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Michael Sheen as Blofeld? Throw me a frickkin’ bone here

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

Last week a press release went round saying that James Bond 23 had a new screenwriter in Peter Morgan.

According to The Guardian, actor Michael Sheen is in negotiations to portray the villain in Bond 23.

Sheen would portray Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a Bond villain who has appeared in six previous Bond films and he’s been portrayed by actors such as Donald Pleasance, Telly Sevales, Charles Grey and the villain was also the inspiration for Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers film series.

Sheen has previously worked with the new Bond 23 writer Peter Morgan in several films, including The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, last year’s Best Picture nominee Frost/Nixon and The Damned United. Plus he was a werewolf in the Underworld films so he does have a bit of a range.

Now as a scriptwriter has only been announced I seriously doubt that they have got as far as casting. However, Sheen is a top actor (although I always see a bit of Tony Blair in him) and would be good at grounding the Blofeld character in the slightly more realistic Bond Universe that has been shown in the Daniel Craig era.

I still think they should set up the Bond name as an ID given to all 007 agents which would make it so much easier for all future updates to the franchise and they could do the same with Blofeld. Have the name given to all leaders of SPECTRE.

What do you think of the rumour? Would Sheen make a good Blofeld?

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Bond 23 has The Queen and Frost/Nixon screenwriter attached

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009


Some interesting news regarding the next James Bond film has come to light via AICN

MORGAN, PURVIS & WADE TO WORK ON BOND, JAMES BOND


LOS ANGELES, CA June 12, 2009 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have today announced that Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) will be the screenwriters of the 23rd James Bond adventure.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release of an EON production. Bond 23 is the latest installment in the longest-running franchise in motion picture history and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. A date for the start of production is yet to be confirmed.
 
 “Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” commented Wilson and Broccoli.

 Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming The Special Relationship for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to Bond 23 on completion of these duties. Morgan is represented by UTA (US) and Independent Talent Group (UK).
 
Since 1991 Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have collaborated on a diverse range of projects including The Italian Job, Johnny English and the past four Bond films. They recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Mission Song and are also working on the upcoming sequel The Brazilian Job. Purvis and Wade are represented by Endeavor (US), Casarotto Ramsay & Associates (UK).


Now I loved Casino Royale but was left disappointed with Quantum of Solace. Hopefully, having a great writer like Morgan onboard means the next Bond (rumoured to be set in Afghanistan) will be another fine addition.

Do you think Morgan will write a good Bond film? What or who do you want to see in it?

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The Random – Bond 23, Inglourious Basterds, Ghostbusters 3, The Jetsons, In Praise of Shadows, Alien, Funhouse,

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

– UK Newspaper The Guardian speculates that the 23rd James Bond film will feature “the poppy fields and drug barons of Afghanistan.”

– Harvey Weinstein is attempting to get his hands on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and cut out 40 minutes of it, according to The Wrap.

– According to Harold Ramis through Coming Soon and HorrorMovies.ca, the Ghostbusters 3 is far from complete and no one has actually signed up to it. “I wrote the story for the new movie with them, and Dan and I’ve been consulting. We’re just waiting to see a first draft and where we are…Everyone says they’ll do it, they’ve all said they’ll do it. No one has signed anything yet–we haven’t signed anything either–but there’s the spirit of willingness in the air.”

– Robert Rodriguez tells MTV News that his live-action adaptation of classic sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons could go into production sooner than you think. “I’ve been developing [The Jetsons] for awhile,” Rodriguez says and hopes to start shooting “next year” and confirmed the film will be live-action. Story wise “We’re writing the script right now” says Rodriguez.

– James Franco has signed on to star in the indie drama In Praise of Shadows reports Variety. The drama tells the story of William Vincent (Franco), and recounts his eccentric and curious journey that brought him back to New York City after four years in exile to rescue the woman he loves from a crime syndicate.

– Sources at Fox tell EW that the studio is not interested in greenlighting an Alien prequel unless Ridley Scott himself directs.

– Eli Roth wants to remake Tobe Hooper’s Funhouse. “It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends,” Roth says. “A smart remake could be so much fun. Kill the kids in fabulous ways and continually reuse the bodies by making them freaks in the freak museum, sew their eyes shut, waxworks… That’s the stuff I want to do in a remake of The Funhouse.”

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The Random – Bond 23, Inglourious Basterds, Ghostbusters 3, The Jetsons, In Praise of Shadows, Alien, Funhouse,

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

– UK Newspaper The Guardian speculates that the 23rd James Bond film will feature “the poppy fields and drug barons of Afghanistan.”

– Harvey Weinstein is attempting to get his hands on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and cut out 40 minutes of it, according to The Wrap.

– According to Harold Ramis through Coming Soon and HorrorMovies.ca, the Ghostbusters 3 is far from complete and no one has actually signed up to it. “I wrote the story for the new movie with them, and Dan and I’ve been consulting. We’re just waiting to see a first draft and where we are…Everyone says they’ll do it, they’ve all said they’ll do it. No one has signed anything yet–we haven’t signed anything either–but there’s the spirit of willingness in the air.”

– Robert Rodriguez tells MTV News that his live-action adaptation of classic sci-fi cartoon The Jetsons could go into production sooner than you think. “I’ve been developing [The Jetsons] for awhile,” Rodriguez says and hopes to start shooting “next year” and confirmed the film will be live-action. Story wise “We’re writing the script right now” says Rodriguez.

– James Franco has signed on to star in the indie drama In Praise of Shadows reports Variety. The drama tells the story of William Vincent (Franco), and recounts his eccentric and curious journey that brought him back to New York City after four years in exile to rescue the woman he loves from a crime syndicate.

– Sources at Fox tell EW that the studio is not interested in greenlighting an Alien prequel unless Ridley Scott himself directs.

– Eli Roth wants to remake Tobe Hooper’s Funhouse. “It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends,” Roth says. “A smart remake could be so much fun. Kill the kids in fabulous ways and continually reuse the bodies by making them freaks in the freak museum, sew their eyes shut, waxworks… That’s the stuff I want to do in a remake of The Funhouse.”

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Classic Fight Scene Part 18 – From Russia With Love – Sean Connery vs Robert Shaw

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2009

Thanks to Bob Lock for suggesting this one.

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Classic Fight Scene Part 18 – From Russia With Love – Sean Connery vs Robert Shaw

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2009

Thanks to Bob Lock for suggesting this one.

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The Random – And Soon The Darkness, Danny Boyle, The 28th Amendment, Dinner for Schmucks, Once Upon a Time, Resistance, Delorean,

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2009

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter Amber Heard and Odette Yustman will be starring in And Soon the Darkness. The film is a remake of a 1970 British thriller and it’s being co-produced and co-financed by Studio Canal. Set in Argentina the film follows two girls from America who take a bike-riding trip in a far off part of the country. Eventually one of them goes missing and the other must find her before it gets dark.

Danny Boyle has denied reports that he will direct a remake of Chan-wook Park’s “Lady Vengeance” reports MTV News. “No I was never going to do that. I don’t know where that story came from” says Boyle. A rep later told the site that Boyle being linked to helm the next JAmes Bond film is also untrue – “While Danny says he always has and always will enjoy the Bond movies he has no plans to direct one. Danny is naturally flattered to be thought of”” The denials come as the rumor emerged today that Boyle has been asked by Sony Pictures to helm the remake of “My Fair Lady“.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”) is in talks to direct Tom Cruise-led drama “The 28th Amendment” for Warner Bros. Pictures reports the trades. The drama revolves around a U.S. president who discovers the existence of a secret cabal that runs the government and wants him dead.

Jay Roach’s comedy “Dinner for Schmucks” is finally getting into production says Variety.
A remake of Francis Veber’s 1998 French comedy “Le Diner des cons”, the project suffered a number of setbacks when original star Sacha Baron Cohen had to pull out. Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have now cleared their schedules for the project when it kicks off shooting in October.

MGM has acquired Charles Vignola, Kevin Marcus and Bradley Marcus’ original comedy screenplay “Once Upon a Time …” says The Hollywood Reporter. “Once’s” humorous quest story plays with fairy-tale convention in the vein of the “Shrek” movies and “The Princess Bride.”

Big Rich Films has optioned Owen Sheers’ WW2 novel “Resistance” says Variety. Amit Gupta will write and direct the pic, which is set in an alternative 1944 where Russia has fallen to Nazi Germany and the D-Day landings have failed. With Britain now half-occupied by German forces, the women in an isolated Welsh border valley awake one morning to discover all their husbands have mysteriously disappeared.

A biopic of maverick auto executive John Z. DeLorean is in the works reports Variety. The story will chronicle DeLorean’s rise and fall as a young executive VP at General Motors where he developed the Pontiac GTO and Firebird, along with the creation of his own company and the DeLorean DMC-12 famous for its “Back to the Future” appearance. In 1982 he was arrested on charges of drug trafficking to help his faltering auto company but was later freed two years later after a court ruled he was a victim of government entrapment.

Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2,” “Chocolat”) is set to star as an evil magician in the Disney tentpole fantasy “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” says The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers on an average college student (Jay Baruchel) who is reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer named Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage).

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Christine: War My Love – The real life exploits of the female bond.

Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2009

The story of beautiful wartime spy Christine Granville, who was Ian Fleming’s lover and the inspiration for the James Bond character Vesper Lynd, is to be made into a major film acording to The Daily Mail.

It is to be called Christine: War My Love, and is due begin filming in June. No word yet on who will be playing the lead but Kate Winslet is in the running as is the most recent Vesper Lynd, Eva Green. It will be directed by Agnieszka Holland, whose credits include Total Eclipse, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The movie follows the exploits of Polish countess Krystyna Skarbek, who adopted the name Christine Granville for her wartime exploits with Britain’s Special Operations Executive. She was awarded the George Medal for her work against the Gestapo and sounds like she was the female version of James Bond.

Her courageous actions, including a treacherous crossing into her native Poland from Hungary with the help of an Olympic skiing champion, helped saved countless lives.

After the war, she drifted into a series of affairs – including one with Fleming – before enrolling as a stewardess on a cruise ship where she met the man who was to murder her in 1952.

Ms Holland said: ‘Krystyna was almost certainly the most remarkable female spy of the Second World War. She was intelligent, courageous, seductive and bewitchingly attractive and men were willing to sacrifice everything for her and go to any lengths to have and keep her.’

Skarbek’s cloak-and-dagger exploits saw daring raids into occupied Poland, with forays into Egypt and Syria. Parachuted into occupied France in 1944, she took on the persona ‘Pauline Armand’ to rally the Resistance.

After the war, Skarbek apparently found it difficult to settle. She took a job as a stewardess on a liner between Southampton and Australia, where she befriended the man who would later kill her.

An inadequate loner and obsessive, Dennis Muldowney turned into a pest, leading to a final confrontation at a hotel in Kensington. In a fit of rage, Muldowney brutally stabbed her to death. She was 44. Muldowney was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, declaring on the way to the gallows: ‘To kill is the final possession.’

All sounds pretty amazing stuff and I had heard nothing about her life before this. It should make for a cracking film.

Who would you like to see play Christine? Kate, Eva or someone else?

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The Random – Uwe Boll, The Storm, Six Days Till Midnight, Jurassic Park IV, Fables, James Bond, G I Joe, Book of Eli, Season of the Witch

Posted by LiveFor on December 8, 2008

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Holly and Luke Perry will be starring in Uwe Boll’s The Storm. In the film, it is the end of days and Lauren Holly needs Luke Perry to survive.

In a story from Variety, David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane) will be helming Six Days Till Midnight, a thriller about a wealthy businessman who encounters a stranger who says he has six days to answer one question. For each day he doesn’t get the answer, a loved one will be killed, ending with the businessman’s death at the end of the sixth day.

Jurassic Park IV won’t be happening. Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy told ComingSoon yesterday that there have not been any new developments.

ABC has announced that they will be bringing the hit Vertigo comic book series Fables to the small screen. Created and written by Bill Willingham in 2002, the series has won fourteen Eisner Awards. Based in a world where fairy tale characters have been forced out of their homes by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary, and now live in a hidden community in New York City known as Fabletown – “Who Killed Rose Red? In fabletown, where fairy legends live along side regular New yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sisterSnow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.” – I’ve read the first few collections of this and it is brilliant. Go out and buy them all.

Collider talked with Daniel Craig about where Bond will go next – “We’ve finished this story as far as I’m concerned,” Craig asserts. “We’ve got a great set of bad guys. There is an organization that we can use whenever we want to. The relationship between Bond and M is secure and Felix is secure. Let’s try and find where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from. Let’s do all that and have some fun with it.”

A new photo of Nicolas Cage in the period action/drama Season of the Witch.

Photos of the action figures based on next year’s G.I. Joe reveal some more character designs.

The latest casting call for Denzel Washington’s next movie The Book of Eli requires a 30-40 something blind concubine and a leader of a quartet of biker marauders.. (full details)

Benjamin Button scribe Eric Roth says that David Fincher is interested in his adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City about the 1893 World’s Fair and H.H. Holmes, the first documented serial killer in America… (full details)

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Quantum of Solace, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on October 19, 2008

Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
Running Time: 106 minutes

This review by Ali

Where does a character go once he’s been reinvented? Stripped down to the bare essentials, the James Bond of Casino Royale – the 007 that Ian Fleming would have approved of – proved extremely popular with audiences and critics alike, enough for them wipe the slate clean and agree to start afresh. Bond now rebooted, battered physically and emotionally, therefore comes into this sequel a fully-formed, grounded character with places to go: a man with drive, reason, purpose. But despite his passport getting a workout thanks to a jet-setting narrative that takes him half way across the globe, the James Bond of Quantum Of Solace goes precisely nowhere. At times, you feel you can see the character – and by proxy the writers – actually thinking, “So what now?”

We pick up with Bond, James Bond, mere minutes after the finale of Casino Royale – in Italy with the sinister Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) in the boot of his car, nursing a painful looking leg injury. But perhaps British intelligence isn’t what it used to be. “We used to be so paranoid,” laughs White, “looking over our shoulders, thinking you were listening to our conversations. But you didn’t even know we exist!” White claims his organisation Quantum – think SPECTRE but without the awesome lairs – has men everywhere, and he’s not wrong. Bond travels to Haiti, London, Bolivia and Russia chasing Quantum goons, principally the weasely Dominic Greene; a smarmy eco-crusader in public, but reptilian facilitator of evil deeds behind closed doors. Think Al Gore gone insane with power.

Bond’s arc here ought to be revenge; the death of Vesper Lynd the righteous cause. But Craig’s emotionless visage is so blank, the script so bereft of character, Quantum Of Solace feels like just another day at the office for 007. Sure, he kills a few people he shouldn’t. He breaks the rules. He goes off the grid. But what kind of Bond would he be if he didn’t? It isn’t until the final scene that you’ll actually remember Bond’s motivations, so meaningless are his exploits up until that point.

Craig, it must be said, is excellent. Any doubt he could inhabit the role must surely now evaporate. His Bond is a real bruiser: smacked, cracked, bleeding and beaten from pillar to post, Craig looks like hell in the best possible way. The problems with Quantum Of Solace should not fall at his feet. This is the best Bond he could be given the circumstances.

No, the issues are with the studio’s choice of director in Marc Forster. This is a man who knows how to put dramatic audiences through the wringer (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner) but he’s completely out of his depth handling a franchise this large. High-tempo sequences, like the opening car chase and an extremely Bournian rooftop pursuit, are disorientating in the extreme: too fast, too sloppy and too ruthlessly edited. Often, things change in the blink of an eye – one second Bond is lying on his back, the next he’s jumping out a window, the next he’s swinging from a rope. It’s often impossible to keep up.

Fight scenes often seem practised and stagey (Bond smashes an opponent through a wall with ridiculous ease), while one shot sees 007 riding a motorbike… at about 25mph. These are all hallmarks of a director unfamiliar with action; perhaps former Paul Greengrass protege Dan Bradley should be held responsible (it would certainly explain the feeling of deja vu – as Bond jumps through yet another window, you may feel like yelling, Alan Partridge style, “STOP GETTING BOURNE WRONG!”).

What’s more, the realistic tone struck by Martin Campbell in Casino Royale has taken something of a leave of absence here. MI6 use flashy, over-the-top Minority Report-style holo-computers, when anyone who reads the papers knows that British intelligence can’t even hop in a taxi without leaving their laptop in the back. Bond, leaping on a bad guy’s bonnet, finds time to fire of a clunky quip before his bullet. Amalric’s bad guy lurches uncomfortably from believably slimy to ridiculously evil, lunging at Bond with an axe in a final showdown. Though I hesitate to compare it to Indy’s infamous ‘fridge’ escape, the scene where 007 jumps out of a plane without a parachute and survives seems a little too far-fetched even for a Bond movie. All we ask is for some consistency – this isn’t Crank, this is Bond.

This is not a disaster on par with Die Another Day. In fact, in parts it’s quite watchable – Craig is a magnetic lead, those piercing blue eyes are quite the attention grabber. Judi Dench, meanwhile, is once again magnificent; all British reserve, stiff upper lip and frosty delivery (a low-key scene with M at home, removing her make-up while issuing orders, is perhaps the most disarming in the entire movie). The Bond girls look the part, too, even if Olga Kurylenko (ticking the boxes marked ‘feisty’ and ‘headstrong’) lacks personality and Gemma Arterton (Agent Shagwell) lacks any decent screen time. On a second viewing, perhaps the topsy-turvy storyline settles a little – a menagerie of accents does mean some important plot points will be missed first time around.

But make no mistake, Quantum Of Solace is a crushing disappointment. Try as you might, you’ll be unable to invest in any of the characters – now Bond’s heart has been broken, it’s like nothing ever changed and the character exists simply to get to the next location and car chase and gun fight. It’s a perfectly average action film, certainly better than the last few Brosnan outings. But when Casino Royale set the bar so high, it’s not acceptable for a follow-up to simply stroll under it. Once again, Bond finds himself at a cross-roads, standing still, without direction. So… what now?

I don’t like the fact they’ve gone from the realism that was in Casino Royale, but I’m still going to go and see it on the big screen. What do you think of that? Are you going to see the movie? Did you enjoy Casino Royale?
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