Nancy Meyers insists obsession with her movie kitchens is sexist

Nancy Meyers has called out the sexist comments aimed at her movie kitchen sets.The filmmaker and screenwriter has built up a reputation for including luxurious kitchens in her movies, with large countertops, double sinks and hanging pots and pans all …

Nancy Meyers has called out the sexist comments aimed at her movie kitchen sets.

The filmmaker and screenwriter has built up a reputation for including luxurious kitchens in her movies, with large countertops, double sinks and hanging pots and pans all featuring in the mise-en-scene of 1998’s The Parent Trap, 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give, and 2009’s It’s Complicated.

However, in a recent interview with Mindy Kaling at the 2019 Produced By Conference in Los Angeles, Meyers noted how she finds the conversation about her backdrops to be a “cheap shot”.

“I don’t love when a critic or journalist will pick up on that aspect, because they are missing the boat and they are missing why (the movie) works,” she stated, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, before going on to insist that critics are less likely to make comments about kitchens in films made by male directors. “It is a cheap shot… It’s never done to male directors who make gorgeous-looking movies, where the leads live in a great house. It’s never brought up. With me, it’s an easy thing to go after, but I am not going to change it.”

In the wide-ranging chat, Meyers and Late Night writer-actress Kaling also discussed what is like to write for big stars, the development of modern comedy and studio marketing.

And while The Holiday director still keeps tabs on what is happening in the industry, she confirmed she has no projects in the pipeline.

“I am taking a break,” the 69-year-old said. “The business has changed in a way that is somewhat unrecognisable to me. I am not sure how much I want to do it.”

Meyers’ last major film, The Intern – starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro – was released in 2015. Meanwhile, Kaling’s Late Night, featuring Emma Thompson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Mindy Kaling wrote Late Night character for Emma Thompson

Mindy Kaling wrote the lead role in Late Night for Emma Thompson and had no back-up plan if she’d turned the part down. While penning the script for her new comedy, the Ocean’s 8 star only had the British actress in mind for the role of veteran late-n…

Mindy Kaling wrote the lead role in Late Night for Emma Thompson and had no back-up plan if she’d turned the part down.

While penning the script for her new comedy, the Ocean’s 8 star only had the British actress in mind for the role of veteran late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury, who is struggling to stay relevant and compete against fresher programmes in the ratings.

During an appearance on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mindy revealed that she was so focused on giving her idol Emma a comedy role that she had no plan B had the Oscar winner turned her down.

“She’s done so much drama and not that much comedy, but she’s really funny and came from comedy,” Mindy told Ellen. “It was a stupid thing to do. I’m in L.A. creepily writing this movie about a woman I was a fan of. She’s hilarious and never gets to do funny parts. She just turned 60, and I was excited to see her in this kind of role.”

In addition to writing her first feature film, the 39-year-old produces and stars in the flick, playing Molly Patel, who is employed to add diversity to Katherine’s writing team, which consists of only white males.

As part of her commitment to diversity in her projects, Mindy hired Nisha Ganatra, who is also of Indian descent, as director, and the filmmaker was full of praise for The Mindy Project creator during a recent chat with Variety.

“She just put her money where her mouth is,” she said. “A lot of people talked about inclusion and hiring women directors and hiring directors of colour, (but) very few are actually doing it. And Mindy did it on her first movie out. She could have gone with that really experienced white dude, but she didn’t, and that says a lot.”

Nisha’s previous directing projects include Chutney Popcorn and Cosmopolitan as well as episodes of TV shows Transparent and Shameless.

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Emma Thompson was blown away by Mindy Kaling’s Late Night script

Emma Thompson was in awe of Mindy Kaling’s sharp wit after reading the Late Night script.In the upcoming film, the British actress plays a legendary talk show host, who hires her first female writer, played by Kaling, in a bid to save her long-running …

Emma Thompson was in awe of Mindy Kaling’s sharp wit after reading the Late Night script.

In the upcoming film, the British actress plays a legendary talk show host, who hires her first female writer, played by Kaling, in a bid to save her long-running series.

The Office actress wrote the screenplay with Thompson in mind for the lead character, and although the 60-year-old was flattered, she was a little hesitant to agree to the film straight away because she wasn’t sure what to expect.

“I’d never met her (Kaling) before, but I admired her from afar, and then she met with me, we had a drink together, and she said, ‘I’ve written something for you.’ I was very surprised – you’re always surprised when young people find you relevant – and I said, ‘How lovely!’ But I didn’t know what to expect,” she said during an appearance on U.S breakfast show Today. “You never know, because sometimes when people have an idea about you or they project something onto you, it’s often not quite right.

“She wrote one of the best scripts I’d read in years and it was such fun to make… Mindy, I think, is absolutely remarkable.”

Thompson also dabbled in writing, penning the scripts for her films Nanny McPhee, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Sense and Sensibility, the last of which bagged her an Oscar.

Late Night, directed by Nisha Ganatra, also stars Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Reid Scott, and Amy Ryan.

It hits cinemas from 7 June.

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Mindy Kaling helped style Late Night co-star Emma Thompson

Mindy Kaling offered up her fashion expertise to the wardrobe department who styled her Late Night co-star Emma Thompson. While working on the upcoming film, in which the former star of The Mindy Project portrays a budding late night TV writer, the ac…

Mindy Kaling offered up her fashion expertise to the wardrobe department who styled her Late Night co-star Emma Thompson.

While working on the upcoming film, in which the former star of The Mindy Project portrays a budding late night TV writer, the actress teamed up with costume designer Mitchell Travers to help him and his team perfect Thompson’s “masculine-sexy” fashion moments.

“To dress a female late-night talk show host on a major network was actually an incredibly interesting costume design challenge, because you don’t really have too many points of reference,” Paling tells The Hollywood Reporter. “For a major network show, there hasn’t been a female late-night talk show host.”

Kaling admits she was inspired by U.S. cable TV personalities like Busy Philipps’ and Samantha Bee, adding she didn’t want Thompson’s character to dress like the guys.

“We didn’t want it to be that she just wore a dark-coloured suit, like all the guys. Emma’s tall and loves wearing pants and she can pull off wearing masculine-sexy really well. So, the costumes on that are great, but it wasn’t my character wearing them. It was different styling someone else’s character, but very fun to help out with.”

When it comes to her own wardrobe choices, the 39 year old is a fan of DSW, a brand for which she’s as a spokeswoman. The partnership reminds her of forming a bond with her mother over fashion.

“I have shopped there since I was a kid. My mom and I, we weren’t outdoorsy or did spin together, whatever people in New York or L.A. do. We would just go shopping together,” she shares. “That was how we bonded, so I would get back-to-school shoes there. I got prom shoes there. I got everything therer.”

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Mindy Kaling draws style inspiration from Sandra Bullock

Mindy Kaling is in awe of her Ocean’s 8 co-star Sandra Bullock’s style. The actress and fashion lover is currently promoting her new collaboration with footwear brand DSW, and when she was asked about her own style heroes, she gushed about the Oscar w…

Mindy Kaling is in awe of her Ocean’s 8 co-star Sandra Bullock’s style.

The actress and fashion lover is currently promoting her new collaboration with footwear brand DSW, and when she was asked about her own style heroes, she gushed about the Oscar winner’s choices.

“Sandra Bullock, for someone who is as approachable as she is in all her films… I feel like people don’t give her enough props for how fashionable her red carpet game is,” Mindy tells People magazine.

And she got a front row seat for the Bullock fashion show while promoting the hit comedy with her in 2018.

“When I did Ocean’s 8 with her I remember thinking, ‘She is great’. Her looks for that press tour were stunning.

“She always looks so amazing, but because she doesn’t seem to put a huge amount of importance on it, I think people kind of forget about it. But I think she is very, very fashionable.”

The 39 year old, who is raising a one year old daughter, Katherine, drew from her own relationship with her mum, who died of cancer in 2012, when signing on as the new face of DSW.

“To me, if you grew up in the suburbs like I did, it’s just like a rite of passage to go to DSW with your mom,” she says. “It was a store that I used to shop at when I was in high school. It’s where I got my prom shoes and I would do all my back-to-school shopping there. It would be so exciting because it was an affordable place that still felt cool because they have cool designer brands.”

The Mindy Project creator hopes her little girl develops a similar appreciation for shopping, joking she is “screwed” otherwise.

“If my daughter is not into shopping, then I’m screwed,” she quips. “I mean, my mom and I didn’t go do athletic activities together, like go hiking; we bonded basically through shopping and she loved clothes and fashion as much as I did. Even though growing up I obviously didn’t have as much disposable income as I have now, we could (shop) at places like DSW or Macy’s, where we can actually get really beautiful designer items at not as much cost (sic). So I hope I can do that with (Katherine).”

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Emma Thompson: ‘Oscar nominations were particularly poor’

Emma Thompson has criticised this year’s Oscars nominations calling them ‘particularly poor’.The two-time Oscar-winning actress and writer will next be seen in Mindy Kaling’s feature screenwriting debut Late Night, directed by Nisha Ganatra, which prem…

Emma Thompson has criticised this year’s Oscars nominations calling them ‘particularly poor’.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress and writer will next be seen in Mindy Kaling’s feature screenwriting debut Late Night, directed by Nisha Ganatra, which premieres Friday (25Jan19) at the Sundance Film Festival.

And in an interview with USA Today, the Sense and Sensibility star criticised the Academy after it received backlash for the lack of female directors and Asian actors nominated.

“Inclusion riders, as Frances McDormand said so famously and effectively at last year’s Oscars,” Emma answered when asked what she would say to those working in Hollywood. “But it’s not a surprise that a year later, nothing much has changed. (The nominations were) particularly poor, actually, I thought this year.

“But the Oscars are not necessarily the defining yearly moment for our profession – that’s reductive and you have to look at what else is out there.”

Despite the disappointment, the movie veteran insisted she’s confident there will be a flood of diverse voices in the next decade.

“In the next 10 years, there’s going to be some amazing new writers – women, people of colour – which will be much more diverse, because I can feel those voices rising,” she said. “There’s a very exciting generation about to hit us with their new ideas.”

In Mindy’s movie, the 59-year-old plays acerbic late-night host Katherine Newbury, who’s accused of being a “woman who hates women.”

When it came to inspiration for the role, Emma didn’t have any female late-night hosts to look to.

“I drew quite a lot from David Letterman, but there’s no one to base it on and that’s the great thing that (Mindy’s) done,” she mused. “She’s created something that didn’t exist. And we all go, ‘Oh, that’s weird. Why doesn’t it exist? Are women not as good at conversation?’ No, it’s just odd, isn’t it? It’s absolutely bizarre.”

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Ava DuVernay directing Prince documentary for Netflix

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the …

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.

The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for her work on 2014’s Selma.

More recently, DuVernay helmed Disney fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, and now her latest project sees her telling the story of the late music legend.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” she told reporters at Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

In addition to being approached by members of the Kiss hitmaker’s estate, editors at Deadline also report that Prince personally reached out to DuVernay with a view of working together before he died in April 2016 at the age of 57.

The 46-year-old, who also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, has been granted full access to archives, recordings and even unreleased material by the flamboyant singer-songwriter.

The project is still in its early stages, and DuVernay, editor Spencer Averick and other members of her team have paid repeated visits to Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios in recent months.

Last month (Sep18), executives at Netflix denied that a Prince feature was in development after reporters at The Daily Mirror claimed that producers at the streaming service were hoping to sign Bruno Mars up to play the icon.

However, after the story was picked up by multiple outlets, representatives on behalf of the 24K Magic singer commented that the rumour was “100 per cent” false.

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Lady Gaga rocks power suit to 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event

Lady Gaga rocked a power suit to the 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night (15Oct18).The Star Is Born actress was one of the A-listers honoured by the magazine at a bash held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and she certainly ma…

Lady Gaga rocked a power suit to the 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night (15Oct18).

The Star Is Born actress was one of the A-listers honoured by the magazine at a bash held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and she certainly made a sartorial statement in an oversized grey suit from Marc Jacobs.

Gaga was styled by Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout and had her make-up done by Sarah Nicole Tanno, while Frederic Aspiras was tasked with sweeping her platinum blonde hair back into a low bun with centre parting.

“SLEEK. CHIC. GAGA. BEAT,” wrote Frederic alongside a close-up photo of the Born This Way hitmaker on Instagram, adding: “The ELLE 25th annual Women in Hollywood Awards Event honours @ladygaga as one of 11 women in Hollywood who push the conversation forward 2018 and set a course for the year ahead. …. Congratulations!! So proud, luv u! Freddie (sic).”

Other women to be honoured at the celebration included American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson, who wore a Calvin Klein ensemble featuring a green nylon skirt, white tank top and printed fringe panel with an Andy Warhol design.

Elsewhere, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi opted for a Calvin Klein By Appointment yellow silk satin cocktail dress, actress/activist Mia Farrow wore a black suit with white top from the same fashion house and Keira Knightley sported a strapless grey gown with tulle skirt.

Writer/producer Shonda Rhimes looked lovely in a monochromatic outfit too, while Jennifer Lopez turned heads in a satin dress from Maticevski which featured a large bow across the bodice. She accessorised with Jimmy Choo black satin platforms and rings from Hearts on Fire.

Ellen Pompeo donned a pink Calvin Klein shirt and skirt, event host Mindy Kaling chose a blue velvet dress from Fendi, and Kate Beckinsale dazzled in a black sequin Zuhair Murad jumpsuit.

“So much love for everyone involved in that incredibly moving night at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Gala. So glad to be in it with you all,” wrote Kate next to a picture of her at the party on her social media pages.

Other celebrities at the event included Laverne Cox, Malin Akerman, James Corden, Sara Sampaio, Molly Sims, Tika Sumpter and Caitriona Balfe.

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Fans divided by Sarah Paulson’s ‘ravioli’ dress at Ocean’s 8 premiere

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their n…

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their new heist movie, a spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy.

For the night, Sarah chose to wear a pale pink tiered dress with scalloped hem from Valentino’s fall/winter 2018 collection, which she matched with pink stone earrings from Irene Neuwirth and pink satin platform heels from Brian Atwood.

However, Sarah’s sartorial statement quickly caught the attention of social media users, who were split in their opinions over the look.

“Too many scallops. Looks like ravioli,” one user wrote on a picture of Sarah posted on her stylist Karla Welsh’s Instagram page, while others commented that the dress reminded them of bubble gum tape or the “piece of cloth that comes with a pair of glasses”.

Yet, the discussion wasn’t all bad, with a number of people praising the 43-year-old for making a bold choice.

“The dress is sooo hers! Great job,” one user noted, while another added: “Cotton candy dream!”

The other stars of Ocean’s 8 got dressed up for the evening too, with Sandra Bullock rocking a striped sequin jumpsuit from Zuhair Murad and Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Helena Bonham Carter wowed in a silver dress from Vivienne Westwood and Mindy Kaling looked gorgeous in a black gown from Alberta Ferretti which she matched with Brian Atwood heels, a Jimmy Choo purse and Cartier bling.

While Cate Blanchett turned heads in black trousers and a grey feathered top from Louis Vuitton and Rihanna risked a wardrobe malfunction by donning a gold draped dress with plunging neckline from Poiret. She complemented her ensemble with strappy gold high heels, a dark gold clutch as well as a slick of bright red lipstick.

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Ocean’s 8 stars were dressed by the world’s top designers for fake Met Gala

The world’s top designers lined up to dress the Ocean’s 8 cast for the film’s fake Met Gala. Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, and her team of crooks plan a heist at the annual fashion ball in New York, and in several scenes the group of ladie…

The world’s top designers lined up to dress the Ocean’s 8 cast for the film’s fake Met Gala.

Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, and her team of crooks plan a heist at the annual fashion ball in New York, and in several scenes the group of ladies appear in all their finery after stealing a priceless Cartier necklace from Anne Hathaway’s diva actress Daphne Kluger.

To make sure the stars, including Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, looked stunning for the ball scenes, the film’s wardrobe mistress Sarah Edwards worked with some of the world’s top designers to dress the film’s eight leading ladies after first chatting to the cast about the fashion moguls they felt would suit their characters.

“All of us ladies got to wear some pretty amazing dresses for the gala,” Bullock explains. “Alberta Ferretti designed my dress and the craftsmanship that went into it was fantastic. I don’t know if it was intentional, but my character’s last name is Ocean, and when I looked down at the bottom of the dress and the train, there were starfish and shells and waves all embroidered in gold and silver on top of this sea of black. It’s a work of art.”

Co-star Helena Bonham Carter was paired with Dolce & Gabbana and recalls, “I went to their studio and saw this dress in the corner – a sort of 50s, white frock with roses all over – and I said, ‘That’s (character) Rose!’ And then, to make it even better, it was hand-painted to make the roses stand out dimensionally. I was like a moving rose garden.”

Kaling felt a personal connection to her character Amita’s dress, noting, “My gown was designed by Naeem Khan, who I’ve been a fan of for years. He’s Indian, which was especially meaningful for me… It was such a wish-fulfillment exercise as a woman who loves fashion.”

Castmate Awkwafina’s gown was created by Jonathan Simkhai, Sarah Paulson opted for a navy-blue velvet dress by Prada, and Givenchy created Cate Blanchett’s edgy look.

Rihanna was dressed by Zac Posen, who appears in the film, and Hathaway’s Kluger wore hot pink Valentino gown with a matching 25-foot cape.

“I have a long history with the house of Valentino, so I knew whatever they delivered would be incredible,” the Oscar winner says.

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