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David Thewlis: ‘It does get to you, spending more waking hours as a character than oneself’

The actor on his new novel about an irascible director, his faux-feud with Christopher Eccleston and his ‘secret’ marriageBlackpool-born David Thewlis, 58, studied acting at Guildhall school of music and drama. His breakout role was the lead in Mike Leigh’s 1993 film Naked, for which he won the best actor award at Cannes. Subsequent film […]

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‘Black Widow’ delivers big preview tally before US opening

Disney’s latest Marvel Studios release is on track for a $70m-$80m weekend.Marvel Studios’ Black Widow has made a strong start at the North American box office, taking $13.2m from Thursday (July 8) evening preview screenings according to distributor Disney.That puts the eagerly awaited release ahead of Thursday preview showings by pre-pandemic Marvel titles including Ant-Man […]

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Superhero Bits: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Vinyl Soundtrack, Miss Minutes Will Return to ‘Loki’ & More

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.) In this edition of Superhero Bits: The […]

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‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’: Matthew Robinson to Write Script

Matthew Robinson (“The Invention of Lying”) will write the screenplay to “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” for Lucasfilm and Disney according to an individual with knowledge of the project.Patty Jenkins will direct the next “Star Wars” feature film, opening in theaters on Christmas Day 2023.The original film will follow the fighter pilots across the “Star Wars” […]

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Patty Jenkins’ ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’ Taps Matthew Robinson to Write

Writer Matthew Robinson is heading to a galaxy far, far away.After fleshing out the world that never lies in “The Invention of Lying” and the monster apocalypse in “Love and Monsters,” Matthew Robinson is penning the script for Patty Jenkins’ “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron,” which is currently scheduled to be released on Dec. 22, 2023.While […]

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Move Over, Patty Jenkins: How China’s Jia Ling Became the World’s Highest-Grossing Female Director

She may not be a household name anywhere other than her native China, but Chinese helmer Jia Ling has officially overtaken Patty Jenkins as the world’s highest-grossing female director for a single film.After an extended three-month run, Jia’s Chinese New Year blockbuster “Hi, Mom,” finally left Chinese theaters Tuesday. It has grossed $838 million (RMB5.41 […]

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Gal Gadot Confirms Joss Whedon ‘Threatened My Career’ During ‘Justice League’ Reshoots

Gal Gadot has been clear about the fact that her experience reshooting the DC epic “Justice League” under Joss Whedon wasn’t a great one. A Hollywood Reporter story published last month reported that Whedon went as far as promising to do damage to Gadot’s career as DC superstar between his film and “Wonder Woman.” Gadot […]

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Are promising female auteurs getting trapped in the franchise machine?

With Oscar nominees Emerald Fennell and Chloé Zhao moving on to superhero films, there’s a danger that the mainstream’s gain will be indie cinema’s lossStanley Kubrick to reboot Iron Man? David Lean’s Batman? Fellini’s Wonder Woman? In decades past it was almost unthinkable that “serious” auteur film-makers would stoop to superhero movies; now it’s standard […]

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