Rosamund Pike and Ruth Wilson set to star in Take That movie

Rosamund Pike, Ruth Wilson, and Cush Jumbo are in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Take That’s stage musical The Band. The jukebox stage musical, which featured the songs of the British pop group, follows five schoolgirls who have the ni…

Rosamund Pike, Ruth Wilson, and Cush Jumbo are in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Take That’s stage musical The Band.

The jukebox stage musical, which featured the songs of the British pop group, follows five schoolgirls who have the night of their lives at a concert from their favorite boy band. They reunite 25 years later and reminisce about their past and discover their future. The show had a limited run on London’s West End between late 2018 and early 2019.

It is now being adapted into a film called Greatest Days, which will be directed by How to Build a Girl’s Coky Giedroyc from a script by Tim Firth, who wrote the stage production.

Oscar-nominated Gone Girl actress Pike, The Affair star Wilson, and The Good Fight’s Jumbo are set to lead the project, which has been described as a “feel-good universal story of love and friendship”. It has not been announced which characters they are in negotiations to play.

“Greatest Days is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us throughout the years,” said Take That in a statement. “It puts a mirror on our audience – it’s a celebration of our music but it’s literally all about the fans and their friendships. Our fans have been on a 30-year journey with us and we have an incredibly strong bond with them, so seeing that they will be represented on screen by such a strong, talented cast is incredibly exciting.”

Take That – compromised of three of the five original members; Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald – will executive produce the film alongside David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Danny Perkins, and Kate Solomon, with the support of Universal Music Group. The musical numbers will be choreographed by Drew McOnie.

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Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer to star in AIDS drama

Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to star in AIDS drama The Book of Ruth. The Affair actress will play the real-life Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcee and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS suffer…

Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer are attached to star in AIDS drama The Book of Ruth.

The Affair actress will play the real-life Ruth Coker Burks, a devout Christian divorcee and single mother from Arkansas who became a champion and caregiver for AIDS sufferers in 1980s America, in the upcoming feature, while the Magic Mike star will portray her new neighbour, a gay man who has returned home from New York after his partner’s AIDS-related death. The film will follow Burks as she juggles her work, her faith, and raising her daughter with educating herself about the epidemic.

Tony Award-nominated theatre director Michael Arden will mark his feature film directorial debut with the drama.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to tell this important story about the responsibility one human has to another, especially in a time of crisis,” Arden said to Deadline about the project. “As a gay man, I feel that Ruth’s story of empathy in the face of great prejudice and adversary is one so needed in our modern time.

“It is vital for us to remember that we lost an entire generation to the AIDS epidemic and that so many people, including Ruth, sacrificed their own comfort, station, and livelihood to help those in need during this plague.”

The screenplay was written by Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham, and the film will be produced by Scott LaStaiti, Dominic Tighe and Thomas Daley, with Cora Palfrey and Sarah Lebutsch executive producing.

“This female-led story tells us that out of the deepest darkness can come the brightest light and the work of Ruth Coker Burks is a constant reminder of all that is best about humanity,” the producers added.

Production is set to get underway later this year.

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Emily Ratajkowski debuts chic bob hairstyle at 2019 Tony Awards

Emily Ratajkowski showed off a new bob hairstyle at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday night.The actress/model pulled out all of the stops for her appearance at the annual bash held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, stopping to pose for photog…

Emily Ratajkowski showed off a new bob hairstyle at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday night.

The actress/model pulled out all of the stops for her appearance at the annual bash held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, stopping to pose for photographers on the red carpet.

But it wasn’t just Emily’s sexy black cutout Michael Kors gown that had fashionistas talking, but her new hairstyle too.

Courtesy of her hairdresser Jennifer Yepez, the brunette’s latest crop falls just above her shoulders and was styled to evoke former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature look.

“Dreamy @emrata today at the Tony Awards,” wrote Yepez alongside a close-up snap of Emily on her Instagram page.

Emily’s outfit was accessorised with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, while her make-up artist Linda Hay was in charge of her beauty look. The expert used Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo to even her complexion and gave her a smoky eye by using the brown tones in the Mothership II: Sublime Palette.

Linda also opted to line Emily’s pout with Pat McGrath’s Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Done Undone and topped it with a layer of Blitztrance Lipstick in Skinsane 136, a light pink with a hint of golden shimmer.

Other stars to make a sartorial statement at the 2019 Tony Awards included Samira Wiley, who opted for an emerald green Pamella Roland number, Sutton Foster, who opted for an elegant Luisa Beccaria gown, and Ruth Wilson, who looked stunning in a red lace dress from Brandon Maxwell.

“The most divine human being, and one of the very first women to ever wear our clothes. Tony Nominee #ruthwilson wears our caped evening gown in B leopard jacquard from the new pre-collection to tonight’s Tony awards in New York City,” the designer captioned a photo of Ruth on his Instagram page.

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Dominic West pledges to fight for pay equality in Hollywood

Dominic West will fight to ensure actresses are fairly paid for roles in movies he stars in.The British actor was at the centre of a controversy last year (18), when it emerged Ruth Wilson, his co-star in The Affair, was paid far less than him and depa…

Dominic West will fight to ensure actresses are fairly paid for roles in movies he stars in.

The British actor was at the centre of a controversy last year (18), when it emerged Ruth Wilson, his co-star in The Affair, was paid far less than him and departed the TV show in mysterious circumstances.

Dominic told Harper’s Bazaar magazine that he generally leaves matters of money to his agent – but if he finds out producers are shortchanging his female co-stars, he’ll intervene.

“It’s not something I get into – we have agents to deal with things like that and now, of course, it’s incumbent on actors of any profile to force to producers to toe the line on that one,” he explained. “As soon as I get paid more than my co-star, I’ll definitely raise it.”

However, he joked that for his latest movie, the period drama Colette, his fee is probably much smaller than his more famous castmate Keira Knightley.

“I wish I was paid the same as Keira, that would have been great,” the 49-year-old quipped. “As a champion of the #MeToo movement, I insist I am paid the same as Keira.”

After it emerged Ruth was earning far less than him, the actor pleaded ignorance – claiming he signs up for roles for artistic reasons rather than a paycheck.

“I never ask what the money is on a show,” he told Britain’s Radio Times magazine. “It was more a question of if I wanted to do it. So it woke me up to the issue. I never realised the disparity and the injustice.”

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Ruth Wilson: ‘The Little Stranger confused and intrigued me’

Ruth Wilson didn’t fully understand The Little Stranger when she signed on to star in it.Ruth plays Caroline Ayres in Lenny Abrahamson’s big screen retelling of Sarah Waters’ novel, a woman who, along with her mother and brother, is being haunted…

Ruth Wilson didn’t fully understand The Little Stranger when she signed on to star in it.

Ruth plays Caroline Ayres in Lenny Abrahamson’s big screen retelling of Sarah Waters’ novel, a woman who, along with her mother and brother, is being haunted in the crumbling family mansion.

Talking to Collider about accepting the role, English actress Ruth admits she was a little confused when she first read the script, but said yes anyway.

“Yeah, just the usual, where a script comes your way, you read it, and you get enticed by it,” she explained. “It got under my skin, and I couldn’t work it out. It unnerved me. It’s always a great sign, if you have a reaction to a script. That’s usually an indication that you’re interested. And so, I went back and read it again, and didn’t quite understand it, but decided to do the job. I felt the same way as you did. I read the book as well and that had exactly the same effect, too. There’s something unnerving and deeply dark about it.”

Ruth adds that director Lenny, who worked on the movie for years before it went into production, also discovered more about the story as he filmed.

Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling and Will Poulter co-star in the Gothic horror, and Ruth said it was a big help for her filming on location in a crumbling manor house.

“It was amazing because you have everything there, and it gives you so much that you don’t have to act,” she smiled. “The history of it is already there. It was built in 17-something, so it’s full of history and energy already, so you just have to stand in it. You feel slightly oppressed and awkward, but there’s also a bit of grandeur.”

“I love working locations because it gives you so much for free,” she added.

The Little Stranger began hitting cinemas in August (18).

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Ruth Wilson: ‘Every day was exhausting on Dark River shoot’

Ruth Wilson was exhausted at the end of every day shooting Dark River due to the film’s challenging subject matter.In the independent drama, The Affair star plays sheep farmer Alice, who returns home after 15 years to claim the tenancy of the family fa…

Ruth Wilson was exhausted at the end of every day shooting Dark River due to the film’s challenging subject matter.

In the independent drama, The Affair star plays sheep farmer Alice, who returns home after 15 years to claim the tenancy of the family farm following the death of her father. This causes friction with her brother Joe (Mark Stanley), who still lives there, and the siblings struggle to come to terms with the abuse Alice suffered there growing up.

Ruth admits the heavy going storyline meant every day was emotionally draining.

“It was intense, but it was only five weeks; it wasn’t four months long,” she told OK! magazine. “But it was intense and full on and every day was exhausting.

“We also had a church bell that would go off in (English town) Skipton and would keep us awake all night, so there was insomnia in the crew.”

The British star knew that Dark River would be a difficult shoot when she read the script but wanted to take it on because she felt the story needed to be told.

“It felt like a huge challenge, both physically and emotionally, about a subject matter that is not really touched upon but, as we now realise, is everywhere and needs to be discussed,” she explained. “It had all the things I look for – challenge, sensitive material and subject matter and a great person at the helm.”

However, the cast and crew made sure they didn’t let the material get them down and knew exactly how to relax after a hard day’s work.

“Mark’s a barrel of laughs in real life and we’d all go to the pub and let go of it at the end of the night,” she said. “There was quite a lot of alcohol on Friday nights, thanks to Tracy (O’Riordan, producer) who would provide us all with drinks.”

Dark River, directed by Clio Barnard, is in U.K. cinemas now.

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