Henry Cavill ‘really happy’ Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut will be released

Henry Cavill is “really happy” that Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League will be released.The filmmaker quit directing duties on the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie due to a family emergency, and while he was replaced by Joss Whedon, the movie was panned…

Henry Cavill is “really happy” that Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League will be released.

The filmmaker quit directing duties on the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie due to a family emergency, and while he was replaced by Joss Whedon, the movie was panned by critics and fans upon its release.

Bosses at Warner Bros. have been under pressure to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away, with the film’s stars including Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller supporting the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign on social media.

It was announced last month that Snyder would be releasing a recut version of the superhero film on HBO Max in 2021, and Cavill remained tight-lipped about the project when quizzed by Patrick Stewart during an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue.

“I can’t really tell you anything aside from the fact that all I know is that HBO Max will be releasing it, I believe, and it’ll be Zack’s final vision for the movie, and I don’t know anything more than that,” the 37-year-old shared.

“I’m just really happy that Zack got to realise his vision,” Cavill added. “I think it’s important for a filmmaker and a storyteller to have their intended vision released and shown to the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. It’s been quite the ordeal.”

He blamed a “mix of visions” for the movie being a box office failure, and said he was overjoyed that Snyder’s cut will finally be seen by fans.

“With Justice League when it came, there was a mix of visions and the movie wasn’t well received,” Cavill said. “And now that time has come, and I think it’s going to be very enjoyable to watch Zack finally release his version.”

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Gone with the Wind returning to HBO Max with introduction of ‘historical context’

Gone with the Wind is to return to HBO Max with an introduction by African-American scholar Jacqueline Stewart.In light of the shocking death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, and the subsequent Black…

Gone with the Wind is to return to HBO Max with an introduction by African-American scholar Jacqueline Stewart.

In light of the shocking death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, and the subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations held in major cities around the world, executives at the streaming service decided to temporarily remove the Hollywood epic due to its depiction of “ethnic and racial prejudices”.

While HBO Max bosses have not yet announced when Gone with the Wind will be back in the line-up, Stewart, professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, has confirmed she will be providing an introduction explaining its “historical contexts”.

“For me, this is an opportunity to think about what classic films can teach us,” she wrote in an op-ed for CNN. “Right now, people are turning to movies for racial re-education, and the top-selling books on Amazon are about anti-racism and racial inequality. If people are really doing their homework, we may be poised to have our most informed, honest and productive national conversations yet about Black lives on screen and off.”

Gone with the Wind is set in the American South and follows a couple, played by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, who embark on a turbulent romance during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The film was a critical and commercial success upon its release in 1939 and remains the highest-grossing movie of all-time, when adjusted for inflation.

Stewart also insisted it is important for people to be able to view Gone with the Wind as part of their education.

“The film romanticises slavery as a benign and benevolent institution. Gone with the Wind continues to have a profound impact on the ways mainstream audiences visualise the antebellum South and the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War,” she added.

Gone with the Wind won eight competitive Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American to ever win an Academy Award.

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Gone with the Wind removed from HBO Max due to ‘racist depictions’

Hollywood epic Gone with the Wind has been temporarily removed from streaming service HBO Max due to its depiction of “ethnic and racial prejudices”. The historical romance drama is set in the American South and follows a couple, played by Clark Gable…

Hollywood epic Gone with the Wind has been temporarily removed from streaming service HBO Max due to its depiction of “ethnic and racial prejudices”.

The historical romance drama is set in the American South and follows a couple, played by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, who embark on a turbulent romance during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. The film was a critical and commercial success upon its release in 1939 and remains the highest-grossing movie of all-time, when adjusted for inflation.

On Monday, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley called for the movie to be removed from HBO Max, which launched in May, as it “glorifies the antebellum south”, ignores the “horrors of slavery”, and perpetuates “some of the most painful stereotypes of people of colour”.

In response, an HBO Max spokesperson announced Gone with the Wind would be temporarily removed from the streaming service.

“Gone with the Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” the statement reads, according to Deadline. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.

“These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”

Gone with the Wind won eight competitive Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American to ever win an Academy Award.

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Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League heading to HBO Max in 2021

Warner Bros. studio bosses are making the unprecedented move of releasing filmmaker Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.Snyder had to step down from directing the DC Comics superhero movie in the spring of 2017…

Warner Bros. studio bosses are making the unprecedented move of releasing filmmaker Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Snyder had to step down from directing the DC Comics superhero movie in the spring of 2017 following the death of his daughter, and Joss Whedon was recruited to complete the project, with him reworking and reshooting several scenes.

Justice League, which featured Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa has Aquaman, was panned by critics upon its release in 2017, and ever since, fans have been calling on studio officials to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away.

Gadot, Cavill, Affleck and Momoa threw their support behind the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut social media campaign in late 2018, and the director revealed on Wednesday that he and his production partner, wife Deborah, have been working on his vision for Justice League.

Snyder shared the news at the end of a virtual screening for his 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel, along with leading man Cavill, but did not explain how his footage, which had yet to undergo the post-production process or have special effects added at the time of his departure, would be presented on HBO Max, which launches on 27 May.

However, he promised fans his Justice League cut, which was previously said to have a near-four hour run time, would be completely different from the project released to theatres, which he has never actually seen.

“It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter. “You probably saw one-fourth of what I did (in the original movie).”

It’s currently unclear whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into TV-like chapters. Sources have estimated that the new cut will cost $20-$30 million (£16-£24 million) to make.

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Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa celebrate release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa have taken to social media to celebrate the upcoming release of Zack Synder’s version their movie Justice League. The filmmaker stepped down from directing the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie, also starring Ben Affleck, Gal…

Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa have taken to social media to celebrate the upcoming release of Zack Synder’s version their movie Justice League.

The filmmaker stepped down from directing the 2017 DC Comics superhero movie, also starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ezra Miller, due to a family emergency and was replaced by Joss Whedon.

The movie was slated by critics upon its release and ever since, fans have been calling on studio officials to share what Snyder had made before having to walk away, with Gadot, Cavill, Affleck, and Momoa even throwing their support behind the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign.

On Wednesday, during a video chat with Cavill following a virtual watch party of 2013’s Man of Steel, Snyder revealed his cut of Justice League would be released on upcoming streaming service HBO Max in 2021, and stars of the film took to Instagram to celebrate the news.

“Ladies and Gents, it finally happened. The Snyder cut will be out next year!” Cavill, who plays Superman, wrote beside the new cut’s poster. “Now, I know there have been two camps over the whole Snyder Cut thing and whether it will ever happen for a while. Just remember, we all get to have more Justice League now, it’s a win-win. So, be nice to each other ;). Big congratulations to you, Mr Snyder!”

In the comments, his co-star Momoa wrote, “Love u bro excited for the world to see”, before sharing a post on his own Instagram page.

“Finally it’s happening. your welcome (sic). justice served. all my aloha to everyone who made this happen. all the fans. we love you. ALOHA,” he added.

Ray Fisher, who portrayed Justice League member Cyborg in the film, also told his followers, “For those who fought. For those who believed. Thank you.”

Snyder’s footage had yet to undergo the post-production process or have special effects added at the time of his departure. It’s currently unclear whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into TV-like chapters.

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Gemma Chan felt ‘sick with nerves’ filming with Meryl Streep

Gemma Chan “felt sick with nerves” before she began filming with acting legend Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk.In Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy, Streep plays Alice Hughes, a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew in …

Gemma Chan “felt sick with nerves” before she began filming with acting legend Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk.

In Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy, Streep plays Alice Hughes, a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew in an effort to find fun and come to terms with her past.

The Crazy Rich Asians star was thrilled when she learned she would be co-starring with the lauded Streep, the performer with the most Oscar nominations ever, but that feeling disappeared and she became nervous at the thought of filming with her.

“At first I was pinching myself, but then I immediately felt sick with nerves,” Chan told InStyle. “In my first scene, my character and Meryl’s character are having lunch in New York. The restaurant was filled with a hundred extras, and you could hear a pin drop. And then they told us to improvise. No pressure — just improvise with one of the greatest actresses that’s ever existed!”

While the experience was stressful, the British actress learned a lot from her colleague.

“Meryl is incredibly talented, but she’s also a perfectionist about her work,” the 37-year-old gushed. “If she didn’t think she hit a particular beat of the scene, she’d do it again and again until she had it. She really gave me the confidence to settle in, take my time, and go back if I needed to.”

Let Them All Talk, which also stars Lucas Hedges, Candice Bergen, and Dianne Wiest, is set to debut on streaming service HBO Max later this year.

Chan, who is also known for films such as Mary Queen of Scots and Captain Marvel, will next be seen starring alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek in Marvel’s The Eternals. The film is set for release in February 2021.

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Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle to be released on HBO Max

Seth Rogen’s comedy An American Pickle is heading straight for a worldwide release on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.HBO officials acquired the rights to the upcoming movie from Sony Pictures so the film wouldn’t be delayed in light of the current …

Seth Rogen’s comedy An American Pickle is heading straight for a worldwide release on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

HBO officials acquired the rights to the upcoming movie from Sony Pictures so the film wouldn’t be delayed in light of the current cinema chain closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An American Pickle, which is directed by Brandon Trost, is an adaptation of Simon Rich’s four-part novella series Sell Out, which was published in the New Yorker magazine in 2013. The author also penned the script and served as an executive producer on the project, according to Variety.

In the unusual comedy, Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling labourer who travels to America in 1920 in the hope he can build a better life for his family.

However, while working at his job in a factory, Herschel falls into a vat of pickles and is preserved perfectly in the brine for 100 years. He is discovered in the jar and emerges in present-day Brooklyn, and tries to find his beloved family, but discovers his only surviving relative is his great grandson, a mild-mannered computer coder, who is also played by Rogen.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film,” the 38-year-old said in statement. “We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible. We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it.”

Rogen previously worked with Trost on This Is the End and The Interview, and will serve as producer alongside Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, with executive producers Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow.

The HBO Max video-on-demand streaming platform is set to launch on 27 May.

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