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James Bond Villain Ernst Blofeld Cleared To Make A Return!

November 19th, 2013 9:50am EST
Ernst Blofeld
One of James Bond's most notorious villains may be set to make a return after producers settled a long-running legal battle over the character.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, along with his white cat and dreams of world domination, is one of Bond's most instantly recognizable villains after appearing in films such as From Russia with Love, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

He was dreamed up by Bond's creator Ian Fleming with the help of Kevin McClory, the screenwriter who adapted the 007 books for cinema. Courts later ruled McClory owned substantial elements of the Bond mythos, allowing him t...
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John Travolta Wants To Play Bond Villain

July 26th, 2013 12:11pm EDT
John Travolta
Renowned Hollywood actor John Travolta is hoping to land a role opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film as he has long fantasized himself playing a villain in the 007 franchise.

The 59 year-old actor admits he is a big fan of the movie series and hopes to eventually follow in the footsteps of actors including Christopher Walken, Christopher Lee and Javier Bardem who have all previously played Bond's rogues.

The Saturday Night Fever star tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I'd love to play a bad guy in James Bond."  He adds of the films' lead actors, "I have two favorite Bonds, S...
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85th Oscars Plan a Special James Bond 50th Celebration

January 5th, 2013 10:31am EST
85th Oscars Plan a Special James Bond 50th Celebration
The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast's producers announced today.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in ...
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James Bond Auction Raises $1.6 Million

October 6th, 2012 8:08pm EDT
Casino Royale
Daniel Craig's iconic Casino Royale swimming trunks and a car he drove in Quantum Of Solace helped raise more than $1.6 million at a James Bond memorabilia auction in London on Friday night.

The Global Bond Day Christie's sale was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first superspy movie, Dr. No, and former James Bond icon Roger Moore was on hand to help sell off several collectibles and props.

The highlight of the sale was a 2008 Aston Martin, driven by Craig in Quantum of Solace, which sold for $386,000, while the swimwear he donned in one famous Bond scene earned $71,120.

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'Global James Bond Day' Set For October 5th

August 31st, 2012 9:37am EDT
James Bond
A global celebration of James Bond will take place in October to mark 50 years since the release of the first 007 film.

Movie bosses behind the popular franchise have declared October 5th Global James Bond Day, five decades after Sean Connery made his debut as the superspy in 1962's Dr. No.

A series of special events are being organized around the world, including the launch of a Bond exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Music of Bond concert at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, and the release of a new documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story o...
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Sam Worthington To Be The Next James Bond?

April 26th, 2012 11:24am EDT
Sam Worthington
Sam Worthington is the actor most likely to step into James Bond's shoes when Daniel Craig hangs up his Walther PPK, according to Britain's leading bookmaker.

Craig is currently shooting scenes for his third outing as the suave superspy in Skyfall, which is due for release in 2014, and shows no signs of retiring from the role.

However, when he eventually moves on from the 007 franchise, Avatar actor Worthington - who was born in Britain but grew up in Australia - is hot favorite to take over the coveted part, followed by English actor Tom Hardy and Shame star Michael Fassbender.

A spo...
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Javier Bardem To Play Next James Bond Bad Guy

October 11th, 2011 8:18pm EDT
Javier Bardem
Spanish actor Javier Bardem has been confirmed as the villain in the new James Bond movie.

The Oscar winner has ended months of speculation by confirming he has signed up to play Daniel Craig's foe in the untitled 23rd 007 film.

He tells ABC TV, "I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, so to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.".
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Adele To Sing Next 'James Bond' Theme?

September 4th, 2011 11:45am EDT
Adele
Soul superstar Adele has sent fans into a frenzy by hinting she is next in line to record a "James Bond" theme.

The London-born singer teased her big secret during an interview with U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross after he asked about her upcoming projects.

Adele mentioned the recording studio, before blurting out, "It is actually a theme, what I've got to do. Wow, that's really giving something away!"

She then covered her mouth, and Ross began humming the Bond theme tune. Adele added, "It's a concept. One song."

Adele will be in good company if she does end up on the superspy soundtrack - J...
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Jason Statham Dreams Of Landing Bond Role

May 20th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Jason Statham
British actor Jason Statham is hoping to become the next James Bond, branding the superspy part his "dream" role.

The Expendables star has risen to fame playing tough guy characters in movies including Snatch, The Italian Job and Crank.

However, Statham, who is dating beauty Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is eager to take over from Daniel Craig as the next 007.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "You'd be lying if you said no. He has all the fanciest gadgetry. He's in and out of bed with the sexiest, hottest women. And gets to save the world. Come on! It's everybody's dream, isn't it?"

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Sean Connery Fails To Show In Spanish Court

October 15th, 2010 6:26pm EDT
Sean Connery
Sean Connery failed to appear at a Spanish court on Friday after a judge summoned him to testify as part of a money-laundering investigation.

The actor and his wife Micheline were asked to take to the stand, but a letter from Connery explained he could not travel to Spain because of his age and unspecified health problems. The former James Bond star and his wife were named in the probe stemming from the 1998 sale of their beachfront mansion near Marbella.

The couple made $8.4 million in the sale but allegedly failed to pay $2 million to the local authority. The property was knocked down...
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Happy 80th Birthday Sean Connery!

August 25th, 2010 10:09am EDT
Happy 80th Birthday Sean Connery
Sean Connery, we salute you as you turn 80.

The veteran movie icon and one-time James Bond hits octogenarian status today and we are thrilled to pay tribute to Hollywood's great Scot.

From his humble beginnings in working class Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery has become one of his nation's favorite sons.

In over 70 films, Sean has been in more box office blockbusters than most - as well as his seven turns as 007, he has played Indiana Jones' father and enjoyed hits with modern classics like Highlander, The Untouchables, The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose and The Hunt for Red Oc...
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Pierce Brosnan Says He Felt 'Shackled' By Bond Role

August 9th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan was relieved to give up his 007 status following his stint as James Bond - after realizing he had "lost his way" while playing the iconic superspy.

The Irish actor was devastated after he was replaced by Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent and admits it took several years to regain his self-belief. But now he's convinced his dismissal was for the best.

He says, "I felt very shackled by Bond and didn't want to rock the boat. You get tangled up in your own ego of how you're perceived. You can lose your way... You can be a leading man for so long and it's wonderful but t...
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Is This It For James Bond? Find Out In This Week's EW

August 5th, 2010 9:15pm EDT
Daniel Craig As James Bond
With MGM up for auction - and no buyer in sight - the world's greatest film franchise lies in peril. This week's cover story investigates what's next for James Bond, and whether Daniel Craig has sipped his last shaken martini.

Up until last spring, it looked as if James Bond would indeed return, but after decades of invincibility, it seems as if 007 has finally been defeated, at least for the foreseeable future. What's holding up production on the next movie is the sale of MGM, which went up for auction last November and still hasn't found a buyer. Then, in July, there was more reason t...
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Christopher Nolan Was Influenced By 'Bond' Films

July 11th, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
Film-maker Christopher Nolan has credited the James Bond franchise with providing inspiration for his sci-fi thriller Inception.

The director grew up watching the superspy series and insists the action scenes and themes found in 007 films influenced his upcoming movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a skilled thief who steals secrets from dreamers' subconscious minds.

Nolan explains, "The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films - they've always stood for grand-scale action (and) stood for the promise of being taken to some place bi...
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Freida Pinto: I'm Too Young To Be A Bond Girl'

April 7th, 2010 11:56am EDT
Freida Pinto
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is "flattered" by rumors linking her to a role in the new 007 movie - but insists she's not "beautiful" enough to play a Bond girl.

Pinto was recently reported to have signed up to play Daniel Craig's love interest in the next James Bond blockbuster, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. A representative for the actress dismissed the rumors, confirming Pinto has "not been approached" by Bond bosses.

And the Indian beauty, 25, is convinced she would be the wrong choice for a role in the super-spy franchise.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "It was...
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Freida Pinto's Rep Denies Bond Role

March 23rd, 2010 8:49am EDT
Freida Pinto
A spokesperson for Freida Pinto has denied reports the actress has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl.

British tabloids last week fueled speculation that the "Slumdog Millionaire" star has been chosen to appear in the next 007 movie, which will be directed by Sam Mendes and set in Afghanistan.

A source told the Daily Mirror, "Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet."

However, Pinto's rep has dismissed the stories, insisting movie bosses have not asked the actress to star in the a...
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Robert Pattinson In Awe Of Friendly Pierce Brosnan

February 16th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Robert Pattinson In Awe Of Friendly Pierce Brosnan
Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson was impressed with Pierce Brosnan's social skills while filming their new movie - because the former James Bond star was so kind to his fans. The 23 year old spent a lot of time with Brosnan while they were in New York City shooting Remember Me.

However, while Pattinson found it difficult to deal with all of the attention from fans while out in public with his co-star, Brosnan was generous with his time when meeting devotees - and the young actor was left in awe of the smooth-talking Irishman.

Pattinson tells Vogue magazine, "He's totally recogn...
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Underrated & Overrated Movie Songs

November 7th, 2008 1:13pm EST
Neil Young
We all know the real reason we go to the movies. It isn't the thrills or the chills, the laughs or the gaffes, the drama or Lorenzo Lamas, no; we all hit the theater to hear the music. That is, we love to hear the one big song associated with any film.

The marriage of music and movies has long been exceptional. Whether it's "Theme From a Summer's Place" or "Blame Canada", nothing raises a film's enjoyment factor quite like a good tune.

Problem is, most songs simply aren't that good. A lot of these film tunes come from a great movie and are thusly mistaken as great music when i...
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New 'Star Trek' Film: Will it Suck or Satisfy?

March 7th, 2008 2:36pm EST
Star Trek
The newest entry in a popular film franchise invariably invokes feelings of anticipation and excitement from diehard fans. It also happens to raise expectations enormously for the finished product. Most of the time, when people actually get around to seeing the highly anticipated new release, their reactions are polarized. Some are enamored and fall in love with the offering, while others simply detest it. For the most part, eagerly awaited new installments in franchises like "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," and "Star Trek" are met with one of those two reactions. Rarely are they thought ...
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Movie Sequels: A List Of The Best & Worst

February 7th, 2008 9:40am EST
Spider-Man 2
It seems every year we are inundated with dozens of sequels to films we love and those we've already forgotten about. But what are the best? What are the worst? What shouldn't have been made and what beat the original? Answers to those questions are below, but before a list of the best and worst sequels is determined a few ground rules must be established.

1. The Sequel Cannot Be Planned. There are plenty of movies where the sequel is somewhat planned (I highly doubt anybody wasn't thinking sequel during Spider-Man) but some movies are part of a planned series from day one. The mo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

January 8th, 2008 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.': The Complete Series Comes To DVD November 27

October 14th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Man From U.N.C.L.E
Open Channel D…. one of the greatest television shows of all time, and the first successful spy show on American television, will finally arrive on DVD, as Time Life and Warner Home Video debut The Man From U.N.C.L.E: The Complete Series this fall. The Golden Globe® award-winning series, starring Robert Vaughn (HU$TLE, Superman III) as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum (NCIS, The Great Escape) as Illya Kuryakin, originally aired on NBC from 1964 to 1968 and earned an astounding 16 Emmy award nominations during its run. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series includes all four seasons o...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 14

October 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Stacy Keibler
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Stacy Keibler (1979), R&B singer Usher (1978), British musician Thomas Dolby (1958), actor/magician Harry Anderson (1948), Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward (1946), "British Elvis" Cliff Richard (1940), designer Ralph Lauren (1939), James Bond portrayer Roger Moore (1927), poet e.e. cummings (1894; d. 1962), "First Lady of the Silent Screen" Lillian Gish (1893; d. 1993), and 34th President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890; d. 1969).
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 6

October 6th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Elisabeth Shue
Happy Birthday to Pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson (1970), singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet (1964), actress Elisabeth Shue (1963), Swedish Bond girl Britt Ekland (1935), and actress Carole Lombard (1908).
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Bitter:Sweet Releases Sophomore Disc, 'The Remix Game'

October 2nd, 2007 5:21pm EDT
Bitter:Sweet
Since the release of The The Mating Game in 2006, it's hard to imagine a night on the town without the intoxicating electronica of Bitter:Sweet. Now, with The Remix Game, released August 7, a handful of today's best euphonious mixologists come together to offer their interpretations of the original album. Add to that an upcoming live show in a city near you, and you'll be drinking from Bitter:Sweet's mood enhancing cup well into 2008.

On this seductive trip-hop album, Bitter:Sweet's debut The Mating Game is revamped by today's top sonic impressionists. Many of the songs on this album a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

August 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to "The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981), "Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978), German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970), "All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969), Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968), Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968), Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967), actor Blair Underwood (1964), country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), "The Corpse Bride" director Tim Burton (1958), English musician Elvis Costello (1954), Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952), Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (1951), Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949), "Alien Loc...
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Soundtrack For 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Features Moby's Remake Of The Movie's Theme Song

August 2nd, 2007 11:48am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
(New York, NY) The soundtrack for one of this summer's most anticipated action thrillers, The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon, was released July 31 on Decca. Composer John Powell (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity) once again scored original music for this latest installment in the Bourne series. A new version of Moby's hit song "Extreme Ways," which was the end-title song for the first two movies, is also featured.

Steeped in classical tradition, yet drawn to the idea of turning it on its head, John Powell has composed a series of acclai...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 28

May 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Happy Birthday to "Swimfan" star Jesse Bradford (1979), Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968), country singer Phil Vassar (1964), "The Drew Carey Show" actress Christa Miller (1964), The Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams (1949; d. 1998), actress Sondra Locke (1947), Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty (1945), singer Gladys Knight (1944), former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani (1944), American musician Papa John Creach (1917; d. 1994), singer T-Bone Walker (1910; d. 1975), and "James Bond" author Ian Fleming (1908; d. 1964).
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