John C. Reilly feared for his life riding for new Western

John C. Reilly feared for his life while filming horse riding scenes for his new Western The Sisters Brothers.The actor and Joaquin Phoenix star as a pair of assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, in French director Jacques Audiard’s new movie.D…

John C. Reilly feared for his life while filming horse riding scenes for his new Western The Sisters Brothers.

The actor and Joaquin Phoenix star as a pair of assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, in French director Jacques Audiard’s new movie.

During filming in Spain and Romania, John had to spend lots of time on horseback – an experience he tells Total Film magazine was an act of “blind faith”.

The 53-year-old was so fearful for his safety that he always ensured he would hug his chosen animal and bribe it with food to help build their relationship.

“There are a couple of moments where I almost died on that horse!” he exclaimed. “But every day I would hug the horse and say, ‘Thank you for keeping me safe!’ I would give it an apple and a kiss and say, ‘Until next time.’ I knew how important my relationship with that horse was.”

Despite featuring a pair of assassin brothers, John says the movie is not a traditionally violent Western.

“There’s no reason to make another bang-bang shoot ‘em-up cowboy movie,” he added. “There are so many already, so many great ones.”

One reason John believes the film, which earned its director a Best Director prize at last year’s (18) Venice Film Festival, has earned critical acclaim is the relationship he built with his co-star Joaquin.

“I think Joaquin is the greatest actor working now, and of course you want to be working with the best,” the actor gushed. “I knew it would have to be a very close relationship, someone that I had a good bond with.”

The Sisters Brothers opens in U.K. cinemas on 5 April.

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Gotti and Holmes & Watson lead 2019 Razzie Awards nominations

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday…

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.

The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday night (20Jan19), with John Travolta’s crime-drama Gotti and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s buddy comedy Holmes & Watson each receiving six nominations.

In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s black comedy The Happytime Murders garnered six nods, as did Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Death of a Nation, while Winchester, Robin Hood, Fifty Shades Freed and Death Wish all received multiple nominations.

Travolta is up for the Worst Actor for his performance as mob boss John Gotti, with the category rounded out by Bruce Willis in Death Wish, Ferrell in Holmes & Watson, Johnny Depp in animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, and perhaps most controversially, U.S. President Donald Trump is nominated over archival footage of himself in documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston also scored a nod for Worst Screen Combo.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is up for worst actress in two films, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while Peppermint’s Jennifer Garner, London Fields’ Amber Heard, Winchester’s Helen Mirren, and The Clapper’s Amanda Seyfried join her in the category.

The winners of the 39th edition of the Razzie Awards will be announced on 23 February – the night before the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The full list of Razzie Awards nominations is as follows –

Worst Picture:

Gotti

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress:

Jennifer Garner – Peppermint

Amber Heard – London Fields

Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Helen Mirren – Winchester

Amanda Seyfried – The Clapper

Worst Actor:

Johnny Depp (voice only) – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell – Holmes & Watson

John Travolta – Gotti

Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis – Death Wish

Worst Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx – Robin Hood

Ludacris (voice only) – Show Dogs

Joel McHale – The Happytime Murders

John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress:

Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Marcia Gay Harden – Fifty Shades Freed

Kelly Preston – Gotti

Jaz Sinclair – Slender Man

Melania Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo:

Any two actors or puppets – The Happytime Murders

Johnny Depp and his “fast-fading film career” – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Kelly Preston and John Travolta – Gotti

Donald J. Trump and his “self-perpetuating pettiness” – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:

Death of a Nation

Death Wish

Holmes & Watson

The Meg

Robin Hood

Worst Director:

Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Kevin Connolly – Gotti

James Foley – Fifty Shades Freed

Brian Henson – The Happytime Murders

Peter and Michael Spierig – Winchester

Worst Screenplay:

Death of a Nation – Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Gotti – Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs

The Happytime Murders – Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robinson

Winchester – Tom Vaughan, Peter and Michael Spierig

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John C. Reilly helped write ‘emotional’ Stan & Ollie scenes

John C. Reilly helped to write some of the “emotional” scenes in new film Stan & Ollie.In the Jon S. Baird-directed movie about the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the Chicago actor portrays Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan takes on the role of St…

John C. Reilly helped to write some of the “emotional” scenes in new film Stan & Ollie.

In the Jon S. Baird-directed movie about the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the Chicago actor portrays Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan takes on the role of Stan Laurel.

The screenplay was penned by Jeff Pope, though Reilly has now shared that he and Coogan had input in writing the dialogue for a number of key moments in the narrative.

“Steve and I participated in making the dialogue work in a way that seemed real to us, given our pasts as performers,” he said in an interview with Collider.com. “We know what it’s like to sit in the dressing room, and be sore and sweaty, and be talking with someone about ticket sales. We know how that feels. Steve and I have both done it. So, the script needed to be personalised, in that way, and those are the scenes that stick out to me.”

Rather than being a traditional biopic, Stan & Ollie follows Laurel and Hardy as they embark on a music hall tour of the United Kingdom, and depicts their struggles to get another film made. And while Reilly had long been a fan of the pair, he recalled how he was initially unconvinced about playing such an icon on the big screen.

“I was reluctant because I don’t really do impressions. That’s not really my thing. And then, the second thing was that I don’t weigh nearly as much as Oliver, and I wasn’t willing to gain a hundred pounds. But the main trepidation I had was that I didn’t want us to make a film about these guys that would end up being a liability to them. To me, they’re in a perfect place already,” the 53-year-old noted.

But despite his early concerns, Reilly was encouraged by the praise of filmmaker Baird, who he claimed, “really, really believed in me”.

Stan & Ollie began hitting cinemas on Thursday.

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Ralph steals American box office from The Grinch

Ralph Breaks the Internet has kept The Grinch off the top of the North American box office by just $1 million (£790,000). The Disney film and Benedict Cumberbatch’s new holiday film were neck and neck for much of Friday, but John C. Reilly’s animated…

Ralph Breaks the Internet has kept The Grinch off the top of the North American box office by just $1 million (£790,000).

The Disney film and Benedict Cumberbatch’s new holiday film were neck and neck for much of Friday, but John C. Reilly’s animated sequel had a little bit more staying power and lands a third weekend at number one, with a $16.1 million (£12.7 million) haul.

The two family favourites make history at the box office in the U.S., marking the first time a pair of animated films has been number one and two for two weeks in a row.

Ralph Breaks the Internet, which also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, and Sarah Silverman, has now racked up $141 million (£111 million) at the North American box office since its release last month (Nov18).

The Creed sequel has also enjoyed a great third weekend at the American box office, racking up $10.3 million (GBP8 million) to come in at three, ahead of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Bohemian Rhapsody.

There are no new releases in the top 10, which is completed by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy Instant Family, the acclaimed Green Book, Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx’s Robin Hood revamp, horror movie The Possession of Hannah Grace, and drama Widows.

Meanwhile, Aquaman has made a splash in China, where it opens with a $94 million (£74 million) box office haul.

The Warner Bros./DC blockbuster swims into cinemas around the world this week (beg10Dec18) and debuts in America on 21 December.

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Stan & Ollie was a ‘labour of love’ for John C. Reilly

Actor John C. Reilly considered it his “sacred mission” to preserve the legacy of comedy icons Laurel and Hardy by signing on to star in a new biopic. The Stepbrothers funnyman teamed up with British comic Steve Coogan to portray the beloved double ac…

Actor John C. Reilly considered it his “sacred mission” to preserve the legacy of comedy icons Laurel and Hardy by signing on to star in a new biopic.

The Stepbrothers funnyman teamed up with British comic Steve Coogan to portray the beloved double act in Stan & Ollie, which chronicles what became their final theatre tour of the U.K. and Ireland in the 1950s.

Both stars spent hours in the make-up chair to achieve their onscreen transformations, but Reilly, who plays the heavyset Oliver Hardy, had no complaints because he was fully committed to getting the look of his icon just right.

“It’s a real labour of love, that one,” Reilly said. “Laurel and Hardy were so important to me growing up, I don’t know if the young people know who they are, but the fat guy and the skinny guy, they were the most famous comedians in the world in the 1930s, and then their careers went on and on; people rediscovered them through TV and stuff.”

“Anyway, they’re very important people to me, and I felt like it was my sacred mission to bring their films to the next generation of people.”

Oscar-winning makeup artists Jeremy Woodhead and Mark Coulier were tasked with masterminding the physical makeovers, and by the time Reilly was camera-ready, he was barely recognisable.

“I had to wear this giant fat suit, tons of prosthetic makeup all around…,” he shared on U.S. talk show The View. “Only my face and (the insides of his hands) were exposed.”

Stan & Ollie, which was directed by Jon S. Baird, opens in theatres next month (Dec18).

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Ralph Breaks the Internet tops North American box office

Ralph Breaks the Internet has stormed its way to the top of the North American box office during America’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend (21-25Nov18). The animated film featuring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman has earned $84.5 million (£65.9 milli…

Ralph Breaks the Internet has stormed its way to the top of the North American box office during America’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend (21-25Nov18).

The animated film featuring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman has earned $84.5 million (£65.9 million) since Wednesday (21Nov18) to come out on top.

“We’re very thankful for this weekend,” Cathleen Taff, who oversees Disney’s theatrical distribution, says. “It was a fantastic start and a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s sequel Creed II follows in second with $55.8 million (£43.5 million), beating out its predecessor’s $42.1 million (32.8 million) opening.

“This is a timeless franchise for us at MGM, and it’s a thrill to see both its legacy and new generation of audiences continue to respond to Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed in this time when we need uplifting stories,” a statement from president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman reads.

The new version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, comes in third with $30.2 million (£23.5 million) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is close behind in fourth with $29.7 million (£23.2 million).

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which features Rami Malek as late frontman Freddie Mercury, rounds out the top five with $13.9 million (£10.8 million).

The movies’ $308 million (£240.2 million) earnings break the previous record for the holiday weekend in 2013, when Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and others grossed $294 million (£229.2 million).

“This is a perfectly fitting Thanksgiving for a year that’s had its share of records being broken,” Comsore’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian says.

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Holmes & Watson was written for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly years ago

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s new film Holmes & Watson was written for them years ago.The Step Brothers co-stars have reunited onscreen for a comedic take on the legendary fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The movie’s dir…

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s new film Holmes & Watson was written for them years ago.

The Step Brothers co-stars have reunited onscreen for a comedic take on the legendary fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

The movie’s director/writer Etan Cohen penned the script for the duo around eight years ago, but he decided to sit on it while filmmaker Guy Ritchie made his detective films with Robert Downey Jr. – 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011 sequel A Game of Shadows – before taking a break ahead of a scheduled 2020 instalment.

“The script was written for Will and me I guess – eight? – years ago by Etan Cohen,” Reilly explained to Total Film magazine. “And then some other people jumped in to do Sherlock movies, so it was off the table for a long time. But I guess they took a break, which gave us our chance.”

The film follows Holmes and Watson, played by Ferrell and Reilly, respectively, as they use their minds to stop villain Moriarty, played by Ralph Fiennes, from assassinating the queen.

However, Reilly has explained that the case won’t be the sole focus of the flick.

“The relationship between Holmes and Watson is given almost as much weight as the case they’re trying to solve,” the 53-year-old said. “We’re always dealing with our feelings for each other. It’s this hilarious melodrama of a male friendship.”

The characters have been portrayed onscreen on numerous occasions and the film gives the actors the opportunity to send up previous attempts.

“It’s all very true to the period, true to what you would expect from the two of them solving a mystery… But at the same time, everything’s a little bit heightened,” Ferrell added. “Any chance to make things ridiculous, we took it.”

Holmes & Watson, which was shot entirely in London, hits cinemas from late December.

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John C. Reilly spent hours in wardrobe and make-up for Oliver Hardy role

John C. Reilly lost weight getting in and out of his fat suit on the set of Stan & Ollie.Playing Oliver Hardy, opposite Steve Coogan as his double act partner Stan Laurel in Jon S. Baird’s new film, John had to undergo hours in wardrobe and make-up to …

John C. Reilly lost weight getting in and out of his fat suit on the set of Stan & Ollie.

Playing Oliver Hardy, opposite Steve Coogan as his double act partner Stan Laurel in Jon S. Baird’s new film, John had to undergo hours in wardrobe and make-up to make sure he really resembled the legendary slapstick comedian.

And the transformation was so good, Oscar nominee John said nobody recognised him when he sat around the set.

“(All that was) needed was the right make-up man. I had prosthetics all over,” the 53-year-old recalled, reports Page Six. “Not just an application. Ears, head, jowls. Contact lenses. The fat suit contained water tubes, moved like flesh and had skin markings. The make-up so complete, staring in a mirror I’d lose my lines. Three hours for costuming. Make-up eventually got down to two hours. Getting it off finally took 45 minutes. I lost weight doing this.

“Sitting outside as some fat guy makes you disappear. I learned they don’t want to see you. When I did this, nobody knew me. I was not John C. Reilly, just some fat guy.”

The film, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October (18), hits screens from late December. It tells the story of when Laurel and Hardy attempted to reignite their film careers in post-war Britain.

To prepare for their roles as the famous twosome, John and Steve watched back old Laurel and Hardy routines.

“I grew up watching totally inspirational, ahead of their time Laurel and Hardy,” he smiled. “You laughed with them. Clued into something eternal, their movies ran on TV over and over. Watching the masterful comedy inspired my voice and movement.

“Vaudeville guys, greatest comedy team of their time, no political agenda, they wrote all their routines themselves. We re-created the skits, watched all their old shows and spent hours practising.”

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John C. Reilly wanted Sarah Silverman in recording booth for Wreck-It Ralph sequel

Actor John C. Reilly insisted on recording his lines for the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel alongside co-star Sarah Silverman so their real-life friendship could come across in their voices. Animated film stars typically record their parts in individual re…

Actor John C. Reilly insisted on recording his lines for the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel alongside co-star Sarah Silverman so their real-life friendship could come across in their voices.

Animated film stars typically record their parts in individual recording booths, often without ever meeting their castmates until they hit the promotional trail, but Reilly wanted to ensure he and Silverman got to renew their bond in the studio as they reprised their roles as best friends onscreen in Ralph Breaks the Internet.

“I figured if you’re gonna work with someone as fun and as creative as Sarah Silverman, why not have them in the room there with you?” he explained on breakfast show Good Morning America.

“A lot of times actors go in for animated movies they’re just alone, they’re playing someone’s best friend but they never lay eyes on them, and I thought, ‘We gotta be in the room together so we can find stuff and improvise.'”

Recording their scenes together in-person also helped the pair develop little jokes to add to their playful dialogue.

“Sarah and I definitely did that a lot for this movie, so I think this movie has an extra soulful quality because we’re actually in there looking at each other, talking to each other,” he smiled. “We riffed like crazy!”

Reilly also shunned the typical dressed-down attire actors usually wear for off-camera roles, and opted instead to show up in a three-piece suit.

“Sometimes when you have the right to wear sweatpants, you go for a three-piece suit instead!” he quipped. “It makes Sarah really happy… It got to be this running joke that I’d show up way overdressed for our recording sessions, and it’s a good thing to make Sarah happy; she’s a sweet girl.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, and Alfred Molina, and opens in theatres later this month (Nov18).

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Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly underwent major transformations to play Laurel & Hardy

Actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly went through major transformations to play beloved comedy duo Laurel & Hardy. The two stars teamed up to play the silver screen icons on what became their final theatre tour of the U.K. and Ireland in Stan & Olli…

Actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly went through major transformations to play beloved comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.

The two stars teamed up to play the silver screen icons on what became their final theatre tour of the U.K. and Ireland in Stan & Ollie, and Oscar-winning makeup artists Jeremy Woodhead and Mark Coulier were brought in to turn the leading men into the comedy kings.

To portray Laurel, Coogan opted for a false chin, teeth, and customised tips to make his ears stick out, while Reilly spent at least four hours in the makeup chair every morning, so he could be transformed into Oliver Hardy, who weighed close to 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms) at the end of his life.

In a strange coincidence, Coogan has brown eyes and needed blue, and Reilly had blue eyes and needed brown, so both men wore coloured contact lenses.

“Steve uses his own hair, but it is coloured to match Stan Laurel’s,” Woodhead explains. “Stan was actually a redhead. We toyed with the idea of going red, but it gets distracting. It becomes a surprise that his hair was red. By the end of his life, he was colouring his hair anyway.”

Meanwhile, to make Chicago star Reilly look eerily just like Hardy, Coulier and Woodhead tested four different fat suits made out of reticulated foam. To get the look right, the team, which included costume designer Guy Speranza, drew inspiration from Hardy’s own life.

“Oliver Hardy’s nickname was Babe because he had the shape and proportions of an overgrown baby,” Reilly explains. “I started sending baby pictures to Guy and Mark and it started to click.”

Reilly was encased in the different suits for the various stages in Hardy’s life, which made keeping his cool difficult – he had to be plugged into an ice machine in between takes, but the actor insists the discomfort was worth it.

“Only my face and the flats of my hands were exposed. The rest was encased in prosthetics or a fat suit,” he tells WENN. “So, in a way it was like wearing a mask on your whole body. The mask was so convincing it made me believe from the outside in that I could play this character.”

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