May 29, 2016

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James Bond producers launch revamped Web site 007.com

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: James Bond turns 50 this year, and producers are kicking the celebration off with a new Web site that helps promote “James Bond 23” … better known as “Skyfall.”
This film, currently in production with Sam Mendes behind the camera, marks Daniel Craig’s third stint in 007’s tuxedo. And in preparation for “Skyfall,” producer Michael G. Wilson has recorded an introduction on the revamped site 007.com, which comes with a countdown clock to the next Bond adventure. Wilson encourages fans to check back often throughout the year for up-to-the-minute Bond updates on “Skyfall” and the series, in general.
In the meantime, ComingSoon caught a quote from “Skyfall” co-star Ralph Fiennes, who tells the Sunday Mail that he plays “a government agent” in the new picture … but he couldn’t elaborate on any more than that.
Here’s Wilson’s video. But if you are a Bond fan, bookmark 007.com and have fun!

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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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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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