-- Speaking about the script for Bond 23, Daniel Craig recently said, "I read the script the other day and I'm more excited about this than I was about Casino [Royale] because we've kind of got a classic Bond movie plus lots of other things." [Toronto Star]
-- The other day we reported on Kevin Smith's plan to stage a brief LA-set theatrical run for Red State right before the film hits VOD in order to qualify it for the Oscars. Fans were a bit up in arms regarding the $20 ticket prices, however, citing most films that screen at that particular theater (New Beverly) only charge $7. Defending his pricing, Smith told Movieline: "When it came to the New Beverly, we figured, ‘$20 bucks for a first-run flick and a Q&A is underselling it, but we might as well fill all the seats for every show by going with a cheap ticket price,’” he explained. “And if $20 is too much, skip the New Beverly screening. Wait two weeks and watch it on any Video On Demand platform for half that price starting Labor Day: $9.99. And if you don’t want to pay to see it at all, you’ll likely be able to download a Bit Torrent version for free by the end of the Red State Labor Day debut. And still, someone will bitch that even THAT costs too much somehow.”
-- Now that she's one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood, Olivia Wilde looks to have her choice of roles for the time being. One role she's considering is as porn star Linda Lovelace in a biopic from co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. James Franco is also being wooed for the project, which is different from the Malin Akerman biopic that originally starred Lindsay Lohan. Speaking to E! about the potential role, Wilde said: ""It would be a tremendous honor. It's such a cool role. She was a fascinating woman—with where she came from to Deep Throat to then working with Gloria Steinem and Nora Ephron. It's really fascinating."
-- Now that he's getting older, Jean-Claude Van Damme wants to segue into some more serious roles, telling Box Office Magazine, "I face the challenge of continuing to improve the quality of my performances and the range of roles that I take on. I love action films, and my fans expect action films, but I can act! And I really want a chance to show what I can do. I have a calmer approach to films than I once had, I have more perspective on life and career than I once had. I think this is going to give me the ammunition I need to really move ahead with my career. ”
-- Finally, speaking to Collider about Star Trek 2, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman admitted that right now they're not thinking about whether the film will be in 3D. It's all about the story and the script, which is why they didn't want to rush the film into production in order to make the original release date of Summer 2012. "
Kurtzman: The studio was bullish and that is great. That is what you want. They set a date and we all felt strongly that we did not want to make the movie if we didn’t feel that we could match the enthusiasm and love that we brought to the first one. To put the movie out to just meet a date would not have been the way to make the movie. I think we owe too much to the fans and to ourselves to not do it that way. We really wanted to take our time until we felt that we had a story that we could stand behind and that we felt was worthy of a sequel.
Orci: And Damon was finishing Lost and we didn’t want to start without him. It was just a matter of everyone lining up.
Kurtzman: It was not wanting to rush.
Orci: It was also wanting to clear out everything else a little bit. I guess that is the horizon as you said. That is our next mountain to climb and we are all geared up