Elle Fanning wants to direct a movie

Elle Fanning dreams of directing her own movie.The Maleficent actress has been acting since she was a child and made her breakthrough with 2011’s Super 8 before making a name for herself with films like The Beguiled and The Neon Demon. She recently…

Elle Fanning dreams of directing her own movie.

The Maleficent actress has been acting since she was a child and made her breakthrough with 2011’s Super 8 before making a name for herself with films like The Beguiled and The Neon Demon.

She recently started serving as a producer on her upcoming projects, such as Netflix movie All the Bright Places, based on the young adult novel by Jennifer Niven, and The Great, a Hulu miniseries about Catherine the Great, and she now wants to be more involved in getting projects made and perhaps even directing.

“Now that I’ve gotten older, I’m much more interested in developing projects and reading material, producing it, maybe not being in it but just getting it made,” she told Marie Claire magazine. “I really want to direct. I think doing it from such a young age, I learned on the job. I didn’t go to acting school or have formal training or anything; I just watched the crew. So, the way the sets work, it fascinates me.”

However, Elle admitted the idea of helming a movie was daunting, with her adding, “But then I’m like, aaargh, oh God. The pressure of it.”

For now, she wants to continue working with female directors “because of just how important that is” and picking a wild variety of projects, as advised by her The Beguiled co-star Nicole Kidman.

“Because a lot of people are all, ‘You have to be so delicate. You have to choose this,’ and Nicole is like, ‘It’s OK, you’re young! Freedom!’” the 21-year-old recalled.

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Elle Fanning’s vintage style wasn’t accepted in high school

Elle Fanning’s eclectic vintage style wasn’t welcomed by her peers when she was at high school.The Maleficent actress is known for her ability to put together a trendy outfit, whether off-duty or on the red carpet, and her style credentials have landed…

Elle Fanning’s eclectic vintage style wasn’t welcomed by her peers when she was at high school.

The Maleficent actress is known for her ability to put together a trendy outfit, whether off-duty or on the red carpet, and her style credentials have landed her campaign gigs with both Miu Miu and L’Oreal Paris.

However, Fanning has now shared that her style wasn’t always praised, with her revealing that when she went to a private high school in the San Fernando Valley, after being homeschooled until she was nine, her eccentric fashion sense and love of vintage clothing didn’t go down well with the other students.

“My mom would let me wear whatever I wanted. I went to a lot of thrift stores and would mix it together, but in high school that’s not the coolest thing,” she admitted to Marie Claire magazine.

Fanning tried to change her look to fit in and please her classmates. But it didn’t feel right, so she decided to stick with the quirky pieces she was comfortable with.

“I tried to wear skinny jeans and a tank top or to look sexy for a bar mitzvah. It just was not me. It didn’t even look good,” the 21-year-old shared. “Some people are repulsed by that smell of vintage clothes, but I love it.”

Fanning was obsessed with fashion while growing up and now enjoys modelling designer looks on the red carpet.

“From a young age, I knew every model’s name on the runway. I was totally looking in magazines, like, ‘That looks good,'” she continued. “The red carpet is a fun place for me. I don’t get anxiety. It’s a creative space where I get to be 100 per cent me, not a character. It’s kind of like my soul coming out.”

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Angelina Jolie: ‘My body has been through a lot’

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2…

Angelina Jolie is recovering after putting her body “through a lot” over the past decade.

The actress has had a tumultuous few years, becoming engaged to long-term partner Brad Pitt in 2012, tying the knot two years later, and then sadly separating in 2016.

And in a candid interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Angelina revealed that the heartache has taken its toll on her physically and mentally.

“My body has been through a lot over the past decade, particularly the past four years,” she explained, referencing her well-publicised break-up from the Hollywood actor. “I have both the visible and invisible scars to show for it. The invisible ones are harder to wrestle with. Life takes many turns. Sometimes you get hurt, you see those you love in pain, and you can’t be as free and open as your spirit desires.

“It’s not new or old, but I do feel the blood returning to my body.”

The Oscar winner also opened up about her determination to inspire women to challenge themselves.

“I think the challenge is to ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do and do it. Don’t just be comfortable with what is generally accepted, but find the new,” the 44-year-old urged. “Find your oxygen, your originality, your own voice. Live more fully. Rebel. Resist. Question. Be curious. Explore. Go outside what is comfortable to you. Say the thing you’ve been afraid to say.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Angelina, who is mother to six children, touched upon the custody arrangement she and Brad have hammered out since their split.

“I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my children are 18. Right now, I’m having to base where their father chooses to live,” she explained, hinting that the 55-year-old has requested she stay in the U.S. with their brood.

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Elle Fanning once fainted during an audition

Elle Fanning once fainted while auditioning for a Jessica Chastain movie.The actress has been acting since she was a child, with early roles in Babel, Because of Winn-Dixie and Somewhere before breaking out with 2011’s Super 8. In a cover intervi…

Elle Fanning once fainted while auditioning for a Jessica Chastain movie.

The actress has been acting since she was a child, with early roles in Babel, Because of Winn-Dixie and Somewhere before breaking out with 2011’s Super 8.

In a cover interview with InStyle magazine, Fanning admitted auditioning makes her very nervous and on one occasion she actually fainted.

“Auditions, I can’t (do them)—I mean, obviously, sure, I can, but they make me so nervous. I fainted in an audition once. It was with Jessica Chastain. I didn’t get the part,” she recalled. “I was young, but, yeah, I fell down in front of people. It was very odd. There were glaring lights, and I felt so hot.”

Since her 2011 breakthrough, Fanning, the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning, has starred in a wide variety of movies such as Maleficent, The Neon Demon, and The Beguiled. In the interview, she also explained how she chooses her roles and is getting more involved in the project development process.

“It’s definitely instinctual, and, of course, there are other factors, like, I really want to work with this director or this actor,” the 21-year-old continued. “I’m obviously not that old, but I am starting to realise that I can get a little more involved (in developing projects). If I have an idea for a story or if I read a book that I really love, I can start to cultivate that. I can take matters into my own hands.”

She is now producing a TV show about Catherine the Great, which she pitched to network bosses, something she describes as “very weird and unsettling”.

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Angelina Jolie thought of her daughters for tender Maleficent scenes with Elle Fanning

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress …

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.

The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Wednesday, and Angelina confessed it was easy to play a protector in the film because she is always looking out for her children in real life.

“Being a mother, you want your child to be safe and so protection is probably where I am the most,” the Oscar winner said, surrounded by her kids at the screening. “Elle, or (character) Aurora, is a very different girl from any of my girls, but my willingness to fight for whatever they need to feel protected is, for me, what a mum does.”

Angelina also opened up about taking her young co-star paintballing with her children during the sequel shoot, adding, “We didn’t tell production (staff)… They get mad at me.”

Elle, 21, recently told InStyle magazine she witnessed Angelina’s “aggressive” side on the paintballing day out, revealing, “I had never gone paintballing before and we were in full-on armour. We were the only people in the place, with all of her kids.

“She and I were not on the same team. I was so bad. I hit their security guard in the neck – and he was on my team! Angelina’s really good.”

“I can’t remember if I shot her,” the 44-year-old chuckled at the premiere. “I probably did. I wouldn’t have stopped if she was in my sights.”

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Disney bosses committed to three more Star Wars films

Disney bosses are planning another three-film dip into George Lucas’ Star Wars universe. Studio officials have just released information about their future blockbusters and the slate includes another Star Wars trilogy, which will follow J.J. Abrams’ T…

Disney bosses are planning another three-film dip into George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.

Studio officials have just released information about their future blockbusters and the slate includes another Star Wars trilogy, which will follow J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker. The latest Star Wars film, set for release later this year (19), wraps up the third trilogy of the franchise, which began in 1977 with A New Hope.

The new Star Wars films, which will be spread out over several years and conclude in 2026, remain untitled and there have been no details released about plot and characters.

Abrams revealed his upcoming Star Wars film, which will hit cinemas on 20 December, will be titled The Rise of Skywalker at a fan convention in Chicago, Illinois last month (Apr19).

Meanwhile, the release of the new Fox-Disney slate will dishearten Avatar fans as James Cameron’s much-anticipated sequel to his 2009 movie has been pushed back a year and will now open in cinemas in December, 2021.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation will debut on 18 December, 2020, while Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra and Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl now have set launch dates after both being pushed back.

Ad Astra, in which Pitt plays an astronaut searching for his missing father, will now open on 20 September (19) and Disney’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl will debut on 29 May, 2020.

There are also set dates for Ford V. Ferrari (15Nov19) and Disney’s Maleficent sequel, Mistress of Evil (Halloween week, 2019).

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Ed Skrein joins Maleficent sequel in villainous role

Ed Skrein has signed up to play a villain in the Maleficent sequel.The 35-year-old will appear alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the follow-up to the 2014 movie, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Tuesday (17Apr18). He will take on the badd…

Ed Skrein has signed up to play a villain in the Maleficent sequel.

The 35-year-old will appear alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the follow-up to the 2014 movie, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Tuesday (17Apr18).

He will take on the baddie role in the movie, but further details about his part have yet to be revealed. British actor Skrein has become known for playing villains since starring as one in his breakout role in 2016’s Deadpool, and will star as another in the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel.

The Maleficent sequel will be directed by Joachim Ronning, most famous for co-helming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and will be produced by Joe Roth. Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton are working on the screenplay.

Plot details for the movie, which will start filming later this month (Apr18), are being kept under wraps, but it will once again focus on Angelina’s portrayal of the Sleeping Beauty antagonist.

Skrein hit headlines last year when he was cast in the Hellboy reboot. His casting led to a whitewashing controversy, as his character is Asian-American in the comic books, and he subsequently stepped away from the part.

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people and to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the arts,” he wrote on Instagram. “I feel it is important to honour and respect that. Therefore I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.”

Daniel Dae Kim later took on the role and praised Skrein “for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian-American actors.”

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Elle Fanning makes her catwalk debut as a Miu Miu model

Maleficent star Elle Fanning made her debut as a runway model on Tuesday (06Mar18) as she hit the catwalk for Miu Miu. The actress wowed the style crowd, which included Vogue boss Anna Wintour, in Paris and then admitted her first show for her favouri…

Maleficent star Elle Fanning made her debut as a runway model on Tuesday (06Mar18) as she hit the catwalk for Miu Miu.

The actress wowed the style crowd, which included Vogue boss Anna Wintour, in Paris and then admitted her first show for her favourite fashion house was a pure adrenalin rush.

“Oh my God, it was incredible,” she said afterwards. “You think it’s just walking but it’s not.”

And she revealed her role as a model in Nicolas Winding Refn’s disturbing 2016 movie The Neon Demon helped prepare her for the role as a real-life fashionista.

“I used tips of what (Australian model) Abbey Lee had taught me, of how to walk and the posture of that,” she explained. “But in a movie, you have a lot of takes and you’re not as nervous. If you mess up, it’s OK; but (here) no, because Anna Wintour’s staring at me, and I was like, ‘I’m not messing up’.”

Elle opened the Miu Miu show, which was attended by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, Rachel Brosnahan, Paul Dano and his actress girlfriend Zoe Kazan, and Stranger Things’ David Harbour, who recently returned from an expedition to Antarctica for Greenpeace.

His girlfriend, actress and singer Alison Sudol, was also in the front row at the Miu Miu show after joining the actor on his wintry expedition.

“We took an icebreaker boat down through the Drake Passage, some of the roughest water in the world, which was rather intense,” the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them star told WWD.com. “Neither one of us are sailors particularly and there was a lot of sea sickness meds going on. We just got back, so this is literally the polar opposite.”

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