Archive | May, 2011

You know, for kids – The Green Hornet review

The Green Hornet – Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz. Directed by Michel Gondry. Rated M. Originally published January 19, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. The Green Hornet looks and feels as if it were made by a bunch of (highly talented) 10-year-old boys. Taking any pleasure in the film depends on your willingness […]

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Second rate – X-Men: First Class review

X-Men: First Class – Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. With The Dark Knight, we got the first great Batman movie. With Spiderman 2, we got the first great Spiderman movie. We’re still waiting for the first great X-Men movie. Although the mutant Marvel […]

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Trailer Debut: 50/50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has cancer … in the new trailer for the comedy 50/50 co-starring Seth Rogen. In the Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) directed film – originally titled I’m With Cancer and then Live With It – JoGo plays Adam, a 27-year-old radio writer who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. Rogen plays […]

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Sarah Palin biopic to draw Joan of Arc parallels; feature violent animal imagery

According to Deadline, a two-hour feature film about Sarah Palin is set to hit American screens next month. Commissioned by the lady herself, The Undefeated is scheduled to premiere in Iowa, the first big primary election state for the 2012 presidential campaign. It is a shrewd and, arguably, cynical move from the political team of […]

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Teaser Debut: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The first Red Band trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has appeared online. Tickets to the self-proclaimed “feel bad movie of Christmas” are sure to be atop many people’s Xmas lists after seeing this teaser. The American adaptation of the best-selling Swedish crime trilogy by Stieg Larsson stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig […]

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Orlando Bloom signs up for The Hobbit

Production may have officially started more than two months ago, and his character Legolas may not actually appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original tome, but Orlando Bloom has signed up to appear in Peter Jackson‘s long-plagued two-picture adaptation of The Hobbit. The casting – although long-rumoured – was announced over the weekend on the official Hobbit […]

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World’s worst directors making Avatar spoof

The world would be a boring place if everyone agreed about everything, especially when it comes to art. Thank goodness for the internet then, where you can read thoughtful defences and appreciations of artists as diverse (yet similarly polarising) as Justin Bieber, Lars von Trier and more. No such defences have been written on Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Even […]

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David O. Russell no longer directing Uncharted

Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings) will no longer direct the film adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The news comes from Deadline, although no reason for Russell’s exit has been mentioned. It is unknown if frequent Russell collaborator Mark Wahlberg still remains attached to play Drake. Fans of the video […]

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Teaser Debut: Happy Feet Two

The teaser trailer for Happy Feet Two has debuted online. As if you hadn’t already assumed as much, it features a bunch of rapping penguins. Back in 2006, director George Miller‘s Happy Feet became a surprise box office success and wound up beating Pixar’s Cars to the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards. […]

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First look at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival

The first batch of titles heading to this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (running 21 July to 7 August) were revealed today, and they include a number of exciting local features, long-awaited international flicks and a Cannes prize winner. We’ve been waiting to catch Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture for some time; they’ll both […]

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New Muppets teaser spoofs The Hangover Part II

Earlier this week we celebrated the first teaser for The Muppets, which jokingly began as the trailer for a schmaltzy romcom called Green With Envy before ultimately revealing that it featured Jim Henson’s creations. Another fake-out trailer from the Disney production has found its way online, spoofing the teaser for The Hangover Part II. Riffing […]

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Beckinsale and Biel join Total Recall

Len Wiseman‘s upcoming remake of Total Recall has found its leading ladies. Collider has confirmed Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel will join Colin Farrell and Bryan Cranston in the new film. 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) features Farrell in the […]

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Trailer Debut: The Descendants

The trailer for The Descendants has debuted online. It is the first film in seven years from Oscar-winning writer/director Alexander Payne (unless you count his work as co-writer of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which we don’t) and stars George Clooney as a man who must re-evaluate his life after his wife suffers […]

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Candy Land movie to be Lord of the Rings-esque

Candy Land seems like a board game particular to American childhood; as a kid I was a demon at Trouble, Guess Who and The Game of Life, but Candy Land was never in my toy box. Apparently you draw coloured cards and move your gingerbread man to the square that corresponds with the colour you […]

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Sinister version of The Little Mermaid heading to cinemas

Whilst as a ten year old, Disney’s The Little Mermaid was all fun and games “unda da sea’, when you think about it, it’s actually quite a freaky film. There’s a gargantuan, evil, purple octopus woman, killer sharks, talking, hyperactive tripping crabs and a heroine who gets muted and has constant pain in her ‘new’ […]

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Manchildren and ladyboys – The Hangover Part II review

The Hangover Part II – Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Todd Phillips. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Upon leaving the screening of The Hangover Part II, a woman remarked, “I think you would’ve had to seen the first one to really get the jokes here.” I’d refine that further and […]

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Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones join The Hunger Games

Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna, the flashy and faithful stylist to Katniss, in Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games. British actor Toby Jones has also joined the cast as Claudius Templesmith, the Hunger Games announcer with a booming voice. The appointments come as production begins on the hotly anticipated adaptation, but are […]

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Trailer Debut: Take Shelter

The official trailer for Jeff Nichols’ Sundance hit Take Shelter has arrived online. The film stars Michael Shannon as Curtis LaForche, a man who envisions an apocalyptic storm approaching. With a deaf daughter and a loving wife, money is tight, and as the story unfolds Curtis is forced to question whether it is his family […]

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Frankenstein films all the rage in Hollywood

Move over vampires! Frankenflicks are the new hot Hollywood property, with Deadline announcing the adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. The project already has Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Auburn signed on to translate the story of a young Victor Frankenstein to the big screen. The film will focus on the […]

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The Hangover Part II tattoo controversy comes to an end

UPDATE: Read our review of THE HANGOVER PART II here! A few weeks ago we discussed the possibility of The Hangover Part II being kept from cinemas thanks to an injunction-seeking tattoo artist. You may not be surprised to learn plaintiff S. Victor Whitmill was not successful in stopping the Warner Bros juggernaut from reaching […]

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Tom Cruise joins Tron: Legacy director’s Oblivion

Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is certainly making his mark on the Hollywood sci-fi industry – not only is he helming New Regency’s sci-fi thriller Archangel, which tells the story of a secret unit of the military that tracks and hunts down aliens among us, but he’s also in the director’s chair for Oblivion, Universal’s […]

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Death of the party – Get Low review

Get Low – Starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. Directed by Aaron Schneider. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. T.S. Eliot said the world would end “not with a bang but with a whimper”. That certainly seemed true this past weekend, when evangelist Harold Camping’s prediction of a fire-and-brimstone rapture engulfing the entire universe […]

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Controversial director Takashi Miike to work on “light comedy”

If legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike is good at anything, it’s keeping his audience on their toes. Despite building a career on gut-churning horror films such as Audition and Ichi the Killer, he is about to work on adapting a Nintendo DS videogame for the big screen. Miike told The Huffington Post that his next […]

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First look at Jack Black in Bernie

The first images from Jack Black and Richard Linklater’s latest collaboration Bernie (a deliberate reference to Weekend at Bernie’s … we think) have debuted online. They’re coming at you courtesy of Collider.  Black stars as Bernie, a creepy undertaker who commits a terrible crime, yet remains popular in his small Texas town. Shirley MacLaine stars […]

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Teaser Debut: The Muppets

The teaser trailer for Green With Envy The Muppets has debuted online, and it looks set to be an adorable romcom starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams a riotous, nostalgic throwback to the classic Muppet movies of old! Yay. YAY! It’s not your typical teaser, that’s for sure. Disney are trying something new here, leading us […]

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Beautiful dark twisted fantasy – Black Swan review

Black Swan – Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Rated MA. Originally published January 4, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Things are about to get … intense. Perhaps Darren Aronofsky should have considered attaching a title card with that brief caveat to the reels of his latest film Black Swan. […]

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Bridesmaids sequel a possibility

They say three times a bridesmaid never a bride, but director Paul Feig has discussed the possibility of a Bridesmaids sequel in an interview with Vulture. Feig and one of his leading ladies, Melissa McCarthy, were at an after-party for Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris when they were congratulated for the success of […]

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First look at Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Warner Brothers has released the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane from Christopher Nolan’s upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Slashfilm broke down the viral campaign, which began on the film’s official website and had many scratching their heads. What began as a blank site with an audio loop of chanting slowly revealed an image […]

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R.I.P. Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, the Australian film icon who starred in such classic films as Muriel’s Wedding, Gallipoli and Newsfront, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Hunter entered a hospice earlier in the week, and was surrounded by family and friends when he finally passed away Saturday evening. Prime Minister Julia […]

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The Tree of Life takes top prize at Cannes

Although Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life was met with a few boos following its debut screening at Cannes, the jury charged with handing out the festival’s top awards were more receptive, bestowing upon it the prestigious Palme d’Or for Best Film. At a press conference following this year’s awards ceremony, chair Robert De Niro […]

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