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10 Crazy Full-Motion Video Game Performances By Well-Respected Actors

23 March 2017 7:52 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Tim Curry has stolen my heart and he’s taking it into Communist space.

Full-Motion Video games were a mid- to late-1990s fad that were either semi-playable movies (where you shot at bad guys running on screen) or incorporated live-action cutscenes into otherwise animated games. Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit? but on your grandma’s PC. They’re usually all as silly as you’d imagine, either aimed at a younger audience delighted to watch some over-the-top fantasy or an older audience wowed by the possibilities of technology. It seems like the perfect home for character actors and infomercial escapees to camp it up with little career risk and some quick cash, right?

The weird thing is how many A-list actors — or at least people you’d never expect — appeared in these games. What’s even weirder is how crazy most of their roles were. Nobody’s a heartfelt dramatic lead, they »

- Jacob Oller

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SXSW 2017 Dispatch: A Solid Year of Docs Continues + More Films and Fun from Austin

15 March 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

It's been an excellent year for documentaries already in 2017 with such incredible films as Icarus, An Inconvenient Sequel, Nobody Speak, and Trophy all premiering at Sundance (those last two playing SXSW as well). There have been several new great documentaries joining the conversation here at SXSW as well. It seems it could be a bumper year for docs. For James Bond fans, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has long been a favorite of many. But the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby might not be too familiar. Becoming Bond, Josh Greenbaum's follow-up to the excellent The Short Game, aims to correct that -- but in a far more entertaining way than you might expect. The spine of the film is an interview with...

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Becoming Bond SXSW Review: Essential Viewing for 007 Fans

15 March 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Bond is one of the most enduring characters in the history of cinema. Ever since Sean Connery first brought the spy we all know and love to life on the big screen in Dr. No, there have been six men who have taken on the role and tried to fill those shoes. But one and only one man was brave enough to only play Bond once. That man was Lazenby, George Lazenby and Becoming Bond is his story. For fans of James Bond, or fans of interesting stories in general, this documentary is absolutely essential viewing.

Hulu's Becoming Bond tells the story of George Lazenby and how he, a poor mechanic turned car salesman who then became a male model, landed the role of James Bond. A man who never acted a day in his life prior to that. The story is told by George Lazenby himself in the »

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‘Becoming Bond’ Trailer: The Crazy Story of One-Time 007 George Lazenby

14 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sean Connery played James Bond five times, from Dr. No through You Only Live Twice, before abandoning the role. He would eventually be coaxed back for Diamonds Are Forever. But before that, for a single film, another actor held the role of Agent 007. That actor was George Lazenby, an Australian mechanic with no experience […]

The post ‘Becoming Bond’ Trailer: The Crazy Story of One-Time 007 George Lazenby appeared first on /Film. »

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Official Trailer for 'Becoming Bond' Documentary on George Lazenby

13 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Is there romance? Yes. Is there comedy? Yes. Sex? A little. Drugs? Yeah, a little. Violence? A little. Are there twists and turns? Yes." Hulu has revealed a trailer for a new documentary titled Becoming Bond, telling the story of Australian actor George Lazenby, who played James Bond in one 007 movie. This isn't exactly a straightforward doc. Not only does it include an extensive sit-down interview with George Lazenby, but to bring his story to life, this features numerous recreations. Josh Lawson plays Lazenby, who was a poor Australian car mechanic before he got the 007 gig. The full cast includes Jeff Garlin, Kassandra Clementi, Landon Ashworth, Jake Johnson, Jane Seymour, and Sofia Mattsson. As a huge James Bond fan (who loves Ohmss), I'll watch this just because it's about Bond, but man the footage looks rough. Here's the official trailer for Josh Greenbaum's doc Becoming Bond, direct from Hulu's »

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Twelve things to look out for at SXSW 2017

10 March 2017 1:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The annual jamboree in Austin, Texas, has been about so much more than just film and TV for many years.

Attendees can listen to keynotes by extraordinary people on all manner of topics – be they sports, medicine, politics, technology, activism – the list goes on.

True to Screen’s roots, the list that follows is culled mostly from the world of content creation with one or two gravity-defying exceptions.

SXSW runs from March 10-19 and the film festival opens with the world premiere of Terrence Malick’s Song To Song. Click here for the full roster of events.

Baby Driver

March 11. After Edgar Wright quit as director of Ant-Man over creative differences, he went to work on something creatively different. The result will be on view at SXSW as the action thriller gets its world premiere. Ansel Elgort stars as the eponymous getaway driver; a man in love who tries to break away from the life of crime »

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Becoming Bond trailer tells George Lazenby's story

8 March 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service's George Lazenby is the subject of the new film, Becoming Bond. Here's the trailer...

George Lazenby sprung to fame, as you probably know, by being cast as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. And then he walked away. Becoming Bond, a documentary set to debut on Hulu in the Us this coming May, aspires to tell Lazenby's story.

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Lazenby was a used car salesman when he got the job of playing James Bond. To date, he is the youngest actor to have played the spy. He was 29 years old when he starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, earning a Golden Globe New Star of the Year nomination (which was apparently a thing in 1970?) for the role before walking away from a nice, six-movie deal that would have »

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Coming to a Casino Near You: James Bond Slot Machines

8 March 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The owners of the James Bond franchise have made a multi-year licensing deal with gambling products specialist Scientific Games Corp., which will lead to the super-spy’s image being used on casino slot machines.

The exclusive agreement was announced Wednesday between Scientific Games with Eon Productions Limited, Danjaq LLC and MGM Interactive, a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The deal gives Scientific Games the rights to leverage all past and future James Bond films, as well as the film’s talent portraying James Bond.

Scientific Games said it expects to showcase the first James Bond-themed slot games at the Global Gaming Expo on Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. That means the first machines could begin appearing in casinos next year.

Created in 1953 by novelist Ian Fleming, Bond was a frequent patron of high-end casinos in the books and two dozen films that followed — including two versions of “Casino Royale.”

Seven actors have played Bond, »

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Daniel Craig Is Second Longest-Serving James Bond in 007 History

20 February 2017 10:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The future of the James Bond franchise is a bit uncertain right now, but we can be certain it will continue. Currently, Daniel Craig is still the man playing 007 until he officially declares that he won't be back for the next installment. That being the case, he just hit a major milestone today, becoming the second longest-serving actor to play James Bond in the history of the franchise.

According to NME, Daniel Craig has now been playing James Bond for 4,147 days. That puts him just ahead of Pierce Brosnan, who played 007 in four movies, which spanned a grand total of 4,146 days. Craig first played the iconic spy in 2006's Casino Royale, which served as a total reboot of the franchise and is considered by many to be one of the best James Bond movies ever made. The 48-year-old actor also has the distinction of starring in the only Bond movie »

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