Thandie Newton was ‘so scared’ of Tom Cruise during Mission: Impossible 2 shoot

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality. The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s…

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality.

The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt, in the 2000 film in an extensive interview with Vulture.

During the chat, she recalled how working with the action man pushed her into a place of “terror and insecurity”.

“I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done,” she shared.

She remembered shooting a scene set on a balcony in Spain that involved many extras and pyrotechnics and how Cruise was “not happy with what I was doing” because her lines were not well written, so he suggested they rehearse on-camera, with him doing her lines and Newton doing his.

“It was the most unhelpful… I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest,” she continued, before describing what happened when they re-shot the scene the following week.

“The next time we shot it, I went in there and I just basically manifested all the – because I realized what he wanted. He just wanted this alpha b**ch. And I did as best as I could. It’s not the best way to get the best work out of someone,” she stated.

Newton, who noted that Cruise’s then-wife Nicole Kidman got her the role, went on to insist that he “wasn’t horrible”, just “really stressed”, while she was “so tender and sensitive” at the time.

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Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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Nicole Kidman: ‘Every role takes a toll on my health’

Nicole Kidman has described how each role she plays takes a toll on her mental health.The Oscar-winning actress insists on getting under the skin of her characters, like the abused Celeste Wright in TV series Big Little Lies and the depressed Virginia …

Nicole Kidman has described how each role she plays takes a toll on her mental health.

The Oscar-winning actress insists on getting under the skin of her characters, like the abused Celeste Wright in TV series Big Little Lies and the depressed Virginia Woolf in The Hours, which she finds can have a negative impact on her real-life.

“Certain things penetrate psychologically in a really deep way,” Nicole told the Wall Street Journal. “There is just no getting around that, and I wish there was. I haven’t been taught it. I have tried to learn it. I don’t have the ability. It does take a toll on my health, and it takes a toll on my spirit… I’m always trying to dig in.”

And she credited her husband of almost 14 years, Keith Urban, for his understanding of her acting methods.

“The unfortunate part of it is that the feelings are intense. I wish I could be the kind of person that’s like, ‘Meh.’ I have an unbelievably understanding husband and children – the little ones who are going like, ‘Why are you looking like that, mummy?’ (But) their ability to understand artistically is very deep already,” the 52-year-old explained.

Nicole also revealed that she’s passed on movie roles in order to stay at home with her children if musician Keith is on tour.

“We have a system worked out to keep the family together. When Keith’s not touring, it’s much easier. He’ll be on tour next year, and then I just don’t work as much. Literally – it will become imbalanced, and we will change it. We don’t have the answers, but the one thing we do know is that we will not jeopardise us,” she noted.

And Nicole said she wouldn’t stand in the way of her daughters, Sunday, 11, and nine-year-old Faith, if they wanted to pursue a career in acting.

“I’d get out of their way,” she joked.

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The Others remake in the works

A remake of Nicole Kidman’s period horror movie The Others is in development. Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 film centres on a war widow who hides away in a remote mansion with her children. However, she soon begins to believe that they are being haunted b…

A remake of Nicole Kidman’s period horror movie The Others is in development.

Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 film centres on a war widow who hides away in a remote mansion with her children. However, she soon begins to believe that they are being haunted by “the others” who lived in the house before them.

According to Deadline, Los Angeles-based studio Sentient Entertainment has won the remake rights to The Others and producers plan to “reinvent and modernise the story”.

The project is reportedly already attracting “significant interest” from A-list talent and studio backers.

“I am honoured to be able to work on my favourite horror film of all time, The Others, and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences,” producer Renee Tab said in a statement, noting the parallels the story has with the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm.

“We look forward to unravelling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.”

Tab will produce the film with Christopher Tuffin for Sentient. They will work alongside Aliwen Entertainment’s Lucas Akoskin, veteran Spanish producer Enrique Cerezo, FilmSharks’ Guido Rud, as well as Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller.

The Others, which also starred Fionnula Flanagan and Christopher Eccleston, was a critical and commercial success, with it taking more than $200 million (£161 million) at the global box office.

Kidman was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance, and it won seven prizes – including Best Film and Best Director – at Spain’s Goya Awards.

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Marion Cotillard named as new face of Chanel No.5 perfume

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera. “Chanel…

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.

A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera.

“Chanel is delighted to announce that Marion Cotillard will be the face of the new advertising campaign for the iconic N°5 fragrance,” they added in the caption.

No further details, such as a release date for the full imagery, were announced.

Cotillard has ramped up her ties to Chanel in recent months, having attended several fashion shows and worn an embroidered black outfit to the Marrakech Film Festival’s opening ceremony in December and a couture ensemble to the Cesar Revelations 2020 event last month.

The 44-year-old follows in the footsteps of Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt, and Nicole Kidman in landing a Chanel No. 5 campaign, while Lily-Rose Depp fronted the launch of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau perfume back in May 2016, Keira Knightley was the face of Coco Mademoiselle, and Margot Robbie is currently promoting Gabrielle Chanel Essence. Other Chanel brand ambassadors include Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, and Pharrell Williams.

Previously, Cotillard served as a brand ambassador for rival house Christian Dior. She was chosen to promote the Lady Dior handbag in 2008 and went on to appear in at least 15 other campaigns. However, the La Vie En Rose actress parted ways with the company in 2017, not long after Maria Grazia Chiuri succeeded Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier as interim creative directors at the label.

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Blink-182 selling special merchandise for Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted …

Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.

The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted to raise funds for the Australia Zoo in Queensland to treat injured wildlife after learning an estimated one billion animals have been killed in the devastating blazes to date.

“Australia is being ravaged by deadly fires, and we just feel so helpless,” they tweeted. “We put out a new merch line + donating all proceeds to charity. Let’s do our part to make sure everyone, the environment, plus all of these kangaroos & koala bears are safe.”

The new merchandise consists of black T-shirt and a black top with long white sleeves, with both pieces bearing the band’s name and a design featuring a koala, a kangaroo, the Australian flag, and a firefighter.

All proceeds from the sale of the special tops will be donated to Australia Zoo.

Fans rushed to purchase the special apparel, and 24 hours later, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus revealed their efforts were quickly paying off.

“Thanks to your support and generosity we’ve already raised more than $20,000 to help the animals devastated by the fires in Australia,” he shared. “Let’s keep it going!”

Blink-182 aren’t the only stars to do their bit for relief and recovery efforts – Elton John, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities who have made big donations to the cause.

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Renee Zellweger once saved Salma Hayek from epic wardrobe malfunction

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National …

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.

The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York on Wednesday.

Back in 2003, both women were up for the Academy Award for Best Actress – Zellweger for her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Hayek for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the biopic Frida. While the pair eventually lost out to Nicole Kidman for her stellar turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, the women were supportive of one another behind-the-scenes in the run-up to the prestigious ceremony.

“Even the night before when my big butt exploded the seams of my Oscar dress and I had no dress for the Oscars, she ended up giving me one of her dresses that, thank God, was wide here (pointing to her behind) and stretchy here (gesturing to her breasts). That’s what I wore for that night,” Hayek said of the Carolina Herrera gown she eventually sported to the event, according to People.

The gown featured a black embellished lace bodice and a white A-line skirt, while Zellweger wore a scarlet red embellished gown by the same designer.

“I really wish that they would have a tie so that we could both win but we both lost,” Hayek later said of them missing out on an Oscar to Kidman.

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Renee Zellweger wows in baby blue gown at 2020 Golden Globes

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s fi…

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s film Judy at the awards ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Renee made a rare red carpet appearance for the event and certainly turned heads in a strapless dress with crystal detailing on the bodice custom-made for her by the designers at Armani Prive. The 50-year-old’s ensemble was put together by Petra Flannery, with the stylist completing the look with shoes from Jimmy Choo and David Webb jewellery.

“Armani exemplifies Hollywood glamour, yet always adopts a modern approach to dressing,” Flannery told British Vogue of working with the team at the Italian fashion house. “The shapes are often sleek and statuesque. This dress in particular exudes these qualities with its column silhouette and half-moon curvature at the top. The polished and graceful details mirror Renee’s style.”

Among the other celebrities to wear blue on the night was Glenn Close, who sported a navy velvet outfit from Armani Prive along with Cartier earrings, Shailene Woodley, who wore a blue and black sequin Balmain gown, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who donned an electric blue Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

Meanwhile, the other major fashion trend for the bash was red outfits. Nicole Kidman wowed in a strapless crimson Atelier Versace gown, Scarlett Johansson chose a bright red dress with plunging neckline from Vera Wang, Olivia Coleman wore a red dress with dramatic sleeves from Emilia Wickstead, and Lauren Graham donned a fiery one-shoulder look from Azzi & Osta.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge auctioning Golden Globes suit in aid of bushfire relief efforts

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in …

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her TV show Fleabag on Sunday night, sported a black ensemble with silk lapels as well as geometric black and gold ribbon appliques custom-made for her by the team at Ralph & Russo to the bash.

But while speaking to reporters after the prizegiving, Phoebe announced that she will be selling off the suit shortly, with any funds raised to go to the charities helping tackle the blazes across Australia.

“We’ve hatched an amazing plan with Ralph & Russo who are Australian designers who’ve created this incredible couture suit which is the most incredible thing I’ve ever worn,” she said. “We’re going to auction it and the money that is raised from it will go towards relief in Australia. It’s a beautiful idea from the team so I’m really excited to be part of that.”

The 34-year-old did not announce when or where the auction will take place.

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

Phoebe is one of many stars donating to the relief efforts, with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Pink, and Kylie Minogue each pledging $500,000 (£380,000), while Chris Hemsworth announced on Monday that he has donated $1 million (£760,000).

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Margot Robbie was ‘pretty rattled’ by Bombshell script

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 201…

Margot Robbie was “pretty rattled” by the time she finished reading the screenplay for Bombshell.

The drama focuses on the female employees of Fox News who made allegations of sexual harassment against chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes in 2016, and the Australian actress plays Kayla Pospisil, a composite character based on the accounts of multiple real women.

The I, Tonya star knew she wanted to be part of the film because of her immediate reaction to Charles Randolph’s script.

“I was pretty rattled by the time I got to the end of the script, to be honest,” she said on The Big Ticket podcast. “And I knew long before I finished the script that I wanted to do it and be a part of it, just because I thought it was important to tell, and be a part of, and support in any way that I can. I hadn’t, for once, thought of the character first. I thought of the content and the messaging before kind of aligning myself with the character. That came next, was starting to understand Kayla.”

It took a while for Robbie to understand the point of view of Kayla, a religious Republican who has long dreamed of working at Fox News, so she took to Twitter to help gain some insight.

“Twitter was extremely helpful. I would follow these young, conservative girls who are very vocal with their beliefs and their political points of view. And that was fascinating because they’re my age,” the 29-year-old explained. “In some ways, we’d have a lot in common. And then, in other ways, I was like, ‘We are living on totally different planets.’”

Robbie was recently nominated for her supporting role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes.

Bombshell, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, is in U.S. cinemas now.

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