Marielle Heller never planned on making a male-led movie

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and …

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and followed it up with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which starred Melissa McCarthy, in 2018.

Speaking to Elle magazine, the 40-year-old admitted that she thought she was going to dedicate her career to telling women’s stories, but couldn’t resist the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which stars Matthew Rhys as a journalist who goes to interview beloved children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks.

“I never thought I was going to make a movie about men. I’ve always thought we don’t have enough movies about women, and if I spent my whole life making movies only about women, there still wouldn’t be enough movies about women, so that’s a wonderful thing to dedicate my career to,” she explained. “And then I read this script. And I thought, ’Damn, now I have to make this movie.’

“For the same reason I want to make movies about women, I also want to make movies that help men be better men and that can be an antidote to toxic masculinity. And I think the beginning of that is so deep in Mister Rogers’s teachings—being able to admit your feelings, being able to access them, finding ways to be more connected to our humanity. And that’s what this movie was about for me.”

In the film, Rogers helps Rhys’s character Lloyd express his emotions and deal with the anger and resentment he has harboured towards his father for many years, and Heller shared that she hopes the movie will help “blast those gender roles” that teach boys to keep their feelings buried deep.

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Melissa McCarthy working on a new clothing label

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line. The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on ho…

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line.

The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on hold because she had disagreed with brand bosses on how she should run the business.

However, in a new profile piece for The Wall Street Journal, Melissa shared that she’s now working on launching a smaller, more affordable label.

“I just wanted to make it a little smaller and more accessible,” she said, explaining her decision. “I wanted to work on keeping prices down and for it to be for everyone.”

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star, who majored in clothing and textiles at Southern Illinois University, wanted Melissa McCarthy Seven7 to be inclusive as she struggled to find stylish outfits for her figure. She designed garments that ranged in size from a U.S. four to 28 (U.K. six to 30).

“I’ve been every shape and size that’s out there, and I just found it harder and harder to find stuff,” the 48-year-old continued. “I thought, I’m modern and young and want to wear what everybody else is wearing. Why is this such a strange request?”

Recalling the disagreement with label bosses, who are all men, Melissa told People last year, “I just found that so fascinating. I’m not saying it’s my way or the highway, but design is such an intimate and hopefully long relationship and you really have to make sure you’re doing it right.”

She added that the incident was even more “heartbreaking” because she had designed a whole season of outfits that ultimately never got released.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reuniting to write and star in revenge drama

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are joining forces once again to write and star in Ridley Scott’s new revenge drama. The childhood friends have reunited to collaborate on a script for the first time since they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for…

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are joining forces once again to write and star in Ridley Scott’s new revenge drama.

The childhood friends have reunited to collaborate on a script for the first time since they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, which they also starred in.

For the revenge thriller, The Last Duel, they are also working with Nicole Holofcener, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The trio have adapted Eric Jager’s 2004 novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, which depicts the real-life revenge story between two friends – the knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris – who will be portrayed by Damon and Affleck, although it is currently unclear who will play which character.

In the story, Carrouges goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife. When no one believes her, Carrouges asks the king of France for a chance to prove his wife was right and the two former friends end up in a duel to the death.

Damon and Affleck, who also co-starred in 1999’s Dogma, will produce the movie through their Pearl Street Films company, alongside Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free Productions.

The news was first announced by editors at Deadline, who report that the script, which is almost done, is controlled by Disney following its acquisition of Fox, but if Disney executives don’t want it, “every studio in town is waiting in the wings for this one.”

Alien moviemaker Scott will reportedly push back the production of Merlin, a Disney film about the legendary wizard, so he can direct The Last Duel next.

Damon, who last worked with Scott on 2015’s The Martian, will next be seen in Ford v Ferrari and was recently cast in Tom McCarthy’s upcoming drama, Stillwater, while Affleck has completed filming the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and sports drama Torrance.

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Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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Richard E. Grant: ‘Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? over fat suit comment’

Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted to wear a fat suit and fake nose to play late writer Lee Israel, according to Richard E. Grant. Melissa McCarthy finally won the role in the critically-acclaimed film about the …

Julianne Moore was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she wanted to wear a fat suit and fake nose to play late writer Lee Israel, according to Richard E. Grant.

Melissa McCarthy finally won the role in the critically-acclaimed film about the biographer who turned to forging letters from literary heavyweights to earn a living, but Moore was originally on board until she fell out with co-writer Nicole Holofcener, who was the film’s director at the time.

Oscar winner Julianne recently opened up about the drama during an appearance on talk show Watch What Happens Live, revealing, “Nicole fired me. I think she didn’t like what I was doing.”

Holofcener and Marielle Heller, who took over as director, have refused to address Moore’s departure from the project, and McCarthy has vowed never to talk about it, but Grant, who landed his first Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Hock in the movie, has revealed it was all about The Hours star’s take on Israel.

Speaking at an Advertising Week Europe event in London, the Brit said, “The original cast was going to be directed by Bob Balaban with Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Rockwell playing my part.

“Fast forward 10 years and then it was going to be Julianne Moore and Chris O’Dowd and then Nicole Holofcener, the co-screenwriter, fired Julianne Moore two days before they started shooting over creative differences and then Melissa McCarthy’s husband, who had been in the previous version and still played the same part, gave her the script to read and then she came on board and then I got cast, so it was third time lucky for me, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”

Asked to expand on the “creative differences”, Grant added, “Julianne Moore wanted to wear a fat suit and a false nose to play Lee Israel and Nicole Holofcener said, ‘You’re not going to do that’.”

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Julianne Moore: ‘I was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to b…

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to begin after clashing with then-director Nicole Holofcener, who co-wrote the script. Melissa McCarthy was then cast as Israel and she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year (19) for her performance in the film, which was ultimately directed by Marielle Heller.

Julianne finally opened about what happened when asked why she left the movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday (08Mar19).

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired. Yeah, Nicole fired me, that’s the truth,” she said. “I think she didn’t like what I was doing. We had just been rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff and her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”

The Oscar winner admitted that she hadn’t yet seen the movie because what happened is “still kind of painful” but she’s sure Melissa did a great job.

“I love Melissa McCarthy. I worship her. I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great. So that’s the story,” she said.

Fellow guest, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, said to the actress that the rejection must have been tough, and Julianne replied, “It’s pretty bad… The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yoghurt stand when I was 15, so it felt bad.”

The film’s producer David Yarnell, a longtime friend of the late Israel, previously told The Hollywood Reporter in January that the “project collapsed” after the situation between Julianne and Nicole “became untenable” and it was so close to production that Fox Searchlight took a financial hit of around $2 million (£1.5 million).

The film opened to critical acclaim last year and went on to be nominated for three Oscars, for Melissa, supporting actor Richard E. Grant, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Nicole and co-writer Jeff Whitty.

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone wore matching tracksuits to Oscars party

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits. The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort an…

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits.

The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort and street cred as they arrived at Sunday night’s (24Feb19) post-Oscars Vanity Fair party in matching Adidas jackets and pants.

The actress opted to pair the look with black and white Nike Cortez sneakers while Falcone wore a black pair of Converse All-Star high tops. The actor/writer was thrilled when the Bridesmaids star came up with the outfit idea.

“I was like, ‘Oh God yes, 150 per cent yes. Let’s do this,'” he told Entertainment Tonight.

For McCarthy, the style change was refreshing.

“It’s not (less glamorous) to me guys,” she told the news outlet. “I’ve doubled my diamonds – I feel great.”

Earlier in the night, the two looked much more formal, with McCarthy wearing a custom Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit, complete with a cape, while Falcone looked dapper in a classic tuxedo.

“I knew I wanted to wear something really strong,” she told news show Extra of the Oscars red carpet ensemble. “I wanted to show my girls (daughters Vivian and Georgette)

that you can go to this (Oscars) and look really empowered.”

The 48 year old, who was up for Best Actress for her role as late writer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, provided one of the 2019 Academy Awards’ most memorable comic relief moments when she and Bryan Tyree Henry presented the Best Costume Design award, wearing over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films, Black Panther, The Favourite, Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Poppins Returns.

The key element of the get-ups was the rabbit hand puppet McCarthy wore – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

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Melissa McCarthy ‘all for’ new Ghostbusters sequel

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot. The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside …

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside comediennes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s 2016 version, which flopped with critics and fans of the original 1980s movies, despite including appearances by franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Jason, whose dad Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters installments, recently announced he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie, which will serve as a sequel to his father’s Ghostbusters II and not be connected in any way to Feig’s film.

The news angered Leslie, who fumed about the plans on Twitter: ”So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she raged last month (Jan19). ”It’s like something (controversial U.S. President Donald) Trump would do… ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying (sic). Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!”

Feig showed his support for Leslie following her outburst, but expressed his interest in seeing what Reitman came up with, even though he was disappointed his leading ladies wouldn’t be invited to take part in the action.

Now Melissa has weighed in on the dispute, insisting she has no hard feelings towards Juno director Reitman, and is excited to check out his take on the beloved franchise.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’

“I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

A teaser for Jason’s Ghostbusters 3 debuted online in January (19) and featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

It’s not yet known if Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade are surprise winners at WGA Awards

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19). Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a c…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a comedy-drama inspired by the memoir by late biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The Oscar-nominated duo beat the writers of Black Panther, A Star is Born and Oscar frontrunners If Beale Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The big shock of the night was Bo Burnham picking up Best Original Screenplay for Eighth Grade over A Quiet Place and Oscar nominees Roma, Vice and Green Book. The surprise win made Eighth Grade the first film to win the WGA Original Screenplay award without being nominated for an Academy Award since Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine in 2003.

Taking to the stage, Burnham, who also directed the film, joked about being the underdog and praised his young actress, Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher.

“To the other nominees in the category – Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” he joked. “No, I prepared nothing. This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn’t done it.”

Burham previously won the First-Time Feature Film category at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the film is up for four Independent Spirit Awards prizes, but has been largely overlooked at the big award ceremonies.

In the TV categories, The Americans landed the Best Drama Series prize and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the Comedy Series gong, while The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was named Best Adapted Longform Series, and the Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock scored the Original Longform Series award.

The awards were handed out in bi-coastal ceremonies. The WGA East held its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York, while the WGA West staged its bash at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Adapted Screenplay:

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Documentary Screenplay:

Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant – Bathtubs Over Broadway

TV Drama Series:

The Americans

TV Comedy Series:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best New Series:

Barry

Longform – Original:

Castle Rock

Longform – Adapted:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Shortform New Media – Original:

Class of Lies

Shortform New Media – Adapted:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Animation:

The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead

Episodic Drama:

Homeland: Paean to the People

Episodic Comedy:

Barry

Comedy/Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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Richard E. Grant: ”Too weird to become an actor’

Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant’s acting dreams took a huge knock early on when he was told he looked “too weird” to land regular work. The actor was studying drama at the University of Cape Town in South Africa when one mentor told him to rethink his …

Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant’s acting dreams took a huge knock early on when he was told he looked “too weird” to land regular work.

The actor was studying drama at the University of Cape Town in South Africa when one mentor told him to rethink his career as he wasn’t “cut out” to become an actor.

The 61-year-old Brit, who up for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, ”He (teacher) said, ‘I don’t think that you really are cut out – or are going to make it as an actor – because you look too weird’.”

Grant admits the critique made him rule out any hope of becoming a movie star: “I thought I was going to spend my whole life doing Chekhov in the theatre. It didn’t really cross my mind that it would be possible to ever be in a movie – that’s what happened overseas or in America or in Hollywood.”

The actor carried that lack of confidence into his break-out film, Withnail and I, after winning the role of alcoholic, out-of-work actor Withnail from Daniel Day Lewis after he turned the job down.

Grant thought he was so awful in the movie, he offered to give director Bruce Robinson his salary.

“When I saw the first showing of Withnail and I before the music had been done I gauged blood out of my wife’s wrist while watching it,” he explained. “I was so distraught at what I saw that I said to Bruce Robinson, ‘I know that I f**ked up your film. Please take my money back because I know I’ll never work again’.

“I was wholly convinced that would be the truth. I’m very grateful that other people didn’t feel the same way.”

The 1987 movie, which also features Paul McGann and the late Richard Griffiths, has become a cult hit.

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