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The Gray Man Fulfills Ana de Armas’ No Time To Die Promise

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Ana de Armas returns to the spy action movie genre in The Gray Man and Ana’s new role takes her scenes as Paloma in No Time To Die to the next level.

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Ana de Armas’ role in The Gray Man fulfills the promise she showed as Paloma in No Time To Die. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, The Gray Man is based on the novel by Mark Greaney and centers on Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling), a top CIA operative on the run after uncovering corruption at the heart of the Agency. Ana de Armas plays Dani Miranda, a CIA agent caught between helping Six escape the villainous operative coming after him, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), and following her orders from the Agency’s sinister director, Denny Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page).

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As Paloma, de Armas stole No Time To Die from Daniel Craig’s James Bond during their unforgettable scenes together. Paloma was the CIA agent stationed in Havana, Cuba who Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) assigned to help 007 infiltrate a Spectre event and capture a scientist abducted by the minions of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Paloma, who claimed she only had three weeks of training, utterly charms Bond (and the audience). But the CIA operative also proved that she wasn’t just at 007’s side because of her smashing looks and sultry cocktail dress. When it came time for a violent shootout with the agents working for Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek), Paloma capably held her own fighting alongside Bond. Thanks to Paloma’s skill and ingenuity, 007 was able to complete his Cuba mission, and it was a disappointment when it became clear Paloma would not be sticking around for the rest of the film.


Thankfully, Dani Miranda is a major character in The Gray Man and she’s the primary female protagonist in the film. Miranda makes contact with Sierra Six in Bangkok at the start of The Gray Man and is there to lend support as his mission goes sideways. After Six acquires a thumb drive with proof of Denny Carmichael’s corruption and goes on the run, Dani pieces together who is actually in the wrong, which is confirmed during her briefing with the odious CIA head. From there, Miranda goes rogue to assist Six, rescuing him in Vienna and fighting at the Gray Man’s side in Prague and into the film’s ultraviolent climax in Croatia.


The Gray Man Improves On Paloma In No Time To Die

As memorable and effective a sidekick as Paloma was in No Time To Die, she was still cut from the classic Bond Girl mode where Paloma was presented with her sex appeal front and center. The Gray Man takes a different route by reconceiving Dani Miranda as a field agent, first and foremost. Dani is always a professional doing her duty, but she’s guided by her moral compass, unlike her CIA  superiors. Miranda is never in The Gray Man to serve as Sierra Six’s love interest and, while Ana de Armas’ beauty and charisma shine through, Dani is never a sex object. Even better, Dani is a formidable fighter, proficient with guns, in hand-to-hand combat, and she gets to drive the Bond-like Audi supercar owned by former CIA London station chief Margaret Cahill (Alfre Woodard).


Dani actually saves Sierra Six several times in The Gray Man, which becomes a running joke that wounds Six’s already battered ego. Miranda goes toe-to-toe with the dangerous assassin, Avik San (Dhanush), and she even gets to shoot Lloyd Hansen in the posterior. By the end of The Gray Man, Dani is in a position where she doesn’t have to fear Denny Carmichael’s wrath. Ana de Armas will next play a female assassin in Ballerina, a spinoff of John Wick, which will continue her action movie chops. But The Gray Man‘s Dani Ramirez is much closer as a spiritual continuation of Paloma in No Time To Die, just taking that same female CIA operative archetype to another level.


  • The Gray Man (2022)Release date: Jul 15, 2022




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TCM Sets Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary Program Slate Including 10 Restored Classic Films

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Warner Bros. will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a block of programming on Turner Classic Movies starting April 1.

TCM will broadcast remastered and newly restored versions of 10 classic Warner Bros. films, each featuring an introduction from a filmmaker or film expert culled from the network’s ongoing partnership with the Film Foundation, a non-profit preservation and exhibition organization. The program coincides with the April 13-16 run of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

On April 13, a new 4K restoration of 1959’s “Rio Bravo,” Howard Hawks’ classic western starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson, will premiere on TCM and serve as the opening night film of the festival. Dickinson will attend the in-person event, while Martin Scorsese will introduce the film on TCM’s small-screen presentation. Similarly, Warner Bros. will premiere a new 4K restoration of Elia Kazan’s “East of Eden,” starring James Dean, on both the big screen and the network, the latter featuring an introduction by filmmakers Wes Anderson and Joanna Hogg.

Other films planned for broadcast on TCM include “Land of the Pharaohs” and “Storm Warning” (both introduced by Scorsese), “Rachel, Rachel” (introduced by Ethan Hawke), “Safe in Hell” (by Alexander Payne), and “A Lion is in the Streets,” introduced by Daphne Dentz and Robyn Sklaren of the Warner Bros. Discovery Library.

TCM additionally plans to program trailers, archival interviews, documentaries and other ephemera from Warner Bros., complementing festival programs such as “Looney Tunes at the Oscars” and “Warner Bros. Coming Attractions,” panels exploring the studio’s extensive history.



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Jeff Goldblum Addresses His Jurassic Park Costar’s Cancer Diagnosis

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Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum has addressed his costar Sam Neill’s diagnosis of stage 3 blood cancer. Goldblum portrayed mathematician Dr. Ian Macolm in the first Jurassic Park film opposite Neill’s paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant. He returned to his role as Ian in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and in Jurassic World: Dominion, the latter of which saw him reunite with Neill in the franchise for the first time since Spielberg’s original film.


Speaking with Evening Standard, Goldblum opened up about Neill’s diagnosis of stage 3 blood cancer, which the Jurassic Park actor revealed in his recent autobiography. He quietly spoke about Neill’s remission, hopeful that the actor would recover soon. Read what Goldblum had to say below:

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“He shared it with us early on. He’s been in constant touch with me and, well, he looks fantastic, he sounds great. Hopefully, he’s as healthy as a horse now. I just adore him.”


How Jeff Goldblum & Sam Neill’s Jurassic Park Roles Defined Them

Having starred in Jurassic Park in 1993, Goldblum and Neill have continued to be friends since taking their roles in the dinosaur franchise. During the production of Jurassic World: Dominion and while dealing with the Covid pandemic, the duo began singing and posting cover songs online. The pair are good friends, which makes Goldblum’s well wishes for Neill’s recovery process all the more heartwarming.

Goldblum and Neill are also the only actors whose Jurassic Park characters visited Isla Sorna on the big screen. Ian Malcolm went to Site B in The Lost World: Jurassic Park to document the dinosaurs, while Alan Grant visited the island in Jurassic Park III after being hired to find a lost boy. Their return in subsequent Jurassic Park sequels underscores their roles as the heart of the franchise, made all the more prominent because of their reunion in Jurassic World: Dominion.

Thankfully, Neill’s cancer has been in remission for the last eight months, indicating the treatment he went through has been working to save his life. The talented actor is already filming a new project as well, having reassured his fans in an Instagram post earlier this week that he is doing well. Goldblum’s concern for his friend is one of many well wishes the Jurassic Park star has received as he continues to recover from his diagnosis.

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Vanessa Hudgens Sets Philippines Travel Documentary Exploring Her Family’s Asian Heritage

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Vanessa Hudgens, the Asian American actor whose career kicked off in Disney’s “High School Musical” series, is set to shoot a travel documentary in the Philippines, the country of her mother’s birth.

The untitled project will shoot in Palawan and Manila in March. Paul Soriano is attached as a director, producer and executive producer. Mark A. Victor of TEN17P will also serve as executive producer. No distributor, broadcaster or streaming platform has yet been disclosed.

Soriano’s recent credits include directing the 2019 film “Mañanita” and Manny Pacquiao biopic “Kid Kulafu.”

The documentary is said to showcase the relationship between Hudgens and her Filipino mother, Gina, who emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 25, as well as Hudgens’ sister, Stella.

Since “High School Musical,” Hudgens has notched up key roles in “Spring Breakers”, “Gimme Shelter,” “Bad Boys for Life,” and the Oscar-nominated Lin-Manuel Miranda-directed musical “Tick, Tick …Boom!” Hudgens executive produced and starred in the film “The Knight Before Christmas” and all three installments of “The Princess Switch” series for Netflix. Hudgens is next set to star in the upcoming films “French Girl” and “Bad Boys 4.”

“I feel like ours is such a relatable story to so many women all over the world,” Hudgens said in a statement announcing the documentary. “The more that we can share, the more we can lift each other up.”

“We are honored to work with Vanessa for this film project. It’s inspiring to note that with everything she has achieved in life, she wants to discover her Filipino roots and pay homage to her mother’s country. Hopefully, this opens doors for many more collaborations to come,” said Soriano in a statement.

Soriano previously produced “A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery” (2016), which won a special film award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and “Transit” in 2013, which was selected as the Philippines’ entry for the foreign language film category at the Academy Awards. He is also a presidential creative adviser to the Philippines’ government.

Hudgens is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, the Lede Company and Ziffren Brittenham.



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