July 11, 2015

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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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James Bond franchise eyes Sony, but is Nov. 2012 date possible?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Bond’s headquarters may return to Sony Pictures, after all.
Sources close to the negotiations say that MGM is close to finalizing a deal with Sony to distribute the next 007 thriller, which would star Daniel Craig in the lethal lead role and be directed by Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”). Paramount reportedly was in the running for the distribution rights, but could not come to terms with MGM, THR reports.
This is big news for a film franchise that, months ago, appeared dead in the water. Since MGM appeared to have set its financial house in order (at least, at the surface level), Bond executives have started the rumor mill running, to the delight of fans. First Mendes was brought on board. Then Javier Bardem was rumored to be interested in the next film’s villain role.
There’s still plenty to settle, though, and it has to happen quick. The 23rd Bond film, which doesn’t have a title as of now, has a targeted Nov. 9, 2012 release date.
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Javier Bardem Considers Starring in Next James Bond Film

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem has a knack for playing the bad guy. After all, his turn as a psychotic hit man in 2007’s “No Country for Old Men” won him the gold statuette for Best Supporting Actor.
Bardem is currently considering taking on another villain, this time in MGM’s next James Bond film, which is slated for a November 2012 release. According to The Hollywood Reporter via the Los Angeles Times, Bardem has met with director Sam Mendes to discuss the role of Bond’s newest nemesis.
Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, Bardem told the LA Times that he found Mendes and the role “very intriguing.”
The upcoming Bond film is temporarily titled James Bond 23.
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Javier Bardem offered a significant James Bond role?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Javier Bardem needs a clone. And his clone could probably use a clone. The Oscar winner, needless to say, is in demand.
Currently riding a high for his recent Oscar nomination for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful,” Bardem is receiving a steady stream of offers and weighing which direction he’d like to go.
An early report says Bardem has been offered the lead role in Ron Howard’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower,” which would tie the actor up for at least three feature films and a television series.
But now we’re hearing, courtesy of Deadline, that Bardem could play a major part in the next James Bond film, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. Character details “are being kept under wraps for now,” according to the report, but the most obvious choice to star opposite Daniel Craig’s Bond would be a villain, though that’s not confirmed.
Could he do both? Absolutely. While the “Dark Tower” certainly seems like it would require a LOT of Bardem’s time (if he accepts it), the Bond film could shoot around Bardem’s schedule. And we know he’s versatile enough to fluidly switch between roles, if need be. But Deadline adds that Bardem “was offered the high-profile villain role in Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ and turned it down.”
So the ball is in Bardem’s court, and we’re anxious to see which way he chooses to go.
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Oscar-winning composer John Barry, of James Bond fame, passes away

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: John Barry, an Oscar-winning composer best known for his work on 11 James Bond adventures, passed away Sunday at his home in New York.
“It is with great sadness that the family of composer John Barry announce his passing on the 30th of January 2011 in New York,” the statement read.
Barry’s last Oscar nomination came in 1993 for his collaboration on “Chaplin” with Sir Richard Attenborough. Prior to that, Barry had collected five Oscar statuettes for composing the soundtracks to “Midnight Cowboy,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Out of Africa,” “The Lion in Winter” and “Born Free.”
But Barry’s most notable contributions came to the 007 franchise, where he scored early Sean Connery classics like “From Russia, With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” He stayed with the franchise through 1987’s “The Living Daylights.”
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Kate Winslet lets slip some James Bond news?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: What does Kate Winslet moving back across the pond have to do with the future of the James Bond franchise?
Well, a lot when you consider Winslet’s ex-husband, Sam Mendes, is considered the next in line to direct a 007 mission.
Winslet remains close with Mendes after their split. So when she sat down with the Daily Mail (via HitFix) for an interview, Winslet revealed that she planned to move from New York to London so the couple’s children could be closer to their father while he worked on his next film … which happens to be a Bond film.
“Sam is doing the next Bond film, all being well, and we’ll all be in England if that happens,” Winslet revealed. “It’s such a massive commitment for him and it’s not fair for him to commute backwards and forwards to New York from London. It would be impossible. The children will be there with me.”
With that statement, Winslet may have let the cat out of the bag … though the bag was loosely tied and that kitty saw the light of day a while back. Still, uncertainty swirled around the Bond franchise as MGM put the pieces of its financial puzzle back together, but comments like this from Ms. Winslet suggest that plans are moving forward, and Mendes – who helmed such films as “American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition” and “Away We Go” – might be in the director’s chair for Bond 23.
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