Archive | September, 2012

Trailer Debut: Stoker

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook makes his English-language debut with Stoker, a creepy tale of a demented family starring Aussies Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Jacki Weaver. Here’s the official plot synopsis: “After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally […]

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Richard Kelly directing Nicolas Cage in bizarre true-tale Amicus

Donnie Darko director – or, as he’ll forever be known to me, the maestro behind Southland Tales – Richard Kelly will work with Nicolas Cage on the crime thriller Amicus. According to Variety, Kelly will write and direct the true tale, in which Cage plays lawyer Rodney Smolla amidst a bizarre class-action suit. Smolla defended […]

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Trailer Debut: Identity Thief

Melissa McCarthy steals Jason Bateman‘s credit card and gets up to some mischief in the trailer for Identity Thief. Bateman’s Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon runs the show here, working from a screenplay by The Hangover Part 2‘s Craig Mazin. Those behind-the-camera credentials don’t necessarily instil blind faith in the project, but the teaming-up of Bateman and McCarthy is certainly an appealing […]

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The top 10 time travel films

The top 10 time travel films. By Simon Miraudo. In Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt meets his future self and discovers he looks an awful lot like Bruce Willis. Hair-loss aside, there are worse revelations one could make about their destiny. In the spirit of that picture’s flagrant flexing of the space-time continuum, we’re sharing our top 10 time travel films. Select your […]

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Matt Reeves escaping Twilight Zone for Apes sequel?

Director Matt Reeves is off the long-delayed Twilight Zone feature and maybe onto the next Planet Of The Apes instalment, according to Variety. After over a year of various writers failing to bring in a suitable screenplay for a Twilight Zone film, Reeves has decided to move onto another project. The director of Cloverfield and […]

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Angela Lansbury joins Bill Murray for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel

According to reports in UK magazine The Gentle Woman (courtesy of The Film Stage), Angela Lansbury has landed a role in Wes Anderson‘s next symmetry-fest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. While Ms Murder She Wrote is quoted as saying it is a small role, she is joining what’s turning into a pretty epic cast that includes the recently […]

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Gina Carano set for female Expendables

Former MMA fighter and Haywire actress Gina Carano is the first name to be attached to the forthcoming female incarnation of The Expendables, according to Variety. Carano signing on to the film was a no-brainer for producer Adi Shankar who has pitched the as-yet-untitled film as The Female Expendables. Speaking on Carano’s casting he said, […]

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Coen brothers working on Fargo TV show

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo is headed to the small screen as FX signs a deal to develop a series based on the Academy Award winning crime drama, Deadline reports. Frances McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson, who unravels a crime thanks to the inept handiwork […]

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Time in its prime – Looper review

Looper – Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. Directed by Rian Johnson. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. There’s a difference between science-fiction that inspires the question ‘What if?’ and science fiction that leaves us monosyllabically muttering ‘Huh?’ A film’s ability to confound is not immediate certification of its brilliance. It’s a revelation, then, […]

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Play It Again – THX 1138

Play It Again – THX 1138. Starring Robert Duvall, Maggie McOmie, and Donald Pleasence. Directed by George Lucas. 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 […]

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Television Revision: Gavin & Stacey – Season 2

Television Revision: Gavin & Stacey – Season 2. Starring Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, and James Corden. Rated M. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning […]

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Girl trouble – Hick review

Hick – Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, and Eddie Redmayne. Directed by Derick Martini. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. Hick is a classic coming of age road movie where a young innocent girl is schooled in the dark and depraved ways of the world. Or, at least that’s what I assume Hick is about. […]

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Camera buff – Afterschool review

Afterschool – Starring Ezra Miller, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Addison Timlin. Directed by Antonio Campos. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Antonio Campos‘ Afterschool plays like the creepy younger brother of Kenneth Lonergan‘s Margaret. Both concern troubled teens at an elite school near New York City; both involve a gory tragedy being witnessed firsthand by its protagonist; […]

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Homeland, Modern Family dominate 64th Emmy Awards

Homeland was the big winner at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home prizes for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actress (Claire Danes), Lead Actor (Damian Lewis), and Writing. The Showtime drama deposed Mad Men, which had taken home the top prize four years running and would have racked up the most ever wins for Outstanding […]

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Trailer Debut: Promised Land

The trailer for Gus Van Sant‘s new drama – and definite Oscar contender - Promised Land has arrived, starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Damon and Krasinski collaborated on the screenplay for this fracking feature, the most high-profile depiction of the controversial subject since Josh Fox‘s Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. A corporate salesman (Damon) works at convincing a struggling […]

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Poster Debut: Pain & Gain

Michael Bay‘s upcoming action-comedy Pain & Gain gets a poster and the fascination continues regarding this mysterious ‘low-budget’ effort from the grand auteur of chaos cinema. For years Bay has spoken of returning to his roots to make a small film and it seems the reality of this bizarre project is getting closer and closer. Pain […]

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47 Ronin director kicked out of editing process after budget blowout

It seems Universal has booted director Carl Rinsch out of the editing process after the oft-delayed 3D mega production 47 Ronin blew its budget. According the The Wrap‘s sources, the budget has ballooned to $225 million, and after recent reshoots in London, Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley will now take over the reins in the edit […]

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Wrapped up in books – Ruby Sparks review

Ruby Sparks – Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and Chris Messina. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Ruby Sparks is a profoundly sad tale of self-loathing masquerading as a cutesy romantic comedy. The purple-stockings and free spirit of the eponymous female lead and the intensely nervy, intensely unsociable demeanour […]

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The top 10 movies about writers

The top 10 movies about writers. By Simon Miraudo. In Ruby Sparks, Paul Dano’s awkward author Calvin wills one of his characters into existence so that she might become his real-life girlfriend. If only the written word could be so magical; I’d have my own life-size Nicolas Cage to recite monologues every evening. But then, […]

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Boys of summer – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days review

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – Starring Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, and Rachael Harris. Directed by David Bowers. Rated PG. By Jess Lomas. In David Bowers‘ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third instalment of the much-loved franchise, we follow Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) on his quest for the ultimate summer […]

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Rupert Wyatt may drop out of Apes sequel

Rupert Wyatt delivered one of the best ever Planet of the Apes movies with his 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and studio 20th Century Fox was rewarded for taking a chance on his talents with a surprise box office hit. But Deadline now suggests Wyatt may walk away from helming the sequel Dawn of the […]

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Park Chan-wook takes on Corsica 72

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook will make his English language debut with the upcoming Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, but he doesn’t seem to be keen on returning to his native Korean tongue anytime soon. According to Variety, Park will direct crime drama Corsica 72, from Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The picture concerns two best friends who take vastly different paths in life; […]

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Avatar plagiarism lawsuit dismissed

The copyright suit against James Cameron’s Avatar has been dismissed, with the judge ruling that the highest-grossing film of all time was an original idea, Deadline reports. The lawsuit was filed against James Cameron and 20th Century Fox early in 2012 by writer Elijah Schkeiban, who claimed that the box office hit was based on […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman to direct ghost story Ezekiel Moss

Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to see dead people as he signs on to direct a ghost story entitled Ezekiel Moss. Variety confirms the actor’s second directorial effort is a “Depression-era ghost story”, written by Keith Bunin and pulled from the 2011 Black List of the most popular unproduced screenplays. The official synopsis suggests the […]

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Interview: Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D)

Interview: Kimble Rendall (Bait 3D). By Simon Miraudo. It’s been more than 35 years since Jaws scared everyone out of the water, and Bait 3D wants to extend our rational fear of great white sharks to the formerly safe aisles of the supermarket. Aussie filmmaker Kimble Rendall made horror flick Cut back in 2000, and […]

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Interview: Cate Shortland (Lore)

Interview: Cate Shortland (Lore). By Simon Miraudo. Cate Shortland‘s feature debut, Somersault, entered Aussie film lore when it became the biggest ever winner at the AFI awards. With the shadow of its success looming large, she waited eight years to deliver her follow-up, the fittingly titled Lore. And it might similarly enter the record books […]

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Troubled waters – Bait 3D review

Bait 3D  - Starring Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, and Julian McMahon. Directed by Kimble Rendall. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. In what kind of a sick world does a shark movie allow the majority of its cast to walk away unchomped? That’d be the world of Kimble Rendall‘s Bait 3D, where almost all genre promises are […]

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Interview: John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings)

Interview: John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). By Simon Miraudo. If you’re ever embarking on a grand adventure, there are a number of fictional characters who you’d want by your side. Near the top of that list is Indiana Jones’ Egyptian buddy Sallah, Frodo’s trusty Dwarf warrior Gimli, and, perhaps significantly further down […]

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Television Revision: True Blood – Season 2

Television Revision: True Blood – Season 2. Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Ryan Kwanten. Rated R. By Andrew Williams. Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and warning you […]

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Play It Again – RoboCop

Play It Again – RoboCop. Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, and Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Rated R. 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 up… or if it has […]

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