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Morning Must-Read: Two New 'Skyfall' Trailers, Brad Pitt on the 'Counselor' Set and Emma Watson Addresses 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Rumors

 
Sony has taken full advantage of the fact that the Olympics are being held in London the same year that the studio has a new James Bond film heading toward theaters. For while 007 has traveled the globe on his various missions over the years, Skyfall seems to root the celebrated spy back in Britain, where his allegiance to MI6 – and to M (Dame Judi Dench), in particular – will be severely tested. 
 
After showcasing Daniel Craig’s Bond during the Opening Ceremonies and then leaking a very short teaser trailer, Sony steps up it’s Skyfall marketing machine with two spectacular trailers: One an international clip and one a domestic tease that should be in theaters shortly. Watch them both below, where you’ll get a better sense of the plot and meet Javier Bardem’s villain for the first time. It’s glorious. Sam Mendes directs Skyfall, which will be in theaters on Nov. 9. 
 

 
 

 
Another film heading to theaters, eventually, will be the anticipated adaptation of the steamy novel Fifty Shades of Grey. We’ve had some fun on Fandango speculating on whom might be cast in the lead roles of Christian and Anastasia in the sure-to-be-controversial movie. Well, Emma Watson of the Harry Potter franchise has heard all of the casting rumors, as well, and she’s here to tell fans whether or not she’s interested in the role. (Hint: It would help if someone would bother to bring her a script!) Read what Watson tells EW.com about Fifty Shades, and casting rumors, in general. It’s enlightening. 
 
 
Now that Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man has crossed the $240 million mark at the domestic box office, a sequel has become all but inevitable. Marvel and Sony knew this, which is why they’ve circled a release date (May 2, 2014) and hired screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to pen a treatment. 
 
But it’s no shoe-in that Webb, despite his excellent work on the original, will be invited back for the sequel. As the L.A. Times reports, Webb has a contract with Fox Searchlight that will keep him busy when Sony would need him to shoot the sequel. Searchlight is claiming that they are willing to release Webb temporarily so he can shoot The Amazing Spider-Man 2 … but he’ll have to agree to shoot not one but TWO movies for Fox in return. Some view that as job security. Others view it as being locked into a restricting deal when you are at the peak of your asking-price range. 
 
We’d love to see Webb return to the Spider-Man franchise and expand on his vision. Would you?
 
 
Ridley Scott appears to have begun work on The Counselor, a drug-trade drama he’s filming from an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, The Road). The film stars Michael Fassbender, Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt, who was spotted in character while on set. Not sure which we like more: The long locks, or the cowboy hat. IndieWire gets credit for snagging the photo above. 
 
And finally, Bad Santa remains one of our favorite Billy Bob Thornton comedies … in fact, one of our favorite comedies of all time. So it’s encouraging to hear that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) has been hired to rewrite and direct a Bad Santa sequel. It’s early in the process, but since Thornton loves playing foul-mouthed Willie as much as we love watching him, expect this to come together relatively quickly. 
 
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