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Daniel Craig to Get Bond Bonus

Daniel Craig on the set of SkyfallDaniel Craig and his Skyfall castmates are in line for six-figure bonuses.

The 44-year-old actor - who played iconic British spy James Bond for the third time - director Sam Mendes and stars Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes will receive varying payments on top of their fees following the success of the movie at the global box office, having taken $870 million worldwide to date.

The figures will vary according to individual negotiations with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, but are believed to range from $100,000 to $200,000 each. “It's going to be in the six-figure range for most of them and at the moment the sky's the limit because it hasn't stopped taking money,” a source said.

And the stars could be in line for further bonuses as an additional scheme is in place for awards season. Anyone nominated for a BAFTA, Oscar or Golden Globe will receive another payment, with the amount rising if they should win.


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Daniel Craig Finds it Hard to Strip for Bond

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig says it's getting “harder and harder” to do nude scenes in James Bond movies.

The 44-year-old actor - who is returning for his third film as the iconic British spy in Skyfall - admits he has “fun” taking his clothes off while portraying the secret agent and hopes it adds some “sexiness” to the 007 film franchise: “I don't actually read those bits. I don't care how many times I have to do it. It's going to be harder and harder the older I get. It's just fun. There's enough sexiness in the movie with the girls - and hopefully me as well - but it's a little bit of a gag now.”

Daniel stars opposite Javier Bardem in Skyfall and while he admits there was no free time to spend with the 43-year-old star - who portrays latest Bond villain Raoul Silva - during filming, he is keen to watch a game of rugby with the No Country For Old Men actor when they get a chance.

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Cameron Diaz’s Sex Scenes Were Guarded

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz made sure her love scenes for a new movie were well-concealed from the eyes of the public as it was taking place.

The actress shot a sex scene with actor Javier Bardem for The Counselor on the bonnet of a yellow Ferrari at Stoke Park golf course, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. And an ex-SAS squad and dog unit were apparently carefully positioned around the course and in the trees to ensure passers-by or fans could see what was going on. Modesty screens were also put up around the set for the midnight shoot on Tuesday.

“It was like a military operation. Producers had thought of everything to stop any intruders possibly getting a glimpse,” a source told The Sun.

Cameron also beds a cheetah in her new film. She plays a character who keeps one of the big cats as a pet and had to tame the beast she was to act alongside “When Cameron first started working with the cheetah it was strutting about like it owned the place. But now she's wearing the trousers. It has taken a shine to her, which is good because they've had to shoot a number of scenes together, including a set-up where they shared a bed,” a insider said.


Daniel Craig Insists Bond is Tested in Skyfall

Daniel Craig on Empire as James BondDaniel Craig says James Bond is “out of his comfort zone” and pushed to his limits in new movie Skyfall.

The actor returns as the iconic British spy in the upcoming film and he promises 007 fans the character is tested even more than he was in his previous films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

“He's always out of his f***ing comfort zone! Hanging off the top of some kind of structure somewhere, I don't know how comfortable that ever is. I know for me how uncomfortable it is, pushing him, I think, is the best way to describe it. We're just pushing the characters, physically and emotionally, as far as we can in the context of a Bond movie,” he told Empire.

Although very little is known about the plot of the film, it sees Bond pitted against bad guy Silva, played by Javier Bardem, who was very happy with the role director Sam Mendes has given him to play: “The material is great and the story very powerful and complex. Sam gave me a version of Silva and I was like, 'Hmmm, that's very interesting, this is gonna be fun.' As I say, there is meat to chew.”

 


Daniel Craig: ‘Skyfall is Not About Emotions’

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig claims Skyfall will not be an “angst-ridden” movie.

The actor - who is reprising the role of British spy James Bond for the third time with the movie - has confirmed director Sam Mendes is not out to create anything dramatically different from the previous films and is hopeful it will be “exciting to watch.”

“I sat down with Sam Mendes two years ago, three years ago - now it's getting on four - and we discussed what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it, and he's one of the biggest Bond fans around. He's not out to do an angst-ridden movie, some chamber piece about people's emotions. It's a Bond movie. But we both agreed that if he cast the film, which he did really well, and we brought in older characters and new characters, that we'd have something really rich and sort of exciting to watch.”

Co-star Javier Bardem, who is playing a bad guy in the movie, admits he was delighted to have been asked to take part.

 

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reuniting for a Movie?

Brad Pitt and Angelina JolieBrad Pitt may reunite with Angelina Jolie for new movie The Counselor.

The Moneyball actor is in negotiations for a part in the Ridley Scott-directed project, which could see him star in a movie with his partner - with whom he raises six children - for the first time since Mr & Mrs Smith, where they first met.

Prometheus actor Michael Fassbender is already on board for the project, which tells the tale of a respected lawyer who “dips a toe” into the drug business. According to Deadline.com, the story is like “No Country for Old Men on steroids.” Javier Bardem is also in talks for a part in the movie.

Filming is set to begin in the summer in Europe, and it would be a rare foray into the world of work for both Brad and Angelina, who rarely film movies at the same time.
Commenting on the possibility of them working together again, Brad said last year, “We're not ones to repeat ourselves, but we'd like to, because right now, we're hopscotching with films so one can be with the kids and one is free to work.”

 


Javier Bardem’s Dream James Bond Role

Javier Bardem in SkyfallJavier Bardem says starring in the new James Bond movie is a dream come true for him.

The Spanish actor plays the villain in the 23rd movie about the suave spy, entitled Skyfall and he says he signed up because he wanted to work with director Sam Mendes and he's always been a big fan of the films.

“I was born watching James Bond movies and there are many reasons to do this - the cast, the script, the story, the role and, of course, Sam Mendes,” he said.

Javier also revealed how he likes making political statements with his work: “Movies are powerful. But I think everything is political. When you put gas in your car you are making a political statement, because you are supporting the empires that control and continue the destruction of some countries. What I mean is that of course there has to be a relationship between politics and film. The question is, how far do you go with it? If you feel you should do something, then do it, And do it in a way, or form, or shape that you think can help the best, which is my case is making movies. There are also a lot of movies that are just entertainment, which is good and we all need it.”

 


Skyfall Synopsis Revealed

Daniel Craig as James BondThe first official synopsis has been released for forthcoming James Bond movie Skyfall.

The eagerly anticipated movie - which will see Daniel Craig return in the role as the British spy - will place the relationship between the leading man and character M, played by Dame Judi Dench, under pressure.

“Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

The movie - which stars newcomers to the series Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem - is currently shooting in London and is due to be released in November 2012.

 

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2011 Academy Award Nominations

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Academy Award winner Mo'Nique (Precious) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' President Tom Sherak had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2011 Annual Academy Awards early Tuesday morning.

The King's Speech lead all films this morning with 12 nominations total. True Grit came in second with 10 nods. Meanwhile, The Social Network and Inception both tied with 8 nominations.

Here are some of the noteworthy omissions and inclusions from today’s press conference:

  • Best Director: No Christopher Nolan (Inception). Seriously?? (Even James Cameron has to say something about that!)
  • Best Movie: No for Blue Valentine, yes for Winter's Bone and Toy Story 3 (also nominated in Animation category)
  • Best Actor: No Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)!!! Also, no Mark Wahlberg (Fighter), no Leo DiCaprio (Inception), no Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole), no Paul Giamatti (recent Golden Globe winner for Barney's Version). Javier Bardem, though, gets a yes for Biutiful.
  • Best Actress: No Julianne Moore (The Kids are All Right), no Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice)
  • Best Supp. Actor: No Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), but a big YES for Jeremy Renner (The Town) and John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)

You can find a list of the nominees from the major Oscar categories after the jump.

 

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 29, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Another Year* (PG-13): starring David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Karina Fernandez (directed by Mike Leigh)
  • Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • Blue Valentine* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel (directed by Derek Cianfrance)
  • The Red Chapel* (NR): starring NAMES (directed by Mads Brügger)
  • The Strange Case of Angelica* (NR): starring Ricardo Trepa, Luis Miguel Cintra, Pilar Lopez de Ayala (directed by Manoel de Oliveria)

*limited release

 


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