News: Tarantino to direct The Shadow

Pajiba has reported that Quentin Tarantino is attached to direct graphic novel adaptation The Shadow, taking over from Sam Raimi. The report is tentative at best, but if it’s true… wow. Huge news. We have The Hollywood Cog to thank for this breaking news. Source: Pajiba

Daily Film News Roundup: David O Russell drops out of Uncharted, Breaking Dawn Pt 2 release set, New Tron Legacy poster released

/Film reports that volatile director David O Russell has left the upcoming adaptation of the videogame Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Russell couldn’t come to terms with studio Columbia Pictures. Russell, director of I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings, has the Christian Bale/Mark Wahlberg drama The Fighter set for release later this year. Source: /Film The second … Continue reading

Daily Film News Roundup: Cillian Murphy in another end-of-the-world thriller, Total Recall to be remade by hack, Russell Brand to buckle swashes and more…

Russell Brand is set to be cast in period-swashbuckler Hawkwood. Based on a real person who led European armies during the Renaissance Wars, Brand pitched the idea himself with the script being penned by Jared Stern and executive-produced by Nicky Weinstock. Source: Deadline Cillian Murphy has signed on for The Retreat, a thriller in which … Continue reading

Reviews: Micmacs (DVD)

Micmacs is the latest highly imaginative and slightly delightful release from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessan, City Of Lost Children and Alien Resurrection).  Micmacs features Jeunet’s trademark saturated oranges and greens, eccentric characters, big-face camera angles, weird recycled mechanical contraptions – oh, and it’s French. Set in Paris (with French dialogue), you can choose your … Continue reading

Reviews: After.Life (Blu-ray)

After.Life is a murky, mysterious melodramatic horror film that was co-written by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo and Paul Vosloo, and directed by the former. The film stars Christina Ricci as Anna Taylor, a cold, distant woman whose relationship with her boyfriend Paul (Justin Long) has seemingly lost the spark. After an argument at a restaurant, Anna leaves Paul behind … Continue reading

Weekend Film News Roundup: Oz theatres set to upgrade accessibility, Dinner For Schmucks number 1, Disney sells Miramax

The four main Australian cinema chains have agreed to install accessibility upgrades to more than 240 theatres. The upgrades will include audio descriptive and captioning technology, and the Federal Government has already pledged $470,000 in support of the upgrades. Source: Inside Film The Steve Carell and Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks has taken the … Continue reading

Reviews: Youth In Revolt (Blu-ray)

When I saw the trailer for Youth In Revolt I wondered if we were about to see Michael Cera play against type. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be – luckily, he plays the uncomfortable, awkward and slightly geeky guy very, very well. Youth In Revolt (based on the acclaimed best seller by C.D Payne) centres around … Continue reading

Reviews: Alice in Wonderland (DVD)

The BBC’s 1966 production of Lewis Caroll’s layered, kaleidoscopic dream-world novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – almost universally retitled when adapted as Alice In Wonderland – is a darkly fantastical exploration of the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Starring Anne-Marie Mallik (in her only screen appearance) and featuring such giants of stage and screen as Peter … Continue reading

News: Jon Hamm for Superman, Thor trailer online, Del Toro to direct Lovecraft adaptation

ThinkMcFlyThink reports that the team behind the upcoming Superman reboot (which includes Christopher Nolan and David Goyer) are considering Mad Men star Jon Ham for the role as The Man of Steel. Hamm, a talented actor with palpable screen presence, would be a perfect fit for the role – dashing, handsome, and intelligent, Hamm has … Continue reading

Reviews: Brothers (Blu-ray)

Brothers is a 2009 drama starring Tobey Maguire (Spiderman), Jake Gyllenhall (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain) and Natalie Portman (Garden State, Closer). The film, an intense examination of the effects of war on family, was written by David Benioff (writer of the excellent 25th Hour and The Kite Runner, as well as the abysmal X-Men Origins: … Continue reading

News: Aronofsky abandons Robocop reboot

Darren Aronofsky has been forced to abandon his reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi-fascism hit Robocop due to financial concerns surrounding studio MGM. The company is $3.7 billion in debt, casting doubt over the production of not just Robocop – both The Hobbit and the next James Bond film are also in danger of simply never … Continue reading

News: Primer available to view free online

Primer, the brilliantly intelligent and slightly obtuse science fiction film from first (and so far only) time director Shane Carruth, has been released by the writer-director himself to view for free on Google Video. Carruth, who also starred in Primer, has until now only made one film. However, word has been slowly leaking out regarding … Continue reading

News: Inception takes number one at Oz, US box offices

Christopher Nolan’s mindbending, visually stunning thriller Inception has taken hold of the box office. The film reached number one at both the Australian and American box offices, grossing $7.4 million and $142.8 million, respectively. The film beat out Knight & Day (the Cruise and Diaz action flick) and Toy Story 3 in Australia, while in … Continue reading

Trailers: Sucker Punch

The first trailer for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch has been released. If you’re wondering what to expect, think Alice in Wonderland-meets-Watchmen. Except more ridiculously awesome than anything you might have just imagined. The film stars Aussies Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino and Jon Hamm. Check out the … Continue reading

Reviews: Spriggan (DVD)

Time to get your Sprig on! While this pun may be ludicrously crass, it is, at the same time, a warranted directive. If you have not seen Spriggan, you should! This Madman release takes a staple of anime cinema and revamps it perfectly for the Western eye. Spriggan is what anime is all about: scintillating … Continue reading

Reviews: Ninja Scroll 10th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

Ninja Scroll is one of the absolute classics of anime. While Akira was probably the trailblazer in terms of Western appreciation of anime, Ninja Scroll was without doubt one of the three main breakthrough pictures (along with aforementioned Akira and sci-fi masterpiece Ghost in the Shell). Despite having been released in 1993, Ninja Scroll remains … Continue reading

Opinion: Is Angelina Jolie the Greatest Female Action Star of All Time?

With Salt having been released just a few days ago in the US, pundits and the press have been speculating as to Angelina Jolie’s status as premier female action star both currently and overall. Some have trotted out box office grosses to justify their opinion that she is, in fact, the greatest female action star … Continue reading

News: San Diego Comic Con coverage

The largest gathering of geeks in the Western world is taking place over this weekend. San Diego Comic Con features panels, trailers, screenings and booths – all designed to build hype around upcoming films, television shows, video games and yes, even comics. While we at Ctrl-x would love to cover the Con, we’re all stuck … Continue reading

Trailers: Machete (red band)

The violence and nudity-happy red band trailer for Robert Rodriguez’ upcoming grindhouse action film Machete (starring the amazing Danny Trejo) has been released. The film, an adaptation of a fake trailer shown between the Planet Terror and Death Proof double feature, also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba and Robert DeNiro. Check it out … Continue reading

Trailers: Norwegian Wood

The teaser trailer for the adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s fantastic novel Norwegian Wood has been released. Check it out below:

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