Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level

Nick Jonas has claimed that Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level because it was so cold.The 27-year-old reprised his role alongside Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan as video game avatars in the action comedy sequel, a…

Nick Jonas has claimed that Kevin Hart cried while filming Jumanji: The Next Level because it was so cold.

The 27-year-old reprised his role alongside Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan as video game avatars in the action comedy sequel, alongside new castmembers Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.

Filming took place in California, Atlanta, Hawaii and Canada, and it was while shooting scenes in “very intense and very cold” conditions in Calgary that Kevin experienced issues.

“Kevin Hart, having just come up on one of the snowmobiles – that was the only way to get to set – and the wind blowing in his face so much that he started to cry, and so off camera as we’re all trying to do our scene he’s just crying because of the wind,” the singer told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s obviously already funny but when you add that element to it, it gets even better.”

And Karen, who reprises her role as Ruby Roundhouse in the follow-up to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, also revealed that putting up with the treacherous weather conditions in Calgary paid off when the film hit the big screens.

“At one point we could see a blizzard coming toward us and we were like, ‘Should we maybe get off this mountain?’ and they’re like, ‘We’ll just finish this scene and then we’ll get off the mountain,'” she said. “It was very extreme, but it’s so worth it when you watch the film.”

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Karen Gillan got cold feet about starring in directorial debut

Karen Gillan wanted to drop out of starring in her directorial debut at the last minute.In The Party’s Just Beginning, the Guardians of the Galaxy actress stars as Liusaidh, who is dealing with the aftermath of her best friend taking his own life. …

Karen Gillan wanted to drop out of starring in her directorial debut at the last minute.

In The Party’s Just Beginning, the Guardians of the Galaxy actress stars as Liusaidh, who is dealing with the aftermath of her best friend taking his own life.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, the Scottish star admitted she tried to back out of the starring role, but the idea wasn’t well-received by producers.

“I was always planning on playing the lead character, right up until the last minute. I was like, ‘Woah, I really want to concentrate on being the director and it would be really great to bring in an actress and let me sit behind the monitor,’” she recalled. “So, I tried to pitch that, which didn’t go down very well with my producers. So, I was like: ‘You know what? I agreed to do this and I’m gonna see it through.’”

The 32-year-old, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, ended up enjoying the experience because it meant she had complete freedom with her performance.

“I had free rein on the character. It was amazing to have complete freedom as an actress,” Karen continued. “I was given so many options and there was nobody telling me not to do things, which was kind of fun. I really enjoyed the amount of freedom that I had. It’s not the way I’d always want to work, but I certainly enjoyed it on this film.”

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star had been wanting to direct a film since she had her own video camera as a teenager and plans to follow up The Party’s Just Beginning with a middle-budget horror film.

“I feel like I could really use that extra budget to up the production values and the visuals and make more interesting choices,” she explained.

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Samuel L. Jackson responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel criticism

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the li…

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.

In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson for having to compromise their acting abilities to star in them.

Now, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, has fired back at The Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker and defended the Marvel movies.

“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” the 70-year-old told Variety. “We happen to, but not everybody (does). There are a lot of Italian-Americans who don’t think he should be making films about them like that… Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also responded to Scorsese’s statements and expressed his sadness in a series of posts on Twitter.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” the 53-year-old wrote. “What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre.”

Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame, also leapt to the defence of the MCU, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema. Cinema is story-telling with visuals.”

The Goodfellas filmmaker sparked outrage last week when he told Empire magazine, “That’s not cinema… Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

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Chris Hemsworth happy to continue playing Thor after Avengers: Endgame

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame. The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a n…

Chris Hemsworth would be “more than happy” to continue playing superhero Thor if the character survives Avengers: Endgame.

The current phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase concludes with Endgame, which is thought to be the final film for a number of original Avengers such as Chris, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo.

The cast is yet to see the film and have no idea how it ends, but Australian actor Chris would be happy to keep playing the God of Thunder if the character makes it out of Endgame alive.

“This is Marvel’s phase three wrapping up, a culmination of all this journey, whether or not they go off and then shoot other things or do prequels or sequels and whatever they can do,” he says in a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (09Apr19). “I mean Loki, my brother, has come back nine times, and every time he dies he just keeps reappearing, so who knows what’s in store for anyone? Me personally, it’s the best fun I’ve ever had, and I’d be happy to do more if they wanted me. More than happy.”

When Ellen states that he must have some idea of the ending because he shot the scenes, Chris reasons that it got quite confusing filming Endgame at the same time as 2018’s Infinity War.

“I have a rough idea of what happens,” he explains. “We shot Infinity War and this over eight months, back and forth (between) both films, overlapping, and in the end, it was like (confused face) and it was being written while we were shooting and the other one was being edited and so on.”

The cast and crew have been unable to really talk about the film during the press tour out of fear of spoilers. On Sunday, Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the franchise, was left red-faced when she thought she’d revealed a plot point at the Los Angeles press conference, where she appeared to reveal she would face her father Thanos, the main villain.

“I don’t know if she will. Maybe she won’t. I just got really nervous I gave something away, so I’m going to stop,” she quickly added.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige also revealed to IGN that the company has a five-year plan but will not be announcing any more projects until after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in July.

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Tessa Thompson isn’t afraid to share her Brie Larson Marvel ambitions

Tessa Thompson would love the chance to work with her fellow Marvel star Brie Larson on a future, female-led film.Tessa made her franchise debut in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while Brie cemented her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with box office …

Tessa Thompson would love the chance to work with her fellow Marvel star Brie Larson on a future, female-led film.

Tessa made her franchise debut in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while Brie cemented her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with box office smash Captain Marvel earlier this month (Mar19).

Fans have now been putting their characters, Valkyrie and Captain Marvel, together in artwork, which has caught the eye of both actresses on social media.

“Of course I would love the chance to work with Brie,” Tessa enthused to Cinema Blend. “We were just like, ‘Look! It’s us together!’ I think we’re both new to the MCU, so we both retain the sense of like, ‘Can you believe!?’ We’re just like, ‘What? We got capes? What’s happening?!’ We’re both really geeked out by having dolls and occupying this space.

“We’re like women’s women, so the idea of getting to do something that little girls are excited about, and people that identify as women feel excited about is cool. So who knows if we’ll get to do something together; it’s rad. But I’m just so happy for her, and for us and what it means culturally right now.”

Not long after Thor: Ragnarok’s release, it was reported that Tessa had approached Marvel president Kevin Feige about an all-female film featuring the ladies of the franchise, with Brie, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, and Karen Gillan, and Avengers’ star Scarlett Johansson, by her side.

Talking about the meeting, the Westworld star recalled: “Last year in the press there was this whole idea that I was on Kevin Feige about doing an all-female, A-Force or something. But really it just has to do with the fact that there’s so many incredible, talented women in the MCU that I just want to work with selfishly. So I’m like, ‘Well, why not do it in the context of like fighting folks and hanging out in space?’”

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Taika Waititi expresses faux indignation at James Gunn’s GOTG rehiring

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting…

Taika Waititi has joked he thought he was all set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

It was announced on Friday that Disney was rehiring James Gunn, who directed and wrote the first two instalments of the Marvel franchise, after initially letting him go following a Twitter scandal in July.

He was fired after old tweets, in which he joked about paedophilia and rape, came to light, but following much outrage from fans and stars of the film, Disney has now decided to reinstate him at the helm.

Fans had put forward Thor: Ragnarok director Taika as a possible replacement when James was still ousted, though the New Zealand filmmaker ruled himself out earlier this year, stating “those are James Gunn’s films”. However, that didn’t stop him from poking fun at the situation on Twitter.

“What the hell?? I thought I was going to do it!!” he exclaimed next to Deadline’s article announcing James’ return.

Franchise star Karen Gillan, who has played space pirate Nebula since the first film in 2014, also alluded to the news on her own Twitter account.

“We are groot,” she wrote, referencing the loyal character voiced by Vin Diesel.

And James’ brother Sean Gunn, who has always defended his sibling and recently said that he had a feeling “everything’s gonna work itself out”, shared his joy as well.

“I’ll just leave this here…” he posted on Instagram, next to The Hollywood Reporter headline “James Gunn back on as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director”.

Sean and Karen, along with their co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff, signed an open letter supporting James shortly after his firing.

Talking about his rehiring, James told fans he was “tremendously grateful to every person out there” who had supported him, and added he deeply appreciates Disney’s change of heart.

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Karen Gillan certain Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will happen

Karen Gillan is hopeful Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be given the go-ahead.The cast and crew, including Gillan, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, were supposed to get to work on the third instalment of the Marvel franchise with writer/ director Jam…

Karen Gillan is hopeful Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be given the go-ahead.

The cast and crew, including Gillan, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, were supposed to get to work on the third instalment of the Marvel franchise with writer/ director James Gunn, but plans were halted following Gunn’s firing in July (18) over offensive tweets he sent a decade ago.

Production was officially put on hold in August, with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirming at a recent event that there are still no plans to start shooting Vol. 3.

Talking to the Shoot This Now podcast, Scottish actress Gillan, who plays blue-skinned Nebula, admitted she’s in the dark about the future of the franchise.

“I actually don’t know (what’s going on with Guardians 3), it’s the honest answer,” she sighed. “I feel like they’re talking about it and trying to figure out what the next best move is. I’m hoping that it all comes together and we get to tell the story. It would be nice to continue it. I’m sure they will (continue). I feel like they will. I don’t really think there’s a chance they won’t.”

Following Gunn’s firing, the cast rallied around to show their support for the popular director.

The flame-haired actress has been kept busy though with work on the upcoming fourth Avengers movie, which hits cinemas in May, 2019.

“We didn’t even get a script, there was no script. Just my scenes. I’d sometimes get them just in the morning, do them, hand them back over at the end of the day,” Gillan revealed of how far producers went to make sure the plot was kept under wraps.

“The directors would fill us in on everything that we needed in terms of context, but still, I don’t know what this movie’s about.”

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Kevin Hart ready to turn to directing

Kevin Hart wants to turn to directing once he’s proved himself as a producer with his HartBeat Productions firm. The 39-year-old’s entertainment company recently released its first film, the comedy hit Night School, and he has several projects on the …

Kevin Hart wants to turn to directing once he’s proved himself as a producer with his HartBeat Productions firm.

The 39-year-old’s entertainment company recently released its first film, the comedy hit Night School, and he has several projects on the way – including a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Kevin tells Variety that when he proves his worth as a producer with a few more hits, he wants to step behind the camera and direct.

“Once I get a couple films under my belt that can act as a clear definition of what my company is, then I’ll say, ‘OK guys, it’s time for me to take the next step with directing,'” he explains.

The stand-up turned actor and producer has big hopes for his company, which as well as producing TV and film projects, has launched its own comedy streaming service.

On his ambitions, the diminutive U.S. funnyman adds: “There’s nothing that I think exists in the entertainment field that I don’t want to do. I’ve been around the movie business for quite some time now, and I’m in a position where I know it frontward and backward. I think it’s only right that I explore all options within the entertainment industry and put myself in a position to say I did that, or I was a part of this, or I remember when…I’m just a guy that’s never content. The more that I can do, the better for me.”

Following the success of the 2017 Jumanji reboot starring Kevin, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black, the comedian is looking forward to starting work on a sequel, for which his company will receive a production credit, unlike its predecessor.

“We start shooting at the end of January,” he gushes. “We almost made a billion dollars with the first one, so to have the opportunity to repeat that same level of success is beyond exciting. To get that whole crew back is exciting. I’m pumped up about it.”

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Sean Gunn won’t speculate on brother James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy rehiring

Sean Gunn doesn’t know if Disney will rehire his brother James Gunn, but is grateful for the support the fired director has received.James was booted from Marvel franchise Guardians of the Galaxy after old tweets he sent joking about rape and paedophil…

Sean Gunn doesn’t know if Disney will rehire his brother James Gunn, but is grateful for the support the fired director has received.

James was booted from Marvel franchise Guardians of the Galaxy after old tweets he sent joking about rape and paedophilia resurfaced recently.

The 51-year-old, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians instalments, was quick to apologise for the offensive posts, which he explained were written for shock value, and fans and the films’ stars have been rallying around to try and get Disney bosses to change their minds.

“I’m not really in the game of figuring out what a massive media company’s going to do,” actor Sean told TMZ. “But I’m happy to support my brother, and I’m happy to see other people support him. There’s been a lot of lies spread about him, but I think most people understand that they’re lies it’s mostly a lot of just people trying to destroy his character. And I just want to see what the fans think from here on out. I hope everybody stops and listens for a minute, instead of this quick to speak.”

On Monday (30Jul18), the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan and Sean, signed a note in support of James.

In it, they jointly wrote: “We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3, as well as discouraged by those who were so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories around him.

“Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot.”

While talking to TMZ, Sean, who plays Kraglin and serves as a stand-in for computer-generated character Rocket, added that the statement “really speaks for itself”.

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Jumanji screenwriters recruited for sequel

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are to reteam for a Jumanji sequel. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who put the finishing touches to the screenplay for the blockbuster, which is still America’s number one movie a month after …

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are to reteam for a Jumanji sequel.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who put the finishing touches to the screenplay for the blockbuster, which is still America’s number one movie a month after its release, have been given the task of creating the follow-up to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

The film, which is close to becoming action man Johnson’s highest grossing movie to date, is now Sony’s biggest earning non-Spider-Man project, hauling in a massive $857 million (GBP614 million) globally on an estimated $100 million (GBP71.7 million) budget.

Matt Tolmach will return as producer, alongside Johnson and his ex-wife and manager Dany Garcia.

Johnson continues to pile up projects after debuting the trailer for his new summer blockbuster Skyscraper, in which he portrays an amputee security expert, during the Super Bowl telecast on Sunday (04Feb18). After the big game, he also announced plans for a new reality TV contest, called The Titan Games.

Inspired by his favourite show, American Ninja Warrior, The Titan Games will feature competitors from across America. They will step inside an arena to face one of six Titans. If a contender wins, they will take their place and battle with their fellow Titans in the finale.

“We wanted to create a new kind of athletic competition unlike anything ever attempted before,” the former wrestler explained. “The Titan Games will challenge competitors to succeed in ways no one thought possible while entertaining the whole world at the same time.”

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