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It feels like things are coming up Bond right now, and the news that John Logan has signed on to write two back-to-back Bond films that tell one complete story is incredibly exciting.
When you see "Skyfall," you'll see how carefully they have set up the James Bond series moving forward and how several elements that were previously missing in the series have now been dropped in. One thing I liked a lot about "Casino Royale" and "Quantum Of Solace" as a double-feature was the idea that they were both about a shadowy enemy organization that Bond was going to start dismantling piece by piece. That story thread appears to have been dropped almost completely in "Skyfall," and that is one of the few things about the film that saddens me. With the work that "Skyfall" does to set all of Bond's support system in place, though, it makes me wonder if they're planning to get back to it.
Last month, HBO ordered a fourth and final season of "Tremé," giving creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer a lump sum of money to stretch as far as they could. At the time, Simon told me they would likely be able to make somewhere between 4 and 6 episodes, and today it was announced that the creative team had split the difference and settled on 5.
The current season still has 5 episodes to go, starting with one this Sunday at 10.
In an intimate gig in Paris last night (Oct. 25), The Rolling Stones ran through a dozen songs as a prelude to the band’s 50th anniversary shows in Newark, N.J. and London in November and December.
The 70-minute show, before 600 people at La Trabendo, included brand new single, “Doom and Gloom,” as well as classics such as “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Tickets for the show were $20, with the 350 that were available to the public snapped up immediately. As we previously reported, fans were limited to two tickets apiece. It was the Stones' first show in five years.
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Two months ago, Azealia Banks started a flurry of rumors when she tweeted that Lady Gaga had called her to work together, but no details were forthcoming. Now she’s spilling the beans on the tracks they created. Lady Gaga and Banks have collaborated on two tracks, though it’s unclear if the pair will show up on Gaga's new set, “Artpop.” Two months ago, Banks started a flurry of rumors when she tweeted that Lady Gaga had called her to work together, but no details were forthcoming. Now she’s spilling the beans on the tracks they created.
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The Wachowskis are back this weekend with "Cloud Atlas." The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to mixed reviews, though HitFix's Drew McWeeny is certainly one of the devoted. My take is that, as I've noted a few times, the underlying thematic tissue didn't hold so well for me but the individual stories were involving and, above all else, the craft on display is immaculate. So in many ways, I think it's a fascinating miss, but a movie I'd no doubt see again -- if I can carve out the time (it's LONG). In any case, you'll get a look for yourself this weekend, so when you do, head on back here with your thoughts. And feel free to rate the film via the tool above.
Tom Hanks has been out and about plenty this week promoting today's release of "Cloud Atlas." I caught him on Letterman earlier this week, wonderful as ever, the perfect salesman. And yesterday, he showed up at "The Colbert Report" to engage in a little Halloween sketch built around that salesmanship.
Before you laugh, I want you to consider how long Drafthouse Films has even existed.
The company was formed to get the Chris Morris dark comedy 'Four Lions" into theaters, and since then, they've picked up less than 20 films. They're still defining their identity, but even so, last year, they were able to help steer the Belgian film "Bullhead" to a Best Foreign Language Picture nomination at the Oscars. They are a fledgling company, and it's not like "Bullhead" was an easy sell from an established artist with a big permanent fanbase. It was a debut film, and it was about the seedy underworld of steroid trading and treatment in the cattle industry. Not the sort of thing that seems at first description like an awards contender.
With "Miami Connection," Drafthouse Films is rescuing a long-lost musical action inspirational family drama with kung-fu in it, and they're preparing to unleash this forgotten masterpiece on audiences. If you're interested in demanding a local screening for yourself, you can do so through Tugg, and then you can also check to see if they've got the film scheduled to roll out in your area on the film's official website.
So, this happened. While testifying against Britney Spears, manager Sam Lufti revealed he and Courtney Love are working on a "possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalogue, based on her life and Kurt Cobain's." It's not a huge leap of logic, as musicians ranging from Green Day to ABBA have all gotten their very own musicals. Still, given Cobain's fears about selling out, this could be problematic at best, and we're a little worried a musical about Kurt and Courtney will come across like "Sid and Nancy" with songs.
But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of other acts out there deserving of the Great White Way treatment. Or, if not deserving, maybe they're car wrecks we wouldn't mind seeing. In any case, some existing musicals could even be tweaked slightly to squeeze in a star or two, so development would be a snap! Here are a few suggestions. Producers, take notes!
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
I accidentally neglected to mention the Hollywood Film Awards in yesterday's roundup. There may be much skepticism in the blogosphere as to their credibility, but like it or not, they are an awards show at the start of the season -- and we can expect to see a lot more of certain honorees in the months to come. Of course, the winners had all been announced beforehand: "Silver Linings Playbook" was a favorite of theirs, taking directing honors for David O. Russell, while Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro were named actor and supporting actor of the year, respectively. Others winners included Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams and Quvenzhané Wallis -- but by the time "Django Unchained" wins for its screenplay, when no one's yet had a chance to see how the script works on film, you get why they're not taken too seriously. As usual, Scott Feinberg is the go-to man on this subject. [The Race]