15 items from 2014
The Bag Man is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of Jack (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck. Hired by legendary crime boss Dragna (Robert De Niro) to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers on Jack and a host of shady characters that have been summoned to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting this crime boss's arrival, Jack crosses paths with Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with his own. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.
Appearing in the film is one of our personal favorite actors, Crispin Glover. He plays the innkeeper at this mysterious location where a number of unsavory characters have gathered. The actor has been suspiciously absent from the »
Trevor Hogg reviews two versions of a DC Comics icon which both aimed to entertain viewers on the small screen and are now available on Blu-ray...
For many people the golden standard of bringing Gotham City and its legendary protector to the world of animation remains Batman: The Animated Series which was able to stylishly combine darkness with a wink of humour. Many incarnations have followed with the Warner Archive Collection recently releasing on Blu-ray two Cartoon Network shows with one targeting your funny bone while the other strikes at the knees.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Complete First Season includes 26 independent episodes which have a production design pallet that is as colourful as the characters. Each show begins with an action sequence that usually has nothing to do with the subsequent storyline. The majority of the action happens in the daylight with a wide spectrum of »
Howard Hughes seems to be excellent fodder for cinema, and not just because of his involvement in the medium. He was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, the template for a James Bond villain (in Diamonds are Forever), and has been referenced in The Simpsons. Now, the iconic billionaire recluse will be played by another icon of sorts, as Warren Beatty finally gets things underway for his long-gestating Howard Hughes film.
Beatty still plans to take on the part of the influential icon, in a film directed by himself, but Hughes is not the focus of the film; that honor goes to Alden Ehrenreich, playing Hughes’s young assistant who falls for a young woman (Lily Collins) who may or may not also be falling for Hughes. Collins replaces Felicity Jones, the actress long attached to the project who has since dropped out. The rest of the cast »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
"This never happened to the other fellow" – James Bond
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ohmss) had a lot to live up to. As far as the entire world was concerned, Sean Connery was James Bond. And here was some impostor – worse, an impostor from the colonies, George Lazenby, whom nobody had heard of – waltzing in to take his place. It wasn't right. It wouldn't do. To rub everyone's noses in it even further, On Her Majesty's Secret Service deliberately stuck closely to the book, which meant no audience-pleasing whizz-bang gadgets. And what's with the bummer of an ending? No wonder the film only took half the amount of You Only Live Twice at the box office.
And yet I will fight anyone who dares to tell »
- Stuart Heritage
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 »
London, Feb. 18: Donald Trump's business partner, who bought dozens of vehicles from the James Bond museum in Keswick in 2011, is selling the world's largest private collection of cars for 20 million pounds.
The collection of cars by Michael Dezer included the tank from Goldeneye, the Q Boat from The World Is Not Enough and six Aston Martins, the Daily Star reported.
After purchasing the cars in 2011, Dezer continued to build the collection, adding more cars from the latest film, Skyfall.
The Jaguar and Aston Martin used in the legendary ice chase from Die. »
- Shiva Prakash
Cult movie director Crispin Glover has released the first three images promoting his latest directorial effort, which as of this writing remains nameless. All three images can be viewed in the gallery below.
In addition, Glover will be previewing 10 minutes from the film in Chicago, Illinois on January 31 at the Music Box Theater at a screening of his second directorial effort, It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.
This latest movie will complete Glover’s “It” trilogy of films that began with What Is It?, which was completed around 2005. The film will also mark the first time that Crispin has ever acted on-screen with his father Bruce Glover, an actor who has appeared in diverse films such as Chinatown, Diamonds Are Forever and Ghost World.
Crispin is notoriously protective of the films he has directed, choosing to show them publicly only at screenings at which he can make a personal appearance. »
- Mike Everleth
At this point we really know nothing about what we can expect to see from the twenty-fourth James Bond movie. All we know is that actor Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes, and screenwriter John Logan are teaming up again to bring us another adventure. In a recent interview with IGN, Logan opened up about the what he and his team hope to accomplish with the film and where they are looking for inspiration.
"My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there's resonance from Skyfall in the new movie."
He then discussed his love of the franchise and said that they will be incorporating elements from the previously made films and novels. »
- Joey Paur
As well as overseeing the upcoming Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful, Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) is busy writing the scripts for Daniel Craig's next two spy adventures in Bond 24 and Bond 25 and IGN caught up with the Skyfall scribe, during which they managed to grab a few comments about the next 007 movie, which will see Sam Mendes returning to the director's chair for Craig's fourth outing as Bond.
"All I can say about Bond is that I'm happily writing it [otherwise] Sam would rappel through the window and kill me. My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there's resonance from Skyfall in the new movie. »
- Gary Collinson
News Glen Chapman 20 Jan 2014 - 06:25
Skyfall is the most commercially successful Bond movie of all time, and isn't far behind critically either. So it's little surprise that key members of the team are returning for Bond 24. Daniel Craig will of course return in the lead role, and Sam Mendes will direct once again. Furthermore, screenwriter John Logan has been tasked with writing the screenplay to the eagerly-anticipated follow up.
In a recent interview, Logan has been chatting about the project, and how it will tie into Skyfall. "My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal", he said. "The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. »
Skyfall writer John Logan is returning for Bond 24, which will premiere worldwide November 2015. In a recent interview promoting his work on the upcoming Showtime series Penny Dreadful, the screenwriter confirmed that this latest 007 adventure, and even Bond 25, will continue building on the foundation laid out in 2012's Skyfall.
While John Logan refused to divulge any plot points or information about the production itself, he did have this to say about keeping the franchise aligned.
"All I can say about Bond is that I'm happily writing it. Director Sam Mendes would rappel through the window and kill me [if I said more].
My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think »
Aside from being one of the very best films of this awards season, the Coen brothers' lovely, melancholic Inside Llewyn Davis also features one of the very best performances from a cat we've ever seen on the big screen.
In honour of the wonder that is Ulysses the Cat, we've picked out eleven more of the movies' greatest felines. We only had one rule: these had to be domestic cats. Sorry Simba, Aslan, Richard Parker et al.
Thomas O'Malley (The AristoCats)
At first glance, Thomas O'Malley comes across as a bit of a douchebag, the self-assured charmer who you wish wasn't hitting on you in a bar (or, in the modern age, a box on the Internet). He's even got his own theme tune full of talk about how he's "duke of the avant-garde", for crying out loud.
Ultimately, though, Thomas proves to be pretty handy in a jam, saving »
With "Skyfall" having turned the already mega-successful James Bond franchise into a full blown $1.1 billion dollar juggernaut, the pressure is on for the producers to come up with a satisfying follow-up.
As previously reported, Skyfall's writer John Logan has planned out the next two films in the series with Sam Mendes set to return to direct the first of them. Speaking at the TCA press tour for Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" series, Logan was asked about the status of the next Bond film.
He did confirm to IGN that the next two films would carry forward what had been established in "Skyfall," namely a return of the classic elements of the character from characters like Miss Moneypenny & Q, to a tone that's more jovial - and yet still keeps the contemporary edge of the Craig era:
"My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, »
- Garth Franklin
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Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook
Son of Hackney Don Black has been everything from an NME hack to a plugger for Doris Day and a standup comedian. But it is as a lyricist that he is justly revered, for classics including Born Free, Ben and the titular Shirley Bassey showstopper. Michael Grade talks to him about his work (including his recent Profumo musical collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber), while, in between, Marc Almond, Katie Melua and Gary Wilmot are among those performing his tunes at the Royal Festival Hall. Ali Catterall
The latest visit to Alice Springs has Brolga tackling the challenges of an outback winter. »
- Ali Catterall, Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Hannah Verdier, Lanre Bakare
15 items from 2014
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