Kaley Cuoco joins Man From Toronto

Kaley Cuoco is joining Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson in action-comedy Man From Toronto. The actress has found her first major movie role following the conclusion of the long-running TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, which came to an end in May 2019. …

Kaley Cuoco is joining Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson in action-comedy Man From Toronto.

The actress has found her first major movie role following the conclusion of the long-running TV comedy, The Big Bang Theory, which came to an end in May 2019.

Cuoco shared the casting news on Instagram and told her followers she was excited to be reuniting with Hart, who she starred alongside in 2015 comedy The Wedding Ringer.

“In a time where things feel uncertain, this kind of news makes me feel incredibly grateful and elated!” the 34-year-old wrote in the caption beside a screengrab of the news. “Am I dreaming? Can’t wait to reunite with @kevinhart4real and basically sit there while he makes my face hurt from 24/7 laughter… and Woody?! What?! #manfromtoronto time to get back to work!”

According to Variety, Cuoco has signed on to play the female lead in the comedy caper. The project will mark her first movie role since a cameo appearance in 2017’s Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie and a voice part in 2016’s Why Him? She also voices the title character in the Harley Quinn animated TV show and will soon be seen in HBO Max’s show The Flight Attendant.

The film follows the world’s deadliest assassin, known as the “Man from Toronto”, who is forced to team up with a stranger, Hart’s character Teddy, to save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes will helm the movie from a script written by Robbie Fox and Chris Bremner based on a story Fox conceived with Jason Blumenthal.

Man From Toronto was gearing up to begin production before the coronavirus pandemic struck. Jason Statham dropped out with weeks to go before filming and was swiftly replaced by Harrelson. The film is now scheduled to hit cinemas in September 2021.

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Hilarie Burton won’t dye grey roots during coronavirus lockdown

Hilarie Burton has decided not to dye her grey roots during the coronavirus lockdown.The One Tree Hill actress took to Instagram earlier this week to post a picture of herself gazing into the distance, with the silver strands along her hairline on show…

Hilarie Burton has decided not to dye her grey roots during the coronavirus lockdown.

The One Tree Hill actress took to Instagram earlier this week to post a picture of herself gazing into the distance, with the silver strands along her hairline on show.

In the accompanying caption, Hilarie explained that she had no plans to try an at-home hair dye kit as the grey locks were reminding her to maintain a healthy perspective amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The ‘silver lining’ is literally growing out of my skull. For all of our frontline and essential workers who are too busy to fuss with things like hair colour, I grow mine out in solidarity with you. When I see it, I’m reminded of all you’re doing to keep us safe,” she wrote. “I’m reminded that you deserve to be taken care of. I’m reminded that any spare time I have shouldn’t be spent on vanity, but rather on helping our heroes.”

In recent days, Hilarie has been sewing face masks for people who are still working during the crisis, such as delivery drivers, pharmacy workers, and farmers.

And the mother-of-two noted that she can make five masks in the time it would take her to colour her hair.

“It’s a small, silly symbol. Grey hair. Who cares, right? But I hope the nurse or the vet or the store clerk who is feeling tired and overwhelmed knows that it’s a visible thing I can show that says, ‘I’m with you,'” the 37-year-old added.

Other stars to embrace their grey hair during the lockdown include Kevin Hart, Drew Barrymore, and Kelly Ripa.

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Kevin Hart teaming with Fabletics on men’s activewear line

Kevin Hart has been tapped as the face of Fabletics’ first activewear collection for men.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor is to front the upcoming campaign for Fabletics Men, with the new line designed to “cater to guys that the older performan…

Kevin Hart has been tapped as the face of Fabletics’ first activewear collection for men.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor is to front the upcoming campaign for Fabletics Men, with the new line designed to “cater to guys that the older performance brands have left behind”.

“The activewear space wants to intimidate. To get you to spend way too much cash on complicated tech you don’t need. On overpriced labels. On streetwear that tries too hard to be cool,” the 40-year-old said. “But at Fabletics Men? We’re going to give you exactly what you want at a price that won’t scare the hell out of you.”

The new Fabletics Men collection includes high-performance activewear tops and bottoms, as well as athleisure items like trousers, hoodies, joggers, and crewneck sweatshirts.

Items are to go on sale online at the end of April, with 20 per cent of net proceeds set to be donated to the Heart to Heart International charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

And TechStyle co-chief executive officer and co-founder Don Ressler is thrilled to have Hart onboard at the label.

“Kevin called out the problem: a lot of older performance labels pressure you to be something you’re not. Fabletics Men works 24-7 to provide gear that works for the wearer – not the other way around,” he added.

Fabletics was co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013. Other celebrities to collaborate on collections include Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Maddie Ziegler.

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Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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Kevin Hart embracing grey hair during coronavirus lockdown

Kevin Hart is embracing his natural grey hair during the coronavirus lockdown.The 40-year-old actor has been keeping his fans and followers on Instagram entertained as millions round the world are forced to stay home to help stop the spread of the Covi…

Kevin Hart is embracing his natural grey hair during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 40-year-old actor has been keeping his fans and followers on Instagram entertained as millions round the world are forced to stay home to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

In his new series called Confessions from the Hart, the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star debuted his salt and pepper-coloured beard and hair as he revealed his plan to share candid stories and secrets about his life.

In the caption, he told his 87 million followers that he’s embracing his natural hair colour now he’s stuck inside.

“P.S I have always had a s**t load of grey hair… I was just a frequent dyer… I’m not working right now so I said F**K IT,” he wrote.

In a later video update, the comedian admitted he was enjoying his new look.

“I’m not gonna lie to y’all, I’m kinda rollin’ with the grey hair,” he said. “I’m feeling it, man. I ain’t never not been working for this long, so I never had a chance to let it grow like this… Grey hair in the beard? Grey hair up top, on the sides? … Giving you full ‘distinguished gentleman’ out here, man. Embrace it, don’t run from it!”

And Hart isn’t the only to transform his appearance while self-isolating.

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness took to Instagram to reveal he had ditched his beard for a clean-shaven look, while actor Riz Ahmed debuted a new buzzcut.

“Anyone else do a #Stayhome haircut that got outta hand? Least now it feels like there’s someone else here when I look in mirror,” the Venom star wrote alongside two photos of his haircut on Instagram.

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Woody Harrelson replaces Jason Statham in The Man From Toronto

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto. The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, wh…

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto.

The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, which follows his character as he’s forced to team up with Hart’s Teddy and save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

However, he abruptly exited the project last week, before his deal was signed, after disagreeing with Sony executives over the rating of the film, with him wanting an R-rated movie and Sony preferring a PG-13 market. Statham backing out of the film left the production in the lurch just six weeks before filming was set to begin.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Sony officials have swiftly found a replacement in the form of Harrelson, who recently worked with the studio on 2019 Zombieland sequel Double Tap and the upcoming Venom 2. His casting means the production can remain on schedule for a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto is being directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story he originated with Jason Blumenthal, who is producing the movie with Todd Black and Steve Tisch under their Escape Artists banner.

Harrelson was recently seen reprising the role of Tallahassee in last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap and starring in World War II action movie Midway. He recently finished filming Venom 2, in which he stars alongside Tom Hardy as serial killer Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, as well as action-thriller Kate, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Jason Statham exits The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham has dropped out of The Man from Toronto.The British action man was due to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, in the upcoming movie, with the plot following the character as he’s forced to team up with Ke…

Jason Statham has dropped out of The Man from Toronto.

The British action man was due to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, in the upcoming movie, with the plot following the character as he’s forced to team up with Kevin Hart’s Teddy and save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

However, editors at Deadline reported on Tuesday that Statham has dropped out of Sony Pictures’ action-comedy, which was due to go into production in six weeks’ time.

His casting was announced in January, though sources have claimed he never closed a deal to appear in the film. They also told the publication that Statham had “creative issues” with the movie, as he wanted it to be R-rated, while studio executives wanted it to be more of a PG-13, given its release days before Thanksgiving.

Producers are now trying to find a replacement to keep the production on track ahead of a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto, which would have served as a reunion for Statham and his Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw co-star Hart, is being directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story he originated with Jason Blumenthal, who is producing the movie with Todd Black and Steve Tisch under their Escape Artists banner.

Statham, 52, recently reunited with his Snatch director Guy Ritchie to shoot Cash Truck, which also stars Josh Hartnett and Scott Eastwood. The film is now in post-production ahead of a release in January 2021.

In addition, Deadline also reported that The Transporter star parted ways with his agents at William Morris Endeavour (WME) on the same night he departed The Man from Toronto.

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Jason Statham and Kevin Hart in talks for The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a c…

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.

The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a case of mistaken identity leaves the fate of the world on their shoulders, according to Deadline.

The movie is not related to 1933’s The Man From Toronto, which starred Jessie Matthews and Ian Hunter, and was based on the play by Douglas Murray.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes, who previously worked with Statham on The Expendables 3, will oversee the project, with Robbie Fox penning the script based on a story from Jason Blumenthal.

Hart and Statham briefly shared scenes in last year’s Hobbs & Shaw, which also starred their frequent collaborator Dwayne Johnson.

Sony Pictures officials are eyeing a 20 November release for The Man From Toronto, with production expected to begin in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hart is currently revelling in the huge success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which has made over $738 million (£568 million) worldwide since its release in December.

The 40-year-old funnyman has also wrapped on upcoming drama Fatherhood, which will be released in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Statham recently reunited with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch director Guy Ritchie for the revenge action thriller, Cash Truck, which has just finished filming.

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Oscars to go host-less for second year

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for re…

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for refusing to apologise for old homophobic tweets, but the event went so well, they are now sticking to the same formula for this year’s ceremony.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced the news on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California.

“There will be no traditional host again this year,” Burke said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Repeating what worked for us last year: huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy, and star power.”

Last year’s Oscars, the first time in over 30 years the show had been without an emcee, proved to be a big hit, drawing almost 30 million viewers, up 12 per cent from 2018’s bash.

Voting for the awards closed on Tuesday evening, with the nominations to be announced on 13 January. And even though the ceremony won’t have a main host, Burke is adamant the bash will be highly entertaining.

“We expect another really commercial set of nominations,” she shared. “A lot of incredible elements have already come together that have convinced us that we are going to have an incredibly entertaining show. Our goal is really that. Our goal is to present the most entertaining show possible and the producers have already put together a plan for what is going to be an entertaining telecast.”

The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 9 February.

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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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