Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore┬áhas ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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Where most movie franchises are lucky to span one decade, the James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The trick behind its longevity is no secret — since the ’60s, the producers have reinvented the iconic agent several times so that he always feels of the moment.

But through it all, a few key characteristics remain the same. Bond is always first and foremost a martini man, though he may dabble in beer or other cocktails from time to time, and his knack for ladykilling is almost as well regarded as his talent for killing-killing. So which of the six Bonds is the deadliest, booziest, and sexiest of them all? The infographic after the jump has the answer.

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VOTD: 25 Actors Before They Were Famous, in 3 Minutes

I’ve always had this fascination with seeing current rich and famous figures in their humble beginnings, and the success of tabloid columns and webpages devoted to that very topic suggest I’m not the only one. When some A-list faces are as familiar to us as those of our actual loved ones, seeing long-ago photos or videos of them is amusing in the same way that seeing pictures of your friends as little kids is amusing. “Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes” collects some especially amusing snippets of today’s biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Jack Nicholson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in some of their earliest acting gigs. Watch the video after the jump.

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WTF: Footage From Sean Connery’s ‘Sir Billi’

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Sir Sean Connery has been absent from movie screens since 2003′s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Retiring on a high note can be difficult, but LXG is a more ignominious way to end a notable career than anyone would have predicted. So, to ensure that comic book misfire isn’t the end point of his illustrious movie career, Connery is now part of something that looks even worse: an animated adventure called Sir Billi. Read More »

Indy 4For months George Lucas and Steven Spielberg promised that Sean Connery’s character (Dr. Henry Jones Sr.) was included in the script for Indiana Jones 4. So when the film went into production and Connery announced that he would not be back after-all, we cried fowl.

I hope Conner’s part was very small, for their sake. Because a major character rewrite this late in to development could ruin the entire film.

I mean, Lucas and crew couldn’t have completely delete Connery’s part out of the script without causing a major rift, right? Well, our friends at FilmIck are reporting that Abner Ravenwood was not even included in previous drafts. When Connery made his official exit from the project, you may recall they announced that John Hurt had been cast in the film. He will play the father of Karen Allen’s character. Well rumor has it that John Hurt’s character is basically a rewrite of the role that Sean Connery would have played if he had decided to return. Apparently the Indy screenwriters wrote the role for two characters in case Connery decided to stay at home.

Sounds like the typical Hollywood-type decision which usually ends up ruining a film.

indy4med2.jpgGeorge Lucas says Harrison Ford will play his age in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4:

“He’s not running in any of the movies,” Lucas told USA Today. “He’s either on a horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he’ll play his age in this movie with what’s appropriate. The chases are more suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film – it’s not that he’s running that fast, it’s that there’s a giant ball coming at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us.”

Lucas plans on having the first trailer in theaters for Thanksgiving. But we wonder what movie the trailer could possibly be attached to? Disney’s modern day princess story Enchanted? The Weinstein Co’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist? Neither sound likely. I bet the trailer will hit theaters one week earlier attached to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. And isn’t that a Paramount Picture?
The filmmaker hopes to keep the movie’s official title under wraps until then. He also was very tight lipped about the filming locations, but teased that one will include a waterfall.

On the possibility of Indy’s father, Sean Connery, returning for another round, george says, “We’re still trying.”

On the casting of Cate Blanchett:

“That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said. “I approved it because she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I told her, ‘Hey, you work for me now!’”

Indiana Jones 4 Poster by Paul Shipper.

Indiana Jones 4 and the Filming On June 18th

indy4med1.jpgEverything is set. It’s actually going to happen. Still don’t believe it?

Steven Spielberg told Fox411 that production will begin on Indiana Jones 4 on June 18th 2007. With cameras set to roll in less than four months, expect some big casting announcements soon. So far, Harrison Ford is the only cast member officially announced.

Most recently it was rumored that Transformers star Shia LaBeouf might be in line to play Indy’s son. Past rumors have included Natalie Portman as Ford’s daughter, and Sean Connery returning as Indy’s father. We’ll find out what’s real and what’s fake soon enough.

Indiana Jones 4 hits theaters on May 22nd 2008.

Shia LaBeouf cast as Indiana Jones Jr?

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Rumor has it that Transformers star Shia LaBeouf might be cast as Harrison Ford’s son in Indiana Jones 4.
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