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Keanu Reeves Handling ‘The Whole Truth’ Following Abrupt Daniel Craig Exit

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT

Keanu Reeves Daniel Craig Whole TruthEXCLUSIVE: Two months after star Daniel Craig unexpectedly dropped out of the project just days before filming was set to begin, Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth has reset with Keanu Reeves in the lead. Sources close to the project tell me Reeves will now play the role of a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Previously cast Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Gabriel Basso (Super 8, Kings of Summer) are still in place opposite Reeves in what will mark Hunt’s follow-up to her Oscar-nominated debut Frozen River, directing from a script by Nicholas Kazan.

Related: Daniel Craig Drops Out Of ‘The Whole Truth’

The casting shake-up left production scrambling in April when Craig, coming off a two-month stint in Betrayal on Broadway ahead of his commitment to the upcoming 24th James Bond pic, departed four days before filming. Now pre-production is back on for a July shoot in New Orleans to begin right after the Independence Day holiday weekend, with a slightly different line-up. Read More »

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Video: Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers & Steve Carell Join White House Efforts To Stop Sexual Assault

James Bond has teamed up with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to protect people from sexual assault. Along with POTUS and VPOTUS, Daniel Craig is appearing in a new PSA encouraging men to intervene and stop the situation when they realize someone is in danger of being sexually assaulted. The 007 star is joined by Steve Carell, Benicio Del Toro, former West Wing and Psych actor Dulé Hill and NBC’s  Late Night host Seth Meyers.

“I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project,” said Craig in a statement released by the White House today. “The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.” Launched in coordination with the 1 Is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the PSAs will debut next month in Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters. In both a 30-second and 60-second format, they will also appear over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network and on the big screen in U.S. military bases and ships around the world.

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Daniel Craig Drops Out Of ‘The Whole Truth’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 8:54pm PDT

craigdanielDirector Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama has lost its leading man less a week before production was set to start. Daniel Craig has left The Whole Truth, in which he was set to play a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client (Gabriel Basso) acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Renee Zellweger also stars. Nicholas Kazan wrote the script, and Richard Suckle is producing. No word on why Craig abruptly exited the indie pic, which was unveiled at Berlin in February. It was slated to start filming this Friday in Boston. Craig is coming off a two-month stint in Betrayal on Broadway and next stars in the untitled 24th James Bond film, which is due late next year.

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Berlin: Another Hot Package In Daniel Craig-Attached ‘The Whole Truth’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 5:19pm PST

craigdanielBREAKING: Daniel Craig has come attached to star in courtroom drama The Whole Truth. The pic will be directed by Courtney Hunt (Frozen River). CAA and WME are packaging the project, with FilmNation emerging victorious in a dash to handle foreign rights. The talent details were tipped by The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye in London. The Whole Truth is produced by Richard Suckle. Nicholas Kazan wrote the script.

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Mike Nichols’ ‘Betrayal’ Revival With Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Sets Broadway Weekly Gross Record

By | Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 7:59am PST
Mike Fleming

betrThe star system might be waning in Hollywood, but not when those stars take to the Broadway stage. The Mike Nichols-directed revival of the Harold Pinter play Betrayal, which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, just set a new Broadway box office record for a play when it grossed $1.44 million for the week ending December 19. That surpassed the mark formerly held by the Tom Hanks-starrer Lucky Guy, which earlier this year took in $1.412 million for the week ending April 21. First performed at London’s National Theatre in 1978, Betrayal ends its limited run this Sunday, January 5. Weisz and Craig play a married couple whose happiness is threatened when her long affair with her publisher husband’s lit agent best friend (Spall) is exposed.

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TOLDJA! Sam Mendes To Direct Bond #24

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 9:06am PDT

Deadline reported in May that Sony Pictures and MGM were in talks for Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes to return behind the camera for the next installment of the James Bond franchise. The studios, along with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today confirmed Mendes will direct, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as Bond for the fourth time. There was a lot of speculation about Mendes returning. In March, he said he had made the “very difficult decision” not to return, citing theater and TV commitments. Wilson and Broccoli seemed resigned and they moved on, but they ultimately circled back and decided to wait for Mendes to work through the other commitments. Those include a musical version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory which bowed on London’s West End last month. At the premiere, he told Deadline that Bond was indeed a possibility. It’s good news for Skyfall fans. The Mendes-helmed pic grossed over $1.1B worldwide to become the biggest 007 film and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time. John Logan is writing the next, as-yet untitled movie, which will bow in the UK on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015. Here’s today’s official release:

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 11, 2013 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “Following the extraordinary success of SKYFALL, we’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time,” said Mendes.

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Sam Mendes Back In The Picture To Direct Next James Bond Film

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures and MGM have started talks for Sam Mendes to return and direct Daniel Craig in the next installment of the James Bond franchise. Mendes helmed the last installment, Skyfall, an audience-pleasing film that grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to become the biggest Bond film and the eighth-highest-grossing film of all time. John Logan is writing the next film.

There has been much speculation on whether Mendes would come back — right now he’s knee-deep preparing for the West End launch of the stage musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which will then move to Broadway. That happened because Mendes bowed out, claiming that musical and King Lear were his new priorities and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli seemed resigned and they moved on. Recently, he and the producers got back in touch. While Mendes’ first love is theater, it became clear that the producers wanted him and he wanted to return, and the only thing standing in the way were these stage commitments that Mendes felt obligated to do. So, they’ve decided to wait for him to work through those other commitments, and he’s now making a deal to start production probably next year. What’s the hurry? Craig doesn’t seem to have aged since he took the Bond role; he’s always in rocking shape. While Mendes looked doubtful, a bunch of names have been floated in the press, from Ang Lee to Nicolas Winding Refn and Christopher Nolan. I’m not sure there is much validity to any of them, but now it is a moot point, because Mendes will be the director of the next Bond. Read More »

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Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz Board Broadway’s ‘Betrayal’

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in her Broadway debut will join Rafe Spall to star in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, to be directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Scott Rudin. Performances are set to begin October 1 at the Barrymore Theatre, with opening night November 3. The plan is to run the drama, which originally appeared in 1978 at London’s National Theatre, for 14 weeks through January 5, 2014. In the play, Emma (Weisz) is married to Robert (Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend. As time is regained, the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.

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George Clooney Sets Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin For WWII Drama ‘Monuments Men’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: What a killer cast George Clooney has put together for The Monuments Men, the period drama he will direct in a co-production between Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Clooney will star with Skyfall‘s Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin, Argo‘s John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.

The drama, which was scripted by Clooney and partner Grant Heslov, confronts the final chapter of Germany’s rule, which came down to the absolute destruction of everything that makes a culture keep its standing, including the lives that are lost and the sacrifices that are made. All of this is in danger of being lost forever as Hitler and the Nazis try to cover the tracks of a murderous regime. A crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Read More »

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‘SNL’ Names Christina Applegate, Bruno Mars Upcoming Hosts; Daniel Craig Set For Oct. 6

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

The Up All Night star and Grammy-winning performer will be “Live from New York!” this month. Christina Applegate is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live on October 13, with band Passion Pit  the musical performer. Like Mick Jagger last season, Bruno Mars is set to put in double duty as host and musical guest October 20. James Bond star Daniel Craig had already been announced as host for when the late-night show returns October 6; Muse, who wrote the official song for the 2012 London Olympics, will be performing. SNL debuted its 38th season September 15 with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as host.

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James Bond Film ‘Skyfall’ Coming One Day Early On IMAX Screens

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 3:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Fueled by a tweet from producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film Skyfall will be released November 8 in North America on IMAX, giving the oversized-screen circuit a one-day jump on the wide theatrical release through Sony Pictures. Nobody would comment, but I hear it’s true and that IMAX audiences will get a glimpse of Daniel Craig before anybody else. Here’s the tweet:

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#SKYFALL to be released in IMAX across North America one day early, Nov 8th.

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Quentin Tarantino & Daniel Craig Among BAFTA LA Britannia Awards Honorees

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

Los Angeles, September 19, 2012 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has announced they will honor Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Will Wright at the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the first time ever, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 11, 2012 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Pre-show Special at 7:30pm ET.

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Daniel Craig Confirmed For 2 More Bond Films Which Sony Pictures Is Co-Financing With MGM

By and | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 12:57pm PDT

Daniel Craig James BondWe’ve confirmed that the long-running James Bond franchise is alive and well through at least the 25th installment. The current 007 leading man Daniel Craig will star in at least two more Eon Productions films. And Sony Pictures, which badly wanted back in the Bond business after backing Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008) and the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall (2012), is on board to co-finance those same 24th and 25th films in the series. Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Skyfall’

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 1:06am PDT

Sony and MGM have released the first theatrical teaser trailer for the new James Bond movie Skyfall. Directed by Sam Mendes, it has Daniel Craig in his third turn as 007, Javier Bardem as the villain plus Judi Dench as M — who it turns out has or seems to have something to hide — Albert Finney and new Bond femme fatale Berenice Marlohe. Opens November 9th in the U.S.

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‘Skyfall’: Sam Mendes’ 1st Videoblog From Set Of 23rd James Bond Film

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 12:50am PST

While not quite as revelatory as, say, Peter Jackson’s 10-minute+ digital missives from Hobbiton, Sam Mendes here presents a 90-second videoblog from the set of Skyfall. The new 007 director waxes on his own Bond nostalgia and there are even a few glimpses of filming (Daniel Craig stalking in a glass building, a baggage claim carousel, the streets of London…). Interestingly, the British veteran Mendes notes this is the first picture he’s ever shot in England. Video below:

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FIRST LOOK: Daniel Craig In ‘Skyfall’

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 2:08am PST

Sony has just released the first official image from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film that stars Daniel Craig in his 3rd outing as 007. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney and Judi Dench. Skyfall opens in the U.K. on October 26 and in North America on November 9.
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Daniel Craig To Surpass Roger Moore’s Record As 007?: UK Report

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 11:12am PST

Will Daniel Craig overtake Roger Moore and become the James Bond franchise’s longest-running 007? Bond producer Michael G Wilson is reported to have said, “I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s record and do eight pictures. Daniel’s been an absolute pleasure to be around because he takes the role so seriously. There’s really no one more passionate about making these films work than him – he’s a filmmaker’s dream.” Wilson’s comments were reported by London’s The People. Craig is currently shooting his third Bond film, Skyfall, which Sony/Columbia is set to release November 9, 2012. Of Craig doing five more 007 outings, Wilson told The People, “It’s certainly something we’ll be ­discussing with him once we finish shooting Skyfall.” The paper added that Wilson said there are big plans to mark the Bond films’ 50th ­anniversary in 2012. Those could include all of the former Bonds (Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Craig) together in one place and a visit to Pinewood to “show off sets from the latest film, as well as props and perhaps give movie master classes for film fans.”

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James Bond ‘Skyfall’ Adds Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace To Cast As Cameras Roll

As filming got underway Monday for Skyfall, the names of two additional actors but not their characters’ identities were posted on the movie’s Twitter account @007: Helen McCrory (Hugo, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2) and Ola Rapace, former husband of Noomi Rapace, apparently in his first English-language role. Last week’s reveal of the official title of Bond 23 was the most recent big news for the project, along with director Sam Mendes promising there would be plenty of action as well as “emotional context.” In addition to McCrory, Rapace and of course Daniel Craig, the rest of Skyfall‘s previously reported cast includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney.

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‘Skyfall’ Confirmed As Title Of New Bond Movie; Budget Around $230M; Sam Mendes Says He’s Open To Follow-up

Shooting on the latest James Bond movie starts Monday, Daniel Craig revealed at this morning’s press conference for Skyfall, the 23rd 007 movie. Producer Michael G Wilson scotched UK tabloid rumors that the budget for the latest Bond film has been slashed by $100 million. “We’re in the same budget range as the last film. We haven’t had to change anything in the script. In fact, we keep adding things — everything is going to be just as it was,” he said. Director Sam Mendes also denied he was making a downbeat Bond with fewer action sequences. He would be directing action sequences himself. “There will be plenty of surprises,” Mendes promised. “The action needs to be balanced with the drama.” Mendes said he was open to directing another Bond installment, “if I still feel that it’s as much fun in six months’ time, then the answer is yes.” Read More »

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