Dee Rees reflects on The Last Thing He Wanted misfire

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics. In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits h…

Dee Rees has insisted she’s “still proud” of The Last Thing He Wanted despite the negative reviews from critics.

In the adaptation of Joan Didion’s book, Anne Hathaway starred as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. presidential election who inherits her ailing father’s position as an arms dealer for Central America.

The film, which also starred Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Willem Dafoe, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, but was heavily panned, and was subsequently released quietly by Netflix on 21 February.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Mudbound director insisted she has made peace with the reaction.

“You take your knocks, you live and you learn, you try to do better,” she said. “I would make that film again. I’m still proud of it.”

However, Rees admitted she felt guilty about the flop when she considers her cast and crew.

“When you’re making a film, (your team) has to believe in you and trust you and spend six, seven months of their lives with you. All this toil and sacrifice, I didn’t make it pay off for them,” the 43-year-old shared.

And the misfire has helped Rees inform her career going forward, with her adding: “It felt like a rite of passage… Now there’s nothing to be afraid of. I know the worst that can happen.”

Rees will follow up The Last Thing He Wanted with a new adaptation of George Gershwin’s classic musical Porgy and Bess, and she admitted she was feeling the pressure to get it right.

“(It) is an iconic property… I want to do the characters justice, and I feel really honoured to work on it,” she added.

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Anne Hathaway to star in adaptation of French Children Don’t Throw Food

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food. The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title B…

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food.

The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book follows Druckerman, an American journalist, as she moves to Paris for her husband’s job and raises a family there. The story focuses on her trying to figure out how to balance motherhood and a career, whilst also observing her French neighbours to uncover the secrets behind how they parent astonishingly well-behaved children.

However, Druckerman soon learns that everyone, no matter how perfect they might appear, has their own problems.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Jamie Minoprio and Jonathan Stern, who worked on I Want Candy and St Trinian’s together.

The project is in development at StudioCanal, which will finance the movie, while Blueprint Pictures will produce.

Hathaway, 37, recently starred alongside Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’s legal thriller Dark Waters and can be seen in The Last Thing He Wanted, Dee Rees’s adaptation of the Joan Didion book, on Netflix. She has completed filming her role of the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’s remake of Roald Dahl children’s classic, The Witches, which is expected to be released in October.

In addition, it was recently announced she would appear in the Sesame Street movie and lead crime drama The Lifeboat.

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Rosie Perez infuriated by lack of equality in Hollywood movies

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Var…

Rosie Perez wants more to be done about the “infuriating” lack of female representation in Hollywood movies.

The actress is currently starring alongside Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, and in an interview with Variety, she shared her frustration that change wasn’t happening in Hollywood quickly enough.

“Do I think things are moving fast enough for women? No, absolutely not,” Perez fired. “I hate when they always put us on a certain course that we have to pace ourselves because they need to catch up. It’s infuriating.”

“I’m tired of standing in the line. I want to cut the line, and I want fabulous women like Anne and Dee to cut the line too. It’s like, ‘Why do we have to wait? Why do we have to pace ourselves because you can’t catch up?'” the Birds of Prey star continued. “So I think that a big change has been coming, but it’s not coming quick enough for me.”

Her co-star Anne added that she was sick of talking about equality in Hollywood, because “it’s happening”.

“Aren’t you ready to stop having this conversation? That’s where I’m at. People are walking the walk, people are doing it,” Hathaway shared, adding that people needed to be patient to wait for the changes to take effect.

“It’s happening. No, it’s not happening fast enough. Things are good. Things could get better. Let’s keep going. Let’s not panic and let’s keep talking about it,” the Oscar winner explained.

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Anne Hathaway warned against gaining weight as a teenage actress

Anne Hathaway was warned against gaining weight when she secured onscreen roles as a teenager. The Les Miserables star, 36, got her first big break in her mid-teens when she was cast in U.S. high school series Get Real before making her movie debut in…

Anne Hathaway was warned against gaining weight when she secured onscreen roles as a teenager.

The Les Miserables star, 36, got her first big break in her mid-teens when she was cast in U.S. high school series Get Real before making her movie debut in 2001’s The Princess Diaries.

Speaking about what it was like for young women then, Hathaway recalled how movie executives insisted she didn’t put on weight.

“At 16 years old, it was ‘Congratulations, you have the part. I’m not saying you need to lose weight. I’m just saying don’t gain weight.’ Which of course means you need to lose weight,” she told Allure magazine.

However, times have changed so much in the industry that Hathaway’s menstrual cycle was taken into account by costume designer Ane Crabtree during the production of her latest movie, The Last Thing He Wanted.

“So I had that, then 20 years later I have Ane Crabtree asking me what my body does on my moon – which I realised meant my period – so she can make adjustments for me. It was just this beautiful thing,” she explained.

The star, who is now pregnant with her second child, insisted there’s still a way to go until the film industry fully embraces women’s natural bodies though.

“I am cautious in my praise of how Hollywood is shifting. There is so much more body inclusivity – which is great! – but the thin thing is definitely still the centralised ‘normal’ expectation,” she added.

Like a number of high profile stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Alicia Vikander, Hathaway has moved into production, but she believes the recent moves towards gender equality in Hollywood will only continue if audiences support it.

“It’s allowed for more interesting characters and stories,” she said of women’s increased role behind the camera. “Now the big question is are audiences appreciating it? If it’s not supported, it won’t continue. It will go back to the way it was, and people will say, ‘Okay, that didn’t work.'”

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Ben Affleck officially bows out of The Batman film

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice Lea…

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.

The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League flicks in the new project, and at one stage was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

However, Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, and on Wednesday (30Jan19), studio executives from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

Editors at the film publication report that the story will focus on a younger Batman, with a search currently underway for an actor to play the Caped Crusader.

Even though Affleck has been influential in getting the movie off the ground, he appeared to be happy with the outcome as he wrote on Twitter later on Wednesday, “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life (sic).”

Details about the script for The Batman remain under wraps, though Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson / Deathstroke, while J.K. Simmons is rumoured to be portraying Commissioner Gordon again, with Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth. No other casting details have been announced.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves indicated that the plot of the film will be a detective story.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional,” the Cloverfield filmmaker said. “It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

Affleck will next be seen onscreen in Triple Frontier alongside Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, and is in the post-production phases of Dee Rees’ crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Willem Dafoe cast in Disney live-action film Togo

Willem Dafoe has been tapped to star in Disney’s latest live-action movie, Togo.The film is based on the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog-sled teams battled harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to tr…

Willem Dafoe has been tapped to star in Disney’s latest live-action movie, Togo.

The film is based on the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, also known as the Great Race of Mercy, in which dog-sled teams battled harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum and save the town from an epidemic. Dafoe will play Leonhard Seppala who, with his dog Togo, faced the most dangerous part of the journey and faced temperatures of minus 30 degrees in gale-force winds.

This touching story of a friendship between man and dog will be directed by Ericson Core, who is best known for his work on sports film Invincible and the 2015 remake of Point Break. Screenwriter Tom Flynn has penned the script for the project, which is being produced by Yours, Mine & Ours’ Kim Zubick, and will be developed for the Disney streaming service due to launch in late 2019. Studio bosses intend to include original and exclusive movies and TV series’ in addition to its vast library.

This is not the first time the Great Race of Mercy has been brought to the big screen, as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment production company previously helmed a 1995 animated picture called Balto, which focuses on another dog present in the event – and whose heroism is more widely known than Togo’s.

Dafoe has just come off the back of his third Academy Award nomination – which he received for his performance in The Florida Project – and recently completed filming on Dees Rees helmed flick The Last Thing He Wanted alongside Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck. The 62-year-old will also play acclaimed artist Vincent van Gogh when he takes to the screen in drama At Eternity’s Gate later this year (18).

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