John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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Julie Andrews ‘didn’t feel worthy’ of Oscar win for Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews didn’t “feel worthy” when she won an Oscar so early in her career.The veteran star won the Academy Award for Best Actress after her iconic turn as the magical nanny in 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins, with her performance still loved by ch…

Julie Andrews didn’t “feel worthy” when she won an Oscar so early in her career.

The veteran star won the Academy Award for Best Actress after her iconic turn as the magical nanny in 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins, with her performance still loved by children today.

However, Julie has revealed during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which airs in the U.K. on Friday, that she didn’t appreciate the prestigious win at the age of 30, and almost felt embarrassed.

“l kept the Oscar in the attic for a very long time because I thought I’d been given it as a ‘Welcome to Hollywood’ and I didn’t feel worthy of it. So much early success sent me into therapy and analysis,” she candidly shared. “I learnt you have to do it right and honour the films you are making. It’s a huge gift, but a lot of obligation.”

A long-awaited sequel to the iconic musical, Mary Poppins Returns, was released last year with Emily Blunt in the titular role. And while Julie declined to take part in the movie, she gave the Disney remake her blessing.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 84-year-old was quizzed by host Graham about her early days in Hollywood, and if she had any unpleasant encounters on the casting couch.

“I was very lucky. I married Blake Edwards soon after arriving in Hollywood and it protected me from ever getting into that predicament,” Julie said of her late husband, who she wed in 1969.

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Roksanda Ilincic teams with Lululemon on capsule collection

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among …

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.

The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among her fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, Roksanda is turning her attention to the athleisure market and has teamed with Audrey Reilly, Lululemon’s senior vice president of women’s design, on a 17-piece line.

“The designs are carefully created to complement every element of a woman’s lifestyle,” Roksanda said. “It was important to me that each piece feels natural to wear at any point in the day.”

The range marks the first partnership between the brands, with the items, including leggings, shorts, tops, and parkas, merging high-end fashion with innovative sportswear.

In addition to featuring voluminous shapes and exaggerated proportions, Roksanda’s touch is also apparent in the eye-catching colour scheme.

“(Roksanda’s) trademark colour blocking is refreshed for the season in hibiscus, violet, sienna, and rich midnight. Lululemon’s signature athleticism-sweat-ready fabrics, made-to-move fits, packable features, reflective accents-infuses the collection with all-weather functionality for yoga, run, train, and transitional wear,” a Lululemon rep added.

The hero piece from the fall capsule is the Inner Expanse Infinity Coat, which can be worn as a coat, jacket, or light trench.

The first Roksanda x Lululemon capsule collection launches on 22 October, with a second set to drop in January 2020. Both will be available on the Lululemon website and in select stores.

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Emily Blunt replaces Holliday Grainger in Wild Mountain Thyme

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land tha…

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.

The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land that separates their two farms in Ireland.

Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play Dornan’s father, who threatens to bequeath the family farm to his son’s American cousin, who will be played by another new addition to the cast, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy will play Blunt’s mother, who desperately tries to unite the two families, according to Deadline.

Wild Mountain Thyme is an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Broadway play Outside Mullingar, and will also be directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

It was announced back in May that Grainger would be playing Rosemary, and details over her exit from the project – which will begin shooting at the end of September – have not yet been disclosed.

Blunt has recently wrapped filming A Quiet Place: Part II, which is the follow-up to her husband John Krasinski’s horror movie. She’ll next be seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s live-action interpretation of the popular theme park ride, Jungle Cruise, which will hit cinemas in July 2020.

Meanwhile, Hamm is appearing in four hotly-anticipated films over the next 12 months, including astronaut thriller Lucy in the Sky opposite Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood‘s The Ballad of Richard Jewell, and Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s classic which will be released next year.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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Tate Taylor: ‘The Girl on the Train cast didn’t bond away from set’

Tate Taylor worries his 2016 movie adaptation of The Girl on the Train suffered as it was filmed away from the normal “middle of nowhere” environment he prefers.Tate rose to prominence after directing The Help in 2011 and has gone on to work with m…

Tate Taylor worries his 2016 movie adaptation of The Girl on the Train suffered as it was filmed away from the normal “middle of nowhere” environment he prefers.

Tate rose to prominence after directing The Help in 2011 and has gone on to work with many of the film’s stars time and time again.

For most of his projects, the 50-year-old heads back to his native Mississippi, but with Girl on the Train, which starred Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux as the leads, the shoot took place in New York.

“I make movies the same way, in my home state with a very family atmosphere, in the middle of nowhere because you spend time together,” he told Collider. “When I did The Girl on the Train, it was so sad because we were in Manhattan and we went to Yonkers, every day. No one had dinner with each other, and no one spoke. I don’t want to say that the movie suffers, but it does suffer. When you make a movie in a camp-like environment, you’re having dinner together, you’re reflecting on the day, you’re talking about tomorrow, and you all make the same movie.”

For his latest film, horror Ma, Tate reteams with Octavia Spencer – a movie which marks the Oscar winner’s first-ever leading role.

Not only do the two have a great working relationship, but a genuine friendship that began years before either found success when they were roommates.

“(Octavia) confided in me, about a month before me finding this (Ma), that she was just really grateful and felt blessed, but she was being asked to do the same thing, as can happen. Women of colour are put in their box,” Tate said. “They’re not leads, and they do the same stuff that people are comfortable with them doing. So, I was like, ‘Well, I’ll find something.’

“(Ma) was written for a white woman, shocker. She was middle-aged and crazy, and there was no backstory. I saw an opportunity, so I said to Jason Blum (producer), ‘What about Octavia?’

“It’s her first lead. Can you believe that?”

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Brian Tyree Henry linked to A Quiet Place 2

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing…

Brian Tyree Henry is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2.

The film is a sequel to 2018 film A Quiet Place, directed, written and starring John Krasinski, which was a box office smash and even landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing.

A follow up is now in the works, with stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe all returning to their roles as the Abbott family, who must survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound.

Atlanta star Brian looks set to join the cast, along with Cillian Murphy, who’s been cast as “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Krasinski will once again direct his wife Blunt and is also co-writing the script with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods.

A summer shoot is being lined up, with a release date slated for March 2020.

Talking about the success of the first film, which landed Blunt her first Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Supporting Actress, Krasinski credited deaf actress Simmonds, 16, with helping to make the horror extra special.

“In my first call to (studio bosses at) Paramount, I said, ‘I have to cast a deaf actress for all the reasons, not just the obvious one, to get an organic performance,'” John explained at the Deadline The Contenders London event. “But also, I wanted a partner in crime. I wanted her to walk me through her life. To say she is special is an understatement. We believe she’s an angel.”

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Roksanda Ilincic concerned over ways Brexit will impact fabric suppliers

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley amo…

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.

The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May continues to battle on with negotiations for the nation to withdraw from the European Union (EU), Ilincic has now shared that she has real worries about the split will mean for her own business and that of other fashion retailers.

“It’s a big worry,” she said in an interview with Vogue.co.uk. “The majority of my fabrics and my workforce are from the EU, but I can’t change my systems or put new strategies in place because we don’t know what is going to happen.”

Ilincic went on to explain that she foresees issues with shipments in the future too, especially as Brexit may mean there are delays with getting fabric and merchandise to the U.K. and around the world.

“The big problem with fashion is timing, you’re constantly being robbed of it,” the 48-year-old, who was born in Serbia, stated. “To produce garments and deliver them at the right time is dependent on so many facets – Brexit is going to have consequences for us all.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ilincic shared that she will be attending the 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week with the aim of making connections with major figures in the Chinese market. And the designer is seriously seeking to make a major investment in Asia, noting that the local consumers are open to pushing the envelope when it comes to style.

“The customer is very thirsty – they not only want to wear the latest collections, but to wear things that are perhaps considered a little too fashion-forward for the European market,” she added.

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Emily Blunt to reteam with John Krasinski for Not Fade Away

Actress Emily Blunt is reteaming with her husband John Krasinski on a movie adaptation of the memoir Not Fade Away. The Mary Poppins Returns star is in talks to lead the cast as author Rebecca Alexander, whose inspiring 2015 book chronicled her battle…

Actress Emily Blunt is reteaming with her husband John Krasinski on a movie adaptation of the memoir Not Fade Away.

The Mary Poppins Returns star is in talks to lead the cast as author Rebecca Alexander, whose inspiring 2015 book chronicled her battle with rare genetic disorder Usher syndrome, which caused her to simultaneously begin to lose her hearing and sight from the time she was a teenager.

Despite her disabilities, she has pressed on with her work as a psychotherapist and group fitness instructor, and has continued to pursue her love of extreme sports, tackling daring feats like skydiving, bungee jumping, and climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Blunt’s husband, actor-turned-filmmaker Krasinski, will produce the feature, alongside American Hustle writer/director David O. Russell.

According to Deadline.com, a director has yet to be appointed. Neither Krasinski nor Russell are looking to step behind the camera to take charge of the project, which has been adapted for the big screen by Lindsey Ferrentino.

Blunt and Krasinski, who wed in 2010, joined forces professionally for the first time on hit 2018 horror movie A Quiet Place, which The Office funnyman co-wrote, starred in, and directed.

The role helped the Brit pick up her first Screen Actors Guild award in January (19), when she dedicated the supporting actress prize to her husband, who she praised as a “stunning filmmaker”.

“My favourite thing about shooting A Quiet Place was for sure working with John,” she later shared. “We’d never done it before, and it is kind of the great unknown, going into this process, not knowing what it’s going to be.

“A lot of people were like, ‘You’re going to be divorced by the end of it’, but actually we’re so much closer. I think the discovery of how well we collaborated and how well we can create something together is just so special.”

They are set to reunite onscreen for a planned sequel, which will also feature the return of their movie kids Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and is expected to hit theatres in May, 2020.

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