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Giles Hardie

Giles Hardie is a film critic and entertainment reporter for Fairfax.

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Ron Burgundy mounts up for Melbourne Cup

Ron Burgundy's Melbourne Cup message (Thumbnail)

Giles Hardie The GNN news anchor tells Australia that the great race is also "kind of a big deal."

The Hobbit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lesson one: Never interview dwarves

Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.

Giles Hardie During a visit the set of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug there was a chance to chat with the everchanging cast of dwarves.

Ratings

Kyle and Jackie O win ratings for 2Day FM, but rival networks circle

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O.

Giles Hardie Kyle and Jackie O have served up a timely reminder of what 2Day FM will be missing next year as they recorded their best result in a year.

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Giles Hardie Get ready to feel old. The Usual Suspects is now old enough to drink and vote.

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Hypothetical suspects

The Usual Suspects

Giles Hardie Who would Bryan Singer cast if he were making his 1995 hit The Usual Suspects today?

Thor: The Dark World a mere Olympian among superheroes

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Giles Hardie Even if Thor: The Dark World is only ok, it's still pacy and enjoyable with stand out moments that hold their own in the franchise.

X Factor

Taylor Henderson forgets words in X Factor clanger

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Giles Hardie Last week one of Ronan's boys chose what seemed the worst possible moment to make a mistake in his performance as Jai Waetford tried to eliminate himself from the semi-final with a guitar miscue.

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Contracts are the 'no' factor

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Giles Hardie Ronan Keating, the longest-serving judge on Channel Seven's The X Factor, vows it is impossible for the Australian show to generate a phenomenon like One Direction while its finalists are required to...

Get Flick'd

Big names, big flops: Why the biopics have failed in 2013

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in the film Jobs.

Giles Hardie The big name films about people with big names have all flopped at the box office, yet films about Elton John, Lance Armstrong and Stephen Hawking are in the works. Can Hollywood save the biopic?

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Giles Hardie Benedict Cumberbatch has had a bad week but his next film is a guaranteed winner.

Smaug to the rescue

Benedict Cumberbatch in <i>The Fifth Estate</i>

Giles Hardie Benedict Cumberbatch has had a bad week, as The Fifth Estate bombed at US and UK box offices, but his next film is a guaranteed winner. He voices the dragon Smaug in The Hobbitmovies.

Captain Phillips: More than a pirate tale

Giles Hardie Captain Phillips isn't about the rescue, or the pirates, it's about the people and it is a thrilling, terrific tale.

The New Grey

Jamie Dornan steps in as the new Fifty Shades' Christian Grey

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson... Fifty Shades.

Giles Hardie The Fifty Shades of Grey movie developers have found themselves a spanking new Christian Grey, as actor Jamie Dornan has been selected to replace Charlie Hunnam as the erotically adventurous...

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Q&A

We finally meet the Mother

Giles Hardie In the ninth and last season, How I Met Your Mother introduces the title's character.

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Ronan Keating to leave The X Factor?

Singer/songwriter, Ronan Keating.

Giles Hardie Ronan Keating, the longest serving judge and mentor on Seven's ratings champion The X Factor, may add an additional shock moment to Monday night's grand finale by announcing his departure from the...

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On set

Five Hobbit films that did not get made

Director Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman, as Bilbo Baggins, on the set of <i>The Hobbit</i> movies

Giles Hardie Benedict Cumberbatch has had a bad week as The Fifth Estate bombed at the US and UK box offices, but his next film is as close to a guaranteed box office winner as they come.

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The X Factor recap

Jai saved as THIRD D3GREE come fourth

The X Factor

Giles Hardie The X Factor proves mistakes - and success - mean nothing, as the voting gets really weird, before sanity is restored to all except Nat.

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X Factor

X Factor final four: Jai Waetford's clunking mistake

<i>X Factor</i> final four ... Jai Waetford, 14, just doesn't appear to be top two material, but that doesn't mean that he deserves to go home.

Giles Hardie Will a 14-year-old's slip while performing live on television for an audience of almost two million be enough to see him eliminated?

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Review - Ja'mie: Private School Girl

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Giles Hardie See what The Guide reviewers thought of episode one of Ja'mie.

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Giles Hardie It seems Julian Assange can't stop leaking, even when it's not in his own interest.