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Having secured Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Isabel Hartly, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Daniel Whitehall and Nick Blood (Trollied) as Lance Hunter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has now added British actor Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) to the cast of its upcoming second season. According to Deadline, Kassianides will play “Bakshi, a confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.” It’s said that his part will be a major recurring role.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC for its second season on September 23rd. An official announcement is yet to be revealed for the returning series regulars, but expect to see Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), J. August Richards (Deathlok) and B.J. Britt (Antoine Triplett) all back.
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- Gary Collinson
Marvel certainly seems to be shaking things up for the second series of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., mainly by expanding its cast – Nick Blood has already joined (in the role of a mercenary), Lucy Lawless is becoming an agent and Reed Diamond is on board too.
Now Simon Kassiandes has joined the show as well, in the “major recurring role” of Bakshi, described as “a confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work.” Sounds potentially villainous, but as we learned in season one, it’s often hard to tell who’s good or bad in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Before joining the Marvel universe Kassiandes will be seen in Desert Dancer, but you’re most likely to recognise him as serial seducer and secret-seller Yusef Kabira from Quantum Of Solace. It may not be a favourite James Bond film for many, »
Ever heard of a Marvel Comics character named Bakshi? Me neither, but that's who British actor Simon Kassianides will be playing in the second season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. According to Deadline it's be a major recurring role, and Bakshi is a "confident right-hand man who’s not afraid to do the dirty work." The site don't mention if that's good guy or bad guy dirty work, but based on the wording I'd say it's a safe bet it's the latter. Kassianides has previously appeared in the likes if Quantum Of Solace and tv's Burn Notice. Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Sept, 23. »
It’s spy vs. spy for one last mission.
007 himself, Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye), is forced out of retirement and back into the spy game in order to protect a civilian from his own protégé (Luke Bracey) in The November Man. He’s not reprising the role of James Bond, but rather another government agent altogether: Peter Devereux, a former CIA operative and the protagonist of authorBill Granger’s best-selling crime series.
Joining Brosnan in The November Man is Olga Kurylenko, the “Bond girl” in Quantum of Solace, and Will Patton(Armageddon). The film, which is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), hits theatres in August.
- Sasha James
Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
Cantillion, who has been exec VP of production, will continue to be responsible for “Goosebumps,” scheduled for release on Aug. 7, 2015, and Bond 24, set for Nov. 6, 2015.
Her first project as a producer will be joining the production team for the untitled Ridley Scott drama based on “Game Brain” with Peter Landesman to write and direct the film about the prevalence of concussions among football players. Cantillon will also join the producing teams for the film adaptation of Playstation’s “Gran Turismo” and “A Reliable Wife,” an adaptation of Robert Goolrick’s romantic thriller.
Cantillon joined Columbia Pictures in 2005. Besides the Bond films “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale,” she also oversaw “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Captain Phillips” and “The Monuments Men. »
- Dave McNary
Before Sony she served as evp of production at MGM Studios. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In case you had any doubts, one tried and true James Bond movie tradition isn't going anywhere any time soon. His films will continue to take place in very international locales, and Bond 24 will be no different. MI6 is now reporting that it's sources are claiming that the film is currently scouting locations in Morocco, Austria, and Rome. Italy is no stranger to housing Bond productions, as it was a major part of the series reboot Casino Royale in 2006, then again for the pre-title sequence of Quantum of Solace.
Italy's Lazio Film Commission makes clear that this is no coincidence. They want Bond, as part of their strategy to bring in all kinds of large scale, international productions to their beautiful country. "I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson," said Sovena, "and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In The Expendables 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney.
Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans.
Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
The world premiere of The Expendables 3 will take place in London on August 4 ahead of its theatrical release »
- Tom Stockman
Here are two words I thought I’d never use in one of my articles – “Daily Mail”. But in a recent story the paper has drawn attention to perceived production difficulties at the (presumably top secret) offices of Bond 24. The challenges appear to arise from the rehiring of long-standing screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in order to give Skyfall scribe John Logan’s script some snazz. While the expression “too many cooks spoil the Martini” springs to mind, the Bond franchise is really the wrong one to be looking at if we’re talking multiple authors. Star Daniel Craig once admitted that Quantum Of Solace had been partly cobbled together by himself and the director during a writers’ strike. And the films are no stranger to the path of the pudding, hence Tomorrow Never Dies. Putting Purvis and Wade back on the payroll has led to the shoot »
- Steve Palace
Before Bond 24 goes into production, it looks like the script is going to get a polish. Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been brought back on board to work on the script that was written by John Logan. The two screenwriters have a history with Bond and have worked on the scripts for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum Of Solace.
According to Daily Mail, this has been causing some issues behind the scenes, and will delay production. A source had this to say to say about it:
"Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted."
Apparently one of the main reasons producers have asked Purvis and Wade to come back was to "punch »
- Joey Paur
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes came on board last July for the 24th film in the franchise along with Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at that point that they had locked in release dates for the yet-to-be titled film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is the top grosser in the franchise with $1.1 billion worldwide, the best DVD/Blu-Ray seller and the all-time best performer at the U.K. box office. It also won Oscars »
- Dave McNary
Bond 24, which will serve as a true sequel to Skyfall, is only 18 months away from its November 2015 release date. While that's not set to change, production is being delayed until this December, as original Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are brought into polish the screenplay by John Logan.
A reverese of order was implemented on Skyfall. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the original draft, with John Logan coming in after the fact to tighten things up. He has been working on the new Bond 24 for months now, with the original team stepping back in to punch up the jokes and add more insight into the past world of James Bond, giving the film a touch of history.
There may be trouble in the development of the follow-up to Skyfall, the currently untitled Bond 24. If stories coming from The Daily Mail are to be believed, issues with the screenplay could potentially push the film into 2016. Skyfall was co-written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who were responsible for the final two Pierce Brosnan Bond films as well as both Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. Director Sam Mendes brought in writer John Logan to bring Skyfall to the next level and the »
- Alex Maidy
Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, left the James Bond series over a year and a half ago, which put Bond 24 solely in the hands of Skyfall co-writer John Logan. However, it looks like Purvis and Wade are coming back after some "polite turmoil" (so British!) behind the scenes. The two screenwriters have been "hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’." This was the reverse situation with Skyfall where Logan came in to work on Purvis and Wade's script. "Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars," a source tells the Daily Mail. Hit the jump for more. Bond 24 is currently scheduled to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015. According to Ralph Fiennes, »
- Matt Goldberg
The last five Bond films: The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012) have all been co-written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Skyfall was supposed to be there last entry in the Bond franchise but they've been recruited to work on John Logan, who also co-wrote Skyfall, for Bond 24. As expected, the additional rewrites will cause a delay in production. A source for the <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2671471/Baz-bamigboye-Bond-turmoil-new-script-fails-thrill.html" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2671471/Baz-bamigboye-Bond-turmoil-new-script-fails-thrill.html" target="_blank" title="Link: Daily">">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2671471/Baz-bamigboye-Bond-turmoil-new-script-fails-thrill.html">Daily Mail says, "Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted." Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig as James Bond (007), Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris »
Calling all attractive Nordic actresses between the ages of 25 and 40!
Filming for Bond 24 will begin in November 2014 and the film is set to be released one year later. Yes, Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as brooding 007 and, thankfully, Sam Mendes will once again be directing. Good luck topping Skyfall, Sam!
In casting news, the script is calling for “a beautiful Scandinavian character who is a good person with a troubled past” and will serve as a brief love interest for James Bond. Similar to Caterina Murino’s role in Casino Royale as well as Gemma Arterton’s role in Quantum of Solace, it is believed this Scandinavian female character will play out as a secondary Bond girl. Recent reports indicate that producers for Bond 24 will be casting a British actress as the female lead.
- Andrew Hunter
With "Bond 24" slated to hit theaters in eighteen months, it looks like the script to the movie is getting one last polish. John Logan has been working on it for a while now, but some veterans of the series are once again coming back to "punch up" the screenplay and add more jokes. Hmm.... Neal Purvis and Robert Wade — who found their work on "Skyfall" rewritten by Logan — will now do the same to his on "Bond 24." The pair have penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace," so they know the world of Bond backward and forward, but the latest hire is causing some minor problems behind the scenes. "Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Writer/director Paul Haggis puts himself behind the camera once again for Third Person, an unraveling ball of yarn that tells of a writer (Liam Neeson) who becomes involved with his protege (Olivia Wilde) in Paris, a New York artist (James Franco) and the mother of his son (Mila Kunis), and an American (Adrien Brody) who becomes involved in the plight of an Italian woman (Moran Atias). The international drama is like his previous Crash, but takes a less literal route in finding common ground behind these diverse stories.
In 2004 Haggis received two Oscars for Crash, his second directed film, including the award for “Best Picture.” After that success he wrote films for Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima) and the first two James Bond films from the Daniel Craig era, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Haggis most recently directed The Next Three Days »
- Nick Allen
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
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