Everybody’s Chattin’ … and Timothy Dalton Casting news & rumor I’m super excited about

Happy Friday everyone! Those of you in the US, hurray for long Labor Day Weekend! πŸ˜€

It’s been quite a hectic week for me at work, but fortunately there’s no press screenings I’m interested in all week so that actually helps a lot. Allow me lament a bit though about how this Summer’s put quite a dent on the hits and comments on the blog 😦 I guess I chalk it up to people being away on a break and what not, but still it’s kind of a bummer.

Ah well, enough complainin’. There ARE those of use who are still bloggin’ away in the Summer months, churning great posts on a daily/weekly basis. So I’m going to highlight those who’ve been particularly supportive to FlixChatter in their readership and comments. I REALLY appreciate it folks, I know we’re all busy people so I’m grateful that you not only took the time to visit, even if the movie(s) being posted aren’t necessarily your cup of tea.


Firstly, have you heard about this new movie site Cinema Axis? It’s a film blog based in Toronto, Canada with contributors hailing from various parts of Canada and the United States, spawned from the blog Big Thoughts from a Small Mind. One of the contributors is Steven Flores from Surrender to The Void blog. So pay them a visit and take part in the August edition of I Have Scene it Before, one of their monthly series.

Now that Summer is officially over, we’re all gearing up for Fall movies (well I am anyways). So check out Keith’s list on which movies to Flaunt or Flush. Thanks for the warning Keith!

Oh, and speaking of what to flush, in case you’re thinking of Ethan Hawke’s action flick The Gateaway, well, you might want to think again. Check out Terrence’s warning er review and watch at your own risk!

Most of you already tired of me saying this but yes, I’m still kicking myself that I missed the film fest screening of this film last April due to a snow storm!! Well, Mark’s review of MUD certainly makes me more eager to finally rent it!

Michael recently posted his Top 10 Greatest Sci-fi Films circa 2000-2013, and I absolutely LOVE his list, especially since he’s got Wallβ€’E and District 9 on there! Saunter over there and see which ones of YOUR favorite made his list.

Since I mentioned Surrender to The Void blog, Steven has been spotlighting Woody Allen of late. Check out his latest post on the New York auteur, Part 4: The Wilderness Years (2004-2013)

You might’ve read Fernando’s post from Comic-con where he met the cast of Kick-Ass (SO jealous. Aaron Johnson is gorgeous!). Well, what did he think of the sequel? Read his review of Kick-Ass 2.

Fans of Breaking Bad, I suggest you check out Sati’s commentary in her Open Letter to Anna Gun. Though I don’t watch the show, I find that the discussion aboutΒ Skyler White quite interesting.

Last but not least…

Chris T. has returned from his London vacation (where he non-nonchalantly bumped into RICHARD ARMITAGE outside of Harrod’s!!). I’ll be working on my post for his DEBUTS Blogathon starting next week. Check out which sites are participating in this exclusive blog event πŸ˜‰

Now, about that casting news…

Well, I’m thrilled that my longtime crush TIMOTHY DALTON is joining SHOWTIME’s psycho-horror thriller series Penny Dreadful!

There are FOUR Bond connections on this one as the creator of the series is John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) who also wrote Skyfall AND he’s producing the series with Skyfall director Sam Mendes! Now of course you already know Dalton is my favorite Bond, so it’s a thrill to see one of my favorite Bond girls Eva Green is also part of the cast!


Darn it, it’s about time Dalton’s back on the spotlight again. I’m always so perplexed that super talented thespian like him don’t get more work! I mean he could’ve easily done every role offered to his British peers like Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart or Jeremy Irons! Per THR, Dalton, who joins Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, will play Sir Malcolm, a hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest. Here’s the premise per IMDb:

Some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula. become embroiled in Victorian London.

Production is set to begin in October in London for its debut in spring 2014. I just might have to get cable for this!

Now, this one is just a rumor for now, but it’s enough to send me into a frenzy when I first heard about it (just ask my husband, I was practically hyperventilating!) πŸ˜€

Last week, I was lamenting on the Batman casting on Man of Steel sequel, but this week, THIS is a rumor I can get behind:

In response to that I tweeted this:

OH MY! I sooooo hoping this isn’t JUST a rumor. Please make it happen people, pretty please! I just so want Dalton to be in something so HUGE which hopefully propels him to get even more roles! I’ve always loved Alfred Pennyworth and with the likes of Michael Caine in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we definitely could use another British thespian this time around. (I just realized it’d be cool that Dalton signed up for TWO projects with Penny in them, ahah)


Of course I always envision that Dalton as the older Bruce Wayne type, a la Batman Beyond where he’s retired and a recluse who ends up being a mentor to a young Batman. If you’ve seen the TV series, you’d see how Dalton is so perfect in that role. He’s still a pretty lean guy at 69, certainly he can still be bad ass!

In any case, fingers crossed Dalton is indeed cast! That’d just be THE best news of the year for me πŸ˜€

Well, what do you think of this casting?

Have a great weekend all! Hope you see some good movies! πŸ˜€

39 thoughts on “Everybody’s Chattin’ … and Timothy Dalton Casting news & rumor I’m super excited about

  1. Great and interesting news all around for the Labor Day Weekend, Ruth. Many thanks for the generous share and placing me in great company. Hope you have a fantastic three-day weekend :-).

  2. sorry, my mind short-circuited after the “bumped into Richard Armitage outside Harrod’s” part πŸ™‚ please elaborate, so I can get my mind back on track and enjoy the rest of the post! *laughs*

    1. Ahah i have asked him to do so but from what Chris told me, RA looked so dapper (natch!) Oh my, I probably fall down if i saw him (swoon)

    2. Well…. I was on holiday in London and was hanging around outside Harrods admiring the nice cars and such, as you do, when I turn round and Mr Armitage is striding towards me in a white shirt and some rather tight jeans. He was all on his own but no-one bothered him from what I saw. He walked right past me and was enveloped in the crowds going about their daily business.

      My girlfriend didn’t have a clue who he was. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      1. Awesome Chris! When you described how he strode towards you in a white shirt n tight jeans, I imagine him doing that in slow motion with music in the background… with me in front of him instead of you of course, ahahahaha πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing such a lovely experience [sigh] You’re lucky your girl didn’t have a clue who he was, ha ha!

  3. Ted S.

    Hmm, not sure if I like the idea of Dalton playing a man servant, but if Alfred is more like a father figure to Bruce/Batman, maybe he’ll lend some class to the role like Michael Caine did in Nolan’s Bat flicks. Oh I loved the Batman Beyond cartoon series and I super excited when they were planting to reboot the franchise by turning it into a movie. If you remember, I wrote that Clint Eastwood was approached to play the older Bruce Wayne but he turned it down and the film never got made. Of course if that film got made then we wouldn’t have gotten to see Nolan’s version.

    1. Maybe its because i watched it years after it aired,but i found Batman Beyond a bit disappointing. Like i think its a good series, but i wasn’t able to find much great about it. Wouldn’t mind a reboot of it tho

    2. Well that’s it Ted, Dalton would certainly n efortlesly class it up! I see Alfred as more of a mentor insted of a servant, the way Nolan’s interpreted it in his trilogy. I’d love it if one day they would make Batman Beyond. I like your idea of Eastwood as the older Bruce but of course i prefer Dalton πŸ˜‰

      1. Ted S.

        Oh it wasn’t my idea of casting Eastwood, I never thought of seeing him as Bruce Wayne/Batman but when I read that story about Warner’s gearing up for the Batman Beyond film version and Eastwood name was mentioned, I thought maybe it would’ve worked. I think I wrote somewhere too that Nolan asked Eastwood to appear in his Batman films, in Batman Begins, Nolan wanted him for the Commissioner Loeb role but Eastwood’s busy making both Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Then for The Dark Knight, Nolan asked him to play the Mayor but again Eastwood’s too busy. I guess for TDKR, Nolan just didn’t ask him, LOL.

        It would be nice to see Dalton in a big movie again, it’s been forever since he starred in a huge Hollywood production film.

  4. Thank you so much Ruth. I so appreciate the mention. Some great company to be a part of also. And I’m very intrigued about the bit of casting news. Not only is it an interesting fit but its interesting to see that Alfred has a role in the Superman movie. I’m sooooo anxious.

  5. I hadn’t heard about the Dalton batman casting but im happy for you. Getting two movie crushes in one movie is definitely a exciting prospect,and i can’t think of anyone who deserves that more πŸ™‚

    1. Ahah why thank you Julian!! It’s rare to see two of my major crushes is one film, esp concerningthe oh-so-underrated Dalton eho should be far busier than he is now. Btw what do u think of Penny Dreadful?

    1. Oh my, prestigious?? You are too kind Mark! It’s always an honor n pleasure to highlight my favorite bloggers who constantly set the bar high for me.

  6. Has Michael Caine given any indication if he wants to continue as Alfred in upcoming Batman movies? I hope your dream of Dalton as Alfred comes true, Ruth πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Chris! I haven’t heard of any news about Caine but I’m guessing no since Bale isn’t back as Batman nor Nolan directing. Yes I hope it does indeed πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks for that, Chris, I’m still grinning ear to ear imagining your encounter, ahah.

      My pleasure about the link. Yeah, I’m actually about to work on my part for your blogathon right now πŸ˜€

  7. I feel ya on less visits during the summer. My viewership (not that it was so big to begin with) has taken a hit recently, so I share your oain, haha. Guess everybody’s on vacaction or outside enjoying the nice weather.

    Thanks a lot for the shout-out and for all the support you’ve given C2C! πŸ™‚ It’s me who should be thankful!

  8. Thank you so much for the link Ruth! I’m in for that series, especially since Eva is in it, hopefully it will be good. Dalton would be an amazing Alfred, I loved Caine in the part but I think Dalton can bring just as much heart to the character.

    1. You’re most welcome, girl! I like your convictions in posts like that, so you go girl!

      Glad to hear you like the idea of Dalton as Alfred! I SO hope that’d actually happen. Yes, Dalton would definitely class up that franchise AND like you said, bring so much heart in it, I like the sound of that! It’d be nice to see him acting w/ Eva, too.

  9. Nice roundup of links. I agree that Dalton would be a great choice for Alfred. That’s an intriguing rumor, for sure. Hope it comes true! πŸ™‚

    1. I hope it won’t just be a rumor anymore Josh. I LOVE that guy and I always want him to get cast in something BIG like his fellow British peers.

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