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The film follows an Australian farmer (Crowe) who travels to Turkey after the First World War in search of his sons who went missing in the Battle of Gallipoli. It’s understandable that the patriotic Crowe settled on the Gallipoli campaign, as the battle is the focal point of Australia and New Zealand’s “Remembrance Day” equivalent, Anzac Day.
For The Water Diviner, Crowe has enlisted the help of breakout Australian actor Jai Courtney, who you may recognize as the Dauntless recruiter (and probable psychopath) Eric in The Divergent Series. Quickly making a name for himself in the “geek” scene, Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Terminator Genisys and one of the many villains in Suicide Squad.
- Sasha James
Before the deluge of summer blockbusters – superhero, sci-fi, and otherwise – hit theatres, this week’s film slate asks us to remember the meat and potatoes of cinema going.
Yes, we’re back in drama territory with two new releases this week.
Get your Harrison Ford fix with this weekend’s The Age of Adaline, a romance in the same vein as Tuck Everlastingor The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Throughout the film, Adaline (“Gossip Girl”’s Blake Lively), who discovers that she’s immortal, struggles with love and loss while she remains ageless. Canadian actor Anthony Ingruber, Harrison Ford, and Michiel Huisman also star.
Russell Crowe returns to his native Australia for his directorial debut, The Water Diviner. The film follows an Australian farmer (Crowe) who travels to Turkey after the First World War in search of his sons who went missing in the Battle of Gallipoli. Jai Courtney (Divergent »
- Cineplex Entertainment
Code number 007 is on the mind of fans as they anticipate the new Bond film which is expected to be released this year.
Commander James Bond, Cmg, Rn is a fictional character created by novelist and British journalist Ian Fleming in 1952. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is a composite based upon a number of commandos known by Ian Fleming during his service in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The character’s name was appropriated by Fleming from American ornithologist James Bond. The code number 007 is from one of the key achievements of British naval intelligence, breaking the German diplomatic code in World War I.
Fleming’s fiction character appeared in a series of twelve novels, two short story collections, a number of continuation novels, and over twenty Bond films. Spanning more than half of a century, there have been several actors who played James Bond on the big screen. »
- Gary Collinson
The film, directed by Lone Scherfig (The Riot Club, An Education), will also star Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Marigold Hotel, Pride), it was announced today.
BBC Films developed and will co-finance the feature, which is being produced by Oscar-nominated Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn, An Education).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cannes — Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace,” “Tamara Drewe”), Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”) and Bill Nighy (“The Second Best Marigold Hotel,” “Pride”) are set to star in romantic comedy “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” which Lone Scherfig (“The Riot Club,” “One Day,” “An Education”) will direct.
BBC Films developed and will co-finance the film, which is being produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (“Carol,” “Made in Dagenham”) and Amanda Posey (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”). It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s comic 2009 novel. Christine Langan and Ed Wethered of BBC Films will exec produce.
HanWay Films has boarded worldwide sales rights. The film is set for a late summer shoot.
A romantic comedy with a difference set in the early 1940s, the film combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) are set to star in Their Finest Hour And A Half, with Lone Scherfig (An Education) directing. BBC Films developed and co-finances the film, which is being produced by Oscar-nominated producers Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (Made In Dagenham) and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn). Gaby Chiappe has adapted Lissa… »
Idris Elba has once again denied rumours that he will be the next James Bond.
He said: "The whole thing sits in the press quite a bit, but I'm not sure why. Apparently the idea of a black James Bond is controversial… I really haven't been paying attention.
"I get asked about it a lot and the truth is it's just a rumour. There's no truth to me playing Bond at all. But it's an amazing part – I don't think there's any actor who wouldn't like to play Bond."
Elba made the comments when asked about Roger Moore's recent comments about the possibility of a black actor playing Bond.
Moore is said to have told Paris Match magazine that Elba couldn't play Bond because he isn't "English English". However, »
Ryan Reynolds is currently basking in the love of millions of fanboys around the world for taking on the role of Deadpool in an R-rated standalone movie that looks all kinds of awesome. But one of the actor’s most sensational performances hasn’t attracted nearly as much attention – in The Voices, on Blu-Ray this week, he plays a likable Everyman who is cajoled by his talking cat into becoming a serial killer. It’s an unusual part for the actor, but he absolutely kills it.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Panama – Panama City’s Casco Viejo, or old quarter, is at the heart of Iff Panama, with many of the festival activities and screenings scheduled to take place in the area. Hotels in the Casco Viejo, most notably the American Trade Hotel, will also host many of the festival guests.
Screening venues in the Casco Viejo include the Teatro Nacional, the Anita Villalaz Theater and the Parque Quinto Centenario. The Teatro Nacional, which stages most of the festival’s gala screenings and red-carpet events, was designed in 1904 by the Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri and opened in 1908; the Anita Villalaz Theater, named after the renowned Panamanian actress, was once home to the country’s Supreme Court before being developed as part of a cultural center and the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture). The Parque Quinto Centenario, on the Pacific shore, will offer free outdoor screenings for thousands of »
- Christopher Pickard
Simon Columb on Fast & Furious and its debt to James Bond…
With the release of Fast and Furious 7 last week, it’s worth noting the key influences so far. Almost every escapade has actively appreciated the globe-trotting, explosive-heavy, expertly-produced James Bond series – and the seventh instalment is no different…
This is “007-style shit”, says Roman (Tyrese Gibson) in Fast & Furious 6 when introduced to a new task. In fact, he’d have to look a little earlier to see how big an influence James Bond has been. I’d go further and argue that the suave spy’s fifty-years of espionage is the biggest influence on the entire series so far. The initial set-up in The Fast and the Furious, with Brian (Paul Walker) as Bond (the undercover rogue-cop who can’t-be-contained) is merely scratching the surface as, film-by-film, the inspiration is clearer and we are more aware of »
- Simon Columb
The first week of April is pretty solid when it comes to all the different genre home entertainment release choices coming your way on Tuesday. Scream Factory is set to debut Tobe Hooper’s cult classic Invaders from Mars in high-definition, the festival favorite horror comedy The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, is arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Lionsgate, and we have the releases of both Killers and [Rec] 4: Apocalypse to look forward to as well.
Invaders from Mars (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
From the director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Lifeforce comes this space-age creature feature is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul: as well as your planet! Little David Gardner’s starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings! Paralyzed with fear as the »
- Heather Wixson
Sorry it’s been so long since the last column, dear readers. I’ve been very busy these last couple weeks, doing things such as finishing up a book I’m writing, celebrating my birthday, and getting to see Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in concert. But I have returned to Trailer Trashin’, with our first look at the next James Bond movie, Spectre.
Premise: In the aftermath of the bombing of MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with a sinister organization known as Spectre. As Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly-appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond is drawn into a confrontation with an enemy who knows him better than he knows himself and holds a dangerous secret that will force Bond to question the value of everything he has fought to protect. »
- Timothy Monforton
Get your acronyms, jumpsuits and Illuminati parallels at the ready – Spectre’s coming.
After the still-confusing Quantum Of Solace and hitherto-unknown Skyfall, the name of the twenty-fourth Bond movie promises something concrete. Named after the criminal syndicate from the Sean Connery-era movies (and Ian Fleming’s original novels), the title’s created even more speculation for what was already one of the most anticipated, but also most risky, movies of the year.
It’s a particularly ballsy move on Sam Mendes’ part to return to the 007 franchise after Skyfall. Bond 23 was such an assured meditation on the series’ relevance, as well as a great entry in the canon by itself, that it already sits alongside Goldfinger as one of 007’s best. Just how do you top that?
Well, based on the first trailer for Spectre, it looks like the Oscar-winner has found the answer for that question. »
- Alex Leadbeater
After letting the sky fall when it crum-balled to the tune of a billion dollars at the global box office, Spectre may be the most anticipated James Bond movie since the last one. Daniel Craig's fourth feature as 007 won't arrive in UK cinemas until October, but the response to the teaser trailer released over the weekend has been very positive.
Four is hardly a magic number for Bond actors. Sean Connery's fourth outing was the less-than-stellar Thunderball, Roger Moore's was the all-too-interstellar Moonraker and Pierce Brosnan closed out his four-movie tenure with the infamously poor Die Another Day.
That makes Craig the fourth actor to rack up four turns as Bond, and if you're superstitious about this sort of thing, maybe that's why this looks to be the combo breaker. »
It took 44 years and 20 big screen outings before the Bond films even began to acknowledge its protagonist's origins, but if anything's going to define Daniel Craig's tenure as 007 it's the echoes from the character's past.
In the years between Roger Moore's departure and Timothy Dalton's arrival with The Living Daylights, screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson explored the idea of taking Bond back to his roots with the Royal Navy and his induction into MI6.
How times change.
Since Daniel Craig's dramatic entrance in Casino Royale, Bond has been a vulnerable tortured soul, carrying this through in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. The latter turned back the clock as 007 returned to his family home in Scotland, giving »
Earlier today, as the world anxiously awaited the premiere of the teaser trailer for "Spectre," the latest James Bond adventure (once again starring Daniel Craig as 007), we were on the set of the film in Mexico City, watching them film the movie's dramatic opening sequence and chatting with various members of the crew. This sequence obviously didn't make it into the teaser, which was weirdly action-free, but it did give us a hint at what's to come from this spy thriller.
Mexico is a location that the James Bond franchise has utilized plenty of times before, most recently in the mostly forgotten Craig entry "Quantum of Solace" and the hotel where part of this action sequence takes place, the Gran Hotel de Mexico, had already been used in a 007 movie -- the even-more-forgotten Timothy Dalton joint "The Living Daylights," way back in 1987 (no, I don't remember that one either).
- Drew Taylor
Daniel Craig could very well end up with the best ratio of good-to-bad Bond films of any Bond actor. Of his three contributions to the franchise only Quantum Of Solace stands out as a weak link, and even it’s not that bad. Anticipation has been high for the twenty-forth Bond film and whether it can keep Daniel Craig’s streak going. Well the first teaser for Spectre is here and if it’s any indication I’d say we’re in for another winner. Check »
- Kevin Fraser
He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.
Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.
- Dave McNary
Tom Felton has said that he wants to play James Bond or a Bond villain because he was first inspired to become an actor by the franchise.
Speaking to Metro, the actor said that it is an "unfulfilled career ambition" of his to work on a Bond film.
"I haven't landed James Bond yet," he said. "Playing Bond or a Bond villain was why I wanted to do movies in the first place."
The actor, who is best known for his role as bully Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, also said that he does not believe he has become typecast as a villain.
"I enjoy darker characters and humanising people who seem villainous, but who might just be insecure or have their own problems," he said.
"I'm not typecast, I am going for things further up the heroic scale. But I would be happy to play villainous roles »
In an interview with Magic FM, Arterton said: "I think Idris has got the cheek, he's great with action, he's funny but he's suave at the same time, he's sexy and he's black and I think we should have a black Bond.
"I just did a film with Idris and I was like, 'You should be James Bond'."
The 29-year-old actress, who played Agent Strawberry Fields in 2008's Quantum of Solace alongside Craig, has previously spoke about how she didn't really enjoy it.
She told the Independent: " I wasn't happy about it. It wasn't like: 'Oh my God, »
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