James Gunn is addressing the DC Universe.
19.09.2023 - 15:43 / variety.com
Zack Sharf Digital News Director In a new interview with Vanity Fair, “The Marvels” director Nia DaCosta revealed she was in frequent contact with previous Marvel directors before and during the making of her MCU tentpole. She asked Chloé Zhao (“Eternals”), James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) before accepting “The Marvels” directing gig if entering the Marvel world was a good idea. “Are they going to kill me and destroy my soul? Is Kevin Feige a bad man?” she joked.
“And they were like, ‘No, he’s just a good guy who was a nerd.’” During the making of “The Marvels,” DaCosta would text “Shang-Chi” director Destin Daniel Cretton on tough shoot days. She would text him “I’m overwhelmed” and “I’m so stressed.” As DaCosta told Vanity Fair, “Sometimes you’d be in a scene and you’d be like, ‘What the hell does any of this shit mean?’ Or an actor’s looking at some crazy thing happening in space, and they’re [actually] looking at a blue X. There were obviously hard days, and days where you’re like, ‘This just isn’t working.’” “The Marvels” is a sequel to “Captain Marvel” that teams Brie Larson’s eponymous superhero with Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau from “WandaVision” and Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan from “Ms.
Marvel.” It’s been a shaky year for comic book tentpoles, with Marvel’s own “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and other films like “The Flash” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” flopping at the box office. Marvel is surely hoping “The Marvels” pans out more like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” ($845 million worldwide).
James Gunn is addressing the DC Universe.
With the WGA guild strike now resolves, writing and creative development may begin again on countless postponed projects. And eyes will be on James Gunn and Peter Safran‘s new DCU in that regard, considering the sheer breadth of their franchise reboot.
DC co-Boss James Gunn took to Instagram’s Threads to field fan questions, and in the process confirmed that Xolo Maridueña will continue to play Blue Beetle, Oscar winner Viola Davis will still be Amanda Waller and John Cena will remain Peacemaker.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director David Letterman relives his horrible “Airplane!” audition in the new oral history book, “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True History of Airplane!,” an excerpt from which was published on Entertainment Weekly. Letterman was brought in to screen test for the lead role of Ted Striker, ultimately played by Robert Hays. “He wasn’t an actor, but he was funny.
Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.The actor, who is best known for roles in Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman, was asked to choose his favourite Gallagher brother by a fan during an appearance on Johnny Vaughan’s 4-7 Thang on Radio X.In response, Arnett said: “I know that they’re both friends of the programme and I’ve heard them both on the programme, so I don’t want to pick sides, but I did hang out one evening for a couple of hours with Noel… I think Noel because his quotes are just off the charts. Unbelievable.”When Vaughan said Liam’s quotes were on “a different level”, Arnett replied: “Than Noel’s? He once described his brother as a man with a fork in a world of soup.
Marvel Studios, over the course of its decade-plus history, has become a premier place for newer/indie directing talent looking to break into big-budget studio filmmaking. We saw this with folks like the Russo Brothers, James Gunn, Destin Daniel Cretton, and many more.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Leonardo DiCaprio finally weighed in on the massive “Killers of the Flower Moon” rewrite that changed the direction of Martin Scorsese’s latest historical epic. The script originally centered on FBI agent Tom White, who DiCaprio was supposed to play, as he investigates a string of murders among the Osage Nation in the 1920s. That perspective kept the film in line with the majority of David Grann’s 2017 book of the same name, but something about telling “Flower Moon” from the FBI’s point of view did not sit right with DiCaprio or Scorsese.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Canada at the world premiere of his biographical documentary “Sly,” Sylvester Stallone called himself “the last of the dinosaurs” while praising his career longevity. The “Rocky” icon was referring to the fact that he’s one of the few ’80s action stars left continuing to headline movies, which is the case with the upcoming fourth “Expendables” movie. He’s also the lead of the Paramount+ series “Tulsa King,” which has been renewed for a second season.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director “John Wick” producer Basil Iwanyk told Collider that Keanu Reeves begged the team behind the long-running action franchise to kill him off at the end of “John Wick: Chapter 4.” It was par for the course for Reeves, who is so physically drained after filming each “John Wick” installment that he rarely is motivated to return for more. In this case, the producers once again did not entirely listen to their star. “After the second, third, and fourth movie, making these films is so exhausting and it destroys Keanu, physically and emotionally,” Iwanyk said.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Whoopi Goldberg is defending Hasan Minhaj, who has ignited a fierce debate after admitting to embellishing stories in his stand-up routines over the years. “That’s what we do,” Goldberg said on “The View” about the role of the comedian (via Entertainment Weekly). “That’s what we do, we tell stories and we embellish them.” “If you’re gonna hold a comic to the point where you’re gonna check up on stories, you have to understand, a lot of it is not the exact thing that happened because why would we tell exactly what happened? It ain’t that interesting,” she also said, adding later, “There’s information that we will give you as comics that will have grains of truth, but don’t take it to the bank.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director “Casino Royale” director Martin Campbell recently told Express UK that he was concerned Daniel Craig wasn’t sexy enough to be James Bond when his name was thrown into the ring to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007. The filmmaker had previously directed Brosnan in the beloved 1995 Bond tentpole “GoldenEye” and was returning to the franchise at the time to launch a new 007 following Brosnan’s exit after 2002’s “Die Another Day.” “My only reticence with Daniel…he was really a superb actor, there’s no doubt about that,” Campbell said.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director In a new profile on Paul Dano published by The Guardian, his “The Batman” director Matt Reeves confirms they filmed “70 or 80 takes” of the Riddler and Batman’s final confrontation in the 2022 DC comic book tentpole. Dano starred as the film’s villain opposite Robert Pattinson. The film earned rave reviews (it was named the third best film of 2022 by Variety) and was a box office hit with $771 million worldwide.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director In a new profile published by The New Yorker, comedian, former “Patriot Act” host and “The Daily Show” alum Hasan Minhaj admitted to fabricating details in past stand-up specials, such as 2022’s “The King’s Jester” that streamed on Netflix. “Every story in my style is built around a seed of truth,” Minhaj said. “My comedy Arnold Palmer is 70% emotional truth — this happened — and then 30% hyperbole, exaggeration, fiction.” One story Minhaj told in “The King’s Jester” related to an envelope with white powder that was sent to his home.
After myriad delays and release date changes, “Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom” surfs into theaters this December. And James Wan‘s sequel marks the final film of the DCEU before new DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran start their DCU rebrand.
Zack Sharf Digital News Director Drew Barrymore’s co-head writer Cristina Kinon is sending a message to her boss: It’s not too late to scrap the decision to resume “The Drew Barrymore Show” amid the strikes. Barrymore has generated backlash after announcing her daytime talk show is returning Sept. 18 amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984 with Peter Laird, has given his thoughts on Marvel and DC Comics recent dominance at the box office.The Marvel Cinematic Universe, comprising 32 films since 2008’s Iron Man, has made nearly $30billion globally and the franchise has released video games, TV series, clothing and merchandise as well. Its recent films have fared less well, however, with only one film breaking $1billion in the last four years (Spider-Man: No Way Home).
Zack Sharf Digital News Director As fate would have it, the decades-old “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” cast email chain was randomly revived by Michael Cera just before Netflix ordered its new “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” anime series featuring the original film cast in voice roles. Franchise creator Bryan Lee O’Malley revealed the coincidence in a chat with Entertainment Weekly, noting that the long-dormant email chain’s revival was so random that cast member Chris Evans hilariously called out Cera.
James Wan, director of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, is speaking out.
Fifty Shades, singer of songs, gal who is just —will grace the stage at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, but first she has to slay the red carpet.But tonight wasn't like other nights for Ora, who is set to present an award at the ceremony. Instead of her usual see-through looks, she decided to wear an uncharacteristically covered up dress—a black off-the-shoulder Rodarte gown with never-ending statement sleeves.
Has it been a good year for movies at the box office or a terrible one? Depends on who you ask, and arguably, it would be a bad one if it were for “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” rescuing the year with great box office success. How has the usually-dependable Marvel fared at the box office? So far, one big underwhelming disappointment, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which only grossed $476 million worldwide, the lowest-grossing Marvel movie since 2011’s “Thor” (not counting the pandemic releases of “Black Widow,” “Shang Chi” and “Eternals” which were all lower, but those were different circumstances).