Archive | November, 2012

Theron, Monahan set for Sympathy for Lady Vengeance remake

Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy is currently in production, and it seems to have reignited the long-gestating do-over of director Park Chan-wook‘s sort-of-sequel Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. According to Deadline, billionairess Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures will now produce the flick along with Charlize Theron‘s shingle. William Monahan (Oscar winning scribe of The Departed) will write and direct, while Theron […]

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Clooney, Greengrass team with Argo screenwriter

Argo producer George Clooney is set to reteam with that film’s screenwriter, Chris Terrio, on a new crime thriller. According to Variety, Clooney will star in the flick, which Paul Greengrass is keen to direct. Details are under wraps, but it is supposedly an original tale “set in the world of New York criminal syndicates.” In the […]

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The top 10 documentaries of 2012

The top 10 documentaries of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the business […]

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Size does matter – Fun Size review

Fun Size – Starring Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, and Chelsea Handler. Directed by Josh Schwartz. Rated PG. By Jess Lomas. Debut director Josh Schwartz should know the teen market – he’s made a name for himself pioneering such shows as The O.C. and Gossip Girl – yet his first foray into feature films, the Halloween […]

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will return for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer is back for more X-Men, and he’s bringing Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen with him. Though the former Professor X and Magneto were replaced by the younger James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in last year’s prequel First Class, the time-skipping follow-up Days of Future Past will allow both versions of the characters to exist alongside one another […]

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Star Trek Into Darkness official synopsis released

The official synopsis for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel has been spotted by The Film Stage over on Paramount’s official press site. We’ve long known that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the villain in the flick, titled Star Trek Into Darkness, but his character’s identity has remained under wraps. And, well, that’s still the case. At least this newly […]

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We can be heroes – The Perks of Being a Wallflower review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. “We accept the love we think we deserve,” sounds like some sage advice that would be offered in The Breakfast Club or any other John Hughes teen film for that matter. Instead, […]

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Buddy love – Celeste and Jesse Forever review

Celeste and Jesse Forever – Starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, and Chris Messina. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It seems a little unfair that Rashida Jones – the great talent who has long gone unappreciated and underrepresented on TV shows The Office and Parks and Recreation – didn’t get a meaty big […]

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Brew ha ha – The Angels’ Share review

The Angels’ Share – Starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, and Roger Allam. Directed by Ken Loach. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Angels’ Share is the charming story of four Scottish criminals who find redemption – if not exactly rehabilitation – through alcohol. It may not seem like the typical logline for a heart-warmer; it […]

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The top 10 foreign language films of 2012

The top 10 foreign language films of 2012. By Simon Miraudo. With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is […]

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What a beauty – Miss Bala review

Miss Bala – Starring Stephanie Sigman, Lakshmi Picazo, and Juan Carlos Galvan. Directed by Gerardo Naranjo. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. Gerardo Naranjo‘s riveting Mexican thriller Miss Bala is a tremendous cinematic achievement; both a stunning technical exercise in sustained tension and a rich allegory highlighting the hopeless scenario facing an entire society caught in […]

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Machete Kills may not see the light of day

A lawsuit could keep Robert Rodriguez’s grindhouse sequel Machete Kills from ever seeing the light of day. According to Deadline, Overnight Productions – who hold the original rights to Machete - wish to overturn their decision to allow Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions to make the flick. Overnight seek to end the agreement, claiming they have been kept in […]

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The Empire Strikes Back screenwriter attached to pen Star Wars 8 and 9

Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, and Simon Kinberg, of slightly less impressive credits xXx2 and This Means War, have been set to write the final two instalments of the new Star Wars trilogy for Disney. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined.” It was previously reported that Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Toy […]

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Trailer Debut: I Give It a Year

The romantic comedy I Give It a Year stars Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, and Simon Baker, and there’s a new trailer out to prove it. Byrne and Spall play a married couple who aren’t quite clicking, and are tempted away by the likes of Baker and Faris. Stephen Merchant pops up to play the wise-cracking […]

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Trailer Debut: Jack the Giant Slayer

The trailer for Bryan Singer’s long-gestating Jack the Giant Slayer has arrived, and the film looks as if it’s cut from the same cloth as all those other recent fairy-tale reinterpretations. A bit of a different take on the legendary fable, it stars Nicholas Hoult as a simple farm boy who joins the King’s army in their battle […]

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Television Revision: Big Love – Season 2

Television Revision: Big Love – Season 2. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Chloe Sevigny. Rated MA. 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 away from the specific episodes […]

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Play It Again – Annie Hall

Play It Again – Annie Hall. Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and Tony Roberts. Directed by Woody Allen. 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 it […]

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Interview: Naomie Harris (Skyfall)

Interview: Naomie Harris (Skyfall). By Simon Miraudo. Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond adventure, is the highest grossing in the super-spy’s 50-year cinematic history. Helmed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and starring the blonde Bond-shell himself, Daniel Craig, it features 007 squaring off against a demented former MI6 agent (Javier Bardem) who is seeking vengeance against […]

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Another 48 hrs – 2 Days in New York review

2 Days in New York – Starring Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, and Albert Delpy. Directed by Julie Delpy. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Julie Delpy‘s smartest move as a director is to feature Julie Delpy so prominently in her films. That endless reservoir of charm is drawn from yet again in her latest effort, 2 […]

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Trailer Debut: The Heat

Did someone say ‘female buddy-cop movie’? Check out Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the trailer for The Heat, a worryingly conventional-looking film that has one original thing going for it – the two cops are women. Taking a script from Parks and Recreation writer Kate Dippold, The Heat brings together Sandra Bullock’s “uptight and […]

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Trailer Debut: Admission

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd co-star for the first time in Admission, with the first trailer for the dramatic comedy released online. In the Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Little Fockers) directed film, Fey plays Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan who visits an alternative high school at the request of a former college classmate, […]

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Live action Pinocchio tempts Kick-Ass screenwriter

Warner Brothers’ live-action Pinocchio finds new writer in Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Man: First Class), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film looks to be directed by Tim Burton (Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows), with Robert Downey Jr. set to star as Gepetto, marking the first time these two Hollywood heavyweights have worked together. While neither has officially […]

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Quentin Tarantino was once offered Green Lantern

Did you know that Quentin Tarantino was approached to direct the Green Lantern film? In an interview published on Deadline, Tarantino revealed he was offered the project “in the very early, early, early, early stages.” Tarantino spoke of being proud to have stuck to his guns and not taken on any of the myriad big […]

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Fire in the belly – Bellflower review

Bellflower – Starring Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, and Tyler Dawson. Directed by Evan Glodell. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. Bellflower is a brash, youthful, imperfect monster of a film filled with jagged tonal shifts, inexplicable character motivations, and big flamethrowers. Equating a relationship breakup with an apocalyptic scenario straight out of Mad Max, this thoroughly […]

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Slow death – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 review

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Directed by Bill Condon. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. And stay dead! If any event necessitated a Return of the Jedi style Ewok orgy, it’s the staking of the abysmal Twilight Saga. Director Bill Condon wraps up the final […]

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Interview: Joel Murray (God Bless America)

Interview: Joel Murray (God Bless America). By Simon Miraudo. Bobcat Goldthwait has long since abandoned his signature howl and established himself as a writer and director of films with a particularly twisted sense of humour (but they have heart too; we swear!). He follows up Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and World’s Greatest Dad with […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: The Host

Just as the final film in The Twilight Saga is released in cinemas, bringing that franchise to a close, the poster and second trailer for author Stephenie Meyer’s follow up, The Host, conveniently appear. The poster looks to set up Meyer’s penchant for a good teenage love triangle, however Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), though wedged […]

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Saw director James Wan in talks to direct MacGyver movie

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Variety reports that a feature film based on the MacGyver TV series is in the works. It was only a matter of time, but after the horrible (or sensational depending on your taste) MacGyver spoof film, MacGruber, we were hoping that this particular 80s property had dodged […]

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Trailer Debut: A Young Doctor’s Notebook

The first trailer for A Young Doctor’s Notebook sees Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe sharing a character, a bath, and a very lucky loofah. The four-part black comedy miniseries is being produced for Sky Arts in Britain and sees Radcliffe (Harry Potter) playing a young doctor in pre-revolutionary Russia guided by his middle-aged self, Mad […]

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Trailer Debut: 21 and Over

From the writers of The Hangover comes The Hangover: College Years, otherwise known as 21 and Over, the latest party film to make you feel like your big nights out are the excitement equivalent of jam and scones with the grandparents. The recently released trailer for the directorial debut of The Hangover writing team Jon […]

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