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New Iron Man 2 Trailer

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 08/03/2010 - 07:41

As well as lots of awards for The Hurt Locker, Oscar night also saw Marvel Studios release the new trailer for the highly-anticipated superhero sequel Iron Man 2, which stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Transformers 2 wins big at the Razzies

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 07/03/2010 - 14:29

Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen swept up three Golden Raspberry awards last night in what is being hailed as one of the most predictable and deserving trio of victories in the history of the Razzies. Now, I suppose "victories" is a questionable word to use. The Hollywood blockbuster won the biggest "prizes" in the only star-studded ceremony in Hollywood where the awards are equal to receiving a lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas. Boo hoo, Michael. Boo hoo.

But getting into the spirit of the thing – just as Halle Berry did in 2005 – was Sandra Bullock, who popped in to the awards ceremony to accept her prize for Worst Actress in All About Steve . The video of her speech is embedded below, just after the list of losers. Sorry, winners ...

Worst Picture of 2009 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Worst Actor(s) of 2009 - All three of the Jonas Brothers for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

Worst Actress of 2009 - Sandra Bullock for All About Steve

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OSCARS 2010: Live blog

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 07/03/2010 - 14:07

The 2010 Academy Awards

0500 The award for Directing. Could it be the first African-American in Lee Daniels, or the first woman and it is... Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker! Wow, fantastic. Guardian film critic Jason Solomons is right, she does have great arms. And without much messing around, Tom Hanks is on stage, opening an envelope and the Best Picture goes to The Hurt Locker as well!

So that's six Oscars for The Hurt Locker, the overall winner you might say and a fine, fine film. I thought Avatar was a great spectacle and Up was the most outright enjoyable film of the year but I can't deny that The Hurt Locker was terrific in what was a year of very good but not absolutely brilliant movies. Here are Adam's final thoughts.

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Machete to feature a fake trailer by Quentin Tarantino★

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 22:49

Robert Rodriguez's upcoming film Machete, starring Danny Trejo and based on the fake trailer of the same title from Robert's 2007 collaboration Grindhouse, with Quentin Tarantino, will now see the best friends teaming up once again to deliver the retro goods according to a rumour. Sometime this month, Tarantino will apparently film a fake trailer to precede Machete, titled Agent Orange.

Our source indicates that it will be set in 1975 and will feature Tim Roth as Agent Ringo Orange, a British soldier who wants to restart the Vietnam war. Roth will share the screen in the trailer with Rick Yune, who will play Li Chan, Orange's South Vietnamese sidekick. It will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as Colonel Weathers, and Stacy Keach as Doc Franklin, the rumoured antagonist.

Not only will a fake trailer play just before the main attraction, but a second will bring the Machete experience to a close. Ethan Maniquis, long time editor of Rodriguez's films and co-director on Machete, will also be directing Die, Machete, Die!, a trailer for a proposed sequel, starring Danny Trejo and Inglourious Basterds' Til Schweiger.

With Machete being born out of a trailer three years ago, what does the future hold for Agent Orange? Will Tarantino's first ever fake trailer lead on to a bigger and brighter one for Mr Ringo Orange? Machete has an all-star cast featuring Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez.

The film will be slicing its way into cinemas this autumn, and I personally can't wait!

Machete on IMDb

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Alice in Wonderland grosses over $40 million on Friday

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 18:47

Disney will certainly be happy this weekend, and no doubt Tim Burton will be salivating at the current look of the backend he's going to get, as news has broken that Alice in Wonderland grossed just over $41 million in the USA and Canada on Friday alone. That's certainly a lot of money in just 24 hours, and it looks as if the film is going to go on and break weekend box office records the way it's going so far, with a projected $110 million gross for the end of the weekend, which would already put the film's takings at just over half the budget. If it takes the $110 million for the weekend, it'll be the biggest ever opening in history for a film, released outside of summer, since The Twilight Saga: New Moon last year.

So, the teets of the cash cow are certainly working in overdrive at the moment, but is the film actually any good? Check out our review page to see some extremely divided opinions!

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NEWS JAB: Hollywood reboot #738 ... Police Academy

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 14:30

Do we really need more Police Academy movies? Really? In further proof that Hollywood has not only scraped through the bottom of the barrel, but has dug halfway to China, The Hollywood Reporter says that studio New Line is looking for recruits to relaunch the series, with with original producer Paul Maslansky back at the helm:

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Armchair Viewing: Saturday selection

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 12:11

Unable to decide what to write about, I'm going to give you veritable cornucopia of filmy treats on TV today.

The Age of Innocence (3.10, Five), classy period drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder.

The Railway Children (3.45pm, ITV3), charming family drama starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins.

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Armchair Screaming: Wrong Turn (2003)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 11:35

Jessie: "Woah, wait guys, this road isn't on here."
[Points to map]
Carly: "That's because we don't have the redneck world atlas."

What’s it about?
Ruthless redneck cannibal hillbillies! Six people find themselves trapped within a vast woodland in West Virginia and become the prey of hideously disfigured hunters, who are determined to use whatever kind of weaponry they can get their creepy mits on to quench their thirst for human blood.

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The first Alice in Wonderland from 1903

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 09:57

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire Cat is played by a family pet.

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Jibberjabber: Mad as a hatter

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 06/03/2010 - 09:02

By Justin Bateman

It's Friday, which is film day! Without a doubt the biggest film of the week is Alice in Wonderland , Tim Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll tale. Opinion is divided (although my opinion is obviously the correct one).

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