Archive | April, 2011

Poster Debut: Sleeping Beauty

The sensual new poster for Julia Leigh’s Cannes-bound Aussie drama Sleeping Beauty has debuted online. Transmission brought it to our attention via Twitter. (Haven’t you heard? Everyone’s doing it that way now.) Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning as a young prostitute who submits herself to the ‘Sleeping Beauty Chamber’, in which her clients can do to […]

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Trailer Debut: Transformers – Dark of the Moon

The feature trailer for the third Transformers movie – the Pink Floydian-titled Dark of the Moon – has debuted online. It hints at an incisive commentary on geopolitics and the American government’s relationship with its citizens, as well as a haunting final sequence that evokes Michael Haneke‘s … just kidding! It’s robots punching each other! […]

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Elizabeth Banks confirmed for The Hunger Games

Elizabeth Banks has officially signed on to play District 12 escort Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. Banks tweeted “I can now confirm I’m EFFIE TRINKET in @TheHungerGames. So excited!” after she posted a quote from Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novel and asked her followers to guess its source. District 4’s tributes have also been cast […]

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School of Bach – Mrs. Carey’s Concert review

Mrs. Carey’s Concert – Directed by Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Mrs. Carey’s Concert depicts the nine-month lead up to a daunting performance at the Sydney Opera House by a talented girl’s school orchestra and occasionally reluctant choir. I knew how they felt. Sure, I never played in front of […]

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Royal rumble – William & Kate: A Modern-Day Fairytale review

William & Kate: A Modern-Day Fairytale – Starring Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington. Directed by Mark Rosman. By Jess Lomas. I had decided last week that I would avoid the Royal wedding shenanigans that were to plague commercial television and print leading up to the nuptials. Yet somehow I found myself accepting an invitation to […]

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Trailer Debut: Bridesmaids (Red Band)

Girls just want to have fun (and act like guys) according to the raunchy Red Band trailer for Bridesmaids. First of all, let’s just say we couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming Judd Apatow production, directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig and written by SNL-fave Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Still, the […]

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Trailer Debut: X-Men First Class

The feature trailer for X-Men First Class has debuted online, featuring new glimpses at the young mutants as well as some action sequences from the Matthew Vaughn directed reboot. So, a few noteworthy things here: 1) Nicholas Hoult (Beast) doesn’t have the best American accent in the world, but we already knew that. 2) Jennifer […]

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Armie Hammer to star as The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp?

Armie Hammer might jump into the saddle for Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. According to Deadline, The Social Network star is in early talks to play the eponymous serial hero. Last week it seemed that Ryan Gosling was a shoe-in to star as TLR, opposite Johnny Depp’s Tonto. His reps later revealed that Gosling’s schedule […]

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Trailer Debut: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

A new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2  has debuted online. And it looks exhausting (in the best possible way, of course). The final instalment of the eight-part series is being sold as some sort of generational event akin to the moon landing. The fact that Warner Bros can produce a trailer […]

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The Avengers begins production! Whedon speaks! First pic unveiled!

After what seems like a lifetime of rumours, casting announcements and fanboy wish fulfilment, production has officially begun on Joss Whedon’s Marvel comic adaptation of The Avengers. The film will unite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger set to star in Terminator 5

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in a new sequel to The Terminator, with Fast and Furious Five helmer Justin Lin attached to direct. According to Deadline, CAA is shopping the package (which includes the series’ rights and the involvement of Schwarzenegger and Lin) to studios today. Universal, Sony, Lionsgate and CBS Films are reportedly […]

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Jeremy Renner is the new Bourne (kinda)

Jeremy Renner has landed the lead role in The Bourne Legacy, Deadline reports. The long wait is over as Universal Pictures officially offered Renner the opportunity to star in the Tony Gilroy directed action thriller. The film is a spinoff of the highly successful Bourne Identity trilogy which starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. In […]

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Trailer Debut: Our Idiot Brother

The first official trailer for Sundance favourite Our Idiot Brother has debuted online. The dramedy (previously known as My Idiot Brother) has an all star cast with  Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy and Rashida Jones amongst others. Directed by Jesse Peretz and written by David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz, the film follows […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: A Visit From The Goon Squad

The Jess Lomas Book Club: A Visit From The Goon Squad *A weekly feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!* With the Easter/ANZAC super long weekend over, we hope you’ve all made a sizeable dent in your ‘To Read’ piles. This week we’ll have a […]

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The Hunger Games casting continues!

Lionsgate has revealed two more fresh-faced actors set to join the cast of The Hunger Games. Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott will appear as Tribute Boy and Tribute Girl from District 3. Though unnamed, the pair come from the electronics district and their skills come in handy during the Games. Last week also saw the […]

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You crazy for this one, Yimou! A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop review

A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop – Starring Yan Ni, Shen-Yang Xiao and Ni Dahong. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Rated M. Originally published December 13, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. Zhang Yimou’s A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop is exactly the kind of remake we should celebrate. It riffs deliriously on the source material […]

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Crazy good – Mad Bastards review

Mad Bastards – Starring Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait and Lucas Yeeda. Directed by Brendan Fletcher. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Brendan Fletcher’s feature film debut Mad Bastards is a very human tale told with an electric vibrancy rarely found in dramas of this ilk. It lives and breathes and meanders freely, in the spirit of the […]

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Interview: Brendan Fletcher; director of Mad Bastards

Interview: Brendan Fletcher; director of Mad Bastards. By Simon Miraudo. (L-R) Lucas Yeeda (Bullet), Brendan Fletcher and Ngaire Pigram (Nella). Mad Bastards is the latest in a long string of Australian films earning their stripes abroad before returning home as reigning champions. Like Animal Kingdom before it, Brendan Fletcher’s 10-years-in-the-making outback drama played the prestigious […]

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Boy toys – Fast and Furious 5 review

Fast and Furious 5 – Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Justin Lin. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. It’s not the sign of a particularly good film when the entire cast could be replaced by belligerent three-year-olds and you could expect most of the line readings to remain exactly the same. Fast […]

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The glass is half full – Arthur review

Arthur – Starring Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren. Directed by Jason Winer. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Jason Winer’s remake of Arthur is riddled with clichés, suffers from a trite – occasionally offensive – screenplay, and has flatter direction than any Russell Brand vehicle deserves. That being said, I could watch the hilarious […]

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Restrepo director killed in Libya

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington and photojournalist Chris Hondros have been killed while covering the rebel conflict in Libya. According to the New York Times, the duo came under fire in the city of Misrata; two other photographers – Michael Brown and Guy Martin – were wounded in the melee. Hetherington was an acclaimed photojournalist who […]

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Weinstein lawsuit threatens to unravel The Crow

Last week we discussed the possibility of Bradley Cooper starring in Relativity Media’s upcoming reboot of The Crow. Well, it looks like we’ll have to watch another drama unfold before the camera even starts rolling on the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo feature. According to Deadline, Bob and Harvey Weinstein – distributors of the original 1994 adaptation […]

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Trailer Debut: The Change-Up

The high-concept body-swap comedy is as old as time itself. The latest stars to undergo the cosmic transformation are Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in the bawdy new comedy The Change-Up. You can probably guess the plot, but for tradition’s sake: Reynolds stars as single lady-killer Mitch and Bateman as exhausted family man Dave. After […]

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Jacki Weaver joins Judd Apatow comedy

Well, this is exciting! Aussie thesp, Animal Kingdom star and recent Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver has signed on to the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy Five Year Engagement. According to Deadline (who broke the good news), the film tracks – you guessed it – the five year engagement between characters played by Jason Segel and Emily […]

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Isla Fisher joining The Great Gatsby?

Isla Fisher is in talks to join Baz Luhrmann‘s long-gestating adaptation of The Great Gatsby (that is, whenever he feels like actually making it). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fisher is in negotiations to play Myrtle, a married woman sleeping with wealthy Tom Buchanan, husband of Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Ben Affleck was considering the role […]

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The Jess Lomas Book Club: The Help

The Jess Lomas Book Club: The Help *A weekly feature in which literary connoisseur Jess Lomas examines the upcoming book-to-film adaptations worth keeping an eye on!* If you’re part of a book club there’s a chance you’ve been made to read the following book. If you’re a fan of Oprah you might have also picked […]

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The Hunger Games gets Career tributes

Another day and another pair of Tributes have been cast in The Hunger Games. Today we meet Marvel and Glimmer from District 1, to be played by Jack Quaid (yes that would be son of Dennis and Meg Ryan) and Leven Rambin. The announcement was made via the official Hunger Games Facebook page, where they […]

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Is Attenberg the new Dogtooth?

Alright, you got us Rotten Tomatoes. Suggesting any film as “this year’s Dogtooth” is a sure fire way of sparking our interest in a movie, which is precisely what they said of Greek drama Attenberg. Heading to Sydney for the 2011 Film Festival, the trailer for Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg suggests a similarly complex and […]

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Jason Statham to follow in Mel Gibson’s footsteps for Parker

Jason Statham is in talks to star as Parker in an adaptation of Donald Westlake’s crime novel saga of the same name. According to Variety, the Taylor Hackford directed feature would star Statham as an honourable, yet dangerous, thief. The first book of Westlake’s Parker series (published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) was The Hunter, […]

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Elizabeth Banks joins The Hunger Games

No sooner had we announced the casting of Rue and Thresh as the tributes from District 11 in The Hunger Games, Variety chimed in to add that Elizabeth Banks is also in line for a role. Banks is in talks to play Effie Trinket, the flighty, airheaded, pink-haired escort of the District 12 tributes Katniss […]

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