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There's a reason why Alchemy picked up Gaspar Noé's sex opus "Love" ahead of its Cannes premiere. The film's explicit love scenes — and in 3D — have been the talk of the Croisette since the festival began. It finally premiered last night. The lines were long, the anticipation heightened by bad boy Noé's brain-bending "Enter the Void" and, of course, that low-angle tunnel rape suffered by Monica Bellucci in "Irreversible." In a sexy year for cinema, could this taboo-busting Frenchman knock everyone's 3D glasses off? Noé sported his last night. Thierry Frémaux welcomed him at the midnight screening, where lines wended around the block, and hundreds — even some press — were turned away. Despite all the film's 3D sucking and fucking and ejaculating, the consensus is that "Love" is the provocateur's most tame work to date, emotionally undercooked and even pompous given the fact that the on-the-nose »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Stars of Gaspar Noé's Love, Aomi Muyock and Klara Kristin in Cannes. Photo: Richard Mowe Gaspar Noé is no stranger to controversy - and neither is Cannes Film Festival. Surrounded by hardcore hype, Noé who made Irreversible, with Monica Bellucci in an extended rape scene, as well as Enter The Void, now offers Love - in graphic 3D.
He has been talking for years about making a porn film that is also romantic and embraces sexuality in all its myriad guises and this would appear to be it.
It premiered at a packed midnight screening last night in the Grand Theatre Lumière and was unveiled to the media earlier today (May 21) to a mixture of boos and mild appreciation from some quarters.
- Richard Mowe
Continuing its relationship with Palme d’Or-winning Serbian director Emir Kusturica, Wild Bunch has snatched up international sales to “On the Milky Road,” a romance-adventure film with Monica Bellucci.
Pic unfolds as a three-part narrative recounting three periods in the life of a man (Kusturica): his time as a lucky milkman during the war; evading perilous escapades and blossoming romance with the woman he loves (Bellucci); and his later life as a monk, looking back over the tumultuous past.
The film shoots on location in the Balkans, across the Republic of Srpska, Serbia and Montenegro. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
It's all in the title. Crime syndicate Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), headed up by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, regularly attempted world domination in Sean Connery's '60s outings, but they've been absent for decades due to an ongoing legal dispute with Thunderball co-creator Kevin McClory.
McClory passed away in 2006 and his Bond rights were eventually regained by Eon/MGM, »
Oscilloscope Laboratories have made a pre-Cannes double deal. Slightly misleading, they’ve actually picked up a pair that had not yet to be picked up since they had their premieres at the 2014 edition of the festival. O-scope have landed Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winning (2nd place award after the Palme d’Or) The Wonders which was high up on several Best undistributed films of ’14, while Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut Catch Me Daddy was a Directors’ Fortnight entry that had it’s supporters. O-Scope will release both films later this year. Additionally, they’ve landed one of the better undiscoverd gems from the Toronto Int. Film Fest last fall in Javier Fuentes-León‘s The Vanished Elephant.
Gist: Rohrwacher’s sophomore film is set at the end of summer and follows Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her »
- Eric Lavallee
Oscilloscope Laboratories, eyeing an exciting slate for 2015, has acquired three films for Us release later this year. First up, Alice Rohrwacher’s 2014 Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Wonders”: A word-of-mouth hit on the circuit from Cannes to Nyff and AFI Fest, "The Wonders" centers on a family of beekeepers whose lives on their Italian countryside farm are upended by the arrival of a reality TV show (whose host is played by Monica Bellucci) that comes to showcase their lives. "The only Italian film competing in Cannes, and quite an atypical one at that, it should intrigue festival and art house audiences with its layers of barely-there meaning, but other viewers could find the story flimsy and the emotions scant, making it unlikely to go wide," wrote THR back at Cannes. "Alice Rohrwacher's bitter-sweet Cannes contender about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways is as powerful as it is enchanting, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired Alice Rohrwacher’s “The Wonders” — which won the Grand Prix last year at the Cannes Film Festival — and Daniel Wolfe’s Directors’ Fortnight entry “Catch Me Daddy.”
Oscilloscope plans to release both films later this year.
“The Wonders” is a drama centered around a family of beekeepers who are struggling to make ends meet on their farm deep in the Italian countryside when a reality TV show (featuring a host played by Monica Bellucci) arrives in town intent on showcasing the family. The film subsequently played at the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, AFI Fest and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
“Catch Me Daddy,” a gritty British thriller, was directed by Daniel Wolfe and written and created with his brother Matthew. It follows a teenager from a ruthless criminal family as she flees home with her boyfriend, leading to her family hiring mercenary thugs »
- Dave McNary
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. »
- Gary Collinson
Sony Pictures has released a new video and photos from the set of Sam Mendes’ Spectre focusing on a car chase in Rome between James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 driven by Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista).
In Spectre, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Spectre, the twenty-fourth installment in the James Bond franchise, will be released in IMAX theatres globally on November 6, 2015.
- Michelle McCue
I have immersed myself in James Bond lately, taking the time recently to begin diving into Ian Fleming's original novels for the first time (I'll be finishing "Casino Royale" later today) and also purchasing the "Bond 50" Blu-ray set. The goal is what will be nearly six months of features surrounding the Bond franchise leading up to the Nov. 6 global release of Spectre, the 24th Bond film in the franchise. To say I'm excited about it would be an understatement and I'm growing increasingly excited reading Fleming's origin of the character, particularly because I'm learning just how well Martin Campbell handled Casino Royale, though I'm equally anxious to return to that movie as well, but I digress... Today we have a few new pictures and a new video blog for the upcoming Spectre, this one coming from the set of the new film focusing on a car chase through the »
- Brad Brevet
Filming on the latest instalment of the James Bond franchise is still taking place, and so to whet our apetities for the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Skyfall a new featurette has been released which focusses on the supercars of Spectre…
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Lucia Sciarra, Stephanie Sigman (The Bridge) as Estrella and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Oberhauser.
- Thomas Roach
Sneak Peek new footage from the currently shooting 'James Bond' movie "Spectre" in Mexico, now that '007' actor Daniel Craig has been released from hospital to repair a knee injury, and has resumed shooting his scenes:
"...a cryptic message sends 'James Bond' on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
"Then while 'M' battles political forces...
"...to keep the secret service alive...
"...Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
"Spectre" will be released in North America, November 6, 2015, also starring Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Eve Moneypenny', Ralph Fiennes as 'M', Jesper Christensen as 'Mr. White', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh', Léa Seydoux as 'Madeleine Swann', Dave Bautista as 'Mr. Hinx', Monica Bellucci as Lucia 'Sciarra' and Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser'.
"Spectre" will also include a new 'Aston Martin', called the 'DB10', designed specifically for the film. »
- Michael Stevens
Sony Pictures have released a new video blog for their upcoming James Bond movie Spectre which offers a brand new look behind-the-scenes of the 24th 007 adventure. The featurette looks at the new Aston Martin to be used in the film, as well as a new, top line Jaguar, which is driven by Dave Bautista’s character and all round bad guy, Mr Hinx.
The focus of the video is the ‘iconic’ chase scene which was shot in Rome earlier this year, and offers headshot quotes from Bautista, and director Sam Mendes.
In Spectre, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
- Paul Heath
Using a similar strategy to the one he employed for Skyfall, director Sam Mendes has begun teasing ardent Bond fans with a series of behind-the-scenes video clips for the upcoming Spectre. On this occasion, the filmmaker has shifted the focus onto the much-talked-about car chase through the streets of Rome, and in the video above both he and newcomer Dave Bautista run through what it was like to shutdown the streets of the Italian capital to film a high-octane sequence.
Pitting the iconic Aston Martin against the raw power of a Jaguar C-X75 – driven by Bautista’s big bad, Mr. Hinx – the footage is a wonderful peek behind the curtain at what goes on during a Bond production, and how the crew bring the scene to life on set. Here, the Guardians of the Galaxy star discusses his experience after getting behind the wheel.
“It’s amazing. It’s one »
- Michael Briers
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
James Bond may be operating off the reservation based on footage of “Spectre” that Sony teased as part of its CinemaCon presentation Wednesday to theater owners.
The brief scene finds 007 (Daniel Craig) in his sparsely furnished apartment with Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), as she alludes to an event that happened in “Mexico” that left many in Mi-4 thinking Bond went “one step too far.”
She goes on to say, “I think you’ve got a secret. Something you won’t tell any one because you don’t trust anyone.”
The sexual tension between them is palpable and for a moment it appears that Bond may kiss his fellow agent. But there are also suggestions of a greater danger, with Bond referencing a “pale king” he must grapple with in Mexico.
There was also a key plot detail revealed that Sony asked audience members not to spoil.
Sony is distributing the Eon and MGM release. »
- Brent Lang
It seems that Christoph Waltz is sticking to his story. On the very day that the cast for Spectre was officially unveiled, actor Christoph Waltz revealed that his character was called Franz Oberhauser, despite many believing he would play the classic Bond villain Blofeld. Since then he has denied playing Blofeld several times, but since the release of the first teaser trailer many fans are sure that his character is indeed super spy’s arch nemesis.
In an interview with GQ, Waltz was once again asked if he is playing Blofeld to which he responded, “That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
- Thomas Roach
Of all the things to stop James Bond dead in his tracks, a small knee injury wouldn’t be the first obstacle to come to mind. Nevertheless, following an on-set accident back in February, MGM has confirmed that star Daniel Craig underwent minor knee surgery during a scheduled Spectre break to correct said injury. He is human, after all!
Here’s what a spokesperson had to say about the incident, which won’t have any impact on the film’s production schedule.
“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood.”
Craig first sprained his knee whilst filming an action scene at England’s famous Pinewood Studios, though this didn’t affect Spectre‘s European shoots that followed, as it’s understood the actor didn’t miss any days of filming as production switched to Rome »
- Michael Briers
Seemingly always under a perpetual black cloud during production, Spectre has experienced another small set back. Daniel Craig is said to have sprained his knee in early February while shooting an action sequence on set at Pinewood Studios. He had to undergo knee surgery this weekend, though Eon Productions says it was a 'minor procedure'. The actor was flown to New York for the surgery during Easter break.
"During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood."
Sorry it’s been so long since the last column, dear readers. I’ve been very busy these last couple weeks, doing things such as finishing up a book I’m writing, celebrating my birthday, and getting to see Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in concert. But I have returned to Trailer Trashin’, with our first look at the next James Bond movie, Spectre.
Premise: In the aftermath of the bombing of MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with a sinister organization known as Spectre. As Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly-appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond is drawn into a confrontation with an enemy who knows him better than he knows himself and holds a dangerous secret that will force Bond to question the value of everything he has fought to protect. »
- Timothy Monforton
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