Archive | August, 2012

The top 10 movie teachers

The top 10 movie teachers. By Simon Miraudo. Is there a more unfairly maligned profession in the world than teaching? When an oft-absued film critic asks that question, the order of the world is seriously askew. To quote The West Wing‘s Sam Seaborn (as everyone should try to do on a daily basis): “Education is the […]

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Age ain’t nothing but a number – The Expendables 2 review

The Expendables 2 – Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Directed by Simon West. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Any hope I had of keeping a tally of fatalities in The Expendables 2 was quickly dashed by the opening melee, which makes the last ten minutes of The Wild Bunch look like […]

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Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D pilot going ahead with Joss Whedon

Marvel TV and ABC Studios are collaborating on the pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a TV spin-off from the hugely successful flick The Avengers. According to Deadline, Avengers director Joss Whedon will write the script alongside his brother Jed and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio previously collaborated on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. It is also suggested by Deadline’s report that Whedon might […]

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Teaser Debut: Everyday

For the past five years, Michael Winterbottom has been shooting a movie with John Simm and Shirley Henderson. Finally, that movie is ready to be shared with the world. Everyday stars Simms as an imprisoned father, and Henderson as his wife who must care for their four children during his incarceration. The picture was shot in […]

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Aussie films in competition for 2nd AACTA awards revealed

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has unveiled the 23 feature films in competition for the 2nd AACTA Awards, set to be handed out in Sydney early 2013. It’s worth noting that the below titles are merely eligible, and a few obvious ones aren’t likely to make their way into the Best Feature category. Sorry Iron […]

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Eddie Murphy shopping Beverly Hills Cop TV series

It’s been almost a year since Eddie Murphy suggested Beverly Hills Cop should become a weekly TV series. Well, we’re a little bit closer to seeing that happen! According to Vulture, Eddie Murphy, The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, and Sony Pictures Television are shopping the project to broadcast networks. Murphy would appear in the series as well as executive-produce, […]

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Vera Farmiga to play Norman Bates’ mother in Psycho TV show

Vera Farmiga will play Norman Bates’ mother – pre-skeletal, of course - in Bates Motel, A&E’s TV series based on Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic Psycho. According to Deadline, Norman’s mother is called Norma, and is a “passionate, and compelling…smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us.” Bates Motel has a straight-to-series order, so we can look forward to 10 episodes arriving […]

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Play It Again – A Cry in the Dark

Play It Again – A Cry in the Dark. Starring Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, and Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell. Directed by Fred Schepisi. 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 […]

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Kids on the run – Moonrise Kingdom review

Moonrise Kingdom – Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, and Bruce Willis. Directed by Wes Anderson. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson‘s most mannered and intricately manicured film to date; an impressive feat in the shadow of 2009’s painstakingly animated stop-motion feature Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s easy to fixate on the delicate art […]

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Interview: Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar)

Interview: Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar). By Simon Miraudo. Philippe Falardeau‘s filmmaking career began with the tantalising opportunity to travel the globe as a contestant on Canada’s Race Around the World. Two decades later, and he’s an Oscar nominee walking the red carpet alongside George Clooney and Glenn Close.  His Monsieur Lazhar lost the Best Foreign […]

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Martin Scorsese’s people respond to Silence lawsuit

Last week, Cecchi Gori Pictures filed a lawsuit against Martin Scorsese for failing to make for them the long-gestating Silence within a reasonable time-frame. Scorsese’s people have hit back at the suit, responding with the legal equivalent of “You talkin’ to me?” (Documented by Deadline…) “It is shocking to us that the lawyers for Cecchi Gori Pictures would file […]

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Cameron Crowe working on Beautiful Boy

Though it’s been on his ‘To Do’ list for years, Cameron Crowe is finally getting to work on an adaptation of David Sheff’s best-seller Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. According to The Wrap, Crowe is set to direct Beautiful Boy once he wraps the romantic-comedy Deep Tiki, starring Emma Stone. Beautiful Boy is a unique project, in […]

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Ben Affleck not working on Justice League

Well, it was a beautiful idea while it lasted. Ben Affleck has told Canadian press that he is not working on Warner Bros’ upcoming Justice League team-up flick, though he admits it “sounds really exciting.” “One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started.” Who, […]

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Yo, teach! – Monsieur Lazhar review

Monsieur Lazhar - Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, and Emilien Neron. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. Originally published August 8, 2012. By Jess Lomas. Writer-director Philippe Falardeau has but a handful of credits to his name, and yet his latest went on to become a 2012 Best Foreign Language Film nominee. With such an achievement to its name, Monsieur Lazhar delivers as a touching and thought […]

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The top 10 movie dads

The top 10 movie dads. By Simon Miraudo. Dads: we’ve all got ‘em. Well, everyone except Anakin Skywalker (remember when Shmi Skywalker dropped that bombshell in The Phantom Menace?“There was no father that I know of.” Ugh, that movie). With Father’s Day around the corner, we’re sharing our picks for our favourite movie pops of all […]

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First look at Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore in Carrie

We’ve got our first images from Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Carrie, and they’re suitably blood-strewn. EW offer up a look at Chloë Grace Moretz as the eponymous teenager, moments after being shamed at the school prom (prepare for the telekinetic revenge, kids!). The image of Sissy Spacek similarly drenched in pig’s blood is the most iconic from […]

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Trailer Debut: Passion

Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams are caught up in all kinds of kinky-goings-on in Brian De Palma‘s Passion. McAdams plays a high-powered executive who toys with her shy assistant (Rapace), unwittingly inspiring some devious revenge. Though games of sexual cat-and-mouse are native to De Palma, his latest is in fact a remake of French film Love Crime, starring […]

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Ellen DeGeneres in talks for Finding Nemo sequel

Disney Pixar is hoping to bring back Ellen DeGeneres for their upcoming sequel to Finding Nemo. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres is in talks to reprise the role of forgetful Dory. It was revealed back in July that the original’s director, Andrew Stanton, had returned to Pixar to work on the project following the flopping of his John Carter. […]

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Videodrome remake might be directed by “new flesh”

Commericals director and features newbie Adam Berg is in talks with Universal Pictures to helm the long-gestating reboot of David Cronenberg‘s classic Videodrome, Deadline reports. Berg would be making his big-screen debut with the flick, which has been penned by co-producer Ehren Kruger. The 1983 Videodrome starred James Woods‘ as a TV programmer who becomes obsessed with a foreign show that […]

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Poster Debut: Lincoln

In case you were concerned Steven Spielberg‘s Abraham Lincoln biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis wouldn’t be a serious affair, here is a stoic poster to allay your fears. The first poster for Lincoln carries on the ‘haggard president’ look from the film’s only officially released image. Considering what the man had to go through over the course of […]

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The Office is coming to an end

Greg Daniels, the man responsible for adapting The Office for American screens, has announced that the upcoming ninth season of the hit NBC show will be its last. EW has his official statement: “This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show that pays off a […]

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Disney is rebooting The Rocketeer

Disney is working on a reboot of notorious 1991 flop The Rocketeer, Vulture reports. The Joe Johnson adaptation of the comic, starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly, grossed only $45 million at the box office from a $35 million budget. Vulture suggests the surging popularity of Iron Man has inspired the hit-hungry studio to reinvent the similarly iron-suited hero. No […]

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Jim Carrey wanted for Kick-Ass 2

With production on Kick-Ass 2 officially under way (we can’t believe it either!), Universal Pictures are eager to recruit mega-fan Jim Carrey. According to Deadline, Universal want Carrey to play The Colonel in the DIY superhero flick. The character brings together a group of crime-fighters, Nick Fury style, to take down evil forces. Considering he comes from the mind of comic […]

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You must remember this – Total Recall review

Total Recall – Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. Directed by Len Wiseman. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Paul Verhoeven movies don’t get remade. They get reduced. Len Wiseman’s Total Recall - a shiny, shallow take on Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” – is a far cry from […]

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Ghost world – ParaNorman review

ParaNorman – Featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. By Jess Lomas. ParaNorman played the Melbourne International Film Festival. It arrives in Australian cinemas January 10, 2013. The latest kid to see dead people isn’t Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, but Norman […]

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Play It Again – The Red Shoes

Play It Again – The Red Shoes. Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, and Marius Goring. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. 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 […]

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I started a joke – Holy Motors review

Holy Motors – Starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Kylie Minogue. Directed by Leos Carax. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. In a similar fashion to Synecdoche, New York and Inception, Leos Carax’s Holy Motors seeks to highlight the incredible and ridiculous efforts taken by artists (and particularly filmmakers) to replicate reality, and how it’s ultimately an impossible feat. However, if they […]

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Back to school – American Pie: Reunion review

American Pie: Reunion – Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, and Seann William Scott. Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Rated MA. Originally published April 4, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. American Pie: Reunion arrives on DVD and Blu-ray August 22, 2012. A lot has changed since the gang from East Great Falls last graced our screens all the way back in 2003. Video games abandoned […]

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R.I.P. Tony Scott

Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, True Romance, and most recently Unstoppable, has died after jumping from Los Angeles’ Vincent Thomas Bridge. He was 68 years old. According to the L.A. County Coroner‘s office, the death is being investigated as a suicide. Witnesses contacted 911 around 12:35pm on Sunday; it took four hours for his body to be […]

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Shia LaBeouf ready for real sex in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

It’s becoming a regular catch-cry, but, you crazy for this one Lars! Shia LaBeouf tells MTV he’s ready to perform real sex acts in Lars von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac. According to the official synopsis, the film is “the light and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50.” LaBeouf, who has […]

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