Daniel Craig “No Time To Die” Movie Review and Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

[Cover Photo] Photo Credit: Nicola Dove MGM Pictures

It’s the end of an era for James Bond fans, including myself, and we say goodbye to Daniel Craig as he closes the chapter on the iconic role. 

The movie is called “No Time to Die” and runs two hours and forty-three minutes, and throughout the entire duration, you are in it from start to finish. Daniel Craig has played the role of Ian Fleming character for 15 years.

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Starting in 2006 with Casino Royale, then Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012, Spectre in 2015, and closing things out with No Time To Die in 2021. Initially, the movie was supposed to be released in 2020 but postponed numerous times due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Now that society is returning to a “New Normal” we are heading back to the movies. My first movie back from the pandemic is “No Time to Die,” and I couldn’t be more excited because the trailer released presented a promising film, closing out the character’s storyline for fans of Craig’s character.

The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga has everything you expect from a James Bond film. Action, Romance, plenty of tech, and a fantastic cast. Rami Malek, who plays Lyutsifer Safin, the main villain, was perfection. His dialogue with bond was pure art towards the end. Creating a similar pain, he endured in his past for bond.


Photo Credit: Nicola Dove | MGM Pictures

So what about the plot? It’s a familiar plot that we’ve seen in other science fiction movies. Science experiment from the past comes back to haunt the scientist with the bad guy wanting total world domination for himself. Felix Leiter, played by Jeffery Wright, comes back to recruit bond to stop Malek’s character from succeeding in this one. 

Even though he is MI6, Bond works with the CIA in this mission since he’s officially retired for five years now, and his 007 status reassigned to new character Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch. The rest of the cast from previous movies returns, including Ralph Fiennes as M, Rory Kinnear as M’s chief of staff, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Madeleine Swann as Léa Seydoux (Bond love interest). 

With returning faces and new faces, the movie provides a balance to make up the emotional closure to Craig’s character as we say goodbye. All I will say is that the film’s ending will tug on the heartstrings if you’re a long-time fan of bond and have been part of the Daniel Craig era since the beginning. 


Photo Credit: Nicola Dove | MGM Pictures

Did the film provide the proper closure? Absolutely. It may not have been the outcome I specifically wanted, but fans will be happy with the movie knowing that the Daniel Craig era will come with complete closure. While I was hyped and ready at the beginning of the movie, the film did not disappoint. The film was bold, fun, and emotional and provided the proper send-off. I highly suggest you check out this film on the big screen. 

Craig, 53. Shared with CNN in a recent interview that seeing the movie in theaters is better than watching it a home. “That’s where movies like this belong, where all movies belong, in my opinion,” he shared, “We’re very social species ordinarily, and we need to get out there and experience a few things together.”


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In addition to the movie release this week, the actor had the honor of receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near the late Roger Moore, who passed away in 2017. Mr. Craig is the fourth Bond actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

No Time To Die is now playing in theaters and if you check it out, let me know your thoughts by connecting with me on Twitter and Instagram @MikeStarkCA 

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Hallmark Channel Releases 2021 “Countdown to Christmas” Line Up

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Make room on your DVRs because Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” 2021 movie lineup is officially here, and we’re so excited.

‘Tis the season for fuzzy socks, hoodies, sweatpants, blankets, and warm drinks. The highly anticipated programming block is celebrating 12 years of their Christmas programming with 41 new holiday movies this year.

The release of the 41-holiday movies will take place over the next three months beginning Friday, Oct. 22, with Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Miracles of Christmas.

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The network streaming service “Hallmark Movies Now” will debut an original holiday movie for the first time.

Candace Cameron Bure, aka the queen of hallmark shared with U.S. Weekly this year, she’ll be starring in a movie with her fuller house co-star John Brotherton, who played Matt Harmon, DJ’s love interest during the show’s run. This brings the two back on our screens since the show went off the air for the first time.

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Back this year for another film is The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. Starring Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, and Brad Harder. The Christmas House 2 brings Mitchell brothers to see who can create the best Christmas house. Originally aired in November 2020, The Christmas House was the first movie for the network to feature a same-sex couple prominently. 

Check out the whole movie lineup below.  

October

Friday, October 22

You, Me & The Christmas Trees

Stars: Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, Jason Hervey

Saturday, October 23

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

Stars: Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Saturday, October 23 (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Christmas in My Heart

Stars: Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sunday, October 24

The Santa Stakeout

Stars: Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, Joe Pantoliano

Friday, October 29

Christmas in Harmony

Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace

Saturday, October 30

Coyote Creek Christmas

Stars: Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey

Saturday, October 30

The Christmas Promise (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, Patrick Duffy, Greyson Holt

Sunday, October 31

Christmas Sail

Stars: Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, Terry O’Quinn

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November

Friday, November 5

Open by Christmas

Stars: Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott

Saturday, November 6

Next Stop, Christmas

Stars: Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd

Saturday, November 6

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (Airs on Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, Caroline Rhea

Sunday, November 7

A Christmas Treasure

Stars: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier

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Dates to Be Announced

Christmas at Castle Heart

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Stuart Townsend

The Christmas Contest

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, Barbara Niven

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

Stars: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, Brad Harder

The Nine Kittens of Christmas

Stars: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Gregory Harrison

The Christmas Bond – Working Title (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyric Bent, Nik Sanchez

Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday and Sister Swap: Christmas in the City

Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Everything Coming and Leaving Netflix in October 2021

A new month means new content on Netflix, and October is about to be a fun month.

October will include new episodes of the hit series “You,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark” reboot, Locke & Key Season 2, and in the Dark Season 3.

On My Block fans, prepare yourself for October 4 because the series returns for the fourth and final season, which means we’ll find out what happened with the two-year time jump that aired toward the end of season 3.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Tweet from Netflix with “You” sneak peak

Families of little ones can celebrate because CoComelon returns with new episodes on October 15. Parents with older kids keep tabs because the Colin Kaepernick bio series “Colin in Black and White, releases at the end of the month. 

Finally, be sure to get that last-minute viewing of Billy on the Street Season 1-5, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Legally Blonde, and Angel has Fallen because these titles all leave this month.

Check out the complete list below of everything coming and leaving Netflix in October, and let me know what you’re watching this month by sharing your favorite titles with me on Twitter and Instagram @MikeStarkCA.

Coming to Netflix 

Oct. 1

A Knight’s Tale

An Inconvenient Truth

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 1

As Good as It Gets

Awakenings

B.A.P.S.

Bad Teacher

The Cave

Desperado

The Devil Inside

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Double Team

The DUFF

Eagle Eye

Endless Love

Ghost

Gladiator

Hairspray (2007)

The Holiday

Jet Li’s Fearless

The Karate Kid (2010)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Léon: The Professional

Malcolm X

Observe and Report

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Project X

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rumor Has It…

Seinfeld: Seasons 1-9

Serendipity

Spy Kids

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Step Brothers

The Ugly Truth

Till Death

Titanic

Tommy Boy

Unthinkable

Waterworld

Zodiac

Oct. 3

Scissor Seven: Season 3

Upcoming Summer

Oct. 4

On My Block: Season 4

Oct. 5

Escape The Undertaker

Oct. 6

Bad Sport

Baking Impossible

The Blacklist: Season 8

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

The Five Juanas

Love Is Blind: Brazil

There’s Someone Inside Your House

Oct. 7

The Billion Dollar Code

Sexy Beasts: Season 2

The Way of the Househusband: Season 1 Part 2

Oct. 8

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Family Business: Season 3

Grudge / Kin

LOL Surprise: The Movie

My Brother, My Sister

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Pretty Smart

Oct. 9

Blue Period

Insidious: Chapter 2

The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 2

Going in Style

The King’s Affection

Shameless (U.S.)

Oct. 12

Bright: Samurai Soul

Convergence: Courage in a Crisis

Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano

Mighty Express: Season 5

The Movies That Made Us: Season 3

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Smart People

Oct. 13

Fever Dream / Distancia de Rescate

Hiacynt

Reflection of You

Violet Evergarden the Movie

Oct. 14

Another Life: Season 2

In the Dark: Season 3

One Night in Paris

Oct. 15

CoComelon: Season 4

The Forgotten Battle

The Four of Us

Karma’s World

Little Things: Season 4

My Name

Power Rangers Dino Fury: Season 1

Sharkdog’s Fintastic Halloween

The Trip

You: Season 3

Oct. 16

Misfit: The Series

Victoria & Abdul

Oct. 19

In for a Murder / W jak morderstwo

Oct. 20

Found

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 3

Night Teeth

Stuck Together

Oct. 21

Flip a Coin -ONE OK ROCK Documentary

Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 6

Insiders

Komi Can’t Communicate

Life’s a Glitch with Julien Bam

Sex, Love & goop

Oct. 22

Adventure Beast

Dynasty: Season 4

Inside Job

Little Big Mouth

Locke & Key: Season 2

Maya and the Three

More than Blue: The Series

Roaring Twenties

Oct. 24

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Oct. 25

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Oct. 26

Roswell, New Mexico: Season 3

Sex: Unzipped

Oct. 27

Begin Again

Hypnotic

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight Part 2

Sintonia: Season 2

Wentworth: Season 8

Oct. 28

Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 3

The Motive

Oct. 29

Army of Thieves

Colin in Black & White

Dear Mother

Mythomaniac: Season 2

Roaring Twenties

Thomas and Friends: Season 25 A

The Time It Takes

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA


ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

Cover Photo Credit: Variety

Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent