Edward Norton didn’t want to ruin friendship with Thom Yorke over Motherless Brooklyn score

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period dr…

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.

The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period drama, which he directs and stars in, but instead turned to Wynton Marsalis, a legend of the genre, to write most of the film’s music, with Yorke contributing one track, Daily Battles.

Speaking to The Guardian, the actor revealed that they decided not to work together as the musician felt a little upset with the use of his score in Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 horror Suspiria and he didn’t want a similar situation to ruin their friendship.

“Not to say that we don’t love Luca,” Norton said. “But Thom came off Suspiria feeling so burned.”

Explaining their decision to limit their collaboration to one song, he added: “The last thing you want with somebody you know is to get into a bloody situation. That’s the nightmare of all nightmares.”

Before turning to Marsalis, Norton considered Yorke’s Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood but he learned from the guitarist and composer’s longtime collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson that Greenwood’s working style would not have gelled well with his.

“(Anderson) said: ‘If you expect any iterative back-and-forth flow with Jonny, this is a mirage. He just sends me what he’s got and says: ‘Good luck to you’…And, well, no. That wouldn’t work for me,” the 50-year-old recalled.

Norton and Yorke nearly worked together on the same movie two decades ago – as the No Surprises hitmaker was offered the chance to score Fight Club. However, he turned the opportunity, with the musician explaining, “Got the email. Got the script. And I was just too f**ked up in the head to do it.”

Motherless Brooklyn debuted in cinemas earlier this month.

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Ed Norton sued by another couple over film fire

A New York couple is suing movie star Ed Norton, claiming a fire that broke out on a film he was directing has ruined their lives. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Doris and Adolphus Adams are suing Norton’s production company, Cl…

A New York couple is suing movie star Ed Norton, claiming a fire that broke out on a film he was directing has ruined their lives.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Doris and Adolphus Adams are suing Norton’s production company, Class 5 Films, for $5 million (£3.8 million).

They have also filed suit against the owner of their apartment building, which Norton used as a location for his 2018 film Motherless Brooklyn.

The actor/director was filming there in March, 2018 when the blaze broke out, causing severe damage to the property and resulting in the death of a firefighter.

The plaintiffs, who claim they were trapped in their apartment until firefighters rescued them, have accused production officials of working with highly flammable materials and also for allegedly trying to hide the information that a fire had broken out.

Both Doris and Adolphus now have difficulty sleeping and breathing, and they were forced out of the apartment they have called home for the last 50 years.

In the court papers, they claim they have suffered “severe emotional anguish” and a “fear of dying” as a result of the blaze.

It’s not the first lawsuit Norton and his production company partners have had to deal with as a result of the fire – other tenants in the building have filed for compensation and the widow of the firefighter who died has also taken legal action.

Norton and his production partners have denied any wrongdoing.

Written and directed by Norton, Motherless Brooklyn stars Bruce Willis and Willem Dafoe. It is scheduled to hit theaters in November (19).

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Helen Mirren disses Netflix during CinemaCon presentation

Helen Mirren took a swipe at streaming service Netflix as she took to the stage at CinemaCon on Tuesday (02Apr19). The veteran British actress appeared at the annual event to promote her upcoming movie The Good Liar with her director Bill Condon and w…

Helen Mirren took a swipe at streaming service Netflix as she took to the stage at CinemaCon on Tuesday (02Apr19).

The veteran British actress appeared at the annual event to promote her upcoming movie The Good Liar with her director Bill Condon and won a big cheer from the crowd of cinema owners and Hollywood studios for praising the cinema experience and dissing their competitor Netflix.

“I love Netflix, but f**k Netflix,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s nothing like sitting in the cinema and the lights go down… I would like to thank you guys for making that environment possible.”

The Queen star’s remarks prompted plenty of laughter from the crowd, who she entertained with a story about how she won the best up-and-coming actress award at ShoWest, CinemaCon’s predecessor, at the very start of her film career.

The Good Liar segment was part of the Warner Bros. presentation, which also included director Todd Phillips showing footage of Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy showing footage from horror It: Chapter Two. Other films featured in the presentation included The Kitchen, The Goldfinch, Motherless Brooklyn, and Godzilla: King of Monsters.

Mirren’s Netflix comments come at a time of high tension between filmmakers and streaming companies, something which gained momentum after Netflix won three Oscars this year for Roma. Following the ceremony, it was revealed that director Steven Spielberg was trying to lobby the Academy to change its eligibility rules in a bid to shut streamers out.

On Tuesday Variety reported that officials at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) had sent a letter to Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) chief executive Dawn Hudson expressing concerns that the proposed rule changes could “suppress competition” and warning her that limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services for the Oscars could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law.

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Armie Hammer signs on to star in New Orleans-set thriller

Armie Hammer has signed on to headline a new thriller set in New Orleans.After winning acclaim for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, the actor has landed anothe…

Armie Hammer has signed on to headline a new thriller set in New Orleans.

After winning acclaim for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, the actor has landed another dramatic part.

Armie has made a deal to front a yet to be titled feature from Annapurna Pictures, the co-producer of films such as Foxcatcher and Phantom Thread, according to Variety.

British-Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari, who helmed 2016 horror movie Under the Shadow, will write and direct the project, while executives at Annapurna, Two & Two Pictures and AZA Films, will produce.

Details about the plot of the film are being kept under wraps, but the movie is set to follow a bartender whose life starts to unravel as a series of disturbing and inexplicable events happen after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar. It is set to be released in March 2019.

In other casting news, it was reported by Deadline on Tuesday (07Feb18) that Willem Dafoe is in talks to star in The Lighthouse, a thriller to be written and directed by The Witch filmmaker Robert Eggers. Marking his second gig since he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Florida Project, Willem is set to play an ageing lighthouse keeper, with the film to be shot in Nova Scotia.

The 62-year-old recently completed a deal to appear in Motherless Brooklyn, a crime-drama based on Jonathan Lethem’s book, and also featuring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

Meanwhile, Mira Sorvino and Val Kilmer have been cast in Riptide, a crime film from Shaun Hart that tells of the two sons of a drug trafficker. They will join Michael Chiklis, Chace Crawford, and Jana Kramer in the movie.

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