J. K. Simmons: ‘I’m not a fan of biopics’

J. K. Simmons tends to avoid biopics when it comes to choosing film roles.The Oscar-winning actor has starred in everything from indie smash hits Juno and Whiplash, to blockbusters like Justice League and Spider-Man, as well as being a regular on the s…

J. K. Simmons tends to avoid biopics when it comes to choosing film roles.

The Oscar-winning actor has starred in everything from indie smash hits Juno and Whiplash, to blockbusters like Justice League and Spider-Man, as well as being a regular on the small screen.

However, over the course of his 33 years in front of the camera, Simmons has generally stayed away from biopics – a self-imposed rule he broke for The Front Runner last year.

“I’m just not a fan,” he simply told CinemaBlend about the genre. “I find them at their worst to be just kind of a trap. First of all, you’re telling stories that we know. And second of all, you’re almost always messing with the story in a certain way because it’s going to be from whoever’s point of view, and you’re either trying to glorify or vilify that person.”

The Front Runner tells the story of American Senator Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign, which was swiftly derailed when he was caught in a scandalous love affair.

Hugh Jackman took on the role of Hart, with Vera Farmiga playing his wife Lee, Simmons starring as campaign manager Bill Dixon and Jason Reitman directing the feature.

“Whereas with Jason (Reitman), he’s the ideal person to do a biopic like this because he, more than any director I can think of, does not want to tell the audience what to think and how to feel about something,” Simmons continued. “He wants to spark debate, show all sides of an issue and all of its warts and let people draw their own conclusions.”

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The Black List partners with GLAAD on new LGBTQ-focused list

The creator of Hollywood’s famous The Black List is teaming with LGBTQ media organisation GLAAD on a specially curated new annual list.The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard in 2005, is an annual rundown of the most-liked motion picture screenplay…

The creator of Hollywood’s famous The Black List is teaming with LGBTQ media organisation GLAAD on a specially curated new annual list.

The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard in 2005, is an annual rundown of the most-liked motion picture screenplays that have not yet produced.

Notable films to have previously appeared on the list include Argo, The King’s Speech, Juno and Slumdog Millionaire.

And now there’ll be a separate list, the GLAAD List, made up of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive film scripts floating around Hollywood.

“The Black List is thrilled to be working with GLAAD to shine a spotlight on brilliant LGBTQ-inclusive scripts hosted on the Black List and beyond,” Franklin said, reports Deadline. “We are even more excited by the prospect that this spotlight will vault these films toward production and into theatres around the country and the world, bringing with them a more LGBTQ-inclusive culture and society.”

GLAAD’s director of entertainment media Jeremy Blacklow also shared his joy at the new partnership.

“There is no more reputable source for discovering quality scripts in Hollywood than The Black List,” he praised. “The Black List’s commitment to elevating marginalised voices in the film industry is unparalleled and GLAAD is excited to lock arms with them in helping bring diverse LGBTQ stories to Hollywood’s attention.”

The GLAAD list is compiled by GLAAD staff based on the highest-rated scripts provided by The Black List which feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer characters.

The inaugural list features The Ecdysiasts by Mary F. Unser, The Enclosed by Chris Basler, Me & Tammy Faye at the Betty Ford Clinic by Pamela Garcia Rooney, Paragraph 175 by Diane Hanks, Queen by Harry Tarre, Scott by Anna Rose Moore, Three Months by Jared Frieder, Trouble Man by David Carlson, What If? by Alvaro Garcia Lecuona, and Your Boy by Matt Whitaker.

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Jason Reitman to direct new Ghostbusters movie

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie. The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 fi…

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie.

The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his dad.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is likely to begin filming in the next few months, from a script the Up in the Air director co-wrote with Gil Kenan.

Jason was reluctant to reveal any further details about the plot, new characters or whether original actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray would return.

However, he made it clear his chapter will not be connected to Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” he said.

Jason’s new project brings his career full circle, as he shot a scene for the original but it was cut. He eventually appeared in the sequel, playing a birthday boy who was unimpressed by the Ghostbusters.

The 41-year-old has been asked about making his own Ghostbusters since his directorial debut in 2005 and he would usually crack a joke, when he had actually been considering it.

“I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember,” he gushed.

Ivan, 72, told the publication he was touched and surprised that his son wanted to carry on his legacy, and said, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out… It was a decision he had to come to himself.”

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Jennifer Garner swears by Body by Simone workouts

Jennifer Garner relies on dance exercises to keep herself in shape because they never feel like hard work. The Juno star has been a client of Body by Simone founder Simone De La Rue for the past four years, and makes time in her busy schedule to hit t…

Jennifer Garner relies on dance exercises to keep herself in shape because they never feel like hard work.

The Juno star has been a client of Body by Simone founder Simone De La Rue for the past four years, and makes time in her busy schedule to hit the dance studio for regular classes in Los Angeles, or complete routines online.

But unlike other training regimens, Jennifer always looks forward to the fast-paced sessions, because they are so much fun.

“I am in the cult of Body by Simone,” she told breakfast show Good Morning America. “I do it religiously: her classes, her app, she, herself (personal sessions), that’s what I do.

“And it’s really fun, because it makes time go by, and you get your cardio and your strength all done and you just have a great time.”

The actress found the exercises to be the perfect fit for her, because she used to be a dancer during her youth.

“I grew up doing ballet,” Jennifer smiled, “but you don’t have to have been a ballet dancer to have a good time (with Body by Simone)!”

The mother-of-three, 46, has previously gushed about how much she appreciates Simone for helping her stay fit while having fun, particularly while she worked on upcoming action thriller, Peppermint.

“If you can find a workout that makes you smile, do it,” she told her Instagram fans back in March (18). “Watching the sun come up or dancing midday, I couldn’t do better on this #nationalworkoutbuddyday than you, @bodybysimone.

“Thank you for being a bright spot in the last four years, for your inclusive, loving energy, and for making me smile my way through #PEPPERMINTmovie. You are something else.”

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