Mila Kunis: "We understood that the film would flop"

 The actress explains how the "Matrix" directors' ambitious "Jupiter Ascending" turned into a disaster.

Most actors have one - that big movie that could be as awesome as you want, but tanked hard at the cinema and was seen by everyone.


For Mila Kunis, it's "Jupiter Ascending" that sticks out like a black spot on her resume. But what really happened to the "Matrix" directors' spectacular sci-fi film, named one of the big flops of 2015? Money problems happened.


The actress says in a new interview that the film's budget was cut shortly before shooting, which was the death knell for the project:


- When did we know the film would flop? Before production even started, because our budget was cut in half. We would have actually received twice as much money, and then you can do so much more, explains Kunis.


- This type of script has a good story, but also other things that are really spectacular. But for a thousand different reasons that had to do with the studio and other things, the budget was cut, and it became a different film.

The Wachowski sisters still received around 150 million dollars (possibly over 170, according to other sources) to realize their space opera "Jupiter Ascending", based on a completely original idea. Considering Kuni's comment, they had probably expected over 300 thousand - which would have made the film one of the most expensive in film history. (No wonder Warner Bros. got cold feet and decided to stick it out.)


But the film backfired by $100 million, and was butchered by critics. The question is, could a higher budget really have saved it?

"Annabelle 3" in progress - this is what the film is about

 The horror sequel has received an official synopsis.

The last time we saw her was in the summer of 2017, in David F. Sandberg's prequel "Annabelle: Creation".


Soon, the anything but playful doll Annabelle will be back in the cinema. Thanks to an official synopsis, we now know what the audience can expect from the sequel, where the couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (from the "Conjuring" movies) get tampas with evil spirits in their own home.

To stop Annabelle from destroying more, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren take home the possessed doll. She is to be locked up "in safety" in their locked room with artifacts, behind sacred glass and with the blessing of a priest. But an unholy night of horror awaits when Annabelle brings to life the other evil spirits in the room, who are all on the same goal - Warren's ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

"Annabelle 3" belongs to the same horror universe as the "Conjuring" movies and this summer's horror movie "The Nun". Creator James Wan has previously revealed the same story during Comic Son:

- Annabelle activates all the possessed artifacts in the room. So it's like "Night at the Museum", with Annabelle!

The new film is written and directed by horror writer Gary Dauberman, who previously wrote "The Conjuring 2", "The Nun" and "It". Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return, albeit only in supporting roles. The duo are also ready for participation in the future "The Conjuring 3".

The third Annabelle film (which does not yet have an official title) will have its American cinema premiere on July 3, 2019.

"Zack Snyder's Justice League" is divided into six chapters

 Quite helpful if you prefer to watch the four-hour movie as a miniseries.

Do you remember when Zack Snyder announced that his cut version of "Justice League" would be released as a miniseries in four episodes? That idea was quickly scrapped, and what we will see on HBO Nordic in just two weeks is a feature film with an emphasis on long - the superhero party clocks in at a full 4 hours and 2 minutes.

But the idea of a miniseries seems to have followed, because the film is divided into clear chapters. I've seen it and can confirm that "Zack Snyder's Justice League" consists of six chapters and an epilogue. After a few minutes of introduction and subtitles, the first text sign appears.

Four hours of DC action certainly feels sickly luxurious to many, but somewhat impractical to others. Would you rather divide the film into two sessions? Turn off just when part 4 is about to begin, which is about halfway into the story.

Roland Emmerich and Co.: The film world mourns the loss of David Brenner


Film editor David Brenner was only 59 years old. (Image: MICHAEL GERMANA / STAR MAX/ImageCollect)

Hollywood mourns the loss of one of its most successful film editors: David Brenner (1962-2022) died on February 17 at the age of 59 in West Hollywood, California. This was confirmed by his wife Amber "The Hollywood Reporter". His death has sparked a wave of grief on social media. Many of Brenner's famous colleagues also spoke up, most notably Zack Snyder (55).

Zack Snyder and Roland Emmerich mourn

The two have worked together numerous times, including the films Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). "Devastated by the news of the loss of my dear friend and colleague David Brenner... kindest man, loving father and husband, talented artist... you are deeply missed," Snyder wrote on Vero.

Director Roland Emmerich (66), with whom Brenner worked on the films "Independence Day" (1996), "Der Patriot" (2000) and "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), shared his grief via Facebook: "Our Deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Amber, Anna, Haider and Sasha on the sad and tragic death of Oscar winner David Brenner, a beloved husband and father, and a dear and very gifted friend."

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"Avatar" film project with James Cameron and Jon Landau

Until shortly before his death, Brenner worked with James Cameron (67) and Jon Landau (61) on the editing of the "Avatar" sequels. "We have lost a very dear member of the Avatar family, David Brenner, an extraordinary editor of the Avatar sequels. Our hearts go out to his wife Amber and their children Annie, Haider," they both tweeted and Sasha. His talent, compassion and friendship will be truly missed."

In Hollywood, Brenner was an extremely popular and successful film editor. In 1990, he shared an Academy Award for Best Editing with Joe Hutshing for the film Born on the Fourth of July. 

Lewandowski with doubts about Haaland and Mbappé


Lewandowski with doubts about Haaland and Mbappé

Robert Lewandowski has expressed doubts about whether Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland can follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (NEWS: All current information about the Bundesliga)

The Argentine and the Portuguese had dominated world football for years. Some observers are now also predicting such a future for Haaland and Mbappé. Lewandowksi is still skeptical.

Lewandowski: Mbappé and Haaland not at the level of Messi and Ronaldo
"They have what it takes, but who knows if there won't be other strikers in the next two or three years," said the Pole in an interview with France Football. "I can't imagine them dominating international football like Messi and Ronaldo have for the last 12 years." (DATA: Bundesliga results and fixture list)

Messi and Ronaldo made history "by winning all kinds of trophies. I think there will be several players competing to be the best in the world over the next ten years.” (DATA: Bundesliga results and fixture list)

Nevertheless, Lewandowski distributed praise to the two youngsters. While Haaland is "fast, explosive and technically very strong" with a lot of self-confidence and "a wide range of qualities", Mbappé has "an immense callousness in front of goal" and is "brilliant with both feet".

Lewandowski was not the winner of the world footballer election organized by France Football last year. Instead, Messi had won.

On Saturday, the 33-year-old lost 4-2 with Bayern at VfL Bochum.

Short track: Gold for Hungary Liu

Short track: Gold for Hungary Liu

 Hungarian short tracker Shaoang Liu has won the 500m race at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The 23-year-old won the short distance on Sunday ahead of Konstantin Iwlijew (ROC) and Canadian Steven Dubois. It was Liu's third medal in China after bronze in the 1000m and mixed relay.

The Netherlands had previously celebrated gold. The women's relay around 1000 m Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting, who also won her third medal in Beijing, prevailed over South Korea and China.

German starters did not take part in either race.

Fifth Olympic gold: "Toboggan Mama" Geisenberger triumphs in front of Berreiter


Fifth Olympic gold: "Toboggan Mama" Geisenberger triumphs in front of Berreiter

Natalie Geisenberger stayed cool on her record hunt. The "toboggan mom" glided through the Yanqing ice track as if on rails, passed the exit of the treacherous curve 13 a fourth time without any problems - and was welcomed at the finish by the jubilant German delegation. With all her experience, the record world champion raced to her fifth (!) gold medal at the Winter Games and now has her sights set on an Olympic record.

Debutante Anna Berreiter rounded off the strong German result with silver. Team D had already celebrated a double victory in Pyeongchang 2018 and Sochi 2014 with Geisenberger at the top, since 1998 the Olympic champions in the women's singles have always come from Germany. After Johannes Ludwig's triumph in the men's category, the German lugers, used to success, celebrated their second gold medal in China.

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The fact that Julia Taubitz ultimately missed the podium by a long way came as no surprise on Tuesday: After her fall the day before, the world champion fought her way up a few places to seventh place, but ultimately she was only convincing in two of four runs. Bronze went to ROC athlete Tatjana Ivanova.

With her fifth coup, in 2014 and 2018, she also won in the team, Geisenberger caught up with Claudia Pechstein after gold medals. If the German relay wins the team competition on Thursday, the 34-year-old would even leave the speed skater behind after Olympic victories and become the most successful German winter Olympian.

But what Geisenberger means a lot more: After the birth of her son Leo in May 2020, she made it back to the top of the world. After giving birth, the Bavarian quickly returned to world-class level. In Yanqing she remained almost flawless and also celebrated a victory over her own fear.

Remarkably honestly, the best female tobogganer in history spoke about her respect for curve 13, in front of this treacherous section of the world's longest toboggan run at 1475 m. Here Taubitz fell in the second round the day before, Geisenberger had the same fate in the World Cup in November and in the penultimate training session.

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"I wasn't nervous about the race, but about the curve down there," Geisenberger reported halfway through the race. Men's Olympic champion Ludwig described the point that lifts many sleds out of the wrong direction due to the round throat as an "executioner".

But Geisenberger, who also wore a necklace with her son's hand and footprints around her neck as a lucky charm during the race, kept her nerve - as did Berreiter. The 22-year-old, a passionate late sleeper, stayed wide awake in all four runs and rewarded herself with her biggest success to date.

Taubitz, on the other hand, who cursed after repeated mistakes in the third run ("So Eine Scheisse"), has to wait at least four years for her big moment on the Olympic stage. The changing of the guard in the German team did not take place in China. Olympia's queen of the ice rink remains: Natalie Geisenberger.