Ryan Reynolds launches diversity initiative for next movie

Ryan Reynolds has launched an initiative that will help boost the diversity of the crew for his next movie. The Deadpool star recently posted a video on social media in which he announced the Group Effort Initiative, a program to hire Black, Indigenou…

Ryan Reynolds has launched an initiative that will help boost the diversity of the crew for his next movie.

The Deadpool star recently posted a video on social media in which he announced the Group Effort Initiative, a program to hire Black, Indigenous, people of colour (BIPOC) trainees for his next movie so they will gain experience to help launch their careers in the film industry. The trainees will be paid and have some of their living costs covered by Reynolds’ salary.

“So here’s what we’re gonna do. Covid willing, which is a weird thing to say, I’m going to be starting a movie this fall,” he told viewers. “And I’m committed to bringing between 10 and 20 trainees from the BIPOC community and all other marginalised communities of all ages.

“Anyway, these new recruits – they’re gonna be paid, housed and travelled out of my salary. They’re gonna spend their days on set learning from professionals, getting real-life experience that they can parlay into another job and then hopefully, if they’re not too disillusioned, a career in the film industry.

“Now, this is an overdue action, but I got to thank Netflix and I have to thank Skydance for letting us do this, and since it’s called Group Effort, we’re hoping that people with the privilege that I’m lucky enough to experience will join in that effort.”

He concluded the video by instructing those interested in the initiative to visit the website and sign up for updates as specifics about the production are still being finalised and application details will be announced later this month.

The first project for the Group Effect Initiative, run through Reynolds’ Maximum Effort production banner, will be his untitled time-travel adventure, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It is being directed by Shawn Levy and is preparing to shoot in Vancouver, Canada.

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Rob Liefeld concedes Deadpool 3 may never happen

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has confronted the fact there may not be another sequel in the superhero franchise.“You know what? There may not be another Deadpool, and I’m fine,” Liefeld told Collider in a recent interview. “Because I have to live w…

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has confronted the fact there may not be another sequel in the superhero franchise.

“You know what? There may not be another Deadpool, and I’m fine,” Liefeld told Collider in a recent interview.

“Because I have to live with the fact that I had two amazing experiences, two movies I’m extremely proud of,” the writer and artist said, crediting Deadpool’s cast and crew: “I love knowing everybody on those movies. I love Ryan (Reynolds), Josh (Brolin), Zazie (Beets), David (Leitch), (director) Tim Miller. All of them.”

Commenting on the state of the movie business after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liefeld was frank about the challenging times faced by the industry: “You know, but in the world we live in, nothing is guaranteed. And it takes a lot to make movies. And post-quarantine, it’s weird.”

Despite the diminishing likelihood of a third film, Liefeld was positive about potential iterations of his characters, saying that the character Cable deserved a spinoff: “(Cable) can exist independent of Deadpool in a heartbeat,” enthused Liefeld, continuing: “He has for years. If Deadpool’s been in like 330 comics, Cable’s been in about 520. Yes, I’ve counted.”

Adding that he got ‘really close’ with Josh Brolin, who portrayed Cable in Deadpool 2, Liefeld said: “(Brolin) was very excited about exploring Cable in the subsequent sequels. The X-Force standalone movie that was, in his own words, Cable-centric.”

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David Ayer claims Suicide Squad was ‘beaten into a comedy’ by movie bosses

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release…

David Ayer claims his cut of Suicide Squad was “beaten into a comedy” by bosses at Warner Bros.

The 52-year-old helmed the DC Comics adaptation, starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis, which was mauled by critics upon its release back in August 2016.

It was announced earlier this month that the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League would be released on streaming service HBO Max next year, and the news prompted Ayer to call for his version of Suicide Squad to be released by Warner Bros.

He explained to fans that he had created a “soulful drama” that was ripped apart by movie bosses who decided at the last minute that the film should be a comedy, following the success of Deadpool in February that year.

“This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad,” Ayer wrote, alongside a clip of the original trailer that was released at Comic-Con in 2016.

He went on to state that Warner Bros. officials were “shell shocked” by the poor performance of Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016, five months before Suicide Squad’s release, so decided that his movie needed to have a comedic injection.

“After the BVS reviews shell shocked the leadership at the time, and the success of Deadpool – My soulful drama was beaten into a ‘comedy’,” he added.

Ayer later revealed to his followers that he took inspiration from Christopher Nolan, who helmed the Batman trilogy, but scenes featuring the Joker, played by Leto, and his on-off girlfriend Harley Quinn, portrayed by Robbie, were reshot because they were deemed “too dark”.

“There were real scenes with incredible acting between Jared and Margot. Joker was terrifying. Harley was complex,” Ayer explained. “Jared was pretty mistreated during this. No one has seen his performance. It was ripped out of the movie.”

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Kumail Nanjiani refused to exaggerate accent for movie role

Kumail Nanjiani doesn’t regret refusing to exaggerate his accent for a “really, really big movie”.The Pakistani-American actor has discussed his frustrations at auditioning for “stereotypical brown guy roles” that required him to play up his accent in …

Kumail Nanjiani doesn’t regret refusing to exaggerate his accent for a “really, really big movie”.

The Pakistani-American actor has discussed his frustrations at auditioning for “stereotypical brown guy roles” that required him to play up his accent in order to land the part.

“I have a Pakistani accent, but they would be like, ‘Could you make it funnier? Lean in a little bit.’ And at some point, I decided I just wasn’t going to do that,” he told Variety’s #REPRESENT: Success Stories. “There are certain parts that require a thicker Pakistani or Indian accent, and that’s totally fine, but I just didn’t want the comedy to just be coming from someone exaggerating their accent.”

The Big Sick star went on to recall one audition in which the director of a major movie asked him to exaggerate his accent for the part of a taxi driver.

“So there was a really, really big movie, actually, that I auditioned for, and I was a taxi driver, and the director was like, ‘Hey, could you play up the accent a little bit?’ And I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t.’ And then the guy felt really bad,” the 42-year-old recalled. “And I was like, ‘No, it’s fine. I’m just not going to do it. If that’s what you want, I’m not your guy’… And then that movie was hugely successful. Still, I don’t regret it.”

While Nanjiani did not name the movie or the director, back in 2014, he did state during an episode of his now-defunct podcast The Indoor Kids that he auditioned for a part in Deadpool.

In the 2016 comic book movie, Ryan Reynolds’ character befriends a taxi driver named Dopinder, who is played by Indian-born American actor Karan Soni, who reprised the role in the 2018 sequel.

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Deadpool creator insists there’s ‘no movement’ on third movie in franchise

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment i…

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.

Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment in the hugely successful R-rated franchise was on its way.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” Reynolds confirmed, but did not reveal any further details about the follow-up.

However, the character’s comic book creator discussed the future of the anti-hero in a new interview with io9, and dashed the hopes of Deadpool fans when he admitted the movie won’t be happening anytime soon.

Liefeld claimed he had viewed the schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until 2025, and Deadpool 3 was nowhere to be seen.

“Until a movie is put on a schedule, it’s not taken seriously. And what people don’t like is that I have assessed the schedule for the next – give or take – five years and I don’t see Deadpool on it. I don’t see that it can arrive earlier than that,” Liefeld shared.

He also addressed comments he made during an interview with ComicBook.com earlier this month, in which he “blamed Marvel” for allowing the project to be delayed.

“Do I know that there is no movement on a Deadpool 3 right now? I know that, yes. Does that worry me? No, not at all,” he told io9. “What I did was I answered a question honestly, and what I learned this week is just lie.

“Just because some guy goes, ‘Yeah, we’re still moving along,’ that’s code for, ‘There’s nothing to see here.'”

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Blake Lively letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-1…

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so O’Connor surprised the 32-year-old by sending her a custom handmade at-home dye kit so she could give it a go herself.

In a post on her Instagram Stories, Lively shared a picture of the kit – featuring a mixing bowl, bleach, blending brush, and hair clips – laid out beside a card which reads: “To happy colorings during Covid-19!”

And in the caption, she revealed that she was letting her husband take on the role of hair colourist.

“@ronacolor you are an actual earth angel. Thank you for surprising me with a handmade hair color kit,” the star wrote. “The fact that you trust @vancityreynolds to get this right, makes me concerned for your sanity. But who needs hair anyway!?”

O’Connor reposted the photo on her own Instagram Stories and replied, “Something we never dreamed of!”

The Deadpool actor will be returning the favour, as Lively recently gave him a haircut. Earlier this month, he told U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert she was going to give him a trim and he didn’t have high expectations.

“She’s done this once before. It took two and a half hours. And then at the end, it looked like she had done the whole thing using only a lighter or like those gloves that are made of sandpaper,” the 43-year-old deadpanned. “It would have been a little faster and more efficient if she’d just wore it down, if she’d just rubbed my head until the hair just disappeared, so tomorrow I’m getting a haircut, I’m very excited.”

And over the weekend, Lively revealed Reynolds had just enough hair to fit into a very tiny ponytail. Alongside photo evidence of the ponytail, she wrote, “I dare you to forget this every time you see him for the rest of eternity.”

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Ryan Reynolds circling live-action adaptation of video game Dragon’s Lair

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to…

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.

The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix picked up the rights to the game, created by Don Bluth and Cinematronics, after almost a year of negotiations, and Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy also producing.

The video game follows brave knight Dirk the Daring, who must go on an epic quest to rescue the damsel in distress, Princess Daphne, from the clutches of evil dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc.

Bluth, who is also serving as a producer on the movie, was hailed for his revolutionary movie-style animation for the Dragon’s Lair video game back in the 80s and went on to direct the animated movies The Rescuers, The Land Before Time, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

This is the third Netflix project for Reynolds, who recently starred in the streaming service’s blockbuster 6 Underground, and was in the middle of filming the action thriller Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson when the coronavirus outbreak halted production.

The 43-year-old actor will next appear in comedy Free Guy, in which he plays a man who realises he’s a background character in a video game that will soon go offline.

The movie, also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, and Joe Keery is currently scheduled to open in July, but maybe postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.

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James Bobin in talks to direct Ryan Reynolds’ Clue remake

The Muppets director James Bobin is in talks to helm the upcoming Clue remake.News of the movie first broke in 2018, when it was revealed Ryan Reynolds would be reuniting with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for the comedy thriller, which…

The Muppets director James Bobin is in talks to helm the upcoming Clue remake.

News of the movie first broke in 2018, when it was revealed Ryan Reynolds would be reuniting with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for the comedy thriller, which is inspired by the classic board game.

Last year, Jason Bateman was circling the new Fox/Disney project, and was in negotiations to direct and star in the comedy thriller. However, due to filming and directing commitments on his hit Netflix drama Ozark, the 51-year-old was forced to exit Clue.

Now, comedy writer Bobin, who made his directing debut with The Muppets in 2011, has been approached to helm the remake, according to Variety.

The filmmaker, who began his career writing for the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen and Flight of the Conchords, has also helmed the 2014 sequel Muppets Most Wanted, as well as Alice Through the Looking Glass and last year’s Dora the Explorer adaptation, Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

As well as starring in the remake, Reynolds will be producing the movie with his production company Maximum Effort, alongside Allspark Pictures.

No other stars have been added to the cast.

The popular board game, which is called Cluedo in the U.K., was first developed in 1949. Players try to determine which character – Miss Scarlett, Reverend/Mr Green, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock and Mrs. White – murdered the game’s victim, where the crime took place, and which weapon was used.

The first movie inspired by the game was directed by Jonathan Lynn and released in 1985. It starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd.

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Ryan Reynolds confirms Deadpool 3 is on the way

Ryan Reynolds has confirmed a third Deadpool film is in the works.The actor plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, and following the success of Deadpool 2 and its PG-friendly spin-off last year, Ryan has revealed fans won…

Ryan Reynolds has confirmed a third Deadpool film is in the works.

The actor plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, and following the success of Deadpool 2 and its PG-friendly spin-off last year, Ryan has revealed fans won’t have to wait long for a follow-up.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” Reynolds revealed on the holiday edition of U.S. talk show Live With Kelly and Ryan.

Executives at 20th Century Fox were behind the first two Deadpool films before the company was acquired by Disney in early 2019, but Ryan’s third antihero movie will be led by Marvel Studios, another Disney subsidiary, for the third instalment.

“We’re over at Marvel, which is the big leagues all of a sudden,” he said. “It’s kind of crazy.”

Ryan did not reveal any further details about the follow-up.

Deadpool and Deadpool 2 earned $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) internationally upon their respective releases in 2016 and 2018.

Back in October, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed they had the green light from Marvel boss Kevin Feige to make more movies following the story of former special forces operative Wade Wilson, who is injected with a mutant serum and becomes the red and black masked vigilante.

“Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) a little bit as well and play in that sandbox,” they teased to Entertainment Weekly.

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Ryan Reynolds feared he was going to die while shooting 6 Underground

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonym…

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.

In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonymous vigilante squad to take down criminals and terrorists.

While he enjoyed shooting the high-octane scenes for the film, he has confessed he was terrified during one particular car chase.

“There’s a car chase in this movie that’s unlike anything else, a ride round Florence that’s totally wild, speeding in a Day-Glo green Alfa Romeo at 150 mph down narrow walkways that should never be used for anything but walking,” Reynolds told Empire magazine. “I thought I was gonna die.”

“Weirdly enough, it was Michael Bay’s life that flashed before my eyes. That was strange,” he quipped.

The Deadpool star also admitted it had been an ambition of his to appear in one of the Transformers director’s movies, so his latest project “scratched a life-long itch”.

“I remember as a kid being so blown away by Bad Boys and The Rock. Those earlier films elevated action to a whole new level, so for me, there was definitely an aspect of scratching a life-long itch, to be part of his crazy circus,” he gushed.

“What I can say is this is certainly an old-school Michael Bay spectacle film. It’s just action upon action upon more action.”

6 Underground, which also stars Ben Hardy and Dave Franco, is now streaming on Netflix.

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