Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has said he has every sympathy for his successor, Daniel Craig, after his first 007 stunt went wrong, according to newspaper reports this week.
Craig had his teeth knocked out during a fight scene for the new Bond movie Casino Royale.
"I got stitched up and sewn up a few times, it just didn't get in the papers," said Brosnan at the UK premiere of his new film The Matador in London on Tuesday evening.
"I had my face sliced open by a stuntman. I had a knee injury. You get twisted some way or another if you throw yourself into it. There's going to be mishaps."
Some critics have said Craig is a poor choice for Bond.
But Brosnan said: "I think Daniel is a very fine actor. These are rocky waters and they're going to get him one way or another, but I think he will have the last laugh at the end of it."
However, according to the Times newspaper on Wednesday, there is new trouble in store for Craig.
In Casino Royale, Bond will once again be driving an Aston Martin. However, it will be an automatic, as Craig does not know how to drive a manual car.
A top Hollywood lawyer on Tuesday pleaded innocent to hiring a celebrity sleuth accused of bugging stars' phones to wiretap the ex-wife of billionaire ex-movie mogul Kirk Kerkorian.
Kerkorian's longtime lawyer and business partner Terry Christensen, 65, will remain free on bail pending trial following his indictment last week in connection with his dealings with private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano, in a case that threatens to implicate some big Tinseltown names.
Christensen is accused of paying Pellicano at least US$100,000 to bug the phone of former tennis pro Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, who was married to MGM Mirage casino boss and former MGM movie studio owner Kerkorian in 2002.
At the time of the wiretapping, she was involved in a fight over child support with her former husband, who had denied fathering her daughter, then four-year-old Kira, prosecutors contend.
But Christensen's criminal lawyer Terree Bowers insisted that his client was simply protecting one of his clients, and that he did nothing wrong.
Hollywood stars Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore have signed on to play two eccentric relatives of former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who lived in a flea-infested home.
King Long and The Postman Always Rings Twice star Lange and Charlie's Angels actress Barrymore will play a mother and daughter team -- Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale -- in Grey Gardens, Daily Variety said Wednesday.
Cyprus will host its first film festival next month and the winning director will receive US$20,000 along with a golden statue of Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love said to have emerged from the sea off the island's shores.
The cash prize for the best feature film will be contingent on the directors promising to make their next movie on the picturesque yet divided Mediterranean island, known for its olive groves and long, sandy beaches.
The will include the screening of 130 films from 40 countries competing in feature film, short film and animation categories.
Grbavica by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic has won the Berlin Film Festival's coveted Golden Bear for best film.
The film, about the agony of women raped as part of ethnic cleansing in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, was chosen by an eight-member international jury headed by internationally renowned British actress Charlotte Rampling.
Grbavica was one of 19 films competing for this year's festival's top honors, with most of the movies exploring the hard edge of life and politically charged issues.
"I am dreaming this," said 31-year-old Zbanic at the Gala award ceremony event in Berlin. It was her debut feature film.
Zbanic went on to say: "I would like to take the opportunity to remind us all of the fact that the war criminals Radovan Karadzic and s still live undisturbed in Europe."
June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide
For more than a century, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) has been connecting the north and south of the nation. Between 1912 and 1926, the rail network was expanded to the eastern counties of Hualien and Taitung. Even though the number of people living in Taiwan has grown massively — it has more than tripled since World War II — a combination of population outflow in certain places, and a greater range of transportation options, has led to the closure of several TRA stations. One of the most-visited retired stations is in, and named for, Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山). Until the late
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there