Hailee Steinfeld feels lucky to have been involved in True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld knows just how lucky she was to have made her Hollywood debut in the critically-acclaimed True Grit.The star-studded gritty Western, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, was released in 2010 and followed Hailee as intrepid teenager Mattie …

Hailee Steinfeld knows just how lucky she was to have made her Hollywood debut in the critically-acclaimed True Grit.

The star-studded gritty Western, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, was released in 2010 and followed Hailee as intrepid teenager Mattie Ross, who hires Jeff Bridges’ lawman Rooster Cogburn to help her track down the outlaw Tom Chaney, played by Josh Brolin, who killed her father.

It was the then-14-year-old’s first-ever movie role, and in a recent interview with Collider, Hailee said she knows how fortunate she was to have starred in such a huge Hollywood movie.

“I realise how lucky – it’s been 10 years and I’ve been on quite a few sets since then that are not necessarily like that and it’s really a blessing when you get an amazing group of people like that and it just runs seamlessly,” she shared. “Everything about it. I can’t even begin to tell you.

“It’s so wild that that was my first legitimate experience because it was all-around, I mean, I want to say, it was so wonderful, it was so seamless and so fun.”

And the 23-year-old was full of praise for her co-stars, who she said made the experience enjoyable for a young teenager on her first movie set.

“I mean, it was a bunch of people who really cared and were so equally as passionate about one thing and one thing only, and that was the art and making this the best it could be… and having the most fun but taking it seriously enough,” she explained.

“It was just an amazing dynamic. The tone and the vibe was always just so positive and calm, and just a wonderful work environment to be in.”

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Rob Liefeld concedes Deadpool 3 may never happen

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has confronted the fact there may not be another sequel in the superhero franchise.“You know what? There may not be another Deadpool, and I’m fine,” Liefeld told Collider in a recent interview. “Because I have to live w…

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has confronted the fact there may not be another sequel in the superhero franchise.

“You know what? There may not be another Deadpool, and I’m fine,” Liefeld told Collider in a recent interview.

“Because I have to live with the fact that I had two amazing experiences, two movies I’m extremely proud of,” the writer and artist said, crediting Deadpool’s cast and crew: “I love knowing everybody on those movies. I love Ryan (Reynolds), Josh (Brolin), Zazie (Beets), David (Leitch), (director) Tim Miller. All of them.”

Commenting on the state of the movie business after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liefeld was frank about the challenging times faced by the industry: “You know, but in the world we live in, nothing is guaranteed. And it takes a lot to make movies. And post-quarantine, it’s weird.”

Despite the diminishing likelihood of a third film, Liefeld was positive about potential iterations of his characters, saying that the character Cable deserved a spinoff: “(Cable) can exist independent of Deadpool in a heartbeat,” enthused Liefeld, continuing: “He has for years. If Deadpool’s been in like 330 comics, Cable’s been in about 520. Yes, I’ve counted.”

Adding that he got ‘really close’ with Josh Brolin, who portrayed Cable in Deadpool 2, Liefeld said: “(Brolin) was very excited about exploring Cable in the subsequent sequels. The X-Force standalone movie that was, in his own words, Cable-centric.”

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Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage to star in comedy Brothers

Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage are set to star as mismatched siblings in comedy movie Brothers.Further details of the story are being kept under wraps, but the film will focus on two brothers and is loosely inspired by the classic 1988 comedy Twins, wh…

Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage are set to star as mismatched siblings in comedy movie Brothers.

Further details of the story are being kept under wraps, but the film will focus on two brothers and is loosely inspired by the classic 1988 comedy Twins, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, according to Variety.

Macon Blair has been tapped to direct the upcoming feature, with Brolin, Dinklage, and Andrew Lazar serving as producers.

Sources told the outlet that Brothers “is in the vein” of Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s iconic ’80s movie, which was directed by Ivan Reitman and followed the story of a pair of unlikely twins who were separated at birth.

Brolin and Dinklage previously starred in the Russo Brothers’ Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, however, the duo did not share a scene together.

While the Oscar-nominated actor played supervillain Thanos, Game of Thrones star Dinklage appeared briefly as weapons maker Eitri the Dwarf King in a scene alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god Thor.

After more than five years working as an actor, Blair made his directorial debut with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore in 2017, which starred Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood.

The 46-year-old also co-wrote and starred in the 2017 offbeat comedy Small Crimes alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and wrote thriller Hold the Dark in 2018, which starred starring Alexander Skarsgard and Jeffrey Wright.

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Steven Spielberg updates fans on possible The Goonies sequel

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh…

Steven Spielberg hasn’t been able to come up with a worthwhile idea for a sequel to The Goonies.

The 73-year-old took part in a livestream reunion on Monday to celebrate the classic 1985 adventure comedy, alongside original cast members Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Martha Plimpton, as well as director Richard Donner.

Spielberg co-wrote the movie with Chris Columbus, who also took part in the remote reunion, and he revealed to Josh Gad, who hosted the video call, that they haven’t been able to come up with a good idea for a sequel.

“Chris (Columbus), Dick (Donner) and I have had a lot of conversations about it,” the Oscar-winning director explained. “Every couple of years we come up with an idea but then it doesn’t hold water. Until we do, people are just going to have to look at this livestream a hundred times.”

“How are you going to find seven miserable kids like this again that are new and fresh?” Donner joked.

While watching the reunion, The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg revealed he had written a sequel to The Goonies because he was such a huge fan.

“I rival @joshgad as (the) ultimate fan of #TheGoonies. For the last 9 years I’ve been secretly writing PART 2 for fun,” he tweeted. “It’s my masterpiece. I even had a big meeting scheduled with Richard Donner… canceled ’cause of the lockdown! THE GOONIES 2 WILL happen when life resumes. Promise!!!”

The Goonies reunion also featured cast members Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Joe Pantoliano, and Kerri Green, and the original stars also re-enacted scenes from the movie and shared memories of their time on set.

Cyndi Lauper, who wrote and performed The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough to accompany the movie, also made a cameo during the livestream.

The episode of Reunited Apart raised funds for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

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Mark Wahlberg missed out on part in Men in Black 3

Mark Wahlberg was once in the running to play a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3.In a recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast, trilogy director Barry Sonnenfeld detailed the story of The Fighter actor’s near-casting in the 2012 sci-fi action fli…

Mark Wahlberg was once in the running to play a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3.

In a recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast, trilogy director Barry Sonnenfeld detailed the story of The Fighter actor’s near-casting in the 2012 sci-fi action flick, in which the plot involved time travel to the late ’60s and called for a younger version of Jones, who starred as Agent K in the first two movies.

However, Sonnenfeld already had an actor in mind for the part – Josh Brolin.

“I thought Brolin looked and could sound like Tommy… I said to Brolin, ‘Hey, I think you’d be perfect as young Tommy Lee Jones.’ And he said, ‘Great! Sounds great. Send me a script,'” he recalled, according to cinemablend.com, before joking: “Brolin and Tommy have the biggest heads, physical heads, of any movie stars. Big heads make big movie stars. It’s just, like, a rule.”

Even still, Sonnenfeld momentarily considered Wahlberg for the part in order to appease the star’s influential agent, Ari Emanuel. Emanuel is chief executive officer of Endeavor, one of the most important media and talent agencies in Hollywood.

“(Emanuel) is really good friends with Mark Wahlberg. And he really wanted Mark Wahlberg to play young Tommy Lee Jones,” the filmmaker stated, before remembering how he continued to push for Brolin. “I got Brolin, and thank God, the studio backed me up. But they were really nervous about making Ari upset that I didn’t go with his guy.”

Yet, Sonnenfeld acknowledged Wahlberg was a strong contender for the role.

“Mark was lovely. He was great. He would have been great in the role. But I wanted Brolin,” he declared.

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James Brolin: ‘My son is set for life thanks to the Avengers’

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting …

Movie veteran James Brolin has applauded his actor son Josh’s business savvy because playing villain Thanos in the last two Avengers movies has set him up for life.

The Amityville Horror star gave his son some sage advice at the beginning of his acting career, and now it’s really paying off.

“I told him one thing a long time ago… I did tell him one great thing: ‘Don’t be a leading man, ever. Be a character actor and you’ll work forever…’ so look at him; he takes this movie with Thanos and I go, ‘I didn’t mean that!'” he said during an appearance on Access Daily. “It’s the biggest thing. He doesn’t have to work again. He wasn’t paid upfront and he took a piece of the back (end profits) … I’m so proud of him.”

And Josh is making the most of his newly-acquired fortune, taking a year off to be a dad.

The actor and his wife Kathryn Boyd welcomed daughter Westlyn in November 2018.

“He’s a diaper-ing fool,” the 79-year-old joked. “That’s what the last year has been, literally. I don’t think he’s worked much… I just heard that Mel Gibson and he may go to Australia to do a remake of The Wild Bunch.”

But while James thinks his son made a clever career move by appearing in the Avengers films, he has no idea what happens in the final movie.

“I didn’t understand that movie… I understand the cost and the profit, I don’t understand the story,” he sighed.

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Winston Duke: ‘Avengers: Endgame is going to be crazy’

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going t…

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.

According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going to wow fans and will easily top Avengers: Infinity War.

The 32-year-old actor spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the 50th NAACP Awards on Friday (29Mar19), before celebrating Black Panther’s eight awards on the night.

“Honestly, what I can tell you is that it’s bigger than Infinity War … It’s going to be a lot of fun, going to be crazy, and they have a way of still topping themselves when you feel like they might have jumped the shark,” gushed Winston. “They still have a way of making it new.”

The Us star, who won a legion of fans for his portrayal of Wakandan warrior M’Baku, shared that he was also stunned by the superhero deaths in Infinity War, including his former adversary Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

In Endgame, which premieres 26 April, the remaining superheroes band together to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin), while also trying to find a way to bring their friends back from the dead.

“I went through the same thing, too,” he revealed. “I just went back to the comic books, because I didn’t know anyone was going to die. They shot things separate. Even some of the people who died didn’t know they were going to die.”

Winston’s comments come after the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, revealed that the film’s runtime will be 182 minutes, making it 22 minutes longer Infinity War.

“We’re very rigorous about storytelling points, and we spend months in the edit room twisting and turning the narrative a bunch of different ways until we think we’ve unlocked the best one,” Joe Russo explained to Box Office Pro. “We’re vigilant about using test audiences to tell us whether we’re on the right track or we’re making bad decisions.

“With Endgame, it had one of the most incredible audience responses in Marvel history. Irrespective of the length, it’s been consistently embraced by the test audiences.”

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Marvel release Avengers: Endgame teaser as fans countdown film’s release

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in t…

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.

The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in the U.K. the following day, and in the U.S. on 26 April.

With the fate of some of Marvel’s most loved characters unknown following Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) destruction at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been given an early glimpse at what’s to come in the new video.

“The fans’ reaction to the end of Infinity War, when half their favourite characters turned to dust, really was indicative of how emotionally connected the world has gotten to these characters,” Marvel president Kevin Feige says in the video.

While Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, comments that people are still “coming to grips” with what’s happened, and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson says her character has become hardened after the fallout from the last film.

Captain America Chris Evans adds that the characters are all doing their best to keep their head above water.

“But it’s kind of a losing battle – we lost and we’re not used to losing,” he said.

“They’ve truly levelled us, not just literally but morally and emotionally…. The good thing is that it’s always easier to build people back up after they’ve been broken down. That’s what Marvel’s great at doing. It’s that shred of hope that everyone is looking for.”

Some of the cast also shared their character posters on social media with the hashtag #AvengersEndgame and the one-month countdown, including Evans and Don Cheadle, aka War Machine.

Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as Nick Fury in Marvel’s flicks but isn’t credited as being in the new film, shared the featurette, telling fans: “We’re in the endgame now. Watch this brand-new featurette from Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame, in theaters in one month.”

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Javier Bardem: ‘I would have paid to be in Dune!’

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet,…

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.

The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.

Bardem says he had no hesitation when Villeneuve approached him about playing Stilgar in his new film.

“The most important thing is that I love Denis, since Prisoners. What a luxury! He asked me if I would ever be interested in being part of Dune. Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay?” he said to Cinema Blend. “It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

Villeneuve is rebooting David Lynch’s 1984 cult version of Dune, which was based on Frank Herbert’s book of the same name, with Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard also on the cast list.

Lynch’s go-to actor Kyle MacLachlan, who starred in the original, recently shared his thoughts on the remake.

“I’m curious to see what happens, you know, he’s (Villeneuve) getting together a great cast obviously, really talented people,” he said to BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM. “It’s a challenging piece of material to try to bring to the screen, so I wish him luck with that, if anyone can do it, he’ll do a great job. He’s a terrific filmmaker.

“The book, I’m kind of a nerd about the book. I read it when I was 15 for the first time. I know the book very well. There are three sections, you can break that into three movies and still have a lot left over.”

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Jason Momoa joins Dune remake

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake. The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic. If he cuts a deal, Momoa …

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake.

The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic.

If he cuts a deal, Momoa will join an impressive cast list which currently includes Timothee Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis which is the only source of a drug known as “the spice”, a highly valuable commodity. This sparks a fight for control among competing noble families, and after Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign over the planet.

Momoa’s character Duncan belongs to the house of Atreides and serves as the right-hand man to Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac.

Villeneuve, who helmed films such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is directing and producing from a script he co-wrote with A Star is Born’s current Oscar nominee Eric Roth and Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts. Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert, will serve also a producer with his daughter Kim, while Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the Dune prequel book series with Brian, will act as creative consultant.

The 1984 movie, based on Herbert’s 1965 novel, starred Kyle MacLachlan and was a critical and commercial failure that went on to become a cult hit and spawn TV shows and video games.

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