Seth Rogen helped Judd Apatow rewrite Bad Boys II

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous se…

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.

The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous set-pieces, a fast-paced storyline, and plenty of comedy gags.

On Tuesday, days before the release of Bad Boys For Life, film writer Eric Vespe debated the pros and cons of the hit sequel with his followers, which prompted Rogen to join in and make his surprising confession.

“I helped rewrite bad boys 2,” he replied, leading to scores of Twitter users demanding more information from the Long Shot star.

Rogen went on to explain in a follow-up tweet that he and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg were hired by director and friend Apatow to help him out with the script.

“Judd was rewriting it and me and Evan were broke so he gave us a bit of money to help,” he added. “I don’t remember much but we all definitely wrote the joke where they don’t know the words to the song, and where Martin shoots the machine gun in the car by accident. And probably many more…”

The script for Bad Boys II was originally written by Ron Shelton, who penned other classics such as White Men Can’t Jump, along with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writer Jerry Stahl. Apatow was not officially credited for his work.

Apatow first began working with Rogen and Goldberg on the short-lived 2001 Fox sitcom Undeclared, in which the Knocked Up star appeared in alongside Jay Baruchel and Charlie Hunnam.

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Zac Efron replacing Seth Rogen in King of the Jungle film

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfe…

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.

According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software.

Award-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will pen the script, which is based on an article by Wired journalist Joshua Davis.

Efron will play Wired reporter Ari Furman, who accepts an assignment to interview McAfee – with the businessman having cashed in his fortune and left civilisation to live in the depths of the Belize jungle.

But once Furman arrives, he discovers a compound similar to that of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and is pulled into McAfee’s web of paranoia and murder.

Rogen was initially signed up to play Furman, with Michael Keaton set to play McAfee, however, the project has since moved in a different direction and both roles are being recast.

Principal photography will begin in early 2020, once Ficarra and Requa find an actor to play the eccentric McAfee.

Keaton reportedly quit the project after signing up to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, and Mark Rylance in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.

Meanwhile, Efron is set to star as Fred in the live-action movie Scoob!, based on the hit 1970s TV show Scooby-Doo, following his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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Billy Eichner: ‘Jon Favreau had The Lion King cast physically act out scenes’

Director Jon Favreau had the cast physically act out scenes from The Lion King while recording, according to Billy Eichner.The Billy On The Street funnyman voices Timon, alongside Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa, in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 …

Director Jon Favreau had the cast physically act out scenes from The Lion King while recording, according to Billy Eichner.

The Billy On The Street funnyman voices Timon, alongside Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa, in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic.

In an interview with British newspaper The Independent, Eichner gave an insight into the unusual way that Favreau got the star-studded cast, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to record their voices for the movie.

“It was very unexpected. Jon had this whole performance room set up with cameras all around the perimeter and microphones all over, recording everything we did, and he actually had us physically act out all the scenes,” the 40-year-old New York native shared.

“At one point, he had us throw the scripts down and improvise through the entire movie. And a lot of that actually ended up in the final product.”

Eichner explained that he thought the cast needed to do something “more conversational” to help give character to the computer-generated animals onscreen.

“We still have our larger-than-life, over-the-top moment, but it’s a bit scaled down from what the original was,” he stated.

That meant that the comedy double act of Eichner and Rogen could let their funny side shine through in their roles as neurotic meerkat Timon and loveable warthog Pumbaa.

“I think that was part of the fun,” the Knocked Up star shared. “Being able to weave in and out of new material and kind of make people think maybe they were going to get the same joke, but then being able to switch it just enough that it felt a little unexpected and therefore funny.”

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Billy Eichner got Nathan Lane’s blessing about his The Lion King casting

Funnyman Billy Eichner emailed Nathan Lane as soon as he was cast as Timon in The Lion King remake so he could get his blessing. Lane voiced meerkat Timon in Disney’s original film, and when Eichner received news he’d be playing the role in Jon Favrea…

Funnyman Billy Eichner emailed Nathan Lane as soon as he was cast as Timon in The Lion King remake so he could get his blessing.

Lane voiced meerkat Timon in Disney’s original film, and when Eichner received news he’d be playing the role in Jon Favreau’s live-action revamp, the Broadway veteran was one of the first people he got in touch with.

“I know Nathan, I’ve loved him since I was a kid and I emailed him and I said, ‘Look, I can’t do what you did, but I want your blessing. I’ll do my best’,” Eichner told Good Morning America. “He said, ‘What are you going to do next? The Birdcage with Ryan Gosling?'”

Lane starred in 1996 comedy The Birdcage opposite the late Robin Williams.

“He was hilarious, he’s been lovely,” Eichner added. “He just emailed me again two days ago to say congratulations that the movie’s opening. He’s so nice.”

The film is a true full circle moment for Eichner, who worked as a bartender at The Lion King’s Broadway show when he was a struggling actor in 2002.

The 40-year-old also touched upon the recent viral video on social media, showing him sweetly freaking out about meeting Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry at the royal premiere of The Lion King in London.

Eichner is seen telling co-star Seth Rogen, who voices warthog Pumbaa in the movie, what he’s going to say to the royal duo, and then becomes anxious when he sees them approach.

However, he didn’t need to worry, as he and Meghan had a conversation about their old drama teachers at Northwestern University in Illinois, which they both attended.

“We ended up having this very casual conversation about our acting teachers at Northwestern,” he revealed.

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Film critics praise live-action The Lion King following premiere

Film critics have praised the new The Lion King movie following its world premiere on Tuesday night.Directed by Jon Favreau, the musical drama is a photorealistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic of the same name, and features the voices of Don…

Film critics have praised the new The Lion King movie following its world premiere on Tuesday night.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the musical drama is a photorealistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated classic of the same name, and features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Amy Sedaris, and James Earl Jones.

Many of the stars attended the debut screening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and in the hours after the premiere, many top reviewers took to social media to laud the production.

Steven Weintraub, editor-in-chief of Collider.com, wrote on Twitter that he had never seen a film receive such applause.

“Been lucky to have attended a number of world premieres but not sure I’ve ever heard as much clapping during a movie as I did tonight at #TheLionKing. Was like being at a rock concert. Movie is going to make so much money,” he wrote. “A few other things on #TheLionKing. The visual effects/animation in the film is INCREDIBLE. For the first time in maybe my entire life as the movie started I got really emotional. Just hearing the music wrecked me. While it’s a story you know, it’s soooooo well done.”

Writer Dorian Parks commented that the rebooted film might be his “favourite” Disney live-action adaptation to date, and Nerdist’s Rachel Heine claimed it brought her to tears.

“Absolutely blown away by #TheLionKing. Incredible visuals and voice work. Cried all my make-up off. Timon and Pumba brought me back from the edge. Would die for baby Simba,” she wrote.

Elsewhere, Mashable’s Angie J. Han lauded the film’s animation, but noted that it’s a “more nostalgic rehash than fresh reimagining,” and Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary shared that while Beyonce is perfectly suited for her voice-acting role as Nala, he questioned if audiences would find an emotional connection to the story.

“#TheLionKing is a landmark *visual* experience. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it’s going to change how we look at movies forever. As an *emotional* experience, though…I’ll put it this way: It turns out lions can’t really emote,” he mused.

The Lion King is set to his cinemas from 19 July.

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Beyonce’s make-up artist creates The Lion King-inspired beauty range

Beyonce’s make-up artist Sir John has teamed with Disney to create a The Lion King-inspired make-up line.The beauty guru’s most famous client voices the role of Nala in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the double Oscar-winning 1994 animated classic….

Beyonce’s make-up artist Sir John has teamed with Disney to create a The Lion King-inspired make-up line.

The beauty guru’s most famous client voices the role of Nala in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the double Oscar-winning 1994 animated classic.

And to mark the movie’s release, Disney has recruited Sir John for a special cosmetics project.

“Disney first approached me last August, just as I was wrapping up (reality TV competition show) American Beauty Star,” Sir John told The Hollywood Reporter. “They told me (Beyonce) was voicing Nala and asked if I’d be interested in doing a line of cosmetics for them.

“I was kind of like, ‘She’s sold separately.’ But they said, ‘No we want to work with you, and we want you to license it and find a partner to produce the collection.'”

Reaching out to Luminess Cosmetics, a brand known for its airbrush technology, Sir John began work on the collection – which is made up of an eyeshadow palette, sculpting set, highlighter lipsticks and lip balms, all named after some of The Lion King’s most famous songs.

Each item is encased in packaging made from etched enamel showing a lion’s face, with Sir John explaining how freeing it was to design around an animal and not a princess.

“It was actually a plus, because I didn’t have a character limiting my creativity… I didn’t have to design a collection for Cinderella,” he mused. “I also think women appreciate the grace and beauty of big cats, whether it’s a jaguar, leopard or cheetah. They are so regal and so dangerous but have a feminine quality that speaks to my clients, who are strong women.”

The collection will launch on 15 June on Luminess Cosmetics’ website, with prices starting at $24 (£19).

The film, which also features the vocal talents of Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, hits cinemas from 17 July.

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Andy Serkis devised his own make-up for Long Shot role

Andy Serkis devised his own make-up to transformation for his role in the political romcom Long Shot.The 55-year-old actor, who is best known for his motion capture work in films like The Lord of the Rings, plays wizened, silver-haired media mogul Park…

Andy Serkis devised his own make-up to transformation for his role in the political romcom Long Shot.

The 55-year-old actor, who is best known for his motion capture work in films like The Lord of the Rings, plays wizened, silver-haired media mogul Parker Wembley in Jonathan Levine’s new film.

Seth Rogen, who stars as a slovenly speechwriter who falls for a presidential candidate, played by Charlize Theron, said Andy demanded he be allowed to devise the look of the character.

“We offered him the role, and then he was like, ‘Okay.’ And then he started sending ideas for what he would look like,” he told Cinema Blend. “And we were like, ‘What do you mean? I thought he kind of looked a lot like Andy Serkis.’ But he was like, ‘No, I got this whole thing.’ And we were like, ‘Whatever, man!’”

Jonathan, whose film has received rave reviews, confirmed the British star’s dedication to his craft and revealed it made his job as a filmmaker much easier.

“Andy Serkis made choices that nobody asked him to make, and that sounds like a negative thing, but as a director, actually, that’s one of the most beautiful gifts you can give a director,” he smiled. “Because he really dove into the character, and he really wanted to make it his own. The biggest thing was that he decided to be in prosthetic make-up for six hours a day.”

The director also praised the star’s physicality in the role, explaining that it’s what makes him unique to work with as an actor.

“You start to realise that this is how Andy Serkis accesses characters,” he gushed. “If you think about Andy Serkis’ career, it’s facial expressions; it’s very primal stuff. And so that really helped him figure out this guy.”

Long Shot is in cinemas now.

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Charlize Theron’s potty mouth shocked Long Shot director

Charlize Theron’s love of swearing shocked director Jonathan Levine when they were filming Long Shot.The Monster actress features in the romantic comedy, in which she plays a U.S. presidential candidate who falls for her slovenly speechwriter.Althoug…

Charlize Theron’s love of swearing shocked director Jonathan Levine when they were filming Long Shot.

The Monster actress features in the romantic comedy, in which she plays a U.S. presidential candidate who falls for her slovenly speechwriter.

Although he initially found Charlize intimidating, the star quickly put Jonathan at easy by showcasing her blue sense of humour.

“She’s a ball-buster,” he told the UPROXX website. “And she’s that much funnier because it’s so unexpected coming from her. You see her walking down the street and she’s this sophisticated, classy person – and then when the s**t that comes out of her mouth, it makes it that much funnier because it’s such a surprise. You see it in the movie, but then it’s the same off screen.”

Long Shot, which also stars Seth Rogen as Charlize’s love interest, has received rave reviews, praise that has come as a relief to Jonathan as his last comedy featuring a potty-mouthed star, the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn vehicle Snatched, bombed at the box office in 2017.

“For me, no matter what happens this weekend or how many people see the movie, it is very rewarding to have now made a movie I know people like and is being well received, critically,” the filmmaker added. “And it means a lot to me. In that way, I’m very happy with where we are at.”

Revealing how the failure of Snatched knocked his confidence, Jonathan explained that he felt as if he’d let down its stars.

“It was just painful,” he lamented. “But the most valuable way to deal with that is to just keep working. And everyone has ups and downs, but the people who can keep working get to keep working. What I really felt was I want to make another movie as soon as possible.”

Long Shot is now in cinemas.

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Charlize Theron rocks faux baby bangs at Long Shot premiere

Charlize Theron debuted faux baby bangs at the New York City premiere of Long Shot on Tuesday night (30Apr19).The actress, who unveiled a new bob and dyed her hair a deep chestnut shade for the Academy Awards in February, made a splash when she stepped…

Charlize Theron debuted faux baby bangs at the New York City premiere of Long Shot on Tuesday night (30Apr19).

The actress, who unveiled a new bob and dyed her hair a deep chestnut shade for the Academy Awards in February, made a splash when she stepped out on the red carpet at the event held at AMC Lincoln Square, with her new fringe perfectly complementing her sharply tailored black Dior suit.

At first, some fans thought Charlize had fully committed to bangs, however, her hairstylist Adir Abergel later confirmed that the look was created using a hairpiece.

“Charlize is one of my greatest muses. It’s been so much fun working with her. A couple of months ago, we decided to take her brunette and cut her hair into a bob for the Oscars,” he told Just Jared. “I love that she is a risk taker and explores different styles. For the premiere, we wanted to push it just a little bit further, and I decided to give her some faux bangs.”

Adir, who also works with the likes of Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Eva Green, went on to explain that his inspiration for Charlize’s bold bangs was an image of supermodel Linda Evangelista from the 1990s.

In addition, the hairstylist uploaded two pictures to Instagram showing him working on the 43-year-old star’s tresses prior to the premiere, and shared that he had completed the transformation by first using a hair mask from Virtue Labs before proceeding to sweep the rest of her locks into a low ponytail.

“New bangs on this muse @charlizeafrica,” he captioned one snap. “Love collaborating with this magical human. A little @virtuelabs hair mask, a little sleek ponytail and some new faux bangs and we are ready! Always have fun with your looks, hair is one of the greatest accessories.”

Long Shot, which also features Seth Rogen and June Diane Raphael, begins hitting cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese sign open letter calling for reversal of Oscar changes

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks. On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the …

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks.

On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), announced that the winners of the Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Live Action Short categories would be presented with their Oscars during the commercial breaks and an edited version of their winning moment would be aired later in the broadcast.

The decision sparked outrage from members of the film industry who took to social media to condemn it, and now a group of filmmakers has come together to write a letter stating that “it’s not too late to have this decision reversed”.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” they wrote in the letter, which was published on film outlets on Wednesday.

“Since its inception, the Academy Awards telecast has been altered over time to keep the format fresh, but never by sacrificing the integrity of the Academy’s original mission,” they continued. “When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the Academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form.”

The letter was signed by more than 40 filmmakers, with directors such as La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Dee Rees, and Seth Rogen, and Oscar-winning cinematographers Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki adding their names to it.

On Wednesday, a letter was sent from the AMPAS’ board of governors to members in which they cleared up “inaccurate reporting” and insisted that “no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others.”

They confirmed that all awards would be presented during the Los Angeles ceremony on 24 February, but those four would not be broadcast live to help streamline the show.

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