Passengers greenlit

More dino movie tidbits, plus writhing men and angry robots. After the jump:

  • Kauai thanks Steven Spielberg for the Jurassic movies
  • A lot of Jurassic World‘s money came from 3D
  • Frank Marshall expects a call about Jurassic World 2
  • Shawn Hatosy signs up for Fear the Walking Dead
  • See a new poster for Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
  • Paranormal Activity branches out with a VR game
  • UK bookies think Damian Lewis could be the new Bond
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new voice of Waze
  • Take in a new clip from Terminator: Genisys
  • Channing Tatum gets his Magic Mike on at LA Pride
  • Jimmy Kimmel asks Chris Pratt about Indiana Jones

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Who Are the Top 15 Best Movie Spies?

Best Movie Spies

This weekend Melissa McCarthy enters secret agent territory as the unlikely hero Susan Cooper in the action comedy Spy. And while the trailers seem to indicate that she’s probably not the best woman for the job, she did get us thinking about the best spies in the business.

There have been plenty of spies on the big screen, from James Bond to Jason Bourne, and I decided to count down the Top 15 Best Movie Spies that we’ve seen throughout the years. However, you won’t find the likes of real-life spies whose life stories have been adapted for film. Instead, this is a collection of fictional spies from the movies. So with that out of the way, let’s count down the Top 15 Movies spies after the jump. Read More »

James Bond distribution rights

Spectre comes to theaters in November, and that new on-screen chapter in the James Bond story will lead to big developments off-screen. The pact between Sony and MGM that has led to Sony’s distribution of the set of Bond films that began with Casino Royale expires after Spectre. That means every studio in Hollywood is going to be at MGM and EON’s door.

Sony will compete for a new distribution package, but there’s already talk of Warner Bros. as a potential new Bond partner. Oddly, in comments made during CinemaCon, new Sony chief Tom Rothman doesn’t even seem all that perturbed by that idea. Read More »

Idris Elba for Smartwater

Idris Elba has long been a fan-favorite pick to play the next James Bond, whenever Daniel Craig decides to hand over the mantle. But one of the more interesting reveals from the Sony hack was that fans weren’t alone in their support of Elba. Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal reportedly wanted Elba for Bond as well.

Now the actor has weighed in with his two cents on the matter. Hit the jump to see the Idris Elba Bond rumors response. Read More »

History of Spectre

The organization SPECTRE — the all-caps acronym stands for (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) — has been a thorn in the side of James Bond ever since his first screen adventure in Dr. No. The group will return in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which just started shooting in the past week, and which will be released in fall 2015. If you haven’t seen all of the original Bond films that featured the group, or if they’re hazy memories from your past, check out this history of Spectre compiled into one short video. It’s basically like a trailer for a SPECTRE film.

You’ll see Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by a variety of actors, and sometimes just as disembodied hands petting a cat. You’ll see technology and violence and James Bond remaining cool under fire, in footage from a variety of movies. Read More »

Taken 2 side

Taken transformed Liam Neeson from respected dramatic actor to white-hot action star in 2008. But that transition could’ve come a lot sooner had Neeson accepted a certain job in the ’90s.

In a recent interview, Neeson revealed he’d turned down the iconic role of James Bond in what turned out to be Goldeneye, for the most un-Bond-like of reasons. Find out why after the jump.

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Wes Anderson / James Bond

Wes Anderson, James Bond director? Yeah, that’s never going to happen — but the filmmaker is still more than happy to share some thoughts on what might ensue if it did.

During a lengthy recent interview, Anderson revealed that he actually does have an idea for a 007 called Mission: Deferred, which involves a purposeless Bond, a busy M, and a really fancy coffee machine. Watch Anderson tell Skyfall star Ralph Fiennes all about it after the jump.

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Magic Mike

Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:

  • Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
  • Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
  • Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
  • Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster

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In the BBC mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondDominic Cooper plays 007 creator Ian Fleming in a biographical story that follows the author through his career in British Naval Intelligence. This isn’t quite Bond 24, though there’s definitely an attempt to make Fleming’s life look as much as possible like the screen life of his famous creation. Was Fleming really a suave player, prepared for everything? By all accounts he definitely created Bond in his own image, but this mini-series seems to be pushing that angle above all others.

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