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Bond 23 Update: Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct

When your career needs a boost and there are few available top-dollar jobs: take a franchise.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 11:20 AM
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Bond Producers Put Number 23 On Hold

Writer Peter Morgan (The Queen) worked on a first draft of Bond 23 that he described as a "shocking story" from July until October last year, followed by regular writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. But EON Productions has put pre-production work on the film on hold pending the resolution of distributor MGM's sale, reports Bond site Mi6. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli told Total Film Magazine: "Our timeline's a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don't know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it's uncertain."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 12:15 AM
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Father's Day Faves

Like Kris Tapley, my father turned me into a cinephile. (Cineaste, as Dave Kehr is wont to point out, is strictly reserved for filmmakers.) Raising two (and later three) kids in Manhattan, my father took us to the movies every weekend at the local movie houses: the Riverside and Riviera, Symphony, Nemo, Olympia, Thalia and New Yorker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2009 1:09 AM
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John Carter of Mars' Stars, James Bond's Writers

Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) is moving forward at Disney with his live-action debut John Carter of Mars, which he adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels. The materials I've seen on James Cameron's Avatar remind me of this alternate world set on another planet. And in both stories, an American visits this faraway place full of strange creatures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2009 6:15 AM
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Quantum of Solace vs. Casino Royale

When I talked to director Marc Forster on Monday morning, he admitted that trying to top Martin Campbell's Casino Royale was the thing that gave him the most pause. But he plowed ahead and delivered a Bond that is long on action and short on sex and dialogue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2008 4:44 AM
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Quantum of Solace: Smart Bond

I confess that I had a great time at Quantum of Solace last night. Sure it's glitzy and glam and jammed with heart-stopping violent action. But it's also arty and elegant and beautiful. One of the main sequences is a lyrical homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, set during a performance of Tosca.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2008 4:29 AM
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