A month ago, there was talk that the long-delayed next Bond film could be in jeopardy, but today word comes that Bond 23 might actually be a go. Deadline is reporting that “production on 007 could begin by late summer or early fall 2011 with [director Sam] Mendes at the helm and Daniel Craig back in the Aston Martin.” Mendes bowed out as a candidate to adapt the novel trilogy The Hunger Games, allegedly because of his commitments to Bond 23.
Mendes’ next film, an adaption of Ian McEwan‘s On Chesil Beach, has been pushed back. (/Film)
Speaking of Bond, lost TV footage of Sean Connery, Dame Maggie Smith, and others has been found here in the States. The tapes have been handed over to the British Film Institute, and some of the footage will be shown at a BFI festival in November. (BBC NEWS)
Carey Mulligan: not famous enough for Glee. (Daily Mail)
Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan raves about Mulligan’s work as Kathy in Never Let Me Go, saying that the film’s success is owed to her acting. “Though Mulligan has not lacked for impressive roles – her Jenny in An Education received an Oscar nomination – the persuasive underplaying of her acting here exceeds anything she has previously done. There is a haunting, melancholy aspect to her performance, a wistful pride in the evanescent nature of Kathy’s work that perfectly expresses the sense of people missing out on something inexpressible that is at the center of the film as well as Ishiguro’s book.”
Comedian Steve Coogan has threatened to sue Rupert Murdoch‘s News International media giant after his cell phone was allegedly hacked by a PI hired by News Corp’s News of the World tabloid. Sienna Miller also had her phone hacked and could sue as well. See: the full list of celebrity hacking victims, including Heather Mills and Princes William and Harry.
Has Baby No. 2 arrived for Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher?(The Sun)
Naomi Campbell turned up to New York Fashion Week unscathed by her “blood diamond” scandal. (Telegraph)
Did former Spice Girl Mel B. play girl group peacemaker between “feuding” Girls Aloud members Nadine Coyle and Cheryl Cole? (MTV UK)
Geri Halliwell‘s tan is darker than her ginger hair.(The Sun)
Villagers singer Conor O’Brien tells The Sun that he’s relieved he lost the Mercury Prize to The xx. “The nomination for Becoming A Jackal was a boost and did its job. To be honest I was glad. I was relieved. It’s not the kind of music I want to be totally hyped with. Up till now it’s been a gradual rise which has been great.”
Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil was forced to do a solo show in Boston last night due to his bandmates’ visa problems. The Mercury Prize-nominated hard rock group hails from Scotland.(NME)
Video: members of Kasabian, The Cribs, Foals, and The Maccabees reveal their “messiest band bust-ups.” (NME)Read More