Daniel Craig made his second outing as 007 in the 2008 blockbuster, but the film was largely panned by critics.
Moore is convinced a more humorous script for the next Bond picture will impress viewers like in the days he played the sauve superspy.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "It (Quantum of Solace) wasn't a great film by any means and the series does now really need a little humour again, as that is part of the charm of Bond."
The 23rd Bond movie was put on hold earlier this year (10) after the MGM film studio fell into debt, but fans were given hope this week (begs01Nov10) when company bosses announced a landmark deal to rescue the firm's finances.
Crime writer Jeffery Deaver's untitled new James Bond novel is due for release in May (11) and he tells the USA Today newspaper there are some big changes in store for 007.
The writer says, "The novel is set in the present day, in 2011. Bond is a young agent for the British secret service. He’s 29 or 30 years old, and he’s an Afghan war vet."
Current Bond Craig is 42 and the literary 007, created by Ian Fleming in the 1950s, would be close to 90.
Deaver is not the first renowned writer to tackle Bond - Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Sebastian Faulks have each taken the baton from Fleming, who died in 1964 - but Deaver insists his 007 will be a very different superspy.
He adds, "I want to stay true to the original James Bond, who many people don’t know much about.
"People know Daniel Craig, they know Pierce Brosnan, they know Roger Moore and Sean Connery, all of whom brought a great deal to the stories of 007. But the original Bond was a very dark, edgy character."
Paramount Pictures based production outfit Bad Robot isn't known for romance. The company, headed by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, has carved a comfortable niche in the entertainment industry for itself as a prolific purveyor of action and science fiction, with genre hits in film and television like Lost, Cloverfield, Alias, Fringe and Star Trek under its belt. Of course, you can't have all your eggs in one basket, so the company has begun to branch out with Morning Glory, a romantic comedy about a hotshot television producer tasked with the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors. Needless to say, the film, directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell, is a bit of a departure for Abrams and co.
It's also a bit of a departure for star Harrison Ford, who plays egocentric curmudgeon Mike Pomeroy in the November 12th release. The last comedy that Ford worked on was 2003's Hollywood Homicide, and that was funny for all the wrong reasons. On the flipside, the last time he took on a "romantic" role was in 1999's Random Hearts, so longtime fans like myself are anxious to see his suave side and sly smile on the big screen once again. And is there any better way for Ford to get back in touch with his inner heartthrob than doing it alongside Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams? I think not.
So to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, we're exclusively debuting the character posters for Paramount Pictures Morning Glory! Check out Ford, Keaton and McAdams in character as Pomeroy, Colleen Peck and Becky Fuller, respectively, and be sure to see Morning Glory when it hits theaters on November 12th!
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The star passed away on Thursday (01Jul10) after battling a suspected viral infection.
Hutchings trained at Britain's famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and began his career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), later winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for his role in popular musical Poppy.
He moved on to movie roles, appearing on the big screen opposite Clint Eastwood in 1990's White Hunter, Black Heart, as well as enjoying turns in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Topsy-Turvy, Clockwise with John Cleese and The Affair of the Necklace alongside Hilary Swank.
Hutchings' TV appearances included a notable role in Our Friends in the North with Daniel Craig, as well as numerous appearances in British shows such as Holby City, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and EastEnders.
The veteran actor was due to start filming a new series of hit U.K. TV show Benidorm at the time of this death.
Hutchings' agent Roger Charteris paid tribute to the late star, saying, "He never stopped working. Geoffrey was a delight to work with and he was absolutely one of a kind."
He is survived by his second wife, Andi.
F. Gary Gray is reportedly in talks with Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct Kane and Lynch, a video game adaptation to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. No official offer has yet been made to the director of such hit-and-miss fare as Friday (hit), The Italian Job (hit), and Be Cool (miss), but Gray is considered to be at the top of Millennium's shortlist for the project, which also reportedly includes Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) and Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job).
Lionsgate is set to distribute the adaptation, which follows Adam "Kane" Marcus (Willis), a death row inmate who is sprung from prison by his former team of mercenaries, who then threaten to execute his kidnapped wife and daughter if he doesn't retrieve a stolen treasure for them. As he travels from Los Angeles to Japan and Cuba, Kane must eventually join forces with Lynch (Foxx), a sociopathic killer also involved in the escape, who has been recruited by the mercenary team to keep an eye on Kane.
It will be interesting to see what the studio and the more-than-capable F. Gary Gray are able to do with the Kane and Lynch source material; I don't know that the video game's rather linear plot line will lend itself to a particularly engaging movie, although this would not be the first time we've been sold mindless violence as entertainment. Regardless, Heat Vision reports that Kane and Lynch is a "top priority" for Millennium - producers Daniel Alter, Adrian Askarieh, and Bruce and brother David Willis acted quickly to find a replacement director when stunt coordinator Simon Crane walked away from directing the project in May due to creative differences.
Filming is set to begin this summer, with an expected release date in 2011.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Brosnan played the superspy four times before he was replaced by Daniel Craig in 2004, for Bond's Casino Royale and sequel Quantum of Solace.
But the Irish actor is convinced his portrayal isn't a memorable part of the franchise.
He tells VeniceMag.com, "I never felt that I really nailed it. There was always a hint of Sean Connery and Roger Moore that was so indelible in my own mind. It's a prestigious group to be in the company of."
After being cursed by delays The Wolfman Hollywood’s latest spin on the popular werewolf myth finally bares its ugly fangs in theaters this week. Predictably the film is a train wreck of a debacle -- one would expect nothing less from a notoriously troubled production that saw its original director Mark Romanek abandon ship just two weeks before the start of shooting -- but The Wolfman’s problems stem less from the late-game addition of helmer Joe Johnston who at the very least delivered a terrific looking film (its gorgeously eerie Victorian aesthetic evoking a palpable exquisite sense of dread is by far its best feature) than from the misguided efforts of its producer and star Benicio Del Toro.
The Wolfman is the brainchild of Del Toro an ardent horror fan who conceived the film as an homage of sorts to the low-budget “monster movies” from the ‘30s and ‘40s that he loved dearly as a child. It’s fashioned as a loose remake of 1941’s The Wolf Man a film that both established Lon Chaney Jr.’s performance as the definitive take on the character and introduced aspects of the werewolf legend now considered sacrosanct. The notion that a werewolf can be felled by an item made from silver for example owes its origin to The Wolf Man.
But Del Toro feels all wrong in the role of Lawrence Talbot the prodigal son of a 19th-century English aristocrat whose fateful encounter with a bloodthirsty lycan the same creature that brutally murdered his brother just days prior triggers his unwitting initiation into the accursed tribe of feral man-beasts. Del Toro's resume of low-key understated performances marked by a muttering often imperceptible delivery in films like Traffic and The Usual Suspects suggests a skill set better suited to playing another famous movie monster one significantly less loquacious than his character in this movie. Seriously -- the guy should have remade Frankenstein instead.
Playing an American-bred (but English-born we’re told) character in an 1890 setting looking uncomfortable in period attire surrounded by such “proper” British actors as Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt and fully annunciating all of his line readings for the first time that I can recall Del Toro appears hopelessly out of place in The Wolfman.
Things only get worse unfortunately when Del Toro’s character transforms into the dreaded werewolf. Each time the moon is full the film transitions with increasing ridiculousness from a somber Victorian drama into a hard-core horror flick replete with grisly shots of torn flesh exposed spines and severed limbs. The first overly gruesome attack triggers a kind of nervous laugh more from the shock than anything else. The second invites an amused uneasy chuckle which soon snowballs into an outright belly laugh. And the effect soon spreads to the dialogue the outrageous gore rendering the film's mannered melodrama strangely hysterical.
Of all the Wolfman players only Hopkins seems to get the joke reveling in his manipulative mischief as Talbot's inappropriately glib stoutly aloof father. If only he'd let his castmates in on it.
The California-born star was approached by Bond bosses to play the superspy when Sean Connery quit the franchise, but he turned the role down.
And Eastwood insists he made the right decision - because he didn't want to see the iconic character portrayed by an American.
He says, "I thought James Bond should be British. I am of British descent but by that same token, I thought that it should be more of the culture there and also, it was not my thing."
Bond has been played by British stars including Connery and Roger Moore, as well as Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig - with the only exceptions being Australian George Lazenby and Irish actor Pierce Brosnan.
The Dreamgirls singer/actress and her fiance David Otunga welcomed little David Daniel Otunga, Jr. on Monday night (10Aug09), according to the Hollywood Reporter's Roger Friedman.
The tot weighed in a seven pounds and 14 ounces and is the couple's first.
Confirming the news to People.com, Hudson's representative Lisa Kasteler says, "The baby is beautiful and perfect. His parents are ecstatic.
Hudson never confirmed her pregnancy news, but reportedly staged a baby shower at a relative's Chicago, Illinois home in May (09) and then appeared at Michael Jackson's Los Angeles memorial concert sporting a big baby bump in July (09).
The baby's birth will mark a fresh start for Hudson following the brutal murders of her mother, brother and nephew in her native Chicago last October (08).
William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and home invasion.
Superspy James Bond has been named Hollywood's top hero ahead of Indiana Jones, Superman and Harry Potter in a new magazine poll.
Bond, who has been played on screen by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, came in at No. 1 in the Entertainment Weekly Top 20 Heroes Poll, with Harrison Ford's adventurer, Indiana Jones, coming in second.
Also making the top 10: Alien heroine Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, Robin Hood, Spider-Man and Die Hard's John McClane.
Ford is the only star to land two characters in the top 10 -- his Star Wars hero Han Solo is also featured.
Meanwhile, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz beat Darth Vader and cannibal Hannibal Lecter in a related top villains poll.
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