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…)
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…)
Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond will indubitably go down as one of his best in the franchise’s storied 50 year history. Somewhere between the shaken and stirred reality-based reboot of Casino Royale and old familiar Bond of yesteryear lies Skyfall, a film that ably and deftly continues Bond’s journey through the 21st century as England’s reigning super-spy.
In this outing, Bond isn’t trying to stop some terrorist financier, put the kibosh on a shadowy organization consolidating world oil, or ending a mad North Korean soldier’s world domination scheme using a giant space magnifying glass. (Remember Die Another Day?) At the risk of sounding clichéd, the plot of Skyfall, this time, is personal. Bond’s boss M (Dame Judi Dench) is targeted by enemies foreign and domestic, a stolen hard drive listing agents embedded with terrorist groups is stolen by someone looking to taunt MI-6’s leader, while British politicians, lead by Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, want to use the theft as rationale for putting M out to retirement.
In between is Bond himself, who’s knocked out of commission when he’s accidentally shot on assignment to retrieve the hard drive. When MI-6 headquarters is attacked, Bond comes out of his self-realized “death” to help his old boss, but this Bond is not at the top of his game. Damaged physically and psychologically, Bond goes up against one of the most cunning villains he’s ever faced.
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One of the big reveals at San Diego Comic Con this year was a new trailer, and new details, about the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall. If you’re looking forward to seeing this new trailer, I hope you live near an IMAX screen because that’s going to be the only place you can see it (at least until the inevitable online leak).
For the rest of you (or maybe if you just hate waiting) here’s some detail from what /Film correspondent Russ Fischer saw in the IMAX Remix inside the IMAX Dome at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego:
- There were hints of at least two of the action set pieces in the film: the crashing of a London tube (subway) train and part of a train sequence shot in Turkey. The Turkey scene also involved Bond girl Naomie Harris in an “unexpected” way.
- There was a scene were Ralph Fiennes’ character rebuking M (Judi Dench) for losing a flash drive containing the identities of every British secret agent undercover with terrorist groups.
- M at one point calls Bond (Daniel Craig) unpredictable
- We get our first look at Ben Whishaw as Q, who Fischer says has more in common with Simon Pegg’s character in Mission: Impossible than previous incarnations played by Desmond Llewelyn, and more recently John Cleese. In the trailer, there’s a scene where Q tells Bond that he can “kill more people with his computer, while wearing pajamas at home, than Bond can do in a year.” (Incidentally, Entertainment Weekly has posted the first photo of the new Q as seen below.)
- Javier Bardem‘s villain was only glimpsed at, so sadly there’s no new detail about him.
Skyfall comes out in North American theaters November 9th.
“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.” And it seems that just for starters.
The first trailer for the upcoming 23rd James Bond adventure, Skyfall, was unleashed on the interwebs this morning, and damn does it look badass. Let’s roll the tape:
Skyfall, directed by Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), is Daniel Craig’s third turn as Britain’s greatest super spy following 2006’s Casino Royale and 2008’s Quantum of Solace. The plot centers around: “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.” Naturally, the film will take place in locales across the globe from London to Singapore to Istanbul
Skyfall also features the return of Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M, as well as new characters played by Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Helen McCroy. Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe are the Bond girls, Javier Bardem is the villain, and Ben Whishaw will play Bond’s gadget man Q, the first time the character’s made an appearance in the Craig films, and the first time the character’s been played by an actor younger than geriatric.
Skyfall will be released in North America on November 9.
Jonathan Liebesman‘s Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans is not holding back when it comes to creatures and mythical monsters. The second trailer is brimming over with them, it’s a veritable monster-mash. Throw in Sam Worthington’s new wild and woolly haircut and the heart of the Clash of the Titans Harry Hamlin’s 1980’s feel might be back.
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles as Zeus and Hades, adding Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike, both of whom get a couple good shots in this new trailer. Most of what this new look offers is monsters, monsters, and more monsters. Which is a major factor of what we really want and need from a movie like this. Check out the trailer below.
Every fandom has a wicked, kinky side. Often in fanfiction and fanart, fans will imagine some downright dirty hijinks for our favorite characters. And then sometimes these works of fiction leave the hands of the fans and get into the hands of the actors who bring these characters to life on screen, and everything gets awkward.
Thanks to Bravo‘s late night, interactive talk show, Watch What Happens Live and its host Andy Cohen we have footage of Lord Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes uncomfortably reciting some dirty lines from a Harry Potter fanfiction called, “Broken Innocence.”
Clearly Fiennes is disturbed. Probably because when he, like most of us, think of Harry we think of Daniel Radcliffe. Someone Fiennes has known since Radcliffe was a kid. CREEPY.
Oh goody, the sequel to 2010’s Clash Of The Titans has a trailer and some images and no discernible identity at all. Warner Bros has released the first official trailer for Wrath Of The Titans and correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t look pretty much exactly like the last one? You may have to correct me because I have gone to great lengths to eradicate all memory of that terrible movie (scotch).
Wrath Of The Titans will fill our eyeballs with all its nauseatingly bad 3D March 30th 2012, directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle LA) and stars Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson (Why, Liam… why?), Danny Huston, Edgar Ramiez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell and Rosamund Pike.
You can check the trailer and some promo images out after the jump, then flame me in the comments because you really loved Clash Of The Titans and I am some how wrong for thinking it was one of the worst movies ever.
Go on, I dare you.
The countdown begins for Harry Potter and, thanks to Collider ; we get 9 new (some we’ve featured already, but oh well twice is nice) clips of this year’s highly anticipated finale chapter to this expansive and jaw-dropping movie franchise. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Prt 2 is set to hit movie theaters in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D on July 15. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, this David Yates-directed film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Issacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, and Kelly Macdonald.
While many may be crying, I will surely be toasting to a great run at immersing us in such a vivid world that will be remembered by every age for years to come. Go down to the comment box below and tell us what you think about the final Harry Potter film, or tell us what your favorite film has been so far ‘cause if you don’t another point goes to the Slytherin house!