Archive | January, 2012

Red Dog, Snowtown triumph at inaugural AACTAs

The winners of the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards were announced at the Sydney Opera House this evening, at a ceremony hosted by AACTA president (and Australian of the Year!) Geoffrey Rush. Unsurprisingly, box office sensation Red Dog nabbed the top prize, though Snowtown put in a good showing and took home four […]

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Rooney Mara to team with Steven Soderbergh for Side Effects

The newly Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara has booked her first post-Dragon Tattoo role, and it ain’t shabby. The ingénue will take the lead role in Steven Soderbergh‘s pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects (formerly titled Bitter Pill), Deadline reports. Mara is replacing Blake Lively in the picture, which is also set to star Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. […]

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Joe Carnahan to reboot Death Wish

Joe Carnahan – director of Narc, The A-Team, and the new Liam Neeson vs. wolves movie The Grey – has been tapped by MGM and Paramount to helm their reboot of the Charles Bronson classic Death Wish. According to the L.A. Times, Carnahan will both write and direct the picture. The 1974 Death Wish starred Bronson […]

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Matthew Vaughn to direct X-Men: First Class sequel

20th Century Fox has closed a deal with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to helm the sequel to their hit superhero reboot, Deadline reports. The announcement comes off the back of the news of Fox production president Emma Watts’ having her contract extended until 2015. As previously reported, Simon Kinberg will pen the untitled […]

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Taylor Lautner will Stretch no more

Those of you who were looking forward to seeing Taylor Lautner as beloved Hasbro toy Stretch Armstrong on the big screen (*crickets*), well, we’ve got some bad news. According to The Wrap, Lautner has walked away from the project due to “scheduling conflicts”, despite a reported $7.5 million payday. Soon after the news leaked, Universal […]

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Murder capital – Texas Killing Fields review

Texas Killing Fields – Starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Chloë Grace Moretz. Directed by Ami Canaan Mann. Rated MA. By Hilary Simmons. Based on a real-life string of murders that spanned 28 years and were all perpetrated along Interstate 45 – or I.45 as it’s known – Ami Canaan Mann’s Texas Killing Fields is a […]

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Can’t be killed – Underworld: Awakening review

Underworld: Awakening– Starring Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea and Theo Davis. Directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. A lot has changed since Underworld hit cinemas in 2003. Though it was a surprise box office hit, that tale of warring vampire and lycan clans would eventually be overshadowed, quite spectacularly, by […]

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Indian audiences denied The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on account of all the sex

Sony has decided not to release David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India after the director refused to cut five sexually explicit scenes from the pic. According to Variety, India’s Central Board of Film Certification did not appreciate the sequences in question (three sex scenes and two rape scenes, four of which […]

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Keener, Banks and Reubens join Kaufman’s Frank or Francis

Update: THR confirms Kate Winslet will not be involved in the film. Elizabeth Banks and Pee Wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, will however. The original report is as follows. Charlie Kaufman’s Frank or Francis adds Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to the cast list, according to Vulture. The film, which Kaufman wrote, will be his […]

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Poster Debut: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

If you weren’t scared off by the trailer for the Kirk Jones directed What to Expect When You’re Expecting, then the six newly released character posters might just do the trick. The film is an adaptation of the bestselling book by Heidi Murkoff and stars Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Brooklyn […]

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Nicolas Cage wants to play a ghost in Wicker Man sequel

Nicolas Cage can hear your prayers, world! History’s greatest actor gamely submitted to a webchat with Empire readers ahead of the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, during which he was asked if there were any characters he would like to revisit. Awesomely, he answered thus: “I would like to hook up with one […]

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The Artist triumphs at inaugural AACTA International Awards

Award-gobbling powerhouse The Artist has picked up a batch of new trophies – Australian sanctioned, at that – on its march to the Oscar podium. The inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards‘ ceremony took place in Los Angeles over the weekend, ahead of the first ever local AACTA ceremony this […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – A Separation review

A Separation – Starring Peyman Moaddi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Rated M. Originally published July 31, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. A Separation plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 30 to February 12. Click here for more details. […]

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The Artist’s dog Uggie set to retire

It’s been a rough week for fans of Uggie, the insanely talented Jack Russell Terrier who steals every scene of Best Picture nominee The Artist. Not only was he snubbed in this week’s Oscar nominations announcement, but his trainer Omar von Muller has revealed the dog actor will soon retire. Muller told Life & Style, […]

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Steven Spielberg to direct Moses biopic?

Steven Spielberg is close to signing on to direct Warner Bros’ epic biopic on the life of Moses, titled Gods and Kings. According to Deadline, the film is envisioned as a “Braveheart-ish” rendition of the Biblical icon’s life. It spans from Moses’ river-bed adoption, to his eventual forming of an army, and ends with him […]

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Monty Python cast reunites for Absolutely Anything

The surviving members of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus will reunite for a new CGI/live-action flick entitled Absolutely Anything, Variety reports. Director Terry Jones tells Variety his fellow Pythons John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam will voice characters in the pic, and producers are in the process of signing Eric Idle. The quintet […]

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Is Dwight getting his own Office spinoff?

There have been some big shakeups at Dunder Mifflin recently. Not only did NBC’s The Office see the exit of star Steve Carell last year, but they introduced James Spader as new company CEO Robert California, and promoted Ed Helms‘ Andy Bernard to office manager (and show lead). Deadline now reports another potentially giant change. […]

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The 10 best movie vampires

The 10 best movie vampires. By Simon Miraudo. This week, blood-sucking gladiatrix Selene (Kate Beckinsale) returns to cinema screens in Underworld – Awakening, the vampire franchise that – fittingly – can’t be killed. Perhaps its popularity should be credited to the cultural obsession with all-things-undead that has existed since Bram Stoker first penned the legendary […]

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Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year

Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been named Australian of the Year, in recognition for his work on and off screen, and for his commitment to the local arts scene. The Shine and Pirates of the Caribbean star was presented with the accolade by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra. Rush had this to say […]

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Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre)

Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). By Simon Miraudo. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee – more fun to pronounce than even Michel Hazanavicius!) is one of the most acclaimed writer-directors in the world. Famous for his adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, as well as The Match Factory Girl and The Man Without a Past, […]

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Play It Again – Rebecca

Play It Again – Rebecca. 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 Casablanca […]

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Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures ready to distribute your films

Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures has partnered with Phase 4 to distribute up to twelve independent films a year in the US and Canada. On the one year anniversary of Red State’s Sundance premiere, a press release – courtesy of Slashfilm – confirms the partnership “under the newly created Kevin Smith and SModcast Pictures Presents label.” […]

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Ben Stiller and Jonathan Safran Foer collaborate on TV show

Ben Stiller has signed on to star in, direct, and executive produce the new series All Talk for HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy is written by Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated) and has Alan Alda tipped to star opposite Stiller. The series follows a Jewish family in […]

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Edgar of darkness – J. Edgar review

J. Edgar  – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Although his standing as one of cinema’s great icons will never be challenged, Clint Eastwood has surely evolved into one of the drabbest, stagiest, and most emotionally disconnected directors in Hollywood. Like Hereafter before it, […]

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The 84th Academy Award nominees!

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were revealed by 2011 nominee Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak in Los Angeles early this morning. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo leads the pack with 11 nominations, followed closely by French silent film The Artist (10). Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (6), sports flick Moneyball (6), and the George […]

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Watch the Academy Award nominations announcement live!

It’s almost here! The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards are set to be revealed tonight/tomorrow morning at 12:30am EST. Last year’s Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak will unveil the contenders in Los Angeles, and the footage will be streamed live to YouTube. Will The Artist reign supreme? Can much-loved […]

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Wish You Were Here gets Australian release date

Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s thriller Wish You Were Here is one of our most anticipated films of 2012 (our fourth most anticipated, in fact), and our excitement has only escalated since it opened the Sundance Film Festival late last week. The Aussie production stars Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price and Anthony Starr as four holidaymakers in Cambodia, only three of whom return […]

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Frank Darabont steals a Walking Dead star for L.A. Noir

Frank Darabont is back from the Dead. The acclaimed filmmaker, and one of the creative forces behind hit TV show The Walking Dead (until he was unceremoniously fired by AMC, that is), will write, direct and executive produce a pilot for TNT entitled L.A. Noir. Though it’s not based on the video game of the same […]

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The Crow lawsuit settled out of court; production continues

Finally, a bit of luck for the seemingly cursed reboot of The Crow. According to Deadline, the Weinstein Company (who distributed Alex Proyas‘ original) have dropped their lawsuit against Relativity Media and will commence working together on the film “as planned”. Everybody’s friends again! Bob and Harvey Weinstein sued Relativity for shopping the international distribution rights […]

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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. Originally published September 30, 2011. 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 frustrating). That is perhaps an unfair dig at Crazy Stupid Love, and too much […]

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