Even though he helmed the most successful 007 film to date, and this is a franchise with a 50-year history mind you, Sam Mendes has said no to directing Bond 24 but was quick to add that he "very much hopes to work with [the Bond family] again sometime in the future" so it may not be the last we see of his cinematic version of Ian Fleming's super-spy.
Speaking with UK magazine Empire, Mendes had nothing but kind words to say about his experience bringing Skyfall to a screen near you, calling it "one of the best experiences of [his] professional life" but added that other commitments will keep him occupied.
What could be so important, you rightly ask, as to keep him from rejoin a team that included Daniel Craig's moody James Bond, (hopefully) Naomie Harris' whip-smart Eve and at least one new Bond Girl and sadistic villain as its members? Well, let Mendes explain: "I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
Historical biopic Lincoln leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nominations at the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture.
Epic musical Les Miserables and boy-meets-tiger saga Life of Pi received nine nominations each, while James Bond adventure Skyfall got eight - rare awards recognition for an action movie - and Iran hostage thriller Argo took seven.
Lincoln's nods, announced Wednesday, include Daniel Day-Lewis for leading actor, Sally Field for supporting actress and Tommy Lee Jones for supporting actor. But there was nothing for the film's director, Steven Spielberg.
The best picture nominees are Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Argo and Osama bin Laden-capture thriller Zero Dark Thirty.
Les Miserables is also a contender in the separate category of best British film, alongside Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Seven Psychopaths and Skyfall.
It’s time for part two of our 2012 Year in Review quiz! We’ve already looked back at the first half of 2012 in part 1 of the quiz and now we’re taking a look at the second half of the year. From July’s superheroes Batman and Spider-Man, to fall favourites like Pitch Perfect, Wreck-It Ralph and the awards contenders Lincoln and Life of Pi, we’re quizzing you on the year that was.
And what a year it was! Don’t forget to check out our best of 2012 highlights including our favourite interviews, the best movies of the year, and the year’s biggest blockbusters in our Best of 2012 feature section!
Hit the jump to take the Year in Review, Part 2 quiz now!
We’ve closed the books on 2012 and looking forward to a movie-filled 2013. It was a great year at the cinema with over a hundred movies appearing on the big screen. From indie darlings like Moonrise Kingdom to big screen blockbusters like Skyfall and The Avengers, 2012 had something for everyone.
We’ve shared our favourite movies of the year, and now we want to know what tops your list of the year’s best! It’s not an easy task to whittle down a selection of only ten films after a year filled with so many great films, but we’ve managed to come up with ten of the year’s most popular movies for our poll. Your favourite not listed? Share your pick for your favourite movie of 2012 in the comments section and let us know why it’s your fave.
Hit the jump to cast your vote!
Martinis will be shaken and gadget-and-Bond-girl montages will be shown as the 85th Academy Awards will be offering a special televised tribute to the 007 series, according to a press announcement released Friday.
This year's show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said via email that the internationally acclaimed spy series would be getting a special nod not only because of its popularity but also because of its impressive staying power: "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. Starting with Dr. No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."
And the timing couldn't be better as the current Bond film, Skyfall, has fast become the most successful of the bunch, despite, or maybe because of, director Sam Mendes' gamble with a decidedly darker version offering a defeated Bond climbing his way back to suave, super-spy status and forced to confront past and inner demons.
The Abraham Lincoln Civil War saga Lincoln, Ben Affleck’s hostage thriller Argo, and the upcoming Zero Dark Thirty about the hunt for Osama bin Laden were among the films nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top honour.
The award is handed out by the PGA, an association of Hollywood producers, on January 26th. The Producers Guild Award winner usually goes on to snag the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards, held this year on February 24th. The last five PGA winners went on to pick up the Oscar for Best Picture: The Artist, The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men.
Keep reading to see the rest of the nominees for the Producers Guild Awards!
The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.
Thanks to inflation, revenue generally rises in Hollywood as admission prices climb each year. The real story is told in tickets, whose sales have been on a general decline for a decade, bottoming out in 2011 at 1.29 billion, their lowest level since 1995.
The industry rebounded this year, with ticket sales projected to rise 5.6 percent to 1.36 billion by Dec. 31, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. That's still well below the modern peak of 1.6 billion tickets sold in 2002, but in an age of cozy home theater setups and endless entertainment gadgets, studio executives consider it a triumph that they were able to put more butts in cinema seats this year than last.
"It is a victory, ultimately," said Don Harris, head of distribution at Paramount Pictures. "If we deliver the product as an industry that people want, they will want to get out there. Even though you can sit at home and watch something on your large screen in high-def, people want to get out."
We’ve counted down the best movie trailers of the year, the top breakthrough stars, our favourite interviews, and shared our picks for
the best films of the year. But what about those great movie moments
that don’t quite fit into one of the above categories?
We’re sharing our list of the people, movies, and scenes that had us talking over the past twelve months. From furry scene-stealing co-stars to an ode to the hot bodies on the big screen, see what made our somewhat tongue-in-cheek ‘best of the rest’ list this year.
Check out the 2012 hit list beyond the cut!
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