Archive | January, 2013

The Sapphires sweep 2nd AACTA awards

The songbirds were singing in Sydney last night, where local hit The Sapphires concluded its victory lap with an impressive haul of 11 awards at the 2nd annual AACTAs. The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts deemed The Sapphires the Best Film of the Year, and also bestowed upon Wayne Blair the prize for Best Direction. Stars Deborah […]

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Warner Bros gives Entourage movie the green light

Your prayers have been answered, no one! Deadline has revealed Vinnie Chase and the gang will ride again in a feature film based on the hit HBO show Entourage. Though series creator Doug Ellin and executive producer Mark Wahlberg have long teased the big screen adaptation, Warner Bros. has only just given their movie the green light. All […]

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Paul Giamatti in talks for Amazing Spider-Man 2

In an attempt to bring some kind of excitement to the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Deadline reports that Paul Giamatti is in talks to take on a villainous role. Giamatti, who makes anything he appears in substantially better, is discussing the role of Rhino, a super villain amusingly described as one of the ‘dimmest’ bad […]

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Bird, Lindelof, and Clooney’s mysterious 1952 retitled Tomorrowland

We don’t have any real information on this enigmatic Brad Bird/Damon Lindelof/George Clooney collaboration, but we’ll take what we can get! According to EW, the project formerly known as 1952 has been rechristened Tomorrowland. Seeing as this is a Disney production, it’s fair to assume that this movie is somehow related to the futuristic Disneyland attraction of the same name. […]

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Mo money mo problems – Arbitrage review

Arbitrage – Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Roth. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Rated MA. By Richard Haridy. For some time it has felt like Richard Gere has been working on auto-pilot; not making a huge amount of De Niro-style duds, but never stepping up to the challenging roles we know he can do. […]

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Trailer Debut: Inside Llewyn Davis

Thank folk for that! The trailer for the Coen brothers’ latest picture, Inside Llewyn Davis, has finally arrived. Loosely based on the life of Dave Van Ronk, it stars Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis, a folk singer trying to make it in Greenwich Village during the 1960s. Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett […]

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Argo wins top SAG and PGA prizes on the way to Oscar glory

Ben Affleck’s Argo proves to be the big Oscar favourite after taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Deadline reports. The film’s SAG awards success comes hot on the heels of winning the Producers Guild of America award the previous day, as […]

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Anna Paquin and Ellen Page back for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director Bryan Singer announced via Twitter that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore have joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The trio last appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, directed by Brett Ratner, playing mutant students Rogue (Paquin), Kitty Pryde (Page), and Iceman (Ashmore). They join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer […]

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J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode 7

We go away for the long weekend, and a massive movie development breaks. Damn this endless cycle of Star Wars news! Disney has confirmed J.J. Abrams will direct their upcoming Star Wars sequel. In a joint statement, Disney, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, and Abrams announced how excited they were to work on this film, because, you know, Star […]

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Manic depressive dream girl – Silver Linings Playbook review

Silver Linings Playbook – Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. Directed by David O. Russell. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The most pleasant surprise in David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook is that Bradley Cooper is the best thing in it, despite it also featuring such venerable actors as Robert De Niro, […]

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Flying high – Flight review

Flight – Starring Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, and Don Cheadle. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis jettison their bad habits like so much frozen human waste from the back of a soaring airliner with their collaboration Flight. As one of Hollywood’s most reliable leading men, Washington had […]

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A new career in a new town – Barbara review

Barbara – Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, and Rainer Bock. Directed by Christian Petzold. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Those Germans are an austere bunch;  a stereotype that won’t be challenged by Christian Petzold‘s bluntly christened Barbara. Where it may wind up surprising audiences is in its warmth and humanity, that will perhaps only reveal […]

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Marvel want Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for Guardians of the Galaxy

At least, that’s what Latino Review‘s source is saying. According to their report, Marvel is looking into the availability of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for their upcoming superhero team-up flick (that isn’t The Avengers 2), Guardians of the Galaxy. Carrey and Sandler have had their fair share of successes and failures at the box office. […]

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See Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

The first shot of Benedict Cumberbatch as notorious WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been released (by EW), and it is the bleached nightmare we all anticipated. The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon and scripted by Josh Singer, reportedly details Assange’s rise to infamy through the eyes of his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). It also stars Laura Linney, […]

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Dwayne Johnson making movie based on picture of sword-wielding Teddy Bear

Here’s some news that will no doubt inspire millions of DeviantARTists to keep pumping out their slightly-skewed works in the hopes of securing a million dollar movie deal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Johnson is attached to produce and potentially star in a film based on a picture of a sword-wielding teddy by Alex […]

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Bill Hader might star in the Baywatch movie

Bill Hader is reportedly set to star in the upcoming Baywatch movie, which kind of makes the man behind Stefon this generation’s David Hasselhoff, right? The Saturday Night Live veteran has long needed a big screen vehicle to show off his talents, though him being linked to this role in particular is a curious one. That the film will […]

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Trailer Debut: The East

How creepy you find the trailer for The East depends on whether or not Ellen Page’s voice sends shivers down your spine. The new film from director Zal Batmanglij and his co-writer Brit Marling (they previously collaborated on Sound of My Voice) just debuted at Sundance to decent reviews, and seems to concern a particularly violent ‘Occupy’ movement targeting […]

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A law unto herself – House at the End of the Street review

House at the End of the Street – Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, and Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Mark Tonderai. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Be warned: the titular house in House at the End of the Street is actually a house across the street. This lack of consideration is a reasonably apt summation of […]

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Play It Again – Cape Fear

Play It Again – Cape Fear. Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Polly Bergen. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. 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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Impossible is nothing – The Impossible review

The Impossible – Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Rated M. By Jess Lomas. The memory of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami may have already faded for many, but Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible is sure to revive some of the horror as it vividly reconstructs the destruction […]

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Television Revision: The Wire – Season 3

Television Revision: The Wire – Season 3. Starring Dominic West, Idris Elba, and Robert Wisdom. 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 […]

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John Jarratt confirms Wolf Creek 2 is currently shooting

John Jarratt surprised many when he revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that he is currently shooting the sequel to Wolf Creek. On the press tour for his small role in Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained, Jarratt – with his fake tattoos and hair dye, looking very much like his psycho serial killer alter-ego Mick Taylor […]

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Guerilla shoot in Disney World leads to Sundance sensation

The most talked about film of Sundance has arrived: a bizarre black and white nightmare shot on location at Disney theme parks without permission. Randy Moore’s Escape From Tomorrow has been making international headlines after its world premiere the other night. It follows a father who begins to slowly lose his mind during a trip […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – Les Mis, Gangster Squad, and Feature Four Films to Watch in 2013

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Sure, there are plenty out there to choose from, but only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewers Shannon Harvey and Steph Lee. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch […]

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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot making Lance Armstrong movie

Lance Armstrong was unable to turn public opinion by confessing his sins to Oprah, and it seems unlikely that an upcoming movie based on his indiscretions will make him any more sympathetic. According to Deadline, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures have acquired the rights to Juliet Macur’s upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall […]

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Trailer Debut: RED 2

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker are back for RED 2. Your video evidence is below. The original – concerning retired assassins called back into action when they become targets of a hit, and based on the comic book of the same hit – grossed nearly $200 million worldwide. It’s no surprise, then, to see […]

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Paul Dano set to star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson

Paul Dano has been cast as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad’s upcoming biopic Love and Mercy. According to a press release from distributor River Road Entertainment (published on Deadline), Dano will play young Wilson, while another actor will portray the musical legend as an elder. The casting of Dano made Wilson… smile (sorry). […]

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Threat level midnight – Zero Dark Thirty review

Zero Dark Thirty – Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Jennifer Ehle. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. This thing is an embarrassment of riches; the jewel in director Kathryn Bigelow‘s crown. The most accomplished procedural since David Fincher‘s superb Zodiac, gifted with an esteemed, oddball ensemble cast anchored by a career-best […]

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Family ties – Sister review

Sister – Starring Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, and Gillian Anderson. Directed by Ursula Meier. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Ursula Meier‘s Sister commands your respect if not your attention. It tells of the complicated relationship between a 12-year-old thief, Simon (newcomer Kacey Mottet Klein), and his burnt out soeur, Louise (the entrancing Léa Seydoux). […]

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The top 10 Quentin Tarantino characters

The top 10 Quentin Tarantino characters. By Simon Miraudo. Though he can’t act his way out of a paper bag – perhaps one that previously held some of those delicious Big Kahuna Burgers – Quentin Tarantino keeps on appearing in his own movies. You’ll spot him in Django Unchained as an Australian slave-owner, and no, […]

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