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Bond, James Bond
VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-10-30 8:16 pm   Permalink

For those of us still in shock from the "no Bond Movies from MGM in the future" news, we get a little hope. Saw this information today.....


MGM has issued an official press release confirming that debt-owners supported the plan voted on yesterday (Friday 29th October) to swap their debt for equity after the company emerges from pre-packaged bankruptcy.

Press Release
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (“MGM”) today announced that the secured lenders voting in the Company’s solicitation process have overwhelmingly approved its proposed plan of reorganization (“Plan”).

MGM will now move expeditiously to implement that Plan, which will dramatically reduce its debt load and put the Company in a strong position to execute its business strategy. MGM is appreciative of the lenders’ support.

(edited to add this additional information)

MGM lenders have approved, by a comfortable margin, a financial reorganization of MGM led by Spyglass Entertainment, a source told Hollywood Reporter this Friday.

An official statement with details of the vote was expected by Friday evening.

Under the plan that the lenders have approved -- and which now must be filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as a Chapter 11 reorganization -- Spyglass Entertainment co-toppers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are in line to become co-CEOs of the Century City studio.

The more than 100 MGM lenders voted to give the Westwood-based production company operating control of the studio.

However, in an eleventh hour deal pushed by MGM debt-hold Carl Icahn, terms no longer call for Spyglass to get a four percent stake in the studio and more than a dozen Spyglass library titles were removed from the transaction.

Icahn was also promised a seat on the MGM board.

MGM was due to pay more than $450 million in long-delayed debt payments Friday. But the debt payments become moot once the studio files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, as stipulated in the Spyglass plan.

The MGM-Spyglass reorganization plan likely will be filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Monday.

Lionsgate – with key backing from Icahn – had proposed an alternate plan to merge the film and TV company with MGM. With the Spyglass proposal approved by debt-holders, the only question now is whether the oft-combative and ever-resilient Icahn will continue to press for a Lionsgate merger in coming weeks or even months.

Icahn agreed to vote for the Spyglass plan after winning the concessions, but he still favors an eventual MGM-Lionsgate merger, a well-placed source said.
MGM’s current owners -- including Providence Equity, TPG Capital, Sony, Comcast, DLJ Merchant and Quadrangle -- will see their equity positions in the studio wiped out once the bankruptcy process is completed.

For more than a year, MGM has been grappling with ways to reduce or eliminate almost $4 billion in debt. Icahn has acquired notes on at least $400 million of the MGM debt and has offered to buy up more from other creditors.

Eventually, his debt holdings will convert to a large minority stake in the studio in the bankruptcy process. But it’s unclear if that can translate into corporate clout, as MGM is privately held.

The bankruptcy court’s review of the “prepackaged” MGM-Spyglass reorganization plan is expected to take 30-60 days. Assuming Barber and Birnbaum get their mandate, the studio’s first two priorities will be to firm up a 50% interest in the upcoming production of a two-part movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit” and to restart development of the next James Bond film.

The Spyglass duo also must choose a distribution partner for those and other MGM pics, as they plan to shut down distribution operations at the Lion. Some suggest that Paramount -- as a regular collaborator on Spyglass productions over the years -- is a front-runner for the distribution rights, but others believe MGM will award distribution rights picture by picture, with co-production partner Warner Bros. in line to distribute “Hobbit” pics in any event.

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-01-12 05:20 am   Permalink

UPDATE...

NEW JAMES BOND FILM STARRING DANIEL CRAIG APPROVED
11 January 2011 Last updated at 17:32 ET

The 23rd Bond will see Daniel Craig star as 007 for the third time

A new James Bond film has been given the go-ahead and is due to be released on 9 November 2012, film studio MGM and EON Productions have announced.

Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and MGM said the 23rd Bond would go into production in late 2011.

The latest 007 adventure, starring Daniel Craig for the third time, will be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes.

The franchise had been on hold amid financial troubles, with MGM filing for bankruptcy protection last November.

A rescue deal and restructuring plan put US firm Spyglass Entertainment at the helm of MGM, which had struggled due to several box office flops and a DVD sales slump.

Work on the 23rd film was suspended in April 2010 because of uncertainty over the company's future.

James Bond is one of the longest running franchises in film history.

Its return marks a four-year gap since Bond's last outing in 2008's Quantum of Solace.

Daniel Craig - who made his Bond debut in Casino Royale in 2006 - is the sixth actor to play the British secret agent in the official Bond series.

Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan preceded him in the iconic role.

Craig's debut, in Casino Royale, was the most successful instalment in the franchise's 48-year history, taking $594m (£385m) at the global box office.

The latest Bond screenplay has been written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.


 
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Posted: 2011-01-14 7:57 pm   Permalink

This is pretty cool!!!

Jamaica's third international entry point opened this week with a name James Bond fans will instantly recognize: Ian Fleming International Airport. Formerly a small center known as the Boscobel Aerodrome, the airport was expanded in order to accommodate international travelers and now features sections for customs and immigration sections. The airport has one runway that will cater to private jets and small commercial aircraft.

The airport was named after the British writer who invented the character of James Bond because it is close to the scenic retreat where Fleming reportedly penned his entire series of books about the charming, crafty spy.

Lucy Fleming, the 007 author's niece who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, said her uncle would have been "thrilled" to see an airport bearing his name in Jamaica.

"He adored Jamaica and found so much inspiration and relaxation here. So I tell you something, to have this accolade of having an airport named after him here I know would have been a great honor for him," Ms Fleming said. "Honestly, I don't think he would have written those (Bond) books without Jamaica."

Fleming first came to Jamaica in 1942 while he was an intelligence agent stationed in Bermuda.

Four years later, he returned and bought property he called "GoldenEye" and started to write Casino Royale, the book that launched the successful James Bond series.

The property once known as GoldenEye is now the site of an exclusive resort owned by Chris Blackwell, the owner of Island Records who is credited with introducing Bob Marley's music to the world.


 
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Posted: 2011-01-30 4:42 pm   Permalink

Judi Dench Returns for 'Bond 23'

Things were looking pretty bleak for the Bond series last year as MGM's continuing financial woes had cancelled the 23rd installment in the franchise. Rumors of the secret agent's untimely demise proved exaggerated, however, as MGM has filed bankruptcy and restructured their debt load, meaning the film can move forward and should hit its 2012 release date with little difficulty. That was great news for fans, and the positive announcements just keep on coming.

The latest comes from Judi Dench herself. The beloved actress, who has played M since way back in 'GoldenEye,' will reprise her role in 'Bond 23'. (Can we please get this movie a real title soon?) Speaking at the Southbank Sky Arts Awards in London, Dame Judi was asked if she'd be returning to the project. Her answer was a simple "yes." When asked for more details, the actress played coy, saying "Nothing ... My lips are sealed. I can't tell you anything at all!"

Dench did go on to add that she's very excited about the prospect of reuniting not only with Bond co-star Daniel Craig but also director Sam Mendes, whom she worked with on a stage production of Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard.' The actress seemingly echoed the sentiments of fans worldwide when she proclaimed, "I'm so glad it's ['Bond 23'] coming back. It's wonderful."

The as-yet-untitled film finds Dench reprising the role of Bond's boss for the seventh time, which still leaves her four appearances away from tying original M, Bernard Lee. With the cast now taking shape, things are moving ahead quickly with the project.



 
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Posted: 2011-01-31 7:38 pm   Permalink

John Barry (1933-2011) R.I.P.

 
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Posted: 2011-01-31 8:58 pm   Permalink

Javier Bardem has been cast in Bond 23 (presumably as the bad guy?).



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Posted: 2011-01-31 10:44 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-01-31 20:58, tikibars wrote:
Javier Bardem has been cast in Bond 23 (presumably as the bad guy?).



Thanks for the update.

So sad to have lost John Barry...he made his mark on the spy genre with fabulous scores and collaborations. I still get the chills every time I hear the James Bond theme.

Saw interview info recently (don't remember where) that claimed Judy Dench was looking forward to her role in the next JB film. In the past, she has been quoted as wanting to get out of it...so glad she will be back..she is an excellent M. Glad that Daniel Craig will play Bond...he has really done a great job so far.


 
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Posted: 2011-02-03 1:20 pm   Permalink

I can't wait.

 
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Posted: 2011-02-05 11:19 am   Permalink

OK...this is only rumor at this point...but would be totally awesome!!!
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EMPIRE February 4, 2011

If all the rumoured casting choices Sam Mendes has been making for Bond 23 pan out, this could turn into one of the best casts ever to grace the screen for the series. The latest word on a possible actor comes from The Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who writes that Ralph Fiennes might just be contemplating a role.

While details about the possible part are being held in EON Productions’ secret dossier for now, Bamigboye reports (via The Playlist) that Mendes has reached out to another of his old theatre muckers (he directed Fiennes in RSC productions years ago) and that according to one source on the film, ‘The part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on — and Ralph’s name is top of our list.’

Right now, Fiennes is simply talking about the job: there have been no formal negotiations. The rumour comes on the heels of Javier Bardem being tempted by a role. Should they jump aboard, they’ll join Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, who are already confirmed to return.

And according to Bamigboye’s source, “It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging.” We’re already hoping this one comes together with everyone in place. But if they don't get Fiennes, there is someone else who could stand in...James White.
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Posted: 2011-02-06 10:15 am   Permalink

Check out the latest Quiet Village podcast. It's Marty Lush and Joe Banks on James Bond !!

http://www.digitiki.com/podcast/QuietVillage36.m4a

Plus my humble review ...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=27968&forum=11&vpost=574908


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Posted: 2011-03-20 6:04 pm   Permalink

Hi

Does anyone out there have a copy of the book Thrilling Cities by Ian Fleming?

Please PM me if you do!
Just need to ask you a quick question...




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Posted: 2011-03-20 8:54 pm   Permalink

Wow...I missed that post of your JOHN-O, just now saw it. Thanks for the link to the Quiet Village Podcast.

Muchas Gracias to Marty Lush and Joe Banks for the wonderful bits of trivia and the orchestrations I haven't heard before...what a treat!!! Thanks for mentioning Maurice Binder...I love his work.

~That version of Goldfinger still shows what a fabulous voice Shirley has...the song fits her like a glove...and very nice piano work.
~Into Miami...what a great vision enters my head (of that pool with the diving platforms and the view of Miami in the background).
~Search for Vulcan is a great choice...it is so mysterious and powerful, one of my favorites. I can see Bond at the wall and slipping into the underwater "lair" sans sharks...LOL That song makes me want a martini!!! Didn't have that Basie album...got it now...thanks.
~Wow...the Bjork song is verrrrrry interesting.
~Love the On Her Majesty's Secret Service version you played (I enjoy Flamenco), that was just awesome...THANX
~Nice closing...I agree, very feminine sounding voice...but beautiful.

Marty...can you post the follow-up podcast to this when you get a chance...GREAT JOB!!!


If you haven't listened to the podcast...please do, it is delightful.

Sorry, I don't have that other Ian Flemming book.


 
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Posted: 2011-06-21 11:29 am   Permalink

Amusing story concerning Sean Connery and Apple. Love his letter:

http://scoopertino.com/exposed-the-imac-disaster-that-almost-was/



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Posted: 2011-06-21 11:55 am   Permalink

And yes, I know it's fake, but you still gotta love the letter...

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-06-26 9:31 pm   Permalink

Just some star gossip....

Hush-hush wedding for Craig and Weisz
By: Kitty Raymond | Special to The Examiner | 06/26/11 8:11 PM

Well, we didn’t see that one coming! Rachel Weisz married hunky actor Daniel Craig last Wednesday in a top-secret ceremony in New York. His rep confirmed the nuptials but gave no details.

The pair, who costar together in the upcoming “Dream House,” had just four guests: his daughter Ella, 18; her son Henry, 5; and two family friends.

“Daniel and Rachel insisted on having a small, quiet wedding,” a source told the News of the World. “They are madly in love and couldn’t wait to be husband and wife — but they wanted minimum fuss.”

Daniel was previously engaged to Satsuki Mitchell, his girlfriend for five years. Rachel was in a relationship with Henry’s dad, director Darren Aronofsky, for nine years, and the couple were engaged for five … but they never married. The Oscar-winning actress was first linked romantically to the James Bond actor in November 2010, though the longtime friends initially denied the rumors.




 
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