Edward Norton denies he cost Janeane Garofalo a role in Fight Club

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla…

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.

During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla Singer in the 1999 film and had been offered the part by Fincher, but the film’s star wanted his then-girlfriend Courtney Love to play the character instead.

“I was like, ‘Can I audition with him or for him?'” the actress said. “And I was told that he would like Courtney Love to do it, because he was dating her, but (his co-star) Brad Pitt said, ‘I’m not going to sign off on that.’ So, they agreed on Helena Bonham Carter, who was probably much better than I would have been…(But) I met with David Fincher, who handed me the script and said, ‘If you like it, the part is yours.'”

Following her allegations, Norton issued a statement to CNN in which he insisted he had no influence over Fincher’s casting decisions.

“I’m sorry Janeane is under that impression, but if she was serious, she’s really mistaken,” he said. “David Fincher does exactly what he wants. He makes the call on every dimension of his films, top to bottom. I don’t recall him ever even raising the subject of who he was considering for most other roles. The one suggestion I made, he shot down. I was a big fan of Janeane’s so I’d have loved to do a reading with her.”

Elsewhere in the Build Series interview, Garofalo said Pitt apologised to her for “what happened” with Fight Club, and claimed that Norton “pretends he doesn’t know who I am” when she spots him in their New York neighbourhood.

In response, the actor concluded his statement with, “And if she sees me in the neighbourhood I hope she’d come say hi.”

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Chadwick Boseman felt James Brown’s presence before he filmed Get on Up

Chadwick Boseman feels he may have been possessed by the late James Brown’s spirit before playing him in a 2014 biopic.The Black Panther star appears on Friday’s episode of U.K. chat programme The Graham Norton Show, alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who…

Chadwick Boseman feels he may have been possessed by the late James Brown’s spirit before playing him in a 2014 biopic.

The Black Panther star appears on Friday’s episode of U.K. chat programme The Graham Norton Show, alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who told host Graham she spoke to late British royal Princess Margaret before playing her in the new series of The Crown.

Revealing his own spooky encounter before playing Brown in Get on Up, Boseman said: “I had a similar experience with James Brown because I had a lot of questions about playing him.

“I’d actually said no to the role a few times. But after I accepted I was really worried about his movement, his walk, his voice, all of it. I went to sleep one night and when I woke up I was kind of doing his voice and ‘he’ said, ‘You’re going to be good, but you ain’t going to be better than me!'”

Brown died at the age of 73 in 2006.

On the show, Bonham Carter opened up about her ghoulish meeting with Margaret, who died in 2002, explaining that it happened quite by accident.

“I actually went to see a friend about something else, but she has a talent for mediumship and she suddenly said, ‘Margaret is here. Does that mean anything?’ I hadn’t actually said yes (to the part) yet, but thought I’d ask her if I should take the role and she said, ‘You’ll be better than the other one,'” the Alice in Wonderland star shared. “There was actually someone else up for the part and it was typical of Margaret. I’d met her a few times and you never really knew where you were with her, she had a way of complimenting and putting you down at the same time.”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One in the U.K.

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Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter team with Brora on charity initiative

Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter have partnered with cashmere label Brora on an initiative supporting a children’s charity.To mark the centenary of the Save the Children organisation, Brora founder and creative director Victoria Stapleton has inv…

Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter have partnered with cashmere label Brora on an initiative supporting a children’s charity.

To mark the centenary of the Save the Children organisation, Brora founder and creative director Victoria Stapleton has invited the pair, as well as British model Laura Bailey, to each design a capsule collection. Inspired by the knitwear pieces they love, each of the women worked closely with Victoria and the Brora design team to bring their ideas to life, with each collection consisting of six items. Ten per cent of sales will go to Save the Children.

“I have lived in Brora for years, so jumped at the opportunity to put together my dream cashmere, thrilled by the idea that each purchase will help a distressed child somewhere in the world. It’s a double gift,” said Helena, while Erin added: “As a long-term devotee of both Brora and Save the Children, it was a pleasure to be able to design a cashmere collection inspired by my own Celtic heritage and love of colour while supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Highlights of the range include a long scarf designed by Helena which bears the words, “Phenomenal Woman,” and is inspired by the suffragette movement.

While Erin has created an Aran jumper using traditional knitting techniques, and Laura has selected a super soft Bardot-style knit.

“When the embryo of this concept took shape, I never dreamt the collections of Helena, Laura and Erin would reflect their personalities and aesthetic quite so fabulously well,” shared Victoria. “These lovely and deeply talented women have put so much heart and soul into their designs for Brora and Save the Children and in turn, our mill in the Scottish Borders have created unique pieces that will be loved for life. I’m extremely proud to launch this very special collection and that the sales will help the lives of children who so need our support.”

Items are priced from $108 – $635 (£85 – £495).

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Sam Claflin joins growing cast of Enola Holmes movie

Sam Claflin is the latest Hollywood star to join the cast of the upcoming Enola Holmes movie.The Hunger Games actor will star alongside Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and Fiona Shaw in the project, which is to be based on The En…

Sam Claflin is the latest Hollywood star to join the cast of the upcoming Enola Holmes movie.

The Hunger Games actor will star alongside Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter and Fiona Shaw in the project, which is to be based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series by Nancy Springer.

Harry Bradbeer is directing from a script penned by Jack Thorne, with the plot revolving around a missing teenager whose father has been murdered.

Stranger Things star Brown is set to play the titular character, while Cavill will portray Sherlock Holmes and Bonham Carter will take on the part of Enola’s mother, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

The 15-year-old is also producing, alongside her sister Paige Brown, Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes.

Springer’s six-book series, which began with The Case of the Missing Marquess in 2006, tells the tale of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ younger sister, Enola, who turns out to be a highly capable detective in her own right.

Claflin, who also featured in romantic drama Me Before You opposite Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, next appears in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The first trailer for the action flick, due out in November, dropped last month, but the British actor was not featured, leaving fans speculating who he plays in the Elizabeth Banks-directed film.

In a recent chat with PopSugar, Claflin shared that he will play the charming Alexander Brock, boss of Naomi Scott’s Elena Houghlin, in the film. However, he has insisted his character wasn’t a villain.

“I think he’s a man with a plan, and in his mind, ‘In order to bake a cake, you have to break a few eggs.’ I think he sort of uses people, but I wouldn’t say he’s a villain. But it’s up to you to make your own minds up, really,” the 33-year-old teased.

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Helena Bonham Carter joins film adaptation of Enola Holmes

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes. The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to…

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes.

The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be based on Nancy Springer’s The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series, which began in 2006 with The Case of the Missing Marquess. The young adult series is made up six books and follows Sherlock’s much younger sister Enola – who turns out to be a highly capable detective in her own right.

Wonder screenwriter and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne has been tasked with adapting the books for the screen, while Harry Bradbeer, who has helmed episodes of British sitcom Fleabag and hit thriller series Killing Eve, will serve as director.

The Stranger Things actress will also produce the project with her sister Paige Brown for their PCMA Productions company, while Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee the project for Legendary Pictures.

The 15-year-old will soon be seen reprising her role of Eleven in the hit Netflix sci-fi series when the third season is released in July. She recently appeared in Godzilla: King of Monsters and is set to star in its sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as the drama, The Thing About Jellyfish.

Bonham Carter, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2010’s The King’s Speech, has completed voice work on sci-fi TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and will be seen portraying Princess Margaret in season three of Netflix’s The Crown later this year.

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Olivia Colman tearfully accepts BFI Fellowship honour

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19). The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s…

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19).

The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honour by her The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Accepting the prize, she reflected on her “lovely year” and became visibly emotional as she said she didn’t feel worthy of the honour.

“I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s like a surprise birthday. It’s amazing, and I keep seeing lovely people that I love,” the 45-year-old shared. “Also, recently I’ve realised how us in front of the camera get far too much love and adoration from people because without the writers and directors we are nothing, so thank you… I don’t feel worthy of this and I’m really very grateful. Thank you so much.”

Presenting the honour, Lanthimos gushed over his collaborator, and stated, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment onscreen with such great humanity, drama and humour. No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”

Colman’s The Crown co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies attended the event to support the actress, while actors such as Richard E. Grant, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Hollander, and director Richard Curtis, were among the other stars to make appearances.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those who have made a special contribution to television and film. Previous recipients include Bonham Carter, Morgan and Redgrave, as well as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese, among others.

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Olivia Colman to be honoured with BFI Fellowship

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the British Film Institute (BFI)’s Fellowship accolade next month (Mar18). The Favourite star will be awarded the institution’s most prestigious honour during the BFI Chairman’s dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in …

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the British Film Institute (BFI)’s Fellowship accolade next month (Mar18).

The Favourite star will be awarded the institution’s most prestigious honour during the BFI Chairman’s dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 6 March (19) in recognition of her contribution to British film and TV and her “distinctive and prodigious acting talents and the huge impact she has on audiences all over the world”.

“I’m absolutely bowled over,” the actress said in a statement. “The BFI is a wonderful organisation and that I will soon be in a Fellowship with so many of my heroes is an honour that is hard to compute. Thank you a thousand times, I really am thrilled.”

BFI Chair Josh Berger said, “I am thrilled the BFI is giving its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to Olivia Colman, at such an exciting point in her career. Olivia is a brilliant comic actor and one of the industry’s finest dramatic performers. Her ability to be relatable in such a diverse range of roles generates incredible warmth and admiration from audiences.

“The Favourite is firmly up there as one of the best films of recent years and showcases Olivia’s extraordinary and nuanced performance, which is fittingly being acknowledged by critics and audiences all over the world.”

The British actress follows in the footsteps of previous honorees including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese.

Olivia, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of The Crown, is currently nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and BAFTA for her portrayal of eccentric Queen Anne in The Favourite. She was beaten to the Golden Globe and SAG awards by Glenn Close for The Wife.

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Helena Bonham Carter blames Jeffrey Tambor scandal for poor reception to 55 Steps

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal batt…

Helena Bonham Carter believes sexual misconduct allegations against co-star Jeffrey Tambor resulted in movie studios lack of interest in 55 Steps.

The British actress played Eleanor Riese, a woman who suffered from schizophrenia and started a legal battle regarding consent when it comes to the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Hilary Swank starred as patients’ rights lawyer Colette Hughes in the film, which was based on a true story, while Tambor played fellow lawyer Mort Cohen.

However, 55 Steps was not bought for distribution after it premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, and Helena has since considered the reasons why the feature was not snapped up.

In addition to several reviews which “really assassinated” her portrayal of Colette, the 52-year-old believes Tambor’s inclusion may have also been a factor. The Arrested Development star was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women last November.

“Unfortunately that (55 Steps) came out just at the time, and people might have thought: ‘Oh, we can’t touch it,'” Helena insisted in an interview with The Guardian, though added she is staying loyal. “He has such compassion, and I don’t believe that same heart would be capable of any kind of abuse.”

Regardless of the fact the film wasn’t picked up by studios, Helena felt “a bit of vindication” after she was praised by the real Colette Hughes, and hit back at any critics who were critical of her performance.

“What I didn’t like about it was that they assumed I was being patronising. I am the last person to patronise this woman,” the Alice in Wonderland star insisted. “I am her biggest champion. Don’t you dare level that accusation. Maybe I’m a c**p actor, but don’t don’t don’t say that I’m patronising her.”

Helena most recently featured in Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, and also lent her voice to animated movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.

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Helena Bonham Carter took sewing lessons to perfect Ocean’s 8 designer character

Helena Bonham Carter insisted on sewing classes before she started shooting Ocean’s 8, because she wanted to look like someone who could make a dress from scratch. The Brit, who plays Irish designer Rose Weil in the new movie, has often been ridiculed…

Helena Bonham Carter insisted on sewing classes before she started shooting Ocean’s 8, because she wanted to look like someone who could make a dress from scratch.

The Brit, who plays Irish designer Rose Weil in the new movie, has often been ridiculed for her dress sense in the tabloids and for the blockbuster, and in the film, she not only wanted to look good, she wanted to look like she knew what she was doing.

“Even if Rose is no longer at the top of her game, she is actually a skilled designer,” Helena explains to WENN, “so I wanted to look as if I could make a frock.

“That’s the gift of doing what I do – you get to see the world through another person’s eyes. As Rose, it was through a designer’s eyes, which was a completely different experience for me.”

To perfect her research, the actress spent days in the costume department, taking sewing lessons and learning how to drape properly – and nail her Irish accent.

“There’s absolutely no reason why she is Irish, plot-wise, but I thought it would make her more ‘away with the fairies’, as if I need any help with that,” she smiles.

Her research paid off and she’s receiving acclaim from the critics and her castmates.

Sandra Bullock, who leads the cast, loved working with the Brit: “Helena is the queen,” Bullock states with pure admiration. “I have never met a more unique and sweet human being. And you never know where she’s going to go in a scene; it could be written a certain way and then… there goes Helena. She forced us to stay light on our feet.”

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Fans divided by Sarah Paulson’s ‘ravioli’ dress at Ocean’s 8 premiere

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their n…

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their new heist movie, a spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy.

For the night, Sarah chose to wear a pale pink tiered dress with scalloped hem from Valentino’s fall/winter 2018 collection, which she matched with pink stone earrings from Irene Neuwirth and pink satin platform heels from Brian Atwood.

However, Sarah’s sartorial statement quickly caught the attention of social media users, who were split in their opinions over the look.

“Too many scallops. Looks like ravioli,” one user wrote on a picture of Sarah posted on her stylist Karla Welsh’s Instagram page, while others commented that the dress reminded them of bubble gum tape or the “piece of cloth that comes with a pair of glasses”.

Yet, the discussion wasn’t all bad, with a number of people praising the 43-year-old for making a bold choice.

“The dress is sooo hers! Great job,” one user noted, while another added: “Cotton candy dream!”

The other stars of Ocean’s 8 got dressed up for the evening too, with Sandra Bullock rocking a striped sequin jumpsuit from Zuhair Murad and Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Helena Bonham Carter wowed in a silver dress from Vivienne Westwood and Mindy Kaling looked gorgeous in a black gown from Alberta Ferretti which she matched with Brian Atwood heels, a Jimmy Choo purse and Cartier bling.

While Cate Blanchett turned heads in black trousers and a grey feathered top from Louis Vuitton and Rihanna risked a wardrobe malfunction by donning a gold draped dress with plunging neckline from Poiret. She complemented her ensemble with strappy gold high heels, a dark gold clutch as well as a slick of bright red lipstick.

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