Amanda Seyfried: ‘Filming Mank was the hardest I’ve ever worked’

Amanda Seyfried was pushed to her limits while filming David Fincher’s upcoming biopic Mank.The historical drama documents the bitter fallout between Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and actor/director Orson Welles, with Seyfried playing …

Amanda Seyfried was pushed to her limits while filming David Fincher’s upcoming biopic Mank.

The historical drama documents the bitter fallout between Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and actor/director Orson Welles, with Seyfried playing Hollywood legend Marion Davies.

In a recent interview with Collider, the 34-year-old recalled filming with the critically-acclaimed director, and how she was blown away when offered the role of Davies in the movie.

“Honestly, it is the hardest I’ve ever worked. But I am so thrilled with it. First of all, it came out of nowhere,” Seyfried explained. “I was pretty sure I was going to do it, but I didn’t know, it was up to him. But I was just also like, how the f**k am I going to play Marion Davies?”

“But I was also like, this is such a get – to work with Fincher he’s one of a kind. And I actually can’t believe we did it,” she added, noting that they’d finished filming the biopic on 21 February, just days before the widespread Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mank, set to be released on Netflix later this year, stars Oscar winner Gary Oldman as the titular screenwriter, opposite Tom Burke as Welles, and Lily Collins, who plays Mankiewicz’s secretary Rita Alexander.

And Seyfried also confirmed that Fincher lived up to his reputation as a meticulous filmmaker, as she recalled one scene taking days to film.

“…I was part of scenes with tons of people in it and we would do it for an entire week. I can’t tell you how many takes we did, but I would guess 200, maybe I could be wrong and could be way off,” she shared. “I could be underestimating by five days of one scene when I didn’t have one line.”

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Rodarte offers up vampire chic for fall 20 collection

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they h…

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.

A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.

To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.

Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.

Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.

Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.

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Patrick Stewart to be honoured by Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the org…

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.

The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the organisation’s seventh annual prizegiving in Los Angeles on 11 January.

“Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever,” said MUAHS president Julie Socash. “He is so deserving of this special recognition spotlighting his award-winning stage and screen performances, and we celebrate his great collaboration with our talented artists.”

Stewart, 79, will be presented with the prestigious prize by Brent Spiner, star of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Next Generation; James MacKinnon, an Emmy Award-winning make-up and prosthetic artist, and Michael Westmore, the Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and designer of the Star Trek franchise.

Previous recipients of the honour include Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy, and Guillermo del Toro.

Each year, members of the MUAHS fete the outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theatre.

Previously, officials announced that Thomas R. Burman, Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist, and Martin Samuel, Oscar and Emmy-nominated film and celebrity hairstylist, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Stewart will next be seen onscreen reprising his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in TV series Star Trek: Picard, which is set to be released in January.

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Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins join David Fincher’s Mank

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane. Mamm…

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.

The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane.

Mamma Mia! star Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins will portray Mankiewicz’s secretary, Rita Alexander.

British actor Tom Burke has also signed up to Fincher’s biopic, and will play the legendary Orson Welles, who directed and starred in Citizen Kane, with Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross and Ferdinand Kingsley cast in unknown roles.

Fincher’s movie will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for the film, which is considered to be one of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.

Mankiewicz also worked on The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with Welles became strained after he accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, and in a sweet twist, the screenplay for Mank was written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, prior to his death in 2003.

The 57-year-old will also serve as producer alongside Cean Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth.

Mank will be released in 2020.

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Meryl Streep: ‘The Laundromat is a funny way of telling a dark joke that’s being played on all of us’

Meryl Streep has described her new film The Laundromat as a “funny way of telling a black-hearted joke that’s being played on all of us.”Steven Soderbergh’s new film, which also stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, is a comic take on the 2016 Panama…

Meryl Streep has described her new film The Laundromat as a “funny way of telling a black-hearted joke that’s being played on all of us.”

Steven Soderbergh’s new film, which also stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, is a comic take on the 2016 Panama Papers scandal, when powerful individuals across the world were found to have engaged in tax avoidance schemes.

Although The Laundromat is a comedy, Meryl insisted during a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday that it had a serious message.

“This movie is fun and it’s funny, but it’s really, really, really important,” she said. “We’re living in a moment when the news cycle is racing and we are racing to keep up with current events. This is a funny way to tell a black-hearted joke, a joke that’s been played on all of us.”

The three-time Oscar winner then heaped praise on Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese reporter working on the story, who was killed in a car bombing in 2017.

“People died and people die still to get the word out… It is a crime not without victims and the victims, many of them are journalists. The reason the Panama Papers were exported out to the world was the work of journalists. People died because of this,” she added.

Meryl plays Ellen Martin, a fictional widow whose digging in the film helps journalists expose the scandal, in the film.

Director Soderbergh recently said he was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War epic Dr. Strangelove while making The Laundromat, as he and writer Scott Z. Burns thought the only way the subject could be tackled was with dark comedy.

“It also gave us the opportunity to use the complexity of these financial activities almost as a joke,” Soderbergh explained. “Otherwise, people would feel they were being educated instead of entertained.”

The Laundromat will be available on Netflix on 18 October after a limited theatrical release.

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Gary Oldman to star as Citizen Kane screenwriter in new biopic

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane. The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news report…

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane.

The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news reporter and critic in New York City, before moving to Hollywood to begin a career in the film industry.

Among Mankiewicz’s credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was 1941’s Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with director and co-writer Orson Welles became strained after Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, after initially trying to get the film into production following the release of 1997’s The Game.

It has also been of particular interest for the director as his father, Howard ‘Jack’ Fincher, wrote the original script for the movie prior to his death in 2003.

Mank will also be shot in black-and-white and will premiere on streaming service Netflix. Fincher will produce alongside partner Cean Chaffin and Oldman’s longtime collaborator Douglas Urbanski, who played Harvard president Larry Summers in Fincher’s 2010 movie, The Social Network.

The 61-year-old Brit will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, alongside Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas. The award-winning actor has also just finished filming Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, which will be released in 2020.

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Amy Adams’s The Woman in the Window pushed back to 2020

Amy Adams’s upcoming movie The Woman in the Window has been pushed back to 2020 so it can be reworked after test screenings flagged problems. The thriller, starring Adams as an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime, was set to hit cinem…

Amy Adams’s upcoming movie The Woman in the Window has been pushed back to 2020 so it can be reworked after test screenings flagged problems.

The thriller, starring Adams as an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime, was set to hit cinemas on 4 October, but it has now been switched to an unknown date in 2020 so it can undergo reshoots.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives, who obtained the feature when they acquired the Fox film empire in March, have opted to remove it from their 2019 slate so they can rework the picture after early test screenings showed that the narrative confused audiences.

“We’re dealing with a complex novel,” said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, who is departing the studio imminently but will remain as a consultant on the film for Disney until its release. “We tested the movie really early for that very reason. We wanted to make it better, and we’ve had Disney’s full support in doing that.”

Director Joe Wright, known for films such as Darkest Hour and Atonement, is reportedly planning to do five days of reshoots in August, once Adams wraps filming on Ron Howard’s Netflix movie Hillbilly Elegy.

The Woman in the Window, based on the best-selling 2018 novel by A.J. Finn, also stars Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie and Brian Tyree Henry, and was adapted for the screen by playwright Tracy Letts.

The mystery will be the last film released by Fox 2000 before Disney shutters the division, and there will now be a significant gap between it and Fox 2000’s penultimate film, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is due for release in August.

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Natalie Portman: ‘No one would make Leon today’

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman…

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.

The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

But while Natalie had a blast playing a protegee of an assassin on set, she’s not sure the idea of an ultra-violent movie based around a teenager would get greenlit in 2019.

“I appreciate it when something connects with an audience,” she said in an interview with Empire. “It also gave me my career on a platter and was a 100 per cent a positive experience. I loved doing it. But you watch and it’s largely inappropriate.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s not amazing through today’s eyes. I think because people are still connected to it and care about it and I personally did not have anything but positive feelings, I still feel more on the proud side. Even though I totally understand, I don’t know how I’d show that to my kids.”

Natalie and her ballet choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied are parents to seven-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia.

And while the star has achieved mainstream success for her performances as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel films and features like Closer, Garden State, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan and Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie, she is adamant that Leon: The Professional is the flick that fans ask her the most questions about.

“It’s still the thing people come up to me the most on the street, even more than Star Wars or Black Swan,” the 37-year-old insisted.

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Scott Z. Burns to rewrite Bond 25 script – report

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script. According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, followi…

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script.

According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, following the news that the film’s release has been pushed back by two months to April 2020.

Bond producers had reportedly been courting Burns for months to get him onboard for a rewrite, but he was busy with his own directorial feature The Report, which received much acclaim when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Burns is now in London and will be spending at least four weeks working on the script, according to the report.

Burns is one of Hollywood’s go-to script doctors, doing uncredited rewrites on films such as Ocean’s Twelve and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in addition to his credited work on The Mercy and Steven Soderbergh movies like Contagion, Side Effects and the upcoming The Laundromat, a drama starring Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep inspired by the Panama Papers scandal.

Over the weekend, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that the 25th instalment would be hitting cinemas on 8 April 2020 instead of its previously scheduled date of Valentine’s Day 2020. The film had originally been scheduled for release this November (19) but it was pushed back after original director, Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, quit due to creative differences and was replaced by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in March at Pinewood Studios near London but it is unclear if this is still the case. Daniel Craig is back for his fifth turn as 007 and will be joined by returning stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

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Richard E. Grant turned to Gary Oldman for Withnail & I weightloss help

Richard E. Grant turned to Gary Oldman for help when he had to lose weight quickly for his breakout role in cult comedy Withnail & I. The Oscar nominee won the role of brooding alcoholic Withnail in director Bruce Robinson’s 1987 film after Daniel-Day…

Richard E. Grant turned to Gary Oldman for help when he had to lose weight quickly for his breakout role in cult comedy Withnail & I.

The Oscar nominee won the role of brooding alcoholic Withnail in director Bruce Robinson’s 1987 film after Daniel-Day Lewis exited the project and was told to lose 12 pounds in two weeks.

“He (Bruce) was determined that I lose weight: ‘You’re very fat, Grant,’ he said, ‘You’ve gotta lose 12 pounds before we start shooting’,” the actor tells Rolling Stone.

Grant thought it best to call on an expert and asked Oldman how he slimmed down to play skinny punk icon Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy.

“I’d just spent a year in my unemployment trying to put on weight with weight-gain powder,” Grant recalls. “I had just worked with Gary Oldman, so I said, ‘Gary, what do I do to get this weight off?'”

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star reveals his pal suggested he try some “weight-off powder”, but refused to go into detail about exactly how he managed to perfect his thin, gaunt look for Robinson’s film.

Grant won acclaim for the role but recently admitted he was so convinced Withnail & I would be a huge flop he offered to hand back his salary to the director.

“When I saw the first showing of Withnail & I before the music had been done I gauged blood out of my wife’s wrist while watching it,” he explained. “I was so distraught at what I saw that I said to Bruce Robinson, the writer/director, ‘I know that I f**ked up your film. Please take my money back because I know I’ll never work again’. I was wholly convinced that would be the truth. I’m very grateful that other people didn’t feel the same way.”

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