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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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Melissa McCarthy ‘all for’ new Ghostbusters sequel

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot. The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside …

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside comediennes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s 2016 version, which flopped with critics and fans of the original 1980s movies, despite including appearances by franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Jason, whose dad Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters installments, recently announced he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie, which will serve as a sequel to his father’s Ghostbusters II and not be connected in any way to Feig’s film.

The news angered Leslie, who fumed about the plans on Twitter: ”So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she raged last month (Jan19). ”It’s like something (controversial U.S. President Donald) Trump would do… ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying (sic). Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!”

Feig showed his support for Leslie following her outburst, but expressed his interest in seeing what Reitman came up with, even though he was disappointed his leading ladies wouldn’t be invited to take part in the action.

Now Melissa has weighed in on the dispute, insisting she has no hard feelings towards Juno director Reitman, and is excited to check out his take on the beloved franchise.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’

“I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

A teaser for Jason’s Ghostbusters 3 debuted online in January (19) and featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

It’s not yet known if Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

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Cate Blanchett: ‘Reception to all-female Ghostbusters reboot was atrocious’

Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway have attacked male critics of 2016’s all-female Ghostbusters revamp, insisting no one would stand for their “atrocious” remarks in the current Hollywood climate. Funnywomen Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon…

Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway have attacked male critics of 2016’s all-female Ghostbusters revamp, insisting no one would stand for their “atrocious” remarks in the current Hollywood climate.

Funnywomen Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones faced a huge backlash for their gender-bending take on the classic franchise, which originally featured Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd.

The film was released more than a year before the ongoing #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to end sexual misconduct, discrimination, and pay inequality in the workplace gathered pace, and the actresses behind the new Ocean’s 8 heist movie, which is also a female-led affair, are convinced the Ghostbusters detractors wouldn’t dare to utter the same comments if the action comedy was released today.

“(Ocean’s 8 was made) after what I think was an atrocious male-dominated reception of Ghostbusters,” Cate said, “which was a great film, those women were hilarious, and I think that film was treated in a way that that film wouldn’t be treated now if it was released.”

Anne blames members of the press for helping to fan the flames of the revolt against the Ghostbusters reboot.

“The reception that Ghostbusters got, the media really glommed (jumped) onto that narrative and that took over whatever anybody was doing,” the Les Miserables star added in the Today show cast interview. “That took over whether or not the film had merit, it was about these men’s feelings about it, and I don’t think that would happen nowadays; I hope not.”

Blanchett and Hathaway feature alongside Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina in the crime caper, and Bullock admits the timing of the Ocean’s 8 release is interesting, because the industry had yet to make the progressive shift towards more female-focused projects when the movie was being developed.

“Publicly the shift did not happen when we started filming this, so… I don’t think we were looked at as, ‘Oh, this is really timely,'” she shared. “It was, ‘Oh… OK, we’ll try it…'”

But they are determined to prove to Hollywood executives that women can turn blockbuster titles into global box office hits without the support of leading men.

“(The notion that) ensembles of women just ‘don’t sell’ – it’s just lazy thinking,” Cate insisted, claiming only “lazy, stupid people” still think that way.

And Sandra makes it clear there was no feuding between the stars, despite what gossipmongers may think.

“The media did want us to be fighting,” she said. “They tried to drop bombs (fake rumours). We’re like, ‘No, no, no…'”

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