Archive | October, 2011

Character Posters Debut: The Hunger Games

News from the Hunger Games camp has been fairly quiet since the water-torture like casting announcements earlier this year. Now, Lionsgate have released eight character posters showing off profiles that excite, but alas, don’t show a great deal. Still, we’re happy to see something new! Apart from Katniss, Gale and Peeta (who we’ve seen in […]

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Cursed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies loses another director

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies can’t land a leading lady, and is now searching for a new director after Craig Gillespie bows out after six months with the project. Deadline confirmed the news concerning the plagued production, which has recently seen Blake Lively join the growing list of actresses turning down the role of Elizabeth […]

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Justin Timberlake collaborating with Coen bros?

Justin Timberlake has been offered a role in Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming folk music flick Inside Llewyn Davis, Variety reports. Although little is known about the role, he is said to be the husband of Carey Mulligan’s character Jean. Set in the folk music scene in 1960s’ Greenwich Village, the film will be loosely based […]

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Witherspoon and Segel wanted for Sex Tape

Back in June, Sony paid seven-figures for a spec script with the tantalising title Sex Tape. Nearly half a year later, they’re making good on the deal and recruiting some talent to bring the raunchy tale to the screen. According to Deadline, the studio has offered Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) the opportunity to direct, […]

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The 10 scariest movie scenes

The 10 scariest movie scenes. By Simon Miraudo. “Werewolf bar mitzvah; spooky scary. Boys becoming men; men becoming wolves!” Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s got us reminiscing about our favourite horror flicks, as well as the scariest movie scenes of all time. So, grab some edible fingers, pour yourself a glass of eyeball […]

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Sylvestar Stallone sued over Expendables screenplay

Screenwriter Marcus Webb is suing Sylvester Stallone for allegedly ripping of his script and using it as a basis for The Expendables. The obvious joke here is, ‘The Expendables had a script?!’ According to Reuters, Webb filed the suit in Manhattan federal court earlier this week. He claims the screenplay for The Expendables is “strikingly […]

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Emily Browning joins Michael Cera in Magic, Magic

Australia’s own Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty) is set to join Michael Cera in Sebastián Silva’s upcoming indie thriller Magic, Magic. According to FilmInk, Browning has scored the lead role of a young woman who goes on vacation with friends to a remote Chilean village and slowly begins to lose her mental faculties. It was […]

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Beverly Hills Cop: The TV Show?

Eddie Murphy wants Beverly Hills Cop to join the likes of Zombieland, The Kids Are All Right, Source Code, The Blues Brothers and Napoleon Dynamite, and get its own TV show. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the future Oscar host revealed that he has no interest in making a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie, but is interested […]

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Farrelly brothers moving ahead with Dumb and Dumber 2

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn’t possibly be any dumber, it goes and does something like this … and totally redeems itself! According to Deadline, Bobby and Peter Farrelly are officially moving forward on a sequel to their hit debut feature Dumb and Dumber.  The brothers Farrelly have wrapped production on their Three Stooges movie, […]

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Interview: Bryan Cranston (Drive, Breaking Bad)

Interview: Bryan Cranston (Drive, Breaking Bad). By Simon Miraudo. Bryan Cranston is enjoying something of a career renaissance, thanks to his iconic turn in TV’s Breaking Bad (it may be a little early to describe his performance as ‘iconic’, but hey, we’re calling it). As chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White, Cranston has earned three consecutive Emmys as […]

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Clock your body – In Time review

In Time – Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. Directed by Andrew Niccol. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Andrew Niccol’s In Time has the air of a half-baked student production about it, and not just because some of the super young and sexy cast are forced to play eighty-year-olds. It’s set in the […]

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Pitt joins Fassbender and Ejiofor in new Steve McQueen project

Brad Pitt is set to join Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Twelve Years A Slave. According to Screen Daily, Pitt’s company Plan B Entertainment will produce. Based on Solomon Northrup’s autobiography, the film tells of a black man who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced to be a slave for more than a […]

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King’s Speech-inspired Grace Kelly flick in the works

A film based on screen starlet Grace Kelly‘s early days as a princess is in the works, with producers suggesting it will be similar to The King’s Speech. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arash Amel’s script Grace of Monaco has been picked up by producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, with filmmakers chomping at the bit to bring […]

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Damon and Affleck reunite for mobster movie

It’s easy to forget Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are Oscar winning screenwriters. Their Good Will Hunting collaboration seems so long ago; since then, there have been Bournes and Giglis, not to mention the whole I’m ******* Matt Damon and I’m ******* Ben Affleck song war. The duo is set to collaborate once more on a film based on […]

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The Dark Tower being rebuilt (with a smaller budget); TV show headed to HBO

UPDATE: This post from 25/10/11 has been updated with news of the TV show headed to HBO. Earlier this year, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s ambitious vision for a film trilogy and two short-run TV series based on Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower books was nixed by Universal. Speaking to The Playlist, Grazer believes the […]

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Play It Again: A Star is Born

Play It Again: A Star is Born. 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 […]

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Eric Bana to play The King in Elvis and Nixon

Eric Bana and Danny Huston will play The King and Tricky Dick respectively in Cary Elwes‘ directorial debut Elvis and Nixon. Now that is a sentence! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bana will executive produce the flick, which follows Elvis Presley’s visit to The White House in 1970. It was during this visit that Elvis […]

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Aaron Sorkin sought-after for Steve Jobs biopic

Well, we could have told you this was going to happen. 24 Frames reports Sony Pictures are moving forward with their planned biopic on the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and they want their Oscar-winning Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin to write the script. Sony purchased the rights to Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs […]

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Joss Whedon shot a Shakespeare adaptation while working on The Avengers

Taking a leaf from the book of super-prolific director Steven Soderbergh (who probably began and completed production of a film in the time it took you to finish this sentence), Joss Whedon has revealed he filmed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing whilst working on The Avengers. Details were released via the […]

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Interview: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Interview: Albert Brooks (Drive). By Simon Miraudo. Albert Brooks’ chilling performance in Drive is one of the breakout turns of the year; not bad for an Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director with a career that spans four decades. Although we know him best from his witty supporting performances in Broadcast News, Taxi Driver and Out of Sight, his directorial efforts […]

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The fight stuff – Warrior review

Warrior – Starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Mixed martial arts (MMA to those in the know) is not a sport I’m particularly familiar with, but after witnessing its unrestrained brutality in Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior, I can only assume 50-75% of all competitors die […]

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Runs like a dream – Drive review

Drive – Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Rated MA. Originally published August 7, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. Drive opens in Australian cinemas October 27, 2011. The best word to describe Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive - based on James Sallis’ […]

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Swing low – Swinging with the Finkels review

Swinging with the Finkels – Starring Mandy Moore and Martin Freeman. Directed by Jonathan Newman. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Swinging with the Finkels sounds more fun than it is; a married couple try ‘swinging’ to put the spice back into their sex life. Unfortunately, there is a lot more arm flinging and hand wringing […]

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Warner Bros preps Sherlock Holmes 3

Although Guy Ritchie’s second Sherlock Holmes film is still a few months away from hitting cinemas, Warner Bros are showing a massive sign of confidence in the franchise by hiring a screenwriter to begin work on a third instalment. According to Deadline, Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is set to pen the next adventure featuring […]

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Muppet backlash; Frank Oz and ‘old guard’ upset with new movie

It seems Statler and Waldorf are not the only ones unimpressed with the new Muppet movie.  Famed puppeteer Frank Oz and as a group of writers and performers who helped develop the franchise alongside Jim Henson have expressed their concern over the direction screenwriter Jason Segel and Disney are taking their characters. Frank Oz told Metro […]

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Bradley Cooper to join Soderbergh’s Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Following the exit of his boy George Clooney back in August, Steven Soderbergh has been on a manhunt to find a star for his adaptation of the 1960s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Variety reports Soderbergh has settled on Bradley Cooper to play charming espionage agent Napoleon Solo. Although Soderbergh’s currently working on male […]

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants in on Tarantino’s Django Unchained

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the latest actor to raise his hand to join Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Variety reports. Tarantino’s upcoming film already has Jamie Foxx signed on for the eponymous lead role; a slave who is freed by Christoph Waltz’s German dentist tuned bounty hunter. The pair team up to find Django’s wife Broomhilda, rumoured […]

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Ben Affleck takes The Stand

Warner Brothers has chosen Ben Affleck to adapt and direct The Stand, Deadline reports. Affleck has proven his directorial chops with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, and is now tapped to tackle the 1978 apocalyptic Stephen King novel, which has previously been adapted into a miniseries. If Affleck accepts the job it’s said to […]

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Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica screenwriter promises not to “frak it up”

It’s been more than two years since it was first announced that Bryan Singer would direct and produce a big-screen adaptation of the 1970′s television show Battlestar Galactica (itself rebooted on TV in 2004). Finally, the project has a screenwriter in Anonymous‘ John Orloff. Speaking to the L.A. Times, Orloff insisted fans of the series need not worry. […]

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Live action Akira remake gets the green light

After years of outrageous casting rumours, directorial upheavals and vocal outrage from ardent fans, Warner Bros has officially given the green light to their long-gestating live action remake of Akira.  According to Variety, Juame Collet-Serra will direct the $90 million movie, with shooting set to begin in either February or March of 2012. Although names linked […]

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