Tom Holland was told to watch original Star Wars movies after blunder

Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers reveal…

Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.

The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers revealed they schooled the young star after discovering he was a Star Wars novice.

Holland admitted to the Russo Brothers that he hadn’t seen the iconic films, so he didn’t understand the Star Wars reference his character made during his breakout scene as the web-slinging superhero.

“We were stunned,” Joe laughed during an episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School. “We adore Tom, but I’ll tell you, getting to know Tom, Tom is a young man. He is a very young man. We’ve since gotten him to invest some of his time watching some older films, hence the Pizza Film School. Holland needed to go to Pizza Film School.”

In the scene, Peter Parker asks his fellow superheroes if they remember a scene in “that really old movie” The Empire Strikes Back as he brings down a giant Ant-Man with his web, similar to how Antilles brings down an AT-AT Walkers with a tow cable in the 1980 sci-fi film.

“I have to tell you, I actually got really excited when he said he hadn’t seen it because the idea was so novel to me and unexpected. I was like, ‘This is fantastic,'” Anthony recalled. “Tom is a guy whose sensibilities we really admire and value, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, we get to tap into his sensibilities and they’re unaffected by Star Wars.’ I was very excited by that.”

While they denied they forced Holland to watch the original sci-fi trilogy, they confessed they’d given him enough grief.

“I think we’ve since busted his chops enough that he’s seen it,” Joe quipped.

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Russo Brothers against cinemas reopening amid coronavirus pandemic

Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo don’t recommend film fans return to cinemas when they re-open in the U.S. and U.K. next month.The Avengers: Endgame filmmakers discussed the situation during a recent episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Br…

Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo don’t recommend film fans return to cinemas when they re-open in the U.S. and U.K. next month.

The Avengers: Endgame filmmakers discussed the situation during a recent episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School, saying they fear that even with appropriate precautions in place, a re-opening is a “high-risk situation” they can’t support.

“Everyone has a different threshold for risk it seems in the country right now. I think that really depends on what your threshold for risk is. But certainly being in an enclosed space is a high-risk situation,” Joe explained.

“So there’s the question of whether we want that to happen, which we do, but whether that’s practical and safe and whether we could recommend it, which I don’t think we could. Just from the way I’m approaching the pandemic with my family is being very conservative about it.”

He suggested that it will be a year or two before things start to return to normal.

Anthony added that opening cinemas was too risky right now.

“I am as desperate for the theatrical experience as you are, and also in general, it’s worn on people in different ways the limitations of what we’ve been living through,” he said.

“Unfortunately I don’t see myself getting into a theatre in the foreseeable future.”

Some cinema chains in the U.K. are planning on reopening from 4 July.

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Russo brothers: ‘Hercules live-action remake won’t be a literal translation’

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”. It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated mo…

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”.

It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated movie, and in an interview with Collider, they made it clear that it wouldn’t be a shot-for-shot remake, like last year’s The Lion King reboot, or an overly faithful redo.

“Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation,” explained Anthony. “We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”

The filmmakers are still in the early stages of developing the remake and wouldn’t state if it would be a musical or not, with Anthony noting, “We can’t say one way or the other… Music will certainly be a part of it.”

Since the release of Endgame last year, the Russos have been busy lining up new projects, with them being involved in films such as 21 Bridges, Extraction, and the upcoming Cherry, their next directorial effort.

When asked why they were interested in the Hercules remake, Anthony added: “Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics. And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are.”

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Anthony Russo: ‘Iron Man’s comeback has to be worth it’

Anthony Russo has insisted that bringing Iron Man back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would only be worth it if the storytelling was good enough to justify his comeback.The beloved comic book character, played by Robert Downey Jr. since 2008,…

Anthony Russo has insisted that bringing Iron Man back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would only be worth it if the storytelling was good enough to justify his comeback.

The beloved comic book character, played by Robert Downey Jr. since 2008, was killed off at the end of last year’s blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, which was directed by Anthony and his brother Joe Russo.

When asked how he felt about Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, returning to the MCU, Anthony insisted his comeback should only happen if it has been “earned” by good storytelling, as his reappearance would undo the stakes in Endgame.

“I mean look, certainly we’ve always said this and we believe this about stakes have to be real, and if they’re not real, like the audience’s emotional investment in the moment and in those characters in the narrative is only… is contingent upon them feeling like there’s potential. There’s something to be lost,” Anthony told the ReelBlend podcast.

He went on to add that while he and his brother were committed to having Iron Man sacrifice himself to save the world and defeat supervillain Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, they are aware that there’s always room for a comeback within the comic book universe.

“It depends on how he was brought back. It depends on the storytelling, but it is certainly something that has to be earned,” he continued. “It’s certainly something that would shock and surprise audiences, so you can’t simply just bring him back. There would have to be a really compelling, innovative, unpredictable narrative event to find your way there in order for it to be worth it.”

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Josh Gad calls for Ariana Grande to land Meg role in Hercules remake

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake. It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame …

Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake.

It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.

In an interview with Variety, Disney regular Josh called for Ariana to portray Hercules’ love interest Megara, or Meg, in the remake.

“She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen,” he said.

The original Hercules is one of Ariana’s favourite films and she sang Meg’s song I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) during an at-home performance for the Disney Family Singalong TV special earlier this month. She also performed Zero to Hero live at the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration in 2015.

The 7 Rings hitmaker has yet to comment on the remake news on social media, but her fans have already started campaigning for her to get the part, with one even setting up a Change.org petition. It has almost 14,000 signatures.

In the Variety interview, Beauty and the Beast star Josh was also asked if he would like a part in Hercules, such as the half-man, half-god’s trainer, the satyr Philoctetes, which was originally voiced by Danny DeVito.

“I am good, I feel like I definitely have had and continue to have an incredible run of projects with the Disney company, but I don’t think anyone wants to see me take on yet another role in a live-action remake of an animated movie,” he replied. “I personally think they should just cast Danny DeVito again, that seems to (be the) best option.”

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Joe and Anthony Russo set to produce live-action Hercules remake

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man…

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.

The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man, half-god as he battles the villainous Hades to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus.

News that the studio was developing the live-action remake broke on Thursday, and it was announced that Dave Callaham, who launched the Expendables franchise, will be writing the script.

Callaham also wrote the upcoming Marvel comic book adaptation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984.

The 42-year-old scribe is also penning the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, and co-wrote last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, who have a long-standing working relationship with Disney, are set to produce but will not direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original musical animation was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and numerous writers were hired to work on the story and screenplay over several years.

Fans have taken to social media to suggest their top picks for the live-action cast, including Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling, while Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, and Amber Riley have been touted to play The Muses, which narrate the story through song.

It’s currently unclear if the Hercules remake will follow in the footsteps of the upcoming live-action Mulan, which has ditched the classic songs in favour of a more realistic telling of the Chinese legend.

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Joe Russo praises Tom Holland’s ‘Oscar-worthy performance’ in Cherry

Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero…

Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.

The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

Since then, Joe has teamed up with his brother Anthony Russo once again to helm the upcoming movie, which sees Tom play an Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who robs banks to fund his drug addiction.

The gritty character is a far cry from the young actor’s infamous portrayal of the sweet and nerdy Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the 48-year-old filmmaker teased the possibility of an Oscar nod for Tom next year.

“I think he’s exceptional in the movie, honestly. I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance out of him. He is shredding himself, physically and emotionally,” Joe told Collider, noting that it is a “complicated role” that spans decades in the movie. “I just think he’s exquisite in the part. He’s so compulsively watchable onscreen.”

Joe also admitted it was a bonus that Tom is so well-liked because of his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Spider-Man, as audiences will find it hard to hate his character in Cherry.

“When you’re playing a character that goes to that level of depravity, to have someone as inherently likeable as Tom playing that character, so that you continue to root for them no matter what horrible choices they make, it’s invaluable,” the filmmaker continued. “I think it really changes the entire presentation of the movie for an audience. I can’t say enough about it. I’m just really blown away by him in the film.”

Cherry is slated for release later this year.

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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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