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Tom Holland’s Failed Pitch for a James Bond Origin Story Turned into ‘Uncharted’

Tom Holland’s Failed Pitch for a James Bond Origin Story Turned into ‘Uncharted’
With three massively successful “Spider-Man” movies in the can, Tom Holland certainly has the eyes and ears of Sony. On the heels of the studio’s billion-plus box office take for “No Way Home” so far, Holland will next be releasing the action adventure “Uncharted” on February 11. As revealed in a feature interview in Total Film (via Games Radar), Holland said it was his pitch for a James Bond origin story that ultimately sparked conversations about the new film, a jungle-spanning adventure co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas.

“I had a meeting, after or during ‘Spider-Man 2’ [‘Far from Home’], with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with,” Holland said. “It was the origin story of James Bond. It didn’t really make sense. It didn’t work. It was the dream of a young kid, and I don’t think
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Vanessa Kirby to Replace Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ With Joaquin Phoenix

Vanessa Kirby to Replace Jodie Comer in Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ With Joaquin Phoenix
Vanessa Kirby is in talks to star in Ridley Scott’s Napoleon epic “Kitbag,” replacing Jodie Comer in the role, who had to exit due to scheduling conflicts, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

The “Pieces of a Woman” actress Kirby will star as Josephine to Joaquin Phoenix’s Napoleon Bonaparte in a film that focuses on Napoleon’s origins, his rise to becoming emperor and his volatile relationship with Josephine. Ridley Scott is directing, and David Scarpa wrote the screenplay. The film is set at Apple and is meant to begin filming in Europe later this month.

Comer broke the news of her exit on THR’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, explaining that she had a “rubbish” scheduling conflict because of schedules moved around due to Covid and didn’t feel she “can make ‘Kitbag’ work right now.” Comer is also set to begin rehearsals for a West End stage
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Tilda Swinton: ‘My ambition was always about having a house by the sea and some dogs’

Tilda Swinton: ‘My ambition was always about having a house by the sea and some dogs’
The actor opens up about her queer years with Derek Jarman and her latest clutch of films, and reveals her plans for a career change. And all while taking her five spaniels for a walk

Tilda Swinton is waiting for me when I land at Inverness airport. She’s smiling, and says she’s got a surprise. We head off towards her car, Swinton marching ahead imperiously. In the car there are four springer spaniels in the back and a fifth, the eldest, Rosy, is in the front passenger seat.

Last time I interviewed Swinton at home in the Scottish Highlands it was 2008, Rosy was a puppy and she spent the whole time sitting on my knee. Swinton lifts her out of the front passenger seat of the Volvo to make way for me – then plonks her on my knee.
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Culture 2022: what to watch, read and listen to this year

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Culture 2022: what to watch, read and listen to this year
Guardian critics Charlotte Northedge, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Simran Hans look ahead to the best of the year in culture

It may be cold and grey in Britain right now but for the Guardian’s culture critics there is plenty to be excited about in the new year, even if you are staying inside for now. Charlotte Northedge (books), Ben Beaumont-Thomas (music) and Simran Hans (film) join Nosheen Iqbal to look ahead to some of the year’s biggest and most anticipated releases.

There are new books from Monica Ali, Douglas Stuart and Hanya Yanagihara. And in 2022 there will be a continued surge in demand for ‘cosy crime’ novels driven by the wildly successful previous releases by Richard Osman, who returns in autumn with his third book.
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‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark

‘Breeder’ Review: Murky Mad-Scientist Mayhem From Denmark
A Frankensteinian mashup of sci-fi and torture-porn horror tropes, . While there are vague pretensions toward seriousness in Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen’s screenplay and Jens Dahl’s direction, this thriller ends up discomfitingly most reminiscent of 1970s Wip (women in prison) and Nazisploitation grindhouse fare, as well as gamy mainstream serial-killer potboilers like “Kiss the Girls.” Well-made but more than a bit ick, it’s being released to stateside digital formats by Uncork’d Entertainment on Jan. 11.

Mia (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) is an equestrian training for the Olympics. She seems more comfortable in the company of her horse than husband Thomas (Anders Heinrichsen), though the complexities of their relationship (including apparent separate sexual peccadilloes) never get more than hinted at. In any case, such nuances soon prove irrelevant when circumstances fatefully entangle his home and work life.

He’s employed as financial chief for a shadowy project by one Dr. Isabel Ruben
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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Is ‘The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar’ With Benedict Cumberbatch For Netflix

Wes Anderson’s Next Film Is ‘The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar’ With Benedict Cumberbatch For Netflix
Cinematographer Robert Yeoman wasn’t kidding when he said Wes Anderson was heading to England to shoot yet another film—his second production shot within the span of six months— because tonight, we have details on that film. According to Baz Bamigboye, one of the few certifiably reliable (and airtight) reporters at the otherwise often-dubious UK Daily Mail, who has been spot-on for a decade-plus, Wes Anderson’s next film is a Roald Dahl adaptation for Netflix starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Andrew Garfield Finally Spills About ‘Spider-Man’ Return and Future — and the ‘Gift’ of ‘Tick, Tick Boom!’ (Exclusive)

Andrew Garfield Finally Spills About ‘Spider-Man’ Return and Future — and the ‘Gift’ of ‘Tick, Tick Boom!’ (Exclusive)
Is anyone having a year like Andrew Garfield’s?

Following a lengthy stage hiatus (which nabbed him a Tony Award), the actor stormed the fourth quarter of 2021 with back-to-back film releases in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Tick, Tick … Boom!” The latter has placed him front and center for Oscar contention in the best actor category. And then came December.

The cat is, well, out of the bag that Garfield — despite sly denials — reprises his role as Peter Parker in Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” alongside reigning webslinger Tom Holland and the O.G. arachnid Tobey Maguire.

Co-produced with Marvel, the latest film is approaching $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office and has deeply satisfied fans across age demographics and franchises. It also provides yet another dimension to Garfield’s skill set. In the same season, Garfield has portrayed a tortured teen hero, a morally bankrupt pastor, and
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‘The 355’ Review: GirlBossy Action Spy Movie Is A Shallow, Pandering Female Empowerment Affair

‘The 355’ Review: GirlBossy Action Spy Movie Is A Shallow, Pandering Female Empowerment Affair
Where to start with Universal’s female-led action spy movie “The 355,” a staggeringly ill-conceived effort on every level if we’re going to put it lightly and politely. From all accounts, “The 355” was born on the set of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, wherein co-star Jessica Chastain said to the film’s writer/director Simon Kinberg (paraphrasing), “why don’t we do an action espionage movie with all-women leads?” Kinberg immediately said yes, and Chastain went into her Rolodex of famous friends and quickly found a star-studded cast to be on board.

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Costume Designer Sharen Davis on Dressing Will Smith and Denzel Washington

Costume Designer Sharen Davis on Dressing Will Smith and Denzel Washington
Costume designer Sharen Davis is having a big year, having worked with both Denzel Washington, who directed “A Journal for Jordan,” now in theaters, and with Will Smith, who stars in “King Richard,” on HBO Max.

A Journal for Jordan,” based on the heartbreaking true story of a soldier deployed to Iraq who keeps a diary for his infant son, is the latest of her frequent collaborations with Washington. Davis says she worked hard to dress down “fashion icon” star Michael B. Jordan. Since the character was in the military, she decided he would have a suitcase with few items. “We want to see how he manages all these visits with five shirts and three pairs of pants,” Davis says.

The biggest costume arc in the film is for Chanté Adams, who plays Dana Canedy, their child’s mother and the New York Times editor who wrote the bestselling book
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J.K. Simmons on ‘Being the Ricardos,’ His ‘Spider-Man’ Evolution and the Truth Behind His Jacked Body

J.K. Simmons on ‘Being the Ricardos,’ His ‘Spider-Man’ Evolution and the Truth Behind His Jacked Body
J.K. Simmons seemed destined to star in an Aaron Sorkin film and he finally does in Amazon Studios’ “Being the Ricardos.” But the two actually crossed paths years earlier.

“My first Broadway play, I was an understudy replacement in ‘A Few Good Men,’” Simmons tells Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast. Simmons played the role of the Doctor (which is not in the film version) but also had the opportunity to play the role of Col. Nathan Jessup – the role Jack Nicholson made infamous in Rob Reiner’s film version.

“It remains to this day maybe the best role I’ve ever had,” Simmons says. “Television, film, stage. It was an absolute genius piece of writing. And at this point, Aaron was just some kid from Scarsdale who miraculously got a play on Broadway.”

Simmons also appeared on “The West Wing” but it was after Sorkin had left the show. But
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‘Belle’ Review: A Feminist Beauty and the Beast Fable for the Digital Era

‘Belle’ Review: A Feminist Beauty and the Beast Fable for the Digital Era
With “Belle,” anime master Mamoru Hosoda has reimagined “Beauty and the Beast” for the metaverse set — that young generation of social media users who switch identities comfortably between the physical world and a more inviting online one.

Roughly half the movie takes place in the “real world”, while the fairy-tale portion is set on an ultra-popular virtual platform called “U,” where the main character appears as a slender pink Disney princess type: Belle.

In U, members assume an alternate identity/avatar (or “As”) that allows them to more fully express certain dimensions of their personalities. Here, Hosoda appears to have tapped into a central anxiety of modern adolescence: the concern that others could never truly know or accept all of one’s nuances and contradictions, just as in nearly every telling of this classic story, only Belle can see the goodness in the Beast.

For more than 20 years, Hosoda has
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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets New Tree Species Named After Him by London Scientists

Leonardo DiCaprio Gets New Tree Species Named After Him by London Scientists
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken environmentalists, and those efforts have now paid off in the form of a recently-discovered tree species being named after him.

According to USA Today, Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, London honored DiCaprio this week by giving the Leo tree in Africa’s Cameroon forest the official name of “Uvariopsis dicaprio.” The BBC reports the Leo tree is “critically endangered.” The plant species is “a small tropical evergreen trees” that is a member of the ylang ylang family.

Dr. Martin Cheek of Kew told the BBC that scientists named the tree after the Oscar-winning actor because “we think he was crucial in helping to stop the logging of the Ebo Forest.” DiCaprio has used his social media platforms to advocate against opening up the Ebo Forest for logging. Per USA Today, the Leo tree is “the first plant new
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Remembering Peter Bogdanovich, a Storyteller Who Kept Old Hollywood’s Memory Alive

Remembering Peter Bogdanovich, a Storyteller Who Kept Old Hollywood’s Memory Alive
Peter Bogdanovich was born too late, but also at just the right time.

The 82-year-old film critic, historian, advocate and maker, who died Thursday, first blinked his eyes in 1939, the year Alfred Hitchcock moved to Hollywood, Mr. Smith went to Washington and John Ford made “Stagecoach.” He’d surely love to have worked during the 50-year “Golden Age” he identified as 1912-1962. And though he is most closely associated with the New Hollywood movement of the late ’60s and ’70s, his filmography feels anything but modern.

Bogdanovich’s two best films, “The Last Picture Show” (1971) and “Paper Moon” (1973) were shot in black and white decades after the format had gone out of fashion — the first a poignant elegy to a tumbleweed Texas town, as seen through the eyes of its restless teenage population, the other a Depression-era road movie about a handsome grifter (Ryan O’Neal) and his precocious traveling companion
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‘Last Picture Show’ Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Passes Away At The Age Of 82

‘Last Picture Show’ Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Passes Away At The Age Of 82
2021 ended with the unexpected death of filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, as well as the passing of Betty White, leaving TV and film fans distraught. Well, we’re not even a whole week into 2022, and there’s already the loss of another legend — filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich.

Read More: The Essentials: Peter Bogdanovich’s Best Films

According to THR, Bogdanovich passed away early today at his home due to natural causes.

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‘Spider-Man’ To Rule The Box Office In 4th Weekend As Spy Flick ‘The 355’ Opens

‘Spider-Man’ To Rule The Box Office In 4th Weekend As Spy Flick ‘The 355’ Opens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and 2021 represented a tale of two box offices. On one hand, we are witnessing a dream run from Spider-Man: No Way Home, currently the eighth highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. after just three weeks, and that is despite its release coinciding with a massive wave of Covid-19 cases due to the hyper transmissible Omicron variant. Spider-Man reminded us that all time blockbuster grosses are still possible after a summer and fall season where the biggest successes all had Covid asterisks attached to them.

On the other hand, even the “good for the pandemic” successes were less prevalent than studios would have liked, and most films failed to get off the ground altogether. This was especially true for adult driven dramas and specialty box office releases, and those segments of the box office
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Is Hollywood heading for another problem year at the box office?

Is Hollywood heading for another problem year at the box office?
The huge success of Spider-Man: No Way Home was an anomaly in an otherwise disappointing season and with release dates shifting, 2022 could bring more woe

Movies are back! Or so we thought back in 2021 when, after a year of shuttered cinemas, it seemed like a dormant industry was hurtling back to life. Last spring, Godzilla vs Kong led the charge, the first genuine hit of the pandemic, and soon A Quiet Place Part II, F9, Black Widow and Free Guy followed, many of them making less than initial expectations but still more than enough to encourage studios that, despite previous fears, the cinema was not going the way of the video store.

The year closed out with the biggest hit of them all, Spider-Man: No Way Home, a record-breaker regardless of release date, already up to over $1.3bn globally in less than a month and likely to be one of
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20 Things You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters

20 Things You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters
With "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" earning more than $110 million domestically before the stateside premiere of fellow Sony feature "Spider-Man: No Way Home," fans have reason to hope for another sustained multimedia franchise inspired by the first "Ghostbusters" film, which opened on June 8, 1984, and went on to make close to $300 million on a roughly $30 million budget.

It notched top-grossing film status for eight weeks, and the second-highest-grossing rank for six weeks, before returning to the box office top 10 for its two-week re-release in August of 1985.

Not only did "Ghostbusters" beat both "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Gremlins" for the highest-grossing films that debuted...

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The Real-Life Moment That Made Steven Spielberg Fall In Love With Space

The Real-Life Moment That Made Steven Spielberg Fall In Love With Space
One of the key traits that sets Steven Spielberg's best blockbusters apart from other tentpoles is their sense of awe for the natural world. Even "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" treat the dangerous creatures at the heart of their stories with a blend of fear and wonder, as opposed to seeing them as nothing more than human-snacking monsters. The same could be said for how Spielberg portrays outer space in his movies. As worlds apart (no pun intended) as the aliens in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "War of the Worlds" are in terms of their plans for humanity, Spielberg takes the time...

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How Ian McKellen Inspired One Of The McU's Most Beloved Characters

How Ian McKellen Inspired One Of The McU's Most Beloved Characters
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced some unforgettable heroes in their shows and movies. However, they haven't always had the same success with their villains. For every Erik Killmonger, you had a Whiplash. When there's a Baron Zemo, there's also a Malekith the Accursed. And even though we got the Kingpin in "Daredevil," we also got the Kingpin in "Hawkeye." The House of Ideas is certainly aware of this problem and they have been doing their best to remedy it with varying degrees of success. But when it came to crafting the trickster god Loki for his jump from the pages of Marvel Comics...

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Squid Game Season 1 Episodes Ranked Worst To Best

Squid Game Season 1 Episodes Ranked Worst To Best
"Squid Game" was the talk of the town in 2021. Released on September 17, the survivalist drama series, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, created the sort of water cooler discussion every TV exec dreams of. According to Netflix, the show was the streaming service's most-watched series, with 1.65 billion hours of viewing over only 28 days. And for good reason: For every heart-pounding bit of action, there are character moments that make you care deeply about what will happen next.

It seems the "Squid Game" train has yet to slow down. As of this writing, the show remains in the top 10 of all...

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