Archive | August, 2011

Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson to play David and Goliath?

The Biblical tale of David and Goliath is heading to the big screen (and no, not just in the form of the scrappy underdog fighting robot flick Real Steel). According to Twitch, Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson have been offered the opportunity to star as David and Goliath in Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming adaptation. Talks with […]

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Mrs. Carey’s Concert, Shut Up Little Man among first AACTA Award nominees

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has wasted no time in preparing for its first ever awards ceremony in January, announcing the nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film. In an effort to align itself with the United States’ Academy Awards and the United Kingdom’s BAFTAs, the […]

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Gemma Ward joins The Great Gatsby

Model-turned-actress Gemma Ward has been cast in Baz Luhrmann’s 3-d adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. The news comes from Entertainment Weekly, although the specific role Ward will take on is not yet known. Despite the tale being set in New York, the film is currently being shot in Sydney. The […]

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Teaser Debut: Alps (from the director of Dogtooth)

The teaser for Alps - Yorgos Lanthimos‘ follow-up to his Oscar nominated nutfest Dogtooth – has arrived online. Wonderfully enigmatic and appropriately bizarre, the trailer offers nothing in the way of plot, but will surely excite those who were transfixed by the horrendous and peculiar events of Lanthimos’ previous flick. According to IndieWire, Alps concerns “a […]

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The Blues Brothers are getting their own Glee-esque TV show

As Aretha Franklin famously sang in John Landis‘ comedy classic The Blues Brothers: “You better think; think about what you’re trying to do to me.” Variety reports Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi – the wife of his late partner John – are trying to set up a new TV show based around Jake […]

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Is THIS the name of the new James Bond flick? (Update: No)

Update: Never mind! EON Productions has denied Bond 23 will be called Carte Blanche, nor will it have anything to do with Jeffery Deaver’s novel. Original report below… Did a Serbian cellist reveal the title, and, inadvertently, the plot of the new James Bond flick? Weirdly … maybe! Details regarding Sam Mendes‘ long-gestating Bond 23 have been […]

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Play It Again – Marty

Play It Again – Marty. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which classic-film connoisseur Jess Lomas revisits a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up … or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted […]

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A whisper – The Help review

The Help – Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Tate Taylor. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Finally! A film about the civil rights movement in which the hero is a privileged young white thing instead of the tireless, self-sacrificing politicians or the downtrodden and racially vilified lower class blacks. The Help […]

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Clooney pulls out of Soderbergh’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Although Steven Soderbergh has made no secret of his plans to retire in the coming years – even telling the New York Times earlier this week that he wants to become a painter – he still has plenty of projects in the works before that fateful days arrive. First up is his outbreak-thriller Contagion, followed […]

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Dirty Dancing remake scores a screenwriter

That Dirty Dancing remake you’re all really excited to see is picking up some speed. According to Deadline, screenwriter Maria Maggenti has scored the coveted role of scripting the film for Lionsgate. Maggenti previously wrote and directed Puccini for Beginners, and transformed the screenplay for Monte Carlo from an adult comedy to a tween adventure. […]

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Josh Brolin confirmed to star in Oldboy

Last month it was revealed that Josh Brolin was Mandate Pictures’ first choice to star in Spike Lee‘s remake of the South Korean revenge flick Oldboy. Deadline reports: it’s official! Brolin will star in the role originally played by Choi Min-sik in Park Chan-wook‘s 2003 original. He plays a man kidnapped and imprisoned without explanation, […]

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Beyoncé’s baby delays A Star Is Born

Beyoncé is taking her role in Clint Eastwood’s  upcoming A Star is Born remake a little too seriously as she announced at yesterday’s MTV Video Music Awards that she is expecting her first child with Jay-Z. According to Deadline, her pregnancy will cause a delay to the production which was believed to begin in February 2012. […]

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Teaser Debut: The Hunger Games

Fans of The Hunger Games rejoice! After being subjected to an outrageously prolonged series of casting announcements, a dodgy animated poster and promotional photos that did little to inspire excitement, the first teaser trailer for the anticipated Gary Ross directed adaptation has arrived. Much like its older cousin, Twilight, The Hunger Games’ teaser premiered during […]

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We were in love – Heartbeats review

Heartbeats – Starring Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider. Directed by Xavier Dolan. Originally published December 26, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s fitting that the latest picture from Canadian actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan takes its cues from the American mumblecore movement and the French New Wave. The Québécois wunderkind – caught between the United States […]

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Zoe Saldana to get angelic in Dominion

Zoe Saldana is set to produce and star in the supernatural thriller Dominion for Paramount. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saldana will play a half-human, half-angel in the pic. No other details are available. The pitch comes from Dean McCreary and Chester Hastings, whose previous scripts and projects are either stuck in development, or have […]

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Flatliners remake to be penned by Source Code screenwriter

Further proof that time is indeed circular: Sony is prepping a remake of Joel Schumacher‘s 1990 thriller Flatliners. This now means that films from the 1990s are ripe for the remaking. According to Deadline, Source Code screenwriter Ben Ripley has been tapped to pen the script, which will give the flick a more contemporary feel. The […]

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DiCaprio and Scorsese remaking The Gambler; original screenwriter saddened by “disrespect”

The creative team behind 2006′s Best Picture winner The Departed – namely director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter William Monahan and star Leonardo DiCaprio – are set to reunite for a remake of the 1974 drama The Gambler, Deadline reports. No doubt studio Paramount is hoping to replicate the success of the trio’s previous re-imagining (The Departed was based […]

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Interview: David Wenham (Oranges and Sunshine, Lord of the Rings)

Interview: David Wenham. By Simon Miraudo. Three-time AFI award winner David Wenham is one of Australia’s most beloved actors. He’s starred in such acclaimed Aussie films as The Boys, Gettin’ Square and The Proposition, as well as the international hits 300 and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In his latest picture, Jim Loach’s Oranges […]

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Trailer Debut: The Artist

Silent films: they’re back! The trailer for Michel Hazanavicus‘ Cannes hit The Artist has debuted online, sans dialogue, but avec awesomeness. The Artist features Jean Dujardin as one of the biggest silent movie stars of the 1920s, whose celebrity begins to wane as the age of talkies descends upon him. The Weinstein Company picked up the […]

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Is this really The Worst Movie Ever?

A film by the name of The Worst Movie Ever opened in the U.S. over the weekend (or, more specifically, on one screen in Los Angeles). It grossed a mere $11, probably because people thought – for some weird reason – it would be bad. Writer/producer/director/star Glenn Berggoetz’s parody movie seemingly spoofs the combined terrible […]

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Trailer Debut: The Rum Diary

The trailer for Bruce Robinson‘s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary has arrived online, meaning the long-delayed film is nearing release. Johnny Depp stars as journalist Paul Kemp (but really, Hunter S. Thompson), who moves from New York to Puerto Rico and becomes embroiled in a complicated affair with a woman named […]

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Christian Bale considers Oldboy, A Star is Born after Dark Knight

Christian Bale’s biggest role of the last decade is about to come to an end. With filming nearing conclusion on The Dark Knight Rises, Batman will be looking for new employment. Bale will have plenty of roles to choose from according to Variety, who list the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy at the top of […]

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Wolverine 2 delayed once again

20th Century Fox have again delayed the start of production on The Wolverine, the sequel to the 2009 Hugh Jackman film, Deadline reports. Fox have said that they never committed to a start date to begin with but were looking at late 2011. It seems that may now become early to mid 2012, though Fox […]

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I’ll cry if I want to – Birthday review

Birthday – Starring Natalie Eleftheriadis, Kestie Morassi and Ra Chapman. Directed by James Harkness. By Simon Miraudo. What is it with Australian filmmakers and the sex trade? This year alone, we’ve seen the inert and impenetrable Sleeping Beauty, the rollicking genre flick X, and now, we have James Harkness’ adaptation of his controversial stage play […]

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Toy Story was almost called Toyz in the Hood

Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has shared with his Twitter followers a selection of almost-titles for Pixar’s first Toy Story film (which have been dutifully compiled on Ain’t It Cool News). Apparently, Toy Story was just a place-holder, and Pixar employees were encouraged to submit a better name. Although more than 200 titles were thrown around, […]

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See Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in drag

In our review of X-Men: First Class, we applauded the ultra-handsome Michael Fassebender not for his performance as Magneto (although he is very good), but rather for his ability to wear turtleneck sweaters. Sadly, as we have discovered from a newly released deleted scene, his gift of clotheshorsery does not extend to pulling off blue […]

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Megan Fox goes swimming in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off

Megan Fox has shared a new picture from the set of Judd Apatow’s upcoming Knocked Up spin-off, tentatively titled This is Forty. It was previously reported that Fox would have a small role in the film, which follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), the disgruntled married couple who supported Ben (Seth Rogen) and […]

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Prepare for the Akira Kurosawa remake onslaught

The rights to 69 titles from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s back catalogue have been purchased by production company Splendent Media, indicating an impending onslaught of remakes and reboots of his classic features. According to Variety, Splendent Media now have the ability to do what they please with these titles, which are comprised of 26 […]

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Ben Affleck to write and direct first-person shooter

Ben Affleck is attached to a new first-person action film entitled Line of Sight. As has become something of a trend for the Oscar-winner, he will both direct and star in the pic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, F. Scott Frazer’s script follows “an elite commando squad on a secret mission”. What is unique about […]

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Bloody glee – The Guard review

The Guard – Starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Rated MA. Originally published July 24, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Guard is now screening nationally. Here’s an understatement: Brendan Gleeson is one of the most reliable and enjoyable actors […]

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