Steve Carell to teach dogs to speak

Earlier in the week we wondered if Steve Carell‘s post-Office career would afford him an opportunity to show off his range and save him from typecasting-hell. Well, this shut us right up! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carell will produce and star in an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s not-so-comedic novel Dogs of Babel. Carell will […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: I Am Number Four

The Jess Lomas Book Club: I Am Number Four *Welcome to a brand new feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!* Welcome back film and book lovers. This week we continue with another science-fiction film, but trust me, it’s not going to be a recurring […]

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Michael Bay to produce Zombies vs. Robots

It started with Monsters vs. Aliens; a cool-sounding film that primarily appealed to teenage boys. Then, we learnt of the comic adaptation Cowboys and Aliens. That was followed by Cowboys and Ninjas and Vikings. Hollywood then turned their eyes to the world of robots, green lighting How To Survive a Robot Uprising, Real Steel and […]

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Ridley Scott’s Prometheus scores giant new cast member

The latest addition to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus cast is an eight-foot tall animatronic ‘space jockey’ skeleton based on the one that appeared in the opening scenes of Alien. Sky Movies has confirmation from “an insider” that the space jockey – who should really have a name; Ralph sounds good – is being created with the […]

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Rutger Hauer cast in Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

Dario Argento fans might still be a little sour after Adrien Brody ruined everyone’s chances of ever seeing the much-anticipated film Giallo late last year. But fans of the subgenre shouldn’t worry because Argento is back, and he’s bringing Rutger Hauer with him, TwitchFilm report. Argento’s next project, which will see Hauer in the lead, […]

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Ben Mendelsohn joins Brad Pitt in Cogan’s Trade

Jacki Weaver isn’t the only Animal Kingdom star making waves in America. According to Variety, Ben Mendelsohn has joined the cast of Andrew Dominik‘s upcoming crime flick Cogan’s Trade. Mendelsohn and newly-announced Scoot McNairy (replacing Casey Affleck) will play “two young junkies who perpetrate a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game held […]

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I was a teenage alien – I Am Number Four review

I Am Number Four – Starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron and Timothy Olyphant. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. I Am Number Four is either an incredibly courageous movie, or a painfully underwhelming one. And it is definitely not the former. The only interesting thing about it is the way in which […]

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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. Originally published October 22, 2010. 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 […]

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True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld lands new thriller

Hollywood’s favourite 14-year-old wunderkind Hailee Steinfeld has landed her first studio project after her Oscar nominated performance in Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit. Deadline New York is reporting Paramount has optioned screen rights to the forthcoming Young Adult novel Forgotten by Cat Patrick. In a move similar to the upcoming film I Am Number […]

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Toy Story short to play before The Muppets

You haven’t seen the last of Woody and Buzz, with Variety reporting a new Toy Story short will precede Jason Segel’s upcoming film The Muppets. This news comes after the confirmation that a short called Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation will play before Cars 2 during its theatrical release later this year. Disney Pixar has a […]

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Carell to play Streep’s therapist in Great Hope Springs

Steve Carell is gearing up to book some big-time movie roles after leaving The Office at the end of this season. According to Deadline, he is in negotiations to star as a marriage therapist in the upcoming comedy Great Hope Springs. Meryl Streep is already signed on to star as one-half of a married couple […]

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Downey Jr. to star in P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice?

From The Hollywood Reporter’s lips to God’s ear. The once-busy-but-now-not-so-much Robert Downey Jr. is considering starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. When news broke last week that P.T. Anderson’s two upcoming projects (including Scientology satire The Master, and the Pynchon adaptation) would – weirdly – be funded by […]

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Luhrmann to shoot The Great Gatsby (3-D) in Sydney

Remember a couple weeks ago when Baz Luhrmann hinted that he might not make The Great Gatsby after all? Psych! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is now official, and will begin shooting this August in Sydney. Luhrmann’s take on the legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald tale will be filmed in 3-D; the first project […]

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Gordon-Levitt/Rogen comedy gets title change

Pulling in a decent box office return is no easy task and, these days, with so very many movies consistently appearing on the slate, it’s only getting harder. Which is precisely why getting the title of a film just right is so damn important. It comes as little surprise then, as The Wrap report, that […]

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Clone wars – Certified Copy review

Certified Copy – Starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Certified Copy is currently screening in most states. It plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 21st to February 27th. Click here for more details. Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy begins as one film and ends as […]

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An unholy alliance of financially prosperous proportions

It’s hard to believe that in 2011, Hollywood are still allowing director/producer Michael Bay to get involved in the making of films. And yet, here we are. According to Deadline, Michael Bay has just joined forces with Taylor Lautner (yep, the werewolf dude from the Twilight movies) on a new unnamed project. The scoop is […]

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Mila Kunis joins James Franco in Oz: The Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi may have trouble locking down a male lead for Oz: The Great and Powerful, but it seems he’s found his leading lady. According to Vulture, Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is likely to join the Wizard of Oz prequel as Theodorah, sister of eventual Wicked Witch of the West Evanorah. Kunis […]

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