Kevin Hart hates working with animals in movies

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jun…

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.

The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but was less comfortable during filming this time as he had to deal with real beasts.

Kevin explained during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show that he prefers working with computer-generated animals as he can trust them more.

“I prefer green screen to actual animals – I have a certain respect for them because we don’t know what they are thinking!” he laughed.

However, his co-star Dwayne Johnson then revealed the real reason was because he had to ride a camel during a segment of the film set in the desert. “It’s a fear. He is terrified of camels!” he added.

The Ride Along actor also discussed playing a different character in the sequel, as he is now the avatar for Danny Glover’s Milo Walker, rather than the young athlete Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson.

“The thought of (playing an avatar) is challenging, but when you embrace the idea, it’s actually more fun than anything and we had the opportunity to elevate the first movie we did. The challenge was to come back and outdo that success,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the wrestler-turned-actor shared his delight with the sequel, which expands upon the first movie, which was a reboot of the original 1995 film Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.

“The first movie was amazing – it really took off,” Johnson said. “With the success of that, we wanted to come back even bigger for part two so we all committed to each other that the story would be right and that the creativity would expand the Jumanji universe.”

Jumanji: The Next Level, which also stars Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, is out on 13 December.

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Kevin Hart to front superhero comedy Night Wolf

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as t…

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in new superhero comedy Night Wolf.

In the upcoming STXfilms project, the actor and comedian will play a man who meets his future father-in-law for the first time, only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.

“I am excited to be working with our friends at STX again,” he said in a statement. “They brought us a great project with Night Wolf. I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad to be is secretly a superhero.”

Pokemon Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the script for the story. No other casting details have been announced.

Hart previously teamed with STX studio bosses for The Upside and the upcoming Black Friday. In light of the deal, chairman of STXfilms, Adam Fogelson, commented that he is thrilled to be making another film with the 40-year-old and the producers at his HartBeat Productions company.

“After we acquired Night Wolf, we submitted it to Kevin Hart and the team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did,” Fogelson shared. “It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin’s comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together.”

Hart has a busy schedule ahead with Jumanji: The Next Level, Ride Along 3, and TV series Action Scene on his slate.

Meanwhile, other STX films to be released in the near future include Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers, Dave Bautista’s action-comedy My Spy, and Guy Ritchie’s 2020 crime film, The Gentlemen.

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Patton Oswalt gutted he didn’t record with The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was l…

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.

Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was let go from Universal Pictures after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell and Jenny Slate have all returned following the success of the 2016 original, with Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish also joining the franchise.

“I know, and that part stinks (not recording with my co-stars),” Patton said ahead of the film’s premiere in a chat with Collider. “But it also makes me go, ‘Well, hopefully I’ll get to meet them at the premiere.’ I’m gonna try to get a pic with Harrison Ford, and I’ll be happy.”

The feature began hitting screens in May, and Patton got his wish at the Los Angeles premiere earlier this month when he posed for group shots with the rest of The Secret Life of Pets 2 stars.

Praising the work of Kevin, Jenny, Harrison and Wayne’s World legend Dana Carvey, Patton revealed it’s one of the rare times he can’t wait to watch back his own work.

“Yeah, it’s really amazing to be a part of. I love doing animation, but to be in an animated movie where it’s such a huge ensemble of genuinely talented people that I’m a fan of, like Kevin, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey and Harrison Ford, so that when I see the movie, as fun as it is to watch my scenes, I get to be really surprised by the stuff that the other voice actors were doing. That’s a rare thing, to get to be in a movie that you’re excited to go see,” the 50-year-old grinned.

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Patton Oswalt had ‘hesitations’ over replacing Louis C.K. for The Secret Life of Pets sequel

Patton Oswalt had “some hesitations” about replacing disgraced funnyman Louis C.K. in animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2. The comedian, who voiced the lead character of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, in the original 2016 movie, was dropped from th…

Patton Oswalt had “some hesitations” about replacing disgraced funnyman Louis C.K. in animated movie The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The comedian, who voiced the lead character of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, in the original 2016 movie, was dropped from the sequel in 2017 after he confessed that sexual harassment allegations made against him were true.

He was subsequently replaced by The King of Queens actor, who revealed to The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s premiere on Sunday he had reservations about taking over the role.

“I did have some hesitations, but it was more about the story rather than the voice, so I just said, ‘Alright,'” he stated, before explaining why he was drawn to working with Illumination Entertainment animation studios. “When they tell stories, every single character in their movies has a story. So to be part of an ensemble where they’re paying that much attention to every little character’s story, even a character that’s in there for just a second, you get a feeling that they’re creating such a rich world and I get to play in that world.”

Director Chris Renaud, who returns for the sequel, also explained to the publication why Patton was the right replacement for Louis.

“For Max, sarcasm is a little bit of a defence mechanism, he’s very good at it but he also feels a little bit vulnerable in his world,” he shared. “I think Patton can really embody that. He does it in a different way than Louis, but he can really nail that sensibility.”

He isn’t the only newcomer to the sequel – Harrison Ford makes his animated movie debut as Rooster the sheepdog and Tiffany Haddish voices Daisy the Shih Tzu. Returning castmembers include Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, and Lake Bell.

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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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The 2019 Oscars will be without a host for the first time in decades

The Oscars will air without a host. ABC bosses and Academy Awards chiefs have given up on trying to persuade Kevin Hart to reconsider his decision not to front the big show on 24 February (19), and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has confi…

The Oscars will air without a host.

ABC bosses and Academy Awards chiefs have given up on trying to persuade Kevin Hart to reconsider his decision not to front the big show on 24 February (19), and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has confirmed the prizegiving will be without a host for the first time in decades.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday (05Feb19), she said, “Ironically, the lack of clarity surrounding the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been compelling. People really care. It’s fascinating. We’re going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated. People really care to see who is going to win.”

Hart was confirmed as the Oscars host in December (18) and raved about landing his dream job, but critics forced him to back down after uncovering 10-year-old tweets featuring derogatory language towards gay people he had fired off.

The comedian has since apologised for his ill-advised social media remarks, insisting the time was not right for him to host the Academy Awards.

“There wasn’t messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation,” Burke revealed. “After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. There was an idea that they were going to have the presenters just host the Oscars. We all got on board with that… Producers wisely decided not to have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars.”

She also promised the show will not overrun, insisting all the awards will be handed out in a “brisk three hours”.

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Oscars show to include all Best Song performances after backlash

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performa…

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.

According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performances of two nominated songs during the telecast on 24 February (19), with those tracks reported to be Shallow from A Star Is Born and All The Stars from Black Panther.

As recently as last week (ends27Jan19), representatives for the other nominees in the category – Diane Warren’s I’ll Fight from documentary RBG, When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns – were told there wasn’t “enough time” for them to be included.

However, sources have now told the film publication that there will renditions of all songs at the ceremony even though some may only be in “truncated, 90-second form”.

On Thursday, an Academy spokesperson took to Twitter to confirm that Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to sing I’ll Fight during the show, while The Place Where Lost Things Go will be performed by a “surprise special guest”.

That means a performance of When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, penned by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, is the only song not yet officially confirmed for the Oscars telecast. The song was originally performed by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson.

Lady Gaga, who has also been nominated in the Best Actress category for A Star Is Born, is expected to sing Shallow, while Kendrick Lamar and SZA are lined-up for All the Stars. Meanwhile, fans have speculated that it is most likely that Emily Blunt will make an appearance during The Place Where Lost Things Go, which was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The news comes as the 2019 Oscars is still without a host, with Kevin Hart pulling out of the role in December after homophobic messages he posted on Twitter in the past re-emerged online. The last time the Academy Awards went host-less was 1989.

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Glass tops North American box office for a second week as Matthew McConaughey’s new film flops

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million). M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has…

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million).

M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has not snagged over $73 million (£55.3 million) for a 10-day total.

The Upside, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s remake of French film The Intouchables, hangs onto the number two spot, while blockbuster Aquaman lands at three, becoming the biggest-grossing Warner Bros. superhero movie globally in the process.

James Wan’s film, starring Jason Momoa, has now passed The Dark Knight Rises as the studio’s top-grossing film featuring a DC Comics superhero. Aquaman has sailed past $1.3 billion worldwide, making Wan, who is already on board for a sequel, the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion dollar blockbuster for two different studios – his Furious 7 raced past $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016.

20th Century Fox’s new family film The Kid Who Would Be King and Spider-Man:Into the Spider Verse complete the top five, while Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s new release, Serenity, is notable for all the wrong reasons, becoming the worst debut for both its stars.

The film, which has split critics, limped in to the new top 10 at eight with just $4.4 million (£3.3 million).

Directed by Steven Knight, the film was made for a budget of $59 million (£44.7 million).

Meanwhile, Green Book is the leading Oscar nominated film at this week’s box office – the first since the Academy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen’s drama is the only nominated picture in the top 10, scoring a $5.3 million (£4 million) haul in its 11th week on release.

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Khloe Kardashian uses drugstore cream to tackle blemishes

Khloe Kardashian swears a drugstore cream is the key to tackling blemishes.The new mother, who welcomed daughter True with boyfriend Tristan Thompson last April (18), always steps out with a flawless complexion whenever attending red carpet events. How…

Khloe Kardashian swears a drugstore cream is the key to tackling blemishes.

The new mother, who welcomed daughter True with boyfriend Tristan Thompson last April (18), always steps out with a flawless complexion whenever attending red carpet events.

However, Khloe has now shared that her number one hack for getting rid of blemishes and acne fast is to use an easily accessible ointment.

“I do know if you have a breakout that’s red, cortisone cream – it reduces the redness,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the recent launch of her BECCA Cosmetics collaboration with her friend Malika Haqq in Los Angeles. “I’ve done that a couple times when I needed to, but honestly there’s nothing like some water and some sleep.”

Even though Khloe’s life has become a lot more hectic since the arrival of baby True, she still tries to indulge in the occasional beauty treatment or exercise session. But she confessed that she will never be tempted to try a form of yoga ever again.

“Well, I did goat yoga with Kevin Hart and I don’t know if that’s a beauty treatment ’cause it wasn’t relaxing whatsoever,” the 34-year-old sighed. “It was like a fad. I don’t know if it still is. And you basically are doing yoga and goats walk all over you and it was so cute for about fifteen seconds and they all started peeing and pooping and it was just not fun.”

Meanwhile, Khloe recently opened up about some of her go-to beauty products. In a post on her app, she shared that she always has her bathroom stocked with Neutrogena’s Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Neutrogena’s Extra Gentle Eye Make-up Remover Pads to make taking off her cosmetics before bed a piece of cake.

“I love to get glam, but it can be such a b**ch to take off all that make-up, LOL (laugh out loud),” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star noted. “To get my skin clean, first I wash my face (of course), then use two Neutrogena towelettes to remove any left-over product, including one that’s just for eyes since eyeliner and mascara can be so tricky. Both are under $10 (£7.50) and available at any drugstore.”

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Kevin Hart to star in Monopoly movie

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in a film based on classic board game Monopoly. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star will reunite with his Ride Along and Night School director Tim Story for the project, which Hart will also produce under his HartB…

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in a film based on classic board game Monopoly.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star will reunite with his Ride Along and Night School director Tim Story for the project, which Hart will also produce under his HartBeat Productions label.

Plot details, other casting news, and a production start date is being kept under wraps, but the game involves players rolling the dice to gain opportunities to buy properties on the board. A previous project was reportedly in the works but it fell apart.

Kevin is currently enjoying box office success with his new movie The Upside, which jumped to number one at the North American box office over the weekend with a $19.6 million (£15.1 million) debut.

“This honestly might be my biggest box office accomplishment of my career,” Hart wrote on Instagram earlier this week (ends18Jan19). “There is always a ‘Upside’ to Everything… God is Good. I am beyond thankful for my fans & their love & support.”

“I also want to give a huge Shoutout to STXFilms for supporting this movie & getting it to a point where it could be seen by audiences worldwide…,” he added. “I also want to thank (director) @neil.burger & (co-stars) @bryancranston & @nicolekidman and all the other actors & actresses & crew that were involved in the making of this movie!!!!! This is HUUUGGGEEE… make sure you guys go see it. P.S look mom your boy has another #1 movie in the box office (sic)!!!!!!”

Hart’s movie news comes on the heels of his Oscars hosting controversy – he stepped down as MC for the 2019 ceremony after a series of derogatory Twitter comments aimed at the gay and lesbian community, dating back to 2008, resurfaced online.

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