News Hound’s stand-in Houndette sniffs out some astounding New Year’s stories on the internet and keeps you in the frame.

paw-print.jpgSam Mendes, the director of deep-thinking dramas such as Revolutionary Road and American Beauty, shocked the movie world – and just about anyone who’s ever watched a Bond movie – with the news that he’s in talks to  direct the super-spy’s latest action-packed outing. What next? His missus (aka Kate Winslet) as Moneypenny?

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paw-print.jpg63-year-old Rocky star Sylvester Stallone is still taking the blows, sustaining a hairline fracture of his neck during filming of his latest movie The Expendables. How’s that for growing old disgracefully?

paw-print.jpgScotsman Gerard Butler escaped a disgrace of his own – and a possible six-month stint in the slammer – when an LA judge dropped battery charges against him