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Bond film taps Adele for theme

– Adele has confirmed she has co-written and performed the theme to the upcoming James Bond movie “Skyfall.”

The singer was initially unsure whether she wanted to take the project, according to news posted to the official James Bond website Monday.

“There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song,” she was quoted as saying. “But I fell in love with the script. ... It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting.”

The song was written by Adele and Paul Hepworth, who co-wrote her hit “Rolling in the Deep.”

Adele posted a picture on her Twitter feed Monday of what appears to be the sheet music cover page for the song, credited to Adele – as A. Adkins – and Hepworth. Rumors have swirled for months that the Grammy-winning British singer had recorded the theme, but there had been no official announcement from producers until Monday.

The song will be available on Adele’s official site Friday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the release of “Dr. No,” the first Bond movie. The track was available for pre-order at iTunes starting Monday.

The film, Daniel Craig’s third Bond adventure, opens in Britain Oct. 26 and in the U.S. Nov. 9.

Applegate, Mars picked to host ‘SNL’

Actress Christina Applegate and singer Bruno Mars are coming to “Saturday Night Live,” NBC said on its website Monday.

Applegate will host the show in her sophomore outing Oct. 13 with musical guest Passion Pit.

Mars will be both host and musical guest for the Oct. 20 episode.

Daniel Craig was previously announced as host for this week’s episode.

Lohan’s Taylor film gets release date

Lindsay Lohan’s campaign for a career comeback will take another step when her new film, “Liz & Dick,” airs next month.

Lifetime network says the film will premiere on the network Nov. 25.

Lohan plays screen diva Elizabeth Taylor in this story of her quarter-century love affair with celebrated leading man Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice.

Grant Bowler, whose credits include the TV series “True Blood” and “Lost,” plays Burton.

Target unveils series featuring products

Talk about product placement: Target is releasing an episodic series of short films starring Kristen Bell and Nia Long and everything on-screen is for sale.

The company unveiled the three episodes of “Falling for You” on Thursday at a private event at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

Bell plays an advertising exec and Long is her boss in “Falling for You.” Zachary Abel plays Bell’s rival – and potential love interest – in the series, wherein online viewers can click on any item on-screen and add it to their shopping carts, from fashion to housewares.

More than 100 products are featured in the three-episode arc. “Falling for You” will begin airing today and the products featured will be available until Nov. 1.

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