Black Widow release postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be r…

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be released on 1 May, but now has been pulled from the upcoming calendar by executives at Marvel Studios and Disney.

Many movie multiplexes across the U.S. have closed since the outbreak hit the country, with thousands of residents in cities including New York and Los Angeles going into self-isolation to avoid spreading the virus.

The events of Black Widow take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and follow Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff, a highly trained former-KGB assassin, who must confront the demons of her past to take down an evil new villain, the Taskmaster.

Dev Patel’s The Personal History of David Copperfield has also been pulled from schedules, along with The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams.

Producers at Disney have already been forced to delay the release of Niki Caro’s live-action Mulan, as well as The New Mutants and Antlers.

It’s not yet known how delaying Black Widow will affect the release of other Marvel movies, with The Eternals set to hit cinemas in November.

Multiple studios have pulled movies in wake of the coronavirus crisis, including Fast & Furious 9, No Time to Die, and A Quiet Place II.

More than 199,000 people have been infected with Covid-19, with almost 8,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Italy, Spain, Iran, and the U.S. are some of the worst affected countries outside of China.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield to open London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival. The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the a…

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the annual film extravaganza with a premiere at the Odeon Luxe cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 2 October.

The film stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel in the lead role, with support from an all-star British cast which includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it,” The Thick of It creator/director shared in a statement.

“Scotland’s Armando Iannucci is one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the U.K.,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair.

“I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”

Iannucci and his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell wrote the adaptation, which follows the good-hearted David as he sets out to be a writer and meets an array of vivid characters in Victorian England.

The film was shot on location in the U.K. and is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader.

The 2019 London Film Festival runs from 2 to 13 October.

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Dev Patel receives criticism for taking Indian roles

Dev Patel has hit back at criticism suggesting that he is taking roles away from “real Indian” actors. The Slumdog Millionaire actor, who was born in London to Gujarati parents, has played Indian characters in a number of films, including The Best Exo…

Dev Patel has hit back at criticism suggesting that he is taking roles away from “real Indian” actors.

The Slumdog Millionaire actor, who was born in London to Gujarati parents, has played Indian characters in a number of films, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, Lion, and his upcoming film Hotel Mumbai.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Dev revealed that he receives criticism for taking these parts away from “real” Indians, and he doesn’t think it’s fair.

“I get flak sometimes because people will say, ‘Why aren’t they giving these roles to a real Indian?’ I wonder, What does that even mean?” he said. “The only way I can converse with my grandparents is in Gujarati. Does that make me real enough? Or am I only allowed to witness the moments of prejudice and racism going through airports? Is that the only bit that I’m allowed of the culture?

“The truth is I’m trying to understand myself better and my heritage, to figure things out, in the movie choices I make. That’s been the greatest thing for me in going to India repeatedly.”

In Hotel Mumbai, a drama about the 2008 terror attack on the five-star Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, he plays Arjun, a Sikh waiter from a Mumbai slum. The BAFTA winner explained he was drawn to the film because the hotel represented a “microcosm of India”.

“You have the poor staff in the kitchens below, and upstairs Russian billionaires. There’s a collision of classes, and when the terrorists came in, their bullets didn’t discriminate,” he said. “Everyone just becomes human at that point. I thought this was a way to use art and storytelling to break down cultural barriers and educate an audience that at the end of the day everyone is equal.”

Hotel Mumbai is in U.S. cinemas now, and will be released in the U.K. in May (19).

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Hotel Mumbai used gunfire audio to keep cast on high alert

Filmmaker Anthony Maras had his Hotel Mumbai cast on high alert at all times by blasting out the sound of gunshots through massive speakers on set. To heighten the tension and give his actors a sense of what it would have been like for guests and staf…

Filmmaker Anthony Maras had his Hotel Mumbai cast on high alert at all times by blasting out the sound of gunshots through massive speakers on set.

To heighten the tension and give his actors a sense of what it would have been like for guests and staff at the Taj Hotel when it was raided by terrorists back in 2008, the director gave no warning and just turned on the sound of gunfire.

The film’s star, Dev Patel, admits it was very effective: “These massive amps would play gunshots through the set,” he tells WENN. “It was constant gunfire, as it would have been, just absolute hell in that siege.

“It meant that we would constantly be caught off guard. We definitely weren’t goofing around too much. You could imagine the level of tension that it brought… Anthony kept quite a somber tone for these scenes, which seemed appropriate to us all.

“When I was performing, I was constantly telling myself not to approach this moment as an actor but to just ground everything in a genuine fear.”

Castmate Nazanin Boniadi admits she didn’t have to try too hard to act fearful and way out of her comfort zone: “We were given a sense, a very slight sense, of fighting for our own survival,” she adds. “Physically, emotionally, spiritually.

“Of course, this wasn’t anywhere near as harrowing as what these people actually faced, but there were two days in a row that I was tied on a marble floor along with Armie (Hammer), belly down, hands tied behind our back, morning to night for two days straight. I went home at night with bruises all over my hip bones, my shoulders, my jaw. I went home every night feeling so fortunate.”

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Dev Patel wants Hollywood to accept ‘brown faces’

Dev Patel is urging filmmakers in Hollywood to “accept brown faces”. The 28-year-old Brit, who was born in London to Gujarati Indian Hindu parents, wants his new movie Hotel Mumbai to be celebrated for “embracing” non-white actors. The film, which a…

Dev Patel is urging filmmakers in Hollywood to “accept brown faces”.

The 28-year-old Brit, who was born in London to Gujarati Indian Hindu parents, wants his new movie Hotel Mumbai to be celebrated for “embracing” non-white actors.

The film, which also stars Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs, as well as Nazanin Boniadi, Amandeep Singh and Suhail Nayyar, focuses on the horrifying terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the Indian city in 2008.

And Dev – who plays a Sikh waiter named Arjun in the movie – firmly believes that the film would not have been made 10 years ago.

“A film like this, with a bunch of brown faces, would not have been made 10 years ago. But people are embracing new faces. Why not embrace brown ones?” the former Skins star said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Despite being catapulted to worldwide fame thanks to his role in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, Dev confessed he didn’t know anything about Indian culture, as he was raised in London.

The actor, who has also starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was filmed in Rajasthan, said his mind was blown when he travelled to India for the first time, and later immersed himself into the culture while travelling around the country by train to prepare for his role in Lion.

“Growing up, the idea is to do as much as possible to fit into that place and rid yourself of all cultural and ancestral ties,” he said. “Being introduced to India by Danny Boyle blew my mind. It was so much more than I imagined.”

Hotel Mumbai is in cinemas from 14 March.

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Freida Pinto: ‘I was wrong to dismiss yoga offer from a white choreographer’

Indian actress Freida Pinto initially rejected choreographer Erin Elliott’s suggestion to learn yoga because she was white.Frieda shot to fame after being cast alongside Dev Patel in Danny Boyle’s 2008 smash Slumdog Millionaire, which won a staggering …

Indian actress Freida Pinto initially rejected choreographer Erin Elliott’s suggestion to learn yoga because she was white.

Frieda shot to fame after being cast alongside Dev Patel in Danny Boyle’s 2008 smash Slumdog Millionaire, which won a staggering eight Oscars.

She’s been a regular Hollywood fixture ever since, and has three new projects in the pipeline, including Needle in a Timestack with Orlando Bloom, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo.

It was on the set of 2014 film Desert Dancer that Erin approached her about yoga, with a repentant Freida now admitting how wrong she had been to dismiss the offer.

“Erin asked me if I had ever done yoga and I said, ‘Oh no no no, don’t try to get me to do yoga. You freakin’ Angelenos are all quacks. I come from the country of yoga! I do not need a white person to teach me yoga.’ But I was so wrong,” she confessed to Vogue Australia.

“I discovered my body for the first time. I discovered where I hold my sorrow and happiness. It opened me up emotionally.”

Over the last 11 years, Freida has enjoyed a varied career, starring in everything from Terrence Malick’s King of Cups to blockbuster fare like Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The 34-year-old has also taken on numerous small screen roles, and says she refuses to be typecast when it comes to her work choices.

“I’ve done them (the ‘exotic princess’ roles),” she sighed. “Once is enough. After a while, I said, ‘I don’t want to do this s**t anymore, I’m not growing in my career.'”

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Ermenegildo Zegna taps Javier Bardem and Dev Patel for spring campaign

Javier Bardem and Dev Patel have been recruited for Ermenegildo Zegna’s spring campaign.The Hollywood stars will be part of the third chapter of Zegna’s Defining Moments project, which was fronted by actors Robert De Niro and McCaul Lombardi when it la…

Javier Bardem and Dev Patel have been recruited for Ermenegildo Zegna’s spring campaign.

The Hollywood stars will be part of the third chapter of Zegna’s Defining Moments project, which was fronted by actors Robert De Niro and McCaul Lombardi when it launched last year (17).

This will be the first time that No Country for Old Men actor Javier and 27-year-old Dev, best known for his breakout role in Slumdog Millionaire, work together.

“The project starts from the values of the brand and looks to the future, speaking to the cluster of friends, clients, and ambassadors that have a tie to the brand beyond the product,” artistic director Alessandro Sartori explained to WWD of the marketing imagery.

Photos from the spring campaign will be teased on Zegna’s official Instagram account through a playful series of stories.

The Italian luxury brand’s latest announcement follows the recent unveiling of its very first beachwear collection, which was released in Australia last year (Dec17) with plans to take the 67-piece menswear line global later in 2018.

“In my new vision of the Ermenegildo style, I could not think about the perfect wardrobe without a beachwear collection, where the research in innovative materials like Microlite or ultralight seersucker meets the new Zegna aesthetic,” Sartori told WWD.

Last December also saw the launch of the label’s new red carpet couture collection, consisting of 30 new ensembles for male stars including options such as slim trousers, a blouson jacket, and tuxedo stripe pants.

“Men today are much more open to different styling (ideas),” the designer told The Hollywood Reporter. “Rather than making people wear crazy colours, I want to create a new generation of garments, mixing tailoring and sportswear in evening fabrics. I don’t want to go strange, I want to go chic.”

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