Trolls World Tour to debut at home and in cinemas simultaneously

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Pl…

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.

After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, and Mulan postponed their releases, the animation, which features a voice cast led by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, was thought to be the next studio release, with it scheduled to hit cinemas on 10 April.

However, on Monday, Universal Pictures representatives announced that they would be making the movie available on home entertainment and in cinemas on the same day.

In addition, they are also going to make films still showing in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available on-demand from Friday.

“That’s right folks – due to…um…things happening in the world, we are releasing @TheInvisibleMan for streaming this Friday,” tweeted Leigh Whannell, the director of The Invisible Man. “So those who wanted to catch it in theatres but couldn’t will be able to view it from the safety of their biohazard containment zones (couch or bed).”

The films will be available for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested price of $19.99 (£16) each in the U.S. and for similar prices internationally.

The decision is a huge blow to cinemas, which have been forced to close or reduce seating in some areas due to new social distancing rules implemented to help halt the spread of Covid-19. The news follows a difficult box office weekend, with the North American box office plummeting to a two-decade low.

As a result, Warner Bros. executives have decided to make Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, available for digital purchase early, on 24 March. Disney bosses also made Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker available for digital purchase almost a week early and put Frozen II on their streaming service, Disney+, three months earlier than expected.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she couldn’t ride motorcycle in Birds of Prey

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she didn’t learn to ride a motorcycle for Birds of Prey.The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli and her alter ego, Huntress, in the DC Comics action thriller, alongside co-stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and J…

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she didn’t learn to ride a motorcycle for Birds of Prey.

The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli and her alter ego, Huntress, in the DC Comics action thriller, alongside co-stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

When Winstead accepted the role of the assassin in Cathy Yan’s movie, she was looking forward to the stunts, fight training, and more importantly, riding her character’s famous motorcycle.

However, her excitement was short-lived, as her stunt double Dena Sodano “got to have all the fun”.

“I did not get to do any motorcycle training. I thought I might when I read the script; I was excited. I thought I’d maybe get to learn how to ride a motorcycle, but since Huntress wears a helmet, there was no need,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Winstead’s previous ballet training also helped her while learning the fight choreography, which involved elements of jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and martial arts.

“I’m really grateful for that background. I think I automatically pick things up… I feel like I’m able to use my body and pick up the choreography in order to use it to move the story and character forward,” she explained.

And while the actress confessed that the comic book blockbuster was out of her comfort zone, she’s proud of herself for pushing her boundaries and becoming an action hero.

“Birds of Prey was definitely a big, huge leap in that direction for me to really train hard with a stunt team and go beyond what I’ve done before in terms of fight training and physicality. I really loved it,” Winstead gushed.

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Rosie Perez infuriated by lack of equality in Hollywood movies

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Var…

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.

The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Variety, she shared her frustration that change wasn’t happening in Hollywood quickly enough.

“Do I think things are moving fast enough for women? No, absolutely not,” Perez fired. “I hate when they always put us on a certain course that we have to pace ourselves because they need to catch up. It’s infuriating.”

“I’m tired of standing in the line. I want to cut the line, and I want fabulous women like Anne and Dee to cut the line too. It’s like, ‘Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to pace ourselves because you can’t catch up?'” the Birds of Prey star continued. “So I think that a big change has been coming, but it’s not coming quick enough for me.”

Her co-star Anne added that she was sick of talking about equality in Hollywood, because “it’s happening”.

“Aren’t you ready to stop having this conversation? That’s where I’m at. People are walking the walk, people are doing it,” Hathaway shared, adding that people needed to be patient to wait for the changes to take effect.

“It’s happening. No, it’s not happening fast enough. Things are good. Things could get better. Let’s keep going. Let’s not panic and let’s keep talking about it,” the Oscar winner explained.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with Cathy Yan on Birds of Prey

Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with “smart” director Cathy Yan on their movie Birds of Prey.The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli, also known as Huntress, in the comic book action thriller, alongside Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Ju…

Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with “smart” director Cathy Yan on their movie Birds of Prey.

The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli, also known as Huntress, in the comic book action thriller, alongside Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

And Winstead told The Hollywood Reporter it was refreshing working with the Chinese-American filmmaker and the female-dominated cast and crew.

“It feels great to not be standing behind a bunch of men, but to actually be standing in front of it as women with something that we made, something that we’re proud of and something that we put our blood, sweat and tears into,” she shared.

“I have never been a part of something that was so female heavy in terms of every single department and every single leading creative role, especially not in this genre, this budget level and all of those things.

“That was liberating, refreshing, exciting, fun and meaningful in every single way for me, and I think for the rest of the cast as well.”

The Fargo star, who was full of praise for director Yan, was given freedom to add her own interpretation of her comic book character to the role.

“She’s so smart, so confident, competent and fun,” she explained. “I was given quite a bit of freedom… to just read whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, and take inspiration from whatever bits helped me or fit this version of the character that we’ve created in the movie.”

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Rosie Perez kept filming Birds of Prey fight scene despite injury

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Be…

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.

The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress.

The stars were required to embark on serious physical training to prepare for the movie, but Perez suffered an injury on the first day.

“After over 30 years of dancing, choreographing and doing martial arts, I thought my body was done,” she shared with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I was a bit panicked about it and on my first training day, the meniscus disc in my knee tore. I’m a grown-a*s woman and I was in tears – it was more about letting the squad down, letting Margot, Jurnee, and Mary down.”

The 55-year-old continued to train while attending physical rehab, but the injury returned again during a fight scene with Robbie. However, Perez was determined not to let her injury stand in the way of the sequence and simply carried on.

“My knee blew out again, when I had a fight with Margot and I went, ‘Oh, no, no, no!’ I looked over at Margot and she goes, ‘You’re okay.’ That is what your corner does in boxing,” the star recalled. “I was like, ‘There’s no freaking way I’m going to let this scene go. There’s no way, I’m better than that.’ I could take the punches and, literally, we were kicking each other.”

Meanwhile, the Do the Right Thing star also heaped praise on her co-stars, director Cathy Yan, and the crew for creating a supportive atmosphere on set and stated that the experience “reignited the power I already had”.

Birds of Prey is in cinemas now.

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Margot Robbie joins Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under …

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.

It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will reportedly follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Robbie will join Bale on the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie are reportedly being eyed for roles.

It was previously reported that the Australian actress, who was up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, was being touted as one of the leading ladies on the movie, alongside Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with 20th Century Studios.

The filmmaker likes to reunite with actors he has already worked with on past movies. For example, Russell and Bale previously collaborated on The Fighter and American Hustle to great success.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

This marks part of Russell’s comeback after he took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood following the release of his movie Joy in 2015. He is also working on an adaptation of 2013 novel The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

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Rosie Perez fought for her role in Birds of Prey

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee…

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.

The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s crossbow-wielding fighter Huntress to help save a young child from an evil crime lord.

In an interview with Glamour U.K., Perez revealed she had to fight to get the role because executives at Warner Bros. wanted someone about 20 years younger.

“They wanted somebody young,” she recalled. “(Director) Cathy (Yan) called me, and she said, ‘I’m not supposed to be calling you. I’m just going to be honest. They want someone younger.’ And I burst out laughing and she said, ‘That’s why I love you! When I can get you into Warner Brothers, I will give you a call.’ I didn’t hear from her for months and then I saw the shortlist of actresses and they were all like 30 to 35 years old.

“I didn’t just go ‘oh well’ and move on. I’m not an ageing fighter that you’re going to put out to pasture. You have to take charge and you have to try. So, I went into Warner Brothers, they called me the next day and I got the role.”

Accordingly, Perez hopes older women will see her fighting onscreen and get inspired to keep fit.

“I hope I inspire every woman of a certain age to get you’re a*s back in the gym,” the actress said. “It’s not over. You can do it, because I thought I was done, and I am so not done.”

Birds of Prey is now showing in cinemas.

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Christian Siriano inspired by Birds of Prey for fall 20 collection

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes…

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.

The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Heidi Klum, Leslie Jones, Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Silverstone, and Angela Sarafyan.

Regarding his influences, Siriano shared in his show notes that he was fascinated by the attitude of Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn in the recently released DC Comics movie Birds of Prey, as well as the costumes and overall colour palette.

“This season, I let my imagination run wild. I was first inspired by the film Birds of Prey where I took ideas of Harley Quinn running through a dark abandoned carnival fun house,” he explained. “This led to a mythical, gothic and artistic experimental collection. I even found myself looking into the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century for ideas of sculpture, form, futurism and expression.”

To open the show, Siriano had a model walk the runway in a gunmetal grey jacket, striped black and gold trousers, and a leather choker with silver chain details. Alluding to Harley Quinn’s signature make-up, a black heart motif was drawn under her eye.

A parade of black dresses with silver embellishment followed, with some looks accessorised with dangly earrings and wide-brimmed hats.

At one point, the 34-year-old fashion star introduced pops of fuchsia and lime in the form of metallic dresses and two-piece suits, while he waited for the end of the spectacle to introduce a range of ballgowns with touches of ’80s flair, including a striking dress made from dark orange silk.

At the conclusion, Siriano offered up a line of red carpet-ready ensembles, including a gown made from pink and black tulle, with model Coco Rocha sporting a dramatic metallic gown with architectural shoulders and flared hemline to close.

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Margot Robbie: ‘I never want to play the same character twice’

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her …

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.

The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her projects including comic book adaptation Suicide Squad, period piece Mary, Queen of Scots, and real-life sports drama I, Tonya.

In an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, Margot explained that she was determined to keep mixing it up with her roles.

“I never want to play the same character more than once,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been conscious of that. With The Wolf of Wall Street, I loved playing the gold digger, trophy wife – I had the best time of my life in that movie – but unless it’s coming from a different conscious space, I don’t want to play the same person.”

However, Margot has made an exception with deranged criminal Harley Quinn, who she first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad. She will be reprising the role for the upcoming Birds of Prey, a female-led ensemble action film, and The Suicide Squad, which is due to hit cinemas in 2021.

The 29-year-old, who is producing Birds of Prey via her LuckyChap Entertainment company, admitted it had been “an uphill battle” to get the film made following her initial pitch four years ago.

“(My pitch) had comps (comparisons) of other female ensemble action films that had done well and ones that didn’t do well and my theory as to why and what we could do,” Margot explained. “But really, I was just saying we need to do a female ensemble action film. I don’t know why there aren’t more of them. I wanted it to be R-rated so we didn’t feel restricted in the language or the violence, because if it was a PG rating, guys can feel like it’s a ‘chick flick.’”

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, is released in cinemas from 7 February.

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Margot Robbie rocks feathered dress at Birds of Prey premiere

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries …

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.

The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries Van Noten along with a bralet top with black feathers attached and hot pink gloves.

A photo posted by stylist Kate Young on Instagram also showed Margot posing with a piece of mustard yellow silk around her arms, but the star must have decided to ditch that particular accessory before hitting the red carpet.

Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett was tasked with styling the 29-year-old’s blonde hair into textured waves, while her make-up artist Pati Dubroff played up the colours of her outfit by painting gold glitter onto her eyelids and giving her a slick of pink lipstick.

However, Margot wasn’t the only Birds of Prey castmember to opt for feathers at the event. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who portrays Black Canary, opted for a quirky black ensemble with feathers attached to the hem of the skirt from Guy Laroche.

And the Australian shared in a chat with Entertainment Tonight that she and her colleagues had unexpectedly coordinated outfits regularly on the press tour.

“We’ve now started texting each other before getting ready. We’re like, ‘What are you wearing? OK, you are wearing black-and-white checkers. I was gonna wear that.’ But now we keep doubling up. I think we’re all just on the same page,” she smiled.

Elsewhere, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Huntress, made a statement in a long red Zuhair Murad gown with a pleated skirt and bow detailing on the shoulders. She accessorised with a dice-shaped purse and jewellery from Bondeye and EF Collection.

Filmmaker Cathy, as well as co-stars Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, and Ella Jay Basco, were also in attendance.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits cinemas from 5 February.

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