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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?

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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”

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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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Eva Green Says Harvey Weinstein ‘Behaved Inappropriately… I had to Push Him Off’ (Exclusive)

Eva Green Says Harvey Weinstein ‘Behaved Inappropriately… I had to Push Him Off’ (Exclusive)
Eva Green says she was left “shocked and disgusted” by an incident in which she alleges Harvey Weinstein made an inappropriate advance. Green’s mother talked about her daughter’s experience with Weinstein in a French radio interview yesterday, Friday, and having not spoken about it before, Green has now broken her silence.

In a statement issue to Variety she said that the incident with Weinstein took place in Paris during a business meeting and that she had to push off the disgraced Hollywood producer. She added that she had wanted to maintain her privacy but after hearing the stories other women have come forward with regarding Weinstein, wanted to speak out.

Eva Green’s statement in full: “I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein. I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away
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Jackie Chan Wonders Why He's Not Cast in Movies Like Mamma Mia and La La Land

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Jackie Chan Wonders Why He's Not Cast in Movies Like Mamma Mia and La La Land
Jackie Chan is putting his funnyman act aside for his latest role as Quan Ngoc Minh in the action thriller The Foreigner, directed by Casino Royale's Martin Campbell. In the film, Chan's character is seeking to avenge the murder of his daughter, who died in a London Ira bombing. The single father ruthlessly pursues the bombers and battles ex-member of the Ira and Irish Deputy Minister Liam Hennessy, played by 007's Pierce Brosnan, whom he believes can identify the terrorists.

In a career that spans more than five decades, Chan has thoroughly mastered the art of comedy with
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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The Foreigner – Review

(Left to Right) Jackie Chan as Quan and Pierce Brosnan as Hennessy at Hennessy’s office in The Foreigner. Photo by Christopher Raphael. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 Stx Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan face off in action thriller The Foreigner. Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye) helms this suspenseful thriller that has a serious, emotional Chan bent on revenge after his daughter is killed in a politically motivated bombing in London, a man who turns his focused on an Irish-born British official, played by Pierce Brosnan, who may know the names of the bombers.

Although there is a daughter and Jackie Chan’s character does have an unexpected “special skill set,” that is about all this smart, gripping thriller has in common with Liam Neeson’s Taken apart from the genre. This revenge-driven action thriller has some surprising twists and provocative commentary on assumptions based on appearance.
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Blumhouse Makes a Wish for Another #1 Opener with 'Happy Death Day'

Blumhouse Makes a Wish for Another #1 Opener with 'Happy Death Day'
It's been a good year for Blumhouse Productions so far with Get Out and Split delivering impressive returns on minuscule budgets. This weekend their latest, Happy Death Day, hopes to follow suit as it targets a #1 finish, pushing WB's Blade Runner 2049 into runner-up position after just one week in theaters. Additional new releases include Stx's The Foreigner, Annapurna's Professor Marston & the Wonder Women and Open Road's Marshall as there's a little something for everyone in theaters, though it doesn't appear that little something will deliver big numbers at the box office collectively. On the heels of a very strong year so far, Blumhouse brings Happy Death Day to 3,149 theaters nationwide. The film takes the Groundhog Day concept and turns it into a horror film with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director, Christopher Landon, at the helm. Industry expectations are for a debut in the mid-teens, though we're anticipating a result just a bit higher.
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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him

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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him
The Foreigner delivers exactly what it promises, Jackie Chan as you've never seen him. The titan of martial arts and comedy cinema disappears utterly in this gripping thriller. His turn as a bereaved father obsessed with vengeance will have you glued to your seats. The Foreigner is not a brainless action flick with an invincible protagonist. It has a surprisingly complex plot with multiple key characters. Veteran director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale,Vertical Limit) uses his filmmaking acumen to great effect. He reshapes a well known commodity in Chan, but never forgets the importance of the story.

A terrorist bomb in London targets a bank, but also destroys the dress shop beside it. Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) watches in horror as his teenage daughter is killed in the explosion. A rogue cell of the Irish Republican Army calls the press to claim responsibility. This attack is just the beginning.
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Box Office: Will ‘Happy Death Day’ Unseat ‘Blade Runner 2049’ From No. 1?

Box Office: Will ‘Happy Death Day’ Unseat ‘Blade Runner 2049’ From No. 1?
It’s said that good things come in threes, and after the success of “Split” and “Get Out” earlier this year, it appears Universal and Blumhouse have another winner with “Happy Death Day.”

The new horror installment is taking a stab at the weekend’s top spot as it tracks for an opening weekend around $15 million to $20 million from 3,130 locations. The low-budget release is timed to Friday the 13th, and two weekends before Halloween. It will also open in 12 territories abroad, including Australia, Brazil, and Netherlands, with additional markets rolling out through November.

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.

Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s “Split” opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on
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'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller

'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller
Legend is a much abused word in the movie business – but Jackie Chan really is a legend. The undisputed king of martial-arts movies kicked up a notch with slapstick and jaw-dropping stunts, the star is acrobatic poetry in motion. American audiences know him best from his three Rush Hour action comedies with Chris Tucker (No. 4 is on the drawing board), but true aficionados rightly point to Chan's death-defying Hong Kong cinema epics – see Drunken Master, Police Story and Armor of God – as pinnacles of the form. The lifetime achievement Oscar
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The Preview Reel: The Foreigner and Happy Death Day

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Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Blade Runner 2049 received rave reviews last week, but that did not translate to box-office success as the movie stumbled to a $32.8 million opening against a $155 million budget. The sci-fi flick has a chance to retain the top spot, however, as the competition this week looks relatively weak—there’s the revenge thriller The Foreigner, and the Blumhouse horror flick, Happy Death Day.

The Foreigner

What we are excited about: While it would be easy to say that the thing we are most excited about here is Jackie Chan (and we are excited about that), we are going to go with the film’s director. Martin Campbell is responsible for two of the best James Bond movies of the past twenty-five years in Casino Royale (2006) and GoldenEye (1995). While we will ignore his last movie,
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