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By SLOANE BROWN | November 26, 2006
If you needed to get in the mood for the latest James Bond movie, you needed to go no farther than Pimlico Race Course for a benefit for Johns Hopkins' Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases. The clubhouse was all decked out in Casino Royale fashion, for a pre-screening party for the movie itself. What's a Bond movie without Bond girls? Good thing, there were two of them right inside the door -- gold-covered, gun-toting, bikini-clad models doing classic poses (like the kind you often see in the opening credits)
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 24, 2009
Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Marc Forster. Released by MGM. $29.95, blu-ray $34.95. ** 1/2 (2 1/2 STARS) dvds Quantum of Solace is a fine modern spy thriller, but it's not much of a James Bond film. Despite all the fuss a few years back about his being the first blond Bond, Daniel Craig is just fine as the unflappable 007. His steely-eyed glare suggests all manner of powerful emotions beneath emotions beneath the surface, and Bond has been nothing if not a powder keg waiting to be lit. But in Quantum of Solace, the 22nd "official" Bond movie (not counting 1983's Never Say Never Again, which was made by a rival studio, and the 1967 farce Casino Royale)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 16, 2006
Based on the trailer alone, moviegoers have been saying that the James Bond of Casino Royale is not your daddy's 007. And he's not. He's actually your granddaddy's 007. Casino Royale (Sony) Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Martin Campbell. Rated PG-13. Time 144 minutes.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 10, 2009
Series The Biggest Loser: : After a relay race, the winning team enjoys 24 hours of luxury, but some contestants are unable to resist temptation. (8 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11) American Idol: : The top 13 finalists perform. (8 p.m., WBFF-Channel 45) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: : After three years in the witness protection program, Cabot (Stephanie March) returns, while detectives investigate the murder of a pediatrician who had been found guilty of sexually assaulting four of his patients.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | November 1, 2008
With the newest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, opening in theaters in two weeks, now may be a good time to revisit the film that introduced the first blond Bond, Daniel Craig. Released just two years ago, Casino Royale (4:30 p.m., Showtime) introduced Craig as 007 by returning to the series' roots. The movie is based on Bond creator Ian Fleming's first book (published in 1953) and shows Britain's most famous secret agent earning his vaunted "license to kill," the freedom that makes him a top spy. Craig doesn't have the rakish charm or effortless grace of predecessors Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but he's more physical than either.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 14, 2005
Now we know we're hitting the big time: James Bond has been seen on the streets of Baltimore and will be stationed here for at least another few weeks. British actor Daniel Craig, set to be introduced as the next 007 at a London news conference today, has been in Baltimore since late last month. He's playing opposite Nicole Kidman in The Visiting, a film about invading aliens - it'll be the fourth screen adaptation of Jack Finney's 1955 novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers - that is largely being filmed here and in Washington.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 24, 2009
Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Marc Forster. Released by MGM. $29.95, blu-ray $34.95. ** 1/2 (2 1/2 STARS) dvds Quantum of Solace is a fine modern spy thriller, but it's not much of a James Bond film. Despite all the fuss a few years back about his being the first blond Bond, Daniel Craig is just fine as the unflappable 007. His steely-eyed glare suggests all manner of powerful emotions beneath emotions beneath the surface, and Bond has been nothing if not a powder keg waiting to be lit. But in Quantum of Solace, the 22nd "official" Bond movie (not counting 1983's Never Say Never Again, which was made by a rival studio, and the 1967 farce Casino Royale)
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By Los Angeles Times | March 10, 2009
Series The Biggest Loser: : After a relay race, the winning team enjoys 24 hours of luxury, but some contestants are unable to resist temptation. (8 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11) American Idol: : The top 13 finalists perform. (8 p.m., WBFF-Channel 45) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: : After three years in the witness protection program, Cabot (Stephanie March) returns, while detectives investigate the murder of a pediatrician who had been found guilty of sexually assaulting four of his patients.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
Few things tickle me more than hearing a great French actor ask in French-accented English, "Do yooo theenk I am stooopid?" After hearing Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) spit out that line like tainted meat, I wasn't sure Quantum of Solace could get back its gravitas. It does, thanks to Daniel Craig, the most Byronic of 007s, who, with scarcely any help from the filmmakers, manages the astonishing task of rooting an outlandish yet sober-sided movie in reality and bringing it an air of wicked amusement, too. Craig's Bond is emotionally wounded and psychologically all shook up, but he knows exactly what his strengths are. They include his ruthless cunning and his determination to follow the straightest line to a destination, even if it means racing through an Italian street procession or the Austrian amphitheater that houses a mammoth production of Tosca.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 12, 2006
Barbara Broccoli, the co-chief of the James Bond moviemaking clan, won't be able to appear at "the East Coast exclusive benefit screening" of the new Bond movie Casino Royale at the Senator Theatre on Wednesday. The royal (and world) premiere of the movie occurs in London the day before, and she can't jet back in time from her audience with the Queen, she explains over the phone from New York. "My cousin Jimmy [Dr. James D'Orta] will be at the screening in Baltimore, and he's the real hero of the story," she says.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
Few things tickle me more than hearing a great French actor ask in French-accented English, "Do yooo theenk I am stooopid?" After hearing Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) spit out that line like tainted meat, I wasn't sure Quantum of Solace could get back its gravitas. It does, thanks to Daniel Craig, the most Byronic of 007s, who, with scarcely any help from the filmmakers, manages the astonishing task of rooting an outlandish yet sober-sided movie in reality and bringing it an air of wicked amusement, too. Craig's Bond is emotionally wounded and psychologically all shook up, but he knows exactly what his strengths are. They include his ruthless cunning and his determination to follow the straightest line to a destination, even if it means racing through an Italian street procession or the Austrian amphitheater that houses a mammoth production of Tosca.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | November 9, 2008
In Dr. No, the film that started it all, she's a seashell collector, rising Venus-like out of the Jamaican surf, filling out a white bikini in all the best ways. Forty-six years later, in Quantum of Solace, she's a slinky double-agent every bit as dangerous as Bond himself. Hard to believe, but she never even goes to bed with 007! My, how those Bond girls have changed. To be sure, their primary function is still eye candy. Quantum's Olga Kurylenko may never achieve the notoriety that Ursula Andress did in Dr. No, but that's only because the times have changed, not the standards.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | November 1, 2008
With the newest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, opening in theaters in two weeks, now may be a good time to revisit the film that introduced the first blond Bond, Daniel Craig. Released just two years ago, Casino Royale (4:30 p.m., Showtime) introduced Craig as 007 by returning to the series' roots. The movie is based on Bond creator Ian Fleming's first book (published in 1953) and shows Britain's most famous secret agent earning his vaunted "license to kill," the freedom that makes him a top spy. Craig doesn't have the rakish charm or effortless grace of predecessors Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but he's more physical than either.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | October 23, 2008
Clooney reportedly back in the arms of ex-girlfriend It appears that George Clooney's on-and-off long-running romance with actress Krista Allen is on again, according to the New York Daily News. Clooney and Allen dated for two years beginning in 2002 when he cast her in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, his adaptation of the Chuck Burris memoir. Allen broke it off in March 2004. Clooney dated model Lisa Snowden for a time, then he and Allen got together again in 2006. He moved on to cocktail waitress Sarah Larson but broke off with her last spring.
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February 5, 2007
Authorities have accused Oscar-nominated actor Ryan O'Neal of assaulting his adult son at the actor's home over the weekend. Deputies and paramedics were called to O'Neal's Malibu, Calif., home at 12:30 a.m. Saturday "regarding a battery that had occurred," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Benedict said yesterday. "Deputies determined ... Griffin O'Neal, his son, had been assaulted by his father," Benedict said. Ryan O'Neal, 65, was arrested and accused of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm.
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By Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach and Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critics | December 29, 2006
Capsules by Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach unless noted. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Apocalypto -- pits a spotless young Mayan man, Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), against evil marauders led by their majestically efficient captain Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo) and the satanically sadistic Snake Ink (Rodolfo Palacios). Although it's told in a Mayan dialect, with English subtitles, the movie is just an arthouse film for jocks. Only the surface is exotic: the Mayan empire in its late-decadent phase.
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By John Horn and John Horn,Los Angeles Times | December 1, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- --Most screenwriters prefer working in a quiet office. Some seek out coffee shops, while others hole up in hotel rooms. Paul Haggis didn't have the time for any of that - he was typing on a laptop in the passenger seat of a van bounding down Interstate 25 at 70 mph. The creative voice behind the past two best picture winners - he wrote Million Dollar Baby and co-wrote and directed Crash - Haggis also shares screenplay credit on...
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | October 16, 1993
Gee, this is going to be tough. What's tonight's best bet on TV? A rerun of "When Harry Met Sally . . .?" Or could it be that baseball game on CBS? Yeah, that's the ticket . . . and the way the playoff structure is being tampered with by the team owners, we may look back on this as the last great "old" World Series.* "When Harry Met Sally . . ." (8-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nora Ephron, who wrote "Sleepless in Seattle," wrote this 1989 romantic comedy as well. Both of them star Meg Ryan, which most people know, but here's a more obscure nugget.
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