Rebel Wilson jokes about failure of Cats during 2020 BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday. The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Huds…

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office following its release in December.

And as Wilson took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present the award for Best Director while wearing a Prabal Gurung wrap dress that was half black and half glittery red, she made a joke at the film’s expense.

“Tonight is all about sustainability, so I made this dress from sewing my two old dresses together. The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats,” she said to laughter from the star-studded audience. “Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this Best Director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking.”

In her hilarious speech, one of the standout moments of the evening, Wilson reeled off the names of the Best Director nominees – Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho – and joked about the fact that they are all men.

“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” the Australian star quipped. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

Mendes received the prize for 1917, which dominated the evening with seven wins, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

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Rebel Wilson determined to make 2020 her ‘year of health’

Rebel Wilson has decided to focus on her health as part of her New Year’s resolutions.The Pitch Perfect actress took to her Instagram page on Thursday to upload three photos of herself walking on a beach while wearing black leggings and a white exercis…

Rebel Wilson has decided to focus on her health as part of her New Year’s resolutions.

The Pitch Perfect actress took to her Instagram page on Thursday to upload three photos of herself walking on a beach while wearing black leggings and a white exercise top.

In the accompanying caption, Rebel explained that she is determined to put an emphasis on protecting her health and wellbeing in the coming months.

“Okay so for me 2020 is going to be called ‘The Year of Health,'” she wrote. “So, I put on the athleisure and went out for a walk, deliberately hydrating on the couch right now and trying to avoid the sugar and junk food which is going to be hard after the holidays I’ve just had but I’m going to do it! Who’s with me in making some positive changes this year?”

Rebel’s candid post quickly attracted thousands of likes, with many of her followers commenting with encouraging messages.

Of late, the Australian star has showed off a slimmer figure while posing on the red carpet at Hollywood events, and while promoting her new musical movie Cats last month, she revealed she had unexpectedly shed eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) in just four days while shooting her main number for the film.

“I lost eight pounds, shooting my number, in four days,” the 39-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. “One, because there’s a lot of physicality… but also, they heated up the set very high, to almost 100 Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), so that we could never cool down.

“These people are like, the best dancers in the whole world, so they can’t cool their muscles down or they could get an injury and they’d be out of the film. So, they’d heat up the set like a sauna so we would never cool down, but made it pretty uncomfortable.”

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Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate for Noelle

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bil…

Anna Kendrick had to learn how to ice skate ahead of filming her new movie, Noelle.

In the new Disney+ film, the 34-year-old actress plays Santa Claus’ daughter, who is forced to go on a globetrotting mission to find her wayward brother, played by Bill Hader.

At the beginning of production on the movie, she confidently told director Marc Lawrence that she used to ice skate when she was younger.

However, her skills weren’t as good as she remembered when she stepped back onto the ice.

“We had snowy Christmases, and I would skate – there’s a pond near my house that I would hobble over to and skate. And I had to skate for this movie, actually, and was like, ‘Well I have skated on a little pond when I was a kid so I’m sure it’ll be like riding a bike,'” Anna told Collider.

“It was not like riding a bike. I definitely looked like Bambi learning to walk the first couple of lessons.”

After weeks of filming the festive movie, the Pitch Perfect star is now a natural on the ice, and she misses being able to skate.

“Now I kind of miss it because I could just like skate over to the director and ask a question and then skate back. It’s a much more efficient form of transportation, really,” Anna laughed.

Noelle, which also stars Shirley MacLaine, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Ron Funches, is available now on the Disney+ streaming service in the U.S., and in the U.K. from 31 March.

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Elizabeth Banks wanted her Charlie’s Angels characters to be focused on work

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action fran…

Elizabeth Banks was determined to make the lead characters in Charlie’s Angels focused solely on their work rather than being distracted by personal worries.

The Pitch Perfect actress wrote, directed, and produced the new instalment of the action franchise, which stars Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott.

Banks, who also has an acting role in the film, wanted to make sure the characters had no personal distractions as she believes these are “ridiculous tropes in women’s movies”.

“I told the studio and my collaborators: ‘I want to make a movie about women working, and I do not want to tell a story about the boyfriend they don’t see enough, or the mother they don’t call enough, or the cat they don’t feed.’ Those are ridiculous tropes in women’s movies, and you do not see James Bond worrying about calling his f**king mother,” she insisted to Porter magazine.

Her new film also features elements that feel relevant today, such as whistleblowing, mansplaining, and women being told to smile, but she stated that she wasn’t trying to make a political point.

“I’m not here to re-teach feminism to young women. I am here to empower them and to have them see themselves in a movie, which happens far too infrequently, especially in the action genre,” Elizabeth added.

The 45-year-old, who makes her second directorial effort with the action movie, admitted she was waiting for backlash for writing, directing, producing, and acting in the film as it could be seen as “a ridiculously egocentric statement”.

However, she believes creating a new story for the Charlie’s Angels was a smart business decision, because it combined her love of the original 1970s TV show and studio executives’ love of using existing property.

“I’m very pragmatic. You either have to embrace or reject how the system works. I’m an artist with patrons, so you have to take what they want into consideration,” she stated.

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Rebel Wilson keen to tackle more ‘diverse’ acting roles

Rebel Wilson is setting her sights on taking on more “diverse” acting roles.The actress found fame when she landed a small part in 2011 hit Bridesmaids and has since gone on to star in other light-hearted movies, like the Pitch Perfect franchise. W…

Rebel Wilson is setting her sights on taking on more “diverse” acting roles.

The actress found fame when she landed a small part in 2011 hit Bridesmaids and has since gone on to star in other light-hearted movies, like the Pitch Perfect franchise.

While Rebel has made a name for herself as a comedy star, she’s now stated her desire to tackle parts that genuinely test her thespian skills.

“I’m going to get into more diverse acting roles because people haven’t seen the extent of my talent,” she said in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine. “I love the roles I play, but, obviously, I can do a lot more. I feel the same with all my businesses too.”

Rebel has already made a start on appearing in different film genres, having landed the lead in romcom Isn’t It Romantic, and as Fraulein Rahm in Taika Waititi’s upcoming dark comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit. The Australian is about to begin promoting The Hustle, a remake of 1998’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and is in the post-production phase of the new Cats flick too.

Accordingly, Rebel indicated that she would like to have more control over her projects in the future.

“I’d like more power in the work that I do. With comedy, I’m very particular, and sometimes it physically pains me to see something altered without telling me,” the 39-year-old admitted, adding that her personality is much different to her onscreen persona. “People are shocked that in real life I’m quite sensible and kind of conservative. They find that strange because when they see me in the movies, I’m like a joke a minute. I actually don’t think I’m very funny in real life, but, of course, it’s a part of me. If I acted that way in public, I would be a lunatic.”

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Rebel Wilson didn’t get manicures until she was 25

Rebel Wilson didn’t venture to a nail salon for a manicure until she was 25.The Australian actress has risen to fame for her comedic performances in films like Bridesmaids and the Pitch Perfect franchise. While Rebel is a major Hollywood name, she has …

Rebel Wilson didn’t venture to a nail salon for a manicure until she was 25.

The Australian actress has risen to fame for her comedic performances in films like Bridesmaids and the Pitch Perfect franchise. While Rebel is a major Hollywood name, she has now revealed in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine that she never had any real interest in undergoing beauty treatments until she was in her mid-twenties.

“I had friends whose mothers told them to always be put together and to look a certain way when you leave the house. I was the complete opposite. No one in my family went to the beauty salon,” she told the publication. “I didn’t even get my nails done until I was 25. It took my best friend Nick looking at my feet one day and going, ‘You should maybe do something about your nails,’ for me to realise that I should go to a nail salon. Now I’m obsessed with going. I’m there every two weeks.”

In recent years, Rebel has upped her fashion game too, often stepping out on the red carpet in custom-made ensembles from Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller. With her own fashion and footwear lines in the works too, the star is focused on maintaining her appearance.

“I’ve kind of grown into my looks. Or maybe I’m just taking a bit more pride in my appearance now, which I think is a positive thing because I was too far the other way before. I was like, ‘I’ll just wear this baseball cap.’ I’m still like that sometimes, but, particularly when you’re dating, you do need to pay attention,” the 39-year-old insisted.

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Rebel Wilson’s stylist helped her overcome red carpet dress shame

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson’s stylist has helped the funnywoman get serious about red carpet fashion. The actress admits fame didn’t come easy for her and her early red carpet experiences were awful because she didn’t have the confidence a great o…

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson’s stylist has helped the funnywoman get serious about red carpet fashion.

The actress admits fame didn’t come easy for her and her early red carpet experiences were awful because she didn’t have the confidence a great outfit provides.

That all changed when she hooked up with Elizabeth Stewart, who revamped her look and made the fake smile she put on for the cameras real.

“When Pitch Perfect came out, I became internationally famous, and people were hanging outside my house to take my photo,” she tells InStyle magazine. “You have to think about it (what you wear) a bit more than a normal person, but I’m a pretty low-maintenance chick.

“Through working with my stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, I’ve learned all these little tips and tricks – and they really work. Then you feel more comfortable when you have to dress up.”

Rebel now feels more confident than ever, revealing she once had to skip a big event because she didn’t have anything to wear.

“I remember I didn’t even go to a friend’s wedding in my 20s because I didn’t know where to buy a dress in my size,” the Isn’t It Romantic star explains. “Now it is the opposite. Now I have a wardrobe full of custom Givenchy.”

But her confidence hasn’t helped her nail down a romance, and she reveals the last guy she was really interested in could handle her level of fame.

“Someone I really liked was so intimidated and got a lot of anxiety and couldn’t have a relationship with me because I’m in the public eye,” she tells the magazine. “They didn’t want that, so that kind of sucked.”

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Anna Camp on Pitch Perfect 4: ‘I’m not saying no’

Anna Camp has dropped a further hint that a fourth instalment in the Pitch Perfect franchise is in the works. The former True Blood star, who plays Aubrey Posen in the hit musical franchise, first hinted that a fourth chapter could be in development wh…

Anna Camp has dropped a further hint that a fourth instalment in the Pitch Perfect franchise is in the works.

The former True Blood star, who plays Aubrey Posen in the hit musical franchise, first hinted that a fourth chapter could be in development when she posed for a photo at her 36th birthday party in September (18) with castmates Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Chrissie Fit, and they each held up four fingers to the camera, leading many fans to believe they were making an announcement.

However, the cast has remained coy ever since, and Anna continued to tease the project during an appearance on U.S. chat show The Talk on Tuesday (15Jan19).

“We are always so happy that the fans still love the girls and still love stories. I’m not saying no. I think a great idea would be like a Golden Girls (version of) Pitch Perfect and we could all be in a nursing home, singing, you know,” she said, referring to the U.S. sitcom starring mature women. “I think we would do it for the rest of our lives. We love being around each other and love playing the characters so much.”

After she posted the picture in September, Rebel was asked what it meant during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, and the Australian actress confirmed that she would be filming another musical within the next year.

“I’ll definitely be filming another musical film in the next 12 months, I can say that… Us Pitch Perfect girls, we love each other and we always wanna work together,” she shared.

Brittany has also expressed a desire to continuing playing her character Chloe Beal, and previously told reporters at Extra that the cast is close and would happily make Pitch Perfect films “until the end of time”.

When released in 2017, Pitch Perfect 3 was met with mixed reviews and failed to surpass the box office takings of its predecessor.

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Sam Claflin cast in Charlie’s Angels

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. T…

Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The actor is starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, who will play the famous trio, as well as Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and producing the project. This will not be the first collaboration between Claflin and the Pitch Perfect star, as the pair previously worked together on three of the four films from The Hunger Games film series, and Elizabeth was delighted to have her former co-star on board.

“Welcome @samclaflin (heart eye emoji) #EffieApproves,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (02Oct18), referring to her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.

News of the 32-year-old’s casting was first reported by Variety, though the publication shared no details regarding the specific role he is taking on. Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou and Luis Gerardo Mendez have also bagged parts in the movie, which is scheduled for release in September 2019 by Columbia Pictures.

The Charlie’s Angels script comes courtesy of Banks and British screenwriter Jay Bassu – who has recently written the screenplay of Claire Foy’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web which hits cinemas in November (18). Their story is based on an earlier version by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, and will reportedly focus on the next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie, following the Charles Townsend Detective Agency’s global expansion, meaning the organisation now provides security and intelligence services to a wide variety of private clients.

Claflin recently played one half of a couple stranded in the Pacific Ocean in Adrift, starring opposite Shailene Woodley, and also landed a role in Australian period thriller The Nightingale. His other projects currently in post-production include British crime thriller The Corrupted with Timothy Spall and Hugh Bonneville, while he is also lending his voice to animated picture Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.

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Rebel Wilson and co-stars tease Pitch Perfect 4

Rebel Wilson has hinted Pitch Perfect 4 might be in the works. The Australian actress, who played Fat Amy in the original 2012 comedy, celebrated real-life couple Skylar Astin and Anna Camp’s birthdays at a party on Saturday night (29Sep18), along wit…

Rebel Wilson has hinted Pitch Perfect 4 might be in the works. 

The Australian actress, who played Fat Amy in the original 2012 comedy, celebrated real-life couple Skylar Astin and Anna Camp’s birthdays at a party on Saturday night (29Sep18), along with fellow co-stars Brittany Snow and Chrissie Fit.

Taking to social media after the bash, Rebel uploaded a photo depicting herself, Brittany, Anna and Chrissie all holding four fingers up to the camera, along with four red heart emojis in the caption.

Accordingly, many fans of the franchise have speculated the photo is an indication that a fourth instalment might be happening.

“DOES THIS MEAN WHAT I THINK IT MEANS??” one Instagram user wrote in the comments section, while another added: “This better mean what we think it means… please please please.”

Neither Rebel nor any of her other fellow Pitch Perfect co-stars, including Anna Kendrick, have yet commented on whether or not there with be another movie.

However, Brittany recently told Extra that she would be open to reprising her role as Chloe Beale once again.

“I think all of us would be game for it. We have the best time filming those movies,” the 32-year-old shared. “We made some of our best friends during that franchise… part of us knows that chapter might be closed and is O.K. with that, but we are still incredibly close and we will probably make them – if they want us to – until the end of time.”

The first Pitch Perfect film received positive reviews from critics and became a sleeper hit, earning over $115 million (£88 million) at the worldwide box office. It was followed by two sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and Pitch Perfect 3 in 2017.

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