Joseph Gordon-Levitt did pilot training to prepare for 7500

Joseph Gordon-Levitt took part in pilot training to prepare for his role in plane hijacking thriller.In new Amazon Prime Video movie 7500, the (500) Days of Summer actor stars as Tobias Ellis, a first officer who has to fend off hijackers and take back…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt took part in pilot training to prepare for his role in plane hijacking thriller.

In new Amazon Prime Video movie 7500, the (500) Days of Summer actor stars as Tobias Ellis, a first officer who has to fend off hijackers and take back control of his plane during a flight from Paris to Berlin.

To bring accuracy to the role, Joseph underwent plenty of pilot research and sought the advice of his co-star Carlo Kitzlinger, who used to be a pilot.

“I wanted all the technical pilot stuff to be accurate. I did a fair amount of training. I used flight simulators. I watched a lot of dry videos of pilots doing their jobs,” he told Variety. “We had a number of technical consultants, but the most important player in that regard was Carlo, the actor playing the captain… He was the one teaching me. He was the one drilling me. That allowed us to get way into the details, because little things make a difference, like would a pilot rest his foot on this thing here.”

The claustrophobic thriller, which takes place almost entirely in the plane’s cockpit, marks Joseph’s acting comeback after a three-year hiatus and he admitted it was one of the “most challenging” jobs he’s ever done.

When asked if he was tempted to return with an easier project, he replied, “It was the opposite. I’ve been acting a long time. I started when I was six and I was 37 when we shot this. The break that I took was the longest break from acting that I’ve ever taken, so I wanted the return to be something special.”

7500 is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

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Henry Cavill frustrated by Superman rumours

Henry Cavill can’t keep up with the constant speculation about his alleged return to the role of Superman.The 37-year-old, who last played Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego in 2017’s Justice League, can’t believe some of the rumours he reads onlin…

Henry Cavill can’t keep up with the constant speculation about his alleged return to the role of Superman.

The 37-year-old, who last played Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego in 2017’s Justice League, can’t believe some of the rumours he reads online, and confessed he gets frustrated by the fake stories.

“They (posts) get wilder and wilder by the day,” Cavill explained during an episode of Variety and iHeart’s podcast The Big Ticket. “The amount of speculation, the stuff I read on the Internet, is extraordinary and sometimes frustrating.

“It’s when you see people stating stuff as fact. Like, ‘No, that’s not the case. That hasn’t happened, and that conversation isn’t happening,'” he fumed.

However, he understands that fans are excited about the possibility of him returning to play the DC Comics superhero, and understands why there’s so many false stories circulating on the internet.

“But the important thing is that people are excited about it, and I think it’s important to be excited about a character like Superman. Superman is a fantastic character,” he added. “If people are chatting about it, and even if they’re making stuff up, it’s okay, because that means they want to see the character again.”

The British actor also joked that he sometimes wants to comment on the posts speculating about him reprising his role as Superman, but manages to stop himself before it’s too late.

“I’m not going to lie, I’ve been very tempted (to comment), but there’s something about that, that feels deeply immoral,” he quipped. “When it’s about Superman, and if I’m representing Superman, it just feels like the wrong thing to do.”

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Hugh Jackman tried to bulk up for Wolverine debut in three weeks

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only sho…

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.

The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only shoot him from the neck up.

“The first day I had to have my shirt off. And Bryan Singer didn’t say anything at the time but later said, ‘OK I gotta shoot you from here up and have the camera low,'” Hugh told his Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway during the latest instalment of Variety’s Actors on Actors interviews. “I remember looking at the comic books – I’d never read the comic books before – so I’m looking at the comics and I’m like, ‘Uh, how long do I have to get ready for this?’”

He was told they’d be rolling the cameras in three weeks, and Hugh confessed that he naively thought that was enough time to get superhero ready.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, three weeks!’ I’d never buffed up for anything really. I was like, ‘I think three weeks I can buff up if I really hit it hard.’ No,” he laughed.

And he confessed that director Singer shifted filming around so Hugh had longer to get in shape.

“The scene that introduces my character, they moved to the end. So it took me six months. Of course, by the time I finished Logan I was almost 50 so it takes even longer,” the 51-year-old said of the last time he played Wolverine.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set’

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Pre…

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Prestige, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, and they recalled how he is one of many directors who doesn’t allow cell phones on set.

However, Hathaway then added a further unknown detail about Nolan’s filmmaking process.

“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. And he’s right,” she nodded. “I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”

The Australian actor, who was surprised by the chair revelation, recalled how he had an issue with sharing a trailer with his co-star Christian Bale before he signed on The Prestige, which was released in 2006. Nolan convinced him to board the project by insisting that they wouldn’t spent more than an hour per day in the trailer and that they would be free to go home by 7pm every night, and he “was true to his word”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hathaway praised the Dunkirk director’s approach to filmmaking, calling it one of her favourites.

“He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing – and also, he’s just so inspiring,” she gushed.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘7500 was my most challenging movie yet’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt found his new thriller 7500 his “most challenging acting job” ever because it was such an immersive experience.The Inception actor stars as Tobias Ellis, a first officer who has to fend off hijackers and take back control of hi…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt found his new thriller 7500 his “most challenging acting job” ever because it was such an immersive experience.

The Inception actor stars as Tobias Ellis, a first officer who has to fend off hijackers and take back control of his plane during a flight from Paris to Berlin.

Gordon-Levitt returned to acting after a three-year hiatus to film Patrick Vollrath’s directorial debut, which is set almost entirely in the plane’s cockpit, and he admitted the experience was tough because Vollrath has an immersive way of filmmaking.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this movie was the most challenging acting job I’ve ever done. I know that’s quite a statement. I’ve done a lot of acting jobs in my life, but it really was,” he confessed to Variety. “(Patrick’s) approach is all about immersion. He gears his shooting style to let the actor immerse themselves in the characters and in the story.”

He explained that Vollrath devises his set so his actors just have to focus on acting rather than worrying about technical factors such as lighting and standing in the right place, also known as hitting their marks.

“Patrick’s approach to filmmaking is all about stripping those technical elements away, so we’re not hitting our marks,” he stated. “There are no marks. The whole set is lit. You can move anywhere at any time. The camera is hand held. There was a script, but we only used it as a springboard. Instead the camera would just roll for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes at a time. He would just let us be in that situation.

“Combining that intensity with the extremely realism we were hoping to achieve meant that I was subjecting myself to some really powerful and brutal feelings and emotions and experiences.”

7500 is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Kaitlyn Dever in talks to star in Dear Evan Hansen movie

Kaitlyn Dever is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.The hit Broadway show is heading to the big screen, and Ben Platt, who made his name starring as the titular character in the musical, is widely e…

Kaitlyn Dever is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The hit Broadway show is heading to the big screen, and Ben Platt, who made his name starring as the titular character in the musical, is widely expected to reprise his role for the movie, although this is yet to be confirmed, according to Variety.

Director Stephen Chbosky, best known for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will helm the adaptation, while Steve Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical, is penning the script.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are serving as producers, and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the music for the Broadway show, are onboard as executive producers.

Dear Evan Hansen follows the story of the eponymous character, who gets caught up in an elaborate lie after the family of one of his classmates, Connor, mistakes Hansen’s letter for their son’s suicide note.

Dever, who shot to fame in last year’s Booksmart, will play Connor’s sister Zoe, who begins dating Hansen after he becomes involved with the grieving family.

The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical has won five Tony Awards since its debut in 2016, and finally arrived on London’s West End in November last year.

Dever recently starred in the Netflix drama series Unbelievable, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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Disney developing movie musical based on Lionel Richie’s hit songs – report

A movie musical based on Lionel Richie’s greatest hits is reportedly in the works.The live-action film, tentatively titled All Night Long, is in the early stages of development at Walt Disney Studios, according to editors at Variety.It is believed the …

A movie musical based on Lionel Richie’s greatest hits is reportedly in the works.

The live-action film, tentatively titled All Night Long, is in the early stages of development at Walt Disney Studios, according to editors at Variety.

It is believed the legendary singer, who is currently serving as a judge on American Idol, will be producing the project, alongside his manager Bruce Eskowitz.

Richie has won four Grammys over the course of his five-decade-long career, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and been nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards three times.

Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Pete Chiarelli is penning the screenplay, with the movie set to be in the same vein as hit 2008 musical Mamma Mia!, which was based on the hits of Swedish pop icons ABBA.

Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano will also be producing the movie, which was pitched by Richie to movie bosses back in January.

Reps for Disney and the Hello hitmaker have not yet commented on the report.

Recent musical movies have had huge box office success, such as Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, which grossed more than $900 million (£704 million) at the box office, and landed Rami Malek an Oscar for his performance as the Queen frontman.

While last year’s Rocketman, based on the life and career of Elton John, raked in almost $200 million (£157 million), with Taron Egerton winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the pop icon, and John landing an Oscar for the movie’s original song, (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.

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Kumail Nanjiani wants more South Asian representation in Hollywood

Kumail Nanjiani has called for more South Asian representation in Hollywood movies.The Big Sick star, who is Pakistani-American, is pushing for more interesting and distinct roles being made available to actors and actresses of Indian, Pakistani, Sri L…

Kumail Nanjiani has called for more South Asian representation in Hollywood movies.

The Big Sick star, who is Pakistani-American, is pushing for more interesting and distinct roles being made available to actors and actresses of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi descent.

“(When) we’re represented here, it all gets flattened into one thing. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, it all gets squished into one,” Nanjiani told Variety’s #REPRESENT: Success Stories. “Obviously, on-screen representation is important, but I think writing, directing, those things are very, very important because we just need more people telling their stories.”

“If someone says, ‘Oh, you know that hit Asian movie,’ I want people to be like, ‘Which one?’” he added.

The 42-year-old actor, who will be starring as superhero Kingo in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster The Eternals, confessed it was hard to have meetings regarding representation in Hollywood, because movie bosses are only guessing what audiences want.

“Rather than making something that you could be proud of, people are trying to guess what audiences want, which is hard, because there’s no way to know what audiences want. All you can know is what you want, and what you want to see,” he explained.

The Eternals, also starring Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Richard Madden, is scheduled to hit cinemas in February 2021.

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Kumail Nanjiani’s parents collect merchandise featuring images of his buff body

Kumail Nanjiani’s parents love to buy accessories featuring images of their son’s ripped physique.Back in December, the 42-year-old debuted his incredible transformation on social media by uploading a snap of himself posing with bulging biceps and defi…

Kumail Nanjiani’s parents love to buy accessories featuring images of their son’s ripped physique.

Back in December, the 42-year-old debuted his incredible transformation on social media by uploading a snap of himself posing with bulging biceps and defined abs.

Kumail told his fans and followers that he had overhauled his diet and lifestyle to get in shape for his upcoming role as superhero Kingo in Marvel’s The Eternals, and revealed his family members were blown away by his new muscular body.

And in a new interview with Variety for their #REPRESENT: Success Stories series, the star joked that his parents now have socks adorned with pictures of his shirtless body.

“It’s the only time they’ve said vocally that they’re proud of me. It’s the only time!” he laughed. “My dad got socks with my shirtless body on it. I had aunts texting me like, ‘We’re so proud of you! You’ve worked so hard!'”

Late last year, the Silicon Valley actor also discussed how odd it was when images of his transformation went viral on social media, and exploded on news sites across the world – even causing a sensation in his native Pakistan.

“My brother said, ‘Dad already sent your (half) naked pics to both families’ WhatsApp groups,'” he told U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! “And then it goes in newspapers in Pakistan. So, I had all my aunts texting me pictures of myself, like, ‘So proud of you.’ It’s weird to have your aunts sending you naked pictures of yourself.”

The Eternals, co-starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington, is set to be released in February 2021.

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James Cameron back in New Zealand to resume filming Avatar sequels

James Cameron has landed back in New Zealand to resume filming his Avatar sequels.The director, along with producer Jon Landau, arrived in the country to restart production, and the pair will now have to complete a mandatory 14-day government supervise…

James Cameron has landed back in New Zealand to resume filming his Avatar sequels.

The director, along with producer Jon Landau, arrived in the country to restart production, and the pair will now have to complete a mandatory 14-day government supervised quarantine.

“Made it to New Zealand. Our 14-day government supervised self-isolation now begins,” Landau captioned a photo on Twitter, which features him and Cameron wearing face masks and plastic visors as they departed the plane after the 13-hour flight.

Filming on the back-to-back sequels was halted in March amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, with the cast and crew sent home indefinitely as restrictions were imposed on countries around the world to stop the spread of the virus.

According to Variety, Cameron was able to negotiate his entry into the country – while the borders are still closed to almost all foreign travellers – because he used a border exemption clause for foreigners considered of “significant economic value”.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her swift response to the virus, with cases of infection barely over 1,000 and just 22 deaths.

Landau told local news website RNZ that he and Cameron were looking forward to going back to work in New Zealand because of the efforts taken to curb the spread of the virus.

“So we feel we’re coming back to the safest place in the world possible thanks to a team of people that we’ve worked with. We believe we have a very thoughtful, detailed and diligent safety plan that will keep everybody as safe as possible in these unprecedented times,” he explained.

Avatar 2 is set for release in December 2021.

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