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Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
At least Russell Crowe is self-aware.
"It won't come as any surprise to you, but I'm completely comfortable when all the creative decisions are mine," says Crowe.
The Oscar-winning actor stepped behind the camera for the first time with The Water Diviner, a classically made epic about a father (Crowe) who travels from the Australian outback to Istanbul in search of the bodies of his three sons, who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli. The story is at once an adventure tale, a drama, and a romance.
Inspired by Australian cinema's golden age directors like Peter Weir, Gillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce, Crowe and his cinematographer, Oscar-winner Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings), weave together an intricate tapestry of striking visuals to both recreate the war and its aftermath.
Crowe talked with The Associated Press in Los Angeles recently about his foray into directing. The remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.
How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.
It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance… »
Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).
In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »
- Frank Ochieng
Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) has been cast in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Natalie Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious… »
"I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story."
Tom Rosenberg, CEO of production company Lakeshore Entertainment, added: "Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
The film follows Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, »
Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut in Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming American Pastoral. McGregor will star with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth. Here's what Lakeshore Entertainment CEO Tom Rosenberg had to say in a statement.
"Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
Ewan McGregor had this to say in his own statement.
"It's a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Philip Roth's astounding novel American Pastoral. I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell and in this script I knew I had found that story. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being »
As of last fall, Salt director Phillip Noyce was still slated to direct the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth. However, since Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning joined the project last fall, it sounds like Noyce fell away from the project. Because now Deadline reports Ewan McGregor, who was already on board to lead the film, is now set to make his directorial debut with production slated to begin in September in Pittsburgh. Noyce had been trying to get this project off the ground for more than a decade, so it must have taken something pretty drastic to draw him away. The report notes that Fisher Stevens was courted at one point to direct the film, but clearly that didn't work out. McGregor leads the story as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Production on American Pastoral is set to commence in September in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, on the story of an East Coast immigrant during the Vietnam War era whose daughter becomes a radical anti-war protestor.
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral,” said Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, who is producing with Gary Lucchesi.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding »
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American Pastoral follows esteemed high school athlete, Seymour “Swede” Levov. Swede, in typical fashion, marries a former beauty queen and it seems everything is going according to plan, until his daughter decides to join a revolutionary movement and commit an act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Filming starts this September in Pittsburgh, more news as hear it.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
After being attached to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel American Pastoral since last summer, Ewan McGregor will now work double duty on the pic. In addition to tackling the lead role, the actor will also take up residence in the director’s chair for his filmmaking debut.
The story will revolve around McGregor’s character, Seymour “Swede” Levov. A legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherit his father’s business, Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter takes a rebellious turn by committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. He’ll star alongside Jennifer Connolly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as his wayward daughter.
- Gem Seddon
McGregor will replace previously tapped Phillip Noyce to helm this ambitious adaptation of the 1997 Roth novel for Lakeshore Entertainment. This will mark the actor's feature film debut. With a screenplay by John Romano, filming is slated to begin in Pittsburgh in September 2015 -- pushed back from March now that Noyce is no longer on board. The cast includes McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning who, for those familiar with the novel about Vietnam-era malaise in America's upper middle class, will play the pivotal role of Merry Levov. McGregor plays her father, Swede, a postcard-perfect patriarch whose life in New Jersey is shattered by his politically radical daughter's sudden, violent act of terrorism. Intercut with fragments of Swede's life are dispatches from Rothian alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, who encounters the grown-up Levov at a high school reunion in the mid-90s. Like another high-minded literary property, Jonathan Franzen's "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The game of musical chairs that is the directing job on Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral is not finished. Once slated for Fisher Stevens to tackle, the project has since been taken over by Australian director Phillip Noyce. But he’s also dropped out and now Ewan McGregor will be adding first-time director to his credentials, even as he remains the film’s lead. Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.John Romano wrote the script, which McGregor is now looking »
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of ‘American Pastoral,’” Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg said in a statement.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel ‘American Pastoral,'” McGregor said. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story.”
The screenplay was written by John Romano with filming scheduled for September in Pittsburgh. »
- Dave McNary
Ewan McGregor has been tapped to make his directorial feature film debut on American Pastoral, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Philip Roth novel that stars McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lakeshore Entertainment is producing the pic, which now is set to start shooting in September in Pittsburgh. Phillip Noyce previously was attached to direct the pic, adapted by The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi… »
McGregor plays a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen (Connolly) and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter (Fanning) rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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