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London’s tensions are nicely exposed in a fine adaptation of John Lanchester’s bestseller. And Lady C is a class apart…
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Toby Jones is in imminent peril of becoming a national treasure, a category of rabbit-hole down which he’ll surely have to be hauled kicking and screaming, albeit in his unassailably gentle fashion. At 49, he’s hardly even got going with his talent, but is already being billed in opening credits as “And Toby Jones”, the kind of accolade normally reserved for a Morgan Freeman, a Judi Dench.
Ferne McCann struggled three times to say the word ‘aristocrat’ yet still gazed up at Lady C with cow-eyed deference
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- Euan Ferguson
Michael Grade’s weirdly jocular yet aggressive interview with Bacharach overwhelmed the thoughtful and gracious musician
Here’s a game to while away any semi-mournful hours you’re having. Maybe you’re half-cut, or maybe out the other side and slightly hungover. Maybe you’re just awake at 4am for no reason. No matter. Settle yourself in for a few rounds of Who’s Got the Best Life? Two rules – they have to be famous (otherwise it’s boring for other people) and they have to be alive (otherwise it’s always Frank Sinatra). Is it Judi Dench? Helen Mirren? Alan Bennett? Joanna Lumley? Mary Berry? Talented, loved, respected, successful, enduring – not a bad package. Or would you need a dash more glamour? Joan Collins – she may well have the best life. George Clooney? Jon Hamm? Comic and dramatic chops, synonymous with handsomeness and suavity but, crucially, never in Dynasty. »
- Lucy Mangan
London — The live broadcast of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s stage production of “The Winter’s Tale” topped the U.K. cinema box office on Thursday.
William Shakespeare’s play, which was screened in 520 movie theaters across the U.K. in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, grossed £1.1 million ($1.66 million), beating “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” to claim the top spot.
“The Winter’s Tale,” which was broadcast live from London’s Garrick Theatre, was also aired in more than 100 movie theaters outside the U.K., including Portugal, Spain, Canada, Austria, Malta and Germany. It will also be screened in U.S. movie theaters on Nov. 30. Further broadcasts will be held across the U.K. throughout the Christmas period. Australia and Northern Europe will screen the production in January.
- Leo Barraclough
In 2014, a year after Riddick hit the theater screens across the world, Vin Diesel declared that the franchise was still quite active. And that Universal Pictures was mulling over a possible fourth live-action chapter in this sci-fi saga. Now, a year later, the actor/producer has confirmed that Riddick 4 is moving forward with a new title. That's not all. There will also be a TV show spinoff. This is what the Furious 7 star had to say about the continuation of this franchise on his Instagram page.
"Last night Our company had a party to launch Our TV division. Very exciting. Merc City is a show that will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe. Next Month, Dt begins writing the next Chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick... Furia."
There is nothing known about The Chronicles of Riddick: Furia at this time, plot wise. Though some »
Of all the actors gunning for recognition in the best actor field at next year’s Oscars, few have campaigned harder this week in Los Angeles than Ian McKellen.
The actor, twice nominated for Gods and Monsters and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, has yet to win a golden statuette, despite amassing countless other accolades over the course of his 50-year career.
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- Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles
At this point, James Bond has pretty much done it all. He.s fought all the bad guys, he.s been with all the girls. You.d think at this point they.d be running out of ideas. It turns out, however, that there are actually ideas that they.ve had to turn down, even in recent James Bond films. The script that eventually became the blockbuster Skyfall was once a very different movie, and it included a scene where James Bond does something that would have turned the franchise on its head. He killed M. Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Queen, tried his hand at writing a James Bond screenplay once upon a time. His script, entitled Once Upon A Spy, would have included flashbacks of Judi Dench.s M as a young MI6 agent herself. During this period, she had an affair with a Kgb agent. »
Details of abandoned screenplay, and its part in the success of 2012’s Skyfall, revealed in new book about the long-running spy series
A “lost” James Bond movie written by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Frost/Nixon and The Queen, would have seen Daniel Craig’s 007 forced to kill Judi Dench’s spymaster M in a shock finale, according to a new book.
Morgan’s screenplay for the proposed film, titled Once Upon a Spy, was turned down by Bond producers and director Sam Mendes prior to the release of 2012’s Skyfall. However, the script’s key elements, which included a mistake from M’s past coming back to haunt her and the MI6 bigwig dying at the end, were retained for the $1.1bn blockbuster.
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- Ben Child
Tomorrow marks the wide opening for Carol, the 1950’s-set romantic drama from director Todd Haynes that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, which stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman engaging in an affair with a young department store clerk (Rooney Mara), won the Queer Palm award at Cannes and earned Mara the best actress award (which she shared with Mon roi‘s Emmanuelle Bercot).
Blanchett, who has won two Oscars and will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award next January at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, is a strong threat for a best actress nom, as is Mara. However, the track record for lesbian roles resulting in Oscar wins in Academy history is not necessarily strong.
Mara, herself, was nominated for best actress in 2012 for her performance as a brilliant, if dangerous, »
- Patrick Shanley
20 years ago today, “GoldenEye,” the 17th canon James Bond movie, opened in U.S. theaters. The film marked a new era in James Bond films: It was the first featuring Pierce Brosnan as the British spy, the first with Judi Dench in the role of M, and the first 007 movie made after the end of the Cold War. The fact that this was a new Bond for a new time was perhaps most apparent in the scene when we first see Dench’s M face-to-face with Brosnan’s Bond. She’s commanding, blunt, cold and — at this point — doesn’t like Bond. “I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War,” she tells him. Dench went on to play the head of MI6 in six more Bond films, plus a brief appearance in this year’s “Spectre.” Brosnan played Bond in four movies. If you »
- Emily Rome
The London Film Critics’ Circle, the U.K.’s largest and most established critics’ body, has tapped Kenneth Branagh to receive their annual Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film. The 54-year-old actor-director will accept the honor at the Circle’s awards ceremony in London on January 17, 2016, when the group’s selections for 2015’s outstanding achievements in film will also be named.
“As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell,” Branagh said in a statement, referring to the late Sunday Times critic for whom the award is named. “She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”
The award acknowledges the Belfast-born Branagh’s 34-year career before and behind the camera, which began humbly as an uncredited bit player in 1981’s Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire. »
- Guy Lodge
There’s been a fan theory going around for several years that James Bond 007 is just an alias used by many British Agents over the years. Cinelinx looks at the arguments for and against this theory.
Is there a connection between the Sean Connery James Bond and the current Daniel Craig incarnation? Could they, in fact, be two MI6 Agents who’ve used the same alias as Agent 007, Aka James Bond? Have there been seven different people to carry the Bond name over the years, all claiming to be the genuine article? Does British Intelligence recruit a new 007 to replace the previous one if he is captured/quits/gets killed? Maybe so. Let’s look at the concept to see if the theory holds up under scrutiny.
This idea has become popular in recent years but the genesis of it actually began way back in 1967. In the original film version of Casino Royale, »
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When naming the best and most influential actors who have portrayed James Bond, one might expect George Lazenby to pop up at the end of the list. After all, he only starred in a single film as the famous spy. However, Lazenby’s one entry, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), is now recognized as one of the finest entries in the series. Timothy Dalton, who only bested Lazenby by one film, is now the more likely actor to be forgotten by fans. When compared to the creative renaissance of the Daniel Craig films, the Dalton films seem tonally jumbled and driven to excess where more recent Bond films are focused and lean. But despite their failings, the films prefigure Daniel Craig’s interpretation of the Bond character by introducing a darker, weathered Bond.
Dalton’s path to playing James Bond was inauspicious: originally considered for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, »
- Brian Marks
Chicago – James Bond is back in his latest adventure, “Spectre,” but what about his movie life before this film? Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com ranks the 24 official James Bond films from worst to first, an overview of 007’s movie and cultural presence from 1962 through today.
The legacy of James Bond began in 1953, with the release of the first in a series of novels detailing the spy’s escapades, written by Ian Fleming. The British agent with a “license to kill” designation (007) was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. In 1962, the first of the 24 official films – “Dr. No” – was released, starring Sean Connery, and began a series that maintains its popularity to this day. Many fans of the series consider Connery the essential James Bond, but many other actors followed him as Bond in the official film canon – George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and the current 007, Daniel Craig. »
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Directed by Sam Mendes
*Those sensitive to spoilers should be wary with the following article. Certain key story elements are revealed.
Time and time again the legendary James Bond film franchise has learned to adapt and survive. Survival of the fittest, if you will. Whether the reasons for concern were changes in the actor playing the part, the loss of a producer, turbulent waters for the studio’s finances, changes in screenwriters or the lack of anymore Ian Fleming material upon which new adventures can be penned, the series has always quickly learned to get back on its feet to thrill and amuse audiences the world over. Even within the films themselves, the plots have almost always reflected new geo-political paradigms, as well as cultural morays and trends in pop culture. James Bond is always recognizable, »
- Edgar Chaput
Daniel Craig returns to the screen as Bond, James Bond, in the new film "Spectre". In this latest installment of the long running spy film series, Bond is once again faced with many formidable foes hellbent on destruction. The main villain is Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by 2 time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. He and James have a past together, that slowly reveals itself as the film's plot unfurls. Blofeld is the head of the nefarious organization Spectre, which has its hands in many criminal activities across the globe and is not at all shy when it comes to spilling the blood of the innocent if it means profiting from it.
Bond is on the outs with his bosses at Mi-6 for an unsanctioned hit he carries out in the beginning of the film. Said killing takes place on the Day of the Dead in Mexico City, and it is »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
Directed by Lee Tamahori
The end of Die Another Day’s first act provides a set up to what could potentially have been one of the most freshly original Bond installments, an opportunity to explore deliciously dark corners of the iconic spy’s psyche. Forward wind an hour and the last major set piece leading up to the film’s climax includes an invisible Aston Martin dodging a minigun and stinger missile shooting Jaguar in an ice castle and a CGI Bond surfing laser cannon induced tidal waves. Between time spent with faces buried in palms, the audience must have wondered exactly how it all went so wrong.
- Scott Patterson
The trend across the three previous films of Daniel Craig‘s tenure as James Bond has been to set the story in a grounded, moody atmosphere — Bond is a man who bleeds and feels and has a past. In many ways those elements, along with their role in the films’ story arcs, reached their conclusion at the end of Skyfall. Bond had known love and loss, had said goodbye to his mentor and his childhood, and defeated a villain who essentially represented his own darkness. The franchise’s 24th entry, Spectre, recognizes that and offers something of a return to the looser logic and carefree playfulness of earlier entries. For better or worse, much of the film leans backward as a consequence-free adventure focusing on dumb, explosive fun, a “ripped from the headlines/Marvel Phase II” plot involving excessive government surveillance, and an abundance of nods to the pre-Craig past. It »
- Rob Hunter
Directed by Martin Campbell
Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirsein
UK / USA
The Essence of Bond has been shaped and re-shaped constantly over its 50-year run and that has been due to its mostly successful ability to plug into popular zeitgeist and meld that aesthetic with what makes Bond, well, Bond: Q gadgets, adventure tourist locales, voluptuous ladies (assuming the role of both friend and foe) and a version of suave and sexist male masculinity first cultivated by Sean Connery in Bond’s first outing, Dr. No in 1962. In the the early nineties it was time again to re-invent Bond, or rather his universe as not only was Timothy Dalton moving on from the Bond Franchise but the politics on the international stage had changed drastically. It was time for Bond to integrate into a post-Cold War world and director Martin Campbell was brought on board, along with »
- Gregory Ashman
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise and the world’s greatest secret agent. Amid MGM’s financial troubles, they had to push the next Bond film back a bit, but this served to help them really celebrate Bond’s milestone. Skyfall is a film that commemorates Bond’s legacy in cinema, honouring the many films that came before and examining the character in a way very few of the previous Bonds have done.
After a mission goes horribly wrong, a list containing the names of MI6’s undercover agents goes missing. Someone who has a mysterious connection to M’s past is behind the theft and Bond must come out of hiding to stop them. However, he must confront long-held personal demons in order to achieve victory.
- Ricky Church
A new James Bond movie is always a bit of an event, especially if you grew up on the franchise like I did, so with Spectre hitting theaters tomorrow, I wanted to do something 007 centric. What though? Well, I opted to go ahead and both discuss the latest Daniel Craig led Bond flick as well as rank all of the films in the long running series so far. A bit of an ambitious undertaking, yes, but having seen all but the newest one multiple times, I felt that I was up to the challenge. Particularly when you see what the latest one is about, it does make sense… Spectre is the 24th official Bond film (not counting Never Say Never Again), once again starring Craig as the spy. This time around, he’s trying to finish a mission set forth by the late M (Judi Dench), one that will explain »
- Joey Magidson
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