Blake Lively’s hand looked like ‘feta cheese’ after fight scene injury

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-d…

Blake Lively’s hand looked like “feta cheese” after she suffered an injury on the set of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman seeking to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family three years earlier in the Reed Morano-directed film, required surgery in December 2017 after she smashed her right hand while filming an action sequence in Dublin, Ireland.

Recalling the incident during an interview for Good Morning America on Tuesday, Blake shared exactly how she “shattered” her hand.

“We were doing all of our own stunts, by and large, and there’s, like, one-shot fight sequences, which is how I shattered my hand,” she explained. “We shut down for six months. My hand, basically, turned to, like, feta cheese… I was lunging towards (co-star) Jude Law with my fake rubber knife and my hand collided with his elbow and I broke some things and dislocated some things and severed a ligament. It was intense.

“That’s why you guys have to see this movie… so I gave my right hand for something!”

In addition, Blake admitted that she also went through hell filming car chase scenes without any control of the vehicle.

“There’s a precision driver… he was, like, on top of the car, actually operating it from a cage, and I’m in the car,” the 32-year-old sighed. “You’re out of control. There’s cars coming and you can do nothing about it… The brakes aren’t working, you’re spinning the wheel.

“I’m screaming the whole time, terrified. That’s not acting!”

The Rhythm Section, also featuring Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella, and Raza Jaffrey, hits cinemas on Friday.

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Frozen II becomes highest-grossing animated movie ever

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Bro…

Frozen II has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

The Disney sequel, which features the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, alongside newcomers Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown, was released back in November last year.

Now, the film has been crowned the biggest animated movie ever, raking in $1.32 billion (£1 billion) at the global box office, and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking 2013’s Frozen, which made $1.28 billion (£973 million).

Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck were told the news during the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday, and revealed their surprise at the huge milestone.

“We just found out,” Jennifer told Variety. “I’m really excited. I think we’re always surprised.”

And when quizzed about the possibility of Frozen 3, Chris joked: “We’re going to skip three and go right to four.”

Disney movies dominate the biggest animated films of all time list, with Frozen II, Frozen, and 2018’s Incredibles 2, which took $1.24 billion (£942 million) globally, taking the top three spots.

Frozen II was also the studio’s sixth release in 2019 to reach $1 billion (£760 million) in ticket sales, joining the likes of Toy Story 4, Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Aladdin, Captain Marvel, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King reboot, and Avengers: Endgame, which is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, raking in more than $2.7 billion (£2 billion).

And according to Variety, Disney’s last release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is also on course to become the studio’s seventh billion-dollar movie of last year.

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Idina Menzel: ‘Frozen II is better than the first film’

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves …

Idina Menzel has boldly claimed Frozen II is “better” than the first film.

The star reprises her voice role as Elsa in the follow-up to the hit 2013 animated movie, and during an interview on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast, explained that while she loves the original, famous for the song Let It Go, she prefers the plot of the second and the sequel’s biggest tune Into the Unknown.

“I would just go on the record saying I think that this film is better than the first. I do, I love it, you know? I just, I love it. I love Let It Go, obviously; it’s one of the great gifts of my life to have this song and this character in my life and what it represents and how it’s allowed me to connect with audiences all over the world. It’s changed my life,” the 48-year-old commented. “But I actually really enjoy – except for the really high note that’s going to give me problems on a day where I have a cold – I’ve loved singing Into the Unknown. It makes me wanna cry, it gives me goosebumps when I listen to the underscore of it, the rolling bassline and the rhythm and everything. I just love it.”

As for the inspiration for the film’s songs, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Idina added that she’s always been a big fan of the couple because they put the story first.

“It wasn’t about trying to write another big hooky melody,” she explained. “They wanted to make sure that this furthered the story properly and that they deepened and enriched these characters and helped them evolve into the young women that they are. So, they always come from story first, which is why I think then that they are so successful.”

Frozen II, also featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alfred Molina, is in cinemas now.

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Danai Gurira declares Marvel love as Avengers comes to an end

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans …

Danai Gurira has declared her love for her “Marvel family” as the Avengers series wraps up.

Avengers: Endgame, which features dozens of the franchise’s most popular characters, marks the last film in the current phase of the superhero series, with fans and critics all delighted with the final chapter when it hit cinemas earlier this month (Apr19).

In a chat with PorterEdit, Danai, who brought back her Black Panther alter ego Okoye for Anthony and Joe Russo’s swansong, gushed: “I love the Marvel family. I’ve had an amazing time working with all of them. And I love our fans.”

The 41-year-old will reportedly next be seen in Godzilla vs. Kong, which comes out in 2020, and she’s rumoured to getting ready to film the new Star Trek movie. A sequel to Black Panther has also been confirmed by Marvel bosses.

Reflecting on her training at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, The Walking Dead actress shared how the institution taught her more than just how to act.

“The beauty of that programme, in addition to the wonderful people who were there with me like Sterling K. Brown and Mahershala Ali, is that we all come from this training where you leave your ego outside of the room,” she explained. “It’s about collaborating not cooperating, which is something one of my teachers always said. I’m pretty willing to have a really clear conversation about what I think works, and what doesn’t, and why. It’s always done with respect. You want to find the magic. How do you create the best environment for the magic to come out?”

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Black Panther cast members excited for planned sequel

The cast of Black Panther has described their excitement over a planned sequel.At the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (27Jan19), the Marvel Studios superhero feature won the prize for Outstanding…

The cast of Black Panther has described their excitement over a planned sequel.

At the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (27Jan19), the Marvel Studios superhero feature won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Director Ryan Coogler is already developing a follow-up to the hit film, and in a backstage chat at the SAG ceremony, a reporter asked the cast if they had any hesitations about participating in a sequel, because “it could be The Godfather Part II, or it could be Grease 2”.

“It’s one of those things where honestly, to be able to build on that legacy and those characters and the world that Ryan built – you know, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created years ago – but allow Ryan to actually tell that story, if there’s an opportunity to come back and do a second one,” responded Sterling K. Brown, who played the character of N’Jobu in the original.

Michael B. Jordan, who played villain Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens, went on to explain that he had every confidence in Coogler’s ability to come up with another original story.

“I mean, take myself out of that situation,” he laughed. “But for everybody to come back, I think I speak for everybody up here, it would be a tremendous accomplishment.

“Sequels, I think, are one of the hardest films to make, and I feel like to create a world and build upon it that’s so beautifully and delicately woven into the world of the Marvel Universe – but throughout cinema in general, you take Marvel out of it, I think it’s a movie that stands against all film across the board. So yeah, I think if there was an opportunity, I think everybody would be pretty excited to come back around.”

In addition, lead actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa / Black Panther, noted that there was “no question” of his return, while Brown described Coogler, who also helmed films like Creed and Fruitvale Station, as a “beast”.

“He ain’t going to slip. Godfather II. Like, be ready,” he smiled.

Black Panther was widely praised by critics and grossed $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of 2018. The film has also garnered six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

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Shane Black apologises to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18). The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offen…

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18).

The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel, who had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet in 2010, in the new movie.

Munn discovered Striegel’s criminal past last month (Aug18), and successfully lobbied Twentieth Century Fox bosses to cut the scene, and the news went public last week. Munn went on to accuse Black of keeping the news from the cast and crew, and complained that she had been shunned by her co-stars.

At The Predator premiere on Wednesday, Black reached out to Munn, and became visibly emotional as he discussed the controversy.

“I have reached out to Olivia,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I felt that I owed her that call, that apology and I’m very sorry for any pain that she’s felt, but I reached out privately.”

The director expressed his remorse over the decision to cast Striegel, and took full responsibility for the fallout.

“If I caused pain, it’s on me. It’s my fault. I made a decision, which was a very bad – look, it’s not about the fact that I was as shocked to discover what’s going on at reading these horrible things in the paper. That’s still on me,” he continued.

“I’m not allowed to just treat this like we’re kids in college and putting friends in movies because this is big leagues, and I felt like I had let people down and caused pain to the cast and that is not acceptable.”

Munn told ET at the event that she had been encouraged by the response to her actions, and was happy that her co-stars – including Sterling K. Brown – had finally supported her.

“Just to have everyone on that same page… that’s honestly been the most amazing thing just to see that.”

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Sterling K. Brown speaking out in support of Olivia Munn

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has apologised to Olivia Munn after she made it clear she was not feeling supported by her The Predator castmates following a sex offender drama on the set. The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel…

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has apologised to Olivia Munn after she made it clear she was not feeling supported by her The Predator castmates following a sex offender drama on the set.

The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel before learning that he had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet back in 2010.

He served six months in jail after pleading guilty to felony charges of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Upon discovering the awful truth about her co-star’s past, Munn brought the information to Twentieth Century Fox studio bosses’ attention, who agreed to cut his scene from the finished film, which also stars Brown and Boyd Holbrook.

The controversy went public last week (ends07Sep18), but Munn has been the only cast member who has spoken out, and now she has revealed she felt isolated at the Toronto International Film Festival after raising her voice.

Brown has since apologised, stating, “I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you.”

Sterling also insists the cast should have known about Striegel’s indiscretions before working with him and he has thanked studio bosses for taking action when they learned the truth.

“Our studio was not given that opportunity, and neither was our cast,” he adds. “Especially @oliviamunn who was the only member of the principal cast who had to work with him. I so appreciate that you ‘didn’t leave well enough alone’, & again, I’m sorry you feel isolated in taking action.”

“Thank you to @20thcenturyfox for taking quick action in deleting the scene,” he continues. “@oliviamunn I hope you don’t feel quite so alone. You did the right thing.”

Meanwhile, director Shane Black has apologised for not letting his colleagues know, claiming he had been misled by his friend over the seriousness of his 2010 arrest.

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Sterling K. Brown assumed Hotel Artemis co-star Jodie Foster would be aloof

Sterling K. Brown thought Jodie Foster would be aloof and unapproachable before they met on the Hotel Artemis set.The two stars appear alongside each other in Drew Pearce’s new dystopian crime drama, about a members-only hotel/hospital hybrid that take…

Sterling K. Brown thought Jodie Foster would be aloof and unapproachable before they met on the Hotel Artemis set.

The two stars appear alongside each other in Drew Pearce’s new dystopian crime drama, about a members-only hotel/hospital hybrid that takes in criminals. Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry, Jeff Goldblum and Sofia Boutella also star.

“My preconception was that Jodie would be aloof and unapproachable, and I could not have been happier to find out that the absolute opposite was true,” Sterling beamed to British newspaper Metro. “She’s incredibly warm and accessible.”

In the film, Sterling plays criminal with a heart Waikiki, which is a world away from the role that made him famous – Randall Pearson in beloved TV series This Is Us.

The 42-year-old has been melting hearts as lovable Randall since 2016, with the part bagging him both an Emmy and Golden Globe, the latter of which made him the first African-American to win the prize for best actor in a drama.

He also won an Emmy for his role in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, but Sterling now has his sights set on more movie roles.

“This is like my first leading-man kind of action thing. And that was really exciting!” he said of Hotel Artemis.

And with parts in upcoming flicks The Predator and The Rhythm Section, as well as a role in Marvel smash hit Black Panther, it looks like action could be his forte.

“I am still looking forward to my Rambo moment, when I can cover myself in slime and start taking people out,” he smiled, adding some of his favourite films growing up were Ricochet and Die Hard.

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Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedges set to star in musical Waves

Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedges are reportedly in talks to star in movie musical Waves. The This Is Us actor and Manchester by the Sea star are in negotiations for lead roles in Trey Edward Shults’ latest movie, which he has written and directed, a…

Sterling K. Brown and Lucas Hedges are reportedly in talks to star in movie musical Waves.

The This Is Us actor and Manchester by the Sea star are in negotiations for lead roles in Trey Edward Shults’ latest movie, which he has written and directed, according to Variety. Other castmembers are yet to be confirmed, though production is due to start in Florida in August (18).

The dramatic musical will reportedly be an “energetic, affecting anthem” of contemporary teenage life which follows two young couples as they navigate the “emotional minefield of growing up and falling in love.”

The movie will be largely synchronised to music, which will be a mix of iconic contemporary songs alongside an original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The duo have previously worked together on David Fincher films including Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as The Social Network, for which they won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Waves will be produced by Kevin Turen and Jim Wilson for independent movie company A24. Shults has worked with the distributor on his previous projects, Krisha and 2017 psychological thriller It Comes at Night, which starred Joel Edgerton.

Brown, who recently appeared in Black Panther, has not shown off his singing chops in a movie, but has proven his abilities a number of times, including when he sung Nickelback’s How You Remind Me in a sketch on Saturday Night Live (SNL) in March and when he covered Boyz II Men’s Motownphilly in a Facebook video with his Marshall co-stars Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad.

Oscar nominee Hedges previously admitted to Vulture that he’s not “a great singer”, even though he had to do so when his character auditions for the school musical in 2017 comedy Lady Bird.

Brown will next be seen in The Predator reboot and The Rhythm Section, while Hedges’ upcoming films include Boy Erased and Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid ’90s.

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Sterling K. Brown considers character acting a kind of ‘controlled schizophrenia’

Sterling K. Brown likens acting to a form of “controlled schizophrenia” because different roles allow him to exercise different personalities. The star has won critical acclaim for his TV roles on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in …

Sterling K. Brown likens acting to a form of “controlled schizophrenia” because different roles allow him to exercise different personalities.

The star has won critical acclaim for his TV roles on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in which he portrayed real-life prosecutor Christopher Darden, and family drama This Is Us, while he also recently featured in Marvel superhero blockbuster Black Panther and will lend his voice to the upcoming The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Sterling tries to avoid playing the same kinds of characters with each new gig, but when he moves from one project to the next, he never ditches the personas completely.

“They never go away; they’re always a part of you,” he told breakfast show Today.

“I look at acting as sort of controlled schizophrenia,” Sterling explained. “There are thousands of characters that dwell inside of you, depending on what the script and the circumstances are, I get an opportunity to let each one out.”

His latest role in dystopian crime thriller Hotel Artemis features the actor as a bank robber in a heist-gone-wrong, who seeks treatment at an underground hospital run by a no-nonsense nurse, played by Jodie Foster.

The movie also stars Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista, and Zachary Quinto, and Sterling reveals the cast would often crack a few jokes in between the tough scenes.

“When something’s that intense, you gotta balance the energy on set,” he said.

The film marked Sterling’s first time working with former child actress Foster, and he was pleasantly surprised at how easygoing she was with the cast and crew.

“You talkin’ ’bout an idol… somebody you’ve been watching your whole life,” he remarked. “You’d think she’d be aloof and distant but she was as warm and as generous and as open as you would have hoped for her to be.”

Hotel Artemis, written and directed by new filmmaker Drew Pearce, opens in theatres this week (ends08Jun18).

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