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007 Watch: James Bond Might Land French Bond Girl; Idris Elba Wants a Chance At Playing 007

French ingenue Bérénice Marlohe is the latest rumored Bond Girl for Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (photo below). Also rumored to be in the hunt for the coveted role are Freida Pinto and Olivia Wilde. Marlohe would join Daniel Craig, Judi Dench as "M," and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny; Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are expected to finalize negotiations to become the next Bond Villains soon. MGM's still untitled Bond 23, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan with a score by David Arnold, is set to start filming in Istanbul, reports MI6, in November for stateside release by Sony on November 9, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories
Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how success in theaters impacts a film's awards chances. (CORRECTION: Yes, Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana and not Good Night, and Good Luck.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 4:15 AM
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Clooney's The Ides of March: Premiere, Review, Oscar Prospects

Clooney's The Ides of March: Premiere, Review, Oscar Prospects
At Tuesday night's Ides of March (October 7) premiere at the Academy, George Clooney ran up to the front of the house in a dapper Italian grey suit and kept it short. Ryan Gosling had worked the red carpet and was gone, he said, and he'd talk to the rest of us at the party afterwards. So he did. On the way out of the theater, we walked down the stairs to the reception. He admitted that the Liberal politician he plays in the film says all the things he'd want his fantasy presidential candidate to say, and that he hoped it would have some impact on the coming election. He was informed by his father Nick's failed 2004 run for Congress in Kentucky. Clooney, 50, while more politically conversant and active than most, has no interest in running for office. He loves directing. Having acted in so many TV shows and movies over the years, he said, at this point directing is much more fun for him than acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 12:24 PM
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Ted Hope Shares 99 Steps for Making Good Movies; 1. Maintain Wonder & Love for The World...

Check out producer (and iW blogger) Ted Hope's 99 Recommended Steps for Making Good Movies:1. Maintain wonder & love for the world & most/some of the people.2. Recognize the barriers & be empowered by my desire for change.3. Find an inspiring idea & the correct collaborator for it.4. Maintain love & respect for the film industry.5. Develop script.6. Fall in love with project.7. Get non-financier, non-buyer industry types to give feedback on script.8. Maintain wonder & love for the process.9. Further develop script.10. Maintain respect for collaborator(s).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 11:16 AM
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The East: Clarkson Set to Join Scripter-Star Marling, Page, Skarsgard in Batmanglij's Eco-Thriller

Zal Batmanglij's The East, written with his Sound of My Voice collaborator/co-writer/producer Brit Marling (clip below), will star Marling and Alexander Skarsgard, and is inches away from casting Ellen Page. The thriller is about a woman (Marling) who works for a firm that is hired by corporations to protect them from big business haters and environmentalist radicals. She must infiltrate one such anarchist group, 'The East,' which is led by Skarsgard. Page, fresh from Woody Allen's Bop Decameron, will play his one-time lover and a member of the group; according to Variety, Felicity Jones was originally attached. UPDATE: Patricia Clarkson and Toby Kebbell join the cast as Marling's boss and “a doctor who was treated with a tainted drug that caused him to have Parkinson’s-like symptoms,” respectively [FSR].
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 9:12 AM
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Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale

Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale
How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here's our interview with star Michael Shannon; and iW's with director Jeff Nichols) and heartfelt and sincere 50/50 (our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ahead of the critically-slaughtered and much delayed Margaret, the unimpressive Sarah Palin: You Betcha! or the yet-to-be-screened Dream House or Anna Faris' What's Your Number. For the art house cinephile, there's the difficult-but-worth-it My Joy, while Tucker & Dale vs. Evil offers up a healthy serving of bloody fun for those with the appetite.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 8:21 AM
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That's Some Big Armour, Kristen Stewart! Set Photos from Snow White and the Huntsman

The verdict is still out on whether Twilight sensation and indie darling Kristen Stewart can fill the britches of a bad-ass Snow White. Check out these pictures from the set of Universal's Snow White and The Huntsman, which co-stars Charlize Theron is Snow White's nemesis, the Evil Queen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 8:17 AM
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Fincher Talks Dragon Tattoo With Empire: Lisbeth Salander is Not A Superhero

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig cover Empire magazine. In this photo, Mara takes a subservient position to Craig (again), as opposed to the Swedish poster. Consider the power dynamics: squatting vs. being on one's knees and standing vs. sitting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 7:10 AM
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Margaret Reviews: A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?

Margaret Reviews: A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?
Fox Searchlight finally opens Kenneth Lonergan's six-year-old $12 million Margaret this weekend, but it remains to be seen if it can make it out of the critics' slaughterhouse alive. The Gangs of New York screenwriter's debut as a writer-director, You Can Count on Me, earned two Oscar nominations, for screenplay and actress Laura Linney. But boy did Lonergan hit the sophomore slump, as he became paralyzed trying to cut his second film during an elongated post-production phase that made Terrence Malick look decisive. It's never ideal to take a movie away from a director, but Searchlight and producer Gary Gilbert had to go to court, as Lonergan was literally not cutting it.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 6:49 AM
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Spielberg's Tintin Opens in Europe First; Director Talks Robopocalypse, Lincoln

With the Tintin comics much more well-known in Europe than stateside, the plan was always to open the Peter Jackson/Steven Spielberg collaboration The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn overseas first, in late October, followed by a December holiday-friendly release in North America. (Trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 5:38 AM
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