Captain Marvel sequel officially in the works

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior. C…

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior.

Captain Marvel, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou, raked in more than $1 billion (£761 million) at the worldwide box office, and its huge success has now spawned a sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel executives have tapped Megan McDonnell to write the script and she is in final negotiations to seal her deal.

The action will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day and Marvel bosses are eyeing a 2022 release date.

McDonnell is also part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which was recently bumped up from a 2021 release date and will now be on the streaming service later this year.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directed Captain Marvel and it has been reported that they won’t return for the follow-up. They wrote the original script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve.

Larson, who last appeared as Captain Marvel in the huge ensemble blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has yet to comment on the news.

Back in December, she played down rumours of a sequel and told Variety that she was just looking forward to time off from the extensive press tours surrounding the Marvel movies.

“I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting,” she said. “I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!”

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Annette Bening ‘enjoyed every moment’ working on Captain Marvel

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surpr…

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surprised Hollywood with her role in this year’s Marvel blockbuster, opposite Brie Larson and Jude Law.

However, she confessed she loved playing the dual role of Supreme Intelligence and Dr. Wendy Lawson in Captain Marvel, and revealed it was a refreshing change to be in a superhero movie.

“It was complete, total fun,” Annette told Deadline. “Often people say it must be fun to be in movies and you always want to say yes, but sometimes it’s just not fun. Sometimes it’s just b**ody hard work. But in this case, I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to die in the dirt and I got to dance.”

The 61-year-old noted that while her co-stars, including Brie, spent months on set, she just “waltzed in and did my thing.”

“And I just had so much fun. God, that was so great, I really enjoyed it,” she added. “I just enjoyed it, every moment quite frankly.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Annette discussed her role of Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fact-based political drama The Report, which focuses on staffer Daniel Jones, played by Adam Driver, and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks.

She told Deadline that she signed up after her first meeting with writer and director Scott Z. Burns and is “very grateful” to be featured in the film.

“It’s very hard to make a political film that gets you in your gut. I just feel very lucky that Scott asked me to do it, and I’m very grateful to him and to everybody who worked on the movie,” she added.

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Kevin Costner suing over profits from his movie Open Range

Kevin Costner has filed a $12 million (£9.7 million) lawsuit relating to the profits of his movie Open Range.The 2003 Western film, which Costner directed, co-produced, and starred in, cost less than $28 million (£23 million) to make, with the develo…

Kevin Costner has filed a $12 million (£9.7 million) lawsuit relating to the profits of his movie Open Range.

The 2003 Western film, which Costner directed, co-produced, and starred in, cost less than $28 million (£23 million) to make, with the development of the project personally funded by the actor.

However, according to legal documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Costner is now suing distributor Cobalt Pictures, Kew Media Group, and several other associates, via his Open Range Productions company. He has claimed to have lost out in regards to millions of dollars worth of profits and alleged that he has never been given an accounting statement.

Costner, 64, described the movie, which also featured Robert Duvall and Annette Bening, as “one of the best and most popular Western movies of all time”, and claimed Open Range brought in “well over $1 billion in worldwide gross revenue”.

His attorney Howard Kaplan asserted that Costner negotiated to finance part of the movie and took a significant pay cut to ensure “that profit participants could start collecting their earnings sooner”.

Under the deal, Open Range Productions would collect 70 per cent of the revenue in perpetuity.

Costner estimates the shortfall in profits is at least $9.7 million and alleges that Cobalt Pictures failed to provide the accounting statements required by their agreement, and also went on to negotiate distribution rights online without the Dances with Wolves star’s consent.

The two-time Oscar winner is suing for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the obligation of good faith and fair dealing and conversion, and is seeking $12 million in general and special damages, plus punitive damages.

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Annette Bening in talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile. According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character be…

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile.

According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character bears that name in Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same, or the 1978 movie adaptation.

It has been speculated by social media users that Euphemia could be the new name for alcoholic romance novelist Salome Otterbourne or the fiery widow Miss Van Schuyler, who were played by Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis, respectively, in the original film.

Bening would join a star-studded cast which includes Gadot as heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Hammer as her husband Simon Doyle, as well as Black Panther’s Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne.

Branagh, who previously helmed another Agatha Christie movie adaptation, 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, will once again direct and star as the mystery writer’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery on a luxury cruise through Egypt. Tom Bateman also returns as his friend Bouc.

Branagh has once again hired Michael Green to write the screenplay from Christie’s novel. Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Gordon will produce. Filming is due to begin later this year ahead of a cinema release in October 2020.

Bening, who most recently starred in superhero movie Captain Marvel, will next be seen in drama The Report with Adam Driver, Georgetown alongside Christoph Waltz, and thriller Turn of Mind, with Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Annette Bening was a Marvel novice before signing on to Captain Marvel

Annette Bening needed a crash course to understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe before filming began on Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is best known for critically acclaimed dramas and comedies like American Beauty, Film Stars Don’t Die in…

Annette Bening needed a crash course to understand the Marvel Cinematic Universe before filming began on Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is best known for critically acclaimed dramas and comedies like American Beauty, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Kids Are All Right, but has swapped her usual genres for the new superhero flick.

Playing Supreme Intelligence in the Brie Larson-fronted film, 60-year-old Bening admitted to New York Post’s Page Six that she was a little out of her comfort zone in the role.

“Me, a Marvel movie? No idea I’d ever do something like Captain Marvel. I needed a crash course to understand what I was doing,” she smiled. “My stuff’s mostly with Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel. The way she does it is that she insists it’s real for her. That it’s grounded in the story… My way to do this was to relate to it on a personal, human level.”

Talking about the movie to U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert recently, the actress also revealed that she roped in her kids Stephen, 27, Benjamin, 24, Isabel, 22, and 18-year-old Ella, who she has with husband Warren Beatty, to help explain the plot.

“When I read the script, I did find it slightly confusing,” she said. “However, I took into my confidence, and the confidence of the entire Disney corporation, two of my kids. Who I then told the story to, and asked them to please explain to me what the hell was going on.”

Captain Marvel hits cinemas from 6 March (19).

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Jamie Bell set to play Bernie Taupin in Elton John biopic

Jamie Bell is set to play songwriter Bernie Taupin in upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman.To be directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film will explore the music icon’s early years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through to his influential and e…

Jamie Bell is set to play songwriter Bernie Taupin in upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman.

To be directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film will explore the music icon’s early years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through to his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie.

Welsh actor Taron Egerton has been tapped to play Elton, with Variety reporting on Wednesday (20Jun18) that Jamie is in final negotiations to portray famed lyricist Bernie.

Elton and Bernie met in 1967 when they both answered an advertisement placed in a U.K. music publication seeking new songwriters. They have since collaborated on more than 30 albums, with Bernie writing lyrics for hit songs such as Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets, Daniel, and Your Song.

In addition, Bernie rewrote the lyrics to Candle in the Wind in 1997 as a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Famously, the 1991 documentary Two Rooms described Elton and Bernie’s unconventional writing style, which typically involved Bernie penning the lyrics on his own and Elton later putting them to music, with no interaction between the two.

In recent years, the duo have continued with the same creative process, though Bernie, 68, has joined Elton in the studio as the songs are written and sometimes during recording sessions.

Eddie the Eagle director Dexter will be working from a screenplay written by Lee Hall, with Elton, 71, and his husband David Furnish to produce alongside Kingsman: The Secret Service filmmaker Matthew Vaughn.

On Wednesday, Taron also indicated that production on the flick had begun, posting an image of him in what appears to be a costume with wings on his Twitter page.

“Here we go. #Rocketman @eltonofficial @ParamountPics,” he captioned the snap.

Jamie, who rose to prominence for his debut role in 2000 film Billy Elliot, was most recently seen onscreen in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA nomination.

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Annette Bening joins cast of Captain Marvel

Annette Bening is stepping into the world of superheroes by joining the cast of Captain Marvel. The American Beauty star will join Brie Larson in the Marvel Comics film adaptation, with Variety suggesting she will most likely play the mother of Larson…

Annette Bening is stepping into the world of superheroes by joining the cast of Captain Marvel.

The American Beauty star will join Brie Larson in the Marvel Comics film adaptation, with Variety suggesting she will most likely play the mother of Larson’s character Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who discovers superpowers when her DNA is accidentally fused with that of an alien. It marks the four-time Oscar nominee’s first foray into the comic book world.

Bening joins a cast which also includes Jude Law, as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, Ben Mendelsohn as the lead villain, and Humans star Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, the alter ego of Doctor Minerva, a geneticist from the alien race Kree, who serves as an antagonist.

A number of famous Marvel faces will reprise their roles for the movie, including Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. members Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, respectively, and Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace as Korath the Pursuer and Ronan the Accuser, the characters they played in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The superhero movie, which will be set in the ’90s, putting it before the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, is being directed by Mississippi Grind’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and is currently in production.

Captain Marvel hits cinemas in March 2019, two months before the character is set to be introduced in the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, an appearance which was teased in the movie’s post-credits scene.

Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently confirmed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that they wanted to “save her reveal” for the next movie, with Anthony adding: “She will be a part of the MCU at that point. And part of the promise of these movies is that they are a road forward for all the films.”

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Saoirse Ronan wows in white at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018

Saoirse Ronan rocked the red carpet at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018 on Monday night (05Jan18).The Irish actress attended the event held at the Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in support of her movie Lady Bird, which had been nomi…

Saoirse Ronan rocked the red carpet at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018 on Monday night (05Jan18).

The Irish actress attended the event held at the Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in support of her movie Lady Bird, which had been nominated in several categories, and also acted as a presenter.

Proving her style credentials once again, Saoirse opted for a minimalist white dress from Narciso Rodriguez, which she matched with strappy black Charlotte Olympia shoes.

The 23-year-old topped off her ensemble with sparkly teardrop-shaped earrings from Nikos Koulis.

Saoirse posed alongside Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig on the red carpet, with the filmmaker sporting a tangerine dress with bow detail on the bodice from Cardinali, as well as Laurie Metcalf, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress award on the night for her performance in the coming-of-age drama.

Laurie looked elegant in an emerald green dress by Yanina Couture that featured detailed embroidery on the bodice, and accessorised her ensemble with black high heel pumps.

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren turned heads in a dark blue long-sleeved dress from Reem Acra. The British star, who is currently promoting her movie Winchester, was honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the bash, joining a list of previous winners including Morgan Freeman, Kevin Costner, and Susan Sarandon.

Other celebrities to get dressed up included Jane Seymour, who donned a shiny silver bandage dress, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran, who dazzled in a pretty blue Georges Chakra Couture gown that was comprised of layers of tulle fabric.

Get Out star Betty Gabriel rocked a pale pink dress with lip motifs on the skirt from Sachin & Babi, while Annette Bening kept it classic in a cream suit and white button-up shirt.

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