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Inspired by James Bond

The director of the next James Bond movie says he has been inspired by the conflicted character of the British spy as depicted in the original novels by Ian Fleming.

The film, titled "Skyfall," promises the usual action, exotic locations, scheming villains and beautiful women found in the 007 franchise. But it also offers a journey into the troubled psyche of the iconic spy, portrayed once again by Daniel Craig.

Director Sam Mendes said Sunday at a news conference in Istanbul, where some of the movie's scenes were shot, that Fleming created an "incredibly complex" character.

"Skyfall" is due for release Oct. 26 in Britain and Nov. 9 in the United States.


Surprise for MacKaye at 50

Friends and fans of Washington punk pioneer Ian MacKaye conspired last weekend to throw a surprise 50th birthday party for him.

Ian MacKaye was the front man for influential punk bands Minor Threat and Fugazi, and co-founded Dischord Records in 1980.

WTOP reports that his wife, Amy Farina, and former bandmate Jeff Nelson threw the party that was called "a heavily guarded secret."

It was held at Saint Stephen & Incarnation Church in Columbia Heights with no alcohol and only vegetarian snacks. MacKaye is a vegan and advocate of the "straight edge" lifestyle, abstaining from alcohol, drugs and even caffeine.

The term was coined by Minor Threat with their song "Straight Edge."


Daughter to the stars

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard have welcomed a second daughter.

Gyllenhaal's publicist said in an email Monday that the actress gave birth to Gloria Ray on April 19 in New York. No more details were provided.

The couple had their first daughter, Ramona, in 2006. They got married in 2009.

The 34-year-old Gyllenhaal has appeared in films including "The Dark Knight" and "Secretary." She earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for 2009's "Crazy Heart."

The 41-year-old Sarsgaard has been seen in movies such has "Shattered Glass," "Jarhead" and "Green Lantern."

-- From News and wire services