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.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Hilary Swank to reprise beloved P.S. I Love You character for sequel

Hilary Swank will reprise her role as Holly Reilly-Kennedy in the sequel to romance P.S. I Love You.Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed Postscript, her new follow-up to the novel which inspired the 2007 movie, is to be adapted into a film, and she’s cer…

Hilary Swank will reprise her role as Holly Reilly-Kennedy in the sequel to romance P.S. I Love You.

Author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed Postscript, her new follow-up to the novel which inspired the 2007 movie, is to be adapted into a film, and she’s certain “supportive” Swank will be back as her leading lady, who was grieving the sudden death of her husband, played by Gerard Butler, in the first film.

Ahern tells RTE Radio 1 Hilary reached out to her as soon as she heard the author was writing the sequel, which picks up seven years after the first novel as Holly agrees to help other terminally ill people write farewell letters to their family members, friends and lovers.

In the first film and book, Holly receives 10 letters over 10 months, which her late husband wrote before his death to encourage her to get on with life after his passing.

“Hilary Swank emailed me straight after the news emerged that I was writing Postscript,” Cecelia explains. “She was so supportive and said, ‘I’d love to read the book…’, which was so lovely of her. And she read it and instantly we were back in again. We all decided we definitely wanted to do this again.”

But the author urged fans to wait as there isn’t a screenwriter or director currently attached to the project.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Hilary Swank ‘exhausted’ after filming 15-hour days on I Am Mother

Hilary Swank was left “exhausted” after filming 15-hour days on her new movie, I Am Mother.The Oscar-winning actress plays a mysterious stranger in Netflix’s latest sci-fi film, with the plot following a young teenage girl, played by Clara Rugaard, who…

Hilary Swank was left “exhausted” after filming 15-hour days on her new movie, I Am Mother.

The Oscar-winning actress plays a mysterious stranger in Netflix’s latest sci-fi film, with the plot following a young teenage girl, played by Clara Rugaard, who is raised by a robot – voiced by Rose Byrne – after a cataclysmic event wipes out humanity.

Now, Hilary has revealed that filming the thriller in a bunker helped the cast to immerse themselves into the story and enter the mindset of their characters, but it began to have an adverse effect once the shoot had concluded.

“She lives in this post-apocalyptic world, and the idea of being alone forever is frightening,” the 44-year-old said of her character. “The physicality of this character was exhausting after 15 hours.

“So, I definitely had to stand straighter in my own life to readjust the rigorous physicality of her.”

I Am Mother is Danish actress and singer Clara’s third Hollywood movie, and the 21-year-old was in awe of her co-star as she watched Hilary filming her scenes.

“She’s fantastic in every way,” she gushed. “Watching Hilary in action, observing how she tackles everything and the conversations she brought up… it was very, very amazing.”

And when quizzed on the best advice they were given by their mothers, Hilary imparted the wise words she was told as a child that inspired her to become an actress.

“You can do anything you want so long as you work hard enough – don’t ever give up,” the Million Dollar Baby star stated.

© Cover Media

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.

© Cover Media

Rose Byrne to voice robot in first-time director’s creepy I Am Mother

Australian actress Rose Byrne is set to become the latest star to voice a movie robot. The Bridesmaids star will lend her voice to the titular robot character in upcoming sci-fi thriller I Am Mother, which will star Oscar winner Hilary Swank and newco…

Australian actress Rose Byrne is set to become the latest star to voice a movie robot.

The Bridesmaids star will lend her voice to the titular robot character in upcoming sci-fi thriller I Am Mother, which will star Oscar winner Hilary Swank and newcomer Clara Rugaard.

In first-time feature director Grant Sputore’s movie, Rugaard will play one of the first humans raised by robots designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind, according to Deadline.

The bond between child and robot mum is threatened when Swank’s character arrives.

Sputore announced his latest casting news on Tuesday (02Oct18) and revealed he was thrilled to have Byrne on board.

“I’ve been a fan of Rose’s work for as long as I can remember, so to have this opportunity to collaborate is very exciting,” he said. “Rose has brought tremendous intelligence and humanity to a character that promises to be a memorable contribution to the genre.”

“I’m so excited to be part of Grant’s unique, eerie, unnerving and visionary science fiction piece,” the Neighbors star added. “He is such an exciting talent to come out of Australia and I am so flattered to be on board with such an incredible artist.”

Sources tell Deadline the robot, created by the WETA Workshop experts – the Academy Award-winning visionaries who helped create characters for The Lord of The Rings and Avatar, took over a year to design and six months to build.

Meanwhile, busy Byrne will be back in front of the camera for Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming comedy Instant Family.

© Cover Media

Hilary Swank keen to star in an action film

Hilary Swank is interested in the idea of leading a female-fronted action flick.The actress is known for her roles in dramas such as Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, with her performances garnering her two Academy Awards.While Hilary has appeare…

Hilary Swank is interested in the idea of leading a female-fronted action flick.

The actress is known for her roles in dramas such as Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, with her performances garnering her two Academy Awards.

While Hilary has appeared in a diverse range of films since, she has now shared that she would like to explore the action genre and is interested in making a Jason Bourne-style movie.

“I like the idea of stepping into someone who’s experiencing something so different from who I am in my own physical world,” she told U.S. InStyle magazine of her film choices, adding that she has an idea for what she would like to do. “It would be great to do a Bourne (film) for women.”

Based on a character by novelist Robert Ludlum, Jason Bourne was played by Matt Damon in the 2002 film The Bourne Identity, as well as in three sequel movies. Following the release of the series’ fifth installment, Jason Bourne, in 2016, it’s not known if Matt or director Paul Greengrass have plans to develop the franchise further.

Though Hilary’s movie plans may take some time to come to fruition, during the interview, the star explained that she is determined to be a role model for young women in both her real life and in her performances.

“I think we talked about (the physical) forever because women have been objectified and trivialised for so long, and now the conversation is about something so much bigger,” the 43-year-old shared. “We’re so much more than our outward appearance. And I think this is just the beginning of a movement.”

Hilary was most recently seen onscreen as Gail Getty in TV series Trust and is currently in the post-production phase on I Am Mother, a sci-fi thriller.

© Cover Media