Jude Law explains his skin colour change in The Holiday

Jude Law has finally explained why his character’s skin colour changes in The Holiday.In the Christmas movie, the British actor plays widowed father-of-two Graham, who romances Cameron Diaz’s character, workaholic business executive Amanda, after she d…

Jude Law has finally explained why his character’s skin colour changes in The Holiday.

In the Christmas movie, the British actor plays widowed father-of-two Graham, who romances Cameron Diaz’s character, workaholic business executive Amanda, after she does a house swap with Graham’s sister Iris, played by Kate Winslet.

Eagle-eyed fans of the much-loved festive movie have long speculated why Jude’s skin colour changes dramatically over the duration of the 2006 film, switching from pale to a deep suntan during several scenes, despite his character living in the snowy countryside of Surrey, England.

The 47-year-old has now explained the reason to Vanity Fair, revealing that they shot the film’s exterior scenes in the U.K., but then moved to Los Angeles to film the interior scenes.

However, director Nancy Meyers took more than five weeks to call Jude to the Hollywood set, meaning that the British actor had over a month in the hot American sun, topping up his tan.

“Nancy has the reputation – well I don’t know if she does anymore, but she has the reputation for taking her time,” he laughed.

“I’m sat in my house waiting for five weeks before they get to me. As you can probably see, if I look at the sun I go very brown very quickly. My father is very dark-skinned. And if you watch that film carefully, when I’m outside in England I’m really white and pasty, and as soon as I go inside I’m like, ‘Hey!’ and I’ve got this suntan,” Jude joked. “No one really notices, but if you watch I darken by about two shades every time I step inside and out.”

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Captain Marvel sequel officially in the works

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior. C…

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior.

Captain Marvel, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou, raked in more than $1 billion (£761 million) at the worldwide box office, and its huge success has now spawned a sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel executives have tapped Megan McDonnell to write the script and she is in final negotiations to seal her deal.

The action will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day and Marvel bosses are eyeing a 2022 release date.

McDonnell is also part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which was recently bumped up from a 2021 release date and will now be on the streaming service later this year.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directed Captain Marvel and it has been reported that they won’t return for the follow-up. They wrote the original script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve.

Larson, who last appeared as Captain Marvel in the huge ensemble blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has yet to comment on the news.

Back in December, she played down rumours of a sequel and told Variety that she was just looking forward to time off from the extensive press tours surrounding the Marvel movies.

“I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting,” she said. “I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!”

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Charlie Hunnam blames ‘miscasting’ for King Arthur flop

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and…

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.

The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and Djimon Hounsou, and the movie was critically panned and bombed at the box office.

During a recent radio interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Charlie revealed he’d like to revisit the film because the team encountered many problems during production, including a role being miscast.

“I’d like to go back to King Arthur because there’s a lot of things went wrong during that and a lot of things that were out of our control,” he candidly explained. “I just don’t think we ended up matching the aspiration – we just didn’t quite make the movie we wanted.”

When asked what was one of the biggest things to go wrong, the 39-year-old cryptically replied, “There was a piece of miscasting that ended up crippling the central storyline. It’s actually not in the film anymore.”

He didn’t divulge who was miscast in the movie.

Back in 2017, director Guy told Entertainment Weekly that his original cut of the movie was more than three hours long, but was hacked down to just over two hours before its release.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sons of Anarchy star explained there was a plan to make King Arthur into a franchise if the first film had been a success.

“The idea was that if it was a success, we would’ve made several of those films, and I’m really captivated by the Arthurian legends and I just feel like we really missed an opportunity to tell a long-form story,” Charlie lamented.

The fantasy epic, which cost more than $175 million (£134 million) to produce, made just $146 million (£112 million) worldwide.

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Annette Bening ‘enjoyed every moment’ working on Captain Marvel

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surpr…

Annette Bening “enjoyed every moment” working on superhero blockbuster Captain Marvel.

The four-time Oscar nominee is well-known for playing complex female characters in movies such as The Kids Are Alright, Being Julia and American Beauty, and she surprised Hollywood with her role in this year’s Marvel blockbuster, opposite Brie Larson and Jude Law.

However, she confessed she loved playing the dual role of Supreme Intelligence and Dr. Wendy Lawson in Captain Marvel, and revealed it was a refreshing change to be in a superhero movie.

“It was complete, total fun,” Annette told Deadline. “Often people say it must be fun to be in movies and you always want to say yes, but sometimes it’s just not fun. Sometimes it’s just b**ody hard work. But in this case, I couldn’t have had more fun. I got to die in the dirt and I got to dance.”

The 61-year-old noted that while her co-stars, including Brie, spent months on set, she just “waltzed in and did my thing.”

“And I just had so much fun. God, that was so great, I really enjoyed it,” she added. “I just enjoyed it, every moment quite frankly.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Annette discussed her role of Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fact-based political drama The Report, which focuses on staffer Daniel Jones, played by Adam Driver, and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s use of torture following the September 11 attacks.

She told Deadline that she signed up after her first meeting with writer and director Scott Z. Burns and is “very grateful” to be featured in the film.

“It’s very hard to make a political film that gets you in your gut. I just feel very lucky that Scott asked me to do it, and I’m very grateful to him and to everybody who worked on the movie,” she added.

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Michael Caine leads cast of new Oliver Twist movie

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Heade…

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.

The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, singer Rita Ora, and comedian and author David Walliams in the new movie Twist.

The film, which will be set in modern-day London, will also feature Jude Law’s son Rafferty in the title role.

Martin Owen will direct from a script he has co-written.

Announcing his casting, Caine commented, “Fagin is such an infamous character, it’s going to be great fun playing him. I’m really looking forward to working with Lena, Raff and the rest of the cast in London when we start shooting.”

While Headey added that she would be taking on the role of Sikes in the project.

“Flipping roles without apology or character softening is a brilliant way to breathe new life into established materials and bring it to new audiences,” she shared.

Production on the movie will kick off later this year. And accordingly, Law can’t wait to get started on his first major role.

“I’m excited to play such a well-loved literary character, and I’m looking forward to working with Martin Owen to bring to life his new take on the character in modern-day London,” the 23-year-old added.

Oliver Twist, Dickens’s second novel, was first published as a serial from 1837 to 1839. The story has been the subject of numerous adaptations over the years, including the musical play Oliver! and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 film.

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Francis Ford Coppola set to direct long-delayed sci-fi movie Megalopolis

Francis Ford Coppola wants to start production on his long-delayed sci-fi epic Megalopolis this year (19).The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday (07Apr19), has eyed plans to direct the feature film, a story about th…

Francis Ford Coppola wants to start production on his long-delayed sci-fi epic Megalopolis this year (19).

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday (07Apr19), has eyed plans to direct the feature film, a story about the aftermath and reconstruction of New York City after a mega-disaster, for many years, though abandoned the project after the September 11 terror attacks in 2001.

Coppola had confirmed that he had shelved Megalopolis in 2007 but indicated that he was open to returning to the concept, and on Wednesday, he told a reporter at Deadline that he was not only ready to make the movie, but would direct it too.

“I plan this year to begin my longstanding ambition to make a major work utilising all I have learned during my long career, beginning at age 16 doing theatre, and that will be an epic on a grand scale, which I’ve entitled Megalopolis,” he said. “It is unusual; it will be a production on a grand scale with a large cast. It makes use of all of my years of trying films in different styles and types culminating in what I think is my own voice and aspiration.”

Coppola went on to explain that Megalopolis would not be a “mainstream” film, and that he intends to kick off production in the near future.

According to Deadline, the film’s script is completed, and The Godfather director has already begun “informal” talks with potential stars, with British actor Jude Law apparently among the names being discussed.

The news comes as Coppola is gearing up to release Apocalypse Now: Final Cut on 28 April as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The new, never-before-seen restored version of the 1979 war film, which starred Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, comes 40 years after the original and 18 years after the extended version, Apocalypse Now Redux.

Coppola has most recently acted as executive producer on films like 2013’s The Bling Ring and 2012’s On the Road, and wrote and directed 2011’s Twixt.

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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden: ‘We learned a lot making Captain Marvel’

Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden “learned a lot” making their first superhero movie but insist it’s fundamentally not that different from their other films. The filmmaking couple were best known for making dramas like Half Nelson and…

Captain Marvel directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden “learned a lot” making their first superhero movie but insist it’s fundamentally not that different from their other films.

The filmmaking couple were best known for making dramas like Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind on a modest budget before venturing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to helm Captain Marvel, the MCU’s first female-led superhero movie, starring Brie Larson.

While they admit they took a big leap in terms of scale and the project is very different from their past work, they insist that the fundamental elements of filmmaking were still the same.

“The scale is obviously huge and there are lots of bells and whistles and visual effects in a movie like this but at the end of the day, it’s storytelling and it’s working with actors and it’s saying ‘action’ and ‘cut’ and it’s just filmmaking, and so yes, we learned a lot on this journey but it’s surprising how it’s not that different from the other movies,” Fleck told WENN at the film’s London premiere on Wednesday (27Feb19).

Speaking to premiere host Edith Bowman, Boden added that it was a little daunting having hardly any constraints in terms of time, imagination and budget compared to their independent films.

“At first it’s daunting as we’re used to making movies that are very naturalistic and reality-based, where we walk into a space thinking, ‘OK, how can we fit our scene into this space.’ But now we have a movie where we’re starting from a blank slate and really the sky is the limit,” she commented. “It’s really exciting to be able to exercise that new muscle.”

The duo, who have also helmed episodes of TV shows The Affair and Billions, signed on as directors after Larson was already onboard, and they explained that having the Oscar-winning actress attached had huge appeal.

“She was a real draw for us, and she was why we wanted to make this movie with her. She brings such humanity to all of her roles, there’s this access to emotion that she has,” Boden gushed.

Captain Marvel, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan, hits cinemas from 6 March.

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Brie Larson trained for nine months prior to shooting Captain Marvel

Brie Larson trained for nine months in the gym prior to the Captain Marvel shoot.The Oscar-winning actress landed the part of Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel back in 2016, with writers and co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck undertaking principal pho…

Brie Larson trained for nine months in the gym prior to the Captain Marvel shoot.

The Oscar-winning actress landed the part of Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel back in 2016, with writers and co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck undertaking principal photography at the beginning of this year. While Brie always knew taking on the role would require a huge commitment, she ended up spending days and days training and preparing for stunts.

“(I did) nine months of just training, training, and three months of stunt training with the stunt team where we spent two hours every day, five days a week,” she told Collider.com.

Even though Brie felt ready to take on the shoot when the time came, she was disappointed that producers informed her stunt experts are usually the ones who perform the tricky moves. Yet, she still does get to play her part in a lot of the action sequences.

“It wasn’t until we started shooting and I started doing all my own wirework, stunts and flips and stuff that people were like, ‘You know, nobody… now we’ll tell you; nobody actually does this,'” the 29-year-old laughed. “I was like, ‘Huh.’ But I love it. It definitely makes things more complicated in certain ways because I can be taking a lot more naps than I am.”

Captain Marvel also stars Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, and Annette Bening. The story is set in 1995 and follows Carol after the Earth is caught in the centre of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds, with Brie explaining that she is very proud of her character.

“I mean, I think she has an ego, but in a healthy way. She doesn’t have an unrealistic expectation of herself. She just owns that she’s really good and really skilled, which feels good to play,” she smiled.

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Jude Law was encouraged to make Dumbledore his own

Jude Law was encouraged to stray from previous portrayals of Albus Dumbledore when he took on the character himself.The British actor plays a younger version of the iconic wizard in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, following in the footstep…

Jude Law was encouraged to stray from previous portrayals of Albus Dumbledore when he took on the character himself.

The British actor plays a younger version of the iconic wizard in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, following in the footsteps of Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, who both took on the role during the Harry Potter film series. But when Jude began preparing to play the Hogwarts headmaster, he didn’t rely too heavily on previous performances.

“I did (go back and watch Richard Harris and Michael Gambon’s performances), but I was freed up immediately by Jo (J.K.) Rowling and (director) David Yates, who said, ‘Come on, there are 80-odd years between them. You’re not him yet,’” he smiled during an interview with SFX magazine. “There are little things I wanted to pick up on that Harris and Gambon did, but it was just an excuse to go back and get into the world. What am I doing this weekend? I’m going to watch all of the Harry Potter films and pretend I’m taking notes!”

In the movie, Dumbledore is called to resist dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald’s reign of terror, with the pair having shared a deep and mysterious summer-long relationship when they were teenagers, which ended on a tragic note. And Jude hints that Dumbledore’s history greatly shapes his part in the film.

“I think Dumbledore feels somewhat isolated, and that in order to progress and do the right thing he’s going to have to face up to demons that he’s carried, and actions that he’s taken in his past,” the 45-year-old teases. “He’s complicated. But you know, unmistakably, as is mentioned in all the books, he has this sparkly and mischievous quality which is such a lovely thing to be able to sprinkle in.”

Grindelwald is played by Johnny Depp, while Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston also star in the flick.

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Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film to be released

Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film, A Rainy Day in New York, to be released. The British actor worked on the movie alongside Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber in September 2017, however, the project was shelved am…

Jude Law wants Woody Allen’s scrapped film, A Rainy Day in New York, to be released.

The British actor worked on the movie alongside Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber in September 2017, however, the project was shelved amid the start of the #MeToo movement after allegations of child molestation against Woody by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced. The filmmaker has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Yet, in spite of the backlash over A Rainy Day in New York, Jude still wants to see the feature appear in cinemas in the future.

“It’s a terrible shame,” he told The New York Times. “I’d love to see it. People worked really hard and put a lot in, obviously himself included.”

Back in 2014, Dylan publicly claimed in an open letter to the U.S. newspaper that her father molested her as a child.

Woody, 82, has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his bitter split from ex-wife, Mia Farrow, in 1992.

Several actors who had worked with the Oscar-winning director donated their salaries in response to the resurfaced allegations last year, or claimed they would never work with him again.

But Jude was reluctant to make any promises about working with Woody in the future.

“I didn’t really want to get involved, to be honest,” the 45-year-old told the publication. “I just don’t feel like it was my place to comment, and it’s too delicate a situation. I feel like enough has been said about it. It’s a private affair. (As for working with Woody again) I don’t know. I’d have to consider carefully.”

Back in January, Timothee pledged to donate his entire salary from the film to three organisations: Time’s Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

“This year has changed the way I see and feel about so many things; it has been a thrilling and, at times, enlightening education,” he wrote in a post on Instagram.

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