John Travolta is secretly courting the role of the villain in the next James Bond movie. During a taped theatre interview with British TV personality Barry Norman on Sunday (16Feb14), the Pulp Fiction star revealed he and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli have discussed the possibility of him playing 007's foe in the untitled 24th Bond film.
Travolta said, "I would love to be a villain in the next James Bond film."
The movie is set to go before cameras later this year (14) with a release planned for 2015.
Critically-acclaimed movies Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have tied to share the top prize at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. The two films are dominating this year's (14) awards season, and it was a dead heat at the PGA prizegiving in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (19Jan14). The movies landed the ceremony's first ever tie as they were both awarded the night's top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was among the producers of 12 Years A Slave and he joked about the tie during his speech, telling the audience, "Why they let me lead (the speeches), I don't know. I got my vote in at the last minute. I voted for Gravity."
Other big winners at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included hit TV show Breaking Bad, which landed the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama, and Michael Douglas' TV movie Behind the Candelabra (the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television).
Disney movie Frozen took the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV comedy Modern Family landed the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy.
Special awards went to the team behind the James Bond movie franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, and TV sitcom mogul Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, who took home the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri landed the Visionary Award and the Stanley Kramer Award, for films which highlight social issues, went to Fruitvale Station.
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, director Michel Gondry and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli have been given the honour of helping to select the winners of the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany next month (Feb14). Actress Greta Gerwig, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Farahani, Chinese actor Tony Leung and Danish screen star Trine Dyrholm will also serve on the competition jury, which will be chaired by Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus.
The panel will select the honourees for a number of competition prizes, including the prestigious Golden Bear for best film.
The 2014 Berlin International Film Festival will kick off on 6 February (14).
Dame Judi Dench's final turn as James Bond's boss M has helped movie mogul Harvey Weinstein win an appeal to lower the age rating for the actress' new film. The Brit brought her Skyfall character back from the dead for a skit aimed at winning over bosses at the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Ratings Administration Board, who had slapped a restrictive 'R' rating on her film Philomena.
The ruse has now paid off as executives at The Weinstein Co. have won their appeal to land a family-friendly PG-13 rating.
Producers argued that the film's two 'f' words did not warrant an 'R' rating.
The film's star Steve Coogan joined TWC executives at the appeals hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday (13Nov13).
A jubilant Weinstein says, "We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.
"We know that went a long way into shedding light on the themes of the movie and the fact that the PG-13 rating was correct. We are glad the MPAA has a good sense of humour and, with the co-operation of Barbara and her team, it was proven once again no one does it better than James Bond. And my sincerest congratulations to Steve Coogan, who went to the MPAA and defended the case personally."
Coogan also wrote the screenplay for the film, about an Irish woman on a hunt for the son who was adopted as a child without her permission.
Dame Judi Dench has brought her James Bond character M back from the dead to appeal a restrictive U.S. rating for her new movie Philomena. The British acting icon portrayed the head of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 in seven of the Bond films, until she was killed off in 2012's Skyfall.
However, Dench has revisited one of her most famous roles for a campaign video as part of producer Harvey Weinstein's bid to convince censors at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to lower the 'R' rating for Philomena, a true story about a Catholic woman who tries to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption at birth.
During a TV appearance in America on Thursday (07Nov13), Weinstein debuted a clip of the video, in which Dench appears in her late character's London office and quips, "Just when you thought I was dead..." She then begins to detail a new job for a mystery agent, stating, "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
Weinstein reveals he sought the permission of Bond bosses before shooting the video, explaining, "With the blessing of Barbara Broccoli and the Bond team, M has returned from the dead to fight this battle. The appeal is on Wednesday, and M has risen from the dead."
The Hollywood producer is determined to win a revised PG-13 rating for the emotional drama to allow children over 13 to see the film without parental guidance, because he is convinced there is nothing offensive in the movie.
He says, "There are two F-words in the movie - you're allowed one F (for a PG-13 rating)... The movie is the gentlest, most wonderful true story, filled with humour and joy. They should just put 'PG-13 strong language' on this and make an exception."
Dench's co-star Steve Coogan also features in the campaign video, which will premiere in full on the comedy website FunnyorDie.com.
Philomena is scheduled for release in the U.S. later this month (Nov13).
Weinstein has become a regular MPAA visitor in recent years and won a ratings appeal in 2010 after movie bosses gave his film The Kings Speech a hard R rating. He also challenged them over the NC-17 rating of another movie, Blue Valentine.
The brother and sister team behind the James Bond franchise are to be honoured with the 2014 David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the Producers Guild Awards in January (14). Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will join the likes of movie icons Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg and Laura Ziskin, who have previously picked up the prestigious prize.
Announcing the news on Wednesday (30Oct13), PGA Awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca released a joint statement that read: "Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are the driving force behind one of the most cherished franchises in the history of film. Thanks to the consistency and steadfastness of their creative vision, generations of moviegoers have been able to share the adventures of one of our iconic heroes. We look forward to their continuing to bring thrilling exploits and cinematic masterpieces to audiences worldwide, and we are delighted to honor them with this year's David O. Selznick Achievement Award."
British actor Idris Elba has spoken out to dismiss growing speculation he will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. Current 007 Craig has a five-picture deal with Bond bosses and is expected to step down from the role in the next few years, and his Skyfall co-star Naomie Harris fuelled speculation about Elba being lined up as a possible replacement when she revealed The Wire star had met with producer Barbara Broccoli.
However, Elba is adamant stories about secret meetings and contracts is just gossip.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It's just a rumour - but what a compliment. I'm flattered by the notion of it. I'm also encouraged that audiences are being more colour-blind these days."
If Elba does land the role, he will make history as the first black James Bond.
Sam Mendes is returning to the director's chair for the follow-up to his hit James Bond epic Skyfall. Mendes insisted he would not be back for the 24th film in the 007 franchise after the 2012 release of Skyfall, which became the most successful movie in James Bond history, but he recently admitted he wouldn't make a final decision about the job until after the premiere of his new West End play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Now Mendes is hoping to continue his winning streak after signing on to helm the next Bond project, set to be released in the U.K. on 23 October, 2015.
Skyfall scribe John Logan will also return to pen the script, while Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the British superspy.
A statement from Mendes reads, "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."
Sam Mendes has confirmed reports suggesting he is in talks to direct the follow-up to hit Bond film Skyfall. The moviemaker insisted he would not be back for Bond 24 shortly after the release of the last film in the 007 film franchise, which became the most successful in series history - but now it appears he's softening to offers from producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
At the London premiere of his new theatrical reworking of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday (25Jun13), Mendes revealed he hasn't ruled out a return to the world of Bond.
Asked if he would be making the next Bond film, he said, "I don't know yet. I'm in discussions over the 'B' word (Bond), and I won't make a decision until this (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is open."
The only certainty about the new Bond movie is Daniel Craig will be back as the superspy, while reports suggest Penelope Cruz is being courted as a Bond girl. Cruz is married to Javier Bardem, who played villain Silva in Skyfall.
Batman trilogy director Christopher Nolan is reportedly in early talks to take charge of the next James Bond movie. According to Britain's Daily Mail, the filmmaker is in the middle of "informal talks" with Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
But insiders claim the negotiations aren't aimed at Nolan directing the follow-up to Skyfall; they're more geared towards ideas for the Bond 24 film and beyond.
A source tells longtime Mail correspondent Baz Bamigboye, "It does no harm for Broccoli and Wilson to talk with Nolan, even if nothing happens this time round."