Actress Naomie Harris battled rage virus-infected psychos in 28 Days Later and faced off against scurvy-aceous seafaring rascals in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. So tackling mere spy-types in the new James Bond adventure Skyfall must have been a walk in the park, right? Au contraire! “Actually, I think it was the hardest of anything I’ve ever done,” says Harris who plays a field agent named Eve in the film. “Although I’ve done action stuff before I’ve never been called upon to do it for such a long period of time. I really got my butt kicked.”
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Is Javier Bardem playing the first gay Bond villain in 'Skyfall'? Bardem and director Sam Mendes weigh in
Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007′s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before.
The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.
Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”
Documentarian hopes to make film about failed movie that inspired fake movie in Affleck's 'Argo.' Got that?
Ben Affleck’s Argo tells the true-life tale of a CIA agent who posed as the producer of a science fiction epic to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Now, another filmmaker wants to tell you a different part the story — but he needs your help to finish it.
For six years, Judd Ehrlich has been working on a documentary called Science Fiction Land, and the Emmy-nominated filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project. The non-fiction flick takes its title from a proposed theme park that would have been spun out of the success of a would-be sci-fi blockbuster, and profiles the unrealized ambitions of an idealistic Hollywood dreamer named Barry Ira Geller. Says Ehrlich: ”My documentary explores the real life sci-fi story that’s truly stranger than fiction.”
The first two Paranormal Activity movies left a lot of questions unanswered with regard to Katie Featherston’s possessed Katie and her character’s infant nephew Hunter with whom she absconded at the end of PA2. Questions like, “So, uh, what happened next to Katie Featherston’s possessed Katie and her character’s infant nephew Hunter with whom she absconded at the end of PA2?”.
That particular query went unanswered by the last year’s prequel Paranormal Activity 3 and when EW recently spoke with PA3 and Paranormal Activity 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman they were predictably tight-lipped about the plot of the franchise’s forthcoming fourth entry and whether Featherston even appears in the movie (“We’re not allowed to say but she definitely haunts our dreams,” is all Joost would admit).
The new PA4 trailer, on the other hand, strongly hints that the film will clear up the situation: In fact, that’s the promise it makes right at the start. Also featured? A creepy kid (is that Hunter? Maybe) a shadowy female figure (is that Katie? Could be) and a fridge full of food (is it time for me to grab some lunch? For sure).
Check out the trailer for the film — which arrives in cinemas October 19 — and tell us what you think.
In director Joe Dante’s new movie The Hole a pair of young brothers (Chris Massoglia, Nathan Gamble) and their neighbor (Haley Bennett) investigate a mysterious chasm in the basement of the siblings’ house and are forced to deal with the array of terrifying unpleasantness which emerges from said aperture. Like Dante’s pair of Gremlins movies, the result is a family-friendly venture which may have younger clan members viewing the action through trembling fingers. “It’s my revenge,” laughs Dante. “That’s how I watched Tarantula in 1955. I forced my father to take me to see this giant spider movie and I’m so scared that I’m in the lobby peeking in. My poor father was left sitting alone watching a giant spider movie.”
Jay Baruchel is set to write a sequel to Goon, the ice hockey comedy he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg and starred in alongside Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, and Alison Pill. Released earlier this year, the original Goon was loosely based on the minor league adventures of real-life hockey “enforcer” Doug Smith.
In a series of tweets, Baruchel announced he will penn the script with Goon associate producer Jesse Chabot and that Goldberg would be involved as a producer. He also confirmed that filmmaker Michael Dowse, who oversaw the first, extremely foul-mouthed film, “is directing the motherf—er.”
You can check out the trailer for Goon below.
'Nature Calls' trailer: Patton Oswalt gets harangued, Johnny Knoxville gets crucified in red band comedy clip
What does Todd Rohal have against the great outdoors? Last year the writer-director sent Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) on a spectacularly ill-fated canoeing trip in The Catechism Cataclysm – quite possibly 2011′s oddest film — and now it’s the turn of Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, and Rob Riggle to discover why agoraphobics may actually have the right idea in the scout-trip-goes-horribly-wrong comedy Nature Calls.
Splundig vur thrigg, Earthlets!
If you recognize that reference to the Judge Dredd strip-spawning U.K. comic 2000AD — and its alien editor “Tharg” — then you, like me, may have been waiting upwards of 35 years for a decent movie featuring Mega-City One’s top cop to arrive in cinemas (don’t get me started on the Sly Stone-starring 1995 fiasco).
Judging by the current Rotten Tomatoes rating for Dredd 3D — and my colleague Darren Franich’s enthusiastic review of the film in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly — that wait will end this Friday when the Karl Urban-toplined actioner hits screens across the country. However, lucky attendees of this year’s Fantastic Fest shindig in Austin, Tex., will be seeing the film tomorrow at a screening attended by Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and screenwriter Alex Garland. To mark the occasion, the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique arm Mondo has commissioned a special poster by the artist Jock that will be available to purchase at Fantastic Fest (any unpurchased posters will be sold online.)
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: Why doesn’t someone make a movie which features a beheading, an arm-severing, lashings of chop sockey action, motorbike-riding ninjas, and a Pat Benatar-ish rock band called Dragon Sound whose membership is made up of commune-dwelling, adult orphans?
Well, it turns out someone did.
Below, you can check out a new trailer for 1987′s Miami Connection, an amazing, cheese-tastic tale of cocaine-dealing and — literally — battling bands produced by, co-directed by, and starring taekwondo guru and motivational speaker Y.K. Kim. This slice of retro mayhem was initially released to just a handful of screens and made little impact. In fact, the movie was all but forgotten until three years when a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tex., bought a 35mm print on eBay for $50. The film reportedly received an enthusiastic response when it was shown as part of the Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series and a similarly positive reception at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival. The movie is also being screened on Saturday in Austin as part of Fantastic Fest and is being rereleased theatrically by Drafthouse Films on Nov. 2. READ FULL STORY »
Does the lack of the word “Massacre” in the freshly truncated title of Texas Chainsaw 3D indicate that this sequel to Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will find Leatherface settling his problems through the power of rhetoric? Apparently not, judging by the movie’s first trailer which features mechanical woodcutting device-related mayhem aplenty.
Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers) and set for release on January 4, TC3D stars Dan Yeager as the axe-snubbing Leatherface and Alexandra Daddario as a woman who inherits a mansion with dank cellars. Are those cellars filled with vintage wine and aged cheeses? Again, judging by the trailer, it seems not.
You can watch the clip below. Take a look and tell us what you think.
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