Posts Tagged ‘James Bond’

Freida Pinto: The Next Art-House Babe?

March 25, 2009

Freida Pinto must have a very strong head on her shoulders to keep it from spinning off. Just months ago she was the star of a film destined to go straight-to-video. Now Slumdog Millionaire is an irresistible Oscar-winner and Pinto is the fresh face of the Third World. The 24-year-old unknown, formerly a Mumbai model who didn’t even start taking acting lessons until Millionaire wrapped, also has her pick of projects. Even stranger: she appears to be making smart choices.

Variety has broken the news that Pinto has signed on to appear in Julien Schnabel’s follow-up to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Miral could be a movie that causes a lot of trouble. It’s the story of a Jerusalem orphanage which witnessed the tremendous upheaval in Palestine following the establishment of Israel in the 1940s. Pinto stars alongside Hiam Abbas, who will play Hind Husseini.
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Why Jennifer Aniston Will Not Be in the Next Bond Movie

March 18, 2009

jennifer-anistonIs it worth even entertaining the notion that Jennifer Aniston wants to be a Bond girl? Only if it’s a slow news day. Let’s check the in-box … yep. Let’s take a quick look at Variety. Tumbleweeds, there. Let’s pause for a minute and listen to the music of the spheres. Hmm, definitely Bon Iver. Okay, let’s entertain the notion that Jennifer Aniston wants to be a Bond girl.

The most glaring reason why this will not happen is a matter of dollars and cents. While Bond has been able to entertain big budgets thanks to the success of Casino Royale‘s retcon, it very rarely splurges money out on its cast. With the exception of Halle Berry in Die Another Day, a film which is still used to torture inmates at Guantanamo, no Bond girl of the last decade or so has ever successfully tickled the A-list.

Quantum of Solace (2008): Olga Kurylenko. Career highlight to date: Lots of nudity in Hitman.

Casino Royale (2006): Eva Green. Career highlight to date: Our love for Ms. Green knows no bounds, but her highest profile projects–Kingdom of Heaven and The Golden Compass have both been stiffer than she was at the end of the Bond film.
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