Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams – ‘The Notebook’ (2004) Theirs is one of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated romances, complete with that iconic scene of them smooching in the rain. Upsettingly for fans of ‘The Notebook’, the relationship between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams was stormy off screen too. Gosling allegedly asked director Nick Cassavetes to replace McAdams with another actress after shooting had begun, and Cassavetes recalls walking into a room to find the pair screaming at each other at the top of their voices. Of course, Ryan and Rachel went on to be one of the cutest couples in Hollywood, which just goes to show how accurate that terrible 'opposites attract’ romcom cliché can be.
Billy Baldwin & Sharon Stone – 'Sliver’ (1993) This shameless attempt to rekindle the erotic thrills of smash hit 'Basic Instinct’ fell limp, thanks mainly to non-existent chemistry between stars Stone and Baldwin. Perhaps aware she was starring in a dud, the actress liked to emasculate Baldwin between takes to amuse herself; in one kissing scene, she bit his tongue so hard that his brother Alec probably felt it. Billy allegedly wasn’t able to talk for a week afterwards, though unfortunately the film was able to be finished.
Nick Nolte & Julia Roberts – 'I Love Trouble’ (1994) It’s hard to imagine Nick Nolte in any kind of romantic leading man capacity these days, but his unique look was considered hot stuff back in the 90s when he was paired with Julia Roberts in romcom about rival reporters. Roberts did not get on with Nolte one bit and neither party were afraid to admit it. Even years later, they are unable to hide their animosity. Roberts recently called Nolte “a disgusting human being” while Nolte fired back, saying of Roberts, “She is not a nice person.” Mee-ow!
Claire Danes & Leonardo DiCaprio – 'Romeo + Juliet’ (1996) Literature’s most tortured lovers shared an equally torturous relationship on set. Though both were youngsters at the time of shooting Baz Luhrmann’s hip Shakespeare adaptation, Danes considered 22-year-old DiCaprio “immature” and avoided him when possible. Rumour has it she turned down a role in Leo’s Hoover biopic 'J Edgar’ because she’d still not forgiven him for goofing around. Years later while speaking to ASOS, Danes managed to fit in a jibe about DiCaprio’s ballooning weight, calling him a “big, fat grown-up”.
Tony Curtis & Marilyn Monroe – 'Some Like It Hot’ (1959) “It was like kissing Hitler,” said Tony Curtis of his co-star – and an entire generation of men suddenly wondered if screen goddess Marilyn was rocking some lip fuzz. Curtis and Monroe had actually been lovers before shooting 'Some Like It Hot’, but by the time they were cast together in Billy Wilder’s screwball comedy, Curtis said his former paramour had changed: “She’d gone funny, her mind was all over the place.” Discussing the couple’s make-out scene on a yacht, Curtis said of Marilyn, “It was awful. She nearly choked me to death by deliberately sticking her tongue down my throat into my windpipe.” What a way to go.
Pierce Brosnan & Teri Hatcher – 'Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1998) It’s not like Bond to forge lasting relationships with his female partners, so 007 actor Pierce Brosnan took that to heart when it came to working with 'Tomorrow Never Dies’ Bond girl Teri Hatcher. The soon-to-be Desperate Housewife was apparently not the best timekeeper, although it later turned out that she was pregnant and was suffering from morning sickness. “I got very upset with her,” said Brosnan in 2005. “She was always keeping me waiting for hours. I must admit I let slip a few words which weren’t very nice.” It’s not like James Bond ever mistreated a woman, is it?
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey – 'Dirty Dancing’ (1987) Legend has it that Patrick Swayze had to get down on his hands and knees to convince Jennifer Grey to star in 'Dirty Dancing’, because when the pair shot 'Red Dawn’ together she was not a fan of his. That backfired somewhat when Grey’s immaturity caused Swayze no small amount of irritation – neither of them had the time of their life. “She’d slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over,” said Swayze in his memoirs. “We did have a few moments of friction… she seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticised her.” Sure, Patrick. 'Someone’.
Anthony Hopkins & Shirley MacLaine – 'A Change Of Seasons’ (1980) “She was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with.” That’s Anthony Hopkins there, resolutely refusing to mince his words about Shirley MacLaine, with whom he starred in 1980’s Golden Raspberry-nominated romantic drama. The precise reason for Hopkins’ dislike of the actress is unclear, although he’s not the only person to criticise MacLaine. Director Don Siegel once said, “It’s hard to feel much warmth for [Shirley]. She’s too unfeminine and has too much balls.”
Richard Gere & Debra Winger – 'An Officer And A Gentleman’ (1982) In his book 'An Actor And A Gentleman’, Louis Gossett Jr lifted the lid on one of the most popular (and most parodied) movie relationships of the 1980s – apparently all the sailor suits in the world couldn’t make Richard Gere and Debra Winger abide one another. Winger despised making the film and likened co-star Gere to “a brick wall”. It’s been over 30 years since he carried her off into the sunset, so Gere and Winger’s difficult relationship has thawed in the interim. Says Winger now, “I run in to Richard Gere quite a lot and he half jokes, 'Are you still saying terrible things about me?’”
‘Inside Out’ has passed yet another milestone at the box office. Having been roundly lauded by critics and audiences alike it has now become just the fifth Pixar film to pass $700 million.
According to Variety, ‘Inside Out’ has amassed $343 million at the US box office, which means that it is currently the highest grossing animated film of 2015. ‘Minions’ is lagging behind with $321.5 million at the US box office.
However, ‘Minions’ has already surpassed ‘Inside Out’s’ overall haul around the world, as it has so far taken in $991.8 million and still has to be released in the likes of Italy, Turkey, and China.
But this isn’t about those monosyllabic, jaundice, ne’er-do-wells. This is about Riley, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust, and their collective efforts have seen it become the second-highest grossing Pixar film to reach this amount domestically during its original run. It’s lagging just behind ‘Toy Story 3’s’ $415 million.
And just to let you know, because I know you were wondering, the other four Pixar films to have grossed over $700 million are ‘Up’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘Finding Nemo’, and ‘Toy Story 3’.
It’s been a rather impressive box office run for ‘Inside Out’. Having been released just seven days after ‘Jurassic World’ stormed the box office and took in its record-breaking haul, there were originally worries that it might falter.
However, it then went on to take in $90.4 million over its opening weekend. And even though it meant it only finished second at the box office behind ‘JW’ for that week, it still registered the highest ever opening for an original property. Which is a staggering achievement.
In fact, its box office return in the USA has been so impressive that, domestically, it is the fourth highest 2015 release, falling just behind ‘Jurassic World’, ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, and ‘Furious 7’.
In conclusion, Pixar can be very happy with the film’s work, and let’s hope that it inspires many more studios to proceed with bold, innovative material.
It’s so difficult to make it as a Hollywood star that once you’ve got there, you’d think you’d do everything you could to stay.
But that’s not always the case, as these six stars prove. Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of success is yourself.
Who is Marcus Chong? Exactly. The actor played the key role of tech operator Tank in the first ‘Matrix’ movie and was all set to come back for the rest of the trilogy when talks allegedly broke down over his salary demands.
He subsequently sued the filmmakers and studio, saying that they had succeeded in essentially blackballing him from Hollywood, although they countered by arguing he had verbally threatened them by phone, which resulted in him getting arrested in October 2000.
Ultimately, Tank’s brother-in-law (played by someone else) became the new tech operator for the other two ‘Matrix’ films and Chong hasn’t appeared on the big-screen since ‘The Crow: Wicked Prayer’ in 2005.
The Australian model’s career is a lesson in ‘almost’, having taken over from Sean Connery in what many people consider to be the best Bond movie, 1969’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
Despite being offered a $1million contract for six more 007 films, Lazenby turned them down before his instalment even hit cinemas, annoying the producers by showing up at the premiere with long hair and a beard.
He has said the filmmakers treated him like dirt and refused to listen to his ideas because he was new to the industry, while his then-manager convinced him Bond would soon be old hat in the era of hippies and ‘Easy Rider’.
Various other members of the cast, including Bond girl Diana Rigg and Q actor Desmond Llewellyn, have admitted he was difficult and not prepared to pay his thespian dues. Now 75, Lazenby’s career essentially stalled post-‘OHMSS’ and he has spent a lot of time playing on his Bond persona as well doing the convention circuit.
Top fact: He married (and subsequently divorced) champion tennis player Pam Shriver.
It’s quite hard to find someone in Hollywood to say a nice word about Chevy Chase, such is the number of bridges the comedian has burned over the years.
An original member of ‘Saturday Night Live’, he quit after the first season (much to the annoyance of creator Lorne Michaels) but looked set to have a successful film career having starred in iconic comedies like ‘Caddyshack’, ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ and ‘Fletch’.
However, his personality seems to have rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. He fought with Bill Murray backstage at ‘SNL’, made Kevin Smith feel uncomfortable while they talked about rebooting ‘Fletch’ and left sitcom ‘Community’ in acrimony having argued with showrunner Dan Harmon.
Chevy often seems to think he’s doing it for comedic effect, but anyone who’s seen his brutal Comedy Central roast will understand how little Hollywood seems to like him. Unfortunately, the result is an unfulfilled movie career that could have had a lot more classics in it. Rather than ‘Cops & Robbersons’.
Being branded as difficult to work with is a nasty tag for any actor, but it’s one that Heigl has lived with for some time, ever since she criticised her breakout film ‘Knocked Up’ for being sexist as well as the writing on her TV show, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
The star was the subject of a scathing Hollywood Reporter article that spoke to people who had worked with her, with some saying “she’s not worth it” and slamming the on-set behaviour of both her and momager Nancy.
The actress for her part has said, “I’m not a rude person. I’m not an unkind or mean person…I will continue to stand up for myself and I’m never going to stop standing up for my right to be heard, my right to be treated respectfully and professionally in return, my right to draw boundaries.”
Her most recent big-screen outings have been flops, including ‘One for the Money’ (for which she was paid north of £7million) and ‘The Big Wedding’. More recently, she’s tried to consolidate her popularity by returning to TV and has just been cast in the CBS pilot ‘Doubt’.
By the time the late Castellano came to play Clemenza in ‘The Godfather’, he was already an acclaimed Oscar-nominated character actor.
His role in the mafia classic should have set him up for life (he was apparently considered to play the Don instead of Brando), but instead he found himself sacked from the sequel.
The story goes that the actor told his agent to push for control over Clemenza’s dialogue in ‘Part II’, as well as asking for more money than the rest of the cast. Castellano has disputed this, saying Francis Ford Coppola misled him over the weight of the character and he was the wrong shape for the role. “The next thing, I saw Coppola quoted as saying that I asked for more money than anyone else, that I asked to rewrite the script,” he explained. “Once the lie gets out, the lie is told and it takes.”
Despite a short run in 1975 sitcom ‘Joe and Sons’ and a small handful for other movies, his career never really recovered and he died aged 55 in 1988.
It must be hard being Vincent Gallo. After all, Vincent Gallo – according to Vincent Gallo – is an artistic genius, a cinematic visionary unmatched by anyone living or dead. If you asked him, he’d probably say he’s better at football than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Unfortunately, you’ve got to back up that kind of spectacular narcissism with quality movies.
His 1998 debut ‘Buffalo 66’ was lauded and threatened to turn the 54-year-old into one of indie cinema’s premier auteurs. 2003’s ‘The Brown Bunny’, in which he showed Vincent Jr. during an explicit oral sex scene, was laughed off the screen at the Cannes Film Festival and he’s since disappeared into obscurity.
His most recent film is ‘Don Quixote 3000’, which promises to be a surreal pop/rock version of the Spanish legend. Yay!
Here’s What The Young Stars From Spy Kids Look Like Today
Whatever happened to the tooled-up youngsters of Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Spy Kids’ franchise? We tracked them down…
Daryl Sabara – Juni Cortez
As a kid, Daryl Sabara’s goofy grin and cute ginger curls made him a child star – even before he landed the co-lead role in Robert Rodriguez’s gadget-packed kids franchise, he was making us laugh in the likes of ‘Will & Grace’. Rodriguez made three 'Spy Kids’ movies in three years and Sabara played a starring role in all of them, alongside Alexa Vega as his sister Carmen.
Over time, Sabara’s red curls have been tamed as he looks to take on more serious work. Aged 15, he appeared in Rob Zombie’s 'Halloween’ remake; two years later, he was Robin Williams’ obnoxious teenage son in black comedy 'World’s Greatest Dad’, where his screen father found him dead after an auto-erotic asphyxiation accident. By now, Sabara had established himself as an in-demand voiceover actor in the likes of 'Generator Rex’ and 'Ultimate Spider-Man’, and with director Robert Zemeckis, Sabara made great strides in the field of motion-capture animation with roles in 'The Polar Express’ and 'A Christmas Carol’. A baton-passing cameo aged 19 in 'Spy Kids 4D: All The Time In The World’ – featuring Aroma-scope 'smell-o-vision’! - seemed to indicate his time as a cutesy child star was over, as did a recurring role in drug dealer drama 'Weeds’ and a cameo in Robert Rodriguez’s significantly more adult franchise, 'Machete’.
Now aged 23, we’re entering the serious part of Daryl Sabara’s post-'Spy Kids’ career: 2013 Eli Roth horror 'The Green Inferno’ built some great festival buzz, while in the same year, philosophical thinkpiece 'After The Dark’ put a great spin on the nuclear apocalypse drama. So far, the really huge roles have eluded him, but he did play a significant part in Andrew Stanton’s 'John Carter’, bookending the movie as Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the original story. For up to the minute Daryl Sabara news, you can follow him on Twitter @darylsabara where he mostly tweets about his playlists and saving the rainforest.
Young Alexa had 20 acting credits to her name before Robert Rodriguez picked her for the role of butt-kicker Carmen Cortez in 'Spy Kids’ – previous roles included Steven Seagal’s daughter in 'The Glimmer Man’ and the young Helen Hunt in 'Twister’. When 'Spy Kids’ took off, so did the 13-year-old Vega’s career, and she appeared in all manner of high school movies, like 'Sleepover’ and 'Odd Girl Out’.
Outside of the 'Spy Kids’ trilogy, Vega’s next big movie role wouldn’t come until 2009’s 'Repo! The Genetic Opera’, a bonkers sci-fi musical about organ harvesting from 'Saw’ series director Darren Lynn Bousman, in which she played the lead. Vega also followed Bousman to his excerable 2010 horror flop remake 'Mother’s Day’. Somewhere along the way, Vega grew up – she took on more adult and daring roles, like busty vixen Killjoy in 'Spy Kids’ director Robert Rodriguez’s exploitation sequel 'Machete Kills’, and stripper Gilda in 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For’.
Robert Rodriguez became something of a father figure for Alexa – not only did he keep casting Vega in his movies, he walked her down the aisle too. Vega’s 2010 marriage to film producer Sean Covel, however, was not to last, and the pair divorced just two years after the wedding. There was a silver lining, however: free agent Vega was then able to take a cruise with friends, where she met her current husband, Carlos Pena Jr, star of Nickelodeon’s smash hit 'Big Time Rush’. The pair married less than a year after meeting and combined their surnames: Alexa is now credited in her movies with the surname 'PenaVega’. Still on the slate for 2015 is low-budget animation 'Pixies’ (still likely to be more warmly received than 'Pixels’), 'Single White Female’-esque thriller 'Roommate Wanted’ and a rumoured return for Killjoy in 'Machete Kills In Space’ from – you guessed it – Robert Rodriguez.
First off, it’s important to emphasise Tarantino did not trash the film completely, saying, “I really liked ‘It Follows,’” and praising it for having “the best premise I’ve seen in a horror film in a long, long, long time.”
In case you haven’t seen it, ‘It Follows’ centres on a teenager (Maika Monroe) who, after having sex with her new boyfriend, unwittingly finds herself in the sights of an enigmatic supernatural entity out to kill her, which never looks the same way twice.
Explaining his disappointment, Tarantino went on, “It’s one of those movies that’s so good that you start getting mad at it for not being great. The fact that he didn’t take it all the way makes me not just disappointed but almost a little angry.”
As for how what the problems were, Tarantino goes into some ‘It Follows’ spoilers:
“He [Mitchell] could have kept his mythology straight. He broke his mythology left, right, and center. We see how the bad guys are: They’re never casual. They’re never just hanging around. They’ve always got that one look, and they always just progressively move toward you.
“Yet in the movie theater, the guy thinks he sees the woman in the yellow dress, and the girl goes, “What woman?” Then he realizes that it’s the follower. So he doesn’t realize it’s the follower upon just looking at her? She’s just standing in the doorway of the theater, smiling at him, and he doesn’t immediately notice her? You would think that he, of anybody, would know how to spot those things as soon as possible. We spotted them among the extras.
“The movie keeps on doing things like that, not holding on to the rules that it sets up. Like, okay, you can shoot the bad guys in the head, but that just works for ten seconds? Well, that doesn’t make any f***ing sense. What’s up with that?
“And then, all of a sudden, the things are aggressive and they’re picking up appliances and throwing them at people? Now they’re strategizing? That’s never been part of it before. I don’t buy that the thing is getting clever when they lower him into the pool. They’re not clever.
“Also, there’s the gorgeously handsome geeky boy — and everyone’s supposed to be ignoring that he’s gorgeous, because that’s what you do in movies — that kid obviously has no problem having sex with her and putting the thing on his trail. He’s completely down with that idea.
“So wouldn’t it have been a good idea for her to f*** that guy before she went into the pool, so then at least two people could see the thing? It’s not like she’d have been tricking him into it. It’s what I would’ve done.”
Given how in-depth Tarantino gets, Mitchell’s response was surprisingly brief. Then again, it was made within the 140 character limits of Twitter:
Fighting words, or a peace pipe offering? You be the judge.
‘It Follows’ is available now on home entertainment from Icon Entertainment, whilst Quentin Tarantino’s next, ‘The Hateful Eight,’ is in cinemas at Christmas.
Book Scarlett Johansson Tried To Ban Will Be Published In The UK
A book that Scarlett
Johansson tried to have banned is to be published in the UK next
‘La Première Chose
Qu’on Regarde’ (translated as ‘The First Thing You See’) is written
by award-winning novelist Grégoire Delacourt, and tells the story of
a mechanic called Arthur Dreyfuss who is visited one night by a woman he
believes to be Johansson.
It later emerges that
she isn’t Johansson, but a lookalike, upon which the pair begin a
Despite selling 140,000
in France, Johansson sued Delacourt last year, in an attempt to stop
it being translated and sold in other countries, as well as
preventing it ever being made into a movie.
She claimed that the
book was a 'violation and fraudulent and illegal exploitation of her
name, her reputation and her image’, and made 'defamatory claims
about her private life’.
The judge in the case
did rule that the book was defamatory, but threw out her request for
the book not to be translated or filmed.
Johansson was given
£1,600 in damages, not the €50,000 she had initially sought, and fictional mentions of affairs the actress had had were removed.
At the time of the court action, a spokesperson for the book’s publisher JC Lattés said: “It is all the more surprising [as] the novel is not even about Scarlett Johansson. It is about Scarlet Johansson’s double.”
Delacourt has said that
'all that is in the book concerning this actress is true and
well-meant’, and that the work was a ‘declaration of love’ for the star.
He added that he got the idea for the book after reading the
results of a survey in France which said that half of girls aged
between 15 and 25 were considering cosmetic surgery.
“So I asked myself,
as an old advertiser, a young writer, and a father of a normal age,
what we were doing to our children to stop them liking themselves as
they were,” he told the Guardian.
“And I suspected that
appearances (fashion, models, actors) had become a more important
model than what is inside.
“So I imagined this
encounter between one of the most beautiful girls in the world, and a
boy who, like all boys, dreams of the most beautiful girl in the
world. And when the surface cracks, we discover what is most
important: real beauty is self-esteem.”
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson will release the book in hardback and ebook on September 10.
The stove was fashioned by Alex Dodson, who runs the company Burned By Design, located just outside Barnsley.
It was then despatched to its new owner in Queensland, Australia, from where it promptly went viral - leaving him inundated with orders.
It’s not the only Star Wars-themed burner he’s made either, nor movie-themed, for that matter.
There’s also a blazingly impressive Boba Fett head, an R2-D2, a Stormtrooper, an Ultron from the most recent ‘Avengers’ movie, an Iron Man, a Xenomorph from the ‘Alien’ movies, and a rather impressive Predator.
The xenomorph comes in at the most expensive, at £580, but the Vader will set you back a pretty reasonable £270, considering this is a bespoke piece of metal work.
Dodson adds that 'all commissions are considered’, meaning that you could potentially let you imagination run wild.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ is going to see many of the heroes that we’ve come to love while devouring Marvel’s output over recent years fall out.
All that we’ve known is that Captain America and Iron Man are the duo that will be picking sides in next summer’s titanic tag-team. That was until now, because new promo art for the film has been released, and it shows us whose with who.
Jeremy Renner tweeted the above image, which proves that Captain America has recruited Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, and Falcon to tackle Iron Man’s own motley crew.
But who will be teaming up with Iron Man’s own posse? Well, he’ll have Agent 13, The Vision, War Machine and Black Panther, whose inclusion suggests he’s going to play a more integral part than first thought.
Now, those of you who are relatively good at math will quickly realise that Iron Man’s team are a man short, while there’s also the rather burning question of where Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will fit into the mix. Plus can Captain America really trust the Winter Soldier to stay faithful to his cause? What about Maria Hill, Scarlet Witch and Nick Fury too?
Those issues can be put to one side for the time being though, because after releasing the above image Jeremy Renner went one step further by unleashing a picture of both groups posing menacingly. Which, as you can imagine, is awesome.
Yep, now I’m getting stupidly excited for ‘Captain America: Civil War’. It’s just a pity that we have just over 8 months to wait until its May 6th, 2016, release date. The release of its Disney Expo trailer would quench this thirst immediately, so hopefully we’ll get our first glimpse of the blockbuster at some point in the next month or two.
Until then, I’m just going to remind myself that a picture says a thousand words, and look at the above until my eyes bleed.
Viola Davis is going to play quite a big part in ‘Suicide Squad’. Sure, her character, Amanda Waller, doesn’t have the superpowers, killing steak, or muscles of the likes of the Joker, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn, but in many other ways she’s even more despicable, because she’s so human.
Davis has confirmed that Waller, who is the ruthless government official that draws the ‘Suicide Squad’ together, will be causing mischief for more than just next summer’s blockbuster, as she revealed to The New York Times, via Comic Book, that she’s signed a three picture deal with DC.
Waxying lyrical about her time working on the film, Davis remarked, “This is my first big superhero movie. I signed on for three, so it needed to be a great a great experience. This was a role that was just there to be fun. It was a chance to work with Will Smith, you know?”
And clearly her time maxin’ relaxin’ with Will Smith on the set of ‘Suicide Squad’ was completely worth it, because during another interview with Deadline Davis admitted that she has so far been blown away by the movie.
After discussing how writer and director David Ayer has managed to humanise the likes of Batman, Harley Quinn, and the Joker, by exploring the “pathology behind all of these characters, so you just get that extra spin that gives the flavour and a look which is very different,” Davis then spoke glowingly about what she’s seen of the film.
“At the same time, you get all the stuff that you’ve gotten before, which is the action, the special effects, the great makeup,” Davis continued. “I’m blown away by the movie. Once I saw the trailer, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. He really is a magician.’ I mean, I had no idea. It’s been a real pleasure working on it with David Ayer.”
The Comic-Con trailer for ‘Suicide Squad’ certainly managed to garner a surprising amount of interest from movie folks. So much so in fact that it eclipsed the amount of views of ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’s’ own trailer from the event.
We’ll have to wait and see whether they can repeat this success at the box office next summer. But either way, by the time ‘Batman v Superman’ has rolled out on March 25, 2016, and ‘Suicide Squad’ has followed it on August 7, 2016, you can expect Warner Bros. to have pocketed quite a pretty penny.
‘Hannibal’ star Mads Mikkelsen might just be joining the
world of superheroes… as he enters talks for a villainous role in ‘Doctor Strange’.
According to Variety,
the 49-year-old Danish actor is currently being pursued for a villainous role
in Marvel’s upcoming movie… but will he take the role?
“Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the
villains in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ opposite Benedict Cumberbatch,” they
revealed. “While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected
shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement.”
‘Doctor Strange’ will see Benedict Cumberbatch in the title
role as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme – a former-neurosurgeon who learns the art of
sorcery in order to protect Earth from mystical threats.
Although little is known about Dr Steven Strange’s first big
screen outing, we do know that Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One – the
good doctor’s mentor and teach of the mystical arts. And with Chiwetel Ejiofor
joining the cast, it’s thought that he will play classic villain, Baron Mordo.
But who will Mikkelsen be playing?
“Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps,” they
explained. “But sources say he will be another antagonist to Cumberbatch’s
Apparently, Marvel has been rather keen on Mikkelsen for
some time, and intended to cast him in the role of Malekith in ‘Thor: The Dark
World’. Unfortunately, he soon landed the leading role in NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ and
was no longer available.
But he’s since signed up for an unknown role in ‘Star Wars:
Rogue One’ – the first ever ‘Star Wars’ spin-off film. And again, little is
known about his actual role.
Will Mads Mikkelsen play a familiar ‘Doctor Strange’
villain? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, it’s great news for ‘Doctor
‘Doctor Strange’ heads to cinemas on 4 November 2016.
1999 sci-fi comedy ‘Galaxy Quest’ is the latest movie property to boldly go from the big to the small screen.
First reported as having been in the works earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly have now confirmed that a TV series of cult hit starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman is in development at Amazon Studios.
Essentially a ‘Star Trek’ spoof by way of ‘Three Amigos!’, ‘Galaxy Quest’ follows the disillusioned cast of the fictitious 1980s sci-fi series of the title, who find themselves beamed up from the fan convention circuit and plunged into a genuine deep space conflict by aliens who have mistaken the show for reality.
While something of a box office flop on release, earning only $90 million worldwide off the back of a $45 million budget, the film’s reputation has grown over the years.
‘Galaxy Quest’ is also notable for giving early roles to Sam Rockwell, Rainn Wilson, Missi Pyle and Justin Long.
It is not known at present whether the original cast will in any way be involved, or whether the series will follow on from the film or reboot the concept.
However, the original film’s director Dean Parisot, screenwriter Robert Gordon, and producers
Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein will return for the pilot episode.
First Image Of Michael Fassbender In Assassin’s Creed Plus New Plot Details (EXCLUSIVE)
Check out the first image of Michael Fassbender in ‘Assassin’s Creed’, in this picture exclusive for Yahoo Movies. The full-sized image is below.
In this film adaptation of the ridiculously popular videogame series, Fassbender (‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ and ‘Prometheus’) plays Callum Lynch, a brand new character in the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ universe.
The film is not a retelling of any of the existing ‘Assassin’s Creed’ games and instead introduces new characters and a new historic time period – 15th century Spain – that are previously unexplored by the franchise, while still existing within the same world.
The official plot synopsis reads: ‘Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.’
‘Assassin’s Creed’ will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who has just worked with Fassbender on the critically acclaimed ‘Macbeth’. The actor’s ‘Macbeth’ co-star Marion Cotillard will also appear in the project, which starts filming at the end of August in Malta, London and Spain.
‘Assassin’s Creed’ opens in cinemas worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
Beyond this, nothing has been revealed about the film - but given the track record of the key players, it seems fair to assume it’ll be on the spooky side.
The actor and director were both at their hottest when they first teamed up. Shyamalan had conquered the box office, earned a slew of award nods and rejuvenated the horror genre with 1999′s ‘The Sixth Sense,’ whilst Phoenix had broken through in a big way with 2000′s ‘Gladiator.’
The pair got together on 2002′s sci-fi chiller ‘Signs,’ in which Phoenix portrayed the younger brother of Mel Gibson’s bereaved ex-priest whose farmhouse home comes under attack by aliens.
This proved successful enough for Shyamalan and Phoenix to team up again on 2004′s ‘The Village.’ However, this unusual folk horror seemed to mark the beginning of the end of the director’s golden period, earning poor reviews and turning off audiences.
All the films Shyamalan has directed since - modern fairy tale ‘Lady in the Water,’ environmental horror ‘The Happening,’ and the would-be blockbusters ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘After Earth’ - have proved critical and commercial duds.
Phoenix has also gone through his difficult times, having jeopardised his career with 2010′s unorthodox semi-documentary ‘I’m Still Here’ - but with the subsequent success of ‘The Master,’ ‘Her’ and ‘Inherent Vice,’ he would seem to have recovered.
Will this new film - or Shyamalan’s next, ‘The Visit,’ also produced by Jason Blum - see the director enjoy a similar resurgence? We can but wait and see.
Holly Valance - Flick in Neighbours The former ‘Neighbours’ actress strove for some time after leaving Ramsay Street to make it on the west coast with some TV episodes (‘CSI’, ‘Entourage’) and a small part in ‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson. But her highest-profile role was in videogame adaptation ‘DOA: Dead or Alive’ in 2006.
She pulled off the martial arts well enough, but the film focused rather more of the semi-naked bodies of its female protagonists, a narrative flaw that meant while you got to see a totally superfluous game of bikini volleyball, the actual movie was utterly useless.
Hollywood success is not a financial imperative for Valance anymore, having married billionaire developer Nick Candy in 2012.
Gemma Atkinson - Lisa in ‘Hollyoaks’ The former ‘Hollyoaks’-er and lad mag pin-up can claim to have worked with someone from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Unfortunately, that was Mark Hamill in the dark days before JJ Abrams gave him a call, in a British horror movie called ‘Airborne’.
There has been a bit of American film work, including a nightmarishly cheap-looking remake of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘The Devil’s Pass’ directed by ‘Cliffhanger’ helmer Renny Harlin. But Gemma knows where her bread is buttered and has spent most of the last few years reconnecting with her soap past in ‘Casualty’ and ‘Emmerdale’.
Michael Greco - Beppe in ‘EastEnders’ The man formerly known as Beppe di Marco in ‘EastEnders’ has been in Los Angeles for years trying to make it, but it’s been slow progress for the 44-year-old bearing in mind he left Walford in 2002.
He’s been in telly show ‘Revenge’ and Western series ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, but it’s pretty sparse bigscreen-wise. According to IMDB, he’s due to star in a new action film called ‘The Ghost of the Black Sea’. Good news: the director also directed ‘Commando’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bad news: that was in 1984. His more recent work includes ‘Poseidon Rex’, about, yes, a dinosaur who likes the sea.
Adele Silva - AKA Kelly in ‘Emmerdale’ Lots of soap actors who head to Hollywood talk of starting again. That was almost literally the case with former ‘Emmerdale’ star Silva, who was pictured cleaning the windows of a clothes shop on Melrose Avenue after relocating to Los Angeles.
The actress says she knew the manager and it was just a way to meet people while travelling. Ever the grafter, she also set up a dog-walking service called Walkies of Fame. Still, that didn’t stop tabloid knives sharpening and Silva soon found herself winging her way home, where she has appeared in homegrown productions like ‘Strippers vs Werewolves’.
Joe Absolom - AKA Matthew on ‘EastEnders’ Every actor hopes for a box office smash, so Absolom for 157 episodes between 1997 and 2000, must have been disappointed when his torture porn sequel ‘I Spit On Your Grave 2’ only made £280 on its opening weekend in the US.
Still, despite appearing alongside Michael Greco in ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, the 30-year-old has clearly realised his biggest successes have been on British TV, which is why he’s spent most of his time in pastoral ITV drama ‘Doc Martin’.
Martine McCutcheon - AKA Tiffany on ‘EastEnders’ She looked set to become the next Jennifer Lopez (according to her) when she scooped one of the leads in Richard Curtis romcom ‘Love Actually’ opposite Hugh Grant.
Unfortunately, it never really went further than that. She apparently annoyed people after getting drunk at Elton John’s Oscar party and a planned sitcom was shelved. She’s back in England now doing yoghurt adverts, with her main post-‘Love Actually’ credit a role opposite the late Patrick Swayze in 2008’s ‘Jump’. No, we haven’t heard of it either.
Deepak Verma - AKA Sanjay from ‘EastEnders’ Anyone who’s visited the Cannes Film Festival over the last ten years will tell you they’ve bumped into Verma, the actor who played Sanjay on ‘EastEnders’ between 1993 and 1998.
No-one however, is quite sure what he’s doing there. Now calling himself an actor, writer, director and producer, Verma has a number of films in development under his Pukkanasha Films banner.
But the closest he seems to be to Hollywood is starring in 13 episodes of ‘Emergency: LA’ alongside wrestler Kurt Angle as a crusading cop. Although according to the show’s Facebook page, they are yet to receive the greenlight.
Kimberley Davies - AKA Annalise on ‘Neighbours’ She played sexpot schoolgirl Annalise on ‘Neighbours’ and with her Marilyn Monroe-esque looks, Davies seemed like she would make a natural transition Stateside.
While she has worked sporadically on TV – a character called Angela Prune in ‘Ally McBeal’ in 2000, an episode of ‘Friends’ – her cinematic profile remains dim. 2001 romcom ‘The Shrink Is In’ with Courteney Cox anyone?
In fact, worried her kids would grew up ‘American’, she returned to Oz and lives there happily with her model/doctor husband (seriously) and three kids.
Best Dad Ever: Welder Builds Son His Own Transformer
Anyone who desperately wanted a Galvatron or Ultra Magnus toy as a kid will know only too well the excitement at getting the latest Transformer - so imagine how this boy feels.
His dad didn’t just buy him a toy - he built him a life-sized robot from the mega-franchise and he is now the envy of his local village (not to mention every child of the 80s).
Wang Liansheng, a village welder in Jingtou Town, China, created the 5-metre-tall (16.4 feet), 3-tonne Autobot, Bumblebee, with help from his brother, Wang Yugan.
He was inspired to work on the year-long project after taking his boy to see the latest Transformers film last year.
Using spare car parts in his scrapyard, Liangsheng got to work building the ultimate toy.
He said: “I took my son to watch a Transformers movie in July, and afterwards he asked me for a robot.
“I bought him a toy model, but he said he wanted a life-size one.
“I said I couldn’t afford one, but I could build one.
“And that’s how it began - from a promise to my son.”
The two brothers started collection spare puts and putting them together whenever they had the time, altho they never actually thought they would finish the project.
Unlike the classic Transformer packaging with step-by-step instructions, the brothers had no idea on what to base the robot on so they did their own research online and simple copied the design instinctively.
Liangsheng took the faux Bumblebee apart and reassembled it over and over in order to perfect the look
He added said: "Gradually over the past year, the project just fell into place and we built the big guy.
“Although I have to say I never considered it totally finished until I painted it a few days ago.”
The iconic yellow glow of Bumblebee attracted more than just children to his workshop, as villagers from miles away came to his home for a peek at his creation.
Despite building the robot as a promise to his son, Liansheng now thinks he can make a business out of it.
He has already begun work on his next project - to build Autobot leader (and arguably the most popular Transformer there is), Optimus Prime.
Of course, the creative differences between director and
studio have been widely rumoured… and while it seems unlikely that we’ll ever
get to the bottom of what happened on ‘Fantastic Four’, one thing’s for certain
– it failed to ignite the box office.
“But I had a great meeting with the director [Josh Trank]
and I really enjoyed that,” she added. “I guess it’s part of the game: Sometime
you win some, sometimes you lose some.”
After landing the role of Harley Quinn in DC’s upcoming ‘Suicide
Squad’ movie, I can’t help thinking that Margot Robbie definitely won this one.
After all, set pictures from the ‘Suicide Squad’ movie look rather promising…
and she managed to avoid being associated with one of the biggest superhero
flops of the decade.
And it sounds as though she’s had a lot of fun with ‘Suicide
“I guess the one common denominator is we’re all bad guys,
it just makes everything more fun that way,” said Robbie. “The scenes are more
interesting I feel, when you just don’t know how the characters are going to
react, especially with Harley, who’s absolutely nuts… she’s either going to
kill you or laugh and give you a hug.”
Of course, Jared Leto is set to star as The Joker – the most
iconic of Batman villains. And Margot Robbie thinks he’s going to nail it.
“What he’s doing with the character is so cool,” she said,
describing his transformation as “pretty impressive.”
“At first it was kind of confronting [to see him up close]
but now I’m so used to it, I think if I ever saw him out of makeup now I would
be really confused,” she explained. “Actually, I saw him out of makeup once and
I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn’t know who
that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more
‘Suicide Squad’ stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto,
Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen
Fukuhar, Jay Hernandez and Adam Beach as a group of supervillains who have been
rounded up by the US government in order to carry out dangerous missions in
exchange for a reduced sentence.
Viola Davis stars as the head of Task Force X, Amanda
‘Suicide Squad’ heads to cinemas on 5 August 2016.
This, in case it isn’t obvious, is British screen legend Timothy Spall in the first look at his forthcoming movie ‘Eye Digress’.
It’s described as ‘a surreal comedy’ (surreal, yes. Comedy? From this, not so much), and wraps its filming in London next week.
In it, Spall plays all 15 characters in the movie, which centres on a man stuck in prison but who is plagued with delusions and hallucinations.
Makes a bit more sense now.
Here’s the picture in its full, terrifying glory…
Spall is said to have been working on the idea with director Stephen Cookson, who directed Spall in the movie 'My Angel’ in 2011, for some time, with the script being adapted from a screenplay by first-timer Falcon Fields.
Speaking to Screen Daily, Cookson said: “The process is very intense. Timothy wants each character to be real and three dimensional nothing gets overlooked. We rehearse and constantly re-write right up to the point before shooting.
“We also had to lock of camera positions which meant we were unable to shoot for periods of the day.
“This gives little time for me to consider some of the technical aspects of making the shots work and decide how we are going to piece them together in post. I have to reply of the DOP to and VFX supervisor to assist in these areas.”
Bruce Willis Rumoured To Have Been Sacked By Woody Allen
Could Bruce Willis have been sacked from the new Woody Allen movie?
News emerged earlier this week that the ‘Die Hard’ star had exited the so-far untitled production, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
The official line is that the scheduling has clashed with his starring role in a Broadway adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Misery’.
But some are questioning this explanation, notably because on the day that it broke, pictures emerged of Willis on set in Beverly Hills.
As has been rightly noted, usually the nature of scheduling is that jobs are planned in advance to avoid overlaps, rather than have them emerge when a project has already started.
And Willis did appear to be 'doing acting’ in the shots taken on set, appearing in costume in a scene with Eisenberg.
Such talk intensified when Jeff Sneider, a reporter on Hollywood industry site The Wrap rather bluntly added:
Another industry insider replied to the tweet, claiming inside knowledge that Willis was having issues with his lines.
Woody Allen is known for changing his casts if they’re not working, even when filming has begun, and even when those being given the boot are A-listers, and often with no ill will.
Michael Keaton was let go and replaced by Jeff Daniels in 'The Purple Rose of Cairo’ after 10 days of shooting, while Emily Lloyd was swapped out for Juliette Lewis in 'Husbands and Wives’, though it seemed that in this case the actress and director clashed.
Meanwhile on 'September’, both Christopher Walken and Sam Shepard played the role of Peter on camera, before Allen recast the role, with Sam Waterson taking over.
But equally, Willis has long had a reputation for being difficult to work with.
Director Kevin Smith famously slammed him after he starred in his movie 'Cop Out’.
In his memoir 'Tough Sh*t’, he wrote: “[Willis] turned out to be the unhappiest, most bitter, and meanest emo-b*tch I’ve ever met at any job I’ve held down. And mind you, I’ve worked at Domino’s Pizza.”
Sylvester Stallone has slated Willis too in the past, after he was cut from 'The Expendables 3’ due to a reported dispute over his contract.
Reps for Willis have maintained that the original story of clashing schedules, as first reported on Deadline, is the reason for his departure.
A feminist variation on ‘Attack the Block’ with Anne Hathaway, anyone? It seems this is more or less what we can expect from the actress’s newly announced project ‘The Shower.’
With an acclaimed original screenplay by Jac Schaeffer - named on the illustrious Blacklist, a survey of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, in 2014 - ‘The Shower’ centres on a baby shower which goes to hell when a deadly meteor shower hits Earth (double meaning, see?)
To make matters worse, the meteors somehow transform all the men into monsters with a taste for human flesh - leaving the women, presumably led by Hathaway, to fight back and save the world.
This is the second genre-based film Hathaway has been attached to in 2015, the actress also set to appear in a new giant monster movie entitled ‘Colossal’ - although this project would appear to be in some doubt at present, as ‘Godzilla’ rights-holders Toho have taken legal action against it over accusations of plagiarism.
The Hollywood Reporter liken ‘The Shower’ to ‘Attack the Block,’ ‘This Is The End’ and ‘Bridesmaids’ - all of which would imply an all-star ensemble boasting more big name actresses than Hathaway alone.
Hathaway has praised Schaeffer’s script, saying, “Jac has written an awesome sci-fi comedy centered around funny, fully dimensional female characters. I feel so lucky to be a part of the team that will bring her enormously talented and fresh voice to the big screen.“
Schaeffer expressed similar pleasure at Hathaway’s attachment to the project, describing her as “the perfect actor to anchor a story that is ultimately about female friendship, with a lot of ass-kicking along the way.”
Hathaway will also produce ‘The Shower’ alongside her husband Adam Shulman, and Andrew Lauren.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Predicted To Make A Ridiculous Amount Of Money
It’s more or less
assured that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ will become the biggest
movie of all time at the worldwide box office.
But how much could it
According to movie industry bible Deadline, experts are talking about an opening of $615 million – around £397 million – predicted for the seventh movies in the legendary sci-fi series.
Having cost $200
million to make, it’s said that the film will recoup that figure in
record-breaking time, with $300 million predicted for the US market,
and another $315 million around the world.
coincide with another bold move by Disney, who bought Lucasfilm for
what now seems like a bargain price of $4 billion in 2012.
It is also planning to
take up every single Imax screen in the US and most of those in the
rest of the world for a whole month.
The only previous
precedent for that is the three ‘Hobbit’ movies.
The figure of $615
million has been arrived at in part judging by the recent,
record-breaking success of 'Jurassic World’, which became the
quickest movie ever to make $1 billion, scoring the sum in just 13
It’s safe to say that
with its pedigree and past performances at the box office on six
previous occasions, coupled with recent patterns of spending by
moviegoers that surpassing this already staggering achievement is
more than likely.
Some of the other
numbers involved in rolling out the release should be pretty
It’s expected that it
will open on 10,000 screens in the US alone, over 4000 movie
The likely performance
of the movie, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, Adam
Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, alongside original stars Mark
Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, will raise the bar for James
Cameron’s long-in-gestation 'Avatar’ sequels.
Currently, the first
'Avatar’ holds the record for the highest box office haul in recent
years, making $3 billion, adjusted for inflation, beaten only by
'Gone With The Wind’, which made the equivalent of $3.44 billion back
Ominously for both
those titles, the first 'Star Wars’ movie, released in 1977, lies in third place, having made around $2.8 billion in today’s money.
We’ll find out for sure when ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is unleashed on December 18.
Did You Spot Inside Out’s Good Dinosaur Easter Egg?
It’s common knowledge amongst cinephiles that Pixar employees like to pass the time by sneaking references to future projects into their films.
Fans have been wondering if there was actually a reference to ‘The Good Dinosaur’ in ‘Inside Out’, and now they’ve got their confirmation, courtesy of producer Jonas Rivera who made this admission in a recent Q&A in Denmark to mark the release of the film.
According to Hypable, after being asked what to look out for in ‘Inside Out’, Rivera remarked, “If you look close, you might find somebody that you’ll see later in ‘The Good Dinosaur’. Keep your eyes open!”
But where precisely is this nod to Pixar’s upcoming flick? Well, back in May, just before ‘Inside Out’ was in cinemas, Rivera explained to Collider exactly where it’s located.
“In the scene where Mom and Riley are walking down the street and se says, ‘The food was better than the diner in Nebraska. What was your favourite part of the trip?’ And Riley says, ‘I think the dinosaur.’”
Rivera continued, “So they go back, we see the car smash into the dinosaur. She says, ‘Oh, good one Joy!’ That dinosaur may or may not be a cemented version of some of our characters in the next movie we’re doing.”
The character in question is actually Arlo, the lead character of ‘The Good Dinosaur’; which revolves around his quest to return to his family. It also has an alternate timeline where an asteroid didn’t hit Earth and dinosaurs never went extinct.
There were many other ‘Inside Out’ Easter Eggs that you might have missed. One included Colette from ‘Ratatouille,’ who features on the cover of a cooking magazine, while the number A113 sneaks in, and The Pizza Planet Truck even appears three times.
If you missed one, two, or even all of these ‘Inside Out’ Easter Eggs, then you’re just going to have to buy the film and re-watch it again and again when it is finally released on DVD and Blu-Ray. I have a feeling that because the film’s so majestic you were probably planning on doing that anyway though.
Meanwhile, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ will be released into UK cinemas on November 27, 2015.
Disney’s summer kicked off in predictable fashion with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ netting $1.4 billion back in May. With ‘Avengers Assemble’ proving hugely popular in 2012, it wasn’t a surprise that the sequel amassed a similar fortune.
‘Ant-Man’ was perhaps the surprise hit (if you can call it that), as it scooped just over $360 million. Considering many predicted a flop for the largely unknown Marvel character, it made enough to justify its existence.
‘Inside Out’ not only saw Pixar return to blistering form, but was a smash at the box office, with almost $700 million (and counting). Fans had prayed we’d see the animation studio return to the glory days, and they did not disappoint.
And let’s not forget that earlier in the year we saw ‘Big Hero 6′ ($658 million) and a live-action version of ‘Cinderella’ ($542 million) do great business.
Take November’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ into consideration, and 2015 will likely turn out to be one of, if not the most successful in the company’s history.
Similarly, Universal had a heckuva time with ‘Jurassic World’ stomping to an astonishing $1.6 billion, and it’s still doing well in cinemas and will continue to do so for weeks to come. In fact, it’s done so brilliantly that a sequel has already been green lit and will be released in cinemas in June of 2018, although director Colin Trevorrow won’t be returning to helm.
‘Despicable Me’ animated spin-off ‘Minions’ was, as many predicted, a big hit amongst the franchise faithful, with just shy of $1 billion to its name.
It would perhaps be a disservice to overlook the high octane success of ‘Furious 7′, the seventh movie in the franchise that eased its way to just over $1.5 billion in April (in part due to sentiment over the tragic death of its star Paul Walker).
‘Straight Outta Compton’ is also performing admirably, which is just heading to cinemas in the UK, with other hits such as ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ and ‘Trainwreck’ doing good numbers.
“My character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more,” he said. “I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months.”
Mikkelsen described his character as “very important” when asked how big a role it is. LucasFilm announced that the 49-year-old had joined the cast at Disney’s D23 fan convention in August, alongside 'Firefly’s Alan Tudyk.
Mads Mikkelsen’s big break came in 2006 when he played villain Le Chiffre in Daniel Craig’s debut James Bond outing 'Casino Royale’. He instantly became one of the greatest screen villains produced by the series.
In recent years he has been best known for playing literary monster Dr Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s recently-cancelled 'Hannibal’ series. Many fans of the character believe his portrayal of the famous cannibal is better than even Anthony Hopkins’.
'Star Wars: Rogue One’ is being directed by Gareth Edwards and will star Felicity Jones as a Rebel soldier leading a team that uncovers the plans for the first Death Star.
The film will also star Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen and Riz Ahmed. It is set to be released on 16 December 2016.
But it’s since emerged that no parents complained.
‘Gayby Baby’, which is directed by Maya Newell, a former pupil at Burwood, follows four children being raised by same-sex parents.
Plans to show the film as part of the 'Wear It Purple Day’ to show support for LGBT students – and the supposed complaints – made front pages in Australia yesterday.
Piccoli (below) told 2GB Radio: “Schools are not places for political issues to be aired.
“During school hours we expect them to be doing maths and English and curriculum matters.
“This movie is not part of the curriculum and that’s why I’ve made that direction.”
Mike Baird, the premier of New South Wales, backed him, saying: “I understand the intent of that is to provide an example of tolerance and that’s something I absolutely support.
“Should it be in class time? No, I don’t think so. Should it be optional? Yes, I do think so.”
It was ruled instead that the film could be shown out of school hours.
Claims that parents complained about the film being shown were later denied by the school, which confirmed in a statement: “The school has not received any complaints from Burwood girls high school parents.”
The makers of the movie posted on its Facebook page yesterday: “Many of you will have seen the media coverage today over the screening of our films in schools.
“We firmly believe our film has positive benefits for all students and we’re committed to supporting the schools who are celebrating Wear It Purple Day.
“Creating inclusive classroom and valuing family diversity promotes student wellbeing and acceptance of difference.
“There is no place for bullying, homophobia or discrimination in Australian public schools. Thank you all for your ongoing support of our film and our families.”
Newell (above) told the Guardian that the furore has been 'quite upsetting and disappointing’.
“The film is so innocent,” she said. “It’s actually much more about four kids who are traversing oncoming puberty, who are dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up. The fact they have gay parents is really minor.”
If you thought the reign of Lord Voldemort - sorry, He Who Must Not Be Named - was over, think again.
A Reddit user has found evidence that Harry Potter’s nemesis lives on in a statue in Rome.
We all assumed Voldemort (HWMNBN) been defeated following the events of ‘The Deathly Hallows’, but this image posted on Imgur by robbyking suggests he may just be hibernating as a solid stone sculpture biding his time before the Death Eaters can rise again.
Let’s a take a look at the evidence in close up shall we?
We have to agree the similarities between the centuries old statue and Ralph Fiennes’ Dark Lord character are striking and it’s not the first time a movie star has appeared as a piece of art in the Italian capital.
Sylvester Stallone’s doppelgänger has also been spotted lurking in a Raphael painting that hangs in the Vatican. See below.
The stars of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ have been named as the highest-paid male TV actors of 2015. Analysis by Forbes puts the cast of the hit CBS sitcom at the top of the TV-land pile thanks to newly negotiated contracts which earn some of the cast $1m per episode, proving once again that television can be just as lucrative - if not more - than cinema for actors.
1: Jim Parsons - £18.5m
Bazinga! Parsons’ salary negotiations for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which reportedly now earns him $1m per episode plus back end profits have made him the highest-paid actor in television.
2: Johnny Galecki - £17.2m
The former child star who appeared in ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ and ‘Roseanne’ now commands $1m per episode for ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
3= Mark Harmon - £12.7m
Veteran actor Harmon has played Leroy Jethro Gibbs in CBS’s popular crime procedural ‘NCIS’ since 2003. He also produces ‘NCIS: New Orleans’.
3= Simon Helberg - £12.7m
Helberg, who plays Howard Wolowitz in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, saw his salary jump from $100k to a reported $800k per episode in recent contract negotiations.
3= Kunal Nayyar - £12.7m
The London-born star also benefitted from recent contract negotiations on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and he now reportedly commands $800k per episode.
3= Ashton Kutcher - £12.7m
The former Mr Demi Moore was parachuted in to join the cast of ‘Two and a Half Men’ in 2011 following Charlie Sheen’s rather public meltdown. Rapid contract renegotiations made him one of the best-paid TV actors before the show ended earlier this year.
7= Jon Cryer - £9.6m
Brat-packer Cryer played Alan in ‘Two and a Half Men’ for 12 years before the show was axed in February.
7= Ray Romano - £9.6m
Everybody loves ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ especially its star Ray Romano who still earns a fortune from his hit sitcom thanks to re-runs even though the show ended in 2005.
9= Patrick Dempsey - £7.7m
Actor and race car driver Dempsey left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2015 but not before he raked in a huge pay day. He quit the medical drama saying: “It’s financially rewarding but there comes a point where how much is enough, really? I’m focusing now on developing and racing and being a father to my children.”
9= Simon Baker - £7.7m
Baker played former “psychic” Patrick Jane in the CBS crime show ‘The Mentalist’ which ended earlier this year.
11: Ty Burrell - £7.3m
The cast of ABC’s hugely popular sitcom ‘Modern Family’ all re-upped their contracts recently after winning 10 Emmys over 6 season, putting ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ star Ty Burrell into TV’s big earners.
12: Jesse Tyler Ferguson - £7m
The actor who plays Mitchell in ‘Modern Family’ has been nominated for 5 best-supporting actor Emmys and now he’s been rewarded financially by his network.
13= Ed O’Neill - £6.7m
One hugely successful sitcom just wasn’t enough for ‘Married… With Children’ star Ed O’Neill. He’s now the patriarch in ‘Modern Family’, one of the most successful shows on American TV which has just been renewed for a 7th season.
13= Eric Stonestreet - £6.7m
43-year-old Stonestreet has won 2 Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmys playing Cameron Tucker in ‘Modern Family’.
15: Kevin Spacey - £6m
Stage and screen legend can now add television to the list of acting mediums he’s conquered thanks to his lead role in Netflix’s hit political drama ‘House of Cards’. Spacey will return as Frank Underwood for a fourth series in 2016.
Holding out, the
development went ahead regardless, springing up five stories around
her 108-year-old farmhouse.
Comparisons to the Pete
Docter movie ‘Up’ have long been drawn – in fact, development on
Docter’s movie began in 2004, with Macefield’s first refusal to move
house coming in 2006.
'Up’ told the story of
Carl Fredrickson, a cantankerous old gent who similarly refused to
move from the house he shared with his late wife, but Macefield’s
story is equally cinematic
As the development
began, Macefield struck up an unlikely friendship with Barry Martin,
the project’s construction supervisor, and one of the very people
threatening to swallow up her home.
The pair were soon
inseparable, with Martin ensuring that the construction impacted her
life as little as possible and ultimately driving her to her hair
When Macefield, who had
become a folk hero for her steadfast refusal to move from her home,
died at the age of 86 in 2008, she left Martin the house in her will.
Martin went on to write
a book about their friendship, 'Under One Roof’, published in 2013.
The book and its screen
adaptation have now been picked up by Fox Searchlight, the 'indie’
arm of 20th Century Fox, with Will Gluck, the filmmaker
behind the Emma Stone breakthrough movie 'Easy A’ and the recent
remake of 'Annie’ set to produce.
The house is still
under threat, however, after it was sold to a firm who had intended
to use it as an office, but failed to pay its taxes.
Now a campaign is
running to have the house lifted (just like in the movie, though
sadly not with balloons), put on a barge and floated to Orcas Island,
where it can be given to a family in need of a home.
And to an extent, he
was probably right, at the time, but little did he know that Burton
was about to reinvent the superhero movie as we know it.
In an interview with
Details magazine, he said: “It was the beginning of these huge
movies, and I just thought, Batman?
“Batman held such an
indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to
Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his
trousers cannot be taken seriously’. So, yeah.”
So yeah, indeed.
Brosnan wasn’t the only
actor to turn down the audition.
Ray Liotta did too –
a decision he regrets – while those also considered for the role
was a veritable who’s who of Hollywood’s leading men.
Also considered were
Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck, Bill Murray,
Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe and Dennis Quaid.
So when Michael Keaton
was announced as the new Bruce Wayne it was something of a curveball,
to put it politely.
Warner Bros was
bombarded with 50,000 letters of complaint from Batfans.
“Obviously there was
a negative response from the comic book people,” said Burton in the
“I think they thought
we were going to make it like the 1960s TV series, and make it campy,
because they thought of Michael Keaton from 'Mr. Mom’ and 'Night
Shift’ and stuff like that.”
Although ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is Mitchell’s breakout
role, he has appeared in other minor roles over the last few years – most notably
appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the noir thriller, ‘Broken
“Mitchell is currently shooting Keanu, the New Line comedy
from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and will be seen in the indie
Vincent-N-Roxxy with Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz.”
But who will he be playing in ‘Skull Island’?
“Insiders say that Mitchell will play an easy going pilot,”
they explain. “The move will reunite him with Corey Hawkins, his Compton
co-star (he played Dr. Dre) who is already cast in the monster movie.”
Unfortunately, that’s about all we know for the time being…
but it looks as though he’s in good company.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct ‘Kong: Skull Island’ which
recently brought screenwriter Derek Connolly on board before production begins
in Hawaii by late-October.
Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson are already confirmed for ‘Skull
Island’ with Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly reportedly circling unknown
‘Kong: Skull Island’ heads to cinemas on 10 March 2017.
In an interview with
New York magazine around the forthcoming release of Tarantino’s
latest, 'The Hateful Eight’, the 66-year-old star explains how it all
And it was partly
Tarantino’s fault, too.
He’d gone into the
audition believing he was reading with Tim Roth and Harvey
Keitel, and for the role of Mr. Orange (which eventually went to Roth).
At the time, Jackson was riding the heat of his performance in Spike Lee’s
'Jungle Fever’, which had won him a Best Supporting Actor gong at the
Cannes Film Festival.
However, on entering
the room, Jackson, who is a stickler for learning and memorising his
lines, was confronted with two men he didn’t know, who didn’t know
their lines and would frequently break down into laughter.
“I didn’t realize
it was Quentin, the director-writer, and Lawrence Bender, the
producer,” he said.
“But I knew that the
audition was not very good.
“My agent and manager
tell me that my expectations of everybody else being as prepared as I
am is my biggest problem.”
Jackson bumped into
Tarantino at the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival,
where he told the director 'I think you would have had a better movie
with me in it’.
Luckily, Tarantino told
him that he was writing something with him in mind, and within weeks,
a script for 'Pulp Fiction’ had arrived on his doormat, with a note
reading 'If you show this script to anyone, we’ll show up at your
door next week and kill you’.
The audition for the
assassin Jules Winnfield went much better, perhaps because he was
fired up after someone in casting greeted him as 'Mr Fishburne’.
The rest is history –
not to mention an Oscar nomination – with Jackson becoming a
household name at the age of 46.
He also adds that on
'Pulp Fiction’, he and the director realised that they had 'a kind of
“Quentin would walk
by my trailer, and he would always hear the sounds of either kung-fu
fighting or bullets going off, and he would look in the door and say,
‘What are you watching?’,” he said.
In 'The Hateful Eight’,
Jackson is playing a former Union officer, turned bounty hunter in
the aftermath of the American Civil War.
The movie, which also
stars Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and
Michael Madsen, is out on January 8.
Image credits: Getty/Rex Features/Weinstein Company
Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan says he’d have no problem with 007 romancing other men - but he doesn’t expect it to happen.
In an interview with Details, the 62-year old Irish actor, who portrayed 007 in four films between 1995 and 2002, expressed his happiness about the legalisation of gay marriage in his homeland - and to the question of a gay Bond, he responded, “Sure. Why not?”
However, Brosnan slammed on the brakes almost immediately when contemplating the chances of this actually coming to pass:
“Actually, I don’t know how it would work. I don’t think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
Of course, there was a scene in the last Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ which saw Javier Bardem’s Silva express sexual interest in Daniel Craig’s Bond - who, in turn, implies he might have had sexual encounters with men in the past.
Even so, this brief moment would not seem to have too much bearing on the film overall, and it remains to be seen whether it will come up again in ‘SPECTRE.’
Still, while Brosnan has his doubts about Bond ever being gay, he did go on to give his endorsement to one of the actors most commonly cited as a potential future Bond:
“Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet.”
Brosnan’s latest film ‘No Escape’ opens in UK cinemas on 4 September, whilst the next Bond movie ‘SPECTRE’ lands on 26 October.
Rumours continue to abound that Superman is going to find himself involved in something of a love triangle during ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’.
Despite the fact that he’s already locked lips with Amy Adams’ Lois Lane during ‘Man Of Steel’, there’s speculation that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is going to be vying for his heart too in the hugely anticipated superhero hybrid.
But who is actually better for Clark Kent/Superman? Well, who better to ask than the actor who is currently playing Krypton’s most famous son; Henry Cavill. Something that Cosmopolitan did during their recent chat with the actor, which he conducted to promote ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’
However, rather than siding with either Lois Lane or Wonder Woman, Cavill didn’t really provide a definitive answer. Instead implying that both women would be good for him.
After being asked, Cavil responded, “This is a very long discussion because there are a lot of questions to be asked and answered. I mean who is better for a super-powered alien, a human or a goddess? Yes, the goddess can do all the normal things, which we would think are normal in a relationship, and not have any fear of Superman.”
But what about Lois Lane? Well, here’s what Cavill had to say. “But you also need to have that baseline of humanity, which Lois provides,” the actor continued. “And literally keeps his feet on the ground, keeps him down to earth. So that’s more of a debate than an answer.”
While Lois Lane and Clark Kent are arguably the most famous couple in the history of comic-books, in most recent history, especially in the Superman/Wonder Woman series, Superman and Wonder Woman became romantically entangled.
But since Superman is going to have his hands extremely full taking on Bruce Wayne in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, it’s probably a safer bet that Superman will continue his relationship with Lois Lane rather than the blockbuster wasting time with a love triangle.
We’ll see if that’s the case when ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ is released on March 25, 2015.
Although George Miller was recently rumoured to direct ‘Man
of Steel 2’, it looks as though the Superman sequel may have already been
During last week’s episode of Popcorn
Talk, Jon Schnepp dropped a rather huge bombshell – that George Miller
would be directing ‘Man of Steel 2’. But according to Den
of Geek, that rumour isn’t quite on the money… and it seems the sequel may
have been canned already.
“We’ve since heard from two sources that there might be
substance to this rumour. They tell us that Miller is indeed in talks with
Warner Bros about the possibility of taking on one of its future DC movies,
though exactly what that movie is hasn’t been decided as yet… While this
doesn’t rule out the possibility of Miller taking on Man Of Steel 2, another
source has said that, as far as they understand it, the sequel is on ‘permanent
Unfortunately, we’re not entirely sure what that means, at
least for now.
Has ‘Man of Steel 2’ been put on hold until a suitable point
opens up in Warner Bros’ super-powered schedule? Has it been abandoned
Either way, it’s obvious that WB’s upcoming superhero slate is
already rather crowded… and with recent rumours that Ben Affleck is getting his
own Batman trilogy, it’s understandable if there just isn’t room for the foreseeable
Of course, the thing about film schedules and release dates is
that they can always change…
Either way, we’ve got plenty of Superman appearances to look
forward to in the coming years. After all, with ‘Batman V Superman’ heading to
cinemas in 2016, followed by the ‘Justice League’ part one and two, there’s no
shortage of the Man of Steel.
And the future of the DC movie universe is looking rather
‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ heads to cinemas on 25
It looks as though the rumoured new ‘Blade’ movie might not
feature Wesley Snipes as the leading character… as the franchise shifts focus
towards a new, female hunter.
According to Bleeding
Cool, Marvel’s infamous vampire hunter may be taking a back seat… as he
hands the film franchise over to his daughter.
“Bleeding Cool has previously reported that the newly
to-be-relaunched Blade comic featuring the daughter of Blade, has been delayed,”
they explain. “Because the plan is that this new Blade will be the one that
features in the next Blade movie.”
Of course, we recently heard rumours that a new ‘Blade’
movie was up for consideration… and with Wesley Snipes admitting that he’s had
talks with the folks at Marvel, it looked as though there was a chance he would
reprise the role.
But now it seems we may see an all-new hunter on the block –
one that’s about to debut in he own comic book series.
“Fallon Grey is a sixteen year old girl from rural Oregon,”
reads the synopsis. “As fearsome supernatural forces hunt Fallon, she’ll come
face to face with something even more shocking than the monsters on her tail.”
But how will the original Blade fit into this?
“There has been much talk of new Blade films, given the more
recent success of many more Marvel movies, and that the rights had returned to
Marvel. And Wesley Snipes has been in talk about returning to the character
with Marvel. Could it be as a more fatherly figure?”
In the upcoming comic book, Blade is indeed the new hunter’s
father… and I can’t help thinking that introducing a female vampire hunter is a
rather smart move.
But will this make it to the big screen? For now, we’ll have
to wait and see.
Of course, this goes some way towards explaining why Kylo
hasn’t taken the title of ‘Darth’ like earlier Dark Side force users… and even
hints towards the origins of the Knights of Ren.
After all, it stands to reason that the rest of them aren’t
Sith, either… but perhaps they’re enamoured with all that Force choking and
But who is Supreme Leader Snoke?
Well, that was revealed earlier this year to be the
performance capture character, played by Andy Serkis. And while we haven’t seen
the Supreme Leader just yet, we’ve already heard his rather gravelly voiceover
in the first ‘Star Wars VII’ trailer.
“There’s been an awakening,” he says, rather ominously. “Have
you felt it? The Dark side, and the Light.”
It’s all rather sinister to say the least, and that’s no
mistake. After all, J.J. Abrams has also shed a little light on the First Order’s
intentions. But while many believed them to be a long-standing remnant of the
Empire, it seems that’s not quite the case.
“That all came out of conversations about what would have
happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together
again?” said Abrams. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist
as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be
seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see
through what didn’t get done?”
It certainly sounds as though there’s a great admiration for
Vader and the Empire… not just by Kylo Ren. But will the Resistance be able to
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 18
Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder in ‘Dr. No’ (1962) Last seen acting in art project ‘The Cremaster 5’ in 1997, she’s still the archetypal Bond girl (Credit: MGM/Rex)
Daniela Bianchi - Tatiana Romanova in ‘From Russia With Love’ (1963) She retired early in 1970, and was last spotted in 2012 Italian doc ‘We’re Nothing Like James Bond’ (Credit: Rex/Fanpix)
Honor Blackman - Pussy Galore in ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) Honor appeared in BBC drama ‘By Any Means’, and an episode of ‘Casualty’ in 2013. She’s also a political activist (Credit: Rex)
Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson in ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) She retired from acting in 1969. The former sex symbol has since been devoted to her family (Credit: Rex)
Claudine Auger - Dominique “Domino” Derval in ‘Thunderball’ (1965) The former Miss World runner-up had a succesful career in mostly TV after Bond. Her last acting role was in 1997. (Credit: Rex)
Luciana Paluzzi - Fiona Volpe in ‘Thunderball’ (1965) Luciana now splits her time between New York and Rome, with her last acting credit in 1978 (Credit: Rex)
Mie Hama - Kissy Suzuki in ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967) The ‘King Kong Vs. Godzilla’ star last acted in 1989 Japanese drama ‘Kitchen’ (Credit: Rex/Blogspot)
Akiko Wakabayashi - Aki in ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967) Akiko disappeared from public life soon after ‘Bond’, citing an injury she sustained while making a movie (Credit: MGM/hmms.com)
Diana Rigg - Teresa “Tracy” Bond/di Vicenzo in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969) Made a Dame in 1994, she recently starred as Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game Of Thrones’ (Credit: Rex)
Jill St. John - Tiffany Case in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (1971) Jill last starred in TV movie ‘Northpole’… as Santa’s wife. She’s now married to actor Robert Wagner (Credit: Rex)
Lana Wood - Plenty O’Toole in ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (1971) She’s the sister of the late Natalie Wood, and is still doing meet & greets at fan conventions. Has several acting projects in development. (Credit: MGM/Wenn)
Jane Seymour - Solitaire in ‘Live And Let Die’ (1973) Jane now has an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards, and is most recognised as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. (Credit: Rex)
Gloria Hendry - Rosie Carver in ‘Live And Let Die’ (1973) The first ever African-American Bond girl. The former Playboy Bunny published her memoirs in 2013. (Credit: Rex/Wenn)
Britt Ekland - Mary Goodnight in ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ (1974) ‘Wicker Man’ star Britt appeared in ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ in 2010 (Credit: Rex)
Barbara Bach - Anya Amasova in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977) She married Ringo Starr in 1981, and made an appearance in 1987’s Playboy ‘Bond Girl’ special (Credit: Rex)
Caroline Munro - Naomi in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977) ‘Sinbad’ star Caroline is still keeping her sci-fi/horror career going, and is a regular at conventions (Credit: Rex)
Carole Bouquet - Melina Havelock in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981) Still acting in France, the actress bagged the Best Actress César in 1989 for ‘Too Beautiful For You’ Credit: Rex)
Lynn-Holly Johnson - Bibi Dahl in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981) Lynn won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress in 1985, last appearing in a 2010 DTV movie (Credit: MGM/Wikipedia)
Maud Adams - Octopussy in ‘Octopussy’ (1983) She’s a double Bond girl, having played Andrea Anders in ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, and still attends the premieres (Credit: Rex)
Kristina Wayborn - Magda in ‘Octopussy’ (1983) Winner of Miss Scandinavia 1971, Kristina played the “Sorceress” in 2005 martial arts movie ‘Forbidden Warrior’ (Credit: MGM/Rex)
Tanya Roberts - Stacey Sutton in ‘A View To A Kill’ (1985) - Tanya Roberts The former ‘Charlie’s Angels’ actress retired in 2006, and wrote the foreword for a 2008 guide to the show (Credit: Rex)
Grace Jones - May Day in ‘A View To A Kill’ (1985) Grace Jones may have last acted in 2008, but she’s still known as a musical legend, and is considered a style icon (Credit: Rex)
Maryam d’Abo - Kara Milovy in ‘The Living Daylights’ (1987) Maryam’s still attends Bond events, and appeared in recent Indian movie ‘Tigers’ (Credit: MGM/Wenn)
Carey Lowell - Pam Bouvier in ‘Licence To Kill’ (1989) She did voice work in the 2012 videogame ‘007 Legends’. After marrying Richard Gere in 2002 they’re in the middle of a divorce, according to reports (Credit: Rex)
Izabella Scorupco - Natalya Simonova in ‘Goldeneye’ (1995) Izabella hosted the 2012 series of ‘Sweden’s Next Top Model’, having recently reprised an early 90s singing career (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Famke Janssen - Xenia Onatopp in ‘Goldeneye’ (1995) Most recognised now as Jean Grey from the ‘X-Men’ movies, Famke’s also starred in ‘Taken’ and the sequels, and Netflix horror ‘Hemlock Grove’ (Credit: Getty/Wenn)
Michelle Yeoh - Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) The BAFTA-nominated actress is currently working on a sequel to martial arts epic, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (Credit: MGM/Wenn)
Teri Hatcher - Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) TV’s Lois Lane bagged a Golden Globe for ‘Desperate Housewives’, and recently did voice work for ‘Planes’ (Credit: MGM/Wenn)
Denise Richards - Dr. Christmas Jones in ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (1999) Former Mrs. Charlie Sheen, Denise had her own reality show in 2008/9, and is now a TV cameo regular (Credit: MGM/Wenn)
Sophie Marceau - Elektra King in ‘The World Is Not Enough’ (1999) Sophie is still acting, and now directing, in France. She married Highlander Christopher Lambert in 2012 (Credit: Getty)
Halle Berry - Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) After the ‘Movie 43’ mistake, Oscar winner Halle returned for 'X-Men: Days Of future Past’, and currently fronts Amazon TV show ‘Extant’ (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Rosamund Pike - Miranda Frost in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) Miranda Frost in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) - After Pegg/Frost/Wright comedy ‘The World’s End’, she’s currently winning rave reviews for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation (Credit: Wenn)
Eva Green - Vesper Lynd in ‘Casino Royale’ (2006) Eva is fronting Spartan sequel ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’, and was recently cast as the titular femme fatale in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Olga Kurylenko - Camille Montes in ‘Quantum Of Solace’ (2008) She appeared in 2013 sci-fi ‘Oblivion’, and most recently co-starred opposite former Bond Pierce Brosnan in spy movie ‘November Man’ (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Gemma Arterton - Strawberry Fields in ‘Quantum Of Solace’ (2008) Gemma recently starred opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in 'Runner Runner’ and in Gallic drama Gemma Bovery (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Bérénice Marlohe - Sévérine in ‘Skyfall’ (2012) Reigning Bond girl Bérénice is now set to star in Terrence Malik’s upcoming untitled movie alongside Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman (Credit: MGM/Getty)
Is Sean Connery Actually Playing James Bond in The Rock?
As part of part of our series on mind-blowing movie fan theories, we’re changing the way you watch some of Hollywood’s most famous films. This week: ‘The Rock’.
That Sean Connery’s convict “John Mason” – the only man to ever escape Alcatraz – is actually an older version of Connery-era 007.
The theory goes that in the mid 1960s, famed British secret agent James Bond was caught spying in the United States, and locked up in infamous island prison Alcatraz (aka The Rock) on espionage charges.
The plot sees the FBI enlist the help of Connery’s character (and his knowledge of Alcatraz), to help Nicolas Cage’s scientist thwart a group of ex-marines bent to destroying San Francisco with chemical weapons, using the prison as a base.
Aside from the obvious fact that legendary 007 actor Connery plays both characters, numerous references are dropped throughout ‘The Rock’ to Mason’s shadowy spying past.
Grouchy FBI director Womack introduces Mason as man who was locked up 33 years ago (which would have been the peak of Connery’s Bond career), is SAS trained, and a professional escape artist:
“[He’s] a British national, incarcerated on Alcatraz in 1962… escaped in ’63,” growls Womack. “This man has no identity, not in the United States or Great Britain. He does not exist. Understand?”
This timeframe matches up with Connery first donning the Bond tuxedo for ‘Dr. No’ in 1962, but ‘The Rock’ implies that he was captured again soon after his Alcatraz escape – though Connery was still playing 007 until 1971 (or 1983 if you count ‘Never Say Never Again’).
Later, when Womack is pressed to give up who their mysterious man is, he reveals Mason was a British operative who stole secret government files from influential FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover, but was captured at the Canadian boarder.
“Of course the British claimed they’d never heard of him. And we held him without trial, until he gave up the microfilm. But he never did,” admits the FBI boss.
“This man knows our most intimate secrets from the last half-century,“ he adds. “The alien landing at Roswell, the truth about the JFK assassination. Mason’s angry. He’s lethal. He’s a trained killer. And he is the only hope that we have got.”
Mason himself, played by a then 65-year-old Connery, even boasts to Nicolas Cage’s character: “I was trained by the best… British Intelligence.”
And, in a throwaway gag, the script parodies Connery’s infamous ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ one-liner, when he replies to Cage’s introduction “I’m Stanley Goodspeed”, with a cheeky “but of course you are…”
So, is Sean Connery actually playing an ageing James Bond, who was abandoned by us Brits for 30 years? Or, is it just wishful thinking from those of us who wanted to see one last outing for the original 007?
There are so many references in the script that at the very least the writers must have been aware of the Bond parallels, and were just having fun with it.
Brilliantly, ‘The Rock’ also ties in with one of cinema’s greatest ever fan theories – that “James Bond” is just a codename, inherited by numerous MI6 agents over the years (allowing for different actors to play him within the same movie timeline).
So when Womack tells us Connery’s captured spy “doesn’t exist”, it’s because he doesn’t. James Bond never did…
Watch the full trailer for James Bond’s next adventure ‘Spectre’ below.
“I’ve been reading comic books since I was a kid, and I’ve had my own Marvel Universe obsessions for years,” said Tarantino in an interview with New York Magazine (via Vulture).
“So I don’t really have a problem with the whole superhero thing right now, except I wish I didn’t have to wait until my 50s for this to be the dominant genre. Back in the ‘80s, when movies sucked — I saw more movies then than I’d ever seen in my life, and the Hollywood bottom-line product was the worst it had been since the ’50s — that would have been a great time.”
His appreciative tone isn’t shared by all. Some are already tiring of superhero movies despite 2015 being a pretty regular year, with only three big releases. Next year will be far my trying for the blockbuster genre, with seven major releases.
New York Magazine also asked the 'Reservoir Dogs’ (below) director if he’d have made a superhero movie back when he was younger. “No, I was still working at a video store! But I would have gone to see them. That was my time. I was in my 20s and would have been just like the guys at Comic-Con now who go see every DC and Marvel movie. But I’m in my 50s now, so I don’t see all of them.”
Moving on to blockbusters more generally, Tarantino was asked how different his career would have been if he had made the jump to big budget films, citing how he was offered both 'Men In Black’ and 'Speed’.
“My career would be pretty good. I think it’s less about the success of something like 'Men In Black’ or 'Speed’, or the success of 'Pulp Fiction’, and more about how to present yourself to the industry. Right away, I presented myself as not a director for hire. I’m not going to sit at home and read these scripts you send me. I’m going to write my own.”
Tarantino’s eighth film, 'The Hateful 8’ is set to be released on 8 January 2016.
The Embarrassing Early Roles Of Hollywood Heartthrobs
Being an “overnight success” in Hollywood actually takes years of dedication. Actors work hard starting right at the bottom doing modelling, theatre work, and even music videos before they get their big breaks. Here’s some of the early jobs of Hollywood’s biggest stars that we’re sure they’d rather forget.
Tom Hardy - Big Breakfast’s Find Me A Supermodel Competition Winner
Before he was snapping backs in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ or mumbling his way across the desert in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, Tom Hardy had aspirations of being a model and appeared on ‘The Big Breakfast’ competing in a modeling competition which he won despite wearing an Alice band. His prize? A toolbox.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Heartbeat
In 2000, Cumberbatch appeared in the 60s-set ITV cop show ‘Heartbeat’ as Charles a horse-riding toff (who’d have guessed?) who gets mixed up in a crime when he borrows his uncle’s Rolls Royce. He made a second appearance in the Sunday night nostalgia-fest in 2004 playing a totally different character.
Tom Hiddleston – Casualty
Like most British actors, Hiddleston appeared in the long-running BBC medical soap ‘Casualty’. He played Chris, an abseiling maintenance man who knocks a woman off a balcony in a horrific accident. The god of mischief indeed.
Eddie Redmayne- Catalogue model
The Oscar-winning star was just 22 when he appeared in the Rowan Yarns catalogue sporting a natty range of heavy knit jumpers. We bet Stephen Hawking himself would never have predicted that just 11 years later this young lad would be winning the Best Actor Oscar for ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Matt Smith - That Face
Appearing in a successful West End play that successfully transferred to Broadway isn’t technically embarrassing, but seeing the future ‘Doctor Who’ star in a dress and pearl necklace is always going to be entertaining so here we are.
Michael Fassbender – Music video star
Just before Fassbender became a big Hollywood star he had a leading role in the video for ‘Blind Pilots’ by The Cooper Temple Clause. He plays a man on a stag do who gradually transforms as his night becomes more debauched first into a horned devil man, then into a billy goat.
Chris Pratt - Cursed Part 3
Back in 2000 when Chris Pratt was a wannabe actor serving tables at Bubba Gump in Maui, director Rae Dawn Chong gave her waiter a break by casting him in her short horror film ‘Cursed Part 3’. The trailer is gloriously crappy but Pratt’s star power shines through, despite his moptop hairdo.
Idris Elba – Soap star
Long before everyone on the planet was clamouring for him to be the next James Bond, Idris Elba was helping launch Channel 5. He appeared in its short-lived soap opera ‘Family Affairs’ playing Tim Webster.
Chris Evans - Mystery Date board game
Chris Evans was a teen-heartthrob long before ‘Captain America’ thanks to appearing as surf dude Tyler in Hasbro’s hit board game ‘Mystery Date’, a job he’d much rather forget.
Jason Statham – Oiled up dancer
After The Stath gave up diving but before he became a movie star, his chiseled physique won him a number of roles dancing in music videos. He was oiled up and gyrating in The Shamen’s 1993 hit ‘Comin’ On’ and inexplicably painted silver in the video for Erasure’s ‘Run To The Sun’.
David Spade Shares Hilarious Story About Jack Nicholson’s Shameless Behaviour
What do you do when
Jack Nicholson asks your girlfriend out right in front of you?
Nothing at all, seemingly.
Well, according to
comic actor David Spade, that is, who suffered such an indignity when he was
going out with actress Lara Flynn Boyle.
Spade, who’s starred in
movies like ‘Grown Ups’ and ‘Tommy Boy’ with Chris Farley, and TV
shows including 'Just Shoot Me!’ and 'Rules of Engagement’, dated
Boyle for a brief spell following her divorce from John Patrick Dee
He recalls the the
moment that 'The Shining’ star sidled up to her in some detail.
“Nicholson asked Lara
Flynn Boyle out in front of me, while we were all smoking a doob
somewhere,” Spade told Details magazine.
“She got mad because
I didn’t stick up for her.
“I said, ‘I’ve
been in this town long enough to know when I’m outranked. You’re
either gonna go out with him or you’re not.’
“She goes, 'No way.
He’s worse than Trump!’”
However, Boyle did
seemingly take Nicholson up on the offer, but it ended in some
peculiar drama, with Nicholson crashing Boyle’s mother’s Mercedes,
and Boyle allegedly fleeing the scene because she was still
technically dating Spade.
Spade added that Boyle
'crawled out of the sunroof and yelled, “I have a boyfriend! I
can’t be here!”’
No Nicholson story
appears to be without a life of its own.
star-studded cult movie 'Tommy Boy’ turns 20 this year, also spoke
about his friend and 'Saturday Night Live’ co-star Chris Farley
during the interview.
Farley, soon to be the
subject of new documentary 'I Am Chris Farley’, featuring a wealth of
famous talking heads, died at the age of 33 following a drug
“People still give me
s**t about him: 'I wish you had died instead of Chris Farley,’”
“That’s on Twitter
almost every day.”
He added: “I don’t
like the assumption that I think I was in the same league as Chris. I
was not. He was his own superstar.”
Hunger Games Viral Site Reveals Huge New Mockingjay Part 2 Poster
A striking new poster for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2′ has been unveiled by Lionsgate showing Katniss and her District 13 pals in front of a toppled President Snow statue as the Capitol burns around them.
Check it out below or click here for the large version.
The image comes courtesy of Squad 451, a new viral site launched ahead of the release of the final film in the franchise later this year. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen as she finally confronts Donald Sutherland’s evil Snow in what promises to be an explosive - and emotional - showdown.
Martin Scorsese has thrown his support behind a campaign that will mean that real guns are destroyed every time a fake one is used on screen.
Artist Carl McCrow has found himself with the backing of the Hollywood legend for his ‘Gun Neutral’ idea, which he hopes can emulate the notion of carbon neutrality, when projects offset their carbon footprint by planting trees or making other environmentally sound investments.
He is asking film producers to donate money to his ‘One Less Gun’ charity each time they use guns, which will then go towards decommissioning weapons left behind in former war zones.
“I’m really pleased,” he told The Independent, on getting Scorsese’s support.
“If we can set this as a standard then who knows how many lives could be saved. The simple fact is that there are too many guns and they ruin people’s lives every day.
“These guns can keep working for up to 70 years. That’s a lot of people they can potentially kill in that time.”
However, he has added that he is not trying to remove guns from films completely, still enjoys war movies and plays 'Call of Duty’ with his teenage daughter as a 'guilty pleasure’.
Scorsese made one of his most recent projects, 'Tomorrow’, which he is executive producing, and which stars Stephen Fry and Paul Kaye, the first to donate to the cause.
It centres around soldiers returning home from war zones suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and their struggle to live normal lives.
Martha Pinson, who has been a long-time script supervisor to Scorsese, is directing.
Liam Neeson recently spoke about the need to do something about America’s gun problem.
“There’s too many guns out there,” he said.
“Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300m guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing yet another few kids have been killed in schools.”
See Kylo Ren Up Close In New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Image
Ahead of Empire Magazine’s October issue which features a huge ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ preview, the magazine has issued a dramatic new image of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.
As recently revealed by Entertainment Weekly, the cross-blade lightsaber-wielding villain is a “Vader obsessive” whose own appearance is a tribute to the fallen dark lord. The spitting, untamed weapon he carries is homemade and is, according to JJ Abrams, “as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character”.
We also know that Kylo Ren is a title rather than the character’s actual name, and that he is a mysterous “Knight of Ren”, but who could he be beneath the mask? We’ll find out when the film’s released in December.
Empire’s winter preview promises interviews with director JJ Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Kathleen Kennedy and the magazine’s “first look behind the scenes” of the hotly-anticipated sci-fi blockbuster.
French Actor Caught In Foiled Terror Attack Criticises Train Staff
French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, who was caught up in the attempted terror attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris, has called staff ‘inhuman’ for abandoning their passengers.
Anglade, who has starred in films like ‘Killing Zoe’ and 'Betty Blue’, was on the train with his partner and his two children when Moroccan-born Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was armed with an AK47 and Luger, began firing.
El-Khazzani was eventually subdued by off-duty airman Spencer Stone, his friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, and British IT consultant Chris Norman, preventing a potential massacre from taking place.
But in an interview with Paris-Match, Anglade has described how staff on the Thayls-operated train fled the incident, running past his family’s seats and locking themselves behind a service door.
Anglade saw the assailant heading towards them from the adjoining carriage, and broke the train’s alarm, seriously cutting his hand in the process.
He then banged on the door, reportedly screaming at staff to open up and take his to family to safety, but says that train staff did not respond.
Anglade instead had to shield his family with his body, expecting the gunman to arrive at any moment.
But instead he was met by Sadler, who told him that the man had been restrained, and that first aid was needed for another man, Mark Moogalian, who had been the first to rush the gunman, but had been shot in the struggle.
He has described the behaviour of the train’s staff as 'inhuman’ and 'terrible’, and praised Stone, Sadler, Skarlatos and Norman for their 'heroic courage’.
“Without them, we would all be dead,” he added.
Anglade played the masked bank robber in the Quentin Tarantino-produced 'Killing Zoe’ in 1994, co-starred with Béatrice Dalle as Zorg in 'Betty Blue’ and played Marco in Luc Besson’s classic 'Nikita’.
‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ has just cast its first
leading human role… putting newcomer Gabriel Chavarria front and centre.
According to Deadline,
the American film and TV actor has landed a leading role in the upcoming ‘Planet
of the Apes’ sequel.
“Gabriel Chavarria, the young star of Universal’s upcoming
Low Riders, is making his deal now to be one of two human leads in 20th Century
Fox’s War Of The Planet Of The Apes,” they revealed. “The role is one of two
main humans in the cast, much like James Franco’s part in 2011’s Rise Of The
Planet Of The Apes.”
Of course, the successful ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot seems
to have kick-started a new franchise for 20th Century Fox…
especially since the last instalment ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ managed
an impressive $708 million at the box office.
That’s almost double the takings of its predecessor.
As for Gabriel Chavarria, he’s perhaps best known for
playing the leading role of Jacob Aguilar in the TV series, ‘East Los High’ – a
teen drama about a group of Latino-Americans growing up in Los Angeles.
He’s also set to star in the upcoming American drama film ‘Low
Riders’ opposite ‘Supergirl’ star Melissa Benoist and Eva Longoria.
But what role will he play in the ‘War of the Planet of the
For now, that remains a bit of a mystery, other than that it
will be as one of the leading human characters. Can we expect a sympathetic
teen in the same vein as ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ star, Kodi
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ heads to cinemas on 14 July
‘Fast & Furious 7′ director James Wan has teased plans to make a giant monster movie at some point in the near future.
The Malaysia-born filmmaker, who started out making comparatively low-budget horror movies such as ‘Saw’ and ‘Insidious’ before breaking into the blockbuster market with this year’s fuel-injected billion dollar sequel, dropped the hint in direct response to a follower on Twitter.
Asked why he had never ventured into giant monster territory despite having spoken of his love for the genre, Wan replied, “Patience, my friend. In due time. Closer than you know.”
Naturally this sparked plentiful speculation from followers as to just what this project might turn out to be - and just when Wan would be likely to get to work on it, given how busy his schedule appears to be.
The director is set to shoot the sequel to his 2013 horror movie ‘The Conjuring’ this autumn, after which he’ll be hotfooting it straight back into blockbuster territory, teaming up with actor Jason Momoa on the solo movie for Warner Bros/DC’s ‘Aquaman.’
Beyond that, Wan is also linked to a live-action adaptation of influential anime series ‘Robotech’ - which led some fans to ponder whether his recent tweet might be alluding to the giant robot action that film will involve, or if he’s hinting at sea monsters in ‘Aquaman.’
However, our spider-sense tells us Wan is pointing toward an entirely separate movie - but what?
It’s feasible it could be a new take on an existing property: further ‘Godzilla’ movies are anticipated from Warner Bros/Legendary, although the 2014 film’s director Gareth Edwards is attached to the announced 2018 sequel.
However, Wan has demonstrated an uneasiness with remakes in the past, notably declining an offer to direct a third version of ‘The Blob’ (now set to be directed by ‘The Expendables 2′s Simon West).
And, of course, original giant monster movies are not unheard of, notably 2008′s ‘Cloverfield,’ 2013′s ‘Pacific Rim’ which also has a sequel on the cards, and the recently announced Anne Hathaway vehicle ‘Colossal’ (although the latter film has been hit by legal difficulties, with the ‘Godzilla’ rights-holders accusing the project of plagiarism).
We look forward to hearing more on this matter. In the meantime, Wan will shortly start work on ‘The Conjuring 2: the Enfield Poltergeist,’ due in UK cinemas on 17 June 2016.