Anna Kendrick: ‘I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas movie’

Anna Kendrick has described starring in her first Christmas movie as a dream come true.The Pitch Perfect actress plays Noelle Kringle, the daughter of Santa Claus, in the new Disney+ film Noelle. Released on the streaming service upon its launch last m…

Anna Kendrick has described starring in her first Christmas movie as a dream come true.

The Pitch Perfect actress plays Noelle Kringle, the daughter of Santa Claus, in the new Disney+ film Noelle.

Released on the streaming service upon its launch last month, the story follows Noelle as she is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, Nick Kringle, as portrayed by Bill Hader.

“I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas movie,” Anna raved during an appearance on U.S. talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan. “And if you’re going to do a Christmas movie, it should be with Disney, and it should be that they build the North Pole to film at. It was so much fun.”

Anna also sweetly revealed that her co-star Bill’s three children loved visiting the set of Noelle and would expertly skate around on the ice, putting her to shame.

“I ice skated a little bit when I was really little, but you’re close to the ground when you’re little,” she shared. “A fall is not that scary. In the movie, at the North Pole, everyone ice skates everywhere. There are no streets, there’s just ice.”

And even though her skating appears to be flawless in the flick, Anna was not convinced that her moves were up to par.

“My coach just looked disappointed in me at all times,” the 34-year-old laughed.

Noelle also features appearances from Shirley MacLaine and Billy Eichner.

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Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate for Noelle

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bil…

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.

In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bill Hader.

At the beginning of production on the movie, she confidently told director Marc Lawrence that she used to ice skate when she was younger.

However, her skills weren’t as good as she remembered when she stepped back onto the ice.

“We had snowy Christmases, and I would skate – there’s a pond near my house that I would hobble over to and skate. And I had to skate for this movie, actually, and was like, ‘Well I have skated on a little pond when I was a kid so I’m sure it’ll be like riding a bike,'” Anna told Collider.

“It was not like riding a bike. I definitely looked like Bambi learning to walk the first couple of lessons.”

After weeks of filming the festive movie, the Pitch Perfect star is now a natural on the ice, and she misses being able to skate.

“Now I kind of miss it because I could just like skate over to the director and ask a question and then skate back. It’s a much more efficient form of transportation, really,” Anna laughed.

Noelle, which also stars Shirley MacLaine, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Ron Funches, is available now on the Disney+ streaming service in the U.S., and in the U.K. from 31 March.

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Jessica Chastain gifted It Chapter Two co-stars vitamin shots after lake scene

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clow…

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.

In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clown Pennywise, who has come back to continue his killing spree.

In an interview with Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, her co-star Bill Hader revealed that Chastain gifted her castmates – including James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, and Jay Ryan – vitamin B-12 shots after they filmed a long scene in a lake towards the end of the movie.

“We were all sitting in water and we were all freezing,” Hader recalled. “I just remember Jessica Chastain’s lips turned blue. I was going, ‘We need to get out of the water.’ Then Jessica was nice and got us B12 shots. We went up and there was this doctor sitting there and he gave us all B12 shots.”

The injections are said to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and prevent illness.

In addition to the cold water, Hader previously revealed he pulled a groin muscle while trying to run away from Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise and that he was covered in so much dirt it had to be scraped off at the end of a day’s filming.

“At the end of every day, you’d just have c**p all over you — dirt, tonnes of fake blood, sweat, and all that stuff,” he told IndieWire. “And to get it off of you, they’d put shaving cream on you. They’d put shaving cream on your arms, your legs, your face, your neck, your ears. They’d just douse you with old school shaving cream, (that) has some chemical in it that cleans the stuff off better than anything. It was actually really comforting at the end of the day.”

It Chapter Two is in cinemas now.

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James McAvoy upset his big action scene in It sequel was cut back

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer. The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the…

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer.

The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the scene over 20 times, and now it seems he needn’t have risked his health for director Andy Muschietti.

“We did this whole scene, rocks falling on our heads… It was brilliant,” McAvoy said during an appearance alongside his castmates on TV show Conan. “We did it, like, 29 times and I pulled my quads (quadriceps) and got tendonitis in my knee.

“I watched the trailer and it’s like ‘blink and you f**king miss it!’ It could have been my wonderful stuntman, because you don’t know it’s me.”

Castmate Bill Hader also spent time in the hospital following an on-set injury, but his was a little more embarrassing.

“I was asked to run and I ran for, like, 10 feet and pulled my groin,” he explained.

And it wasn’t just the male stars of It: Chapter 2 who were getting involved in the action on set – Jessica Chastain was doused with 4,500 gallons of red goo, in what will apparently be one of the bloodiest scenes in movie history.

“That’s what I was told on set,” she said. “It wasn’t real blood, obviously. It’s 4,500 gallons of fake blood. I was immersed in it. It’s like KY Jelly with red dye.”

Chastain revealed that when the director first talked to her about the bloody scene, she had to convince him to pour it on thick.

“He said, ‘It’s only going to go up to your chest’, and I said, ‘This is our opportunity to really make something crazy – let’s do (horror movie) Carrie on steroids!’ so I fully went in the blood (sic), which I regretted a lot afterwards. I was pulling stuff out of my eyeballs the next day.”

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Bill Hader couldn’t stop smiling on It sequel

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face. The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terror…

Comedian Bill Hader ruined take after take on the set of upcoming horror sequel It after struggling to keep a straight face.

The Barry star is among the new castmembers of the follow-up to the 2017 remake, which focused on a group of youngsters terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgard.

It: Chapter Two follows the now grown-up kids as they return to their Maine hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again, but Hader had trouble getting his fear across onscreen, because his natural instinct is to smile whenever he is scared.

As a result, director Andy Muschietti had to repeatedly remind the actor to watch his facial expressions.

“I’m bad at being scared because when I get scared, I smile,” Hader confessed on America’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, “and so the director, Andy Muschietti, is one of the nicest guys in the world, he’s constantly going, ‘Alright guys, Pennywise is coming – here we go! Hey Bill, man, why you smiling? C’mon, Bill, relax!’

“But I can’t because I’m like (smiling and saying), ‘Oh no! Oh my God, it’s a clown!'”

Hader joins James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two, which is set for release in September (19).

The scary movie is unlikely to ever be seen by his three young daughters, because they already have no interest in watching any of their father’s screen work.

“They want me to just be dad,” Hader shrugged. “I remember one time, I had a small part in Finding Dory, and I took my daughters to go see Finding Dory and my voice came up as one of the fish and my middle daughter (six-year-old Harper) just stood up and just walked out of the theatre!

“I came out (and) she was like, ‘You didn’t tell me you were in this. Are you in any other spots?’ I was like, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘Alright.'”

Despite the rejection from his little girls, Hader fully understands how they feel: “I wouldn’t want to see my dad in something,” he said. “Like, if I was watching Star Wars and my dad showed up in the Millennium Falcon (starship), that would be the worst moment of my life!”

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James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks for It sequel

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are reportedly in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the sequel to 2017 horror It. The Zero Dark Thirty actress has already signed on to play the older version of Beverly Marsh, thanks to her similarities to Sophia Lillis, t…

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are reportedly in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the sequel to 2017 horror It.

The Zero Dark Thirty actress has already signed on to play the older version of Beverly Marsh, thanks to her similarities to Sophia Lillis, the teenager who played her in the first instalment, which focused on a group of youngsters being terrorised by an evil clown called Pennywise.

It has now been reported that McAvoy is in early negotiations to play the older Bill, who was previously played by Jaeden Lieberher, while Hader is circling the role of Richie, who was portrayed by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.

This would mark another reunion for McAvoy and Chastain, who first worked together on 2013 romance movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and will be seen together in X-Men: Dark Phoenix in 2019.

The flame-haired actress appeared to celebrate the casting on social media by sharing a still from Eleanor Rigby in which McAvoy is sat behind her, slightly out of focus, next to a still from It showing Lieberher and Lillis, the younger versions of their characters, in a similar position.

“Stalker @jamesmcavoyrealdeal #ITfilm,” she wrote in the caption, and McAvoy joined in by sharing a picture of him touching her hair and joked that he was becoming her stylist.

“I’d like to confirm once and for all that I am in negotiations to be @jessicachastain ‘s new hair stylist,” he wrote. “Needed a career change and this feels right. I just hope I can cut it. #wetperm #it #jessicachastainsnewhairguy #careerchange.”

It: Chapter Two will follow the members of the group as they return to their hometown 27 years later and have to face Pennywise once again. Director Andy Muschietti, who previously worked with Chastain on Mama, is returning for the follow-up and the script will be written by Gary Dauberman based off Stephen King’s novel.

Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise, while the original young cast are rumoured to be reprising their roles for flashback scenes.

Production is scheduled to start in July (18), while the film is expected to hit theatres in September, 2019.

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