Daniel Craig on Bond 23: ‘We start the end of next year.’
Timeline for 23rd James Bond film finally comes to light
Written by Devin Zydel on 23 Oct, 2009
Daniel Craig has just put the Bond 23 timeline into perspective, stating that production is set to kick off in the second half of 2010.
The comment was made by Craig after a performance of his Broadway play A Steady Rain alongside Hugh Jackman. While signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, one female member in the crowd asked when the next James Bond film was coming out—to which Craig replied ‘Uh, we start the end of the next year, so…’
To view the brief Craig comment, visit this YouTube link (and scroll forward almost one minute in).
CommanderBond.net readers will recall thatproducer Michael G. Wilson had stated that work had begun on Bond 23earlier this year, although he failed to divulge any specifics. With Craig’s latest comment now, it seems fairly certain that we’ll be back to a three-year wait between Bond films.
As always, keep turning to the CommanderBond.net main page for the most up-to-date Bond coverage on the net.
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a labor of love from an artist who goes by Paul "MightyOtaking" Johnson (here is his DeviantArt gallery). Seems like he favors the machine aspects of the mythology and represents them perfectly.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Charlize Theron: Mad Maxine?Mad Max Films; Columbia Pictures
Multiple sources tell E! News that the Oscar-winning babe is director George Miller's pick to play the lead female role in the upcoming, Mel-less Mad Max 4.
When he announced that he would begin work on the sequel back in 2007, Miller admitted Gibson was too old for the antihero role of "Mad" Max Rockatansky, and said, "I don't think he would be interested in being involved at all."
Instead, Miller is looking at little-known Brit Tom Hardy, whose credits include Black Hawk Down andBand of Brothers, to play opposite Theron.
However, the Mad Max revamp is a long way from fruition, and Miller is being very secretive about the roles and plot. Actors auditioning for the film have only been given a letter for their character's name. The studio has yet to sign off on Miller's choices, and no formal offers have been made.
A leather-clad Charlize kicking butt in the Outback? You'd think that's a no-brainer.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"He is returning" - HUGE SPOILERS from The Sarah Jane Adventures
Cameron K McEwan
Do NOT read on if you don't want your enjoyment of this week's story from The Sarah Jane Adventures spoiled in any way.
Published on Oct 19, 2009
Ok, we're not giving any plot points away but we are about to divulge in some facts from the upcoming (not to mention excellent) two-parterThe Mad Woman In The Attic (part one review will be posted on Thursday) that will make some Doctor Who fans (if not all) gasp, drool and then gasp again. And perhaps an "awwww" thrown in for good measure.
During part two of The Mad Woman In The Attic, we get treated to a flashback featuring....
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
... the Third and Fourth Doctors as played by Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker respectively. The clips shown include The Time Warrior, Planet Of The Spiders, The Hand Of Fearand The Five Doctors. Not only that but we glimpse Sarah Jane's future too with the ominous phrase, "He is returning, he is coming back" and a clip of the TARDIS materialising in the Bannerman Road attic. Towards the end of the episode there's another flash forward (not the 'Next Time' I hasten to add) where we witness The Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant.
Not enough nostalgia for you? Well, that little robot mutt K9 is back too - this time for good (so they say). And looks like Mr Smith is none too pleased...
Full reviews wil be coming up on Den Of Geek starting Thursday.
D&D + Microsoft Surface = Unheard-of Levels of Radness
This may be why Microsoft Surface exists:
Surfacescapes is a proof-of-concept project using the Microsoft Surface Table to play interactive role-playing games, in this case geek favorite Dungeons and Dragons. Players attach physical pieces to the virtual space, which includes all the cool drag and zoom interactions of other Surface apps. Calculations are automated and battles are animated with creatures intelligent enough to detect where the players are situated on the map when they move.
The project is the work of a team of designers from the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, they only have a basic Game Master tool set programmed, but the researchers are working to enhance the player experience.
The ETC is a world-class research lab dealing with everything from massive multi-player online games to wearable computing to entertainment robotics. All students are required to take a course in improvisational acting to help prepare them to solve problems with and through storytelling. The ETC was also home to Randy Pausch (of Last Lecture fame) until his death in 2008.
I wonder if Surfacescapes will evolve to capture more of the D&D culture, including when to order the pizza. The virtual dice rolling, however, definitely has to go.
Thanks to @dizzyjosh (via @MituK) for the tip.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Who will own James Bond?
Could the keys to 007 be changing hands, and will James Bond be leaving MGM?
Published on Oct 7, 2009
Earlier in the week, we reported the news that MGM had staved off interest payments on its debt to allow it to stump up its half of the cash to press ahead with production on the two Hobbit movies, that Guillermo del Toro is set to direct. Its involvement in the project had been thrown into some doubt by the revelation that the studio's financiers were not best pleased with the level of debt that it was carrying, and the lack of any imminent incoming new project to help attack it. The lacklustre box office performance of the Fame remake has done little to help matters.
But while The Hobbit - in conjunction with the Warner Bros-owned New Line - is now safely funded, there's the small matter of the 007 franchise, which is arguably MGM's most lucrative. For much of the 90s, the only sniff of a hit that MGM had - outside of Hannibal and the Legally Blonde movies - was the succession of Bond movies that kept making more and more cash than the last. There's an argument that without 007 on board, there wouldn't have been much of an MGM left to even talk about.
Yet could MGM now be forced to sell its prized asset to help keep the boat afloat? Strong rumours at WeAreMovieGeeks suggest that it's doing a deal that would see the marketing and distribution for the next Bond movie, at the least, being handled by 20th Century Fox.
Fox, for the last two Bond films, has handled non-US work on the franchise as well as home DVD and Blu-ray distribution, and this broadening of the deal for at least the next project may just give MGM the breathing room it requires.
MGM will still be involved in the Bond saga, though, given its involvement in the production of the movie. And the next Bond movie is still being lined up for a release in 2011, once more with Daniel Craig on board.
If this turns out to be true, then the official announcement is reportedly due any day now. There certainly seems to be a strong whiff of credence to it all from where we're sitting...
WAMG Exclusive: Fox Acquiring James Bond DistributionPosted October 5 by Kirk in Adventure Exclusive Featured Articles Franchises General News MoviesStudios
James Bond is finding a new home, and he’ll have Jedi and aliens to welcome him into the fold. For the last few weeks, movie goers have been curious as to what is going to become of some of MGM’s more prominent franchises. Over the last, couple of days, the company has entered into a forbearance agreement. The agreement expires in the middle of December, and, for now, ‘The Hobbit’ is safe and sound where it is. However, the company said nothing of the future of 007 adventures.
Well, fear not you shaken-not-stirred fanatics. A source close to the dealings has let We Are Movie Geeks know that Bond is alive and well, and will be settling into his new domicile for marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox. That’s right, expect the official word to come out any day now, but it looks like ‘Bond 23′ is going to be running behind the Fox banner.
Sony, who acquired MGM in 2004, has run the last, two James Bond films, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ through their own, Sony Pictures distribution and marketing company. Up until these, two films, Fox handled all home video and international marketing for MGM, so the transition to Fox for domestic releases for the Bond franchise from here on out should not be that difficult a move.
There is no word in what state this leaves ‘Bond 23,’ though, with MGM/Sony still backing the production side, this bit of news shouldn’t cause much if any kind of delay. The film is still tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.
After Much Speculation, Dark Horse Announces the Return of Turok, Doctor Solar, Magnus, and Mighty Samson 8/05/09DARK HORSE TEAMS WITH COMICS LEGEND, JIM SHOOTER, TO EXPAND GOLD KEY COMICS’ SUPERHEROES
AUGUST 5TH, MIlWAUKIE, OR -- In a packed panel on Saturday morning during Comic Con, Dark Horse president, Mike Richardson called a surprise guest to announce Dark Horse’s plans to develop new comics and graphic novels for the Gold Key Comics’ superheroes. Fans were shocked to see Jim Shooter enter the room; the man recently named the “Steve Jobs of Comics” by Comic Book Bin. http://tinyurl.com/ku9o3w
Shooter is perhaps best known for his nine year tenure at Marvel Comics, beginning in 1982, with highlights including Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run on the Uncanny X-Men, and Frank Miller's run on Daredevil. Also under Shooter's editorial reign, Walt Simonsen revamped The Mighty Thor and made it again a bestseller. Following his successful run at Marvel, Shooter launched the well-received Valiant comics imprint in the early 90s, bringing many of Marvel’s creators with him.
Now, Jim Shooter comes to Dark Horse as head writer for the re-launch of the Gold Key Comics characters: Turok, Son of Stone®, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, Magnus, Robot Fighter, andMighty Samson, with further characters and new comic writers to be announced shortly.
“It's great to be at Dark Horse, working with Mike Richardson, world-class creator, honorable gentleman and industry powerhouse,” said Jim Shooter. “It's great to be reunited with Magnus, Solar, Turok, Samson and the other wonderful Gold Key properties. The opportunity is tremendous and the time is ripe. Let's do it.”
“Jim and I share a great affection for these terrific characters. We have some very exciting ideas on how to introduce them to a whole new generation of fans.” said Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics.
An original comic book hero, Turok is best known today for a successful video game franchise boasting more than five million units sold since the first game was introduced in the 1990s. The legend of the brave and ruthless dinosaur-hunter has lived on for more than thirty years in comic book series from Dell Comics, Gold Key Comics and Valiant. Anthologies of the original classic comics are now available from Dark Horse Comics.
Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom
Doctor Solar must find a way to become normal again after surviving an explosion that leaves him with the power to control atomic energy. When danger and disaster threaten the innocent, Solar leaps into action as the “Man of the Atom.” One of Gold Key Comics’ most popular titles in the 1960s, the original nuclear-powered superhero reached legendary status by the 1990s in new comics from Valiant. The original classic comics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.
Magnus, Robot Fighter
Haling from the year 4,000 A.D. is the stalwart hero of humanity, Magnus, Robot Fighter. These gripping adventure stories, in which a human who battles evil robots in the sprawling futuristic city of North Am, elevated the comic book medium when they debuted in the 1960s from Gold Key Comics, and captured the imagination of millions in new comics published thirty years later by Valiant. The original science-fiction classics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.
A popular Gold Key Comics character from the 1960s and 70s, the post-apocalyptic adventures ofMighty Samson are set in the land of N’Yark, an earth devastated by nuclear war. Amazingly large and strong, Samson uses his mutant strength only for good -- and to protect his friends, Sharmain and Mindor, responsible for saving his life.
Turok, Son of Stone; Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom; Magnus, Robot Fighter and Mighty Samson are part of the Classic Media portfolio of properties. For more information, please go to: www.classicmedia.tv.
About Dark Horse Comics:
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and Serenity. Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Doctor Who has engaged and amazed a global audience for over forty years, constantly raising the bar and regenerating to deliver new and compelling adventures. It's all change again in 2010 with Matt Smith playing the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan onboard as companion Amy Pond and a brilliant, brand new logo!
On one level, the logo is the iconic image that represents Doctor Who. But it's much more than that - it becomes an icon that is recognised from Cardiff to California, an emblem of excitement, humour, scary monsters, brave companions and the Doctor! And so the new logo must be stylish, fresh, distinctive and bold. Must be. And will be. See for yourself when we reveal it exclusively, on this site at 8am on Tuesday, 6th October!
In the meantime, take a look at what the new logo must live up to, with our exclusive video showcasing the current and previous logos. Or step back in time in our gallery that gives you every logo with a little info on each... which was your logo?
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