Jamie Dornan was ‘terrified’ about shooting Endings, Beginnings

Jamie Dornan was so terrified about the improvised nature of Endings, Beginnings that he considered “running away” before shooting began.Drake Doremus’ latest movie follows Shailene Woodley’s character Daphne, who meets two friends at a party a…

Jamie Dornan was so terrified about the improvised nature of Endings, Beginnings that he considered “running away” before shooting began.

Drake Doremus’ latest movie follows Shailene Woodley’s character Daphne, who meets two friends at a party and is unable to decide which one she likes more. Sebastian Stan plays the free-spirited bad boy Frank, while Dornan portrays the intelligent and sensitive Jack.

The actors were given a skeleton script outlining the scene and their characters’ intentions but had to fill in the dialogue on the spot during filming, and the Fifty Shades of Grey actor found the prospect so daunting he considered an escape before his first scene.

“I genuinely wanted to run for the hills the first night. There was a night shoot in L.A., and I was like, ‘I’m so scared.’ I was actually thinking of running away, like legitimately running away,” he confessed to Variety. “I was terrified, because you’re so out of your comfort zone. The first scene I had was the first time Daphne and Jack meet. It’s a party scene. There’s a lot of extras there. There’s music so you have to raise your levels, talk loudly. I just felt so exposed, and I was like, ‘F**k!’ I sort of had no idea what was going to happen.”

The 38-year-old admitted that he stuck very closely to the threadbare script on his first take before Doremus encouraged him to let it all go and follow his instincts.

“Drake comes over and goes: ‘Hey, forget everything on the page. Do whatever you want here.’ And you’re even more terrified than you were the first time,” the star admitted. “But then, that gives way to … I don’t know, truth. You’re suddenly standing there just trying to tell the truth of these two characters and these two situations.”

Endings, Beginnings is now available on video-on-demand.

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Sebastian Stan felt ‘exposed’ improvising scenes for Endings, Beginnings

Sebastian Stan was daunted by the prospect of improvising scenes on the set on Endings, Beginnings.Directed by Drake Doremus, the romantic drama follows Daphne, as played by Shailene Woodley, as she becomes involved in relationships with two friends – …

Sebastian Stan was daunted by the prospect of improvising scenes on the set on Endings, Beginnings.

Directed by Drake Doremus, the romantic drama follows Daphne, as played by Shailene Woodley, as she becomes involved in relationships with two friends – Sebastian’s Frank and Jamie Dornan’s Jack. The film is semi-improvised and loosely based on a screenplay co-written by Jardine Libaire, with the Avengers: Endgame actor finding the experience much more challenging than other Hollywood films he has made.

“It’s a very exposing process. There are takes that we probably shot for 20 minutes straight without cutting and we would go all over the place. You go home and wonder if any of it is good,” he said in an interview with Variety. “But it’s kind of nice because it gets you out of your head; it gets you out of your comfort zone. You just show up tomorrow and all you’re trying to do is be as present as possible and available to any accidents that might happen.”

Sebastian went on to explain that he found comfort in the fact that he had spent a long time preparing for his scenes alongside Shailene and could take cues from Drake and his team.

“We had a direction. A lot of it comes from the dynamic you build in rehearsal,” the 37-year-old explained. “And being open with each other. Shailene, acting opposite her, it was total vulnerability, total honesty. It’s a lot easier when someone opposite you is giving their all.”

And Sebastian was full of praise for filmmaker Drake, who is perhaps best known for his work on movies such as Like Crazy and Newness, and his ability to blend all of the sequences cohesively.

“One of the things he’s such a master at is being able to take all these moments and piece it together into a performance. I have no idea how he edited it all together,” he gushed.

Due to cinemas closing as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Endings, Beginnings is now available to view on digital platforms.

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Shailene Woodley encouraged to improvise on Endings, Beginnings set

Shailene Woodley was thankful she filmed improvised sex scenes near the end of production on Endings, Beginnings because she had built up trust with her co-stars.In the romantic drama, directed by Like Crazy’s Drake Doremus, the Divergent star plays …

Shailene Woodley was thankful she filmed improvised sex scenes near the end of production on Endings, Beginnings because she had built up trust with her co-stars.

In the romantic drama, directed by Like Crazy’s Drake Doremus, the Divergent star plays Daphne, who is caught up in a love triangle with two best friends played by Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan.

The movie is semi-improvised, so Shailene was glad the sex scenes were shot towards the end of production because she had more trust with her colleagues.

“Luckily, our intimate scenes came toward the end of the shoot, so there was a great level of trust with the actors,” she told The New York Times. “In one scene, Sebastian picked me up and took me across the room as the camera followed us, and it was a completely different sex scene than what ended up in the movie. But we had to explore all different parts of these two people’s physical nature to really get down to the essence of what worked for this film thematically.”

The 28-year-old shared that they didn’t use an intimacy coach on set and she preferred it that way.

“For me, intimacy coaches make me uncomfortable because it feels like another set of eyes that I don’t need,” the actress continued. “But I have no problem stopping production when I’m uncomfortable, and I don’t think that’s the case for a lot of people, so I think it’s wonderful that there’s a lifeline that people can lean on to know they’ll be protected. That being said, the best thing a director could do is ask an actor right off the bat: ‘What are you comfortable with? What are your boundaries?’”

Woodley enjoyed the experience because she essentially played a version of herself.

“I got to explore some of the more extroverted side of myself who could go out and be free and live with abandon,” she shared. “Because it’s just not something I would allow myself to do.”

Endings, Beginnings, which was originally slated for a cinema release, is available on digital platforms now.

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Bob Iger fires back at criticism of Marvel movies

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at Th…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.

Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference in California on Tuesday night, and during an interview, was asked what he thought of Scorsese’s view that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks are “not cinema”, and Coppola’s opinion that such blockbusters are “despicable”.

“Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese are people I hold in the highest regard in terms of the films they’ve made, the films I’ve liked, the films we’ve all watched,” he stated, according to reporters at Fast Company. “But when Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ I’d reserve the word ‘despicable’ for someone who had committed mass murder.

“I don’t get what they’re criticising us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and they’re doing so by the millions.”

Iger then insisted that Marvel films actually support the wider movie industry because they draw in viewers and allow cinema executives to show more independent films. He also compared Ryan Coogler’s box office smash, Black Panther, to Scorsese and Coppola’s movies.

“Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on,” the 68-year-old asked.

Following Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan have all defended the MCU. However, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch expressed support for both sides of the argument during a chat on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Tuesday.

“I know there’s been a lot of debate recently with some very fine filmmakers coming to the fore saying these film franchises are taking over everything,” he explained. “But, lucky us actors who get to do both kinds of variety, at either polarity (in terms) of budgeting.

“I agree, we don’t want one king to rule it all and have a monopoly and all that, and it’s hopefully not the case and we should really look into continuing to support auteur filmmakers at every level.”

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Jon Favreau addresses criticism of Marvel movies

Iron Man director Jon Favreau isn’t offended by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s scathing stance on Marvel films, insisting the directors have “earned the right to express their opinions”.Scorsese’s recent comment that superhero blockbusters …

Iron Man director Jon Favreau isn’t offended by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s scathing stance on Marvel films, insisting the directors have “earned the right to express their opinions”.

Scorsese’s recent comment that superhero blockbusters are “not cinema” has sparked a fierce debate in filmmaking circles, with Coppola later weighing in and calling them “despicable”.

Now, Favreau, who directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and starred as Happy Hogan in six different Marvel films, has weighed in on the controversy.

“These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t carve the way,” he said in an interview with CNBC. “They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to (1996 film) Swingers… They can express whatever opinion they like.”

In response to Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, a host of Marvel alumni have also defended the movies, including stars like Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan.

Elsewhere in the chat, Favreau spoke about how he avoids “superhero fatigue”, as he is not only involved in Marvel movies but is also the executive producer of upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

“There’s a lot of forces at work here, as a filmmaker I see it from a different perspective, which is now for big movies with big budgets to help justify the theatregoing experience – going to a movie theatre and paying for that experience – you’re delivering a much different product than you had been, even when I began 20 years ago,” the 53-year-old shared. “You’re selling to a global market, these are stories that the budget demands that they perform on a global scale.

“Two-thirds of most box office returns are coming from Non-North American markets, so it changes the calculus that studios have to consider when they’re greenlighting a film. But on the flip side, you have this fluidity between platforms and so there are films that would have been studios releases that are now being done for streaming services. If you look at it from the perspective of what is available to the consumer, there is a much richer assortment and selection.”

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James Gunn defends Marvel movies following Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviem…

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.

Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviemaker after accepting his Lumiere Award in France by insisting filmgoers learn nothing from Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s blockbusters and commented, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn took to Instagram on Sunday to defend Marvel, and while he didn’t call out The Godfather filmmaker explicitly, did repeat his use of the word “despicable” in his argument.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable’. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!'” the 53-year-old wrote.

“Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Gunn previously posted his take on Scorsese’s view on his Twitter page, claiming he was disappointed to hear the Oscar-winning director “judging” his films.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” he stated.

Other Marvel movie stars to defend the studio include Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman and Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan.

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Natalie Portman & Sebastian Stan address Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism of Marvel movies

Marvel movie stars Natalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have responded after director Francis Ford Coppola called the superhero films “despicable”.Just weeks after fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese labelled films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “no…

Marvel movie stars Natalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have responded after director Francis Ford Coppola called the superhero films “despicable”.

Just weeks after fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese labelled films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) “not cinema”, The Godfather director defended his peer as he added: “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Speaking to journalists in France as he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola added that he thinks moviegoers need to learn something from what they see on screen.

“We expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” he explained.

Portman addressed the remark as she attended the L.A. Dance Project gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night, telling Variety: “I think there’s room for all types of cinema. There’s not one way to make art.”

The actress played Jane Foster in 2011’s Thor and sequel The Dark World in 2013, and will be starring opposite Chris Hemsworth once again in the upcoming Thor: Love And Thunder.

Meanwhile, Stan, who is most famous for playing James ‘Bucky’ Barnes/Winter Soldier in the films, also hit back at Coppola’s comments as he took part in a panel discussion during the 2019 Fandemic Tour on Sunday in Houston, Texas.

“He’s (Coppola) one of my heroes and I was listening to him and meanwhile, I just spent the day with all of you,” he said. “People have been going up to me like, ‘Thank you so much for this character,’ ‘This movie helped me out so much,’ ‘This movie inspired me. Now I feel better. Now I feel less alone,’ so how can you say these movies are not helping people?”

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Sebastian Stan ‘reintroduces’ himself to forgetful Gwyneth Paltrow for a ‘third time’

Sebastian Stan has joked he had to “reintroduce” himself to Avengers co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on three occasions.Gwyneth has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s Iron Man, and has recently become noto…

Sebastian Stan has joked he had to “reintroduce” himself to Avengers co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on three occasions.

Gwyneth has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s Iron Man, and has recently become notorious for forgetting what superhero movies she has appeared in.

Sebastian, who stars as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel movies, has been in two films with Gwyneth – the huge ensemble cast blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. But the 36-year-old actor poked fun at Gwyneth’s forgetfulness as he shared a picture of himself in a group of people alongside the Oscar-winning actress as they both attended the Valentino fashion show in Paris on Thursday.

“Glad I got to reintroduce myself to @gwynethpaltrow for the third time. We are in the same film…” Sebastian quipped, alongside a shrugging emoji.

It isn’t the first time the Goop founder has completely forgotten who Sebastian is, as a video emerged of the 46-year-old at the Infinity War premiere in 2018 asking Chris Pratt – who plays Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy – who Sebastian was.

“Who’s that?” she said, to which Chris could be heard replying: “Sebastian Stan plays Bucky. Bucky is The Winter Soldier.”

“Oh. OK,” Gwyneth responded.

The mother-of-two also recently confessed to completely forgetting about shooting a short scene for the end of the 2017 movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which she featured alongside Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., and Tom Holland, who starred as the web-slinging superhero.

Actor/director Jon had to remind her about the appearance during a recent chat on his new Netflix series, The Chef Show, after which Gwyneth, who thought that was part of the Avengers franchise, exclaimed, “That was Spider-Man?! Oh my God!”

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Marion Cotillard out of 355 as Sebastian Stan joins

French actress Marion Cotillard has dropped out of plans to star in Jessica Chastain’s all-female action movie 355. The Inception beauty was initially unveiled as part of the line-up, joining Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing a…

French actress Marion Cotillard has dropped out of plans to star in Jessica Chastain’s all-female action movie 355.

The Inception beauty was initially unveiled as part of the line-up, joining Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France to announce the new project, but one year on, it appears she will no longer be featured in the international spy thriller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cotillard has cited personal reasons for her exit.

A replacement has yet to be unveiled, although producers have since added Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez to the cast.

The project will reunite Stan with his Black Panther co-star Nyong’o, while Ramirez previously worked with Chastain in 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, and with Cruz on TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story last year (18), on which they played sibling fashion designers Gianni and Donatella Versace.

Details about the roles the two actors will play have not been announced, but the news emerges three months after Chastain took to Twitter to ask fans for a little casting advice.

“If you were going to make an ensemble female action movie and you needed a #BondBoy who would you cast? Asking for a friend. #eyecandyneeded,” she posted in February.

The #BondBoy is a reference to the iconic Bond girls, who famously woo James Bond in the 007 movies.

Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who directed Chastain in the upcoming X-Men film Dark Phoenix, will begin production on 355 on 8 July (19), with location shoots in Paris, London, and Morocco.

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Destroyer director was mesmerised by Nicole Kidman’s ‘charisma’

Filmmaker Karyn Kusama was dazzled by Nicole Kidman’s “charisma” during the Destroyer shoot.In the new crime-drama, the Australian actress plays a Los Angeles Police Department officer who must take out members of a gang, years after her case was…

Filmmaker Karyn Kusama was dazzled by Nicole Kidman’s “charisma” during the Destroyer shoot.

In the new crime-drama, the Australian actress plays a Los Angeles Police Department officer who must take out members of a gang, years after her case was blown.

For her role as Erin Bell, Kidman was made unrecognisable due to a heavy layer of make-up and straggly brown wig, yet even with the startling makeunder, Kusama is adamant that the 51-year-old’s star presence always shone through.

“What was great is that even through the process of her transformation inside and out into that character she remains incredibly … well, I think she becomes even more charismatic in a way,” she told Slash Film. “Like taking away the movie star element of her, to me, paradoxically reveals what a movie star she actually is, because I just needed to keep looking at her.”

Destroyer, which also features Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, and Tatiana Maslany, is partly set in the California desert, while other sequences occur with the Los Angeles cityscape in the background.

Kusama ended up setting up 40 location shoots in just 33 days, and while it was challenging for herself and the crew, she is pleased with the final result.

“It was also great that the production matched the film, in that we were seeing a lot of L.A. and we were seeing a lot of what informs the movie, which is the weird kaleidoscope of Los Angeles. So, it was hard, but now I look back on it fondly. But I complained a lot while it was all happening!” the director smiled.

Kidman was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her performance in Destroyer, with the film now showing in cinemas.

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