Jon Hamm set to star in Fletch reboot

Jon Hamm is set to star in an upcoming Fletch reboot.The original 1985 comedy thriller followed the antics of the titular intrepid investigative reporter, based on late author Gregory Mcdonald’s hit mystery novels from the 1970s and 1980s. Hamm is set…

Jon Hamm is set to star in an upcoming Fletch reboot.

The original 1985 comedy thriller followed the antics of the titular intrepid investigative reporter, based on late author Gregory Mcdonald’s hit mystery novels from the 1970s and 1980s.

Hamm is set to take over the role originally made famous by Chevy Chase in an adaptation directed by Superbad filmmaker Greg Mottola and written by Zev Borow, according to an announcement released by Miramax on Wednesday.

The Mad Men star will also produce, alongside his manager Connie Tavel, who said it was a “longtime dream” of hers to bring Fletch back to the big screen once again.

“Producing this film with Jon has been a longtime dream of mine,” she said in a statement. “I really believe that this will be an exciting and modern reimagining of this beloved character.”

And Miramax CEO Bill Block hinted that the new adaptation, reportedly set to focus on the novel Confess, Fletch, will feature a “21st century twist”.

The original 1985 movie followed the reporter as he found himself as the prime suspect in the middle of a murder investigation after he’s offered $1 million to kill a wealthy man.

Directed by Michael Ritchie, it raked in more than $60 million (£48 million) worldwide, and spawned a sequel, Fletch Lives, which was released in 1989.

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Top Gun: Maverick release postponed until December

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cin…

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cinemas on 24 June, but has now been postponed until 23 December, as cinema chains around the world remain closed amid the global pandemic.

“I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone,” Cruise, who is reprising his role from the 1986 original, wrote on Instagram and Twitter, alongside a still from the movie of his character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell flying a fighter jet.

To accommodate the change in the schedule, Paramount Pictures executives have also moved the Chris Pratt sci-fi movie, The Tomorrow War, to an as-yet-unspecified date.

Top Gun: Maverick is now going up against the live-action/animated movie Tom & Jerry, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena, World War II drama The Nightingale, featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning, and DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods 2.

And it’s not the only movie with a new release date. Paramount Pictures’ horror A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally expected to hit cinemas on 20 March, will now open on 4 September.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to 2018’s A Quiet Place was pulled from schedules amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic, along with films such as No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Fast and Furious 9, and Black Widow.

Production has also been halted on films including The Batman, the third Fantastic Beasts film, and Uncharted.

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Tom Cruise thought Top Gun sequel was ‘never going to happen’

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val …

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.

The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val Kilmer for the upcoming sequel, which also stars newcomers Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, and Jon Hamm.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Cruise revealed that even though people were telling him to make a follow-up to the hugely successful ’80s blockbuster, he didn’t know where to start.

“Everywhere I went, people would be like, ‘Do Top Gun’, and I’m like, ‘Guys, I don’t know how to do it’,” said Cruise. “I don’t know what the story is. I don’t make movies just to make movies. I was like, ‘Jerry, it’s never going to happen’. I honestly never thought I would make it.”

And the Mission: Impossible star, who is well-known for performing his own death-defying stunts on the big screen, was adamant that he was only going to do a sequel if there were no computer-generated effects.

“We just started talking. And I realised that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff,” he explained.

And it was Cruise’s idea to have his co-stars, including Teller and Hamm, be able to withstand the force of being in a real supersonic fighter aircraft, something that was missing from the 1986 original.

“I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before.’ There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest,” he shared.

Top Gun: Maverick will be in cinemas from 24 June.

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Clint Eastwood suffers his worst opening in 40 years with Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood has suffered one of the worst box office openings in his career with his new movie Richard Jewell.The drama, which follows the story of the security guard who was wrongly suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, rake…

Clint Eastwood has suffered one of the worst box office openings in his career with his new movie Richard Jewell.

The drama, which follows the story of the security guard who was wrongly suspected of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, raked in a disappointing $5 million (£3.7 million) from 2,502 cinemas across the U.S.

The drama marks the second-worst domestic opening for the 89-year-old filmmaker following Billy Bronco, which grossed just $3.7 million (£2.7 million) back in 1980, according to Variety.

Eastwood’s strongest opening weekends came from his other biographical dramas, such as 2014’s American Sniper, which starred Bradley Cooper and raked in $89 million ($66.7 million), followed by Sully, which opened with $35 million (£26.2 million) in 2016.

Richard Jewell, which had a budget of $45 million (£33.7 million), is currently embroiled in controversy after studio executives at Warner Bros. were threatened with a defamation lawsuit by officials at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution over the film’s depiction of its journalists, particularly Kathy Scruggs, who seemingly offers to trade sex with Jon Hamm’s FBI agent for information about the case.

Olivia Wilde, who portrays Scruggs, recently waded into the row by releasing a statement on Twitter in which she told her followers that she had “no say” in how the filmmakers portrayed her character.

“I cannot speak for the creative decisions made by the filmmakers, as I did not have a say in how the film was ultimately crafted, but it’s important to me that I share my personal take on the matter,” she wrote. “Nothing in my research suggested she did so, and it was never my intention to suggest she had.”

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Jon Hamm defends Richard Jewell movie amid defamation battle

Jon Hamm and Paul Walter Hauser are standing by Clint Eastwood’s drama Richard Jewell amid allegations of defamation.Bosses at Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, have expressed their determination to fight the threat of a possible lawsuit from t…

Jon Hamm and Paul Walter Hauser are standing by Clint Eastwood’s drama Richard Jewell amid allegations of defamation.

Bosses at Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, have expressed their determination to fight the threat of a possible lawsuit from the publishers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper over the portrayal of late journalist Kathy Scruggs and her colleagues in the film.

The movie, directed by Eastwood, focuses on the events surrounding the discovery of a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jewell, the security guard who found it and ushered people to safety, but became a suspect after a media report suggested he planted the bomb.

Journalist Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, broke the story, and in the film, it’s alleged she traded sexual favours with an FBI agent, played by Hamm, in order to get her story.

At a screening of the movie on Tuesday, the former Mad Men star defended the depiction of Scruggs and other journalists in the movie.

“It’s my understanding that the people making these accusations haven’t seen the film yet,” Hamm said. “I kind of feel like the irony in that is sort of ridiculous. Kathy is portrayed by Olivia in this film as she was, which is an incredibly nuanced individual. To reduce her to this one thing is not fair.

“I think that there were certainly suggestions of impropriety with her character, but there are also some suggestions of impropriety with the character that I play and that’s part of the tragedy of this story.”

Hauser, who portrays the now-deceased Jewell, has also defended the film, stating, “I think the feeling is that it (lawsuit) sorta came out of nowhere. This project has been around for about five years. It was a very famous screenplay. It had Leo (Leonardo DeCaprio) attached to it at some point. They could have done their digging.”

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Olivia Wilde defends depiction of journalist character in Richard Jewell

Olivia Wilde has defended the depiction of her journalist character in Clint Eastwood’s new movie Richard Jewell following criticism over the suggestion she slept with a source.The movie is based on the events of the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing in Atl…

Olivia Wilde has defended the depiction of her journalist character in Clint Eastwood’s new movie Richard Jewell following criticism over the suggestion she slept with a source.

The movie is based on the events of the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing in Atlanta, and focuses on the true story of security guard Jewell, played by Paul Walter Hauser, who saved thousands of lives during the incident, but is vilified by the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.

Wilde portrays Kathy Scruggs, who was a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and in one scene, her character offers to sleep with FBI agent Tom Shaw, played by Jon Hamm, for information about the bombing. Kevin Riley, the current editor-in-chief of the publication, criticised the film for its portrayal of the late journalist, stating that the suggestion she traded sex for information was “offensive and deeply troubling in the #MeToo era.”

Wilde defended the depiction of Scruggs in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

“I have an immense amount of respect for Kathy Scruggs… I feel a certain responsibility to defend her legacy – which has now been, I think unfairly, boiled down to one element of her personality, one inferred moment in the film,” she said.

“I think people have a hard time accepting sexuality in female characters without allowing it to entirely define that character,” the actress continued. “We don’t do that to men, we don’t do that to James Bond – we don’t say James Bond isn’t a real spy because he gets his information sometimes by sleeping with women as sources. This is very specific to female characters, we’ve seen it over and over again, and I think that Kathy Scruggs is an incredibly dynamic, nuanced, dogged, intrepid reporter. By no means was I intending to suggest that as a female reporter, she needed to use her sexuality.”

Richard Jewell is released on 13 December.

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Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky

Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky because he thought the real-life inspiration for the story wasn’t interesting enough.The film follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, played by Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who begins to…

Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky because he thought the real-life inspiration for the story wasn’t interesting enough.

The film follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, played by Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devastating affair with a fellow officer, portrayed by Jon Hamm, after she returns to Earth following a long trip into space.

It was based on the real-life story of NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who drove across the U.S. to try and kidnap Cathleen Shipman, the new girlfriend of her lover, William Oefelein, back in 2007.

However, when it was pitched to Hawley, he wasn’t interested in Nowak’s story, so ultimately passed on the project, but it was producer Reese Witherspoon that convinced him to come back onboard.

“I wasn’t terribly interested in a literal telling of the story, and so it kind of fell off my radar,” he told Deadline. “Then Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea brought in another writer, John-Henry Butterworth who did a draft that began to introduce the magic realism and the more psychological elements and it became less of a literal telling and more of a fictional examination of the story of an astronaut who goes to space and has this explosive experience and a very hard time kind of re-fitting back into her life when she comes home.”

Hawley is full of praise for his leading lady, and said the mother-of-two was “remarkable” playing tormented astronaut Lucy Cola.

“I mean, Natalie’s performance of course is the real headline of this movie and the transformation that she goes through and the sort of bravado and assuredness and the charm and the swagger that she carries through this film and then the kind of degradation of her character as she begins to degrade when she loses control,” Hawley gushed. “It really is such a remarkable performance that Natalie gave.”

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Natalie Portman feels ‘so lucky’ to work with Reese Witherspoon on Lucy in the Sky

Natalie Portman felt “so lucky” to work with Reese Witherspoon on her new movie Lucy in the Sky.The film, directed by Noah Hawley, follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devast…

Natalie Portman felt “so lucky” to work with Reese Witherspoon on her new movie Lucy in the Sky.

The film, directed by Noah Hawley, follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devastating affair with a fellow officer after she returns to Earth following a long trip into space.

It was loosely based on the real-life activities of astronaut Lisa Nowak, who drove across the U.S. to try and kidnap the new girlfriend of her lover, William Oefelein.

Portman opened up about how she felt working with fellow Oscar winner Witherspoon, who produced and kickstarted the project.

“Reese was very involved, she helped develop the script so I am very grateful to her for helping create this character and working on details of it with Noah during the development… it was so lucky,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

Witherspoon was originally set to star in the movie, alongside Jon Hamm and Dan Stevens, but eventually decided to step back and handed the leading lady reigns over the Portman instead.

“She’s such a powerhouse,” the Black Swan star gushed. “She’s producing and making work for a lot of us, so I’m very grateful and it was really lucky to get to have a friend to get to call up and be like, ‘What do you think about this? What’s your take on this? Why did you choose this?’ It was very lucky to have her insight.”

Lucy in the Sky is released in cinemas on 4 October.

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Natalie Portman addresses Lucy in the Sky diaper controversy

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with re…

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.

The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small”.

One particular part of the tale saw Lucy wearing a diaper, which was omitted in the film and has led to backlash from some people – but Natalie admitted during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Friday, that she’s unsure why there has been such a strong reaction.

“The original story was that this woman drove across country to confront, or kidnap, depending on the version, her boyfriend and his new girlfriend,” Natalie explained. “And she wore a diaper so that she didn’t have to stop on the way. And we didn’t do that in the movie and everyone’s like, ‘Where’s the diaper?!’ Everyone is really upset to not see me in a diaper. I don’t know what that’s about?!”

When host Ellen joked that Natalie is wearing one in the film but viewers just can’t see it, the mother-of-two hit back by jesting that she was actually wearing a diaper during the interview.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, and Ellen Burstyn, is set to open in U.S. cinemas in October.

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Emily Blunt replaces Holliday Grainger in Wild Mountain Thyme

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land tha…

Emily Blunt has replaced Holliday Grainger in the lead role opposite Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme.

The romantic drama follows lovers Anthony and Rosemary, played by Dornan and Blunt, whose families are caught up in a feud over a patch of land that separates their two farms in Ireland.

Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play Dornan’s father, who threatens to bequeath the family farm to his son’s American cousin, who will be played by another new addition to the cast, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy will play Blunt’s mother, who desperately tries to unite the two families, according to Deadline.

Wild Mountain Thyme is an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Broadway play Outside Mullingar, and will also be directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

It was announced back in May that Grainger would be playing Rosemary, and details over her exit from the project – which will begin shooting at the end of September – have not yet been disclosed.

Blunt has recently wrapped filming A Quiet Place: Part II, which is the follow-up to her husband John Krasinski’s horror movie. She’ll next be seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s live-action interpretation of the popular theme park ride, Jungle Cruise, which will hit cinemas in July 2020.

Meanwhile, Hamm is appearing in four hotly-anticipated films over the next 12 months, including astronaut thriller Lucy in the Sky opposite Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood‘s The Ballad of Richard Jewell, and Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1980s classic which will be released next year.

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