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By Lee Pfeiffer
MGM and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli feel they have their own license to kill--film projects, that is, that they allege violate their copyrights to the 007 character and series. MGM had warned Universal not to go forward with a spy movie titled Section 6 that purports to explore the fact-based origins of MI6 in the aftermath of Wwi. The Bond producers and MGM stated their concerns that leaked elements of the screenplay showed plot devices that they allege are clearly inspired by the works of Ian Fleming including the fact that British agents have been assigned licenses to kill and that they carry "00" status. Both of those attributes are fictional and are directly linked to Fleming's creation. MGM has filed suit this week against Universal and screenwriter Aaron Berg alleging that Section 6 is clearly based on elements of the Bond books and films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.
No details were given regarding the villain, although we reported in November that MGM won back the rights to the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which lead to speculation that he will be a part of this sequel. Screenwriter John Logan also teased last month that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. might come into play. Will Chiwetel Ejiofor be Ernst Stavro Blofeld? That's a possibility.
We reported in March that production is scheduled to begin in October, »
Chiwetel Ejiofor's Oscar-nominated performance in 12 Years a Slave earned him quite a bit of attention, but he's about to get even more of a spotlight if his next deal goes through. Ejiofor is reported as being the frontrunner for the villainous role in Sam Mendes' Skyfall follow-up; Mendes will direct the untitled 24th and 25th installments of the James Bond franchise. While no official offer has been extended and the parties in question are not in formal talks, Ejiofor is considered the man to beat by other actors vying for the role. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Ejiofor is the top choice for the villain of Bond 24. He would follow in the footsteps of Javier Bardem, who is only the most recent in a long line of iconic characters. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw all return as James Bond, »
- Dave Trumbore
After scoring big with Javier Bardem as its last Bond villain, MGM and Sony may be targeting another Oscar-nominated actor to play 007′s nemesis in the next James Bond pic. Sources tell Variety that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM’s next installment in the James Bond series. No offer has been made yet and scheduling would still have to be worked out but sources insist he is the front-runner for the job.
The studio had no comment.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce with John Logan penning the script. The plan is start production in the summer in order to meet the pic’s release date of Nov. »
- Justin Kroll
Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is Sony Pictures and MGM's top choice to play the villain in James Bond 24 , according to Variety . The trade says that the studios have not made an offer yet, but that the actor is the frontrunner for the job. They add that the producers are "also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls." Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes from a script by John Logan. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce. Filming is expected to start this summer for a November 6, 2015 release. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
Is Come and Dive the title of Bond 24? Sony says no, as a reportedly fake press release and teaser started to make the rounds early this morning. Take a look at the teaser here:
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today present an early teaser for 24th James Bond adventure, entitled Come and Dive. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as James Bond 007.
Come and Dive will begin its worldwide rollout in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in Us theaters on November 6, 2015.
In Come and Dive, »
Apparently this whole thing was faked, but it was a pretty good one especially since the video was posted on what was made to look like Sony Pictures' official YouTube page for the film. It has been pulled though.
Total Film tweeted out the following update:
We've spoken to Sony, the Bond 24 teaser is indeed a fake - just as we thought. Expect an official announcement soon.
Here's a surprise! MGM has released a teaser trailer for the 24th James Bond film which has been given the title Come and Dive. The trailer features some moody music and Daniel Craig looking unemotional. The film doesn't even start shooting until fall, and won't hit theaters until late 2015, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli apparently wanted to give fans something to spark their excitement. We have some new information on the film as well.
In Come And Dive, Bond »
- Joey Paur
Out of nowhere, Sony Pictures has decided to release a teaser for the next James Bond film, and with it comes the official title for the film: Come and Dive. The film won't even begin shooting until this fall, and doesn't hit theaters until late 2015, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli decided to unveil a vague teaser, clearly shot with Daniel Craig in front of a green screen, and an unknown woman standing in a cemetery. The official synopsis says, "Bond will be swept away by a dangerous love story. As MI6 rises from its ashes, 007 must protect a mysterious stranger and unveil long forgotten secrets.” Watch! Here's the fake teaser for Sam Mendes' Come and Dive from YouTube: Come and Dive will be directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan (Skyfall). Ralph Fiennes, who became the new "M" in the last James Bond adventure, »
- Ethan Anderton
Update: This has turned out to be a hoax. Come and Dive is not the new title for the next James Bond film.
It might be a silly name, but at least we now have a title for the much anticipated Bond 24. Thanks to the release of a very brief teaser trailer, which really gives us nothing to go on, the title for 007′s next outing has been revealed as Come and Dive.
Production still hasn’t begun yet on the Sam Mendes-directed film, so it’s to be expected that there’s not really anything of substance to show off. Thankfully, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli has given us a small plot summary to make up for the lack of information in the teaser trailer.
According to them, the film will see Bond “swept away by a dangerous love story. As MI6 rises from its ashes, »
- Matt Joseph
Logan confirmed that the first draft of Bond 24 is “almost done.” He added, “I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”
“There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies »
- Laura Frances
Screenwriter John Logan continues to tease the story of his highly-anticipated 007 adventure Bond 24, reiterating in a new interview that this movie continues the same themes that were introduced in Skyfall. While he wouldn't get into specifics, the writer also teased that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. may come into play, and that this follow-up might end up being a two-part movie after all.
Back in November, we reported that MGM won back the rights to Blofield and the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization, which lead many fans to speculate whether or not they will be included in this sequel. While the writer wouldn't confirm or deny that Blofield or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. will be featured in this story, he did talk about using the previous movies and Ian Fleming's novels as an inspiration.
"There might be (a presence of S. »
With Bond 24 set to start production this October, we’re finally beginning to hear a bit more about the project. Though it’s still currently without a title, we do know that the filmmakers plan to continue the themes that were introduced in the last instalment, Skyfall.
While speaking to Empire in a recent interview, screenwriter John Logan revealed that the first draft of the script is nearly done and that he’s very excited about it.
“Right now the first draft is almost done. I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie. »
- Matt Joseph
James Bond 24 will start filming later this year, Ralph Fiennes said in an interview with MTV . "It's meant to start shooting in October," the actor said, not able to offer much more than that. "I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much. They'd probably swear me to secrecy anyway." The 24th installment, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in Us theaters on November 6, 2015. Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are back. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Skyfall took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK. It was also the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray. »
12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks! This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.
The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
In addition to the competitive awards, »
- Michelle McCue
In an era when studios are increasingly relying on franchises to boost their bottom lines, it’s no small feat to be the gatekeeper of the longest-running film series in Hollywood history.
For nearly two decades, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the daughter and stepson of the late James Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, have managed to keep the suave Agent 007 relevant to modern-day audiences in the face of significant competition from other high-octane action franchises — and studio turmoil that put Bond on hiatus more than once. The two have survived numerous regime changes at Bond’s home base, MGM, as they’ve fought to keep the Broccoli family business intact.
Broccoli, 53, and Wilson, 71, who reside in London and are being honored Jan. 19 by the Producers Guild of America with the David O. Selznick Award for lifetime achievement, have protectively watched over Bond as a team since 1995, and guarded »
- Dave McNary
The other members of the jury, which will pick the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears, will be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Faharani, American thesp-scribe Greta Gerwig, French filmmaker Michel Gondry and Hong Kong-born thesp Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
As head of Focus Features, he backed such pics as “Far from Heaven,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lost in Translation,” “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Kids Are All Right,” which won Berlin’s Teddy Award.
- Leo Barraclough
As the road to the Oscars continues, the Producer's Guild of America has announced the nominations for the 25th annual PGA Awards, with American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street all vying for the top honour of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Check out all the nominees for the awards here...
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- Gary Collinson
Plenty of groups give out awards for excellence in film and television at the end of every year, but no set of nominations is watched more carefully by Oscar predictors than the picks from the Producers Guild. That’s because year after year their choices end up being a fairly good indicator of which films will also be granted Best Picture nominations when the Academy makes their selections.
The Guild has announced their 2014 nominations today and there aren’t really any major surprises here. All the expected films are present, including 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Animated films that nabbed nominations are The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Frozen and Monsters University. Included in the documentary nominations are A Place at the Table, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According to Sam, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks »
- Alexander Lowe
In a wide-open year, Hollywood folk are looking for Oscar omens, and today’s nominations from the Producers Guild of America offer double reason to celebrate: Aside from the honor of being recognized by the guild, these noms have been a good gauge of the Academy Awards, both in nominations and winners.
However, amid all the Oscar concerns, two contenders seem likely to get disproportionate attention, especially in Internet discussions: Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and, in a category that rarely draws the spotlight, nonfiction TV: The PGA’s five contenders include A&E’s hot-button show “Duck Dynasty.”
When Oscar switched to 10 best-pic contenders for 2009 films, the PGA did the same. But when the Academy amended that to the variable five-to-10 in 2011, Producers Guild stuck with 10, meaning that for the past two years, some PGA contenders didn’t make the cut with Oscar (which ended up »
- Tim Gray
Hello 2014. The Holidays are officially over and the Awards Season begins today.
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in late 2013.
All 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Chris Meledandri (Visionary »
- Michelle McCue
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