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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Freida Pinto has no regrets over Woody Allen movie

Freida Pinto doesn’t regret working on a Woody Allen film.Since Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow publicly accused the four-time Oscar winner of sexual assault in an open letter for The New York Times in 2014, allegations he denies, numerous stars …

Freida Pinto doesn’t regret working on a Woody Allen film.

Since Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow publicly accused the four-time Oscar winner of sexual assault in an open letter for The New York Times in 2014, allegations he denies, numerous stars have denounced the director.

Regarding working with Allen on 2010 film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Pinto admitted she has fond memories from the shoot, but that was all due to her co-stars.

“I wouldn’t say I regret that experience, because I learnt a lot from my co-stars. I loved working with Josh Brolin, for example, and I learnt so much from him as an actor,” she said, adding: “But it is truly unfortunate that a lot of men still get away with things.”

For her next movie, the 33-year-old star is reteaming with Andy Serkis on his second directorial effort, Mowgli.

It’s based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Book and boasts an all-star line-up, including Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale.

Pinto is playing Mowgli’s mother, though her favourite character in the flick is lovable bear Baloo, as voiced by Serkis.

“There is something so big and caring and goofy about (Baloo),” she smiled. “He is all heart. I love Andy Serkis, he is a good man. We worked on Rise of the Planet of the Apes together. He is super talented and hasn’t let all of that success ever go to his head.”

Mowgli hits cinemas in October (18).

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Josh Brolin almost gave up on superhero films after Jonah Hex

Josh Brolin almost gave up on the idea of appearing in more superhero films after Jonah Hex.The actor portrayed the titular character in the 2010 supernatural Western movie based on the DC Comics character of the same name, with the feature also starri…

Josh Brolin almost gave up on the idea of appearing in more superhero films after Jonah Hex.

The actor portrayed the titular character in the 2010 supernatural Western movie based on the DC Comics character of the same name, with the feature also starring John Malkovich and Megan Fox.

Jonah Hex was a major commercial and critical failure, and Josh has now explained that the experience made him swear off the genre for a long time.

“We kind of dipped our fingers into (superhero films with) Jonah Hex and that didn’t turn out so well. So, I was like, you know, I had an intention for that movie and I didn’t reach it,” he told Screen Rant. “I kind of stayed away from that thing.”

After nabbing roles in dramas such as Labor Day and Only the Brave, Josh has now returned to the comic book world by landing the parts of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2, with the movies released just a month apart. And he has stated that it was Marvel president Kevin Feige who presented him with the script for the latest Avengers instalment and convinced him to join the hit franchise.

“There’s something that happens when you have the opportunity, first when Kevin Feige is talking to you, and from a fan base point of view and he’s saying, ‘We thought of this great story and we always saw you doing it.’ And it’s not the compliments necessarily, but it’s like all the Avengers against you,” the 50-year-old shared.

Josh will reprise Thanos in an as yet untitled Avengers movie due to be released in 2019 and play Cable in Drew Goddard’s upcoming X-Force. He will soon begin promoting Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to 2015’s Sicario.

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Josh Brolin thought Ryan Reynolds was pranking him with Deadpool 2’s Streisand segment

Josh Brolin was convinced his Deadpool 2 co-star Ryan Reynolds was pranking him after performing a song from his stepmother Barbra Streisand’s film Yentl in the new blockbuster. The No Country for Old Men star portrays Marvel villain Cable in the sequ…

Josh Brolin was convinced his Deadpool 2 co-star Ryan Reynolds was pranking him after performing a song from his stepmother Barbra Streisand’s film Yentl in the new blockbuster.

The No Country for Old Men star portrays Marvel villain Cable in the sequel to 2016’s Deadpool, and throughout the movie, Ryan’s titular character pokes fun at the similarities between the Oscar-nominated tune Papa, Can You Hear Me? and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s animated hit Frozen.

Josh, whose father is Barbra’s husband James Brolin, had no idea Ryan and his fellow filmmakers had licensed Streisand’s Yentl track for Deadpool 2, so he was sure it was all part of a big joke when he heard the song being belted out during filming.

“I asked Ryan, they had to get her (Streisand’s) approval for that but I didn’t know about it, so when I was on set and it was being sung by him (Ryan as Deadpool), I’m like (confused),” he explained. “I thought it was a joke; I thought it was a joke on me! But it wasn’t!”

Streisand herself briefly appears onscreen as clips of the 1983 movie musical, in which she starred as a Jewish girl who pretends to be a boy to further her religious studies, are also included in Deadpool 2.

Reynolds previously told USA Today he began noticing the striking similarities between the Yentl and Frozen songs two years ago, as he had to watch the animated film on repeat with his daughter James, now three.

“It sounded like a very frighteningly similar song, so I made a little light of it (in Deadpool 2’s script),” he said.

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Zazie Beetz pleased to be breaking racial stereotypes in Deadpool 2

Zazie Beetz loves that her Deadpool 2 character shows black actresses in a new light.The German-born American star is fast becoming one of the hottest names in Hollywood, first making a name for herself in Donald Glover’s TV series Atlanta, before la…

Zazie Beetz loves that her Deadpool 2 character shows black actresses in a new light.

The German-born American star is fast becoming one of the hottest names in Hollywood, first making a name for herself in Donald Glover’s TV series Atlanta, before landing the role of Domino in the latest Deadpool outing.

Talking to Vanity Fair about her superhero turn in the Marvel flick, Zazie explained how she’s pleased to be portraying something different from the usual stereotype.

“I think black women are often depicted specifically in terms of the struggle, and never having the privilege of feeling light at heart and feeling that release, right? And that is a pretty cool thing to see on a screen,” she smiled.

Zazie is joined by Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin in the big budget movie, with the trio also lined up to star in X-Men spin-off X-Force, with Deadpool writer Rhett Reese recently confirming the new movie will be an R-rated take on X-Men.

And looking even further into the future, 26-year-old Zazie reckons Domino could have her very own origin story

“I would love to see an origin story. I would like to see where Domino came from, because it is kind of a dark and interesting background,” she said in an interview with CBR. “With her luck, she doesn’t really have to worry if things are going to go her way or not, because they just do. Which I think lends itself to a light-heartedness and a light-footedness in everything.”

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David Beckham eager to star in next Deadpool movie

Retired soccer icon David Beckham has won Josh Brolin’s backing to land a role in the next Deadpool movie. The former England ace recently teamed up with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds to shoot a tongue-in-cheek promo for the upcoming Marvel sequel, in w…

Retired soccer icon David Beckham has won Josh Brolin’s backing to land a role in the next Deadpool movie.

The former England ace recently teamed up with Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds to shoot a tongue-in-cheek promo for the upcoming Marvel sequel, in which the actor, dressed up as his cheeky anti-hero character, shows up on David’s doorstep to apologise for poking fun at his high voice in the original 2016 release.

“You ever heard David Beckham speak? It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium,” Ryan, in character as Deadpool, joked.

Beckham joined Reynolds and Brolin for a joint interview on Britain’s The Graham Norton Show on Friday (11May18), and the sportsman teased the chat by sharing a snap of the group on Instagram.

“Join me tonight on the @thegrahamnortonshow with this great line up!,” he captioned the picture.

Brolin has since commented on the post, suggesting the Brit expands his acting credentials with a part on a future film in the comic book franchise.

“@davidbeckham I think you’ve earned your way as the lead in any other Deadpool movies we do from here on out,” he remarked, an idea Beckham was fully onboard with.

“I mean it’s exactly why I agreed to do the skit @joshbrolin…,” David replied, referencing the new Deadpool 2 ad.

Nudging Ryan to take note, he added, “It would be rude to not include me @vancityreynolds”.

Ryan has yet to respond to the big hint, but David’s casting won’t be completely out of the ordinary – the athlete previously scored small parts in pal Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 2017, and his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. remake in 2015.

However, it’s not yet known if Ryan will be reprising his role as the foul-mouthed mercenary for another sequel. He recently admitted he was hesitant about turning the films into a trilogy because he wasn’t sure the storyline would work.

“I don’t know that there would be a Deadpool 3, I really don’t,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I don’t think that you can keep doing that.”

Deadpool 2 hits movie theatres this week (ends18May18).

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