Elizabeth Banks insisted on tampon scene in Charlie’s Angels

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Fo…

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation in its 78-year history on Wednesday.

Banks, who was supported by her Charlie’s Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, said during her acceptance speech that the movie has a scene that focuses on the female sanitary product, and thanked Sony boss Tom Rothman for letting her do it.

“I didn’t start directing movies because I think I am the greatest director in the world. I did it because I had something I want to say. I want to change the world, and so in thinking about my status, bestowed just now by three Angels, as an industry ‘pioneer’, I wanted to say something tonight that has never been said on this stage, at this forum. I wanted to do what is a staple of my work,” Banks told the crowd.

“I wanted to say something entertaining for all, but especially meaningful to women and girls, something that I can pretty much guarantee (past honourees) Darryl F. Zanuck and Jim Gianopulos have never said. I wanted to say tampon. TAMPON. Tampon. I can only say it is probably the fear of every man in this room that you give a woman a microphone – it is all tampon talk all the time.”

She explained that she used the word in her speech to try and eradicate the stigma surrounding periods and sanitary products, and revealed that Sony never once asked her to take out the scene in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

“I just wanted to remind you why you gave me this Pioneer Award here tonight. It is because everything you can do, I can do bleeding,” she quipped.

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Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska lands Kurt Geiger campaign

Rising star Ella Balinska has been tapped to appear in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.The British actress is currently gearing up to begin promoting the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, in which she appears alongside Naomi…

Rising star Ella Balinska has been tapped to appear in Kurt Geiger’s new campaign.

The British actress is currently gearing up to begin promoting the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, in which she appears alongside Naomi Scott and Kristen Stewart.

But before Ella heads on the publicity trail, she has been selected by bosses at the U.K. footwear brand to be the face of the Characterful Style imagery for the fall/winter 2019 collection.

“Characterful style means bringing out the you, your personality and your essence,” the 22-year-old said in a statement, before adding that the campaign marks a full circle moment in her career, as she was once an employee for the company at the Selfridges department store in London. “I used to work in Kurt Geiger, it makes this so close to home and it makes it a campaign I’m really proud to be the face of because I know this company back to front. So, to be able to share that with the world, it’s a lot.”

In the accompanying video and still images, Ella models the new leather Bax boots, the Shoreditch purse, which features 1,500 pin studs, and the pristine white Lunar sneakers.

For the new line, Kurt Geiger creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley has also introduced the Bax flat and the Shoreditch tote handbag.

Meanwhile, label executives have tapped Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell to show off the men’s collection, including the leather Cade Chelsea boot and the Ross Boot.

Of wearing boots, he simply commented, “On stage, you just don’t want to slip over.”

Items in Kurt Geiger’s fall/winter 2019 collection are priced from $181 – $279 (£149 – £229).

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Naomi Scott could barely leave bed during eczema flare-ups

Naomi Scott’s eczema problems were so bad during her teens she found it hard to get out of bed at times. The 26-year-old is opening up about her battle with the chronic skin condition in the hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration…

Naomi Scott’s eczema problems were so bad during her teens she found it hard to get out of bed at times.

The 26-year-old is opening up about her battle with the chronic skin condition in the hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration.

“You know those days where you want to stay in bed, where you can’t move your neck because it’s so sore? I’m with you,” she told fans during a candid interview with Teen Vogue. “And I guarantee you, the more you own it, the more you feel confident… This is something I wanted to speak on specifically for this interview because Teen Vogue, for me, has a real no BS (no bulls**t) honesty thing.”

She also revealed that she had her worst-ever bout of eczema as she began filming her role as Jasmine in Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, Aladdin.

“I thought that maybe after filming it would all simmer down, but it erupted,” Scott said. “It was all over my body, I was itching at night, and every night (there was) blood on the sheets.”

She decided to stop disguising the dry patches and scars on the final press tour for Aladdin and believes her openness could help teens grappling with their own imperfections.

“If I, out of all people, am honest about my imperfections, then I might just make… I think of a 14-year-old girl and (how) it could make her feel just that bit better: ‘Oh, she has it and she plays Jasmine (in Aladdin),'” the actress commented.

Scott also discussed her ethnicity, revealing it was difficult to find her place in Hollywood due to her Indian heritage.

“There’s a thing of someone (being) like… ‘She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Latina, what is she?’ There were definitely a few leads that I went for, where I think, ultimately, I was maybe, ‘The other choice’, ‘The exotic choice,'” she added.

However, Scott’s career is really taking off now, and she will next begin promoting the new Charlie’s Angels revamp, also starring Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska.

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Kristen Stewart agreed to Charlie’s Angels because Elizabeth Banks ‘always vouched’ for her

Kristen Stewart signed up for Charlie’s Angels because director Elizabeth Banks always vouched for her. After becoming a household name with the hugely popular Twilight franchise, the 29-year-old went down the independent film route, starring in featur…

Kristen Stewart signed up for Charlie’s Angels because director Elizabeth Banks always vouched for her.

After becoming a household name with the hugely popular Twilight franchise, the 29-year-old went down the independent film route, starring in features such as Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice, and Personal Shopper, but is about to make her return to the mainstream with Charlie’s Angels.

Explaining her decision to make another blockbuster, the actress has now revealed it was all down to her connection to Banks.

“I did Charlie’s (Angels) because I’m a huge fan of Liz Banks and I always felt she vouched for me,” she commented. “I always felt, like, she doesn’t think I’m a freak.”

Stewart met Banks at a Venice Film Festival party a few years ago, when she was dancing self-consciously. The Pitch Perfect 2 director came up to her and told her she was a fan and asked if she was having fun.

“And then she said what would be the most annoying thing to hear from anyone else which was, ‘You’ve got to have fun with it,'” she recalled. “I was like, ‘No s**t! I’m trying.'”

The film, a reboot of the franchise which featured Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, features Stewart as private detective Sabina Wilson alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska.

Fans will see a different side to the star, as the trailer showed Stewart playing a cool character rather than an awkward or troubled one, doing comedy, stunts, and even dancing.

According to the actress, when her friends saw the clip, they remarked: “‘Dude, that’s you. Finally!'”

Charlie’s Angels is set to hit cinemas in November, two months before Stewart can be seen in another blockbuster – action-horror Underwater.

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Disney considering live-action Aladdin sequel

Producers of Disney’s live-action Aladdin are “exploring” a possible sequel.The musical spectacle, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, was released back in May, and has made more than $1 billion (£827 million…

Producers of Disney’s live-action Aladdin are “exploring” a possible sequel.

The musical spectacle, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, was released back in May, and has made more than $1 billion (£827 million) at the worldwide box office.

Now, producer Dan Lin has revealed a possible reinterpretation of Aladdin’s original animated sequel, The Return of Jafar, could be on the cards.

“We certainly, when we first made the movie, wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family,” he told CBR.

“And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials… So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”

Massoud, who played the title character in the live-action remake, previously told Collider he’d “absolutely” be onboard for a Return of Jafar adaptation.

The original Aladdin was released in 1992 and followed up with direct-to-video sequels, 1994’s The Return of Jafar and 1996’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

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Lucy Liu ‘curious’ about Charlie’s Angels reboot

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation o…

Lucy Liu is “curious” to see the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The upcoming movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, is a reboot of the 2000 film starring Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, which was a feature adaptation of the 1970s TV show.

In a new interview, Liu, who played female detective Alex Munday in the 2000 film and its 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, said she was curious to see the new reboot, but had some concerns about Hollywood continuously recycling ideas.

“They recycle things so much. I mean, Charlie’s Angels was recycled, and so it’s rare to find something that is fresh and new. But I think there’s an audience for that, so I think it’s wonderful. And (there’s) a new Charlie’s Angels coming out as well,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“I just feel like things that are original always sort of pop a little bit, but I think there’s a comfort level in trying to relive something and also to redo something in the modern time, and I’m always curious on how that works out.”

She said in an interview last year with ET it was “very exciting” that Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth Banks was helming the project.

“It will only be a more positive result for women,” Liu gushed.

Charlie’s Angels features a star-studded supporting cast including Banks, Patrick Stewart, Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, and Djimon Hounsou, while Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey have collaborated on a song for its soundtrack.

The reboot is due to hit cinemas in November.

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Elizabeth Banks: ‘Kristen Stewart will surprise in Charlie’s Angels’

Elizabeth Banks is certain audiences will be surprised by Kristen Stewart’s role in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The 29-year-old actress stars alongside Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott as the new generation of female crime-fighting spies, and director Ban…

Elizabeth Banks is certain audiences will be surprised by Kristen Stewart’s role in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The 29-year-old actress stars alongside Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott as the new generation of female crime-fighting spies, and director Banks was full of praise for the former Twilight star.

“First of all, she is a legit action heroine. There’s no doubt about it. She’s super bada*s in the movie,” Banks gushed to reporters during a press call, according to CinemaBlend. “She did so many of her own stunts. Did all of her training. They all did. They all did weapons training. They all did stunt training, fight training, driving, we all took driving – not lessons but we all had to go through and were all put through our paces in all of those areas.

“And then she’s really, really funny. I think she lands as many jokes in this film as any comic actor working today. I think that will really surprise people.”

A trailer for the highly-anticipated reboot featured fast-paced action and jaw-dropping stunts, and Banks revealed she was heavily influenced by Rebecca Ferguson’s role in the action sequences in Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation back in 2015.

“When I originally pitched to direct Charlie’s Angels, it was right after Rebecca Ferguson had been in that Mission: Impossible movie and I was so inspired by her and excited for Wonder Woman which has since come out which I also looked at a little bit. We don’t have super powers in our movie so I don’t have golden lassos to play with,” she joked, before revealing that she also took inspiration from Charlize Theron’s action thriller Atomic Blonde.

Charlie’s Angels, which also stars Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart, will be released in November.

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Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey join forces for Charlie’s Angels song

Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey have seemingly teamed up to create a song for the Charlie’s Angels reboot.All three popstars teased fans about the collaboration by releasing a 14-second video on social media on Wednesday, which simply featu…

Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey have seemingly teamed up to create a song for the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

All three popstars teased fans about the collaboration by releasing a 14-second video on social media on Wednesday, which simply featured the logo of the upcoming movie and the word, “Uploading…”

“Trailer tomorrow @charliesangels,” the 26-year-old Sweetener hitmaker wrote, tagging the official Charlie’s Angels Twitter account and Lana, seemingly hinting that the trio have collaborated on a song for the soundtrack.

Miley also shared the short video, writing, “WE ARE COMING!” and also tagged the 34-year-old Summertime Sadness star, who followed suit.

The film, which is set for release in November, will star Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Brits Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting trio, with Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Djimon Hounsou all playing different versions of Bosley, who is the employee of the mysterious Charlie.

Noah Centineo and Sam Claflin are also onboard, with The Hunger Games star Elizabeth also directing the reboot.

This isn’t the first time that Miley and Ariana have teamed up on a music project. Back in 2017, the Wrecking Ball hitmaker joined Ariana for the One Love Manchester benefit concert, following the horrifying terror attack at Ariana’s Manchester Arena gig.

The first Charlie’s Angels movie in 2000, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, featured Independent Women by Destiny’s Child on the soundtrack, while the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, included Pink and her hit track, Feel Good Time.

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Jada Pinkett Smith pays tribute to Genie with blue outfit at Aladdin premiere

Jada Pinkett Smith has paid homage to the Genie by wearing a blue outfit to the Los Angeles premiere of Aladdin.The actress stepped out at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night to support her husband Will Smith, who plays the famously br…

Jada Pinkett Smith has paid homage to the Genie by wearing a blue outfit to the Los Angeles premiere of Aladdin.

The actress stepped out at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday night to support her husband Will Smith, who plays the famously bright blue wish-granting character in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic, which also stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

As she walked the purple carpet, Jada stopped to pose up a storm for photographers, and showed off her outfit, which consisted of cobalt blue satin trousers and a matching crop top dotted with silver beads and sequins.

Taking to Instagram, the star uploaded a snap of herself in the ensemble, along with the caption, “Arabian Nights,” and a blue heart emoji. She did not share details about the designer of her look. However, fans were quick to praise the 47-year-old for committing to the theme of the event.

One follower commented, “We can’t take anymore! The slay is overwhelming!” while another added, “Saaa- Moking!!!!!”

Meanwhile, Will opted for a black and silver suit for the premiere, while the 50-year-old actor’s children, Trey, 26, Jaden, 20, and 18-year-old Willow, also stood by him for the bash.

Other stars to make a sartorial splash included Naomi, who chose a gorgeous baby pink Brandon Maxwell gown, and Mena, who rocked a tweed suit from Givenchy.

New Girl actress Nasim Pedrad, who portrays Dalia in Aladdin, looked lovely in a black lace dress, and Jafar actor Marwan Kenzari sported a classic tuxedo.

Director Guy Ritchie turned up with his wife Jacqui Ainsley, while other celebrities in attendance included Shanina Shaik, Darren Criss, Helen Mirren, Terry Crews and Christina Milian.

Aladdin hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Naomi Scott: ‘Will Smith is the least disappointing superstar’

Naomi Scott is a big fan of her Aladdin co-star Will Smith, calling him the “least disappointing superstar” she’s ever met. The British actress plays Jasmine in the live-action version of Disney’s animated classic, and has now revealed that meeting t…

Naomi Scott is a big fan of her Aladdin co-star Will Smith, calling him the “least disappointing superstar” she’s ever met.

The British actress plays Jasmine in the live-action version of Disney’s animated classic, and has now revealed that meeting the Hollywood legend – who plays the wish-granting Genie – was exactly how she imagined it would be.

“He is the least disappointing superstar to ever meet,” she confessed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night. “I highly recommend meeting him.”

Naomi then managed to embarrass her older brother Joshua, as she told the audience that he owns a life-size cut-out figure of Will.

“He’s married and he still has it now,” the 26-year-old laughed.

While it’s a daunting prospect to take on the role of one of the most famous Disney princesses, Naomi also sweetly shared how she used to re-enact scenes from the movie when she was younger.

“Of course, I loved the movie growing up,” she explained. “Somehow I always got relegated to Abu, the monkey.”

And becoming a role model to millions of little girls around the world hasn’t fazed Naomi, but she was a little taken aback by their enthusiasm at a recent screening of the film.

“They attacked me and I was like, ‘Wow, that felt real,'” the star laughed.

Additionally, Naomi and the cast, including Aladdin actor Mena Massoud, worked extensively with sound engineer Simon Hayes to ensure they were able to sing live during filming.

“It was a great opportunity to sing live. Literally, I’m just singing a cappella on my own, on the set. The worst part is, you can’t really hear yourself,” she smiled.

Aladdin is released in the U.K. on 22 May and hits U.S. cinemas two days later.

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