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Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE***

Director: Don Scardino.

Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Bully Herbig.

Running Time: 100 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

SynopsisAfter spending years at the top of their game on the Las Vegas strip, childhood friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are losing their audience to outrageous street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). With the help of their assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde), the duo search for the ultimate illusion to win over a new generation of fans.

Having directed nearly forty episodes of 30 Rock, Don Scardino is no stranger to offbeat comedy, but The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a refreshing surprise for an audience who have become increasingly comfortable amongst the current run of Apatow-schtick. Penned by two of the writers behind Horrible Bosses, there are some thigh slapping one-liners, but the film is all the richer for not completely saturating itself with jokes, instead becoming a master class in how to keep repeated gags consistently funny amidst cameos and satirical jabs. Continue reading

I Should Probably Post These Oscar Nominations, Then

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Seeing as everyone was a little Oscar’d out yesterday, I thought I’d wait until today to put these up. I’m not going to say too much, as I think I exhausted my point over on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) and said everything I wanted to when predicting my nominations here.

‘Snubs’ aside, all I’ll say is that I’m absolutely thrilled for Benh Zeitlin and little Quvenzhané and really pleased Eiko Ishioka gets a fitting tribute.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards below: Continue reading

Fed Up Of People Talking About The BAFTA Nominations Yet?

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Now, I’m sure you’re pretty sick and tired of hearing peoples’ two cents on today’s BAFTA nominations and how they might correlate with tomorrow’s (well, today now) Oscar nominations, yadda yadda, blah blah blahhh.

So I’m simply going to post the list of nominations below with no preamble. That can come with whatever tomorrow’s Academy Award nominations bring!

Check out the full list of the EE (eurghh) British Academy Film Award nominations below: Continue reading

2012 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Houston, you’re so boring. Apart from including Cloud Atlas, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, I guess. But maybe I’m just bitter because you nominated Anna Karenina for Worst Film of 2012.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2012 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Nominations

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St. Louis loves a bit of Tarantino!

There’s a little bit more breathing space away from the usual suspects in this batch of nominations, with Moonrise Kingdom getting a lot of very deserved nods and a few more interesting people popping up in the Acting categories, including Aubrey Plaza, Jamie Foxx, John Goodman, William H. Macy and Emma Watson.

There’s also the inclusion of Best Arthouse or Festival Film and Best Scene, but as for Best Comedy, Ted can definitely bore off.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

Trailer Talk: A Double Dose Of Taylor Kitsch, Marvel And The Devil

This week we have a double dose of Taylor Kitsch, a Marvel mash-up, exorcism, natural disasters, the problems with war, cancer, women you wouldn’t want to bump into down a dark alley, murderous hilarity, and a double dose of horror to finish. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading