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The (Maybe) Striking Actors and Bond 22’s First Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 07/07/2008 @ 10:50
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Films seen so far this year: 230
Films seen this week: Strange Girls, WALL-E (again), Mes Amis, Mes Amours, Death Note: The Last Name, Wild Child, Hancock, The Chaser, My Winnipeg

The Actors’ Strike: Will they? Won't they?
After the massive and costly disruption caused by the Writers’ Strike a few months ago, it now looks as though the actors' unions are set to follow suit. Or are they? According to this BBC report, it seems no one in Hollywood really wants another strike and yet several productions are already being put on hold just in case, with both the Transformers sequel and Ridley Scott's proposed Robin Hood movie (starring Russell Crowe) emerging as likely high-profile candidates. Essentially the actors are demanding the same thing as the writers (i.e. a bigger stake in DVD and online profits), but things are further complicated by a split between the two actors' unions - the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) – with high-profile names lining up on both sides. The fact that the deadline has passed without a strike being called is, tentatively, good news but at this point, anything could happen, though it's clear that the studios regard a strike as inevitable and are already behaving accordingly. Frankly, I could care less about the likes of Transformers 2: Electric Boogaloo and Ridley Scott's merry men, but I don't think I could stand it if Lost got delayed again. Fingers crossed...

Films I'm Looking Forward To: James Bond 22 – Quantum of Solace
Rabid Bond fans will have seen this already, but this week saw the release of the first official teaser trailer for James Bond 22: Quantum of Solace. (I still hate the title, but I like the way they work the 007 into the two Os at the end there.) It does rather beg the question of exactly how many times is Bond going to “go rogue” during his long and illustrious career, but I defy you to watch this trailer and not be just a tiny bit excited about the new movie. It certainly looks like they've packed a lot in, with Bourne-like hand-to-hand fights, lots of running and jumping and the usual quota of plane, boat, car and bike chases. Roll on November 7th...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week: The Visitor (the best film at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival and also, for me, one of the best films of the year), The Mist (try and see it knowing as little as possible) and Guy Maddin's weird and wonderful My Winnipeg.

1. The Visitor
2. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
3. The Mist
4. Priceless
5. Persepolis
6. Iron Man
7. Wanted
8. Gone Baby Gone
9. My Winnipeg
10. Female Agents

DVD of the Week: Water Lilies (out now, RRP £15.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is Water Lilies (or Naissance Des Pieuvres, original title fans), a French coming-of-age drama about the relationship between three 15-year-old girls, centred around the town's local swimming pool. Beautifully directed by Celine Sciamma (making her feature debut) and superbly acted by the three young leads (Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachere and Adele Haenel), this is an emotionally engaging tale that's well worth catching on DVD if you missed it at the cinema. Disappointing extras though – the DVD only includes a trailer and cast rehearsals.

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