Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal direct Covid-19 lockdown short films for Netflix

Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal have both directed short films made during lockdown for Netflix.Homemade is a new compendium of five-to seven-minute shorts by 17 filmmakers for the streaming service, which aim to capture to experience of life in …

Kristen Stewart and Maggie Gyllenhaal have both directed short films made during lockdown for Netflix.

Homemade is a new compendium of five-to seven-minute shorts by 17 filmmakers for the streaming service, which aim to capture to experience of life in self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

The project, which has been overseen by filmmaker Pablo Larrain, can also be watched as one continuous feature, according to Variety.

Stewart’s follow-up to her 2017 short Come Swim was filmed in Los Angeles, while Gyllenhaal has contributed a film shot in Vermont with her partner, actor Peter Sarsgaard.

Directors were told to use only equipment found at home, and while plot details remain under wraps, Larrain said Gyllenhaal’s short will “surprise the whole world”.

“All shorts have something (special) but Maggie’s is very particular,” he teased.

Discussing the project, Teresa Moneo, director of international original films for Netflix, said the films varied from deeply personal to hilarious.

“Each director has done a completely different thing. We have put them together thematically. Some were very clearly personal stories and some were more narrative or fantastical or funny. We tried to give them some kind of organisation,” she explained.

Others who have contributed to the Homemade series include Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and Larrain himself.

Homemade will debut on Netflix on 30 June.

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Kristen Stewart’s casting as Diana, Princess of Wales receives mixed response

The announcement revealing Kristen Stewart will portray late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales in a new movie has divided social media users. On Wednesday, editors at Deadline reported that the Twilight actress would be playing the royal in Pablo…

The announcement revealing Kristen Stewart will portray late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales in a new movie has divided social media users.

On Wednesday, editors at Deadline reported that the Twilight actress would be playing the royal in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which will focus on her decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

The casting news proved controversial on Twitter, particularly among British people, who weren’t thrilled with an American being given the role.

“I’m sorry Kristen while she is a good actress simply isn’t the right fit for this role… Diana was class and elegance Kristen is the complete opposite of that,” one user wrote, while another posted, “Princess Diana is rolling in her grave! Can we get a petition to prevent this from actually happening?”

Another suggested British actress Emma Watson would be a “better fit” for the role.

On the flipside, verified film critics noted that Stewart understands Diana’s relationship with the press and will be able to use that for her performance. They also praised the way in which Larrain depicted former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s life in 2016’s Jackie.

“Kristen Stewart playing a famous woman who was doggedly pursued by a press that made a savage feast out of her personal life? I think she’ll be able to tap into that,” wrote Kristy Puchko.

“Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana in a PABLO FREAKIN’ LARRAÍN FILM? Apocalypse cancelled!” wrote The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin, while Variety’s Guy Lodge added, “It’s funny how Pablo Larraín’s name changes the headline ‘Kristen Stewart to star as Princess Diana’ into very good news.”

And Leslie Carroll, author of Diana and Charles: Royal Affairs and Notorious Royal Marriages, defended the casting of an American, telling Fox News, “If she can embody Diana’s body language and convey her famous breathy, posh Sloane Ranger voice, it won’t matter where she was born.”

However, Neil Sean, the author of The A to Z of Harry and Meghan, told the publication: “The casting of one of the world’s most famous women in Stewart just shows how out of tune the makers are with what the public’s image and above all love for such a great lady is.”

Production on Spencer is due to beginning in early 2021.

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Kristen Stewart to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Spencer

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer. The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles. S…

Kristen Stewart has signed on to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain’s upcoming movie Spencer.

The Twilight star will play the beloved British royal in a drama that will focus on Diana deciding to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

Spencer, referring to Diana’s maiden name, will be helmed by Larrain, who previously directed Natalie Portman as former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 2016’s Jackie, from a script by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Production is expected to begin in early 2021.

Explaining his decision to cast the American actress in the role, Larrain told Deadline, “Kristen can be many things, and she can be very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong as well, which is what we need. The combination of those elements made me think of her. The way she responded to the script and how she is approaching the character, it’s very beautiful to see. I think she’s going to do something stunning and intriguing at the same time. She is this force of nature.

“We’re very happy to have her, she’s very committed. As a filmmaker, when you have someone who can hold such a weight, dramatic and narrative weight just with her eyes, then you have the strong lead who can deliver what we are looking for.”

Spencer will be set across three days – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day – during one of Diana’s final Christmas holidays at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England in the early ’90s. It will examine her troubled relationship with Charles and her love for her sons William and Harry.

“Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale,” Larrain explained. “When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, ‘I’d rather go and be myself,’ it’s a big, big decision, a fairy tale upside down. I’ve always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.”

Diana married Charles in 1981 and they eventually divorced in 1996. She tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

The royal has been portrayed onscreen on numerous occasions, including by Naomi Watts in 2013’s Diana. She will be played by Emma Corrin in the upcoming season of Netflix’s The Crown.

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Anna Kendrick: ‘Filming Twilight was like a hostage situation’

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance…

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.

The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance saga more than 12 years ago was a traumatic experience.

“The first movie we filmed in Portland, Oregon, and I just remember being so cold and miserable,” she told Vanity Fair, joking that she and her castmates, including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, were so irritated she wanted to kill them.

“And I just remember my Converse being completely soaked through and feeling like, ‘You know, this is a really great group of people and I’m sure that we would be friends at a different time, but I want to murder everyone,'” Anna quipped.

The Pitch Perfect star added: “Although, it was also kind of bonding. There was something about it, like if you go through some trauma event. Like you imagine people who survive a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”

However, filming the second movie in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was a much better experience, mostly due to the weather.

“The second movie, for whatever reason the weather wasn’t quite as intense and I think that’s sort of where we all got to know each other a little bit better,” she shared.

But filming the third, fourth and fifth movies all became too much, and Anna recalled they all “blended into one.”

“Because my whole job was to just go, like, ‘This family of very pale people who we never see eating. They’re really weird, right?'” she laughed.

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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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