Hugh Jackman tried to bulk up for Wolverine debut in three weeks

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only sho…

Hugh Jackman had no idea how long it would take him to get into shape to play Wolverine.

The Australian actor made his debut as the comic book mutant in 2000’s X-Men, and on his first day on set, he recalled how director Bryan Singer decided to only shoot him from the neck up.

“The first day I had to have my shirt off. And Bryan Singer didn’t say anything at the time but later said, ‘OK I gotta shoot you from here up and have the camera low,'” Hugh told his Les Miserables co-star Anne Hathaway during the latest instalment of Variety’s Actors on Actors interviews. “I remember looking at the comic books – I’d never read the comic books before – so I’m looking at the comics and I’m like, ‘Uh, how long do I have to get ready for this?’”

He was told they’d be rolling the cameras in three weeks, and Hugh confessed that he naively thought that was enough time to get superhero ready.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, three weeks!’ I’d never buffed up for anything really. I was like, ‘I think three weeks I can buff up if I really hit it hard.’ No,” he laughed.

And he confessed that director Singer shifted filming around so Hugh had longer to get in shape.

“The scene that introduces my character, they moved to the end. So it took me six months. Of course, by the time I finished Logan I was almost 50 so it takes even longer,” the 51-year-old said of the last time he played Wolverine.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set’

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Pre…

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Prestige, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, and they recalled how he is one of many directors who doesn’t allow cell phones on set.

However, Hathaway then added a further unknown detail about Nolan’s filmmaking process.

“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. And he’s right,” she nodded. “I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”

The Australian actor, who was surprised by the chair revelation, recalled how he had an issue with sharing a trailer with his co-star Christian Bale before he signed on The Prestige, which was released in 2006. Nolan convinced him to board the project by insisting that they wouldn’t spent more than an hour per day in the trailer and that they would be free to go home by 7pm every night, and he “was true to his word”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hathaway praised the Dunkirk director’s approach to filmmaking, calling it one of her favourites.

“He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing – and also, he’s just so inspiring,” she gushed.

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Christopher Nolan disputes Anne Hathaway’s chair ban claim

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview …

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.

The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview that Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

Her revelation went viral on social media this week, and now a representative for the British filmmaker has dismissed Hathaway’s allegations.

“For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” his spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak explained to IndieWire. “The chairs Anne was referring to are the director’s chairs clustered around the video monitor, allocated on the basis of hierarchy not physical need.

“Chris chooses not to use his but has never banned chairs from the set. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do.”

Hathaway made the revelation to her Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman for Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series earlier this week.

“I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion… I think he’s onto something with the chair thing,” she also said.

The interview prompted a flurry of support for Nolan on social media, as several film critics and journalists denied that the filmmaker had a ban against chairs.

As well as The Dark Knight Rises, the 37-year-old actress also appeared in the director’s sci-fi epic Interstellar in 2014.

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Hugh Jackman recalls filming last scene as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman has recalled how production paused on Logan after he completed his final scene as Wolverine so he could savour the moment.The Australian actor, who began playing the superhero mutant in X-Men in 2000, said goodbye to the much-loved charact…

Hugh Jackman has recalled how production paused on Logan after he completed his final scene as Wolverine so he could savour the moment.

The Australian actor, who began playing the superhero mutant in X-Men in 2000, said goodbye to the much-loved character in 2017 with an emotional scene that saw Wolverine pass away peacefully after sacrificing himself for his adopted mutant daughter, played by Dafne Keen.

In an interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Jackman told Anne Hathaway that he was ready to hang up his claws and lay the comic book character to rest.

“There were so many crossovers by the end, because I’d played it for so long,” the 51-year-old explained. “I knew it was going to be my last one way before we wrote it. I made that decision. There was a weight of expectation that I’d been carrying. I was super invested.”

And Jackman was happy with how Logan director James Mangold handled Wolverine’s death scene, even though it was sprung on him at the last minute.

“He just said, ‘We can’t do this big stunt scene. But we’re just going to do the death scene.’ I’m like, ‘Like, now?’ He goes, ‘I’m just going to have you and Dafne, and if you could just do that.’ I’m like, ‘All right.’ He knew that’s best for me,” Jackman recalled.

The Greatest Showman star told Anne that after shooting Wolverine’s demise, Mangold told him to embrace the end of an era and paused filming.

“We got there and we’re shooting the scene,” Jackman said. “And he goes, ‘Man, let’s just stop the clocks. Let’s not worry about everything. This is the end of 19 years. Sit it in for half an hour.’ Him allowing me – not just as an actor, but as Hugh – to remember that moment. It was a luxury that I’ll never forget.”

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Robert De Niro and Oscar Isaac join James Gray’s Armageddon Time

Robert De Niro, Oscar Isaac, and Anne Hathaway have signed on to join Cate Blanchett in James Gray’s drama Armageddon Time. The star-studded cast, which also includes Donald Sutherland, will appear in the filmmaker’s next outing, which he is directing…

Robert De Niro, Oscar Isaac, and Anne Hathaway have signed on to join Cate Blanchett in James Gray’s drama Armageddon Time.

The star-studded cast, which also includes Donald Sutherland, will appear in the filmmaker’s next outing, which he is directing from his own script. Based on his own childhood memories, the coming-of-age story explores friendship and loyalty against the backdrop of an America poised to elect Ronald Reagan as president.

Armageddon Time is very different from Gray’s recent projects, such as Ad Astra and The Lost City of Z, and in an interview with Deadline, he explained this was a deliberate decision.

“Every film you make is different, but I’m trying to do something that is the opposite of the vast, lonely and dark void of the movie I just directed,” Gray said. “I’m anxious to make something that is very much about people, about human emotions and interactions between people, and I want it to be filled with warmth and tenderness. In some sense, yes it’s about my childhood, but an illustration of familial love really on every level.”

He noted the film is influenced by his transition from public school to the private Kew-Forest School, which counts U.S. President Donald Trump as a former student, in the Queens borough of New York in 1980s.

“What happened with me, very simply, I got in big trouble when I was around 11, though the boys are 12 in the movie, and the story is about my movement from the public education that I got into private school and a world of privilege. This film is about what that meant for me and how lucky I was, and how unlucky my friend was and about that break meant for me and what it meant for him,” the director revealed.

Gray hopes to shoot in New York as soon as he can following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Dee Rees reflects on The Last Thing He Wanted misfire

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics. In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits h…

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics.

In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits her ailing father’s position as an arms dealer for Central America.

The film, which also starred Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, but was heavily panned, and was subsequently released quietly by Netflix on 21 February.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Mudbound director insisted she has made peace with the reaction.

“You take your knocks, you live and you learn, you try to do better,” she said. “I would make that film again. I’m still proud of it.”

However, Rees admitted she felt guilty about the flop when she considers her cast and crew.

“When you’re making a film, (your team) has to believe in you and trust you and spend six, seven months of their lives with you. All this toil and sacrifice, I didn’t make it pay off for them,” the 43-year-old shared.

And the misfire has helped Rees inform her career going forward, with her adding: “It felt like a rite of passage… Now there’s nothing to be afraid of. I know the worst that can happen.”

Rees will follow up The Last Thing He Wanted with a new adaptation of George Gershwin’s classic musical Porgy and Bess, and she admitted she was feeling the pressure to get it right.

“(It) is an iconic property… I want to do the characters justice, and I feel really honoured to work on it,” she added.

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Anne Hathaway recreates The Princess Diaries look for social media Pillow Challenge

Anne Hathaway has delighted fans by recreating one of her looks from The Princess Diaries for the Pillow Challenge craze on social media.The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to take part in the contest, which sees users turning their bedclothes i…

Anne Hathaway has delighted fans by recreating one of her looks from The Princess Diaries for the Pillow Challenge craze on social media.

The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to take part in the contest, which sees users turning their bedclothes into red carpet looks while they social distance at home during the coronavirus crisis.

For her version, Anne uploaded a picture of herself wearing headphones, lipstick, and sunglasses, as well as a makeshift dress constructed from a cobalt blue pillow and two white pillows tucked underneath it. Posing in front of a photograph of bright blue butterfly wings, the picture resembled the poster for The Princess Diaries, the 2001 film in which she played Mia Thermopolis, an American teenager who unexpectedly inherits the throne of a European kingdom.

The 37-year-old captioned her post with the quote, “A Queen is never late; everyone else is simply early” – a standout line from the character of Queen Clarisse in the movie, who was portrayed by Julie Andrews.

Hathaway is not the only celebrity in lockdown to create some quarantine couture. Earlier this month, Halle Berry served a strong look by belting a black pillow around her waist, accessorising it with a wide-brimmed hat, oversized sunglasses, and black heels, and posing in a garden of leafy plants.

Meanwhile, Sarah Michelle Gellar posted a snap of herself in heels with an animal print pillow strapped to her waist, and wrote in the caption: “Pillowchallenge inspired by #TigerKing (btw so weird to put heels on – I feel like I need to start putting them on once a week so I don’t forget how to walk in them).”

Love Island’s Amber Davies, Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, and chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly Ramsay have also participated in the trend.

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Anne Hathaway to star in adaptation of French Children Don’t Throw Food

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food. The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title B…

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food.

The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book follows Druckerman, an American journalist, as she moves to Paris for her husband’s job and raises a family there. The story focuses on her trying to figure out how to balance motherhood and a career, whilst also observing her French neighbours to uncover the secrets behind how they parent astonishingly well-behaved children.

However, Druckerman soon learns that everyone, no matter how perfect they might appear, has their own problems.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Jamie Minoprio and Jonathan Stern, who worked on I Want Candy and St Trinian’s together.

The project is in development at StudioCanal, which will finance the movie, while Blueprint Pictures will produce.

Hathaway, 37, recently starred alongside Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’s legal thriller Dark Waters and can be seen in The Last Thing He Wanted, Dee Rees’s adaptation of the Joan Didion book, on Netflix. She has completed filming her role of the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’s remake of Roald Dahl children’s classic, The Witches, which is expected to be released in October.

In addition, it was recently announced she would appear in the Sesame Street movie and lead crime drama The Lifeboat.

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Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Rosie Perez infuriated by lack of equality in Hollywood movies

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Var…

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.

The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Variety, she shared her frustration that change wasn’t happening in Hollywood quickly enough.

“Do I think things are moving fast enough for women? No, absolutely not,” Perez fired. “I hate when they always put us on a certain course that we have to pace ourselves because they need to catch up. It’s infuriating.”

“I’m tired of standing in the line. I want to cut the line, and I want fabulous women like Anne and Dee to cut the line too. It’s like, ‘Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to pace ourselves because you can’t catch up?'” the Birds of Prey star continued. “So I think that a big change has been coming, but it’s not coming quick enough for me.”

Her co-star Anne added that she was sick of talking about equality in Hollywood, because “it’s happening”.

“Aren’t you ready to stop having this conversation? That’s where I’m at. People are walking the walk, people are doing it,” Hathaway shared, adding that people needed to be patient to wait for the changes to take effect.

“It’s happening. No, it’s not happening fast enough. Things are good. Things could get better. Let’s keep going. Let’s not panic and let’s keep talking about it,” the Oscar winner explained.

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