Parasite enjoys record-breaking box office boost after Oscars success

Bong Joon Ho’s thriller Parasite is enjoying a record-breaking boost at the box office after its surprise success at the Oscars.The South Korean movie scooped the ceremony’s top honours at the star-studded bash earlier this month, with the film winning…

Bong Joon Ho’s thriller Parasite is enjoying a record-breaking boost at the box office after its surprise success at the Oscars.

The South Korean movie scooped the ceremony’s top honours at the star-studded bash earlier this month, with the film winning Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, before making history by becoming the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture, beating off stiff competition from the likes of 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Last weekend, Parasite raked in more than $5.5 million (£4.2 million) in the U.S. – a whopping 234 per cent increase in ticket sales – the biggest post-Oscars boost for a Best Picture winner in more than 10 years.

Since the Academy Awards on 9 February, the South Korean thriller has made more than $8.8 million (£6.8 million) at the U.S. box office.

It also added another $12.7 million (£9.8 million) to its worldwide total, with Parasite’s total worldwide cinema takings standing at a huge $204 million (£157 million).

The movie has been available on home entertainment services in the U.S. since January, yet the film’s distributor Neon has expanded Parasite to more than 2,000 cinemas in North America since its Oscars success. In the U.K., Parasite’s distributor Curzon Artificial Eye expanded the film from 136 cinemas to more than 400 following the awards show.

Last year’s Best Picture winner Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, experienced a 121 per cent increase in revenue the weekend after its victory and was the biggest post-Oscar boost at the time.

Moonlight, The Artist, Slumdog Millionaire, and Million Dollar Baby have also seen lifts in ticket sales following their Best Picture victory at the Academy Awards.

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Jonah Hill in talks to play villain in The Batman

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars. E…

Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in The Batman.

It was announced back in June that Robert Pattinson would be the next actor to take on Gotham’s caped crusader for Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie, and now the 33-year-old finally has some co-stars.

Editors at Variety have reported that two-time Oscar nominee Hill is circling an unknown villain role, and film fans began speculating on social media if The Wolf of Wall Street star would be portraying Oswald Cobblepot/ Penguin, a role made iconic by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

However, Collider reporters have claimed Hill will be portraying Edward Nygma/ Riddler, who was previously played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever.

According to Variety, producers had long wanted Hill for The Batman, but any casting decisions were put on hold until Pattinson was confirmed to play the billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright is also in negotiations to play Batman’s ally Commissioner Jim Gordon, who has most recently been portrayed in film by Gary Oldman and J.K. Simmons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros. movie has already begun, and insiders told Variety that filming could start later this year or early 2020.

Filmmaker Reeves, who helmed the Planet of the Apes sequels, took over the directorial reigns on The Batman from Ben Affleck after the actor departed the project following Justice League in 2017.

Hill was last seen opposite Emma Stone in Netflix’s sci-fi series Maniac and returned to the big screen in Matthew McConaughey’s The Beach Bum.

The Batman is slated to be released in June 2021.

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Mahershala Ali lands Ermenegildo Zegna campaign

Mahershala Ali has been tapped to star in Ermenegildo Zegna’s latest campaign.The two-time Oscar-winning actor has had a longstanding relationship with designers at the Italian luxury fashion house and often sports Zegna suits at red carpet events. No…

Mahershala Ali has been tapped to star in Ermenegildo Zegna’s latest campaign.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor has had a longstanding relationship with designers at the Italian luxury fashion house and often sports Zegna suits at red carpet events.

Now, Ali is fronting the marketing imagery for the label’s fall/winter 2019/2020 adverts, which are themed around the question of “What Makes a Man?”

“Mahershala Ali is a versatile actor who has depicted and embodied many shades of masculinity,” a brand representative praised. “He is a natural fit to represent the idea of what a man is today. He brings a personal gravitas and a lightness of spirit, an inner richness and wit.”

In one image, Ali is seen in black trousers and a beige blazer while sitting on a wooden floor and playing with toy cars, while in another snap, the 45-year-old poses on a balcony while clutching a white flower.

Hong Kong-based star Nicholas Tse also appears in the campaign, and in one photo, sits in a leather chair in grey trousers and a tweed jacket while holding an electric guitar.

“The talented and multifaceted artist Nicholas Tse was destined to become a star since the day he was born. His unique personality and passion for the arts, coupled with his determination to challenge stereotypes, makes him the perfect voice to explore the meaning of modern masculinity,” the spokesperson added of the 39-year-old.

In addition, Zegna bosses have created a What Makes a Man T-shirt for the new line, with proceeds to be donated to a global charity supporting education programmes.

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Wesley Snipes ‘all good’ with Blade reboot

Wesley Snipes has insisted he’s “all good” with Mahershala Ali leading a reboot of his movie Blade. Marvel bosses announced the two-time Oscar winner will portray the day-walking half-vampire vigilante in a new movie at Comic-Con in San Diego, Califor…

Wesley Snipes has insisted he’s “all good” with Mahershala Ali leading a reboot of his movie Blade.

Marvel bosses announced the two-time Oscar winner will portray the day-walking half-vampire vigilante in a new movie at Comic-Con in San Diego, California over the weekend, and fans of the original franchise made it clear on social media they weren’t happy with the news.

Snipes, who portrayed the vampire hunter in three films between 1998 to 2004, has responded by issuing a statement to followers and telling them to relax and embrace Ali as the new Blade.

“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx (sic),” said Snipes to ComicBook.com. “Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s ALL GOOD. Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan.

“Honour and respect to the grandmaster Stan (Lee). Congratulations and Salaam (peace) to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah (God willing), we will someday work together. Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story (sic).’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”

Ali, who pitched the reboot idea to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, proved he had no hard feelings towards Snipes by sharing a picture of him as the Blade character on Instagram and adding a crown emoji in the caption.

Many comic book fans seemed thrilled by the Blade news, including Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, who told Variety he was excited about the reboot.

“Oh my God, I cannot wait to see Blade. That to me is going to be so sick,” he gushed. “I’m a huge fan of the original. Mahershala Ali as Blade, when I heard that I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to see that.'”

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Mahershala Ali pitched Blade reboot to Marvel boss Kevin Feige

Mahershala Ali pitched the idea of a Blade reboot to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.At the end of the epic Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Saturday, fans went wild as the two-time Oscar winner was introduced as the new hal…

Mahershala Ali pitched the idea of a Blade reboot to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

At the end of the epic Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego, California on Saturday, fans went wild as the two-time Oscar winner was introduced as the new half-vampire hero, originally played by Wesley Snipes in 1998.

Feige revealed that the Blade reboot was only confirmed earlier this year, just after Ali won his second Academy Award for Green Book back in February, and he told website Fandango that when the 45-year-old – who is a big fan of the movie trilogy and comic book – pitched the idea to him, it was very hard to refuse.

“We have, for years, wanted to find a new way into Blade. We love that character. We love that world. Now with Dr. Strange, and the supernatural elements coming into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), it felt like we could definitely start exploring that. Mahershala wanted to come in and meet with us,” Feige shared.

“And when Mahershala wants to meet, you take the meeting. And I think he had just come off of his second Academy Award. And we were talking very polite and he was talking about what a fan he is, and then he just cut right to it, and was like ‘Blade’. And we were like, ‘Yes.'”

Ali recently starred alongside original Blade villain Stephen Dorff in the third series of True Detective.

The sequel, Blade II, was released in 2002 and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, while 2004’s Blade: Trinity, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, was the last outing for Snipes in the role of the half-vampire hero.

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Mahershala Ali eyes hard-hitting prison drama

Mahershala Ali is in talks to executive produce and star in a hard-hitting prison drama. The two-time Oscar winner plans to front Solitary, which is based on the memoir of Albert Woodfox, who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Louisia…

Mahershala Ali is in talks to executive produce and star in a hard-hitting prison drama.

The two-time Oscar winner plans to front Solitary, which is based on the memoir of Albert Woodfox, who spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. The actor reportedly met Woodfox in New Orleans recently after reading the book, which was released earlier this year.

Executives at movie studio Fox Searchlight have bought the movie rights to the book, Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades In Solitary Confinement, My Story of Transformation and Hope, according to Variety.

The project is in the early stages of development without a director or screenwriter attached. The film will be produced by Jamie Patricof, who previously worked with Ali on The Place Beyond The Pines in 2012.

Woodfox and Herman Wallace were indicted in 1972 for the killing of a prison corrections officer and convicted in 1974. After much campaigning, Woodfox’s conviction was eventually overturned in 2014 and he was released in 2016 after the prosecution accepted his plea of no contest to lesser charges of burglary and manslaughter.

During their time behind bars, Woodfox and Wallace campaigned for prison reform as members of the Black Panther Party.

Wallace was released in 2013 due to having terminal cancer and sadly died three days after his release.

Ali won his first Academy Award for Moonlight, landing the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the 2017 ceremony. He won the same award again earlier this year for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in Green Book.

He recently lead the third season of HBO crime drama True Detective and is gearing up to star in sci-fi movie Sovereign.

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Viggo Mortensen struggled to make Mahershala Ali break character while filming Green Book

Viggo Mortensen tried as hard as he could to make his Green Book co-star Mahershala Ali break character on set.Viggo plays tough New Yorker Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga, who starts working with Mahershala’s classical jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley as his body…

Viggo Mortensen tried as hard as he could to make his Green Book co-star Mahershala Ali break character on set.

Viggo plays tough New Yorker Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga, who starts working with Mahershala’s classical jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley as his bodyguard in Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning comedy drama.

In a joint interview for Empire magazine, Mahershala revealed that he’d learned to play the piano and did as much as he could to inhibit his character off set, but Viggo was determined to see how committed the Moonlight star was.

“I tried really hard to crack him up. But he was just unflappable,” he laughed. “He was doing his thing, he was Doc Shirley. But just for fun, I just wanted to make him lose it, at least once. I was just doing what my character does, but going for it. And nothing.”

After a number of failed attempts, Viggo was finally successful during a scene in which Tony introduces Don to fast food chain KFC.

“He said his line, ‘What do we do about the bones?’ And I said my line, and spit the bone out,” he recalled. “He didn’t say what he was supposed to say. Silence. And I turned around and he’s not there, and I’m like ‘Where the f**k?’ And he’s on the floor in a fetal position with tears coming out of his eyes, and I’m like, ‘Yes!’”

The acting duo insisted that they got on remarkably well during the shoot, and Mahershala believes much of this stems from the similarities in their acting styles.

“I think we’re similar,” he considered. “I’m unapologetically specific. I can do the math in my mind as to why something is somewhat problematic, or lesser than what I would like it to be, for very specific reasons. Viggo’s that way, but heightened.”

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Danai Gurira declares Marvel love as Avengers comes to an end

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans …

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.

Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans and critics all delighted with the final chapter when it hit cinemas earlier this month (Apr19).

In a chat with PorterEdit, Danai, who brought back her Black Panther alter ego Okoye for Anthony and Joe Russo’s swansong, gushed: “I love the Marvel family. I’ve had an amazing time working with all of them. And I love our fans.”

The 41-year-old will reportedly next be seen in Godzilla vs. Kong, which comes out in 2020, and she’s rumoured to getting ready to film the new Star Trek movie. A sequel to Black Panther has also been confirmed by Marvel bosses.

Reflecting on her training at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, The Walking Dead actress shared how the institution taught her more than just how to act.

“The beauty of that programme, in addition to the wonderful people who were there with me like Sterling K. Brown and Mahershala Ali, is that we all come from this training where you leave your ego outside of the room,” she explained. “It’s about collaborating not cooperating, which is something one of my teachers always said. I’m pretty willing to have a really clear conversation about what I think works, and what doesn’t, and why. It’s always done with respect. You want to find the magic. How do you create the best environment for the magic to come out?”

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Spike Lee tried to leave the Oscars after Green Book won Best Picture – report

Spike Lee was reportedly visibly upset and even tried to leave the Oscars ceremony after Green Book was named Best Picture. According to Variety, the BlacKkKlansman director, 61, was seen waving his arms in disgust, and tried to leave the Dolby Theate…

Spike Lee was reportedly visibly upset and even tried to leave the Oscars ceremony after Green Book was named Best Picture.

According to Variety, the BlacKkKlansman director, 61, was seen waving his arms in disgust, and tried to leave the Dolby Theater when presenter Julia Roberts announced that the controversy-hit film had won.

However, he was stopped at the doors and forced to return to his seat once the speeches had stopped.

The film – based on the true story of celebrated pianist Dr. Don Shirley’s friendship with his driver, Tony Vallelonga – has been extensively criticised for its overly simplistic treatment of racial issues.

Lee, who earlier that evening won his first-ever Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, explained to reporters backstage that he was disappointed by Green Book’s success, and said “the ref made a bad call”.

“I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody, I lose,” he added, in reference to his breakout film Do the Right Thing losing the Oscar for Best Screenplay to Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.

“I thought I was court side at the (Madison Square) Garden and the refs made a bad call,” Lee fired.

He had initially shouted “next question” when asked about his reaction to Green Book’s victory, and quipped, “This is my sixth glass, and you know why,” while holding his champagne flute aloft.

Later, chatting to reporters at the Vanity Fair after-party, Lee said: “Are you British? Let me give you a British answer – it wasn’t my cup of tea.”

According to Variety, Get Out filmmaker and comedian Jordan Peele was among the other stars who didn’t applaud Green Book’s win.

Mahershala Ali scooped the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his portrayal of Dr. Shirley. But Dr. Shirley’s nephew, Edwin Shirley III, and brother, Maurice Shirley, have openly criticised the film and called its portrayal of the musician “a symphony of lies”.

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Green Book crowned Best Picture at 2019 Oscars

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-li…

Green Book beat Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be named Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Cuaron had widely been tipped as the favourite for the top award of the night, but it was Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in 1960s segregated America, which was crowned Best Picture, adding to Mahershala Ali’s Best Supporting Actor win and Best Original Screenplay for director Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Hayes Currie.

Cuaron was also triple winner, earning Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Language Film, giving Mexico its first ever win in that category.

Period comedy/drama The Favourite, which tied Roma with 10 nominations heading into the show, was shut out in all but one category – an emotional Olivia Colman took home the Best Actress prize over her “idol” Glenn Close.

It was a night full of first-time Oscar winners – Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King picked up the Best Supporting Actress statuette, and Spike Lee claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for BlackKklansman.

Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter landed the title for Costume Design, making her the first black woman to win the accolade, while the superhero movie also made history with Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart’s triumph in Production Design, as Beachler is the first black person to lift the gold statuette.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga scooped Best Original Song for her A Star Is Born hit Shallow, sharing the prize with her fellow songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. She missed out on Best Actress to Colman.

The Los Angeles ceremony, which was without a host following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal over old homophobic tweets, was opened by British music legends Queen, with singer Adam Lambert as frontman. They got Hollywood’s biggest stars at the Dolby Theatre rocking from the very start with renditions of their classics We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, which are both featured in four-time Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody.

The full list of winners at the 91st Academy Awards is:

Best Picture:

Green Book

Best Actor:

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress:

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress:

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Best Original Screenplay:

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlackKklansman

Original Score:

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson

Original Song:

Shallow, A Star is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt

Foreign Language Film:

Roma (Mexico)

Cinematography:

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Visual Effects:

First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J.D. Schwalm

Costume Design:

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Production Design:

Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart

Make-up and Hairstyling:

Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

Film Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

Sound Editing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst, and Nina Hartstone

Sound Mixing:

Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali

Animated Feature:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film:

Bao

Documentary Feature:

Free Solo

Live-action Short Film:

Skin

Documentary Short Subject:

Period. End of Sentence.

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