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Talk Hard – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Drinking Buddies

Simon may be away on holiday, but you can still catch up with his reviews of Wes Anderson’s cinema release The Grand Budapest Hotel (the best film of 2014 so far?) and new DVD/streaming title Drinking Buddies. Listen up! Show Notes: Rest assured Talk Hard will be back in a fortnight. Scroll through the archives to make those […]

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‘X-Men’ producers mull over solo ‘Mystique’ movie

Because they ingeniously signed up Jennifer Lawrence for a multi-picture deal before she became an Oscar-winning, Tumblr-dominating, GIF-inspiring mega star, the producers of the X-Men series are considering a spin-off movie featuring her villainous, oft-nude Mystique. Lauren Shuler Donner – producer of every X-Men film – tells EW the current regime at 20th Century Fox is much more amenable to […]

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Fake TV show ‘The Truman Show’ to become real TV show

Paramount, getting super meta, will turn The Truman Show into an actual TV show. For those fearing the dystopian nightmare of a movie studio purchasing a baby and then filming it in secret for the entirety of its life – as predicted in Peter Weir’s weirdly prescient social satire – don’t panic: the TV show would, of course, […]

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to play sisters in ‘The Nest’

World’s funniest women Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will play hard-partying sisters in upcoming comedy The Nest, Variety reports. Tina Fey had been attached to the Universal flick for some time, but her fellow SNL Weekend Update anchor and Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler is now in final negotiations to join her. The script comes from former SNL […]

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Playtime – The Lego Movie review

By Simon Miraudo April 10, 2014 At the intersection of chaos and commerce lies The Lego Movie, a manic, subversive family film that somehow squeezed its way out of the studio sausage factory. Don’t call it a cash-grab. Heck, if cash-grabs were always this good, we’d all be broke. The credit probably belongs to writer-director […]

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Cool hand Elsa – Frozen review

By Simon Miraudo April 9, 2014 With a billion dollars in the bank, two Oscars on the shelf, and the ire of ridiculous, right-wing pundits who think it’s turning the children of the world gay, Frozen has pretty much pulled off the trifecta of cinematic accomplishments. There was no way to predict back in November […]

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Wounds with friends – Cheap Thrills review

By Simon Miraudo April 9, 2014 Black comedies should be as funny as they are grim, otherwise they’d call them ‘stone cold bummers’ or something. Well, E.L. Katz gets the ‘black’ part right in his Machiavellian Cheap Thrills, the former film journo’s first effort as a feature director. In it, a good man goes bad […]

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Sony ensnare Drew Goddard for their ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff ‘Sinister Six’

Sony is making good on their promise to foster a Marvel-like franchise based around Spider-Man by recruiting Drew Goddard as director of a Sinister Six movie. According to Deadline, Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is nearing a deal with the studio to make a movie based around Spidey’s most notorious enemies. The Sinister Six is being set-up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and include super-villains Electro, […]

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‘Goonies’ sequel, ‘Gremlins’ reboot back on the cards

Warner Bros. is moving forward with a sequel to ’80s family favourite The Goonies, director Richard Donner has revealed. Though Donner only dropped the news when cornered by TMZ, Ain’t It Cool News did some digging and discovered the flick is indeed on “the fast track to production.” Donner will produce alongside Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, though none will […]

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Screen legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93

Mickey Rooney, once the world’s biggest movie star and an enduring icon of Hollywood’s golden age, has died. He was 93 years old. Reports of Rooney’s death first emerged from TMZ, though his son Michael Joseph Rooney eventually confirmed his passing. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith took a death report at Rooney’s North Hollywood home Though […]

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Chiwetel Ejiofor wanted as Bond villain in ‘Skyfall’ sequel

Chiwetel Ejiofor is being eyed for the lead villain role in Bond 24, and why wouldn’t he be? According to The Wrap, Ejiofor hasn’t been officially offered the part, nor is he in formal talks, but he is “widely presumed to be the frontrunner amongst the other actors under consideration.” The English actor saw his […]

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‘Transformers 5′ dated for 2017 (maybe)

In news that should surprise no one and depress most, a fifth Transformers movie is being considered for 2017. Transformers World got their hands on some leaked concept art for Michael Bay’s upcoming fourth instalment, Age of Extinction, which included a placeholder logo for its sequel. That’s about as deep as the scoop gets, though […]

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Key & Peele are rebooting ‘Police Academy’

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele – of the aptly-titled and brilliantly incisive sketch show Key & Peele - are set to produce a Police Academy reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo is on board to develop the flick for New Line. Though a reboot has long been in the works, this is the first bit of development news […]

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Turbulent times – Planes review

By Simon Miraudo February 1, 2014 The Cars franchise is Pixar’s cash cow; a kid-pleasing collection of movies tailor-made to sell merchandise (which, at this point, totals in the billions of dollars). The adults don’t much care for them, and unabashed lovers of the studio (including myself) turn a blind eye. “If the little ones […]

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Full service – The Grand Budapest Hotel review

By Simon Miraudo April 7, 2014 What a rare pleasure it is to watch a movie and slowly realise it will soon become one of your favourites. Wes Anderson joints always threaten to wedge their way into your heart for all time, and his latest, cuckoo caper comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, wedges with gusto. […]

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‘God Help the Girl’, ‘Frank’ bound for 2014 Sydney Film Festival

The first batch of features bound for the 2014 Sydney Film Festival have been unveiled. Lenny Abrahamson’s music comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender in a giant papier mâché head, will make its Australian debut at the festival, as will Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch’s directorial debut, God Help the Girl. David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage’s collaboration, Joe, […]

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Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz get freaky in the trailer for ‘Sex Tape’

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz fall victim to the cloud in the trailer for their upcoming comedy Sex Tape. In the flick, they play a married couple trying to rekindle their passionate spark by recording their lovemaking. Problem is, by using their tablet to tape the shenanigans, they accidentally upload it to the cloud and onto the iPads […]

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Ben Stiller in talks for stripper drama ‘I Am Chippendales’

Ben Stiller is in early talks to take a lead role in Alan Ball’s stripper drama I Am Chippendales. According to Deadline, Stiller would play the choreographer who turned the all-male dance revue into a internationally recognised phenomenon. Before you begin picturing Stiller in the tearaway pants, Magic Mike style, it’s worth noting the dark undercurrent to this true tale. […]

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Talk Hard – Sam Lloyd and Robert Maschio (Scrubs), Enough Said

Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo dons a hospital gown and catches up with Scrubs stars/Oz Comic-Con guests Sam Lloyd and Robert Maschio. Stay tuned for a review of new release Enough Said, now available from Quickflix. Show Notes: Cheers for tuning in! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, […]

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Felt again – Muppets Most Wanted review

By Simon Miraudo April 1, 2014 In 2011, Jim Henson’s long-retired felt friends The Muppets were welcomed back to the big screen warmly by kids and kids-at-heart alike. In 2014, The Muppets’ inevitable sequel is met with all the anticipation of a forgotten appointment: “Oh, was that today?” There are a few possible reasons Muppets […]

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Talk Hard – Olaf Boggleson, The Boney Instrument, Pelvis Season 4

Simon Miraudo and RTRFM host Peter Barr talk up April 1st’s finest releases: Olaf Boggleson’s biopic on the life of Icelandic poet Borg Romulanson; YA sensation Daphne Zuniga and the Boney Instrument, and, of course, Season 4 of Pelvis. Show Notes: Thanks for listening! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to […]

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‘Frozen’ becomes highest grossing animated film of all time; 10th biggest overall

Frozen, unwilling to end its reign atop the box office charts, just broke another record. This past weekend, it overtook Toy Story 3 to become the highest grossing animated film of all time. It now sits in tenth place overall, with $1.072 billion in the bank. There is a chance it could rise a few […]

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Keira Knightley sings for Mark Ruffalo in ‘Begin Again’ trailer

Keira Knightley shows off her pipes in the trailer for musical dramedy Being There, previously titled Can A Song Save Your Life? She plays a recently-dumped songstress taken under the wing of a recently-fired music exec (Mark Ruffalo). Though the trailer looks pretty unremarkable, reviews out of Tribeca were largely positive, and the pedigree behind and […]

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Warner Bros. spinning ‘Harry Potter’ off-shoot ‘Fantastic Beasts’ into trilogy

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has plans for three new Harry Potter spin-offs based on J.K. Rowling’s ‘Hogwarts textbook’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In a lengthy profile by the New York Times, the previously announced Fantastic Beasts adaptation is revealed to be in the works as a brand new trilogy. Rowling penned […]

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‘Magic Mike’ sequel christened ‘Magic Mike XXL’

The Playlist has unzipped some major details regarding the next Magic Mike film, namely… it’s name! Magic Mike XXL is what the strippertastic sequel shall be christened. Since Steven Soderbergh won’t return to direct – on account of his “retirement” – his right-hand man and frequent first AD Greg Jacobs will take the helm. Channing Tatum has co-written the script […]

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Here’s Scarlett Johansson as another superhero in ‘Lucy’

Entertainment Weekly offers up the first official picture of Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s Lucy. In the flick, Johansson plays the title character, a drug mule who accidentally absorbs her cargo and develops superhero-esque powers. Hopefully those powers are slightly more impressive than those belonging to Johansson’s Marvel hero, Black Widow, which largely comprises of owning two […]

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Peter Dinklage to play games with Adam Sandler in ‘Pixels’

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage is in final negotiations to join Adam Sandler’s upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, The Wrap reports. The Game of Thrones star, to be seen next as the villain in X-Men: Days of Future Past, will appear alongside Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad in the flick. Pixels is based on Patrick Jean’s short film of the […]

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Long is good – Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 review

By Simon Miraudo March 28, 2014 As I concluded my review of Nymphomaniac‘s first volume, I wondered if director Lars von Trier would surprise us with a happy ending in its follow-up. For him, that would truly be shocking. Turns out it was a misjudged prediction. I also said the following: “Lars von Trier may […]

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Float on – Noah review

By Simon Miraudo March 28, 2014 If anyone could rival the fire-and-brimstone-spewing judgement of the Old Testament’s God, it’d be the modern movie-watcher. Though they can’t incite a world-ending deluge, they can – and will – let their disappointment be known by flooding Twitter with their rulings, or, even more devastatingly, by staying away from […]

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Bradley Cooper probably won’t be taking over the Indiana Jones franchise

Reports of Indy’s recasting have been greatly exaggerated. The internet had a conniption yesterday when Latino Review suggested Bradley Cooper was being eyed for an Indiana Jones reboot, suggesting the saga would be taking a ‘James Bond’ route. Slash Film has since heard from a high-placing source that the rumour is not true. Producer Frank […]

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