Woody Harrelson joining Mary Elizabeth Winstead in assassin thriller Kate

Woody Harrelson will star opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in new assassin thriller Kate.To be directed by The Huntsman: Winter’s War filmmaker Cedric Nicolas-Troyan from Umair Aleem’s script, the Netflix film will follow Kate, as played by Winstea…

Woody Harrelson will star opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in new assassin thriller Kate.

To be directed by The Huntsman: Winter’s War filmmaker Cedric Nicolas-Troyan from Umair Aleem’s script, the Netflix film will follow Kate, as played by Winstead, a ruthless criminal operative who has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies after she is irreversibly poisoned. However, along the way, the assassin forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Details about the character Harrelson will play have not been shared. No other casting details or a potential release date have been announced.

Kate will be produced by Bryan Unkeless, Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall, with David Leitch and Scott Morgan serving as executive producers.

Among the crew is stunt coordinator and second unit director Jonathan Eusebio, Academy Award-winning special effects make-up designer Damian Martin, and visual effects producer Taylor Rockwell.

Harrelson has had a busy few years appearing in a diverse array of projects, including starring as Beckett in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and Maney Gault in The Highwaymen.

He received his third Oscar nomination for his role as Willoughby in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and is currently in the post-production phases on Zombieland: Double Tap and Midway.

Meanwhile, Fargo actress Winstead has recently wrapped production on films such as The Parts You Lose and Gemini Man. She is also portraying Helena Bertinelli / Huntress in superhero flick Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

Production on Kate is due to kick off in the near future, with some scenes to be shot in Asia.

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Sam Rockwell to star in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie. The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper f…

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie.

The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper filmmaker, according to Variety.

The film is based on the story of real-life security guard Jewell, whose life was turned upside down when he was wrongly accused of planting the pipe bombs he found at Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Rockwell will play the attorney who defended Jewell after he became one of the most hated men in America. The part of Jewell is yet to be cast.

The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and DiCaprio had originally been attached to star in the drama, with the Titanic actor initially onboard the project to play the lawyer, but they will no longer appear in the film and will simply serve as producers.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. He died in 2007 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Rockwell won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2018 and followed it up with a second consecutive nomination for his portrayal of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Vice.

He recently earned strong reviews for playing dancer Bob Fosse in TV mini-series Fosse/Verdon, and can next be seen in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.

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Frances McDormand wore custom-made Birkenstocks to the Oscars

Frances McDormand lived up to her quirky reputation by teaming her Valentino gown with a pair of comfortable Birkenstock sandals for the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) .The Academy Award-winning actress side-stepped sky-high stilettos in favour of …

Frances McDormand lived up to her quirky reputation by teaming her Valentino gown with a pair of comfortable Birkenstock sandals for the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) .

The Academy Award-winning actress side-stepped sky-high stilettos in favour of a more comfortable option – a pair of limited-edition Birkenstock Arizona sandals designed by Pierpaolo Picciolo, the creative director for Maison Valentino.

Pierpaolo dressed the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress in a raspberry coloured gown from Valentino’s spring ’19 couture collection and a pair of her favourite sandals, in an acid yellow shade.

In an interview with Footwear News, Frances explained she’s always loved Birkenstock’s Arizona two-strap sandal and was excited by the opportunity to collaborate with Pierpaolo on an item that has long held a personal significance to her.

“I have always followed fashion and had a secret desire to find a way to express my knowledge and appreciation for it,” she explained to Footwear News. “I have worn these sandals for most of my adult life. They have literally formed me physically and philosophically. All that I desired was to have a pair in my favourite colour: acid yellow. And now they exist.”

Meanwhile, Pierpaolo praised the 61-year-old for her “brave” fashion choices, admitting they embody his own “aesthetic perception” which has “always allowed gentle contrasts”, such as wearing a haute couture gown with a casual sandal.

“I see no contradiction in this, no contrast nor oxymoron,” he explained. “Beauty reflects the complexity of life, and what makes it interesting is its ability to mix comedy and drama, night and day, silk and leather.

“I see no better muse than Frances to interpret this idea. She is intelligent and brave, her image is full of substance.”

Frances’ sandals were not the only comfort shoes to appear on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Melissa McCarthy wore Nike Cortez trainers to the Vanity Fair party and Tina Fey slipped into a pair of white Converse.

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Woody Harrelson was too nervous to sleep before Lost In London shoot

Woody Harrelson has opened up about his experiences shooting his 2017 experimental, live-broadcast project Lost In London.The 57-year-old, who wrote, directed and acted in the feature, described the project as “so exciting,” but revealed that not every…

Woody Harrelson has opened up about his experiences shooting his 2017 experimental, live-broadcast project Lost In London.

The 57-year-old, who wrote, directed and acted in the feature, described the project as “so exciting,” but revealed that not everything went according to plan.

“Oh my God, so many things went wrong!” he told British newspaper Metro. “The night before, we shot the run-through and the live feed fell out twice. The sound could never come together because there were so many problems with it. I was freaking out. When we shot it I was very, very, very exhausted because I couldn’t sleep at night thinking of all the million and one things that were not working or that couldn’t go right. But it was so exciting.”

Despite the problems encountered, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star was full of praise for the film, calling it the “merging of theatre and film”.

“The idea was so exciting to me because I love theatre,” he enthused. “It’s really a theatre piece but, you know, filmed live. You’ve heard about these plays where they meet on a corner and they pick you up and then they drive you to an apartment? That just blows my mind! So to be able to have that same thing and be filming? That was the big idea.”

Harrelson went on to recall doubts from fellow cast members, with co-star Owen Wilson stating the project “wasn’t doable”.

It was his insistence that the risk was “the coolest part,” however, that spurred the first-time director to continue with his endeavour.

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Paul Feig adopts inclusion riders for his production studio

Director Paul Feig has become the latest filmmaker to adopt inclusion riders for all of his projects following Oscar winner Frances McDormand’s call to action. The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star used her Best Actress acceptance speech …

Director Paul Feig has become the latest filmmaker to adopt inclusion riders for all of his projects following Oscar winner Frances McDormand’s call to action.

The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star used her Best Actress acceptance speech at the recent Academy Awards to encourage her fellow industry playmakers to add inclusion riders – legal clauses demanding diverse cast and crew members onset – to their contracts to help bring about equal opportunities for all in Hollywood.

Her empowering remarks prompted Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan to announce he would introduce the riders at his production firm Outlier Society as standard for all of their film and TV endeavours last week (ends09Mar18), and on Tuesday (13Mar18), an executive at Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films declared they would be following suit.

Now, Ghostbusters filmmaker Feig has added his name to the list for his Feigco Entertainment production banner.

“Thrilled to announce that Feigco Entertainment is officially adopting an #inclusionrider for all our film and TV productions moving forward,” he wrote on Twitter.

He then revealed officials at The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the think tank founded by University of Southern California professor Dr. Stacy L. Smith, who first proposed the concept of the inclusion rider, had helped him roll out the policy at his firm.

“Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration,” Feig added. “We challenge other companies and studios to do the same.”

When Michael B. Jordan declared he would be taking action after hearing McDormand’s words of wisdom, he told his Instagram followers: “In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society.

“I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of colour throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”

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Michael B. Jordan’s production company adopting inclusion rider

Michael B. Jordan has announced his production company will be adopting an inclusion rider for all future projects, after Frances McDormand’s powerful speech at the Oscars last weekend (04Mar18).The 60-year-old star picked up the Best Actress gong at t…

Michael B. Jordan has announced his production company will be adopting an inclusion rider for all future projects, after Frances McDormand’s powerful speech at the Oscars last weekend (04Mar18).

The 60-year-old star picked up the Best Actress gong at the ceremony for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and concluded her speech with two words: “inclusion rider”.

Following her speech, people flooded the Internet to find out what an inclusion rider is, with actress and writer Whitney Cummings tweeting that “an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets”.

On Wednesday, Black Panther star Michael took to Instagram to tell fans that his production company will be using the rider in all contracts going forward.

“In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Michael wrote. “I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of colour throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative.”

The idea of an inclusion rider was first raised by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, in a 2016 TED Talk.

Speaking to The Guardian after the Oscars wrapped, the academic admitted she was “utterly elated” that Frances had mentioned her idea.

“It’s a complete surprise,” a shocked Stacy added.

Other stars to have already committed to the concept of an inclusion rider include Brie Larson and Don Cheadle.

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Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echo…

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.

The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echoed the wardrobe choices at the Golden Globes in January, in support of Time’s Up movement, which aims to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Despite not wearing all-black at the glitzy ceremony, Frances threw her weight behind the movement. Taking to the stage to pick up her Best Actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances addressed her decision to wear a black lipstick print Valentino dress.

“Thank you British film people. As Martin (McDonagh, Three Billboards writer and director) said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

Another guest who shunned the black dress code was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown, which she accessorised with a black ribbon belt and matching clutch bag.

It was unclear whether the pregnant royal would wear black prior to the big night, as it is against royal protocol for a member of the royal family to make a political statement.

Some viewers took offense to the colour of her dark dress, though Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney fully supported her decision.

“I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again,” she told the press backstage.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”

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Kate Winslet expresses regrets about working with certain people during acceptance speech

Kate Winslet grew emotional as she admitted having “bitter regrets” about working with certain individuals while accepting a prize at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday (28Jan18). The Oscar-winning actress was presented with The Dilys Po…

Kate Winslet grew emotional as she admitted having “bitter regrets” about working with certain individuals while accepting a prize at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday (28Jan18).

The Oscar-winning actress was presented with The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film by Jude Law at the annual prizegiving, and when she took to the stage at The May Fair Hotel, she addressed the sexual abuse scandal in Hollywood and fought back tears as she confessed she regretted working with certain people.

“There are directors, producers and men of power who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work by both this industry and moviegoers alike,” she said. “Indeed, many actors have had flourishing careers due in part to roles played in their films. The message we received for years was that it was the highest compliment to be offered roles by these men.

“As women around the world and all from walks of life marched last weekend, once again joining together to speak out about harassment, exploitation and abuse, I realised I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not.”

The 42-year-old grew emotional and asked the audience to give her a moment as she turned her back and composed herself before resuming her speech, in which she admitted her silence about certain individuals might be adding to the pain of people who have spoken out about abuse.

“Those who do have a voice are becoming afraid to say anything because of intense scrutiny and criticism. Nobody should be exempt from having a right to speak in support of vulnerable people,” she continued. “And let us please not make this about which people express public regret and those who choose not to, but instead keep the focus on the terrible, secret crimes of abuse against vulnerable (people).”

Kate didn’t name any names, but it is thought she may have been referring to Woody Allen, with whom she worked on recent movie Wonder Wheel, as a number of actors who have worked with him have recently expressed regrets – including Greta Gerwig and Rebecca Hall.

Other winners at the ceremony including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which was named Film of the Year, while its star Frances McDormand was named Actress of the Year and Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet won the male equivalent.

The main list of the winners is as follows:

Film of the Year: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

British/Irish Film of the Year: Dunkirk

Actress of the Year: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor of the Year: Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Supporting Actress of the Year: Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Supporting Actor of the Year: Hugh Grant – Paddington 2

Director of the Year: Sean Baker – The Florida Project

Screenwriter of the Year: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

British/Irish Actress of the Year: Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water/Maudie/Paddington 2

British/Irish Actor of the Year: Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Foreign Language Film of the Year: Elle

Documentary of the Year: I Am Not Your Negro

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