Anthony Hopkins to portray Mike Tyson’s legendary trainer in biopic

Anthony Hopkins is stepping into the boxing ring to portray Mike Tyson’s famed trainer in a new biopic.The Silence of the Lambs star has been cast as Cus D’Amato in Cus And Mike, based on author Montieth Illingworth’s book, Mike Tyson: Money, Myth, and…

Anthony Hopkins is stepping into the boxing ring to portray Mike Tyson’s famed trainer in a new biopic.

The Silence of the Lambs star has been cast as Cus D’Amato in Cus And Mike, based on author Montieth Illingworth’s book, Mike Tyson: Money, Myth, and Betrayal.

The film will explore the relationship between the pair and how D’Amato, who died in 1985, served as a tough father figure for Tyson, shaping him into a boxing great who became the youngest heavyweight title winner in sporting history at the age of 20.

According to editors at Deadline, filmmaker Nick Cassavetes adapted the story from an original screenplay by Desmond Nakano, and will also direct the project.

“This is an absolute dream scenario for me,” Cassavetes shared in a statement. “An opportunity to work with Sir Anthony in a movie about two of my all-time heroes, Cus D’Amato and Mike Tyson, the most ferocious (and my favourite) fighter who ever lived? In a story about father figures that disappear too soon? I’m in heaven… It should be one for the ages…”

The role of the troubled, young Tyson, who D’Amato discovered in New York at the age of 13 in the 1980s, has yet to be cast.

Hopkins is the latest actor to be attached to a project about D’Amato. In 2018, Bruce Willis signed on to play the trainer in a separate movie, which was pegged as the directorial debut for former Homeland star Rupert Friend.

Martin Scorsese had also previously been reported to be teaming up with Jamie Foxx to make a biopic about D’Amato, who was played onscreen by George C. Scott in 1995 TV movie Tyson.

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Rodarte offers up vampire chic for fall 20 collection

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they h…

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.

A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.

To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.

Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.

Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.

Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.

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Jonathan Pryce reluctant to play look-alike Pope Francis

Jonathan Pryce was approached to portray Pope Francis on the day the Pontiff became leader of the Catholic Church but he was reluctant to consider the part.The Pirates of Caribbean actor stars alongside fellow Welshman Anthony Hopkins in the new film T…

Jonathan Pryce was approached to portray Pope Francis on the day the Pontiff became leader of the Catholic Church but he was reluctant to consider the part.

The Pirates of Caribbean actor stars alongside fellow Welshman Anthony Hopkins in the new film The Two Popes, which imagines what might have been said in private during three known encounters between Cardinal Bergoglio – the soon-to-be Pope Francis – and Pope Benedict before the latter abdicated from the Papacy.

Pryce was approached about playing Pope Francis, who he bears a resemblance to, on the day he became the new Pope but his initial reaction was a no.

“The day he was created Pope, there was a call from Argentina and they came from Argentina to meet me,” he told Deadline. “The day he was announced (as Pope), my photograph was next to his, and even one of my sons called me and said, ‘Dad, are you the Pope?’ So, the seeds were laid then.”

He agreed to the role when he learned City of God director Fernando Meirelles was helming the project and Hopkins had signed on as his co-star.

“My agent called me and said, ‘You’ve been offered the role of Pope Francis,’ and I said, ‘God, I don’t want to do that,'” the 72-year-old recalled. “I was quite reluctant to even think about it. And then, I could see what a good script it was, and a great story; even if this hadn’t been a living person, if it was a work of fiction, it would still be a great story.

“But when I was told Fernando Meirelles was directing it, I felt this was not going to be a biopic, it was going to have a great energy and a life to it that he brought to his other films… so, that whole package made me feel very confident that it was something I wanted to do.”

The Two Popes will be released on Netflix on 20 December after a short theatrical run.

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The Two Popes tops AARP awards nominations

The Two Popes has topped the nominations list for the 2019 American Association of Retired Persons’ Movies for Grownups Awards.The drama, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, has landed seven nominations, inclu…

The Two Popes has topped the nominations list for the 2019 American Association of Retired Persons’ Movies for Grownups Awards.

The drama, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, has landed seven nominations, including top film, while the veterans have both been honoured with acting nods, and director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Anthony McCarten have each landed mentions, too.

The Two Popes will go up against A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Farewell, and The Irishman for the top film prize, while The Irishman’s Robert De Niro will compete with Pryce for the Best Actor award, and Al Pacino will fight over Best Supporting Actor with Hopkins, among others.

De Niro and Pacino’s gangster thriller scored six nominations, as did Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, while Little Women snagged five.

Tony Danza will host the awards at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in California on 11 January, when Annette Bening will be honoured for her career achievements.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

Best Movie for Grownups:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Bombshell

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Farewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert (Frankie)

Helen Mirren (The Good Liar)

Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell)

Alfre Woodard (Clemency)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor:

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)

Robert De Niro (The Irishman)

Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Nicole Kidman (Bombshell)

Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)

Best Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Al Pacino (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Director:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Readers’ Choice:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Bombshell

Downton Abbey

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

The Irishman

The Two Popes

Best Ensemble:

Bombshell

Dolemite Is My Name

Downton Abbey

Knives Out

Little Women

Best Intergenerational Movie:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Little Women

Parasite

The Etruscan Smile

The Farewell

Best Buddy Picture:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Ford v Ferrari

Just Mercy

The Lighthouse

The Two Popes

Best Screenwriter:

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)

Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

Best Time Capsule:

Harriet

Judy

Little Women

Motherless Brooklyn

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Documentary:

Apollo 11

Ask Dr. Ruth

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

The Apollo

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Best Foreign-Language Film:

An Unexpected Love (Argentina)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

The Farewell (U.S.)

The Unorthodox (Israel)

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Matt Dillon tapped to star in Brioni campaign

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris. Titled Tailoring Legends, one …

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris.

Titled Tailoring Legends, one of the black-and-white campaign images depicts Dillon looking directly at the camera while standing in a suit and tie, while another shows him glancing sideways while sitting in a chair and sporting a suit and sneakers.

“(The) images highlight the strong personality of the actor who brings his individual sense of style to a selection of the brand’s finest tailoring, ready-to-wear and eveningwear,” a brand representative said in a statement. “Considered one of the most respected actors of his generation, Dillon reinforces the brand’s bond with Hollywood.”

In the photos, Dillon is also seen wearing a trench coat, a smart jacket, as well as a black shirt and blazer combination.

In landing the prestigious gig, the 55-year-old follows in the footsteps of previous campaign stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Hopkins, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The casting of Dillon continues Brioni’s return to its classic tailoring roots after former creative director, Justin O’Shea, launched a number of edgy ads with heavy rockers Metallica during his six-month stint at the helm in mid-2016.

Known for his versatility and roles in films like My Bodyguard, Crash, and There’s Something About Mary, Dillon most recently appeared onscreen in movies Head Full of Honey, Running for Grace, and The House That Jack Built. He is now working on action-drama Proxima and biographical crime-drama, Fonzo.

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Chris Hemsworth once asked Tom Cruise for career advice

Chris Hemsworth once plucked up the courage and asked Tom Cruise for career advice.The former soap opera actor has established himself as a superstar in Hollywood, and worked alongside some of the biggest names in the business, including Anthony Hopkin…

Chris Hemsworth once plucked up the courage and asked Tom Cruise for career advice.

The former soap opera actor has established himself as a superstar in Hollywood, and worked alongside some of the biggest names in the business, including Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Bridges and his The Avengers co-star Robert Downey Jr.

But it was a chance meeting with movie legend Cruise that prompted Hemsworth to ask him about movie-making, and what drove him in the business.

“I asked Tom Cruise years ago what drove him to make certain decisions on films. He said, ‘I just want people to see my movies. I don’t want to put that much blood, sweat and tears into it, and have it come and go,'” he recalled to Variety.

Cruise is well known for his outstanding work ethic, as he performs most of his breathtaking stunts himself, including scaling the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011.

Hemsworth shares the same viewpoint as the Top Gun star and told editors at Variety that he still wants his fans to see his movies in the cinema, rather than at home.

“I just love the theatrical experience. I think there’s nothing quite like it, and the industry will change in a big way if we don’t get people to the cinema,” the 35-year-old explained.

The father-of-three echoed those sentiments in a recent Instagram post, uploaded as he landed in Indonesia to begin the massive press tour for his latest movie, Men in Black: International.

“This is the first time ever for a major studio to bring cast for film promotion to Indonesia. Pretty exciting to be a part of history this week hitting such a massive market in the film industry,” Hemsworth wrote.

Men in Black: International hits cinemas from 12 June.

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Pierce Brosnan tapped to front Brioni campaign

Pierce Brosnan has been unveiled as the new face of fashion house Brioni.The 65-year-old actor suits up for a series of black-and-white images for the Italian label’s autumn Tailoring Legends advertising campaign, in which he models both tailored cloth…

Pierce Brosnan has been unveiled as the new face of fashion house Brioni.

The 65-year-old actor suits up for a series of black-and-white images for the Italian label’s autumn Tailoring Legends advertising campaign, in which he models both tailored clothing and sportswear.

The striking portraits were shot in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris, the same photographer who captured the two previous faces of the brand, Anthony Hopkins and Samuel L. Jackson, over the last 18 months.

It marks the latest development in a long-standing partnership between the menswear company and Pierce, who was dressed by the brand in his first outing as James Bond in GoldenEye in 1995 and the three subsequent Bond films he appeared in.

The fashion house was also responsible for suiting and booting Daniel Craig in his first Bond film, Casino Royale.

The casting of Pierce continues Brioni’s return to its classic tailoring roots after former creative director, Justin O’Shea, launched a number of edgy ads with heavy rockers Metallica during his six-month stint at the helm.

The Kering Group-owned brand subsequently appointed Nina-Maria Nitsche in 2017, who began the shift back to older Hollywood legends, hiring Pulp Fiction star Samuel, 69, to front the spring 17 advertisements and 80-year-old Anthony as the face of the brand for the past two seasons.

Nina-Marie exited the company in July following Brioni’s spring show, however, no successor has yet been named.

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