‘We wanted to mess with people’

IT’S the casting choice that baffled the world: stoner comedy favourite Danny McBride playing the son of iconic Australian character Mick “Crocodile” Dundee.

YouTube trailers for Dundee: The Son Of A Legend Returns Home had viewers laughing and scratching their heads in equal measure: What was McBride doing playing the American son of Paul Hogan’s classic larrikin alongside Aussie A-listers Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe?

We now know the trailer was all part of a cheeky ad campaign from Tourism Australia to encourage Americans to come Down Under after it aired during the Super Bowl.

And McBride has opened up about why he took on the unlikely role.

“It was awesome. What a crazy, out-the-box approach to tourism,” he said.

“I always try to choose things that I think will be fun to do, whether it’s a commercial or a TV show or a writing project.

“It just seemed like it would be a fun time.”

When asked about the sneaky way the campaign tried to trick viewers into thinking the movie was real, McBride couldn’t help but break into a cackle.

“It seemed like it would be fun to just mess with people and to put something like that out there and let people kind of wonder what the hell this is and why somebody would make this,” he said.

And while the cat’s out of the bag about the true motive of the stunt, the trailer has viewers wishing that it was the real thing after all. The NT News has even launched a petition to encourage Hogan to follow through on the campaign’s promise and make a new Crocodile Dundee movie in the Top End.

So, would McBride be willing to take on the role for real?

“I don’t know if [I’d do] Dundee, I’m not sure, but honestly, I’d never worked with Chris Hemsworth before and I had a blast with him. We had a really good time together so, I don’t know. Maybe something will come out of it, we’ll see,” he said.

Regardless, McBride is very comfortable with his role as an accidental tourism ambassador for Australia.

“I love Australia, not just because you’re here and not just because I’m in their commercial,” he told news.com.au in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

“I’ve been there a bunch of times and we shot [Alien prequel] Covenant down there and so I lived there for a few months.

“I’ve just always dug it and it’s so far away from here that every time I’ve gone I’ve spent a long period of time when I’ve been there and so I was completely flattered that they would want me to have anything to do with attracting people to their country and I hope that it works.”

Help make Dundee movie happen

IT’S the tourism campaign that launched a social media campaign that just might launch a new movie.

Tourism Australia’s lavish, star studded ad for American audiences — which debuted during today’s Super Bowl — used the lure of a new Crocodile Dundee movie to showcase Australia’s incredible natural beauty, scenic sights and larrikin sense of humour.

With an all-star cast including Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and some extraordinary visuals, the campaign has generated talk that a modern-day Crocodile Dundee film would be just the thing the country and the world needs right now.

Spearheaded by the NT News, fans of the 1986 original — and those who were too young to remember it — are clamouring to #BringBackDundee.

Sign our petition and help make it happen.

It’s time to kill Samantha off from the SATC

MORE like “Sob and the City”.

Earlier this week, Sarah Jessica Parker appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, where she admitted she was “heartbroken” by last October’s fallout with former co-star Kim Cattrall.

After rumours surfaced that Cattrall’s “diva demands” killed the film franchise’s third instalment, the actress best known for playing Samantha Jones sat down with Piers Morgan to tell her side of the story, saying that she and SJP were “never friends,” and that Parker “could have been nicer” in the time they spent working together.

Parker says it took her a week to get over the blow. She’s still cagey about the future of Sex and the City 3 — but as a jilted friend, she has power and recourse most of us don’t.

The actress and producer should go forward with the movie. And she should do it by

shamelessly, unapologetically killing off fan favourite Samantha Jones. It could do her soul good — and the franchise, too.

Don’t misunderstand. I love me some Sam. (Her potty mouth! Her power suits!) But if we learned anything from the bizarre Sex and the City 2, it’s this: The writers no longer have any idea what to do with her.

Samantha’s treatment in the film sequel was cruel. Gone was the passionate powerhouse we all adore. Instead, she became the butt of an extended joke about menopause. The script wasted her comedic timing on gross-out, groan-inducing puns like “Lawrence of my Labia”.

Is it any wonder Cattrall doesn’t want to come back for more?

SATC 2 revealed a sad failure of imagination when it came to the advancing ages of the original actresses. And no one suffered from this more than Cattrall, who, at 61, is the oldest of the bunch. Samantha was offered no dignity in ageing. A character who was given a profound emotional arc over the course of the series was forced to regress in the name of cheap laughs.

There’s no saving Samantha, mostly because Cattrall refuses to come back. But there is still hope for SATC. Instead of ending the storeyed series on the 2010 sequel’s low note, Parker and writer/producer Michael Patrick King should give it one last try and let the show have a shot at a redemption tour.

And they can start by saying a proper goodbye to Sam.

Fans who support this idea suggest it would be easy enough to do: The character, a breast cancer survivor, could have an off-screen relapse and tragically succumb. This would make room for a new actress — no offence to Sam, RIP — and some fresh blood within the foursome.

Even Cattrall thinks it’s a good idea. On Twitter, she’s suggested recasting Samantha with Sofía Vergara or Tiffany Haddish. Both great choices, but I say, Parker should skip over recasting Sam and just go ahead and replace her.

Think of the possibilities! A wild Williamsburg widow? A downtown doctor and divorcee? Think of the alliteration … and the outfits. Today’s Type A sex bomb might even wear sneakers.

Consider it, SJP. This is chance for some personal and professional healing. The fans — or at least this one — can handle it.

This article was originally published on the New York Post

Cruise shares moment his ankle broke

THIS is no Tom Cruise bruise.

The Mission Impossible 6 actor has shown just how tough he really is, sharing the moment that he broke his ankle performing a stunt for the film and how he kept on running afterwards.

Cruise, 55, was on The Graham Norton Show with his co-stars Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg explaining how it happened.

“I’m wearing two wires, they’re just safety wires because I go to full tilt and I’m sprinting as hard as I can and I hit the side of the wall,” he said. “That’s the stunt. I hit the side of the wall … and then I climb up on the wall and I’m supposed to run back.”

The side-on shot shows Cruise’s ankle sort of melt away after hitting the wall as if there is no bone inside.

What is perhaps even more remarkable is that he pulls himself up over the ledge and runs, or hobbles, away.

“I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take,” he said. “I said, ‘It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital’ and then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangements.”

The accident meant shooting on Mission Impossible 6 was delayed by two months as Cruise recovered.

The movie is still expected to make its release date of July 27 this year.

New details released about Han Solo movie

AFTER spending months of production shrouded in mystery, Lucasfilm has finally treated fans to the first official details about the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Directed by Ron Howard, the film promised to follow the adventures of a young Han Solo, before he’s introduced to Luke Skywalker at a bar filled with nefarious characters in Star Wars: A New Hope.

This week, the official plot synopsis for the upcoming film was finally released.

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the ‘Star Wars’ saga’s most unlikely heroes,” it reads.

While the synopsis may not seem like a lot, it’s the biggest piece of information fans have received about the film since its title was revealed in October.

Alden Ehrenreich will take on the title role of a young Han Solo following Harrison Ford’s appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Donald Glover has stepped in as Lando Calrissian, formerly played by Billy Dee Williams and Joonas Suotamo will take over for Peter Mayhew as a young Chewbacca.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and The Avengers’ Paul Bettany have roles as well, but more details are being kept under wraps.

While precious little is still known about the film, fans only have to wait until May 25, 2018 for it to hit theatres.

For more spoiler-free information, Starwars.com has organised director Ron Howard’s social media chronicle of filming on its website.

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.

Stallone reveals who’ll play Ivan Drago’s son

SYLVESTER Stallone has revealed who’ll be playing Ivan Drago’s son in Creed 2.

Stallone announced on Instagram that the role will be played by Romanian boxer and fitness model, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu.

Creed 2, which is due out this November, will be the 27-year-old’s first movie and from the looks of it, he won’t have to do much to get in shape for the film. The ripped athlete is 193cm tall and weighs just over 111kg.

The upcoming movie is a sequel to 2015’s Creed which was a hit with critics and currently has a 95 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Michael B. Jordan is set to reprise his role as Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone will of course be playing Rocky Balboa again.

Dolph Lundgren will also appear in Creed 2 and will reprise his role as Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo Creed and had a memorable fight with Balboa in Rocky IV.

We don’t know much about the plot but you’d think it would be likely that Adonis will take on Drago’s son in a fight to avenge his father’s death?

Production on the movie will start in March in Philadelphia.

Tonya Harding finally admits she knew about attack

DISGRACED skater Tonya Harding has finally admitted she was aware of a plot to attack rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Speaking in an explosive new TV documentary Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, Harding denied playing any role in planning the attack, plotted by her husband and bodyguard.

“I knew something was up,” Harding said of the 1994 incident that nearly ended Kerrigan’s career.

“I did … overhear them talking about stuff where, ‘well, maybe we should take somebody out to make sure she gets on the team,’” she said, referring to her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and former bodyguard Shawn Eckardt.

“I go, ‘what the hell are you talking about?’”

Harding’s story is back in the headlines with the release of Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild-nominated biopic I, Tonya, where she is portrayed by Australian actor Margot Robbie.

“I’m always the bad person. And I never understood that,” Harding said, in Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story.

Harding, 46, had previously denied any knowledge of the plot to attack Kerrigan … despite saying in court that she knew about it.

“I get angry, nobody wanted to ever believe me. When I found out that the truth was finally going to come out,” Harding said.

She said seeing Kerrigan’s injuries “makes you cringe hearing it because you know how much that it had to have hurt”.

She also revealed Gillooly — who is portrayed by Gossip Girl actor Sebastian Stan in I, Tonya — threatened to kill her “many times”.

In the upcoming TV doco, Harding also insisted she and Kerrigan were close friends, despite repeated reports claiming they were not.

Kerrigan recovered from the attack and went on to win a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, while Harding finished eighth and left the sport in disgrace, including being stripped of her 1994 US Championship title and banned from the US Figure Skating Association.

Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story airs in the US on January 11.