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Jason Bateman to direct and star in ‘Untitled FBI Wedding Comedy’

But what Jason Bateman really wants to do is direct. The comedy star debuted his first directorial effort, Bad Words, at Sundance earlier this year, and has already lined up two further projects at which he’ll sit at the helm. We previously discussed The Family Fang, which will begin production next month with Nicole Kidman […]

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‘Audition’ remake in the works

Australian director Richard Gray (Blinder, Summer Coda) is set to shoot an English-language adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel Audition. The news was first broken via Gray’s Twitter account, with details added by Deadline. Audition is perhaps most famous for Takashi Miike’s 1999 cinematic retelling, considered still one of the most notorious Japanese horror movies ever […]

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‘Pacific Rim 2′ officially set for 2017

It’s official: Legendary Pictures will make a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Universal Pictures will release the flick in 2017. Details were dropped by del Toro in a short video clip, who also added that an animated series would precede the sequel. Original screenwriter Travis Beachem will continue with franchise development, but actual […]

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Frank Darabont might direct ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ sequel; Kristen Stewart not expected to return

As was rumoured shortly after the release of Snow White and the Huntsman, The Wrap reports Kristen Stewart will not return for the film’s sequel. The follow-up will instead center entirely on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. The first movie was embroiled in controversy when Stewart and director Rupert Sanders revealed they had been having an affair behind […]

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Fox still wants Bryan Singer to direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Fox is still planning on bringing back Brian Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, despite all of the … unpleasantness. In an interview with THR, the studio’s president of production, Emma Watts, attributed much of X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s box office success to Singer’s return to the franchise. When asked if they’ll keep Singer on […]

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Legendary character actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

Eli Wallach, one of the most enduring character actors in cinema history, has died. He was 98 years old. Wallach’s death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine, though no other details were made available. His career began on the stage, where he won a Tony Award for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo in 1951. Wallach’s […]

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Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes join the Coens’ ‘Hail Caesar’

The Coens’ increasingly incredible-sounding Hail Caesar now has Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes linked to star alongside the previously announced George Clooney and Josh Brolin. We’re not worthy! Variety first revealed the news of Tatum’s involvement – though it’s still being negotiated – while THR jumped on the bandwagon with news of Swinton and Fiennes. It was […]

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Shane Black to direct ‘Predator’ reboot

Shane Black has just been hired to direct a modern reboot of Predator, meaning that Fox, the studio that once gifted him with a role in the 1987 original in the hopes of getting him to rewrite the script (which he did not do), has finally tied down the infamous filmmaker. Way to play a long game, Fox! […]

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The Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

By Simon Miraudo June 25, 2014 The inexorable march of time continues ever forward, a crushing reminder our too brief, finite existence. Or, to be less of a ‘von Trier’ about it: Can you believe it’s almost July? The first six months of 2014 are behind us, and what do we have to show for […]

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50 first deaths – Edge of Tomorrow review

By Simon Miraudo June 24, 2014 Edge of Tomorrow is an ingenious action-comedy about how frequently movie heroes would actually die if they attempted that much crazy s***, and no movie hero is more notorious for doing crazy s*** than Tom Cruise. Though Cruise long ago lost his reputation as a reliable truth teller – […]

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North Korea denounces Seth Rogen and James Franco’s ‘The Interview’

North Korea is none too happy with Seth Rogen and James Franco’s upcoming movie, and not because the famed movie-loving Kim family thought This is the End had a messy third act. The Interview, directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, stars Franco as a television host who scores an interview opportunity with Kim Jong-un, and […]

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Jerry Bruckheimer believes fifth ‘Pirates’ will shoot in 2015

That elusive, inevitable fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will likely shoot in early 2015. That is, if Jerry Bruckheimer has any say. The beleaguered blockbuster producer may no longer have a deal with Disney, but all parties still seem pretty keen to make the next instalment in the Pirates saga. Bruckheimer dropped the date […]

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Aaron Sorkin adapting Michael Lewis’ Wall Street take-down ‘Flash Boys’

Oscar-winning Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, unsatisfied by his mere Oscar nomination for Moneyball, is adapting another Michael Lewis book for the big screen. According to THR, Sorkin is in negotiations to adapt Lewis’ Wall Street take-down Flash Boys for Sony. Lewis’ book specifically focuses on the tricks employed on Wall Street to rig the […]

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Matthew McConaughey too big for ‘Magic Mike XXL’?

Magic Mike was instrumental in salvaging the wreckage of Matthew McConaughey’s career, but now that he’s got his Oscar (and soon, probably an Emmy, thanks to True Detective), will he take his victory lap and reprise the role of singing stripper Dallas in the sequel? The comedian who played DJ Tobias in the first Steven Soderbergh flick, […]

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Robert Downey Jr. plays just a metaphorically-superpowered lawyer in ‘The Judge’ trailer

The trailer for the Robert Downey Jr. produced drama The Judge has landed online, heralded by RDJ in a Tweet as “the kind of movie I grew up wanting to make.” He stars as a ruthless defence attorney who must save his estranged father, an idealistic judge, from a murder charge. Twist! David Dobkin, of Wedding Crashers and… Fred Claus fame, […]

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‘Batman v Superman’: Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor isn’t bald; standalone Batman movie rumoured for 2019

Because the internet abhors a Batman vacuum, here are a couple of rumours circling Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero flick Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. First up, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will apparently not be bald in the film, a source tells Batman News (precisely where one should turn for that kind of information). The […]

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Here’s why the not-at-all choosy Steven Seagal won’t do an ‘Expendables’ film

Steven Seagal, incredibly selective thespian and bastion of integrity, has revealed why he’s never starred in one of those Expendables movies: he doesn’t like the people that make them! Speaking to The Big Issue, Seagal revealed, he “just didn’t like some of the people involved,” adding further salt in Sylvester Stallone’s wound by saying, “life is too short to […]

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Kathryn Bigelow and Todd Field race to make the same movie

In one of the most painful ‘Would You Rather’ scenarios of recent memory, directors Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Todd Field (In the Bedroom) are racing to get competing movies to the screen, with only one likely to cross the finish line. According to Deadline, Bigelow and her frequent collaborator Mark Boal are planning a […]

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Colin Firth won’t voice Paddington Bear anymore, but not because he’s too creepy

Colin Firth will no longer voice Paddington Bear in the upcoming movie based on the beloved children’s character and recent terrifying meme. Firth evoked another chilling figure, Gwyneth Paltrow, in his statement to EW, referring to his exit as a “conscious uncoupling.” “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation […]

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Spring fakers – 22 Jump Street review

By Simon Miraudo June 18, 2014 I’d like to report a murder. The buddy-cop comedy is dead, drowned in a sea of d*** jokes by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Hey, at least it died doing what it loved. In 22 Jump Street, Lord and Miller, along with screenwriters/accomplices Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel and […]

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Talk Hard – Hossein Amini, The Two Faces of January

Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini talks to Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo all about his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, in cinemas June 19. A review follows!   Show Notes: Thanks for tuning in! Please tell your friends to subscribe to us on iTunes and feel free to leave a review. Or, follow our RSS feed. You can […]

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Maya Rudolph teams up with Fey & Poehler in ‘The Nest’

As if we needed any more reasons to breathlessly anticipate upcoming Tina Fey/Amy Poehler reunion The Nest, The Hollywood Reporter now tells us Maya Rudolph will join them for some ribald comedy action. Rudolph will play a childhood friend of Fey and Poehler’s sisters, who return to their childhood home to throw one final party before […]

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Jason Momoa to play Aquaman in ‘Batman v Superman’

Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa will reportedly join the increasingly-supersized Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to HitFix, Momoa, also of Conan the Barbarian remake non-fame, will take on the role popularised by Vinnie Chase in Entourage: that of Aquaman. Zack Snyder will return to direct this sequel to Man of Steel, though it seems more and more like Superman will […]

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‘Two Days, One Night’ takes top prize at Sydney Film Festival

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night has taken the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival, trumping favourites such as Boyhood and Locke, as well as Australian features The Rover and Ruin. Marion Cotillard stars in the picture as a woman who has a weekend to convince her colleagues to turn down a bonus and save her from being made redundant. The […]

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No country for big feet – Willow Creek review

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 Notorious comic Bobcat Goldthwait, once the bane of any ear-haver’s existence, has been steadily building a solid career for himself as a director, but whodathunk a mostly terrifying mockumentary would wind up bettering his black comedies? His 2009 cult favourite World’s Greatest Dad boasted an incredible first act, only […]

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One shot – Fish and Cat review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 The first name that came to mind during Fish & Cat, a two-hour and fourteen-minute Iranian film shot in just a single take, was Samuel Beckett. The next was Shane Carruth. That was not a jump I was expecting to take. Promoted as a “slasher flick,” Fish & Cat […]

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Heartbreak kid – Mommy review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 13, 2014 Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy has one of the year’s best movie moments. Two even. Maybe three. Look… it’s all great. Those who’ve seen one of the sickeningly-talented 25-year-old filmmaker’s previous works could have predicted that. His camera moves so fluidly, as if in a dream, and here, contained within an […]

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Teenage dream – Palo Alto review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 12, 2014 Much wailing and gnashing of teeth awaits any film adaptation of a beloved novel, but what welcomes the cinematic retelling of a despised one? James Franco’s unintentionally-LOL-worthy collection of short stories, Palo Alto, has been condensed, refined, and infinitely bettered by writer-director Gia Coppola, who, as you can imagine […]

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Body movin’ – The Two Faces of January review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 12, 2014 The Two Faces of January, based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel and set in 1962, comes from an era in which espionage thrillers needed only an enigmatic man in a linen suit to arouse suspicion. That might still be a recipe for dramatic tension in 2014. Just not this […]

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‘Sexpionage’ thriller ‘Red Sparrow’ arouses David Fincher and Rooney Mara

You had us at ‘sexpionage’. According to Deadline, Fox has hired American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer to adapt Jason Matthews’ novel Red Sparrow for the screen. Though he’s yet to start work, the suggestion of David Fincher and Rooney Mara being interested in the flick should put some fire under his feet. Mara would star as a Russian spy who […]

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