Tom Hanks to resume filming on Elvis Presley biopic in October

Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.The currently-untitled project, in which the Oscar-winning actor will play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, had been in pre-production b…

Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

The currently-untitled project, in which the Oscar-winning actor will play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, had been in pre-production back in March, when the Queensland shoot was shut down after Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive for the coronavirus.

They were briefly hospitalised and quarantined while they recovered, before returning to their home in Los Angeles, where they have been donating plasma to help medical researchers find a cure.

Last month, director Luhrmann was revealed to be in advanced discussions with Australian government officials about a restart date, and now Hanks has revealed they are aiming to resume filming in three months.

“There is certainly a plan and a desire from the studio’s perspective and from everybody else involved in the movie to figure out a way to make it happen,” Hanks explained in a video call with a reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald.

“There are dates on the calendar that say maybe we will be making this movie in October, but all of that stuff is a ‘maybe’ as questions about quarantine and temperatures and sterilising soundstages and all of that go on.”

However, Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham announced that the country’s borders would remain closed to travellers from overseas for “quite some distance off” in an effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Luhrmann’s musical biopic, also starring Austin Butler as Elvis, is scheduled to be released in November 2021.

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Gabrielle Union throws support behind A League of Their Own sequel

Gabrielle Union has thrown her support behind a sequel to A League Of Their Own, which would follow the rise of three female Black stars of post-war baseball.Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry first pitched the idea of a follow-up to the hit 1992 movie, which…

Gabrielle Union has thrown her support behind a sequel to A League Of Their Own, which would follow the rise of three female Black stars of post-war baseball.

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry first pitched the idea of a follow-up to the hit 1992 movie, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, and followed the beginnings of the first female professional baseball league in the 1940s.

Back in December 2018, the Oscar-winning director suggested in a post on Twitter that a sequel to late director Penny Marshall’s flick should pick up at the point in the film when a Black woman in the crowd at a game throws a ground ball back to the team, impressing Davis’ character Dottie Hinson.

“Imagine A League Of Their Own sequel that starts with the scene of the Black woman throwing the ball back from the stands and you stay with her and it becomes a biopic on (Toni Stone, Mami (sic) ‘Peanut’ Johnson & Connie Morgan),” the Hair Love director wrote.

Toni, Mamie and Connie broke new ground when they played professional baseball in the 1940s and 1950s.

On Monday, Gabrielle took to Twitter to share Matthew’s post, and implored Hollywood bosses to look at getting the potential project off the ground.

“Can we make this please?” the Bring It On actress wrote. “Asking for a bunch of us.”

Fans of the 47-year-old went wild for her idea, and suggested Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay could helm the sports biopic.

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Baz Luhrmann in talks to start shooting Elvis biopic after Tom Hanks’ Covid-19 battle

Baz Luhrmann has met with Australian officials to discuss shooting his Elvis Presley biopic.The Moulin Rouge! director was four days away from filming the movie at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast when production was shut down in March af…

Baz Luhrmann has met with Australian officials to discuss shooting his Elvis Presley biopic.

The Moulin Rouge! director was four days away from filming the movie at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast when production was shut down in March after Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland, told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that she had been in talks with Luhrmann to discuss starting up production.

“We want to ensure that this can happen as soon as possible while making sure that the cast and crew can operate safely,” Palaszcuk said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “Screen Queensland and Queensland Health are also currently developing a screen industry Covid safe plan that will be released shortly, paving the way for the whole sector to get rolling cameras again and crew back to work on sets.”

In March, Luhrmann stated that he would look to resume shooting in Australia “as soon as the time is right”.

“Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days,” he explained in a statement shared on social media. “All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we leave off as soon as the time is right.”

Austin Butler will portray Elvis alongside Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the as-yet untitled biopic, which will explore the singer’s relationship with his controversial manager.

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Tom Hanks’ war drama Greyhound to debut on streaming service

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run. The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials …

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run.

The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials did a major reshuffle of their calendar due to coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the closure of movie theatres.

Many expected the movie to be released in cinemas at a later date, but in a surprising turn of events, it was announced by Deadline on Tuesday that the distribution rights to the film have been sold to Apple TV+, with bosses to debut it on their streaming service.

According to Deadline, the film was quietly shopped around and was involved in a bidding war between the big streaming services, with the report suggesting the deal closed in the range of $70 million (£57 million).

Greyhound will mark the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+, which is less than a year old. It suggests that it is set to become a major player in film acquisition to boost its movie offering, which currently only consists of two narrative projects – Hala and The Banker – and two documentaries – The Elephant Queen and Beastie Boys Story.

Hanks wrote the screenplay for Greyhound. He plays Ernest Krause, a U.S. Navy Commander on his first wartime assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.

Apple has not set a release date yet, but the film will reportedly premiere in more than 100 countries.

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Baz Luhrmann was days away from shooting Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down

Baz Luhrmann was four days away from shooting his Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down after Tom Hanks tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Oscar-winning actor was in Australia with his wife Rita Wilson preparing to start filming Elvi…

Baz Luhrmann was four days away from shooting his Elvis Presley biopic when production shut down after Tom Hanks tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

The Oscar-winning actor was in Australia with his wife Rita Wilson preparing to start filming Elvis, in which he plays the rock ‘n’ roll star’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker, when they both tested positive for the virus in March and were quarantined in hospital.

In an interview with Deadline, Elvis director Luhrmann revealed that the team, including Austin Butler as Presley, had been in rehearsals when the tests came back positive and they shut down immediately that day, only four days away from shooting.

“I was four days out from shooting. I had built the Vegas showroom, the International which became the Hilton, and you know that famous scene where Elvis is playing that showroom?” he explained, referring to when Presley was mobbed and kissed by dozens of fans. “We were rehearsing camera positioning, everything, and I’d done all the tests, Austin, Tom, and the whole cast was on fire. We were that close.”

The Moulin Rouge! filmmaker revealed they were in the middle of rehearsing that scene when his producer came in to tell him about Hanks.

“So, I’m getting ready to begin shooting on a Monday, and I’m rehearsing the scene where we’ve built the Vegas showroom, and Tom guides in Austin as Elvis, and it’s a scene where basically hundreds of girls are kissing Elvis, in a ’70s show,” Luhrmann recalled. “Tom guides him through the crowd. All of a sudden, I see my producer, Patrick McCormick on the set… You and the world knows what happened next.”

The crew used the footage to help track down anyone who had been in contact with Hanks and they all had to quarantine for 14 days. They were tested and it turned out “we never had one more infection in the entire crew”.

Hanks and Wilson are now recovered from the virus and are back home in the U.S. They have donated some blood to help create a vaccine.

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Rita Wilson poses barefaced for magazine photoshoot

Rita Wilson has posed barefaced for People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue.Alongside all-natural images of herself with glowing, cosmetics-free skin, the actress/singer spoke to the publication about how she has embraced a simpler beauty regime sin…

Rita Wilson has posed barefaced for People magazine’s 2020 The Beautiful Issue.

Alongside all-natural images of herself with glowing, cosmetics-free skin, the actress/singer spoke to the publication about how she has embraced a simpler beauty regime since recovering from the coronavirus.

Back in March, Wilson suffered from a severe case of Covid-19 while travelling in Australia with her husband Tom Hanks, with the couple forced to quarantine for two weeks before returning home to Los Angeles.

“I love going to bed at night and not having to do a whole routine of taking off eye make-up with a remover and scrub,” she mused. “It’s a little bit easier just getting into bed… I wash my face and I put on whatever moisturiser is near me.”

The Mamma Mia! producer went on to note that she didn’t wear much make-up growing up as her mother didn’t tend to.

“I got really used to her face without make-up. And I think that there’s something beautiful about that,” the 63-year-old reflected. “Really if nobody wore make-up then we’d all be in the same world.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Wilson said the coronavirus crisis had opened her eyes to new perspectives: “The things that we have associated before with beauty, which are sometimes the superficial things, those will always be there. But I think there’s something about seeing the beauty in the everyday occurrences that you may not have paid attention to before.”

Salma Hayek, Sarah Paulson, and Gwyneth Paltrow also appear make-up-free in People magazine’s The Beautiful Issue.

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Rita Wilson regrets getting Botox and lip fillers in the ’90s

Rita Wilson regrets getting Botox injections and lip fillers in the late 1990s.In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, the actress/singer candidly opened up about her experiences with cosmetic procedures, noting she felt pressured by the h…

Rita Wilson regrets getting Botox injections and lip fillers in the late 1990s.

In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, the actress/singer candidly opened up about her experiences with cosmetic procedures, noting she felt pressured by the high beauty standards in Hollywood to get the injections.

Explaining that she first tried Botox before filming the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Rita recalled that she was shocked to see how her forehead didn’t move at all when she was watching the film for the first time.

“When I was making Runaway Bride, I had Botox, because Botox was new and everyone was getting Botox, and I got it in my forehead,” she told the publication. “But then I saw this movie, and there’s this emotional scene where I’m firing Richard Gere and my forehead didn’t move. I thought: ‘Well, that’s not working!'”

Rita then revealed that she also dabbled with lip fillers. However, she vowed never to try them again after she came home and her two sons Chester and Truman, who shares with husband Tom Hanks, made fun of her.

“I tried the lip fillers around that same period of time, and one day I came home and my kids laughed at me, and I thought: ‘OK, that’s that!'” the 63-year-old laughed.

Rita is now comfortable embracing the ageing process and insisted she doesn’t “care that much” anymore.

“Part of it is my mom rarely wore make-up and I loved seeing her face evolve over time with me. I want my kids to look at the face that they know and understand that it’s just me,” she stated. “Everyone has their vanity but, how to put this? I… just… don’t care that much!”

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Fans mock Daryl Hannah’s edited Splash nude scenes on Disney+

Fans have mocked the special effects used to edit Daryl Hannah’s nude scenes in the Disney+ version of classic romantic comedy Splash.The 1984 movie, directed by Ron Howard, stars Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mermaid named Madison …

Fans have mocked the special effects used to edit Daryl Hannah’s nude scenes in the Disney+ version of classic romantic comedy Splash.

The 1984 movie, directed by Ron Howard, stars Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mermaid named Madison after she saves him from drowning.

The film, which was originally rated PG, included two scenes which featured Madison walking around naked in front of the Statue of Liberty, and another, when she dives into the ocean showing her nude behind.

An uncensored version of the film premiered on the streaming service back in February, but it has since been updated to adhere to the studio’s modern censorship standards.

In one amended scene, Madison’s hair has been lengthened to look like it now covers her rear, while her bottom has been blurred out in another.

However, fans have noticed that the effects used to cover the character’s nudity are poor quality and have mauled the CGI on social media.

“Disney+ didn’t want butts on their platform so they edited Splash with digital fur technology,” film critic Allison Pregler posted on Twitter, alongside a clip of the edited scene, prompting a flurry of responses from outraged Splash fans.

“THEY GAVE HER A FURRY BATH MAT ON HER BUTT WHAT THE HELL,” one wrote, while another commented: “It’s like they tried to make her hair longer and thicker, but gave her a giant shag carpet for a butt instead.”

The updated version of Splash now plays with a notice at the beginning, which reads, “This film has been modified from its original version. It has been edited for content.”

According to IMDb, the film was given a PG rating in 1984 because the nudity wasn’t sexual.

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Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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Baz Luhrmann determined to resume production on Elvis biopic ‘as soon as the time is right’

Baz Luhrmann is determined to resume production on his Elvis Presley biopic “as soon as the time is right”.Filming on the highly-anticipated movie shut down in Australia after leading man Tom Hanks, who plays the music icon’s manager Colonel Tom Parker…

Baz Luhrmann is determined to resume production on his Elvis Presley biopic “as soon as the time is right”.

Filming on the highly-anticipated movie shut down in Australia after leading man Tom Hanks, who plays the music icon’s manager Colonel Tom Parker in the flick, was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The Oscar-winning actor is now recovering in an Australian hotel, alongside wife Rita Wilson, who also has the virus, but director Baz has refused to re-open the set, with him telling fans that it is “not the moment to be resuming production on the film”.

“Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days,” he explained in a statement shared on social media. “All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we leave off as soon as the time is right.”

It’s not yet known if the October 2021 release date of the biopic, which is set to focus on Presley, played by Austin Butler, and his relationship with his manager, will be affected.

Many films have halted production or had their release date postponed to the Covid-19 outbreak. On Thursday, it was announced that animated sequel Minions: The Rise Of Gru would no longer be released in July due to the pandemic.

Chris Meledandri, founder and chief executive of film and animation studio Illumination, said that in response to the strict lockdown imposed on the country, he would be closing the studios indefinitely.

“This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise Of Gru in time for our planned global releases,” he said in a statement.

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