Archive | November, 2011

The Eye of the Storm, The Hunter, Snowtown and Red Dog lead AACTA nominations

The nominations for the first official Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards were announced in Sydney today, with acclaimed local productions The Hunter and The Eye of the Storm leading a pack that also included box office success stories  Snowtown, Red Dog, and Oranges and Sunshine. In an effort to align itself with the United States’ Academy […]

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The Artist named Best Picture by NYFCC

The New York Film Critics Circle has officially kicked off the awards’ season by being the first major guild to bequeath honours to the films of 2011. Silent black-and-white flick – and Cannes favourite – The Artist was named Best Picture, with helmer Michel Hazanavicuius picking up Best Director. The Weinstein Company’s crowd-pleaser is now […]

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George Miller plots new Mad Max trilogy

Director George Miller has revealed he is considering a brand new trilogy of Mad Max films, kicking off with the long-gestating Fury Road. Speaking with The Financial Times, Miller said Max’s story expanded as he began working on the script for Fury Road. “We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a […]

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Soderbergh takes a Bitter Pill

For a guy who claims to be close to retirement, Steven Soderbergh sure is getting busy. Mere weeks after abandoningThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., he has picked up another project by the same writer, Scott Z. Burns, entitled Bitter Pill. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Soderbergh is pitching the flick to studios. Little is known about […]

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Trailer Debut: Shame (Red Band)

Did someone order a saucy serving of Fassbender? The super-sexy Red Band trailer for Steve McQueen‘s controversial new flick Shame has debuted online. Starring Michael Fassbender as a sex-addict and Carey Mulligan as his troubled sister, the picture has garnered much acclaim on the festival circuit, and set tongues wagging with its explicit sex sequences […]

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Play It Again: Holiday Inn

Play It Again: Holiday Inn. 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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Invaders must die – Attack the Block review

Attack the Block – Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost. Directed by Joe Cornish. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Much like the side-effects of a drug, the genetic mutations caused by radioactive exposure, or the reduction of brain-cells inflicted by prolonged contact with Kyle Sandilands’ radio show, the extent of a filmmaker’s influence […]

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Spike Lee’s Oldboy will have “darker” ending than the original

That’s a big call. Producer Roy Lee has told Collider the ending of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake will be darker than that seen (and that which can never be unseen) in Park Chan-wook‘s South Korean original. When asked if screenwriter Mark Protosevich would maintain the ending of Park’s flick or if he had returned to […]

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R.I.P. Ken Russell

Controversial British director Ken Russell passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday night after experiencing a series of strokes. He was 84 years old. Russell made a name for himself with a series of acclaimed, much-discussed, highly sexual and occasionally grotesque pictures including Women in Love (for which he received a Best Director Oscar […]

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The Human Centipede 2 is banned in Australia

The R18+ rating for The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence has been revoked by the Australian Classification Review Board, essentially banning the film in its current form. Does it deserve to be banned? Check out our review here. The Tom Six directed picture received its rating from the Board the Australian Classification Board back in May, […]

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Leave it to the prose – Beautiful Lies review

Beautiful Lies – Starring Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye and Sami Bouajila. Directed by Pierre Salvadori. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. There’s always something to like about French films. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Perhaps it’s the picturesque settings; the way the camera lingers lovingly on cobbled squares and narrow paved streets, the […]

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Ben Whishaw set to play Bond’s gadget man Q in Skyfall

Ben Whishaw will play gadget whiz Q in the upcoming Bond film Skyfall, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Whishaw (Bright Star) was listed amongst the film’s cast at the start of November, it has now been revealed he will take on the role last played by John Cleese in 2002’s Die Another Day. Q […]

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Warning: Breaking Dawn causes seizures

In addition to acting as a terrific incentive not to sleep with vampires, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 now comes with another warning concerning these blood suckers: this film may cause seizures. According to ABC News in the US, there have been several reports of people claiming to have developed seizures during (spoiler […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Beloved review

Beloved – Starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Ludivine Sagnier. Directed by Christophe Honoré. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Beloved plays the Perth International Arts Festival from November 28 to December 4. Click here for more details. Christophe Honoré‘s Beloved fuses frothy French sexcapades with dour tragedy. In his attempts to make a bold genre-and-era-spanning […]

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Life’s a gas – The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence review

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence – Starring Laurence R. Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie. Directed by Tom Six. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence has just completed a tour of exclusive late-night screenings across the country. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia February 23, 2012 (pending a review […]

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Chris Evans replaces James Franco in The Iceman

Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has stepped in to replace James Franco in the film adaptation of Anthony Bruno’s novel The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. According to EW, Evans will play the mentor of mob-hit man Richard Kuklinski. Franco left the project last month due to financial issues. This is despite […]

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Trailer Debut: The Vow

Your tear-ducts are going to get a work-out. The new feature trailer for Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum‘s romantic drama The Vow has arrived online. Directed by Michael Sucsy and inspired by a true story, The Vow tells the tale of a young man who must re-romance his wife after she wakes from a coma […]

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Amber Heard joins Motor City

Amber Heard (Drive Angry, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) has been cast in Albert Hughes‘ upcoming thriller Motor City, Deadline reports. Heard will star opposite Dominic Cooper (An Education, Captain America), who is playing a wrongly-imprisoned ex-con seeking revenge against the men who framed him. Motor City marks Albert’s first film without brother Allen; […]

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Ewan McGregor cast in Noah Baumbach’s The Corrections

Ewan McGregor will join Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest in Noah Baumbach‘s HBO pilot The Corrections. It was announced in September that Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin would bring Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed tome to the small screen as a HBO series. The book tells the story of the repressed Lambert family; parents Alfred (Cooper) and […]

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New image from John Carter shows off giant, toothy ape

Entertainment Weekly has debuted a brand new image from Pixar alum Andrew Stanton‘s new action adventure John Carter, in which the eponymous hero faces off against a ferocious White Ape (Caesar eat your heart out). The film stars Taylor Kitsch as Carter, a confederate captain who finds himself transported to Mars and caught in a battle between its […]

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Flight of the Conchords movie in the works?

Bret McKenzie – one half of comedy duo Flight of the Conchords and music supervisor on the new Muppets movie – has hinted that he and Jemaine Clement may team-up for a FOTC movie. Speaking to Collider, McKenzie offered the following answer when asked about the possibility of a Conchords feature film: “We’re gonna try […]

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Top 10 movies that should become musicals

Top 10 movies that should become musicals. By Simon Miraudo. Sylvester Stallone announced this week his plans to turn iconic boxing flick Rocky into a stage musical. At first we had trouble imagining what songs might be featured in such a production, but once we got into the right head space (aided by a few […]

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Aaron Sorkin “strongly considering” writing the Steve Jobs movie

Last month it was revealed Sony Pictures wanted their Oscar-winning Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to pen the biopic of late Apple founder Steve Jobs. Sorkin has since announced he is “strongly considering” the gig. Sorkin told E! Online he is currently reading Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs, which Sony purchased the rights to mere […]

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Lost boys – The Inbetweeners Movie review

The Inbetweeners Movie – Starring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and James Buckley. Directed by Ben Palmer. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. As far as film adaptations of British television shows go, The Inbetweeners Movie is among the very best, which is probably faint praise considering the competition includes Kevin and Perry Go Large, Holiday on […]

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Star Trek 2 (in 3D) gets a release date

Paramount Pictures has officially set a date for J.J. Abrams’ 3D sequel to Star Trek: May 17, 2013. Mark your calendars accordingly! According to Deadline, Abrams will co-write the screenplay with Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The tentatively titled Star Trek 2 was originally slated for a June 2012 release, but the slot was given […]

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The lost film – Mamba review

Mamba – Starring Jean Hersholt, Eleanor Boardman and Ralph Forbes. Directed by Albert S. Rogell. By Jess Lomas. Jess Lomas saw Mamba at a special screening held at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne. Heralded as the film archive discovery of the century, the film was preceded by a presentation from cinema historian Paul Brennan and […]

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Interview: Ivan Sen (director of Toomelah)

Interview: Ivan Sen (director of Toomelah). By Simon Miraudo. Toomelah marks Australian director Ivan Sen‘s third narrative feature film (and the first to garner release since his acclaimed debut picture Beneath Clouds landed in 2002). Set at the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission, the picture follows a young boy named Daniel who tries to fit in with […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen still set for Freddie Mercury biopic

The much anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic is still on the schedule for Sacha Baron Cohen and will begin production in 2012, confirms Cinema Blend. Producer Graham King established the project’s status in a recent interview for his latest film with long-time collaborator Martin Scorsese, Hugo (in which Baron Cohen has a supporting role). King said of […]

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Voter beware – The Ides of March review

The Ides of March - Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by George Clooney. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Sometimes, it’s just nice to see a classic tale told well. George Clooney steps behind the camera once again for The Ides of March, an impressive political fable about ‘the line’ and the extent to […]

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Rocky: The Musical in the works

Sylvester Stallone is set to turn his iconic 1976 boxing film Rocky into a stage musical, THR reports. Stallone – who wrote the first Rocky and starred in all six of the series’ instalments  – will work on the musical with boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Sly had this to say about his new […]

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