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First picture of Bond from 'Skyfall' released

Skyfall - First pic of James Bond, in Shanghai

A single picture hardly justifies a blog post (or does it?), but I happen to be quite excited for Skyfall, the next James Bond movie. This picture shows Daniel Craig in Shanghai, China. What he’s doing there, we do not know, but we know that he’s probably packing a few gadgets since Q (a young Q played by Ben Whisaw) has been confirmed for the film as well as two Bond girls, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

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The weekend after Thanksgiving is terrible for Hollywood - Here's why

The movie industry is a strange thing. Studio executives like to think they can predict what people want to see at the movies. Sometimes they can, but more often than not, they fail. The art of releasing movies seems to be as much of an emotional game as it is strictly about numbers, which is why I found it very strange when I realized that there were no new films coming out this weekend. Sometimes there four or five major movie releases in a week and once in a while there’s only one, but I cannot remember the last time there were no new wide releases in a weekend. Following a big Thanksgiving weekend filled with three family films—The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo—none of the major studios have a film lined up for this weekend. What’s the deal?

The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually bad for films, from what I have read, but is it so bad that studios should give up? I mean, it’s guaranteed to be a bad weekend if absolutely no one is willing to risk releasing a movie. As it stands, The Muppets and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will battle it out for the top spot.

Being the analytical guy that I am, I’ve gathered and attempted to analyze release and ticket sales data from the last 16 years of post-Thanksgiving box office weekends and see if there are any patterns. As it turns out, fear of the post-Thanksgiving weekend is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood.

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James Bond 23 named 'Skyfall' - first plot details emerge

It's been a long time coming, but Bond 23 is finally moving ahead. In a press announcement today, the 23rd James Bond movie's title, cast, and first plot details were revealed. Named Skyfall, the new film is a completely new adventure, and not tied to any previous Ian Fleming or Bond book. Daniel Craig will return as 007 for a third time and Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road) will direct. 

Here's what we know about the plot: "Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

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Mission: Impossible IV to be renamed and star Jeremy Renner

Ethan Hunt is taking a cue from James Bond, it seems. The next Mission: Impossible film may not be named Mission: Impossible IV, breaking the current naming convention. It may not even have "Mission: Impossible" in the title, reports Variety. Producer J.J. Abrams, star Tom Cruise and director Brad Bird (a Pixar alumni) have decided to go a new route for the next film. Yesterday, it was announced that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) star opposite Cruise.

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James Bond screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz passes on at 68

From the left: Ben Mankiewicz, Rosemary Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz (Photo by LIFE)

Tom Mankiewicz, best known for penning several James Bond movies, passed away on July 31st. Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Man With the Golden Gun are among his screenwriting credits. He also wrote for television and was known as a solid script fixer in Hollywood, a job which doesn't always get an official credit. He consulted on Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, Superman 1-2, Batman, War Games, and Gremlins. I wish he could have consulted on Gremlins 2. Mankiewicz lost his battle with cancer. 

For more information, check out for a detailed obituary. 


Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig to wait for Bond 23 (for now)

There is no update on the status of Bond 23, but its director and star are still interested, if the financial meltdown at MGM can resolve itself sometime soon. While Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and Daniel Craig are both accepting projects in the short term, "insider sources" have told Deadline Hollywood that both plan to "fully come back to James Bond after MGM sorts itself out."

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Bond 23 is officially canceled due to troubles at MGM

This is not news I am happy to deliver. Over the holiday weekend, the 23rd Bond movie was axed at MGM, according to a report by This news comes just as its production company MGM attempts to get a historic sixth extension on its rumored $2.4 billion in debt. Bond 23 was postponed back in April due to financial problems at MGM, which co-funds the film. 

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Christopher Nolan talks BATMAN 3 his love for James Bond

Christopher Nolan is a busy guy. He's already begun promoting Inception, and has a Batman sequel and Superman film in the works. Where does he get the inspiration to make such epic films? The classic James Bond movies, he tells the Empire Magazine

"I've been plundering from the Bond movies in everything I've done, forever. I grew up loving them and they're just a huge influence on me. When you look at being able to construct a scenario that's only bound by your imagination, I think the world of Bond movies is a natural place for your mind to go."

Inception, he says, is his most Bond-like film to date, and is most like his favorite film of the franchise: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Doctor Who wants to be a Bond villain

Matt Smith wants to take over the world, but he spends most of his time defending it. According to The Coventry Telegraph, the star of Doctor Who doesn't think he's cut out for the role of Bond, but he'd love to play the bad guy. 

"I don't think I'm handsome enough. I think I'd make a quite good, young Bond villain." But he admitted: "It would be kind of nice though to be the actor who's done both." He added: "I've never got away with being the handsome leading man. I suppose I'm the peculiar, odd lead. Which may work in my favour.

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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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