Jim Carrey and Will Smith growing beards during self-isolation

Jim Carrey and Will Smith have decided to grow beards while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.The Mask star has chosen to let his facial grooming routine slide during the unexpected downtime, and plans to keep fans updated on his hairy …

Jim Carrey and Will Smith have decided to grow beards while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mask star has chosen to let his facial grooming routine slide during the unexpected downtime, and plans to keep fans updated on his hairy transformation by sharing regular snaps of his progress on social media.

Taking to Twitter to share a selfie to show off his stubble on Monday, Carrey wrote, “Day 1. I’m growing a beard until we all go back to work. I’ll post reg (regular) pics so you can marvel at the miracle of my meaningless transformation. Normally, I try to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment. Now I shall conquer the uncutting edge. Please join me. #letsgrowtogether.”

Commenting on his post, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams announced she would be taking up the challenge, only she has chosen to let her body hair grow out.

“Gonna do this with my armpits,” the 22-year-old replied.

He’s not the only one growing a beard – followers of Smith’s Instagram account noticed that his facial hair, a closely trimmed moustache, and beard, had been significantly growing, and he addressed the comments in a video on Tuesday.

“I’ve been reading all the comments and all y’all talking crazy about my beard, y’all talking about my beard. I don’t know why you’re acting surprised, I’ve been rocking the beard forever,” he joked, before he shared clips of himself in Men in Black, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Aladdin. They had been edited so that his current bushy salt and pepper beard had been placed on his characters’ faces.

“Who else lettin’ their beard grow out?!” he wrote in the caption.

They aren’t the only one growing out hair – country star Blake Shelton recently announced he is growing back his mullet as a “symbol of hope” during the global health crisis.

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s China release delayed due to coronavirus outbreak

The release of director Jeff Fowler’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie been delayed in China due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak.The movie passed $200 million (£154.7 million) at the global box office over the weekend, and was due to be released on 28 F…

The release of director Jeff Fowler’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie been delayed in China due to the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

The movie passed $200 million (£154.7 million) at the global box office over the weekend, and was due to be released on 28 February, but now studio bosses have announced that it will be postponed indefinitely as cinemas across the country have been closed to contain the epidemic.

“Due to the current coronavirus situation, the China release date of the film Sonic the Hedgehog will be postponed, and we will re-announce the new release date at a later time,” a representative for Paramount Pictures stated on Monday. “Sonic will only be slowing down his pace temporarily, and we look forward to bringing him zooming onto the big screen in China once it is appropriate to do so.”

They concluded the message by thanking medical staff and health officials for providing them with “much-needed assistance and support”.

There have been more than 77,000 cases in China since the outbreak began late last year, and the death toll has reached almost 2,600.

Sonic the Hedgehog, which features live-action and CGI, follows the video game icon as he teams up with his new best friend Tom, played by James Marsden, to defend the planet from Jim Carrey’s evil villain, Dr. Robotnik.

News of the movie’s postponed release comes after James Bond producers recently cancelled the Beijing premiere of new 007 film No Time to Die and a publicity tour in China due to the coronavirus concerns.

Disney bosses have also moved the Korea and Taiwan releases of Pixar’s Onward, while Paramount officials have confirmed the Venice, Italy shoot of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 has been halted as the coronavirus situation in the nation becomes more severe.

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Sonic the Hedgehog director celebrates box office success

Director Jeff Fowler has taken to social media to celebrate the record-breaking opening of his new animated movie Sonic the Hedgehog.The film has shattered U.S. box office records for video game adaptations with an impressive $57 million (£43.7 millio…

Director Jeff Fowler has taken to social media to celebrate the record-breaking opening of his new animated movie Sonic the Hedgehog.

The film has shattered U.S. box office records for video game adaptations with an impressive $57 million (£43.7 million) opening weekend, beating the previous record-holder, last year’s Detective Pikachu, by almost $3 million (£2.3 million). Its global total stands around $100 million (£77 million).

“We tried making a #SonicMovie for everyone… from the amazing CORE fanbase of almost 30 years to an entirely NEW generation,” Fowler posted on Twitter on Sunday. “Seeing these stats makes us feel incredibly PROUD we might have succeeded.”

On Friday, he shared his jubilation after previews of the movie hit more than $3 million (£2.3 million).

“What… a… DAY!!! No words can describe the appreciation I’m feeling right now. You’ve taken this little blue hedgehog to EPIC heights,” he wrote. “We never could have done it without the FANS… THANK YOU for your LOVE and SUPPORT. The future is VERY bright for the BLUE BLUR #SonicMovie.”

Sonic voice actor Ben Schwartz also reacted to the exciting news and thanked the fans of the iconic SEGA video game character for supporting the delayed movie.

“In the words of Sonic- Ummm, meow? AHHH!!!#SonicMovie is #1 in the world & had the biggest domestic opening all time for a video game movie!” he shared on Twitter. “It’s all because of the fans that we are here. Thanks for your feedback, your passion & for your love of Sonic. You did this. Thank you!”

The movie, which also stars Jim Carrey and James Marsden, was originally due to be released last November, but Fowler pushed it back so the character could be redesigned following backlash from fans on social media over Sonic’s appearance in the trailer.

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Sonic the Hedgehog reappears with drastic redesign in new trailer

Sonic the Hedgehog’s redesign has been unveiled in a new movie trailer which has been released months after fans mocked the character’s earlier appearance.The initial teaser for the film, which stars Jim Carrey as the computer-animated charaacter’s nem…

Sonic the Hedgehog’s redesign has been unveiled in a new movie trailer which has been released months after fans mocked the character’s earlier appearance.

The initial teaser for the film, which stars Jim Carrey as the computer-animated charaacter’s nemesis, Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik, was released in April, but devotees of the original SEGA console game expressed dismay at the character’s looks and the addition of human-like teeth.

Following the controversy, Sonic’s director Jeff Fowler, tweeted, “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.”

Fowler kept to his word and a fresh, cartoonish version was revealed in a new trailer on Tuesday.

In the new promo clip, Sonic’s eyes have been enlarged, giving him a look closer to the original computer game character, while his teeth, though not totally removed, are far smaller, softened, and rounded.

Sonic the Hedgehog was originally due to debut in cinemas this month, but its release was pushed back to February to allow for the design changes.

Although fans are still sceptical about the new film, they are generally delighted with the changes.

One tweeted: “While I’m still not entirely thrilled about the Sonic Movie, that second trailer was miles better (pun intended) than the first. Yes the design looks better, but the music choice was more fitting, the jokes seemed more competent, and there were more nods to the games.”

Another added, “Okay, now we’re talking! The redesign is great and I could not be happier that they were okay with delaying the movie and I’m sure people there will enjoy the results as well!”

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Jonah Hill in talks to play villain in The Batman

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars. E…

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.

It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars.

Editors at Variety have reported that two-time Oscar nominee Hill is circling an unknown villain role, and film fans began speculating on social media if The Wolf of Wall Street star would be portraying Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin, a role made iconic by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

However, Collider reporters have claimed Hill will be portraying Edward Nygma/ Riddler, who was previously played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever.

According to Variety, producers had long wanted Hill for The Batman, but any casting decisions were put on hold until Pattinson was confirmed to play the billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright is also in negotiations to play Batman’s ally Commissioner Jim Gordon, who has most recently been portrayed in film by Gary Oldman and J.K. Simmons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros. movie has already begun, and insiders told Variety that filming could start later this year or early 2020.

Filmmaker Reeves, who helmed the Planet of the Apes sequels, took over the directorial reigns on The Batman from Ben Affleck after the actor departed the project following Justice League in 2017.

Hill was last seen opposite Emma Stone in Netflix’s sci-fi series Maniac and returned to the big screen in Matthew McConaughey’s The Beach Bum.

The Batman is slated to be released in June 2021.

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Sonic the Hedgehog producer promises fans ‘will be pleased’ with character redesign

Sonic the Hedgehog executive producer Tim Miller is certain fans “will be pleased” with the character’s redesign.After the teaser trailer for the upcoming film dropped earlier this year, many fans took to social media to express how they were unimpress…

Sonic the Hedgehog executive producer Tim Miller is certain fans “will be pleased” with the character’s redesign.

After the teaser trailer for the upcoming film dropped earlier this year, many fans took to social media to express how they were unimpressed by the fact the blue video game hero was given human teeth and muscly calves, prompting director Jeff Fowler and the design team to go back and rethink Sonic’s look.

Miller was with Fowler as the “s**t hit the fan” following the trailer release, and added in an interview with Variety: “I went over there and said, ‘The most important thing to do, man, is say, ‘I f**ked up.’ He’d already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He’s a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There’s a right way to listen.”

The redesign meant the release of the film was pushed from November to February 2020, but Miller thinks it’s entirely worth it.

Asked if he’s seen the new Sonic character design, he replied: “In fact I have. And I think the fans will be pleased.”

In May, Fowler took to Twitter to announce the new release date of the film and insisted his message that the team was working hard on the redesign.

“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” he wrote. “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”

Sonic the Hedgehog features Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis Doctor Robotnik, as well as the likes of James Marsden and Tika Sumpter.

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James Marsden raves over Jim Carrey’s Sonic the Hedgehog performance

James Marsden has praised Jim Carrey’s performance in upcoming movie Sonic the Hedgehog.The Westworld actor takes on the part of Tom Wachowski, a cop who befriends blue hedgehog Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and aids him in his quest to stop villain…

James Marsden has praised Jim Carrey’s performance in upcoming movie Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Westworld actor takes on the part of Tom Wachowski, a cop who befriends blue hedgehog Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and aids him in his quest to stop villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik, as played by Carrey. While plot details are under wraps, Marsden has now shared how Carrey genuinely revels in his role as a bad guy.

“It was one of the most fun things about the movie. Getting to see (Carrey), after 10 years of not being in film, to come back and have a blast. You’re getting to see everything that we love about him, and yet everything still feels new and fresh, and not like anything he’s done before specifically,” he explained in an interview for Collider.com. “Getting to see him enjoying doing that again is a special thing to be on the receiving end of.”

Sonic the Hedgehog, which is directed by Jeff Fowler and also stars Tika Sumpter and Adam Pally, is set to hit cinemas from February 2020.

Meanwhile, Marsden is gearing up to appear in The Comeback Trail and TV series Mrs. America, and while he was meant to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the 45-year-old has reportedly been deleted from the final cut. Even still, he has described being cast by Tarantino as one of the most thrilling experiences of his life.

“It’s definitely a bucket list check for sure. My first response was, ‘Do they have the right, James?’ That was something that felt like a dream,” he shared. “I would have extensive conversations with (Tarantino), talking about I was doing and who the guy was, and just sitting back and watching him explain something, and to illustrate something with his language… it’s like, ‘Man, this is a show unto itself.’”

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The Grinch makes history at the top of North American box office

Benedict Cumberbatch’s revamped The Grinch has shot to the top of the North American box office with a $66 million (£51 million) opening weekend. Cumberbatch voices the title character in the animated movie, which has landed the biggest opening for a…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s revamped The Grinch has shot to the top of the North American box office with a $66 million (£51 million) opening weekend.

Cumberbatch voices the title character in the animated movie, which has landed the biggest opening for a holiday-themed film ever, even beating Jim Carrey’s take on the grumpy anti-Christmas character in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas back in 2000 – the previous record holder.

The new film unseats Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody to take over at the top.

Bohemian Rhapsody falls to two, while World War Two zombie movie Overlord completes the top three.

The Nutcracker & the Four Realms, A Star is Born, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web round out the top five.

Claire Foy’s debut as literary hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web was a big disappointment, debuting with just $8 million (£6.1 million), to tie for fifth place with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s acclaimed movie.

The Grinch opened to $78.7 (£60.6 million) globally, well behind global number one Venom, which opened big in China to romp to a $674 million (£519 million) total since its release last month (Oct18).

Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody is expected to pass $100 million (£77 million) at the North American box office on Sunday (11Nov18), less than 10 days after the biopic’s release.

Tyler Perry movie Nobody’s Fool, Venom, Halloween, and Hate You Give complete the new top 10 in North America, ahead of the juggernaut that is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits American cinemas on Wednesday (14Nov18).

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