Rose McGowan to make feature directorial debut with animated film

Rose McGowan is planning to make her feature-length directorial debut with animated movie Pomerania. The Charmed actress has previously directed short films like Dawn in 2014 and Woman’s Womb in 2017, and she is now planning to helm a feature-length …

Rose McGowan is planning to make her feature-length directorial debut with animated movie Pomerania.

The Charmed actress has previously directed short films like Dawn in 2014 and Woman’s Womb in 2017, and she is now planning to helm a feature-length animated project about a dog.

“It’s about a little dog who hides in the closet, and once she comes out of the closet, she becomes the queen of a land called Pomerania,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And she’s at war with Muttlandia, where all the mutts are. So, it’s all about race, breed, classism – and it’s very funny.”

McGowan is developing a psychological horror project called Sleepwalk, in collaboration with Joshua Miller and Mark Fortin, too.

“It’s a very haunting story about a young girl who sleepwalks a lot, and she blurs what is reality and what is false. It’s about how we all do that in our own lives,” the 45-year-old explained, adding that she hopes to begin shooting Sleepwalk next year.

The Planet Terror star, an outspoken #MeToo movement campaigner, has turned her back on acting, claiming that she was blacklisted from good roles after she spoke out about Harvey Weinstein allegedly raping her in the ’90s. He denies the allegation, which she made publicly in late 2017.

McGowan also insisted she hasn’t changed her mind about quitting acting, even though she misses performing.

“People in Hollywood have not been brave enough to step up for me as I stepped up for them. Because I helped to clean out the system and they haven’t been brave in return. So, I do miss performing but I feel like acting is in the past, mostly because of the lack of support,” she said.

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Rose McGowan’s infamous VMAs dress was a response to sexual assault

Rose McGowan’s iconic VMAs dress was her way of responding to an alleged sexual assault. The former Charmed actress hit headlines around the world when she walked the red carpet with her then-partner Marilyn Manson at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards p…

Rose McGowan’s iconic VMAs dress was her way of responding to an alleged sexual assault.

The former Charmed actress hit headlines around the world when she walked the red carpet with her then-partner Marilyn Manson at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards practically naked in a sheer black beaded dress which exposed her bare breasts and her animal-print thong.

Speaking about the provocative outfit to actress Jameela Jamil on her I Weight interview series, the 45-year-old explained that it was her first red carpet since she was allegedly sexually assaulted by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein in 1997 and it was her way of responding to it.

“I did that for a reason. It was my first public appearance after being raped,” she said. “And I thought, it was kind of like Russell Crowe and Gladiator when it comes out in the ring and he’s like, ‘Are you not entertained?’ And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted.”

The prominent figure in #MeToo movement accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, allegations he has strenuously denied.

Rose explained the dress during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show last year, saying, “I’ve never worn something like that before or since. That was a political statement. … Of course, there was no Twitter at the time or Instagram, no way to speak for yourself.”

In the past, she has also revealed she had to kneel in the car on the way to the red carpet to avoid getting “griddle butt” from the intricate beading.

“I had to sit on my knees with the dress hiked up around me, because I knew I’d end up in the Enquirer like ‘Rose McGowan’s mystery disease of the week!'” she told chat show host Jay Leno in 1999.

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Rose McGowan makes powerful statement as she walks in Vivienne Westwood’s LFW show

Outspoken actress Rose McGowan made a powerful statement as she modelled for Vivienne Westwood during London Fashion Week on Sunday (17Feb19).The former Charmed star strutted her stuff in a white mini-dress daubed with political slogans, referencing fr…

Outspoken actress Rose McGowan made a powerful statement as she modelled for Vivienne Westwood during London Fashion Week on Sunday (17Feb19).

The former Charmed star strutted her stuff in a white mini-dress daubed with political slogans, referencing freedom and democracy, and thigh-high silver boots for her fashion turn, and stepped out wearing a yellow hat with the word ‘ANGEL’ written on it.

The show was once again representative of designer Westwood’s political view, with each person who starred in the presentation making a powerful speech – with topics including climate change, capitalism and Brexit.

As Rose took to the runway again in a yellow sweater, again teamed with the ANGEL hat, she told the crowd: “I’m wearing the most beautiful sweater the world has ever seen. There’s only one – we found one person to knit it. If we can find other clever knitters we can make more – so please get in touch if you know anybody. We pay a nice price and all the profit will go to charity. The Earth is our home.”

Other familiar faces to walk in the show included model Camilla Rutherford and John Sauven, the executive director of environmental organisation Greenpeace.

Rose had earlier taken to her Instagram page to tell fans she was “acting” in Vivienne’s show, urging them to check out the designer’s own page on the social media site to watch it live.

But that’s the only kind of acting the 45-year-old is interested in. As she was spotted at New York Fashion Week a few days ago, she told reporters she was no longer interested in appearing on screen, telling the New York Post: ” don’t f**k with Hollywood. I don’t like it,” she told the New York Post.

The actress hit headlines in 2017 when she became one of the first women to publicly accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault, claiming the movie mogul raped her in a hotel at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Weinstein was arrested in New York in May, 2018 and charged with rape and a variety of other sexual crimes. He is scheduled to face the charges in court in May (18). He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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Nicholas Kirkwood: ‘Rose McGowan embodies power’

Nicholas Kirkwood has explained why he chose #MeToo activist Rose McGowan to walk in his debut London Fashion Week show.Rose was among the models showing off the footwear designer’s latest collection in the British capital last month (Sep18), with Nich…

Nicholas Kirkwood has explained why he chose #MeToo activist Rose McGowan to walk in his debut London Fashion Week show.

Rose was among the models showing off the footwear designer’s latest collection in the British capital last month (Sep18), with Nicholas opting for a politically-charged runway which also featured model Winnie Harlow and cyber-hacker CyFi.

“A very important inspiration behind the collection was powerful women, women with personality and drive who stand up for self-expression and what they believe in,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine. “If there’s one person who has definitely stood up for herself and made herself heard, it’s Rose.”

Rose opened the London showcase walking barefoot, holding a pair of boots from the German-born designer’s spring/summer 2019 line high above her head as she made her way down the catwalk.

“We are a lot further along than where we were, but we are still on a razor’s edge. We have to start a new conversation,” she told The Guardian after the show. “It’s been a long haul. I’m really gratified that people are questioning what is acceptable, but it’s been a hell of a year.”

Since rape and sexual harassment allegations about Harvey Weinstein surfaced, including from Rose herself, the 45-year-old actress has become one of the key advocates of the #MeToo movement.

But on Sunday (07Oct18), the Scream star had to clarify comments she made to The Sunday Times, where she seemingly called the movement “bulls**t” and “a lie”.

“I never said #MeToo is a lie. Ever,” she fumed on Twitter. “I was talking about Hollywood and Time’s Up, not #MeToo. Ugh. I’m so tired of erroneous s**tstorms. #MeToo is about survivors and their experiences, that cannot be taken away.”

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Nicholas Kirkwood tries to embody ever-changing trends in new designs

The changes within the fashion industry were at the forefront of shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood’s mind when he was planning his debut London Fashion Week show.Rose McGowan was tapped by the German fashion star to be a part of his inaugural runway show…

The changes within the fashion industry were at the forefront of shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood’s mind when he was planning his debut London Fashion Week show.

Rose McGowan was tapped by the German fashion star to be a part of his inaugural runway show last week (ends23Sep18) a politically-charged affair which also saw Winnie Harlow and cyber-hacker CyFi walk.

Talking about the current state of his industry, Kirkwood confessed everything “is a little up in the air”.

“There is a lot of talk about if fashion week is even in the right moment,” he continued to Teen Vogue. “Even the seasons themselves are changing. A boot might go on sale before it even gets cold!”

“The way people see the shows is changing like you can log online to see the show. I kept this all in mind while coming up with the concept. I really want to create a moment for the brand and something that looks great at every angle. I want it to be different a classic show and an experience.”

At the recent runway, the shoes, of course, did the talking, with the models wearing futuristic all-white outfits to complement the digital age theme of the show.

When asked about how important new technology is to his brand, Kirkwood explained that it’s one of his driving forces behind.

“Embracing new technologies is at the crux of my design process,” he said. “I’m always looking for innovation in techniques, materials, manufacturing and the design process itself. This is an exciting time for technology in fashion, and I’m particularly excited by the innovation in sustainable fabrics and manufacturing, which is an essential part of the future of the fashion industry for me.”

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Rose McGowan opens Nicholas Kirkwood’s ‘Me Too’ fashion show

Rose McGowan led a defiant group of models walking in Nicholas Kirkwood’s Hacking and Activism catwalk show at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).The actress and activist, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced Hollywood produ…

Rose McGowan led a defiant group of models walking in Nicholas Kirkwood’s Hacking and Activism catwalk show at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).

The actress and activist, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, made her stage debut at the British shoe designer’s show, which centred around the female empowerment themes of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Unsurprisingly, shoes formed the crux of Kirkwood’s powerful message, with the designer’s trademark spindly heels replaced with sturdier picks including bulbous moon boots, flat sandals and thigh-high boots.

McGowan, however, opened the politically-charged show barefoot, instead choosing to model Kirkwood’s spring/summer 2019 shoe designs by holding a pair of boots high above her head as she emerged from the curtain.

The show was set in an imaginary future dystopia and was choreographed to mimic an immersive theatre piece about a female uprising. It also featured veiled references to U.S. President Donald Trump, who hit headlines during his 2016 presidential election over a slew of derogatory comments against women.

Backstage, 38-year-old Kirkwood, making his London Fashion Week debut, described the models as “symbols of defiance” and explained that they were using shoes as “a means of self-expression”.

Speaking with The Guardian after the show, McGowan, who worked with Kirkwood on the collection after meeting him last summer, warned that society is “still on a razor’s edge” in terms of tackling sexual harassment.

“We are a lot further along than where we were, but we are still on a razor’s edge. We have to start a new conversation,” the 45-year-old shared. “It’s been a long haul. I’m really gratified that people are questioning what is acceptable, but it’s been a hell of a year.”

McGowan’s comments come just days before the producer goes on trial in a Manhattan court charged with six counts of sexual assault. He denies all of the charges.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh won’t work with Woody Allen

Jennifer Jason Leigh wouldn’t work with Woody Allen even though he’s made some of her all-time favourite films.The 56-year-old actress has become hot property again in Hollywood after Quentin Tarantino cast her as his lead actress in his 2015 Oscar-win…

Jennifer Jason Leigh wouldn’t work with Woody Allen even though he’s made some of her all-time favourite films.

The 56-year-old actress has become hot property again in Hollywood after Quentin Tarantino cast her as his lead actress in his 2015 Oscar-winning Western saga The Hateful Eight.

However, she says she’d have to say no if Woody, who has been accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, came calling about a film role.

“No. A lot of my favourite films are Woody Allen films, but I wouldn’t work with him,” she bluntly told The Guardian.

During her chat with the newspaper, Jennifer spoke openly about the wave of sexual harassment, assault and even rape allegations that have rocked the film industry since an expose on Harvey Weinstein was published last year (17).

“I have countless stories,” she sighed. “Not of rape, but of very uncomfortable and awkward situations. Directors keeping you in a meeting for four hours, then saying they wanted to have dinner and were hungry. You’re forced into this situation where you want the job, but… it feels off.

“It’s obviously not just the film business. It starts with the president of the United States. It’s in every facet of society. People won’t be able to get away with it. The status quo is changing like a hurricane.”

Pulp Fiction helmer Quentin has also faced stories about his on-set behaviour, with his frequent collaborator Uma Thurman revealing he forced her to perform an unsafe car stunt for Kill Bill, which resulted in her crashing, and Rose McGowan accusing him of masturbating over images of her.

However, Jennifer only has good things to say about the director.

“I love Quentin, so all I can tell you is that he loves and is so respectful of everyone that he works with,” she stated. “When you get on the set, it feels like a family. He knew more about my career than I did – he was quoting things that I’d done forever ago as if they were yesterday.”

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