March 20, 2013 |
MGM Studios plans to send James Bond on his next mission sooner than later, announcing Wednesday that it hopes to have the next installment of the popular spy series in theaters within the next three years. MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Barber, in a conference call with investors, said the studio is developing the screenplay for the next Bond film, the 24th entry in the 50-year-old franchise. “We look forward to announcing a director soon,” Barber said. “We are really thrilled with where we have taken this franchise.” PHOTOS: James Bond through the years Sam Mendes, director of the most recent Bond film, 2012's "Skyfall," announced earlier this month that he passed on an offer from series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to return as director. Star Daniel Craig is signed for two more films as the British secret agent.
March 7, 2013 |
Paramount Pictures is moving up the British release date for director J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek: Into Darkness" from May 17 to May 9, but the studio has not yet said whether the sequel's domestic debut also will be changed. While it is rare, it is not unprecedented for big studio films to premiere overseas before they reach domestic theaters. Late last year, the hugely popular James Bond installment "Skyfall" debuted in U.K. complexes two weeks before it arrived in American multiplexes.
March 6, 2013 |
Sam Mendes wasn't exactly quoting a James Bond title - “Never Say Never Again” - but it does appear that the filmmaker behind the highest-grossing 007 movie won't be back in the Bond director's chair any time soon. In an interview with the British film magazine Empire, Mendes said that although directing “Skyfall,” which grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide, was “one of the best experiences of my professional life," he needed to focus on several previous commitments, including the upcoming plays “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “King Lear.” Mendes said he recently told Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of his decision not to direct the 24th installment in the long-running spy series.
March 4, 2013 |
Call him the spy who (really) loved her. A week after Adele's "Skyfall" became the first James Bond theme to win the Academy Award for original song, producers for the spy-film franchise have drafted Adele to sing for the next Bond movie, as well, according to a report in England's Sun newspaper . "[They're] thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success," said an unnamed source. "They want her to become as synonomous with Bond as Dame Shirley [Bassey]
February 25, 2013 |
There were no Bonds, but there was Bassey and Berry, making the Academy Awards telecast's tribute to the James Bond movies one of the more memorable (tolerable? ) moments of this year's show. Halle Berry, who played Bond girl Jinx opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 movie "Die Another Day," introduced a clips montage that saluted the "sights, sounds and music" of the Bond series, which just celebrated its golden anniversary. Oscars 2013: Nominee list | Red carpet | Fashion After the brief segment, Berry gave way to Dame Shirley Bassey, who belted out the title song to the 1964 Bond film, "Goldfinger.
February 23, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. With the motion picture academy's salute to James Bond coming up at the Oscars on Sunday, here are seven factoids about films and music that have sprung up in service of the world's most famous secret agent. (Isn't that an oxymoron?) 001: The DVD of the latest Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” has been out for less than two weeks but already has become the biggest-selling DVD of 2013, according to Nielsen. 002: Adele's “Skyfall” theme song also has been a big hit, re-entering the Billboard Hot 100 last week for an 18th week on the listing as Sunday's award ceremony approaches.