007: Spectre – Dave Bautista & Léa Seydoux talk playing their characters

Empire Magazine got an exclusive sneak peek at Spectre, the James Bond follow up film to ’12’s Skyfall. Both the wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and French actress Léa Seydoux (Ghost Protocol) had a chance to describe their characters in the film as being beyond the typical norm of what’s expected.

Bautista plays a character named “Mr. Hinx”, a villainous henchman who serves an evil organization that Bond must investigate. When the Guardians of the Galaxy star was approached for the role, he immediately expressed some concerns to Director Sam Mendes. For example, a character that has brute strength yet no brains.

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Bautista: “When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions. I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, ‘Yes, he’s a badass.’ I said, ‘Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?’ He said, ‘Very.’ That’s what I like about Mr. Hinx. He’s very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I’m not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is.”

As for Seydoux, when her casting was announced it was widely assumed as just your typical bond girl. That’s not the case as she explains below.

Seydoux: “I don’t consider myself a Bond girl. I think I’m not really the stereotyped Bond girl. I feel quite different. You can’t be like, ‘Oh, James.’ You have to find something else. She’s not a fighter, she’s a doctor. She fights in another way.”

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I’m liking what I hear from both these actors about their characters, and going off these actors recent work I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Bond world come November 6th, 2015.

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New Images for ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Debut via Empire; Coming to Theaters this August

Last month we got the first official trailer for Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four and today some new photos have dropped from EmpireCheck them out below:

Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic

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Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/ The Human Torch

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Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman

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Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/ The Thing

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These images don’t give us much but it’s just a cool little reminder that the movie is coming relatively soon (five months away!). This FF reboot is one of my most anticipated movies of the year so I cannot wait!

Fantastic Four will be in theaters August 7, 2015.

What do you all think of these images? Let us know in the comment section!

Sources: schmoesknow.com , Empire

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New ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Casting: Young Actor Ben Hardy Cast; but Who Will He Play?

We have been getting a lot of X-Men: Apocalypse castings in the last month-or-so. Particularly all young actors and actresses with the first three announced all together (Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Scott Summers aka Cyclops, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp as  Ororo Munroe aka Storm) and a singular casting announced last week (Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young Nightcrawler), we now receive news that actor Ben Hardy( from the British soap opera, EastEnders) is joining the cast as well.

We have seen this pattern of very young talent being cast in this upcoming film which makes sense since it will take place in the 80’s and Professor X will most likely be recruiting his young X-Men who, one would assume, will be around for years to come.

Who Hardy will be playing has not been announced liked the previous castings but it is said to be an important role. Since a lot of these X-Men will be young recruits there are a few possibilities that come to mind. A lot people are online are speculating he could be playing the character Angel who was previously portrayed by Ben Foster in X-Men 3: The Last Stand. With similar looks to Foster this could definitely be the case. However, there are so many X-Men characters that Fox has not even used in their films and it could be any character and who’s to say it couldn’t be a villain. A lot of these character castings have been on the hero side and Apocalypse might need some minions to help take on the X-Men or Magneto might be putting his own team together.

Either way X-Men: Apocalypse is shaping up to be a large ensemble cast like its predecessor and hopefully it works out just as well. What character do you guys think Ben Hardy could play? And are you familiar with the actor at all? Because I’m not. Sound off on your thoughts in the comment section.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Finally Win An Oscar Next Year

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Yep, you read that right. I think next year is going to be the year in which the five time Oscar nominee will finally take the statue home. We have seen Leo give us amazing performances year after year, film after film, and yet every time there is just this one person who gave a little bit better of a performance. That streak will end next year with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film The Revenant.

Iñárritu is coming off his Best Director Academy Award for Birdman. Prior to his win, I remember watching Birdman and thinking “Wow, how the heck did he pull this off”. For starters, he got the best out of every actor and actress in that movie. Once I heard about his next collaboration with DiCaprio, after seeing what he did with Michael Keaton, this could be much bigger.

What do we know about The Revenant so far? Here’s the official synopsis…

Deep in the uncharted American wilderness, trapper Hugh Glass (Leo) is severely injured and left for dead by a traitorous member of his team, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). With sheer will as his only weapon, Glass must navigate a hostile environment, a brutal winter, and warring Native American tribes in relentless quest to survive and exact vengeance on Fitzgerald. Based on a true story.  

The exciting part is about The Revenant is the production taking nine months to shoot. Iñárritu continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking by shooting in remote locations that have been untouched by man, while using only natural light. This will no doubt push everyone who is onboard, including Leo, farther than they’ve probably been pushed before. As a result, I believe Iñárritu will bring out a powerful and telling performance from Leo.

Here’s a quote from Iñárritu

“He’s a brave, incredible actor. I’m so surprised about how good he is,” Iñárritu says of DiCaprio. “I think there’s a profound understanding of humanity that I can see through his eyes.” (EW)

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Whether you agree or disagree, this is my BOLD prediction. Iñárritu is a risk taker and this film could go amazingly right, or horribly wrong, and I’ll take the former. I want to hear your predictions if you have any!

The Revenant will release on Christmas Day

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Oscars 2015: Ranking Best Actress in a Supporting Role Category

Earlier today I posted rankings for the best picture nominees and the best actor in a leading role category. This will be the only other ranking I do because I’m only ranking the categories for which I’ve seen all the movies. It wouldn’t make sense for me to rank a category if I haven’t seen that movie or performance. However, I have seen all of the performances in the best actress in a supporting role category so below are my rankings beginning with five, working my way down to number one.

5. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

This is the iconic actress’ nineteenth Oscar nomination and there’s no denying the greatness of her career. With that being said, I think the academy voters just automatically nominate here due to her legacy and name alone. I saw Into the Woods she was great, highly entertaining and enjoyable but it’s not really an Oscar worthy performance. I haven’t seen some of the other performances that could’ve potentially taken her spot but for a role like hers in this movie, I’m not sure if this nomination is viable.

4. Kierra Knightley for The Imitation Game

I never thought of Kierra Knightley as an Oscar caliber actress but she definitely changed my mind with this performance. She was able to hold her own against Benedict Cumberbatch, who gave a world class performance but people were expecting that from him. Knightley definitely earned my respect in this one and I’m looking forward to what she does next because of it.

3. Laura Dern for Wild

Wild was actually one of my favorite movies of 2014 and I was disappointed to see that it didn’t get a best picture nominee, I thought it was worthy. One of the primary reasons the movie was so great is due to the performances. Reese Witherspoon gave arguably one of her best performances (she’s nominated for best actress this year) but Laura Dern gave an amazing performance as well, playing her mother in the film. I wasn’t familiar with Dern at all before Wild but I can say with confidence that she deserves this nomination, based on the performances I’ve seen this past year.

2. Emma Stone in Birdman

If I were ranking this by my favorite performances of this category and who I want to win, this would be my choice. I’ve always thought that Emma Stone was a great actress but her performance in Birdman took her to a whole new level for me. This girl has talent and I can guarantee that we will see her name around for several Oscar seasons to come.

1. Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

I can’t the deny the greatness of her performance in this film. I was very close to putting her at number two on this list but when I thought about the significance of each role in their movie, Patricia Arquette as the mom in Boyhood was the whole reason this movie worked and meant more to the film than any other actress in these supporting roles. She was the heart and soul of Boyhood and just like any mother in real life, she brought intimidation and comfort all-in-one. She is also the favorite to win and I would be shocked if it went any other way.

Well there you have it, my list of the best supporting actress category. The Oscars aren’t that far away now and we will soon see who actually takes these awards. Let me know what your thoughts on this category are in the comment section.

The 2015 Oscars air tonight at 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT on ABC.

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Oscars 2015: Ranking Best Actor in a Leading Role Category

The Best Actor in a Leading Role category at the Oscars is one of the more highly coveted awards given out on the most important night in movies. Like last year, this has been a stacked race with great performances like Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler and David Oyelowo in Selma getting snubbed, in my opinion. However, there can only be five nominees in this category and I’ve seen each performance so I decided to rank them in the order of which I think is the best performances. I will start with number five and work my way down to number one.

5. Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

I personally don’t think Cooper belongs on this list and it’s not because he wasn’t good in the film, he was. But he wasn’t great in my opinion. Bradley Cooper is an amazing actor but after seeing American Sniper I must say there were some other performances that deserved a spot on this list.

4. Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

I don’t even understand why Carell is in this category. He was great in Foxcatcher but he had more of a supporting role, although he was in it a lot. Maybe they wanted to make room for Mark Ruffalo who’s nominated in the best supporting actor category so the studio campaigned for Carell to be in the lead category. Regardless, if I have to put him in here I have him at number four. If it were up to me I would take out Cooper and Carell and put in Gyllenhaal and Oyelowo.

3. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

I do agree that he should be in the category and he deserved the nomination. This movie really showed me what Cumberbatch is capable of and it makes me even more excited for his role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Although he was amazing in this role, he’s going to have a hard time beating out the two favorites of the category.

2. Michael Keaton in Birdman

For a lot of people, Keaton is their favorite to win this year. Not only because he gave a spectacular performance in Birdman but also due to his legacy. Film fans are rooting for Keaton to get his first (and maybe only) Oscar because he may not get another chance.

1. Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

This is my pick to win the best actor in a leading role. Out of the five nominees I thought Redmayne had the most difficult role to portray as Stephen Hawking. He totally transformed and gave us a special performance, especially when in the film Hawking starts developing and gets taken over by the ALS disease. I won’t be mad if Keaton or someone else wins but my choice is hands down Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

So what do you all think? Do you agree with my list? How would you rank them? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

The 2015 Oscars air tonight at 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT on ABC.

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Oscars 2015: Ranking the Best Picture Nominees

The 2015 Oscars (for the 2014 movies) will air tonight at 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT and I’ve finally seen all of the best picture nominees. This is my first year in doing so and I made it a goal of mine so I could rightfully judge each film and decide who I think the winner will/should be. Before I say who I think will and should win the Oscar for best picture (which are two totally different things) I want to rank each film based on my opinion. This is not constructed as my personal favorites list but rather what I think are actually the best movies. There are eight total nominees this year, I will start from number eight and work my way down to number one.

8. American Sniper

7. The Theory of Everything (read our review)

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

5. The Imitation Game (read our review)

4. Selma (read our review)

3. Birdman (read our review)

2. Whiplash (read our review)

1. Boyhood (read our review)

 

When looking at lists or ranking movies we must remember one thing, that all film is subjective. Meaning that we all have our own opinion and different films appeal to different people so there is no clear bases to judge movies on. My ranking of the best picture nominees are based on my opinion of what I thought were the best in order. That is different from my favorite movies being listed, if that were the case my favorite would probably be Whiplash. The two favorites to win best picture tonight are Birdman and Boyhood. I personally think that Boyhood should take the award however, Birdman seems to be the “hot” choice right now and within the film circle it’s probably the most beloved and most popular so it will most likely end up winning. Either way, whoever wins, both of those movies are great and deserve it. There is always a chance that there can be an upset and an unexpected movie could win, we’ll just have to wait and see tonight.

Do you agree with my list? What movie do you think will take home the biggest award of the night in best picture? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

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