Alison Brie’s new film inspired by grandmother’s mental illness

Alison Brie used her grandmother’s battle with schizophrenia and her own experience with depression for her new role in drama Horse Girl.The GLOW star, who also co-wrote the script with director Jeff Baena, revealed to Vulture that she had been looking…

Alison Brie used her grandmother’s battle with schizophrenia and her own experience with depression for her new role in drama Horse Girl.

The GLOW star, who also co-wrote the script with director Jeff Baena, revealed to Vulture that she had been looking to develop a story inspired by her family’s mental health struggles for years.

“My whole life I’ve wanted to make something about my mother and my grandmother,” she told. “My mother’s mother lived with paranoid schizophrenia, and my mother grew up in a really traumatic situation. And I grew up with the mythology of my grandmother’s mental illness, hearing a lot of stories about my mother’s childhood and how the mental illness affected her.

“How it trickled down, affected my aunt and uncle and their kids – also how it didn’t affect them. It had different effects on everybody,” the 37-year-old shared, adding that her mother would even joke that Brie would “make a movie” about it one day.

The actress was also influenced by her own experience with mental illness, which she called the “deepest bout of depression in my life”, while developing the thrilling psychological drama.

“In my own personal struggles with depression, I know the feeling of being helpless, feeling powerless, feeling alone,” she explained. “And then I realised, ‘OK, the movie I want to make is about this woman who has this history of mental illness, and what if something real started happening to her? What is something really wild, really scary, started happening and she didn’t have the ability to know whether it was real or not? If she didn’t have the ability to even trust herself or her own grip on reality?'”

Horse Girl, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released on Netflix on 7 February.

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Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza join Kristen Stewart in Happiest Season

Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza have been cast alongside Kristen Stewart in upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season. In November 2018, it was announced that the Twilight actress had been cast in the comedy as Abby, a young woman who plans to propose to h…

Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza have been cast alongside Kristen Stewart in upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season.

In November 2018, it was announced that the Twilight actress had been cast in the comedy as Abby, a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper during her family’s annual holiday party, but then learns that her partner has yet come out to her conservative parents. Terminator: Dark Fate’s Mackenzie Davis was later attached to portray Harper.

Now, it has been revealed that they will be joined by GLOW star Brie, Ingrid Goes West’s Plaza, Saturday Night Live’s Ana Gasteyer, and Blockers star Sarayu Blue, as well as Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy, although it is not known what roles they will play. Step Brothers actress Mary Steenburgen and Titanic star Victor Garber will portray Harper’s conservative parents, according to editors at Variety.

Brie shared the news on Instagram with the caption, “Oh this is going to be fun…#happiestseason,” with heart and Christmas tree emojis, while Levy told his followers he was “very excited/proud to be a part of this movie”.

Actress Clea DuVall, who is known for films such as Girl, Interrupted, The Faculty, and Argo, will direct the project from a screenplay she co-wrote with Mary Holland. Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner are producing alongside Jonathan McCoy and Wyck Godfrey.

“In Happiest Season, Clea and Mary have come up with a brilliant twist on the Christmas comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving,” Bowen told Variety in 2018. “It manages to be both timely and timeless in the best of ways and we think it’s a holiday classic in the making.”

Filming begins on the production in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week.

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Anne Hathaway dazzles in gold at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging…

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging neckline from Versace.

Anne teamed her outfit with Alexandre Birman high heels, Messika jewellery, and a Judith Leiber purse, and took to the stage during the ceremony to present the Best Actor prize to Joaquin Phoenix for his performance in Joker. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for her role in Modern Love.

Taking to Instagram before the ceremony, Anne posted a mirror selfie in which she showed off her glittering outfit, along with the caption: “Welcome back xx.”

The post quickly racked up thousands of likes and comments, with Camila McConaughey writing, “Looooove!!!!” and Anne’s Ocean’s 8 co-star Mindy Kaling exclaiming, “ANNIE.”

Neither Anne nor Adam has confirmed the birth of their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old son Jonathan. However, the couple was spotted carrying a baby seat while out and about in Connecticut in mid-December.

Meanwhile, other stars to make a splash at the Critics’ Choice Awards included Zendaya, who turned heads in a hot pink Tom Ford ensemble and Christian Louboutin stilettos, Jennifer Lopez, who rocked a nude Georges Hobeika dress and Harry Winston bling, as well as Charlize Theron, who opted for a silver sequin Celine gown and blazer.

Shades of orange were a big trend on the night too, with Laura Dern sporting a tangerine Emilia Wickstead gown, Alison Brie choosing an orange Brandon Maxwell dress, and Rachel Brosnahan stepping out in a Carolina Herrera dress in a similar colour.

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Alison Brie and Dan Stevens to star in Dave Franco’s directorial debut

Alison Brie and Dan Stevens are to headline Dave Franco’s directorial debut.The Disaster Artist actor previously made a foray into directing with video short Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie in 2013, with the project featuring his now-wife Aliso…

Alison Brie and Dan Stevens are to headline Dave Franco’s directorial debut.

The Disaster Artist actor previously made a foray into directing with video short Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie in 2013, with the project featuring his now-wife Alison, who he wed in 2017, and Olivia Munn.

Now, Dave has confirmed that he is making horror-thriller The Rental in partnership with Black Bear Pictures, with shooting set to kick off in Oregon next month (Apr19).

The plot will follow two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend getaway, with the film also set to feature Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White.

“(I) couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Black Bear and to be working with such an amazing group of actors for my directorial debut,” Dave said in a statement to Deadline.

Alongside co-writing the script with Joe Swanberg, the 33-year-old will be producing the film under his Ramona Films banner, with Michael Heimler and Sean Durkin serving as executive producers.

And it appears that Alison is equally thrilled to be working with her husband in the film.

“Very excited to work with this new director…I hear he’s excellent,” she jokingly captioned a screenshot of Deadline’s article about The Rental on her Instagram page. “Thanks @deadline for spreading the good word! Feeling very proud and honoured to bring this man’s vision to life.”

Dave was most recently seen onscreen in films such as If Beale Street Could Talk and 6 Balloons, while Alison, 36, has been playing the lead character of Ruth Wilder in wrestling TV show GLOW. Dan, who is perhaps best known for his role in Downton Abbey, starred as the Beast in Disney’s live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

A potential release date for The Rental has not yet been set.

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Lady Gaga leads Golden Globes glamour in stunning blue ballgown

Lady Gaga led the glamour at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (06Jan19), wowing in a stunning eggshell blue ballgown.The 32-year-old singer and actress may have missed out on the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama prize for …

Lady Gaga led the glamour at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (06Jan19), wowing in a stunning eggshell blue ballgown.

The 32-year-old singer and actress may have missed out on the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama prize for her role in A Star Is Born, but she topped numerous best-dressed lists thanks to her custom Valentino couture creation.

Fans were quick to point out the similarity between Gaga’s show-stopping outfit and the dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born. However, the multi-talented star, who picked up the Best Original Song gong for her A Star Is Born tune Shallow at the event, insisted any likeness was entirely unplanned.

Shown a picture of Judy in the gown by reporters at Entertainment Tonight, Gaga replied: “We didn’t say that. No, but it looks an awful lot like that, doesn’t it? She looks beautiful. This is a Valentino Couture custom creation for me. That’s special, except I’m missing the gloves. Thank you for showing me that. It made my night.”

Gaga teamed her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds, and complemented the look by dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

The star wasn’t the only celebrity to opt for a ballgown for the occasion. Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Wu and GLOW beauty Alison Brie both opted for floor-grazing dresses from Vera Wang, while Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart matched the red carpet in an eye-catching Khyeli Couture number.

Penelope Cruz went for drama in her black and purple Ralph & Russo halterneck gown, while newly-engaged Heidi Klum was pretty as a princess in her Monique Lhuillier dress, which featured floral embellishments on the black tulle skirt.

Emmy Rossum, Jameela Jamil, Isla Fisher, and Amber Heard also opted for full gowns.

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Alison Brie swears by $8 skincare product

Actress Alison Brie relies on an $8 (£6) skincare regime to achieve her flawless glow. The brunette beauty recently revealed she swears by Lucas Papaw Ointment, an affordable product with a cult following, because it combats dry skin and other winter…

Actress Alison Brie relies on an $8 (£6) skincare regime to achieve her flawless glow.

The brunette beauty recently revealed she swears by Lucas Papaw Ointment, an affordable product with a cult following, because it combats dry skin and other winter issues. Made in Australia, the item is a must have for women who care about skincare around the globe.

The star of wrestling drama G.L.O.W. star shared her beauty routine during an interview with the Today show on Wednesday (02Jan19), hoping to sell others on the miracle lotion.

“It’s made from papaya,” she shared. “It’s an Australian product. I use it for my lips or when my face is dry. I (also) use it to take off makeup.”

In addition to serving as a moisturiser, Lucas Papaw Oitment can also be used to treat blemishes, cuts and burns. Made from Aussie papaws, or papaya, it was created over 100 years ago and uses ingredients like pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly and wax.

Brie also favours the face mist Caudalie, which hydrates the skin and retails for just $10 (£8).

“And I love Caudalie – their spray,” she noted. “The mist. It’s the best. I don’t travel without it. I use it every day. I use it first thing in the morning. I use it to set the makeup. I use it midday (as well) to give myself a refresh.”

The 36 year old admits beauty and fitness related purchases have become her staples when travelling and on location – and they are among her biggest splurges.

She added, “Honestly, I spend most of my money on fitness or food.”

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Alison Brie once had her own Pretty Woman shopping moment

Alison Brie once had her very own “Pretty Woman moment” when she was shopping in Washington D.C.In the 1990 movie, Julia Roberts’ character Vivian is rejected and humiliated by the snooty salespeople in an expensive Rodeo Drive boutique, only to retur…

Alison Brie once had her very own “Pretty Woman moment” when she was shopping in Washington D.C.

In the 1990 movie, Julia Roberts’ character Vivian is rejected and humiliated by the snooty salespeople in an expensive Rodeo Drive boutique, only to return the next day dressed in classy designer clothes, where she triumphantly proclaims it was a “big mistake” to refuse to serve her.

And GLOW star Alison has now shared that she had a very similar retail experience in her earlier acting days.

“I do remember one time when I was randomly with a friend in D.C., we went into a sunglasses store and had a very Pretty Woman moment. We were like, ‘How much are these?’ And the woman who worked there said, ‘They’re very expensive,'” the 35-year-old recalled. “I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll take two pairs.’ We were a little drunk – we had had mimosas at brunch – and we bought these sunglasses and wore them all week. They were one of the most expensive things I’d ever bought at that time; this probably was during my first season of (comedy series) Community.”

Though Alison was pleased that she “showed” the shop assistants, in hindsight, she admitted that the sunglasses are her most regrettable purchases to date.

“We got home and I was like, ‘These sunglasses are so ugly.’ Like, what a point to prove,” she laughed. “I just had to give her commission on those sunglasses. It was a weird stand to take.”

Aside from this outlandish splurge, the Mad Men actress insisted that she was brought up to “be very frugal” with her money, but husband Dave Franco has since encouraged her to treat herself once in a while.

“I think Dave has taught me how to spend my money well, which is kind of a nice thing,” she smiled.

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Alison Brie cried during training for GLOW season two

Alison Brie’s training sessions for GLOW season two were so gruelling they left her in tears.The hit Netflix drama returned to the small screen in June (18), with Alison and her band of female wrestlers hopping back in the ring for the second round of …

Alison Brie’s training sessions for GLOW season two were so gruelling they left her in tears.

The hit Netflix drama returned to the small screen in June (18), with Alison and her band of female wrestlers hopping back in the ring for the second round of ’80s-fuelled fighting.

The 35-year-old actress called on her trainer of seven years, Jason Walsh, founder of Los Angeles-based workout studio Rise Nation, to build her strength for season two, and, after weeks of exhausting training, he revealed a 10-round EMOM circuit of weighted Bulgarian split squats was the last straw for the star.

“It was actually the first time I’ve ever seen her cry – it makes a lot of people want to cry,” he shared in an interview with Shape, adding that the circuit involves doing 10 reps of Bulgarian split squats on each leg every minute over the course of 10 minutes.

“The next minute, you start again no matter what,” he explained. “So, the faster you do them, the more time you have to rest, but the more energy you expend, so it’s an odd feeling.”

As well as the circuits, Jason had Alison performing 200-pound deadlifts, heavy hip thrusts, front squats and weighted bear crawl sled drags. Weighted pull-ups were also a large focus of their sessions, with Alison donning 20-pound weight vests or a kettlebell around her waist to maximise the move. In contrast to her training for GLOW’s first season, where the focus was simply on building strength for injury prevention, Jason said Alison went into the second season with the goal of doing her own stunts.

“She was so jazzed about going in and doing all of them herself,” he smiled. “That was her goal.”

Alison documented the harsh exercise regime on social media earlier this year and continues to share her fitness journey on Instagram, taking to the photo-sharing platform earlier this month (Sep18) to showcase a workout with fellow actress Brie Larson.

“It’s like you’re dreaming about gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly BRIE TIME, BABY,” she quipped in the caption.

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Mila Kunis debuts blunt bangs at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Mila Kunis debuted a new hairstyle at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (20May18).The Bad Moms actress stepped out on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas sporting a black top and matching skirt with silver beading fr…

Mila Kunis debuted a new hairstyle at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (20May18).

The Bad Moms actress stepped out on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas sporting a black top and matching skirt with silver beading from David Koma, as well as black stilettos and smoky eye make-up.

But it was her blunt bangs which caught the most attention, with her wavy locks and new fringe courtesy of hairdresser Chad Wood.

“Bangs and bobs are this year’s theme for sure!” the hair expert captioned a snap of Mila’s new look posted on his Instagram page.

Many social media followers were quick to praise Mila’s chic makeover, with one fan writing, “She looks better than ever,” while another commented: “Stunning haircut.”

However, it wasn’t just Mila that Chad styled on the night, as he also was the man behind Jenna Dewan’s new bob. The World of Dance host had her chin-length tresses styled poker straight and matched her new look with studded black leather minidress from Zuhair Murad.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez also ditched her signature flowing ponytail for the night and instead opted for a textured long bob hairstyle with lots of gold and caramel highlights. The superstar complemented her hair with a burgundy top, bra and skirt from Roberto Cavalli and topped off the ensemble with dark red leather thigh-high boots from Casadei and bling from Yeprem.

Other standout outfits from the night included the pale pink Versace number worn by Taylor Swift, who hasn’t made a red carpet appearance for two years, and the structured black Christian Siriano gown donned by singer Kelly Clarkson.

Popstar Dua Lipa stood out in a purple metallic Alexandre Vauthier wrap dress and actress Alison Brie wowed in a black and white Giambattista Valli outfit.

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Mandy Moore debuts blonde hair after wrapping This Is Us

Mandy Moore has ditched her signature brunette hair for a dramatic new blonde look.The This Is Us actress is no stranger to experimenting with hairstyles, often sporting her chestnut strands in chic buns and tumbling waves when she steps out on the red…

Mandy Moore has ditched her signature brunette hair for a dramatic new blonde look.

The This Is Us actress is no stranger to experimenting with hairstyles, often sporting her chestnut strands in chic buns and tumbling waves when she steps out on the red carpet.

But Mandy has now lightened up her tresses in a major way and took to Instagram on Sunday (25Feb18) to share a photo of her newly dyed hair.

“I’m slowly morphing into @streicherhair,” she captioned a photo herself with her lightened strands styled into loose curls alongside her hairstylist Ashley Streicher. “Now if I could only master those ‘cool girl’ waves all on my own. And yes, I wasted no time changing up my hair as sooooon as wrapped up the season on #thisisus (sic). As you do…”

Ashley, whose other clients include the likes of Alison Brie and Sarah Paulson, gave Mandy a shoulder-length crop, while celebrity colourist Tracey Cunningham, who also works with Khloe Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, was in charge of her cool highlights.

Mandy, 33, finished up shooting the latest season of NBC drama show This Is Us on Friday. She re-tweeted a message from programme executive producer Ken Olin, and added: “Can’t believe it’s a wrap on season 2. Thanks to all those who have watched and enjoyed this year. The last 3 episodes are (great).”

Mandy first rocked blonde hair when she unveiled her debut single Candy in 1999. But the star recently revealed that she never felt comfortable with platinum tresses she wore at the time, and prefers a more natural look.

“There was definitely some dated hair that was no good,” she previously told PopSugar of the Candy video look. “I look at anything (from) when I’m a blonde, and I shudder a little bit to myself. I know it’s not terrible, and it was very of-the-moment, but it’s so not me. It seems so like a completely different person.”

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