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Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
Mendes says he remembers thinking “I think this might be okay,” during the 2012 Olympics as he was editing Skyfall.
He recalls watching Mo Farah’s race with his son and father and being inspired by “80,000 people cheering for the same guy.” “There was a feeling around London and England that changed the way I cut the movie,” he says, “It fed into it in an interesting way.”
He says following up on Skyfall’s huge success “is a big challenge for me… I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun.”
After doing Skyfall, which was hailed as a more modern approach to Bond, he knew he wanted to do a follow-up film. “We had taken »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). [Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 2014 – After the thrilling conclusion of its critically-acclaimed first season, the hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful will make its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm with a panel session in Ballroom 20 on the first day of the world-famous annual gathering in San Diego. Featured panelists will include series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and series creator, writer and executive producer John Logan, and will be moderated by Emmy® »
- Pietro Filipponi
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have announced the 15 participants taking part in their 2014 Guiding Lights programme.
In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications.
“The Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception,” said Lighthouse senior producer Emily Kyriakides.
“We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
This year, Lighthouse and Creative »
The CV of filmmakers cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed speaks for itself, with the Coen Brothers, Andrew Dominik, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Norman Jewison, M. Night Shyamalan, Paul Haggis, John Sayles and David Mamet all utilizing his exceptional talents behind the camera. And certainly we're big fans. Deakins provided our "Best Shot Of The Year" from Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" (and he'll be reteaming with the director on "Sicario"), and we took the time to highlight his 5 Best Films. And today we have another way to appreciate the cinematographer. A five-minute tribute, "Shadows In The Valley," has emerged online and it's an evocative summary of Deakins' work. Utilizing Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' "Song For Bob" from "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" (which is featured), the video runs through sixteen of Deakins' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steve Glass reviews Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the West End…
In a strange way Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a difficult challenge to overcome. Not only is it so well known, probably moreso than any other of Roald Dahl’s stories, due to its two film adaptations, but it’s a story so clearly signposted and without any great conflict. On one side we have impoverished but noble-hearted Charlie Bucket, on the other a series of desperately annoying – but enormously entertaining – children and their parents, coming together to tour the chaotic personality testing-ground/minefield of Wonka’s factory, with the seemingly chaotic, but increasingly scrupulous Wonka at the helm.
Any adaptation therefore relies in large part »
- Luke Owen
Here are two words I thought I’d never use in one of my articles – “Daily Mail”. But in a recent story the paper has drawn attention to perceived production difficulties at the (presumably top secret) offices of Bond 24. The challenges appear to arise from the rehiring of long-standing screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in order to give Skyfall scribe John Logan’s script some snazz. While the expression “too many cooks spoil the Martini” springs to mind, the Bond franchise is really the wrong one to be looking at if we’re talking multiple authors. Star Daniel Craig once admitted that Quantum Of Solace had been partly cobbled together by himself and the director during a writers’ strike. And the films are no stranger to the path of the pudding, hence Tomorrow Never Dies. Putting Purvis and Wade back on the payroll has led to the shoot »
- Steve Palace
Sam Mendes’ superb production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a musical production that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing twice now. Since its debut on the West End stage exactly a year ago, the show has been packing in delighted audiences night after night. With a rotating young cast, who are simply superb, and near perfect accompaniment from Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) and Barry James (Grandpa Joe), the show really is a must see if you’re in town with want of an unforgetable night out at the theatre.
I had the pleasure of joining in with the first birthday celebrations at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London just the other night, and had the pleasure of attending the sugar-filled after party right afterwards. Take a look at some fantastic footage from the evening below, and also some interviews with the awesome cast.
Read our original review here. »
- Paul Heath
It's little secret that the 24th James Bond film, and the one to pick up the mantle from Skyfall, is set to shoot later this year. With a UK release date of October 2015, time is not on the side of the production.
The new movie, which Sam Mendes is returning to direct, won't however be shooting until December now it seems, courtesy of a fresh delay caused by the need for more script work. With it previously having looked as if they'd completed their work on the Bond series after five movies, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are apparently back on board to take a pass at John Logan's screenplay. The aim is to add more humour, it seems, with a specific focus on scenes between Bond and Miss Moneypenny, »
There have been numerous interweaving and not so interweaving plots during this inaugural season of "Penny Dreadful," but there have been two constants. The first has been the search by Sir Malcom (Timothy Dalton) and Ms. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to save Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) from the clutches of a vampire demon. The second has been the systematic haunting of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway, Jr.) by his first creation (Rory Kinnear), a vindictive son who brutally demands a bride from his creator. If the series finale told us anything it's that creator John Logan had no intention of dragging these story lines out any more than necessary. More so, Logan appears to have a lot more in store for "Dreadful's" unexpected group of flawed "heroes." Two of the series' best performances have been from Green and Dalton. Their characters have behaved like two adversaries forced to grit their teeth »
- Gregory Ellwood
Take another look @ teaser footage from director Sam Mendes' next "James Bond" feature, the 24th in the series, titled "Come And Dive", again starring actor Daniel Craig as British spy '007', with Ralph Fiennes as 'M' and Naomie Harris as 'Miss Moneypenny':
"...in 'Come and Dive', 'James Bond', agent '007' will be swept away by a dangerous love story. As 'MI6' rises from its ashes, 007 must protect a mysterious stranger and unveil long forgotten secrets...."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek ""Come and Dive"...
- Michael Stevens
Turnabout is fair play, as veteran James Bond scribes Neil Purvis & Robert Wade have been reinstated to add a bit of witty repartee to the upcoming "Bond 24," according to the reliable Baz Bamigboye of UK's DailyMail. Purvis & Wade, franchise staples since Pierce Brosnan's "The World is Not Enough" (1999), turned over the screenwriting reins to John Logan for "Bond 24" after he was brought in to polish their work on "Skyfall," which, of course, become the first billion Bond in franchise history. While tag-teaming the scripting of Bond is not unusual, the return of Purvis & Wade has caused "polite turmoil," according to an exec, and will push production back on "Bond 24" from October to December, but still on course for its 2015 release (October 23 in the UK and November 6 domestically). This obviously means that director Sam Mendes, Bond star Daniel Craig, and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara »
- Bill Desowitz
According to The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye, there has been some “polite turmoil” behind the scenes of James Bond 24. This has resulted in filming being delayed, and the blame is being put on script issues.
When director Sam Mendes agreed to return for the currently untitled James Bond 24, it was revealed that Oscar nominated writer John Logan (who was credited with making Skyfall arguably the best Bond movie to date) would be writing the follow-up alone, and without longtime 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
However, the duo who have written five films in the franchise together, and have now been hired to rewrite Logan’s screenplay and, “give it some ‘punch’.” What exactly could they mean by this?
- Josh Wilding
Before Bond 24 goes into production, it looks like the script is going to get a polish. Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been brought back on board to work on the script that was written by John Logan. The two screenwriters have a history with Bond and have worked on the scripts for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum Of Solace.
According to Daily Mail, this has been causing some issues behind the scenes, and will delay production. A source had this to say to say about it:
"Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted."
Apparently one of the main reasons producers have asked Purvis and Wade to come back was to "punch »
- Joey Paur
The Daily Mail is reporting that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who previously wrote five "James Bond" films, have been hired to do a polish of John Logan's script for the upcoming "Skyfall" sequel. According to the paper, the goal is to add humor and better interaction between Bond and Miss Moneypenny (Noamie Harris) and M (Ralph Fiennes). Due to these changes, producting has been delayed until December, two month later that the previously reported October start date. Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is returning to direct. And it's being reported that "12 Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the film's villain. The sequel is set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2015. »
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes came on board last July for the 24th film in the franchise along with Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at that point that they had locked in release dates for the yet-to-be titled film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is the top grosser in the franchise with $1.1 billion worldwide, the best DVD/Blu-Ray seller and the all-time best performer at the U.K. box office. It also won Oscars »
- Dave McNary
Word from The Daily Mail today is that rewrites are needed on the script for Bond 24, which could cause a small delay on the start of production, but not necessarily affect the film’s release date. The site says that is likely the film will now start in December of this year, having originally been set to go in October. Whether this will have any impact on actors’ availability remains to be seen.
Since it was first announced, hopes have been high for the newest Bond adventure. Sam Mendes has been hired again to direct, after he delivered over $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Skyfall, and Daniel Craig will again portray 007, along with the returning Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q). In addition, there was strong early round, particularly around Oscar season back in February, that Academy Award Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A »
- Scott Davis
James Bond 24, as the next 007 movie is being referred to in lieu of an official title, remains on track to make Fall 2015 release date, but director Sam Mendes may start production a little later than originally anticipated. That’s because the script is apparently going to be getting a rewrite by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – two veteran Bond franchise scribes, who originally planned to retire from Bond films after having co-written the last installment, Skyfall, with John Logan (the only confirmed writer for Bond 24 thus far).
This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but The Daily Mail is citing an executive “associated with the Bond films” as its source – with the latter claiming the project is merely ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
James Bond always has had a license to kill. But does he also have a license to be funny? The last James Bond adventure, Skyfall, had a brilliant mixture of danger, thrills and humor . particularly in the colorful interplay between 007 (Daniel Craig) and the menacing Silva (Javier Bardem). And with Sam Mendes back in the director.s chair for the announced James Bond 24, you can see why he.d like to tap into some of the same magic. Which is why The Daily Mail reports that Mendes has brought Skyfall original writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade back to Bond 24 to punch up the screenplay turned in by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan. Specifically, according to reports, Purvis and Wade were asked to "sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty repartee between Daniel Craig.s 007 and Naomie Harris.s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and »
Something's amiss in England. There's a report going around that the next Bond movie, currently untitled but known as Bond 24, is having a bit of early pre-production trouble that may end up delaying the film. The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, who is reliable with this kind of info, says there's a "polite turmoil" behind-the-scenes at Eon Productions, and subsequently the script is getting reworked before they move forward on production. They're bringing back co-writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, who have a long history with the Bond franchise, to rewrite the original script by John Logan, of Skyfall and Oscar nominated for Hugo. We've been covering updates on Bond 24 for the last few years, waiting for it to get into production to follow up the sensational Skyfall. At the moment, Sam Mendes will return to direct, as well as Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. »
- Alex Billington
Bond 24, which will serve as a true sequel to Skyfall, is only 18 months away from its November 2015 release date. While that's not set to change, production is being delayed until this December, as original Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are brought into polish the screenplay by John Logan.
A reverese of order was implemented on Skyfall. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the original draft, with John Logan coming in after the fact to tighten things up. He has been working on the new Bond 24 for months now, with the original team stepping back in to punch up the jokes and add more insight into the past world of James Bond, giving the film a touch of history.
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