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Here are two words I thought I’d never use in one of my articles – “Daily Mail”. But in a recent story the paper has drawn attention to perceived production difficulties at the (presumably top secret) offices of Bond 24. The challenges appear to arise from the rehiring of long-standing screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in order to give Skyfall scribe John Logan’s script some snazz. While the expression “too many cooks spoil the Martini” springs to mind, the Bond franchise is really the wrong one to be looking at if we’re talking multiple authors. Star Daniel Craig once admitted that Quantum Of Solace had been partly cobbled together by himself and the director during a writers’ strike. And the films are no stranger to the path of the pudding, hence Tomorrow Never Dies. Putting Purvis and Wade back on the payroll has led to the shoot »
- Steve Palace
The stuntman best known as the scimitar-wielding heavy blasted by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark has died. Terry Richards was 81. During a prolific four-decade career, he took falls is such screen gems as Star Wars, The Dirty Dozen, Brazil, The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and nine James Bond film with four 007 actors, ranging from From Russia With Love and Goldfinger to The World Is Not Enough. In the 1997 Bond pic Tomorrow Never Dies, a 65-year-old Richards worked over star Pierce Brosnan in a recording studio. The London native also served […] »
The story takes place onboard a haphazardly constructed narcotics submarine carrying a fortune in cocaine. Four strangers are onboard with their own secrets and must work together as the Coast Guard follows in hot pursuit.
Dominic Morgan and Matt Harvey penned the script while Rick Benattar and Nigel Thomas are producing . This is not to be confused with Antoine Fuqua's rival "Narco Sub" project in development at 20th Century Fox.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Now that the gestating thriller Narco Sub is back on track, with Antoine Fuqua signing on to direct last month, the project has some new competition with another narco sub movie entitled Hyperbaric, which has Roger Spottiswoode set to direct.
Hyperbaric is set inside a narco sub, an underwater vechicle used by drug cartels to transport narcotics, primarily between Colombia and Mexico. Because they are so small, these sumbersible ships cannot be detected by radar. The story follows four strangers, each with their own secrets, aboard a "crudely-built" narco submarine, as they try to deliver a fortune's worth of cocaine while eluding the Coast Guard.
The project originated as a spec script by Dominic Morgan and Matt Harvey, with Rick Benattar and Nigel Thomas on board to produce. It isn't known if Hyperbaric or Narco Sub will get off the ground first, but our report from May revealed that Antoine Fuqua »
It looks as though two dueling films focusing on narco-subs are in the works as Deadline today announced that Roger Spottiswood (Tomorrow Never Dies, Turner and Hooch) has signed on to helm a project called Hyperbaric. The news break not long after last month's word that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer will be directing 20th Century Fox's long-gestating Narco-Sub. »
Exclusive: Tomorrow Never Dies helmer Roger Spottiswoode (Turner & Hooch, Air America, The 6th Day) is heading back into thriller territory. He’s set to direct Hyperbaric, a psychological suspense film set aboard a crudely-built “narco-submarine” carrying a fortune in cocaine, in which four strangers with their own secrets must work together as the Coast Guard follows in hot pursuit. It’s a prime time to capitalize on the topic of these submersible watercrafts which cartels notoriously use to move narcotics in the South American drug trade. Hyperbaric no doubt aims to draft off buzz from Fox’s Narco Sub, which Antoine Fuqua […] »
Narco subs are apparently the new hot property for filmmakers. With one project about the illegal drugs smuggling craft already underway at Fox, the team at Matador Pictures is launching their own version, Hyperbaric, into the choppy cinematic waters, and has hired Roger Spottiswoode to direct it.Dominic Morgan and Matt Harvey wrote the original spec script, which follows four strangers all harbouring secrets who must cooperate to pilot a crudely fashioned narco submarine. It’s carrying a fortune in cocaine, and the Coast Guard is tracking it down…Spottiswoode is currently pushing Midnight Sun, in which a young boy attempts to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother in Canada, through the post-production process, but he’s still best known for the likes of Tomorrow Never Dies and Air America.Hyperbaric will be competing with Fox’s Narco Sub, which recently snared Antoine Fuqua to direct. We »
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Star Wars was a movie once. This is a basic fact that we all know. It was a single film released in theaters: A story with a beginning (kind of), a middle, and an end (kind of). There was a relatively small cast, composed of up-and-comers, unknowns, and one well-regarded British actor overdelivering on what looked to him like thin material. The film, released in theaters in 1977, had a simple story. There was a MacGuffin (The Death Star Plans!) and there was a Rescue Mission (Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope!) and there was a Final Battle. »
- Darren Franich
The decision to change the last Hobbit film’s name got us thinking about big movie name changes that have happened over the years, and whether those changes actually helped or hurt the film. We’ve rounded up 23 of the most memorable changes to decide if the films were named correctly, or if they had it right the first time:
Original name: Fruitvale
Final name: Fruitvale Station
For better or worse? In terms of marketing, this was a smart move, because the story was more easily recognizable with the new title. That being said, it’s a very literal title. »
- Samantha Highfill
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
This week had a free-for-all on Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond after he, himself, revealed it wasn’t “good enough”. Horatio Harrod conducted the interview for The Telegraph…
“His feelings towards the role are equivocal. “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean,” he says … He mock-shudders. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.” He laughs mirthlessly. “It’s a horrible feeling.”
Read the full interview here.
Soon after, The Guardian headlines an article on their blog as “The name’s Bland, not Bond: why Pierce Brosnan is right about his 007” and twitter was alight with ‘agreement’. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Daniel Craig – though a brilliant James Bond – was a version created by the trends of the time (as Brosnan was). Casino Royale built »
- Simon Columb
During an interview with The Daily Telegraph to promote his new film The Love Punch, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan has been reminiscing about his time as James Bond, stating that he is unable to watch himself as 007 as he was “never good enough”.
“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean,” says Brosnan, who played Bond in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”
How do you feel Brosnan stacked up as Bond? Let us know your thoughts… »
- Gary Collinson
While promoting his upcoming "The Love Punch" heist film, Pierce Brosnan spoke about playing James Bond in "Goldeneye," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "The World is Not Enough," and "Die Another Day." "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]," he said. "It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real; the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn.t have a follow-through of reality -- it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well." When asked if he ever rewatched his Bond films, Brosnan replied: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. Because it's just never good enough -- it's a horrible feeling." »
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan recognizes the role as a “gift that keeps on giving,” but he doesn't particularly enjoy watching himself order martinis shaken, not stirred. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond, because it's just never good enough — it's a horrible feeling,” Brosnan told UK outlet The Telegraph. Also read: MGM Accuses Universal of Trying to Make a James Bond ‘Knock-Off’ – And Lying About It Brosnan played Agent 007 in four films released between 1995 and 2002: “Goldeneye,” ”Tomorrow Never Dies,” ”The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.” “I felt I was caught in a time. »
- Greg Gilman
Regardless of where James Bond aficionados rank him in the pantheon of 007's, Pierce Brosnan is a tough personal critic. In an interview with Britain's The Telegraph, the 60-year-old actor revealed he has "no desire" to watch himself as James Bond, saying his performance was "never good enough." Photos: Fifty Years of James Bond Photos Discussing his four films as 007 -- Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) -- Brosnan said, "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]. "It was
- Patrick Brzeski
Pierce Brosnan believes that he was "never good enough" in the role of James Bond.
He told The Telegraph: "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me.
"The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.
Asked if he has revisited the movies, he replied: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling."
However, Brosnan did say »
The Man Behind The Music
From Silver Screen To The Small Screen
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London 2012 Olympic Games
Grammy Award Winning
Royal Festival Hall London
July 6th 2014
(Photo by Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)
David Arnold, multiple nominee and winner of Grammy, Ivor Novello, Bmi, Saturn, World Soundtrack and BAFTA awards and one of the UK's leading Film and TV composers and songwriters is to make his London concert debut on July 6th at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Songbook Series at London’s Festival Hall which also includes concerts with Tim Rice, Tony Hatch and Burt Bacharach.
David Arnold – A Life In Song – will take the audience on a journey, with new and reworked performances of his best-known work. Following the inaugural Song Book series concert last year with Don Black, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
If you're an aficionado of cinema's most iconic spy James Bond, then the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden - open seven days a week from March 21 - is a must-see.
The largest official collection of original vehicles from the 007 films, Bond in Motion features iconic cars like the gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 and the aquatic Lotus Esprit S1, plus a wealth of other classic props and vehicles - from You Only Live Twice autogyro Little Nellie to Octopussy's crocodile submarine.
At a press launch earlier this week, Digital Spy spoke to two men who between them span the Bond franchise's 50-plus years on the big screen - BAFTA-winning stuntman and director Vic Armstrong and racing driver Ben Collins.
"My first foray into Bond would've been 1966 on You Only Live Twice - I became a ninja for the princely sum of 65 pounds a week, which was fabulous in those days, »
It sounds too good to be true. By watching a movie for free, you can raise money for a charity of your choice. But that's the case with "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness," a documentary that features victims of conflicts around the world -- including the aftermath of the 1994 genocide of Rwandans in East Africa -- as they balance their desire for forgiveness with their need for justice. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies," "And The Band Played On") and photographer Lekha Singh, the film screened at The Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012 and was presented at a special screening of the General Assembly at the United Nations. But along with its message of forgiveness, the film is now testing out a new innovative distribution platform, FilmRaise, that could serve as a model for other social impact documentary efforts.The idea of FilmRaise is to raise »
- Paula Bernstein
Sheryl Crow celebrates her 52nd birthday today, and it’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the release of her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club, which became one of the essential albums of the mid-90′s and won her three Grammy Awards in 1995 (Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance).
She has had some missteps along the way. Her toothless cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” somehow won a Grammy, and she recorded one of the least memorable of all Bond songs, “Tomorrow Never Dies.” But she’s had plenty of success over the last twenty years, and here are just five examples. Are any of these your favorite, or do you prefer her megasmash “All I Wanna Do” (#2 for six weeks!), or perhaps “Soak Up The Sun” or her remake of “The First Cut Is The Deepest?”
Oh, and We Must Never Forget This. »
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