Kate Winslet has been hospitalised after suffering a fall while making new film Lee.
The Oscar-winning actress is due to play the famed photographer in the upcoming historical drama, and had been filming in Croatia when the accident happened. Her representative has since confirmed that Winslet did not suffer any serious injuries.
“Kate slipped and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure required by the production,” her representative said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly). “She is fine and will be filming, as planned, this week.”
The film also stars Josh O’Connor, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Andrea Riseborough, and follows the story of Miller, who was well known as British Vogue’s war correspondent.
Speaking last year about the project, Winslet told Deadline: “This is absolutely not a biopic. To make a story about Lee’s whole life, that’s a series worth for HBO. What we wanted to do was find the most interesting decade in her life, the one that defined who she was and what she became because of what she went through.
“It was the period from 1938-1948 that took her right through the war and her most defining time. That is the story we want people to know about Lee more than the many other parts of her life.”
The actress won an Emmy last year for her turn in Mare Of Easttown on HBO, which sees the star play a small town detective as she investigates the murder of a teenager.
Addressing a potential second season last year, Winslet said: “If we were to do a second season, then for sure these atrocities which have existed in the police force here and in America will find their way into the stories we tell.
“One hundred percent. You can’t pretend these things haven’t happened. It’s horrible, isn’t it? This moment in time. It’s horrific.”
She added: “You can hear me, I can’t quite find the words because we all feel so betrayed and powerless. We have to turn this moment into something meaningful. We have to use our voices on behalf of people who don’t have one. That matters to me now in ways that hadn’t even crossed my mind in my 20s.”
Viewers on social media have been reacting to Netflix‘s latest true crime documentary series, Sins Of Our Mother.
The three-part show follows the story of Lori Vallow Daybell – nicknamed the ‘Doomsday Mom’ – as she falls into a cult-like religious obsession that ends in the arrest of her and husband Chad Daybell. It focuses on her life as she meets religious preacher Daybell, whom she goes on to marry.
She has been accused of the murder of two of her children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, as well as conspiracy to murder her fourth husband.
She and fifth husband Daybell have denied involvement, and are awaiting trial for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after their arrest in February 2020. They have pleaded not guilty.
The many twists and turns of the series have already been gripping and shocking viewers, with one tweeting: “Sins of Our Mother…what in the actual fuck did we just watch…”.
“Watching the Lori Vallow doc Sins of our Mother, this THIS is why religion is so damn dangerous. Fucking scary that any belief can get you to that point,” another said.
“Sins of our Mother is a perfect example of why super religious people give me the heebs. This shit is insanity,” a third said, while a fourth added: “Sins of Our Mother: This is horrific and insane to watch.”
“Sins of our Mother on Netflix is one of the craziest docs i ever watched! absolutely insane,” another tweeted.
“Watched Sins of Our Mother today and holy shit, can confirm that humans are fucking crazy and just the absolute worst,” a sixth said, while another added: “Watching Sins of our Mother and I can’t even begin to speak on how sick this shit is.”
The pair, who play Elves Arondir and Legolas respectively in the Tolkien universe, came together with a message of solidarity, Bloom sharing a picture on Instagram with the word “mellon” – the Elvish word for “friend”.
Replying in the comments, Córdova wrote: “Big love mellon”.
The post comes after a few of the original trilogy stars – namely Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd and Sean Astin – showed solidarity with the new show’s cast against racist abuse targeted at the series’ diverse actors. The former three were shown wearing T-shirts with elf ears in varying skin tones, and elf tongue translated as “you are all welcome here.” Astin shared a post wearing a hat with the same.
The cast of the show has also condemned the “the relentless racism, threats, harassment and abuse” received, and have highlighted the “fellowship” inherent in Tolkien’s universe, noting that “Middle-earth is not all white” and that “BIPOC belong in Middle-earth and are here to stay.”
“Tolkien created a world which, by definition, is multi-cultural. A world in which free peoples from different races and cultures join together… to defeat the forces of evil,” the statement adds. “[POC fans,] you are valid, you are loved, and you belong. You are an integral part of the LOTR family – thanks for having our backs.”
In NME‘s four-star review of The Rings Of Power, we said: “Recently, Tolkien-trolls (not the fun, cave kind) have spilled a Mount Doom-sized pile of vitriol online, stirred up about a perceived intrusion by ‘woke’ culture on their sacred texts.
“But if that small minority stopped hating on the talented, diverse cast for five minutes, they might realise that The Rings Of Power’s fresh faces do some of the most interesting work on the show. As a start, this is an excellent one. Tell Sam Gamgee the tale’s not done yet.”
James Cameron has detailed clashes he had with studio bosses ahead of the original Avatar‘s release.
Ahead of the release of the long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way Of Water later this year, the director claimed that executives wanted the 2009 blockbuster to be shorter, and wanted to cut down on characters flying around.
“Well, it turns out that’s what the audience loved the most, in terms of our exit polling and data gathering,” Cameron told The New York Times.
“And that’s a place where I just drew a line in the sand and said, ‘You know what? I made Titanic. This building that we’re meeting in right now, this new half-billion dollar complex on your lot? Titanic paid for that, so I get to do this.’”
The director went on to claim that the studio later “thanked” him for standing his ground, and said that Avatar is “still competitive with everything that’s out there these days”.
“I feel that my job is to protect their investment, often against their own judgment,” he continued. “But as long as I protect their investment, all is forgiven.”
The new Avatar film is set to see the return of Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore (Dr. Norm Spellman), Dileep Rao (Dr. Max Patel, CCH Pounder (Mo’at) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet).
“I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not, I don’t know.”
The new series will focus on Morgan’s character Negan and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as they traverse a zombie-ridden Manhattan, and comes after the events of the main series conclude later this year.
Taking to his Instagram page, the actor shared a picture from Dead City‘s set of him embracing Cohan.
“Here we go folks,” he wrote. “In between set ups on set of ‘dead city’ I’ll say this… it feels like we making something special. And nobody I’d rather be doing this with than @laurencohan. We can’t wait to show you something… soon I think. Xxjd”.
The series was confirmed earlier this year, though many fans expressed confusion that the announcement gave away the fact that Negan and Maggie would survive until the end of the main show.
“And who knows? Maybe we couldn’t have kept the secret. But it seems to me we could have given it a shot. I would’ve tried to go about it in a different way, but look, that’s above my pay grade.”
Further teasing the final Walking Dead episodes, Morgan said: “There are still some tricks up our sleeves. As an audience, don’t think that you know how this is going to be, because I guarantee you don’t.”
Dead City is set to be showrun by Eli Jorne, a writer and producer on The Walking Dead, with a 2023 release date expected.
The new film will see the actor return to the role of the detective, which he played in the TV show between 2010 and 2019 over five series.
Speaking to LADBible about where things stand with the film, Elba confirmed: “The Luther film, guess what, we have finished it and we have some finishing work to do on the movie but it’s nearly there. We’re really proud of it.”
Teasing further about what to expect from the film, the star added: “The world of Luther as a television show and film is similar, but the film has [huge] scale. We’re opening the doors and widening it so anything’s possible when you can do that.”
The movie will reportedly see Luther take on villains played by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis, with the former playing a detective doubling up as a nemesis, while the latter will portray the main criminal villain.
Elba previously said of the film back in 2020: “I’ve maintained I’d like to see it come to a film, and that is where I think we are heading towards – a film. And I’m looking forward to making that happen. It is happening.
“With film, the sky is the limit. You can be a little bit more bold with the storylines, and a little bit more international, and a little more up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther.”
The franchise has enjoyed a revival in recent years with the success of Netflix series Cobra Kai, and Sony Pictures have announced a new standalone film for release in 2024.
However, it is understood that the film is unrelated to the TV show, with further details on stars and a director yet to be revealed.
Cobra Kai co-creator Jon Hurwitz confirmed he was not involved in a post on Twitter, writing: “The guys and I would love to make Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to someday.
“But this one isn’t from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast. Don’t know much about it, but wish it well. #KarateKid #CobraKai”.
The guys and I would love to make Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to someday. But this one isn't from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast. Don't know much about it, but wish it well. #KarateKid#CobraKaihttps://t.co/pd2aYYAF0A
The new project will be the sixth film in the long-running Karate Kid franchise, which began in 1984. The most recent movie was released in 2010 and starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, receiving fairly positive reviews and grossing $359million (£315million) worldwide.
Cobra Kai recently released its fifth season, which sees the returns of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), as well as Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) from Karate Kid: Part III.
The official synopsis reads: “Following the shocking results of the All Valley Tournament, Season 5 finds Terry Silver expanding the Cobra Kai empire and trying to make his ‘No Mercy’ style of karate the only game in town.
“With Kreese behind bars and Johnny Lawrence setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused, Daniel LaRusso must call on an old friend for help.”
“They know I exist. It feels like Christmas in my body,” he said. “My body feels like Christmas. Forget season four, that’s going to keep me going for years. I’m very moved and touched by that, gosh. Life can be okay, sometimes. Life can be really nice, that was one of the best moments of my life. I wish it wasn’t true but it is.”
In a recent interview on Rob Brydon’s podcast Brydon &, Lee took aim at the Netflix series, labelling it “abysmal” while comparing it to the “brilliant” The Office.
“If you’re teaching drama or creative writing, how can you make a case for the things that make drama and creative writing good when After Life is a success?” he said. “Because your kids could just go, ‘But none of those things happen in this!’ And yet, millions people watch it.”
He added: “I think it’s one of the worst things that’s ever been made by a human.”
Although he didn’t respond directly, Gervais tweeted: “Watch the award-winning, record-breaking #AfterLife Now streaming on Netflix around the world”.
The comedian has also liked a series of tweets that take aim at Lee, one saying: “Stewart Lee is one of the worst things made by a human. @rickygervais is a legend and so is #Afterlife and #TheOffice.”
Another said: “I think Stewart Lee may have watched this on the radio,” while a third he liked said: “I’ll still be re-watching @rickygervais’s After Life long after I’ve given up trying to find out exactly who Stewart Lee is/was.”
After Life, which follows a man grieving following the death of his wife, ran for three seasons on Netflix, the final one released earlier this year.
Back in May, a bench installed in Nottingham’s Arboretum to encourage people to talk about their problems in the wake of the show was vandalised, with Nottingham City Council calling it “unacceptable and heart-breaking” (via BBC News).
“This, the third and final instalment of the polarising writer/actor/comedian’s Netflix dramedy about grief is unapologetically nasty, saccharine, lovely and poignant. It’s also often a bit of a mess, a little bit like life itself.”
The Amazon Prime Video movie follows a policeman named Tom (Styles) who enters a love triangle with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson) and wife, schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin), in 1950s England. My Policeman also follows the three in the 1990s, played by Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee.
In a positive review, Deadline praised Styles’ performance, saying that “between Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman, Styles is quickly proving to be the real deal as an actor, and he is very convincing here as a man lost in deception with his wife.” The review added that while it is a “handsome-looking production”, it “doesn’t quite reach its full potential”.
“All six actors give singular performances (perhaps to the detriment of character consistency), but My Policeman is finely made, craft-wise,” TheWrap said.
“For relative acting newcomer Styles, the guileless and appealing young Tom is an ideal role, his sweet and vacant beauty offering a blank slate onto which Marion and Patrick can project whatever they want,” it adds. “It’s just the troubling muddle of the script and direction that leaves one wanting much, much more from My Policeman.”
The Hollywood Reporter suggested Styles is “not terrible, but he leaves a hole in the movie where a more multidimensional character with an inner life is needed most. Between this and Don’t Worry Darling, he’s yet to prove himself a real actor”.
The Guardian also wasn’t hugely complementary, saying it “isn’t exactly a washout but it’s not exactly much of anything, a disappointingly drab and stridently straightforward love triangle saga overstuffed with furtive glances and maudlin moping while underpowered by a blank lead performance”.
“If the wheels were coming off pre-festivals, consider the train completely crashed now,” he adds of Styles’ current run of films with My Policeman and Don’t Worry Darling.
In their review, IndieWire suggested: “Do we really need another reminder that times were bad (and still are) for gay people, which of course means that love must suffer because of it? Still, My Policeman isn’t not arresting, and that’s thanks to the work of David Dawson and Emma Corrin, and not the film’s top biller, who was never the lead at all.”