Captain Marvel sequel officially in the works

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior. C…

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior.

Captain Marvel, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou, raked in more than $1 billion (£761 million) at the worldwide box office, and its huge success has now spawned a sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel executives have tapped Megan McDonnell to write the script and she is in final negotiations to seal her deal.

The action will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day and Marvel bosses are eyeing a 2022 release date.

McDonnell is also part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which was recently bumped up from a 2021 release date and will now be on the streaming service later this year.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directed Captain Marvel and it has been reported that they won’t return for the follow-up. They wrote the original script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve.

Larson, who last appeared as Captain Marvel in the huge ensemble blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has yet to comment on the news.

Back in December, she played down rumours of a sequel and told Variety that she was just looking forward to time off from the extensive press tours surrounding the Marvel movies.

“I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting,” she said. “I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!”

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Annette Bening ‘enjoyed every moment’ working on Captain Marvel

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surpr…

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surprised Hollywood with her role in this year’s Marvel blockbuster, opposite Brie Larson and Jude Law.

However, she confessed she loved playing the dual role of Supreme Intelligence and Dr. Wendy Lawson in Captain Marvel, and revealed it was a refreshing change to be in a superhero movie.

“It was complete, total fun,” Annette told Deadline. “Often people say it must be fun to be in movies and you always want to say yes, but sometimes it’s just not fun. Sometimes it’s just b**ody hard work. But in this case, I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to die in the dirt and I got to dance.”

The 61-year-old noted that while her co-stars, including Brie, spent months on set, she just “waltzed in and did my thing.”

“And I just had so much fun. God, that was so great, I really enjoyed it,” she added. “I just enjoyed it, every moment quite frankly.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Annette discussed her role of Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fact-based political drama The Report, which focuses on staffer Daniel Jones, played by Adam Driver, and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks.

She told Deadline that she signed up after her first meeting with writer and director Scott Z. Burns and is “very grateful” to be featured in the film.

“It’s very hard to make a political film that gets you in your gut. I just feel very lucky that Scott asked me to do it, and I’m very grateful to him and to everybody who worked on the movie,” she added.

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Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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Brie Larson and Marvel women have pitched all-female movie to Kevin Feige

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering ba…

Brie Larson and her female Marvel co-stars have joined forces to pitch an all-women movie to Kevin Feige.

The Oscar-winning actress played Captain Marvel in her own standalone movie, which was released earlier this year, and appeared in an empowering battle scene during Avengers: Endgame.

Cinemagoers were blown away when the extraterrestrial warrior united with fellow female superheroes including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Evangeline Lilly as Wasp, as they protected Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in a battle scene.

And in a new interview with Variety, Larson revealed that she and her co-stars have had talks with Marvel boss Feige about making their dream of an all-female movie a reality.

“I will say that a lot of the female cast members from Marvel walked up to Kevin and we were like, ‘We are in this together, we want to do this.’ What that means, I have no idea,” she explained. “You know, I’m not in charge of the future of Marvel, but it is something that we’re really passionate about and we love and I feel like if enough people out in the world talk about how much they want it, maybe it’ll happen.”

According to editors at Variety, Feige has previously expressed an interest in an all-women Marvel film but has instead pressed forward with standalone films concentrating on one female hero, such as Captain Marvel and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming Black Widow spin-off, which will be released next year.

Larson later reflected on filming the Avengers: Endgame scene alongside her female co-stars, and said it felt like being part of a “coven”.

“It was just a great day. To get to be with all of those women for the day… it felt like we were a part of this like coven working together for this goal,” the 30-year-old smiled. “So, we get so excited and feel so much energy when you get to be around your peers and share stories.”

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Cate Blanchett divulges her favourite Marvel movie

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is …

Cate Blanchett has named Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her favourite Marvel movie.

Larson played Carol Danvers in this year’s blockbuster, with the plot following the pilot as she discovers she’s one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes and is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races.  

The movie made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blanchett picked the female-driven film as her number one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), despite playing Asgardian goddess of death Hela in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok back in 2017.  

“I really, really loved Captain Marvel. No offence, Taika, but it was probably my favourite,” she told the publication.

And Blanchett is also keen to see Natalie Portman become The Mighty Thor and wield the Norse god’s hammer Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.  

“I’m so, so excited. I’m so looking forward to seeing it, because I absolutely loved seeing them all with my kids,” the 50-year-old shared. “To know that Natalie is going to have such a pivotal role is really exciting.” 

Blanchett was full of praise for the increasing gender equality in the MCU too, and credited Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso with making that happen.

“She has been an incredible advocate for feminising that universe. It’s right and true that those franchises should be actually cutting-edge, because that’s traditionally what (comics) have done,” she added.

The upcoming female-driven projects in the MCU include Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, The Eternals, starring Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Olsen’s joint leading role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

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Brie Larson’s stylist came up with ‘infinity stone’ rings idea for Avengers: Endgame premiere

Brie Larson stole the Avengers: Endgame red carpet on Monday night with a set of bespoke “infinity stone” rings, based on the film’s namesake weapon, an idea her stylist Samantha McMillen thought up.In last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the infinity g…

Brie Larson stole the Avengers: Endgame red carpet on Monday night with a set of bespoke “infinity stone” rings, based on the film’s namesake weapon, an idea her stylist Samantha McMillen thought up.

In last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the infinity gauntlet was used by supervillain Thanos to wipe out half of the universe’s population.

The weapon contains six stones – which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple – and the Captain Marvel actress, who also stars in the latest instalment of the series, took to the red carpet for the film’s Los Angeles premiere wearing an array of suitably-themed jewellery.

Donning a slinky, silk lavender custom Celine gown, the 29-year-old wore five custom-made rings based on the stones, as well as a gold cuff bracelet featuring the sixth jewel.

Following the event, Brie shared a number of posts on her Instagram Stories from jewellery designer Irene Neuwirth, who detailed how the collaboration came into fruition.

“So.… (Brie’s stylist) called me when I was in Africa and had a great idea!! What if I designed rings and a bracelet inspired by Thanos and the infinity stones,” she recalled.

The designer went on to share snaps ranging from initial sketches to prototypes and behind the scenes pictures from fittings, and enthused over the end result: “It’s so great when it all works out!!!”

Samantha also uploaded a close up image of Brie rocking the jewels on her own Instagram account, writing: “This one’s for you @ireneneuwirth #brielarson #avengersendgame #captainmarvel #thanos #infinitystones.”

It’s been a busy start to the week for Brie, who also stunned at the Time 100 Gala at New York’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday, where she looked radiant in a green strapless gown by Prada that featured a full skirt and pockets.

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Jennifer Garner marks 13 Going on 30 anniversary with sweet tribute

Jennifer Garner has celebrated the 15th anniversary of 13 Going on 30 with a tribute to the cast.Directed by Gary Winick, the 2004 romcom starred Christa B. Allen as Jenna Rink, a girl who makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as …

Jennifer Garner has celebrated the 15th anniversary of 13 Going on 30 with a tribute to the cast.

Directed by Gary Winick, the 2004 romcom starred Christa B. Allen as Jenna Rink, a girl who makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman, as played by Jennifer. The film also featured appearances from Judy Greer and Andy Serkis, as well as Mark Ruffalo as the love interest.

To mark the occasion, the actress took to Instagram on Tuesday (23Apr19) to gush over the film’s enduring appeal and also praised her young co-stars – including Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson – who have gone on to carve out their own Hollywood careers.

“Fifteen years ago today #13GoingOn30 made her debut, directed with (love) by our beloved Gary Winick and a clutch of loving, hardcore producers (3 brilliant women-before it was cool to be led by women!)” she wrote. “The movie benefitted from the performances of so many young actresses. Open and twinkly-magical then- now, 15 years later, they are ruling the world. (Hi #SixChicks – @brielarson, @ashleybenson, @christabrittany – who also played a young me in (2009 movie) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – and my own sweet @revjuliaroth).”

Jennifer also uploaded a clip of the slumber party scene in the film, in which her character invites young girls to her apartment for a fun sleepover and they dance to Pat Benatar’s Love Is a Battlefield. She gave a shoutout to the actresses – Maddy Sprung-Keyser, Gia Mantegna, Catherine Combs, Sydni Beaudoin, Sara Swain, and Renee Olstead – who appeared in the sequence and updated fans of the movie on what they are doing now.

“I loved my day with this slumber party crew: they danced with abandon and reminded me of the power of just saying yes – to being in a group, to vulnerability, to wearing a bra over your clothes. At the last minute, I tossed my adopted LA family member Maddy Sprung-Keyser into the scene. @maddsk went on to be an Academic All American swimmer at Amherst, got her law degree from NYU, and is producing podcasts for @pineapple.fm. Looking back into her adolescence – with the hair and the men not wanting to jump her bones – is extra special today. Imagine if every 13-year-old girl had an opportunity to dance and feel beautiful like the girls in this film. I am proud of all of you,” the 47-year-old shared.

To conclude, Jennifer commented that she was “so lucky” to have made the movie, and noted that it has only grown in popularity, with Ariana Grande paying homage to some scenes in her Thank U, Next video.

“I feel so, so lucky to have had the experience of making this joyful movie. And even luckier to be part of something that, all of these years later, can still make people (hi, @arianagrande) smile,” she added.

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Stan Lee makes his final cameo in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has confirmed Stan Lee’s cameo in the upcoming superhero movie will be his last onscreen appearance.The comic book legend passed away in November (18) at the age of 95, with fans around the world, both famous and…

Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has confirmed Stan Lee’s cameo in the upcoming superhero movie will be his last onscreen appearance.

The comic book legend passed away in November (18) at the age of 95, with fans around the world, both famous and non-celebrities, mourning the loss.

As well as his extensive work in comics, including co-creating characters like Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Panther, Stan had become well known for his cameos in Marvel’s superhero movies, and the upcoming Avengers flick will mark his last time doing so.

“It’s his last one committed to film,” Joe told Mashable. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo. It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”

Avengers: Endgame, which Joe directed with his brother Anthony Russo, began shooting in August 2017, and finally hits cinemas from 24 April (19).

It boasts an all-star cast, including old favourites Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., as well as franchise newcomers Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman and Tessa Thompson.

Recalling memories of Stan’s set visits, self-described “comic book nerd” Anthony, who has directed numerous Marvel films along with brother Joe, revealed how everyone was always in awe of the late star.

“We have all these movie stars on that set, and when Stan came to set, everybody would be like kids again,” he said. “It was always a lot of fun shooting these cameos because he was very charming, and he would maybe get the crew going, and everybody would be laughing and having a good time.”

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Paul Rudd: ‘Avengers: Endgame was like working on Friends’

Paul Rudd found working on Avengers: Endgame to be similar to his time on Friends. The actor, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, previously starred in the popular U.S. sitcom as Mike Hannigan, starting from season nine in 2002. At th…

Paul Rudd found working on Avengers: Endgame to be similar to his time on Friends.

The actor, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, previously starred in the popular U.S. sitcom as Mike Hannigan, starting from season nine in 2002.

At the time, Rudd found it to be a big deal to join Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, who had already been working together for years, and he has now shared that he had a comparable experience on the set of the upcoming superhero feature.

“It’s the one experience I could say felt a little similar, where I kind of join this group… even though I used ‘join’ in quotes – it was like, I get to act in scenes with some iconic characters and actors in the Avengers and it felt a little bit like that, where I came onto Friends, and it was season nine,” he told Entertainment Tonight, adding of his time on Friends. “It was certainly massive for me. I had never been a part of anything that had that kind of viewership. Everybody was very nice, but I never could quite get over the fact that I was sitting in Central Perk, and I just really didn’t want to get in the way.

“I knew no one was tuning in for Mike Hannigan, so I was like, ‘Oh wow, I’m just going to sit back and kind of observe and enjoy this ride.'”

And while he’s a relative newbie on the set of the Avengers films, Rudd was excited to be starring alongside long-time superheroes Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., and fellow Marvel newcomer, Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson.

“Brie is so, so cool. Not just her character, but (how) she is kind of handling the situation. (She) kind of stepped into everything pretty easily, I think,” the 50-year-old gushed.

Avengers: Endgame begins hitting cinemas around the world from 24 April (19).

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Brie Larson urges women to ‘break boundaries’ in the film industry

Brie Larson wants to capitalise on the success of Captain Marvel and “break boundaries” for women in the film industry.The Unicorn Store actress made the comments during an appearance at Tina Brown’s Women of the World conference in New York City on We…

Brie Larson wants to capitalise on the success of Captain Marvel and “break boundaries” for women in the film industry.

The Unicorn Store actress made the comments during an appearance at Tina Brown’s Women of the World conference in New York City on Wednesday (10Apr19), and claimed that it’s important for women to keep pushing forward in the fight for gender parity.

“We have to break these boundaries,” she insisted. “Whatever that currency is, I’m spending it. I’m not going to save it in an account. We need the change now.”

The Avengers: Endgame star went on to consider the history of women’s roles in movies, and lauded her predecessors for pushing for greater recognition and more leading roles for women.

“I’m very grateful to break this glass ceiling that women can also make a billion dollars,” the 29-year-old reflected. “The reason why I was able to get the payment that I got from (Captain Marvel), a lot of it had to do with the women who came before me.”

While Brie encouraged her peers not to settle for second best and to push for better opportunities for women as a whole, she also urged them not to feel guilty about demanding a higher pay and empowered them to know their worth.

“It’s a trap that they make women feel icky about money,” the star considered. “Don’t even do it for you. Do it for the women who are going to come after you… I had to learn pretty quickly to choose myself.”

Captain Marvel was released in March and is currently the highest-grossing film of the year so far, although it will likely be overtaken by Avengers: Endgame, in which she reprises her role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, when hits cinemas later this month.

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