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This week The Reel Word is giving our Aussie readers a chance to win a copy of Machete Kills, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution. So before we get started, make sure you head over to the competition page to get your hands on the follow up to Robert Rodriguez’s tongue-in-cheek, Grindhouse throwback.

This week on the site we give our spoiler free review on the first season of HBO’s incredible new anthology series True Detective. In anticipation for The Grand Budapest Hotel, we give you the low-down on one of cinema’s most unique voices with our Reel Spotlight on Wes Anderson. And perhaps most excitingly, we give details on a special 20 minute sneak preview for Gareth Edward’s upcoming film Godzilla.

Before we get into this week’s news, make sure you check out our coverage and the results for the Film Critics Circle of Australia’s annual award ceremony, which celebrated the very best Australian Cinema had to offer in 2013.

Movie News


  • Following New Regency failing to get it off the ground, Endgame Entertainment have picked up a biopic on Robert F. Kennedy with Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Pleasantville) to direct. Jim Stern (Endgame Entertainment CEO) says the film will “take a snapshot of that incredible period in his life when he steps out of his brother’s shadow and into the spotlight.” Read more


  • Though most fans have enjoyed revisiting Veronica Mars with the release of its very successful crowd-funded film, a number of pledgers expressed disappointment when they were unable to claim their digital copies. Both the Warner Bros. owned Flixster and Ultraviolet digital distributors experienced a large amount of technical difficulties leading to Warner Bros. needing to offer refunds or credits for pledgers to get their copy from other distributors. Read more

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  • Wake, the long-gestating thriller starring Miley Cyrus, has begun moving forward with the news that James Ward Byrkit has been signed on to write the screenplay with his Coherence collaborator Alex Manugian. Based on Lisa McMann’s bestselling novel, Wake is the first in the trilogy about a high school student named Janie Hannagan who can enter the world of people’s dreams. Read more

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  • Following the success of the 3D versions of their films such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo, Pixar is currently in the process of converting the Academy Award winning The Incredibles for a 3D re-release. While it will be nice to revisit one of the better movies in Pixar’s incredible line-up, between this and their recent trend towards sequels, Pixar seem content with making us feel starved for a new original property. Bring on Inside Out already! Read more

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  • Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and its imminent sequel, has announced that he’ll no longer be directing the franchise after the third instalment. Sony’s Spider-Man franchise will soon include the spinoffs Venom and The Sinister Six, with a view of releasing one film every year. Webb has expressed interest at staying on as a consultant, but says his tenure as director will be up after The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Read more

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  • Michael Bay has had his pitch for a new adventure thriller picked up by Paramount Pictures with a screenplay by Thomas Wheeler (Puss in Boots). At the moment very little is known about the project except that it’s “a real science adventure thriller with an undersea component. Read more


  • The long awaited third instalment of Ghostbusters could be finally coming together with production commencing early next year, albeit without Ivan Reitman returning as director. Reitman was locked in for some time now, but with the recent death of Ghostbuster Harold Ramis he’s decided to step back into a producer role and allow the film to be something new. Read more


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  • Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr and Mrs Smith) is set to direct the filmic adaption of the spy-thriller video game series Splinter Cell. Tom Hardy will star as the ninja-like Sam Fischer, with the screenplay penned by American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer. Read more

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  • Justin Lin, director of the last four Fast & Furious films, will direct Time Square, a crime-thriller set in the final days of before the titular location becomes the “family-friendly corporate mecca” it is today. The script by Taylor Materne and Jacob Rubin will follow a young man torn between his loyalty to the neighbourhood boss who raised him and an ex-cop who swore to protect him. Read more

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  • Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) will direct a live-action adaption of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Though Disney’s animated version of the story is what most people associate the name with, the screenplay (currently being re-written by Caroline Thompson of Edward Scissorhands fame) will be looking directly at the much darker original text. Read more


  • 2004 horror hit The Grudge is set for a reboot to be penned by The Midnight Meat Train writer Jeff Buhler. The 2004 film was itself a remake from Takashi Shimazu (who was also behind the original Japanese film), and shares many producers (including Sam Raimi) with the upcoming version. Why make new ideas when you can make money, aye guys? Read more

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  • Ryan Gosling will produce a biopic on the celebrated dance choreographer and film director Busby Berkeley, with the possibility of staring and directing as well. The story of the three time Oscar nominated choreographer was optioned from Jeffrey Spivak’s biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkely, but there are currently no details on who will adapt a screenplay. Read more

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  • Motion capture extraordinaire Andy Serkis has scored a gig directing a live-action adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. This is of course separate to the John Favreau directed adaption for Disney, which features Idris Elba as Shera Kahn. I guess comic book movies weren’t enough and the two studios now need to move their rivalry to include literary adaptations. Read more

Casting Buzz

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  • The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm are up for starring roles in Keeping Up With The Joneses, a comedy from director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul). The story will follow a regular suburban couple that begin to suspect their neighbours may be undercover agents. 3 guesses which actor plays the supposed spook. Read more


  • Sienna Miller (G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has been cast in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming true story about Chris Kyle called American Sniper. Miller will play the wife of Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the Navy SEAL with the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. Read more


  • Woody Harrelson has joined an all-star cast including Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul for Triple Nine. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road), Triple Nine sees a group of dirty cops blackmailed into executing a heist, only for it to go wrong when a rookie cop they set up to die foils the attack and turns their plans upside down. Read more

Sorry guys, no TV News this week. That’s right, we’ve managed a full seven days without a major network green lighting a new comic book series. But fear not, we still have plenty of new videos for you to check out.

In trailers we have The Quiet Ones, The Maze Runner, Maleficent, The Peanuts Movie, The GiverThe Amazing Spider-Man 2, Brick Mansions and The Raid 2.

There are new clips from Neighbors, Oculus, and The Double.

And then there’s this week’s featurettes for Transcendence, Game of Thrones and Noah.

That’s all for last week in film and television, but before you go we have not one, not two but three videos to bid you adieu with. And because we starved you on superhero television announcements this week, it’s only right that they all have some comic book inspiration.

First up is Chevrolet’s remake of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer with kids:

Second we have another fun comic-inspired short, this time for Tim Daniels and Mehdi Cheggour’s Enourmous:

And last but not least is this awesome Superman GoPro POV short from the guys at Corridor Digital:

– Compiled by Zac Platt.