Natalie Portman & Sebastian Stan address Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism of Marvel movies

Marvel movie stars Natalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have responded after director Francis Ford Coppola called the superhero films “despicable”.Just weeks after fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese labelled films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “no…

Marvel movie stars Natalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have responded after director Francis Ford Coppola called the superhero films “despicable”.

Just weeks after fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese labelled films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “not cinema”, The Godfather director defended his peer as he added: “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Speaking to journalists in France as he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola added that he thinks moviegoers need to learn something from what they see on screen.

“We expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” he explained.

Portman addressed the remark as she attended the L.A. Dance Project gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night, telling Variety: “I think there’s room for all types of cinema. There’s not one way to make art.”

The actress played Jane Foster in 2011’s Thor and sequel The Dark World in 2013, and will be starring opposite Chris Hemsworth once again in the upcoming Thor: Love And Thunder.

Meanwhile, Stan, who is most famous for playing James ‘Bucky’ Barnes/Winter Soldier in the films, also hit back at Coppola’s comments as he took part in a panel discussion during the 2019 Fandemic Tour on Sunday in Houston, Texas.

“He’s (Coppola) one of my heroes and I was listening to him and meanwhile, I just spent the day with all of you,” he said. “People have been going up to me like, ‘Thank you so much for this character,’ ‘This movie helped me out so much,’ ‘This movie inspired me. Now I feel better. Now I feel less alone,’ so how can you say these movies are not helping people?”

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Rachel Weisz felt ‘liberated’ working with female director on Black Widow

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is als…

Rachel Weisz found working with a female director on Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie “liberating”.

The actress stars alongside leading lady Scarlett Johansson in the first female-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The flick is also one of the studio’s first to be directed by a woman, and Rachel found working alongside Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland an eye-opening experience.

“There is something that happens in a scene when a woman is across from another woman,” she told T Magazine’s 2019 The Greats issue of working on the film. “It sounds really pompous, but you are free from the history of ownership – I really mean that. It’s liberating.”

While the studio is renowned for its impressive blockbuster flicks – including Avengers: Endgame, which recently became the highest-grossing movie of all time – Rachel confessed she was surprised by the passion and integrity of those involved behind the scenes.

“It doesn’t feel Hollywood to me, big budget – it feels like the people there are the stewards and guardians of this storytelling they care about,” the 49-year-old considered.

Filming has wrapped on the movie, which is currently in post-production, and Scarlett told Entertainment Tonight she can’t wait for fans to see the finished cut, enthusing: “I love it. I’m so proud of what we made. Now we get to sprinkle the magic all over it. Get it ready for audiences.”

Black Widow is slated to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Sylvester Stallone cut scenes he ‘really loved’ from new Rambo movie

Sylvester Stallone cut scenes he “really loved” from the new Rambo movie because “nobody wants a whiny hero”.The 73-year-old is back as the Vietnam War veteran in Rambo: Last Blood, and the former soldier is unable to find peace as he is forced to prot…

Sylvester Stallone cut scenes he “really loved” from the new Rambo movie because “nobody wants a whiny hero”.

The 73-year-old is back as the Vietnam War veteran in Rambo: Last Blood, and the former soldier is unable to find peace as he is forced to protect his loved ones from yet another threat.

Stallone wanted to bring back Rambo so “that it’s not violence for violence’s sake”, but eventually ended up sacrificing the scenes of dialogue he had written in an effort to please audiences.

“I understand that there’s a certain level of expectancy with me,” he told Variety. “If I do a film, I start to sense that the audience is going, ‘OK, enough of the acting, let’s see some actual physical locomotion.’

“I’ve written scenes for Rambo where he explains himself, but you have to let those go. We get it. You’re the product of a horrible war, damaged material. So all the stuff that I really loved, where he explains his angst, doesn’t really work. Nobody wants a whiny hero. They just don’t. Don’t talk so much; just do it. Do it, and also, don’t be vulnerable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Rocky icon gave his scathing review of the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which have dominated the box office since 2008.

“These films now are scientific. They’re made by techno-wizards. They don’t have to interact with actors to the extent you used to, because the machines do the work,” Stallone explained. “And that’s not to denigrate the actors. In a Marvel film, you’re not going into the subtleties. You’re dealing with a canvas so big, so huge, that it becomes to me almost like watching a fireworks show. You’re swept away by this magnificent display of technology.”

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Samuel L. Jackson responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel criticism

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the li…

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.

In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson for having to compromise their acting abilities to star in them.

Now, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, has fired back at The Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker and defended the Marvel movies.

“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” the 70-year-old told Variety. “We happen to, but not everybody (does). There are a lot of Italian-Americans who don’t think he should be making films about them like that… Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also responded to Scorsese’s statements and expressed his sadness in a series of posts on Twitter.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” the 53-year-old wrote. “What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre.”

Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame, also leapt to the defence of the MCU, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema. Cinema is story-telling with visuals.”

The Goodfellas filmmaker sparked outrage last week when he told Empire magazine, “That’s not cinema… Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

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Martin Scorsese: ‘Marvel movies are not cinema’

Martin Scorsese has sparked outrage on social media by saying Marvel movies are “not cinema”.The Oscar-winning filmmaker, best known for his epic dramas such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator, was asked about the hugely successful…

Martin Scorsese has sparked outrage on social media by saying Marvel movies are “not cinema”.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, best known for his epic dramas such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator, was asked about the hugely successful Marvel movies, which have raked in more than $8.5 billion (£6.9 billion) since 2008.

However, Scorsese was harsh in his response, and told Empire magazine that he had tried and failed to watch the films, and ended up feeling sorry for the Avengers stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson.

“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” he shared.

The 76-year-old is gearing up for the release of his highly-anticipated gangster epic, The Irishman, which brings together Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and longtime Scorsese collaborator, Joe Pesci.

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige previously opened up about the criticism his superhero movies had received and insisted that the studio were more concerned with pleasing cinemagoers than landing big awards.

“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses. I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way,” Feige said last year. “(Alfred) Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”

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Kenneth Branagh proud of his Marvel Cinematic Universe contribution

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins a…

Kenneth Branagh is “very proud” of the part he played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Back in 2011, the five-time Oscar nominee directed Thor, and introduced Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

While the movie has received mixed reviews, it was noted that Branagh had paved the way for a different kind of Marvel movie, introducing audiences to the Nine Realms and Norse mythology, and set the bar for the movie’s two sequels – Thor: The Dark World helmed by Alan Taylor, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“I’m very proud of my part of it,” Branagh told Den of Geek. “Which was providing a sort of backbone that they could comically riff off, but at least it originally contained some of the high stakes Nine Realms import that that larger mythology has to have as well.”

Thor was just the fourth movie in what became a huge 22-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Endgame bringing the saga to a sweeping, poignant conclusion.

“I think it’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” Branagh shared. “And especially to know that back then, plans though they might have had, they had no idea that it could become what it’s become.”

However, the 58-year-old Brit confessed he still hasn’t had chance to watch the final Avengers movie, despite having such a personal attachment to the film.

“But I’m looking forward to that enormously, on quite a personal level,” he explained. “I think anybody, of the many, many people who were involved in that whole thing, does have sort of a personal (attachment).

“It’s a moving thing for me because I know the massive effort it has been for them, and that they’ve never assumed anything (and) they’ve always stayed honest, I think, in their love for the characters and love for comic books, so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with the characters.”

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Elizabeth Olsen wishes she had ‘crispy, wavy’ hair

Elizabeth Olsen wishes her naturally fine hair had a “crispy, wavy” texture.The actress, known for playing Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, always looks picture-perfect, no matter if she is running errands or posing on the red carpet…

Elizabeth Olsen wishes her naturally fine hair had a “crispy, wavy” texture.

The actress, known for playing Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, always looks picture-perfect, no matter if she is running errands or posing on the red carpet.

However, Elizabeth’s golden blonde tresses are actually quite “limp,” meaning that she has to rely on volumising products to gain any body.

“My natural hair is sad: It’s limp and really thick but really fine. I even try to sleep with it wet in hopes of giving it more body. But it looks weighed down, so it doesn’t get any wave. I wish I had crazy, frizzy, crispy wavy hair. I had it once, and I want it back,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “I use a lot of volumising products. I use Virtue shampoo and conditioner, but I love not washing my hair. I have a bunch of dry shampoos. I have the Klorane powder that poofs on, and I like the Klorane sprays. I have the good old Psssst! one, too.”

In addition, Elizabeth swears by using Oribe’s texture spray and shine spray when she needs it.

And while the star has a whole bathroom cabinet stocked with her favourite skincare products, she also shared that she can’t do without French brand Biologique Recherche’s Serum Placenta, which contains hydrolysed placenta protein from porcine origin.

“Lately I’ve been having some weird chin issue. I’m not sure if it’s a rash or a breakout or something else. It’s been around for two months, so this morning I did something different. I used the micellaire water from Biologique Recherche, and then the P50 exfoliant,” the 30-year-old said. “Then I went to my refrigerator, where I have the placenta serum from the line, and put that on, thinking it would heal my chin. It’s one of those water-based serums, and it absorbs immediately. It sounds crazy, but Biologique Recherche works.”

Elizabeth is a fan of Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF and Augustinus Bader’s creams too, and as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown, likes to use the company’s Face Base and Long-Wear Weightless Foundation in Beige 3 and Sand 2 to even out her skin tone.

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Avengers: Endgame directors plead for fans’ help after footage leaks online

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the w…

Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo are urging fans who catch early screenings to keep spoilers under wraps.

The filmmaking brothers are gearing up to release the feature, based on the superhero team depicted in Marvel Comics, around the world from 24 April (19).

However, after some footage from the movie leaked online earlier this week, Anthony and Joe have taken to Twitter to share a letter in which they beg viewers to keep details under wraps until the final instalment of the Avengers series officially opens in cinemas.

“To the greatest fans in the world,” they begin. “This is it. This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.

“For all of you who have been on this journey with us since the very beginning, sharing every high and low with your family, your friends, your classmates, your co-workers. Investing so deeply in every character and storyline. Laughing. Cheering. Shedding tears. Giving so freely of your thoughts and emotions in spirited dialogue, theories, fan art, and fan fiction. Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga.”

Anthony and Joe added that they are thankful that so many people have invested their time, hearts and souls into the stories, and sincerely wish that audiences won’t spoil the ending for others, “the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you”.

To conclude their letter, the duo commented: “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence. As always, good luck and happy viewing… The Russo Brothers #DontSpoilTheEndgame.”

Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Tessa Thompson isn’t afraid to share her Brie Larson Marvel ambitions

Tessa Thompson would love the chance to work with her fellow Marvel star Brie Larson on a future, female-led film.Tessa made her franchise debut in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while Brie cemented her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with box office …

Tessa Thompson would love the chance to work with her fellow Marvel star Brie Larson on a future, female-led film.

Tessa made her franchise debut in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while Brie cemented her place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with box office smash Captain Marvel earlier this month (Mar19).

Fans have now been putting their characters, Valkyrie and Captain Marvel, together in artwork, which has caught the eye of both actresses on social media.

“Of course I would love the chance to work with Brie,” Tessa enthused to Cinema Blend. “We were just like, ‘Look! It’s us together!’ I think we’re both new to the MCU, so we both retain the sense of like, ‘Can you believe!?’ We’re just like, ‘What? We got capes? What’s happening?!’ We’re both really geeked out by having dolls and occupying this space.

“We’re like women’s women, so the idea of getting to do something that little girls are excited about, and people that identify as women feel excited about is cool. So who knows if we’ll get to do something together; it’s rad. But I’m just so happy for her, and for us and what it means culturally right now.”

Not long after Thor: Ragnarok’s release, it was reported that Tessa had approached Marvel president Kevin Feige about an all-female film featuring the ladies of the franchise, with Brie, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, and Karen Gillan, and Avengers’ star Scarlett Johansson, by her side.

Talking about the meeting, the Westworld star recalled: “Last year in the press there was this whole idea that I was on Kevin Feige about doing an all-female, A-Force or something. But really it just has to do with the fact that there’s so many incredible, talented women in the MCU that I just want to work with selfishly. So I’m like, ‘Well, why not do it in the context of like fighting folks and hanging out in space?’”

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Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Captain Marvel is a new kind of feminist hero’

Samuel L. Jackson hopes Captain Marvel will inspire young girls by teaching them never to give up after personal setbacks.The 70-year-old actor has played top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began with the 2008 fi…

Samuel L. Jackson hopes Captain Marvel will inspire young girls by teaching them never to give up after personal setbacks.

The 70-year-old actor has played top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began with the 2008 film Iron Man and has since gone on to star in movies with almost all the franchise’s heroes.

He believes that the latest addition, Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, who is played by Brie Larson, is unique in combining humanity, feminism, and incredible superpowers.

“First of all, she’s female,” the Marvel veteran told movie website HeyUGuys.com. “She’s extremely powerful and she’s a different kind of hero. When you see her, she’s way more human and the enhancements have just made her a better person than she was.”

The eloquent Pulp Fiction uses a rare term to describe what makes Carol great, and why she and her pilot pal Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) are inspirational figures for young girls.

“It’s a story about ‘sticktoitiveness,’” he explained. “Get knocked down nine times, get up 10. It’ll make you stronger. There’s women’s empowerment, there’s a story about hero worship and young girls looking up to these strong women that are inside the story and that are her role models.”

Brie also highlighted her character’s ability to take setbacks in her stride and use her superhuman strength and fiery bursts of energy to save others.

“There’s a lot that I love about Carol, but the thing that I keep coming back to with her is her ability to get back up,” she gushed. “She’s a major risk taker and that doesn’t always pan out the way she hopes it will, but she always learns from her mistakes and I think that’s a real superhero.”

Captain Marvel is in cinemas now.

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