The Hunger Games Catching Fire Poster Stands Tall0

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A new poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has surfaced on the film’s Instagram page. It shows a confident Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen standing tall upon a cliff face, bow in hand and ready to take on the world. With it’s gorgeous hand painted style and epic scale, it’s without a doubt the best piece of marketing material we’ve seen for the film so far.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the The Hunger Games.

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Star Trek Into Darkness – Film Review0

star_trek_into_darkness_poster3-610x904J.J.Abrams’ follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek reboot/sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness immediately smacks viewers in the centre of a frantic action sequence in a Spielbergian style. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are on a planet populated by a primitive alien tribe unexposed to the joys of space travel. Kirk is on the run having upset the locals, while Spock is busy trying to prevent a volcano that’s threatening the planet from erupting. Needless to say, things go from bad to worse for the crew as countless unforeseen obstacles present themselves. It’s a lively set piece that immediately sucks the viewer in, setting the tone of what should follow. However Into Darkness doesn’t quite maintain this high level of frenzied fun, instead opting to tell a more personal tale focusing heavily on the inner workings of the USS Enterprise’s crew, as well as that of the villainous John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Following their aforementioned bungled mission, Kirk is formally stripped of his rank as captain and Spock is assigned to a different ship. But before any trace of change can occur, a series of terror attacks are carried out against the Federation by a formidable figure only known as John Harrison. So before you can cry “Oh no, not change!” Kirk is given back his ship and Spock is back onboard, making the last ten minutes all but meaningless. Yay! From there Kirk and his crew are instructed to track down Harrison and use deadly force to make him pay for his actions. Making matters tricky is Harrison’s hideout location – the Klingon home world. The Enterprise crew must approach the matter with caution to avoid sparking a war with the hostile beings, a difficult task made all the more complicated when the ghosts of Harison’s past begin to haunt them.

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Character Study – Tony Stark / Iron Man2

Iron-Man-Teaser-PosterIn the last couple of weeks it became official: Iron Man is one of the biggest and most popular superheroes of our time. Not so long ago the comic book heroes were resigned to live amongst the greasy thumbs and forefingers of the fanboys at Comic Kingdom, and flicker by the hypnotic stares of children every Superhero Saturday. For so long there was only room for Batman and Superman to rule the big screen, but new technologies paved the way for a web slinging teenager in a spider suit to make a lazy billion dollars every few years and it became only logical to give every hero and his superdog a chance at the big time. For every success – Bats, Spidey and the X-Men – there were more than a few misses; even Superman had a short lived revival. But in 2008 we had a new entry into the genre that would challenge the upper-echelons. Iron Man, well known in the comics but relying on the much more recognisable Robert Downey Jr to get the attention of the wider populace, starred in what was one of the best origins films ever made. And five years, three films and too many squillions of dollars later Tony Stark has become one of the most captivating, popular and simply entertaining characters out there. So what is it about this cocky, arrogant, entitled billionaire that makes him so great?

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Gremlins Reboot Officially Moving Forward0

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Prepare to feel more volatile than a Mogwai after a midnight meal.

The folks over at Bloody Disgusting have revealed that Warner Bros. has officially green lit a reboot of the classic 1984 Amblin monster movie Gremlins. So unfortunately that means we can say goodbye to any chance of the long-rumoured Gremlins 3.

Details below.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger In Talks For The Toxic Avenger0

In one of the stranger pieces of casting news I’ve heard, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in the reboot of the Troma classic, The Toxic Avenger.

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Australian Box Office – STAR TREK Opens Strong1

star-trek-into-darkness-image4It was a strong weekend in Australia with nearly $10m going to the top 3 films (though only $3m going to the next 17). Star Trek Into Darkness opened with a positive $5m. It is above the $3.5m done by Oblivion but well below the $17.5m from Iron Man 3Considering those films have made $9m and $32m respectively that should place Star Trek somewhere in the mid teens for its life run. Iron Man 3 would be happy to only drop 50% amidst the strong competition but it looks like the momentum will not get it close to the dizzying heights of 2012′s The Avengers or Skyfall - $54m & $48m each – and it will be more in the range of The Dark Knight Rises in the low 40s.

Other news The Place Beyond the Pines opened to a full release with $627K. Not a bad effort but there was a strong marketing campaign for such a small movie so they would be disappointed. The Big Wedding rode the Mother’s Day crowd to drop only 14% and take another $1m, while 5 cinemas across Australia were packed out with Deadites as The Evil Dead took in $23K per theatre for a total $117K. In contrast Spring Breakers was given 48 screens and only took about 50% more for a $4K average.

Check the chart and next week’s after the jump

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US Box Office – GATSBY Great But IRON MAN On Top0

the-great-gatsby-leonardo-dicaprioSo another week and another huge sum of money goes into the biggest film of the year Iron Man 3. $78m in its second weekend is huge money taking its 10 day total to $284m, though notably down around 58% on its opening. Understandable given the huge opening but squashes signs that it will approach $500m by the end of its run. The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s, adaptation of the classic novel did impressive numbers, taking $51m to give an extra boost to the weekend. Despite all that the overall weekend was down on the same time last year thanks to The Avengers second weekend of $103m.

Charts and analysis after the bump

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Scary Sunday – The Scanners Franchise (1980 – 1991)2

For the next  few editions of Scary Sunday, I’m going to be watching a plethora of movies. Namely, entire franchises. I’ll be writing mini overviews and reviews for each one…yes even the crappy direct-to-DVD/VHS/Beta max movies that should be avoided like the plague manifested as dysentery, or something icky, because that’s the kind of guy I am. Anyway, Let’s start things off with a simple trilogy. Scanners

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Man Of Steel Scores Two New Epic Posters0

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Two new posters for Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel have rocketed their way online via the film’s Facebook page.

The trailers released for Superman’s next adventure have been of the highest calibre thus far, the poster campaign, not so much. They haven’t been necessarily bad, just underwhelming. These latest one sheets are easily two of the best we’ve seen for the film so far, featuring Henry Cavill as Superman taking flight at supersonic speeds through the iconic S symbol. Very cool.

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Check Out This Slick French Poster For Only God Forgives0

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Feast your eyeballs upon this sleek, cool-blue French poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, which stars Ryan Gosling as the lead protagonist.

After Refn’s Drive blew my mind out of my skull with its kinetic style, brutal violence and unique storytelling, this one is high on my list of must sees. Fingers crossed I’ll be seeing it at the Sydney Film Festival next month…

“Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Jenna – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.”

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