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Sean Connery, the First and Ultimate James Bond, Dies at 90

Sean Connery, the First and Ultimate James Bond, Dies at 90
Sean Connery, the rugged, sardonically assured Scotsman who won an Academy Award and portrayed James Bond seven times, proving to the world that nobody could do it better, has died. He was 90.

Connery’s death was reported by the BBC on Saturday.

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words, ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ He ...
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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson Boards Blumhouse Horror Movie ‘Black Phone’

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson Boards Blumhouse Horror Movie ‘Black Phone’
Doctor Strange” filmmaker Scott Derrickson will direct the horror movie “Black Phone” for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

Derrickson will also co-write the adapted screenplay with Robert Cargill. The duo teamed on the script for “Doctor Strange” and “Sinister.”

“Black Phone” is based on Joe Hill’s horror novella of the same name. The book revolves around a dead cinephile, a lonely kid, an eight-foot-tall locust and a man locked in a basement stained with the blood of murdered children. There’s also an old, disconnected telephone that rings at night with calls from the dead.

Mason Thames (“For All Mankind”) and Madeleine McGraw (“Toy Story 4”) will star in the film. Derrickson, Cargill and Blumhouse topper Jason Blum are producing the pic. Hill will serve as an executive producer.

Derrickson’s directing credits include “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005), “Sinister” (2012), “Deliver Us From Evil” (2014) and the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Doctor Strange,
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‘Revolver’: Beatles-Themed Comedy Will Star Maya and Ethan Hawke

‘Revolver’: Beatles-Themed Comedy Will Star Maya and Ethan Hawke
Real-life father and daughter Ethan Hawke and Maya Hawke will star together in Revolver, a comedy about a young woman trying to get very close to the Beatles after a plane carrying the Fab Four unexpectedly lands in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Wall-e and Finding Nemo/Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton is set to helm the film from a script by Stranger […]

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Breaking Down MGM’s Costly ‘No Time to Die’ Dilemma

Breaking Down MGM’s Costly ‘No Time to Die’ Dilemma
In early October, with cases of Covid-19 rising in Europe, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer decided to pull the plug on its plans to release “No Time to Die” at Thanksgiving.

The studio had made a similar decision last March as coronavirus first gripped the world, pushing the release of the 25th James Bond adventure back by eight months only to discover that it hadn’t run far enough ahead of a worsening public health catastrophe. The move was financially painful, given that the studio had already spent $66 million in marketing costs. Bringing “No Time to Die” to the screen was already a pricey proposition — the film, which marks Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007, carried a $301 million net budget. Plus, Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who control the rights to the series, have generous backend and profit participation deals, limiting the amount of money MGM is able to make on the movie.
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Dave Bautista, Director Brad Peyton Team on Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’

Dave Bautista, Director Brad Peyton Team on Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’
Actor Dave Bautista and director Brad Peyton are teaming up on “Universe’s Most Wanted,” a sci-fi fantasy about a small town’s fight to save the world. AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance are launching worldwide sales on the project in the coming weeks.

In addition to Bautista starring and Peyton directing, they will also produce “Universe’s Most Wanted.” F. Scott Frazier (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage”) and Jimmy Loweree wrote the script. The story centers on a small town that sees a space ship carrying the universe’s most wanted and dangerous criminals land in their backyard. The sheriff’s son soon becomes a hero as he works with an intergalactic peacekeeper (Bautista) to rally up the alien prisoners and keep them from taking over the world.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to get going on ‘Universe’s Most Wanted,'” Peyton said in a statement.
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Jeff Bridges Shares an Inspiring Update On His ''Mortality'' Amid Cancer Battle

Jeff Bridges Shares an Inspiring Update On His ''Mortality'' Amid Cancer Battle
Jeff Bridges is going to keep on keeping on.  Ten days after the Hollywood legend first shared news of his lymphoma diagnosis, he posted a heartwarming health update to his website on Thursday, Oct. 29.  Accompanied by a photo of Bridges proudly posing in a hospital gown and some hand-drawn doodles, The Big Lebowski star wrote, "This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of precociousness & gratitude & good old fashion love & lots of it, big time. I'm feeling so much of it comin' my way, & man I appreciate it." Bridges continued, "It's contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge & thank you guys for reaching...
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As ‘Mandalorian’ Returns for Second Season, Composer Ludwig Goransson Hints at New Themes

As ‘Mandalorian’ Returns for Second Season, Composer Ludwig Goransson Hints at New Themes
Ludwig Göransson, who won an Emmy last month for composing the music to season 1 of “The Mandalorian,” is predictably coy about the show’s return, beginning tomorrow on Disney Plus. But this much is certain: those bass recorders, the distinct and lonely theme for the helmeted bounty hunter, will be back.

“There will be a lot of new sounds, new themes and new ideas, but we also have the familiar themes that we love from season 1,” Göransson tells Variety. He has finished scoring the eight episodes of season 2, adding about the series, “It’s so fun and, especially in these times,
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‘Queen & Slim’ Actor Jodie Turner-Smith to Play Queen Anne Boleyn in New Series

‘Queen & Slim’ Actor Jodie Turner-Smith to Play Queen Anne Boleyn in New Series
Queen & Slim” star Jodie Turner-Smith will star as the Tudor-era queen, Anne Boleyn, in a three-part psychological drama for ViacomCBS-backed U.K. broadcaster Channel 5.

Boleyn was the Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII. Their tempestuous marriage, and her execution for treason, made her one of the most colorful figures in English history. The drama will explore the final months of Boleyn’s life from her perspective, and will follow her as she struggles to survive, to secure a future for her daughter, and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.
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‘Legend Of Halloween’: David Gordon Green Has Written A Kids Book Based On John Carpenter’s Original Film

‘Legend Of Halloween’: David Gordon Green Has Written A Kids Book Based On John Carpenter’s Original Film
It’s almost Halloween! Breathe it in, folks! It’s that time of year when you get to curl up with your loved ones and watch a scary movie, tell spooky stories, or, now, even lull your children into a cozy dreamlike state with the soothing tales of everyone’s favorite masked serial killer, Michael Myers.

Read More: ‘Halloween Kills’ Blumfest Teaser: Next Halloween, When The Sun Sets, He Kills

That’s right, in lieu of delivering us a new “Halloween” film this year, David Gordon Green, who directed the 2018 “Halloween” sequel as well as the upcoming films “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends”, along with illustrator Onur Tukel and Further Front Publishing announced the impending release of the illustrated (almost) all-ages story, “The Legend of Halloween,” based on the original motion picture screenplay of “Halloween” (1978) from John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

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Pierce Brosnan Pays Tribute to Sean Connery: ‘You Were My Greatest James Bond’

Pierce Brosnan Pays Tribute to Sean Connery: ‘You Were My Greatest James Bond’
Pierce Brosnan took to Instagram on Saturday to honor his fellow James Bond actor Sean Connery, who died in his sleep at the age of 90.

“Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever,” Brosnan wrote alongside a black-and-white picture of the late actor. “You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.”

Brosnan added, “You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.”

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‘Ghost Nation’ and ‘Kindred Spirits’ Investigators Team Up to Flush Out Spirits in the ‘Dark Shadows’ Mansion

‘Ghost Nation’ and ‘Kindred Spirits’ Investigators Team Up to Flush Out Spirits in the ‘Dark Shadows’ Mansion
Ghost-hunting teams from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits” cross over into one paranormal super event on Halloween night: Investigators from both shows will work together again for the first time in seven years for “Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell.”

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from “Ghost Nation” call on their paranormal buddies Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of “Kindred Spirits,” with whom they used to investigate on “Ghost Hunters.” This time around, they reopen a case involving restless spirits at Seaview Terrace, the 40,000-square-foot, 54-room Rhode Island mansion famous for being featured on the Gothic vampire soap opera of the late ’60s, “Dark Shadows.”

The home’s long and twisted history began in 1907 when it was built in Washington, D.C., by the whiskey tycoon Edson Bradley and his wife, Julia. For health reasons, they later moved the entire structure to Rhode Island. The local
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Video: Trump Supporters Tried to Run Biden Bus ‘Off the Road’

Video: Trump Supporters Tried to Run Biden Bus ‘Off the Road’
Multiple videos posted to social media on Saturday morning apparently show Trump supporters in trucks and cars harassing a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaign bus in Texas, causing the campaign to cancel a planned event in Central Texas.

A Biden campaign spokesperson told Forbes that the Trump supporters “attempted to slow the bus down and run it off the road.” And one local Democratic Party leader, Katie Naranjo, tweeted photos and said Trump supporters “followed the Biden bus throughout central Texas” and “ran into a person’s car, yelling curse words and threats.
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Viera Cakanyova’s ‘White on White’ Wins Ji.hlava Film Festival

Viera Cakanyova’s ‘White on White’ Wins Ji.hlava Film Festival
Fearless truth-seeking and empathy won the day at the 24th Ji.hlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival Saturday, with Viera Cakanyova’s Arctic-shot video diary “White on White” taking the Opus Bonum main prize. The top Czech doc fest, which continues online through Nov. 8, when the audience prize will be announced, awarded filmmakers early this year as it forged its first-ever hybrid edition owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

Juror Hilal Baydarov called Cakanyova’s film “honest, brave and inspirational” for her determination to chart her own emotional state as she filmed in the frozen Polish outpost, a feat showing how “almost impossible it is to make a film about oneself.”

Baydarov, adjudicating films online from Egypt, granted a special mention to the French account of poet Thierry Metz’ last musings, “A Man Leaning” by Olivier Dury and Marie-Violaine Brincard, “for its beautiful structure and well-performed editing.”

In the Between the Seas competition
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Darrell Hammond on His Iconic ‘SNL’ Sean Connery Impression

Darrell Hammond on His Iconic ‘SNL’ Sean Connery Impression
When they were coming up with the first Celebrity Jeopardy! skit back in December of 1996, Saturday Night Live’s cast and writers weren’t so sure they had a hit on their hands — least of all Darrell Hammond, who tossed out the eleventh-hour idea of Sean Connery as a guest, with little confidence it would even make the cut.

Almost 25 years later, Hammond says his lunkheaded, trash-talking version of the distinguished, Oscar-winning actor is “easily the most popular thing I’ve ever done. In my whole life.”

Following news this
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Chairman Ando Hiroyasu Says Tokyo Festival Must Remain Competitive

Chairman Ando Hiroyasu Says Tokyo Festival Must Remain Competitive
In his opening message for Wednesday’s Asian Film Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival chairman Ando Hiroyasu quoted “Macbeth”: “The night is long that never finds the day.”

Whereas the Afa event was held online, for Tokyo, it seems that dawn has already arrived. Despite initial concerns, this year’s festival will play to cinemas operating at full capacity, after Japan’s government relaxed its Covid-19 guidelines.

Ando isn’t taking anything for granted, though. “I’m just hoping we can make it through the next week without any problems,” he says.

Due to the difficulties of convening an international jury this year, the festival’s three main competition sections have been merged into a single category. Ando introduced a selection committee to pick the films, and there will be just one prize, the Audience Award.

“One of our goals this year is to encourage lots of people to go to the cinema,
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Five Japanese Movies not to Miss at the Tokyo Film Festival

Five Japanese Movies not to Miss at the Tokyo Film Festival
While there are fewer Japanese titles than usual at this year’s streamlined Tokyo International Film Festival, it’s a varied selection, with numerous international co-productions and films tackling contemporary issues, as well as retrospectives, anime and a few classics. Here are five, new and old, that are worth catching.

“Along the Sea”

After highlighting the plight of Burmese refugees in debut feature “Passage of Life,” director Fujimoto Akio turns his attention to Japan’s controversial technical trainee program for foreign workers. The film follows three young Vietnamese women who migrate to the country, only to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Underdog

Director Take Masaharu and screenwriter Adachi Shin scored their most memorable collaboration with 2014 boxing drama “100 Yen Love.” They return to the ring for TIFF’s opening film, a bruising drama with a marathon running time of nearly five hours. A bulked-up Moriyama Mirai
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Michael Bay Pens Tribute to Sean Connery and His “James Bond Smile” of Approval

Michael Bay Pens Tribute to Sean Connery and His “James Bond Smile” of Approval
He was a legend. We all have a few teachers in our careers. The ones that imprint something special on your being. Teachers that you haven’t seen in 20 years, but you still remember their wisdom like yesterday. Sean Connery was one of those for me.

I was young-dumb, doing my second movie, The Rock. I had heard he was notoriously tough on directors. I was terrified when I gave him my first direction: “Uh, Sean can you please do that less charming.” He said, “Sure, boy!” “Boy” was the nickname he gave me.

Sean was notoriously thrifty ...
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Geralt Faces a Skeletal New Monster in First Look at ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 (Video)

Geralt Faces a Skeletal New Monster in First Look at ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 (Video)
Netflix on Saturday dropped a montage of Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia fighting horrifying creatures in “The Witcher,” mostly in Season 1 but with a quick look at some big bads coming in the show’s upcoming second season.

In the video, which you can view above, “Monster Mash” plays — because it’s Halloween, naturally — while Geralt’s greatest monster-fighting hits roll. Around the 0:15 mark you’ll get your first glimpse of a multi-legged creature that we don’t want to get anywhere near. And at the 0:30 stamp you’ll see some kind of being made up of three skeletons — yikes.

The Witcher” Season 2 resumed production in the U.K. in August, after shutting down in March due to the pandemic. No premiere date has been set for the second season yet, though when it was ordered last November — one month ahead of “The Witcher’s” series launch
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Kevin Costner Honors Sean Connery: ‘He Was the Biggest Star’

Kevin Costner Honors Sean Connery: ‘He Was the Biggest Star’
Kevin Costner paid tribute to Sean Connery, his co-star in “The Untouchables,” calling him “a man’s man who had an amazing career.”

Connery died on Friday in his sleep. He was 90 years old. The actor won an Oscar for his role in “The Untouchables” as beat cop Jim Malone, a mentor to Costner’s character Elliot Ness, who teaches the strait-laced American Prohibition agent about doing things “the Chicago way.” The film was a massive hit when it came out in 1987, catapulting Costner to the A-list and helping Connery prove his dramatic chops. In his statement, Costner called Connery “the biggest star that I ever worked with.”

Robert De Niro, who played Al Capone in “The Untouchables,” also honored Connery, saying, “He seemed much younger than 90; I expected – and hoped– he’d be with us much longer.”

Connery was best known for playing James Bond in seven films including such franchise favorites as “Goldfinger,
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Sean Connery: He Made James Bond Larger Than Life, and Became One of the Great Movie Stars

Sean Connery: He Made James Bond Larger Than Life, and Became One of the Great Movie Stars
I’ve always loved one detail in the story of how Sean Connery, in 1961, nabbed the role of James Bond. A number of other actors were being considered for the part, like Roger Moore and James Mason. Ian Fleming, who had written 10 Bond novels, had his heart set on the elegant and slightly fussy David Niven. That tells you a lot about how the Bond series might have turned out had Connery not nailed the role.

At the time, Connery wasn’t a well-known actor; his most prominent film was the Disney musical leprechaun fable “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” (1959). When he met with the producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman at a pub in London, he wasn’t at the top of their short list. They spoke for a while, and then, when it was time to go, instead of making a big show of it, Connery simply got up,
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