LOS ANGELES: Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington have joined the cast of Paul Feig’s upcoming Netflix movie ‘The School for Good and Evil’.
According to Variety, Feig, whose vast credits include ‘Freaks and Geeks’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘A Simple Favor’, and ‘The Heat’, is directing the film from a screenplay by David Magee and Laura Solon. The movie is scheduled to be released on Netflix in 2022.
The story based on the young adult fantasy novel by Soman Chainani follows best friends Sophie and Agatha as they are kidnapped to the School for Good and Evil. After their fortunes are reversed, their friendship is put to the test as the duo attempts to return home.
Washington is playing Professor Dovey and Theron is portraying Lady Lesso, two looming figures at the mysterious house of education.
Feig took to Twitter on Friday and announced the casting news. “I know what school I am applying to. So thrilled to welcome Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington to ‘The School for Good and Evil’. Everyone, prepare to get schooled!,” he wrote.
As per Variety, ‘The School for Good and Evil’ was originally set up at Universal but Netflix acquired its rights in 2020. The movie is currently filming at Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland.
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Wishes pour in as Shahid Kapoor turns 40
New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor ringed in his 40th birthday on Thursday and received a plethora of warm wishes from the film industry on the occasion.
To celebrate the fortieth birthday of the ‘Kabir Singh’ actor, Bollywood celebrities took to social media and poured in birthday wishes for the star.
By sharing a monochromatic candid picture with her ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Shaandaar’ co-star on Instagram stories, Bollywood superstar Alia Bhatt penned an adorable birthday wish for Shahid.
She wrote, “Happy bday my dearest friend!!!! Hope you’re having the bestest dayyy!!! Loads of love always and forevsssss,” using yellow heart emoticons.
Katrina Kaif also took to her Instagram story and posted a solo monochromatic picture of the birthday boy. Alongside the stunning picture, she wrote, “Happy happy birthday @shahidkapoor wishing u the best year ever,” using red heart and flower emoticons.
Kiara Advani, who has had the opportunity to work with the star in his blockbuster ‘Kabir Singh’, took to Instagram and shared a short funny clip of Shahid where he is seen saying, “Kabir is on a detox plan.” Alongside the clip, she wrote, “Happpiest birthday SK! @shahidkapoor,” with a white heart emoticon.
Shahid’s ‘Mausam’ co-star, Sonam Kapoor has had the sweetest wish for him. She shared two adorable throwback pictures featuring herself with the birthday boy on her Instagram story and wrote, “The Harry to my Aayat. Wishing you nothing but happiness, Shahid. Stay shining in every Mausam.”
Recently turned mom and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma also wished her ‘Badmaash Company’ co-star and posted a solo picture of him. With the snap, she wrote, “Happy birthday Shahid! Have the best one @shahidkapoor,” using a string of emoticons.
Many other stars including his brother and actor Ishan Khatter, Dia Mirza, filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra and others celebrated the ‘Jab We Met’ actor’s birthday by sharing posts and pictures on social media.
Born to the renowned Indian film actors Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem, Shahid Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with his 2003 romantic comedy Ishq Vishk, for which he won a Filmfare Award for ‘Best Male Debut’.
Kapoor had also appeared as a background dancer in a few films of the 1990s and was later featured in music videos and television commercials. H has also delivered several successful films like ‘Kabir Singh’, ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Kaminey’, ‘Padmaavat’ and more. (ANI)
Yami Gautam shares glimpse from first day of shooting for ‘Dasvi’
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): Few days after the cast of upcoming social comedy ‘Dasvi’ unveiled the intriguing character posters and announced the commencement of the film’s shoot on social media, Yami Gautam on Thursday shared a picture from the first day of her shoot.
The ‘Kaabil’ actor, hopped on to Instagram and posted a picture featuring herself as a police officer named Jyoti Deswal.
Dressed as a cop that includes a blue cap and a brown uniform, Gautam is seen carrying a no-make-up look in the snap.
Giving a glimpse of her first day on the set of ‘Dasvi’, the actor wrote, “My first day on the set of #Dasvi playing #JyotiDeswal. Proud and honoured to play an IPS officer. #JaiHind,”
The movie is an upcoming project from the makers of ‘Hindi Medium’,’ Angrezi Medium’ and ‘Bala’. The hilarious social comedy also stars Nimrat Kaur and Abhishek Bachchan in pivotal roles.
Tushar Jalota is making his directing debut with the film, which is written by Ritesh Shah.
‘Dasvi’ is being bankrolled by Dinesh Vijan, Sandeep Leyzell, and Shobhana Yadav. The movie is being produced under the banner of Maddock Films Production, and Bake my Cake films. (ANI)
‘It got too dangerous’: Sacha Baron Cohen officially retires from playing ‘Borat’
Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen recently revealed that he’s retiring from his controversial character of Borat Sagdiyev, as portraying it “got too dangerous”.
According to People magazine, the 49-year-old actor said that he will not be continuing on with his character for another film in the ‘Borat’ franchise.
Cohen said, “It got too dangerous, there were a couple of times I had to put on a bulletproof vest to go and shoot a scene, and you don’t want to do that too many times in your life. I was pretty lucky to get out this time, so no, I’m not doing it again. I’m going to stay with the scripted stuff.”
Elaborating on his decision to end the films, Baron Cohen admitted that he gets little to no sleep ahead of shooting scenes that put his life in harm’s way, like when he attended a far-right rally in the sequel.
He explained, “The night before something like that — that rally — you’re trying to go through everything that can go wrong. In a normal scene like what we’re doing, we’re trying to make sure, ‘How do I make sure my performance is real? Have I done my research? How do I make sure the accent’s perfect?’ In this one you’re going, ‘Okay, if a bunch of guys with guns come from that side of the stage, have I got a way to get out? What happens if someone shoots me? What if a bunch of people start shooting me?'”
Baron Cohen starred in 2006’s Borat as the fictional Kazakhstani journalist who travels throughout the US to make a documentary. The film features real-life interactions with Americans. He reprised the character for the 2020 sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which also features Maria Bakalova as his daughter Tutar.
Sushmita Sen kickstarts shooting for ‘Aarya’ season 2
New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): Former Miss Universe and Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen on Thursday announced that shooting has begun for the second season of her much-anticipated thriller drama series ‘Aarya’.
The ‘Main Hoon Na’ actor took to her official social media accounts to share the news. She posted an extreme close up picture of her eyes where are luscious locks are seen covering half of her face.
She went on to compliment the post with a short note dedicated to the film and its team and wrote, “She sees a storm coming…in the mirror!!! #Aarya #season2 ‘your wish is our command’ I love you guys!!! Let’s do this @madhvaniram @officialrmfilms @disneyplushotstarvip #TeamAarya #duggadugga.”
To which the director of the series, Ram Madhvani welcomed her by replying, “Welcome back Aarya” in the comments section.
Sen made her comeback with the Indian crime drama web television series ‘Aarya’ for which she had bagged the title ‘Best Actor in drama series’ by eminent entertainment award platforms like Filmfare, Dada Saheb Phalke, Film Critics Guild, Raj Kapoor Award.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, the series, apart from Sikandar Kher, Manish Chaudhari, and Namit Das, also featured actor Chandrachur Singh and Vinod Rawat in the first season. (ANI)
Billie Eilish reveals she recorded new album in lockdown
Washington (US), February 25 (ANI): American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish recently revealed during an interview with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” that she has recorded a new album in lockdown.
According to Variety, the ‘Bad Guy’ singer said that this new album is the result of her first prolonged period of not touring since her career began in 2016. Eilish said, “I don’t think I would’ve made the same album, or even the album at all, if it weren’t for Covid.”
She added, “That doesn’t mean it’s about Covid at all, it’s just that, when things are different in your life, you’re different. That’s just how it is. So, I have to thank Covid for that, and that’s about it.”
She also talked about the imminent release of her documentary, ‘The World’s a Little Blurry’, which captures her hectic life in the months leading up to last year’s Grammy Awards, where she and musical collaborator Finneas captured multiple awards, including Best Album, Song, Record, New Artist and Producer, among others.
As per Variety, the logistics of recording an album would have been easier for Eilish, her brother, and Finneas, as they famously recorded most of their previous releases, which included 2019’s ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ and the ‘Don’t Smile at Me’ EP, in the Los Angeles home they grew up in. (ANI)
David Fincher to helm Netflix’s ‘The Killer’
Washington [US], February 25 (ANI): Oscar-nominated director David Fincher, who had recently partnered with Netflix for his acclaimed biopic ‘Mank’, has reunited with the streaming service for his next feature film titled ‘The Killer’.
As per Variety, Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in the upcoming assassin drama. Andrew Kevin Walker, who has collaborated with Fincher on ‘Se7en’, ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Game’, is writing the script for the forthcoming film.
Cean Chaffin will serve as producer for the film, which will focus on a cold-blooded assassin who begins to develop a conscience, causing him to emotionally crack. The story is based on a graphic novel by Alexis Nolent.
In November, Fincher signed a four-year film deal with Netflix. ‘Mank’, a black-and-white drama that chronicles screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s efforts to finish the script for the Orson Welles classic ‘Citizen Kane’, was released late last year and has been widely considered an Oscars frontrunner.
‘Mank’ marked Fincher’s first feature directing effort since 2014’s psychological thriller ‘Gone Girl’. In between, Fincher executive produced and directed the Netflix TV series ‘Mindhunter’, an FBI crime drama starring Jonathan Groff. (ANI)
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