Smith, Sam Smith
Did you hear that Sam Smith is singing the theme song to “Spectre,” the next James Bond movie? The Grammy winner later told the BBC how he got the gig: “I got called into the office with (producer) Barbara Broccoli and (director) Sam Mendes and they gave me the script. … They said, ‘Have a go at the song.’ It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a song — it took 20 minutes … and they loved it!” Smith co-wrote the track, called “Writing’s on the Wall,” with Jimmy Napes, his partner on “Stay With Me” and other hits. He recorded it back in January at Abbey Road, where Adele recorded the Oscar-winning “Skyfall” theme. The song will be released Sept. 25. The movie comes out Nov. 6.
Poehler in ‘The House’
With the conclusion of TV’s “Parks & Recreation,” Amy Poehler is keeping busy in Hollywood. This week we learned from Deadline.com that she’s producing the comedy “Schooled,” about a high school teacher who will do anything to gain her students’ respect. (No word on if she’ll star as well.) Meanwhile, in “The House,” she and Will Ferrell will play a couple who, after blowing their daughter’s college fund, decide to open a casino in their basement. In December, catch her with “Saturday Night Live” pal Tina Fey in the dysfunctional-family comedy “Sisters.” And when the “Inside Out” Blu-ray arrives next month, you can hear her voicing Joy in the new Pixar short “Riley’s First Date.”
Oscar sneak peek
As the Los Angeles Times puts it, Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival is where “baby Oscar contenders are delivered into the world.” Here are some of the movies with the most buzz:
▪ There were five sellout crowds for “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy’s procedural about the Boston Globe journalists who broke the Catholic Church sex abuse story. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star.
▪ Crowds were also vocal about Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” which screenwriter Aaron Sorkin liberally adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple co-founder.
▪ Meryl Streep took the opportunity at the premiere of “Suffragette,” in which she plays a pioneering British activist, to speak out about issues women face today.
▪ At 30, Rooney Mara is a bit young to receive one of the festival’s prestigious tributes. But the crowd loved her in “Carol,” the Todd Haynes period film in which Mara stars as an awkward young shopgirl with a crush on a glamorous customer (Cate Blanchett).
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