Barack and Michelle Obama teaming with Russo brothers on new movie – report

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S Pre…

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.

Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S President included the fantasy drama on his list of best books.

The fourth novel from Pakistani writer Hamid tackles the global refugee crisis as it follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who are forced to flee an unidentified war-torn city in the Middle East following violent clashes between guerrillas and the government.

The duo then joins a group of migrants and travel to safe havens around the world, including Greece and California, using a system of guarded magical doors.

According to editors at Collider, the Obamas’ company Higher Ground Productions is teaming up with the Avengers: Endgame directors’ AGBO banner to produce the feature adaption for the streaming giant.

Riz Ahmed is reportedly attached to star, with Yann Demange helming the project.

A rep for the Russo Brothers has yet to comment on the report.

The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was originally tapped to direct in a first-look deal, but duties have since been passed to White Boy Rick filmmaker Demange.

Mike Larocca will produce alongside Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, while a new writer is expected to be hired to work on the adaptation in the near future.

The Russo brothers recently wrapped production on crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, while the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions was behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory.

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Katherine Langford: ‘Cutting my scenes from Avengers: Endgame made sense’

Katherine Langford has no issue with her scenes in Avengers: Endgame ending up on the cutting room floor because she can still treasure the memory of working with Robert Downey Jr..The 13 Reasons Why star was recruited to portray Iron Man/Tony Stark’s …

Katherine Langford has no issue with her scenes in Avengers: Endgame ending up on the cutting room floor because she can still treasure the memory of working with Robert Downey Jr..

The 13 Reasons Why star was recruited to portray Iron Man/Tony Stark’s grown-up daughter Morgan in the 2019 movie, but when the film hit theatres in April, she was nowhere to be seen.

Opening up about being cut from the highest-grossing film of all time, the Australian actress said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the decision made sense and doesn’t take away from her “amazing” experience on set.

“I’m such a huge fan of the Marvel films and the Russo brothers so when Marvel reached out to me to play Iron Man’s daughter that was such an honour,” she said. “Ultimately it didn’t make it into the film and creatively that makes sense and that’s totally fine. I was just content with having the memory in my head. To play with Robert Downey Jr on the last scene he was Iron Man, on the last day that he was Iron Man, that was just amazing… He was amazing, it’s the biggest franchise in the world and it was the biggest set I’d ever walked on to. He was just so cool and so elegant.”

The 23-year-old is thrilled that Disney bosses put their deleted scene on the Disney+ streaming service because fans demanded to see it.

“That’s what I was told, it was out because people wanted to see it,” Katherine added. “Which is just really cool.”

Avengers: Endgame director Joe and Anthony Russo previously explained that the scene, in which Tony and a now-teenage Morgan briefly reconnect in the Soul World after he dies, got cut because test audiences found it too confusing and “we didn’t feel an emotional association with the adult version of his daughter.”

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Avengers: Endgame directors set for cinematography honour

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be celebrated by the Cinematographers Guild for their work on the blockbuster.The film became the highest-grossing film of all time earlier this year and now its makers will receive the Internation…

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be celebrated by the Cinematographers Guild for their work on the blockbuster.

The film became the highest-grossing film of all time earlier this year and now its makers will receive the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award at the 57th Annual Publicists Awards on 22 February.

“Anthony and Joe Russo have made a huge impact in cinema with the record-breaking Avengers and Captain America films,” Lewis Rothenberg, national president of the ICG, said in a statement.

“They have taken audiences around the world on a wild journey with their unique and imaginative brand of storytelling and are two of the most exciting innovators in our industry today. We are thrilled to celebrate their cinematic showmanship and commitment to nurturing new talent.”

In addition to the Marvel releases like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, as well as Avengers: Infinity War, the pair recently joined forces for the Arabic drama Mosul and are also set to direct Cherry, starring Tom Holland.

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Joe Russo: ‘Removing Spider-Man from Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tragic mistake’

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn…

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off. This meant that the web-slinging superhero, played by Tom Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

Yet, during an interview with the Toronto Sun, Russo, who directed Holland as Spider-Man in three MCU films with his brother Anthony, said Sony leaders were making a mistake if they thought they could replicate the genius of Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” he said. “But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

The Russo brothers directed Holland’s first appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and Anthony admitted they weren’t surprised that the deal fell apart.

“It was so difficult to get him into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process,” the filmmaker added. “But we were driven to help make it happen. But Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that, and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

Holland has assured fans that he will still be playing the superhero in Sony’s movies.

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Russo Brothers were determined to make Arabic-language movie Mosul ‘authentic’

The Russo Brothers faced big challenges in making their new Arabic-language movie Mosul as authentic as possible.The movie, directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, is based on a 2017 article in The New Yorker titled The Avengers of Mosul, which chronicle…

The Russo Brothers faced big challenges in making their new Arabic-language movie Mosul as authentic as possible.

The movie, directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, is based on a 2017 article in The New Yorker titled The Avengers of Mosul, which chronicles the members of an elite Iraqi SWAT team who are battling members of ISIS in the Iraqi city.

It premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, with Joe and Anthony Russo serving as producers on the passion project, which stars Suhail Dabbach and Adam Bessa.

Speaking to Deadline, Anthony admitted it was director Matthew’s idea to make the film entirely in Arabic.

“I think that was part of his process of trying to make it as authentic to the actual experience as possible,” he explained. “We are not Iraqis, so we are quite removed from that experience. So, any opportunity we can find on a creative level – any creative technique that we can employ to get us closer to that authentic story – was really valuable.”

“The second (Matthew) brought up doing the movie in Arabic, Joe and I were like, ‘That’s genius. We have to do it,'” Anthony added.

Mosul is Matthew’s directorial debut, and the World War Z writer was keen to get the tone right for the fact-based drama.

“If we’re going to tell the story of these guys, then we’re in for a penny, and in for a pound. We have to do it in their mother tongue because there’s something to hearing that same humanity in a completely foreign language,” the filmmaker explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Anthony noted it will be difficult for an Arabic movie to find an audience – an issue he and his brother Joe did not have to anticipate with Avengers: Endgame, which has become the highest-grossing film ever.

“I think it’s the story behind the film that’s going to draw a lot of people in. The fact that you feel like this movie is important and that people should see it, I think is probably the most important factor in whether or not people are going to see this movie,” he stated.

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Avengers: Endgame directors plead for fans’ help after footage leaks online

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the w…

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.

The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the world from 24 April (19).

However, after some footage from the movie leaked online earlier this week, Anthony and Joe have taken to Twitter to share a letter in which they beg viewers to keep details under wraps until the final instalment of the Avengers series officially opens in cinemas.

“To the greatest fans in the world,” they begin. “This is it. This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.

“For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning, sharing every high and low with your family, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers. Investing so deeply in every character and storyline. Laughing. Cheering. Shedding tears. Giving so freely of your thoughts and emotions in spirited dialogue, theories, fan art, and fan fiction. Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga.”

Anthony and Joe added that they are thankful that so many people have invested their time, hearts and souls into the stories, and sincerely wish that audiences won’t spoil the ending for others, “the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you”.

To conclude their letter, the duo commented: “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence. As always, good luck and happy viewing… The Russo Brothers #DontSpoilTheEndgame.”

Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Stan Lee makes his final cameo in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has confirmed Stan Lee’s cameo in the upcoming superhero movie will be his last onscreen appearance.The comic book legend passed away in November (18) at the age of 95, with fans around the world, both famous and…

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has confirmed Stan Lee’s cameo in the upcoming superhero movie will be his last onscreen appearance.

The comic book legend passed away in November (18) at the age of 95, with fans around the world, both famous and non-celebrities, mourning the loss.

As well as his extensive work in comics, including co-creating characters like Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Panther, Stan had become well known for his cameos in Marvel’s superhero movies, and the upcoming Avengers flick will mark his last time doing so.

“It’s his last one committed to film,” Joe told Mashable. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo. It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”

Avengers: Endgame, which Joe directed with his brother Anthony Russo, began shooting in August 2017, and finally hits cinemas from 24 April (19).

It boasts an all-star cast, including old favourites Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., as well as franchise newcomers Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman and Tessa Thompson.

Recalling memories of Stan’s set visits, self-described “comic book nerd” Anthony, who has directed numerous Marvel films along with brother Joe, revealed how everyone was always in awe of the late star.

“We have all these movie stars on that set, and when Stan came to set, everybody would be like kids again,” he said. “It was always a lot of fun shooting these cameos because he was very charming, and he would maybe get the crew going, and everybody would be laughing and having a good time.”

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Chris Evans clarifies his Captain America tweets

Chris Evans has insisted his recent tweets do not spoil anything about the eventual fate of his character, Captain America.Earlier this month (Oct18), the actor triggered fear amongst Marvel fans when he suggested that he would not be playing the super…

Chris Evans has insisted his recent tweets do not spoil anything about the eventual fate of his character, Captain America.

Earlier this month (Oct18), the actor triggered fear amongst Marvel fans when he suggested that he would not be playing the superhero beyond the upcoming Avengers 4 movie.

“Officially wrapped on Avengers 4,” he wrote on Twitter. “It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honour. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”

With many fans taking this to mean that Captain America may die in the next film, Evans is adamant his comments didn’t suggest that.

“I should clarify that I know I did tweet something that made a lot of people think that it was in someway a spoiler. I should clarify that regardless of how Avengers 4 ends, I would have tweeted the exact same thing,” he explained during ACE Comic Con in Chicago over the weekend (13-14Oct18), as reported by ComicBook.com. “That last day of filming was a very emotional day and it was the culmination of almost 10 years of filming and 22 movies, this unbelievable tapestry.”

The 37-year-old added that he felt compelled to “share the gratitude” following his Marvel experience, and affirmed that he is “neither confirming or denying anything” regarding the Avengers 4 plot.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo also took to Twitter to announce that filming on the latest instalment had been completed, but only fuelled further speculation with their cryptic message.

The duo shared an image of a bright blue glowing light alongside the hashtag “#wrapped.”

One fan theory is that the picture indicates that one more hero is going to die, with Captain America being the most likely contender thanks to Evans’ tweet.

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Mark Ruffalo responds to Avengers ‘firing’

Mark Ruffalo has responded to his Avengers ‘firing’ by asking directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo for a meeting to discuss his future with the franchise.The directing duo have been at the helm of numerous Marvel movies, including the upcoming new …

Mark Ruffalo has responded to his Avengers ‘firing’ by asking directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo for a meeting to discuss his future with the franchise.

The directing duo have been at the helm of numerous Marvel movies, including the upcoming new Avengers film, which is still untitled, though Mark very nearly let that slip during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The actor, who plays Bruce Banner / Hulk in the films, has previously given away plot details, and ahead of his chat with Jimmy, Mark begged the host on Twitter to cut out his “off the record spoiler slip”.

Telling the 50-year-old it was too late, the Russo brothers then jumped in and turned all The Apprentice on their star by scolding: “Mark, you’re fired.”

“Guys… can we talk about this?” the triple Oscar nominee begged in reply.

Luckily for fans, Mark’s slip was bleeped out when the show aired on Friday (05Oct18).

“I don’t want to get you in trouble with the studio, or Marvel, but maybe, could you even just (tell us) the title?” Jimmy asked his guest.

“Alright, I think I can probably tell you that. I think it’s already out there,” Mark replied before acting out some of the scenes and seemingly revealing the title.

The fourth Avengers is currently in post-production, and will hit cinemas from April 2019.

It reteams Mark with core Marvel actors, including Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, as well as franchise newcomers Brie Larson and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The news comes shortly after Captain America actor Chris Evans appeared to confirm that the next Avengers film, which he has just finished shooting, will be his last.

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Chadwick Boseman to star in action thriller 17 Bridges

Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to co-produce and star in upcoming action thriller 17 Bridges.The Black Panther star will be reuniting with his Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are also co-producing the feature along with Lo…

Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to co-produce and star in upcoming action thriller 17 Bridges.

The Black Panther star will be reuniting with his Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who are also co-producing the feature along with Logan Coles, who previously worked with Boseman on 2016’s Message from the King.

The forthcoming film follows a disgraced detective in the New York Police Department who unwittingly unveils a mass conspiracy which links his colleagues to the city’s criminal empire, and sees Manhattan on lockdown for the first time in history.

Brian Kirk has been recruited as director and is best known for his work on hit television shows Game of Thrones and Luther, while screenwriter Adam Mervis has penned the script.

Production on the STXfilms project is due to begin in September (18), and the organisation’s chairman Adam Fogelson is delighted by the breadth of talent on board.

“STX has assembled a dream team of collaborators on 17 Bridges, bringing together the global talents behind two of the biggest action films ever made to give audiences a thrilling new take on the race-against-the-clock crime-drama,” he said in a statement. “Chadwick Boseman’s razor-sharp instincts and undeniable charisma captivated millions of people around the world in Black Panther, and Joe and Anthony Russo have breathed a new energy into the action genre with films like Avengers: Infinity War.”

Boseman, 40, previously starred and produced biographical drama Marshall in 2017, in which he played Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown co-starred. The actor will reprise his role as T’Challa/ Black Panther in the next Avengers movie, which is currently untitled but scheduled for a 2019 release.

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