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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris will “play” a married couple in ‘Vacation Friends’

Married funny people Chris Pratt and Anna Faris will star as married funny people in Vacation Friends, Deadline reports. Fox paid seven figures for Tom & Tim Mullen’s spec script, which will see Pratt and Faris play a wild couple who befriend a straight-laced couple on holidays, and are surprised to discover the straight-laced couple […]

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Chris Evans wants to quit acting (once he’s finished all those Marvel movies)

It ain’t easy being Captain America. Chris Evans tells Variety he wants to quit acting as soon as his Marvel contract is up. “If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing,” he said, his publicist probably nervously-laughing by his side. “I can’t see myself pursuing […]

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Meryl Streep to play a rock star for Diablo Cody and Jonathan Demme

Oscar-statuette inscribers, take note: Meryl Streep might star in a new Jonathan Demme movie scripted by Diablo Cody called Ricky and the Flash. That’s ‘Streep’ with two e’s. According to The Wrap, Streep would play “a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune in California.” Variety added this […]

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Can you smell what the ‘Hercules’ trailer is cooking?

The answer is cheese. The Hercules trailer is cooking lots and lots of cheese. Dwayne Johnson plays the Grecian idol in this Brett Ratner-directed joint, though we don’t get to see what kind of flavour he’ll bring to the role until the very end of this teaser, in which he screams a lot. You may not […]

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Patriot games – Captain America: The Winter Soldier review

By Simon Miraudo March 26, 2014 We’re three films deep into Marvel’s Phase Two, which is the collective name they’re using for the standalone superhero efforts bridging billion-dollar team-up feature The Avengers and its upcoming, probably-googol-grossing sequel. First two entries Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World were really just marking time until Captain […]

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Talk Hard – Gareth Evans, The Raid 2, Blackfish

“Where would I least like to get hit with a hammer?” The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans reveals his creative process to Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo. The interview is followed by a review, as well as a look at doco Blackfish (now on Quickflix). Show Notes: The Raid 2 opens in AU/NZ cinemas March 28. […]

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Hammer time – The Raid 2: Berandal review

By Simon Miraudo March 25, 2014 The world of cinema is full of many wonders, chief among them in 2014, writer-director Gareth Evans‘ unending well of inventive ways to kill people on screen. Berandal – the sequel to his murder-a-minute action spectacular The Raid – showcases perhaps the best martial artistry ever committed to celluloid, […]

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James Rebhorn, invaluable supporting player, dead at 65

James Rebhorn, the reliable and esteemed character actor with more than 100 credits to his name, has died from melanoma. He was 65 years old. Rebhorn’s agent Dianne Busch confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter. He was first diagnosed with melanoma in 1992, surviving a further 22-years before succumbing in his New Jersey home […]

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‘Fantastic Four’ reboot sequel already in the works

Fox has put a lot of faith in their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, specifically by announcing a sequel to the darn thing already. Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four - starring Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell – will hit cinemas June 2015. It’s follow-up (of course, always dependant on the first’s box office performance) will land in […]

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New ‘Wolverine’ movie opening in 2017

Though Hugh Jackman recently cautioned the world about his decaying, mortal body, he will indeed reprise the role of Logan in at least one more solo Wolverine movie. It will be his eighth effort as the character. Fox has announced a March 2017 release date for his next adventure, with screenwriter David James Kelly busy at work building […]

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New sensation – Nymphomaniac Vol.1 review

By Simon Miraudo March 24, 2014 Overheard after the screening of Nymphomaniac Vol.1: “It certainly had a lot of… ideas.” No kidding. I can’t believe how some of those ‘ideas’ got past the censors. And did you see the size of that one dude’s ‘idea’? The first entry in Lars von Trier‘s two-part odyssey of […]

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Disney Pixar announce ‘The Incredibles 2′ and ‘Cars 3′

Disney has made it official: there are many more Pixar sequels in the works. At an investor’s meeting, the studio revealed plans for The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3. Though director Brad Bird has been living in the world of live-action recently, he’ll return to write and likely direct the long-awaited superhero sequel. Anticipation for a third Cars film is […]

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‘The Maze Runner’ trailer promises a true contender for the YA throne

Having trouble keeping all those YA franchises straight in your head? Let The Maze Runner complicate things further. The trailer for 20th Century Fox’s great YA hope has dropped, looking eerily reminiscent of both The Hunger Games and The Host. But here’s the thing: it seems pretty good. Based on the novel by James Dashner, it tells of a teeanger (Dylan O’Brien) […]

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‘Taken’ spoof titled ‘Tooken’ in the works

There once was a time when spoof movies - not made by the Wayans brothers or harbingers of doom Friedberg/Seltzer – frequently populated cinemas. That era looks to return with Tooken, a ‘Naked Gun-style’ spoof of Taken. According to Deadline, production will start on the flick in the coming months. Cameron Van Hoy and John Asher penned the screenplay. Asher […]

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Alison Brie joins Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart for ‘Get Hard’

Community and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie will play Will Ferrell’s fiancée in the upcoming comedy Get Hard, Deadline reports. Though the actress is already 15 years Ferrell’s junior, the fact she plays a fairly-recent high school graduate on Community makes the pairing even ickier. The flick concerns an investment banker (Ferrell) who turns to his car-washer (Kevin Hart) for a crash-course in ‘getting hard’ […]

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Talk Hard – Stuart Beattie, The Counselor, What Richard Did

The latest episode of Talk Hard is live. It’s live! Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo chats to I, Frankenstein director Stuart Beattie (ahead of the film’s cinema release on March 20) and then reviews new DVDs The Counselor and What Richard Did. Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! We’ll be back with another episode in two […]

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Punny games – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 review

By Simon Miraudo March 18, 2014 Man cannot survive on puns alone, but it seems kids will happily eat them up. The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise is one of the more unlikely success stories of recent years, coming from low-rent cartoon factory Sony Pictures Animation (home of Surf’s Up!) and earning some rare acclaim to […]

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Talk Hard – True Detective Season 1

Grab a can of Lone Star and listen in to Quickflix critics Simon Miraudo and Andrew Williams as they unravel Season 1 of True Detective (as well as pick some potential actors for Season 2). Time is a flat circle… so you may as well start listening now! True Detective S1 is now streaming on […]

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Lupita Nyong’o in contention for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

It-girl Lupita Nyong’o received her official coronation earlier this month when the Academy awarded her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she might be shot into the stratosphere with a leading role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel. Latino Review first broke the news, suggesting Nyong’o might be […]

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Watch the ‘Anchorman 2′ gag reel

No fan of the Anchorman franchise would possibly balk at the prospect of seeing its stars crack one another up. So, enjoy seven minutes (and twelve seconds) of breaking in this Anchorman 2 blooper reel. It’s notable that virtually every joke here is brand new (or at least, was unused in the original theatrical release). Whether or not the […]

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Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’

Long-time pals Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are joining forces to star in the comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Greg Mottola (Superbad) is attached to direct the flick, based on a script by Mike LeSieur. Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have spent several years developing the project, about […]

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Where the Hart is – Ride Along review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 Ride Along is everything you thought it would be and maybe even a little less. Hey, if you want to see Kevin Hart screeching like a mad-man and late-period Ice Cube gleefully giving shout-outs to his song titles through dialogue (as I often do), this is the place to […]

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Frostdance – Cuban Fury review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 Cuban Fury is, according to its opening credits, based on an “original idea” by star Nick Frost. The “original” part of that sentence might be stretching it a tad. It’s an amiable rom-com about unlucky-in-love British engineer Bruce and his attempts to woo new American boss, the way-out-of-his-league Julia. […]

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Mad men – Blue Caprice review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 There are certain acts of inhumanity impossible to fathom. Crimes of passion, we get. Acts of terrorism, no matter how heinous or misguided, are often executed for specific ideological reasons. We fear them, and yet, understand them. But how can one be expected to wrap their mind around the […]

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‘Pretty Woman’ musical bound for Broadway

Pretty Woman - following in the footsteps of such screen classics as Legally Blonde, Sister Act, and Bring It On - is bound for Broadway. According to the NY Post, helmer Garry Marshall and producer Paula Wagner are meeting with “composers, lyricists and directors” to help translate the film for the theatre. Screenwriter J.F. Lawton is expected to write the […]

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Rooney Mara to play Tiger Lily in ‘Pan’

Rooney Mara is in negotiations to join the cast of Joe Wright’s reimagining of the Peter Pan fairytale, titled Pan. According to The Wrap, Mara would play Tiger Lily, the… and this where things get a little awkward… Native American princess saved from Captain Hook by Peter himself. Though Mara is a fantastic actress, the whitewashing […]

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Humans get smurfed: ‘The Smurfs 3′ to be an entirely animated reboot

Expect The Smurfs to return to cinemas in 2015. Just don’t expect Neil Patrick Harris to be back with them. Sony Pictures – not messing around – confirmed an August 2015 release date for a third Smurfs movie, while also making the surprise announcement that it would be an entirely animated reboot, surely a response to the previous […]

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Mini racers – Need for Speed review

By Simon Miraudo March 12, 2014 I don’t think a single actor in Need for Speed is taller than 5-foot-6, nor would any weigh more than 70 kilos. It’s an interesting change of pace to the Fast and Furious franchise. Instead of the sun-swept, Californian good looks of Paul Walker, we have the scrawny, scream-crier […]

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That old feeling – Veronica Mars review

By Simon Miraudo March 11, 2014 You get what you pay for, and the Veronica Mars movie, literally funded by 91,585 fans via Kickstarter, is evidence enough. When Warner Bros wouldn’t pony up the dough for a feature adaptation of the cult television series, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell took to the crowd-sourcing […]

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Art attack – The Monuments Men review

By Simon Miraudo March 11, 2014 One day we’ll discover George Clooney is actually a long-forgotten screen idol from Hollywood’s golden age who became unstuck from time, and all of this will make total sense. Every few years, presumably when his nostalgia gland swells up and commands him to drain its contents onto celluloid, Clooney […]

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