Josh Hutcherson: ‘Filming The Hunger Games was like college’

Josh Hutcherson found that filming The Hunger Games movies was similar to being at college.The 27-year-old played baker’s son Peeta Mellark in each of the four movies in the hit franchise, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, E…

Josh Hutcherson found that filming The Hunger Games movies was similar to being at college.

The 27-year-old played baker’s son Peeta Mellark in each of the four movies in the hit franchise, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Stanley Tucci.

And the actor doesn’t feel like he ever missed out on going to college, as filming The Hunger Games was a similar experience.

“It was like my college,” Josh told Entertainment Weekly. “That was like such a coming-of-age time for me. It was the first time I was away from my family, and on my own.”

He also revealed that if he was offered the role of Peeta now, he would think twice about accepting, as starring in a hugely popular franchise, which has grossed more than $2.9 billion (£2.3 billion) worldwide, wasn’t something wanted to do with his career.

“It was worlds apart from anything I have ever experienced. It’s like a double-edged sword,” he shared. “But when I set out to become an actor at eight, being famous and being recognised was not on my radar. I just wanted to make movies.”

“That naivete followed me until slapped me in the face,” Josh added, noting the worldwide fame that came with starring in the saga. “It made me realise the kind of actor I wanted to be. The idea of doing big, big projects that make you even more well-known doesn’t sound as appetising. If that opportunity came up again, I would have to think about it more.”

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John David Washington overcame fear of heights while shooting Tenet

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him g…

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.

The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him get over his fear.

“I loved every day of it. The only thing that probably was tough for me were the heights at first but I ended up getting over that, in India,” Washington told the magazine. “And that became a great accomplishment for me, because I’m not too comfortable with heights and I became better acquainted with heights after that experience.”

Back in December, a teaser from the film was released, showing his character rescuing a member of the audience from the hands of terrorists at an opera house, and Washington confessed he was blown away filming the jaw-dropping scene.

“I couldn’t get over the scale of it all, how many background artists we had,” Washington explained. “Those are not digitally enhanced people, those weren’t painted in, they were all there and present.

“It was extremely intense, so many moving pieces. Nolan on set, he just works at such pace and is so well organised. I mean, it was chaos when he yelled ‘Action!’ but getting it done, it felt very organised.”

Tenet, also starring Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, is set to hit cinemas on 31 July.

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Daniel Radcliffe defends gun violence in Guns Akimbo

Daniel Radcliffe isn’t worried about the impact of gun violence in his new film Guns Akimbo, insisting it is unlikely to incite “copycat” shootings.The Harry Potter star appears alongside Samara Weaving in the Jason Lei Howden-directed film, about a vi…

Daniel Radcliffe isn’t worried about the impact of gun violence in his new film Guns Akimbo, insisting it is unlikely to incite “copycat” shootings.

The Harry Potter star appears alongside Samara Weaving in the Jason Lei Howden-directed film, about a video game developer who becomes a participant in a real-life deathmatch that streams online.

Yet, Radcliffe has now insisted he didn’t worry about the production’s violent themes because outside of the U.S., mass shootings are uncommon.

“I didn’t think about it until I was on set, which is maybe slightly a bad thing to say,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “This film is made by Jason; he’s from New Zealand. Samara’s from Australia. I’m from the U.K., and this was before the mosque shooting in New Zealand as well.”

The Christchurch, New Zealand shooting in March 2019 left 51 dead after a gunman opened fire on a mosque.

But Radcliffe insists that since gun violence isn’t as prevalent in Britain, or Weaving and Howden’s native countries, the project is unlikely to inspire shooting incidents.

“All of us are from countries where it was not present enough in any of our minds,” the 30-year-old commented. “Nobody’s going to copycat this in England.”

Radcliffe also noted that many of the key scenes do not feature guns.

“Look, there are some incredibly cool action sequences in it and fight sequences, some of which involve guns, but actually not all of them do,” he added. “I very much want to emphasise that nobody should be taking their moral compass from this film. It’s just a fun, crazy action movie.

“Maybe I should have thought about it more, but then you can get into a larger conversation about culture informing art and all that stuff.”

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Emily Blunt ‘would’ve been an idiot’ to turn down A Quiet Place Part II

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute …

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.

In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute sense of hearing.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Blunt said she immediately signed up to reprise her role as Evelyn in the follow-up, A Quiet Place Part II, after studio bosses convinced husband Krasinski to return to direct the sequel.

“It became very apparent that we’d be idiots not to do it. Ultimately, you will never catch the (same) lightning in the film, but there is a bigger world,” she explained.

And once Krasinski pitched his opening scene idea to her, which was one uninterrupted take revealing the moment the aliens landed on Earth, the 36-year-old knew she needed to return.

“(Everything was) choreographed down to a fine art,” Blunt said of the scene. “You really get a sense of what the world was and what the family was before it all happened.”

Krasinski also admitted he was initially reluctant to sign up for the sequel and had to be persuaded.

“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.”

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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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Kristen Stewart didn’t realise how difficult filming Underwater would be

Kristen Stewart and her co-stars had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they signed up for Underwater.The Charlie’s Angels actress stars alongside Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller in the sci-fi horror, which follows a team of aquatic s…

Kristen Stewart and her co-stars had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they signed up for Underwater.

The Charlie’s Angels actress stars alongside Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller in the sci-fi horror, which follows a team of aquatic scientists who have to fight for survival after an earthquake devastates their subterranean lab, leaving them trapped underwater with much bigger and scarier problems.

Stewart, who plays Norah Price, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she didn’t anticipate all the challenges involved in filming this movie, including the weight of their metal suits and her aversion to small spaces.

“The suits were really heavy, honestly. We couldn’t move around. I really don’t like being held down, I don’t like confined spaces, I’m not a strong swimmer,” she explained. “The reason that, like, huge f**king surly dudes who typically do action movies do them is because they’re actually really hard and scary and they hurt.

“I think none of us in the movie — except for maybe Vincent, who’s, like, a f**king wild banshee — really knew what we were getting ourselves into. And that’s where there’s some comedy in the movie every once in a while; in the most dire situations you kind of laugh in a funeral. That’s kind of what it felt like to make the movie as well. Like we were all dying!”

The 29-year-old, who has shown a preference for indie movies instead of blockbusters in recent years, also admitted that she hadn’t ever made a movie on such a large scale, and she was excited to see the final product almost three years after production wrapped.

“It was not an easy movie to make — really long and just drippy and cold and f**king hard. I want to see how we all reacted in such precarious circumstances. It really pulls out the best and worst parts of people,” shared Kristen.

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Jamie Lee Curtis threatens to ‘come for’ audiences who spoil Knives Out

Jamie Lee Curtis has issued a stern warning to moviegoers who spoil the ending of her new murder mystery Knives Out.The True Lies star is worried Thanksgiving Day viewers might reveal the film’s twists and turns and ruin the experience for others, accu…

Jamie Lee Curtis has issued a stern warning to moviegoers who spoil the ending of her new murder mystery Knives Out.

The True Lies star is worried Thanksgiving Day viewers might reveal the film’s twists and turns and ruin the experience for others, accusing them of being on a “weird power trip”.

“There’s also something very aggressive, I find, for people who spoil things for people,” Curtis told Entertainment Weekly. “In fact, it diminishes you greatly if you really think about it, because it makes you very small to ruin the delicious surprise.

“To ruin it so you somehow look like a smart person? I don’t even know what value ruining a surprise is. It’s like going up to somebody (and) going, ‘Oh, you’re going to have a surprise party’. Well, f**k you. Thank you so much for ruining what should be a pleasure, and it is a pleasure, so don’t ruin it.”

Curtis, who stars in Rian Johnson’s crime caper opposite Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, and Katherine Langford, is cautioning anyone looking to reveal key plot points in the whodunnit.

“I shall come for you,” the 61-year-old jokingly threatened.

Meanwhile, Craig has declared that he would love to be able to go see Knives Out without knowing anything about it.

“Going to this movie cold would be the best thing on earth,” he told the publication.

Knives Out follows a family gathering gone horribly awry, after the family patriarch’s death leads a master detective to investigate. It is now showing in cinemas.

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Jennifer Lopez challenged by pole dancing lessons for Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City i…

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.

The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City in the late 2000s who get their revenge on wealthy, drunk, and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.

Regarding her preparation for the role, Lopez has now shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she worked with a pole choreographer for several months – but still found mastering the art form to be difficult.

“I have danced all my life and I work out every single day, and I can say without hesitation that learning to pole dance was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” she told the publication. “I was using a completely new group of muscles – it was tough. My shoulder and back are still recovering.”

However, it was all worth it – as far as Lopez is concerned – because she was able to show exotic dancers in a different light.

“Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from it, suddenly it’s a problem,” the 50-year-old added. “Strippers are painted as throwaways or background characters. Hustlers digs into stories of their lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Naomi Scott’s Aladdin costumes are ‘metaphors for her character’s journey’

Naomi Scott’s costumes for her role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic Aladdin were specifically created with the character’s narrative in mind.The actress opened up about her movie wardrobe during a…

Naomi Scott’s costumes for her role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic Aladdin were specifically created with the character’s narrative in mind.

The actress opened up about her movie wardrobe during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, telling reporters that the aesthetics of her looks were secondary to what the garments represent.

“If she’s wearing something that’s structured and beautiful, it can’t just be the sake of it looking great, it needs to be connected to the story,” the 25-year-old reflected. “I think that was really important and I think we got the balance.”

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson shared the Power Rangers star’s views, and suggested that conceptualising and creating the costumes allowed him to further explore the Guy Ritchie-directed movie’s characters’ “complex psychologies and interesting personalities”.

He went on to claim that, although the film is a “celebration of the beauty of Arab culture”, he didn’t want that to be the sole purpose of the costumes. Instead, he wanted the end result to highlight a broad spectrum of Eastern cultures, bringing together various aspects of Arabian, Indian, and Asian heritage.

“When you’re designing the costumes for a live action film that’s based on animation, there’s an opportunity to take these characters and give them literally more depth and details,” he considered. “It was wonderful to explore who Jasmine really was and be able to express that through her many costumes in the film.”

Aladdin will hit U.K. cinemas on 22 May (19), and will make its U.S. theatrical debut two days later.

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Will Smith: ‘Taking over Aladdin’s Genie from Robin Williams was terrifying’

Will Smith was nervous to take on the role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin reboot because the late Robin Williams’ animated performance is so “iconic”. Beloved comedian Robin delighted fans as the wise-cracking magical being in the 1992 o…

Will Smith was nervous to take on the role of the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin reboot because the late Robin Williams’ animated performance is so “iconic”.

Beloved comedian Robin delighted fans as the wise-cracking magical being in the 1992 original, so when Will was approached to bring the character to life onscreen in director Guy Ritchie’s new project, he knew it would be a daunting task.

“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “The question is always, ‘Where was there meat left on the bone?,’ and with the Robin Williams character, Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone.”

However, instead of trying to mimic the tragic funnyman onscreen, Will decided to inject some of his hip-hop style into his take on the Genie to make it his own.

“For me, the first aspect was it was live action, so that meant it would look and feel really different, so I was encouraged by that,” the actor shares. “And secondarily, after I watched the (animated) movie a few times, I saw where Robin Williams infused the character with a timeless version of himself, so I said to myself, ‘What if I just infuse the character with a timeless version of myself?’ And then that opened up for me… hip-hop, it opened up fashion.

“Because the Genie is timeless, you get to really say and do anything, so I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different and just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane versus trying to compete.”

And Will believes fans will enjoy his modern interpretation of the wish-granting character, because it speaks to the influence of hip-hop culture in today’s mainstream entertainment.

“The thing that will be the major addition from me playing the Genie is the hip-hop base. I think that’ll be fun for people,” he says. “I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavour in Disney history!”

Aladdin, which also stars Mena Massoud as the titular vagrant-turned-prince, and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, opens in May (19).

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