Nia Long believes she was discriminated against during Charlie’s Angels casting process

Nia Long believes she didn’t get a role in Charlie’s Angels because she was “a little too Black”. Earlier this month, Thandie Newton revealed that she turned down the role of Alex Munday in the 2000 action comedy after an executive allegedly made raci…

Nia Long believes she didn’t get a role in Charlie’s Angels because she was “a little too Black”.

Earlier this month, Thandie Newton revealed that she turned down the role of Alex Munday in the 2000 action comedy after an executive allegedly made racially insensitive comments about her character and the director explained how she’d be objectified in the opening scene.

In an new interview with Insider, Long shared that she went for the same role but was rejected because she “looked too old” compared to her co-star Drew Barrymore, who is four years younger, and the actress believes she didn’t get it because of the colour of her skin.

“I was like, ‘What?’” Long recalled. “I love Drew Barrymore, I think she’s amazing, but I think that was just a nice way to say you’re a little too Black. Personally, that’s what I think. Because if you notice there were no brown skin (actors). I mean, honestly, I would have been the Blackest thing in the film.

“The feedback that I received from my agent was, ‘She just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore’… And I’m thinking to myself, it’s an actor’s choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it’s a director’s vision to help create and curate a character. So if you couldn’t see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I’ll keep it moving.”

She told the publication that she was aware of what Newton said about the film and is proud more women, especially women of colour, are speaking out about their Hollywood experiences.

The role of Alex Munday eventually went to Lucy Liu, who is two years older than Long. Liu, Barrymore, and their co-star Cameron Diaz returned for a sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, in 2003.

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Thandie Newton quit Charlie’s Angels after Amy Pascal meeting

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she w…

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.

The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she was called in to meet then-Columbia Pictures boss Pascal.

During the chat, Pascal allegedly told Newton there was a challenge in making her character “believable” as a college-educated woman, and then suggested there could be a bar scene in which her character “gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty”.

“She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character,” the 47-year-old told Vulture. “Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that’. She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different’. That was Amy Pascal. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it. I didn’t do the movie as a result.”

In response, Pascal, who stepped down from Sony Pictures in 2015 after an email hack revealed racially insensitive emails between her and producer Scott Rudin about former U.S. President Barack Obama, said she was “horrified to hear” Newton’s allegations and insisted she had “no recollection” of the meeting.

“I’ve long considered Thandie a friend; I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future,” she stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress recalled an awkward meeting with the film’s director McG in which he detailed the opening scene.

“The director said to me, ‘I can’t wait for this. The first shot is going to be… You’re going to think it’s, like, yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realise it’s the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a*s it’s going to look like tarmac,'” she shared. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together’…I didn’t want to be put in a position where I was objectified.”

Charlie’s Angels, which starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, went on to make over $200 million (£159 million) worldwide.

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Olivia Munn thanks Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for representing Asian women in movies

Olivia Munn has praised Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for making her realise it was possible for Asian women to land good film roles.The 39-year-old actress, who has Vietnamese and Chinese heritage, shared that was inspired to push for leading roles after see…

Olivia Munn has praised Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for making her realise it was possible for Asian women to land good film roles.

The 39-year-old actress, who has Vietnamese and Chinese heritage, shared that was inspired to push for leading roles after seeing the likes of Lucy in Charlie’s Angels and Sandra in Sideways.

“You don’t know if things are possible until you see other people doing it,” she told Variety. “I grew up, and I watched Lucy Liu. And Sandra Oh, when she was doing Sideways, it meant so much to me to be able to see that.

“The more people we get into positions of power who recognise themselves and other people who don’t look like the norm – i.e., minorities and women – then that’s how it will shift.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Olivia revealed her excitement about her new drama Violet, which follows the story of a female film executive who stops listening the ‘The Voice’ inside her head and vows to make decisions that make her happy, and gushed about its director Justine Bateman.

“Justine is one of my favourite, if not my favourite, directors that I’ve worked with so far,” she praised. “She’s definitely somebody who’s a cinephile, who really loves so much about film and is pulling from different places. I’m like, ‘I see what you’re doing and I see how f**king cool it is, and I’ll follow you.’”

Violet, which also stars Justin Theroux and Luke Bracey, was due to have its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival in March, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lucy Liu ‘curious’ about Charlie’s Angels reboot

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation o…

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation of the 1970s TV show.

In a new interview, Liu, who played female detective Alex Munday in the 2000 film and its 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, said she was curious to see the new reboot, but had some concerns about Hollywood continuously recycling ideas.

“They recycle things so much. I mean, Charlie’s Angels was recycled, and so it’s rare to find something that is fresh and new. But I think there’s an audience for that, so I think it’s wonderful. And (there’s) a new Charlie’s Angels coming out as well,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“I just feel like things that are original always sort of pop a little bit, but I think there’s a comfort level in trying to relive something and also to redo something in the modern time, and I’m always curious on how that works out.”

She said in an interview last year with ET it was “very exciting” that Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth Banks was helming the project.

“It will only be a more positive result for women,” Liu gushed.

Charlie’s Angels features a star-studded supporting cast including Banks, Patrick Stewart, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, and Djimon Hounsou, while Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey have collaborated on a song for its soundtrack.

The reboot is due to hit cinemas in November.

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Quentin Tarantino: ‘Kill Bill was always one movie’

Quentin Tarantino considers his Kill Bill movies to be one film rather than two.The writer and director began filming the star-studded epic, featuring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, back in 2002. The three-hour…

Quentin Tarantino considers his Kill Bill movies to be one film rather than two.

The writer and director began filming the star-studded epic, featuring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, back in 2002.

The three-hour movie was slated for release in October 2003, however, Tarantino was told by the crew, producer Harvey Weinstein and film studio Miramax to split the film into two parts.

Three months before the full three-hour masterpiece was due to hit cinemas, the director finally decided to cut it into Kill Bill: Volume I and Kill Bill: Volume II, which was later released in 2004.

And in a new interview on the CinemaBlend podcast, the director insisted that Kill Bill is in fact one movie.

“Technically we released it as two movies, and there is a closing and an opening credits (on each movie), but since I made it as one movie and I wrote it as one movie, (it’s one movie),” the Oscar winner shared.

Looking back on his decision, the 56-year-old confessed that the movie does work much better split in half.

“Now it works really good that way. Frankly, the truth of the matter is, I don’t think it would’ve been as popular as a four hour movie. I literally had a guy say that to me. It was one of those weird diamond bullet moments where you can’t unhear it. He said, ‘Quentin, here’s the thing. My uncle would love this movie, but he wouldn’t love it at four hours’,” Tarantino explained.

This helps explain why Tarantino has called his new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth film, as would be his tenth if you counted Kill Bill as two.

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Lucy Liu pays tribute to Anna May Wong during Walk of Fame ceremony

Lucy Liu honoured actress Anna May Wong for paving the way for Asian stars during her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Wednesday (01May19). The Charlie’s Angels star unveiled her plaque on Hollywood Boulevard and paid tribute to Wong, whose star app…

Lucy Liu honoured actress Anna May Wong for paving the way for Asian stars during her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Wednesday (01May19).

The Charlie’s Angels star unveiled her plaque on Hollywood Boulevard and paid tribute to Wong, whose star appears next to hers, in her acceptance speech.

“A hundred years ago, she was pioneer while enduring racism, marginalisation and exclusion,” she said. “Sometimes people talk about my mainstream successes as groundbreaking for an Asian, but Asians have been making movies for a long time.

“They just weren’t making them here (in Hollywood) because we weren’t yet invited to the table. I was lucky that trailblazers like Bruce Lee and Anna May Wong came before me. If my body of work somehow helped bridge the gap between stereotypical roles first given to Anna May, I am thrilled to be part of that process.”

Wong, who died in 1961, rose to fame as a screen star during the silent film era in the 1920s, and she was the first Chinese-American actress to gain international recognition, becoming the first Asian-American to earn a star on the Walk of Fame.

“When we place Walk of Fame stars, we love to juxtapose Hollywood’s Golden Age icons with the role models who represent the exciting shifts taking place in the film industry whenever we can,” Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said on the landmark’s website.

During the event, Liu received support from her Charlie’s Angels castmates Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Demi Moore.

“Twenty years ago we were an elite crime fighting team, and now look at us,” Liu joked.

Moore took the podium to salute her pal, praising her intelligence and sense of humour.

“The better I got to know (Liu), I realised that she wasn’t just a bada** with brains,” she said. “She was a bada** with brains, a beautiful heart, with a deep, loving soul, and a damn good sense of humour.”

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Isabel Marant & Victoria Beckham design T-shirts for International Women’s Day

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-…

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.

Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-profit organisation that helps women living in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives.

For her contribution, Marant chose to print a white T-shirt with the slogan “You Go Girl” in bold red text, while Beckham opted to have the text “I am her” scrawled on her shirt.

“My feminist fight is about equality: equal treatment, equal pay, equal opportunities… I thought we would be over this by now, but we’re not. Culture, knowledge, and education are our paths to empowerment and justice. The fight is not over,” said Marant of collaborating with Net-a-Porter on the charity project, while Beckham added: “It’s more important than ever that women support each other and hopefully, this aids in raising awareness for a subject close to my heart.”

In addition, fashion stars Kym Ellery, Rosie Assoulin, Alexa Chung and designers from skiwear brand Perfect Moment have also made T-shirts, with the items featuring slogans such as “Divine Feminine” and “Power”.

And a number of stars have also promoted the project on Instagram, including Elle Fanning, Julia Van Os, Lucy Liu, Angela Bassett, Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Diane Kruger, Storm Reid, and Gina Torres.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director of Women for Women International – UK, commented that the T-shirts send a powerful message of support, sisterhood, and solidarity.

“Through this campaign and the vital funds raised, Net-a-Porter, along with six inspiring female designers, are helping to transform the lives not only of the women we work with but also their entire communities,” she shared.

The Net-a-Porter T-shirts are priced from $140 – $220 (£85-£175).

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Constance Wu wants Sandra Oh and Lucy Liu for Crazy Rich Asians sequel

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu wants Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh for the summer hit’s sequels. Producers have confirmed they are bringing Wu, Henry Golding and their castmates back for two follow-up films, with at least one reportedly being filmed in …

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu wants Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh for the summer hit’s sequels.

Producers have confirmed they are bringing Wu, Henry Golding and their castmates back for two follow-up films, with at least one reportedly being filmed in China – and the actress has started dreaming up a wish list of stars shed like to work with.

“I love Sandra Oh’s work. She’s phenomenal,” Wu told Entertainment Tonight, revealing the former Grey’s Anatomy star is a top pick, alongside an ex-Charlie’s Angels actress. “I love Lucy Liu, she’s kind of an icon to me.

“Any of these Asian American women, like Margaret Cho, who have been pioneers in representation and have paved the way for movies like Crazy Rich Asians, I would love to get to work with people like that.”

And it appears Constance gets whatever she dreams of – the actress petitioned Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu for the lead in his movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book.

“To her credit, before we started auditioning people she wrote this really impassioned email to Jon saying why she felt it had to be her and how much it meant to her,” producer Nina Jacobson tells WENN. “She put her heart on her sleeve in a way that very few actresses are willing to do.

“She made the case early on when she saw the movie coming together, and that we should wait for her. We had to wait about five months for her to finish her TV show Fresh Off The Boat. She really was that all-American girl. She was the girl next door. You had to feel like I know this girl.”

And now her 10-year waitressing gig in New York City seems like a lifetime ago.

“(My life was) like the old story of an actress… pounding the pavement, going to auditions every day and then waitressing at night to sort of help pay bills,” she told ET.

“One time I waited on Oprah (Winfrey) and I accidentally spilled her water. I was mortified. She was so cool. She hardly even noticed. But I was like, ‘Oh my God!”

Wu reveals she has bumped into Winfrey since, but couldn’t bring herself to remind her of the mishap.

“You think I’m gonna remind her that I spilled her water?” she asks. “I want to make a good impression.”

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Kristen Stewart thrilled by Lucy Liu’s Charlie’s Angels support

Kristen Stewart was left floored by Lucy Liu’s positive remarks about her new Charlie’s Angels reboot, because she feared all the former Angels would hate the idea. Liu, who played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Char…

Kristen Stewart was left floored by Lucy Liu’s positive remarks about her new Charlie’s Angels reboot, because she feared all the former Angels would hate the idea.

Liu, who played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, recently confessed she can’t wait to see what director Elizabeth Banks and her cast, led by Stewart, do with the action franchise, insisting any film is a “positive result for women”.

The comment made its way to the Twilight star, who is stoked by the support.

“That is really cool that she said that,” the actress tells Entertainment Tonight. “It is not maybe everyone’s immediate response that it (Charlie’s Angels) would be, like, something we would have to see again, because the one I grew up with was so much fun…

“(But) the re-imagining is so grounded and well intentioned and really shows the way women can work together now… We are not trying to do an impression of the last one (film).”

Stewart, who will share the screen with Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in Banks’ new movie, reveals she has started training for the film, but has yet to meet her co-stars.

“I have been boxing a bit, which I have never done,” she adds. “I am so addicted to it. As soon as I have to actually start sparring though, I realise what I am doing is intended to fight people… (and) it really is assaulting (people) and I really hate it. But all I am doing lately is talking to Liz (Banks), and I can’t wait to meet the other girls.

“I leave on Sunday… (I’m) gonna start doing more fight training, getting more aggressive quite soon.”

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Lucy Liu excited for new Charlie’s Angels reboot

Lucy Liu has given Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot a big thumbs up, insisting the film will be “positive” for women. The Elementary star played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,…

Lucy Liu has given Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot a big thumbs up, insisting the film will be “positive” for women.

The Elementary star played Alex Munday in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movie and the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and she can’t wait to see what director Banks and her cast, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, will do with the action franchise.

“To me, I think it’s very exciting,” Liu told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s (Charlie’s Angels) like Sherlock Holmes. The material in itself is a very different type of literature – and it’s not necessarily literature. But it is something that people keep coming back to and they’re drawn to. That’s something that needs to be explored and if it needs to be explored on all different levels, then it should be.

“It will only be a more positive result for women.”

Liu teamed up with Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in the first Charlie’s Angels films, but she is not expected to make an appearance in the latest movie, which will also feature Banks as handler Bosley – a role played on TV and the big screen by Bill Murray, Bernie Mac, and David Doyle.

Banks will also produce the film, which is scheduled for a 27 September, 2019 release.

Liu isn’t the only former Angel backing Banks’ revamp – Barrymore is also all for a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

“I am just excited for them, you know, because every generation that brings Charlie’s Angels out into the world is about the power of three women across (sic) and what they can do while loving them and wanting to date them, and working side by side with them, but there’s just something about Charlie’s Angels, that make men and women so happy,” she said. “It’s so positive. If they keep that alive… it’s just going to be great.”

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