Edward Norton denies he cost Janeane Garofalo a role in Fight Club

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla…

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.

During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla Singer in the 1999 film and had been offered the part by Fincher, but the film’s star wanted his then-girlfriend Courtney Love to play the character instead.

“I was like, ‘Can I audition with him or for him?'” the actress said. “And I was told that he would like Courtney Love to do it, because he was dating her, but (his co-star) Brad Pitt said, ‘I’m not going to sign off on that.’ So, they agreed on Helena Bonham Carter, who was probably much better than I would have been…(But) I met with David Fincher, who handed me the script and said, ‘If you like it, the part is yours.'”

Following her allegations, Norton issued a statement to CNN in which he insisted he had no influence over Fincher’s casting decisions.

“I’m sorry Janeane is under that impression, but if she was serious, she’s really mistaken,” he said. “David Fincher does exactly what he wants. He makes the call on every dimension of his films, top to bottom. I don’t recall him ever even raising the subject of who he was considering for most other roles. The one suggestion I made, he shot down. I was a big fan of Janeane’s so I’d have loved to do a reading with her.”

Elsewhere in the Build Series interview, Garofalo said Pitt apologised to her for “what happened” with Fight Club, and claimed that Norton “pretends he doesn’t know who I am” when she spots him in their New York neighbourhood.

In response, the actor concluded his statement with, “And if she sees me in the neighbourhood I hope she’d come say hi.”

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Edward Norton didn’t want to ruin friendship with Thom Yorke over Motherless Brooklyn score

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period dr…

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.

The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period drama, which he directs and stars in, but instead turned to Wynton Marsalis, a legend of the genre, to write most of the film’s music, with Yorke contributing one track, Daily Battles.

Speaking to The Guardian, the actor revealed that they decided not to work together as the musician felt a little upset with the use of his score in Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 horror Suspiria and he didn’t want a similar situation to ruin their friendship.

“Not to say that we don’t love Luca,” Norton said. “But Thom came off Suspiria feeling so burned.”

Explaining their decision to limit their collaboration to one song, he added: “The last thing you want with somebody you know is to get into a bloody situation. That’s the nightmare of all nightmares.”

Before turning to Marsalis, Norton considered Yorke’s Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood but he learned from the guitarist and composer’s longtime collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson that Greenwood’s working style would not have gelled well with his.

“(Anderson) said: ‘If you expect any iterative back-and-forth flow with Jonny, this is a mirage. He just sends me what he’s got and says: ‘Good luck to you’…And, well, no. That wouldn’t work for me,” the 50-year-old recalled.

Norton and Yorke nearly worked together on the same movie two decades ago – as the No Surprises hitmaker was offered the chance to score Fight Club. However, he turned the opportunity, with the musician explaining, “Got the email. Got the script. And I was just too f**ked up in the head to do it.”

Motherless Brooklyn debuted in cinemas earlier this month.

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Mark Ruffalo confirms meeting with Kevin Feige over possible Hulk movies

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster…

Mark Ruffalo has confirmed he is meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige over the possibility of creating a Hulk spin-off movie.

The three-time Oscar nominee has played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego since the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.

Despite starring in all four of the blockbuster movies alongside a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, and a comedic appearance in Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk has yet to get his own standalone movie with Ruffalo as leading man.

However, the 52-year-old has teased an upcoming meeting with the Marvel Studios boss to discuss the future of the beloved green hero.

“Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell,'” he said during a recent panel at Tokyo Comic-Con.

“And (Feige) said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?’ Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that,” Ruffalo added, to wild applause from the audience.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige hinted at the introduction of the Fantastic Four and Professor Xavier’s mutants, the X-Men, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. Fans have since speculated that a younger actor could be brought in to replace Hugh Jackman, who retired from playing Wolverine following 2017’s Logan, after 17 years of playing the metal-clawed superhero.

The last standalone Hulk film was Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, which starred Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner, alongside Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

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Edward Norton wanted The Incredible Hulk to be ‘dark and serious’

Edward Norton wished that The Incredible Hulk was as “dark and serious” as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.The three-time Oscar nominee played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego in the 2008 Marvel movie, which also starred Liv Tyler, …

Edward Norton wished that The Incredible Hulk was as “dark and serious” as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.

The three-time Oscar nominee played scientist Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego in the 2008 Marvel movie, which also starred Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

It made a massive $263 million (£214 million) at the global box office, but a sequel was scrapped, and Mark Ruffalo was announced as Norton’s replacement in the 2012 superhero blockbuster, Avengers.

In a new interview with The New York Times, the 50-year-old explained that he had originally pitched two dark Hulk movies – in a similar vein to Nolan’s Batman trilogy – to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

“What Chris Nolan had done with Batman was going down a path that I aligned with: long, dark and serious. If there was ever a thing that I thought had that in it, it was the Hulk. It’s literally the Promethean myth. I laid out a two-film thing: The origin and then the idea of Hulk as the conscious dreamer, the guy who can handle the trip. And they were like, ‘That’s what we want!'” Norton shared.

“As it turned out, that wasn’t what they wanted. But I had a great time doing it. I got on great with Kevin Feige.”

However, their relationship has been rocky, and back in 2010, Feige released a scathing statement, explaining why Norton had been sacked from the role and noting that Marvel would prefer an actor “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented castmembers.”

In the new interview, the Fight Club star called Feige’s statement “cheap” and admitted he wouldn’t have been prepared to commit years to the franchise.

“We had positive discussions about going on with the films, and we looked at the amount of time that would’ve taken, and I wasn’t going to do that,” he shared, before adding that he would’ve “wanted more money than they’d have wanted to pay me.”

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Margot Robbie in talks to produce and star in Fools Day

Margot Robbie is in talks to executive produce and star in comedy Fools Day. The I, Tonya actress and her LuckyChap Entertainment team are in negotiations with executives at New Line to adapt Fool’s Day, the 2013 short by Cody Blue Snider, into a feat…

Margot Robbie is in talks to executive produce and star in comedy Fools Day.

The I, Tonya actress and her LuckyChap Entertainment team are in negotiations with executives at New Line to adapt Fool’s Day, the 2013 short by Cody Blue Snider, into a feature film.

The short, which has been honoured at more than 30 film festivals, focuses on a group of fourth grade students who play an innocent April Fools’ Day prank on their teacher and accidentally kill her. Convinced they will go to prison if anyone finds out, the kids go to great lengths to try to hide her body before a police officer arrives for the class’ anti-drug lesson.

Robbie is in talks to play the teacher in what is said to be a supporting role. If the deal is made, she will also executive produce with her husband Tom Ackerley and friend Josey McNamara for their LuckyChap production banner. Fight Club star Edward Norton will also produce alongside Bill Migliore and John Rickard.

Snider, who co-wrote and directed the 18-minute short, will helm the feature and co-write the screenplay with his brother Shane Snider and Keatyn Lee.

Snider, the son of Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, shared the news on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “I couldn’t be more excited to be making my passion project with everyone at @newlinecinema… I’ve been working tirelessly on this project for nine years and I’d like to take a moment to thank my team, everyone who worked on the short film, those who donated to the Kickstarter campaign and anyone who has supported me throughout my career. You know who you are, and I love you with all my heart.”

Robbie has a number of projects in the pre-production phases. She is set to play iconic Mattel toy Barbie in a live-action movie and reprise the role of Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad and Gotham City Sirens.

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Bill Murray campaigns for Isle of Dogs pet screenings

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs. Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an is…

Bill Murray wants more theatre bosses to allow fans to bring their canine companions to screenings of his new movie Isle of Dogs.

Director Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation is set in Japan in a dystopian future, where dogs have been exiled to an island to avoid the spread of canine flu.

The fantasy drama features the voice talents of an all-star cast, including Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Greta Gerwig, and Bill insists it’s the perfect picture for cinema-goers to attend with their furry friends.

A handful of dog-friendly screenings have already been organised in the U.S. and U.K., but Murray is urging more theatre owners to seize the opportunity to cash in on the novel idea.

“Isle of Dogs is really good, I gotta tell ya,” he said on breakfast show Today. “What I want to happen is I want movie theatres to allow people to bring their dogs into the movie, ’cause they do it (special screenings) in baseball parks and minor leagues (in America) and it’s really a lot of fun. I think if people brought their dogs, they’d have a huge audience.”

Instead of recording their parts separately, as is common for animated films, the Isle of Dogs cast members holed up in a cabin to work together, and Murray found it fascinating to watch everyone’s behaviour gradually evolve as they started to act more and more like their canine characters.

Describing the experience as “a lot of fun”, he explained, “We were all in a little cabin, kind of a recording studio, barking at each other. It was fun to watch people deteriorate and become more canine every hour, even though they were drinking coffee and eating donuts, they were becoming more dog-like every few minutes!”

Isle of Dogs, which also features Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, and Ken Watanabe, opens in theatres this week (23Mar18).

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Armie Hammer signs on to star in New Orleans-set thriller

Armie Hammer has signed on to headline a new thriller set in New Orleans.After winning acclaim for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, the actor has landed anothe…

Armie Hammer has signed on to headline a new thriller set in New Orleans.

After winning acclaim for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, the actor has landed another dramatic part.

Armie has made a deal to front a yet to be titled feature from Annapurna Pictures, the co-producer of films such as Foxcatcher and Phantom Thread, according to Variety.

British-Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari, who helmed 2016 horror movie Under the Shadow, will write and direct the project, while executives at Annapurna, Two & Two Pictures and AZA Films, will produce.

Details about the plot of the film are being kept under wraps, but the movie is set to follow a bartender whose life starts to unravel as a series of disturbing and inexplicable events happen after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar. It is set to be released in March 2019.

In other casting news, it was reported by Deadline on Tuesday (07Feb18) that Willem Dafoe is in talks to star in The Lighthouse, a thriller to be written and directed by The Witch filmmaker Robert Eggers. Marking his second gig since he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Florida Project, Willem is set to play an ageing lighthouse keeper, with the film to be shot in Nova Scotia.

The 62-year-old recently completed a deal to appear in Motherless Brooklyn, a crime-drama based on Jonathan Lethem’s book, and also featuring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

Meanwhile, Mira Sorvino and Val Kilmer have been cast in Riptide, a crime film from Shaun Hart that tells of the two sons of a drug trafficker. They will join Michael Chiklis, Chace Crawford, and Jana Kramer in the movie.

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