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He’s resurrected superspy James Bond twice in Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Now it’s hoped director Martin Campbell will give long-gestating submarine thriller Hunter Killer a shot in the arm. Based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith, the plot concerns an underwater battle of wits between a rogue Russian commander and American special forces. With echoes of Tom Clancy’s The Hunt For Red October, the film appears to be bringing the clash between Communism and capitalism back to the Hollywood arena. Casting details are yet to be announced but expect some grizzled faces to be lit by blinking radar screens. Gerard Butler is said to be in the frame, though whether he’ll be rolling his R’s or chomping on a cigar remains to be seen.
Campbell cut his teeth on murky political TV drama Edge Of Darkness (which he also remade »
- Steve Palace
Filmmaker Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) has been set to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Sebastian X for Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids. The plot centers on a police officer who suffers a near-fatal injury and is implanted with the memories of the world's most dangerous terrorist, known as Sebastian X. He then goes on a mission to infiltrate the terrorist's organization before they can pull off their next attack.
Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) is writing the adapted screenplay, based on Michelangelo La Neve's graphic novel of the same name. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing for Voltage Pictures, alongside Valhalla's Gale Anne Hurd and Humanoids' Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger. Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution, although no production schedule has been given at this time.
"Casino Royale," "Goldeneye" and "The Mask of Zorro" director Martin Campbell is set to helm a film adaptation of Michelangelo La Neve's graphic novel "Sebastian X" at Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids.
The story centers on an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist - Sebastian X - in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Dame Judi Dench celebrates her 80th birthday today (Tuesday, December 9), and she immediately sprang to mind when we cast our eyes over the first clapperboard image from Spectre - the presence of a porcelain bulldog a timely reminder of her contribution to the 007 series. As much as we love the choice of Ralph Fiennes as Bond's new boss, Dame Judi will be missed in the iconic role.
To mark the Oscar-winning Brit star's birthday, Digital Spy rounds up seven of her best moments as M - in chronological order - below...
1. GoldenEye (1995) - "You don't like me, Bond..."
After a six-year hiatus following Licence to Kill, Bond returned in the form of Pierce Brosnan with question marks hanging over the franchise. Was he still relevant post-Cold War? Is he a dated action hero lined up next to John McClane et al?
The most self-referential of all the 007 outings, GoldenEye posed »
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
The wait is over! Well, sort of.
On Thursday, MGM Studios and Sony Pictures revealed the title and cast of the 24th James Bond film slated to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.
Photos: Jada Pinkett Smith's 61-Year-Old Mom Looks Like a Bond Girl
The next film will be called Spectre, which is the same name of the series' fictional global terrorist organization that was last mentioned in 2008's Quantum of Solace.
The 24th James Bond 007 film is called… #Spectre https://t.co/g8CCxtk5ga
— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
News: James Bond Actor Richard Kiel Dies
Waltz, the two-time Oscar winner, will play Oberhauser, who is believed to be Spectre's primary villain. Bautista, the professional wrestler last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, is Mr Hinx – a classic sounding name for a henchman. Meanwhile, Scott »
From Stephen Sommers to Jon M. Chu to...Martin Campbell? That may be the progression for the G.I. Joe franchise as a source claims the Casino Royale and Goldeneye director is the studio's top choice to helm the sequel to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Yes, Campbell is also responsible for Green Lantern, but that still makes him the most talented director associated with this franchise. G.I. Joe: Retaliation raised a lot of eyebrows when it suddenly moved it's release date almost a full year just »
- Alex Maidy
Although both movies drew highly negative reviews, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation both pulled in over $300 million apiece for Paramount, making a third installment of the action-adventure franchise all but inevitable. We learned way back in July that Lethal Weapon 4 scribe Jonathan Lemkin had been tasked with scripting G.I. Joe 3, and that Jon M. Chu would not be returning to direct, but outside of that, it’s been radio silence on the threequel. Now, however, there are whispers around the interwebs that Paramount has singled out a replacement for Chu: Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.
According to Schmoes Know, which claims to have learned of the helmer’s possible involvement via the same shadowy but “reliable” source that (rightly) revealed that Michael B. Jordan would be in the Fantastic Four reboot, Campbell is the studio’s top choice and has just entered talks. »
- Isaac Feldberg
According to Schmoes Know, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction) is looking at director Martin Campbell to take over the reins of G.I. Joe 3 following the departure of G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu.
Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, while his previous credits include No Escape, GoldenEye, The Legend of Zorro, Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness. It’s unknown whether Cambell has any interest in the G.I. Joe gig, or if there’s even any truth to the report in the first place…
- Gary Collinson
When Pierce Brosnan decided to star in a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair back in 1999, he was taking a time-off from his duties as James Bond. But it turns out that even though he was merely having a rest from the beloved spy franchise, 007 still had an influence over any other movie he starred in - which included the choice of attire for his character in The Thomas Crown Affair. When Pierce Brosnan signed up to play James Bond ahead of 1995.s Goldeneye, the Irish actor gave away his rights to "wear a tuxedo in any other film". Unfortunately for The Thomas Crown Affair, this meant that there was a slight problem. Partway through John McTiernan.s heist drama, Pierce Brosnan.s Thomas Crown attends a rather fancy soiree that is a "black and white ball." Because of his contract with James Bond, Pierce Brosnan wasn.t able to »
On Wednesday, Walt Disney Studios debuted the beautiful new trailer for Cinderlla. A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
The trailer introduces audiences to Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) in the iconic role of Cinderella, a beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit who, despite the cruelty and abuse she is subjected to from her stepmother and her daughters, continues to remain positive and steadfast, as well as the first images of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing, intelligent and thoughtful Prince, and the one-of-a-kind glass slipper.
The new poster, »
- Michelle McCue
The Royal Television Society has announced its shortlist for the Rts Craft & Design Awards. The prizes are spread across 25 categories, recognizing the variety of skills and processes involved in program production. Among the most-nominated are Channel 4 series Utopia (not to be confused with the recently cancelled Fox show in the U.S.) in the Costume Design, Effects, Music, Production Design and Photography categories. Also up for multiple prizes is BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders in Costume Design, Make-Up and Production Design. Sherlock has mentions in Graphic Design and Photography, and Da Vinci’s Demons is noted for Effects. Winners will be announced December 1 in London at a ceremony hosted by Jennifer Saunders. A full list of nominees is here.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that editor Terry Rawlings will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute on Dec 7 at the organisation’s Piccadilly headquarters in London.
‘A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings’ will honour his contribution to picture and sound editing, and will celebrate a career spanning 50 years.
“For more than half a century his work has been admired by all – not least the huge audiences who have, maybe unknowingly, experienced his influence on films like The L Shaped Room, Women in Love and Bedazzled in the 1960s, The Duellists, The Great Gatsby and The Devils in the 1970s, through to classics such as Watership Down, Alien, Chariots of Fire, Yentl, [link »
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Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
With James Bond 24's December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface. First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the "femme fatale" and "will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,". We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a "Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent." If Daily Mail is saying she's the "femme fatale", then it's possible we're still waiting for the "Bond Girl" and Seydoux'x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye. Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24. The film opens November 6, 2015. In August, we reported that the movie was casting for: the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed »
- Matt Goldberg
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Up to 70% Off The Simpsons Seasons 1-20 The Die Hard 1-5 Collection [Blu-ray] - $31.99 (68% off) Up to 58% Off 007 Titles 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] - $21.99 (60% off) Pierce Brosnan Ultimate 007 Edition (Goldeneye / The World Is Not Enough / Die Another Day) - $10.99 (56% off) The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection - $44.99 (53% off) The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection - $81.99 (73% off) Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $120.99 (57% off) [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual Asc Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of Asc’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the »
- Steve Chagollan
The James Bond series - based on Ian Fleming's spy novels - is one of cinema's biggest ever film franchises, thrilling fans now for over half a century.
A 50th anniversary Blu-ray re-issue of the Sean Connery classic is available to buy from today (Monday, September 22). To mark the occasion, Digital Spy explores how Goldfinger shaped Bond as we know and love him.
1. The Extravagant Pre-Titles Sequence
The previous film, From Russia with Love, was in fact the first Bond to feature a pre-titles sequence. But that scene, which saw Robert Shaw's Red Grant stalk and kill a 007 impersonator, was short and simple - and didn't even feature the real Bond.
Goldfinger was the first film to take full advantage »
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