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According to KDramaStars, Hilary Swank is being lined up for a role in Bond 24, which – if true – would see her overtake the record set by a 39-year-old Honor Blackman in Goldfinger to become the oldest actress to portray a Bond girl. However, we should probably take this with a grain of salt, given the site’s past track record, as well as numerous reports suggesting that Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) will appear as the female lead.
Bond 24 is set to go into production next month, with director Sam Mendes reuniting with Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny). Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is rumoured to be attached as the villain’s henchmen, while it’s also been reported that Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is set to play 007’s arch-enemey Blofeld.
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- Gary Collinson
The world is a tough place and the movies are our collective great escape. For your host here at Tfe there's an awful lot to be thankful for. So as I prepare to stuff my face tomorrow with my best friends I will be especially thankful...
For the orange tabby in Gone Girl
For Julianne Moore getting her groove back on yoga mats and at beach houses
For David Fincher's consistency at turning mainstream audiences on while never pandering
For Shia Labeouf because every film decade needs its defining crazy
For the blooming of Keira Knightley, from an always memorable but uneven actress, to a completely confident movie star, relaxed, nuanced and magnetic in two fine performances
For that shot of the paratroopers in Godzilla
For Finn Wittrock's arrival, »
- NATHANIEL R
A couple weeks ago it was reported that Christoph Waltz was going to play the villain in Sam Mendes' Bond 24. It wasn't announced who exactly he would play, but today we have word that he will take on the role of none other than James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld!
Rumors of the character were sparked last year after MGM settled a lawsuit with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous Spectre organization. Now it looks there was a reason they made the settlement. When Bond 24 writer, John Logan, was asked about the character in a previous interview all he said was:
"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."
Blofeld has been a part of six of the previous James Bond films that have been made. Sometimes his face is shown, other times we just hear his voice. »
- Joey Paur
MGM, Amplify & Stage 6 Films
Shooting begins next month on the still untitled (or at least officially untitled) Bond 24 and from the looks of things, 007 should be prepared to face a familiar foe. According to the Daily Mail, Christoph Waltz, recently cast in the movie as the main villain (could he really have been anything else?), will be portraying the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the recurring big baddie from the early Bond novels and films.
The two-time Oscar winner would bring all his European flare to play the devious, cunning foe, famous for his white cat and haunting scar. Sources say Blofeld will be “just as sinister as early incarnations, although a lot less campy” this time around and it will be a rebirth of sorts for Bond’s ultimate nemesis. He hasn’t appeared on screen since he was unceremoniously killed off in the opening title sequence of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
Earlier this month it was reported that two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is wanted for the main villain role in Bond 24, and now The Daily Mail is claiming that Waltz is set to play 007’s arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
According to the paper, Eon “will announce the star is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond. But senior sources believe the casting is a double bluff worthy of 007 himself and that Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.” They go on to quote an unnamed source as stating that: “Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007.”
If true, Waltz will join actors Donald Pleasance, »
- Gary Collinson
Just weeks after we reported that Christoph Waltz is playing the main villain in Bond 24, The Daily Mail claims that the actor is actually playing the classic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this highly-anticipated sequel.
Eon Productions is expected to confirm Christoph Waltz's casting during a press conference to be held in the first week of December. At that time, they will announce that the actor is playing Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who was a father figure to 007 (Daniel Craig). However, one unidentified source claims that the announcement will be a misdirect, and that Christoph Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.
"Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007."
We reported in November 2013 that »
I don't think this rumor will have anyone gasping as The Daily Mail is reporting recently cast Christoph Waltz will be playing iconic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24. I know, shocker rightc Upon the announcement Waltz would play one of the film's villains I asked about the likelihood of him playing Blofeld on Twitter. For those that don't know, Blofeld is head of the global criminal organization Spectre and he first appeared in Ian Fleming's novel "Thunderball", but his first theatrical "appearance" was in From Russia with Love (1963), followed by a part in 1965's Thunderball before his face was finally seen in 1967's You Only Live Twice as portrayed by Donald Pleasence. The character would later be portrayed by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by Max Von Sydow in Never Say Never Again and Charlse Gray in Diamonds are Forever before finally »
- Brad Brevet
Spoilers: This article contains Bond 24 details some readers may wish to avoid.
A classic villain from James Bond's past is expected to return for the next 007 outing.
A source reportedly said that the more serious tone of the Daniel Craig movies has led producers to "change the character to fit in with the new-look 007".
The character featured prominently in You Only Live Twice (played by Donald Pleasence), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Telly Savalas) and Diamonds Are Forever (Charles Gray), while also appearing in 1983's rogue Bond movie from McClory, Never Say Never Again.
Production is finally set to start on the 24th James Bond film in December, with a formal announcement of that expected in the next week or two. The new movie will see Daniel Craig play 007 for the fourth time, this time reunited with his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all back for the new film.
One of the new additions to the cast is Christoph Waltz, and over the weekend, a major rumour surfaced regarding the identity of his role. If you want to know more, you'll need to scroll below Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel...
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Right then. The Daily Mail isn't our favourite source on planet Earth, but it does have a good track record when »
On Nov. 19, voting began for SAG nominations. On Dec. 1, art directors and producers kick off the guild voting, while the New York Film Critics Circle are first out of the gate by announcing their winners.
As we get down to the wire, Hollywood calendars are jam-packed with awards events. And at each gathering, voters trade notes about titles they’ve seen recently and the handful of films they need to see. The conversation is always dominated by the latest contenders — and yet this year, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” keeps coming up.
The Wes Anderson film premiered at Berlin almost a year ago and bowed domestically in March, which in an awards-season-timetable is the equivalent of 200 years ago. It has long been on VOD and video, so as a flock of terrific films open to fanfare and media attention, “Budapest” may seem like old news. Au contraire, mes amis.
Six months ago, »
- Tim Gray
Benedict Cumberbatch began to take Hollywood by storm as no other debonair Englishman has done since the early days of Ralph Fiennes, around 2010, when he landed the title role in BBC's modern take on "Sherlock." The following year, he started a string of memorable supporting roles with "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse," and in the year after that he turned critics' heads with an Emmy-nominated turn in "Parade's End." That was two years ago, and since then he's been in five feature films (including "Star Trek Into Darkness" as every Trekkie's favorite villain, Khan) and lent his multi-million-dollar-worth vocal chords to a number of projects (including Peter Jackson's ‘Hobbit’ trilogy as every Tolkienite's favorite dragon, Smaug). And that's not all. He has a walloping nine projects in development, including the third season of "Sherlock," and a venture into yet another cherished universe as every Marvel fans »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Thompson, who is the only person to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting, commented: “It is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”
Thompson’s portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” in 1992 netted her a BAFTA Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She earned »
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included, John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters.
Thompson is known for both acting and screenwriting and is the only artist to date to have received an Oscar for both acting and screenwriting.
Speaking about the Richard Harris Award, Thompson said: “This is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me.”
Thompson received her first Oscar in 1993 for her leading role in Merchant Ivory adaptation Howard »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.
The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.
Here’s the full release.
- Paul Heath
Josh Brolin plays a fixer for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s with the action in the film kicking off in the wake of a star mysteriously disappearing during the middle of a shoot.
Lambert will play Arne Slessum, a married European filmmaker whose scandalous affair with a young starlet (Johansson) becomes another headache for the studio.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
He may be best known for his 1980s film career, but Christopher Lambert is headed for the 1950s, and we don’t mean in a DeLorean. He’s joined the already sprawling, eclectic ensemble cast for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail, Caesar!The film, set during one of the golden ages of the big studio system, is focused on a private detective-turned-fixer (Josh Brolin) for the movie companies, who tracks down and covers up scandals among its contracted players and directors. His current case involves him digging into the mysterious disappearance of a big star mid-way through a shoot.Lambert is aboard to play Arne Slessum, a European filmmaker who claims to be happily married but is carrying on an affair with a starlet (Scarlett Johansson), which causes problems for the studio. He joins a cast that already boasts George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, »
Javier Bardem’s turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall was icier than a naked Twister party in an igloo. How do you follow that performance? By casting diminutive screen psychopath Christoph Waltz of course, if recent reports are anything to go by. Variety have acquired this story from the Twitter feed of Daily Mail foghorner Baz Bamigboye, so while we can take it with a mini-avalanche of salt, we can at least comment on it as a plausible decision. Waltz fits the Daniel Craig era formula of recent years of casting a sinister European as adversary. If you haven’t seen him before, I’d describe him as a sort of sinister cousin of Jools Holland. I doubt anyone would object if his involvement was confirmed.
Bamigboye has also Tweeted the locations for Bond 24 as Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, so as ever Eon Productions will be »
- Steve Palace
Hold onto your butts, ’cause this is an unexpected piece of casting information. Christopher Lambert, star of the most important ’80s genre pic ever, Highlander, has joined the cast of The Coen Brothers’ next comedy, Hail, Caesar!
The sibling duo’s upcoming chucklefest is based in the backlots and studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and follows the story of a ‘fixer’ named Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). The title has nothing whatsoever to do with veterinary medicine. In 1950s Hollywood, this was the term applied to the dogsbodies who were given the boring lackey jobs on sets. When a famous starlet goes missing, it’s up to Mannix to track her down. It’s a brilliant premise that ought to be the perfect vessel for the Coens’ typically zany commentary on society.
As production began on the shoot earlier this month, the casting roster has plumped up further with today’s left field announcement. »
- Gem Seddon
One of the most interesting precursors to me is always the Independent Spirit Awards. They don’t always cite the same things that the Academy does, so it’s a chance to see smaller and more eclectic fare given a moment in the sun. Even though the Spirit Award have matched up with Oscar more often in the recent past than was usual, it’s still a place where you can see honors for films that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance. Personally, that’s one of the my favorite things about certain precursors, the fact that they bestow citations on worthy cinema that could have been ignored entirely. Before I give you my shot in the dark predictions for this year’s Spirit Awards (which will announce their nominees in under two weeks…specifically on November 25th), I just wanted to further my point about the choices made by this group. »
- Joey Magidson
Despite one feature film under his belt with 2006′s Land of the Blind (the Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland starrer won the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award and landed at Rotterdam, but didn’t gain much traction after that), Robert Edwards isn’t an unknown entity for Sundance programmers. His 2002 docu short, Voice of the Prophet landed at the fest and American Prometheus, a project that hasn’t yet materialized, was awarded a the 2011 Sloan Science-in-Film Initiative Commissioning Grant. It appears that the filmmaker has had several high profile projects that didn’t materialize, but this April, is when he finally got a greenlight. When I Live My Life Over Again sees Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson and Oliver Platt in a New York city set drama.
Gist: The New York-based drama sees Walken play Lombard, dubbed “The King of Romance, »
- Eric Lavallee
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