Friday, July 31, 2015

PDI: "Henry Cavill looks up to real people, not comic book vigilantes"

02:37 AM July 31st, 2015

LOS ANGELES—In this conclusion of my column on Henry Cavill, he talks openly about what attracts him to a woman, if he would shop and buy clothes for a girlfriend (the question was inspired by a humorous scene in his new film, Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from UNCLE,” which also stars Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander), his personal heroes, why values matter to him and how he got over a heartbreak with the help of… a sandwich.

For Henry, a formal acting education isn’t a guarantee of success. “You can have a guy, who trained for 15 years in all the best schools, who won’t be as good as the guy who never trained,” he pointed out. “Acting is an intangible skill in which you reach into a bag when action happens and you really hope a performance comes out. But there’s no guarantee that it’s actually going to happen.”

There’s an amusing shopping scene in “The Man from UNCLE” where Henry and Armie’s manly characters choose the clothes and shoes for Alicia’s Gaby Teller, an East Berliner garage mechanic who suddenly finds herself a couture-draped woman on a mission with these two agents who’d really rather kill each other.

To read the whole story, click here.

Daily Mail: "Alicia Vikander knew working on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a riot"

The Man From UNCLE star Alicia Vikander reveals how the cast sang Johnny Cash songs after tense scenes... while director Guy Ritchie played the banjo 

Alicia Vikander knew working on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a riot when director Guy Ritchie invited her and cast members over to rehearse in his living room.

‘There was a whisky bottle and a vodka bottle for props, and I ended up rolling around the floor wrestling with Illya Kuryakin,’ she recalled, trying to stifle a laugh as we had breakfast in London.
She and her leading men — Henry Cavill, who plays high-end rogue-turned-suave spy Napoleon Solo, and Armie Hammer as determined Russian agent Illya Kuryakin — bonded during sessions at Ritchie’s home.

‘I was a bit nervous before I started making the film,’ Alicia admitted in between sips of her caffe Americano. But not for long. 
'Guy creates an open environment,’ explained the 26-year-old Swedish actress.

The actors had scripts, but a lot of funny business that emerged during that work on the wrestling scene was added to the film.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was originally broadcast on TV for four years, from 1964 with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum playing Solo and Kuryakin.

David Beckham first image in The Man From UNCLE

David Beckham shares sneak peek of Man From U.N.C.L.E. role on Guy Ritchie's wedding day

HE'S turned his hand at all kinds of things from football to modelling and philanthropy and now David Beckham is set to take the movie world by storm in his role in Man From U.N.C.L.E..

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Man From UNCLE: First Review

REVIEW: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

I got to see Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer battle onscreen early. Check out my review of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

By DemonHunter - Comic Book Movie  - 7/28/2015
After watching this movie, I honestly wish that Armie Hammer was cast as Batman over Ben Affleck. because the chemistry Hammer has with Henry Cavil is EXACTLY how the relationship between Batman and Superman should be (Albeit slightly different because superheros).

I will not spoil the movie, but every-time Hammer an Cavill were together everyone in the theater had their eyes glued to the screen, and when the music kicked in, EVERYONE held their breath. Tensions were high as the Russian Spy, played by an American,  squared of against the American Spy, played by a Brit. Never have i felt so tense as these two stared each other down with disgust.

But the movie wasn't just about high tension between the two spies, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a PERFECT blend of comedy, action, spy drama, and even a bit of romance. Alicia Amanda Vikander brings a sexy bit of charm and grace to counter the testosterone of the two male leads.

I'm going to say this now. The Man from U.N.C.L.E most certainly has my FAVORITE editing in any motion picture of this year. James Herbert deserves an Oscar for this film because the editing makes the movie better than what the story actually provided. There was one sequence near the end that could have been edited as a traditional action sequence. Instead it was edited in a highly stylized manor that fits the lore and tone of the movie perfectly.

To read the whole review, click here.

Variety: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E Takes Top Spot for TV Advertising"

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” debuted as the movie backed by the most advertising dollars this week. It knocked last week’s No. 1 spot holder, “Ant-Man,” from the top spot, with the latter movie falling off the list entirely.
With an estimated $10.9 million spent in advertising, Warner Bros. aims to ensure a strong debut for “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” with 1,398 national airings across 42 networks, led by ESPN and Comedy Central. In the No. 2 spot this week was “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” which also made its debut on the list with $6.5 million spent in TV advertising by Paramount.
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” saw 1,633 national airings across 44 networks led by MTV and NBC Sports, but despite more spots, it was still outspent by spy movie counterpart “U.N.C.L.E.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Warner releases 3 clips from The Man From UNCLE

Warner Brothers released 3 clips with selected scenes from The Man From UNCLE. The first shows Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) with UNCLE director, Alexander Waverly (Hugh Grant) aboard an helicopter. They discuss the mission ahead:

In the second clip, Napoleon and Illya are in the middle of a shooting inside the Vinciguerra Aerospace. There is a clear tribute to the series pilot, when Illya break a glass with a bullet. They escape in a boat, always arguing:

And the third shows more details of the "car dance" between Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) car with Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuriakin in the streets of Rome:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"My Violin and the Man From UNCLE", by Jeremy Constant

My Violin and the Man From UNCLE
July 27, 2015 

by Jeremy Constant

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It was nice to have my violin acknowledged from the stage during the concert today! We’re playing with Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. Backstage I told them the story of my violin (a J.B. Vuillaume, del Gesu model from 1850, numbered 1801) and how, after buying it, amongst its papers was a letter from Hill and Sons in London stating that it had been the favorite violin of the late David McCallum. The only David McCallum I knew of was the actor who played Illya Kuryakin on the Man From U.N.C.L.E. I used to jokingly refer to the violin as the ex-Kuryakin.

A few months after buying it, Sir Neville Mariner was conducting us and I was Concertmaster. He glanced at my violin and exclaimed “I know that violin!” I told him about the papers and he said “no, no, no…you’re thinking of David McCallum junior, the actor. His father, David McCallum senior was Tommy Beecham’s concertmaster!” 

Well, "A Day in the Life", "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby" all had fairly prominent violin solo parts during these past 2 days of performances of all Beatles music and it just felt right to be playing it on the violin that helped to bring many of those immortal pieces of music into existence.

After learning all this I started the process of trying to get in touch with David McCallum junior and after many months of clearly getting filtered/vetted by folks that were concerned with keeping the creepy people away from him, I got a lovely email from him saying “I would love to talk about daddy’s violin with you”. It took a while before our schedules lined up, but he very graciously drove to our hotel while we were on tour in LA and he was available to take a break from the set of N.C.I.S.


I showed him the instrument and played it for him (very badly unfortunately) and he was clearly pleased to see it and hear it again. We had lunch together and he told me stories of his growing up with his parents playing violin and cello and going to Hill’s shop and his dad playing the game of “spot the Strad” when he would play a handful of instruments and it was Jr’s job to identify which one was the Stradivarius.

It was really great to meet such a gracious man and to connect the history of my violin to its past. It occurs to me now that in the tradition of naming violins after well deserving former players, this violin should now be christened the ex-McCallum Vuillaume.

(c) Jeremy Constant/Slipped Disc
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The original story can be found in this link.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The last official Man From UNCLE trailer


This is the last official The Man From UNCLE trailer before the movie release, in August 14. There are new scenes, like president John Kennedy in a speech praising American-Soviet colaboration for the world safety. Napoleon Solo and Kuryakin open a big safe. And Kuryakin always calls his partner Solo "cowboy".

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New images for The Man From UNCLE


Warner Bros. just released a new set of new promotional pictures for the Man From UNCLE:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's official: David Beckham makes feature film debut in The Man From UNCLE

David Beckham makes feature film debut in The Man From U.N.C.L.E and he's really very excited

David Beckham will make his first big screen appearance in more than a decade in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Goldenballs - who retired from football in 2013 - will appear in Guy Ritchie's big screen version of the classic television show, and he's really very excited about it, apparently.
He posed with a massive poster of the movie, looking beyond thrilled in a pic on his fashion designer/musical superstar wife Victoria Beckham's Instagram account.
"Becks gets the plot going and sets the scene for the rest of the movie," a source who did not wish to be named told the Sun.
They insider added: "He only needed a day on set to film so it didn't take too much time out of his schedule."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Man From UNCLE: the Game

Watch the trailer for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Mission: Berlin

Play as the CIA’s finest or the KGBs best in the new 3D multiplayer action-based adventure game, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Mission: Berlin. Choose your spy and complete the Top Secret missions. Once a mission is complete, use points to upgrade your spy’s abilities then record and share gameplay.


To read the complete Flickering Myth post, click here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This is The Man From UNCLE Soundtrack CD

August, 7, 2015 is the day Amazon will start to sell The Man From UNCLE Soundtrack CD. Daniel Pemberton composed 17 of the 24 tracks. The other 7 are samples of the 1960's sound and includes jazz/r&b oriented songs (by Roberta Flack, Solomon Burke and Nina Simone) and classic Italian pop (with Nico Fidenco, Luigi Tenco, Peppino Gagliardi and Louis Prima). The most "exotic" track was composed by Brazilian "tropicalist" Tom Zé. (Click here to read his interview to this blog).

This is the track list of The Man From UNCLE Soundtrack CD:

1. Compared To What (Roberta Flack
2. Out Of The Garage (Daniel Pemberton)
3. His Name Is Napoleon Solo (Daniel Pemberton)
4. Escape From East Berlin (Daniel Pemberton)
5. Jimmy, Renda-se (Tom Zé and Valdez)
6. Mission: Rome (Daniel Pemberton)
7. The Vinciguerra Affair (Daniel Pemberton)
8. Bugs, Beats and Bowties (Daniel Pemberton)
9. Cry To Me (Solomon Burke)
10. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days (Louis Prima)
11. Signori Toileto Italiano (Daniel Pemberton)
12. Breaking In (Searching The Factory) (Daniel Pemberton)
13. Breaking Out (The Cowboy Escapes) (Daniel Pemberton)
14. Che Vuole Questa Musica Stasera (Peppino Gagliardi)
15. Into The Lair (Betrayal Part I) (Daniel Pemberton)
16. Laced Drinks (Betrayal Part II) (Daniel Pemberton)
17. Il Mio Regno (Luigi Tenco)
18. Circular Story (Daniel Pemberton)
19. The Drums Of War (Daniel Pemberton)
20. Take You Down (Daniel Pemberton)
21. We Have Location (Daniel Pemberton)
22. A Last Drink (Daniel Pemberton)
23. Take Care Of Business (Nina Simone)
24. The Unfinished Kiss (Daniel Pemberton)

Daily Mail: "Armie Hammer flies solo as he promotes Man From U.N.C.L.E."

He really IS the Lone Ranger! Armie Hammer flies solo as he promotes Man From U.N.C.L.E

He played the titular role in 2013 version of The Lone Ranger  - and cut a solo figure in real life on Sunday. Armie Hammer was pretty much unmissable standing tall at 6'5" as he headed through Los Angeles International Airport. The Social Network actor, 28, looked flight-ready in a check-shirt, teamed with dark blue denim jeans. 

He stars alongside Henry Cavill - who plays CIA Agent Napoleon Solo who must team up with his KGB counterpart Illya Kuryakin, played by Hammer, 28. The pair are tasked to stop a mysterious international organization with an atom bomb that's bent on starting World War Three.


680News/AP: The women from 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.', Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki & Alicia Vikander

Meet the women from 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.', Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki

Last Updated Jul 20, 2015 at 9:40 am EDT
SAN DIEGO – You might say Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki danced their way into “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
Both are former ballerinas who drew on dance backgrounds for their roles in Guy Ritchie’s latest action romp.
“I know I used it when I was creating my character,” Debicki said. “She’s a villain, but I always had this idea that she sort of almost floated.”
Vikander, 26, and Debicki, 24, star alongside Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” Ritchie’s slick take on the beloved 1960s TV series. Vikander is a feisty car mechanic who gets caught up in a caper with a CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Hammer). Debicki is the villainess they’re trying to take down.
Both actresses said Ritchie’s film set was a collaborative and relaxed environment, though Debicki is convinced “Guy’s brain works at a different pace (than) most human beings’.”
She and Vikander were both surprised by the final film.
“He cut it in a way that only Guy can, and he added a soundtrack that only Guy could imagine,” the French-born Debicki said. “So we both had the same experience when we watched the film, like, ‘Oh, that was what we made.'”

Sunday, July 19, 2015

E!: "Alicia Vikander Slapped Armie Hammer in the Face—And He Had No Idea It Was Coming!"

The E! Reporter with Elizabeth Debicki and Alicia Vikander

Actress Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller) told E! reporter in the last ComicCon that director Guy Ritchie told her to slap Armie Hammer (Illya Kuryakin) in the face, in a shot. And Armie was not warned about it:
"Vikander says director Guy Ritchie pulled her aside and whispered that she should hit him. "Guy was like, 'Go over there and slap him,'" she told me at Comic-Con. "I was like, 'Can I?'" So she did. "[Armie] got a bit surprised the first time I did it," Vikander said. "The first time I did it, I was like, 'I'm sorry.'"
To see the slapping, watch the last The Man From UNCLE trailer clicking here. The scene is at 3:15.
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Henry Cavill about The Man from UNCLE: "Cool, sexy, fun..."

A short video with Henry Cavill in the ComicCon in San Diego reveals his point of view about The Man From UNCLE movie. Elizabeth Debicki also talks about the movie concept. Watch the video:

The new UNCLE yellow poster

Arnie Hammer, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Vikander and a red race car are in the new The Man From UNCLE poster. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A lot more of The Man From UNCLE in a new 5 minutes long trailer

A new The Man From UNCLE with 5 minutes full of new scenes were exibited at the Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego, California. Among other things the new trailer shows:

  • KGB's Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) chasing CIA's Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) over the Berlin Wall (the film is set in 1965)
  • a big fight between Solo and Kuryakin in the scene they realise that will have to work together for UNCLE (their chiefs are together)
  • Solo and Kuryakin in their first day of joint operation insulting each other while taking a drink
  • a big naval operation involving a carrier, a submarine a missile and helicopters
  • Kuryakin shows Solo that the Russians have a better gadget to break in fences
  • more scenes with Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander)
  • more details of the scene where Gaby seduces Illya
  • more vehicles (including one amphibian buggy)
  • the meaning of abbreviation U.N.C.L.E.
This is the new The Man From UNCLE 5 minutes trailer:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Guy Ritchie talks to Collide about his UNCLE

Guy Ritchie is a young (46) and very talented British movie director. His fame started with the violent Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). In 2009 he dared to reinvent the myth of Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr. Now, he is giving his unique view (as director and co-screenwriter) of a 50 years old TV institution: The Man From UNCLE.

Steve Weintrab, from Collide site, made the most complete interview with Ritchie about UNCLE. Excerpts:

COLLIDE: Why remake Man from U.N.C.L.E.?
GUY RITCHIE: It appealed to me, frankly. I wanted something to do after Sherlock, we looked at every project that was on the market and none of them tickled my fancy, really. It was just the title, I suppose it was a nostalgic thing, I always thought it was a cool title. I always liked the tone of the TV series. I thought it’d have legs and I thought I could do a good job with it, that’s really why.
COLLIDE If you could talk about the tone, were there certain movies you were looking at?
RITCHIE: There were certain movies, I suppose it’s a tone more than movies that I’m attracted to, that can watch endlessly. If you find a TV series that you like, you like the tone of the TV series or the movie. In a way, it’s a better illustration as a TV series because it goes on for so long and you have to have a consistent tone, I think that’s what I’m interested in. A tone like Butch Cassidy. The funny thing about Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid is I remember it not being a very revered film, and the reason it wasn’t revered at the time was that it was a comedy, people tend to look slightly down their nose at a comedy. Thinking, ‘Oh that’s a comedy so we won’t take it that seriously,’ and I think it’s that much harder to make a good comedy than it is straight and apparently serious.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Five new posters for The Man From UNCLE

Warner released a new set of posters with individual characters, without mentioning their names, just a tagline. In the poster above, Alicia Vikander is Gaby Teller, a mechanic (!) from East Berlin. (The Man From UNCLE is set in 1963).

Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverly

Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria Vinciguerra

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo

Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin

Episode # 23: Del Floria's big secret

Somewhere in Manhattan. Napoleon Solo enter the Del Floria's Tailor Shop - Cleaning & Pressing. Recognizing agent Solo, Mist...