Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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Margot Robbie wanted to make Birds of Prey while filming Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will…

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.

The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney.

And she knew she wanted to further explore the former psychologist-turned-criminal while playing the DC Comics character for the first time, as she believed there was a gap in the market for a strong female action hero.

“I love action films, and I think there’s a misconception perhaps subconsciously for people: action films are for dudes, girls don’t really like them,” the 29-year-old told Variety. “Which is just not true. I love them! I know heaps of other women who love them.

“I loved movies like the Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu Charlie’s Angels growing up. So I knew I wanted to find that, and help put that on screen somewhere.”

She then turned to the Birds of Prey comics, which sees Harley joining forces with Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli, and Renee Montoya to take down a narcissistic crime lord, and became “obsessed” with them.

“It seemed like a good platform for a female ensemble franchise, because so many different characters come in and out of the Birds of Prey. And Harley is an easy character to insert into almost any situation, because no matter what, she’s gonna just stir s**t up,” Margot laughed.

The Oscar-nominated actress also lavished praise on Todd Phillips’ Joker, in which Joaquin Phoenix portrays the iconic Batman villain, who dates Harley Quinn in the DC Comics.

“He did a phenomenal job,” she gushed.

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Cynthia Erivo ‘disappointed’ by all-white BAFTA acting nominees

Cynthia Erivo was left “disappointed” after learning that all the acting nominees for this year’s British Academy Film Awards were white.The 33-year-old British star had been tipped to land a BAFTA nomination for her role in biopic Harriet, about forme…

Cynthia Erivo was left “disappointed” after learning that all the acting nominees for this year’s British Academy Film Awards were white.

The 33-year-old British star had been tipped to land a BAFTA nomination for her role in biopic Harriet, about former slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, but missed out on a nod for Best Actress, with the nominees including Scarlett Johansson, Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron.

In fact, there were no actors of colour in any of the acting categories – something Cynthia believes isn’t representative of the state of the movie industry today.

“It’s disappointing to see that we’ve got to this point in time and we’ve had such wonderful advancement in inclusion and diversity, and the films this year were beautiful, such wonderful stories told, and to not have that represented in an awards show like the BAFTAs is just disappointing really,” she told Variety when asked about the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees.

Following the widespread backlash, BAFTA officials issued a statement in which they admitted they were also disappointed, and subsequently announced they were launching a “careful and detailed review” of the voting process.

Responding to that news, Cynthia added, “Let’s see how (the review) does, whether it affects next year or the year after who knows, but I definitely think it’s time for change, we can’t overlook it any more.”

It was also reported that the Widows actress had turned down the chance to perform at the awards ceremony in London on 2 February – which the star confirmed in her interview with Variety.

“The reason I didn’t perform is because I don’t think it’s proper representation, as a woman of colour, of people of colour in this industry,” she said.

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BAFTA officials ‘disappointed’ by lack of diversity in nominations

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker ca…

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker came top with 11 nods, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman with 10.

Social media users swiftly went online to express their outrage at the all-white acting nominees, with them using the hashtag #BAFTASSoWhite. They blasted BAFTA voters for snubbing the likes of Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo and opting to give Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson two nods each.

BAFTA executives have now admitted they are also disappointed about the all-white shortlist.

“Being totally honest, we are disappointed and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, according to Press Association. She added that although no female filmmaker made the Best Director shortlist, they were recognised across other categories and this “gives me joy and hope”.

“But we are going to do more, we are not going to stop pushing,” she insisted.

While Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, commented: “Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Samuelson also noted that diversity is improving in other ways, as the percentage of female nominees has risen. However, he did concede, “It doesn’t take anything away from the issue in the acting categories but, nonetheless, it’s something and things are moving.”

The 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

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Margot Robbie studied Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods to prepare for Bombshell role

Margot Robbie studied Reese Witherspoon’s character from Legally Blonde to prepare for her role in Bombshell.The 29-year-old Australian actress plays the young and enthusiastic Fox News staffer Kayla Pospisil in the new movie, who is a composite charac…

Margot Robbie studied Reese Witherspoon’s character from Legally Blonde to prepare for her role in Bombshell.

The 29-year-old Australian actress plays the young and enthusiastic Fox News staffer Kayla Pospisil in the new movie, who is a composite character created by screenwriter Charles Randolph to highlight the widespread sexual harassment and abuse conducted by late network chief Roger Ailes.

Margot told Variety that she struggled to understand the conservative character, but was inspired by Reese as Elle Woods from the 2001 comedy, as she was “incredibly smart” but “underestimated because of their looks”, just like Kayla.

“Every day, I’d do the monologue from Legally Blonde,” she added.

The Oscar-nominated actress also did some secret social media sleuthing to further understand her character’s political leanings, and created a fake Twitter account to work out what motivates “young millennial conservative girls”.

“I didn’t understand her to begin with,” she explained to Variety. “But my process is to do a ton of research, consider every single option, know every single situation, scenario, thought and motivation inside and out, so I can step onto set and then let it all go.”

Margot revealed she was urged by Bombshell director Jay Roach to watch footage of Katherine Harris, Florida’s former secretary of state, to perfect her dialect in the movie. The Republican politician became famous during the aftermath of the George W. Bush v. Al Gore presidential election of 2000, and was also played by Laura Dern in Roach’s HBO movie Recount back in 2008.

“I just love the sounds of her vowels – they’re incredible,” Margot shared.

Bombshell, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, is in cinemas now.

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Quentin Tarantino gets ‘many letters’ from stars wanting to be in his movies

Quentin Tarantino has insisted the best way to land a role in one of his movies is to write him a letter.The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director lives off the grid and doesn’t even own a phone, but he recently told the New York Post’s gossip column …

Quentin Tarantino has insisted the best way to land a role in one of his movies is to write him a letter.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director lives off the grid and doesn’t even own a phone, but he recently told the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six he gets “many letters” from actors wanting to appear in his flicks.

“I have no cell and I’m hard to get hold of,” he explained, revealing Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, and Lena Dunham, who all appear in his most recent movie, were among those who penned notes requesting roles in his projects.

“Margot knocked me on my keester (butt). I’ve watched her for years, I like Australians, and she was the only choice to play Sharon Tate,” the 56-year-old said. “She’s my Holy Grail. So, we talked. Then, ‘Want to do it? Don’t do anything meanwhile. You got it.’

“Producers offered her everything. She turned them all down so she’d be available for me. That loyalty and spirit is invaluable.”

However, Tarantino shared that stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt didn’t need to request their roles in his 2019 hit. And he named Roman Polanski as one person who has never written to him.

“I don’t think he’s even seen the movie,” he said of his latest film, in which Polanski was played by Polish star Rafal Zawierucha.

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Margot Robbie was ‘pretty rattled’ by Bombshell script

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 201…

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.

The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 2016, and the Australian actress plays Kayla Pospisil, a composite character based on the accounts of multiple real women.

The I, Tonya star knew she wanted to be part of the film because of her immediate reaction to Charles Randolph’s script.

“I was pretty rattled by the time I got to the end of the script, to be honest,” she said on The Big Ticket podcast. “And I knew long before I finished the script that I wanted to do it and be a part of it, just because I thought it was important to tell, and be a part of, and support in any way that I can. I hadn’t, for once, thought of the character first. I thought of the content and the messaging before kind of aligning myself with the character. That came next, was starting to understand Kayla.”

It took a while for Robbie to understand the point of view of Kayla, a religious Republican who has long dreamed of working at Fox News, so she took to Twitter to help gain some insight.

“Twitter was extremely helpful. I would follow these young, conservative girls who are very vocal with their beliefs and their political points of view. And that was fascinating because they’re my age,” the 29-year-old explained. “In some ways, we’d have a lot in common. And then, in other ways, I was like, ‘We are living on totally different planets.’”

Robbie was recently nominated for her supporting role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes.

Bombshell, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, is in U.S. cinemas now.

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Megyn Kelly: ‘I would have made some edits to Bombshell’

Former news anchor Megyn Kelly has hinted she’s not completely satisfied with her portrayal in new movie Bombshell. Charlize Theron portrays Kelly during her time as a Fox News correspondent in the film, which focuses on the female employees of the TV…

Former news anchor Megyn Kelly has hinted she’s not completely satisfied with her portrayal in new movie Bombshell.

Charlize Theron portrays Kelly during her time as a Fox News correspondent in the film, which focuses on the female employees of the TV news company and the sexual misconduct allegations they made against its chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 2016.

In an Instagram post over the weekend, Kelly distanced herself from the film, making it clear to her followers that she had no involvement with the movie and would have made changes if she could have.

“While the movie Bombshell is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film,” she wrote. “I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made.”

Megyn then hinted that she would share her grievances about the film in the near future, adding, “As for my thoughts about the film, I’ll have more soon.”

However, she hoped that those who have experienced sexual misconduct might find comfort in the events portrayed in the film.

“Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it. Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal,” the 49-year-old continued. “My heart goes out to those who’ve gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story.”

To accompany her post, Megyn, who worked with Fox News from 2004 until 2017, shared a picture of her son Thatcher looking at the movie poster for Bombshell in the foyer of a cinema and revealed it confused him because “it appears to show a picture of me”.

Bombshell, which also stars Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, opens in the U.S. on 20 December.

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Charlize Theron wanted to do Roger Ailes’ victims justice with Bombshell

Charlize Theron wanted to do the victims of Roger Ailes justice with her new movie, Bombshell.The Oscar-winning actress plays former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly in the upcoming film, which focuses on the sexual harassment scandal that brought do…

Charlize Theron wanted to do the victims of Roger Ailes justice with her new movie, Bombshell.

The Oscar-winning actress plays former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly in the upcoming film, which focuses on the sexual harassment scandal that brought down the late media mogul in 2016.

Charlize admitted she was originally “s**t scared” to take on the role of journalist Megyn – who claimed her former boss grabbed her and tried to bribe her with sexual favours – and was eventually convinced to sign up by director Jay Roach.

“I was looking for a filmmaker to push me to that last part, and he did it so eloquently that I asked him to join us in making this,” the 44-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter, referencing her co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, who plays one of Ailes’ victims, Gretchen Carlson.

And the Monster star’s top priority was to ensure that the victims were happy with the final cut of the film, and copies were made available to the women who shared their stories, including Gretchen and Megyn.

“I have complete empathy that this must be a hard process for all of them, but maybe more so for Gretchen and for Megyn because they’re kind of at the centre of it. But I feel that we never went into this to do anything other than do them justice,” Charlize explained.

The actress also shared her belief that Bombshell tackles the subject of workplace sexism head on, and for the first time in her 25-year career she is positive about the future of equality in Hollywood.

“Every year of those 25 years I was always asked about the casting couch, and everybody wants to hear about the salacious stories, but nobody ever really cared about what we do about that,” Charlize stated. “I feel like something is happening that’s going to actually change things.”

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James Gunn blown away by Margot Robbie on The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to…

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie.

Filming began last month on the flick, with original stars including Margot, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the sequel, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Despite only working with the Australian actress for a few weeks on the set of the film, Gunn believes she is the best in Hollywood.

“She might be the best actor I’ve ever worked with,” he told a fan during a Q&A session on his Instagram Stories, before adding that he also worked on the Oscar-nominated star’s Harley Quinn spin-off movie, Birds of Prey.

The filmmaker also opened up about Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who was cast in The Suicide Squad in an unknown role.

“He’s blowing my mind with how good he is,” Gunn shared, before adding that he was a big fan of the Scottish actor in the 2009 political comedy In The Loop.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn was asked if he was “limited” with his ideas while making the Guardians of the Galaxy movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Kevin Feige asked me to include Thanos and create an origin for the Infinity Stones in Volume One,” he said of his experience with the Marvel boss on his first film, Guardians of the Galaxy. “Other than that I’ve never been asked to include any story point of connectivity in either Guardians, and I’ve been given completely free reign by DC.”

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