John Cena ‘blown away’ by James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad script

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept un…

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.

News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept under wraps.

The 42-year-old confessed he was a “casual fan” of superhero movies in a new interview with Collider and said that when he arrived on the set of the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad, he was impressed with Gunn’s creation.

“Having seen the first movie and then reading the new script, I was blown away. The first 10 pages (are) like a movie in itself. It’s really, really special,” Cena teased.

He also compared his performance as a “storyteller” in the WWE wrestling ring to Gunn’s work as a director and screenwriter.

“I’m also a storyteller at heart. I got to go out there on a nightly basis in WWE and entertain and make them want to believe that they want to see a WWE title switch or that so-and-so hates so-and-so or whatever story we’re trying to put together for that night,” he explained. “So I tip my cap to a great storyteller.”

The Trainwreck star, who is rumoured to be playing the Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad, also revealed that he was taken aback during his first meeting with the 53-year-old filmmaker when he realised that Gunn had the whole storyboard for the movie covering the walls in his office.

“You want go to work with people who jump out of bed every day and want to go to work. (Gunn) is the epitome of that. He cares so much about what he’s doing… and I hope everybody enjoys seeing it as much as we’re enjoying making it, because it’s awesome,” he shared.

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Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate for Noelle

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bil…

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.

In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bill Hader.

At the beginning of production on the movie, she confidently told director Marc Lawrence that she used to ice skate when she was younger.

However, her skills weren’t as good as she remembered when she stepped back onto the ice.

“We had snowy Christmases, and I would skate – there’s a pond near my house that I would hobble over to and skate. And I had to skate for this movie, actually, and was like, ‘Well I have skated on a little pond when I was a kid so I’m sure it’ll be like riding a bike,'” Anna told Collider.

“It was not like riding a bike. I definitely looked like Bambi learning to walk the first couple of lessons.”

After weeks of filming the festive movie, the Pitch Perfect star is now a natural on the ice, and she misses being able to skate.

“Now I kind of miss it because I could just like skate over to the director and ask a question and then skate back. It’s a much more efficient form of transportation, really,” Anna laughed.

Noelle, which also stars Shirley MacLaine, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Ron Funches, is available now on the Disney+ streaming service in the U.S., and in the U.K. from 31 March.

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Jason Mitchell overcame fear of horses for The Mustang

Actor Jason Mitchell forced himself to overcome his fear of horses for new movie The Mustang. The Straight Outta Compton star has never been comfortable around the animals, but when he came across the script for the drama, which focuses on a rehabilit…

Actor Jason Mitchell forced himself to overcome his fear of horses for new movie The Mustang.

The Straight Outta Compton star has never been comfortable around the animals, but when he came across the script for the drama, which focuses on a rehabilitation therapy programme for convicts involving the training of wild mustangs, he knew it would be the perfect excuse to tackle his equinophobia head on.

“I’ve been afraid of horses, pretty much my entire life, but I always try to challenge myself to show a different face,” he tells Collider. “When I read this script, I was like, ‘This doesn’t just challenge me on camera, this challenges me in life. This is potentially skills that I can leave with, and nobody can ever take that from me.’

“Part of that was overcoming that fear. So, besides working with the amazing cast that I got to work with, that was pretty much the main perk. The fact that I would be able to really overcome a fear was big to me.”

Mitchell really had to form a bond with his horse co-stars to appear convincing in his role as Henry, an inmate and experienced horse trainer, and he’s proud the effort he put into the job has paid off after the film earned rave reviews.

“I had to be believable,” he says. “They had wranglers and cowboys around to help, but a lot of the time, I had to do things by myself, so I really had to know what I was doing. I really had to be engulfed fully in the character. I think I hit the mark and it came out good (sic).”

Working so closely with the majestic mammals also helped Mitchell develop a deep “respect” and understanding of the horses.

“The powerful thing about horses is the fact that, like we say in acting, you can’t skip the work. You can’t expect to get the results, and not do the work behind it,” he shares. “If you choose to respect that space and respect them, as an animal, you can start making that bond, but it’s important to take your time and be patient. It was really beautiful…”

The Mustang, directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, and Bruce Dern. It opened in U.S. cinemas earlier this month (Mar19).

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Ben Affleck prepares return to directing this year

Ben Affleck is planning to return to the director’s seat before the end of the year. The Oscar winner dropped out of directing himself in the upcoming The Batman film shortly before his latest addiction issues hit the headlines, and now he’s clean and…

Ben Affleck is planning to return to the director’s seat before the end of the year.

The Oscar winner dropped out of directing himself in the upcoming The Batman film shortly before his latest addiction issues hit the headlines, and now he’s clean and sober again, Ben is keen to get back behind the camera.

The 46 year old, who can currently be seen in Netflix action drama Triple Frontier, is refusing to reveal which film he’ll direct, but he is circling one project for his return to calling the shots after successes like Live by Night, Argo, and The Town.

“I have multiple stuff in development and I’m hoping to shoot something at the end of the year,” he tells Collider.

“I have a couple of different things that are all in various stages of script, and outline, and finished script. We’ll see which one comes together and who wants to make them.

“It’s just so hard to get a movie made, and hard to find someone who wants to partner with you and really sees the movie the same way that it makes sense to have multiple irons in the fire… There’s one (project) that I just made a deal to do a rewrite on an existing script. There’s another one that’s a book that I’m trying to sell. There’s another one that’s not quite in script form, the writer’s working on it. It’s an outline, and it’s going to be turned into a script. They’re options, all of them, for me to try to direct.”

Meanwhile, Affleck is attached to direct and appear in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution and he’s still down to produce director Matt Reeves’ take on The Batman, which has yet to find its star.

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Keira Knightley’s directing plans on hold until daughter grows up

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.However, she plans to…

Keira Knightley is putting her plans to become a director on hold until her daughter grows up.

The British star, 33, has worked as an actress since her teens and eventually wants to put what she has learned to use behind the camera.

However, she plans to wait a few years before pursuing directing, as her number one priority at the moment is being a mum to three-year-old Edie, who she shares with husband James Righton.

“At the moment with a three-year-old, no,” she told U.S. website Collider. “But maybe further down the line. Yeah. I’ve worked on a lot of films. I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful directors and I’m really interested in how it’s all put together, and I really like working with scripts and storylines.”

Explaining that she still has a lot to learn about filmmaking she added: “There’s certain areas that I’m confident I’d be ok with, and certain areas where I’m not as confident. So we’ll see in the future.”

One skill Keira thinks she’ll need is the ability to multi-task and focus on learning camera skills, rather than getting lost in a scene.

“The problem is as an actor what I’m meant to do is completely ignore that the camera is there,” she mused. “So it’s taken me so long completely ignore that the camera is there, that now if you’re thinking about directing you need to start going, ‘Why are you there and what lens are you on?’”

The Brit previously told Cover Media that becoming a mum had changed her approach to acting.

“I think it’s impossible not to empathise with this character whether you are or not,” she revealed at the London premiere of her latest movie The Aftermath. “But my view of the world and the way that I play characters and the way that I see characters is different, because motherhood pretty much changes you fundamentally. So you can’t not see the world differently and therefore see the characters differently.”

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Indiana Jones 5 facing production delays – report

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project…

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.

Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project after, with principal photography due to kick off in the United Kingdom in April 2019.

But according to Variety, plans for the shoot have hit a snag and the production has been put on hold until “key members of the creative team” sign off on a finished script.

This means the film is no longer on track to hit theatres in July 2020, with some insiders suggesting fans may have to wait another year for the blockbuster.

Editors at the film publication report that crew members have been informed of the delay.

Meanwhile, Collider has claimed that Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Raiders of the Lost Ark scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan, has been invited to board the project to make the necessary script changes.

Kasdan will reportedly replace David Koepp on the film, who was hired in 2016 having worked on the previous instalment, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is not known if he will be rewriting the existing script or simply be making tweaks.

Koepp has long collaborated with Spielberg, penning the screenplays for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds as well as other Hollywood features, such as Mission: Impossible and 2002’s Spider-Man. He is currently working on the script for You Should Have Left, a horror film starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spielberg is also working on a remake of West Side Story and is attached to The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a historical drama with Mark Rylance.

Representatives for Disney, the studio behind the latest Indiana Jones flick, have declined to comment on the report.

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Toni Collette happy to take blame for fans’ Hereditary nightmares

Actress Toni Collette is prepared to take the blame for the nightmares fans are likely to have after watching horror film Hereditary.The leading lady of director Ari Aster’s new scary movie is receiving widespread acclaim for her terrifying turn in the…

Actress Toni Collette is prepared to take the blame for the nightmares fans are likely to have after watching horror film Hereditary.

The leading lady of director Ari Aster’s new scary movie is receiving widespread acclaim for her terrifying turn in the feature, with some of her onscreen facial expressions being dubbed more frightening than the hellish ghost characters themselves.

The film, which has been given a big promotional push, will be officially released on Friday (08Jun18), and Toni won’t be offended if movie-goers hold her fully responsible for their night terrors as a result of the spine-chilling scenes.

“I’ve made so many movies, and the distribution somehow, they drop the ball,” she tells Collider. “It’s just exciting to me to know that people are going to see this f**king film because you know, you give 100 per cent on every job.

“This one was hard, and kind of somewhat perversely satisfying, so it’s exciting that it may have an actual, sizeable audience. I’m happy for people to blame for whatever they’re going to blame me for. I didn’t buy their ticket for them!”

The film has generated such a buzz, it even has its own emoji on Twitter, with users who punch in the hashtag #Hereditary getting a cartoon version of one of Toni’s twisted scream faces in their tweet.

The 45 year old never imagined her face would be a Twitter emoji and she can’t get enough of it.

“How funny is that?,” she laughs. “I love it. I feel sorry for the people who are actually looking at (tweeting) #Hereditary in a serious way.”

Collette admits she is not a horror fan and would probably never watch a movie like Hereditary on her own, but the picture’s script was so good, she couldn’t turn the project down.

“When I read it (script), it felt – it was one of those situations that you hear actors talking about, it always sounds incredibly pretentious, where it feels like it has somehow, I haven’t chosen it, it’s chosen me,” she explains. “I really wasn’t looking to do anything like this, but it was just felt so honest, and for a film that kind of creeps into a genre element to have such brave honesty and a kind of poetic vibe was an incredible combination.”

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