Neil Patrick Harris lands mysterious new role in Matrix 4

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s high…

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.

The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s highly anticipated sci-fi movie, The Matrix 4.

Details of the How I Met Your Mother star’s casting are under wraps, with sources close to the project not yet confirming who Harris will play, according to editors at Variety.

However, fans on social media have speculated that the actor may be playing a different incarnation of Morpheus, who was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was tapped as one of the leads in the Matrix 4 last week, and it was also reported that Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to reprise her role as Niobe.

The 48-year-old played the character in the second and third movies – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – with reporters at Deadline claiming she is still in negotiations over the part.

News of The Matrix 4 was announced back in August, and Wachowski, who will write and direct the film, stated that the issues explored in the original movies “are even more relevant now”.

“I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” she said in a statement at the time.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell will serve as co-writers on the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill.

The film is expected to begin production at the beginning of 2020 and will be released in 2022.

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Patti Smith set to front Saint Laurent campaign – report

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with …

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.

The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with photographer Steven Sebring to helm the photoshoot in New York City later this month.

Sebring has a special relationship with Smith, as he first photographed her in 1995 for Spin magazine and directed 2008 documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life.

And the Because the Night hitmaker isn’t the first musician to land an ad campaign for the luxury label. Under previous creative director Hedi Slimane, stars including Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk, and Joni Mitchell modelled in Saint Laurent ads.

While back in April, Vaccarello announced that he had chosen Keanu Reeves to star in the fall 2019 menswear campaign.

The three black-and-white shots, captured by fashion photographer David Sims, depict the 55-year-old wearing a black leather aviator jacket with a shearling collar, a pinstripe suit and aviator sunglasses, as well as a classic motorcycle jacket.

Meanwhile, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard was named as the face of the fall/winter 2019 campaign in May.

The 16-year-old appears in another slick photoshoot by Sims, where he poses in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

In another image, the young actor, who plays Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix series, is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Toy Story 4 director shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour

Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley was shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour.The John Wick star is known for his dark and moody roles in Hollywood, and fans were surprised when it was announced he was the voice for the new Toy Story character, Duk…

Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley was shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour.

The John Wick star is known for his dark and moody roles in Hollywood, and fans were surprised when it was announced he was the voice for the new Toy Story character, Duke Caboom.  

According to film critics, Keanu’s new role in the fourth instalment of the Disney/Pixar animation is one of the funniest moments in Toy Story 4, and even director Josh was taken aback by the 54-year-old’s comedic side.  

“I think I was shocked about how funny Keanu Reeves is. On camera and off camera. Just naturally funny, so that just stuck in my head because I wasn’t prepared for that,” the filmmaker told CinemaBlend.  

Duke Caboom is a Canadian daredevil toy who suffers from low self-esteem and thinks he let down his previous owner by being unable to perform all the tricks the ads for the toy said he could. And in new behind-the-scenes footage that has now gone viral on social media, Keanu is seen going over the top while trying to deliver the sad side of his animated character.  

Keanu is currently in the pre-production phases of action flick Rally Car and is filming sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted Face the Music, in which he is reprising his role of Theodore “Ted” Logan from the 1989 flick Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. 

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Toy Story 4 breaks global box office records

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyea…

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.

The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, has debuted with $238 million (£187 million) globally, beating The Incredibles 2’s $235.8 million (£185 million) launch in 2018.

But Toy Story 4 slightly underperformed in North America, failing to meet estimates but still coming in at number one with $119.5 million (£94 million) over the weekend. Disney bosses expected the feature to debut with about $140 million (£110 million).

Horror remake Child’s Play debuted in a distant second place in the U.S. with $14 million (£11 million), while Aladdin, Men in Black: International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the new top five.

In spite of the shortfall, Cathleen Taff, distribution chief for Disney, told editors at The Associated Press that producers were pleased with the opening figure for the latest Toy Story sequel.

“The Pixar team has always been disciplined about making sure they have a compelling story to tell, and that is especially true when it comes to sequels if you look at their past,” she said in a statement. “Their process of sort of going through the rigor of making sure that this is a story people want told, the end result speaks for itself.”

When unveiled in 2010, Toy Story 3 made $110 million (£86 million), while the first two features in the franchise were hugely successful at the box office.

And while Toy Story 4 introduces new toys, such as Duke Caboom, as voiced by Keanu Reeves, and Gabby Gabby, played by Christina Hendricks, U.S. journalist Mark Harris has asserted in a widely-shared Twitter thread that audiences may be tiring of sequels.

“But even people who love franchise movies get older, get bored, want something new. (Maybe even something new that could become a franchise!) And it’s dangerous to assume that as those moviegoers fall off the treadmill, they’ll be steadily replaced by perfect, pliable new consumers,” he argued.

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Ali Wong: ‘Keanu Reeves is a natural comic’

Keanu Reeves has found a big fan in his Always Be My Maybe co-star Ali Wong, who describes him as “shockingly funny”.The Asian-American comedy, which Ali co-wrote along with Michael Golamco and co-star Randall Park, was released on Netflix in May, …

Keanu Reeves has found a big fan in his Always Be My Maybe co-star Ali Wong, who describes him as “shockingly funny”.

The Asian-American comedy, which Ali co-wrote along with Michael Golamco and co-star Randall Park, was released on Netflix in May, and the 37-year-old plays Sasha, a celebrity chef who mutually falls for her childhood friend Marcus, portrayed by Randall.

Keanu stars as a hammed-up version of himself, and Ali revealed in a chat with Rolling Stone how game The Matrix star was when it came to poking fun.

“He did improvise!” she exclaimed. “At the Chateau Marmont, he pitched a couple of things that made it in. Like wearing glasses that had no lens. And the part in the game night scene where he lists all of these Chinese dignitaries, that was all his idea. And when he says, ‘I don’t have a problem, Sasha. What’s your problem?’ and starts air-fighting. It’s hard to describe just how shockingly funny he is.”

Admitting she didn’t think they’d ever be able to land Keanu, Ali was even more surprised when he proved how dedicated he was to the project from the get-go.

They first met on a day the 54-year-old had been stunt training for his latest action role, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, with Ali recalling he was a little “beat up”.

“I think he was, like, hanging from a rope in a warehouse, kicking and punching stuff,” the actress added. “But he was hilarious and warm, and I was shocked at how detail-oriented he was about the script. He was like, ‘I have a question about page 80.’ I was like, ‘I don’t even know what’s on page 80.’”

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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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