Archive | July, 2012

Hatchet job – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter review

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Starring Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Dominic Cooper. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Though it sounds like it was pitched at the tail-end of a particularly cynical, three-day, coke-fuelled marketing strategy session in between Transformers with Boobs and The Voice: The Movie, feature film Abraham […]

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Interview: Benjamin Walker and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

Interview: Benjamin Walker and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). By Simon Miraudo. Benjamin Walker, star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and stage musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, claims the rare honour of having portrayed two American presidents, though, sadly, his proposed “James Monroe, Gigolo” will likely never come to fruition. In Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation […]

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A Freud in need – A Dangerous Method review

A Dangerous Method – Starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen. Directed by David Cronenberg. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. A Dangerous Method arrives on DVD and Blu-ray August 1, 2012. It’s on for Jung and old in David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, where pioneering psychoanalysts go head to head and discover that a Freud […]

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Ride on – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance review

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – Starring Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Ciarán Hinds. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Rated M. Originally published March 16, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray August 1, 2012. The mantra of the fervent but long-suffering Nicolas Cage fan is as follows: There are no bad Nicolas Cage performances, just bad Nicolas Cage […]

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Warner Bros consider prequel to The Shining

In news that should excite fans of The Shining – Kidding! The internet hates this kind of thing! – Warner Bros are toying with the idea of producing a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick classic. According to the L.A. Times, writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and partners Bradley Fischer (Black Swan) and James Vanderbilt […]

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J.J. Abrams sets Dustin Lance Black to write Earthquake

J.J. Abrams, forever setting up intriguing projects, has recruited Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black (Milk) to write a new disaster film by the name of Earthquake. According to Deadline, this Universal production is not a remake of the 1974 flick of the same name. As with most Abrams joints, details are scarce. Still, the title […]

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch sequel in the works

John Cameron Mitchell is working on a sequel to his cult classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to friend Kevin Sessums. Sessums caught up with the acclaimed director and discovered that the final touches were being added to a draft of a Hedwig sequel. Originally a stage musical, Mitchell adapted the tale of a […]

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The Avengers might get their own TV show (kinda)

Marvel and ABC are looking into expanding The Avengers to a television series, according to Deadline. After the blockbuster broke records and took in over a billion dollars worldwide, it’s not surprising that Marvel is now looking into how to make more money off the much-loved franchise. Apparently the drama series will take place in […]

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Edgar Wright teams with J.J. Abrams for Collider

Edgar Wright and J.J. Abrams will team up as producers for a new sci-fi drama entitled Collider, Deadline reports. Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead) will direct the film and share co-writing credit with Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend). He will also co-produce along with Abrams through his Bad Robot […]

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First look at Lady Gaga in Machete Kills

Robert Rodriguez has revealed another cast-member of his grindhouse sequel Machete Kills via Twitter. And it’s… Lady Gaga? Gaga will play ‘La Chameleon’ in the pic, at least according to the above poster also unveiled by Rodriguez on Twitter. Here’s what he had to say of the pop star: “I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked […]

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Trailer Debut: Cloud Atlas

Nearly six-minutes of Lana and Andy Wachowski‘s epic collaboration with Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas, has been revealed online, inspiring awe and confusion amongst all who have not read David Mitchell’s sprawling novel of the same name. The picture stars Tom Hanks,Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and many others; each playing multiple characters across several […]

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Battle Royale set to become TV series

Fans of Kinji Fukasaku‘s cult favourite Battle Royale were incensed when it was revealed a Young Adult author had loosely adopted its premise for some book called The Hunger Games. Now they’re going to be seriously upset. According to the L.A. Times, the CW – home of Gossip Girl - is in talks with the film’s Hollywood representatives about turning it into an […]

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The top 10 athletes turned actors

The top 10 athletes turned actors. By Simon Miraudo. In Magic Mike, you might recognise the hirsute male stripper Tarzan not from other flicks, but in fact from his career as a professional wrestler. Yes, Kevin Nash has made the transition from sports to the silver screen, like so many other male and female beefcakes […]

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Teaser Debut: Life of Pi

The first trailer for Ang Lee‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel’s beloved novel Life Of Pi was recently released and it’s certainly visually sumptuous. After the first teaser image popped up a few months ago we all wondered how Ang Lee was going to turn what was a seemingly unfilmable novel into a movie, […]

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Kevin Costner sues for Robin Hood profits

Do you remember the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Kevin Costner sure does, and according to Deadline he has filed a law suit accusing Morgan Creek Productions of cheating him out of a contracted profit share. In the suit, Costner alleges that Morgan Creek Productions concealed true profit receipts on the movie in […]

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Sam Worthington to team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ten

Sam Worthington might star opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Ayer‘s action flick Ten. According to Variety, Worthington has been offered the role and looks likely to accept, provided the “financial details work.” Scripted by Skip Woods and inspired by Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, the movie concerns a DEA task force that robs a drug cartel, […]

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R.I.P. Frank Pierson

Frank Pierson, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Dog Day Afternoon and a consultant on Mad Men, has died of natural causes following a short illness. He was 87 years old. Pierson originally wrote for the TV series Naked City and Route 66 before penning the classic films Cat Ballou and Cool Hand Luke, for which he […]

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Jeremy Renner in talks to play Julian Assange in WikiLeaks film

In some spot-on potential casting news, Jeremy Renner is eyeing the role of Julian Assange in the WikiLeaks film currently in development at DreamWorks. Deadline confirms that the actor, next seen in the upcoming The Bourne Legacy, is at the top of the interest pile, and that director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn […]

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Russell Crowe to direct Bill Hicks biopic

Russell Crowe is said to make his feature directorial debut with a biopic on the late comedian Bill Hicks, The Sydney Telegraph reports. Many had thought the star would tackle the role himself but it seems Crowe will instead reside behind the camera for the first creative retelling of Hicks’ life. The documentary American: The […]

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Warner Bros cut theatre massacre scene from Gangster Squad

Following the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado last Friday, Warner Bros has decided to cut from their upcoming flick Gangster Squad a scene in which cinema patrons are attacked with gunfire. According to Variety, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has been forced to regroup following the shooting death of 12 people during a midnight screening of their […]

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Play It Again – St. Elmo’s Fire

Play It Again – St. Elmo’s Fire. Starring Mare Winningham, Rob Lowe, and Demi Moore. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Rated M. 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 […]

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Body work – Magic Mike review

Magic Mike – Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. There was once a time when I referred to Channing Tatum as a “human hatstand,” so unimpressed I was with his lumbering screen presence and seeming lack of personality. There was also a time when […]

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Tinker tailor Soderbergh spy – Haywire review

Haywire – Starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, and Channing Tatum. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Haywire arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia July 25, 2012. Mixed martial artist Gina Carano stars in Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire; an action film swathed in such a haze of cold detachment it’s positively glacial. From Solaris […]

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Downhill – The Sitter review

The Sitter – Starring Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, and Sam Rockwell. Directed by David Gordon Green. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. The Sitter arrives on DVD and Blu-ray July 25, 2012. Jonah Hill starred in two films in 2011; one of those movies, Moneyball, garnered him a well-deserved Academy Award nomination, whilst his other, The […]

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Teaser Debut: Man of Steel

With one DC saga coming to an end, Warner Bros would like to point your attention towards their next big great hope: Zack Snyder‘s gritty Superman reboot Man of Steel. Christopher Nolan’s producer credit is given equal weight to Snyder’s status as director, but the visuals here seem to evoke Terrence Malick more than either of […]

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Kenneth Branagh to play villain in his Jack Ryan reboot

Kenneth Branagh will show off his Russian accent in Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot. Branagh confirmed his casting in the flick – which he is also set to direct – at a Television Critics Association presentation (reported by Deadline). He will play a Russian villain to Chris Pine‘s CIA agent, intent on destroying the American economy […]

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Trailer Debut: Bachelorette

The trailer for raunchy comedy Bachelorette has arrived online, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as the worst bridesmaids since, well, Bridesmaids. The main trio are invited to the wedding of an old friend (Rebel Wilson) they used to call ‘Pigface’. Unnerved by the fact she is getting married before them, they go on a drug and […]

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Steven Spielberg wants Chris Hemsworth for Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg has set his sights on Aussie Chris Hemsworth for the starring role in Robopocalypse, according to Deadline. After back-to-back success with leading roles in Thor, The Avengers, and Snow White and the Huntsman, Hemsworth has met with Spielberg to discuss his upcoming directorial blockbuster effort. Robopocalypse is based on the novel by Daniel […]

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Abigail Breslin joins Streep and Roberts in August: Osage County

Abigail Breslin is the latest to join the star-studded cast of August: Osage County, Deadline reports. Breslin will appear opposite Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Juliette Lewis in the John Wells directed adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. Streep has been cast as Violet Weston, the pill popping matriarch of an unstable […]

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Trailer and Poster Debut: The Master

Are you getting that sinking feeling? The poster for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s don’t-call-it-a-Scientology-satire The Master has arrived, highlighting the rising waters around the religious cruise ship at its core, as well as its increasingly unbalanced central characters. Anderson and The Weinstein Company have also delivered the theatrical trailer for the film, in which a volatile Joaquin Phoenix […]

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