Olivia Wilde to direct biopic about gymnast Kerri Strug

Olivia Wilde is to direct a biopic about heroic American gymnast Kerri Strug.Strug won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that …

Olivia Wilde is to direct a biopic about heroic American gymnast Kerri Strug.

Strug won huge praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that later required treatment for ligament damage.

Iconic photographs showed Strug being carried to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to hospital.

Her achievement made her an American hero – she was visited by U.S. President Bill Clinton and made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Speaking about the film, titled Perfect, Wilde told Deadline she is delighted to bring a true underdog story to the silver screen.

“This is a film about what real power looks like,” she said. “It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience into the heart of Kerri Strug with unblinking, raw honesty.

“It is an epic sports movie that will deliver on all the wish-fulfilment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”

The script for the film, which Wilde will also produce, will be penned by Borg/McEnroe writer Ronnie Sandahl, who is adapting the book Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez.

Wilde, 35, made her directorial debut with 2019 coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She is also set to helm the thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife.

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Olivia Wilde urges Hollywood bosses to focus on ideas over resumes

Olivia Wilde has urged Hollywood executives to focus on the quality of a candidate’s ideas rather than the length of their resume.The actress/director, who made her directorial debut with 2019’s Booksmart, spoke to Katie Couric at the 2020 MAKERS Confe…

Olivia Wilde has urged Hollywood executives to focus on the quality of a candidate’s ideas rather than the length of their resume.

The actress/director, who made her directorial debut with 2019’s Booksmart, spoke to Katie Couric at the 2020 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where she explained her idea to get more women working behind the scenes in the film industry.

“In order to change those numbers, we have to change how people are hired,” the 35-year-old said. “Anyone in a position of power – who is basing their decisions on resumes – what they will end up doing is perpetuating the system. Because when women haven’t been given as many opportunities to take on leadership roles as men, their resumes are not as long.”

Olivia then explained how she was now able to implement her idea when hiring crew members for her films.

“I’m now in a position of hiring, say production designers, I can look at a resume of a man who has done tonnes of movies and won awards and he seems like a more valuable option than the woman, who might be brilliant and have a great take on the concept, but her resume looks so thin next to the guy,” she shared, adding that if “we continue to do that, we will perpetuate the system”.

The issue of representation among female directors has been a hot topic in Hollywood in recent weeks, after the Oscars once again announced an all-male shortlist in its directing category, despite figures showing an increase in box office movies helmed by women.

Natalie Portman notably wore a cape embroidered with the names of all the female directors who missed out on a nomination to the Academy Awards on Sunday.

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Kaitlyn Dever gets make-up tips from Beanie Feldstein

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winge…

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.

In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winged eyeliner when she’s going to an event.

However, Kaitlyn admitted her pal Beanie had to help her out when she first attempted to use liquid eyeliner.

“If I’m going out with my friends, I do winged eyeliner – I’ve actually got really good at it! I’ve mastered using a felt tip pen liquid liner,” the actress explained. “Beanie is a pro at it – hers always looks amazing. She was giving me her tips and she said, ‘You just have to go for it’, and I think that’s a little bit true. She told me: ‘You go for it, and then you fix it after.’ I always felt like fixing isn’t the best way to do it but actually it means that you can really perfect it.”

Kaitlyn, who was recently nominated for the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), added that she relies on her family and friends to help her deal with pressures of Hollywood’s beauty standards.

“I don’t feel any sort of pressure to look a certain way ever. I feel that’s partly because of the way my parents raised me,” she shared. “They always brought me up to just be myself and constantly remind me when they notice that I’m slipping away from myself a little bit.”

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Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor fronting Aerie campaign

Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor have been tapped as brand ambassadors for Aerie.Executives at the lifestyle label, known for its inclusive collections of intimates, apparel, activewear and swimwear, announced on Thursday that the Booksmart actress and…

Beanie Feldstein and Lana Condor have been tapped as brand ambassadors for Aerie.

Executives at the lifestyle label, known for its inclusive collections of intimates, apparel, activewear and swimwear, announced on Thursday that the Booksmart actress and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star have been selected as #AerieREAL Role Models, alongside the likes of model/writer Hari Nef, actress Ali Stroker, sustainability activist Manuela Baron, Smile On Me founder Dre Thomas, DJ and wellness advocate Tiff McFierce, and scientist Keiana Cave.

“Truly so, so excited to be included alongside these inspiring women as one of the #AerieREAL role models for 2020!!! These gals are the REAL deal. They are making the changes they want to see in the world and I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of this group,” Beanie, 26, wrote on her Instagram page. “I’ve loved Aerie for a long time: they never retouch their photos and all of their clothes are deliciously cosy and all I ever want to be is cosy!”

Meanwhile, Lana insisted she was “over the moon” to be involved with the company.

“Being a role model is a dream come true @Aerie not only gives me the power to feel sexy and proud of the skin I’m in, but also gives me a platform to speak about what’s most important to me: loving yourself and others, and the power of education,” the 22-year-old added. “It’s rare to find a brand that is so devoted to making the world a better more positive place, so this is truly a partnership I cherish.”

The new set of #AerieREAL Role Models join current brand ambassadors including Aly Raisman, Iskra Lawrence, Brenna Huckaby, Molly Burke, and Jenna Kutcher.

In addition to the campaign, Aerie bosses have also launched an initiative to donate $400,000 (£305,000) to 20 real-life changemakers who are making a difference in their communities.

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Olivia Wilde wears low-rise jeans so her ‘gut can expand’

Olivia Wilde prefers to wear low-rise jeans as they allow room for her “gut to expand”.The actress/director has been tapped to front the February 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, and in an accompanying photoshoot, she models a variety of suits and …

Olivia Wilde prefers to wear low-rise jeans as they allow room for her “gut to expand”.

The actress/director has been tapped to front the February 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, and in an accompanying photoshoot, she models a variety of suits and dresses inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age.

However, in an interview held with her Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein for the publication, Olivia insisted that she is at her “most comfortable” in classic denim jeans.

“I’m still pretending to be a teenager from the early 2000s,” she said. “My most comfortable state is when I’m wearing low-rise jeans, sneakers, and a sweatshirt. In that, I am unstoppable. And if I’m in a high-waist jean, I can’t let my gut expand.”

When it comes to dressing for the red carpet, Olivia isn’t afraid to opt for a long sequin gown or chic floral number, and she credits her longtime stylist Karla Welch with helping her put together looks that make her feel confident in the spotlight.

“(Karla) knows I love a strong shoulder and anything that makes me feel powerful. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a flowy frock here and there, but you learn what makes you feel like your best self,” the 35-year-old shared.

In addition, Beanie noted that Olivia looked great in a dramatic white Miu Miu dress and Giuseppe Zanotti heels at the 2019 Gotham Awards in December. But the mother-of-two confessed that she actually had a difficult time manoeuvring her dress during her entrance.

“I was laughing because I’m not good at altering the way I move in the name of fashion. Everyone was like, ‘Olivia, you can’t stomp around like Seabiscuit,'” she laughed.

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Female directors behind record-breaking number of movies in 2019

Filmmakers including Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Lee, and Anna Boden helped propel female-directed movies to record-breaking levels in 2019.Out of the 100 highest-grossing movies of the year, 10.6 per cent of them were directed by female filmmakers, a jump …

Filmmakers including Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Lee, and Anna Boden helped propel female-directed movies to record-breaking levels in 2019.

Out of the 100 highest-grossing movies of the year, 10.6 per cent of them were directed by female filmmakers, a jump from just 4.5 per cent in 2018, according to the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, reported Variety.

Movies including Gerwig’s Little Women, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, animated sequel Frozen 2, which was co-directed by Lee and Chris Buck, and Captain Marvel, which was helmed by Boden and Ryan Fleck, all scored box office hits.

Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, Melina Matsoukas’s Queen & Slim and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell were also among 2019’s most popular female-directed flicks.

“It illuminates where we’re seeing traction and where there’s room for improvement,” said one of the study’s authors, Stacy L. Smith. “Universal under (studio chief) Donna Langley should be lauded for ensuring that women get opportunities.”

Smith also predicted that 2020 will be even better, with female directors being handed the reins of big superhero movies such as Birds of Prey, Eternals, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984 as well as the Disney live-action remake of Mulan.

“2020 will be an extraordinary year for female directors,” she added. “That’s important, because we’re seeing women being given opportunities to direct action movies and not just smaller, independent films… Progress will come when females are given the opportunity to carry movies behind the camera across genres and budget ranges.”

The study comes weeks after the 2020 Golden Globe nominees were announced, sparking outrage that the Best Director category featured all-male candidates once again.

The prize, which will be handed out on Sunday, will be between Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Quentin Tarantino, 1917’s Sam Mendes, Joker’s Todd Phillips, Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite, and Martin Scorsese for The Irishman.

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Little Women, Marriage Story and The Irishman among Barack Obama’s best films of 2019

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share…

Barack Obama has named Little Women, Marriage Story, The Irishman and Booksmart among his favourite films of the year.

The former U.S. President took to social media on Sunday, a day after he released the list of his favorite books of the year, to share which on-screen ventures and TV shows he’s enjoyed the most throughout 2019.

In addition to Greta Gerwig’s latest retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama, Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic and Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age comedy, Obama also selected Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller Parasite, the criminal justice drama Just Mercy as well as The Farewell, Ford v Ferrari, Atlantics, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Souvenir.

“Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019,” Obama wrote on Twitter, taking time to mention the documentary American Factory, which he and his wife Michelle Obama helped produce. “Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar.”

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde was quick to share her excitement over Obama’s tweet, reposting the list and adding “OH MY GOD” alongside a GIF from her directorial debut which showed Beanie Feldstein expressing her shock.

When it came to TV shows, Obama included season 2 of Fleabag, Netflix’s Unbelievable, and HBO’s Watchmen on his list.

Obama’s praise of Little Women comes days after the film made its debut in theatres, coming in third with $16.5 million (£12.6 million) at the U.S. box office. Gerwig’s adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, and Florence Pugh.

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Olivia Wilde stunned by bidding war over upcoming thriller

Olivia Wilde was left stunned when studio executives entered into a bidding war over her next project, Don’t Worry, Darling.The actress/filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the critically…

Olivia Wilde was left stunned when studio executives entered into a bidding war over her next project, Don’t Worry, Darling.

The actress/filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the critically acclaimed movie featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein and grossing over $24 million (£18 million) at the worldwide box office.

In August, Wilde confirmed she had signed on to direct and produce Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife, and was amazed to discover that her upcoming feature was generating a huge deal of interest from studio bosses.

“It was extraordinary and unexpected,” she told Deadline. “The groundswell of support and enthusiasm was extraordinary. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t know what to expect. I just hoped I’d be able to direct again, and this was even before the release.”

The star went on to explain that she had hoped Booksmart would do well enough to allow her to have another shot at directing.

“You know, just finishing the film, I thought, ‘I want to do well enough that I get to do this again’, and then, when I did feel an incredible amount of curiosity about what I wanted to do next, and a lot of offers coming my way, I was encouraged,” the 35-year-old shared.

And Wilde hopes her success is symbolic of a large shift in Hollywood for women.

“There is, of course, a pattern in Hollywood of particularly women not being given an opportunity to make their second feature, if their first doesn’t score at the box office,” she added. “So many female directors had one chance, and they aren’t given another chance as rapidly as the men are.”

Don’t Worry, Darling is currently in development. No casting details have been announced.

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Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to prepare for roles

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Ch…

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.

The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Children in late 2013.

“Before we started shooting Jason was emailing the whole kids cast—like 10 kids on this movie—emailing us all and one of the very first initial questions he asked us was, ‘What is your character’s favourite song right now?’ And this just really stood out to me,” she told Vogue.com.au.

“That’s what inspired me to start creating playlists for characters I played. Because I feel like the music that I listen to as a person is so representative of how I am as a person at this current time, in my life and the emotions I’m feeling. So, I feel like… it fills in a lot of blanks that are sometimes necessary or sometimes needed for a role. I’ve definitely been doing that ever since I worked with him… I never thought to use music in that way or as a tool for my acting, but he taught me a lot that Jason Reitman.”

The 22-year-old employed the technique for her subsequent roles, such as Booksmart, Beautiful Boy and the upcoming Them That Follow.

For her new Netflix series Unbelievable, in which she plays Marie, a victim of sexual assault, Kaitlyn created a playlist of songs from the 2000s including Avril Lavigne.

“I created the playlist because I do that with everything I do now. I created the playlist because I thought it would kind of keep me in the mind zone that Marie was living in at the time,” the star shared. “I made a playlist of several songs from the 2000s (including) Avril Lavigne. It ended up actually being like (the) place I went to cheer myself up a little bit (when) I was listening to that playlist.”

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Olivia Wilde applauds airline bosses for restoring Booksmart’s lesbian love scenes

Olivia Wilde is celebrating after Delta airline bosses promised to restore edited same-sex love scenes in her feature directorial debut Booksmart.The actress-turned-filmmaker was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex scene and a mention of the word “v…

Olivia Wilde is celebrating after Delta airline bosses promised to restore edited same-sex love scenes in her feature directorial debut Booksmart.

The actress-turned-filmmaker was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex scene and a mention of the word “vagina” had been cut from the movie for a recent in-flight screening, while the word “f**k” was not removed.

She vented about the censored movie in a series of social media posts and urged airline officials to cut ties with representatives at a third-party company who censor films shown in the air.

Her plea has since been heard by Delta executives, who have promised to make it right – for both Booksmart and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which features gay love scenes.

In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Delta spokesperson Emma Protis said, “We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment.

“Studios often provide videos in two forms: a theatrical, original version and an edited version. We selected the edited version and now realise content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films. We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Protis also revealed that studio chiefs behind the two projects were providing Delta with their own special cuts of the movies.

Responding to the development, Wilde took to Twitter and wrote, “Thank you, @delta”.

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