Emma Thompson has no desire to play ‘beautiful’ characters onscreen

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent y…

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.

The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent years purposefully avoiding playing certain characters if their appearance was described in the script.

“I’ve never been a Gwyneth Paltrow type. I didn’t ever fit the norms that are generally required to be a sexually castable person, if we are talking Hollywood, or even here,” the 60-year-old explained, noting that while she’s always been a “character actor”.

“If I was handed a script where it described the character I was going up for as ‘beautiful’, I wouldn’t go up for the role. I would just go, ‘That is not for me.’ So, I was relieved by it but I was oppressed by it. Of course.”

Now that she’s in her sixties, the Late Night star also admitted that she’s unfazed by the types of roles she gets offered, but can empathise with other Hollywood actresses her age.

“As you get older, you are relieved of all of that but I haven’t had the same trajectory as someone like, say, Michelle Pfeiffer, which must be very hard when you are considered a great screen beauty and then to see that drifting away,” Emma shared. “I don’t notice it really because I have done other things. And because I have a political response to it – which is a kind of energy in itself.”

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Contagion writer not surprised by coronavirus pandemic

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, …

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.

The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, and almost 5,000 have died.

Burns shared his thoughts on the pandemic after social media users began noting how eerily similar the events in the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama are to current events.

“It’s very upsetting to see people getting sick and dying,” he told Slate. “The part of me that is a human being is more struck by this than the part of me that is a filmmaker. That being said, it has been very strange to me, whether on social media or in conversations with friends, that people will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is’.”

He noted that while interviewing scientists as he developed the script, he discovered the spread of such a disease was inevitable.

“I don’t find it to be that surprising because the scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when (it would happen), not if,” Burns added. “I guess my feeling as someone who believes in science is that when scientists tell us those things we would do well to listen.”

Contagion featured a stellar cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, and depicted the rapid spread of a deadly virus, which originated in Hong Kong.

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Gwyneth Paltrow names Shallow Hal her ‘least favourite’ movie

Gwyneth Paltrow considers Shallow Hal to be her “least favourite” movie role.The Oscar-winning actress made the revelation while she took part in The BFF Test for Netflix’s social media channels to promote her show The Goop Lab. Her assistant and close…

Gwyneth Paltrow considers Shallow Hal to be her “least favourite” movie role.

The Oscar-winning actress made the revelation while she took part in The BFF Test for Netflix’s social media channels to promote her show The Goop Lab.

Her assistant and close friend Kevin Keating had to test his knowledge about Gwyneth by answering questions about her, and during the game, he was asked to name his pal’s “least favourite performance”.

Kevin immediately guessed the Farrelly brothers’ 2001 comedy and Gwyneth nodded enthusiastically and added, “Exactly.”

“I’m not sure who told you to do that one. But it wasn’t me. Not around for that,” said Keating, and the 47-year-old replied, “That was before your time, see what happened? Disaster.”

In the film, Jack Black plays the superficial Hal, who only falls for physically beautiful women. But after hypnosis, he sees only inner beauty and falls in love with the obese Rosemary. Gwyneth played the physical ideal seen only by Hal, and wore a bodysuit for her performance as the plus-size character Rosemary.

The Iron Man star previously opened up about wearing the fat suit while promoting the movie.

“The first day I tried (the fat suit) on, I was in the Tribeca Grand (hotel) and I walked through the lobby,” she told W magazine. “It was so sad; it was so disturbing. No one would make eye contact with me because I was obese. I was wearing this black shirt with big snowmen on it. For some reason, the … clothes they make for women that are overweight are horrible. I felt humiliated because people were really dismissive.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow views controversial Goop candle as ‘feminist statement’

Gwyneth Paltrow has described her unique new candle as a “feminist statement”.The actress/entrepreneur launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this year. Soon after, the candle was comple…

Gwyneth Paltrow has described her unique new candle as a “feminist statement”.

The actress/entrepreneur launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this year. Soon after, the candle was completely sold-out, with curious customers having to sign up to a waiting list to get their hands on one.

But during an interview for Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, Gwyneth shared that while the concept originally started out as a joke, she’s pleased with the message it conveys.

“So, Douglas Little, who is the owner of Heretic Parfum, we’re very close friends and we work together a lot – he does all of our fragrances. One day, we were smelling different fragrances and I was joking around, I smelled something, and I said, ‘This smells like my vagina,’ as a joke. But then I was like, ‘Wouldn’t be cool if somebody actually had the guts to do that. What a punk rock feminist statement to have that on your table?'” she stated. “And then he made it! I thought he just made me one as a joke but then, next thing I know, it was on my website.”

The candle, which is now back in stock online, features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose, and ambrette seed.

And after some questioning from host Jimmy, the 47-year-old confirmed: “It’s not really supposed to smell like a vagina. A lot of women have grown up with a certain degree of shame or embarrassment around this part.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Gwyneth divulged that she was amused to find other brands already making their own versions.

“There was a Canadian candle company that made a candle called This Smells Like My Balls. And it was 25 per cent more expensive than this because of the wage gap!” she smiled.

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Gwyneth Paltrow hosts make-up-free Goop party for Hollywood pals

Gwyneth Paltrow asked guests to wear no make-up to her intimate Goop beauty event on Wednesday.The 47-year-old encouraged her famous friends, including Demi Moore and daughter Rumer Willis, Erin Foster, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, and Samantha Ronson, to …

Gwyneth Paltrow asked guests to wear no make-up to her intimate Goop beauty event on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old encouraged her famous friends, including Demi Moore and daughter Rumer Willis, Erin Foster, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, and Samantha Ronson, to arrive without wearing concealer, foundation, and mascara.

Instead, she told them they could enhance their natural complexion with her GOOPGLOW beauty products, such as their hyaluronic acid and vitamin C-infused serum.

“No make up, no filter. An amazing gathering of some of the best women on planet earth,” Gwyneth wrote on Instagram, alongside snapshots of the bash.

Before the event, guests received a three-piece GOOPGLOW starter kit, which featured five packs of skin-supporting ingestible powder supplements, an overnight peel, and body luminiser.

Attendees then dined on an antioxidant-boosting menu, with dishes including salmon steak with kale, and in between courses, Chinese medicine practitioner Laura Erlich offered treatments to target stress, sleep, and anxiety, according to Vogue.com.

Guests were also treated to a conversation, led by artist Alexandra Grant, about the perception of beauty and ageing.

“What an incredible night makeup-free with these extraordinary women. Thank YOU both for sharing your light, love and wisdom!” Demi wrote on social media, alongside a snap of her with Gwyneth and Alexandra. “Beauty is more than what you see, it is what you feel. So grateful to be included in such a powerful, memorable and meaningful evening! #goopglow.”

Gwyneth also took to Instagram to thank her guests for embracing her unusual request.

“A beautiful gathering in celebration of beauty just the way we come,” the Oscar winner gushed.

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Kacey Musgraves launches candle inspired by her song Slow Burn

Kacey Musgraves has created a candle inspired by her 2018 song Slow Burn.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the country music star announced that she had teamed with bosses at Los Angeles-based brand Boy Smells on a candle called Slow Burn – with the nam…

Kacey Musgraves has created a candle inspired by her 2018 song Slow Burn.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the country music star announced that she had teamed with bosses at Los Angeles-based brand Boy Smells on a candle called Slow Burn – with the name taken from the opening track of her Grammy Award-winning album, Golden Hour.

“I brought my song Slow Burn to life in the form of a smell. The scentiment (sic) is exactly what the song sounds like. It’s a little dank. A little crisp. Androgynous. Floaty. Earthy. Grounded,” she wrote alongside an image of the product. “It’s the smell of a fire faintly drifting on the breeze as you walk to your favourite bar down the street and cherish slow sips of your favourite wine. Briefly thinking about strangers on the other side of the globe in Beijing rushing into work but you’re right here, admiring the fading colours of the disappearing sunset and enjoying exactly where you are in all senses.”

According to a description on the Boy Smells website, the Slow Burn candle features notes of incense, black pepper, elemi, guaiac, raspberry, tonka, amber and smoked papyrus. It comes in a matte gradient glass tumbler with metallic label and is priced at $39 (£30).

And while the Slow Burn candle sold out within hours of going online, it is expected to be restocked shortly.

“This was really a fun creative challenge for me and I’m a big fan of @boy__smells – a queer brand with Texas roots. Hope you love what we created. Burn in a hurry,” the 31-year-old added.

Kacey’s entry into the candle market comes after Gwyneth Paltrow hit headlines last month when she released a candle called This Smells Like My Vagina, which included notes of geranium and bergamot, on her Goop website.

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Jennifer Aniston reveals how she avoided wrinkling white dress before SAG Awards

Jennifer Aniston has revealed how she kept her stunning white silk vintage dress wrinkle-free on her way to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards.The 50-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday in a show-stopping John Ga…

Jennifer Aniston has revealed how she kept her stunning white silk vintage dress wrinkle-free on her way to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 50-year-old actress hit the red carpet at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday in a show-stopping John Galliano for Christian Dior gown, and has since confessed to her followers on Instagram that getting there without creasing the delicate silk was a challenge.

Jennifer shared a photo of herself laying down in the back of a car as she headed out to the SAG Awards, grinning to the camera and flashing a peace sign.

“No wrinkles… harder than it looks!” she joked, before posting another photo of her vintage dress draped over a bathtub, near her black stiletto sandals and her SAG Award, which she won for her role on The Morning Show, after the show.

“Somewhere between these two photos, my peers gave me a gift I will cherish and a night I will never forget,” she touchingly wrote.

Her famous friends were quick to heap praise on the star in the comments, with Gwyneth Paltrow writing: “So deserved.”

“So proud of you! And you’re gorgeous,” her longtime best friend and former Friends co-star Courteney Cox wrote, while Mindy Kaling asked: “How can you be so pretty sitting like this?”

Jennifer beat fellow nominees Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jodie Comer, and Elisabeth Moss on Sunday to win Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role as Alex Levy in the Apple TV+ show.

“Oh my gosh, this is so unbelievable,” she said as she accepted the award, which marked her first win at the SAG Awards since 1996.

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Gwyneth Paltrow slams critics of her controversial candle

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month. The candle, which features notes of geraniu…

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.

The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month.

The candle, which features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose and ambrette seed, has completely sold out online, and curious customers have signed up to a waiting list to be first in line to get their hands on one.

But while Gwyneth’s latest candle has been the subject of jokes and memes on social media, she has now fired back at critics of her new venture and insisted that she simply wants women to be empowered to talk about sex.

“You saw the vaginas? It’s on everyone’s mind,” she told the audience at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, according to Footwear News. “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of outrage that it will inspire in people on just women wanting to talk about their sexuality on any level.”

However, Oscar-winning star Gwyneth is happy to take the criticism, so long as she’s still able to make her voice heard.

“I would like to help dispel this idea that women should be kept down or can’t talk about what they want to, what they desire, and that women can be… intelligent and maternal and powerful and sexual all at the same time because we are.

“That I like. I don’t mind being punk rock in that way,” the mother-of-two laughed.

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Zendaya stuns in metallic breastplate at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO dra…

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO drama Euphoria, stunned as she hit the red carpet wearing the $15,000 (£11,500) bespoke piece from the designer’s spring 2020 collection.

Zendaya complemented the unique creation with a floor-length fuchsia skirt, Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out that the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and called the Spider-Man: Far From Home star a “Warrior Woman” in a post on Instagram.

The piece was also recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to lavish praise on the young star.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

Other famous faces who also rocked bright colours on the red carpet included Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who wore a two-tone pastel pink and red dress with open-toe velvet Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Kristen Bell made a bold statement with her neon green caped jumpsuit by Cong Tri, paired with matching heels, while Awkwafina wowed in a bright yellow Ellie Saab gown, which featured a flowing skirt and sleeves, and Stuart Weitzman platform shoes.

Renee Zellweger, who scooped the Best Actress prize at the ceremony for her role in Judy, bucked the colourful trend by wearing a black strapless Dior gown, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge rocked a one-shouldered sheer dress also created by designers at the French fashion house.

Little Women star Florence Pugh was among those who embraced show-stopping glittering gowns for the annual ceremony, wearing a silver sequinned column-style dress by Prada, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an elegant cream cut-out gown with embellishment by Georges Hobeika.

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Zendaya had breasts moulded for custom Tom Ford top

Zendaya had her breasts moulded for the stunning Tom Ford creation she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.The 23-year-old donned the $15,000 (£11,500) hot pink metallic breastplate from the designer’s spring 2020 collection for the ceremony on Su…

Zendaya had her breasts moulded for the stunning Tom Ford creation she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.

The 23-year-old donned the $15,000 (£11,500) hot pink metallic breastplate from the designer’s spring 2020 collection for the ceremony on Sunday, and finished off the show-stopping look with a fuchsia skirt and her hair styled into waist-length braids.

The look caught the attention of her fans on social media, with one curious follower on Twitter quizzing the Euphoria star on how the bespoke piece was created.

“Did they mould that to your t**tles… asking for a friend,” the cheeky post read, with Zendaya quickly replying, “Yes. Lol.”

Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and shared a picture of his client rocking the red carpet.

“Warrior Woman… wearing @tomford,” Law captioned the snap, prompting his celebrity friends to heap praise on Zendaya’s look.

“Jesus Christ,” Ariana Grande commented. “Incredible Law.”

Tracee Ellis Ross simply left a series of fire emojis, while singer Jessie J, model Alton Mason, and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage also showed their love for the unique outfit.

The Tom Ford piece was recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to gush over her Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star too.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

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