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Daily Bite: James Bond 24, Arrested Development, and Saving Mr. Banks
2013-07-12 : By Gearóid Gilmore
Judi Dench and Sam Mendes on the set of 'Skyfall'
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Sam Mendes confirmed to direct James Bond 24
After much speculation, acclaimed director Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, American Beauty) will return to direct the instalment in the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig will return as the iconic British secret agent, along with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions. Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM; Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Corporation of America, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment made the announcement on Thursday. James Logan, who penned the script for ‘Skyfall’, will return for James Bond 24. The news of Mendes’ return comes only four months after the director said he would not return for the next Bond film; but given that ‘Skyfall’ went on to become the highest-grossing film in the franchise and the highest grossing film in the U.K. of all time, grossing $1.1 billion, producers were clearly eager to snap up Mendes to try and replicate the success. The film will open in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015. Mendes had been working on a West End theatrical production of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, which opened recently, and he's also directing Shakespeare's ‘King Lear’, which will open at the National Theatre in January 2014.

Netlix considering more episodes of ‘Arrested Development’
The critically acclaimed comedy series ‘Arrested Development’ will return for a second season on Netflix. Producer Brian Glazer told Bloomberg yesterday that Netlix is currently in negotiations to produce another series of the hit show. Even though Netflix does not reveal the viewership ratings for its shows, there was plenty of interest in the new run of shows that began streaming on the on-demand service in May. However, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome for the new series would be the issue of scheduling, as most of the cast members – Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, and Tony Hale – are currently busy with other projects. It proved difficult to get the ensemble cast back together to film season four, and producers were forced to make use of green screen in order to film certain scenes of season four. It should be interesting to see how series creator Mitch Hurwitz proceeds with season five and how he co-ordinates the schedules of the busy cast members. It’s expected that the earliest new ‘Arrested Development’ episodes could be shot next summer.

Watch the trailer for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, starring Tom Hanks
Disney has released the first trailer for John Lee Hancock’s ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. The film focuses on Walt Disney’s (Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) novel Mary Poppins. When Travers travels from London to Hollywood to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen, Disney meets an uncompromising woman who is suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film. The film also stars Irish actor Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker. The film will be released in the U.S. on December 13th, and the film should hit Irish screens in early 2014.

To watch the trailer, click the video below.

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