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Daniel Craig STILL 1st Choice for James Bond, Adios Tom Hiddleston

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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow many times does Daniel Craig have to say “No” for everyone to get the hint! He does NOT want to play James Bond anymore. However, despite his persistent bashing of the franchise, he’s still somehow the first choice to play 007.

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No one can deny Daniel Craig cuts a dashing figure as James Bond.

Daniel Craig has stated he’d rather “slash his wrists” than do another James Bond film. He was even offered about $100 million to sign on for two more of the spy movies, but turned it down. After appearing in four James Bond films (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre) and sustaining a knee injury, he’s had enough.

Rumors have been circulating for quite some time as everyone tries to sort out who will be taking over the iconic role. Popular frontrunners have been Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba, with Hiddleston being the favorite. Unfortunately for him, his weird romance with Taylor Swift dashed his chances. A theater critic for the Telegraph even comically wrote, “If you’re wanting to be considered for Bond, you don’t want to look like Mr. Bean.”

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The future James Bond wouldn’t be sucked into dating Taylor Swift.

It’s not clear if this came about before or after all the Tom Hiddleston/Taylor Swift drama, but as of now, Daniel Craig is still the first choice to return to the role of James Bond. Executive Producer Callum McDougall revealed that he’s still all of the producers’ first pick. “Without any question, [Daniel Craig] is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli‘s first choice. I know they’re hoping for them to come back,” he said.

Related: Top 5 Reasons Tom Hiddleston Would Absolutely FAIL at Playing James Bond

The pressure is building for them to pick an actor soon, but Daniel Craig has been nothing but stubborn about returning to the role. The 25th James Bond film doesn’t have a release date yet, but the earliest estimated release date is in 2017, which means they’d have to get started shooting fairly quickly.

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Daniel Craig made his first James Bond appearance in ‘Casino Royale.’

At the rate they’re going, we’re starting to think they’d be better off casting someone totally unknown and starting fresh.

MovieSpoon Staff

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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