We Americans are inclined to assume that most all Brits are smarter, classier, and more refined than us Yanks, and the movie business is especially susceptible to such impressions. The Oscar is the industry’s gold standard, but a BAFTA Award has the Land of Shakespeare’s stamp of approval, lending itself unique artistic credibility. So it’s a little surprising-slash-refreshing that BAFTA presents an annual Rising Star Award, and even more unexpected that the winner is voted on by the British public. (And even more unlikely that the contest is sponsored by a British company.) How utterly People’s Choice Awards! READ FULL STORY
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auction in London on Oct. 27, according to Reuters, and is expected to fetch a record-breaking sum. It’s one of two identical DB5s used in the films in the 1960s, but the other was stolen from an airport in Florida, and never recovered.The one I own is only about three inches long and sits on top of a bookshelf. But now, for a mere $5 million, I might be able to buy the original, life-size Aston Martin DB5 that James Bond drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball. The famous silver sports car with the pop-top roof and revolving license plates is going up for
All this got me thinking, Popwatchers. First, does anybody want to loan me $5 million? And second, are there any other cars from film or TV history worth anywhere near that much? Adam West’s Batmobile? The DeLorean from Back to the Future? Jake and Elwood’s Bluesmobile? I think not… but maybe you have other ideas?
“I know what you’re thinking, Zod. ‘Did he use his heat-vision or his freeze-breath?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as either would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, Krypto-punk?”
Clint Eastwood is practically a superhero in his own right, but he never leaped tall buildings in a single bound while wearing a pair of tights. He never had to, but according to Eastwood, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times while promoting his new movie, Hereafter, the Hollywood legend was approached in the mid-1970s to play the Man of Steel. The concept is rather jarring — like learning that your sweet old grandmom rocks out to Eminem — but sort of fun. Eastwood was 48 when Christopher Reeve’s Superman finally flew in to theaters, but it’s understandable that some executive would hear Superman, and immediately think, “Clint Eastwood.” What ruins it for me is trying to imagine Eastwood as stammering, pathetic Clark Kent. Can you imagine him pining for Lois Lane, or any woman? READ FULL STORY
As my colleague Benjamin Svetkey details in this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story, James Bond fans may have a long wait before they see their hero on the big screen again. How to spend those long Bond-free hours? May I humbly suggest a few of them could be filled checking out the 007-centric essays on a new website called Blog, James Blog? READ FULL STORY
One way to combat the oppressive heat, I’ve found, is to will myself onto a hypothetical tundra and just sit there (a.k.a. here at my desk) for a while and pretend I am Sanka in the ice cream truck. My ultimate winter wonderland fantasy is the “Poor Leno” music video from Norwegian electropop duo Royksopp. But devoting an entire post to a Norwegian electropop duo would be almost as ridiculous as the current temperature. So I shan’t! After the jump, the first 10 Things That Are Freezing I could think of. Brrrrrrr! It’s so cold! Come on, you have to play along. READ FULL STORY
Forty years ago, the producers of the James Bond film franchise had a doozy of a dilemma on their hands : Who would replace the indelible Sean Connery as 007 in their next chapter, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Connery had already appeared in five Bond films and it wasn’t exactly news to anyone that the Scottish star was chafing at the restrictions of the role and his contract. So when he walked, the producers scrambled to find their replacement. It was no easy feat, to say the least. READ FULL STORY
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