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Bond 25 Early Work Begins Spring 2016

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 7 sec ago

With a whopping $749 million in box-office so far in spite of decidedly less glowing reviews than its predecessor, the producers behind the James Bond franchise aren't wasting any time getting the next film in the series going.

Speaking with 20 Minuten this week, Barbara Broccoli revealed that the hope is to continue with Daniel Craig in the role, but either way they're getting to work on the next film very soon:

"We have put three years of work into 'Spectre.' It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again. I hope we can continue with Daniel [Craig]. I love him, obviously not just me but also the audience. I will try my best to keep him on."

The quote comes as Canadian filmmaking duo Lee Demarbe and Ian Driscoll ("Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter") have revealed to CBC's q program that they are planning a new film adaptation of "For Your Eyes Only," arguably the most acclaimed of the Roger Moore-era James Bond films.

The site says that due to Canadian laws, there has been essentially an expiration of the copyright on James Bond within the country's borders. Essentially anyone can reproduce and sell Ian Fleming's works and adapt said works for the screen - within the country that is. The film would legally be unable to screen in the United States.

'Eyes' in particular was reportedly chosen as a portion of the tale takes place in Ottawa. They also indicate it's the first in a series of four films they've planned, but the project is a LONG way from happening.

"Anchorman 3" Could Deal With New Media Rise

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There was nearly a decade gap between "Anchorman" and its sequel, don't be surprised if there's another extended gap between the next two films should a third go ahead. If that is the case though, those involved already have an idea of what to do.

Whilst the first film dealt with the rise of women in the male-dominated network news industry, the second was about the rise of the 24 hour cable news channels and that whole industry cycle. So what could a third film cover? The rise of new media according to Adam McKay who is out doing "The Big Short" promotional rounds and spoke with Yahoo this week about the possibility:

"That was what we kind of talked about. We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media. I also thought there was something to the idea - and who knows, maybe we will do one some day - I also thought it'd be cool to have Ron Burgundy get embedded in the Iraq War. We kicked around that idea. But we've never got that serious about it, but it would have to be the next stage of what the media has become. And I think you're right, I think it's the Internet. The only thing is by then Burgundy would be getting pretty old. So maybe it's a movie we make in 10 years, when Will's aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or '98."

McKay previously indicated there were no plans for a third film, comments he later backtracked on a few months later telling TIME: "With these movies you really don't know how they've played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing. That tends to be how our movies work."

"Batman v Superman" First Clip, Trailer News

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 7 sec ago

FOX's "Gotham" mid-season finale did indeed yield a surprise from Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" - the film's first clip. The 'exclusive sneak' peek showcases a scene with Ben Affleck's Batman chained up as Superman unmasks him. The clip comes ahead of the new trailer debut which will take place during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this Wednesday night.

Kasdan, Abrams On "Force Awakens" Genre, Aims

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George Lucas isn't the only one talking "Star Wars" today. There has often been a debate about the franchise's genre - it's not straight science-fiction like "Star Trek" or "2001," but something more akin to fantasy. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" co-writer Lawrence Kasdan however tells Wired that "Star Wars" is something else entirely:

"Star Wars is its own genre. It's not really science fiction. It's really something on its own, fantasy and myth and science fiction and Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa all mixed up together. For that reason, like all genre it can hold a million different kinds of artists and stories... It can be anything you want it to be."

His co-scribe and the film's director J.J. Abrams has also been speaking about the film today and gave a great answer when asked by Good Morning America about what he wanted kids to take away from the new movie:

"What I hope is that they see a movie that tells them that life is full of unlimited possibility. That there's an incredible sense of, to use a George Lucas term, hope in the world. And that they feel better when they leave than when they got in there. … I'm looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it, and seeing that they're capable of doing things that they could never imagine possible."

Finally, two more 'Force Awakens' TV spots have emerged, these ones focusing on BB-8 and Kylo Ren. The film itself opens December 18th.

Lindelof: "Into Darkness" Secret "A Mistake"

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Following on from director J.J. Abrams admission of some fundamental storytelling problems with "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the mess up of the big reveal of Khan, the film's co-writer Damon Lindelof has also copped to the latter saying it was a mistake to hold off on revealing the bad guy.

Part of the problem is one which a certain other major franchise sequel this season has also had. For those unfamiliar with the franchise the name meant nothing, for those familiar with said franchise it was not only not a surprise but often a letdown - the reveal not having any impact on the story and the new take on the character not living up to the legacy of the previous one - and in both cases taking it in a new direction that doesn't work.

Speaking with Variety about the second season of "The Leftovers," a season which has seen Lindelof's previously often criticised writing actually being praised for its proper handling of both cliffhangers and reveals, the scribe admits to the problems with the Khan reveal and how audiences are now much smarter and so filmmakers have to adjust to compensate:

"When we did Star Trek Into Darkness for example, we decided that we weren't going to tell people that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan. And that was a mistake, because the audience was like, 'We know he's playing Khan.' That was why it was a mistake. But J.J. [Abrams] is telling us nothing about the new Star Wars movie and we love it. I've not come across a single person who's like, 'I wish I knew a little bit more.' We are like, ‘Thank God he's protecting us from all the things that will be revealed in the movie theater.'

We're in a media culture where the audience is so sophisticated and they can crowdsource and Reddit this information - if they get a twist, you know, like the Edward James Olmos [twist] on 'Dexter' or what happened recently on 'The Walking Dead,' the audience basically crowdsourced exactly how [that twist could have happened] within hours of it airing. By the time it airs a month later, the audience just goes 'Duh!' That's not the storytellers' fault. It's just the sophistication [of the audience's ability] to figure things out. It's like, we're up against this incredible creative algorithm."

The second season finale of "The Leftovers" airs Sunday December 6th.

"Creed" Single Take Fight Scene Details

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There's a ton of great moments in Ryan Coogler's "Rocky" spin-off film "Creed," but the most jaw-dropping takes place right in the middle of the film - the first professional boxing match of Adonis (Michael B. Jordan).

The entire boxing match, with multiple rounds, is seemingly presented in one single take. The camera is right in the fight throughout, ducking and weaving right up close between the two opponents and will then drift to the trainers yelling instructions or Adonis' girlfriend in the crowd yelling support.

You can see just a sample of the sequence below, the entire scene runs for several minutes in the final film.

New details about the scene have been revealed in a new interview that Coogler and Jordan have given to Buzzfeed. The pair reveal that the scene was done in one shot and deliberately so with Coogler purposefully not shooting cutaways. Thirteen takes of the shot were done in total, but the scene had to be stopped whenever the fight choreography was flubbed.

This meant only the eleventh and thirteenth take were usable. The eleventh take is the one in the final film and the entire sequence is from that take - no bits of the thirteen or other takes were spliced in. Coogler didn't have a back-up plan in case the single take didn't work, only hoping the editors could edit together a version from all the different takes.

Jordan spent roughly a week blocking out the one-take fight on a make-shift boxing ring was set up next to the Creed production office. This involved getting the choreographed moves right with a real-life professional boxer (Gabriel Rosado) and the main Steadicam camera operator (Benjamin Semanoff) who would weave in-between the actors throughout the sequence.

The match was filmed on the third day of principle photography, which was also Sylvester Stallone's first day reprising his iconic role. CG was used for the scene where Adonis gets hit which opens a cut on his face. When the camera wasn't the filming the actor for a few seconds in one part of the scene, make-up artists quickly applied practical fake blood to Jordan's face.

George Lucas Hasn't Seen "Force Awakens"

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 7 sec ago

While the official premiere isn't until Monday December 14th, J.J. Abrams has screened "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for the studio and some other key people. Over the weekend it was revealed that Steven Spielberg has seen the film three times already.

More surprising though? As of three weeks ago original "Star Wars" creator George Lucas had not only not seen it yet, he had yet to see a single frame of it. In a new piece for The Washington Post, Lucas continues to liken his relationship with "Star Wars" as a divorce but says it's right that he's not involved at all as opposed to being somewhat involved:

"There is no such thing as working over someone's shoulder. You're either the dictator or you're not. And to do that would never work, so I said 'I'm going to get divorced.' .?.?. I knew that I couldn't be involved. All I'd do is make them miserable. I'd make myself miserable. It would probably ruin a vision — J.J. has a vision, and it's his vision."

He was hoping to see it privately at the Skywalker ranch, but now he's "faced with this awkward reality, which is fine" of seeing it with others and uses the analogy of a grown child getting married:

"I gotta go to the wedding. My ex will be there, my new wife will be there, but I'm going to have to take a very deep breath and be a good person and sit through it and just enjoy the moment, because it is what it is and it's a conscious decision that I made."

Lucas also once again defended his decision to tweak the Han and Greedo scene in the original "Star Wars" so that Greedo shoots first:

"Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, 'Should he be a cold-blooded killer?'. Because I was thinking mythologically - should he be a cowboy, should he be John Wayne? And I said, 'Yeah, he should be John Wayne.' And when you're John Wayne, you don't shoot people [first] - you let them have the first shot. It's a mythological reality that we hope our society pays attention to."

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens December 18th.

"Doctor Who" Christmas Special Title, Details

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BBC One has revealed that this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will be titled "The Husbands of River Song". Alex Kingston returns for the special in which River Song meets her husband latest incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Speaking with The Radio Times, showrunner Steven Moffat says he brought River back as "Obviously, we've just lost Clara so I didn't want to go straight into a new companion, and it's not right to set that up at the end of a series where you're all exhausted." As a result he brought River back for what promises to be something of a romp. The main joy though will be seeing the pair having great fun:

"It's towards the comedy thriller end of the Doctor Who market. It's light, and quite emotional at the end. The big deal is Doctor No 12 encountering River and vice versa. It's strange because they're now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They're both sexy older people.

It's always been slightly strange before with Matt [Smith]. Now, yeah, they could actually be married. It works. She's great with Peter [Capaldi]. She genuinely hasn't aged a day since she did The Silence in the Library [her debut story], which we made in 2007. She looks amazing. She totally gets how to do that part. And she's very, very funny.

It's a great romp for Christmas day but – and you'll be pleased – there's not a lot of Christmas in it. It starts with a big bit of Christmas at the beginning and then we ignore it and go off on a chase, really, with Mr & Mrs Who. One thing worth saying about it is, if you're a long-term fan of the show, you might be interested because there's been a lot of talk about the Doctor and River's glory years but we've never seen them. Here at last we see them as Mr & Mrs Who at the height of their powers. It's great fun."

River Song has appeared in fifteen episodes to date starting with the David Tennant-led "Silence in the Library" in 2008. She was last seen in the Matt Smith-led 2013 finale episode "The Name of the Doctor".

First Look: Mr. Freeze Comes To "Gotham"

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FOX has unleashed first look photos of "House of Cards" star Nathan Darrow, who plays the Underwood's loyal bodyguard Ed Meechum on the series, as the early version of Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze in the current second season of "Gotham".

The storyline of Fries in this take sees him as a cryogenics engineer who will first be introduced in the Fall finale tonight. His story though is mostly being kept to the first few episodes of the show's return in the Spring in which we'll see him struggle to save his terminal ill wife Nora (Kristen Hager) and the toll that takes on him.

Source: USA Today

New "Captain America" Trailer Breaks Records

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 7 sec ago

Last week's first trailer for "Captain America: Civil War" has broken records with Marvel Studios reporting that the clip debuted online to 61 million global views in its first 24 hours.

That almost doubled the previous record, held by the first trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which debuted to 34 million views in 2014.

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.'s comments during the tonight show talk that saw the trailer's launch has also fueled speculation the pair will make appearances in the upcoming solo "Spider-Man" film says

At the same time the trailer has inspired parodies from a version cut to Adele's "Hello," to this rom-com take on the Marvel universe below:

"Captain America: Civil War" will be released on May 6th 2016.

New "Predator" Sequel Script Now Finished

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Last year came word that filmmaker Shane Black and his "The Monster Squad" co-writer Fred Dekker were working on an "inventive sequel" to the action classic "Predator" for 20th Century Fox. Today, Dekker has taken to Facebook to confirmed that the script for the film has been completed and turned in.

Producer John Davis previously told Collider: "The writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I'm telling you you're going to get something you don't expect and you're going to say, 'This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.'"

Specific plot details are currently under wraps, but it's expected that "Iron Man 3" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" writer/director Black will also helm the film which currently doesn't have a release date.

Photos: Fey & Freeman's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 7 sec ago

Paramount Pictures has used USA Today to release the first stills from its upcoming darkly comic war satire "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot".

Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton star in this adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's wartime memoir "The Taliban Shuffle," the story recounts her experiences being a woman covering conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Focus," "Crazy Stupid Love") helm from a script by "30 Rock" and SNL writer Robert Carlock. The film is currently slated for a March 4th release.

Disney Announces "Star Wars: Rebels" S3

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Disney XD have announced that they have ordered a third season of Lucasfilm's animated series "Star Wars Rebels". The new season is currently in production and will premiere next year.

"Star Wars Rebels" ranks as Disney XD's number two series in Total Viewers (1.3 million), Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11 and Boys 2-11 to date. It's alsothe channel's number one program among Adults 18-49 and Men 18-49.

Marc Buhaj, Disney XD's senior vice president, Programming and General Manager, says: "We are proud to bring our audience a third season of Star Wars Rebels, a series that has resonated across generations. The creative team behind the series continues to do a brilliant job in delivering on the key tenets that fans have come to expect from a 'Star Wars' property including adventure, hope and the battle between good vs. evil."

In the most recent quarter, the show reached over 48 million unique Total Viewers in 157 countries/territories and in 30 languages.

Source: Disney XD

Showtime Denies "Dexter" Revival Rumors

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There are no current plans to reboot "Dexter" says Showtime representatives today following a bunch of wild rumors swirling over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

The official account for the Michael C. Hall-led series about Dexter Morgan, a troubled Miami P.D. blood spatter analyst by day and serial killer by night, posted a cryptic tweet over the holiday which stirred talk of a revival two years after the series concluded.

While there are no current plans to bring back the series, Showtime has previously expressed interest in revisiting the property in some way.

Coming out of the gate strong, the first four seasons of "Dexter" scored much acclaim. While the ratings generally kept going up, reviewers response to the series plummeted throughout the fifth to eighth season to the point that the finale is considered one of the worst finales for a TV series ever produced.

Source: The Live Feed

McQuarrie Confirmed To Direct Sixth "Mission"

Dark Horizons - 15 hours 8 sec ago

Not long ago came word that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie was in talks to write and direct the upcoming sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" film franchise.

The report was quite believable - McQuarrie penned and directed this past Summer's "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" which scored the best critical notices of the franchise and has pulled in $682 million worldwide.

Today, McQuarrie used Twitter to confirm that he will return:

Mission: Accepted #MI6

— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) November 30, 2015

This would mark the first time a director has helmed more than one film in the franchise. Production on the film is expected to begin as early as August next year to the film could be out in cinemas by Summer 2017.

"Revenant" Gets Stunning New Pics, TV Spot

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20th Century Fox and New Regency have revealed both a ton of new official stills and a new TV spot for Alejandro Innaritu's wilderness survival drama "The Revenant" which opens in limited release from Christmas.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a man brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter also star.

The spot aired during the fall finale of "The Walking Dead" and you can now watch the clip in the player below. Opening in limited theaters on Christmas Day, the action adventure expands wide on January 8th.

Peter Jackson To Helm A "Doctor Who" Episode?

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Peter Jackson has dropped a video 'announcement' on his Facebook page seemingly teasing that he's finally doing something that he's long been asked to do - direct an upcoming episode of "Doctor Who".

The " Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogy director posted the video which plays more like a convention piece and has him joking about showrunner Steven Moffat pushing him to helm an episode. It even includes a brief appearance from current Doctor himself Peter Capaldi.

Production on the next season of "Doctor Who" is expected to take place in the first half of next year.

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