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• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Interview Duncan Bowles 15 May 2013 - 07:08
Ever since her major breakthrough as infamous Bond villain Xenia Onatopp, Famke Janssen has remained a constant presence in the world of geekdom. Yet despite roles in such high profile blockbusters as the superb GoldenEye and the mostly great X-Men franchise, she’s managed to avoid typecasting and continues to mix mainstream movie hits with both TV and independent features.
While GoldenEye may rank among the best Bond movies of all time, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It put the great Famke Janssen firmly on my radar and I’ve remained a fan of her work ever since, through the underappreciated fun of schlock-fest Deep Rising, the duality of her Miss Burke in The Faculty, to »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Lobo, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Heroes, Superman: Unbound, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and more....
There's been an absolute tonne of superhero goodness this past week, but we'll start things off with the big story - the arrival of the third trailer for Zack Snyder's eagerly-awaited Superman reboot Man of Steel. Things got underway on Monday with a viral video featuring Michael Shannon's General Zod demanding that Henry Cavill's Kal-El surrender to him, before the three-minute long trailer finally hit on Tuesday evening, sending »
- Flickering Myth
Michael France, the scribe who penned “Cliffhanger,” “GoldenEye” and a slew of Marvel adaptations which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, died April 12 in his St. Pete Beach, Fla., home after an extended illness. He was 51.
France first found fame with his 1991 spec sale for “Cliffhanger,” which was shot within the year and became a worldwide hit for thesp Sylvester Stallone and helmer Renny Harlin. Another whammo hit came in 1995, when France revived the then-dormant James Bond franchise with his script for “GoldenEye.” In the early 2000s a string of Marvel adaptations followed, beginning with U’s “Hulk” (2003) and then Lionsgate’s “The Punisher” (2004) and 20th’s “Fantastic Four” (2005).
Born in 1962 in St. Petersburg, Fla., France graduated from the U. of Florida in the early ’80s and later attended Columbia U.’s School of the Arts. Following his breakthrough as a screenwriter, he moved to St. Pete Beach, where in 2007 he bought the Beach Theater, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Cinema Retro was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of screenwriter Michael France at the age of 51. He died from complications from diabetes. France's big break was writing the screenplay for Sylvester Stallone's 1993 blockbuster Cliffhanger, which he did "on spec", meaning he pitched his idea to the studio and was not commissioned to write it. France also wrote story lines for the 1995 James Bond smash GoldenEye, though he was not credited with the actual screenplay, which was a source of a strained relationship with the Bond producers. Some of his ideas that were developed for GoldenEye were utilized in the 1999 Bond hit The World is Not Enough. In the 1970s, he published the short-lived 007 fan magazine Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. France was a major comic book fan and wrote the screenplays for Ang Lee's 2003 version of The Hulk as well as the super hero flick The Punisher. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Pierce Brosnan may have taken on some of the world's most vitriolic villains during his tenure as James Bond, but he admits that he can't actually bring himself to watch any of his three 007 films, now he's handed over the baton.
"I'm very uncomfortable with it," he tells HuffPostUK. "My little boy came up to me the other day, he's 12, and he told me, 'Dad, you've got to watch these with me, one day.'
"I promised him I would, but I do have difficulty getting my head around it, being James Bond."
Pierce Brosnan stars as widower businessman Philip in romantic drama, 'Love Is All You Need', out this week
Brosnan, who stars in this week's beautiful romantic drama, 'Love Is All You Need', a Danish co-production set in Sorrento and featuring some familiar Nordic Noir faces, explains, though, that he remains full of gratitude about getting the coveted 007 gig, »
- Caroline Frost
Michael France, who wrote the story for the James Bond film "Goldeneye" and the screenplay for Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk," died Friday at age 51. He was suffering from a longtime diabetes-related illness, his sister revealed. France made his way into the industry with the screenplay for Renny Harlin's 1993 thriller "Cliffhanger," which starred Sylvester Stallone. He went on to write the screenplays for several big-budget Marvel superhero adaptations, including "Hulk," John Travolta's "The Punisher," and "The Fantastic Four." He stopped working in 2005 after "The Fantastic Four." In 2007, he purchased a movie theater St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he resided. Suzanne France, the sister of Michael, told the Tampa Bay Times that although the theater closed last year, "he wanted to re-open the theater, wanted to start writing again." »
Screenwriter Michael France has died, aged 51.
France, who was entasked with writing the screenplays for several Marvel adaptations, passed away on Friday (April 12) due to complications from diabetes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
His passion for film also led to him buying Tampa Bay cinema Beach Theatre in 2007 for $800,000, although the venue closed in November 2012 due to declining audiences.
He is survived by wife Elizabeth and their three children, his mother and father and sister Suzanne. »
According to Deadline and several other outlets, Michael France has passed away after battling diabetes-related health issues. His writing credits included Cliffhanger, Goldeneye and comic book movies such as Hulk, The Punisher and Fantastic Four. His sister, Suzanne France, discovered her brother on Friday morning in his home in St. Pete Beach, Florida. "[Thursday night] he was sitting up, he had good color, he was making jokes. Just sitting there on the couch with his dog", she said. Goldeneye is widely considered to be one of the best James Bond films of all-time. »
Blake’s 7, the iconic BBC show created by Terry Nation which ran between 1978 and 1981 has been picked up by FremantleMedia International to remade in the U.S.
The original show followed Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas); classed as a political dissident he was arrested and tried on false charges thus being deported from Earth. Along with a group of other criminals they manage to overpower the prison ship and steal an alien starship called, “Liberator”. From here they become a very odd crew of freedom fighters against the totalitarian government that tried to imprison them. The show was known for not following the normal TV rules of heroes - main characters were killed like Gan (David Jackson), crew members like Avon (Paul Darrow) couldn’t be trusted, and others like Vila (Michael Keating) could act unheroic and flee from the scene.
This new Blake’s 7 will consist of 13 hour long shows. »
- Flickering Myth
This is happening. From BBC News: Cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced. FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski. It added, in a statement, that Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell was also on board. The original series, which ran on the BBC between 1978 and 1981, followed the exploits of a group of renegades and convicted criminals. ... According to FremantleMedia, the new series will be set in 2136 and will "tell the story of seven criminals - six guilty and one innocent - on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment". It continued: "They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time". »
- MaryAnn Johanson
From the very outset of the James Bond film franchise, it was abundantly clear that one of the films’ selling points was the promise that the protagonist, British secret agent James Bond 007, would travel the many foreign, exotic, romantic and dangerous locales around the globe. From the more familiar yet legendary European cities, such as Paris (A View to a Kill) and Venice (Moonraker, Casino Royale), the famous metropolises other continents are known for (New York in Live and Let Die, Tokyo in You Only Live Twice) to the roads less taken which lead to lesser known territories (Jamaica in Dr. Do, Haiti in Quantum of Solace, Iceland in Die Another Day), 007 has fought the forces of evil in just about every corner and every climate. However far and wide the iconic protagonist has ventured in his many adventures, there is one place he is almost certain to visit in every film. »
- Edgar Chaput
News Louisa Mellor 9 Apr 2013 - 06:42
Syfy is pressing ahead with a thirteen-episode first season of the long-gestating Blake's 7 remake.
Syfy's Blake's 7 reboot has passed the next stage in the winding path from notion to actual telly programme, with a series of thirteen one-hour episodes ordered by the channel. Produced by Georgeville TV, the remake will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and directed by Casino Royale and Goldeneye's Martin Campbell.
In a press release statement that - unironically, we assume - includes the word "amazeballs", Leon Clarance, the co-founder of Georgeville praises the tireless work of Pokaski and Campbell in rebooting the space opera, calling the show a "reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans". FreeMantleMedia's David Ellender echoed Clarance's words, calling Blake's 7, "such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today," and promising that the »
Last December, the 007 franchise was given the greatest gift of all: the best James Bond movie ever! With Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan burst onto the screen as the latest actor to play James Bond. In two short years, he came back with an even better, even bigger adventure with Tomorrow Never Dies. Brosnan’s style is a mixture of Connery’s manliness and Moore’s rakish wit, which makes him the actor best suited for the role in our modern era, and if Moore’s tenure is any indication, he’ll be the one for quite a while. Don’t take my word for it though. Here’s 10 reasons that Tomorrow Never Dies will live up to its name.
007. The Threat Is Relevant
Bond flicks have always had one step in the future when it comes to their villains’ diabolical schemes. While Blofeld used the Space Race to his own maniacal end, »
- Mike Reyes
Trumpeter who played on every James Bond film soundtrack from Dr No to Skyfall
The trumpeter Derek Watkins, who has died aged 68 of cancer, was recognised by his fellow professionals as the finest lead player of his generation. To see him take his place in a big-band trumpet section or orchestral ensemble was to be reassured that all would be well. Dizzy Gillespie, no mean judge of trumpeters, called him "Mr Lead".
Watkins played on every James Bond film soundtrack from Dr No (1962) to Skyfall (2012), his blazing lead trumpet work evident on Monty Norman's iconic James Bond theme. The 19-year-old Watkins's spine-chilling trumpet growls set the scene on John Barry's Goldfinger (1964) theme, sung by Shirley Bassey, and Watkins was also prominent on Bill Conti's For Your Eyes Only (1981) score. As Barry said, Watkins "never failed to deliver the goods".
The film composer John Altman recalled that Watkins »
- Peter Vacher
Through most of the first 30 years of its existence, the James Bond franchise has been fairly consistent at having a film in theaters every two or three years, with the first big hiccup in that formula being the six-year stretch between Timothy Dalton.s last reprisal in License to Kill in 1989 and Pierce Brosnan.s Goldeneye in 1995. And even though star Daniel Craig isn.t leaving, the absence of a director may have fans waiting through yet another long gap-- even without a financial collapse like the one that happened last time. According to Reuters, a conference call between MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Barber and film investors revealed that the screenplay for the 24th James Bond film is in development, and that they were optimistic about having another film ready in three years or so. Three years!?! It makes sense that the studio doesn.t want to »
Following his turn as James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, actor Pierce Brosnan hasn't really found any strong roles. Though The Ghost Writer is a high point from the past decade, other than that, Brosnan has been struggling for great roles and turning in less than stellar performances. Maybe that will change as he stars in Danish director Susanne Bier's (In a Better World) new drama Love is All You Need, where he plays a bitter widower who may find love with his son's future bride's mother (Trine Dyrholm). Looks like it could be pretty charming. Watch it below! Here's the trailer for Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need originally from Yahoo: Philip (Pierce Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Trine Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from chemotherapy, »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s hard to narrow down what exactly makes for a good James Bond movie, especially because everyone has different tastes. Anytime you try to name one certain movie as being the best, it’s sure to set off a massive argument. We simply can’t all agree on anything (Possibly the only thing we can agree on is Goldfinger is awesome and Quantum of Solace stinks).
Instead, what we’d like to discuss this time are five Bond movies that are generally held in low regard, but have certain good aspects that are oftentimes overlooked.
Pierce Brosnan broke out into the James Bond role in a big way. GoldenEye exceeded everyone’s expectations, became the highest-grossing Bond film to date, and spawned one of the biggest video games of the year.
Then suddenly, his following three movies were all disappointments, each being arguably worse than the previous one. »
- J.D. Westfall
Guy Ritchie is the most likely contender to direct the next James Bond film, according to bookmakers William Hill.
Following the news that Sam Mendes will not return to direct Bond 24, there has been widespread speculation about who could direct next.
Ritchie, who most recently directed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was named the 4/1 favourite by William Hill.
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first Bond outing GoldenEye, was the second favourite with 9/1, while Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg were next in line with 9/1 and 10/1 odds respectively.
The top ten contenders were listed as follows:
> Bond »
With the recent disappointing confirmation that Sam Mendes will not return to helm Bond 24 following Skyfall, eyes now turn to just who will be able to match, or even top, the highest grossing feature in UK box office history, which is also widely considered to be the greatest Bond film ever. We’ve gathered together seven prime candidates who may be able to do the character justice, after an epic exploration into the fragile psyche and past of our bed-hopping Bond.
In no particular order, we begin with…
Nobody is hotter than Ben Affleck right now following his Oscar win with fact-based political thriller, Argo. His gritty crime flick, The Town, showed us he can handle some impressively thunderous action set-pieces in a grounded real world setting, much like his award-winning favourite which has just hit DVD/Blu-ray. Let us also not forget the emotional impact his »
- Craig Hunter
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