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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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James Bond 25: Us distributor deal nearly done

Simon Brew Nov 13, 2017

Sony won't be distributing the new James Bond film in the Us. But Annapurna will...

A surprising victor has emerged in the battle to distribute the 25th James Bond adventure, that Daniel Craig is set to start filming next year. Sony Pictures has distributed every 007 adventure since Casino Royale, but the next Bond movie is set to be put out in the Us by Annapurna. Annapurna, best known for being a production company, is moving into distribution, and has inked a joint venture with MGM to enable it to do so.

Given that MGM is a stakeholder in the James Bond films, this makes Annapurna’s emergence at the top of the bidding war less surprising than it might otherwise be. Crucially, though, the deal – set to be closed in the next week or so – only covers American distribution rights. Outside of the Us, where Bond does
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Denis Villeneuve Preps First Love ‘Dune’ as ‘Bond 25’ Beckons

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Denis Villeneuve Preps First Love ‘Dune’ as ‘Bond 25’ Beckons
Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve confirms that he has been approached to helm “Bond 25.” But the French Canadian’s first priority is making his passion project “Dune.” The Legendary Pictures adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic is currently being scripted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”).

Yet Villeneuve remains linked to “Bond 25,” whose shortlist of directors also includes Yann Demange (“71”) and David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”). “I cannot comment on [making it], but I would say about Bond that it’s a character I grew up with,” he said.

His first childhood memory of 007 was watching Roger Moore’s “The Man with the Golden Gun.” “What I remember but didn’t understand was there was this discussion about [Sean] Connery not being Bond anymore,” said Villeneuve.

He singled out “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and “Casino Royale” as Bond faves. “If ever I had the privilege to do a Bond movie,
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Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?

Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?
Five years ago, Skyfall made its way into U.S. theaters. It remains the most financially successful James Bond movie of all time and, in the eyes of many, it's the best entry of the Daniel Craig era (though, Casino Royale might have something to say about that). While we wait for Craig to make his last turn as 007 in James Bond 25, let's take a look back at Skyfall and what makes the movie so special in the long, storied history of Bond on the big screen.

Let's rewind the clock a little bit and try and put ourselves in the shoes we were wearing in 2012. The last James Bond movie fans had seen was the much-maligned Quantum of Solace in 2008. Coming off the truly fantastic Casino Royale, which is quite possibly the best debut movie for a Bond actor in the history of the franchise, the movie was,
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Will Monica Bellucci Return as ‘Bond Girl’ Along With Daniel Craig?

Will Monica Bellucci Return as ‘Bond Girl’ Along With Daniel Craig?
Now that Daniel Craig is back as Bond, will Monica Bellucci be back as his “girl”?

Bellucci is being coy about rumors that Craig wants her to reprise her role from the last Bond outing, “Spectre,” in the new installment of the franchise. Bellucci’s agent told Variety on Wednesday that the actress is neither confirming nor denying rumors that she might appear in the 25th film to feature the suave super-spy, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019.

On Tuesday evening in Rome, where she was feted with the Virna Lisi lifetime achievement award, Bellucci smiled at reporters who asked her to comment on the rumors, telling them: “I can’t say anything.”

Bellucci’s appearance as one of two “Bond girls” in “Spectre” made a splash in 2015 when she was dubbed the oldest Bond girl ever at 51. Four years older than Craig, she made it clear at the time that she did not like the
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"An Evening With Anthony Waye", London, 15 November

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Tony Waye with Halle Berry on the set of Die Another Day.

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Production Guild of Great Britain presents:

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’ 7:30pm - 10pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017 The Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho London W1F 7Hl

The Production Guild of Great Britain kicks off a brand new series of events this month, designed to take the public behind the scenes of film and TV drama production by hearing from some of Britain’s most experienced production professionals.

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’, taking place on Wednesday 15th November in central London, is the first of the Production Guild’s new ‘Close Up’ series of events which aim to raise the profile of leading British careers in production. Tickets are openly available to the general public, as well as PG members and film students.

From mail boy to executive producer,
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‘War Horse’ Star Maximilian Brückner & ‘Casino Royale’s Clemens Schick To Front Euro Drama Series

War Horse star Maximilian Brückner and Casino Royale's Clemens Schick are set to star in mystery crime drama Arctic Circle, a major Finnish-German drama co-production. The series, which is understood to have a budget of around €6.5 million ($7.5 million), is produced by Das Boot producer Bavaria Fiction and Finnish firm Yellow Film & TV. The 10-part series, set in Lapland, follows a Finnish policewoman who finds a nearly dead prostitute in a cabin in the wilderness…
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Mads Mikkelsen cast in action thriller, Polar

Kayti Burt Oct 27, 2017

A big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Polar: Came With The Cold is on the way...

Mads Mikkelsen has been cast in Polar, a feature film adaptation of the Dark Horse graphic novel Polar: Came With The Cold by Victor Santos.

According to Variety, Polar will be directed by Jonas Åkerlund, with Jayson Rothwell writing the adaption set in the gritty underworld of political assassins.

In the film, Mikkelsen plays Duncan Vizla, aka the Black Kaiser, aka the world's top assassin. When the Black Kaiser's planned retirement is considered a liability to the firm, he finds himself pitted against the group of younger, faster killers trying to put him down. This all sounds like aging James Bond, which is a perfect fit for an actor who once played Bond villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.

"Mads Mikkelsen was born to play the world’s best assassin,
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Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Action-Thriller Movie ‘Polar’ (Exclusive)

Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Action-Thriller Movie ‘Polar’ (Exclusive)
Mads Mikkelsen will star in the action-thriller “Polar,” set in the gritty underworld of political assassins.

Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is helming Jayson Rothwell’s adaption of the Dark Horse graphic novel “Polar: Came With the Cold” by Victor Santos. Mister Smith Entertainment is debuting the feature film to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Producers are Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer, Bolt Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing.

Mikkelsen will play the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, A.K.A the Black Kaiser who is retiring when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he soon finds himself being hunted by an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Having no choice but to return to the shadowy life he
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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

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Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer10/17/2017 3:42:00 Pm

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back on the big screen 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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Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million

Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million
Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration.

The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second weekend at 4,058 locations, down 54% from its disappointing opening weekend.

A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell. The film, which earned a B CinemaScore (good for a horror flick), particularly appealed to female and younger moviegoers — the audience was split 54% female, as opposed to 46% male, and 63% was under age 25. The release date was pegged to Friday the 13th and the weeks leading up to Halloween.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the release,” said Universal
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Actress Eva Green Claims Harvey Weinstein Sexually Assaulted Her, Ending When She Had To “Push Him Off”

Actress Eva Green Claims Harvey Weinstein Sexually Assaulted Her, Ending When She Had To “Push Him Off”
French actress Eva Green has joined the long list of women who have gone public about being sexually harassed by producer Harvey Weinstein. Green, who appeared in the James Bond film Casino Royale and the Weinstein film Sin City, said she felt “shocked and disgusted” when Weinstein groped her. The encounter ended only when she had to “push him off.” She posted today at length about the incident on her Twitter account. Green went public after her mother, actress Marlene…
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