Kumail Nanjiani passed up minor Marvel roles to fulfil superhero dreams

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Heal…

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.

The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Health magazine that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow comedy actors Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, who have carved out successful Marvel careers.

After he was passed over for a part in Marvel’s TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kumail was determined not to be cast in nerdy sidekick roles, so decided to wait until a bigger part came his way.

“It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of a Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero,'” he explained.

The Big Sick star appears alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden in Eternals, and his character is part of a group of cosmic-powered beings who are sworn to protect Earth.

Kumail’s superhero character Kingo disguises his powers by becoming a successful Bollywood star, and he confessed that he based his performance on Bruce Willis’ iconic role as wry police officer John McClane from 1988’s Die Hard, which is one of his favourite films.

“That movie’s life-or-death, and Eternals is life-or-death, too. I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it feel like you’re making fun of the whole thing?'” he explained.

Eternals will hit cinemas in November.

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Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for Eternals

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses…

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.

The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses on the Eternals, a group of immortal aliens who have been living on Earth for more than 7,000 years.

In a recent interview on Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, Kumail revealed that he took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for a huge scene in the upcoming movie which involves his character, Kingo, strutting his stuff.

“A lot of it takes place in the present day,” he explained. “My character, for instance, is like ‘OK we’re supposed to keep a low profile, no one should know.’ So I become a Bollywood movie star, that’s my secret identity.”

“We’re supposed to keep quiet and I’ve become the biggest Bollywood movie star,” Kumail laughed, before adding that he had to undergo tough training for the Bollywood number alongside more than 50 South Asian dancers.

“I was like, we went from, like, none of us, to so many in one scene!” he joked. “I took months of Bollywood dance classes to prepare for that. It’s really a workout… and you know, there’s like 52 dancers, and 51 of them are professional dancers, and then there’s me!”

The Pakistani-American star hit the headlines last year when he revealed the new ripped physique he achieved through training for the upcoming superhero movie.

Eternals is set to be released in November.

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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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Margot Robbie joins Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under …

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.

It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will reportedly follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Robbie will join Bale on the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie are reportedly being eyed for roles.

It was previously reported that the Australian actress, who was up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, was being touted as one of the leading ladies on the movie, alongside Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with 20th Century Studios.

The filmmaker likes to reunite with actors he has already worked with on past movies. For example, Russell and Bale previously collaborated on The Fighter and American Hustle to great success.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

This marks part of Russell’s comeback after he took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood following the release of his movie Joy in 2015. He is also working on an adaptation of 2013 novel The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

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Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Marvel boss Kevin Feige: ‘Martin Scorsese criticism won’t alter way we make movies’

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has insisted Martin Scorsese’s criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) won’t affect the studio’s output.The Irishman director sparked a huge backlash from Marvel fans and stars such as Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffal…

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has insisted Martin Scorsese’s criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) won’t affect the studio’s output.

The Irishman director sparked a huge backlash from Marvel fans and stars such as Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo when he called the movies “not cinema” in a recent interview with Britain’s Empire magazine.

Scorsese addressed the controversy in an essay for The New York Times last week, claiming he did not want to attack the artistry of those involved but emphasised that such blockbusters are not to his taste.

Marvel Studios president Feige opened up about the controversy in an interview on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast on Sunday and insisted the veteran filmmaker is “entitled to his opinion” but described his remarks as “unfortunate”.

“I think it’s unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theatre full of people,” he said. “Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion… I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies.”

Addressing Scorsese’s comment that “nothing is at risk” in Marvel films, Feige noted that the studio killed off half their cast in Avengers: Infinity War – although they were largely brought back in the follow-up, Endgame.

He also stated that The Eternals, the upcoming movie starring Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, was a big risk.

“It is a very big movie. It is a very expensive movie… That’s a risk if I’ve ever heard one,” the producer commented.

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Angelina Jolie: ‘My body has been through a lot’

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2…

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.

The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2016.

And in a candid interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Angelina revealed that the heartache has taken its toll on her physically and mentally.

“My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years,” she explained, referencing her well-publicised break-up from the Hollywood actor. “I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it. The invisible ones are harder to wrestle with. Life takes many turns. Sometimes you get hurt, you see those you love in pain, and you can’t be as free and open as your spirit desires.

“It’s not new or old, but I do feel the blood returning to my body.”

The Oscar winner also opened up about her determination to inspire women to challenge themselves.

“I think the challenge is to ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do and do it. Don’t just be comfortable with what is generally accepted, but find the new,” the 44-year-old urged. “Find your oxygen, your originality, your own voice. Live more fully. Rebel. Resist. Question. Be curious. Explore. Go outside what is comfortable to you. Say the thing you’ve been afraid to say.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Angelina, who is mother to six children, touched upon the custody arrangement she and Brad have hammered out since their split.

“I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18. Right now, I’m having to base where their father chooses to live,” she explained, hinting that the 55-year-old has requested she stay in the U.S. with their brood.

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Angelina Jolie thought of her daughters for tender Maleficent scenes with Elle Fanning

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress …

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.

The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Wednesday, and Angelina confessed it was easy to play a protector in the film because she is always looking out for her children in real life.

“Being a mother, you want your child to be safe and so protection is probably where I am the most,” the Oscar winner said, surrounded by her kids at the screening. “Elle, or (character) Aurora, is a very different girl from any of my girls, but my willingness to fight for whatever they need to feel protected is, for me, what a mum does.”

Angelina also opened up about taking her young co-star paintballing with her children during the sequel shoot, adding, “We didn’t tell production (staff)… They get mad at me.”

Elle, 21, recently told InStyle magazine she witnessed Angelina’s “aggressive” side on the paintballing day out, revealing, “I had never gone paintballing before and we were in full-on armour. We were the only people in the place, with all of her kids.

“She and I were not on the same team. I was so bad. I hit their security guard in the neck – and he was on my team! Angelina’s really good.”

“I can’t remember if I shot her,” the 44-year-old chuckled at the premiere. “I probably did. I wouldn’t have stopped if she was in my sights.”

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Angelina Jolie opens up about iconic leg-baring Oscars dress

Angelina Jolie has opened up for the first time about the iconic leg-baring dress she wore to the Oscars in 2012.The actress wore the racy black Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high split to the 84th Academy Awards, and became a social media sensation …

Angelina Jolie has opened up for the first time about the iconic leg-baring dress she wore to the Oscars in 2012.

The actress wore the racy black Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high split to the 84th Academy Awards, and became a social media sensation and spawned the @AngiesRightLeg Twitter account when she powerfully posed with her right leg prominently on display.

Five years later, she’s finally revealed that she simply felt comfortable and confident in the dress while walking the red carpet with her then-husband Brad Pitt.

Angelina told Extra that there was another dress she was due to wear, but it was more “complicated”.

“There’s a whole longer story behind that. I had a more complicated dress and I wore the more comfortable dress, which was that one, and I think I was just so comfortable that… I think when you feel comfortable, when you feel yourself,” the 44-year-old explained. “You embrace it. And sometimes, maybe it appears to be a thing, I don’t know.”

She went on to add that she simply dressed for the theme of the red carpet, which also featured Gwyneth Paltrow’s white caped Tom Ford dress, Emma Stone’s flame-red Giambattista Valli Haute Couture high-necked creation, and Cameron Diaz’s strapless nude Gucci gown.

“You never know if it’s going to be pink in theme, because it could be,” Angelina continued, before revealing that her custom-made Versace dress actually had more secret slits in it.

“I have some panels that are see-through, so we have a secret slit, actually,” she shared.

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