If you’ve followed the Top 5 for any amount of time you’ve probably already deduced that I like to use the opening paragraph in an anecdotal fashion. Whether I’m spinning a recap of my latest pop-culture excursions or using the latest wedding I’m attending as a gateway for complaining about the pop-culture excursions I’d rather be partaking of, I try and keep this space at least loosely based around entertainment. That said, this week is no different as I finally had the chance to sit down with writer/director David Ayer‘s End of Watch last night. I won’t do the film the disservice of reviewing it in two sentences, but I will say that I found Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña‘s chemistry to be excellent and the action to be consistently suspenseful/captivating. Is the script’s attempt to tie nearly every encounter the partner’s undertake into an interconnected climax a little bit of a stretch? I think so. Nevertheless, End of Watch is still a cop drama that pushes almost all of the right buttons.
But enough of my reviews in 100 words or less, in this week’s trek down memory lane is the first official image and trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, Taken 2 interviews with Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and more, a recap of all our James Bond / Skyfall coverage from the past week, Frankenweenie interviews with Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and more, and finally a look at some classic video games that we feel deserve an HD remake.
The EPIX exclusive documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, from director Stevan Riley, celebrates 50 years of James Bond, just in time for the highly anticipated release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, due out on November 9th. The fascinating story focuses on three men – Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming – and the inspiring story behind the creation and survival of one of the longest running film franchises in cinema history.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Barbara Broccoli – who has continued her family’s legacy as Bond producer, along with her half-brother Michael Wilson – talked about how this documentary came to be, what it was like to see her father achieve the American dream, how Bond has always been a huge and extraordinary part of her life, and what it’s like to be a part of something that has not only become a film legacy, but is also her family’s legacy as well. She also talked about why Daniel Craig was the right Bond for the 21st century, that the first cut of Skyfall was only about 8 to 10 minutes longer than its current 2 hours and 21 minutes, and how she’s made sure to sign the actor on for more films. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
We’re happy to debut some new images from the upcoming James Bond documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. Directed by Steven Ridley (Fired in Babylon), the film focuses on how producer Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, and author Ian Fleming created one of the most iconic and longest running film franchises in history. The doc includes interviews with many of the Bonds, and these images offer a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse at a few of the films.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Everything or Nothing debuts on EPIX on Friday, October 5th.