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Nicolas Cage joins action films Red Squad and Zander

According to Variety, Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Red Squad and Zander, two action films from Hannibal Classics, both of which are set to shoot in Puerto Rico later this year.

In Red Squad, Cage will portray a recently paroled Navy Seal who teams up with his best friend, a fed-up DEA Agent, to take down a ruthless drug lord whose cartel killed his family. Alexander Witt will direct the film from a script written by Jorge Suarez, Cam Cannon, Scott Windhauser and David Sardi.

Zander will see Cage as an American ex-pat in Puerto Rico who finds his family-owned coffee farm threatened by a dangerous drug lord who wants to buy his farm. When he refuses, he’s abducted and has team up with a local rogue cop to fight back. Scott Windhauser has penned the script, and a director is yet to be attached.

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Nicolas Cage Starring in Action Movies ‘Red Squad,’ ‘Zander’ (Exclusive)

Nicolas Cage Starring in Action Movies ‘Red Squad,’ ‘Zander’ (Exclusive)
Nicolas Cage has signed with Hannibal Classics for a pair of action movies — “Red Squad” and “Zander” — with both shooting in Puerto Rico in October through end of the year.

Hannibal Classics is selling rights to both films at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cage will play a recently paroled Navy Seal in “Red Squad.” In the film, he teams up with a fed-up DEA Agent who’s his best friend to take down a ruthless drug lord whose cartel killed the parolee’s family.

Producers on “Red Squad” are Richard Rionda Del Castro, Moshe Diamant, Luillo Ruiz and Oscar Generale; exec producers are Walter Josten, Patricia Eberle, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth and Mike Nilon. Alexander Witt is directing from a script written by Jorge Suarez, Cam Cannon, Scott Windhauser and David Sardi.

In “Zander,” Cage will portray an American ex-pat in Puerto Rico who finds his family-owned coffee farm threatened
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Ava DuVernay Tells Norman Lear That Obama Is ‘100 Percent’ Black

  • The Wrap
Ava DuVernay Tells Norman Lear That Obama Is ‘100 Percent’ Black
Norman Lear and Ava DuVernay are two Hollywood headliners who have never shied away from addressing the country’s biggest elephant in the room — race relations. They lived up to form on Tuesday, as the writer and producer behind iconic sitcoms like “Good Times” and “Sanford and Son” and the director of “Selma” and the “13th” bantered about the 44th president of the United States in terms that had some in the gilded audience chuckling nervously. At a morning panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, moderator and NBC News correspondent Alex Witt asked Lear and DuVernay about.
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TV News Scrambles To Cover Orlando Shooting Tragedy

TV News Scrambles To Cover Orlando Shooting Tragedy
The nation’s TV-news outlets mobilized to cover a tragedy in Orlando in which a shooter opened fire in a nightclub catering to Lgbt customers, killing what is estimated to be about 50 people.

Lester Holt, Matt Lauer Scott Pelley, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Bill Hemmer were among the high-visibility anchors who were dispatched to Orlando to provide on-the-scene coverage of the mass murder and its aftermath, a signal of the intense interest in an incident which authorities have suggested has terrorist undertones.

NBC planned to devote a new “Dateline” to coverage of the event Sunday and to have Lester Holt anchor Sunday’s “NBC Nightly News” from Orlando. Matt Lauer is expected to anchor “Today” from Orlando Monday morning, NBC News said. CBS said Scott Pelley, Charlie Rose and Gayle King and Josh Elliott would all travel to Orlando to anchor “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning” and the Cbsn feed from Orlando. On Sunday night, “60 Minutes” contained a segment with the latest updates on the story. ABC planned to run a special hour of “20/20” on Sunday evening and dispatched “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir to anchor coverage from Orlando for Sunday and Monday.

Many of the networks have covered the horrific incident since early Sunday. MSNBC, for example, said its coverage began at 4:30 a.m. Eastern. Chris Jansing and Alex Witt anchored coverage in the late morning and early afternoon on the NBCUniversal-owned outlet until making way for Tamron Hall at 2 p.m., then Brian Williams at 3:50. He was expected to continue to hold forth on MSNBC through the evening.

Fox News Channel pre-empted regular programming Sunday morning, giving the anchor reins to Bret Baier at 11 a.m., rather than running the regularly scheduled program at that time, “MediaBuzz,” a media-analysis program hosted by Howard Kurtz. At CNN, Jake Tapper devoted his political-talk program, “State of the Union,” to coverage of the incident, interviewing national-security analysts and Rep. Pete King, among others. Tapper continued to anchor coverage into the early afternoon.

Scott Pelley anchored CBS and Cbsn, CBS’ live streaming-video news feed, in the late morning. Willie Geist, normally on NBC’s air Sunday to anchor “Sunday Today,” led an NBC News special report that started at 10:16 a.m. eastern and led rolling coverage that continued in the late morning and early afternoon. ABC News also broke into programming Sunday morning to cover the incident.

Most of the cable networks have given way to wall-to-wall coverage, and clearly planned to devote the bulk of their coverage to Orlando heading into Monday. Fox News said Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren were expected to anchor live from the scene on Monday to report on the most current developments. ABC said “Good Morning America” will cover the aftermath. with George Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach expected to be on the ground in Orlando on Monday June 13. NBC said Matt Lauer would be in Orlando to anchor coverage for “Today.”

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Spectre: Sam Mendes on the difficulties of the opening scene

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Exclusive: Sam Mendes talks us through the opening helicopter sequence in Spectre, in some detail…

Now playing in UK cinemas is Spectre, the eagerly-awaited 24th James Bond film. It stars Daniel Craig and is directed once again by Sam Mendes. And we had a chance to sit down with Mendes to chat about the film.

We decided to avoid the questions about if he’s doing another Bond film, if it’s all the same with your good selves. And instead, we asked him to take us through, in detail, the difficulties of one sequence in his new film. We’re thrilled he obliged.

One spoiler note: the scene we’re going to discuss all takes place before Sam Smith starts singing…

I figure we’ve got ten minutes here, so if it’s okay with you, I want to do something that’s not clickbait-y.

We’re movie nerds,
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Here’s a new video blog from Spectre

Last night, Sony Pictures released a brand new video blog from the set of Spectre, the next film in the James Bond series.

on the action sequences in the film, the vlog features comments from director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman.

Sam Mendes said, “The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions…”

Chris Corbould added, “It’s going to be a real rollercoaster ride.”

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security,
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Watch The Latest Spectre Vlog

The latest vlog on the making of Spectre is all about the action sequences. Hear what director Sam Mendes, Second Unit Director Alexander Witt, First Assistant Director Michael Lerman and Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould have to say about the upcoming 007 film.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his
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Previewing Explosive Plane and Auto Action in 'Spectre'

Previewing Explosive Plane and Auto Action in 'Spectre'
With the return of Spectre and its wild mayhem, the 24th Bond movie (opening stateside November 6) offers plenty of thrilling action set pieces in Mexico City, Austria, Rome and Morocco. These are highlighted (sans Rome) in the new vlog with commentary by director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt and first assistant director Michael Lerman. Marking a franchise first, there's a chase in snowy Austria with three vehicles chasing Daniel Craig's Bond in a plane. At one point, Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx fires at him. It climaxes with an explosive crash. The Day of the Dead pre-credit sequence in Mexico City represents the most elaborate in franchise history, involving a rooftop chase by Bond, an explosion that knocks out a block of buildings and a furious fight in a helicopter, which does a dazzling 360 flip. And in Morocco, the special effects crew
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"Spectre" Gets A New Action Featurette

MGM and Sony have released the latest featurette for the upcoming James Bond film "Spectre," this clip focusing on the action sequences and how practical they could make them.

Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, second unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman talk about their work on the big stunts in the film.

Specifically there's building collapses and intense helicopter action in Mexico, a massive explosion in Morocco, and a plane/three car chase sequence in Austria. "Spectre" is set to open October 26th in the UK followed by November 6th in the United States.
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New James Bond video blog shows off some of the action set pieces of Spectre

  • JoBlo
With the release of James Bond's newest adventure a mere month and a half away, the latest production video blog focuses on the action sequences in the film. Featuring comments from director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman, this video goes behind the scenes on the latest entry of the... Read More...
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New James Bond video blog shows off some of the action setpieces of Spectre

  • JoBlo
With the release of James Bond's newest adventure a mere month and a half away, the latest production video blog focuses on the action sequences in the film. Featuring comments from director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman, this video goes behind the scenes on the latest entry of the... Read More...
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Spectre's incredible action scenes teased in new behind-the-scenes video

Spectre's incredible action scenes teased in new behind-the-scenes video
The latest behind-the-scenes video blog from Spectre dives headfirst into the film's incredible action sequences.

Daniel Craig's and Sam Mendes's Skyfall follow-up will send 007 pinballing between Mexico and Italy, the Alps and London in pursuit of Christoph Waltz's Blofeld Franz Oberhauser.

Everything you need to know about the latest Bond movie Spectre

Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, second unit director Alexander Witt and first assistant director Michael Lerman all weigh in for the new teaser.

"The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions," said Mendes, while Corbould promised fans "a real rollercoaster ride".

Previous behind-the-scenes videos have shown a glimpse of the new Bond Girls Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, an Aston Martin car chase and a mountain-top stunt in Austria.

Sam Smith's theme song 'Writing's on the Wall' is due to be released this Friday (September 25).

Spectre will be released
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New Featurette On Spectre's Stunts

New Featurette On Spectre's Stunts
A big part of any James Bond movie are the scrapes that 007 – played currently by Daniel Craig – gets into, and, more importantly for the future of the films, out of. Spectre promises to keep upping the ante and a new featurette on the action sequences is now online. Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, and first assistant director Michael Lerman are among those who have worked to bring the movie’s big stunts to life. The film, meanwhile, finds Bond digging into his past and heading out on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre. All the while, MI6 itself is under threat from a new department that has decided that its
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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork,
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Bts Spectre footage from Day of the Dead parade opening scene

  • JoBlo
The pre-credits Day of the Dead parade scene from Spectre will reportedly feature over 1500 extras and Bond producer Michael G. Wilson has described it as "the biggest sequence we've ever done." Last month a breakdown of the scene landed online, and now Yahoo has released a video that is a mix of behind-the-scenes footage and stills from the shoot in Mexico City. 2nd unit director Alex Witt and actress Stephanie Sigman (Estrella) provided details on what's...
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'Spectre' in Mexico City: What We Know About the James Bond Movie's Opening Scene

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).

As
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The ‘Resident Evil’ franchise dispels the myths about video game adaptations

Milla Jovovich with her sidekicks Milla and Milla

Whenever an artistic medium dares to cheat on its loyal fanbase by scurrying over to another, anger and thinkpieces likely follow. Technology has amped up an uncanny-valley-sort of realism in video games. Movies have added more CGI to its blockbuster spectacles and animation. Thus, the previously distinct media have drawn blurrier lines with consumers none too pleased. Games like Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain earn the title of “cinematic”, either as mere descriptor or complaint. A quick gameplay video affirms this: most of the action simply propels the player through a grounded narrative with only a few promptly-timed button mashes driving what looks like an animated movie. Cinema-goers as well have lambasted recent multi-million-dollar projects like Gravity for sequences of first-person, graphics-laden action, not unlike a Call of Duty cut-scene (the latest of which, by the way, features CGI-fied Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey
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Bond 24 Is Called Spectre, Cast and Teaser Poster Revealed

Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, and Eon Productions have announced highly anticipated details about the 24th James Bond movie. They made the announcement from the Bond sound stage at Pinewood Studios. The movie will be called Spectre, a teaser poster was released, and you will find more information regarding the Sam Mendes directed film below thanks to the official James Bond Twitter account that live-tweeted the big event announcement.

For those of you not familiar with the name Spectre, it's the fictional terrorist organization that was introduced in the Bond novel Thunderball, and it was also present in the beginning of the movie Dr. No. The name stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which is led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Returning to direct Spectre is Sam Mendes, whose Skyfall was the highest-grossing entry in the history of the Bond franchise — not to mention one of the best reviewed.
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"Spectre": Official Sony Press Release

  • CinemaRetro
London, UK, December 4, 2014 – 007 Soundstage, Pinewood Studios, London. James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. Spectre begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.

Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for Spectre.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive,
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