Chris Evans reluctant to play Captain America again

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved …

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved Peggy Carter before passing on his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, effectively making him the new Captain America.

When asked by his Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson if he would ever return to the role during their interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, he vaguely replied: “Never say never.”

When pressed for a more definitive answer, the 38-year-old admitted that he would be hesitant to jump back into the role and ruin the bittersweet conclusion of his character’s storyline.

“It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either,” Evans said. “There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”

Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in the Avengers films, added that Captain America deserved his “beautiful cathartic ending” and Evans replied, “It’d be a shame to sour that… I’m very protective of it. It was such a precious time and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there’s a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”

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Elizabeth Olsen struggles to be confident in feminine clothing

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her f…

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.

In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her feel uncomfortable.

“Dresses make me feel a bit funny. I’m trying to get more confident with my feminine side. I just like everything to feel really easy and comfortable. Nothing fussy. I don’t like body-conscious clothing,” Elizabeth shared, adding that she describes her style as masculine and oversize.

“I feel very comfortable, but I don’t look sloppy. I look like I have a point of view and an opinion,” the Avengers: Endgame star stated.

Her perfect outfit is “oversize black cotton pants, a black button-up, and flats”, which is very similar to the style of her older sisters’ Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion line, The Row.

The twins launched their label in 2006 and debuted their menswear collection last year. Their pieces focus on chic tailoring, denim and knits.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress discussed recently turning 30 and explained what she had learned as she gets older.

“I think I was always trying to distract myself from being still,” Elizabeth reflected. “I feel like I cared about self-improvement in high school and then, in college, I was trying to get too many things done and not being as present as I think I could have been.”

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Brie Larson and Marvel women have pitched all-female movie to Kevin Feige

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering ba…

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.

The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering battle scene during Avengers: Endgame.

Cinemagoers were blown away when the extraterrestrial warrior united with fellow female superheroes including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Evangeline Lilly as Wasp, as they protected Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a battle scene.

And in a new interview with Variety, Larson revealed that she and her co-stars have had talks with Marvel boss Feige about making their dream of an all-female movie a reality.

“I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, ‘We are in this together, we want to do this.’ What that means, I have no idea,” she explained. “You know, I’m not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we’re really passionate about and we love and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it’ll happen.”

According to editors at Variety, Feige has previously expressed an interest in an all-women Marvel film but has instead pressed forward with standalone films concentrating on one female hero, such as Captain Marvel and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Black Widow spin-off, which will be released next year.

Larson later reflected on filming the Avengers: Endgame scene alongside her female co-stars, and said it felt like being part of a “coven”.

“It was just a great day. To get to be with all of those women for the day… it felt like we were a part of this like coven working together for this goal,” the 30-year-old smiled. “So, we get so excited and feel so much energy when you get to be around your peers and share stories.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming

Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite appearing in the movie.The 47-year-old actress stars as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), last appearing in this year’s record-breaking Avengers: Endgame.However, even th…

Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite appearing in the movie.

The 47-year-old actress stars as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), last appearing in this year’s record-breaking Avengers: Endgame.

However, even the popularity of her movies isn’t enough to encourage the star to sit down and watch them, as she revealed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday.

“This is so embarrassing,” Paltrow said, after host Jimmy reminded her of a conversation she had back in June with co-star Jon Favreau on his Netflix joint The Chef Show, when she insisted she didn’t appear in the hit movie alongside him.

“I just got confused,” she explained to Jimmy. “There’s so many of these wonderful Marvel, interconnecting movies and I thought that it was an Avengers movie, but it was not… Was Spider-Man himself (actor Tom Holland) offended by this? Was he OK with it?”

Paltrow then went on to make the bombshell confession, adding: “I never actually saw the movie. I mean, wait! Cut that out, take that back! S**t!”

The revelation comes after the Oscar-winning actress confessed to her Iron Man co-star that she’d completely forgotten she was in the 2017 Marvel film.

“We were in Spider-Man together,” Favreau said in the episode. “Remember we were on Spider-Man?”

“We weren’t in Spider-Man,” a confused Paltrow replied, telling the director that she was in Avengers.

“No, you were in Spider-Man also. Remember, Spider-Man at the end and Tom Holland’s there and you’re gonna walk out and do a press conference? And I give you the ring?” Favreau asked.

“Oh, yes. That was Spider-Man?! Oh my God!” Paltrow laughed.

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Scarlett Johansson ‘out of her element’ with awards season buzz

Scarlett Johansson is “out of her element” with awards season buzz because she hasn’t been touted as a contender for more than 10 years.The Avengers: Endgame stars has been earning rave reviews for her performance alongside Adam Driver in Noah Ba…

Scarlett Johansson is “out of her element” with awards season buzz because she hasn’t been touted as a contender for more than 10 years.

The Avengers: Endgame stars has been earning rave reviews for her performance alongside Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama Marriage Story, while Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit has also been gaining momentum since its film festival debut.

But Johansson, who hasn’t been part of the awards season buzz since she was nominated for a Golden Globe for 2005’s Match Point, has now admitted the attention feels surreal to her.

“I haven’t really been involved in the mix of awards season for a long time, so I’m not sure how I feel exactly. Maybe a little out of my element?” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am excited to celebrate both of these films with Noah and Taika. I feel like both movies are the movies that either filmmaker and I set out to make, and that’s an incredibly rare thing. When you work hard on something with someone for such a long time, it feels good to have that work acknowledged.”

The 34-year-old, who has previously won a BAFTA for Lost in Translation, also shared that she was relieved Jojo Rabbit, a satire starring Waititi as a parody of Adolf Hitler, even got released after its studio, Fox Searchlight, was acquired by Disney earlier this year.

“Searchlight’s made quite a lot of subversive films. It’s harder and harder to try to find a home for something that’s more off-colour or subversive and push the limit,” the star explained. “I thought, ‘There’s no way Disney would bring (Jojo) out. … This doesn’t belong to that (Disney) family.’

“Ultimately when Jojo Rabbit went over (to Disney), it didn’t make any difference, which was cool. Because I was worried that maybe it would.”

Marriage Story will stream on Netflix after a limited cinema release, while Jojo Rabbit hits cinemas in October.

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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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Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

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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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