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Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Settlement over rights to British agent James Bond movies hints at evil Blofeld’s return LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Could Blofeld be back?The archvillain from the James Bond films — who’s often seen stroking a white cat — might be making a return to the big screen following a settlement announced Friday between studio MGM, production company Danjaq and the estate of Kevin McClory.McClory was a co-writer of the 1965 movie “Thunderball” with Bond book writer Ian Fleming but was embroiled in a legal dispute over the movie rights for over 50 years.On Friday, the three parties announced that Danjaq and MGM had acquired all of the rights and interests relating to James Bond from the McClory estate and family.Terms weren’t disclosed.The McClory family’s law firm said McClory created the iconic character, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the global terrorist organization he headed, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), which were not part of the original novels.William Kane, a lawyer who represented the McClory estate, said in a statement that the settlement “will benefit James Bond film fans throughout the world.”The legal dispute dates back to 1959, six years after the publication of Fleming’s first Bond book, “Casino Royale.” The estate claims that McClory then proposed to Fleming that they set a James Bond movie in the Bahamas, which later became “Thunderball.” Fleming allegedly took the script and wrote the novel “Thunderball” without giving McClory credit.Following a legal tussle, McClory was able to produce “Thunderball” in 1965 and put out the 1983 film “Never Say Never Again,” which brought back Sean Connery as Agent 007.That year, a competing film, “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore as 007, was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Danjaq, the production company now run by the family of late producer Albert R. Broccoli.For years, “Never Say Never Again” has been left out of the Bond canon. The movie is not listed on the official James Bond 007 website, and was not included in last year’s “Bond 50” box set of discs celebrating 50 years of James Bond, dubbed “The Complete 22 Film Collection.” MGM lists 2012’s “Skyfall” as the 23rd James Bond film.The settlement may change that.The 24th movie in the series, with Sam Mendes returning as director, is set for release in late 2015. by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2013 4:20 pm MDT read more

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Ariana Grande releases first music since Manchester attack with No Tears Left To

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Grande’s half-brother Frankie James called the track a “brilliant masterpiece”. Ariana Grande has released her first new track since the Manchester Arena attack which claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers.No Tears Left To Cry was teased by the 24-year-old through her social media channels this week and dropped at midnight on Friday in New York.It comes just under 11 months after Grande’s concert in Manchester was targeted by suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who detonated a home-made device in the foyer of the arena.Alluding to the attack and the One Love benefit concert held two weeks after the atrocity, she sings: “Ain’t got no tears left to cry.”So I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up.”Grande resolves in the song to overcome fear and hatred “even when it’s raining down”.”We’re way too fly to partake in all this hate,” she sings. “We out here vibin’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The dancer and singer wrote on Twitter: “Ariana u make me so incredibly proud every single day & today is no exception. i’m so proud of the way u have brought people from all over the world together tonight w/ £notearslefttocry.”music was made to unite & with this brilliant masterpiece u have done just that. i love u.” ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou video out now on @vevo https://t.co/U6gm2Qk82o— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 20, 2018 At the end of the video, directed by Dave Meyers, a bee can be seen flying off screen – an allusion to the worker bee symbol of Manchester.The former Nickelodeon star interrupted her Dangerous Woman tour after the bombing, returning for the One Love Manchester benefit concert.Before Tuesday Grande had not posted since January 1 and she told her followers “miss you”.A 30-second teaser clip was watched more than a million times on Twitter before she announced the new track with a tweet saying “No tears left to cry out now” written upside down. read more

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