Haaz Sleiman cried after filming history-making gay kiss for Marvel’s Eternals

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cin…

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.

The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first same-sex kiss, but two of the characters will be in an openly queer relationship.

Sleiman plays a supporting cast member in the movie, who is married to Brian Tyree Henry’s immortal hero Phastos, and the couple have a child together.

He discussed the groundbreaking move by Marvel producers in an interview with NewNowNext and noted he wants audiences to understand his character’s “beautiful and loving” relationship with the first-ever gay superhero.

“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” the 43-year-old explained. “Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we, in the queer community, were all children at one point.

“We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious; we forget to connect on that human part.”

Eternals, which takes place after the devastating events of last year’s Avengers: Endgame, will see the immortal beings uniting to defend Earth from the Deviants.

The comic book flick, also starring Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Kit Harington, is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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Amy Adams’s The Woman in the Window pushed back to 2020

Amy Adams’s upcoming movie The Woman in the Window has been pushed back to 2020 so it can be reworked after test screenings flagged problems. The thriller, starring Adams as an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime, was set to hit cinem…

Amy Adams’s upcoming movie The Woman in the Window has been pushed back to 2020 so it can be reworked after test screenings flagged problems.

The thriller, starring Adams as an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime, was set to hit cinemas on 4 October, but it has now been switched to an unknown date in 2020 so it can undergo reshoots.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives, who obtained the feature when they acquired the Fox film empire in March, have opted to remove it from their 2019 slate so they can rework the picture after early test screenings showed that the narrative confused audiences.

“We’re dealing with a complex novel,” said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, who is departing the studio imminently but will remain as a consultant on the film for Disney until its release. “We tested the movie really early for that very reason. We wanted to make it better, and we’ve had Disney’s full support in doing that.”

Director Joe Wright, known for films such as Darkest Hour and Atonement, is reportedly planning to do five days of reshoots in August, once Adams wraps filming on Ron Howard’s Netflix movie Hillbilly Elegy.

The Woman in the Window, based on the best-selling 2018 novel by A.J. Finn, also stars Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie and Brian Tyree Henry, and was adapted for the screen by playwright Tracy Letts.

The mystery will be the last film released by Fox 2000 before Disney shutters the division, and there will now be a significant gap between it and Fox 2000’s penultimate film, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is due for release in August.

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Brian Tyree Henry linked to A Quiet Place 2

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing…

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.

The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

A follow up is now in the works, with stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all returning to their roles as the Abbott family, who must survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound.

Atlanta star Brian looks set to join the cast, along with Cillian Murphy, who’s been cast as “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Krasinski will once again direct his wife Blunt and is also co-writing the script with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.

A summer shoot is being lined up, with a release date slated for March 2020.

Talking about the success of the first film, which landed Blunt her first Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Supporting Actress, Krasinski credited deaf actress Simmonds, 16, with helping to make the horror extra special.

“In my first call to (studio bosses at) Paramount, I said, ‘I have to cast a deaf actress for all the reasons, not just the obvious one, to get an organic performance,'” John explained at the Deadline The Contenders London event. “But also, I wanted a partner in crime. I wanted her to walk me through her life. To say she is special is an understatement. We believe she’s an angel.”

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Yann Demange: ‘Matthew McConaughey is director’s dream’

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the y…

White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has insisted Matthew McConaughey is not a “precious” actor.

Yann, who made waves with his first film ‘71, cast Matthew as Rick Wershe Sr. in his new feature, which tells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr., the youngest ever FBI informant, and how he wound up serving a life sentence as a teenager.

Talking about working with Oscar winner Matthew, the filmmaker only has good things to say about the Dallas Buyers Club star.

“What surprised me, I’ve not worked with a star before and I was like, ‘How’s it going to be? Is he going to listen and be open?’ And he did, he’d be up for trying anything, as long as you collaborate with him and you try everything he wants to do, he’ll try everything you want to do too,” Yann smiled to Cover Media.

“You just got to put the time in. And he’s there to jazz, he’s there to riff, he’s there to try. He’s not precious, he doesn’t think he knows all the answers. He likes to be directed, but he has ideas as well, he has strong ideas, and you’ve got to try them out. And he surprised me many times. I thought a scene should be played more serious, and he’d play it lighter and funnier. And I was like, ‘Oh actually you’re right, there’s more poignancy in that.’”

English actress Bel Powley, Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry and Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star.

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Brian Tyree Henry joins Millie Bobby Brown in Godzilla vs. Kong

Two of TV’s biggest stars are teaming up on the big screen as Brian Tyree Henry and Millie Bobby Brown sign on to Godzilla vs. Kong.Atlanta star Brian, who was nominated for an Emmy earlier this year for his turn as Paper Boi in Donald Glover’s hit…

Two of TV’s biggest stars are teaming up on the big screen as Brian Tyree Henry and Millie Bobby Brown sign on to Godzilla vs. Kong.

Atlanta star Brian, who was nominated for an Emmy earlier this year for his turn as Paper Boi in Donald Glover’s hit series, is continuing his move into film, after also landing parts in Hotel Artemis, White Boy Rick and Steve McQueen’s highly-anticipated heist movie Widows.

And 14-year-old Millie, a household name thanks to Netflix smash Stranger Things, will be reprising her role of Madison Russell in the Godzilla franchise, after already filming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which hits screens in 2019.

Godzilla vs. Kong marks the fourth film in the latest incarnation of the monster movies which originated from a series of Japanese films in the ‘50s. The first was 2014’s Godzilla, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen, followed by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, with Tom Hiddleston taking the lead with support from Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman.

And 36-year-old Brian could soon be following in the footsteps of the franchise’s other stars by starring in a superhero movie.

“I would love to,” he told GQ America. “I’m looking for any reason for somebody to go and make me train. I’m not going and working out on my own, so if somebody wants to give me the Marvel treatment and go, ‘Hey man, look, We want you to go get jacked for four months so you can be… Spy Lord. F**k. Yes. When you run this interview, make sure you put this in all bold caps so the Comic-Con and the people at Marvel can see that I’m serious, okay?”

Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard and also starring Kyle Chandler and Danai Gurira, is slated for a May 2020 release date.

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Sterling K. Brown assumed Hotel Artemis co-star Jodie Foster would be aloof

Sterling K. Brown thought Jodie Foster would be aloof and unapproachable before they met on the Hotel Artemis set.The two stars appear alongside each other in Drew Pearce’s new dystopian crime drama, about a members-only hotel/hospital hybrid that take…

Sterling K. Brown thought Jodie Foster would be aloof and unapproachable before they met on the Hotel Artemis set.

The two stars appear alongside each other in Drew Pearce’s new dystopian crime drama, about a members-only hotel/hospital hybrid that takes in criminals. Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, Jeff Goldblum and Sofia Boutella also star.

“My preconception was that Jodie would be aloof and unapproachable, and I could not have been happier to find out that the absolute opposite was true,” Sterling beamed to British newspaper Metro. “She’s incredibly warm and accessible.”

In the film, Sterling plays criminal with a heart Waikiki, which is a world away from the role that made him famous – Randall Pearson in beloved TV series This Is Us.

The 42-year-old has been melting hearts as lovable Randall since 2016, with the part bagging him both an Emmy and Golden Globe, the latter of which made him the first African-American to win the prize for best actor in a drama.

He also won an Emmy for his role in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but Sterling now has his sights set on more movie roles.

“This is like my first leading-man kind of action thing. And that was really exciting!” he said of Hotel Artemis.

And with parts in upcoming flicks The Predator and The Rhythm Section, as well as a role in Marvel smash hit Black Panther, it looks like action could be his forte.

“I am still looking forward to my Rambo moment, when I can cover myself in slime and start taking people out,” he smiled, adding some of his favourite films growing up were Ricochet and Die Hard.

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