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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Javier Bardem in talks to join live-action The Little Mermaid – report

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with …

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.

The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with the report also confirmed by Deadline.

If cast, Bardem will join R&B singer Halle Bailey, who has been announced as Ariel, while Harry Styles has become an early favourite to land the role of love interest Prince Eric.

Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina have also been linked to parts in the film, a remake of the 1989 animated classic, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall.

Earlier this month, Terry Crews put himself forward for the role of King Triton, sharing a digitally altered picture of himself as the underwater ruler on Twitter.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor captioned the image.

He’s not the only star fighting for a role in the film – singer Lizzo is also keen to take on the part of sea witch Ursula in the movie, and recently posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus online and appeared to audition for the part.

Bardem has previously worked with Disney on 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which he played the main antagonist Armando Salazar. The 50-year-old most recently starred in Everybody Knows opposite his wife Penelope Cruz, is currently filming Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, and is in the post-production phases of Sally Potter’s drama Molly, which follows a turbulent 24 hours in the life of a father and daughter.

The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is expected to begin filming shortly. A potential release date has not been announced.

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Terry Crews wants to play King Triton in The Little Mermaid reboot

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp. The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ar…

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp.

The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ariel, news which led to much debate on social media, with some people praising her casting and others expressing outrage that an African-American would be portraying the mermaid, who was white in the 1989 animated version.

Crews has now put himself forward to play King Triton, Ariel’s father, by sharing an edited picture in which his top half has been Photoshopped onto a still of the underwater ruler.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star captioned the picture, and followed it by joking, “Good thing I skip leg day because mermen don’t have legs!”

The 50-year-old isn’t the only star who has thrown his hat into the ring – singer Lizzo is so committed to playing sea witch Ursula in the movie she posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus. However, editors at Variety recently reported that Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is already in talks for the villainous role.

Besides Bailey, Ocean’s 8 star Awkwafina is set to portray Scuttle, a seagull character, while Room actor Jacob Tremblay is rumoured to be portraying Ariel’s fish friend Flounder.

The Little Mermaid reboot is being directed by Rob Marshall, who is known for musicals such as Chicago and Into the Woods. His Mary Poppins Returns writer David Magee is working on the screenplay, which is based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, with Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Jane Goldman.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing and working on the music with Disney veteran Alan Menken.

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Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay diving in for The Little Mermaid – report

Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina and child star Jacob Tremblay are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The Crazy Rich Asians star has been tapped to voice seagull character Scuttle, while The Room actor T…

Rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina and child star Jacob Tremblay are in talks to join the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

The Crazy Rich Asians star has been tapped to voice seagull character Scuttle, while The Room actor Tremblay is in negotiations to bring tropical fish Flounder to life, reports Deadline.

The casting details emerge three days after director Rob Marshall reportedly approached Melissa McCarthy and asked her to star as Ursula, the mermaid star Ariel’s nemesis. Her deal has yet to be finalised, but one person unhappy with the news is musician Lizzo, who took to Twitter on Friday, shortly after McCarthy’s name was attached to the role of the sea witch, and insisted she was better suited for the part.

Reposting a Variety article about The Little Mermaid development, she added a sad face emoji, and shared a video clip of herself dressed as Ursula for Halloween last year, complete with purple body paint, as she belted out a rendition of the film’s track Poor Unfortunate Souls.

“I’M URSULA. PERIOD. @Disney,” she captioned the footage.

Disney bosses have yet to respond to Lizzo’s appeal.

The new version of The Little Mermaid, a remake of the beloved 1989 animated film, is expected to move into production early next year.

Composer and songwriter Alan Menken, who wrote the music for the original production, will return to create some new tunes for the project with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will also serve as a producer, alongside Marshall.

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Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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Julianne Moore: ‘I was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to b…

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to begin after clashing with then-director Nicole Holofcener, who co-wrote the script. Melissa McCarthy was then cast as Israel and she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year (19) for her performance in the film, which was ultimately directed by Marielle Heller.

Julianne finally opened about what happened when asked why she left the movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday (08Mar19).

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired. Yeah, Nicole fired me, that’s the truth,” she said. “I think she didn’t like what I was doing. We had just been rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff and her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”

The Oscar winner admitted that she hadn’t yet seen the movie because what happened is “still kind of painful” but she’s sure Melissa did a great job.

“I love Melissa McCarthy. I worship her. I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great. So that’s the story,” she said.

Fellow guest, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, said to the actress that the rejection must have been tough, and Julianne replied, “It’s pretty bad… The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yoghurt stand when I was 15, so it felt bad.”

The film’s producer David Yarnell, a longtime friend of the late Israel, previously told The Hollywood Reporter in January that the “project collapsed” after the situation between Julianne and Nicole “became untenable” and it was so close to production that Fox Searchlight took a financial hit of around $2 million (£1.5 million).

The film opened to critical acclaim last year and went on to be nominated for three Oscars, for Melissa, supporting actor Richard E. Grant, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Nicole and co-writer Jeff Whitty.

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Top designer slams Melissa McCarthy’s outrageous Oscars costume

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19). The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featur…

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19).

The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Black Panther, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and McCarthy added more comedy by operating a rabbit hand puppet – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star and Henry’s moment in the spotlight was one of the ceremony’s comedy highlights, but not everyone found it funny, and in a Facebook post on Tuesday (26Feb19), Oscar nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips called the stunt “tasteless and insulting”.

“I like to think I have a sense of humour, and I love Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry,” she wrote. “But… I honestly thought this was tasteless and insulting to costume design.

“The Oscars are an opportunity to honour our craft. As costume designers we struggle with people in our own industry UNDERSTANDING our job. On this one night, where the work is supposed to be elevated (look at the international ratings), this is perhaps the most egregious misrepresentation not only of taste (which is subjective) but of value to the filmmaking process.”

Phillips, who was recognised by the Academy in years past for her work on films like Walk the Line and W.E., feels the decision to poke fun at looks crafted for film is going to lead to further misunderstandings surrounding the role of costume designer on set.

“We constantly have to explain our job (and) this kind of mockery only underscores frustration,” she continued. “(It) feels like major steps backwards. SHAME on The Academy for allowing this to be broadcast.”

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Frances McDormand wore custom-made Birkenstocks to the Oscars

Frances McDormand lived up to her quirky reputation by teaming her Valentino gown with a pair of comfortable Birkenstock sandals for the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) .The Academy Award-winning actress side-stepped sky-high stilettos in favour of …

Frances McDormand lived up to her quirky reputation by teaming her Valentino gown with a pair of comfortable Birkenstock sandals for the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) .

The Academy Award-winning actress side-stepped sky-high stilettos in favour of a more comfortable option – a pair of limited-edition Birkenstock Arizona sandals designed by Pierpaolo Picciolo, the creative director for Maison Valentino.

Pierpaolo dressed the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress in a raspberry coloured gown from Valentino’s spring ’19 couture collection and a pair of her favourite sandals, in an acid yellow shade.

In an interview with Footwear News, Frances explained she’s always loved Birkenstock’s Arizona two-strap sandal and was excited by the opportunity to collaborate with Pierpaolo on an item that has long held a personal significance to her.

“I have always followed fashion and had a secret desire to find a way to express my knowledge and appreciation for it,” she explained to Footwear News. “I have worn these sandals for most of my adult life. They have literally formed me physically and philosophically. All that I desired was to have a pair in my favourite colour: acid yellow. And now they exist.”

Meanwhile, Pierpaolo praised the 61-year-old for her “brave” fashion choices, admitting they embody his own “aesthetic perception” which has “always allowed gentle contrasts”, such as wearing a haute couture gown with a casual sandal.

“I see no contradiction in this, no contrast nor oxymoron,” he explained. “Beauty reflects the complexity of life, and what makes it interesting is its ability to mix comedy and drama, night and day, silk and leather.

“I see no better muse than Frances to interpret this idea. She is intelligent and brave, her image is full of substance.”

Frances’ sandals were not the only comfort shoes to appear on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Melissa McCarthy wore Nike Cortez trainers to the Vanity Fair party and Tina Fey slipped into a pair of white Converse.

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone wore matching tracksuits to Oscars party

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits. The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort an…

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits.

The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort and street cred as they arrived at Sunday night’s (24Feb19) post-Oscars Vanity Fair party in matching Adidas jackets and pants.

The actress opted to pair the look with black and white Nike Cortez sneakers while Falcone wore a black pair of Converse All-Star high tops. The actor/writer was thrilled when the Bridesmaids star came up with the outfit idea.

“I was like, ‘Oh God yes, 150 per cent yes. Let’s do this,'” he told Entertainment Tonight.

For McCarthy, the style change was refreshing.

“It’s not (less glamorous) to me guys,” she told the news outlet. “I’ve doubled my diamonds – I feel great.”

Earlier in the night, the two looked much more formal, with McCarthy wearing a custom Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit, complete with a cape, while Falcone looked dapper in a classic tuxedo.

“I knew I wanted to wear something really strong,” she told news show Extra of the Oscars red carpet ensemble. “I wanted to show my girls (daughters Vivian and Georgette)

that you can go to this (Oscars) and look really empowered.”

The 48 year old, who was up for Best Actress for her role as late writer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, provided one of the 2019 Academy Awards’ most memorable comic relief moments when she and Bryan Tyree Henry presented the Best Costume Design award, wearing over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films, Black Panther, The Favourite, Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Poppins Returns.

The key element of the get-ups was the rabbit hand puppet McCarthy wore – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

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Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stun at the Oscars with brunette transformations

Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stunned on the Oscars red carpet as they debuted their major hair transformations. The South African-born actress, who won an Academy Award for her role in Monster back in 2004, ditched her signature blonde sleek hair…

Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stunned on the Oscars red carpet as they debuted their major hair transformations.

The South African-born actress, who won an Academy Award for her role in Monster back in 2004, ditched her signature blonde sleek hairdo for a deep chestnut hue chopped into a chic chin-length bob.

Charlize, 43, showed off her new look at the prestigious ceremony on Sunday (24Feb19), and completed the look with a backless powder blue Dior Haute Couture gown, with Bulgari jewellery.

Hairstylist Adir Abergel shared the Mad Max star’s transformation in a post on Instagram. “Decided to chop it all off before the big moment. #cantwaittoshare #oscars2019 #hairbyadir,” he captioned the snap of him cutting Charlize’s hair.

And she wasn’t the only one to debut a new look on the red carpet.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also got bitten by the brunette bug, and shared her new ‘do on social media before arriving at the Oscars.

“Blondes have more fun eh?! Well I will see about that this fine #oscar2019 evening….. let the good times roll,” she captioned a snap of her in the back of a car on her way to the ceremony.

The 32-year-old Brit was wearing a sculpted lilac shimmering Balmain gown, and revealed to E! News that she actually dyed her own locks with a DIY kit hours before the Oscars.

Her fellow brunettes also wowed on the red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman in an A-line turtleneck gown in emerald green silk created by Prada, with a smokey-grey silk organza cape with puffed sculpted sleeves.

Melissa McCarthy, who was nominated alongside Olivia on Sunday, stunned in a caped black and white jumpsuit, while Rachel Weisz wore a daring red latex and tulle dress by Givenchy.

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