14 items from 2016
Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2016
With the question of who's playing James Bond in James Bond 25 unresolved, we look back at the casting conundrums 007 has faced before.
Since 1962, fewer men have played James Bond than have walked on the moon. Despite the relatively long turnaround of the role, the subject of who might follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the future has fuelled many column inches and tabloid splashes.
It feels as if speculation about the seventh 007 in Eon Productions' long-lived spy franchise has been at fever pitch since this time last year, when Craig was doing the promotional rounds for Spectre and commented that he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again. It's only after a year of constant reports on the subject that his far more optimistic comments at last weekend's New Yorker Festival »
This fall semester I started taking an Italian language class two evenings a week with my daughter, and Thursday night I was looking to decompress after our first big quiz. (Scores haven’t been revealed yet, but I think we did just fine.) So I started rummaging through my shelves and came across the Warner Archives DVD of Francesco Maselli’s A Fine Pair (1968), an ostensibly breezy romantic caper comedy which reteams Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, a pairing their public was presumably clamoring for after their previous outing together in Blindfold (1965), a Universal programmer written and directed by Phillip Dunne, the screenwriter of, among many other notable movies, How Green Was My Valley. I’ve had a mad crush on Claudia ever since I first saw her in Circus World (1964) with John Wayne when I was but a youngster, and I always welcome the chance to visit movies of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.
Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:
During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films. While »
- Movie Geeks
This week marks the 90th birthday of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in 1926. The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official birthday on the second Saturday in June. (Trooping of the Colours)
She is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regent in world history.
Looking to celebrate her Majesty’s birthday? First, everyone rise for the national anthem of the United Kingdom.
God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!
For more on the Queen’s schedule, visit the official site: www. »
- Movie Geeks
The Prisoner – Volume 1
Written, directed and produced by Nicholas Briggs.
An audio re-imagining of the classic 1960’s television show The Prisoner. A secret agent leaves his career behind, only to find himself imprisoned in ‘The Village’, a bizarre seaside town where nothing is as it seems.
Given the level of scorn poured all over a previous effort to remake The Prisoner back in 2009, it’s a brave soul indeed who takes on such a challenging task. That writer, director and producer Nicolas Briggs’s effort with Big Finish is so successful is testament to a sophisticated level of artistry, skill and imagination.
The audio drama presents itself like a radio play with four episodes; Departure and Arrival, The Schizoid Man, Your Beautiful Village and The Chimes of Big Ben »
- Robert W Monk
Where was Leonard Pinth Garnell when we needed him? Joseph Losey is often accused of pretension but in this case he may be guilty. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are escapees scrambling across a rocky terrain, pursued by a helicopter that seems satisfied to just harass them. Keeping the audience in the dark doesn't reap any dramatic or thematic benefit that I can see. Figures in a Landscape Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Lloyd Pack, Pamela Brown. Cinematography Henri Alekan, Peter Suschitzky, Guy Tabary Film Editor Reginald Beck Art Direction Ted Tester Original Music Richard Rodney Bennett Written by Robert Shaw from the novel by Barry England Produced by John Kohn Directed by Joseph Losey
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Joseph Losey is a gold mine for film criticism but a real problem for simple film reviewing. »
- Glenn Erickson
The Prisoner: Ridley Scott is in early negotiations to direct The Prisoner, drawn from the 1960s TV series that starred Patrick McGoohan as a former government agent who finds himself imprisoned in a very mysterious seaside village. The film has been long in development, with numerous writers completing drafts, the most recent by William Monahan (The Departed). Scott will direct Alien: Covenant this year but is not yet committed to any other project after that. [Deadline] The Fireman: Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is attached to direct The Fireman, based on Joe Hill's forthcoming novel about a pandemic that eventually causes victims to burst into flames. The titular character must lead an "improbable group of heroes" to stop the pandemic before it...
- Peter Martin
With his latest sci-fi epic The Martian winning a Golden Globe – in the unusual category of Musical or Comedy Picture! – perhaps Ridley Scott could do with more surreal developments in his life. Well it looks like that could happen as Universal have gotten him round a table to talk about helming the movie adaptation of The Prisoner.
Patrick McGoohan (above) devised and starred in this offbeat adventure series as a British spy kidnapped and holed up in a mysterious location known as The Village, after he resigns from his position. Originally shown on ITV in the late Sixties, it boasted a catalogue of bizarre events, the most memorable of which was a giant balloon that would chase and smother residents who tried to escape.
Shot at Portmeirion in Wales, the production benefitted from its elaborate retro architecture. It’s unclear if the studio would shoot at the original location or »
- Steve Palace
"Questions are a burden to others, answers are a burden for oneself"
It's possible this could be Scott's next movie after Alien: Covenant, but the negotiations on this are still far too early. There is, after all, the small matter of further Alien/Prometheus sequels too, that Scott intends to direct himself.
The original TV series of The Prisoner of course starred »
The Prisoner: Ridley Scott is in early negotiations to direct The Prisoner, drawn from the 1960s TV series that starred Patrick McGoohan as a former government agent who finds himself imprisoned in a very mysterious seaside village. The film has been long in development, with numerous writers completing drafts, the most recent by William Monahan (The Departed). Scott will direct Alien: Covenant this year but is not yet committed to any other project after that. [Deadline] The...
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According to reports, director Ridley Scott ("Alien", "Blade Runner", "Gladiator", "The Martian") is negotiating to direct a big screen reboot of the classic Brit TV series "The Prisoner", to be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. Plus take a look @ classic trailers of the greatest films of Ridley Scott:
The original 17-episode series first broadcast in the UK from 1967 to 1968, starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan ("Secret Agent man"), combining 'spy fiction' with surreal elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.
"The Prisoner" follows a British former secret agent, looking to 'get out' of the racket, who is subsequently abducted by his handlers and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort...
... where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job...
Scott is currently prepping his "Alien" prequel "Covenant".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the films of Ridley Scott. »
- Michael Stevens
Patrick McGoohan's classic TV series The Prisoner may be close to fifty years old, but the mysterious psychological spy drama is still a highly regarded piece of television history. The Prisoner follows an unnamed British spy (Patrick McGoohan) who awakens to find that he's being held captive in a mysterious seaside village after suddenly resigning from his job. After being given the name... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Exclusive: Ridley Scott already had plenty of momentum heading into Golden Globes weekend with a Best Director nomination, and now he has even more. I hear that Scott is in early negotiations on a deal to come aboard and direct The Prisoner, the screen version of the 1968 Patrick McGoohan British TV series. This has been a plum project at Universal for some time with numerous A-list scribes including Christopher McQuarrie writing drafts. The most recent version was by The… »
In the series The Prisoner (known only as Number Six) is a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job and finds himself imprisoned in an idyllic yet bizarre seaside village isolated from the world.
He can't escape because he knows too much, but that doesn't stop others trying to capture him for his knowledge. What he wants is to keep them at bay and find a way to freedom.
William Monahan ("The Departed") penned the most recent draft of the script which also had work done on it by Christopher McQuarrie. Numerous writers and actors are circling the project which Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce.
Scott is prepping "Alien: Covenant" for Fox which he'll shoot next, but he hasn't set his »
- Garth Franklin
14 items from 2016
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