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Why Mendes Brought Back Purvis & Wade for 'Bond 24' Polish

Turnabout is fair play, as veteran James Bond scribes Neil Purvis & Robert Wade have been reinstated to add a bit of witty repartee to the upcoming "Bond 24," according to the reliable Baz Bamigboye of DailyMail. Purvis & Wade, franchise staples since Pierce Brosnan's "The World is Not Enough" (1999), turned over the screenwriting reigns to John Logan for "Bond 24" after he was brought in to polish their work on "Skyfall," which, of course, become the first billion Bond in franchise history.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 28, 2014 4:04 PM
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Showtime Renews Mendes and Logan's Horror Lit Series 'Penny Dreadful' (TRAILER, REVIEW)

Midway through the show’s first eight-episode run, Showtime is renewing the horrific “Penny Dreadful” for a second season. Sam Mendes and John Logan's series featuring horror lit all-stars such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray has drawn solid ratings especially with the prized 18-34 demo on Showtime’s on-demand digital platforms. Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton star.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 12:38 PM
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Get Ready for Showtime's Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful' with Creepy New Trailer (REVIEW)

Showtime's new smart horror series "Penny Dreadful" debuts May 11. Watch a new trailer here, plus read our SXSW review.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 1:12 PM
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Bette Midler Appears on Broadway as 'Sue Mengers' in New One-Character Show

For the first time in 30 years, Bette Midler will appear on Broadway in the new one-character show "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers." The acid-tongued super-agent, who died in 2011 at age 79, spearheaded the careers of Barbra Streisand, Cher, Farrah Fawcett and Faye Dunaway, to name a few, in the New Hollywood. Midler, no stranger to extravagant and acerbic roles, plays Mengers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2013 2:41 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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