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The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital. Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing. That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks. More after the jump. We’ll start with Bond 24, which marks a curious »
- Adam Chitwood
Hoyte van Hoytema has shot up through the ranks since his career has shifted over to the states. He caught most people's attention with "Let the Right One In," which hit theaters the same year as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." Now the fruits of his own collaboration with the blockbuster filmmaker, "Interstellar," finds itself in theaters. It's a notable change of personnel for Nolan, who until this time has always worked with Dp Wally Pfister. With Pfister transitioning to a career of directing, Nolan smartly tapped one of the most exciting talents in the business. And others continue to catch on, too. As we exclusively reported last month, Sam Mendes tapped Van Hoytema to replace Roger Deakins on his next installment of the James Bond franchise. But what Nolan and Van Hoytema have accomplished with "Interstellar" is a very different beast than the work Nolan has done with Pfister. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Javier Bardem’s turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall was icier than a naked Twister party in an igloo. How do you follow that performance? By casting diminutive screen psychopath Christoph Waltz of course, if recent reports are anything to go by. Variety have acquired this story from the Twitter feed of Daily Mail foghorner Baz Bamigboye, so while we can take it with a mini-avalanche of salt, we can at least comment on it as a plausible decision. Waltz fits the Daniel Craig era formula of recent years of casting a sinister European as adversary. If you haven’t seen him before, I’d describe him as a sort of sinister cousin of Jools Holland. I doubt anyone would object if his involvement was confirmed.
Bamigboye has also Tweeted the locations for Bond 24 as Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, so as ever Eon Productions will be »
- Steve Palace
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
In news that makes total sense, Christoph Waltz has reportedly signed on to be the villain in the next James Bond movie. A columnist for The Daily Mail tweeted the news, also saying that the movie will begin shooting in early December in Morocco, Austria, Italy, London, and Mexico. If this is true, it's the best news ever. As proven by Inglourious Basterds, Waltz can be both terrifying and creepily charming. Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role, and Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is directing. The only question left is whether Waltz will be more of a Dr. No or an Elliot Carver. »
Javier Bardem played a very memorable villain in the last James Bond film "Skyfall," and now comes word that director Sam Mendes has found the actor to play the villain in the next installment. According to The Daily Mail, Mendes has cast Christoph Waltz as the main antagonist. The actor previously played the villain in "Inglourious Basterds" and will play the main bad guy in "Horrible Bosses 2." "James Bond 24" also stars Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. It's set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2016. »
Well, it looks like the still-untitled Bond 24 has found its villain. According to Daily Mail columnist (and caps lock enthusiast) Baz Bamigboye, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor has signed on for the new James Bond adventure, to once again star Daniel Craig (working for his "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes). According to Bamigboye, the shoot starts in early December and shooting locations include Morocco, Austria, Italy, London and Mexico.
Even though this is still very much speculation, if it is true, it's pretty perfect, huh? Waltz oozes charm and sophistication and can turn on the malevolence pretty high if he wants to (like in his first Oscar-winning role in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," as the evil Nazi "Jew Hunter"). He is going to be a great Bond bad guy.
- Drew Taylor
Production on the new James Bond film is still set to begin before the end of the year. We know that Daniel Craig is back to reprise the role of 007, and that he'll be reuniting with Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the new movie.
Also returning? Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are reprising their Skyfall roles. New additions to the cast include Dave Bautista (off the back of his Guardians Of The Galaxy success) and Lea Seydoux.
And now we learn that another familiar face is jumping aboard. Christoph Waltz is set to be the latest James Bond nemesis. He's set to take the role that at one stage was earmarked for Chiwetel Ejiofor. The news was broken by Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamingboye, whose Bond information to date has been very good. »
According to The Daily Mail, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) has signed on to appear as the villain in the as-yet-untitled 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise.
Bond 24 will see Sam Mendes reuniting with Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), while Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is reportedly set to play the villain’s henchman, and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is also attached as a “femme fatale”.
Bond 24 opens on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States.
- Gary Collinson
Update 11/14: Baz adds in his Daily Mail report that, according to his sources, Waltz is playing a "nemesis of sorts." And while all signs point to villain, apparently "It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both," but yeah, probably the bad guy. "Star Wars," Marvel and Warner Bros. with their DC Comics franchise aren't the only people around town trying to keep a firm lid on their valuable tentpoles until everything is 100% locked down. With production set to begin next month on "Bond 24," we don't know much about the Sam Mendes-directed movie, certainly not the plot, and not even the title. But it would appear that things are coming together. After first reporting that Lea Seydoux had joined the movie as a femme fatale, Baz Bamigboye has hit Twitter with another scoop. According to the Brit insider, Christoph Waltz »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Christoph Waltz picked up an Oscar for playing the villain in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and now he might be turning his evil eye toward James Bond. The Austrian actor is rumored to be in talks to join Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 film, according to the Daily Mail (via Variety) The as-yet-untitled Bond 24 is the follow-up to 2012's billion dollar-grosser "Skyfall," and features returning co-stars Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. "Blue is the Warmest Color" star Lea Seydoux also recently joined the film. It's also been rumored that "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista has been circling a henchman role in the film. Sam Mendes is set to direct from a script from "Skyfall" writers John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Waltz will soon be seen in "Horrible Bosses 2" and Tim Burton's "Big Eyes." Bond 24 will open in the U. »
- Dave Lewis
Two-time Academy Award winner Waltz is rumoured to have reached a deal to begin filming the 24th Bond next month.
"#Christophwaltz Signs On For BOND24.Shoots early December Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy & London," Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye tweeted.
It is as yet unclear if Waltz will be playing Bond 24's main villain or another central role.
I totally lost track of this but man that December start date for James Bond 24 is coming up quick. As a fan of Skyfall, I'm stoked that Sam Mendes is coming back, since that marked the first time in a long time that Mendes had made a film with any replay value for me. The last we'd heard on this project Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) had signed on to play the "femme fatale" with Dave Bautista in place to play a henchman character in the vein of the iconic "Jaws." But there was still no one to really fill out the "mastermind" role. Now it appears as though Christoph Waltz will be in the film as well (having just fallen out of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). While this is still technically a rumor, it comes from a source who is often right about these matters. »
- Evan Dickson
It would appear that the filmmakers behind the James Bond franchise have begun using the Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner pool of the last few years to help them find an appropriate villain. For Skyfall, Sam Mendes turned to Javier Bardem - who took home the aforementioned prize for his turn in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men - and now it's being reported that the upcoming Bond 24 is looking to bring on two-time Academy Award winner Christopher Waltz to square off against 007. The news comes from The Daily Mail, which says that the Django Unchained star has joined the project - but notes that there is a shade of mystery regarding exactly what role he is playing. One inside source told the British newspaper that Waltz is playing a "nemesis of sorts" -which makes us naturally think "villain" - but other insiders were a bit more »
Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is set to play the villain in the 24th James Bond movie, according to the Daily Mail.
#Christophwaltz Signs On For BOND24.Shoots early December Mexico Morocco Austria Italy & London.
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) November 13, 2014
Daniel Craig will return as the iconic British spy for his fourth Bond movie. Also reprising their roles will be Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.
Sam Mendes, who directed the last Bond pic,”Skyfall,” is helming from a script by John Logan that was rewritten by the team of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The three scribes collaborated on “Skyfall.”
MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced last year that they had locked in release dates for the film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is »
- Dave McNary
Christoph Waltz is no stranger to playing villains. He won an Oscar for playing one of the most memorable ones in the past decade with Inglourious Basterds. Well, The Wrap is reporting he has joined the cast of Bond 24. It has not been confirmed as to whether or not he will be playing the villain in the film, but after the deal with Chiwetel Ejiofor did not come to fruition, that is the role strongly believed Waltz will be taking over. Bond 24 will see the return of Daniel Craig as 007, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomi Harris as Moneypenny. Sam Mendes is coming back to direct after making the most financially successful Bond film of all time with Skyfall. Lea Seydoux has joined as the femme fatale, and Dave Bautista is rumoured to play a henchman. So, with that cast, it is almost impossible »
- Mike Shutt
There is no further information about whom Christoph Waltz may be playing. It has been rumored that the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. may feature into the storyline of Bond 24, with Sony winning back the rights almost exactly a year ago. That has never been confirmed by anyone associated with the project.
In October, it was reported by Latino Review that Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista had signed onto play the villainous henchmen Jinx in the film. That news, while seemingly confirmed by their sources at the time, has never been confirmed by Sony. Will we see Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista working as a team? That certainly would be fun. »
Though not confirmed at this time, British columnist Baz Bamigboye reports that "Django Unchained" and "Horrible Bosses 2" star Christoph Waltz has signed on to play the main villain in the upcoming twenty-fourth James Bond film at Sony Pictures.
It has also been rumored that the character of Blofeld and the organization of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. may return to the franchise after Sony won back the rights a year ago. Could Waltz be the new Blofeld?
Filming is slated to begin in early December in Mexico, »
- Garth Franklin
The cast for Bond 24 could be set up shortly and the latest news surrounding the film is that two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is set to join. Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye tweeted the news earlier today, and with a history of solid leads when it comes to Bond news this could very well be official very soon. The still-untitled Bond entry directed by Sam Mendes will also star Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie »
- Graham McMorrow
Rome – Italian producers are up in arms over the introduction of allegedly inapplicable new rules regulating the use of prop firearms on movie sets. These new norms are causing local film and TV productions to grind to a halt and could reportedly pose a problem for the upcoming Italo portion of the 24th James Bond film, expected to shoot in Rome in January of 2015.
Italy’s motion picture association Anica has issued a statement calling the regulations, which went into effect last week, “technically debatable and objectively inapplicable.” Producers are also lamenting that, since they are impossible to apply, these norms will cause “major economic losses” if they are not voided.
Meanwhile, Italian companies which provide prop guns and weapons to film and TV productions have stopped working and pulled their armaments from the sets of ongoing productions because they claim they cannot comply with the new norms, and don »
- Nick Vivarelli
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