The Nun 2: Taissa Farmiga returning as sister Irene

'American Horror Story' star Taissa Farmiga is all set to return to 'The Nun' franchise, where she will be portraying the role of sister Irene. According to Variety, Farmiga will play alongside Storm Reid, who joined the New Line franchise, in the most current instalment of the $2 billion-grossing "Conjuring" series. The first "Nun" film appeared in 2018 and amassed $366 million worldwide, making it the most grossing in the genre to date. It featured Vera Farmiga's Sister Irene as she battled alongside Demian Bichir's Father Burke to stave off the possession of the demon nun Valek in 1952 Romania. The movie was a prequel to 2016's "The Conjuring 2," in which Vera Farmiga, Farmiga's older sister, appeared. Vera has starred in three "Conjuring" movies, making the horror series feel somewhat like a family affair. Also Read: Vera Farmiga calls 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' a 'colon cleanse' Michael Chaves, who oversaw the seventh and latest instalment, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," in 2021, will helm "The Nun 2." The screenplay was written by Akela Cooper, with recent edits by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Along with continuing their production of "The Conjuring" films, James Wan and Peter Safran also produced the eighth instalment under their own production companies, Atomic Monster and The Safran Company. Michael Clear and Gary Dauberman will serve as executive producers alongside Judson Scott, who will be in charge of Atomic Monster's production. Also Read: 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It' Movie Review: Even the Devil might not care The release day for 'The Nun 2' is September 8, 2023. Meanwhile, Farmiga most recently appeared in Pascual Sisto's "John and the Hole" and is now filming the second season of the popular HBO series "The Gilded Age" by Julian Fellowes. Farmiga has amassed a long list of stage and screen credits, including the Clint Eastwood-directed Warner Bros. film "The Mule," "What They Had," Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply," Hannah Fidell's "The Long Dumb Road," and the New Group's revival of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Buried Child." Farmiga is best known for her breakthrough performances in hit series like Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story'. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 October,2022 04:25 PM IST | Washington | ANI
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Elizabeth Olsen speaks about experiencing panic attacks on New York streets

Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen has revealed that she "didn't understand" feelings of panic until she reached a certain age while living in New York. According to E! News, in an interview with Variety, the 'WandaVision' actor got candid about how she experienced panic attacks in New York at age 21, a feeling she said she wasn't aware of as she was a very loud and confident kid growing up. "I remember I would get [panick attacks] on the hour every hour. I used to live on 13th Street between 6th and 7th. I was crossing 6th Avenue at 14th Street, and I realized I couldn't cross the street -- I stood up against the wall, and I just thought I was going to drop dead at any moment," Olsen said. She described the "spiraling" feeling that would happen in her body at signs of change in her environment, reported E! News. Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen team up for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' teaser "If I went from cold to hot, hot to cold, full to hungry, hungry to full -- any kind of shift in my body, my whole body thought, 'Uh oh, something's wrong!' It was so weird. A ENT doctor said that it could be vertigo related because it was all about truly spinning. So it was an interesting six months," Olsen told the publication. To cope with the feelings, she looked to a friend who was seeing a medical professional for panic attacks and knew a lot of brain games. Olsen learned one strategy called "repetition" as a grounding technique. As per E! News, the Marvel star said the technique was a "helpful tool," but still recalled her panic attacks as "very weird" because she was not anxious as a child. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 October,2022 04:20 PM IST | Washington | ANI
Chadwick Boseman passed away in August 2020

Ryan Coogler: Made sense to keep going

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has opened up about his grief for the film’s star Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer. In an interview, the filmmaker shared that Boseman’s death led him to reconsider continuing his work in the entertainment industry. “I was at a point when I [felt], ‘I’m walking away from this business’. I didn’t know if I could make another Black Panther movie, because it hurt a lot. How could I open myself up to feeling like this again?” Ryan Coogler. Pic/Getty Images Coogler went on to explain that he spent the following weeks revisiting footage of himself with Boseman, who he saw as a major creative collaborator and champion of Black Panther. Returning to memories of his own relationship with the actor, the filmmaker began to rediscover his passion for the kingdom of Wakanda and its narrative possibilities. “I was poring over a lot of conversations that we had, towards what I realised was the end of his life. I decided that it made more sense to keep going.” Coogler has returned to direct Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which follows characters played by returning cast members Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke, as they confront the death of Boseman’s King T’Challa. In September, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained that it was “much too soon” to recast the role of T’Challa in the wake of Boseman’s death, “The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan poured that into the story.” Wakanda Forever recently released its second trailer, revealing the film’s villain Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, taking to the skies and teasing the character that will take on the mantle of the Black Panther. The film hits theatres on November 11. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 October,2022 03:42 PM IST | Mumbai | Agencies
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Michael Waldron set to write Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Secret Wars'

After the success of 'Loki' and 'Doctor Strange 2', writer Michael Waldron seems to be in demand for high-profile Marvel projects as he is set to write 'Avengers: Secret Wars'. According to Deadline, sources have confirmed this update. Recently, the outlet reported that Jeff Loveness was on board to write 'Avengers: The Kang Dynasty', which will release before 'Avengers: Secret Wars'. Insiders suggest that 'Secret Wars' will have its own director, though it's assumed all parties will be in touch while the films are in development. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing. Like 'The Kang Dynasty', plot details are being kept under wraps. 'Avengers: Secret Wars' was part of the massive unveiling of the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, including its November 8, 2025, release date, reported Deadline. Waldron has been on a roll with the studio during the past year, starting with last year's hit Loki series for Disney+. Waldron served as executive producer and showrunner on the series, which was so popular it became one of few Marvel series to receive a second-season renewal. As per Deadline, on the film side, Waldron wrote one of Marvel's bigger movies in post-pandemic times with 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'.  Also Read: Avengers: Endgame marks the start of a new chapter This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 October,2022 10:50 AM IST | Washington | ANI
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Kim Kardashian pays $1.26 mn fine for illegally promoting crypto on Instagram

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian paid $1.26 million fine after she was charged with unlawfully promoting an illegal crypto investment scheme on Instagram, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Monday. Kardashian has also agreed to not promote any crypto asset securities for three years. She promoted on social media a crypto asset offered and sold by EthereumMax without disclosing the payment she received for the promotion. The SEC said that she agreed to settle the charges, pay $1.26 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest, and cooperate with the Commission's ongoing investigation. "This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment opportunities, including crypto asset securities, it doesn't mean that those investment products are right for all investors," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "We encourage investors to consider an investment's potential risks and opportunities in light of their own financial goals," Gensler said in a statement. In a series of posts to her Instagram story, Kardashian asked her followers, "Are you guys into crypto??? This is not financial advice but sharing what my friends just told me about the ethereum max token!" Her followers were then encouraged to head to the EthereumMax website and "join the E-Max community". The SEC found that Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid $250,000 to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, the crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian's post contained a link to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens. "The federal securities laws are clear that any celebrity or other individual who promotes a crypto asset security must disclose the nature, source, and amount of compensation they received in exchange for the promotion," said Gurbir S. Grewal, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "Investors are entitled to know whether the publicity of a security is unbiased, and Kardashian failed to disclose this information," Grewal said. Also Read: Kim Kardashian's comment on eating faeces to look younger draws immense trolling This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 October,2022 11:22 AM IST | Washington | IANS
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Sean Penn to play fictional version of himself in satirical war drama

Actor-director Sean Penn who has been voicing his support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian invasion, and was recently close to the front lines of the war, is set to play a fictionalised version of himself in the satirical Australian series "C*A*U*G*H*T", reports 'Variety'. The show is an original production for Australian streamer Stan and has started production in Sydney's Fox Studios. According to 'Variety', the six-part series follows four Australian soldiers sent on a secret mission to a war-torn country. Mistaken for Americans, they are captured by freedom fighters and produce a hostage video that goes viral. Also Read: Al Pacino, Charlie Heaton and Diana Silvers to star in feature film 'Billy Knigh When the soldiers reach celebrity status, they realize that being caught might just be the best thing that could've happened to them. 'Variety' further states that the series is written, directed and produced by Australian actor and film maker Kick Gurry who will star alongside Penn. Penn, in a statement accessed by 'Variety', said: "Kick's brand of irreverence is so charged by an enthusiasm for all things considered inappropriate. From ball-sacks, to fame, idiots and intellectuals, and finally to that creepy-crawly continuum of war." Penn also serves as the executive producer on the show alongside producers John and Michael Schwarz from Deeper Water Films, and Brendan Donoghue. The series is produced in association with Fremantle which will handle international distribution. Penn was in Ukraine for several weeks between February and April this year, filming a documentary about Russia's invasion of the country. During that period, he met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has used online media appearances to woo global opinion and gather support. Also Read: John Powell on how he explored sound of 'Don't Worry Darling' This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 October,2022 09:26 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Trevor Daniel

Sound check

Sound check It is gradually becoming impossible to fault Alan Walker. The musician has emerged to be so assured of his sensibilities that  each creation only seems to outperform his last. Extremes, which has him join hands with multi-platinum singer/songwriter Trevor Daniel, belongs to the second part of Walker’s upcoming Walkerverse album. The electronic track is infused with elements of pop, with Daniel’s powerful vocals truly gripping attention.   Music milestone October 3, 2013: The family of Michael Jackson lost a negligence case against concert promoters over his death. A jury concluded the doctor looking after Jackson ahead of his tour was not unfit Also Read: John Powell on how he explored sound of 'Don't Worry Darling'

03 October,2022 07:59 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
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John Powell on how he explored sound of 'Don't Worry Darling'

Music composer John Powell, who is known for scores of 'How to Train Your Dragon', some 'Ice Age' films and 'The Road to El Dorado', has scored the background for the recently released Harry Styles film 'Don't Worry Darling'. The composer shared that the film's director came with a clean slate to him and the two eventually brainstormed and came up with the soundscape of the movie. Talking to IANS, John said: "Olivia was actually looking for a brief. When I met her she was kind of looking out for the sonic textures that would make up the soundscape of her film. That was very natural because a lot of directors including Olivia haven't worked with a music composer as such." Also Read: 'Heartland' star Robert Cormier passes away at 33 Opening up on his process of approaching the music, John added: "I had watched the film without music which is my general practice for every project so when I met her, I told there are a lot of ways to do it (the music)." He further said: "I then started working on sounds rather than themes. I tried a few things from reel 4 to reel 6, which she liked. Once she liked the middle chunk, we were quite clear about how to go about with the ending." When asked what he likes about designing a film's score, he said: "Whenever I do a film, I look for some kind of partnership which doesn't allow me to repeat what I have already done in my earlier projects. Understanding the film is the craft of it and it is very hard. The child in me always enjoys being creative but the adult in me knows the film and the needs of a filmmaker. To bring these two personalities or aspects together is something I really enjoy while working on a project." 'Don't Worry Darling' is currently playing in theatres. Also Read: Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine in 'Deadpool 3' with Ryan Reynolds; watch This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 October,2022 03:50 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Jung Ho-Yeon

Jung Ho-yeon among next gen leaders

Squid Game star Jung Ho-yeon has been chosen as one of the 100 rising leaders from across industries around the world by a US magazine for this year. Jung was named in the phenoms category of the 2022 Time 100 Next list, which included American actor Sydney Sweeney and Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz. The list recognises emerging leaders from around the world who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership in five categories — artistes, phenoms, innovators, leaders and advocates, according to the magazine. Ho-yeon was the only Korean actor to be on the list. Also Read: Vicky Ratnani: We have taken dishes that people like and given it a twist Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk gave a reference to the model-actor, who made her acting debut with the 2021 global sensation survival drama. “I think Ho-yeon is fighting every day against her fame, the expectations and the jealousy of her success, as well as her own desires. I often joke around and call her a ‘warrior,’” Dong-hyuk said, before added, “There’s no doubt that she has the skill and courage to fight her numerous battles. I hope her acting career can become a true resting area, not her battleground.” Ho-yeon  rose to global stardom for her role in Squid Game. She won the best TV actor prizes at major US awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Also Read: Raju Srivastava's daughter pens a note to Amitabh Bachchan This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 October,2022 07:54 AM IST | Mumbai | Agencies
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Shruti Haasan part of DC's Sandman: Act III audio drama series

Actress-singer Shruti Haasan has added another feather to her cap as she has now lent her voice to the international audio drama 'Sandman: Act III'. This comes just days after Shruti released her English single 'She is a Hero' which was loved by audiences and critics alike for its strong message and music. The third instalment of the New York Times best-selling, multi part original audio drama series has been released exclusively on Audible by DC.Shruti plays the character of a landlady at the World's End Inn in the series. It has been a dream come true for Shruti, who has always mentioned in her interviews about how big a fan she is of the Sandman series and that she is a huge admirer of Neil Giaman. This is Shruti's third international project after 'Treadstone' and 'Frozen 2' and the series also stars James McAvoy, Kat Dennings, Miriam Margoyles and Justin Vivian Bond among others.  Also Read: Veteran actor Asha Parekh receives Dada Saheb Phalke awardCommenting on the same, Shruti said: "It feels great to be a small part of such an iconic series written by Neil Giaman. 'Sandman : Act III', the makers have taken the series to another level. I have been a huge Neil Gaiman fan since I was a teenager and being a part of a sandman audio franchise with such stellar cast is a dream come true for me." 'The Sandman: Act III' picks up where 'The Sandman: Act II' left off and is once again adapted and directed by co-executive producer Dirk Maggs. Act III is narrated by the man behind the graphic novels, Neil Gaiman, who also returns as creative director and co-executive producer. On the film front, Shruti will be seen in Prashanth Neel's 'Salaar' opposite Prabhas. Apart from 'Salaar', the actress is busy shooting for 'NBK 107' opposite Nandamuri Balakrishna and 'Chiru 154' opposite Chiranjeevi. Also Read: Alia Bhatt to launch her own line of maternity wear

30 September,2022 07:55 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Still from Don't Worry Darlings

'Don’t Worry Darling' movie review

Film: Don’t Worry DarlingCast: Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Kate BerlantDirector: Olivia WildeRating: 2.5/5Runtime: 123 mins Though high-concept, Olivia Wilde’s sophomore effort as director isn’t convincing nor satisfying. It’s very showy and pristine in look but the lack of strength in characterization, staleness of story, and facile depth in telling don’t make for compelling, involved viewing. That’s not to say you won’t derive pleasure from the pristine, picture-perfect look of the actors, their sartorial perfection, sexual proclivities and ‘life-is-a-never-ending-party’ lifestyle. The audience might feel gravitated towards this suburban Shangri-la, a town called Victory – away from the city with its minimalist, all-white, modern homes, in an idyllic haven, shining brightly somewhere in the California desert. Jack Chambers (Harry Styles) and Alice (Florence Pugh) are one of the ‘chosen’ few couples and families inhabiting this ideal of wonderment. But is it really that… is a question that gets answered towards the climactic moments? That’s when the mysterious Victory Project community unwraps warped idealism and exposes its disturbing overtones that belie all the smiling faces and perfect marriages showcased previously. Also Read: 'Beast' movie review: Preying on Genre movie mechanics Wilde has obviously garnered inspiration from films like Inception, The Matrix, and The Truman Show - but this film never comes close, other than in the ‘looks’ department. The dark trauma doesn’t unfold with any great felicity or guile. The overwhelming perfection of the setting itself makes it an obvious beacon for a sinister mindset. The script by Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke feels like a rather lackluster knockoff of ‘Stepford Wives.’ The actors essaying stellar roles are pretty much famous or infamous (as per your reading of their notoriety and fan base) but their efforts at performance pale into insignificance when compared to the overwhelming perfection of the cinematography from Matthew Libatique, production design from Katie Byron and costumes from Arianne Phillips. Even Olivia Wilde’s helming, concerns itself with making it all look exquisite while ignoring conviction. While Pugh does well in a meaty role (after ‘Midsommar’) and Chris Pine exhibits some juicy villainy, there’s very little for anyone else to do. Harry Styles – the biggest draw here, may fit in perfectly but his craft is not as impeccable as his looks (as exhibited here). Olivia Wilde’s second effort at helming is rather feeble even with the sheer immaculate visual craft on display.

30 September,2022 03:48 PM IST | Mumbai | Johnson Thomas
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