Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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Taraji P. Henson hits back at The Best of Enemies language critics

Actress Taraji P. Henson has defended the style of speech she adopts to play civil rights activist Ann Atwater in her new movie The Best of Enemies, insisting it’s all accurate. The Hidden Figures star features opposite Sam Rockwell in the historical …

Actress Taraji P. Henson has defended the style of speech she adopts to play civil rights activist Ann Atwater in her new movie The Best of Enemies, insisting it’s all accurate.

The Hidden Figures star features opposite Sam Rockwell in the historical drama, about the unlikely real-life relationship between Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis back in 1971, when they teamed up to work on the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina.

Trailers for the film have shown Henson speaking in a casual Southern dialect as Atwater, but some people have taken to social media to complain about the portrayal, accusing the actress of dumbing down her character.

“My grand mother (sic) and a lot of my family is from the south and was in this era. None of them talk in that broken lingo that Taraji is doing,” one moaned on Twitter. “It’s so offensive to depict blks (blacks) speaking like this when it’s not true. A lot of blks in that era was educated and spoke normally (sic).”

However, Henson, who has been responding to some of her detractors online, has advised them to do their own research into Atwater’s life before passing comment.

“It’s unfortunate because they’re judging something they have not seen yet, just because this is of the era of civil rights and she talks a certain kind of way,” the actress tells USA Today. “I’ve actually confronted some of those tweets by telling them just to Google her. We didn’t make this up.”

Henson also bristles at the suggestion that the storyline of The Best of Enemies is too similar to that of Oscar-winning biopic Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in 1960s segregated America with his prejudiced Italian-American driver and bodyguard, Tony Lip.

“I did see Green Book and I don’t see the similarities,” she declares.

Instead, Henson is just excited to have Atwater’s story play out on the big screen: “She didn’t bite her tongue,” the star says. “She knew what was right and what was wrong, and she fought for justice for people who were being oppressed. It upset her and every breath of her body was to fight against that.”

The Best of Enemies, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s 1996 book of the same name, is written and directed by Robin Bissell, and opens in U.S. theatres this week (05Apr19).

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Designer accuses Janelle Monae of plagiarising Grammys latex look

A fashion designer has accused Janelle Monae of plagiarising her design for her Grammy awards performance on Sunday night (10Feb19).Japanese-Italian designer Nange Magro, who is famous for working primarily with latex, posted images and a video on Inst…

A fashion designer has accused Janelle Monae of plagiarising her design for her Grammy awards performance on Sunday night (10Feb19).

Japanese-Italian designer Nange Magro, who is famous for working primarily with latex, posted images and a video on Instagram comparing her Kotodama Leotard design from 2015, which she created for her label Dead Lotus Couture, with those worn by Janelle and her dancers on stage at the Grammys.

The leotard design, which features a white belted harness and a white collar, are uncannily similar, prompting Nange to both praise and criticise the star, who is often lauded for her unique style.

“Amazing performance by Janelle at the Grammy’s. She and her dancers looked great,” Nange wrote on Instagram. “I’m deeply DISAPPOINTED, though, that their outfits looked so much like one of Dead Lotus Couture’s 2015 classic designs. I could’ve made it for them if they contacted me.

“Nobody likes to see unauthorised copies of their original creations – be it in music, art or fashion. I am flattered to be an inspiration for this amazing artist, but not flattered that my original design has been blatantly imitated.”

The Django Jane singer has previously been pictured wearing Dead Lotus Couture designs, with a picture of the Hidden Figures star featured on the label’s website.

Janelle works with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn, who was responsible for her Grammys red carpet look, but it’s unclear whether she helped the star with her stage attire.

The singer has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Glen Powell thrilled to be feeling the need for speed in Top Gun sequel

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set. The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were…

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set.

The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were so impressed with him, they offered Powell another part in Top Gun: Maverick.

“Guess some things aren’t so classified…,” he wrote under a shot of himself wearing aviators and a bomber jacket while posing in front of a fighter jet on Instagram. “This movie is one of the reasons I became an actor. It’s why I always go low after a high-five, always fall in love with my teachers, say things like ‘clean ’em and fry ’em’ on a daily basis, end volleyball games in oiled-up flexing, and why I can blame all my speeding tickets on Kenny Loggins.”

Loggins recorded the Top Gun theme, Danger Zone.

“In all seriousness,” Powell adds, “I just had my ten-year anniversary since moving from Austin to Los Angeles to give acting a shot. Victories are rare, dreams are mostly broken, so I am truly grateful for everyone in my life who’s helped me beat the odds to get into this flight suit.

“This role is a dream come true. Don’t ever give up. Missile Lock is Real.”

After losing the role of Goose’s son in the sequel to Teller, Powell retweeted the casting news, joking: “I’m taking down all the Tom Cruise posters in my bedroom. Maybe, I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Okay, the posters are staying.”

The Top Gun sequel will also feature Val Kilmer and Jennifer Connelly.

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Taraji P. Henson channelled ‘rage’ at ex for Acrimony thriller

Actress Taraji P. Henson knew exactly how to portray a woman scorned in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, because she once caught a cheating boyfriend in the act. The Hidden Figures star plays loyal wife Melinda, who sets out to take revenge on her unfaithful h…

Actress Taraji P. Henson knew exactly how to portray a woman scorned in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, because she once caught a cheating boyfriend in the act.

The Hidden Figures star plays loyal wife Melinda, who sets out to take revenge on her unfaithful husband in the new thriller, which filmmaker Tyler Perry wrote with Taraji in mind, likening the movie to 1987 classic Fatal Attraction.

“Taraji was the only person I thought that could pull this off…,” the Gone Girl actor told breakfast show Today in a joint interview. “She’s amazing in it.”

“Mr. Perry kinda sold me,” the Oscar nominee smiled. “He said, ‘Trust me Taraji, it’s your Glenn Close and Fatal Attraction moment,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m in!’.”

The character of Melinda proved to be a perfect fit for Taraji, because it allowed her to channel old feelings of resentment she once had for a former lover.

“Love makes you do crazy things,” she admitted. “I’ve been in situations where I look back and go, ‘Ooh, I might have been a little off there, what was I thinking?’. It’s this rage that takes over. (But) I’ve never busted a car window… ’cause I don’t wanna go to jail!”

Instead, Taraji was able to channel that anger into her actions onscreen, quipping of the film, “It’s all the things I wish I could have done, but I never acted on!”

She added of finding her man with another woman: “That hurts. That’s a hard pill to swallow, when you’ve given up everything (for them).”

“That’s why she was so good at it!,” Tyler joked. “She tapped into something in playing this role. I was like, ‘She ain’t acting, that was real (sic)!'”

Taraji never named the ex who did her wrong, but she has since found love with former American footballer Kelvin Hayden, who she has been dating for over two years.

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Taraji P. Henson slams beauty company for false endorsement

Actress Taraji P. Henson has taken bosses at Urban Skin RX to task for illegally using her image to promote their products.The Hidden Figures star discovered an ad featuring a close-up picture of herself alongside one of the North Carolina-based beauty…

Actress Taraji P. Henson has taken bosses at Urban Skin RX to task for illegally using her image to promote their products.

The Hidden Figures star discovered an ad featuring a close-up picture of herself alongside one of the North Carolina-based beauty company’s items on Instagram, boasting that the product was the “secret” behind Henson’s “effortless glow”.

The 47-year-old did not take kindly to the advertisement and she blew up the spot by calling out company bosses in the comments section below the online piece.

“THIS IS A FALSE ADVERTISEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!” she exclaimed under her profile handle. “I AM NOT THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THIS BRAND!!!!! I have NEVER used that serum a day in my life!!!!! THIS IS FALSE NEWS AND JUST A PLAIN LIE!!!!!”

The post has since been removed after the actress requested bosses take it down immediately.

This isn’t the first time Taraji has taken aim at bosses of the company – she complained to them once before after learning her name was being used in Urban Skin RX radio advertisements.

Executives at the corrective skincare company insist they want no bad blood with the star, suggesting she used their products in the past without realising it, while preparing for the red carpet at a Hollywood event.

“It looks like the post you mentioned was a repost of this article, where it’s reported that the products were used during glam for an awards show,” Urban Skin RX representatives tell The Blast in a statement.

“Taraji personally reached out to the company to inform us that the information in the article was incorrect. Immediately after, it was removed. We have a lot of respect for Ms. Henson and will no longer mention it.”

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