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Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
Lazio Film Commission President Luciano Sovena has revealed that a key sequence from the next film in the James Bond franchise is set to be shot in Rome. MI6-hq has transcribed the key quote from various Italian press sources:
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane.
I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
Production on the new Bond film is slated to begin in December this year following a brief delay due to script re-writes.
- Garth Franklin
"...an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence...
"...– or the lack thereof -once and for all.
"However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Zero Theorem"...
- Michael Stevens
Bond star Ben Whishaw is reportedly replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear. Whishaw, who played Q in 007's latest outing Skyfall, has been cast as the voice of the bear after Firth quit the forthcoming film, claiming his voice didn't "fit" the part, reports The Daily Mail. “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” said Firth following his departure. »
The Zero Theorem, 2013.
Directed by Terry Gilliam.
A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Terry Gilliam’s career as director has produced a filmography of varied result, from the highs of a modern classic like Brazil to total misfires in the shape of The Brothers Grimm and Tideland, but one thing has always been guaranteed; he has a unique sense for storytelling and an eye for visuals unlike anyone else. As such, The Zero Theorem is everything we could want from a Terry Gilliam film and much more; it’s one the year’s best films.
The story is a familiar one but has that likable Gilliam lead (think Jonathan Pryce, »
- Gary Collinson
Rose Leslie joins The Last Witch Hunter; half-a-dozen films got new release dates; The Jungle Book has found its Mowgli; a J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis movie is in development; and Ben Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington.
As the title implies, The Last Witch Hunter features Vin Diesel as a semi-immortal witch hunter on the trail of a villainous witch queen with devious plans. However, Diesel’s character bites off more than he can chew, and ends up enlisting the help ...
- Anthony Taormina
If there was ever a movie you'd expect to run smoothly from production to release, it'd be a children's movie. With a family friendly release date locked in, and a stereotypically prestigious cast easily making money on creating the cinematic equivalent of a bedtime story, Paddington isn't the type of film we'd expect to even make the front page of Cinema Blend past the first trailer. Unfortunately that wasn't the case when Colin Firth left the film this summer. Fortunately, the producers have found a more than fitting substitute. The Daily Mail spoke with producer David Heyman who confirmed that Ben Whishaw (the new Q from Skyfall) will be taking over the vocal duties for Paddington, which is still on track for a November 28th release date in the UK. Heyman told The Daily Mail this when qualifying just how good of a pick the young actor was for the »
Greetings and salutations everyone! Welcome to the best movie news wrap-up on the web, the WhatCulture.com News Brief! For those of you just joining us, we’re here to dissect the biggest movie and television developments that invaded our RSS feeds this week, and what a week it was!
On the superhero front we’ve got updates for Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Flash, Daredevil, and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (which gets bigger and bigger each week!) We’ve also got updates on the Power Rangers reboot, as well as the current state of the Spider-Man franchise (I don’t know about you, but my Spidey sense is really tingling with that one).
On the other side of the spectrum we’ve got updates about a Beatles documentary from Ron Howard, a movie about a beloved 1980s arcade game (not, it’s not Ms. Pac-Man, sorry »
- James Garcia
Firth left in June after agreeing with the producers that he was not right for the role.
“What we needed was a slightly more open, and younger, voice,” producer David Heyman told The Daily Mail.
“I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it,” Whishaw told the newspaper. “But I was persuaded to go, slightly grudgingly.”
StudioCanal will release Paddington in the UK on November 28, while The Weinstein Company opens it in the Us on December 25.
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Paramount Pictures is moving forward with The Ring 3 nine years after The Ring 2 disappointed so greatly. At the helm will be F. Javier Gutierrez who's also attached to direct The Crow reboot, which has had trouble getting off the ground. No word on whether or not Naomi Watts will return for another go 'round, but I highly doubt it considering the project is being targeted as a prequel. THR Speaking with MTV, Michael B. Jordan discussed the upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot in which he'll star as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and said: "We have been pretty much in our own world, that's really the only way we could get a project like this done. It is so massive, so many moving parts, so many moving pieces, things are changing every day...The script is evolving, you make on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing. »
- Brad Brevet
Last month, following the debut of the very British teaser trailer for the upcoming family holiday release of Paddington, about the bear, we learned that Colin Firth would not be providing the voice of the title bear due to "conscious uncoupling." But now the film has a grand replacement as The Daily Mail has learned that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw will lend his voice to the film instead. Much like Firth, Whishaw wasn't sure it was for him, "I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it. But I was persuaded to go, slightly grudgingly." Read on! Producer David Heyman explained, "Colin was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature." And Whishaw is certainly a younger voice, and just recalling some of his lines in Skyfall and »
- Ethan Anderton
London – British actor and James Bond star Ben Whishaw has been cast as the voice of Paddington Bear in the upcoming CGI/live-action feature Paddington, replacing Oscar-winner Colin Firth. “Delighted to announce that Ben Whishaw will be the voice of Paddington,” producer StudioCanal said in a tweet sent on Friday. Speaking to U.K. tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, Whishaw revealed that he was not initially eager to audition for the role. “I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good
- Alex Ritman
This winter’s Paddington has received our attention for all the wrong reasons so far. First, there was that terrifying image of the film’s stuffed bear that sparked the hilarious Creepy Paddington meme. Then, The Weinstein Company released a disappointing first trailer for the movie that made it appear to be a spiritual – albeit less gratingly non-musical – cousin to Alvin and the Chipmunks, of all things. Finally, we learned that Colin Firth, who had previously been set to voice Paddington, had dropped out of the project mid-way through production. Luckily for TWC though, it doesn’t appear that the film will be delayed, as Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw has just been set to lend his voice to the animated bear.
Though the British actor is certainly less of a household name than Firth, Whishaw’s star has been steadily rising over the past few years. He’s won fans »
- Isaac Feldberg
Update: Paddington Bear has a new voice. The filmmakers determined the voice of Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!, Nanny McPhee) sounded too grown up for such a young stuffed bear. So, they searched for a new voice for the traveler from Peru and landed on Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the new James Bond movies and played doomed poet John Keats in Bright Star. Luckily, Paddington is still on track to charm us, scheduled to open now on Christmas Day.Nov. 15, 2013 - Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.
Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this »
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A month ago Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) dropped out of Paul King’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book Paddington, saying that he no longer felt that his voice fit the part. His departure came just a few months before the iconic British bear’s winter release date, meaning King and co. needed to find a new voice actor quickly.
Whishaw told the Daily Mail that he had “no relationship to Paddington whatsoever” before being asked “quite out of the blue” to audition for the part, but in the grand scheme of »
- James Garcia
Chong is a veteran of British TV, having starred in the likes of "Monroe," "Line of Duty," "Whitechapel" and "Doctor Who". She most recently appeared in "24: Live Another Day." [Source: Latino Review]
Alex Kurtzman has pretty much confirmed his old partner's comments from earlier this week that Sony remains undecided about the future of the Spider-Man franchise, namely its spin-offs, at the moment with everything still uncertain:
"Everybody is still figuring it out. It’s all up for grabs, right now. We’re just trying to figure it out. Everything is still on the table, right now. Because it’s a universe outside of the Spider-Man universe, even though it’s connected to it, those movies have to stand on their own. »
- Garth Franklin
Colin Firth and the makers of the upcoming live-action/CGI hybrid Paddington movie amicably parted ways after agreeing that his voice was “too mature” for this younger version of the iconic character.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Paddington director Paul King have since been on the hunt for an actor with a, “slightly more open and younger voice,” and they’ve chosen Skyfall star Ben Whishaw.
Heyman admits that Firth was never quite convinced that he was the right choice for the role. “He was saying: ‘Are you sure I’m right?’ He was way ahead of us. Colin was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature.” Whishaw (who recently received a lot of praise for his portrayal of Hamlet at the Old Vic) was shocked to be asked to audition and reveals that he had some doubts about taking on the part.
“I resisted a little bit, »
- Josh Wilding
Complex imagining TV prequels to movies. Hilarious. The description of "Kramer Loves Kramer" is priceless.
New Republic "I don't f***ing care if you like it." an excellent piece on gender politics in the now with framing guest appearance by Amy Poehler
Av Club "I Killed At the Movies" interesting article from Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on film criticism for the camera
The Dissolve an excellent review of Sex Tape which I have no plans to see and therefore can read interesting reviews freely
Variety Ben Whishaw will be the new voice of Paddington
Cinematically Insane on possible corporate mergers and what that might mean for classic film fans. Uh oh.
Pajiba Ewan McGregor rumored for True Detective Season 2? (at this rate with the male cast the female role is »
- NATHANIEL R
Colin Firth's departure from the project was amicable, revealing in a statement last month that the bear, "simply doesn't have my voice." The project is still on track to make its December 25 domestic release date, although there may be a bit more of a time crunch for its international release, since Paddington is scheduled to open in the U.K. on November 28, which is just over four months away.
Based on the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington follows the adventures of this talking Peruvian bear, who journeys to London to experience city life for the first time, where he is taken in by a family while catching the eye of a museum taxidermist. Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville »
After assisting James Bond in 2012′s Skyfall, Ben Whishaw is stepping up to aid another British icon. He’s just been cast as the voice of the title character in Paddington, one month after Colin Firth dropped out. Get more details after the jump. The Daily Mail reported on the casting. The news comes just a […]
- Angie Han
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