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November 4, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
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 this weekend in 81 countries, bringing its total box office after less than two weeks overseas to $287 million. Among the countries where it had big openings this 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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July 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
After months of in-and-out reports on the new James Bond film, “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes is heading back to MI6. Sony Pictures, MGM and longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson made the official announcement Thursday morning, confirming news that had been widely reported as a strong possibility, then widely reported as not happening after Mendes himself said he wouldn't do it, over the previous few months. The movie, unofficially known as Bond 24, is to hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015, and British screens two weeks before.
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January 23, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Adele will perform her James Bond theme “Skyfall” during the Oscars telecast on Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted early Wednesday.   The singer is up for original song for the theme she co-wrote with collaborator Paul Epworth, who produced and co-wrote tracks on her massive 2011 album “21,” including “Rolling in the Deep.” “Skyfall” is a front-runner for Oscar gold, especially after snagging a Golden Globe for the track earlier this month.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you've ever wanted to pretend to be James Bond on the abandoned island he travels to in "SkyFall," you can now do so thanks to Google Street View. The island of Hashima, near Nagasaki, Japan, was home to a coal mining facility that housed 5,000 people in the 19th century. But after coal mining declined in the 1970s, the island was abandoned, the empty buildings left to decay. "Hashima has transformed into an eerie tourist destination where you can see a once-thriving town decaying and totally devoid of life," Google wrote in a blog post . "Apparently, Hashima's buildings are deteriorating so rapidly that you can hear parts of the concrete collapse as the wind blows from the ocean.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012
After five decades of globe-trotting cinematic adventures, James Bond kept things close to home for his latest mission, "Skyfall. " And residents of the United Kingdom have paid back the kindness in spades: This past weekend the film celebrating the movie franchise's 50th anniversary became the highest-grossing movie ever there. After 40 days of release, "Skyfall" has earned £94.3 million (or $151.8 million) in Bond's home territory, surpassing the previous record-holder, James Cameron's "Avatar," which grossed £94 million (or $151.3 million)
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November 12, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Sam Mendes' "Skyfall," the latest installment in the James Bond series, both enjoyed overflow crowds at theaters this weekend, including one venue of particular note -- the 1,012-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills -- which had to turn away film academy members who showed up too close to the movies' 7:30 p.m. start times. "Lincoln" screened Saturday night and, judging from the ovations afforded the post-screening panel -- director Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, screenwriter Tony Kushner and composer John Williams -- the film appears poised to fulfill its promise as an awards-season juggernaut.  "You could feel the respect in the room, but it went beyond that," said one academy member in attendance.
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November 11, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Fifty years after James Bond first made his big screen debut, the suave secret service agent has still got it. After charming international moviegoers, 007 made his way to domestic theaters this weekend and scored the biggest opening ever for the franchise -- not adjusting for inflation. "Skyfall," the 23rd film featuring Bond, started off with a massive $87.8 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The film starring Daniel Craig easily beat the debut of the last Bond film, 2008's "Quantum of Solace," which launched with $67.5 million.
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January 31, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
Thanks to this year's Oscar nominees for sound editing and sound mixing, filmgoers got an earful of the 38th U.S. Congress, so-called Mandingo fighting and James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. Sound editors design, collect or create the sounds heard in a film; sound mixers blend the elements of dialogue, sound effects and score into a movie's finished soundtrack. We talk to a few about what got them excited about their films. Sound mixer Gary Rydstrom, nominated with Andy Nelson and Ronald Judkins for "Lincoln": "I love the House of Representatives scenes.
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July 31, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
James Bond takes a bullet, tumbles from a train into a rocky ravine, fakes his own death and goes incognito after someone uploads a YouTube video identifying every secret agent in Britain. But that doesn't halt our hero Daniel Craig 's flirtations with a slender, smoky-eyed brunette. All this and more is revealed in the new "Skyfall" trailer, released Tuesday. Bond newcomers Ben Whishaw (who plays Q with a nerdy, Esquire-model look) and Javier Bardem (the next Bond villain)
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February 3, 2013 | By Susan King
"Anna Karenina,"' "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall"  won the 17th Art Directors Guild Awards in a feature film Saturday evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sarah Greenwood won in the period film category for "Anna Karenina," while David Gropman won for fantasy film for "Life of Pi. " Dennis Gassner won in the contemporary film category for "Skyfall. " On the television side, Gemma Jackson won the award for one-hour single-camera TV series for "The Ghost of Harrenhal" episode of "Game of Thrones," while Mark Worthington won the honor for television movie or miniseries for the "I Am Anne Frank, Part 2" installment of "American Horror Story: Asylum.
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May 16, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Buoyed by the billion-dollar box-office blockbusters “Skyfall” and “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey,” MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted first-quarter net income of $57.4 million. That was more than double than the $23.3-million net income figure the Beverly Hills-based company reported a year earlier. The privately held film and television company said in a filing on its website that it had posted revenue of $481.7 million for the three-month period that ended March 31 - a sizable increase over the $179.5 million taken in during the same quarter in 2012.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The earnings report comes one day after a trade publication said that activist investor Daniel S. Loeb has been acquiring shares of MGM on the private market.  Last year MGM, headed by chief executive Gary Barber, filed a draft registration statement for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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March 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
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.
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March 18, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Buoyed by billion-dollar box-office blockbusters “Skyfall” and “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey,” MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted fourth-quarter net income of $40.2 million. The Beverly Hills-based production company also said in a statement that it had posted revenue of $902.6 million for the three-month period that ended Dec. 31 -- a sizable increase over the $136.7 million taken in during the same quarter in 2011.  The privately held company, which emerged from bankruptcy in December 2010, attributed its success in part to its two fourth-quarter blockbusters.
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March 5, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Fox's "Skyfall" remained atop the DVD sales chart for the second consecutive week since its release, holding on to the top spot despite last week's DVD release of the Academy Award-winning "Argo. " Last week's No. 2 seller, Disney's "Hotel Transylvania," was knocked out of the top five with new releases such as "Argo," a re-release of Disney's "Monster's Inc. and the second season of HBO hit show "Game of Thrones" soaring to the top of the sales chart, during the week ending Feb. 23.  On the rentals chart, "Taken 2" claimed the top spot in its sixth week since release, edging out Denzel Washingon's "Flight," which was the previous period's most rented DVD, for the week ending Feb 24. Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs, according to Rentrak.
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February 25, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Fox's "Skyfall" - the latest James Bond installment - topped DVD and Blue-ray sales chart, knocking "Hotel Transylvania" out of the No. 1 spot. In addition to the 007 flick starring Daniel Craig , "Hotel Transylvania," "The Man With the Iron Fists," "Peter Pan" (re-release) and "Flight" rounded out the top slots on the DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb 17. Denzel Washington's action-thriller "Flight" remained atop the rentals chart for a second week, with "Here Comes the Boom," "Taken 2," "Hotel Transylvania" and "Alex Cross" completing the top five list.
OPINION
February 24, 2013
Re “ Hits with film fans are often misses with the staid academy ,” Feb. 22 Boycott the Oscars. Just because a movie is popular should not disqualify its nomination in any category. Non-historical-themed movies should also have a fair chance at nomination as well as historical movies. While the premise of a sleeper hit is nice, sometimes a movie gets the viewership it deserves in time. Boycott the Oscars until the academy determines that a movie's popularity will no longer disqualify it from nomination in any Oscar category, and the academy keeps to this decision in the future.
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November 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
What looked on the schedule like an open evening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre during AFI Fest will be taken over tonight by suave super-spy James Bond with a "secret screening" of the new "Skyfall. " The film, directed by Sam Mendes, Academy Award winner for “American Beauty,” and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, is the third in the series to feature actor Daniel Craig in the iconic role. The film opens in the U.S. on Friday but has already gotten off to an astonishing start in its international release, ringing in nearly $300 million and putting it well on its way to being the No. 1 all-time box office leader for the venerable film franchise.
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November 7, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
"Skyfall," the latest James Bond movie, has already shattered box-office records in Great Britain and earned ecstatic reviews in advance of its Friday opening here in the States. Now its makers are zeroing in on an unlikely target -- Oscar voters -- in a quest to become the first Bond movie to win a best picture nomination. "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes will be making the rounds in Los Angeles this weekend, participating in a Q&A at an all-guild screening at the Directors Guild on Saturday afternoon, a Q&A for the Producers Guild on Saturday night and then answering questions at a Screen Actors Guild nominating committee event at the Pacific Design Center on Sunday afternoon.
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February 24, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
British pop chanteuse Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won the original song award for "Skyfall," and Canadian composer Mychael Danna won the prize for original score for "Life of Pi" at the Oscars on Sunday night. This year's score contest pitted several of Hollywood's biggest names and perennial awards contenders (John Williams for "Lincoln," Thomas Newman for "Skyfall," Alexandre Desplat for "Argo" and Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina") against one another in a prestige symphonic smackdown.
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