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007 To Face Old Nemesis In 'Spectre'?

December 4th, 2014 8:01pm EST
James Bond 24: Christoph Waltz Heads Up 'Spectre' As Mendes & Cr
Director Sam Mendes gathered the new cast of the upcoming 24th James Bond flick together on Wednesday evening at London's Pinewood Studios to announce the title of the new film, which is set to bring back 007's old nemesis in "Spectre."

Spectre, of course, is the sinister organization that featured in six of the franchise's early films and was headed by the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Christoph Waltz, who joins the cast as the film's villain, is rumored to be playing Blofeld, a rumor punctuated by Mendes not naming his character while introducing him at the press conference.

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Next James Bond Film 'Bond 24' Gets 'Spectre' Title And Cast Revealed

December 4th, 2014 9:25am EST
Spectre
So the upcoming Bond 24 film has a title, a cast and a new car – read below to get the live play-by-play as it happened and got announced at 3am PST this morning!

At approximately 2:46am PST the song "We Have All The Time In The World" by Louis Anderson from the film "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service" rings out signifying that Bond news is on the way.

A little Shirley Bassey hits next with some glistening "Diamonds Are Forever" at 2:49am PST – fitting and pleasing.

We are then whisked away to Pinewood Studios at the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Sound Stage. We get some history (it was bu...
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New Bond Movie To Give Modern Day Twist To Book 'Devil May Care'

July 14th, 2013 4:02pm EDT
Daniel Craig
The basis for next film installment of the James Bond franchise, with Daniel Craig returning in the role of super-spy James Bond, has been chosen.

According to a U.K. report, Craig and director Sam Mendes will be adapting Sebastian Faulks' book "Devil May Care" for the next film, the 24th in the series, set to open in late 2014.

Faulks wrote the 2008 novel, a sequel to The Man with The Golden Gun, to mark the 100th anniversary of Bond author Ian Fleming's birth, but attempts to bring the story to the big screen have previously been shelved due to its 1960s setting.

However, producers a...
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Sam Mendes Returning To Direct 24th James Bond Film

July 11th, 2013 10:17pm EDT
Sam Mendes
Skyfall director Sam Mendes is returning to the James Bond franchise for the spy series' 24th film.

The director, who insisted that he wouldn't be back following the release of Skyfall last November, has had a change of heart. He recently went back on his word and said that he would consider returning and would make a decision after his theater adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" premiered on London's West End.

Mendes confirmed the news on Thursday, saying in a statement, "I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers...
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Sam Mendes In Talks To Direct 'Skyfall' Follow-up

May 29th, 2013 5:31pm EDT
Sam Mendes
According to a report, Sam Mendes is in talks to direct a second Bond movie following the massive success of his 007 debut Skyfall.

The Daniel Craig blockbuster became the most successful Bond movie of all time, breaking box office records last year and scoring numerous awards including an Oscar for theme tune performer Adele and two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards.

Despite the movie's huge success, British director Mendes expressed reluctance to return to direct a second installment, insisting the idea made him feel "physically ill," and he vowed to press...
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Producers Hopeful Sam Mendes Will Direct Another James Bond Film

March 26th, 2013 8:21am EDT
Sam Mendes
Filmmaker Sam Mendes has decided not to direct the upcoming 24th James Bond film due to work committments; however, producers are hopeful that he will return to helm the franchise.

Producer Barbara Broccoli told Getty Images Entertainment: "We will get him back. We haven't given up hope. Maybe not for the next one. but we will get him back again."

Co-producer, screenwriter Michael G. Wilson added: "We are working on him. [With all these awards] we hope that maybe he will have gotten inspired to come back."

Mendes is working on several projects, including theatre productions of "Charlie A...
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Helen Mirren Bashes Sam Mendes Over Male-Only Influences

March 25th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has taken director Sam Mendes to task for failing to mention any female influences during an acceptance speech for the Empire Inspiration Award.

"I don't want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I'm afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman," Mirren said after picking up the Empire Legend award.

She continued, "Hopefully in five or 10 years, when Sam's successor is collecting their Inspiration award, the list will be slightly more balanced in terms of its sexual make-up. In the meantime, this one is...
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Director Sam Mendes Turns Down 'Skyfall' Follow-Up

March 6th, 2013 9:16am EST
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of directing the next James Bond movie following the runaway success of last year's Skyfall in order to concentrate on his theatre commitments.

The 23rd 007 adventure, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy, grossed $1.1 billion at the box office and won a slew of honors during the 2012-13 awards season, including two Oscars.

However, Mendes will not be re-teaming with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for the 24th Bond installment as he wants to focus on overseeing the upcoming London stage production of Roald Dahl tale Charlie And ...
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Mena Suvari Hated Feeling Like A 'Pawn' After Success Of 'American Beauty'

May 1st, 2012 9:04am EDT
Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari almost walked away from Hollywood forever when she became disillusioned with the movie industry after the huge success of American Beauty.

The blonde star shot to fame in Sam Mendes' multi-Oscar winning 1999 drama, and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as vain Angela Hayes.

She was hailed as one of Hollywood's hottest properties following her turn in the film - but Suvari has revealed she nearly quit making movies because she felt like a "pawn."

The actress tells Britain's You magazine, "I did have t...
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Kate Winslet's Ex Sam Mendes Dating Rebecca Hall

November 28th, 2011 8:41am EST
Sam Mendes
Filmmaker Sam Mendes has finally confirmed he is dating actress Rebecca Hall, more than a year after the pair was first rumored to be romantically involved following his split from Kate Winslet.

The American Beauty director was linked to the 29 year old in the wake of his break-up from Winslet amid rumors his growing friendship with Hall, who he cast in two of his plays, had contributed to the disintegration of their marriage.

Mendes' representatives moved swiftly to quash any speculation of a romance, branding the reports "Utter nonsense. Untrue and ridiculous."

Hall also denied she ...
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Javier Bardem To Play Next James Bond Villain?

February 3rd, 2011 2:27pm EST
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is thrilled about the possibility of joining the James Bond franchise as the latest villain - he's been a fan of the superspy since he was a child.

The Spanish actor has confirmed he's in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in the upcoming 23rd 007 movie, which is due for release in 2012. Bardem has met with the film's director Sam Mendes to discuss the role, and although he has yet to sign a contract, he reveals he's delighted to be considered for the job.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I'm a huge fan of the James Bond saga. When I was little, I went watching Mr. Conne...
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Judi Dench On Board For Seventh James Bond Movie

January 27th, 2011 9:20pm EST
Judi Dench
Judi Dench has confirmed she'll be back as James Bond's boss in the much-anticipated 23rd 007 adventure.

The British thespian has played MI6 boss M in six Bond films and she'll return for her seventh this year.

She says, "I'm looking forward hugely to working with Daniel (Craig) again and with (director) Sam Mendes, who I've only ever worked with in the theater."

The new Bond film is expected to go into production later this year and will hit cinemas in November, 2012.
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Rachel Weisz To Appear In New 'James Bond' Movie With Daniel Craig?

January 12th, 2011 2:55pm EST
Weisz,_Rachel
Actress Rachel Weisz is reportedly in talks with director Sam Mendes to star in the new James Bond movie, opposite her rumored new love interest Daniel Craig.

Filming on the 23rd 007 film is set to commence later this year and hit cinemas on 9 November, 2012.

Craig will reprise his role as the superspy for the Mendes-directed action movie - and Weisz, who was spotted strolling hand-in-hand with the actor over Christmas, is in negotiations to star opposite her alleged new lover, according to Britain's Grazia magazine.

A source tells the publication, "Rachel has been speaking with Sam for ...
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Sam Mendes To Direct Latest James Bond Film, Set For Release November 2012

January 12th, 2011 8:16am EST
James Bond
James Bond is back - filming on the latest 007 adventure now has a release date.

Daniel Craig will return as the superspy in the 23rd Bond film, which will go before cameras later this year and hit cinemas on November 9, 2012.

The franchise was left hanging last year when film studio MGM went into bankruptcy.

The new Bond film will be Craig's third.

Bosses at MGM and EON Productions have confirmed Sam Mendes will direct the unnamed action movie.

British actor Craig's last outing as 007 was in 2008's "Quantum of Solace."
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: March

January 1st, 2011 1:00pm EST
Lil Wayne
It was a shocking way to start the spring as March saw two of Hollywood's biggest star couples announce break-ups - Kate Winslet parted ways with her second husband Sam Mendes after seven years and Sandra Bullock's Oscar win was overshadowed after she found out partner Jesse James had cheated on her.

More scandals came as the month progressed, with fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell accused of attacking her driver by striking him on the head, and Michael Jackson's mum Katherine visited by welfare officials in Los Angeles over allegations one of her grandkids had purchased a stun gun.

Rapper ...
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Kate Winslet Dumps Boyfriend Louis Dowler

November 22nd, 2010 8:24am EST
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet has split from her model boyfriend Louis Dowler after just four months of dating, according to a U.K. report.

The star announced her separation from Sam Mendes, her husband of seven years, in March, and she was subsequently linked to British model Dowler.

They were spotted together in London over the summer and they made their first public appearance as a couple in September at a Vanity Fair photography exhibition in Spain.

But the relationship has now ended as Winslet wants to focus on her movie career and two young children, Mia and Joe, according to Britain's Mail on Sund...
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Kate Winslet Shows Off Her New Boyfriend, Looks Hot In A Black Dress

September 21st, 2010 11:29am EDT
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet has gone public with her new boyfriend by treading the red carpet for the first time as a couple.

The Oscar-winning actress announced in March that she had separated from her husband of seven years Sam Mendes and she was subsequently linked to British model Louis Dowler.

Rumors of a blossoming new romance were fuelled when Winslet was pictured walking hand-in-hand with Dowler in London over the summer and now she appears to have confirmed the relationship with a red carpet outing to a Vanity Fair photography exhibition in Spain on Monday.

Dowler was pictured posing with h...
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Kevin Spacey & Sam Mendes Reunite For Shakespeare Production

August 26th, 2010 5:31pm EDT
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey is reuniting with the director who helped him win an Academy Award in a new transatlantic theatre project.

The actor will star as Shakespeare's Richard III in a production due to open in New York and close in London, directed by Sam Mendes. Spacey and Mendes scooped Best Actor and Best Director Oscars for 1999 movie "American Beauty."

Announcing the project, due to open on Broadway in February 2012, Spacey says, "Sam is one of the finest directors I have had the pleasure to work with and to gain this opportunity is beyond my wildest hopes. With such a remarkable character be...
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Kate Winslet Spotted With New Man

August 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EDT
Kate Winslet
We spotted Kate Winslet and her boyfriend, British model Louis Dowler, hit the town together in London on Friday night. We think Kate looks great in her little black dress. What do you think?

The happy couple held hands as they left the Groucho Club before making their way to Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair. They returned to their hotel at nearly 3 a.m.

Kate and director Sam Mendes announced in March that their seven-year marriage had come to an end earlier this year. The split appeared to be amicable, with both of them stepping out in public with their children shortly after the news hit the...
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Kate Winslet Dating Younger Male Model?

July 25th, 2010 2:30pm EDT
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is reportedly moving on following her split from Sam Mendes - the actress has been linked to a younger male model.

The "Titanic" star is said to have met handsome Louis Dowler through mutual pals after ending her relationship with the American Beauty director earlier this year.

And the pair has since become inseparable, according to Britain's News of the World.

A source tells the publication, "Louis has been spending a lot of time with Kate recently and they were in New York together while he was shooting an advert.

"They've been on lots of dates and get on really well. It'...
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Sam Mendes' Rep Slams 'Reconciliation' With Kate Winslet Reports

July 13th, 2010 8:45am EDT
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes' representative has dismissed reports the director is preparing to reconcile with estranged wife Kate Winslet, insisting there is "no truth" to the speculation.

The stars announced in March that their seven-year marriage had come to an end earlier this year, but the split appeared to be amicable, with both of them stepping out in public with their children shortly after the news hit the headlines. Reports over the weekend claimed the former couple was attempting to save its marriage with a romantic summer break at their Gloucestershire, England manor house.

However, Mendes' s...
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Jake Gyllenhaal Broke Peter Sarsgaard's Rib On 'Jarhead' Set

April 24th, 2010 1:10pm EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
"Jarhead" co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard fought for real on the set of the army movie, after a fight scene left the latter with a broken rib.

Sarsgaard admits he punched Gyllenhaal "as hard as he could in the windpipe" during a bout of "macho crap" intensified by their real life relationship - Sarsgaard is married to Gyllenhaal's sister Maggie.

The fight took place during a scene that required a mob of soldiers, including Gyllenhaal, to brand Sarsgaard's character.

Sarsgaard was hurt during the first take - he later discovered he had suffered a broken rib - and he snapped w...
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Robert Downey Jr. To Play Wizard Of Oz?

April 21st, 2010 8:59am EDT
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly set to team up with director Sam Mendes to bring the Wizard Of Oz back to life.

The original 1939 movie, starring Judy Garland, became a cinematic classic, while another film based on L. Frank Baum's books, Return To Oz, was released by Disney in 1985.

Now, movie-makers are preparing to return to the Emerald City on the big screen in a new picture about the wonderful wizard, titled Oz The Great and Powerful. The film will be a prequel to the Garland movie, based on Baum's work, and will tell the story of a young circus magician who ends up ruler of the ma...
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Celebrity Matchmaker: Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock & More

April 21st, 2010 8:24am EDT
Kate Winslet
Romantically, things are looking bleak for celebrities right now. From Tiger’s betrayal to tattooed mistresses and out-of-nowhere divorces for seemingly stable couples, it looks like stars’ love lives are in shambles.

Here are some (unsolicited) suggestions for the lonely hearts in Tinseltown:

1. Tiger Woods

Wood’s divorce hasn’t been finalized, but considering the leaked texts, the harem of mistresses and the fact that his wife came at him with a golf club when she found out, it’s safe to say this swinger will soon be on the market. Woods should play it safe by dating casually instead o...
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Freida Pinto: I'm Too Young To Be A Bond Girl'

April 7th, 2010 11:56am EDT
Freida Pinto
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is "flattered" by rumors linking her to a role in the new 007 movie - but insists she's not "beautiful" enough to play a Bond girl.

Pinto was recently reported to have signed up to play Daniel Craig's love interest in the next James Bond blockbuster, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. A representative for the actress dismissed the rumors, confirming Pinto has "not been approached" by Bond bosses.

And the Indian beauty, 25, is convinced she would be the wrong choice for a role in the super-spy franchise.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "It was...
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Lady Gaga To Record Next Bond Theme?

March 31st, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is reportedly in negotiations with movie bosses to record the next James Bond theme tune.

Film chiefs are said to be eager to land the Poker Face hit-maker to perform the lead track for the forthcoming 007 movie, which will be directed by Sam Mendes.

A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Bond bosses are all huge Gaga fans. Her sound and sense of drama make her the top choice. Gaga has the look as well as the voice to tackle a thundering ballad. She's a great songwriter too. This is perfect on every level."

Previous stars to record Bond themes include Shirley Bassey and Paul McC...
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Sister Says Kate Winslet Is 'Fine' After Break Up

March 28th, 2010 8:30am EDT
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is "bearing up" after her split from husband Sam Mendes, according to the star's sister Anna.

The couple announced its separation earlier this month, revealing that their seven-year marriage came to an end at the beginning of 2010.

The pair has since been at the center of speculation that their marriage fell apart following arguments over Mendes' friendship with English actress Rebecca Hall, which the director's rep dismissed as, "Utter nonsense. Untrue and ridiculous."

However, despite the rumors, Winslet's family insists the Oscar-winner is adjusting well to single life, w...
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Freida Pinto's Rep Denies Bond Role

March 23rd, 2010 8:49am EDT
Freida Pinto
A spokesperson for Freida Pinto has denied reports the actress has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl.

British tabloids last week fueled speculation that the "Slumdog Millionaire" star has been chosen to appear in the next 007 movie, which will be directed by Sam Mendes and set in Afghanistan.

A source told the Daily Mirror, "Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet."

However, Pinto's rep has dismissed the stories, insisting movie bosses have not asked the actress to star in the a...
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Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Victims Of 'Best Actress' Oscar Curse? (Video)

March 19th, 2010 12:20am EDT
Oscar Curse
The latest news about Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James, allegedly cheating on her and the recent revelation that Kate Winslet is splitting from her husband, director Sam Mendes, leads us to believe that perhaps their recent Best Actress Oscar wins have something to do with it.

Yes folks, it appears that an 'Oscar Curse' has been running wild in Hollywood for the last decade. The curse appears to have begun in 2001, when Julia Roberts won the award for her performance in "Erin Brockovich". Shortly after her win (although not married to each other) she dumped boyfriend Benjamin Bratt.

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Sam Mendes Denies Cheating On Kate Winslet

March 18th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Sam Mendes
A representative for Sam Mendes has furiously denied allegations his marriage to Kate Winslet broke down after he struck up a relationship with British actress Rebecca Hall - branding the claims "ridiculous," "utter nonsense" and "untrue".

The couple announced their split on Monday, revealing their seven-year marriage came to an end earlier this year. Speculation has been rife over the reason for the break-up, and recent reports alleged Winslet ended the union after her husband grew close to Hall, who was cast in two of his plays.

However, a spokesman for Mendes is adamant the reports a...
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