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Last week, new set photos emerged from the Avengers: Infinity War set in Edinburgh, Scotland that gave us our first look at Vision, with a report claiming production is gearing up for a six-week shoot there. Rumors had been swirling that part of the movie is actually be set in Edinburgh, where a number of Avengers have been hiding out in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. Today, we have word that this upcoming part of the shoot will feature two more Avengers, with Elizabeth Olsen spotted arriving in Scotland, while Jeremy Renner teased on social media that he's flying across the pond to join the action.
McU Exchange discovered this image of Elizabeth Olsen arriving in Scotland, which presumably means we'll be seeing her character Scarlet Witch in this Edinburgh shoot. The site also reports that other Marvel stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Benedict Cumberbatch »
Batgirl is coming to the big screen, and Joss Whedon is helping her get there. The “Avengers” helmer will write, direct and produce a standalone film for Warner Bros. about the superheroine, reports Variety. The movie, to which no one else is yet attached, will be part of the DC Extended Universe and follow this summer’s “Wonder Woman” as the second project in that franchise to center around a female lead.
First appearing in 1967, Batgirl has previously been portrayed onscreen by Yvonne Craig in the campy “Batman” series and Alicia Silverstone in 1997’s “Batman & Robin”; more recently, Rosario Dawson voiced her in “The Lego Batman Movie.” Toby Emmerich, who serves as president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will be shepherding this new project alongside Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. »
- Michael Nordine
Marc Webb managed to make just one character-driven feature, the quirky rom-com “(500) Days of Summer,” before he turned his attentions to the studio world, with “Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel. Webb’s foray into the superhero world yielded uneven results: While both films cracked over $700 million at the global box office and made an effective case for Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger, overall returns were not nearly as hefty as Sony had hoped (Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2” is the lowest earner of the franchise) and critical reception was decidedly mixed.
Now Webb is back to his roots with “Gifted,” a good-hearted family drama that’s a bit like “Good Will Hunting” for the elementary school set — which is to say, solid and familiar, but not exactly a triumphant return to form.
- Kate Erbland
There are several ways that an adventurous director can get swallowed up by Hollywood, and the career of Marc Webb is a case in point. Eight years ago, he made “(500) Days of Summer,” a love story told out of order — it was like a relationship drama on iPod shuffle — that was so freshly done it would have been a wistful, revealing movie even if the scenes had unfolded chronologically. The film catapulted Webb onto the A-list, where he was handed the privilege of making “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014) — staggeringly unnecessary, blockbuster-by-the-numbers reboots that would have sapped the spirit of Orson Welles. So that’s one way to get swallowed. Here’s another: Webb’s new feature, “Gifted,” tells the story of a child prodigy (it costars Chris Evans from the “Captain America” films), and it’s a small-scale movie driven by dialogue and acting and emotion. »
- Owen Gleiberman
The film tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans) raising his spirited young niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace), who, at seven years old, has an unusual command of mathematics. Intent on having Mary lead a normal life, Frank tries to protect her from his mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose aspirations for Mary threaten the simple life he’s created in their Florida coastal town. Spencer plays Frank and Mary’s protective landlady, Roberta, and Slate plays Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a woman who develops a relationship with Frank. Directed by Marc Webb, Gifted is scheduled to hit theaters on April 7.
While Evans, Slate and Spencer come with their own experience and pedigree (“I feel very lucky to be included in a group of actors who care so much about the actual craft of acting,” Slate told Et »
There is nothing on the surface of “Live Cargo” that would suggest anything more than a cookie-cutter relationship drama: A young couple struggles with the trauma of their stillborn child, escaping to an exotic island to work through their problems; in the process, they’re swept up in island life, and given a second chance to appreciate their shared existence. Fortunately, the black-and-white debut of writer-director Logan Sandler is just sharp enough to complicate its clichés with strong performances and a mesmerizing tone that pushes the mopey proceedings into psychological thriller territory. Despite some clunkier moments, it’s a notable effort to avoid some familiar traps.
“Live Cargo” mainly follows Nadine (Dree Hemingway) and Lewis (Lakeith Stanfield) as they arrive at the unspecified Bahamian island that Nadine’s family visited in her youth. It’s there that she introduces Lewis to Roy (Robert Wisdom), the island’s mayor and stern patriarch, »
- Eric Kohn
There's no love lost between Chris Evans and Jenny Slate. A week after the actress spoke candidly and sweetly about their nine-month relationship in a New York magazine cover story, it was Evans' turn to wax poetic. The actors began dating after filming the movie Gifted, which opens in select theaters Apr. 7 and expands nationwide Apr. 21. Though they're no longer an item—and Slate revealed they haven't spoken since their split—Evans calls her his "favorite human." As he says in People's Apr. 10 issue (out Friday), "She's the best. I've never ever ever met someone in my life who has a mastery of the English language the way she does. She'll give you one sentence »
Despite their recent split, Chris Evans and Jenny Slate have nothing but nice things to say about each other. Chris recently talked about his admiration for his Gifted costar in a new interview with People, calling Jenny "my favorite human." "She's the best. I've never ever ever met someone in my life who has a mastery of the English language the way she does. She'll give you one sentence and there's no fat to it. You're like, 'You just chose such an unbelievable collection of words that beautifully articulate what you say,'" he continued. "It's like an art form talking with her, because the visuals associated with her expression are just so colorful. She's so vulnerable, so honest, so interested in other people more than herself, she's incredibly compassionate, there's just nothing to not love about her." Related:Find Out What Year Chris Evans Lost His Virginity Chris and Jenny »
- Monica Sisavat
Despite the demise of their romantic relationship in January of this year, the Gifted co-stars continue to be close and have nothing but kind words for one another.
Evans, 35, recently expressed his immense respect for the actress in an interview with People.
"She's my favorite human," Evans confessed. "She's the best. I've never ever ever met someone in my life who has a mastery of the English language the way she does. She'll give you one sentence, and there’s no fat to it. You're like, 'You just chose such an unbelievable collection of words that beautifully articulate what you say.'"
The Captain America star added that communicating with the 35-year-old Slate is "like an art form." "The visuals associated with her expression are just »
Although their romantic relationship ended earlier this year, the Gifted costars have remained friends and share genuine respect and admiration for one other.
“She’s my favorite human,” Evans tells People of Slate. “She’s the best. I’ve never ever ever met someone in my life who has a mastery of the English language the way she does. She’ll give you one sentence and there’s no fat to it. You’re like, ‘You just chose such an unbelievable collection of words that beautifully articulate what you say. »
- Kara Warner
Chris Evans has nothing but love for his ex-girlfriend and “Gifted” co-star Jenny Slate. After meeting on the set of the drama in 2015, the pair began a nine-month relationship before parting ways earlier this year. Despite their split, the actor still has fond memories of their time working together. “It kind of felt like, […] »
- Will Reid
Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s new trailer is doubly exciting: it also boasts a cameo appearance by Captain America (Chris Evans). Captain America’s Cameo In Spider-Man: Homecoming Before the trailer’s launch on Tuesday, Sony screened the trailer a bit earlier on Monday evening, during its presentation at the Las Vegas convention for theater owners. Fans at Cinema Con got a sneak-peek […]
- Kate Chia
When it comes to dating Scarlett Johansson, it's complicated.
The 32-year-old actress appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius Xm show on Monday, where she was pressed about her newly single status, after filing for divorce from her husband, French journalist Romain Dauriac, earlier this month. Johansson said she worries less about her fame getting in the way of dating again, as opposed to how it will affect her daughter, 2-year-old Rose.
"I'm on guard because I have a young daughter," Johansson said, agreeing with co-host Robin Quivers that she would never introduce her daughter to just anyone. "That's something I'm more concerned about."
Watch: Scarlett Johansson's Divorce Filing a 'Total Shock' to Romain Dauriac, Who Wants Primary Custody of Daughter
"A lot of comedians I know have a dark side »
Filming has been under way on Avengers: Infinity War since January, with the latest set video and photos surfacing from Edinburgh, Scotland in the U.K., where we got our first look at Vision (Paul Bettany). With filming expected to run until sometime this fall, a shoot which includes both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, today we have word that filming will shift to the other side of the pond this May, with an upcoming shoot in New York City. The production is seeking extras for this shoot, with the casting call revealing that this superhero project is filming under the working title Mary Lou.
MovieCastingCall.org reports that Central Casting is accepting submissions for extras, who will all be hand-picked by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. For those who want to submit themselves for consideration, the casting call reveals that they should send their full name, location, phone number, »
Chris Evans' plan to be a dad one day isn't the only thing he revealed to E! News when we sat down with him last week to talk about his new movie Gifted. Here are five more things we learned about the hunky actor that ya gotta know. 1. Young Love: Evans said he had at least three celebrity crushes when he was a kid. "Elisabeth Shue from Adventures of Babysitting and Karate Kid!...Lori Loughlin was a big one. Come on, who didn't love Lori Loughlin? She hasn't aged at all. Sandra Bullock was a big one too...like when I was like in seventh or eight grade." 2. Song & Dance: Evans not only knows how to tap dance (just ask any of his co-stars, who frequently comment on his awesome »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the original ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being revealed, a new Justice League trailer released, Power Rangers reviewed and more…
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The ultimate fixer-upper.
Disney’s live-action-ish remake of Beauty and the Beast made $350 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Just a few days later, it had already grossed more than the 1991 animated original.
Of course, that’s not accounting for the hundreds of millions lost with inflation. But that wouldn’t make as good a headline.
The success means Disney “will explore possible spinoff and prequel scenarios”. A solo movie of Gaston being Gaston should top that list.
As you see he’s got biceps to spare.
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- Oli Davis
Chris Evans is looking forward to the next chapter in life.
Et's Carly Steel sat down with the 35-year-old actor at the junket of his new film, Gifted, on Friday, where he opened up about playing a father figure on screen, and revealed that he "absolutely" wants to have kids of his own one day.
"Of course [I want to have children]," Evans shared. "That's certainly something I look forward to, absolutely."
"You'd make an amazing father," the actor's 10-year-old co-star, Mckenna Grace, adorably added. "You would be a good dad. You would. You're really nice."
"You're so sweet, kiddo," Evans gushed.
While we'll have to wait to see the Captain America star's skills as a father, he and Grace also dished on some of their secret talents.
Watching Chris Evans in his new movie Gifted, one can't help to think of what he'll be like when he has his own kids. In the Fox Searchlight film, the Captain America star plays a boat mechanic raising his six-year-old math prodigy niece (Mckenna Grace) when his overbearing mother (Sherlock's Lindsay Duncan) takes him to court to gain custody of the young child. At one point, Evans breaks down in tears. "Crying on cue is a tough thing to do, but I tell you what there is no better catalyst than this little nugget over here," Evans says as he looks at his 10-year-old co-star. "She is so good and so honest. Those tears start rolling, you would have to be pretty heartless to not get »
Last week a report surfaced online suggesting that Chris Evans is ready to hang up the shield following the end of his initial deal with Marvel Studios on Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel.
There has of course been plenty of speculation about Evans’ future in the McU for several years now, stemming from the ‘Death of Captain America’ arc in the comic books, and the fact that Evans has expressed his desire to move into directing.
While this latest report didn’t have any direct quotes from the man himself, Evans has now revealed to Collider that he’s open to renegotiating his deal and extending his time as the Sentinel of Liberty.
“It’s really not up to me,” said Evans.” My contract is up. I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No more.’ I think Hugh Jackman has made 47 Wolverine movies, and they somehow keep getting better. »
- Gary Collinson
Way back in 2002, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Katushiro Otomo’s classic manga/anime Akira. The film promptly sank into development hell though, with every attempt to begin production running into budgetary, scheduling or casting issues. Today, however, it was revealed that the studio is eager to get the production moving again, no doubt fuelled by the anticipated success of Rupert Sanders’ Ghost In The Shell.
Akira takes place in Neo-Tokyo, a city built on the ruins of old Tokyo after a gigantic and devastating explosion. Its heroes are biker gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda, who become embroiled in a government conspiracy to unlock latent psychic talents. The anime beautifully combines sleek cyberpunk yumminess, body horror and surreal dream elements, all set to a cacophonously bizarre soundtrack of dissonant chanting.
- David James
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