Dakota Johnson joins Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry, Darling

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and C…

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine.

The movie is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert and follows the story of a housewife, played by Little Women star Pugh, who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life.

Wilde will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay based on an original story by Shane and Carey Van Dyke. The script will be penned by Katie Silberman, who also co-wrote Booksmart.

“I think therefore I stan Dakota. Very happy. Very grateful. Very ready to get to WORK,” the 36-year-old filmmaker wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot confirming the casting news.

Fans had previously speculated on social media that Johnson would be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” to Wilde in a viral hand-washing video back in March.

It was announced in April that Pugh, LaBeouf, and Pine would be appearing in Wilde’s sophomore movie, and the mother-of-two took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” Wilde posted on Twitter. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/s**tting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

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Florence Pugh to star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller…

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.

The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller, which is set during the 1950s in an isolated, utopian community in the California desert.

Sharing a screenshot of the casting news on Instagram, Florence wrote: “@oliviawilde just tagged me in a picture *gasp no.1* @oliviawilde casted me in a film *gasp no.2* @oliviawilde is my idol and allowed me to be a part of this fecking incredible cast. Shia?!? Chris?!? *gasp no.3*. I can’t wait to join this project when all of this is over. Until then, masks up. Gloves on. Stay home.”

Olivia also posted a screengrab of Deadline’s casting story and wrote, “AM. I. DREAMING?”, prompting Florence to write in the comments: “This just make my heart pound unbelievably so. I can’t explain how excited I am!”

The Booksmart director later took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” she posted. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/sh**ting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

Fans have since speculated on Twitter that Dakota Johnson will be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” in a hand-washing video that was posted on the director’s Instagram page in March.

In addition to helming the film, Olivia will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay written by Katie Silberman, who co-wrote Booksmart.

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Harrison Ford starts Indiana Jones 5 in two months

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jon…

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.

The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. He then reprised his role in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.

Reports that a fifth instalment in the hugely successful saga has been reported since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting Disney officials to set a new release date of July 2021.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Ford confirmed that he will begin filming the new movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he said. “We have the opportunity to make another because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when it started.”

He explained that he felt a “sense of responsibility” to fans of his movies, which he calls “customers”.

“‘Fans’ feels kind of weird to me, always has. But the fact that these people support my business, and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer,” Ford shared.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February that the actor would be involved with the film, which was a continuation rather than a reboot.

“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

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Alma Har’el calls Golden Globes voters ‘out of touch’ for snubbing female directors

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el has branded Golden Globes voters “out of touch” for failing to nominate any women in the directing and screenwriting categories.Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) officials came under fire on Monday when the nomin…

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el has branded Golden Globes voters “out of touch” for failing to nominate any women in the directing and screenwriting categories.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) officials came under fire on Monday when the nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes were announced, revealing that no women had been recognised in the directing and screenwriting categories.

Har’el, who directed Shia LaBeouf’s recent biographical film, spoke to Variety a short time later and called the voting body “out of touch”.

“It’s obvious they have no awareness at all,” she said. “They’re immersed in this perpetuated activity of basking in male excellence and overseeing this whole new world we’re trying to build with new voices of women and people of colour being part of the conversation… They don’t pay attention to new voices or value them in the same way they value men they are familiar with.

“There were so many films this year that connected with audiences and critics as well as performed at the box office, and this group is out of touch and doesn’t see any of us. Zero women scriptwriters. Zero best films by women. Zero women directors nominated. I will not live my life as a filmmaker who plans to keep working subjected to a group of voters that doesn’t see us.”

Har’el, who called for the creation of a separate female director category, gave a shoutout to her fellow filmmakers, including Greta Gerwig, Olivia Wilde, and Lorene Scafaria, on Twitter after the nominations were announced and told her followers, “These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system.”

“I take your love over awards any day of the year. I wouldn’t trade the film we made for any other film on any other awards list,” she added.

In its 77-year history, just five female directors have been nominated for Golden Globes, with only Barbra Streisand winning for 1984’s Yentl. In response to the backlash, HFPA president Lorenzo Soria issued a statement insisting, “We don’t vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment.”

The 2020 Golden Globes will take place on 5 January.

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Shia LaBeouf told father a Mel Gibson lie to secure biographical film rights

Shia LaBeouf convinced his father to sign over the rights to his life story for new movie Honey Boy by pretending Mel Gibson would be portraying him onscreen.The Transformers star delves into his complicated relationship with his emotionally abusive fa…

Shia LaBeouf convinced his father to sign over the rights to his life story for new movie Honey Boy by pretending Mel Gibson would be portraying him onscreen.

The Transformers star delves into his complicated relationship with his emotionally abusive father, Jeffrey, for the autobiographical film, which he wrote, but the actor admits he had to trick his dad in order to get his backing to make the project.

“I lied to him and told him that Mel Gibson would be playing him,” Shia recently told U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel. “He signed the paperwork, then I got home, I sent him pictures, and I broke it to him. ‘Look, it’s not like that.’ True story.”

Instead of Mel playing Jeffrey, Shia takes on the role himself, portraying a younger version of his father – and his casting didn’t go down too well.

“My dad is a pretty off-colour character. He wasn’t too enthused about me playing him…,” the actor confessed.

Once the movie was completed, Shia set up a special screening for his father, but he has yet to ask Jeffrey for his thoughts on the film.

Instead, the 33-year-old chose to monitor his dad’s reactions via a webcam as Jeffrey watched the movie, and it appears he was really moved by the personal project.

Shia recalled, “I said, ‘Let me just watch you watch it, man,’ and it was really emotional.”

Honey Boy, directed by Alma Har’el, also stars Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Shia at different stages in his life.

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Shia LaBeouf came up with Honey Boy script while undergoing treatment for PTSD

Shia LaBeouf dreamed up the idea for his acclaimed screenwriting debut Honey Boy while undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).The actor was sent to a rehab facility after he was arrested for public drunkenness, disorderly conduc…

Shia LaBeouf dreamed up the idea for his acclaimed screenwriting debut Honey Boy while undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The actor was sent to a rehab facility after he was arrested for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction in Georgia back in 2017, and was ordered to enrol in anger management counselling and complete a drug and alcohol evaluation after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct.

And it was while he was being treated for PTSD that he came up with the idea for his autobiographical new film.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the Transformers star revealed he finished the script in just two months and was prompted to end a long estrangement with his father.

“They sent me to this place and they said, ‘You’ve got PTSD and we’ve got a solution’,” Shia explained. “We started doing this stuff, called exposure therapy, and through that process, recording all these conversations, this is where the movie came from.

“I wrote the first chunk (of the script) in this head camp… and when I got home I hadn’t seen my dad in seven years and my director, Alma Har’el, who is a wizard, she’s like, ‘You need to go see your dad’, so I then I went and saw my dad and recorded that, came home, had the ending, wrestled it down and that was the process.”

Shia screened the film for his father and set up a webcam to see how he reacted to the depiction of his difficult and sometimes abusive relationship with his son.

“I wasn’t gonna ask him (if he liked it)… because he could have folded me if he said said something off-colour and he’s an off-colour character,” LaBeouf added. “I basically had them set up a web camera and I watched him watch the whole movie. He didn’t say much, but I know he felt like I saw really him, like I got him… It’s a love letter. It felt that way.”

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The Peanut Butter Falcon director ‘offered money’ to replace actor with Down’s syndrome

Tyler Nilson was “offered money” to replace The Peanut Butter Falcon star Zack Gottsagen because he suffers from Down’s syndrome.Zack has been training for a career as an actor since a young age, and had the part in the film written especially for him …

Tyler Nilson was “offered money” to replace The Peanut Butter Falcon star Zack Gottsagen because he suffers from Down’s syndrome.

Zack has been training for a career as an actor since a young age, and had the part in the film written especially for him after he met Tyler at an acting camp for people with disabilities – but faced adversity from studio bosses who feared he would make the film “unmarketable”.

“Every step of the way has been a bit of an uphill battle,” Tyler shared on British daytime show This Morning. “We were told this would not be marketable, people would not go and see it in theatres… because he’s not a marketable face… We were offered money to replace Zack.”

The filmmaker, who co-directs the film with Mike Schwartz, went on to share bosses were certain the film would flop, adding: “We were also told it wouldn’t get on streaming services and people wouldn’t buy tickets and go to watch it in the cinemas.”

The movie, which also stars Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, follows a young man with Down’s syndrome who runs away from home to follow his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler.

It was met with critical acclaim and received the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

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Shia LaBeouf’s team advised him against making biopic of his life

Shia LaBeouf’s team warned him against making Honey Boy, a biopic about his life. The Transformers actor wrote the screenplay for the drama, which chronicles his troubled relationship with his father, while he was in rehab for alcoholism and substance…

Shia LaBeouf’s team warned him against making Honey Boy, a biopic about his life.

The Transformers actor wrote the screenplay for the drama, which chronicles his troubled relationship with his father, while he was in rehab for alcoholism and substance abuse two years ago.

The movie shows LaBeouf, who is called Otis in the movie, living in a seedy Hollywood motel with an alcoholic and drug-addicted father who mentally and physically abused him while the youngster was a child star on the Disney Channel.

While the 33-year-old found the process of making the movie therapeutic, he has now shared that his managers weren’t so keen on the idea at first.

“My whole team, my whole professional team, was not with it. They were not wanting me to do this,” he told Variety. “But at that point, I didn’t have a whole lot to lose… I was in a wild spot in my life.”

Directed by his friend Alma Har’el, Honey Boy stars A Quiet Place’s Noah Jupe as the young Otis and Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges as the adult Otis in rehab, while LaBeouf portrays his own father.

Accordingly, the actor admitted the role helped him “excise demons” and likened the process of making the film to an exorcism.

He has a much better relationship with his father these days, and he admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that he had already shown the project to both his parents.

“It was tough for them to watch it, yeah, but I think, also, they can have distance with it as well,” he explained. “I mean they really, more than they care about this movie s**t, they care about their kid, you know? So, they’re happy with my reaction to it, and they know that I wouldn’t have shared it with them unless I was proud of it.”

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FKA Twigs kept relationships private to avoid being ‘torn apart publicly’

FKA Twigs tried to keep her private life out of the public eye in a bid to avoid being “torn apart publicly”. The Two Weeks singer, real name Tahliah Barnett, has become notorious for shunning the spotlight and avoiding interviews in a bid to keep her…

FKA Twigs tried to keep her private life out of the public eye in a bid to avoid being “torn apart publicly”.

The Two Weeks singer, real name Tahliah Barnett, has become notorious for shunning the spotlight and avoiding interviews in a bid to keep her personal life private.

She has, however, enjoyed high-profile relationships with Transformers star Shia LaBeouf and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, to whom she was engaged. And speaking to i-D magazine, she confessed it was the threat of public rejection that spurred her reclusiveness.

“I thought that if I was anything less than perfect I was going to be completely torn apart publicly,” she shared while discussing new track 1000 Eyes – the opening song from her upcoming sophomore album, Magdalene.

The star, 31, revealed the concept of the album was inspired by the biblical character, whose real narrative “is written out of the bible” and she is instead portrayed as “a prostitute”.

And Twigs went on to share that the idea of women’s narratives being informed by the men around them resonated with her, adding: “I used to laugh to myself about how, as a woman, your story is often attached to the narrative of a man.

“No matter what you’re doing or how great your work is, sometimes it’s as though you have to be attached to a man to be validated,” she continued, adding, “I’d felt like that at times.”

Magdalene is expected to drop later this year.

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Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf to play father and son in crime drama

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have signed on to play a father and son in new crime drama After Exile. The 33-year-old is set to take on the role of Mike Delaney, a convict who has recently been released from prison after serving time for killing an…

Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf have signed on to play a father and son in new crime drama After Exile. 

The 33-year-old is set to take on the role of Mike Delaney, a convict who has recently been released from prison after serving time for killing an innocent bystander in a violent robbery.

Delaney decides to return to his old life to help his alcoholic and guilt-ridden ex-con father, as portrayed by De Niro, and along the way, also tries to save his younger brother from following in his footsteps.  

Jobs director Joshua Michael Stern is helming the independent movie, working from a script penned by Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo. According to editors at Deadline, Tovo based the story on true events from his own life.  

Thorne is producing alongside Steve Snyder of Pacific Shore Films, while Les Cohen will serve as executive producer on the project. Production is expected to begin in Philadelphia in October.

Two-time Oscar winner De Niro will next be seen onscreen as TV personality Murray Franklin in Joker opposite Joaquin Phoenix, with the film slated for release in October.  

The 75-year-old has also reunited with old buddies and fellow Hollywood icons Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel on Netflix mob thriller The Irishman, which will have its world premiere in New York in late September.  

LaBeouf is currently promoting feel-good comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, also starring Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, as well as Honey Boy, for which he wrote the screenplay.  

Honey Boy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and is set to hit cinemas later in the year.  

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