Sam Mendes to Direct Next "James Bond" Film? 

Rumors are swirling that Sam Mendes will be directing the next "James Bond" film. MGM hasn't confirmed yet, but Variety tells us:

Speculation about Mendes as a Bond director has emerged in recent weeks, possibly due to his having directed Daniel Craig in "Road to Perdition." The last official announcement on the Bondpic came in June when Wilson, Broccoli and MGM disclosed Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were writing the script for the film; Purvis and Wade previously worked on "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace." The Bond franchise is a major piece of MGM's assets, which include a 4,000-title library, the logo, the United Artists operations, rights to the Pink Panther franchise and half-ownership in the upcoming "Hobbit" films. The package, which could be sold piecemeal, is expected to fetch somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2 billion and the first bids are expected to be submitted by mid-January.

If this rumor is true, then it will be great! I love Mendes as a director (check out my interview with him from "Away We Go"), he has the eye and the heart to make our favorite Agent 007 intriguing. And is MGM following the "Harry Potter" route of having different directors per film (except for the first two by Chris Columbus and the last installments by David Yates)? The current Bond films had Martin Campbell directing "Casino Royale" while Marc Forster helming the last one, "Quantum of Solace."

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"The Thing" Prequel to Begin Shooting in March? 

Production Weekly is saying that the prequel to "The Thing" will start shooting in Toronto in March. This is Universal's prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic which was a remake of the 1951 film "The Thing from Another World" based on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr.

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is set to direct from a screenplay by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. The prequel will examine how the mutation came about from the Carpenter film.

No word yet on the theatrical release date or cast so stay tuned...

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"The Hobbit's" Official Casting Call and Plot Details! Yay! 

Our friends at has unearthed plot and casting details for the upcoming "The Hobbit!" It's quite intriguing!

"The Hobbit" is set to begin filming in New Zealand this June.

Here's a snapshot:

[BILBO] A well-to-do, respectable Hobbit.... Although he doesn’t realize it himself, BILBO has a good deal of courage; he can be practical and resilient. He has a good sense of humour, and is able to appreciate the ridiculous. He is very quick on the uptake and is well read having been encouraged to read widely by his mother. The most distinguishing characteristic about BILBO is his humanity; he is empathetic with a big heart and generous spirit. LEAD. AGE: 25-35. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P.

[THORIN OAKENSHEILD] Heir to the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, Thorin Oakensheild was forced to lead his people far away from their homelands into exile in the Blue Mountains. Powerfully built and a legendary fighter, Thorin has led a tough and dangerous life and it shows on his face. He is sharp eyed and sharp tongued, proud in his bearing and un-trusting of those he does not know. But Thorin is also capable of intense loyalty, immense courage and surprising gentleness and humour. Thorin will be required to wear a wig and beard and some minor prosthetics make-up, like a nose or forehead, is possible. LEAD. AGE: EARLY 40’S to MID 50’S. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. OR SLIGHTLY ACCENTED REGIONAL ENGLISH ACCENT.

To read more cast details, click here.

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Ron Howard to Direct Vince Vaughn's New Comedy 

Ron Howard is set to direct Vince Vaughn in a comedy about cheating from Universal Pictures! The film set to go on production in Chicago this spring. The script is written by Allan Loeb and Variety says "pic is an exploration of the comedic fallout surrounding infidelity between lovers and friends. Deals for Howard and Vaughn are being finalized."

Howard hasn't directed a comedy since 1999's "EdTV" so this is a treat!

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Producers Guild of America (PGA) Reveals Nominations 

The Producers Guild of America has chosen ten films as nominees for its Best Picture award. The winner will be announced Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

I'm proud to say that besides "A Serious Man," their choices of their 10 film nominees are similar to my Top 10 Best Films of 2009. :happy

The PGA opted to expand their nominees to 10 in response to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 10 Best Picture nominees.

Oscar watchers take note -- the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award -- has matched the Oscar Best Picture in 13 of its 20 years. So the film that will win the PGA has a strong chance of winning the Oscars.

Here are the nominees of the 2010 2010 PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS:


Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau

"District 9"
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson

"An Education"
Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

"The Hurt Locker"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Inglourious Basterds"
Producer: Lawrence Bender

Producers: Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lori McCreary, Mace Neufeld

"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness

"Star Trek"
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

Producer: Jonas Rivera

"Up in the Air"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.


Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"The Princess and the Frog"
Producer: Peter Del Vecho

Producer: Jonas Rivera


"Burma VJ"
Producer: Lise Lense-Moller

"The Cove"
Producers: Paula DuPre Pesman, Fisher Stevens

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Soundtrack for a Revolution"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.


"Georgia O'Keeffe"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Grey Gardens"
Producers: David Coatsworth, Lucy Donnelly, Rachael Horovitz, Michael Sucsy

"Little Dorrit"
Producers: Lisa Osborne, Anne Pivcevic

"Prayers for Bobby"
Producers: Stanley M. Brooks, Damian Ganczewski, David Permut, Daniel Sladek, Chris Taaffe

"The Prisoner"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Taking Chance"
Producers: Lori Keith Douglas, Ross Katz, Brad Krevoy, Cathy Wischner-Sola

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