20 items from 2014
So it appears that Harry Styles favorited a rather graphic porn tweet, and the Internet lost their collective minds, with #HarryDontLickAnything becoming the number one trending topic on Twitter. Harry eventually noticed the trend and unfavored the tweet, replacing it among his nine favorited tweets with a cute animal. Can’t a boy band superstar appreciate porn without the whole world weighing in?
Doritos has unleashed a Roulette edition bag of chips in Canada. The idea is that most of the bag is normal chips, but 3-4 in the bag are stunningly, amazingly hot, and you don’t know which is which. People have been filming their reactions and taking over YouTube. Personally, I like to know what I’m putting in my mouth. »
- Ed Kennedy
We should all be used to this by now. At midnight tonight, when the calendar changes to July 1, a bunch of movies will expire on Netflix Streaming. Some of them may come back at some later point — like the James Bond movies, which disappear and reappear every now and again — and some may be gone forever. (That's probably an extreme assumption.) If any of these are on your Netflix streaming queue (we'll never call it "My List." Never!), might wanna make tonight a sofa night.In no particular order ... Chinatown The Terminator Close Encounters of the Third Kind Gattaca Rocky 1-5 Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Taxi Driver Spaceballs Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, You Only Live Twice, Never Say Never Again As Good As It Gets Event Horizon »
- Gilbert Cruz
The stuntman best known as the scimitar-wielding heavy blasted by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark has died. Terry Richards was 81. During a prolific four-decade career, he took falls is such screen gems as Star Wars, The Dirty Dozen, Brazil, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and nine James Bond film with four 007 actors, ranging from From Russia With Love and Goldfinger to The World Is Not Enough. In the 1997 Bond pic Tomorrow Never Dies, a 65-year-old Richards worked over star Pierce Brosnan in a recording studio. The London native also served […] »
Jennine Lanouette for ScreenTakes created and narrates this excellent video "refuting the notion that a character must be likable to be sympathetic". Her examples draw comparisons between characters such as Paul Newman's title character in Harper, Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds, a load of characters from Margin Call, James Bond in From Russia with Love, Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Charlize Theron in Monster and, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street where she says, "We're notified in the opening scene we're not supposed to like Jordan Belfort." Hmmmm, and yet the argument against this film was that it glorified all that Belfort didc Interesting. Give the video a watch (though, be warned, it's Nsfw), it's a fantastic look at creating sympathetic characters out of unlikable people and just might have you »
- Brad Brevet
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Seven James Bond films starring Sean Connery and Roger Moore debut in May on Netfllix, North America. Titles are: Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, A View to a Kill, From Russia With Love, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and Never Say Never Again. Click here for a list of other films and TV shows debuting this month. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
On the 50th anniversary of "From Russia With Love"'s Us release our friend and James Bond expert Deborah Lipp (she even wrote a book about him!) is here to talk 007...
After 23 official films and 2 unofficial ones, From Russia With Love, the second James Bond adventure, remains the greatest of them all. Considered an iconic film in many ways, it may surprise the casual Bond viewer to note that certain "iconic" aspects of the Bond franchise were missing from or created in this film.
Let's focus on From Russia With Love's extraordinary visual signature on this anniversary
The first James Bond film, Dr. No, featured the production design of Ken Adam. Adam is justifiably famous. In Dr. No, he designed such sets as the nuclear launch room, and, needing one last set when the budget ran out, »
- Deborah Lipp
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"Tyler’s resume also includes The Expendables films, Now You See Me, and a handful of the Fast and Furious movies. He did an alright job with the music in his previous Marvel efforts, but as I said before, none of them were exactly memorable. The studio must like him though if they want to bring him back for Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Let’s just hope that he does as good a job with the superhero team-up as Silvestri did the first time around."
Read the full article here.
I think Garcia is well aware of flawed ‘alright’ critique of Tyler’s previous efforts. Considering the success of Marvel’s Universe of films, this is a core element that is consistently below par. »
- Gary Collinson
Ralph Fiennes, whose next movie The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in theaters March 7, revealed during a recent interview that the highly-anticipated Bond 24 begins shooting this October. Here's what he had to say, explaining that he hasn't read the script yet.
"It's meant to start shooting in October. I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much. They'd probably swear me to secrecy anyway."
The actor will reprise his role from Skyfall as Gareth Mallory, who takes over as the new "M" at MI6, replacing Judi Dench's unnamed character. Daniel Craig is coming back as James Bond, with Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw returning as Moneypenny and gadget maker Q.
No other cast members have been confirmed, but we reported in October that Kate Upton and Helen Flanagan were in contention to play the new "Bond girl." We also reported in November that MGM won back »
Documentary maker who battled sexism in the film industry of postwar Britain and went on to work in continuity
The pioneering film-maker Kay Mander, who has died aged 98, was a member of the British documentary movement and began directing during the second world war, making training films and social documentaries for the Ministry of Information. In 1944, she established her own production company, Basic Films, and like many of her male contemporaries attempted to break into feature films after the war. But she struggled to find directing jobs and spent the rest of her long career in continuity.
Born in Hull, east Yorkshire, Mander grew up in Paris, later boarding at Queenwood ladies' college, in Eastbourne, East Sussex. After leaving school, she moved to Berlin, where her father was employed as an accountant. While working as a receptionist at an international film congress in 1935, she met British film-makers who suggested she »
- Sarah Easen
Review Billy Grifter 23 Feb 2014 - 13:03
This week's Helix takes one action-packed step forwards, then two steps back. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
I might be a glutton for punishment, but I enjoyed small parts of this story. Where it massively benefitted was in resolving the alliances of various parties, though the downside to that is that it effectively erased everything that happened from the point Constance turned up.
This week's opening scene, in which they pastiche the classic Alien breakfast sequence, did hint that the writers themselves realise how derivative they’ve been on occasion. It was funny, if only because they've borrowed parts of other movies wholesale. The joke is more of a personal one between the creative people, than one we can all join in.
After last week I couldn’t actually believe that Jeri Ryan would carry on playing Constance like a genetically »
On Her Majesty's Secret Service might be the sixth instalment in Eon's James Bond series, but for a long time it had the feel of one of the franchise's rogue entries Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. Two years after Sean Connery signed off his initial 007 run with You Only Live Twice, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman undertook an exhaustive casting search with director Peter Hunt to find a replacement. They believed, rightly, that the role of James Bond was bigger than anyone who played him, and in 1968 George Lazenby - an Australian model with no prior acting experience - was unveiled as the new James Bond at the Dorchester Hotel.
Lazenby, of course, would only play Bond once and Ohmss's failure to set the box office alight meant »
Feature Michael Reed 21 Feb 2014 - 05:56
We take a look at some potential turning points that could have altered the Bond legacy significantly...
007 lists resurrection amongst his hobbies, but speculation is our game today. Your own ideal fantasy James Bond film probably depends on what sort of Bond you're into. If you like serious Bond, you probably consider it a crying shame that Timothy Dalton didn't get to make at least one more film. A fair proportion of the fandom consider Never Say Never Again to be one of the worst of the series, so for them, rolling the dice on a 1976 production with a different actor and a more exciting script would have been worth it.
Furthermore, a Sony Pictures produced rival film with, say, Liam Neeson in the late 1990s could have been fascinating. How about Connery returning to the role in his 60s? All of these possibilities »
Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing. The film “stars” Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins, in the original TV run of “Dark Shadows”), Martine Beswick (famous for “catfight” scenes in both “One Million Years BC” with Raquel Welch, »
- Ben Brock
The Winter Olympics are pushing snowboarding and other extreme sports as a way to boost the audience, but ladies figure skating remains one of the biggest draws on TV. Competition is as intense as ever this year, but it will be hard to top the days of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan for mass audience appeal.
Determined to win back a dwindling audience, this edition of the Winter Olympic Games has embraced innovation with 12 new events, hoping to capture the X Games generation. So far, American athletes who are high-flying, risk-taking, edgy daredevils have been first to capture gold in both men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding.
It’s not surprising that Americans dominate these sports: The pioneers of “freestyle” skiing hail from the mountains of Sun Valley, Vail, Aspen and Park City. They were the stars of the early Willy Bogner, Warren Miller and K’2-sponsored ski films. »
- Donna de Varona
The highly spoof-able Sochi Olympics will get their due ribbing via “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” beginning Monday night. Jon Stewart will host “Jason Jones Live from Sochi-Ish” reports from “The Daily Show” correspondent in Moscow. See photos: Sochi Olympics: Stray Dog, Ring Fail Bring Awkward to the Opening Ceremony Stephen Colbert will kick-off his Sochi 2014 Sport Report coverage in “From Russia with Love, (But No Gay Stuff),” with longtime producer and old friend from theater camp, Buddy Cole. Both shows will provide continuing coverage with the taped segments to air throughout the weeks of Feb. »
- Tony Maglio
Los Angeles-based film editor Vashi Nedomansky writes about visual effects, low budget filmmaking and editing techniques on his blog. Recently, he wrote about the innovative cinematography in Sidney J. Furie's spy thriller "The Ipcress File." Indiewire is republishing his post below. In 1965, Sidney J. Furie directed the spy thriller "The Ipcress File" starring a young Michael Caine. Producer Harry Saltzman used the same core production team he employed on "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "Goldfinger" (1964). Editor Peter Hunt, Production Designer Ken Adam and Composer John Barry gave this film a stylized, signature look and sound, one that was the antithesis of James Bond. Furie and Czech cinematographer Otto Heller redefined their visual vocabulary by deciding to shoot as much of the film as possible through obstructions or foreground objects. They did this on 100 separate shots. In the past, a large foreground object usually meant it was the focus of. »
This Sunday afternoon at 12.45pm, ITV1 screens the second James Bond film – which perfectly captured Fleming's incorrigible spy, and brought us the unforgettable Rosa Klebb
Reading on mobile? Watch the trailer here
"Oh James, James, will you make love to me all the time in England?" - Tatiana
After a period of being tucked away on Sky, the James Bond films are back where they're supposed to be – filling up huge swathes of the ITV weekend schedule until it's time to show all the Harry Potter films in order again. This is undoubtedly a good thing. James Bond is as much a part of ITV as Ant and Dec and those upsettingly sexually aggressive e-cigarette adverts. So, to welcome him back, here's a recap of 007's second cinematic outing, From Russia With Love.
From Russia With Love is over 50 years old now, and it stands a perfect document of James »
Friday, January 24
No Country for Old Men - 11.25pm, Film 4
Before he was touching up James Bond as the murderous Raoul Silva in Skyfall, Javier Bardem played a ruthless assassin in this critically acclaimed thriller. Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone sour and makes off with a suitcase containing $2 million. Bardem stars as the psychopathic killer trying to track him down.
Saturday, January 25
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 8.15pm, BBC Three
Moodier than the first film in the series, Prince Caspian takes place a year after the Pevensies all fell out of the wardrobe - but when they re-enter the world of Narnia they discover that 1,400 years have passed. Stealing every scene he's in is Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep: a giant, talking CGI rat with a penchant for swordplay. Now there's a sentence you don't see every day. »
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
20 items from 2014