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James Bond: Danny Boyle and Daniel Craig confirmed for 007’s 25th outing

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“Producers confirm Trainspotting director to take the reins on 25th James Bond film and Craigs fifth with Universal replacing Sony as co-distributors

After years of rumour and speculation, Daniel Craigs return to the role of James Bond and Danny Boyles appointment as director of the new 007 movie have been confirmed.

Production will begin at the start of December 2018, with the film released in the UK on 25 October 2019 and in the US a fortnight later.

We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise, said EON Productions Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the custodians of the Bond movies, in a statement on Friday.

We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.

Universals involvement marks a change: in the UK, Sony Pictures have previously handled distribution. MGM will still release in the US, in partnership with Annapurna Pictures, the highly-respected outfit owned by Megan Ellison, which has bankrolled films by the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze and David O Russell.

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Danny Boyle promoting T2, the Trainspotting sequel, in 2017. Photograph: Epsilon/Getty Images

In March, Boyle who is currently shooting a Richard Curtis comedy in the UK said he was working on a Bond script, with a view to filming at the end of the year. The writer of…”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/25/james-bond-danny-boyle-and-daniel-craig-confirmed-for-007s-25th-outing

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‘Star Wars’ movies to take hiatus after episode IX

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Peter Mayhew, with co-stars Harrison Ford at Mark Hamill, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in 2017.

Image: Getty Images for Disney

Days before his 75th birthday, and mere weeks before the 42nd anniversary of Star Wars, one of its leading lights has gone out of the world.

Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-2-inch British actor whose name is forever synonymous with Chewbacca the Wookiee, died this week at the age of 74. He passed away at his home in Boyd, Texas.

Mayhew’s family, including his wife Angie and three children, announced his passing via the actor’s popular Twitter account, @theWookieeRoars.

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‘Avengers Endgame’ Crosses $2 Billion At Global Box Office In Record Time

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avengers: Endgame has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.

The Walt Disney Co. estimates Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster has added $145.8 million from North American theaters and $282.2 million internationally in its second weekend in theaters bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.

“Endgame” is one of 5 movies to ever reach that mark and, not accounting for inflation, is now the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind “Avatar’s” $2.8 billion. “Avatar” reached $2 billion in 47 days of release compared with 11 for “Endgame.”

New films picked up scraps at the domestic box office, including “The Intruder,” with $11 million, “Long Shot,” with $10 million, and ‘Uglydolls’ with $8.5 million.”

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/avengers-endgame-2-billion-record-box-office_n_5ccf1213e4b0548b735bbe8d

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John Singleton: Boyz N the Hood director dies

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Boyz N the Hood sent audiences reeling and marked the start of an uneven career for a writer-director whose films were rooted in lived experience

“Hollywood wasnt ready for John Singleton when he exploded on to the movie scene at the age of 23 and maybe its been unready ever since. When Singleton was nominated for the best director Oscar for his sensational 1991 debut Boyz N the Hood (for which he also wrote the original screenplay), he was the first African American film-maker to have been entered for the category and the youngest person ever.

He didnt win. But as Singleton sent audiences reeling out of theatres with Ice Cubes How to Survive in South Central over the closing credits, it seemed to many that here was a young master, with a compelling film about young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, something to be compared to Scorseses Mean Streets or Fellinis I Vitelloni. Yet despite the respect and affection for him, despite a strong professional work rate, despite continued creativity and focus resulting most recently in a new TV crime series Snowfall Singleton arguably did not have the fully realized directorial career that others had.

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Imperious debut Ice Cube in Boyz n the Hood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia

But most other directors couldnt boast of anything approaching the ferocity of his Boyz N the Hood, a masterpiece that seems to thump, judder and pulse with police helicopter rotor blades, or semiautomatic gunfire, or music in the streets. Cuba Gooding Jr plays Tre; Ice Cube is his troubled friend Doughboy and Morris Chestnut is Doughboys brother Ricky. Tyra Ferrell is superb in the role of their mother and Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne play Tres estranged parents…………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/29/john-singleton-maverick-director-with-a-radical-edge

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