Film News – Kevin Feige Discusses Eternals

In the next two months, we will have the pleasure of watching both Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame in cinemas. These Marvel superhero films will close out Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and lay the foundation for Phase 4 of this comic book movie franchise.

One of the many MCU movies that will come out in Phase 4 is Eternals and, in an interview with Collider at a press day for Captain Marvel, Kevin Feige had the chance to talk about Eternals.


Here is what Kevin Feige had to say on what the plan is for introducing a film like Eternals into the MCU and how the movie will heavily lean into the source material by Jack Kirby:

Everything after Endgame, and after Spider-Man: Far From Home, will be different and be unique, as we try to make every film. But seeing returning characters is certainly something we’re gonna do and want to do.”

But also introducing characters that the majority of the world has never heard of, much like Guardians, much like Avengers before we made Avengers. And there are lots of them.”

Eternals are one group, but we like the idea of introducing an ensemble, doing an ensemble movie from the start, as opposed to building up as we did with the first Avengers. More like Guardians, not tonally, but in terms of introducing a new group of people.”

You were asking about ’60s, and ’70s before. Jack Kirby did an immense, amazing epic with Eternals that spans tens of thousands of years, and that’s also something we haven’t really done, which is why that among many other things post-Endgame, we find appealing.”

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Film News – Javier Bardem On Everybody Knows + Dune

Recently, Stellan Skarsgard had the opportunity to speak about Dune, a remake of the 1980s film that will be directed by Denis Villeneuve. Now, fellow cast member Javier Bardem has given an interview to Collider and he spoke about Dune as well as a new movie he is starring in alongside his wife Penelope Cruz titled Everybody Knows.

Everybody Knows

Javier Bardem said this on what director Asghar Farhadi said to him when he was approached to star in Everybody Knows:

If you are religious and a believer, you light a candle and thank all of the virtues that you know the name of, for creating that miracle.”

If not, I just close my eyes and say out loud, ‘Fuck, am I lucky or what?!’ Many months ago, before I met him for the first time in Los Angeles, funny enough, because he was promoting A Separation and I was promoting something else, I saw A Separation at a movie theater and I couldn’t believe the quality of that movie, in every aspect.”

And I thought, ‘Jesus, if only I could learn Persian. If I knew Persian, I’d go to Iran and beg him for a job.’ Months later, he comes and says, ‘I wanna make a movie in Spanish. Are you interested?’ I was like, ‘What?!’ I couldn’t believe it. What a stroke of luck.”

So, the first thing is that you’re really grateful for the amazing luck you have and you think about what you did to earn it. And then, you ask, ‘If he gives me this chance, what can I give back? What does he need from me? I’ll give it all.’ And that’s what we did.”

We gave all of the time, focus, and help that he wanted and needed from us, in terms of language, preparation, and everything. And it was nothing more than one of the greatest personal acting experiences that I’ve ever had. It was excellent.”


This is what Javier Bardem had to say on the influence Denis Villeneuve had in his decision to be a part of Dune:

I saw the Dune from David Lynch. I’ve read the first two books. I saw Prisoners. I saw Sicario. I saw Arrival. I love Blade Runner [2049].”

And then, I met him and he asked me, if I’d ever be interested in being in Dune. It was like, ‘What?! Yes! Of course! Are you kidding?!’ Again, what a luxury. What a grace. What a blessing to have a job that you like, and not only that, but to be near people that you admire and that have inspired you, and that you really follow because you love what they do, and they ask you to be a part of that.”

It’s a luxury, in this life, that I can have. The only thing that I can give back is all of my will and all of my skills, if I have any.”

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Film/TV News – Stellan Skarsgard Discusses Dune + Chernobyl

Denis Villeneuve is stacking the cast for his remake of Dune with phenomenal talent. Timothée Chalamet, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Stellan Skarsgard are just some of the names who are cast members in Dune. In an interview with Collider, Stellan Skarsgard had the chance to discuss Dune.


Here are Stellan Skarsgard’s brief comments on Dune:

It’s like The Avengers. It’s a delicious cast. I’ve just got the book and am going to read it now. I’m playing a small but important role. Most of all I wanted to work with Denis Villeneuve.”

I enjoy doing the work and it’s the same with my independent films. It’s not really my problem what happens afterwards. I of course hope it’s going to turn into a good film, but it’s a lottery.”


Stellan Skarsgard also spoke about the role he will play in the HBO mini-series Chernobyl:

I play the Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina who had the responsibility to take care of the 1986 Chernobyl accident and the clean up. Jared [Harris] plays a Soviet scientist who Shcherbina brings in because he knows about nuclear reactors and Shcherbina doesn’t. What’s interesting about it is not the catastrophe itself but what makes or creates a catastrophe like that.”

It’s because it’s a system, an infallible system. The Soviet system was infallible, that was the ideology. It’s like any religion. It could be nationalism that goes too far. You think your nation is infallible–we’ve seen examples of that. What happens then is that you have to adjust reality to fit this image of infallibility.”

So there were flaws in those reactors that were hidden even from the people running them because it couldn’t be that they had bad reactors in the Soviet Union. Why don’t we immediately say we have a catastrophe and we need all the help we can get? No they said nothing happened; they said it’s all fine. Then of course that wasn’t correct.”

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Film News – Dean DeBlois On How To Train Your Dragon 3

Dean DeBlois has poured his heart and soul into the How To Train Your Dragon film franchise and I can only imagine how delighted he has been with the positive critical reception for his trilogy. How To Train Your Dragon 3 was recently released in cinemas worldwide and Dean DeBlois spoke to Collider about the third and final instalment in this animated movie series.

How To Train Your Dragon 3

Here is what Dean DeBlois had to say on working with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins as a visual consultant on How To Train Your Dragon 3:

It was so great. He’s such a soft-spoken and mild-mannered guy but so full of wisdom, it’s like a Masterclass every time he spends time with us. He’s been working remotely, but when he is in town he’ll spend an entire day and meet with every department.”

Once again, he was involved with every department, creating these mood boards of photo references; everything from a sense of mist or atmosphere to pallets.”

Then working with the camera department in setting up shots and talking about combining some, different perspectives…then all the way through to the end, working with our production designer and visual effects designer to fine-tune the lighting and make sure every sequence has a strong identity.”

Dean DeBlois also discussed how aware he is about the rabid fandom for these films:

I am aware of it, and most of the people here working on the film are aware of it because it’s a very passionate and very outspoken group and they hold us to a certain standard because of their love of the characters and the world.”

I think we want to do right by them. A lot of decisions we question amongst ourselves, just to make sure we are not going to hopefully disappoint or enrage our fans by doing something that feels out of character.”

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TV News – Robert Sheehan + Ellen Page On The Umbrella Academy

When it comes to the most anticipated Netflix Originals coming out in 2019, Stranger Things is probably top of the list for a lot of people. Still, there are always new Netflix Originals that come out of nowhere and are a real surprise in a good way. American Vandal springs to mind in this regard.

The Umbrella Academy looks as though it is one of these surprise TV shows that drop on Netflix and capture the cultural zeitgeist for a short period of time. Two stars of this television show are Ellen Page and Robert Sheehan who both spoke to Collider about The Umbrella Academy.

The Umbrella Academy

Ellen Page and Robert Sheehan said this on their initial reaction to reading The Umbrella Academy pilot script:

SHEEHAN: “I had a similar experience as Ellen, being very intrigued by the pilot script, and then having a good, thorough conversation with (showrunner) Steve Blackman and the writing team about where the journey goes and what sort of deviations it takes.”

That was the thing that really got my creative juices flowing. The journey that Klaus goes on is totally bonkers, in a very, very wonderful way. All of that promise, and all of that meat and potatoes, across the 10 hours, was the stuff that I was dying to get stuck into.”

PAGE: “My initial response to Vanya was that I just really related to her and the experience that she’s having, at that time, in the world. I had the feeling, the moment I finished the pilot, of wanting to read the next one mixed with just such a lovely conversation with Steve Blackman, who’s so wonderful and has an incredible track record.”

He explained the tone, the journey of the characters, and how he wanted to look. It really did sound like something that I had never seen before, and it sounded like something where you could have some fun mixed with some real depth. As an actor, there was a lot to grab onto. It just felt like a really nice combo.”

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Film News – Christopher Landon Discusses Happy Death Day 2U

The success of horror sequels from a critical and financial perspective is far from guaranteed. Still, from what I can see, Happy Death Day 2U has done reasonably well. This film has already garnered $26.5 million at the box office on a $9 million budget and it has received generally positive reviews even if the consensus is that it is not as good as the original movie.

The director for both films in the Happy Death Day franchise is Christopher Landon and, in an interview with Collider, he spoke about Happy Death Day 2U.

Happy Death Day 2U

Here is what Christopher Landon had to say on how the creative processes for both Happy Death Day movies differed:

Yeah, the first one was such a long journey only because when I came onto the first movie I was just hired to rewrite it and there was another director attached at the time. Then that movie, you know, it just didn’t happen. It kind of fell apart and then the script sat around for a really long time.

We kept trying to find different ways to try and jump start it and get it going again. Everything kind of just started failing. Until I was able to bring it to Jason Blum which obviously sort of was the big sort of win for us. It just kind of felt like a long road even though once Jason had it everything moved fairly quickly.

But this time it was so fast but we all wanted this to happen quickly because there was a sense of urgency around it, because these movies are so interconnected, and so it was essential that we get this one out as quickly as possible so that the first movie was still relatively fresh in people’s minds because I think that it really enhances their experience in watching the second one.

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TV News – Anson Mount On Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

A vocal group of Star Trek fans exists who are displeased with Star Trek: Discovery and the overall state of Star Trek as a franchise. Still, from what I can see, it looks as though Season 2 of this sci-fi TV show has been better received than Season 1.

One element of the second season of this television series that has garnered a lot of praise is the portrayal of Captain Pike by Anson Mount. In an interview with Collider, Anson Mount had the chance to discuss Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

Anson Mount had this to say on what his reaction was to being cast in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery as well as being involved with something as influential and iconic as Star Trek:

It was surreal. It was totally surreal. My mother introduced me to Star Trek. When I was seven or eight, she was like, ‘You have to watch this show.’ I was at that age where I was like, ‘I don’t wanna do anything that the adults are doing,’ but it hooked me.”

And it was my make-believe game, when I was a kid. My friends would pull chairs up to my parents’ fireplace and we would use that as our bridge, and take turns playing Kirk and Spock. We never had an Uhura, ‘cause girls wouldn’t play with us.”

It was really wild, and honestly, it was surreal, every day. You look around and go, ‘I’m on Star Trek.’ It’s a different kind of thing. It’s not just any other job or TV show. It’s a cultural touchstone for a large part of the world.”

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Film News – Lashana Lynch On Captain Marvel

Before we witness the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Avengers: Endgame, we have Captain Marvel to look forward to. Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and one of her co-stars is Lashana Lynch who will play Maria Rambeau in this Marvel superhero film. In a roundtable interview, Lashana Lynch was given a platform to discuss Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel

Here is what Lashana Lynch had to say on what Marvel has allowed her to say about Captain Marvel and her involvement in this comic book movie:

That I’m a part of Marvel now. [Laughs] That’s it! Thanks guys. It’s been great! [Laughs] That she is Maria Rambeau, the mother of Monica, who I know you all know and love like myself. She is a fighter pilot, very strong, very bold, very in control of herself.”

I’d say, in high demand with the industry that she’s in. Her and Brie’s character Carol Danvers are very close friends. They’re best friends, in fact. She had to go through a lot of grief when Carol disappeared and then suddenly she’s back, and she has to kind of reverse that grief and make it work for this picking up of a friendship, which is kind of strange but ends up really beautifully.”

And she’s just an incredible character to play. It’s nice to see someone on the page who doesn’t yet have a fully fleshed personality who you can then inject wherever you want to, and that’s quite a treat for a Marvel character, you know?”

Carol Danvers

Lashana Lynch also talked about what the relationship is like between her character and Carol Danvers:

They have a very dry humor together. You know when you love someone and you pretend like you hate them? They have that. A little bit of a slightly unlikely boisterous, yet very loving, deeply loving, caring sister love. They have a sisterhood about them that is really nice to see in a Marvel movie.”

Carol Danvers is someone who is an aunt to my child, like she is family and that’s why her death takes such a big effect on her life because she actually is her life. They’re in a male-orientated environment and industry. All they have is each other as female fighter pilots. So yeah, they’re extremely close, extremely.”

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Film News – Jason Clarke Discusses Pet Sematary

Recently, John Lithgow had the chance to discuss the remake of Pet Sematary, a film based on a Stephen King novel. Now, in an interview at a set visit, Jason Clarke was given the opportunity to speak about Pet Sematary in which he will play a leading role as Louis Creed.

Pet Sematary

Here is what Jason Clarke said on what stuff from the book he was hoping would be in this version of Pet Sematary:

Yeah, of course. There are some wonderful scenes I’d love to have done, but it’s impossible — Another scene I love in the book… Just got be careful.”

Remember the scene where, the scene at the funeral parlor. There’s an open casket, no, it was a closed casket because it was a massive crash, but Louis’ father and his backstory there, with Rachel’s father. And the animosity that exists within the relationship.”

And the fact that you know the animosity exists and that Louis is carrying on and that nobody’s ever told Rachel, makes you kind of closer to their relationship and understanding, and it doesn’t make them all such a nicey lovey couple. They’ve got problems. They have great sex. They’ve got issues and differences. But they’re making it. They’re a real family, they seem to be a real couple.”

You know, there’s a few things. There’s a phone call, where the old man apologizes. And he’s got this other dichotomy running through it. He’s apologizing, at the same time Louis is realizing it’s too late. That car is Rachel’s. He’s piecing it together over the phone call. It’s just this psychological mess of what he’s become. You know?

There’s a couple. There’s a lot. [Laughs] I’ve read it eight times. I really enjoy the book. You can just pick up a little piece, and just refresh that piece with it before you go and shoot a scene.”

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Film News – Seven Bucks Productions President Hiram Garcia On Hobbs and Shaw

Hiram Garcia and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson have a personal and working relationship that goes back decades. The trust that Johnson has in Garcia is extremely evident in the fact that he made Garcia the President of Seven Bucks Productions.

Rampage, Skyscraper and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are just a few of the movies that they have worked on together and a Dwayne Johnson film that is set to be a huge hit at the box office this year is the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. In an interview with Collider, Hiram Garcia had the opportunity to discuss Hobbs and Shaw.

Hobbs and Shaw

Here is what Hiram Garcia had to say on how the production for Hobbs and Shaw went and what details he could give to inform people about this action movie:

Hobbs & Shaw just wrapped shooting in Hawaii and man was this a huge production! Obviously when you are making a movie that lives within the Fast & Furious universe you need to go big and deliver on the spectacle, which I’m happy to say we have in spades.”

But what we’re really excited about is the character and humor that shines through in this film. Dave Leitch did an amazing job with, writer and fellow producer, Chris Morgan’s script by building out a new world while taking fans deeper into the mythos of our iconic leads Hobbs and Shaw.”

Throw in one of the greatest villains the Fast & Furious universe has ever seen in Idris Elba, then sprinkle some huge surprises along the way, and we’d like to think we have the makings for an unforgettable experience at the theater this summer.”

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