James Bond Producers Confirm SPECTRE Script Is Among the Materials Stolen in Sony Hack

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I don’t know who’s playing Blofeld in the new James Bond film Spectre, but if you’re curious about what’s going to happen in 007’s latest adventure and lack scruples, you’ll probably be able to find out soon.  Producers EON Productions have issued a statement acknowledging that the script was stolen as part of the Sony hack.  The hackers have threatened to continue leaking documents, and the script may be part of a “Christmas gift” that the hackers, Guardians of Peace, threatened this past Saturday.  If so, that would mark the seventh dump of documents.  The hack has been in response to Sony’s decision to release the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy The Interview, which the group believes will cause “The War” with North Korea because the nation is lampooned in the film.  Presumably, this group didn’t exist or was asleep at the keyboard when Olympus Has Fallen came out.

Hit the jump for more including EON Productions’ statement.

Christoph Waltz Says His BOND Character Is Not the Head of SPECTRE; Could It Be Someone Else?

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First we got word that Christoph Waltz was rumored to play the villain in Bond 24.  After that, it was reported that Waltz was taking the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  When it was officially announced that the franchise’s 24th installment would be titled Spectre, as in the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the very organization Blofeld is head of, it seemed likely that Waltz really would wind up playing the evil genius hell-bent on world domination.  However, then the official James Bond Twitter account dubbed Waltz’s character Oberhauser.  Does that mean Waltz definitely isn’t the head of SPECTRE?  Could Oberhauser just be an alias for Blofeld?

While talking to Waltz for his upcoming release Big Eyes, I tried to clear that up a little bit.  Hit the jump to find out what Waltz said.

First SPECTRE Image from the Set Announces the Start of Filming and Teases SKYFALL Connection

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It’s been four days since Sony Pictures unveiled the title and cast of Bond 24, and now it’s time for the team to get to work.  A new picture just popped up on the official James Bond 007 Facebook page and it shows off the slate for the first take on the very first day of filming and also teases a little something from Skyfall.

Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the organization run by the evil genius Ernst Blofeld.  At this point, we know Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will be back to reprise their roles and that the newcomers include Christop Waltz as Oberhauser, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, but there’s still no word on who snagged the role of Blofeld, if Oberhauser is an alias for Blofeld, or if the character is in the movie at all.  Hit the jump to check out the very first image from the set of Spectre.  The film is due in theaters on November 6, 2015.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer, Roberto Orci Not Directing STAR TREK 3, First TERMINATOR: GENISYS Trailer, BOND 24, JURASSIC WORLD Trailer

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Available now on VOD is director Igal Hecht‘s documentary The Sheik. Funny at times and jarringly raw at others, the film offers a look at the life of Khosrow Vaziri, better known by his fans as The Iron Sheik. In only 95 minutes the film does an admirable job of spanning Vaziri’s life before, during, and after his legendary professional wrestling career. This approach leaves you invested in Vaziri as a person rather than just as a wrestling/social meda icon, making the highs feel sweeter and the lows all the more tragic as a result. There’s much to like about The Sheik but, as a kid who grew up watching wrestling, the most interesting parts of the film for me were those dedicated to Vaziri’s time in the WWF (now WWE). Seeing the way that the Iran hostage crisis helped fuel The Iron Sheik’s ascent in pro wrestling as the sport’s greatest villain/heel is a fascinating example of the way Vince McMahon has used social issues and xenophobia to help build an entertainment empire. Hearing Vaziri talk about the offers he had from individuals who wanted him to go against McMahon’s plan and beat Hulk Hogan is yet another highlight. All told, The Sheik is a highly entertaining doc that anyone with a shred of pro wrestling nostalgia should go out of their way to see.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 will attempt to make up for last week’s absence by featuring hits from this week and last including the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the news that Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3, the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys, Bond 24 getting an official title and casting announcements, and the first trailer for Universal’s Jurassic World. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Bond 24 Officially Titled SPECTRE; Teaser Poster Revealed; Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, and More Join Cast

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Sony Pictures held a press conference this morning to announce that the new James Bond title would be Spectre.  The name stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (“Here at Spectre, our very name says how evil we are and we don’t give a fuck,”), and is notorious criminal organization led by mastermind, Ernest Blofeld.  The conference this morning confirms that Christoph Waltz is on board, but the official Bond Twitter feed says he’s playing a character named “Oberhauser”, not Blofeld as previously suspected (although this could just be an unnecessary head-fake).The conference also confirmed that Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista were on board.  Seydoux will play Madeleine Swann while Bautista is set as Mr. Hinx (who could be a villain in the mold of Oddjob).  Additionally, new cast members will include Andrew Scott (who played Moriarty on Sherlock) as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.  Since earlier reports said Seydoux would play a femme fatale, I assume Bellucci is playing the new Bond Girl (and my word, what a get for a Bond Girl if that’s her role).

Hit the jump for more on Spectre including the teaser poster, Bond’s new ride, shooting locations, and video of the announcement.  Returning cast members include Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear.  The film opens in the U.S. on November 6th.

Official Title and Cast for BOND 24 to Be Announced on Thursday

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Filming on James Bond 24 is about to commence, and when it comes to starting a Bond movie, the producers know how to do it up right.  They don’t just send out a “By the way, production started today, FYI,” press release.  They do an event.  They hold a brief press conference, announce the title and the cast at the event, and finish up with a photo shoot.  It’s the way they handled Skyfall, and it’s how they’ll handle the new movie.

Sony Pictures has announced that there will be a live announcement on Thursday, and it will reveal the official title and cast for Bond 24.  In addition to the return of Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), and Ralph Fiennes (M), it looks like Christoph Waltz is on board to play villain Ernest Blofeld while Lea Seydoux could be a playing a femme fatale (possibly a different role than the “Bond Girl”) while Dave Bautista might be a henchman in the mold of Jaws.  All will be revealed on Thursday at 11:07 (GMT), and you can catch it online at 007.com.  Hit the jump for more.  The film is set to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Rumor: Christoph Waltz Could Play a Villain In JAMES BOND 24

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I totally lost track of this but man that December start date for James Bond 24 is coming up quick. As a fan of Skyfall, I’m stoked that Sam Mendes is coming back, since that marked the first time in a long time that Mendes had made a film with any replay value for me.  The last we’d heard on this project Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) had signed on to play the “femme fatale” with Dave Bautista in place to play a henchman character in the vein of the iconic “Jaws.” But there was still no one to really fill out the “mastermind” role.

Now it appears as though Christoph Waltz will be in the film as well (having just fallen out of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).  While this is still technically a rumor, it comes from a source who is often right about these matters.  And the smart speculation would have him playing an adversary to Daniel Craig‘s Bond.  Hit the jump for more on Christoph Waltz in James Bond 24. The film also stars Ralph FiennesBen Whishaw and Naomie Harris  and will open on November 6, 2015.

BOND 24 News: Lea Seydoux Set to Play Femme Fatale; Dave Bautista Rumored for “Villain in the Mold of Jaws and Oddjob”

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With James Bond 24‘s December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface.  First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the “femme fatale” and “will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,”.  We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a “Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent.”  If Daily Mail is saying she’s the “femme fatale”, then it’s possible we’re still waiting for the “Bond Girl” and Seydoux’x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye.

Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24.  The film opens November 6, 2015.

Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for BOND 24

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The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement.

Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for more on that and the state of the script.

BOND 24 Brings Back Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to Work on Script; Production Delayed to December

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Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, left the James Bond series over a year and a half ago, which put Bond 24 solely in the hands of Skyfall co-writer John Logan.  However, it looks like Purvis and Wade are coming back after some “polite turmoil” (so British!) behind the scenes.  The two screenwriters have been “hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’.”  This was the reverse situation with Skyfall where Logan came in to work on Purvis and Wade’s script.  “Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars,” a source tells the Daily Mail.

Hit the jump for more.  Bond 24 is currently scheduled to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Sam Mendes Explains Why He Returned to Direct BOND 24; Says the Film Will Feel Like a Continuation of SKYFALL

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Director Sam Mendes kept us on the edge of our seat with Skyfall, and then he left us hanging as we wondered whether or not he would return for the next James Bond movie.  Thankfully, he decided to get behind the camera again, and in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, he explained his decision.  While his initial reluctance stemmed from the time commitment, he felt that he had left the story incomplete.  “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner,” said Mendes.  “I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.”  He also explained that the flexibility on the part of EON, the production company behind James Bond, was also a reason for his return since they didn’t rush back into production on the 24th film. “When they agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately, and not go with two movies but with one—which I felt very strongly about—because initially there was that plan,” Mendes confirmed.

Hit the jump for more.  James Bond 24 opens in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed for JAMES BOND 24 Villain

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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Oscar-nominated performance in 12 Years a Slave earned him quite a bit of attention, but he’s about to get even more of a spotlight if his next deal goes through.  Ejiofor is reported as being the frontrunner for the villainous role in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall follow-up; Mendes will direct the untitled 24th and 25th installments of the James Bond franchise. While no official offer has been extended and the parties in question are not in formal talks, Ejiofor is considered the man to beat by other actors vying for the role.  Hit the jump for more.

SKYFALL Director Sam Mendes Still Not Locked for JAMES BOND 24

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Earlier this month, we reported that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was not only locked for James Bond 24, but was also looking likely for James Bond 25.  This was a welcome change from his previous stand of opting out of the sequels to focus on other projects.  Unfortunately, you may want to hold off on that celebratory martini.  At the premiere of his stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mendes spoke with HeyUGuys, and said, “In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.”

That doesn’t mean he’s out of the running, but he’s definitely not locked down.  I assume this must be a little frustrating to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. WilsonSkyfall was the biggest hit in the franchise, and it would be nice to quickly follow up on that success.  Audiences won’t lose interest in Bond, but after Skyfall, we want to see 007 sooner rather than later.

Penelope Cruz to Play Bond Girl in JAMES BOND 24

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Skyfall set high expectations for James Bond 24, but the right pieces are falling into place in order to meet the challenge.  Last week, we learned that Sam Mendes would likely return to direct Bond 24 (and possibly James Bond 25), and now Bond has his girl.  According to Yahoo! Movies UK, Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz will play the Bond girl in Bond 24.  Yahoo!’s story notes that when she turns 40 next year, Cruz will be the oldest Bond girl to date (and therefore charmingly age appropriate to the 45-year-old Daniel Craig).  Her age is a fun bit of a trivia, but getting to the actual casting, Cruz is a fantastic choice.  She’s sharp, she’s sexy, and she can easily hold her own against Craig.  Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson reportedly tried to get Cruz in the past, but were unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.

Filming on Bond 24 is set to begin next summer.  While a 2016 release had been mentioned, if the film shoots in summer 2014, then a 2015 release could be a serious possibility.

Sam Mendes in Talks to Return for JAMES BOND 24

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Well here’s a development that’s surprising for a couple of reasons.  Though he outright turned down the offer to return and direct the next James Bond film following last year’s Skyfall, it appears that Sam Mendes has had a change of heart as he is now in negotiations to direct Bond 24.  This comes just hours after a report from Variety, which claimed that an impressive lineup of directors—including Nicolas Winding Refn and Ang Lee—had met with EON Productions and Sony about taking on the Bond 24 directing gig.  Hit the jump for more. 

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