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As an October production start date looms closer, details are finally starting to surface about the next James Bond film. After crafting one of the best entries in the franchise ever with Skyfall, screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes return to try and raise the bar once again with Bond 24, and now Logan has spoken up a bit to give an update on the project. The scribe says the first draft is nearly done and teases that the next film will continue the themes explored in Skyfall, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of a “sequel” Bond 24 will be in relation to Skyfall. As a bit of trivia, this is the first time a director has returned to helm the next Bond film since John Glen directed five in a row, from For Your Eyes Only through Licence to Kill. Hit the jump for »
- Adam Chitwood
"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
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 »
Certainly one of the most intriguing small-screen projects currently in the works is NBC’s miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby. The project was greenlit late last year, and NBC has been busying itself in recent weeks with recruiting actors for the four-hour series.
The network previously announced that it had chosen Avatar actress Zoe Saldana to take on the title role of an expectant newlywed who begins to fear that her husband and new neighbors may have sinister intentions for her and her unborn child. Last month, Suits‘ Patrick J. Adams and Harry Potter‘s Jason Isaacs were both added to the show, as Rosemary’s husband Guy Woodhouse and creepy coven leader Roman Castevet, respectively. Now, two additional actresses have been cast.
Deadline is reporting that Carole Bouquet will take on the role of Margaux Castevet, “a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary,” when she »
- Isaac Feldberg
With NBC's reimagined "Rosemary's Baby" being set in Paris, it only makes sense they'd hire a few French actors, and first to be named is the César-winning former Bond girl Carole Bouquet. UK-born Christina Cole has also signed on to the project.
Per Deadline, Bouquet (pictured right and below left) has been cast as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary, and Cole (pictured below right) will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend.
Bouquet, who won a Best Actress César (the French Oscar) for Trop belle pour toi (1989) is probably best known here in the States as Bond girl Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Coincidentally, Cole appeared in Casino Royale (2006) as well as the upcoming Jupiter Ascending.
- Debi Moore
A miniseries version of Rosemary’s Baby is moving forward at NBC and we have an update on who makes up the main cast. Rosemary’s Baby has already garnered a lead in Zoe Saldana and two co-stars in Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs, and two more actors have joined the adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel.
According to Deadline, French actress Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only) will play Margaux Castevet, a ”sophisticated” socialite and wife of Jason Isaacs’ character, who takes a liking to Rosemary. English actress Christina Cole (Doghouse, Casino Royale) will take on the role of Rosemary’s lively friend, Julie.
“…Rosemary, the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. »
- Jonathan James
Bouquet plays Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary (Zoe Saldana), and Cole will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend. Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs also star. [Source: Deadline]
The story chronicles the burgeoning and tempestuous relationship between two very different women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York City. Chandler plays the jealous husband of Blanchett's character, a woman trapped in a dead marriage. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The main event of this week's "Duck Dynasty" is that Uncle Si sees the guys watching a video of a guy riding a bike with a helmet cam and Si decides he should wear one and show everybody the world through his eyes.
Jase says, "No one wants to see the world through the eyes of Si Robertson," but we beg to differ, dude. A kinda cuckoo 65-year-old who needs help recording something on the Vcr? We absolutely want to see a day in the life of that man.
Si says he's "part Six Million Dollar Man, part Robocop." Or it's like the crazy miner from a "Scooby-Doo" episode got himself a camera.
"I gotta tell the folks back home what's goin' on," says Si, as they traipse out into the woods. "You realize that's not hooked up to a satellite, nobody's watchin' that right now?" responds Jep. »
8 items from 2014
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