Tom Ford Dresses James Bond, Will Debut First Menswear Collection in London

Finally: The world’s most dapper dressed designer and has joined forces with the world’s most famous secret agent. Today, fashion trade journal WWD announced that Tom Ford has exclusively designed all of delicious Daniel Craig’s wardrobe in the new James Bond film, Skyfall. To keep up with the momentum, Ford will also show his menswear collection in London for the first time in January to coincide with his first British boutique opening. Dude is on a roll!

Although it hasn’t been determined if the designer will show his collection on a runway or in a super exclusive presentation setting, I’m sure that the guest list will feature a who’s who of both the fashion world and Hollywood. 

But back to Bond. Watch the official trailer and a Ford-cloaked Craig below.

Rachel Weisz to Betray Daniel Craig on Broadway

Noble Prize-winning English playwright, poet, genius, and wonderful human being Harold Pinter created plays that were as biting as they were reflective. His work exposed the menacing darkness lurking inside of men and woman, deliciously written with a bent towards absurdity but always based in the familiarity of everyday life. And this coming fall, beautiful English couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig will head to Broadway in Pinter’s  tale of infidelity, Betrayal.

Told in chronological reverse, Betrayal will star Weisz as Emma, a woman involved in a serious affair with a man named Jerry (played by Rafe Spall). Her unknowing husband Robert will be played by Craig, who appeared on Broadway in 2009’s A Steady Rain. In his 1983 review of the Pinter’s screen adaptation of his work, Roger Ebert said: 

The ‘Betrayal’ structure strips away all artifice. It shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves.

And if you weren’t thrilled enough, Broadway veteran and legendary director Mike Nichols will be directing the production—which is set to go into previews on October 1 and open November 3 at the Barrymore Theatre in New York.

Let’s all take this time to brush up on our Pinter. I suggest sitting alone in a darkened corner reading The Homecoming, watching The Servant, and maybe listening to Colin Firth read his poetry.

‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ Might Happen Without Daniel Craig

Before David Fincher was busying himself with Netflix programming and the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s runaway bestseller Gone Girl, he was getting all gaga over the punked-out Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Based on Stieg Larsson’s trilogy (as well as the original Swedish films), the American version was supposed to blow everyone’s minds. Well, the first film was a box-office success and picked up some Oscar nominations, but everyone agreed that there was something a little disappointing in the nearly shot-by-shot remake. 

The studio execs still want to pursue the film’s two sequels, and want to keep Fincher on board. They’re less attached, however, to Daniel Craig, simply because the James Bond actor costs too much. 

Although 2011’s Tattoo made $233 million worldwide — not a bad haul for a hard-R movie that came on the heels of a wildly successful Swedish-language trilogy also based on the books by Stieg Larsson — the $90 million-budgeted film was not perceived as a runaway hit, and the studio is said to be hellbent on reducing the cost of the next chapter.

Sources close to the project say the biggest holdup isn’t Fincher’s involvement but star Daniel Craig’s. The studio has options on Craig for two sequels, but the actor is said to want a pay raise, not a cut, in the wake of Skyfall grossing $1 billion worldwide. If Sony can’t bring Craig back to reprise his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the sources say the studio could write the character out of the sequel.

Rooney Mara, however, is still on board. Remember when she wouldn’t stop talking about how crazy she had to look for the movie, with the hair and the shaved eyebrows and the nipple piercings? Can’t wait to get into all of that again. 

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Am I Really Going To Have To See ‘Skyfall’ Now?

I like James Bond. I really do. I don’t, however, cotton to this trend in modern cinema in which Very Serious Directors reboot classic movie franchises, strip away everything that makes then fun and endearing (read: the silliness and the camp and the sex), and then make them long, boring epics with Very Important Actors and scores usually provided by Hans Zimmer and a slew of vuvuzelas. Christopher Nolan made me excited for the prospect that there might never be another Batman movie, and that new Superman movie for which the trailer was too long and only featured Clark Kent, like, driving around a field? (Yeah, that seems FUN.) So I don’t really care that the guy who directed American Beauty (which, in retrospect, everyone should know is a piece of shit) is in charge of this new one. 

But apparently people are enjoying it! All of my friends are tweeting stuff like, "I don’t even like James Bond but I liked Skyfall." Which, you know, is a pretty good indication that I will not like it. Why make a genre film for people who are not fans of the genre? Because doesn’t that make it not a genre film, and just an action movie with a character whose name recognition can carry a lot of advertisers and convince people that making more bloggy lists called "The Best Bond Theme Songs" and "The Ugliest James Bond Girls" is a really good idea? Can’t we, like, either do something NEW or just make it the same as it was before? Is that too hard to ask?

Because, look. Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig’s James Bond is a dour figured compared the groovy (and, let’s face it, funny and personable) guy that Roger Moore and Sean Connery portrayed. Even Pierce Brosnan’s Bond was someone you’d want to hang out with! But nooo, we’ve got to go with the dark and gritty and, honestly? The boring. I can nap at home for free with Adele’s theme song playing on a loop on iTunes. That’s, I must admit, seems a lot more exciting to me.

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Adele Channels Her Inner Shirley Bassey on ‘Skyfall’ Theme

A James Bond film can live or die by its opening-credits theme song. The big, sexy lounge numbers of the Sean Connery era—"Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever"—are as well-known and loved as the corresponding movies that bear those names. Although The Spy Who Loved Me is probably a bottom-tier bond movie, Carly Simon’s "Nobody Does It Better," composed by the late, great Marvin Hamlisch, is one of the best themes in the entire series. And does anybody remember a-Ha’s theme to "The Living Daylights?" Does anybody remember The Living Daylights? No? Exactly. 

Following a rather mixed bag of Bond themes throughout the latter Pierce Brosnan/Daniel Craig era—ranging from Jack White’s explosive "Another Way to Die" for Quantum of Solace to Garbage’s "The World Is Not Enough" to Madonna’s ill-fitting "Die Another Day"—with the upcoming Skyfall comes a return to the more traditional Bond theme. In a sample released today, Adele, who has been charged with the eponymous theme tune for Skyfall, delivers the closest (and most successful) attempt at the old-school Bond number in recent years. It will make you want to partake in something shaken, not stirred.

The full track, which was cowritten by Paul Epworth (who also worked on "Rolling In the Deep"), will be released this Friday, October 5th, at 12:07 a.m. (0:07, get it?) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the character and his martini-drinking, Soviet-warcraft-thwarting, femme fatale-seducing ways. Have a listen to a snippet of "Skyfall" below.

Javier Bardem Goes Blond in ‘Skyfall’

Based on the trailer for the new Sam Mendes-directed James Bond flick, things seem to be getting darker for the British secret agent played with increasingly brooding and dour Daniel Craig. He’s mistaken for dead, his world is continually turned upside-down, and he’s pit against a bottle-blond villain. Perhaps more importantly: there are a lot more explosions and not enough puns and bonin’. In this post-Christopher Nolan/Dark Knight Rises world in which our superheroes are so sad and our big-budget action franchises lack the fun of their predecessors, what else can we expect? Check out the trailer below. 

Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

The Master
Sure, we knew our readers would be interested in The Master, the first Paul Thomas Anderson film in five years. So when the first peek hit the web yesterday, we were all over it. Now it’s the second most searched term on Google. Most of the stories that Google searchers are finding are about the trailer, the lack of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whether or not it’s based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard. Take one wrong Google turn, however, and you can easily learn about some non movie-related things, including celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels’ crusade against The Master Cleanse and a golf tournament.

SpaceX Launch
It’s not just NASA going into space anymore. This morning, a privately owned cargo rocket was launched on a mission to deliver about 1,000 pounds of goods to the International Space Station. That’s really only about week’s space groceries, but the idea is to see if in fact people other than government-employed geniuses can make space travel work. If all goes well, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, will win a $1.6 billion dollar contract to run 12 missions into space. No word on whether any of them will carry Lance Bass.

Bond Girl Marlohe
Berenice Marlohe, the new Bond girl who’s apparently the toast of the Cannes Film Festival, is the most trendingest item on Yahoo! this morning, which probably means that a bunch of misspelled versions of her name combined count toward that honor. Because, honestly. Marlohe plays Severine in the film, titled Skyfall, and showed off her sinister side at a screening of the film, where she told reporters that her co-star, Daniel Craig is "like a clown."

Arsenio Hall
Yes, that Arsenio Hall. The former late-night talk show host is at the top of the trends list thanks to his big win on Sunday night’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. Hall beat out American Idol alum Clay Aiken, showing us all that the term celebrity is certainly subjective. Anyway, if Arsenio really wants to do things right, he will use his resuscitated fame to put together a Coming To America reunion.

#IStandWithObama
Folks on Twitter are awfully hyped to talk about President Obama this morning. The hashtag #IStandWithObama is seriously trending, with users sharing their views on what the President is doing right. To be fair, other topics include #YouKnowTheSunIsShiningWhen and “Rise & Grind,” so we can’t put too much stock in the idea of great thought at 140 characters.

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The Real Mystery of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’: Why Was It So Long?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: did you see it? And by "see it" I mean, "Did you really spend two and a half hours of your life experiencing Steig Larsson’s crime thriller in all its bleak, pedantic, and simultaneously boring and horrific glory?" If not, you might not want to read ahead as this piece contains some major spoilers. Then again, you’ve probably already read the books.

While there are many reasons to like this film (the opening sequence alone might be worth the ticket price), there is no justification for having the movie stretch out so long. Was there not enough room in the budget for a film editor? Was it just a terrible adaptation, in that the film couldn’t figure out what sequences to leave in (anything involving Lisbeth, up until the extended denouement) and what to cut out (90% of the scenes in the library or in which characters looked through filing boxes)?

I could have read the whole book in the time it took to watch the movie. This is only a slight exaggeration. If you just spread the time out over a matter of days, a speed reader would be able to digest this pulpy crime novel in less than two and a half hours total. Not the same could be said for David Fincher’s movie, which – like an angry, sadistic guardian — sits your ass down and makes sure you watch every second of the less-than-riveting expository scenes. When you get right down to it, the major clues to figuring out the Vanger family mystery involved finding a photograph of someone else taking a photograph. And even then our hero Mikael Blomkvist needed the ending spelled out for him. You’d think with Lisbeth’s help they would have been able to cut some of these scenes down to a more slimming total.

Here’s a suggestion: why not group all the horrific rape scenes together? It would have been nice not to have a heart attack right in the middle of would have been a gentle, snow-filled slumber right before jolting out of our seat as the movie drastically cut back and forth between Mikael’s sleuthing and Lisbeth’s attacks. It was somewhat important to juxtapose our two heroes’ journeys on parallel tracks before they meet, but when Daniel Craig is just sifting through boxes and Rooney Mara is getting *explicative* up the *explicative* with an *explicative*, it just adds extra time to your film, when you could just as easily group all the boring stuff and all the horrifying bits into different parts of the movie and sell it as a double feature, Kill Bill-style.

And honestly, what American movie-goer wouldn’t be able to figure out the killer’s identity as soon as he’s introduced on screen? Stellan Skarsgård is like the Chekov’s gun of movie villains. It’s a well-known rule that if you put the Good Will Hunting actor in your movie and the bad guy hasn’t been revealed by the second act, you can expect his Swedish ass to reveal a secret death chamber blasting Enya and knockout gas in the third. (Even his son, Alexander, has a hard time playing the good guy. See: True Blood and Straw Dogs.) Even those of us who haven’t already read the books can pretty much deduce Martin Vanger as the true culprit responsible for Harriet’s disappearance the moment he appears on screen with that creepy Nordic smile.

Mr. Fincher and writer Steven Zaillian must have also forgotten that we as an audience don’t give a crap about Wennerström, the evil magnate who has Blomkvist convicted on libel charges in the beginning of the film. Roughly half an hour is tacked onto the end of this movie in a haphazard fashion so we can see Wennerström get his due long after the Vanger mystery has been solved and the killer has been, well, killed. And in this half-hour there is more action and plot development than in the first two hours of film, so right when you are ready to leave the theater, you are crammed with all this extra information about a character you forgot about twenty minutes in. Sure, it might have been in the books, but we didn’t need it.

One part of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that they actually could have explained more thoroughly? How our hero kept mysteriously losing his accent. Perhaps a greater mystery than how a family of Nazis was allowed to live on a death island without the Swedish government’s interference is how, as Mikael Blomkvist, Daniel Craig couldn’t find twenty minutes to try to locate where his diction went. Oh there it is! No wait, he lost it again.

Then again, maybe they’ll just address that in the sequel: The Man Who Confused Squinting with Acting.

Listen to Six Tracks from ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Soundtrack

If you sign up for the mailing list over on Dullco.com, you can listen to a special six-track sampler of the upcoming soundtrack to David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The film–starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig–comes out on December 21st, but you can nab Reznor’s soundtrack on December 9th. The soundtrack features a brand new score by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, his writing partner for Oscar-winning The Social Network score. Furthermore, preorder the album on iTunes and you’ll be able to download the first song on the soundtrack, Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song," which was featured in the trailer. For Reznor fans, this is the closest you’ll get to a new Nine Inch Nails album for maybe the rest of dreary, weary, lives, so lap it up!