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Up, up and away: this blog has moved

Up, up and away: this blog has moved

Luke Buckmaster January 23, 2014

Crikey has launched a new culture website -- and this blog has moved.

So, Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here’s 5 things he can do to help us out

So, Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here’s 5 things he can do to help us out

Luke Buckmaster September 18, 2013 3 Comments

Legendary studio mogul Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here are five ways he can help the Australian film industry.

Addictive entertainment: an early look at ABC3’s <em>Nowhere Boys</em>

Addictive entertainment: an early look at ABC3’s Nowhere Boys

Luke Buckmaster August 1, 2013 1 Comment

ABC3's upcoming 13-part series Nowhere Boys is geared towards a young adult audience, but going by the first four episodes both grown-ups and adolescents will find it addictive viewing.

Vale James Gandolfini: the TV giant who gave us big cinema in small parts

Vale James Gandolfini: the TV giant who gave us big cinema in small parts

Luke Buckmaster June 20, 2013 2 Comments

James Gandolfini rose to stardom with his unforgettable performance in TV's The Sopranos. But the veteran character actor, who passed away this week, also did great things for cinema.

Picks for the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

Picks for the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

Luke Buckmaster June 6, 2013

The Sydney Film Festival is now underway, cinephiles in Australia once again spoiled for choice. Which titles should you see? I've written a bunch of short reviews of some of my highlights.

Can a trailer spoil a movie? Putting it to the test with The Call

Can a trailer spoil a movie? Putting it to the test with The Call

Luke Buckmaster May 22, 2013 3 Comments

Over zealous trailer editors reveal the best bits in movies well before you cough up your hard-earned to see them. But can a trailer really spoil the cinematic experience? I invented a way to find out.

Zach Braff’s new role: the reverse Robin Hood who kickstarts a new culture of celebrity crowdsourcing

Zach Braff’s new role: the reverse Robin Hood who kickstarts a new culture of celebrity crowdsourcing

Luke Buckmaster April 27, 2013 7 Comments

Zach Braff has snubbed the Hollywood studio system and launched a remarkably successful Kickstarter initiative to finance his new film. In the resulting commotion and commentary, some important factors have been neglected.

‘You call <em>that</em> a bad business decision?’ Paul Hogan’s financial woes get a sequel

‘You call that a bad business decision?’ Paul Hogan’s financial woes get a sequel

Luke Buckmaster April 15, 2013 2 Comments

A fresh batch of Paul Hogan related headlines reminds us that while the Crocodile Dundee star might have a large knife, he may also have a limited capacity for smart business decisions.

Vale Roger Ebert: your greatest crime was loving movies too much

Vale Roger Ebert: your greatest crime was loving movies too much

Luke Buckmaster April 5, 2013 3 Comments

The life of veteran American film critic Roger Ebert is inspiring for many reasons. None more so than those relating to his greatest "crime."

Pick a card, any card: reflections on magic in cinema and life as an amateur magician

Pick a card, any card: reflections on magic in cinema and life as an amateur magician

Luke Buckmaster March 19, 2013 1 Comment

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is the latest example of how CGI can mess up depictions of magic on film. To discover why venture back with me to my former life as an amateur magician...

We’re off to see the lawyers, the wonderful lawyers of Oz. Because because because…?

We’re off to see the lawyers, the wonderful lawyers of Oz. Because because because…?

Luke Buckmaster March 10, 2013 5 Comments

Hollywood executives who followed the yellow brick road found it ended in legal disputes and unprecedented laws regarding usage of public domain and copyright regulation.

James Franco to the rescue: Hollywood star slams Australian Classification Board

James Franco to the rescue: Hollywood star slams Australian Classification Board

Luke Buckmaster March 5, 2013 8 Comments

In the wake of Australia's latest film censorship controversy, Hollywood star James Franco has weighed in, slamming the Classification Board.

Lucky he’s a Family Guy: how Seth MacFarlane pulled off cake-and-eat-it-too comedy

Lucky he’s a Family Guy: how Seth MacFarlane pulled off cake-and-eat-it-too comedy

Luke Buckmaster February 26, 2013 7 Comments

The notoriously irreverent Seth MacFarlane kept his trademark schtick intact as host of this year's Oscars ceremony, largely thanks to some nifty comedic sleights.

‘You’ve got some f*#king nerve’: festival organiser directs award-worthy social media #fail

‘You’ve got some f*#king nerve’: festival organiser directs award-worthy social media #fail

Luke Buckmaster February 22, 2013 12 Comments

This week John Polson, film director and organiser of the world's largest short film festival, created a different kind of production: a bizarre PR debacle on Twitter.

Tropfest winner a cheat? What goes around comes around

Tropfest winner a cheat? What goes around comes around

Luke Buckmaster February 19, 2013

Once again the winning film at Tropfest has been accused of plagiarism. But this time, the story should never have run in the first place.

In defence of ‘the worst film ever’: why critics are wrong about Movie 43

In defence of ‘the worst film ever’: why critics are wrong about Movie 43

Luke Buckmaster February 12, 2013 8 Comments

Star-studded comedy anthology Movie 43 has received one of the greatest critical shellackings of all time. Here's how we got to this point -- and why reviewers have gone too far.

On Twitter, celebrities say the darndest things. Or, the award for worst use of the platform goes to…

On Twitter, celebrities say the darndest things. Or, the award for worst use of the platform goes to…

Luke Buckmaster February 6, 2013

Celebrities can be guaranteed a huge following on Twitter. But nobody can be guaranteed they'll make any sense. Here are a handful of Hollywood's worst offenders.