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Spectre gets the Honest Trailer treatment

5 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Junkies has released an Honest Trailer for James Bond’s latest big screen adventure Spectre; which we have for you here…

See Also: Spectre set for Blu-ray release in February, special features revealed

See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here

Spectre sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Lucia Sciarra, Stephanie Sigman (The Bridge) as Estrella and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Oberhauser.

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- Gary Collinson

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Song

4 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight  The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" song "Glory." It seems the days where we'd never heard of the best original song winner are long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) -- and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best original song. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on. »

- Indiewire

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Oscar’s Song Crop Ranges from ‘Simple’ to Complex

3 February 2016 2:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s batch of Oscar original song nominees represents quite the motley crew, with an operatic aria on one end of the spectrum and a bumping, post-coital soul track on the other.

“Earned It,” from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” earned first-time nominations for the Weeknd (aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who performs), Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio.

The slow, sexy waltz plays as Jamie Dornan drives a conflicted Dakota Johnson home after a night of consummation, then reprises at the unresolved close of the film into the credits.

“(Director) Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted a song that had more soul to it, and, more importantly, that was coming from a male perspective,” Moccio says.

The song, which features Moccio on piano, is based on just two chords. Only toward the end does it shift into other harmonic territory, “where the strings kind of go wild,” he says. “That was »

- Tim Greiving

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Watch Spectre Get Ripped To Shreds In Brutal New Honest Trailer

2 February 2016 4:15 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Though it was hugely hyped up, especially following on the heels of Skyfall, one of the most financially and critically successful James Bond movies ever, Spectre wasn.t quite as great as everyone hoped. It simply left a lot of people flat and didn.t bring anything new to the table for the franchise that.s been going for more than 50 years. Given the less than optimal results, you probably knew this was coming, but Spectre got its very own Honest Trailer today. The latest offering from Screen Junkies picks Spectre apart in typically brutal fashion. I actually enjoyed the movie well enough.it.s likely the worst of the Daniel Craig-era, and it.s little more than paint-by-numbers Bond, but that.s still more entertaining than most movies out there. Still, even with that, a lot of the points in this video are spot on and warranted. Spectre »

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‘Spectre’ Honest Trailer: Just Watch ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Again

2 February 2016 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Though James Bond fans were excited to see what director Sam Mendes did with Spectre after knocking Skyfall out of the park back in 2012, plenty were disappointed when the film finally hit theaters last fall. While this writer didn’t find the film to be downright terrible, mostly enjoying the throwback elements of the story […]

The post ‘Spectre’ Honest Trailer: Just Watch ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Again appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: Honest Trailer For Bond-By-The-Numbers 'Spectre'

2 February 2016 10:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

James Bond returned last fall with "Spectre," and the movie has not achieved the commercial success of "Skyfall" nor did it continue the franchise revitalization vibe of "Casino Royale." So what was it? Well, Screen Junkies is here with their latest Honest Trailer to break it all down. Read More: Review: Sam Mendes' 'Spectre,' Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux & Ralph Fiennes   Calling it quite accurately "Bond-by-the-numbers," the video takes the movie to task for dully running down the expected Bond tropes, including fancy cars, gadgets, catchphrases, and women (or as they call them, "underdeveloped female sex objects" —zing). This Honest Trailer also calls out the predictable Blofeld reveal, as well as the film's penchant for board meetings, briefings, and other stuff you don't want to see in a Bond movie. Check out the Honest Trailer takedown of 007 below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Wants To Make "A Big Extravagant Action Film" With 'The Avenging Silence'

2 February 2016 8:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nicolas Winding Refn is an expert at being coy. When it was announced last week that he was working with Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall," "Spectre") on an Asia-set action thriller, the general assumption was that it was his long-brewing "The Avenging Silence." It's safe to say that it is, but when asked directly by Deadline if it was that project, Refn of course did a little dance around completely confirming it. "Well, I think it may very well be. But it’s always fun to suddenly change things around," he said. Read More: Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'The Act Of Seeing', Why There's No Sex In His Films, 'The Neon Demon,' And More Okay, I'm just going to go ahead and assume the Purvis/Wade project is "The Avenging Silence," and hearing Refn describe the movie, it sounds »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nicolas Winding Refn teaming with Bond screenwriters for action thriller

2 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Nicolas Winding Refn is to team up with Skyfall and Spectre screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for a new film which “will have an Asian setting with both thriller and action elements.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Refn will direct the project, as well as producing through his Space Rocket Nation company.

Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon is set for release later this year and stars Elle Fanning as an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.” Also featuring in the cast are Christina Hendricks (Drive), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick). »

- Gary Collinson

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Adele Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using Her Music During Campaign Rallies

1 February 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Donald Trump has been using some of Adele‘s biggest hits during his campaign for president. Adele is hitting back. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” said her rep to the Daily News.  Trump frequently plays her hits, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” to rally up his audience before speaking. […]

The post Adele Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using Her Music During Campaign Rallies appeared first on uInterview. »

- Crystal Smith

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Adele Denies Donald Trump Permission to Use Her Music on Campaign Trail

1 February 2016 11:36 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Donald Trump "could've had it all," but now he'll have nothing, as Adele has denied him permission from using any of her music on the campaign trail. The real estate magnate has used "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall" at various events to rev up the crowd, but that will soon come to an end as a rep for the famous singer tells E! News, "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning." An Adele fan, Trump attended her Radio City Music Hall concert at the end of 2015. Trump isn't the first politician to appropriate the British singer's music for campaign use. Mike Huckabee also shared a cover of Adele's "Hello" »

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With ‘Spectre’ Writers for What May or May Not Be ‘The Avenging Silence’

29 January 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Having just completed The Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn is preparing to dive headfirst into his next new movie. He’s set to team with Spectre and Skyfall scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for an Asia-set action-thriller, which may or may not be his previously mentioned project The Avenging Silence.  Deadline broke the news. Refn is developing and producing the movie with Lene […]

The post Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With ‘Spectre’ Writers for What May or May Not Be ‘The Avenging Silence’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Bond Writers For Asian-Set Action Thriller, Could This Be 'The Avenging Silence'?

29 January 2016 1:19 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For quite a while now, Nicolas Winding Refn has been talking about "The Avenging Silence," a Tokyo-set movie that would feature a protagonist not unlike the ones played by Mads Mikkelsen in "Valhalla Rising" and Ryan Gosling in "Drive" — a stoic, silent, singularly driven character. And while he has been tight-lipped about any plot details, last summer he revealed that the script was in the works, and added, "I would love to do like a spy movie, something like that." So bear in that mind with this latest development. Read More: Watch A 1-Hour Talk With Nicolas Winding Refn About His Book 'The Act Of Seeing' Deadline reports that writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade — James Bond franchise veterans who have put their pen to six 007 movies including "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall," and "Spectre" — are working with Refn on a project that "will have an Asian »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Roger Deakins Says Shooting On Film Is "Over"

26 January 2016 7:33 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Film is dead. Despite a few notable holdouts such as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and some budding young filmmakers who like the aesthetic, digital filming has pretty much supplanted film stock in usage on motion picture and TV production.

In fact, and despite the 70mm rollout for "The Hateful Eight," don't expect film to make a comeback says Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins. Deakins, considered one of the world's best directors of photography for movies working today, made the jump to digital years ago and the results have been some stunning looking films such as "Skyfall," "Sicario" and "Prisoners".

Speaking with Variety, he was asked about the divide and says "just the technical problems with film, I'm sorry, it's over". Deakins is also a long time collaborator with the Coen brothers who have always shot on film, revealed that the Coens were actually debating about going digital for "Hail, Caesar!" and »

- Garth Franklin

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James Bond 007: revisiting Spectre

24 January 2016 6:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We complete our series looking back at the James Bond movies, with a detailed look at Spectre, starring Daniel Craig...

This article contains big spoilers for Spectre and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?

The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »

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New to Streaming: ‘Taxi,’ ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Spectre,’ ‘The Godfather Epic,’ and More

22 January 2016 5:15 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marie Heller)

Writer-director Marie Heller paints an accurate, honest, and vibrant portrait of her young protagonist, Minnie (Bel Powley), in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. With the use of some beautiful hand-drawn animation, an enlightening and funny narration, and Powley’s versatile performance, this is about as intimate as a subjective picture gets. We experience the world as this young girl does. »

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‘Sicario’ Review

21 January 2016 8:31 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Max Trujillo, Julio Cedillo, Hank Rogerson | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Canadian director Denis Villenueve follows up his 2013/14, critically acclaimed dark duo: Prisoners and Enemy with a film that delves into the growing schism between drug law enforcement in the USA and the political wants and needs at national government level.

Emily Blunt plays Kate Mercer – an idealistic, fast rising star in the FBI’s battle state side. After her most recent raid goes horribly and tragically wrong she’s called up to volunteer for a covert mission to apprehend the people directly responsible for the colleagues she’s lost. During her interview for this new role the questions – led by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) a sandal wearing hippy spook with a glock – are oblique and the details of the »

- Stuart Wright

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Adele Isn't Alone: See More Music Superstars Who Were Able to Perform at Both the Oscars and Grammy Awards

20 January 2016 5:40 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Adele is ready to perform on two stages very few artists have the opportunity to visit. After belting out "Skyfall" at the Oscars, the singer has graciously accepted an invitation to perform at the Grammy Awards airing next month from Los Angeles. The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Little Big Town were also announced early Wednesday. It's a rare situation where a musical performer has been able to perform at two of the biggest award shows in the world. At the same time, it's not completely out of this world impossible. After the news broke, we wanted to acknowledge a few familiar faces who have been given the rare chance to sing a special tune in front of two very prestigious »

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Contest: Win Spectre Blu-Ray

17 January 2016 10:52 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Daniel Craig returns as everyone’s favorite super spy in Spectre, the latest James Bond film which is set to hit Blu-Ray next month. And to celebrate, We Got This Covered is going to give away a copy to one lucky reader!

While not as critically acclaimed as 007’s last outing, Skyfall, the 24th instalment in the series was still a strong effort, boasting thrilling action sequences, exotic locations and of course, Craig’s excellent portrayal of the iconic character.

To enter for a chance to win Spectre on Blu-Ray, simply subscribe to our brand new push notification system here (please note that it is only available on Desktop and in Google Chrome at the moment).

Doing so will allow you to receive real-time updates on breaking news from We Got This Covered. Additionally, the winner will also be announced via push notification. Once you’ve subscribed, send an email to info@wegotthiscovered. »

- Josh Wilding

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Watch: Mashup Highlights Parallels Between Climactic Scene From 'Collateral' & Shanghai Sequence From 'Skyfall'

15 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Growing up it was all about watching a film on mute and pairing it with the perfect album, trying to synchronize a scene or entire movie with a song or full-length record. Nowadays, mashups are ubiquitous, and the similarities between film, art, and music prominently fill up the pages of the web and social media nearly everyday. Read More: Ranked: Every James Bond Film From Best To Worst In this new 6-minute video from Michael McIennan, he concentrates on the visual similarities between the climax to Michael Mann’s thrilling 2004 “Collateral” and the Shanghai sequence of Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall” from 2012. The video is edited so the films transpire at once, with scenes re-ordered, but it serves to highlight the haunting parallel scores and brilliant silhouetted work from inimitable cinematographers Roger Deakins (“Skyfall”) and Dion Beebee (“Collateral”). The mashup is best watched with headphones on as its creator recommends in his introduction; you certainly. »

- Samantha Vacca

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Oscars 2016: Lady Gaga on Egot Track With Best Song Nomination

14 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Lady Gaga is having a great week: After earning a Golden Globe on Sunday for her acting debut in "American Horror Story: Hotel," Gaga just nabbed her first Oscar nomination, earning a nod for Best Original Song. And you know what that means: Mother Monster is officially on Egot watch.

While some media outlets mistakenly reported this weekend that Gaga's Globes win put her on the Egot path (those misbegotten tweets were hastily deleted), Thursday's nomination -- for co-writing the tune "Til It Happens to You" from documentary "The Hunting Ground" -- now confirms that the musician-turned-actress is indeed on her way to earning another component of the crowning four achievements in entertainment: An Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Gaga already has a whopping six Grammys on her shelf, with another nomination pending, also for "Til It Happens to You."

So how likely is it that Gaga »

- Katie Roberts

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