Kristen Stewart: ‘Reviving Charlie’s Angels was Elizabeth Banks’ idea’

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she w…

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.

The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she was a huge fan of the actress and director.

“It was really fun. Liz is really funny. It was her idea to revive the movies. I’d never worked with her before but I’ve always been a huge fan. Tonally we’re so different – she can squeeze a joke or a laugh out of anything and I’m the furthest from that,” Kristen explained to Collider, before adding she was shocked that Banks wanted her to play the “goofball” in the reboot.

“I was so thankful and ultimately she wrote a really warm, grounded – also very silly, stupid, sometimes slapstick – but also really well-intentioned movie. It’s rad,” she gushed. “These girls are actually smart and it’s about women who are friends and who are good people working together… It didn’t lose the kitschy thing because she’s really f**king silly.”

And the Twilight star, who is best known for taking on much more dramatic roles, was relieved to be playing the “wily” Sabina.

“My character is wily. I’m the really irresponsible older sister who takes care of these girls… but she never really knows what time it is or where she’s supposed to be. So it was fun to be just a dumb-a*s,” she laughed.

Banks also stars in the film, alongside the likes of Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart.

© Cover Media

Elizabeth Banks will never undergo plastic surgery

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future …

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.

The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future either, as she wouldn’t want to deal with the psychological effect of making any drastic changes to her appearance.

“I’m trying to age gracefully,” she told Dax Shepard during a chat for his Armchair Expert podcast on Monday. “That’s something I will happily say to everyone, like, I have not put anything in my face, I’ve never had a needle in my face … I’m really uninterested in the psychology of starting to mess with my face.

“I would do it if I could happily look in the mirror and not have emotional or psychological baggage doing it but I just… I don’t want to do it and I’m trying to resist and there’s a reason for that and I have to honour it.”

As for her reasons for not having surgery, the 45-year-old continued: “I feel the way about those kinds of doctors as I do about a lot of things, like, you are putting your livelihood and your life into their hands and who knows what could go wrong … like why am I doing that?

“And then I’ve also had friends and my sister who have faced cancer and have had surgeries and stuff and you’re like, ‘Why would I voluntarily put myself under a knife and like anaesthesia and all that?’ It’s all so dangerous, is my point.”

When it comes to how she’ll cope in the world of Hollywood as she advances in her years, the screen star said she hopes society’s views of ageing will change.

“I’m just over it,” the Charlie’s Angels director reflected on the pressures to appear youthful.

© Cover Media

Elizabeth Banks insisted on tampon scene in Charlie’s Angels

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Fo…

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation in its 78-year history on Wednesday.

Banks, who was supported by her Charlie’s Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, said during her acceptance speech that the movie has a scene that focuses on the female sanitary product, and thanked Sony boss Tom Rothman for letting her do it.

“I didn’t start directing movies because I think I am the greatest director in the world. I did it because I had something I want to say. I want to change the world, and so in thinking about my status, bestowed just now by three Angels, as an industry ‘pioneer’, I wanted to say something tonight that has never been said on this stage, at this forum. I wanted to do what is a staple of my work,” Banks told the crowd.

“I wanted to say something entertaining for all, but especially meaningful to women and girls, something that I can pretty much guarantee (past honourees) Darryl F. Zanuck and Jim Gianopulos have never said. I wanted to say tampon. TAMPON. Tampon. I can only say it is probably the fear of every man in this room that you give a woman a microphone – it is all tampon talk all the time.”

She explained that she used the word in her speech to try and eradicate the stigma surrounding periods and sanitary products, and revealed that Sony never once asked her to take out the scene in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

“I just wanted to remind you why you gave me this Pioneer Award here tonight. It is because everything you can do, I can do bleeding,” she quipped.

© Cover Media

Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska lands Kurt Geiger campaign

Rising star Ella Balinska has been tapped to appear in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.The British actress is currently gearing up to begin promoting the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, in which she appears alongside Naomi…

Rising star Ella Balinska has been tapped to appear in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.

The British actress is currently gearing up to begin promoting the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, in which she appears alongside Naomi Scott and Kristen Stewart.

But before Ella heads on the publicity trail, she has been selected by bosses at the U.K. footwear brand to be the face of the Characterful Style imagery for the fall/winter 2019 collection.

“Characterful style means bringing out the you, your personality and your essence,” the 22-year-old said in a statement, before adding that the campaign marks a full circle moment in her career, as she was once an employee for the company at the Selfridges department store in London. “I used to work in Kurt Geiger, it makes this so close to home and it makes it a campaign I’m really proud to be the face of because I know this company back to front. So, to be able to share that with the world, it’s a lot.”

In the accompanying video and still images, Ella models the new leather Bax boots, the Shoreditch purse, which features 1,500 pin studs, and the pristine white Lunar sneakers.

For the new line, Kurt Geiger creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley has also introduced the Bax flat and the Shoreditch tote handbag.

Meanwhile, label executives have tapped Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell to show off the men’s collection, including the leather Cade Chelsea boot and the Ross Boot.

Of wearing boots, he simply commented, “On stage, you just don’t want to slip over.”

Items in Kurt Geiger’s fall/winter 2019 collection are priced from $181 – $279 (£149 – £229).

© Cover Media

Kristen Stewart agreed to Charlie’s Angels because Elizabeth Banks ‘always vouched’ for her

Kristen Stewart signed up for Charlie’s Angels because director Elizabeth Banks always vouched for her. After becoming a household name with the hugely popular Twilight franchise, the 29-year-old went down the independent film route, starring in featur…

Kristen Stewart signed up for Charlie’s Angels because director Elizabeth Banks always vouched for her.

After becoming a household name with the hugely popular Twilight franchise, the 29-year-old went down the independent film route, starring in features such as Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice, and Personal Shopper, but is about to make her return to the mainstream with Charlie’s Angels.

Explaining her decision to make another blockbuster, the actress has now revealed it was all down to her connection to Banks.

“I did Charlie’s (Angels) because I’m a huge fan of Liz Banks and I always felt she vouched for me,” she commented. “I always felt, like, she doesn’t think I’m a freak.”

Stewart met Banks at a Venice Film Festival party a few years ago, when she was dancing self-consciously. The Pitch Perfect 2 director came up to her and told her she was a fan and asked if she was having fun.

“And then she said what would be the most annoying thing to hear from anyone else which was, ‘You’ve got to have fun with it,'” she recalled. “I was like, ‘No s**t! I’m trying.'”

The film, a reboot of the franchise which featured Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, features Stewart as private detective Sabina Wilson alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.

Fans will see a different side to the star, as the trailer showed Stewart playing a cool character rather than an awkward or troubled one, doing comedy, stunts, and even dancing.

According to the actress, when her friends saw the clip, they remarked: “‘Dude, that’s you. Finally!'”

Charlie’s Angels is set to hit cinemas in November, two months before Stewart can be seen in another blockbuster – action-horror Underwater.

© Cover Media

Lucy Liu ‘curious’ about Charlie’s Angels reboot

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation o…

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation of the 1970s TV show.

In a new interview, Liu, who played female detective Alex Munday in the 2000 film and its 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, said she was curious to see the new reboot, but had some concerns about Hollywood continuously recycling ideas.

“They recycle things so much. I mean, Charlie’s Angels was recycled, and so it’s rare to find something that is fresh and new. But I think there’s an audience for that, so I think it’s wonderful. And (there’s) a new Charlie’s Angels coming out as well,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“I just feel like things that are original always sort of pop a little bit, but I think there’s a comfort level in trying to relive something and also to redo something in the modern time, and I’m always curious on how that works out.”

She said in an interview last year with ET it was “very exciting” that Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth Banks was helming the project.

“It will only be a more positive result for women,” Liu gushed.

Charlie’s Angels features a star-studded supporting cast including Banks, Patrick Stewart, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, and Djimon Hounsou, while Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey have collaborated on a song for its soundtrack.

The reboot is due to hit cinemas in November.

© Cover Media

Elizabeth Banks: ‘Kristen Stewart will surprise in Charlie’s Angels’

Elizabeth Banks is certain audiences will be surprised by Kristen Stewart’s role in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The 29-year-old actress stars alongside Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott as the new generation of female crime-fighting spies, and director Ban…

Elizabeth Banks is certain audiences will be surprised by Kristen Stewart’s role in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The 29-year-old actress stars alongside Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott as the new generation of female crime-fighting spies, and director Banks was full of praise for the former Twilight star.

“First of all, she is a legit action heroine. There’s no doubt about it. She’s super bada*s in the movie,” Banks gushed to reporters during a press call, according to CinemaBlend. “She did so many of her own stunts. Did all of her training. They all did. They all did weapons training. They all did stunt training, fight training, driving, we all took driving – not lessons but we all had to go through and were all put through our paces in all of those areas.

“And then she’s really, really funny. I think she lands as many jokes in this film as any comic actor working today. I think that will really surprise people.”

A trailer for the highly-anticipated reboot featured fast-paced action and jaw-dropping stunts, and Banks revealed she was heavily influenced by Rebecca Ferguson’s role in the action sequences in Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation back in 2015.

“When I originally pitched to direct Charlie’s Angels, it was right after Rebecca Ferguson had been in that Mission: Impossible movie and I was so inspired by her and excited for Wonder Woman which has since come out which I also looked at a little bit. We don’t have super powers in our movie so I don’t have golden lassos to play with,” she joked, before revealing that she also took inspiration from Charlize Theron’s action thriller Atomic Blonde.

Charlie’s Angels, which also stars Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart, will be released in November.

© Cover Media

Elizabeth Banks: ‘Streaming services have liberated Hollywood’

Elizabeth Banks has found it “liberating” that streaming services have changed the way movies are being made. The actress and director is at the helm of the new Charlie’s Angels film, and spoke to The New York Times about how Hollywood has changed in …

Elizabeth Banks has found it “liberating” that streaming services have changed the way movies are being made.

The actress and director is at the helm of the new Charlie’s Angels film, and spoke to The New York Times about how Hollywood has changed in recent years.

Asked if she always considers whether a project should be released theatrically or streamed, Elizabeth replied: “We’re all storytellers, and we all want to get the most eyeballs on the story.

“We’re constantly asking ourselves what we think the best home is for the content, and it’s also been sort of liberating to feel like you can get a piece of material that you think is going to be a huge movie, and then two years into developing it you realise, ‘You know what? We should break this up into six episodes and make it a limited series!’ That’s actually an option now.”

Several key players in Hollywood have been divided as to the benefit of streaming to the industry – with Steven Spielberg among those standing strong for the theatrical experience over watching movies in the comfort of one’s own home.

As for whether or not films of certain genres will continue coming out in cinemas, Elizabeth mused: “I do believe the theatrical experience is going to be more and more event-ised for major studios, but for someone like me who grew up on romantic comedies, watching them come back on streamers has been really gratifying.”

The Pitch Perfect 2 filmmaker continued: “People actually like this stuff that the studios stopped giving them, and the streamers picked up the slack. So that’s one example of how streamers can make these sorts of midrange movies that the big corporate studios are not as interested in putting out theatrically.”

© Cover Media

Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey join forces for Charlie’s Angels song

Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey have seemingly teamed up to create a song for the Charlie’s Angels reboot.All three popstars teased fans about the collaboration by releasing a 14-second video on social media on Wednesday, which simply featu…

Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey have seemingly teamed up to create a song for the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

All three popstars teased fans about the collaboration by releasing a 14-second video on social media on Wednesday, which simply featured the logo of the upcoming movie and the word, “Uploading…”

“Trailer tomorrow @charliesangels,” the 26-year-old Sweetener hitmaker wrote, tagging the official Charlie’s Angels Twitter account and Lana, seemingly hinting that the trio have collaborated on a song for the soundtrack.

Miley also shared the short video, writing, “WE ARE COMING!” and also tagged the 34-year-old Summertime Sadness star, who followed suit.

The film, which is set for release in November, will star Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Brits Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting trio, with Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Djimon Hounsou all playing different versions of Bosley, who is the employee of the mysterious Charlie.

Noah Centineo and Sam Claflin are also onboard, with The Hunger Games star Elizabeth also directing the reboot.

This isn’t the first time that Miley and Ariana have teamed up on a music project. Back in 2017, the Wrecking Ball hitmaker joined Ariana for the One Love Manchester benefit concert, following the horrifying terror attack at Ariana’s Manchester Arena gig.

The first Charlie’s Angels movie in 2000, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, featured Independent Women by Destiny’s Child on the soundtrack, while the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, included Pink and her hit track, Feel Good Time.

© Cover Media

James Gunn turned to Elizabeth Banks after Disney firing

James Gunn turned to his close friend Elizabeth Banks after he was fired by Disney.Gunn, 52, was ditched from directing the third instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise last year after offensive posts he shared on Twitter a decade ago were…

James Gunn turned to his close friend Elizabeth Banks after he was fired by Disney.

Gunn, 52, was ditched from directing the third instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise last year after offensive posts he shared on Twitter a decade ago were unearthed and caused a stir online.

Fans and the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, urged studio chiefs to reinstate him, and earlier this year the executives decided to give the filmmaker another chance.

Gunn has now revealed that Banks – who he has been close friends with since they worked together on his directorial debut in 2006, Slither – was one of the first people he called once he’d learnt that Disney had fired him.

“I told him, ‘I love you and I want the best for you,'” Banks told The Hollywood Reporter, before admitting that she consults Gunn on her own projects: “I send him scripts and ask him to give notes.”

“I’ve been very, very lucky to have people like Elizabeth who, when things go up, they are there for me… When things go down, they’re there for me. I’m the same way with her. No matter what happens in her life, I will always be her friend,” Gunn added.

The pair reunited to work on horror Brightburn, which Gunn produced and Banks stars in as a woman who, along with her husband, finds an alien baby in a field. They raise the child as their own, but start to question if their powerful son Brandon, played by Jackson Dunn, was sent to this world for good or evil.

Gunn was happy to be involved on a daily basis, and candidly revealed it was more fulfilling than when he works in the same role on films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I’ll keep producing stuff. I think at the end of the day, producing something like this (Brightburn), where I really was on set every single day and working with Dave (Yarovesky, director) and working with Elizabeth and trying to make this movie, is a little bit more fulfilling in some ways than what I do with – say Marvel – where I’m giving notes on scripts and helping them out with the character and guiding an overall thing,” he explained.

© Cover Media