Archive | October, 2012

Game boys – End of Watch review

End of Watch – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, and Anna Kendrick. Directed by David Ayer. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. In an attempt to separate End of Watch from the rest of the ‘conventional cop movie’ pack, writer-director David Ayer has somewhat lazily framed it as a ‘found footage’ film. Police officer Brian Taylor […]

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Craig, Murray, Blanchett, and Dujardin set for Clooney’s Monuments Men

George Clooney is rounding up an impressive cast for his next directorial effort, The Monuments Men. According to Deadline, the WW2 flick will star Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville. The picture follows a bunch of art historians who attempt to recover famous works from Hitler […]

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel in the works

The announcement of a sequel to a hit movie is hardly news these days, except when it involves a cast of senior citizens. John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is one of the biggest break-out hits of the year, having grossed $130 million worldwide off a budget of less than $10 million. According to Vulture, […]

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Bryan Singer returns to X-Men

Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men movies, will return to the franchise and helm First Class sequel Days of Future Past. According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox and Singer closed the deal for Singer to graduate from producer to director following the exit of Matthew Vaughn. The script for Days of Future Past is ready to roll, and cast members Michael Fassbender, […]

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Disney purchases Lucasfilm for $4 billion; new Star Wars trilogy launching in 2015

Well, we didn’t expect to wake up to this news. George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm Ltd to Disney for an estimated $4.05 billion, giving the Mouse-House rights to both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise. According to Deadline, Disney won’t exactly sit on the properties. They’re already plotting a new Star Wars trilogy, with Episode 7 set to hit cinemas in 2015. […]

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Television Revision: The Mighty Boosh – Season 2

Television Revision: The Mighty Boosh – Season 2. Starring Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, and Michael Fielding. 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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Play It Again – Carrie

Play It Again – Carrie. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Betty Buckley. Directed by Brian De Palma. 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 […]

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Bad girls – Bachelorette review

Bachelorette – Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher. Directed by Leslye Headland. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Leslye Headland‘s bitterly unfunny Bachelorette not only squanders a talented cast of comic performers, but also chastises the audience for revelling in the unfiltered awfulness of their characters. And frankly, the only joy anyone could derive […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger back for The Legend of Conan

Have you ever wondered what Conan The Barbarian got up to in his senior years? Wonder no longer as Deadline reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to reprise one of his most definitive roles. Set to be written by Chris Morgan – who can be proud of penning the last four Fast and the […]

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Ryan Gosling exits Logan’s Run remake

Ryan Gosling chooses not to go to carousel and be renewed as he bows out of the Logan’s Run remake, according to Variety’s Justin Kroll. The long-awaited remake had Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Gosling on board earlier this year, but now a busy workload is believed to be the reason for Gosling’s […]

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John Logan writing Bond 24 and 25

Deadline recently revealed that superstar Hollywood screenwriter John Logan has been tapped by the Bond producers to write the next two films, possibly as an arc. Early reports for the upcoming Skyfall are about as glowing as humanly possible, so it’s no surprise that the film’s producers are locking down further films. John Logan’s resume […]

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Bryan Singer might replace Matthew Vaughn on X-Men: Days of Future Past

Matthew Vaughn is out as director of X-Men: Days of Future Past with Bryan Singer sitting atop 20th Century Fox’s list of desirable replacements, Deadline reports. Vaughn directed the 2011 hit X-Men: First Class, which resurrected the fledgling franchise after 2006’s questionable X-Men: The Last Stand, directed by Brett Ratner. He briefly bowed out from directing […]

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The top 10 Halloween costumes for 2012

The top 10 Halloween costumes for 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Picking the perfect Halloween costume is a tricky business. How do you capture the Zeitgeist, inspire genuine laughter (or chills), display ironic detachment, and still look good? Like we said: tricky. At Halloween parties across the country, you can expect plenty of PSYs and Honey Boo-Boos […]

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Teaser Debut: Evil Dead

The teaser for that Evil Dead remake – no, not the unofficial sequel that was nixed after a lawsuit by the original’s production company – has arrived online. And it is not for the squeamish, though anyone familiar with the series should have figured as much. Produced by former director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell, this newie seems […]

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Anna Kendrick sings for The Last Five Years

Anna Kendrick has signed up to star in a film adapted from the modern-day off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years, Deadline reports. The movie will follow the rise and fall of a relationship over five years. The audacious conceit of the stage version was the way narrative told one member of the couple’s story chronologically […]

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Trailer Debut: Save the Date

Attention twenty-something hipsters: watch this trailer for Michael Mohan’s Save The Date and tell me it isn’t the movie that plays in your head while you ride the streets on your fixie? I’m a big fan of Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan, so part of me is really excited to see Save The Date, a film […]

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Swim away – Piranha 3DD review

Piranha 3DD – Starring Danielle Panabaker, David Koechner, and David Hasselhoff. Directed by John Gulager. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. Piranha 3DD opens with a close up of a wet T-shirt and a succinct recap of the first film in case you were worried about forgetting some vital information. We then cut to Merkin County […]

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The spy stays in the picture – Argo review

Argo – Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman. Directed by Ben Affleck. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Here’s a story so strange and unlikely I can scarcely believe it’s true. No, I’m not referring to the tale of Argo, in which the CIA attempted to sneak six American hostages out of Iran by […]

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Mark Wahlberg in talks with Michael Bay for Transformers 4

Mark Wahlberg is in very (very) early talks with Michael Bay regarding Transformers 4, Twitch reports. Twitch notes the preliminary nature of their chats, but the site has been reliable on casting scoops in the past. It was revealed last week that a teenage girl would be the focus of the new instalment, as opposed to Shia […]

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Teaser Debut: Iron Man 3

Things aren’t looking good for Tony Stark in the teaser trailer for Iron Man 3, which has a distinctly depressing “Christopher Nolan” vibe to it. With Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black taking over from outgoing director Jon Favreau, many had suspected this would be the most wise-cracking instalment of the series to date. But with an […]

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Interview: Pete Travis (Dredd 3D)

Interview: Pete Travis (Dredd 3D). By Simon Miraudo. What if you were tasked with bringing a beloved comic book character into the 21st century, but had to follow in the footsteps of a much-maligned movie that is known best for betraying its fan base? What if your film sat on the shelf for over a […]

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Play It Again – The Exorcist

Play It Again – The Exorcist. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, and Max von Sydow. Directed by William Friedkin. Rated R. By Jess Lomas. 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 aged terribly. […]

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Television Revision: Boardwalk Empire – Season 1

Television Revision: Boardwalk Empire – Season 1. Starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, and Michael Pitt. 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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Warm sensation – The Intouchables review

The Intouchables – Starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. All other contenders for feel-good film of the year can pack up and head home because in writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s comedy drama The Intouchables we’ve found a winner. Having already broken […]

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Contract killer – Seeking Justice review

Seeking Justice – Starring Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, and January Jones. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. You’d be forgiven for skimming past Seeking Justice when considering your evening’s entertainment. After all, a straight-to-DVD film with an uninspiring title and Nicolas Cage front and centre isn’t especially appealing, though I’d mildly suggest […]

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I fought the law – Dredd 3D review

Dredd 3D – Starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. Directed by Pete Travis. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. There are only so many comic book characters to go around, but goshdarnit, Hollywood is going to have a good old-fashioned college try giving every last one their own movie. Even in the age of […]

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Paranormal Activity 5 (and Latino spin-off) in the works

Here’s a shocking development. Paramount will release a fifth instalment of its hit Paranormal Activity franchise in time for Halloween 2013. Deadline confirmed the news, as well as the plan for a Latino-focused spin-off set for release early next year. Screenwriter Christopher Landon would helm the spin-off, aimed at the Latino communities and Latin American countries who have been […]

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Nicolas Cage will be Left Behind

Nicolas Cage’s quest to appear in all films at all times continues with the news that he will star in a reboot of Left Behind, the Christian-themed tale of life on post-Rapture Earth. To quote SNL, “It has the two key qualities of a classic Nicolas Cage action film. Number one: all the dialogue is either whispered […]

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Andy Serkis directing performance captured Animal Farm

Brando in a latex bodysuit, Andy Serkis, is set to direct a performance captured adaptation of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed it would be the first project for his London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium (which recalls, in a good way, Troy and Abed’s ‘Dreamatorium’ from Community). Serkis will […]

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Jason Segel discovers The Other F Word

Jason Segel and Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce are set to turn documentary The Other F Word into a narrative feature, Deadline reports. Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ doco follows some famous rock stars (including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea) as they transition into a life of fatherhood. Segel would star in the pic as an ageing rocker who must […]

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