Netflix acquires Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for stud…

Netflix has acquired Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic.

Last July, The Hangover star announced he was planning to follow up his Oscar-nominated directorial debut A Star Is Born with a film about the famed composer and conductor for studio executives at Paramount.

However, on Tuesday, bosses at streaming service Netflix announced that they had acquired all rights to the untitled project.

“Bradley’s directorial debut was nothing short of brilliant and he quickly cemented himself as a serious filmmaker,” Netflix’s Scott Stuber told Deadline. “His strong passion and clear vision for bringing to life the relationship between the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre promises to do their lives justice as only this renowned filmmaking team can. We are honoured to be working with the Bernsteins to share their family’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Cooper will direct and star in the project, which documents Bernstein’s complex marriage to his wife over the space of 30 years, from a script he co-wrote with Spotlight’s Josh Singer. He will also serve as a producer, along with his producing partner, Joker director Todd Phillips, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, who was once set to direct his own Bernstein film, as well as Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who worked with Phillips on Joker and Scorsese on The Irishman.

The actor acquired the exclusive rights to the Bernstein estate, which put an end to a rival project which was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal, and has been working with the composer’s children Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, for the past two years. Production is expected to begin early next year.

Bernstein, who was the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, is best known for composing the music to stage musicals On the Town and West Side Story and the movie On the Waterfront. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in movie adaptation of Fun Home musical – report

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Broadway musical Fun Home. The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor is reportedly developing the film via his Nine Stories Productions company and is planning to star as Bruce Be…

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Broadway musical Fun Home.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor is reportedly developing the film via his Nine Stories Productions company and is planning to star as Bruce Bechdel, the father of the show’s lead character, according to the Daily Mail’s entertainment columnist Baz Bamigboye.

Sam Gold, who directed the Broadway show, will reportedly helm the movie adaptation.

Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The musical features three Alisons of different ages and shows her growing up in a funeral home and later discovering her sexuality.

Bechdel’s coming out as a lesbian is complicated by the revelation that her father Bruce was a closeted homosexual whose extra-marital affairs included underage men.

The show debuted Off-Broadway in 2013 before opening on Broadway in 2015, becoming the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, and it went on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director for Gold.

Gyllenhaal is no stranger to the stage, having recently appeared in the Broadway play Sea Wall / A Life. He made his Broadway debut in 2014 with Constellations and showed off his musical chops by starring in a 2015 revival of Little Shop of Horrors and a 2017 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, which he will return to for a limited run on London’s West End in summer 2020. He is listed as a producer on Slave Play and the upcoming revival of Caroline, or Change.

The 39-year-old also recently became a viral sensation for his bizarre appearance as Mr. Music in John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch, a Netflix children’s musical comedy special which premiered over the holidays.

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Tom Holland: ‘Spider-Man split from MCU was the most stressful week of my life’

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing ter…

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.

In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off – meaning the web-slinging superhero, played by Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

However, both companies announced in September that they had reached an agreement and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third MCU Spider-Man film starring Holland – which came as a huge relief to Tom.

Speaking on a panel alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest over the weekend, the actor initially described rehearsals for his performance of Rihanna’s Umbrella on U.S. TV show Lip Sync Battle in 2017 as his “most stressful week” – before reflecting on more recent events.

“Well…maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” he mused. “That was a bit of a stressful week. I’m sure there’s some contractual obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.”

After a new deal between Disney and Sony was announced, The Hollywood Reporter claimed the star played a key role in negotiations, reporting that Tom made “multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution”.

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Jake Gyllenhaal enjoyed having ‘room to play’ with Marvel villain Mysterio

Jake Gyllenhaal enjoyed being the very first actor to play Marvel villain Mysterio because it gave him more “room to play” with the character.The mysterious hero from another planet, who was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1964, was introduc…

Jake Gyllenhaal enjoyed being the very first actor to play Marvel villain Mysterio because it gave him more “room to play” with the character.

The mysterious hero from another planet, who was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1964, was introduced in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and seemingly joined forces with Tom Holland’s web-slinging crimefighter.

However, Mysterio turned out to be a former disgruntled Stark Industries employee Quentin Beck, who is a villain pretending to be a hero in an effort to take down the late Tony Stark’s protégé Spider-Man.

It was the first time that the villain had been portrayed on the big screen, and Gyllenhaal enjoyed making his mark on the character.

“He has been created, just not personified, but I loved that about him because it gave me room to play. Some of those other roles that have been played by many people have a lot less wiggle room,” the 38-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter.

“People have made a lot of choices around them. And what I Iove about Mysterio is that he has so many different faces. That way, he’s utter confusion, and in that way, he’s sort of unbeatable, which makes him almost un-actable. Because of that, I thought that would make a great challenge.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Brokeback Mountain star sweetly revealed that he still remembers his lines from his movie debut in City Slickers back in 1991.

Gyllenhaal played the son of Billy Crystal’s radio advertisement executive Mitch Robbins, and in one memorable scene, he lies about his father’s occupation to his class.

And the Oscar-nominated actor confessed that it made a lasting impression on him.

“Every single moment of that experience was memorable. Even to this day, I can still remember saying, ‘My dad’s named Mitch, and he’s a submarine commander.’ That experience really made an impression on me,” he gushed.

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Anne Hathaway debuts baby bump in stunning pink dress

Anne Hathaway debuted her baby bump in a gorgeous pink dress while attending a Broadway play on Thursday night.Just two weeks after announcing she was pregnant with her second child, the Oscar winner and her husband Adam Shulman showed up at the Hudson…

Anne Hathaway debuted her baby bump in a gorgeous pink dress while attending a Broadway play on Thursday night.

Just two weeks after announcing she was pregnant with her second child, the Oscar winner and her husband Adam Shulman showed up at the Hudson Theatre in New York City to watch Jake Gyllenhaal star in Sea Wall/A Life.

Anne stopped to pose for photographers on the red carpet, and made sure she showed off her raspberry-pink halterneck dress – custom-made for her by designer Brandon Maxwell.

“Gorgeous mama-to-be and positively one of the nicest people on planet Earth, @annehathaway wears custom #brandonmaxwell to tonight’s Broadway debut of @seawallalife,” Maxwell wrote alongside a snap of Anne on his Instagram page. “One of the greatest joys of our job is getting to work with expectant mothers during this special period in their lives, especially because we have a few new moms at our office!”

Anne chose to accessorise with silver high heel sandals and a boxy purse, with her look styled by Erin Walsh.

Previously, the actress gave fans a sneak peek at her outfit for the night when she posted a picture of a special tag reading “Anne + 1” inside of the dress.

“@brandonmaxwell, as if it wasn’t enough you custom-made me and the bump a knockout dress, you put this tag in it. Thank you, new friend,” the 36-year-old posted on social media.

The Les Miserables star announced her pregnancy news via Instagram on 24 July, posting a black-and-white shot of herself sporting a baby belly, and captioning the photo: “It’s not for a movie… #2.”

Anne and Adam are already parents to three-year-old son Jonathan.

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Jake Gyllenhaal ‘learned a lot’ from Prince of Persia flop 

Jake Gyllenhaal “learned a lot” after his movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, was a huge flop. The 38-year-old actor has starred in critically-acclaimed films including Donnie Darko, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain, which earned him an Academy …

Jake Gyllenhaal “learned a lot” after his movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, was a huge flop. 

The 38-year-old actor has starred in critically-acclaimed films including Donnie Darko, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain, which earned him an Academy Award nomination as well as a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. 

However, his career took a turn when he landed the lead role of Prince Dastan in Disney’s video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, alongside Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina back in 2010, as the movie was panned by critics and flopped at the box office.   

Gyllenhaal reflected on his role in the film during a chat with Yahoo!, and admitted that he didn’t really think his decision through.   

“I think I learned a lot from that movie in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles that I pick and why I’m picking them. And you’re bound to slip up and be like, ‘That wasn’t right for me,’ or ‘That didn’t fit perfectly.’ There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do,” he explained.  

His bad decision barely affected his career, as he went on to star in Love & Other Drugs with Anne Hathaway, Nightcrawler, Everest and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.  

Now, he’s earning rave reviews for his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, opposite Tom Holland.  

Back in 2004, Gyllenhaal was in talks to replace the original web-slinging superhero Tobey Maguire for Spider-Man 2 after he suffered an injury during the production of Seabiscuit. Maguire went on to play the character in the sequel and a third instalment. 

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Samuel L. Jackson unconcerned by Spider-Man poster eyepatch error

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury,…

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.

Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury, in which his signature eyepatch appears on different eyes.

Jackson captioned the images: “Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F**K IS GOING ON HERE???!!!,” suggesting “#headsgonroll.”

However, when speaking to reporters from USA Today at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday, he insisted the social media post was made in jest.

“I was like: ‘I haven’t posted anything today, I’ll post this.’ That’s it,” he shared.

Reflecting that fans probably misinterpreted the post because of his use of expletives, he added: “I use that word (f**k) a lot. Always.”

All of the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast turned up for the debut screening, including Tom Holland, who plays the lead role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, and Zendaya in the part of Michelle “MJ” Jones. While all of the stars got dressed up for the night, it was Zendaya who captured the attention of photographers, with the 22-year-old rocking a red and black sequin backless gown from Armani Prive. She opted to accessorise with black stilettos from Christian Louboutin and had her freshly dyed dark red locks styled straight.

“If she was Spider-Man this would be her suit….. wearing Armani Prive @armani and @louboutinworld,” Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach wrote alongside a snap of the actress posing on the red carpet.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also features Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Marisa Tomei, is set to hit cinemas on 2 July.

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Zach Barack honoured to be Marvel’s first openly transgender star

Zach Barack is honoured to be the first openly transgender actor to star in a Marvel film.Zach is set to portray an as-yet-unnamed friend and classmate of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, who gets caught up in mysterious forces as a result of the multi-vers…

Zach Barack is honoured to be the first openly transgender actor to star in a Marvel film.

Zach is set to portray an as-yet-unnamed friend and classmate of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, who gets caught up in mysterious forces as a result of the multi-verse, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The 23-year-old gushed about the role during an interview with Variety at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday. And reflecting on his casting, the star admitted his Hollywood debut still hasn’t sunk in.

“I’m kind of losing my mind a little bit, but I’m acting like I’m not. I don’t know that it fully has (sunk in),” he confessed. “I don’t quite have the capacity to explain how meaningful it is to me.”

Referencing comics as an “important” part of his childhood, Zach went on to explain that there’s “something very inherently trans about those stories”, where a character has to balance life as a teenager and their secret self.

“Especially being a transmasculine person, because sometimes there’s a pressure to be a different way than I feel naturally inclined to do because I want to fit in, and I have to actively fight that instinct,” he reflected. “The fact of the matter is, being in this movie is so beyond incredibly meaningful, and I hope that it means something to other people.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also stars Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal and Samuel L. Jackson, debuts in cinemas on 2 July.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home ticks off big co-star dream for Tom Holland

Working with Jake Gyllenhaal on Spider-Man: Far From Home was a bucket list dream come true for leading man Tom Holland. The Brit has been trying to land Gyllenhaal as a co-star for years, so when he discovered the Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain a…

Working with Jake Gyllenhaal on Spider-Man: Far From Home was a bucket list dream come true for leading man Tom Holland.

The Brit has been trying to land Gyllenhaal as a co-star for years, so when he discovered the Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain actor had been cast as supervillain Quentin Beck/Mysterio in the new Marvel blockbuster, he couldn’t contain his excitement.

“Every year I have a phone call with my agents where I talk about the five actors I want to work with and the five directors I want to work with, and he (Gyllenhaal) is always on the list,” Tom shared. “So the fact that I get to work with him on this is pretty special.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home features a twist on the traditional Mysterio storyline, because in this movie, the comic book baddie is not so evil, and actually works with Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, to save the world.

Describing their characters’ dynamic as “very much big brother, little brother,” Tom said, “It’s interesting, because when you hear the word ‘Mysterio’ as a Spider-Man fan, you immediately think ‘villain.’ That’s not the case in our film. He’s sort of a new addition to this world of heroes, he’s sort of my teammate throughout the movie.”

Having Jake portray Spider-Man’s mission partner also proved to be useful as they filmed action scenes against green screens, reports Slash Film.

“It’s funny because Jake is such a great guy and we get on really well, and it’s been fun sort of fighting these crazy monsters with him,” Tom continued. “Imagining stuff is quite difficult when you’re doing it on your own, but when you’re doing it with someone else, it’s a lot easier.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in theatres in July (19).

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Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton to star in Good Joe Bell

Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton have signed on to headline biographical film Good Joe Bell.The Hollywood stars are to take lead roles in the Oregon-set movie, which will be based on a true story, according to editors at Variety. Wahlberg is set to tak…

Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton have signed on to headline biographical film Good Joe Bell.

The Hollywood stars are to take lead roles in the Oregon-set movie, which will be based on a true story, according to editors at Variety.

Wahlberg is set to take on the part of father Joe Bell, who sets out to walk across America with his son, Jadin Bell, to be played by Reid Miller. It has not yet been confirmed which character Britton will take on.

Reinaldo Marcus Green, who helmed 2018 crime-drama Monsters and Men, is to direct, while Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain screenplay writers Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are to pen the script.

No other casting details have been announced, though production is set to begin in Utah as early as next week (begs15Apr19). Wahlberg will serve as a producer, alongside Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Ahrens, Eva Maria Daniels, Riva Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ossana and McMurtry will be among the executive producers on the project.

Wahlberg, 47, was most recently seen onscreen in action movie Mile 22 and comedy-drama Instant Family, and is currently in the post-production phases of his frequent collaborator Peter Berg’s Wonderland, in which he plays an ex-felon named Spenser who returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.

Meanwhile, former Nashville star Britton has garnered praise for her TV roles, including her performance as Vivien Harmon on American Horror Story and as Debra Newell on Dirty John. The 52-year-old is also portraying Beth Ailes in Jay Roach’s forthcoming biographical drama about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, also featuring Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.

And up-and-coming young actor Miller has had roles in TV shows such as A Girl Named Jo and Play by Play.

A potential release date for Good Joe Bell has not yet been set.

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