Reed Morano in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Col…

Reed Morano is reportedly in talks to direct Jennifer Lopez’s drug lord drama The Godmother.

The filmmaker, who won an Emmy for helming the hit U.S. drama The Handmaid’s Tale, is circling the project, which documents the real-life story of notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco, known as The Godmother, according to Deadline.

Lopez is playing the titular character, who rose from an impoverished childhood to become a key figurehead in Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy Wars, and was worth more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) before she was murdered in Colombia in 2012.

The outlet also reports that William Monahan, who won an Oscar for writing The Departed, is in talks to rewrite the first draft of the script, which was originally penned by Terry Winter and Regina Corrado.

Lopez is also serving as a producer on the crime drama, alongside her former manager Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Julie Yorn. Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer is executive producing, with Alex Brown, Rick Yorn, and Winter.

News that the Hustlers star would be playing Blanco on the big screen broke last year, and the 50-year-old said that she “jumped at the chance” to play the infamous drug lord.

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” she told Variety in July last year. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters – notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero.”

Morano, a cinematographer, made her feature directorial debut with Meadowland in 2015 and followed it up with I Think We’re Alone Now in 2018 and The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively, last year. She has also directed episodes of Halt and Catch Fire, Billions, and upcoming series The Power.

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Elisabeth Moss helped edit The Invisible Man script to ensure female perspective

Elisabeth Moss carefully read over Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man script to ensure it did right by the female point of view.The Handmaid’s Tale star appears in the upcoming movie as Cecilia Kass, who manages to escape an abusive relationship but so…

Elisabeth Moss carefully read over Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man script to ensure it did right by the female point of view.

The Handmaid’s Tale star appears in the upcoming movie as Cecilia Kass, who manages to escape an abusive relationship but soon finds herself being stalked by her ex, who has found a way to make himself invisible.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, Moss revealed the Saw filmmaker asked her to look over his screenplay, which is based on a novel by H. G. Wells, to make sure what he wrote felt accurate from a woman’s perspective.

“I mean, this was written by a man. He wrote it brilliantly. It’s a beautiful script and what’s on the screen is very, very close to what he wrote. But he also had the intelligence to ask me, as soon as I was cast: ‘Can you please tell me what I did wrong here? What did I miss? You’re a woman, you’re coming at this from a completely different perspective. What can I put in here that will be true to being a female?'” she recalled.

“Most men that I’ve dealt with, and worked with, have that frame of mind. So, I think that is important, and I think that most smart men know that. But there are some dummies out there.”

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She also revealed that Whannell spoke to victims of domestic abuse to help inform his script.

“Leigh had already spoken to victims of abuse, so he shared what he had learned with me. And I’ve done my own research over the years, especially with Handmaid’s Tale. So, I’ve been, unfortunately, looking at it for a while,” the 37-year-old explained.

The Invisible Man hits cinemas from Friday.

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘I’d never read any script like The Kitchen’

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women a…

Elisabeth Moss signed on to star in The Kitchen because she’d never seen a mob movie featuring three women.

The Handmaid’s Tale actress appears alongside Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the new gangster drama, which follows the three women as they take charge of their husbands’ criminal empire after they are sentenced to prison.

Regarding the project, Moss has now explained that she wanted to be involved due to the “unique” plot.

“I thought it was a really unique script. I hadn’t read anything like it. I had certainly not seen a mob movie starring three women,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought the idea of these really flawed, interesting, complex women who are not superheroes, who are not good at what they do at first, who make mistakes — and there are major consequences to the violence and the mistakes that they make — that was a very real story.”

Screenwriter Andrea Berloff, who makes her directorial debut with the film, added that she wanted to get in the director’s chair for the first time because The Kitchen felt like a film she had to make.

“I’ve never seen a story like this before. I’ve never seen an authentic mob movie for real with women at the heart of it. That was fresh and different and, in my opinion, that’s the only way a movie gets made today is by doing something different,” she shared. “Audiences are letting us know that they’re tired of the same old thing, and we have to keep reinventing ourselves, and I think a fresh, different story is the way to do it.”

McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her comedic roles, added that she found it fun to be playing a ruthless criminal.

The Kitchen is in cinemas now.

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Elisabeth Moss wanted to live up to Casey Affleck’s expectations when they worked together

Elisabeth Moss tried to be as good as Casey Affleck when he directed her in his new movie.Casey wrote, directed and also stars in Light of My Life, a film he began writing nine years ago, with the movie premiering at the Berlin International Film Festi…

Elisabeth Moss tried to be as good as Casey Affleck when he directed her in his new movie.

Casey wrote, directed and also stars in Light of My Life, a film he began writing nine years ago, with the movie premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month (Feb19).

Light of My Life is a dystopian father/ daughter tale, with Casey taking on the role of Dad, Elisabeth as Mum and Anna Pniowsky as the daughter, Rag.

“I’m a tremendous fan of his as an actor so it’s really cool to be directed by someone like that because, basically, you just want to do whatever they tell you so you can try to be as good as they are,” The Handmaid’s Tale actress gushed to Deadline. “He was extremely collaborative and generous in letting me create the role, give any script notes or ideas, and really contribute to my part of the story.

“As an actor, it’s so helpful to be a part of a process like that and to be able to really make something your own, which he gave to me as a director. There was a lot of trust because he knew the material so well and knew exactly what he wanted. I just followed his lead and tried to help tell his story.”

Elisabeth shot all of her scenes in one day, and although her part was only small, the 36-year-old said it felt like she filmed an entire movie in the space of a few short hours.

She added that it helped that her scenes were shot mostly in sequence.

“I was bummed when we were finished because I wanted to do more – I felt like I just got started,” she confessed. “But in those circumstances you just have to kind of leave it all out on the dance floor because all you get is that one day and you don’t have time to ease into it. You start at 100 MPH and just speed up from there.”

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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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Tory Burch ‘practically lives’ in her favourite leggings

Tory Burch is such a fan of leggings that she “practically lives” in them when off-duty.The designer launched her brand in 2004 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for preppy and Bohemian-inspired pieces. While Tory always steps out in chic …

Tory Burch is such a fan of leggings that she “practically lives” in them when off-duty.

The designer launched her brand in 2004 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for preppy and Bohemian-inspired pieces.

While Tory always steps out in chic ensembles at presentations and events, she has now shared that she can’t get enough of leggings.

“I wear our chevron leggings almost every time I work out,” she told New York magazine’s The Strategist. “They’re breathable, ultralightweight and always stay dry. On the weekends, I practically live in them.”

Tory went on to share how she always keeps House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones in her handbag, as well as Matt’s Munchies Organic Fruit Snack to munch on between meetings.

The fashion star also always keeps her beauty kit stocked with Westman Atelier’s Baby Cheeks Blush Stick.

“I tend to take a less-is-more approach to beauty, which is a philosophy I know (make-up artist) Gucci Westman shares. Her new line of cosmetics is incredible. I love how natural this cream blush looks, and it lasts forever,” the 52-year-old said.

Elsewhere in the chat, Tory noted that her favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

And she loves nothing more than to cosy up in her Loewe wool-blend blanket by the fire and binge on the odd TV show.

“I am not much of a binge-watcher, but I did get hooked on The Handmaid’s Tale,” the designer added.

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The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer ‘flattered’ her creations are part of #MeToo culture

The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer Ane Crabtree is thrilled her creations have inspired comedy sketches and political protests. The visionary behind the crimson cloak and white bonnet worn by the women on the dystopian drama, is thrilled the distinc…

The Handmaid’s Tale costume designer Ane Crabtree is thrilled her creations have inspired comedy sketches and political protests.

The visionary behind the crimson cloak and white bonnet worn by the women on the dystopian drama, is thrilled the distinct look has caught on and she loves the fact it has become a cultural item for the changing times.

Crabtree, who also worked on shows like The Sopranos and Westworld, was particularly excited to see so many people wearing replicas of her Handmaid’s Tale look at Halloween.

“It’s so flattering and humbling and funny,” she tells Us Weekly. “I loved when it was on RuPaul’s Drag Race or Saturday Night Live. I love all the protests that are happening all over the world.”

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the series centres on a stark future, where women in the U.S. are ripped from their families and forced to breed for powerful couples who cannot have children. The costumes on the show, which stars Elisabeth Moss, were worn in September during a Washington, D.C. protest against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearing. Known as Demand Justice, the activist group used the clothing to highlight Kavanaugh’s alleged threat to women’s rights.

“I am smart enough to know that it is beyond me at a certain point,” she adds. “I simply came up with an idea based on a script that was handed to me. It’s always either hilarious or poignant – whether it’s Halloween costumes or women truly protesting for their rights. It’s a big deal. It’s only two seasons for me, so maybe years down the road, I’ll understand what it all means fully.”

Alyssa Milano sported the show’s garb during the August (18) Rise Up For Roe rally in Phoenix, Arizona, which was staged to help uphold the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalising abortion. The actress held up a sign that read: “Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead”.

Kavanaugh became the latest judge to take a seat at the U.S. Supreme Court, despite protests linked to sexual misconduct claims from a former fellow college student. An FBI investigation found him guilty of no wrongdoing.

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘Producing isn’t about a vanity credit for me’

Elisabeth Moss has insisted taking on a producing role isn’t about a vanity credit for her.The 36-year-old actress is a producer on TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, and also starred in and produced Toronto International Film Festival competitor Her Smell. …

Elisabeth Moss has insisted taking on a producing role isn’t about a vanity credit for her.

The 36-year-old actress is a producer on TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, and also starred in and produced Toronto International Film Festival competitor Her Smell. Elisabeth enjoys working both behind and in front of the camera, and said that taking on dual roles is about more than just having her name on two credits.

“You approach the project in such a different way when you are producing it because you are involved from the start like buying a property, like a book, and developing it from there,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “I pretty much always ask to be a producer, especially if you are the lead role, because you know, it’s your face that’s out there, and the more ownership you can have, why not?

“For me, I never wanted it to be a vanity title, and I think there’s definitely a little bit of that sometimes.”

However, Elisabeth has the advantage of being inspired by many of her peers, who have found success as producers as well as actors.

“There are women producers who are not actresses who have really inspired me and there’s a couple actresses who were the first, like Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, who produce really good s**t,” Elisabeth smiled.

Praising Reese’s “incredible eye”, Elisabeth continued: “In one year, she did Gone Girl and Wild. She bought two of the hottest book properties before they were even out, I think. That’s not because you’re famous and you’re an actress; she actually has a knack for it creatively and those are the kinds of people I admire.”

Elisabeth has been praised for her portrayal of June in The Handmaid’s Tale, but lost out on the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Claire Foy for The Crown at the 2018 ceremony on Monday night (17Sep18).

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Reed Morano circling Supergirl movie – report

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl. Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), wit…

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl.

Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), with 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel brought on board to pen the script.

Now, according to TheGWW.com, the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale director is among those considered frontrunners to take charge of the new franchise, which will centre on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El.

According to comic book lore, she was a teenager when she escaped the doomed planet Krypton.

Supergirl was previously played on the big screen by Helen Slater in 1984, and she is currently being portrayed on TV by former Glee star Melissa Benoist.

Casting details for the new movie adaptation have yet to be revealed, and it’s not known if it will serve as an origin story, or somehow be tied in to Zack Snyder’s 2013 movie, Man of Steel.

If Morano signs on, she won’t be the first female filmmaker to be handed the reins of a DC superhero blockbuster – Patty Jenkins is currently working on the follow-up to her 2017 smash hit Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot as the titular warrior, while Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad spin-off, Birds of Prey.

There have also been significant appointments at rival comic book giant Marvel – Anna Boden is co-directing the Captain Marvel movie with Ryan Fleck, and Berlin Syndrome filmmaker Cate Shortland is set to shoot the Black Widow standalone.

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Samira Wiley lives in a bathing suit to beat Palm Springs heat

Actress Samira Wiley always ensures she is bikini body ready whenever she visits Palm Springs, because she is rarely in normal clothing during trips to the desert town.The Handmaid’s Tale star and her wife Lauren Morelli have become regular visitors to…

Actress Samira Wiley always ensures she is bikini body ready whenever she visits Palm Springs, because she is rarely in normal clothing during trips to the desert town.

The Handmaid’s Tale star and her wife Lauren Morelli have become regular visitors to the Southern California hotspot, staying at their home from home, the Sparrows Lodge, whenever they are in town.

“There are only about 20 rooms, so it feels very secluded,” she explains to Marie Claire magazine. “On vacation, the first thing I do is start with a cocktail: a jalapeno or habanero margarita with mezcal.

“It’s so hot in Palm Springs, people don’t really do much, and that’s why I like it. To be able to sit down all day and get lost in a book by the pool is a real luxury.”

“It’s not uncommon for it to be well above 100 degrees (Fahrenheit), so you just need something to put over your bathing suit,” she adds of her Palm Springs attire. “Wander into any store in town and that’s the kind of stuff they have.”

Samira tries to beat the heat when she exercises during her visits, revealing she rides bikes and goes running before the sun gets too hot.

“I like to run early in the morning, before the sun comes up, when it’s cool outside,” she details. “The surrounding mountain views are beautiful and make you stop and reflect on how small we are. I feel completely off the grid, like no one can find me.”

However, the 31-year-old Orange is the New Black star doesn’t like to stay too secluded and has a few favourite establishments she visits whenever she is in the area, which thousands of Coachella attendees flock to for the annual festival every year.

“Local Mexican joint Las Casuelas Terraza has become our go-to, not just for the food; it’s the atmosphere, the people-watching, the whole festive vibe,” Samira gushes.

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