Christoph Waltz’s return as Blofeld confirmed in first No Time to Die trailer

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging a…

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.

The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging after his helicopter was shot down by Bond.

Despite rumours Blofeld would be back, Waltz heavily hinted in interviews he would not return – with Rami Malek taking over as the main adversary of Daniel Craig’s superspy – but the SPECTRE chief briefly appears in the new trailer.

In the clip, Blofeld is shown incarcerated in a high-security cell, and says, “When her secret finds its way out, it’ll be the death of him,” with other scenes suggesting that Bond discovers something devastating about another returning character, Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Another notable moment is the first glimpse of Malek’s main villain, Safin, who Bond accuses of attempting to “play God” when the pair face off.

Fans have speculated that Safin may end up being a version of another legendary villain from the franchise, Dr. No.

Craig’s character is billed as beginning the film in retirement and is also shown meeting his replacement as 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

After meeting her predecessor, Nomi is shown telling Bond that “the world has moved on” and to “stay in your lane” or she will put a bullet in his knee – later mocking his age by adding “the one that works”.

No Time to Die, which is believed to be Craig’s last outing as 007, will hit cinemas in April.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Bee Gees biopic in the works

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees. King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin…

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is developing a biopic about the Bee Gees.

King, who produced the hit 2018 biographical movie about Freddie Mercury and rock band Queen, has now set his sights on his next musical subjects – brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, best known as the Bee Gees.

According to Deadline, he has teamed up with Paramount Pictures and production company Sister to develop a movie about the trio, whose worldwide sales of more than 220 million records established them as one of the biggest-selling groups of all time.

King confirmed the news on the GK Films Instagram account by simply sharing a picture of the group and tagging Paramount and the Bee Gees in the caption.

Executives at Paramount have also purchased the life rights to the Gibb family estate so the team will be able to use classic songs such as Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, and How Deep Is Your Love in the film.

The biopic will mark the first U.S. project for Sister, which will either serve as a producing partner or co-financier. The new venture was launched by Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former 20th Century Fox chief executive officer Stacey Snider, and Chernobyl producer Jane Featherstone.

The film will mark King’s second music-driven drama following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. It won four – including Best Actor for Rami Malek – and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The Bee Gees formed in the 1950s and were at the height of their popularity in the late ’60s and early ’70s. They are best known for their disco sound and contribution to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. The group had plenty of drama, with a number of family spats, compounded by misuse of alcohol and drugs. Barry is the only surviving member of the trio.

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Rami Malek and Daniel Craig locked lips while rehearsing Bond scene

Rami Malek and Daniel Craig found themselves sharing a smooch while rehearsing a scene for their new James Bond movie.The actors co-star in No Time to Die, in which Craig portrays 007 and Malek the villain, and while workshopping a particularly difficu…

Rami Malek and Daniel Craig found themselves sharing a smooch while rehearsing a scene for their new James Bond movie.

The actors co-star in No Time to Die, in which Craig portrays 007 and Malek the villain, and while workshopping a particularly difficult scene, the colleagues found themselves locking lips.

“We had a scene that was a very complicated scene and (Daniel and I) were rehearsing for it with our terrific director, Cary Joji Fukunaga,” Rami recalled of the moment on Wednesday during an appearance The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“We’re sitting at a table over hours just batting about ideas back and forth. And we finally cracked this really challenging scene.”

The breakthrough moment quickly turned into a kiss, with Rami explaining: “He (Daniel) grabbed me, picked me up… I can’t tell if I initiated the next moment, if it was him or I but a kiss transpired between the two of us. I’m going to say that Daniel initiated it and I was very taken aback… I took a moment, caught my breath, and I looked out and said, ‘So, does this make me a Bond Girl?'”

No Time to Die, which also stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux, is set for release in April.

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Rami Malek: ‘I miss playing Freddie Mercury’

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Cen…

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.

The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Central Park after he initially thought he was just going backstage to say a quick hello.

“It’s so special to spend time with them and and it’s the first time I got to be with them backstage and in the green room,” Malek shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday. “Then I did a walkout with them (onto the stage). They were like, ‘Why don’t you do this with us? Why don’t you walk out (from) backstage before we open the curtain and do the show?’

“In all the research (for Bohemian Rhapsody), I had a chance to see Freddie do that so many times so to be a part of that… was absolutely extraordinary… I miss it. I miss being onstage and performing – it’s a rush like no other. Being in front of the camera and working as an actor is one thing, but doing what they do, it’s on a different level of an adrenaline rush… that gratification.”

He’s also very happy to have played a part in introducing the band to a younger generation.

“What’s extraordinary now is you see young kids coming out and this whole new generation,” he smiled. “That kind of response and that energy… is something extraordinary.”

Malek recreated a number of Queen’s performances for Bohemian Rhapsody, most notably their set at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert, which he previously described as a career highlight.

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Naomi Campbell closes Saint Laurent spring 2020 show

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night. The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Sal…

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night.

The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Salma Hayek, Rami Malek, Andie MacDowell, and Ezra Miller, as she closed creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s latest presentation.

She strutted down the long runway in front of the Eiffel Tower wearing a black sequinned blazer jacket and matching trousers – a nod to the French fashion house’s famous Le Smoking suit – and black pointed ankle strap pumps with gold tips.

The 49-year-old shared footage of herself walking in the shimmering suit and wrote on Instagram, “Closing @ysl Spring Summer 2020 tonight was an honour! Thank you @anthonyvaccarello & @pg_dmcasting.”

Naomi had hinted at her appearance earlier in the day by sharing throwback footage of herself walking the YSL runway for the Couture Spring 2002 show and another snap of herself on the runway with Yves Saint Laurent himself.

“Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, you believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most! Grateful for you and for all the memories we’ve made together over the years. Kind-hearted, creative genius and fashion visionary! We miss you dearly,” she wrote in the caption.

The show marked Naomi’s first appearance for a fashion house for spring/summer 2020. Earlier this month, she walked the runway for her annual charity event, Fashion for Relief, during London Fashion Week.

For his spring/summer 2020 collection, Vaccarello channelled rocker chic, festival style, and bohemian looks, with the collection featuring gold paisley embroidered dresses, chiffon blouses, and peasant-style smocks.

The models, which included Kaia Gerber and Stella Tennant, also donned micro shorts, cut-off jeans, waistcoats, cowboy boots, and tuxedo ensembles.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Prince Charles offered role in Bond 25 – report

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at …

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. 

The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.  

A source told the publication film that bosses were inspired by his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance alongside Craig’s 007 in the short homage to the spy films which aired during the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.  

“They loved the buzz around The Queen’s appearance alongside Daniel Craig and think Charles could top even that,” the insider said. “He is the epitome of everything British, perfect for a cameo role and Bond fans worldwide would absolutely love it… Now, he is considering it.”  

The idea for a cameo reportedly came up when the royal paid a visit to the film set earlier this year and posed for photos with the 51-year-old actor. However, the source added that his sons, Princes Harry and William, might be offered the cameo next if Charles declines.  

Harry and William are no stranger to making appearances on film – they shot cameos as Stormtroopers in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but their role was cut out because they were considered too tall. 

Bond 25 is currently filming ahead of a cinema release in April 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  

Christoph Waltz will be reprising his role of Blofeld, while Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw also return. New castmembers include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, who will reportedly take over the 007 codename in the movie.  

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Jared Leto eyeing serial killer role opposite Denzel Washington in The Little Things

Jared Leto is reportedly in early talks to join Denzel Washington and Rami Malek in The Little Things. Variety sources claim the Dallas Buyers Club actor is close to sealing a deal to play a serial killer in the upcoming film, which will star Washingt…

Jared Leto is reportedly in early talks to join Denzel Washington and Rami Malek in The Little Things.

Variety sources claim the Dallas Buyers Club actor is close to sealing a deal to play a serial killer in the upcoming film, which will star Washington and Malek as cops.

John Lee Hancock, who directed The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, has been hired to write and direct the project, which begins filming later this year.

The Little Things follows Washington’s troubled and burned-out deputy sheriff Deke, who teams with top detective Baxter, played by Malek, as they attempt to catch a serial killer.

Leto has strong ties with Warner Bros., the studio behind the new project – the Oscar-winning actor appeared in Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, and as the Joker in Suicide Squad.

The 47-year-old recently wrapped production on Morbius, based on the Marvel comic-book anti-hero character, set to be released in July next year.

Leto will play Dr. Morbius, a scientist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, only to gain vampire-like abilities in the process. Back in March, the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman shared a snap from the set shortly after filming got underway, and wrote: “1 week down, 11 to go.”

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is also onboard for the movie, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa helming the project.

Leto was also seen in Netflix’s The Outsider, and recently produced the documentary A Day in the Life of America, which was filmed across America on Independence Day in 2017.

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Christoph Waltz set to reprise role as Blofeld for Bond 25

Christoph Waltz is set to reprise his role as the villainous Blofeld for upcoming movie, Bond 25.The two-time Oscar winner will once again portray adversary Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind of a global criminal organisation, to star opposite Daniel…

Christoph Waltz is set to reprise his role as the villainous Blofeld for upcoming movie, Bond 25.

The two-time Oscar winner will once again portray adversary Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind of a global criminal organisation, to star opposite Daniel Craig’s infamous spy James Bond, according to multiple outlets.

Cary Fukunaga is directing the highly-anticipated film, which will also see the return of Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw.

Waltz was first introduced as Blofeld in 2015’s Spectre, and he was seemingly alive at the end of the film after a helicopter he was in was shot down.

Rami Malek has signed on to play Bond 25’s chief villain, with Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah among the new additions to the cast.

The movie has been hit with a series of setbacks, including replacing original director Danny Boyle last year with True Detective helmer Fukunaga.

Leading man Craig was also out of action after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery.

Production is now underway, and according to multiple sources, the story will begin with Bond enjoying his retirement in Jamaica with love interest Madeleine Swann, as played by Seydoux, when he’s recruited by the CIA to help rescue a kidnapped scientist.

It was also reported that Lashana Lynch will take up the mantle of Agent 007, which editors at the Daily Mail claim is one of the additions to the script by Fleabag creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

According to the British newspaper, Lynch’s character is the person who inherits the iconic 007 designation at the beginning of the film when it is revealed Bond has retired.

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