Pinocchiowas Walt Disney‘s second feature length film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and despite being made in 1940, it’s one of the few early works of Disney to escape modern cultural criticism. Perhaps that’s why the good folks running Disney’s eponymous studio in 2017 are now eyeing the classic story of a wooden puppet that wants to become a real boy as their next live-action success story. Disney’s last effort, Beauty and theBeast,collected over $1.2 billion at the international box office in just two months of release, which is about how much director Sam Mendes made for James Bond in Skyfall. Can anyone say “strange bedfellows”? (more…)
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.
Back as Bond, and back in black, Daniel Craig strikes a pose in the above picture from Spectre, the 24th film in the long-running James Bond film series. There have been some social media snippets released from the set, but this is the first “official” photo from the film, which is currently shooting at locations all around the globe. It’s hard to think of a setting more evocative of Bond than the Alps, in this case, specifically, the Austrian Alps, and the last time Bond went skiing on film has in 1999’s The World is Not Enough so it’s about time! So get you skis shined up, grab your Walther PPK, and hit the slopes with the cast and crew of Spectre in a new behind the scenes video. (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…)
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…)
Dave Bautista‘s star continues to burn brightly. He’s just come off a well received performance as Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn‘s incredibly successful Guardians of the Galaxy and now word about the Internet water cooler is that Bautista is up for another fantastically villainous role in the upcoming James Bond film by director Sam Mendes. (more…)
You may have already heard of the horror series that Showtime is putting together called Penny Dreadful. For those that haven’t, it’s being headed by Sam Mendes and John Logan, the team that put the latest Bond flick, Skyfall together and it will feature a different look at the classic monsters of literature and film. Well, now Showtime has seen fit to release the first trailer for the new series. Check it out below and see what you think. (more…)
Billie Piper is all set to join the cast of Showtime‘s new “Psychosexual Horror” series, Penny Dreadful. The series will feature a host of frightening, iconic literature figures like Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadway), along with characters from Dracula and other classic horror tales. Piper’s character will be, “an Irish immigrant trying to escape a dark past.”
She joins a well-rounded cast including Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, as well as those listed above. What tragic tales will Penny Dreadful tell of these horrific characters? The series is described as a,
Psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.
John Logan (Gladiator,Skyfall)is writing the series with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) producing.
What do you think? Are there still interesting tales to tell about those tragic characters?
Seemingly out of left field, the BBC and executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have developed an incredibly huge production within the Focus Features series. The Hollow Crown adapts William Shakespeare’s four classic plays, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and brings them to the small screen with an excellent cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Ben Whishaw, as the titular kings along with other notable stars Patrick Stewart,John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Rory Kinnear.
Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see how incredibly huge this production was, spanning the reigns of three kings with a total running time of over 500 minutes of screen time. The series has numerous nominations for BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) including Ben Whishaw for leading actor and Simon Russell Beale for supporting actor, and the Richard II episode for Best Single Drama.
The Hollow Crown will air on PBS’ Great Performances starting Friday September 20th, so set your DVR accordingly. The series will also be released on iTunes, VOD, and DVD on August 27th.
And after months of headaches and indecision over who’d be directing the next James Bond flick, where rumors of everyone from Christopher Nolan to Nicholas Winding Refn, we can now confirm it’ll be a return to the directors chair for Sam Mendes. Both he and Daniel Craig are back for Bond 24, in what will hopefully be one smashing follow-up to Skyfall.
Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever, earning $1.1 billion worldwide, and of course Sony and MGM want to repeat that! Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today made the announcement of Mendes’ return after months of being resigned to the fact Mendes’ schedule was simply too busy. In fact, back in March we were convinced Mendes was out of the running to direct the next 007 flick because as he himself confirmed it was, “a very difficult decision,” to choose not to return.
Time makes liars of us all, doesn’t it? So Mendes is back, Craig is back, screenwriter John Logan will also be back, and all we can hope for is lightening to strike twice. Hit the jump for the full press release. Are you excited to hear Mendes gets another crack at Bond, or were you hoping for a fresh take?