Tom Hanks feared Forrest Gump wouldn’t ‘make any sense’

Tom Hanks had no idea what was going on while he filmed 1994 classic Forrest Gump.The actor portrayed the titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th cent…

Tom Hanks had no idea what was going on while he filmed 1994 classic Forrest Gump.

The actor portrayed the titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States, in the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie.

But while Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hanks has now admitted he was shocked by the flick’s success.

“We wondered what we were doing, and we wondered if it was all going to make any sense,” he laughed to an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the Los Angeles premiere of Toy Story 4 on Tuesday. “Any movie that you’re making requires two things. One, a huge leap of faith in the alliance you’ve made with everybody else who’s making the movie, and also trust in the process somehow, and that if you love it and you do your due diligence, and you never let go of the potential that it could be made, it will all work out.

“Fact is, that was a magnificent movie and a surprise either way. I think the reasons that it has lasted, (is) it’s accurate both to who we were back when it first came out and who we are still today.”

Elsewhere at the Toy Story 4 debut, Hanks spoke about voicing cowboy toy Sheriff Woody for the fourth instalment and the similarities between himself and the character.

“I am a team player. I love being part of an ensemble, and I think we are always in this together somehow,” the 62-year-old said to PeopleTV reporters. “Anybody can make it a miserable day by being cranky or self-centred or thinking that it’s all about them instead of all about the whole.”

Toy Story 4, also featuring the voices of Tim Allen, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, hits cinemas from 20 June.

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Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Keanu Reeves among guests at Saint Laurent show

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves. Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars t…

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves.

Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars took their place on the front row, with 21 Savage, Amber Heard, Sebastian Stan, Charlie Puth, Evan Peters, Laura Dern, Lakeith Stanfield and Luka Sabbat joining the sandy setting.

On the fashion front was Amber Valletta, Hailey Bieber and Anja Rubik.

Vaccarello’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection took inspiration from Mick Jagger’s swaggering ‘70s style, which was seen on garments like satin shirts, drain pipe trousers and skinny scarves.

“I tried to connect Mick in the ‘70s with L.A., which I think is the new Marrakech,” Vaccarello told Vogue. “I think Marrakech has become over-used and too touristy, in a way. I always saw Los Angeles as a new Marrakech.”

Like the clothes seen on the catwalk, many of the show’s guests went for unisex looks, almost all donning black garments.

“There’s a quality of life we don’t have in Paris, in England, or anywhere else,” the designer explained of the L.A. setting. “The people I’ve met here are very gender-fluid, very relaxed.”

Absent from Thursday’s proceedings was Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who was unveiled as a Saint Laurent model in May.

The 16-year-old fronts the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, and was snapped by photographer David Sims dressed in a Saint Laurent’s signature look of a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

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Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard fronts Saint Laurent campaign

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative dir…

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.

The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello announced on Instagram.

Wolfhard, who is also the frontman of indie rock band Calpurnia, appears in the slick campaign by photographer David Sims, dressed in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots. In another image, the It star is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

The Canadian-born actor follows in the footsteps of Keanu Reeves and Travis Scott, who have both starred in campaigns for luxury French fashion house Saint Laurent, and joins the list of Stranger Things cast members who have been championed by the fashion industry since the show debuted in 2016.

Actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the show, appeared in several campaigns during Raf Simons‘ time at Calvin Klein, while her co-star Sadie Sink, who plays Max, walked in Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 show. And Dacre Montgomery, who stars as Max’s older brother Billy, was recently tapped to front H&M’s new Stranger Things collection – a line filled with nods to the sci-fi series.

Season three of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on 4 July (19).

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Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns movie gets release date

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway. Now, the movie – based o…

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.

The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway.

Now, the movie – based on the Funny or Die low-budget talk show series – will be released on 20 September.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the FYSEE Event for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

The movie will document Galifianakis and his crew as they take a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation, after the actor is humiliated by Will Ferrell.

Scott Aukerman, who has directed a number of episodes of Between Two Ferns, will helm the movie alongside Galifianakis.

However, it is not yet known whether the feature will follow the same format as the original, in which the host chats with stars while sitting between two potted ferns.

Galifianakis often trades barbs and insults with his A-list guests for the duration of the interview, and in keeping with the amateur aesthetic of the show, on-screen graphics contain deliberate comedic errors.

Casting is billed as “celebrities you’ve heard of,” but no one was confirmed in the latest announcement.

Yet, editors at The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the likes of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, TV host Letterman, and actor Keanu Reeves may appear. In addition, the 49-year-old’s co-stars from The Hangover franchise, such as Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, are likely to be involved.

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John Wick 4 confirmed for 2021 release date

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they ha…

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.

Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they have greenlit another film, currently titled John Wick: Chapter 4.

The flick is slated for release on 21 May 2021, with the news first announced via a text message to fans who had signed up for news about the movies, with the note reading, “You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021.”

No other details regarding the cast or plot were shared.

The third feature in the neo-noir action franchise saw Reeves return as the titular character, with Chad Stahelski back directing. Also starring Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane, the narrative focuses on ex-hitman Wick as he discovers himself on the run after killing a member of an international assassin’s guild.

The film, which was shot in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco, has received positive reviews from critics, especially in regards to fight choreography, aesthetics and Reeves’ performance. On its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed $57 million (£44 million) in the United States and Canada, and $35 million (£27 million) in other territories, for a worldwide total of $92 million (£72 million).

In addition to working on the new film, Reeves has a busy slate of projects at present. He is in the pre-production stages of movies The Starling and Rally Car, and is set to reprise one of his most famous roles – time-travelling layabout Ted Logan – in a new Bill & Ted movie.

The 54-year-old has also been attached to play John Rain in upcoming TV series Rain, and recently shared in a chat with Variety that he would like to play demon hunter John Constantine in a follow-up to his 2005 film Constantine.

“I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character,” he commented.

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Keanu Reeves’ impressive skill set takes centre stage in John Wick 3

John Wick director Chad Stahelski made a list of Keanu Reeves’ skills and tried to cram as many of them in to the third instalment of the film franchise.Chad started his Hollywood career as a stunt double, and ended up working closely with Keanu on T…

John Wick director Chad Stahelski made a list of Keanu Reeves’ skills and tried to cram as many of them in to the third instalment of the film franchise.

Chad started his Hollywood career as a stunt double, and ended up working closely with Keanu on The Matrix trilogy.

Fast forward 11 years and the 54-year-old actor took the lead in Chad’s directorial debut, John Wick, a role he is reprising for upcoming action flick, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Talking about a leaked set photo of Keanu riding a horse through the streets of New York, Chad told American GQ: “Somebody took that picture while we were shooting in Brooklyn and released it. I thought it was cool. Keanu thought it was cool. I don’t think the studio thought it was cool.

“I’m a big Sergio Leone fan, so no matter what, I was putting Keanu on a horse in this movie. If you’ve got an actor who can ride horses, ride motorcycles, do fight scenes, why not? I made a list of every skill Keanu has – we sat down and I said, ‘Give me everything you can do really well’. And we put all that in the movies. Drive a car, check the box. Ride a horse, check the box. Nobody wanted the horses. I had to fight for that one. People thought it was too weird.”

This year marks 20 years since the pair first began working together, and Chad praised his leading man for his commitment to challenging film roles.

Reflecting on genre defining flick The Matrix, the director shared how Keanu put his all into the part of Neo in the Wachowskis’ cinematic classic.

“I don’t know anyone that puts more into the game, collaboratively, physically, intellectually. I’ve never experienced anyone that could have survived (The Matrix). It just took a different type of person. To be open to that. To allow yourself to be constantly soaking wet, sore, tired, beaten up, for years,” he stated.

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Halle Berry: ‘John Wick 3 was the hardest job of my life’

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out …

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out twice a day, to get prepared for the physical role.

“I trained for six months straight,” she tells ET Online. “Firearms, fight, all of these martial arts, dog training. I had never been challenged in that way, so, hands down this was the hardest (experience).”

“I never worked so hard in my life, honestly, for a film role ever,” she adds to Extra, before praising co-star and leading man Keanu Reeves for his influence on her workout regimen for the project. “I watched Keanu raise the bar every day so I had no choice but to step up to his level and try to be on par with him the best I could.”

Halle worked with her personal trainer of five years Peter Lee Thomas extensively, as well as John Wick 3 fight trainer Heidi Moneymaker at least five days a week for the film.

She mastered pull-ups and jump rope, while perfecting intense fighting and military style training, such as dragging a 65 pound (30 kilogram) sand bag behind her while sprinting up stairs.

“(The sand bag training) is one of several non-traditional ways of attacking the core,” Thomas tells USA Today. “It truly represents what military personnel fighters go through.”

And he has always been very impressed with Halle’s hard work: “This woman could walk through walls,” the fitness expert adds. “She’s a titan.”

Halle broke three ribs training for John Wick 3, but she is now fully recovered and back in the gym to prepare for her new action film Bruised, which will also mark her directorial debut.

“This woman is so hard-working and tough, I had to tell her to stop,” movie fight trainer Moneymaker recalls of Berry’s commitment. “She did go through a lot of strains and bruises, but even if she was dog-tired, if I said, ‘How do you feel?’ she’d say, ‘Great, let’s go again.'”

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Halle Berry open to starring in another James Bond film

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day. The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured…

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day.

The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and she wouldn’t mind reprising the character – or playing a new femme fatale.

“Maybe not tomorrow, because I’m kind of busy right now so my dance card is sort of full, but in a few years time, if they asked, I’d do it,” she said when asked about returning to the franchise, reports MailOnline.

Recalling her time as a Bond girl, Halle added: “It was one of the best experiences of my career working with that family, so I’m excited to see the new film.”

Daniel Craig will close out his stint as the super sleuth in the 25th, as yet untitled, Bond movie, which began shooting in Jamaica last month. It marks his fifth outing as the English spy.

Speaking to Hello! recently about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where she joins Keanu Reeves who’s back as the title character, she explained why she badgered returning director Chad Stahelski for the role of assassin Sofia.

“I knew I was strong enough to do this role which is why I reached out to Chad and told him he didn’t have a choice but to cast me,” she said. “I know I am 52 but I am also strong and active and I am tired of being defined by the number of my birthdays.

“It’s really important that we women start to kick ageism in the face by showing what we can do.”

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Saint Laurent set to drop capsule collections with Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.Saint Laurent,…

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.

The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.

Saint Laurent, headed up by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, is known for its edgy silhouettes and androgynous offerings, which will be seen through the new capsule collections. A heritage music note print runs through the items, with nods to styles from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.

“We spotted the trend of genderless dressing emerging over the past few seasons, and never has this idea felt more relevant,” Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter, commented. “We see Saint Laurent as the genesis of this movement, and the perfect partner for our joint exclusive capsule celebrating androgynous dressing at Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter.”

The womenswear Net-a-Porter collaboration will consist of 29 pieces, 21 of which will be ready-to-wear, and eight non-apparel. A leather jacket, jeans, denim jacket, tops, dresses, bags and shoes all feature, with prices ranging from $275 (£211) for a cardholder to $6,500 (£5,000) for a sequined minidress.

Over at Mr Porter, there will be 14 items of clothing, two accessories and a pair of shoes, with prices starting at $275 and going up to $4,990 (£3,838).

The news comes shortly after John Wick star Keanu Reeves was unveiled as the new face of the luxury French label. He fronts Saint Laurent’s fall 2019 menswear campaign.

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