Ho-Hum or Yay? Sam Mendes Decides to Direct Bond 24, Sony Confirms! 

I was getting tired of this "will he or will he not direct Bond 24" dance that Sam Mendes was doing. Sure, he made the best Bond film ever with "Skyfall" but then, he started doing the "I will direct, I won't direct" bait.

But finally, Sony confirmed that Mendes is back and will definitely direct the untitled 007 flick.

Hallelujah! Because regardless of his fickle mind, Mendes is a solid storyteller who can make heartfelt art-house films as well as big, noisy blockbusters with equal grace.

Bond 24 will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 6, 2015 with the U.K. premiere happening two weeks before on Oct. 23, 2015.

And yes, Daniel Craig will once again play our favorite British agent.

Here's the full press release about Bond 24 and Mendes' participation:

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.

Barber added, “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.” He added, “As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”

Lynton and Pascal said, “It’s a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to SKYFALL and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.”

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Porn-y! Trailer for Lindsay Lohan's New Movie "The Canyons" is Out And It Actually Looks Intriguing! 

Wild child Lindsay Lohan is back to try for more acting cred with "The Canyons." The trailer for the movie came out and yup, it intrigued me. First, it's directed by Paul Schrader, the guy who wrote Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and wrote/directed "American Gigolo." And then, writer Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho," "Less Than Zero") also helped with the script.

And I was intrigued by the talky beginning about movies where Lohan's character says she's actually getting tired of them. Hhmmmm, how fitting!

"The Canyons" arrives in theaters and on iTunes on August 2nd. Count me in!

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Spike Lee's "Oldboy" Gets Red Band Trailer 

Last Monday, Film District released the official poster of "Oldboy" and today, we have the brand new red band trailer. Spike Lee is remaking Chan-wook Park's 2003 original called "Oldeuboi." The Korean art-house hit was based on a Japanese manga series and won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film eventually became a part of Park's Vengeance trilogy which included 2002's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and 2005's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance."

Based on the trailer below, it looks like Lee captured the spirit of the original:

Film District is releasing "Oldboy" on Oct. 25. Here's the official plotline of the film:

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, OLDBOY was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane.

And did you catch a glimpse of Samuel L. Jackson? The actor has a small but pivotal role about the nature of "Oldboy" -- revenge.

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Director Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" Gets Release Date 

Back in February this year, we told you about Angelina Jolie's new directorial project called "Unbroken" based on Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence who left to work on "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."

But can Jolie turn in a great Oscar-worthy film? After all, it was announced that "Unbroken" will be released during the Oscar season of Christmas 2014. The actress proved that she could direct with the 2011 debut of "In the Land of Blood And Honey." That movie didn't necessary make waves but it showcased the actress as a storyteller.

And in "Unbroken," she will have a heartfelt story to tell. After all, the true-life account of Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who became a POW during World War II, is replete with heart-wrenching emotion.

The actress also has a much-buzzed script adapted by the Coen Brothers! Both William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese took a stab at adapting the book with the Coen Brothers writing the final draft.

In a statement to Deadline.com, Jolie said, "I’ve had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now—I am proud to say—a dear friend.” The actress/director promised that she will do her absolute best to give Zamperini a film he deserves.

Right now, the actress is in Hawaii scouting locations for "Unbroken." Speaking of Christmas 2014, "Unbroken" will be duking it out with the "Annie" reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx, and the musical "Into the Woods" starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

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First Look: Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks" 

This picture speaks volumes! Thanks to Time.com, we have our first look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Travers wrote the novel "Mary Poppins" and "Saving Mr. Banks" focuses on Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to the novel about a magical nanny. We loved the ultimate film product but behind the flying umbrellas lies a rocky relationship between Disney and Travers.

Walt Disney Studios is releasing the film this coming holiday season just in time for the Oscars.

Thompson told Time that Travers is the most difficult person she has ever played. The actress said, “Often I play people who are controlled by some very clear guiding moral principles. Like Margaret Schlegel [in Howards End], guided by the early principles of feminism and equal rights, and Elinor Dashwood [in Sense and Sensibility], guided by the principles of decency and honor. There are very clear moral prisms these women pour life through, and I understand that very well. And [Travers] was not like that at all. She was far more chaotic and confused and morally various.”

In the picture provided by Time, Travers travels to Disney in 1961 to meet the man behind the studio. Just look at her sullen face!

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