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Rhys Ifans Not In 'Bond 23,' But Is In Trouble With The Cops Following Brouhaha At Comic-Con

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2011 7:46 AM
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According to a recent Brit report, Rhys Ifans was joining his "Enduring Love" co-star Daniel Craig in "James Bond 23." Well, you can scratch that. Asked by MTV at Comic-Con yesterday if he was in the film, Ifans joked, "No. I just have a license to kill," before confirming, "No I'm not," in the upcoming Bond flick. Bummer. But that's not all the colorful Welshman was up to in San Diego.

Rhys Ifans Joins 'James Bond 23'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2011 12:07 PM
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Longtime Welsh character actor Rhys Ifans is finally cashing in on decades of great work. Perhaps best known for roles in "Notting Hill" and "Enduring Love," you've probably seen Ifans lately in films like "Greenberg," "Mr. Nice" or "The Boat That Rocked." But lately, the thespian has been banking paychecks for blockbuster fare -- He played Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," popped up in "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang" and next summer he'll get tangled with Peter Parker as Dr. Curt Connors, aka The Lizard, in "The Amazing Spider-Man." But one more mega franchise can now add Ifans to its incredible roster of talent.

Review: The Drug Kingpin As Academic In 'Mr. Nice'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 3, 2011 3:18 AM
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Movies, and society as a whole, have struggled with how to portray drug dealers. The default showcase is the bloodthirsty villain, the person who is so one-dimensional as to think he knows what he’s doing is wrong, but does so anyway. But the cinema isn’t afraid to glamorize the profession either, showcasing the supplier as paradigm-busting rock star -- the best cars, the best planes, the best fashion, with a sex partner on each arm. Few opportunities have been taken to redefine the drug dealer as someone with a job, someone who isn’t desperately obsessed with his rise and fall, or the media circus that may relate to his surroundings. Then again, the argument could be that there haven’t been any on-screen kingpins quite like Howard Marks, the renaissance man at the heart of “Mr. Nice.”

Chris Pratt Joins Jason Segel & Emily Blunt In 'Five Year Engagement'; Rhys Ifans In Talks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 12:05 AM
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The last time we saw the names Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Nicholas Stoller all together, it was for absolutely wretched "Gulliver's Travels." That said, the talent lining up for the Segel and Stoller-penned "Five Year Engagement" is proving to be promising, and if it lands anywhere in the ballpark of their previous collaborative efforts like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," we'll be pleased as punch.

Britflick 'This Beautiful Fantastic' Resurrected With Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy & Rupert Friend

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2010 12:55 PM
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Update: Felicity Jones has also joined the cast.

Martin Sheen To Play Uncle Ben In 'Spider-Man' Reboot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2010 11:46 AM
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Let Bartlett Be Bartlett Ben We're going to come out and say this now -- we're in an uncharacteristically optimistic mood about the "Spider-Man" reboot. Aside from the excellent middle chapter, Sam Raimi's films were fairly disappointing, so it's not like there's room for improvement. There's a script by James Vanderbilt, who pulled off one of the toughest adaptations in recent memory in "Zodiac," and director Marc Webb is not only more talented than "(500) Days of Summer" might immediately suggest, but he also seems to be going about the project in the right way.

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