Nicole Kidman didn’t recognise Charlize Theron following Bombshell transformation

Nicole Kidman had no idea who Charlize Theron was after she underwent a transformation for her role in Bombshell.In the flick, Charlize plays Fox News host Megyn Kelly – and it turns out the make-up and costuming was so good, it also fooled one of her …

Nicole Kidman had no idea who Charlize Theron was after she underwent a transformation for her role in Bombshell.

In the flick, Charlize plays Fox News host Megyn Kelly – and it turns out the make-up and costuming was so good, it also fooled one of her co-stars.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday, the Long Shot star explained how her pal was taken aback by her unrecognisable transformation.

“She walked by me at one point and I thought she was mad at me,” Charlize recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh god! What did I do? Did I mess something up in her trailer? Did I not say hi nicely?’

“She just came up to me and she was like ‘Charlize?’ and then I said, ‘Yes are you mad at me?’ She said, ‘No I just didn’t know that was you!”

Nicole plays journalist Gretchen Carlson in the movie – a biographical drama surrounding the women at Fox News who stood up to former network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and exposed a culture of toxic behaviour and sexism.

During the chat, the Oscar winner highlighted the importance of women in the workplace supporting one another, and insisted The Hours actress had always been there for her.

“She has never done anything but support and show up for me,” the star continued. “We’ve been trying to make a movie for so long. I’m just happy to finally be in a film with her.”

Bombshell, which also stars Margot Robbie, John Lithgow and Kate McKinnon, debuts in cinemas on 20 December.

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John Lithgow avoided Vietnam War draft by acting

John Lithgow acted his way out of serving in the Vietnam War by “amplifying” his feelings on the conflict.The double Oscar nominee has been a cinema staple since the ’70s, studying his craft at England’s London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.During …

John Lithgow acted his way out of serving in the Vietnam War by “amplifying” his feelings on the conflict.

The double Oscar nominee has been a cinema staple since the ’70s, studying his craft at England’s London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

During his drama studies, he was called up to serve for his country, but managed to keep out of the action, which devastated the U.S., by acting.

Talking about the federal grant he received to study in England, he said during a chat for Marc Maron’s WTF podcast: “(It kept me out of the war) up to a point, and at a certain point, I was drafted anyway. I just got out of it – pure acting. That’s what it was like back in those days.

“If you stayed in school, you were protected to a point.”

But he was eventually sent a draft notice, forwarded on by his parents in New Jersey, which he tried, and failed, to get out of because of his grant.

John was then made to visit a Royal Air Force base in the U.K. which had a U.S. presence.

“I acted like what I was, I just amplified it. I just said, ‘I have a pathological fear of conflict.’ I had actually attempted to get out of the draft as a conscientious objector because I objected to the war, but they had completely discarded that,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I did cry, I fainted when they drew my blood. I felt so ashamed of myself… it was like I was acting but I wasn’t acting for the right reasons. I wasn’t acting for an audience and telling a story.”

However, in the decades that have followed, the Terms of Endearment actor has regretted his decision to get out of the war.

“That regret has stayed with me,” he sighed. “That moment for a young man, the late ’60s, is like a third rail of American society. You rarely get guys to tell how they got out of the draft, because there is a lingering shame to that, I think.

“And yet in those days, you’d get stoned and tell your hilarious story to everybody. We all had a comic story, like a stand-up comedy routine. Up until then, you were just a nervous wreck, and afterwards you had your war story too, except that it was an anti-war story.”

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Malcolm McDowell to play Rupert Murdoch in Fox News movie

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, acco…

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.

The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, according to Variety.

While Murdoch hired Ailes to helm the network in 1996, following a string of controversial comments and accusations of sexual harassment, the businessman ultimately made the decision to push him out of the company and succeeded him in the role until a replacement was found. Ailes died at the age of 77 in May 2017 after suffering a subdural haematoma, which was aggravated by his haemophilia.

In the currently untitled film, Ailes will be played by John Lithgow, while Nicole Kidman is to take on the part of former Fox & Friends presenter Gretchen Carlson, who filed a lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016 claiming sexual harassment.

Charlize Theron has been tapped to play journalist Megyn Kelly, who has also claimed to have been subjected to harassment by Ailes, and Allison Janney is to take on the part of Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich.

Margot Robbie has been cast as a fictional Fox News producer and Kate McKinnon is rumoured to have landed a part too.

Executives at studio Annapurna are producing and financing the film, with The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph penning the script, which is set to explore how a group of women in the company decided to take on Ailes as well as tackle the “toxic male culture” he presided over at the network.

The film is still in the pre-production stages and a potential release date has yet to be announced.

Veteran actor McDowell has had a career which has spanned over 50 years. Following his breakthrough role in the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange, the 75-year-old has had roles in films such as Star Trek: Generations, Time After Time and Halloween.

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Studio bosses pull out of John Lithgow’s Roger Ailes biopic

Production on director Jay Roach’s star-studded new biopic about disgraced TV chief Roger Ailes has hit a stumbling block after studio officials pulled out of the project. The as-yet-untitled movie, starring John Lithgow as the late Fox News boss, alo…

Production on director Jay Roach’s star-studded new biopic about disgraced TV chief Roger Ailes has hit a stumbling block after studio officials pulled out of the project.

The as-yet-untitled movie, starring John Lithgow as the late Fox News boss, alongside Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron, had been due to begin filming later this month (Oct18), but on Tuesday (09Oct18), it was revealed Annapurna Pictures officials would no longer be involved.

According to Deadline.com, the film’s $35 million (£26.6 million) budget had become one of the main concerns for Annapurna executives, who were co-financing, producing, and distributing the project, as costs had started to soar.

Roach and his collaborators are now said to be considering offers from chiefs at other studios, including Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, to acquire the picture, which will focus on Ailes’ downfall following a string of controversial comments and accusations of sexual harassment.

It’s not yet known if the shooting schedule will be affected by the studio change, although the biopic, which is also expected to feature actresses Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon, has yet to be given a release date.

The news emerges hours after A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell was added to the cast as media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who hired Ailes to take charge of his TV network in 1996.

Ailes, who was Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, was forced to resign in 2016 when he became the subject of several sexual misconduct allegations.

He went on to become an adviser to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation. He died last year (17).

Roach’s film, written by The Big Short’s Charles Randolph, is not the only project focused on Ailes currently in the works – Russell Crowe will also portray the late media boss in TV movie The Loudest Voice in the Room, which is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book of the same name. It reportedly focuses on the last 10 years of Ailes’ life and will air on U.S. network Showtime.

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