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See Why the Original Version of 'Skyfall' Was Much Darker

23 November 2015 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Even though the James Bond series has moved on to Spectre, which is now the 8th highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide, there's still much to discuss about the previous installment. Thanks to the new book Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, we learn that the original incarnation of what became Skyfall was actually much darker. Here's what we know: Who were the original writers for the 23rd James Bond movie? Peter Morgan, who earned Oscar nominations for his scripts for The Queen and Frost/Nixon, collaborated with franchise regular Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. What was it called? Once Upon a Spy. Why did Morgan leave the production? Morgan's departure was first revealed after Sam Mendes signed on as director, but...

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Peter Morgan's Unmade Bond Movie 'Once Upon A Spy' Would've Featured 007's Most Shocking Kill Yet

20 November 2015 12:59 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The massive success of "Skyfall" proved that the James Bond franchise had plenty of gas left in the tank, and it changed the game for the series, delving into the protagonist's personal history more than ever before. However, things might have played out much differently had the production gone the direction of screenwriter Peter Morgan's ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") original script. Digital Spy dug into the pages of "Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films" by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, and it details Morgan's Cold War-set "Once Upon A Spy," the screenplay he wrote that was rejected by Sam Mendes and Bond producers. But the mechanics of it are pretty interesting.  Read More: James Ellroy Says 'Skyfall' Is "Fucking Brilliant," But 'The Wire' Is "Bullshit" With "Bad Writing" The story would've revolved around M, starting in Cold War Berlin, where she has an affair. »

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Who James Bond Was Originally Going To Kill In Skyfall

20 November 2015 10:40 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

At this point, James Bond has pretty much done it all. He.s fought all the bad guys, he.s been with all the girls. You.d think at this point they.d be running out of ideas. It turns out, however, that there are actually ideas that had to turn down, even in recent James Bond films. The script that eventually became the blockbuster Skyfall was once a very different movie, and it included a scene where James Bond does something that would have turned the franchise on its head. He killed M. Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Queen, tried his hand at writing a James Bond screenplay once upon a time. His script, entitled Once Upon A Spy, would have included flashbacks of Judi Dench.s M as a young MI6 agent herself. During this period, she had an affair with a Kgb agent. »

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'Lost' James Bond film Once Upon a Spy would have seen 007 killing M

20 November 2015 3:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Details of abandoned screenplay, and its part in the success of 2012’s Skyfall, revealed in new book about the long-running spy series

A “lost” James Bond movie written by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Frost/Nixon and The Queen, would have seen Daniel Craig’s 007 forced to kill Judi Dench’s spymaster M in a shock finale, according to a new book.

Morgan’s screenplay for the proposed film, titled Once Upon a Spy, was turned down by Bond producers and director Sam Mendes prior to the release of 2012’s Skyfall. However, the script’s key elements, which included a mistake from M’s past coming back to haunt her and the MI6 bigwig dying at the end, were retained for the $1.1bn blockbuster.

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Sony sets The Theory of Everything screenwriter for Freddie Mercury biopic

19 November 2015 11:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony’s long-gestating biopic of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has found itself a new screenwriter, with The Tracking Board reporting that Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) has signed on to revive the project and take over scripting duties from Peter Morgan (The Queen).

Sacha Baron Cohan had long been attached to the role of Mercury, before bowing out earlier this year due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. Johnny Flynn and Gemma Arterton are also set to appear as Roger Taylor and Mary Austin.

Production on the Freddie Mercury biopic is slated to get underway in June 2016.


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Freddie Mercury Biopic Revived With New Screenwriter

19 November 2015 6:11 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A biopic about Freddie Mercury has been kicking around Hollywood since 2010, when it was revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen would portray the Queen singer. However, Baron Cohen dropped out of the film in the summer of 2013, and in March 2014, the director hired to helm the biopic also departed the gestating project. Since then, the Mercury film has sat in stasis, but on Wednesday, Gk Films announced that they had hired a new screenwriter to kickstart the movie, Deadline reports.

The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten has stepped in to »

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Freddie Mercury movie gains traction; Ben Whishaw set to star?

19 November 2015 12:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

A new writer has been found for the long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic. Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) has been hired by Gk Films to write the biopic of the late, legendary Queen frontman, and Spectre star Ben Whishaw is the hot favourite to play the lead.

The film is now being referred to as Bohemian Rhapsody, named after the famous Queen song. The film has had a host of big names attached to star in it in the past, the most recent being Sacha Baron-Cohen who, I feel, would have absolutely nailed it as Mercury. He departed the project citing ‘creating differences’ a little while back. The rumours were that Cohen was unhappy over the direction that the film was heading, and reportedly wanted to examine a few of the darker elements of the Queen story.

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The film already has a draft by award-winning scribe Peter Morgan, »

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McCarten Re-Writing Freddie Mercury Biopic

18 November 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Anthony McCarten ("The Theory Of Everything") has come onboard to pen a new draft of the script for the biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury at Gk Films.

Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland") penned the first draft for the film and, should McCarten's re-write go well, Sony Pictures has the right to opt into the project. Though presently without a title, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is being floated as a possibility.

Ben Whishaw, who has no less than five films out this Fall (Spectre, Suffragette, The Lobster, The Danish Girl and In The Heart Of The Sea), is still reportedly being sought to play Mercury in the film. A director is not yet locked.

Source: Deadline »

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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Television

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

Alex Baskin, 35 (second from left)

Partner, Exec VP, Evolution Media

Since joining Evolution in 2006, Baskin has executive-produced over 20 series, specials and pilots, including ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies,” We’s “High School Confidential” and Disney’s hidden-camera comedy “Code: 9.” He oversees a development team of six. With his eye for spinoff potential, he’s produced nine seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” six seasons of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” four seasons of “Vanderpump Rules” (all for Bravo) and three seasons of “Botched” for E! The secret of his success: “I’m also a huge fan of these kinds of shows.”

Nick Bernstein, 38 (far left)

VP, late night programming, West Coast, CBS

Landing in late night was a lifelong dream for Bernstein, »

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Movie Review – Solace (2015)

27 September 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Solace, 2015

Directed by Afonso Poyart.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell.


A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.

The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.

Investigating a string of murders, FBI agents Joe (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Katherine (Abbie Cornish) are stumped by the killer’s bizarre method of delivering painless death. Joe brings in »

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Solace review – silly serial-killer shtick

26 September 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Anthony Hopkins hams it up to the max in Afonso Poyart’s sub-Se7en thriller

It’s ham and cheese to go from a luxuriantly mulleted Anthony Hopkins in this increasingly silly serial-killer thriller with a psychic twist. Cruising in default post-Lecter mode (I kept expecting him to tell Abbie Cornish’s FBI agent that she wears L’Air du Temps, but not today…), Hopkins plays retired clairvoyant physician Dr John Clancy, enlisted by Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to lay his magic hands on a string of theatrically orchestrated murders. “It’s too early for a hail Mary!” complains Cornish, setting the overripe tone for the endlessly rewritten screenplay (astonishingly, Peter Morgan “polished” this turd), which was once touted as a potential sequel to Se7en. Fittingly, 2 Coelhos director Afonso Poyart goes for sub-Fincher flash throughout, making the whole thing look like a slightly creepy commercial with pop-promo set »

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Merlin: Where are the cast of BBC One's family fantasy series now?

19 September 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Can you believe it's been seven years since Colin Morgan's boy wizard first strode onto our screens?

The series premiere of Merlin on September 20, 2008 set us off on a magical five-year journey - one with mythical monsters, wicked warlocks and excessive amounts of bromantic banter.

Millions tuned in each Saturday night for the show's blend of fun, fantasy and friendship - because Merlin and Arthur (Bradley James) were definitely just friends, Ok? - but what's happened to Camelot's finest since that epic final episode?

Colin Morgan

The aged Emrys might still be waiting for King Arthur to revive, but Merlin lead Colin Morgan hasn't lain dormant these past few years. He appeared opposite fellow Irish legend Gabriel Byrne in BBC One's moody detective drama Quirke in 2014, was seduced by Gillian Anderson as mercurial copper Tom Anderson in The Fall and played cyborg Leo in Channel 4's smash hit Humans. »

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The key to catching serial killer Colin Farrell is Anthony Hopkins's mind in this Solace trailer

7 August 2015 4:03 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Anthony Hopkins's incredible mind is key to solving a brutal crime in the trailer for Solace.

Solace tells the story of a psychic doctor (Anthony Hopkins) who might hold the only man alive who can catch a sadistic serial killer (Colin Farrell).

Partnering with a veteran FBI agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the doctor races against time to track down the killer before he strikes again.

The thriller comes from the minds of writers Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Sean Bailey of Disney, based on an idea by Ocean's Eleven writer Ted Griffin.

Afonso Poyart filmed the thriller on location in Atlanta in the summer of 2013.

Solace bows on September 25 in UK cinemas. »

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Anthony Hopkins And Colin Farrell Play A Game Of Cat And Mouse In Thrilling Solace Trailer

6 August 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Once conceived as a sequel to David Fincher’s excellent 1995 thriller SevenAnthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the thrilling international trailer for Solace - or Prémonitions.

Operating on each side of the law, each of the two nominal leads boast psychic abilities, though while Hopkins’ former doctor John Clancy puts his supernatural powers to good use, it is Colin Farrell’s elusive criminal who taps into his powers for nefarious reasons. It’s a ying-yang dynamic that is by no means novel, but Hopkins and Farrell have long proven their acting clout, and we’re intrigued to see them go head-to-head for a cerebral battle of the brains in Solace.

Afonso Poyart directs the genre piece from a script by Ted Griffin, which still retains its Seven sensibilites despite the creative overhaul. How do you catch a killer that is always »

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Watch: Trailer for 'Solace', a One-Time Sequel to 'Se7en'

5 August 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Supernatural thrillers are often hit or miss for me, but the combination of cast and crew for a film called Solace has me more interested than I otherwise might be. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic who works with FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) to hunt down a serial killer, played by Colin Farrell. Newcomer Alfonso Poyart directs from a screenplay pieced together by a handful of names, including Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan (Rush), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Jonathan Hirschbein. Obviously there is a lot going on there, and the fact so many writers have contributed to the script could certainly be a sign of trouble, but the names do add to the intrigue a bit. A little Google searching adds even more intrigue, as the film's Wikipedia page notes Solace was originally written as a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en »

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Helen Mirren fails to mind her Ps and Qs on Good Morning Britain

28 July 2015 3:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ben Shephard apologises as the The Queen star tells of how it ‘pissed with rain non-stop’ when she went camping

Helen Mirren was the prime suspect in the latest four-letter blooper to afflict ITV’s Good Morning Britain, after she told viewers on Tuesday how it “pissed with rain non-stop” when she went camping.

Presenter Ben Shephard swiftly brought the anecdote to a halt, apologising to viewers during the interview with the Oscar winning actor who recently won her first Tony award for her stage role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience.

Related: Bill Turnbull in C-word slip-up on BBC Breakfast

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Matt Smith Will Play Prince Philip in Netflix’s The Crown!

19 June 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Great news for the millions of Eleventh Doctor fans: it’s been confirmed that Matt Smith will play Prince Philip in a ten-part drama, The Crown! Matt will play the Duke of Edinburgh opposite Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and (in pleasantly-surprising casting) John Lithgow as Winston Churchill! The series is based on Peter Morgan’s...

The post Matt Smith Will Play Prince Philip in Netflix’s The Crown! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

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Matt Smith Joins Netflix's The Crown

18 June 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in November last year, it was announced that Claire Foy was in talks to play Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s new series The Crown. She’s officially taking the throne, and will be joined on screen by Matt Smith and John Lithgow. Adapted and expanded from Peter Morgan’s play The Audience by the writer himself, it’ll follow a similar timeline to the stage version, tracking the Queen's interactions with the many Prime Ministers that have come and gone during her reign. Foy is on to play Her Maj during the early part of her reign from the 1950s onwards, but there’s still no word on whether she’ll be the Queen throughout the whole story (the way Helen Mirren managed it on stage) or if she’ll hand over to other actors as the years pass. It’s also likely that the first season of »

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Matt Smith, Claire Foy Set for Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II Series

18 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Your Majesty, the doctor will see you now.

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and John Lithgow (How I Met Your Mother, Third Rock from the Sun) will co-star in Netflix’s original series The Crown.

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They join Wolf Hall‘s Claire Foy as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the drama about the monarch’s decades-spanning reign and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain’s post-war destiny.

Smith will portray Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, while Lithgow steps into Sir Winston Churchill’s iconic shoes. »

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Smith, Lithgow, Foy Join Netflix's "Crown"

18 June 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Matt Smith, Claire Foy and John Lithgow have all joined the cast of Netflix's new original series "The Crown".

The series is based on Peter Morgan's play "The Audience" and is set over several decades around two of the world's most famous addresses - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.

This explores the inside story of those two addresses and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped post-war Britain. Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II, Smith will play her husband Prince Philip, Lithgow will play Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Morgan will serve as a writer on the series while Stephen Daldry, Philip Martin and Julian Jarrold will direct episodes. The ten episode series will premiere next year.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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