Archive | September, 2011

Steve Carell to play wealthy schizophrenic murderer

Uh huh. Steve Carell is attached to star as real life chemical fortune heir and paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s upcoming biopic Foxcatcher. According to Variety, the project has been in the works for the past four years. No doubt the recent success of Miller’s Moneyball helped push forward production. For those unfamiliar with […]

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Mortal Kombat returning to cinemas

“Finish him!” Not so fast, say New Line Cinema, who have recruited Kevin Tancharoen – the intrepid filmmaker who produced an unauthorised Mortal Kombat short – to make a feature adaptation of the classic video game. When Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth  debuted online (starring Michael Jai White as Jax and Jeri Ryan as Sonya), he was […]

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Trailer Debut: Contraband

The trailer for Mark Wahlberg‘s Contraband has debuted online, featuring Marky Mark as a retired smuggler forced to get back into the game for one. last. job. So, it’s not going to win any awards for originality, but Contraband has a few intriguing elements going for it. Firstly, it’s been helmed by Icelandic director Baltasar […]

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The 10 most evil children in movie history

The 10 most evil children in movie history. By Simon Miraudo. This week we were treated to the super-creepy new trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly play parents who must come to terms with the fact that their son might be pure evil (dead giveaway: […]

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What’s crazy got to do with it? – Crazy Stupid Love review

Crazy Stupid Love – Starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Ryan Gosling. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Crazy Stupid Love (or, in its official and confusingly punctuated form: Crazy, Stupid, Love.) often feels like the American version of Love Actually (or should that be Love, Actually; this is […]

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Jon Hamm doubts Bridesmaids 2 will happen

Jon Hamm has his doubts about a sequel to Bridesmaids ever coming to fruition. Speaking to E!, Hamm revealed that his close friend and the film’s screenwriter/star Kristen Wiig may no longer be interested in continuing the Bridesmaids saga. As to whether he would reprise the role of Wiig’ character Annie’s jerk boyfriend in a […]

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Wes Craven prepares for Scream 5

Scream 4 may not have been quite the gangbusters box-office success story like its predecessors, but director Wes Craven firmly believes another film in the series will eventuate. Speaking with MovieWeb, Craven revealed that he is intrigued by the idea of a fifth Scream flick: “The odds are that there will be [Scream 5]. It […]

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Rooney Mara wanted for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake

After years in development hell, that English-language remake of the South Korean revenge thriller Oldboy is picking up some steam. Last month it was confirmed Josh Brolin would star and Spike Lee would direct, while Christian Bale is still rumoured to appear as the villain. Twitch now reports The Social Network and The Girl With The […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The poster and trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has debuted online. And, boy oh boy, you may want to keep the tissue box handy for this one… Child genius Thomas Horn stars as Oskar Schell, an inventive kid whose father (Tom Hanks) dies in the World […]

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Lars von Trier appears in character poster for Melancholia

Classic Lars. Note the “persona non grata” badge he earned after getting kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. We only hope the Lars von Trier collectable action figure is around the corner! Check out the rest of the character posters (featuring actual characters from Melancholia) over at Empire. You can read […]

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Play It Again: Heaven Can Wait

Play It Again: Heaven Can Wait. 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 […]

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All the right moves – Footloose review

Footloose – Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. Directed by Craig Brewer. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Craig Brewer directs films like a man with electricity emanating from his fingertips. It feels like his pictures might, at any point, ignite into a fiery ball of sex (and his last feature, Black Snake Moan, […]

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Mick Jagger to star as Rupert Murdoch-esque mogul in Tabloid?

Might Mick Jagger return to the world of acting? The Rolling Stones‘ frontman and Ned Kelly star has commissioned Oscar nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) to pen a vehicle for him, based on an original idea by Jagger. According to Deadline, the thriller is called Tabloid, and would potentially star Jagger as “a […]

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Russell Brand and Julianne Hough for Diablo Cody’s Lamb of God

Russell Brand and Footloose star Julianne Hough are confirmed to star in Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Lamb of God. According to Deadline, former Dancing With The Stars dancer Hough has scored the lead role, as “a sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and revels in the decadence […]

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Real Steel sequel in the works with Levy and Jackman

Real Steel director Shawn Levy has revealed he and star Hugh Jackman will return for a sequel to their robot-boxing opus, despite the fact the first film is yet to even be released. DreamWorks actually commissioned screenwriter John Gatis to begin work on Real Steel 2 back in April. Levy, speaking with IndieWire, reiterated the studio’s […]

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Jacki Weaver joining Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook?

Oscar nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver is in negotiations to join David O. Russell‘s follow-up to The Fighter, The Silver Linings Playbook. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver would play the mother of star Bradley Cooper in the offbeat romantic comedy. Cooper’s character is a former high school teacher who has recently been released […]

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Red Dog cracks top 10 Aussie films of all time

Proving that you can’t keep a good dog down, Film Ink reports that Aussie family flick Red Dog has become the 10th highest grossing Australian film of all time. Directed by Kriv Stenders and starring the ultra talented Koko as Red Dog, the film sits comfortably next to the likes of Crocodile Dundee and Babe. Red […]

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Trailer Debut: One for the Money

The trailer for Katherine Heigl’s latest romantic comedy, The Bounty Hunter One for the Money, has been released and sees Heigl don a brunette hairdo, learn to shoot a gun and talk in a New Jersey accent. Based on the bestselling series by Janet Evanovich, Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, the recently divorced, recently fired, down […]

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Where there’s a Will – Everything Must Go review

Everything Must Go – Starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall and Christopher Jordan Wallace. Directed by Dan Rush. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. There comes a time in every comic actor’s life when they grow weary of begging for yuks, and try to prove that they’ve got dramatic chops too. It’s a rite of passage as […]

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The 10 worst moments in old-age make-up history

The 10 worst moments in old-age make-up history. By Simon Miraudo. Last week we saw our first glimpse of Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming biopic of legendary FBI agent Hoover. Although we have faith in the always-solid Leo (and figure this is his best chance at scoring a Best Actor Oscar yet), he’ll […]

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‘The Fassbender’ wanted for Robocop reboot

There is nary a project out there in which X-Men: First Class‘ Michael Fassbender isn’t wanted for the lead role (and that won’t likely change after the release of Steve McQueen’s Shame, for which Fass is courting plenty of Oscar buzz). Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) spoke about his desire to score Fassbender (or […]

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Brad Pitt needed for All You Need is Kill

It’s a good time to be Brad Pitt (of course, it’s probably always a good time to be Brad Pitt). Not only did his passion project Moneyball open solidly over the weekend in the States, he’s being touted for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He might also get a nod for The Tree of Life, […]

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Trailer Debut: We Need To Talk About Kevin

The Australian trailer for Lynne Ramsay‘s Cannes hit We Need to Talk About Kevin has debuted online.  Although it’s pretty much a replica of the UK trailer, this one comes with the official Australian release date (November 17, 2011!) tagged at the end. Besides, this trailer is so gorgeously chilling, it’s worth seeing again anyway. […]

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Blake Lively for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

It’s a role you’d think everyone young actress would be clamouring for. Rather, the producers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are having a hell of a time finding someone to play the undead-slaughtering Elizabeth Bennet. Twitch reports Blake Lively has been offered the lead role in Craig Gillespie‘s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s (and technically […]

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Casey Affleck joins Bradley Cooper in Paradise Lost

Casey Affleck is in negotiations to play the six-winged messenger of God, Gabriel, in Alex Proyas’ upcoming Paradise Lost, Variety reports. Proyas will shoot the big budget action adaptation of John Milton’s classic poem of the same name in Sydney. Bradley Cooper will star as the archangel Lucifer, who is at war with the archangel […]

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Marvel eyes Monster director for Thor 2

Marvel has been on the lookout for someone to helm Thor 2 ever since Kenneth Branagh revealed he was no longer interested in the superhero franchise. Deadline reports that the studio may be close to finding a replacement. Despite reports in August that Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk was eyeing the director’s chair, Deadline […]

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Poster Debut: The Iron Lady

The poster for Phyllida Lloyd‘s The Iron Lady has debuted online. The film stars Meryl Streep as former British PM Margaret Thatcher, who, as you see in the poster, dealt with a debilitating head-flesh eating disease. OK, there probably won’t be anything about the flesh-eating disease in the flick, but we figure the woman’s life is […]

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Trailer and Poster Debut: Man on a Ledge

The trailer and poster for Sam Worthington‘s new (and very literally-titled thriller) Man on a Ledge has debuted online.  If you thought that poster had a bit of an Inception feel to it, wait until you hear the score used in the trailer: Here’s the official plot synopsis from Summit Entertainment: “An ex-cop and now […]

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First look at the cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Entertainment Weekly has released the very first image from Tim Burton‘s upcoming adaptation of the cult 1960s vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. No, not that one. This one: From left to right, your cast includes Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Gulliver McGrath […]

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Franco, McBride, Hill and Robinson joining Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse

Seth Rogen’s horror comedy Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse has added several Apatow alumni to its cast, Rogen confirmed in an interview with MTV. Taking time out from promoting his latest dramedy 50/50 (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Rogen revealed Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco will join him and Jay Baruchel when […]

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