SECOND LOOK! Bond 24 on location as James Bond explodes back into action for SPECTRE at MI6 on the Thames & we take a close look at the SPECTRE boat - FYEO POTENTIAL SPOILERS - FILM LOCATION
As you must no doubt be aware there is much excitement in the capital as filming of Bond 24 SPECTRE is continuing in London with the action taking place back on the Thames yesterday, Camden Locke the day before and that evening in Notting Hill.
The Bond team seem to be burning the candle at both ends trying to complete filming in London as quickly as possible before moving on to other locations. Probably in an effort to minimise spoilery leaks in the capital, but at the same time - to give you some insight into how us Londoners feel about having *arguably* Britain's greatest literary and cinematic spy back on home ground, in London read the tweet below from the Camden location.
JUST SAW DANIEL CRAIG EVERYONE CHEERED
— yourturnHeather (@yourturnheather) December 16, 2014
Well actually we did shoot in early, but we have lives and were otherwise occupied at the time. Posting at this stage I don't think there is anything here that may be considered to spoilery or compromise the location shoot and again I have intentionally left out certain details of the action but eagle eyed Bond fans may be able to piece together bits.
I had my compact camera with me rather than my large obnoxious one, so the quality isn't that great but thanks to Tim Merry a courteous professional on the scene who kindly allowed us to use two of the better photos for this post - including one which captured what is the greatest Bond moment for me personally yet - as the fourth wall came tumbling down. See further below.
|Bond 24 Spectre Teaser Poster (ZOOM)|
|The Establishing Shot: SPECTRE ON LOCATION - DANIEL CRAIG & RORY KINNEAR ON A HIGH SPEED MST MILITARY RIB FILMING SPECTRE - THAMES, VAUXHALL CROSS, MI6 SPECTRE LOCATION - LONDON, a photo by Craig Grobler on Flickr.|
Watch Robbie Williams' Secret Agent advert for Café Royal Coffee & download the Secret Agent theme song Bully for free - WATCH THIS!
It's been 16 years since Robbie Williams released his chart topping single Millenium off the album I've Been Expecting You. That would make it 16 years since I first heard who Robbie Williams is.
Being a Bond fan I instantly liked Millenium a catchy aspirational song that sounded like nothing else at the time and it referenced John Barry's You Only Live Twice James Bond theme without directly sampling it. I wasn't wild about Vaughan Arnell's cheeky Bond parody video for Millennium initially but sometimes a bit of everyman Bond is better than no Bond at all.
|Robbie Williams is Café Royal's The Secret Agent (ZOOM)|
London Short Film Festival announced! #LSFF2015 continues to challenge & entertain in its 12th year. 9-18th January - SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The London Short Film Festival - "the best short film festival in the world.” according to The Guardian is back for its 12th year and it seems more determined than ever to challenge and entertain - on its quest to prove that the UK is a hotbed of film creativity.
The London Short Film Festival 2015 is set to take place from 9-18th January 2015 at various venues around London including: the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse and Oval Space. Over the 9 days of The London Short Film Festival 2015 they will be hosting a number of events and screenings, too many for me to to list but I have included the official press release further below or visit : http://shortfilms.org.uk/lsff12/events to browse the full The London Short Film Festival 2015 programme.
LSFF still prides itself on being the biggest showcase of UK short film. Away from the mainstream, UK film culture is alive with incredible artistes and original voices which will be showcased at this year’s Festival. The core programme of selected shorts will screen across Hackney Picturehouse and the ICA.
With 34 programmes of predominantly new UK work across all venues, this is a real snapshot of 21st century Britain: love stories, horror stories, comedy, documentary, music and lo-budget gems.
Our themed programmes include perennial favourites such as Fucked Up Love, Lo-Budget Mayhem, Night of the Living Docs, Surreal Worlds, Teenage Girls Go Crazy! and Funny Shit, to new kids on the block such as Tales of the Unexpected, WTF: Outside the Box, Gothic! and A Musical Box. Plus a chance to see longer work in Long[er] Docs and Short Longes.
The #LSFF2015 programme has something for everyone but if I may make a personal recommendation it's probably worth catching I FINK U FREEKY: The Cinematic Vision of Roger Ballen & Saskia Vredeveld on Sat 10 Jan 18:00 at the ICA.
|I Fink U Freeky - Roger Ballen & Ninja & Yolandi Visser|
Saskia Vredeveld is a South African filmmaker who lives in Amsterdam, with over 20 years of documentary experience."
More than likely it will be on the challenging side of the spectrum more than the entertaining but his striking and engaging visuals will certainly make an impact on you in a similar vein to David Lynch or Harmony Korine.
We’re not here to entertain you, we’re here to make you feel uncomfortable” - Viv Albertine, after Luis Buñuel)
|London Short Film Festival 2015|
Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition 2015 is now open! Launched by Adrien Brody - SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The email alert for the opening of the fourth Jameson First Shot Film Competition unfortunately fell behind the back of the sofa, only going through my emails this week did I re-discover it. So it's a bit late but the Jameson First Shot Short Film 2015 Competition 2015 is definitely now open.
Jameson and Trigger Street Productions the team behind films like The Social Network and Captain Phillips are on the hunt for new talent and want to give you a First Shot at making your dreams come true and break into filmmaking.
"With a little help from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, three writers/directors will be selected to have their scripts made into short films by the award-winning Trigger Street Productions.
The Hollywood treatment doesn’t end there, as you will also have the life-changing opportunity to direct Oscar-winning star Adrien Brody.
Not bad for a first shot."
|Adrien Brody Launches the Jameson First Shot Film Competition 2015|
The brief is simple:
"Applicants must be at least 25 years old and living in South Africa, Russia, the US, UK, Ireland, India, Australia and Canada. Submissions should be no more than 7 A4 pages and your story should reveal, with a lightness of touch, the epic that is to be found in everyday experiences."
1. Create your script
2. Register your details
3. Upload your script
The closing date for entries is 1st February 2015 (17:00 GMT), so get cracking!
Sadly the fallout from the Sony hack is continuing at an alarming rate and whilst some news outlets seem to be scraping the bottom of the bucket to wring out anything that might still be newsworthy from it. In an eery turn that could have been lifted straight out of the pages from Skyfall - it looks like the rumours of the leaked James Bond script SPECTRE are now confirmed.
In response EON Productions have come out strongly and in a statement released on the official James Bond website http://www.007.com/ and made it very clear where they stand.
|Bond 24 Spectre Official One Sheet Poster (ZOOM)|
T he EE British Academy Film Awards are the crown in the jewel of the British film year and for a staggering but very welcome 10th time - Mr. Stephen Fry will be hosting the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards.
I do get the feeling even though Fry has already out Gervaised, Ricky Gervais and out Clooneyed, George Clooney that he has only just begun. But before Fry oversees the star studded awards proceedings we still have the 2015 BAFTA nominations announcement on Friday 9th January to look forward to. That's almost a full month in advance of the actual 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards Ceremony on Sun 8 February 2015.
As we did with Skyfall - when we heard, via our sources that the Bond production team were ramping up for the first on location SPECTRE shoot outside of their Pinewood Studios 007 Stage. We immediately dispatched one of our top men - Hemingford Grey to the scene, keen to hear what he could uncover.
As it turns out quite a lot (I can't get him to stop talking) he has sadly taken an oath of secrecy on some very exciting bits but he certainly did not learn enough to give any indication to the larger world of SPECTRE. I should warn you even though there is much wild speculation in and amongst what we know reading this may - potentially spoil a very cool scene from SPECTRE. Over to Hemingford.
Very often while watching an old film I would think something to the effect of Wow! It must have been really special to be around when that was made. Naturally being a confirmed Bondophile it happens a lot when watching Bond's escapades.
Visiting or seeing a film location in real life brings one a little closer to the magic of film beyond the screen. And in some small way allows you capture a little bit of the magic. Sitting around with the great-grandkids one day when the old James Bond classic SPECTRE comes on TV, being able to say "Yea I saw that in real life" is quite special, hell it's even special for me to be able to say right now.
And again we take some pride in the fact that we can bring you some news & photos that are hot off the press for Bond fan eyes only.
|Bond 24 Spectre Teaser Poster (ZOOM)|
Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN to perform Profondo Rosso in LONDON live at the Barbican Hall Saturday 21st Feb - UPCOMING GIG
G oblin's upcoming gig has me very excited indeed! In fact I have only been this excited about this particular kind of gig three times previously; once a couple of years ago when Fabio Frizzi was going to play at the Union Chapel on Halloween, on HALLOWEEN! Once when Jim Jarmusch's & his band SQÜRL (& others) performed music from Only Lovers Left Alive earlier this year and a couple of months ago when a special music and video event A Trip To The Otherworld was held to launch Richard Stanley's The Otherworld scored by Simon Boswell.
But it looks like the mother ship is landing in London this February when to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of Dario Argento's hugely influential Giallo classic Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red) Composer Claudio Simonetti and his band GOBLIN playing their original score live to a screening of Profondo Rosso for the first time in the UK.
Dario Argento needs no introduction, his psychic psycho films are pretty much a genre all of their own and vastly influential. Just last year watching Arrow Video's flawless re-release of Tenebrae I was struck by the very clear similarities between Dario Argento's Tenebrae and Michael Mann's brilliant Manhunter, one of my favourite films of all time.
Goblin's Profondo Rosso theme cheekily hints at Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells used in William Friedkin's The Exorcist before letting you know it is very much its own unique music for the film that spawned a lengthy collaboration with Dario Argento.
This is a rare opportunity to experience Goblin's Profondo Rosso live at the acoustically renowned Barbican Hall, the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and is going to be an memorable event for any +18 film lover.
The Grandmaster is the most unexpected and exquisite Kung Fu film, not about fighting I have ever seen – THE GRANDMASTER FILM REVIEW
I absolutely loved Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster. It is a subtle and rare film that is a meticulously made period piece which looks absolutely magnificent, recalling both film noir and the marvellous sumptuous epics of Hollywood's golden era. Very much in line with Kar Wai Wong previous films.
But this time there is lots of spectacular Kung Fu fighting thrown in. Respected action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping the guy behind the fight scenes in The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon choreographed the action and the lead actors; Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang and Chang Chen all undertook several years of rigorous and challenging Kung Fu training, with that kind of dedication you know the action is going to be well above expectations.
Before seeing The Grandmaster all I really knew is that it was a film about Ip Man (First name - Man, Family name - Yip or Ip as in the East it is customary to give family name first), the martial arts master that taught Bruce Lee and has several films and a TV series made about him, that it was set to the backdrop of political upheaval in China. The trailer hinted at a gorgeous epic style Kung Fu film and that the American release was cut differently from the original Chinese version. Subsequently I have found out there are actually three different versions of the film.
But what I was not expecting The Grandmaster to be as beautiful and as spirituality fulfilling tale of the times, lost values and as fitting tribute to the man. I can not verbalise with sufficient proficiency as to how moved I was by the story of The Grandmaster. Its an incredibly well made and subtle film of a land and people in turmoil.
Kar Wai Wong's vision is supported by dedicated craftsmen and performers to bring it to life. The astounding choreography, sumptuous set design and gorgeous period costumes are exquisitely shot by Philippe Le Sourd. Not only are the action scenes memorable but I was left with imagery of many rich sets including the Golden Pavillion, as well as an astounding smokey noirish silhouetted scene at a train station - which could have been lifted from a 30s Hollywood epic. Another standout scene was a subtle tinted seduction scene
It is a gorgeously shot film and I would struggle to think of another film that is as well composed in recent times. The version of the The Grandmaster I saw was I assume a standard definition streamed version of the film with security watermarks all over it and even that did nothing to take away from how beautifully shot The Grandmaster is.
It truly is a special film merging martial arts action with a seemingly timeless classic tale of a noble man whose life is thrown into flux and how he deals with it - is the real crux of the story, or that's what it was about for me anyway.
|The Grandmaster Poster (ZOOM)|
All the Bond 24 #Spectre details announced here! Are you ready for James Bond's return in SPECTRE - BOND UPDATES
Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will in about 25 minutes via LIVE broadcast from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios announce details of Bond 24.
The broadcast will start from around 10:50am GMT (2:50am PST; 5:50am EST). You can watch the announcements on one of the many James Bond fan pages, the official jamesbond007 YouTube channel here! Or further down on this very page.
The title and cast of the 24th Bond film will be revealed, marking the start of principal photography on Monday 8th December.
I will also add details below as they are announced (remember to refresh) in between sipping on my Martini.
I would ask if you are ready for another gritty powerful Brit gangster flick. The type only the Brits and maybe Danish know how to do properly. But I don't think anyone is ready for Gerard Johnson's Hyena.
Hyena has been quietly boiling in its pot since Number 9 Films kicked off production last year and announced that Gerard Johnson’s follow up to his acclaimed debut, Tony would be an original crime tale - Hyena a police thriller set in contemporary West London amongst the Turkish and Albanian communities focussed on Michael Logan an anti-hero for our times.
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|See the trailer for Narcopolis|
The gritty and stylistic drama about a corrupt cop who gets in too deep caused a bit of stir when it opened the Edinburgh Film Festival gathering a quick following of fans.
Hold on tight here comes Hyena!.
|Hyena Poster (ZOOM)|
Get the cocktail shaker out! Kicking off at 11:00am GMT (3:00am PST; 6:00am EST) this Thursday 4th December Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will present a live announcement and photo call from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Ian Fleming, John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear
A global audience will be able to watch the announcement live via a web stream at www.007.com
The announcement will also be live-tweeted via the official James Bond handle @007
James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-three films produced and the twenty-fourth about to go in production.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced the past seven Bond films together, including the highly successful, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall. All of the James Bond films have been made in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios or United Artists, its predecessor.
See the new FULL HI RES official Star Wars: The Force Awakens stills and Teaser Trailer here! - WATCH THIS!
I' m not going to blag this one up. You know what it is. High Resolution stills, Teaser trailer and all the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens sites online all below. Anyone else think that is Benedict Cumberbatch doing the voiceover in the teaser trailer?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Poster|
Eureka Entertainment announce a plethora of classic releases for their forthcoming Masters of Cinema series and Eureka Classics Q1 2015 collection
Eureka Entertainment is one of the two distributors that have consistently impressed me with their release schedules.
Sadly I haven't had as much time this year as I would like to discuss home releases, a case in point being a Eureka's release from earlier in the year - Wake in Fright another title championed by Martin Scorsese it is a brilliant, albeit controversial thriller that really deserved more of a fuss about it.
So when I got a heads up on Eureka's upcoming lineup for the first quarter of 2015 (Jan, Feb & March) I thought an early as possible alert would be good.
|Eureka Entertainment upcoming releases|
Andy Serkis talks Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Acting, The Imaginarium, the Future of Motion Capture, Caesar's development, the possible futures of Planet of The Apes and tells us a role he would still like to play - An Evening with Andy Serkis Part 2 - IN CONVERSATION
Continuing on from Part One of an evening with Andy Serkis, in which I gush about the wonderfulness of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and can be found over here!
Whilst my head was buzzing from the celluloid high that I haven't had in awhile from a film. Empire's Don Jolin popped onto the stage for a chat with Mr Andy Serkis.
If you have read my review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes you know that I loved it not only as an incredible piece of entertainment but as an insightful and intelligent metaphor of exploration of the human condition. So far the remakes of The Planet of The Apes films have been extraordinary films doing both justice to Pierre Boulle's original tale as well as forging a place for themselves in the modern zeitgeist.
Much of what makes The Planet of The Apes films as magic as they are is - the authenticity of the simian characters. Their credibility on screen a combination of astounding effects making their computer generated avatars incredibly lifelike. As well as the emotive performances behind the Apes giving them individual personality, emotion and life - so much so that you forget that you are watching computer generated imagery.
And nowhere is bringing these avatars to life more profoundly or poignantly manifested than in the immeasurable talent of Mr Andy Serkis.
See the absolutely gorgeous new UK Trailer & Poster for Kar Wai Wong's double Oscar nominated The Grandmaster In cinemas 5 Dec - WATCH THIS!
6 years to plan, 3 years to make, including a year in editing, backed by The Weinstein Brothers, championed by Martin Scorsese and finally the UK gets to see Kar Wai Wong's double Oscar nominated Kung Fu epic The Grandmaster In cinemas from 5 December.
Focussing on the legendary Yip or Ip Man, a real person who lived a life that could quite easily be compared to that of Batman's Bruce Wayne. Born into wealth Ip Man dedicated his life to mastering Kung Fu and in real life became a Policeman to protect and serve.
A legend was created from his skill. An inspirational legend so ingrained in Chinese culture that he is as beloved a century on as David Beckham is today. Along the way he becomes The Grandmaster of Kung Fu as we know it today and included the magnificent Bruce Lee amongst his students. Ip Man is so beloved that in the last 10 years there have been two other Ip Man films and a TV series.
To lump The Grandmaster in with other tales of martial Arts would be mistake as Kar Wai Wong set out to create a masterpiece of the genre and brought in the talents of a team at the top of their game to make sure his vision is brought to life on screen.
|The Grandmaster Poster (ZOOM)|
The blurb for Hello Carter landed in my email box after seeing Jodie Whittaker and Charlie Cox's names I was interested but after watching the trailer it has my attention.
Sadly not an in depth behind the scenes documentary focussed on Mike Hodges's brilliant Get Carter but rather looks to be a very charming light hearted twilight romp through the capital - London.
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|See the trailer for Narcopolis|
|See Chan-wook Park's short A Rose Reborn|
The trailer certainly looks engaging enough as we follow the downtrodden everyman Carter (Charlie Cox) as he goes on a night of misadventure in an effort to try get back together with his girlfriend - who hasn't been there before?
|Hello Carter Poster (ZOOM)|
I am blown away by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - An Evening with Andy Serkis Part 1 - DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES FILM REVIEW
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes |
Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Pierre Boulle
Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
On Blu-ray, DVD on 24th November 2014
This was my first viewing of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I had been careful to stay away from anything that might be considered a spoiler as it was I had been looking forward to seeing it for ages, since Rupert Wyatt's absolutely marvellous Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes it hit me right where it should and thankfully many others felt the same way as it won over the masses looking for blockbuster style fare, those looking for a film with substance and even the doubters wary of a another remake of Pierre Boulle's cautionary tale of a future society gone wrong.
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster (ZOOM)|
Taschen announce The MARVEL MAGNUM OPUS - 75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen Book - BOOK RELEASE
If Taschen are not already your favourite publishing house they should be after this. Somewhere between form and substance lies perfection - and that must be what Taschen aim for when it comes to creating their tomes. Full of glossy high resolution pictures to keep your left side of your brain occupied whilst the right side absorbs the meaningful insight and passion they impart for their subject.
I am lucky enough to posses a couple of these Objet d'art (as they are) which are indispensable reference books particular their recent Film Noir. 100 All-Time Favorites which goes beyond the image on screen to enhance and inform your viewing experience. I dare not open my gorgeous edition of The Stanley Kubrick Archives as I get as much joy knowing that it sits on my bookshelf holding onto its secrets as I would pouring over it and sating my curiosity
|The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - PAUL NEWMAN FROM DENNIS HOPPER. PHOTOGRAPHS 1961–1967 - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON|
The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - ANNIE LEIBOVITZ THE SOPRANOS: FAMILY PORTRAIT FROM SUMO COLLECTOR'S EDITION - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON
Unsurprising as Taschen's books are highly sought after collectors pieces beyond their academic value. To get a sense of books as art, pop in to Taschen's Philippe Starck designed Duke of York Square store, just off the Kings Road (right next to the new Saatchi Gallery) and head downstairs to their gallery space - it's like a museum of awesomeness and you can browse their oversize SUMO editions as well as view some of their hard to find prints.
The Establishing Shot: TASCHEN VIEWING GALLERY - ANNIE LEIBOVITZ R2-D2 FROM SUMO COLLECTOR'S EDITION - DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, CHELSEA, LONDON
So this morning when I noticed Taschen had announced the release of an XXL format 75 Years of Marvel Comics book with Stan Lee's endorsement in an uncharacteristic flurry I thought I would get a post up about it asap.
|Taschen 75 Years of Marvel Comics. Stan Lee|
75 Years of Marvel is a volume for and by the truest of ‘True Believers!’ ’Nuff Said.” —Stan Lee
The Drop a Michaël R. Roskam Film – or welcome to Cousin Marv’s Bar where the fine tradition of watching the American dream die has been keeping a stool warm since the 50s – THE DROP FILM REVIEW
Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop is an excellent film but I can’t help but think it could have been a great film.
In the opening shots of The Drop we see shadowy figures walking in a night lit Brooklyn street, we pan down to a puddle of darkened water to watch their reflections head towards Marv’s Bar.
This Establishing Shot warns us of the dark underworld, where like a mirror reflection the things we see are reversed, this is the world we have just crossed over to along with with The Drop's Cousin Marv played by James Gandolfini and Bob Saginowski, played by Tom Hardy.
At a high level the eternal struggle between good and bad, light and dark has always made good viewing and is the raison d'être of Film Noir, and Neo Noir as it is now known but all too often we do we get to delve into the grey psyche of what drives the characters beyond greed or the environmental factors that make them who they are and whilst The Drop doesn’t try give us all the answers it certainly paints a compelling and still surprising picture of this ambiguous dysfunctional world.
|The Drop Tom Hardy as Bob Saginowski (ZOOM)|
|The Drop Film Poster (ZOOM)|