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Kevin Spacey Q & A: 'House of Cards' Wouldn't Exist Without Richard III, Focus of Self-Released Tribeca Doc (VIDEO)

In an in-depth interview, Kevin Spacey explains why "House of Cards" wouldn't exist without Shakespeare's Richard III, how he and Sam Mendes put together the Bridge Project, which took five plays to audiences around the world, and why Spacey financed and is self-releasing a documentary, of the "Richard III" tour, "NOW Behind the Scenes on a World Stage."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 3:56 PM
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Hollywood Stars Michelle Williams, James Franco and Zach Braff Walk the Broadway Boards (VIDEOS)

Why is Sam Mendes back in New York with "Cabaret?" Michelle Williams. She's the talk of the town as she makes her Broadway debut as song-and-dance ingenue Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming in Roundabout's revival of the dark musical "Cabaret," directed by Mendes, a prolific stage director before foraying into film with his Oscar-winning debut "American Beauty" in 1999. (Watch a clip from "Cabaret" below.) While many Hollywood stars are packing up their bags and moving to television, a few A-listers are heading to a new arena: Broadway.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:16 PM
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Here Are Sam Mendes' 25 Rules for Directors

Director Sam Mendes, who has "Bond 24" coming up next year, was recently feted at New York's Roundabout Theater Company's spring gala. In his acceptance of the honor, Mendes read aloud the 25 rules for "becoming a happier director" he's accrued over his career. Check those out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 11:56 AM
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Bond and 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels Are Interlocked, Whither Fincher?

Daniel Craig is starring in two major franchises with sequels in progress. Director Sam Mendes is back on board Bond 24, while a new writer, Andrew Kevin Walker (Fincher's "Seven" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea") has come aboard to rewrite Steve Zaillian's script for "The Girl Who Played with Fire." But who will direct the "Dragon Tattoo" sequel?
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • July 18, 2013 1:22 PM
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Sam Mendes Returns to Direct 'Bond 24'

The "will he or won't he" is now over. Director Sam Mendes is confirmed to return to helm "Bond 24."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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Immersed in Movies: What Sam Mendes Will Do If He Returns for 'Bond 24'

So, after all the jostling the last couple of weeks to find the next Bond director (the list of suspects included Chris Nolan, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Matthew Vaughn, and Nicolas Winding Refn), Sam Mendes is back in play for 'Bond 24.' What producer Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig want, they usually get, especially after "Skyfall" made $1.1 billion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 29, 2013 12:50 PM
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Empire Magazine's Jameson Awards Honor 'Skyfall' as Best Film of 2012, Helen Mirren Makes Plea for More Women in Film

The Jameson Empire Awards for the best films of 2012 were handed out in London on March 24, with Sam Mendes taking top honors as Best Director, and 23rd Bond installment "Skyfall" receiving Best Picture as well as the Empire Award. Helen Mirren, who was honored with the Empire Legend award, noted that in Mendes' acceptance speech, none of his favorite classic film moments feature a woman behind the camera. Watch below, with a full list of winners included.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 11:54 AM
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'Skyfall' Director Mendes Heads Back to the Theatre as He Bids Adieu to Bond (For Now)

Sam Mendes' uber-successful Bond movie "Skyfall" will be his first and possibly last affair with the franchise--at least for now.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2013 1:50 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Dennis Gassner Talks 'Skyfall'

One of the great pleasures of doing a Bond movie for Dennis Gassner is that he gets to be 007 before Daniel Craig. On "Quantum of Solace," his first, the Oscar-winning production designer ("Bugsy") created a pattern language based on the actor's blue eyes and craggy face. But on "Skyfall," he went further in shaping the world of Bond...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 28, 2012 2:31 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Costume Designer Jany Temime Talks 'Skyfall'

Jany Temime effortlessly transitioned from dressing Harry Potter to James Bond because 007 has always been a part of her life. Temime knew exactly what she was getting into when she got the call from director Sam Mendes: "When you get to do a Bond, you take with you all that makes Bond," she proclaims.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 21, 2012 1:30 PM
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