Hans Zimmer ‘devastated’ by Ennio Morricone’s death

Hans Zimmer has been left “devastated” by the death of fellow film composer Ennio Morricone. The acclaimed Italian musician passed away at the age of 91 on Monday in a hospital in Rome days after he suffered a fall and broke his leg. He scored more th…

Hans Zimmer has been left “devastated” by the death of fellow film composer Ennio Morricone.

The acclaimed Italian musician passed away at the age of 91 on Monday in a hospital in Rome days after he suffered a fall and broke his leg. He scored more than 500 movies throughout his career, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Mission, and Cinema Paradiso, and won an Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 film The Hateful Eight.

Zimmer, who is known for his work on films such as The Lion King, Inception, and Gladiator, gave an interview to BBC Breakfast about Morricone’s death on Monday and admitted he was shocked by the news.

“I’m devastated obviously by this because Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away, icons are there forever,” he gushed. “It really has taken me by surprise because he was still touring. I saw him about a year ago and he seemed strong, he was conducting at the O2 (Arena in London)… He was one of a kind. He never stopped speaking Italian. He never bothered to learn English. I was a huge fan of his.”

The German musician went on praise Morricone for inspiring him to pursue a career in composing movie scores.

“He was a major influence on me – the first movie I ever saw was Once Upon a Time in the West and I heard that music and I saw those images and I went ‘That’s what I want to do,'” he shared. “One of the things which was vitally important for him was that the music would always have quality. Sometimes he would work – we all have done this – on not such great movies but his music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought.”

Other stars have paid tribute to Morricone on social media, such as Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, who shared a bunch of his scores on Twitter alongside the caption: “Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn’t been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP.”

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Brie Larson unsuccessfully auditioned for Star Wars and The Hunger Games

Brie Larson confessed she lost out on big roles in film sagas such as Star Wars and The Hunger Games.The Oscar-winning actress made the revelations during her first video on her YouTube channel, as she recalled a friend suggesting she post her old audi…

Brie Larson confessed she lost out on big roles in film sagas such as Star Wars and The Hunger Games.

The Oscar-winning actress made the revelations during her first video on her YouTube channel, as she recalled a friend suggesting she post her old audition videos online.

“I auditioned for Star Wars too… I auditioned for Hunger Games, I auditioned for the Terminator reboot,” Brie explained. “I actually was thinking about the Terminator reboot today because I got a flat tyre and I was like, ‘Oh the last time I got a flat tyre was when I was driving into my audition for Terminator.

“Got a flat tyre at the audition, and then didn’t get the job.”

Brie would likely have been one of many young actresses in Hollywood who were considered for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the hugely successful adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ hit novels, with Jennifer Lawrence eventually landing the highly coveted part.

It was previously reported she was in contention for the role of Sarah Connor in 2015’s Terminator Genisys, but Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke pipped her to the post.

While she didn’t confirm which of the Star Wars movies she auditioned for, fans are speculating Brie was up for the part of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which ended up going to Daisy Ridley, or Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a part that eventually went to another British actress, Felicity Jones.

Despite losing out on the big blockbuster franchises, the Room star did manage to land the titular superhero role in the hugely successful Captain Marvel, which raked in more than $1.1 billion (£880 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released last year.

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Scarlett Johansson to ‘hand the baton’ to Florence Pugh in Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson will hand the Black Widow franchise over to Florence Pugh in her upcoming standalone movie. Director Cate Shortland has revealed that Johansson’s long overdue standalone film will serve as her final outing as Natasha Romanoff/Black …

Scarlett Johansson will hand the Black Widow franchise over to Florence Pugh in her upcoming standalone movie.

Director Cate Shortland has revealed that Johansson’s long overdue standalone film will serve as her final outing as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as well as the beginning of a new storyline for Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

“(Marvel boss Kevin Feige) realised that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” Shortland told Empire magazine. “And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great. Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”

Black Widow, which is set between the Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War films, will also give fans the opportunity to grieve for the character’s death in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

“In Endgame, the fans were upset that Natasha did not have a funeral. Whereas Scarlett, when I spoke to her about it, said Natasha wouldn’t have wanted a funeral,” explained Shortland. “She’s too private, and anyway, people don’t really know who she is. So what we did in this film was allow the ending to be the grief the individuals felt, rather than a big public outpouring. I think that’s a fitting ending for her.”

In the Marvel comics, Yelena, who is introduced in the upcoming movie, starts as an enemy of Natasha before they later become allies, and she eventually takes up the Black Widow title.

The movie’s May release was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now scheduled to be released from October.

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Charlize Theron ‘heartbroken’ about Furiosa recasting

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”. Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furi…

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”.

Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa, but he ruled out using de-ageing technology on his leading lady and decided to look for a younger actress to take over the role instead.

The Oscar winner has now admitted that she was disappointed when she learned she would not be involved in the Furiosa movie.

“It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”

Actresses including Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy are rumoured to be in the running for the part.

However, the 44-year-old may play Furiosa again – her Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy previously revealed there are plans for him to star in another two Mad Max films, and Theron has stated she’d return for another sequel if Miller directs.

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Halle Berry apologises for considering playing transgender character in movie

Halle Berry has pulled out of playing a transgender character in an upcoming movie after receiving backlash online.During an Instagram Live with hairstylist Christin Brown on Friday, the Oscar-winning actress shared that the film was pitched to her a f…

Halle Berry has pulled out of playing a transgender character in an upcoming movie after receiving backlash online.

During an Instagram Live with hairstylist Christin Brown on Friday, the Oscar-winning actress shared that the film was pitched to her a few months ago, but she was already working on her directorial debut Bruised, in which she plays a mixed martial arts fighter.

“I’m thinking of (playing) a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man. She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing,” Halle explained.

The X-Men star faced a barrage of criticism on social media over her comments, with many irked by her misgendering the character by calling her a woman rather than a man during the chat.

On Monday, Halle apologised for her comments and subsequently pulled out of the role, saying in a statement on Twitter that she was “grateful for the guidance and critical conversation” she has received since she revealed the news.

“I’d like to apologize for those remarks. As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she wrote. “I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

In the Instagram Live chat with Christin, the 53-year-old said she wanted to “experience the world” of a transgender character, and would be cutting her hair off to play the role.

“That’s what I want to experience and understand and study and explore… it’s really important to me to tell stories, and that’s a woman, that’s a female story – it changes to a man, but I want to understand the why and how of that. I want to get into it,” the mother-of-two added.

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Mission: Impossible sequel and The Batman allowed to resume filming in U.K.

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice…

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.

The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice when the outbreak hit Europe back in February, and was shut down.

Director Christopher McQuarrie had planned to resume filming in September, but after Cruise personally spoke with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, it was decided that the cast and crew could avoid the required 14-day quarantine period, and begin filming as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, The Batman was mid-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire when it was shut down, with stars including Robert Pattinson, who is making his highly-anticipated debut as the Caped Crusader, flying back to the U.S.

At a recent press conference, Dowden announced he would be allowing filming to continue once more as they would be exempt from quarantine travel restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the exemption, cast and crewmembers must abide by rules to remain in a “bubble” environment, staying in and around the production area for the duration of the shoot.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden shared. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,” he added.

Other major projects set to move into production or continue filming as a result of the ruling include Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the live action Disney remakes of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

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Tom Hanks to resume filming on Elvis Presley biopic in October

Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.The currently-untitled project, in which the Oscar-winning actor will play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, had been in pre-production b…

Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

The currently-untitled project, in which the Oscar-winning actor will play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, had been in pre-production back in March, when the Queensland shoot was shut down after Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive for the coronavirus.

They were briefly hospitalised and quarantined while they recovered, before returning to their home in Los Angeles, where they have been donating plasma to help medical researchers find a cure.

Last month, director Luhrmann was revealed to be in advanced discussions with Australian government officials about a restart date, and now Hanks has revealed they are aiming to resume filming in three months.

“There is certainly a plan and a desire from the studio’s perspective and from everybody else involved in the movie to figure out a way to make it happen,” Hanks explained in a video call with a reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald.

“There are dates on the calendar that say maybe we will be making this movie in October, but all of that stuff is a ‘maybe’ as questions about quarantine and temperatures and sterilising soundstages and all of that go on.”

However, Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham announced that the country’s borders would remain closed to travellers from overseas for “quite some distance off” in an effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Luhrmann’s musical biopic, also starring Austin Butler as Elvis, is scheduled to be released in November 2021.

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Composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The renowned Italian musician, one of the most prolific composers in film history, passed away early Monday in a Rome clinic. He was taken to the facility after suffering a fall last wee…

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91.

The renowned Italian musician, one of the most prolific composers in film history, passed away early Monday in a Rome clinic. He was taken to the facility after suffering a fall last week that caused a hip fracture, his lawyer Giorgio Assumma told Italian news agency ANSA.

Morricone launched his film career in the early 1960s and went on score more than 500 films. He was best known for the seven he made for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and Once Upon a Time in the West, as well as gangster flick Once Upon a Time in America.

Known as “The Maestro”, Morricone was nominated for an Oscar six times, with him finally winning for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 film The Hateful Eight. He was also recognised for his work on films including Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Roland Joffe’s The Mission, Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Barry Levinson’s Bugsy, and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena.

He received an honorary Oscar in 2007 for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music” – which was presented to him by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly star Clint Eastwood. He is the second composer in Academy Award history to receive the honour.

Pulp Fiction director Tarantino used obscure Morricone tracks, which were originally composed for other movies, in a few of his films, such as Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds, and the composer made it clear he wasn’t pleased by the way his music had been used. Despite this, they went on to work together on Django Unchained, for which Morricone composed an original song, and The Hateful Eight.

The musician is estimated to have sold more than 50 million albums over the course of his career. In addition to his film-scoring work, he also conducted concerts of his own music around the world.

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Elisabeth Moss nervous to play real-life writer Shirley Jackson in new film

Elisabeth Moss was “a little nervous” playing famed author Shirley Jackson in new movie Shirley because she had never played a real person before.In Josephine Decker’s drama, The Handmaid’s Tale actress stars as The Haunting of Hill House autho…

Elisabeth Moss was “a little nervous” playing famed author Shirley Jackson in new movie Shirley because she had never played a real person before.

In Josephine Decker’s drama, The Handmaid’s Tale actress stars as The Haunting of Hill House author Jackson, alongside Michael Stuhlbarg as her professor husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. The fictional story follows a young couple, Fred and Rose (Logan Lerman and Odessa Young) who move into the famous author’s home and become fodder for her next novel.

In an interview with Collider, Elisabeth admitted she had some concerns about the role because it was her first time playing someone well known.

“It’s the first time that I’ve played a significant historical figure… that everybody knows. I think that was the challenge for me. It was a little frightening. I was a little nervous about that,” she confessed. “I’m not really that interested in doing research and stuff, and I had to do all of this research, all of a sudden, and approach it in a completely different way… That was the thing that was new for me, and definitely a challenge.”

The 37-year-old spent hours conducting research by listening to recordings of Shirley and reading letters between the author and her husband, but after a while she decided to let it all go and focus on the fictionalised version depicted in the script.

“The research into who Shirley was laid the groundwork. That was the bedrock of it. And then, at one point, I remember saying to Michael, right before we started, ‘Now, I think we have to let it go,’” she recalled. “And so, we both decided that we were going to do our own Shirley and Stanley, and this was gonna be our own version of them. You have to forgive yourself a little bit. It’s the only way that you can actually proceed without fear.”

Shirley is available on Hulu in the U.S. now.

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Zoe Kravitz: ‘Robert Pattinson is perfect for Batman role’

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne du…

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.

The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne during a recent interview with Variety.

“He looks good in the suit, man. He looks good in the suit. That’s a good jaw line,” she quipped. “But he’s just a great actor and he brings so much to everything he does… I think he’s perfect, perfect casting.”

The upcoming comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves, is rumoured to be focusing on the detective aspect of the DC Comics superhero, and will also star Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

And Zoe respects Robert’s early days playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise.

“First of all, he’s just a really good actor. He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on,” Zoe explained.

“He’s a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on. So just in that, I think he’s perfect for this role.”

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