Marvel and the “Avengers: Endgame” cast showed up to do some good for sick kids all over the world. They helped Disney, The LEGO Group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon donate more than $5M in cash and toys, including $1M in cash from Disney, to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson helped unveil the donation of money and toys to benefit charities and children’s hospitals at Disney Resort in Anaheim, California, on Friday.
“More than any time, it’s a time to give back to these courageous kids who inspire us,” said Downey Jr., who stars as Tony Stark aka Iron Man.
After the announcement, several of the “Avengers: Endgame” stars — including Johansson, Renner, Rudd and Hemsworth — visited kids from the local Boys & Girls Clubs to play at the LEGO store in downtown Disney, where toys with their characters’ likenesses were unveiled.
“It’s not a bad day in the office when you get to come to Disneyland,” said Johansson, who plays Black Widow. “I’ve been a huge fan of Disney for like forever. I come from a big, Disney loving family. To be here with my fellow Avengers and all these kids, it’s just great. It’s such a great way to spend the day.”
Toys and products from the new Marvel superhero film will be sent to children’s hospitals throughout the country as well as Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort in central Florida.
Disney donated $1 million to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which brings entertainment and education to children facing life-threatening conditions in several countries, including the United States and Great Britain. The LEGO group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon collaborated to donate more than $4 million to children’s hospitals around the country.
Rudd, who stars as Ant-Man, said he is grateful to be a part of the initiative. The actor said he has worked closely to help raise money for the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
“I’m grateful and touched to be a part of this group,” Rudd said. “I work with a lot of kids and families. It’s not just the kids. It’s the entire family. The parents, the brothers, the sisters. This is a real honor to give back. I would like to say the Ant-Man toy is particularly small. So when you’re walking around barefoot, just be careful. It’s a little bit like stepping on a LEGO.”
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CinemaCon ended on Friday with celebrities talking about their upcoming movies plus other things.. Linda Hamilton discussed her “strange” return to the “Terminator” franchise while Jamie Lee Curtis demanded that Joe Biden apologize to Anita Hill. Jim Carrey talked about his politically inspired paintings and Taren Egerton downplayed his nude scenes in the Elton John biopic.
LINDA HAMILTON: PLAYING SARAH CONNER IS “MORE REWARDING NOW” IN NEW “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE”
Linda Hamilton says returning as Sarah Connor almost 30 years later in “Terminator: Dark Fate,” is “a little strange.”
“I would say it’s like riding a bicycle but it’s not,” said Hamilton. “I mean I really worked hard for a year before we started shooting to just figure out what I’m like, what the character is like as a woman of a certain age and the way that she moves.
“I mean I worked on her long. I worked on just my places of deepest sorrows so that I could catch them when I needed to. And it’s really interesting to transform a woman from a young icon as I played back then, to this. It was more rewarding to play her now than it’s ever been.”
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was released in 1991, almost 30 years ago. That story followed Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and her ten-year-old son as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator. Hamilton says Connor returns just as fierce as she was before.
“You do these things and you don’t go, ‘I’m a bad ass. I am a bad ass,’” she said. “That’s not the way it works but actually this time after I finished, I was like, ‘You know what? I am a bad ass.’ I got through it, it was really hard.”
“Terminator: Dark Fate” opens in U.S. theaters November 1.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS IS PUSHING FOR JOE BIDEN APOLOGY
Jamie Lee Curtis is pushing for an apology from Joe Biden over his treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991.
The politically active actress was at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday promoting her murder mystery “Knives Out.”
Biden has expressed regret over the questioning of Hill by senators when he chaired the hearings, which explored Hill’s sexual misconduct allegations against Thomas, then a U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee. Thomas denied the allegations and was later confirmed to the court.
“Obviously it’s a difficult time. I think what has dogged him particularly is Anita Hill. And I know her. And there is a point where if he doesn’t pick up the phone and call her and say this is been way too long … and I just think he needs to give it directly to her and let her have the opportunity to receive that,” Curtis said.
Biden, who is widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination for president, had faced his own firestorm this week after at least two women accused him of touching them inappropriately. Biden apologized in a video for being overly familiar.
Curtis, 60, had less to say about that.
“It’s a shame because he’s a good man and I think he would make a good candidate, but the Anita Hill thing — problem for me,” said Curtis, who added that she was currently “window shopping” among the various Democratic presidential candidates.
“DORA” HELPS ISABELA MONER CONNECT WITH PERUVIAN ROOTS
Isabela Moner, who plays the lead character in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” says the film gave her a chance to connect with her Peruvian ancestry.
The actress and singer said she had to learn how to speak Quechua, the indigenous language spoken primarily in the Peruvian Andes.
“There’s a lot of ‘K’s’, there’s a lot a lot of ‘Q’s,’” she said about the indigenous language. “It’s Iike, really interesting.
Moner also relished being part of a predominately Latino cast.
“Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña and we had this one white guy. The token white guy. It was so fun to be able to just speak Spanish on set casually and not have anyone to be like ‘What are you saying?’” she said. “No, it was just a natural environment where we could be ourselves.”
Eva Longoria plays her on-screen mom. Longoria said she couldn’t help becoming motherly and over protective of 17-year-old Moner.
“I was like, ‘Listen to me you are talented, you are amazing, don’t mess up. Don’t go down the wrong way’ and she’s not. She’s so elegant and smart and grounded and she has an amazing family. So, I was so excited to be in her presence. She’s a movie star this little girl. Nobody could’ve played it Dora except Isabela Moner,” said Longoria.
What the former “Desperate Housewives” star did not want to discuss was her ex co-star Felicity Huffman’s arrest in the recent college bribery admissions scandal.
When asked about it, she said she hadn’t spoken to her and walked away.
“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” opens in U.S. theaters August 2.
JIM CARREY HAD FUN “BEING OVER THE TOP AGAIN” FOR NEW “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG” MOVIE
Jim Carrey has returned to his specialty, physical comedy. He’s back as the bad guy in “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to just be an arch evil guy and just be completely over the top again and have some fun with reality, you know. So, I always like that opportunity when it comes along, I am game for that,” Carrey said at CinemaCon on Thursday.
He plays Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Robotnik better known by the alias Dr. Eggman. Ben Schwartz does the voice for Sonic the Hedgehog.
Carrey didn’t know much about the hedgehog, so he had to read up and do some research. Some say the character Eggman gets his name from the Beatles song “I Am The Walrus.”
“I loved the materials and I loved the little nods to the Eggman and all that stuff. I come from Beatles culture so for me, I don’t know if that’s a problem for them, but I like the fact that you know, everything in my life is a Beatles reference of some sort we know,” said Carrey with a smile.
Carrey also said a few words as to why it was important to him to continue to draw political cartoons to post on his Twitter feed.
“Well you know, it’s just a little solace to me in this odd time of complete capitalism breakdown,” he said. “Just a little regulation would help, you know. That’s all. It’s just without that, we are doomed so we are spiraling out of control and its corruption on every level and every walk of life. It’s all attributed to that, so I really think we need to turn that around.”
James Marsden stars as Tom Wachowski, the newly appointed sheriff of Green Hills who befriends Sonic and aids him in his quest to stop Dr. Robotnik. Just like most of the cast, Marsden is a big Carrey fan.
“He’s a legend and he’s one of my heroes. One of my comic heroes,” said Marsden. “So, to see him after 10 years come back and enjoy doing the thing that he had enjoyed for so long is pretty special and he crushes and it’s so fun to see.”
“Sonic the Hedgehog” opens in U.S. theaters November 8.
TARON EGERTON SAYS HIS NUDE SCENES IN THE ELTON JOHN BIOPIC ARE MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Taron Egerton confirms that he has nude scenes in the new Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” but the same-sex love scenes are being overhyped.
“There is a little bit of male intimacy in the film, but I am sort of getting to the point where I am reluctant to talk about it because it’s been so talked about and there’s so much to celebrate about the film,” he said. “But you see a little bit of me, yeah.”
Egerton plays John in the movie, which tells the icon’s story through song, dance, and a bit of fantasy. It’s helmed by Dexter Fletcher, who directed the Freddie Mercury-Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won Rami Malek the best actor Academy Award earlier this year.
Egerton got a chance to meet John during filming, and they’ve become friends.
“I was asked to go and meet him, and I was so nervous,” said Egerton. “He’s been nothing but lovely and since then I have gotten to know him rather well.”
“Rocketman” shoots into U.S. theaters May 31.
DAVE BAUTISTA: DISNEY ‘REALIZED VERY EARLY ON’ THAT FIRING JAMES GUNN FROM ‘GUARDIANS’ WAS ‘A BAD CALL’
Dave Bautista says Disney “realized very early on” that firing “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn over years-old offensive tweets was “a bad call.”
Bautista was at CinemaCon promoting the action comedy “My Spy.” He had been publicly lobbying to have Gunn rehired to the Marvel franchise, and Disney announced the reversal last month.
“I think that they realize that it was a very rash decision. But I think that they thought at that time that they were doing the right thing. But I think in retrospect they realized they didn’t and they just didn’t know how to save face and go back on that,” said Bautista, who stars alongside Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana in the “Guardians” films. “And I think they finally just said we are going to do the right thing and rehire James. … I think they realized very early on that it was kind of a bad call.”
Gunn was fired last July over tweets from nearly a decade ago in which he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. Disney Chairman Alan Horn at the time said Gunn’s words were inconsistent with the studio’s values.
Gunn has since signed on to write and direct the next installment of Warner Bros.′ “Suicide Squad” for the Marvel rival DC Comics. That film is to shoot in the fall and be released in August 2021.
Bautista says he hopes to join that film as well.
HALLE BERRY READY FOR MORE ‘JOHN WICK’
Halle Berry and “John Wick 3” director Chad Stahelski say the actress will be back for the fourth installment in Keanu Reeves’ action franchise.
“I’m going to say yes, because I got the first job by doing that. So I’m going to say yeah, I’m all over the next one,” Berry said on Thursday.
“Her character Sofia is not going anywhere,” Stahelski added.
Berry and Stahelski were promoting “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” out next month.
The 52-year-old Oscar winner said she relished her preparation for the role of an assassin who teams up with Reeves’ John Wick character.
“I got to train really, really hard, harder than I have ever trained,” she said. “I got to work at these guys one-on-one personally for five, six months. And that kind of training, you can’t buy. And you can’t certainly get to the level that I got to in in five months. It takes two people two or three years. So I got all of this training under the guise of doing my work. And it was fun! Yeah, I got the intense version and it was amazing.”