So you think you can act (in mockumentary style?). Then best hope you’re planning to travel soon. According to the Telegraph, the folks at Qantas and Modern Family are giving two people the chance to win a walk-on appearance on the hit comedy when the cast and crew are in Australia in February to shoot for two weeks. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is book a flight between February 5 and 14 – apparently frequent fliers get double the chance to win (see what they did there, savvy buggers).
Good luck. Cue drummy, brassy title theme…… Read more
By Andrew P Street
Applause, please, for the folks at The Shiznit for their excellent take on films (largely) nominated for Oscars. Their handsome photoshoppery has given much of what I’m assured the young people call “the LOLS”. Especially Gravity. You absolutely goddamn nailed it, Ali Gray, Matt Looker and Neil Alcock, and for that you get an internet hug.
The whole lot of them can be viewed when you click your mouse-device right here, but these are a few of our favourites.
So it’s officially a three-horse race for the 2014 Oscars: 12 Years a Slave has nine nominations, while Gravity and American Hustle have ten each – which means that slavery, space and slick ’70s shysters now find themselves being judged against each other for perhaps the first time in human history. Will Oscar voters opt for the solemnity of 12 Years a Slave, the fun of American Hustle or the wonder of Gravity? At least one of these films will walk away dejected on the night, and, if you take a look at our predictions below, at the moment we fear that film may be 12 Years a Slave.
But what else do the 2014 Oscar nominations tell us? Major Oscar hopes are pretty much dead for Saving Mr Banks, Mandela and The Butler (although the first two films landed one nomination each, for score and song respectively), while in the acting category there was no love for Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All is Lost) or Idris Elba (Mandela). The dark horse to keep an eye out for on Oscar night on March 2 will be Dallas Buyers Club: it’s unlikely to turn its nomination for Best Picture into a win, yet Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could very well dominate the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.… Read more
That’s right, HBO have just released a bunch (five to be exact) of Game of Thrones teasers on Vine. Here’s a peek at the sneak peek. You can check out the rest at HBO’s Game of Thrones Vine page.
Pretty exciting, hey? The first trailer for season four will premiere in the States on Sunday at 8.58pm ET, so hopefully we’ll see something online shortly after.
Games of Thrones season four returns on April 6.… Read more
Look, either you love the Muppets, or you have something wrong with the part of your soul that experiences joy. And while we wait for the rest of the original series to get a DVD release – SERIOUSLY WHERE THE HELL IS IT – we can enjoy the trailer for the new Muppets film following 2012′s awesome self-titled return to form.
And this trailer is both great and a nice snark about film advertisements that are entirely made of glowing internet reviews. Yeah, The Book Thief, you heard me.
Stuff someone’s virtual stocking with a link to some fresh comedy. West Australian duo Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann have released a new digital short: Henry & Aaron’s ABC2 Christmas Special.
The two spearhead the next gen of Australian YouTube stars and have been embraced by ABC2, who are dedicating the entire silly season to comedy.
It also stars James Helmas, Danny ‘The Dynamite’ Danielson, Ben Sutton, Liam Graham and Paul ‘Werzel’ Montague.
Sure, Sydney may be home to the Bondi Hipsters, but down here in Melbourne we have some pretty sweet web stars of our own. Improv comedy Written It Down launched its anticipated second season today, so we thought we would list five of our favourite Melbourne-based web series.
If you love improv comedy, Written It Down is the web series for you. Created by Real Good Kid Productions, the basic premise of each episode is a comedian delivering bad news to someone without knowing exactly what it is. The actor is handed a line written by the producers just before each episode is filmed and each episode is short, sweet and funny. Think awkward break-up scenes due to betting and losing your girlfriend in a poker tournament and job dismissals due to be replaced by a robot.
Endzone will have you scared to ever fare evade again. The fake movie trailer follows McCormack and Kalshenko, two Metro cops, as they patrol the trains looking to stop crime. It is a hysterical and satirical look at the intimidation tactics used by Metro cops, and includes the killer line, “On the map the train lines are straight, but up close they’re as crooked as hell.” Endzone was produced by a group of film-making students under the name of Ok Ok Productions, inspired by their fear of undercover ticket inspectors.… Read more
If Baz Luhrmann’s idea of Australia wasn’t your idea of Australia, perhaps you’re going to enjoy Tracks more. Starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), it’s the true story of Robyn Davidson, who made a solo trek from Alice Springs to WA in the 1970s. Well… solo, but for four camels and her dog Diggity.
It’s due for release on March 6, 2014, and quite apart from the epic landscapes, should strike a chord with anyone who’s ever just wanted to be alone.
Tracks is made by the Academy Award-winning producers of The King’s Speech and is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, Praise).… Read more
Much to our delight, Chris Lilley brought back the queen of quiche, Ja’mie, to our TV screens this year with Ja’mie Private School Girl. During the past week the ABC has teased us with several trailers on different Lilley characters, one set to have their own show that will screen in early 2014.
Puck you haters, it’s now confirmed that Jonah Takalua is back. Last time we saw Jonah he was expelled from Summer Heights High and dragged out of Gumnut Cottage, which made our eyes leak. This time round Jonah will be punking people in Tonga after being sent to live with his uncle to sort himself out. But island life won’t be easy for this breakdancer who still has a penchant for dicktation. And if you don’t like it? Get a sense of humour, don’t you even know what fun is?
Also on the ABC 2014 line up…
Miniseries Anzac Girls is based on a Peter Rees novel and follows five military nurses working with soldiers in Gallipoli and the Western Front. For politics nerds who love getting obsessed with a new series, The Code is an Australian thriller that looks set to hook us in. Next, the ABC has again teamed up with Matchbox pictures, who brought us The Slap, to produce Old School.… Read more