Weekly Movie News Roundup 31.08.2012

Posted 31/08/2012

Weekly Movie News Roundup 31.08.2012

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Ryan Gosling branches out into directing
Oh, Ryan Gosling, is there anything you can't do? Between breaking up street fights and making women swoon, the acclaimed actor apparently found time to write a screenplay, and now he'll make his directorial debut filming it. The movie is described by Variety as a dark fairy tale, in which a single mom and her teenage son discover fantastic worlds. Ryan's 'Drive' costar Christina Hendricks is the lucky lady reportedly set to star.

James Bond turning 50
One of the most iconic characters in the history of movies, James Bond, is celebrating his golden anniversary. 5 October marks the 50th anniversary of the London world premiere of 'Dr. No,' the first movie about the suave secret agent who has been played by the likes of Sean Connery and Daniel Craig over the years. So that day has been tapped as Global James Bond Day, a series of events around the world celebrating 007, including a global survey in which each country gets to pick its favourite Bond flick. Stay tuned to MTV at the Movies for more coverage of James Bond's 50th anniversary!

International film fests galore
Hollywood may be the iconic centre of the movie world, but in the coming months, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample the work of talented filmmakers around the globe at film fests. Among them: The Venice Film Festival kicked off 29 August with Mira Nair's film 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'. In September, Canada's Toronto Film Festival will premiere 'Looper'; Germany will host the 19th Oldenberg Film Festival, a.k.a. the 'German Sundance'; Switzerland will welcome the 8th Zurich Film Festival; and in Spain, the San Sebastian International Film Festival will honour Tommy Lee Jones, Ewan McGregor and other talents. October will see the London and Warsaw Film Festivals and the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Set for November are the Stockholm International Film Festival, Latin America's Mar de Plata International Film Festival, and Poland's Plus Cameraimage festival, where David Lynch will get a lifetime achievement award. Film buffs with lots of free time and disposable income, start booking your tickets!

Weekly casting news roundup
- - Michael Keaton joined the cast of the 'Robocop' remake after Hugh Laurie dropped out of talks for the role.

- 'Avengers' co-star Cobie Smulders is in talks to star opposite Vince Vaughn in a remake of French-Canadian film 'Starbuck'. Vince plays a man who finds out he has 533 children (from donating sperm); Cobie would play his girlfriend who is—oh, the irony!—pregnant.