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Look For New George Lazenby Documentary ‘Becoming Bond’ On Hulu This May

A new documentary centered around the youngest actor to portray British agent James Bond 007 (and for only one film) is coming to Hulu this May 20th. George Lazenby, a car salesman from Australia, famously conned his way into the role by going to meet with producer Albert R. Broccoli, securing an audition by claiming he had acting experience in his native Australia, which wasn’t true. He was, however, able to pull off an audition that was good enough to convince fellow producer Harry Saltzman of his worthiness for the part, and thus On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) became the first Bond film without original actor Sean Connery appearing in the title role. Although audiences and critics had mixed reviews upon its release, OHMSS has, over the years, became one of the more favored entries in the Bond franchise. Incidentally, Lazenby is also the only actor to have received major recognition for his portrayal of the character, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 for Most Promising Newcomer/Best New Star. Continue reading

New Documentary Titled ‘De Palma’ Seeing Release This Week

A new documentary titled De Palma is seeing release this week from directors Jake Paltrow (The Good Night, Boardwalk Empire) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg). The film is a chronicle of the life and work of acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose major body of work has spanned from the 1970s to the present with films like Carrie (1976), a Stephen King novel, Scarface (1983) with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scent of a Woman) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Batman Returns), and The Untouchables (1987) with Kevin Costner (Waterworld, Dances with Wolves), Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Casino), and Sean Connery (Diamonds are Forever, The Hunt for Red October). Despite all of the acclaim and success earned by these films, De Palma is one of the many artists who has never been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Untouchables saw Sean Connery win his first Oscar in 1988, Continue reading

24th James Bond Film ‘Spectre’ Now Playing In Theaters Nationwide

Fans of the James Bond film franchise will once again get to see Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) grace the screen as the infamous British Secret Service agent. Spectre is the first release in the series since 2012’s Skyfall, and is once again being directed by Oscar-winning Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes. Spectre will see the character of Bond return to his roots, as he embarks on a mission to uncover the top secret criminal organization known as SPECTRE, while M fights struggles to keep the British government from dismantling the Secret Service. This is the same criminal organization that the character faced in the Sean Connery films, and first appeared in the Bond novels by author Ian Fleming. Skyfall writers John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade penned the script for the new film with screenwriter Jez Butterworth (Get On Up, Edge of Tomorrow). Daniel Craig will be returning to reprise the role of Bond in his fourth appearance as the character, and this may very well be the last time fans have an opportunity to see Craig in the role on the big screen, as he has stated several times that he may not return for a fifth film. Returning to the supporting cast are actors Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, The Constant Gardener), Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Cloud Atlas), and Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), with newcomers Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Big Eyes), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion of the Christ), and Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy). The trailer is available here on MADE. Also opening this weekend are the biographical dramas Trumbo and Spotlight, and the return of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew in the new 3D-animated feature The Peanuts Movie. Enjoy the weekend!

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

This Friday movie audiences can get a taste of 1960s spy-era television with a big-screen adaptation of the classic series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Penned for the screen and directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), the story centers on an American and Russian spy who join forces during the Cold War era to seek out a secret organization attempting to acquire and set of nuclear weapons. Starring in the film are actors Henry Cavill (The Cold Light of Day, Man of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger), Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Ex Machina), Elizabeth Debicki (A Few Best Men, The Great Gatsby), and Hugh Grant (About A Boy, Love Actually). The original series aired on NBC from 1964-1968, one of many spy series of the time including I Spy and, of course, author Ian Fleming’s James Bond series with Sean Connery. Creator Sam Rolfe actually approached Fleming to help write the series. The acronym U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, and the show won the Golden Globe in 1966 for Best Television Series. The trailer is available here on MADE, and if you’re a fan of espionage movies or the James Bond films, be sure to see it on the big screen this Friday!

Watch The New Trailer For Upcoming Bond Film ‘Spectre’ With Daniel Craig


The new trailer for the upcoming 24th installment in the James Bond franchise, titled Spectre, debuted during Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Playoffs this week. Once again starring Daniel Craig (Road to Perdition, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in the title role, the film will bring Craig’s Bond story full circle as he finally comes face-to-face with the secret organization he has been hunting since his first outing in Casino Royale. If you’re not familiar with the series history, let me clue-you-in. In author Ian Fleming‘s original Bond novels, and the original Sean Connery films in the 1960s, Bond was always faced with a scheme carried out by a different member of the SPECTRE organization, whose leader was revealed as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967), and who remained Bond’s primary nemesis until Connery’s last series appearance in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The character and organization essentially disappeared from the series after Roger Moore took over the part for Live and Let Die (1973). The new film, Spectre, will now bring Bond back to his roots, as the new plot finds him tracking the scope of the organization’s reach in Britain’s political system while M struggles to keep the secret service from being dismantled. Returning to reprise their roles from Skyfall are actors Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardener, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), and Ben Whishaw (I’m Not There, Cloud Atlas), along with new cast members Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy), Monica Bellucci (Malena, The Matrix Reloaded), Lea Seydoux (Inglorious Basterds, Blue Is The Warmest Color), and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Big Eyes). Skyfall director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) is returning to direct the new film from a screenplay by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator), and writing-team Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day). The movie is due out in theaters this November. Enjoy the trailer!

2015 Celebrates 25 Years Of Classic Cinema…1990 Movie Anniversaries

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2015 is going to be a very big year for movies. An unprecedented number of blockbuster sequels will be opening on the big screen this year, including Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But an equally impressive number of films will also be celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year, including several big-name films that have become cinematic classics. At the top of the list are Martin Scorsese‘s Goodfellas and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather Part III. Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro lead Scorsese’s dramatic adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s biographical novel of mafia hoodlums hustling in the streets of New York with co-stars Ray Liota and Joe Pesci, while Oscar-winner-to-be Al Pacino returned to reprise his role as New York crime-boss Michael Corleone in Coppola’s final installment in his epic-mafia trilogy. Diane Keaton and Talia Shire both returned for their respective roles, as well as newcomer Andy Garcia, who had been seen in Brian DePalma’s 1987 Chicago-mafia hit The Untouchables. Joe Pesci also has his name on another 1990 classic: writer John Hughes’ Home Alone, with MaCaulay Culkin and Daniel Stern. Also making the list is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp‘s dramatic-fantasy classic Edward Scissorhands, and Kevin Costner’s Academy Award-winning drama Dances With Wolves. Other classics that made 1990 a great cinematic year were releases like Warren Beatty’s comic-strip parody Dick Tracy with Madonna and Al Pacino, director Frank Marshall’s creepy-critter-thriller Arachnophobia, Stephen King‘s suspense-tale Misery with James Caan, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, Whoopi Goldberg’s haunting by Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, and finally, John McTiernan’s action-sequel Die Hard 2 and Michael J. Fox‘s final round as Marty McFly in Back To The Future Part III. Happy 25th Anniversary to all these features, and if you haven’t seen any of these movies, you should definitely add them to your Must-See list… Enjoy!

‘S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’ Is Announced As The Title Of The 24th Bond Film

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Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

We finally have something to call the upcoming James Bond installment other than “Bond 24”. Eon Productions Ltd recently announced that the new film would bring the Bond franchise back full circle with the title S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the name of the organization Bond originally battled in author Ian Fleming‘s original novels. The first Bond film, Dr. No (1962), was the first to introduce the organization as Bond’s primary antagonist, and Sean Connery’s Bond films would continue with Fleming’s direct material until Roger Moore took over with Live and Let Die in 1973. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.‘s plot will follow Bond and M (played by Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes respectively) as they fight to keep the British Secret Service from being destroyed from within by the schemes of a mysterious organization. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. The cast will once again feature Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris as Q and Moneypenny, as well as Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds), Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, The Whistleblower), and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Color, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Skyfall director Sam Mendes will return to direct and the film has been scheduled for release in November 2015. Stay tuned.

Wrestler Dave Bautista Will Appear As Villain Henchmen In Next Bond Film

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Stepping away from all of the crazy comic-movie news we’ve been following lately, we now have more news about another upcoming sequel from the longest-running franchise in film history. Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista raised a few impressed eyebrows with his role in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so much so that Eon Productions Ltd. has approached him about playing the villain in the upcoming James Bond film with Daniel Craig. Bautista will be up for the role of the henchman Hinx, who will reportedly be a combination of past Bond villains Jaws (portrayed by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore) and Oddjob (portrayed by Harold Sakata opposite Sean Connery in Goldfinger). There is also news that the actress joining the film will be Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Inglorious Bastards), who joins the ever growing list of “Bond Girls” that includes Ursula Andress, Jane Seymour, Maud Adams, Tanya Roberts, Carey Lowell, Famke Janssen, Teri Hatcher, Denise Richards, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, and Eva Green. She and Bautista join the cast that also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. The film is set to be released in theaters in November 2015, so filming with returning Skyfall director Sam Mendes will be getting underway very soon. Stay tuned for more news.

For Those That Didn’t Know…

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It recently came to my attention that my roommate was not aware that the Austin Powers film series is a parody of the Sean Connery James Bond films from the 1960s. Having discovered this I felt I had to write something about it and possibly inform others that may not be aware! Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond in the film series from producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. All of the films that were made with Connery came from the books and short stories of author Ian Fleming, whose first Bond novel, Casino Royale, had already been adapted into an unsuccessful film in the 1950s. Mike Myers and director Jay Roach made the first Austin Powers movie in 1997, two years after Pierce Brosnan had brought the Bond franchise into the 90s with GoldenEye. The movie contained a number of major references to the Bond series, some of which are listed below.

1. Dr. Evil and Ernst Stavro Blofeld

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In the original films, James Bond faced a series of obstacles that were all the work of one man: the director of the SPECTRE organization Ernst Stavro Blofeld. SPECTRE was an organization had expanded on the ideals of the Soviet organization SMERSH. The acronym stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, and as the films progressed so did the endeavors of SPECTRE to begin wars between international countries and acquire a massive amount of wealth by threatening the united world organizations. Blofeld was last seen in Connery’s last role as Bond, Diamonds Are Forever, and the character never appeared in any of Roger Moore’s Bond films.

2. Mini-Me and Diamonds Are Forever

Mini-Me first appeared in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The title of the movie is a play on the Roger Moore Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which came out in 1977. While Mini-Me is a clone that is only an 1/8th the size of Dr. Evil, in Diamonds Are Forever, Ernst Blofeld produces several clones of himself by putting volunteers under plastic surgery and implanting a vocal chip in their throats.

3. Pussy Galore and Alotta Fagina

Pussy Galore was portrayed by Honor Blackman in the third Bond film Goldfinger (1964), the most successful installment in the series at the time. Although she was employed by Bond’s nemesis in the film, she comes to his aid in the end and helps Bond stop Goldfinger from robbing Fort Knox in Kentucky. Many characters in the Austin Powers series have been based around Pussy Galore, including Alotta Fagina and Ivwana Humpalot.

4. OddJob and Random Task

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In Goldfinger, James Bond must face a henchman by the name of OddJob. OddJob is a large Vietnamese man who throws a gentleman’s hat that has been fitted with a razor sharp blade around the brim. In the Austin Powers series, Dr. Evil has a henchman named Random Task, who throws a shoe rather than a hat to take out his enemies. You can see an image from the original scene from Goldfinger above.

5. Goldfinger and Goldmember

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The third Austin Powers movie is titled Goldmember, and has a villain of the same name. Both are a direct parody on the third Bond film Goldfinger, who is also the villain of the film. Both are obsessed with gold, although Mike Myers brought it to an unconventional level for the Austin Powers version, and both will stop at nothing to acquire as much gold as possible.

Ben Whishaw Being Eyed By Queen For Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Skyfall was one of the most successful films in the James Bond franchise, and marked a lot of firsts for modern Bond films. Ralph Fiennes brought a male actor back to the role of ‘M’ after Judi Dench’s character, who was the first to portray ‘M’ as a female alongside Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s Goldeneye, was killed off. The roots of Bond’s secretary, Moneypenny, were also explored in more detail for the first time in Bond history, spanning back to the 1950s when the first novel, Casino Royale, was published. Skyfall also marked the return of Bond’s Quartermaster, portrayed in almost every single film by the late Desmond Llewelyn, who made his first appearance as ‘Q’ with Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (1963), and his last with Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999). The role of ‘Q’ was briefly taken over by John Cleese in Die Another Day (the character being given the initial ‘R’ in order to follow ‘Q’), but with Skyfall, a youthful and fresh face was called for to take on the character, and ended up going to actor Ben Whishaw. Whishaw has made appearances in such films as Layer Cake, I’m Not There (in which he portrayed a personality of Bob Dylan), and Cloud Atlas, and is now being eyed by British rock band Queen to play the part of their late lead-singer, Freddie Mercury, in an upcoming biopic.

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As of now there is only a script by Peter Morgan on the table, so details regarding production and a release date are still to be determined, but if the band members think Whishaw a good choice to portray Freddie, we may see him taking on his first major lead role. The actor is already in talks for another Bond film, and is currently filming a project titled Heart of the Sea, but if he agrees to take the Mercury role, we could see the film come out some time around 2016. Stay tuned to MADE for more details.