Earlier this week, Sam Mendes went back to work on the 24th Bond movie, Spectre. We knew this from a Tweet that showed the camera slate in a mysterious, snowy location. We now know the details on that location: it is Sölden, Austria, where Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Dave Bautista posed for some promotional photos as the film sets up to shoot there. See a few of the Spectre set photos below. Read More »
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After a holiday break, Sam Mendes is back at work on the 24th James Bond film, Spectre. The film returns Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinneear, and Ben Whishaw while adding Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux to the cast. It opens November 6, so there’s a lot of work to do in the next few months.
Unfortunately, none of those cast members are in this new photo.
Instead, we get to once again see the film’s only officially revealed on-set star, the camera slate, which is now seen in a very evocative snow-covered locale. See the new Spectre set photo below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Even as I scramble to get in a few more 2014 releases before I close the book on this year, I’m looking forward to 2015. Next year promises to be huge for Hollywood, packed as it is with big-name sequels like Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2. But it also looks like a good time for movie lovers, not just movie studios. A lot of those tentpoles look genuinely good. And a lot of riskier ventures look like they’ll pay off. And that’s not even getting into all of the indie gems buried ahead, waiting for us to discover them at Sundance or Toronto or what have you.
Films from the last category were naturally left off my list, as I can’t get excited for a movie I haven’t heard of yet or know nothing about. But for a list of the films (big and small) that I do know about, and am eagerly looking forward to, join me after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
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 »
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Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
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 »