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admin | Nov 21, 2023
Mission: Impossible 8 delayed nearly a year as actors’ strike wears on

Ethan Hunt has taken on a lot of impossible missions over the last three decades, but even he is powerless against a union strike.

Paramount has announced that the eighth Mission: Impossible film has been delayed from June 28, 2024 to May 23, 2025 due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.

Previously titled Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two, Paramount has stripped the film of its ungainly subtitle, though it will still serve as a direct sequel to this year’s Dead Reckoning Part One.

That film, from consistent hitmaker Tom Cruise, surprisingly underperformed, grossing $172.1 million at the domestic box office, and $567.5 million worldwide, against a budget of $291 million. By its fourth week of release, Dead Reckoning Part One had fallen out of the top five at the box office, making its title longer than its theatrical run. So a year delay will surely only help the aging franchise.

But M:I8 isn’t the only franchise film that’s run into delays. A Quiet Place: Day One, a spinoff prequel and the third film in the franchise, has been delayed from March 8, 2024 to June 28, 2024, while an untitled Spongebob Squarepants film moved from May 23, 2024 to Dec. 19, 2024.

However, Imaginary Friends or IF, from A Quiet Place director John Krasinski and with an all-star cast including starring Ryan Reynolds, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Steve Carrell — actually moved up a week. It will now be released on May 17 instead of May 24 of next year.

As for the strike, the actors’ union marked the 100th day of the work stoppage over the weekend with intentions to return to the bargaining table with the AMPTP on Tuesday. [Source]

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admin | Sep 03, 2023
Hayley Atwell, David Harewood & Ben Whishaw Among 100+ UK Actors Backing Equity Green Rider Proposal

Hayley Atwell, David Harewood and Ben Whishaw are among more than 100 UK actors backing a proposal for a ‘Green Rider.’

Mark Rylance, Gemma Arterton, Stephen Fry, Bella Ramsey, Paapa Essiedu, Natalie Dormer, Adrian Dunbar and Jerome Flynn have also put their names to a statement from performing arts and entertainment union British Equity that outlines terms actors can request to make productions less damaging to the environment.

The statement outlines the terms of the Green Rider, which is a series of proposals Equity claims will “empower artists” and help them add clauses to their contracts that work towards an environmental culture shift. These proposed contractual agreements between artists and producers would “improve sustainability in the UK’s TV and film industry,” according to Equity.

The union cited Albert research showing the average tentpole film production produces 2,840 tonnes of CO2. It added that riders have in the past been infamous for allow high-profile talent to make demands such as the use of private jets, which are often “environmentally damaging.”
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admin | Jul 23, 2023
Hayley Atwell on Mission: Impossible, Marvel and Tom Cruise – ‘There were weird rumours… it feels a little dirty’

The Marvel star tells Jessie Thompson about tackling those Tom Cruise stories while shooting ‘Mission: Impossible’, why he wouldn’t let her play small or flirtatious, and the importance of her twenties

Hayley Atwell had a hot date to the Mission: Impossible premiere: her mum. In fact, the whole four-year process of making the seventh instalment, Dead Reckoning Part One, was a “family affair”. Even Atwell’s dogs were frequently on set. “It’s very special in that regard,” the newcomer to the franchise tells me, revealing that it wasn’t just her grandmother who got a surprise helicopter ride from Tom Cruise (as per recent headlines) but her mum, too. So, what do I have to do to get a helicopter ride from Tom Cruise? “It’s only a matter of time!” Atwell jokes. “Hang out with us more, and you will!”

That would be fun! Except, regrettably, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Because Hayley Atwell is Hollywood famous now. One sign of that: trying to speak to her for more than 20 minutes has become a process more complicated than childbirth. Another sign: the persistent rumours that she and Cruise have had some hot dates of their own. But the truth, Atwell tells me, is that she looked on Cruise and Mission’s director, Chris McQuarrie (or “McQ”), as “sort of two uncles”. And who doesn’t love seeking advice from their uncle about the fact that the world thinks you’re courting? “I would be like, ‘Ooh, there’s some weird rumours, and it feels base, it feels a little dirty, it feels grubby, it’s not what I’m about,’” she explains. “Why are things being assumed or projected onto me about my relationship with my work colleague and boss?” Atwell found it “upsetting” because “it’s involving people in my actual life, my personal life, who have to be on the receiving end of that. It becomes invasive.”

But Cruise, who Atwell says “carries his fame like a loose garment”, knew exactly what to say. “When I’ve talked to him about it, he’d be like” – here she turns to me intensely and looks directly into my eyes – “‘You know exactly who you are. You know what you’re about. And that is the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter what people think of you, if you are in integrity with yourself, if you know what your value system is.” This is clearly incontrovertible evidence that there were no shenanigans; I’ve had sexier chats with the postman.

Today, in a monochrome hotel room, Atwell is an arresting presence – and not just because she’s wearing something resembling a pair of bright red, silky pyjamas. “I can lunge in it,” she says, and duly shows me, one heeled foot in front of the other. “I could go for a nap in it…” Wearing a sparkly rock on her finger (she recently became engaged to songwriter/composer Ned Wolfgang Kelly), she drinks from an ice-cold glass of cola; everything about her seems to gleam. In conversation, she’s cerebral (before acting, she planned to study philosophy and theology at Oxford), speaking in elegant sentences. Occasionally, she’s almost comically earnest. “McQ once said to me, ‘You know, it’s been a real privilege to get out of your way,’” she says at one point. When we speak again a few days later, she’s in Abu Dhabi for the next leg of Mission’s epic cross-continental press tour. Another Hollywood royalty giveaway: no discernible sign of jet lag.
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admin | Jul 23, 2023
Hayley Atwell’s ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Screen Test Was ‘Two Hours of Stunt Choreography’ So the Team Could ‘See My Natural Abilities’

Everything is supercharged when it comes to the long-running “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and that extends to the movie’s audition process. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Hayley Atwell revealed that her screen test for the mysterious role of Grace in the two-part “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” required a two-hour screen test that was essentially a stunt training course. Some actors screen test with dialogue, but not “Mission: Impossible” actors.

“Who the character has become is a byproduct of the process,” the film’s writer-director Christopher McQuarrie said. “So when we went into the screen test, we’ve not written a character that we’re trying to find someone to fit with. Rather, we’re looking for an actress who we want to work with and we’ll fit the character to her.”’

Atwell’s screen test was with stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood and was made up of “two hours of stunt choreography just to see where my natural abilities lay,” she said.

“We did an unarmed combat sequence and mixed martial arts to see if I was someone who could grapple and trap or someone who was more into high kicks,” Atwell added. “[It’s to] ascertain my natural style.”

Once McQuarrie and Cruise decided Atwell was the perfect actor to bring Grace to life, they went about constructing the character to fit Atwell’s stunt capabilities. She went through an additional five months of stunt training after accepting the role.
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admin | Nov 15, 2022
Hayley Atwell reveals the two big Hollywood stars she trusts with her ‘doubts and concerns’

The actress called both ‘strong mentors and friends’ as she discussed being chosen to help pick the shortlist for the next Bafta EE Rising Star Award

They say you have no friends in showbusiness, but Hayley Atwell can count at least two — Dame Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

The Agent Carter actress, 40, starred with Dame Emma, 63, in 2008’s Brideshead Revisited and Tucci, 61, in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and says they remain “strong mentors and friends”.

On Brideshead Revisited, Dame Emma even put her own job on the line when she defended Atwell from a body shaming producer who suggested she should lose weight.

It has since been reported the person in question was disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein.

Opening up about her special relationships, Atwell told the Standard: “Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci remain strong mentors and friends to me. I trust them with my doubts and concerns.

“I’d say their intelligence, humour and generosity have an ongoing impact on my view of the business and how I can navigate it in a courageous and simple way.”

Her remarks came as she was tasked with joining a panel with Joe Cole, Jason Flemyng and other industry experts to select the EE Rising Star Award shortlist for the 2023 EE Bafta Film Awards.

Now in its 18th year, it celebrates new and up-and-coming talent within the film industry and is the only Bafta Film Awards category to be voted for by the British public.

Past winners includes James McAvoy, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Tom Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Micheal Ward, Bukky Bakray and last year’s winner Lashana Lynch.
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admin | Sep 16, 2021
Hayley Atwell To Voice Lara Croft In Netflix’s ‘Tomb Raider’ Anime Series

Hayley Atwell, who is part of the Marvel universe as Agent Peggy Carter and who is next up in Mission: Impossible 7, has been cast as the voice of Lara Croft in Netflix and Legendary’s Tomb Raider anime series. It is based on the Square Enix action-adventure video game that has spawned comic books and three feature films, with a fourth on the way.

The anime series, first announced in January, will pick up after the video game reboot trilogy, and follow the heroine 25 years after her first game appeared as she explores new territory. Tomb Raider will be written by Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Red Sonja), who is executive producing with dj2 Entertainment founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog), Stephan Bugaj and Howard Bliss. Jacob Robinson will be an executive producer via his company Tractor Pants.

On the big screen, Lara Croft, an archaeologist, treasure hunter and thrill seeker, was played by Angelina Jolie in two films in 2001 and 2003. The franchise was revived in 2018 with Alicia Vikander in the lead role; a sequel to that pic is in the works with Lovecraft Country‘s Misha Green writing and directing.

The Tomb Raider video games, developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal and published by Square Enix, have sold more that 84 million copies in their quarter-century of existence. The most recent release in the series was 2018’s Shadow
of the Tomb Raider.

Atwell, whose credits also include the films Blinded By the Light, Christopher Robin, The Duchess and Brideshead Revisited, is up next in another animated TV series, this one reviving Agent Carter for Disney+’s Marvel’s anthology What If? She is repped by CAA, Management 360, Hamilton Hodell and Ziffren Brittenham. [Source]

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admin | Apr 16, 2021
WHAT IF? Star Hayley Atwell Describes The Disney+ Series As An “Alternative Narrative In A Parallel Universe”

Hayley Atwell (who will reprise the role of Peggy Carter as she becomes Captain Britain) has shared the previously released trailer to her Instagram account along with the following: “Coming summer 2021 #disneyplus an alternative narrative in a parallel universe… a position of power that Peggy Carter is fully equipped for #iknowmyvalue 🇬🇧👊🏼”

That’s an interesting description, and indicates that all these character inhabit the same Earth rather than different ones. This leaves us to wonder what singular incident led to this unrecognisable world being created where T’Challa became Star-Lord and The Winter Soldier battles a zombie Captain America.

A synopsis for the series was shared during last year’s Disney Investor Day, revealing: “‘What If…?’ flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways.”

“Coming to Disney+ in summer 2021, Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU,” it continues, “featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; Ashley Bradley is head writer.” [Source]

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admin | Nov 07, 2019
Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2019: Tom Hiddleston, Hayley Atwell and Andrew Scott on this year’s shortlist

Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is in the running to be named best actor at this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards, five years after first winning the prize.

The actor, who triumphed in 2014 for Coriolanus, is shortlisted for his performance in the revival of Pinter’s love triangle drama Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Other big names whose talents could be rewarded at the event, held in association with Michael Kors, include Hiddleston’s fellow Marvel star Hayley Atwell, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Scott and Dame Maggie Smith.

Suits star Wendell Pierce is on the shortlist for best actor, given in partnership with the Ambassador Theatre Group, for his performance as Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman. It opened in the West End last week after a run at the Young Vic. Completing the line-up for best actor are K. Todd Freeman and Francis Guinan, who both appeared in Downstate at the National Theatre, and Scott, who impressed the critics in a gender-switched version of Noel Coward’s autobiographical comedy Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Atwell and Dame Maggie are among those on the best actress shortlist, for their performances in Ibsen’s political drama Rosmersholm at the Duke Of York’s Theatre and one-woman show A German Life at the Bridge Theatre respectively.

The other contenders for the Natasha Richardson award for best actress, given in partnership with Christian Louboutin, are Cecilia Noble, who is shortlisted for performances at the National in Downstate and Faith, Hope And Charity, Juliet Stevenson for The Doctor at the Almeida and Anjana Vasan for A Doll’s House at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Smith’s role in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat sees her shortlisted for best musical performance with Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity and Andy Nyman in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Fiddler On The Roof.

Evening Standard Editor George Osborne said: “The London theatre scene continues to thrive and the Evening Standard Theatre Awards recognises and celebrates the talent from the rising stars of tomorrow to best directors and actresses.

“There have been so many incredible theatre performances this year and we look forward to the awards ceremony to unveil the outstanding achievements.”

This year also sees a celebration of female writers, with work by Caryl Churchill, debbie tucker green and Lynn Nottage among the contenders for best play, given in partnership with Chanel, along with Downstate by Bruce Norris. Continue reading  »

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