Ryan Reynolds circling live-action adaptation of video game Dragon’s Lair

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to…

Ryan Reynolds is reportedly circling the live-action adaptation of 1980s arcade video game Dragon’s Lair.

The Deadpool actor is in talks to star in and produce the movie, with The Lego Movie writers Dan and Kevin Hageman penning the script, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix picked up the rights to the game, created by Don Bluth and Cinematronics, after almost a year of negotiations, and Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, Gary Goldman, and Jon Pomeroy also producing.

The video game follows brave knight Dirk the Daring, who must go on an epic quest to rescue the damsel in distress, Princess Daphne, from the clutches of evil dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc.

Bluth, who is also serving as a producer on the movie, was hailed for his revolutionary movie-style animation for the Dragon’s Lair video game back in the 80s and went on to direct the animated movies The Rescuers, The Land Before Time, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

This is the third Netflix project for Reynolds, who recently starred in the streaming service’s blockbuster 6 Underground, and was in the middle of filming the action thriller Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson when the coronavirus outbreak halted production.

The 43-year-old actor will next appear in comedy Free Guy, in which he plays a man who realises he’s a background character in a video game that will soon go offline.

The movie, also starring Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, and Joe Keery is currently scheduled to open in July, but maybe postponed due to the Covid-19 virus.

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Greg Grunberg defends Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Greg Grunberg was “so angry” about the criticism directed at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The third instalment in the sci-fi sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, was released in December and divided audiences, with many accusing the film of jus…

Greg Grunberg was “so angry” about the criticism directed at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The third instalment in the sci-fi sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams, was released in December and divided audiences, with many accusing the film of just trying to please the fans.

And Grunberg, who plays Resistance pilot Snap Wexley, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was infuriated by the unfair criticism.

“When the movie came out, I was so p***ed off and angry about one specific criticism that I heard. It said, ‘Oh, he’s just pandering to the fans.’ It’s like, ‘What are you talking about? A movie like this is all about satisfying the fans,'” Grunberg fired.

He went on to dismiss rumours that director Abrams refused to follow the storylines created by Rian Johnson in The Rise of Skywalker’s predecessor, The Last Jedi.

“It’s one of those things where if you pay attention to the film and engage with it, all it does is keep that story going,” Grunberg explained, insisting that he never heard Abrams make any disparaging comments about Johnson. “I would absolutely tell you if there were moments here and there. And there weren’t. There just absolutely weren’t. If anybody was going to try and dig that out of J.J., it’d be me.”

The Heroes actor, who has been friends with Abrams since they were children, said that the filmmaker “loves” Johnson because of how “creative and brilliant he is.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Grunberg debunked reports of a director’s cut of The Rise of Skywalker, and said there was no pressure on Abrams by Disney and Lucasfilm bosses “to cut things out.”

“Personally, I don’t think there’s any truth to that, and I would be surprised if there’s a ‘J.J. cut.’ Every movie goes through a series of cuts; it’s just the nature of it. I don’t buy into it at all,” he stated.

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Eiza Gonzalez heartbroken after losing out on Catwoman role

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left…

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.

The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left heartbroken when Zoe Kravitz was cast instead.

Eiza told The Hollywood Reporter she became so obsessed that she imagined herself as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman in the comic book adaptation, and was “living and breathing” the role after getting down to the final stages of the audition process.

“It’s impossible not to do that, especially when you get so far down the line,” the 30-year-old confessed. “It’s part of why you’re so far down the line – because you’re living and dreaming the character.

“For my prep for every role, I’m kind of a weirdo, especially when I’m already at the camera test stage or really deep into it. I will live and breathe the character; I’m more traditional in that sense. It is heartbreaking; it is always hard. You have to envision yourself in the role in order to see the role. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out.”

But the Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw star is experienced enough to know that when one door closes in Hollywood, another one opens, and she’s remaining positive that the experience will lead to another opportunity in the future.

“It’s always heartbreaking, but what I’ve learned with time, those relationships that you curate and the people that you meet don’t go away,” she shared. “The beauty of our industry is it’s never ending; it’s always evolving and transforming. I’m just lucky and grateful that I’ve had the chance to meet incredible directors and be part of incredible projects.”

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James Cameron suspends production on Avatar sequels

James Cameron has suspended production on his Avatar sequels in New Zealand.The global Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Oscar-winning director to halt filming indefinitely, producer Jon Landau confirmed to the New Zealand Herald.Landau said they were d…

James Cameron has suspended production on his Avatar sequels in New Zealand.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Oscar-winning director to halt filming indefinitely, producer Jon Landau confirmed to the New Zealand Herald.

Landau said they were due to shoot footage for the four sequels to the 2009 sci-fi movie at Stone Street Studios in the city of Wellington next month, but have decided to stay in Los Angeles instead.

“We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up, and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here (in Los Angeles), and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned,” Landau said.

“We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the curve.”

Staff at visual effects firm Weta Digital, which is based in Wellington, will continue to work on the sequels during the shutdown.

It’s not yet known when filming will start up again, but Landau insisted he and Cameron are assessing the production schedule “everyday, because that’s how quickly things change.”

“We try and monitor all this and look at things and think about what is in the best interest of our crew. I call it our Avatar family. That is really paramount to us above anything,” he explained.

Avatar 2, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, and Sigourney Weaver, is due to be released in December 2021, with three more sequels slated to hit cinemas in 2023, 2025, and 2027.

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Brie Larson gained red carpet confidence thanks to stylist

Brie Larson gained more confidence on the red carpet after working with her stylist Samantha McMillen.The Captain Marvel star reflected on working with the fashion visionary as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Power Stylists of the Decade featur…

Brie Larson gained more confidence on the red carpet after working with her stylist Samantha McMillen.

The Captain Marvel star reflected on working with the fashion visionary as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Power Stylists of the Decade feature, and revealed she feels more confident and “empowered” posing at events thanks to Samantha’s work.

“Sam is very intuitive,” Brie explained. “She listens to what’s important to you creatively, aesthetically, value-wise, and then seamlessly translates it into your wardrobe. I still feel like me, even when I’m in a designer gown and heels.”

The duo have worked together to support female designers, with the Oscar-winning actress wearing gowns from female-led fashion houses, such as Rodarte and Chloe, to film premieres and red carpet events.

“I feel proud to wear their designs on my body. I’m never going to feel 100 per cent comfortable with photographers shouting my name and posing, so it takes the pressure off when you reframe that moment to be about empowering other people’s work,” she added.

And Samantha, who also styles the likes of Elle Fanning, Chris Hemsworth, and Daisy Ridley, showcased her talents when she chose the jaw-dropping custom lilac Celine dress Brie wore to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame last year. She accessorised the look with Irene Neuwirth bracelets and rings that were designed to look like movie’s Infinity Gauntlet.

“Brie’s Avengers: Endgame premiere gown was one of the most googled fashion items last year,” Samantha proudly stated.

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CinemaCon cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

CinemaCon 2020 has been cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the world.The movie event, which was due to take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 30 March to 2 April, is the latest in a string of big festivals to have been axed due to…

CinemaCon 2020 has been cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the world.

The movie event, which was due to take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 30 March to 2 April, is the latest in a string of big festivals to have been axed due to the pandemic.

“It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020. Each spring, motion picture exhibitors, distributors and industry partners from around the world meet in Las Vegas to share information and celebrate the moviegoing experience,” a representative for the National Association of Theatre Owners, which organises the event, posted on Twitter. “This year, due to the travel ban from the European Union, the unique travel difficulties in many other areas of the world and other challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community is not able to attend CinemaCon.

“While local outbreaks vary widely in severity, the global circumstances make it impossible for us to mount the show that our attendees have come to expect.”

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on Wednesday, which will prevent people from a number of European countries from entering America amid the pandemic.

However, a spokesperson for the group insisted they will look to reschedule the event in the future.

“We look forward to continuing the 10-year tradition of presenting the largest movie theater convention in the world and joining our attendees in future celebrations of the moviegoing experience,” they added.

The CinemaCon 2020 schedule included talks, presentations, a screening of animated feature Trolls World Tour, which features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, and previews of films from the upcoming slates of studios including Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Lionsgate, and Paramount Pictures.

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Niki Caro extensively researched Chinese history to prepare for Mulan

Niki Caro extensively researched Chinese history as she prepared to direct the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan.The 360-word poem, The Ballad of Mulan, first told the tale of the feminist heroine, who disguises herself as a man to take the place of…

Niki Caro extensively researched Chinese history as she prepared to direct the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan.

The 360-word poem, The Ballad of Mulan, first told the tale of the feminist heroine, who disguises herself as a man to take the place of her ailing father in the Imperial Army, back in the fifth or sixth century.

It has since been adapted into plays, operas and films, most famously by Disney in 1998, with the animated movie becoming a much-loved classic.

Caro was keen to get everything right for the upcoming movie, and took multiple trips to China to speak with dozens of experts, including the world’s specialist on Tang dynasty military strategy, in an effort to make sure her live-action remake honoured tradition and history.

“I certainly wasn’t aware of how deeply important (Mulan) is to mainland Chinese – all children are taught it,” the filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “She is so meaningful that many places I went, people would say, ‘Well, she comes from my village’… It was wonderful to feel that profound connection – but also terrifying.”

And the 53-year-old director was so keen to ensure Chinese audiences were happy with the finished film that she removed a scene in which Mulan kisses love interest Chen Honghui on a bridge.

“It was very beautiful, but the China office went, ‘No, you can’t, that doesn’t feel right to the Chinese people,'” she said. “So we took it out.”

While some were upset at the decision to hire the New Zealand filmmaker rather an Asian director, Caro assured her critics that she got the job done.

“Although it’s a critically important Chinese story and it’s set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney, and that the director, whoever they were, needed to be able to handle both – and here I am,” she responded.

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James Bond bosses to lose up to $50 million after postponing release – report

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the plann…

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.

Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the planned release of No Time to Die from April until November due to the global coronavirus spread, which has so far infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It has now been reported that the release change could lead to a staggering loss of between $30 million (£22.7 million) and $50 million for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure stems largely from a costly marketing campaign which was already being run, including a trailer spot at the Super Bowl which is reported to have cost $4.5 million (£3.4 million).

However, if bosses hadn’t postponed the date and had gone ahead with the April releases, they could have lost an estimated $300 million (£227 million) – around 30 per cent of the predicted $1 billion (£76 million) global box office take. In China alone, where the coronavirus outbreak originated last year, more than 70,000 cinemas have been closed since January.

Bond bosses announced the postponement in a statement, which read, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

“The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

The movie, which will serve as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the 007 agent, also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Whishaw.

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Jennifer Lopez was ‘a little sad’ about Oscars snub

Jennifer Lopez was left “a little sad” when she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her role in Hustlers.The star was hotly tipped for awards success for her acclaimed role as stripper Ramona in the 2019 box office hit, also starring Cardi B, Consta…

Jennifer Lopez was left “a little sad” when she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her role in Hustlers.

The star was hotly tipped for awards success for her acclaimed role as stripper Ramona in the 2019 box office hit, also starring Cardi B, Constance Wu, and Lizzo, but she failed to bag a nomination on the Oscars shortlist.

During Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision Tour on Saturday in Los Angeles, the 50-year-old confessed she got caught up in the speculation that she would be attending the ceremony for the first time as a nominee so felt let down when her name wasn’t read out in the Best Supporting Actress category.

“I was sad, I was a little sad because there was a lot of buildup to it. There were so many articles, I got so many good notices – more than ever in my career – and there was a lot of, ‘She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar, it’s going to happen, if it doesn’t you’re crazy,'” Lopez said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m reading all the articles going, ‘Oh my God, could this happen?’ And then it didn’t and I was like ‘Ouch,’ it was a little bit of a letdown,” the mother-of-two candidly shared, before adding that she also felt she had let her team down by failing to nab an Oscar nomination.

“I think they had a lot of hopes on that and they wanted it too, so I felt like I let everyone down a little bit,” Lopez sadly stated.

Despite the snub, the On The Floor hitmaker soon realised there was more to life than accolades after looking at all the accomplishments she had achieved over the past 12 months, including her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside Shakira.

“You want people’s validation, you want people to say you did a good job,” she shared. “And I realised, ‘No, you don’t need that, you do this because you love it… I don’t need this award right here to tell me that I am enough.'”

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Matthew McConaughey had to ‘un-brand’ himself from starring in romcoms

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, …

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.

The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Fool’s Gold.

But during an appearance at the HISTORYTalks event held at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, McConaughey admitted it was the birth of his son Levi in 2008 that made him reevaluate his career.

“I took off and had an un-branding phase. Not a rebranding phrase, an un-branding phase. I said, ‘I’m out,'” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And at that time I got an offer for a romantic comedy, and it was for a very sizable number, and I read it and they came back and bumped that number up quite a bit, and I passed, and they came back and bumped it again, I passed. They bumped it up and basically doubled the opening offer, and I said, ‘Let me read this script again.’ It was the same words, but I promise you that script was superior to the first one. I said no, and I had 18 months of being gone.”

“That anonymity, that being away, that not being the shirtless guy on the beach in a romcom, by un-branding, then all of a sudden, things came to me that I had been wanting to do… Dramatic roles that I had been pursuing were coming my way.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, while his other serious films have included The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and White Boy Rick.

The 50-year-old most recently played American expatriate and marijuana empire boss Mickey Pearson in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which debuted in theatres earlier this year.

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