Evel Knievel was the prototype stuntman for the current age, a media-savvy showman who rode a devil-may-care attitude (and a willingness to endure pain) to fame and fortune. His rise and fall story is unique in its specifics, and woefully pedestrian in its arc of human foibles.
Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.
Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »
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It may only be a bit of new footage, but the stuff that graces this new Spectre TV spot is a good taste of this fall’s new James Bond film, the 24th in the series. (Not counting the two “unauthorized” films, the 1967 Casino Royale and 1983’s Never Say Never Again.)
A brief TV spot like this might be the best way to get a look at the new movie, as this edit is a blast of action and intriguing looks at the characters, from Daniel Craig as Bond, to Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and the shadowy Christoph Waltz as the villain we all assume to be some version of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The film also features Lea Seydoux (seen on the banner image above), Monica Belucci, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Andrew Scott. Have a look at the brisk new spot after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Along with beautiful women, colorful villains, and vodka martinis, a kick-ass theme song is a trademark of any Bond movie, and now Spectre finally has one. Sony has officially announced Sam Smith as the singer of the next Bond theme, titled “Writing’s on the Wall.” Get all the details on the new Spectre theme after the jump. Read More »
Throughout over 50 years of spying for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, famed agent 007 has driven an Aston Martin as his tricked out, luxury car of choice. Thanks to the magic of product placement, fans with the right amount of money have always been able to buy the latest Aston Martin from the most recent James Bond movie.
But now Aston Martin has crafted a new vehicle that has actually been branded as a James Bond automobile. The British car manufacturer unveiled an extremely rare Aston Martin James Bond Edition, and it’s just as slick and sexy as 007 himself. Read More »
Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.
For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.
The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »
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Cate Blanchett is attached to star in a Lucille Ball biopic, and that’s pretty interesting. It’s the sort of thing that could be easy Oscar bait, sure, but Blanchett could also deliver a performance that would elevate the film to something much more powerful. The project is being produced by Ball’s children. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the writer who is set up to script: Aaron Sorkin. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Earlier this month we learned that Bill Murray, after years of staunchly refusing to return for a third Ghostbusters movie, had shot a cameo in Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters. So what gives? What finally got Murray to change his mind and return to the franchise? Murray explains after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Even if you’re not particularly a sports fan, you’ve likely heard about the ongoing controversy over head injuries in the NFL. This winter, a new movie dramatizes that fight. Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE in a pro football player. He tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and stymies his efforts at every turn. Watch the Concussion trailer after the jump.
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It’s no secret that while Andrew Garfield took residence in New York City as The Amazing Spider-Man, he wanted our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler to end up meeting with The Avengers in the Marvel cinematic universe. The actor mentioned as much when asked about the possibility at Comic-Con back in 2013, but sadly his time as Spider-Man has come to an end.
But besides a desire to team up with The Avengers, it turns out Andrew Garfield was actively trying to make some kind of crossover happen ever since he took the role of Spidey. Find out more about the Amazing Spider-Man Avengers crossover efforts below! Read More »