Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza join Kristen Stewart in Happiest Season

Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza have been cast alongside Kristen Stewart in upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season. In November 2018, it was announced that the Twilight actress had been cast in the comedy as Abby, a young woman who plans to propose to h…

Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza have been cast alongside Kristen Stewart in upcoming romantic comedy Happiest Season.

In November 2018, it was announced that the Twilight actress had been cast in the comedy as Abby, a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper during her family’s annual holiday party, but then learns that her partner has yet come out to her conservative parents. Terminator: Dark Fate’s Mackenzie Davis was later attached to portray Harper.

Now, it has been revealed that they will be joined by GLOW star Brie, Ingrid Goes West’s Plaza, Saturday Night Live’s Ana Gasteyer, and Blockers star Sarayu Blue, as well as Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy, although it is not known what roles they will play. Step Brothers actress Mary Steenburgen and Titanic star Victor Garber will portray Harper’s conservative parents, according to editors at Variety.

Brie shared the news on Instagram with the caption, “Oh this is going to be fun…#happiestseason,” with heart and Christmas tree emojis, while Levy told his followers he was “very excited/proud to be a part of this movie”.

Actress Clea DuVall, who is known for films such as Girl, Interrupted, The Faculty, and Argo, will direct the project from a screenplay she co-wrote with Mary Holland. Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner are producing alongside Jonathan McCoy and Wyck Godfrey.

“In Happiest Season, Clea and Mary have come up with a brilliant twist on the Christmas comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving,” Bowen told Variety in 2018. “It manages to be both timely and timeless in the best of ways and we think it’s a holiday classic in the making.”

Filming begins on the production in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week.

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Kristen Stewart didn’t realise how difficult filming Underwater would be

Kristen Stewart and her co-stars had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they signed up for Underwater.The Charlie’s Angels actress stars alongside Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller in the sci-fi horror, which follows a team of aquatic s…

Kristen Stewart and her co-stars had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they signed up for Underwater.

The Charlie’s Angels actress stars alongside Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller in the sci-fi horror, which follows a team of aquatic scientists who have to fight for survival after an earthquake devastates their subterranean lab, leaving them trapped underwater with much bigger and scarier problems.

Stewart, who plays Norah Price, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she didn’t anticipate all the challenges involved in filming this movie, including the weight of their metal suits and her aversion to small spaces.

“The suits were really heavy, honestly. We couldn’t move around. I really don’t like being held down, I don’t like confined spaces, I’m not a strong swimmer,” she explained. “The reason that, like, huge f**king surly dudes who typically do action movies do them is because they’re actually really hard and scary and they hurt.

“I think none of us in the movie — except for maybe Vincent, who’s, like, a f**king wild banshee — really knew what we were getting ourselves into. And that’s where there’s some comedy in the movie every once in a while; in the most dire situations you kind of laugh in a funeral. That’s kind of what it felt like to make the movie as well. Like we were all dying!”

The 29-year-old, who has shown a preference for indie movies instead of blockbusters in recent years, also admitted that she hadn’t ever made a movie on such a large scale, and she was excited to see the final product almost three years after production wrapped.

“It was not an easy movie to make — really long and just drippy and cold and f**king hard. I want to see how we all reacted in such precarious circumstances. It really pulls out the best and worst parts of people,” shared Kristen.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Underwater was not an easy movie to make’

Kristen Stewart has admitted making her new sci-fi horror film Underwater was “not easy”.The 29-year-old actress plays scientist Norah Price, who is part of a crew of underwater researchers struggling to survive an attack from mysterious creatures afte…

Kristen Stewart has admitted making her new sci-fi horror film Underwater was “not easy”.

The 29-year-old actress plays scientist Norah Price, who is part of a crew of underwater researchers struggling to survive an attack from mysterious creatures after an earthquake devastates their subterranean lab.

However, Kristen confessed that she had never made a movie like Underwater before and found it genuinely terrifying filming scenes in dark water tanks.

“It was not an easy movie to make – really long and just drippy and cold and f**king hard. I want to see how we all reacted in such precarious circumstances. It really pulls out the best and worst parts of people,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

In a separate interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, the Twilight star, who made the movie back in 2017, reflected on how much she enjoyed being able to do her own stunts.

“A lot of stuff that we did was super practical. It was fun, it was not hard to do the movie in terms of trying to fantasise and play pretend,” she noted. “It was hard to do the movie because it was scary and it was genuine! It made a lot of these things happen, we blew a lot of stuff up.”

Kristen also opened up about the plot of her upcoming horror movie, sharing that it has strong connections to what is happening to the real-life devastation of our natural world.

“They’ve taken things that don’t belong to them,” she said of the fictional crew. “That we’ve mined the bottom of the ocean, that we’re digging for oil in a place of such mystery that what comes out is an emergency sort of natural disaster, but really it’s a repercussion.”

Underwater is released in cinemas from 8 January.

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Kristen Stewart found Charlie’s Angels reboot ‘hard to promote’

Kristen Stewart has addressed the poor box office performance of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The sequel to the 1970s TV show and early 2000s movies had been expected to shine at the box office but took just $8.6 million (£6.4 million) during its openi…

Kristen Stewart has addressed the poor box office performance of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The sequel to the 1970s TV show and early 2000s movies had been expected to shine at the box office but took just $8.6 million (£6.4 million) during its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada.

Currently, the film has earned approximately $55.8 million (£41.7 million) at the box office worldwide – just about covering production costs – and Stewart, who fronts the Elizabeth Banks-directed movie alongside Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, told website ComicBook.com she accepts the disappointing figures because it’s “kind of hard to promote a movie like that”.

“Well, to be honest with you, I think if I had made a movie that wasn’t good and one that I wasn’t proud of and a lot of people saw it, I would be devastated,” she said. “Luckily, I’m not feeling gutted because I really am proud of the movie. And I think that the kind of the climate that we’re living in right now is polarising.”

Explaining the difficulty in conveying the film’s message, the actress continued: “I think trying to have a really complicated, overly politicised feminist conversation in a five-minute TV interview about Charlie’s Angels… I’m like, ‘Dude, we just wanted to have a good time.'”

Stewart also confessed that the frosty reception to the flick means a sequel is unlikely.

Banks previously sparked controversy among fans when she blamed the poor performance of Charlie’s Angels on “men not going to see women do action movies”.

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Elizabeth Banks wanted her Charlie’s Angels characters to be focused on work

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action fran…

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.

The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action franchise, which stars Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott.

Banks, who also has an acting role in the film, wanted to make sure the characters had no personal distractions as she believes these are “ridiculous tropes in women’s movies”.

“I told the studio and my collaborators: ‘I want to make a movie about women working, and I do not want to tell a story about the boyfriend they don’t see enough, or the mother they don’t call enough, or the cat they don’t feed.’ Those are ridiculous tropes in women’s movies, and you do not see James Bond worrying about calling his f**king mother,” she insisted to Porter magazine.

Her new film also features elements that feel relevant today, such as whistleblowing, mansplaining, and women being told to smile, but she stated that she wasn’t trying to make a political point.

“I’m not here to re-teach feminism to young women. I am here to empower them and to have them see themselves in a movie, which happens far too infrequently, especially in the action genre,” Elizabeth added.

The 45-year-old, who makes her second directorial effort with the action movie, admitted she was waiting for backlash for writing, directing, producing, and acting in the film as it could be seen as “a ridiculously egocentric statement”.

However, she believes creating a new story for the Charlie’s Angels was a smart business decision, because it combined her love of the original 1970s TV show and studio executives’ love of using existing property.

“I’m very pragmatic. You either have to embrace or reject how the system works. I’m an artist with patrons, so you have to take what they want into consideration,” she stated.

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Kristen Stewart plays both Romeo and Juliet in Pirelli Calendar

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruc…

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.

The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruck character from William Shakespeare’s play.

Kristen, Chinese popstar Chris Lee, and Indya Moore are also among the famous faces who play both parts of the doomed lovers in the imagery, as well as the accompanying film, shot and directed by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“I was looking for a pure soul, someone full of innocence that combined strength, beauty, tenderness, and courage. I found this in the glimmer of an eye, in the gestures and words of Emma and Yara, Indya and Mia and in the smiles and tears of Kristen and Claire…” Roversi said in a statement. “There’s a Juliet in every woman.”

For 2020, the format has also changed, with Roversi ditching the traditional spiral-bound calendar for a hardback book and a short film.

In the film, which took six months to shoot, each of the women audition for the role of a modern-day Juliet, and answers questions about their own experiences with young love and recite lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Kristen also reading Romeo’s lines.

“I think this is really a portrait gallery of different women, who all express their own character and personality,” Roversi told Fashionista. “It’s not just an image they’re giving, but a presence.”

The photographer’s daughter, Stella, and Spanish musician Rosalia also feature in the calendar.

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Kristen Stewart chose Charlie’s Angels because she wanted ‘fun’ project

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in fa…

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.

Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in favour of independent dramas, but she made her comeback with Charlie’s Angels, a continuation of the 2000s films starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.

When asked by Shia LaBeouf during Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series why she said yes to the role of Sabina Wilson, Stewart explained that she was in the mood for something light.

“I wanted to do something fun,” she said. “I was in the mood for a not-so-harrowing experience. Liz Banks, who directed the movie and wrote it, is really good at normal funny. I was in good hands. I knew that. The movie is so warm. I’m proud of the way that it makes me feel.”

While she enjoyed hanging out with castmates Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, who make up the trio of crime-fighting detectives, and director Elizabeth Banks, the 29-year-old wasn’t thrilled by how long the shoot was in comparison to her low-budget projects.

When asked what type of set she enjoys more, Stewart replied, “Probably the harrowing kind, because it’s just more fun in a weird way.”

“Honestly, hanging on set with the girls and laughing all day and thinking of silly stupid stuff to say was really fun, but we did it for five months,” she stated. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m still being a goofball.’ I like sprinting. The thing about big movies for me is I don’t know the difference other than it’s just so long. You spread things out over such a long period of time. I can’t harness things in the way I can when it’s short. Long movies scare me a little bit because I feel like I’m going to want to get the hell out of there, man.”

Charlie’s Angels is in cinemas now.

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Elizabeth Banks ‘proud’ of Charlie’s Angels despite flop

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-figh…

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.

The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting trio, only managed to debut in third place behind Ford v Ferrari and Midway on the North American box office chart on Sunday, launching with $8.6 million (£6.7 million) for a global take just shy of $28 million (£21.6 million).

Its slow start paled in comparison to the $40.1 million (£31 million) Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu’s 2000 movie adaptation made, but despite the poor numbers, Banks, who co-wrote, directed, produced, and appeared as Bosley in the film, is standing by her decision to tackle the beloved franchise.

“Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world,” Banks tweeted in reaction to the box office figures Monday.

Ahead of opening weekend, the actress/director told Australia’s Herald Sun that the public needed to support the film.

“This movie has to make money,” she said. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

However, when it was pointed out that Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, two female-led action films, were big box office successes, Banks insisted the superhero movies are still linked to the “male genre”.

“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre,” the 45-year-old continued. “So, even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up Justice League.”

In a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal, she defended her decision to make another Charlie’s Angels by saying, “You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining! I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years.”

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Elizabeth Banks backs Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for Virtue

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels worki…

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.

The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working at a private detective agency.

To celebrate the launch of the flick, Banks has now teamed with Virtue creative director Adir Abergel on a new campaign dedicated to supporting She’s the First, a non-profit organisation which helps to fight gender inequality through education, and RAD (Redcarpet ADvocacy), a group which looks to partner talent and brands through purpose.

“I wanted to make Charlie’s Angels to show women as the powerful human beings we are-so I’m proud to partner with RAD and Virtue hair care to help drive that message home and to educate and empower young girls by supporting She’s the First,” Banks said.

Those interested in supporting the initiative can post and tag photos of the “Angels” in their lives on Instagram with the hashtags #ShesTheFirst #CharliesAngels #withVIRTUE #radvocacy and by visiting the She’s the First website to donate. Supporters can also use the Instagram donation sticker.

“As a hairstylist I am surrounded by powerful women, and my work is all about helping them feel even more confident,” added Abergel. “I was excited when I heard about this incredible campaign that my friend Elizabeth Banks and RAD put together to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. I was humbled to bring my Virtue family in as well because our CEO and founder has always been committed to supporting causes that empower women.”

Charlie’s Angels hits U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Ella Balinska forged ‘sisterhood’ with Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classi…

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.

The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classic 1970s spy show, and when filming began in Berlin, the trio immediately bonded over their stunt training.

“We did this weird, three-way, fight-plait thing. It was like a fight braid with our bodies. That’s as far as I’m going to explain it. It was a fight braid,” Ella laughed to WWD. “But it was just us making mistakes and failing and succeeding and that little activity was just a great way to bond. And then I think from that moment, all physical boundaries, anyway, were broken.”

The British actress also lived in the same area as both Kristen and Naomi while filming on location in the German capital and she describes their friendship “a sisterhood onscreen and offscreen.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she was full of praise for director Elizabeth, who also stars in the movie as one of the incarnations of Bosley.

“Elizabeth knows what she wants and she will get it. She’s an actor’s director. So you feel safe and you feel trusting,” she gushed. “There’s no insecurity as an actor, you’re never left thinking, ‘Is this the right thing?’ She’s so supportive; she’ll be cheering behind the monitors if she sees something that she likes.”

Ella was overjoyed when she eventually landed the role on stunt-heavy Charlie’s Angels as it gave her the opportunity to combine her two passions – acting and sports.

“When you do a lot of sport, you gain physical awareness, you know your strengths, you know your limits, you know how to push yourself in certain ways – even mental awareness. It’s a discipline. You wake up and you train,” she stated.

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