About That Time James Bond and Austin Powers Had the Same Plot Twist
Austin Powers in Goldmember is not a very good movie. Most of the jokes, when there are jokes at all, are callbacks to the previous two Austin Powers. Whole scenes consist entirely of co-writer/star Mike Myers riffing, usually with himself, about random subjects like moles or poop. The plot barely exists; its time-travel component makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Goldmember is the cinematic equivalent of a cubic zirconia. It bears all the superficial features of a movie. But something, something crucial yet invisible, is missing. There’s basically no reason to watch it — except one, and that’s the movie’s big plot twist which, 13 years later, became the big plot twist in Spectre.
Nicolas Winding Refn Turned Down the ‘Spectre’ Directing Gig
It can seem these days like people only make indie movies for the chance to direct blockbusters. Somebody makes a little Sundance movie with a little buzz and suddenly they’re directing the next Jurassic Park or Rocky or Godzilla. Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the few indie filmmakers who has, to date, avoided the temptation to go big. After the cult success of Drive, he had his opportunity to make the jump to the mainstream. And he flirted with some Hollywood projects; for a time, he was attached to the remake of Logan’s Run with Drive star Ryan Gosling. But nothing ever materialized, and Refn continued making stranger and more personal films, with 2013’s Only God Forgives and his latest film, The Neon Demon.
Sam Smith Beats Lady Gaga For Best Original Song Oscar
Sam Smith took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for his ‘Spectre’ theme ‘Writing’s On the Wall,’ something no one of saw coming.
Here Are the Nominees for Best American Film at Japan’s Academy Awards
It’s a pretty objective assessment that most Americans don’t give half a damn about foreign film. Hardly any imports make it into neighborhood cineplexes, and the films that do score a theatrical run in major cities are lucky if they make enough money to break even...
Christoph Waltz Might Return for Another Bond Film
Spectre wasn’t the biggest hit with fans of the James Bond franchise, due largely to the regressive nature of the script. After taking a step forward with Skyfall, director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig’s 007 took two steps back in the latest outing, and the decision to play coy about the true identity of Christoph Waltz’s villain certainly didn’t do the film any additional favors. Regardless of how you felt about Waltz’s role in Bond’s 24th installment, the actor may very well return for another tussle with the iconic agent.
Hear Radiohead’s (Demonstrably Better) Version of the ‘Spectre’ Theme
In the grand pantheon of immortal James Bond theme singers, a golden hall where Shirley Bassey sits atop a gilded throne with Nancy Sinatra at her right hand and the recently-inducted Adele at her left, chances are you won’t find Sam Smith...
Indian Censors Nix Passionate James Bond Kiss in ‘Spectre’
The Central Board of Film Certification, pretty much India’s equivalent of the Motion Picture Association of America, has ruled that prints of the new James Bond film Spectre to be screened on the subcontinent must cut down on all kisses between Daniel Craig and his romantic opposite Lea Seydoux by 50%, with special attention also being paid to an early scene between 007 and a seductress played by Monica Bellucci.
Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Spectre’ Sticks Around on Top
Spectre and The Peanuts Movie once again topped the weekend box office, but it's not like anyone offered any real competition. Despite a trio of newcomers, this weekend was all about letting those two films have a victory lap — no one wanted to release anything in the direct wake of James Bond and Charlie Brown. Their victory was always assured.
‘Spectre’ Sets Guinness World Record for Largest Movie Explosion Ever
The good folks at the Guinness Book of World Records have taken a special interest in this Spectre sequence, and proudly announced yesterday that the scene constitutes the largest stunt film explosion of all time.