Here are the Hollywood Highlights of the week from the Indian Express at 12:00 pm on the 15th of May
“Let’s begin with some news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Taika Waititi is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Thor: Love and Thunder and in a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, the director revealed that he knew he had to push the boundaries.
Waititi explained that while Ragnarok was like a “party”, Love and Thunder is “deeper”. He said, “It’s not a serious film, and it’s not a drama, but we do deal with ideas that I think a lot of humans deal with Everyone sort of asks this question in the film: What is your purpose? What is the reason that you’re a hero, and what do you do when you have these powers?”
The director called it a “midlife crisis film”.
“In an interview to Lad Bible, Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen were asked to agree or disagree to the statement that Chris Hemsworth was the handsomest actor in the Marvel Universe. Without hesitating, the actors pushed the pointer to the ‘strongly agree’ option. Elizabeth said, “Hemsworth is godly,” and Benedict repeated the line heartily. Elizabeth continued, “I have worked with him for a few times,” and Benedict said, “It’s so hard to not be inappropriate.” Both of them gushed over Chris’ arm, and Elizabeth said, “His arm is way bigger than my head. I have a little head…but he’s also a charming, kind and good actor.”
“””Benedict Cumberbatch also appeared in the variety comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live as a host and talked about things as varied as his mother and wife, Mother’s Day and the infamous Will Smith-Chris Rock slap incident at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Cumberbatch began by saying that most of the sketches he was pitched were about Doctor Strange. He jokingly said: “I have been in other films,”.He was told “Like what?”, and when Cumberbatch responded The Power of the Dog, he was told nobody saw that. He added saying: “”””Oh come on, man. I was nominated for an Oscar for that. I mean, I didn’t win. I was beat by Will smith””””
“””Moving on: A new teaser from the upcoming Marvel Studios series Ms Marvel is here. After Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, this Iman Vellani show is the next MCU entry and it will create history.
Ms Marvel is the first Muslim Marvel superhero and it is also the first Marvel Studios product that explores South Asian cultures. Created by Bisha K Ali, the series features Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah leading the directing team.
The 30 second promo, titled Not Alone, further reveals the powers of Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan, who assumed the mantle of Ms Marvel. There are hints again that she has cosmic powers. Ms Marvel will premiere on June 8, 2022 on Disney Plus Hotstar in India.
Oscar-nominated actor Michelle Williams and theatre director Thomas Kail are set to welcome their second child. Williams, 41, and Kail, 44, are already parents to son Hart, who was born in 2020 during COVID-19 lockdown.
In a chat with Variety, Williams said, “It’s totally joyous. As the years go on, you sort of wonder what they might hold for you or not hold for you. It’s exciting to discover that something you want again and again is available one more time. That good fortune is not lost on me or my family,”
She also has a 16-year-old daughter Matilda from her relationship with the late actor Heath Ledger.
“Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley will topline an upcoming noir thriller movie, titled Magpie.
The 30-year-old actor will star with Shazad Latif, known for featuring in Spooks and Star Trek: Discovery, in the movie.
According to Deadline, Award-winning British theatre talent Sam Yates will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which will also feature actor Matilda Lutz.
Based on an original idea by Ridley, the film’s script has been penned by writer Tom Bateman. It follows a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray when their daughter is cast opposite a controversial major star.
Ridley is best known for playing Rey in three Star Wars movies — The Force Awakens , The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
British stars Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed are set to feature together in sci-fi romance film Fingernails. Christos Nikou, best known for the 2020 Greek-language drama Apples, will direct the film from a script he penned with Sam Steiner and Stavros Raptis, reported Deadline.
Described as a “grounded sci-fi love story”, the film is set in a world where a test has been discovered that measures whether couples are truly in love. To help couples succeed, love institutes have opened to guide them.
Buckley is known for her critically-acclaimed performances in movies such as Wild Rose, Judy, I’m Thinking of Ending Things and The Lost Daughter.
Ahmed recently won an Oscar for best live-action short film for The Long Goodbye.”
A film production company is contesting sanctions by New Mexico officials for alleged workplace safety violations on the set of Rust, where actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October, according to filings posted Wednesday by state regulators.
Rust Movie Productions is challenging the basis of a $137,000 fine against the company by state occupational safety regulators who say production managers on the set of the Western film failed to follow standard industry protocols for firearms safety.
At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins inside a small church during setup for the filming of a scene when it went off, killing Hutchins.”
“We end this bulletin with news on Robert Downey Jr, who paid tribute to his personal assistant Jimmy Rich on Instagram, on the latter’s first death anniversary on Thursday. Jimmy died in a car accident on May 5, 2021.
He wrote, “For the 1 year anniversary of Jimmy Rich’s cosmic mic drop, I felt the need to share a glimpse into his lightning wit.
In one of the clips, Jimmy describes his job. He says, “My drive and my ambition, determination and all that stuff is simply to be service to others. One right-hand man is kind of like your hand-all. So, what’s the job description? Honestly, there’s no job description.””
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