Tom Hardy on Whether or Not He’s in Contention to Play James Bond: ‘If I Mention It, It’s Gone’
It’s looking less and less likely that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond in the next installment of the long-running spy franchise, and speculation about who might succeed him has run rampant in recent months. Among the presumed contenders is Tom Hardy, who may or may not have just confirmed that he’s in the running by not actually speaking about it.
“There’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race,” he says during an interview with the Daily Beast. “So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone.” Hardy, whose FX series “Taboo” premiered last week, will next be seen in his “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises »
- Michael Nordine
China Box Office: ‘Passengers’ Deposes ‘Rogue One’ After One Week
Space romance, “Passengers” took over the number one spot at the Chinese box office, easing aside “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” after just one week.
“Passengers” earned $17.3 million from an outing of some 60,000 screenings per day, according to data from Ent Group. That gave it a 30% market share of a lackluster weekend.
In third place was Chinese romantic comedy “Some Like it Hot,” in its third week in theaters. It earned $7.48 million for the weekend, giving it a 17-day cumulative total of $70.0 million.
Chinese animation “Bakkom Bear: Agent 008” was a new release that opened in fourth place. The latest in a franchise, the picture earned $5.78 million in its opening three days.
“Kubo And The Two Strings” plucked an opening score of $2.98 million. »
- Patrick Frater
Isabelle Huppert Adds Another Honor As Oscar Noms Loom
Best Actress Golden Globe winner and presumed Oscar Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert was honored in Paris this evening by Unifrance, the organization that promotes French cinema worldwide. At the Ministry of Culture, Huppert accepted the French Film Award in recognition of all of her work, and particularly Elle which has scored her a raft of prizes since debuting in Cannes last year. A tireless traveler who nevertheless suffers from a fear of flying, Huppert's… »
A24’s Science Fiction Mystery Movie Revealed to be Short Film ‘Toru’
Last week, a teaser trailer for a mysterious, untitled science fiction movie was uploaded to YouTube by A24, leading everyone to wonder what they could have up their sleeve. Were we looking at a top secret new film from a celebrated filmmaker or the next big thing from an unknown talent? Well, it turns out […]
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- Jacob Hall
Rogue One VFX head: ‘We didn’t do anything Peter Cushing would’ve objected to’
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s visual effects supervisor John Knoll has hit back at critics of the decision to digitally resurrect Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin, a character who previously appeared in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, Knoll – who shares a story credit on Rogue One, as well as being chief creative officer for FX house Industrial Light & Magic – responded both to criticism of the look of the work, and the ethics of doing it in the first place.
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- Andrew Pulver
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Dominates Social Media Buzz
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” topped social media buzz last week with an impressive 152,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The studio released the soundtrack listing on Jan. 12, three days after Taylor Swift also posted a “first look” of her soundtrack music video with Zayn Malik. PreAct estimates that a total of 1.12 million new conversations have been generated for the sequel, which opens on Feb. 10.
The sequel depicts an escalating romance between the characters played by Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) with plenty of steamy scenes and shadowy figures from Christian’s past emerging. “Fifty Shades Darker” also led the “most talked-about movies” chart during the previous week in the wake of releasing an extended trailer during the season premiere of “The Bachelor.”
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer Heats Up Social Media Buzz
Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” generated 59,000 conversations, thanks to »
- Dave McNary
Thierry Fremaux, Marion Cotillard will be Honored at Lumiere Awards
Paris– Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard will be honored at the Lumiere Awards, France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes.
The academy of the Lumiere Awards, which is comprised of Paris-based members of the foreign press, will pay tribute and hand out honorary awards to Cotillard and Fremaux during the 22nd edition of the ceremony on Jan. 30.
Since winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Cesar and a Bafta for her role as Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose,” Cotillard has worked with some of the world’s most talented and acclaimed directors, from Michael Mann (“Public enemies”) to Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception,””Dark Night Rises”), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Allied”). Cotillard also starred in the Dardenne brothers’s “Two Days, One Night” and Xavier Dolan »
- Elsa Keslassy
Breaking bad: Hollywood wakes up to the power of dark, dangerous women
Forget sobbing suffering beauties. From Rebecca Hall’s unlikable newsreader to Jessica Chastain’s ruthless lobbyist, this is the year of the unsympathetic, deeply flawed femme. Thank goodness for that
The good news is that there are some great female characters coming up in the cinema in 2017. The bad news, if you’re looking for inspirational feminist role models, is that you won’t always find them in the movies. Lurking behind such obvious audience-pleasing instances of fine upstanding womanhood as Taraji P Henson plotting a course through the cosmos in Hidden Figures, or Rachel Weisz taking antisemitism to court in Denial, lies a monstrous army of deeply flawed femmes – perverse, prickly, deluded, depressed, obsessive, venal, scary. Well, I say hurrah for that.
- Anne Billson
‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”
Ads placed for the thriller, the third in the “xXx” franchise, had an estimated media value of $6.87 million through Sunday for 1,089 national ad airings across 32 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan. 9-15. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Paramount Pictures prioritized its TV ad budget toward sports, spending heavily on airings during NFL Football and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Just behind “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” in second place: Paramount’s “Monster Trucks,” which saw 1,689 national ad airings across 33 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.33 million.
Superhero Bits: New Logan Trailer This Week, Lego Batman’s Batmobile, Bruce Wayne’s Cousin & More
Did Marvel receive bomb threats after James Rhodes became Iron Man in the old comics? What would the specs be on The Lego Batman Movie‘s Batmobile if it were real? Should the recently ordered sixth season of Arrow be its last? What villain is rumored to be part of the animated Spider-Man movie? When is […]
- Ethan Anderton
‘Tower’ Survivors Embrace Animation Approach, Director Keith Maitland Says – TCA
Keith Maitland says he had concerns when approaching survivors of the August 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas about making his PBS documentary, Tower, as to how they would feel about being turned into “a cartoon.” “When you make the decision to call somebody out of the blue and say you want to talk to them about the worst thing that has happened to you and I’m going to turn it into a cartoon … you’re bound to ruffle some feathers or turn people off,” he… »
‘Riverdale’ Teaser: The Time Has Come for a Reckoning
Archie is under a lot of pressure in the messy Riverdale pilot. He can’t get over what happened between him Miss Grundy and he clashes with his dad (Luke Perry), as he struggles between going into the family business or pursuing his musical aspirations. The town of Riverdale is even worse off, following the death of Jason […]
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- Jack Giroux
‘Water & Power: A California Heist’ Trailer: Sundance-Bound Documentary Is Like a Nonfiction ‘Chinatown’
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Water & Power” is probably never said aloud in the Sundance-bound documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist,” but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss Marina Zenovich’s film outright. Zenovich, who previously directed “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” tells the Hollywood Reporter that Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir is one of her favorite movies in part because she loves “that world of greed and the lengths people will go to get what they want.” Watch the trailer for “Water & Power” below.
“The hunger for water is never-ending,” she tells THR of the research that went into her film. “There are too many people wanting a precious resource that people are trying to privatize. So this film is like a wake-up call for that. I didn’t know what I would find, »
- Michael Nordine
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