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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“As Above, So Below” Universal, Legendary
The summer has been hard on Hollywood and 2014 has been even harsher on horror in particular, with most movies hovering around $10 million opening weekends. Only “Purge: Anarchy” really broke out, capitalizing on the success of the 2013 iteration to slash its way to $29.8 million on opening. “As Above, So Below” delves into the Paris catacombs for its scares and looks set to be the next horror movie to land around that $10 million mark for the three-day weekend.
“As Above, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a go a bit old school and take a look at an A-lister who’s been around for a while now…Pierce Brosnan. A very charming actor, he went from being well known and well liked on television to a mega star when he became one of the notable few ever to essay the role of secret agent 007 in the James Bond franchise. Brosnan has also been one of the more successful post Bond actors, doing his best not to be defined by the iconic role. As such, he’s retained that A-list status and is well deserving of today’s spotlight piece. Here we go! Brosnan had his beginnings on television, in made for TV movies and bit parts, before he became a known commodity with his series Remington Steele. That show made him a small screen star (and »
- Joey Magidson
We are officially jealous of this mother-son bonding.
We are officially jealous of this mother-son bonding.
90's James Bond Pierce Brosnan was leaving lunch in NYC with his mother, and from the look of things, she is absolutely delightful.
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First of all, what a class act. The secret agent himself takes his mother out for a day on the town, And holds her hand! With a son like that, we'd rock a "best day ever" face too.
We love you Mary May Smith!
One reason Pierce might be such a good son is he obviously didn't spend too much time in his room playing video games. Jimmy Fallon challenged Pierce to some Nintendo Goldeneye, and the result is priceless. Watch the video below.
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Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of on-screen espionage this week when the Irish actor plays the titular spook in Roger Donaldson’s spy thriller The November Man. The 61-year-old star is of course no stranger to the spy game having stepped into 007’s iconic tuxedo during the mid-nineties for his first Bond effort GoldenEye. But Brosnan’s most recent special agent adventure got us to thinking, who is the best spy to ever grace the silver screen?
So grab your laser watches, a black turtleneck and a secret identity and join us as we run down cinema’s 10 best spooks. »
- Daniel Bettridge
Opening this week is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man. Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission. While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down. The film also stars Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. Last week at the Los Angeles press day I was able to speak with Brosnan. He talked about reuniting with Roger Donaldson, getting back into the action genre, casting Luke Bracey, filming in Belgrade, future projects, the last time »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Available now on VOD and DVD is writer/director Joshua Zeman's urban legend documentary Killer Legends. For those who've seen Zeman's solid 2009 effort Cropsey, Killer Legends is a continuation of the filmmaker's interest not just in urban legends but in the real stories behind the tales. Rather than focus on one subject like its predecessor, though, Legends is made up of four vignettes each devoted to a true crime that helped shape some of our most widely recognized legends: The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Babysitter Murders, and The Hookman. Individually, I found Zeman's look at "The Hookman" and its ties to the "Moonlight Murders" of Texarkana in 1946 (the inspiration for Charles B. Pierce's The Town That Dreaded Sundown) to be the strongest of the four. On the whole, the doc is a fascinating project that seamlessly blends elements of crime, horror, and nostalgia as you recall the »
- Jason Barr
Who was the last memorable henchman in a James Bond filmc I have to say it was probably Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye... rightc Before her I would say Jaws (Richart Kiel) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata) are most memorable to me, but it most certainly has been a while since a Bond villain had a satisfying henchman to do his/her dirty work, but a new report from James Bond Radio suggest that may be changing with Bond 24. The report says director Sam Mendes is looking to bring back the henchman with a character named Hinx, with the following character description, reportedly directly from the casting agency: Hinx (Male, 30 - 45) Ideally over 6c 2c. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. »
- Brad Brevet
Whilst "Skyfall" saw the return of some of the more iconic elements of the James Bond franchise, one element that was missing is that of an iconic henchman - the last one arguably being Famke Janssen's Xenia Onatopp in "Goldeneye".
A new report over at James Bond Radio claims that the twenty-fourth Bond film's director Sam Mendes is aiming to fill that gap and is looking for just such an actor.
This one will apparently be less about crushing men between their thighs and more in line with the tall and imposing types from earlier films like Jaws (Richard Kiel) or Red Grant (Martin Shaw). There's even a description:
Hinx (Male, 30 – 45) - Ideally over 6' 2". Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We »
- Garth Franklin
Pierce Brosnan may be best known for playing suave secret agent James Bond, but the dapper Irish actor almost filled the shoes of another famous fictional hero: Batman. Unsurprisingly, Brosnan admitted during a Reddit Ama this week that he regrets turning down an offer to star as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 smash hit. The "November Man" star was one of several big names -- including Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray (!) up for the role that ultimately went to Michael Keaton. "I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman," Brosnan revealed. "But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. »
- Dave Lewis
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find The Roots’ Summer Blockbuster Rap; Pierce Brosnan Plays GoldenEye 007; Sin City in the form of an 8 bit video game; Pinky And The Brain Accepting The Als Ice Bucket Challenge; and Genius Shower Thoughts With Nick Offerman. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
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- Justin Vactor
I spent a lot of time back in the day playing GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. The game is based on the movie that starred Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. The actor was recently a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and during the show, Fallon fulfilled his dream of playing GoldenEye 007 on the N64 with Brosnan. It is actually really fun watching these two guys play the game. I would love a chance to play GoldenEye 007 with Brosnan!
- Joey Paur
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon got to fulfill a childhood dream and play the 1997 Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 with former Bond star Pierce Brosnan. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. GoldenEye 007 was one of the games that helped elevate the platform to a realistic style, popularizing the first-person shooter, creating an immersive atmosphere. Brosnan only appeared in four 007 films, between 1995 and 2002. He had the good looks and charm of James Bond, but some audiences felt he lacked a lethal side. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling,” the Irish actor told the Telegraph in April. Unfortunately for Brosnan, Fallon kicks his butt in this video — but...
- Alison Nastasi
Anyone who is hating on the Als Ice Bucket Challenge should watch the touching video above. Speaking of Ice Bucket Challenges, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski won for cutest couple, and George W. Bush earned the title of most surprising entry. Wait, did that fish just eat a shark!? Nicki Minaj put Taylor Swift's twerking to shame when she released the very Nsfw music video for her new single, "Anaconda." Meet Mo'ne Davis, the young pitcher who became the first-ever Little Leaguer to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Oh, and she can throw a mean strike, too.) Pierce Brosnan played your favorite Nintendo 64 game, GoldenEye 007, and he was terrible at it. This cute dog feels exactly the same way that you do about alarm clocks. »
Over the course of its 50 year history, the James bond movie series has become an iconic part of cinema, with anyone who takes on the role of the British secret agent finding themselves forever associated with it. This has been no different for actor Pierce Brosnan, who took on the role four times over the course of seven years. The 1995 film Goldeneye, which marked his first appearance in the series, went on to spawn the Nintendo 64 game Goldeneye 007, which found its own level of success. The game and movie converged on a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as Brosnan reprised his 007 role in the game, squaring off against host Jimmy Fallon. The video can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
For anyone who grew up when Nintendo 64 was new and popular, the James Bond game GoldenEye is easily one of the best games from that time. Today there are still plenty of people who held on to their system and play the game with their friends. But what if you could play the game with James Bond himself? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did on "The Tonight Show" last night when Pierce Brosnan came on the show to promote The November Man, the film hitting theaters next week and that also just had a sequel announced to be in development. So did Brosnan hold his own against Fallon at all? Watch below! Here's Pierce Brosnan playing Goldeneye with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" last night: The November Man is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Thirteen Days) and written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion »
- Ethan Anderton
When Pierce Brosnan first took on the iconic role of James Bond in 1995’s Goldeneye, he very likely had no idea he was becoming a part of video game history. But Goldeneye 007, the 1997 video game adaptation of the film, was a huge success, and a whole generation of video game fans grew up with Brosnan’s face plugged into their Nintendo 64.
Brosnan isn’t very good, but Fallon doesn’t really care—he’s too busy »
- Joshua Rivera
If you grew up in the 90s and were near a Nintendo 64, you played GoldenEye 007. It was one of the must-own titles, and while young gamers today would scoff at the boxy graphics, seemingly limited play modes, and lack of online play, it's important to remember that those young gamers are stupid kids who don't know any better. I sucked at GoldenEye and still had fun playing it. The game had so much cool stuff: paintball mode, golden guns, one-hit kills, and there was only one rule: You can't play as Oddjob because he's too hard to kill since he's short. Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Pierce Brosnan was on promoting his new movie, The November Man. Fallon, an endearing nerd and gamer, took the opportunity to play the most famous James Bond game with James Bond. Hit the jump to check out the video. Via »
- Matt Goldberg
You'd think the real James Bond could defeat anyone at his own game, but this just wasn't the case for Pierce Brosnan! On Tuesday's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Die Another Day star (who played the famed spy in four films between 1995 and 2002) was challenged to play Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye 007 against the late-night host. Pierce, who now plays an ex-via operative in his latest flick The November Man, reluctantly agreed. He admitted from the get-go, though, he wasn't the best gamer, telling Jimmy, "I was no good at it. I played it once and shot myself in the foot!" Pierce't lying, but that didn't stop Jimmy from gushing to the 61-year-old hunk that had "no »
When Pierce Brosnan stopped by the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host couldn't pass up a chance to challenge the former James Bond star to a game of GoldenEye 007. For those of you who need a refresher, GoldenEye 007 was a wildly popular '90s video game for Nintendo 64 that was based on Pierce's 1995 movie GoldenEye. While Pierce admitted that he had tried to play the game once and shot himself in the foot (don't worry, Pierce, we've all been there) he still was game to take on Jimmy for a short round. Watch what happened above. »
It's been 12 years since Pierce Brosnan portrayed James Bond on the big screen, but he got the chance to return to the character on “The Tonight Show.” Ever the big kid, Fallon asked the actor if he would face off against him in the classic 1997 Nintendo64 game “Goldeneye 007,” based on Brosnan's first James Bond film. Brosnan admitted that he'd only played the game once, quipping that he'd shot himself in the foot. “Goldeneye 007” would go on to rank as the third best-selling game for the Nintendo64, moving more than eight million units. Unfortunately, Brosnan apparently wasn't »
- Jason Hughes
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