It says something about the continuing drawing power of the James Bond franchise that the announcement of a new… Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. It’s a big weekend for crashing on the couch and clearing out your Netflix queue, so for the occasion, we’ve got great stuff from Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig, Steve Martin, Kristen Bell, John Candy, Judi Dench, Jeff Garlin, Michael Cera, Kristen Scott-Thomas, John Cusack, Frank Langella, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Lynne Ramsay is a tremendously talented director, as anyone who has seen her films We Need to Talk About Kevin and Ratcatcher can tell you, which makes the latest ripple in her career quite a bummer: when production began Monday on her latest film, the Natalie Portman-fronted Western Jane Got a Gun, Ramsay was nowhere to be found. Deadline broke the story (so beware; that site is notoriously cozy with studio types who might have it in their interest to paint Ramsay as wildly — and litigiously — irresponsible), reporting trouble right up to the start date. Ramsay still hasn’t issued comment on the matter, but the film’s producers have already lined up a replacement in the form of Gavin O’Connor, director of Warrior and Tumbleweeds (and the pilot of The Americans). Deadline branded Ramsay’s departure a “SHOCKER,” but it’s not as rare as you’d think; despite the intense work of developing a picture and preparing it, filmmakers have frequently walked away from pictures before — or even during — production. We’ve got a few examples for you after the jump. … Read More
Skyfall, the 23rd (official) film in the James Bond franchise, opens with a throwaway moment, but one with an electrical charge: a blurry, distant silhouette enters a hallway. Doesn’t sound like much of a scorcher, I know, but that image is accompanied by the first two notes of the iconic Bond theme (if I may approximate: “NUH NUH!”), a musical choice that makes us lean forward in fevered anticipation. He strides down that hallway into a big, beautiful close-up, and gets down to business. That opening shot is making us a promise, that Bond is back and better than ever, and it’s a promise that Skyfall keeps. … Read More
After only two solid episodes and a set of adorable promos that had us feeling optimistic about seeing Daniel Craig host this week, Saturday Night Live has had the first real flop of the season. It’s probably not Craig’s fault — we’ll chalk it up to a preponderance of political sketches that the producers clearly felt had to be offset by some of the most shameless (and grossest) potty humor they could think of. Saturday Night Live is best when the actors push well-written, clever sketches to their logical extremes, and we had a little bit of extremity tonight, but not much cleverness. Click through to check out the best and worst of the evening, and let us know if you agree with your picks or think we’re totally off the mark in the comments. … Read More
1. The first trailer for Gore Verbinski’s big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger, which stars Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto, has arrived online, but doesn’t give away much in terms of plot or tone. We are clear, however, on the fact that there will be lots and lots of… Read More
Everyone’s favorite spy franchise turns 50 next month. To commemorate five decades of James Bond, MGM is releasing a 22-film Blu-ray set tomorrow that 007 fanatics won’t want to miss. The expansive collection coincides with Sam Mendes’ Skyfall (in UK theaters on October 26 and stateside November 9), starring Daniel Craig who returns to the iconic role of James Bond. A bleach-blonde Javier Bardem plays the gentleman spy’s adversary, and Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris join him.
The British Secret Service agent is known for his sophisticated style, cool gadgets, and daring international exploits — with a bevy of unique villains and beautiful women. While MI6 is busy sipping martinis and racing across country in his Aston Martin DB5, he’s always equipped with a cheeky one-liner to set the scene. Six actors delivered Bond’s dry comebacks, and we’ve featured some of the best past the break. Bond is known for his post-mortem puns, but 007 took every opportunity to make a memorable — and often groan-worthy — statement. It’s all in good fun. Celebrate with us, and check out 50 of our favorite James Bond one-liners, below. … Read More