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Filmism.net Dispatch December 28, 2009

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For the first time ever, the US domestic box office is set to top $10 billion. No more whining about how hard it is to make a profit out of movies then, yes? I saw the Knight and Day trailer this last week, and thought it very interesting to see Tom Cruise playing comedy. His myth has grown even bigger than any role he can possibly play in recent years after his couch-jumping, psychiatry-hating antics off screen, and I don't know if he can really do 'funny'. A quick look over his back catalouge reveals hirsute hip hop fan producer Les Grossman (Tropic Thunder) and Austin Powers in Goldmember, but as his own good looking, affable self? I just don't know if he can do it. I also saw the Karate Kid remake trailer, and while Will Smith was all up and down about how he had nothing to do with his own son Jaden being cast in The Pursuit of Happyness, it's looking like nepotism's a game the whole family can play in Hollywood as always. Peter Morgan, the Frost/Nixon and Last King of Scotland scribe who's collaborating with regulars Wade and Purvis on Bond 23, has said it's going to be even darker. After the dour and humourless Quantum of Solace, I predict another major shift where one of two things will happen. First, they will go darker still this time, the receipts won't be inspiring, and Wilson and Broccoli will take the comparisons to Bourne to heart and promise they're going to lighten up next time and get back to the Moore days. Either that or a groundswell of Moore-era fans will form a wave online calling for a return of the gadgets and quips and Wilson/Broccoli will start to lighten B23 up beforehand, promising fans it'll still be 'fun'. Another one of those Hollywood couplings you took as the yardstick that actors can be like normal humans and stay married has fallen apart, with Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon announcing their split.

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