There is a marked difference between the tough, squinting James Bond played by Daniel Craig and the urbane, quippy Bond incarnated by Roger Moore in seven films released between 1973 and 1985. The two get a little closer, however, in this long James Bond Heineken spot, which vaguely promotes the new film Spectre and definitely promotes the beer.
What you get in this 90-second spot is a boat-based chase scene built out of footage from Spectre with a bunch of ad-agency created footage of a woman whose waterskiing plans are derailed by Bond’s activities, turning her into a not-unwilling beer delivery service.
It’s goofy and cheesy. It’s also kind of fun thanks to the ingenuity of adding the commercial aspects to what I suppose are Spectre shots created for a very different purpose, and also because this is the closest we’re ever likely to see Daniel Craig getting to the winking, colorful Bond of years past. Read More »
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The Game of Thrones effects are often incredibly good — so much so that the times where things are a bit under par (as we saw a few times in the last season) the deficiency truly stands out. One of the huge batch of Emmys awarded to the show this year was for visual effects, and that win is well-deserved. We’ve seen quite a few visual effects breakdowns for the show as a whole, and even a couple specifically aimed at the most recent fifth season.
That said, we’re always game to learn more about how the show’s effects are done, and so this five-minute reel showcasing the work that goes into bringing the dragons Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal to life is really terrific. This reel is entirely focused on season five, and it has all the dragon fire and hidden musculature you could want. Read More »
The John Wick sequel, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch aren’t the only Keanu Reeves projects coming up. The actor is working on a deal that will have him take the wheel for a China-set action/comedy called Rally Car. The movie evidently has dreams of being something like a modern Cannonball Run, which featured a large and varied cast as participants in a cross-country car race. Read More »
The 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire is an excellent thriller from director Wolfgang Peterson. The film featured Clint Eastwood, in his first post-Unforgiven role, as a Secret Service agent who had failed to prevent the assassination of JFK, but is given a chance to redeem his own sense of value and responsibility when an assassin (John Malkovich) targets the current US President. The film is good in part because it’s a perfect role for Eastwood, especially as a slightly more accessible companion for Unforgiven.
Now there’s an In the Line of Fire TV series coming to NBC, because how could there not be? Some of the basics are the same — the Secret Service, the assassin — but there are a couple of new wrinkles. For one, there won’t be anyone like Eastwood in the role, because how many actors are there who have the same sort of thing Eastwood did at that point in time? What we know about the developing In the Line of Fire TV series is below. Read More »
The Hunger Games has been good to director Francis Lawrence. His career was set in a new, more firm direction by the success of the second film in the franchise, and he’s soon to see the release of his third Hunger Games movie, and the final movie in the film series.
That leaves him with options, and among the other projects Lawrence has cooking (which include a film version of The Odyssey, and the movie Red Sparrow), he’s now set to exec produce and direct two TV series. One is based on Neil Gaiman‘s ’90s novel Neverwhere, and the other adapts the novel House of Thieves. Read More »
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I know the main question everyone asked after watching any of the three Taken films was “but how did Bryan Mills” develop a very particular set of skills? Can we ever see that long career that gave him skills that make him a nightmare for bad people?
Now we’ll finally have the answer to those questions, because there’s a Taken TV series in the works from producer Luc Besson and NBC. But the Bryan Mills we see in the show won’t be the Bryan Mills we know, because Liam Neeson isn’t in the picture. This will be a younger version of Mills, before he has those skills, before he even has a family, before anyone is taken. Read More »
Star Trek is going beyond its original release date, but not too far beyond. I make that dumb joke (I’m sorry) because the upcoming Trek movie has just moved from its original July 2016 release date to a slightly later July 2016 release date.
The third film in the new series and the thirteenth overall, Star Trek Beyond, will now open on July 22, 2016. Read More »
There are three new talents joining Game of Thrones for the show’s sixth season, all playing family members of one particular character. Along with news of their deals, we’ve got other casting news in this TV Bits:
- The full Roots remake cast is announced,
- Xander Berkeley joins The Walking Dead,
- Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who,
- and Marvel confirms and clarifies more casting, including the return of Stick to Daredevil.
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The new Point Break trailer reveals a wrinkle in the film’s plot: the criminals being tracked by young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) may be using a search for enlightenment to as an excuse for their Robin Hood-like crimes. So all the extreme sports stuff in this new movie, which takes the scope of the action way beyond surfing (but also includes insane surfing) is part of a grand quest. Whether or not skateboarding off the bow of a yacht (as seen above) is part of that, I’m not sure.
Point Break also stars Édgar Ramírez as the new version of Bodhi, and also features Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, and Delroy Lindo. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »