Kumail Nanjiani refused to exaggerate accent for movie role

Kumail Nanjiani doesn’t regret refusing to exaggerate his accent for a “really, really big movie”.The Pakistani-American actor has discussed his frustrations at auditioning for “stereotypical brown guy roles” that required him to play up his accent in …

Kumail Nanjiani doesn’t regret refusing to exaggerate his accent for a “really, really big movie”.

The Pakistani-American actor has discussed his frustrations at auditioning for “stereotypical brown guy roles” that required him to play up his accent in order to land the part.

“I have a Pakistani accent, but they would be like, ‘Could you make it funnier? Lean in a little bit.’ And at some point, I decided I just wasn’t going to do that,” he told Variety’s #REPRESENT: Success Stories. “There are certain parts that require a thicker Pakistani or Indian accent, and that’s totally fine, but I just didn’t want the comedy to just be coming from someone exaggerating their accent.”

The Big Sick star went on to recall one audition in which the director of a major movie asked him to exaggerate his accent for the part of a taxi driver.

“So there was a really, really big movie, actually, that I auditioned for, and I was a taxi driver, and the director was like, ‘Hey, could you play up the accent a little bit?’ And I was like, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t.’ And then the guy felt really bad,” the 42-year-old recalled. “And I was like, ‘No, it’s fine. I’m just not going to do it. If that’s what you want, I’m not your guy’… And then that movie was hugely successful. Still, I don’t regret it.”

While Nanjiani did not name the movie or the director, back in 2014, he did state during an episode of his now-defunct podcast The Indoor Kids that he auditioned for a part in Deadpool.

In the 2016 comic book movie, Ryan Reynolds’ character befriends a taxi driver named Dopinder, who is played by Indian-born American actor Karan Soni, who reprised the role in the 2018 sequel.

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Deadpool creator insists there’s ‘no movement’ on third movie in franchise

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment i…

Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has indicated there will be “no movement” on a third movie for at least five years.

Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular character in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise, revealed back in December that a third instalment in the hugely successful R-rated franchise was on its way.

“We’re working on it right now with the whole team,” Reynolds confirmed, but did not reveal any further details about the follow-up.

However, the character’s comic book creator discussed the future of the anti-hero in a new interview with io9, and dashed the hopes of Deadpool fans when he admitted the movie won’t be happening anytime soon.

Liefeld claimed he had viewed the schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until 2025, and Deadpool 3 was nowhere to be seen.

“Until a movie is put on a schedule, it’s not taken seriously. And what people don’t like is that I have assessed the schedule for the next – give or take – five years and I don’t see Deadpool on it. I don’t see that it can arrive earlier than that,” Liefeld shared.

He also addressed comments he made during an interview with ComicBook.com earlier this month, in which he “blamed Marvel” for allowing the project to be delayed.

“Do I know that there is no movement on a Deadpool 3 right now? I know that, yes. Does that worry me? No, not at all,” he told io9. “What I did was I answered a question honestly, and what I learned this week is just lie.

“Just because some guy goes, ‘Yeah, we’re still moving along,’ that’s code for, ‘There’s nothing to see here.'”

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Ryan Reynolds blames goofing off with Dwayne Johnson for stalled Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson failed to complete production on their new film Red Notice ahead of the coronavirus shutdown because they were too busy goofing around on set.The stars were close to wrapping the Netflix film, which also features Gal Ga…

Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson failed to complete production on their new film Red Notice ahead of the coronavirus shutdown because they were too busy goofing around on set.

The stars were close to wrapping the Netflix film, which also features Gal Gadot, when they were forced to shut down in March.

But during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Deadpool actor admitted the shoot would have been over if he and Johnson hadn’t repeatedly ruined takes by cracking up laughing.

“I’m guessing we might’ve finished the movie if we didn’t spend 90 per cent of the time d**king around, laughing,” he said. “I’ve known Dwayne for, like, 15 years, so we tend to spend time trying to make each other laugh, which is a really irresponsible thing to do with Netflix, their money.”

Reynolds also shared his method for making Johnson crack up on set, revealing he likes to say Johnson’s lines back to him “twenty-seven per cent faster with a swear word at the end”.

And the star insisted the prank got his pal every time and Johnson would have to walk off set in a fit of laughter.

“He’s gone,” Reynolds shared of the former wrestler. “He leaves the room and he never comes back.”

The 43-year-old gave similar insights into their time on set in a birthday dedication to Johnson on Monday.

“Today is @therock’s birthday,” he captioned a shot from filming. “There’ll be a lot of well wishes for him. He deserves it. This year, we fulfilled a lifelong dream: shooting exactly half a film called RED NOTICE before being promptly shut down. Had we not spent 90 per cent of our time laughing, we might have finished it in time. Happy Birthday, Bubba.”

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Blake Lively to star in thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta

Blake Lively has signed on to star in and produce post-apocalyptic thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix project has been described as a character-driven thriller set against a catastrophic event and f…

Blake Lively has signed on to star in and produce post-apocalyptic thriller Dark Days at the Magna Carta.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Netflix project has been described as a character-driven thriller set against a catastrophic event and follows a woman who goes to extreme lengths to survive and save her family. The story has been envisioned as a trilogy, meaning the project could give Lively a franchise of her own.

The Rhythm Section actress will take the lead role as well as produce through her B for Effort banner along with Kate Vorhoff. She is also teaming up with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, who will produce via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Cohen.

Rising screenwriter Michael Paisley came up with the story and will now write the screenplay. According to the publication, his idea began to solidify during the coronavirus pandemic as it features a world-altering event and themes such as isolation and strength of family. Once word got out about his idea, producers started asking for virtual meetings, with Lively and Levy subsequently joining forces to take the project to Netflix.

Executives at Levy’s 21 Laps banner have been keeping busy and have secured four projects during the lockdown, including a time-travel adventure movie starring Lively’s husband Ryan Reynolds.

It will serve as a reunion between Reynolds and his Free Guy director Levy. The action-comedy, in which the Deadpool actor plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) inside an open-world video game, was originally set for release in July but is now scheduled to hit cinemas in December.

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Blake Lively letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown. The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-1…

Blake Lively is taking a leap of faith and letting Ryan Reynolds dye her hair at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Gossip Girl actress hasn’t been able to visit her longtime colourist Rona O’Connor to get her roots touched up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so O’Connor surprised the 32-year-old by sending her a custom handmade at-home dye kit so she could give it a go herself.

In a post on her Instagram Stories, Lively shared a picture of the kit – featuring a mixing bowl, bleach, blending brush, and hair clips – laid out beside a card which reads: “To happy colorings during Covid-19!”

And in the caption, she revealed that she was letting her husband take on the role of hair colourist.

“@ronacolor you are an actual earth angel. Thank you for surprising me with a handmade hair color kit,” the star wrote. “The fact that you trust @vancityreynolds to get this right, makes me concerned for your sanity. But who needs hair anyway!?”

O’Connor reposted the photo on her own Instagram Stories and replied, “Something we never dreamed of!”

The Deadpool actor will be returning the favour, as Lively recently gave him a haircut. Earlier this month, he told U.S. talk show host Stephen Colbert she was going to give him a trim and he didn’t have high expectations.

“She’s done this once before. It took two and a half hours. And then at the end, it looked like she had done the whole thing using only a lighter or like those gloves that are made of sandpaper,” the 43-year-old deadpanned. “It would have been a little faster and more efficient if she’d just wore it down, if she’d just rubbed my head until the hair just disappeared, so tomorrow I’m getting a haircut, I’m very excited.”

And over the weekend, Lively revealed Reynolds had just enough hair to fit into a very tiny ponytail. Alongside photo evidence of the ponytail, she wrote, “I dare you to forget this every time you see him for the rest of eternity.”

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Ryan Reynolds reuniting with Shawn Levy for time-travel movie

Ryan Reynolds is reuniting with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for a new time-travel adventure movie. The Deadpool actor recently filmed the action-comedy, in which he plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) insi…

Ryan Reynolds is reuniting with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for a new time-travel adventure movie.

The Deadpool actor recently filmed the action-comedy, in which he plays a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a non-player character (NPC) inside an open-world video game, though the film won’t be released until December due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the collaborators have already found their next joint project and will team up once again for the untitled feature, with executives at Skydance hoping to shoot later this year.

Reynolds will star in the film as a man who must travel back in time to get help from his 13-year-old self, and together they encounter their late father.

Levy will direct, while they will both serve as producers. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger are also set to produce along with George Dewey for Reynolds’s Maximum Effort banner.

Jonathan Tropper, who worked with Levy on 2014 ensemble comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, is writing the script as a new version of T.S. Nowlin’s Our Name is Adam, a project which has been in development at Skydance since 2012.

Reynolds will have a packed schedule once movies go back into production. He will need to complete filming on Red Notice, an action flick with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson, as the set shut down due to the pandemic. He is also set to star in Clue, a murder mystery inspired by the classic board game, and an adaptation of video game Dragon’s Liar. The 43-year-old has already completed work on animated sequel The Croods 2 and action-comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

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Katharine McPhee gives David Foster haircut on Instagram Live

Katharine McPhee recently gave her husband David Foster’s hair a trim during an Instagram Live session.The couple has been staging daily mini-concerts on social media while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Wednesday, the Smash …

Katharine McPhee recently gave her husband David Foster’s hair a trim during an Instagram Live session.

The couple has been staging daily mini-concerts on social media while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Wednesday, the Smash star revealed she had stepped up and become a barber to give the veteran musician a much-needed tidy-up.

After introducing viewers to the live stream, McPhee recapped what they had been up to since their last online gig.

“The update is I cut your hair,” she said as she turned to Foster, and then pulled out a pair of scissors to trim his locks a little further.

“She did an amazing job – look at this!” Foster gushed, as McPhee explained, “It’s just a minor adjustment.”

“She did a great, great job,” the 70-year old-continued. “My hair was getting so long. I was starting to look like Einstein!”

McPhee and Foster aren’t the only celebrities giving each other at-home haircuts. Gwen Stefani recently helped style her boyfriend Blake Shelton’s new mullet by shaving stripes into the side of his head, while Ryan Reynolds revealed his wife Blake Lively was going to cut his hair shortly.

However, he joked that he wasn’t too thrilled about the idea since her first attempt wasn’t a success.

“She’s done this once before. It took two and a half hours. And then at the end, it looked like she had done the whole thing using only a lighter or like those gloves that are made of sandpaper,” the 43-year-old deadpanned. “It would have been a little faster and more efficient if she’d just wore it down, if she’d just rubbed my head until the hair just disappeared.”

Pink also realised the downsides of DIY hairstyling after she gave herself an uneven buzz cut.

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Blake Lively to cut Ryan Reynolds’s hair during self-isolation

Ryan Reynolds will get his hair cut by his wife Blake Lively during the coronavirus lockdown.The Deadpool actor, who is spending the self-isolation period at home with the Gossip Girl actress, their three daughters, and Blake’s mother, revealed during …

Ryan Reynolds will get his hair cut by his wife Blake Lively during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Deadpool actor, who is spending the self-isolation period at home with the Gossip Girl actress, their three daughters, and Blake’s mother, revealed during a video interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night that he was lucky enough to get a haircut before production on his movie Red Notice shut down two weeks ago, but he was already in need of another trim, so was enlisting his wife for the job on Thursday.

“I was working on a film up until two weeks ago, just a little over two weeks ago… thankfully I got a haircut on the day we shut down. I was thinking ahead,” he explained. “Tomorrow, Blake is going to give me a haircut.”

In his usual jokey manner, the Canadian star hinted that he didn’t have high expectations because of her previous trimming attempt.

“She’s done this once before. It took two and a half hours. And then at the end, it looked like she had done the whole thing using only a lighter or like those gloves that are made of sandpaper,” the 43-year-old deadpanned. “It would have been a little faster and more efficient if she’d just wore it down, if she’d just rubbed my head until the hair just disappeared, so tomorrow I’m getting a haircut, I’m very excited.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ryan revealed he was passing the time by helping his and Blake’s daughters – James, five, Inez, three, and their eight-month-old third child, which has not been named publicly, make dresses out of tissue paper.

“I try not to push sort of gender normative ideas on my kids as they’re born, but each one as soon as they came out of the chute, they wanted to make dresses, they wanted to dress in hot pink all day,” he shared. “That’s what I do. This morning we made dresses out of tissue paper, which was fun for them.”

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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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