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Elba was interviewed by the magazine to promote his Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation, when discussion turned to the 007 rumours and author Anthony Horowitz’s controversial assertion that Elba was “too street” for the part.
The actor stated that he had barely been aware of the comments as he was working on other projects at the time.
“I really have nothing constructive to say about James Bond,” Elba said before adding that “it’s just a rumour”.
Elba was then asked about the broader question about whether a person of colour could portray Bond.
He said: “James Bond is a spy. He could be any color, »
- Tom Beasley
In Showtime’s upcoming high-finance drama Billions, Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti star as a hedge fund king and a U.S. Attorney, respectively. But it’s their wives — played by Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) — who clearly control the proverbial purse strings, as evidenced by the exclusive promo above. (Warning: The trailer contains Nsfw language.)
This is a little premature, but we’re already head over heels in love with Akerman’s ball-busting character. (She had us at “F—in’ right I am. »
Werner Herzog has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood history, which spans over 50 years. He has directed Oscar-nominated documentaries (Encounters at the End of the World), written and directed a unique slate of narrative features (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Rescue Dawn) and even portrayed distinct characters in front of the camera (The Grand, Jack Reacher). The multi-hyphenate returns behind the lens to direct his first feature since 2009's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? with Queen of the Desert, which brings the story of Gertrude Bell to the big screen. She is well known as an important historical figure, whose travels and writings helped shape Middle East countries such as Jordan, Syria and Iraq in the early 1900s, but this sprawling biopic, which screened as part of AFI Fest in Hollywood on Sunday night, is plagued by wooden performances from an all-star »
With mixed reviews for Spectre, the talk about who will play the next Bond is at an all-time high. This online sportsbook has updated the odds, with Tom Hardy and Idris Elba listed as strong favorites. There are actually a number of names in the mix with the even bet being Damian Lewis (pictured). The actor, who became a household name following his work on the TV drama Homeland, and countless film roles including The Escapist, Romeo and Juliet and this year’s Bill, is the firm favourite to take over the role from current 007 Daniel Craig when he finally hands in his notice as the famous British super-spy.
Also mentioned as +600 (6-1) are Nicholas Hoult, who led »
- The Hollywood News
Adapted from Scottish playwright David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning play, the movie centers on an illicit and damaged love affair and its devastating consequences. The film is currently in post and doesn't have a release date. [Source: Screen]
Producer Amy Pascal has acquired Michael Diliberti's pitch "Athena" which follows a troubled young woman who is recruited by a covert agency and learns she is the descendant of the fabled goddess of wisdom and war. Rachel O'Connor and Bryan Haas would also produce. [Source: Deadline]
Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer are set to join Li Bingbing in the 3D killer spider sci-fi action thriller "Nest". Kimble Rendall ("Bait 3D") directs the Chinese-Australian co-production which is now in pre-production in Australia.
The story follows a »
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s “Billion” is both a glimpse into the lives of the rich and powerful, and a look at the actual power structure of New York City itself, according to stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. In a new promo for the financial drama, new footage for the series is unveiled, along with Giamatti, Lewis and their co-stars discussing their characters and storylines. Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod character, a massively successful hedge fund manager, is pursued by Paul Giamatti‘s character, U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades, and while at the beginning Rhoades is presented as the good guy and Axelrod as the bad, »
- Linda Ge
British bookmaker William Hill has dramatically lowered the odds of Sam Riley (Maleficent) being cast as the new James Bond following an unusually large bet, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
See Also: Spectre shatters box office records with $80.4 million from six markets, including biggest ever UK debut
The punter is said to have placed a bet on the actor, appearing next as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, that would win them thousands of pounds if he is cast in the role of Ian Fleming’s iconic spy.
A William Hill spokesperson said that the punter was only allowed to place two thirds of the bet they initially intended, with the bookie fearing insider knowledge.
Riley’s odds were immediately slashed from 50/1 to 12/1 following this shock wager.
In the wake of the hugely successful release of the latest James Bond film Spectre, speculation continues to »
- Tom Beasley
Tom Hardy. Idris Elba. Hugh Jackman. Damian Lewis. These are the names that are currently being bandied around as producers line up prospective replacements for Daniel Craig when he jumps ship post-Spectre. At least, that’s what we should probably assume at this point, considering Craig said in a recent interview that he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again.
Craig’s are large shoes to fill. After years of Pierce Brosnan rehashing the Connery model, Craig helped to reinvigorate the Bond franchise by making the character his distinctive own. Now, the actor has left 007 in unfamiliar territory – a land not just of absurd gadgets and rampant sexism, but a place of relative realism and grit.
James Bond – and the movies around him – has always changed according to who’s playing the part. So who producers pick now will help decide the path that Bond will take next. »
- Brogan Morris
This new mission might just be Bond's toughest -- and most personal -- yet, as he travels the globe and takes on the organization of super-secret villains known as Spectre. To help you prepare for this huge sequel, here's a breakdown of the five things you need to know to get the full Bond experience.
1. Bond Is On the Run
As self-absorbed and headstrong as James Bond is, it shouldn't come as any great shock that the elite secret agent is at odds with his bosses in this new sequel. After receiving a message from his past, 007 goes off the grid (shocker) to Mexico City, in search of Spectre. And with Mi-6 under turmoil by politicians trying to revamp the organization, »
- Jesse Schedeen
We had heard Mr. Freeze would be making an appearance in season 2 of Fox’s Gotham, and now it’s been announced that House Of Cards actor Nathan Darrow will play the role. As the show slowly begins to delve more and more into the mythology of Batman, we’ve started to see the emergence of slightly more outlandish villains and storylines – but Mr. Freeze is by far the most fantastical character to feature so far.
TV Line provides a detailed breakdown of this incarnation of Victor Fries, and it sounds like his origins will remain very faithful to his comic book counterpart’s.
Victor begins as one of Gotham’s preeminent cryogenics engineers. Though ferociously smart and eminently capable in his work, Victor struggles to make meaningful connections with others. The one exception is his wife, Nora, who has tragically fallen ill with a terminal disease. Victor’s love for Nora knows no bounds, »
- Mark Cassidy
Nathan Darrow — best known as the longtime bodyguard (and occasional lover) of Spacey’s Frank Underwood — has landed the pivotal, iconic, repugnant (and recurring!) role of Victor Fries (Aka Mr. Freeze) on Fox’s Batman prequel saga, TVLine has learned.
Gun to your head - or, rather, powerful laser device pointed close to your groin - you could probably list all six actors who've played James Bond.
But Connery, Brosnan, Moore and so on are the just the tip of the (admittedly quite small) iceberg, as this list of the "other" Bonds proves...
1. Bob Holness
Best known for everyone's favourite pee-themed, letter-obsessed quiz show, Holness enjoyed a wide and varied career before he settled down behind the Blockbusters desk, once working as an airborne traffic reporter and briefly holding down a job in a South African printing press.
How he then ended up as secret agent James Bond 007 seems as great a mystery as "Who are the kind of parents that call their daughter Pussy Galore?" But he did, thanks to a 1956 BBC radio play based on Moonraker.
2. Barry Nelson
A new poster and behind-the-scenes video have surfaced for "Billions," featuring an early look at the high stakes money mongering and the intense battle of wits in Showtime's intense new drama. Read More: Watch: It's Power Politics Vs. Ultra-Wealth in Showtime's 'Billions' Trailer with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis "Billions" pits Paul Giamatti as a tough as nails Us attorney against Damian Lewis' calculating hedge fund billionaire in the midst of New York City's Machiavellian world of money and manipulation. Also starring Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad, "Billions" will air as a 12 episode series that promises a "high stakes game of predator-versus-prey." "Billions" was written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, and the pilot was directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist"), who also takes up a position as...
- Aubrey Page
A new poster and behind-the-scenes video have surfaced for "Billions," featuring an early look at the high stakes money mongering and the intense battle of wits in Showtime's intense new drama. Read More: Watch: It's Power Politics Vs. Ultra-Wealth in Showtime's 'Billions' Trailer with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis "Billions" pits Paul Giamatti as a tough as nails Us attorney against Damian Lewis' calculating hedge fund billionaire in the midst of New York City's Machiavellian world of money and manipulation. Also starring Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad, "Billions" will air as a 12 episode series that promises a "high stakes game of predator-versus-prey." "Billions" was written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, and the pilot was directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist"), who also takes up a position as »
- Aubrey Page
Despite having one more film on his contract after Spectre, Daniel Craig has been hinting lately that he may be ready to call time on the role of James Bond, while everyone seems to have an opinion on who should be the next actor to star as the iconic superspy. Except Craig, that is.
“Anybody could [play Bond],” the actor tells Time Out London when asked about his successor. “I don’t really give a shit, quite frankly, so if you’re asking me to comment on it. don’t care, as long as they don’t fuck it up, is all I care about. Anybody can play it. If they’re the right person for the job, they can do it.”
See Also: Damian Lewis now bookmakers favourite for the next James Bond
Who would you like to see as the next Bond, or do you not give a shit either? »
- Gary Collinson
Hold on to those successor predictions. To paraphrase a famous quote from American scribe Mark Twain, “the news of his demise has been greatly exaggerated.” While the Internet has been buzzing for months about who will be the next James Bond, the current actor playing the British super spy has a message for everyone: he’s not done … yet.
Daniel Craig gave a candid interview recently to the Daily Mail (UK) where the 47-yeard old actor made it clear he’s making at least one more Bond picture. “I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.”
Everyone from Damian Lewis, Tom Hardy, to Idris Elba have been linked as fan/media favorites to succeed Craig. While such speculation creates interesting blog posts and even has its own betting line in the UK, all of it is clearly premature. The forthcoming Spectre represents Craig’s »
- Jeff Bricker
Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the Oct. 11 episode of “Homeland,” titled “The Tradition of Hospitality.”
The second episode of “Homeland” season five found Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who’s now working for the private During Foundation, trying to protect her boss during a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon — and narrowly escaping an assassination attempt. But was he the target — or was she? The episode ends with a shocking reveal: Quinn (Rupert Friend) — who has been commissioned by Saul (Mandy Patinkin) as a rogue assassin — finds out that his next target is Carrie herself.
Executive producer Alex Gansa talks to Variety about what these latest twists mean for our favorite CIA-agent-turned-private-citizen.
Once again, this season is ripped from the headlines with a storyline about the refugee crisis. Do you have the White House bugged?
A friend of mine asked me the other day who my astrologer was (laughs). No, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Wednesday night’s swanky Midtown screening of newsroom drama “Truth” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art lured out a few impressive guests.
“I literally heard someone say, as I walked in back there, ‘Forget Robert Redford, forget Cate Blanchett — Dan Rather is here!” announced Sony Classic Pictures Co-President and Co-Founder Michael Barker to the well-heeled set in his welcoming address.
Redford, who portrays the venerable CBS news anchor (who stepped down in the fiery aftermath of a 2004 “60 Minutes” report produced by Mary Mapes — which investigated then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and was later rebuked for employing questionable documents), shared similar esteem about Rather.
“I met him back in the ‘70s out West during a story for ‘60 Minutes’ about an environmental issue, but I hadn’t seen him since,” a spirited Redford recalled on the red carpet. “When I was getting ready to do the film, »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
Daniel Craig's contract to play James Bond ends with "Spectre" on Nov. 6, so fans and the media have been endlessly speculating who might step into his shoes (Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? Tom Hiddleston?). One option that is completely off the table? Craig himself.
In an interview with Time Out London, Craig shot down the idea of returning as 007 - shot it, stomped on it, gave it a few stabs, then buried it. He indicated he'd rather commit suicide than play James Bond again.
"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," he said. "No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Well, of course, the actor did leave a tiny bit of wiggle room, since he referred to "the moment." What about in a few years? "If I did another Bond movie, »
- Kelly Woo
Cannes – Showtime and CBS Studios Intl. aim to take Showtime’s sales worldwide to a whole new level, Showtime Networks’ David Nevins, and Armando Nuñez at CBS Global Distribution Group said at a Mipcom keynote Tuesday. That will come about, they argued, by their pushing “addictive TV.”
The new bar was set by Canada’s Bell Media in a landmark deal this January, in an upgrade of its Svod offer. Via the pact, Bell Media committed to air Showtime-owned first run series programming, as well as almost its entire catalog of scripted and unscripted series, documentaries, and specials, on its premium TV streaming service, CraveTV, as well as its leading pay television service, The Movie Network (Tmn).
“All of our shows have tended to be in different places in each territory. And the brand strength of Showtime in the U.S. has been at an all-time high. Canada, being just over the border, »
- John Hopewell
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