1-20 of 97 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
It wasn’t until this week that I became aware of The November Man, which opens as early as next Wednesday. Hey, it’s not like I write about movies for a living or anything. But outside of barely paying attention to a commercial for the Pierce Brosnan-led action thriller the other night, I still haven’t given it much thought. I also haven’t heard much buzz or anticipation for the movie, which is directed by Roger Donaldson (reunited with his Dante’s Peak star) and is about an ex-cia operative who has to take down his former protege while tiptoeing around a compromised agency. Should be interesting to see another evocation of Three Days of the Condor so soon after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Yet unfortunately it looks more generic than that, like it’s following instead in the footsteps of another movie with the same number in the title: 3 Days to Kill »
- Christopher Campbell
You might not know the name Mack Bolan, but the secret agent has been the hero of more than 600 novels. Yeah, that's right. And you thought James Bond was prolific. But while 007 has been tearing it up in 30-some movies based on the Ian Fleming books, Mack Bolan has struggled for decades to make to the big screen. But at long last it looks like this storied spy will get there, thanks to Bradley Cooper. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has secured the rights to Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan book series, buying them from screenwriter/producer Shane Salerno. From here, the studio is developing a vehicle for two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is also set to co-produce the pic. Cooper will share producing duties with Salerno as well as Todd Phillips, his director in The Hangover I, II & III. Phillips could ultimately helm this Cooper movie too. Mack Bolan »
Ian Fleming‘s James Bond books and a plethora of young adult novels have delivered billions of dollars at the box office for Hollywood, but filmmakers at Comic-Con think they can improve upon those meek film adaptations. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book, is a “spy movie for people who find spy movies just a little bit boring,” Millar told the crowd in Hall H on Friday at the 20th Century Fox panel. Millar lamented the brooding, modern incarnation of Bond, as played by Daniel Craig. “When Bond kills a guy he cries in the shower about. »
- Lucas Shaw
Writer/director Paul Haggis puts himself behind the camera once again for Third Person, an unraveling ball of yarn that tells of a writer (Liam Neeson) who becomes involved with his protege (Olivia Wilde) in Paris, a New York artist (James Franco) and the mother of his son (Mila Kunis), and an American (Adrien Brody) who becomes involved in the plight of an Italian woman (Moran Atias). The international drama is like his previous Crash, but takes a less literal route in finding common ground behind these diverse stories.
In 2004 Haggis received two Oscars for Crash, his second directed film, including the award for “Best Picture.” After that success he wrote films for Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima) and the first two James Bond films from the Daniel Craig era, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Haggis most recently directed The Next Three Days »
- Nick Allen
To quote heavy metal rock gods Judas Priest, if Universal think they’re going to get the multi-claim copyright infringement Section 6 lawsuit from MGM and James Bond producer Danjaq easily dismissed, the plaintiffs just told them they’ve got another thing coming. “Plaintiffs have alleged past and ongoing conduct by Universal sufficient to constitute direct and secondary copyright infringement,” says the opposition filed this week to Universal’s motion to dismiss late last month the lawsuit over the proposed pic about the Wwi creation of the UK’s MI6. The intelligence agency is the same one Bond works for in the Ian Fleming books and their hugely successful big screen adaptations. “Accordingly, […] »
I started to get a little paranoid last month while sitting through the major networks’ upfront presentations in Gotham.
One after the other, the nets rolled out new dramas rooted in the high-intensity conspiracy/mystery/post-apocalypse/everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong milieu that has worked so well for cablers in recent years. Call it the “Homeland”-meets-“Breaking Bad” effect. To name a few: NBC has “Allegiance,” “Odyssey” and “State of Affairs”; Fox has “Hieroglyph”; ABC has “American Crime,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “The Whispers”; USA Network has “Dig”; TNT has “The Last Ship” and “Legends.”
I fear there are so many international global conspiracies unfolding in primetime next season that not even the flawed anti-hero love child of Jack Bauer and Carrie Mathison would be able to keep us safe from harm. And there has been an explosion in the number of seemingly innocuous suburbanites harboring deep dark backstories that »
- Cynthia Littleton
Let’s hope that Agent Peggy Carter is better at keeping secrets than the actress who portrays her. While doing an interview about the show with the Telegraph at the Glamour Women of the Year awards this week, Hayley Atwell—who is the star of the series—let a bit of casting information slip out. She teased that Dominic Cooper—with whom she co-starred in Captain America: the First Avenger—will reprise the part of Howard Stark in the ABC show.
Atwell said that Cooper tends to be “incredibly naughty” on the set. She added, “So I'm going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.”
Aside from his role as Howard Stark, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
20th Century Fox
Typecasting is a dirty word to an actor. To be typecast means that producers, casting directors, directors, other actors and especially the film-going public can’t see you in any other role.
However, what some actors rebel against, others use to pay the bills, even years after the original role has long since disappeared from view. So here’s a list of twelve actors who were perfectly cast for the roles they were given, and have become indelibly stamped in our minds whenever we think of that character, for better or worse.
The criteria here is that the star in question must have carried the role for at least three films and become so identified with it that it’s hard, if not downright impossible, to consider someone else for it.
Let’s get to it;
12. Sean Connery – James Bond Series
We’ll give Daniel Craig »
- Harry Thomas
If there’s anyone who loves gambling and winning big, that’s James Bond.
Agent 007 not only survives against all odds in the field, he also manages to defy them in the casino in any game he tries his hand at.
For an MI6 operative who regularly complains in the books that his government pay isn’t enough, winning all that money must be welcome addition to his monthly salary, and probably keeps the ladies happy as well!
In this article we list the three top James Bond casino scenes and take a closer look at some of the games that James likes to play.
1. Dr No (1962); game played: Chemin-de-fer (Baccarat)
Dr No was the film that for the first time took James Bond from the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels to the big screen.
Released in 1962, this movie cemented the image of 007 as a suave, sophisticated »
- Gary Collinson
While nothing has been confirmed yet, the guys over at Tracking Board are exclusively reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has already been offered the role of Ian Fleming in a film about his life during WWII and the origins of his most famous creation, James Bond. Up until last year the biopic was due to be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) before he ditched the project to move onto his Warcraft adaptation. Since then we’ve had the four part miniseries Fleming starring Dominic Cooper which aired on Sky Atlantic at the start of the year, essentially tackling the exact same subject.
The biopic will be based on Andrew Lycett’s 2009 biography and is set to be an independent production with no director attached as yet. If Cumberbatch accepts the role, it’s likely shooting will begin early next year depending on scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch has been on an »
- Gavin Logan
Another day, another Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour. The Sherlock star had been linked to a role in Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie, but shot down hopes on the weekend when he told fans at the Oz Comic Con "I would've liked a part in Jj's [Abrams] new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly." He also told the audience that he's unlikely to appear in Doctor Who: "I'm never gonna play the Doctor and nothing to do with the Whoniverse." Now Hollywood blog The Tracking Board claims he has been offered the starring role in an Ian Fleming biopic detailing the origin stories of James Bond. Monkey hopes the rumour turns out to be true Cumberbatch could certainly carry off wearing Fleming's trademark bow tie. »
News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:45
What's that? You think it's been a little too long since the last Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour, and you fancy another? Ah, right you are.
The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project - based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett - is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.
The Tracking Board reports the he's been offered the part of Ian Fleming, although that's still a little way away from him accepting it and things moving forward. »
Actor, who played Ian Fleming's secret agent in four Bond films, describes his portrayal of 007 as 'tame'
Pierce Brosnan has dismissed his own run as James Bond "never good enough" and admitted he hates watching himself as 007.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the Irish actor said he struggled to get under the skin of the suave British sleuth, who he played in four films between 1995's Goldeneye and 2002's Die Another Day.
Continue reading »
- Ben Child
Television anthologies used to be all the rage, and CBS was one of the first to broadcast its programs in color. The throwback to the old serial storytelling format and eye-popping tones was a combination irresistible to viewers. CBS’ mystery program, the aptly titled Climax!, was one such program — and the show happened to be the first to portray an iconic movie character on any screen. James Bond author Ian Fleming was paid $1,000 (albeit, almost nine grand, today) to adapt his first novel, Casino Royale, into a one-hour TV action-adventure episode that aired live in 1954. Actor Barry Nelson, perhaps looking more like a Marine than a sexy double agent, played “Jimmy” Bond. (Nelson played hotel manager Stuart Ullman in The Shining.) The role...
- Alison Nastasi
On Friday, MGM and Danjaq (the holding company responsible for all filmic representations of Ian Fleming's James Bond material) filed a lawsuit against a Universal project called Section 6. The Aaron Berg screenplay, which Universal bought last year for $1.2 million, tells the story of MI6's creation during World War I, and examines the spy agency's first director, George Mansfield Cummings. Though it's set well before the James Bond series begins, MGM still sees egregious overlap. From the April 3 filing: "This lawsuit concerns a motion picture project, in active development, featuring a daring, tuxedo-clad British secret agent, employed by 'His Majesty’s Secret Service,' with a 'license to kill,' and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomaniacal villain. Most moviegoers would assume from that description alone that this lawsuit concerns the next James Bond picture. It does not. »
- Delia Paunescu
By Lee Pfeiffer
MGM and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli feel they have their own license to kill--film projects, that is, that they allege violate their copyrights to the 007 character and series. MGM had warned Universal not to go forward with a spy movie titled Section 6 that purports to explore the fact-based origins of MI6 in the aftermath of Wwi. The Bond producers and MGM stated their concerns that leaked elements of the screenplay showed plot devices that they allege are clearly inspired by the works of Ian Fleming including the fact that British agents have been assigned licenses to kill and that they carry "00" status. Both of those attributes are fictional and are directly linked to Fleming's creation. MGM has filed suit this week against Universal and screenwriter Aaron Berg alleging that Section 6 is clearly based on elements of the Bond books and films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
MGM and James Bond producers Danjaq have filed a copyright infringement suit against NBCUniversal claiming that the studio’s “Section 6″ feature project is a rip off of the lucrative 007 franchise.
The suit, filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, also names screenwriter Aaron Berg.
“This lawsuit concerns a motion picture project, in active development, featuring a daring, tuxedo-clad British secret agent, employed by ‘His Majesty’s Secret Service,’ with a ‘license to kill,’ and a 00 (double-o) secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomanical villain,” the suit states.
“Most moviegoers would assume from that description alone that this lawsuit concerns the next James Bond picture. It does not. This lawsuit is instead about a James Bond knockoff that defendant Universal is readying for production, based on a screenplay that defendant Berg wrote.”
The suit claims that the project, »
- Ted Johnson
Paris– In the run-up to MipTV, BBC worldwide, the distribution arm of the British broadcaster, has closed a flurry of deals of “The Musketeers,” the contempo TV makeover of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French novel.
Gallic Dtt channel NT1 has picked up the first season and pre-bought the second order.
Other sales were closed with Sky (New Zealand), Tve Spain, Rtp Portugal, Hrt (Croatia), Ren TV (Russia), Etv (Estonia), Ltv (Latvia), Spi (Pan C&Ee and Poland), Mtva (Hungary), Prime Media (Kazakhstan), Kbs (South Korea), Netflix and BBC Channels in Latin America.
“High quality, entertaining drama will always find an audience and the continued popularity of ‘The Musketeers’ with channels globally proves this. I’m particularly interested to see how French audiences embrace this new take on Dumas’ swashbuckling heroes (and villains),” said Paul Dempsey, prexy of global markets for BBC Worldwide.
Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris, the series »
- Elsa Keslassy
ScreenHits, which has developed an online marketplace that matches buyers and sellers of TV shows and TV movies and is offering streaming content online, has raised $1.2 million from a group of angel investors to further develop its technology and increase business development. The privately held company, which is based in London and was founded in 2012 by American entertainment executive Rose Adkins, announced Monday that its new "angel" investors include Rory Fleming (a London banker and nephew of the late James Bond author, Ian Fleming), Aeneas Reay (an investor and heir to a Scottish title) and investor Flemming Lund,
- Alex Ben Block
Is Come and Dive the title of Bond 24? Sony says no, as a reportedly fake press release and teaser started to make the rounds early this morning. Take a look at the teaser here:
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today present an early teaser for 24th James Bond adventure, entitled Come and Dive. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as James Bond 007.
Come and Dive will begin its worldwide rollout in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in Us theaters on November 6, 2015.
In Come and Dive, »
1-20 of 97 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners