Paul Feig always dresses in suit and tie for virtual meetings

Paul Feig makes a point of donning a suit and tie for every single one of his virtual meetings.The Bridesmaids director is well known for his suave sense of style and almost always wears a three-piece number accompanied by matching accessories. But in …

Paul Feig makes a point of donning a suit and tie for every single one of his virtual meetings.

The Bridesmaids director is well known for his suave sense of style and almost always wears a three-piece number accompanied by matching accessories.

But in a new chat with Wei Koh, founder of fashion website The Rake, Feig shared that he even puts in an effort to look polished when taking part in online chats about his upcoming projects while self-isolating at home amid the coronavirus crisis.

“I always take a shower, put on a suit and tie – like I would be dressed for a meeting,” he said. “That fact that it’s a virtual meeting is no different than me going to somebody’s office. If I walk in wearing sweatpants, that would be crazy. The fact it’s on video… it’s not fine, you’re in a meeting! Dress up!”

Previously, Feig’s colleagues have shared their amazement at his willingness to direct movies in a designer outfit. But the filmmaker insisted the right attire makes a real difference to his mindset each day, and noted that he is a little disappointed to see some stars make no effort at all.

“Even though I’m behind the camera, I’m still in show business. I never want it to sound like I’m giving people a hard time or passing judgment but you’ve got to present yourself,” the 57-year-old stated. “But when I see celebrities looking like they haven’t taken a shower in 10 days, I’m like, ‘Come on man, you’re in showbiz, there’s nothing wrong with putting on a show.’ I don’t know if people in real life are being as slobby as some of the celebrities I’m seeing.”

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Paul Feig to direct The School for Good and Evil movie adaptation

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil. The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a…

Paul Feig has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of young adult novel The School for Good and Evil.

The director has signed on to helm the Netflix movie, which is based on Soman Chainani’s 2013 novel of the same name, the first instalment in a seven-part book series.

“I’m truly excited to bring this amazing, touching, funny and empowering world that Soman created in his wonderful books to life. I feel like a frog that just turned into a prince,” Feig said in a statement.

In the book series, the School for Good and Evil is where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. It follows Sophie, who knows she’ll be picked for the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella and Snow White, while her best friend Agatha seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil. However, the girls soon find their fortunes reversed – Sophie is dropped into the School for Evil and Agatha into the School for Good.

The Last Christmas filmmaker will direct from a script written by David Magee and Laura Solon, and he’ll also produce the project alongside the author, as well as Joe Roth, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Jane Startz, and Laura Fischer, among others.

“To have one of your favourite directors adapt your book into a film for Netflix is an honour and a dream. Paul Feig is a brilliant filmmaker and a master of tone – a perfect fit for the twists and turns of The School of Good and Evil. I have no doubt that he will make a true fairy tale classic,” the author added.

The seventh and final book in the series, The School of Good and Evil: One True King, will be released on 2 June.

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Paul Feig shoots down possibility of Bridesmaids sequel

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. However, Feig has now poured wat…

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.

The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

However, Feig has now poured water on the idea of a follow-up to the film, which was co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and insisted that any story for the sequel would never be as good as the original.

“Everybody thinks they want a Bridesmaids sequel, and it could be fun, but I always have to say this: Bridesmaids works – you remember all the comedy stuff, that was great, but the reason that movie worked is because it was about Kristen Wiig’s character,” he told Collider.

Feig went on to note that protagonist Annie Walker is a “disaster”, and the flick ends with her overhauling her life and starting a relationship with police officer Nathan Rhodes, played by Chris O’Dowd.

And the director believes that the only possible story for a sequel would have to focus on another wedding – though he would leave that decision in the hands of Wiig.

“So, to do a sequel, I think you’re basically just gonna have to have a funny wedding. And I’ve seen those movies a million times and some of them are good and some of them are like, ‘O.K., whatever.’ It’s obviously up to Kristen, she’s the keeper of the keys on that, but it would have to be something that you can emotionally engage in again,” Feig shared. “That could be funny, but I just think you need more for a movie to be great.”

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Karyn Kusama to direct new Dracula movie

Karyn Kusama is attached to direct a new Dracula movie. The Jennifer’s Body director is reportedly set to work with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions company to develop a new movie featuring Bram Stoker’s classic vampire, who has appea…

Karyn Kusama is attached to direct a new Dracula movie.

The Jennifer’s Body director is reportedly set to work with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions company to develop a new movie featuring Bram Stoker’s classic vampire, who has appeared in film more than 200 times.

Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who Kusama worked with on Destroyer and The Invitation, are writing the script for the updated version, which will reportedly take place in modern times, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes hot on the heels of Blumhouse’s recent box office hit, The Invisible Man, a modern take on H.G. Wells’s novel, which previously inspired Universal’s classic monster movie.

The Dracula film is not yet set at a studio, but it is highly likely it will end up with Universal since Blumhouse has a first-look deal with the company.

Universal executives have also been trying to revive its classic monster stories from the 1920s and 1950s, which also include Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. They were initially hoping to create an interconnected movie universe, but after the failure of 2017’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, they decided to pursue standalone, moderately budgeted films.

As part of this push, they are already working with Aquaman director James Wan on a horror/thriller inspired by their monster legacy, Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch, and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Elizabeth Banks is also set to direct and produce Invisible Woman, based on her own original pitch to Universal. The film, which is completely separate from Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, will also star Banks as the title character.

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Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in Invisible Woman

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman. The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original p…

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman.

The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original pitch to executives at Universal Pictures, according to Deadline.

Banks will produce alongside her husband Max Handelman for their Brownstone Productions banner from a script written by The Girl on the Train’s Erin Cressida Wilson. She will also reportedly play the character who turns invisible.

The project is completely different and separate from the upcoming psychological horror The Invisible Man, which stars Elisabeth Moss as a widow of an abusive husband who fears he might still be around. That film, directed by Leigh Whannell, is set for release in February.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual, original monster stories that have less connection between films.

As such, Last Christmas’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and followed it up with the recent Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott. She is also attached to direct TV movie The Greater Good.

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Emilia Clarke annoyed by Last Christmas spoilers

Emilia Clarke was left frustrated when social media users guessed the twist in her new movie Last Christmas months before its release.In the new festive film, the Game of Thrones actress plays Kate, a young woman who finally realises she needs to buck …

Emilia Clarke was left frustrated when social media users guessed the twist in her new movie Last Christmas months before its release.

In the new festive film, the Game of Thrones actress plays Kate, a young woman who finally realises she needs to buck up her ideas and look after herself after meeting a stranger named Tom, played by Henry Golding.

After a trailer for the film was released in August, social media users and journalists came up with theories about a possible twist and some guessed correctly. Accordingly, the movie’s lead actress was not pleased that it was spoiled in advance.

“It’s b**ody annoying. Frustrating… It’s more complicated than people are guessing,” she told IndieWire, adding that Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise worked on the script for years to make sure viewers didn’t see the twist coming.

“Emma and Greg wrote this script together, but they sent the script to all of their friends and it was only ready when their friends didn’t see the twist coming and couldn’t guess until it happens, so that’s where it comes from… It’s just frustrating.”

The 33-year-old shared that, given the state of the world, she’s not surprised about people trying to spoil twists to films and petition for the final season of Game of Thrones, which was not well received, to be reshot.

“I’m careful with what the way that I’m wording this, but it’s no surprise, it’s common knowledge that the state of our world at the moment is scared and confused and there’s a lot of stuff going on that’s completely out of our control,” the star stated. “So, when it comes to signing petitions to reshoot the last season of a very popular TV show, or whether it’s spoiling a goddamn Christmas romcom, people are able to do something about that.”

Last Christmas, directed by Paul Feig, is in cinemas now.

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Last Christmas took Emma Thompson eight years to make

Emma Thompson has been working on Last Christmas for eight years.The two-time Oscar winner was first approached to develop the story, based on the 1986 holiday hit George Michael recorded as a member of Wham!, back in 2011, but she initially struggled …

Emma Thompson has been working on Last Christmas for eight years.

The two-time Oscar winner was first approached to develop the story, based on the 1986 holiday hit George Michael recorded as a member of Wham!, back in 2011, but she initially struggled to turn the simple premise into a full feature.

She ended up recruiting her husband, Greg Wise, to help with the task, but it took a few more years before the project was picked up for production.

“We started writing this movie, me and my old man…, eight years ago, just on a walk… and we were talking about the story because it was supposed to be based on Last Christmas (the song)…,” Emma recalled on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“But if you think about the lyrics to that song, it’s not a lot of story… and I thought, ‘I don’t know how much interest I’m going to pull out of that.’ So then I had this idea about it, which I mentioned to my old man, and then we built it, but it took so long to get it made, because it always does.”

Emma is saddened the romantic comedy wasn’t completed before the 2016 death of pop icon George, who had given his blessing to the premise, but she’s glad they didn’t rush the film because they would never have landed Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians hunk Henry Golding as the leads.

“In the meantime, I met George, and he was the most amazingly wonderful person,” she continued. “Then of course, sadly, in 2016, he died, so we lost him, but we would not have had Emilia, who, as it turns out, can really sing… and is brilliant, and Henry Golding, who we didn’t know could ice skate – he’s a great ice skater! We needed all of those things (for the movie).”

Emma also stars in Last Christmas, which is directed by Paul Feig.

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Emma Thompson wrote Last Christmas screenplay with George Michael’s blessing

Emma Thompson penned the Last Christmas screenplay after receiving George Michael’s blessing.The actress, who has a supporting role in Paul Feig’s upcoming romantic comedy, was tasked with developing a story based on the 1986 holiday hit George recorde…

Emma Thompson penned the Last Christmas screenplay after receiving George Michael’s blessing.

The actress, who has a supporting role in Paul Feig’s upcoming romantic comedy, was tasked with developing a story based on the 1986 holiday hit George recorded when he was a member of pop duo Wham!

However, she revealed during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she was originally reluctant to take on the project as Last Christmas wasn’t her favourite festive song, but later began writing the story with her husband Greg Wise, and eventually sent it to George to get his approval.

“He was just the loveliest guy you could imagine,” Emma told host Jimmy Fallon. “(He loved) all of these themes in the movie, he was passionate about homelessness, and he had this great social conscience.”

Sadly, George passed away at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.

“I got really enthused and we started to write, and then of course he had that tragic early death…” the two-time Oscar winner explained. “So we lost him and I miss him so much.

“I wish he was here because I know he’d love it, because the film’s like being hugged, and all of his music – we’ve got 15 of his songs, including a new one at the end – is so cool. Heal the Pain, which is my favourite of his songs, it’s like it was written for the movie.”

Last Christmas, which stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, will hit cinemas on 15 November.

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Paul Feig to write and direct monster movie Dark Army

Paul Feig is to write and direct a new monster movie for Universal.The Bridesmaids director is stepping away from his comedy roots to create Dark Army, a monster movie which is based on his own original idea and will reportedly feature original charact…

Paul Feig is to write and direct a new monster movie for Universal.

The Bridesmaids director is stepping away from his comedy roots to create Dark Army, a monster movie which is based on his own original idea and will reportedly feature original characters as well as ones from Universal Classic Monsters library, according to editors at Deadline. The plot is currently unknown, as well as its connection to other monster films.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual monster stories that have less connection between films.

“Instead of prescribing a mandated updating of these monster stories and making them all part of a larger scheme, the studio loosened these restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers who were inspired to create their own unique stories,” a representative for Universal said to Variety.

Feig will also produce Dark Army under his Universal-based Feigco Productions banner alongside Laura Fischer.

He joins Saw and Insidious creator Leigh Whannell, who is currently directing a remake of The Invisible Man for Blumhouse Productions. The film, which stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Elisabeth Moss, is set to hit cinemas in February.

Feig, who has directed the likes of Spy, The Heat and the Ghostbusters reboot, is gearing up to release his next movie Last Christmas later this year. The romantic comedy features the songs of George Michael and Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in the lead roles.

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Fans share excitement over first Last Christmas trailer

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspire…

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first official trailer for Last Christmas. 

Directed by Paul Feig from a script co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, the upcoming romantic comedy is loosely inspired by the music of George Michael, especially his 1984 Wham! hit Last Christmas, and stars Emilia Clarke as Kate and Henry Golding in the role of Tom.  

Producers at Universal Pictures posted the three-minute trailer for Last Christmas online on Tuesday, with the YouTube clip already racking up more than 100,000 views and garnering a largely positive reaction on social media.  

“The Last Christmas movie is a big chunk of fan service ALL FOR ME. It combines all of my favourite things, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Christmas and GEORGE MICHAEL. It’s just perfect. I’m so excited although I feel like it’ll break my heart,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another commented, “Last Christmas is about to become a classic holiday movie. I’m already excited to watch this every year.” 

And a third added: “I love everything about this already. George Michael’s tunes, Emilia Clark (sic), Henry Golding, the cheesy Christmas romance of it all. Just take my money now, please and thank you!”  

However, one fan was pleased to see that the narrative of the film was different from what they had anticipated.  

“I was worried for a second there that this would be a movie where she’s the only person who remembers George Michael,” they wrote, poking fun at Danny Boyle’s The Beatles-inspired movie Yesterday.

Last Christmas, also starring Thompson and Michelle Yeoh, is set to hit cinemas in November. It will also premiere previously unreleased material by Grammy Award-winning artist Michael, who died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.  

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