Donatella Versace staying positive during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being c…

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.

The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being confined to her home in Milan back in February.

And Donatella told Vogue Australia that being on her own during the lockdown has made her realise “the importance of human contact”.

“This social distancing has made us realise how many things we took for granted every day,” she shared. “I am not talking about crazy things, but about our freedom, the possibility of going out of your home, to see our children and family, to be able to go to work.

“We have all taken these things for granted because in 2020 we could have never thought of something so extraordinary that would take them away from us. And now we are realising how fundamentally important they are.”

The fashion icon has also been overwhelmed with the sense of community that residents in her native country have shown during the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.

“If there is a silver lining to be found in this whole situation, it is that it brought out a kindness in people that I had not seen in a long time,” Donatella shared. “To me this is amazing and I hope that it won’t go away when, finally, this battle will be won.”

And while she’s enjoying time alone and creating a daily routine that revolves around designing and working out during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one thing that she refuses to embrace during the lockdown.

“I do not go around in tracksuits,” she said of her stay-at-home wardrobe. “I love a loose, soft sweater, maybe leggings… I still keep my beauty rituals because taking care of oneself is a way of maintaining a sense of normality around you.”

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Mark Wahlberg: ‘I don’t want to do any singing or dancing on film’

Mark Wahlberg feels “ridiculous” whenever he has to sing or dance in a film.The Deepwater Horizon actor is known for action movies such as Patriots Day and Lone Survivor as well as comedies like Ted and the Daddy’s Home films. But when asked in a…

Mark Wahlberg feels “ridiculous” whenever he has to sing or dance in a film.

The Deepwater Horizon actor is known for action movies such as Patriots Day and Lone Survivor as well as comedies like Ted and the Daddy’s Home films.

But when asked in a recent interview what other genres he’d like to pursue, the 48-year-old admitted he would be interested in a romantic comedy as long as there was no singing and dancing involved.

“I’d be into it! But nothing with singing and dancing in it. I’m not doing a musical,” he told The Observer. “I’ve had to sing and dance more than I’ve wanted to… in films. And it’s my least favourite thing to do. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not really self-conscious and I’m not scared to look vulnerable, or risk looking ridiculous, but I don’t know… I feel ridiculous when I’m dancing and singing.”

Wahlberg, who used to lead hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, has previously had to sing and dance in Ted, perform in a dance-off in Daddy’s Home, and portray a tribute band singer in the musical comedy Rock Star back in 2001.

Elsewhere in the interview, the star discussed his new role in Netflix action movie Spenser Confidential and revealed how he and director Peter Berg tried to dial back on the jokes.

“At one point, Pete was trying to push the humour, and then we pulled it back a little bit, I think. I think you can get into some trouble, trying too hard for comedy – it’s just a fine line,” the 48-year-old shared.

Wahlberg also revealed that he reads through his script “three to four times a day” so he can keep on top of “where we are, continuity-wise. I like to know what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

Spenser Confidential is streaming on Netflix now.

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Jason Bateman exited Clue remake over Ozark scheduling conflicts

Jason Bateman was forced to exit the remake of Clue due to conflicting schedules with his Netflix show Ozark.Last year, it was reported the 51-year-old actor/director was circling the comedy thriller, and was in negotiations to direct as well as star i…

Jason Bateman was forced to exit the remake of Clue due to conflicting schedules with his Netflix show Ozark.

Last year, it was reported the 51-year-old actor/director was circling the comedy thriller, and was in negotiations to direct as well as star in the film alongside Ryan Reynolds.

However, back in February, it was revealed Bateman had left the project and that The Muppets filmmaker James Bobin was in talks with Fox/Disney bosses to replace him.

In an new interview with Collider, the Horrible Bosses star confirmed he was close to starting work on the Clue remake, but had to quit due to his filming and directing commitments on the hit Netflix thriller.

“(Clue is) something that we were getting very close to starting, but as it turned out something of that size takes much, much longer to do than what the seasonal hiatus was able to accommodate. It would have pushed back the start of this season too far. So unfortunately I had to step off of that,” Bateman explained.

The Emmy winner added that he would love to return to the project after his work on the show is completed, if the director’s chair is still available.

“But if it’s still around when Ozark is all wrapped up, I’d love to do it. But who knows, they might put a different director on it before then,” he shared. “We’ll see. Unfortunately my ability to direct features really kind of – there’s a certain size of a film that I just can’t qualify for (right now) because of the amount of time that I’m able to give in prep, in shooting, and in post.”

The third series of Ozark premiered on Netflix on 27 March. A fourth season is yet to be officially greenlit by the streaming giant, but the makers of the show have already stated their plans for two more seasons.

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Ryan Reynolds circling live-action adaptation of video game Dragon’s Lair

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to…

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.

The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix picked up the rights to the game, created by Don Bluth and Cinematronics, after almost a year of negotiations, and Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy also producing.

The video game follows brave knight Dirk the Daring, who must go on an epic quest to rescue the damsel in distress, Princess Daphne, from the clutches of evil dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc.

Bluth, who is also serving as a producer on the movie, was hailed for his revolutionary movie-style animation for the Dragon’s Lair video game back in the 80s and went on to direct the animated movies The Rescuers, The Land Before Time, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

This is the third Netflix project for Reynolds, who recently starred in the streaming service’s blockbuster 6 Underground, and was in the middle of filming the action thriller Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson when the coronavirus outbreak halted production.

The 43-year-old actor will next appear in comedy Free Guy, in which he plays a man who realises he’s a background character in a video game that will soon go offline.

The movie, also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, and Joe Keery is currently scheduled to open in July, but maybe postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.

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Betty Gilpin waiting on acting role where she can fulfill her onscreen potential

Betty Gilpin believes she hasn’t yet been given the opportunity to show off what she can do onscreen.The actress, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix’s wrestling series GLOW, stars in the violent political sati…

Betty Gilpin believes she hasn’t yet been given the opportunity to show off what she can do onscreen.

The actress, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix’s wrestling series GLOW, stars in the violent political satire The Hunt as Crystal, a military veteran who turns the tables on the liberal elites hunting her for sport.

In an interview with The New York Times, Gilpin shared that she relates to Debbie and Crystal because neither has been asked to use their full potential.

“A through-line with Debbie, Crystal and myself is that we’re being asked to do 10 per cent of what we can do,” she said. “But we tell ourselves, if I were just given the opportunity to do the full 100 per cent, maybe it could be magnificent. Maybe I could feel like the superhero I tell myself at night that maybe I could be, if I were just given the chance.”

However, Gilpin admitted that clinging onto the “fallacy” that the next role will be the one to open up doors was pointless.

“I think the entertainment business flies on the idea that if you just keep running, right around the corner is Eden – a paradise where you just keep trying to be the thinnest, youngest, memoir-chapter-iest version of yourself, and the next role is going to open that door. The sooner we all agree that is a fallacy, I think the more interesting all of our work will be,” the 33-year-old stated.

Gilpin was offered the leading role of The Hunt by director Craig Zobel, who she had worked with on TV show American Gods, and she was taken aback because she hadn’t given the opportunity before.

“Craig said, ‘I want you to star in this studio movie.’ I said, ‘That’s not really how actor-movie math works.’ It’s like the first time you get a credit card and they ask, ‘What’s your credit score?’ Well, I’ve never had a credit card before,” she explained.

The Hunt is now available on video-on-demand.

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Betty Gilpin never thought she’d get an opportunity like The Hunt

Betty Gilpin never thought she’d be given the opportunity to play an action hero until The Hunt came along.In Craig Zobel’s horror, Gilpin, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix comedy GLOW, stars as Crystal, a m…

Betty Gilpin never thought she’d be given the opportunity to play an action hero until The Hunt came along.

In Craig Zobel’s horror, Gilpin, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix comedy GLOW, stars as Crystal, a military veteran who fights back when a bunch of liberal elites start to hunt a group of “deplorables” for sport.

In an interview with Variety, Gilpin admitted she didn’t think she would ever be allowed to play a fearless killing machine like Crystal.

“I feel very altered by this experience in a positive way,” she said. “Playing this part, it opened up chambers in me that I thought were closed forever. I thought I had a realistic sense of what I was going to be allowed to do as an actor. I never thought that I would get this opportunity.”

The Hunt was postponed from its original release date in September due to controversy, as many people assumed it was a simple horror about Democrats killing Republicans. However, the film is actually a political satire that sends up both sides of the political divide, and Gilpin believes they should all watch it.

“I thought this is exactly the movie that everybody should watch. It was frustrating to hear people speak on behalf of the movie who had never seen it,” the 33-year-old insisted.

While some characters clearly fall into one camp or the other, Crystal, despite her Southern accent, is someone who is stuck in the middle.

Gilpin added, “While Crystal may look and sound like someone at a certain kind of rally, my feeling is that she’s not at any rally. She’s exhausted by both sides and rolls her eyes at this.”

The Hunt is in cinemas now.

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John Boyega teams up with Netflix to create African films

John Boyega has teamed up with Netflix to create a series of feature films focused on African stories.The 27-year-old actor, who has British-Nigerian parents, has partnered with the streaming giant through his UpperRoom Productions company to develop n…

John Boyega has teamed up with Netflix to create a series of feature films focused on African stories.

The 27-year-old actor, who has British-Nigerian parents, has partnered with the streaming giant through his UpperRoom Productions company to develop non-English language films focusing on stories and characters in Africa.

Representatives for the independent production company announced the news on Tuesday, revealing that they will “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”

Boyega, who shot to stardom playing Stormtrooper Finn in the recent Star Wars trilogy, said he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to tell stories about his ancestry.

“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” he said in a statement. “We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”

Back in December, Boyega proudly showcased his heritage at the London premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by walking the red carpet in traditional Nigerian attire, including a royal blue Agbada robe with gold accents and matching hat.

“Africa has a rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, vice president of international film at Netflix.

Boyega founded UpperRoom Productions in 2016, when he co-produced and starred in sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim: Uprising, and has since been developing a series of TV and film projects.

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Charlie Heaton wants to emulate Robert Pattinson’s career

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth ser…

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.

The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth series of the show. Looking ahead to his career once the series is finished, Heaton hopes he can mirror the path Pattinson carved out for himself once he finished the Twilight franchise.

“Not in an aspect where it’s like, ‘Wow, I want to be Robert Pattinson,’” he told GQ magazine. “But having seen him come off this huge show, he’s made these really interesting choices. He’s done The Lighthouse, and he did Good Time. Obviously now he’s doing Batman, but I think he’s chosen to work with interesting directors, and I feel a lot of respect for him.”

The 26-year-old has already got some movie projects under his belt, including upcoming X-Men instalment, The New Mutants, and the sequel to Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. And although his New Mutants character Cannonball is an outsider like Byers, Heaton hopes he can show off his range in the future.

“They see you as one thing, and you continue to do that,” the star shared of the industry. “Do you want to play this really awkward, offbeat outsider? Yeah. I can – but I can do other things. It’s having people trust that you can do other things or proving it to them.”

He was initially scared to take on the part, as he was concerned about signing away years of his life, while he was also “absolutely terrified” on The Souvenir: Part II, because Hogg likes to completely improvise her scenes, except for a few notes about character description.

“You start in the morning and you’d be absolutely terrified,” he confessed. “And then you shoot, and then every day you go home with this buzz. You’re like, ‘Wow, it was so alive. I can’t believe I did that.’ And then it would start again every morning, where you’re dreading going to work.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama teaming with Russo brothers on new movie – report

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S Pre…

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.

Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S President included the fantasy drama on his list of best books.

The fourth novel from Pakistani writer Hamid tackles the global refugee crisis as it follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who are forced to flee an unidentified war-torn city in the Middle East following violent clashes between guerrillas and the government.

The duo then joins a group of migrants and travel to safe havens around the world, including Greece and California, using a system of guarded magical doors.

According to editors at Collider, the Obamas’ company Higher Ground Productions is teaming up with the Avengers: Endgame directors’ AGBO banner to produce the feature adaption for the streaming giant.

Riz Ahmed is reportedly attached to star, with Yann Demange helming the project.

A rep for the Russo Brothers has yet to comment on the report.

The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was originally tapped to direct in a first-look deal, but duties have since been passed to White Boy Rick filmmaker Demange.

Mike Larocca will produce alongside Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, while a new writer is expected to be hired to work on the adaptation in the near future.

The Russo brothers recently wrapped production on crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, while the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions was behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory.

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Tilda Swinton calls on moviegoers to boycott multiplex cinemas

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film In…

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film Institute’s prestigious accolade, the BFI Fellowship, on Monday night.

Specifically, Swinton explained that she would like to see small supermarkets across the U.K. transformed into independent cinemas.

“We need a lot of cinemas. Little cinemas, refurbished old cinemas that have been turned into Tescos and can be turned back into cinemas,” she told PA Media. “We need blow up cinemas in the park. We need spaces to show a range of films outside of the multiplex. We all love going to the multiplex but there is a limit to how many times you can see something that you only see there.”

And in spite of the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, Swinton is adamant there will still be a future for cinema as she believes that if viewers love a film they’ve seen online, they will want to go see it again on the big screen.

“We all buy a CD and we get to know that music really well and if that band comes to town we’ll go and see them live. I think that will start to happen with cinema,” the 59-year-old shared. “We will get to know something really well because we’ve watched it on Netflix and then when it comes to a big screen near us, we will still go and see it live.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Swinton confessed she was a “little embarrassed” to be given the BFI Fellowship accolade and was “super honoured” to have been chosen.

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