Macaulay Culkin auditioned for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he cou…

Macaulay Culkin has revealed he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The former child star, who hasn’t been in a mainstream studio movie since the satirical comedy Saved! in 2004, has revealed he could have ended up starring alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the 1960s ensemble drama if he hadn’t blown the audition.

“It was a disaster,” Culkin told U.S. Esquire magazine. “I wouldn’t have hired me. I’m terrible at auditioning anyway, and this was my first audition in like eight years.”

While he didn’t discuss what role he had auditioned for, reporters at Entertainment Weekly have suggested that it was for the role of an actor on the TV series Lancer, which features in the movie.

Since 2004, Culkin has appeared in independent movies and made cameos in TV shows such as Hulu comedy Dollface, alongside girlfriend Brenda Song. Last year, he starred as a boat operator in Seth Green’s directorial debut Changeland.

And while the 39-year-old hasn’t ruled out a return to Hollywood, he’s quite happy staying at home.

“It’s just – I enjoy acting. I enjoy being on set,” the Home Alone star told Esquire. “I don’t enjoy a lot of the other things that come around it… What’s a good analogy. The Shawshank Redemption. The way he gets out of prison is to crawl through a tube of s**t, you know? It feels like to get to that kind of freedom, I’d have to crawl through a tube of s**t. And you know what? I’ve built a really nice prison for myself,” he joked.

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Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates to front Home Alone reboot

Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates is to front Disney’s Home Alone reboot alongside Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney.The young actor, who shot to fame in Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama, will not be playing Kevin McCallister – originally portrayed by Macaulay Culk…

Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates is to front Disney’s Home Alone reboot alongside Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney.

The young actor, who shot to fame in Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama, will not be playing Kevin McCallister – originally portrayed by Macaulay Culkin – but has been cast as a new character with a similar storyline to the classic 1990 film.

The movie, directed by Dan Mazer and penned by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, will debut on streaming service Disney+, with filming beginning early next year.

In the original movie, Kevin is accidentally left behind while his extended family heads on a trip to Paris over the Christmas holidays. The eight-year-old is then forced to protect his home from burglars Harry and Marv, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

It was previously reported that Ellie and Rob would be playing Archie’s parents in the new film, but they have reportedly been cast as another couple unrelated to the new character.

News of a Home Alone reboot was first announced back in August by Disney boss Bob Iger, who stated that the studio had planned to give new life to the comedy caper on their new streaming service, as well as Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen.

While the plot is unclear, Bob hinted that it would be “reimagined” for “a new generation.”

The first movie, released in 1990 and directed by Chris Columbus, was a huge hit and grossed more than $476 million (£362 million) worldwide. The film’s success led to the 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which followed Kevin as he was pursued yet again by Harry and Marv when he mistakenly flew to the city instead of Florida with his family for the festive season.

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Macaulay Culkin fronts holiday campaign for Happy Socks

Macaulay Culkin has been tapped to star in the holiday campaign for Happy Socks.The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in beloved Christmas films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has leaned into his quirky persona…

Macaulay Culkin has been tapped to star in the holiday campaign for Happy Socks.

The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in beloved Christmas films Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has leaned into his quirky persona by fronting a playful video for the Swedish lifestyle brand.

In the 30-second clip titled Naughty or Nice, Macaulay is seen holding a pet iguana and making comments such as, “You know, every day is a holiday – except for, the holidays,” “I’m getting too old for this s**t,” and “Christmas is fine.”

Throughout the advert, the 39-year-old shows off a pair of red and white polka dot socks with snowman motifs.

In addition, he has teamed up with the designers at Happy Socks on a limited-edition three-pack gift box, featuring socks with Christmas motifs and the fluffy bunny icons from his satirical website BunnyEars. The set is priced at $46 (£35.95).

“Both Happy Socks and I have really good taste in spokesman,” said Macaulay of the collaboration. “But yeah, Christmas is my time of year. I get recognised 10x more between the months of November and January. I have no idea why!”

While Viktor Tell, co-founder and creative director of Happy Socks, added that he was thrilled to work alongside the star on the designs.

“It’s not really the holidays unless there are socks under the tree, and Macaulay is on the TV screen. So, we put the two together creating this weird and wonderful seasonal delight!” he praised.

Happy Socks’ latest collection is available to purchase from the company’s website, concept stores, and at selected retailers.

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Disney planning to reboot Home Alone and Night at the Museum

Disney executives are planning to reboot the Home Alone and Night at the Museum franchises for their upcoming streaming service.  In recent years, Disney bosses have invested heavily in remaking their own properties, releasing updated takes on Th…

Disney executives are planning to reboot the Home Alone and Night at the Museum franchises for their upcoming streaming service. 

 In recent years, Disney bosses have invested heavily in remaking their own properties, releasing updated takes on The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King.  

Now, it seems they are looking to reboot franchises in the Fox movie library too, following their acquisition of the company earlier this year.  

 During a conference call on Tuesday, Disney chief executive Bob Iger told reporters that they were planning to reboot franchises including Home Alone, which kicked off in 1990 with Macaulay Culkin; Night at the Museum, the fantasy adventure starring Ben Stiller which ran between 2006 and 2014; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which includes four films from 2010 and 2017; and Cheaper by the Dozen, which starred Steve Martin in 2003 and 2005.  

 According to editors at Deadline, Iger commented that the titles will be “reimagined” for “a new generation” of viewers for the new streaming service, Disney+. He did not specify if the remakes will be films or TV spin-offs.  

 “We’re also focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles to further enrich the content mix on our DTC (direct to consumer) platforms,” he said.  

 The announcement marks the first time anyone from Disney has shared concrete plans about using Fox’s library for source material.  

 The company has been giving its recent reboots a theatrical release, but previously revealed the remake of Lady and the Tramp, which features the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, would be available exclusively on Disney+ when it launches in the U.S. on 12 November. 

 When it debuts, the new streaming service will also feature 300 hours of Fox content, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, while titles like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, and Malcolm in the Middle will join in the first year. 

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Chris Columbus avoids watching his movies at Christmas

Chris Columbus avoids watching his Christmas movies during the festive season.The filmmaker is known for writing classics like Gremlins and The Goonies, as well as for directing films such as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the first two Ha…

Chris Columbus avoids watching his Christmas movies during the festive season.

The filmmaker is known for writing classics like Gremlins and The Goonies, as well as for directing films such as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the first two Harry Potter films, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

While Chris’ movies continue to be popular family fare in December, he has now admitted that he steers clear of watching his own flicks.

“No, no, no, no,” he laughed when asked by reporters at Total Film if he is tempted to re-watch Home Alone. “I laugh about it with my family. We can’t escape it, from like Thanksgiving to 1 January, it seems like a lot of my films are on TV.”

However, Chris did insist that he is a big fan of the Yuletide season. He invests a lot of time and energy in finding the perfect decorations for inside and outside of his home.

“Christmas is a very important time in the Columbus household. I’m at the tree loft the very first day it opens, picking out the biggest tree. I decorate my own tree,” the 60-year-old smiled. “And because I don’t want to fall off a ladder, I have a company put up a ridiculously embarrassing amount of lights in front of my house.”

As the king of festive films, Chris has jumped on board as a producer of Netflix project The Christmas Chronicles.

The movie features Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, and the director is certain there is room to develop the concept into a series if viewers respond well.

“As we were making the film, I realised there was a much bigger world here. So, I got excited about the potential for digging deeper, with maybe another film in the series, and treating the world of the North Pole and the mythology of Santa Claus with a seriousness that it’s never been treated with,” he added.

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Macaulay Culkin wants Fantastic Beasts role

Grown-up Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin is keen to jump aboard another major movie franchise after asking J.K. Rowling to write him a role in the next Fantastic Beasts film. The actor took to social media on Wednesday (26Sep18) to support Rowling aft…

Grown-up Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin is keen to jump aboard another major movie franchise after asking J.K. Rowling to write him a role in the next Fantastic Beasts film.

The actor took to social media on Wednesday (26Sep18) to support Rowling after she defended the casting of South Korean actress Claudia Kim as Nagini in upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the Harry Potter prequel series.

Many fans took issue with the casting and claimed it was offensive to have Kim perform in such a submissive role – as the character who becomes the pet snake of movie villain Lord Voldemort.

But hitting back at the claim, Rowling insisted that the casting was entirely appropriate as the fictional character she created has Asian origins.

“The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name Nagini,” she wrote. “They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake.”

And Culkin had her back, adding: “Hey @jk_rowling I’m with you! Nagini can be whatever she wants to be! She’s a strong woman/snake.”

He then used the tweet to make it clear he’d like to be a part of the next Fantastic Beasts movie, adding: “Also, can you write me into the next movie? I’m Macaulay Culkin (From Home Alone: The Movie) and I was also a Pagemaster (experienced with magic)…”

Now 38, the former child star has also reached out to actor pal Dan Fogler, who plays Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts films, in the hope that he can put in a good word for him.

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Ryan Reynolds developing R-rated Home Alone stoner film

Ryan Reynolds is working on an R-rated take on the beloved Home Alone movies.The Canadian actor is attached to produce Stoned Alone, which is being developed by studio bosses at Fox, with actress filmmaker Augustine Frizzell set to direct. According to…

Ryan Reynolds is working on an R-rated take on the beloved Home Alone movies.

The Canadian actor is attached to produce Stoned Alone, which is being developed by studio bosses at Fox, with actress filmmaker Augustine Frizzell set to direct.

According to Variety, Ryan may also star in the film. Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider have penned the script for the project from an idea by Fox executive Matt Reilly, with the storyline set to tell of a “weed growing loser” who misses a plane bound for his holiday ski trip.

Instead, he gets high and becomes paranoid that people are breaking into his house, and when he discovers that they are, he tries to thwart off the thieves and defend his property.

The plot echoes the story of 1990 comedy film Home Alone which was written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Macaulay Culkin and as Kevin McCallister, the holiday favourite followed the boy as he was mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Home Alone grossed $476.7 million (£361 million) at the worldwide box office and spawned a successful film franchise with four sequels, including 1992’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which featured the original cast.

Ryan will produce via his Maximum Effort production banner, while George Dewey will act as executive producer. The 41-year-old was most recently seen onscreen as Wade Wilson / Deadpool in superhero flick Deadpool 2.

He is in the post-production phases of Detective Pikachu, in which he voices the titular Pokemon character. A potential release date for Stoned Alone has not yet been announced.

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