Chris Hemsworth celebrates Extraction becoming most successful Netflix film

Chris Hemsworth has celebrated his movie Extraction becoming Netflix’s biggest ever film.The streaming service recently revealed the viewing figures of their top 10 original films for the first time, with the action thriller topping the prestigious cha…

Chris Hemsworth has celebrated his movie Extraction becoming Netflix’s biggest ever film.

The streaming service recently revealed the viewing figures of their top 10 original films for the first time, with the action thriller topping the prestigious chart with a whopping 99 million views.

Hemsworth took to Instagram to reveal his excitement at the news, and thanked his fans for helping the film land the accolade.

“Can’t thank everyone enough for the continued support of Extraction! Still going strong and sitting at number 1 biggest film ever for Netflix. You guys are the greatest,” the Avengers: Endgame star wrote, alongside a screenshot of a Deadline article on the viewing figures.

The gritty action thriller, directed by Sam Hargrave, was released on the streaming service back in April, and follows Hemsworth’s mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son.

In second place is Sandra Bullock’s dystopian thriller Bird Box, with 89 million views, closely followed by action drama Spenser Confidential, starring Mark Wahlberg.

6 Underground is fourth with 85 million, and Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery completes the top five with 73 million.

And Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Ben Affleck’s heist thriller Triple Frontier, comedy The Wrong Missy, sci-fi thriller The Platform, and romantic comedy The Perfect Date round out the top 10.

It was announced back in May that a sequel to Extraction was in the works, with Joe Russo returning to write the script, Hargrave in talks to helm the follow-up, and Hemsworth hopefully reprising his role as mercenary Rake.

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Joe Russo wanted Wolverine in Avengers: Endgame

Joe Russo wanted Wolverine to feature in the Avengers: Endgame final battle scene.Last year’s blockbuster featured a swathe of superhero characters who all assembled during the emotional finale, as Chris Evans’ Captain America led his Marvel cohorts in…

Joe Russo wanted Wolverine to feature in the Avengers: Endgame final battle scene.

Last year’s blockbuster featured a swathe of superhero characters who all assembled during the emotional finale, as Chris Evans’ Captain America led his Marvel cohorts in one last stand against supervillain Thanos.

Despite the likes of Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Spider-Man returning for the battle, there’s one more beloved Marvel comic book mutant that filmmaker Joe would’ve loved to bring back for the epic scene.

“I mean, Wolverine was always one of my favourite characters,” he told ComicBookMovie.com when asked who he would’ve put in the movie. “Incredible Hulk #181 was one of the first comic books that I remember collecting, which was the first appearance of Wolverine.

“Hugh Jackman has done an incredible job with that character over the years, and I think they should take a break for a little while before someone else takes a crack at it.”

Joe, along with his filmmaker brother Anthony Russo, have previously declared their adoration for the clawed mutant hero, and while promoting Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, Anthony confessed he would’ve loved to have Wolverine in the box office smash.

While Marvel Studios have no immediate plans to recast Wolverine after Jackman made his last appearance as the mutant in 2017’s Logan, Kevin Feige has hinted that the X-Men character might make an appearance in the future.

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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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Scarlett Johansson: ‘There is huge pressure to stay thin in Hollywood’

Scarlett Johansson shared her frustration over being put under “huge pressure” to stay thin in Hollywood.The Avengers: Endgame actress discussed the unfair expectations placed on women in the public eye to be slim, and the mother-of-one said that the i…

Scarlett Johansson shared her frustration over being put under “huge pressure” to stay thin in Hollywood.

The Avengers: Endgame actress discussed the unfair expectations placed on women in the public eye to be slim, and the mother-of-one said that the issue has got “much worse” over the years.

“There has always been pressure on actors to stay thin,” the 35-year-old told Candis magazine. “There’s a scene in one of my favourite movies, All About Eve, where Bette Davis is circling around the room, horribly upset about something, and she picks up a chocolate… puts it down… picks it up again… puts it down again… finally, she gives in and eats it, but only after a huge struggle!

“So even back then, there was the pressure going on. And now, it’s much worse”

Elsewhere in the interview, she touched upon her own approach to staying in shape, and said that while she follows a natural diet, she’s still paranoid over her own health.

“There’s a weight I like to maintain, which is slim but healthy. But there’s a healthy way to keep to that weight and there’s an unhealthy way,” the Black Widow star shared. “I don’t have any comment on how other people choose to live their lives – but for me, I am far too paranoid about my own health to take the road of eating disorders. I’d rather just stay in shape the natural way.”

Scarlett also discussed her personal life, and said she prefers to keep her young daughter Rose, who she shares with ex-husband Romain Dauriac, out of the spotlight in a “classy way”.

“There’s an aggressive way to do it, and there’s a quieter way, and because I am not an aggressive person, I choose just to lie low, which is not that hard to do,” she explained.

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Hayley Atwell impressed director Christopher McQuarrie with ‘frightening’ knife skills

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of …

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.

The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of the fictional Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, led by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, in the seventh and eighth instalments of the action-adventure franchise.

Her casting was announced in September, and since then, she’s undergone some intense physical training for the role in the blockbusters, which will also star Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson.

However, it was Atwell’s screen test, which included a whopping two-hour stunt audition, which blew director McQuarrie away.

“It is truly something to see… the work that you’ve done, the dedication you’ve shown, the focus, and quite frankly, your frightening talent with a knife, are all stuff that I’m very, very, very excited for people to see. It’s a very different side of Hayley,” he told the Light the Fuse podcast.

And Pegg, who has starred in the franchise as tech expert Benji Dunn since 2003’s Mission: Impossible III, said he was stunned when the movie’s stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood showed him a clip of the Avengers: Endgame star in action.

“(He) showed me a video of you doing your training. You’re super fast. Proper Matrix s**t going on,” the Hot Fuzz funnyman told Hayley during the podcast.

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Mark Ruffalo struggled with yo-yo dieting for new HBO show

Mark Ruffalo struggled with having to lose and gain weight to play twin brothers in his new HBO show I Know This Much is True.The Spotlight actor plays a mentally ill man called Thomas Birdsey as well as his identical twin Dominick in the six-part mini…

Mark Ruffalo struggled with having to lose and gain weight to play twin brothers in his new HBO show I Know This Much is True.

The Spotlight actor plays a mentally ill man called Thomas Birdsey as well as his identical twin Dominick in the six-part miniseries which is based on Wally Lamb’s bestselling 1998 novel.

Ruffalo lost 20 pounds (nine kilograms) to play Dominick only to have to pile on more than 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) to play Thomas, who suffers from schizophrenia.

However, after thinking about the long-term effects the yo-yo dieting would have on his health, the Avengers: Endgame star decided to undertake the weight gain in a more sensible way.

“I gained and lost weight. I could have put on 30lbs, but because I am 53 trying to lose it again would probably take me the rest of my life!” he revealed during a video appearance on The Graham Norton Show. “Instead, I lost 20lbs to play one brother and then, when that was finished, I put on 30lbs. I went in both directions so there was a greater disparity and it was more healthy for me.”

And Ruffalo ruled out playing identical twins in the future, as the experience was too stressful.

“It was insane and I don’t know that I would do it again because it was such a massive undertaking. I went completely grey in the year I was working on it,” the two-time Oscar nominee laughed.

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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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Chris Hemsworth thanks fans for ‘mind-blowing’ reaction to Extraction

Chris Hemsworth has thanked fans around the world for the “mind-blowing” reaction to his new movie Extraction.The action thriller, directed by Sam Hargrave, was released on Netflix on 24 April and follows mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a …

Chris Hemsworth has thanked fans around the world for the “mind-blowing” reaction to his new movie Extraction.

The action thriller, directed by Sam Hargrave, was released on Netflix on 24 April and follows mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son.

Extraction also saw the Thor star reunite with his Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo, who co-produced and co-wrote the flick, and in a new Instagram post, Hemsworth shared his excitement over the news that more than 90 million households had streamed the movie since its debut.

“Hey, what’s up, guys? Hope you’re doing well. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who checked out Extraction,” he began the video, which was filmed in his home gym. “You’ve made it the number one film on the planet right now, and it looks like it’s going to be Netflix’s biggest feature film of all time, which is absolutely mind-blowing.

“We are blown away by the response and the support. On behalf of myself, the Russo Brothers, Netflix, our director Sam Hargrave, thank you so, so much. We love you guys.”

Hemsworth ended the clip by teasing a possible sequel to Extraction, as he confessed he would be “stoked” to revisit his character.

“There’s been a lot of talk and questions about sequels and prequels and all sorts of things, and all I can say is who knows. But with this amount of support, it’s something I will be pretty stoked to jump back into,” the 36-year-old added.

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Taika Waititi impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to Hulk role

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in…

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.

The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in which he starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson.

And the New Zealand native filmmaker was wowed by Ruffalo’s decision to perform all the motion capture work himself, rather than relying on a stand-in.

“He has very strong opinions about what Hulk would say and how he would say it,” Waititi told Variety. “People assume, ‘Oh, well it’s a CGI character. Why would an actor do the movements?’ But he insisted on doing all the work in motion capture…. All of that stuff is him, dressed in those ridiculous pyjamas that you have to wear with ping-pong balls on his head.”

While the third instalment of the Thor franchise saw Hemsworth reveal a more comic side to the Norse god, Waititi was also excited for Ruffalo to explore how Hulk had finally gained control and overtaken nerdy scientist Banner.

“He wanted to show that Hulk was driving the vehicle and Banner was left in the trunk,” he explained.

Ruffalo recently teased the idea of reprising his role as the Hulk, after it was revealed in Avengers: Endgame that Hulk and Banner had learnt to co-exist as a half-man, half huge green superhero.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal,” he teased. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting.”

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