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Originally posted 07/28/2012 09:35AM
My impression was that movie director Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the Olympics would be an epic yet compact interpretative history of Great Britain. I misunderstood.
It began – horribly if appropriately – with Kenneth Branagh reciting Shakespeare with enough hammy gusto to bring down the Old Globe. But as the evening went along the event evolved into a weirdly psychedelic pop-culture fantasy, referencing everything from J.K. Rowling to Queen – I mean the band.
Perhaps this is because British history effectively came to an end with World War II, and there was nothing else for Boyle to say. Well, you might argue, what about Margaret Thatcher? Oh, you must mean that old woman who was played so well by Meryl Streep.
But more likely the show, titled "Isles of Wonder," really was Boyle's vision. In his movies he loves to jam together styles and images and effects, and so he did here.
This was Trainspotting minus heroin.
Originally posted 07/27/2012 08:10PM
Saying "Good evening Mr. Bond," Queen Elizabeth had a star turn in the opening ceremony as Britain put on a show to dazzle the world and kick off the London Olympics on Friday.
Originally posted 07/26/2012 11:30AM
The 2012 Summer Olympics are nearly here, and while organizers are hoping to keep specific details about Friday's opening ceremony at London's Olympic Park super hush-hush, inevitably details (and photos) are leaking out – especially in the British press. So, here's what we know about what will go down:
Originally posted 05/21/2012 07:20AM
James Bond is back, hunky, handsome and shirtless as ever, and once again played by Daniel Craig, in his third outing as Agent 007.
Unveiled on Monday: the trailer for Bond's 23rd screen adventure, Skyfall, due in U.S. theaters Nov. 9, and costarring Javier Bardem and French actress Bérénice Marlohe as the new Bond Girl, named Severine.
In the brief film clip, Bond/Craig is shown against a variety of international locations, while a location posting states that the production is currently in Turkey. Scenes were recently shot in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, where nearly half a century ago Sean Connery's Bond first encountered Turkish ally Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendériz) and blonde Bond Girl Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), for the classic From Russia, with Love.
Originally posted 12/21/2011 08:30AM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about power – who has it and who doesn't, but mainly how quickly it shifts.
Take a scene in the film's first hour: Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is on a subway platform bothering no one when a foolish stranger snatches her backpack. Soon, she's capably retrieved her pack – and beaten the thief so savagely that passersby see her as the heinous one. In an instant she's gone from victim to victor to victimizer. And she's just getting started.
What may be most shocking about director David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's international bestseller is that it's shocking at all. After all, the book had such broad appeal that for at least a year you couldn't get on a plane, train or bus without seeing it clutched in someone's hands.
Originally posted 09/01/2011 08:15AM
Is newlywed Rachel Weisz thinking of having a child with husband Daniel Craig?
Weisz, 41, who has a 5-year-old son Henry from her previous relationship with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, tells Lucky magazine that it's not out of the question.
"Oh, I wouldn't make one just for the sake of giving my son a sibling," she says. "But … you never know."
Originally posted 07/28/2011 07:00PM
It was one of the first comfortable summer evenings in Manhattan following a brutal heat wave.
Until Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz showed up, that is.
After the Cinema Society & Dior Beauty screening of The Whistleblower, the newlyweds made their first public appearance as a couple, heating things up with a very public rooftop smooch.
"When Daniel arrived on the roof deck, he embraced Rachel and gave her a long tender kiss on the lips – it was very romantic," a source at the James Hotel after-party tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 06/25/2011 09:45PM
After a short, quiet courtship, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have pulled off a near-impossibility in Hollywood: A secret wedding!
A rep for Weisz confirms to PEOPLE that the actress has wed the James Bond actor.
As the Daily Mail first reported, the couple married in front of just four people in New York last Wednesday.
Originally posted 06/01/2011 11:15AM
Swedish gloom permeates the unsettling newly released trailer for the Hollywood adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The David Fincher-directed film stars Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, and also features Daniel Craig and Christopher Plummer.
The wordless trailer – which is set to a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," re-imagined as a pulsating, industrial rave-up by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O and Trent Reznor – features menacing snow-covered roads, gun battles and car chases.
Touted in the trailer as the "feel bad movie of Christmas," The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo is slated to be released on Dec. 21.
Originally posted 03/30/2011 10:45AM
It's official: Angelina Jolie has signed to star as Egypt's beloved Queen Cleopatra. So, the question is: Who will be her Marc Antony?
Keep in mind that unlike the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor version, the forthcoming Scott Rudin production will focus less on Cleopatra's seductive powers in the bedroom and more on her shrewd appetite for business and politics.
So who should fill Marc Antony's gladiator sandals? We've got a few good men in mind.
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