Lupita Nyong’o Atop Bond Girl Shortlist As Rami Malek Making Deal For 007 Villain

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EXCLUSIVE: James Bond 25 might well have multiple Oscar winners in its star studded cast. Sources tell Deadline that Lupita Nyong’o is being courted to join the Bond film, and that Rami Malek is closing his deal to play the villain opposite Danie…

Daniel Craig To Star In One-Night-Only Stage Reading For Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop

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Daniel Craig, the once and future James Bond, will star in a one-night-only benefit reading next month of Caryl Churchill’s A Number as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s 40th anniversary.
Directed by Sam Gold (Tony Award winner in 2015 for Fun …

New Bond Film Pushed Back 2 Months From Valentine’s Day 2020

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Change your plans for next Valentine’s Day: The latest James Bond film, the 25th in the series, has been pushed back about two months from its original release date of February 14, 2020.

The new release date is April 8, 2020. The film marks Daniel Craig’s return to the storied 007 franchise.

Cary Joji Fukunaga, the American filmmaker best known for directing the Emmy-winning first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” will direct the as-yet untitled 25th film in the franchise.

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Fukunaga, whose feature credits include “Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre” and “Beasts of No Nation,” also becomes the first American director in the decades-long history of the franchise under MGM. (American Irving Kershner directed Warner Bros. 1983 Sean Connery entry “Never Say Never Again” — which was not produced by Wilson and Broccoli’s Eon.)

The new film, in which Daniel Craig returns for his fifth (and presumably final) outing as secret agent 007, will begin shooting on March 4, 2019.

Sam Mendes directed the last two films in the franchise: 2012’s “Skyfall,” which grossed $1.1 billion worldwide, and 2015’s “Spectre,” which reached $880 million at the box office.

MGM, which is producing the film with Eon, will distribute the film domestically with Annapurna Pictures, while Universal handles international territories.

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release MRC’s Rian Johnson Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve …

Hollywood Agents, Producers on Industry Misogyny: ‘We Have to Be the First People’ to Make Change

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Producers and agents behind the success of films like the Best-Picture winning “Crash,” 2005’s “Thank You For Smoking” and actors like Liam Neeson, Daniel Craig and Emily Blunt came together at the TheWrap’s Power Women Summit to get serious about men joining the fight against misogyny in Hollywood.

“You need new storytellers, you need new energy,” co-head of motion picture literacy at talent agency ICM Partners Harley Copen told the crowd at the “Reframe: Male Allies Leaning In on Gender Equity” panel on Friday at the Intercontinental hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “We have to start from our perspective as agents as the first line of helping learn how people think about projects. We have to start the change. We have to be the first people.”

“Edge of Seventeen” producer and Women in Film founder Cathy Schulman moderated the panel between Copen, agent/producer Kevin Iwashina, agent/producer Cassian Elwes and CAA agent Chris Andrews. While each has had success individually, together they make up part of the 50 studio heads, agency partners, executives and talent who have partnered with Women in Film and the Sundance Institute to join men and women to fight gender disparity in Hollywood. That group calls themselves ReFrame.

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For each of the panelists, breaking down the barriers between men and women in Hollywood is a three-step approach. First: challenge the cultural bias. While TV has lead the way to show that women and men are equal, Andrews said, many men behind major films are unconsciously sticking to the status quo.

And that doesn’t have to just mean straight men. Iwashina, who started out his career in the mailroom of UTA and has now worked on films such as the Academy-award nominated “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,”  spoke about his own experience correcting his own bias as an Asian, gay male.

“As a gay male population, I think there is always a very unconscious misogyny. It just exists,” he said. “By supporting women I think i’m a much more well-rounded, well-informed person.”

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The second step is challenging the marketplace perceptions that men consume the most mainstream media. Part of what’s great in the post-#MeToo era, Copen said, is that someone like a Kathryn Bigelow can make action or even sci-fi films for not only men but the women who enjoy the genres as well.

“We don’t need a man making a Mars movie. Not many people have that experience as far as I know,” Copen joked.

Schulman said the third step is challenging the Hollywood pipeline. Schulman asked, “Where are the women? And if they are there why can’t we find them?”

Andrews recalled various times in his career when he heard of a mediocre male director getting another shot to make a film because agents and executives didn’t want to “sway the ship.” Andrews says this mentality only hurts any kind of progress for women in the industry.

“If you don’t join [the movement], you’re an idiot,” he said. 

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To incentivize diversity on film projects ReFrame has begun issuing ReFrame stamps of approval. The stamps, Schulman said, are a mark that tells audiences that the production is gender-balanced.

Just a few days before the U.S. midterm elections, the focus of the panel and the rest of the Power Women Summit is to achieve gender equity in Hollywood, with the theme: The Road to 50/50 By 2020.

The Summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment and media, attended and supported by studios, news organizations and non-profits across the entertainment industry landscape. It is presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, a division of TheWrap News.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Daniel Craig, Chris Evans in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

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Jamie Lee Curtis is joining Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Lakeith Stanfield in director Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Curtis just starred in director David Gordon Green’s record-breaking “Halloween” sequel, which has grossed $87.2 million domestically since its opening last weekend.

“Knives Out” is described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.”

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Ram Bergman will produce “Knives Out” under Johnson and Bergman’s newly-formed production shingle.

Bergman has collaborated with Johnson on all of his feature films. Johnson will write and direct the MRC film. Production is set to begin in November.

Michael Shannon and Don Johnson will also star.

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Curtis’ other recent credits include “Veronica Mars,” “Spare Parts” and “You Again.” She is also known for her roles in “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Trading Places” and “Freaky Friday.”

She earned two Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for “Anything But Love” and won Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for “True Lies.”

Curtis is represented by CAA and PMK BNC.

Variety first reported the news.

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Dumb guy Piers Morgan has managed to piss off lovable guy Chris Evans

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At this point, it’s well-established that Piers Morgan totally sucks. We could spend a few sentences laying out the reasons why he sucks and the sucky things he’s done in his life, but we’ve had the misfortunate of covering Donald Trump for so long tha…

Chris Evans Blasts Piers Morgan for Dad-Shaming ‘Emasculated’ Daniel Craig Over Carrying His Baby

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How’s this for a crossover: Captain America just defended James Bond.

Piers Morgan took umbrage with Daniel Craig’s parenting skills, tweeting a photo of Craig carrying his daughter, Ella, on his chest in a baby carrier, writing “Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.” Then Chris Evans, much like the star-spangled hero he’s portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stepped in and defended Craig.

“You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child,” Evans tweeted. “Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.”

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Morgan then fired back: “Captain America wouldn’t wear a papoose.” (For those unaware, Papoose is a British term for baby carrier).

Wearing a papoose doesn’t mean you ‘care’ more about your kids..

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018

You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child. Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 16, 2018

Captain America wouldn’t wear a papoose.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 16, 2018

It appears Morgan’s issue with the papoose is that the men aren’t actually physically holding the baby, the straps are. Big difference, per Morgan.

Why couldn’t he use his arms, like every other generation of dads?

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 16, 2018

Yes Henry, once again you are. There’s nothing wrong in carrying or caring for your child. I did it with all four of mine. My ire is directed solely at the papoose.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 16, 2018

Carrying a baby is harder work, but worth it for the unashamedly masculine joy of NOT wearing a papoose.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018

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Lakeith Stanfield Joins Daniel Craig & Chris Evans In Rian Johnson’s Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

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EXCLUSIVE: A hot package just got hotter. Sorry To Bother You and Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield is joining Daniel Craig and Chris Evans in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery movie Knives Out, I understand.
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Chris Evans To Join Daniel Craig In Rian Johnson’s Red-Hot Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

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EXCLUSIVE: As one door seemingly closes, another looks to be opening. I understand from sources that Captain America star Chris Evans is joining Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s red-hot murder mystery movie Knives Out.
The casting bolsters the proj…