Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette react to SXSW festival cancellation

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been ca…

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.

City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been cancelled in the interest of public safety due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Studio films such as Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island and David Lowery’s The Green Knight were scheduled to premiere at the event, which was due to kick off on 13 March, and many smaller films without distribution deals have now been cast adrift, with filmmakers looking for new festivals to debut their projects.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, The Big Sick star Nanjiani, who stars in The Lovebirds, praised SXSW officials for making the right decision.

“SXSW is one of my favourite festivals,” he wrote. “I know this sucks for many people for whom this was a massive opportunity. But we’re kind of in an unprecedented situation here and caution is key. Thank you for making the right decision.”

Arquette felt sympathy for the filmmakers who were set to showcase their latest work at the festival, such as her brother David.

“So sad for the filmmakers and my brother @DavidArquette Who was premiering his amazing documentary ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette,'” she tweeted.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson wrote, “The cancelling of SXSW is a devastating blow to a lot of indie filmmakers who were set to finally premiere their hard work. My heart goes out to you all,” while actor/director Mark Duplass posted, “My heart goes out to all those affected by the @sxsw cancellation. So vital to so many artists, organisations, businesses, etc. Let’s order from local Austin businesses. Let’s support the SXSW artists. Let’s take care of each other.”

Announcing the cancellation of the event, organisers said in a statement, “We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place… We honour and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to doing our part to protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.”

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Ben Stiller dislikes acting in his directorial projects

Ben Stiller dislikes directing himself because he finds it “painful” watching his performance back during post-production. After finding success as a comedian, Stiller got his big break in Hollywood directing and starring in the 1994 romantic comedy R…

Ben Stiller dislikes directing himself because he finds it “painful” watching his performance back during post-production.

After finding success as a comedian, Stiller got his big break in Hollywood directing and starring in the 1994 romantic comedy Reality Bites, and has since appeared in all his directorial projects, including Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.

However, he told U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that directing the TV show Escape at Dannemora, which stars Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt, a convicted murderer who engineers a jailbreak, was much more pleasurable as he didn’t have to worry about his own performance.

“Everything I’ve directed up until now I’ve been in and it was a relief not to have to deal with me,” Stiller explained. “When you go to edit, and you have to look at yourself… it’s painful.”

The 53-year-old also revealed his excitement at working with Del Toro and his co-star, Patricia Arquette, who plays a prison worker Matt was romantically involved with and aided his escape, saying they are “such good actors”.

The Showtime series, which is based on a real 2015 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, and is a favourite to win several prizes at the ceremony next month.

Stiller is nominated for the Directing – Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special prize, Del Toro and Arquette both bagged leading acting in a limited series nods, and Paul Dano, who pays Matt’s co-escapee David Sweat, received supporting actor recognition.

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Julia Roberts recalls terrible hair dye job for Mystic Pizza audition

Julia Roberts has hilariously recalled the terrible at-home hair dye job she did for her Mystic Pizza audition. In a new interview alongside Patricia Arquette for Variety, the two Oscar-winning actresses traded stories about their worst auditions when…

Julia Roberts has hilariously recalled the terrible at-home hair dye job she did for her Mystic Pizza audition.

In a new interview alongside Patricia Arquette for Variety, the two Oscar-winning actresses traded stories about their worst auditions when first starting out in Hollywood, and the conversation soon turned to the lengths they went to to transform their looks.

While Patricia recounted putting temporary dark dye in her hair for a prospective job, Julia told a story about the dye she used to get into character for an audition for her role in the 1988 coming-of-age drama.

“I had a success out of it, but I did have about two cans of coloured mousse that I got at (New York pharmacy) Lamston’s drug store,” the 51-year-old shared.

“My hair was stiff as a board. Leaving the subway after the audition, I had on my white blouse, walking from the subway in the rain with two cans of dark mousse just running down all of me…. And now we’re just rad 51-year-olds with naturally blond hair,” she joked to Patricia.

During the interview, the mother-of-three learnt that the True Romance star also auditioned for the role of prostitute Vivian in iconic ’90s romantic comedy, Pretty Woman – the part that catapulted Julia to superstardom.

However, the studio behind the film folded three days after she got the job, and it was a meeting with director Garry Marshall that eventually secured her the part in the movie.

“I think because he’s a great human being, he met me just because I had once had the job and he felt it would only be fair to at least meet me, since I had this job for three days and then lost it,” Julia said.

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Julia Roberts had ‘no business’ starring in original version of Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts still can’t believe she landed the lead in 1990’s Pretty Woman because the odds were stacked against her from the start.In a new Variety interview, the actress learned fellow Oscar winner Patricia Arquette also auditioned for the role of …

Julia Roberts still can’t believe she landed the lead in 1990’s Pretty Woman because the odds were stacked against her from the start.

In a new Variety interview, the actress learned fellow Oscar winner Patricia Arquette also auditioned for the role of down-on-her-luck Hollywood sex worker Vivian Ward, with the pair revealing that the movie was originally called 3,000 and had a “really heavy” ending.

While audiences are familiar with businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) arriving at Vivian’s apartment to declare his love minutes before she’s due to leave Los Angeles, producers at the small film studio that initially had Pretty Woman wanted Edward to take a very different approach to his relationship.

“(Edward) threw her out of the car, threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley,” said Julia. “I got the part in 3,000. I love that you’re asking me this question, but I had no business being in a movie like that. This small movie company folded over the weekend, and by Monday, I didn’t have a job.”

With all of the drama, Julia felt sure her dream role would never see the light of day.

However, one of the original producers continued to champion the project, with the movie ending up at Disney and in the hands of director Garry Marshall.

“I thought, ‘Went to Disney? Are they going to animate it?'” the 51-year-old remembered. “Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. And they changed the whole thing. And it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.”

During the conversation, Patricia also noted that she has a “fantasy of recasting” Julia in the original 3,000 script, and is adamant the star “could even do it now”.

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Patricia Arquette was asked to lose weight for Medium role

Patricia Arquette has recalled how outraged she was when producers of her hit TV series Medium told her to lose a few pounds.The actress, who won an Emmy for the series during its 2005 to 2011 run, found herself in a heated debate when she refused to d…

Patricia Arquette has recalled how outraged she was when producers of her hit TV series Medium told her to lose a few pounds.

The actress, who won an Emmy for the series during its 2005 to 2011 run, found herself in a heated debate when she refused to diet for the crime drama.

“I had an argument with one of the producers on Medium, who told me I should lose weight,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘This lady is a mother, she’s married, she’s got three kids. No’. But there’s that expectation… of looking a certain way. Like, ‘OK, you could be 40, but you’ve got to be a 40 who looks 30.'”

The experience is part of why her role in last year’s award-winning HBO series Escape at Dannemora was so liberating.

In it, she played real-life prison worker Joyce ‘Tilly’ Mitchell, who had affairs with convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt, as played by Paul Dano and Benicio Del Toro, and then helped them escape from prison.

“I really wanted to do these love scenes and I’m going to gain a bunch of weight and my boobs are going to be giant, and my stomach…,” Patricia said. “This is the first love scene where I’m not wearing any body make-up and I don’t care that it’s high-def. It’s all a nightmare, but not really.”

The part won the 51-year-old her second Golden Globe, and during her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony in January, Patricia joked about the prosthetic teeth she had to sport for the part.

“How many f**ked up teeth does a person need? I was born with f**ked up teeth!” she told the cheering audience.

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Emilia Clarke turned down Fifty Shades of Grey due to nude scenes

Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the…

Emilia Clarke turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to get naked onscreen again.

The British actress was among the stars considered to play Anastasia Steele in the 2015 adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, with the film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

However, Emilia has now shared that she rejected an offer to portray the leading lady as she was sick of being asked questions about disrobing for hit TV series Game of Thrones, in which she played Daenerys Targaryen.

“Well, Sam (Taylor-Johnson) is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful. But the last time that I was naked on camera on (Game of Thrones) was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” she said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actress Roundtable, which also included Patricia Arquette, Michelle Williams, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character – I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my t**s, for God’s sake. So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t.'”

Emilia went on to explain that she also feared being “pigeonholed” in Hollywood.

“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation,’ and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question,'” the 32-year-old commented.

Anastasia was ultimately played by Dakota Johnson, while the part of Christian Grey went to Jamie Dornan. The duo reprised their roles for the two follow-up films in the franchise; 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker and 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed.

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Joey King experimented with daring hairstyles before shaving her head for The Act

Actress Joey King had fun with various daring hairstyles before shaving her head for new TV drama The Act. The 21 year old portrays Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was convicted of murdering her mother Dee Dee Blanchard in 2015, in the anthology series. Rep…

Actress Joey King had fun with various daring hairstyles before shaving her head for new TV drama The Act.

The 21 year old portrays Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was convicted of murdering her mother Dee Dee Blanchard in 2015, in the anthology series. Reports later surfaced revealing Gypsy’s mother suffered from the mental disorder Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and spent years convincing her daughter she was seriously ill.

The role called for King to undergo a drastic transformation and she was required to shave her head for the project, so, in the days leading up to bidding her hair farewell, the star decided to have a little fun and try out a few risky styles.

“Before I did it, I wanted to have fun with my hair so about a month before I shaved it, I dyed it blonde,” King tells W magazine. “Then, about two days before I shaved it, I dyed my hair blue and cut my bangs.”

King ultimately documented the drastic appearance change in a video for her over eight million Instagram followers and had to be diligent when it came to maintaining the look.

“When we were on set, I had to shave it every three to four days to keep it super short,” she shares.

Shedding her hair proved to be empowering, allowing her to let go of being attached to parts of her appearance.

“A lot of the time we find ourselves hiding behind our hair, covering ourselves up. It becomes part of our identity,” she notes. “So you’re losing part of that, and it’s definitely an adjustment for sure, but I’ve learned to love my hair when it was completely gone.”

She adds, “Now that it’s growing back, I’m really enjoying that process. I kind of want to keep it short for a bit.”

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Joey King shows off bald head on Instagram

Independence Day: Resurgence actress Joey King has shaved off her long hair for a new role.The 19-year-old star has been cast in Hulu’s true crime series The Act, alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloe Sevigny. Based on a Buzzfeed article by Michelle D…

Independence Day: Resurgence actress Joey King has shaved off her long hair for a new role.

The 19-year-old star has been cast in Hulu’s true crime series The Act, alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloe Sevigny.

Based on a Buzzfeed article by Michelle Dean, the show will recount the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, played by Joey, and her murdered mother Dee Dee Blanchard, portrayed by Patricia.

Sharing a video on Instagram of the shaving process, Joey told her followers: “My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard. This story is very disturbing and I am honoured to be able to portray it. What a wild ride this will be on “The Act”.”

And in an interview with Allure, the teen star admitted she had no reservations when it came to clipping her longs locks.

“I’ve never really had an attachment to my hair,” she shrugged. “I couldn’t care less what happens to it. No part of me was nervous or was second-guessing it. So many people would ask me, ‘Are you really scared?’ or ‘Are you nervous?’ or say, ‘You’re so brave.’ And I’d go, ‘I’m not brave, I’m just cutting my hair off.'”

It’s not the first time Joey has had a razor-short haircut for work; in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises, she was nearly bald for her role as a child prisoner, and she shaved her head on camera in Zach Braff movie Wish I Was Here two years later.

“I know this sounds crazy, and not a lot of people will agree with me, but I think every woman should shave her head at least once in her life,” she smiled. “It’s not like they’re going to regret it 10 years down the line when their hair is long again. It’s something that’s very freeing, really fun, and really empowering.”

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