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By Lee Pfeiffer
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, in an interview with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, said that "the president, the press and the public are mistaken" in their belief that Sony had bowed to the demands of cyber hackers by pulling "The Interview" from distribution before the film even premiered. Lynton said "We have not given in. And we have not backed down" in its efforts to find a way to get the film released. However, Lynton placed the blame squarely on theater exhibitors, saying the company could not find a major chain that would agree to show the film. He said that thus far, efforts to find partners who would stream the film or offer it as an on demand title have also not yielded any success. He vowed the company is actively looking for ways to get the movie shown. Some pundits and critics were skeptical of »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international marketing at 20th Century Fox, it was announced today by Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, the studio’s presidents of worldwide marketing and distribution, to whom Breen will report.
In his new post, Breen will continue to be responsible for strategy, research, media, digital, publicity, creative and promotions for all Fox movies in all territories outside of the United States.
Previously, Breen was executive VP of international marketing at 20th Century Fox, a role he’s held since 2006.
“Kieran has long been an invaluable member of our senior team at Fox International, »
- Jeff Sneider
The massive hack on Sony has revealed quite a bit of interesting information, such as the drama behind the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs movie, salaries for many employees and partners and producer Scott Rudin referring to Angelina Jolie as a "spoiled brat". One nugget of info I found particularly interesting was the budget for the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond franchise, Spectre. The budget has ballooned to over $300 million, making it one of the most expensive productions of all time, and it only just began filming. Remember, Skyfall cost a reported $200 million... Now take that number add 100 Dr. Nos or 2.5 The Living Daylights, depending on your exchange system (not adjusting for inflation, of course). In memos sent by MGM president Jonathan Glickman, he talks about trying to cut costs as much as they can to get it down to $250 million. Most of his suggestions include cutting out travel »
- Mike Shutt
Following in the wake of Thursday's press launch for the twenty-fourth Bond film "Spectre," the film's star Daniel Craig has spoken with BBC Radio (via Sky News) and says he thinks the script for the new film is better than the previous one:
"We've got an amazing cast and, I think, a better script than we had last time. We started something in 'Skyfall', it felt like a beginning of something. This feels like a continuation of that. We're going to put all of those elements in, and much more."
Craig also commented earlier this week to MI6 Confidential magazine (via MI6 HQ) about the change in tone between not just "Die Another Day" and "Casino Royale" but between "Skyfall" and his two earlier films.
The reasons for it may not be what you think, nor is it a reaction to the films that came before. Instead, it's »
- Garth Franklin
'Tis the season for gift-giving, and what better present is there for a 007 fan than the jet from the opening scene of Octopussy? The Roger Moore-manned aircraft is among the items up for auction from the James Bond collection, which is part of the Icons & Idols: Hollywood Legends sale at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills this weekend. The jet is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000. Want to travel like Bond, but don't have that kind of cash to spare? There's also a hovercraft from Die Another Day expected to go for $30,000 to $40,000, and a helicopter prop from You Only Live Twice »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
A Bond title must convey many elements of the Bond formula in just a few brief words. Glamour, danger, sexiness, international locations! Try coming up with three words that capture all these. Some Bond titles have done this amazingly well. Today, the 007 folks took a stab at with just one little word when they unveiled the title of the upcoming 24th installment in the series: “Spectre.” How does the latest name stack up? Here’s our complete ranking of Bond titles through the years: 24. Quantum of Solace “Placeholder of Something” wasn’t available? 23. Octopussy There are people who think this is the best named Bond film. We’re very glad we don’t know any of those people. 22. Goldeneye All that is gold does not glitter. Time for Mr. Bond to get a new favorite color. 21. Tomorrow Never Dies And I hear the sun will come out then too. And hey, »
- Richard Rushfield
After seeing Jada Pinkett Smith's 61-year-old mom in a bikini, you'll wanna renew that gym membership -- or pray to the aging gods that you'll end up like this.
The Gotham actress shared a Facebook photo of her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, coming out of the water like a James Bond girl (think Halle Berry in Die Another Day). Jada, 43, captioned the jaw-dropping bikini shot, writing: "Willow took this shot of her grandmother, my mother, emerging from the ocean today. She is 61!"
Photos: Hollywood's Hottest Bikini Bodies
Post by Jada Pinkett Smith.
She added, "I wanna be her when I grow up."
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The 40-something actress has quite the impressive bikini body of her own as she shared back in June. Also, did you see the nude pic she posted?!
Post by Jada Pinkett Smith.
While we've yet »
Interesting news, this. From the novel SS-gb by Len Deighton, the BBC are planning a 5-part drama with some key Bond talent of the last few years at the helm.
Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who have co-written The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall released a statement saying “Len Deighton’s SS-gb is a brilliant tale of espionage that dares to think the unthinkable, and we are very excited to be adapting it for television.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the book, we’re told it’s a 1940s-set thriller, based in an alternate reality where the Germans won the Battle of Britain, leading to a Nazi-occupied UK.
Our protagonist is a Scotland Yard detective named Archer, of presumably no relation to the spy called »
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
Palm Springs: The place to be during Oscar season. The California town’s annual film festival is a hotbed of potential nominees, actors and actresses wrangled for speciality honors that amplify existing buzz. Currently receiving accolades from Palm Springs International Film Festival: Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). Time for another name: Rosamund Pike. She costarred in "Die Another Day," "Pride & Prejudice," The Rock's "Doom," "An Education," "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but it took "Gone Girl" to finally come into her own. At least according to the Psiff, who will honor the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. "Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel 'Gone Girl’bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival »
- Matt Patches
Rosamund Pike, the British blonde beauty whose performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl has blown away critics and moviegoers alike, will receive this year's Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12. The 35-year-old is also known for her work in Die Another Day (2002), Pride & Prejudice (2005), An Education (2009) and Made in Dagenham (2010). Previous recipients of Psiff's Breakthrough Performance Award include Lupita Nyong’o (2014, for 12 Years a Slave), Carey Mulligan (2010, for An Education), Marion Cotillard (2008,
- Scott Feinberg
It's a common misconception that winning an Academy Award can significantly alter an actor's earnings or even turn them into movie star with serious box office clout. Speak to movie fans or even people who work in the industry and you'll find them making one false assumption after another. Here's one commonly heard example: Halle Berry received a per-picture salary boost after her Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball." Sure, but she'd booked her role in the blockbuster "Die Another Day" long before she took home the big prize and was already under contract for the two remaining "X-Men" movies at the time. Those two franchises had just as much to do with her landing a "Catwoman" paycheck as her Best Actress Academy Award. Moreover, winners such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Morgan Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley
One of the most common fantasy powers to have – arguably right up there with flying and super strength – is the power of invisibility. Long before Harry Potter got his invisibility cloak or Susan Storm was given the ability to make herself invisible, H.G. Wells introduced modern popular culture to the double-sided coin this power could hold. Years after Wells wrote his book “The Invisible Man,” Universal Studios adapted the story into a film with Claude Rains, which spawned several inferior sequels. Throughout the years, our fascination with invisibility continued to show, in modern versions of the story by John Carpenter (Memoirs of an Invisible Man) and Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) as well as elements of other films like the goofy sci-fi invisible Aston Martin in Die Another Day. In fact, invisibility shows up so much in movies that it got me thinking about it more than I ever did walking past the girls’ shower room while I »
- Kevin Carr
A rep for Sam Smith said the news is not confirmed yet, but the singer is reportedly in talks with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, and is said to be the "clear winner," despite Lana Del Rey's lobbying for the chance to sing a 007 theme. Sam Smith is best known for the hit song "Stay With Me" which debuted earlier this year.
We reported in September that the producers were courting pop star Rihanna for a small role in Bond 24, which lead to speculation that she may have been considered to sing the theme song as well. The last actress/singer to both appear in a 007 film and sing the theme song was Madonna in 2002's Die Another Day.
I do not keep up to date on the modern pop music charts. I could not tell you who is popular or what album is selling. I listen to show tunes, people. That is my life. I do, however, love the James Bond franchise. Whether the films take a gritty approach or a campy one, I am usually on board for whatever situation 007 finds himself in, despite the myriad of truly troubling philosophies the films can have. One thing I have always liked about the Bond franchise is the opening title sequence. As I talked about in my Saul Bass article yesterday, the title sequence is a dying art I do not want to go away. Bond is one of the few places we still get inventive, dazzling title sequences. Some terrific songs accompany those sequences, like "Goldfinger", "Live and Let Die", and "Nobody Does it Better". Well, a selection »
- Mike Shutt
The writer revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that he actually performed a similar polish on 2012's Skyfall, but he didn't receive screen credit for his work. Here's what he had to say about his contributions to the Bond 24 script.
"You know, like Bond doesn't have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men-he doesn't sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that."
John Logan was initially brought on to write the script, with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written previous 007 adventures The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, later brought in to rewrite the script back in June, when production was pushed to this December. »
The man who was Q, John Cleese, reckons that money has ruined the James Bond series...
John Cleese has form in the James Bond movies. He ascended to the role of Q in Die Another Day, and was originally expected to return to the part. However, Pierce Brosnan departed the world of Bond, the reboot came in, Daniel Craig got the role, and things went back to the start for Bond. Only now has Ben Whishaw been introduced as the new Q.
In a new interview to promote his autobiography, Cleese was asked what he thought of Whishaw's take on Q. But as it turns out, he's not seen it. Cleese said that he didn't watch Skyfall "because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies".
He continued, telling Shortlist that "two things went wrong: the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what »
John Cleese has criticised the direction of the new James Bond films.
The actor - who played long-time Q actor Desmond Llewelyn's assistant in The World is Not Enough and his replacement in Die Another Day - complained that the comedy has gone out of the classic spy franchise.
"I didn't see [Skyfall], because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies," the Monty Python legend told Shortlist.
"Two things went wrong - the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn't figure out what they were about, and the action scenes, which are supposed to make the adrenaline run, go on far too long.
"They discovered these movies were popular in places such as the Philippines and South Korea, and so they dropped the humour because no one there is going to understand jokes about the English class system. They're financially incredibly clever, as the take goes up by $100m every movie, »
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
French actress Léa Seydoux has signed on to play a femme fatale in Bond 24, according to a new report from The Daily Mail. The actress is reportedly set to meet co-stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw for a script rehearsal in late November, with production scheduled to begin in six weeks. Before the rehearsal, the actress will meet with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for a series of camera, costume and makeup tests to determine her look for the movie.
We reported in August that Léa Seydoux was being eyed by director Sam Mendes to play Miranda Frost, a character played by Rosamund Pike in the 2002 adventure Die Another Day, which was Pierce Brosnan's last turn as 007. It hasn't been confirmed if the actress is, in fact, playing Miranda Frost or not. It is also unclear if this is the »
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