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Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Dexter Fletcher Replaces Bryan Singer as Director of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Dexter Fletcher has been hired to replace Bryan Singer as the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” 20th Century Fox announced on Wednesday. Fletcher’s credits include “Eddie the Eagle” and ‘Wild Bill.” Production on the Freddie Mercury biopic will resume next week in the U.K. Fletcher was originally attached to direct the film, with Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) in the role of legendary rocker Mercury. The director left the project in March 2014 over creative differences, and eventually Singer came on board with star Rami Malek.

News of Singer’s firing from the mostly-finished film...
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Hugh Jackman’s Reason for Turning Down James Bond Might Surprise You

Hugh Jackman’s Reason for Turning Down James Bond Might Surprise You
Hugh Jackman was almost 007.

The Australian actor opened up about what could have been in an interview with Variety. Jackman, who was sought as the replacement for Pierce Brosnan, said the scripts at the time were too “unbelievable.”

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond,” Jackman recalled. “I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real.”

His suggestions didn’t make the cut, with the actor saying he was
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'Blade Runner 2049' Makeup Designer Describes Film Work, Weighs In on Digital Cosmetics "Debate"

The work of veteran makeup designer Donald Mowat has appeared in a long list of films, including Sicario, Spectre, Skyfall, Nocturnal Animals and 8 Mile. Here, he talks with The Hollywood Reporter about his work on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (for which he served as makeup designer and department head) and David Gordon Green's Stronger (as hair and makeup designer), along with a VFX collaboration on these films. Separately, he shared some general concerns about the use of digital cosmetics in Hollywood.

For Blade Runner, let’s start with your work on Joi (Ana de Armas).

Coming up with the pink [as pictured in...
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Amazon Mounting "Barbarella"

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Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #3, in support of the developing "Barbarella" live-action TV series, from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ("Skyfall"), is written by Mark Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Vicente Cifuentes, Jorge Fornes, Caspar Wingaard, Tom Feister and Yarar, available February 9, 2018:

"...to stop a war a planet must fall.

"For 'Barbarella' the ends don't justify the terrible means...

"... but if she acts to save billions of innocents it may spell defeat and disaster for Earth..."

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn has offered to direct the pilot for the new series, adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close my eyes and fantasize about women in outer space and it looked pretty good." 

'Barbarella' is a young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures,
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Rampage Trailer Has The Rock Fighting Giant Mutant Monsters

Rampage Trailer Has The Rock Fighting Giant Mutant Monsters
Warner Bros. has unleashed the first trailer for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Rampage. The movie is an adaptation of the popular arcade game, which centers on several massive monsters destroying cities all over the world. It's a simple premise, but one that, combined with the star power of The Rock, has the makings of what could be the first genuinely good video game movie Hollywood has ever produced. At least on paper. But now we have the first footage to give us an idea of what Rampage, which arrives in theaters on April 20, 2018, is actually going to look like.

Rampage sees Dwayne Johnson as Primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. Unfortunately, a rogue genetic experiment goes awry and transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster, along with several other creatures around the world.
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Director Sam Mendes exits Disney’s Pinocchio, prompting speculation of a Bond return

It looks like Disney will have to find a new director to pull the strings on its live-action Pinocchio film, with The Tracking Board reporting that Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) has exited the project.

It’s unclear why the filmmaker has opted to drop out of Pinocchio, but it has prompted speculation that Mendes could be set to reunite with his Skyfall and Spectre star Daniel Craig for Bond 25.

The latest instalment in the iconic spy series is currently seeking a director, with Yann Demange (’71), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) said to be on the shortlist (although Villeneuve has seemingly ruled himself out by stating that Dune is his priority).

Disney’s Pinocchio movie has been written by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and is yet to be given a release date by the studio.

007 fans – would you
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Did Sam Mendes Exit Disney’s Pinocchio For Bond 25?

Due to the success of the likes of Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has got a slew of live-action remakes of their animated classics coming in the next few years. Several have been fast-tracked into production, such as Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, but one such project has now hit a bump in the road.

After being first linked with the film back in May, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes is reportedly stepping away from Disney’s planned remake of Pinocchio. Though the American Beauty helmer isn’t known for his kid-friendly movies, Mendes did bring a successful musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the West End, so it looked like he could be the perfect director for Pinocchio. Apparently not, though.

The juiciest part of this story, however, is the potential reason for his leaving the project.
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The Rock Survives a Big Monster Battle in Latest Rampage Photos

The Rock Survives a Big Monster Battle in Latest Rampage Photos
Get ready for your first good look at Dwayne Johnson's Rampage. The movie, based on the 1986 arcade game of the same name, is set for release on April 20, 2018, and could be the first good video game movie we've ever seen. Maybe not great, but a fun monster movie is better than we're used to with video game movies. We'll take it. Now, Warner Bros. has released two new photos from the movie, ahead of the debut of the Rampage trailer this Thursday. Johnson promises that this is going to be a massive thrill ride for audiences.

"You have to ratchet up the dial 10 times with Rampage. These monsters are relentless, and audiences are going to find that ride very exhilarating. As an actor in the movie, it's fun and daunting. It's 12- to 14-hour days of survival, and it's not quiet survival either."

In Rampage, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Davis Okoye,
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Sam Mendes Exits Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ At Disney

According to The Tracking Board, Sam Mendes is no longer directing the live-action Pinocchio movie over at Disney. The British helmer was previously in ‘early talks’ for the gig but has now dropped out of proceedings.

No, obviously everyone is going to jump to conclusions that the director will now re-team with Eon Productions and Daniel Craig for the latest James Bond movie, which will be released in 2019. Mendes, of course, helmed both Skyfall and Spectre, both of which did hugely well in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Mendes is not linked with the 25th official James Bond movie and his exit from the Disney project nothing to do with 007, according to sources, but you have to admit, it would be pretty cool for him to return to round out the trilogy.

No news on who will replace Mendes on Pinocchio, but we’ll keep you updated.

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Sam Mendes Drops Out of Directing Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

While Disney has been on a roll recently when it comes to its slate of live-action adaptations of classic animated features, the studio has suffered a setback on Pinocchio. A live-action iteration of the 1940 film has been in the works for quite a bit, with Chris Weitz (Rogue One) penning the screenplay. Oscar-winning American Beauty and Skyfall filmmaker Sam Mendes entered talks to direct earlier this year, but now The Tracking Board reports that Mendes has exited the project, leaving the live-action Pinocchio director-less. The filmmaker was actually attached to Disney's live-action …
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Watch the trailer for action fantasy Babes with Blades

Breaking Glass Pictures has announced that it has acquired distribution rights to the steampunk action-fantasy Babes with Blades, which features a cast that includes Cecily Fay (Prometheus, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Star Wars), Lauren Okadigbo (Justice League, Wonder Woman), Yennis Cheung (Skyfall, Death Race 4), and punk icon John Robb. Check out the poster, synopsis and trailer here…

On the dark streets of Draiga, a mining colony occupied by the Visray Empire, lives Azura, the last of a fearsome warrior race known as the Sarnians. After witnessing her once beautiful home world turn into a lifeless husk, Azura must fight to the death in the gladiatorial ring to stay alive.

Meanwhile, a group of human freedom fighters form a resistance, seeking to try and protect their families from the oppressive and cruel rule of the Visray Section Commander Sorrentine. Unbeknownst to Azura, the fate of all humans on Draiga is
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James Bond 25: Denis Villeneuve turns down directing

Simon Brew Nov 10, 2017

His commitment to the new Dune movie has knocked Denis Villeneueve out of James Bond 25...

For the last few months, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has been touted as the running favourite to direct the next James Bond film. With Sam Mendes – the director of Skyfall and Spectre – ruling out returning for Daniel Craig’s next adventure, Villenueve found himself in pole position. But in a new interview, he admits that he did indeed have talks about the job, but can't fit it in.

“The thing is I don’t know about that”, he told The Playlist, when quizzed about the job. “But listen. Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I’m busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream.
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Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?

Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?
Five years ago, Skyfall made its way into U.S. theaters. It remains the most financially successful James Bond movie of all time and, in the eyes of many, it's the best entry of the Daniel Craig era (though, Casino Royale might have something to say about that). While we wait for Craig to make his last turn as 007 in James Bond 25, let's take a look back at Skyfall and what makes the movie so special in the long, storied history of Bond on the big screen.

Let's rewind the clock a little bit and try and put ourselves in the shoes we were wearing in 2012. The last James Bond movie fans had seen was the much-maligned Quantum of Solace in 2008. Coming off the truly fantastic Casino Royale, which is quite possibly the best debut movie for a Bond actor in the history of the franchise, the movie was,
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Hugh Bonneville interview: Paddington 2

Ben Mortimer Nov 10, 2017

Hugh Bonneville chats to us about Paddington 2, reshoots, Hugh Grant and the key to prison reform...

Rounding off our interviews for the delightful Paddington 2, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr Hugh Bonneville to talk about the movie. And here's how it all went...

See related Sam Mendes interview: Skyfall, stunts & cinematography

I did hear the other day that I shouldn’t trust what actors say, as they’re professional liars.

Absolutely. Some of the most devious people – what was it? Devious and dangerous people on the planet – absolutely. Spoken by Dame Julie Walters.

I’m curious how the experience differed for you from the last Paddington...

It was different in so far as, the family’s story is separate to Paddington’s really, and I thought that was interesting, and I wasn’t sure how it would fit together. And so in
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: emotional abuse

Den Of Geek Nov 10, 2017

A few words about emotional abuse, and trying to stop others grinding you down.

Hello and welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we try and talk about things that may be affecting you, and/or the people around you. Our simple rules are we don't offer miracle cures, we just hope we can occasionally offer something that's useful. Not every article, inevitably, is for every person. But you're all very welcome for one of our virtual Geeks Vs Loneliness hugs.

See related Sam Mendes interview: Skyfall, stunts & cinematography

This week, one of our contributors has something to say about emotional abuse. We're handing over to her...

This article was prompted by a Geeks Vs Loneliness article a few weeks back about confidence in writing. For me it came at the perfect time. I am lucky enough to have had my work used on this website,
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Will Monica Bellucci Return as ‘Bond Girl’ Along With Daniel Craig?

Will Monica Bellucci Return as ‘Bond Girl’ Along With Daniel Craig?
Now that Daniel Craig is back as Bond, will Monica Bellucci be back as his “girl”?

Bellucci is being coy about rumors that Craig wants her to reprise her role from the last Bond outing, “Spectre,” in the new installment of the franchise. Bellucci’s agent told Variety on Wednesday that the actress is neither confirming nor denying rumors that she might appear in the 25th film to feature the suave super-spy, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019.

On Tuesday evening in Rome, where she was feted with the Virna Lisi lifetime achievement award, Bellucci smiled at reporters who asked her to comment on the rumors, telling them: “I can’t say anything.”

Bellucci’s appearance as one of two “Bond girls” in “Spectre” made a splash in 2015 when she was dubbed the oldest Bond girl ever at 51. Four years older than Craig, she made it clear at the time that she did not like the
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Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25

This is certainly an interesting development for James Bond 25. It was confirmed recently, after months of uncertainty, that Daniel Craig is set to return as the titular MI6 spy in the next installment of the series, which will be his last go as 007. So it has been assumed that, given the way Spectre left things, that Christoph Waltz would be reprising his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 25. But that's not going to be the case, as Waltz says he's not coming back.

The actor was revealed to be the classic Bond villain toward the end of Spectre, despite denying that he was taking up the mantle of Blofeld prior to the movie's release. However, in a recent interview, Christoph Waltz was asked point blank whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job in James Bond 25. He, sadly, stated that he's not,
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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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How Hans Zimmer changed modern film scores

Mark Allison Oct 11, 2017

Big film scores have changed over the past decade - and Hans Zimmer may be the reason why...

For every movie-going generation, there is a film score composer who ascends above all others and comes to encapsulate the sound of their era. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brooding and mysterious tones of Bernard Hermann would define a generation of suspense cinema. Decades later, it was John Williams who ushered in the blockbuster era with a series of bold and iconic melodies, from Jaws through to Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Today’s cinema has its own musical zeitgeist. When future archaeologists uncover the buried ruins of our civilisation, they may well refer to it as the 'Hans Zimmer period'.

Hans Zimmer is a movie composer of singular acclaim. He is one of the only such artists with the clout to fill concert arenas across the world,
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Why Roger Deakins Should Win the Oscar for Bringing Realism to ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Why Roger Deakins Should Win the Oscar for Bringing Realism to ‘Blade Runner 2049’
The subject of “Blade Runner” never came up during any of cinematographer Roger Deakins’ discussions with director Denis Villeneuve about the sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.” Although the two movies obviously share the same world, and there’s a mysterious connection between Ryan Gosling’s K and Harrison Ford’s Deckard (current and former L.A. blade runner detectives) when the story picks up 30 years later, the only thing that mattered to Deakins was grounding the lighting in reality. Which makes perfect sense: he’s the master of naturalism and “Blade Runner” was grounded in expressionism.

“It was more of a film noir detective story, but we just went by our script,” said Deakins. “We needed to get the settings straight and then storyboarded it all for the concepts of the world and the spaces.”

However, the one imperative that Montreal native Villeneuve stressed was snow. “Right from the get-go, Denis said,
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