Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve sign language skills on A Quiet Place Part II

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the …

Millicent Simmonds helped John Krasinski improve his American Sign Language (ASL) skills while they were filming A Quiet Place Part II.

The actor and director played the 17-year-old’s onscreen father in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place, which followed the Abbott family, who were forced to live in silence to hide from alien creatures that hunt humans with sound.

Simmonds wowed in her role as Regan in the critically-acclaimed movie, and the deaf actress was encouraged to board the sequel after Krasinski used FaceTime to pitch the idea to her.

In an interview with Variety, she shared that she helped the filmmaker improve his ASL skills while making the sequel.

“We communicate really well,” Simmonds said via an interpreter. “We already had an ease in communication, but we shared so many moments where we’d have conversations about a scene. The sequel really shows you a different perspective.”

The sequel follows the Abbott family as matriarch Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, fights to keep her family alive after the death of her husband, who was portrayed by Krasinski.

And The Office star was determined to focus the sequel on Simmonds’ character as he was so impressed with her performance in the original.

“I had this small idea, which was to make Millie the lead of the movie,” Krasinski explained. “Not only did I think she would give an amazing performance, which I knew she could do, her character opens the door to all the themes I was dealing with in the first movie.”

A Quiet Place Part II was originally due to be released in March but has been delayed until later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Cannes Film Festival postponed as coronavirus sweeps France

The 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been postponed due to the continuing spread of coronavirus across France.The prestigious event was scheduled to be held in the city on the French Riviera from 12 to 23 May, but organisers confirmed on Thursday that the…

The 2020 Cannes Film Festival has been postponed due to the continuing spread of coronavirus across France.

The prestigious event was scheduled to be held in the city on the French Riviera from 12 to 23 May, but organisers confirmed on Thursday that they are now looking at holding the festival later this year after the Covid-19 pandemic has peaked.

More than 246,000 have been infected with the virus around the world since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and over 10,000 people have died.

In France alone, there are almost 11,000 cases of Covid-19, with 372 fatalities, and on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron ordered a 15-day lockdown across the country to try and contain the outbreak.

“At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the Covid-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease,” festival executives said in a statement, noting that their decision was made in light of the strict lockdown.

They are reportedly considering several options, according to editors at Variety, including holding the festival at the end of June.

However, organisers insisted they will be regularly assessing the “French and international health situation” in the coming weeks and will make a further announcement about the future of this year’s festival in due course.

“In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world,” the statement concluded.

Just last week, festival president Pierre Lescure had said he was “reasonably optimistic” the 2020 event would go ahead, after suggesting the coronavirus pandemic would peak “at the end of March and that we will breathe a little better in April”.

The Cannes Film Festival press conference, which was originally scheduled for 16 April, has also been delayed.

© Cover Media

New Scream movie in development – report

A new instalment in the Scream horror franchise is reportedly in development.The original 1996 movie followed Neve Campbell as high school student Sidney Prescott, who became the target of the Ghostface killer, who wore a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’…

A new instalment in the Scream horror franchise is reportedly in development.

The original 1996 movie followed Neve Campbell as high school student Sidney Prescott, who became the target of the Ghostface killer, who wore a mask inspired by Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream.

Scream, which also starred Courteney Cox and David Arquette, spawned three hugely successful instalments that were released in 1997, 2000, and 2011. A Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015, helmed all four films.

Spyglass Media Group, which was formed last year by Gary Barber, Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, is reportedly developing a fifth instalment of the much-loved horror franchise, with Ready or Not helmers Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett attached to direct, according to The Wrap.

Kevin Williamson, who wrote the original Scream film, will also serve as one of the executive producers alongside Chad Villella.

Further details on the film, including plot and potential casting news, are currently being kept under wraps, and it’s unclear if the movie will follow on from the original story or reboot the franchise.

It’s also not known if original stars Campbell, Cox and Arquette will be reprising their roles.

Reporters at horror website Bloody Disgusting first reported back in November that Spyglass Media were in the first stages of developing the new Scream film.

Dimension Films released all four Scream movies, which raked in more than $608 million (£482 million) at the worldwide box office. Dimension is now owned by Lantern Entertainment, which is headed up by co-presidents Mitchell and Brajovic, so they own the rights to the Scream franchise.

© Cover Media

Ever Anderson to play Wendy in live-action Peter Pan

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been c…

Ever Anderson is to play Wendy in Disney’s upcoming live-action Peter Pan movie.

Editors at Variety reported on Tuesday that Ever, the 12-year-old daughter of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich and her filmmaker husband Paul W. S. Anderson, had been cast in one of the lead roles in the project, titled Peter Pan & Wendy.

According to the publication, the new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, which tells the story of a mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, will be directed by Pete’s Dragon helmer David Lowery, who co-wrote the script alongside Toby Halbrooks. Fellow newcomer Alexander Molony has been attached to portray Peter Pan.

In addition, it was reported that Ever will also play the younger version of Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff in the new Marvel movie, Black Widow.

In light of the news, Milla took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to confirm her eldest child’s casting in both roles.

“Everyone, get ready to meet young Black Widow. So We can finally talk about @evergaboanderson’s secret projects. It was just announced in @variety that Ever plays the young Natasha Romanoff in Marvel’s @black.widow movie in theaters this May 1st and also, after a worldwide search, she’s been cast as Wendy in @disney’s new live-action Peter and Wendy movie!! We’re so proud of our baby!” the 44-year-old wrote in the caption. “Ever has been wanting to act since she was five and she’s put the time, focus and energy into making her dream come true! Congratulations Ever!!”

Previously, Ever played a younger version of her mum in 2016 sci-fi thriller Resident Evil: Final Chapter.

Black Widow is set to hit cinemas around the world from 29 April. A potential release date for Peter Pan & Wendy has not yet been announced.

© Cover Media

Adam Shankman to direct Hocus Pocus 2

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.Shankman is current…

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.

The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

Shankman is currently in pre-production on Disenchanted, a sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit Enchanted, with Amy Adams set to reprise her role as Giselle.

The director confirmed Variety’s report by sharing close-ups of the front pages of two scripts, which had the titles “Disenchanted (Enchanted Two)” and “Hocus Pocus 2”, on Instagram.

“Yep….Thanks with all of my heart dear @disney,” he wrote in the caption. “Looks like Il be working on a looooooottttt of magic for awhile (sic)… I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honor those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates! Fingers crossed!”

His celebrity friends celebrated the news in the comments, with Jenna Dewan, who he worked with on Step Up, writing, “Adam…..!! This is amazing!”, Vanessa Hudgens posting, “I’m dead. Hocus pocus is my favorite movie,” and his Hairspray star Brittany Snow adding, “Oh. My. God.”

Singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy both asked to be cast in Hocus Pocus 2, which has been written by Jen D’Angelo.

Midler, Parker and Najimy are not attached to star in the sequel, but sources have told Variety that Disney officials are hopeful they will reprise their roles as witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson in some capacity.

When Hocus Pocus, which was directed by Kenny Ortega, was first released, the comedy horror was not a huge box office success, raking in just $39 million (£30 million), but it has since gained a cult following, with it frequently airing on TV, particularly during the Halloween period.

© Cover Media

Rosie Perez infuriated by lack of equality in Hollywood movies

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Var…

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.

The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Variety, she shared her frustration that change wasn’t happening in Hollywood quickly enough.

“Do I think things are moving fast enough for women? No, absolutely not,” Perez fired. “I hate when they always put us on a certain course that we have to pace ourselves because they need to catch up. It’s infuriating.”

“I’m tired of standing in the line. I want to cut the line, and I want fabulous women like Anne and Dee to cut the line too. It’s like, ‘Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to pace ourselves because you can’t catch up?'” the Birds of Prey star continued. “So I think that a big change has been coming, but it’s not coming quick enough for me.”

Her co-star Anne added that she was sick of talking about equality in Hollywood, because “it’s happening”.

“Aren’t you ready to stop having this conversation? That’s where I’m at. People are walking the walk, people are doing it,” Hathaway shared, adding that people needed to be patient to wait for the changes to take effect.

“It’s happening. No, it’s not happening fast enough. Things are good. Things could get better. Let’s keep going. Let’s not panic and let’s keep talking about it,” the Oscar winner explained.

© Cover Media

James Mangold in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as director of Indiana Jones 5

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will s…

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.

The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will still remain on the upcoming project as a hands-on producer, according to editors at Variety.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mangold, who recently helmed Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, has yet to comment on the report.

After a long development process to get the fifth Indiana Jones movie off the ground, Spielberg was reportedly keen to hand the reigns of the much-loved action saga to a new generation of filmmakers, a source close to the director told the outlet.

Reports that a fifth movie was in the works have been swirling since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting the studio to set a new release date of July 2021.

Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role as the whip-cracking archaeology professor-turned-adventurer, confirmed earlier this month that filming would finally begin in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he told CBS Sunday Morning.

It’s a busy year for Mangold, who is already attached to two direct two big projects, including the Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothee Chalamet, and an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Force, with leading man Matt Damon.

Spielberg, who has directed every Indiana Jones movie from Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is currently in post-production on the remake of classic musical West Side Story.

© Cover Media

Matt Reeves shares first look at Robert Pattinson in The Batman

Matt Reeves has shared the first look at Robert Pattinson as the titular crime-fighting superhero in The Batman.News that the 33-year-old had landed the coveted role of the Caped Crusader in the upcoming movie broke last year, and now, Reeves has tease…

Matt Reeves has shared the first look at Robert Pattinson as the titular crime-fighting superhero in The Batman.

News that the 33-year-old had landed the coveted role of the Caped Crusader in the upcoming movie broke last year, and now, Reeves has teased fans with brooding camera test footage from the set of the blockbuster.

The 55-second clip sees a moody Pattinson in the iconic black costume, with the sounds of Michael Giacchino’s piano-driven score playing in the background, which is saturated with red lighting.

The British star looks into the camera in the final few seconds, with his face covered by the black bat mask.

“#TheBatman #CameraTest,” Reeves simply captioned the clip on Twitter on Thursday, while Giacchino told his followers: “Yes folks that’s my music in the video Matt just sent out. Enjoy!!”

The star-studded cast of The Batman also includes Zoe Kravitz, who is set to play Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.

And she was full of praise for Pattinson and his take on the iconic DC Comics character in a recent interview with Variety.

“He’s just a delightful person and such a wonderful, thoughtful actor,” she told the publication. “I think he’s perfect for the role and it’s going to be such an adventure. I’m excited to have him as my partner in crime and to be there to support each other, because it’s intense.

“It’s going to be a long shoot and there’s a lot of pressure, and I know he has my back and I have his.”

The Batman, also starring Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, John Turturro, and Peter Sarsgaard, is scheduled to hit cinemas in June 2021.

© Cover Media

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had ‘good time’ playing Judy Garland

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, wh…

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.

Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, which focuses on the actress/singer’s disastrous run at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub shortly before her death at the age of 47 in 1969.

Her daughter Liza has previously disavowed the project, and still hasn’t seen it, yet in a new interview with Variety, commented: “I hope (Renee) had a good time making it.”

When news broke that the Bridget Jones’s Diary star was involved in the project, Liza denied she had any involvement.

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger…,” the 73-year-old wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100 per cent fiction.”

The film delves into a dark period towards the end of Judy’s life, when she battled alcohol and substance abuse problems as well as financial woes.

But Liza, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in 1972’s Cabaret, is adamant she only has happy memories of her mother.

“We had such fun because she was so funny,” she explained. “She was funny, and she loved her kids so much. She was protective and very strict. She wanted you to do the right thing, like any mother. It’s that simple.”

Asked if she still feels her presence, Liza claimed she often asks her late mother for advice.

“When I call on her, she’s there, and I call on her a lot,” the actress added. “She’ll say, ‘Ignore it’, a lot. She’ll say, ‘It’s one opinion. Who cares? Just keep going.'”

© Cover Media