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Interview - Actress/Voice Over Actress Tara Strong

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Tara Strong is one of those names that pops up at the end of countless animated series such as Ben 10, Teen Titans, Batman: Brave and the Bold and much, much more. Most recently she entered our homes in the guise of Harley Quinn in Rocksteady Studio's best selling game, Arkham City. 
Tara took time out of her busy schedule, during the holiday crunch no less, to fill us in on the voice over biz and her time as everybody's favourite sassy Psycho, Harley Quinn.

Anime Review - Mobile Suit Gundam (First Gundam) Collection 1

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This is where it all began. Undoubtedly the most successful and perhaps the most significant anime series of all time, Gundam is so much more than just another franchise and is as popular now as when its eponymous series was released in 1979. Filled with action, political intrigue and social commentary Mobile Suit Gundam (機動戦士ガンダム) is to Japan as Star Wars (or Star Trek) is to the West.

"The year is 0079 of the Universal Century. The Earth Federation and its space colonies are engaged in an apocalyptic war. The rebellious Principality of Zeon, using humanoid fighting machines called mobile suits, has all but vanquished the Federation. Now the Federation's last hope is the prototype mobile suit Gundam. When a twist of fate makes young civilian Amuro Ray the Gundam's pilot, his own battle begins."


Review by Stu - War Horse

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Steven Spielberg has an unusual quirk not shared by many of his peers. He has the habit of frequently releasing two very different films in the one year. In 1993 he brought us Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, in 2002 Minority Report and Catch Me if You Can and in 2005 Munich and War of the Worlds. 2011 sees Mr Spielberg present The Adventures of Tin Tin and War Horse.
War Horse is based up on the Michael Morpurgo children’s novel of the same name and follows the friendship between a young man, Albert, and his horse Joey as the threat of World War I looms over England. Albert and Joey are separated at the start of the war and we see what both will endure on the road to being reunited.

DVD Review - The Guild Season 4

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Reviewing The Guild is pretty much pointless. It is the kind of series that has a cult following of people who have been with it from the beginning, gamers in their own right who are well versed in the MMORPG realm. But, just in case there are still a few stragglers who have yet to cotton here is my gift to you.

"After unexpectedly meeting Fawkes for a post-match drink (and sleeping with him), Codex begins Season Four contemplating whether or not she should tell the Guild about what happened. Meanwhile, Vork makes the decision that the Knights of Good should obtain their own Guild Hall, a newly-implemented (and costly) feature that came with the expansion released at the start of Season Three. Initially, the fact that the type of Hall they want - called the "Deluxe Castle" - would require them to raise half a million gold puts the Guild off the idea but, when Codex offhandedly mentions that their rivals, the Axis of Anarchy, are planning to get their own, the Guild's…

Review by Stu - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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In a recent interview Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), Director of the new film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, recounted a conversation he had with John Le Carre in which he attempted to describe his trepidation at making a film adaptation of the legendary authors work. John Le Carre quickly put him at ease when he explained the simple fact that no matter how the film turned out, his novel would live on unaffected. This meant that the director had the ultimate freedom because there is no way the source material could be damaged. This is an interesting way to see a film adaptation, it shouldn't so much be a case of capturing every aspect of the book because to do that the film would have to be sixteen hours long and the film making would suffer accordingly, it's not the role of the film to retell the story. The film should convey the essence of the book and in doing so bring the book to a new audience. This book has already been adapted for the screen when it w…

*CLOSED* Competition Time - Arrietty Prize Packs!

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*COMPETITION CLOSED and the WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED*


Just in time for Christmas and with great thanks to our friends at Madman, we have two Arrietty prize packs to give away each containing 1x copy of Howl's Moving Castle on DVD and 1x In-season double pass to see Arrietty! 
The film is only showing at certain cinemas so make sure that theres one close to you by checking the Madman website.
If you're quite sure if it is worth the effort, I can assure you that it is. If you're still not sure, check out my review from last month.
For your chance to win, follow on after the jump!

Movie Review - The Muppets

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The Muppets are old news, all washed up. Miss Piggy is the new Anna Wintour, Gonzo a successful businessman and Kermit a recluse. They are relics of a bygone era unknown to the Selena Gomez generation. Sure, they've been at the back of many a mind but always at the forefront of one, young Walter.

The basic storyline of The Muppets is somewhat of a commentary on the current state of our felt friends, children of the late-great Jim Henson. This is the first theatrical release from the franchise in a whopping 12 years. Time enough to allow the rise of a new breed of family friendly entertainment in the guise of Justin Bieber, Glee and the aforementioned Gomez. The real test with this movie was to see whether it would appeal to its original audience, Gen X and early Gen Y's, or transcend generations to a broader appeal. It's time to play the music...

Movie News - All New Tintin Clips!

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So, our review of The Adventures of Tintin hasn't convinced you to go see the film? Maybe these all new clips will do the trick!

Movie News - Tiësto plays Mission Impossible

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Do you wish you could be at the world premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in Rio? Well now, thanks to Paramount and Coke Zero, you can! Maybe not in person but you can be there anyway. Just follow on after the jump for details on how to view the live premiere, a live performance by DJ extraordinaire Tiësto and the chance to stream you questions to the cast and crew of the film!

Movie Review - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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The Mission Impossible franchise gets its fourth director in four films making for an all new feel while maintaining levels of action that could make a grown man SQUEE! Brad Bird of The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Iron Giant fame takes the helm in the holiday seasons biggest blockbuster which hits cinemas and IMAX on December 15th.

The United States government disband and disavow the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) when they become implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin. Things quickly go from bad to worse for Ethan Hunt and his team when they decide to go rogue in order to catch the criminal mastermind who framed them. Your mission, if you choose to accept it...

Movie News - The Muppets Clip "Man or Muppet"

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Are you a man or Muppet? Well, I've been called a muppet previously but not in this sense. The good folks at Disney have sent through this clip for your viewing pleasure. Make sure to check back soon for our review of this wonderful film.

Check out the clip after the jump!

Movie News - Chronicle Trailer

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Up until an email popped into my inbox with the trailer for Chronicle attached, I was blissfully unaware of its existence. Now, however, I am extremely excited to see it. It will interesting to see how they approach the subject matter wherein the main characters spiral into madness all the while in possession of super powers. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.


"New technologies and social communities allow us to record, post and comment on every second of our lives, sharing our every emotion and opinion with the world, no matter how mundane. For three high school classmates who suddenly gain superpowers from a mysterious substance, the chronicle of their ordinary lives is about to take on extraordinary turn.

Initially they use their powers to play innocent pranks on each other and people around them, but soon they gain confidence and learn to control their powers better to take on more difficult tasks.  Their newfound sense of immortality and impunity will force th…

Movie News - Hugo Character Banners

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Hugo is going to be a massive release in Australia, as it has been everywhere else in the world. This may come as a surprise to us Aussie's because the overwhelming consensus is that nobody has heard of it!

Regardless, Hugo has me incredibly excited for the new year, especially with such a fantastic cast and crew. Martin Scorcese, Christopher Lee and Sir Ben Kingsley... nuff' said!

Check out the all new character photos after the jump!

Movie News - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Sydney Premiere

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Sadly I wasn't invited to the Sydney premiere of the new Mission Impossible film, not that I'm bitter or anything... no really, I'm not... WHY WON'T YOU BELIEVE ME?

Anyway, I've been sent a clip of Director Brad Bird and everyone's favourite geek made good, Simon Pegg, goofing around at the Sydney premiere.

Check it out after the jump!

Movie News - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Sneak Peek

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A couple of months ago you may have heard me "squee" over the official Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol trailer. Well... you may have just heard it again. Check out the two thrilling clips after the jump of Jeremy Renner's "leap of faith" and make sure that you keep coming back for more because our review of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be up in just a couple of days!

Movie News - Cameron and Scorcese talk Hugo

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James Cameron and Martin Scorcese, two of the biggest names in modern cinema, talk about the upcoming 3D film Hugo which is Produced and Directed by Scorcese himself.

Due for release in Australia on the 12th of January 2012, Hugo has already wowed fans overseas with an average 96% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com and 8.6/10 on IMDB.com. Furthermore, Scorcese was named Director of the Year and Hugo the Film of the Year by New York's National Board of Review.

"Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key."


Check out the video after the jump!

Review by Stu - Puss in Boots

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Puss in Boots (directed by Chris Miller) is the latest film in the Shrek universe from DreamWorks Studios, in which we see how Puss became the legendary lothario we know and love. We first meet Puss (Antonio Banderas) as he attempting to relieve Jack (Billy Bob Thorton) and Jill (Amy Sedaris) of magical beans; however his efforts are thwarted by the seductive Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) shortly after this encounter we learn that Kitty Softpaws is working with Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) who is the brother of Puss. The trio then set off on an adventure to steal the beans together and far more precious treasure.
This is Antonio Banderas’ film from beginning to end; the initial casting back in 2004 for Shrek 2 was a master stroke. He perfectly represents the bravado, cheekiness and passion of such a fiery feline. It helps that Senior Banderas is one of the coolest cats (appalling pun) in Hollywood sadly he wasn’t supported well by the other cast members most noticeably Salma Hayek …