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Production is launching in October in the U.K. with Adam Rolston producing for his new Shooting Script Films. Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (“The King’s Speech”) are executive producers and financiers on the project. The Exchange is handling international sales.
The book was written by street musician James Bowen, a recovering addict who was barely getting by on the streets of London when he met a sick stray ginger cat, named him Bob and nursed him back to health. He then took Bob with him as he played guitar — and the pair became an instant attraction.
The book was on top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list for 76 weeks. »
- Dave McNary
The true story centres on how Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
The production is set to begin a seven-week shoot in the UK from late October.
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Spectre's latest trailer got everyone talking thanks to its jaw-dropping stunt that saw a helicopter complete a 360° corkscrew (aping the famous car flip from The Man with the Golden Gun).
The question on everyone's lips: can the heli-stunt be executed for real? Digital Spy quizzed Roger Gower, an Atp rated helicopter pilot with over 10 years' commercial experience, on Bond, Mission: Impossible and more to get the lowdown on some of Hollywood's most death-defying aerial stunts. The verdict?
Spectre's insane heli-corkscrew is actually possible
"Is it possible to pull off that Spectre stunt? Several military helicopters can do it - the Apache, Westland Lynx to name two. The Red Bull stunt helicopter does rolls and loops as well. Even if the helicopter wasn't meant to be able to go upside down, if you could keep a positive G-Force on the rotor system - difficult when upside down - most helicopters could »
To mark the occasion, we've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked. A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.
The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.
Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a film is Madonna's »
Survivor starring Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Robert Forster (Heroes) and James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending) is an action packed film that you won’t want to miss but undoubtedly will. Survivor Movie Review Kate Abbott (Jovovich) is a Foreign […]
The post ‘Survivor’ DVD Review: This Weak Action Film Could Use Less Guns, More Story appeared first on uInterview. »
- Anya Ferguson
I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.
Bonding With Brosnan
There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
“The White King,” which is based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
Pryce’s recent roles include Cardinal Wolsey in “Wolf Hall” and High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones.” He has won two Tonys — in 1977 for “Comedians” and in 1991 for “Miss Saigon.” His movie credits include “Brazil,” “Evita,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Scacchi won an Emmy playing Czarina Alexandra in “Rasputin.” Other screen credits include “White Mischief, »
- Leo Barraclough
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
Code number 007 is on the mind of fans as they anticipate the new Bond film which is expected to be released this year.
Commander James Bond, Cmg, Rn is a fictional character created by novelist and British journalist Ian Fleming in 1952. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is a composite based upon a number of commandos known by Ian Fleming during his service in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The character’s name was appropriated by Fleming from American ornithologist James Bond. The code number 007 is from one of the key achievements of British naval intelligence, breaking the German diplomatic code in World War I.
Fleming’s fiction character appeared in a series of twelve novels, two short story collections, a number of continuation novels, and over twenty Bond films. Spanning more than half of a century, there have been several actors who played James Bond on the big screen. »
- Gary Collinson
Scream Factory celebrated Friday the 13th in style for the second month in a row last week by once again setting their sights on the upcoming Summer of Fear: Part 2 and announcing a bunch of horror films they plan to release on Blu-ray when longer days and warmer nights usher in another summer.
Via Scream Factory's Facebook page: "1987’s genie-on-the loose The Outing will be paired with 1980’s Omen-inspired The Godsend from Cannon Pictures.
- Empire Pictures’ Cellar Dweller and Catacombs (both from 1988) will share a double bill. John Carl Buechler (Troll, Friday the 13th Part VII) directed Cellar and David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, Puppetmaster, The Seduction) directed Catacombs.
All are expected to land on 7/14 and will receive new widescreen HD transfers. Pre-order links will go up next month. »
- Derek Anderson
Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged — if far from revolutionary — old-school horse-opera throwback. Having long since ditched the Dogme 95 precepts that guided his breakout 2000 feature, The King Is Alive, Danish director Kristian Levring employs a bounty of CG-enhanced Sergio Leone–isms for The Salvation, the story of a Danish soldier-turned-settler named Jon (Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen) who's reunited with his wife and child in 1871 America, only to have them raped and murdered. Jon exacts bloody revenge for this crime, which in turn makes him the target of a bandit leader (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in league with a mayor (Tomorrow Never Dies' Jonathan Pryce) and in love with »
Sure, there have been countless articles detailing the debonair men that portrayed the world’s most famous superspy in Ian Fleming’s creation of Agent 007 (a.k.a James Bond). And of course there have been many debates arguing who is considered the best Bond of them all (yes…I concur with the majority of the Sean Connery census that he is the ideal licensed to kill Lothario of them all). Plus, the listing of who’s the better Bond from top to bottom is always a lively discussion among Agent 007 aficionados.
Well, here is one more list to join the fray in terms of examining the actors that carried the action-packed load in bringing Fleming’s dashing Danger Man into the forefront of adventure, mystery, travel and romance. In Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond we will take a look at the actors »
- Frank Ochieng
Back during the Sony hack, it was revealed that former studio chairman Amy Pascal was keen on having Idris Elba (Luther, Thor: The Dark World) take on the role of super spy James Bond when Daniel Craig decides it’s time to retire his license to kill, and now Elba has received the seal of approval from former 007 Pierce Brosnan.
“Yeah, [Elba] would make a good Bond,” Brosnan told the Radio Times. “Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job and may Daniel bring home the bacon for as long as he wants.”
See Also: Idris Elba responds to James Bond casting talk
Fellow Brit Salmon has already appeared in three Bond films – Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day – as MI6 Deputy Chief of Staff Charles Robinson, so he may be a long shot, but Elba has already admitted he’d take on the role if offered, »
- Gary Collinson
Our 2015 Corgi DB5
This week we’ve been getting a new look into Spectre with this new featurette and Daniel Craig’s James Bond getting his skiing groove on in the snow. Bond has a number of iconic looks but an unforgettable feature is definitely the classic Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in 1964’s Goldfinger and then returned in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.
In 1965, it also peaked in popularity because Corgi launched a collectible version for film fans and their small scale version sold over 6,000,000 models, plus they won the first ever ‘Toy of the Year’ award. In fact, after the Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery, Corgi began its decades-long relationship with the Bond franchise producing many different models, including a gold Aston Martin DB5 1:46 scale model complete with retractable machine guns, ejector seat and rear bullet screen. Why wouldn’t you want your own little version, »
- Dan Bullock
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
British actor Khan Bonfils, who went by Kan, died Wednesday in London while preparing for an upcoming production of “Dante’s Inferno.” He was 42.
Paramedics and members of the Craft Theatre Company in East London were unable to revive Bonfils after he collapsed in rehearsal, according to the Daily Mail. A cause of death has not yet been announced.
“Kan collapsed during a rehearsal and the director, Rocky Rodriguez Jr., he performed CPR on location,” company spokesperson Chris Hislop said. “An ambulance was called out but unfortunately he couldn’t be resuscitated.”
Hislop added: “The entire company are in shock. There is absolutely severe sadness. It is a real tragedy. I think they are holding it together by talking it through and by being there for each other.”
Bonfils may be best known for his roles in the James Bond and “Star Wars” franchises. He first appeared in the Bond »
- Kevin Noonan
Khan Bonfils has died after collapsing during a theatre rehearsal.
The British actor was known for playing Jedi master Saesee Tiin in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999.
Members of the Craft Theatre company and paramedics were unable to resuscitate the actor after he collapsed backstage.
Company spokesperson Chris Hislop said: ''Kan collapsed during a rehearsal and the director Rocky Rodriguez Jr performed CPR on location.
"The entire company are in shock. There is absolutely severe sadness, it is a real tragedy."
17 items from 2015
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