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In ‘No Hard Feelings,’ 1st Comedy Made For Jennifer Lawrence

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Jennifer Lawrence has long desired to star in a major comedy. In her television appearances, she has always been witty and bright. And, while she has brought humor and physical comedy to many of her performances for David O. Russell and others, she hasn’t received the huge, broad “Dumb and Dumber” or “Anchorman” experience, to name a few of her favorites (or at least the ones she knows).

This summer, that changes with ‘No Hard Feelings’ (in theatres on 23 June), a classic, raucous R-rated comedy tailor-made for her.

“I’ve always wanted to do a comedy,” she says. And I’ve read many of them,” Lawrence said last week in Las Vegas. “I just didn’t read anything funny enough.”

A real Craigslist ad by parents looking for a woman to “date” their son over the summer before he went to college served as the inspiration for the song “No Hard Feelings.” There are disagreements over how genuine the “real ad” was, but the idea of a woman answering such an ad was amusing enough to pique the interest of numerous producers and writer-director Gene Stupnitsky.

Stupnitsky, an Emmy-nominated “The Office” alum who also helmed and co-wrote the 2019 smash “Good Boys,” knew exactly who to take it to. He informed Lawrence about the concept over dinner with pals one night after they had had “eight or nine martinis between us.”

They met almost a decade ago at Mediaeval Times, thanks to a mutual friend. Lawrence, he remembered, was dressed like a full-fledged wizard. They quickly become real friends. He even introduced her spouse to Lawrence.

“I owed him one,” remarked Lawrence. “That’s why I did this film.”

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Stupnitsky, seated next to Lawrence, remarked, “There’s probably some truth to that.”

With Lawrence set to appear in and produce the film, it quickly became a hot commodity, with streaming providers and studios bidding for its rights. They ultimately chose Sony and a regular theatrical release.

“I wrote this movie for her because I knew she was funny and wanted everyone else to know it.” People knew she was witty, but they wanted her in a comedy. Yes, I thought, I know how to accomplish this. “I know how to write her voice,” said Stupnitsky. “I remember telling her, ‘I want you to experience the feeling of sitting in a theatre with hundreds of people laughing.'” She’s had many cinematic experiences, but none quite like this.”

Maddie, Lawrence’s character in “No Hard Feelings,” is going through a financially difficult patch. She’s in a bind as an Uber driver without a car. So when she comes across this ad promising a Buick Regal as payment, she bites. Maddie meets 19-year-old Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman) for the first time in a clip shown to theatre owners at the CinemaCon event last week, dressed in a slim, hot pink little dress and high heels and behaving openly flirty and accessible.

“She’s dressed as if imagining a 19-year-old’s sex fantasy.” “And she’s incorrect,” Stupnitsky replied. “He’s like the one kid who she can’t seduce.”

The scenario worsens when she tries to give him a ride home. He believes he is being kidnapped, and as anyone who has seen the red-band trailer knows, it concludes with her being pepper-sprayed. But the picture also has a lovely center.

“He is longing for a connection, which she also needs but isn’t aware of,” Stupnitsky explained. “She simply wants to get the car and get on with her life.” But he’s forcing her to take things slowly and get to know him and be intimate with him in a spiritual way.”

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Lawrence described the event as “fun,” which was aided by her bond with her younger co-star.

“We just laughed all day long,” she explained. “Sometimes after work, I’d get in bed and just, like, giggle before going to sleep, just thinking about the day.” I was also sad about making it because I thought, “God, I’m just not going to have one of these again.” This is unusual.”

As a producer on the picture, Lawrence has already seen it with an audience and experienced the great, communal laughter that Stupnitsky promised.

“I went to a screening test and sat in the back,” she explained. “It was pretty extraordinary.”

Every project, she realizes, is a risk, but she’s optimistic about “No Hard Feelings.”

“You just never know. You may believe that audiences desire this, but they do not. “And I’ve certainly had my share of experiences with that,” she admitted. “It’s a combination of instinct and analyzing the information.” I had no doubts that what we had was the funniest movie anyone had ever seen, and I knew Gene was the one who could pull it off.”

Lawrence’s first major cinema release in a few years, following the 2019 X-Men film “Dark Phoenix.” Her most recent films have been streaming releases, such as Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” and Apple’s “Causeway,” which she also produced.

“I think audiences will remember why they love her,” said Stupnitsky.

“I look much better, 12 feet tall,” Lawrence joked.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Sony To Lay Off 900 At PlayStation As Tough Times For The Video Games Industry Persist

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Sony said on Tuesday that it will lose 900 jobs, or 8% of PlayStation’s global workforce.

According to a PlayStation news statement, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s layoffs will affect all regions, with its in-house London studio, which is responsible for the competitive singing video game “Singstar,” closing entirely.

“These are incredibly talented people who have contributed to our success, and we are very grateful,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “However, the industry has changed immensely, and we need to future ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead.”

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Sony To Lay Off 900 At PlayStation As Tough Times For The Video Games Industry Persist

According to Bloomberg, the personnel cut comes after the business lowered its sales expectations for the year and Naomi Matsuouka, Sony’s senior vice president, stated that the PlayStation 5 console was nearing the end of its lifecycle.

Ryan stated in September that he would resign as president of Sony Group Corporation in March. Hiroki Totoki, the COO and CFO, will serve as interim CEO.

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Sony To Lay Off 900 At PlayStation As Tough Times For The Video Games Industry Persist

The incoming CEO will face an entire tech sector in turmoil, with industry giants laying off 5,500 staff in the first two weeks of 2024 alone.

Specifically, the video gaming industry has seen employment losses from 2023 into this year, with Epic Games slashing 830 workers last September and Tencent’s Riot Games laying off 11% of its workforce in January.

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Sony To Lay Off 900 At PlayStation As Tough Times For The Video Games Industry Persist

In his email to employees, Ryan echoed the leadership of those other game firms, saying, “We had to step back, look at our business holistically, and move forward focusing on the company’s long-term sustainability and delivering the best experiences possible for our community.”

Sony Group Corporation’s (SONY) stock declined less than 1% after the announcement on Tuesday.

SOURCE – (CNN)

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Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Marvel’ Actor, Dead At 49

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Kenneth Mitchell, an actor who appeared in “Star Trek: Discovery” and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” has died, his family said in a statement posted on his verified social media account on Sunday.

He was 49.

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Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Marvel’ Actor, Dead At 49

“With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend,” according to a statement released by the family.

Kenneth was diagnosed with ALS in 2018. In recent years, he and his family have published frequent updates on his health status. Mitchell posted on Instagram in August to honour the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis.

“My brother joked that they don’t have a happy ALS anniversary card in the shop. However, today, I’d like to celebrate the gift of life. I am very grateful to have this day ahead of me. It has been a long five years. So much lost, so much gained. Mitchell stated, “Incredibly hard times, mixed with so many more blessings.” “At the core are friends and relatives, carers and physicians, who have repeatedly stepped in to help my family. Giving a great deal of support, love, care, and encouragement. That is very beautiful. This sickness is very horrible…Despite the suffering, there is much to be thankful for.”

Mitchell, a Canadian native, has appeared in over 50 films and television shows throughout his career. He portrayed Carol Danvers’ father in Marvel’s 2019 film “Captain Marvel,” and an Olympic hopeful in the 2004 hockey film “Miracle.” Mitchell has appeared in scores of television shows, including “Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club,” and “Switched at Birth.”

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Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Marvel’ Actor, Dead At 49

Mitchell played the Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik, and Aurellio in the television series “Star Trek: Discovery.”

“Whether someone is good or bad is all about perspective, and it’s about understanding that culture,” he told StarTrek.com in 2017. “You’ll get to know the Klingons on our show, and then people can decide if we really are the villains.”

Beyond his acting roles, Mitchell was remembered by those close to him as a “hope seeker, daydreamer, dream believer.” In a statement, Kenneth’s family expressed admiration for the strength he demonstrated while battling sickness.

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Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Marvel’ Actor, Dead At 49

“Regardless of his later disabilities, Ken discovered a higher calling to be more fully himself for his kids,” they stated in the letter. “For five and a half years, Ken battled a slew of terrible obstacles with ALS. And, in true Ken manner, he rose above each one with grace and a determination to live a full and joyful life in every moment.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Susan, and two young children.

SOURCE – (CNN)

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Chris Gauthier, ‘Once Upon A Time’ And Hallmark Movies Actor, Dead At 48

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According to a statement on his agent’s website, Chris Gauthier, an actor best known for roles in “Once Upon a Time,” “Eureka,” and other well-known Hallmark Channel movies, passed away on February 23.

He was 48.

His agent, Chad Colvin, confirmed the news on Facebook, adding, “This still doesn’t feel real. How could it be? “A world without you is much darker.”

His reps verified the news to CNN.

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Chris Gauthier, ‘Once Upon A Time’ And Hallmark Movies Actor, Dead At 48

“So much so that when his wife contacted me with the news yesterday, I grieved for hours in shock. “It took me until now to fully mentally and emotionally prepare myself to write this,” Colvin wrote on Sunday. “When I started in the talent representation profession almost nine years ago this month, it was at the request of one specific actor. However, I realised I needed more clients to get started if any event would take my business venture seriously. Chris Gauthier was the second actor to join the cast after recalling my experience as a press member on the Eureka production.”

“He felt my excitement for this new endeavour, he trusted me and he had faith in what I wanted to do to get him out there with the public and fans more,” he said. “Without Chris’ excitement and devotion, I wouldn’t be able to book practically the whole Eureka cast. His word of mouth, trust, and unending love of life encouraged me every day.”

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Chris Gauthier, ‘Once Upon A Time’ And Hallmark Movies Actor, Dead At 48

Colvin cited Gauthier’s work on shows such as “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” as well as his role as William Smee on “Once Upon a Time.”

“Brother…Colvin commented, “I will miss you more than you can imagine.” “I wish we could have spent more time together and that you realised how much of an impact you had on my life and everyone else’s. “Without you, this world feels smaller and colder.”

Raphael Sbarge, the actor’s “Once Upon a Time” co-star, also expressed his condolences.

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Chris Gauthier, ‘Once Upon A Time’ And Hallmark Movies Actor, Dead At 48

“A sweeter, happier soul would be hard to find,” Sbarge wrote in the caption to a group photo he shared on his verified Instagram account. “A man of consummate character, generosity and great talent, he was someone who cared deeply, loved his art, and was always kind to everyone he met.”

Gauthier’s other credits include the TV shows “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Joe Pickett,” and various Hallmark TV movies, including “Ms. Christmas Comes to Town.”

“We’re sorry to learn of Chris Gauthier’s passing. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”

SOURCE – (CNN)

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