April 20, 2014

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Daniel Craig close to signing on for five more James Bond films?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Daniel Craig did a lot of press over the weekend on behalf of David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (we spoke with the actor, and will have that piece on the site soon), but one or two sites snuck in questions about the leading man’s high-profile franchise – the James Bond series – which he’s working on as we speak.
According to JoBlo, Craig is in the process of “negotiating to star in five more James Bond films” as he works on “Skyfall,” the next 007 thriller which will be directed by Sam Mendes.
“I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s [Moore] record and do eight pictures,” producer Michael Wilson told the site over the weekend.
“Skyfall” is Craig’s third, after “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” Moore, over the course of his career managed seven stints in the infamous tuxedo.
Could Craig get there? Absolutely. He’s only 43, and has been one of the most physically intimidating Bonds we’ve ever seen. But with “Dragon Tattoo” and last summer’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” Craig has shown an interest in expanding his brand, so we’ll see how dedicated he remains to the Bond franchise over the next 10 years.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an outstanding action thriller

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is an outstanding action thriller that happens to be the fourth entry in a long-running franchise (essay). Like the three previous entries, this is a mostly stand-alone picture that feels absolutely like the work of its director. And if this entry feels a bit more like ‘just another day at the office’ than the prior entries, it makes up for it with uncommonly impressive big-screen splendor. There is beautiful location work and obscenely impressive stunt-work that reminds us how wonderful action films can be when we are seeing something astounding while still being able to believe our eyes. It is easily the best entry since Brian DePalma’s initial installment way back in 1996 and a top-notch piece of genre filmmaking. It is easily the best espionage action-picture since Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale and it is simply relentlessly engaging entertainment. It is also a glorious return to form for Tom Cruise, as the film operates as a 133-minute rebuttal to those who would declare Cruise’s career to be dead and buried.
The plot is pretty simple, arguably the most straightforward of the series. In brief, a crazed Russian politician wants to incite nuclear war so that the planet may be cleansed and born anew, and he’s doing the classic ‘pit two superpowers against each other’ gimmick to make it happen (Ernst Stavro Blofeld really should have patented that one…) . After IMF is implicated in a terrorist attack in Russia, a disavowed Ethan Hunt and his bare-bones team are forced to go off the grid in order to stop all-out nuclear devastation. That’s pretty much all the story you need. The film is mostly a series of action set-pieces, but the picture is able to work character development into the action beats. The film almost operates as a procedural, as we spend most of our time in the planning stages of a given operation or the actual execution of said scheme. But nearly every set-piece is a winner, with the entire second act giving way to a scene of ever-rising tension and escalating stakes that stands as one of the finest extended action sequences in recent years.
Like the confident pro he is, Brad Bird shoots the action in fluid takes and long shots that establish a clear sense of geography and allows [...]

Ben Whishaw cast as Q in Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Skyfall” marks Daniel Craig’s third go-round in James Bond’s iconic tuxedo, but only the first time he’ll be able to interact with someone who’s integral to the franchise.
Craig’s Bond finally is getting a Q.
Ben Whishaw, star of “Perfume,” “I’m Not There” and “Layer Cake” (also with Craig), has been cast as the legendary inventor in the next Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, THR reports. He’ll join an ensemble that already includes Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney.
Q has not been seen in a Bond film since John Cleese attempted the role in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” with Pierce Brosnan in the lead. Prior to that, the character had been played for decades by the irascible Desmond Llewelyn, until the actor passed away.
The notable difference with Whishaw in the role is the age. He’s 31, while Craig’s 43, making this the first time 007 is older than Q.
“Skyfall” recently began filming, as it works toward a November 2012 release date.
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Henry Cavill talks “Man of Steel” on Jay Leno

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: More superhero news. Henry Cavill appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Monday night to promote his part in Tarsem Singh’s “The Immortals,” which opens this Friday. But with so many other anticipated projects on his radar, it’s no surprise that Leno asked him questions about “Man of Steel,” the James Bond franchise and Cavill’s chance to appear in “Twilight.”
Leno had to ask Cavill about Superman’s new look in Zack Snyder’s film. Specifically, the talk show host wondered why the Man of Steel’s signature red shorts appear to be missing from the new costume.
“Why wear underpants when you can be far more revealing?” Cavill answered with a grin.
Cavill also recounted an interesting story where he appeared as a background actor on Russell Crowe’s “Proof of Life.” He met Crowe and asked him for acting advice. The next day, Crowe sent Cavill an autographed photo which read, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Years later, Crowe now plays Jor-El alongside Cavill’s Superman. Circle of life.
As for his involvement in other high-profile franchises, Cavill told Leno that the decision to cast the new Bond in the rebooted “Casino Royale” came down to he and Daniel Craig, and he also was looked at for “Twilight” but was considered “too old” for the roles, even though Stephenie Meyer reportedly liked him.
The Hulu video from last night is having technical hiccups, but if you’d like to see Cavill talk “Man of Steel” on Leno last night, it should be available online at some point today.
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James Bond 23 officially titled “Skyfall”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We no longer have to call it “James Bond 23.”
Sam Mendes’ 007 thriller, which begins production today, officially will be called “Skyfall,” as was revealed this morning by longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
Daniel Craig returns in the lead role of James Bond, a spy with a license to kill. French actress Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris have been confirmed as Bond girls, while shooting locations listed include London, China, Turkey and Scotland.
The BBC also reveals a minor plot detail, saying that Bond “will see [his] loyalty tested to M, his superior, while espionage headquarters MI6 faces an attack.”
The report also confirms Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney for roles, with Bardem playing the chief villain in “Skyfall.”
The movie will be in theaters next November.
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James Bond 23 starts soon

HollywoodNews.com: George Clooney might have really been called The Manchurian Candidate last night. He was in China, while New York A-listers got an advance screening of his new– and very well done– film, “The Ides of March.” NBC News’ Brian Williams brought a gang including Rome Hartman, producer of his new show. Regis and Joy Philbin broke bread with Bryant Gumbel, who said he was a little skeptical if he’d like “Moneyball” since he was not a fan of Bill James‘s ‘sabremetrics’ way of calculating baseball. I reminded Bryant that back in (ahem) 1983, he and his old producer covered James a lot on the “Today” show. (He’s going to have to see the movie.)
Elsewhere around Sirio Maccione‘s renowned Osteria del Circo (“Le Cirque Jr.”) were actress Patricia Clarkson, Bob Balaban and wife Lynn, director Barry Levinson and wife Diana, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, doc maker Charles Ferguson, as well as Time magazine big guys John Huey and Rick Stengel. But the big deal was Daniel Craig, who nipped into the dinner briefly, then stood outside and chatted with “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels in the damp sorta rain.
Craig told me he starts the next James Bond movie next week, which means “a lot of working out.” “Bond 23″–still no name–is what we need now more than ever, frankly. PS Daniel did not know whether the deal was done for Adele to sing the main theme. And I did not ask him about the troubled film, “Dream House,” which opens September 30th.
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James Bond crew scouting locations in India

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Double Oh Seven could be filming his next adventure in Delhi.
India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has granted director Sam Mendes permission to shoot scenes for the next James Bond adventure in the country, with an emphasis on locations near Delhi, Goa and Ahmedabad.
According to The Times of India newspaper, Mendes’ team was hoping to shoot in two railway locations in Goa to complete a railway action sequence, but they were running into some resistance due to “security reasons.”
THR adds that in the capital Delhi, the Bond crew “is expected to shoot in the crowded old bazaar area of Daryaganj and in the Sarojini Nagar flea market popular for its many clothing stalls and shops while Mumbai is also expected to be on the agenda.”
“Bond 23” is expected to be in theaters by late 2012.
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“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig may helm a “Bridget Jones” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Thanks to the success of “Bridesmaids,” which has grossed a whopping $154.9M to date, director Paul Feig pretty much could pick his dream project as his next gig.
Instead, he’s thinking of helming a third “Bridget Jones” film.
The Daily Mail, in a story that also notes Naomie Harris is contemplating the role of Moneypenny in the next James Bond film, reports that Feig is in “the middle of very complex negotiations” that would have him helming the next “Jones” story, even though there is no novel by Helen Fielding on which to work and the franchise’s three leads – Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger – are not on the hook for the production. The story, if it happens, would follow Bridget on her quest to get pregnant.
But does anyone need another “Bridget Jones” film? And do we really want Feig, fresh off such a funny film, to apply his talents to the third installment of ANY franchise, let alone the stale “Bridget Jones” series? At least we are very early in the planning stages, and a lot can happen that would set this project back into limbo where it belongs.
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Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz tie the knot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We knew Rachel Weisz was beautiful, but who knew she had what it takes to tame James Bond?
The Oscar-winning actress married current Bond Daniel Craig in a very quiet ceremony last week. The couple had been dating for “just over a year,” the NY Post reports, adding that only four guests attended the ceremony … mainly just children from previously relationships.
“Weisz, 41, and Craig, 43, were first linked last fall and recently enjoyed a romantic break in Paris,” the paper reports. “The newlyweds met last year while filming the movie ‘Dream House’ and were rumored to have been dating while they were working together.”
A rep for Craig confirmed the story but failed to include any more details.
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Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig wed

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: It was on the set of “Dream House” that Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig met, and on Wednesday in New York that the on-screen couple got real-life married. The pair’s months-long courtship was relatively short, considering much longer relationships in each of their past. Weisz shares a five year old son (and had a long-term relationship) with “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky; Craig spent some six years with producer Satsuki Mitchell until their breakup in 2010.
The U.K. Daily Mail broke the story first, with headline “The name’s Craig. Mrs. Craig.” Weisz is best known for her work in “The Mummy” and “The Constant Gardner”; Craig entered the international spotlight when he starred in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” as James Bond.
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