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					THE SUN                                                    APRIL 21, 2010
BOND MOVIE IS OUT OF MONEYPENNIES
THE new James Bond film has been halted "indefinitely" due to a lack of cash.
And it could be years before the secret agent hits the big screen again, producers
admit.
The 23rd Bond movie - set to star DANIEL CRAIG for the third time - had been due for
release next year or in 2012.
But production has stopped amid financial problems at debt-hit movie studio MGM -
which owns the Bond film rights.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/2939906/New-James-Bond-
film-has-been-suspended-due-to-uncertainty-over-future-of-MGM.html

THE DAILY MIRROR                                            APRIL 21, 2010
BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT TO RAKE IN £75MILLION
Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent is set to rake in £10,000 per second in advertising
revenue.
Thirty-second spots in the final are already priced at up to £300,000 with similar
length ads in the eight audition rounds costing up to £100,000.
ITV reckons it could pocket £75million from this year’s series as household names
ranging from Sainsbury’s to Go Compare scramble for ad slots.
One ITV source said: “When you have audiences of up to 20 million, it’s an ad man’s
dream. There is no secret Cowell has the Midas touch and it seems he has turned the
show into pure gold for ITV.”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/2010/04/21/britain-s-got-talent-to-rake-
in-75million-115875-22200181/

THE DAILY STAR                                           APRIL 21, 2010
AXE FOR JAMES BOND IN CASH CRISIS
ABOVE: James Bond actor Daniel Craig had been looking forward to his third outing
as 007
FRANTIC James Bond fans are praying he can still Die Another Day.
Movie company MGM says the 23rd Bond film has been axed indefinitely as it is
skint.
The news has sparked fears that the series, which began in 1962, has come to an
end.
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/131719/Axe-for-James-Bond-in-cash-crisis/

THE INDEPENDENT                                             APRIL 21, 2010
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW? DEBTS CAST SHADOW OVER MGM
The studio responsible for 'Gone with the Wind' among other classics has been
forced to shelve the latest Bond film. So can the lion ever recover its roar?
Actor Mae Murray points from a platform, wearing a Mexican gacho costume and
sombrero, as her husband, director Robert Z. Leonard (L) and his camera crew shoot
a scene on location for the film, 'Mademoiselle Midnight,' 1924.
James Bond does not like to be thwarted but occasionally circumstances become too
daunting even for the cleverest of Her Majesty's secret agents. And so it is now with
word that the next installment of his dashing adventures has been put on indefinite
hold because of a pesky thing called money. Or lack thereof.
What our man of action with numbers for a nickname needs now is a device from Q
for eliminating financial debt, an aerosol disguised as hair spray – or perhaps an
invisible vapour fired from the exhaust pipes of a sexy sports car. The target would
not be a dastardly foe sprung from the ice floes of Siberia, but rather an outfit they
call MGM.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/the-last-picture-
show-debts-cast-shadow-over-mgm-1949614.html

THE INDEPENDENT                                            APRIL 21, 2010
BBC BOSSES CLAIMED £173,527 EXPENSES OVER THREE MONTHS
BBC executives claimed expenses totalling £173,527.04 over a three-month period,
according to quarterly figures published by the BBC yesterday.
Erik Huggers, BBC Technology boss, submitted a bill for £646.79 for a chauffeur-
driven car during a trip to South Korea.
The Corporation also spent £3,561 on a month-long hotel stay for the Radio 3
controller Roger Wright during last year's annual Proms festival.
The expenses figures relating to claims between September and December last year
come as the BBC revealed that its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, spent £6,000 on
a return flight from Australia for the director general, Mark Thompson.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-bosses-claimed-
163173527-expenses-over-three-months-1949603.html

THE TIMES                                                 APRIL 21, 2010
BLOFELD AND DR NO COULDN’T STOP BOND, BUT THE ACCOUNTANTS HAVE
James Bond has worked his way through enough luxury cars, bespoke suits and
expensive women on screen to suggest that he has never been particularly worried
about prudent book-keeping. But after nearly half a century of heroic consumption,
debt has finally caught up with him.
EON Productions, the producer of the James Bond films, has announced that the
23rd instalment in the series has been postponed indefinitely because of the
financial woes of its distributor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Any lengthy postponement is certain to cloud the future of Daniel Craig, the latest
Bond. Questions are also hanging over the involvement of Sam Mendes, who had
been in line to become the first Oscar-winning director at the helm of a Bond film.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article710
2578.ece

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH                                        APRIL 21, 2010
‘THERE’S A CONSERVATISM AGAINST NEW IDEAS IN TV’, GRIFF RHYS JONES
INTERVIEW
Griff Rhys Jones tells Naomi West about his latest travel series and why he still hasn’t
found his ‘niche’.
 ‘Immersion and jeopardy!” booms Griff Rhys Jones. “That’s what television
presenters are always asked for now. David Dimbleby used to not have to go more
than two yards from his car, and now who’s being hauled up on a rope to look at a
church roof? David Dimbleby! And I’m the one to blame. I pioneered that, hurling
myself over rocks and climbing up mountains,” he says, half-indignant, half-proud.
In his latest, three-part run of Greatest Cities of the World, beginning tomorrow on
ITV1, Rhys Jones does his share of random immersion and jeopardy. He attempts to
carve marble in Rome (tomorrow), joins some labourers working 100?metres above
the water on Sydney Harbour Bridge (next week) and takes part in a water fight with
Hong Kong’s Cub Scouts (the week after).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/7611689/Theres-a-conservatism-
against-new-ideas-in-TV-Griff-Rhys-Jones-interview.html

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH                                        APRIL 21, 2010
THREE BBC EXECUTIVES SPEND £12,000 ON TAXIS
A trio of BBC executives ran up more than £12,000 in taxi claims on expenses
between them in a three-month period, new figures showed.
They include a total of £4,862 in fares by BBC director of vision Jana Bennett.
The figures are revealed in the latest disclosure of expense claims released for top
BBC executives.
Ms Bennett, who is paid a salary of £412,000, claimed £675 in a two-day period in
November for journeys within the UK.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/7610499/Three-BBC-
executives-spend-12000-on-taxis.html

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH                                             APRIL 21, 2010
JAMES BOND DELAY RAISES QUESTIONS OVER FUTURE OF MGM
The future of the once mighty Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is in doubt
and it is being forced to sell off its film assets including the James Bond franchise and
a stake in two Hobbit movies.
Also up for auction is a 4,000-title film library and the once prolific studio's logo, a
roaring lion, which has been seen at the beginning of some of the most classic films
in cinema history including Ben-Hur and The Wizard of Oz.
But with its glory days long behind it MGM has put itself up for sale having accrued
debts of $3.7 billion (£2.4billion.)
Producers of the forthcoming 23rd James Bond movie have placed it on indefinite
hold amid the uncertainty leading to speculation over Daniel Craig's future as the
super-spy.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/7611804/James-Bond-delay-
raises-questions-over-future-of-MGM.html

THE DAILY EXPRESS                                          APRIL 21, 2010
SCANDAL OF 3 BBC BOSSES WHO RAN UP £12K IN TAXI EXPENSES OVER THREE
MONTHS
THREE fat-cat BBC bosses’ claims for £12,000 in taxi fares in just 12 weeks were
branded “obscene” last night.
Director of vision Jana Bennett notched up £75 a day in fares – all of which were paid
for by the licence-fee payer.
Despite her salary of £515,000 a year, Ms Bennett ran up the bill of £4,862 during
the three months before claiming it all back in expenses.
The revelations, which sparked a furious response, were made public in the latest
disclosure of expense claims by top BBC executives.
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/170482/Scandal-of-3-BBC-bosses-who-ran-
up-12k-in-taxi-expenses-over-three-months

THE DAILY MAIL                                              APRIL 21, 2010
JAMES BOND FILM ON HOLD 'INDEFINITELY' OVER UNCERTAINTY AT MGM STUDIO
Villains such as Ernst Blofeld and Auric Goldfinger failed to stop him.
But the vagaries of film finance have put a halt to the world's most famous secret
agent.
The production of the next James Bond film has been suspended 'indefinitely'
because of uncertainty over the future of film company MGM.
Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they did not know when work
on the 23rd Bond film would resume.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1267472/23rd-James-Bond-film-hold-
amid-uncertainty-MGM-studio.html

THE GUARDIAN                                                APRIL 21, 2010
THEATRE: WAKE UP TO THE DIGITAL AGE!
Whether we're talking about Twitter, Facebook or the blogosphere, it's high time
theatres used social media properly – and not just for free advertising
One of the interesting statistics to emerge from research by the Society of London
Theatre (Solt) into the effect of internet and social media on theatregoing, recently
reported by Arts Professional, is that Facebook, Twitter and blogs are increasingly
the means by which ticket sales are driven, rather than reviews or traditional forms
of advertising. Sixty-five percent of the people surveyed said it was social media that
helped them decide whether to go to the theatre, and which show to choose. And
they're more likely than ever to book online. Yes, all those tweets really do make a
difference.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2010/apr/18/theatre-digital-twitter-
facebook-social-media

				
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