The new James Bond flick, "Quantum of Solace," will open in the U.K. on Oct. 31, a week ahead of its Nov. 7 bow in the U.S.

Other European countries will get to see Bond first before Americans.

France and Belgium will bow the pic on Nov. 5, Netherlands and Germany on Nov. 6, and Spain and Italy will see the film the same time we do right here in the good U.S. of A. on Nov. 7.

"Quantum of Solace" is a sequel of sorts to "Casino Royale" with Daniel Craig back in the title role of the British superspy. If you remember, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) betrayed him, and now, Bond is on a revenge mission that takes him to Austria, Italy, and South America.

I'm a big Bond fan, and a Daniel Craig fan, so I'm very excited!!!

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The good news is, production for "Justice League Mortal" resumes. The bad news? It may not be shot where its originally planned, in Australia.

Director George Miller ("Happy Feet," "Babe") goes public to pressure the Australian government to give his production company a 40% rebate on qualifying below-the-line costs or he'll shoot the film in Canada or New Zealand.

"That shows how rigid the thinking is here in Australia; that's working to a paradigm that's 30 years old and brought down the Australian film industry," Miller said to Variety.

"I'm dancing as fast as I can with the studio to have them hang on here. We're going to appeal it because it's not just ‘Justice League,’ we have other films with Australian directors."

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The great Clint Eastwood will next direct and star in "Gran Torino" -- a project being kept under super tight wraps! The only reason we know about it is because Warner Bros. put it in their schedule.

The film is set for a December 2008 release.

Eastwood hasn't appeared on screen since "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004.

That means Mister Clint's projects will be seen back to back at the end of the year. First will be the Nov. 7th release of "Changeling," a child abduction drama starring Angelina Jolie. Eastwood is directing but not starring in that film.

Then of course, "Gran Torino," a mystery, at least for now.

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Kevin Lima is hot hot hot, thanks to the critical and commercial success of "Enchanted!"

Now, he's taking over a project once attached to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp! And it's awfully familiar. Read More...

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Jack Ryan, the Tom Clancy-created CIA analyst character is being revived!

First, Alec Baldwin played the Jack Ryan character in "The Hunt for Red October," then, Harrison Ford stepped in for the films "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger."

Jack Ryan's most recent incarnation is Ben Affleck's portrayal in the film "The Sum of All Fears."

Now, Paramount is in talks with Sam Raimi to reinvigorate the character. Clancy is writing a book about the character, but it's not clear whether the studio is going to use it as a jumping board.

I think Paramount wants an answer to Universal's "Bourne" franchise, and they believe Jack Ryan is a perfect match! Just my opinion.

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