I feel like the entire film industry is beginning to revolve around pop culture. Now, this isn’t anything new, I know, but that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t frightening, with franchises that run for anywhere from five years (Twilight Saga) to 50 years (James Bond films). The surprising thing, though, is how much money these franchises make. Franchises like the Harry Potter films are in the multi-billions, as are franchises like Twilight and the James Bond movies.
Alright gang, fire up your DVRs and get ready for FX’s best shows not about Bikers or bars in Philadelphia to return.
First is the animated brilliance that is Archer. The story of a self-indulgent, American James Bond-Type (a comparison he doesn’t welcome), and the barley functional agency by which he is employed, Sterling Archer is television’s most entertaining spy. And come Thursday, January 19th, he is back on FX.
That follows though, the premiere of the 3rd season of Justified, which will air 2 nights earlier on the 17th. Justified is maybe my favorite show on all of television, and is the earlier casting announcements (here and here) are any indication, this newest season is primed to continue the 2 years worth of excellent programming we’ve come to expect.
FX continues to edge out Showtime, AMC, and HBO as my favorite network for original programming.
Sick of not seeing little Miss Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig Bond movies? Well then shut your face because she’s finally been cast in the form of actress Naomie Harris, known mostly for her role as Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies. For those of you not familiar with Moneypenny in the Bond films, she is the assistant to James Bond’s boss M. In the role of assistant, she is bombarded with all sorts of sexual harassment from 007 to no avail on his part. She may be the only chick Bond hasn’t banged. Will he finally make his dream a reality in this next spy escapade? Or will she perhaps play a bigger role in the movie, because that would be nice instead of a brief appearance so all of the Bond fans can laugh at the latest Bond sexual quips.
In addition to reporting Harris’ casting, The Daily Mail also says acclaimed actors Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are set to appear in Bond 23, which begins filming later this year.
Unfortunately there is no mention of what roles they might be playing in the movie, though with Ralph Fiennes I would think he’d play one hell of a villain. I mean come on, he’s freakin’ Voldemort! Bardem I guess could go either way as a villain or ally to Bond. I’m just excited that filming starts this year and there is a strong cast. Anyone out there excited for more Bond? Or is 007 wearing thin on you?
Sean Bean, who was recently the star of HBO’s Game of Thrones has a long history of playing badass character. From Patriot Games to Lord of The Rings, Bean almost always plays an ass-kicker. Hell, he even held ‘Double 0’ status in GoldenEye as James Bond’s predecessor. Well it would now appear that those roles were perhaps well deserved.
Last night, 52 year old Bean, while out with 22 year old Playboy Bunny April Summers, got into a fight defending her honor. That’s Ned Stark Yo! Some loud mouth was walking by and recognized Summers, but didn’t see Sean Bean (aka 006: The Lord of Gondor). Bean got into his face and the would be tuff-guy (with 2 F’s) backed down. Like a bitch. And probably cried.
Later (and I assume after several more drinks) the A-Hole returned and sucker punched Bean in the eye. Because he’s a bitch. Then, with a broken bottle, he stabbed Mr. Bean (the serious one, not the funny one) in the arm. Despite his wounds, Bean refused any medical attention and opted not to go to a hospital. Instead, the actor accepted a first aid kit from the bar staff, then ordered another drink.
Source: E! Online