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In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.
What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.
Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Matthew Vaughn has been a pretty reliable director ever since making his debut back in 2004 with the Daniel Craig-starring Layer Cake, but it's seemingly taken Hollywood a while to realize that he deserves to be a hot commodity. One would think that X-Men: First Class would have sealed that deal, but apparently it's the grand success of Kingsman: The Secret Service (which, believe it or not, made $40 million more worldwide than X-Men did while costing half as much) that's truly made him a favorite at Twentieth Century Fox. The studio already has him producing their Fantastic Four reboot, and now they've tapped Vaughn to direct a new version of Flash Gordon, the comic strip that not only resulted in a cult classic '80s movie, but was also one of George...
- Peter Hall
Daniel Craig, best known for his role as James Bond, is appointed Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards by the Un secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Moon jokes that, in the past, Craig has been given a licence to kill, but now 'I'm now giving you a license to save'. Craig has previously said his experience of filming in heavily-mined areas motivated him to join the cause Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Daniel Craig has returned to filming for 'Spectre'. The 47-year-old actor underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered on the set of the new James Bond movie earlier this month and he's now said to be back on location in London already. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Daniel is made of strong stuff and wanted to return as quick as possible. ''He filmed the face shots but his double was doing all the running. ''Daniel will have to take it easy until his knee is strong enough for strenuous sequences.'' It was previously claimed that the hunky star had not missed any filming to have his operation as the ''minor procedure'' took place during a ''scheduled break''. However, it was said he would not be rejoining production until April 22 when filming moved to London's Pinewood Studios. 'Spectre' - which also stars Christoph Waltz, »
We recently went to the set of Spectre, the new James Bond movie, in Mexico City, where Sam Mendes and co. were busy filming the film's heart-pumping opening chase sequence. At the time, we were able to report all the action we saw from the set and more details on Bond.s mission to the nation.s capital, but seeing is believing. Watch this new behind-the-scenes video of actors Daniel Craig, Stephanie Sigman and Alessandro Cremona film Spectre.s big opener. Yahoo Movies UK were the lucky ones able to film moments from the 10-day shoot in Mexico City. As you can see, Spectre will kick things off with a colorful Day of the Death parade celebration that leads into Zocalo Square, where a grand helicopter fight scene will take place. In addition to highlighting the intricate costuming, makeup and set designs, the video is accompanied by a play-by-play of »
Idris Elba believes the chances of him playing James Bond are ''gone''. The 'Luther' actor has been backed by countless famous faces to become the next actor to play the iconic spy in the film franchise when current Bond, Daniel Craig, eventually retires, but he believes there is no chance of it happening because of the mass media speculation. He admitted: ''It's a rumour that's really started to eat itself. If there was a chance of me getting Bond, it's gone.'' The 42-year-old star also took the chance to clear up rumours he had been in talks with Bond producers, saying they have ''never happened,'' and revealed it was actually Daniel Craig who originally sparked suggestions. Speaking to the audience at London's British Film Institute, he said: ''Daniel Craig actually set the rumour off. About four years ago he said Idris Elba would be a »
BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the dates for its film awards for the next three years.
The Ee British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 14 2016, February 12 2017 and February 18 2018.
The awards will again be held at London’s Royal Opera House and broadcast by the BBC. This year, the four performance winners – Eddie Redmayne, Jk Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette – also went on to win Oscars.
The ratings for this year’s film awards increased in the UK and were broadcast in every major territory in the world and seen for the first time on Youku Tudo, China’s leading internet television broadcaster.
The announcement came just a day after the dates for the next three Academy Awards were revealed.
It was also announced that the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will take place on Friday »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Yaphet Kotto, who once played the villain in a Bond film but who is probably best known for his role in Alien, is against the idea of Idris Elba being the next James Bond. He says “Political correctness be damned!” and that a black actor “cannot be 007.” Read on to hear why he thinks Bond should remain as is.
There have been a lot of rumors lately about Luther star Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim) stepping into the role of James Bond in future films, despite the fact that Elba himself maintains that he has not spoken to anyone involved with the franchise about taking over the part. He blames current Bond Daniel Craig for starting the rumor, saying, "Daniel Craig actually set the rumor off. About four years ago he said Idris Elba would be a great Bond and then it started to creep. I blame Daniel.”
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Despite gaining plenty of critical acclaim and taking in a healthy $233 million worldwide in 2011, there hasn't been any movement lately on a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The project was based on the first of author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books, which were followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. There has been plenty of talk over the past few years about whether or not The Girl Who Played with Fire would ever move forward, but now we have a new report from The Hollywood Reporter indicating the sequel may very well happen, although without director David Fincher.
The new interest in getting a sequel off the ground comes from the recent announcement that Knopf is publishing a new Millennium series novel entitled Spider's Web, written by David Lagercrantz. While this new entry was »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
Under Daniel Craig, James Bond's evolution from a cold-hearted, borderline psychotic killer to a less dashing, more vulnerable and emotional human has struck a chord with so many 007 fans that they don.t want his run to stop. Some believe that the perfect way to move forward is to cast Idris Elba as the first black Bond, but legendary Live And Let Die antagonist Yaphet Kotto believes that James Bond should always be white. The 75-year-old Kotto, who portrayed Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big opposite Roger Moore.s 007 in the 1973 spy flick, spoke to The Big Issue about his feelings regarding Bond potentially being black and he is adamant that shouldn.t occur. Kotto explained: He cannot be black. Political correctness be damned. James Bond was established by Ian Fleming as a white character, played by white actors. Play 003 or 006, but cannot be 007. A lot of people say we should be »
Idris Elba has once again denied rumours that he will be the next James Bond.
He said: "The whole thing sits in the press quite a bit, but I'm not sure why. Apparently the idea of a black James Bond is controversial… I really haven't been paying attention.
"I get asked about it a lot and the truth is it's just a rumour. There's no truth to me playing Bond at all. But it's an amazing part – I don't think there's any actor who wouldn't like to play Bond."
Elba made the comments when asked about Roger Moore's recent comments about the possibility of a black actor playing Bond.
Moore is said to have told Paris Match magazine that Elba couldn't play Bond because he isn't "English English". However, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has not yet given up hope of a sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and is considering rounding out the trilogy by combining Stieg Larsson’s remaining two Millennium books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, into a single sequel, which would then be followed by an adaptation of the upcoming fourth book, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, penned by David Lagercrantz.
The U.S. version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starred Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, and was eyed as the first of a trilogy of film’s based on Larsson’s books, with Fincher aiming to shoot the two sequels back to back. However, progress seemed to stall, with Rooney Mara stating on several occasions that it looked »
- Gary Collinson
With a fourth instalment in the late Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium novel series on the way, attention has turned back towards its iconic hacker character Lisbeth Salander and her on screen future.
Though David Fincher's adaptation of the first novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" under performed, Sony Pictures has been pursuing the sequel slowly - keen on a follow-up so long as it can be done for a fraction of the $90 million budget Fincher did the first film on. Sony has already paid quite a bit for Steve Zaillian's script adaptation of the second book "The Girl Who Played with Fire".
Today though comes a report from THR that suggests there's talk of turning that second book and the third book "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" into one feature. Should that be a success then the new novel, "The Girl in the Spider's Web" penned by David Lagercrantz, »
- Garth Franklin
A story published early this morning by The Hollywood Reporter asks the question, "Will New Dragon Tattoo Book Sequel Become a Moviec", and while I continually hope and pray the franchise isn't totally dead, no matter all the signs pointing to the contrary, I can't help but assume I will never see a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or at least not one made the way I would like it to be -- Fincher back as director, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the lead roles, and a budget and runtime that allow misfit hacker and ward-of-the-state Lisbeth Salander's stories to breathe. Back in February, Mara told E! Online the sequels are likely dead, telling the outlet, "I don't think it's going to happen. I'm sad never to do it again, but it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards." However, recently a »
- Jordan Benesh
Panama – Panama City’s Casco Viejo, or old quarter, is at the heart of Iff Panama, with many of the festival activities and screenings scheduled to take place in the area. Hotels in the Casco Viejo, most notably the American Trade Hotel, will also host many of the festival guests.
Screening venues in the Casco Viejo include the Teatro Nacional, the Anita Villalaz Theater and the Parque Quinto Centenario. The Teatro Nacional, which stages most of the festival’s gala screenings and red-carpet events, was designed in 1904 by the Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri and opened in 1908; the Anita Villalaz Theater, named after the renowned Panamanian actress, was once home to the country’s Supreme Court before being developed as part of a cultural center and the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture). The Parque Quinto Centenario, on the Pacific shore, will offer free outdoor screenings for thousands of »
- Christopher Pickard
Few roles in cinema garner as much attention as 007, and much like the character’s short life expectancy on screen, there’s always conjecture regarding who is next in line to pick up the Walter Ppk and step into the shoes of the secret agent. And recently, that speculation has centered around Luther star Idris Elba, who has seemingly been a hot favorite to nab the role of James Bond for years at this point.
In fact, Elba’s chances of securing the gig almost reached a tipping point following the Sony hacking scandal, which revealed that a number of employees at the company wanted the 42-year-old to replace current star Daniel Craig when the time comes. However, speaking at the British Film Institute, Elba addressed the speculation once and for all, stating that if there was ever a chance of him getting the chance to play James Bond, it’s already long gone. »
- Michael Briers
Like anything else, it’s about money. According to a feature in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and excerpted on their website, Sony have plans for The Millennium Trilogy – soon to be tetralogy – that don’t involve David Fincher.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made over $230 million on a $90 million budget. Assuming marketing costs of another $90 million, that’s still a profit, but prices on sequels tend to go up. One belt-tightening scheme that the studio has considered is to combine both the second and third books into a single film and then to make it without David Fincher.
And then, after the follow-up book comes along later this year, Sony would use that as the basis of a third film, rounding out the trilogy on a more recent, more hyped adaptation.
According to THR, Amy Pascal has an issue with this plan. She »
- Brendon Connelly
The internet won't stop talking about Idris Elba playing James Bond, and Idris Elba is sick of it. "Honestly, it's a rumor that's really starting to eat itself," he said during an appearance at the British Film Institute on Tuesday. Elba maintained that the overwhelming public interest in his casting has made it an impossible dream: "If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it’s gone." Still, though, you shouldn't beat yourself up too much for sharing all those listicles; you've just been an unwitting pawn of the true mastermind, who has been hidden inside Mi-6 all along. "Daniel Craig actually set the rumor off," he recalled. "About four years ago, he said, 'Idris Elba would be a great Bond,' and then it started to creep. I blame Daniel." »
- Nate Jones
He issued his denial to GQ. “That is absolutely untrue,” he said, before blaming websites just like this one. “That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
Well, sorry to be a pest, Christoph.
The truth of the matter is that his character is indeed called Franz Oberhauser. We’ll hear that name spoken, and see it written on official documents.
But does that mean he isn’t, actually, also Ernst Stavro Blofeld? I think we can agree that Benedict Cumberbatch did play John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness, even while he was actually playing you know who too.
I can imagine Eon Productions are going to want my guts for garters, »
- Brendon Connelly
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