Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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Jessica Chastain gifted It Chapter Two co-stars vitamin shots after lake scene

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clow…

Jessica Chastain treated her It Chapter Two co-stars to vitamin shots after they filmed a scene in a freezing lake.

In the second part of the horror film, the Zero Dark Thirty actress plays Beverly Marsh, who returns home to Derry to confront scary clown Pennywise, who has come back to continue his killing spree.

In an interview with Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, her co-star Bill Hader revealed that Chastain gifted her castmates – including James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, and Jay Ryan – vitamin B-12 shots after they filmed a long scene in a lake towards the end of the movie.

“We were all sitting in water and we were all freezing,” Hader recalled. “I just remember Jessica Chastain’s lips turned blue. I was going, ‘We need to get out of the water.’ Then Jessica was nice and got us B12 shots. We went up and there was this doctor sitting there and he gave us all B12 shots.”

The injections are said to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and prevent illness.

In addition to the cold water, Hader previously revealed he pulled a groin muscle while trying to run away from Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise and that he was covered in so much dirt it had to be scraped off at the end of a day’s filming.

“At the end of every day, you’d just have c**p all over you — dirt, tonnes of fake blood, sweat, and all that stuff,” he told IndieWire. “And to get it off of you, they’d put shaving cream on you. They’d put shaving cream on your arms, your legs, your face, your neck, your ears. They’d just douse you with old school shaving cream, (that) has some chemical in it that cleans the stuff off better than anything. It was actually really comforting at the end of the day.”

It Chapter Two is in cinemas now.

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James McAvoy upset his big action scene in It sequel was cut back

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer. The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the…

James McAvoy fears his It: Chapter 2 injuries were all for nothing, because his rock-falling scene was cut back to a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” moment in the film’s trailer.

The Glass star spent six months recovering from tendonitis after shooting the scene over 20 times, and now it seems he needn’t have risked his health for director Andy Muschietti.

“We did this whole scene, rocks falling on our heads… It was brilliant,” McAvoy said during an appearance alongside his castmates on TV show Conan. “We did it, like, 29 times and I pulled my quads (quadriceps) and got tendonitis in my knee.

“I watched the trailer and it’s like ‘blink and you f**king miss it!’ It could have been my wonderful stuntman, because you don’t know it’s me.”

Castmate Bill Hader also spent time in the hospital following an on-set injury, but his was a little more embarrassing.

“I was asked to run and I ran for, like, 10 feet and pulled my groin,” he explained.

And it wasn’t just the male stars of It: Chapter 2 who were getting involved in the action on set – Jessica Chastain was doused with 4,500 gallons of red goo, in what will apparently be one of the bloodiest scenes in movie history.

“That’s what I was told on set,” she said. “It wasn’t real blood, obviously. It’s 4,500 gallons of fake blood. I was immersed in it. It’s like KY Jelly with red dye.”

Chastain revealed that when the director first talked to her about the bloody scene, she had to convince him to pour it on thick.

“He said, ‘It’s only going to go up to your chest’, and I said, ‘This is our opportunity to really make something crazy – let’s do (horror movie) Carrie on steroids!’ so I fully went in the blood (sic), which I regretted a lot afterwards. I was pulling stuff out of my eyeballs the next day.”

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Dua Lipa appointed Yves Saint Laurent Beaute brand ambassador

Dua Lipa has been tapped as Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s latest brand ambassador.The British singer-songwriter is no stranger to modelling, having previously joined forces with Adidas, Foot Locker, and Pepe Jeans. Now, Dua is gearing up to make a spla…

Dua Lipa has been tapped as Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s latest brand ambassador.

The British singer-songwriter is no stranger to modelling, having previously joined forces with Adidas, Foot Locker, and Pepe Jeans.

Now, Dua is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world after she was named the new face of the L’Oreal-owned cosmetics company and the star of the marketing imagery for an upcoming fragrance launch.

“The hardest secret to keep! So proud and excited to finally tell you all that I am the face of the new feminine fragrance by YSL. Thank you to the incredible @yslbeauty team for making me feel so at home,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “(And) for allowing me to play a small role in helping choose the final scent and for making my dreams come true on working with a brand I love so much.”

Dua also shared a snap from the campaign, which was shot by filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, with the photo showing her posing in a sharp black suit with a beautiful sunset in the background.

Little is known about the perfume the New Rules hitmaker is to promote, apart from that it will be released later in the year.

Regarding Dua’s appointment, a Yves Saint Laurent Beaute spokesperson described her as the “voice of her generation”.

“Dua Lipa embodies the values of independence and freedom, which have always been part of Yves Saint Laurent’s DNA,” said Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute. “It is a great honour to collaborate with such a young and talented artist for our new feminine fragrance.”

The 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of Cara Delevingne and Jessica Chastain in headlining a fragrance campaign for the French luxury brand.

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Diane Kruger replacing Marion Cotillard in spy thriller 355

Diane Kruger has been tapped to replace Marion Cotillard in Jessica Chastain’s star-studded spy thriller 355. The Inception star was unveiled as part of the line-up alongside Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Canne…

Diane Kruger has been tapped to replace Marion Cotillard in Jessica Chastain’s star-studded spy thriller 355.

The Inception star was unveiled as part of the line-up alongside Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France, when the international espionage movie was announced, but it was reported in May that Cotillard had withdrawn from the project for personal reasons.

Now, director Simon Kinberg has revealed he has recruited the Inglourious Basterds star for the role.

“I’m so ecstatic to have an actress of her calibre to round out this extraordinary cast,” he said to Variety of the German actress.

Chastain came up with the idea for an all-female ensemble spy thriller and pitched it to her X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Kinberg, who has since co-written the script with Theresa Rebeck.

“I brought the idea to Simon, told him about the actresses I was thinking of, and he was so sweet. He said, ‘I want to do it with you,'” Jessica told Deadline back in Cannes. “Then I called all the women, told them what I was envisioning and that I wanted it to be a collaborative process, and how we would all create this together… Every single actress I called said yes.”

The Help star previously assured fans she would be recruiting “eye candy” male roles and has since cast Avengers’ Sebastian Stan and her Zero Dark Thirty co-star Edgar Ramirez.

Chastain and Bingbing were on the Cannes jury in 2017 when Kruger was awarded the Best Actress prize for In the Fade. Her latest movie, The Operative, recently debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, and she is also set to appear in biographical drama Butterfly in the Typewriter.

Production on 355 is set to begin in July, with location shoots set for Paris, London and Morocco.

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James McAvoy confirms X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending was entirely reshot

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with th…

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.

The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time.

“The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were,” he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: “They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated.”

“We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film’s release twice.

While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame.

Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: “I think it’s so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things… you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn’t feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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Marion Cotillard out of 355 as Sebastian Stan joins

French actress Marion Cotillard has dropped out of plans to star in Jessica Chastain’s all-female action movie 355. The Inception beauty was initially unveiled as part of the line-up, joining Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing a…

French actress Marion Cotillard has dropped out of plans to star in Jessica Chastain’s all-female action movie 355.

The Inception beauty was initially unveiled as part of the line-up, joining Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France to announce the new project, but one year on, it appears she will no longer be featured in the international spy thriller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cotillard has cited personal reasons for her exit.

A replacement has yet to be unveiled, although producers have since added Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez to the cast.

The project will reunite Stan with his Black Panther co-star Nyong’o, while Ramirez previously worked with Chastain in 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, and with Cruz on TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story last year (18), on which they played sibling fashion designers Gianni and Donatella Versace.

Details about the roles the two actors will play have not been announced, but the news emerges three months after Chastain took to Twitter to ask fans for a little casting advice.

“If you were going to make an ensemble female action movie and you needed a #BondBoy who would you cast? Asking for a friend. #eyecandyneeded,” she posted in February.

The #BondBoy is a reference to the iconic Bond girls, who famously woo James Bond in the 007 movies.

Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who directed Chastain in the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix, will begin production on 355 on 8 July (19), with location shoots in Paris, London, and Morocco.

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Jessica Chastain proud to help redefine womanhood with Ralph Lauren scent

Jessica Chastain is pushing gender boundaries as the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances. The star is proud to serve as an ambassador for the brand’s new scent, Woman, because it made her rethink her ideas of masculinity and femininity. “In the past…

Jessica Chastain is pushing gender boundaries as the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances.

The star is proud to serve as an ambassador for the brand’s new scent, Woman, because it made her rethink her ideas of masculinity and femininity.

“In the past, when I thought about fragrance, I never really thought about the way it can truly make a difference,” she tells Forbes. “We are in an interesting time right now, because when I started the gender boundaries and rules started to get blurred about what is masculine and what is inherently feminine… I think we’re all questioning it.

“Through this collaboration with Ralph Lauren, I’ve realised that fragrance doesn’t have to be essentially male or female. We’re all different. What is feminine to me could be masculine to someone else. We’re all our own definitions of what it is to be a woman. That’s been a really eye-opening and exciting thing that I’ve learned that has coincided with Ralph Lauren.”

The actress, who first signed on to represent the brand in 2017, has been inspired by the images of women put forth by the designer and his team in campaigns.

“I love the images of women that they put out. A woman in a suit is a very powerful image, and that’s very exciting to me. In addition to that, partnering with them on this campaign and scent, Woman, coincides with everything I’ve ever said in every interview about how I feel about women in our society. I don’t think there’s anything that could have coincided better.”

Chastain also enjoys combining her love of fragrance with her passion for acting.

She revealed, “I have a different fragrance for each part that I play and I start wearing it when I’m at home prepping the part because fragrance is very connected to a deep, emotional memory to me, so if I’m working on something and in my subconscious I have this fragrance around me, when I’m on set and I use the fragrance it’s going to bring everything back.”

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Jessica Chastain modelled Dark Phoenix look on Tilda Swinton

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix. The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to…

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix.

The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to play the villain, and she decided to draw inspiration from Swinton, who has a similar skin tone.

“Honestly, it’s no makeup, and for me, with a lot of redheads, we have very fair features, so we’re not wearing mascara or tinting (eyelashes) and stuff…,” she explained of her image for the film.

Jessica continued on U.S. breakfast show Today: “I go very white. My eyes are very present, and I thought that would be a very interesting, otherworldly look for the character.”

The 42 year old typically chooses a new fragrance to use with each new acting job as it helps her get into character.

“I have a different fragrance for each part that I play and I start wearing it when I’m at home prepping the part because… fragrance is very connected to a deep, emotional memory to me,” she told Forbes.com, “so if I’m working on something and in my subconscious I have this fragrance around me, when I’m on set and I use the fragrance, it’s going to bring everything back.”

However, for Dark Phoenix, she opted to leave her perfume behind, because she found it tough to pinpoint the way her mysterious villain, an original creation for the Simon Kinberg movie, would smell.

“That one I actually didn’t wear anything,” Jessica shared. “I can’t reveal too much; for me it’s something that wouldn’t even be a scent that we could recognise.”

Chastain stars alongside X-Men favourites James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming comic book adaptation, in which Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner plays mutant superhero Jean Grey, who develops strong powers and becomes a Dark Phoenix.

The film opens in theatres in June (19).

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Paul Andrew placing namesake footwear brand on hold

Paul Andrew is pushing pause on his namesake brand so he can focus on Salvatore Ferragamo.The British designer worked in the footwear and accessories departments of the likes of Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan before setting up his epo…

Paul Andrew is pushing pause on his namesake brand so he can focus on Salvatore Ferragamo.

The British designer worked in the footwear and accessories departments of the likes of Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan before setting up his eponymous line in 2012, with fans of his shoes including Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, and Kerry Washington.

But as Andrew was named as Ferragamo’s first-ever women’s footwear design director in September 2016 and promoted to creative director of the Italian house last month, the fashion star has now confirmed that he has decided to put a hold on his own range.

“It wasn’t the easiest decision by any means,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. “It wasn’t as if business was bad, and I have worked very hard to build the Paul Andrew brand into what it is today. But I’ve been offered such a big opportunity from Ferragamo, and I want it to be a success. There is a lot of work to do that will need my one focus and energy, not to mention a lot of time in Italy. This felt like the right call.”

Andrew went on to explain that his spring 2019 collection will be the last stocked in boutiques and online, though he plans to keep the company open in some form and will continue to design custom footwear for his long-running clients.

And while shuttering his label wasn’t an easy call, he emphasised that there simply wasn’t enough time in the day for him to run two businesses.

“I do feel sad, but I also know it is what I need to do, given that the double workload was already a stretch, both emotionally and physically, when I was only working on Ferragamo womenswear,” the designer reflected. “I am proud of all I have achieved under my own name. Now my mind is made up.”

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