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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Zendaya used fashion to break free from child star fame

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, includi…

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.

The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, including TV movie Frenemies and hit series K.C. Undercover.

Back in 2016, Zendaya launched her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, and began working with American designer Tommy Hilfiger in March last year.

But in an interview for the new issue of Love magazine, the star revealed that she used clothing, and her show-stopping appearances on the red carpet, to try and break free from her Disney personas.

“There was a phase when I was using fashion to identify myself as a person outside of Disney,” she shared. “I think that was why I was able to have a Vogue cover and still be on Disney Channel.”

Her breakthrough movie role was in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming alongside Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, and she’s since gone on to appear in The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and HBO’s Euphoria.

And as her career has begun to skyrocket, Zendaya confessed that she’s trying to make the most of her free time by doing absolutely nothing at all.

“I’m kind of just allowing myself to be as lazy as I want to be because I’m going to be unable to have any kind of social life or off-time once the show starts,” the California native explained. “It’s very demanding and once you go in it, you’re in it.”

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Mark Wahlberg set to join Uncharted movie

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted. A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter N…

Mark Wahlberg is in final talks to star alongside Tom Holland in action movie Uncharted.

A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for many years and at one point, The Fighter actor was set to star as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. However, in 2016, he revealed he was no longer attached to the movie and the Spider-Man: Homecoming actor was subsequently announced as the new Nathan Drake in 2017.

According to editors at Variety, Wahlberg wanted to return to the project after learning bosses at Sony Pictures were transforming it into a prequel to the games, which launched on PlayStation in 2007, and he is now in negotiations to play Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, a fellow treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman, who serves as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake, who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries.

Since Holland has been in the lead role, the project has passed through a number of directors. He was originally set to work with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy, but after he dropped out to film Free Guy, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg was drafted in as a replacement in January. However, in September it was revealed he had quit, and Travis Knight, who made his live-action debut in 2018 with Bumblebee, would be the new director.

Rafe Judkins is penning the script with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Production is set to start next year ahead of an expected December 2020 cinema release.

The British actor has multiple projects set for release in 2020, including sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking, drama thriller The Devil All the Time, and a voice role in Disney’s Onward. He is currently filming military drama Cherry, the latest film from his Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming

Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite appearing in the movie.The 47-year-old actress stars as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), last appearing in this year’s record-breaking Avengers: Endgame.However, even th…

Gwyneth Paltrow has never seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, despite appearing in the movie.

The 47-year-old actress stars as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), last appearing in this year’s record-breaking Avengers: Endgame.

However, even the popularity of her movies isn’t enough to encourage the star to sit down and watch them, as she revealed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday.

“This is so embarrassing,” Paltrow said, after host Jimmy reminded her of a conversation she had back in June with co-star Jon Favreau on his Netflix joint The Chef Show, when she insisted she didn’t appear in the hit movie alongside him.

“I just got confused,” she explained to Jimmy. “There’s so many of these wonderful Marvel, interconnecting movies and I thought that it was an Avengers movie, but it was not… Was Spider-Man himself (actor Tom Holland) offended by this? Was he OK with it?”

Paltrow then went on to make the bombshell confession, adding: “I never actually saw the movie. I mean, wait! Cut that out, take that back! S**t!”

The revelation comes after the Oscar-winning actress confessed to her Iron Man co-star that she’d completely forgotten she was in the 2017 Marvel film.

“We were in Spider-Man together,” Favreau said in the episode. “Remember we were on Spider-Man?”

“We weren’t in Spider-Man,” a confused Paltrow replied, telling the director that she was in Avengers.

“No, you were in Spider-Man also. Remember, Spider-Man at the end and Tom Holland’s there and you’re gonna walk out and do a press conference? And I give you the ring?” Favreau asked.

“Oh, yes. That was Spider-Man?! Oh my God!” Paltrow laughed.

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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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Laura Harrier determined to improve racial diversity in film industry

Laura Harrier is making it her mission to improve racial diversity in the film industry. The BlacKkKlansman actress wants to front a romantic comedy and break the stereotype that films in the genre are typically developed for white actresses. “I …

Laura Harrier is making it her mission to improve racial diversity in the film industry.

The BlacKkKlansman actress wants to front a romantic comedy and break the stereotype that films in the genre are typically developed for white actresses.

“I want to do romantic comedies and other films in which you don’t see people who look like me; movies where you’ve never really seen people who don’t look like Kate Hudson,” she told Marie Claire U.K. magazine. “I don’t know what people’s thought process was when they believed that audiences couldn’t connect to seeing people of colour fall in love.”

In a separate interview with London’s Evening Standard, the Spider-Man: Homecoming star, who is biracial, admitted that she felt “underrepresented” growing up because onscreen characters didn’t look like her, so she’s glad she’s helping change that for others.

“I felt underrepresented as a person, as an audience member. It’s been amazing to be part of that changing. So many people came up to me on the street after Spider-Man and said it was so encouraging to see a character with a family that looks like theirs,” Laura shared.

“I find it crazy that people are surprised that films with black people in are doing well… People don’t go to the movies or not because of black cast members, a good film is a good film.”

However, the 29-year-old has noticed improvements during her short time in the film industry, such as increased diversity and stronger roles for women.

“Even since when I started a few years ago, the roles for women are more three-dimensional and fully rounded. I hope it’s not just a trend, I’d like to be seen and heard and have a job in the future,” she stated.

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Donald Glover almost had a cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home

The Spider-Man: Far From Home screenwriters considered bringing Donald Glover back for a cameo appearance.The 35-year-old actor briefly appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 as petty thief Aaron Davis. While screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik S…

The Spider-Man: Far From Home screenwriters considered bringing Donald Glover back for a cameo appearance.

The 35-year-old actor briefly appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 as petty thief Aaron Davis.

While screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers considered bringing the fan favourite character back for a cameo in the latest instalment, that plan was ultimately scrapped because it didn’t fit with the film’s storyline, which follows Tom Holland’s Peter Parker / Spider-Man as he goes on a disastrous school trip to Europe.

“We definitely considered that. We definitely thought, ‘How great it would be to bring back Aaron Davis again?'” McKenna told The Hollywood Reporter. “Other considerations come in. We went down that road a little bit, then the movie really spent such little time in Queens and gets to Europe pretty quickly. Some ideas you just have to give up.

“That’s really what it came down to. We loved that character and we wanted to do it, but we just wanted to get out of New York and get on the trip as soon as possible,” Sommers added. “There were several things we would have loved to do in New York before he left, but we just didn’t have time.”

On the topic of cameos, the screenwriting duo also admitted that they didn’t even consider asking Robert Downey Jr. to come in and shoot new footage as Tony Stark / Iron Man for a flashback because the new Marvel film, the first one since Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame, deals with Peter coping with that loss.

“He is so beloved, and we definitely talked about so many things, but at some point, it’s about the absence of a person and about the loss of that person. If you show that person and that person has such a presence, does it fight trying to portray the loss?” Sommers explained.

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Jon Favreau defends Gwyneth Paltrow after she forgets Spider-Man cameo

Actor/director Jon Favreau doesn’t blame Gwyneth Paltrow for forgetting about her brief appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming because the Marvel blockbusters are so interwoven. The Oscar winner has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Mar…

Actor/director Jon Favreau doesn’t blame Gwyneth Paltrow for forgetting about her brief appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming because the Marvel blockbusters are so interwoven.

The Oscar winner has portrayed comic book character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008’s Iron Man, but she recently confessed to completely forgetting about shooting a short scene for the end of the 2017 web-slinging superhero movie, in which she featured alongside Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., and Spider-Man Tom Holland.

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

Holland recently joked he was heartbroken about Paltrow’s oversight, but Favreau can understand how the actress may have been left confused, because they often film scenes for more than one movie at the same time.

“With the Marvel things, they have so many films happening at the same time and all of them interweave with one another,” he explained to Variety.

“Oftentimes you’re not exactly sure what’s happening, even me. I’m an executive producer on (the latest Avengers release) Endgame; I didn’t always know what was going on.”

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Tom Holland reuniting with Russo brothers for Cherry adaptation

Actor Tom Holland is reuniting with his Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo for a film adaptation of the 2018 book Cherry. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star is in talks to lead the cast of the real-life drama, about a young Army veter…

Actor Tom Holland is reuniting with his Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo for a film adaptation of the 2018 book Cherry.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming star is in talks to lead the cast of the real-life drama, about a young Army veteran who struggles with extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and develops an opioid addiction after returning home from Iraq.

He ends up robbing banks, resulting in his arrest and subsequent conviction and incarceration in 2011.

The autobiographical book was written by Nico Walker, who will remain behind bars for robbery until 2020.

The project was adapted by The Path creator Jessica Goldberg for the Russo brothers’ AGBO studio, through which they acquired the rights to the release last year (18), reports Variety.

Production is expected to begin this summer (19).

Cherry will mark the filmmaking siblings’ first big screen project since dedicating the last few years to working on movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They initially directed 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and went on to work with stars including Holland for 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Meanwhile, Holland, 22, is currently working with another of his Avengers franchise colleagues – he and Sebastian Stan are in the middle of filming the drama The Devil All The Time, which is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 gothic novel of the same name.

Ironically, Stan’s Captain America franchise co-star Chris Evans had initially been tapped for the main role Sebastian stepped into last month (Feb19), but had to withdraw from the project due to other acting commitments.

Jake Gyllenhaal, who faces off with Holland in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home film, is among the producers of The Devil All The Time.

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