Generally, there are two types of people who go to see “Bond Films,” those movies that feature Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond: those who are Bond superfans, and those who are not. Whether you’re an action-film fan, you just enjoy seeing the latest and greatest releases, or you are the significant other of a Bond superfan, if you fall into that second category, you will likely be left wanting by Spectre, the latest in the 007 mega-series and current Bond portrayer Daniel Craig’s fourth outing in the main role. If you’re a Bond superfan, however, this movie is going to give you all you can handle, and then maybe just a bit more for good measure.
Following on the heels of the billion dollar success of Skyfall is as close to a no-win scenario as Hollywood can get, but can Sam Mendes beat the odds with his second foray in the world of James Bond 007? The answer to that question is teased as a resounding ‘yes,’ in the new trailer of Spectre, the 24th Bond film (the 4th starring Daniel Craig) and the eagerly awaited follow-up to Skyfall. The new trailer reveals more about the mysterious villain played by Christoph Waltz, who may or may actually be the iconic Bond big bad Ernst Blofeld, but he does take responsibility for being the cause of Bond’s pain. What oh what does that mean? And why is Bond going rogue again? Answers (maybe) below…. (more…)
At a massive event at Pinewood Studios‘ 007 Stage this morning, the regular pre-principal photography press conference for the latest James Bond movie unveiled everything you need to know about the 24th outing of Her Majesty’s superest super spy. To say that there are high expectations for this latest Bond film, even higher than there are for the average Bond film, is something of an understatement. Skyfall, which expertly marked Bond’s 50th birthday back in 2012, was the most successful in the franchise’s history and at over $1.1 billion in tickets sold worldwide it was the ninth highest grossing movie of all time. As we all know, Daniel Craig is returning, and director Sam Mendes is back, and in the case of Bond 24 it seems that Spectre is also back. (more…)
Let’s be honest, if you’re a Hollywood casting director and you need a villain, your first call is going to be to Christoph Waltz. Waltz’s ability to be be bad will be on display once again in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which comes out in theaters this week, but when it comes to the upper strata of super-villainy you have two ways to get there: fighting Batman or fighting James Bond. On the subject of the latter, it’s long been supposed that Waltz will be joining the cast of the 24th as-yet-untitled James Bond film, but more than that, rumor has it it will be playing the pivotal role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the Joker to Bond’s Batman. (more…)
Two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of Sam Mendes Untitled James Bond 24 according to Daily Mail reports (…yes, that awful rag of a paper). Filming is slated to commence at the beginning of next month and it’s unknown whether Waltz will be playing a friend, foe, or a bit of both. But, according to the Daily Mail’s source – someone who has knowledge of the screenplay – Waltz has bagged an important and significant role in the film
All the cast and crew will meet for a script read in roughly three weeks time with the new addition on board, and Waltz has already met up with Daniel Craig, a.k.a. 007, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Waltz will join a supporting cast that includes Skyfall alums Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear. Locations being used for the film are said to include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. Waltz has played some superb antagonists in movies with a standout performance as The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and he was superb in last years Django Unchained, both of which won him Oscars for his performances. (more…)
Warner Bros. and director David Yates are hard at work putting together a new incarnation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale of Tarzan. Though it’s still in the very early stages, it looks like they’ve even got a release date all lined up. If you want to see this new jungley action-adventure, look to the year 2016 and the day of July 1st. (more…)
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning in Hollywood by future Oscar host Seth McFarlane and sidekick Emma Stone, and surprise, surprise, there wasn’t much love for nerdy movies outside the technical categories.
One nerd came out very well though. Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln got the most nominations with an even dozen, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Following closely behind Lincoln is Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi with 11 nominations, among them Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and several technical award nominations.
For the more nerdy minded fair, two movies tied for the most nominations. The more prestigious was Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which scored five nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, who won the award in the same category for Inglourious Basterds three years ago. The latest James Bond film Skyfall was also nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Best Song for Adele‘s theme song.
The once mighty Oscar force of Middle Earth and Peter Jackson proved not to so powerful in the case of The Hobbit. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which received only three nominations for Best Make-Up, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, a far cry from the 11 awards that the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, won in 2004. Snow White and the Huntsman won two nominations, one for Best Costume Design and one for Best Visual Effects.
As for the biggest film of the year, box office-wise speaking, The Avengers, Marvel’s heroes received only one, singular nomination for Best Visual Effects, an award it also shares with Prometheus, which is that film’s sole nomination. And to all Dark Knight Rises haters, you’ll be pleased to know that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman received none.
In the animation categories, Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph were nominated for Best Feature, while Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, and Paperman were nominated for Best Short. So, for the record, in about a month its possible that The Simpsons might have an Oscar to their credit. (Possible, not likely. But I guess we’ll see.)
The Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday February 24, 2013.
Actor Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) is known for playing some of the best villains in film. To hear he was cast as the lead in The Muppets sequel, it blew my mind. I can only imagine what it would have been like to see such an intense actor sing, dance and joke with The Muppets. Too bad it’s not going to happen.
Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Waltz had to bow out.
The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Emmy award winner Ty Burrell will be taking over for Chris in the Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin written and directed sequel.
Not a bad choice. Being the a lead on the hit show Modern Family, Burrell sure knows how to act around muppets.
Not much is known about the exact plot except that it’s set in Europe, focuses on some kind of caper, will once again feature all the Muppets (including new addition, Walter) and three of the lead human roles are Burrell’s Interpol Inspector, a Russian Femme Fatale and another man “whose intentions are always in question.” Oscar-winner Bret McKenzie will also be back writing songs.
The Muppets sequel will reportedly shoot sometime next year in London, England, but as far as we’re concerned that’s a long ways away.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more casting news is developed in the future.
Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz is going from something completely different by signing up to play an Interpol agent in the sequel to last year’s hit The Muppets. Waltz, who will next be seen as a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, has signed on the dotted line to appear with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang in the next Muppet movie, according to Variety.
“We kind of felt like we completed Gary’s story in the first one,” screenwriter Nicholas Stoller said in a recent interview with Coming Soon. “[H]e’s mostly interested in writing stuff for him to be in, which makes sense, right? He didn’t want to go on and write the next one. I was like, ‘Do you care if I do it with James?’ He’s like, ‘Of course not.'”
James is James Bobin, director of the last Muppets movie and creator of Flight of the Conchords.
More news as it develops.
Source: Coming Soon
We’ve seen bits and pieces from Quentin Tarantino‘s latest exaggerated period piece Django Unchained, but as of Friday the official trailer will show alongside Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus. Until then however, the film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo Dicaprio must suffer through a teaser trailer shown by Entertainment Tonight.
This teaser doesn’t show much. Obviously. But it does show that signature Quentin style that everyone has come to know and love. Also, seeing Dicaprio as the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie is really something. Nice to see him not be the good guy for once.
Check out the official synopsis below:
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Django Unchained also stars Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, M.C. Gainey, RZA, Tom Savini, Michael Bacall, Dennis Christopher, and Laura Cayouette. Expect this to hit theaters right on time for Jesus’ birthday, December 25th, and we’ll post the full trailer as soon as it’s available.
Source: Geek Tyrant