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When idols become idiots and heroes become villains

When idols become idiots and heroes become villains

There is some wisdom in that old adage “never meet your idols.” The logic being, of course, that an actual person – with limitations, flaws, warts, BO, bum hair and streak marks just like the rest of us – can never live up to the unrealistic expectations we sometimes bestow upon our heroes. If you […]

The Karate Kid movie review: off and on entertainment

The Karate Kid movie review: off and on entertainment

Let’s get the most important stuff out of the way first, shall we, because time is money, life is short, the clock is ticking, nobody lives forever and proponents of journalism’s inverted pyramid structure make it pretty damn clear you should put the most pertinent stuff at the top and the bits below become less […]

Casting confirmed for Mad Max 4: Fury Road

Casting confirmed for Mad Max 4: Fury Road

New details have emerged about George Miller’s $100 million plus Mad Max sequel Mad Max 4: Fury Road, which will begin shooting in NSW later this year. After a long period of will he/won’t he speculation it has now been officially confirmed that a) Mel Gibson will not have any involvement in the film – […]

Radcliffe signs on to All Quiet on the Western Front

Radcliffe signs on to All Quiet on the Western Front

Harry Potter pipsqueak Daniel Radcliffe is sure growing up fast these days. So fast in fact that the bookish looking young’un is now preparing for work in high profile WWI costume dramas – namely a new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s reverred 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front, which is known for its […]

Dennis Hopper: 1936 - 2010

Dennis Hopper: 1936 - 2010

Dennis Hopper died today, aged 74. The grizzled star passed away at his home in Venice, California, reportedly due to complications that arose from prostate cancer. Hopper led a tumultuous career in Hollywood that spanned more than half a century, beginning alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and culminating in yet to […]

Poster Watch: I Am Love

Poster Watch: I Am Love

Check out the striking use of pink in this elegant but bold one-sheet (left, click to enlarge) for director Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama I Am Love. The film stars Tilda Swinton, whose frosty glares and phlegmatic performance style have made her one of cinema’s most commanding ice queens. How appropriate that she played the White […]

James Franco signs on to Planet of the Apes reboot

James Franco signs on to Planet of the Apes reboot

A new Planet of the Apes prequel titled Rise of the Apes is shaping up to be one of 2011’s big marquee Hollywood titles and maybe just maybe one of its biggest turkeys – but we will, of course, reserve judgement until those damned-to-hell apes return to the big screen to pilfer Earth’s bananas and […]

Surprise surprise: Russell Crowe spits the dummy

Surprise surprise: Russell Crowe spits the dummy

First it was his grizzled mug at the centre of an unlikely advertising deal between Universal and Australia Post that caught my attention; then his bland central performance in a dull as ditchwater blockbuster; and now – for my third and final Russell Crowe related blog post this month (promise) – it’s a badly bungled […]

Spierig Bros on board to direct Dark Crystal sequel

Spierig Bros on board to direct Dark Crystal sequel

Here’s a slice of sequel-related news that’s actually pretty darn enticing, particularly for fans of 1982’s brooding LSD infused puppet movie The Dark Crystal. Rumours have been sporadically surfacing for years that a follow-up to the creepy cult hit may be in the works, and last week official confirmation arrived. The Power of the Dark […]

Russell Crowe gets licked: new Robin Hood collectable stamps

Russell Crowe gets licked: new Robin Hood collectable stamps

Call me daft, but I never knew space on Australian postage stamps could be bought by companies and used to advertise their products. In this case, a movie distributor spruiking an upcoming blockbuster. Director Ridley Scott’s invariably action packed take on the Robin Hood legend, starring Australia’s own Russell Crowe (well he was actually born […]