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Daniel Craig is hopeful BOND 23 will resume production soon

On Tuesday, production on the 23rd James Bond film was postponed indefinitely by series producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli because of the uncertain situation surrounding MGM, the company that owns the Bond franchise. In an interview with BBC News, Daniel Craig weighed in on the subject.

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Will BATMAN 3 be in 3D or IMAX?

Will Batman 3 jump on the 3D bandwagon? Well, we don’t know just yet. Neither does series cinematographer Wally Pfister. Cinematical caught up with him on April 15, hours before he received the Star Award for achievement in cinematography from the Dallas Film Society. He was pretty vocal on 3D and IMAX. Christopher Nolan and he decided against filming Nolan’s upcoming Inception in 3D, but he wouldn’t rule it out for the next Batman. IMAX though, that might be difficult.

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Casting: Zooey Deschanel is the first programmer and Sacha Baron Cohen to lead a secret life

Zooey Deschanel and Sacha Baron Cohen are both heading into the past. I wrote up a couple pieces for Filmonic (one of my favorite film blogs) today. Time permitting, I'll do this more often. Check them out below.

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DIE HARD 5 may film next year, says Willis

John McClane is coming back for another round, according to Bruce Willis. The star told MTV that the next film may film next year. He'd also like Len Wiseman to direct and thinks the series needs to take it up a notch and have a "worldwide" plot. If we were to judge by the current trajectory of this series, I think Die Hard 5 might actually be Superman 6. Here's the video.

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AVATAR reaches $2 billion, but is it still #26 in ticket sales?

Avatar has passed yet another milestone. Last week it passed Titanic to become the highest grossing movie of all time–Titanic had about $1.84 billion in sales). As of today, it is the first movie to gross $2 billion dollars around the world, taking in an estimated $2,039,222,000 through the weekend. More importantly, the movie shows no signs of slowing.

Interestingly, I saw an article on The Hollywood Reporter, saying Avatar is actually the #26 highest movie if we dismiss box office gross and instead count ticket sales. Under that model, Gone with the Wind and Star Wars are the most popular movies of all time, followed by The Sound of Music and E.T. The Extraterrestrial. My thoughts on counting ticket sales instead of dollars grossed and the misleading nature of this article can be found at Filmonic.

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EDGE OF DARKNESS needs more action, less talk


Mel Gibson is a man made for vengeance. If you wrong him, he will mess you up. We haven’t seen him make good on this since The Patriot (1999) when he won the American revolution because some British guy killed his family. Since that time, the troubled actor has been distracted by Jesus, alcohol, and Jews.Edge of Darkness promises a return to classic Gibson, which is something to celebrate. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it.

I really want to like Edge of Darkness. The trailer reminds me of Taken and the film is directed by Martin Cambell, who is best known for saving the James Bond franchise twice (Casino RoyaleGoldenEye). And like State of Play, one of my favorite films of 2009, Edge of Darkness is based on a critically acclaimed BBC miniseries, which was also directed by Cambell. The signs for a great mystery action thriller are in place. Regrettably, Cambell and the writing team failed to modernize and translate the material to the big screen.

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THE BOOK OF ELI proves Denzel can still kick ass


I did not expect much from The Book of Eli. I mean, Denzel Washington’s star is much dimmer than his Training Days and I’ve seen enough post-apocalyptic movies to fill a catalog of world ending scenarios. But the Hughes brothers surprised me. Eli is an ordinary take on a “war ends the world” scenario with extra-ordinary goals. It has more to say than your average action flick and I enjoyed it.

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