Mulan becomes first Disney live-action remake to get PG-13 rating in America

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who dis…

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.

Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army to save her ailing father, should be more restrictive than other remakes due to “sequences of violence”.

The studio’s recent live-action remakes, such as Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, were all handed PG ratings by the MPA, and the last Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating, similar to the 12A rating in the U.K., was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales back in 2017.

Director Caro has taken a more realistic direction with the Mulan remake and has scrapped all of the original songs from the 1998 animated classic, including Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For.

Some of the characters from the much-loved movie have also been ditched, including Mulan’s dragon companion Mushu, who was voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Caro recently spoke out about not including the dragon in her upcoming movie and said a version of the spiritual guardian would be featured in her remake instead.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a different creature that serves as the representation of Mulan’s ancestors.

The movie, also starring Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee, will be in cinemas from March.

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Kathy Bates defends Richard Jewell movie amid controversy

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics…

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shortly after it was released in the U.S. in December, controversy erupted over the depiction of journalist Kathy Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, and her colleagues at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.

Lawyers for the publication even threatened legal action over the suggestion that Scruggs slept with an FBI agent to get information on the case, and Wilde stated on Twitter that she didn’t believe the journalist traded sex for tip-offs.

Bates, who has landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, discussed the furore in a new interview with Deadline and shared her sadness that the controversy has marred the release of a film trying to clear the security guard’s name.

“(It) really clouded, I felt, the film. I worried that it would affect how people would feel toward the film,” she explained. “As an actor, all I can say is I just really hope that it doesn’t turn people off from going to see it.”

Jewell died in 2007 at the age of 44, and Bates revealed his mother Bobi is sad that her son didn’t get to see the movie.

“She loves the film,” the 71-year-old shared. “And I have this feeling that she has been brought some relief. She just wishes that it could have happened when Richard was alive.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow slams critics of her controversial candle

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month. The candle, which features notes of geraniu…

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.

The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month.

The candle, which features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose and ambrette seed, has completely sold out online, and curious customers have signed up to a waiting list to be first in line to get their hands on one.

But while Gwyneth’s latest candle has been the subject of jokes and memes on social media, she has now fired back at critics of her new venture and insisted that she simply wants women to be empowered to talk about sex.

“You saw the vaginas? It’s on everyone’s mind,” she told the audience at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, according to Footwear News. “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of outrage that it will inspire in people on just women wanting to talk about their sexuality on any level.”

However, Oscar-winning star Gwyneth is happy to take the criticism, so long as she’s still able to make her voice heard.

“I would like to help dispel this idea that women should be kept down or can’t talk about what they want to, what they desire, and that women can be… intelligent and maternal and powerful and sexual all at the same time because we are.

“That I like. I don’t mind being punk rock in that way,” the mother-of-two laughed.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after filming Bombshell

Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after lowering her voice to play Megyn Kelly in Bombshell proved to be “very stressful” on her vocal cords.The critically-acclaimed drama chronicles the real-life female Fox News employees who exposed the sexual…

Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after lowering her voice to play Megyn Kelly in Bombshell proved to be “very stressful” on her vocal cords.

The critically-acclaimed drama chronicles the real-life female Fox News employees who exposed the sexual harassment of CEO Roger Ailes back in 2016, and stars Charlize as the former Fox News reporter.

However, the 44-year-old was so determined to nail her portrayal of Megyn, she was willing to risk her health to get the sound just right.

“It was very stressful on my vocal cords to do Megyn Kelly’s voice in Bombshell,” the Oscar-winning actress told W Magazine for their Best Performances 2020 issue.

“Megyn has a very deep register, and I started having a really hard time. I ended up having to go see a specialist. Poor me,” Charlize quipped.

She also explained that she was more than happy to wear unfashionable nude-coloured tights to play the controversial Fox News reporter, after being told to do so by a fellow Oscar winner.

“Colleen Atwood, our costume designer, has won four Academy Awards, so when she tells me to put the nude hose on, I put the nude hose on,” she laughed.

The South Africa-born star’s dedication to the role has paid off, and her performance earned her nominations for the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards.

Charlize, who also produced the movie, is tipped to score her third Oscar nod when the contenders are announced next week.

Bombshell, which also stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Sam Smith encourages fans to love their bodies in 2020

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting tople…

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.

The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting topless on a boat during a vacation, and confessed it took them a while to feel comfortable in their own skin.

“Feels so good to have my top off on holiday,” Sam wrote in a caption to the picture on Instagram on Sunday. “Spent all my life hiding my body from the sun. The last year my skin has been soaking in that LIGHT. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans”.

The Oscar-winning singer, who has been open about their weight struggles in the past, also took to social media on New Year’s Eve to reflect on the challenges they faced in 2019 after coming out as non-binary, revealing a preference for the pronouns they and them.

“I found this ICONIC picture above,” they shared in a caption to a photo of them posing in a black suit, quirky shirt and rose brooch at 17. “This picture made me emotional because the confidence and freedom I’ve felt the last year is EVERYTHING I had those 10 years ago.

“The kid in this picture went to school everyday in their non binary gloriousness and ignored every stare or verbal taunt that was thrown their way. That kid never left.

“So to all you beautiful humans on the last day of 2019, my only advice after my very short time on this earth is… FEEL IT ALL!!!!”

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Roger Deakins experienced anxiety shooting 1917

Famed cinematographer Roger Deakins experienced anxiety trying to shoot long takes in one go while making war film 1917.The Oscar-winning director of photography teamed up with Sam Mendes for the fourth time to shoot the war movie, which follows two so…

Famed cinematographer Roger Deakins experienced anxiety trying to shoot long takes in one go while making war film 1917.

The Oscar-winning director of photography teamed up with Sam Mendes for the fourth time to shoot the war movie, which follows two soldiers as they cross into enemy territory to deliver an important message which could save hundreds of lives. The film is presented to the audience in a single continuous shot, when in fact it was made of several long takes subtly stitched together.

During a press conference for the film in London, Deakins admitted he thought there was a mistake when he read about Mendes’s “single shot” idea on the screenplay, and he experienced anxiety during the challenging shoot.

“We did a lot of rehearsals and a lot of testing… I don’t think I’ve ever had as much anxiety as I did doing some of the shots on this,” he said. “Also, the thrill, because after some of the shots, which are seven or eight minutes, everybody’s got to be on the ball, at the end, everyone would look at each other and high five. It was a real high.”

Deakins, who won the Best Cinematography Oscar for Blade Runner 2049 in 2018 after being nominated 14 times, explained that the longest shot lasted around nine minutes and the shoot lasted around 65 days. The most challenging aspect of the film was trying to get over the uneven terrain and to make the footage look like one seamless take despite different locations and cameras.

“The major difficulty was getting across the terrain and doing some of those really intense, sensitive scenes and making it all seem like a piece,” the 70-year-old added. “I think for me the trick was to make it feel like one camera all the time, I think that was the biggest challenge really. That and the weather.”

1917 hits cinemas from 10 January.

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Charlize Theron found it hard to empathise with Megyn Kelly

Charlize Theron found it hard to empathise with Megyn Kelly while preparing to play the journalist in Bombshell.The Oscar-winning actress portrays the former Fox News reporter in the upcoming movie, and she revealed in an interview with Adam Driver for…

Charlize Theron found it hard to empathise with Megyn Kelly while preparing to play the journalist in Bombshell.

The Oscar-winning actress portrays the former Fox News reporter in the upcoming movie, and she revealed in an interview with Adam Driver for Variety’s Actors on Actors series that she had to work hard to understand Megyn.

When he told Charlize that one of his favourite things about being an actor was because it forces him to “exercise that muscle” of empathy, the 44-year-old agreed, and confessed she struggled to make the journalist likeable.

“This was definitely a reminder for me, at this part of my career, of just going like, ‘That muscle needs to be worked a little harder.’ Megyn Kelly made it really challenging for me,” Charlize explained. “For me, it’s a very personal connection that I have to find with the person that I’m playing, that has to make sense. I have to get to a place where I can actually say to myself, ‘This makes sense to me. I relate. I understand.'”

She went on to add that she understood why many people disliked the Fox News anchor, who has in the past made controversial comments about children wearing blackface, body-shaming, and race relations in the U.S.

“Megyn Kelly can be incredibly polarising. There are things about her that live in the extreme. People either love her or they hate her. And she makes no excuses for that,” Charlize shared. “There’s a part of her that is so amplified – she comes across really abrasive sometimes, and somewhat aggressive and cold. All of these things that are not necessarily qualities that make you want to hug a person.”

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Saoirse Ronan was ‘fully terrified every day’ while filming Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan was “fully terrified every day” on the set of Lady Bird because she was worried about ruining the film.The Irish actress starred in the lead role in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 directorial debut and went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a B…

Saoirse Ronan was “fully terrified every day” on the set of Lady Bird because she was worried about ruining the film.

The Irish actress starred in the lead role in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 directorial debut and went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, with her taking home the latter.

However, Ronan has now revealed that she was constantly worried she was doing a bad job while filming the high school drama.

“With something like Lady Bird, I was fully terrified every day. I felt, ‘I’m going to ruin this. I’m going to mess it up.’ I really felt that,” she told Variety magazine. “It was a great experience, but I was constantly on the phone to my mom or my friends saying, ‘I can’t do it.’”

Gerwig explained that the three-time Oscar nominee was worried that she wouldn’t find the character.

“She was scared,” the director recalled. “I drove her around everywhere because she had to go to doctors’ appointments and different things to get cleared to film. She was really worried. I always knew she would be great, but she was really concerned she wouldn’t be able to find the character.”

The duo has since reunited for the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women, in which Ronan stars as Jo March, a character she was more confident about.

“She just knew she could do it,” Gerwig shared, while the 25-year-old added, “I was ready to jump out of line and take it on. Jo is such an important figure for so many girls, and I didn’t feel daunted by it. I was precious with her.”

Little Women, which also stars Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, and Laura Dern, is in cinemas now.

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Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut inspired by soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut was inspired by American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.The 44-year-old debuted her new ‘do at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Monday and told the FIFA Women’s World Cup winner she was the reason for her…

Charlize Theron’s new pixie cut was inspired by American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

The 44-year-old debuted her new ‘do at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York on Monday and told the FIFA Women’s World Cup winner she was the reason for her chic crop.

During her acceptance speech after being honoured with The Rebel award, Charlize spoke about empowering her fellow women.

“The women in this room tonight are putting themselves on the frontlines of the empathy battle, via storytelling, creating opportunities for those who need it most, or just unabashedly being yourself and telling other women, ‘We don’t have to apologise for who we are or what we are,'” she explained, before pausing and pointing at her blonde hair. “And I’m looking at you, Megan. This is all you.”

Charlize’s new look comes just weeks after she debuted a ’90s-style fringe bowl cut, with honey-coloured highlights, which was created by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel.

Sharing a snap of the actress on Instagram, he revealed that he was inspired by one of the world’s most iconic supermodels: Linda Evangelista.

“I always feel so blessed collaborating with this insanely talented human @charlizeafrica,” the hair expert wrote. “I was inspired by early images of Linda Evangelista shot by @therealpeterlindbergh. It took some rad people to make this one come to life.”

Charlize later confirmed that she took the plunge with the daring haircut as part of her upcoming role as Cipher in Fast & Furious 9.

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