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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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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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