Cate Blanchett joins Adam McKay’s comedy Don’t Look Up

Cate Blanchett is joining Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s upcoming disaster comedy Don’t Look Up.The two-time Oscar winner has signed on to star in the director’s new film, which will be the first of his movies to feature exclusively on Netflix, acco…

Cate Blanchett is joining Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s upcoming disaster comedy Don’t Look Up.

The two-time Oscar winner has signed on to star in the director’s new film, which will be the first of his movies to feature exclusively on Netflix, according to Variety.

Don’t Look Up was announced with Lawrence in the lead role back in February. It follows a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid that is set to destroy Earth.

Production on the movie, which is being written by McKay, was slated to begin in April ahead of a release later this year, but it is currently unknown when production is expected to start given the ongoing lockdown orders in Hollywood and across the world.

Blanchett is also attached to star in James Gray’s next film Armageddon Times, which draws on the Ad Astra’s director’s own experiences as a student in the 1980s at the Kew-Forest School in the Queens borough of New York.

The private education institution counts U.S. President Donald Trump and actor Hank Azaria among its former students, and the movie will reportedly revolve around the headmaster of the prestigious school.

The news comes shortly after it was announced the Australian actress would be starring in the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game Borderlands, which is to be directed by Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth.

She had also finished shooting her role in Guillermo del Toro’s thriller Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper before production was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up

Jennifer Lawrence has joined Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up.In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress will play a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid t…

Jennifer Lawrence has joined Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up.

In the movie, the Oscar-winning actress will play a low-level astronomer who goes on a giant media tour with a fellow stargazer to warn mankind of a fast-approaching asteroid that is set to destroy Earth.

McKay, who has written the script, will direct and produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick.

And The Big Short filmmaker is excited to be working with the 29-year-old for the first time.

“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act,” he said. “And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”

Production will begin in April, with Don’t Look Up to be released later this year.

Scott Stuber, head of film at Netflix, added that he was thrilled to welcome McKay to the streaming service.

“Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end,” he shared.

Lawrence is also working on another project with McKay – a biographical thriller titled Bad Blood. In the flick, she will portray Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of controversial blood-testing company Theranos.

Meanwhile, the star recently wrapped production on Lila Neugebauer’s untitled film for studio A24 and is also set to appear in Mob Girl, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

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Charlize Theron to be honoured at Costume Designers Guild Awards

Charlize Theron is to receive a top prize at the upcoming Costume Designers Guild Awards.The Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, and Halle Berry, and will be handed the Spotlight Award at a cer…

Charlize Theron is to receive a top prize at the upcoming Costume Designers Guild Awards.

The Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, and Halle Berry, and will be handed the Spotlight Award at a ceremony in January.

The accolade recognises an actor who understands the importance of costuming for their character in their big-screen performances.

“Charlize Theron is a costume designer’s dream, bringing integrity and style to every character she embodies, including her roles in Long Shot and Bombshell this year,” Salvador Perez, president of the Costume Designers Guild, said in a statement.

Charlize will be feted alongside director Adam McKay, who will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award for his support of costume designers.

“Adam McKay is a visionary and one of the best storytellers of our time regardless of cast, genre or platform, and the diversity of his body of work is astounding,” Perez said of the Vice filmmaker.

Costume designer Mary Ellen Fields is being honoured with the Distinguished Service Award, and J.J. Abrams will present Star Trek costume designer Michael Kaplan with the Career Achievement Award.

The nominations for the Costume Designers Guild Awards will be announced on 10 December.

It’s yet another honour for Charlize, who recently took home the American Cinematheque Award, and was presented with one of Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards at a star-studded ceremony on Monday.

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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes to star in dark comedy The Menu

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu. The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a…

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu.

The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a remote tropical island that becomes “the hot ticket to die for”, according to Deadline.

The Harry Potter star will play a world-class chef who sets up the event and “adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned”, and the Oscar-winning La La Land star will play one half of an A-list foodie couple which takes part in the event.

According to the publication, the movie has been described as a Quentin Tarantino-style take on 2006 documentary The One Percent, which explores the gap between the wealthy elite and the general American public. It has been tagged as both a comedy and horror on the IMDb movie database.

The script is being penned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer Will Tracy and Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Seth Reiss. It is being produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who announced over the weekend (06-07Apr19) that they were ending their 13-year production partnership. Existing projects at the firm will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place, before they go their separate ways.

The Menu will mark Payne’s next feature after 2017’s Downsizing. He is also known for films such as Nebraska, About Schmidt, and Election.

Stone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, recently completed filming Zombieland sequel Double Tap and has also reprised her voice role in The Croods 2.

Fiennes is attached to many projects in development. He is currently filming Bond 25 and Kingsman prequel The Great Game.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay end production partnership

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together. The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-sid…

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together.

The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-side under their Gary Sanchez Productions company since its launch in 2006, finding box office success with films like the Oscar-nominated Vice, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and the Anchorman and Daddy’s Home franchise.

They also gave producer Jessica Elbaum the go-ahead to establish the Gloria Sanchez Productions sister firm in 2014, to focus on female voices in comedy.

However, this weekend (06Apr19) marked the beginning of the end as Ferrell and McKay announced plans to go their separate ways, reports Deadline.

“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions,” they shared in a joint statement.

“We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognise we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”

Existing projects at both firms will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place.

Among the projects currently in the works under their banners include Netflix comedy Eurovision, which Ferrell is set to star in and produce with McKay, while Jennifer Lopez’s strip club drama Hustlers is being co-produced by Gloria Sanchez executives.

“The duo is committed to working together creatively on their extensive slate of shared projects,” the statement continued. “They will to continue to support each other both personally and professionally as they explore new endeavors as well as their own individual projects. Moving forward, any future projects they may partner on will go through their yet to be announced new ventures.”

Following the news, McKay took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the years of support.

“Thank you to everyone who collaborated with us for 13 years. Proud of the stuff we got to work on and most of all, the amazing people we worked with,” he wrote. “Also excited for new stuff to come…”

The production split comes as McKay continues to explore more dramatic and politically-driven projects like Vice, a biopic about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, while Ferrell has remained firmly in the comedy genre.

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Amy Adams: ‘I’d be intimidated to meet Lynne Cheney’

Amy Adams reckons she’d be left feeling intimidated if she were ever to meet the real-life Lynne Cheney.Amy takes on the role of the author and politician’s wife Lynne in new biographical drama Vice, alongside Christian Bale as her husband, and George …

Amy Adams reckons she’d be left feeling intimidated if she were ever to meet the real-life Lynne Cheney.

Amy takes on the role of the author and politician’s wife Lynne in new biographical drama Vice, alongside Christian Bale as her husband, and George W. Bush’s right-hand man, Dick Cheney.

The acting duo has claimed that they don’t know if Dick and Lynne have yet seen Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated picture, and also noted that they didn’t get the chance to meet them ahead of filming.

“From all accounts, she’s (Lynne) formidable and outspoken and direct. I’m not easily intimidated but I think she would intimidate me!” Amy confessed in an interview for Britain’s Metro newspaper.

To fully tackle the role, a feat Amy has managed before in films such as Big Eyes and Julie & Julia, the flame-haired star had to dismiss her own political opinions.

“In playing Lynne, I can’t be in an argument with my own character,” she explained. “I have to really embody her. I had to take my own politics out of it. It’s such a tricky time in politics.”

Talking about Dick and Lynne’s relationship, Amy dubbed the pair the “ultimate power couple”.

And Christian, who piled on the pounds to play the former U.S. vice president, elaborated on their dynamic.

“Within 11 years, he went from someone with no connections to Washington to being the youngest chief of staff ever. That’s a meteoric rise,” he exclaimed. “And it was all at Lynne’s urging.”

Both Amy, 44, and Christian, also 44, landed Oscars nods for their performances, with the film receiving a further six nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.

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Vice writer/director was shocked by Lynne Cheney tragedies

Vice writer and director Adam McKay was left stunned as he researched Lynne Cheney, the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for the film, because she had been touched by so much death growing up. The filmmaker wanted to portray Dick and hi…

Vice writer and director Adam McKay was left stunned as he researched Lynne Cheney, the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for the film, because she had been touched by so much death growing up.

The filmmaker wanted to portray Dick and his wife in an honest way and couldn’t believe how much tragedy Lynn had witnessed in her life.

The film covers the drowning death of her mother, but McKay reveals there was one awful family tragedy that he didn’t even mention in the script.

In a recent SAG Conversations interview, Adam explained, “She had an aunt who was losing her house; a banker had ripped her off. She walked around this 10-acre orchard to say goodbye to it. She took out a red blanket and unfurled it to sit on. They had a bull they had raised as a calf that gored her aunt.

“There was no hospital within 200 miles and she had to be taken on a train there.”

McKay knew he’d found the perfect person to play Lynn Cheney in Amy Adams, adding, “Amy really brought that kind of this tough Americana middle-of-the-country edge to the role.”

Adams, for her part, read Lynn’s autobiography and realised she was basically playing her own grandmother: “She became very personal to me. I think having a personal relationship with a character, who on the surface is hard and maybe hard to get to know, helped.

“It was that pioneering spirit that was recognisable to me. My grandmother is from Utah, she was a farm girl and would go to rodeos. The environments they were raised in sounded very similar. On the inside, I understood her motivations and her love of country and family.”

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Christian Bale not keen on another body transformation

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain ch…

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.

Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain characters.

He famously slimmed down to a skeletal size for The Machinist, before bulking up to play Batman, and then piling on the pounds for American Hustle. And Christian was once again required to gorge on food for his latest film, Vice, where he plays former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Everything hurts now, I’ve got to really start thinking about if I can manage this again and the answer is probably no,” the Oscar winner admitted to reporters at Vice’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (11Dec18).

Vice sees Christian reteam with his The Big Short director Adam McKay, as well former co-stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Eddie Marsan.

During his red carpet stint, the 44-year-old also recalled the time he met now U.S. President Donald Trump while shooting one of the Batman movies.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on Batman in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,'” he said. “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”

Vice opens in cinemas from Christmas Day.

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Adam McKay ‘got chills’ when he first saw Christian Bale as Dick Cheney

Adam McKay felt “chills” when he first saw Christian Bale in costume for new film Vice.The filmmaker is gearing up to release the movie, which explores how American politician Dick Cheney quietly became Vice President to former U.S. President George W….

Adam McKay felt “chills” when he first saw Christian Bale in costume for new film Vice.

The filmmaker is gearing up to release the movie, which explores how American politician Dick Cheney quietly became Vice President to former U.S. President George W. Bush, reshaping the nation and the globe in ways still felt today.

McKay tapped Oscar-winning actor Bale, who he directed in The Big Short, to portray Cheney in the film, and he has now shared how he was blown away by the 44-year-old’s look for the project.

“When it comes to physical transformation, if anyone can do it, he can,” he told Empire magazine of Bale. “Boy-oh-boy did we pick the right guy. He found all these idiosyncratic tics and movements. I’ll never forget the day when the (prosthetic) make-up started to work. He put it on for a test. He’d gained the weight and was wearing the suit and he did the Cheney walk. I got chills. He was just playing this guy – he summoned him.”

Previously, Bale has undergone major transformations for films, losing lots of weight for his roles in movies like The Machinist and The Fighter, as well as bulking up for his part as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies.

In addition to being able to alter his appearance, McKay was also confident Bale could convey the nuances of Cheney’s character, with the director having been fascinated by the former Vice President’s behaviour and decisions over the years.

“The more I read, the more astounded I was by how brilliantly this guy gamed the system. He had a Zelig-like knack for always being in the middle of things,” McKay added of Cheney, comparing him to a Woody Allen character. “Where did this guy come from? What was driving this guy?”

Vice, also featuring Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, is due to hit cinemas in the U.S. on 25 December (18) and around the world later in January.

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