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Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’

Jessica Chastain is set to play Marilyn Monroe in the long-gestating biopic Blonde, The Wrap reports. New Zealand director Andrew Dominik was close to setting up Blonde a few years ago with Naomi Watts in the lead, but the release of another biopic, My Week with Marilyn, led to Dominik’s plans being put on hold. Blonde […]

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‘Gone Girl’ author discusses the movie’s altered ending

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn caused a stir when she suggested a total reworking of her book’s third act in David Fincher’s upcoming film adaptation. She’s since backtracked slightly in a recent Reddit AMA, saying, “those reports have been greatly exaggerated.” Flynn continues: “The script has to be different from the book in some ways […]

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler’s ‘The Nest’ to open opposite ‘Star Wars’ December 2015

To those who are absolutely sickened with excitement by the prospect of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reuniting for a new film – aka, every human – here’s some slightly disappointing news: their picture The Nest won’t hit cinemas until December 2015. The Nest will in fact open opposite J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, which is either […]

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Tangled up in blue – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

By Simon Miraudo April 23, 2014 You’ve come a long way, Spidey. Just in the wrong direction. Sam Raimi‘s 2004 effort Spider-Man 2 is an all-timer; an exhilarating comic-book movie that skilfully balances goofball comedy with profoundly affecting tragedy, allowing a complicated romance to simmer beneath the surface. It’s among the best superhero films ever […]

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Golden girl – Philomena review

By Glenn Dunks December 5, 2013 (Republished April 23, 2014) Stephen Frears directs movies that are hard to actively dislike. While his more recent titles like The Queen and Mrs. Henderson Presents have tended away from the youthful dynamism of his earlier work, he nonetheless tells compelling stories with a lack of directorial fluff. Such […]

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Meth wish – Homefront review

By Richard Haridy April 23, 2014 From Commando to Taken, if cinema has taught us anything, it’s to not mess with heroes’ daughters. It really does make them angry. Homefront is the type of film that gleefully indulges in that well worn cliché with an entertaining sincerity. After a raid on a meth lab climaxes […]

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Television Revision: Luther – Season 1

By Andrew Williams April 23, 2014 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 the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is […]

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Girl trouble – The Invisible Woman review

By Glenn Dunks April 23, 2014 Was it a cruel joke by director Ralph Fiennes to cast Felicity Jones in the title role of his Charles Dickens’ biopic (or sorts), The Invisible Woman. As if deliberately choosing to cast the most milquetoast actor he could find to be ‘invisible’, Jones is completely unable to register […]

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Danny Boyle in talks to take over ‘Steve Jobs’ from David Fincher; wants Leonardo DiCaprio to star

Following the revelation that David Fincher is no longer interested in making Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic comes news that Danny Boyle is next in line to helm the flick. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle is reportedly keen to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Boyle and DiCaprio previously worked together on The Beach. Aaron […]

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks might reteam for Cold War thriller

Recent Oscar snubbees Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks might soon reteam for a Cold War thriller, Variety reports. Spielberg is circling a few potential projects to serve as his next directorial effort, and though the long-delayed Robopocalypse is the closest to getting a budget approved, this Cold War flick might just cut in line. Hanks would […]

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Can’t take your eyes off Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ trailer

Clint Eastwood, presumably warming up for that Star Is Born remake with Beyonce, has made a movie musical out of the Broadway sensation Jersey Boys. Fans of the Frankie Valli story were growing nervous that Eastwood wouldn’t complete the picture in time for its mid-2014 release. (After all, prior to the launch of this trailer over the weekend, there hadn’t […]

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Willenium – Transcendence review

By Simon Miraudo April 22, 2014 Transcendence makes a convincing case for the abandonment of technology, although it’s not nearly as convincing as the case it makes for the abandonment of films about technology. This one unironically deploys phrases like, “We have to get off the grid”, and one particular event in the script is […]

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Play It Again – In Cold Blood

By Glenn Dunks April 22, 2014 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. It […]

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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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Television Revision: Sherlock – Season 2

By Andrew Williams April 11, 2014 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 the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… Genius detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) […]

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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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Sympathy for ladies vengeance – The Other Woman review

By Jess Lomas April 9, 2014 Attempting to prove that friendship lurks in even the most unexpected places, Nick Cassavetes‘ The Other Woman fails to deliver a strong female comedy in the vein of Bridesmaids. Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), a New York City lawyer with a long list of exes and strict rules about dating, […]

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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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Divide and conquer – Divergent review

By Jess Lomas April 8, 2014 The world has crumbled following a world war, yet again, and this time the key to society’s salvation lies with one teenage girl, yet again. Based on the bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent will invariably draw comparisons to The Hunger Games for its dystopian narrative, roots in Young […]

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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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