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James Bond has never seemed the kind of guy who would enjoy bursting into song, but a musical version of 007 is apparently on its way.
Merry Saltzman, the daughter of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, has secured the rights to a Bond stage show, according to Playbill.
It will have an original plot, including "several Bond villains, plus some new ones," producers said.
Production and casting details have yet to be announced, but Saltzman hopes it will debut in late 2017 or early 2018 in Las Vegas.
Hackney-born star remains a frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent
Idris Elba has denied reports he is entering the final straight in the race to become the next James Bond.
Elba, 42, is currently one of the bookies’ favourites to replace Daniel Craig as 007 when the latter’s run ends in two movies’ time. But the Hackney-born star, best known for television roles in The Wire and Luther and his portrayal of Nelson Mandela, said tabloid reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to take on the role were wide of the mark.
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- Ben Child
Documentary musical Prison Songs and animated TV series God Squad each won three trophies at the 27th annual Wa Screen Awards.
The film revolves around a light-fingered teen who attempts to rip off a major drug syndicate to pay for his mother's life saving surgery.
Producer/director Lauren Brunswick received the $5,000 McKenna Hampton Young Filmmaker of the Year award.
The Beyond West-produced Prison Songs by Kelrick Martin and Harry Bardwell took the prizes for best TV production . factual, best long form editing and sound. Martin also won the award for best long form direction..
God Squad by Troy Zafer and Nicholas Kempt was named best animation, »
- Don Groves
Daniel Craig’s James Bond a little too brooding for your tastes? Matthew Vaughn’s got you covered – his Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most entertaining and riotous spy flick in years, as well as one that’s unquestionably made for adults. Unrepentantly ribald, delectably blood-soaked and filled with more genre in-jokes than you can shake a martini at (with gin, of course, stirred for ten seconds while staring at an unopened bottle of vermouth), Kingsman is a blast of gleeful filmmaking exuberance from first frame to last, clever enough to up-end spy movie conventions while simultaneously serving as a high-flying, rip-roaring adventure that stands among the genre’s best.
On paper, the movie shouldn’t work at all. Its humor is thoroughly low-brow, its premise a bit of a stretch and its characters incredibly over-the-top – but Vaughn, maestro of mayhem that he is, pulls it off with an »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Shaken, not stirred: the signature way to drink a martini courtesy of pop culture’s classiest and most debonair of movie heroes, James Bond. The character is as much known for his beverages as he is for killing people, driving Aston Martins and sleeping with supermodels, but of course a martini has never been his only drink of choice.
Via Consequence of Sound, someone sat down and catalogued how many units of alcohol Bond downed across each of his movies, a not impossible task unless you’ve turned it into the world’s classiest drinking game. The below infographic reveals that Daniel Craig’s Bond put away the most booze in Casino Royale, while Timothy Dalton managed only two glasses of champagne and one martini in License to Kill. That’s not to say that Sean Connery and Roger Moore couldn’t also drink like champions.
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- Brian Welk
We first reported on Clint Eastwood taking on the story of Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger last week, an adaptation of Captain Sully’s book accounting for how he emergency landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River after a flock of geese caused an engine accident.
Eastwood was a natural to take on the story, but it didn’t yet have a star attached. And while John Slattery might be a dead ringer for the pilot, and Eastwood himself could’ve done it despite his age, you don’t get a better everyman, hero type than Tom Hanks. According to Deadline, Hanks is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. He’s really stretching himself here, don’t you think? Eastwood has never worked with Hanks, so the timing could not be better. The film is still without a title.
In another piece of curious potential casting news, a UK newspaper »
- Brian Welk
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Damien Lewis, who stars on Showtime’s Homeland, has become the latest British star at the center of the speculation about who will be the next James Bond. Damien Lewis As James Bond According to UK oddsmakers, Lewis is now the favorite to pick up the 007 torch from Daniel Craig with odds of 6/4. Previously […]
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- Chelsea Regan
Recently, the official James Bond Youtube channel dropped this new featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Spectre" action flick. The clip is titled, "Day Of The Dead," and it gives us new "behind the scenes" looks at the big day Of The Dead festival that will serve as an opening scene in the movie. There's also interview clips with some of the cast and crew. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, and Stephanie Sigman The official synopsis for the movie, reads like this: "A cryptic message from Bond’s past, will end up, sending him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond will peel back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. »
Homeland star Damian Lewis might be stepping into the shoes of Britain's most famous undercover agent, James Bond, if UK bookies odds are to be trusted. William Hill revealed earlier this week that they had dramatically slashed their odds of 25/1 to 6/4 after speculation (and large bets) arose, pushing Lewis' name into the mix as the man who will become the next 007. As rumors swirled that Spectre could be current Bond star Daniel Craig's last foray as the suave double agent, red-haired Lewis, 44, emerged as [...] »
A U.K. bookmaker has dramatically slashed Homeland badass Damian Lewis's odds of becoming the next James Bond, according to reports. A spokesperson from William Hill revealed this week that Lewis's price had gone from 25:1 to 3:1 to 6:4, making him a bettors' darling as well as the king of the castle. "This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 [$312] on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond," the spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy." The Guardian notes that Craig could be signed on for one more Bond pic after Spectre, but he might duck out early if this latest film goes big like Skyfall. In terms of replacement speculation, the inexplicable surge of large bets has catapulted Lewis »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Amid speculation that Daniel Craig will retire his license to kill following his fourth outing as James Bond in Spectre, it seems there’s been a flurry of betting on Homeland star Damian Lewis succeeding Craig in the role of 007, so much so that the bookmakers have slashed odds on Lewis from 25/1 to 3/1.
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This might well be significant,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams tells the Telegraph, with a Betfair spokesperson adding that: “Damian Lewis hadn’t seen any interest in the betting until this weekend, but an absolute landslide in bets has forced us to cut the odds. Idris Elba looked like a foregone conclusion but Damian Lewis has now thrown a huge spanner in the works.”
- Gary Collinson
Spectre The Day of the Dead Vlog. Sam Mendes‘ latest Spectre (2015) movie featurette entitled “Day of the Dead Festival” has been released. In the video, Sam Mendes, the director, talks about the location and occasion for the set-piece, and Jany Temime, costume designer, talks about the culture of the Mexican festivity. Anna Terrazas, the costume supervisor in Mexico, talks about the problems they encounter, and Kenny Crouch, also costume supervisor, talks about the massive amount of extras that needed to be prepared. Naomie Donne, make-up designer, praises the workflow and hands-off approach to the production design.
I’ve decided to keep my expectations tailored, according to the latest Sam Mendes/Daniel Craig James Bond outing. While half of us really adored that film and thought it was a perfect throwback, whilst maintaining a pristine modernity and fusing those two together, and half of us thought it was an imbalanced mix-up »
- Marco Margaritoff
Apropos of nothing, a U.K. odds-maker has decided to change their odds on who will take Daniel Craig's place when the actor stops playing James Bond. Craig is currently filming Spectre, the follow-up to his most successful turn as 007. While Craig has not said he is leaving the role, after four films you would have to imagine he may be looking for other opportunities in his career. Whenever that may happen, a new... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
On Monday, UK bookmaker William Hill tipped the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning ginger as a sudden favorite to succeed Daniel Craig as 007, just behind "Luther" star Idris Elba. The news comes as a surprise to Bond fans long intent on seeing Elba step into the role, but with Lewis' odds surging to 3:1 it looks like that shaken martini could be headed his way.
William Hill told The Telegraph that the lineup shift is a shock, even to them.
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Daniel Craig can.t be James Bond forever. He has already headlined the franchise in three films, with a fourth, Spectre, on the way. With the actor and producers teasing that he could potentially retire his impeccably tailored suit any day now, fans are placing bets as to who will take his place when the job is done. According to some new buzz, Damien Lewis has emerged as a likely contender. This update doesn.t come from any intrepid journalist, anything official from the studio, or even an interview response taken out of context and blown out of proportion. This comes from.bookmakers in the U.K. According to The Hollywood Reporter, William Hill revealed that it slashed its odds of the Homeland star becoming the next James Bond by more than 75%, from 25/1 to 3/1. This propels Lewis ahead of Idris Elba (5/2), Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), and Michael Fassbender (7/1). While we »
I know, I know – bear with me for a minute. This is far from official in any sense of the word, but the U.K.’s William Hill, a company that takes financially backed bets on events at agreed-upon odds, has out-of-nowhere jacked up Lewis’ odds of playing 007 from an outsider 25/1 to a very high up 3/1, putting the Emmy winner just behind the long-rumored Idris Elba (5/2) but ahead of more obvious candidates like Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1).
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What gives? This is really just a financially backed wishlist, but that the people gambling on this believe Lewis has a serious shot could say something about in-studio rumblings. A spokesperson for William Hill said:
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no »
- Isaac Feldberg
Today's James Bond news comes not from actors, directors, or producers involved in the franchise, nor intrepid reporters calling in favors and digging for leads, but rather from bookmakers in the UK. Seemingly out of nowhere, Homeland star Damien Lewis' 007 stock has risen from a long-shot to a second-place favorite behind Idris Elba. While I had no idea that people placed bets on such things, it's a curious cultural phenomenon and an interesting possibility going forward. [caption id="attachment_218312" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] As THR reports, Lewis was previously at 25/1 odds to fill the shoes of the super-spy but has jumped up to a 3/1 shot, placing him ahead of Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1). As far as I know, this all amounts to little more than financially backed wish-listing, but we know Lewis would be interested in the part since back in 2013 he joked that the "Scottish heritage outlined in Skyfall »
- Dave Trumbore
London — Rumors that Damian Lewis could become the next James Bond have forced U.K. bookmakers to slash their odds on him taking the role. Meanwhile, 007 production company Eon Productions has released behind-the-scenes footage of the opening sequence of the latest Bond film, “Spectre.”
Odds on the former “Homeland” star stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes have tightened from 25/1 to 3/1, according to Britain’s biggest bookmaker William Hill. The bookie’s favorite remains former “The Wire” and “Luther” star Idris Elba, who is 5/2. Other actors in the running include Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), Michael Fassbender (7/1) and Orlando Bloom (12/1). The odds that “Spectre” will be Craig’s last appearance as Bond are 10/1.
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 ($312) on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig »
- Leo Barraclough
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