Cary Joji Fukunaga rules out last-minute edits on No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.

The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at MGM decided to delay the debut until November.

But during a recent Q&A on Instagram, Fukunaga insisted that the 25th instalment in the James Bond franchise, which stars Daniel Craig as the 007 agent for the final time, is “great as it is”, and he won’t be working on it any further between now and its new release date.

“Although more time would have been lovely, we had to put our pencils down when we finished our post-production window, which was thankfully before Covid-19 shut everything else down,” he explained. “Although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value. And like anything, you could tinker endlessly. The movie is great as it is, hope y’all will feel the same too when it comes out.”

The highly anticipated Bond movie will follow 007 as he’s brought out of retirement in Jamaica to help find a missing scientist.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, will be released in the U.K. on 12 November and in the U.S. on 25 November.

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Bob Iger hints more Disney movies might skip cinemas

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the rel…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the releases of their spring-summer 2020 movies and reshuffle the schedule accordingly.

Last week, Disney bosses unveiled their revised calendar and announced that sci-fi adventure film Artemis Fowl, which was due to debut in cinemas in May, would be skipping a theatrical run altogether and be made available on Disney+ at an undisclosed date, making it the studio’s first film to lose its cinema release.

And in a new interview with Barron’s magazine, Iger, who is the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, hinted that other movies could be following the same route.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar,” he said. “In some cases, we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theatres when this happened. We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+.”

While Iger didn’t name any of the films that may jump directly to Disney+, it has long been rumoured that X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which has been delayed multiple times since its original April 2018 release date, will go to Hulu, a streaming service majority-owned by Disney. The superhero movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton, is currently without a release date.

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Visual effects artists spent more time on Cats trailer than whole movie – report

An anonymous visual effects artist has claimed the VFX team spent more time creating the trailer for Cats than the movie itself.Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel …

An anonymous visual effects artist has claimed the VFX team spent more time creating the trailer for Cats than the movie itself.

Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics, who slated the computer-generated effects, plot, and tone. The film was a box office flop upon its release in December.

But an anonymous source who worked in the Cats visual effects (VFX) department has now spoken out and given a candid account of the troubles the team experienced during production to The Daily Beast.

In the report, the source claimed the team spent six months making the film’s two-minute trailer, leaving them around four months to complete the entire film.

“It was pure, almost slavery for us, how much work we put into it with no time, and everything was difficult,” they said. “We were so rushed on the project that we’d have no time for anything. So when people say, ‘Oh, the effects were not good,’ or ‘The animation’s not good,’ or anything, that’s not our fault. We have no time. Six months to do a two-minute trailer and four months to do a film of an hour and a half. My math is pretty good… You could figure that doesn’t make any sense.”

The source allegedly worked 90-hour weeks for months to get the film complete, while others slept in the office to work on the projects for days. The insider was also critical of Hooper, calling him “horrible” and alleging he delayed the team by having them fully render works in progress or by asking to see videos of actual cats performing the same actions as their fictional ones.

The source also confirmed the rumour about the “butthole cut”, revealing that the movie was halfway complete when they noticed the feline characters had been given buttholes – so one VFX artist was hired to digitally remove them.

“When we were looking at the playbacks, we were like, ‘What the hell? You guys see that?!… There’s a f**king butthole in there’… There was nobody that said, ‘We want buttholes.’ It was one of those things that just happened and slipped through,” they added.

Representatives for Hooper and Universal have not yet responded to the comments.

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Heath Ledger refused to present at Oscars over Brokeback Mountain joke

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger refused to present at the Oscars over an offensive joke about the film.Before the 2006 Academy Awards, at which both Gyllenhaal and Ledger were nominated for their roles as gay cowboys in Ang Le…

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger refused to present at the Oscars over an offensive joke about the film.

Before the 2006 Academy Awards, at which both Gyllenhaal and Ledger were nominated for their roles as gay cowboys in Ang Lee’s groundbreaking romantic drama, the co-stars were allegedly asked by the show’s producers to poke fun at their characters’ romance.

“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” the 39-year-old told Another Man magazine. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like, ‘It’s all in good fun.’ And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.'”

Gyllenhaal remains in awe of the late Australian actor’s work ethic and professionalism.

“That’s the thing I loved about Heath,” he shared. “He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, ‘No. This is about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no.'”

Gyllenhaal also confessed he was still unable to watch Brokeback Mountain, more than 15 years after he made Lee’s movie, because of the filmmaker’s incredible talent for creating such a tragic love story.

“There are things you’re chosen for – a quality, an essence – and Ang did that. And it’s still a mystery to me. And something that Heath and I shared: that it was a mystery to us at the time,” he shared.

Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

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Bob Odenkirk thriller postponed until 2021

Bob Odenkirk’s action thriller Nobody has been postponed until February 2021.The upcoming movie, directed by Ilya Naishuller and also starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd, was due to hit cinemas on 14 August but has now been delayed until 26 F…

Bob Odenkirk’s action thriller Nobody has been postponed until February 2021.

The upcoming movie, directed by Ilya Naishuller and also starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Lloyd, was due to hit cinemas on 14 August but has now been delayed until 26 February 2021.

The news comes shortly after it was announced earlier this month that Wonder Woman 1984, which sees Gal Gadot reprising her role as the Amazonian superhero, would not be released on the original date of 5 June, as cinema chains remain closed around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, bosses at Warner Bros. said the sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins, will be hitting the big screen on 14 August, forcing Universal bosses to reschedule Nobody to avoid a clash.

Odenkirk, who is best known for his role as lawyer Saul Goodman in the hit TV shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, plays a seemingly meek father and husband who goes on a violent rampage for justice after his home is targeted by two thieves.

Universal executives have also announced that an untitled project from M. Night Shyamalan has also been pulled indefinitely from cinemas, as it was due to be released on 26 February, a slot now taken by Odenkirk’s rescheduled thriller.

The film was in pre-production in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but work was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak forced states across the U.S. to go into lockdown to prevent any further spread of the virus.

More than 1.4 million people around the world have been infected, with over 83,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in December.

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Christoph Waltz ‘disappointed’ over lack of Alita: Battle Angel sequel

Christoph Waltz is “little disappointed” that he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel.The manga adaptation, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starred Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg who awakens in Iron City in a new body with no m…

Christoph Waltz is “little disappointed” that he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel.

The manga adaptation, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starred Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg who awakens in Iron City in a new body with no memory of her past, and sets out on a mission to uncover her destiny.

The movie made more than $404 million (£326 million) worldwide when it was released in February last year, and fans were so enamoured with the big-screen version of Japanese manga artist Yukito Kishiro’s creation that they flew a banner over the Academy Awards that same year to try to persuade Disney to make a sequel.

Waltz played scientist Dr. Dyson Ido in the movie, which was produced by James Cameron, and the actor recently told Collider that he would jump at the chance to reprise his character for a follow-up.

“Of course! Of course I would! But, you know, I’m as wise as you are. I haven’t heard anything and I’m a little disappointed and surprised that I haven’t heard a thing so far, because I know that it has followers,” the Oscar-winning actor shared. “I know that people liked it and aside from what others said, I loved it and I liked working on it and I liked the result.”

The German-Austrian star went on to say that because Fox, which was the studio behind Alita, had since been bought by Disney, he felt that the sci-fi action movie wasn’t fitting with their image anymore.

“You know, it was Fox and Fox doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s Disney. Maybe it doesn’t fit into the Disneyfication, but I have no clue. I have no clue. Maybe they’re working on something and I wouldn’t be the first person to hear, but meanwhile, I haven’t heard anything,” Waltz stated.

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The Others remake in the works

A remake of Nicole Kidman’s period horror movie The Others is in development. Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 film centres on a war widow who hides away in a remote mansion with her children. However, she soon begins to believe that they are being haunted b…

A remake of Nicole Kidman’s period horror movie The Others is in development.

Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 film centres on a war widow who hides away in a remote mansion with her children. However, she soon begins to believe that they are being haunted by “the others” who lived in the house before them.

According to Deadline, Los Angeles-based studio Sentient Entertainment has won the remake rights to The Others and producers plan to “reinvent and modernise the story”.

The project is reportedly already attracting “significant interest” from A-list talent and studio backers.

“I am honoured to be able to work on my favourite horror film of all time, The Others, and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences,” producer Renee Tab said in a statement, noting the parallels the story has with the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm.

“We look forward to unravelling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.”

Tab will produce the film with Christopher Tuffin for Sentient. They will work alongside Aliwen Entertainment’s Lucas Akoskin, veteran Spanish producer Enrique Cerezo, FilmSharks’ Guido Rud, as well as Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller.

The Others, which also starred Fionnula Flanagan and Christopher Eccleston, was a critical and commercial success, with it taking more than $200 million (£161 million) at the global box office.

Kidman was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance, and it won seven prizes – including Best Film and Best Director – at Spain’s Goya Awards.

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Idris Elba rode out horse allergy to shoot new western

Idris Elba’s allergy to horses didn’t stop him from saddling up for new movie Concrete Cowboys.The upcoming film is inspired by Greg Neri’s 2011 book Ghetto Cowboy, which follows 15-year-old Cole, who is taken to live with his estranged father Harp, as…

Idris Elba’s allergy to horses didn’t stop him from saddling up for new movie Concrete Cowboys.

The upcoming film is inspired by Greg Neri’s 2011 book Ghetto Cowboy, which follows 15-year-old Cole, who is taken to live with his estranged father Harp, as played by Elba, in North Philadelphia, where he discovers the city’s urban cowboy subculture.

The movie is also inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables, a black urban horsemanship community which has existed there for more than 100 years.

While the British star was excited to shoot the flick, he admitted in a new interview with The Sun that it meant he had to power through his equine allergy.

“The stables have been there for hundreds of years and have communities within them,” Elba told the newspaper. “I’m allergic to horses but I really enjoyed learning how to ride and understanding how the people lived.”

Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin will take on the part of Cole, while the film will also feature Moonlight’s Jharrel Jerome, Orange Is the New Black’s Lorraine Toussaint, and The Chi actor Byron Bowers.

Ricky Staub makes his feature directorial debut on the movie, with Elba producing via his Green Door Pictures banner alongside Neri, Lee Daniels, and screenwriter Dan Walser.

A release date for Concrete Cowboys has not yet been announced.

Elba is also in the pre-production phases of Jeymes Samuel’s directorial debut, The Harder They Fall, and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, also featuring Tilda Swinton.

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Bond producers pay tribute to ‘film icon’ Honor Blackman

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natur…

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.

The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natural causes at the age of 94 on Monday.

Accordingly, franchise producers Broccoli and Wilson were quick to offer up their condolences over the sad news.

In a statement posted on the official James Bond Twitter page, they wrote: “Today we mark the passing of a film icon, Honor Blackman who shall forever be remembered as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She was an extraordinary talent and a beloved member of the Bond family. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.”

Meanwhile, her friend, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, who featured in 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, paid homage to Blackman on her social media pages too.

“As Pussy Galore, you were one of the first Bond Girls and as Mary Goodnight, I am proud to have followed in your footsteps, we did some fun things together over the years! Rip Honor Blackman,” she commented.

Other tributes came from Star Trek icon William Shatner, British comedian David Walliams, and director Edgar Wright, who branded Blackman the “ultimate Bond Girl”.

In addition, her The Upper Hand co-star Joe Mugg shared a photo of the cast of the 1990s sitcom online and added his memories of working alongside the screen legend.

“Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died,” he posted. “What a woman she was – fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart RIP.”

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Chris Evans’s mum convinced him to take on Captain America

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was …

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.

The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was “scared” of being a part of a massive film franchise.

Now, it has been revealed that it was the actor’s mum, Lisa, who convinced him to seize the career-making opportunity.

“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” she explained to Esquire magazine. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.'”

She added, “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity. You’ll never have to worry about paying the rent. If you take the part, you just have to decide, ‘It’s not going to affect my life negatively – it will enable it.'”

Evans, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, took his mother’s advice and ended up playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 11 Marvel movies, from Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 to last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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