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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Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in Invisible Woman

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman. The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original p…

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman.

The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original pitch to executives at Universal Pictures, according to Deadline.

Banks will produce alongside her husband Max Handelman for their Brownstone Productions banner from a script written by The Girl on the Train’s Erin Cressida Wilson. She will also reportedly play the character who turns invisible.

The project is completely different and separate from the upcoming psychological horror The Invisible Man, which stars Elisabeth Moss as a widow of an abusive husband who fears he might still be around. That film, directed by Leigh Whannell, is set for release in February.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual, original monster stories that have less connection between films.

As such, Last Christmas’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and followed it up with the recent Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott. She is also attached to direct TV movie The Greater Good.

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Kirsten Dunst replacing Elisabeth Moss in The Power of the Dog

Kirsten Dunst is replacing Elisabeth Moss in upcoming Netflix movie, The Power of the Dog.The groundbreaking study was funded by bosses at South Korean cosmetics company Coreana Cosmetics and is said to be the first to find a link between airborne poll…

Kirsten Dunst is replacing Elisabeth Moss in upcoming Netflix movie, The Power of the Dog.

The groundbreaking study was funded by bosses at South Korean cosmetics company Coreana Cosmetics and is said to be the first to find a link between airborne pollutants and loss of hair.

Researchers tested the effect of dust and fuel particles on human scalp cells and found that exposure to common pollutants reduced the levels of four proteins responsible for hair growth and hair retention.

It also suggested that those living in those living in cities are at greater risk of going bald due to the increase of airborne particles.

Experts exposed human follicle cells to different concentrations of fine dust particles and tiny diesel particles, and found decreased levels of beta-catenin, a protein involved in hair growth and the process of generation of follicles.

Three other proteins responsible for hair growth and retention – cyclin D1, cyclin E and CDK2 – were also affected.

However, lead researcher Hyuk Chul Kwok noted that further investigation was needed to support the results.

“It is possible to hypothesise that at certain levels of exposure this could lead to baldness, but further population-based research needs to be undertaken to confirm this,” he suggested. “When the cells on the human scalp were exposed to common air pollutants created from burning fossil fuels, the proteins in the cells that are responsible for hair growth and hair retention were significantly reduced.”

The results were revealed at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Madrid, Spain.

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘I’d never read any script like The Kitchen’

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women a…

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women as they take charge of their husbands’ criminal empire after they are sentenced to prison.

Regarding the project, Moss has now explained that she wanted to be involved due to the “unique” plot.

“I thought it was a really unique script. I hadn’t read anything like it. I had certainly not seen a mob movie starring three women,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought the idea of these really flawed, interesting, complex women who are not superheroes, who are not good at what they do at first, who make mistakes — and there are major consequences to the violence and the mistakes that they make — that was a very real story.”

Screenwriter Andrea Berloff, who makes her directorial debut with the film, added that she wanted to get in the director’s chair for the first time because The Kitchen felt like a film she had to make.

“I’ve never seen a story like this before. I’ve never seen an authentic mob movie for real with women at the heart of it. That was fresh and different and, in my opinion, that’s the only way a movie gets made today is by doing something different,” she shared. “Audiences are letting us know that they’re tired of the same old thing, and we have to keep reinventing ourselves, and I think a fresh, different story is the way to do it.”

McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her comedic roles, added that she found it fun to be playing a ruthless criminal.

The Kitchen is in cinemas now.

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Karla Welch wanted to ’empower’ with Express collection

Karla Welch was determined for her new collection with retailer Express to “empower” customers.The Hollywood stylist, who has worked with the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Busy Philipps, Elisabeth Moss, and Justin Bieber, has teamed with the fashion bran…

Karla Welch was determined for her new collection with retailer Express to “empower” customers.

The Hollywood stylist, who has worked with the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Busy Philipps, Elisabeth Moss, and Justin Bieber, has teamed with the fashion brand on a 20-piece capsule collection of everyday basics.

The Express x Karla collection, priced from $19.90 to $128 (£16 – £102), features oversized linen boyfriend blazers, jumpsuits, cropped T-shirts and high-waisted latex miniskirts.

“I actually hate summer dressing, that’s how I went into this. But this is who I am and what I want to wear. I wanted to keep it really limited and small and just what you need,” Welch explained in an interview with WWD. “I want to empower.”

The stylist designed the collection with the Express team at their studio in New York, and also confessed that the pieces are pure nostalgia.

“There’s a bit of Miami Vice and Au Coton from Canada back in the day, and shoulder pads and linen and a neutral palette,” she shared.

The Express x Karla line is now available to buy at select Express stores and online, with a second range set to debut later this year.

Accordingly, Patrice Croci, vice president of brand marketing for Express, noted company bosses were “super excited” about the collaboration, and she teased more upcoming partnerships with influencers and celebrities in the coming months.

“Design collaborations with influencers like Karla have been a brand strategy for us,” she added. “For us, it’s about forming strategic partnerships with inspirational women.”

This isn’t the first time that Welch has made a foray into designing. She has launched her own label, named xkarla, and collaborated with Hanes on a collection of white T-shirts. She also created more than 60 custom pieces for Bieber’s Believe world tour back in 2012 and again for his Purpose tour in 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o freaks out fans by wearing gold contact lenses for TV interview

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological…

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.

The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele, which follows a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

To pay homage to her Us character Adelaide Wilson and her double Red, Lupita showed up for the chat in a sparkly pink Bande Noir suit and bright gold contact lenses, with host Stephen immediately drawing viewers’ attention to her bold look.

“Just because I want the audience to have the same experience I’m having right now, I just want to let everybody know out there that talking to Lupita Nyong’o was always engrossing because you have beautiful eyes but they’re particularly arresting tonight. Can you show (the audience)?” he said, with his guest then glancing at the cameras and joking, “I could use some rest, you know?”

Lupita then went on to explain that the role had caused her to get in touch with her “dark” side.

“I’m going for the darkest things in life, right now. It’s good to get it out,” the 36-year-old laughed.

The star also uploaded a snap of her golden eyes on Instagram, with her followers amazed by the distracting choice, with one fan commenting, “Ehhh Lupita you almost made me drop my phone!” and another user writing, “Nearly had a heart attack mid-scrolling.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Stephen confessed that he was afraid to watch horror movies and asked Lupita if she found it hard to make such a terrifying flick. Yet, she explained that the story was more “challenging” than scary to shoot.

“Well, no. Not when the scary thing is you, you know, which was the case in this movie,” she responded. “I play Adelaide and she is traumatised by this thing that happened to her as a child… and she has this feeling that something bad is about to happen and it happens when her doppelganger shows up with her family to get her. And so, in this film, we were the monster, we never acted with ourselves, we never saw our scene partners, so that wasn’t particularly scary to shoot – it was definitely technically challenging.”

Us, also starring Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, opens in cinemas on Friday.

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Elisabeth Moss wanted to live up to Casey Affleck’s expectations when they worked together

Elisabeth Moss tried to be as good as Casey Affleck when he directed her in his new movie.Casey wrote, directed and also stars in Light of My Life, a film he began writing nine years ago, with the movie premiering at the Berlin International Film Festi…

Elisabeth Moss tried to be as good as Casey Affleck when he directed her in his new movie.

Casey wrote, directed and also stars in Light of My Life, a film he began writing nine years ago, with the movie premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month (Feb19).

Light of My Life is a dystopian father/ daughter tale, with Casey taking on the role of Dad, Elisabeth as Mum and Anna Pniowsky as the daughter, Rag.

“I’m a tremendous fan of his as an actor so it’s really cool to be directed by someone like that because, basically, you just want to do whatever they tell you so you can try to be as good as they are,” The Handmaid’s Tale actress gushed to Deadline. “He was extremely collaborative and generous in letting me create the role, give any script notes or ideas, and really contribute to my part of the story.

“As an actor, it’s so helpful to be a part of a process like that and to be able to really make something your own, which he gave to me as a director. There was a lot of trust because he knew the material so well and knew exactly what he wanted. I just followed his lead and tried to help tell his story.”

Elisabeth shot all of her scenes in one day, and although her part was only small, the 36-year-old said it felt like she filmed an entire movie in the space of a few short hours.

She added that it helped that her scenes were shot mostly in sequence.

“I was bummed when we were finished because I wanted to do more – I felt like I just got started,” she confessed. “But in those circumstances you just have to kind of leave it all out on the dance floor because all you get is that one day and you don’t have time to ease into it. You start at 100 MPH and just speed up from there.”

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Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon to star in women’s rights film Call Jane

Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon will star alongside each other in women’s rights drama Call Jane. The Handmaid’s Tale actress will lead the film in the role of Joy and serve as producer under her Unburdened Entertainment banner alongside Dallas Buye…

Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon will star alongside each other in women’s rights drama Call Jane.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress will lead the film in the role of Joy and serve as producer under her Unburdened Entertainment banner alongside Dallas Buyers Club producer Robbie Brenner.

The film, which will be directed by Sian Heder, who has helmed episodes of GLOW and Orange is the New Black, follows a traditional ’60s American housewife who is desperate for a child. After she falls pregnant and discovers complications which will threaten her life, she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia, to be played by Sarandon. The Janes save her life and give her a new sense of purpose: to help other women take control of their destinies.

“I’m so excited to be bringing this beautiful script to life with Sian and Robbie and to be working with Susan, who I admire tremendously,” Moss said in a statement. “The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women. We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next.

“It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”

Brenner added, “I have no doubt that Sian will craft a beautiful and important film with our dedicated and amazing cast, Elisabeth and Susan.”

The film has been written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, who will also serve as executive producers.

Call Jane is currently in the pre-production phase, and executives at Protagonist Pictures, who have the international rights, will introduce the movie to buyers at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Germany this February (19).

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The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer ‘flattered’ her creations are part of #MeToo culture

The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer Ane Crabtree is thrilled her creations have inspired comedy sketches and political protests. The visionary behind the crimson cloak and white bonnet worn by the women on the dystopian drama, is thrilled the distinc…

The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer Ane Crabtree is thrilled her creations have inspired comedy sketches and political protests.

The visionary behind the crimson cloak and white bonnet worn by the women on the dystopian drama, is thrilled the distinct look has caught on and she loves the fact it has become a cultural item for the changing times.

Crabtree, who also worked on shows like The Sopranos and Westworld, was particularly excited to see so many people wearing replicas of her Handmaid’s Tale look at Halloween.

“It’s so flattering and humbling and funny,” she tells Us Weekly. “I loved when it was on RuPaul’s Drag Race or Saturday Night Live. I love all the protests that are happening all over the world.”

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the series centres on a stark future, where women in the U.S. are ripped from their families and forced to breed for powerful couples who cannot have children. The costumes on the show, which stars Elisabeth Moss, were worn in September during a Washington, D.C. protest against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearing. Known as Demand Justice, the activist group used the clothing to highlight Kavanaugh’s alleged threat to women’s rights.

“I am smart enough to know that it is beyond me at a certain point,” she adds. “I simply came up with an idea based on a script that was handed to me. It’s always either hilarious or poignant – whether it’s Halloween costumes or women truly protesting for their rights. It’s a big deal. It’s only two seasons for me, so maybe years down the road, I’ll understand what it all means fully.”

Alyssa Milano sported the show’s garb during the August (18) Rise Up For Roe rally in Phoenix, Arizona, which was staged to help uphold the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalising abortion. The actress held up a sign that read: “Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead”.

Kavanaugh became the latest judge to take a seat at the U.S. Supreme Court, despite protests linked to sexual misconduct claims from a former fellow college student. An FBI investigation found him guilty of no wrongdoing.

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