Haaz Sleiman cried after filming history-making gay kiss for Marvel’s Eternals

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cin…

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.

The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first same-sex kiss, but two of the characters will be in an openly queer relationship.

Sleiman plays a supporting cast member in the movie, who is married to Brian Tyree Henry’s immortal hero Phastos, and the couple have a child together.

He discussed the groundbreaking move by Marvel producers in an interview with NewNowNext and noted he wants audiences to understand his character’s “beautiful and loving” relationship with the first-ever gay superhero.

“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” the 43-year-old explained. “Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we, in the queer community, were all children at one point.

“We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious; we forget to connect on that human part.”

Eternals, which takes place after the devastating events of last year’s Avengers: Endgame, will see the immortal beings uniting to defend Earth from the Deviants.

The comic book flick, also starring Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Kit Harington, is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Olivia Wilde ‘worked hard’ to become director of Kerri Strug biopic

Olivia Wilde “worked hard” to be made director of an upcoming biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug. The actress, who made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, was revealed to be the director of sports drama Perfect by editors at…

Olivia Wilde “worked hard” to be made director of an upcoming biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug.

The actress, who made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, was revealed to be the director of sports drama Perfect by editors at Deadline last week.

Perfect will tell the story of Strug, who won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that later required treatment for ligament damage. She had to be carried to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to hospital.

Opening up about her new film on Twitter, Wilde revealed to her followers that she is grateful to have the opportunity to tell the “unreal” story.

“Best script I’ve ever read. I worked hard to get this gig. This story is unreal,” she tweeted, adding in a mindblown emoji. “I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to tell it my way.”

The script for the film, which Wilde will also produce, will be penned by Borg/McEnroe writer Ronnie Sandahl, who is adapting the book Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez.

In a statement to Deadline, Wilde described Perfect as an “epic sports movie”.

“It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience into the heart of Kerri Strug with unblinking, raw honesty,” the 35-year-old said. “It is an epic sports movie that will deliver on all the wish-fulfilment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”

Wilde recently won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Booksmart. She is also set to helm the thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife.

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Jennifer Hudson celebrates completion of Aretha Franklin biopic

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed …

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.

The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed on a return to U.K. talent show The Voice so she could focus on her performance.

And before she took to the stage at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game to perform a Kobe Bryant tribute, she confirmed reports that work on Respect had wrapped.

“It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done!” she wrote on Instagram. “Too overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honour to honour the Queen’s request!”

Hudson also posted a series of photos from the set of Respect, which is due to hit cinemas in October.

“I have to give credit where credit is due!” the 38-year-old captioned one shot of the cast and crew. “To every single cast and crew member who put your heart and soul into this project! It was beyond a joy and a pleasure to work side by side with each and every one of u! Lord knows if I could post every picture, I would but u know who u r (sic)!!

“From the director to the DP (director of photography), to hair and make-up, acting coach and extras too! To each and every driver and everyone in between! Much Respect to all of you!!!!”

Hudson will be hoping this film is better received than her last – the movie adaptation of stage musical Cats was one of last year’s biggest commercial and critical flops.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect also features appearances from Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige, and Queen Latifah.

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Sonic the Hedgehog director celebrates box office success

Director Jeff Fowler has taken to social media to celebrate the record-breaking opening of his new animated movie Sonic the Hedgehog.The film has shattered U.S. box office records for video game adaptations with an impressive $57 million (£43.7 millio…

Director Jeff Fowler has taken to social media to celebrate the record-breaking opening of his new animated movie Sonic the Hedgehog.

The film has shattered U.S. box office records for video game adaptations with an impressive $57 million (£43.7 million) opening weekend, beating the previous record-holder, last year’s Detective Pikachu, by almost $3 million (£2.3 million). Its global total stands around $100 million (£77 million).

“We tried making a #SonicMovie for everyone… from the amazing CORE fanbase of almost 30 years to an entirely NEW generation,” Fowler posted on Twitter on Sunday. “Seeing these stats makes us feel incredibly PROUD we might have succeeded.”

On Friday, he shared his jubilation after previews of the movie hit more than $3 million (£2.3 million).

“What… a… DAY!!! No words can describe the appreciation I’m feeling right now. You’ve taken this little blue hedgehog to EPIC heights,” he wrote. “We never could have done it without the FANS… THANK YOU for your LOVE and SUPPORT. The future is VERY bright for the BLUE BLUR #SonicMovie.”

Sonic voice actor Ben Schwartz also reacted to the exciting news and thanked the fans of the iconic SEGA video game character for supporting the delayed movie.

“In the words of Sonic- Ummm, meow? AHHH!!!#SonicMovie is #1 in the world & had the biggest domestic opening all time for a video game movie!” he shared on Twitter. “It’s all because of the fans that we are here. Thanks for your feedback, your passion & for your love of Sonic. You did this. Thank you!”

The movie, which also stars Jim Carrey and James Marsden, was originally due to be released last November, but Fowler pushed it back so the character could be redesigned following backlash from fans on social media over Sonic’s appearance in the trailer.

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Harrison Ford starts Indiana Jones 5 in two months

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jon…

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.

The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. He then reprised his role in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.

Reports that a fifth instalment in the hugely successful saga has been reported since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting Disney officials to set a new release date of July 2021.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Ford confirmed that he will begin filming the new movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he said. “We have the opportunity to make another because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when it started.”

He explained that he felt a “sense of responsibility” to fans of his movies, which he calls “customers”.

“‘Fans’ feels kind of weird to me, always has. But the fact that these people support my business, and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer,” Ford shared.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February that the actor would be involved with the film, which was a continuation rather than a reboot.

“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

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Robert Pattinson afraid of getting injured while filming The Batman

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in a…

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.

The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in an effort to keep in the best shape possible.

“I’m doing Batman next year, and really it’s such a physical part that, more than anything, I’m afraid of getting injured, so I kind of need to be consistent with the working out. I have a trainer, who I really love, in London,” he shared, adding that he needs someone to watch over him to makes sure he does the workouts properly.

“If someone’s not watching over you, it’s so easy to work out in a really undisciplined way. I’ve given myself crazy tennis elbow just from being idiotic when you’re trying to lift too-heavy weights,” The Lighthouse star joked.

Pattinson is a big fan of easy exercises, and said that a quick workout in his hotel room can have the same results as a full gym session.

“I think simple stuff works the best. If you’re in hotel rooms all the time, planking is such an incredible thing to do. It’s really meditative as well. You don’t have to think about. It’s difficult to do it wrong, and the results are pretty incredible,” he explained.

However, he confessed that it takes him a while to get the motivation to start exercise, and likes to double down on his efforts closer to the beginning of filming.

“I think I have a similar thing to most people where I’ll dread working out,” he stated. “But in general, just before a job, it’s almost always a question of leaning down really quickly. So I’ll wait till the last possible minute, and then do (an) extreme lean-down in two weeks.”

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John Cena describes working with Jackie Chan as ‘one of the best experiences in my life’

John Cena found working with Jackie Chan on their upcoming movie Project X-Traction to be one of the greatest experiences of his life.The Chinese-American action film, directed by Scott Waugh, follows private security contractor Luo Feng, played by Cha…

John Cena found working with Jackie Chan on their upcoming movie Project X-Traction to be one of the greatest experiences of his life.

The Chinese-American action film, directed by Scott Waugh, follows private security contractor Luo Feng, played by Chan, as he joins forces with Cena’s character, former U.S. Marine Chris Van Horne, to foil a plot by a group of terrorists in Iraq.

The WWE wrestler discussed his time working with the 65-year-old movie legend with Collider, and called it “one of the best experiences” of his life.

“It was enlightening… it’s f**king awesome. Jackie is once-in-a-generation,” Cena shared, saying he could spend all day singing the praises of the Rush Hour star. “He’s certainly our generation’s great physical storyteller. It’s awesome and at his age; he defies age. He defies time. He is always creative. No job is too small. He will sweep the floor. He treats his crew like family.

“I could waste every minute you have saying the praises of Jackie Chan and I believe he’s underappreciated in America.”

The 42-year-old confessed working with Chan on a stunt for Project X-Traction was a learning curve, but he was so enamoured with the Shanghai Noon star that he’d immediately team up with him again if he got the chance.

“He has taught me and helped me more ways than he will ever know in one experience. If I ever get a chance to do it again… if it’s like, ‘Hey, Jackie wants to do this,’ I’m sold. It’s that effective,” he touchingly stated. “He’s just awesome to be around.”

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Rosie Perez kept filming Birds of Prey fight scene despite injury

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Be…

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.

The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress.

The stars were required to embark on serious physical training to prepare for the movie, but Perez suffered an injury on the first day.

“After over 30 years of dancing, choreographing and doing martial arts, I thought my body was done,” she shared with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I was a bit panicked about it and on my first training day, the meniscus disc in my knee tore. I’m a grown-a*s woman and I was in tears – it was more about letting the squad down, letting Margot, Jurnee, and Mary down.”

The 55-year-old continued to train while attending physical rehab, but the injury returned again during a fight scene with Robbie. However, Perez was determined not to let her injury stand in the way of the sequence and simply carried on.

“My knee blew out again, when I had a fight with Margot and I went, ‘Oh, no, no, no!’ I looked over at Margot and she goes, ‘You’re okay.’ That is what your corner does in boxing,” the star recalled. “I was like, ‘There’s no freaking way I’m going to let this scene go. There’s no way, I’m better than that.’ I could take the punches and, literally, we were kicking each other.”

Meanwhile, the Do the Right Thing star also heaped praise on her co-stars, director Cathy Yan, and the crew for creating a supportive atmosphere on set and stated that the experience “reignited the power I already had”.

Birds of Prey is in cinemas now.

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Eva Longoria: ‘Directing is a challenge’

Eva Longoria has found directing to be very challenging.The Desperate Housewives actress, who first tried her hand at directing with episodes of TV shows such as Black-ish and Jane the Virgin, is making her feature film directorial debut with the comed…

Eva Longoria has found directing to be very challenging.

The Desperate Housewives actress, who first tried her hand at directing with episodes of TV shows such as Black-ish and Jane the Virgin, is making her feature film directorial debut with the comedy 24-7, which she will follow up with biopic Flamin’ Hot.

Longoria has found directing to be difficult, so to aid the process, she has surrounded herself by the best possible crew.

“Directing is a challenge — period,” Longoria told Yahoo Entertainment. “You have to be prepared no matter who you are, male or female… there are so many obstacles women face — second-guessing and sexism still persists… you just got to hire the right people to surround yourself with. I’ve had amazing experiences with (directors of photography) and crews supporting me. But I know that’s not universal. And I’ve heard those horror stories.”

Flamin’ Hot is a biopic about Richard Montanez, a Mexican immigrant and former janitor at Frito-Lay who invented the spicy Cheetos flavour and worked his way up the business.

The 44-year-old explained that she wanted to direct the project because it is important for her to represent the Latinx community onscreen.

“I got the job because I was prepared and I was authentic with my point of view,” she continued. “Richard Montanez’s story is my story. And it’s many people’s stories. When people say, ‘…you know, people who look like you won’t get the shot,’ that’s when you try harder. I really loved that aspect of it. And I think they respected my point of view and how I wanted to make the movie.”

Longoria is also producing and starring in 24-7 alongside Kerry Washington. It follows a group of accountants who band together to solve a fraud case.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga thrilled with Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record…

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

An audio clip has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Billie’s YouTube channel, and accordingly, Fukunaga is very impressed with what the 18-year-old and her producer brother Finneas came up with for his blockbuster.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,” he praised. “Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

Billie will debut the track live at the BRIT Awards, accompanied by Finneas, composer Hans Zimmer and the Smiths star Johnny Marr, in London next week. And the Bad Guy hitmaker still can’t believe she has recorded a Bond theme.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” she shared, while her sibling added: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

The brother and sister duo join the likes of Shirley Bassey, Sam Smith, and Adele in recording Bond themes.

No Time to Die, which stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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