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Casino Royale

Linda Christian, TV's First Bond Girl, Dies at 87

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 25th 2011 11:40AM
Linda Christian, the Hollywood bombshell who became the first-ever Bond Girl in the 1954 TV adaptation of 'Casino Royale,' has died. According to a report in People, the actress lost her battle with colon cancer over the weekend at the age of 87.

Christian, born in Mexico as Blanca Rosa Welter in 1924, was discovered by Errol Flynn, and later married Hollywood leading man Tyrone Power in 1949. The couple had two children before their divorce in 1956.

The 'Casino Royale' TV adaptation aired on CBS as part of the drama anthology 'Climax!' In it, Christian starred as Valerie Mathis, the romantic interest of Barry Nelson, who played an early incarnation of the iconic British spy.

Ian Fleming's series was then in such an early stage of development that the 007 character went by the name of 'Jimmy.'

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How About 'James Bond: The TV Series?'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2010 4:05PM
James Bond logoSo MGM announced yesterday that the next James Bond movie -- number 23, if you're keeping track -- has been put on hold "indefinitely" because the studio is for sale and they have no idea what's going on with it.

This is scary stuff. It reminds me of those awful years when everything was put on hold so long that Timothy Dalton said "the heck with this, yo" and left and they were without a Bond for a while. Everything turned out OK, as Pierce Brosnan was Bond for several flicks and then Daniel Craig for the reboot. Let's hope that things get settled before everyone decides to move on.

But it got me thinking: isn't it about time we had a 007 TV series? Why not?

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Movies on TV: May 31-June 6

by Andrew Scott, posted May 31st 2009 6:00AM
WALL-ETo help celebrate the release of 'Up!,' Pixar fans may want to revisit 'WALL-E,' one of the studio's most celebrated ventures to date.

The Oscar-winning feature mixes action, adventure and comedy, and is the perfect movie for both parents and children to watch.

Also airing this week: A classic '70s musical, along with Jimmy Stewart in arguably his best-ever big screen performance.

See more of this week's must-see flicks after the jump.


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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Beefcake

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2009 9:34AM
chuck(S02E15) Chuck was in a weird place last night. The character, that is, not the show. The show picked up on a storyline from a few weeks back and set up a future episode with a new character that seemed to me a nice contrast to the Casey-Sarah-Chuck triple play.

Remember "Chuck Versus the Suburbs," when Andy Richter's corpse was dragged away in a body bag? Well, he wasn't resurrected on Fringe, like one commenter suggested. No, he's dead and his body included a belt that contained some top-secret data, most importantly, the identity of the Intersect, i.e. Chuck.

The timing of the discovery couldn't be worse, though, because Chuck had just decided to "dump" Sarah as a fake girlfriend, feeling that they had no fake/real future. Of course, be careful what you wish for, Charles. More after the jump.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 14th 2008 10:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Jonny Lee Miller: In the Limelight

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 21st 2008 2:43PM
Jonny Lee MillerWhen I first saw the commercials for ABC's Eli Stone, I didn't recognize Jonny Lee Miller. Then, after watching the first episode and liking him, I decided to find out who he was. Imagine my surprise when I learned that I had seen him, multiple times, in a variety of roles. And he was British! I was duly impressed and intrigued. Jonny Lee Miller was a helluva an actor, a chameleon who could be as convincing as a junkie named Sick Boy in Trainspotting as he was a San Francisco lawyer named Eli.

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Starz first series will be Crash

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2008 10:38AM
Cheadle HaggisStarz, the cable network, is getting into original production and their first project will be based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Crash. Glen Mazzara, whose credits include Life, The Shield, Stand-Off and Nash Bridges, has been named executive producer/showrunner for the drama series. Lionsgate TV will co-produce with Starz, and they've greenlighted 13 episodes.

The controversial film, which dealt with the intersecting lives of a myriad of people living in Los Angeles in just 48 hours, centers on the character of Detective Graham Waters. Waters, a police detective, is struggling with his career, his drug addict mother and a criminal brother. The role was played by Don Cheadle (Picket Fences), who was also one of the film's producers. He is expected to reprise the part in the Starz production and may even direct a few episodes. In addition, director/co-writer/producer Paul Haggis and others from the film are also on board for Starz.

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Networks make movie deals

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2006 11:40AM

Casino RoyaleI often wonder why the networks still spend big money to get the rights to run big screen movies. At one time it was a big deal, when there weren't many options for seeing the movies after they had run in the theaters. But in this day of being able to buy DVDs and rent DVDs and the premium cable networks, are movies still a big draw for the networks?

USA and FX must think so. USA just bought the rights to run Casino Royale for 5 years, starting in June 2009. The cost: $20 million. Meanwhile, FX has picked up the rights for four movies for around the same price. The movies are The Departed, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, V For Vendetta, and The Wicker Man.

I say USA got the better deal.

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Previously on Cinematical: Monday polls, Mr. Show, and Mac ads

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2006 6:16PM

David Cross and Bob OdenkirkOur weekly roundup of what's going on at our sister blog (we cover the small screen, they cover the bigger one), Cinematical.

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