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Sam Mendes Wants An Iconic Henchman For Bond 24

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An iconic subsection of Bond villains is the henchmen, as a few of these right-hand men have been more memorable than the masterminds they served. Most notable are the hat-throwing Oddjob and the physical beast Jaws. It looks like Sam Mendes is seeking to create another iconic henchman in Bond 24 with a new character called Hinx.

The description that has hit the web says Hinx will be between 30 and 45, physically fit and over 6’2″. The character will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 and also a driving scene. Former sports athletes are mentioned, and there’s also a part about anyone very unusual, which is an easy way to create an instantly memorable character.

I’m not sure if they count professionally wrestling as a sports background, but there have been an array of former WWF/WWE stars who have made their way to the silver screen in recent years, »

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Bond 24 seeking an iconic, physically imposing henchman like Oddjob and Jaws

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It looks like Sam Mendes is looking to bring back the classic henchman character for Daniel Craig’s next outing in Bond 24, with MI6-hq reporting that casting is underway for the main assassin, who is described as a physically imposing henchman in the vein of iconic Bond villains Oddjob (Harold Sakata) and Jaws (Richard Kiel).

According to the site, the character has the working name of ‘Hinx’ and will have several altercations with Craig’s 007, along with a driving sequence. The casting breakdown suggest they are looking for a male between 30-45 with an “unusual” look, and possibly from a sports background.

The currently untitled Bond 24 is set for release on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States, with Craig joined by returning stars Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q).

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Bond 24 Wants An Iconic Henchman Like Jaws & Oddjob

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In the past, James Bond films have featured iconic henchmen like 'Jaws' (Richard Kiel) from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, and 'Oddjob' (Harold Sakata) from Goldfinger. According to two sites, and, the twenty-fourth Bond film wants to bring back that element to the long-running franchise. Below, is the character's name and a description of what type of actor Sam Mendes would like for the role. Hinx (Male, 30 – 45) - Ideally over 6′ 2″. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig as James Bond (007), Ralph Fiennes as M, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Penny Dreadful: Season 1

21 August 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $42.99, Blu-ray $48.99

Studio: Showtime/Paramount

Something gets under Eva Green's skin in Penny Dreadful

Showtime’s critically acclaimed horror drama TV series Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights), Timothy Dalton (The Rocketeer) and Eva Green (Perfect Sense).

The show sets out to completely reinvent some of literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Set in the 19th Century, the stories are in the style of the British “penny dreadful” publications of that time period, lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.

Created by three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) and co-exec-produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), the »

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Harry Potter Director to Return for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Spinoff (Exclusive)

21 August 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Harry Potter” filmmaker David Yates has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Sources tell Variety that Yates, who directed several Harry Potter movies including the final “Deathly Hallows” installments, has agreed to return for the first installment of the Harry Potter spinoff trilogy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

No deal has been made but insiders confirm both sides are in negotiations.

Warner Bros. announced the Harry Potter-themed project last September with J.K. Rowling, author of the hit franchise, making her screenwriting debut.

Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a »

- Justin Kroll

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Desperate & Obsessive In The New Full Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’

21 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2010’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” was maybe the best thing that ever happened to actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Like other leading men pressured to audition for big money tentpole roles, Gyllenhaal finally took a part in a would-be four quadrant blockbuster and saw it flop miserably. The experience seemed to create resolve within an actor who had already been building a credible CV with filmmakers like Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, David Fincher and Jim Sheridan. Perhaps he realized that the art of genuine acting, no matter the size of the picture, would make him happiest (theater experiences probably helped). Since then he’s flourished. The actor shined brightly in pictures like "End of Watch," "Prisoners" and "Enemy," as if he was undergoing an acting rebirth. That revitalization appears to be ongoing with Gyllenhaal’s latest project “Nightcrawler.” The directorial debut of screenwriter turned filmmaker Dan Gilroy (co-writer of “The Bourne. »

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'Harry Potter' Director David Yates May Work His Magic on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

21 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" may be adding a familiar face to the director's chair.

Variety reports that David Yates, who helmed several "Potter" films, including the two-part "Deathly Hallows," is in serious negotiations to direct "Beasts." So far it seems he's just in contention for the first film in the planned trilogy, based on the titular fictional textbook used by Harry and his friends in the "Potter" books and movies.

According to Variety, there is no production schedule in place just yet for "Beasts," and Yates is currently tied up with filming another flick, "Tarzan," until November. But the trade notes that his existing relationship with studio Warner Bros. -- following his direction of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - »

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Judi Dench joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Two's The Hollow Crown

21 August 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Judi Dench and Keeley Hawes have joined Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Two's The Hollow Crown.

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge will also star in the channel's upcoming adaptations of William Shakespeare's history plays.

BBC Two are working on three films as part of their second series of Shakespeare's history plays: The War of the Roses, Richard III and Henry VI, which will air in two parts.

Dench will play Cecily, Duchess of York in Richard III, which stars Cumberbatch. His casting as Richard III was announced in April.

During a question and answer session at this year's Hay Festival, Cumberbatch personally asked Dench to star alongside him in the drama.

Meanwhile, Hawes will play Queen Elizabeth in the second part of Henry VI and Richard III. Okonedo will play Queen Margaret in all three films.

Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI, and will appear in both parts. »

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Alan Cumming Ain’t Going As Emma Stone Signs On For Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’

20 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret beginning November 11th and hanging around Studio 54 as B-grade chanteuse Sally Bowles through February 1, 2015. Michelle Williams, who opened in this revival of Sam Mendes’s Tony Award winning production in the spring, will play Sally for the final time on November 9th. Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) stars with Zack Galafianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman, opening October 17.

Showing faith in the show’s even longer-term prospects, Studio 54 owner the Roundabout Theatre Company also announced that headliner Alan Cumming, reprising as the Emcee, and co-stars Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, have re-upped through March 29, 2015.


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Life To Be A ‘Cabaret’ For Emma Stone

12 August 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The part of Sally Bowles has long been associated with Hollywood actresses. Performers as diverse as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natasha Richardson and most recently Michelle Williams have donned the distinctive bowler hat and stockings for an image that was made an icon of cinema by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film of Cabaret. Now after much speculation The Amazing Spider-man star Emma Stone is in the closing stages of negotiation to take over the stage show from Williams in November.

Relaunched in April by the powerhouse theatrical combination of former Donmar Warehouse boss/Skyfall director Sam Mendes (who previously staged it with Jane Horrocks) and Rob Marshall (Chicago), the production also features Alan Cumming as the ghoulish Mc who presides over the action as the Nazis encroach into the Weimar Republic in the run up to the Second World War. The Kander and Ebb musical is based on the writings of »

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Wilkommen, Emma Stone, Broadway’s Newest Sally Bowles

12 August 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Auf weidersehen, Michelle Williams, wilkommen Emma Stone. A spokesman for the Broadway revival of the Broadway revival of Cabaret confirms that the Amazing Spider-Man and Magic In The Moonlight star “is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.” The Roundabout Theatre Company production stars Alan Cumming as the M.C., reprising the role that won him a Tony Award in 1998, when Sally was played by the late Natasha Richardson (who also won a Tony for her performance).

Staged by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the show has done solid business since opening in April, most recently reaching about 80% of its gross potential and filling about 90% of Studio 54’s 893 seats. Stone was rumored to have been the first choice for the role when scheduling scuttled the plan. Williams, who has been terrific as the so-so chanteuse, recently extended her stay through November 9, when, presumably, Stone will take over. »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Emma Stone in Talks to Star in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

11 August 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The next big name to headline the Kit Kat Klub? Emma Stone. The Magic in the Moonlight actress is currently in negotiations to join Cabaret on Broadway, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actress would star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the musical as Sally Bowles, a role currently showcasing Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut. The show sees Alan Cumming reprising his role as Emcee in the revival of John Kander's and Fred Ebb's Berlin-set musical, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall.  Williams has extended her run through Nov. 9, and the limited run at Studio 54

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Sam Mendes rumored to be interested in Lea Seydoux for Bond 24

11 August 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Although script issues threatened to push Bond 24's release date to 2016, it appears Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have finished "punching up" the script for Sam Mendes' next Bond movie. According to several sites, the duo have turned in the script, and production should start by late November or early December. This means casting should start soon, and Schmoes Know is claiming Blue Is The Warmest Color and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Lea Seydoux »

- Jesse Giroux

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Rumour: Léa Seydoux to star in Bond 24?

10 August 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

A brief Bond 24 update to bring you this morning, with Sam Mendes reportedly keen on bringing Léa Seydoux on board to star opposite Daniel Craig. The rumour comes in the wake of a Daily Mail report, claiming that recent rewrites to John Logan’s script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were rather more substantial than had first been thought. While it had initially been suggested that the duo would come on board to add a few jokes to what was pretty much a completed script, the report claims that Purvis and Wade were briefed to do some...

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Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire – The Blu Review

10 August 2014 5:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A Marine unit stationed in the hostile province of Helmand Afghanistan wilderness faces a harrowing mission as they try to help a fugitive woman reach safety from the Taliban in Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire.  Packed with intense action, thrills and the gritty reality of war, the all-new movie Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire is inspired by Jarhead, the highly praised feature film that follows a naïve young recruit and his platoon mates from the intensity of boot camp to being deployed to a lonely outpost in a surreal desert setting.  Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire transports the action to the brutal battlefields and dusty villages of Afghanistan, where a band of Marines risk their lives to save a woman fleeing certain death at the hands of her Taliban pursuers.

Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merriman (Josh Kelly) is put in charge of a unit whose next »

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Is Lea Seydoux Playing M16 Agent Miranda Frost in 'Bond 24'?

8 August 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Now that Bond 24 is back on track, and will start shooting in December, following a short delay due to script issues, the focus has returned to casting this action-packed sequel. A new report claims that L&#233a Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is the top choice for the female lead, opposite Daniel Craig as 007.

While no specific character details have surfaced, Schmoes Know reports that the actress may be playing Miranda Frost, a character originally portrayed by Rosamund Pike in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond adventure, 2002's Die Another Day. Here's what a casting breakdown revealed about the character.

"Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."

This version of Miranda Frost is said to be much different than Rosamund Pike's incarnation, but it still isn't clear if this is the role that L&#233a Seydoux is being pursued for. In Die Another Day, »

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Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for Bond 24

8 August 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for »

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Lea Seydoux and Sam Smith wanted for Bond 24; script gets another “polish”

8 August 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just last week, Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail reported that John Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall back in 2012, had been moved aside from his work on Bond 24 so that franchise veterans Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale) could come in and help add some much needed “thrills” to the script.

Directed again by Sam Mendes, it is rumoured that the original version of Bond 24 wasn’t up to scratch, and that the work that the Bond veterans are currently doing on it will be “substantially different” to what has been contributed by Logan. However, whatever issues with the script there may be, the producers are still set for filming, which is set to go ahead in November or December this year.

Of course, with filming set to begin before the year is out, it also means that casting rumours are sure »

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Lea Seydoux is Rumored as Top Choice for Role in James Bond 24

8 August 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Following news that the script for James Bond 24 had to be overhauled in order to add some more thrills to the proceedings, a new rumors has popped up concerning a co-star for franchise star Daniel Craig. Previous rumors have pegged Penelope Cruz and Chiwetel Ejiofor as potential new cast members for the next film in the spy franchise, and now Schmoes Knows, who has a decent track record lately, has learned that Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux is currently the studio's top choice for some sort of part in the sequel from Skyfall director Sam Mendes, though no specifics were revealed at this time. Read on! While it would be cool to see an actress of Seydoux's caliber enter the James Bond universe, the actress already played with spies in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, where she was an assassin who faced off with the Impossible »

- Ethan Anderton

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Rumor: Léa Seydoux Sought For 'Bond 24'; Script Gets Overhaul To Add More "Thrills"

8 August 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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