As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.
All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
In the past, Christopher Nolan has expressed interest in directing a James Bond film. Last summer, Nolan, a long-time fan of the series, said he was serious about the prospect, but added “It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things.” Although it is absolutely not the right time in their cycle of things, Daily Mail reports that there have been informal talks about directing James Bond 24 between Nolan and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson. As you may recall, Broccoli and Wilson tried to get Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return, but he passed on the gig. In March, we learned that MGM wanted a new Bond movie within 3 years, so the clock is ticking to get someone in the director’s chair.
The assumption that Nolan would direct Bond 24 is preposterous because Nolan is at work on Interstellar. Pre-production is underway, roles have been cast, and a November 7, 2014 release date has been set. Unless Nolan wants to piss off everyone at Paramount and Warner Bros (the studios behind Interstellar), he’s not doing Bond 24. If there have been any informal talks, I believe they would be for James Bond 25. That would be the smart, pro-active move, but right now the focus should be (and will be) on who’s doing the 24th film.
Imagine an art show that focuses on “prominent characters of fiction and their often creative ways of getting around.” If that sounds cool, then I recommend checking out the new Hero Complex Gallery show called “Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them” that opened in Los Angeles tonight. The show is located at 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D (90034) and it’s filled with artwork based on the rides from Blade Runner, Akira, Bullitt, Back to the Future, Star Wars, James Bond, Ferris Bueller, Prometheus, Transformers, Up, Star Trek, and so many others it’s too many to list here. The most important thing to know is that the artwork is really well done and it’s definitely worth the drive.
However, since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and after the jump you can check out about 70 images from the show.
Trance returns Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle to the territory where he began his visionary filmmaking career. Delving into the heart of extreme human behavior, he has crafted a wildly twisting mind puzzle that explores identity, madness and perception via the altered state of hypnotic trance. Opening April 5th, the crime thriller starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel centers on the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit and how it begins to blur after an art heist goes terribly wrong.
In an exclusive interview, Boyle revealed why he wanted to make a film with a woman at the center, why it’s always a battle to secure financing even after you’ve been successful, how the studio dictates casting, why the film presented unique challenges compared to other films he’s directed, how he researched the world of art, heists and hypnotherapy, how he collaborated with his creative team on the film’s visual style, why he won’t helm a James Bond film, what he thinks about the comic book genre, and why the idea of directing a superhero movie doesn’t appeal to him.
Fifty years later, the Bond franchise is astoundingly stronger than ever, as Skyfall joined the $1 billion worldwide club in December. MGM understandably wants to jump back into the series sooner than later. On a conference call with investors, MGM CEO Gary Barber promised:
“We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released.” [Reuters]
Skyfall director Sam Mendes will not return, but Barber says they “look forward to announcing a director soon.” Mendes hatched a story idea with John Logan before he left, and Logan will stay on to write Bond 24. Daniel Craig is signed for at least two more films, so the immediate future of the Bond series is bright.
Last year’s Skyfall was a massive hit in every single sense of the word. The film was met with universal praise from critics, with many hailing it as one of the greatest Bond films of all time, and enjoyed an equally enthusiastic response from audiences as the film has thus far grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Much of the film’s success is due to director Sam Mendes, who crafted a take on the character that was at once familiar and exciting as the filmmaker was able to call back to the Bond films of old while also exploring the question of where a spy like James Bond fits into our modern society. It’s a wholly thrilling moviegoing experience, and it’s a testament to Skyfall’s quality that it stands as one of the best films of the very crowded 2012.
Soon after Skyfall’s success, the question began to turn to whether Mendes might consider returning to the franchise for the next film. The director went so far as to come up with another story idea for Bond 24, but it appears that he ultimately won’t be getting back into the director’s chair this time around. Hit the jump to read on.
It appears that James Bond might soon be getting the 3D treatment. A Taiwanese Blu-ray re-issue of Dr. No, the first Bond film, apparently includes a 3D conversion of the film, and the folks over at Bleeding Cool have discovered that Moviefone currently has a listing for an IMAX 3D release of Dr. No. Though no official confirmation has been made, it certainly appears that plans could be in place for a re-release of the classic Bond film. The notion wouldn’t exactly be shocking, as the series is currently coming off the wild success of last year’s Skyfall and its 50th anniversary celebration.
Skyfall’s current worldwide gross stands at $1.1 billion, so it’s clear that the Bond character is far from being played out. I’m not sure if Dr. No is the best classic Bond film to get the theatrical re-release treatment (I’d go with Goldfinger), but again, nothing has been officially confirmed or announced so this could very well just be one big mix up. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more information. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch the trailer for Dr. No.
Sam Mendes has never done a sequel, but he had never done an action movie before Skyfall, and that turned out pretty well. Today, the Daily Mail is reporting that Mendes is “’75 per cent’ of the way towards” returning for James Bond 24. In November, we reported that Mendes has reportedly dreamed up a new scenario with Skyfall screenwriter John Logan, so the director was already looking ahead even though he hadn’t officially signed on. However, in his interview with Steve, Mendes said he already did everything he wanted to do with a Bond movie in Skyfall.
Hit the jump for more on Mendes’ hesitation, if the next Bond will be a two-parter, and when we can expect to see 007′s next adventure.
by Rob Vaux Posted: February 12th, 2013 at 6:45 am
We would have been happy with Casino Royale; we really, really would. Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond was such a revelation – such an infusion of modern cool into 007’s timeless sensibilities – that he could have spent the remainder of his tenure doodling on a napkin and we still would have deemed him a success. So we accepted the flawed nature of Quantum of Solace without raising much fuss; enjoying its eccentricities and letting its middling status slide with the assumption that Craig’s ride would be more of the same. Little did we know that the best was yet to come: the inestimable Skyfall, which not only affirmed the character’s relevance for the 21st Century, but set a new standard for all future entries in the series. Best Bond ever? Goldfinger may edge it by the thinnest of margins, but even then, I’m inclined to give it a little space on the podium. Hit the jump for the review.
If the promos are any indication, we could be in for an entertaining Oscars ceremony with Seth MacFarlane as the show’s host. This year’s Academy Awards will feature a tribute to James Bond, and a new promo has MacFarlane mocking Bond’s famous and nonsensical drink order.
Hit the jump to check out the promo. In other Oscars news, a recent press release confirms an earlier story that Mark Wahlberg and Ted will co-present as this year’s ceremony. “I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” says Ted. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’” The Ted spotlight will be even brighter with Norah Jones singing the Oscar-nominated song from the film, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”
Last year was James Bond’s 50th anniversary, but Hollywood isn’t quite finished celebrating 007. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s Oscar ceremony will pay tribute to the film franchise by including a “special sequence”. It would be very cool if producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron could get all six Bond actors onto the stage, but I get a feeling that Sean Connery would want no part of it.
I also wonder if this tribute dashes any hopes of Skyfall picking up a Best Picture nomination. Yes, genre movies are always a long shot, but the Academy can nominate up to films for Best Picture, and Skyfall was a critical and box office success. We’ll have to wait and see how much love Bond gets when nominations are announced on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30am PST. The Oscars will be held on Feburary 24th. Hit the jump for the press release.
Back in 2009, Quentin Tarantino seemed to be fairly up on the idea of Kill Bill Vol. 3. A possible premise involved Vernita Green’s (Vivica A. Fox) daughter growing up and coming after The Bride (Uma Thurman) for revenge. At one point, Tarantino said he wanted to wait until that actress was old enough to play the role, and nine years later, that time could be now…except Tarantino is no longer interested. Speaking to We Got This Covered, Tarantino says,
“I don’t know if there’s ever going to be a Kill Bill. Vol 3. We’ll see, probably not though.”
Hit the jump for more including why Tarantino will never make a James Bond movie.
Director Tom Hooper was riding high following the success of his 2010 film The King’s Speech, which walked away with a number of Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. All eyes were on what the filmmaker would choose as his follow-up project, and he raised a few eyeballs by settling on an ambitious adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. Not only was Hooper mounting a film iteration of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, but he committed to recording all of the actors’ singing live on set; the filmmaker essentially made the opposite of an “easy choice” for his post-King’s Speech film.
Les Miserables recently screened to a passionately positive response, and Steve got the chance to interview Hooper at the film’s New York press junket. During the course of the conversation, Steve asked if Hooper would be willing to direct a James Bond movie and the possibility of him directing a comic book movie. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
If you’ve been waiting to buy the awesome new Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray box set, today’s the day you’re going to pull the trigger. That’s because today’s Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day has the set on sale for the lowest price yet: $99.99 (which is 67% off!). The cheapest I’ve seen the set before today is $149.99. The collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features including never-before-seen content from the Bond archives, and more. Click here to buy it. In addition, if you missed all the other deals on Amazon today, here’s the full list. Includes $3.99 Blu-rays, TV box sets, and a ton of movies.
UPDATE: Amazon has sold out of the box set! I’ve never seen anything sell out that fast. To make up for it, Amazon is now offering The Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection for $26.99 for 73% off. The set includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits. Click here to buy.
Longtime James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have confirmed today that they will be departing the franchise. The duo is responsible for penning the screenplays for all the Daniel Craig Bond films as well as The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. They penned the latest entry, Skyfall, alongside John Logan, and in announcing their departure they revealed that Logan and director Sam Mendes have already dreamed up a scenario for Bond 24:
“We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”
Mendes has yet to commit to returning for a further Bond entry, but it’s reassuring to know that he and Logan have an idea of where the story could pick up following the killer ending to Skyfall. Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Mendes about the film.