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With the release of Spectre creeping ever closer, Bond fans can almost taste that Martini. 007’s twenty fourth outing is more eagerly anticipated than any that have come before it, but we should remind ourselves that the same was probably said for half the films on this list prior to their release, yet every single one of them turned out to be huge slap in the face.
Some actors make bad films for a big pay day, others are let down by their directors and supporting cast. But, whatever reason a project has for going awry, sometimes even the biggest stars just have to hold their hands up and say “yeah, that sucked, sorry about that”.
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The Plot: A modern day kid named Calvin Fuller is mysteriously transported to King Arthur’s court during what he believes »
- Phil Archbold
StudioCanal has officially announced the details for Hannibal: The Complete Third Season, which is set for release in the UK on October 19th.
From Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), Hugh Dancy (King Arthur), Caroline Dhavernas (Hollywoodland), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Laurence Fishburne (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). Season Three is the final season after the show’s cancellation by NBC earlier this year.
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The dark and haunting series Hannibal returns for a third season, revealing the fates of characters hanging in the balance, and the continuing psychological cat and mouse games they face. After the shocking events of the season two finale, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe—accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson)—sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite.
As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy »
- Scott J. Davis
London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.
The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »
- Leo Barraclough
Village Roadshow Pictures has renewed its $US750 million film production facility, which finances films co-produced with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and other major distributors. Its 2016 release slate includes Grimsby, which stars Sasha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong, directed by Louis Leterrier; David Yates. Tarzan, with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson; Paul Feig.s Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig;. and Guy Ritchie.s King Arthur, featuring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
The first titles confirmed for 2017 are The Equalizer 2, which will star Denzel Washington and has no director attached yet, and Steven Spielberg.s Ready Player One, adapted from the Ernie Cline novel set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager »
- Staff writer
After much speculation, Neil Calloway looks at some runners and riders to be the next 007…
This week came the frankly ridiculous news that David Beckham was being lined up to be the next James Bond. Now, it could be true, or it could just be that the British tabloid the Daily Star needed a front page, and one of their journalists noticed that Beckham had shot cameos for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming King Arthur movie. I know which I think is more likely.
As Bond has never been called on to take a free kick from just outside the box, it is fair to say that Beckham will not be donning a tuxedo and driving an Aston Martin anytime soon, but as the release of Spectre draws near, it’s worth looking at who will eventually replace Daniel Craig as 007.
Much has been made of »
- Neil Calloway
When the latest James Bond adventure Spectre hits theaters this fall, it will mark the fourth time Daniel Craig has played the iconic secret agent, following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Daniel Craig hinted in a recent interview that his days as Bond may be numbered, although he wouldn't confirm one way or another if Spectre will be his last performance as 007. If that does turn out to be true, it seems there may be another candidate lying in wait to replace him, none other than soccer star-turned-actor David Beckham.
A new report from Mirror.uk reveals that the 40-year-old David Beckham is "seriously considering" putting himself in contention for the role, after his fans suggested that he should be the next James Bond. He recently made his big-screen debut in Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as a projectionist, and he will have a much bigger »
No, that's not Charlie Hunnam's selfie - it's a picture of Sean Craig, a guy who bears quite the resemblance to the Sons of Anarchy star. In an Instagram photo that definitely makes you do a double take, Sean snapped a picture of himself in front of his TV, with Charlie as Jax Teller in the background. Kind of crazy, right? We reached out to Sean to see what it's like to be the actor's doppelgänger. "At first I didn't like it, because I found out about the show while going to school for Harley at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, so I cut off all my hair and shaved," he said. "It happened to be the same season [Jax] did, so after that, I said, 'Screw it.' I am who I am. Maybe I can meet this guy and get a job." Of all things, Sean happens to »
Guy Ritchie returns to cinemas next month with the dashing and well-dressed spy caper "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," but recently the man has been hard at work on his July 2016 film - "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur".
The first in a proposed series of films that will retell the Arthurian story, Charlie Hunnam takes on the title role of the 6th century king who is said to have defended Britain against Saxon invaders. Today, EW has posted the first official photos related to the film - a featured photo spread with Hunnam sporting his look in the film along with his sword Excalibur.
Ritchie says this version of Arthur is different from previous incarnations: "I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they're not interesting to watch. »
- Garth Franklin
This past week, Disney announced they are moving forward on a live-action remake of their classic animated adventure The Sword in the Stone. The story follows a young King Arthur as Merlin teaches him how to become a powerful leader. Warner Bros. is going to get their first, though, with their powerful medieval fantasy thriller Knights of the Round Table. Shooting has continued in England throughout this past year, and now Entertainment Weekly has our first look at it's leading man.
Charlie Hunnam plays the title monarch in Knights of the Round Table. The former Sons of Anarchy star proudly shows off his massive sword while lounging in, on and around the set of director Guy Ritchie's latest attempt to rebuff an ancient legend. It follows his other reboots Sherlock Holmes, which found much success with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead, and this summer's as yet unproven TV adaptation, »
Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…
Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.
You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.
An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’
Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
Guy Ritchie is swapping gangland London for something even more British in his upcoming Knights Of The Round Table. Starring Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, the film will once again recount the legend of said king and his loyal knights. The film has just started production, so Ritchie was keen on sharing this image via Twitter.
Rumour has it that the film is hopefully set to kick off a franchise of 6 films, which will probably include films in a shared universe type dealio, as is common these days. That will of course all depend on the box-office, and such a classic legend, being based on the 1485 collected tales by Thomas Mallory in his ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’, may have trouble in a still dominated by superheroes world.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Mikael Persbrandt, the Swedish actor who portrayed Beorn in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros.' Knights of the Round Table. While specific character details are being kept under wraps, Heat Vision Blog reports that the actor is playing a villain. Knights of the Round Table is the first movie in a planned six-movie series.
The project is a reimagining of the King Arthur tale, following his adventures in Camelot alongside his legendary knights, with Charlie Hunnam starring as Arthur. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is playing Guinevere, with Jude Law reportedly playing another villain, Djimon Hounsou playing Bedivere, a Merlin-esque mentor to Arthur, and Eric Bana playing Arthur's father Uther. It isn't known when production will begin, but Warner Bros. has already slated Knights of the Round Table for release on July 22, 2016.
Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman are two of my favorite actors. While Freeman has garnered the critical acclaim and trophies to make any number of bad movies, Clive Owen has yet to maintain the A-list status deserving of his acting talents. Last Knights doesn't look like it will do much to turn that around for either of them. Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern), Last Knights looks like a cross between King Arthur and the recent Nicolas Cage movie Outcast. Clive Owen plays Raiden, a »
- Alex Maidy
It's been 11 years since Clive Owen strapped on some armor as King Arthur in the 2004 medieval action drama of the same name, and now he's picking up the sword again in The Last Knights. The film was shot in 2012 by Japanese filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya (The Legend of Goemon), but it's been sitting on a shelf waiting for release since then. And now that the first trailer has arrived, it's easy to see why no one has been clamoring to get this movie on the big screen. The epic follows Owen as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler (Aksel Hennie) to avenge his dishonored master (Morgan Freeman). Watch? Here's the first trailer for Kazuaki Kiriya's The Last Knights from USA Today: The Last Knights is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (The Legend of Goemon) with a script from Michael Konyves (Barney’s Version). The film follows Clive Owen (Sin City, »
- Ethan Anderton
What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.
And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.
You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »
- Sharon Knolle
Chris Hemsworth went from unknown to Hollywood leading man seemingly overnight.
Like many other Australian stars, the actor got his start on a soap opera "Home and Away." But 171 episodes later -- and after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars Australia" -- Hemsworth ended up stateside, waiting for his big break. It didn't take long. Two years after his U.S. debut, Hemsworth won the titular role in "Thor" (2011) and hasn't looked back since. This month, he takes aim in Michael Mann's thriller "Blackhat."
From his days in the Outback to his iconic U.S. debut, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Chris Hemsworth.
2. His mother is an English teacher, while his father is a social-services counselor.
3. Growing up, Hemsworth split his time in Melbourne and the Australian Outback in the Northern Territory, »
- Jonny Black
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.
Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Jess needs extra time. She is facing »
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