When you're watching a high-concept summer blockbuster with a seemingly can't-miss title like Cowboys & Aliens, the emotion you least expect (or hope) to experience is boredom. But that's the central feeling inspired by this surprisingly pedestrian and unimaginative combination of a square-jawed Western and an alien invasion-themed science-fiction picture. For all the admittedly impressive firepower on display onscreen and the many talented folks working in front of and behind the camera (including stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, director Jon Favreau, and a screenwriting team that includes Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof), Cowboys & Aliens is remarkably uninvolving. It's not just low-energy -- at times the film barely seems to have a pulse.
When MGM plunged into financial peril recently, the seemingly indestructible James Bond franchise was temporarily put on hold; it seems to be back on track now, with Daniel Craig returning for a third time as the super-spy, but perhaps some new blood would put the franchise (and MGM) on stronger financial footing? (Remember, Timothy Dalton only got two films, too.) Someone young, popular, maybe with the initials "J.B."... Hey, what about Justin Bieber? The kid is already everywhere, he's got plenty of good years left in him, and he's got some dance moves that could maybe come in useful in a parkour chase through a construction site. Plus, the title of his new concert film, Never Say Never, is already practically a James Bond title. We've plotted out his stint on the Bond franchise for the next decade
Looking to class things up in your DVD collection this week? Well, some very impressive titles come out today that will make you look like King or Queen of the frickin' Cinema. There's also some stuff that may actually be entertaining, like James Bond having sex with Sarah Connor, but, hey, whatever floats your boat.
Out on the trail to promote the 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig revealed that Marvel Studios had approached him to play Thor, according to IESB. Craig said he passed on the chance to play the comic book version of the Norse god of thunder, because "it would have been too much of a power trip," what with the mystical hand tools and flowing blond locks. Really? That's it? Too much power for one guy to handle? Somehow, I doubt it. I think there's more to it than that, after reading Craig's recent revelation in The Guardian that his scantily clad ocean scene in Casino Royale came about entirely by accident. I think the whole experience has put the actor off skimpy spandex shorts.
Product placement has long been a part of the James Bond franchise. Many of Bond's toys are pure technological fiction, usually cooked up by a frequently exasperated Q, but some of the gadgets and toys have real-life counterparts. Which means there's real-life money to be made from them. Variety has come out with a list of some of the brands that will hype Quantum of Solace in ad campaigns, and in turn be hyped by the film. First on the list is a diminutive golden roller skate that remarkably comes equipped with air bags. Oh, wait. No. That's actually the Ka -- Ford's wee European hatchback.
The 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, came out on DVD today, and while many thought it was more Bourne than Bond, you have to admit that the movie had a heaping helping of Bond-level ridiculousness. We watched the DVD and came up with our list of the most preposterous moments in the film, time-stamped for your viewing convenience. Let the Bond-age commence!
In what has already been a bad week for the automotive stars of the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, it has just gotten a little bit worse. According to CNN, an experienced stuntman was seriously injured in a car crash while filming an action sequence in the same area of northern Italy where earlier this week a driver for Aston Martin lost control and dunked his auto into Garda Lake while en route to the 007 set. This time at least, mention of what happened to the driver came in the first sentence of the article. Sadly, he seems to be in much worse shape than the uninjured driver of the Aston Martin.
When I found my seat at the advance screening for Quantum of Solace (well, relatively advance -- the Brits exercised their Queen-granted right to see it two weeks ago) I was warmly greeted by my neighbors, two New Yorkers who were fans of all things Bond. One had sat in Connery's original Aston Martin DB5 the week Goldfinger came out; the other had seen nearly half of the Bond title song musicians, including Tom Jones and Paul McCartney, perform their Bond songs live. Both were excited for the new film, although I was surprised at how little of the media blitz they had been subject to. The music lover was a fan of the White Stripes, but he hadn't heard the Jack White-Alicia Keys title track, "Another Way to Die." The other had loved the stunts he'd seen in the commercials, but he hadn't read anything about all the injuries Daniel Craig acquired doing them. Part of me wished I was going into it as spoiler-free as they were, but the rest of me didn't care -- after the wake-up call that was Casino Royale, I was just looking forward to more brutal violence, more Dame Judi Dench and more shots of Mr. Craig's dreamy blue eyes.
One of the Bond girls from Quantum of Solace has been surprisingly candid lately about some of her more unusual physical attributes. Get your mind out of the gutter--it's not that kind of physical attribute. London's Daily Mail reports that Gemma Arterton reveals in the newest Esquire magazine that she was born with six fingers on each hand. The extra digits were tied at the base an allowed to wither up and fall off naturally. If you look closely, you can see the slight scars that remain. Although, considering she plays one of 007's famously beautiful love interests in the upcoming pic, it's unlikely many will be looking at her hands when she's onscreen. Her polydactyly isn't the only thing Arterton is revealing, either. Click on through for Quantum spoilers.