November 8, 2012 |
Timothy Dalton, who starred as James Bond in two of the franchise's films, has seen 007 from numerous angles over the decades. But the 66-year-old believes current super-spy Daniel Craig may have his predecessors beat. "There's a case to be made that Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever, or at least in a very long time," Dalton said in a phone interview from London. "With Roger Moore it was a pastiche that almost became a parody at the end. And with Pierce [Brosnan], I think he wanted to go darker and deeper but that wasn't what those movies were.” (Dalton left himself and the pre-Moore Bonds of the 1960s and early 1970s, including Sean Connery, out of the equation.)
October 28, 2013 |
With seats scarce and ticket prices through the roof, "Betrayal" is one of the most coveted shows on Broadway. The production features real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz enacting Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, directed by Mike Nichols. "Betrayal," which officially opened Sunday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York, has already made news for its robust box-office performance. The production has exceeded $1.1 million in ticket sales on a weekly basis during its preview period -- a number more often associated with blockbuster musicals than revivals of plays.
October 18, 2012 |
Hopes for “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” a potential follow-up to David Fincher's English-language “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” slowed considerably after the first movie performed only decently at the box office. But star Daniel Craig says he hasn't given up on the possibility of a new installment - and in fact hopes to persuade the director to return. “Of course I'll embrace [the movie], especially if Fincher does it,” Craig told The Times, adding, “I'm definitely going to work on him.” Fincher, who has a range of projects in development, has been publicly noncommittal about returning to the franchise, which follows a Swedish-language art-house hit. The director has never made a sequel in his long career.
October 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Wielding silence as deftly as he harnessed speech, British playwright Harold Pinter wrote plays that have the precision of musical scores. Much of the joy in encountering these extravagantly minimalist works in performance is noticing where the stresses have been placed and interpretive liberties taken. "Betrayal," first produced in London in 1978, is the Pinter play that has lately been drawing the starriest interpreters. In Ian Rickson's 2011 West End revival, Kristin Scott Thomas was like an icy cinder, coolly burning her way to the heart of this drama that lays bare the gamesmanship of marital infidelity.
October 3, 2011 |
In the uneven new horror-thriller "Dream House," Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig portray a couple who have just moved from the big city out to the country where they hope to raise their two daughters in peace. Despite their newfound comfy domesticity, things seem a bit odd for the family right from the start, not least because Craig goes into town and talks to other people while Weisz never makes it more than a few steps off the porch. It's not a spoiler to say that it turns out a family was murdered in their house five years earlier and Craig might not be quite the innocent out of his element he seems to be. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a script by David Loucka, "Dream House" feels like the filmmakers went rummaging through some kind of bargain bin of storytelling spare parts — a touch of "The Amityville Horror," a piece of "The Shining," a bit of "The Sixth Sense," and why not throw in a little "Shutter Island" too while we're at it?
November 5, 2012
James Bond has raked in nearly $300 million at the box office before even opening in the U.S. "Skyfall," the 23rd entry in the Bond spy series and the third starring Daniel Craig, grossed a massive $156 million over the weekend in 81 countries, bringing its total box office after less than two weeks abroad to $287 million. Among the countries where it had big openings this past weekend — significantly bigger than the last two Bond movies, "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale" — were Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Austria, India, Taiwan and Mexico (though it was beaten by Disney's animated comedy "Wreck-It Ralph" in Mexico)