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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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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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