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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

News roundup: James Bond, Sandra Bullock and more

Everyone’s busy talking Oscar (and I think that having ten Best Picture nominees instead of five is a terrible idea, because it means there’s twice as much speculation), and I’ll succumb to that talk soon enough, but today here’s a roundup of non-Oscar-related movie news . . .
— Sam Mendes to direct the next James Bond movie? Really? It’s a rumor, but it’s got sufficient legs that Variety is reporting it today, though noting that MGM has yet to confirm. Interesting. Haven’t had much Bond news in a while, since the summer announcement that the great Peter Morgan (“The Queen”) would join Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in writing the new film’s screenplay. Mendes (“Revolutionary Road,” “American Beauty”) would be an interesting, offbeat choice. We’ll see.
— Anybody wondering about that “Three Stooges” movie long in the planning stages, starring Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio del Toro and directed by the Farrelly brothers? It just got postponed yet again, due to financial problems; the Farrellys will next make the comedy “Hall Pass” with Owen Wilson instead. “Three Stooges” isn’t dead, we’re told; just waiting. Me, I could wait a very, very long time before seeing Jim Carrey do a Stooge, but maybe that’s just me.
— This one raised my eyebrows a bit: This weekend, “The Blind Side” crossed the $200 million dollar mark — making it the first movie solely driven by a female star to reach this milestone. Apparently, no movie headlined by Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, etc. has done such a thing; nor has any Sandra Bullock movie until this one. Hmm. Think the football has something to do with it? As for Bullock, who I’ve long thought delightful yet too frequently miscast, I bet she’s thanking her lucky stars daily that “The Blind Side” (which some think will bring her her first Oscar nomination) has made everyone quickly forget “All About Steve.” Well, almost everyone.
— And finally, though “Spider-Man 4” has a release date (May 6, 2011), it doesn’t yet have a script: director Sam Raimi and the studio are supposedly bumping heads over the villain: Raimi wants to use Vulture, from the comic books; Sony wants a burglar called the Black Cat for a romantic subplot. The screenplay is now, by my count, on its fourth rewrite, and the release date may need to be bumped out. Better hurry up; Tobey Maguire isn’t getting any younger . . .

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