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Denis Villeneuve says he is too busy with his ‘Dune’ adaptation to direct ‘James Bond 25’

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced this past summer that the world’s most favorite MI6 agent, James Bond, would be returning to the big screen in 2019 with Daniel Craig reprising his role one last time before officially calling it quits.

However, there has been plenty of speculation as to who will direct Craig in his final outing. Yann Demange, David Mackenzie, and Denis Villeneuve are said to be the top three frontrunners for the gig, but the latter doesn’t think the timing is quite right for him.

“The thing is, I don’t know about that,” Villeneuve said when asked if he is going to direct James Bond 25. “Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor, and I had some contact, and the thing is that I’m busy right now doing Dune. But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him, would be a dream. I would love to work with Daniel and a Bond movie, for me, would be a treat. It’s a matter of timing I guess.”

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Dune is, of course, a novel that Hollywood has had a tough time bringing to the big screen in the past, with the exception of David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation, so it would only make sense that Villeneuve, one of the busiest directors working today, would be devoting all of his time to making sure he gets his own adaptation done correctly.

As for Bond 25, which is being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, it should be safe to say that we can cross Villeneuve off the list of frontrunners and expect either Demange or Mackenzie to take the directing gig. Either way, MGM will have to make a decision soon, as the film is scheduled to open in theaters on November 8, 2019.

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Robert Pattinson to star in horror-fantasy film ‘The Lighthouse’ from ‘The Witch’ director

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Fresh off his Oscar-worthy performance in Josh and Benny Safdie’s riveting New York City crime-thriller Good Time, Deadline is reporting that Robert Pattinson will star opposite Willem Dafoe in Robert Eggers’ upcoming horror project The Lighthouse, which will be distributed by A24, who also released the filmmaker’s 2016 sleeper hit The Witch.

Written by Robert and Max Eggers, The Lighthouse is described as a fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths. “This new script blew us away,” A24 said in a statement. “It creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous and beautiful all at the same time.”

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In 2015, Variety reported that Eggers had begun development on a remake of Nosferatu, the 1922 silent movie about Count Orlok of Transylvania, which served as what is considered an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stocker’s iconic 1897 novel Dracula. However, according to Collider, the Nosferatu is going on the backburner for now as production on The Lighthouse is expected to begin this spring, though a release date has not been announced.

“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again,” Eggers said. “Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege.”

As someone who is a huge fan of everyone involved in this project, especially Eggers, whose directorial debut was simply outstanding and still haunts me to this day, it should certainly be exciting to see what he puts together with The Lighthouse. I mean, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in the same movie? How could you go wrong?

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‘Black Panther’ scores a record-breaking $25.2 million from Thursday night previews

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Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed Black Panther has already begun to dominate the domestic box office, reeling in a mighty $25.2 million in Thursday previews, breaking the February record previously held by Deadpool, which earned $12.7 million from Thursday previews when it opened in 2016.

Additionally, Black Panther also bested Captain America: Civil War, which earned $25 million from Thursday previews and, thanks to its stellar early reviews and an all-star cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, and Danai Gurira, is expected to round up as much as $170 million by the end of the Presidents’ Day weekend.

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Black Panther picks up after the events of Civil War and follows T’Challa as he returns home to Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king after the death of his father. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king is tested when he is lured into a deadly conflict.

Earlier this year, Black Panther managed to break Marvel’s pre-sale record on Fandango to become the fourth biggest pre-seller in the ticketing company’s history. It’s bested only by the three latest installments in the Star Wars franchise including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Meanwhile, Black Panther has earned $47 million in foreign territories, bringing its worldwide total to somewhere in the $72 million range. We’ll keep you posted on the film’s box office performance over the course of the four-day weekend.

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Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman among the 2018 Oscars presenters

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Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the star-studded first slate of presenters for the 2018 Oscars on Friday morning. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.

Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Mahershala Ali, last year’s winners for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, will return to the Oscars stage to present those same awards, while 2018 nominees such as Greta Gerwig (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), Kumail Nanjiani (Best Original Screenplay), and Margot Robbie (Best Actress) will also take the stage to present.

Additionally, it was also announced that Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, and Daniela Vega will also be handing out awards, as well.

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“Whether returning to the Oscars stage, or gracing it for the first time, each of these artists bring their own distinguishing and energetic appeal,” said De Luca and Todd. “Their contributions will make for an unforgettable evening.”

Among the nine nominees for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards are Call Me by Your NameDarkest HourDunkirkGet OutLady BirdPhantom ThreadThe PostThe Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Guillermo del Toro are all up for Best Director.

You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2018 Oscars here.

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