Nov 042011

James Bond 23 – now officially titled Skyfall – will face its greatest challenge in his spy career—be a worthy Oscar contender next year. Casting Albert Finney can’t hurt.

Entertainment Weekly extracts from Matthew Weiner’s take on his renegotiations with AMC (and the alleged impact on other shows) from the interview with his sister,  freelance journalist Allison Hope Weiner, posted here last week (and embedded at the link).

Confirmed! Downton Abbey gets a third season.

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is again auctioning exclusive breakfasts and lunches with celebs, including Jon Hamm and John Slattery.  You may recall the Lipps and Seagirl lunched with Jon Hamm this way before Season Four.

Elisabeth Moss is in final negotiations to play the lead in BBC Two’s six-hour miniseries Top Of The Lake, from the Oscar-winning trio of  writer/director Jane Campion (The Piano) and producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech).

Vincent Kartheiser recently explored a “terrifyingly dark” lava flow cave in Maui.

This is ONN: Hackers Shut Down January Jones.

Christina Hendricks is shooting Decoding Annie Parker in L.A. while MM is shooting?

Hell On Wheels show creators Joe and Tony Gayton tell Wired their rules for transforming past facts into current television. Executive producer John Shiman talks to the Morton Report about the show.  Anson Mount talks to the Associated Press about the role of Cullen Bohannon.

Jared Harris talks to The Big Issue about hauntings, his father and Lane Pryce.

Rich Sommer talks gaming in a Dorkforest podcast.

Mark Moses has signed onto a guest appearance for Fairly Legal‘s second season.

Colin Hanks talks Dexter, with a splash of Mad Men, with the L.A. Times.

Laura Ramsey reminisces with AMC about her start in show business and the thrill of picking up Don in a convertible.

This interview was apparently edited, so you might wonder why it would be in the Basket of News, but here’s an explanation. [Possibly spoiler-y, but not really. -K]

ABC Nightline’s Matt Gutman gets zombie-fied on the set of AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Salon’s Matt Zoller Seitz asks the non-wlkers to shut up.

The Orion’s Leila Rodriguez notes that Mad Men portrays women in a manner absent from the shows of the period.

At the Windsor Star, Vanessa Shields thanks Mad Men for keeping it real and causing her to re-examine her life.

In These Times posts a defense of nostalgia.

Slate salutes the Old-Fashioned, including the ones Don Draper made for Conrad Hilton.

Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin are the co-authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men, which goes on sale Nov. 29.

Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.


  7 Responses to “Basket of News, Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2011”

  1. Tomorrow night (Sunday), a thriller written and directed by the by the great British playwright David Hare, starring Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, and Ralph Fiennes, is showing on PBS’ Masterpiece Contrmporary. For some reason, neither Alan Sepinwall, or even AV Club that reviews about 200 shows per week, most of them crappy, ever seem to notice PBS, and haven’t indicated that Page Eight exists or that they’ll be watching.

    I’m wondering if there’s any chance that someone here might be looking at it? Free quality TV.

  2. I jumped the gun. Sepinwall just previewed Page Eight.

  3. I’m a Bond fan, but to fancy a 007 nominated for Best Pic is a bit much, wouldn’t you think?
    Even with 10 nominations. If Goldfinger or On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were not honored, then which one ever will be?
    They will never make any 007’s better than those two, imho.

    • Tilden, I agree it’s a stretch, however, with the 10 picture field, we’ve seen genre films like The Dark Knight and Inception nominated that in the past would have stood the same chance as a Bond film, so I wouldn’t rule it out entirely, especially with a prestige director. Still, I’d be happy for an Oscar for the criminally overlooked scores, many of which have been mind-blowing.

  4. Inception is a reason why they should go back to only 5 noms. Bond has one at least one Oscar for Best Song, if I recall. Carly Simon for The Spy Who Loved Me ditty. Maybe others. But you’re right Deb, the scoring in Bond films has been phenomenal at times and excellent overall. It’s way past the time one was recognized.
    Maybe the fact that 007’s main theme is part of every score, it technically makes them ineligible for Original Score. Maybe Adapted score? Ugh, the oscars drive me to distraction.

    • Tilden, there’s a section on Oscars in my book. The Spy Who Loved Me was nominated but lost to, of all shameful things, You Light Up My Life. The Bond movies have won two Oscars: Goldfinger for Best Sound, Thunderball for Best Visual Effects. There have been seven additional nominations in technical and musical categories, most recently in 1982.

      Also, Cubby Broccoli was given the Thalberg Award for production.

  5. Debby Boone……….Jesus Christ. I could go one forever disparaging AMPAS’ choices down through the decades, but let me offer my kudos on the Thalberg for Cubby. Good to see the man responsible for the most enduring series in cinema, high class escapism, which to this day remains entertaining, be saluted. (Sorry for the run-on sentence.)

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