Josh Gad pitched LeFou’s controversial Beauty and the Beast moment

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s…

Josh Gad suggested having his character LeFou dance with a man at the end of Beauty and the Beast.

Before the live-action musical remake was released in 2017, director Bill Condon revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, the comical sidekick to Luke Evans’s antagonist Gaston, would be Disney’s first-ever LGBTQ character and his storyline would conclude with a “nice, exclusively gay moment”.

In response, the conservative group The American Family Association called for a boycott of the movie, while the owners of a cinema in Alabama decided not to show it.

Speaking on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show Radio Andy on Monday, the Frozen actor revealed he came up with the idea to have LeFou dance with another man during the finale.

“That became such a controversial thing, apparently, even though it was three seconds of screen time. We never put a spotlight on it. We never meant to put a spotlight on it. I think our director Bill Condon was very proud of the moment… I think the movie speaks for itself and the moment speaks for itself,” he said.

“It was my pitch, I really felt like that’s how I really wanted the movie to end. I was so amazed they let us do it. But again, we never meant to shine a spotlight on it, we wanted the audience to see it and take away what they would, and it became a conflated, weird controversy. When people realised what it was, everybody was like, ‘Oh this is silly.'”

Despite the controversy, Gad and his co-star Evans were proud of the response and he hopes there will be better LGBTQ representation in Disney films in the future.

“We were so proud of the response because, in light of that fact that so many people were like, ‘Blah, blah, blah,’ there were so many people who stood up and applauded that moment and were so excited about it,” the 38-year-old added. “I think that there is still lots more work to be done in equal representation, and I really hope that Disney keeps finding more ways to do that.”

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Murder Mystery sequel in the works at Netflix

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embarked on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was a huge success when it was released on Netflix in June, and now editors at The Hollywood Reporter have claimed Vanderbilt is now in talks to pen a follow-up.

It is not yet known if Sandler and Aniston will reprise their roles, but as the Happy Gilmore star has an ongoing deal with bosses at the streaming giant, it is likely he will return.

A few days after Murder Mystery, which also featured Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp, dropped online, a Netflix representative posted on Twitter that the flick smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message stated.

A spokesperson later confirmed that the figures were correct.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright and Sandra Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

Vanderbilt has previously written screenplays for films including Independence Day: Resurgence, White House Down, and Zodiac. He is currently in the pre-production stages of The Janson Directive.

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Luke Evans fronts Versace eyewear campaign

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign. The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model …

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign.

The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model the Italian fashion house’s latest range of eyewear.

In one of the images, shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the Welshman can be seen wearing metal-rimmed glasses while dressed in a pink shirt and patterned jacket. In other images, he can be seen wearing a skintight bright green T-shirt while modelling mirrored aviator sunglasses and sporting gold-rimmed sunglasses while wearing a jacket and no top underneath.

“Super Excited to show you guys an exclusive image from the new #VersaceEyewear collection,” the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram besides one of the pictures. “Thank you to my friend @donatella_versace for the experience!! Images by the immensely talented beauties @mertalas and @macpiggott.”

Evans is a friend of the Versace house and its boss Donatella Versace. He presented Donatella with the Designer of the Year prize at the 2018 GQ Awards and supported the brand at Milan Fashion Week in January.

“A true gentleman, with style and culture, funny and talented and – obviously – devilishly handsome and sexy. He is charming on so many levels, but the most important one is the fact that he is real,” the fashion designer said of Evans in a statement.

“With time, I also discovered his great heart and incredible generosity… We met for the first time more or less a year ago at an event and it was love at first sight. I was charmed not only by his looks, but mostly by what he had to say. This is why when the time came to choose a man for the new Versace Eyewear campaign, I did not have any doubt that it had to be him.”

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery breaks Netflix record

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was released on the streaming service on Friday, and according to a Twitter message sent by the @NetflixIsAJoke account on Tuesday, it has smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message reads.

A spokesperson for Netflix later confirmed to editors at Variety that the figures were correct but emphasised that the company only counts views if subscribers completed at least 70 per cent of the 97-minute movie.

Murder Mystery marks the latest feature as part of Sandler’s ongoing deal with the streaming giant. The Happy Gilmore star agreed back in March 2017 to make four more flicks together, having previously collaborated on movies like Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright, which a representative claimed had been viewed more times in its first week than any of its other releases.

While Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the biggest seven-day viewership for any of its original films to date when it debuted in December 2018, with the post-apocalyptic thriller watched by over 45 million global accounts.

Murder Mystery also stars Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp.

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Jennifer Aniston: ‘Working on Murder Mystery was like a vacation!’

Jennifer Aniston has compared filming Murder Mystery to going on a “summer vacation”.Directed by Kyle Newacheck, the upcoming mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) and his wife Audrey, as played by Jennifer, …

Jennifer Aniston has compared filming Murder Mystery to going on a “summer vacation”.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck, the upcoming mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) and his wife Audrey, as played by Jennifer, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only for the couple to become caught up in the murder of a wealthy man on a superyacht.

Murder Mystery sees the actress reunite with Adam, who she previously appeared opposite in 2011’s Just Go with It, and Jennifer has now shared that she had a ball of a time shooting in Italy.

“Yes, it was a reteaming. I’ve known Mr. Sandler for 30 years. We were in Italy for the summer, so that sucked,” she joked to her pal Tig Notaro in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “Adam, of course, always takes care of absolutely every single person, so all the families were visiting and staying in Lake Como and renting hotels and having just a wonderful little summer vacation while we got to go to work every day in these beautiful surroundings.”

Jennifer went on to explain that although she had never made a murder mystery film before, she is a big fan of the genre.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching them myself. I love Agatha Christie and all those old-school classics,” the 50-year-old smiled.

And while Jennifer gushed over Adam in the chat, the 52-year-old comedy star returned the compliments during a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Every time I’m with Jennifer something great happens because everybody loves Jennifer and I tend to stay at home and do nothing,” he laughed. “My wife (Jackie Sandler) is so much going, ‘Why didn’t I marry Aniston? Why am I stuck with you?’ Even in Italy she’s like, ‘I’m telling you we gotta leave the room, man.’”

Murder Mystery, which also features Luke Evans and Gemma Arterton, is due to hit screens in June.

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Liam Payne and Luke Evans among stars to front Christmas jumper campaign

Liam Payne, Luke Evans and Kate Moss are among the stars fronting the 2018 Save the Children’s Christmas jumper campaign.Britain’s annual Christmas Jumper Day falls on 14 December, with the public encouraged to don a festive top in order to raise mon…

Liam Payne, Luke Evans and Kate Moss are among the stars fronting the 2018 Save the Children’s Christmas jumper campaign.

Britain’s annual Christmas Jumper Day falls on 14 December, with the public encouraged to don a festive top in order to raise money for the children’s charity.

It marks the seventh time the event has taken place, and keeping up the tradition of making it a showbiz affair, a host of A-listers have been tapped to promote the initiative.

Models David Gandy, Daisy Lowe and Erin O’Connor, Olympian Sir Mo Farah, actors Annabelle Wallis, Eddie Marsan and Eiza Gonzalez, and rapper and Game of Thrones star Raleigh Ritchie are also a part of this year’s campaign.

Shot by Greg Williams, the stars pose in a variety of Christmas jumpers designed by Selfish Mother, which are available to buy now. The brand also created the 2017 offerings.

This year’s designs come in black or red versions of the sweaters, and feature either the word Peace, Hope, Love or Joy written on the front in block gold lettering. All come with a £55 ($72) price tag, with 50 per cent of proceeds donated to help children in the world’s toughest countries. Sharing Greg’s photography on his own Instagram page, The Hobbit star Luke wrote: “When I visited slum communities in India, I was truly shocked by the extreme levels of poverty that children are forced to live in. It was there that I witnessed first-hand the difference @SaveChildrenUK is making to children’s lives by helping give them better access to education. Please join me in supporting @SaveChildrenUK by wearing the @SelfishMother LOVE sweatshirt on Friday 14th December #ChristmasJumperDay.”

Peaky Blinders actress Annabelle also shared a message.

“You can make the world better with a sweater this Christmas! Get the PEACE or the JOY sweatshirt (or both! Like me!) or one of the other @SelfishMother sweaters from the @TheFMLYstore,” she wrote.

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Luke Evans travels to mindful ‘Stellaspace’ with Stella Artois

Actor Luke Evans has floated into ‘Stellaspace’ in a new mindful drinking campaign for Stella Artois.The Fate of the Furious star has partnered with bosses at the Belgian beer brand for a new 20-minute audio guide aimed at promoting mindfulness while c…

Actor Luke Evans has floated into ‘Stellaspace’ in a new mindful drinking campaign for Stella Artois.

The Fate of the Furious star has partnered with bosses at the Belgian beer brand for a new 20-minute audio guide aimed at promoting mindfulness while consuming alcohol.

“Excited to share my newest project with you all: STELLASPACE. Mindfulness meets beer drinking in this guide to mastering the art of drinking a @StellaArtois,” he announced in a post on his Instagram page on Wednesday (08Aug18).

The audio guide contains all types of interesting content, including brewing facts, personal anecdotes from Luke, beer palate input from acclaimed Master Cicerone Max Bakker, as well as mindfulness techniques passed on by meditation gurus.

The audio guide, now available on mindfulness app Inscape, offered Luke the chance to participate in a unique campaign, which he admires for merging two key things he has honoured the most recently.

“It starts with the fact that I’ve always been a fan of Stella Artois,” The Beauty and the Beast star explained to AOL. “I’ve been drinking it for many years. I’ve always been very aware of the brand and appreciated it, but it was very interesting doing this audio guide for the Inscape app because, for me personally, it made me think of what I was doing when I was drinking the beer and realising that I could drink it more thoughtfully.”

“We’ve all downed beer and not thought very much of it, and this is a different way of looking at drinking this premium Belgian lager,” he added. “I thought it was a very clever, very witty and it’s unique. It’s fun, because we’re using a very successful mindfulness tool – the Inscape app – which they’ve collaborated with to create a 20-minute guide to focus on sipping a beer.”

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