My Spy to debut on Amazon Prime in U.S. due to coronavirus

Dave Bautista’s comedy caper My Spy will now debut on Amazon Prime in America as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The action-comedy, which also stars Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, and Ken Jeong, was released in cinemas in countries including Canad…

Dave Bautista’s comedy caper My Spy will now debut on Amazon Prime in America as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The action-comedy, which also stars Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal, and Ken Jeong, was released in cinemas in countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.K., and was set for a U.S. theatrical debut on 17 April before the coronavirus crisis led to the temporary closure of movie theatres.

Studios have been forced to push back release dates or find alternatives ways of screening new titles. In the case of My Spy, executives at Amazon Studios have now acquired the distribution rights from STXFilms and MWM Studios for U.S. and key foreign territories and will make it available for streaming on their Amazon Prime Video platform, according to Deadline. A release date has not been set.

My Spy’s release suffered complications even prior to its redistribution. STX, the film’s production company, had originally slated the release of the family film for August 2019, but executives held the movie back, as Stuber, another film starring Bautista, was still showing in theatres. It was then moved to January 2020 and once again to March and then to April.

The movie, which reportedly cost STX $18 million (£14.5 million) to produce, has reportedly grossed just $4.4 million (£3.5 million) in overseas box office takings. With coronavirus lockdowns casting uncertainty over the reopening of theatres, STX was left with little choice but to go for a video-on-demand (VOD) option Stateside to reap some cash back from My Spy.

Many films which were showing in cinemas at the time of their closure, such as Onward, The Invisible Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Bloodshot, and The Hunt, have gone to digital release early. The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, is skipping a theatrical run altogether and heading to Netflix, while Artemis Fowl is doing the same but going on Disney+.

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Kumail Nanjiani stuns fans with ripped physique

Kumail Nanjiani has wowed fans by showing off his physical transformation for his role in Marvel movie The Eternals. The Silicon Valley actor and stand-up comedian was revealed to be playing Kingo, a cosmic-powered being and legendary swordsman, in th…

Kumail Nanjiani has wowed fans by showing off his physical transformation for his role in Marvel movie The Eternals.

The Silicon Valley actor and stand-up comedian was revealed to be playing Kingo, a cosmic-powered being and legendary swordsman, in the Marvel movie earlier this year, and he has been training heavily to prepare for filming.

On Monday evening, the 41-year-old showed off the result of his hard work, posting a shirtless picture on Instagram to flaunt his new ripped abs and bulging biceps.

“I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are,” he wrote in the caption. “I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time.”

He went on to thank trainer Grant Roberts for making him “understand true physical pain for months and months”, the fitness team on location, the chefs at Matthews Street Catering for making him healthy meals, and his wife Emily V. Gordon for “putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year”.

Kumail’s picture subsequently went viral on social media and received many celebrity comments. Dwayne Johnson praised his transformation by writing, “Extremely hard work. Dense muscle is hard to achieve. Looking great my brother!!” with fist bump and flexing muscle emojis, while fellow former wrestler Dave Bautista wrote, “Holy good god! I’d say mission accomplished. Way to get after it brother!”

Brittany Snow added, “Holy. S**t,” Jason Biggs commented, “Holy balls,” and Chelsea Handler stated, “This is ridiculous.”

The Eternals, which also stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Richard Madden, is slated to hit cinemas in November 2020.

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Chadwick Boseman auditioned for role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther. The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise…

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther.

The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise, including instalments such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the final two Avengers movies, and his own standalone film, which won three Oscars earlier this year.

However, during a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Boseman revealed that he originally tried out to play Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but never expected to get the role, which eventually went to former wrestler Dave Bautista.

“It’s about going in and playing. I didn’t think I was going to get it,” he explained. “We didn’t know what Guardians was going to be so I didn’t know what it was. I only had a few pages at that time so it was good to come in and play to see what they did with it.”

Despite not being successful with the Drax audition, Boseman believes the opportunity got him in front of Marvel casting directors, who thought of him when they were casting for Black Panther.

“Well, sometimes, that’s the way it works as an actor. You go in knowing you’re not gonna get it, but you’re meeting the people that, you know they might be like, ‘He’s not this, but we’ll put him in this other thing.’ So, I feel like that was one of the moments where they were like, ‘Hey, we could use him later,'” the star added, giving a shout out to casting director Sarah Finn, who was responsible for finding every actor that appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The 41-year-old will reprise the role of Black Panther for a sequel, which is set to hit cinemas in May 2022.

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Sylvester Stallone: ‘Escape Plan 2 was the most horribly produced film’

Sylvester Stallone has revealed his movie Escape Plan 2 was the “most horribly produced film” he’s ever starred in.In a recent post on Instagram, the veteran Hollywood star vented his frustration at last year’s Escape Plan 2: Hades, and blasted t…

Sylvester Stallone has revealed his movie Escape Plan 2 was the “most horribly produced film” he’s ever starred in.

In a recent post on Instagram, the veteran Hollywood star vented his frustration at last year’s Escape Plan 2: Hades, and blasted the producers for ruining the film, which also starred Dave Bautista, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, and Jesse Metcalfe.

“Escape Plan 2 WAS TRULY THE MOST HORRIBLY PRODUCED FILM I have ever had the misfortune to be in,” Stallone shared, as he heaped praise on the recently-released Escape Plan 3: The Extractors.

The 73-year-old revealed that the direct-to-video movie, helmed by filmmaker John Herzfeld, was shot in just 17 days, with his co-stars Bautista and Jackson forced to work under pressure to get the low-budget project finished.

“This new film was made in an extraordinarily short amount of time, 17 nights, dusk till dawn, no breaks, we ate while we worked!!!! The Crew were under unbelievable pressure. Proud of them!” the Rambo star added.

Stallone then shared information from a Media Play News report on Instagram, showing Escape Plan 3: The Extractors was at the top of the rental charts in the U.S.

“We are so proud that we beat the odds and are at the top of the charts!!!! Not Easy ! But what I think is amazing and what people should know is this film was made in 17 days with a budget that was less than what the GREAT Floyd Mayweather pays for one of his BUGATTI cars!! (about 3.6 Mil. ),” Stallone gushed. “So for young films makers out there shows what can be done when everyone PULLS together And you have the AMAZING marketing team at GRINDSTONE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ! Ya killed it (sic)!!!”

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Dave Bautista: ‘Denis Villeneuve is the best person to reboot Dune’

Dave Bautista has insisted director Denis Villeneuve is “the best person” to reboot epic sci-fi movie Dune because he was a big fan of the books growing up.The Guardians of the Galaxy actor first worked with the Arrival filmmaker on 2017’s Blade …

Dave Bautista has insisted director Denis Villeneuve is “the best person” to reboot epic sci-fi movie Dune because he was a big fan of the books growing up.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor first worked with the Arrival filmmaker on 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 and recently reunited with him to play Glossu Rabban in Dune, a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, after David Lynch’s attempt in 1984.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista insisted Villeneuve is perfect for the job because he genuinely cares about the source material.

“His take on Dune is very true to the books. If you know his style of filmmaking, it’s perfect. He was tailor-made to do this,” he gushed. “I hope he won’t mind that I’m saying this, but when I talked to him about Dune, he said that he really wanted to pay honour to the books. He was such a fan of the books growing up. So, people who are fans of the book are just going to love this film. They’re actually going to see all these characters brought to life. He’s absolutely, without a doubt, the best person to do it.”

Bautista also explained that he won’t make any decisions about his character, also known as the Beast, before he begins filming because he made a mistake by doing that on Blade Runner 2049, when he came in with an idea of who his character was and Villeneuve gave him a completely different direction.

“So, I don’t want to wrap my head around my idea of who the Beast is before I get there. I just know Denis is going to tell me that he is someone else,” the 50-year-old laughed. “So, I will follow his direction.”

Dune follows the conflict between two rival noble families as they battle for control of desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, which is the only source of “the spice”, a drug which can extend human life, making it the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson and is expected to be split into two films, with the first being released in November 2020.

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Dave Bautista has no desire to play villain in Fast and Furious franchise

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a…

Dave Bautista has no plans to play a villain in one of the Fast and Furious franchise films.

The former WWE star, who portrayed Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, was tagged in a Twitter post on Saturday by a fan who suggested he appear in a spin-off feature alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena.

However, Bautista was quick to reject the idea and throw shade at the popular series.

“Thank you for your consideration,” he replied, before adding a vomiting emoji and the hashtag “I’d rather do good films”.

One follower then responded to the sportsman-turned-actor’s hashtag, reminding “Big Dave” that he had a role in the critically-panned 2018 movie Escape Plan 2, in which he appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone.

But hitting back, Bautista responded: “Genius! Big Dave didn’t state that he’s never done a bad film. But I did them for particular reasons that helped build an ‘acting’ career. And I got to work with Sly so in your face with that! You’re dismissed!”

Fast & Furious 9, featuring original castmembers like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, is currently shooting in London and is set to be released in May 2020.

While spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, which sees Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, is scheduled to open in cinemas in August.

Bautista, 50, can next be seen onscreen in the action comedy Stuber, alongside Kumail Nanjiani, and is also attached to star in upcoming flicks like The Killer’s Game and Army of the Dead.

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Dave Bautista: ‘Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie …

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as its new ruler and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy onboard their ship, hinting that Thor’s storyline may continue in the next Guardians film.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Guardians star Bautista gave his endorsement to the Australian actor.

“I think Chris Hemsworth is a great guy; he’s a fun-loving Aussie. He is what you’d expect him to be,” he said. “He’s very funny, pleasant and upbeat. He’s very social, so I think that would be a perfect fit to be honest with you. I think Hemsworth is hysterical.”

The hardman, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the franchise, was also asked if the spaceship was big enough to house so many big personalities, and he replied that they had already proven it was possible with the amount of characters in Endgame and its predecessor, Infinity War.

“Absolutely. If we can all do Infinity War and Endgame together… It was a who’s who there and there were no issues,” the 50-year-old shared. “It was pretty amazing to see. That’s a trickle-down thing. That comes from the top. Marvel set the tone for an environment, and that’s what the environment is.

“I think they take all those things into consideration when people are being hired, and it was incredible to see a who’s who of Hollywood, all interacting together in a very pleasant atmosphere. There were no egos; there was no ego-clashing or attitude. If there was, I didn’t witness it.”

It has not yet been confirmed if Hemsworth will be part of Vol. 3, which is being written and directed by James Gunn, who was reinstated by Disney after being fired for a Twitter controversy.

The film, set to also star Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff, is due for release in 2021.

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Dave Bautista: ‘Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie …

Dave Bautista is confident Chris Hemsworth would be “a perfect fit” with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hemsworth’s character Thor leaves his home of New Asgard after appointing Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as its new ruler and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy onboard their ship, hinting that Thor’s storyline may continue in the next Guardians film.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Guardians star Bautista gave his endorsement to the Australian actor.

“I think Chris Hemsworth is a great guy; he’s a fun-loving Aussie. He is what you’d expect him to be,” he said. “He’s very funny, pleasant and upbeat. He’s very social, so I think that would be a perfect fit to be honest with you. I think Hemsworth is hysterical.”

The hardman, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the franchise, was also asked if the spaceship was big enough to house so many big personalities, and he replied that they had already proven it was possible with the amount of characters in Endgame and its predecessor, Infinity War.

“Absolutely. If we can all do Infinity War and Endgame together… It was a who’s who there and there were no issues,” the 50-year-old shared. “It was pretty amazing to see. That’s a trickle-down thing. That comes from the top. Marvel set the tone for an environment, and that’s what the environment is.

“I think they take all those things into consideration when people are being hired, and it was incredible to see a who’s who of Hollywood, all interacting together in a very pleasant atmosphere. There were no egos; there was no ego-clashing or attitude. If there was, I didn’t witness it.”

It has not yet been confirmed if Hemsworth will be part of Vol. 3, which is being written and directed by James Gunn, who was reinstated by Disney after being fired for a Twitter controversy.

The film, set to also star Chris Pratt and Pom Klementieff, is due for release in 2021.

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Dave Bautista hopes relationship with Disney is good after defending James Gunn

Dave Bautista is hopeful that his relationship with Disney is good after he defended director James Gunn when he was fired. The filmmaker came under fire last year after offensive tweets he wrote a decade ago were unearthed and caused a stir online, a…

Dave Bautista is hopeful that his relationship with Disney is good after he defended director James Gunn when he was fired.

The filmmaker came under fire last year after offensive tweets he wrote a decade ago were unearthed and caused a stir online, and bosses at Disney subsequently cut ties with the 52-year-old, despite his apology, and removed him from directing duties on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Bautista was one of the stars who leapt to the defence of Gunn, and at the time, he even threatened to leave the third instalment of the Marvel saga if his friend wasn’t reinstated.

Back in March, Disney executives decided to give the filmmaker another chance, and the 50-year-old former wrestler hopes that the studio understands his support of the filmmaker, who helmed both Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

“I hope it’s good. I never actually talked to anybody from Disney. I only ever talk to people from Marvel. And they were very understanding about the way I felt,” he explained to Pro Wrestling Sheet. “I got people who are very understanding of where I stood. A lot of them just weren’t outspoken about it. And I just happened to be very outspoken about the way I felt.”

Bautista, along with fellow Guardians stars Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel, all joined fans in urging studio bosses to reconsider Gunn’s exit, and the actor – who plays Drax in the Marvel movies – doesn’t regret defending the director.

“James (Gunn) is my friend. I love him. He helped change my life and I know he’s a decent person. He was being attacked. And what do you do when your friends are being attacked? You defend them, or you’re not really a friend,” he stated.

Gunn will start working on Vol. 3 once he completes DC Comics’ movie The Suicide Squad.

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Taika Waititi expresses faux indignation at James Gunn’s GOTG rehiring

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting…

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting him go following a Twitter scandal in July.

He was fired after old tweets, in which he joked about paedophilia and rape, came to light, but following much outrage from fans and stars of the film, Disney has now decided to reinstate him at the helm.

Fans had put forward Thor: Ragnarok director Taika as a possible replacement when James was still ousted, though the New Zealand filmmaker ruled himself out earlier this year, stating “those are James Gunn’s films”. However, that didn’t stop him from poking fun at the situation on Twitter.

“What the hell?? I thought I was going to do it!!” he exclaimed next to Deadline’s article announcing James’ return.

Franchise star Karen Gillan, who has played space pirate Nebula since the first film in 2014, also alluded to the news on her own Twitter account.

“We are groot,” she wrote, referencing the loyal character voiced by Vin Diesel.

And James’ brother Sean Gunn, who has always defended his sibling and recently said that he had a feeling “everything’s gonna work itself out”, shared his joy as well.

“I’ll just leave this here…” he posted on Instagram, next to The Hollywood Reporter headline “James Gunn back on as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director”.

Sean and Karen, along with their co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff, signed an open letter supporting James shortly after his firing.

Talking about his rehiring, James told fans he was “tremendously grateful to every person out there” who had supported him, and added he deeply appreciates Disney’s change of heart.

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