Destroyer director Karyn Kusama says Nicole Kidman keeps getting better and better. Filmmaker Karyn Kusama made her directorial debut with 2000's Girlfight and most recently directed Nicole Kidman in Destroyer. What makes Nicole Kidman unique is that I don't think she signs up to do anything unless she's signing up for it 110 percent. She's always completely committed to the task at hand, and that includes trying things that don't work, experimenting with ideas that take her down the wrong path, and pulling herself back in. When we were preparing to shoot Destroyer, Nicole was always so open about what frightened her and what felt out of her grasp. By defining her fears and anxieties about the role itself and about herself as an artist, I felt like she really proved her depth. It takes a lot of guts to say, "I want this so badly, and I don't know if I can do it." She's obviously matured in the business and become a deeper, more profound artist, but in doing so, she's retained her childlike curiosity, and her work doesn't get old, it gets richer. She's completely embracing adulthood and confronting the public with the fact that she's a 51-year-old actor who's still finding very full, rich characters with a lot of problems, a lot to confront and wrestle with. She's breathing more life and freshness into these roles that prove our existence at this age, and she's always becoming more and more relevant. Because of her movie-star beauty, people might overlook that Nicole makes really daring, crazy choices. But she has a wildness to her that's animated by eccentricity, and that's what I love about her -- she's not afraid to be weird or make weird choices. (Entertainment Weekly)

Brie Larson Give an Old Lady a Brutal Beating in the Newest Trailer for Captain Marvel. Brie Larson oozes girl power in the newest trailer for Captain Marvel. In a new movie trailer for the comic, Larson takes us on a journey of self-discovery as her character, Carol Danvers, attempts to remember who she is and where she came from. It is also a total blast to the past since Captain Marvel makes her entrance into earth's atmosphere in the '90s. As Captain Marvel begins to discover her powers with the help of Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, fans of the Marvel universe see how S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed into the agency it exists as today. While the new trailer has been a long time coming, there are still quite a few months until the movie is released. Over three months to be exact. But Brie assures fans that the long wait is definitely worth it. "I'm really proud of what it is that we're making," she teased to E! News in June. "I think all the hype and anticipation will be worth it." Other actors in the star-packed film include Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as a Starforce Commander, Lashana Lynch as Maria "Photon" Rambeau, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser. The film hits theaters in March 8, 2019. (Eonline)

Marrakech: Laurence Fishburne on Diversity, Bringing 'The Alchemist' to the Screen. The actor also credits Netflix for the explosion of new voices in Hollywood. Laurence Fishburne says his long-gestating The Alchemist project is now moving forward. "It has just come back around again," he said, adding the project will come together "sooner rather than later." Fishburne has been wanting to develop Paulo Coelho's bestselling book for 16 years, but he said a conversation with Martin Scorsese during the Marrakech Film Festival put it in perspective. "20 years isn't that long to wait," he said, comparing to the three decades it took Scorsese to get Silence to the screen. He added that the spiritual message of the 1988 novel still resonated, and the cultural exchange between religions had particular relevance now. "It speaks to everybody all over the world and I think that's the thing for me that makes me so passionate about bringing it to the screen," he said. Fishburne also praised the significance of this summer's blockbuster Black Panther and its impact on diversity. "The importance cannot be underestimated because this is a movie that black people, people of African decent, people of the African diaspora have been waiting to see for 100 years," he said, adding that the royal themes of the film put it on par with European history in film. "We've been waiting to see ourselves portrayed this way," he noted. "Sometimes black shit is just the sexiest shit. This is one of those times. You look at the screen and you think damn, that is some sexy shit." And Fishburne also predicted that would be more such films. There is no way there can't be more," he said, nothing that things in Hollywood are changing with respect to diversity, gender and inclusiveness. "Things are getting better and people are not just trying, people are succeeding." He added that Netflix and other streaming platforms had been key to pushing this change. "There's just room for more and more content and different kinds of stories. I think things will continue to change," he said, adding that streaming is less than a decade old. "Who knows in seven years what we are going to see." Reupping for the third installment of the John Wick fantasy franchise, Fishburne will be reunited with his The Matrix co-star Keanu Reeves. Fishburne said his character Bowery King will only be in the first half of the film, which was shot in New York over the summer before moving to Morocco. And while the Black-ish star said he's happy "sitting in the grandfather chair" on the sitcom, he liked action John Wick offered. "The world is just so much fun," he said. "Everybody is a badass in that world, everybody is a bad motherfucker in John Wick's world. Who doesn't want to feel like that?" he said. (Hollywood Reporter)

BAFTA Follows Academy, Shifts 2020 Film Awards Date. The 2020 BAFTAs will take place on Feb. 2, just one week ahead of the Oscars. Four months after the Academy revealed that it was bringing the date of the 2020 Oscars ceremony forward by two weeks to February 9, BAFTA has now made official what it had hinted at doing: that it too is moving its film awards earlier. According to a statement released Tuesday, the 2020 BAFTAs will now take place on Feb. 2. The move ensures that the BAFTAs are still ahead of the Academy Awards where it has been since the British Academy made the swift in 2001 but it means that the biggest film awards outside the U.S. is now just one week earlier than the Oscars, rather than the usual two. The move also means the ceremony won't clash with the Berlinale. The 2019 BAFTAs are still set to take place on Feb. 10. two weeks ahead of the Oscars on Feb. 24. (Hollywood Reporter)


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