Willem Dafoe signs up for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hus…

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hustlers, and tells the story of a con man named Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, portrayed by Cooper, who teams up with psychologist Lilith, to be played by Blanchett, to swindle the rich before she turns the tables on him.

The Oscar nominee has been cast as Clem Hoately, a head barker at a travelling carnival who gives Carlisle a job, according to Variety.

He joins a cast which also includes Toni Collette, who will portray a mentalist named Zeena who mentors Carlisle, and Rooney Mara, who will be playing Carlisle’s love interest, Molly.

Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, who previously starred in del Toro’s previous film, the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, are also reportedly circling the project, while his Hellboy collaborator Ron Perlman is rumoured to have a role.

Del Toro will direct the film for Fox Searchlight from a script he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, with production set to begin at the start of 2020. Nightmare Alley was previously brought to the screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power taking on the role of Carlisle.

Dafoe is enjoying an impressive run of projects of late. He has been receiving critical praise for his performance alongside Robert Pattinson in David Eggers’s The Lighthouse and will soon be seen in Edward Norton’s directorial effort, Motherless Brooklyn, as well as political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Rooney Mara threw out her clothes when she became vegan

Rooney Mara created her apparel brand HIRAETH after becoming inspired to give her wardrobe a vegan makeover.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star gave up all animal products eight years ago and started throwing out clothing that wasn’t vegan, which even…

Rooney Mara created her apparel brand HIRAETH after becoming inspired to give her wardrobe a vegan makeover.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star gave up all animal products eight years ago and started throwing out clothing that wasn’t vegan, which eventually prompted her to launch a ready-to-wear fashion and accessories line featuring only plant-based materials.

”I wanted to also transition the other parts of my life to being vegan, especially my wardrobe,” she told reporters at WWD when asked about the inspiration for HIRAETH. ”It came from a selfish need of not wanting to give up wearing my favourite things, but also not being able to find an alternative for them that was high quality. I don’t need to wear combat boots. I can wear Converse every day. It’s more of a desire.”

Rooney, who considers designer Stella McCartney to be her fashion hero, looked to her own personal style to design pieces for HIRAETH, which she launched alongside partners Chrys Wong and Sara Schloat in early 2018.

”I’ve always really liked a romantic, Gothic aesthetic, but then I also have a minimalist side to me, so it’s kind of trying to marry those two together,” the 34-year-old shared, before adding that she doesn’t see herself in the role of creative director permanently. “I want to hire a real designer because I am not a real designer and have no plans to be one.”

And the two-time Oscar nominee confessed she was unsure how she would juggle her Hollywood career with her brand responsibilities when she ends her three-year hiatus from acting by beginning shooting Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley in January.

“I honestly don’t know,” she sighed. “I am pretty single-minded. I have an extraordinary ability to focus on something, but I’m not really good at splitting my attention very well. So I don’t really know.”

Rooney’s HIRAETH line is now available for purchase online and at select retail stores, with pieces priced from $395 (£321) to $3,000 (£2,400).

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Joaquin Phoenix credits late brother River for acting career during acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix thanked his late brother River Phoenix for giving him a push to get back into acting during an emotional acceptance speech on Monday.The Oscar-nominated star gave an emotional speech as he was presented with the Tribute Actor Award at t…

Joaquin Phoenix thanked his late brother River Phoenix for giving him a push to get back into acting during an emotional acceptance speech on Monday.

The Oscar-nominated star gave an emotional speech as he was presented with the Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Gala on Monday for his role in Todd Phillips’ Joker.

And he told the star-studded audience that his success was all thanks to his older brother, who tragically died at the age of 23 in 1993.

“When I was 15 or 16 my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it. And the next day he woke me up, and he made me watch it again. And he said, ‘You’re going to start acting again, this is what you’re going to do,'” Joaquin shared.

“He didn’t ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.”

While he thanked a number of people, including his sisters Rain, Liberty and Summer, Joaquin finished his emotional speech with an apparent reference his rumoured fiancee Rooney Mara, who starred in 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

“One last thing – somewhere here, I don’t know where, is a filthy dragon, and I want to rip its wings off and fasten a blanket and sleep with it forever. I love you. Thank you,” he said.

Following the premiere of Joker at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Joaquin and filmmaker Todd took part in a Q&A panel, where the 44-year-old discussed playing the disturbed Arthur Fleck, who eventually becomes the legendary DC Comics villain.

“I mean honestly, it wasn’t an easy decision at first. But then there was something that was drawing me toward it… It started becoming something more than I anticipated. It was one of the greatest experiences of my career,” he shared.

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Rooney Mara joins cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gres…

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name.

The A Star Is Born actor, who was drafted in to replace Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year, will portray con artist Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle. Carlisle will team up with Blanchett’s psychiatrist character to trick people into giving them money.

According to editors at Deadline, Mara will play Molly, Carlisle’s love interest. He meets her early on at a circus, with the pair later taking their act to Chicago.

Mara’s casting means the movie will be a reunion for her and Blanchett, who co-starred in Todd Haynes’s 2015 lesbian romance drama Carol, which earned them both Oscar nominations.

Nightmare Alley marks the Mexican filmmaker’s first directorial effort since The Shape of Water, which was named Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars.

However, he has been busy producing horrors Antlers and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as well as Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl classic The Witches. Del Toro is also developing his passion project, a stop-motion animation film about Pinocchio. He wrote the script for Nightmare Alley with Kim Morgan, with the narrative to be based on the novel rather than 1947 film, and production is due to begin later this year.

Most recently, the Oscar-winning director told Collider that his version will be R-rated and have “no supernatural elements”, unlike most of his films. He added it will be “the first chance I have to do a real underbelly-of-society type of movie”.

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Storm hit Mary Magdalene set during ancient exorcism scene

Filmmaker Garth Davis and his crew were spooked while filming an exorcism scene in the new movie Mary Magdalene when a storm appeared out of nowhere as they started work around an ancient text. The director was battling with winds as he started shooti…

Filmmaker Garth Davis and his crew were spooked while filming an exorcism scene in the new movie Mary Magdalene when a storm appeared out of nowhere as they started work around an ancient text.

The director was battling with winds as he started shooting the scene in Italy but as soon as his actors started quoting from the exorcism prayer, it was as if God had an issue with what they were doing.

“We all had a copy of one of the ancient texts as we were preparing for the scene and almost the minute we started walking into the water, the wind just stopped. Completely. There was no movement,” he tells WENN. “And then lightning started breaking all around us. It freaked everyone out!

“It was an interesting moment of life mirroring art.”

The filmmaker also tested his cast, including Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, by taking them for day-long hikes in their costumes, so they could get a feel for what life would have been like in Israel during the time of Jesus Christ.

“We gave the actors as much access to the costumes and the props and we asked them to prepare a meal from the times with the ingredients that would have been available and then eat it together,” Davis explains.

“Spending a bit of time in the real location, in the house, and finding out how they would sleep, and letting them own the worlds, and just discovering and bringing that to life, that’s really great for an actor.

“How would you sleep the night with just this costume, because that’s all they probably would have had? There were a number of problem-solving, practical issues that confronted them and those really opened up their minds.”

The director is also famous for asking his actors study one another before filming: “There’s a painting exercise I get them to do, where I put the actors whose characters are close together and ask them to trace each other on large paper and they created paintings of each other from that tracing. The process of painting helped them forge a deeper relationship with each other and when we looked at the paintings, they actually say a lot about their relationship. The actors love that process.”

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Claire Foy in the process of growing out her The Girl in the Spider’s Web hair

Claire Foy is hopeful her edgy haircut will grow out into something she loves again.The Crown star swapped her shoulder-length locks for a cropped do when she was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The film, which began hitting ci…

Claire Foy is hopeful her edgy haircut will grow out into something she loves again.

The Crown star swapped her shoulder-length locks for a cropped do when she was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The film, which began hitting cinemas in October (18), wrapped filming in April, and Claire has been growing her hair ever since.

“I loved it at the beginning and then I went through a strange period where I wanted to shave my own head,” she said of the style, reports Metro.

“Now I’m out the other side and hopefully it’s going to grow into something which I love again.”

The film received mixed reviews from critics, though Claire insisted in a recent interview with i newspaper that she has made peace with the “judgement” and “criticism” that would come with taking on the role, which has also been played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in previous versions of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novel series.

The 34-year-old also outlined to the newspaper how she had to bulk up.

“It was very physical,” she said. “I had to get muscles that I never had before in order to look right.”

However, she was careful not to make Lisbeth waif thin.

“I don’t want to project that image – I don’t think she has to be emaciated. I don’t know why she would have to be,” she added.

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Claire Foy surprised by fitness during prep for The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the ro…

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the role from Rooney Mara.

In the film, the story follows Lisbeth as she tries to rescue and exact vengeance for battered women, and the plot specifics required Claire to build up strength for the role. And having never trained with focus at the gym before, she was amazed by the results of her commitment.

“So much of it was about being physically able to do the stunts,” she recalled in a cover interview with American Vogue. “Suddenly I was like, ‘I can do ten press-ups.’ I could run. I could lift weights.”

In addition to boosting her fitness levels, the British star has also been required to change her physical appearance, swapping the ladylike bob she sported while playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, for a short, punky, jet black haircut.

However, Claire’s three-year-old daughter Ivy Rose – whom she shares with ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore – was not a fan of her mother’s startling new look.

“My daughter hated my haircut, because apparently mummies are supposed to have long hair, not undercuts,” the 34-year-old told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the makeover also seemed to make her less approachable in the eyes of others.

“I think all my friends really enjoyed it, but you end up having to kind of dress differently and people definitely cross to the other side of the road to avoid you in society.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits cinemas from 18 October (18).

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Rooney Mara credits vegan diet for flawless skin

Rooney Mara insists a vegan and gluten-free diet is responsible for her glowing skin. The actress is devoted to healthy living and makes sure to carefully select the right beauty products. “My skin is good, but it’s all about genetics and lifestyle…

Rooney Mara insists a vegan and gluten-free diet is responsible for her glowing skin.

The actress is devoted to healthy living and makes sure to carefully select the right beauty products.

“My skin is good, but it’s all about genetics and lifestyle – I’m vegan, gluten-free, don’t really drink (alcohol), and sleep a lot,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. “I’ve been vegan for seven years, but I’ve been a vegetarian since I was little. It’s better for your health and the environment.”

Mara also maintains her enviable appearance by staying fit, relying on hiking and hot yoga, which she notes is “like therapy”, as well as Pilates and ballet classes.

In terms of her favourite beauty items, the 33 year old swears by Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk and Carasoin Cold Fusion Intense Moisture cream.

“You keep it in the refrigerator, and when you apply it, it just melts into your face,” she says.

Mara also uses Actinica sunscreen from Switzerland to protect herself from sun damage and Herbivore Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil, Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk and Carasoin Cold Fusion Moisturizer.

Though the brunette isn’t a fan of wearing too much makeup, she puts extra effort into her eyebrows.

“I really don’t wear much makeup. My eyebrows are the only thing I care about,” she says. “I get them tinted. Sometimes I even do it myself.”

When she does use cosmetics, the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star indulges in bold looks.

“I’m really drawn to dark lipstick – anything with a nearly-’90s goth vibe,” she tells the publication. “I love dark berry tones.”

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Rooney Mara: ‘Meditation is like a shower for your brain’

Rooney Mara is a huge fan of meditation.The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star has become famed for her flawless skin and effortlessly elegant style, but, like the rest of us, the actress often falls victim to external stresses, anxiety and over-thinking…

Rooney Mara is a huge fan of meditation.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star has become famed for her flawless skin and effortlessly elegant style, but, like the rest of us, the actress often falls victim to external stresses, anxiety and over-thinking – and has found meditation to be one of the greatest cures.

Speaking to Marie Claire about the power of self-care, Rooney revealed that she started doing Vedic meditation, a similar form of transcendental meditation involving the use of a mantra, over two years ago and now incorporates the practice into her routine every day for 20 minutes.

“I really believe that taking care of your state of mind should be the same as taking care of your body,” she shared. “You wash as part of your daily routine and you wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth, would you? If you think about meditation and self-care like that, it’s easier to stay on top of it. Meditation is just like a shower for your brain. I’ve found it to be life-changing actually.”

However, the ancient practice is just one cog in Rooney’s extensive exercise, diet and beauty regimen that keeps her looking and feeling good.

Not only has the 33-year-old turned vegan “for ethical reasons”, but she also enjoys a “minimalist” approach to make-up and calls on a number of celebrity trainers for a varied exercise routine.

“It depends which city I’m in, but I’ve worked out with (personal trainer) Andie Hecker for years,” she explained. “She used to be a New York ballet dancer, so we do Pilates and sometimes ballet. I also love The Class by Taryn Toomey (a yoga/cardio strength workout), and I do yoga and hike. I like to change it up.”

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Claire Foy’s daughter hated mum’s Girl in the Spider’s Web makeunder

Claire Foy’s three-year-old daughter hated mum’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web look. The Crown star joined Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara when she became the third actress to take on tough-as-nails vigilante computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the latest…

Claire Foy’s three-year-old daughter hated mum’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web look.

The Crown star joined Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara when she became the third actress to take on tough-as-nails vigilante computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the latest movie inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books.

Foy insisted on making herself virtually unrecognisable for the part and admits her daughter, Ivy, wasn’t a fan of mum’s makeunder.

“My daughter hated my haircut,” Foy tells Entertainment Tonight, “because apparently mommies are supposed to have long hair, not undercuts.”

And Foy admits she noticed her Salander look made her a little less approachable in the eyes of others: “I think all my friends really enjoyed it, but you end up having to kind of dress differently and people definitely cross to the other side of the road to avoid you in society,” she smiles.

Claire also reveals she had no problems shedding the dark character at the end of each day, because she had to be a mum first.

“I took the leather off…,” she explains. “Having a child really helps you to not stay in character because you have to be yourself.”

But the Brit loved playing complex Lisbeth in The Girl in the Spider’s Web – a complete role reversal from portraying Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown.

“I loved her and her fearlessness,” Foy says. “She’s incredibly non-judgmental and brave and vengeful and I just wanted some of that.”

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