Rob Lowe claims his Christmas movie had more views than The Irishman

Rob Lowe has claimed his Christmas movie beat Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in views on Netflix.In a Holiday in the Wild, the actor played a pilot who helps heartbroken divorcee Kate, portrayed by Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, to nurse a baby e…

Rob Lowe has claimed his Christmas movie beat Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman in views on Netflix.

In a Holiday in the Wild, the actor played a pilot who helps heartbroken divorcee Kate, portrayed by Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, to nurse a baby elephant back to health in Africa.

The festive romantic flick, which was released on 1 November, became a huge hit for the streaming service, and now Lowe has alleged that it has overtaken Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed gangster epic in views.

“I just did a movie for Netflix, it was the number one movie that they have,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association while promoting his new Fox show, 9-1-1: Lone Star. “It was a stupid Christmas elephant movie. Take that Martin Scorsese. They were like, ‘Don’t tell anybody.'”

And when quizzed about filming locations, Lowe said he doesn’t mind where he works “as long as it’s with people I like, people I like to work with and are telling good stories.”

“Anyway, I will work wherever the opportunities come from,” the 55-year-old quipped.

Back in December, Netflix bosses revealed that The Irishman, which has a runtime of three-and-a-half-hours, had been streamed by over 26 million accounts in seven days.

“My friends, I’ve got some news from the big guy at the top: The Irishman was watched by 26,404,081 accounts globally – within its first seven days on Netflix,” the official Twitter account for the streaming service revealed.

The Irishman and Holiday in the Wild are both currently streaming on Netflix.

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Ian Somerhalder achieved V Wars transformation in two weeks

Ian Somerhalder had to achieve his character’s beefed-up new look in V Wars in the space of two weeks. The actor’s character Dr. Luther Swann undergoes a physical transformation to become a muscular, formidable-looking warrior in the finale episode of …

Ian Somerhalder had to achieve his character’s beefed-up new look in V Wars in the space of two weeks.

The actor’s character Dr. Luther Swann undergoes a physical transformation to become a muscular, formidable-looking warrior in the finale episode of the Netflix vampire thriller.

In a short video about his new look, Somerhalder explained that by the time they came up with the storyline, he was 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) underweight and a “tired skinny mess” because producing the series was so taxing, and he had two weeks to turn it around.

He called upon Jance Footit, his trainer from The Vampire Diaries, who put him on a strict diet and tough exercise regime.

“He immediately put me on a clean and strict but yummy diet of protein, fats, vegetables, good carbohydrates and loads of water. Five or six meals per day and all of the vitamins to feed rapid muscle growth!” Somerhalder recalled.

“With 10 days to go, I was not feeling very confident that I was looking like the new Swann 2.0. so Jance met me in Toronto with this one goal in mind. His method was incredible,” he explained. “It is simple: Train four days hard. Rest four days and shoot or compete. Only four days of training BUT three-four times per day! The goal is to train with so much frequency in those first few days to produce so much damage to the muscle they have only one thing to do: grow. Rapidly.”

The 41-year-old admitted the “first few days were brutal” because he was juggling training with his many other duties on the show, but he managed to achieve his goal.

“Come day of shooting, Swann was ready for the camera. I put on eight pounds of solid muscle in less than two weeks my arms had grown almost two inches. Swann looked like someone had temporarily inflated him with a bicycle pump. And that’s how Swann will stay for a good while,” Somerhalder concluded, adding that his new look will continue in season two.

V Wars season one is streaming on Netflix now.

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Murder Mystery tops Netflix’s most-popular titles of 2019

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall …

Comedy hit Murder Mystery has topped Netflix’s list of most-popular titles for 2019.

Streaming site officials have unveiled U.S.-based users’ top picks over the past 12 months, with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s Murder Mystery leading the overall pack of TV and film releases.

Specific viewership figures have not been released, as per the company’s policy, but the crime caper was previously revealed to have landed the service’s biggest opening weekend ever, with over 30 million accounts worldwide tuning in to watch at least two minutes of the film within the first 28 days of its premiere in June.

The third season of Stranger Things places second on the end-of-year poll, ahead of Ryan Reynolds’s action film 6 Underground, The Incredibles 2, and Martin Scorsese’s mob movie The Irishman.

Other popular choices for 2019 include Henry Cavill’s new series The Witcher, Ben Affleck’s Triple Frontier, and The Umbrella Academy, with all except for The Incredibles 2 made as Netflix originals.

Meanwhile, Netflix officials have also shared rankings for genre-specific projects, with Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones beating Kevin Hart’s Irresponsible to the number one spot for the Most Popular Comedy Specials, and Beyonce’s Homecoming concert special placing fourth on the 10 Most Popular Documentary Releases of 2019 rundown. The most popular programmes for children and families included Raising Dion, Green Eggs and Ham, as well as the second series of Lost in Space, while the most-watched non-fiction shows included Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Jailbirds, Rhythm + Flow, You vs. Wild, and the third season of baking contest Nailed It!

Back in October, editors at The Hollywood Reporter claimed Murder Mystery screenwriter James Vanderbilt was in talks to pen a follow-up. No further details about a potential sequel have been announced.

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Naomi Watts developed rosacea while working on TV show Gypsy

Naomi Watts was left feeling “miserable” after developing chronic skin condition rosacea while working on her Netflix series Gypsy.The 51-year-old actress told Britain’s The Sunday Times Style magazine that applying make-up “two to three times” a day a…

Naomi Watts was left feeling “miserable” after developing chronic skin condition rosacea while working on her Netflix series Gypsy.

The 51-year-old actress told Britain’s The Sunday Times Style magazine that applying make-up “two to three times” a day and “spending hours under hot lights” while working on the show led to her contracting the condition, which results in redness, pimples, swelling, and small and superficial dilated blood vessels on the face.

“A few years back in 2016, while I was working 16-hour days on Gypsy, I was having to apply make-up two to three times a day and spend hours under hot lights,” she said. “I was really suffering from rosacea. It was making my life miserable. My skin was just saying leave me alone.”

The King Kong actress explained her struggles inspired her to become the latest celebrity to tap into the ever-growing “clean beauty” market, as she launched Onda – a range of natural, organic products that she co-founded with former Conde Nast fashion market director Larissa Thomson and former magazine editor Sarah Bryden-Brown.

Explaining she wanted to start the brand after she “eliminated chemically driven products from my beauty regime”, the new collection has gained a cult following, and Naomi revealed fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who founded lifestyle brand Goop, has been “very supportive” of the venture.

Elsewhere in the interview, the mother-of-two insisted she was dedicated to “supporting” women going through the menopause and has slammed the stigma surrounding it.

“Menopause should not be a dirty word. It’s such a shame society has made it so,” she fired. “We need support from each other, and to not be made to feel like unsexy, infertile, crabby old ladies that should be sent out to pasture.”

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Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over The Irishman character

Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over his role in The Irishman as he was worried about an English actor playing one of his old mafia acquaintances.Graham plays Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s new movie, which also stars Al Pacino and…

Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over his role in The Irishman as he was worried about an English actor playing one of his old mafia acquaintances.

Graham plays Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s new movie, which also stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

However, the Boardwalk Empire star has now shared that he found meeting Pesci to be mortifying, as the actor knew Tony Pro, who was a leading gangland figure in his home state of New Jersey, and originally had eyes on that part.

“Awkward is not the word,” Stephen told U.K. chat show host Graham Norton. “It was the first couple of days of filming, and I was told that he wanted to see me. He asked, ‘Where are you from?’ I said, ‘I’m from England, Liverpool’ and he went, ‘You’re not Italian?’ I apologised for it and he was like, ‘Okay, you’d better do this right,’ to which I said, ‘I’ll do my best.'”

Graham went on to reveal that Pesci, who plays quietly spoken gangster Russell Bufalino in the film, had coveted the role due to his connection with the top mafioso.

“‘I wanted your part,'” the star recalled Pesci telling him. “I was like, ‘But your part’s massive, you’ve got loads to do.’ And he said, ‘I knew Tony so make sure you do a good job.’ The meeting really couldn’t have got any worse!”

The British actor also revealed that the Home Alone star insisted he completely ditched his Liverpool accent during filming.

“A few days later he came up to me and said, ‘You’re doing really well, come and have some dinner,” the 46-year-old remembered. “But then he said, ‘Why are you talking like that? Why don’t you talk as your character so I can understand you?'”

The Irishman is available on Netflix now.

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Tyrese Gibson joins cast of The Christmas Chronicles 2

Tyrese Gibson is to star alongside Kurt Russell in Netflix’s festive sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2. The Fast and the Furious actor joins a cast which includes Kurt as Santa Claus, his real-life partner Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, Darby Camp and Jud…

Tyrese Gibson is to star alongside Kurt Russell in Netflix’s festive sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2.

The Fast and the Furious actor joins a cast which includes Kurt as Santa Claus, his real-life partner Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, Darby Camp and Judah Lewis as the children Santa befriends, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as their widowed mother Claire.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyrese will portray Claire’s new boyfriend. The actor shared the casting news on Instagram alongside the caption: “God has officially blown my mind!”

In addition, Darlene Love, who is known for appearing in the Lethal Weapon movies and for singing festive classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), has also joined the cast in an unknown role.

In the first film, which was a surprise hit for the streaming service in 2018, the children, Kate and Teddy, get more than they bargained for when they plan to capture Santa on camera on Christmas Eve. In the sequel, Kate, who is now a cynical teenager, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa when a mysterious and magical being named Belsnickel threatens to destroy Christmas forever.

Chris Columbus, who produced the original film, is directing the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Matt Lieberman. He is also producing with Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan.

Goldie, who had a cameo in the first one, announced the sequel in an Instagram post earlier in December. Filming is now underway with the aim of being ready for next Christmas.

Tyrese was recently seen in police thriller Black and Blue and is gearing up for a big 2020, in which he will reprise his role as Roman in Fast & Furious 9 and appear in Sony’s Marvel movie Morbius, which stars Jared Leto.

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Ryan Reynolds feared he was going to die while shooting 6 Underground

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonym…

Ryan Reynolds was convinced he was going to die while shooting Michael Bay’s Netflix blockbuster 6 Underground.

In the action movie, the 43-year-old actor stars as One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form an anonymous vigilante squad to take down criminals and terrorists.

While he enjoyed shooting the high-octane scenes for the film, he has confessed he was terrified during one particular car chase.

“There’s a car chase in this movie that’s unlike anything else, a ride round Florence that’s totally wild, speeding in a Day-Glo green Alfa Romeo at 150 mph down narrow walkways that should never be used for anything but walking,” Reynolds told Empire magazine. “I thought I was gonna die.”

“Weirdly enough, it was Michael Bay’s life that flashed before my eyes. That was strange,” he quipped.

The Deadpool star also admitted it had been an ambition of his to appear in one of the Transformers director’s movies, so his latest project “scratched a life-long itch”.

“I remember as a kid being so blown away by Bad Boys and The Rock. Those earlier films elevated action to a whole new level, so for me, there was definitely an aspect of scratching a life-long itch, to be part of his crazy circus,” he gushed.

“What I can say is this is certainly an old-school Michael Bay spectacle film. It’s just action upon action upon more action.”

6 Underground, which also stars Ben Hardy and Dave Franco, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Nothing was improvised on Marriage Story’

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple goin…

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver didn’t improvise any of their dialogue in Marriage Story because director Noah Baumbach was specific about sticking to the script.

In the new drama, the Avengers star and Star Wars actor play an estranged couple going through a cross-country divorce process while trying to juggle parenting duties.

There are many scenes in which they have arguments and discussions that feel so realistic many people have assumed they were improvised, but Scarlett has now revealed that it was all in the script in the first place.

“What surprises a lot of people about that film is that every single hesitation, every unfinished sentence, every moment where an actor talks, all of that stuff is scripted,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. “It’s just so well written. Every single thing that comes out of our mouths is totally scripted, and nothing is improvised. No hesitation. No ‘If….’ No ‘But….’ It’s all completely scripted, and Noah is so specific about it.”

The director approached the 35-year-old about starring in his divorce drama before he had even written the script and he created the character with her in mind.

Although she was saying his lines, he felt like it could have been Scarlett’s movie as she made it feel so personal.

“You want actors who are there to bring truth to the scenes, and only they can do it at the moment – she’s amazing at it,” Noah praised. “I mean, everything is right there… I feel like I’m watching her movie a lot of times because it feels so personal, what she’s doing, even though they’re my lines.”

Marriage Story, which also stars Laura Dern and Ray Liotta, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Jason Bateman to direct new thriller Shut In

Jason Bateman has signed on to direct a new thriller Shut In.Back in September, it was revealed the Ozark star was in negotiations to team up with Ryan Reynolds to helm a reboot of murder mystery Clue, based on the iconic Hasbro board game. However, du…

Jason Bateman has signed on to direct a new thriller Shut In.

Back in September, it was revealed the Ozark star was in negotiations to team up with Ryan Reynolds to helm a reboot of murder mystery Clue, based on the iconic Hasbro board game. However, due to his filming commitments for the hit Netflix series, which recently earned him the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series, he was forced to drop out of the Fox/Disney project.

According to Deadline, the 50-year-old has now found a film which will work with his schedule and will direct the thriller Shut In, penned by Melanie Toast.

The movie focuses on a single mother who is held captive by her violent ex, with her two young children left at risk, meaning she must do everything possible to protect them and survive.

Shut In, which is in the same vein as 2002’s Panic Room starring Jodie Foster, will begin filming in the spring of 2020.

Bateman and Michael Costigan will serve as producers alongside Dan Farah, Roy Lee and Dallas Sonnier, with Amanda Presmyk, Danielle Cox, Andrew Farah and Miri Yoon onboard as executive producers.

Toast had her script picked up from The Black List by Sonnier, who quickly purchased the rights and wanted to self-finance the film as an independent project before it was acquired by New Line Cinema executives.

Bateman has previously directed two movies – The Family Fang and Bad Words – as well as episodes of TV shows such as Ozark, Arrested Development, and The Outsider.

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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn returning for The Christmas Chronicles sequel

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are reteaming as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a sequel to last year’s hit Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.The Death Becomes Her actress took to Instagram on Friday to announce she and her longtime partner will be back as…

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are reteaming as Santa and Mrs. Claus for a sequel to last year’s hit Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles.

The Death Becomes Her actress took to Instagram on Friday to announce she and her longtime partner will be back as the Clauses in The Christmas Chronicles 2 at the end of next year.

“A year later and I’m still ringing Santa’s jingle bells,” the 74-year-old cheekily captioned a shot of the couple in their matching outfits posing in front of a snowy backdrop. “I couldn’t be happier to be working on @christmaschronicles again with Kurt Russell, my real life Santa @netflix 2020.”

Goldie appeared as Mrs. Claus in a surprise cameo at the end of the 2018 movie.

The Christmas Chronicles was a huge hit for the streaming service, and followed Kurt’s wisecracking Santa Claus as he took siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce, played by Darby Camp and Judah Lewis, on a whirlwind adventure to try and save the festive holiday.

Directed by Clay Kaytis, it also starred Goldie’s real-life son Oliver Hudson as well as Lamorne Morris and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

And in next year’s new film, Santa Claus reteams with Kate, now a teenager, to battle a mythical troublemaker named Belsnickel, who will be played by Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison.

Director Chris Columbus will helm the sequel, after serving as a producer on the original.

Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson showed her support for the sequel on her mother’s Instagram post with a series of emojis, including a love heart.

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