James Marsden thanks Julia Roberts for helping him land Hairspray role

James Marsden has credited Julia Roberts for helping him to land a key part in Hairspray.The Notebook star was desperate to get the part of TV host Corny Collins in the 2007 remake of the movie musical, and agreed to meet director Adam Shankman for lun…

James Marsden has credited Julia Roberts for helping him to land a key part in Hairspray.

The Notebook star was desperate to get the part of TV host Corny Collins in the 2007 remake of the movie musical, and agreed to meet director Adam Shankman for lunch in an almost empty restaurant in New York.

But during a virtual episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, James told host Ellen just how stunned he was when the Oscar winner approached him and the moviemaker.

“In the middle of the interview… I had a tap on my shoulder and it was Julia Roberts,” he recalled. “She said, ‘I’m sorry to interrupt, but I just wanted to tell you you’re in my favourite movie, The Notebook, and I love what you do in the film… and nice to meet you.’

“And then Adam Shankman turns to me and says, ‘If you didn’t have the job already, I think that sort of seals it,'” the Westworld star laughed, noting that he has the Pretty Woman actress to thank for helping him land the coveted part.

“So, I have Julia Roberts to thank for that. She was the one who cemented me getting cast in that role,” James quipped.

The 46-year-old appeared alongside the likes of John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, and Amanda Bynes in the movie.

He was last seen onscreen in TV series Mrs. America and in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

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Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats with scathing review

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Wes…

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.

Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Westworld actress added to the negative reaction on social media on Thursday.

“(Cats) is actually worse than I thought it would be. And I already thought it would be horrible. But….I am actually speechless. Why would you change the choreography? I…am SPEECHLESS,” she wrote, referencing the routines in the original stage musical.

Wood later deleted her tweet, as well as another post in which she stressed the cast, which includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Ian McKellen, weren’t to blame for the movie’s problems.

She then shifted to Instagram and posted an expletive-filled video of her “live reaction” to the film, in which she laughed and repeatedly exclaimed “What the f**k?!”

The star later went into detail about her misgivings with the movie, laying the blame with changes to choreography, plot, and characters.

“They changed all the iconic choreography. Took out 70 per cent of the main characters. Changed the plot. I grew up in theatre. I was married to a dancer. I have massive respect for what they do, which is why this was such a letdown and missed opportunity for that community,” the 32-year-old wrote, referencing her marriage to Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell.

Jason Derulo has defended the movie, in which he plays Rum Tum Tugger, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter” while James Corden, who plays Bustopher Jones, said on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that he hadn’t seen the film but had heard “it’s terrible”.

Following the overwhelmingly negative reviews, Universal bosses have removed Cats from its For Your Consideration page, meaning they are no longer putting it forward for awards consideration, while a source has told Variety that the film also isn’t featured on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ streaming platform, where members can watch Oscar contenders.

Cats has currently earned one nomination – the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Beautiful Ghosts, written by Swift and Lloyd Webber.

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James Marsden raves over Jim Carrey’s Sonic the Hedgehog performance

James Marsden has praised Jim Carrey’s performance in upcoming movie Sonic the Hedgehog.The Westworld actor takes on the part of Tom Wachowski, a cop who befriends blue hedgehog Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and aids him in his quest to stop villain…

James Marsden has praised Jim Carrey’s performance in upcoming movie Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Westworld actor takes on the part of Tom Wachowski, a cop who befriends blue hedgehog Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and aids him in his quest to stop villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik, as played by Carrey. While plot details are under wraps, Marsden has now shared how Carrey genuinely revels in his role as a bad guy.

“It was one of the most fun things about the movie. Getting to see (Carrey), after 10 years of not being in film, to come back and have a blast. You’re getting to see everything that we love about him, and yet everything still feels new and fresh, and not like anything he’s done before specifically,” he explained in an interview for Collider.com. “Getting to see him enjoying doing that again is a special thing to be on the receiving end of.”

Sonic the Hedgehog, which is directed by Jeff Fowler and also stars Tika Sumpter and Adam Pally, is set to hit cinemas from February 2020.

Meanwhile, Marsden is gearing up to appear in The Comeback Trail and TV series Mrs. America, and while he was meant to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the 45-year-old has reportedly been deleted from the final cut. Even still, he has described being cast by Tarantino as one of the most thrilling experiences of his life.

“It’s definitely a bucket list check for sure. My first response was, ‘Do they have the right, James?’ That was something that felt like a dream,” he shared. “I would have extensive conversations with (Tarantino), talking about I was doing and who the guy was, and just sitting back and watching him explain something, and to illustrate something with his language… it’s like, ‘Man, this is a show unto itself.’”

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Ben Barnes wants romcom role

Ben Barnes is on the hunt for a smart romcom.The English actor has made a name for himself playing dark characters, such as Dorian Gray in the 2009 movie based on Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, Logan in TV show Westworld and Billy Russo in small screen …

Ben Barnes is on the hunt for a smart romcom.

The English actor has made a name for himself playing dark characters, such as Dorian Gray in the 2009 movie based on Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, Logan in TV show Westworld and Billy Russo in small screen offering The Punisher.

But Ben has revealed he’s keen to take on more light-hearted roles in the future.

“I’m always looking to do whatever I haven’t just done,” he told Flaunt magazine. “So having played that kind of character in The Punisher and that kind of untrustworthiness of the ego and selfishness of something like Logan in Westworld I think that it would be nice to do something a little more sunnier.

“I grew with all those ‘80s romcoms and those Harry Met Sally sort of things and the Richard Curtis types and (I’m) always looking for something really kind of positive to go out into the world like that. But it’s so rare to find one that really kind of fresh and funny but something like that is definitely on my bucket list.”

However, Ben knows that as soon as he lands a romcom role, he’ll be ready to go back to the dark side again.

“As soon as I do something like that then I’ll want to do something set in a prison, do you know what I mean? Just to kind of have balance,” he smiled.

The 37-year-old can next be seen in TV series Gold Digger, about a wealthy older woman who falls in love with a younger man.

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Westworld’s Zahn McClarnon lands major movie role

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, al…

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, along with Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, the leader of a group of quasi-immortals who prey on people who have psychic abilities known as the shining.

Now it’s been announced that Westworld favourite Zahn will also appear in the retelling of Stephen King’s follow-up novel, as Crow Daddy, Rose’s right-hand man.

Written in 2013, 36 years after Stephen penned The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny, who is haunted by the issues of rage and alcoholism which plagued his father Jack Torrance, famously played by Jack Nicholson, as well the events of what happened at the Overlook Hotel in his childhood.

Carl Lumbly has been cast as Dick Halloran, an integral character of the original story, while Alex Essoe is starring as Danny’s mother Wendy Torrance. The roles were previously helmed by the late Scatman Crothers and retired actress Shelley Duvall.

Mike Flanagan, known for his work in the horror genre, is directing, and also adapted the screenplay from Stephen’s award-winning book. The story is set in Massachusetts this time around, the state Mike was born in.

Since wowing as Akecheta in season two of Westworld, Variety reports 51-year-old Zahn has been on the radar of several movie executives.

His previous credits include TV shows The Son and Longmire, as well as season two of Fargo, which his co-star Ewan joined for the third series.

Doctor Sleep is due to hit cinemas in January 2020.

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Tessa Thompson wants to appear in more fashion campaigns

Tessa Thompson is determined to front more fashion and beauty campaigns in the near future.After appearing in films such as Selma, Creed and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as taking on the role of Charlotte Hale in sci-fi TV series Westworld, the actress has …

Tessa Thompson is determined to front more fashion and beauty campaigns in the near future.

After appearing in films such as Selma, Creed and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as taking on the role of Charlotte Hale in sci-fi TV series Westworld, the actress has cemented her status as one of the hottest names in Hollywood.

Tessa appeared in Rodarte’s fall 2018 lookbook alongside artist Grimes and Kirsten Dunst too, with the experience making her hungry for more modelling work.

“(Fashion and beauty) campaigns allow you freedom,” she told PorterEdit. “For a lot of actresses, it’s the way that they make most of their money. And if you are a black woman, occupying that space and having that sort of visibility, internationally, is huge. There’s this idea that our faces don’t sell and so when we do get those campaigns, they show people that they do.”

In addition to posing for Rodarte, Tessa has sported outfits from designers like Thom Browne, Rosie Assoulin and Fendi.

And she is adamant that a sideline in fashion won’t diminish her acting work.

“It’s really easy to write off these spaces as being frivolous. But I don’t think they are, actually. I think they’re significant,” the 34-year-old insisted.

In the accompanying photoshoot for PorterEdit, Tessa was photographed by Nagi Sakai and styled by Catherine Newell-Hanson in garments from Richard Quinn, Balmain, Christopher Kane and Maison Margiela.

During the chat, the brunette star also described how she used to get mistaken for a boy growing up and explained how clothing has always played a big part in her identity.

“I’ve always been conscious of the ways in which identity is a creation. I could tuck all my hair up into a cap, and suddenly people would treat me differently because they’d assume I was a boy. I think maybe that’s what attracted me to acting. I would look at people and wonder how they made themselves,” she added.

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Evan Rachel Wood transforming into ‘cowgirl robot’ on the red carpet

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she …

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has adopted a new “cowgirl robot” style thanks to her role in hit sci-fi series Westworld.

The beauty portrays android Dolores Abernathy in the HBO network’s futuristic Western show and the 19th century American West styles she sports in character have now bled into her real-life wardrobe.

“I’ve embraced my inner mountain woman since Westworld,” she laughs in a joint interview for InStyle with fellow actress Alexandra Shipp. “Cowboy boots, boot-cut jeans, flannels… My look is a lot more rugged because I’ve been spending so much time outdoors in crazy locations. I’m evolving into some kind of a cowgirl robot.”

And Shipp, who plays mutant Storm in the X-Men movie franchise, admits her roles also rub off on her outfit choices: “During X-Men, I got really into Storm’s shoulder pads,” she giggles.

Evan’s style departure into a “cowgirl robot” is distinctly different from her 2017 fashion goal, which was to wear a three-piece suit at every red carpet event.

“Last year was fun; I wore only suits,” she explains. “The challenge was to keep reinventing that. My favourite was the (designer Joseph) Altuzarra (outfit) at the Golden Globes, which paid homage to Marlene Dietrich.”

“The more you feel like a bada**, the more you look like one,” Evan explains of her ongoing suit obsession. “I still love dresses, but it’s really hard to go back after you’ve worn suits. I don’t know if I will. Even when I’m shopping at (U.S. discount retailer) Target, I make the leap over to the men’s section. You realise quickly that they have better stuff.”

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Evan Rachel Wood: ‘Equal opportunity for women means playing unlikeable characters’

Evan Rachel Wood insists equal opportunity for actresses means showing the complexity of women – warts and all.Last month (Feb18), the Westworld actress appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to recount her story of surviving sexual assault, rap…

Evan Rachel Wood insists equal opportunity for actresses means showing the complexity of women – warts and all.

Last month (Feb18), the Westworld actress appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to recount her story of surviving sexual assault, rape and domestic violence at the hands of two abusers. And surprisingly her latest film Allure sees her take on the role of an abuser, albeit one who is a survivor of abuse herself.

In an interview with HuffPost UK, Evan insisted that if women truly want equal opportunity, they can’t shy away from taking on darker roles which shows them being imperfect human beings.

“I do believe in equal opportunities for women on film sets, on screen and behind the scenes,” she insisted, referencing the push for gender equality now consuming Hollywood. “Character-wise, I think that also means not just being heroic but being flawed. Playing the not-likable ones, the darker, more complex ones.

“So I thought, you want equal opportunity for women? That also means in this way: looking at the dark side.”

In Allure, the 30-year-old mother-of-one stars as Laura, an abuse survivor who seduces and emotionally abuses a teenage girl Eva, played by Julia Sarah Stone.

Though the part was originally written for a man, Evan admitted she had long been curious about taking on a gender-swapped role, especially after being drawn in by the concept of the story.

“I have not seen an abuse story told in this way or from this angle,” she admitted. “I think that’s what I loved about this movie is, usually, you only see the story from one side, and this was a 360-degree view of how this happens, how it’s perpetuated and how it gets passed on to other people. In that way, it was abuse sort of as I know it, which is as a virus that spreads.”

Allure, which also stars Denis O’ Hare and is written and directed by Carlos and Jason Sanchez, will be released in U.S. theatres on 16 March.

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Evan Rachel Wood calls out Hollywood for shunning little-known actors

Evan Rachel Wood blames social media for giving “models and YouTube celebrities” parts in movies over real actors.Westworld star Evan, who is back as android Dolores in the Emmy-winning series in April (18), vented her frustration on Twitter over the l…

Evan Rachel Wood blames social media for giving “models and YouTube celebrities” parts in movies over real actors.

Westworld star Evan, who is back as android Dolores in the Emmy-winning series in April (18), vented her frustration on Twitter over the lack of amazing films currently being produced by Hollywood, though gave no indication as to what triggered her outburst.

“You guys dont even know how many amazing movies with amazing actors never get made. If you knew about half of the s**t that doesnt make it off the ground or the actors’ that people dont consider ‘valuable’ enough to get the film financed. You would literally cry (sic),” she fumed.

“Social media is playing a huge part in this. So just be prepared for movies to get worse and worse with only models and youtube celebrities starring in them.”

Numerous writers, producers, and actors agreed with her sentiments, including former Anger Management star Michael Arden and screenwriter Amanda Samaroo who replied: “That’s a f**king shame because we are out here writing amazing female driven spec scripts worthy of production. #smh #Screenwriters.”

Sharing Amanda’s message, Evan added: “Yes we are and have been for a while now.”

However, it wasn’t all bad news, with one fan commenting TV was now the place for talented actors to show off their skills, a sentiment Evan agreed with.

The 30-year-old has been a Hollywood regular since her breakout role in 2003’s Thirteen, opposite Nikki Reed and Holly Hunter.

As well as her busy acting career, Evan is gearing up to make her directorial debut. Deadline reported last year that Evan will direct and star in a road trip movie alongside Jenny Slate, Alison Pill, and Cynthia Erivo.

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