Dakota Fanning: ‘Landing a Tarantino role was dream come true’

Dakota Fanning would have accepted a tiny role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just to work with Quentin Tarantino.Fanning landed the role of Squeaky Fromme in Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film, a real-life member of the Manson Family, who was sentenc…

Dakota Fanning would have accepted a tiny role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just to work with Quentin Tarantino.

Fanning landed the role of Squeaky Fromme in Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film, a real-life member of the Manson Family, who was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. She was released in 2009 after serving nearly 34 years.

Fanning stars alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the upcoming drama, and admits the project has been a career-defining moment for her.

“It was such a dream come true for me to be a part of it and really something to cross off the list… I would have probably played any character that he had asked me or had chosen me for,” she grinned to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a real cherry on top that it was an incredible, fascinating, challenging character. But I would’ve been like Girl No. 1.”

The all-star ensemble cast also features Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Kurt Russell, late actor Luke Perry and frequent Tarantino collaborator Tim Roth.

It’s set for release in July (19), and follows the story of a faded television actor and his stunt double during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Talking to Collider about her research for the movie, the 25-year-old actress admitted it was a little scary learning about Charles Manson’s murderous cult.

“There are a lot of resources out there, for better or for worse, and I was very immersed. It was interesting and challenging. It’s twisted,” she said.

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Editors Guild urges Academy to televise all Oscars winners live

The Motion Picture Editors Guild has asked the Academy to reverse its decision to present four Oscars during the commercial breaks.There has been an outcry in Hollywood following the news that the awards for Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Acti…

The Motion Picture Editors Guild has asked the Academy to reverse its decision to present four Oscars during the commercial breaks.

There has been an outcry in Hollywood following the news that the awards for Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short and Make-up and Hairstyling will not be televised live during the show on 24 February (19).

The Editors Guild is the latest body to share its disappointment, with Editors Guild president Alan Heim sharing an email he sent to his members with Deadline.

“In its mandate to shorten the Academy Awards’ telecast, the Academy has insulted all of us who work ‘below the line.’ Many of our members and those of other IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Locals are understandably upset,” he began the email.

“There is much outcry for the Academy to reverse its decision, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild joins those voices. If it does not reverse its decision, let us all do everything we can to see that this demeaning experiment will not be repeated.”

Heim also highlighted the fact that the annual awards show, the most important night in the showbiz calendar, motivates endless amounts of people to seek a career in film and that the educational value may be even greater than the entertainment factor.

“It doesn’t matter which categories are affected this year or next; none of them should be,” he wrote. “The very idea is anathema to the collaborative nature of filmmaking. The Academy has historically honored ALL of the crafts involved in filmmaking and the search for better TV ratings shouldn’t affect that. We have always been told that the Academy honors the very best in filmmaking, but removing some categories from equal acknowledgement on the air seems to contradict that narrative.”

A host of Hollywood heavyweights like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese have also demanded the decision be reversed in an open letter which was sent to Academy bosses calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks. More stars have since signed the letter, including Alfonso Cuaron, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

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Angelina Jolie to star in thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead

Angelina Jolie is set to star in Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.The Oscar-winning actress has taken a hiatus from major Hollywood projects in recent years, and was last seen onscreen in 2015’s By the Sea with her former husb…

Angelina Jolie is set to star in Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.

The Oscar-winning actress has taken a hiatus from major Hollywood projects in recent years, and was last seen onscreen in 2015’s By the Sea with her former husband Brad Pitt, as well as directing 2017 biographical drama First They Killed My Father.

But according to editors at Deadline, Jolie has now lined up her next feature, an adaptation of Michael Koryta’s 2014 novel of the same name.

Sheridan will be directing and penning the script, which will be set against the backdrop of the endless miles of desolate Montana mountains. It has not yet been confirmed which character Jolie will play, though shooting is expecting to begin in May (19) after Sheridan completes work on the second season of his TV series Yellowstone. No other casting details have been announced.

Jolie has several other films in the pipeline, as she recently wrapped filming on Disney’s Maleficent 2, in which she reprised her role as Maleficent from the 2014 movie. She is also in the post-production phases of animated flick The One and Only Ivan, where she voices the character of Stella.

In addition, the 43-year-old will play Rose in Brenda Chapman’s Come Away, which has been described as a prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

Meanwhile, Sheridan has carved a name for himself in the gritty thriller genre, having written the screenplays for 2015’s Sicario and its follow-up movie Sicario 2: Soldado. He also wrote the story for 2016’s Hell or High Water and 2017 crime-drama Wind River, on which he made his directorial debut. It is unclear whether or not he is still making an action-thriller titled Fast, which was set to feature Chris Pratt as an ex-special forces commander.

Maleficent 2 is set for release in May 2020.

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Zach Galifianakis making Between Two Ferns movie

Zach Galifianakis is making a movie version of his popular talk show Between Two Ferns.The comedy star kicked off the Funny or Die online video series by interviewing actor Michael Cera in 2008, before going on to have celebrity guests such as Natalie …

Zach Galifianakis is making a movie version of his popular talk show Between Two Ferns.

The comedy star kicked off the Funny or Die online video series by interviewing actor Michael Cera in 2008, before going on to have celebrity guests such as Natalie Portman, Steve Carell, Bruce Willis, Jon Hamm, Charlize Theron, Ben Stiller, and Justin Bieber.

Now, it seems Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is to get the big screen treatment, with editors at The Hollywood Reporter reporting that production is already underway on a film version of the programme, having been greenlit by executives at Netflix.

Scott Aukerman, who has directed a number of episodes of the low-budget talk show, will helm the movie. However, it is not yet known whether the feature will follow the same format as the original, in which Galifianakis chats with stars while sitting between two potted ferns.

He often trades barbs and insults with his A-list guests for the duration of the interview, and in keeping with the amateur aesthetic of the show, on-screen graphics often contain deliberate comedic errors.

Apart from Galifianakis, no other casting details have been shared. However, The Hollywood Reporter’s article indicated that the likes of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, TV host David Letterman, and actor Keanu Reeves may appear. In addition, the 49-year-old’s co-stars from The Hangover franchise, such as Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, are likely to be involved.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis has aired sporadically on Funny or Die in recent years, with some of the most popular episodes involving former U.S. President Barack Obama and Brad Pitt. The 2016 episode with then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the first new show in two years, received 30 million views in its first 24 hours, and became one of the top videos in the website’s history. The last Between Two Ferns show, which starred Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Knight, and Cardi B, aired in June (18).

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Emilia Clarke debuts haircut inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt

Emilia Clarke has debuted a new haircut inspired by styles once sported by Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt.The Game of Thrones actress often experiments with hairstyles, having previously rocked long brunette locks and platinum blonde strands. Now, Emil…

Emilia Clarke has debuted a new haircut inspired by styles once sported by Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt.

The Game of Thrones actress often experiments with hairstyles, having previously rocked long brunette locks and platinum blonde strands.

Now, Emilia has gone for the chop once again and taken inspiration from a surprising source – the matching blonde crops Gwyneth and Brad wore while they were a serious couple in the mid-’90s.

“Me: I’m thinking when Gwyneth and Brad had the same haircut. @jennychohair: I got ‘chu,” she captioned a snap of her new look on her Instagram page on Thursday (27Sep18), adding the hashtags: “#nowijustneedanextra2feetoflegs”and “#slidingdoors4lyfe.”

In her post, Emilia credited her hair transformation to Jenny Cho, a celebrity hairstylist who has also worked with the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Evangeline Lilly and Jennifer Garner.

And the star indicated that she was very pleased with the “low maintenance” style.

“@jennychohair I would follow you into any battle anytime anywhere you my GURL! ️#fortheloveofthelowmaintenance,” the 31-year-old commented.

Meanwhile, Jenny posted a video illustrating how she cut Emilia’s tresses and explained that she enjoys working with the British star because she can pull off just about any colour or style.

“Emilia has been a sultry brunette to the recent platinum goddess and everything in between. She’s one of the few lucky ones who has a huge colour range. I know, I know, some of you guys are sad to see the Platinum go. It’s stunning but not always kind on the hair. @emilia_clarke You’re a dream,” she added.

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Damon Herriman cast as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film indu…

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film industry in 1969, with the actor happening to live next door to Sharon Tate, who is later tragically murdered by the followers of cult leader Manson.

While the shoot is already underway, editors at The Wrap have now confirmed that Herriman is to play Manson in the film, joining already established castmembers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

The Australian actor is best known for his role as Dewey Crowe in FX’s Justified, and has also had minor roles in Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake: China Girl, as well as parts in The Lone Ranger and The Water Diviner.

Empire star Rumer Willis has also been cast as British actress Joanna Pettet, a friend of Tate who had lunch at her house just hours before her murder, while Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens.

Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti, Margaret Qualley and Madisen Beaty have landed parts too.

In addition to directing, Tarantino has written the screenplay and will produce the feature in collaboration with Gravity’s David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, who previously worked with the 55-year-old on his movies Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, but is now expected to debut on 26 July.

Lena Dunham was also recently added to the ensemble cast, as well as Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo.

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Angelina Jolie: ‘We all get better with age’

Angelina Jolie isn’t afraid of ageing.Over the years, the actress has frequently been cited as one of the world’s most beautiful women, receiving particular attention for her full lips and vast tattoo collection. Having now been in the public eye for d…

Angelina Jolie isn’t afraid of ageing.

Over the years, the actress has frequently been cited as one of the world’s most beautiful women, receiving particular attention for her full lips and vast tattoo collection.

Having now been in the public eye for decades, Angelina feels no less beautiful than she did in her younger years, and has encouraged others to ignore the notion that “femininity fades after 40”.

“It is just simply not true,” the 43-year-old insisted in an interview with Vogue Australia. “Wisdom, understanding, clarity of thought – all the things that come with age – are also beautiful and feminine qualities. I’d like to think we all get better with age, men and women.

“There is nothing more attractive than someone being fully themselves, without inhibition, in whatever form that takes.”

Angelina, who is mother to six children, adopting three internationally, with ex-husband Brad Pitt, has served as the face of Guerlain’s Mon Guerlain fragrance since 2017, and went on to become the first Hollywood actress to ever co-create a fragrance when the brand released an eau de toilette version of the scent.

She has also involved her 14-year-old son Pax in the project, inviting him to one of Guerlain’s bespoke perfume ateliers with in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser.

“Pax and I each made a perfume. We laughed that his was so much better,” she smiled, before emphasising the reason she agreed to collaborate with the French house.

“For nearly 200 years they’ve been making perfumes that celebrate femininity in all its forms. But I’d never endorsed a perfume before, and would not have unless I was sure of the values and ethos of the company.”

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Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket set to sell for over $1 million at props auction

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of …

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.

The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of 600 lots being sold off by Prop Store during a live auction on 20 September (18) at London’s BFI IMAX cinema.

The fedora hat worn by Ford’s other famous alter ego, Indiana Jones, in Raiders of the Lost Ark is also going under the hammer, with experts estimating it will fetch up to $397,000 (£300,000), while adventurer Indy’s bullwhip from The Temple of Doom is poised to fetch up to $92,000 (£70,000).

There will also be lots of other Star Wars props on offer for fans of the sci-fi franchise, including a Stormtrooper helmet from the first Star Wars film as well as a similar helmet from 2017’s The Last Jedi.

And judging by a recent auction held in Las Vegas, appetite for original Star Wars props is high, with a blaster used by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi fetching $550,000 (£419,000).

Among the other lots at the upcoming Prop Store sale is the costume worn by Johnny Depp in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the robe worn by Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, the Jumanji game board from the 1995 film, Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and a Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

And for movie fans whose pockets aren’t that deep, all items will be on display for the public to view from 6 September.

“Our auction on September 20 2018 will once again raise the bar, presenting some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time,” Stephen Lane, chief executive of Prop Store, said in a statement.

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Leonardo DiCaprio shares first-look picture from Tarantino set

Leonardo DiCaprio has amped up the buzz about his new star-studded Quentin Tarantino film by posting a shot of him in character with castmate Brad Pitt on Instagram. DiCaprio plays washed-up western star Rick Dalton in Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time …

Leonardo DiCaprio has amped up the buzz about his new star-studded Quentin Tarantino film by posting a shot of him in character with castmate Brad Pitt on Instagram.

DiCaprio plays washed-up western star Rick Dalton in Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, opposite Pitt, who portrays his longtime stunt double, Cliff Booth.

In the first-look picture, Leo looks like a 1960s cool dude, wearing cowboy boots, brown trousers, a mustard turtle neck and leather jacket, while Brad resembles vintage Robert Redford/Steve McQueen sporting an all-denim look with a black T-shirt and shades.

DiCaprio was the first actor to commit to the film, which will also feature Margot Robbie as tragic Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, and Tarantino regulars Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. Dakota Fanning is part of the ensemble too, with the actress signing on to portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. Brit Damian Lewis has been cast as movie icon Steve McQueen, and Emile Hirsch is playing the role of Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders.

Tarantino has described the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.

In the movie, DiCaprio’s character lives next door to Tate, who was slaughtered by cult leader Charles Manson’s followers while pregnant with filmmaker Roman Polanski’s child in 1969.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August, 2019.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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