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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.
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- 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
Bond 24 is in the process of gearing up for production. The last we heard was that Skyfall co-writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, were brought on to polish up the script with some humor. The latest news comes from Schmoes Know, who say that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Blue is the Warmest Color) is the top choice to take on the female lead opposite Daniel Craig in the film.
There's no official word on who she would play in the film if this rumor turns out to be true, but the site does speculate that the character is Miranda Frost. A source close to the production revealed earlier this year that producers were looking for the following: "Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent." According to the site their source said that this was the breakdown for the Frost character, who first appeared »
- Joey Paur
"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lately, there has been next to no news about Bond 24, which is currently set to arrive next November, but that may be changing in the coming weeks now that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been recruited to punch up writer John Logan‘s script, a reversal of the situation on Skyfall, where Logan was enlisted to tweak a treatment by Purvis and Wade. Despite the massive success of Skyfall, the still untitled Bond 24, which director Sam Mendes calls a continuation of the last film, has been a long time coming. Now, we’re hearing that producers may finally be zeroing in on a new Bond Girl.
According to Schmoes Know, which has broken some big scoops and been right in the past, the producers want Lea Seydoux, who drew raves for her explicit breakout turn in the French lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color, to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan longs for the iconic spy’s coolness…
Speaking to DuJour magazine, Pierce Brosnan admitted recently that he’s fairly envious of his former 007.
"I just wish I was as cool as they are," said the former James Bond of his various action movie characters. "If I got into a fight in a bar, I'd miss the dude by miles. I wouldn't know how to connect. It would be a comedy."
It’s okay Pierce, we think you’re pretty cool. We even dedicated thousands of words to your best films not too long ago.
Rather than stewing in his local bar trying to order the perfect martini or staying at home weeping over the Die Another Day DVD, Brosnan will get another bite of the suave coolness cherry in The November Man later this month (it hits cinemas August 27), a spy-thriller which got its first trailer recently. »
Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
Comings (24?) and goings (Bones?) were the hot topics as Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, ahead of Dana Walden and Gary Newman officially seizing the reins later this month.
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Following 24‘s successful and recently wrapped revival — which premiered to numbers larger than many of the action-drama’s previous openers — Rice seems to think there’s a good chance we’ll see another edition down the line.
“I loved this year’s season of 24,” he said. »
Party girl or police officer? God-fearing or godless?
These are just a few of the casting questions being considered by the producers of Fox’s upcoming reality “experiment” Utopia (premiering Sunday, Sept. 7 at 8/7c) — and we’ve got an exclusive first look video featuring some of the show’s potential “pioneers.”
Utopia, from reality producer John de Mol, is being described by Fox as “a groundbreaking social experiment” that will drop 15 Americans into an undeveloped location to create their own civilization; it’s »
So how come Cali Szczawinski, owner of Meson De Mesilla Hotel and Restaurant in Las Cruces, Nm, refuses to drop the mic and quit interrupting her guests’ meals with her singing?
Press Play below as host/taskmaster Gordon Ramsay fills an expressionless Cali’s ears with direct, honest feedback from her customers. (I don’t know about you, but now I »
Fox’s 24: Live Another Day wrapped its run on Monday night with a best-since-premiere audience of 6.5 million total viewers paired with a 1.7 demo rating, rising 8 and 21 percent week-to-week.
TVLine readers gave the season-ender an average grade of “A-.”
Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (5.4 mil/1.8) dipped two tenths.
ABC’s Bachelorette (6.6 mil/1.7) shed a few eyeballs and a tenth in the demo, while Mistresses (3.7 mil/0.9) was flat.
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The CW’s Backpackers premiered to 600,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating, while Seed debuted »
Jack Bauer was birthed in the shadow of terrorism, but in this latest revival — titled “24: Live Another Day” — he wound up re-fighting the Cold War. Although I was initially cool to the idea of dragging the character out of retirement — even in a truncated, 12-hour format — the final episodes gradually won me over, or like a good enhanced interrogation, wore down my defenses. Chalk that up in part to the shortened run, but primarily to the performance by William Devane, who returned to the series promoted to President of the United States.
Historically, past seasons of “24″ began to follow a familiar pattern: Starting out like gangbusters, drifting into Silly-ville in the middle and then rallying, at least somewhat, in the closing flourish. Halving the show’s episodic order didn’t completely trump the storytelling challenges, but it did bring crispness to the home stretch, since the series had to »
- Brian Lowry
Sonny Miller, known in the surfing world as one of the best cameramen around and who worked on Alcon Entertainment’s remake Point Break for a few days in February, has died of a heart attack, it was confirmed by an Alcon spokeswoman. Miller was 53. He was a specialist in filming in the water and surf, and he worked on Die Another Day and on the surf movie Blue Crush. He was best known for his masterful camera maneuvers for such surf films as The Search, Tripping The Planet, and Searching For Tom Curren, about the legendary surfer. He first began […] »
Before Bond 24 goes into production, it looks like the script is going to get a polish. Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been brought back on board to work on the script that was written by John Logan. The two screenwriters have a history with Bond and have worked on the scripts for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum Of Solace.
According to Daily Mail, this has been causing some issues behind the scenes, and will delay production. A source had this to say to say about it:
"Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted."
Apparently one of the main reasons producers have asked Purvis and Wade to come back was to "punch »
- Joey Paur
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes came on board last July for the 24th film in the franchise along with Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at that point that they had locked in release dates for the yet-to-be titled film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is the top grosser in the franchise with $1.1 billion worldwide, the best DVD/Blu-Ray seller and the all-time best performer at the U.K. box office. It also won Oscars »
- Dave McNary
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