Kaitlyn Dever in talks to star in Dear Evan Hansen movie

Kaitlyn Dever is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.The hit Broadway show is heading to the big screen, and Ben Platt, who made his name starring as the titular character in the musical, is widely e…

Kaitlyn Dever is reportedly in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The hit Broadway show is heading to the big screen, and Ben Platt, who made his name starring as the titular character in the musical, is widely expected to reprise his role for the movie, although this is yet to be confirmed, according to Variety.

Director Stephen Chbosky, best known for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will helm the adaptation, while Steve Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical, is penning the script.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are serving as producers, and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the music for the Broadway show, are onboard as executive producers.

Dear Evan Hansen follows the story of the eponymous character, who gets caught up in an elaborate lie after the family of one of his classmates, Connor, mistakes Hansen’s letter for their son’s suicide note.

Dever, who shot to fame in last year’s Booksmart, will play Connor’s sister Zoe, who begins dating Hansen after he becomes involved with the grieving family.

The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical has won five Tony Awards since its debut in 2016, and finally arrived on London’s West End in November last year.

Dever recently starred in the Netflix drama series Unbelievable, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone working on new movie

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which h…

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.

The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which he plans to direct and has teamed up with his Zombieland co-star Emma Stone and her fiance, Brigsby Bear director Dave McCary, who will produce the project.

“I have spent the last two weeks pitching this movie that I wrote and am directing to financiers and studios. I’d have these hour-long pitches with my producers, Emma Stone and Dave McCary, and when I was doing that, it felt like a typical workday, except for the fact that it was all on the computer,” Eisenberg shared. “It was one million times better than I would have expected. We would have had to drive around to 20 different offices and studios, and this way, we did them all over two days. We ended up in the best possible situation for us. But, of course, the irony is that we never know when it can possibly get made.”

All film and TV sets shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it is not known when production will resume. The 36-year-old was supposed to be Bosnia shooting an episode for Amazon Prime Video anthology series Modern Love.

“I was directing and acting and writing this episode for Modern Love, and I thought it would be so cool to set it in Bosnia. Then the pandemic started to shut things down, and I thought, ‘Oh my (episode) will be the first thing to go. And it wasn’t the first to go, but maybe the second. We are still waiting on that, so I am looking at when America will open up but also Bosnia,” he explained.

In addition, Eisenberg was in the middle of recording an audiobook he wrote when the pandemic struck. He had recorded his and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard’s parts and was preparing to record Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever’s, with him adding, “If L.A. shut down two days later, we would have been done.”

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Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

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Kaitlyn Dever gets make-up tips from Beanie Feldstein

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winge…

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.

In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winged eyeliner when she’s going to an event.

However, Kaitlyn admitted her pal Beanie had to help her out when she first attempted to use liquid eyeliner.

“If I’m going out with my friends, I do winged eyeliner – I’ve actually got really good at it! I’ve mastered using a felt tip pen liquid liner,” the actress explained. “Beanie is a pro at it – hers always looks amazing. She was giving me her tips and she said, ‘You just have to go for it’, and I think that’s a little bit true. She told me: ‘You go for it, and then you fix it after.’ I always felt like fixing isn’t the best way to do it but actually it means that you can really perfect it.”

Kaitlyn, who was recently nominated for the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), added that she relies on her family and friends to help her deal with pressures of Hollywood’s beauty standards.

“I don’t feel any sort of pressure to look a certain way ever. I feel that’s partly because of the way my parents raised me,” she shared. “They always brought me up to just be myself and constantly remind me when they notice that I’m slipping away from myself a little bit.”

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Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever nominated for BAFTA Rising Star honour

Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever have been nominated for the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award. The 31-year-old, who is known for films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8 and Jumanji: The Next Level, made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night when…

Awkwafina and Kaitlyn Dever have been nominated for the 2020 BAFTA Rising Star Award.

The 31-year-old, who is known for films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8 and Jumanji: The Next Level, made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night when she won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in The Farewell, becoming the first-ever Asian actor to win a leading actress Golden Globe for a film.

Awkwafina’s success continued on Monday when representatives for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled the five nominees for the Rising Star Award, an honour given to up-and-coming talent at the organisation’s annual British Academy Film Awards.

“It’s truly an honour to be nominated for the EE Rising Star Award,” said Awkwafina in a statement. “I’m grateful to BAFTA and the jury for the nomination and that I am able to share this recognition with so many other talented actors and actresses.”

The shortlist also included Dever, who was nominated at the Golden Globes for her work in Netflix miniseries Unbelievable, though she lost out to Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon. Dever, 23, is best known for films such as Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, Short Term 12, Detroit, and the TV show Justified.

The other nominees include Scottish actor Jack Lowden, whose credits include Dunkirk, Mary Queen of Scots, and Fighting with my Family, Kelvin Harrison Jr., who established himself as one to watch with roles in films such as Waves, It Comes at Night, and Mudbound, and Top Boy actor Micheal Ward, who recently starred in Blue Story.

Previous winners of the Rising Star Award, BAFTA’s only fan-voted category, have included Shia LaBeouf, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, Tom Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright.

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

The full list of nominees will be announced on Tuesday morning.

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Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to prepare for roles

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Ch…

Kaitlyn Dever creates playlists to help her get in the headspace of her character.

The Booksmart actress has been using the technique to prepare for each new role since she was inspired by director Jason Reitman before filming 2014 movie Men, Women & Children in late 2013.

“Before we started shooting Jason was emailing the whole kids cast—like 10 kids on this movie—emailing us all and one of the very first initial questions he asked us was, ‘What is your character’s favourite song right now?’ And this just really stood out to me,” she told Vogue.com.au.

“That’s what inspired me to start creating playlists for characters I played. Because I feel like the music that I listen to as a person is so representative of how I am as a person at this current time, in my life and the emotions I’m feeling. So, I feel like… it fills in a lot of blanks that are sometimes necessary or sometimes needed for a role. I’ve definitely been doing that ever since I worked with him… I never thought to use music in that way or as a tool for my acting, but he taught me a lot that Jason Reitman.”

The 22-year-old employed the technique for her subsequent roles, such as Booksmart, Beautiful Boy and the upcoming Them That Follow.

For her new Netflix series Unbelievable, in which she plays Marie, a victim of sexual assault, Kaitlyn created a playlist of songs from the 2000s including Avril Lavigne.

“I created the playlist because I do that with everything I do now. I created the playlist because I thought it would kind of keep me in the mind zone that Marie was living in at the time,” the star shared. “I made a playlist of several songs from the 2000s (including) Avril Lavigne. It ended up actually being like (the) place I went to cheer myself up a little bit (when) I was listening to that playlist.”

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Olivia Wilde urges airline bosses to cut ties with flight film censorship firm

Olivia Wilde has urged airlines to cut ties with the bosses of a third-party company who censor films shown on flights after discovering Booksmart had been heavily edited for passengers.The actress/director was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex sc…

Olivia Wilde has urged airlines to cut ties with the bosses of a third-party company who censor films shown on flights after discovering Booksmart had been heavily edited for passengers.

The actress/director was shocked to learn a pivotal lesbian sex scene and a mention of the word “vagina” had been cut from her 2019 movie for a recent flight screening, while the word “f**k” was not removed.

Wilde has since seen the edited version and she’s upset the powers that be saw fit to cut her feature even though it opens with a parental guidance disclaimer.

“I finally had the chance to watch an edited version of Booksmart on a flight to see exactly what had been censored,” she wrote on Twitter. “Turns out some airlines work with a third-party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is… female sexuality?”

Wilde went on to explain that she was stuned to find the second half of an animated doll sequence, where the figures are naked, was cut, as was the word “genitals”. The company also edited out a scene in which two female characters attempt to have sex, even though it involves no nudity.

“By the way, they didn’t cut ANY cursing. Every ‘f**k’ is heard loud and clear, sometimes in the same scene where they muted ‘vagina’. They showed (character) George (elegantly) deep-throating a microphone but couldn’t stomach a consensual love scene between two women,” the 35-year-old stated. “What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful? I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity, to stop working with this third-party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt-out if they choose.”

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, who starred in the film, have also spoken out about the cuts.

Feldstein tweeted: “We’re on the case to get this rectified. Our movie is a beautiful representation of the queer experience as young people. I’m a queer person. So we’re getting to the bottom of it, don’t worry.”

While Dever called the controversy “ridiculous”, adding: “I don’t even know what to say to that. That makes me so mad.”

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Booksmart stars upset about airline bosses’ film censorship

Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have pledged to get to the bottom of one airline’s decision to cut a lesbian sex scene from the film.The pair’s director, Olivia Wilde, was alerted to the censorship by a fan, who watched the movie on …

Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever have pledged to get to the bottom of one airline’s decision to cut a lesbian sex scene from the film.

The pair’s director, Olivia Wilde, was alerted to the censorship by a fan, who watched the movie on a recent flight and realised something was missing, and the filmmaker expressed her dismay on social media.

Now, Feldstein and Dever have assured fans they’ll get to the bottom of the censorship.

“We’re on the case to get this rectified,” Feldstein told Variety. “Our movie is a beautiful representation of the queer experience as young people. I’m a queer person. So we’re getting to the bottom of it, don’t worry.”

And Dever has called the controversy “ridiculous”, adding: “I don’t even know what to say to that. That makes me so mad.”

Wilde reiterated her comments to the publication, saying, “I don’t understand it. There’s censorship, airline to airline, of films, which there must be some kind of governing board to determine. We rate it a certain way. If it’s not X-rated, surely it’s acceptable on an airplane.

“There’s insane violence of bodies being smashed in half and yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of this character’s journey. I don’t understand it. My heart just broke. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it; I want people to experience the entire film.”

Olivia did not name the airline that had censored the film, although social media reports have suggested it is Delta Air Lines.

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Olivia Wilde upset over airline censorship of Booksmart

Olivia Wilde is seeking answers after learning an unspecified airline has edited out an intimate same-sex scene from her film Booksmart.The actress/director was alerted to the missing footage, which includes a scene in which two female characters attem…

Olivia Wilde is seeking answers after learning an unspecified airline has edited out an intimate same-sex scene from her film Booksmart.

The actress/director was alerted to the missing footage, which includes a scene in which two female characters attempt to have sex, when a fan recently watched the movie on a flight and noted something was lacking.

“Tried watching Booksmart on the plane and they cut the ENTIRE lesbian hookup scene like not even a KISS was allowed! oh but don’t worry guys, the Straights got their kiss (sic),” the devotee, Michaela Barton, tweeted, prompting Olivia to respond, “This is truly a bummer. There is no nudity in this scene. What makes it too obscene for airplane viewing? What airline?”

The 35-year-old then added: “I don’t understand it. There’s censorship airline to airline of films. There must be some kind of governing board to determine.

“We rated a certain way. If it’s not X-rated, surely, it’s acceptable on an airplane. There’s insane violence of bodies being ripped in half and yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of the character’s journey. My heart just broke. I don’t understand it. It’s confusing.”

Booksmart, which marked Olivia’s feature directorial debut, was released in May. The flick starred Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as two graduating high school girls who set out to finally break the rules and party on their last day of classes, and also featured appearances from Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis.

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Olivia Wilde set to direct and produce thriller Don’t Worry, Darling

Olivia Wilde is set to direct and produce upcoming thriller Don’t Worry, Darling.The actress-turned-filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the film featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldst…

Olivia Wilde is set to direct and produce upcoming thriller Don’t Worry, Darling.

The actress-turned-filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the film featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.

Now, Wilde has signed on to helm Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife and is to be “a psychological thriller for the Time’s Up era”, according to editors at Variety.

While the project remains in the early stages of development, the 35-year-old will be teaming with Booksmart writer/producer Katie Silberman as well as It producer Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. Silberman has rewritten the script, which is based on an original screenplay by sibling writers Shane and Carey Van Dyke.

A potential release date or casting details have not yet been announced, and while a studio is yet to be confirmed, editors at Deadline have reported that 18 production companies have made bids for Don’t Worry, Darling, including big-name firms such as Legendary and MGM, as well as streaming services like Netflix.

Meanwhile, Wilde has also been attached to direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy movie for Universal Pictures. In addition to juggling her directing duties, she is currently filming Clint Eastwood’s new drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which stars Jon Hamm, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates, and last appeared onscreen in 2018’s Life Itself and A Vigilante.

Silberman is known for her work as a writer on 2010 short Party Favors, 2018’s Set It Up, as well as Isn’t It Romantic, the fantasy romcom starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra. She is now in the pre-production phases of Most Dangerous Game, which is set to re-team Set It Up’s Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell.

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