Jon Stewart adding Rose Byrne to his new political movie

Rose Byrne looks set to be joining Steve Carell in Jon Stewart’s new political satire, Irresistible.Variety reported in October (18) that former The Daily Show host Stewart was eyeing up Carell for his new project, his first since 2014’s Rosewater….

Rose Byrne looks set to be joining Steve Carell in Jon Stewart’s new political satire, Irresistible.

Variety reported in October (18) that former The Daily Show host Stewart was eyeing up Carell for his new project, his first since 2014’s Rosewater. And now Collider reports Byrne is also joining the cast of Irresistible.

Sources tell the website that the film follows a slick Democratic strategist (Carell) who helps a retired veteran run for Mayor in a small, right-wing town in Wisconsin, which is a swing state. Byrne is close to finalising a deal to play Carell’s cut-throat Republican counterpart who campaigns on behalf of the local mayor.

Production is slated to kick off this spring, with Focus Features the likely contender to make it. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will be producing, along with Stewart, who is also writing the script.

It marks Stewart’s second foray into filmmaking. He handed over The Daily Show reigns to Trevor Noah in 2015, weeks before Rosewater premiered at the Telluride Film Festival but has been laying low on the Hollywood front ever since.

Talking about how Rosewater, a film about real-life Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who was detained by Iranian forces and brutally interrogated, came about, Stewart previously revealed it was an “organic” process, rather than him purposefully seeking out a writing and directing career.

“Maziar would come through New York, and we would have breakfast and talk about writing his memoir,” he recalled. “We talked about how to make it into a film, but more as producers, and as we sent it around to various writers who were already more gainfully employed than how we could employ them… We just got frustrated that it was a year and a half and there was very little movement. That’s really what drove the initial impulse to write it. Directing grew out of becoming slightly territorial at that point.”

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Steve Carell worked with ‘doll handlers’ on Welcome to Marwen

Steve Carell found it interesting to work with “doll handlers” on the set of Welcome to Marwen.The actor portrays Mark Hogancamp in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which tells the true story of how the American artist created a fictional village fil…

Steve Carell found it interesting to work with “doll handlers” on the set of Welcome to Marwen.

The actor portrays Mark Hogancamp in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which tells the true story of how the American artist created a fictional village filled with sets and dolls in order to help him cope with the trauma of being physically assaulted.

During the shoot, Steve had to interact with many dolls, and has now described how there was a whole team dedicated to getting the figurines in just the right position.

“There were doll handlers – there were people who were specifically designated to pose the dolls, to help us articulate the dolls in certain ways. Because Mark Hogancamp is very good at it, he creates this world and is able to pose the dolls in ways which exude a lot of emotion in his photographs,” he said in a video interview with Collider.com. “So, I had to learn, it was sort of a learning curve, because I haven’t played with G.I. Joe (action figures) in a long, long time, and when I did, it wasn’t artful.”

The movie also stars Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie and Diane Kruger.

Welcome to Marwen features a combination of live-action and CGI scenes, and during the chat, Steve also recalled the useful advice he was given by Forrest Gump filmmaker Robert on how to work in the space.

“You’re just in this huge, empty room and you’re imagining everything. He said, ‘Think of it as really low rent black box theatre, you know, no props, no stage per se, just some platforms and it’s all in your imagination.’ And I thought, ‘That’s a really good piece of advice,'” the 56-year-old added.

Welcome to Marwen is now showing in cinemas.

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Robert Zemeckis: ‘The Welcome to Marwen cast embraced motion capture’

All the actors in director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen embraced motion capture because it isn’t as stop-start as traditional filming.The drama tells the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely attacked by a group of me…

All the actors in director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen embraced motion capture because it isn’t as stop-start as traditional filming.

The drama tells the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely attacked by a group of men in 2000. To help him deal with trauma, he made a miniature Belgian town called Marwen in his backyard and used dolls based on people he knew in real life to create epic World War II battles and take photographs of his characters in action.

Zemeckis brought these fantasy sequences to life in his movie, which stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae and Eiza Gonzalez. They all act as themselves in the real world scenes and as their doll alter egos in the fantasy sequences, which required them to put on a grey bodysuit covered in dots and perform via motion capture.

“The thing they miss is, they don’t get to wear a costume, but they love the fact that it’s like theatre, they can act all day long and there’s no stopping,” The Forrest Gump filmmaker explained to SFX magazine. “You don’t have to wait an hour and a half between 30-second performance pieces. So I’ve never had an actor say, ‘I’ll never do this again!’ They all embrace it.”

However, he had to remind his cast that they had to just play their characters, not act like dolls.

“The thing I remember telling them that they had to trust me on is that you don’t have to think about being a doll, because the image will take care of that… We had to have that conversation a lot, about not doing anything to remind the audience that you’re a doll,” he added.

Zemeckis cast Carell because he knew he would have the dramatic side needed for real-life Mark as well as the “comedic swagger” of his doll alter ego Captain Hogie.

They both went to meet the real Mark to help create a fuller picture of what he’s really like.

“He’s very much on board and anything that is sensitive to him we don’t go near… when Steve and I went to talk to Mark, it was more like we were interviewing him not to create the story, but to fill in the blanks for us,” Zemeckis shared.

Welcome to Marwen is in North American theatres from 21 December (18) and elsewhere in 2019.

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Timothee Chalamet to be honoured at Palm Springs Film Festival

Timothee Chalamet’s status as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents is being cemented with a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.The 22-year-old actor, whose turn in Call Me by Your Name landed him an Oscar nomination earlier this ye…

Timothee Chalamet’s status as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents is being cemented with a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.

The 22-year-old actor, whose turn in Call Me by Your Name landed him an Oscar nomination earlier this year (18), is being given the festival’s Spotlight Award, Actor honour for his role in new movie Beautiful Boy. He’ll collect the prize on 3 January (19).

“Timothee Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film Beautiful Boy,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “Last year Timothee was the recipient of the festival’s rising star award for his role in Call Me by Your Name. He is definitely a rising star.”

In Beautiful Boy, Timothee stars as real-life drug addict Nic Sheff, with Steve Carell playing his dad David. It’s based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from the real-life father and son.

Past recipients of the award include Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, and J.K. Simmons – all of whom received Academy Award nominations in the year they were recognised.

For the upcoming 2019 awards season, Timothee has already landed Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nods for Beautiful Boy.

Other projects in the pipeline for the actor include a new retelling of Little Women and a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, which will see him reunite with his onscreen lover Armie Hammer.

Other honorees at the festival include Spike Lee, who will receive the Career Achievement Award, Bradley Cooper, who will receive the Director of the Year Award, and Green Book’s co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who will take home the Vanguard Award.

Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Melissa McCarthy, Regina King, and director Alfonso Cuaron will also be honoured.

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Christian Bale not keen on another body transformation

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain ch…

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.

Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain characters.

He famously slimmed down to a skeletal size for The Machinist, before bulking up to play Batman, and then piling on the pounds for American Hustle. And Christian was once again required to gorge on food for his latest film, Vice, where he plays former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Everything hurts now, I’ve got to really start thinking about if I can manage this again and the answer is probably no,” the Oscar winner admitted to reporters at Vice’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (11Dec18).

Vice sees Christian reteam with his The Big Short director Adam McKay, as well former co-stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Eddie Marsan.

During his red carpet stint, the 44-year-old also recalled the time he met now U.S. President Donald Trump while shooting one of the Batman movies.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on Batman in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,'” he said. “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”

Vice opens in cinemas from Christmas Day.

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Steve Carell’s father inspired his latest role

Steve Carell drew on his childhood experiences with his own dad for new drama Beautiful Boy.The film is based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, with Steve playing David and Timothee Chalamet starring as Nic.Talking to…

Steve Carell drew on his childhood experiences with his own dad for new drama Beautiful Boy.

The film is based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, with Steve playing David and Timothee Chalamet starring as Nic.

Talking to Esquire about the role, Steve shared: “My dad, who is about to turn 93, is a real rock. A real stoic. He didn’t cry a lot, but I could tell when something was tearing him up inside. He internalised it for the sake of the family.

“And that to me was more heartbreaking than someone who would just, you know, be really outward with his emotions. It’s kind of how I interpreted the David character: He’s trying to keep it together.”

Steve is now regarded as one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, but his success as an actor didn’t happen overnight.

The 56-year-old has been working steadily since the early ’90s, but it was 2003’s Bruce Almighty, followed by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a year later, that really marked him for superstardom.

It was on the set of Anchorman that he met producer Judd Apatow, who encouraged Steve to come to him with any movie ideas he had.

“So, I went into Judd’s office and I pitched him an idea. We talked for an hour and a half and, you know, he thought it was fine,” he recalled. “And just as I was getting up, I said, ‘Oh, and there’s this other secondary idea about a guy who’s never had sex.’ And Judd sparked to that immediately and said, ‘I can sell that to Universal tomorrow.’ And literally the next week, he mentioned it in passing to an executive at Universal and they bought it on the spot.”

In 2005, The 40-Year-Old Virgin hit screens, with Steve co-writing the script with Judd, as well as taking on the lead role.

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Timothee Chalamet was ‘freaking out’ working with Steve Carell

Timothee Chalamet was a nervous wreck on the set of family drug drama Beautiful Boy, because he couldn’t believe he was working alongside The Office star Steve Carell. The Oscar nominee is obsessed with the U.S. version of Ricky Gervais’ hit British c…

Timothee Chalamet was a nervous wreck on the set of family drug drama Beautiful Boy, because he couldn’t believe he was working alongside The Office star Steve Carell.

The Oscar nominee is obsessed with the U.S. version of Ricky Gervais’ hit British comedy, which featured Carell as bumbling boss Michael Scott, so when he discovered they would be playing father and son in the new movie, Timothee had to try and keep his excitement under wraps.

“I was really nervous, I didn’t want him to know (I was a huge fan)…,” Timothee confessed on breakfast show Good Morning America. “I didn’t want Steve to know because I thought he would be creeped out.”

The Call Me by Your Name star’s dream casting became all the more thrilling as Amy Ryan, who played Holly, Carell’s onscreen girlfriend in The Office, was subsequently tapped to play his movie mum, and it was almost too much for Timothee to handle.

“I was constantly in a state of freaking out, especially when Amy and Steve were on set… because Michael and Holly were there,” he smiled.

And while Steve really enjoyed reuniting with Amy in Beautiful Boy, getting their characters’ relationship dynamic just right took some time to get used to, as this time, they were cast as exes.

“It was great (reuniting onscreen), but we play a divorced couple in this movie,” Steve shared. “We naturally like each other so much (in real life) that the first scene where we have to embrace, it was way too warm for this divorced couple that still care about each other but don’t just love each other, so we kinda clicked into Holly and Michael mode for a second, and had to pull back.”

The American version of The Office ran from 2005 to 2013, and also made stars out of John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and Ed Helms, among others.

Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and co-produced by Brad Pitt, is set for release later this week (12Oct18).

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