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At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running movie series in the history of cinema, and over the course of its 24-film tenure, has managed to rank #3 in the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time (behind Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). Its iconic status and immense popularity categorically cannot be denied, yet at the same time, it’s not exactly had a consistent track record over the years, with the various changing-up of actors and creative strategies making for countless Bond moments fans would rather just forget (and no, this isn’t just picking on the Roger Moore years).
These poor decisions made viewers wince and cringe rather than feel the thrill of the spy’s best efforts: this includes poorly-cast Bond girls, behind-the-scenes issues which hampered creativity, unsavoury cameos, tonal problems, dubious disguises, bad CGI, and some awful directorial decisions. So egregious were some of »
- Jack Pooley
Fans know Ben Affleck as an Oscar-winning filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and one hot husband and doting dad. A lesser-known talent? "When we first were doing makeup tests I thought, 'This guy could be a standup comedian,' " says Affleck's Gone Girl costar Rosamund Pike. "He has characters and impersonations ... accents. He quickly crystallizes you." The two star together as husband and wife in perhaps this fall's most anticipated film, director David Fincher's adaptation of author Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel about a marriage gone very wrong. The film opens Oct. 3. "He's so good in the film. You watch »
- Jennifer Garcia, @JenGarciaAllen
Written by Gillian Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
There’s something rotten in the state of Missouri, as one man’s wife has gone missing and he takes on the role of primary suspect, looking guiltier with every grimace. David Fincher’s latest film is Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel from Gillian Flynn. It’s a film that festers and feels dead inside, but imbued with a lively pessimism, a stinging bitterness. It’s one of Fincher’s best films in years.
Fincher is an expert chemist when it comes to concocting the nastiest tales of cynicism and darkness. Gone Girl may not be the culmination of his efforts to date, but it’s undoubtedly a sinister piece of work. There’s an oppressive air within the film, from its meticulously created soundscape and score (from Fincher alums Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) to its plasticized aesthetic. »
- Kyle Turner
Rosamund Pike burst on to the scene as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day back in 2002, and has since explored roles as diverse as Jane in Pride and Prejudice and Queen Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans.
Her newest role may be her most eye-catching, playing Amy opposite Ben Affleck's Nick in David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. She told Digital Spy that she relishes playing provocative characters, but why she has "to disappear for a while" after this movie.
The film centres around the disappearance of Amy Elliott-Dunne (Pike). Her husband Nick (Affleck) becomes the chief suspect, as the investigation begins to reveal unsavoury truths from the couple's past.
Hong Kong – New Zealand has picked the Maori-language “The Dead Lands” as its contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language Oscar section.
It stars James Rolleston (“Boy,” “The Dark Horse”), Lawrence Makoare (“Die Another Day,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”), Te Kohe Tuhaka (“Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business”), George Henare (“Once Were Warriors”), Xavier Horan (“The Dark Horse”) and Rena Owen (“Once Were Warriors”).
Magnet Releasing will release the film in the Us. Transmission Films will release it widely in New Zealand on Oct. 30, having previously given it a low-key Oscar qualifying run Sept. 11-17. International sales are handled by Xyz Films.
- Patrick Frater
“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken
When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys in 2008’s Taken, he was not just introducing himself to those who had nixed his daughter’s attempt to stalk U2 guitarist The Edge. He was inaugurating a new action hero archetype built of aged wisdom and burrowed brawn, the middle-aged vigilante assassin. (Vigilante applied here because as “one who undertakes law enforcement with legal authority,” while “assassin” fits to associations of precise violent skills.)
The success of Neeson’s mission as ex-cia guy Mills, that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars Taken took, confirmed the vitality of a middle-aged vigilante assassin, »
- Nick Allen
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
To celebrate the release of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Black Sails, out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th September 2014, we have a copy on DVD up for grabs!
Black Sails is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and stars Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Zach McGowen (Dracula Untold). From cut-throat action down to the drama and tantalising scenery, this show is one that demands to be consumed in quick succession. This is a certified binge show, once you start you won’t stop until you reach the end.
“Commendably gritty, down and dirty” – The Scotsman
Watch the UK trailer: http://bit.ly/1lVof0y Available to pre-order on DVD & Blu-ray today: http://amzn.to/1nNSOFh
To win Black Sails on DVD just answer the following question:
Which of the following was also directed by Neil Marshall? Is it:
- Phil Wheat
The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast. The action drama, co-produced by Cinemax and the UK's Sky 1, resumed production on its fourth and final season, following a brief hiatus caused by star Sullivan Stapleton getting injured away from the set. For the final year, Stapleton, Philip Winchester and the rest of the returning crew (including Robson Green, Michelle Lukes and Milauna Jackson as members of British special forces unit Section 20) will be joined by a set of actors with impressive action bonafides: * Michelle Yeoh, one of the greatest action stars ever produced by international cinema, and star of one of the best action movies ever made ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); * Dustin Clare from Starz's very violent "Spartacus" franchise (plus fellow "Spartacus" alum Christian Antidormi); * Adrian Paul, who brandished a sword many times as star of the »
- Alan Sepinwall
The family comedy comes from Outnumbered creators Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, and brings the spirit of the BBC sitcom to the big screen with Pike and Tennant playing parents taking their kids up to Scotland for grandpa Gordy's (Billy Connolly) birthday.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Pike revealed that it was Jenkin and Hamilton's script's ability to tap into the "magic of childhood" that convinced her to jump on board.
"You do start off on a story you think you've got a handle on, then it just goes to these extraordinary places," Pike said of the comedy, which surprises with a bittersweet blend of humour, warmth and tragedy.
"I like the fact it's a film where the adults »
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Plot: A former CIA agent (Brosnan) who is nicknamed after a month of the year is rehired for one last bizarre mission.
Who’S It For? Nothing else to see and like action standards? Maybe you’ll like a matinee showing of The November Man.
Pierce Brosnan was a good James Bond. Regardless of what may be said about the films within his stint as the famous secret agent, he wore the uniform well, spoke the lines, and did it with finesse. In a business sense: he was a good employee, but he was not a part of any big movements within the series, aside from starring in an action movie about the news (Tomorrow Never Dies) or that one time he surfed a »
- Nick Allen
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
Pierce Brosnan‘s spy thriller “November Man” is getting the jump on the Labor Day weekend at the box office with its Wednesday opening. Espionage action films are familiar turf for Brosnan, who played the iconic 007 in the James Bond movies “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day” more than a decade ago In the Relativity Media-distributed “November Man,” he plays former CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who is lured out of retirement for a final mission to protect a key witness (former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) in a case involving Russian war crimes. That puts him. »
- Todd Cunningham
Liam Neeson will be back on the big screen as Bryan Mills in Taken 3 next January, Arnold Schwarzenegger has Terminator: Genisys coming out in Summer 2015, and Sylvester Stallone is training in anticipation of Rambo 5 being his next movie. That is to say, being part of the 60 and Over Club is far from a problem for established action stars nowadays. Heck, Denzel Washington joins that club this December and yet his upcoming vehicle The Equalizer could give the Oscar-winner his first action franchise.
Click to continue reading Pierce Brosnan Thriller ‘November Man’ Has a Sequel in Development
- Sandy Schaefer
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 »
A happy 56th birthday to the Queen Herself. I was out for drinks with two friends the other night (Hi, Sue & Jordan!) and somehow the conversation turned to Madonna -- I can't remember how it got there -- and the Best Actress for Evita Golden Globe was discussed. 'Her one shot at an Oscar' ...but then of course she wasn't nominated. (1996 was an overstuffed year in Best Actress of course but even if it hadn't been, The Academy probably would have resisted.) But of course it wasn't her only shot at Oscar. They've snubbed her repeatedly in that Best Original Song category though two songs she sang but didn't write won the actual gold man ("Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy by Stephen Sondheim and "You Must Love Me" from Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber).
Her original songs from the movies in preference order:
"Into the Groove »
- NATHANIEL R
To mark the release of The Love Punch on 18th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) this cheerful film stars a cast of iconic British comedy greats; BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks, Nanny McPhee), as loving mother Kate; Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), as businessman Richard; Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as dotty Penelope; and Timothy Spall (Enchanted, Harry Potter) as neighbour and friend Jerry.
Richard and Kate are a divorced couple whom their best friends and neighbours, Jerry and Penelope, would love to see get back together. As Richard is about to retire, he learns that his company is under investigation. Thanks to an unscrupulous financier at the bank, his pension fund has now been siphoned away. Richard vows to fix the situation and persuades Kate »
Now that Bond 24 is back on track, and will start shooting in December, following a short delay due to script issues, the focus has returned to casting this action-packed sequel. A new report claims that Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is the top choice for the female lead, opposite Daniel Craig as 007.
While no specific character details have surfaced, Schmoes Know reports that the actress may be playing Miranda Frost, a character originally portrayed by Rosamund Pike in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond adventure, 2002's Die Another Day. Here's what a casting breakdown revealed about the character.
"Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."
This version of Miranda Frost is said to be much different than Rosamund Pike's incarnation, but it still isn't clear if this is the role that Léa Seydoux is being pursued for. In Die Another Day, »
The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for »
- Perri Nemiroff
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