Photos of the 007 poster by G.
If you know me in real life, you know I have a long history with the James Bond franchise. I used to work for MGM Studios, managing the 007 film library for sales on global TV stations. There’s a reason the film franchise has been around for so long with no signs of slowing down: the films are awesome. They take you to exotic locations, they are smartly written, the action sequences are nail biters and James Bond is one of the smoothest ladies men on the planet. It’s nerve wracking when a new film for such a beloved franchise is released because after devoting so much of your life into something you love, you hope you will not be disappointed when the new comes out (see the Star Wars franchise). While the latest James Bond Daniel Craig is certainly handsome, rugged and in great shape, I am old school and don’t really want to see a blond haired, blue eyed Bond. With that being said, Daniel Craig does the character justice and kicks some serious butt and though may not be my first choice to play the role, it doesn’t bother me to watch him in it.
“Skyfall” reinvigorates the franchise and I think it’s the best of the 3 Daniel Craig 007 films. As is the case in all Bond films, there are some nail biting action sequences, some beautiful Bond girls, exotic locations and one of the highlights of the film – a really evil villain (portrayed by Javier Bardem). Without giving away any spoilers, they’ve found a great way to reintroduce 3 central Bond characters – Moneypenny, M and Q. I also appreciate that in the CGI age, the film does not go over the top with unrealistic looking action sequences and in fact, they reference the pleasure in simplicity. 007 is faced with a dilemma several times in the movie about protecting the country that has sold him down the river. It would be cool to see 007 switch sides (even for a little bit) in a future movie, but for now we will have to settle for a totally watchable and exciting old school 007 film set in the modern age. Go see it!
All photos by G.
Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman
Picture it. A crisp New York night and I had tickets to the hottest show in town: A Steady Rain at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, starring two of Hollywood’s hottest (and I mean hottest) actors: Daniel Craig (also known as 007 James Bond) and Hugh Jackman (also known as X-Men’s Wolverine).
A Steady Rain is a 2-man show about two Chicago cops telling their stories of love, loss, guilt, rage and murder in the big city. Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman were amazing! These are roles like you’ve never seen these A-listers before, so this show is a must see! Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig are so watchable in this play that when the curtain goes down, you’ll be begging for more. The show runs through December 6, and a lot of the performances are already sold out, so get your tickets while you can!
After the performance, I met both actors who both graciously signed my Playbill, so see that as well as more of Hugh and Daniel after the jump.
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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, another one of their fantastic current exhibits is a retrospective of painter Francis Bacon. Don’t confuse the surrealistic painter Francis Bacon with the philosopher of the same name or The Worley Gig’s “Bacon Thing of The Day,” but make no mistake, all 3 are worth further investigation. Bacon would have been 100 this year had he not passed away in 1992 and this exhibit showed off a fantastic body of work. For those that might not be able to make it in person to see the exhibit, there is a film about his life that was released in 1998, called “Love Is The Devil,” and it stars a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig as Bacon’s lover. Sounds pretty steamy.
Francis Bacon Retrospective - Now Showing at the Met
"Champagne for my real friends,� real pain for my sham friends" - Francis Bacon
This set of champagne flutes and T-shirt with cool Francis Bacon quote is actually for sale in the gift shop.
Francis Bacon. Hold the Mayo.
DANIEL CRAIG HUGH JACKMAN
A STEADY RAIN
By Keith Huff
Directed by John Crowley
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Don’t miss the sensational Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace) making his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman (The Boy From Oz) in the most anticipated theatrical event of the season: A Steady Rain. This riveting new American play by Keith Huff about a pair of Chicago cops, who are lifelong friends, whose differing accounts of a few harrowing days will change their lives forever. Tony nominee John Crowley (The Pillowman) directs this Broadway premiere.
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