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James McAvoy To Play James Bond Creator, Ian Fleming?

30 December 2009 7:49 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the vein of Sam Worthington and Ryan Reynolds, Wanted star James McAvoy is one in-demand actor. Adding to the list of projects he’s attached to – beyond Wanted 2 and I’m with Cancer – we now get word that McAvoy is attached to a biopic of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.

Pajiba provides us with the story they’ve gotten from their source, The Hollywood Cog. The project, currently being referred to as simply Ian Fleming, is being developed by both Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films. McAvoy is attached to the lead role, and the film will reportedly focus specifically on the years of Fleming’s life in which he got the inspiration to create the James Bond character.

 

Fleming’s life is prime material for a biopic: Years before creating Bond, Fleming struggled under the shadow of his family name (his father was a member of parliament, and »

- Ross Miller

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James McAvoy to Play Ian Fleming?

29 December 2009 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio became a producer on an Ian Fleming biopic that was announced. DiCaprio's film company Appian Way boarded the project, according to an La Times report. Co-producer Andrew Lazar championed the original idea. "It's going to be very different from the Bond films," he told the Times. "There are a lot of different ways to crack biopics, but we're not trying to emulate a Bond movie... The idea that this guy's life informed the James Bond character is pretty fascinating."

Today comes word from Pajiba — quoting a source — that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing an independently financed $40M biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming, and that James McAvoy is attached to star in the title role.

Currently using the working title, 'Ian Fleming', the movie will be about the man who gave birth to the character of James Bond, specifically focusing »

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James McAvoy to Possibly Star in Ian Fleming Biopic

29 December 2009 9:01 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Pajiba reports that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic of James Bond author Ian Fleming with James McAvoy attached to play the lead.  Currently titled Ian Fleming, the biopic would focus on the years that gave Fleming his inspiration to create the twelve novels and two story collections featuring MI6 super-spy James Bond.  Apparently, Fleming was just a playboy in his early days but his experiences in World War II changed his life and caused him to become the creator of the semi-autobiographical 007.

McAvoy sounds like a solid choice for this role.  He has the charisma to portray a playboy but perhaps with a little delusion that he’s as charming and as lethal as his fictional counterpart.  The actor has been keeping busy as he wraps production on Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and is attached to Wanted 2 and to co-star with Seth Rogen in »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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New Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 Movie Poster

17 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

20th Century Fox just released this new character poster featuring Alvin from the upcoming animated film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” by director Betty Thomas (John Tucker Must Die) and starring Justin Long (The Conspirator, Planet 51), Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The House Bunny) and Christina Applegate (Going the Distance, The Rocker). Synopsis: Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville’s twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys must put aside music super-stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school’s music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly [...] »

- Brian Corder

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

16 December 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 Movie Poster 2

13 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

20th Century Fox released another new movie poster for the upcoming animated film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” by director Betty Thomas (John Tucker Must Die) and starring Justin Long (The Conspirator, Planet 51), Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The House Bunny) and Christina Applegate (Going the Distance, The Rocker). Synopsis: Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville’s twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys must put aside music super-stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school’s music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Tracking Shot October 2009: The Social Network, The No Game, Cedar Rapids

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a half of a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This October (2009), we are keeping tabs on.... - At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a half of a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This October (2009), we are keeping tabs on.... Arteta's Youth in Revolt got pushed back to 2010, by then he'll be in post-production with Cedar Rapids. Backed by Ad Hominem and Alexander Payne, hot off The Hangover, Ed Helms will play a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry. convention to try to save the jobs of his colleagues. I imagine the comedy will film in a tax incentive friendly city with a convention center for rent. »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Tales from ‘Star Wars’: Spunk, the stupid stormtrooper

7 December 2009 9:20 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Every movie has scenes removed from the final cut for many reasons: the film was running too long, the dialogue wasn’t flowing together or the scene just didn’t seem right. Editing happens and I not only understand that, I think it’s necessary. However, I discovered an entire character was removed from Star Wars, and I think it’s high time he was given his due. Can you imagine being cut out of the most popular film franchise in history? It had to sting. He probably cried himself to sleep every night and drowned his sorrows in Slurpees and corn nuts. So, no longer allowing this injustice, and despite what Lucas might think, let me introduce to you Spunk, the Stupid Stormtrooper…

(first Spunk scene cut)

Darth Vader: He is here.

Governor Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?

Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The »

- Natasha Hurt

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New Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 Movie Poster

6 December 2009 11:51 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

20th Century Fox just released this brand new movie poster for the upcoming animated film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” by director Betty Thomas (John Tucker Must Die) and starring Justin Long (The Conspirator, Planet 51), Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The House Bunny) and Christina Applegate (Going the Distance, The Rocker). Synopsis: Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville’s twenty-something nephew Toby (Levi). The boys must put aside music super-stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school’s music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet [...] »

- Brian Corder

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The Wright Track

25 November 2009 7:06 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

When Robin Wright broke onto the scene in 1987 as the luminous, romantic Buttercup in "The Princess Bride," some in the industry thought she was going to be a huge star. Seven years later, she earned cred with Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her role as Jenny Curran in "Forrest Gump." Scripts flooded in. Superstardom awaited her. But Wright balked, made motherhood a priority, and chose her roles carefully."I still don't want [superstardom], because what comes with it sucks, Wright says flatly. [People in the industry] want to take you into superstardom or celebrityism and all that, which I understand because it's commerce and it's a business. That's not why I'm in the business, though. It's irrelevant. I kind of went down the independent road for longer than they would've liked, I guess. Whatever, I'm happy with my career.She is not, however, happy with all of her performances. Not ever completely happy, »

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Redford's Accent Demands Left McAvoy Exhausted

25 November 2009 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Scottish actor James McAvoy found his boss Robert Redford a tough taskmaster while working on the star's latest movie - after the Hollywood veteran ordered him to speak in an American accent at all times.

The Last King of Scotland star is playing U.S. lawyer Frederick Aiken in Redford's The Conspirator, about the trial of a woman said to be involved in the assassination of 19th century American president Abraham Lincoln.

But McAvoy found himself at work even when the cameras stopped rolling - because Redford demanded he kept his U.S. lilt even during his downtime.

He says, "Bob wants me to stay in an American accent all the time. I'm trying to but I just can't be bothered all the time. I'm trying to make Bob happy, but that's an exhausting task.

"I'll get there eventually, hopefully, one day. So, no, I'm not particularly method with either my accents or my acting." »

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Former Disney star Zac Efron wants to be a James Bond “baddie”

24 November 2009 4:14 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

High School Musical star Zac Efron is a lot of things: good looking, young, rich , was in a movie in Matthew Perry, but is he Bond villain material?

While promoting his upcoming film, Me and Orson Welles, the 22-year-old said he is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise.

“I’m a huge James Bond fan,” Efron said. “I’d love to be a Bond baddie. I’ve seen pretty much every Bond film. Sean Connery is my favorite and I really like Goldeneye with Pierce Brosnan.”

I picture Efron playing Hup-Hup, the Persian rug dealer who dabbles in exotic fur trades. A lovable character, Hup-Hup accidentally becomes involved in the white slave trade while in Estonia. James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds him and the duo fight off the prostitution ring and deadly greenhouse gases.

Source: Contactmusic

Related posts:Jennifer Aniston, Lady GaGa and Bond Girls‘Wanted’ star James McAvoy »

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Stephen Root Joins The Conspirator

17 November 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Stephen Root (”Office Space”, “The Men Who Stare At Goats”) has joined the cast of “The Conspirator,” about the aftermath of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Robert Redford is directing the film. Root will play a key witness in the trial against the cabal of conspirators that were tried as sympathizers in the assassination of Lincoln and in aiding John Wilkes Booth carry out his deed and later escape. “The Conspirator” focuses on the story of Mary Surratt, the lone female conspirator and the first woman in Us history to be executed for treason. Robin Wright Penn will be playing Surratt. [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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