Colin Trevorrow: ‘Lockdown worked to our advantage on Jurassic World: Dominion’

Colin Trevorrow thinks the global coronavirus lockdown has had a positive effect on his movie, Jurassic World: Dominion.The director had been shooting the follow-up to 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard,…

Colin Trevorrow thinks the global coronavirus lockdown has had a positive effect on his movie, Jurassic World: Dominion.

The director had been shooting the follow-up to 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, for four weeks in the U.K. when the Covid-19 outbreak struck, and film sets across the world were immediately shut down.

Trevorrow and his star-studded cast are heading back to work at Pinewood Studios near London after more than three months on hiatus, and the filmmaker revealed that the break has in fact helped him.

“For many of us, Dominion was already the biggest creative challenge of our lives, before the lockdown,” he told Empire magazine. “The shooting schedule really worked to our advantage – the first four weeks we put to film were mostly sequences with dinosaurs in them.

“So that allowed us to get a head start on VFX (visual effects) and workshop some of the newer elements without the pressure of a looming deadline.”

Trevorrow also said that he’s confident the new health and safety guidelines will keep the cast and crew members safe on set of the third movie in the Jurassic World franchise, but noted that it might take a while to get used to the new normal.

“The hard part will be constructing a creative environment within all the precautions. Once the cameras roll, we have to forget our world and live in the world of the movie. That may take some practice,” he confessed.

Dominion will also see original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern reprise their roles, and Trevorrow is excited to get going.

“I’ve been really moved by the way everyone has shown support for each other,” he shared. “We’re all fired up to get back to work. This is what we do, and we’re all eager to get back out there and do it.”

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Keanu Reeves praises Lana Wachowski’s ‘wonderful’ The Matrix 4 script

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original c…

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.

The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original cast member Carrie-Anne Moss, and in a chat with Empire magazine, he revealed he was prompted to return thanks to the director’s script.

“Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,” Reeves told the film publication. “That’s the only reason to do it. To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.”

Reeves made his debut as Neo in The Matrix back in 1999, returning for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.

And Moss, who played Trinity in the ground-breaking saga, echoed her co-star’s sentiments, and confessed she was surprised that The Matrix 4 was even in the works.

“I never thought that it would happen. It was never on my radar at all. When it was brought to me in the way that it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, ‘This is a gift.’ It was just very exciting,” she shared.

The Matrix 4, also starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff, is set to be released in May 2021.

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Taraji P. Henson taught herself how to do gel nails

Taraji P. Henson isn’t worried about when she’ll next see a manicurist because she has learned how to do gel nails herself. While the vast majority of people are anxious for their next appointment with their hairstylist or beautician while in lockdown…

Taraji P. Henson isn’t worried about when she’ll next see a manicurist because she has learned how to do gel nails herself.

While the vast majority of people are anxious for their next appointment with their hairstylist or beautician while in lockdown, the Empire actress is coping just fine as she is an expert with hair, make-up, and nails, and is in the process of learning to do her own hair removal too.

“I had one friend of mine who said to me years ago, ‘If aliens came down and abducted all of the glam squads, Taraji would be the only celebrity still showing up at the carpet.’ Because I know how to do hair, I know how to do make-up, I know how to do my nails. I was almost a cosmetologist before God intervened,” she explained to Allure. “And I’ve taught myself how to do gel nails. I’m about to learn how to wax myself.”

The 49-year-old also discussed her life in quarantine and shared that she’s been keeping spirits up by doing spa days and getting her fiance Kelvin Hayden and adult son Marcell involved.

“I have an infrared sauna blanket, and my fiancé and son and I have been doing that, and that’s really good for your skin,” the star shared. “I’ll wrap everybody up in the infrared blanket like a burrito, and I put the headphones on their heads with this meditation app called Aura, and next thing you know they’re asleep, snoring, in the blanket.”

Infrared sauna blankets use infrared light to heat the body from within rather than the air from without, like a traditional sauna does. Taraji’s other go-to products during lockdown have been face masks, her facial steamer, Peter Thomas Roth undereye gels, and products from her TPH by Taraji haircare line.

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Halle Berry raves about Taraji P. Henson’s haircare line

Halle Berry is a big fan of the products in Taraji P. Henson’s new haircare line.The Empire actress launched TPH by Taraji earlier this year, with the 18-piece collection suitable for use on all hair types. And taking to Instagram over the weekend, Hal…

Halle Berry is a big fan of the products in Taraji P. Henson’s new haircare line.

The Empire actress launched TPH by Taraji earlier this year, with the 18-piece collection suitable for use on all hair types.

And taking to Instagram over the weekend, Halle shared that she has been trialling the range recently and is “obsessed” with the formulas.

“Settling in on this fine #SelfCareSaturday with a much needed #HairMask, courtesy of my girl @tarajiphenson’s new line of hair care products, @tphbytaraji,” she captioned a mirror selfie showing her using one of the hair masks. “I’ve known this woman since she started in the industry, and it’s been such a joy to watch her flourish and succeed. Obsessed with this line.”

In her Instagram Stories, the Monster’s Ball star explained that she has been using TPH by Taraji’s Mint Condition, a tingling scalp conditioner, and the Mother Earth moisturising clay mask. Items are priced from $8.99 – $14.99 (£7 – £12).

In response, Taraji reposted Halle’s message on her social media platforms and thanked her friend for her ongoing support.

“This QUEEN @halleberry has always been by my side MY ENTIRE career!!! When I was nominated for an Oscar, Halle threw me the BIGGEST Hollywood party!!! I didn’t know many ppl in the industry at the time and she introduced me to soooo many incredible super stars and heavy hitters I was so overwhelmed but grateful (sic)!!! STILL, HANDS DOWN, ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF MY CAREER!!! A true Queen lifts other women ALL THE WAY UP!!! I love you Halle for ever!!!” the 49-year-old added. “I did NOT ask her to post this!!! I NEVER ask ppl to post. I feel weird doing that. So this was TRULY from her heart and. SHE SAID WHAT SHE SAID @tphbytaraji is good for your hair!(sic)”

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Quentin Tarantino overestimated how much audiences would like Grindhouse

Quentin Tarantino has admitted he overestimated how much American audiences would appreciate his double feature Grindhouse.Back in 2007, the filmmaker released his action movie Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson, alongside fellow dir…

Quentin Tarantino has admitted he overestimated how much American audiences would appreciate his double feature Grindhouse.

Back in 2007, the filmmaker released his action movie Death Proof, starring Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson, alongside fellow director Robert Rodriguez’s horror Planet Terror.

He combined the two movies to make the double feature Grindhouse as his way of paying homage to 1970s exploitation films that were shown in now-defunct ‘grindhouse’ theatres in the U.S., and decided to release just Death Proof in the U.K.

However, he told Empire magazine that he’s since realised he misjudged just how much American audiences would understand his tribute to low-budget horror movies.

“With Grindhouse, I think me and Robert just felt that people had a little more of a concept of the history of double features and exploitation movies,” Tarantino explained. “No, they didn’t. At all. They had no idea what the f**k they were watching. It meant nothing to them, alright, what we were doing.

“So that was a case of being a little too cool for school. But as far as the movie playing in England as the movie, I think people took it okay.”

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director then recalled going to see Death Proof in London on opening night with Baby Driver director Edgar Wright and being “humbled” by the empty cinema.

“And we walk in the theatre and there’s about 13 people in there. On the opening 8.30 show, alright?” he laughed. “That was a rather humbling experience. But we sat down and watched it and had a good time.

“Edgar was like, ‘That was very impressive. I think I would have turned around and walked out of there. The fact you said f**k it and sat down, I admired that.'”

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Darren Aronofsky wanted to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman in 2000s-era movie

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, …

Darren Aronofsky has claimed his 2000s-era Batman movie was scrapped because he wanted Joaquin Phoenix to play the iconic superhero.

In an interview with Empire, the director opened up about his plans to reinvent the Caped Crusader almost 20 years ago, but also recalled how bosses at Warner Bros. weren’t enthusiastic about his choice of leading man.

“The studio wanted Freddie Prinze Jr. and I wanted Joaquin Phoenix,” he stated. “I remember thinking, ‘Uh oh, we’re making two different films here.’ That’s a true story. It was a different time. The Batman I wrote was definitely a way different type of take than they ended up making.”

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker went on to share that he was keen to overhaul the DC Comics superhero after George Clooney’s turn as the famed character in 1997’s Batman & Robin and noted that he was looking to adapt Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One comic.

“The Batman that was out before me was Batman & Robin, the famous one with the nipples on the Batsuit, so I was really trying to undermine that, and reinvent it. That’s where my head went,” Aronofsky added.

The project never made it into production and the role of Batman has since been played by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Ben Affleck.

Robert Pattinson will be taking on the part for Matt Reeves’s upcoming film, The Batman.

And while Phoenix missed out on playing Batman, he did end up portraying the Joker in Todd Phillips’ bleak 2019 drama, for which he nabbed the prize for Best Actor at the Academy Awards in February.

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Gal Gadot wanted Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love inte…

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.

The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love interest and ally, Steve Trevor.

However, he was tragically killed off while sacrificing himself during the epic battle scene in the final throes of the movie, leaving Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, bereft with grief.

When it was announced last year that Pine would be reprising his role as the former U.S. soldier for the sequel, fans were intrigued as to how he could have been brought back to life, and Gadot has now revealed that she and director Jenkins were determined to make sure he was back for the follow-up.

“Chris was an integral part of the movie, and of its success,” she told Empire magazine. “And because he and I and Patty really enjoyed working together, we all wanted to have him back. And Patty and (co-writer) Geoff Johns found the best way that serves the narrative to bring Steve back.”

While she refused to divulge how Trevor returns, she did hint that something “crazy” was going to happen in the sequel, and said that the superhero has matured since the first film.

“The first movie was a coming of age, it was Diana becoming Wonder Woman. She was very naive and she didn’t understand the complexities of life. A fish out of water. In this movie, that’s not the case whatsoever,” Gadot shared. “Diana has evolved. She’s much more mature and very wise. However, she’s very lonely. She lost all of her team members and she’s guarded. And then something crazy happens.”

Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released on 14 August.

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Taraji P. Henson learning to do her own nails

Taraji P. Henson is learning to do her own nails while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.The Empire star is doing her best to keep herself busy during the lockdown period, and told U.S. TV show Extra via video chat app Zoom that she’s even …

Taraji P. Henson is learning to do her own nails while staying at home during the coronavirus crisis.

The Empire star is doing her best to keep herself busy during the lockdown period, and told U.S. TV show Extra via video chat app Zoom that she’s even lost five pounds (2.2 kilograms) since she started social distancing. In addition, Taraji has picked up a few new hobbies.

“I have aligned all of my chakras more than once, meditating a lot. I find myself praying, reflecting a lot, doing a lot of things I have said I wanted to do around the house that I don’t have time to do… Keeping busy, I learned how to do gel nails. I am a nail tech now,” she quipped.

Elsewhere in the interview, Taraji revealed she and fiance Kelvin Hayden have postponed their nuptials for the second time, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Earlier this year, the actress moved her April wedding to June, after becoming concerned about the weather, but now that weddings have been cancelled all around the world due to the pandemic, Taraji conceded she and Kelvin will have to wait a little longer before they finally wed.

“It’s probably going to be more like July,” the 49-year-old explained. “We have to see what this will be like at the other end.”

Taraji added that both she and Kelvin have elderly relatives to take into consideration when thinking about when to reschedule their wedding for.

“Our grandparents, my grandmother is about to turn 96, his is 86, how do we get them to the wedding now? Now, we are concerned, just trying to figure out the safest and best way,” she noted.

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Bong Joon Ho would love to make a musical

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project. “I would love to mak…

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.

The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project.

“I would love to make a musical,” Bong told Empire magazine, noting that his take on the genre would be unique. “Characters would begin singing, then think, ‘Oh my God, f**k this, this is too cheesy,’ and stop suddenly.

“There are amazing musical films, like Singin’ in the Rain. But when I watch them, I feel very embarrassed and start blushing. So it would have to be… different.”

Bong stunned Hollywood when the critically-acclaimed Parasite won Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars last month.

The filmmaker may well live up to his promise of making a “different” musical, as he’s well-known for telling unusual stories on the big screen. His Academy Award-winning film followed members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy one by infiltrating their household, while his 2017 movie Okja told the story of a young girl who raises a genetically modified giant pig.

And Bong’s timing could be perfect, as the musical genre is currently making a comeback in Hollywood, with Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cinematic adaptation of his musical In the Heights both in the works.

Little Women director Greta Gerwig is also developing an original musical that focuses on tap dancing.

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Edgar Wright pleads with fans to support cinemas amid coronavirus crisis

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright has urged fans to support their local cinemas through the coronavirus crisis in a new article for Empire magazine.Cinemas in the U.K. and many parts of the U.S. closed their doors this week due to restrictions on socia…

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright has urged fans to support their local cinemas through the coronavirus crisis in a new article for Empire magazine.

Cinemas in the U.K. and many parts of the U.S. closed their doors this week due to restrictions on social gatherings put in place to slow the spread of the virus.

Edgar fears the loss of business could lead to the permanent closure of many independent or small theatre chains, and so asked movie fans to support their favourite venues through hard times by buying memberships or gift cards.

“One way of showing your unwavering support is to become a member of your favourite cinema,” he wrote. “After you’ve read this, why not buy a membership for yourself, or for someone close to you. Buy some gift cards. Donate where you can.”

He went on to ask those with memberships not to cancel or ask for a refund, adding, “You’ll feel better for having helped now than if you later found your local church of cinema had been forced to close for good.”

The Shaun of the Dead director went on to reveal he had bought memberships for several cinemas he visits and asked those who can afford it to consider doing the same to protect cinema staff’s jobs.

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