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New ‘Bond’ Title Announced

Daniel Craig, James BondUp until now, the 22nd installment in the franchise had simply been known as Bond 22.  Now the latest outing officially has a name: .

Solace, which is scheduled for a Nov. 7th release, will pick up where left off.  British actress Gemma Arterton joins Craig on this latest mission as Agent Fields while Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) will assume the role of the nemesis.  Meanwhile, has the honor of replacing as the latest Bond girl.

Now’s your time to vote.  Which 2008 sequel currently has the worst title:  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or ?

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2008 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Awards statueThe nominations for the were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on .

Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:

Next Bond Girl and Villain Cast

Gemma ArtertonProduction on the 22nd Bond film started yesterday with two relative newcomers (at least to American audiences) filling lead roles.

British actress will star as ‘Fields’, the latest woman to give a run for his money.  No other details have been released about her role in this installment, which will pick up where ended.  Based on her photo alone, I’m guessing James won’t be mourning Vesper Lynd for long.

Meanwhile, , who can currently be seen as a paralyzed man in , has been cast as Daniel Craig’s next nemesis.  Fun Optical Fact:  Amalric’s Diving character communicates with others by blinking with his left eye.  Now he’s following up Royale’s Le Chiffre - the man who was known for weeping blood from his eyes.  (Yes, I know that was random.  Sue me.)

The next installment, directed by (The Kite Runner), is scheduled for release on November 7th.

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AFI’s Top Films of 2007

The , probably best known its ‘100 Greatest’ countdowns, has just selected their top films of this year.  Unlike the other lists we have seen on television, this particular grouping does not include rankings nor does it highlight a winner.

Before the Devil Knows You're DeadThe AFI Movies of the Year are:

  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • Juno
  • Knocked Up
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • The Savages
  • There Will Be Blood

(You can find the AFI’s list of Top Shows here.)

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2008 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Assuming the ongoing doesn’t put a wrench into everyone’s plans, the 65th Annual ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 13th. (The telecast will come just 9 days prior to the nominations.)

Here are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of film honorees:
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(Click below for the full list of film nominees; click here for the TV nominations.)

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‘No Country for Old Men’ Earns Big Honor

No Country for Old MenAlthough there’s a large slate of movies yet to be released, the National Board of Review kicked off awards season this week with its list of honorees.  film, , walked away with NBR’s prize for Best Film along with two other categories.

The NBR is not necessarily known for predicting success.  Nevertheless, the group consisting of educators, historians and film industry professionals did select and as its winners last year.

Here’s a list of the 2007 NBR honorees.  Even if you can’t use these selections in your betting pool, you now know which films you should become familiar with:

In Theaters This Weekend (11/30)

Awake
  • Awake (R):  starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard (directed by Joby Harold)
  • Badland* (R):  starring Jamie Draven, Linda St. George, Linda Naney (directed by Francesco Lucente)
  • Chronicles of an Escape* (R):  starring Rodrigo De La Serna, Pablo Echarri (directed by Adrian Israel Caetano)
  • Divine Intervention* (R):  starring Wesley Jonathan, Jazsmin Lewis, James Avery (directed by Van Elder)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly* (PG-13):  starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner (directed by Julian Schnabel)
  • Oswald’s Ghost* (NR):  (directed by Robert Stone)
  • Protagonist* (R):  starring Hans-Joachim Klein, Mark Pierpont, Joe Loya (directed by Jessica Yu)
  • The Sasquatch Gang* (NR):  starring Jon Gries, Jeremy Sumpter, Justin Long (directed by Tim Skousen)
  • The Savages* (R):  starring Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco (directed by Tamara Jenkins)
  • Sex and Breakfast* (R):  starring Macaulay Culkin, Alexis Dziena, Eliza Dushku (directed by Miles Brandman)
  • Teeth* (R):  starring John Hensley, Jess Weixler, Hale Appleman (directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein)

*limited and/or gradual release


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