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Alejandro González Iñárritu called superheroes ‘sad figures’

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Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety”.

If one were to hope so Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu He’ll change his mind about directing a superhero movie, I don’t have good news for you.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker doubled down on his dislike of the tentpole genre when I caught up with him at a recent BAFTA tea party in Beverly Hills. Calling superheroes “tragic personalities,” Iñárritu said, “I see heroes every day. I see beautiful people going through really difficult situations and doing incredible things. And people that I kind of connect with. But this kind of super-powered hero, really. Do we need it?

He continued, “If you need it, is there something missing … instead of appreciating what we have, the possibilities we have?”

Iñárritu first made headlines for blasting superhero movies in 2014, when he called such films “cultural genocide.” The comment comes ahead of the release of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a dark comedy about a former star of the superhero trilogy (Michael Keaton) who tries to revive his career by trying to mount a Broadway play. “Birdman” took home several Oscars, including Best Picture.

As we know, Iñárritu isn’t the only acclaimed filmmaker to venture into the superhero genre. Jane Campion Caught controversy in November 2021 when he told me he would never direct a superhero movie. “I actually hate them,” she said.

Martin Scorsese wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2019 to defend his comments in an earlier interview in which he said that Marvel movies were not “movies”.

Alan Cummings He’s never been a fan of reality competition shows, so he wasn’t sure why the producers of the Netherlands’ hit series “The Traitors” wanted him to host the US version of Peacock. But he saw the original show — think an elaborate Mafia game — and met the producers, who wanted to host him while doing his best “James Bond villain.” “I think it’s great to be exposed to different things,” Cumming said on this week’s “Just for Variety” podcast. “And sometimes you have the most fun in the most random places. Doing ‘The Traitors’ was ridiculous.”

Next, Comings jets off to Los Angeles to return as host of AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards on January 28. When he realized he had become an adult, the 57-year-old actor laughed and said it was almost 13 years. Earlier, when she played Ellie Gould on “The Good Wife”: “I remember saying, ‘Why are they asking me? He’s a middle-aged guy in a suit.’ But then I went, ‘Wait, I’m a middle-aged man, and if I wear a suit – bingo!’

David Duchovny at the premiere of “You People” held at the Regency Village Theater on January 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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David Duchovny Its gives an objective cringe-worthy performance John is a legendIn “Ordinary People”. Kenya Barris‘ the new Netflix dramedy “You People.” “We shot it at the height of Covid, so the most dangerous thing you can do is sing,” the actor told me.

The set was cleared to lip-sync to the recording while pretending to play the piano. “I couldn’t perform with anyone,” Duchovny says. “It was very sad. After I finished singing — well, lip-syncing — they had to leave the room for an hour.”

Josh Duhamel Said she was most worried about her breathing when she filmed a little bedroom romp. Jennifer Lopez inside Jason Mooreof the Amazon Prime Video rom-com, “Shotgun Wedding.” “I had gum in my mouth, and halfway through the scene, [Lopez] was, ‘Are you chewing gum?’” Duhamel recalls. “I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Spit out that gum.’

On a more serious note, Duhamel says he suffered a fatal accident while trying to film a cove in the Dominican Republic where the film was being shot: “These huge powerful waves. [were] Crashing … and a rogue wave comes up and knocks me straight to the top of these rocks – they call them Razor Rock. I had a hole in my hand, in my leg. But I’m thankful for those rocks or I’d have been pulled over the cliff, and there’s no way to save you after that.”

You can watch my red carpet interview with Duhamel at the “Shotgun Wedding” premiere above.

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This is just in: This year’s The Queerties nominations were announced Wednesday morning. This year’s nominees include across several categories Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Joel Kim Booster, Noah Schnapp, Aunjanue Ellis, Ryan O’Connell, George Tuckey, Matt Rogers, Meg Stolter, Jerrod Carmichael“Her,” “Spoiler Alert,” “Everything Everything Everything at the White Lotus,” “Heartstopper,” “Hacks,” “Euphoria,” Murray Bartlett, Johnny Sibley, Amanda Stenberg, Ben Aldridge And Billy Eichner. Winners will be voted on by Queerty readers between now and February 21. The 11th annual awards will be presented on February 28 in Los Angeles. For more information, visit queerty.com/queerties.

In other LGBTQ awards news, Ariana DeBose Set to receive the HRC Visibility Award presented by Coleman DomingoFebruary 4 at the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York dinner. This year’s recipient of the HRC National Equality Award is the artist Kehinde Willie. More information at hrcgreaterny.org/dinner.

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