Paul Feig shoots down possibility of Bridesmaids sequel

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. However, Feig has now poured wat…

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.

The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

However, Feig has now poured water on the idea of a follow-up to the film, which was co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and insisted that any story for the sequel would never be as good as the original.

“Everybody thinks they want a Bridesmaids sequel, and it could be fun, but I always have to say this: Bridesmaids works – you remember all the comedy stuff, that was great, but the reason that movie worked is because it was about Kristen Wiig’s character,” he told Collider.

Feig went on to note that protagonist Annie Walker is a “disaster”, and the flick ends with her overhauling her life and starting a relationship with police officer Nathan Rhodes, played by Chris O’Dowd.

And the director believes that the only possible story for a sequel would have to focus on another wedding – though he would leave that decision in the hands of Wiig.

“So, to do a sequel, I think you’re basically just gonna have to have a funny wedding. And I’ve seen those movies a million times and some of them are good and some of them are like, ‘O.K., whatever.’ It’s obviously up to Kristen, she’s the keeper of the keys on that, but it would have to be something that you can emotionally engage in again,” Feig shared. “That could be funny, but I just think you need more for a movie to be great.”

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Jerry Bruckheimer developing Bad Boys 4

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1…

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.

The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1995.

Bruckheimer revealed that after the success of this year’s Bad Boys for Life, which saw Smith and Lawrence reprise their roles as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, he’s now working with bosses at Sony on another instalment.

“We had a great experience on the first one, both through the development process with Tom Rothman (Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman) and his team, and then through the editing process and filming process,” he told Collider. “We put together, along with their help, a movie that’s very satisfying for the audience, and we’d like to do it again, and I think they’d like us to do it again. We’re currently working on a draft for the fourth one.”

Bad Boys for Life, which was released in January, has raked in more than $419 million (£518 million) at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2020 so far. The third movie also starred franchise newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton.

It’s not yet known if Smith and Lawrence will be back onboard for the follow-up, or if directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be returning to the franchise.

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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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Jesse Eisenberg feels invincible while working on movie sets

Jesse Eisenberg feels so invincible while working on movie sets that he is happy to do certain stunts.The 36-year-old actor opened up about his experience while filming his new sci-fi thriller Vivarium, and revealed that any fears he has in real-life d…

Jesse Eisenberg feels so invincible while working on movie sets that he is happy to do certain stunts.

The 36-year-old actor opened up about his experience while filming his new sci-fi thriller Vivarium, and revealed that any fears he has in real-life disappear once he steps on set.

“I don’t know if it makes me feel invincible because I’m on a movie set,” Jesse told Collider. “Fears of heights, or in this case, being zipped up in a bag and claustrophobia, immediately disappear. I do stunts in movies that I would never do, in real life. I think there’s a feeling that you’re invincible on a movie set because they take so many precautions, or because you don’t foresee ever getting hurt at work.”

His bravado on movie sets has also terrified his wife, Anna Strout, with whom he shares three-year-old son Banner, after he asked them to come and watch one of his scenes while filming Vivarium.

“I love the stuff in this movie. That was fine. I asked my child, who was one years old, to come out and watch the scene and my wife said, ‘Are you kidding me? Absolutely not,'” he laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, The Social Network star revealed that shooting the sci-fi thriller, in which he plays one half of a young couple who become trapped in a nightmarish idyllic neighbourhood, was emotionally exhausting.

“You’re shooting these movies on these like soundstages, where there are no windows or outside noise, and you’re stuck at the same time of day for 14 hours, and that’s exactly what the characters are living in,” he explained. “They’re living in this totally unnatural, plastic hellscape. In a way, it mirrors what the experience of shooting a movie on a soundstage is, but with more dire consequences.”

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John Cena had ‘no fear’ doing his own stunts on Fast & Furious 9

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside ori…

John Cena had no fear while performing his own stunts for Fast & Furious 9.

The 42-year-old was cast in the latest instalment of the action franchise last year, but has refused to divulge any information on the character he will be playing alongside original stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, and Charlize Theron.

However, he told Collider that his mysterious character will be involved in plenty of explosive set pieces, and revealed that he was more than happy to do his own stunts on the movie.

“On film, I will cheat death but it’s so safe,” Cena explained. “I had no fear in any of the processes. It’s awesome and I think by making the actors feel that sense of like, ‘Hey man, we’ve set this up so you are going to be all right. Just go for it.’ You get the best performance from your actors rather than somebody going, ‘I don’t know about this’… It was unbelievably safe but also unbelievably creative.”

While the original cast has worked together since The Fast and the Furious back in 2001, newcomer Cena received a warm welcome from his co-stars.

“It is a family environment and it is one that the world views as their family as well. They’re into the storyline, they’re into the characters, and they’re into this 20-year, eight- instalment narrative that, in a lot of cases, (is defining),” he shared.

“On top of that, they’ve managed to build an almost superhero environment with real people… It’s already a globally-appreciated franchise and I think Fast 9 will be a wonderful adrenaline shot for the franchise.”

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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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