Betty Gilpin ‘frustrated’ by controversy surrounding The Hunt

Betty Gilpin was “frustrated” by the controversy that led to the postponement of her movie The Hunt. Universal executives shelved the release of the violent political satire, which follows a group of liberal elites who hunt conservatives for sport, in…

Betty Gilpin was “frustrated” by the controversy that led to the postponement of her movie The Hunt.

Universal executives shelved the release of the violent political satire, which follows a group of liberal elites who hunt conservatives for sport, in September, shortly after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and after U.S. President Trump tweeted that the thriller was made to “inflame and cause chaos”.

In February, studio officials relaunched the marketing campaign, with a new release date, a new poster, and a radically different trailer which showed there was more to the story, as one of the hunted, played by Gilpin, gets her own back on the liberals.

In an interview with Yahoo, the GLOW star admitted it was frustrating to hear about the controversy surrounding the film, especially as the backlash was misinformed, since nobody had actually seen it.

“The joy of the movie is not knowing what’s going to happen next,” she stated. “So, it made it that much more frustrating that all this wildly incorrect information was surrounding it. But I do think that it makes the viewing experience kind of that much more delicious and insane now.”

In a separate interview with Variety, the 33-year-old added, “We’re living in the world we satirised, about information getting wildly lost in translation. That happened to this movie… I thought this is exactly the movie that everybody should watch. It was frustrating to hear people speak on behalf of the movie who had never seen it.”

In the feature, Gilpin plays war veteran Crystal, also nicknamed Snowball, who turns on the hunters and picks them off one by one. The film also stars Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, and Ike Barinholtz.

The Hunt is in cinemas now.

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The Hunt receives new release date

Controversial film The Hunt will be finally be released in cinemas in March.Universal executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical thriller, which follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill conservatives for sport, i…

Controversial film The Hunt will be finally be released in cinemas in March.

Universal executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical thriller, which follows a group of liberal elites who try to track down and kill conservatives for sport, in August last year following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Soon after, they decided to shelve its September release altogether due to the controversy, which made further headlines after U.S. President Trump tweeted that the political satire was made to “inflame and cause chaos”.

On Tuesday, Universal bosses relaunched their marketing campaign for the film, releasing a brand-new poster and distinctively different trailer which features the words, “The most talked-about movie of the year is one nobody’s seen yet… this March, decide for yourself.”

They have also screened the film for a bunch of journalists, with producer Jason Blum explaining to Variety that the reporting on the controversy last year was inaccurate because nobody had seen it.

“We felt like everybody got it wrong because no one had seen the movie,” he said. “It was the most talked-about movie that no one has ever seen. So, what both of us were very eager for people to see the movie and realise that the movie is 100 per cent satire and pokes fun at both sides equally. We wanted to see that represented in what people were writing about, but again, they couldn’t because no one had seen it.”

When asked why March was the right time to release it, co-writer and producer Damon Lindelof replied, “As more and more people start to see it, we’ve gained confidence in the fact that this is not a dangerous movie. This is not a provocative movie. This is not a divisive movie. I think the big shift between now and then is that more people have seen it and they’ve responded positively.”

The Hunt, which stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, and Emma Roberts, will be released in U.S. cinemas on 13 March.

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Emma Roberts and Laura Harrier fronting BOSS Alive fragrance campaign

Emma Roberts and Laura Harrier have been tapped to front the campaign for the new BOSS Alive fragrance.Executives at BOSS Parfums have selected the Hollywood duo, alongside Brazilian star Bruna Marquezine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Chloe Bennet…

Emma Roberts and Laura Harrier have been tapped to front the campaign for the new BOSS Alive fragrance.

Executives at BOSS Parfums have selected the Hollywood duo, alongside Brazilian star Bruna Marquezine and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Chloe Bennet, as the face of the new perfume. Designed to represent the “modern, multifaceted face of the BOSS woman,” the marketing imagery depicts the women posing casually in a range of black and white outfits.

“As an actress, I’m used to playing a character so it was liberating to be myself for this campaign,” said Emma, 28, of the experience. “I felt so confident while we were shooting and there’s really no better feeling than that.”

While Spider-Man: Homecoming actress Laura noted that she particularly enjoyed working alongside female talent both behind and in front of the camera.

“It’s great to be a part of a project that is completely female driven. I love the idea of all these innovative forces coming together to create something new,” the 29-year-old shared.

The BOSS Alive scent features top notes of sparkling apple and plum, a powerful floral heart of jasmine sambac, and a contrasting base that fuses woody notes with vanilla absolute.

And Chloe, 27, is thrilled to be working with a brand that embraces inclusivity.

“The other campaign talents are all awesome and working together is great because we all have so much in common, and yet, are so different at the same time. Any young woman can look up to any one of us and see themselves in a different part of each of us,” she added.

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Sophie Turner and Emma Roberts fronting offbeat Louis Vuitton campaign

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alici…

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alicia Vikander, as chic protagonists of ’80s sci-fi and horror novels to debut his pre-fall 2020 collection.

The 24-page lookbook is a compilation of retro book covers with Game of Thrones star Sophie fronting The Devil’s Mansion, wearing a camel-coloured wool coat, a slick cream suit, and moon boots.

American Horror Story actress Emma is the leading lady in The Dragon Slayer, rocking a fuchsia mid-length dress with black patent boots, while Billie is the fictional protagonist in zombie thriller Alive, sporting an embellished black dress, with tights, and chunky black boots.

In a press release accompanying the lookbook, a spokesperson explained that the collection follows the motto: “Fashion is a novel.”

“These characters from our wardrobe set the scene for our days, our moods, our lives,” they continued. “This meeting of periods, stylistic movements and anachronistic combinations brings to life a rich cast of costumes.”

Longtime Louis Vuitton muse Jennifer appears in an ethereal scalloped lace pleated dress as the star of Dreamkeeper, singer Robyn wears a delicate sequinned vest paired with red, black, and white leather in The Night Chaser, and Chloe Grace Moretz dons a black and white dress with a statement headpiece for her chilling Secret Sister cover.

Rapper Jaden and Oscar-winning actress Alicia are among the other famous faces headlining their own fictional novel, alongside No Time to Die star Lea in a silver sequinned slip dress, paired with a black T-shirt and fur hat, for the fictional spider horror Arachno Mania.

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Emma Roberts tops off any holiday party outfit with tights

Emma Roberts always completes any holiday party outfit with a pair of fun tights.The American Horror Story actress is known for her ability to pull off just about any fashion style or trend and she always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to the…

Emma Roberts always completes any holiday party outfit with a pair of fun tights.

The American Horror Story actress is known for her ability to pull off just about any fashion style or trend and she always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to the red carpet.

But when it comes to her top tip for accessorising for the festive season, Emma is all about stocking up on cute tights.

“I love anything I can wear tights with. I love glittery tights, polka-dot tights, coloured tights,” she told Popsugar.com. “When you have a lot of holiday parties to go to, you can re-wear certain dresses (with a different pair of tights) and have a different moment. That’s my little holiday party trick.”

Among her other favourite accessories are boots and hair ribbons. And as for her best gift ideas, Emma is all about the bling.

“I always get my sister a piece of jewellery. I got her a little snake earring one year, she loved that. I love to get my mom a little bracelet that says ‘mom’ or any kind of cute little piece. I got her a little pink diamond band and me and matching one, one year,” the 28-year-old shared.

Meanwhile, Emma’s former Scream Queens co-star Lea Michele also likes to keep her festive wardrobe simple and swears a simple black trouser is the answer.

“It’s perfect because you can wear it with a great boot, a chunky sweater, and a chic coat. I also really love a little bit of the Rachel Berry (her character on TV show Glee) miniskirt situation with tights and a chunky sweater,” the actress added.

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Kiernan Shipka explores Rome in charming Fendi campaign

Kiernan Shipka has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Fendi’s Baguette handbags.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress appears in the latest instalment of the Italian label’s #BaguetteFriendsForever series alongside her filmmaker pal Chris…

Kiernan Shipka has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Fendi’s Baguette handbags.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress appears in the latest instalment of the Italian label’s #BaguetteFriendsForever series alongside her filmmaker pal Christian Coppola.

Showcasing the new Baguette designs in the video advertisement, Kiernan, 20, is seen daydreaming in a hotel room while surrounded by the purses, before hearing a loud honk outside of her window. Waiting for her on a scooter is Christian, ready to head to the top tourist sites in the city.

“Together they explore Rome eating gelato in the typical narrow lanes of the city, tossing a coin in the iconic Trevi Fountain and make a wish, all the way up to Palazzo Della Civilta Italiana, Fendi’s headquarters, where they play along its arches and statues,” a Fendi representative shared. “The Baguette strings along with the two best friends while discovering the city with its different versions, from the FF embossed large and mini Baguette in pink and blue pastel shades to the newly added Men’s one in brown leather with a surprising touch of the Nano Baguette worn as a belt.”

A series of still images show Kiernan and Christian posing together on a scooter and in front of the Trevi Fountain.

The iconic Baguette bag was first launched by designers at the fashion house in 1997.

Fendi reissued the Baguette at the spring/summer 2019 Milan Fashion Week show to much fanfare, with the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, influencer Caroline Daur, and model Ebonee Davis, rolling out a short time later. Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts also fronted a Baguette campaign, filmed inside the Fendi flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, which was released in June.

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Universal bosses scrap The Hunt release following latest mass shootings

Universal Pictures bosses have pulled the release of The Hunt following recent mass shootings in the U.S. Studio executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical horror movie, about humans hunting “deplorables” for sport, last week after mor…

Universal Pictures bosses have pulled the release of The Hunt following recent mass shootings in the U.S.

Studio executives paused the marketing campaign for the satirical horror movie, about humans hunting “deplorables” for sport, last week after more than 30 people were killed in two separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio within 24 hours of each other, and they have now decided to shelve the release altogether out of consideration for the victims and survivors.

“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a statement from Universal read. “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

The executives’ announcement over the weekend came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim the project on Twitter, although he didn’t mention it by name.

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite,” he tweeted. “In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists (sic), and are very bad for our Country!”

The Hunt, which stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin and Emma Roberts, follows a dozen individuals who wake up in a clearing and realise they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals. It was directed by Craig Zobel and written by Nick Cuse and Lost’s Damon Lindelof.

It was due to hit cinemas on 27 September.

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Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts celebrate friendship in Fendi campaign

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic…

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.

The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic Baguette bag, which was first launched by the Italian fashion house in 1997.

In the footage, which was filmed inside the Fendi flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, Amanda and Emma are seen modelling the luxe purses in a series of various poses.

“Erasing the boundaries between reality and dream, the short movie captures Emma Roberts and Amanda Seyfried sharing a whimsical experience of discovery of the Fendi Baguette world,” a brand representative shared of the concept. “Hypnotic lights, blurred images, intriguing light reflections… the Fendi New York flagship with its mesmerising Baguette Dream Room installation becomes the enchanting set for two girls consolidating their friendship in the name of authenticity and fun.”

Fatboy Slim’s 1999 hit Praise You features as the soundtrack to the video, with the upbeat tune reflecting on the “tight relationship between the two protagonists”.

And sharing her thoughts on the classic Baguette design, American Horror Story star Emma gushed in an interview with People.com, “The Baguette bag can go with anything like a simple jeans and T-shirt, or a dress. I love to mix my Baguette bag with a vintage slip-dress or denim. I like the contrast of mixing a high-end piece with something vintage.”

Fendi reissued the Baguette at the spring/ summer 2019 Milan Fashion Week show to much fanfare, with the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, influencer Caroline Daur, and model Ebonee Davis, rolling out a short time later.

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Emma Roberts joins host of actors in Rag & Bone’s new campaign

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementief…

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.

The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementieff, as well as director Reed Morano.

Footage was shot in Los Angeles and New York over the course of six weeks by The Killing of a Sacred Deer cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis, and features music from Radiohead singer/songwriter Thom Yorke.

The Time of Day series aims to tap into the notion that people are more connected to one another than they may think, and consists of eight short films woven together to explore the homogeneous situations strangers can find themselves in. All of the features are subtly interconnected by recurring props and locations.

Many photos from the campaign have been shot in black-and-white, but an image shared through Rag & Bone’s social media accounts show Scream Queens star Emma posing in a colourful image wearing a loose green leopard print dress. The pink and blue background is blurred behind her, and she poses with one hand on top of her head and sticks her tongue out as she cheekily winks at the camera.

Another snap, obtained by Dazed, shows Emma poking her tongue out once again, but this time wearing a pair of checked trousers, with only a blazer covering her top half.

The fashion brand has a history of recruiting showbiz’s hottest stars to feature in its campaigns, with Wiz Khalifa and Ashley Graham previously tapped.

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Kevin Spacey’s new film marks biggest flop of career

Kevin Spacey’s first film release following his sex assault controversy has fallen flat with audiences in the U.S., making just $126 (£99) on opening day. Billionaire Boys Club was only picked up for screening in 10 theatres nationwide, but the major…

Kevin Spacey’s first film release following his sex assault controversy has fallen flat with audiences in the U.S., making just $126 (£99) on opening day.

Billionaire Boys Club was only picked up for screening in 10 theatres nationwide, but the majority of movie-goers shunned the crime drama upon its launch on Friday (17Aug18), making it a career low for the embattled actor.

According to The Wrap, box office earnings remained abysmal on Saturday, as its two-day total reached just $287 (£225). Based on the national ticket price average of $9.27 (£7.27), the figures suggest only 31 people paid to check out the real-life crime drama.

The movie is based in 1980s Los Angeles, where a group of guys from wealthy families sets up a get-rich-quick scheme to fund its own lavish lifestyles, only to be conned out of $4 million (£3.12 million) by career criminal Ron Levin, portrayed by Spacey. The old friends soon find themselves turning to murder in a desperate bid to reclaim their money.

Billionaire Boys Club, which also stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, and Suki Waterhouse, was shot in 2015, two years before Spacey’s career was derailed by multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, which first surfaced in October (17).

He was soon fired from his hit Netflix show House of Cards, while filmmaker Ridley Scott promptly cut him from Getty family biopic All the Money in the World, even though it was already in post-production, and replaced him with Christopher Plummer. Reshoots took place in late November (17), just weeks before its December release.

In contrast, production officials at Vertical Entertainment, who had initially shelved Billionaire Boys Club, announced in June (18) that the independent film would be given a video-on-demand release in July (18), ahead of its theatre opening on Friday.

Although Spacey’s personal troubles are likely to have played a part in cinema-goers choosing to stay away from the movie, it also wasn’t helped by the scathing reviews from critics, earning it an approval rating of just 13 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Spacey has kept a low profile since the accusations hit headlines almost 10 months ago, when actor Anthony Rapp went public with claims about a decades-old incident with the Oscar winner.

Dozens of other alleged victims have since come forward with similar claims of sexual misconduct against Spacey, leading police in London to open investigations into a number of formal complaints, with three more added to the case load last month (Jul18).

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