Today, Warner Bros released the trailer for a hugely anticipated 2012 sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Then, for good measure, the studio also dropped the first trailer for a somewhat-less anticipated sequel, Wrath of the Titans, which sees Sam Worthington returning to the role of Perseus, which he first played in last year's Clash of the Titans remake. This trailer is jam-packed with action, giant rampaging creatures, and no shortage of giant visual effects shots. It's aggressive, and it feels like it has something to prove. That's fairly appropriate, as Clash of the Titans made plenty of money, but was not received rapturously by any means, so Wrath is going to have to justify its existence by being, you know, a really good time at the movies.
By the time a franchise gets to its twenty-third installment, you'd think audiences wouldn't be so anxiously awaiting that next hit of espionage and lady-banging adventure, but everybody seems pretty psyched about Skyfall, the third James Bond adventure starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's enduring superspy. A new batch of photos from the production's London set show Craig looking severe and thoroughly cold on a rooftop.
It's not just frigid Bond, though, as these images also provide our first look at Naomie Harris in character. Despite initial rumors that she would appear as the familiar Miss Moneypenny, Harris plays Eve, a fellow MI6 agent who looks even colder than Bond in these particular set photos.
Warner Bros is releasing Wrath of the Titans, a sequel to last year's Clash of the Titans remake, in just a few short months, so it's about time to start properly letting the world know, isn't it? To that end, the studio has allowed the very first look at the film to emerge just in time for the weekend, and it features returning star Sam Worthington as Perseus. Once again, it looks like Perseus will be kicked no small amount of mythological ass, and this time, he'll do with a more lustrous head of hair, so there will be no complaints of anachronistic buzz cuts with Wrath of the Titans.
When Casino Royale semi-rebooted the long-lived James Bond franchise back in 2006, one of the ways in which it defined itself as different from its predecessors was the elimination of excess gadgetry; Daniel Craig's Bond was too busy beating people senseless to employ nail clippers that also shoot lasers. As such, the last two installments in the series have no made use of Q, the fan favorite character who supplies 007 with all his wonderful toys. The currently-filming twenty-third franchise entry, Skyfall, will apparently differentiate itself by reincorporating the character, with a twist, as it turns out that young British actor Ben Whishaw will be playing MI6's resident guru of gadgetry.
A gaggle of new unofficial photos from the London set of Skyfall have arrived online, and they demonstrate principally that for his twenty-third cinematic adventure, James Bond will still be a sharply dressed British man. The pictures aren't terribly revealing, or really revealing at all, as they just show Daniel Craig in costume as Bond walking through London's Trafalgar Square (named after my all-time favorite naval battle). Given that we've previously seen Craig in costume as Bond throughout two movies, these images serve principally as proof positive that after myriad delays both financial and logistical, Ian Fleming's famous superspy who loooooves the ladies is indeed returning for his first adventure since 2008's not-hugely-loved Quantum of Solace.
Just a few days ago, the internet rejoiced as a whole mess of rumors related to the twenty-third onscreen adventure of James Bond were officially confirmed and the start of production on newly-titled Skyfall was announced. The first batch of photos from the set provide proof that, after many, many delays over the last several years, Daniel Craig's third outing as Ian Fleming's super-swaggering superspy is actually shooting. These photos show Craig on set, along with Judi Dench, who has played MI6 boss M with two separate Bond actors, starting with Pierce Brosnan in 1995's GoldenEye.
The sensation you're currently feeling is the sweet, sweet satisfaction of official confirmations on a number of rumors related to the twenty-third adventure of superspy and insatiable ladies' man James Bond. With production set to commence oh-so shortly, Sony Pictures and EON Productions held a proper press conference in London today, with director Sam Mendes, producer Michael Wilson, and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, and Berenice Marlohe all in attendance. The biggest news is the official confirmation that Craig's third outing as Bond will indeed be titled Skyfall, as rumored a month ago.
The professionals across the pond at HeyUGuys covered the press conference and conveyed some important information not included in the press release you'll find below. Among the info-nuggets of relevance is the fact that previously-rumored French actress Berenice Marlohe will play a ‘glamorous, enigmatic character’ named Severin, while Naomie Harris will not be playing Miss Moneypenny, as previously thought, but will instead portray a field agent named Eve, and from the sound of it will be getting in on plenty of action. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, and Albert Finney were all confirmed as well, but their characters were not revealed, given the possibility that fans might recognize a name or two.
Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes is apparently determined to recruit as many Oscar-caliber actors to populate his first attempt at a franchise action movie, the twenty-third installment in the venerable franchise starring super-spy and faultless love-maker James Bond, which we've been informally referring to as Bond 23, but might actually be titled Skyfall. Daniel Craig is returning for his third round as Bond, with Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as the bad guy, two-time nominee Ralph Fiennes in a mysterious role, and one-time winner Judi Dench once again playing M. Now, it looks as though five-time Academy Award nominee and all-around badass Albert Finney has joined the production.
The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD is just around the corner on November 11th. With its release, fans will finally be able to own all eight films adapting the novel series by JK Rowling, and in time for the holiday season, no less. When Warner Bros first announced the Blu-ray release date over a month ago, the press release included the news that, as of December 29, 2011, the studio would cease shipping not only Deathly Hallows, but all eight films, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on back. Though the news has been floating around for over a month, Warner Bros has reiterated that its serious: the Harry Potter franchise will disappear from Blu-ray and DVD for an unspecified amount of time at the end of this year.
Bond 23, the next installment in the never-ending James Bond franchise, has been highly secretive, which means that even widely reported, seemingly legit stories generally go completely unconfirmed, despite being generally accepted as fact. For example, Oscar-winning Spanish dreamboat Javier Bardem has long been associated with the villainous role in the next Bond adventure directed by fellow Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, yet without any official word, one could never be completely certain. Now, the actor himself has offered a real confirmation that he'll square off against Daniel Craig in Bond 23, which may or may not be titled Skyfall.