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Guess who’s switching from beer to vodka? Also after the jump:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 gets a director
  • Entourage and Furious 7 get their MPAA ratings
  • The Minions take 1960s New York in a cute new clip
  • What doesGOTG have to do with Star Trek 3?
  • See the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer
  • Taken 3 serves up the “12 Skills of Christmas”
  • Frank Grillo is in, Carmen Ejogo is out for Purge 3

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Christoph Waltz in Horrible Bosses 2

For a few weeks now there’s been a rumor floating around that Christoph Waltz would play iconic Bond baddie Blofeld in Bond 24. Even the studio’s confirmation that Waltz would play a character called Oberhauser in Spectre couldn’t quell that talk, since “Oberhauser” seemed like it could be a fake name a la Star Trek Into Darkness‘ “John Harrison.”

But for what it’s worth, Waltz insists the rumors are false, teasing that the truth about Oberhauser is “more interesting.” Of course, going back to the Star Trek Into Darkness example, we heard similar denials from Benedict Cumberbatch before he was exposed as a contractually obligated liar. So should we believe Waltz? Read the Christoph Waltz Blofeld denial after the jump.

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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 »

Skyfall

Aston Martin cars and Omega watches don’t come cheap, and neither do James Bond movies. Sony execs are trying hard to bring down the Spectre budget, which is currently hovering in the $300 million range.

For example, budgetary concerns are one reason Andrew Scott was cast in the role of C — it turns out he was cheaper than the original first choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Meanwhile, more character details have come out including confirmation that iconic Bond baddie Blofeld will appear. Hit the jump for more Spectre budget news and plot details. Read More »

Quantum of Solace

2012′s Skyfall made it easy to forget Quantum of Solace ever existed. Not only did it blow the previous installment out of the water, it made nary a reference to the plotline from the last film. That was just fine with some James Bond fans, who regarded Quantum of Solace as a low point in the franchise.

But Spectre, it seems, may be bringing those memories back. Jesper Christensen, who played Quantum agent Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, has revealed he’ll return for the next Bond movie. Hit the jump for more on the Spectre Quantum connection.  Read More »

The Bond 24 Title Is ‘Spectre’

Bond 24 title

Early this morning — well, late this morning in the U.K., but very early for us in the U.S. — Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, and Eon Productions teamed up to reveal some long-awaited details on the 24th James Bond movie. From the Bond stage at Pinewood (“where budgets go to die,” joked director Sam Mendes) the first details of the film were revealed.

The Bond 24 title will be Spectre. More about the new title and cast after the jump. Read More »

There’s a reason this article is illustrated with a ten-year old image of Nicole Kidman in The Others: she’s not quite a stranger to making low-budget chillers, and now she seems to be tapped for a new one. Saw and Insidious director James Wan is putting together a movie called Spectre, and a throwaway mention in a Variety report on Cannes sales mentions that Nicole Kidman  is in talks to star. We don’t know what the film is, but knowing James Wan’s general M.O. I’ll let you guess the basics. Nicole Kidman already has one thriller in the can for this year (Joel Schumacher’s Trespass, with Nic Cage) and may be Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker and/or Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. But I’ll admit: fond memories of The Others make me hope this comes together.

After the break. Mark Strong gets ready to punch, and Amber Heard is in a film called Syrup. Read More »

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