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Vision Looks a Whole Lot Different Under All That Avengers Makeup

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One of the many superheroes returning to the screen for Avengers: Infinity Wars, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is Vision. If you don't remember, Vision joins the Avengers team back in Avengers: Age of Ultron to help defeat Ultron, has a blossoming romance with Scarlet Witch, and is Team Iron man during Captain America: Civil War.

If you've been wondering who plays Vision and why he might sound familiar, well we have answers for you! Vision is played by British actor Paul Bettany, who's has been acting for more than two decades and has starred in a variety of films like A Beautiful Mind (below), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and The Da Vinci Code.

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Like Robert Downey Jr., Bettany has been a part of the Marvel universe since the beginning. Marvel fans will recognize Bettany
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French Actor Jean Reno Joins Cast of ‘Waiting for Anya’

French Actor Jean Reno Joins Cast of ‘Waiting for Anya’
French actor Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code”) has joined the cast of Ben Cookson’s WWII drama “Waiting for Anya” which has just started shooting in France.

Reno will star opposite Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”), Anjelica Huston (“The Witches”), Thomas Kretschmann (“The Pianist”), Elsa Zylbertsein (“I’ve Loved You So Long”) and Tomas Lemarquis (“X-Men: Apocalypse”). Also rounding up the cast are Frederick Schmidt (“Mission: Impossible- Fallout”), Josephine De La Baum (“Madame”) and Sadie Frost (“Absolutely Fabulous, the Movie).

Written by Toby Torlesse and based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name, “Waiting for Anya” is set against the backdrop of World War II in Southern France. The film follows a young shepherd boy (Schnapp) and his beloved grandfather (Reno) who help save the lives of Jewish children as they crossed the Spanish border.

Waiting for Anya” is the second feature film produced by Goldfinch Studios, following
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The Crown: Paul Bettany Tapped to Play Prince Philip, Succeeding Matt Smith

The Crown: Paul Bettany Tapped to Play Prince Philip, Succeeding Matt Smith
Paul Bettany is about to make the unlikely transition from Unabomber to member of the royal family.

The Manhunt: Unabomber star is nearing a deal to play Prince Philip in Season 3 of The Crown, our sister site Variety reports. He would take over the role from Matt Smith, who starred opposite Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II in Seasons 1 and 2.

RELATEDThe Crown Season 2 Report Card: What Ruled? And What Royally Stumbled?

As previously reported, Broadchurch‘s Olivia Colman will succeed Foy as Her Royal Majesty in the third and fourth seasons, as the period piece jumps ahead in time. She
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Ron Howard Reshot Way More of Han Solo Than Originally Planned

Ron Howard Reshot Way More of Han Solo Than Originally Planned
If anyone is shaping up to have a huge month in May 2018, it's Paul Bettany, since he is starring in two highly-anticipated movies, Avengers: Infinity War, where he returns as Vision, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. The later project marks the third time Paul Bettany and Ron Howard have collaborated, following the Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind and the Dan Brown adaptation The Da Vinci Code. When asked what it was like to reunite with the director, Paul Bettany had nothing but high praise for Ron Howard, while revealing that he reshot much more than originally planned. Here's what the actor had to say.

"His staging ability is so f***ing brilliant. I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him.
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Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy Thriller ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)

Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy Thriller ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)
One of France’s best known actors, Jean Reno (“Leon: the Professional,” “Ronin,” “The Da Vinci Code”), is attached to star in “1.200 Almas” (“1,200 Souls),” a fantasy thriller from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragüés whose “Novatos” proved a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up.

L.A.-based Outsider Pictures Paul Hudson is handling world sales rights and executive produces along with Zaragoza VFX house Entropy Studio.

Despite Reno’s Spanish origins – his parents hail from Cadiz in Andalusia – “1.200” marks the first Spanish film for an actor who has sought to buck typecasting in a multitude of roles whose international titles take in “Nikita,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Godzilla” and “The Last Face.”

Reno, who won a European Film Academy’s European Achievement in World Cinema Awardin 2000, joins Swiss-Spaniard Ingrid García-Jonsson, who broke out with Jaime Rosales’ 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beautiful Youth,” scoring a Spanish Academy best new actress nomination, and [link=nm
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Andy Lau’s “The Adventurers” Set for Digital and Blu-ray Release

Stephen Fung’s heist flick “The Adventurers” is coming to Digital on December 5, 2017, and Blu-ray on January 2, 2018. See below for the press release from Well Go USA.

Well Go USA Press Release

Races onto Digital December 5

and on Blu-ray Combo Pack January 2The ADVENTURERSDirected by Stephen Fung and Starring Andy Lau & Jean Reno

“Fung endows [it] with panache and speed, and he punctuates the action with humor.”

~ Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

Includes a Three-Part Making-of Featurette

Plano, Texas. (November 13, 2017) – Hong Kong Superstar Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Internal Affairs) as a charismatic thief is pursued by French icon Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Mission Impossible) as a tenacious detective in the globetrotting caper film The Adventurers, stealing onto on digital December 5 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack January 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Infamous thief Cheung Tan (Lau) has recently been released from prison. Cheung immediately
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From The Room to Geostorm: how to make a movie so bad that people will love it

Terrible films are 10 a penny, but making something as magnificently, joyously awful as Showgirls or The Snowman? That takes real skill. Here are the rules of the Truly Bad Movie

Few things in life can rival the joy of watching a truly bad movie. Those of us who savour inept, high-profile, well-funded bombs can only look with pity on our forebears who had the misfortune to be born before motion pictures were invented. Unlike modern film buffs, who can conjure up literally thousands of bad films with just a few keystrokes (thanks to the cultural abyss that is Netflix), our luckless ancestors were forced to make do with bad plays, bad operas, bad circuses, bad auto-da-fés. How they got through their culturally barren lives without bad motion pictures is one of the great mysteries in human history. I know I couldn’t do it. Luckily we have had two films
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James Madigan Attached To Direct Space Station Action Film ‘Starfall’

Exclusive: James Madigan is set to direct the space station action title Starfall which is aiming for a May 2018 production start. Starfall is based on David Coggeshall’s script with rewrites by Jordan and Aaron Kandell (Moana). Madigan has worked in visual effects for over 20 years on such films as Iron Man 2 and The Da Vinci Code and such TV series as HBO’s Rome, for which he won an Emmy and two Visual Effects Society Awards. Madigan has also served as a second unit…
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Vision Takes on a Smart New Look in Avengers 4 Photo

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Vision Takes on a Smart New Look in Avengers 4 Photo
With production still continuing on Avengers 4, star Paul Bettany took to social medai to unveil a new photo of the actor in full costume as Vision. The photo was snapped by the actor's co-star, Mark Ruffalo, who captured the actor, "catching up with some paper work," with the actor seen wearing his glasses over his Vision makeup. We've already known for quite some time that Vision will be in both Avengers: Infinity War, which wrapped production in July, and Avengers 4, but this is perhaps the best look we've gotten at Vision thus far.

The image was posted on Paul Bettany's Twitter, which also showcase the motion capture dots on his face, over the Vision makeup. We can't get a good look at what kind of "paper work" the actor is doing, during an apparent break in the production, but the more photos we can get from the set, the better.
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Alain Attal, Wild Bunch, Mars Team Up on ‘The Translators,’ With Olga Kurylenko, Lambert Wilson

Wild Bunch, Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor and Mars Distribution are re-teaming on “The Translators,” director Regis Roinsard’s high-profile French thriller inspired by recent hacking scandals involving books and films such as “Pirates of the Caribbeans: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

One of the most ambitious projects currently being developed in France, the $13 million film will star an international cast headlined by Olga Kurylenko (“Death of Stalin”), Lambert Wilson (“Of Gods and Men”), Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”), Riccardo Scamarcio (“Romanzo Criminale”), Sisde Babette Knudsen (“Westworld”) and Sara Giraudeau (“The Bureau”).

The film follows the journey of nine translators who have been picked by a ruthless publisher and locked in a luxury bunker to translate the highly anticipated book of a famous author in record time. Although the translators are confined to prevent any kind of leak because of the high financial stakes, a crisis erupts when someone posts the first 10 pages of the
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Paul Bettany Joins The Star Wars Han Solo Movie

British actor Paul Bettany has joined the cast of the Star Wars Han Solo movie. The news was reported via director Ron Howard’s Twitter late Friday with the message:

“The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder… It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented.”

The two have worked together before, on the movies A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Now the actor has assumed an unnamed role in the 2018-release Star Wars spin-off about the early years of Han Solo.

The film sees Alden Ehrenreich star as Han, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is also amongst the cast, while Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are also playing undisclosed roles.

The still as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie will arrive in cinemas in May 2018.

The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday pic.
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Paul Bettany Replaces Michael K. Williams in Han Solo

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Paul Bettany Replaces Michael K. Williams in Han Solo
Han Solo director Ron Howard confirms that Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) has joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. Reshoots are expected to wrap up in the next few weeks, and while the director didn't reveal who Paul Bettany is playing, another report confirms that he is stepping in for the departing Michael Kenneth Williams. The news comes after Donald Glover finished his work as Lando Calrissian last week with Howard praising the young actor's acting abilities while also mentioning that the rest of the cast and crew would miss him. Howard has been stepping up his social media game lately by showing some pictures from the set that offer some new information as opposed to him throwing away a sandwich.

The news of Bettany joining the cast of the Han Solo movie first came from Howard's Twitter account on Force Friday when he posted a picture
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Paul Bettany Has Joined The Cast of Ron Howard's Han Solo Movie

Avengers star Paul Bettany has joined Lucasfilm's Han Solo movie! Director Ron Howard made the announcement today on Twitter which you can read below. He also posted a photo of himself hanging out with Bettany.

The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

It's my third opportunity to work with Paul. He's a blast & so talented

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

Howard and Battany have worked together twice before in the films A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. It's being speculated that Bettany is replacing Michael K. Williams (The Wire), who was recently cut from the film because he couldn't come back and do any of the reshoots due to his schedule.

According to Deadline, though, Bettany is said to be playing a completely different character. Regardless of who he ends up playing,
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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Adds Paul Bettany to Cast

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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Adds Paul Bettany to Cast
Paul Bettany has just joined the cast of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff, director Ron Howard confirmed on Friday. “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” the director wrote on Twitter. Howard also added, “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented.” The previously collaborated on “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Also Read: Do We Really Need Another 'Star Wars' Movie About the Death Star? (Commentary) The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September
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‘Will & Grace’ Promo: The Gang’s All Here – Again

As NBC gears up for the return of Will & Grace after more than a decade, the network is reminding us that “it was a phenomenon that changed television forever.” And for the first time since The Da Vinci Code was in theaters, the fab foursome is back together and ready to resume the romp. That’s right, honey — after 10 seconds of recapping the Emmy-winning 1998-2006 incarnation, the promo goes back to the future with Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mulla…
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Tunisian 'Sex and the City 2' Star Joins Hulu's 'The Looming Tower' (Exclusive)

Dhafer L'Abidine, the Tunisian TV star who has had roles in Sex and the City 2, The Da Vinci Code and A Hologram for the King, is set to appear in Hulu's upcoming adaptation of The Looming Tower.

Based on Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book, the series chronicles the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, taking a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

L'Abidine, recently seen in two popular Ramadan TV series — Halawat Al Dounia and...
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.

Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.
Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures for his Weed Road production company, leaving Warner Bros. after many years.

Goldsman has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters and producers for the past two decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind” and has writing credits on “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “I Am Legend,” “Cinderella Man,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “I Robot,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Goldsman shares screenwriting credit for Sony’s upcoming “The Dark Tower” with Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen and Arcel. He is a producer along with Ron Howard, Erica Huggins and Stephen King. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, opens Aug. 11.

Goldsman’s producing credits date back to the 1990s with “Lost in Space” and “Deep Blue Sea” and include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Starsky and Hutch,
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Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.

“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard said when initially asked about the “Star Wars” job by panel moderator Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of Wpp.

Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).


Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff

When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.

Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.

“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)


Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?

Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”

Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”

Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.

“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”

Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”

Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.

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Ron Howard comments on taking over directing duties on the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

It was announced this week that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been fired from the Star Wars spinoff project Han Solo due to creative differences, with Lucasfilm revealing that Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Rush) has been brought in to finish up production on the blockbuster.

The news has sparked mixed reactions from fans of the franchise, but Howard has released a reassuring comment over Twitter that will hopefully put some fears and worry to rest. Check out his tweets here…

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

Update: Here’s a few more comments from Howard, via Variety:

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way. I’ve been a fan forever. It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe. So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

There are currently around four weeks of production left to go on the spinoff, with Howard reportedly set to meet the stars of the film soon and take a look at a rough cut to see what needs to be altered before resuming filming in July.

See Also: Lord & Miller vs. Kasdan & Kennedy: A Fight for the future of our franchise films

Let us know below in the comments what you think of Ron Howard taking over directorial duties for the untitled Han Solo blockbuster…

Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Ian Kenny (Sing Street) and Michael K. Williams (The Night Of) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.
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Ron Howard confirmed as director on Han Solo feature

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Director assumes reins following departure of Phil Lord, Christopher Miller.

Lucasfilm has confirmed Ron Howard will take over as director on the untitled Han Solo film and production will resume on July 10 after a brief hiatus.

The development comes two days after Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Star Wars spin-off due to what was understood to be creative differences.

The film, which had begun production in the UK, will still open on May 25, 2018. Alden Ehrenreich plays Solo in the origins story. The cast includes Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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