Archive | February, 2012

Elizabeth Olsen offered role in Oldboy remake

Well, if Rooney Mara won’t take on the lead female role in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake, Elizabeth Olsen will do just fine! According to Twitch, the Martha Marcy May Marlene star has reportedly been offered a key part opposite Josh Brolin in the project. Mara previously passed, as did Australian Mia Wasikowska. Though anyone who has seen Park Chan-wook‘s supreme […]

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Mark Wahlberg wants in on Headhunters remake

Mark Wahlberg is keen to star in the English language adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s crime novel Headhunters. Wahlberg told Shortlist he was a big fan of the recent Norwegian version, going so far to call it “one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time” “I met with the director [Sacha Gervasi] and pleaded with […]

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Paltrow, Witherspoon, Diaz, Knowles and Samberg are One Hit Wonders

A cavalcade of stars (sorry; that’s a silly phrase) are set to appear in a new film from the creator of Glee and director of Eat, Pray, Love, Ryan Murphy. According to Deadline, Sony has paid seven-figures to secure Murphy’s pitch for One Hit Wonders. The project would feature the stunning starlets Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, and Beyoncé Knowles. […]

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Poster Debut: The Avengers

There isn’t much to report here aside from its inherent awesomeness, but lo and behold the final official poster for The Avengers. Click to embiggen. Look at everyone working together! The Marvel team-up flick, directed by Joss Whedon, stars (deep breath) Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Clark Gregg. […]

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Jonah Hill and James Franco team for dramatic True Story

Jonah Hill and James Franco are trading in comedy for drama in the Brad Pitt produced True Story, Deadline reports. The film is an adaptation of journalist Michael Finkel’s memoir and will be directed by Rupert Goold, who has predominantly worked in theatre and most recently wrote and produced Richard II with Patrick Stewart. Fresh […]

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Paranormal Activity 4 gets Australian release date

Paramount confirms more low-budget thrills are heading our way with Paranormal Activity 4 hitting Australian cinemas on 18 October, 2012. Hopes are high that the fourth film in the franchise will avoid the pitfalls of horror sequels and deliver another unique and chilling story. While neither a writer or director is attached to the picture, […]

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Got the touch – Perfect Sense review

Perfect Sense – Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. Directed by David Mackenzie. Rated MA. By Hilary Simmons. In David Mackenzie‘s Perfect Sense, a selfish chain-smoking chef falls in love with a contemptuous, spiteful scientist. Both prefer systematic patterns to sensory perception, which they see as simply the source of physical satisfaction and financial security. In […]

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The laughing cure – 50/50 review

50/50 – Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick. Directed by Jonathan Levine. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Whoever was responsible for christening this funny movie about a serious disease did not have an enviable task. Jonathan Levine‘s 50/50 went through a number of name changes before landing on that vague final figure (the […]

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It’s a sick, sick, sick, sick world – Contagion review

Contagion – Starring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated M. Originally published October 19, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Contagion is the last movie you want to see with a sore throat. Or maybe it’s the first movie you want to see with a sore throat. What could possibly top the sensory, 4-D, cinema-going experience of feeling your tonsils swell […]

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Play It Again – Casablanca

Play It Again – Casablanca. 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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Won’t somebody think of the children – 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. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation takes us on a complex emotional journey, as we watch decent, well-meaning people get tangled up in their little white lies with disastrous results. The film begins with Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) pleading […]

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Norwegian hood – Headhunters review

Headhunters – Starring Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Headhunters plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 26 to March 11. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally March 8, 2012. Morten Tyldum‘s Headhunters is the latest adaptation of a […]

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And the Oscar winners are…

The winners of the 84th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles today, at a ceremony hosted by nine-timer Billy Crystal. Surprises were few and far between; in fact, the only shocker was that the show wrapped up after a relatively brisk three hours. Michel Hazanavicius’ award-gobbling juggernaut The Artist was named the Best Picture of the […]

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The Quickflix Oscar Live-Blog

Will French film The Artist become the first non-US/UK production to win Best Picture? Can Meryl Streep collect her third acting Oscar? Could funny people Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Bret McKenzie take home an Academy Award? Will anyone be able to pronounce the name Michel Hazanavicius? All will be revealed. Join us for … Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see all the result […]

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Adam Sandler dominates Razzie nominations

Today’s the day we ostensibly celebrate the very best in cinema. Thank goodness the Razzies are around to remind us that it’s not all smiles and sunshine and charismatic Jack Russell terriers. Yes, 2011 saw some real cinematic clunkers, and the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have revealed their picks for the worst of the year. Unsurprisingly, Adam […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Pixar’s Brave

An extended feature trailer for Pixar’s Brave has arrived online, along with a gorgeous new poster. The teaser is basically an excerpted sequence in which Scottish Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) defies her royal parents and demolishes wannabe suitors in an archery competition. Check it out and share your thoughts below! Formerly titled The Bear and the Bow (you […]

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Idris Elba cast as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom

From Stringer Bell to South African rebel and president Nelson Mandela. Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, Prometheus) revealed to Hip Hollywood he will soon star as the iconic figure in an upcoming biopic. “My big project this year, I’m gonna go play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, an autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights […]

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William Fichtner is The Lone Ranger’s villain

Leave it to William Fichtner to ride on in and save the day. The character actor will star as the lead villain in The Lone Ranger, replacing recent drop-out Dwight Yoakam, Deadline report. For a while there, Disney’s super-expensive Lone Ranger looked like it would never see the light of day. After director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer […]

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Anthony Mackie in talks for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain

Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson, The Hurt Locker) is in negotiations to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay‘s crime caper Pain and Gain. According to Variety, Mackie would play the third lead in the picture. Said to be a relatively smaller budget exercise for Bay – at least, smaller than the presumed budget of his […]

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Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules for Brett Ratner

Dwayne Johnson is in talks to star in MGM’s adaptation of Steve Moore’s comic Hercules: The Thracian War, Variety reports. Brett Ratner is set to direct. Moore’s graphic novel was published in 2008, and tells of Hercules’ struggle to turn the Thracian army into unstoppable killing machine. The screenplay has been penned by Ryan Condal (also a writer on the ill-fated Paradise […]

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The top 10 Oscar losers

The top 10 Oscar losers. By Simon Miraudo. We’re sure that winning an Academy Award is one of the highest honours an artist in the field of film could ever hope for. And it hardly needs to be said that a fair few great flicks have been recognised by the Academy over the years. However, […]

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Trailer Debut: American Pie – Reunion

A second feature trailer for American Pie – Reunion has arrived online. Although it features the requisite smutty and scatological jokes, there’s a hint of sweetness to it. At least, more sweetness than was featured in the first teaser. Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari and Natasha Lyonne all reprise their roles from the original American Pie trilogy, […]

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Edgar Wright to direct Johnny Depp in The Night Stalker

Edgar Wright has finally booked his follow-up to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, though his most devoted fans may be disappointed to learn it isn’t Ant-Man or his long-gestating third collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, apocalypse-comedy At World’s End. According to Deadline, Wright will direct The Night Stalker for Disney. It is a remake of a 1972 telemovie of the […]

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Aussie cast as John McClane’s son in Die Hard 5

Australian Jai Courtney has been cast as John McClane’s son in the fifth instalment of the Die Hard saga – the puntastically titled A Good Day to Die Hard - Deadline report. WAAPA graduate Courtney, who had minor stints in All Saints and Packed to the Rafters, most recently starred in Spartacus: Blood and Sand alongside fellow Aussies Viva Bianca and the late Andy […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Oscar controversy

Sacha Baron Cohen is in trouble, again. This time, he’s raised the ire of the Academy. The comedian was planning on attending the Oscars – he is invited as a cast-member of Hugo - dressed as his latest comic creation, The Dictator. When news of his plan leaked, Deadline reported that Cohen’s tickets to the ceremony had been […]

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A loud roar – Tyrannosaur review

Tyrannosaur – Starring Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan. Directed by Paddy Considine. Rated MA. Originally published July 15, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Directorial debuts are rarely as brutal or furious as Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur. The reasoning behind that title becomes apparent late in the piece, but even if no explanation was given, it perfectly evokes the ferociousness of its lead character. Peter […]

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Kath and Kim movie gets new title, release date

Roadshow Films has announced the foxy ladies are heading to the big screen on September 6, 2012, in the Ted Emery directed Kath & Kimderella (it’s nice, it’s different, it’s unusual). The film, penned by and starring Jane Turner and Gina Riley, sees Australia’s favourite Fountain Lakes residents travel overseas only to find themselves in […]

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Paramount sues Puzo estate over new Godfather novels

Paramount and Mario Puzo’s estate are going to the mattresses over a contentious new Godfather novel. According to Bloomberg, Paramount Pictures is suing Anthony Puzo for attempting to publish a sequel to his father Mario’s legendary novel The Godfather. Mario Puzo’s original text was the basis of Francis Ford Coppola‘s feature film adaptation, considered one of the greatest […]

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Nick Offerman joins Diablo Cody’s Lamb of God

Ron Swanson himself, Nick Offerman, is set to star in screenwriter Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Lamb of God, Deadline reports. There are no details on his role at this time, but we presume he will play someone manly. Julianne Hough (Footloose) stars as an evangelical young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, and […]

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Guillermo del Toro producing animated horror flick

Guillermo del Toro will produce the CG-animated horror comedy The Day of the Dead, Deadline reports. The flick features a “Romeo and Juliet-style love story”, with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations acting as a backdrop. Jorge R. Gutierrez will write and direct the project, which is set for a 2014 release. Animation studio Reel FX is […]

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