Next James Bond movie expected within 3 years : MGM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie studio MGM said on Tuesday it expects to release the next James Bond movie within three years, and hopes to announce soon a new director after Sam Mendes decided to move on. In a conference call with investors, MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Barber said the studio was developing the screenplay for the next, 24th movie in the 50-year-old franchise about the British secret agent.
Danny Boyle on 'Trance' and keeping sane during London Olympics
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After Danny Boyle's prominent role at last year's London Summer Olympics, the British filmmaker is back in the spotlight with his first film since 2010's "127 Hours." "Trance," which had its world premiere in London on Tuesday, stars James McAvoy as Simon, a man who teams with a criminal (Vincent Cassel) to steal a painting, but who suffers a blow to the head which causes him to have no memory of where he hid it.
Lindsay Lohan late for reckless driving trial in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Troubled star Lindsay Lohan arrived late for Monday's start of her trial on charges of reckless driving and lying to police over a June car crash, after she flew to Los Angeles from New York overnight. Lohan, wearing a white and pink pants suit, turned up in court more than 45 minutes late after a morning dash from Los Angeles International Airport to the courthouse following a private jet flight from New York.
Disney's "Oz" keeps magic spell on movie box office
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's "Oz the Great and Powerful" worked more box office magic in its second weekend, following up its strong debut a week earlier with $42.2 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales. The "Wizard of Oz" prequel starring James Franco topped a stronger-than-expected performance from "The Call," a new thriller about a 911 operator played by Halle Berry who tries to save a kidnapped teenager. "The Call" earned $17.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.
"It Takes a Thief" star Malachi Throne dead at 84
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Malachi Throne, who played Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain in the 1960s series "It Takes a Thief" among many other roles during a long career, Throne's agent told TheWrap on Friday. He was 84.
Another 'Christ' novel by 'Last Temptation of Christ' author acquired by Grindstone
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Grindstone Pictures has picked up the rights to "Christ Recrucified," a 1948 novel by Nikos Kazantzakis ("The Last Temptation of Christ," "Zorba the Greek"), the company announced on Monday.
'I Know What You Did Last Summer' director tackling 'Take Down'
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "I Know What You Did Last Summer" director Jim Gillespie is hoping to establish another franchise. He's signed on to direct "Take Down," a thriller in the vein of "Hunger Games."
Will Twitter's Vine make a Gerard Butler action thriller more popular?
By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - FilmDistrict is turning to audiences for help marketing its new film, the Gerard Butler action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." The independent distributor will release brief videos of reactions to early screenings of the film using Vine, Twitter's video sharing app.
The most popular movie at SXSW was never supposed to get made - or star a woman
By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - "Short Term 12" was the most popular movie at South by Southwest, winning top awards from both the festival's jury and its audience.
Magnet acquires SXSW horror-comedy "Milo"
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Milo," a horror-comedy starring Ken Marino as a man with a stomach possessed by a demon, has been acquired by Magnet Releasing, the company announced on Monday.