Marielle Heller never planned on making a male-led movie

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and …

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and followed it up with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which starred Melissa McCarthy, in 2018.

Speaking to Elle magazine, the 40-year-old admitted that she thought she was going to dedicate her career to telling women’s stories, but couldn’t resist the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which stars Matthew Rhys as a journalist who goes to interview beloved children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks.

“I never thought I was going to make a movie about men. I’ve always thought we don’t have enough movies about women, and if I spent my whole life making movies only about women, there still wouldn’t be enough movies about women, so that’s a wonderful thing to dedicate my career to,” she explained. “And then I read this script. And I thought, ’Damn, now I have to make this movie.’

“For the same reason I want to make movies about women, I also want to make movies that help men be better men and that can be an antidote to toxic masculinity. And I think the beginning of that is so deep in Mister Rogers’s teachings—being able to admit your feelings, being able to access them, finding ways to be more connected to our humanity. And that’s what this movie was about for me.”

In the film, Rogers helps Rhys’s character Lloyd express his emotions and deal with the anger and resentment he has harboured towards his father for many years, and Heller shared that she hopes the movie will help “blast those gender roles” that teach boys to keep their feelings buried deep.

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Patrick Stewart to be honoured by Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the org…

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.

The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the organisation’s seventh annual prizegiving in Los Angeles on 11 January.

“Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever,” said MUAHS president Julie Socash. “He is so deserving of this special recognition spotlighting his award-winning stage and screen performances, and we celebrate his great collaboration with our talented artists.”

Stewart, 79, will be presented with the prestigious prize by Brent Spiner, star of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Next Generation; James MacKinnon, an Emmy Award-winning make-up and prosthetic artist, and Michael Westmore, the Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and designer of the Star Trek franchise.

Previous recipients of the honour include Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy, and Guillermo del Toro.

Each year, members of the MUAHS fete the outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theatre.

Previously, officials announced that Thomas R. Burman, Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist, and Martin Samuel, Oscar and Emmy-nominated film and celebrity hairstylist, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Stewart will next be seen onscreen reprising his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in TV series Star Trek: Picard, which is set to be released in January.

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Daveed Diggs in final talks for The Little Mermaid role – report

Daveed Diggs is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to join the line-up of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.According to editors at Variety, the Hamilton actor is the studio’s top choice for the role of Sebastian – the crab …

Daveed Diggs is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to join the line-up of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

According to editors at Variety, the Hamilton actor is the studio’s top choice for the role of Sebastian – the crab who is King Triton’s advisor – and will perform the iconic song Under the Sea, which appeared in the 1989 animated original.

The role was previously voiced by Samuel E. Wright.

Producers are currently casting for the flick, which begins production next year, with singer/actress Halle Bailey confirmed to play mermaid princess Ariel in the film.

Elsewhere, Javier Bardem is rumoured to be in talks to portray Triton, and Melissa McCarthy has long been linked to the part of sea witch Ursula.

Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay are also attached to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively, but director Rob Marshall is yet to settle on an actor to play Prince Eric.

Singer Harry Styles was previously in the running for the lead role, but ultimately decided to pass on the opportunity, with other young actors including Cameron Cuffe, Jonah Hauer-King, Christian Navarro, and Asher Angel among those to audition.

Diggs originated the parts of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the original production of Hamilton, winning both a Grammy Award and a Tony Award for his performance.

He has also appeared in films such as Wonder and Blindspotting, and will next be seen onscreen as Andre Layton in TV series Snowpiercer.

A release date for Marshall’s The Little Mermaid has not yet been announced.

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Christian Navarro auditioning for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake

Actor Christian Navarro has added his name to the list of hopefuls dreaming of landing the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.Previously, Harry Styles was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’…

Actor Christian Navarro has added his name to the list of hopefuls dreaming of landing the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid.

Previously, Harry Styles was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action reboot of the 1989 animated Disney classic, however, a representative for the One Direction singer later confirmed he had passed on the role.

But now it appears 13 Reasons Why star Navarro is keen for the opportunity to dive into the project and has made a direct appeal to star in the movie.

The 28-year-old recently retweeted a post about Styles’s exit, adding: “Well… I can sing. Black Ariel/Latino Prince… no ones called but Season 3 (of 13 Reasons Why) drops next week and (I) think it’s one hell of an audition (sic).”

And it seems Disney bosses were impressed with Navarro’s direct approach to land an audition and got the ball rolling.

“@disney saw this, saw your support, and gave my team a call,” he tweeted. “They wanted to see what I could do. Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history… Let me know! @DisneyStudios.”

Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play the villainous Ursula, with Javier Bardem in the running for King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay have been attached to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively.

Meanwhile, Shazam! star Asher Angel has also revealed he is auditioning for the role of Prince Eric, telling reporters at Entertainment Tonight, “I went in for it. It means so much to me. I started off doing musical theatre.”

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘I’d never read any script like The Kitchen’

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women a…

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women as they take charge of their husbands’ criminal empire after they are sentenced to prison.

Regarding the project, Moss has now explained that she wanted to be involved due to the “unique” plot.

“I thought it was a really unique script. I hadn’t read anything like it. I had certainly not seen a mob movie starring three women,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought the idea of these really flawed, interesting, complex women who are not superheroes, who are not good at what they do at first, who make mistakes — and there are major consequences to the violence and the mistakes that they make — that was a very real story.”

Screenwriter Andrea Berloff, who makes her directorial debut with the film, added that she wanted to get in the director’s chair for the first time because The Kitchen felt like a film she had to make.

“I’ve never seen a story like this before. I’ve never seen an authentic mob movie for real with women at the heart of it. That was fresh and different and, in my opinion, that’s the only way a movie gets made today is by doing something different,” she shared. “Audiences are letting us know that they’re tired of the same old thing, and we have to keep reinventing ourselves, and I think a fresh, different story is the way to do it.”

McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her comedic roles, added that she found it fun to be playing a ruthless criminal.

The Kitchen is in cinemas now.

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Harry Styles passes on role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming li…

Harry Styles has passed on the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake.

In recent weeks, it was reported that the One Direction singer was in talks to play human prince Eric opposite Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action reboot of the 1989 animated Disney classic.  

On Tuesday, the speculation stepped up a notch when employees at both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas in the U.S. posted on Twitter that Harry had been cast as Eric, however, a representative for the star later confirmed that the messages were inaccurate and told Rolling Stone, “Although he is a fan of the project he has respectfully passed.” 

The incorrect posts have since been deleted from both cinema chains’ Twitter pages.  

According to editors at The Wrap, Marshall is set to announce further casting details in coming weeks, with production due to begin in early 2020. A potential release date has not been announced.  

So far, Melissa McCarthy has been linked to the role of the evil sea witch Ursula, while Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room’s Jacob Tremblay are set to feature as seagull Scuttle and Ariel’s fish best friend Flounder, respectively. Javier Bardem is rumoured to be taking on the role of King Triton.   

Jane Goldman and David Magee are working on the script, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken, on the score. It is believed the film will contain updated versions of songs such as Part of Your World and Under the Sea.  

Since One Direction went on hiatus in 2016, Harry, 25, has pursued a career in Hollywood, having landed a major role in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk in 2017.  

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Halle Bailey: ‘Playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid is a dream come true’

Halle Bailey couldn’t be more excited about playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.The 19-year-old hit headlines in July when it was announced she would be the leading lady in the reboot of the 1989 animated musical, as soci…

Halle Bailey couldn’t be more excited about playing Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

The 19-year-old hit headlines in July when it was announced she would be the leading lady in the reboot of the 1989 animated musical, as social media users were divided about her casting, with some praising the news and others expressing outrage over an African-American playing the traditionally Caucasian character.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, the singer gushed that she’s “honoured” to have landed the part.

“It means so much to me… I feel very honoured and really grateful for the opportunity,” she shared. “Ariel was one of my favourite princesses growing up so it’s a dream come true. I’m very excited and happy.”

The teenager added she’s looking forward to singing Ariel’s power ballad Part of Your World, and also promised that the project is going to be “amazing and beautiful”.

It has been rumoured that One Direction’s Harry Styles will play Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric, but Halle remained coy when asked about the actors in the running for the part.

“Oh, I don’t mind. I think that anyone would be great for it,” the R&B star commented.

Elsewhere, Halle’s 21-year-old sister Chloe, with whom she forms musical duo Chloe x Halle, said she was “so proud” of her sibling and “can’t wait” to see her performance.

In Rob Marshall’s reboot, Halle will be joined by Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Room actor Jacob Tremblay, who are set to portray seagull Scuttle and fish Flounder, respectively, while Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy are rumoured to be playing King Triton and sea witch Ursula.

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Melissa McCarthy continues to tease fans over Ursula casting rumours

Melissa McCarthy has once again remained coy over rumours she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Disney have reportedly tapped the Bridesmaids star to play the villainous sea witch in the upcoming flick, and the actress co…

Melissa McCarthy has once again remained coy over rumours she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Disney have reportedly tapped the Bridesmaids star to play the villainous sea witch in the upcoming flick, and the actress continued to teased fans over the speculation during an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Hollywood premiere of her mob drama The Kitchen on Monday.

“Who’s Ursula,” McCarthy quipped, winking at the camera with a sly smile. “But am I interested? I’m very interested.”

Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play mermaid Ariel in the Rob Marshall-directed flick, with Harry Styles reportedly in early negotiations to star as Prince Eric.

After speculation over McCarthy’s casting began last month, the actress fuelled rumours during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” said Kimmel, before McCarthy jokingly interrupted: “What’s that? I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding.”

Winking at the camera, she said, “We’ll see. If it did happen, it would be very wonderful Disney.”

The Ghostbusters star added she “loves” the 1989 animated classic and watched it “every single night for about a year-and-a-half” when she worked as a babysitter.

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Melissa McCarthy pokes fun at rumours she’ll play Ursula in The Little Mermaid

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and…

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, she hilariously teased fans over the speculation.

“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” host Kimmel began, before McCarthy interrupted and jokingly asked: “What’s that?”

She then quipped, “I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding… We’ll see. If it did happen, it would be very wonderful.”

McCarthy then went on to explain that the role of Ursula would be perfect for her, as she watched the 1989 Disney animated classic “every single night for about a year-and-a-half” when she worked as a babysitter in her youth.

“I know it to my core and I weirdly still love it,” the 48-year-old said, before adding that her daughters Vivian, 12, and Georgette, nine, would probably advise her not to embarrass them with her portrayal of the iconic Disney villain.

Rob Marshall is set to direct the live-action remake, with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda working on the score with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken.

Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play mermaid Ariel, Harry Styles is reportedly in early negotiations to star as Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem is in talks to take on the role of King Triton.

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Melissa McCarthy working on a new clothing label

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line. The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on ho…

Melissa McCarthy is developing a “more accessible” clothing line.

The Oscar-nominated actress ventured into fashion in 2015 by creating the plus-sized clothing label Melissa McCarthy Seven7, but she revealed last year that future collections were on hold because she had disagreed with brand bosses on how she should run the business.

However, in a new profile piece for The Wall Street Journal, Melissa shared that she’s now working on launching a smaller, more affordable label.

“I just wanted to make it a little smaller and more accessible,” she said, explaining her decision. “I wanted to work on keeping prices down and for it to be for everyone.”

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star, who majored in clothing and textiles at Southern Illinois University, wanted Melissa McCarthy Seven7 to be inclusive as she struggled to find stylish outfits for her figure. She designed garments that ranged in size from a U.S. four to 28 (U.K. six to 30).

“I’ve been every shape and size that’s out there, and I just found it harder and harder to find stuff,” the 48-year-old continued. “I thought, I’m modern and young and want to wear what everybody else is wearing. Why is this such a strange request?”

Recalling the disagreement with label bosses, who are all men, Melissa told People last year, “I just found that so fascinating. I’m not saying it’s my way or the highway, but design is such an intimate and hopefully long relationship and you really have to make sure you’re doing it right.”

She added that the incident was even more “heartbreaking” because she had designed a whole season of outfits that ultimately never got released.

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