A Quiet Place Part II gets new release date

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to hit cinemas on 4 September.Due to social distancing measures imposed during the coronavirus crisis, cinemas have been forced to temporarily close, and studios have had to reshuffle release dates as a result.A Q…

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to hit cinemas on 4 September.

Due to social distancing measures imposed during the coronavirus crisis, cinemas have been forced to temporarily close, and studios have had to reshuffle release dates as a result.

A Quiet Place Part II, the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, was originally due to be released on 20 March, but its release was indefinitely postponed as the outbreak escalated.

However, Paramount Pictures executives announced a new release date on Thursday. The new 4 September release date, timed for America’s Labor Day weekend, suggests the studio is optimistic that movie theatres will be reopened by then.

John Krasinski, director of the horror thriller, broke the news to fans in an Instagram post the week before the film’s original release date.

“One of the things I am most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world, now is clearly not the right time to do that,” he wrote. “I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date!”

Paramount executives also made a statement on a Quiet Place II’s delay, which read: “We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”

A Quiet Place Part II also stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmons, Noah Jupe, and new addition Cillian Murphy.

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Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve sign language skills on A Quiet Place Part II

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the …

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.

The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the Abbott family, who were forced to live in silence to hide from alien creatures that hunt humans with sound.

Simmonds wowed in her role as Regan in the critically-acclaimed movie, and the deaf actress was encouraged to board the sequel after Krasinski used FaceTime to pitch the idea to her.

In an interview with Variety, she shared that she helped the filmmaker improve his ASL skills while making the sequel.

“We communicate really well,” Simmonds said via an interpreter. “We already had an ease in communication, but we shared so many moments where we’d have conversations about a scene. The sequel really shows you a different perspective.”

The sequel follows the Abbott family as matriarch Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, fights to keep her family alive after the death of her husband, who was portrayed by Krasinski.

And The Office star was determined to focus the sequel on Simmonds’ character as he was so impressed with her performance in the original.

“I had this small idea, which was to make Millie the lead of the movie,” Krasinski explained. “Not only did I think she would give an amazing performance, which I knew she could do, her character opens the door to all the themes I was dealing with in the first movie.”

A Quiet Place Part II was originally due to be released in March but has been delayed until later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fast & Furious 9 release delayed by a year due to coronavirus

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursd…

The release of Fast & Furious 9 has been pushed back by almost a year due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Executives at Universal, the company behind the high-octane action franchise, made the decision to move its release from May on Thursday because of the impact that the escalating coronavirus is having on the film distribution landscape, with cinemas being closed in certain countries to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement issued on the film’s social media pages, the “Fast Family” announced the movie would now be released in U.S. on 2 April 2021, with a global release that month.

“We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” the message read. “That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.

“While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.”

The announcement came hours after John Krasinski confirmed his upcoming horror sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, which was due to be released next week, had been postponed for the same reason. A new release date is not yet known.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” he wrote on social media. “Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!”

Thursday was a big night for movie news, with Disney also postponing the upcoming releases of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers. James Bond movie, No Time to Die, was recently pushed back by six months due to the pandemic, meaning the next big studio release is Trolls: World Tour on 10 April.

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Emily Blunt regrets wedding day spray tan

Emily Blunt deeply regrets not getting a professional spray tan for her wedding day.The British actress married actor/director John Krasinski in Lake Como, Italy back in July 2010, having become engaged the year before. During an appearance on The Late…

Emily Blunt deeply regrets not getting a professional spray tan for her wedding day.

The British actress married actor/director John Krasinski in Lake Como, Italy back in July 2010, having become engaged the year before.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday night, host James commented that Emily and John would soon be celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary and asked if she would have changed anything about her big day.

And the Mary Poppins Returns star did not hesitate to admit she wished she hadn’t used an at-home self-bronzing kit the night before.

“I got a bad spray tan and I would probably change that,” she said. “I look at the pictures and it just has an orange hue that is unnatural to normal skin colour.

“It was a do-it-yourself (kit). Why was I on a budget on my wedding day? Why? It was a bit patchy… It stinks! And it was a very hot day, so if you sweat and you have a spray tan, wearing white. (It was) just seeping orange (everywhere). It was terrible.”

Emily didn’t divulge any further details about her wedding.

However, she did open up to James about her early performing days and the “unofficial” girl band she joined growing up.

“I mean, we were huge in my school… I think we were called Harmonious, or something. We were a close harmony a capella group. We’d sing, like, TLC’s Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls. It brought the house down,” the 37-year-old laughed.

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Emily Blunt ‘would’ve been an idiot’ to turn down A Quiet Place Part II

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute …

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski “would’ve been idiots” if they had turned down a sequel to A Quiet Place.

In the 2018 horror, the real-life couple played Evelyn and Lee Abbott, who defended their home and family against terrifying monsters with an acute sense of hearing.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Blunt said she immediately signed up to reprise her role as Evelyn in the follow-up, A Quiet Place Part II, after studio bosses convinced husband Krasinski to return to direct the sequel.

“It became very apparent that we’d be idiots not to do it. Ultimately, you will never catch the (same) lightning in the film, but there is a bigger world,” she explained.

And once Krasinski pitched his opening scene idea to her, which was one uninterrupted take revealing the moment the aliens landed on Earth, the 36-year-old knew she needed to return.

“(Everything was) choreographed down to a fine art,” Blunt said of the scene. “You really get a sense of what the world was and what the family was before it all happened.”

Krasinski also admitted he was initially reluctant to sign up for the sequel and had to be persuaded.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

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John Krasinski keen to play Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four reboot

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marv…

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.

The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Krasinski first expressed his desire to play scientist Reed Richards, who transforms into Mr. Fantastic after being exposed to cosmic radiation in space, almost two years ago.

And in an interview with Total Film, he revealed he’s still hopeful he’ll be able to play the superhero on the big screen one day.

“I would love to be in the Marvel Universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies,” Krasinski explained. “I have no idea what (Marvel) are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

But The Office star, who made his directorial debut with critically-acclaimed horror A Quiet Place in 2018, ruled himself out of helming a Marvel blockbuster in the future.

“Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun,” he laughed.

Marvel producers have not yet formally announced a reboot of the beleaguered Fantastic Four franchise, but rumours have swirled since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last year.

The most recent adaptation of the comic book was back in 2015. However, the flick, which starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara, was mauled by critics and flopped at the box office.

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John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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