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Title of new Bond movie, “Skyfall” and casting of Javier Bardem as villain confirmed

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With the success of both “Casino Royale” and “The Quantum of Solace,” there was never any real doubt that Daniel Craig would return to the screen for another James Bond movie, even during studio MGM’s 2010 bankruptcy proceedings. Now, coming out of a press conference this morning, we have new details about the film, including the confirmation and rebuttal of several rumors, the identity of the movie’s “Bond girl” and even the flick’s title: “Skyfall.”

Deadline picked up all the details, reminding us of an earlier rumor that stated the new film’s budget had been significantly reduced, by as much as $100 million. Sam Mendes, the director of “Skyfall,” refutes that claim, however, stating, “We’re in the same budget range as the last film. We haven’t had to change anything in the script. In fact, we keep adding things – everything is going to be just as it was.” Another rumor Mendes knocked down was the idea that his Bond would be somewhat slower and lighter on the action than its predecessors, and even mentions that he’d potentially be up for returning to the franchise after “Skyfall.”

On the casting end of things, Mendes confirmed that Javier Bardem will be playing the film’s villain, but neglected to specify who exactly the baddie is. He also announced French television actress Bérénice Marlohe as the newest “Bond girl,” named Severine. The cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and several others. There’s still no word, however, on who will be singing the film’s theme song, though persistent rumor and speculation continues to point to Adele.

As for what the movie is actually about, we still have precious few details, though Deadline asserts that in the film “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her; M16 comes under attack and Bond must track down and destroy the threat.” We also know that filming will take place in England, Scotland, Istanbul and China. So, fingers crossed, maybe we can count on a thrilling, nail-biting high-stakes Mahjong game.

What do you think about the details for “Skyfall”? Does the name work for you? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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