Idris Elba

Blu-Ray Review: Beast is an entertaining and emotional creature feature

November 29, 2022

Given that we’ve had a share of snakes and sharks and bears (Oh My!) over the years as the creatures that have opted to stalk various familiar-faced talent, it’s only fair that the majestic king of the jungle get their due too. If the circle of life taught us anything, it’s that what goes around […]

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Interview: Idris Elba and the cast and crew of Beast on calibrating fear and shooting in South Africa

August 24, 2022

As their nail-biting thriller Beast gears up to roar into Australian cinemas this week (you can read our review here), Idris Elba, co-stars Sharlto Copley, Leah Jeffries and Iyana Halley, director Baltasur Kormákur, and producer Will Packer spoke with our own Peter Gray about creating a familial bond on set, working on location in South […]

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Film Review: Beast is a B-grade popcorn thriller with a surprising injection of emotion and immersion

August 24, 2022

Given that we’ve had a share of snakes and sharks and bears (Oh My!) over the years as the creatures that have opted to stalk various familiar-faced talent, it’s only fair that the majestic king of the jungle get their due too. If the circle of life taught us anything, it’s that what goes around […]

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Interview: Director Baltasar Kormákur on placing Idris Elba in danger for new action film, Beast

May 26, 2022

From the endangerment of Mark Wahlberg’s family in Contraband to the singular distress of Shailene Woodley’s nautical nightmare in Adrift, Baltasar Kormákur is a director no stranger to the utilisation of squeezing the most out of his genre films and placing his players in grave danger. For his latest effort, the Icelandic filmmaker is heading […]

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Film Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a fast, zippy and frothy sequel that runs circles around videogame film adaptations

March 31, 2022

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 picks up after the events of the first film as the titular character (voiced by Ben Schwartz) has taken the mantle of being the hero for the people in the town of Green Hills. But his recklessness and overeager bravado has consequences as he wreaks unintentional havoc while trying to do […]

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Win a family in-season pass to Sonic the Hedgehog 2

March 31, 2022

Thanks to Paramount Pictures we have 5 family passes (Admit 4) to give away for the upcoming release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, set for release exclusively in cinemas from March 31st, 2022. The world’s favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove […]

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Film Review: The Harder They Fall is a violent western spectacle that redefines the prominence of people of colour

October 22, 2021

“While the events of this story are fictional…These. People. Existed.” These words hit harder than any bullet or bass snare experienced in The Harder They Fall as they sprawl across the screen in the opening seconds of Jeymes Samuel‘s Black Western fantasy.  Perhaps, in a way, an almost spiritual sequel to Mario Van Peebles’ genre-breaking […]

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Interview: Director James Gunn and the cast of The Suicide Squad; “This movie could be rated X!”

August 4, 2021

As The Suicide Squad gear up to take on the big screen here in Australia, where cinemas are open, of course, (you can read our review here), director James Gunn and his cast, including Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Sylvester Stallone, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion and Joel Kinnaman, were on hand at […]

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Film Review: The Suicide Squad is violent, unprincipled, and very, very fun!

July 29, 2021

Arguably one of the best marketing campaigns ever afforded for a blockbuster title, 2016’s Suicide Squad was ultimately a victim of its own hype.  After the DC brand suffered disappointment with the reaction to Batman v Superman, David Ayer’s impressively stacked line-up of second-tier characters and their super villainous mentalities seemed poised to right the […]

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Lime Cordiale are set to embark on their largest Australian tour yet

May 1, 2021

Lime Cordiale seem to be everywhere since the release of their debut album 14 Steps To A Better You. And through October, they quite literally will be as they embark on their biggest tour yet around the country. 2020 saw the band score the most nominations at the ARIA Awards, taking home the Breakthrough Artist […]

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Photo Gallery: Lime Cordiale + Mia Rodriguez + Budjerah – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (14.03.21)

March 15, 2021

Lime Cordiale are currently touring the country, and this weekend played a brace of shows at the renovated Enmore Theatre in Sydney. It was a show worth waiting for, with their catchy songs being incredibly well received.  “Screw Loose” was anything but, and was one of my favourites. It showed them to be totally in […]

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Film Review: Nothing will prepare you for the experience that is Cats

December 20, 2019

Horror films have had a banner year in 2019. They crept under the audience’s skin, lingering in the mind long after the credits had stopped rolling. But none of them seemed as haunting as the first theatrical trailer for Tom Hooper‘s Cats. When the trailer was released, the public opinion was overwhelmingly negative. Many viewers were […]

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Film Review: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw crackles with energy

July 31, 2019

It’s hard to believe that a franchise that started out as little more than a soft remake of Point Break, pinning Vin Diesel and his disposable crew against low-rent law enforcement with the street racing scene as its background, has transformed itself into a billion dollar commodity where secret agents take on international terrorists.  And […]

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Film Review: Molly’s Game (USA, 2017) is as sophisticated as it is entertaining

February 1, 2018

Known for his rapid-fire flair for dialogue, writer Aaron Sorkin proves ideally suited to tackling the true story of Molly Bloom.  Bloom, a former professional skier, earned her stripes working under one of the co-owners of the infamous Viper Room as she recruited high-profile talent to take part in secretive poker games in the club’s […]

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Film Review: The Mountain Between Us (USA, 2017) is a romantic survival tale submerged in cheese

October 12, 2017

WARNING: This review may contain heavy traces of cheese. Before I start off this review, let me just make this one thing clear. I do like romantic films. This year alone, we have great films like Their Finest, The Big Sick, Our God’s Country and Call Me By Your Name. As much as I cannot […]

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Film Review: The Dark Tower (USA, 2017) is tolerable for casual viewers but disappointing for die-hard King fans

August 17, 2017

Full disclosure, I have not read any of the Stephen King The Dark Tower series of books. As somebody who is unaware of the source material, I was going into the film adaptation of The Dark Tower with the simple expectation of wanting to enjoy a film, to be transported to another place, be invested […]

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See Idris Elba and Kate Winslet tackle the elements in the first trailer for The Mountain Between Us

June 2, 2017

Hollywood dynamos Kate Winslet and Idris Elba team up for what looks to be the coldest film of the year. After their plane crashes on a snowy mountain, and realising help is definitely not on its way, the pair find themselves pushing through the white wilderness in the hope they might survive. Crashing into cinemas […]

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Pacific Rim: Maelstrom will begin filming in Australia next month

October 9, 2016

Whether you love it or hate it, 2013’s  Pacific Rim was an absolute spectacle. In news released earlier this week, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s box office hit, entitled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, will begin shooting at Fox Studios Sydney and later in Queensland by November. Maelstrom will see Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star John […]

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Best things to do in Sydney this long weekend (Sep 30th-Oct 3rd)

September 29, 2016

It seems like quite some time since we last had a long weekend, but thankfully the time has come for Labour Day to do what it does best and celebrate labour by subtracting it from our lives for one day. Monday 2nd October will (hopefully) be a work-free, stress-free day for you so make the […]

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Idris Elba is DJing at Paddington’s Goodbar tonight, and entry is free (Sydney)

September 28, 2016

Though he’s mainly been in Australia to film for Thor 3, Idris Elba has taken time out of his busy schedule to fly on down to Sydney for an event with Superdry. Interesting, right? It gets better. Before the award-winning British actor departs the harbour city he will stopping by recently opened Paddington nightclub Goodbar […]

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Sam Mendes will not direct the next James Bond but Susanne Bier might

June 2, 2016

“I think it’s time for somebody else,” were the words Sam Mendes used to end his five-year pairing with the spy franchise. “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” he also added. Mendes was responsible for Skyfall and Spectre, both films receiving critical and box office success, with critics believing he had brought new depth to […]

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Idris Elba & Jessica Chastain in talks for Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut

May 12, 2016

Idris Elba is in talks to star alongside Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game. Chastain is in negotiations for the lead role of Molly Bloom. Elba’s role is as of yet unknown. Stung after failing to make the Olympic team, Bloom decided to take a year off before law school and get a job as […]

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Ty Burrell is coming to Australia to promote Finding Dory

May 3, 2016

Modern Family actor and comedian Ty Burrell will be attending the Australian premiere of Finding Dory on  Wednesday 15th June as part of a two-day press tour. Burrell is set to play a Beluga Whale called Bailey who fears his echolocation skills are broken. Finding Dory sees the blue tangy dory (voiced by Ellen De Generes) Nemo and […]

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Vikings star Katheryn Winnick joins the cast for The Dark Tower

April 28, 2016

Star of History Channel’s Vikings, Katheryn Winnick has found a new acting gig with sources claiming the actress will be joining the cast of Sony and MRC’s adaptation of The Dark Tower. Winnick will be joining Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor as part of the Stephen King‘s adaptation film title. The Dark Tower will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel and […]

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Film Review: The Jungle Book (PG, USA, 2016)

April 6, 2016

In the last decade Disney has slowly but surely been churning out live action versions of some of its classic films and stories. There’s been 101 Dalmations, Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella to name a few. Now to add to that list is The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story as […]

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Director Jon Favreau on the themes, casting choices, music and lessons learned on The Jungle Book

April 5, 2016

We recently sat down for a surprisingly detailed discussion about Jon Favreau’s new project that’s about to hit Australian cinema screens – a live action version of The Jungle Book. In Part 2 of our interview (Look back at part one HERE), we discuss the themes, the casting choices, and music used in the film and […]

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Has Aaron Paul been cast in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower?

March 11, 2016

Blastr reported this week that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul has been cast in the Sony adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. As this stage, there is no confirmation as to who Paul has been cast as. Those familiar with King’s work, however, will recognize the instant potential for Paul in the character of Eddie […]

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Stephen King’s The Dark Tower enters production with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as leads

March 2, 2016

After years of failed attempts, the film adaption of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks like it will finally enter production. Idris Elba is set to play the lead role, a gunslinger named Roland while Matthew McConaughey is attached to play his enigmatic nemesis. Nikolaj Arcel is directing the film after working together with King on the […]

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DVD Review: Luther, Season 4 (UK, 2015)

February 27, 2016

Season 4 of Luther sees the titular British detective (Idris Elba) return for a two-part adventure that, while all too brief, does a fantastic job of picking up the ball and running with it. It’s every bit as dark, moody and drenched in grey-morality as previous seasons and the slick production values behind the series […]

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Daredevil‘s Steven S. DeKnight to direct Pacific Rim sequel

February 25, 2016

The people behind Legendary Pictures have decided to move forward with Pacific Rim 2 by appointing Spartacus creator and Daredevil‘s showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as director of the film. Currently the project has been kept on hold since September of last year with the film being taken off the 2017 release schedule. Guillermo del Toro […]

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