Archive | February, 2013

Chris Cooper to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Jamie Foxx is playing Electro. Paul Giamatti is set for Rhino. Now comes news from Deadline that Chris Cooper will take on the role of Norman Osborn – aka the Green Goblin – in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That means Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) will be squaring off against not one, not two, but three villains in his […]

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Senate investigation into Zero Dark Thirty dropped in wake of Academy Awards loss

Within 24 hours of Zero Dark Thirty losing Best Picture to Argo, the Senate Intelligence Committee closed its inquiry into the film, Reuters reports. As if the Oscar snub wasn’t enough… Initially questioning whether members of the CIA had inappropriately given the filmmakers information about the Osama Bin Laden case, the committee put together to […]

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Seth MacFarlane and Tina Fey both say “no way” to hosting the next Oscars

After a notably divisive turn at hosting the Oscars, Seth Macfarlane jumped on Twitter to announce he won’t be taking the job a second time. When asked by a fan, MacFarlane replied with an emphatic, “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.” And for those holding out hope that Tina Fey could step […]

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Soula coaster – Cloud Atlas review

By Simon Miraudo February 27, 2013 Cloud Atlas could have been a freak show. It features a cavalcade of stars – each playing multiple characters – masquerading as members of the opposite sex across six seemingly disconnected storylines that span hundreds of years. Souls recur across lifetimes. Not everyone stays the same race. Tom Hanks appears […]

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Play It Again – The Magnificent Seven

By Simon Miraudo February 27, 2013 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 aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Trash talk – The Paperboy review

By Simon Miraudo February 26, 2013 Lee Daniels’ Precious was showered with acclaim, yet his follow-up, The Paperboy, has become something of a punch line amongst critics and moviegoers. Sometimes I don’t understand this industry. No one was even peed on in Precious! Despite Gabourey Sidibe’s fine performance in that supposed slice of realist drama, Daniels’ directorial flourishes manipulated the audience – […]

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Interview: Damon Gameau (Save Your Legs)

By Simon Miraudo February 26, 2013 Boyd Hicklin‘s cricket comedy Save Your Legs sees a bunch of Aussie underdogs embark on their first international tour in India. In it, Damon Gameau (Balibo, Howzat) shares the screen with Stephen Curry and screenwriter Brendan Cowell; all three playing developmentally arrested man-children who wouldn’t feel out of place […]

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Poster Debut: The Hunger Games – Catching Fire

Besides winning an Oscar and being the most GIFable person on the planet, Jennifer Lawrence also has that hit Hunger Games franchise under her belt. Is there anything she can’t do? How about ‘be adorably starstruck by Jack Nicholson’? Yep, she’s got that covered too. The poster for its second instalment, Catching Fire, has arrived, promoting Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) […]

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First look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony Pictures has released the first image of Spidey’s new threads from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s… pretty much what you’d expect. Coming Soon note the new outfit’s bigger eyes and subtle colour and texture alterations. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will reprise the roles of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in the sequel. They will be joined […]

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II honoured as Worst Picture at Razzies

The Razzies didn’t let The Twilight Saga slink off without due recognition in their annual pre-Oscars shaming and celebrating of the year’s worst films and performances. The final instalment in the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, took home an impressive seven awards, not able to emulate the success of the previous year’s […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – Oscars Recap

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewers Shannon Harvey, and Laura Hewison. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch of their life, outrageous digressions are indulged, and flights of […]

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Argo wins Best Picture, Life of Pi takes Best Director at 85th Academy Awards

Ben Affleck’s Argo defied decades of Oscar history to win Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards, despite its helmer not being nominated for Best Director. In a teary speech, Affleck made note of his miraculous Hollywood comeback after years left out in the cold. Tonight, he’s the toast of the town. Argo scored two other prizes at […]

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Quickflix live-blogs the 2013 Academy Awards

By Simon Miraudo The 85th Academy Awards are upon us! Host Seth MacFarlane is set to skewer the year in movies, and we are ready to do the same to him in our 2013 Oscar Live-Blog. Or, maybe he’ll do a good job. Hey, anything is possible on Hollywood’s night of nights! The big question […]

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Sticky wicket – Save Your Legs review

By Simon Miraudo February 25, 2013 Praise Vishnu for the endlessly convivial Stephen Curry. He manages to put a few runs on the board for the Aussie cricket flick Save Your Legs, elevating Boyd Hicklin‘s spritely if not particularly funny flick to the realm of ‘watchable.’ Sadly, I struggle to think of any other elements […]

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Now face west – The Last Stand review

By Simon Miraudo February 22, 2013 The Last Stand sees Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the big screen following an eight-year term as Governor of California, because that is the reality we now occupy. To quote Watchmen, “If you begin to feel an intense and crushing feeling of religious terror at the concept, don’t be […]

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James Marsden joins Anchorman 2

Everyone’s favourite handsome person – and the love of Liz Lemon’s life! – James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman 2, Deadline reports. Plot details are tightly under wraps, but Marsden is said to be playing a rival anchor of Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell). Kristen Wiig is also a new addition to the cast, […]

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Jennifer Lawrence follows David O. Russell to The Ends of the Earth

David O. Russell is hitching his wagon to Jennifer Lawrence’s star, casting her in a third motion picture following their hit collaboration Silver Linings Playbook.  It was announced earlier this week that Lawrence would appear alongside her Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper in an as-yet untitled Russell drama about corruption in New York City. According to The Hollywood […]

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Jason Clarke witnesses the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Fresh from his stint needlessly torturing terrorists / securing American freedom (depending on which political pundit you read) in Zero Dark Thirty, Aussie actor Jason Clarke is set to appear in a slightly less incendiary picture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he has signed on for a leading role in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. […]

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Interview: David Petrarca (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood)

By Simon Miraudo February 21, 2013 “I look at the networks as dinosaurs standing in the tar pits; they’re just waiting to fall over.” So says David Petrarca, one of the television industry’s go-to directors. Over the past decade, he’s had a front-row seat to the medium’s extraordinary evolution. Having helmed episodes of hit HBO […]

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First images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Robert Rodriguez has revealed some new images from his upcoming Sin City sequel via Twitter, and they are perfectly dark, pulpy, and noirish. The main image features Josh Brolin, who is playing the character Clive Owen portrayed in the first film. (It’s not exactly a traditional recast; we are told there is a narrative reason […]

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John Williams is keen to work on new Star Wars; will J.J. want him?

As the rumour mill surrounding the new Star Wars trilogy kicks up a gear, there is now speculation as to who will score the upcoming trilogy. The John Williams Fan Network reports an interesting quote from, well, legendary composer John Williams, who seems keen to continue his definitive role in the series. Williams’ original Star […]

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Poster Debut: Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3

A brand new poster for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 touts the blockbuster’s other villain: Guy Pearce’s geneticist Aldrich Killian. Though Ben Kingsley is playing the infamous Mandarin in the flick, Killian is believed to have a key role in his evildoing. If that sourpuss doesn’t give away his nefarious intentions, surely his bleached blonde hair, hinted-at-mullet, […]

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Ethan Hawke joins Spierig brothers’ Predestination; shooting begins in April

Peter and Michael Spierig will reteam with their Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke for another sci-fi jaunt, Predestination. According to Inside Film, the flick will begin its six-week shoot in April. The picture concerns a retiring “temporal agent” (Hawke) who must recruit his younger self and hunt down the criminal that has evaded capture his entire career. Before you criticise the Spierigs […]

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Television Revision: Black Adder – Season 3

By Andrew Williams February 19, 2013 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 – or even seasons! – that might have ruined […]

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Play It Again – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By Jess Lomas February 19, 2013 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 aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Chop me up – American Mary review

By Richard Haridy February 19, 2013 A disturbing horror flick set in the seedy underground world of body modification is a great premise. For at least two-thirds of American Mary, writer-director team Jen and Sylvia Soska set up what looks to be a cult classic. This sensational opening makes the disappointing final act hurt all […]

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I will follow you into the dark – Beautiful Creatures review

By Jess Lomas February 19, 2013 Witchcraft and teenage romance meet in South Carolina as Beautiful Creatures attempts to dodge Twilight comparisons and believable southern accents. Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is a witch – or rather, a ‘caster’ – who returns to her home town of Gatlin, where her supernatural family has been handily segregated […]

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The (Pod) Casting Couch – Zero Dark Thirty

Looking for a film podcast to whisper sweet cinematic nothings in your ear? Only one features Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams, as well as reviewers Shannon Harvey, and Laura Hewison. That’d be The (Pod) Casting Couch, where each week the latest releases are analysed within an inch of their life, outrageous digressions are indulged, and flights of […]

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Kevin Smith may write Clerks 3 as a book

Kevin Smith’s cinematic swan song, Clerks 3, may no longer be released as a movie. Speaking at The Future of Online TV panel in Hollywood – reported by Deadline – he revealed his long-anticipated trilogy-ender may one day emerge as a novel. He would hope to release it online chapter by chapter, incorporating fan feedback into the […]

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Trailer Debut: Two Mothers

The French trailer for the much-talked about Two Mothers has arrived online, giving us a first glimpse at the saucy, Australian-set drama. Based on Doris Lessing’s less-sexily titled novel The Grandmothers, it features Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two friends who lust over one another’s sons (Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville). In what is perhaps more reminiscent of The Lonely Island‘s “Motherlovers” […]

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