Olivia Wilde offers simple solution to Hollywood’s diversity issue

Olivia Wilde has come up with a way for Hollywood to tackle the diversity problem – stop drawing on the same pool of talent and widen the net.With scandals like the gender pay gap debate and the #OscarsSoWhite outrage in 2015, as well the introductio…

Olivia Wilde has come up with a way for Hollywood to tackle the diversity problem – stop drawing on the same pool of talent and widen the net.

With scandals like the gender pay gap debate and the #OscarsSoWhite outrage in 2015, as well the introduction of inclusion riders, the tide appears to be turning when it comes to industry diversity.

However, Rush actress Olivia hinted that the progress is slow as she spoke at a screening of her directorial debut Booksmart at the Film Independent Forum.

“It turns out when you see all actors and you just hire the best people, you actually end up with a really representative set. The problem is most people don’t look at everyone. If we keep drawing from the same pool, it becomes this recycled pot of inspiration. There’s nothing new if you don’t take a step further,” she stated, according to Variety.

“In order for casts to become more diverse and representative – the same goes for crew behind the camera – you have to look beyond resume. You have to hire people based on their talent, their skills, their ideas, their passion.”

For her film, which stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as two high schoolers who realise they should have studied less and partied more on the eve of their graduation, Olivia hired a female-dominated crew.

She also was happy to go with her gut instinct when it came to the cast and crew.

“If we keep hiring based on resume, we will just continue this paradigm and everything will be the same as it’s been. We have to break the mould, we have to change the way we hire people. Maybe you could be a little bit nervous to hire an actor who’s never been on a film set and has a pretty sizeable role, but I found that pretty exciting,” she smiled.

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Don Cheadle had hour to decide if he wanted Terrence Howard’s Marvel role

Don Cheadle was given an hour to decide if he wanted to replace Terrence Howard in the Marvel franchise.Empire star Terrence was the original actor to play Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine, taking on the role opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 2…

Don Cheadle was given an hour to decide if he wanted to replace Terrence Howard in the Marvel franchise.

Empire star Terrence was the original actor to play Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine, taking on the role opposite Robert Downey Jr. in 2008’s Iron Man.

By the time Iron Man 2 came out two years later, Don had been cast as the superhero – a role he’s helmed right up until the latest movie, Avengers: Endgame.

Revealing Robert and producer Kevin Feige called him up to offer him the part during his daughter’s birthday party, saying he had an hour to decide, he told Variety and iHeart’s new film podcast The Big Ticket: “(They said) ‘You just gotta take a leap of faith’. But that’s, like, 10 years. That could be 12 years that we’re talking about. I said, ‘Well, I’m at my daughter’s birthday party.’ They said, ‘Oh, take two hours.'”

Coincidentally, the Oscar nominee bumped into Terrence the very next day.

“We never had any beef,” Don said of his Crash co-star.

Terrence left the Marvel Cinematic Universe on bad terms, and has subsequently blamed Robert for pushing him out of the lucrative franchise.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2013, he told host Andy Cohen that his exit was all down to a money dispute.

“It turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man… when it was time to re-up for the second one, (he) took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” he stated.

“We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second one, a certain amount for the third. They came to me with the second and said, ‘Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ And I called my friend – that I helped get the first job – and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

Later in 2015, Terrence reiterated the story, pointing out how much money he’s lost out on as a consequence of being axed from the Iron Man movies.

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Francis Ford Coppola: ‘Working with great Marlon Brando was a big challenge’

Movie mogul Francis Ford Coppola has opened up about working with Marlon Brando on Apocalypse Now, revealing the acting legend was a big challenge. Speaking as part of the 40th anniversary of the classic war movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in New Y…

Movie mogul Francis Ford Coppola has opened up about working with Marlon Brando on Apocalypse Now, revealing the acting legend was a big challenge.

Speaking as part of the 40th anniversary of the classic war movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York over the weekend, the filmmaker went into detail about the time he spent with Brando, who he agreed to pay $1 million (£780,000)-a-week for his 21-day stint on set, and confessed he still had a great time with him, even though he was pulling his hair out.

“I read things of me saying I didn’t like Brando,” the director said. “Brando was a wonderful man. I’ve met extraordinary people but Brando was in a class of his own and not just his acting. What he talked about was so fascinating. His perspective on life was interesting. But he was like a big kid and sometimes a big kid is casual with friendship or doesn’t do what they said they would.

“So, when he promised that he would lose weight – mainly because he was gonna play a Green Beret… but he arrived very overweight, like an irresponsible kid.

“I had him for three weeks for $1 million a week and we talked all day on the houseboat… For five days he just talked about termites and shortwave radio and the Chinese immigrants on the beach. It was fascinating stuff but he was assuming that I was gonna go over five weeks and owe him (another) $2 million.

“After the fifth day, we hadn’t shot anything and I only had two weeks left with him.”

Coppola recalls Brando challenged the filmmaker on the look of his character, Colonel Kurtz, and initially refused to shave his head for the role.

“I directed the picture more from the paperback Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, where the character had a bald head,” the filmmaker recalled. “He said to me very casually, ‘I looked at that, and that won’t work’. Then I said, ‘What if he’s gotten big and he’s a man that went with his senses and he’s voluptuous’, and he said, ‘No, no, no’. Then I realised when people have gotten fat, even Marlon Brando, they are embarrassed about it. I couldn’t be angry because Marlon was too interesting a man to be angry at.

“Finally, on the last day, his head is totally bald. I said, ‘Marlon what happened? You said you read Heart of Darkness and it wouldn’t work’. He said, ‘I lied. I read it last night’.”

The director also used a little movie magic to make Brando look more commanding and less fat in the film, adding, “Marlon is not tall but he’s got big shoulders, so when I showed him in full figure I used this 6ft 4ins river boat captain, so Marlon would come across more as a giant than a fat person. Let’s face it movies are an illusion and that worked for us.”

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Matthew Modine announces bid for acting union president

Movie star Matthew Modine is hoping to replace former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Gabrielle Carteris as the president of Hollywood acting union SAG-AFTRA. The Full Metal Jacket and Stranger Things actor, who is a member of the union’s local and nation…

Movie star Matthew Modine is hoping to replace former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Gabrielle Carteris as the president of Hollywood acting union SAG-AFTRA.

The Full Metal Jacket and Stranger Things actor, who is a member of the union’s local and national boards of directors, has announced his candidacy for the job Carteris has held since 2016.

“As a current national and local board member of SAG-AFTRA, it would be my honor to represent all 160,000 members of the union I have proudly been a member of for nearly four decades,” he said in a statement. “It is my privilege to stand up for our legacy in order to safeguard our future.

“There comes a time when we must work to ensure that current and future membership will be able to enjoy the basic rights and securities our union has always provided. It’s my time to give back.”

His potential appointment could shake things up within the union as he’s launching his presidential bid as a leading player in the Membership First campaign, which opposed the merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2012.

Membership First activists are fighting for a union that is tougher when it comes to thrashing out deals with Hollywood studio bosses.

According to Deadline, Modine has received supporting endorsements from past SAG presidents Ed Asner, Bill Daniels and Alan Rosenberg, and from SAG-AFTRA national board members including Martin Sheen and Esai Morales.

Other celebrity endorsers include Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Mira Sorvino, Eric Stoltz, Nancy Sinatra, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Sean Astin, and Jennifer Beals.

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Elle Fanning and Yorgos Lanthimos join Cannes Film Festival main jury

Elle Fanning and filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on this year’s (19) Cannes Film Festival main jury. The quartet will be joined by actress and director Maimouna N’Diaye, filmmakers Kelly Reichar…

Elle Fanning and filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on this year’s (19) Cannes Film Festival main jury.

The quartet will be joined by actress and director Maimouna N’Diaye, filmmakers Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwacher, and Robin Campillo, and French author Enki Bilal.

The jury members – four women and four men – represent four continents and seven different nationalities. Gonzales Inarritu was previously announced as the chairman.

They will wrestle over the competition at the annual film spectacular in southern France and announce the big winners on 25 May (19).

This year’s competition line-up features movies from directors Pedro Almodovar and Terrence Malick.

Fanning has become a festival favourite in recent years and even missed her high school prom to attend the event and promote The Neon Demon in 2016.

So as not to completely miss out on the U.S. teenage rite of passage, Elle invited her prom date to join her in France – and they celebrated the film and the end of school on the red carpet.

“I went (to prom) freshman year, sophomore year, and junior year and then senior year is kind of like, ‘Oh, that’s the big one’,” she said back in 2016. “Like, everyone is going away, that’s your last one. My best guy friend and I always planned to go together. We were like, ‘Senior year we’ll go together, it’ll be really fun’.

“And it was this year and I had a movie at Cannes, which was really exciting. It was my first time ever going to the film festival. The day of the premiere was also my prom, but he flew out to Cannes and we had prom in Cannes, so it was great… My mum had the corsages for us, she wanted to make it nice.”

Meanwhile, her fellow 2019 Cannes judges, Lanthimos and Pawlikowski, are coming off banner years – Lanthimos won acclaim for his movie The Favourite, while his Polish peer picked up Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his movie Cold War. The film also earned him the Best Director prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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