Venom sequel officially in the works

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-h…

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.

Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.

Despite critics slating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million (£669 million) worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.

Now, according to editors at Variety, producers at Sony Pictures have signed up Hardy to reprise his role and Kelly Marcel to work on the screenplay for the follow-up.

Marcel co-wrote the script for the first film alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, basing the story off the Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. It was also reported that Marcel will act as executive producer on the sequel.

Previously, she penned the screenplays of films such as Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey, and is currently writing Cruella, a live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, which is set to feature Emma Stone in the lead role.

While Ruben Fleischer helmed the first Venom movie, it is unclear if he will return for the sequel. He has a number of projects lined up, and is making Zombieland 2 at present. He is in the pre-production stages of Jekyll, set to feature Captain America’s Chris Evans, too, and is attached to make comedy The Regional Office Is Under Attack.

Executives from Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the new Venom project. However, it is anticipated that Hardy will be joined again by key characters from the original film, such as Michelle Williams, who played Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson in the role of Cletus Kasady.

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Mandy Moore and Karlie Kloss among the stars who rely on CBD oil for red carpet foot comfort

Stars like Mandy Moore, Karlie Kloss, and Michelle Williams turn to Cannabidiol (CBD) to ease foot pain ahead of a night on the red carpet. The cream, which contains chemical compounds found in cannabis, is a go-to product for those attending lengthy …

Stars like Mandy Moore, Karlie Kloss, and Michelle Williams turn to Cannabidiol (CBD) to ease foot pain ahead of a night on the red carpet.

The cream, which contains chemical compounds found in cannabis, is a go-to product for those attending lengthy events like award shows, with style expert Zanna Roberts Rassi, revealing CBD has become a must-have for several A listers.

“One great trick that a lot of celebrities in L.A. use is CBD cream on their feet, because it numbs the pain,” Rassi tells Page Six Style. “The Lord Jones cream is one that Michelle Williams swears by.”

Mandy Moore discovered the miracle foot cream after asking her stylist for help as she tried to ease the pain of walking the red carpet a couple of years ago.

“This year I’m trying some CBD oil on my feet, which my stylist recommended,” she told Coveteur last year (18). “I asked her if there was some kind of numbing cream, and she was like, ‘No! (Try) Lord Jones CBD oil’.”

Karla Welch, who styles Kloss, Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Elisabeth Moss, is also a big fan.

“A shout out to my friends @thelordjones,” she posted on Instagram. “Their pain and wellness cream with CBD is the absolute CURE for aching feet on the red carpet.”

And it looks like more and more celebrities are discovering the benefits of CBD – ahead of the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (06Jan19), Kristen Bell took to Instagram to share an image of several possible pairs of shoes to wear during the evening, adding: “So many options. So many blisters.” The post prompted Busy Philipps to comment: “Get that CBD cream on your feet! Go have fun!!!!”

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Beyonce’s stylist praises singer for helping young designers’ careers

Beyonce has helped a lot of upcoming designers kickstart their careers insisted the singer’s stylist Ty Hunter.The superstar is considered one of the best-dressed celebrities in the world, often wearing fashion-forward outfits courtesy of labels like B…

Beyonce has helped a lot of upcoming designers kickstart their careers insisted the singer’s stylist Ty Hunter.

The superstar is considered one of the best-dressed celebrities in the world, often wearing fashion-forward outfits courtesy of labels like Balmain, Givenchy and Fendi, while also drawing attention to lesser known brands such as Laquan Smith, Natasha Zinko and Zimmermann. And according to her longtime stylist, the Lemonade hitmaker has always been happy to experiment.

“Beyonce’s the type of person who’s not into labels. She’s like, ‘Whatever’s hot, why not?’ That’s what I liked about her,” he smiled in an interview with W magazine. “I was able to help a lot of young designers and start their careers, while working for her, like Michael Costello and Rubin Singer. Whatever she feels comfortable in works. That’s why we were able to help a lot of peoples’ careers—and still do.”

The fashionista is pleased Beyonce got a chance to collaborate with some of the biggest brands in the world, as he admitted the star didn’t always have as much choice in the style stakes while she was in Destiny’s Child with bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Luckily, that changed when the trio released their chart-topping single Independent Women in September 2000.

“When I started, the reason why the girls wore Mrs. Tina so much is because no one would let us pull. It took ‘Independent Woman’ for people to start looking at the group seriously,” he recalled in an interview with W magazine. “There were showrooms that had their favorites like, ‘You can only dress Kelly.’ ‘You can only put clothes on Michelle.’ ‘You can only pull for Beyonce.’ It was like that sometimes. I loved the designers that allowed me to take a chance and show a full story and have their clothes on three beautiful women. But the ones that got it, got it.”

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Venom holds on to North American box office title

Tom Hardy’s Venom has tightened its grip around the North American box office title for a second consecutive week. The Marvel comic book adaptation, which co-stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, grossed $35.7 million (£27.1 million) in its second w…

Tom Hardy’s Venom has tightened its grip around the North American box office title for a second consecutive week.

The Marvel comic book adaptation, which co-stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, grossed $35.7 million (£27.1 million) in its second weekend of release, taking its domestic total to $142.8 million (£108.6 million), in spite of the mixed reception it received from comic book fans and critics alike upon its debut earlier this month (Oct18).

Venom also remains the top box office film globally, crossing the $378 million (£287.4 million) mark.

Its continued popularity in North America helped Venom outpace Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s movie musical remake A Star is Born, which continues to hit the high notes with theatre-goers, banking a further $28 million (£21.3 million) to hold at two.

Ryan Gosling’s space drama First Man debuts at three with a $16.5 million (£12.5 million) opening, just below experts’ predictions, although its slow start isn’t a concern for studio officials, who believe the latest collaboration between the actor and his La La Land director Damien Chazelle is better suited to a box office “marathon, not a sprint”, particularly as older viewers are its target audience.

“What we know is for these types of adult, fall (autumn) films for discerning audiences, it’s not about the opening weekend,” Universal Pictures’ president of domestic distribution Jim Orr says of the Neil Armstrong biopic, which was made on a $59 million (£44.9 million) budget.

“We’re very comfortable that it’s going to have a long life at the domestic box office.”

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens in fourth place ahead of the spooky holiday, and animated family film Smallfoot ends the weekend at five.

Meanwhile, period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale struggled to break into the top five – it debuted with a disappointing $7.2 million (£5.5 million), despite boasting the star power of Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Hamm.

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Michelle Williams enjoyed improvising on Venom set

Michelle Williams got a kick out of improvising scenes on the Venom set.The actress portrays the character of Anne Weying in the new comic book flick, while Tom Hardy takes on the lead role of Eddie Brock / Venom. While Venom marks Michelle’s first for…

Michelle Williams got a kick out of improvising scenes on the Venom set.

The actress portrays the character of Anne Weying in the new comic book flick, while Tom Hardy takes on the lead role of Eddie Brock / Venom. While Venom marks Michelle’s first foray into the world of superhero movies, the star enjoyed having the opportunity to switch-up her dialogue with Tom throughout the shoot.

“We’d come up things that weren’t scripted and all of a sudden, you’re taking these nonlinear leaps places and then it’s really fun,” she recalled in a video interview with Collider.com. “You’re truly improvising, not only the particulars of what you are saying to each other, but the scenario you are in.”

Of late, Michelle has appeared in a diverse set of films including I Feel Pretty, The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World. However, she was interested in joining a superhero franchise after watching the Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy films.

“I’ve been watching some of these movies, not necessarily Marvel movies… and I’m like, ‘Man, they look like they’re having fun. Hmm, interesting, they look like they’re having fun and they’re believing where they are. I’d like to try doing that. That seems like a fun, interesting challenge to take on,'” the 38-year-old shared. “And when this came along, I thought, ‘I’d really like to do that with Tom Hardy.'”

During the chat, Michelle was asked if she had any concerns about signing on to appear in a movie that may spawn multiple pictures. But the blonde beauty explained that she was excited to be part of a fictional universe in which the storylines are endless.

“(I have a friend) who is a character actor and we were talking about working in these worlds and playing these parts and he was like, ‘I love this world because it’s such an amazing place to play roles you’d never really get to. There’s so much meat for a character actor because anything is possible in these universes.’ Thinking about it like that, it seems like it opens up infinite possibility,” she smiled.

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Michelle Williams to play first teacher in space

Michelle Williams is set to play tragic teacher Christa McAuliffe in a new film about the 1986 space shuttle disaster.According to Deadline, the actress will lead the cast of director Martin Zandvliet’s The Challenger; a biopic which follows the true s…

Michelle Williams is set to play tragic teacher Christa McAuliffe in a new film about the 1986 space shuttle disaster.

According to Deadline, the actress will lead the cast of director Martin Zandvliet’s The Challenger; a biopic which follows the true story of McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. She was part of the astronaut crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded seconds after lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, in January, 1986. All seven aboard perished in the tragedy, which was broadcast on live television.

McAuliffe would have taught classes in space during the mission, and the teacher posthumously received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

“We are more than humbled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to help tell the story of Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger mission,” the film’s producer, Argent Pictures’ Ben Renzo, told Deadline. “Christa McAuliffe’s legacy deserves the strength, courage, experience and humanity that Michelle Williams brings to the role.”

The My Week With Marilyn star will work from a script penned by screenwriter Jayson Rothwell while John and Art Linson, of Sons of Anarchy, are also signed up to produce. Production is expected to begin in May 2019.

“The entire Argent team is honoured and eager to responsibly capture and share the events and personal journeys of those surrounding this important historical moment with audiences around the world to help remember and further appreciate the sacrifices Christa and rest of the Challenger crew made to further our journey into space,” Renzo added.

Williams recently featured in Oscar-nominated flicks All the Money in the World and The Greatest Showman, and is currently starring in Venom opposite Tom Hardy, who plays the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

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Tom Hardy clarifies ‘misunderstood’ comments about cut Venom scenes

Tom Hardy has clarified his comments regarding the number of scenes that were cut from Venom at the final edit.The actor plays the title character as well as the symbiote’s investigative journalist counterpart Eddie Brock, while Riz Ahmed, Michelle Wil…

Tom Hardy has clarified his comments regarding the number of scenes that were cut from Venom at the final edit.

The actor plays the title character as well as the symbiote’s investigative journalist counterpart Eddie Brock, while Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate also appear in the superhero movie.

When asked to describe his favourite scene in the flick, Hardy told ComicsExplained that his best moments were embedded in “30 to 40 minutes'” of footage eventually removed from the picture. With many concerned that filmmakers may have ditched some of Venom’s most promising content, the British star has now readdressed his previous claims in an interview with IGN.

“I think that’s been misunderstood,” the 41-year-old explained. “What I’m saying is that I had a lot of time improvising and a lot of freedom to play with Venom. In honesty, there’s probably about seven hours or more worth of footage of me playing as Venom and enjoying myself.

“Me and the other executive producers know fully well that has nothing to do with what’s in the story, do you know what I mean?” he continued. “But nevertheless, would I like to watch a seven-hour version of Venom? Yeah. Do you know what I mean? But that’s as an actor.”

The Dunkirk star insisted that “everything we wanted” was included, and added that he was keen to shoot a sequel to the “awesome” movie.

However, it appears that Hardy may be alone in wanting a second helping of Venom, as reviews have been overwhelmingly unfavourable.

The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw wrote that the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe is “riddled with the poison of dullness”, while Variety’s Owen Gleiberman described it as “unexciting in its ho-hum competence”. Don Kaye from Den of Geek added that the feature “might have been made in 1996”.

Venom currently has a 27 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating and hits U.S. cinemas on Friday (05Oct18).

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Michelle Williams shines in silver at Venom premiere

Michelle Williams stole the show in a silver gown at the Venom premiere on Monday night (01Oct18). The actress, who plays Anne Weying in the movie, stopped to pose for photographers on the black carpet before entering the screening of the superhero fl…

Michelle Williams stole the show in a silver gown at the Venom premiere on Monday night (01Oct18). 

The actress, who plays Anne Weying in the movie, stopped to pose for photographers on the black carpet before entering the screening of the superhero flick, which was held at the Regency Village Theatre in California.

Michelle, who is a Louis Vuitton brand ambassador, sported a long silver sequin number with fine lace detailing from the French luxury fashion house, and chose to wear her blonde crop with a side parting.

Stylist Kate Young was in charge of her outfit, while Chris McMillan styled her hair and make-up artist Angela Levin headed up her glam squad using products from Dior Beauty and Make Up For Ever.

“My darling @michellewilliams tonight @venommovie premiere. #gratitude,” wrote Angela alongside a close-up photo of Michelle’s face on her Instagram page, before also uploading one of her signature hotel hallway videos depicting the actress departing for the screening.

Accordingly, many fans were quick to praise the 38-year-old’s striking look on social media, with one describing the ensemble as “sensational” and another adding: “Absolutely divine.”

Tom Hardy, who portrays lead character Eddie Brock/Venom in the movie, looked stylish at the bash in a three-piece navy blue suit which was worn with a blue and red striped tie.

Jenny Slate donned a sleeveless Altuzarra dress for the evening, along with Jimmy Choo stilettos, and Sope Aluko made a sartorial statement in a gorgeous yellow gown with floral embroidery on the bodice from Kathy Anthony.

Meanwhile, Michelle Lee sported a strapless blue dress by Fouy Chov, which she matched with high heels from Tamara Mellon and bling by Mahrukh Akuly.

Other celebrities to show their support for Venom included A.J. McLean, Chanel West Coast, Gene Simmons and Taylor Hill.

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Michelle Williams shows off wedding band for the first time on the red carpet

Michelle Williams debuted her wedding band for the first time on the red carpet on Monday night (01Oct18). The actress, who wed indie musician Phil Elverum in an intimate ceremony in New York’s Adirondacks in July (18), attended the Los Angeles premie…

Michelle Williams debuted her wedding band for the first time on the red carpet on Monday night (01Oct18).

The actress, who wed indie musician Phil Elverum in an intimate ceremony in New York’s Adirondacks in July (18), attended the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film Venom, and showed off the simple accessory, which she paired with a glittering Louis Vuitton gown, featuring lace detailing.

The Brokeback Mountain star made quite the statement by choosing to wear no other jewellery item – not even ear studs.

The premiere marked her first big event since the wedding – Michelle has kept a very low profile in recent weeks and was spotted out in public for the first time since becoming a wife last week, when she joined Elverum for a city stroll in the Big Apple.

The couple wed in a secret ceremony in front of their daughters present.

“Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship,” the private star recently told Vanity Fair, breaking the news about her nuptials, “but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment.”

Williams also revealed she not only found love with Elverum but quickly realised he was someone who could help her raise her daughter Matilda, whose father was late actor Health Ledger.

“I never gave up on love,” she shared. “I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes’.”

It isn’t just a busy time for the four-time Oscar nominee personally – she is currently gearing up for another major film role.

In addition to appearing in Venom, opposite Tom Hardy, it was announced on Tuesday (02Oct18) that Williams will portray tragic teacher Christa McAuliffe in The Challenger, which centres on the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster.

McAuliffe, who was hoping to become the first teacher in space, perished with the astronauts onboard as the shuttle exploded seconds after take-off.

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This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones cast in Venom

This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones has joined the cast of Venom.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor, who plays William “Shakespeare” Hill in the acclaimed television series, will be starring alongside To…

This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones has joined the cast of Venom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor, who plays William “Shakespeare” Hill in the acclaimed television series, will be starring alongside Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in the story of the popular Marvel antihero – the first standalone feature to come out of Sony’s Spider-Man universe.

The specific role Ron will play has yet to be confirmed. But the 61-year-old has already been seen in a programme based on a Marvel superhero – Luke Cage playing Bobby Fish in the Marvel web series which streams on Netflix.

Luke Cage is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and shares continuity with the films of the franchise. But he is not expected to reprise the character for his role in Venom.

Ron’s signing comes after he was forced to pass on playing The Wizard in Shazam! an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. He was replaced by Djimon Hounsou after leaving the project due to scheduling problems.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom is scheduled to hit cinemas on 5 October (18), in a story tracking Hardy’s character Eddie Brock’s transformation from investigative journalist to powerful alien symbiote.

Tom, who has taken on the titular role, recently spoke about the challenge of playing two characters simultaneously, noting that Eddie and alter-ego Venom interact with each other in many scenes.

“I was prepping two different characters throughout the movie and that was a challenge which I was really looking forward to,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly, recalling his time filming Legend, in which he played both Reggie and Ronnie Kray. “I had done that kind of before with this gangster movie that I’d played two twins in, so when this opportunity popped up to play Venom… the great thing about him is that he’s a Jekyll and Hyde character so I get to play two very different people within the same body.”

Michelle Williams, Scott Haze and Woody Harrelson have also been cast in the movie.

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