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'The Girl in the Spider's Web' Star Sylvia Hoeks Returns to ICM Partners (Exclusive)

'The Girl in the Spider's Web' Star Sylvia Hoeks Returns to ICM Partners (Exclusive)
The Girl in the Spider's Web's Sylvia Hoeks has returned to ICM Partners after eight months at Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The Dutch actress stole scenes as Claire Foy's vengeful abandoned sister in Girl in the Spider's Web last year, and before that as Jared Leto's intimidating right-hand woman in Blade Runner 2049.

Hoeks will next star opposite Jason Momoa in the dystopian Apple+ drama See.
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Scarlett Johansson Says Controversial Comments About Diversity Were "Taken Out of Context"

Scarlett Johansson is courting controversy over casting in Hollywood, yet again.

After she was slammed with claims of whitewashing for her appearance in the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell, she invited scandal the following year with her decision to play the lead character in Rub and Tug. The film would have told the true story of crime boss Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgender man who operated a prostitution ring in Pittsburgh in the 1970s. After widespread criticism over Johansson, a cisgender woman, portraying Gill, a transmasculine man, she withdrew from the film and largely remained quiet over the situation. But now, in July 2019, the 34-year-old spoke out about how "political correctness" negatively affects casting decisions in an interview with the magazine As If - and then later accused the publication of editing her words "for click bait" and what she'd said had been "widely taken out of context."

In the original interview with As If,
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Scarlett Johansson Says Controversial Comments About Diversity Were "Taken Out of Context"

Scarlett Johansson Says Controversial Comments About Diversity Were
Scarlett Johansson is courting controversy over casting in Hollywood, yet again.

After she was slammed with claims of whitewashing for her appearance in the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell, she invited scandal the following year with her decision to play the lead character in Rub and Tug. The film would have told the true story of crime boss Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgender man who operated a prostitution ring in Pittsburgh in the 1970s. After widespread criticism over Johansson, a cisgender woman, portraying Gill, a transmasculine man, she withdrew from the film and largely remained quiet over the situation. But now, in July 2019, the 34-year-old spoke out about how "political correctness" negatively affects casting decisions in an interview with the magazine As If - and then later accused the publication of editing her words "for click bait" and what she'd said had been "widely taken out of context."

In the original interview with As If,
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Scarlett Johansson Says Politically Correct Casting Comments Were “Taken Out Of Context”

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Scarlett Johansson Says Politically Correct Casting Comments Were “Taken Out Of Context”
Scarlett Johansson was put under fire again this week when she made some comments about political correct casting that didn’t go over so well with many people — and they reacted as such on social media.

The Daily Mail published parts of an interview she did with As If magazine. “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” she was quoted. “I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions.” This led to a severe outcry on social media.

In a statement she gave to Entertainment Weekly, the Avengers: Endgame actress clarified her remarks and said
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Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Bizarre Comments on ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting Controversy

Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Bizarre Comments on ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting Controversy
In a bizarre interview, Scarlett Johansson revealed she is still a little miffed about the casting controversy surrounding “Rub & Tug,” the project she exited last year after facing backlash from the transgender community. The actress was set to play Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who became infamous in 1970s Pittsburgh for operating massage parlors that served as fronts for sex work. The project, which Johansson was developing with director Rupert Sanders, was highly criticized by the Lgbtq community because of the history of cisgender actors playing trans roles while trans actors struggle to find opportunities.

“You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” the actress was quoted as saying during an interview with As If magazine, excerpted by Daily Mail. “I feel like it’s a
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Scarlett Johansson on Casting Controversies: ‘I Should Be Allowed to Play Any Person’

Scarlett Johansson on Casting Controversies: ‘I Should Be Allowed to Play Any Person’
Update: Scarlett Johansson clarified that her controversial comments in an As If interview were “edited for click bait.” “An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context. The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art,” the actress said in a statement Sunday (via Variety). “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms,
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90s Video Action Stars Part IV – Gary Daniels, Joe Lara, C. Thomas Howell and Thomas Ian Griffith

Tom Jolliffe with the latest delve back to the video shelf with 90’s video action stars [read part one, part two and part three]…

With so many 90’s action icons worked through already, you’d imagine I was beginning to struggle for subjects to cover. You’d be mistaken. It feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface of 90’s ass-kick specialists. This only goes to show that slightly wistful post-century turn which saw new kids on the block becoming fewer and further between. Inevitably as big ‘actors’ moved in on the big screen action genre in the 90’s, the next decade would see some heavy hitters becoming Dtv action specialists themselves with the likes of Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding Jr and Val Kilmer becoming stalwarts, then beyond them even bigger stars fell into video land like Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis and John Travolta. The desire for ass-kicking specialists and M.A tournament casting was largely a thing of the past.
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Justice League’s Jesse Eisenberg Doesn’t Think There’s Much Left For His Lex Luthor

When it comes to Lex Luthor, Superman’s greatest nemesis has existed in fiction nearly as long as the Man of Steel himself. And as such, the character’s been recast numerous times over the decades, with a variety of talents playing him in both live action and animation.

Most recently – at least in the movies – it was Jesse Eisenberg’s chance to step up to the plate. In fact, the Zombieland star played the LexCorp CEO for two films, those being Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Granted, the latter was technically a cameo, but it still counts.

But when you factor in the ever-changing landscape of the DC Extended Universe, the odds of seeing Eisenberg’s Luthor on screen again are slim to nil. Believe it or not, he pretty much stated that his tenure as Lex is over while appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast,
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Sony Says They’re In No Rush To Make Venom 2

Venom overcame an (extremely unfair) critical mauling to become an $856 million smash, with audiences worldwide taking to the bromance between Tom Hardy and a slimy alien goo monster. It was a superhero movie with a distinct personality, anchored by a very fun dual performance from Hardy and a witty script. But with the film proving to be a hit and ending with a teaser for a sequel starring Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, you’d expect a follow-up to be fast-tracked. So far though, we’ve heard nothing about Venom 2.

We’ve had word that Sony are targeting an October 2nd, 2020 release date for the project, which should mean that it’s some way through pre-production and would go before the cameras later this year. But now, in a recent interview, studio chief Amy Pascal has explained that the film is “in the works” but that there’s “no timetable.
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John Carpenter One-Shot Joker Comic Coming This Halloween from DC Comics

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DC Comics has announced a new project with horror legend John Carpenter. The "Year of the Villain" event is reuniting Carpenter with Anthony Burch to write a one-off comic for The Joker. The Joker: Year of the Villain # 1 is a 40 page comic and it will hit the shops just in time for Halloween. "The Joker is the greatest villain in comics. I'm proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project," said Carpenter about the project. This sounds like it could be pretty amazing.

As for the storyline, John Carpenter and Anthony Burch are bringing in Lex Luthor too. In their story, Luthor is going out to recruit other DC villains, but The Joker likes to play by his own rules. This has been proven time and time again. The Clown Prince of Crime just cannot be trusted, even when he's hanging with other villains. You can read the official synopsis below.
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Joker Movie: 6 Things We Want To Happen With Arthur Fleck (And 4 We Don't)

Well the Joker trailer releasing back in April certainly got out attention. Despite the fact it’s been just 11 years since Heath Ledger set pulses racing as the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight - and three since Jared Leto gave it a crack in the divisive Suicide Squad - Batman’s arch-nemesis is back. And, this time, he’s on his own.

Related: 10 Big Differences Between The Joker & The Lego Joker

Details of the movie are being kept tightly under wraps. We know Joaquin Phoenix will be playing Arthur Fleck, a man whose mental health problems will see him eventually don the clown make-up and green hair, but that’s about it. Let's take a look at everything we want --and don’t want-- Fleck to be when the movie hits screens in October.
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Joker Won't 'Follow Anything' from the Batman Comics: 'People Are Gonna Be Mad,' Says Director

Joker Won't 'Follow Anything' from the Batman Comics: 'People Are Gonna Be Mad,' Says Director
Die-hard Joker fans might not love the latest take on the super-villain.

Director Todd Phillips revealed in a new interview he didn’t base the character on material from previous comics for his upcoming film Joker. Instead, Joaquin Phoenix‘s villain origin story will unravel from different circumstances.

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about,” Phillips told Empire, according to Vulture. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker but the story of becoming Joker.
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Tyrese Gibson Producing, Starring in Thriller ‘Inside Game’

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Tyrese Gibson Producing, Starring in Thriller ‘Inside Game’
Wonderfilm Media and Tyrese Gibson’s Voltron Pictures are partnering to produce action thriller “The Inside Game” with Gibson starring.

Principal photography is set to commence this November, it was jointly announced Tuesday by Wonderfilm co-founder Jeff Bowler and Gibson.

“We are beyond thrilled to introduce ‘The Inside Game,” Bowler said. “Tyrese has a truly unique and grounded vision for this non-stop thrill ride of a film.”

Gibson is best known for playing Roman Pearce in the “Fast and Furious” films, dating back to the second installment,”2 Fast 2 Furious” through 2017’s “Fate of the Furious.” He’s also playing an FBI agent in next year’s “Morbius” opposite Jared Leto.

“I am beyond grateful that Wonderfilm has decided to take this journey with me as my producing partner,” said Gibson. “Being able to follow ‘Fast & Furious 9’ and ‘Morbius’ with this project is going to make for
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Warner Bros. Planning To Turn Harley Quinn Into The Dceu’s Deadpool

Say what you will about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn is nothing short of a highlight performance. Fortunately, we know the character is all set to return in next year’s Birds of Prey, but it sounds like she’s coming back with more than just a new look.

We Got This Covered has heard from multiple sources that Warner Bros. is taking a page out of the Marvel playbook, setting up a framing device in Birds of Prey that will allow Harley to break the fourth wall and address the meta-context of her own films, much like Ryan ReynoldsDeadpool does.

While it sounds unlikely that she’ll show off this ability in the larger team-up movies in DC’s future – such as James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad – Quinn is expected to continue to address the audience throughout Gotham City
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Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren to Return for ‘Fast & Furious 9,’ Vin Diesel Says

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren to Return for ‘Fast & Furious 9,’ Vin Diesel Says
Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are strapping back into the “Fast & Furious” franchise, with franchise star Vin Diesel saying Monday that the two Oscar-winning actresses are on set for “Fast & Furious 9.”

The ninth entry is currently filming in London, and Diesel teased the new cast additions in an Instagram post.

“We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie,” Diesel said.

Also Read: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Trailer Pits Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Against 'Black Superman' Idris Elba (Video)

Cena was previously reported as the newest addition to the all-star action cast for “Fast & Furious 9,” but Theron and Mirren making their returns comes as a surprise. Theron joined the franchise during 2017’s “Fate of the Furious” as the cyberterrorist Cipher, who managed
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Tom Holland Only Has One Movie Left On His Marvel Studios Contract

Sony and Marvel StudiosSpider-Man: Far From Home swung into theaters this week to largely positive reviews and looks to be yet another massively successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with box office tracking suggesting that the Jon Watts-directed sequel will earn between $125m and $175m at the domestic box office during its first six days in release.

After the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony’s decision to lease the character rights back to Marvel has paid huge dividends with Tom Holland’s first solo outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming earning $880.2m worldwide, while appearances in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame have firmly established the web-slinger as one of the McU’s key figures.

That hasn’t kept Sony out of the Spidey business entirely, though; last year saw the release of Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Jared Leto-starring
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Lady Gaga, Claire Foy Lead Oscars Academy’s 842 New Member Invitations

Lady Gaga, Claire Foy Lead Oscars Academy’s 842 New Member Invitations
Lady Gaga, Claire Foy and Sterling K. Brown are among the 842 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Monday.

The announcement came two days after the Academy’s Board of Governors spent a Saturday meeting going over the lists of prospective members drawn up by each of the Academy’s 17 branches. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which several hundred film professionals have been invited to join the Academy. This will easily push the number of active Academy members over 9,000 and the number of Oscars voters over 8,000 for next year’s Academy Awards.

As usual in recent years, the huge list of new-member invitations was heavily weighted toward women, who made up 50 percent of the invitees (up from 49 percent last year), and non-white film professionals, who made up 29 percent. The list was also heavily weighted toward international members,
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Ranking every big screen version of The Joker from worst to best

Liam Hoofe ranks all of the big screen takes on the iconic DC villain The Joker from worst to best…

This past weekend, Todd Phillips, director of the upcoming Joker movie, gave fans their first glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Batman villain. From the first look, it looks as though Phoenix’s incarnation of The Joker is set to be much more traditional than the most recent big-screen take on the character by Jared Leto.

The Joker is one of the most iconic villains of all time, and the character has undergone several major changes on screen during his history. From Cesar Romero’s iconic turn as the character in the 1960’s to Leto’s divisive take on the character in the Dceu, there is always an excitement in the air when a new version of the character is set to make his debut.

To celebrate the reveal
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Producer Says Morbius Looks Great So Far

During the press rounds for Spider-Man: Far From Home, producer Amy Pascal praised Jared Leto and said that the upcoming Morbius looks “really great.” Given that the only footage we’ve seen so far though has been a couple of still images and a brief video, the jury’s still most definitely out on this one after the last time the Academy Award-winning actor played a pale comic book character.

Sony may have leased their web-slinging crown jewel back to Marvel Studios after the disappointment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from moving forward with their own series of spinoffs featuring Spidey’s rogues’ gallery. The Tom Hardy-led Venom was the first entry in their cinematic universe and made an impressive $855 million at the box office, despite less-than-enthusiastic reviews.

When asked about Morbius, Pascal responded by saying “Jared is fantastic. Who could be better?
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Jeremy Renner Just Released Another Pop Song & Twitter Is Losing Its Mind

Jeremy Renner Just Released Another Pop Song & Twitter Is Losing Its Mind
Jeremy Renner, the actor best known for playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has just released a song. Yes, a song. Does that mean he's looking to hang up his bow and arrow in favor of a career in pop music? We have absolutely no idea. But this isn't the first time he's dabbled in the music world. Maybe he just needed something to do after the release of Avengers: Endgame? And maybe that something was recording and releasing a version of Heaven Don't Have a Name, as originally released by Sam Feldt?

The song itself sounds like a big, glossy top 40 pop song. Jeremy Renner, rather amazingly, wears the whole thing pretty well. It sounds like something that could legitimately get some airplay, even if Renner wasn't a star of one of the biggest franchises on the planet. That certainly doesn't hurt anything, but still, this song does
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