James Gunn wanted Velma to be ‘explicitly gay’ in Scooby-Doo movie

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, …

James Gunn has revealed he was stopped from making Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley from being “explicitly gay” in the live-action movie.

The filmmaker penned the script for the hit 2002 comedy, which starred Linda Cardellini as the fictional sleuth, alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, and Matthew Lillard as loveable goofball Shaggy.

During a recent Twitter Q&A, Gunn revealed that he wanted Cardellini’s character to be a lesbian in the film, but was stopped by Warner Bros. executives.

“Please make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true,” one follower asked him, prompting the Guardians of the Galaxy director to explain what really happened behind the scenes.

“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous ( the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel),” he replied.

He also added that viewers can see deleted scenes from the live-action movie that hint at Velma’s attraction to women.

This isn’t the first time that the stars involved in the franchise have discussed Velma’s sexuality, as Gellar previously revealed that Daphne and Velma were originally supposed to kiss during a body swap scene in the 2002 comedy.

“It wasn’t just, like, for fun… Initially in the soul-swapping scene, Velma and Daphne couldn’t seem to get their souls back together in the woods, and so the way they found was to kiss and the souls went back into proper alignment. Linda is quite a kisser,” she told Syfy Wire.

The actors reprised their roles for the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which was also written by Gunn.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar dyes hair pink to ’embarrass her children’

Sarah Michelle Gellar has temporarily dyed her hair pink so she can “embarrass her children”.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal her latest hair transformation, having spontaneously decided to swap her signature …

Sarah Michelle Gellar has temporarily dyed her hair pink so she can “embarrass her children”.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal her latest hair transformation, having spontaneously decided to swap her signature blonde locks for a rose-pink shade during the coronavirus lockdown.

“Well, because we are still in quarantine, I had to think of a new and creative way to embarrass my children: ‘Quarancolour,'” the 43-year-old told her fans in the short clip, referring to her daughter Charlotte, 10, and seven-year-old son Rocky, whom she shares with husband Freddie Prinze Jr.

In the accompanying caption, Sarah noted that she had used a temporary colour product and would be rocking the pastel hue until it begins to “fade out”.

Her post quickly racked up over 900,000 views and attracted comments from many of her 3.1 million followers.

Celebrity make-up artist Daniel Martin praised, “So gorgeous honey! I love how it warms up your skin too!” while another fan posted, “Pretty in Pink – I love it.”

And others noted that Sarah’s fun makeover had inspired them to consider a bold new look too.

“Yessss!! I’ve been so tempted to do something like this too! My kids would be mortified (especially the 19-year-old). You look awesome!!” a fan added.

The actress isn’t the only Hollywood star to experiment with their hair colour while staying at home and practicing social distancing during the lockdown.

Jennifer Love Hewitt unveiled new pink locks earlier this month after trying out the Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Color Conditioner, while Elle Fanning, Dua Lipa, and Ireland Baldwin have also tried out pink tresses.

Elsewhere, Hilary Duff has opted for a bold blue shade and Taraji P. Henson has been rocking a dark red hue.

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Anne Hathaway recreates The Princess Diaries look for social media Pillow Challenge

Anne Hathaway has delighted fans by recreating one of her looks from The Princess Diaries for the Pillow Challenge craze on social media.The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to take part in the contest, which sees users turning their bedclothes i…

Anne Hathaway has delighted fans by recreating one of her looks from The Princess Diaries for the Pillow Challenge craze on social media.

The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to take part in the contest, which sees users turning their bedclothes into red carpet looks while they social distance at home during the coronavirus crisis.

For her version, Anne uploaded a picture of herself wearing headphones, lipstick, and sunglasses, as well as a makeshift dress constructed from a cobalt blue pillow and two white pillows tucked underneath it. Posing in front of a photograph of bright blue butterfly wings, the picture resembled the poster for The Princess Diaries, the 2001 film in which she played Mia Thermopolis, an American teenager who unexpectedly inherits the throne of a European kingdom.

The 37-year-old captioned her post with the quote, “A Queen is never late; everyone else is simply early” – a standout line from the character of Queen Clarisse in the movie, who was portrayed by Julie Andrews.

Hathaway is not the only celebrity in lockdown to create some quarantine couture. Earlier this month, Halle Berry served a strong look by belting a black pillow around her waist, accessorising it with a wide-brimmed hat, oversized sunglasses, and black heels, and posing in a garden of leafy plants.

Meanwhile, Sarah Michelle Gellar posted a snap of herself in heels with an animal print pillow strapped to her waist, and wrote in the caption: “Pillowchallenge inspired by #TigerKing (btw so weird to put heels on – I feel like I need to start putting them on once a week so I don’t forget how to walk in them).”

Love Island’s Amber Davies, Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, and chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Holly Ramsay have also participated in the trend.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. trolls Sarah Michelle Gellar over her ‘ridiculous’ trousers

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in …

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in front of a staircase in her home.

“When your husband thinks your pants are slightly ridiculous, what do you do!?!?” she wrote in the caption, “Obviously, you take tonnes of dramatic pictures, and spam him with them (and yes, I’m still wearing my daughter’s headband) more to come @realfreddieprinze.”

Sarah’s post quickly attracted hundreds of comments from fans, with most praising her fashion choices, including designer Christian Siriano, who wrote, “Chiccc,” and actress Zoey Deutch, who simply commented with the fire emoji.

Yet, Freddie didn’t back down with his disapproval of the loose-fitting elasticated black trousers.

“No babe, trash bag sweat pants are obviously not ridiculous (facepalm emoji),” the 43-year-old humorously replied.

But it seems Sarah is not yet ready to give up on the ensemble as she also shared several more snaps of herself wearing the outfit at home on her Instagram Stories.

“Do I wear them again?” she asked her 2.9 followers in a poll. “Do you think they will grow on @realfreddieprinze if I just keep wearing them?!?”

And it seems the majority of Sarah’s fans think she shouldn’t give up on the controversial trousers, with 80 per cent voting for her to give the look another whirl.

Sarah, 42, and Freddie have been married since 2002, having met on the set of 1997 teen horror I Know What You Did Last Summer. They share two children; 10-year-old daughter Charlotte and son Rocky, seven.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s flawless skin is almost the death of her in Olay commercial

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s enviably flawless complexion is almost the death of her in the hilarious new Killer Skin advert for beauty brand Olay.The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, who also starred in horror classic Scream 2 on the big screen, po…

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s enviably flawless complexion is almost the death of her in the hilarious new Killer Skin advert for beauty brand Olay.

The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, who also starred in horror classic Scream 2 on the big screen, pokes fun at her acting genre preferences in the commercial, which aired in full during the Super Bowl on Sunday night (03Feb19).

The advert starts with Sarah and a male friend enjoying their evening, before a masked man breaks into the house and tries to chase them down. After locking themselves in the bedroom, Sarah then attempts to unlock her phone with the facial ID feature to call the police. However, she quickly realises the dramatic effects of her skincare regime as she tells her pal: “I’ve been using Olay. It has totally transformed my skin. 28 days ago, I looked like that!” The camera then flashes over to a picture of Sarah looking dishevelled, with an uneven complexion and messy hair.

Her pal comments that the transformation is “bananas”, before the masked man manages to break into the bedroom, and sits on the bed as he tells Sarah: “Your skin is glowing – you could be a movie star!”

Explaining her decision to team up with Olay for the Super Bowl ad, Sarah said: “I’m a big fan of Olay, having used their products for years. I was also immediately drawn to the humorous and campy creative direction they wanted to take for the ad. It’s definitely different than what most would expect coming from the brand, which is what makes it so great.”

She also praised the brand for challenging the “male-centric nature” of the majority of adverts airing during the Super Bowl and speaking to the “hugely underrepresented female NFL fan”.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar apologises for divisive pre-Thanksgiving lingerie post

Sarah Michelle Gellar has apologised for sharing a social media post in which she encouraged herself “not to overeat” on Thanksgiving (22Nov18).The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Monday (19Nov18) to upload several throwback photo…

Sarah Michelle Gellar has apologised for sharing a social media post in which she encouraged herself “not to overeat” on Thanksgiving (22Nov18).

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Monday (19Nov18) to upload several throwback photos of her posing in lingerie for a 2007 Maxim photoshoot, and she captioned the slideshow: “I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep.”

However, the post quickly stirred up a controversy among her followers, with some claiming that she was “fat shaming” others or potentially triggering people with eating disorders, and accordingly, she has now updated the post with an apology.

“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions,” the 41-year-old commented. “I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that. I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humour. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis (sic). I am a champion of all people.”

Prior to posting her statement, Sarah received a mixed range of comments on the post, with one Instagram user stating, “Please don’t promote diet culture. Not the kind of message we should be sending,” and another writing, “Disappointing to use your platform to promote thinspiration on a once a year holiday that should be about togetherness and gratitude.”

Yet, others supported the star, who shares two children with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr., and praised her for standing up for herself.

“You can enjoy Thanksgiving without going crazy!!” one noted, while another added: “You are gorgeous and you have the right to post whatever you want. I applaud your hard work to look like you do and should be able to joke around.”

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Sarah Michelle Gellar launched organic baking company despite limited cooking skills

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t let her limited cooking skills stand in the way of her business ambitions when she launched Foodstirs. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star co-created the company to offer the health-conscious more organic sugarless d…

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t let her limited cooking skills stand in the way of her business ambitions when she launched Foodstirs.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star co-created the company to offer the health-conscious more organic sugarless dessert options that are fun and easy to make.

The 41 year old hopes the venture allows families to bond as they prepare treats together.

“If you would’ve asked me four years ago if I thought I would be running a baking company, I definitely would’ve laughed pretty hard,” Gellar says in a video posted by InStyle. “Let’s see… I have no skill, no experience… yeah, sounds like the perfect job for me!”

Despite her reservations, Gellar, who played a terrible chef in 1999 romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, launched the company with the help of longtime friend Galit Laibow and entrepreneur Greg Fleishman, who guided her through the early stages of the development of Foodstirs and set up relationships with bosses at stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market, where items from the Los Angeles based venture are now sold.

Last year (17), ahead of the brand’s launch, Gellar explained to CNBC that being known as an actress meant there was more pressure on her to succeed.

“While at first it may seem like my celebrity might have given Foodstirs an easier entry… there are more eyes on us and more anticipation of failure,” she said.

Her concerns have since been put to rest with Foodstirs expanding to 1,500 stores throughout the U.S., but modest Sarah Michelle insists much of her success can be accredited to the team she works alongside.

“We have a great culture,” she says. “We bake all day. There’s no typical day. We get up at five in the morning and don’t go to sleep until well into the next day!”

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