September 26, 2016

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Snow White and the Huntsman: Female characters engaging in stereo-typically male activities

HollywoodNews.com: “Why is this okay?” It was a random thought that I had while watching the final twenty minutes of Snow White and the Huntsman.
I suppose I should put a spoiler warning, but if you’ve seen even a single commercial or trailer you know that during the third act Snow White dons a suit of armor and rides into battle on horseback. It’s not that I took any offense at the notion, but I sat in the theater last night wondering why this kind of revisionism was completely acceptable for Snow White but not for James Bond.
Simply put, if someone tried to make an ‘Elseworlds’ version of James Bond where he was a British (or American?) spy during the 1880s and engaged in action-fueled espionage in a wild-west setting, I’d imagine the film punditry world would be in a tizzy. And let’s not even try to imagine what would happen if someone tried to make a Superman movie where Krypton didn’t explode, Lex Luthor was a CIA agent who was actually an alien, and Superman wore a spacesuit from which he received most of his powers, because J.J. Abrams wrote wrote just such a script that sent the Internet into pandemonium back in 2003.
The geek community (and arguably the mainstream media outlets in a desperate attempt to be ‘down’ with the geeks) explodes with outrage at any alleged deviation from their beloved source material. Spider-Man has organic web shooters… horror! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might actually be from outer-space in their next movie… shock! James Bond drinks a beer Skyfall… gasp! But Alice (in Wonderland) dons armor and kills a dragon and no one cares. Snow White dons armor and rides on horseback into a medieval battle scenario and no one cares.
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Gina Carano wants to be the next James Bond, but first she talks “Haywire”

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” ensemble is a veritable who’s who of Oscar winners, Hollywood icons, red-hot contemporary stars of the silver screen and … Gina Carano?
OK, so you might not be familiar with Carano just yet. But once you realize that she stomps into “Haywire” and absolutely steals it away from the likes of Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum, you’re going to sit forward and start to pay attention. Ms. Carano commands that level of respect and, in time, we believe she’ll earn what’s coming to her. Even if she has to physically take down every single person in Hollywood. One. Man. At. A. Time.
Carano couldn’t have been nicer during a recent conversation, though, about unique “Haywire” training, the fighting styles of her male co-stars, and her desire to be the next James Bond. Here’s Gina Carano:
HollywoodNews.com: I just saw the film this morning.
Gina Carano: Oh, just this morning?
HollywoodNews.com: I did.
It’s so funny, because they keep screening it for different people at different times, no one’s going to be left to go buy a ticket. [Laughs]
HollywoodNews.com: Believe me, I’m going to tell a lot of people to go buy a ticket. The thing that struck me about “Haywire” is just how possible, how grounded, and how realistic all of the action is. I call it the anti-“Salt.” How much did you discuss with your director not going too far and keeping people rooted in reality?
Well, that is all Steven Soderbergh’s plan. He is authentic and real. He told me that he wanted this story to come across as something that could happen, and that people could believe in. It’s really nice to have a man with a great vision. And there really has been a great response from people who say they find it very realistic.
HollywoodNews.com: I think it was during the rooftop chase in Dublin, which does take a long time, that I finally stopped and thought, “Well, yeah, it would actually take this person this long to get away from that many people.”
And do you know what’s so funny is that he actually cut that scene down a lot. He just enjoyed watching me run, I guess. [Laughs] But the studio told him, “It’s a little long.” So that was actually cut back tremendously.
HollywoodNews.com: On the DVD, I want to see the entire sequence.
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James Bond producers launch revamped Web site 007.com

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Bond turns 50 this year, and producers are kicking the celebration off with a new Web site that helps promote “James Bond 23” … better known as “Skyfall.”
This film, currently in production with Sam Mendes behind the camera, marks Daniel Craig’s third stint in 007’s tuxedo. And in preparation for “Skyfall,” producer Michael G. Wilson has recorded an introduction on the revamped site 007.com, which comes with a countdown clock to the next Bond adventure. Wilson encourages fans to check back often throughout the year for up-to-the-minute Bond updates on “Skyfall” and the series, in general.
In the meantime, ComingSoon caught a quote from “Skyfall” co-star Ralph Fiennes, who tells the Sunday Mail that he plays “a government agent” in the new picture … but he couldn’t elaborate on any more than that.
Here’s Wilson’s video. But if you are a Bond fan, bookmark 007.com and have fun!

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Ben Whishaw cast as Q in Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Skyfall” marks Daniel Craig’s third go-round in James Bond’s iconic tuxedo, but only the first time he’ll be able to interact with someone who’s integral to the franchise.
Craig’s Bond finally is getting a Q.
Ben Whishaw, star of “Perfume,” “I’m Not There” and “Layer Cake” (also with Craig), has been cast as the legendary inventor in the next Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, THR reports. He’ll join an ensemble that already includes Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney.
Q has not been seen in a Bond film since John Cleese attempted the role in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” with Pierce Brosnan in the lead. Prior to that, the character had been played for decades by the irascible Desmond Llewelyn, until the actor passed away.
The notable difference with Whishaw in the role is the age. He’s 31, while Craig’s 43, making this the first time 007 is older than Q.
“Skyfall” recently began filming, as it works toward a November 2012 release date.
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James Bond 23 officially titled “Skyfall”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We no longer have to call it “James Bond 23.”
Sam Mendes’ 007 thriller, which begins production today, officially will be called “Skyfall,” as was revealed this morning by longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
Daniel Craig returns in the lead role of James Bond, a spy with a license to kill. French actress Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris have been confirmed as Bond girls, while shooting locations listed include London, China, Turkey and Scotland.
The BBC also reveals a minor plot detail, saying that Bond “will see [his] loyalty tested to M, his superior, while espionage headquarters MI6 faces an attack.”
The report also confirms Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney for roles, with Bardem playing the chief villain in “Skyfall.”
The movie will be in theaters next November.
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James Bond 23 starts soon

HollywoodNews.com: George Clooney might have really been called The Manchurian Candidate last night. He was in China, while New York A-listers got an advance screening of his new– and very well done– film, “The Ides of March.” NBC News’ Brian Williams brought a gang including Rome Hartman, producer of his new show. Regis and Joy Philbin broke bread with Bryant Gumbel, who said he was a little skeptical if he’d like “Moneyball” since he was not a fan of Bill James‘s ‘sabremetrics’ way of calculating baseball. I reminded Bryant that back in (ahem) 1983, he and his old producer covered James a lot on the “Today” show. (He’s going to have to see the movie.)
Elsewhere around Sirio Maccione‘s renowned Osteria del Circo (“Le Cirque Jr.”) were actress Patricia Clarkson, Bob Balaban and wife Lynn, director Barry Levinson and wife Diana, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, doc maker Charles Ferguson, as well as Time magazine big guys John Huey and Rick Stengel. But the big deal was Daniel Craig, who nipped into the dinner briefly, then stood outside and chatted with “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels in the damp sorta rain.
Craig told me he starts the next James Bond movie next week, which means “a lot of working out.” “Bond 23″–still no name–is what we need now more than ever, frankly. PS Daniel did not know whether the deal was done for Adele to sing the main theme. And I did not ask him about the troubled film, “Dream House,” which opens September 30th.
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James Bond crew scouting locations in India

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Double Oh Seven could be filming his next adventure in Delhi.
India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has granted director Sam Mendes permission to shoot scenes for the next James Bond adventure in the country, with an emphasis on locations near Delhi, Goa and Ahmedabad.
According to The Times of India newspaper, Mendes’ team was hoping to shoot in two railway locations in Goa to complete a railway action sequence, but they were running into some resistance due to “security reasons.”
THR adds that in the capital Delhi, the Bond crew “is expected to shoot in the crowded old bazaar area of Daryaganj and in the Sarojini Nagar flea market popular for its many clothing stalls and shops while Mumbai is also expected to be on the agenda.”
“Bond 23” is expected to be in theaters by late 2012.
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“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig may helm a “Bridget Jones” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Thanks to the success of “Bridesmaids,” which has grossed a whopping $154.9M to date, director Paul Feig pretty much could pick his dream project as his next gig.
Instead, he’s thinking of helming a third “Bridget Jones” film.
The Daily Mail, in a story that also notes Naomie Harris is contemplating the role of Moneypenny in the next James Bond film, reports that Feig is in “the middle of very complex negotiations” that would have him helming the next “Jones” story, even though there is no novel by Helen Fielding on which to work and the franchise’s three leads – Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger – are not on the hook for the production. The story, if it happens, would follow Bridget on her quest to get pregnant.
But does anyone need another “Bridget Jones” film? And do we really want Feig, fresh off such a funny film, to apply his talents to the third installment of ANY franchise, let alone the stale “Bridget Jones” series? At least we are very early in the planning stages, and a lot can happen that would set this project back into limbo where it belongs.
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Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz tie the knot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We knew Rachel Weisz was beautiful, but who knew she had what it takes to tame James Bond?
The Oscar-winning actress married current Bond Daniel Craig in a very quiet ceremony last week. The couple had been dating for “just over a year,” the NY Post reports, adding that only four guests attended the ceremony … mainly just children from previously relationships.
“Weisz, 41, and Craig, 43, were first linked last fall and recently enjoyed a romantic break in Paris,” the paper reports. “The newlyweds met last year while filming the movie ‘Dream House’ and were rumored to have been dating while they were working together.”
A rep for Craig confirmed the story but failed to include any more details.
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James Bond franchise eyes Sony, but is Nov. 2012 date possible?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Bond’s headquarters may return to Sony Pictures, after all.
Sources close to the negotiations say that MGM is close to finalizing a deal with Sony to distribute the next 007 thriller, which would star Daniel Craig in the lethal lead role and be directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”). Paramount reportedly was in the running for the distribution rights, but could not come to terms with MGM, THR reports.
This is big news for a film franchise that, months ago, appeared dead in the water. Since MGM appeared to have set its financial house in order (at least, at the surface level), Bond executives have started the rumor mill running, to the delight of fans. First Mendes was brought on board. Then Javier Bardem was rumored to be interested in the next film’s villain role.
There’s still plenty to settle, though, and it has to happen quick. The 23rd Bond film, which doesn’t have a title as of now, has a targeted Nov. 9, 2012 release date.
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