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It might have received a mixed reception from fans and critics, but James Bond’s 24 adventure continues to rake in the cash at the box office, with Spectre pushing its global total beyond $750 million this weekend.
In the States, the film has earned $176.1 million and counting, adding $12.8 million this weekend to overtake both Casino Royale ($167 million) and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) and become the second biggest Bond film in that market after Skyfall – a feat it’s already achieved here in the UK, where it is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar and Skyfall.
See Also: Development on Bond 25 to begin in the Spring
Spectre is the sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year, joining the likes of Inside Out ($851.5 million), Minions ($1.157 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.669 billion).
- Gary Collinson
During an interview with THR to promote his latest film Concussion, Will Smith has been talking about his decision to turn down the lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which of course then went to Jamie Foxx.
Previously, Smith has stated that he passed on the project as he felt Christoph Waltz’s character Dr. King Shultz was the lead character as opposed to Django, but now he’s said that he was also concerned by the level of violence, and wanted to see “a love story, not a vengeance story.”
“It was about the creative direction of the story,” states Smith. “To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see »
- Gary Collinson
Smith admitted to having meetings with Tarantino but the actor initially passed on the lead role of Django, which ultimately went to Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx ("Ray") and co-starred Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious Basterds"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), and Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight").
Smith talked about why he passed on the script written by Tarantino saying:
"It was about the creative direction of the story,” Smith added, "To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]."
"I wanted »
- J.B. Casas
In the lead up to the release of "Django Unchained," director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he considered quite a few names before settling on Jamie Foxx. Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, M[ichael] K. Williams, and Tyrese. were among those mentions, but the biggest one of all is Will Smith. In fact, the former Fresh Prince was one of the first names linked to the movie, but things didn't work out. Read More: Will Smith Says 'After Earth' Is The 'Most Painful Failure' Of His Career, Explains Why He No Longer Uses Method Acting "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever seen... I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up," Smith said in June 2012, going on to share on of his initial concerns in March 2013: "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you don't know what to get the 007 obsessed person in your life for Christmas, you should go for "Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films." Written by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury," the book features over one hundred new interviews with the stars, directors, writers, filmmakers, studio executives and all manner of Bond insiders. Quite a few new juicy stories have already been unveiled. We've already learned about the "lost" Bond movie that eventually became "Skyfall," which would've seen the secret agent kill his boss M. The team behind the book has shared a couple of those anecdotes, including Pierce Brosnan's revelation of how coldly he was dropped from the franchise after "Die Another Day." Read More: Sam Mendes' 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux & Ralph Fiennes “I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called ' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The parameters, mutually agreed upon by my editor Danny Kasman and myself, are these: A bi-weekly (every two weeks) column, entitled "On Mubi / Off," covering two films—one currently available on the Mubi streaming platform in the United States, the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc). The movies may share some similarities in approach, execution and theme, or they may not. Mostly, my own interests and curiosity will dictate what films are covered and in what way, and I hope you'll find the prose, the pairings, and/or the analysis compelling enough to follow along.On MUBITerminal Island (Stephanie Rothman, 1973)Sight unseen, I thought Stephanie Rothman's 1973 exploitation cheapie Terminal Island would make for a good inaugural article lead-off—something Z-grade disreputable to complement the A-level sleaze (not necessarily a criticism) of the other movie covered in this column. (We'll get to you momentarily, Mr. Bond. »
- Keith Uhlich
Read More: 'Trumbo' Star Bryan Cranston is Still Just Happy to Get Work In the life of all boyz, there comes a day when they look into a mirror and realize that today, they are M3N. James Corden, Bryan Cranston and Reggie Watts shined a light on this epochal moment on Thursday night's "The Late Late Show," performing as "man band" M3n Not Boyz. Retaining the sinuous vocals and decadent dance moves of men of slightly less than their age, M3n Not Boyz performed their chart-topper "I Can't Be Your Boy (Cuz I'm a Grown Man)." The silky song is an ode to all of the cool grown man things a guy can do for his lady, once he realizes that he's the old kid on the block, so it's time to say bye, bye, bye to youth. These grown M3n may not understand Cross Fit or Edm, »
- Karen Brill
20th Century Fox
A film isn’t a film nowadays unless one aspect of it is shrouded in a kind of mystery – you know, so audiences can spend the months leading up to its release pondering, speculating and theorising over a singular aspect that has been purposely left vague for exactly that reason.
A bunch of movies across the span of 2015 were guilty of being purposely mysterious in order to build anticipation and hype, after all: Spectre made a huge deal out of whether or not Christoph Waltz would wind up revealing himself to be James Bond’s arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, whilst every superhero movie unveiled over the year had people excitedly wondering which characters or events would be teased mid or post-credits.
And 2016 is shaping up to be another year packed with movies built on their inherent mysteriousness, designed to generate promotion and puffery amongst movie fans.
To celebrate that very fact, »
- Sam Hill
It may be raking in the cash at the box office, but James Bond’s 24th adventure Spectre has received a mixed reception from fans and critics. Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras thought it could very well be the worst Bond movie, and it seems that former 007 Pierce Brosnan isn’t much of a fan either.
“I was looking forward to it enormously,” Brosnan tells Yahoo. “I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. [Spectre] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel Craig, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this »
- Gary Collinson
Sweet, sweet hyperbole. Where would we be without you?
Let’s just put it out there: Spectre was terrible. A lazy, lifeless, sloppily put together excuse for a 007 outing. It had all the elements of a 007 outing: action, espionage, scenic locations, beautiful women. However, none of it seemed to click. I contend that Spectre may very well be the worst Bond movie ever made. Here’s why…
1. It’s Lazy
There’s a moment towards the end of Spectre which seemed to encapsulate the laziness of this latest Bond outing. Bond as his lovely accomplice are trying to shoot their way out of Spectre’s super secret lair. Bond fires a couple of bullets into a fuel tank and continues towards a helipad to make his escape. As they ascend a staircase, multiple explosions ensue. Bond pauses and watches the chain reaction unfold as a massive fireball engulfs the entire facility. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Rentrak.com revealed the box office results of this past weekend with the winner going to Sony and MGM's "Spectre" as the number one movie worldwide for a third weekend in a row.
The fourth James Bond film starring actor Daniel Craig grossed an impressive $188.0 million internationally and $35.4 million domestically.
20th Century Fox's Bollywood foreign film, "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", took second place internationally with $33.4 million. "The Peanuts Movie" from Blue Sky Studio and 20th Century Fox nabbed third place internationally with $26.7 million.
As "Spectre" continued its dominance in the Us market coming in first place for a third weekend in a row, "The Peanuts Movie" came in second with $24.2 million. Lionsgate's Christmas Comedy "Love the Coopers" settled for third place with $8.4 million domestically.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, »
- J.B. Casas
Last night, Johnny Galecki and Christoph Waltz sat down with James Cordon and Reggie Watts for a thoughtful, well-informed and (totally inappropriately) solemn discussion of "How to Be a Bad Bitch" by Amber Rose. Read More: Watch: Christoph Waltz is a Bald Recluse in New Trailer for Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' The book club discussed the finer points of bad bitch-dom and their newly discovered freedom to finally be the person they all knew they could be. Amber Rose's newest tome offered some insights into their life, teaching Waltz the power of friendship and that there's "nothing better than being a bad bitch." "When you re-read a classic," explained Cordon, "You don't see more in the book, you see more in yourself than you did before." Watch the men rediscover themselves (and their best bad bitch) on Corden's The Late Late Show above. Read More: »
- Aubrey Page
Stars, they're just like us -- sometimes they embarrass themselves with gushing fan mail to celebrities. Carey Mulligan is a very proper-sounding 30-year-old Brit married to Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, but she has love for a certain Detroit rapper in her heart.
Carey was just on "The Late Late Show" to promote "Suffragette," and the topic turned to fan clubs. She told James Corden she was never in any fan clubs, although she used to like race car drivers, she just never wrote to them. However, she said, "I did write to Eminem once." James gasped and said, "You're Stan! You're who 'Stan' was based on! This is a huge exclusive."
Haha. Not really. Here's what Carey did:
I'd seen '8 Mile' and I was just really blown away. I was like 16, and I wrote to him. I was like, 'Mr. Eminem... I just want to thank you for your contribution' or something. »
- Gina Carbone
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
On Tuesday, Daniel Radcliffe was on "The Tonight Show" playing Water War, and on Wednesday his "Victor Frankenstein" co-star James McAvoy gave Jimmy Fallon a ride on his shoulders. Fallon clearly has the best job ever. Both James and DanRad shaved their heads for different movies. James said his wife kinda likes his bald head and his son likes it because, when he rides on James's shoulders, he can rub the spikes on his head. So James asked Jimmy if he'd like to try it. Let us all try! Although, it is slightly creepy to see Fallon gleefully rubbing McAvoy's head like that.
Then they showed how James would »
- Gina Carbone
Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.
“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film »
- Gary Collinson
Tara Wood, co-director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater, has begun production on an authorised feature-length documentary exploring the career of acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Variety has revealed.
“Quentin is the most revolutionary, distinctive director of our time,” states Wood. “There is no shortage of stories from his collaborators about what it takes to get his visionary style to the screen. It has been an enlightening process both personally and professionally.”
As with the Richard Linklater documentary, 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino will “draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work defines the career of an artist” and is set to feature interviews with a host of Tarantino collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington.
- Gary Collinson
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
(London, UK, November 3rd 2015) MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its thirty-third issue.
The team returning from Skyfall knew that the 24th adventure had to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Director Sam Mendes attracted talent in the form of leading actors Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux, he brought on up and coming cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and took Bond on an eight month whirlwind tour that included location work on three continents. This issue celebrates the bombastic Spectre with a full account of the location work, as well as catching up with Daniel Craig, his co-stars, and Bond producers Broccoli and Wilson with interviews conducted just days before the film enjoyed its world premiere.
Featured in this issue:
· No Small Part - Daniel Craig on his commitment to the 007 role
· Around The World »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the James Bond YouTube page has released a new featurette that explores this world record explosion.
Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux - who appear in the scene - accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives. »
Last year, "21 Years: Richard Linklater" dropped into cinemas, and as you might've surmised from the title, it explores the filmmaker's career across two decades plus one extra year. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for 21 years to be chosen as the marker, but it seems as good as point as any to reflect on a director's work, and now Quentin Tarantino is getting similar treatment. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Prefers VHS Over Netflix Tara Wood is returning behind the camera for a new documentary about the "Pulp Fiction" helmer, that will include interviews with Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu, Zoë Bell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Robert Forster, Diane Kruger, Michael Madsen and Kerry Washington. Certainly, there is much to talk about when it comes to Tarantino, from his video store days where he schooled himself on almost anything you need to know about movies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ricky Church completes his countdown to Spectre…
As with Daniel Craig’s previous James Bond films, Spectre explores the character’s inner darkness, further examining what makes him tick. It also builds off the other installments, connecting all of Craig’s Bond films together in an effective way (even if it does retcon certain elements from this new canon).
When Bond receives a cryptic message, he sets off on a personal mission to discover the origins of Spectre, a secret organization that bends the world to its will. Spectre however is connected to Bond’s past in more ways than he realizes, putting the secret agent in greater danger than he’s ever been in. Without the aid of MI6, it’s all up to him to stop Spectre’s nefarious plan.
After a long legal battle lasting decades, it is absolutely great to see the original, big baddies of »
- Ricky Church
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