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John Krasinski Lost Out on Captain America. So He Became a Great Director Instead.

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“As Hollywood legend goes, John Krasinski, the towering, quippy dreamboat of The Office, came this close to becoming Captain America.

The man formerly known as Jim Halpert was in the final running for the role of Steve Rogers, making it all the way to the costumed audition. After catching a glimpse of Chris Hemsworths Thor in all his Norse god glory, however, he got cold feet.

Seeing Krasinski today, with his thick beard and buff Benghazi bod, its not hard to imagine him in the blue spandex, trading flirty glances with Bucky. But in lieu of a long-term Marvel marriage, the 38-year-old has developed into a formidable creative force on the other side of the camera, executive producing the Oscar winner Manchester by the Sea and directing the excellent new thriller A Quiet Place, in theaters April 6.

In a dystopian near-future where sound-sensitive alien-monsters roam the fields in search of human flesh, the Abbott family has transformed their upstate New York farm into a survivalist bunker of sorts. Lee (Krasinski), pregnant mom Evelyn (his wife, Emily Blunt), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf), and son Marcus (Noah Jupe) are still haunted by the death of their young boy Beau several years earlier. They spend their days harvesting crops and playing board gameshushed, of course, to avoid the blind demons in their midst. When the monsters sense the Abbotts presence, all hell breaks loose.

Krasinskis third feature as directorafter Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollarsis far and away his finest work yet; a gripping, expertly crafted thriller complete with genuine shocks and knockout performances. And the nice-guy actor (whos just as charming in real life) seems genuinely humbled by its reception thus far, speaking fast and not-so-furiously about what he calls his ode to parenthood.

This was directing, co-writing, producing, and acting in something and its a studio film, and its visual effects, and its a bigger budget, and my wifes in it, he says, before gasping for air. At a certain point, maybe I should have looked at it and gone, man, maybe I shouldnt do this!

Its a damn good thing he did. I sat down with Krasinski in New York to discuss A Quiet Place, how he got into directing by accident on The Office, and why he doesnt feel so bad about losing out on Cap.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-krasinski-lost-out-on-captain-america-so-he-became-a-great-director-instead

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Lady Gaga shares the devastating personal story behind the final song in ‘A Star is Born’

Charmaine Blake

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Warning: Contains *huge* spoilers for the ending of A Star is Born.

“Anyone’s who seen A Star is Born will know that the final song in the movie is by far the most gut-wrenching and emotional moment.

Lady Gaga sings “I’ll Never Love Again” — a song written about her by her late husband Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) — in tribute to him. It’s a powerfully moving moment that reduces you — and everyone else in the cinema — to a sobbing wreck.

Lady Gaga has shared a personal story about the day that scene was filmed and the reason that scene was so important to her. Right before filming the scene, Gaga received a phone call that her best friend Sonja Durham was about to pass away from stage IV cancer.

“On that day my friend Sonja — who had been battling cancer for years — her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga told Zane Lowe. “And I thought she was dying so I left the set……………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/lady-gaga-a-star-is-born-ill-never-love-again/

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Juicing, workouts and monetised self-obsession acting aint what it used to be

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Hollywood was once all about tradecraft. But not any more, as Mark Wahlbergs ridiculously brilliant daily schedule makes all too clear

“When the famously dissolute movie star John Barrymore died, having spent much of the last year of his life passed out at Errol Flynns house, the brilliant character actor Peter Lorre bribed the funeral homes director to loan him the corpse for a night. Lorre, Humphrey Bogart and a couple of others sneaked into Flynns Mulholland Drive home while he was shooting late, arranged the body in a chair near the bar, then hid and waited. When Flynn returned home from set, he nodded at Barrymore, and continued to walk over to fix himself a drink. After a few steps, Flynn froze. He went back to the chair, touched Barrymores ice-cold body, then shouted: All right, you bastards, come on out!

I know what youre thinking. This is all very well; but did any of these ill-disciplined men make Daddys Home 2, Mark Wahlbergs highly called-for sequel to his turn in Daddys Home? Alas not. At the time of this late-night incident, Bogart was shooting a picture called Casablanca, and though well probably never know his workout schedule for the movie, I guess we can say for sure that he could bench-press at least a quarter of John Barrymore. But only after tipping-out time at the Cocoanut Grove.

And so to the much-remarked-upon daily routine of Wahlberg, which is here reproduced in full:

2.30am wake up
2.45am prayer time
3.15am breakfast
3:40-5.15am workout
5:30am post-workout meal
6:00am shower
7:30am golf
8:00am snack
9:30am cryo chamber recovery
10.30am snack
11:00am family time/meetings/work calls
1:00pm lunch
2:00pm meetings/work calls
3:00pm pick up kids @ school
3.30pm snack
4:00pm workout #2
5:00pm shower
5:30pm dinner/family time
7:30pm bedtime

Hey, dont knock it. Its called acting.

Or is it? Is that what this life is? For many, Marks schedule is the equivalent of letting daylight in on tragic. Once the inspiration for Entourage indeed, that comfortingly silly………………………..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2018/sep/13/juicing-work-outs-monetsising-self-obsession-acting-mark-wahlberg

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Assassination Nation wants to get under your skin

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“Assassination Nation” is trying to make you uncomfortable. The film even starts out with about a dozen “trigger warnings” previewing the horror that is to come in this internet age Salem witch trial about four teenage girls who become the enemies of an entire town when a hacker stars leaking individuals’ information.

Morality, sexuality, female nudity, homophobia, misogyny, pornography, pedophilia, mob mentality and gun violence are just a few of the subjects and taboos addressed in writer-director Sam Levinson’s purposefully insane film…………………..”

Read More Here: https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/assassination-nation-skin-57972864

 

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