Patty Jenkins ‘trying really hard’ to avoid directing Wonder Woman spin-off movie

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mappe…

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.

Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mapped out”, and a third Wonder Woman movie was also in the works.

And in a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Patty revealed that not only is the story for the spin-off movie written and greenlit, but she’s trying “really hard” to not be in the director’s chair this time around.

“I’m not going to direct it, hopefully. I’m going to try really hard not to. It’s not going to be easy,” she shared. “But (Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer) Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we’re going to get it going. I’ll produce it, for sure.”

Patty also opened up about the future of Diana Prince and her superhero alter ego, noting that she’s even thinking about a fourth movie.

“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until (Wonder Woman 1984) comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” the 48-year-old explained. “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”

Wonder Woman 1984, also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, is set to be released in U.S. cinemas on 14 August.

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John Krasinski keen to play Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four reboot

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marv…

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.

The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Krasinski first expressed his desire to play scientist Reed Richards, who transforms into Mr. Fantastic after being exposed to cosmic radiation in space, almost two years ago.

And in an interview with Total Film, he revealed he’s still hopeful he’ll be able to play the superhero on the big screen one day.

“I would love to be in the Marvel Universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies,” Krasinski explained. “I have no idea what (Marvel) are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

But The Office star, who made his directorial debut with critically-acclaimed horror A Quiet Place in 2018, ruled himself out of helming a Marvel blockbuster in the future.

“Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun,” he laughed.

Marvel producers have not yet formally announced a reboot of the beleaguered Fantastic Four franchise, but rumours have swirled since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last year.

The most recent adaptation of the comic book was back in 2015. However, the flick, which starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara, was mauled by critics and flopped at the box office.

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Vin Diesel hints Fast & Furious 10 will be split into two parts

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast …

Vin Diesel has teased fans with the possibility that Fast & Furious 10 could be split into two parts.

The 52-year-old, who has played Dominic Toretto in the long-running action franchise since 2001, revealed that he thought about the ending of the Fast & Furious saga even before filming began on the upcoming Fast & Furious 9.

“I started planning for Fast 10 before we started filming Fast 9. Very much so,” he told Total Film magazine, noting that he wants to stretch out the next instalment of the franchise for the fans and executives at the studio Universal.

“Universal deserves it because of how much they’ve invested in this little saga, and it’d be good to give back to Universal. And for the fans, should Fast 10 parts one and two be the conclusion, it would be nice for this world to continue for generations to come,” Diesel added.

The hugely successful action saga, which has grossed more than $5 billion (£3.8 billion) worldwide, also spawned last year’s spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their Fast & Furious characters for the blockbuster.

Diesel touched upon the possibilities of more spin-offs and insisted he was happy with the future of the franchise being enjoyed by different audiences.

“The universe is so robust and so rich with talent and rich with story that, on one level, it’s totally feasible to have spin-offs, and I think that’s something that is inevitable,” he explained.

Fast & Furious 9, which also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson, will hit cinemas in May.

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J.J. Abrams has been more ‘daring’ with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams took more risks with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker than he did with The Force Awakens.The filmmaker believes he played it safe with the 2015 instalment, which revived the film franchise after a 10-year hiatus, and he didn’t want to repea…

J.J. Abrams took more risks with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker than he did with The Force Awakens.

The filmmaker believes he played it safe with the 2015 instalment, which revived the film franchise after a 10-year hiatus, and he didn’t want to repeat that when he was drafted in to replace director Colin Trevorrow for the final episode in the current trilogy.

“I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible,” Abrams told Total Film magazine. “And we continue that in Episode 9 (The Rise of Skywalker), but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode 7.”

He also said he had taken inspiration from Rian Johnson, who directed 2017’s The Last Jedi, and wanted to create something that would honour the legacy of the iconic sci-fi saga.

“Rian helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies – not to just do something that you’ve seen before,” Abrams explained. “I won’t say that I felt constrained or limited on 7, but I found myself wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not. And on 9, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more.”

While it was lauded by critics, The Last Jedi proved to be divisive among Star Wars fans, with some even creating a petition to have the film remade.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, is released in cinemas from 18 December.

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John C. Reilly feared for his life riding for new Western

John C. Reilly feared for his life while filming horse riding scenes for his new Western The Sisters Brothers.The actor and Joaquin Phoenix star as a pair of assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, in French director Jacques Audiard’s new movie.D…

John C. Reilly feared for his life while filming horse riding scenes for his new Western The Sisters Brothers.

The actor and Joaquin Phoenix star as a pair of assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters, in French director Jacques Audiard’s new movie.

During filming in Spain and Romania, John had to spend lots of time on horseback – an experience he tells Total Film magazine was an act of “blind faith”.

The 53-year-old was so fearful for his safety that he always ensured he would hug his chosen animal and bribe it with food to help build their relationship.

“There are a couple of moments where I almost died on that horse!” he exclaimed. “But every day I would hug the horse and say, ‘Thank you for keeping me safe!’ I would give it an apple and a kiss and say, ‘Until next time.’ I knew how important my relationship with that horse was.”

Despite featuring a pair of assassin brothers, John says the movie is not a traditionally violent Western.

“There’s no reason to make another bang-bang shoot ‘em-up cowboy movie,” he added. “There are so many already, so many great ones.”

One reason John believes the film, which earned its director a Best Director prize at last year’s (18) Venice Film Festival, has earned critical acclaim is the relationship he built with his co-star Joaquin.

“I think Joaquin is the greatest actor working now, and of course you want to be working with the best,” the actor gushed. “I knew it would have to be a very close relationship, someone that I had a good bond with.”

The Sisters Brothers opens in U.K. cinemas on 5 April.

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Ethan Hawke doesn’t enjoy movie wrap parties

Ethan Hawke doesn’t look forward to the wrap party after finishing a movie.The actor has received acclaim for his roles in movies including Training Day and Before Sunrise, and has received multiple Academy Award nominations for both his acting and w…

Ethan Hawke doesn’t look forward to the wrap party after finishing a movie.

The actor has received acclaim for his roles in movies including Training Day and Before Sunrise, and has received multiple Academy Award nominations for both his acting and writing talent. But having starred in dozens of films since 1985, Ethan admitted that the cast celebration at the end of shooting is not all it’s cracked up to be.

“They’re usually not very good,” he laughed in a chat with Britain’s Total Film magazine. “If the film was a great experience, the wrap party is full of sadness. And if the film was a bad experience, you don’t go to the wrap party!”

The 47-year-old didn’t even make it to the wrap party of Boyhood, which earned six Oscar nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Ethan. However, the last wrap party he bothered going to turned out to be a particularly memorable experience.

“The last one I went to, I got drunk too quickly, so I decided to take a nap so that I could party with everybody later,” he recalled. “I woke up in the morning in the back of a pickup truck. I just passed out. I’d worked too hard, clearly.”

Though Ethan is adamant that this was not his most embarrassing movie-related moment, which he instead cites as the first time he had to wear a microphone in his film debut, Explorers, alongside River Phoenix.

“They hooked a wire to my chest, and I went around shaking everybody’s hand, but I got the wire wrapped around my foot. When I went to walk onto set, I tripped and fell flat on my face,” he cringed. “I think about that whenever I go to set.”

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Elle Fanning: ‘Playing Mary Shelley was a milestone’

Elle Fanning “learned a lot” by playing Mary Shelley in her upcoming film about the Frankenstein author.The 20-year-old stars opposite Douglas John Booth, who plays Mary’s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as Maisie Williams and Joanne Frogga…

Elle Fanning “learned a lot” by playing Mary Shelley in her upcoming film about the Frankenstein author.

The 20-year-old stars opposite Douglas John Booth, who plays Mary’s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as Maisie Williams and Joanne Froggatt. And though Elle has had a vast number of movie roles over the last couple of years, portraying the legendary English writer struck a particular chord.

“What fascinated me was that it’s a struggling artist, but it’s a woman struggling artist, which you don’t see very often,” the 20-year-old explained in an interview with Britain’s Total Film. “And when I filmed the movie I was about to turn 18. This was the last movie that I had to do school on the set. It was a milestone movie for me. I felt like I grew up a lot after the movie was over.”

Though the actress describes the picture as “very modern,” she wasn’t a fan of the dated – and very uncomfortable – costumes.

“Ugh, yeah. Bel (Powley, co-star) and I had a revolt against the corsets,” she laughed.

Elle, the younger sister of fellow actress Dakota Fanning, also scored a role in sci-fi rom-com How to Talk to Girls at Parties, where she plays an alien called Zan. And though she relished the opportunity to explore a funny side that was previously untapped, she admitted that a particular scene was very nerve-wracking.

“I also got to be a punk queen and perform!” the Maleficent star smiled, recounting a scene where she had to perform in front of a crowd of real-life London punks. “We thought it’d be more punk to just do it. So that was a little scary. You’re hoping you’re not a poser.”

Mary Shelley and How To Talk to Girls at Parties are both due for U.S. release in May (18).

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Susan Sarandon brings her dog to every film set

Susan Sarandon will never go to work without the company of her beloved dog Penny.The actress is frequently joined by her pet Pomeranian-Maltese, who has also been present during Susan’s guest appearances on television programmes including Late Night…

Susan Sarandon will never go to work without the company of her beloved dog Penny.

The actress is frequently joined by her pet Pomeranian-Maltese, who has also been present during Susan’s guest appearances on television programmes including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show With James Corden. And Susan also makes Penny her priority when she first starts filming on a new movie set.

“(The first thing I’ll do is) set up my teapot and my dog’s bed,” the 71-year-old told Total Film magazine of her on-set routine. “She’s often photographed on the set. She helps a lot. She has a very gentle vibe and ends up being held by everyone.”

The Thelma & Louise star added that her pooch has a notable social media presence, with Penny owning Instagram and Twitter accounts called mspennypuppy.

Susan’s latest venture has seen her take on an executive producer role on Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a documentary about the life of the actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr which is currently screening in cinemas. And having previously worked as a producer on films including Moonlight Mile and Stepmom, the Oscar winner believes that being a woman makes her well-equipped for everything the role entails.

“This is a sexist, generalised statement, but it’s been my experience that women are a little bit more prepared to be producers,” she claimed. “Because our entire lives we’ve been trained to facilitate. When something goes wrong, we can solve it quicker, and without having to say where the blame comes from.”

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