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Trailer watch: Iron Man (2)

Iron ManBruce Wayne too morbid? Clark Kent too nerdy? Well, meet Tony Stark; billionaire playboy weapons designer, all-around jerk, and now, superhero badass. Those other guys can move over because the new trailer for the upcoming Iron Man movie has hit the web and holy God is it awesome.

It you needed a superhero movie trailer to give you both action/adventure, as well as an intriguing and interesting back story, that this summer’s Iron Man will do you justice. The previous trailer merely Continue reading

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Trailer watch: Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in another comedy? Yep- the cash cow keeps rollin’ on. This time the duo will feature in comedy Step Brothers; the story of two new step brothers who compete with one another when their single parents get hitched. Yes, I am sure it is much funnier than it sounds.

You can check out the trailer over at Slashfilm.

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Oscar winners announced; Daniel Day-Lewis, No Country For Old Men win big

OscarsGlitz and glam made a return to Hollywood as the 80th edition of the Academy Awards returned with full flair. The post-strike event was a “back to business” affair with all the red carpet pageantry and celebrity returning to show after worries the strike would drastically alter the program.

Worries were cast aside as big names rolled in and picked up a few shiny gold statuettes- with the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, The Coen Brothers, Marion Cotillard, and Tilda Swinton winning in their respective categories. Day-Lewis, already a Best Actor winner for his role in 1989’s My Left Foot, scooped up the Best Actor Oscar for this role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s much talked-about film, There Will Be Blood.

The Coen Brothers also won big on the night, pulling in the Best Director(s) statue for Continue reading

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Trailer watch: Indiana Jones IV

It’s the news Indy geeks have been waiting years and years for! The first official teaser trailer for the much anticipated Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has made its way online. The film is the fourth installment in the successful series, but the first since 1989’s Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

Harrison Ford returns to reprise his much loved role Continue reading

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Writers Strike comes to an end!

WGA strikeAfter months of crippling negotiations, there appears to be an end to the WGA strike. News has filtered in that a deal has been struck between the parties and that writers can now return to work. The agreement came to light on Tuesday, after more than 90% of the votes cast were in favor to end the 100-day stand off.

This is good news for all involved, especially for the fans, who have had to endure shortened seasons, halted productions, and cancellations altogether. Immediate concerns for Hollywood is the upcoming Academy Awards- the show was previously in jeopardy but is apparently back on track now, with the expected February 24th presentation to go on as planned.

How long can we expect regular shows like The Office and 30 Rock to return? And will the network get started on the new season of 24? These are some of the answers we hope to find in the next few days.

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Cloverfield: Final thoughts

I finally got the chance to see Cloverfield today (in an almost empty cinema) and long after the initial hype and media craze has all but subsided, the film gave me what I would call a “rousing, cinematic experience.” While the buzz wasn’t quite as stinging here in Australia, the film exhibited plenty of presence around its release (same week), and most of those I spoke to regarding it were either lukewarm or wary of its appeal. Perhaps that sort of buzz is lost down under … who knows … nonetheless, after finally seeing it, I can safely say I was wrong about the film.

I had initially pushed it aside as nothing but a cheap cinematic gimmick, a hokey, B-movie type cash-in that would exploit audiences need for quick thrills and a sense of impending doom. Okay, so the shaky camera cinematography was a cheap gimmick, and yes, it was a little hokey and is screams “B-movie” from beginning to end, but its qualities together far outweigh the easily tagged pieces. Perhaps in a sense, when the producers combined all the aforementioned elements Continue reading

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Roy Scheider: 1932-2008

Roy ScheiderRoy Scheider, the actor most famous perhaps, for uttering the line “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws, has passed away at the age of 75. Scheider passed away due to complications from a staph infection.

The actor, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, got his start in a 1963 horror flick, and bounced around before landing seminal roles in 1971- including his Oscar nominated performance in William Friedkin’s The French Connection. It wasn’t however, until 1975 when he took the role of Martin Brody in Steven Spielberg’s box office conquering Jaws, the movie that literally put the blockbuster on the map.

Scheider’s last roles, Iron Cross and Dark Honeymoon, are set for release sometime this year.

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Trailer watch: Flawless

FlawlessOcean’s 12 for the older set? Maybe, but don’t call Michael Caine and Demi Moore old … the pair star in Flawless, a diamond heist/caper movie based in the swingin’ sixties of London, England.

It may not be as hip as the Ocean series, but from the trailer, it looks to be a more than decent affair (except maybe, that hideous accent on Demi … apparently, decent British actors don’t exist) with its share of witty plot, peppered humor, and yes, an ode to Sharon Stone’s finest celluloid moment Continue reading

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Is the WGA strike nearly over?

WGA strikeVarious sources around the web are now reporting that the crippling WGA strike that has halted production on a host of popular television programs and such is on the brink of being over. The folks at Variety, Dark Horizons, and Deadline Hollywood are all saying that a deal has been struck (and/or is nearing finalization) between the warring parties and that a resolve is imminent. They go on to state that there are only a few wrinkles left to iron out before both sides can come to an amicable (temporary?) truce.

Reports are suggesting that more than $1 billion have been lost due to the on-going strike, a far greater number than the $500 million lost during the 1988 strike that went on for almost 22 weeks.

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Set photos: Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific

The Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks mini-series Band of Brothers was both a triumph in cinematic achievement and audience enjoyment. It was as if they were able to stretch out the best aspects of Saving Private Ryan into a 10-part epic; succeeding in capturing a moving, and historically important story from the era. Its success of course, would inevitably lead to a follow-up, and both Spielberg and Hanks are back producing the new series, The Pacific. And while the original focused on the story of Easy Company, a parachute regiment, the sequel will be based on what happened in the Pacific Theatre. Similarly, the new series is based on books written; this time around the tales are based on work by both Robert Lockie and Eugene Sledge.

What strikes me most is how there seems to be an omission of bigger name stars attached to the project- with the names I am most familiar with being James Badge Dale (24), Joseph Mazzello (that annoying kid from Jurassic Park), Nathan Corddy (Studio 60), and William Sadler (the grim reaper!). The project has of course, been filming here in Australia since August of 2007. And while primary locations have been around Queensland and rural parts of Victoria- the set moved right into the heart of the city this past weekend shooting scenes directly in front of where I work. Sure, Flinders St. isn’t exactly the 40s, but with a little bit of cover, some handy props, and the street is looking very old indeed.

I was able to snap a few shots on my mobile phone of the set (hence the quality), and so here’s Flinders St. station as depicted in The Pacific. On a side note, you can view a recent article about the filming here, as well as other photos (using what I can only guess is an actual camera) right here.

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