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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 16, 2009 at 9:35 AM

News roundup: James Bond, spotting a Tribble, and more . . .

Three-day weekends tend to move at the speed of a ’30s screwball, don’t they? Anyway, I’m back, with a handful of random observations:
— Word came the other day from James Bond headquarters (which I like to imagine as a very chic bunker somewhere, complete with wet bar, but it’s probably some office at MGM) that writing duties have been assigned for the next Bond movie. Regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last four Bond movies (joined for the last two by Paul “Crash” Haggis) are getting some classy company: Peter Morgan, the Brit who wrote “The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon” (both the play and the screenplay) and “The Last King of Scotland.” No word on when Bond 23 will begin production, or any details on the story, though it was confirmed that Daniel Craig will return as 007. All of this is making me want to go watch a Judi Dench movie. Stay tuned.
— I went to see the “Star Trek” movie for the third time yesterday, as I live with apparently the only ST fan in America who hadn’t seen it yet. (He loved it.) And I was determined this time to spot the rumored Tribble who appears on screen. Yeah, yeah, I know I could probably have Googled the creature in two seconds, but I — still flush with my newfound “Star Trek fandom — wanted to spot it myself. And sure enough, there it was, in a roundish cage right next to Simon Pegg, in his first scene. Kind of subtle; actually it looked like Scotty had left his fur boa in a pile. Anyway, mystery solved. Now, if I could just figure out why Spock doesn’t have a chair . . .
— “The Hangover” continues its enormous success at the box office (easily beating the much more star-laden “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3“) ; meanwhile, the goofy blaxploitation comedy “Black Dynamite” won the audience award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Does this just mean we’re all in a mood to laugh? I hope so.
— And finally, for those who, like me, have been waiting forever for a ballet-themed thriller: Darren Aronofsky is attached to direct “Black Swan,” in which Natalie Portman plays a “veteran ballerina” (only in the ballet world could Portman play a veteran anything) whose chief rival just might be supernatural. Oooooh. Studios are currently bidding for the project, and shooting may begin before the end of the year.

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