Daniel Craig's 007 Writer Days, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Happy Monday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: More on convicted child molester who helped cast Super 8... Kirsten Dunst's alleged stalker restrained (for now)... George Clooney closes in on a Smothers Brothers biopic... Will the Academy run out of Oscars?... and more.
· Daniel Craig knows what you thought about Quantum of Solace, and has at least one principal reason why Skyfall will likely be an improvement: It has a real script. "[Y]ou swear that you'll never get involved with shit like that, and it happens," he said in a new interview. "On Quantum, we were fucked. We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers' strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn't employ a writer to finish it. I say to myself, 'Never again,' but who knows? There was me trying to rewrite scenes -- and a writer I am not." Be encouraged! [Time Out London]
· From the WeHo News: Jason James Murphy, a 35-year old convicted child molester who nevertheless worked casting kids in films including Super 8, turned himself in last week to face charges that he violated state sex offender registry laws. Yeah, I'd say so. [WeHo News via Deadline]
· Speaking of skeeveballs, Kirsten Dunst has won a temporary restraining order against alleged stalker and confirmed Frenchman Jean Christophe Prudhon, who reportedly sold his home to travel and meet the actress. Alas, he must now stay a minimum 100 yards away from her. Well played! [THR]
· George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov have optioned the book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story Of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and set it up at Sony. Which is... I mean... please, please make this. No word yet on whether Clooney would star and/or direct. [Deadline]
· The Academy promises that a labor dispute between the Teamsters and the Chicago company that manufactures Oscar statuettes will not result in a shortage come February. Says AMPAS president Tom Sherak: "We're always a year ahead. We have extras, because we don't know how many people are gonna be involved in a given year. I can't tell you where they are, but they're all under lock and key." [LAT]