Will Daniel Craig Return to the Role of 007?
New reports suggest that Bond star Daniel Craig has had a change of heart regarding the role of 007. The star is reported to have signed on to play James Bond for the fifth time in the upcoming Bond film. This news comes as a surprise as Craig was so adamant on leaving the role behind him. Craig has played the role of 007 in the past four installments of the Bond franchise: Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. It was strongly rumored that Luther star Idris Elba was going to be taking over the role from Craig. This news also comes with rumors that Adele will return to pen the next Bond theme song. Adele has previously written and performed "Skyfall" for the Skyfall film.
I am absolutely devastated by this news. Well, actually, not really because I don't really care about James Bond that much. But I was so keen on seeing Idris Elba as Bond. What a bloody shame. BUT, Adele returning to write the next Bond song is probably the best news all week. Because if there is one thing you need to know about me, it's that "Skyfall" is my f-ing anthem.
The 69th Annual Emmy Award Nominations Are Announced
On Thursday, the Television Academy announced the 2017 nominees for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Three major British programs won nominations for this year's ceremony. The Crown, Sherlock: The Lying Detective, and Black Mirror gained multiple nominations, with Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch also being nominated in their respective acting categories. Westworld and Saturday Night Live tied with 22 nominations each. Streaming services held strong against the networks, as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu gained multiple nominations each. YouTube, the latest website to produce original content, earned its first ever nomination for RuPaul Drag Race: Untucked.
You can see my picks and predictions for the 69th Emmy Awards, here!
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving Join New Series, Melrose
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving have joined the cast of Sky Atlantic's upcoming limited series Melrose. The new series is based on the Patric Melrose series, written by Edward St. Aubyn. Each episode, devoted to one of the five novels, chronicles Melrose's life, from his abusive youth at the hands of his horrid parents (Jason Leigh and Weaving) to his promiscuous adulthood. Jason Leigh and Weaving will join Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose and Anna Madeley as Melrose's wife. The series is written by David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger. The show is produced, in collaboration with the networks, by SunnyMarch Productions.
I know, I know, I know... The Cumberbitch fever is hot with this one. I'm just never going to get over my obsession with him... His work is just too damn good. Anyways, I'm really excited for this program for a number of reasons. One, Cumberbatch (obvs). Two, it's produced by SunnyMarch which is Cumberbatch's and Adam Ackland production company. It actually makes me really happy to see Cumberbatch producing new and interesting projects and really taking the reigns on these new projects. I'm interested to see if his producing is as good as his acting (Probably. He strikes as one of those people who is just great at everything they do. I hate him). Three, the plot sounds incredible and I want to binge watch it right now.
Borg vs. McErone
Directed by Janus Metz
Borg vs. McEnroe follows one of the world's greatest tennis players Björn Borg as he embarks on the legendary duel against his biggest rival, John McEnroe, at the 1980's Wimbledon tournament. The film stars Sverrir Gudnason as Borg, Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe, and Stellan Skarsgård as Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin. The film is directed by Janus Metz and has a release date of 22 September in the UK.
I'm not going to lie... This trailer was pretty epic. Who needs superhero movies when you the drama and action of tennis stars. This trailer exemplifies what I love so much about movie trailers. It was thrilling, captivating, stylish, and enticing. It gave me just enough of a first-look to know this a film I want to see. From this brief look, Mertz's direction stuns with style and precision, and LaBeouf and Gudnason give stellar performance. This film looks absolutely incredible, from the drama to the cinematography, and I wouldn't be surprised if this film found its way into the center of next years awards circuit.
Directed by Bryan Fogel
"Filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out on a mission to learn about performance-enhancing drugs in sports. What he ends up discovering is far bigger than anyone could have even imagined." Icarus follows Bryn Fogel as he searches for the truth about Russian Athletes steroid use and the Russian government's involvement. Icarus premieres on Netflix on 4 August.
I am not normally one for documentaries; they can never quite grab my attentions. But this trailer actually gave me chills after watching it. It follows a shocking story, in real time, in real life. This film is, for obvious reasons, very timely-- a documentary about the corruption and deceit coming from the Russian government. But it all is thrilling, enticing, chilling and damn good drama. I personally cannot wait to see this doc.
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