Pierce Brosnan to star in sci-fi thriller Youth

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesda…

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.

The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesday.

Youth is set in the near future when “Renewal” – a procedure to rewind the body’s biological clock back to its prime – has become the world’s hottest and most expensive commodity. Brosnan will play Joel, an engineer who is set to retire at the age of 70 after a lengthy career. Not wanting him to leave, his company pays for him and his wife Alice to Renew. However, while Alice emerges from the operation in her 20s, the procedure goes tragically wrong for Joel. Rather than make him younger, his ageing begins accelerating rapidly, forcing him to undergo another, more dangerous procedure.

It is not yet known who will play Alice.

Marty co-wrote the screenplay for Youth with Josh Izenberg and Amelia Whitcomb and it will be produced by Jib Polhemus, Paul Schiff, and Martin Brennan, with Laura Bickford and Hannah Leader executive producing.

Later this month, the former James Bond star will next be seen in Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. His upcoming projects include the horror False Positive, action movie The Misfits, and fantasy adventure The King’s Daughter. He was filming movie musical Cinderella alongside Camila Cabello and Billy Porter when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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Anna Wintour ‘couldn’t say no’ to Billy Porter’s show-stopping 2019 Met Gala look

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and at…

Anna Wintour couldn’t turn down Billy Porter’s request to be carried into the 2019 Met Gala by six shirtless men while dressed as an Egyptian sun king.

The Vogue editor-in-chief has been the chairwoman of the prestigious fashion event since 1995, and attendees are sometimes required to run their outfit choices past her to be approved.

The Pose star previously revealed that he had to ask Wintour for her permission to be carried down the red carpet by six men, while he lay atop the procession wearing a creation by The Blonds which featured 10-foot wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

And in a new interview conducted by Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, he quizzed the 70-year-old on her decision to approve his extravagant outfit.

“I get a lot of emails, a lot of text messages, every single day. I don’t often get an email saying, ‘I would like to arrive at the Met as an Egyptian sun king surrounded by six young men with no shirts on.’ I mean, how could you possibly say no?” she quipped.

Wintour added that the reception from the crowd when Porter arrived was so loud, that it broke a staff member’s phone.

“I don’t know if you know this, but when you arrived, there was such a roar from the crowds across the street that you blew out all the phones that the red carpet team had, and we had to get them new ones,” she told the Like a Boss actor.

“The applause was so loud. It was beyond anything and it was magnificent – such a perfect, fantastic choice for that particular night. It was historic. Congratulations,” Wintour added.

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Billy Porter opens up about playing ‘genderless’ Fairy Godmother in Cinderella remake

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabell…

Billy Porter has opened up about his decision to play the Fairy Godmother as “genderless” in the upcoming Cinderella remake.

The Emmy-winning actor plays the iconic character in the live-action musical version of the fairytale, which stars Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

In a new interview with Variety Live, the 50-year-old star described his portrayal of the Fairy Godmother as “non-conforming” and explained his decision to play the character gender-free.

“Magic is genderless. We have all these sort of genders that we’ve put on things and it doesn’t actually matter,” Porter stated. “It’s not about sex. It’s not about sexuality. It’s not about gender. It’s about magic. It’s about being somebody’s fairy godmother, father, person, whatever you want to call it. That’s what it’s about.”

Production on the movie at Pinewood Studios near London was shut down last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Pose star had already completed his work on the film.

Despite remaining secretive over what musical numbers he’s involved in, he did tease fans with small details about his character’s glamorous costume.

“It’s gold and there are pants, there are skirts, there are heels, there are cowl necks and wands and things,” he shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Porter opened up about his upcoming role as the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake, which is also rumoured to be starring Scarlett Johansson as the meek and vulnerable Audrey.

“She’s a fantastic actress and her energy is right,” he gushed. “You need that kind of strong but vulnerable. It’s the dichotomy of that.”

Chris Evans has also reportedly signed up to play Audrey’s abusive dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello, which Porter believes is a great casting decision.

“He’ll be hot, which is sort of what it needs to be. You need to understand why she stays in that abusive relationship,” he stated.

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Billy Porter challenges fans to recreate his Met Gala outfit

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as t…

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.

The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as they self-isolate, and the first task was to emulate his theatrical ensemble from the prestigious fashion event last year.

Porter donned a bejewelled golden Sun God catsuit created by The Blonds, which featured 10-foot gold wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti heeled boots.

The 50-year-old actor set out the rules on Instagram, telling his followers that he was making the challenge difficult to test their DIY skills.

“Using items found ONLY in your house, give me your best recreation of my 2019 @themetgalaofficial lewk (sic) and post a photo or video on your Instagram (grid or story),” he wrote alongside photos of himself on the red carpet at last year’s bash.

“Be CREATIVE and have FUN! Get the whole family involved… I’ll share my favorites! Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, hennies!”

The Like a Boss star later shared a link to a Vogue.com story about the challenge, which featured some of the entries to Porter’s unique creative task.

“I’m GAGGED over all the incredibly creative and chic responses to the Fashion Challenge! Now you’re all featured in @voguemagazine, divas!” he shared on Twitter. “More challenges to come, hennies!”

The 2020 Met Gala was recently postponed as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected around 488,000 people, with more than 22,000 deaths.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration.

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Production halted on Camila Cabello’s Cinderella movie

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast in…

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast including Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

According to editors at Deadline, the crew were sent home from the project, which is based at Pinewood Studios near London, for two weeks.

Director Kay Cannon is helming the musical blockbuster, which also stars newcomer Nicholas Galitzine and British comedian Romesh Ranganathan, with Corden’s company Fulwell 73 producing.

Universal also confirmed it has sent home the crew from Jurassic World: Dominion, which was also filming at Pinewood.

“The Pinewood Group is continuing to follow guidance set out by the government, and the studios remain fully operational,” a statement from the studios read.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which are both filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England, have also halted production as the Covid-19 outbreak escalates, with more than 1,500 reported cases and 55 deaths in the U.K. so far.

“At the moment, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will remain open and operational. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will post any updates on our website,” the studios said in a statement.

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Billy Porter contemplating launching his own fashion line

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outf…

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.

The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outfit with matching hat for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

However, Porter has now revealed that he’s currently working on incorporating his extravagant style into a new fashion collection.

“I’m working on figuring out what a fashion line would look like,” he told People magazine. “I’m not sure if it will be clothing or accessories. I’m not sure, but it’s on my brain.”

Despite still being undecided on a foray into design, Porter emphasised that whatever he ends up doing will be focused on inspiring confidence amongst his fans.

“It’s not just about what I’m wearing,” the 50-year-old shared. “It’s about how I feel. About how other people feel.”

The actor has a busy year ahead of him, after landing roles as the genderless Fairy Godmother in Camila Cabello’s musical live-action fairy tale movie Cinderella, and as the voice of the man-eating Venus flytrap Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

However, Porter is still focused on the fashion event of the year, the 2020 Met Gala, and revealed he’s already working on his show-stopping ensemble.

“I’m going. I don’t know who or how, but I’m going. We’ve landed on a designer, but that’s all I know right now,” he teased.

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Chris Evans in talks to play dentist in Little Shop of Horrors remake

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the…

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, and Billy Porter are also circling the project, which will be directed by Greg Berlanti, and production is set to begin this summer.

The Captain America star seemingly confirmed his upcoming role on Twitter on Monday, as he shared a link to The Hollywood Reporter article and captioned it with a tooth emoji.

Back in March, the actor told the outlet he was desperate to star in a musical and said his dream role would be the maniacal dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

“I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re (remaking) Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?'” he said at the time.

Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of florist shop worker Seymour, who discovers his Venus flytrap can speak and sing. He names it after his co-worker Audrey, who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, dentist Orin. But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

Negotiations are still ongoing for Rocketman star Egerton, who is up for the role of Seymour, and Johansson, who will reportedly play Audrey, but Porter has already signed a deal to lend his vocal talents to the Venus flytrap, according to the outlet.

The movie would serve as a reunion for Evans and his Avengers co-star Johansson, who last appeared together in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.

The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.

He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.

However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.

The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.

“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.

“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.

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Giles Deacon inspired by Kensington Palace when creating Billy Porter’s Oscars outfit

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.

The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.

The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.

He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.

The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.

“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.

The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.

And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.

“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”

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James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver join Cinderella musical

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling …

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.

The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling of the classic fairytale.

The British star will play one of the mice who is turned into a footman to take Cinderella to the ball alongside fellow comedians John Mulaney and Romesh Ranganathan.

Meanwhile, rapper Elliott will play the Town Crier in the flick, while Driver has been tapped for the role of Queen Beatrice, according to Deadline.

The newcomers join Senorita singer Cabello, who is making her feature acting debut in Cinderella and will also be involved in the music, and as well as relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine, who has been cast as love interest Prince Robert.

Pierce Brosnan will also be playing the King, Idina Menzel will serve as the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

The musical comedy re-imagines the traditional Cinderella tale and follows the heroine as she tries to make her ambitious dreams come true. Production on the movie is set to begin this month.

Corden and Leo Pearlman are serving as producers on the film, alongside Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who was executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The musical is set to hit theatres in February 2021.

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