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
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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
It’s as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics — the Thanksgiving weekend TV marathon. With Thursday behind you, why not go to the fridge, get some leftovers, and settle in to that nice groove in the sofa. And look, we’ve already done the hard part for you. Here’s our guide to the best marathon programming for Friday, Nov. 27.
*Bravo is running The Real Housewives of New Jersey all day long. I don’t know why exactly this qualifies as “special” holiday programming since they pretty much air the various Housewives incarnations all the time anyway. But hey, that doesn’t mean it ain’t still tasty. Watch these well-mannered ladies and their tastefully decorated homes…Ah, who are we kidding? Let the catfighting and kitsch begin!
*For a classier (but just as bawdy) bunch of dames, head over to WE for its Golden Girls marathon.
*Nothing will make you feel lazier than spending a whole day watching brawny men risk their lives to catch Alaskan King Crab. That’s right, Discovery is trotting out a mess of Deadliest Catch episodes. So bust out the Slanket and heat up some crab dip. Yummo!
*We would never actually advocate watching E!’s “Kardashiathon“, but we do like the cute name they came up with. Instead, why not check out a much better show from another L.A. hip zip, SOAPnet’s “Chillin’ with Dylan” Beverly Hills, 90210 marathon?
*Thursday’s James Bond marathon over on Syfy continues on Day 2 with Thunderball, From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, and Never Say never Again.
*Finally, TV Land gets a gold star for its nostalgic block of Sanford & Son episodes. Interesting footnote: When my brother and I were kids, we named our cats Fred and Lamonte. Just saying. Oh, and by the way, best…theme song…ever. I’ll tell you what I’m thankful for this holiday, Quincy Jones!
What will you be watching?
It’s as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics — the Thanksgiving TV marathon. You know the drill, you’re stuffed full of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and you can’t bear to watch the hopeless Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers, so you start flipping channels looking for something…anything to get you through the day and maybe facilitate a nap. But so many channels. Well, let us be your guide. Here’s our guide to the best marathon programming for Thursday, Nov. 26.
*We’re guessing that A&E’s The First 48 marathon might be a little bleak for what’s essentially a feel-good holiday, what with its tick-tock investigations of homicides and what not. May we suggest FX’s Home Alone marathon? That’s right, nothing but Home Alone flicks from noon to midnight. Because nothing goes with candied yams like a heaping helping of Culkin. Warning, if they include the Macaulay-free Home Alone 4 with French Stewart, acid reflux may ensue.
*It wouldn’t be a national holiday without a round-the-clock dose of Bond, James Bond. Kicking off at 8 a.m., the good folks at SyFy are busting out Dr. No, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, For Your Eyes Only, and The Man With the Golden Gun.
*When it comes to comfort food, no one tops TV Land. And they’ve outdone themselves this year with The Brady Bunch from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Little House on the Prairie from 6 to 9 p.m., and topped off with a three-hour string of classic Roseanne Thanksgiving specials. We’re hoping this blissful block of programming will include this gem…
*If Dad’s a bit grumpy with these offerings, why not let him settle into his La-Z Boy with Spike’s Band of Brothers marathon? After which he can tell you how spoiled your generation is.
What will you be watching?
Joseph Wiseman, the Canadian-born actor best known for his deliciously evil portrayal of the James Bond villain, Dr. No, passed away yesterday at age 91. Wiseman appeared in a slew of Broadway productions, television shows, and movies such as Viva Zapata! with Marlon Brando and The Unforgiven with Burt Lancaster. But he will always be remembered for locking horns with Sean Connery’s agent 007 in 1962’s Dr. No. Wiseman’s character, a mad scientist with an arsenal of fiendishly wry quips, a charter membership in SPECTRE, and a nasty atomic-powered radio-beam weapon, became the prototypical Bond villain. Later in his life, the reclusive actor said of his most famous role: “I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I had no idea it would achieve the success that it did. I know nothing about mysteries. I don’t take to them. As far as I was concerned, I thought it might be just another Grade-B Charlie Chan mystery.” How wrong he was.
It’s hard to imagine what the subsequent 007 movies would have looked like without his invention of the Bond baddie archetype. But we suspect they wouldn’t have been nearly as enduring or indelible. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at this clip from the film where Connery (in a sweet Nehru jacket) and Ursula Andress’ foxy Honey Rider square off with Dr. No in his groovy island lair.
Was Dr. No your favorite Bond villain PopWatchers? What are some of Wiseman’s most moments?
In honor of National Ice Cream Week in the UK, Del Monte Superfruit Smoothies has sculpted a limited edition popsicle in the shape of Daniel Craig’s nude torso. The frozen treat — said to come in blueberry, pomegranate, and cranberry flavors and be under 100 calories each — is the result of a poll of more than 1,000 women, the majority of whom wanted the image of Craig, emerging from the water in Casino Royale, immortalized.
Two questions: Could you actually eat this popsicle in public? (Like the model in this photo, I don’t think I could face Craig — or anyone else — when I licked those abs.) And if America were to offer such a delicacy for what is allegedly the 25th anniversary of our National Ice Cream Month — July! — whose form should it take? I’d vote for sticking with Craig’s 007. For starters, it’s kind of awesome how his torso glistens when he begins to melt, as though he’s wet from the sea. And there’s less guilt when you can think of it as an iconic character instead of an actual person.
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In case you haven’t heard, one bit of big news that came out of the movie industry’s annual Las Vegas convention, ShoWest, today was that foreign box office receipts now make up 65 percent of Hollywood’s global theatrical revenues. Sixty-five percent! That’s almost two-thirds! That means that what we here in the U.S. and Canada spend amounts to a fractional one-third of the average movie’s worldwide take! Whoa!
Why should we care? The time-tested theory has it that in catering more and more to an international crowd, Hollywood is placing its bets on movies that can be appreciated by the broadest possible audience (i.e. films overloaded with gunfights, special effects, and superheroes) and giving up on straight dramas and smart comedies (whose themes and jokes tend to get lost in translation). A quick scan of 2008’s top box office earners bears that out: Big winners like Quantum of Solace (which earned 71 percent of its global box office overseas), Indiana Jones 4 (60 percent), and Mamma Mia! (76 percent) relied heavily on foreign crowds to boost the bottom line; perceived disappointments like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (66 percent) were saved by money earned elsewhere; and hit domestic comedies like Step Brothers (22 percent) and Pineapple Express (14 percent) struggled internationally. Of course, studios are still making funny films like Pineapple Express, but I can report that my hunt for a basic drama that even closely resembles, say, 1988’s Best Picture, Rain Man (which grossed $354.8 mil worldwide…in 1988 dollars!) turned up nil. (Closest thing I could find was the giant-visual-effect-disguised-as-drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.)
So, okay, point proven. But lemme try this on you: Perhaps we should just get used to the fact that dinosaurs like Rain Man are extinct, and we should be glad that James Bond and Indiana Jones and their friends are propping up the box office. After all, domestic attendance declined in 2008 (although it has rebounded in 2009, so far), domestic receipts were basically flat, and Hollywood should be glad it has any good news to report in the current economic climate. What do you think? Should we just embrace this trend and be glad that, at the very least, there’s something playing in the multiplex? Or do you want more Rain Mans?
People.com is quoting a story from the U.K.’s Sun newspaper, which says that Slumdog Millionaire breakout beauty Freida Pinto has reportedly been in talks to appear in the next James Bond movie. So, with all those qualifiers about the report’s veracity in place, I have just one question: Good idea or bad idea? I didn’t get much of a feel for the 24-year-old actress in Slumdog Millionaire, since she didn’t have many lines in the film; certainly, she’s easy on the eyes. Then again, that sounds just like the classic Bond girl: very pretty and doesn’t say very much. What do you think?
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