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Simon Brew May 5, 2017
Pierce Brosnan looks back on his time as James Bond, and reveals "I wanted Bond to get a little more gritty"...
For such a maligned movie, I still maintain that the opening half hour or so of Pierce Brosnan’s final James Bond adventure, Die Another Day, opens the door to a far more interesting movie than the one we got. We see a Bond captured, out of action for over a year, and with the kind of facial hair that’s a well known movie shortcut for saying here’s a character who’s not on top form.
By the back end of the film, we’d had invisible cars and ice chases, of course, and despite the sizeable amount of cash that Die Another Day made, Eon Productions opted to reboot, bringing Daniel Craig »
As fans wait to see who'll control the James Bond franchise next, with a bidding war recently starting between five different studios, Eon Productions is trying to lock down their next director, as they also wait for Daniel Craig to commit to the movie as well. With Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes long since bowing out, the producers are meeting with filmmakers, including Irish director Paul McGuigan, who is considered to be a top candidate for the job. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade are currently working on the script.
IndieWire broke the news of Paul McGuigan being in contention for the directorial gig, but it isn't known at this time what other contenders are also being considered. Eon Productions was reportedly so impressed with his work in the upcoming Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, »
If Ian Fleming’s world-famous spy developed a curious case of stage fright in the immediate aftermath of Spectre – ongoing issues with the James Bond film rights and Daniel Craig’s contract have resulted in a prolonged and, frankly, perplexing pre-production process for Bond 25 – we’re beginning to see the early signs of a 007 comeback.
There are still obstacles to overcome, but now that MGM and Eon have sparked a creative bidding war over the franchise’s rights – a bidding war that reportedly involves five parties: Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Annapurna and Sony – fleeting morsels of information are beginning to infiltrate the interwebs. IndieWire has the latest report, one which claims that longtime series producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have drawn up a shortlist of potential directors. So far, only one name has emerged online: Paul McGuigan, the filmmaker best known for Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein, »
- Michael Briers
Rosamund Pike is set to portray another real-life figure. The Oscar-nominated actress will play American war reporter Marie Colvin in an untitled film, Deadline reports. Pike was last seen in Amma Asante’s politically-charged biographical interracial romance “A United Kingdom” playing Ruth Williams, the white, British wife of King Seretse Khama of Botswana.
Colvin “worked in conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001,” the source writes. She “wore a distinctive eye patch after that, [and] died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.”
Slated to begin production in October in the UK and Middle East, the pic is based on “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” a 2012 Vanity Fair article written by Marie Brenner. Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script, and Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) will direct.
According to Deadline, the feature is being “produced by Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Kamala Films’ Marissa McMahon, as well as Denver & Delilah Films” with Erica Lee serving as exec producer. The source doesn’t mention Charlize Theron, who was initially reported to be producing the project. She’s still listed on the film’s IMDb page.
The Marie Colvin film isn’t the only high-profile project in the works about a woman documenting international conflict. Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey Addario in an upcoming adaptation of Addario’s best-selling memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” and Kate Winslet is set to portray American photographer Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled movie. Miller’s photos documented the events and effects of WWII, including the London Blitz and concentration camps.
You can still catch “A United Kingdom” in theaters.
Rosamund Pike Signs on to Play War Reporter Marie Colvin was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Assorted recommendations inspired by the multifarious sequel.Sorry, Marky Mark, but you’ve already got a car-based franchise.
By the time you’re done watching The Fate of the Furious, you’re likely to have forgotten some of its distinctly differing parts. The sequel begins as one thing then becomes another and another and another, delivering a thrilling mix of action sequences that don’t quite fit together as a fluid and cohesive whole.
I was reminded of a number of dissimilar movies while watching the eighth Fast and the Furious installment, so this week’s list of recommendations could be an even more mixed assortment than usual. But I have no interest in prescribing bad-tasting medicine like The Game Plan in response to Dwayne Johnson’s soccer dad scene. I’m also ignoring Jason Statham’s cheeky insult reminding Johnson and us all of his dumb Hercules movie.
Instead of going with the usual chronological trip »
- Christopher Campbell
Tony Black on how Fast & Furious owes a debt to 80s and 90s action movies…
You may have avoided the Fast & Furious franchise. I did, for ages. To me it was nothing more than ‘car porn’, full of slick machismo, bad dialogue and poorer plot choices. 2008’s semi-reboot Fast & Furious began a steady change across the next decade which stands as one of the most remarkable in any franchise in blockbuster cinematic history – what started as a B-movie car film from a Z-grade director, taking a title from a little known 50’s B-picture, evolved into a blend of The Italian Job, James Bond, and every single 80’s & 90’s action film with a cheesy hero and a shit ton of explosions you can imagine.
- Tony Black
The eight-movie, 16-year history of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is nothing less than the story of Hollywood filmmaking in the 21st century. As a scrappy, overachieving summer blockbuster has exploded into a series of bi-annual box office behemoths, the continuing adventures of Dominic Toretto have come to serve as an incredibly lucid chronicle of the transition from analog action to digital spectacle, and of how a hyper-localized star system gave way to our internationally focused age of branding. No other series in recent memory has taken so many sharp turns over the years, and no other series has been able to survive so many flat tires thanks to the sheer power of family.
With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to roll into theaters, we’ve decided to place the film in its proper context by ranking each installment of the saga from worst to best. Buckle up. »
- David Ehrlich
The family revs up for yet another ride as the eighth movie in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” hits theaters on Friday. And the reviews are officially in — what are the critics saying about “Fate of the Furious”?
The early critical response to the action-adventure is somewhat mixed. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman praised the entry as a “dazzling action spectacle that proves this franchise is far from out of gas.” On the other side of the spectrum, Indiewire’s David Ehrlich called it the worst movie in the franchise, “an empty shell of its former self that disrespects its own proud heritage at every turn.”
Two new additions to the series, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, scored positive notices from critics. Gleiberman praised Theron as “an ace villain,” while Screen Daily’s David D’Arcy called out Mirren’s “delightful turn” as Deckard’s mom (it’s worth noting, »
- Alex Stedman
Given that Furious 7 has been the best entry in Universal’s juggernaut franchise to date, The Fate of the Furious was always going to have a rough road ahead of it. Living up to James Wan’s film is no easy feat, and it seems that director F. Gary Gray hasn’t managed to reach quite the same heights as his predecessor did. We know this because the movie premiered last night in New York City and now, the first batch of reviews have raced online.
IndieWire‘s put together some of the more notable ones, which you can check out below. On the whole, though, they’re not terribly positive. The site’s own verdict was that The Fate of the Furious is “the worst of these films since ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ and it may be even worse than that. It’s the ‘Die Another Day’ of its franchise — an empty, »
- Josh Wilding
After earning its strongest reviews yet with 2015’s “Furious 7,” it appears the “Fast and Furious” franchise might be losing some critical momentum. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls “The Fate of the Furious” “the worst of these films since ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’ and it may be even worse than that. It’s the ‘Die Another Day’ of its franchise — an empty, generic shell of its former self that disrespects its own proud heritage at every turn.”
Much more positive is Owen Gleiberman of Variety:
“‘The Fate of the Furious’ is nothing more than pulp done smart, but scene for scene it’s elegant rather than bombastic, and it packs a heady escapist wallop. The fact that it’s the first film in the series to have been made after the death »
- Michael Nordine
The first 10 minutes of “The Fate of the Furious” have everything that you could ever ask for in a “Fast and the Furious” movie, or any other movie for that matter. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) swaggers through the streets of Havana, tasting the local flavor as a bass-heavy Cuban pop song bangs on the soundtrack. The sun is shining, the cars are classics, and the girls are wearing hot pink thongs that make their butts pop off the screen like they’ve been post-converted into 3D. It’s like someone threw a Pitbull video and forgot to invite him.
Then, as Dom comes across a weirdly well-organized group of local auto fetishists, he finds his younger cousin being antagonized by the baddest guy in town. But there’s an easy solution to this problem. You see, Dom lives by a code, and that code is simple: “All human conflict can »
- David Ehrlich
Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on what could have been.
After two years of speculation, it seems like the question of who will be the seventh actor to take on the iconic role in the long-running film series will have to go on the back burner. Last Monday, the New York Post gossip section published an article citing multiple sources that reported that current Bond actor Daniel Craig is in the final stages of negotiating a return to his most iconic role. If true, it would mark a pretty serious change of tune for Craig, who, in an oft quoted Time Out interview from October 2015, responded to the question of his returning to do another Bond movie thusly: “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All »
- Ciara Wardlow
We still don’t know whether Daniel Craig will be returning as 007 in Bond 25, but it seems that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are officially on board for the next instalment of the long-running spy series, according to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail.
Writers #nealpurvis & #robertwade hired to write story for #Bond25. #DanielCraig still deciding whether he will do it pic.twitter.com/AyF0JlFUV6
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) March 9, 2017
Purvis and Wade have been ever-presents in the Bond franchise since 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, contributing to the scripts for Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre (the duo initially announced they would not be working on Spectre, but were ultimately brought in to polish John Logan’s screenplay).
- Gary Collinson
It always seems like quite the struggle to get every third film in the James Bond franchise underway. After the lukewarm reception of 2008’s Quantum of Solace, the production of Skyfall was suspended for a while due to MGM’s own financial issues in 2010, and now on the heels of another lukewarm film in Spectre, it seems pretty slow going for the project.
Of course, one of the chief questions from all of this has been the involvement of Daniel Craig. The dude made no attempt to hide his disdain at the time for playing the shallow MI6 agent. During the promotion circuit, he famously stated he would rather slash his wrists than do another Bond film. That was comment that was slightly taken out of context. Craig likely meant he didn’t want to go immediately from one film to the next, and that he was and in later interviews, »
- Joseph Medina
When video killed the radio star in 1981 with the launch of MTV, music videos became a vital part of promotion for artists.
Thanks to a video from Coinage, Time Inc.’s new personal finance video franchise, we now know exactly how much cash went into creating some of the most expensive music videos of all time.
Here is the top 7:
Gwen Stefani made history when she filmed the first live music video in TV history at the Grammys. »
- Brianne Tracy
It is still a little unclear exactly who is going to be playing James Bond in the next edition of the classic spy franchise, but James Bond 25 has just taken a very reassuring step forward. The writing duo of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have signed on to write the next movie, who also wrote Spectre and several other Bond movies. When it comes to Daniel Craig and whether or not he'll be back with a Walther Ppk in his hand and a mission on his mind, that's another story.
The news comes courtesy of journalist Baz Bamigboye, who writes for The Daily Mail. He took to his Twitter account recently to declare that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have officially signed on to write the follow-up to Spectre. That should be somewhat assuring to long-time 007 fans, as they have been a staple of the franchise since The World is Not Enough »
It’s Friday and I’m feeling a bit salty, so here’s a hot take: the only great James Bond movie Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written is “Casino Royale.” The duo have been franchise mainstays, penning the last half dozen 007 adventures (“The World Is Not Enough,” “Die Another Day,” “Casino Royale,” “Quantum Of Solace,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre“), and clearly producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G.
Continue reading Writers Of Last Six 007 Movies Returning For ‘Bond 25’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to a report relayed by the Daily Mail, Purvis and Wade have been officially approached to pen the next installment in the iconic spy series, which would take their total James Bond tally to seven following work on Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough. While unconfirmed, recruiting Purvis and Wade for James Bond’s next globetrotting mission certainly makes a lot of sense – even if Quantum of Solace and Spectre failed to resonate with critics quite like Skyfall and the rather excellent Casino Royale.
The big question now is, of course, whether Daniel Craig will pick up the license to kill for a fifth (and final?) time. Co-star Naomie Harris believes there’s a “very good chance” that Craig will get back in the hot seat, »
- Michael Briers
"If you're gunna catch Dom, you're gunna need a little help." One month to go. Universal has revealed a second trailer for The Fate of the Furious, or Fast & Furious 8, directed by F. Gary Gray (of Straight Outta Compton most recently). After the massive success of Furious 7 in 2015, this franchise continues to roll with Vin Diesel at the wheel. Also starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, plus two newcomers: Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron as the seductive "Cipher". I'm still not really into this series. After the last one I expect them to be cheesy, but this is just crazy. The ice scene makes me think of Die Another Day, and that's not a good thing. Enjoy anyway. Here's the second trailer (+ poster) for F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, »
- Alex Billington
Hard-working British actress, Rosamund Pike, has remained quite visible in a number of films since her breakout role as “Bond girl” Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. Despite the vast number of films she’s appeared in, Pike only started to really get recognition on these shores when she starred in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, for which Pike received an Oscar nomination.
In between, she could be seen in a wide variety of films that include Pride and Prejudice, Doom, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher. After a maternity break, Pike is reunited with another star from that latter film, David Oyelowo, for A United Kingdom from director Amma Assante (Belle).
In the film, Pike plays Ruth Williams, a British working class woman in the ‘40s, who encounters Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, who happens to be the heir to the king’s thrown of Bechuenaland, »
- Edward Douglas
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