Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19; shooting of 'The Batman' suspended

Hollywood actor Robert Pattinson is said to have tested positive for COVID-19, causing filming of the much-anticipated movie 'The Batman' to halt. 

 

According to the reports, Pattinson tested positive only a few days after the shooting of the movie had resumed near London following lockdown.

 

"A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused," Warner Bros said in a statement adding that they would not comment on any individual worker's health. According to the reports, Robert Pattinson was the individual who got infected.

 

Earlier, the filming for the comic book adventure film was halted due to coronavirus pandemic when it was roughly seven weeks into the production.

 

Reports suggest that the Matt Reeves directorial, which is said to be a grittier take on the 'Dark Knight' mythos, is left with the shooting material of approximately three months. The film can be wrapped up by the end of this year. The construction of sets is underway by the crew members of the film. Soon after the production halt, the theatrical release date of the film has been pushed back by the Warner Bros. Studios from June 2021 to October 1, 2021.

 

The new Batman film stars Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, and Zoe Kravitz. The movie is planned for release in 2021. 

Ewan McGregor joins darker 'Pinocchio' remake

Actor Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he will be voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in upcoming "Pinocchio" remake directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

The actor revealed that he is part of the remake of the 1940 film during an interview.

"I'm playing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo Del Toro's version of 'Pinocchio'. That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded. Of course it's stop-motion animated so it's going to take them a great long time to make that film," he said.

"But my first part, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done. There may or may not be a song that has to be recorded. I'm not sure I'm at liberty to discuss that," he added.

The movie is set for release in 2021, and will narrate a darker story than the Disney animated classic.

On the personal front, the actor and his wife of 22-years, Eve Mavrakis have finalised their divorce. The star filed for a divorce from his wife, 53, in January 2018.

Dakota Johnson unveils she's struggled with depression since teenage days

For American actress Dakota Johnson, there's a silver lining to her struggle with depression.

According to a report, the 30-year-old star got personal as she opened up about her years-long experience with depression in an interview.

Johnson recalled to the magazine, "I've struggled with depression since I was young--since I was 15 or 14. That was when, with the help of professionals, I was like, Oh, this is a thing I can fall into."

However, "I've learned to find it beautiful because I feel the world. I guess I have a lot of complexities, but they don't pour out of me. I don't make it anyone else's problem," she noted.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 'Jump Street' star shared that her brain "moves at a million miles per minute. I have to do a lot of work to purge thoughts and emotions, and I am in a lot of therapy," Johnson said.

In a 2015 interview, the actor spoke of dealing with crippling anxiety explaining, "Sometimes I panic to the point where I don't know what I'm thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack."

Johnson elaborated, "I have them all the time anyway, but with auditioning it's bad."

Nearly five years later, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping her up at night.

"I'm constantly thinking about the state of the world right now," she said in the interview, which took place in February.

"It keeps me up at night, all night, every night...My brain goes to crazy dark places with it."

Madonna confirms she contracted COVID-19 while touring: I was sick but I'm healthy now

Pop diva Madonna has revealed that she had the coronavirus infection during the end of her Paris leg of 'Madame X' tour and she is 'healthy and well' now. In an Instagram post on May 6, the singer sought to clarify rumors about the current state of her health which followed after her last week's post wherein she said that she wanted to "breathe in the COVID-19 air" after claiming to have the antibodies for the novel virus.

"Just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus I am not currently sick.

"When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show," Madonna, 61, wrote.

"But at the time we all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now. Hope that clears things up for the bandwagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power!" she added.

Previously, Madonna donated USD 1.1 million towards the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

She was forced to cancel her two shows in France amid the pandemic.

Gwyneth Paltrow asks to take precautions against Coronavirus using her film 'Contagion' reference

Pepper Pots aka Gwyneth Paltrow recently took to her Instagram and shared a post where she asked her fans to take precautions against coronavirus.

The actress posted a picture of herself from a plane on her way to Paris. Well, she didn't want to take any risks hence she wore the N95 mask for the same. Sharing a picture of her wearing the mask, she captioned the post, "Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane," she wrote. "I've already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don't shake hands. Wash hands frequently."

The film which the actress referred is probably 'Contagion' in which a quick-spreading pandemic leaves Paltrow's character dead in the first few minutes of the film.

Soon, Kate Hudson commented, "At least you have the right mask!!!"

Previously, Kate wore a regular surgical mask as a precaution and posted a picture on Instagram. However, the Department of Health and Human Services had said that regular surgical mask won't work against Coronavirus but N95 masks can!

Jennifer Aniston talks of a future with kids

Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston is more than convinced that her future is full of children.

Aniston was talking to her close friend and actress Sandra Bullock in a new Interview magazine chat where she noted that although she has no children of her own at the moment, she can certainly see loads of children in years to come, reports said.

"It's not so much what I see myself doing, but it's more like a little screenshot in my brain, where I hear the ocean, I see the ocean, I hear laughter, I see kids running, I hear ice in a glass, I smell food being cooked," Jennifer tells Sandra of her ideal future. "That's the joyous snapshot in my head."

Aniston, the daughter of actors Nancy Dow and John Aniston, doesn't really see herself becoming a mother, she likes daydreaming about her future fantasy.

"I think that it comes from growing up in a household that was destabilised and felt unsafe, watching adults being unkind to each other, and witnessing certain things about human behaviour that made me think, 'I don't want to do that. I don't want to be that. I don't want to experience this feeling I'm having in my body right now. I don't want anyone else that I ever come in contact with ever to feel that,' " she said. 

Robert Downey Jr responds to Iron Man cameo rumors in 'Black Widow'

Actor Robert Downey Jr is maintaining ambiguity over his much-talked about appearance in Marvel Studios' 'Black Widow'. The actor exited the studio's money-minting Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark aka Iron Man last year with 'Avengers: Endgame'.

However, soon after there were reports that Downey Jr will be making one last appearance as Iron Man in Scarlett Johansson-led 'Black Widow'.

In an interview , Downey Jr was coy about the reports.

"Right. Great. I mean, it would be nice if they notified me. Forewarned is forearmed. They can do anything now. This could be a deep fake interview for all we know," the actor responded.

'Black Widow' will feature Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D and a member of the superhero team, the Avengers.

Directed by Cate Shortland, 'Black Widow' also stars Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O T Fagbenle. The film is scheduled to be released on May 1.