Susan Sarandon didn’t think The Big Lebowski spin-off would ever be made

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff …

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.

The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

More than two decades later, the 63-year-old has reprised his iconic character for the movie spin-off, which is also a loose remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 film Going Places, as well as writing and directing his passion project.

During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, Sarandon, who plays former prisoner Jean, confessed she was stunned when she got the call from Turturro asking her to come to set to begin filming, as she thought his passion project was too ambitious to be given the green light.

“I said yes (to the job) thinking they would never get the money!” she quipped. “It was so crazy, the script, and so much was going on, and I was like, I love John, I’d do anything he asked me to do. I love Bobby (Cannavale, co-star), we’ve worked together before, I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, sure, sure – it’ll never happen!’ And it happened!”

And having her old friend behind the camera made the experience all the more fun for Sarandon, because she was already familiar with his shooting style, having previously collaborated on 1998’s Illuminata and 2005’s Romance & Cigarettes, which were both also written and directed by Turturro.

“John is very special, he creates an atmosphere that (makes) you feel very safe, you can throw out anything to try,” she explained. “It’s just fun, that’s the main thing, and you know he knows what he’s doing.”

The Jesus Rolls, also starring Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm, is in U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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Rose Byrne only uses clean beauty products since becoming a parent

Rose Byrne has overhauled her beauty kit and now only uses “clean” cosmetics.The Australian actress, who is known for her flawless complexion and glossy brunette locks, shares sons Rocco, three, and Rafa, 19 months, with her actor partner Bobby Cannava…

Rose Byrne has overhauled her beauty kit and now only uses “clean” cosmetics.

The Australian actress, who is known for her flawless complexion and glossy brunette locks, shares sons Rocco, three, and Rafa, 19 months, with her actor partner Bobby Cannavale.

While Rose is “total beauty junkie,” she has recently cleaned out her bathroom cabinet and now sticks to using natural or sustainable products.

“I’m totally into clean products. I’m a big fan of True Botanicals and their Nutrient Mist, and I love Goop and Juice Beauty,” she told U.S. InStyle magazine. “But what’s particularly interesting when you’re breastfeeding or pregnant is what you’re allowed and not allowed to eat. It’s like, ‘Wow, why don’t I just do that all the time?'”

When off-duty, Rose keeps her make-up to a minimum, simply opting to groom her eyebrows and apply some colour to her lips. But she always wears sunscreen no matter where she goes.

“In Australia, we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. I remember talking about it in PE and health class. So growing up you’d slap on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. It’s so ingrained in me,” the 39-year-old stated.

Elsewhere in the chat, Rose spoke about her upcoming movie Limited Partners, in which she and Tiffany Haddish play friends who start a beauty company together. Salma Hayek also has a role in the flick, and the star looked to her castmate for all sorts of advice.

“Salma Hayek, who’s also in the movie, was particularly helpful because she’s had beauty lines. We’ve been friends, and I talked to her a lot about what’s involved and what it takes. It’s such a competitive landscape,” she added.

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Rose Byrne was keen to find the right ‘tone’ for adoption drama Instant Family

Rose Byrne was very careful to hit the right “tone” in her new comedy-drama Instant Family.The Australian actress stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in the Sean Anders-directed flick, with the plot following a couple who stumble into the world of foster…

Rose Byrne was very careful to hit the right “tone” in her new comedy-drama Instant Family.

The Australian actress stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in the Sean Anders-directed flick, with the plot following a couple who stumble into the world of foster-care adoption and end up taking in three children overnight, including a rebellious teenager, as played by Isabela Moner.

As the film mixes humour with an exploration of more serious subject matter, Rose has now shared how hitting the right balance was important to her.

“Finding the tone is tough,” she told Total Film magazine. “We’re doing different versions of a lot of scenes – pushing the comedy and then pushing the drama. Some scenes are so split down the middle.”

Rose went on to explain that she was attracted to the role because she would be able to tap into her own experiences as a mother, as she and her actor partner Bobby Cannavale are parents to two young sons. But once she began investigating the U.S. adoption system, the star quickly discovered that it was much more complicated than she had thought, especially in regard to the fostering or adoption or older children and teenagers.

“I really didn’t want to go back to work at the time. I’d just had my second kid and I was still recovering from that. But after I spoke to Sean, I put the phone down and I was like, ‘F**k. I’m gonna have to do this,’” the 39-year-old said. “I have friends who were adopted, and I know a bit about the situation in Australia, but I was pretty naïve about the American system. When I started reading up on it the facts just completely floored me. It’s hard to do a film like this and not be permanently changed by it.”

Instant Family, also featuring Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, is now showing in U.S. cinemas and opens in the U.K. on 14 February (19).

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Bobby Cannavale to re-team with Melissa McCarthy for Super Intelligence

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence. The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous rel…

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence.

The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous release, The Boss.

Super Intelligence centres on an unfulfilled former corporate executive, played by McCarthy, who is selected for observation by a newly-developed form of artificial intelligence that may or may not be set to take over the world.

James Corden has been tapped to provide the voice of the artificial intelligence.

Cannavale will portray her onscreen ex-boyfriend, who re-enters her life following an extended absence, reports Collider.

The Ant-Man star and the funnywoman previously joined forces for the 2015 hit Spy, which was a critical and commercial success – taking in $235 million (£180 million) globally.

The new project also marks another reunion for the husband and wife team of Falcone and McCarthy. After appearing in Bridesmaids together, the 47-year-old also starred in Falcone’s directorial debut Tammy, which they co-wrote.

They also collaborated on follow up films The Boss and Life of the Party, and are also behind the forthcoming crime drama The Kitchen, featuring Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.

Super Intelligence will be developed for the couple’s production company, On the Day.

Production is set to begin later this month (Jul18) and is slated for release at the end of 2019.

Both McCarthy and Cannavale will be keeping busy for the rest of the year.

Oscar nominee McCarthy will appear in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? as the author Lee Israel and The Happytime Murders, while Cannavale recently featured in the blockbuster sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will soon be seen in The Big Lebowski spin-off Going Places, as well as the small screen drama Homecoming.

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Bobby Cannavale to re-team with Melissa McCarthy for Super Intelligence

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence. The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous rel…

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence.

The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous release, The Boss.

Super Intelligence centres on an unfulfilled former corporate executive, played by McCarthy, who is selected for observation by a newly-developed form of artificial intelligence that may or may not be set to take over the world.

James Corden has been tapped to provide the voice of the artificial intelligence.

Cannavale will portray her onscreen ex-boyfriend, who re-enters her life following an extended absence, reports Collider.

The Ant-Man star and the funnywoman previously joined forces for the 2015 hit Spy, which was a critical and commercial success – taking in $235 million (£180 million) globally.

The new project also marks another reunion for the husband and wife team of Falcone and McCarthy. After appearing in Bridesmaids together, the 47-year-old also starred in Falcone’s directorial debut Tammy, which they co-wrote.

They also collaborated on follow up films The Boss and Life of the Party, and are also behind the forthcoming crime drama The Kitchen, featuring Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.

Super Intelligence will be developed for the couple’s production company, On the Day.

Production is set to begin later this month (Jul18) and is slated for release at the end of 2019.

Both McCarthy and Cannavale will be keeping busy for the rest of the year.

Oscar nominee McCarthy will appear in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? as the author Lee Israel and The Happytime Murders, while Cannavale recently featured in the blockbuster sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will soon be seen in The Big Lebowski spin-off Going Places, as well as the small screen drama Homecoming.

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Michael Douglas keen for Ant-Man prequel

Michael Douglas is up for an Ant-Man prequel focusing on his character Dr. Hank Pym.Paul Rudd is back as the miniature Marvel hero in new flick Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits cinemas from next month (Jul18), with Evangeline Lilly returning as Hope va…

Michael Douglas is up for an Ant-Man prequel focusing on his character Dr. Hank Pym.

Paul Rudd is back as the miniature Marvel hero in new flick Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits cinemas from next month (Jul18), with Evangeline Lilly returning as Hope van Dyne/ Wasp and Michael as Hank.

And Michael thinks fans would also appreciate a feature focused solely on Hank, a scientist who was Ant-Man when he appeared in Marvel Comics in the ’60s.

“I’d like to see him, if there’s magic, we do movie magic in terms of flashbacks. How about getting Hank back to his prime age as the Original Ant-Man and kick some serious a*s?” the 73-year-old excitedly told Screen Rant.

“I’m ready. I’m geared. I need a good stunt double. You know, I’ll find him, but now you can make me look 40 years younger let’s do the whole job!”

Editors have already made Michael look younger in his role as Hank, using de-ageing technology for a flashback scene in 2015’s Ant-Man.

For the upcoming sequel, Bobby Cannavale, T.I. and Michael Pena are also returning to the franchise, while Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne are among the cast newcomers.

In an interview with Variety, Michelle, who portrays Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother Janet, the original Wasp, said she signed on to Peyton Reed’s new film after becoming a fan of the original.

“It had this great sense of humour about it, and just this unusual tone,” she said. “This new script has the same thing, it’s nicely written.”

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