Kevin Hart to front superhero comedy Night Wolf

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as t…

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.

In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.

“I am excited to be working with our friends at STX again,” he said in a statement. “They brought us a great project with Night Wolf. I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad to be is secretly a superhero.”

Pokemon Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the script for the story. No other casting details have been announced.

Hart previously teamed with STX studio bosses for The Upside and the upcoming Black Friday. In light of the deal, chairman of STXfilms, Adam Fogelson, commented that he is thrilled to be making another film with the 40-year-old and the producers at his HartBeat Productions company.

“After we acquired Night Wolf, we submitted it to Kevin Hart and the team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did,” Fogelson shared. “It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin’s comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together.”

Hart has a busy schedule ahead with Jumanji: The Next Level, Ride Along 3, and TV series Action Scene on his slate.

Meanwhile, other STX films to be released in the near future include Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers, Dave Bautista’s action-comedy My Spy, and Guy Ritchie’s 2020 crime film, The Gentlemen.

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Aubrey Plaza to star in Netflix comedy Hope

Aubrey Plaza is set to star in a new romantic comedy for Netflix.  Hope will reportedly follow a woman in her mid-30s, to be played by the Parks and Recreation star, and the crazy lengths she’s willing to go to when she discovers the perfect man. Sou…

Aubrey Plaza is set to star in a new romantic comedy for Netflix.

  Hope will reportedly follow a woman in her mid-30s, to be played by the Parks and Recreation star, and the crazy lengths she’s willing to go to when she discovers the perfect man. Sources have told editors at Collider.com that the script is said to address the societal pressure that women face to find a partner and settle down. 

  The project has an all-female directing and writing team. It will mark the second feature by New Zealand duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, who wrote, directed and starred in their first feature, The Breaker Upperers, which premiered on Netflix in February. 

  For Hope, they’ll be directing from a script by Karen McCullah and Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, whose previous screenplay credits include Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth, 10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s the Man. 

  The writers and Plaza will also serve as producers alongside Jason Bateman for his company Aggregate Films, among others. 

  According to Collider, the script for Hope gained momentum after it was read at Black List Live!, a showcase of the best scripts not yet produced, in late 2017. During that production, the Ingrid Goes West star took the lead role and was joined by Set It Up’s Glen Powell and Final Destination 5’s Nicholas D’Agosto, though it not yet known if they will be taking part in the film. 

  Van Beek shared the news on Instagram with the caption, “So happy to be making more movies with @madeleinesami. From The Breaker Upperers to Hope – what a positive trajectory!”

Sami followed suit by sharing the same post and added: “Dis is pretty cool yo (sic).” 

  Plaza was recently seen in TV series Legion and horror remake Child’s Play, and has just wrapped production on drama Black Bear.

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Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker laugh inspired by real-life medical condition

Joaquin Phoenix studied sufferers of a neurological disorder to prepare for his Joker role.The 44-year-old plays the titular character in Todd Phillips’ movie, which focuses on how failed comedian Arthur Fleck becomes the iconic Batman villain. Trailer…

Joaquin Phoenix studied sufferers of a neurological disorder to prepare for his Joker role.

The 44-year-old plays the titular character in Todd Phillips’ movie, which focuses on how failed comedian Arthur Fleck becomes the iconic Batman villain.

Trailers for the film featured Joaquin in creepy clown make-up, as well as laughing maniacally, and the Oscar-nominated actor has explained the disturbing inspiration for his take on the Joker.

“I started (with the laugh). I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably,” he told Italian magazine Il Venerdi.

Pathological laughter is often linked to an underlying neurological disorder, like multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injuries.

In one clip from the Joker trailer, Joaquin’s character can be seen being beaten and left for dead in an alleyway, which fans speculated could be the reason for Arthur Fleck’s decline into madness.

Set in New York City in the early 1980s, the low-budget R-rated origin story is based on the DC Comics psychopath who terrorises Gotham City and superhero Batman.

Phillips previously revealed that the standalone movie contains completely original material as he and co-writer Scott Silver pulled absolutely nothing from the comics.

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about,” The Hangover director told Empire. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

Joker will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival later this month.

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘I’d never read any script like The Kitchen’

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women a…

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women as they take charge of their husbands’ criminal empire after they are sentenced to prison.

Regarding the project, Moss has now explained that she wanted to be involved due to the “unique” plot.

“I thought it was a really unique script. I hadn’t read anything like it. I had certainly not seen a mob movie starring three women,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought the idea of these really flawed, interesting, complex women who are not superheroes, who are not good at what they do at first, who make mistakes — and there are major consequences to the violence and the mistakes that they make — that was a very real story.”

Screenwriter Andrea Berloff, who makes her directorial debut with the film, added that she wanted to get in the director’s chair for the first time because The Kitchen felt like a film she had to make.

“I’ve never seen a story like this before. I’ve never seen an authentic mob movie for real with women at the heart of it. That was fresh and different and, in my opinion, that’s the only way a movie gets made today is by doing something different,” she shared. “Audiences are letting us know that they’re tired of the same old thing, and we have to keep reinventing ourselves, and I think a fresh, different story is the way to do it.”

McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her comedic roles, added that she found it fun to be playing a ruthless criminal.

The Kitchen is in cinemas now.

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Karl Urban: ‘The Boys had to be toned down for the screen’

Karl Urban voiced his concerns with the showrunner of The Boys if he thought the graphic show was “crossing a line”.In the critically-acclaimed show, based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the 47-year-old star…

Karl Urban voiced his concerns with the showrunner of The Boys if he thought the graphic show was “crossing a line”.

In the critically-acclaimed show, based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the 47-year-old stars as Billy Butcher, the leader of a group of vigilantes who set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

In an interview with Collider, the New Zealand native, best known for his role as Doctor ‘Bones’ McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek saga, revealed that the graphic comic had to be toned down by showrunner and writer Eric Kripke in order to be adapted for Amazon.

“It had to be that way. There are some elements of the comic that are just not palatable for television, at all, and certainly not, if you want to reach a wider audience, which is the goal of any television,” Karl explained.

However, he confessed that he had to voice his concerns several times as he felt some scenes were going too far.

“Inevitably there were email chains and phone conversations that would get to the point where I would feel like, ‘Hey, this is crossing a line here, that is probably a bridge too far. It’s a bridge too far for me, personally.’ Sometimes Eric would acquiesce, but other times, he would just say, ‘Let’s just give it a go. If it doesn’t work, we’re not gonna use it.’ So, it basically an exercise in trust,” Karl added.

Jack Quaid, son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, plays vigilante Hughie Campbell in the irreverent series, and Karl thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic of their onscreen friendship.

“I love working with Jack. We’re so different, not only as people, but as characters, and that is why the chemistry really works, on screen. It’s the odd couple,” he shared.

The Boys, which also stars Chace Crawford, Elisabeth Shue, Simon Pegg and Antony Starr, is available on Amazon Prime now.

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Henry Golding in talks to play ninja in G.I. Joe spin-off movie

Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding is reportedly in talks to be the leading man in the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes.The 32-year-old is in negotiations to portray the titular character in the latest instalment of the action franchise, according to The…

Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding is reportedly in talks to be the leading man in the G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes.

The 32-year-old is in negotiations to portray the titular character in the latest instalment of the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Snake Eyes first appeared as part of the G.I. Joe toy line in the 1980s, and was the leader of a gang of military members fighting terrorism and his arch-enemy Storm Shadow, a ninja who is also his blood brother.

The character, who dressed all in black, never revealed his face and never spoke, and was played by stuntman Ray Park in the big-screen adventures starring Channing Tatum.

Snake Eyes will reportedly centre on his quest for revenge after his father’s death which sees him joining a ninja clan, beginning his journey to finding acceptance.

The Time Traveler’s Wife director Robert Schwentke will helm the new project, with Evan Spiliotopoulos penning the script, and Brian Goldner, from toy company Hasbro, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura among the producers.

The first film inspired by the popular Hasbro toys was 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, featuring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, followed by 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which also starred Tatum as well as Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.

Golding made his feature film debut as Nick Young in last year’s Crazy Rich Asians and has gone on to land leading roles in upcoming romantic comedy Last Christmas, with Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson, and Guy Ritchie’s crime thriller The Gentlemen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant.

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Bruce Lee’s daughter demands Quentin Tarantino stop talking about her late father

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father. The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wr…

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father.

The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wrap last month she felt he came “across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air” and a “caricature”. The director responded by commenting that Bruce was “kind of an arrogant guy”, and Shannon has now told Variety she just wants Quentin to stop talking about her father, who died at the age of 32 in 1973, altogether.

“He could shut up about it,” she raged on Wednesday. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologise or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was.'”

In one scene in the film, Bruce, as played by Mike Moh, is seen boasting about his elite combat skills while on the set of The Green Hornet, and also claims he would cripple Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) if they were to square off. He also challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be thrown into a stationary car.

“I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a*s who could beat up Bruce Lee,” Shannon previously told The Wrap of the filmmaker’s intentions. “But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Mike also shared he was somewhat uncomfortable over his portrayal of the Hollywood icon, and stated to Birth.Movies.Death: “I was so conflicted because he’s my hero – Bruce in my mind was literally a god.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, and Al Pacino, is now showing in cinemas.

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Kirsten Dunst put directing dreams on hold after welcoming son

Kirsten Dunst has postponed her feature directorial debut because she isn’t ready to step behind the camera after welcoming her first child. The actress, who gave birth to son Ennis with fiance and Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons last year, has been attac…

Kirsten Dunst has postponed her feature directorial debut because she isn’t ready to step behind the camera after welcoming her first child.

The actress, who gave birth to son Ennis with fiance and Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons last year, has been attached to direct the film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar since 2016, but the star has revealed the production, once slated to star Dakota Fanning, has been shelved.

“This is the first year I’ve been a mom,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Directing a film and having a baby… that’s two years of your life, directing, editing, and promoting all of it.

“Maybe when I’m older I’ll want to (direct) again. Right now, I have zero interest in committing myself to that.”

For now, the 37-year-old is content to stay in front of the camera as the star of U.S. network Showtime’s quirky new series On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

“I wanted to be more of an artist in my acting, instead of making tons of money being a star of every big whatever,” she added. “Post-Spider-Man, it was like, I could definitely go down this romantic comedy route… Those were really popular then, too, but it just was like, ugh, no thank you. It wasn’t for me. I hated that kind of acting. It was so hard for me to do. Thank God Sofia Coppola would sweep me away to do a Marie-Antoinette (film) in between.”

Dunst previously tried her hand at filmmaking with the short films Welcome, starring Winona Ryder and John Hawkes, and Bastard, with Brian Geraghty and Lukas Haas.

The Jumanji actress will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 29 August. Plemons and Coppola will be on hand to salute her as she unveils the 2,671st star near the beginning of the famous Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk at La Brea Avenue.

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Olivia Colman to be honoured with Raindance film festival’s first Icon Award

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the inaugural Icon Award by bosses of London’s Raindance film festival.  The British actress, who won the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Oscar for The Favourite earlier this year, is set to receive another honour…

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the inaugural Icon Award by bosses of London’s Raindance film festival.

  The British actress, who won the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Oscar for The Favourite earlier this year, is set to receive another honour in recognition of her career. 

  Colman will be bestowed with the first-ever Icon Award from Raindance film festival executives on 20 August at The May Fair Hotel in London, the same day the programme for the 2019 festival is launched. 

  “Raindance has reigned over Britain’s independent film scene for 27 years,” Colman said in a statement. “Many of our industry’s most important voices have been amplified because of Raindance, and it remains a place where non-mainstream stories can be told, and where underdogs can flourish. I’m incredibly proud to be the recipient of the Raindance Icon Award.”

  The Fleabag star, who will be seen playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown later this year, already has a connection with Raindance. She served on the jury and helped judge competing films in 2016 and has won a total of four acting awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), the ceremony set up by Raindance in 1998.

  According to Screen Daily, the Icon Award is adapted from the Raindance Auteur award, an honorary prize previously given to directors such as Terry Gilliam, Guy Ritchie, and Ken Loach. The honour has been renamed to cover a broader range of talent. 

  In a statement, Raindance founder Elliot Grove said Colman was the obvious choice for the prize. 

“When faced with a decision of who might receive our inaugural Icon Award and all that it implies, the choice was simple,” he said. “Raindance is delighted to celebrate Olivia’s ongoing contribution to U.K. film.”

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Fans share excitement over first Last Christmas trailer

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspire…

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. 

Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspired by the music of George Michael, especially his 1984 Wham! hit Last Christmas, and stars Emilia Clarke as Kate and Henry Golding in the role of Tom.  

Producers at Universal Pictures posted the three-minute trailer for Last Christmas online on Tuesday, with the YouTube clip already racking up more than 100,000 views and garnering a largely positive reaction on social media.  

“The Last Christmas movie is a big chunk of fan service ALL FOR ME. It combines all of my favourite things, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Christmas and GEORGE MICHAEL. It’s just perfect. I’m so excited although I feel like it’ll break my heart,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another commented, “Last Christmas is about to become a classic holiday movie. I’m already excited to watch this every year.” 

And a third added: “I love everything about this already. George Michael’s tunes, Emilia Clark (sic), Henry Golding, the cheesy Christmas romance of it all. Just take my money now, please and thank you!”  

However, one fan was pleased to see that the narrative of the film was different from what they had anticipated.  

“I was worried for a second there that this would be a movie where she’s the only person who remembers George Michael,” they wrote, poking fun at Danny Boyle’s The Beatles-inspired movie Yesterday.

Last Christmas, also starring Thompson and Michelle Yeoh, is set to hit cinemas in November. It will also premiere previously unreleased material by Grammy Award-winning artist Michael, who died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.  

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