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Two of the world’s most famous action heroes are joining forces, as Pierce Brosnan is set to star opposite Jackie Chan in an untitled action thriller that Martin Campbell will direct for Stx Entertainment and Sr Media Corporation, TheWrap has learned. Chan stars as a humble restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown. When the justice system fails him, he is forced to push his moral and physical boundaries to track down the group of rogue Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his beloved daughter. Brosnan will play Liam Hennessy, a former Ira member-turned-government official. Also Read: Pierce Brosnan Doesn't Think 'Spectre' Producer. »
- Jeff Sneider
20 years later, Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie is still his best.
After a six-year absence from the big screen, 007 returned with the very-90s, but very action-packed, "GoldenEye." Despite headlines in the press asking if the world needed James Bond anymore, audiences seemed to think it did -- they helped the film become a huge hit at the box office, spawning three more films for Brosnan and a popular Nintendo game.
In honor of the film's 20th (?!) anniversary on November 17, here are 20 things you may not know about one of 007's most popular missions.
1. Legal issues prevented MGM from getting a new Bond movie out after the tepid reaction to 1989's "License to Kill," grounding 007 for six years -- the longest wait in-between films in the franchise's history.
- Phil Pirrello
Directed by Martin Campbell
United Kingdom, USA, Czech Republic, and Germany, 2006
For reasons that escape me consciously, I’ve never been caught up in the James Bond phenomenon. I understand why the series holds such an allure to so many people—fast cars, beautiful women, cliffhanging action sequences, a dashing leading man, etc. And it’s not as if I’ve managed to live my life, to be on this planet for nearly 30 years, and not see a James Bond movie. However, until very recently, I’d only seen the movies where either Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig played 007. A year ago, out of sheer curiosity, I revisited a few of the Sean Connery-era Bond films, movies like Goldfinger and From Russia with Love, and found them more cheerfully antiquated than propulsive or purely entertaining.
Casino Royale, on the other hand, »
- Josh Spiegel
Back in 2012, our staff decided to group together and come up with a list of the best films in the 007, James Bond franchise. With Spectre rolling out this weekend, we decided to republish the article. Let us know which is your favourite, and be sure to check out our review of Spectre here.
Directed by Terence Young
50 years later, and with twenty three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 – but From Russia With Love is still unparalleled. Although it is the second in the series, and although it feels like no Bond film that followed, it is the film that solidifies all the Bond elements into a formula – a template that carries on, »
- Ricky da Conceição
Directed by Martin Campbell
Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirsein
UK / USA
The Essence of Bond has been shaped and re-shaped constantly over its 50-year run and that has been due to its mostly successful ability to plug into popular zeitgeist and meld that aesthetic with what makes Bond, well, Bond: Q gadgets, adventure tourist locales, voluptuous ladies (assuming the role of both friend and foe) and a version of suave and sexist male masculinity first cultivated by Sean Connery in Bond’s first outing, Dr. No in 1962. In the the early nineties it was time again to re-invent Bond, or rather his universe as not only was Timothy Dalton moving on from the Bond Franchise but the politics on the international stage had changed drastically. It was time for Bond to integrate into a post-Cold War world and director Martin Campbell was brought on board, along with »
- Gregory Ashman
The studio has announced at Afm more than 20 output partners as it builds its international network and revealed further details of the films that will be offered to distributors including Toronto pick-up Hardcore.
Stx Entertainment has closed deals with Tobis Film in Germany and Austria, Sun in Latin America and Spain, Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand, Vvs Films in Canada, Freeman Entertainment in Eastern Europe and Ab Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia.
Other deals include The Searchers for Benelux, Gulf Film for the Middle East, Times Media for South Africa, Aqua Pinema for Turkey, Odeon for Greece and Cinemundo for Portugal.
Forum Film will distribute Stx titles in Israel, Acme in the Baltics, PVR Pictures in India, Pioneer in the Philippines, Catchplay in Taiwan, Sahamongkolfilm in Thailand and Entertainment In Motion for worldwide airlines.
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, as part of its overall investment in the Stx film slate, will handle »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In this rapid-round Q&A, the 44-year-old old star of The Experimenter opens about about what it's like working with Woody Allen, his perception of Experimenter co-star Winona Ryder and why he's happy working outside of the Hollywood system. In Experimenter (in theaters Oct. 16), you play Stanley Milgram, who did research studies on obedience and authority. Of the directors you've worked with, who gave the most orders? Martin Campbell [2011's Green Lantern].
- Pamela McClintock
Everyone can agree that "Green Lantern" was a terrible movie, but when it came to pointing the blame, Ryan Reynolds bore the brunt of the criticism. And given that the film was working from a dreadful script credited to four different writers, and flaccid direction from Martin Campbell, it's a bit unfair that the actor was left to shoulder the disappointment and anger of fanboys. But would he go back and change the course of things knowing then what he knows now? "I know that this is gonna sound like some sort of guy who’s spent a little bit of time in a monastery or something, but it all led to here," he told GQ. "If I had to do it all again, I’d do the exact same thing. You know, also, 'Green Lantern' — you gotta remember, at the time, everyone was gunning for that role. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This article contains spoilers for Goldeneye.
Goldeneye: a mostly triumphant return after an extended absence. Far from perfect but its flaws are overwhelmed by the sheer brio of the whole thing, especially once former Bond bestie Alec Trevelyan finally shows face. The reliance on gadgets is just about right (the exploding pen got a Skyfall namecheck) and the action is reliably entertaining. At least provided you can enjoy a tank chase through Moscow - which this writer certainly can. Probably the most loved of the Brosnan Bonds, although arguably Tomorrow Never Dies is a more coherent film (we'll be coming to that one next, of course). But this one had a lot riding on it. After six years it was do or die - »
Not content with just starring in a Star Wars film, Hannibal alumni Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks for a role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. Mikkelsen will appear in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One movie in 2016, and now will play an unnamed part in Marvel’s Phase 3 flick.
Variety are reporting the news that Mikkelsen will assume one of the villain roles in the movie, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Stephen Strange.
Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Paul Heath
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The new reboot of the Zorro films, Zorro Reborn, will see the next movie set in the near future.
Lantica Media and Sobini Films have between them picked up the rights to the planned Zorro movie reboot. It's been 17 years since Martin Campbell's excellent The Mask Of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, and ten years since the not so impressive sequel, The Legend Of Zorro. 20th Century Fox had been overseeing a remake/reboot these past few years, and at one stage, it was a project interesting Bryan Singer. But now Zorro has a new home, it's speeding towards production. Singer is no longer involved, as you might expect given his X-Men commitments.
Zorro Reborn will be produced by Mark Amin, and it's set to shoot in the Dominican Republic starting in March 2016. The new film is being described as a "post-apocalyptic take on the myth of Zorro". It's set in the near future, »
'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »
- Zac Gille
After a long and arduous wait, 20th Century Fox debuted two versions of the much-hyped Deadpool trailer earlier this week, sending the vying masses into a collective tailspin as fans picked apart every blood-red frame of Tim Miller’s impressive sizzle reel. Pulling no punches, the volatile mix of R-rated action and comedy went down a treat, and now Empire has debuted a play-by-play breakdown of that trailer that includes commentary from Miller himself.
Covering the appearance of Colossus, sequel ideas and those Green Lantern jibs, here the director adds context to the mayhem, and the first thing Miller touched upon was the possibility of Deadpool 2 including the villain Cable.
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- Michael Briers
One consequence of Warner Bros.’ decision to launch an inter-connected universe is the fact that the studio is primed to introduce a new take on DC’s Green Lantern property, effectively kicking Martin Campbell commercial dud to the kerb. For months now, we’ve heard that Star Trek Into Darkness’ Chris Pine is in contention for the role of Hal Jordan, but there have murmurings that the reboot will feature dual protagonists.
These rumors came to a head during Warner’s Comic-Con panel earlier this month, where it revealed that the 2020 release would be titled Green Lantern Corps, all but confirming that Halo Jordan won’t be the only Lantern to light up the screen in DC’s shared cinematic universe. With the tone and set-up now leaning towards that of a buddy cop movie, with fellow Lantern John Stewart likely to fill the other spot, Fast & Furious stalwart Tyrese Gibson »
- Michael Briers
In a clear statement of Stx’s global ambitions the executive, who arrives from Block Entertainment where he most recently served as evp of international sales and distribution, will assemble a team, build a slate based on Stx’s development and production pipeline and explore strategic partnerships.
The initial sales roster will include Mile 22, in which Peter Berg will direct Mark Wahlberg, and an untitled Jackie Chan action film that Martin Campbell will direct. It remained unclear at time of writing whether Stx would scout third-party titles.
The sales slate does not cover the first four films that Stx will release in the Us. Blumhouse International and Sierra/Affinity handed international sales on psychological thriller The Gift, which Stx is scheduled to open on August 7.
Im Global licensed territories on thriller »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »
- Drew McWeeny
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
British director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye), is in talks to direct Jackie Chan in a new thriller that was previously titled The Foreigner. The movie, from China-backed Stx Entertainment, revolves around “a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.”
The movie did have actor/director Nick Cassavettes at the helm, but he doesn’t seem to be attached to the project at all now. The movie, which is being produced by China-based backers Stx Entertainment, is based on a book named The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, which was first published back in 2008. We found the full synopsis for it on Amazon.
The Chinaman understood death.
Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. »
- Paul Heath
Jackie Chan is once again going to try and hit it big in North America with a new film tentatively titled The Foreigner. Last we heard, The Foreigner was going to be directed by Nick Cassavetes who no longer appears to be attached to the project. Instead, Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell is in talks to helm the revenge thriller. The Stx Entertainment thriller has a very... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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