While the number of deaths in the twenty-two James Bond films is somewhere in the 1,200 range, how many has Bond himself actually killed directly?
Approximately 352. That's the total according to graphic artist Brendan Dawes who has answered that question with this infographic inspired by the "Dr. No" opening credits.
The graph breaks down the Bond kills by each film, the big red circles equal 10 kills while the small green ones are one kill.
Pierce Brosnan's "Goldeneye" proves the most bloody at 47, followed by his "Die Another Day" and Roger Moore's "The Spy Who Loved Me" which both scored 31. On the other end of the scale, Moore's "The Man with the Golden Gun" features Bond only killing once.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features have settled on writer Kelly Marcel to pen the film adaptation of E L James’ wildly popular novel "Fifty Shades of Grey".
Marcel co-created Fox's "Terra Nova" and penned the script for Disney's currently in production "Saving Mr. Banks". This project marks a distinct change in tone as it follows billionaire Christian Grey’s S&M laced relationship with young student Anastasia Steele.
James herself announced the news Monday morning on Twitter. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film.
The first trailer has gone online for Paul Schrader's grindhouse drama "The Canyons" starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Lohan herself appears fully nude in the film (but not the trailer).
Set in Los Angeles, the story centres on the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition among a group of young people in their twenties. Bret Easton Ellis penned the script for the film which was largely funded by a Kickstarter campaign.
The Low Self-Esteem Of Lizzy Gillespe
Anne Hathaway is attached to star in Mindy Kaling's rom-com "The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie". Kaling co-wrote the script with Brent Forrester.
The story centers on a woman whose lack of self-worth has limited her choice in men to losers. When she is about to hit the bottom of the barrel, life takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever. [Source: THR]
Conversations with Andy Warhol
Ty Simpkins ("Insidious"), David Mazouz ("Touch") and Willow Shields ("The Hunger Games") are all set to star in Rotimi Rainwater's period coming of age drama "Conversations With Andy" at Narrator Entertainment. Shooting kicks off next Spring.
Based on the true story of Palitz's childhood and set in 1984 New York, Simpkins plays a sixth-grader who befriends Andy Warhol at the same time that he learns his parents are discussing divorce. Shields plays his sister and Mazouz his best friend. [Source: Variety]
ABC's "Revenge" has cast ’70s sex symbol and frequent John Carpenter cohort Adrienne Barbeau as Victoria’s mother. The character is described as somebody who knows how to use people. [Source: TV Line]
Demian Bichir has been cast as the male lead opposite Diane Kruger in FX’s "The Bridge", a remake of the Scandinavian series of the same name.
Gerardo Naranjo ("Miss Bala") helms the project which shifts the action to El Paso. The pair play detectives from opposite sides of the border who must work together to hunt down a serial killer. [Source: Deadline]
Dolph Lundgren is set to make his TV debut on the twenty-episode hourlong action-adventure drama series "Rescue 3" at Emmett/Furla Films and Envision Entertainment reports The Live Feed.
Lundgren will play Capt. John Mathews, a reluctant hero and career firefighter and lifeguard who leads an elite Southern Californian multi-agency task force comprised of experts in air, fire and water rescue.
Each episode revolves around a rescue involving lifeguards, firefighters and the coast guard. A Fall 2013 premiere is planned and will be syndicated through Tribune Broadcasting's various stations.
Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn") is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel "Buccaneers" for Ruby Films says Variety.
Set in London during a time when it was fashionable to marry for social position rather than romantic love, the story follows a group of American women seeking English husbands.
Alison Owen and Faye Ward will produce. Shooting aims to begin during the second quarter of next year.
"Taken 2" scribe Robert Mark Kamen is currently penning the upcoming remake of the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts flick "Bloodsport".
Asked about the project by Crave Online, Kamen says he doesn't believe Van Damme himself should be involved in the project.
"This film resembles the original in title. It has nothing to do with any Kumite contest. It has nothing to do with Frank Dux. If the title was not the same, you would not associate the two films.
To use JCVD would make no sense because the association would be lost as the story has nothing to do with the first one. If anything it would be a distraction."
Earlier this year, Van Damme expressed interest in returning in a role as a trainer but was aware of Kamen's dissatisfaction with him. At last report Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "Clear and Present Danger") was attached to direct.
NBC is delaying both the season four premiere of "Community" and season two premiere of "Whitney" from the previously scheduled October 19th debut.
The network has not indicated new return dates for the two comedies but claim they will likely announce the news dates in a few weeks as viewership for the various new shows on its schedule settle into a groove. [Source: EW]
Lifetime's African-American cast telemovie remake of the 1989 feature delivered a record average of 6.5 million total viewers in its premiere on Sunday night.
That was No. 3 on Lifetime's all-time most-watched list, its best numbers since 2006's Fantasia Barrino telemovie. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]
Ben and Kate & The Mindy Project
Fox's new comedies "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" have received full-season orders after just two episodes of each series have aired.
Both shows premiered to fairly soft numbers last week - 4.21 million and 4.67 million viewers respectively. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]
"Carnivale" creator Dan Knauf will serve as showrunner/head writer on NBC’s upcoming ten-episode period drama series “Dracula” alongside series creator Cole Haddon.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Dracula who arrives in 1890's London posing as an American entrepreneur. He sets out to get revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]
Disney and Pixar have announced that they will produce the television special "Toy Story of Terror" which will be broadcast next October reports AWN.
The synopsis is as follows: "What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel.
After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story of Terror."
The first of two specials involving the Toy Story characters, it will likely air either on ABC or ABC Family.
Jason Fuchs ("Ice Age: Continental Drift," "The Clock Without a Face") has been hired to pen the sci-fi adventure "The Magic Catalogue" for Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Disney Pictures says Variety.
Based on a concept by visual development artist Chris Appelhans, the film revolves around teens who inadvertently acquire a cache of high-tech weapons the likes of which have never been seen.
Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce. Appelhans previously worked with ImageMovers on "Monster House" as a character designer.
The CW has given script orders for "Expectations", a hourlong modern drama series reimagining of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" says The Live Feed.
The story for this version revolves around a small-town girl with big dreams of making it in the city who is quickly disillusioned by the harsh reality of living in San Francisco. Her fortunes unexpectedly turn thanks to an anonymous benefactor.
Mills Goodloe ("Lethal Weapon 4") will write and executive produce alongside Reese Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard production label.
A solid comparison photo of Scarlett Johansson playing Janet Leigh in "Hitchcock" and the real Janet Leigh in "Psycho".
Oprah Winfrey has posted a photo from Lee Daniels' "The Butler" with her and Terrence Howard filming "a love scene."
Filming on "The Wolverine" has been underway in Sydney's Chinese gardens for nearly a fortnight and wraps on that location this Thursday. Someone's posted a photo of a notice about the filming. There's also recent shots of Hugh Jackman filming.
"Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm have combined to present the game 'Angry Birds Star Wars' which will launch worldwide on November 8th…" (full details)
"Martin Scorsese will produce and develop Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi's new New York-set feature '60 Seconds Of Us'. The story centers on the conflict between Iranians and Kurds…" (full details)
"Laika has announced a September 26th 2014 release date for a currrently untitled movie which is likely their adaptation of either Philip Reeves' 'Goblins' or Colin Meloy's 'Wildwood'…" (full details)
"Warner Bros. Pictures has shot down reports that an extended edition disc release for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' was on the way next year - 'This product has not been confirmed yet and we apologize for any confusion'…" (full details)
"Johnny Rosenthal has been tapped to pen Summit’s 'Area 52'. The story follows a group of misfit soldiers stationed at a remote Antarctic military base which stores top-secret, other-worldly technologies…" (full details)
"Universal has picked up Leah Rachel's untitled comedy project being produced by Will Ferrell. The story centers around the high jinks that ensue before and after a threesome make a connection…" (full details)
"Cheyenne Enterprises has scored the film rights to Alyson Noel's young adult novel series 'Soul Seekers'. The story follows a girl who navigates between the worlds of the living and the dead…" (full details)
TrekCore has published two extensive and fascinating multi-page interviews about the continuing and exhaustive multi-million dollar high-definition upgrade of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for Blu-ray.
As talked about previously, the show is undergoing a massive restoration that requires each episode to essentially go through the entire post-production process again. The end result though is a 25-year-old show that looks like it was shot yesterday and one of the most remarkable achievements for the Blu-ray format this year.
With the second season slated to hit stores December 4th, the website spoke with both the CBS Digital team and the heads of CBS Television Distribution Multimedia and asked some big questions that Trek fans have been wanting to know.
First up sales figures. Turns out CBS is extremely happy with the how the first season Blu-ray set sold as "I think what they estimated for a couple of months, or a month or so, sold in a week… and of course all the different divisions can’t wait to get their hands on it to sell it in their markets".
The remastering workload has been split between two teams with the results undergoing careful quality control supervision to make sure continuity matches throughout. The big benefit to this is that the work flows much faster, so much so that "next year we’re shooting to get three seasons out" which means all seven seasons could be out and available in stores by mid-late 2014.
While the first season had two seconds of missing footage that had to be 'upconverted', the second season has no such lost footage. In fact, as already confirmed, all the required footage was found to present an optional extended version of the Emmy-winning courtroom episode "The Measure of a Man" on the set.
Talk has also come up about other "Star Trek" series coming to the format - specifically "Deep Space Nine" and "Enterprise". Rumors of the latter making the jump soon have emerged, mainly because it was shot and produced in HD and thus doesn't really require much remastering.
Asked about "Enterprise", the two CBS Multimedia heads say "Let’s just say there’s talk… There are discussions happening as we speak. Discussions about other Star Trek entities, properties." They also add they would love nothing more than to segue from upgrading TNG into upgrading DS9, but there’s no official green light as yet. However as long as fans keep expressing interest, and TNG Blu-ray sales go strong, the more likely it is to happen.
While Damon Lindelof is the one most credited with the final result that was "Prometheus", at one time the film was very much an "Alien" prequel with a script by Jon Spaihts that initially got Ridley Scott excited about the project.
Now, in an extensive interview with Empire, Spaihts reveals that the infamous 'facehuggers' from the "Alien" films were in his original draft and in particular were a key part of two scenes - the Shaw/Holloway sex scene and the much talked about makeshift surgery scene.
Spaihts says an unconscious Holloway gets facehugged in the chamber. Back on the ship and unaware, he has sex with Shaw and "it's while they're making love that he bursts and dies. So that lovemaking sequence echoed my original lovemaking sequence where he explodes! It was messy."
The other scene involves Michael Fassbender's David character being more malevolent: "Shaw goes to stop him and David ties her up and deliberately exposes her to a facehugger… David doesn't smell like a person - his breath isn't moist - so he can handle the thing like a kitten. It doesn't want him; it's not interested. But then he exposes it to her and it goes for her like a shot. He toys with her for a bit and then lets it take her. That, in my draft, was how Shaw was implanted with the parasite that she had to remove with the medpod sequence."
The full interview, with other juicy quotes, can be found here.
CNN has announced that it is starting a new division to make feature-length documentaries for release both theatrically and on television.
The first film off the rank, "Girl Rising," tells the story of several girls fighting tough odds to achieve their dreams. The film will premiere next spring.
Richard Robbins ("Operation Homecoming") directs the project which will feature the voice talents of Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington and Selena Gomez.
"Monsters" filmmaker Gareth Edwards says a big reason he took on the reboot of the "Godzilla" franchise at Legendary Pictures was to approach the material from a new perspective.
Edwards tells Total Film (via The Coventry Telegraph) that "My main idea was to imagine 'If this really happened, what would it be like?' I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film."
He adds that "I've never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that's lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity! But the reaction has been amazing and I can't wait for the fans to see our final product."
Michael Fassbender has emerged as the latest star to have joined Terrence Malick's currently shooting untitled film (previously known as "Lawless") after a photo leak via the Brown Girls Love Fassy Tumblr blog.
The story deals with two love triangles and sexual obsession set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. Fassbender was spotted on set with Ryan Gosling.
Other confirmed cast thus far includes Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett and Holly Hunter. Of course Malick's films famously form in the editing room with actors galore often cut from the final product. Will 'Dat Fass' make the final cut?
Jack O’Connell ("Skins," "Eden Lake") is attached to star in the new prison drama "Starred Up" at Sigma Films, Film4 and Creative Scotland says Screen Daily.
The story deals with a 17-year-old boy who meets his father for the first time since he was a toddler when he is transferred from a young offender’s institute to an adult prison where his dad is serving time.
"Perfect Sense" and "Young Adam" director David Mackenzie helms the project from a script by poet and psychologist Jonathan Asser. Shooting kicks off early 2013 in the Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast.
Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium
Saturday's online political issues debate between Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart had technical issues as organisers claimed "overwhelming demand had overloaded the servers".
As a result, an undetermined number of viewers willing to pay $4.95 to stream the event were left without the live feed. It's suggested a refund could be made available later this week. [Source: Variety]
Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg have sold a single-camera TV series adaptation to CBS based on last year's hit feature comedy "Bad Teacher".
Like the film, the show will follow a foul-mouthed, gold-digging junior high school teacher. Sony Pictures TV, Mosaic and Quantity Entertainment will produce. [Source: Deadline]
American Horror Story: Asylum
We've had a bunch of moody teasers, but now FX has finally released a trailer with proper footage for the upcoming second season of "American Horror Story". Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto and Adam Levine all star in 'Asylum' which premieres October 17th.
The DVD and Blu-ray editions of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" are ready to hit shelves this week with a lot of bonus material.
Now it has been revealed that a 58 second easter egg entitled 'Merging Ridleyverses' deals with an idea that was briefly floated, but ultimately discarded, which would've seen the merging of the "Alien" and "Blade Runner" universes within "Prometheus."
Concept artist Ben Proctor apparently says in the featurette (via First Showing) that: "There's one idea that I'm very sad that we didn't do. Ridley, one day, came in and said, 'You know, I'm thinking what if it's the Weyland-Tyrell Corporation? Is that cool? Maybe the bodyguards that come out with Weyland, maybe one of them says Batty on his uniform.' And we're like 'Awesome! Do it, do it!'"
Added to that is talk that the UK Blu-ray edition includes a letter from Guy Pearce's Peter Weyland character who says that Eldon Tyrell was his mentor and competitor.