Luca Guadagnino to direct Scarface reboot

Luca Guadagnino has signed on to direct a reboot of Scarface.According to editors at Variety, the Italian filmmaker has been in negotiations with executives at Universal Pictures to helm a new version of the gangster movie.Guadagnino has not yet commen…

Luca Guadagnino has signed on to direct a reboot of Scarface.

According to editors at Variety, the Italian filmmaker has been in negotiations with executives at Universal Pictures to helm a new version of the gangster movie.

Guadagnino has not yet commented on the news, but by taking up the project, Guadagnino will be the third director to tell the story of Scarface, which has become an iconic Hollywood crime story.

Loosely based on the life of Al Capone, an immigrant who builds a criminal empire, the first Scarface film was released in 1932.

The flick was then famously remade in 1983 by Brian De Palma, starring Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, and Robert Loggia.

While the original version of the film was set in Chicago, and the ’80s rendition in Miami, Guadagnino’s reboot is tipped to be located in Los Angeles.

The project will be new territory for the 48-year-old, who is known for his work on films such as the Academy Award-winning Call Me by Your Name, 2009’s I Am Love, and his numerous collaborations with Tilda Swinton.

Guadagnino is the latest in a string of names attached to the project, with a revised Scarface script, initially written by David Ayer, circulating in Hollywood since 2011.

Subsequently, David Yates and Antoine Fuqua have both been in line to direct the film, but departed before production was ever in motion.

The movie’s screenplay has been worked on by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Jonathan Herman, Paul Attanasio, with recent workshopping by Joel and Ethan Coen.

A potential release date has not yet been announced.

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Emma Thompson has no desire to play ‘beautiful’ characters onscreen

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent y…

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.

The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent years purposefully avoiding playing certain characters if their appearance was described in the script.

“I’ve never been a Gwyneth Paltrow type. I didn’t ever fit the norms that are generally required to be a sexually castable person, if we are talking Hollywood, or even here,” the 60-year-old explained, noting that while she’s always been a “character actor”.

“If I was handed a script where it described the character I was going up for as ‘beautiful’, I wouldn’t go up for the role. I would just go, ‘That is not for me.’ So, I was relieved by it but I was oppressed by it. Of course.”

Now that she’s in her sixties, the Late Night star also admitted that she’s unfazed by the types of roles she gets offered, but can empathise with other Hollywood actresses her age.

“As you get older, you are relieved of all of that but I haven’t had the same trajectory as someone like, say, Michelle Pfeiffer, which must be very hard when you are considered a great screen beauty and then to see that drifting away,” Emma shared. “I don’t notice it really because I have done other things. And because I have a political response to it – which is a kind of energy in itself.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker selling version of Carrie Bradshaw’s mismatched heels

Sarah Jessica Parker is selling a new version of her Sex and the City character’s iconic pair of mismatched heels.In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie Bradshaw heads to Los Angeles with Miranda…

Sarah Jessica Parker is selling a new version of her Sex and the City character’s iconic pair of mismatched heels.

In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie Bradshaw heads to Los Angeles with Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, and Samantha Jones, portrayed by Kim Cattrall.

At one point, the fashionista steps out in a floral dress and a pair of pink and blue mismatched strappy Christian Louboutin sandals, with the eclectic look turning out to be a longstanding favourite among fans.

Now, Parker has partnered with the team who run popular Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex & the City on a mismatched shoe, called Rogue, for her SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear brand.

“Going Rogue over at @SJPCollection. In collaboration with our friends at @everyoutfitonSATC, we’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our highly anticipated mis-matched sandal. A not-so-subtle nod to a certain very special lady’s well documented footwear moment from many years ago,” the actress wrote alongside a photo of the brand-new design.

In addition, bosses at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker will donate 20 per cent of the proceeds of the limited-edition pink and yellow satin designs to The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based organisation that provides employment and training to low-income individuals who manufacture sleeping bag coats for those in need.

The project soon caught the attention of Parker’s celebrity friends, with Kerry Washington commenting, “LOOOOOOOOOOVE,” and Michelle Pfeiffer adding: “So beautiful.”

The Rogue designs are priced at $385 (£296) and are now available to purchase from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker website.

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Zoe Kravitz inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman

Zoe Kravitz is a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman.Last year, it was announced that the Big Little Lies actress would be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s crime-fighting Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming flick The Batman. A…

Zoe Kravitz is a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of Catwoman.

Last year, it was announced that the Big Little Lies actress would be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s crime-fighting Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming flick The Batman.

And speaking to reporters at the recent Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Zoe opened up on what attracted her to the role and divulged that she had always loved Michelle’s debut as Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in 1992.

“I think Catwoman is an iconic character,” she explained. “I was never into a lot of comic books, but that world was always really intriguing to me. And then, of course, Michelle Pfeiffer – her performance has always been super inspiring to me. It just felt iconic.”

Zoe went on to discuss the complex character, who has also been played by Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway, and said she was excited to explore the “strong femininity” of the comic book criminal.

“I think Catwoman/Selina Kyle represents really strong femininity, and I’m excited to dive into that,” the 31-year-old stated. “I think femininity represents power, and I think it’s a different kind of power than masculine power. That’s something that’s really interesting about Batman and Catwoman.

“I think Batman represents a very kind of masculine power, and Catwoman represents very feminine power – slightly more complicated, and softer, too. I like the idea that you can be soft, you can be gentle and still be very powerful and still be very dangerous.”

The Batman, also starring Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright, is due for release in June 2021.

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Michelle Pfeiffer still doubts acting ability

Michelle Pfeiffer still feels insecure about her acting abilities because she didn’t receive any formal training.The actress has more than 60 acting credits under her belt, including Scarface, The Age of Innocence, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Hairspray…

Michelle Pfeiffer still feels insecure about her acting abilities because she didn’t receive any formal training.

The actress has more than 60 acting credits under her belt, including Scarface, The Age of Innocence, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Hairspray, as well as three Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe win.

However, Pfeiffer still feels uncertain every time she takes on a new project and has a constant fear of being fired because she didn’t have any formal training at a top performing arts school like Juilliard.

“I think it comes from not having a background of formal training, you know, in the beginning,” Pfeiffer explained to Entertainment Tonight. “And I think when I started out, a lot of actors were coming out of Juilliard and I was just this young person from Orange County, kind of just getting by on my instincts purely and I think, for the longest time, I felt like it wasn’t really enough and maybe didn’t give me the credibility and maybe because I had to find my technique as I went along. That I didn’t sort of start from a real secure place.”

Despite her insecurities, the 61-year-old felt confident on the set of her new film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which she got to play main antagonist Queen Ingrith. The character is the future mother-in-law of Elle Fanning’s Aurora, and plans to use her son’s marriage to drive a wedge between humans and fairies forever.

“I had a blast on this,” she added. “I’m pretty confident with the villains now. I know where to go for that.”

The sequel, also starring Angelina Jolie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple, and Imelda Staunton, hits theatres from 16 October.

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Grease prequel Summer Loving in the works

A Grease prequel set to be titled Summer Loving is in development.Executives at Paramount Players are working on the new film, with editors at The Hollywood Reporter reporting on Tuesday (09Apr19) that John August has been hired to pen the script. Acco…

A Grease prequel set to be titled Summer Loving is in development.

Executives at Paramount Players are working on the new film, with editors at The Hollywood Reporter reporting on Tuesday (09Apr19) that John August has been hired to pen the script.

According to the publication, the screenplay will focus on the fling described in the song Summer Nights from the early part of the 1978 original, in which Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) recount to their friends how they first met before their senior year of high school.

No other details, such as potential stars or a release date, were given.

August’s screenwriting credits include 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and its follow-up Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, as well as 2003’s Big Fish and 2012’s Frankenweenie. He most recently wrote the script for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin and for horror project Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Bosses at Temple Hill Productions, the company behind features like The Hate U Give and First Man, and at Picturestart, are to produce the film.

Grease continues to be a pop culture phenomenon, with the flick landing at number 20 on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals. Yet, the film’s sequel Grease 2, which was released in 1982 and starred Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer, was poorly received and a box office flop.

Consequently, a number of Twitter users have already begun to question whether a Grease prequel is truly necessary.

“Why do I need a 90-minute movie to tell me what a brief movie intro and a three-minute song already accomplished?” one person commented, while another added sarcastically, “Happy about the Grease news. Like many, I have long wondered how Danny and Sandy met and fell in love as there is no scene from the original Grease that explains this.”

A third wrote, “Did we learn nothing from Grease 2?”

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Michelle Pfeiffer targeting both men and women with new fragrance line

Michelle Pfeiffer is planning to defy gender norms with her fragrance line, ensuring the products are geared towards men and women. The star decided her scent collection, Henry Rose, would be unisex, despite warnings from beauty bosses who insisted sh…

Michelle Pfeiffer is planning to defy gender norms with her fragrance line, ensuring the products are geared towards men and women.

The star decided her scent collection, Henry Rose, would be unisex, despite warnings from beauty bosses who insisted she wouldn’t smell success if she went ahead with her plans.

“That was something I decided early on,” she tells Out magazine. “It just made sense to me. I was discouraged by everyone at the time. ‘Genderless fragrances don’t sell’, that’s what I was told,” she reveals. “But I really wanted Henry Rose to be for everyone. Fragrance is such a personal experience. It just shouldn’t be tied to the idea that it’s for any specific gender. We’re past that.”

Pfeiffer also wanted to make sure her first foray into the fragrance world was well thought out and didn’t compromise her values.

“I really took to heart advice that I got that people have become a little bit suspicious and doubtful of celebrity endorsements,” she tells Refinery29. “I felt that it was very important that the brand stand alone and that the credibility stands separate from me.”

The actress also incorporated her passion for sustainable and safe products when approaching the venture, revealing she was forced to think carefully about the types of cosmetics she was exposing her family to when she first became a mum in the early 1990s.

“I started to look at the world through the eyes of my kids,” Pfeiffer explains. “I started to pay closer attention to the products that I was exposing them to, and around that same time my father was diagnosed with cancer, my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and so it was just the perfect storm.”

Her research has led her to become a more educated beauty consumer and she frequently researches products through Skin Deep, a database of cosmetic items led by the Environmental Working Group that informs buyers about what ingredients are in personal care products.

“I went down the rabbit hole with this database,” Pfeiffer shares. “But whenever ‘fragrance’ would pop up, over and over again, EWG would flag it as a high hazard.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer announces foray into fragrance with Henry Rose collection

Michelle Pfeiffer has announced her first foray into fragrance with the new Henry Rose collection.The line is set to be a gamechanger in the celebrity fragrance world, as it will be the first fine fragrance collection to be verified by the Environmenta…

Michelle Pfeiffer has announced her first foray into fragrance with the new Henry Rose collection.

The line is set to be a gamechanger in the celebrity fragrance world, as it will be the first fine fragrance collection to be verified by the Environmental Working Group.

The actress has been quietly working on a run that complies with the EWG’s strictest health and safety standards for the past seven years, after the Scarface star developed a deep interest in ingredients in her beauty products following the birth of her children.

“Honestly, if I’d never had children, I’m not sure that I would have become so enlightened about ingredients and safety,” Pfeiffer told WWD. “I kept thinking back to the genesis, and it was my kids.”

The 60-year-old went on to detail that she had approached EWG’s president and co-founder Ken Cook about the project back in 2012, but he denied the opportunity until 2016, when the organisation had established the verification programme.

The Ant-Man and the Wasp actress claimed that she persisted with the endeavour because she was unhappy with the toxicity levels in perfumes available on the market, and wanted to produce a product that was “100 per cent transparent”.

“I started looking for fragrance-free products and I stopped wearing perfume,” she reflected. “Cut to many years later, I decided I would see if it were possible to develop a fragrance.”

The Henry Rose collection, which gets its title from The Age of Innocence star’s children’s middle names, launches with an initial run of five scents priced at $120 (£92) and is available online now.

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Michelle Pfeiffer realises dream of launching fragrance line

Michelle Pfeiffer has finally realised her dream of releasing a fragrance collection at the age of 60. The actress is taking on an exciting new venture outside of the film world after unveiling a collection of five scents, called Henry Rose, and she c…

Michelle Pfeiffer has finally realised her dream of releasing a fragrance collection at the age of 60.

The actress is taking on an exciting new venture outside of the film world after unveiling a collection of five scents, called Henry Rose, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to finally share the perfume line with the world.

During a new interview with InStyle magazine, Michelle reveals she had been considering the idea for decades, after she began raising children.

“When the kids were young, I began to look at the world in a different way,” she tells the publication. “I started reading labels and looking at ingredients lists in a way I hadn’t done before. That opened my eyes. I found myself looking for a fragrance I could feel good about putting on my body and that smelled amazing.

“Those two things were difficult to find, so I decided I was going to see if I could develop a fragrance that would raise the bar on both quality and safety. I didn’t realise what a challenge I had set out for myself, which is typical of me.”

The exciting new release doesn’t mean she has lost her passion for acting – the star returned to film and TV last year (17) after taking a five year hiatus, appearing in mother!, Murder on the Orient Express and Ant-Man and the Wasp. She also appeared on the small screen in Wizard of Lies, a role which earned her an Emmy nomination. And she admits running a perfume brand while taking on a series of roles has not been easy.

“Starting a business at the same time as I started working again… I’m not complaining,” she says. “It’s a high-class problem. It’s better to feel as if there’s not enough time in a day than to wake up wondering how you’re going to fill it.”

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Madonna & Michelle Pfeiffer were early favourites for Working Girl lead

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role. The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary …

Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the lead in classic movie Working Girl before Melanie Griffith landed the role.

The stars and producer Doug Wick have opened up about the project to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, and Wick recalls Griffith was not the first choice for the role of Tess.

“We talked about a lot of people to play Tess,” he tells the publication. “Because it was Mike (Nichols) directing, everyone was interested.

“I remember Mike once calling me and saying Madonna was on The Tonight Show. He said, ‘Watch her, there’s something very interesting about her’. We talked about Michelle Pfeiffer, the most beautiful woman in the world. But we observed that if you cast someone like that, there would’ve been a line of guys at her desk trying to marry her.

“We needed an old-fashioned movie star. Someone who, when they had glasses on, you believed they had a little anonymity, and as soon as they took them off, you saw they were a beauty. You needed someone fiercely intelligent but in a slightly more unique way.”

Meanwhile, Griffith recalled a creepy car scene with a young Kevin Spacey in the film: “It’s a strange coincidence that Kevin’s now ostracised because of his actions, his sexual proclivity or whatever,” she explains. “In Working Girl, I jump out of the car because of his (character’s) sexual advances.”

Spacey was fired from Netflix drama House of Cards and edited out of Ridley Scott’s film All the Money in the World after sexual misconduct and harassment allegations were made against him.

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