Geena Davis: ‘Winning an Oscar didn’t change my career’

Geena Davis thought her career would change for the better once she won an Oscar, but it made little difference.The 64-year-old actress took home a golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Accidental Tourist back in 1989,…

Geena Davis thought her career would change for the better once she won an Oscar, but it made little difference.

The 64-year-old actress took home a golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Accidental Tourist back in 1989, and while she thought the victory might lead to some bigger roles, she was left disappointed when the win changed very little about her career.

“Winning the Oscar… makes you feel incredible and appreciated,” she told People magazine. “But I don’t know that it changes your career. I really don’t know if anybody hired me because of the Oscar after that.”

Over the course of her career, Geena has had some groundbreaking roles, such as starring opposite Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise. It had been said that the female-led movie would change the landscape of Hollywood, but the screen star failed to notice any difference after the film’s release in 1991.

“When Thelma & Louise came out and we saw the reaction to that movie, it was mind-blowing what a nerve it struck,” she said. “And all the press said, ‘This changes everything! Now we’re going to see so many movies with women.’

“My very next movie was A League of Their Own, where they said the same thing: ‘A giant hit with women playing sports – we’re going to see so many more female sports movies,’ and none of that happened. And I kept waiting for it to happen. Some other movie would come along and do really well: First Wives Club did really well, and I thought, ‘Okay, well, now…’ And the numbers have never moved. And in fact, the ratio of male to female characters on screen in films has been exactly the same since 1946.”

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Susan Sarandon didn’t think The Big Lebowski spin-off would ever be made

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff …

Susan Sarandon thought John Turturro’s The Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls was so “crazy” it would never be made.

The actor originally played the scene-stealing bowler Jesus Quintana in the Coen Brothers’ crime comedy back in 1998, alongside Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

More than two decades later, the 63-year-old has reprised his iconic character for the movie spin-off, which is also a loose remake of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 film Going Places, as well as writing and directing his passion project.

During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today, Sarandon, who plays former prisoner Jean, confessed she was stunned when she got the call from Turturro asking her to come to set to begin filming, as she thought his passion project was too ambitious to be given the green light.

“I said yes (to the job) thinking they would never get the money!” she quipped. “It was so crazy, the script, and so much was going on, and I was like, I love John, I’d do anything he asked me to do. I love Bobby (Cannavale, co-star), we’ve worked together before, I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, sure, sure – it’ll never happen!’ And it happened!”

And having her old friend behind the camera made the experience all the more fun for Sarandon, because she was already familiar with his shooting style, having previously collaborated on 1998’s Illuminata and 2005’s Romance & Cigarettes, which were both also written and directed by Turturro.

“John is very special, he creates an atmosphere that (makes) you feel very safe, you can throw out anything to try,” she explained. “It’s just fun, that’s the main thing, and you know he knows what he’s doing.”

The Jesus Rolls, also starring Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson and Jon Hamm, is in U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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Christina Ricci and Dianna Agron star in Roger Vivier campaign

Christina Ricci and Dianna Agron have been tapped to star in a campaign for footwear brand Roger Vivier.The Sleepy Hollow actress and Glee star appear in the short film, titled “Abracashoes”, by the luxury French brand’s creative director Gherardo Fell…

Christina Ricci and Dianna Agron have been tapped to star in a campaign for footwear brand Roger Vivier.

The Sleepy Hollow actress and Glee star appear in the short film, titled “Abracashoes”, by the luxury French brand’s creative director Gherardo Felloni, who also makes a cameo in the clip.

In the footage, Ricci plays a magician and shoe thief, who is performing in a theatre. She chooses Agron’s character, who is wearing a pair of black Belle Vivier pumps, from the audience to be her volunteer and she lies down in a box.

Ricci’s illusionist performs a trick in which she saws Agron in half, but then steals the shoes from her feet while she’s stuck in the box and runs away. The clip ends with Agron yelling, “She stole my shoes”, and Fellini, as an audience member, laughing hysterically. Ricci is seen putting the shoes in an empty compartment of her magician’s box, revealing that she has been collecting different versions of the Belle Vivier. She stores the pumps away as she whispers, “Abracashoes”.

Explaining why he chose his campaign stars, Felloni described Ricci as “one of my dream actresses who I really admire” and Agron as “a talented young actress… Her beauty and sex appeal seduced me at first sight.”

Felloni creative directed the film, which was helmed by Nicolangelo Gelormini and styled by Elisa Nadin. It was shot over two days at Milan’s Teatro Gerolamo in December.

Abracashoes is the third film Felloni has made since joining the brand in 2018 – the first one starred French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve and the second featured Thelma & Louise actress Susan Sarandon.

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Fendi pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld with couture show in Rome

Fendi has honoured the late Karl Lagerfeld with its fall/winter 2019-2020 couture show.The German couturier, who had served as the Italian label’s creative director of fur and women’s ready-to-wear since 1965, died at the age of 85 in February. Accordi…

Fendi has honoured the late Karl Lagerfeld with its fall/winter 2019-2020 couture show.

The German couturier, who had served as the Italian label’s creative director of fur and women’s ready-to-wear since 1965, died at the age of 85 in February.

Accordingly, menswear and accessories designer Silvia Venturini Fendi took the opportunity to honour the godfather of fashion at the latest high-end presentation, which was held at the Palatine Hill and overlooked the Colosseum in Rome on Thursday night.

Titled The Dawn of Romanity, and with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoey Deutch, and Kiernan Shipka, in attendance, Fendi told editors at Vogue.com that the range celebrates the relationship between Fendi and the capital city, as well as Lagerfeld’s groundbreaking vision and techniques.

“(His legacy includes) his attitude to break rules and push boundaries,” said Silvia, adding that for Lagerfeld, “Nothing was ever impossible, and that’s what we all tried for.”

To open the presentation, a model walked the runway in a white suit with blouse-like sleeves, a gauzy shirt, and carried a fur-look handbag. A retro theme was immediately apparent in the ensembles that followed, with Silvia opting for a palette of brown, tan, white, and light blue, as well as a mix of textures, such as dresses matched with furry coats. Sam McKnight was in charge of the hair, with each model sporting a round bob wig dyed to match their outfit, with the colours inspired by the pinks, greys, and apricots of Roman marbles.

Highlights of the collection included a dress with striped panels made from black velvet which was modelled by Candice Swanepoel, a black gown with ruffled skirt featuring deep-V neckline, a black dress with geometric panels worn by Liu Wen, as well as a long silky dress with ’60s-style marble print as modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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Susan Sarandon and AnnaSophia Robb star in Roger Vivier campaign

Susan Sarandon and AnnaSophia Robb have been tapped to front Roger Vivier’s latest campaign.The Hollywood stars appear in the French luxury footwear label’s new marketing imagery and an accompanying video to promote creative director Gherardo Felloni’s…

Susan Sarandon and AnnaSophia Robb have been tapped to front Roger Vivier’s latest campaign.

The Hollywood stars appear in the French luxury footwear label’s new marketing imagery and an accompanying video to promote creative director Gherardo Felloni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.

Named Jewels to Shoes and inspired by Italian director Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1965 film I Knew Her Well, the short film takes place in the heart of Upstate New York and follows an eccentric drama teacher, as played by Susan, and an aspiring actress, portrayed by AnnaSophia.

Regarding the collaboration, the Oscar-winning star commented that she was thrilled to be a part of the campaign as she greatly admires the fashion house and Gherardo’s designs.

“I love that (Gherardo) is a fan of cult movies, such as Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well, which was the inspiration for this story of an eccentric drama teacher and her young acting proteges,” she commented. “The collection is stunning, and I enjoyed dressing up in the best of Vivier.”

The project sees Susan and AnnaSophia showcase a number of new pieces, including the Tres Vivier boots, the matching Beau Vivier bag, the Viv’ Utility boots, and Broche Vivier bracelets.

In addition, pops of colour are evident in the inclusion of bright magenta Courbette pumps, vivid green boots and bold violet Broche Vivier ballerinas.

Accordingly, The Carrie Diaries actress AnnaSophia described the collaboration as a dream come true.

“It’s quirky, whimsical, romantic, and subversive; poignant for our current moment and beautifully encapsulates the interplay between fashion of past and present. Gherardo reimagined the film in our Jewels to Shoes short and I gasped when I learned I’d be working with one of my icons, Susan Sarandon. Susan embodies enduring class, sass, and style, as does Roger Vivier. It was a true honour working alongside these creative forces that have shaped our vision of womanhood.”

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Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski to star in Bad Moms’ Moms

Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski have signed on to star in comedy Bad Moms’ Moms.At the STX Films presentation held as part of CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday (02Apr19), STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson announced that the studio was making a thi…

Susan Sarandon and Christine Baranski have signed on to star in comedy Bad Moms’ Moms.

At the STX Films presentation held as part of CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday (02Apr19), STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson announced that the studio was making a third instalment in the Bad Moms franchise – a follow-up to 2016 hit Bad Moms and 2017 sequel A Bad Moms Christmas.

Sarandon, 72, will reprise her role as Kathryn Hahn’s character Carla’s rebellious mother Isis Dunkler while 66-year-old Baranski will once again star as Ruth Redmond – the mum of Mila Kunis’ Amy Mitchell. In addition, Cheryl Hines will reprise her role as Sandy, the mother of Kristen Bell’s Kiki.

Fogelson did not offer up any more details about Bad Moms’ Moms, including whether the core cast of the original two films would be returning, though he did describe the movie as “a whole new adventure that is attracting all sorts of great talent.”

In A Bad Moms Christmas, the plot followed Amy, Carla, and Kiki as they dealt with the arrival of their own mothers during the festive period. At the conclusion of the film, it was indicated that the older mums – Isis, Ruth, and Sandy – had become friends and were even planning a trip to Las Vegas, making it likely that Sin City will be where the next flick picks up.

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, Bad Moms was an unexpected success at the box office, grossing over $183 million (£139 million) worldwide, while A Bad Moms Christmas made over $130 million (£99 million) globally. Previously, bosses at STX Films indicated that they were considering making a Bad Dads film, but with Bad Moms’ Moms in the works, it appears that idea is on the backburner.

Sarandon was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Ray Donovan and has been filming movies Going Places and Blackbird. Meanwhile, Baranski reprised her role as Tanya in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and fronted TV show The Good Fight, and Hines, 53, has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and voiced a character in the animated feature The Legend of Secret Pass.

A potential release date for Bad Moms’ Moms has not yet been set.

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Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon to star in women’s rights film Call Jane

Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon will star alongside each other in women’s rights drama Call Jane. The Handmaid’s Tale actress will lead the film in the role of Joy and serve as producer under her Unburdened Entertainment banner alongside Dallas Buye…

Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon will star alongside each other in women’s rights drama Call Jane.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress will lead the film in the role of Joy and serve as producer under her Unburdened Entertainment banner alongside Dallas Buyers Club producer Robbie Brenner.

The film, which will be directed by Sian Heder, who has helmed episodes of GLOW and Orange is the New Black, follows a traditional ’60s American housewife who is desperate for a child. After she falls pregnant and discovers complications which will threaten her life, she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia, to be played by Sarandon. The Janes save her life and give her a new sense of purpose: to help other women take control of their destinies.

“I’m so excited to be bringing this beautiful script to life with Sian and Robbie and to be working with Susan, who I admire tremendously,” Moss said in a statement. “The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women. We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next.

“It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”

Brenner added, “I have no doubt that Sian will craft a beautiful and important film with our dedicated and amazing cast, Elisabeth and Susan.”

The film has been written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, who will also serve as executive producers.

Call Jane is currently in the pre-production phase, and executives at Protagonist Pictures, who have the international rights, will introduce the movie to buyers at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Germany this February (19).

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Susan Sarandon replacing Diane Keaton in Blackbird movie

Susan Sarandon is replacing Diane Keaton in Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird. In July (18), it was confirmed that Keaton had signed on to appear in the upcoming film, a remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish movie Silent Heart. However, editors at Deadl…

Susan Sarandon is replacing Diane Keaton in Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird. 

In July (18), it was confirmed that Keaton had signed on to appear in the upcoming film, a remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish movie Silent Heart.

However, editors at Deadline have now reported that Keaton will no longer appear in the film, with Sarandon replacing her in the part of a terminally ill mother named Lily who arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies.

Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska will portray Lily’s daughters, while Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, and Bex Taylor-Klaus have been tapped to take on supporting roles.

Danish writer Christian Torpe, who penned the screenplay for Silent Heart, has also written the new adaptation. Production on the film is due to kick off this month (Oct18) in the United Kingdom.

Keaton has not commented on her decision to drop out of the film. The Oscar-winning actress was most recently seen onscreen in romcom Book Club alongside Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, and is currently in the post-production phase on Poms, Zara Hayes’ comedy about a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community.

Meanwhile, Sarandon has completed shooting a part as Samantha Winslow on TV show Ray Donovan and as an art teacher in James Gallagher’s short film Love.

The 72-year-old has a string of other projects in the mix too, including a role as Dr. Sylvia Mansfield in short thriller Slipping Away and as Thelma Toole in Butterfly in the Typewriter, David DuBos’ forthcoming movie about troubled author John Kennedy Toole and his struggle to bring his comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces to print, with the project also starring Diane Kruger and Nick Offerman.

A potential release date for Blackbird has not yet been set.

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Kristen Stewart walks barefoot at Cannes to protest flat-shoe ban

Kristen Stewart was a red carpet rebel at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night (14May18).The Personal Shopper actress and Cannes jury member stepped out at the French film event to attend the premiere of BlacKkKlansman, the new movie directed by Sp…

Kristen Stewart was a red carpet rebel at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night (14May18).

The Personal Shopper actress and Cannes jury member stepped out at the French film event to attend the premiere of BlacKkKlansman, the new movie directed by Spike Lee which stars John David Washington and Adam Driver.

However, it was Kristen who courted the most attention at the screening. Dressed in a sparkly silver Chanel minidress, she proceeded to walk past the first bank of photographers before stopping and removing her black Christian Louboutin stilettos.

Kristen then walked barefoot up the steps to the cinema and carried her shoes in her hands. In her actions, it appears the 28-year-old was making a statement against the Cannes Film Festival rules that maintain women attending gala premieres must wear heels and “no flats”. Men are expected to wear a black tie.

The Cannes dress code became a controversial topic in 2015 when a number of women attending a premiere were stopped from entering for wearing flat soled shoes instead of high heels. Dubbed “Heelgate”, the incident saw celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts flout the rules at premieres the following year in a show of solidarity and protest.

Kristen also addressed the saga in an interview with Vanity Fair during the 2016 festival, stating that she felt the dress code was antiquated and sexist.

“Things have to change immediately,” she said of the wardrobe guidelines. “It has become really obvious that if (a man and I) were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.’ Then (I’m going to say), ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version-flats or heels.”

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Leslie Mann wows in red dress at Blockers premiere

Leslie Mann stole the spotlight at the Blockers premiere on Tuesday night (03Apr18).The actress stars in director Kay Cannon’s new comedy about three parents who try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night. Stepping out for the debut scre…

Leslie Mann stole the spotlight at the Blockers premiere on Tuesday night (03Apr18).

The actress stars in director Kay Cannon’s new comedy about three parents who try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Stepping out for the debut screening held at the Regency Village Theatre in California, Leslie turned heads in a strapless red dress featuring delicate embroidery from Zac Posen. She complemented her look with dark red velvet sandals and chose to have her blonde hair styled into loose waves.

Leslie was joined on the red carpet by her husband Judd Apatow and their two daughters, Maude, 20, and 15-year-old Iris. Her co-star John Cena also got suited and booted for the event, wearing a white shirt, gold tie and blue jacket, while his wrestler fiancee Nikki Bella opted for a silver minidress with thigh-high grey suede boots.

Ike Barinholtz stepped up his style by donning a blue suit, white shirt and black tie, Ramona Young sported a gorgeous emerald green gown with plunging neckline and Sarayu Blue chose a patterned black gown with bird motifs for the night.

The film’s young cast also attended the premiere, including Geraldine Viswanathan, who wore an ice-blue sequin gown, and Gideon Adlon, who was outfitted in a black dress with crystal embellishment.

Colton Dunn rocked a black outfit and pale blue blazer, and actor Miles Robbins, the son of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, looked cool in a navy suit matched with a polka dot shirt.

Other celebrities who showed their support for the flick included Seth Rogen, Alyson Stoner and Ali Larter, who dazzled in a bohemian-inspired white dress that was belted at the waist.

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