Ewan McGregor voicing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Ewan McGregor is voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio. The Scottish actor has revealed that he had finished recording his dialogue for the Talking Cricket before the Covid-19 outbreak struck. “That I had …

Ewan McGregor is voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio.

The Scottish actor has revealed that he had finished recording his dialogue for the Talking Cricket before the Covid-19 outbreak struck.

“That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded,” McGregor told ACE Universe. “And of course it’s stop-frame animation, so it’s going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part of that, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done.”

He then teased the possibility he would be singing in the movie, after his well-received performances in musical movies such as the live-action Beauty and the Beast and Moulin Rouge!

“There may or may not be a song that needs to be recorded. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to discuss that. Even though we’re just privately talking, you know,” he joked.

The Oscar-winning director’s stop-motion animation version of Carlo Collodi’s classic novel, which will be set in Italy during the rise of fascism in the 1930s, will also feature the voices of Ron Perlman, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz.

Mark Gustafson is serving as co-director alongside del Toro on Pinocchio, while Patrick McHale is co-writing the script.

The 55-year-old filmmaker previously revealed that his version of the classic tale, which was transformed into an animated musical fantasy film by Disney in 1940, will be a bleak re-telling.

“In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend,” The Shape of Water director said. “He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.”

Pinocchio is set to be released on Netflix in 2021.

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Cathy Yan denies Birds of Prey underwent extensive reshoots

Cathy Yan has denied claims suggesting her movie Birds of Prey was subject to extensive reshoots. Over the weekend, director David Ayer told his Twitter followers about a scene in his 2016 movie Suicide Squad that had to be reshot, and Yan expressed s…

Cathy Yan has denied claims suggesting her movie Birds of Prey was subject to extensive reshoots.

Over the weekend, director David Ayer told his Twitter followers about a scene in his 2016 movie Suicide Squad that had to be reshot, and Yan expressed sympathy with her fellow DC filmmaker and added, “I know the pain.”

Film writer Grace Randolph responded to the tweet by repeating her claim that Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn, underwent “massive reshoots” to remove a “d**k pics” storyline and that John Wick director Chad Stahelski was brought in to “add more action”.

Yan responded by tweeting: “Excuse me, you have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s fascinating you would deem to try when you weren’t part of the process whatsoever.”

In the ensuing exchange, it emerged the storyline in question regarded a classical statue of Ewan McGregor’s character Roman Sionis.

“The storyline was that you could see Roman’s d**k on the statue in the picture in the diamond – and he was upset it looked ‘small’ so that’s why he was so fixated on getting it back,” Randolph wrote, to which Yan replied, “This is not true. There has never been any discussion around the size of Roman’s d**k. I can’t believe I even have to write that! The original script called for an image of Roman as Michelangelo’s David. You know? Art?”

The director then explained to another user that the scene didn’t work and they only needed McGregor to record automated dialogue replacement (ADR) rather than reshoot anything.

“It was a joke to show how narcissist he is. It didn’t work – we all agreed – so we rewrote some ADR. That’s it. Absolutely no reshoots we’re devoted to this nonsense issue,” she wrote.

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, was released in February.

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Cathy Yan fought to keep ‘uncomfortable’ scene in Birds of Prey

Cathy Yan fought to keep an “uncomfortable” scene involving Ewan McGregor in Birds of Prey.In the comic book adaptation, the 49-year-old actor plays Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis, who goes up against Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and her powerful …

Cathy Yan fought to keep an “uncomfortable” scene involving Ewan McGregor in Birds of Prey.

In the comic book adaptation, the 49-year-old actor plays Gotham City crime lord Roman Sionis, who goes up against Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and her powerful gang of crime-fighting women as they try to take him down.

In one scene, Roman cruelly demeans and humiliates a woman named Erika at his nightclub, and Yan revealed that there was a lot of discussion between her, the producers and bosses at Warner Bros. over keeping the moment in the film.

“I’ll be honest: We had to fight to keep that scene because it was uncomfortable. It was risky, and we had to fight to keep it at all,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that they had even cut it out at one stage.

However, she’s glad it was kept in because she believed it was important to help the character development of Roman and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s vigilante Black Canary, who works in the crime lord’s nightclub.

“I think that a lot of people have been very impacted by that scene. I think it’s a huge turning point for Roman; it’s a huge turning point for Canary, and the way that we shot it was hopefully not about the sexual violence upon the woman,” Yan shared. “It was more about Roman, what he’s capable of and Canary seeing him for who he really is for the first time… Now, she can fully cut herself off from him, and I thought it was a really important scene. So, we fought for it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Yan heaped praise on leading lady Margot, recalling how she was blown away by her ability to fully encompass her character.

“She acts with her entire body in a way, which is really interesting. She changes the way that she moves depending on the character that she’s playing, yet she’s still able to switch it off and on,” she gushed. “She’s really incredible in that way.”

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Margot Robbie praises Birds of Prey stunt team

Margot Robbie has heaped praise on Birds of Prey’s “truly amazing” stunt team.The Australian actress reprises her role as super-villain Harley Quinn in the new DC Comics movie, which follows her as she teams up with superheroes Black Canary and Huntres…

Margot Robbie has heaped praise on Birds of Prey’s “truly amazing” stunt team.

The Australian actress reprises her role as super-villain Harley Quinn in the new DC Comics movie, which follows her as she teams up with superheroes Black Canary and Huntress, as well as police detective Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

The film has received praise for its inventive and creative action sequences, and Robbie has admitted that she did as many of her own stunts as she could but had to rely on the professionals to pull off some of the riskier moves.

“I’m a little less formidable than Harley Quinn, I’m sure,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I love stunt work, so I really, really love it. It’s just cool to work with an amazing stunt team like 87Eleven (Action Design). They’re truly amazing, like, backflips, that’s Renae Moneymaker. She’s an incredible stunt performer… But yeah, they got me doing everything else really, other than critical acrobats, so it was fun!”

Her co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead explained to the publication that the cast began training three months before production and continued to keep it up throughout filming, with her noting they were in “constant pain” and it “kept getting harder”.

However, their hard work seems to have paid off as initial reactions of the movie have been positive, with many lauding the action, Robbie, Winstead, and the film’s style and sense of fun, although some did claim it was uneven in its tone and pacing.

Birds of Prey, also starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, hits theatres from 7 February.

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Mike Flanagan found it ‘almost impossible’ to recreate hotel for Doctor Sleep

Mike Flanagan found it “almost impossible” to recreate The Shining’s iconic Overlook Hotel for the sequel Doctor Sleep.In the horror movie, Ewan McGregor stars as Dan Torrance, who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”, and he returns …

Mike Flanagan found it “almost impossible” to recreate The Shining’s iconic Overlook Hotel for the sequel Doctor Sleep.

In the horror movie, Ewan McGregor stars as Dan Torrance, who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”, and he returns to the Overlook Hotel, where he spent time as a child, to confront demons new and old.

Flanagan and his team painstakingly tried to recreate the Overlook director Stanley Kubrick designed for 1980’s The Shining with 100 per cent accuracy, but they soon realised they had quite the task ahead of them.

“If someone else had made the (Doctor Sleep), I, as a fan, would be scrutinising every frame, I would be holding them to the standard that would be pretty insane, the level of detail, making sure they got it right,” he said during a Q&A in London. “We didn’t get it all right, I can tell you that, we tried, it’s really hard to do, it turns out.”

The Hush filmmaker had access to all of Kubrick’s blueprints for his designs, but the late director didn’t always stick to them, and they discovered the colour of the typewriter, an important prop, changed over the course of The Shining. Accordingly, he did a poll to find out what colour it should be for Doctor Sleep.

“The typewriter changes colour during the course of The Shining, we had it for one scene, so the question we would ask ourselves was, ‘How do you remember it, what colour is the typewriter?’” he recalled. “And we would poll everyone… If we had to make a decision, we made it based on how we who loved the film remembered it the most, with the hope that even though it might not be completely accurate for the film in its entirety, it would be close enough and kind of the way you guys remembered the film. I guarantee you we didn’t get everything right, it’s almost impossible.”

However, they managed to achieve the Overlook recreations and only resorted to using Kubrick’s footage to show a car driving up a canyon road with the permission of his estate.

Doctor Sleep is in cinemas now.

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Doctor Sleep director plotting potential sequel

Director Mike Flanagan has started brainstorming ideas with author Stephen King for a potential sequel to Doctor Sleep.The new movie is a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, with both films based on novels by horror master King, and Flana…

Director Mike Flanagan has started brainstorming ideas with author Stephen King for a potential sequel to Doctor Sleep.

The new movie is a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, with both films based on novels by horror master King, and Flanagan reveals they have already begun throwing around possible plots to continue developing the story of troubled protagonist Danny Torrance.

“(We’re) talking actively about what’s next, and we have a great idea for that I’m not allowed to talk about yet, but it’s really cool, and yeah, I expect there will be another chance to play in that sandbox very soon,” the moviemaker teased in an interview with CinemaBlend.

Doctor Sleep is the director’s second adaptation of a King book, having previously brought psychological thriller Gerald’s Game to the screen for a Netflix movie in 2017. And having them both so well received by the writer has given Flanagan a real ego boost.

“It’s been my dream since I was a kid to be able to adapt Stephen King, and he’s let me play in that sandbox two times; I would be thrilled to do it again,” he gushed about his hopes of working together on a third film and beyond. “He’s been happy both times, which is still like (mind-blowing), as long as that keeps up, if he’ll have me back, I’m there for the long haul. I’ll do as many as he’ll let me.”

Receiving King’s blessing for Doctor Sleep was crucial for Flanagan to turn the 2013 book of the same name into a movie because the author had previously been vocal about his dislike of Kubrick’s take on The Shining – but the filmmaker needn’t have worried.

“I’ve enjoyed all his movies,” King said of Flanagan. “I read the (Doctor Sleep) script very, very carefully and I said to myself, ‘Everything that I ever disliked about the Kubrick version of The Shining is redeemed for me here.'”

Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up Torrance, who was played by child actor Danny Lloyd in the cult 1980 movie, which also featured Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as his parents.

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Mike Flanagan saw 900 girls while casting Abra in Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie. In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “th…

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie.

In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “the shining” and she has to hold her own in scenes with Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, a recovering addict with similar powers, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a cult who feeds on children with psychic abilities.

During a Q&A at a screening of the film in London, the director revealed the team saw 900 girls before finding 13-year-old Kyliegh Curran.

“We saw more than 900 girls trying to find the right one and you hear these stories about Hollywood casting that you hope are true and this is one of those stories,” he said. “Kyliegh, who is a complete unknown, who is a local hire – she lived 15 minutes from our production offices – had submitted a tape, didn’t have the big agency weight behind her – I don’t think she even had a current headshot – and her tape did what it was supposed to do.”

Curran’s tape kept rising through the levels of the casting process until she made the final few, which included experienced actresses, and got called in to read with McGregor.

“She came in and read with Ewan and as soon as she walked out the room, the door hadn’t quite closed yet, and he turned to us and said, ‘It’s obviously her, right?’ and it was, we all completely agreed,” the filmmaker recalled. “She’s an amazing young talent. You hope in your career that you get to see someone really truly come out of nowhere like that and I’m honoured that we were there to able to see that happen for her because she’s really something.”

Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, is in cinemas now.

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Mike Flanagan felt like ‘throwing up’ while screening Doctor Sleep for Stephen King

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting. The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel T…

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting.

The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel The Shining, the week it was released – so he was incredibly nervous when he brought the finished film to Maine to show it to King in an empty cinema.

“I sat right next to him actually. I’m a fanboy first and that was paralysing,” Flanagan said at a screening of the film in London. “I think I stared at my foot trying not to look directly at him during the screening, but I was mostly just acutely aware of every shift or sigh or anything he did, I was reading way too much into. I felt like throwing up for two and a half hours.”

King doesn’t hold back when it comes criticising the movie adaptations of his novels and was particularly scathing about Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Accordingly, Flanagan was nervous when he suggested using the film as a basis for his sequel.

“His opinions are absolutely well known, he’s not shy about them at all, so it was nerve-wracking to go to him and say, ‘Look, I really think the only way to make this right is to make it within the cinematic universe that Kubrick established.’ His initial reaction was, ‘No,'” Flanagan revealed. “The argument was: What I’d like to do is treat Kubrick’s film as canon, we’d like to make this a direct follow-up to that film, but within that, I wanted to give him a chance to see some of the elements from the novel The Shining that Kubrick had jettisoned… (King) has been very specific about what upset him and that gave us a lot to work with… It was a nerve-wracking proposal and if he hadn’t given us his blessing for that we wouldn’t have made the film.”

Luckily, King offered his approval and “loves” the finished film, as do members of the Kubrick estate, with Flanagan adding, “It almost doesn’t matter at this point what happens now those two have spoken.”

Doctor Sleep, starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, is in cinemas now.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and daughter Carys fronting Fendi campaign

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Carys Douglas have been tapped to star in Fendi’s latest campaign.The Hollywood actress and her 16-year-old daughter, whom she shares with husband Michael Douglas, appear in a short film and still imagery as part of the latest …

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Carys Douglas have been tapped to star in Fendi’s latest campaign.

The Hollywood actress and her 16-year-old daughter, whom she shares with husband Michael Douglas, appear in a short film and still imagery as part of the latest instalment of #MeAndMyPeekaboo, promoting the launch of the new versions of the popular Peekaboo bag, which was first released by the Italian fashion house in 2008.

In the clip, which is set to Mary J. Blige’s song Family Affair, Catherine and Carys are seen showcasing the Peekaboo handbags while posing together in front of historical buildings in Rome.

“Catherine and Carys, mother and daughter, show their unique yet special family-bond celebrating the renovation of life by blending tradition and innovation and recalling the Fendi dualism and DNA,” a brand rep shared of the campaign. “Keeping their authentic daily rituals, they elegantly dance under the colonnade of Palazzo Altemps, a Roman historical building, and lovingly play among the statues of Palazzo Della Civilte Italiana, the Fendi HQ in Rome, nourishing the dialogue between classic and contemporary where the Fendi Peekaboo bag becomes the real protagonist.”

The duo shows off the regular and extra small versions of the Peekaboo bag in the video, as well as the distinctive Pequin design.

In April 2018, the first instalment of the #MeAndMyPeekaboo campaign was unveiled, with the pictures depicting Fendi creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi and her daughters Delfina Delettrez Fendi and Leonetta Luciano Fendi, while the second set was released that July, with the images starring Kim Kardashian, her six-year-old daughter North West, as well as the reality TV star’s mother Kris Jenner. The campaign also included portraits of actor Ewan McGregor’s daughters, Clara and Esther, as well as South Korea-based sisters Jessica and Krystal Jung.

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Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series was originally a movie

Ewan McGregor has confirmed his new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series was originally supposed to be a Star Wars spin-off movie.During Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim, California back in August, it was announced that the 48-year-old would be reprising his rol…

Ewan McGregor has confirmed his new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series was originally supposed to be a Star Wars spin-off movie.

During Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim, California back in August, it was announced that the 48-year-old would be reprising his role as the legendary Jedi Master for a new six-part show on the studio’s upcoming streaming service Disney+.

However, Ewan has now revealed that while there were plans to bring the character back to the big screen, he’s much happier with the final decision.

“It wasn’t always going to be a series, not initially. When we first started talking about (it) that wasn’t really in the cards, but everything’s changed so much, so quickly,” he told reporters at ComingSoon. “It’s really exciting that it is now. I’m really into the idea to be able to tell the story over several hours instead of just one hit. I think it’s going to be quite cool.”

In 2017, it was reported that a standalone Obi-Wan movie was in the works, with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry in negotiations to helm the project.

But after last year’s spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story was mauled by critics and became the lowest-grossing Star Wars movie ever, plans for Obi-Wan were cautiously downsized to the small screen, according to editors at Collider.com.

Production on the Disney+ project will begin next year, with the narrative to kick off eight years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

And Ewan is keen to get things moving on the exciting series, as he confessed it was hard keeping the news a secret.

“As the person being asked over and over, ‘Would you do it again?’ And I’m already talking to (the studio) about it but I can’t say that I am… So, for four years, I was saying, ‘Well I’d be happy to do it again! I’m just waiting for the call.’ It was embarrassing! Lying!” he explained during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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