Archive | March, 2012

Brotherly love – The Kid with a Bike review

The Kid with a Bike - Starring Thomas Doret and Cecile de France. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Rated M. Originally published July 28, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. It’s easy to watch a movie in which very little ostensibly happens, and to overlook the Earth-shattering revelations and heartbreaking truths hidden under the surface. The Dardenne brothers’ The Kid with a Bike is one such movie. The […]

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Exclusive Clip – Wish You Were Here

Check out an exclusive clip from Hopscotch Films’ upcoming Aussie drama Wish You Were Here, featuring stars Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. Kieran Darcy-Smith‘s thriller is one of our most anticipated films of 2012 (our fourth most anticipated, in fact). It debuted at Sundance earlier in the year, where it got some very nice notices. The flick also stars Felicity Price and Antony Starr. The quartet play […]

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HBO cancels Dustin Hoffman drama Luck after horse deaths

HBO has taken one of its marquee shows behind the white sheet and put it out of its misery. Luck, the horse-racing drama produced by David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann, is no more. The announcement of Luck‘s cancellation comes on the heels of the show’s third horse death. HBO broke the news with the following statement (courtesy […]

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24 movie delayed indefinitely

Bad news for Jack Bauer fans; the clock has stopped on the long-gestating 24 movie. According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox have decided against shooting the picture this year, despite prior reports suggesting production would begin late March/early April. No director is yet attached to the film, and no official green light has been given by the […]

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Paul Rudd to join Tina Fey in Admission

It was reported last week that Owen Wilson was considering a role opposite Tina Fey in the upcoming indie Admission. According to the L.A. Times, Wilson is out, but Paul Rudd might be in. Fey is set to star as an unmarried Ivy League admissions officer who sparks up a potentially disastrous relationship with a 17-year-old. Rudd will […]

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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are Relanxious

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are set to play lovelorn agoraphobics in the upcoming comedy Relanxious, Deadline reports. Writer-director Christopher Storer’s film concerns an anxiety-ridden couple who communicate exclusively over the phone, but must consider venturing out into the real world and meeting face-to-face if they want their relationship to progress. Sudeikis’ Saturday Night Live cast mate Fred […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie gets release date

Paramount has set a date (sorta) for their upcoming live-action/CGI hybrid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, so get ready to mark your calendars: Christmas, 2013. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) will direct the film, which is being set up by Michael Bay‘s production company Platinum Dunes. It would be the fifth movie based on the comic book […]

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Character Poster Debut: The Avengers

Another day, another Avengers poster. Actually, make that, another six Avengers posters! Disney has unveiled a batch of one-sheets featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) in all their glory. Enough talk. Look’em! We […]

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Interview: Chris Miller & Phil Lord (21 Jump Street)

Interview: Chris Miller & Phil Lord (Directors of 21 Jump Street). By Simon Miraudo. Chris Miller and Phil Lord are following in the footsteps of Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton (just barely) before them, leaving behind the world of animation and making their live-action feature debut. However, unlike Pixar alumni Bird and Stanton – who began the […]

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Roll with it – Skateland review

Skateland – Starring Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, and Haley Ramm. Directed by Anthony Burns. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Skateland is a Sundance-approved indie coming-of-age drama set in a small east Texas town in the 1980s. Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez), the 19 year old assistant manager of the eponymous roller rink, can’t decide what to do […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel gets a release date

The sequel to the wonderful animated comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has secured a release date. According to Box Office Mojo, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will hit cinemas December 20, 2013. This means Sony Pictures expects the film to be a big player during the 2013/2014 holiday season, which is fair enough considering the original film’s surprise […]

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Garbage Pail Kids – the movie!

A film based on the Garbage Pail Kids trading card line is now in the works, because, well, why not? There’s a Battleship movie now too, don’t you know? According to Deadline, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is producing the project. The Garbage Pail Kids satirised the Cabbage Patch Kids, and became widely popular following their release in 1985. Created […]

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Warner Bros resurrecting The Dark Tower

Warner Bros might come to the rescue of Ron Howard‘s seemingly doomed adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dark Tower, Deadline reports. Universal Pictures balked at Howard’s plan to produce three movies and two limited-run TV series’ based on the source material, and passed on the project last year. According to Deadline, Warner Bros is now […]

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Might The Muppets return to TV?

Earlier this month it was revealed The Muppets are headed back to the big screen (although, without the help of Jason Segel). Now comes the news that Kermit and co. might also return to primetime television. Disney’s European VP of Marketing, Tricia Wilber, told The Guardian the studio is considering a variety of formats and […]

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Crunch time – Margin Call review

Margin Call – Starring Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, and Jeremy Irons. Directed by J.C. Chandor. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. J.C. Chandor’s directorial debut Margin Call recounts, from the point of view of a fictitious investment bank, the events that led to the global financial crisis in 2008. Although the mathematical specifics are addressed in […]

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Play It Again – Gone With the Wind

Play It Again – Gone With the Wind. 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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Nic Cage’s stolen comic book to get its own movie

Not only is Nicolas Cage starring in every film under the sun, but now he’s also inspiring films based on his life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate has purchased a new comedy from screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon entitled Action No. 1. The film centres on the real theft of Cage’s ultra-rare issue of Action Comics (No. […]

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Trailer Debut: On The Road

The trailer for Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s legendary beat generation novel On The Road has arrived online.  Though it’s taken more than 50 years for a film version of Kerouac’s rambling road-movie to hit cinema screens, Salles’ take looks promising (and the fact he helmed The Motorcycle Diaries helps too). Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley star […]

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Tom Hardy sets up biker movie

Tom Hardy will star as an outlaw biker in a new film for Warner Bros, Variety reports. The ubiquitous Hardy (Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, This Means War, the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) will also produce the picture as past of his first-look deal with WB. The story will concern a wounded Vietnam vet who returns to America […]

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Tom Cruise in talks for A Star is Born

Tom Cruise might play an ageing superstar opposite Beyoncé Knowles‘ up-and-comer in Clint Eastwood‘s remake (of a remake of a remake) of A Star is Born. According to Deadline, Cruise is in talks with Eastwood and Warner Bros about taking on the part. Will Smith, Christian Bale, Eminem, Russell Crowe, and even Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z have all been rumoured at one time […]

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Two serious men – Footnote review

Footnote – Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi. Directed by Joseph Cedar. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Footnote plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 12 – 25. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally April 5, 2012. Joseph Cedar’s Footnote is easily one of the most exciting and creatively executed films about […]

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Interview: Albert Brooks (Drive)

Interview: Albert Brooks (Drive). By Simon Miraudo. Albert Brooks’ chilling performance in Drive was one of the breakout turns of last 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 Defending […]

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Elle Fanning in talks to play Sleeping Beauty

Hollywood has fairy tale fever at the moment, and Elle Fanning looks to be the latest young starlet to jump on the bandwagon. Twitch reports that Fanning is in talks to star as Princess Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent. Though Sleeping Beauty is the big name, the film itself is titled after the […]

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Chronicle sequel in the works

Project X isn’t the only recent found-footage flick getting a sequel. Fox has recruited screenwriter Max Landis to write a follow-up to his low budget superhero flick Chronicle, Deadline reports. Although the premise of Chronicle certainly lends itself to the sequel treatment, the original film ends with a certain amount of finality (no spoilers, don’t worry). Of course, when the $12 million […]

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Poster Debut: Moonrise Kingdom

A picturesque new poster for Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film Moonrise Kingdom has debuted online, indicating that he’s not planning on abandoning his signature visual style anytime soon. The film concerns a couple of young love-birds who flee from society, leaving the lives of their parents and various townsfolk in disarray. Check out the trailer below. Moonrise Kingdom stars […]

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First look at Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

The first image of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in action as Tonto and The Lone Ranger has arrived online, courtesy of producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s Twitter account. For a while there it seemed Gore Verbinski‘s super-expensive The Lone Ranger would never actually make it to the big screen, but lo and behold, visual evidence that people are […]

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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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The top 10 cinematic planets

The top 10 cinematic planets. By Simon Miraudo. This week sees the release of John Carter, formerly titled John Carter of Mars before Disney grew concerned that girls wouldn’t want to see a movie set on a planet that wasn’t Earth. To that we say: hooey! Some of the finest (admittedly, sci-fi) films have been […]

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All class – 21 Jump Street review

21 Jump Street – Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Brie Larson. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. In this cinematic reimagining of the 80s TV show 21 Jump Street, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as incompetent and immature police officers banished to an experimental undercover department where they […]

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Warner Bros want a Project X sequel

That didn’t take long at all! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros were so impressed by the opening weekend grosses of low-budget found-footage flick Project X they have recruited screenwriter Michael Bacall to begin work on a sequel. Project X concerns three dorky high school kids who throw the party of a lifetime. It ends with a […]

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