This week, Russell Crowe robs from the fun and gives to the mope.
James Bond fans have had plenty to say about the art-housening of Bond films lately, with the last two films having more in common stylistically with the Bourne films than the Bond franchise. Well, they ain't seen nothing yet. Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, will direct (or at least consult on) the next James Bond film. Additionally, writing chores will be partially handled by Peter Morgan, who also penned such tepid dramas as Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl. Looking back at their mostly sedate filmographies, we have some predictions as to what we'll see in the forthcoming action spectacle currently known only as Bond 23.
In a move that was probably made because his own TV's parental control V-chip didn't work, the new head of HBO recently put the kibosh on its plan to bring '90s comic book series Preacher to late-night. And while HBO may not be ready for such dazzling visuals as an inbred Jesus descendant peeing on people or angel-demon sex-having, Columbia Pictures totally is. Before it was circled and then bailed on by HBO, Preacher was an in-development film project, with Kevin Smith's View Askew producing and James Marsden attached to play the title character. This go-around, if it finally gets off the ground, the film will be directed by Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, Jarhead), who is currently on the hunt for a lead.