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The first two Austin Powers films are pretty spectacular 007 parodies, setting the bar for a lot of comedies in the late '90s. Even with Wayne's World (just forget about Love Guru), these films have been the defining projects of Mike Myers' career, with many classic jokes living on in daily conversation two decades later.
The third film, Austin Powers in Goldmember, which I felt was the least successful and most repetitive, did leave the plot at an odd point, with Austin Powers and Dr. Evil joining forces as brothers, leaving Scott Evil (Seth Green) to carry on his father's legacy. There hasn't been an Austin Powers film in fifteen years, so is the franchise dead and buried? Or just frozen in cyrosleep until the hero is needed again?
The Hollywood Reporter did a piece of the legacy of Austin Powers, which included interviews with both Director Jay Roach »
- Nick Doll
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.
Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”
The nothing-is-sacred »
- Tim Gray
It’s a bit of a mystery (pun intended) as to why we haven’t seen Austin Powers 4 yet. Admittedly, Mike Myers is far from the bona fide box office star he was back in the late 80s and into the 90s, but all three films in the series did quite well upon release, pleasing audiences and turning a pretty decent profit for the studio. Still, a fourth instalment has never come to fruition and though it is getting to be a bit too late for it to happen now, Myers is still interested.
The last outing for the franchise, Austin Powers in Goldmember, debuted back in 2002, but as Myers tells The Hollywood Reporter, he’s still up for another one.
“I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father’s death. But to have that turn into something that »
- Mark Cassidy
His recent political leanings aside, Sir Michael Caine remains one of the surviving legends of British and indeed American cinema of the last fifty years, and this weekend’s Going in Style–a heist caper directed by none other than Scrubs‘ Zach Braff–sees him share top billing with fellow aged legend Morgan Freeman for what seems the first time in a while. Over recent years the iconic British figure–known for his slick Cockney accent which bore fruit with numerous catchphrases in more than one seminal British film–has become more widely known to audiences as a character actor, heavily used in Christopher Nolan’s body of work since appearing as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins.
So began a certain career resurgence for the man born Maurice Micklewhite under the sound of bow bells, but as Sir Michael–now into his 80’s »
- Tony Black
Apparently the Grammy-winner is yet to make a decision about whether to join the project due to her pregnancy, although the studio and director Jon Favreau are reportedly very keen for her to take on the role, and are willing to work around her schedule in order to secure her participation.
The remake of the 1994 animated classic is being fast-tracked into production by Disney, and will see Donald Glover lending his voice to Simba, while James Earl Jones will once again voice Simba’s father Mufasa.
- Gary Collinson
Beyoncé Knowles is such a potent and popular musical artist that it's easy to forget her past performances as an actress in a variety of movies. While still a member of singing group Destiny's Child, she made her film debut opposite Mike Myers in the comedy sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). After the group broke up in 2006 and her emergence as a solo artist, Knowles continued acting in movies such as The Pink Panther … … Dreamgirls … … Obsessed … … and Cadillac Records. Now she may be tackling another high-profile project. She is director Jon Favreau's top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming new version of Disney's The Lion King, according to Variety. Whether she takes on the role...
- Peter Martin
Author: Scott Davis
Is one of the world’s biggest pop stars set to lend her vocals to the upcoming remake of The Lion King? If Disney gets their wish it looks very likely as news from Variety suggests Beyonce is the first choice to voice Nala in Jon Favreau’s new version of the classic animation.
There is no official deal just yet but the singer is director Favreau’s first choice for the role, which would see her take over the role from Moira Kelly and Sally Dworsky, who voiced and sung in the 1994 film. If she takes the role, she would join Donald Glover (Han Solo), who voices Simba, and James Earl Jones who returns to play Mufasa.
- Scott Davis
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is currently taking the world box-office by storm. The film is a live-action remake of the animated classic, the latest in a long line of proposed reworks. The House of Mouse is now currently working on bringing the likes of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and The Lion King, to life.
The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau, who has already delivered Disney a colossal hit with last year’s The Jungle Book. Work is currently underway on casting; both Simba and Mufasa have already been cast. Donald Glover is Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa. The next key character Favreau is looking for is Simba’s gal-pal-turned-girlfriend, Nala. Variety are reporting that his shortlist for the role is very short, with the actor / director setting his sights firmly on Beyonce.
The female mega-star is currently pregnant with twins, »
- Kat Hughes
Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.
Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the role yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.
Watch Beyonce’s Stunning Performance »
- Justin Kroll
Exploring the director’s fascination with spying.
The cinema of Steven Spielberg is one that’s built around fascination and a need to understand. As a director he is an explorer, but not one interested in unearthing grand artifacts, rather one in search of intimate treasures, an explorer of explorers, so to speak, someone to whom the process of discovery is much more interesting than the discoveries themselves.
As such, his films are rife with surveillance, characters spying on or otherwise surreptitiously watching other characters, tracking their behavior, their actions, their being, for the purposes of gathering information, good and bad. Think of the Nazis on the trail of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark peering over newspapers, or the future crime detectives in Minority Report scanning time for illegalities, or the government scientists after E.T. creeping about suburbia.
Spielberg is constantly exploring surveillance and the various mindsets behind it, and »
- H. Perry Horton
When it comes to celebrity hair stylists, Kim Kimble is the real deal. After working with stars for two decades, the pro showed no signs of slowing in 2016 when she crafted what were arguably the year’s most talked-about coifs: Beyoncé’s Superbowl curls and MTV Vma’s braid as well as more than 20 awe-inspiring looks for Lemonade. And as if being one of Queen Bey’s go-to hair gurus wasn’t enough to fill up her 2016 to-do list, she also taped season five of her We TV’s hit series L.A. Hair (which premieres January 5) and capped off December »
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