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Over the last week or so, word spread throughout the industry that Sam Mendes would not be returning to the James Bond franchise for a third go around as director. I can’t say that this is in any way a surprise, considering he only came back for Spectre after Skyfall because star Daniel Craig twisted his arm, but still…we’re hitting a new era for Bond. Especially if Craig hangs up the PP7 and a new 007 is needed, someone else will be putting their stamp on the spy franchise. In that regard, I wanted to put forward a list of potential candidates to direct the next outing, regardless of who winds up starring. I’ll do a separate piece in a week or two on potential actors to take over the Bond mantle, but today is just about possible options for the director’s chair, so keep that in mind. »
- Joey Magidson
It says a lot about where the James Bond series has been over the last few years that yesterday’s announcement by director Sam Mendes — that he is stepping down from the franchise after having directed two entries — was greeted by Bond fans from around the world with something less than a collective cry of dismay. Opinion will differ as to the sort of job Mendes did (some believe that “Skyfall” was a Bondian apotheosis; this critic did not), but one thing should be clear: After four films with Daniel Craig, in what was meant to be not just a “reboot” or “relaunch” but a veritable reimagining of Bond for the 21st century, the series, overall, has not truly lived up to that billing. And that’s a serious fumble, since the kickoff film of the new era, “Casino Royale” (2006), was a Bondian apotheosis. I’m not alone in thinking »
- Owen Gleiberman
In not surprising news, Sam Mendes is moving on from the 007 franchise after Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Daniel Craig is probably moving on, too, but rumors about who will replace him are, as ever, premature. The names floating about this time are Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston (wishful fan thinking, maybe, since the internet has been suggesting these two names forever) and 30 year old Jamie Bell which is an interesting idea and probably not a bad one. If chosen he'd be the youngest Bond since Sean Connery (who was 30 when he was cast for Dr. No (1962) though most subsequent Bonds have been around 40 when they started. Plus Bell is super charismatic but underused in cinema.
Though Bond films are largely regarded as producer driven and leading actor focused pictures, rather than directorial feats, the man in the chair is important. In the past the franchise has generally relied on mid level directors rather than auteurs, »
- NATHANIEL R
Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at Batman Begins, Superman Returns, Green Lantern, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today.
Last week, we left off in 2004. Warner Bros. was preparing to relaunch its two DC Comics icons Superman and Batman, after flirting with jumping straight to a Batman Versus Superman movie. They backpedalled on that idea and, instead, poured all of their resources into re-establishing the characters as solo entities first, with the hope that a team-up or clash would eventually be in the cards.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Zorro, the iconic character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, has always been an American property about a Mexican character named Don Diego de la Vega- who dons a mask and fights crime. Over the years, we've seen him played by Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Notice a trend? The Hopkins film (The Mask Of Zorro), where he played a retired version of the character who passes the torch to Antonio Banderas's Alejandro Murrieta, attempted to hand the role to an actor more befitting the role. But even that flick was written and directed by guys who were decidedly non-latino (Martin Campbell, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and John Eskow).
Well, that won't be the case with the reboot, Z.
Deadline is reporting that Mexican filmmaker Jonas Cuarón, who announced the film in Berlin earlier this year, has cast Gael García Bernal as the titular hero. Cuarón, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu has teamed with veteran Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian to launch a new venture, Peak Time Entertainment. The pair plan to leverage their financial and creative skills on an initial slate of five projects.
Among the planned projects is “Titanic Code,” a new take focusing on the conspiracy theory about the sinking of the Titanic,. It is based on a script by David Marconi, who wrote “Enemy of the State” and the screenplay for Martin Campbell’s upcoming “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
In addition, the duo plans to collaborate in late Fall on “Knights In Paradise,” a character-driven, romantic action-comedy to be filmed in the U.S., China and the Dominican Republic.
“This is a great »
- Patrick Frater
There are a handful of comic book adaptations that make fans of the source material cringe. Like when Joel Schumacher gave us bat-nipples and bat-butt shots in Batman Forever. Or when Zack Snyder transformed the world’s most popular hero into a city murdering machine. However, there are few comic book adaptations that are as universally reviled as Green Lantern.
Green Lantern was atrocious on so many levels. It took one of comic books most interesting worlds and turned it into a senseless by-the-book origin story that crashed and burned like a Ferris Aircraft test drone. Ryan Reynolds felt woefully miscast. The story was predictable tripe. And the main villain was a giant pile of space feces defeated by our old friend gravity.
Green Lantern is terrible, and it’s okay to say it. Everyone involved knows so. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Gambling has become a part of the movies, and indeed television as well. In a recent episode of the new HBO TV show Vinyl, which is executive produced by filmmaking legend Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and none other than Mick Jagger, the show’s protagonist Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Canavale) was seen pushing $90,000 onto the roulette table after selling the company’s private jet.
It’s quite a powerful and brave scene, but of course film and television content have had a long relationship, and with free online pokies featuring famous properties, including Game Of Thrones and even the classic Hitchcock film Psycho, their tie is becoming even greater. The worlds of gambling and film and TV are becoming more aligned.
Vinyl may be the latest TV show to feature gambling, but it certainly wasn’t the first. Here, we take a look at our favourite gambling scenes from the movies, »
- The Hollywood News
It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)
The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we »
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The King of action cinema will make 2016 a year to remember with a number of movies set to be released this year. At the age of 62, Jackie Chan is not slowing down and with Jackie saying he will retire in 5 years, we must make the most of these movies.
Each movie makes me excited, all have a different feel about them which shows Jackie’s abilty to play any role in any style of movie. Enjoy the master of Action cinema, contunie to support his work, because once he retires – there’s no turning back.
Director: Renny Harlin
Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Samantha/bái shū (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must »
Exclusive: Hunter Killer, the Gerard Butler-Gary Oldman action drama that got stalled by Relativity’s plunge into Chapter 11, has a new director and a start date from Millennium Films. iNumber Number director Donovan Marsh has taken the helm, and a July 25 start date has been set in London. Original Film's Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe — who fought to extricate the film from Relativity when its production start was stalled while Martin Campbell was directing — is producing… »
Our series on remakes continues, but there’s a twist this time. For a change, we’ll be looking at a good remake of a bad old movie. This week, Cinelinx looks at Casino Royale (2006).
Normally in these articles, we examine remakes of good movies to see if they’re worthy of their predecessor. Today, however, the original film is a dud while the remake is a winner. James Bond movies are generally hit-and-miss. Some are excellent and some are weak. The two adaptations of Casino Royale represent one of each. The 2006 remake with Daniel Craig is great. The original however…ugh!
The original version of Casino Royale (1967) bore very little relation to the actual book. While it started out as a straight adaptation (the first draft was written by Ben Hecht) it underwent a metamorphosis into a comedy/parody on the Bond films, and spy movies in general. Columbia Pictures »
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GoldenEye star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are set to reunite on an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1950 novel Across the River and Into the Trees, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The project has been written by Peter Flannery (Inspector George Gently) and Michael Radford (Il Postino), and follows “an American officer serving in Italy right after World War II, facing news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend his weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate a simple duck hunting trip and a visit to his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal.”
Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the action thriller The Foreigner, which is expected to wrap next month. Production on Across the River and Into the Trees »
- Gary Collinson
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Deadpool review by Paul Heath, February, 2016. There’s no denying it, Deadpool has had one of the best PR and marketing campaigns we’ve ever seen. It was so good that we were all starting to worry that the film may not live up to the same standard. Not only must it have been a concern for the millions of fans across the planet, but the film’s star too. Ryan Reynolds already has one dud behind him, the Martin Campbell-directed Green Lantern, and he cannot afford another. We needn’t have worried. He certainly wasn’t. Deadpool is awesome in every way.
Before we get too involved in our opinion of »
- Paul Heath
Two decades after GoldenEye, star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are looking to team up again, albeit for a very different kind of movie. They’re joining forces for Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Ernest Hemingway‘s 1950 novel about an older man who travels to an exotic location and strikes up a romance with a much […]
- Angie Han
Delivering one of the best James Bond films with "Goldeneye" twenty years ago, actor Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are now reportedly re-teaming to tackle a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 last full-length novel "Across the River and Into the Trees".
BAFTA winner Peter Flannery ("The Devil's Whore") and Oscar-nominee Michael Radford ("Il Postino") penned the adaptation of this story of an American officer (Brosnan) serving in Italy just after WW2.
Facing news of his terminal illness with stoicism, he commandeers a military driver to help visit his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle hope of renewal.
Robert MacLean, John Smallcombe, Kirstin Roegner and Claudia Bluemhuber will produce. Filming aims to begin in Italy in October. Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the Jackie Chan-led action thriller "The Foreigner" which is currently filming in London. »
- Garth Franklin
Star Ryan Reynolds is making his move into the more fitting role of Deadpool this week, but in case you want to revisit the better-off-forgotten first attempt at a major superhero role, we take a pass at 2011's Green Lantern in this month's Movie CliffsNotes. Director Martin Campbell took a swing with this superhero adaptation that failed to connect with audiences, due largely to some fairly ho-hum... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
What do you get when you team up James Bond with director Martin Campbell? Only some of the best installments of the 007 franchise, namely Goldeneye and Casino Royale. But what about when it's James Bond without the franchise? Campbell and Goldeneye's Bond, Pierce Brosnan, are set to reteam for two movies, one of them a newly announced Ernest Hemingway adaptation. First, though, they're currently in the midst of shooting The Foreigner. The action thriller, based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman, also stars Jackie Chan as a London restaurant owner who takes revenge on the Irish Republican Army, having lost his daughter to the terrorist organization. Brosnan plays a lawyer with ties to the Ira whom Chan's character hounds for...
- Christopher Campbell
Word comes by way of Screen Daily, revealing that the Oscar-nominated actor will star opposite fellow Briton Gerard Butler in the studio’s long-gestating feature, which is set to be offered to buyers at next week’s Berlin Film Festival. Adapted from George Wallace and Don Keith’s acclaimed novel Firing Point, Hunter Killer centers on a rogue Russian general who, upon kidnapping the country’s president, looks to spark a global conflict on the scale of the Cold War.
Despite developing a tendency of portraying Russians on screen (see Air Force One and Child 44), Oldman has boarded the thriller to oversee the efforts of a Navy Seal unit – Gerard Butler’s Joe Glass included – to scupper those aforementioned terrorist plans. »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: The former Oscar nominee has joined fellow Briton Gerard Butler on the submarine thriller that Nu Image will begin selling in Berlin.
The long-gestating Hunter Killer appears to be moving full steam ahead with Millennium Films on board to fully finance and talks ongoing to find a director. Philip Noyce and Martin Campbell had previously been linked to the project.
Nu Image president of international sales and distribution Jeffrey Greenstein will begin negotiations with international buyers at the Efm ahead of a scheduled July shoot.
Oldman will play a Us official in the story about a submarine captain who must save the day after the Russian president is kidnapped by a rogue Russian general.
Butler, who also stars in Millennium Film’s London Has Fallen that Focus Features will release in the Us On March 4, will play the submariner. The story is based on the book Firing Point by George Wallace and Donald Keith.
Relativity will release »
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20 items from 2016
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