Archive | March, 2011

Madagascar penguins to star in spinoff

I’m sure the children of the world will disagree with me, but I’ve never found the Madagascar films all that entertaining. They keep making money though, so they’ll be getting another sequel. This time however, the (admittedly, very funny) penguin sidekicks will be in the limelight. THR has the scoop that Megamind screenwriters Alan J. […]

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Bill Murray is the President in Hyde Park on the Hudson

Bill Murray is set to star as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, in Hyde Park on the Hudson. According to Vulture, “[The film] recounts the quasi-incestuous love affair between the president and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley, and takes place on the June 1939 weekend that the British King and […]

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Bryan Cranston to play Total Recall villain

Bryan Cranston is in talks to play the villain in the upcoming remake of Total Recall. The long gestating retooling of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven flick (itself based upon Philip K. Dick’s story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) is set to star Colin Farrell as a factory worker who begins to suspect he […]

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Aronofsky, Kunis defend Portman in Black Swan controversy

In the latest of the battle of the ballerinas – or rather the case of obscure ballerina versus Natalie Portman – Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and Natalie’s co-star Mila Kunis have spoken out, defending the Oscar winning star. Aronofsky released his statement through studio Fox Searchlight after Portman’s dance double, Sarah Lane, came forward […]

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Jennifer Garner is your new Miss Marple

Jennifer Garner is set to star in and produce a Miss Marple reboot for Disney, Deadline reports. There are several things wrong with the sentence ‘Miss Marple reboot’ for a start. Following in the footsteps of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes reboot, Garner and her Vandalia Films partner Juliana Janes are looking to transform the elderly […]

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The title of the Monsters, Inc. prequel is…

Disney has revealed the name of Pixar’s upcoming prequel to Monsters, Inc. Ready for it? Monsters University. This means we can expect to see a young Sully and Mike learn the ropes of the kid-spooking game. The Hollywood Reporter, fittingly, reports the news from the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon. Monsters University will feature the returning […]

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New Justice League movie in the works; will feature rebooted Batman

New Warner Bros studio president Jeff Robinov has revealed his plans to finally bring DC’s Justice League to the big screen in 2013. This means we’ll see a new Batman in cinemas one year after Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises arrives. In a profile piece on the L.A. Times, Robinov revealed that Nolan’s third […]

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The people vs. Matthew McConaughey – The Lincoln Lawyer review

The Lincoln Lawyer – Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe and Marisa Tomei. Directed by Brad Furman. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It must be a sad day when an actor or filmmaker realises their name has become a punch line. There is nary an article written in the last few years about M. Night Shyamalan’s […]

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Poster Debut: The Tree of Life

Geez, make up your mind Terrence Malick. First you don’t want us to know anything about The Tree of Life, and then you release a poster featuring seventy images from the film. Next thing we know, you’ll actually get around to releasing the movie. You’ve changed, man. Fox Searchlight unveiled the first poster for Malick’s […]

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Poster Debut: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two

Facebook is the place to go for poster debuts, apparently. Not only did Warner Bros decide to unveil the teaser for The Hangover Part II on FB today, but they also shared with us the first one-sheet for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. Considering the majority of the final (for real this […]

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Poster Debut: The Hangover Part II

The official poster for The Hangover Part II has debuted on the official Facebook page of its predecessor. Check it out by glancing slightly downwards! So, nothing that we hadn’t already seen from the official pictures and ultra-brief teaser. Still, it’s nice to have the general gist of the flick compressed into a one-sheet. Not […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: Sex on the Moon

The Jess Lomas Book Club: Sex on the Moon *A weekly feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!* “The amazing story of the most audacious heist in history”. No, it’s not Ocean’s 35; it’s the new novel by The Accidental Billionaires author Ben Mezrich. The […]

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Treading lightly – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader review

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Starring Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes and Will Poulter. Directed by Michael Apted. Rated PG. Originally published December 3, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Full disclosure: I’ve not seen the first two instalments of the Narnia saga (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Prince […]

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Mindgames – The Double Hour review

The Double Hour – Starring Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi. Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Double Hour plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 28 to April 10. Click here for more details. The Double Hour also arrives on DVD in Australia May 11. Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller The […]

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The King’s Speech helmer Tom Hooper to direct Les Mis

The Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper, is in negotiations to helm an adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. According to Variety, Hooper would direct the project for Universal. Bill Nicholson scripted the project, based not upon Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel but rather the 1980 musical adaptation. Les Mis takes place in 19th […]

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Amy Adams will be Superman’s Lois Lane

Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman revival. According to the L.A. Times, Snyder informed Adams – who is fresh off an Oscar nomination for The Fighter – over the weekend. Said Snyder to the Times, “There was a big, giant search for Lois … For us it was […]

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Joel Edgerton in the running for The Bourne Legacy

Last year it was revealed that The Bourne Legacy – the Tony Gilroy-directed fourth instalment of the Jason Bourne saga – would not feature its namesake, but instead a new hero. Deadline has unveiled the shortlist of actors currently testing for the role, and it includes Australia’s own Joel Edgerton. Also on the shortlist is […]

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Amy Adams to join Rock of Ages?

Amy Adams is in talks to join the cast of Adam Shankman’s upcoming musical Rock of Ages. According to Deadline, Shankman wants her for the role of an uptight journalist who is bedded by debauched rock star Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise). Anne Hathaway was originally offered the role, but a scheduling conflict with The Dark […]

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Jason Schwartzman cast in Wes Anderson’s new flick

Jason Schwartzman has joined the already stellar cast of Wes Anderson’s upcoming film Moonrise Kingdom (his first live-action project in five years). We first learned about Wes Anderson’s upcoming flick Moonrise Kingdom back in October of 2010, but all we knew is that it would focus on a boy and girl (both aged 12). The […]

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Ed Harris to play John McCain opposite Moore’s Palin

The cast of Jay Roach’s HBO film Game Change is sliding in to place. According to EW, Ed Harris will play Republican presidential nominee John McCain, opposite the already announced Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. The Danny Strong penned flick will detail the behind-the-scenes events of the 2008 Obama/McCain election campaign. The next two big […]

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Michael Shannon, Edgar Ramirez for Superman villain?

Now that the cast for The Dark Knight Rises is officially firming up (putting to bed those long-standing/never-true rumours about Cher and Eddie Murphy playing Catwoman and The Riddler respectively), the internet has turned to Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot to flex their speculative muscle. We already know Henry Cavill will play the Man of Steel, […]

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Trailer Debut: Captain America – The First Avenger

Holy shrunken Chris Evans! The feature trailer for Marvel’s Captain America – The First Avenger has debuted online. We previously saw Evans as the diminutive wannabe-solider Steve Rogers in the 30-second Superbowl spot, but here we get an idea of how much of the movie he will spend in this smaller frame. Quite a bit, […]

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Teacher feature – Waiting for "Superman" review

Waiting for “Superman” – Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Davis Guggenheim’s latest documentary Waiting for “Superman” is a slick, affecting film about the education crisis in America. Guggenheim follows a number of young students from particularly impoverished areas as their parents struggle to pay school fees and put their hopes and […]

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R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor

Screen icon and two-time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor has died from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old. According to a spokeswoman, the actress was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Hospital – where she was admitted six weeks ago – surrounded by her four children. Elizabeth Rosamond Taylor was born in Hampstead, London to […]

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Lebowski duo Bridges and Moore reunite for The Seventh Son

Julianne Moore will play Mother Malkin – the most dangerous witch in the 1700’s – to Jeff Bridges’ master exorcist “The Spook” in The Seventh Son, Entertainment Weekly reports. The two actors were last seen on screen together in the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult hit The Big Lebowski. As some have pointed out, in Lebowski […]

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Pattinson, Timberlake and Garfield in line for Akira remake?

Deadline New York has revealed a shortlist of young male Hollywood talent being considered for roles in the upcoming adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel Akira. Akira will be based on the 1988 Japanese anime, which itself was based on director Otomo’s own graphic novel of the same name. Whereas the original was set in […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: Crooked House

The Jess Lomas Book Club: Crooked House *A weekly feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!* Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick. That’s the extent of my knowledge of all things mysterious and crime solving, but for those who love a good whodunit, […]

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This is Grimm – Red Riding Hood review

Red Riding Hood – Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman and Shiloh Fernandez. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. When Red Riding Hood stopped being bad in all the conventional ways, it found a bunch of new, innovative ways to be bad. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Red Riding Hood never stops being […]

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The Statham Special – The Mechanic review

The Mechanic – Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Simon West. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Jason Statham knows how to kill people real good. That’s just one of the great cinematic truths of our time. In the same way that some actors have a natural chemistry with one another, and […]

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The Hobbit officially (finally!) begins production

Our long international nightmare is over! After years of false starts, casting dramas, replaced directors, a studio bankruptcy, strikes, boycotts and even a perforated ulcer, production has officially begun on The Hobbit. Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and MGM broke the good news in a joint press release (which is rather long, but you can […]

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