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Skyfall Originally Featured A Much More Shocking Storyline And Ending

Out of Daniel Craig’s four films as James Bond so far, 2012’s Skyfall remains arguably the most successful. It was the first – and, at present, only – Bond movie to cross the coveted $1 billion mark at the box office and it was also met with pretty much universal critical and fan acclaim.

A lot of that success is to do with the storyline, which was surprisingly strong for a franchise that’s never been known for its incredibly well-written plots. Featuring several tweaks to the usual formula, including a climax in Bond’s Scottish family mansion, it’s most notable for killing off Judi Dench’s M, but it also gets an unexpected amount of emotion from Bond and M’s surrogate mother/son connection.

In the original treatment for the film, though, Skyfall sported a very different take on M’s last stand. As revealed in the 2015 book Some Kind of Hero,
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The Best Movie Posters of 2017

1. mother!Darren Aronofsky’s divisive nightmare boasted a number of very striking posters this year, including one that blatantly yet beautifully pastiched the iconic Gips/Frankfurt design for Rosemary’s Baby and another in which Jennifer Lawrence’s face is minutely cracked like a porcelain doll. But it is this first teaser poster for the film, by the extraordinary artist James Jean, that stands out for me not only as a surreally appropriate representation of Aronofsky’s uncompromising vision, but as the best movie poster of the year. Grotesque and gorgeous, and dotted with hidden clues, Jean’s looks more like a piece of devotional iconography than a poster for a horror movie. (There is also an accompanying poster by Jean which features Javier Bardem’s character.) Known for his covers for the DC comic book series Fables, Jean has been in high demand this year, creating the charcoal illustration
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Mother! movie review: get out

I understand mother! is meant to be open to interpretation but I take it completely literally and I relate to it 100%. This is about the costs of giving yourself up to society. They may genuinely adore you and mean well, but when everyone wants a piece of you, you run out of stuff to give. Twice Darren Aronofsky creates a nightmare of chaos where strangers erode Mother (Jennifer Lawrence)’s patience. Her husband, only called Him (Javier Bardem), never respects her wishes either. He always prioritizes strangers over the woman he claims to love, and always justifies his own negligence....read more
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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Breaks Down One of the Divisive Film’s Most Jarring Sequences — Watch

‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Breaks Down One of the Divisive Film’s Most Jarring Sequences — Watch
Ask anyone who saw Darren Aronofsky’s divisive drama “mother!” this year, and they’ll likely be able to pinpoint the exact moment they realized what was really unspooling on the big screen (or, at the very least, what very famous stories the filmmaker was remaking into his own single-location drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem). For many viewers, that moment came after the introduction of Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson’s characters, real-life brothers cast in the film as the children of Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer’s confounding houseguests.

After an already-awkward introduction (these people just don’t have manners), the pair engage in one of the film’s most jarring sequences: a knock-down, drag-out fight that runs roughshod over not just the house that’s central to the film’s identity, but an understandably nerve-jangled Lawrence.

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich
Over the last 12 months, the world seemed to be changing faster than ever, and not for the better. At a time when every day felt like a week, and every week felt like a year, watching a movie felt like a dangerous proposition; you had no idea what the world was going to look like when you walked out of the theater two hours later. Even the most immersive films couldn’t always keep that anxiety at bay, these dark thoughts seeping into even darker rooms and transforming these sacred spaces into elaborate Rorschach tests that tricked us into seeing whatever was scaring us most at that particular moment, or whatever might be needed to give us hope. It was a heightened stretch unlike any in recent memory, but the best films ultimately did what the best films always do: They brought the world into focus, showed it from a fresh sonspective,
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Guillermo Del Toro Regrets Turning Down Dark Universe Offer

Though Universal was touting it as the next big cinematic universe, the studio’s monster-filled Dark Universe franchise pretty much collapsed at the first hurdle earlier this year when The Mummy became a colossal flop. Despite the box office might of Tom Cruise behind it, the movie was torn to shreds by critics and audiences shrugged their shoulders at it across the board.

In the wake of The Mummy‘s failure, architects Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have left the project, leaving its fate in limbo. What it really needs, then, is a true horror auteur director to take over the reigns. Someone who’s able to make popular and critically acclaimed movies. You know, someone like Guillermo Del Toro, for instance?

Well, it turns out that a Del Toro-fronted Universal Monsters franchise could really have been a possibility at one stage. Back in 2007, when the project was laying dormant,
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‘Sytycd’ Winner Jeanine Mason on How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Went From High School Ritual to Day Job

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When”Grey’s Anatomy” executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff approached Jeanine Mason about being one of the new interns brought on to Grey Sloan Memorial in Season 14, the “So You Think You Can Dance” star turned up-and-coming actress “was like, honestly Krista, whatever you need. If it’s, like, Patient Number 4, I will be there.” Mason plays Dr. Sam Bello, a new intern who has a romantic, if not tumultuous, past with Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). She said one of the writers described their relationship as that between Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” “Sam is a brilliant,
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All the Sweet Things Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Said About Each Other

All the Sweet Things Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Said About Each Other
Throughout their 14-month-long courtship, Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky — whose split was confirmed by People on Wednesday — went to great lengths to keep their relationship under wraps, dodging each other on red carpets and staying mum about their love in the press.

But in August, Lawrence, 26, gave insight into their romance, telling Vogue she was immediately drawn to Aronofsky. “We had energy,” the Oscar winner said of meeting the director on the set of their film mother!. “I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me.”

Praising him as “brilliant,” Lawrence said Aronofsky’s ability
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Everything We Know About Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky’s 1-Year Relationship

Everything We Know About Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky’s 1-Year Relationship
Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky have split after a year of dating — and hiding from the cameras.

The two split Wednesday after over a year of dating, though they were last seen getting cozy a week and a half ago at the 2017 Governors Awards.

Although Lawrence, 27, and Aronofsky, 48, did not pose together on the red carpet, the couple sat together at a table and appeared to be in good spirits during the event. Both seemed happy, but kept their relationship low key, choosing not to pack on the Pda.

The Oscar-winning actress and the director only stepped out on a
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Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Split

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Split
Jennifer Lawrence is no longer Darren Aronofsky's muse. The actress, 27, and director, 48, have broken up after a year of dating, a source tells E! News. The exes' last public appearance together was at the Governors Awards in L.A. Nov. 11, and the breakup occurred last month. "It was amicable and they are still friends," the source says. Entertainment Tonight first reported news of Lawrence and Aronofsky's breakup Wednesday. The former couple fell in love while making the movie controversial (and poorly received) movie mother!, co-starring Javier Bardem, Domhhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kristen Wiig. Earlier this week, Lawrence spoke about the origins of her romance...
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Fabrice du Welz to Direct ‘Adoration’ With ‘Happy End’ Breakout Star (Exclusive)

Fabrice du Welz to Direct ‘Adoration’ With ‘Happy End’ Breakout Star (Exclusive)
Acclaimed Belgian director Fabrice du Welz is set to direct “Adoration,” the third part of a trilogy that includes “The Ordeal,” which played at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, and “Alleluia,” which played at Directors’ Fortnight.

“Adoration” is being produced by Vincent Tavier at Brussels-based Panique! and Manuel Chiche at Paris-based The Jokers. Memento Films International has acquired international sales to the film. The Jokers will handle distribution in France.

Like “The Ordeal” and “Alleluia,” “Adoration” will explore the boundaries of a maddening, destructive love, this time between two children. It follows 12-year-old Paul, who falls in love with Gloria, a schizophrenic teenager in the mental institution where his mother works. Paul decides to help Gloria escape after she commits a crime, and together they embark on a trip that reveals the extent of Gloria’s dangerous madness and Paul’s devotion to her.

Tavier, who wrote the script with du Welz, said “Adoration
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‘mother!’: Download Darren Aronofsky’s Most Polarizing Screenplay for Free

‘mother!’: Download Darren Aronofsky’s Most Polarizing Screenplay for Free
With just over a month to go before the end of 2017, it’s relatively safe to say that Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” will go down as the most polarizing studio release of the year. The Jennifer Lawrence-starring psychodrama intensely divided critics and audiences with its allegorical story and its incredibly graphic climax, but the movie has quickly become something of a cult favorite with a following of devoted fans ready to sing its praises.

Read More:‘mother!’: The 10 Most Wtf Moments Everyone Will Be Talking About

Aronofsky told press that he wrote “mother!” in five days and that the screenplay poured out of him like a fever dream, and now everyone can read the script for himself/herself thanks to Paramount. The studio has made the screenplay available to download for free, and it provides another opportunity for movie lovers to analyze all of Aronofsky’s ambitious ideas and Biblical allusions.
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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?

Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?
Five years ago, Skyfall made its way into U.S. theaters. It remains the most financially successful James Bond movie of all time and, in the eyes of many, it's the best entry of the Daniel Craig era (though, Casino Royale might have something to say about that). While we wait for Craig to make his last turn as 007 in James Bond 25, let's take a look back at Skyfall and what makes the movie so special in the long, storied history of Bond on the big screen.

Let's rewind the clock a little bit and try and put ourselves in the shoes we were wearing in 2012. The last James Bond movie fans had seen was the much-maligned Quantum of Solace in 2008. Coming off the truly fantastic Casino Royale, which is quite possibly the best debut movie for a Bond actor in the history of the franchise, the movie was,
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50+ Famous, Sexy Silver Foxes

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50+ Famous, Sexy Silver Foxes
Yes, yes, we're all familiar with Christian Grey, but now it's time to talk about some other hot gray guys who have major sex appeal. Whether they have just a smattering of silver in their facial hair, like Brad Pitt, Idris Elba, and Javier Bardem, or have let their whole heads go gray (we're looking at you, John Slattery), these men prove that you don't have to live by the dye to be seriously sexy. RelatedHere's What 14 Hot Celebrity Guys Would Look Like on a Date With You
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Edouard Waintrop, Head of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, to Step Down Next Year

Edouard Waintrop, the well-respected artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, will step down after the 2018 edition of the fest. It will be his seventh and last time overseeing Directors’ Fortnight, and the sidebar’s 50th anniversary.

“We are happy that he will be helming this milestone edition of [Directors’ Fortnight] which has, under his leadership, experienced rich years in terms of visibility, participation and trust from industry players,” said the French directors’ guild (Société des réalisateurs de films) in a statement. The guild praised Waintrop for curating “with care, warmth and intelligence, surrounded by his team and selection committee.”

Since coming on board in 2012, Waintrop has succeeded in revamping Directors’ Fortnight with daring selections showcasing up-and-coming directors such as Deniz Erguven (“Mustang”), Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) and Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), Pablo Larraín (“Neruda”) and Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”).

Waintrop also elevated the profile of the sidebar by welcoming high-profile, critically acclaimed
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Dark Universe's Future Seems Dark

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The Dark Universe seemed to be ready to rock and roll. Full of A-List stars, writers, and directors. However now it looks like we have already shut the door on the universe.

Shared universe’s are all the craze in Hollywood today. From the McU, to the DC Films Universe, to the Transformers. Universal was set to start their own. The first plan was with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. While not initially in the cards, they went back and added on a few scenes, once the Dark Universe was brought up. While it did not work very well, Universal scraped that, and made the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy the opening film in the universe.

Soon it was announced that along with Tom Cruise, Russel Crow, Johnny Depp, and Javier Bardem were now on board for the Dark Universe being written by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Bill Condon
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Universal’s Dark Universe could already be dead

When Universal’s attempts to re-launch their monster movie franchise unravelled with serious Mummy issues this summer, grossing just $409 million off a $125 million budget, that wonderfully staged photograph of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, and Sofia Boutella appeared to be a serious case of running before you could even shuffle. Now it seems that all of Dr. Jekyll’s movie-stalling, world building exposition was for nothing, and The Dark Universe is set to collapse again.

The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that the producers drafted in to plant the creative seeds that would find Johnny Depp headlining The Invisible Man, Javier Bardem bringing Frankenstein’s monster to life, and Bill Condon directing Angelina Jolie as the Bride of Frankenstein, have departed The Dark Universe for good.

Alex Kurtzman, who directed the much maligned summer turkey, has left to concentrate on his TV projects, most notably Star Trek: Discovery,
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Universal Plugs the Plug on the Dark Universe

Five months ago Universal released a star-studded photo announcing the Dark Universe. The photo included Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster. But now it seems all of those films have been canceled… for the time being, that is. THR reports Alex Kurtzman and Chris […]

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Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise

Universal's Dark Universe in Trouble as Producers Abandon Franchise
The Bride of Frankenstein can crawl back into her crypt for a nice long sleep, as it doesn't look like that thriller is moving forward anytime soon. Universal's planned Dark Universe franchise is in dire straights as producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have officially jumped ship. Their exit comes in the wake of Tom Cruise's The Mummy failing miserably at the box office.

Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein and the Invisible Man were all supposed to get movies that would have interconnected to create a larger world known as Dark Universe, and Universal's plans were pretty ambitious. But the franchise is sinking quick. And according to reports, every planned upcoming movie is currently dead in the water.

It's been just five months since Universal released that ominous photo-shopped image of Dark Universe cast mates Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise and Javier Bardem all seemingly in a room together.
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