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Directed by Lee Tamahori
The end of Die Another Day’s first act provides a set up to what could potentially have been one of the most freshly original Bond installments, an opportunity to explore deliciously dark corners of the iconic spy’s psyche. Forward wind an hour and the last major set piece leading up to the film’s climax includes an invisible Aston Martin dodging a minigun and stinger missile shooting Jaguar in an ice castle and a CGI Bond surfing laser cannon induced tidal waves. Between time spent with faces buried in palms, the audience must have wondered exactly how it all went so wrong.
- Scott Patterson
Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of Die Another Day…
2002 was a big year for James Bond because it was his 40th anniversary on the big screen and 20th movie, a huge milestone in itself that no other franchise has yet celebrated. To that end, the producers decided to make Die Another Day a film that would celebrate Bond’s endurance on screen while ushering out Pierce Brosnan in his final adventure as the famous secret agent. There is just one tiny problem: Die Another Die is absolutely terrible.
When a mission takes a turn for the worse, Bond is actually captured and held prisoner for more than a year. An agreement is finally reached where he is released and immediately goes on the hunt for the person who set him up. This leads him to the mysterious Gustav Graves, an entrepreneur who mines and trades diamonds. »
- Ricky Church
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
The Blu-ray edition of Christopher Nolan's sprawling space pic is packed with featurettes about the making of "Interstellar," including a 50-minute special narrated by Matthew McConaughey about the scientific research behind the story.
Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn as Alan Turing doesn't quite elevate this pic above Oscar bait, but it's big and glossy and worth a look.
Reese Witherspoon stars in the big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, as was Laura Dern, who has an extra-special role as Cheryl's late mom.
TV Worth Watching
"The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" (Monday on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. »
- Jenni Miller
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith (RZA) looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
The Blu-ray release of The Man with the Iron Fists 2: The Sting of Scorpion is presented in 1080p with DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 surround.
Special features include:
–Rated and Unrated Cuts of the Film
- Scott J. Davis
Netflix has been creating more and more original content over the last few months. The end of 2014 saw the show Marco Polo air on the streaming service and it has now been announced that the show has been renewed for a second season.
The second season will run for 10 episodes and will go into production later this year. Marco Polo is produced by The Weinstein Company and Electus and stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo alongside a cast that also includes Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, Claudia Kim and Rick Yune.
The post Netflix’s Marco Polo renewed for Season 2 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Thomas Roach
The semi-annual Television Critics Association’s winter press tour is well underway, and Netflix is taking the opportunity to shed some light on its future slate of originals. It was recently revealed that Marco Polo, a historical epic that is the streaming giant’s most ambitious series to date, has been picked for a second season of 13 episodes, to premiere sometime next year.
Production on the second season of Marco Polo will commence later this year. The show received mixed reviews in its first season, but it represents a huge step for Netflix’s original programming, so the streaming giant was always sure to stand behind it for multiple seasons. The John Fusco-created drama stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, Claudia Kim and Rick Yune.
Netflix also announced premiere dates for several upcoming originals. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series. Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer's exploits in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, will return to delight the global Netflix audience. Creator John Fusco's tale of Marco's journey will continue for 10 all-new episodes as Marco navigates Kublai Khan's world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Fusco serves as executive producer along with Dan Minahan. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg also serve as executive producers. Season 1 was shot in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, »
The epic historical-based exploration adventure will get 10 new episodes taking place in Kublai Khan’s 13th century China.
“Daredevil” will begin on Friday, April 10.
Here’s the full press release, more to come:
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series.
- Tony Maglio
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