The Hollywood Reporter has the low-down on how much each star makes. Of note, Scarlett Johansson is finally being paid the same as her co-stars, earning $15m for the upcoming Black Widow movie – equal to the amount Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth got paid for Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively. Johansson has appeared in six Marvel movies, including the first Avengers, on which she earnt a “low seven-figure salary”.
BBC forced to defend use of its own journalists in Bodyguard after distressed viewers switched off
Daniel Craig will star in a new project from Rian Johnson, the Star Wars director’s first independent release since The Last Jedi. Deadline reports that Craig will play a detective in the film, Knives Out, which begins shooting this November. The revelation confirms previous reports that the next Bond film will be delayed – it was due to begin filming in December.
Scotland Yard detectives investigating disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein have flown to the United States to interview his alleged victims, the Evening Standard can reveal. The police team has spoken to a number of women who claim they were assaulted by Weinstein when he visited London for events such as film premieres. Among his alleged victims is the actress Uma Thurman, who has claimed he attacked her in his Savoy hotel suite in the mid-Nineties.
Ed Westwick has said he is “delighted” to make his return to TV screens after three allegations of sexual assault were dismissed in the US. The Los Angeles District Attorney last month said they would not pursue the cases against the actor – best known for Gossip Girl – despite the first two accusers having identified witnesses. Prosecutors said the witnesses were “not able to provide information that would enable the prosecution to prove either incident beyond a reasonable doubt”.
Netflix’s new series Insatiable was derided before release, many subscribers criticising the streaming service’s decision to produce a show seen as ‘fat-shaming’ others. The trailer showed how a teenager, Patty, played by Debby Ryan, loses weight over summer after an incident leads to her jaw being wired shut. Despite the flawed premise, Ryan has said that the backlash was somewhat ‘surprised’ by the online “We knew that this conversation needed to be had.
Netflix has cancelled Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale’s talk shows. The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale both ran for just one season each, the streaming service deciding not to renew the two series. The comics – who had previous experience working on comedy shows – were unable to entice the number of viewers Netflix executives were hoping for.
James Gunn has many supporters, but none have been as vocal as Dave Bautista. The WWE wrestler-turned-movie actor has once again criticised Disney’s choice to remove Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, ‘thanking’ the company in a Tweet while sharing an article castigating their decision. “Thanks Disney!! Making America Great Again,” Bautista wrote alongside an article titled ‘Disney Not Rehiring James Gunn is a Big Mistake for Marvel (And Beyond)’.
British actor Ed Westwick will not face prosecution over three sexual assault allegations made against him in the US. The Los Angeles District Attorney said it would not pursue the cases against the star of TV series including Gossip Girl and White Gold, despite the first two accusers having identified witnesses. The 30-year-old actor vehemently denied the “unverified and provably untrue” allegations when two women accused him of rape last November.
Disney has fired Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn after a number of offensive social media posts were unearthed. The 51-year-old is an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and the current administration. Before his firing, Gunn took to Twitter to apologise for causing offence: “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo.
When news of a sequel to hit film Mamma Mia! was announced, the question on the majority fo ABBA fans' lips was: which songs would they use?
The cast of Game of Thrones have been making their final goodbyes to the show as filming wraps for the last time. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, found a particularly fitting way to say farewell, as she took to Instagram to post a shot of her blood-stained sneakers - let's just hope that blood is fake.
While fans have long complained about trailers spoiling movies, Sony Pictures has taken that to a new extreme: the studio uploaded an entire movie onto YouTube, labelled as a trailer. ‘Khali the Killer: Official Red Band Trailer’ was intended to offer fans just a snapshot of the crime drama Khali the Killer. What’s perhaps more incredible is that Sony took over six hours to remove upload, which clocked over 11,000 views.
Scott Derrickson has declined to carry out "extreme reshoots" on TNT's upcoming Snowpiercer series due to the new shortener's "radically different vision for the show".
50 Cent has deleted an Instagram post where he mocked actor Terry Crews for being a survivor of sexual assault following a fierce backlash. Crews, a proud feminist and supporter of the #MeToo movement, recently explained why he did not fight back against the man he accused of sexually assaulting him. In an emotional testimony before a US Senate committee, Crews testified in favour of proposed legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights.
Benedict Cumberbatch has switched up his look to play Vote Leave campaign manager Dominic Cummings for a new TV one-off drama. The Channel 4 TV movie, which currently has the working title Brexit, will focus on the data-driven political campaign during the EU referendum, including the "myriad tactics employed to swing one of the most surprising referendum results in living memory". Filming has begun on what's been promised to be an "explosive and illuminating" Brexit thriller, directed by Toby Haynes, who's worked on the likes of Sherlock, Black Mirror, and Doctor Who.
The end is nigh for Game of Thrones fans - for its cast and crew, it's already come and gone. Star Emilia Clarke, who plays the one and only Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, has said her own personal goodbyes to the show on Instagram. Clarke's comments were flooded with fellow Game of Thrones cast mates adding their own sentiments.
Wile Pixar may have initially focussed on original films (minus the Toy Story series), recent years have seen the studio release sequels to nearly all their most-beloved properties. Finding Dory, Monster’s University, and both Cars sequels are not necessarily bad film but they fall into the lower echelons of Pixar’s work. Does the Brad Bird-directed sequel, reaching cinemas fourteen years after the original, suffer from sequelitus?
Margot Kidder was the raspy-voiced actress who played reporter Lois Lane in the Superman phenomenon opposite Christopher Reeve. Kidder, who has died aged 69, was a self-described “scream queen” in her early roles. Reviewing Sisters, the late film critic Pauline Kael said Kidder could “turn on sexiness with a witch’s precision”.
A Deadpool/Wolverine film is still possible - in the depths of Ryan Reynolds' mind, at least. Deadpool 2 does, at least, take place years before Logan, in which - SPOILER ALERT - Wolverine was killed off, in a final salute to the mutant. "He's alive and well in my timeline," Reynolds pointed out to Entertainment Weekly.
Thanks to the arrest of Smallsville actor Alison Mack, the organisation NXIVM has been making headlines all over the world. Founded by Keith Raniere – who has also been arrested – the group offered people self-help but was allegedly a sex cult that kept women as “slaves”. TV producers have since announced that a documentary series about NXIM will soon reach screens around the world.