Anna Kendrick: ‘Filming Twilight was like a hostage situation’

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance…

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.

The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance saga more than 12 years ago was a traumatic experience.

“The first movie we filmed in Portland, Oregon, and I just remember being so cold and miserable,” she told Vanity Fair, joking that she and her castmates, including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, were so irritated she wanted to kill them.

“And I just remember my Converse being completely soaked through and feeling like, ‘You know, this is a really great group of people and I’m sure that we would be friends at a different time, but I want to murder everyone,'” Anna quipped.

The Pitch Perfect star added: “Although, it was also kind of bonding. There was something about it, like if you go through some trauma event. Like you imagine people who survive a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”

However, filming the second movie in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was a much better experience, mostly due to the weather.

“The second movie, for whatever reason the weather wasn’t quite as intense and I think that’s sort of where we all got to know each other a little bit better,” she shared.

But filming the third, fourth and fifth movies all became too much, and Anna recalled they all “blended into one.”

“Because my whole job was to just go, like, ‘This family of very pale people who we never see eating. They’re really weird, right?'” she laughed.

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Kate Bosworth loved ‘edgy’ canary yellow dress she wore to 2019 Oscars after-party

Kate Bosworth still thinks about the “edgy” canary yellow dress she selected to wear to a party following the 2019 Oscars.In an Instagram Live interview with make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury for her Charlotte’s Beauty Happy Hour series, the 37-year-old w…

Kate Bosworth still thinks about the “edgy” canary yellow dress she selected to wear to a party following the 2019 Oscars.

In an Instagram Live interview with make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury for her Charlotte’s Beauty Happy Hour series, the 37-year-old was asked to name the “iconic beauty moment” that changed her life.

And while the Blue Crush actress has had many stunning red carpet moments, it was her show-stopping sleeveless yellow gown by Vietnamese designer Cong Tri, which featured delicate embellishment and a sweeping train, that was at the top of her list.

“I wore this canary yellow dress for the Vanity Fair Oscars party, it’s a hard colour to wear,” Kate explained. “Any time I can skate the line to edgy I will. It’s a little tricky, but any time it works, it’s fun.”

Elsewhere in the Q&A session, the star shared her skincare ritual, and said she’s a huge fan of using at-home laser therapy treatments on her face.

“I use a handheld laser called Light Stim, it’s a handheld mask that emits red and blue frequencies. It’s really incredible, I use it all the time,” she noted.

Kate also revealed she is a devout sunscreen wearer and desperately seeks shade when out and about.

“I always protect my skin with sunscreen, I am always hiding under things when there is sun. I will take a baggy sweatshirt and drape it over my head!” the blonde beauty laughed.

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Florence Pugh’s Midsommar floral dress sells for $65,000 at charity auction

The impressive floral dress Florence Pugh wore in horror movie Midsommar has sold for $65,000 (£52,700) at a charity auction.Officials at A24, the studio behind the film, put the 30-pound creation the actress wore for the May Queen scene and her match…

The impressive floral dress Florence Pugh wore in horror movie Midsommar has sold for $65,000 (£52,700) at a charity auction.

Officials at A24, the studio behind the film, put the 30-pound creation the actress wore for the May Queen scene and her matching crown up for auction alongside numerous other film props in a bid to raise money for organisations in New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Five bidders sought after the item, but it was the Academy Museum that placed the winning bid, according to Variety, with that money going directly to the FDNY Foundation, the New York City Fire Department’s official nonprofit organisation.

Midsommar costume designer Andrea Flesch previously told Vanity Fair magazine that the dress, which featured 10,000 silk flowers, became so heavy that Florence sat on a chair underneath the skirt of the ensemble in between takes.

The museum, which is based in Los Angeles, announced its auction win on social media.

“We’re excited to share our newest acquisition, the May Queen gown made of 10,000 silk flowers from the film Midsommar,” it stated, alongside a picture of the impressive gown from Ari Aster’s horror movie.

The dress was featured in a collection called Midsommar Harga Collectibles. Other lots included the bear headdress worn by Jack Reynor, which sold for $4,750 (£3,873).

Underneath an Instagram post about the A24 auction, Pugh left a comment describing what it is like to wear the May Queen gown.

“I should let you know that you can actually spend many hours in that flower dress. Good bang for your buck!” the Oscar-nominated actress wrote. “You can sit in it, lie in it, shield from the rain in it. I’m sure if you had a potty you could wee under it! And then best of luck getting out of it…”

Singers Ariana Grande and Halsey both publicly registered their interest in bidding for the floral dress, but it’s not known if they did.

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Zoe Kravitz keeping up Catwoman training sessions amid coronavirus lockdown

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were f…

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were forced to shut down, and while she’s self-isolating at home, she’s determined not to ruin all the hard work she put in to get into shape for the role.

“It’s not like the studio called and said, ‘Don’t get fat, b**ch,'” she laughed to Vanity Fair. “The first couple weeks that I self-quarantined, I remember texting the director, Matt (Reeves), and I was like, ‘We might have to make the catsuit a few sizes bigger when this is over.'”

Zoe had been training for four or five months ahead of production and, after being forced to stay at home, she “quickly decided to get my s**t together.”

Her current Catwoman routine consists of virtual sessions with her trainer David Higgins five days a week.

“It’s actually been really great because it’s been giving me some kind of structure, because I do it at the same time and it also makes the weekends feel like a weekend,” the 31-year-old shared. “I don’t work out on the weekends and it gives me just, ‘Oh, it’s a different kind of a day.’ So, it’s actually been really great just for my mental health.”

Meanwhile, Zoe is making sure to look after herself as she enjoys some much-needed downtime during the lockdown, adding: “Food, wine, and weed. It’s my favourite things right now… I’m definitely eating whatever the f**k I want. But yeah, try to stay in decent shape so I don’t have to start from scratch.”

The Batman is set to hit cinemas from 1 October 2021.

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Patty Jenkins put her son in Wonder Women 1984 three times

Patty Jenkins got her son to play three background characters in Wonder Woman 1984.The Monster filmmaker, who was the first woman to helm a big-budget superhero movie, returns to the director’s chair for the follow-up to her 2017 feature, starring Ga…

Patty Jenkins got her son to play three background characters in Wonder Woman 1984.

The Monster filmmaker, who was the first woman to helm a big-budget superhero movie, returns to the director’s chair for the follow-up to her 2017 feature, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior.

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Jenkins revealed she put her 11-year-old son Asa to good use while he was on set and drafted him into the shoot on three occasions.

“I just changed his hair. Every time I needed a kid to do something, I was like, ‘Asa, get in here! Okay, now you’re blond,’” she joked.

The 2017 film broke records and became the highest-grossing movie to be directed by a solo filmmaker, and Jenkins is fully aware that a lot rides on the success of the sequel.

“It’s an interesting, complex thing when you realise that not only are you just a person doing your job, but that there are all of these other ramifications to what your success or your failure stands for,” the director admitted, before adding that she hopes her achievements will open doors for others. “If I can make another successful film and it proves that this model works, then it will hopefully help other people.”

Wonder Woman was an inspiration to Jenkins when she was growing up, and although she wanted the character to be powerful, the protagonist needed to be multidimensional too.

“There’s been such fear that a female character… couldn’t be vulnerable and they couldn’t be funny and they couldn’t have love,” she explained. “There’s this list of things they can’t have, to prove (that they’re strong). I’m like, ‘Well, that’s not a main character. You have to be able to have all these things.’”

Wonder Woman 1984’s release has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Denis Villeneuve names Dune as ‘most difficult’ project to date

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci…

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic novel for its latest big-screen adaptation has been hard work.

“It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality – and with a lot of characters,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair magazine. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is, therefore, the most valuable commodity in the universe. The scale and breadth of the story has confounded others, but Villeneuve realised early on that he needed to break the sprawling narrative in half.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” he explained. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

The Sicario filmmaker wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts and shot the film in desert locations in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates with a vast ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem.

And while the book was written 55 years ago, he believes the story of a planet being mined to death is still very relevant today.

“No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” the 52-year-old stated. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation – the overexploitation – of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

The first part of Dune is set to be released on 18 December.

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Reese Witherspoon never wanted to exploit her sexuality in photoshoots

Reese Witherspoon has never posed for sexy photoshoots because she doesn’t want people to think of her in that way. Throughout her career, the Big Little Lies star has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and posed for many photoshoots, but the…

Reese Witherspoon has never posed for sexy photoshoots because she doesn’t want people to think of her in that way.

Throughout her career, the Big Little Lies star has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and posed for many photoshoots, but the pictures never have a smouldering or sexy edge, and in an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained that was a deliberate decision.

“I always had a thing about exploiting sexuality. When I came up in the business, there were all these men’s magazines we were told to cater to. I was never in Maxim. I was never picked as a GQ girl, and I’m O.K. with that because that’s not how I wanted to be viewed. That’s not how I see myself,” she explained.

The 43-year-old shared that she wanted to place more importance on her acting and comedic talents than on her appearance because she can keep working once ageing sets in.

“I always say, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.’ I always just wanted to be funny, you know? And you can’t be rendered obsolete if you just keep being funny,” Reese continued. “Guess what gets rendered obsolete? Your boobs go south, your face goes south, your a*s goes south, but you can always be funny. And those are my idols, my heroes – Goldie (Hawn), Holly Hunter, Diane Keaton, Nancy Meyers – smart and funny.”

However, the mother-of-three insisted women should be allowed to display their sexuality if they want to.

“It’s complex. It’s not how I grew up. I grew up thinking you dress the way you want to be treated. But things are changing,” she added.

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Ana de Armas thrilled to play Marilyn Monroe in ‘groundbreaking’ film

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being ca…

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.

The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being cast in the role.

“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else. The producers. The money people. I always have people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so badly,” she told Vanity Fair. “I have never worked more closely with a director than I worked with Andrew. Yes, I have had collaborative relationships, but to get phone calls at midnight because he has an idea and he can’t sleep and all of a sudden you can’t sleep for the same reason.”

Ana grew up in Havana and only learned to speak English a few years ago – mastering the language in just four months.

“People ask, ‘How did you learn English so quickly?’ I’m like, ‘Because my life depended on it’,” the 31-year-old explained.

She’s since gone on to land roles in thriller Deep Water alongside Ben Affleck, The Night Clerk with Helen Hunt, and will appear alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond in No Time to Die. But Ana insisted her success is all down to hard work.

“I’ve never had an agenda. All I want to do is work,” she added. “All I want to do is get something challenging and prove to myself that I can do it.”

Blonde, also starring Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale, is due to be released later this year.

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Robert Pattinson afraid of getting injured while filming The Batman

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in a…

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.

The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in an effort to keep in the best shape possible.

“I’m doing Batman next year, and really it’s such a physical part that, more than anything, I’m afraid of getting injured, so I kind of need to be consistent with the working out. I have a trainer, who I really love, in London,” he shared, adding that he needs someone to watch over him to makes sure he does the workouts properly.

“If someone’s not watching over you, it’s so easy to work out in a really undisciplined way. I’ve given myself crazy tennis elbow just from being idiotic when you’re trying to lift too-heavy weights,” The Lighthouse star joked.

Pattinson is a big fan of easy exercises, and said that a quick workout in his hotel room can have the same results as a full gym session.

“I think simple stuff works the best. If you’re in hotel rooms all the time, planking is such an incredible thing to do. It’s really meditative as well. You don’t have to think about. It’s difficult to do it wrong, and the results are pretty incredible,” he explained.

However, he confessed that it takes him a while to get the motivation to start exercise, and likes to double down on his efforts closer to the beginning of filming.

“I think I have a similar thing to most people where I’ll dread working out,” he stated. “But in general, just before a job, it’s almost always a question of leaning down really quickly. So I’ll wait till the last possible minute, and then do (an) extreme lean-down in two weeks.”

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Laura Dern recycles 30-year-old Armani Prive dress for Oscars after-party

Laura Dern showcased her love for sustainable fashion as she recycled her 30-year-old Armani Prive dress for the third time at an Oscars after-party.The 53-year-old, who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in Marriage Story during the…

Laura Dern showcased her love for sustainable fashion as she recycled her 30-year-old Armani Prive dress for the third time at an Oscars after-party.

The 53-year-old, who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in Marriage Story during the ceremony, headed to the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars bash wearing the stunning black gown.

The dress, which featured daring cutouts on the chest, was paired with a pink blazer draped across her shoulders as she hit the red carpet carrying her gold statuette.

Representatives for Giorgio Armani revealed on Instagram that the dress was custom-made for Dern back in 1990.

“Academy Award winner as Best Actress in a Supporting Role Laura Dern attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a vintage #GiorgioArmani gown which had been originally custom made for the actress in 1990,” the official Instagram page for the Italian fashion house shared in a post, alongside a snap of Dern wearing the gown for the third time.

The timeless piece made its debut back in 1995, when Dern attended the Sheba Humanitarian Awards Gala with then-boyfriend Jeff Goldblum to honour Whoopi Goldberg. She simply accessorised the dress with a black velvet shawl and pinned her hair up with a chic barrette.

In 2013, she rocked the Armani Prive gown once again at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, and chose to complement the classic black dress with a chunky gold bracelet and drop earrings.

And Dern wasn’t the only Hollywood star to make a sustainable fashion choice for the 2020 Oscars.

Jane Fonda recycled the red Eli Saab gown that she originally wore to the 2014 Oscars, while Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix wore the same Stella McCartney suit that he vowed to wear to every ceremony this awards season.

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