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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Gwyneth Paltrow finally accepted herself when she got grey hair

Gwyneth Paltrow finally accepted herself when her hair began to turn grey.The Oscar-winning actress has opened up about her approach to ageing in Hollywood and beauty standards for women, and revealed that she’s comfortable with her appearance now she’…

Gwyneth Paltrow finally accepted herself when her hair began to turn grey.

The Oscar-winning actress has opened up about her approach to ageing in Hollywood and beauty standards for women, and revealed that she’s comfortable with her appearance now she’s in her 40s.

“The more you know yourself and accept yourself, the more you accept who you are and what you look like wholeheartedly,” she told People magazine of the valuable lessons she’s learnt over the years.

“I always think there’s sort of an irony that when you really accept yourself – physically – is when you have grey hair,” Gwyneth shared. “I do think there’s a truth to that.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the founder of lifestyle brand Goop said her GOOPGLOW beauty line is perfect for those who want to create a natural glow while staying at home during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“You can use them if you wear make-up and your make-up will look even better, but the GOOPGLOW line is really fantastic for people who want to get their skin to a place where they look naturally glowy and dewy and don’t have to wear makeup,” the Avengers: Endgame star said of the line, which she launched back in February.

The GOOPGLOW collection includes an overnight glycolic acid glow peel, a microderm exfoliator, body luminiser, and a powder supplement.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I’ve never been a make-up person’

Gwyneth Paltrow has never really been a fan of wearing make-up.The Oscar-winning actress appears in People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue, and in the accompanying interview, confessed she’s always been “a little bit of a tomboy”.”I’ve never been a…

Gwyneth Paltrow has never really been a fan of wearing make-up.

The Oscar-winning actress appears in People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue, and in the accompanying interview, confessed she’s always been “a little bit of a tomboy”.

“I’ve never been a make-up person really. I always love not wearing make-up. For me, make-up has always meant that I’m going to work,” she told the publication.

“I went to an all-girls school and we didn’t wear make-up. We weren’t dressing up for anyone,” the 47-year-old continued. “All through junior high and high school, make-up never became part of my routine. And I think part of that is because I was always a little bit of a tomboy. I like the feeling of having clean skin.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Avengers: Endgame star revealed that she’s overjoyed beauty standards have changed since she was younger, especially now she’s mother to 15-year-old daughter Apple, whom she shares with ex-husband Chris Martin.

“When I was in my formative years, we were told that beauty was basically a Barbie doll; by the time my daughter was in her formative years, that had changed tremendously,” Gwyneth explained. “And I’ve always thought that’s real progression. When I think about me being a kid in the early ’80s and what I was shown as examples is much different than what she was shown.

“As we continue to become more inclusive around our ideas of what is aspirational beauty, we all win.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow auctioning off 2000 Oscars dress for coronavirus relief

Gwyneth Paltrow is giving fans the opportunity to own the Calvin Klein dress she wore to the 2000 Oscars in an effort to raise money for coronavirus relief.The Avengers: Endgame actress revealed that she’ll be auctioning off the silver dress she wore t…

Gwyneth Paltrow is giving fans the opportunity to own the Calvin Klein dress she wore to the 2000 Oscars in an effort to raise money for coronavirus relief.

The Avengers: Endgame actress revealed that she’ll be auctioning off the silver dress she wore to the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony in 2000 to benefit the All-In Challenge, which provides food to those in need in the U.S. during the global pandemic.

“There are so many millions of people in this country who are deeply affected by the Covid crisis. We are going to be in for a period of difficulty. We all really need to band together,” the 47-year-old said in a clip on Instagram.

Gwyneth wore the dress to the Academy Awards 20 years ago and paired it with matching silver sandals and a tassel necklace.

“It was a hand-beaded Calvin Klein dress. I wore it to the Oscars the year after I won. It’s very end-of-the-’90s, which is back in style now, so I thought it would be a good one to donate,” she said of the gown.

Though she said the dress has “sentimental value”, the star wasn’t always a big fan of the outfit, and in 2013, she included it in a blog post dedicated to some of her worst fashion moments for her lifestyle website Goop.

The opening bid was set at $2,500 (£1,999) and the current bid is set at $6,250 (£5,015), with 11 days still to go.

The All-In organisation is offering up celebrity items or experiences to raise funds for nonprofits such as Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, and America’s Food Fund, which benefits the World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, Meek Mill, and Justin Bieber are also among those offering experiences for the cause, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro have made headlines by offering one lucky fan the chance to join them on the set of their next Martin Scorsese movie, Killers of the Flower Moon.

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Chris Hemsworth left exhausted by stunts in new action movie Extraction

Chris Hemsworth has described his new action movie Extraction as the “most exhausting shoot” he’s ever done.In the upcoming flick, the 36-year-old plays Tyler Rake, a mercenary who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son. But in a new intervi…

Chris Hemsworth has described his new action movie Extraction as the “most exhausting shoot” he’s ever done.

In the upcoming flick, the 36-year-old plays Tyler Rake, a mercenary who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son.

But in a new interview with News.com.au, Chris confessed that the required stunt work on the movie was “another level”.

“The whole thing was by far the most exhausting shoot I’ve ever been a part of,” Chris told the website, noting that the project saw him reunite with Avengers: Endgame stunt coordinator, Sam Hargrave, who directed Extraction. “Sam and I have worked together on Avengers films and I knew it was going to be full of all the talent he was going to bring to the table with actions and stunts, but he took it up to a whole new level that I hadn’t experienced before.”

Chris also heaped praise on the filmmaker, who he said was fully involved in every action sequence.

“You know, you have Sam strapped to the bonnet of a car, diving off buildings with you in amongst fight sequences. The camera work has an energy for us as performers that’s pure adrenaline. And exhaustion,” the Australian star quipped.

Working on Extraction also served as another Avengers reunion for Chris – Joe Russo wrote the script, while his brother Anthony Russo produced the movie.

Extraction, which also stars David Harbour and Golshifteh Farahani, will be released on Netflix on 24 April.

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