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Ian McKellen Says It’s ‘Un-American’ for Trump Not to Protect Gay Rights

22 June 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During an interview at the Variety Studio in Cannes Lions, the actor Ian McKellen had harsh words for President Donald Trump if he fails to follow through — as seems to be the case — on a campaign promise to protect the rights of the Lgbt community.

Asked about the administration’s attempts to roll back gay and transgender protections, McKellen said, “If what you’re saying is true, it’s appalling and quite unnecessary and very un-American. The gay rights movement began in America. It began in San Francisco, it began in Stonewall, the city where Donald Trump was born and thrived.”

The White House has refused to acknowledge June as Pride Month. In March, Trump quietly rolled back an Obama-era rule, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Many argue that the move leaves female and Lgbt employees of federal contractors venerable to discrimination.


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McKellen, the most recent openly gay actor to be nominated for an Oscar, admitted he’s not sure what Trump believes. “I can’t follow Mr. Trump,” McKellen said. “I don’t always understand what he says and when I do, I have to admit later that I got it wrong because he changed his mind or changed his mind about what he said. He’s a very bad communicator, at least to me. Get more straightforward, Donald. And then we can take you seriously.”

McKellen arrived at the annual advertising conference in the South of France with an initiative, co-sponsored by the European branding company the Brooklyn Brothers and TV production house Brown Eyed Boy, to solicit short films that re-imagine iconic characters as gay (winners will be broadcast on Facebook).

The actor known for playing Magneto in the “X-Men” franchise spoke about the lack of gay characters in major Hollywood tentpoles. “I wouldn’t say the films coming out of the mainstream are quite as related to what’s going on in the real world as I would like them to be,” McKellen told Variety. “One indication of that is Lgbt people don’t really get quite a big enough say. If you’re one of those initials yourself, you do notice that actually these movies are not about me at all.”

Hollywood has yet to greenlight a comic-book movie anchored by a gay superhero. “Frankly looking at the images of some of these superheroes it’s a surprise to me they aren’t gay,” joked McKellen.

He expressed disappointment that his costume for Magneto isn’t quite as flamboyant as it was in the comics. “I wasn’t allowed to wear that outfit,” McKellen said. “I don’t look like Magneto in the comics — always shot from the crotch level.”

McKellen had a suggestion for rebooting the James Bond franchise with a gay 007. “I do have an idea,” McKellen said. “I think Ian Fleming, who wrote the original books, knew all about [it]. I’m not sure subsequent actors have quite understood the joke, which is the same as Superman. James Bond is a wimp! He’s a silly Englishman that wants his martinis stirred. He changes his underwear, like Superman, and he can save the world. They all play it the same — he’s heroic all the way through. No, he’s not.”

“If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously and then he turned out as many gay men are underneath their clothes — buff and strong and as hetero as any hetero — we might have a more truthful story than the one that has been told,” McKellen said.

Would he want to play this new Bond? “I’m not volunteering,” he said. “I’m insisting. No, I’m too old to play it. I can be on the periphery of this new version.”

With all the recent talk of diversity at the Oscars, one statistic still goes unnoticed. There hasn’t been an openly gay actor nominated for an Oscar in 15 years — since McKellen was recognized for his work in “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” as the wizard Gandalf.

“It’s hard isn’t it?” McKellen said. “It’s probably because there are few remaining very talented actors who aren’t quite out of the closet in the way one would like for them to be for their own health and good. I don’t think there’s anything sinister about it. I was only the second openly gay man to receive a knighthood. Records are being broken day by day.”

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Exclusive: Dominic Cooper Dishes on Returning for 'Mamma Mia 2': It's 'a Phone Call I've Been Waiting For'

21 June 2017 7:02 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's been nine years since the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! rocked audiences around the world, and finally fans will get a chance to see what all their favorite characters have been up to in the recently-confirmed sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Among the many stars who've recently signed on to reprise their roles is Dominic Cooper, who says he's very excited to be involved in the long-awaited sequel.

"It’s kind »

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Pierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: ‘We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor’

30 May 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As a boy of 11, I left Ireland for London on Aug. 12, 1964 — the same day Ian Fleming died. That weekend I saw “Goldfinger” with Sean Connery at the ABC Cinema on Putney High Street with my mother, May, and my stepfather, Bill. How could I know then that my life would be entwined by the great alchemy of a cinematic hero such as James Bond? There I sat, that first weekend in my new life in London, motionless and spellbound by the beauty of CinemaScope. I had discovered the movies and Bond, James Bond. However, it cost money to go to the pictures. And that’s when I discovered my first real hero, Roger Moore. Simon Templar, the Saint, all rolled into one man.

Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne. »

- Pierce Brosnan

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Jane Seymour on How Roger Moore Put Her at Ease When She Was a Nervous 20-Year-Old Newbie on Live and Let Die

26 May 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

He was just the second man to play James Bond since Sean Connery, and she was a 20-year-old newcomer taking on the mantle of “Bond girl” in her first major role.

But looking back on Live or Let Die some 44 years later, Jane Seymour tells People that despite the pressure on both of them, Sir Roger Moore was always in her corner.

“He was very caring to me because I was a newbie,” the actress, 66, tells People. “I was 20 years old and had never been anywhere or done anything and was terrified of the whole experience, and he literally made jokes around me, »

- Mike Miller

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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond

23 May 2017 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 marks the first James Bond to do so. And the response from one of my sons was telling: “James Bond can’t die — he’s immortal.”

That sentiment will be shared by many Bond fans, particularly the generation that grew up with Moore in the ’70s and ’80s. Moore, who embraced the lighter side of Ian Fleming’s superspy, was also the most enduring, making a record seven franchise movies: “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), and “A View To A Kill (1985).”

While Sean Connery defined Bond as uber-cool and free-spirited (he enjoyed killing as much as shagging), Moore redefined him as devil may care to disarm the baddies. The first Bond to hail from London, Moore’s Bond wasn’t in it for the spying, he was »

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Celebrities Remember Roger Moore: ‘The King of Cool’

23 May 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tributes to the late Roger Moore flooded social media Tuesday following the announcement that the James Bond actor had died at the age of 89 in Switzerland. Singer Boy George hailed Moore as “the king of cool” while Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe tweeted succinctly: “Roger Moore, loved him.”

R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.

Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 23, 2017

In a series of tweets Crowe went on to say he had tried to dress like Moore’s “The Saint” character Simon Templar as a kid.

Roger Moore , loved him

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017

At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar .

My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy.

Added intrigue to my persona .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017

MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber issued a statement saying the actor, who had been a “beloved part of the MGM family for decades,” would »

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Live-Action Pinocchio Courting Former James Bond Director Sam Mendes

23 May 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind Skyfall and Spectre, has come into contention to helm Disney’s long-brewing Pinocchio movie.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mendes has now entered early talks to pull the strings on the live-action feature, one that’ll be ushered into a growing collection of revamped fairytales that already includes the likes of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s box office smash, Beauty and the Beast. As for the story involving the iconic puppet – a puppet who longs to be viewed as a real boy after his master’s wish is inexplicably granted – we understand Chris Weitz is the brains behind the latest draft of Pinocchio‘s script, and is also expected to produce via his production banner.

And though it’s important to stress that Sam Mendes is yet to sign along the dotted line, this potential development looks »

- Michael Briers

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Irreverent and knowing as James Bond: Sir Roger Moore obituary

23 May 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who brought humour, panache and suavity to his starring roles in The Saint, The Persuaders! and seven James Bond films

Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, considered himself to be only the fourth best actor to have played Ian Fleming’s secret-service agent James Bond on screen: in his estimation, he came in behind Daniel Craig (whom he called “the Bond”), Sean Connery and George Lazenby. Though Moore was rarely regarded as the best or most definitive Bond, his inimitable humour and panache made him many viewers’ favourite. His tally of seven films – beginning with Live and Let Die (1973) and ending with A View to a Kill (1985) – equalled that of Connery, though Moore occupied the role for a longer consecutive period. He was eloquent on the distinction between their portrayals. “Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover,” he said. Only on Fridays »

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From EW Archives: Roger Moore’s Charm in Person—and Why He Was the ‘Best Bond’

23 May 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Legendary British actor Roger Moore has died at the age of 89 after an iconic career on the silver screen — including his record time as James Bond. This 2008 interview from EW takes a look back at Moore’s career and how he became “the best Bond.”

“Can I get you a drink, Mr. Moore?”

The waiter stands there, secretly hoping that he’ll say those five words known from the beaches of Rio to the bazaars of Cairo to the ski slopes of Gstaad: Vodka martini—shaken, not stirred.

“I’ll have a…Bloody Mary.”

Roger Moore is sitting in the »

- Chris Nashawaty

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James Bond Legend Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

23 May 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s with a heavy heart that we bring you news that Sir Roger Moore, seven-time James Bond star, has passed away at the age of 89 following a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

Moore, who first picked up his 007 license for Live and Let Die in ’73, died in Switzerland on Tuesday morning. His close family issued a statement to Sky News, which reads as so: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father Sir Roger Moore has passed away in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

He is survived by Kristina “Kiki” Tholstru; a daughter, actress Deborah Moore; and two sons, Geoffrey and Christian Moore, who have established a presence in the industry as an actor and film producer respectively.

And though Roger Moore made a foray into light-hearted comedy – namely Cannonball Run, The Muppet Show and 2002 romp Boat Trip – toward »

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Joanna Lumley is right: Idris Elba shouldn’t play Bond – in fact, no one should

9 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An emotionless character that belongs to a grotesque tradition should be shelved, and all speculation over who should play him needs to end

In an interview with the Radio Times this week, actor, documentarian, campaigner and city planner Joanna Lumley opined that Idris Elba, long rumoured to be the next James Bond, should not play the role as he does not fit Ian Fleming’s original description of the character.

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Joanna Lumley Does Not Think Idris Elba "Is Right" For James Bond

9 May 2017 7:58 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

His name is Bond, James Bond, the iconic British secret agent who works for MI6 and also goes by his iconic code name 007. His action films are known for fancy high-tech cars, dramatic scores, beautiful women and some great suites. His character has been portrayed in 26 films by seven different actors spanning from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. Not bad for a character that was created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Given the exclusive club of actors who have portrayed Bond, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there is some controversy as far as who should be next in line to order that famous Martini, shaken not stirred. But in this case, the issue not talent, but race.

The controversy about one of the front runners for the iconic role, Idris Elba is very well known. For example, author Anthony Horowitz, who has written a lot of continuations to »

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Joanna Lumley: Idris Elba should not play James Bond as he doesn't fit description

9 May 2017 4:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Absolutely Fabulous star says casting should be ‘colour-blind’ but that Elba does not correspond to Ian Fleming’s description of the character

Joanna Lumley has said that Idris Elba should not play the role of James Bond because he doesn’t fit the description of the character in Ian Fleming’s original novels.

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Why Christopher Nolan Must Direct A Bond Film

7 May 2017 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway argues that Britain’s best director must direct Britain’s biggest franchise…

So it seems like the news that Syncopy will be producing the next Bond was at best premature and at worst totally untrue. It’s a shame, because the possibility that Christopher Nolan is going to direct a Bond film is too great to pass up.

Nolan is exactly the right choice; British, from the same sort of class at Ian Fleming, the right age to have grown up with the Bond films all around him, and a master – perhaps the master – of the big budget, intelligent action movie. As he showed with his Batman films he can take something that is both familiar and a little overblown and reinvent and reinvigorate it and most importantly make it believable.

Ten years ago there was a clamour for Paul Greengrass to direct a Bond film, and you »

- Neil Calloway

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Christopher Nolan Linked With Bond 25 (Again) As Report Lists Syncopy To Produce

4 May 2017 1:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The James Bond franchise is currently in a state of flux. Even after the $880 million haul of Spectre, Ian Fleming’s iconic super-spy has quietly fallen onto the back-burner as Eon and MGM mull over the future of the franchise. Five studios are currently in the mix to land a one-picture deal for that lucrative license to kill – namely Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna. Sony is also in contention, after the studio’s hold on the film rights expired with the release of Spectre.

Ditto for Daniel Craig, whose future in the title role of 007 is tentative at best. There is, however, reason to be hopeful, as the actor is seemingly on the verge of pulling a full U-turn to headline the as-yet-untitled Bond 25. Next on the to-do list then is locating a director to steer the tortured project into production.

Truth be told, there are »

- Michael Briers

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Get Acquainted With The Villains Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Via New Featurette

3 May 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

So much of Marvel’s marketing blitz for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has placed a laser focus on James Gunn’s titular motley crew – and rightfully so, given the fact that they simply ooze personality and charm – that you’d be forgiven for not knowing the exact identity of the sequel’s villains.

But don’t fret; Marvel has today pumped out another featurette for the rip-roaring adventure that draws attention to Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha, head of the Sovereign, and Taserface – a character whose name wouldn’t look out of place in an Ian Fleming novel. The latter is best described as a Ravager and arch-nemesis to Michael Rooker’s Yondu, and you’ll get a better sense of their longstanding rivalry up above. Underneath all of that makeup is Chris Sullivan, star of The Knick and ongoing NBC drama This Is Us.

Circling back to Guardians 2, though, »

- Michael Briers

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Sherlock Helmer Paul McGuigan Reportedly In Contention For Bond 25

1 May 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If Ian Fleming’s world-famous spy developed a curious case of stage fright in the immediate aftermath of Spectre – ongoing issues with the James Bond film rights and Daniel Craig’s contract have resulted in a prolonged and, frankly, perplexing pre-production process for Bond 25 – we’re beginning to see the early signs of a 007 comeback.

There are still obstacles to overcome, but now that MGM and Eon have sparked a creative bidding war over the franchise’s rights – a bidding war that reportedly involves five parties: Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Annapurna and Sony – fleeting morsels of information are beginning to infiltrate the interwebs. IndieWire has the latest report, one which claims that longtime series producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have drawn up a shortlist of potential directors. So far, only one name has emerged online: Paul McGuigan, the filmmaker best known for Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein, »

- Michael Briers

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James Bond "You Only Live Twice" Screening May 18 In Park Ridge, Ill

29 April 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

On May 18, 2017, as part of their ongoing Classic Film series, the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Illinois (outside Chicago) will present a 50th Anniversary digital restoration screening of the 1967 James Bond extravaganza, You Only Live Twice.  Showtimes 2:00pm and 7:30pm.

At the 7:30pm show, Bond author Raymond Benson will provide the Introduction and Ian Fleming Foundation board member Colin Clark will exhibit the Model 47 Bell Helicopter used in the motion picture. The first 100 patrons through the door will get a chance to win a tour of the James Bond vehicles facility in Illinois that is overseen by the Iff.  Jay Warren will perform pre-show music on the theatre organ beginning at 6:30pm.

Tickets available online at .

Pickwick Theatre

5 S. Prospect Ave.

Park Ridge, Il 60068

Matinee:  $6 (2pm)

Evening:  $10 / $8 (advance) (7:30pm) »

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HBO, Zee Entertainment Take ‘The Good Fight’ to Nordic Region, India

27 April 2017 4:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS Studios International has closed new deals on “The Good Fight,” which will see the “Good Wife” spin-off air across the Nordic region via HBO Nordic and in India on Zee Café.

The show, set one year on from events in the final season of “The Good Wife,” will launch in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden via HBO Nordic on June 1.

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises also took exclusive pay-tv rights to the “The Good Fight” for its English-language general entertainment channel Zee Café, which was also the Indian home of “The Good Wife.” An air date has yet to be announced.

“We have had a very successful partnership with CBS Studios International with the popular drama ‘The Good Wife,’ and the critically acclaimed spin-off has all the ingredients of being an equally power-packed series,” said Zee’s Aparna Bhosle.

The Good Fight” sees Christine Baranski reprise her role as Diane Lockhart. Baranski »

- Robert Mitchell

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James Bond: Origin To Explore The Spy’s Previously Untold Beginnings

21 April 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While a bidding war is now underway to see which studio will distribute the next entry in the film franchise, some news that’s no less exciting has surfaced in the meantime. Granted, it’s taking place in a different medium entirely, but you have to admit that James Bond: Origin certainly has the potential to turn many heads.

Now, you may say this story has been told before, but technically, it hasn’t. Sure, various novels and movies have alluded to the super spy’s background – Skyfall leaving breadcrumbs concerning his parentage being a recent example – but there’s been nothing of great detail. It could be argued that the Casino Royale film released in 2006 served that purpose, but that more so picked up after he achieved Double-0 status, which actually differed a bit from the novel that, despite being Ian Fleming’s first entry in the series, read »

- Eric Joseph

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