Neon has unveiled a raft of cast additions for Joshua Oppenheimer’s musical The End as principal photography begins in Ireland.
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John Boyega has made peace with the role that previously caused him anguish that he made public, but now says “made a man of him.”
The star of JJ Abrams’s Star Wars reboot previously called out Disney for its treatment of his character Finn, stormtrooper turned resistance fighter.
He said in 2020 of Finn’s spotlight in The Force Awakens followed by his diminished role over the course of the franchise:
“What I would say to Disney is, ‘Do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important to the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good.’ ”
Three years later, he is more sanguine, telling The Times of London:
“For me Star Wars has made the man, in a sense… The experiences, the fun times, good times, ugly times, bad times, it makes you who you are as you navigate through the industry, and that has definitely been interesting.”
Regarding the finale, which saw Finn reunited with his Star Wars co-stars, he reflected:
“I feel like the arc that JJ tried to tie up, that’s where I feel comfortable with the release of him. And since then I’ve been able to enjoy, as a fan, The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I’m enjoying the balance of all things.”
Last year, the British actor said he was warmed by seeing how differently Disney handled similar fan criticism of Moses Ingram in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Boyega stars in Breaking, available for digital download on March 27, a title on which he also serves as exec producer. He plays the lead role in the real-life story of Marine veteran Brian Brown-Easley, who in 2017 robbed a Los Angeles bank after his benefits cheque had been stopped.
Neon has unveiled a raft of cast additions for Joshua Oppenheimer’s musical The End as principal photography begins in Ireland.
Today show, recently opened up about her fertility journey and the challenges she faced, including a heartbreaking ectopic pregnancy which she described as "a really hard thing to go through". In a candid interview with Amanda Bartolomeo, founder of CorePlay workout, Jenna shared her experiences and how they have shaped her relationship with her body.Discussing the concept of finding one's core, Bush Hager, mother to son Hal (3), and daughters Poppy (7) and Mila (9), revealed that both she and Bartolomeo had experienced ectopic pregnancies. WATCH: Today celebrates four years of Read with JennaAn ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, posing significant risks to the mother's health if left to grow. The 41-year-old explained that she had an ectopic pregnancy years ago before Mila's birth, followed by six or seven stomach surgeries due to C-sections, appendicitis, and the ectopic pregnancy. As a result, she had "lost that part of [her]" and found it challenging to reconnect with her core, both literally and metaphorically.MORE: Jenna Bush Hager gives update on Hoda Kotb's return as she praises her replacement Willie Geist Jenna first opened up about her ectopic pregnancy in 2019The children's book author and book club founder first opened up about her ectopic pregnancy on the Today show in 2019. Describing it as her first pregnancy, Jenna recounted discovering she was pregnant while on vacation. Upon returning home and visiting the doctor, she learned the baby was in her fallopian tube, a revelation that led to emergency surgery.SEE: Jenna Bush Hager lists $5.4m New York home ahead of big family moveReflecting on the experience, Jenna acknowledged the isolation that can accompany such a
Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best has returned to the Star Wars franchise in a surprise cameo that’s left fans ‘crying’. The 49-year-old is known for playing Jar Jar in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, having first appeared in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
A stock car racer who killed a Royal Navy veteran after drinking has been jailed for six years.
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi actor Paul Grant has died, aged 56, after collapsing outside London’s King’s Cross train station.The actor was found by police at the station on Thursday (16 March). He was then rushed to hospital where he was pronounced braindead.On Sunday (March 19), his family announced that they had made the decision to turn off his life support machine.The actor’s daughter Sophie Jayne Grant said she is “devastated”, describing her father as “a legend in so many ways”.In a statement to the The Sun, she said: “He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face.
Fans of Love Island are convinced that Casey O'Gorman and Rosie Seabrook have already split after the winter series of the show came to an end. Eagle-eyed fans noticed a sense of awkwardness between Casey, 26 and Rosie, 24, on the reunion show which aired on ITV2 on Sunday night, as well as some hints on social media.The pair, who were only together for a couple of weeks in the villa after Rosie arrived as a bombshell quite late into the show.
John Boyega is still in the early stages of his acting career, but he has clearly experienced quite a bit, thanks in no small part to his large role in the most recent “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. And he hasn’t been scared to open up about his negative experiences making those films, along with how they have affected his career moving forward.
Saved By The Bells’ Zack Morris looks unrecognisable 30 years on from the hit 90s show’s finale. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who starred as the young heartthrob for four years, rocked up to the recent 90s Con festival in Connecticut sporting dark locks and glasses – a far cry from his character Zack’s iconic blonde ‘do.The actor, who turns 50 this year, cut a casual figure in a button-down top and grey chinos paired with some brown boots.
Hoda Kotb has faith in her co-hosts and friends,Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie, when it comes to finding her a man. On Thursday's episode of, the trio were discussing a story where a mother set her daughter up for a date.The conversation quickly turned to the hosts as they asked each other if they would let their parents pre-screen dates before meeting them.
Chloe Burrows cancelled her scheduled Love Island: Aftersun appearance on Sunday due to a nightmarish stomach bug. Having intended on joining best friend and fellow Islander Millie Court - who won the very same series Chloe starred on, alongside ex-boyfriend Liam Reardon - on the spin-off show, the 27 year old blonde influencer gave her Instagram followers the full feverish exclusive as she was sadly forced out of action.The first of four candid updates read: "I've had the worst stomach bug ALL day so don't judge me if I look clapped x," while the next one directly addressed her Aftersun absence.
Jenna Ortega made her debut over the weekend, and got some help during her monologue from her co-star — and former castmember — Fred Armisen.Ortega hit the Studio 8H stage in a stylish, dark, semi-sheer ensemble, complete with red lapel flower, and opened up about her reputation for being «dark and twisted» for her choice in acting projects, such as, and .«I'm not like that at all,» Ortega explained. «I think there's just something about my face that when people see it, they're like, 'Let's throw blood on that.'»After showing a clip from an adorable toothpaste commercial she was in when she was seven, Ortega explained, «I love horror movies, but honestly, I don't get scared very easily. Part of the reason I wanted to host SNL is I wanted to face my biggest fear: happy extroverted people who are always trying to perform.»«Everyone here has been so kind, and this week has been a dream come true,» she added. «I've got a couple of friends tonight, including one of my costars from, Fred Armisen!»Cutting to the audience, Armisen was seated among those seating in the front rows, and quickly accepted Ortega's invitation to join her on stage.«Wow! So this is what it feels like to be on ,» Armisen said, over-enthusiastically. «You were on the show for 11 seasons,» Ortega deadpanned.
Jenna Bush Hager partied hard in New York City with some of her Today Show cohosts on Thursday evening, but one star was missing.The Today with Hoda and Jenna star was joined by her friends and colleagues Savannah Guthrie, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones as they celebrated the fourth anniversary of her book club, Read with Jenna. However, there was no sign of her close friend Hoda Kotb, presumably as she still prioritizes time with her family after a health scare involving her daughter.See how the Today Show marked the occasion of Jenna's book club's fourth birthday while Hoda was away last week in the video below.WATCH: Today celebrates Read with Jenna live on airReturning to the 41-year-old's celebration on Thursday evening, she and her friends were joined by numerous other authors, stars and friends at the party.
Jenna Bush Hager couldn't help but get emotional when discussing her friend and co-anchor, Hoda Kotb's return to .ET spoke with Hager at her book club party to commemorate the four-year anniversary of her book club series, , where she shared how much Kotb's absence was felt on the show.«Hoda, makes my life full,» Hager gushed. «And it's so interesting, but you don't really know until somebody's kind of gone, unexpectedly, how much you depend on them.»«I mean, I knew I adored her, but I wrote her when she came back and I said, 'I don't even know if you know, how much you impact my life,'» she added, before getting emotional. Kotb has been on quite the emotional journey herself the last few weeks as her 3-year-old daughter, Hope, was hospitalized after spending several days in the ICU.With Hager having three children herself, the TV personality said it puts things in perspective.«I think she said it best.
Today stars Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, who bring a consistent warm energy to their on-screen presenting antics.The TV presenters discuss the strong female role models in their own lives as well as how they are raising their daughters to be independent women in their own right. In an exclusive interview, the co-stars also opened up about their incredible bond.When asked about how their friendship helps drive the show, Jenna, 41, explained: "I think without it, we probably wouldn't be able to do the show the way that we do. It’s not only that we have so much fun doing the show, but we're really good pals and we're in the same stage of life.WATCH: See the moment Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager enjoyed an emotional comeback"The other day, we had a three hour drive from Montreal to Quebec City, and we talked the whole time.
John Boyega will star in the next film from “Dead Pigs” and “Birds of Prey” director Cathy Yan. The sci-fi romance “The Freshening” comes from FilmNation Entertainment with Ali Wong producing alongside Hyperobject Industries’ Adam McKay and Betsy Koch and Rewild’s Yan and Ash SarohiaThe picture, set to film later this year, is inspired by Rachel Khong’s short story in the Paris Review, which was set in the near future during which tensions over race and gender have reached a violent boiling point.
Cally Jane Beech’s daughter Vienna has been rushed to A&E after falling ill at school.The concerned mum shared the news on Instagram that Vienna, five, had sustained a fall at school and later vomited, sparking Cally Jane to rush her to hospital. She wrote on top of the picture of a hospital waiting room: “To add to the day … Had to rush Vienna to A&E after falling at school and vomiting”.
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Cathy Yan debut a film project. Back at the beginning of 2020, shortly before COVID took over and shut everything down, Yan’s “Birds of Prey” was released in theaters.
EXCLUSIVE: John Boyega has been set to star in sci-fi romance The Freshening from director Cathy Yan (Birds Of Prey), we can reveal.
Jenna Ortega, Camila Mendes, and Danny Ramirez. The ‘Wednesday’ star continues to showcase her talent following the worldwide success of the Netflix series, while the ‘Riverdale’ actress has been enjoying the recognition of her latest rom-com ‘Do Revenge.’Ramirez has had some incredible roles, most recently with the success of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.’ This time the three Hollywood stars will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Francisca Alegria, for the film adaptation of the play ‘the House of Bernarda Alba’ by Federico García Lorca.The original story follows the story of women in rural Spain, and focuses on the tragedy of 60-year-old Bernarda Alba, after losing her husband.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Idris Elba ignited a firestorm on social media in February after he told Esquire UK that he stopped calling himself a “Black actor” because it created limitations for his career. The “Luther” actor was immediately accused of renouncing his Blackness, although actors such as John Boyega came to his defense and argued that critics weren’t paying attention to his message about damning Hollywood stereotyping. “I feel as I get older – I’m 50 now – we all have fears of saying too much, oversharing and whatno,” Elba now told The Guardian in a new interview. “And in this day and age, it’s really difficult to have an opinion if you’re in the public eye because it gets overly scrutinized, taken out of context, thrown into some sort of bullshit, zeitgeisty social media argument.”