Beanie Feldstein felt ‘daunted’ by How to Build a Girl

Beanie Feldstein felt “daunted” by her new movie How to Build a Girl because it was the first time she had led a project on her own.The 26-year-old found fame and won critical acclaim with her supporting or co-lead roles in films such as Lady Bird and …

Beanie Feldstein felt “daunted” by her new movie How to Build a Girl because it was the first time she had led a project on her own.

The 26-year-old found fame and won critical acclaim with her supporting or co-lead roles in films such as Lady Bird and Booksmart, but with How to Build a Girl, she leads the film entirely on her own.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Beanie admitted she was apprehensive about the prospect of the being the solo lead and made sure she treated the crew well.

“How to Build a Girl was the first time I had ever led a film by myself. I was so daunted by it and so intimidated,” she shared. “And I remember saying to my mom on the phone from London, ‘You know what? I don’t know if I’m a good actor, I don’t know if the crew will remember me as a good actor or if they think I am, but I don’t care.’ What I care about is them saying, ‘Oh, Beanie Feldstein she was really kind, she was really respectful.’ And that really genuinely is more important to me than people saying, she was so talented but she was rude.”

In the British coming-of-age flick, based on journalist Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Beanie plays Johanna Morrigan, a teenager living in Wolverhampton, England, who becomes a writer for a music magazine.

She eventually gets her own column with an editor, played by Emma Thompson, and the American star was thrilled to work alongside the Harry Potter actress.

“To get to work with Emma Thompson is like, I still can’t believe it happened,” she gushed. “She arrived wearing dungarees and brought chocolate for the entire crew. I was like, ‘Oh, so she’s a magic person. She is from Hogwarts.'”

How to Build a Girl, also starring Chris O’Dowd and Alfie Allen, was released digitally in the U.S. earlier this month.

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Paul Feig shoots down possibility of Bridesmaids sequel

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. However, Feig has now poured wat…

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.

The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

However, Feig has now poured water on the idea of a follow-up to the film, which was co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and insisted that any story for the sequel would never be as good as the original.

“Everybody thinks they want a Bridesmaids sequel, and it could be fun, but I always have to say this: Bridesmaids works – you remember all the comedy stuff, that was great, but the reason that movie worked is because it was about Kristen Wiig’s character,” he told Collider.

Feig went on to note that protagonist Annie Walker is a “disaster”, and the flick ends with her overhauling her life and starting a relationship with police officer Nathan Rhodes, played by Chris O’Dowd.

And the director believes that the only possible story for a sequel would have to focus on another wedding – though he would leave that decision in the hands of Wiig.

“So, to do a sequel, I think you’re basically just gonna have to have a funny wedding. And I’ve seen those movies a million times and some of them are good and some of them are like, ‘O.K., whatever.’ It’s obviously up to Kristen, she’s the keeper of the keys on that, but it would have to be something that you can emotionally engage in again,” Feig shared. “That could be funny, but I just think you need more for a movie to be great.”

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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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Glenn Close receives Oscar Wilde Awards honour

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish con…

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.

Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish contributions to entertainment .

On Sunday (24Feb19), the 71-year-old, who has Irish ancestry, is going head-to-head with Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio for the Best Actress Academy Award, though fellow nominee McCarthy showed there was no animosity between the pair when they posed on the green carpet together at the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday.

Among Close’s critically acclaimed movies is 2011 Irish drama Albert Nobbs, where the actress played the title character, as well as co-penning the script. The role won her an Oscars nod.

“I never forgot her,” Close said, reports Variety. “It basically took me 14 years from the time I got the rights to the time we gathered in Dublin to shoot it.

“(The script) had to be ‘Irishized’—there was no way I knew the Irish idiom.”

So she approached Man Booker Prize winner John Banville to board the project.

“I remember a character had to say ‘My father was a terrible drunk,’ and John came back with, ‘My pa was a great whore for the drink.’ That was beyond my capability, coming up with something like that!” she laughed.

Also honoured on Thursday were Irish stars Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Gillen.

The awards bash was held at J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica, California.

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