Melanie Griffith was forced to pay $80,000 after arriving intoxicated to Working Girl set

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-di…

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.

The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-directed 1988 romantic comedy, which also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, for the new book, Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends.

“There were a lot of things that happened on Working Girl that I did that were not right,” Griffith shared. “It was the late ’80s (and) there was a lot going on, party-wise, in New York. There was a lot of cocaine. There was a lot of temptation.”

One day, the 62-year-old got drunk as she played pool with her co-star Alec Baldwin and continued to drink alcohol in her motorhome once she had returned to set. She was subsequently unable to walk down some stairs in a scene with Baldwin.

“Mike got so mad at me, he wouldn’t talk to me. Mike Haley, the first AD (assistant director), just came up and said, ‘We’re shutting down. Go home’, and I knew I was in so much trouble.

“The next morning, he took me to breakfast and said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen: You’re going to pay for last night out of your pocket. We’re not going to report you to the studio, but you have to pay for what it cost’, and it was $80,000. They wanted to get my attention – and they really did. It was a very humbling, embarrassing experience, but I learned a lot from it.”

Producer Douglas Wick added that Nichols, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 83, was “genuinely distressed” by the drama.

“I was surprised by how genuinely distressed he was, how in pain about it he was, how much he was traumatised by it, and I think the reason is that it made great work impossible,” he recalled.

Griffith checked into a rehab facility just a few weeks after the film wrapped. She ended up returning to rehab in 2000 and again in 2009.

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Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

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Ireland Baldwin shares body-positive message with nude beach snap

Ireland Baldwin has stripped off in an attempt to urge all women to respect their bodies.The model shared an empowered Independence Day message on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, as she posed naked on a beach with her arms in the air.In addition, th…

Ireland Baldwin has stripped off in an attempt to urge all women to respect their bodies.

The model shared an empowered Independence Day message on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, as she posed naked on a beach with her arms in the air.

In addition, the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger offered her followers helpful tips on how to live a more fulfilling life, including ditching vape pens, buying vitamins and vegetables, getting your breasts checked for cancerous lumps, as well as getting outside and being active.

“Yoooo!!! Love your body. Respect your body. Breathe fresh air. Be happy. Laugh it all off,” wrote Ireland. “Spend your remaining time on this earth with people who love you and make you feel good and if you don’t have many of those people, get out and go look for them. Some of y’all are taking this whole life thing so damn seriously… and it’s so not worth it.”

Last year, the 23-year-old opened up about her difficult journey to finally becoming happy with herself, as she confessed she had battled the eating disorder anorexia.

“I battled with many eating disorders and body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self-love and acceptance! Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn’t worth it. Turning down so. Many. Sides. Of. Fries. Wasn’t worth it!!” she insisted in a series of posts on her Instagram Stories. “Love yourself!! You are beautiful!! Enjoy your food. Eat ice cream with your friends! Workout and eat healthy to take care of your mind and body but find your healthy balance! Life is too short.”

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Alec Baldwin turned down Jennifer Garner film due to family commitments

Alec Baldwin turned down the opportunity to star alongside Jennifer Garner in a film because it would have taken him too far away from his family. The 30 Rock star was being lined up to join the Dallas Buyers Club actress in an upcoming drama, but whe…

Alec Baldwin turned down the opportunity to star alongside Jennifer Garner in a film because it would have taken him too far away from his family.

The 30 Rock star was being lined up to join the Dallas Buyers Club actress in an upcoming drama, but when he found out the shoot would take place in South Africa, he was forced to turn down the job.

“Someone called me and said, ‘Do you want to do a movie with Jennifer Garner? It’s this drama,'” he told People magazine. “I thought, ‘I love Jennifer Garner. She’s a wonderful actress and she’s this fantastic movie star. Who wouldn’t want to do that?’ It was a pretty good script and good drama.

“They said, ‘We’re going to go to South Africa for five weeks.’ I said, ‘I can’t go to Africa for five weeks because of my kids and school.’ Everything I do and I don’t do revolves around my family.”

Alec has four small children with his wife Hilaria – Carmen, five, Rafael, three, Leonardo, two, and Romeo, 12 months – and he doesn’t want to miss a single milestone.

“As they’re growing up in that slow-motion way that you watch children, they turn this corner, and two weeks later they say something else,” the 61-year-old said. “You see the way that they develop in real time, up close in your own family. There’s nothing more interesting than watching people grow up.”

Alec didn’t reveal which project he was set to star in with Jennifer, but according to IDMB.com, her upcoming work schedule currently includes comedies Yes Day and Fantasy Camp. He has a bunch of projects in the pipeline, including crime drama Motherless Brooklyn, biographical drama Lamborghini: The Legend, and a sequel to The Boss Baby, for which he voices the lead role.

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Alec Baldwin worried Beetlejuice would end his career

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular ch…

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.

The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular character – for Tim Burton’s 1988 offbeat classic.

The plot follows a young married couple, who become ghosts after they both die in a car accident. When their much-loved home is sold to an annoying family, they enlist the help of a devious poltergeist named Beetlejuice to help them reclaim their home.

During an interview with GQ magazine, Baldwin confessed he didn’t understand the unusual film, and was concerned audiences would reject the quirky comedy.

“When we did Beetlejuice, I had no idea what it was about. I thought my, all of our, careers are going to end with the release of this film. Maybe we’re all going to be dead,” he shared.

While filming Beetlejuice, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Makeup, Baldwin was in awe at Keaton’s presence on set.

“Michael came and he knew the secret because I would act and I would have some doubt… I was much more neurotic about what I would do when I was very young starting out off in films,” Baldwin explained.

“Keaton just came out, he was like the comedy Annie Oakley. He was so self-assured. He just tore it up.”

Beetlejuice went on to be the first of many hits for director Burton, who collaborated again with Keaton just one year later on his first Batman movie, which featured Jack Nicholson in his iconic role as The Joker. The pair most recently teamed up on Burton’s version of Dumbo.

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Emilio Estevez gave real-life homeless people jobs in new film The Public

Emilio Estevez invited real-life homeless people to appear in his new movie about a group of vagrants who take over a library during a winter storm. The Breakfast Club actor and his cast, including Alec Baldwin and Michael K. Williams, shot The Public…

Emilio Estevez invited real-life homeless people to appear in his new movie about a group of vagrants who take over a library during a winter storm.

The Breakfast Club actor and his cast, including Alec Baldwin and Michael K. Williams, shot The Public at a Cincinnati, Ohio library from 7pm to 7am and often watched folks who had fallen on hard times leave the premises as they arrived to film.

“We invited a number of them to come and join us and I think they felt empowered,” Emilio tells Today. “I said, ‘Come and be a part of this. There will be a pay cheque, we’re gonna feed you, so their dignity was restored.”

The film hits cinemas in North America on Friday (05Apr19), and the actor/director revealed it’s appropriate the movie should be released this week – 12 years to the day Estevez first read the essay that inspired the project.

“April 1st, 2007, the L.A. Times arrived at the house, I opened it up and I read this article written by a former Salt Lake City librarian, named Chip Ward, and the essay was about how libraries have become de facto homeless shelters and how librarians have become de facto social workers and now first responders.

“I’ve watched the elements of the story unfolding in real time.”

Estevez tells WENN he almost shot the film in Los Angeles, but he wanted to use a library that could actually be the shelter in a storm for the homeless.

“Originally, the film was set in Los Angeles for two reasons. First, the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library, specifically its older section, is an architectural gem… Second, I thought that it would be wildly ironic that Los Angeles would be swept up in a cold snap, given how we are known for our enviably consistent sunny and 72 degree weather,” he explains.

“However, in recent years I have been spending time in Cincinnati, where my mother was born, and near Dayton, where my father grew up. During my visits, the director of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission encouraged me to bring film production to the city, citing a generous state tax incentive that could help offset our production budget.

“I followed up and toured the large downtown location of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and I saw immediately how my film could be relocated to Ohio quite easily with a few minor tweaks. And no temperature drop in Los Angeles can possibly compare with winter cold snaps in the Midwest, which are often lead stories on national news. So Cincinnati became the perfect city to set the story for The Public.”

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Todd Phillips shares first picture of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker. After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins …

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker.

After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins movie to be directed and co-written by The Hangover filmmaker.

On Sunday (16Sep18), Phillips gave fans a glimpse of Phoenix dressed in character as the Joker. In the Instagram photo, the Walk the Line star can be seen wearing a green coat and shirt with scruffy, wavy brown hair, with a fringe covering one side of his forehead. His face is absent of the Joker’s signature make-up.

He simply captioned the snap, “Arthur”, seemingly confirming rumours that the character’s real name will be Arthur Fleck.

Phillip’s photo comes shortly after TMZ.com obtained images and video footage from the film shoot in Harlem, New York City on Sunday. The actor, who appears to have lost weight for the role, could be seen wearing a khaki coat, brown cardigan and white shirt with black trousers and shoes. Footage showed him smoking a cigarette on the street, having a conversation with a man dressed as a clown, and laughing creepily before he plucks the fake red nose off his face and throws it on the ground.

Warner Bros. executives have described the film, thought to be simply titled Joker, as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Robert De Niro and Deadpool 2 and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz will co-star alongside Phoenix. Alec Baldwin was in talks for a role but he recently tweeted he was “no longer doing that movie”.

Phillips co-wrote the script, for the movie which will reportedly follow the origin of the villain as he transforms from a struggling stand-up comedian to a criminal mastermind, with Scott Silver, and it is scheduled to hit cinemas in October, 2019.

It is not the only Joker standalone film in the works, as Jared Leto is set to reprise the character, which he played in Suicide Squad, for a solo spin-off.

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Alec Baldwin exits Joker movie

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project. B…

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.

On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project.

But on Wednesday, Baldwin shut down the casting news and told reporters at USA Today that he wouldn’t be involved in the flick.

“I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” he said, going on to cite “scheduling” issues as part of the reason for his departure.

In addition, he later took to Twitter to emphasise that he was not involved and rejected a claim by editors at The Hollywood Reporter who stated that Baldwin’s Wayne was to be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mould of a 1980s Donald Trump”.

“Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening,” the 60-year-old, who has previously received worldwide attention for his portrayal of U.S. President Donald Trump on sketch series Saturday Night Live, wrote on the social media site.

At present, little is known about the plot for the Joker film, though it is believed to centre on how the popular comic book villain came to be. Joaquin Phoenix has been cast in the part of the Joker, while Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron have all been attached to the film in unknown roles.

Production on the superhero flick is scheduled to begin on 10 September, while studio executives have slated 4 October 2019 as the U.S. release date.

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Ireland Baldwin opens up about past battle with anorexia

Ireland Baldwin has opened up about her past battle with anorexia.The model, who is the daughter of Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, is making a name for herself in the fashion world and has landed campaigns for the likes of Guess and Tru…

Ireland Baldwin has opened up about her past battle with anorexia.

The model, who is the daughter of Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, is making a name for herself in the fashion world and has landed campaigns for the likes of Guess and True Religion.

However, Ireland took to Instagram on Thursday (23Aug18) to share that she had struggled with anorexia, an eating disorder characterised by low weight and a strong desire to be thin, when she was younger.

“I battled with many eating disorders and body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self-love and acceptance! Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn’t worth it. Turning down so. Many. Sides. Of. Fries. Wasn’t worth it!!” she wrote alongside a throwback image of her posing in a black dress. “I would eat a meal or more like a bite and have to run to the nearest bathroom or find digestive pills or run until I couldn’t feel my legs right before bed.”

Ireland went on to recall that she used to be badly affected when she read negative comments regarding her height or weight online. She would even run for hours on end in an attempt to lose weight.

“I used to read people’s comments when I first started modelling and anytime anyone told me I was too tall or too fat to have done a job, I would run on a treadmill for the entire duration of at least three episodes of Friday Night Lights that I had on box set,” the 22-year-old remembered.

Ireland also uploaded an old photo of her in a bikini which she captioned, “Nope”.

To conclude her post, the blonde beauty encouraged her followers to find a “healthy balance” when it comes to food.

“Love yourself!! You are beautiful!! Enjoy your food. Eat ice cream with your friends! Workout and eat healthy to take care of your mind and body but find your healthy balance! Life is too short,” she added.

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Hilaria Baldwin shuts down post-baby Photoshop claims

Hilaria Baldwin has hit back at allegations that she digitally altered pictures of her post-baby body.She welcomed her fourth child, a son Romeo, with husband Alec Baldwin, 60, in May (18), and has managed to shed her pregnancy weight remarkably fast. …

Hilaria Baldwin has hit back at allegations that she digitally altered pictures of her post-baby body.

She welcomed her fourth child, a son Romeo, with husband Alec Baldwin, 60, in May (18), and has managed to shed her pregnancy weight remarkably fast.

However, Hilaria was outraged when her Instagram followers accused her of digitally enhancing her photos in a big to appear slimmer, so posted a video proving that her figure is 100 per cent authentic.

Wearing a black lingerie set, the 34-year-old turned sideways, and then back again, to showcase her slender stomach, adding a lengthy caption to put the haters in their place.

“For those who are saying I photoshopped…how about this?” the yoga instructor wrote. “If my ribs look funny, I apologize for them (eye roll emoji). I just had a very large baby so maybe they are still expanded. I don’t know…or maybe they will be like this forever. Whatever, I got a beautiful baby out of it, so I’m fine with them.”

Hilaria continued to mock the allegations by insisting she has no idea how photo editing software actually works.

“I’m the worst with technology anyway, so the idea of me altering an image is laughable. If you know me, I’m totally against all of that and have been an advocate for appearing natural,” she added. “It’s a shame that people are so accustomed to fake, that they want to see it everywhere.”

Hilaria, who is also mother to daughter Carmen, four, as well as sons Rafael, three, and Leonardo, 22 months, had previously posted a picture 10 weeks postpartum in which she hoped to inspire new mums to eat well and exercise sufficiently.

To conclude her rant, she reminded followers of her ethos.

“If you would like, take my hand in this quest for feeling good and treating your body well. If not, it is ok too…but don’t cheapen my message by saying silly things,” she retorted.

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