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Five Things We Learn from Esquire on Daniel Craig: Dragon Tattoo Violence, Tintin Leotard

Esquire learned many things from Daniel Craig, much more than his favorite word being "fuck" and his blue eyes being money-makers. The British star has several anticipated movies due in theaters and in the works and plenty to talk about: Cowboys & Aliens (trailer below, July 29), Dream House (September 30), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (teaser below, December 21), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) and Bond 23 (2012). (At the time of the interview, Craig's Dream House co-star Rachel Weisz was his girlfriend, not yet his wife.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 7, 2011 5:18 AM
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News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds out hope for the next Bond film: “Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 19, 2011 6:31 AM
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MGM and Sony Partner on Bond, Dragon Tattoo and Now, 21 Jump Street

MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering on several projects, from James Bond 23 (November 9, 2012) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to 21 Jump Street. MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, had announced that they would partner on several projects over five years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 2:52 AM
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MGM Pacts with Twentieth Century Fox for Homevideo

It feels like things are on the up-and-up at MGM, as the studio renews its home entertainment deal with Fox. Wednesday, MGM announced its five-year co-financing deal with Sony, which plans to theatrically release worldwide and help fund the next two James Bond films. Peter Jackson has finally started production on MGM/New Line/Warner Bros. co-production the Hobbit in Wellywood, New Zealand, which will be released in two parts by Warner Bros. in 2012 and 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 10:56 AM
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MGM Partners with Sony on Releasing James Bond 23 Worldwide

As expected, MGM has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony (which released Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) for Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig as 007. Sony will also co-finance the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2011 11:15 AM
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Video: James Bond in Drag

Daniel Craig goes blonde and vulnerable for this promo spot about inequality between the sexes narrated by James Bond boss Judi Dench. Craig, like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, makes a far less handsome woman than man. In person Craig is a slim, sweet mench of a man. It's cool that he was willing to deconstruct his womanizer/action/hero Bond image.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2011 2:40 AM
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Old School Action Stars: Few Replacements, Not Expendable

Action heroes come in two categories: New School and Old School. Just last weekend, Liam Neeson, 58, led the box office pack with Unknown, showing 16-year old Justin Bieber and I Am Number Four's 20-year old Alex Pettyfer who's Daddy. Neeson isn't the first, nor will he be the last, older man showing the world how a Hollywood action star should perform, both on screen and in the charts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 22, 2011 8:39 AM
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Legend Watch: Shakespeare as Hollywood Screenwriter, Dame Judi as Career Sage

- Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus marks his directorial debut and reveals his admiration for William Shakespeare. His film is a contemporary retelling of the Bard's political thriller. "I can’t help thinking if he [Shakespeare] were alive and writing today, he’d be writing for cinema. His stories and language are cinematic,” he said at the Berlinale, where the film premiered. Meeting the press, he had his three producers -- Julia Taylor-Stanley, Gaby Tana and Colin Vaines -- stand and bow, wanting applause from “the roomful of film journalists who know how difficult it is these days to get an independent film made.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 15, 2011 8:59 AM
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Sony Negotiating MGM Distrib and Financing Deal, Including Bonds

Sony and MGM have been in bed together for some time. One of many investors in the company, Sony has released the last two Bond films, and wants to release the next two as well, reports the the LATimes. Streamlined MGM has been strapped for cash for some time, come through bankruptcy, and now has two new CEOs, industry vets Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, who are seeking to avoid the risk and expense of marketing and releasing their own movies. They are talking to several studios about a worldwide distribution deal for MGM's films and home video, as well as financing on some films such as Sam Mendes' Bond 23, starring Daniel Craig.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 3:07 AM
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James Bond 23 Will Shoot in Late 2011 with November 2012 Release Date

EON producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, finally released from the constraints of MGM's bankruptcy, are free to commit to going forward with James Bond 23, which has been stalled while they waited for MGM to come out of its financial quagmire. New MGM co-chairs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum say the movie will start shooting in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2011 7:50 AM
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