Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ryan Gosling’s space movie

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referr…

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.

Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referred to as Project Hail Mary, and now it has been revealed that he will be directed by the filmmaking duo.

According to Variety, the pair will also produce the project alongside Aditya Sood, from their production banner, Gosling, Ken Kao, and Amy Pascal. The latter has a long-running relationship with Lord and Miller, with them winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar together for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last year, and this bond helped with getting the manuscript in their hands.

Sources told the publication that the First Man star lobbied studio executives at MGM to hire Lord and Miller, but they had just signed a new deal with Universal. However, after discussions, Universal gave MGM their blessing for the project to move forward with the filmmakers.

“All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel. With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere,” said MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in a statement.

Weir’s upcoming novel, which is set to be published by Random House in spring 2021, will reportedly be a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.

The author’s 2011 novel, The Martian, was adapted into a Golden Globe-winning film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon in 2015.

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Ana de Armas ‘shook with nerves’ before audition with Ryan Gosling

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original. However, in an interview for the l…

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.

The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original.

However, in an interview for the latest issue of American Airlines’ in-flight magazine, American Way, Ana recalled how daunting she found the audition experience.

“Hell yes, I was nervous,” he laughed, noting that she didn’t get to meet Ryan, who played K, until her third callback. “The third time, I knew he would be there. I was shaking so badly.”

And the final audition was to gauge the romantic tension between the two actors, adding an extra element of pressure.

“They put you in a room together and make you read things, to see how your chemistry is. I wish I had the tape of that meeting,” the 31-year-old smiled.

And Ryan isn’t the only handsome actor that Ana has had the pleasure to work with. In November, she will star in No Time to Die, the latest film in the James Bond franchise, alongside Daniel Craig.

The star was offered a spot in the spy flick before the script was even confirmed – something that surprised her.

“Bond girls have been portrayed for so many years with a specific type of woman. I associate it with some sort of perfection and beauty standards beyond the normal. Things that I didn’t match… Usually these women, they need to be rescued. Or they die. Or are evil,” she commented, before adding that she was convinced to take on the project when the writers assured her that the character of Paloma would be a CIA agent who assists 007.

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Ryan Gosling to produce and star in Project Hail Mary

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in neg…

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.

The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in negotiations to seal the film rights to the project, which Gosling will both star in and produce, according to editors at Deadline.

Project Hail Mary follows the tale of a solitary astronaut on a space ship who is assigned a mission to save Earth.

Gosling, 39, will produce Project Hail Mary alongside Ken Kao, who previously served as executive producer on Best Picture nominee The Favourite.

Weir’s first novel, which was self-published in 2011, was The Martian, which told the tale of an American astronaut stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035. It was adapted into a critically-acclaimed blockbuster by Ridley Scott in 2015 and starred Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels. The Martian went on to land seven Academy Award nominations and grossed more than $630 million (£510 million) worldwide.

Two-time Oscar nominee Gosling last appeared on the big screen in 2018, portraying Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama First Man. The movie, which also starred Claire Foy, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler, documented the years leading up to the astronaut’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969 with Buzz Aldrin.

Weir’s second novel, Artemis, was published in 2017, and Fox News Regency bought the rights, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. The story follows a woman named Jazz, who feels constrained by her small town of Artemis, which is a city located on the moon.

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Eva Mendes open to reuniting with Will Smith on Hitch sequel

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith. But…

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.

In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith.

But during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mendes was shocked to discover that it’s been 15 years since the popular flick was released.

“You’re kidding? Oh my God. What the hell? You know what? It’s time for a Hitch 2. Will, let’s do this. Hitch 2,” she exclaimed, before adding that she has an idea for a potential plot for the movie involving Hitch losing his job as he’s forced to compete with modern technology. “It’d be in the world of all these dating apps. What would Hitch do? He’d be out of a job.”

Mendes, who shares daughters Esmeralda, five, and three-year-old Amada with partner Ryan Gosling, has taken a step back from Hollywood since becoming a mother.

Parenthood has greatly affected the types of roles she’d go for, and the star refuses to appear in any movie that has violence or sexual scenes.

“Acting is something that I will always love. It’s just like now that I have children, I’m kind of extreme,” the 45-year-old explained. “There’s just so many things I won’t do. Like I won’t do most of the movies I’ve done in the past. A lot of things are off that list.

“So, I’m basically like, ‘Disney, I’m all yours, Disney. That’s all that’s left!”

While she’s not plotting her return to the big screen just yet, Mendes is onboard with the idea of being a Disney villain, not a princess.

“I’m more of the Ursula type. I like the villains of the Disney movies,” she admitted. “They’re fun.”

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Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Eva Mendes wishes daughters would mix up Halloween costumes

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her dau…

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her daughters Esmeralda, five, and Amada, three, are obsessed with the 1939 movie classic and always want to dress up as the lead character for the spooky holiday, even though she and Ryan try to encourage them to put a Halloween spin on their costumes.

“They’re constantly dressing up and our kids are obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, so they’ve been Dorothy every year,” Mendes told Clarkson. “We’re like, ‘Maybe we could do a bloody Dorothy?’ Like, ‘I can just put some blood on you or something! ‘Cause really? Dorothy again?'”

The 45-year-old did admit that it was “financially great,” and that her children are happy to wear non-Dorothy costumes when it’s not Halloween.

“They’ll get a Halloween costume that we have hanging out and they’ll wear that with pyjama pants and a headband, and it’s so cool,” the star shared. “It’s just such a freedom.”

The singer and talk show host then said she wished her five-year-old daughter River Rose would pick the same thing every year because she is constantly changing her mind about what character she wants to be.

“What my daughter did was tell me she wanted to be (literary character) Princess in Black, we’re reading these books. There is no costume for that, I had to make it happen and put it together with all of my free time and then she was like, ‘Never mind, I want to be Anna (from Frozen),’ and then I get Anna and she’s like, ‘I don’t know, Wonder Woman?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re gonna wear it!'” she joked. “My daughter changes her mind all the time… I would love it if she wanted to be Dorothy every Halloween.”

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Ryan Gosling ‘in awe’ of partner Eva Mendes’s clothing collection

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her…

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.

The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her biggest fan.

“Ryan is incredibly supportive and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People, before adding that the Oscar-nominated actor has already picked out his favourite pieces from her recent collection.

“He’s been loving the pants I’ve been doing,” she shared. “I’ve been getting into pants more, especially soft pants like joggers.”

Gosling also has to remind Mendes of all the hard work she puts into designing each of the pieces in the Eva Mendes Collection.

“He makes me realise that (making the collection) is actually a lot of work,” the 45-year-old said. “I have so much fun doing it, that I don’t really realise.”

Mendes is constantly inspired by the women in her family and confessed that an old photograph of her mother in the 1980s directly influenced the creation of a silk blouse and matching trousers for her latest line.

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” the mother-of-two continued. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.

“And then of course when you see your family in one of your dresses, your creations, it’s beautiful, because you know they’re not doing you any favours.”

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Eva Mendes: ‘Dresses store memories for me’

Actress Eva Mendes has flashbacks whenever she looks at a dress in her wardrobe.Clothing means more to The Place Behind the Pines star than most, as she recalls fond memories whenever she views a treasured item in her closet.“Whatever special occasio…

Actress Eva Mendes has flashbacks whenever she looks at a dress in her wardrobe.

Clothing means more to The Place Behind the Pines star than most, as she recalls fond memories whenever she views a treasured item in her closet.

“Whatever special occasion holds a dear place in my heart, I usually remember what I was wearing or what my mother was wearing or my sisters,” she explains to People. “When I was really little, my mom worked at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. We would ride the bus to go to work, (and) I’d go to work with her. She would wear this red geisha gown that you had to wear at that time, and it was so beautiful. There’s so many memories tied to that.”

Eva, who is now a mother of two with longtime love Ryan Gosling, has also used the memories of her mum’s clothing to inspire her latest collection for New York & Company.

“When I think of my mom, her whole look wasn’t as uptight (in the ’70s) as maybe it was in the ’60s,” she explains. “I look at photos and there’s just more relaxed hair going on, bell bottom pants, bold patterns – and I love bold patterns. So I think I was really inspired by my mom, but also women like (actress) Gena Rowlands.”

The star is also inspired by her kids and admits the days she spends making a mess while playing with the tots will help her come up with fashion looks down the line.

“I’m inspired by my children’s art work,” Eve smiles. “It’s just amazing what they create when they sit down with the crayon or with some finger paint. I have something really fun inspired by them coming soon.”

Eva’s latest collection with New York & Company became available for sale last week (14Mar19).

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Costume designer Mary Zophres: ‘Damien Chazelle is there whenever you need him’

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.And while …

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.

Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.

And while the two films dealt with totally different stories, Chazelle’s style remained the same.

“It was very much like La La Land. It was just a different subject matter, but his approach is very much the same,” Zophres said at the Gold Derby Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel. “He knows exactly what the film is going to look like. He’s very much a collaborator and is very open to ideas and to meetings and discussions and meetings and show and tells. He’ll be there whenever you need him to be there.”

Zophres herself landed an Academy Award nod for 2016’s La La Land, and she was also nominated for True Grit in 2011.

Her other credits include Catch Me If You Can, Fargo and Gangster Squad, among many others.

In First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as space hero Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife Janet, Zophres opted for a lot of natural fibres.

“Cottons and wools,” she explained. “And to be able to pull back some of the colour so it would have the effect of a Kodachrome photograph. That’s how we wanted it to look. And I knew we were going to shoot on 16 mm. Some of it’s 16, some of it’s 35 and some of its IMAX. You don’t know what it’s going to look like. That was a little intense and intimidating, but in the end, it really makes the movie make a lot of sense story-wise to me.”

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Ryan Gosling almost turned down First Man role

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wi…

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.

The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife Janet Shearon and is directed by Damien Chazelle.

In an interview with Britain’s Total Film, the La La Land filmmaker admitted that Ryan “was the only person I ever thought of for Neil”, but the Blade Runner 2049 star wasn’t so sure.

“I actually didn’t know if I was interested,” Ryan admitted to the publication. “I certainly didn’t feel like I wanted to do a biopic. But I think when I started diving into the materials, almost kind of by chance… the mission to the Moon, and the idea of what that mission meant and what it took and what it cost: that started really fascinating me.”

The 37-year-old added that while he was aware of Armstrong’s “contribution to history”, there was plenty he didn’t know about his life. And the filming experience, which included being strapped into a ‘multi-axis trainer’ to simulate being in outer space, proved to Ryan that he wouldn’t make a very good astronaut himself.

“It was…unsettling,” he chuckled. “But, you know, kind of amazing. I realised I couldn’t (actually cut it as an astronaut). Any fantasy I had about that was quickly shattered. It’s a very specific person who wants to get into a machine that has never been flown, and fly it for the first time, and to actively push that machine to its breaking point, to see what its weaknesses are.”

First Man hits cinemas on 12 October (18).

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