Archive | April, 2012

Trailer Debut: This Is 40

All our fortieth birthdays have come at once! The trailer for Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up spin-off This Is 40 has debuted online. Apatow turns his attention to Knocked Up co-stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, who reprise their roles as embittered married couple Pete and Debbie, now dealing with reaching the big four-oh. Judd and Leslie’s real-life kids Maude and Iris return as […]

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The Avengers breaks opening weekend record at Australian box office

It’s not all bad news for Joss Whedon. His Marvel team-up flick The Avengers claimed the biggest opening weekend in Australian box office history. According to Mumbrella, the film grossed $19.7 million on 621 screens, beating the $18.4 million record (briefly) held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It’s worth noting, however, […]

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Cabin in the Woods going straight to DVD in Australia

In news that has surprised no one but upset many, Roadshow Films announced late last week that the Joss Whedon produced thriller The Cabin in the Woods would no longer receive a cinema release. Roadshow are yet to announce a DVD/Blu-ray bow for the unconventional horror flick. The pic, penned by Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, […]

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Julianne Moore offered role of Carrie’s mother in remake

The Carrie remake no one asked for is suddenly more interesting than it deserves to be as Julianne Moore is offered the role of Carrie’s crazy mother. According to Deadline, Moore has finally been offered the role that Piper Laurie immortalised in Brian De Palma‘s 1976 horror classic. With Chloe Moretz already set for the […]

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Trailer Debut: Not Suitable for Children

A romantic comedy about testicular cancer and infertility? Say hello to the high-concept Aussie feature Not Suitable For Children starring True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten. Learning he has a month left of fertility, Jonah (Kwanten) embarks upon a “crazy caper” to “sow his seed as much as possible”. Co-starring Sarah Snook and Bojana Novakovic – who […]

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Henry Selick takes on Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

Deadline confirms Henry Selick will direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling The Graveyard Book for Disney. Selick previously brought Gaiman’s Coraline to the big screen, as well as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is currently at work on a secret project for Disney Pixar […]

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Talk to the animals – We Bought a Zoo review

We Bought a Zoo – Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Thomas Haden Church. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated PG. Originally published December 20, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. We Bought a Zoo arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia May 2, 2012. If you had hoped writer-director Cameron Crowe would return from his six-year hiatus having shed the demons of Elizabethtown, well, I’ve got some bad news […]

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Poster Debut: The Expendables 2

Twelve character posters for The Expendables 2 have arrived online, showing off stars Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and the rest. I wasn’t previously interested in seeing a sequel to the interminable Expendables… until this poster revealed Stallone would be rocking a handlebar moustached. Re-intrigued! Simon West directs the sequel, which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph […]

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Rooney Mara eyes Nick Hornby’s Brooklyn

Rooney Mara loves following in Carey Mulligan’s footsteps! The Oscar-nominated young actress is attached to star in a new movie scripted by author Nick Hornby. Hornby, who wrote the novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, made his film debut with an Academy Award nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education (which starred Mulligan). According […]

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Uptown Saturday Night remake might star Will Smith and Denzel Washington

Warner Bros want Will Smith and Denzel Washington to star in their upcoming remake of Uptown Saturday Night, Deadline reports. Adam McKay is in negotiations to direct. The 1974 original featured Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as two buddies who are held up at an illegal nightclub, and accidentally surrender a winning lottery ticket. McKay would direct the flick after he completes the […]

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First look at Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

Well, this is exciting! The first official images from Quentin Tarantino‘s spaghetti western Django Unchained have arrived online. And, in news that should shock no one, they’re great! The images come courtesy of EW. In the first pic, we get a glimpse of the eponymous freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) and his mentor, the bounty hunter Schultz […]

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The top 10 movie politicians

The top 10 movie politicians. By Simon Miraudo. Election fever is in the air, what with the impending vote for the President of the United States, as well as Leslie Knope’s equally significant run for Pawnee City Council on Parks and Recreation. We’ve also seen a glut of politically minded films lately; from George Clooney’s […]

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First look at Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

The first official image from Ang Lee‘s adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed novel Life of Pi has hit the web (courtesy of CriterionCast). The story follows the son of a zookeeper, an Indian boy named Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel, who after a shipwreck manages to survive on a dilapidated lifeboat with a hyena, zebra, orangutan […]

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Smaug is richer than Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, and Citizen Kane combined

The Hobbit‘s Smaug has topped Forbes annual list of the richest fictional characters; the treasure hoarding dragon supposedly sits atop a loot worth $62 billion. In second place is Scrooge McDuck’s nemesis Flintheart Glomgold with $51.9 billion – that has to hurt Scrooge. Carlisle Cullen of Twilight fame has collected $36.3 billion over his lifetime(s), […]

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Trailer Debut: Hope Springs

The trailer for marital dramedy Hope Springs has arrived online, featuring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as an older couple looking to spice up their relationship. And who better to sprinkle some spice than a marriage counsellor played by Steve Carell? Director Dave Frankel is responsible for the films Marley and Me and The […]

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Rooney Mara replaces Carey Mulligan in Spike Jonze flick

From one ingénue to another. Rooney Mara has replaced Carey Mulligan in the new film from writer-director Spike Jonze, Variety reports. Though details are scarce, the picture concerns a man who falls in love … with a disembodied voice on a computer. Joaquin Phoenix will likely star as the central man, indicating that his self-imposed […]

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Scarlett Johansson won’t appear in Iron Man 3

Sorry Avengers fans. There will be no sight of Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow in Iron Man 3. Johansson revealed the news to ScreenRant while promoting the epic Marvel team-up flick. Though the Widow won’t appear in Shane Black’s Iron Man sequel, Johansson hopes she’ll eventually get her own spin off (of course she would). Though […]

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An unsatisfying meal – Toast review

Toast – Starring Oscar Kennedy, Helena Bonham Carter, and Freddie Highmore. Directed by S.J. Clarkson. Rated M. By Hilary Simmons. Toast is now available on DVD. There are surely worse things in life than to grow up eating toast. When ruminative grandparents recount their tales of walking six miles in the snow or sharing one […]

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Mel Gibson takes his temper to Machete Kills

Mel Gibson, who you may or may not be aware has featured heavily in the news recently, is in “serious discussions” to join Machete Kills, Deadline reports. It seems that Gibson only has “serious discussions” these days. Robert Rodriguez will direct the sequel to 2010′s Machete, bringing back Danny Trejo as the vengeance-seeking grindhouse hero. […]

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Jessica Chastain in talks for Iron Man 3

Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the cast of Iron Man 3, Deadline reports. The Oscar-nominated redhead would potentially threaten Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) relationship with his own raven-haired flame, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), by playing a “sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark.” As reported yesterday, Guy Pearce might join […]

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Jennifer Lawrence heading to The Glass Castle

The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star in gossip columnist Jeannette Walls’ autobiography The Glass Castle, Deadline reports. Lionsgate acquired the rights to the book, and have set Marti Noxon (the Buffy TV series) to script. The Glass Castle holds the record for the most weeks spent by a memoir on the New York […]

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Charlie Kaufman adapting Hunger Games-esque novel

Lionsgate, the studio that brought Young Adult novel The Hunger Games to the screen, is eyeing its next big franchise: Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series. But here’s the really interesting part. According to Deadline, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has been tapped to adapt it. Ness’ books concern […]

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Rain of terror – The Eye of the Storm review

The Eye of the Storm – Starring Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, and Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Fred Schepisi. Rated MA. By Hilary Simmons. Fred Schepisi‘s lavish adaptation of Patrick White’s 1973 novel The Eye of the Storm looks good and feels arty, set in a gorgeous sprawling mansion in 1970s suburban Sydney. The melodramatic matriarch of […]

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Outside the box – The Adventures of Tintin review

The Adventures of Tintin – Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG. Originally published December 21, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. The Adventures of Tintin arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia April 25, 2012. Great snakes, I hope they left some exposition for the second Tintin film! A feature […]

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Play It Again – Psycho

Play It Again – Psycho. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and John Gavin. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 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 […]

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The Wolverine to shoot in Sydney

After months – years? – of false stars, The Wolverine is that little bit closer to becoming a reality. IF.com reports the James Mangold directed pic will film in Sydney, despite it being set in Japan. Production in Asia was halted following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the region last year. The decision to […]

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Charlize Theron to play Agent 13 for Apes director

Charlize Theron is attached to star in Agent 13, the new thriller from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, Deadline reports. Universal Pictures beat out Paramount, MGM, and Fox for the pitch with an almighty sum. Little is known about the project, except that it’s based on the 1988 comic book […]

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone get in Focus

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone might reunite with their Crazy, Stupid, Love directors for a new comedy called Focus. According to Deadline, writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have set up the project at Warner Bros, and they hope to draft their former stars for the new tale. The picture tells of a veteran con-man […]

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Francis Lawrence to helm Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence sits atop the Cornucopia victorious. Lionsgate has confirmed the I Am Legend director will helm their Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. He replaces outgoing director Gary Ross, who exited on account of not having “the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted.” Lawrence reportedly beat Bennett Miller, […]

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Guy Pearce joins Iron Man 3

Guy Pearce is in final talks to star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3, Variety reports. Pearce would play Aldrich Killian, a geneticist who develops the Extremis nano-technology used by Tony Stark. It is unknown if, as in the comics, Killian will assist a terrorist in the spread of a nanobot virus. Ben Kingsley […]

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