Reese Witherspoon has praised 'A Wrinkle In Time' director Ava DuVernay for representing different kinds of women within her movie. The 41-year-old actor stars as Mrs. Whatsit in the upcoming Disney movie based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle, and has said the production will be important for young people everywhere as the diverse cast - which includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling - means everyone is equally represented. When asked how important she thinks the movie will be, Reese said: "I read the book as a little girl, and I really was excited when Ava explained her vision for the film. "She was like, 'I'm gonna deviate a lot. I want to have the house in Downtown L.A. I want the kids to be of all different ethnicities. I want kids to watch this movie and know that anything's possible.' "I get emotional, thinking how little kids going to the theatre will actually see a character and an actor that looks like them. That will make them think … [Read more...] about Reese Witherspoon praises A Wrinkle In Time for diversity
This could get cheesy. Hollywood has more than warmed up to the idea of a biopic about the inventor of the ever-popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Following a heated bargaining process that saw multiple film studios wanting to get their hands covered in spicy red snack dust, Fox Searchlight walked away carrying the bag, Variety reports. The film will tell the true story of Richard Montanez, an immigrant's son who started life picking produce around Southern California before he landed a job as a janitor at a Frito-Lay plant. Bidding for Harambe the Gorilla-shaped Cheeto nears $100,000 Inspired by the Mexican dish elote (corn dusted with spices), the then-55-year-old thought to add some chili powder to unflavored Cheetos, producing a fiery iteration of the popular snack food that would turn out to be an incredibly profitable idea and get him a job as the head of Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions at PepsiCo. “I had two weeks to prepare a presentation for the … [Read more...] about Hollywood readies movie inspired by Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Jennifer Lawrence’s acting career started at an early age — and her education ended at the same time. The Oscar-winning actress revealed in an episode of “60 Minutes” that she stopped going to school at age 14, before she even made it to high school. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” she told Bill Whitaker in the upcoming episode. Lawrence first broke out onto the scene at age 20 — and by 22, she was nominated and won her first Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook" in 2013. Jennifer Lawrence rips Weinstein for using her words for defense The actress, who is the star of the upcoming Russian spy thriller “Red Sparrow” said on the upcoming “60 Minutes” that she doesn’t regret the decision to choose Hollywood over her education. “No. I really don’t [regret it] I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do and I … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lawrence reveals she dropped out of middle school
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is shaping up as the film to beat at this year’s Academy Awards. The comedy-drama written and directed by Martin McDonagh and released by Fox Searchlight Pictures is nominated for seven Oscars and has scored big in competitions leading up to Hollywood’s big night March 4. Just recently, the film won five awards — including best picture, actress (Frances McDormand) and original screenplay — at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards. Set in a town in the Ozarks, “Three Billboards” is the tale of Mildred Hayes (McDormand), a mother who’s upset that the police haven’t captured the man who raped and murdered her daughter. She vents her outrage through a scathing message delivered on roadside ads. Of course, there’s no such place as Ebbing, Mo. But moviegoers might be surprised to learn that “Three Billboards” wasn’t even filmed in the … [Read more...] about Why aren’t big-budget movies filmed in Missouri anymore? Money.
Timothée Chalamet gave an Oscar worthy performance in "Call Me By Your Name" — but he's increasingly worried about one particular scene involving a fuzzy fruit. The 22-year-old actor voiced his concerns to Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night after the late night host questioned if he was worried about what comes next after being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role in for his first leading role. And while Chalamet agreed he was worried about that — he was even more worried about that peach thing. "There's a scene where-I don't know how to describe this. There's a peach, and in life one has to explore sometimes. And the exploration commences," he explained. Oscar 2018 races by the numbers "You say, 'Are you worried?' I'm worried that 50 years from now I'll be signing peaches behind a desk." Kimmel joked, "That's your vision of hell." The New York City native said he was glad to get some time with Kimmel before he hosts the Oscars on in order to put … [Read more...] about Timothée Chalamet is worried about that peach scene
Ruth Wilson had to learn to shear a sheep for 'Dark River'. The 36-year-old actress is starring as Alice in the upcoming British drama film by Clio Barnard, which also features Sean Bean and Mark Stanley, and for the role, Wilson had to learn how to master the special technique. Speaking on 'This Morning', Wilson said: "The first thing on the script when I read it ... she's been shearing sheep for 15 years and there's a scene of me shearing sheep. "I haven't touched a sheep ever in my life." Asked how she found the experience to be, Wilson admitted that it was "really hard" but also that it was "amazing". She shared: "It's really hard, you have to be really brutal and violent with them, to keep them in place. They don't want to have their hair cut. You have to sort of keep them in place. "But it's an amazing technique. You have these weird shoes, like Hobbit shoes, you roll the sheep around your legs. You have to keep their skin taut son you don't cut them. "I loved it. I … [Read more...] about Ruth Wilson had to shear sheep for Dark River role
Cara Anna, Associated Press Updated 3:19 am, Saturday, February 24, 2018 Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in "Black Panther," poses at the premiere of the film at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The language of Wakanda in “Black Panther” is very much real, including the “click” sounds that are making audiences murmur, impressed. That’s thanks to South African actor and cast member John Kani, who introduced the idea of using it with his onscreen son, Chadwick Boseman. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in "Black Panther," poses at the premiere of the film at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The language of Wakanda in “Black Panther” ... more … [Read more...] about The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try.
The Associated Press Updated 2:04 pm, Friday, February 23, 2018 Photo: Matt Sayles, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Nominees for best films for the 90th Academy Awards can be viewed in a variety of places, including in theaters, via streaming services and video rental services. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Nominees for best films for the 90th Academy Awards can be viewed in a variety of places, including in ... more Photo: Matt Sayles, AP Cramming for the Oscars: Where to see best-picture nominees 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Here's where to watch the Oscar best-picture nominees: "The Shape of … [Read more...] about Cramming for the Oscars: Where to see best-picture nominees
Ryan Coogler believes 'Black Panther' can provide African Americans kids with a new group of positive role models. The 31-year-old filmmaker helmed the new Marvel Cinematic Universe film and the project became his most "personal film" because it was his chance to tell a fictional story about the continent which gave birth his ancestors without it being about the slave trade to the US. In an interview with Variety, Coogler said: "For me this opportunity was unique because I could make something I truly hadn't seen before. As an African American, our history with the continent is very fraught. We're not generally able to tie our lineage back as a result of a very specific traumatic experience that happened to us. "So how we learn about the continent is skewed through that lens, through that relationship, and how we learn about ourselves is skewed. There was a gap in my own identity. So in many ways this is my most personal film." The motion picture expands on the storyline that … [Read more...] about Ryan Coogler couldn’t pass on helming Black Panther
NEW YORK — In the Oscar-nominated documentary "Strong Island," Yance Ford stares back at the camera with profound sorrow and calm resilience. "Strong Island," a Netflix release, is Ford's investigation into the killing of his brother, William Ford, in 1992 in Central Islip, New York. Ford, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white man — a mechanic named Mark Reilly — after a verbal altercation. But an all-white grand jury declined to indict Reilly and the investigation has remained sealed. "I'm not angry," Yance Ford says into the camera. "I'm also not willing to accept that someone else gets to say who William was. And if you're uncomfortable with me asking these questions, you should probably get up and go." Ford's film is a kind of investigative memoir that burrows into not only the justice of his brother's death but also the still-quaking reverberations that William's loss has had on their family, one that moved from South Carolina … [Read more...] about Q&A: Yance Ford on race, justice and making Oscar history