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The new Bond movies are "impossibly obscure", says John Cleese

23 October 2014 11:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The man who was Q, John Cleese, reckons that money has ruined the James Bond series...

John Cleese has form in the James Bond movies. He ascended to the role of Q in Die Another Day, and was originally expected to return to the part. However, Pierce Brosnan departed the world of Bond, the reboot came in, Daniel Craig got the role, and things went back to the start for Bond. Only now has Ben Whishaw been introduced as the new Q.

In a new interview to promote his autobiography, Cleese was asked what he thought of Whishaw's take on Q. But as it turns out, he's not seen it. Cleese said that he didn't watch Skyfall "because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies".

He continued, telling Shortlist that "two things went wrong: the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what »

- simonbrew

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

23 October 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

22 October 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines. But as Wolsky says in the lengthy interview below, the work in movies like this is "invisible." By design, of course, but often that leads to a lack of appreciation for what goes into outfitting a movie like this. Nevertheless, Wolsky has tried his hand at a number of extravagant productions in his day, so of course we carved out plenty of time to talk about some of those. From Bob Fosse's "Lenny" and "All That Jazz" to Sam Mendes' »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Meryl Streep's Set to Sing Off-Key (& Other News)

22 October 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.

Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree to be made into a live-action movie

22 October 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree series of books will be made into a film for the first time.

The children's novels are being developed for a live action film from Sam Mendes's production company Neal Street Productions.

The Magic Faraway Tree follows a group of children and their adventures at the top of an enchanted tree.

Blyton wrote four books in the series from 1939 to 1951. Characters included Moonface, Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot and Silky the fairy.

"The Magic Faraway Tree is one of the most loved children's books series from an iconic author whose work has been adored by generations," said Neal Street Productions' Pippa Harris.

"To be able to adapt these for the big screen is incredibly exciting."

Marlene Johnson, head of the Enid Blyton Estate, said: "Enid Blyton was a passionate advocate of children's storytelling, and The Magic Faraway Tree is a fantastic example of her creative imagination. »

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Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree heading to the movies

22 October 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sam Mendes' production company has snapped up the film rights to Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books...

So this is going to be interested. Enid Blyton's four terrific Magic Faraway Tree books have been snapped up for a trip to the movies. The film rights to them have been acquired by Neal Street Productions, the company owned by Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes.

At this stage, it's just an option that's been taken, but it seems clear that Neal Street Productions wants to get the Magic Faraway Tree on the big screen. We wouldn't be British, of course, if we didn't question whether character names such as Moon Face and Fanny will make the translation. Saucepan Man and Silky the Fairy are on safer ground, we'd wager.

It's still early stages for the project, and there's no writer or direct attached that we know of right now. »

- simonbrew

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"Penny" Team Adapt Blyton's "Faraway Tree"

21 October 2014 3:24 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Penny Dreadful" producers Neal Street Productions have unveiled plans for a feature film adaptation of Enid Blyton's "The Magic Faraway Tree" book series. Written between 1939 and 1951, all four books in the series have been optioned

Each story takes place in an enchanted forest in which The Magic Faraway Tree grows a tree tall enough to reach the clouds and large enough to contain small houses. The child heroes of the book series discover the tree and forest which is the background for their adventures.

Neal Street's Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris will likely produce the project, but that has not been confirmed as yet. Blyton wrote numerous book series include "Noddy" and "The Famous Five," with more than 500 million copies of her works having been sold.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Producer Neal Street to Shoot Enid Blyton Film (Exclusive)

21 October 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris’ Neal Street Prods., whose credits include Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” has unveiled its latest film project, an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s “Magic Faraway Tree” books for theatrical release.

This will be the first feature film adaptation of “The Magic Faraway Tree” series, which were written between 1939 and 1951. The series is made up of four novels: “The Enchanted Wood,” “The Magic Faraway Tree,” “The Folk of the Faraway Tree” and “Up the Faraway Tree,” all of which have been optioned by Neal Street for development.

Each story takes place in the enchanted forest in which The Magic Faraway Tree grows — tall enough to reach the clouds and large enough to contain small houses. Discovered by the books’ child heroes, the tree and forest provide the background to their adventures.

Blyton is one of the world’s best-selling children’s authors. She has sold more »

- Leo Barraclough

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Magic Faraway Tree Film Planned

21 October 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Generally, the adaptations in Sam Mendes cinematic career to date have been heavier dramas or the violent likes of Road To Perdition. But for a new producing job, he’s shepherding a much more whimsical story to the screen, overseeing work on a film of Enid Blyton’s book The Magical Faraway Tree.Blyton’s series of four novels, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk Of The Faraway Tree and Up The Faraway Tree, which were published between 1939 and 1951, are set in an enchanted forest that is home to the titular trunk. When a group of children discovers it, they go on a series of adventures in and around the lofty tree, which is tall enough to reach the clouds and big enough to hold small houses.Mendes and Pippa Harris’s Neal Street Productions has secured the rights to all four books, presumably to set a »

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Creator Remembers David Nevins’ Leadership in Bringing Show to Life

21 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before “Penny Dreadful” came to life, I’d never done a TV series. It was an uncharted world to me. David Nevins turned out to be my guide.

I’d been thinking about the concept for “Penny Dreadful” for a long time. My agent, Joe Cohen at CAA, told me I should meet Nevins. David is a charming, smart, idiosyncratic fellow. I instantly liked him.

A year or so went by, and when Sam Mendes and I were ready to go out with the great beast that is “Penny Dreadful,” we went to David. He saw what we saw in the show, and championed it from the first meeting. He understood that my entire attraction to doing it was as a novelistic endeavor. I wanted to tell one story over time.

My learning curve was stratospheric. One of the great lessons David taught me was that while I had a good story, »

- John Logan

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Michelle Williams Signs With Wme

20 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wme has signed three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams in all areas. She was previously represented by CAA. Williams earned Oscar nominations for her work in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Also read: ‘Cabaret’ Theater Review: Michelle Williams Tackles Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming Auditions for ‘Hedwig’ She is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Broadway's “Cabaret,” co-directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Williams continues to be repped by Bloom Hergott. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Michelle Williams Goes to WME From CAA

20 October 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

WME has signed Michelle Williams for representation in all areas.

Williams was previously represented by CAA. She has been nominated for Academy Awards for her work in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain.” The actress is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” co-directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. She has completed shooting on World War II romance “Suite Francaise.”

Williams continues to be repped by attorneys at Bloom Hergott.


- Dave McNary

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Michelle Williams Exits CAA For Wme

20 October 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

On the heels of CAA’s $225 million majority-stake deal with Tpg, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to Wme, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She’s currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Her next film, the WWII drama-romance Suite Française, is set to be distributed by The Weinstein Co. Williams is also repped by Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.


- Jen Yamato

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Michelle Williams Exits CAA for Wme

20 October 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has moved from CAA to Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn. She is currently making her Broadway debut in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret, starring as Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming's Emcee. Read more 'Cabaret': Theater Review Williams came to fame with the WB's Dawson's Creek and has since become one of Hollywood's most-respected young talents, with credits that also include Oz the Great and Powerful and Shutter Island. At CAA she was with super agent Hylda

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- Rebecca Sun

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15 Crazy Facts You Just Have To Accept To Enjoy The Dark Knight Trilogy

20 October 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

There’s no doubting the influence that Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga has had on blockbuster cinema as a whole: his dark, gritty style has been adopted by numerous high-profile films, perhaps most obviously Sam MendesSkyfall, which was about as Batman as a James Bond film could ever be short of kitting Daniel Craig out in a Batsuit. With a mountain of critical acclaim and an even bigger pile of money generated from Nolan’s franchise, the series is about as entertaining as Hollywood blockbusters can get, but even so, that doesn’t mean the films aren’t without their issues and gaping flaws that simply have to be accepted in order to still enjoy the movies.

Plot holes and dubious logic are highly abundant throughout all three films, as well as some unfortunate technical issues, while Nolan’s cold, “detached” directorial approach is also a bit of a problem, »

- Jack Pooley

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Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt Tackle ‘American Beauty’ at Lacma

17 October 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It’s great to be back. This is so much more fun than directing movies, I can’t even begin to tell you.”

So quipped Jason Reitman at the start of the fourth season of Film Independent’s Live Read at Lacma series on Oct. 16. Tackling Alan Ball’s Oscar-winning screenplay for “American Beauty,” the director recruited a clutch of actors from his most recent film, “Men, Women and Children.”

Adam Sandler took on Kevin Spacey’s signature role of Lester Burnham, with Rosemarie DeWitt once again playing his wife in the part originated by Annette Bening. Olivia Crocicchia read for Mena Suvari’s teenage sexpot; Travis Tope limned pot-dealer/videographer/amateur-philosopher Ricky Fitts; and Kaitlyn Dever, Dean Norris and Phil Lamarr rounded out the cast.

It would be easy to read the casting as a sort of crypto marketing stunt — as Reitman noted in an aside, “go see the film, »

- Andrew Barker

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Steven Soderbergh's TV series The Knick is swanky and enjoyable but lacks bite

16 October 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The historical medical drama, which stars Clive Owen as a maverick surgeon, is well-done big-budget television, but does not utilise the directors more subversive cinematic tricks

There is a neatness in news of the planned third series of David Lynchs Twin Peaks coinciding with the arrival in the UK (9pm, Thursday, Sky Atlantic) of Steven Soderberghs TV project The Knick. The weird police procedural made by Lynch and Mark Frost (ABC, 1990-91) remains the gold standard for movie talent dabbling in television and as was the case with Sam Mendes Penny Dreadful, David Mamets The Unit and David Finchers House of Cards Soderbergh is at some level working in its shadow, if not in his own mind then in many of those of the audience.

This is not Soderberghs first attempt at television he made the Washington DC satire K Street in 2003 and his Liberace biopic Behind the Candelebra was »

- Mark Lawson

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Javier Bardem May Join Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Would Play This Character

14 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Back in 2012, Javier Bardem used his special brand of terrifying charisma to benefit a franchise when he starred alongside Daniel Craig in the Sam Mendes James Bond film Skyfall. His presence having enhanced that movie to an extreme degree, now another major Hollywood series is looking to bring him on board as a villain. The Hollywood Reporter has gotten word that the Academy Award-winning actor is now in negotiations to play the central antagonist in Disney's upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Should he sign on, he would be joining a cast that only contains regulars so far: Johnny Depp is coming back to once again play the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geofrey Rush will be reprising his role as the dread pirate Barbossa. Not much is known about the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, but this new casting report delivers a good »

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Dave Bautista Reportedly Cast As Villain In Upcoming James Bond Film

13 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to play the villain in the upcoming James Bond film, a role previously described as an “iconic henchman.”

Dave Bautista To Play Hinx In Bond 24

Bautista is fresh off his breakout role as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s summer hit Guardians of the Galaxy, and the former Mma fighter is apparently jumping onto another successful franchise.

In the Sam Mendes-directed Bond film, tentatively called Bond 24, Bautista is set to play Hinx, a henchman and assassin. Original casting document described the character as very physically fit, and revealed that the character would be engaging in several fights with James Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig.

Bautista has yet to confirm his involvement. Bond 24 is scheduled to begin shooting in December, and is set for a Nov. 6, 2015, release. In addition to Bautista’s casting, rumors suggest that Lea Seydoux has »

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Report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista set to join new James Bond movie

13 October 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new James Bond movie, working title "Bond 24," is set to begin filming this December, and a new report indicates that Dave Bautista may be joining the project.  This new information follows closely on the heels of news last week that Lea Seydoux is in talks to become a Bond Girl in the film. Bautista was most recently seen in this summer's Marvel blockbuster, "Guardians of the Galaxy" as Drax, a member of the Guardians team.  According to Latino-Review, for the new Bond film, Bautista could be going evil as Hinx, a henchman in the tradition of Oddjob and Jaws. Sam Mendes is returning to direct the new Bond film after his incredibly successful helming of "Skyfall" in 2012.  Daniel Craig will also be back as Bond for his fourth outing.  Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes are all set to return as well. At this point »

- HitFix Staff

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