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November 30, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday. Daniel Craig calls the Kardashians idiots. ( Huffington Post ) Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant again. Daniel Craig will be thrilled. ( Us Weekly ) Pamela Anderson is now on a postage stamp. ( Los Angeles Times ) Former Beatle's to-do list reveals that even John Lennon had to sit around waiting for the cable guy. ( Los Angeles Times ) This year's Grammy nomination concert is open to the public.
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October 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Wielding silence as deftly as he harnessed speech, British playwright Harold Pinter wrote plays that have the precision of musical scores. Much of the joy in encountering these extravagantly minimalist works in performance is noticing where the stresses have been placed and interpretive liberties taken. "Betrayal," first produced in London in 1978, is the Pinter play that has lately been drawing the starriest interpreters. In Ian Rickson's 2011 West End revival, Kristin Scott Thomas was like an icy cinder, coolly burning her way to the heart of this drama that lays bare the gamesmanship of marital infidelity.
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April 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Hollywood power couple Daniel Craig (a.k.a. James Bond) and Rachel Weisz (most recently in "Oz: The Great and Powerful") are to head to Broadway in the fall, costarring as husband and wife in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal. " Tony Award winner Mike Nichols is to direct the revival and Scott Rudin will produce, Rudin's office announced Friday. The production marks Craig's return to Broadway after the hugely successful "A Steady Rain," which costarred Hugh Jackman, in 2009. The Pinter play will be Weisz's Broadway debut, though she's no stranger to theater.
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October 10, 2013 | By David Ng
The biggest box-office hit of the new Broadway season hasn't even officially opened yet. "Betrayal," the latest revival of Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, is in previews and set to open Oct. 27 with a cast that includes real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, with rising British actor Rafe Spall as the third party.  Ticket sales for the run's first week in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre exceeded $1.1...
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November 8, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Timothy Dalton, who starred as James Bond in two of the franchise's films, has seen 007 from numerous angles over the decades. But the 66-year-old believes current super-spy Daniel Craig may have his predecessors beat. "There's a case to be made that Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever, or at least in a very long time," Dalton said in a phone interview from London. "With Roger Moore it was a pastiche that almost became a parody at the end. And with Pierce [Brosnan], I think he wanted to go darker and deeper but that wasn't what those movies were.” (Dalton left himself and the pre-Moore Bonds of the 1960s and early 1970s, including Sean Connery, out of the equation.)
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October 18, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hopes for “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” a potential follow-up to David Fincher's English-language “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” slowed considerably after the first movie performed only decently at the box office. But star Daniel Craig says he hasn't given up on the possibility of a new installment - and in fact hopes to persuade the director to return. “Of course I'll embrace [the movie], especially if Fincher does it,” Craig told The Times, adding, “I'm definitely going to work on him.” Fincher, who has a range of projects in development, has been publicly noncommittal about returning to the franchise, which follows a Swedish-language art-house hit. The director has never made a sequel in his long career.
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October 28, 2013 | By David Ng
With seats scarce and ticket prices through the roof, "Betrayal" is one of the most coveted shows on Broadway. The production features real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz enacting Harold Pinter's reverse-chronological tale of adultery, directed by Mike Nichols. "Betrayal," which officially opened Sunday at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York, has already made news for its robust box-office performance. The production has exceeded $1.1 million in ticket sales on a weekly basis during its preview period -- a number more often associated with blockbuster musicals than revivals of plays.
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October 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Wielding silence as deftly as he harnessed speech, British playwright Harold Pinter wrote plays that have the precision of musical scores. Much of the joy in encountering these extravagantly minimalist works in performance is noticing where the stresses have been placed and interpretive liberties taken. "Betrayal," first produced in London in 1978, is the Pinter play that has lately been drawing the starriest interpreters. In Ian Rickson's 2011 West End revival, Kristin Scott Thomas was like an icy cinder, coolly burning her way to the heart of this drama that lays bare the gamesmanship of marital infidelity.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012
James Bond has raked in nearly $300 million at the box office before even opening in the U.S. "Skyfall," the 23rd entry in the Bond spy series and the third starring Daniel Craig, grossed a massive $156 million over the weekend in 81 countries, bringing its total box office after less than two weeks abroad to $287 million. Among the countries where it had big openings this past weekend — significantly bigger than the last two Bond movies, "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale" — were Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Austria, India, Taiwan and Mexico (though it was beaten by Disney's animated comedy "Wreck-It Ralph" in Mexico)
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October 3, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the uneven new horror-thriller "Dream House," Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig portray a couple who have just moved from the big city out to the country where they hope to raise their two daughters in peace. Despite their newfound comfy domesticity, things seem a bit odd for the family right from the start, not least because Craig goes into town and talks to other people while Weisz never makes it more than a few steps off the porch. It's not a spoiler to say that it turns out a family was murdered in their house five years earlier and Craig might not be quite the innocent out of his element he seems to be. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a script by David Loucka, "Dream House" feels like the filmmakers went rummaging through some kind of bargain bin of storytelling spare parts — a touch of "The Amityville Horror," a piece of "The Shining," a bit of "The Sixth Sense," and why not throw in a little "Shutter Island" too while we're at it?
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August 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was the talk of London before and after the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig -- you may know him as James Bond -- collaborated on a videotaped skit that ended with a pair of stuntmen parachuting live into Olympic Stadium, one dressed as Craig, the other wearing the queen's pink dress. On Thursday, it was reported that the man doubling for Craig, former military officer Mark Sutton, was killed while wingsuit diving in Switzerland.
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May 29, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Henry Cavill is flying into theaters next month as Superman in Zach Snyder's "Man of Steel," the latest big-screen adaptation of the comic book superhero. The actor, 30, who hails from the self-governing island of Jersey in the English Channel, hasn't forgotten his humble beginnings and is surprisingly self-conscious about his potential breakout role. Cavill has appeared in "The Tudors" and in "Immortals," but playing the latest version of the titular character is likely to make or break his career, possibly catapulting him to super-stardom.
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April 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Hollywood power couple Daniel Craig (a.k.a. James Bond) and Rachel Weisz (most recently in "Oz: The Great and Powerful") are to head to Broadway in the fall, costarring as husband and wife in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal. " Tony Award winner Mike Nichols is to direct the revival and Scott Rudin will produce, Rudin's office announced Friday. The production marks Craig's return to Broadway after the hugely successful "A Steady Rain," which costarred Hugh Jackman, in 2009. The Pinter play will be Weisz's Broadway debut, though she's no stranger to theater.
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November 11, 2012 | Adam Tschorn
Brand-name shoutouts and high-profile product placement are as much a part of 007 movies as Bond's tuxedo or Q's gadgetry, and with "Skyfall" hitting theaters at the same time the film franchise marks its 50th anniversary, it's never been easier for fans to live and let buy into the brand -- James Brand. Heineken: Despite shaking and stirring the ire of 007 enthusiasts, "Skyfall" is far from the first time the martini-loving Bond and beer share the big screen -- for that you'd have to go back to 1962's "Dr. No," in which Sean Connery appears with a bottle of Jamaica's Red Stripe.
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November 8, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts celebrated its annual Britannia awards Wednesday, but the vibe was distinctly American -- no one was escaping the post-election glow. Filmed for BBC America at the Beverly Hilton, host Alan Cumming welcomed 2012's crop of honorees including Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Decked out in a gaudy red suit, Cumming cracked that his look was "recycled from Ann Romney's dress at the concession speech," as he wanted to prove that "even in defeat, there is beauty.
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November 8, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Timothy Dalton, who starred as James Bond in two of the franchise's films, has seen 007 from numerous angles over the decades. But the 66-year-old believes current super-spy Daniel Craig may have his predecessors beat. "There's a case to be made that Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever, or at least in a very long time," Dalton said in a phone interview from London. "With Roger Moore it was a pastiche that almost became a parody at the end. And with Pierce [Brosnan], I think he wanted to go darker and deeper but that wasn't what those movies were.” (Dalton left himself and the pre-Moore Bonds of the 1960s and early 1970s, including Sean Connery, out of the equation.)
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November 5, 2006 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
IT'S somewhat odd that Martin Campbell, director of the 21st James Bond installment that opens Nov. 17, describes "Casino Royale" as "the perfect opportunity to reboot the series and go back to basics." Reboot? The Bond franchise was hardly stalled, at least not financially. In 2002, "Die Another Day" starring Pierce Brosnan grossed $432 million worldwide, the most any Bond movie has earned since 007 first appeared on screen 44 years ago.
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November 12, 2006 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
THERE has always been something adolescent about 007. Sure, Britain's best-known secret agent occasionally bears the fate of the free world on his deltoids. What he hasn't shouldered, as he's whizzed from one adventure to another over the last 44 years, is the ordinary responsibilities and commitments of a modern adult male.
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November 6, 2012 | Matt Cooper
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