Nicholas Galitzine set to play prince in Camila Cabello’s Cinderella reboot

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing …

Nicholas Galitzine has reportedly been cast opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s upcoming Cinderella reboot.

According to editors at Deadline, the 25-year-old British actor has landed the role of Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film, after “wowing the filmmakers in many chemistry readings”.

Nicholas is a relative unknown in Hollywood, but first started making a name for himself when he starred opposite Luke Perry in 2015 movie The Beat Beneath My Feet.

He also found fame more recently by appearing alongside Uma Thurman in Netflix series Chambers and just finishing filming The Craft remake.

As well as starring alongside the Havana singer in the Cinderella retelling, based on an original idea from British comedian and U.S. late night TV host James Corden, Nicholas will be acting alongside Idina Menzel, who will play the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter, who will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon will pen the script and direct the project, after making her directorial debut with 2018 comedy Blockers.

Plot details have been kept under wraps, but James will serve as a co-producer on the movie.

The musical, which will film in London next year, is set to open in February 2021.

It’s not the first live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Back in 2015, Kenneth Branagh helmed a Disney remake of the 1950 animation and it starred Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett.

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Will Smith voices support for ‘spectacular actor’ Mena Massoud

Will Smith has voiced his support for Mena Massoud after the actor claimed he was struggling to land auditions.The 28-year-old recently shared his dismay at his career issues and confessed he hadn’t had a single audition since playing the titular role …

Will Smith has voiced his support for Mena Massoud after the actor claimed he was struggling to land auditions.

The 28-year-old recently shared his dismay at his career issues and confessed he hadn’t had a single audition since playing the titular role in Disney’s live-action blockbuster Aladdin, which was released in May.

When quizzed about his former co-star’s comments, Will, who played the Genie in the movie, said he was unaware of Mena’s lack of work, but gave the Egypt-born Canadian some encouraging words of support.

“He is a spectacular actor and he has nothing to worry about,” the Oscar-nominated star told Variety while at the premiere of his new animated movie, Spies in Disguise.

Earlier this week, Mena told The Daily Beast that he was “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful.

“I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out,” he explained. “It’s wild to a lot of people… People have these ideas in their heads. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, ‘OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition?’ Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So, it’s not always what you think.”

Mena will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal.

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The Irishman crowned film of the year by National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while…

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.

The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Renee Zellweger has picked up another Best Actress gong for her turn as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

Other big winners include Adam Sandler, who claimed the Best Actor prize for Uncut Gems, and Brad Pitt and Kathy Bates, who scored the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Once Upon and Time in Hollywood and Richard Jewell, respectively.

The full list of winners is:

Best Film: The Irishman

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: For Sama

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Just Mercy

Top Films:

1917

Dolemite is My Name

Ford v Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

Uncut Gems

Waves

Top 5 Foreign Language Films:

Atlantics

Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Transit

Top 5 Documentaries:

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Wrestle

Top 10 Independent Films:

The Farewell

Give Me Liberty

A Hidden Life

Judy

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Midsommar

The Nightingale

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

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Mena Massoud hasn’t had an audition since Aladdin

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely s…

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.

The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful since the live-action blockbuster, which was directed by Guy Ritchie.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers’. It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.

“It’s wild to a lot of people… People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

The Egypt-born Canadian, who will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal, has been open about his struggles as an actor of colour, which led him to launch the Ethnically Diverse Artists Foundation to help under-represented artists in September.

“I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” he added. “I’m an up-and-comer in the sense that I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but to a lot of people, Aladdin’s the first thing they’ve seen me in. So I think I’m going to be viewed that way for a long time. I’m going to have to work at chipping away at that.”

Aladdin, which was released in May, also starred Naomi Scott and Will Smith and has made more than $1 billion (£769 million) at the worldwide box office.

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Harriet director responds to Julia Roberts casting controversy

Harriet director Kasi Lemmons believes “things have changed” since a studio executive suggested Julia Roberts play African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a biopic.Gregory Allen Howard, who co-wrote the Harriet screenplay with Lemmons, hit head…

Harriet director Kasi Lemmons believes “things have changed” since a studio executive suggested Julia Roberts play African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a biopic.

Gregory Allen Howard, who co-wrote the Harriet screenplay with Lemmons, hit headlines last month when he revealed that an unnamed studio head suggested the Pretty Woman actress portray the activist during a meeting in 1994.

Many social media users expressed outrage about the controversial suggestion, and during an interview with Variety, the director took an optimistic stance on the news, saying the response proves how much times have changed.

“It was a long time ago and things have changed. (The uproar) does go to show you how far we’ve come,” Lemmons said. “I think it has happened a lot. In fact, it’s happened a lot and not that long ago. We do have to be careful and check ourselves … (But) we’ve learned a lot since then. And in fact, in some ways, the way of approaching docu-drama is completely different than it was 25 years ago.”

Producer Debra Martin Chase said she’d heard the story long ago but had forgotten about it by the time it resurfaced.

“I wasn’t surprised. That’s how it used to be. People would say crazy stuff like that and get away with it. They would not be ashamed to say whatever they thought. That was the climate in this town – hostile,” she commented.

Roberts and Cynthia Erivo, who plays Tubman in the biopic, have yet to comment on the story, but actress Viola Davis recently weighed on the issue, calling it “ridiculous”.

In his original interview with Focus Features, Howard recalled, “I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.’ When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'”

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Felicity Jones developed fear of heights after filming The Aeronauts

Felicity Jones developed a fear of heights after playing fictional balloon pilot Amelia Rennes in her new movie The Aeronauts.The actress has reteamed with her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne for the historical adventure, which is based…

Felicity Jones developed a fear of heights after playing fictional balloon pilot Amelia Rennes in her new movie The Aeronauts.

The actress has reteamed with her The Theory of Everything co-star Eddie Redmayne for the historical adventure, which is based on true-life events taken from the 2013 book Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes.

However, while filming the Tom Harper-directed drama, the 36-year-old found that some of the scenes shot while the pair were in a balloon basket added to her phobias.

“I didn’t have any fear of heights before I did the movie and then afterwards, suddenly, now I’m petrified of them,” Felicity told Good Morning America, explaining a series of terrifying on-set accidents may have led to her new discomfort.

“On the very first day of shooting we took the balloon up,” she shared. “They were doing a helicopter shot… The balloon took off and it was all fine until suddenly we hit a load of trees and Eddie and I are holding hands, bracing ourselves as we hit the ground at this incredible speed.

“The basket bounces, Eddie and I bounce to the back. I think that I’ve broken my back… and we’re just sort of like lying there, thinking that we might be paralysed… We were back at work at 5am the next day.”

The Aeronauts, also starring Himesh Patel and Tom Courtenay, is in cinemas now.

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Daisy Ridley discusses Carrie Fisher’s ‘really sad’ final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley has warned Star Wars fans that Carrie Fisher’s final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker are “really sad”.The 60-year-old actress, who played Princess/General Leia Organa in the sci-fi franchise, passed away unexpectedly in December 2016 after…

Daisy Ridley has warned Star Wars fans that Carrie Fisher’s final scenes in The Rise of Skywalker are “really sad”.

The 60-year-old actress, who played Princess/General Leia Organa in the sci-fi franchise, passed away unexpectedly in December 2016 after suffering a cardiac arrest onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles.

In order for her character to appear in the third and final movie in the current trilogy, director J.J. Abrams was handed the task of using old footage of Carrie from 2015’s The Force Awakens and 2017’s The Last Jedi.

Still mourning the death of her friend and co-star, Daisy then had to reshoot scenes that included old footage of Carrie so that the story could continue, despite the death of the Star Wars icon.

“It was definitely difficult,” the 27-year-old told GQ magazine. “It was emotional doing it, because you’re also weirdly picturing her. You’re not picturing how the scene is going to be.”

“It’s really sad,” Daisy lamented. “And it’s going to be really sad, but also, it’s amazing that they have all this footage that is woven into the story in such a strange way.”

The British star also revealed that she never discussed Carrie’s death with some of her co-stars, including Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker.

“I would never presume. Mark’s known her for 40 years,” Daisy said, becoming emotional as she revealed she had spoken to Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Connix. “I had a conversation with Billie about it. I just wanted to ask Billie how she was doing.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas from 18 December.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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Todd Phillips in no rush to make Joker sequel

Joker director Todd Phillips isn’t in a rush to start work on a sequel.The movie’s astonishing box office success has sparked intense speculation that Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Batman’s most famous nemesis in a new movie focusing on the …

Joker director Todd Phillips isn’t in a rush to start work on a sequel.

The movie’s astonishing box office success has sparked intense speculation that Joaquin Phoenix will reprise his role as Batman’s most famous nemesis in a new movie focusing on the next stage of how his misfit character, Arthur Fleck, became the Joker.

However, speaking to the IGN UK podcast, Todd said he and Warner Bros. executives are in no rush to sign the actor up for a follow-up – as he wants to take time out to figure out what the plot should be.

“Well there was (a push for a sequel) even before Joker came out,” he said. “A movie does that kind of business and became that beloved around the world – they had talked to us about it. Joaquin and I had spoken about it anyway as far back as when we were shooting the movie.

“But in all honesty we haven’t gone any further on it. Even Warner Bros. hasn’t. I think they’re just giving us time, and if we can figure it out, and if Joaquin’s down to do it, we would do it. But we haven’t gotten near that yet.”

The film has already made more than $1 billion in cinemas worldwide, despite being targeted at adult audiences – and Todd has plans to get DC Comics and Warner Bros. bosses to fund similar projects focusing on the dark side of their superhero characters.

“I pitched it as three movies, Joker being the first with me, and then these two other movies, with two other directors,” he added of his original plan. “But I don’t really want to name them, because then it’ll become a thing and I’m pulling these directors into it when I’ve never even told them about it. It was just me telling Warner Bros. about it.”

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Christoph Waltz’s return as Blofeld confirmed in first No Time to Die trailer

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging a…

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.

The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging after his helicopter was shot down by Bond.

Despite rumours Blofeld would be back, Waltz heavily hinted in interviews he would not return – with Rami Malek taking over as the main adversary of Daniel Craig’s superspy – but the SPECTRE chief briefly appears in the new trailer.

In the clip, Blofeld is shown incarcerated in a high-security cell, and says, “When her secret finds its way out, it’ll be the death of him,” with other scenes suggesting that Bond discovers something devastating about another returning character, Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Another notable moment is the first glimpse of Malek’s main villain, Safin, who Bond accuses of attempting to “play God” when the pair face off.

Fans have speculated that Safin may end up being a version of another legendary villain from the franchise, Dr. No.

Craig’s character is billed as beginning the film in retirement and is also shown meeting his replacement as 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

After meeting her predecessor, Nomi is shown telling Bond that “the world has moved on” and to “stay in your lane” or she will put a bullet in his knee – later mocking his age by adding “the one that works”.

No Time to Die, which is believed to be Craig’s last outing as 007, will hit cinemas in April.

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