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BMWfilms.com Announces Ground-Breaking Internet Film Series Will Continue <BR>Slated to Premiere Fall, 2002 <P>June 7, 2002…bmwfilms.com today announced they will continue their ground-breaking Internet films series, The Hire, with three new releases in 2002.<P>British acting sensation Clive Owen (“The Bourne Identity,” “Gosford Park,” “Croupier”) will reprise his smoldering role as The Driver, the mysterious reoccurring character around whom all of the films revolve. As was the first Hire series, this new triad of films will be executive produced by David Fincher and produced by Anonymous Content and Fallon Worldwide. Directors and other talent for the films were not released. The films are underwritten by BMW.<P>The new films will premiere on the Internet at bmwfilms.com in the Fall. The Hire Series made international waves last year, when it featured films directed by John Frankenheimer (“Ronin,” “Grand Prix,” “The Manchurian Candidate”), Ang Lee (Oscar and Golden Globe winner “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Eat Drink Man Woman”), Wong Kar-Wai (“In the Mood for Love,” “Happy Together,” “Chung King Express”), Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch”) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros”). The films were brilliantly cast with strong supporting characters played by: Mickey Rourke (“The Pledge”), Tomas Milian (“Traffic”), Adriana Lima (Guess model) and Madonna (actress/recording artist).<P>More than 13 million film views were logged in at the digital-quality streaming video website.<P>“The Hire was an unprecedented example of media convergence that both pushed and crossed boundaries. We had no idea how successful it would be, since we were going into unchartered territory when we started the project. In the end, the project far exceeded any of our expectations, which is why we’re so thrilled to be working on three more films for The Hire.,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President of Marketing for BMW of North America, LLC. <BR>
 

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Those films were pretty cool. As much as BMW drivers just tick me off, they run their company so darn well and come up with some of the coolest ideas. You really have to respect that.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Evolvo:<BR><B>Those films were pretty cool. As much as BMW drivers just tick me off, they run their company so darn well and come up with some of the coolest ideas. You really have to respect that.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I would concur with that; their marketing approach approach is tremendous.<P>Yannis<P>
 

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Hey...<P>1) Anyone actually have those videos on a CD/DVD or something? I heard BMW did give them out but don't know where or when.<P>2) The main character/driver in the BMW short films, someone told me he is suppose to play the next "Bond, James Bond." Anyone else heard of such a thing?
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by volvo5spd:<BR><B>1) Anyone actually have those videos on a CD/DVD or something? I heard BMW did give them out but don't know where or when.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>They came out on DVD. Dealers had them to give to people that bought cars. If you want one, you can get them on eBay.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by volvo5spd:<BR><B>2) The main character/driver in the BMW short films, someone told me he is suppose to play the next "Bond, James Bond." Anyone else heard of such a thing?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>I haven't heard anything. I don't know when Pierce Brosnan's contract is up. I thought it was for five films which would give him one more. (goldeneye, tommarrow never dies, the world is not enough, die another day comes out 11/22/02)<P>
 

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<A HREF="http://uk.geocities.com/thenext007uk/bondnews.html" TARGET=_blank>http://uk.geocities.com/thenext007uk/bondnews.html</A> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR>January 11, 2002:<P>Pierce Brosnan is to extend his contract to complete one more film as James Bond. The actor says he wants to complete a fifth Bond movie, but adds he might be too old to go on beyond that. The cast and crew of the latest film assembled at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire today, before filming starts on the 20th Bond movie on Monday. Brosnan says despite his contract being up after this film he still wants to carry on for at least one more adventure. Asked what he thought was a good age for a James Bond actor to retire, the 48-year-old star said: "I do think about it. It takes stamina to play this role. I would like to get off the stage with grace. "I am honouring my contract here but it would be wonderful to do another one. After that, I do not know," he said. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><P>
 

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I heard the next Bond was gonna be Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in X-men). However, Bond is not driving an Aston and there'll probably be some Volvos in the movie also since PAG payed out the duckets to get the car rights to the movie.
 

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that would be cool!!<P>i loved those videos<P>yes i got a DVD with 4 of 5 videos... the 4th one isnt legal to be on the dvd.. dunno why.<P>i got it at the car show.. i should have taken more than one <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif">
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GShyneDM:<BR><B>yes i got a DVD with 4 of 5 videos...</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Well they have all 5 films on the copys selling on eBay.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GShyneDM:<BR><B>the 4th one isnt legal to be on the dvd.. dunno why.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>That sucks, the 4th one is the best IMHO.<P>
 

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Originally posted by GShyneDM:<BR><B>the 4th one isnt legal to be on the dvd.. dunno why.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>That sucks, the 4th one is the best IMHO.<P>[/B]
<P>my mistake.. its the 3rd one. the follow. with the spanish music. for some reason its prohibited to be on the DVD that i got. dunno why. i wonder how real it is that BMW released a SECOND dvd with all 5.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GShyneDM:<BR><B> my mistake.. its the 3rd one. the follow. with the spanish music.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That one was crappy anyway.<P>Here is the order I would put them in. Best->Worst<P>4 <-best car chase<BR>2 <-good car scene, best movie overall<BR>1 <-okay car chase, bad plot<BR>5 <-plot okay, where is the driving?<BR>3 <-just plain boring<P>
 

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Anyone know where I can snag the fifth film? I got the first 4. I think the fourth film was the one where he picked up the war-photog. Did I miss one?<P>I enjoyed The Gift, which had the (I was under the impression) Tibetan boy in it. Very well choreographed chase scene, imho.<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by javadoc:<BR><B>Anyone know where I can snag the fifth film? I got the first 4. I think the fourth film was the one where he picked up the war-photog. Did I miss one?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>1. Ambush - <BR>2. Chosen -<BR>3. The Follow - Which is no longer on the website...mmmm curious.<BR>4. Star -<BR>5. Power Keg -<p>[This message has been edited by 745TRBOBRK (edited 06-20-2002).]
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 745TRBOBRK:<BR><B>The Follow - Which is no longer on the website...mmmm curious.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR><I>from somewhere on the internet</I><B><BR>As you already know, a total of five short films were produced by BMW for viewing as part of a promotional internet campaign. Later on, BMW produced a private, in-house limited-edition promo DVD entitled THE HIRE that featured all five of their internet shorts and numerous extras -- and everyone wanted to get their hands on a copy. Due to the high demand, plans were made to release a publically-available DVD promo. And this is when the problems arose -- Whitaker and his agent contacted BMW and requested that THE FOLLOW be removed from any future DVD releases.<P>Because of the details of his original contract (and personal reasons involving his appearance), Whitaker and his agent COULD -- and did -- make this demand. Remember, THE FOLLOW was initially created solely as an online promo -- releasing it later on as part of a full-fledged DVD edition is a completely different beast than their original "internet only" plans and contracts.<P>BMW did attempt to re-negotiate with Whitaker -- both monetarily and otherwise -- but to no avail. Whitaker simply wouldn't budge, and BMW had no choice but to comply with his request. That's why THE FOLLOW did not appear on the "Vanity Fair" promo DVD nor later repressings of THE HIRE, and can only be seen online. (With regard to BMW's original "limited edition" DVD, THE FOLLOW was able to be included in that set because it was a private promotional release.)<P>So there you have it. From what was hinted to me, Whitaker's stance was due to personal reasons more than anything else. As to what those "personal reasons" might be, I couldn't tell you, nor do I want to make any conjectures about it. My understanding of the situation is that BMW could still release THE FOLLOW on a DVD if they edited out Whitaker's scenes, but something that drastic isn't likely to occur -- they want to leave the film as it is. If you're one of the lucky few who managed to grab a copy of the original, unedited promo DVD, be very thankful -- THE FOLLOW isn't going to make an appearance again at any time in the forseeable future."<P><BR>---So the DVD that does contain WKW's short (of which I thankfully was able to snag a copy) is a very rare commodity now. The thing is, AFAIK, the cover art between the two versions of the DVD is identical, so there's no way of knowing which version you're getting if you choose to buy blindly from, say, someone on Ebay.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by volvo5spd:<BR><B>c'mon.. "STAR" w/ Madonna was the best one!!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Yes it was.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 745TRBOBRK:<BR><B>Here is the order I would put them in. Best->Worst<P>4 <-best car chase<BR>2 <-good car scene, best movie overall<BR>1 <-okay car chase, bad plot<BR>5 <-plot okay, where is the driving?<BR>3 <-just plain boring<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR><P>
 
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