Now that Daniel Craig is getting ready to depart from the James Bond franchise, there’s as much talk about who will be the next 007 as about the forthcoming feature, “Spectre.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor shared with Variety his selection of a new, non-White James Bond to continue the franchise at the GEANCO Foundation’s Impact Africa fundraiser Monday night in Hollywood.
“I want Michael Peña to be James Bond. That’s what I want,” he said about his “The Martian” co-star.
Recusing himself for the role — even after Variety encouraged the Brit actor that he was smooth enough to do it — Ejiofor tapped his co-star to take his martinis shaken, not stirred. Sorry, “American Gangster” fans, he didn’t choose Idris Elba.
Peña will be added to the long list of contenders suggested to succeed Craig as the traditionally British film icon. On the red carpet, Ejiofor also told Variety that diversity in the entertainment industry is also an issue across the pond.
“I think that there are the same challenges for diversity existing everywhere,” said Ejiofor. “And it’s something that we’re going to struggle with until we figure it out, we haven’t yet, but we’re getting there.”
Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]
Mike Judge’s workplace satire “Office Space,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary Feb. 19, was a bona fide box office flop when it grossed a measly $10.8 million in 1999. But once the comedy was discovered on DVD and cable, “Office Space” became a cult sensation, spreading concepts like “flair” and “assclown” across pop culture. The [...]
Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard [...]
It was close to midnight when Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke got the text. The company had failed in its quest to acquire “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” a body image dramedy that captivated Salke when she saw it at Sundance. A sales agent on the project messaged her to say that a competitor offered a [...]
Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]
The TorinoFilmLab has announced the 20 feature projects and five story editor trainees who have been selected to take part in the 2019 edition of ScriptLab, an initiative focused on the development of fiction feature film scripts in early development stage. Beginning in March, this year’s participants will team up with filmmakers from around the [...]
“Alita: Battle Angel” easily won a tepid Presidents Day weekend with a $34.2 million at 3,790 North American locations, estimates showed Monday. Overall domestic moviegoing for 2019 has plunged 22.1% to $1.24 billion as of Monday, according to Comscore. That’s $350 million below the same date a year ago and the lowest figure at this [...]