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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer1/16/2018 9:30:00 Am

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back onscreen in The Foreigner! The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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New on Blu-ray and DVD! January 9, 2018

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in The Foreigner, a timely action thriller from the director of Casino Royale and Goldeneye.

Chan stars as humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated ter [Continued ...]
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55 Years of James Bond

It’s been 55 years since James Bond made his debut 55 years ago, when the first Bond film “Dr No”, premiered on the big screen in October 1962.

Ian Fleming wrote the original novel in 1958, which set in motion a multi-billion-dollar film franchise that is still going strong today and is arguably bigger than ever.

From the beginning, it was planned to be a series of Bond films. Fleming had written several novels featuring the character and options that had been taken out to adapt all of them. The first print debut wrote by Fleming was “Casino Royale” but the producers chose “Dr No” to be the first film because of its fast-moving plot, it’s exotic location in sunny Jamaica and it’s topical theme of space rocket launches.

Bond is sent to Jamaica in “Dr No”, which he investigates a disappearance of a fellow British agent. Following up leads and teaming up with local allies,
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Bond 25: Why is James Bond relevant in 2019?

Tim George Jan 15, 2018

With James Bond returning to our screens in 2019, what's the challenge ahead for Daniel Craig's final 007 movie?

After a year and change of silence, we now have a release date for Bond 25 (8th November, 2019, probably a week or two earlier in the UK) and a James Bond (Saint Blue Eyes himself, Daniel Craig). It will be a while before we start to get more details like a director or a cast. But as with all movies, before all those pieces can be in place, there must be a story - which is where the challenge begins.

After the less-than-stellar response to Spectre, the James Bond franchise is back in familiar territory: having its relevance questioned. A cursory look through critical notices and fan consensus picks out the return to formula, the lack of character development and the bungled attempt to jump on the ‘shared universe’ trend.
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James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli Open To Female 007

For over fifty years, James Bond has been a white dude, and across those decades, the franchise has been successful, even if somewhat creatively rigid. The current films led by Daniel Craig have brought a more contemporary, serious feeling with added grit and drama, to mixed results (“Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” yay, ” “Quantum Of Solace” and “Spectre” nay).

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Molly's Game review

Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game, offers plenty to get your teeth into. Here's our review...

Aaron Sorkin is to writing what Meryl Streep is to acting – one of a few screenwriters who is visible and renowned enough that he's automatically a player in the awards season conversation whenever he gets a new movie made. And just in time for the end of the year, here comes Molly's Game.

As with his recently nominated scripts The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs, his directorial debut is also based on the exploits of a real life figure. Adapting the memoir of the same name, Molly's Game is about “self proclaimed Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, who became the subject of tabloid infamy a few years ago, when she was outed as the brains behind a prestigious underground poker empire frequented by celebrities, CEOs and mobsters.

Jessica Chastain plays the title character across 12 years of her lie,
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Movie Review – The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner, 2017.

Directed by Martin Campbell.

Starring Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Rufus Jones, Charlie Murphy, and Orla Brady.

Synopsis:

The story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge fuelled vendetta when the only person left for him to love – his teenage daughter – is taken from him in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Jackie Chan’s career in the West has been a mixed bag to put it mildly. Even at the height of his popularity West of China, in Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon etc, he was doing affable (if disposable) entertainment. The trouble was, among his better aforementioned works, he was doing dreadful films like
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Skyfall Originally Featured A Much More Shocking Storyline And Ending

Out of Daniel Craig’s four films as James Bond so far, 2012’s Skyfall remains arguably the most successful. It was the first – and, at present, only – Bond movie to cross the coveted $1 billion mark at the box office and it was also met with pretty much universal critical and fan acclaim.

A lot of that success is to do with the storyline, which was surprisingly strong for a franchise that’s never been known for its incredibly well-written plots. Featuring several tweaks to the usual formula, including a climax in Bond’s Scottish family mansion, it’s most notable for killing off Judi Dench’s M, but it also gets an unexpected amount of emotion from Bond and M’s surrogate mother/son connection.

In the original treatment for the film, though, Skyfall sported a very different take on M’s last stand. As revealed in the 2015 book Some Kind of Hero,
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Top 5 Films About Poker

Anyone will tell you, there is something special about poker. Poker players across the world can play with each other from the comfort of their own home, with online poker sites to embrace the popular card game. With this popularity, poker was then introduced into the film and television world, where poker is to be seen full of mystery, romance and intrigue. Poker is a game of skill and not luck, as demonstrated in these top 5 films about poker…

5) Maverick (Richard Donner, USA 1994)

With an all-star cast like Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, this high-stake poker movie could only keep poker fans entertained. The film itself, was based around a 1960s television show, Mel Gibson who plays Bret Maverick has to prove he’s the best poker player in the American Old West by beating the competition at a poker game. This entertaining comedy features some delightful performances,
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This Is Why Hugh Jackman Won't Be James Bond

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2017-12-06T07:08:31-08:00This Is Why Hugh Jackman Won't Be James Bond

When it was time to find a new James Bond a decade ago, future Logan star Hugh Jackman seemed like a good candidate. He might have been if he didn't have some quibbles with the way that the Bond franchise was being handled. He wanted some changes to be made before he signed on, and ultimately both he and the franchise's producers decided that Daniel Craig was a better fit.

Via People.

Hugh Jackman was almost 007.

The Australian actor opened up about what could have been in an interview with Variety. Jackman, who was sought as the replacement for Pierce Brosnan, said the scripts at the time were too “unbelievable.”

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond,” Jackman recalled. “I
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Hugh Jackman Turned Down The Opportunity To Play James Bond

Hugh Jackman is one of Hollywood's most liked actors and is well known his for his role as Wolverine that catapulted him to superstardom, but did you know he had the chance to play one of the biggest characters in cinema history?

In a recent interview with Variety, Jackman spoke about being offered to carry on the role of James Bond after Pierce Brosnan walked away; and it wasn't that he didn't want to do it, he turned down the opportunity for a different reason.

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real. And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’"

The
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Logan’s Hugh Jackman Recalls Decision To Turn Down James Bond

Cast your mind back to 2004, when Wolverine was at his peak and Hugh Jackman was arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet, and you may recall the moment when he turned down the chance to play James Bond.

The Aussie actor was just in the process of gearing up for Bryan Singer’s X-Men 2, while MGM and Eon were casting the net far and wide in search of a new 00 agent to replace Pierce Brosnan, whose four-film run petered out with Die Another Day. At the time, Jackman believed the franchise’s creators needed to produce something “grittier and real” to bring the James Bond brand back into focus, which is, in hindsight, rather prescient considering MGM dreamed up Casino Royale two years later.

Daniel Craig ultimately landed the coveted gig, but it turns out Hugh Jackman still stands by his decision:

I was about to do X-Men
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Hugh Jackman turned down Bond role over “unbelievable and crazy” scripts

Hugh Jackman has revealed he was offered the role of James Bond more than a decade ago, but turned it down after being told he would have no say in changing the “unbelievable and crazy” direction of the franchise at that time.

The star, who has sparked awards season buzz for all-singing, all dancing musical The Greatest Showman has discussed being offered Bond before, but he has now told Variety it was the fantastical nature of scripts that turned him away from the job.

Given that filming for that second X-Men movie took place in the summer of 2002, it’s clear what Jackman was talking about. The Bond film released later that year was Die Another Day, complete with ice palaces and invisible cars.

Jackman said: “I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt
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Hugh Jackman’s Reason for Turning Down James Bond Might Surprise You

Hugh Jackman’s Reason for Turning Down James Bond Might Surprise You
Hugh Jackman was almost 007.

The Australian actor opened up about what could have been in an interview with Variety. Jackman, who was sought as the replacement for Pierce Brosnan, said the scripts at the time were too “unbelievable.”

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond,” Jackman recalled. “I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real.”

His suggestions didn’t make the cut, with the actor saying he was
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MI6 Confidential Presents Special "Live And Let Die" Limited Edition Issue

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

In 2017, after ten years of service, MI6 Confidential has introduced a new special format: a limited-run 100-page perfect bound issue of the magazine taking a deep dive into one particular facet of the franchise. This first special issue was contributed by Oscar-winning art department veteran Peter Lamont.

Peter Lamont spent more than 40 years working in art departments of the James Bond films. From draughtsman to production designer; from Goldfinger to Casino Royale, Peter worked on every picture but one. One of the films for which he has collected a great deal of documents and has many fond memories is Roger Moore's debut as 007, Live And Let Die.

A lot of that material could not be squeezed into his recent autobiography, so Peter came to MI6 Confidential with an offer too good to refuse. In this special 100-page perfect bound edition of MI6 Confidential magazine,
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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!

Casino

We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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Alicia Vikander and Eva Green are Sisters in First Teaser for ‘Euphoria’

After launching her own production company, the aptly named Vikarious Productions, Alicia Vikander’s first project was a reteam with her Pure and Hotell collaborator Lisa Langseth. Euphoria, also starring Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling, follows the journey of two sisters. Following a premiere at Tiff, no U.S. release has been set yet, but it’ll arrive in Sweden in Norway early next year, and now the first teaser has landed.

“Predictably, Vikander is wonderful, believable, and agreeably upset as Ines,” Christopher Schobert said in his review. “This is another fine performance from the star who is often the best thing in flawed dramas like The Danish Girl and The Light Between Oceans. Green is saddled with the drearier role, the “other sister” who is deeply ill. The Casino Royale star is far more effective when she plays a character in control of the situation. In Euphoria, things are beyond her grasp,
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How to make the Vesper Martini from Casino Royale

So you want to make a Vesper martini from Casino Royal do you? Well, this guy isn’t too far off the mark but to be quite honest a Vesper martini is fairly heavy on the alcohol since the standard martini, gin or vodka, is about 2 ounces. Or at least it was when I was a bartender, you know, back when the earth was still cooling. Anyway, the Vesper looks fairly simple. There’s 3 ounces of gin, that seems like an absurd amount, 1 ounce of vodka, Russian to pay homage to the double agent it’s named for, a half

How to make the Vesper Martini from Casino Royale
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Netflix release trailer for ‘The Indian Detective’

Set to be released via Netflix next month, comedy-drama The Indian Detective stars Russell Peters, William Shatner, Anupam Kher, Christina Cole, Mishqah Parthiephal, and Hamza Haq; and follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father in Mumbai.

The Indian Detective, a classic fish out-of-water story with equal doses of comedy and high-stakes drama, follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Russell Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father in Mumbai. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where, despite his heritage, he is an outsider. The four-part, one-hour, comedy-drama stars global comedy sensation Russell Peters in his first starring scripted role for television, and was filmed on location in Cape Town, Toronto and Mumbai. The Indian Detective also features Canadian icon William Shatner
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Netflix releases trailer for comedy-drama series The Indian Detective

Ahead of its arrival on Netflix next month, a trailer has been release for the upcoming comedy drama series The Indian Detective which stars Russell Peters, William Shatner, Anupam Kher, Christina Cole, Mishqah Parthiephal, and Hamza Haq; take a look below…

The Indian Detective, a classic fish out-of-water story with equal doses of comedy and high-stakes drama, follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Russell Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father in Mumbai. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where, despite his heritage, he is an outsider. The four-part, one-hour, comedy-drama stars global comedy sensation Russell Peters in his first starring scripted role for television, and was filmed on location in Cape Town, Toronto and Mumbai. The Indian Detective also features Canadian icon William Shatner; Bollywood Movie Award-winning veteran actor Anupam Kher (The Big Sick,
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