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Daniel Craig Explains Why Bond Is Funnier Than Ever In Skyfall

11 November 2012 3:43 PM, PST

I would ask if you saw Skyfall this weekend, but that almost seems like a crazy question-- everybody saw SKyfall this weekend, at least judging by the mammoth $88 million it made, the best opening ever for a Bond movie. Tons of people deserve credit for making Skyfall so great, from director Sam Mendes to the incomparable cinematographer Roger Deakins. But as always, it all starts with one man: James Bond himself. Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third outing in the role of 007, but as he told me in the interview you can watch below, it's the first time he's really felt like he made the character his own. Though, of course, he has no illusions about that-- he knows someone else will take over the role when he's done, and just a few weeks after his stint hosting Saturday Night Live, he admits that Bond-- with his team of writers »

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This Rotten Week: Predicting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Reviews

11 November 2012 5:49 AM, PST

Not much on the docket this week unless you are a sappy, teeny-bopping, vampire lover just dying for one last chance to see Bella and Edward stare longingly into each other.s immortal eyes. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 If you are an investor, the kind of person who enjoys the freedom our current financial landscape provides the modern day capitalist, man I hope you sold a majority of your vampire stock sometime around the end of last year. If you got in on the ground floor (say around Interview with a Vampire time) then you did very, very well as the blood sucking market made steady, if not bragworthy, progress through the early aughts (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and »

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The Breach Adaptation In The Works From Lorenzo di Bonaventura And David S. Goyer

10 November 2012 1:26 PM, PST

Though he has only been producing movies since 2005, Lorenzo di Bonaventura has quickly established himself as one of the biggest blockbuster names in Hollywood. In addition to the Transformers movies he is also behind G.I. Joe as well as Red - and is even part of the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot. And now it looks as though he may have found his next big project. Di Bonaventura and David S. Goyer have teamed up to produce an adaptation of The Breach, based on the novel by Patrick Lee. Variety says that the plot follows a former police officer in a race against time as he must stop an artifact from being used to bring about the end of the world. Justin Rhodes, who has a couple of indies under his belt, has been hired to write the script, but the trade mentions that the movie version will "diverge from »

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Exclusive Savages Blu-ray Clip Looks At The Car Stunts

10 November 2012 10:29 AM, PST

Oliver Stone.s Savages Blu-ray release is just around the corner. The drug-oriented flick, which follows two dudes taking on a cartel, will hit Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 13. The set will come with plenty of bonus features, and to celebrate the big release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has extended us an exclusive bonus clip to share with fans. In .Car Stunt,. Taylor Kitsch talks about training and being pumped to get shot onscreen for the first time during a day of shooting that also features a pretty wild car explosion. It.s weird that the actor has been around for a while and hasn.t dealt with getting a gun pointed at him at any point; then again, Friday Nights Lights and John Carter didn.t feature all that much modern weaponry (Although, how he avoided this in Battleship remains a script mystery). The actual car stunts are pretty impressive. »

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Skyfall Has Huge Friday On Its Way To Biggest Bond Opening Ever

10 November 2012 7:22 AM, PST

Skyfall has been a gigantic hit overseas for two weeks already, so the question upon its North American debut this weekend wasn't whether or not it would be big, but just how incredibly gigantic it might be. The result is good news for Bond fans and especially the movie's distributor, Sony. Skyfall made an estimated $32 million on Friday, which sets it up for an $88 million weekend and make it the biggest-opening Bond ever, by a wide margin. The second-biggest was actually Quantum of Solace, which made $67.5 million back in 2008 but went on to be the most unloved Bond of the Daniel Craig run. That won't be a problem for Skyfall-- according to Deadline, the movie received an A CinemaScore form audiences, and is receiving tons of rave reviews like this one all over the place. The movie even score big on Thursday sneak peek screenings and Friday midnights, making »

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Maria Bello Joins Hugh Jackman In Prisoners

9 November 2012 8:55 PM, PST

The cast of Denis Villeneuve's film Prisoners just keeps getting better and better. As if it weren't enough that the project has already attracted Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano and Viola Davis, now yet another talented actress has been added to the list. Maria Bello, who spent most of this year on television playing Detective Jane Timoney on the Us version of Prime Suspect, has landed a role in the new thriller according to Deadline. The story follows an ordinary man named Keller (played by Jackman) who is driven over the edge when he discovers that his daughter and best friend have been kidnapped. When he finds that the police are unable to help, he decides to take the mission into his own hands - and goes up against a big city detective (Gyllenhaal) in the process. While details about how she'll fit into the story »

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Tom Hardy Eyed To Star In Crime Thriller Animal Rescue, Bullhead's Michel Roskam To Direct

9 November 2012 8:37 PM, PST

Dennis Lehane movies have only been making their way to the big screen within the last decade, but boy have they had an impact. Clint Eastwood was the first one responsible, directing the 2003 Academy Award-winning thriller Mystic River, and then that was then followed by Ben Affleck's amazing Gone Baby Gone and then Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island in 2010. It's been an amazing run so far, and here's hoping that director Michel Roskam can keep the trend running. Variety says that Roskam is now in talks to replace Limitless director Neil Burger on Animal Rescue, a Boston set crime drama written based on one of Lehane's short stories. As previously reported, the story follows a bartender who discovers a discarded puppy in a garbage can and rescues him. Unfortunately in this world no good deed is left unpunished, and the protagonist finds himself targeted by "the dog's abusive and »

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Beautiful Creatures Gets A New Banner

9 November 2012 8:09 PM, PST

Twilight became a worldwide phenomenon. The first Hunger Games movie set box office records when it was released. The young adult book market has proven to be a solid source for blockbuster movies in the past, and in 2013 Warner Bros. will be getting into the game with Beautiful Creatures. Based on the first book in the series authored by Kami Garcia and Margaet Stohl, the new movie follows two young people named Ethan and Lena who meet and discover dark, mysterious secrets about each others' families and where they came from. The film is being written and directed by Richard Lagravenese and in anticipated of its February release a brand new banner featuring the large cast has arrived online. Check out the image below and see it in high-res by clicking on it. This is obviously a very minor issue, but does it bug anyone else when the names on »

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Ranking The Best Bond Movies: Part 3 (#5-#1)

9 November 2012 6:11 PM, PST

Earlier today, Skyfall was officially released in the United States. The film should make a hell of a lot of money, and like a lot of people, I will be in line to see it. In fact, I.ve spent the past month preparing for it. After catching a press screening and wondering whether it might be the best of all-time, I sat down and plowed through all twenty-two preceding movies. Some of the films were less than adequate and others were simply wonderful. I.ve spent the past few days presenting the ranked list I made upon completion, and now, I.m finally down to the best of the best. These are my five highest rated Bond movies of all-time. These are the ones I would watch at any moment, under any circumstances, and if you.re a true Bond fan, you.ll probably agree with me. Without further »

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Michael Arndt Confirmed To Write Star Wars: Episode VII

9 November 2012 5:28 PM, PST

The amount of Star Wars rumors that have arisen since Disney announced they'd be making a new trilogy consisting of Episodes VII, VIII and IX have been flying around as fast and furious as a swarm of Tie fighters. But while every fan from here to Hoth is debating who should helm the next entry into this epic franchise, Lucasfilm is pushing into preproduction having committed to a screenwriter for Episode VII. Just yesterday reports emerged that Michael Arndt, who went from Matthew Broderick's personal assistant to the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine in just seven years, was in talks with Lucasfilm to turn their treatment into a full-fledged script. And now it's official. StarWars.com has confirmed Arndt will write Star Wars: Episode VII. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas himself have had story conferences with Arndt, and through them have become confident he is the »

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George Clooney May Star In Brad Bird's Sci-Fi Tale 1952

9 November 2012 5:08 PM, PST

After all of the contributions that Brad Bird has made to the film world - Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - it's hard to imagine any actor turning him down for a part, and the director has used that power to snag one of the biggest A-list stars on Earth to star in his next live-action project. Variety is reporting that George Clooney is now in talks to star in 1952, the new film Bird is directing under Disney. Based on a script by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, the project is described as being a "Close Encounters-esque tentpole" - though all details about the plot are currently being kept under wraps outside of the fact that it's about a man making contact with an alien. Disney had no comment on the matter, and the sources that leaked the information about Clooney say that the »

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Ty Burrell Joins Bill Hader And Kristen Wiig's Skeleton Twins

9 November 2012 4:44 PM, PST

This past season Saturday Night Live drew to a close with a surprisingly tender graduation-themed sketch that served as a tearful and spirited farewell to the show's golden girl, Oscar-winner Kristen Wiig. Having completed her contract, Wiig decided to move on, following the massive success of Bridesmaids to continue making movies. While this is undoubtedly good news for movie fans, it was hard not to tear up when Wiig embraced her long-time scene partner Bill Hader. But it seems their farewell is short-lived as the two have a new movie in the works. In The Skeleton Twins, the pair play twins Milo and Maggie, who have long been estranged, but after a strange coincidence where both simultaneously cheat death, they reunite and try to figure out where their lives went wrong. For both, this means getting closure from landmark romantic relationships in their past. When news on the project emerged »

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Hotel Transylvania 2 Is In The Works

9 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST

If you'll pardon the pun, Hotel Transylvania really was a monster hit (sorry, I just really couldn't resist). Costing a tight $85 million for Sony Pictures Animation, the film managed to pull down more than $250 million globally and while it didn't overwhelm critics it managed to get a few positive marks. So naturally it's taking the standard Hollywood path and prepping part two. THR has gotten word that Sony has already begun development work on Hotel Transylvania 2 and have given a release date on September 25, 2015 (joining epics like The Avengers 2, Justice League and Star Wars Episode VII, all of which are also supposed to come out that calendar year). And the studio is going to need their time because it looks like the project is currently working without a director. Genndy Tartakovsky directed the first movie, but the same studio, Sony Pictures Animation, has already hired him to direct a »

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Easy A Director Up For Heist Comedy For Richer Or Poorer

9 November 2012 3:59 PM, PST

Writer-director Will Gluck has a distinctly sharp yet wacky sense of humor that has so far resulted in three comedies that are far better than their subgenres generally offer. The first was the underseen dudes-become-cheerleaders comedy Fired Up!, which Gluck not only helmed but also wrote under the magnificent nom de plume Freedom Jones. What seemed like a stupid comedy was actually demented and even witty fun, but ultimately a box office flop. But Gluck scored big with his follow-up, the teen sex comedy Easy A, a critically cheered hit that cemented Emma Stone's leading lady status. Then, last summer Gluck gave us a cheeky take on rom-coms with Friends with Benefits, which fared well at the box office and was warmly received by critics, but was sadly overshadowed by the bigger breakouts like Bridesmaids and The Hangover: Part II. Though Gluck has signed on to produce Screen Gems »

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What We Love About James Bond: The Vice, The Swagger, The Patriotism, And More

9 November 2012 3:28 PM, PST

This week the United States finally gets to see Skyfall, the new James Bond film that's been universally praised for what feels like months, and which many are calling the best Bond movie ever (most of us around here agree). The movie has inspired all kind of conversations among movie-lovers about Bond, from listing the characters best films and gadgets and babes to simply wondering how a character so clearly born from the Cold War has managed to stay relevant so long. We don't really have answers to any of those questions (though if you're curious about all that ranking, click here). We just want to celebrate a character who's captured all of our imaginations over the year, a guy we've all grown up with and who never really forced us to think about just why we found him so appealing. until now, that is. Below are four reasons we »

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Which American President Has Appeared In The Most Films?

9 November 2012 2:30 PM, PST

Daniel Day-Lewis is currently earning raves for his performance as a conflicted Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg.s Lincoln, an Oscar contender that opens in limited release today (November 9th) before expanding nationwide on November 16th. But while Ddl.s performance is noteworthy, the fact that he.s playing our nation.s 16th president on screen isn.t as unique as one might have thought. A comprehensive infographic posted over on Slate tracks the number of times the U.S. presidents have been portrayed in movies (including direct-to-video releases, animated films and shorts). Wow. And according to their research, Ddl.s Lincoln portrayal is one of 130 total turns, making him the most-portrayed president in Hollywood history. Here.s the data. We.ll analyze it below: Time to star penning my big-screen biopics on John Tyler, James Buchanan and Warren G. Harding, as those poor leaders of our great nation never »

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Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman And Alison Brie Join The Lego Movie

9 November 2012 1:53 PM, PST

When it was revealed in August that Morgan Freeman would be joining the cast of the new Lego movie there were many that giggled because it will be a reunion between the veteran actor and Batman, who will also be in the animated film voiced by Will Arnett. But now it's getting even funnier as yet another one of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy actors has signed on for a part in the family comedy. Deadline reports that Liam Neeson, who played the villainous Ra's al Ghul in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, has signed on for a part in Lego, as have Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie. The story, based on an original script by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street), follows an ordinary minifig (a person in the Lego world) who is caught in a case of mistaken »

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Have Fun Generating Your Own James Bond Movie Titles

9 November 2012 1:45 PM, PST

This weekend American audiences will finally be able to deduce the meaning behind Skyfall, the title of Sam Mendes. contribution to the long-running 007 series. It.s sounds as generic as past Bond movie titles, like Thunderball or Moonraker to GoldenEye and Octopussy, but Mendes. title has legitimate meaning (which can be spoilery, and will not be discussed here). But coming up with your own Bond title, as well as a stylish poster design, is now just a click away thanks to a creative program posted on Slate. It takes imagery, names, characters and words from previous Bond titles to make new ones . simple as that. I gave it a few spins, coming up with Another Day to Spy, KillMoon, Casino Never Dies and Pussylove (possibly my favorite). Click the image below and give it a try. You laugh, but when legitimate Bond producers come up with titles like Quantum of »

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Benedict Cumberbatch Joined By James McAvoy In WikiLeaks Drama

9 November 2012 1:36 PM, PST

Benedict Cumberbatch is presently to believed to be capable of playing most anybody-- Sherlock Holmes, an upcoming Star Trek villain, or hey, why not the fire-breathing dragon of The Hobbit? The up-and-coming British star isn't exactly a household name yet, but with a name that memorable he might be on his way there, and especially at the rate that he's snagging major roles that give us all a reason to pay attention. The latest, it's now confirmed, will be playing controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. According to Variety James McAvoy-- who worked with Cumberbatch in both Atonement and the very silly and wonderful Starter for 10-- is in talks to co-star as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who wrote the book that will be the basis of the film. Cumberbatch had been rumored, alongside Joel Kinnaman, for the film back in October, but only the Cumberbatch part turned out to be true, »

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Watch Wes Anderson's Star Wars Audition Reel, Imagined By Conan O'Brien

9 November 2012 1:07 PM, PST

Raise your hand if you currently aren.t directing the announced Star Wars: Episode VII. Get them up there. Ok, let.s get a count. One, two, three . yes, that.s everyone. Everyone should be raising their hand, because no one has been confirmed, and everyone from Quentin Tarantino to Steven Spielberg has had to go on record to say they.re not directing the anticipated sequel. But if Wes Anderson wanted to audition for the chance to direct the next Star Wars, Conan O.Brien imagines it would look a little something like this: Who knew Han Solo was a member of the Junior Telescope Club? O.Brien didn.t stop there. He also imagined a Todd Phillips-style take on Star Wars, and its as pandering as you probably assumed. Take a look: Vomiting R2-D2? Hungover Chewie with a shaved back? A horny Yoga coming out of »

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