Anthony Mackie struggled with stunts during Captain America: Civil War

Anthony Mackie struggled to successfully perform a daring stunt while filming Captain America: Civil War.The 41-year-old plays Sam Wilson and his superhero alter-ego Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and made his debut as the flying comic book c…

Anthony Mackie struggled to successfully perform a daring stunt while filming Captain America: Civil War.

The 41-year-old plays Sam Wilson and his superhero alter-ego Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and made his debut as the flying comic book character in Captain America: Winter Soldier in 2014.

However, it was for his appearance as Falcon in Anthony and Joe Russo’s blockbuster two years later that the stunt worked kicked up a gear for Mackie, and he had to face the humiliation of trying to land a tricky jump.

“I’m supposed to land, so they pull me up like 30 feet off the ground and I’m on a pendulum, so I’m supposed to pull my legs under me and land to a stop,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I didn’t realise how much my lower body weighed, so I pull on the ropes to try and bring my legs under but I can’t get my core in, and I literally land face-first in the dirt and bounce for about 10 feet.

“I have grass and mud all in my face. The crew is just dying laughing. Everybody is dying laughing,” he recalled.

And while he used his extensive method acting training from private performing arts school Juilliard and studied the behaviour of birds when they land, he was still unable to pull off the stunt.

“It became a comedy of errors of every day when I had to land and how they were going to kill me. To this day: ‘How do we crash him into something?'” Mackie laughed.

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Tom Holland was told to watch original Star Wars movies after blunder

Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers reveal…

Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.

The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers revealed they schooled the young star after discovering he was a Star Wars novice.

Holland admitted to the Russo Brothers that he hadn’t seen the iconic films, so he didn’t understand the Star Wars reference his character made during his breakout scene as the web-slinging superhero.

“We were stunned,” Joe laughed during an episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School. “We adore Tom, but I’ll tell you, getting to know Tom, Tom is a young man. He is a very young man. We’ve since gotten him to invest some of his time watching some older films, hence the Pizza Film School. Holland needed to go to Pizza Film School.”

In the scene, Peter Parker asks his fellow superheroes if they remember a scene in “that really old movie” The Empire Strikes Back as he brings down a giant Ant-Man with his web, similar to how Antilles brings down an AT-AT Walkers with a tow cable in the 1980 sci-fi film.

“I have to tell you, I actually got really excited when he said he hadn’t seen it because the idea was so novel to me and unexpected. I was like, ‘This is fantastic,'” Anthony recalled. “Tom is a guy whose sensibilities we really admire and value, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, we get to tap into his sensibilities and they’re unaffected by Star Wars.’ I was very excited by that.”

While they denied they forced Holland to watch the original sci-fi trilogy, they confessed they’d given him enough grief.

“I think we’ve since busted his chops enough that he’s seen it,” Joe quipped.

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Paul Rudd still feels like an ‘imposter’ in Hollywood

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars. The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juli…

Paul Rudd sometimes feels like he’s an “imposter” in the acting industry and not as talented as his co-stars.

The actor made his movie debut in 1995 teen classic Clueless, and throughout his 25-year career, he has starred in films such as Romeo + Juliet, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Role Models, Ant-Man, and the most recent Avengers instalments.

Despite having a long and successful career, Rudd has admitted he still feels like he’s not as good as his colleagues.

“I still have that feeling – ‘I’m an imposter, I’m not as good as the people I’m working with,’ or I feel I just don’t have it,” he confessed to British actor Abubakar Salim as part of the BAFTA Breakthrough mentoring scheme, according to Yahoo!

However, Rudd explained that he feels more comfortable if he has written or produced the project, or if he is working with actors he’s collaborated with before.

“I feel like with that stuff it gets a little easier; if I’ve worked on the script it’s a little easier because I know it more and I’ve worked on it from the ground up so I think maybe I feel a little bit more comfortable,” the 51-year-old continued. “I’ve also been lucky too to work with some of the same people and, if I work with people I’ve worked with more than once and we are all on the same page, those experiences I think I probably feel a little less stressed.”

The Captain America: Civil War star will next be seen in cinemas in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The feature was originally meant to be released in July but will now come out in March 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Joe Russo praises Tom Holland’s ‘Oscar-worthy performance’ in Cherry

Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero…

Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.

The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

Since then, Joe has teamed up with his brother Anthony Russo once again to helm the upcoming movie, which sees Tom play an Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who robs banks to fund his drug addiction.

The gritty character is a far cry from the young actor’s infamous portrayal of the sweet and nerdy Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the 48-year-old filmmaker teased the possibility of an Oscar nod for Tom next year.

“I think he’s exceptional in the movie, honestly. I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance out of him. He is shredding himself, physically and emotionally,” Joe told Collider, noting that it is a “complicated role” that spans decades in the movie. “I just think he’s exquisite in the part. He’s so compulsively watchable onscreen.”

Joe also admitted it was a bonus that Tom is so well-liked because of his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Spider-Man, as audiences will find it hard to hate his character in Cherry.

“When you’re playing a character that goes to that level of depravity, to have someone as inherently likeable as Tom playing that character, so that you continue to root for them no matter what horrible choices they make, it’s invaluable,” the filmmaker continued. “I think it really changes the entire presentation of the movie for an audience. I can’t say enough about it. I’m just really blown away by him in the film.”

Cherry is slated for release later this year.

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Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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Joe Russo: ‘Removing Spider-Man from Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tragic mistake’

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn…

Director Joe Russo believes Sony executives have made a “tragic mistake” in pulling Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In August, it was revealed that bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off. This meant that the web-slinging superhero, played by Tom Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

Yet, during an interview with the Toronto Sun, Russo, who directed Holland as Spider-Man in three MCU films with his brother Anthony, said Sony leaders were making a mistake if they thought they could replicate the genius of Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

“It was a tenuous, fraught union throughout the whole process,” he said. “But, I will say, stepping back and trying to be objective as possible, that I think it’s a tragic mistake on Sony’s part to think that they can replicate Kevin’s penchant for telling incredible stories and the amazing success he has had over the years. I think it’s a big mistake.”

The Russo brothers directed Holland’s first appearance in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and Anthony admitted they weren’t surprised that the deal fell apart.

“It was so difficult to get him into Civil War. It was an extremely long and hard process,” the filmmaker added. “But we were driven to help make it happen. But Kevin Feige pulled it off, somehow. Disney and all the good people at Sony found a way to make it work and it lasted a few films. We had a wonderful experience with that, and I think audiences really appreciated that marriage. But we know how hard that marriage was to make in the first place, so the fact that the marriage fell apart isn’t really that surprising to me and Joe.”

Holland has assured fans that he will still be playing the superhero in Sony’s movies.

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Queen Latifah to star in The Tiger Rising film adaptation

Queen Latifah has signed on to front a big screen adaptation of children’s book The Tiger Rising.The Star actress will take on the role of wise housekeeper Willie May in the upcoming film, which will be based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 work about a 12-ye…

Queen Latifah has signed on to front a big screen adaptation of children’s book The Tiger Rising.

The Star actress will take on the role of wise housekeeper Willie May in the upcoming film, which will be based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 work about a 12-year-old boy named Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the centre of the woods near his home.

Other key characters include Rob’s father Robert Horton, Rob’s classmate Sistine Bailey, her mother Mrs. Bailey, and school principal Mr. Phelmer.

No further casting details or a potential release date has been announced. Latifah will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is set to begin shooting in the fall.

However, it is known that Ray Giarratana has adapted the screenplay and will direct the feature. The filmmaker previously acted as a visual effects supervisor on movies such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and the recently released John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Latifah has just finished a three-season run as Carlotta Brown on now-cancelled TV series Star and played Sasha Franklin in hit 2017 comedy Girls Trip.

She is in the pre-production phases of Angela Tucker’s drama Paper Chase and Jeffrey Reyes’ King of the South, a biopic about Master P, the hip-hop mogul and founder of No Limit Records, and is also producing TV movie The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel and comedy The Trap.

Newbery Medal-winning writer DiCamillo is known for her 2003 novel The Tale of Despereaux and 2013’s Flora & Ulysses, while her 2000 book Because of Winn-Dixie was made into a family film by director Wayne Wang in 2005.

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Scarlett Johansson to star in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Scarlett Johansson is set to take a lead role in upcoming film Jojo Rabbit.Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is currently putting the cast together for his new World War II film, which will tell the story of a 10-year-old German boy who, ridiculed …

Scarlett Johansson is set to take a lead role in upcoming film Jojo Rabbit.

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is currently putting the cast together for his new World War II film, which will tell the story of a 10-year-old German boy who, ridiculed by his peers and misunderstood by his mother, can’t quite figure out how to fit in.

As the naive young boy struggles to understand his place in an increasingly Fascist regime, he resorts to an imaginary friend who can offer advice and help him cope.

According to Variety, Johansson is in final talks to take on the role of the mother, who is struggling to understand her son and the challenges he is facing.

Waititi will play an imaginary Adolf Hitler in the film, who will be an invention of the boy, as he is missing his father and is also confused by Nazi propaganda.

Producers are currently conducting a search for a young child to play the boy. No other casting details have been announced but shooting on the film is set to kick off in the spring (18).

Jojo Rabbit will mark a change of direction for Johansson, who has appeared in numerous fantasy and superhero films recently. She played the lead role in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in a string of Marvel movies, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

The 33-year-old star has also voiced one of the characters in Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs and is lined-up to headline a film about Zelda Fitzgerald.

While New Zealand-born director and screenwriter Waititi, who penned the script for Jojo Rabbit and will also produce the film, has recently wrapped on TV movie, What We Do in the Shadows – an adaptation of his 2014 film.

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