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Mike Gold: Sinful Sin City

3 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

I had a whole rant plotted out in my mind, but when my fingers hit the keyboard I decided against it. Perhaps I’m mellowing in my antiquity. I hope not, as being not-mellow is how I make my living. Maybe it’s because I’m going to this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, always a wonderful event, and I’m awash in breathless anticipation.

Well, either way, I’ve got a deadline and ComicMix’s editor-in-chief is an asshole (not to be confused with this column’s editor, Adriane Nash, who is not an asshole) and I’ve got all these Sin City thoughts attacking my brain like anti-bodies at a clown orgy and I’m willing to share. Let’s see how long it takes for me to become non-mellow.

Fellow ComicMixer Martha Thomases and I saw Sin City: A Plot To Kill With last week. I »

- Mike Gold

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10 Movie Sequels Whose Titles No Longer Made Sense

28 August 2014 5:19 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

There was a time when movie sequels were simply given titles that sounded good on their own, without studios having to club audiences over the head with the fact the movie was part of a franchise.

From Russia With Love didn’t need to say that it was the sequel to Dr. No because it was obvious from the rest of the marketing and the book it was based on that it was another James Bond adventure. If the Bond series had begun just now then it would, like Jacks Ryan and Reacher, have cumbersome titles like James Bond: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Even book series that are quite happy to give separate titles to their separate parts gain extra title elements on their progress to film. The simple and to the point Mockingjay is now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in spite of »

- Jack Gann

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New Photo of Samuel L. Jackson in Kingsman: The Secret Service

25 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »


Universal Pictures has released a couple photos from Matthew Vaughn's upcoming action spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. One features the back of Colin Firth's main secret agent character using his umbrella weapon. The other shows Samuel L. Jackson as the main villain Valentine. When talking about the character he plays in the story Jackson said,

"Watching From Russia With Love, it was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I had never seen a film like that before in my life. I always thought of myself more as Bond than the villain. But as I got older, I realised that villains are a lot more colourful and a lot more interesting and a lot more outside the box. And the whole tongue-in-cheek Bondian aspect of the film is pretty great. It was fun to sit there and do that, using the metaphors of the Bond film. »

- Joey Paur

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New Kingsman Images Show Samuel L. Jackson

22 August 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The new issue of Empire doesn't hit shelves until next Thursday, August 28, but we have a sneak peek for you already! We have the latest on Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, including these two rather nifty images showing Colin Firth's impeccably-dressed agent at work, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villainous Valentine. Feast your eyes. Says Jackson of his role, "Watching From Russia With Love, it was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I had never seen a film like that before in my life. I always thought of myself more as Bond than the villain. But as I got older, I realised that villains are a lot more colourful and a lot more interesting and a lot more outside the box. And the whole tongue-in-cheek Bondian aspect of the film is pretty great. It was fun to sit there and do that, using the metaphors of the Bond film. »

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Retro Rondo: A Night of VHS in Poland

4 August 2014 5:14 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »


At ten o’clock on the evening of Saturday 26 July, as the lights dimmed inside a 159-seat auditorium inside Wrocław’s nine-screen Kino Nowe Horyzonty, the resounding ambience consisted of chatter, cheers, the clatter of glass bottles and that inimitable sea of punchy hisses as the capacity audience cracked open one beer can after another.

They’d come for a triple bill: Amir Shervan’s Samurai Cop (1989), Don Dohler’s Nightbeast (1982) and Arizal’s American Hunter (1990). Numbers had depleted and decibels had doubled by the time the lights came back on at around quarter-to-three the next morning. The marathon formed part of ‘Midnight Madness: VHS’, the late-night retrospective at New Horizons, western Poland’s excellent film festival, whose annual program also boasts some of the most dependable arthouse titles from the previous twelve months.

Had anybody been observing the scene of ordered anarchy that night, they may have »

- Michael Pattison

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Meme: Harry Styles Favorites a Porn Tweet, “Under the Dome” Showrunner Comes Out, Chris Colfer Visits Marvel HQ

8 July 2014 5:19 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Naya Rivera returning to Glee as recurring guest star, Chris Colfer speaks about being hacked, Broke Straight Boys is trying to be a TV reality show

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

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20 Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They Expire at Midnight Tonight

30 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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R.I.P. Stuntman Terry Richards

25 June 2014 7:32 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 […] »

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Sympathetic Doesn't Have To Mean Likable

16 June 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Actors Who’ve Played the Same Character the Most Times

12 May 2014 10:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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, »

- (Rob Young)

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Double 0 Heaven: Seven James Bond Movies On Netflix In May

3 May 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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.  »

- (Cinema Retro)

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From Russia With Love's Visual Style

8 April 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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...

Sean Connery in "From Russia With Love" released 50 years ago today in the States

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

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The Forgettable Soundtrack to Marvel's Movies

24 March 2014 3:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

James Garcia, for We Got This Covered, writes with reference to Brian Tyler, the recently announced composer for Avengers: Age of Ultron:

"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

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'Bond 24' Starts Shooting in October

27 February 2014 2:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Kay Mander obituary

23 February 2014 6:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Helix episode 8 review: Bloodlines

23 February 2014 5:04 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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.

1.8 Bloodlines

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 »

- louisamellor

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Re-Viewed: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the forgotten Bond classic

23 February 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bond 24 confirmed for 2015 release with Sam Mendes returning

James Bond: A history from Ian Fleming to Daniel Craig

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 »

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Big turning points in the James Bond movie franchise

20 February 2014 4:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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 »

- sarahd

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Watch: Oliver Stone's Low Budget Horror Film Debut 'Seizure' In Full

18 February 2014 8:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Winter Olympics: Will Figure Skating’s Young Darling Charm Sochi’s Edgy Games?

13 February 2014 12:27 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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