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Craig Rees to Star in “A Fight in The Tree-tops”

Could British actor Craig Rees throw his name into the hat to play the next James Bond after Daniel Craig finishes Bond 25. The actor who just got cast in the thriller ‘A Fight in The Tree-tops’ is playing an MI6 agent in this dark mystery that is a mix between ‘Misery’ and ‘The Girl

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Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival

Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival
Iconic Italian actresses Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida will be honored at a three-day cultural event by Tiziana Rocc from Filming on Italy and Valeria Rumori from the Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles.

Bellucci has starred in 67 films including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” She recently appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” Her upcoming project “Nekromancer” is currently in post-production. Bellucci became an international star after her role in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Malèna,” which will be screened at Filming on Italy.

Lollobrigida achieved international and U.S. success with films such as 1956’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” starring Humphrey Bogart. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for her work in “Falcon Crest” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” and she won the Henrietta Award for world film favorite female.

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55 Years of James Bond

It’s been 55 years since James Bond made his debut 55 years ago, when the first Bond film “Dr No”, premiered on the big screen in October 1962.

Ian Fleming wrote the original novel in 1958, which set in motion a multi-billion-dollar film franchise that is still going strong today and is arguably bigger than ever.

From the beginning, it was planned to be a series of Bond films. Fleming had written several novels featuring the character and options that had been taken out to adapt all of them. The first print debut wrote by Fleming was “Casino Royale” but the producers chose “Dr No” to be the first film because of its fast-moving plot, it’s exotic location in sunny Jamaica and it’s topical theme of space rocket launches.

Bond is sent to Jamaica in “Dr No”, which he investigates a disappearance of a fellow British agent. Following up leads and teaming up with local allies,
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Chris Hemsworth Hopes to Return as Thor After Avengers 4

Chris Hemsworth Hopes to Return as Thor After Avengers 4
Avengers 4 is currently in production and Chris Hemsworth has just finished up his scenes, ending his current contract with the McU. But that doesn't mean it's the end of the line for the actor playing Thor on the big screen again as he recently revealed in a new interview. Hemsworth is one of a handful of actors who are finishing up their McU contracts with the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Some of those characters may not make it out of the battle with Thanos alive, but Thor just might make it through to the very end.

In a new interview with IGN, Chris Hemsworth spoke about his love of playing Thor because of the multiple changes that the character has gone through in the various McU projects. It seems that Hemsworth's work with Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok really reinvigorated his love of Thor and mentions that
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Bond 25: Why is James Bond relevant in 2019?

Tim George Jan 15, 2018

With James Bond returning to our screens in 2019, what's the challenge ahead for Daniel Craig's final 007 movie?

After a year and change of silence, we now have a release date for Bond 25 (8th November, 2019, probably a week or two earlier in the UK) and a James Bond (Saint Blue Eyes himself, Daniel Craig). It will be a while before we start to get more details like a director or a cast. But as with all movies, before all those pieces can be in place, there must be a story - which is where the challenge begins.

After the less-than-stellar response to Spectre, the James Bond franchise is back in familiar territory: having its relevance questioned. A cursory look through critical notices and fan consensus picks out the return to formula, the lack of character development and the bungled attempt to jump on the ‘shared universe’ trend.
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Chris Hemsworth Wants Thor to Meet Up with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

Fans of Marvel have been going through a rollercoaster of emotion over the news that Disney acquired a large portion of Fox, leading many to wonder about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the possible inclusion of properties that once belonged to Fox. Though Hugh Jackman has already said that he's finished playing the Wolverine character, it hasn't stopped fans and actors from the McU to dream about Wolverine joining up with the Avengers in the ultimate crossover. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth was recently asked who he'd like to team-up with from the Fox properties and he instantly answered Jackman's Wolverine character.

In a new interview with Screen Rant, Chris Hemsworth revealed that if he could team-up with anyone from the Fox Marvel properties, it would be Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. The answer is a popular one, since it seems that actors and fans alike would love to see
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30 Stars Turning the Big 5-0 in 2018

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30 Stars Turning the Big 5-0 in 2018
Turning 50 has never looked so good! Musicians like LL Cool J, Marc Anthony, Kylie Minogue, and Kenny Chesney are all hitting the half-century mark in the upcoming year, along with Will Smith, Daniel Craig, and Celine Dion. If we didn't know any better, we'd say these stars are vampires. Seriously, how good do they look? Related31 Stars Who Are Turning 30 in 2018
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We Tried It: The Hyper-Reality Star Wars Experience You've Been Waiting For

What It Is: A hyper-reality experience (think Vr laser tag) that takes you deep into the Star Wars universe as rebels infiltrating an Imperial base for valuable information. What makes it even better? You’re posing as a stormtrooper.

Who Tried It: Alexia Fernandez, People writer-reporter and Star Wars geek.

Why We Tried It: If you’ve seen a Star Wars film (and I hope you’ve seen all of them — yes, all of them), then you’ve probably also caught yourself daydreaming about coming toe-to-toe with stormtroopers or flying on an X-Wing. When the opportunity arose to try out
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More Than Meets the Eye: How the Next ‘James Bond’ Could Drastically Shake Up Its Title Character

There have been rumors going around for years concerning what direction the James Bond franchise will take after Daniel Craig retires from the role. And with only one movie left to complete before that happens – the as-of-yet untitled Bond 25, scheduled for release sometime next year. The widest circulated rumor for the longest time was that Idris Elba – by all accounts a perfect and inspired casting decision for the franchise – would take up the role. But when that rumor led to a racist backlash about the character – who many sadly considered to be the exclusive purview

More Than Meets the Eye: How the Next ‘James Bond’ Could Drastically Shake Up Its Title Character
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Lakeith Stanfield joins Girl in the Spider's Web

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The Girl In The Spider’S Web may not see the return of Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist, but the new film has secured fine actors in Claire Foy and Sverrir Gudnason nonetheless. The ensemble got a little bit better recently, as Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield is joining the thriller. Little details about his character were given, but sources (per... Read More...
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Lakeith Stanfield Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

Lakeith Stanfield Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel
“Atlanta” and “Get Out” breakout Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” sources tell Variety.

The thriller currently stars Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, “Blade Runner 2049’s” Sylvia Hoeks as Salander’s twin sister, and “The Square” star Claes Bang as the villain. The Sony Pictures’ Millennium film will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.

The movie will be directed by Fede Alvarez, who helmed 2016’s surprise hit “Don’t Breathe” for Sony.

Steven Knight wrote the screenplay with the team of Alvarez and Jay Basu, based on David Lagercrantz’s bestseller. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the film, while David Beaubaire is the exec on the project.

Stanfield broke out in the role of Darius
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International Newswire: BBC-amc Crime Drama ‘McMafia’ Recruits Advocates in Britain

In today’s International Newswire, ‘McMafia’ woos British pundits, pay-tv lifts off in Spain, the U.K. music biz enjoys a revival, and Paris market Rendez-Vous readies for its bow.

“McMafia,” BBC and AMC’s drama about organized crime, has bowed in Britain to applause from the critics, with comparisons being made to the Emmy-winning “The Night Manager,” and a few suggestions that the show’s star, James Norton, would make a fine James Bond.

Assessing the merits of the opening episode, which attracted more than 5.7 million viewers, the Guardian said the show is “beautifully put together, the script is a cut above average, and there is a sense of much more power and energy waiting to be unleashed.”

The Radio Times, which – despite its title – is the U.K.’s leading TV listings magazine, said that the description of “the ins and outs of international finance” can at times be “a little dry and dense,” but “it
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Big confusion follows after director opts out of James Bond's next

Denis Villeneuve, the man who directed Blade Runner 2049 has now come out and revealed that he will not be directing Bond 25. This is apparently due to the fact that he is already committed to doing a film called Dune, which is an adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel of the same name.

Beyond all the speculations that suggested that Daniel Craig will not be playing Bond after Spectre, it is said that he will be stepping into the 007's shoes once again for Bond 25.

He has reportedly said, "I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and...

Series Producer Says Next James Bond Could Be Black Or Female – Or Both!

When it comes to replacing Daniel Craig as 007, anything is possible.

That’s the resounding message of hope from Barbara Broccoli, a long-time producer of the James Bond series who recently sat down with UK tabloid The Daily Mail to discuss the potential agents who could wind up wielding that world-famous license to kill.

Broccoli stopped short of naming names, which isn’t all that surprising when you consider that MGM still has Bond 25 on its radar. It’s currently on course for a release in November of 2019, and will, after much deliberation, signal Daniel Craig’s last hurrah. Beyond that, little is known about the franchise’s future. But when Barbara Broccoli was asked straight-up about the chances of James Bond featuring a female or black – or both! – agent, the seasoned film producer responded as so:

These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit.
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Anything's Possible When It Comes to Casting the Next James Bond

A story broke at The Daily Mail earlier today, with uncredited quotes from The Awards Chatter podcast on The Hollywood Reporter. Daily Mail put their own unique spin on it, claiming that the next James Bond would be anything but white, male and straight. The role is opening up to women, other ethnicities and could even possible be a gay male. The story was written from a certain point of view, and was skewed. The quotes actually did come from long time 007 producer Producer Barbara Broccoli, and basically, she was saying that while she is happy to have Daniel Craig back in the role for another movie, her hope is to push buttons and keep an open mind.

We all know that a new James Bond will be cast in the next decade. It's unlikely that Daniel Craig will return for two more movies, even though there was a time when that seemed very possible.
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James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli Open To Female 007

For over fifty years, James Bond has been a white dude, and across those decades, the franchise has been successful, even if somewhat creatively rigid. The current films led by Daniel Craig have brought a more contemporary, serious feeling with added grit and drama, to mixed results (“Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” yay, ” “Quantum Of Solace” and “Spectre” nay).

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007 Producer Says Next James Bond Could Be ‘Female or Black’

007 producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed the possibility that a woman and/or person of color could take over the mantle of James Bond when Daniel Craig ends his time in the role.

While speaking with Daily Mail, Broccoli was asked if viewers, as the article put it, “could expect to see a female Bond or a black 007” in the future. “These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit,” she responded. “Anything is possible. Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”
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Denis Villeneuve Would’ve Loved to Direct Bond 25, But Nothing Will Get in the Way of ‘Dune’

Denis Villeneuve Would’ve Loved to Direct Bond 25, But Nothing Will Get in the Way of ‘Dune’
Despite having star Daniel Craig locked in to return and a November 2019 release date already set, the next James Bond film is still without a confirmed director. Reports broke last summer that the frontrunners to direct Bond 25 were Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, and David Mackenzie, with the former being Craig’s personal choice to replace “Skyfall” and “Spectre” director Sam Mendes. Unfortunately, we officially remove Villeneuve’s name from the consideration list.

The director is fresh off the critical acclaim of “Blade Runner 2049” and is quickly moving on to his passion project, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark science-fiction novel “Dune.” Villeneuve admits to ScreenCrush that he turned down the Bond 25 directing gig only because he’s previously committed to bringing “Dune” back to the big screen. Otherwise, Villeneuve
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James Bond 25: Denis Villeneuve on turning down directing

Simon Brew Jan 2, 2018

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has been chatting about turning the James Bond job down...

In the next couple of months, we expect to learn the identity as to who will be directing the next James Bond film. James Bond 25, as it won’t be called, already has Daniel Craig confirmed to return. But Sam Mendes, who has directed the last two 007 adventures, has already confirmed he won’t be back.

What’s more, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 helmer Denis Villeneuve has also confirmed that he had conversations with the Bond team about taking on the next movie. But also, that he turned the job down.

In conversation with Screen Crush, he’s reiterated the reason why, too. And it remains his commitment to directing a new take on Dune that’s the stumbling block.

“I said to Barbara [Broccoli], I would love to work with you and with Daniel,
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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