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Jojo Rabbits Taika Waititi & Cast On Making An Anti-Hate Satire In Current Political Climate – Toronto Studio

“Nazis werent cool when I wrote it,” joked Jojo Rabbit filmmaker Taika Waititi about making and rele..

“Nazis werent cool when I wrote it,” joked Jojo Rabbit filmmaker Taika Waititi about making and releasing his Adolf Hitler comedy in the current divided political climate, one where white supremacists have become some of President Donald Trumps more ardent supporters.

“People werent into this sh*t when I wrote it, and now its just developed and suddenly weirdly relevant,” says Waititi, who was first turned on to Christine Leunens novel Caging Skies by his mother some years ago.

The film follows a young German boy, Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), who is a devotee of the Hitler youth, so much that his imaginary friend is a funny Fuhrer (Waititi). Jojos mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is harboring a Jewish fugitive (Thomasin McKenzie) which challenges the boys brainwashed beliefs.

No, Jojo Rabbit isnt Oliver Hirschbiegels Downfall. Its a movie about finding humanity in chaos, and the decimation of stereotypes, with Waititis sense of humor woven in. Critics were divided coming out of TIFF, believing that Waititi was joking too close to the fire, but festival audiences disagreed today, bestowing their Oscar Best Picture bellwether, the Grolsch Peoples Choice Award, upon Jojo Rabbit; an award won by such films as Green Book, The Kings Speech, 12 Years a Slave and American Beauty which found themselves months later with awards seasons top prize.

As Deadlines awards guru Pete Hammond reported, the reception for Jojo Rabbit at it TIFF world premiere was rapturous. Word of mouth will be this pics best friend when it opens limited from Fox Searchlight (under its new parent Disney) on October 18.

Says McKenzie on how Jojo Rabbit organically wags a finger at the current climate, “That happens quite a lot, I find, where films come out and they weirdly reflect or are like a mirror to whats actually going on in the real world. Which is why, for me, film is such an important medium. Because people are able to see things from a different perspective, and think about them in a different way. So in that kind of way, film is such an amazing piece of magic or treasure that is really valuable.”

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Meghan Markle film: When is Escaping the Palace released?

MEGHAN MARKLE may have left the Royal family, but she and Prince Harry will still be the focus of ma..

MEGHAN MARKLE may have left the Royal family, but she and Prince Harry will still be the focus of many royal-themed movies to come. When is Escaping the Palace released?

Fans have been enthralled by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ever since they stepped onto the scene. Their fairytale meeting, wedding and now domestic bliss has been a fixture of the UK news since their love was made known to the world. Now, the pair will be the subject of a new movie, Escaping the Palace, telling all about their decision to back away from royal life.

When is Escaping the Palace released?

Escaping the Palace will become the third in the Harry and Meghan Lifetime trilogy, from the US channel Lifetime, following Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance, and Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal.

The movie will be aired on Lifetime, but as very little has been revealed about the film so far.

At the moment, sadly, there is no news on the release date or much information about the movie itself.

What is Escaping the Palace about?

Needless to say, Escaping the Palace will follow the couples decision to step back from royal duties, with the official synopsis explaining how it will follow “the couples controversial conscious uncoupling from the crown, after the birth of their son Archie.”

The synopsis continues: “The movie details the struggles of the new parents and unique challenges of being part of the royal family, which ultimately led Harry and Meghan to give up their royal ties to forge a new life on their own terms.”

Harry and Meghans struggles have been widely publicised, and will likely form a basis of the movies plot, as well as the birth of their son, though more will be made clear when further news comes out.

Who will be in the cast of Escaping the Palace?

At present there is no casting news, but we have some clues in previous movies.

The first in this Harry and Meghan trilogy, A Royal Romance, starred Murray Fraser as Prince Harry and Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan.

The 2019 follow up, Becoming Royal, starred Tiffany Smith as Meghan Markle, while Prince Harry was played by Charlie Field.

It may be that either of these pairs reprise their roles, however time will tell as further details are released.

Harry and Meghans departure from the Royal family has been worldwide news, with the pair settling in Los Angeles after they left the UK.

The family have been isolating along with many of us dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this family has very famous friends to help them.

Earlier this year, it was reported the couple were living near Elton John, a close pal who had offered his home in Nice, France as a base for them last year, and has since defended them on several occasions.

Whether Elton John appears in the film is, however, yet to be confirmed.



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Next James Bond odds: Tom Hardy OVERTAKES Richard Madden in race to replace Daniel Craig

NEXT JAMES BOND odds favourite Tom Hardy has overtaken Richard Madden in the race to replace Daniel ..

NEXT JAMES BOND odds favourite Tom Hardy has overtaken Richard Madden in the race to replace Daniel Craig after No Time To Die.

Daniel Craigs fifth and final James Bond movie No Time To Die hits cinemas this November. But after its release producers will begin their search for the next 007. There are a number of stars who are favourites with the bookies and most recently Tom Hardy has seen his odds cut.

According to Coral bookmakers, the Venom stars odds have been slashed from 8-1 to 4-1.

This sees Hardy overtake both Jack Lowden and Richard Madden.

However, McMafias James Norton is still the big favourite on 2-1.

A Coral spokesman said: “Tom Hardy is a real mover in our next James Bond betting and, as a result, he has only James Norton ahead of him now for the role as 007.”

They added: “Hardy ticks all the right boxes, and we think he has to be on the shortlist, at the very least, to replace Daniel Craig.”

Below are the best odds for the next James Bond right now

They include: “2-1 James Norton, 4-1 Tom Hardy, 5-1 Richard Madden, 6-1 Jack Lowden, 8-1 Tom Hiddleston, 8-1 Sam Heughan, 8-1 Michael Fassbender.”

Also: “10-1 Idris Elba, 10-1 Jamie Bell, 12-1 Aidan Turner, 12-1 Cillian Murphy, 12-1 Henry Cavill, 20-1 Henry Golding, 33-1 Tom Ellis, 100-1 Liam Gallagher.”

Earlier this year, James Bond expert and author of new book Quantum of Silliness: The Peculiar World of Bond, Robbie Sims argued: “Idris Elba would be great as Bond.

“I think hes missed the boat unfortunately since hes in his late forties now.

“So if they wanted him to do more than one film, theres a danger hes going to go into A View To Kill territory where hes a lot older than his leading lady.”

Despite his doubts surrounding Elbas chances, Sims reckons Hardy is still within a chance.

The Bond expert added: “Tom Hardy would be alright.

“And if Christopher Nolan got his hands on it, he might want to cast him as theyve worked together before.”

The 007 expert also brought up Superman star Henry Cavill, who lost out to Craig in the final round of auditions for Casino Royale.

Cavill was director Martin Campbells choice but was considered too young for the role being in his early twenties.

Sims said: “Hed be great, but its nice when they go for somebody who isnt already an established star. Im not sure you should have one actor playing two icons, its just too greedy.

“Youve got to get someone whos at least young in the tooth, to begin with.

“It means you can look at the character and not have him tainted by other things.”



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This is how coronavirus has changed the film and TV industry

As countries begin to ease lockdown measures put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, film and TV..

As countries begin to ease lockdown measures put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve, film and TV studios are working out how to get back to the business of show.

  • Australian soap Neighbours restarts production, with social distancing to protect cast and crew.
  • Cinemas closed around the world; revenues could fall by $17 billion by May.
  • Netflix and the straight-to-digital release of Trolls: World Tour have benefited.
  • When cinemas open, social distancing and hygiene measures will be needed.

In Australia, production is resuming on long-running soap opera Neighbours
– with the cast social distancing on set and special camera angles to make characters appear closer together.

The new normal will include having no more than 100 people in any area of filming per day; no intimate scenes; the male actors wont wear make-up, and there will be a nurse on set, Chris Oliver-Taylor, the chief executive of the shows production company Fremantle Australia, told ABC News.

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