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Remini leaves Scientology; Mendes back for more Bond

on July 13, 2013 10:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Leah Remini is expressing appreciation to fans and others following word of her break with the Church of Scientology.

In a statement issued Thursday by her talent agency, the former “King of Queens” star said she was grateful to the media, her colleagues and fans around the world for their “overwhelmingly positive support.”

The statement made no mention of Scientology, and the APA talent and literary agency said Remini had no further comment.

But a person familiar with Remini’s decision said the statement referred to her break with the church and public reaction to it.

The person, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

A message seeking comment from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles was not immediately returned Thursday night.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Mendes is coming back to direct another James Bond film with Daniel Craig following the enormously successful “Skyfall.”

The British director had said earlier that “Skyfall” would be his lone entry in the 007 canon, but Bond producers and Sony Pictures announced his return Thursday.

Mendes recently debuted an adaptation of “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” in London. He’s also mounting “King Lear” for the National Theatre.

Mendes said in a statement “that by giving me the time I need to honor all my theater commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24.”

The as-yet-titled Bond film is scheduled to be released in fall 2015. The script is by “Skyfall” screenwriter John Logan.

Released last year, “Skyfall” made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

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