Why Mila Kunis Doesn’t Really Want To Play A Superhero

Mila Kunis reveals the reason she isn’t all that interested in joining a superhero film franchise – whether Marvel, DC or other – and what might make her change her mind. With sequels, spin-offs, and crossovers, a superhero role is almost guaranteed job security. It’s also a lot of work, time, and commitment.

Kunis is no stranger to action films and stuntwork. She co-starred in Book of Eli in 2010 and Jupiter Ascending in 2015 and performed her own stunts in her most recent spy comedy romp, The Spy Who Dumped Me. Kunis has been busy promoting Spy, in which she stars with Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon. In interviews, the two co-stars have gushed about how their fast friendship formed on the set of the film. It turns out, that friendship may be the only way to ever convince Kunis to don a super suit.

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In an interview with MTV, Kunis responded with a flat “no” when asked whether or not she would consider being in a superhero movie. She went on to explain that the workouts required to get into physical shape for such a role were more than she’s willing to commit to. “Lots of those people are hungry. And you have to be, because you have to be in shape,” she said. “And I don’t want to be hungry for 10 years.” Kunis further clarified that she would prefer to focus her energy on her children. McKinnon jokingly revealed the superhero she would love to play, Grape Girl – a hero who eats a lot of grapes. Kunis’ love for McKinnon swayed her resistance to a superhero role, just a little. She joked that she would be willing to play the plate Grape Girl eats grapes off of.

Kunis has been very vocal in the past about her distaste for physically changing her body for her roles. She was incredibly unhappy with her weight loss for Black Swan and felt she gained a new, somewhat negative perspective on the entertainment industry because of it. Kunis’ transformation for Black Swan only took six months, and given that she was so miserable with that experience, it’s understandable that she would hesitate to put herself in that kind of situation for a longer period.

With two young children at home and a happy marriage to That ’70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher, Kunis has been focusing on her home life. Kunis and Kutcher have made it a point to take turns filming in order to keep their family together as much as possible. Hungry or not, it’s much more likely Kunis will continue to focus on one-off films or smaller franchises until her children are a little older.

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Michael Peña To Play Dora’s Dad in Dora the Explorer Movie

Ant-Man star Michael Peña has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming Dora the Explorer movie as Cole Márquez, Dora’s father. The film will star Isabela Moner, who appeared in Transformers: The Last Knight and Sicario 2: Soldado, as young adventurer Dora.

The news of Peña’s casting comes shortly after we learned that Eva Longoria will play Dora’s mother, Elena Márquez. The movie is currently being filmed in Queensland, Australia, and James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing from a script by Nicholas Stoller (who wrote both The Muppets and its sequel, Muppets Most Wanted). The cast also includes Eugenio Derbez, Madeleine Madden, Micke Moreno, Nicholas Coombe, Adriana Barraza and Temuera Morrison.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot of Dora the Explorer will see Dora’s Mami and Papi in peril as Dora leads her cousin Diego, her monkey friend Boots, and a group of teens “on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.” Dora is a young girl in the popular Nickelodeon show, but in the movie she will be a teenager. Her parents are explorers who have brought her with them on adventures through the jungle for most of her life, but decide that it’s time for her to go to high school. However, it sounds like Dora will end up doing what she does best anyway.

Peña recently reprised his role as Scott Lang’s dependable pal Luis in Ant-Man and the Wasp, where he once again joined in the fight to keep valuable Pym technology out of the hands of bad guys. He also once again showed off his masterful storytelling skills in a recurring gag where he narrates a rambling, convoluted story as it plays out in flashbacks with actors lip-syncing his lines. Peña recently had a starring role in Netflix sci-fi movie Extinction, where he played a father trying to keep his family alive amid an alien invasion.

Dora the Explorer will be competing at the box office next summer, and if Bobin manages to turn out a movie as entertaining as The Muppets, it could win over young kids and adults alike. Peña has more than proven himself as a standout actor in both comedy and drama films, and makes for an excellent addition to the cast. We’ll keep you updated on any further Dora news as production continues.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Top Gun 2 Fills Out Its Supporting Cast

The supporting cast for Top Gun: Maverick is now set. Paramount is in the middle of production on the long-awaited sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit. The sequel comes as Cruise’s star power remains incredibly high, and as Mission: Impossible – Fallout continues to roll. The film returns Cruise to the role of Maverick, but he’s not the hot shot pilot anymore. Maverick will be an instructor at the flight academy, training the newest recruits with a focus on drone piloting.

In order to accommodate the new premise, Top Gun 2 needed to add cast members around Cruise for Maverick to interact with. The biggest addition came through Miles Teller landing the role of Goose’s son. However, he’s only one of several pilots that will be part of the team, and now there’s finally some names and faces to the rest of them.

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Deadline revealed six new additions for Top Gun: Maverick today. Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro have all joined the cast. Their additions should result in most of the film’s cast now being locked in, although additional smaller roles may still need to be cast.

McKenzie, who will play the daughter of Jennifer Connelly’s character, recently starred in Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace and will be seen in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit. Parnell most recently starred in The Last Ship and will play an admiral at the academy. GLOW‘s Salahuddin will play a mechanic in the film. Meanwhile, the other pilots will be comprised of Insecure‘s Jay Ellis, Assassination Nation‘s Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro from UnREAL. Barbaro’s character will also serve as the love interest for Teller.

With these several new cast members set for Top Gun: Maverick, the film is finally taking shape. Cruise, Teller, and Connelly aren’t the only other cast members these new recruits will get to meet. Glen Powell joined the film too, after impressing Cruise and the producers during the testing phase for the role of Goose’s son. He is also going to be a pilot in the film, so some of these new additions will surely spend a great deal of time with both Powell and Teller. There’s also the return of Val Kilmer as Iceman, although how large of role he has is not yet clear. All in all, the full cast being revealed only further ensures that everything is moving ahead at the right speed for the sequel.

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Ridiculous Fan Posters Insert Howard the Duck Into Tom Cruise’s Greatest Movies

A new series of ridiculous fan posters replaces movie icon Tom Cruise with the 1980s live action version of Howard the Duck. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck first appeared in the Marvel Comic Adventure Into Fear in 1973. A foul-tempered talking alien duck stuck on earth, Howard would make several appearances in subsequent years, in stories that often took on a decidedly satirical bent.

Hollywood attempted to bring the alien duck to the big screen with the 1986 live-action movie Howard the Duck, executive produced by none other than George Lucas. But the movie utterly failed to capture the tone of the comics, and ended up becoming regarded as one of the worst films ever made. After years of neglect, Howard the Duck has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, being featured in cameos in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and nearly getting an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. The cameos have fired up talk of Howard the Duck being rebooted, with fans hoping this time Hollywood will do right by the character.

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While fans wait for news of a possible Howard the Duck reboot, a Twitter user named Chendango1 has unveiled a project that bizarrely gives Howard an alternative existence as an iconic movie star, by imagining him taking over the career of Tom Cruise. The resulting mash-up posters are strange, hilarious and more than a little bit disturbing.

Needless to say, Born on the Fourth of July would be a very different movie starring Howard the Duck instead of Tom Cruise (and no doubt Oliver Stone would have had an interesting time dealing with a wise-cracking alien duck in the lead of his film). Rain Man too would take on an entirely different tone with Howard the Duck instead of Cruise starring alongside Dustin Hoffman. Of all the movies depicted by Chendango1, perhaps the most disturbing to actually imagine would be Risky Business. The funniest to imagine might be Interview With the Vampire, though some might argue Howard the Duck would actually be better in the role of Lestat than Cruise, who took a lot of heat for his performance at the time.

And which other Tom Cruise movies might actually work well with Howard the Duck instead of Cruise? The silly bartender movie Cocktail arguably would be improved by having the acerbic Howard the Duck in the lead role instead of Cruise. Inserting the comic book duck into The Last Samurai might improve that movie as well, by giving it the note of levity it so sorely lacks. All-in-all, Chendango1 has given Howard the Duck and Tom Cruise fans a lot to think about.

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Deadpool 2 Honest Trailer Is An Honest Trailers Honest Trailer By Deadpool

With the Digital HD release of Deadpool 2 a few weeks ago, and the Blu-ray and DVD debuting today, the timing is perfect for a new Honest Trailer. The Deadpool Digital HD release was full of goodies, from the Super-Duper Cut that included 15 minutes of extra footage not seen in theaters, to director’s commentary and even a brand new post-credit scene. Now that fans have delved through all of the bonus footage and special features, the Honest Trailer has arrived to put this foul-mouthed sequel in its place, so to speak.

You may recall that, around two years ago, when the Screen Junkies team put together the Honest Trailer for the original Deadpool, there was even an appearance from the Merc With the Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) himself. Given how “meta” Deadpool is in the movie, and how Reynolds has no problem whatsoever making fun of himself, or his wife, or anyone really, it’s not surprising that Reynolds is back for seconds, so to speak. This time, much like Deadpool 2 itself, the Honest Trailer sequel gets taken up a notch, and takes a deep-dive into meta hilarity.

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The above Honest Trailer (via Screen Junkies) starts out in its usually snarky fashion, with narrator Jon Bailey poking fun at the fact that this fun sequel hit theaters three weeks after a funeral, i.e. Avengers: Infinity War. But, before the narrator can really dive deep into the sequel, DP himself chimes in, accurately guessing what aspects of Deadpool 2 Bailey would try to poke fun at, including the Disney merger, T.J. Miller and, “pretending to give a s–t about Shatterstar.” DP then goes on to wonder why they’re even doing this at all (a sound argument, given how critically and financially successful the film was), instead imploring Bailey to, “rip Coco a new one.” When Bailey refuses to comply, DP then proceeds to make his own Honest Trailer, for Honest Trailers.

The remainder of the video proceeds to trash Honest Trailers, including their opening segment where they show some of the fans who have wanted them to rip on a particular movie, while also poking fun at YouTube movie stalwarts like Red Letter Media, Mr. Sunday Movies and the React channel, as Reynolds himself asks for an Honest Trailer on The Proposal. The Merc then bashes the numerous different owners of Screen Junkies, while stating that they peaked with Frozen and that all they do is find one logic hole and pretend like it ruined the whole movie. It’s always been clear that Reynolds has a good sense of humor about himself, and, in allowing the Merc to roast them, it seems the Honest Trailers crew can take it as well as they can dish it out.

One of the big reasons both Deadpool movies were such big box office hits was that neither one took itself too seriously, and the fact that Reynolds would take time to appear in his own Honest Trailer (twice) only adds to the fun. It’s hard to imagine anyone in the MCU or the DCEU actually taking time to skewer themselves in the name of fun in an Honest Trailer (well, maybe Robert Downey Jr.), which is one of the reasons why the Merc is so special.

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Venom Movie Casts Luke Cage’s Ron Cephas Jones

Sony adds Luke Cage actor Ron Cephas Jones to Venom in an unknown role. The studio is hoping to launch a cinematic universe of their own later this year by releasing the Tom Hardy-led film. Despite the hope of a R-rated turn for the antihero, recent indications point to a PG-13 rating for the comic book movie. The potential rating comes after three trailers have made their way online that continue to reveal more of the multiple symbiotes and talented cast that will be featured.

Hardy is the big draw for Venom thanks to his versatile and fan-favorite roles, like Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. The cast that surrounds him is quite impressive on their own though. Michelle Williams plays the female lead, less than two years removed from another Oscar nomination. Riz Ahmed, meanwhile, plays the villainous Dr. Carlton Drake who will become Riot.

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THR is now reporting that Ron Cephas Jones is part of Venom‘s cast too. He most recently appeared in NBC’s hit show This Is Us, as well as Marvel’s Netflix original series Luke Cage as Bobby Fish. There’s currently no word on what his role is in the film, but he finally gets involved with a superhero property in the process. He was previously attached to play The Wizard in Shazam!, but had to leave the project due to scheduling issues – possibly with Venom.

Although Jones’ involvement is just now being reported, it’s unclear at what point in production he actually joined. If he was part of the cast throughout production, then his actual role could be part of a surprise. However, it’s unlikely Jones will be the one to connect Venom to the MCU, as the Netflix shows are never mentioned by the films, and a meeting between Eddie Brock and Bobby Fish isn’t exactly the type of crossover fans are looking for. This could instead be a situation similar to Alfre Woodard, who appeared in Captain America: Civil War and Luke Cage but in different roles – if Venom is revealed to be in the MCU that is.

Since there are no character details on Jones at this moment, it’s impossible to say how much of a factor he’ll be in Venom. He could’ve been a late addition to the cast through reshoots, which could be why the role is only just now surfacing. If not, it could just be a very small role that slipped through the cracks during the coverage of production, but that could’ve been revealed soon, as the marketing campaign ramps up. Either way, Jones is going to appear in Venom, and fans will just have to wait and see in what capacity.

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Johnny Depp Blames Assault Accuser For Their Own On-Set Injuries

Johnny Depp is fighting back at claims he assaulted location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks on the set of City of Lies. Brooks sued Depp for the alleged assault back in June, claiming Depp struck Brooks multiple times in the rib cage on the set last April. The alleged incident was sparked when Brooks told Depp that filming on that particular night was going to run late, which led to Depp reportedly screaming at and berating Brooks in front of multiple people on the set.

Brooks’ initial lawsuit then claimed that, upon returning to work on the following Monday, he was approached by producers who presented him with a document they wanted him to sign, which would have prohibited him from filing a lawsuit against the production. When Brooks refused to sign it, he was then fired from the project. A few weeks ago, distributor Global Road pulled City of Lies from its release schedule, just one month before it was slated to open in September, with no plans for its release being set for the future.

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As for the accusations levied against him, new legal documents obtained by The Wrap do not admit that Depp, or any of his other co-defendants – including director Brad Furman – actually struck Brooks. The documents claim that any injuries Brooks may have suffered were the result of an incident that Brooks himself “provoked,” which Depp’s legal team described as, “unlawful and wrongful conduct.” The documents go on to add that Brooks’ behavior caused both Depp and Furman to fear for their safety. Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, also released a statement, stating, “Johnny Depp never touched the person suing him,” and claiming to have more than a dozen witnesses backing up his client.

The original lawsuit filed by Brooks in June stated that the incident took place while filming at the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and the production had permits to shoot the exterior of the hotel until 7 PM, and inside the interior until 10 PM. The production was granted an extension to shoot until 10:50 PM, with Brooks tasked as being the person to notify Depp that filming would run late. Brooks alleged that he wanted one of the on-set LAPD officers to escort him, knowing Depp might be upset, but before Brooks could get help from the officer, Depp reportedly accosted Brooks, screaming, “Who the f— are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!” The lawsuit also alleges that Depp punched Brooks in the rib cage, before screaming at him and saying he would give him $100,000 to punch him in the face. The actor’s security then physically removed Depp from the scene.

Depp, who’s long been under fire due to abuse allegations made by his ex-wife Amber Heard, answered Brooks’ lawsuit with a filing, asking for a judgment in his favor and that the cost of the suit he was wearing, plus his lawyers fees and “further relief” be returned to him. After the spousal abuse allegations surfaced, many fans were angry that he wasn’t removed from blockbuster sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – where he’ll portray dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald – although many came to his defense, such as author/screenwriter J.K. Rowling. Whether or not Depp’s career can continue to survive all of these various ongoing scandals remains to be seen.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories Movie Starts Filming Soon

Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that production on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie adaptation will get underway later this week. Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe filmmaker André Øvredal will be serving as director on the project, which is based on a script that del Toro cowrote.

While del Toro has been developing the Scary Stories movie since 2016, the big screen take on Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling spooky stories collections (which were published in the 1980s and early ’90s) has been in development since as far back as 2013. Writing duo Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw franchise), as well as Tim Burton’s frequent screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie) were among the creatives to work on the project before del Toro became attached, with the intention of potentially helming it (in addition to writing and producing). The task of directing ultimately went to Øvredal instead, yet del Toro remains very much actively involved in the movie’s development.

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In a response to a fan question posted on his Twitter account, del Toro confirmed that Scary Stories begins filming in Toronto “in a few days”. This mostly lines up with a report published by GWW earlier this month that claimed Scary Stories would start production in Toronto by Monday, August 27 and conclude around the end of October. While Lionsgate has yet to set an official release date for the film, it’s safe to assume at this stage that it’s aiming for a late summer or fall 2019 theatrical bow (possibly closer to Halloween, to take advantage of the uptick in demand for horror-flavored entertainment).

Scary Stories will reportedly be based on a script that del Toro cowrote with Dan and Kevin Hageman (his collaborators on the Netflix fantasy series Trollhunters – no relation to Øvredal’s similarly titled found-footage movie). According to a logline released for the film, Scary Stories follows a group of teenagers “who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town”. GWW‘s aforementioned report further claims that the movie takes place near either the late ’60s or early ’70s and features two leads: Stella (a young woman being bullied on Halloween night) and Ramon Morales (a young latino man fleeing the Vietnam War draft).

Assuming these details are correct, Scary Stories may follow the first Goosebumps movie’s example and incorporate elements of Schwartz’s short story collections, without strictly adapting any one single tale. However, it will probably be far less meta than that R.L. Stine adaptation (a movie that actually makes Stine and his Goosebumps novels key aspects of its story) and possibly a whole lot creepier, much like Schwartz’s books and their freaky black-and-white illustrations by Stephen Gammell before it. Either way, the combination of Øvredal, del Toro, and Scary Stories sounds terrific and it’s nice to know that, with filming about to get underway, more information should be arriving (very) soon.

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We will bring you additional details on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as they become available.

Source: Guillermo del Toro, GWW

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Bond 25 Rumor: Christopher McQuarrie Eyed To Direct

Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie is rumored to be a possible replacement for Bond 25. Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is set to open in theaters next November, and was set to be helmed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, as Boyle recently departed the project due to creative differences. Since Bond 25 was already in the midst of casting principal roles and supposed to start filming in December, it gives the producers little time to find someone else and keep the production on schedule.

Fans will have their own picks until an official announcement is made, and several would be more than thrilled to see McQuarrie make the leap from the IMF to MI6. He’s directed arguably the strongest Mission: Impossible films to date, with Fallout considered one of the best action movies in the last several years. It shouldn’t come as any surprise his name has already been brought up as a possibility.

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Justin Kroll of Variety posted on Twitter that McQuarrie’s name is “being floated as a replacement” for the Bond 25 gig. He cautions that this is a rumor for the time being, so viewers should definitely take this with a healthy dose of salt. Check out his post in the space below:

After Rogue Nation and Fallout, McQuarrie has clearly demonstrated a knack for delivering thrilling, fast-paced action movies. Some would argue his work on Mission: Impossible has elevated that franchise past Bond (which is coming off the lackluster Spectre), so McQuarrie would be a great get for EON. However, it doesn’t read as a very plausible scenario. Based on comments he’s made, McQuarrie seems ready to take some time off and recharge his batteries before jumping head first into a new project. He just concluded the Fallout press tour, so it’s unlikely he’d be willing to take on another massive task so soon. Plus, as Kroll notes, McQuarrie would prefer to develop something original next, instead of helming another sequel. There’s always the possibility he gets roped in to make Mission: Impossible 7 for Paramount at some point, too.

McQuarrie’s crafting of amazing set pieces and penchant for twisty narratives reads as the perfect match for 007, but sadly, the timing here doesn’t line up. Bond 25 will have to look elsewhere for its director, though a number of big names (like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve) are already out of the running. Even Martin Campbell, the man behind Goldeneye and Casino Royale, has said he won’t return unless Bond is recast. That isn’t happening until after this film, so hopefully the producers find a replacement soon.

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