4 items from 2015
London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Hitfix report that renowned Mexican actor Joaquín Cosío has joined season 2 of The Strain as Angel Guzman Hurtado, aka The Silver Angel. The character was at one time Mexico's most famous luchador (masked wrestler) who suffered an injury and found himself washed up and working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. But when the vampire apocalypse kicks off he gets the opportunity to don the mask once more and fight alongside former gang leader Gus to battle the forces of darkness. Cosío is a three-time Arieles (Mexican Academy of Film Awards) nominee, and has appeared in the likes of Quantum of Solace, A Better Life, Savages and The Lone Ranger. The second season of FX's The Strain is currently shooting, and will première this summer. »
FX has filled one of the key new roles for the upcoming second season of "The Strain," casting a well-respected Mexican star of stage and screen to play a heroic former luchador. HitFix can report exclusively that Joaquín Cosío will join the Season 2 cast playing Angel Guzman Hurtado. As fans of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's books know, Hurtado is better known as Angel de la Plata, The Silver Angel. Angel de la Plata was a major masked wrestling star in Mexico, appearing both in the ring and in a series of movies in which his character battled all manner of foes including vampires, who he dispatched with an ultra-violent trademark move. A knee injury ended his career and his money and celebrity were soon gone. Now he's washing dishes at an Indian restaurant, beloved by the nostalgic, but seemingly forgotten to the world. As you might imagine, »
- Daniel Fienberg
A new set picture reveals that James Bond is back shooting again, and that the Spectre team might need a good, warm coat.
The race really is on to get the next James Bond movie, Spectre, shot and ready in time for its late October UK premiere.
Daniel Craig is reprising the role of 007 in the movie, and alongside director Sam Mendes (returning following Skyfall), he's currently engaged in a lengthy shoot where there's little room for delay. In the case of Skyfall, things were also quite tight, but that mainly shot in the UK. Spectre seems to be doing a bit more globe trotting.
Anyway, shooting on Spectre took a short break over the Christmas period, having slotted in a couple of weeks of work in December. But it's back up and running now, and the latest shot for the film suggests that everybody on the film's location will be needing their winter woollies. »
4 items from 2015
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