J.K. Simmons confirms he’s signed on for two more Spider-Man sequels

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last…

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.

The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which starred Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero.

And Simmons has now revealed he signed on for at least two more sequels when he agreed to bring back the outspoken editor-in-chief on the big screen.

“I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect’,” he said on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “When we signed on for the first movie we signed a contract to do two sequels as well.

“That’s always a one-sided, well not always, but in my case, a one-sided contract where you’re committed to do it but they’re not necessarily committed to use your character in the ensuing movies.”

He also praised Raimi, who helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and Jon Watts, who directed Far From Home, for working together to unite the different franchises.

“It was great to have the opportunity as these things evolve to be one of the holdovers from the previous version,” Simmons added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actor joked that wants to play the father of every famous Chris in Hollywood, following his recent work with Chris Evans on the Apple+ TV series, Defending Jacob, and Chris Pratt on The Tomorrow War.

“My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris,” he joked. “So if you’re casting out there I’m looking – Chris Pine, I’m available, and Chris Hemsworth – in either order, I mean we don’t have to go alphabetical.”

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Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Tom Holland confirms Sony had ‘wonderful plan’ to transition Spider-Man out of MCU

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at…

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.

The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at Disney, who own Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, who own the screen rights to the comic book character, stalled.

A new deal was eventually announced in September, a month after talks had originally broken down, but in a new interview with MTV News, Holland revealed that Sony bosses already had a plan up their sleeves to help smoothly transition Spider-Man out of the MCU if a deal wasn’t reached.

“(The) future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” he said.

He also noted that Sony’s Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were “really confident” they had the perfect idea to “make a film of the calibre that Spider-Man requires”.

Holland first played Spider-Man, and his high school student alter-ego Peter Parker, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and has since portrayed the beloved superhero in two standalone films – Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, and last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A third movie will begin filming in July, and Holland told fans they shouldn’t be worried about the future of his character.

“I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now,” the 23-year-old gushed, before heaping praise on Disney boss Bob Iger for bringing him onboard to help keep Spider-Man at Marvel. “It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man.”

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Venom’s Ruben Fleischer tapped for Uncharted – report

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed…

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed with star Tom Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

According to Variety, Fleischer is the top of a list of candidates being considered by Sony officials, and sources have told the outlet that the 45-year-old has the job “if he wants it”.

Fleischer helmed Sony’s 2018 anti-superhero movie Venom, starring Tom Hardy, but passed on directing the sequel, with duties handed to Andy Serkis instead. Fleischer is also known for projects like 2009’s Zombieland and its 2019 follow-up, Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back a start date on the video game movie, prompting Knight to quit because of scheduling conflicts.

Holland, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Mark Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted, with the likes of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Shawn Levy and Dan Trachtenberg linked to the long-running project, which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Sony bosses are currently pushing forward with auditions for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to star in movie adaptation of Fun Home musical – report

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Broadway musical Fun Home. The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor is reportedly developing the film via his Nine Stories Productions company and is planning to star as Bruce Be…

Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Broadway musical Fun Home.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home actor is reportedly developing the film via his Nine Stories Productions company and is planning to star as Bruce Bechdel, the father of the show’s lead character, according to the Daily Mail’s entertainment columnist Baz Bamigboye.

Sam Gold, who directed the Broadway show, will reportedly helm the movie adaptation.

Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The musical features three Alisons of different ages and shows her growing up in a funeral home and later discovering her sexuality.

Bechdel’s coming out as a lesbian is complicated by the revelation that her father Bruce was a closeted homosexual whose extra-marital affairs included underage men.

The show debuted Off-Broadway in 2013 before opening on Broadway in 2015, becoming the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, and it went on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director for Gold.

Gyllenhaal is no stranger to the stage, having recently appeared in the Broadway play Sea Wall / A Life. He made his Broadway debut in 2014 with Constellations and showed off his musical chops by starring in a 2015 revival of Little Shop of Horrors and a 2017 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, which he will return to for a limited run on London’s West End in summer 2020. He is listed as a producer on Slave Play and the upcoming revival of Caroline, or Change.

The 39-year-old also recently became a viral sensation for his bizarre appearance as Mr. Music in John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch, a Netflix children’s musical comedy special which premiered over the holidays.

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Tom Holland never met Will Smith while making Spies in Disguise

Tom Holland never met his Spies in Disguise co-star Will Smith while making the animated film.In the animated movie, Tom voices scientist and inventor Walter Beckett, who teams up with super spy Lance Sterling, played by Will, to save the world. Howev…

Tom Holland never met his Spies in Disguise co-star Will Smith while making the animated film.

In the animated movie, Tom voices scientist and inventor Walter Beckett, who teams up with super spy Lance Sterling, played by Will, to save the world.

However, the pair never crossed paths while recording their parts, as the 23-year-old Spider-Man: Far From Home star was recording in Los Angeles, while his co-star was in New York.

And to ensure that he and Tom got along, Will arranged for them to take part in an escape room, working together to try and get out of the locked room by doing a series of challenges.

“It was kind of crazy, you know, because we did an escape room together,” Tom told Variety. “I’ve been a big Will Smith fan for a long time, and then all of a sudden I was locked in a room with him, trying to get us to escape. And I don’t know if I wanted to escape, I was enjoying myself in there with Will Smith.”

The 51-year-old explained that he wanted to do something unusual in an effort to bond with his young co-star, after the duo had spent thousands of miles apart recording their roles on the new movie.

“We were having a really good time in there. And it’s funny, when we did get out, it was a little anticlimactic. It was a little sad that our time together was done,” Will shared.

Tom also revealed that he really enjoyed recording his part on Spies in Disguise, as it meant he could relax his style.

“I did most of this film in my pyjamas. I would just show up in my pyjamas, T-shirt and spend seven hours in a recording booth,” he laughed.

Spies in Disguise hits cinemas later this month.

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Tommy Hilfiger thrilled to collaborate with Zendaya before her career ‘skyrocketed’

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unv…

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.

The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unveiled a second ’70s-inspired line as part of New York Fashion Week in September.

In a new interview with Footwear News, Hilfiger revealed that he and his team were glad they tapped the 23-year-old to work with the label before her role in critically acclaimed in HBO show Euphoria hit TV screens.

“When she started collaborating with us, we thought, ‘OK, this is great. She’s a TV star, she’s a movie star, she’s a musician,'” the 68-year-old explained. “But what we didn’t know was that she was going to come out with a new show called Euphoria that was going to skyrocket. I think that it was maybe luck that we engaged with her at that time.”

He noted that the actress, who featured vintage and ’70s-style pieces in both her collections with the iconic fashion house, is “beyond her years.”

“She said, ‘Yeah, I think like a 70-year-old,” Hilfiger recalled. “And I really believe that because she’s so in tune with life. She’s very, very present, and she’s very aware of everything that’s going on around her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilfiger explained how he has always been influenced by the “music fashion revolution” and noted that even when launching his business in the 1960s, he wanted to connect his label to musicians and pop culture.

“I really thought that if the musicians who were relevant were wearing my clothes, their fan base would come to us,” he shared. “In a sense, that was social media back then. When Britney Spears was on tour or Jennifer Lopez was playing at a stadium or doing a concert wearing my clothes, their fans would then come to my brand.”

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Tom Holland: ‘Spider-Man split from MCU was the most stressful week of my life’

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing ter…

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.

In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off – meaning the web-slinging superhero, played by Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

However, both companies announced in September that they had reached an agreement and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third MCU Spider-Man film starring Holland – which came as a huge relief to Tom.

Speaking on a panel alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest over the weekend, the actor initially described rehearsals for his performance of Rihanna’s Umbrella on U.S. TV show Lip Sync Battle in 2017 as his “most stressful week” – before reflecting on more recent events.

“Well…maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” he mused. “That was a bit of a stressful week. I’m sure there’s some contractual obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.”

After a new deal between Disney and Sony was announced, The Hollywood Reporter claimed the star played a key role in negotiations, reporting that Tom made “multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution”.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Zendaya on red carpet make-up: ‘It’s a matter of trial-and-error’

Zendaya has described the process of perfecting her make-up looks as a matter of “trial-and-error”.The Spider-Man: Far from Home actress is well-known for her flawless style at film premieres and fashion shows. However, Zendaya has now divulged that sh…

Zendaya has described the process of perfecting her make-up looks as a matter of “trial-and-error”.

The Spider-Man: Far from Home actress is well-known for her flawless style at film premieres and fashion shows. However, Zendaya has now divulged that she’s tried plenty of different looks – and products – to nail her ideal make-up.

“It’s really about trying, failing, and trying again,” she told People. “Over time, learning to do my make-up became about taking different techniques, and products, from people I liked and putting them into my Rolodex. Then it was a matter of trial-and-error. I’d go out on the red carpet and later look at photos. Sometimes, I’d be like, ‘Ooh, I look like a ghost,’ so then I’d fix it the next time around.”

Back in February, the Euphoria star landed her role as an ambassador for Lancome, and recently fronted the campaign for the French beauty brand’s new fragrance Idole.

Zendaya opened up about her choice to join the iconic company, and fellow Lancome ambassadors such as Julia Roberts, Isabella Rossellini, and Penelope Cruz, and explained that it came down to diversity.

“They’ve always had a wide range of foundation shades for women of all different skin tones. It was really important to me to align myself with a brand that was already doing that. I didn’t want to have to get there and be like, ‘Excuse me, but I think you need to do this,'” the 23-year-old shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zendaya shared her top tips for flawless skin, and noted she sometimes switches up her skincare products to make them more effective.

“Usually I’ll just cleanse, tone, moisturise, and move on. Sometimes it’s fun to treat yourself with a little facial before bed,” she added.

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