Bond 25 has a new director. Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) as the director of the epic franchise, with Daniel Craig in the title role. Filming will commence in March of 2019 for a release date of February 14th, 2020.
Fukunaga is the first American director to helm the film. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli picked Fukunaga among many promising directors after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences.
They also cut ties with Trainspotting scribe John Hodge, whom Boyle had brought in to write, and went back to working with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, two veteran Bond writers.
"We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure," said Wilson and Broccoli.
With Prince Harry and her mother Doria Ragland by her side, Meghan Markle held her first Kensington Palace event in support of her charity project.
In January, the Duchess of Sussex met with a group of women at the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London, as they came together to cook fresh food for the families affected by the horrific Grenfall Tower fire. Meghan quickly became deeply involved in their cause, and launched her first solo charity project in support of it.
In a speech Thursday, Meghan (without notes!) addressed those gathered to celebrate the release of the cookbook she helped the women publish.
"Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love," the poised royal said in video captured by ITV’s Chris Ship. "I just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by this kitchen — your warmth and kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see in this one small room how multicultural it was."
She continued, "On a personal level, I feel so proud to live in this city that can have so much diversity. There’s 12 countries represented in this one group of women. It’s pretty outstanding."
Meghan then opened up about her motivation for pushing the women to publish the book, and for writing a foreward to it herself. "I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook, and what I mean by that is the power of food is more than just the meal itself. It’s the story behind it. When we get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it," she said. "That’s what we’re talking about in terms of coming together to really engage and talk and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together."
Proceeds from the book Together, on sale now, will go toward the kitchen.
When Chloe Dykstra came forward in an essay published on Medium with allegations against an unnamed ex, she wasn’t prepared for what was to come. The story quickly went viral as readers figured out she was talking about Chris Hardwick. (He denies her accusations of emotional and sexual abuse).
In a new interview with Time, Dykstra says the backlash she received was so intense, she contemplated suicide.
"After months of reading horrible things about myself, I got to such a low point that I considered ending it," Dykstra told Time. "I didn’t really have guidance because you can’t really Google, ‘How to handle being an accuser?'"
She says she was shocked by how big her story got. "I opened trending and saw my face," she said. "It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. I was just like, ‘No, no, no.'"
Especially, she said, when the criticism got louder than the support. "I was attacked relentlessly," she said. "There was an organized group of people online whose sole purpose was to try to disprove me. I was terrified people were going to figure out where I lived."
#Relationshipgoals? Clueless star Alicia Silverstone wants to grow her family, and she may hit up her ex-husband for some help. She is already mother to 7-year-old Bear with ex Christopher Jarecki, and it seems they're on good terms.
"I have always dreamed of having a little girl, but of course I want another little Bear too," the actress told Working Mother. "So whatever happens, if it happens, is good by me. I’m not in a relationship, but there are other ways to make babies."
The writer of the article notes, "Not off the table: asking Bear’s dad for an assist."
"I’ve always wanted another kid," she said. "But I also wanted to space them out because I love being with Bear."
The 41-year-olds split in May of 2018 after 13 years of marriage.
Assassination Nation is having a tough time advertising. The satiric riff on the Salem Witch Trials and contemporary social media, starring Suki Waterhouse and Hari Jef, is getting blocked from social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) and from classic outlets like billboards.
Stills feature Nef, Waterhouse and their co-stars in leather jackets with guns. Sometimes they look terrified, sometimes homicidally angry. Other images show them pointing guns at the camera.
Neon’s distributor tells Variety that that social media platforms objected to guns and the stars’ relative "State of undress." But Christian Park, Neon’s marketing chief, thinks the ads were rejected for sexist reasons.
"We knew that this film was a stick of dynamite," Parkes told Variety. "We didn’t want to dress it up into something it isn’t. This isn’t a feel-good coming-of-age story. It’s a depressing meditation on where we are as a culture." Parkes added, "We’re not depicting a sanitized world. We’re making a movie about strong young women. People feel threatened because it is honest."
Cultural reception has been mixed. The Los Angeles Times called in an "exploitative horror."
The film opens Friday, September 21st.
DISNEY DIGS IN ON JAMES GUNN FIRING: It has been two months since James Gunn’s ouster from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over decade-old tweets that made light of pedophilia, and Disney CEO Bob Iger is standing his ground. He tells The Hollywood Reporter that despite pleas from the cast (including Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista), he stands by the decision. "The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio," he said, "and I supported it."
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK TRAILER DROPS: Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to Moonlight is headed our way. In the new trailer, Regina King says: "Remember, love is what brought you here, and if you trusted love this far, don’t panic now. Trust it all the way." The film is based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name. It stars Stephan James as Fonny and Kiki Layne as Tis (along with King and Colman Domingo). Beale Street drops November 30th.
CONDE NAST LAUNCHES WOMEN’S VIDEO NETWORK: Conde Nast has founded a Women’s Video Network, anchored by Glamour, in an effort to expand its reach. The network will also feature projects from Allure, Self and Iris.
WONDER WOMAN SCRIBE SETS MARVEL DRAMA FOR ABC: Allan Heinberg, showrunner on ABC’s The Catch and Wonder Woman scribe, is set to pen a top-secret drama featuring female superheroes. Details on the new Marvel project are being kept under lock and key, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If it moves forward, it will join several other Marvel projects in the works, including Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders), Hulu's The Runaways, FX's Legion and Fox's The Gifted.