Kathy Bates ‘hit the big time’ working with Clint Eastwood

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only fe…

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.

The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only felt like she’d “hit the big time” when she got the chance to work with the Oscar-winning director.

“I said to Clint, ‘I’ve been doing this for 50 years, but I finally feel like I hit the big time,’” she recalled. “And I don’t mean with all the marching bands and the confetti, I mean, working with another incredible director, and doing a story that matters.”

Bates, who won an Oscar in 1990 for her terrifying portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Misery, confessed that despite working with filmmakers such as Rob Reiner, James Cameron and Sam Mendes, she was starstruck and “extremely nervous” when meeting Eastwood.

Recalling her first-ever encounter with the 89-year-old, Bates said she asked him why he wanted to make a movie about Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

“At first he looked up with those eyes and I thought, ‘Oh God, here we go.’ Then he said, ‘Well, I think it’s a movie I’d like to see.’ He was so angry at how Richard had been treated. He felt this was an American tragedy, and that it needed to be told,” she explained.

Bates, who plays Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, insisted that her portrayal was not an impersonation, but was inspired by her real-life character.

“We sat and talked for two or three hours and I recorded her voice,” she shared. “I had to, as an actor, create a character of Bobi, otherwise it would have been robotic. You can’t just go in and try to mimic somebody.”

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Woody Harrelson signs on for satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English langua…

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.

The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English language film.

British actor Harris Dickinson, who will next be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman series prequel The King’s Man, has been cast as wealthy model Carl, alongside South African actress Charlbi Dean, who will play his girlfriend Yaya.

The story will follow the couple as they are invited on a luxury cruise, manned by Harrelson’s eccentric sea captain. However, trouble strikes when they become stranded on a desert island after a terrifying storm.

Filming will begin on the 70-day shoot later this month in Sweden and Greece, with some of the scenes to be shot in the Adriatic Sea.

In a chat with Deadline, Ostlund explained that he wanted to explore the idea of beauty in different environments.

“I was raised with the idea that looks don’t matter, that it is the inside that counts,” he told the outlet. “Even as a child, I realised that this was a well-meaning lie. Through the models, Carl and Yaya, I want to explore the significance of looks in three different environments – in the fashion world, on a luxury yacht amongst billionaires and on a desert island.”

Croatian veteran actor Zlatko Buric is also among the cast, alongside German star Iris Berben and Game of Thrones star Oliver Ford Davies.

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Ezra Miller joining forces with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on sci-fi musical

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is s…

Ezra Miller is teaming with Saul Williams and Lin-Manuel Miranda on a sci-fi musical.

The Justice League star and artist/actor Williams have formed a new production company, called MartyrLoserKin, via which they will develop Neptune Frost. Williams is set to direct the project.

According to Deadline, the film will focus on an intersex African hacker, a miner, and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union

Neptune Frost will be the first offering from MartyrLoserKin, which Miller and Williams plan to use to “create and proliferate works that dismantle conventional cinematic ideological frameworks”.

“(Our projects will) synergistically naturalise into this industry more poetic, queer, explorative, anarchic, diverse, subversive, non-binary, aboriginal, environmental, ecological and esoterically conscious content that will speak to both the times in which we live and the forces that seek to restrict them,” they added in a statement.

The two collaborators will co-produce Neptune Frost, with Hamilton creator Miranda on board as an executive producer.

Pre-production is already underway in Rwanda.

The news comes as it was announced that Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton will be in cinemas across the world next year after producers landed a $75 million (£58 million) deal with Disney.

The film was shot in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left the Broadway show, and is based on three live performances.

Once Hamilton has had a cinematic release, it will then be added to the studio’s new streaming service, Disney+.

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Jodie Foster to direct Mona Lisa theft movie

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum…

Jodie Foster is set to direct a film about the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The project will be based on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which delves into how Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre museum in Paris, had managed to steal the portrait and walk out with it hidden under his coat.

Confirming the news to Deadline at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, producer Jeffrey Soros noted that he expects the film to be a thrilling drama.

“This happened in 1911, and it was the thing that made the Mona Lisa so famous… We have got a whole new script for Jodie Foster to direct,” he told the publication. “This is in the mould of (classic movie) The Thomas Crown Affair… It is a fun story, and the crime itself is not sophisticated. Our story mixes truth and fiction, and the focus is on the characters behind orchestrating the theft.”

An Italian patriot, Peruggia believed the famous painting should be exhibited in Italy, and ultimately kept it in his apartment for two years before being caught trying to sell it to an art dealer in Florence. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in 1914, with Peruggia serving six months in prison over the crime.

Screenwriter Bill Wheeler, known for his work on films like Queen of Katwe, Ghost in the Shell, and The Lego Ninjago movie, will pen the script.

Meanwhile, the film marks Foster’s next major directing gig, with the Oscar-winning actress previously having helmed 1991’s Little Man Tate, 1995’s Home for the Holidays, 2011’s The Beaver, and 2016’s Money Monster.

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Taika Waititi: ‘Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation’

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-Amer…

Taika Waititi believes Michael Fassbender should stop doing dramas because he is a “comic revelation”.

The New Zealand filmmaker has completed production on the upcoming sports comedy Next Goal Wins, which follows the true story of unorthodox Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Fassbender, who tries to help the American Samoa football team, considered one of the weakest football teams in the world, qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

And Waititi is overjoyed with the movie, which also stars Elisabeth Moss, Armie Hammer, and Rhys Darby, and told Deadline that it was one of the best experiences of his life.

“It’s one of the happiest shoots I’ve ever been on. It’s a 99 per cent Polynesian cast; Michael Fassbender is a comic revelation,” he shared. “I think he should just stop doing dramas from now on because he’s so funny, and so good at improvising. To me, it was a real revelation.”

The 44-year-old, who recently landed two Academy Award nominations for his satire Jojo Rabbit, co-wrote the screenplay with Iain Morris, and filming took place in Hawaii last year.

Waititi also shared that shooting Next Goal Wins, which is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, was a totally different experience to that of his upcoming Thor blockbuster.

“With the Thor film, I can’t share much, for obvious reasons. We’re going to be writing all the way up until we shoot, and then throughout the shoot,” he explained.

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the Norse god for Thor: Love and Thunder, alongside Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, while Christian Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain.

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Quentin Tarantino unlikely to direct Star Trek film

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi …

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.

Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi movie.

Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote epic drama The Revenant, was tasked with penning the Star Trek screenplay while Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with the filmmaker looking to return to the movie once he had wrapped on the blockbuster.

However, the 56-year-old has now indicated that he will not be involved with the Star Trek film – though still hopes Paramount studio bosses will make it in the future.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” he told Deadline. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”

Tarantino had suggested last year that he would retire after making his 10th movie, which will be his next project.

Back in 2009, Abrams directed the hugely successful Star Trek reboot, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, which raked in more than $385 million (£296 million) worldwide.

He also helmed the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, four years later, which made more than $467 million (£359 million) globally.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was hired for the third instalment, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016, which was the lowest-grossing movie in the series, making $343 million (£263 million).

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Charlize Theron overcome with emotion watching Megyn Kelly’s reaction to Bombshell

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about …

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.

The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Megyn informed investigators she had been one of the victims of late chairman’s inappropriate behaviour before he was fired from his role in 2016, and she recently revealed that watching her real-life story come alive onscreen in Bombshell made her tear up.

“I do wish I had done more, even though I was powerless… what if I had thrown myself on the fire back then?” the former Fox News reporter reflected in a tearful Instagram video last week.

And after watching Megyn’s video confession, Charlize admitted she was “incredibly emotional”.

“I felt that that was an incredibly sincere moment from Megyn,” the 44-year-old told Deadline. “It hit me really deep. I felt something really real in her saying that.”

The Oscar-winning actress explained she was very moved that Megyn acknowledged she may have been able to do more to help fellow victims.

“We (as women) shouldn’t even be in that situation in the first place,” the leading lady declared. “We want more than that. We want a world where that’s not even asked. Where we are not even in that situation where we have to choose what we’re going to do in the first place. And I just don’t think that is too much to ask. I think that is a human right that we should all have.”

Bombshell received three nominations for the upcoming Oscars on Monday, with Charlize earning a Best Actress nod for her role as Megyn and co-star Margot Robbie being recognised in the Best Supporting Actress category.

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Laura Dern overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character is feminist icon

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save…

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.

The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save the lives of Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum at the ill-fated dinosaur park.

Since then, Laura revealed that she’s been approached by women who love telling her how much they adore Ellie.

“I’ve had so many girls and women come up to me over the years talking about her being an icon for them, and that’s meant so much to me,” she told Deadline.

And the 52-year-old is proud that she played such a strong character in Spielberg’s groundbreaking film.

“I think the thing I love the most about playing Ellie Sattler, and this was the early ’90s, was that it was the first CGI movie ever,” Laura explained. “We were going to do, it felt like, this wild thing that Steven wanted to attempt, which had never been done before.

“And he wanted to make sure that if all worked well, that the female in the centre of the story was as much of a bada*s and as fearless as anyone else. He took it seriously, and she was kind of a feminist.”

The Golden Globe-winning actress is excited to reprise her role for the upcoming Jurassic World 3, alongside her original Jurassic Park co-stars, ahead of a 2021 cinema release.

“It’s exciting to continue that journey and see what they come up with, and I’m excited to learn. Steven seems excited. Sam and Jeff seem excited, and I love that, so it’s really fun to think about,” she gushed.

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Regina King kicks off production on One Night in Miami

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play o…

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play of the same name.

King’s film will be set in February 1964, on the night boxer Cassius Clay became world heavyweight champion following a shock victory over Sonny Liston.

The fictional narrative will be focused on the aftermath of the fight, with Clay, civil rights activist Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke, and American football player Jim Brown meeting for hours at a Miami motel.

Kingsley Ben-Adir will portray Malcolm X, Riverdale star Eli Goree will play boxing great Clay before he became known as Muhammad Ali, Leslie Odom, Jr. will feature as Sam Cooke, while Aldis Hodge will take on the part of Jim Brown.

“One Night in Miami is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” King told Deadline. “We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis, and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”

Powers penned the screenplay for the project. His original play explored the possibility of what the successful men of colour may have discussed as they fought for equality in the face of racism and white supremacy during the 1960s civil rights movement.

In the past, If Beale Street Could Talk star King has directed episodes of TV shows such as Scandal, Shameless, The Good Doctor, and This Is Us, but One Night in Miami marks her first time helming a feature film.

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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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