Betty Gilpin waiting on acting role where she can fulfill her onscreen potential

Betty Gilpin believes she hasn’t yet been given the opportunity to show off what she can do onscreen.The actress, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix’s wrestling series GLOW, stars in the violent political sati…

Betty Gilpin believes she hasn’t yet been given the opportunity to show off what she can do onscreen.

The actress, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix’s wrestling series GLOW, stars in the violent political satire The Hunt as Crystal, a military veteran who turns the tables on the liberal elites hunting her for sport.

In an interview with The New York Times, Gilpin shared that she relates to Debbie and Crystal because neither has been asked to use their full potential.

“A through-line with Debbie, Crystal and myself is that we’re being asked to do 10 per cent of what we can do,” she said. “But we tell ourselves, if I were just given the opportunity to do the full 100 per cent, maybe it could be magnificent. Maybe I could feel like the superhero I tell myself at night that maybe I could be, if I were just given the chance.”

However, Gilpin admitted that clinging onto the “fallacy” that the next role will be the one to open up doors was pointless.

“I think the entertainment business flies on the idea that if you just keep running, right around the corner is Eden – a paradise where you just keep trying to be the thinnest, youngest, memoir-chapter-iest version of yourself, and the next role is going to open that door. The sooner we all agree that is a fallacy, I think the more interesting all of our work will be,” the 33-year-old stated.

Gilpin was offered the leading role of The Hunt by director Craig Zobel, who she had worked with on TV show American Gods, and she was taken aback because she hadn’t given the opportunity before.

“Craig said, ‘I want you to star in this studio movie.’ I said, ‘That’s not really how actor-movie math works.’ It’s like the first time you get a credit card and they ask, ‘What’s your credit score?’ Well, I’ve never had a credit card before,” she explained.

The Hunt is now available on video-on-demand.

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Wonder Woman 1984 producer insists movie will get theatrical run

Representatives for Wonder Woman 1984 have shot down a report suggesting the blockbuster will be released straight to video-on-demand due to the coronavirus crisis.Many cinemas around the world have been closed to help curb the spread of Covid-19, with…

Representatives for Wonder Woman 1984 have shot down a report suggesting the blockbuster will be released straight to video-on-demand due to the coronavirus crisis.

Many cinemas around the world have been closed to help curb the spread of Covid-19, with the release of numerous upcoming blockbusters being postponed until movie theatres re-open.

The Wonder Woman sequel, starring Gal Gadot as the superhero, is still set for release on 5 June, but a report published last week speculated it would skip the cinemas altogether and head straight for streaming or digital services.

This report was swiftly denied by studio Warner Bros., with president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein, telling The Wrap, “We’re looking to release the movie theatrically, that’s our plan.”

Charles Roven, a producer on the film, also told the publication, “It’s ludicrous if you consider how big a movie this is… Everybody recognises that, as interesting as streaming might be, if you want a huge, global worldwide box office, you’ve got to release it in a movie theater.”

Representatives for Warner Bros. also confirmed to IndieWire that they remain committed to giving the DC Comics movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, a full theatrical run.

Many movies that were showing in cinemas at their time of closure, such as The Hunt, Emma, and The Invisible Man, have received early digital releases. On Friday, Disney bosses also announced that they were following suit by making their latest Disney/Pixar animation Onward available to buy digitally that day. It will be available on Disney+ on 3 April for U.S. customers.

“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae.

In addition, Paramount executives have decided to release The Lovebirds, a comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, on Netflix after postponing its original 3 April cinema release.

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Betty Gilpin never thought she’d get an opportunity like The Hunt

Betty Gilpin never thought she’d be given the opportunity to play an action hero until The Hunt came along.In Craig Zobel’s horror, Gilpin, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix comedy GLOW, stars as Crystal, a m…

Betty Gilpin never thought she’d be given the opportunity to play an action hero until The Hunt came along.

In Craig Zobel’s horror, Gilpin, who is best known for playing Debbie ‘Liberty Belle’ Eagan in Netflix comedy GLOW, stars as Crystal, a military veteran who fights back when a bunch of liberal elites start to hunt a group of “deplorables” for sport.

In an interview with Variety, Gilpin admitted she didn’t think she would ever be allowed to play a fearless killing machine like Crystal.

“I feel very altered by this experience in a positive way,” she said. “Playing this part, it opened up chambers in me that I thought were closed forever. I thought I had a realistic sense of what I was going to be allowed to do as an actor. I never thought that I would get this opportunity.”

The Hunt was postponed from its original release date in September due to controversy, as many people assumed it was a simple horror about Democrats killing Republicans. However, the film is actually a political satire that sends up both sides of the political divide, and Gilpin believes they should all watch it.

“I thought this is exactly the movie that everybody should watch. It was frustrating to hear people speak on behalf of the movie who had never seen it,” the 33-year-old insisted.

While some characters clearly fall into one camp or the other, Crystal, despite her Southern accent, is someone who is stuck in the middle.

Gilpin added, “While Crystal may look and sound like someone at a certain kind of rally, my feeling is that she’s not at any rally. She’s exhausted by both sides and rolls her eyes at this.”

The Hunt is in cinemas now.

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Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot getting early digital release

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to t…

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.

Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to the global pandemic, which led to the widespread closure of movie theatres around the world just days after Bloodshot was released in cinemas on Friday.

Bloodshot will now be available to purchase on 24 March for $19.99 (£17.30), which will help the studio recoup some of its losses following an expensive marketing campaign and a lacklustre opening weekend, during which it took only $24 million (£20.7 million) against a $45 million (£38.9 million) budget.

“Sony Pictures is firmly committed to theatrical exhibition and we support windowing,” Sony chief Tom Rothman said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a unique and exceedingly rare circumstance where theaters have been required to close nationwide for the greater good and Bloodshot is abruptly unavailable in any medium.

“Audiences will now have the chance to own Bloodshot right away and see it at home, where we are all spending more time. We are confident that – like other businesses hit hard by the virus – movie theaters will bounce back strongly, and we will be there to support them.”

In the movie, Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of scientists who want to use him as a weapon.

The news comes after it was announced Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on 10 April.

The studio is also going to make films which were already released in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available to rent on-demand from Friday.

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Trolls World Tour to debut at home and in cinemas simultaneously

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Pl…

Animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on the same day due to the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on theatrical releases.

After big blockbusters such as No Time to Die, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, and Mulan postponed their releases, the animation, which features a voice cast led by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, was thought to be the next studio release, with it scheduled to hit cinemas on 10 April.

However, on Monday, Universal Pictures representatives announced that they would be making the movie available on home entertainment and in cinemas on the same day.

In addition, they are also going to make films still showing in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available on-demand from Friday.

“That’s right folks – due to…um…things happening in the world, we are releasing @TheInvisibleMan for streaming this Friday,” tweeted Leigh Whannell, the director of The Invisible Man. “So those who wanted to catch it in theatres but couldn’t will be able to view it from the safety of their biohazard containment zones (couch or bed).”

The films will be available for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested price of $19.99 (£16) each in the U.S. and for similar prices internationally.

The decision is a huge blow to cinemas, which have been forced to close or reduce seating in some areas due to new social distancing rules implemented to help halt the spread of Covid-19. The news follows a difficult box office weekend, with the North American box office plummeting to a two-decade low.

As a result, Warner Bros. executives have decided to make Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, available for digital purchase early, on 24 March. Disney bosses also made Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker available for digital purchase almost a week early and put Frozen II on their streaming service, Disney+, three months earlier than expected.

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Betty Gilpin ‘frustrated’ by controversy surrounding The Hunt

Betty Gilpin was “frustrated” by the controversy that led to the postponement of her movie The Hunt. Universal executives shelved the release of the violent political satire, which follows a group of liberal elites who hunt conservatives for sport, in…

Betty Gilpin was “frustrated” by the controversy that led to the postponement of her movie The Hunt.

Universal executives shelved the release of the violent political satire, which follows a group of liberal elites who hunt conservatives for sport, in September, shortly after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and after U.S. President Trump tweeted that the thriller was made to “inflame and cause chaos”.

In February, studio officials relaunched the marketing campaign, with a new release date, a new poster, and a radically different trailer which showed there was more to the story, as one of the hunted, played by Gilpin, gets her own back on the liberals.

In an interview with Yahoo, the GLOW star admitted it was frustrating to hear about the controversy surrounding the film, especially as the backlash was misinformed, since nobody had actually seen it.

“The joy of the movie is not knowing what’s going to happen next,” she stated. “So, it made it that much more frustrating that all this wildly incorrect information was surrounding it. But I do think that it makes the viewing experience kind of that much more delicious and insane now.”

In a separate interview with Variety, the 33-year-old added, “We’re living in the world we satirised, about information getting wildly lost in translation. That happened to this movie… I thought this is exactly the movie that everybody should watch. It was frustrating to hear people speak on behalf of the movie who had never seen it.”

In the feature, Gilpin plays war veteran Crystal, also nicknamed Snowball, who turns on the hunters and picks them off one by one. The film also stars Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, and Ike Barinholtz.

The Hunt is in cinemas now.

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The Hunt receives new release date

Controversial film The Hunt will be finally be released in cinemas in March.Universal executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical thriller, which follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill conservatives for sport, i…

Controversial film The Hunt will be finally be released in cinemas in March.

Universal executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical thriller, which follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill conservatives for sport, in August last year following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Soon after, they decided to shelve its September release altogether due to the controversy, which made further headlines after U.S. President Trump tweeted that the political satire was made to “inflame and cause chaos”.

On Tuesday, Universal bosses relaunched their marketing campaign for the film, releasing a brand-new poster and distinctively different trailer which features the words, “The most talked-about movie of the year is one nobody’s seen yet… this March, decide for yourself.”

They have also screened the film for a bunch of journalists, with producer Jason Blum explaining to Variety that the reporting on the controversy last year was inaccurate because nobody had seen it.

“We felt like everybody got it wrong because no one had seen the movie,” he said. “It was the most talked-about movie that no one has ever seen. So, what both of us were very eager for people to see the movie and realise that the movie is 100 per cent satire and pokes fun at both sides equally. We wanted to see that represented in what people were writing about, but again, they couldn’t because no one had seen it.”

When asked why March was the right time to release it, co-writer and producer Damon Lindelof replied, “As more and more people start to see it, we’ve gained confidence in the fact that this is not a dangerous movie. This is not a provocative movie. This is not a divisive movie. I think the big shift between now and then is that more people have seen it and they’ve responded positively.”

The Hunt, which stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, and Emma Roberts, will be released in U.S. cinemas on 13 March.

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Universal bosses scrap The Hunt release following latest mass shootings

Universal Pictures bosses have pulled the release of The Hunt following recent mass shootings in the U.S. Studio executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical horror movie, about humans hunting “deplorables” for sport, last week after mor…

Universal Pictures bosses have pulled the release of The Hunt following recent mass shootings in the U.S.

Studio executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical horror movie, about humans hunting “deplorables” for sport, last week after more than 30 people were killed in two separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio within 24 hours of each other, and they have now decided to shelve the release altogether out of consideration for the victims and survivors.

“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a statement from Universal read. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

The executives’ announcement over the weekend came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim the project on Twitter, although he didn’t mention it by name.

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite,” he tweeted. “In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists (sic), and are very bad for our Country!”

The Hunt, which stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin and Emma Roberts, follows a dozen individuals who wake up in a clearing and realise they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals. It was directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse and Lost’s Damon Lindelof.

It was due to hit cinemas on 27 September.

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