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It seems like we say it every year, but the Oscar race for best cinematography is as heated as it has ever been this season.
Most eyes, certainly, are on Emmanuel Lubezki. The reigning champ joined a very exclusive group of back-to-back winners in the category upon claiming the prize for “Birdman” last year (He also won for “Gravity”). With Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s best picture follow-up “The Revenant,” Lubezki shot on brand new Arri Alexa 65 cameras, even freezing a few of them in Alberta, Canada, while using only natural light. The stitching technique that was employed to make “Birdman” appear as one unbroken take was used in a number of sequences as well. No one has even seen the film and you’d be forgiven for thinking it the frontrunner sight unseen.
- Kristopher Tapley
The Bond franchise has obviously taken a turn with the last few efforts, but one of the most fascinating twists seems to be in the marketing for the films. Spectre has released a final trailer, and we finally get a real feel for “Bond-ness.” The film seems much more interested in making sure that everyone knows the song is out, than getting people into theaters. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem that the one absolutely follows from the other.
It’s an especially curious mix of marketing, because those who follow film aren’t anything like flooded with ads and clips for the film, as though there is only so much sell that will do anything. I can relate to giving up at a certain point, because I think you can pick where the line of diminishing returns is in a case like this. Once you »
- Marc Eastman
Any comparison that places Ethan Hunt over James Herbert Bond feels sacrilegious. Bond is cooler, more prestigious, and more iconic and, on top of that, he’s the greater box office titan. But after seeing Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation, before which has been playing a trailer for Spectre, there’s an inescapable feeling that M:i has finally unseated Bond at the top of the superspy genre. And really, when you stack the last three M:i films against the last three Daniel Craig Bonds, the winner is clear.
One can only guess about the impending Spectre of course – which looks to be a worthy continuation of Skyfall director Sam Mendes’ wonderful vision – but, even so, film fans the world over should be 10x more excited for the barely-confirmed sixth Mission: Impossible film than for the next Bond outing. Let me tell you why. »
- Nathan Hastings
Hello again, dear readers. We’re now firmly into October, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is on the way. But there’s still some cool movies coming out this year, including the subject of today’s column. With that, let’s take a look at the latest (and final) trailer for the new James Bond movie, Spectre.
Premise: In the aftermath of the attack on MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with the sinister organization known as Spectre. While Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond discovers that the only way to unravel the web of conspiracy is to protect the innocent daughter of a powerful enemy. Following a trail from Mexico to Italy, Austria, and Morocco, he is forced to operate outside his purview »
- Timothy Monforton
Spectre is just around the corner, with new TV spots, and images debuting all the time, and with speculation running wild as to the possibility of a new actor taking over as 007, Daniel Craig has been discussing his future as Bond.
Speaking to Time Out London, Craig has shed some light on his career as Bond and what the state of play is regarding his contract. Early in pre-production, news broke that Spectre was to be filmed back-to-back with Bond 25, but Craig wasn’t keen on the idea.
“I was contracted to do another one….That was all set up. But at the studio, there was a real keenness to get it done as soon as possible. In fact, there was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. »
- Scott J. Davis
Daniel Craig.s ready for a holiday. His work on the latest James Bond adventure, Spectre, is finished. All that.s left is the promotion, which should take Craig and his 007 compatriots to the corners of the globe where they can market Sam Mendes. effort to the masses. As part of that endeavor, Daniel Craig sat down with Time Out for a spectacularly candid interview about all things Bond, and if you are a fan of the agent with a license to kill . in particular, in Craig.s take on the timeless spy . then the entire interview is a must read. The type of honesty that Craig brings to the conversation is refreshing and appreciated. Not that Craig has ever been one to pull punches or protect his opinion when speaking with the press. But his thoughts on Skyfall, Spectre, and the present and future state of James Bond are »
Much like any tentpole blockbuster, there are a lot of moving parts beneath the sharp suits and eye-popping stuntwork of Sam Mendes’ Spectre. Is Christoph Waltz really playing Franz Oberhauser, or the gleefully evil Blofeld? Can the spy sequel possibly emulate the critical and financial success blazed out by Skyfall? And what does the future hold for Daniel Craig’s status with the license to kill.
Lately, it’s the latter lingering question that has been getting the most traction, with the actor himself seemingly indicating that he is on board for another installment, only to backpedal on his comments in a recent interview with Time Out London. Ever the one to give a frank assessment on matters, Craig shot down any suggestions that he would pick up the Walther Ppk and jump straight back into the James Bond role, even claiming that if he were to do another one, »
- Michael Briers
VisitBritain have put together this smart new featurette on the making of the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which is out in UK cinemas on the 26th of October. Anticipation for the film is building ahead of its release, with Skyfall setting the bar very high for Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes to meet. This new
The post London’s in the Spotlight of Spectre in this new Behind the Scenes Featurette appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
While the world has obsessed over who Oberhauser is and how Sam Mendes is going to introduce Blofeld (rather than if), nobody seems to have noticed that Andrew Scott is playing a very intriguing role in Spectre.
It’s probably easiest to suspect that Scott – who was excellent as Moriaty in Sherlock – will be playing a villain. He has the look of a deranged psychopath, and a defiantly evil forehead, and now the last trailer has shown him very briefly fighting M, so that’s enough for some to accept that he’s a wrong’un.
But even that suspicion doesn’t answer who the hell he is. And it does feel like the studio are purposefully being evasive when it comes to showing anything of his character. It’s very much a case of his being conspicuous by his absence, which suggests all sorts of possibilities; every »
- Simon Gallagher
Now that director James Gunn has assembled quite the emotional script for Guardians 2, it’s only a matter of time before Marvel’s galactic sequel enters production in earnest, and the fighter-turned-actor can hardly wait to reprise the role of Drax the Destroyer in time for 2017’s sequel.
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Filming is set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia at the turn of the year, when Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper will all return in their respective roles. In terms of Bautista, though, the actor revealed that he pitched his own ideas to Marvel about potential changes to the character’s visual appearance – tattoos, mainly – adding that even if Drax »
- Michael Briers
'Writing's On The Wall' by Sam Smith, the official theme song from Spectre, gets a sexy music video featuring scenes from the movie. The Grammy Award-winning singer is seen serenading James Bond as the super spy embarks on his greatest adventure yet. The moody ballad has 007 stalking Lucia Sciarra through dark corridors as he prepares for his finally showdown with an evil organization that could change his life forever. But that doesn't stop him from stripping off the clothes of this new Bond girl as they make out against a mirrored wall in a seedy hotel room. Then, just seconds later, Bond is seen trying to seduce Madeleine Swann. And it looks like 007 is breaking more hearts than he has time for.
Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment http://movieweb.com/spectre-theme-song-sam-smith-writings-on-wall/announced in early September that Sam Smith had recorded Writing's On The Wall, »
Throughout the build-up to the release of Sam Mendes’ spy sequel Spectre, speculation has been rife regarding which actor would succeed Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond. From Damien Lewis to the much-touted addition of Idris Elba, the Internet has deliberated over the next Bond for months at this point, though it seems in this case, the simplest answer happens to be the right one a la Occam’s Razor.
That’s right, rather than pass on the torch and Walther Ppk after the release of Spectre, actor Daniel Craig remains confident that he’ll reprise the role of the famed super spy for Bond 25 – he is contractually obliged for one more film, after all – stating that he will continue to embark on globe-trotting adventures as the legendary agent for “as long as [he’s] physically able.”
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- Michael Briers
The current Bond era finds our hero broken, damaged, and pretty moody. He may have an arsenal of one liners, but he's not likely to crack a smile very often or look like he's having a good time doing his job. And so the vibe continues with "Writing's On The Wall," the official theme song for "Spectre," performed by Sam Smith. The music video for the track has dropped, and the only explosions it has are sad explosions. Moody and grim, with people looking into the distance, or walking around stoically masking their feelings, this doesn't make the upcoming Bond movie look particularly exciting. Even with Smith belting his heart out, none of the actors seem to have any of their icy resolve melted. Man, maybe 007 needs a comic sidekick to join him next time around. Read More: Sam Mendes Says 'Spectre' Will Be His Last James Bond Movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 24th James Bond adventure will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the Us on November 6.
Multi-platinum selling artist Sam Smith has co-written the title song, “Writing’s On The Wall,” with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965.
The 23 previous James Bond theme songs make up some of the most memorable movie music of all time. The previous Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” was performed by Adele, and was honored with the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond »
- Michelle McCue
You’ve had a little over a week to listen to Sam Smith and Disclosure‘s theme song for the latest James Bond film, Spectre. While the responsive seems to be divisive — and certainly not an immediate of a hit as Adele‘s Skyfall ballad — “Writing’s on the Wall” has grown on me somewhat, but the true test will be to see if/how it fits the themes of Sam Mendes‘ film.
While we won’t know the specifics until just about a month from now, today brings some better clues as the official music video has arrived. Packed with new footage from the film, it also features Smith seemingly on some of the same sets used in the film. Check it out below and if you missed it, see Spectre‘s final trailer here.
What did you think of the music video?
- Jordan Raup
We are exactly three weeks away from the release of the latest James Bond film, and we’re expecting a lot from Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes. Skyfall was a critical and commercial success, rejuvenating the Bond series following the misstep of Quantum of Solace with a series of thrilling set pieces and a welcome personal
- Michael Walsh
Earlier this year, we visited the Mexico City set of the latest Daniel Craig-as-James Bond adventure, "Spectre" (the follow-up to "Skyfall," the most successful James Bond movie ever). It was an incredible experience, which required 1,520 locals and took five months of preparation, and much of what we saw on location can be seen in the latest "Spectre" trailer, which is the moodiest and most intense look at the Sam Mendes film yet. But we did more than just watch a complicated helicopter stunt while in Mexico City, we also talked to many of the Spectre principles, including Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, and Léa Seydoux.
In this three-minute mash-up of our interviews, you can hear Seydoux talk about the differences between her character and the role she played in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (she's the only actress to appear in both franchises), Bautista joke about how everyone automatically assumed »
- Drew Taylor
Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway / Denmark /France, 2015
Grief, depression, and loneliness. Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s first foray into English-language film is rife with subject matter suited for a dour art house affair. Yet Louder Than Bombs is infused with a vibrant humanism that cares for its characters and has a firm grasp of cinematic language and exceptional editing which ratchets it up a notch past a typical prestige drama. It’s too subtle, too bold, too willing to reach into a grab bag of visual styles and character set pieces to care about falling into the right Hollywood genre.
Capturing the depression and isolation of Gene Reed (Gabriel Byrne), and his two sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid), several years after his wife Isabelle, a war photographer who (Isabelle Huppert) died in a car crash, Louder Than Bombs »
- Josh Hamm
Sony Pictures and MGM just unveiled the final trailer for their upcoming James Bond film "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Jesper Christensen. Check it out below. Plot: In the movie, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. "Spectre" is once again directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and is set to hit theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'Bond' sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
"Then while 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive...
"...Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
"Spectre" will be released in North America, November 6, 2015, also starring Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Eve Moneypenny', Ralph Fiennes as 'M', Jesper Christensen as 'Mr. White', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh'...
...and Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser'.
"Spectre" will also include a new 'Aston Martin' , called the 'DB10', designed specifically for the film.
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- Michael Stevens
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