Hugo Weaving will not return for The Matrix 4

Hugo Weaving will not be returning as Agent Smith in the fourth The Matrix movie due to a diary clash.The Australian actor played the primary antagonist, an artificial intelligence programme tasked with defeating Keanu Reeves’s hero Neo, in the Wachows…

Hugo Weaving will not be returning as Agent Smith in the fourth The Matrix movie due to a diary clash.

The Australian actor played the primary antagonist, an artificial intelligence programme tasked with defeating Keanu Reeves’s hero Neo, in the Wachowskis’ 1999 science-fiction classic and its two sequels.

However, Weaving has now revealed he won’t be starring in a fourth movie, due out in May 2021, as shooting dates clash with him appearing on the London stage alongside Lesley Manville in The Visit, which runs at the U.K.’s National Theatre from 31 January to 13 May.

Asked in an interview for Time Out magazine whether he would be returning, the 59-year-old said, “I’m not, no,” before going on to explain the reasons for his absence.

“It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer (for The Visit) and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening, but I didn’t have dates,” he commented. “I thought (I) could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting (a role in The Visit during that time).

“I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So, we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Weaving also revealed why he did not return to play Red Skull in the final two Avengers movies, and was replaced by Ross Marquand, noting that he refused to participate after Marvel chiefs allegedly reneged on an agreement to increase his pay.

“The promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time,” he added. “They said: ‘It’s just a voice job, it’s not a big deal.’ I actually found negotiating with them through my agent impossible. And I didn’t really wanna do it that much. But I would have done it.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow became ‘really skinny’ after Brad Pitt breakup

Gwyneth Paltrow became “really skinny” after she split from Brad Pitt in the 1990s.To accompany her new cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar, the Avengers actress filmed a video in which she looked through her past covers for the magazine, and while hol…

Gwyneth Paltrow became “really skinny” after she split from Brad Pitt in the 1990s.

To accompany her new cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar, the Avengers actress filmed a video in which she looked through her past covers for the magazine, and while holding a copy of the December 1997 issue, Gwyneth remarked that she became very thin after calling off her engagement to the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star earlier that year because she wasn’t eating.

“This one, I was only about 24 or 25,” she said of the cover photo. “Brad Pitt and I had just broken up and I had breakup… couldn’t not eat (sic). I was really skinny, it was sort of upsetting. But it’s a nice picture.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 47-year-old revealed that she is still good friends with the actor and loves seeing Instagram posts that pay homage to their ’90s style.

In the video, Gwyneth also shared that she didn’t like her “terrible” May 2010 cover of the publication because she looked “really cheesy”, and wasn’t a fan of her November 2016 cover, in which she wore a lacy masquerade-style mask with matching top.

“I don’t like this one either. I don’t think it’s a good photo,” the star candidly stated.

However, Gwyneth’s favourite cover was for the March 2012 issue, in which she wore a black dress with revealing leg split and turned her face away from the camera.

“This was a good one, this is my iconic Bazaar cover guys,” she gushed. “I love how you can’t see my face, it’s very cool, this was a fun one. I liked this shoot a lot. This is one of my favourite shoots of all time. I loved this one, this is great.”

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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James Brolin: ‘My son is set for life thanks to the Avengers’

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting …

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.

The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting career, and now it’s really paying off.

“I told him one thing a long time ago… I did tell him one great thing: ‘Don’t be a leading man, ever. Be a character actor and you’ll work forever…’ so look at him; he takes this movie with Thanos and I go, ‘I didn’t mean that!'” he said during an appearance on Access Daily. “It’s the biggest thing. He doesn’t have to work again. He wasn’t paid upfront and he took a piece of the back (end profits) … I’m so proud of him.”

And Josh is making the most of his newly-acquired fortune, taking a year off to be a dad.

The actor and his wife Kathryn Boyd welcomed daughter Westlyn in November 2018.

“He’s a diaper-ing fool,” the 79-year-old joked. “That’s what the last year has been, literally. I don’t think he’s worked much… I just heard that Mel Gibson and he may go to Australia to do a remake of The Wild Bunch.”

But while James thinks his son made a clever career move by appearing in the Avengers films, he has no idea what happens in the final movie.

“I didn’t understand that movie… I understand the cost and the profit, I don’t understand the story,” he sighed.

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James Gunn defends Marvel movies following Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviem…

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.

Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviemaker after accepting his Lumiere Award in France by insisting filmgoers learn nothing from Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s blockbusters and commented, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn took to Instagram on Sunday to defend Marvel, and while he didn’t call out The Godfather filmmaker explicitly, did repeat his use of the word “despicable” in his argument.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable’. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!'” the 53-year-old wrote.

“Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Gunn previously posted his take on Scorsese’s view on his Twitter page, claiming he was disappointed to hear the Oscar-winning director “judging” his films.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” he stated.

Other Marvel movie stars to defend the studio include Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman and Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan.

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Sebastian Stan ‘reintroduces’ himself to forgetful Gwyneth Paltrow for a ‘third time’

Sebastian Stan has joked he had to “reintroduce” himself to Avengers co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on three occasions.Gwyneth has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s Iron Man, and has recently become noto…

Sebastian Stan has joked he had to “reintroduce” himself to Avengers co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on three occasions.

Gwyneth has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s Iron Man, and has recently become notorious for forgetting what superhero movies she has appeared in.

Sebastian, who stars as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel movies, has been in two films with Gwyneth – the huge ensemble cast blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. But the 36-year-old actor poked fun at Gwyneth’s forgetfulness as he shared a picture of himself in a group of people alongside the Oscar-winning actress as they both attended the Valentino fashion show in Paris on Thursday.

“Glad I got to reintroduce myself to @gwynethpaltrow for the third time. We are in the same film…” Sebastian quipped, alongside a shrugging emoji.

It isn’t the first time the Goop founder has completely forgotten who Sebastian is, as a video emerged of the 46-year-old at the Infinity War premiere in 2018 asking Chris Pratt – who plays Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy – who Sebastian was.

“Who’s that?” she said, to which Chris could be heard replying: “Sebastian Stan plays Bucky. Bucky is The Winter Soldier.”

“Oh. OK,” Gwyneth responded.

The mother-of-two also recently confessed to completely forgetting about shooting a short scene for the end of the 2017 movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which she featured alongside Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., and Tom Holland, who starred as the web-slinging superhero.

Actor/director Jon had to remind her about the appearance during a recent chat on his new Netflix series, The Chef Show, after which Gwyneth, who thought that was part of the Avengers franchise, exclaimed, “That was Spider-Man?! Oh my God!”

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Gwyneth Paltrow fronts campaign for spring water brand

Gwyneth Paltrow is using her star power to give a growing spring water brand a boost. The Goop founder stars in the first-ever international advertising campaign for Flow Alkaline Spring Water, North America’s fastest-growing premium, naturally alkali…

Gwyneth Paltrow is using her star power to give a growing spring water brand a boost.

The Goop founder stars in the first-ever international advertising campaign for Flow Alkaline Spring Water, North America’s fastest-growing premium, naturally alkaline spring water company.

In one campaign photo, Paltrow can be seen holding a carton of Flow water as she sits at a garden table in a lilac blouse and jeans.

“We all know hydration is one of the core tenets of great health and glowing skin, but the convenience of a water bottle is usually outweighed by its environmental ramifications,” the Avengers actress said in a statement. “Flow is changing the game with a spring water that is naturally alkaline – nothing added – in 100 per cent recyclable packaging. The pack is made from sustainably sourced fibres and even has a plant-based cap crafted from sugarcane.”

Paltrow’s collaboration goes beyond being the face of the campaign – Flow will be the exclusive water partner for her lifestyle brand Goop through 2019.

“This campaign is a huge milestone for our premium wellness water brand as it’s the first of its kind for Flow,” added Nicholas Reichenbach, founder and chief executive officer of Flow Alkaline Spring Water. “It has been an honour working closely with Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at goop to make this campaign and partnership a reality. Gwyneth Paltrow is the perfect person for our biggest campaign yet. She embodies Flow’s mission to mindfully hydrate with naturally occurring alkaline water.”

Flow’s water contains naturally occurring essential minerals, electrolytes and an alkaline pH of +/- 8.1. The campaign will roll out across United States, Canada, the U.K. and Europe.

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Chris Evans wants to make buddy comedy with Chris Hemsworth

Avengers hunks Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are on the hunt for a buddy comedy to star in after developing such a “brotherly bond” on the set of the superhero movies. The actors have become best friends since portraying Captain America and Thor, re…

Avengers hunks Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are on the hunt for a buddy comedy to star in after developing such a “brotherly bond” on the set of the superhero movies.

The actors have become best friends since portraying Captain America and Thor, respectively, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, and following the conclusion of the current franchise in Avengers: Endgame, they are now eager to find a new project to work on together.

“I would love to do one of those ’80s buddy comedies, where we could shed the characters we are known for,” Evans told Variety of his hopes of collaborating with Hemsworth again.

Any such film would give the two pals the opportunity to goof off onscreen, something they became so well known for behind the scenes of the Marvel movies, they claim studio bosses purposefully split them up for the Endgame promotional tour.

“With Chris Evans, I have a real brotherly bond,” Hemsworth said. “I think they wouldn’t pair us up on this press tour, because we just spend the whole time screwing around and none of it is on topic.”

Evans confirmed the suspicion, branding the move “such bulls**t”.

“We had too much fun together, and truly like kids in school, we were separated because we weren’t getting s**t done,” he lamented.

Hemsworth also revealed he’d get on with his co-star as soon as they met.

“We were like, ‘Cool, working together will be easy then,'” he recalled.

Evans added: “That’s the way it’s been across the Marvel landscape. It’s always felt like old hat with the cast.”

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Brie Larson had ‘creative control’ over Captain Marvel make-up

Brie Larson had “creative control” over her character Captain Marvel’s make-up in Avengers: Endgame.Fans are getting hyped for the release of Avengers: Endgame, which is due to hit cinemas later this month (Apr19), with trailers adding to the anticipat…

Brie Larson had “creative control” over her character Captain Marvel’s make-up in Avengers: Endgame.

Fans are getting hyped for the release of Avengers: Endgame, which is due to hit cinemas later this month (Apr19), with trailers adding to the anticipation for the movie.

One trailer gave Marvel devotees their first glimpse at Brie’s Captain Marvel in Endgame, and while many revealed they were more than a little excited about the film, others wondered why Captain Marvel was wearing so much more make-up than in her own movie, released earlier this year.

Now, Endgame co-director Joe Russo has opened up about the controversy, explaining that the decision for Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, to don smoky eyes and dark lipstick was entirely down to Brie, as she has a say in the appearance of her alter ego.

“We empower them to have control over their characters because they need to be comfortable playing those characters,” he told io9. “This was Brie’s first time playing the character ever. First day on set as the character ever. And those are the choices that she and her make-up team made.

“I think as it approached the (solo Captain Marvel film, when) she started to think more about the character, she made other creative choices. But everyone should be given the right to have the freedom to make whatever creative choices they want to make. And those are the ones that she made that day with us.”

Brie previously revealed that Endgame holds a special place in her heart because she shot it before Captain Marvel – meaning it was the first time she had taken on the superhero role.

“(Endgame) will always be personally dear to me because it was my first time playing Captain Marvel,” she said at a recent press conference. “We shot this first, so I had to stumble and figure out who this character was with no script for this and no script for Captain Marvel, and perform for the first time in front of legends.”

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Avengers stars really do not know how finale ends

The stars of the final Avengers movie have no idea how the blockbuster ends. Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth have not seen the completed Marvel film and they don’t plan to until it hits cinemas. “Personally, I…

The stars of the final Avengers movie have no idea how the blockbuster ends.

Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chris Hemsworth have not seen the completed Marvel film and they don’t plan to until it hits cinemas.

“Personally, I’m actually gonna try to enjoy the experience at the premiere,” Captain America Evans says, while his co-star Scarlett insists most of the stars only know how their characters close out the movie.

“There’s so many different pieces going on and there’s, like, three different units happening at the same time, and if you’re not acting with another actor then you don’t know what’s going on in the world because there’s so many different parts of this universe,” she explains to Good Morning America.

“Honestly, we really all are as in the dark as all of you (fans) and that’s part of the joy and amazement… We are not lying; we don’t really know anything more than you guys do.”

But co-star Downey, Jr. knows one thing for sure – he’ll always be close to his castmates.

The Iron Man star says, “I can look at each of my co-stars and recall many times that we’ve sought each other out when there was no call sheet… It’s been a very blessed affair.”

And the whole Avengers saga has helped Hemsworth, who plays Thor, become cool in the eyes of one of his kids: “He gets fed the most, he gets looked after, he gets a lot of love,” the father-of-three joked to GMA. “The other ones like Wonder Woman, so they sleep outside.”

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