8 items from 2015
Two of director Philippe de Broca’s earliest renowned titles get new restorations and are available for the first time on Blu-ray, That Man From Rio (1964) and Up to His Ears (1965), the first two titles from a loose James Bond spoof trilogy featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Certainly ahead of his time, de Broca’s amusing adventure films are much more than the kind of lowbrow entertainment that would come to typify the genre known as spoof, and this became a notable inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films, particularly 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Inspired by the adventures of Belgian cartoonist Herge’s Tintin adventures (which also provided the basis for a 2011 Steven Spielberg adaptation), a prized Amazonian statue is stolen from a Parisian museum. Three such statues left South American on an expedition that involved the late father of Agnes (Francoise Dorleac) and and two colleagues. Professor Catalan »
- Nicholas Bell
'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo "Desperate times. Desperate measures," says Tom Cruise aka Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer aka the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, that particular line could be read in a number of ways: Tom Cruise's superstardom is in the doldrums – at least that's what we hear from those who see reality only through U.S.-focused lenses – and he needs all the box-office help he can get. Hence, MI5. Hollywood is in dire need of a mammoth domestic blockbuster following a year of mediocre-performing tentpoles at the U.S. box office. Hence, MI5. The world's socioeconomic fabric is about to unravel. Hence, MI5 – so humankind can go with a bang. Not only with a bang, but with mirth as well. »
- Andre Soares
James Bond will soon be seducing someone his own age.
Monica Bellucci, 50, is the oldest Bond love interest in the franchise's history, and is four years older than her sexy co-star, 46-year-old Daniel Craig. The Italian actress admitted to The Sunday Times that she was shocked when director Sam Mendes called to tell her she landed the highly coveted role in Spectre. "My first thought was, 'How can I be a Bond girl at 50?'" she recalled. "I just blurted out, 'I'm not a girl, I'm a woman, I'm a mature woman. Do I have to replace Judi Dench?'"
Photos: Salma Hayek Shows Off Insane Bikini Bod at 48
New images from the set of “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, show Dave Bautista in character as henchman Mr. Hinx. Bautista, one of the breakout stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” joins the ranks of notorious Bond villains like Jaws (Richard Kiel), Oddjob (Harold Sakata), and Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen). Also Read: 25 Sizzling Bond Girls: From Ursula Andress to Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux (Photos) Sam Mendes is returning to direct “Spectre” after his success with “Skyfall” in 2012. Daniel Craig is reprising his role as the British super spy, along with a supporting cast that includes Bautista, Christoph Waltz, »
- Joe Otterson
Sony Pictures, MGM and Eon Productions gave fans a first look at “Spectre” late Wednesday evening, offering a glimpse of Daniel Craig returning to the iconic James Bond role along with director Sam Mendes. The film centers around a cryptic message from Bond’s past that sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind “Spectre.” See photos: 25 Sizzling Bond Girls: From Ursula Andress to Monica Belluci and Lea Seydoux (Photos) Producers for »
- Matt Donnelly
One half of enjoying a marvel is wondering how it works, and the other half is not knowing. Bruce McClure’s cinema is a spectacle to savor, for once his built-up gallows are packed away and taken home, there can be no encore. While film projectionists have long been an endangered species, the Brooklyn-based licensed architect assumes the mantle of sole creator, hunched over one or two or three 16mm or Super-8 projectors, twiddling away behind a torchlight on a handmade soundboard, with which he has as much fun as he does the guitar pedals at his feet.
This is autonomy incarnate: projector, performer, meaning-maker and destroyer. “Have we got time?” He asks during one of his nine live shows at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. “I mean I know we have time but I could go on with this all night.”
McClure is difficult to pin down in a number of ways. »
- Michael Pattison
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
Anita Ekberg, the Swedish actress whose onscreen persona was best encapsulated by a scene of her wading sensually into the Trevi Fountain in “La Dolce Vita,” died Sunday in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. She was 83.
Ekberg, who had long been living in Italy, had been hospitalized recently due to several unspecified illnesses, her lawyer Patrizia Ubaldi said, confirming her death. She had been in a wheelchair for several years after breaking a hip.
Ekberg was one of cinema’s most famous “sex goddesses,” as renowned for her performances as she was for her alleged list of romances with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper. In addition to “La Dolce Vita,” which made her an international film icon, Ekberg starred in “War and Peace” with Audrey Hepburn, “Artists and Models” with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin and “Paris Holiday” with Bob Hope.
She auditioned for, but lost out on, »
- Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli
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