Tina Fey adapting Mean Girls musical into movie

Tina Fey is “very excited” to be adapting her Mean Girls musical for the big screen.Released in 2004, the original movie starred Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert as a group of infamous high school students known as The Plastics, who b…

Tina Fey is “very excited” to be adapting her Mean Girls musical for the big screen.

Released in 2004, the original movie starred Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert as a group of infamous high school students known as The Plastics, who befriend new girl Cady, as played by Lindsay Lohan.

The Mean Girls musical hit Broadway in 2018, and has been a huge critical success, landing 12 nominations at the Tony Awards last year.

And on Thursday, Fey confirmed that she will be bringing The Plastics back once again, after landing a deal with executives at Paramount Pictures.

“I’m very excited,” the 30 Rock star, who wrote the 2004 movie and stage production, said in a statement. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences.

“I’ve spent 16 years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”

While Elizabeth Raposo, president of production at Paramount Pictures, added, “We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team.”

Casting information has not yet been announced, but Fey’s husband, composer Jeff Richmond, as well as lyricist Nell Benjamin, will take charge of the movie’s music.

Lorne Michaels, who served as a producer on the original film and is one of the brains behind the hit Broadway musical, shared his delight at the news too.

“It has been a joy to work on Mean Girls and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film,” Michaels said. “I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations.”

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Amy Poehler grateful wine country wildfires didn’t destroy Calistoga film setting

Actress-turned-filmmaker Amy Poehler is thankful to local officials in Calistoga, California for allowing her to shoot new comedy Wine Country in the city so soon after 2017’s devastating wildfires. The Inside Out star made her directorial debut with …

Actress-turned-filmmaker Amy Poehler is thankful to local officials in Calistoga, California for allowing her to shoot new comedy Wine Country in the city so soon after 2017’s devastating wildfires.

The Inside Out star made her directorial debut with the upcoming Netflix movie, about a group of girlfriends who head to Northern California for a boozy 50th birthday celebration, but she reveals a number of potential filming locations had to be scrapped after suffering severe damage in the October, 2017 blazes, so she was lucky to be given the go ahead to let cameras roll in Calistoga just a few months later.

“We were really grateful that Calistoga opened up its streets to us, because we were coming a short time after the fires, which were incredibly devastating for that area, and very traumatic,” she told WineSpectator.com. “And a lot of places that we scouted had burned, or had suffered a lot of loss.”

Wine Country reunites Amy with her Saturday Night Live (SNL) co-stars Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch, among others, and was inspired by a real-life trip the ladies took for Dratch’s age milestone in 2016.

“It wasn’t too complicated,” she explained of how the project came about. “I’d been directing television and looking to direct a feature, and to turn this (trip) into a film was almost an instant idea, because we were all together, and we’re always just looking for projects where we can work together.

“So after the trip, I said to (former SNL staff writer) Emily Spivey, who was on the trip and is in the film, and is a terrific writer, ‘Should we try to write this as a script and turn this into a movie?’

“We enlisted Liz Cackowski, our old friend, who is also an SNL alum, and just kind of took it from there. So it was very organic — much like the winery that we visit in the movie.”

The movie follows the ladies as they enjoy a racaous time in the top wine region, but in real life, Amy admits she was pretty much sober the entire shoot – because she was too busy worrying about getting the feature just right.

“I was the teetotaler because I was the one going to bed every night with homework,” she told WineSpectator.com of juggling her roles as actor, producer, and director. “I know a bunch of the ladies, while we were filming, also had great dinners and got to relax and unwind, but I was always the nerd who was going to bed early.”

“I didn’t drink, for example, I think the entire time I shot this movie,” she shared. “I think I had my first glass of wine three days before we wrapped, because I was too anxious about making sure we got everything right.

“So, funnily enough, I had the opposite of any kind of debaucherous time in wine country. I’m gonna have to go back there and do it up right next time.”

Wine Country is set to premiere on Netflix on 10 May (19).

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Carol Burnett teams up with Tina Fey to bring painful memoir to the big screen

Carol Burnett and Tina Fey are teaming up to develop a new movie based on the TV veteran’s bestselling memoir Carrie & Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story. Burnett wrote the book as a tribute to her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, and now Focus Features …

Carol Burnett and Tina Fey are teaming up to develop a new movie based on the TV veteran’s bestselling memoir Carrie & Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.

Burnett wrote the book as a tribute to her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, and now Focus Features executives have recruited brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms to adapt the screenplay for the big screen.

Burnett is producing via her Mabel Cat Productions company, alongside Fey and Eric Gurian, her business partner at Little Stranger.

Published in 2013, Burnett’s bestseller detailed her daughter’s drug addiction battle as a teenager and her successes as an actress and writer.

Carrie lost her battle with lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 38.

Deadline sources claim the film will follow the highs and lows of the TV icon’s life as a working mother, actress, and producer – all told through her relationship with her daughter.

Promoting the book in 2013, Burnett revealed she had to trick her daughter into rehab in a desperate bid to save her from a drug death, telling Access Hollywood, “I write about the drug issue because that was really tough. I remember being so naive and not knowing how to react to this problem because she had been an all-A student. We didn’t know what she was going through…

“I realised I had to love her enough to let her hate me. So I tricked her into going into rehab for the second time. She was very angry but she came through. I had my baby back again after that, until she got sick.”

Burnett added she felt cheated when her daughter was struck down with cancer: “She was on her way (up) when the cancer struck.”

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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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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Kerry Washington stuns in festive silver at 2018 Tony Awards

Kerry Washington dazzled in a silver jumpsuit at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night (10Jun18).The Scandal actress, who is currently gearing up to headline in the production of American Son, led the glamour at the Broadway celebration held at Radio Ci…

Kerry Washington dazzled in a silver jumpsuit at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night (10Jun18).

The Scandal actress, who is currently gearing up to headline in the production of American Son, led the glamour at the Broadway celebration held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Kerry stepped out in a stunning Atelier Versace number complete with plunging neckline, cutouts on the bodice, crystal embellishment and a dramatic train. She topped off the ensemble with bling from Lorraine Schwartz and Orifa Jewels.

“I figured that I wanted to sparkle a little,” the 41-year-old told Entertainment Tonight of her outfit. “I love theatre and I’m so excited to be coming back to Broadway. So, I wanted to really make tonight as festive as possible.”

But Kerry wasn’t the only star to wear silver to the bash; Mean Girls musical writer Tina Fey hit the red carpet in a long silver gown with feather detailing on the skirt from Thom Browne and Cartier jewellery while Tiffany Haddish rocked a shimmering grey Michael Kors jumpsuit.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress Rachel Brosnahan made a return to the red carpet following the death of her aunt, fashion designer Kate Spade, choosing a beautiful rose print Dolce & Gabbana gown with long sleeves for the occasion.

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany chose a floral dress from Zac Posen and Mean Girls show star Taylor Louderman was elegant in a colour-blocked pink, white and orange gown designed by Christian Siriano.

“Chic and fabulous! The amazing #taylorlouderman looked so amazing tonight in custom Siriano at the #tonyawards,” the designer gushed over Taylor’s look in a post shared on Instagram.

But it wasn’t just the ladies who got dressed up for the night; The Boys in the Band actors Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Jim Parsons attended the show in colour-coordinated tuxedos from Paul Smith.

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Tina Fey cries as she pays tribute to heroine Gilda Radner at Tribeca Film Festival

Actress and comedienne Tina Fey broke down in tears as she introduced the new Gilda Radner documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday (18Apr18). Love, Gilda, which chronicles the life of the beloved late comedy icon, opened the festival, an…

Actress and comedienne Tina Fey broke down in tears as she introduced the new Gilda Radner documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday (18Apr18).

Love, Gilda, which chronicles the life of the beloved late comedy icon, opened the festival, and Fey was invited to pay homage to her heroine and Saturday Night Live predecessor, who lost her battle with cancer in 1989.

She sobbed as she introduced the film at the Beacon Theatre, telling fans how much Gilda meant to her, stating, “I can personally attest, and I feel comfortable speaking for (fellow Saturday Night Live stars) Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch when I say that seeing Gilda as a kid… (She was) so authentically herself and so regular in so many ways. She was not a piece of casting, she was who she was on TV.

“We all saw that and said, ‘I want to do that, and it’s possible because I see her doing that’.

“It was an early example for me of how important representation is, for everyone from every walk of life. Gilda was our equivalent of Michelle Obama.”

Calling director Lisa D’Apolito’s film, which features rare and unseen footage and taped and written diary entries, “a miracle”, emotional Tina added, “It felt like I was getting to spend time with someone that I never knew, that I very much would have wanted to spend time with.

“I watched the film on my phone in 15 minute intervals over the last couple of days, just what every filmmaker wants to hear. In taxi rides, and rebooting it at stop signs when there was wifi, but I realised I was parcelling it out. It was emotional for me, because we know how it ends, and I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want the film to end.”

The documentary also details Radner’s childhood weight issues and her cancer battle, while chronicling her rise from the clubs of Toronto, Canada to Saturday Night Live.

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