Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a new light after Hustlers

Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a different light after playing one in her new movie Hustlers.The Riverdale actress wasn’t sure she was the right fit for the film, which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Cardi B as exotic dan…

Lili Reinhart looks at strippers in a different light after playing one in her new movie Hustlers.

The Riverdale actress wasn’t sure she was the right fit for the film, which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Cardi B as exotic dancers, but she quickly realised strip club employees are just hard-working women.

“I definitely look at strip clubs in a completely new way,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight. “I have so much appreciation for the women who do what they do. It truly is a workout and incredibly hard, especially in heels that are 12-inches long!”

But the 22-year-old admitted it took her a while to step out of her comfort zone on set because performing sexy dances in front of an unknown man was “obviously strange and something I had never done before.”

“What a lot of the girls and I realised (while filming was that) when these girls… are doing their dances, I feel like a lot of the time they have to put on a different persona in order to get through it. In order to preserve themselves in a personal way, so as to not give any of these men an in into who they really are,” she continued. “It’s more like an act or a performance. I think that is something that I had to keep in mind to get myself out of my comfort zone.”

Reinhart plays Annabelle in the movie, who is dragged into the scheme by her fellow strippers, and the actress confessed it was refreshing to play such a different character.

“It was quite a refreshing role to play because I usually don’t play girls who don’t have their head on completely straight,” she explained. “She’s certainly not stupid, but she’s naive and young and I think she really was looking at the older girls to guide her and take her under their wing.”

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Constance Wu blames media-baiting for Hustlers ‘diva’ claims

Constance Wu has denied she requested top billing for movie Hustlers and accused the media of pitting women against one another.Back in July, it was reported that the actress insisted on being listed as the first name in the posters and trailers for th…

Constance Wu has denied she requested top billing for movie Hustlers and accused the media of pitting women against one another.

Back in July, it was reported that the actress insisted on being listed as the first name in the posters and trailers for the upcoming flick, which centres on a group of strippers who join forces to rob their rich broker clients.

But Wu, who appears alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo in the movie, told The Guardian the reports were entirely false.

“I wasn’t demanding anything,” she sighed. “The reason that happened was because people on the team were calling journalists because they were not putting me in (their stories about the film). It wasn’t anything I asked them to do.”

The Crazy Rich Asians star went on to suggest she expected backlash surrounding the movie because people are intimidated by strong women.

“People stereotyping us separates us, and when we are not unified it helps the patriarchy stay in power, right?” the 37-year-old star explained. “If you’re at a board meeting and there’s only one seat for a woman and all the other seats are for men, it’s not about being a woman – if you think there’s only one seat, it’s going to be competitive.”

However, she insisted there was no in-fighting on set because the movie is all about women empowering women, adding: “Nobody was fighting about the one seat at the table. It was our table.

“The men in the movie barely have names. It wasn’t written to be their story and that happens to women all the time, where there are no female characters of substance,” Wu reflected. “I really think that is why patriarchy tries to separate us because they know that when we’re together there is nothing more strong and beautiful.”

Hustlers is set to hit cinemas later this week.

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Jennifer Lopez befriended erotic dancers to research Hustlers role

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers. The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts. “I listened to what it was like t…

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers.

The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts.

“I listened to what it was like to have a career as a dancer,” she told WENN. “I soaked up the atmosphere and wanted to learn how to do things authentically, including pole dancing.”

J.Lo then trained for almost six months in preparation for the film, erecting a portable stripper pole in every city she visited.

However, she admitted learning to pole dance was really tough: “I was using a group of muscles I hadn’t ever tested before, so I walked away with fresh bruises after every session. My shoulders and back are still recovering!”

And she came away with a new respect for strippers.

“Most of these women are just trying to get by. Their struggles are 100 per cent relatable. They want to take care of themselves and their families,” the 50-year-old commented. “I think everyone deserves respect, consideration, and the ability not to be judged based on choices they’ve made, even bad choices. The truth is we’re all hustling, negotiating, striving to get through the day to win the battles we must fight. Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from that, all of a sudden, it’s a problem.

“In movies, strippers are painted as throwaways or just background characters. Hustlers digs into the stories of these women’s lives and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think people are going to appreciate the realness of this movie and its characters.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Jennifer Lopez challenged by pole dancing lessons for Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City i…

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.

The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City in the late 2000s who get their revenge on wealthy, drunk, and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.

Regarding her preparation for the role, Lopez has now shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she worked with a pole choreographer for several months – but still found mastering the art form to be difficult.

“I have danced all my life and I work out every single day, and I can say without hesitation that learning to pole dance was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” she told the publication. “I was using a completely new group of muscles – it was tough. My shoulder and back are still recovering.”

However, it was all worth it – as far as Lopez is concerned – because she was able to show exotic dancers in a different light.

“Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from it, suddenly it’s a problem,” the 50-year-old added. “Strippers are painted as throwaways or background characters. Hustlers digs into stories of their lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Constance Wu to star in Goodbye, Vitamin film adaptation

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a…

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a producer, according to editors at Variety.

Goodbye, Vitamin follows 30-year-old Ruth as she navigates leaving her fiance, quitting her job and heading back to her parents’ home only to find her history professor father is losing his memory.

“Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humour, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life,” a synopsis reads.

The book has received wide acclaim, including Best Book of the Year honours from O, The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vogue, while it also won the 2017 California Book Award for First Fiction.

Jennifer Yee McDevitt is to write the screenplay, while Dylan Clark of Dylan Clark Productions is to produce.

In addition to appearing in hit 2018 romcom Crazy Rich Asians, Constance has been praised for her performance as Jessica Huang in TV series Fresh Off the Boat and is also currently working on upcoming STX Entertainment crime-comedy film Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Julia Stiles.

However, the 37-year-old hit headlines in May when she reacted angrily to the news that Fresh Off the Boat had been picked up for a sixth season in a string of Twitter messages, before later explaining that the renewal meant she had to turn down another project about which she was very passionate.

Following her tweets, it was rumoured that she might be recast in the show. However, ABC bosses later insisted they couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role.

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Constance Wu to star in Goodbye, Vitamin film adaptation

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a…

Constance Wu is to headline a film adaptation of 2017 novel Goodbye, Vitamin.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress will take on the lead role of Ruth Young in Universal Pictures’ big screen version of writer Rachel Khong’s debut novel, and will also serve as a producer, according to editors at Variety.

Goodbye, Vitamin follows 30-year-old Ruth as she navigates leaving her fiance, quitting her job and heading back to her parents’ home only to find her history professor father is losing his memory.

“Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humour, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life,” a synopsis reads.

The book has received wide acclaim, including Best Book of the Year honours from O, The Oprah Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vogue, while it also won the 2017 California Book Award for First Fiction.

Jennifer Yee McDevitt is to write the screenplay, while Dylan Clark of Dylan Clark Productions is to produce.

In addition to appearing in hit 2018 romcom Crazy Rich Asians, Constance has been praised for her performance as Jessica Huang in TV series Fresh Off the Boat and is also currently working on upcoming STX Entertainment crime-comedy film Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and Julia Stiles.

However, the 37-year-old hit headlines in May when she reacted angrily to the news that Fresh Off the Boat had been picked up for a sixth season in a string of Twitter messages, before later explaining that the renewal meant she had to turn down another project about which she was very passionate.

Following her tweets, it was rumoured that she might be recast in the show. However, ABC bosses later insisted they couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role.

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Constance Wu’s Crazy Rich Asians dress to be displayed at Smithsonian

Constance Wu’s iconic Crazy Rich Asians dress is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.In the hit 2018 romcom directed by Jon M. Chu, Wu’s character Rachel Chu wears the blue Marchesa gown with tulle skirt and floral a…

Constance Wu’s iconic Crazy Rich Asians dress is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

In the hit 2018 romcom directed by Jon M. Chu, Wu’s character Rachel Chu wears the blue Marchesa gown with tulle skirt and floral appliques when attending a high-profile wedding in defiance of her boyfriend’s disapproving mother Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), with the moment proving to be a pivotal and memorable scene for fans.

Now, Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have announced that they are donating the ensemble to the prestigious institution as part of an event titled The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian Pacific Americans.

“It became a Cinderella dress for people,” filmmaker Chu told The Los Angeles Times of the dress. “I remember seeing moms make it for their little girls, I remember seeing women wear it with a sense of pride. It became literally a fairy tale dress for people. We talked about how this would make her feel and how powerful it would be for her – and that it’s also her choice to wear.”

The original Grecian-style dress appeared in Marchesa’s fall 2016 collection and featured long sleeves. However, the sleeves had to be removed for the production of Crazy Rich Asians, and the museum will be displaying the altered version. It will be presented alongside Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Batman’s cowl from Batman and Robin.

Theodore S. Gonzalves, curator in the division of culture and community life, added that the dress is an important symbol of representation for Asian Pacific Americans in film and media.

“The film’s use of fashion is not merely decorative or secondary,” he said in a statement. “The cast’s clothing plays a crucial role in marking social class among its characters-from multi-generational moneyed elites of Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese immigrants), to the nouveau riche strivers of Singapore, to working-class Chinese immigrants in the United States and their Asian-American model minority progeny.”

The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian Pacific Americans will take place on 18 May.

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Bebe Rexha auditioned for Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers movie

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers. The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut …

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers.

The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut in the crime flick and she put the work in to prepare for her audition but ultimately didn’t get the part.

“They hit me up and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure,'” she said. “So I got an acting coach. She’s awesome and she was teaching me how to act and stuff. It was really hard though because you have to be serious.”

It was announced earlier in March that the Jenny from the Block star would be joined by rapper Cardi B, making her movie debut, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, and Keke Palmer in Hustlers, which tells the story of a group of former erotic dancers who turn the tables on their rich Wall Street clients.

In the interview, Bebe said she was “supposed to be the Russian girl from New York” but it went to a blonde actress, presumably meaning Lili.

“I auditioned for a movie recently, but I didn’t get it. It went to Cardi, but that’s fine – it didn’t go to Cardi, no, she didn’t have that spot, it was a different girl, the blonde girl,” she added.

Although she missed out on the part, the 29-year-old, who has a voice role in upcoming animated musical comedy UglyDolls, insisted that it was all for the best because her mother didn’t approve of her stripper character.

“My mom was not happy about it, though. She was like, ‘You can’t play a stripper! No!'” noted Bebe, who recently fell out with her father Flamur over the sexy content of her music video to her song Last Hurrah.

Hustlers began filming in New York last week (ends24Mar19) ahead of a 2020 cinema release.

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Constance Wu empowered by yellow

Constance Wu has found a new lucky colour – yellow. The Crazy Rich Asians star wowed at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) in a stunning canary yellow Versace gown and on Monday night she shared the deep meaning behind her style choice, explaining…

Constance Wu has found a new lucky colour – yellow.

The Crazy Rich Asians star wowed at the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) in a stunning canary yellow Versace gown and on Monday night she shared the deep meaning behind her style choice, explaining it was a nod to the Coldplay track, Yellow, which features in her hit film.

The actress posted an image of herself in the dress on Oscar night, along with part of a letter the film’s director Jon M. Chu wrote to the British band during production, seeking permission to include the song in the romantic comedy.

Chu explained he had always had a “complicated relationship” with the colour – as it is often used as a slur to poke fun at Asians.

“For the first time in my life, it described the color in the most beautiful, magical ways I had ever heard: the color of the stars, her skin, the love,” Chu wrote in the letter addressed to Chris Martin and his bandmates. “It was an incredible image of attraction and aspiration that it made me rethink my own self image…

“It immediately became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before. We could reclaim the color for ourselves and it has stuck with me for the majority of my life.”

Chu decided to include the song during the film’s conclusion, when Wu’s character Rachel begins to appreciate her heritage in a new way.

“It would be such an honor to use your song that gave me so much strength throughout the years, to underscore this final part of our film,” the director’s letter continues. “(This movie) will give a whole generation of Asian-Americans, and others, the same sense of pride I got when I heard your song. I want all of them to have an anthem that makes them feel as beautiful as your words and melody made me feel when I needed it most.”

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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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