Archive | June, 2012

Trailer Debut: The Sessions

Ben Lewin‘s The Sessions was one of the big hits out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, picking up the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for its acting ensemble. It’s now headed to cinemas, before ultimately making a run for Oscar. Formerly known as The Surrogate, it stars John Hawkes as a paraplegic man determined […]

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Trailer Debut: Silver Linings Playbook

The trailer for Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell‘s follow-up to Oscar winner The Fighter, has arrived online. Bradley Cooper stars as a former teacher released (prematurely?) from a mental institution and into the care of his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He sparks up a relationship with a similarly troubled neighbour (Jennifer Lawrence). Russell adapted […]

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The top 10 films of the year so far

The top 10 films of the year so far. By Simon Miraudo. The first half of 2012 is over, and what have we got to show for it? A couple of Snow White movies, two Taylor Kitsch flops, and only four Nicolas Cage flicks. Box office records were broken, courtesy of The Avengers and The […]

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Ryan Reynolds in talks for Highlander reboot

Though rumours are swirling around the web that Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the upcoming Highlander remake, Indiewire insists the actor is merely engaging in “some talks” for the project. The pic is set to be helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), taking over from Justin Lin. Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is responsible for the […]

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Will Arnett to play Lego Batman for 21 Jump Street directors

Will Arnett will voice Batman in an upcoming animated Lego film from Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump St). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt will voice the lead character in the movie, Emmet; an average Lego figure who stumbles onto a grand plan by an evil tyrant who is […]

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Lost director works on feature film Devolution

Prolific television director Jack Bender is developing a feature film entitled Devolution, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bender is best known for helming some of the best Lost episodes, although his work in television goes back over 30 years, including such series as Beverly Hills 90210, Northern Exposure, The Sopranos and Carnivale. He has delved into […]

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Magic Mike headed to Broadway

Steve Soderbergh‘s male stripper flick Magic Mike might be headed to the Great White Way. Producer and screenwriter Reid Carolin has told USA Today of plans to turn it into a Broadway show. “[It] would be a different story, more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more […]

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Charlie Kaufman’s Frank or Francis postponed

We were greatly looking forward to Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman‘s directorial follow-up to Synecdoche, New York; the insane-sounding musical Frank or Francis, starring Steve Carell as an arrogant filmmaker and Jack Black as the blogger that torments him. Co-star Elizabeth Banks dropped a bombshell this week when she told Movieline the project was no more, stating “it fell apart at […]

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Hugo Weaving drives down Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road

Hugo Weaving will star in Ivan Sen‘s new thriller Mystery Road alongside Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Kwanten, and Jack Thompson. According to Deadline, Weaving will play a cop “with questionable motives.” When we spoke to Sen late last year, he said this of the screenplay: “It’s a film that’s aimed at a wider audience; it’s a genre film, […]

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Michael K. Williams joins Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave

The Wire and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of Steve McQueen‘s new movie Twelve Years a Slave, Deadline reports. Williams will play a “mutinous slave” in the adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 novel. The pic marks McQueen’s follow up to Shame, and will star Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano, and Taran Killam. Discuss: […]

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R.I.P. Nora Ephron

Academy Award nominee Nora Ephron has died from a rare form of leukaemia. She was 71 years old. According to The Washington Post, Ephron had been diagnosed with myelodysplasia six years ago. Ephron is best known for penning the iconic 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She had […]

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Idiot proof – The Three Stooges review

The Three Stooges – Starring Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. This had to be a labour of love. Modern cinemagoers were hardly taking to the Twittersphere to angrily demand a new Three Stooges movie; theatres were not being occupied by teenagers protesting […]

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Play It Again – Spartacus

Play It Again – Spartacus. Starring Kirk Douglas, Peter Ustinov, and Laurence Olivier. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rated PG. By Jess Lomas. Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has […]

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Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse)

Interview: Maïwenn (Polisse). By Simon Miraudo. Mononymous French filmmaker Maïwenn is one of Europe’s most promising directors thanks to her recent effort Polisse; a sprawling, ensemble drama about the men and women of France’s Child Protection Unit, and the endless stream of depressing cases they face each day. She’s perhaps best known for her work in front of the camera; as baby-blue […]

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Float on – Ice Age 4: Continental Drift review

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift  – Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo. Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. Rated PG. By Jess Lomas. A decade on from the original film, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift sees Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), and the […]

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Think of the children – Polisse review

Polisse  – Starring Joeystarr, Marina Foïs, and Maïwenn. Directed by Maïwenn. Rated MA. Originally published June 11, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Polisse arrives in Australian cinemas June 28, 2012. Polisse is a fantastically compelling and complex portrait of the men and women who devote their days to the safety of children, and who must come to accept that the cycle of abuse and […]

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Greatest hits – Woody Allen: A Documentary review

Woody Allen: A Documentary – Directed by Robert B. Weide. Rated M. Originally published June 6, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Woody Allen: A Documentary arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia June 27, 2012. The imaginatively titled Woody Allen: A Documentary is a three hour examination of the legendary writer-director produced by PBS for their American Masters program, although the version […]

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Say anything – The Artist review

The Artist – Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and Uggie. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Rated PG. Originally published February 1, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. The Artist arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia June 28, 2012. My mother once told me that if I had nothing nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. It’s advice I ignored in the most flagrant […]

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Not so swell – The Swell Season review

The Swell Season – Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Rated M. Originally published August 2, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. The Swell Season arrives on DVD in Australia June 27, 2012. The Swell Season follows Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová – the talented musicians who starred in the indie hit Once, began dating […]

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Trailer Debut: Taken 2

The trailer for Liam Neeson‘s surprise smash-hit Taken – aptly titled Taken 2 – has arrived online. But this time, it’s not just his daughter in trouble; his wife is taken too (taken too; geddit?). You really don’t need to know all that much more, except to say Famke Jansson and Maggie Grace are back as Neeson’s wife and daughter respectively. […]

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Michael Bay cutting budget of Transformers 4

Michael Bay has informed the L.A. Times of his plans for the fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise. Bay confirmed that the original cast are gone, and that Shia LaBeouf‘s character Sam Witwicky will not be-recast. He also assures us it’s not a reboot; the “story” from the original trilogy will inform the future adventures, but he’s embarking […]

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Charlie Sheen to play American President in Machete Kills

Charlie Sheen is following in the footsteps of his father Martin (excluding all his accomplishments, the widespread industry respect, and absence of public meltdowns). Robert Rodriguez revealed via Twitter that he had cast Sheen Jr. as the President of the United States in his Machete sequel, Machete Kills. Sheen memorably waved a machete atop the roof of the Live […]

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Trailer Debut: Anna Karenina

Our first glimpse of Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina has arrived with the film’s official trailer, and it screams Oscar. Using his Atonement and Pride and Prejudice leading lady, Keira Knightley plays the titular Anna, an aristocrat whose voice over opens the trailer by saying “I was 18 when I got […]

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Trailer Debut: The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2

The first theatrical trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has been released, whetting fans’ appetites for the film’s November 16 release.  In the final instalment of Stephenie Meyer’s saga, directed by Bill Condon, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are happily married and are “both the same temperature” now that Bella […]

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Interview: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Interview: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). By Simon Miraudo. Commercial and short film director Rupert Sanders makes his feature debut with Snow White and the Huntsman, a gritty retelling of the Brothers Grimm legend with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as the title characters (we’ll let you guess who plays whom). It can […]

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The top 10 Pixar films

The top 10 Pixar films. By Simon Miraudo. Pixar has established itself as the most reliable studio in Hollywood, churning out critically-acclaimed blockbuster after critically-acclaimed blockbuster; collecting 11 Oscars, more than $7 billion at the theatrical box office, and inspiring an infinite number of tears (both joyful and sorrowful) from adults and children alike. Selecting […]

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Teaser Debut: Monsters University

Not one, not two, not three, but four teasers for Pixar’s upcoming Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University, have made their way online. Billy Crystal and John Goodman return as Mike and Sully, professional scaremongers; though this time around we get to see them trained up at their alma monster (geddit?!). Though we’re only featuring one of the trailers below, you can check […]

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Jim Carrey won’t star in Dumb and Dumber sequel

Lloyd Christmas has officially walked away from Harry Dunne. Jim Carrey tells ET Online that he has moved on from the Farrelly brothers‘ long-gestating sequel to their 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber, citing frustrating with studios New Line and Warner Bros. Carrey was one of the biggest cheerleaders for a Dumb and Dumber sequel. Late last year it was […]

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Nicolas Winding Refn working on Barbarella TV series

Nicolas Winding Refn has long wanted to make a Wonder Woman movie, so maybe this is the next best thing? According to Deadline, the Drive director is working with Gaumont International Television and Martha De Laurentiis to bring Barbarella to the small screen. Created by Jean-Claude Forest in the comics, the sci-fi sex-kitten was made iconic by Jane Fonda in the […]

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MIFF bringing big batch of Cannes titles to fest

Not much more than two weeks after we had the First Glimpse release, Melbourne International Film Festival have announced another load of films, this time highlighting the haul of over 35 features they picked up from Cannes. As well as previously announced big hitting flicks such as the Palme d’Or winner Amour and Wes Anderson’s […]

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