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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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Dubai Fest: Michael Apted on Arab Docs, Women in Film, '7 Up' Series,' & Why 'Skyfall' Isn't a Bond Film

It seems a tad peculiar to find Michael Apted at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival, but here he is, heading up the jury for the Muhr Arab Documentary section and collecting a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also took part in a panel on non-fiction vs. fiction filmmaking, a natural fit for the prolific British filmmaker who has spent much of his career flitting between the two. "56 Up," the latest installment in his "Up" documentary series picking up on the lives of several British children at seven-year intervals, was broadcast in the UK earlier this year. Apted has 16 documentaries to watch in Dubai but did find time to chat on a terrace at the swanky Al Qasr hotel in the Madinat Jumeirah resort.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 15, 2012 4:06 PM
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'Skyfall' is Biggest Film in UK History, Eclipsing 'Avatar'

"Skyfall" is now the UK's biggest film in history, eclipsing "Avatar"'s £94 million with £94.27 million in 40 days (particularly staggering given James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster got to that haul after 11 months, and with increased 3-D ticket prices).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2012 1:08 PM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Purvis & Wade Talk 'Skyfall,' Their Last Bond Movie, and Kinky 'Cocaine Nights'

At their Doha Tribeca Film Festival Masterclass, which took place on the rooftop of a hotel on the edge of the city's old souk (with a fighter jet screaming overhead to add to the 007 vibe), British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade revealed why "Skyfall" will mark the satisfying conclusion to their five-film James Bond journey. The ride began nearly 15 years ago with "The World Is Not Enough" and continued with Pierce Brosnan's final 007 excursion, "Die Another Day," as well as all three of Daniel Craig's outings, "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace" and "Skyfall."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 20, 2012 6:12 AM
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'Skyfall' Opening Credits: How Mendes Got Adele for 'the first good Bond song' and A Look at Past Openers and Songs (VIDEO)

One of the joys of "Skyfall" is its darkly psychedelic opening credit sequence, which combines to great effect Adele's soaring song with the iconic Bond graphics overlaid on Daniel Craig's sinking figure. We're basically watching Bond's fall into death as images pass before his eyes. Sam Mendes' latest installment in the franchise is crammed with purposeful references to 007 films of yore, but perhaps the best is that hit song. Music has long been used to sell movies, but never more than with the Bond franchise.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 19, 2012 2:02 PM
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Doing the Bond Numbers: How High Can 'Skyfall' Go? Bond Conquers World Before North American Release

With a 12-day worldwide gross of around $320 million through Tuesday, "Skyfall" enters the US/Canada market Friday as one of the biggest hits of the year. While it's already a huge success with critics and audiences, the latest James Bond entry isn't likely to be the biggest grosser of the year. But that's a minor downside.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Mendes Talks Bond Resurrection in 'Skyfall'

Why all the swooning over "Skyfall?" Because, oddly enough, after 50 years we've only just begun exploring James Bond's troubled psyche, and because director Sam Mendes has brilliantly made up for lost time by engineering the best possible conceit: an existential crisis for our iconic superspy...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 8, 2012 4:27 PM
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Oscar Talk: from 'Skyfall' to AFI FEST's 'Hitchcock'

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, "Skyfall," which could yield a few technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock," which opened the AFI FEST Thurday night. We preview what's coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:16 PM
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James Bond 23, 'Skyfall,' Opens Big in UK and 24 Markets: Seven Things We Know About Bond

We know that with rave reviews, Sony and MGM's "Skyfall" could exceed the global gross on any other Bond. (Bond 22 gross/review rankings here.) The first international grosses are in from 25 markets and James Bond 23 is off to a rip-roaring start, opening everywhere at #1 and grossing $77.7 million. (It opens stateside on November 9.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2012 6:33 PM
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Ranking 22 Bond Films on Popularity and Critics' Cred: Hits, Misses

We all have our favorite James Bond and 007 films. ("From Russia with Love" and Sean Connery are mine; I see "Skyfall" next week.) But what's the consensus? Time Magazine (behind its annoying pay wall) has compiled a ranking of five decades of Bond hits and misses based on critical acclaim (via Rotten Tomatoes) and global box office.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2012 1:30 PM
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