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James Bond Release Date Confirmed

Daniel Craig as James Bond

James Bond is to return to movie screens next year.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the suave British spy in the 23rd screen adventure in November 2012, after the film was finally given the go-ahead, nine months after it was originally shelved amid money problems for studio MGM.

Sam Mendes will direct the film, while legendary actress Dame Judi Dench is believed to be returning as M. Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen has reportedly been approached to play the villain while a Bond girl to play opposite heartthrob Craig is yet to be decided.

"I think I'm going to be needed in spring of 2011. That's a message I got," Judi previously said.

Actor Simon Russell Beale has been linked with a role after being watched twice by Bond producer Barbara Brocolli in his current West End play Deathtrap - and is also playing King Lear in 2012 under the direction of Sam Mendes. "Every actor wants to be in Bond and I'd love to be a baddie," he recently said.

The script, meanwhile, is being penned by regular contributors Neal Purvis and Robert Wade along with John Logan who worked on Hollywood hits Gladiator, The Aviator and The Last Samurai. Shooting will start later this year and its release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No.


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 15, 2010

Book of Eli DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Book of Eli: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Darkman: Blu-ray
  • Flash Gordon: Blu-ray
  • Happy Tears: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mary and Max: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mystery Train: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Showgirls (15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Stepfather: Blu-ray
  • Unthinkable: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Youth in Revolt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • When in Rome: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: February 23, 2010

The September Issue DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • The Box: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Crazies (1973): Blu-ray
  • The Damned United: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dead Snow: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Everybody’s Fine: DVD
  • Ichi the Killer: Blu-ray
  • The Informant!: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Make Way for Tomorrow: DVD
  • Motherhood: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The September Issue: DVD
  • Sorority Row: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Michael Sheen Apologizes For His Hair

Michael Sheen as AroMichael Sheen apologized to his daughter for not being bald.

The actor’s 10-year-old daughter Lily, whose mother is actress Kate Beckinsale, was delighted when he landed the role of Aro in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but the Frost/Nixon star was worried that his depiction wouldn’t match up with fans’ ideas of the role.

“I said, ‘What does he look like?’ She said, ‘He’s bald.’ I think she was mixing it up with Nosferatu, the old vampire, you know? But it shows that people, and this is the beauty of books for a start, that your imagination creates your own version of these characters. And so when a film comes along and you’re kind of going, ‘No, it looks like this,’ then that’s a very delicate thing to get right or to find a way to meet everyone’s imaginary requirements of the character. So I was very aware of that because of my own daughter. I said, ‘Sorry, I’m not bald. I’ve got long hair.’”

When working on his interpretation of Aro, Michael immersed himself in Stephenie Meyer‘s novels which the movies are based on.

“I would have loved to have talked to Stephenie loads about it, but I just kept rereading a few of the chapters in the book - especially the opening chapter where she describes Aro - just looking for anything that would help give me a clue. And then I was just left to my own devices.”

In Theaters This Weekend: October 9, 2009

Couples Retreat

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Couples Retreat (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau (directed by Peter Billingsley)
  • Adventures of Power* (PG-13): starring Adrian Grenier, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean-Louis (directed by Ari Gold)
  • Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story* (NR): starring Eddie Izzard (directed by Sarah Townsend)
  • Bronson* (R): starring Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance (directed by Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • The Damned United* (R): starring Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall (directed by Tom Hooper)

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Volturi Profiled in New Moon Pics

New Moon

In these photos released by Summit Entertainment, we’re finally getting a chance to see those other vampires: the Volturi of Volterra.

It probably would have been hard to look away from Taylor Lautner’s new physique, it it wasn’t for those piercing red eyes. Thanks to specially-crafted eyewear, you too could look as intimidating as the normally-angelic (Jane).

“They’re all hand-painted, specially manufactured contacts,” director Chris Weitz told People. “They’re opaque red, almost like preying mantis eyes. You can’t really see into them. There’s something terribly off-putting about it.” (Ya think?)

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First Look: Alice in Wonderland’s Teaser Trailer

Thanks to Where the Wild Things Are and now Alice in Wonderland, children everywhere will soon be searching for magical lands of their own.

In this teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s latest creation, we see what can happen when young ladies fall down mysterious holes and drink things from unlabeled bottles. We also get brief glimpses of a number of characters including The White Queen (Anne Hathaway), The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), The Cheshire Cat (Michael Sheen) and Tweedledum/Tweedledee (Matt Lucas). Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice while Johnny Depp portrays The Mad Hatter.

premieres on March 5, 2010

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Casting Corner: Jodie Foster, Zooey Deschanel and More

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jodie Foster: The actress will reteam with her Maverick costar later this fall for a quirky comedy. Mel Gibson has been cast as depressed man who treats his beaver hand puppet like a real person. Foster will play his wife, the other real person in his life. Jodie will also helm The Beaver, her first directorial project since 1995’s Home for the Holidays.

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The Colorful Characters from Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

No matter how you feel about ‘s uneven work (Mars Attacks? Planet of the Apes?), there’s one thing that cannot be denied: His films are a visual treat.

Next year, the director will introduce , an adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story. The movie, which uses live action and performance-capture technology, will be offered in 3-D.

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