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Jason Katims' Rise, Anne Heche Military Drama Get Series Orders at NBC(5/5/17) Jason Katims is officially going back to high school.
NBC has given a series order to the Friday Night Lights‘ showrunner’s Rise, a drama about an inspirational theater teacher in a small town, TVLine has learned.
The series, which stars Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Rosie Perez (Search Party), is based on Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High — which was the show’s original title — about real-life instructor Lou Volpe.
The Peacock Net also greenlit the drama For God & Country, which stars Anne Heche (Men in Trees) and Mike Vogel (Under the Dome). Heche plays D.I.A. deputy director Patricia Campbell, who leads a team of analysts using advanced surveillance technology. Vogel’s Adam Dalton is part of a Special Ops squad that goes undercover to “save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world,” per the series’ logline.
‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ Star Christina Ricci On Presenting Zelda Fitzgerald’s Full Humanity(4/29/17) (Video) Last night at the Hollywood Athletic Club, Amazon Studios pulled out all the stops in a presentation for their original series Z: The Beginning of Everything, screening two episodes of the series, followed by a panel discussion with the series’ stars, Christina Ricci and David Hoflin, and costume designer Tom Broecker moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.
A thirty-minute period drama series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing)—based on the novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler—Z: The Beginning of Everything presents a fictionalized look at the extraordinary life and times of American socialite and writer Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci), one of the most iconic public personas of her era, alongside her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin).
“I just happened to read Therese’s book, and I loved it, and I couldn’t believe that I had such misconceptions about Zelda Fitzgerald,” Ricci said, of the way in which she found her way to the project.” Assuming someone was already making a film about Zelda’s incredible life story, Ricci had her manager inquire about the rights to the novel, which she ultimately realized were still available.
The executive producer and star of the Amazon series, Ricci was inspired by the idea of taking a figure shrouded in mythology and bringing her to life in a new way. “I think that for me, what I really wanted was this idea of giving this woman who lives in myth—either adored or reviled—make her human, give her back her humanity,” the actress remarked.
When it came to preparations for their roles in the series, Ricci and Hoflin had very different methodologies, with Ricci pursuing a deeper dive into research, to do the part justice. “I did tons and tons of research about Zelda—I read two biographies, I read all of her writing that I could get my hands on, and I read all of [F. Scott Fitzgerald’s] writing,” she explained. “I read about that period of time in America—I pretty much covered all my bases, because it is very intimidating to play somebody who is kind of the stuff of legend. You don’t want to disappoint anyone, or embarrass yourself.”
Hoflin, on the other hand, found that indulging in too much research can become an all-consuming venture. “I think you can go crazy, doing so much research, because there’s so much stuff written about them, and then not only that, but we’ve got obviously scripts to read, and there’s an element of a storyline that Z’s telling,” he said. “It’s a person’s view on what happened, so I think there’s gotta be a limit, or at least there was for me. There’s a limit to doing research, and then trying to work out how that relates to the actual work that you’re doing.”
In approaching Z, Ricci was much more interested in examining who Zelda Fitzgerald really was away from the glamor, the Hollywood spotlight, and the persona the writer put on in public—though the actress admitted that Fitzgerald’s real and constructed personas did, at times, coincide.
“For me, it’s very much about playing a woman, about being very real, and human, and heartfelt,” Ricci explained. “It’s sort of like pulling back the curtain a little bit, so the celebrity aspect of it and the iconic kind of aspect of it was something I didn’t even think of at all, except for the way that celebrity affected her behavior, and how she felt about herself.”
Emmy-winning costumer Tom Broecker sparked to the idea of visually examining a fascinating moment in fashion and culture, generally, profiting in his process from visual resources and a “wealth of information” that are readily available to the public.
“The interesting part about this show, for me anyway, is that it is a really ugly period, until you actually get to know it, and then it’s a really spectacularly beautiful period, because it’s actually right before what we imagine as the most beautiful period in fashion, which is the later ‘20s,” Broecker said.
Bowing in January, Z‘s first season follows Zelda’s marriage to the author, and subsequent marital tensions stemming from both a raucous partying lifestyle, and F. Scott’s inability to take his wife on her own terms, recognizing her worth and innate ability as a writer.
With the announcement of a Season 2 renewal for the series coming just hours before the night’s panel, Ricci expressed her excitement at the prospect of a second season, discussing what it may mean for the show going forward.
“We’re truly thrilled. It’s such a rich history and their story is so fascinating. It should be a pretty exciting second season,” the actress said, while acknowledging that the story may continue to travel down some darker avenues. “Certainly, we’re going to get more into the complexities of their marriage, and what led to her (Zelda’s) breakdown.”
The Z panel last night and a final presentation at the Hollywood Athletic Club tonight mark the culmination of a two-week FYC event, in which Amazon set up ten rooms within the two levels of the Sunset Blvd. facility, each specifically designed for one of Amazon’s roster of television series. The series represented include The Man in the High Castle, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Goliath, Sneaky Pete, Patriot, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, Transparent, the yet-to-premiere I Love Dick, and two beloved children’s television programs, Just Add Magic and An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win.
To view Deadline’s conversation with Christina Ricci, David Hoflin and costume designer Tom Broecker for yourself, click above.
‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon(4/28/17) Amazon has renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything for a second season, Deadline has confirmed.
Created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s.
Starring Christina Ricci as Zelda, Z: The Beginning of Everything starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (David Hoflin) and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage—made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years. David Strathairn co-stars.
Prestwich and Yorkin who also exec produce along with Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon and Ricci.
Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci to be honored at Vail Film Festival(3/18/17) The Vail Film Festival has announced that it will celebrate women filmmakers, honoring Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci and opening with Susan Johnson’s coming-of-age story “Carrie Pilby,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The 14th annual festival will run from March 30 to April 2, closing with Amanda Sharp’s family drama “Sticky Notes,” which stars Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta.
Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award in recognition of her having directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films. She wrote and starred in the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke, and received Oscar nominations for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Delpy’s credits include “Europa Europa,” “Voyager,” “Three Colors: White,” “An American Werewolf in Paris,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers” and “The Air I Breathe,” starring with Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia. She wrote, directed, and starred in “2 Days in Paris” with Adam Goldberg.
Ricci will be honored with the 2017 Vail Film Festival Renegade award. She currently stars as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon original series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” and serves as an executive producer. Her credits include Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm,” “The Opposite of Sex,” “Buffalo 66,” Patty Jenkins’ “Monster,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed,” Woody Allen’s romantic comedy “Anything Else” and Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
The Women in Film panel will be moderated by Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson, with panelists including producer Miranda Bailey, writer and director Susan Johnson, writer and director Leila Djansi, and producer Katie Mustard.
Hot Spec ‘Marian’ Sells To Sony With Margot Robbie Attached to Star(3/7/17) It garnered a lot of interest, but when the dust cleared it was Sony that nailed the project for producers Donald De Line and Amy Pascal by pre-empting the spec Marian for actress Margot Robbie to star. A nice role for Robbie to show some more of her acting chops, this time in a serious and truly gritty turn. Think Braveheart meets Game of Thrones. Robbie’s label LuckyChap Entertainment is also producing, with Rock Shaink, through his Romark Entertainment.
Scripted by newcomer Pete Barry, Marian is based on the character from the Robin Hood folklore. Here’s the storyline: After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself.
Robbie is currently at work on I, Tonya, the biopic about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding that started shooting last month. Also on her plate is a further exploration of her Suicide Squad character in a project called Gotham City Sirens for Warner Bros. and director David Ayer — an all-female DC villains movie. In addition, she’s on two projects based on beloved characters from childhood books: Peter Rabbit at Sony/Columbia, a live-action/CGI hybrid feature based on Beatrix Potter’s classic characters, and Fox Searchlight’s untitled A.A. Milne project centered on Winnie the Pooh.
De Line and Steven Spielberg just produced the director’s Ready Player One for Warner Bros.; that comes out in March 2018. He also produced Zach Braff’s Going in Style from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures), which comes out next month. Pascal is working on a slew of projects, including Molly’s Game and the tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as a feature based on Mattel’s Barbie toy line.
Paradigm — which is going on what, eight spec sales in a row?– also sold this latest spec on behalf of Barry. The writer also is repped by manager Andrea Dimity of Pannon Entertainment and attorney Jeff Frankel. Robbie and LuckyChap are repped by Management 360, CAA and attorney Jeff Bernstein; the actress additionally is repped by Aran Michael Management.
Mike Vogel To Topline ‘For God And Country’ NBC Military Drama Pilot(2/15/17) Under the Dome star Mike Vogel has been tapped as the lead of For God and Country, NBC’s military drama pilot from writer Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV.
Written by Georgaris, For God and Country is described as a heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
Vogel will play Michael Dalton, commander of the ISA-Special Operations Group responsible for getting back a kidnapped American doctor. He will do whatever it takes to make sure no foreign nation gets away with harming Americans.
Georgaris executive produces with Keshet’s Avi Nir, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
In addition to his starring role as Barbie on the CBS summer drama series Under the Dome, Vogel recently headlined the Syfy miniseries Childhood’s End.
Christina Ricci Discusses Her Amazon Original Series(1/31/17) (Video) Christina Ricci stops by to give us the scoop on her role as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon original, “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” The biography series gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Zelda Fitzgerald before she meets, “The Great Gatsby” author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. From wild parties and turbulent love affairs to jazz music and mental illness, the series doesn’t hold back. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series.
People's Choice Awards 2017 Winners(1/18/17) Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie Completely Transforms for Tonya Harding Biopic(1/17/17) (Pic) Margot Robbie who?
The Australian access was spotted on the set of her forthcoming biopic, I, Tonya, about infamous figure skater Tonya Harding, and the results are uncanny. Wearing the most '90s-looking mom jeans, a blue sweater and a frizzy blond wig, Robbie, 26, looked nearly identical to Harding. Instead of gaining weight in real life, it appears Robbie was fitted with facial prosthetics and a body suit to mimic the appearance of a few extra pounds.
The film, slated to release in 2018, will follow the events leading up to Harding and her ex-husband's attack on rival ice skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994 ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. After an Olympic practice session, Kerrigan was attacked by a hit man with hopes that he would break her leg, forcing her to sit out of the upcoming games.
The hit man, hired by Harding's ex Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan in the film), failed, and Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal while Harding placed eighth.
Caught on film, the attack made headlines immediately. Harding avoided serving any jail time after Gillooly struck a plea deal in exchange for implicating her; however, she did face some consequences. The disgraced figure skater was placed on probation for three years, sentenced to 500 hours community service and forced to pay a $160,000 fine.
Of course, Robbie is hardly the first star to completely transform into someone else for a role. Click through our gallery above to see other stars who've played real people.
Margot Robbie hits ice rink to prep for Tonya Harding role(1/4/17) This role could become Margot Robbie’s biggest “smash” hit.
The “Wolf of Wall Street” star was seen gliding across the ice at a Los Angeles-area ice rink this week as she prepares to play Tonya Harding in a new film about the notorious Olympic figure skater.
Robbie — who already has experience playing a psychotic blonde as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” — says she is working hard to learn the ice skills necessary to play the central figure in one of the most notorious sports scandals of the 1990s.
The newlywed is also producer of the flick, along with British filmmaker hubby Tom Ackerley. The couple married last month in a hush-hush ceremony in Australia.
“I’m really excited because I love acquiring a new skill for a role. It’s one of the biggest treats of acting, “ she told Glamour magazine.
“And on the producing side of it, if I get an injury, I’m scared I’m going to ruin everything, so I’m nervous.”
The film, “I, Tonya” is scheduled to premiere next year.
It will tell the story of how Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, helped hire a goon to smash Harding ice rival Nancy Kerrigan’s leg in the weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Kerrigan was able to recover and compete against Harding at the Games in a matchup that became one of TV’s most-watched sporting events ever.
Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal, while Harding came in eighth.
Harding never admitted to a role in orchestrating the attack, but a month after the Games, she pleaded guilty to trying to cover it up and was sentenced to three years’ probation and banned from skating for life.
While the Harding role belongs to Robbie, 26, the role of Kerrigan is yet to be cast.
Gillooly will be played by “Captain America: Civil War” star Sebastian Stan.
Margot Robbie reportedly weds boyfriend in secret ceremony(12/29/16) (Video) Ashley Greene is ready to ring in 2017 newly engaged!
The Hollywood actress headed to Instagram Thursday afternoon to reveal some exciting personal news. As it turns out, her longtime boyfriend Paul Khoury recently proposed during a holiday getaway.
"This is the most beautiful moment I could have ever hoped for. You've successfully made me the happiest, luckiest woman alive," the Twilight star shared on Instagram. "I can't wait to show you my unfaltering immeasurable love for the rest of our lives. #engaged #loveofmylife #futurehusband."
As an added bonus, followers of the actress received video of the trip that occurred around December 19.
At the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls in New Zealand, Paul got down on one knee to ask the important question. Spoiler alert: She absolutely said yes.
"It's very magical babe," she said before the couple jumped for joy, kissed and teared up.
Earlier this month, the couple sparked engagement rumors when Ashley was spotted wearing a ring on that finger. Things weren't made official, however, until the pair posted on social media.
"I promise to put a smile on your face for the rest of our lives. You complete me in ways I didn't even know was possible," Paul shared on Instagram. "I love you more than anything and excited to take this next step in life with you! #foreverlove #myfutrewife #ShesGonnaBeAKhoury."
Congratulations to the couple on their happy news.
Margot Robbie reportedly weds boyfriend in secret ceremony(12/20/16) “Suicide Squad” star Margot Robbie secretly wed filmmaker Tom Ackerley in her native Australia over the weekend, according to local reports.
The Aussie Daily Telegraph (paywall) writes Robbie ducked paparazzi who were said to be scouring the area for the celebration and managed to say her vows away from prying eyes.
Suspicions about a wedding were aroused last week when the actress was seen in a T-shirt that read, “Say ‘I do’ Down Under” — suggesting it may be wise not to entrust Robbie with big secrets.
David Ayer & Margot Robbie Reunite For All Femme DC Villain Pic ‘Gotham City Sirens’(12/14/16) David Ayer will direct and produce Gotham City Sirens for Warner Bros. This is the idea that Margot Robbie pitched to the studio for an all-female DC villains movie back in May, in which she’ll make her return as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s psychotic girlfriend from Suicide Squad. Robbie will also serve as EP.
Sherlock Holmes 3 and Tomb Raider reboot scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet is being tapped to write. DC’s motion picture executives Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will also produce.
Gotham City Sirens was published by DC in 2009, and is part of the Batman: Reborn series. Paul Dini wrote it, while Guillem March illustrated. In addition to Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia feature prominently in it.
Suicide Squad was a huge success for Warner Bros., becoming the top opening for August at $133.6M stateside, and grossing $745.6M at the global B.O.
Miramax Lands Margot Robbie As Tonya Harding Drama ‘I, Tonya’(12/12/16) Miramax has acquired U.S. distribution rights to I, Tonya, the drama that has Margot Robbie set to play disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie is directing. Deadline first revealed in May that Robbie would play Harding, and the project picked up steam around AFM, when AI Film signed on to finance the Steven Rogers script. The Aussie actress might have to brush up on her figure skating moves, but there is a portion of the program here she proved adept at as the bad girl in Suicide Squad. Harding emerged from a poor upbringing and rough childhood in Portland, OR to rise to the top of the sport of figure skating with determination and athleticism that allowed her to become the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions. She won the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and second in the World Championships, and was set for a showdown against fellow American skater Nancy Kerrigan. The fairy tale turned nightmarish, after Kerrigan was attacked by thugs who tried to break her leg. It turned out the culprit was Harding’s husband, who implicated his wife as he tried to stay out of jail. Kerrigan wound up winning the silver medal at that Olympics, and the completely distracted Harding finished eighth as her life was circling the drain. As the ensuing scandal unfolded, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship and banned her for life.
Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, LuckyChap’s Robbie and Tom Ackerly, and Rogers are producing, while AI’s Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi are exec producers. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA brokered the deal. Miramax head of film &TV Zanne Devine spearheaded it for the distributor and Rosanne Korenberg is overseeing the film for Miramax.
Miramax confirmed. Said Robbie: “The script is unbelievable, it’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I know Craig’s approach with the material and the characters will be executed brilliantly. Tom and I at LuckyChap are so grateful to partner with Bryan for what will hopefully be the first of many jobs together.”
Robbie is repped by Management 360, CAA, attorney Jeff Bernstein and Aran Michael Management. Rogers is Gersh and Gillespie is UTA and Management 360.
2016 Critics’ Choice Award Winners(12/12/16) BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE: Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad
‘Z: The Beginning Of Everything’: Amazon Drama Gets Debut Date & Jazz Age Trailer(12/7/16) (Video) No couple epitomized the rebellion and the glamour of the Jazz Age like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald, and now the Amazon series about their tumultuous romance and life has a launch date and a new trailer.
A peek at the Christina Ricci-starring Z: The Beginning of Everything can be seen above, and the 10-episode first season can all be seen in its entirety starting January 27.
With American Crime alum David Hoflin as The Great Gatsby author, Z follows the pair from their first meeting in Montgomery, AL, in 1918 and all the way to the top of the literary and social circles of NYC and Paris and seemingly everywhere in between – with a lot of style, a lot of booze and no small degree of emotional explosions.
Having first made its pilot debut back on November 4, 2015, the series created by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin snared a series pickup just over year ago. If you’ve seen the Tim Blake Nelson-directed pilot, you’ll know that Z aims to take the former Zelda Sayre out of the shadow of her husband and show the artistic and destructive force she was unto herself — a creative force that F. Scott more than liberally lifted from for his own works. If you haven’t seen the pilot, you can watch it right now on Amazon Prime before the rest of the series starts next year.
Besides Ricci as Zelda and Hoflin as F. Scott, Z also features David Strathairn as Zelda’s father plus Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind and Holly Curran. Prestwich and Yorkin serve as EPs on Z along with Ricci, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.
Critics’ Choice Award Nominations(12/1/16) The awards air Sunday December 11th on A&E.
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‘Seven Seconds’: Michael Mosley & Patrick Murney Cast In Netflix Series(11/30/16) Michael Mosley has signed on for a regular role in the 10-episode Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds. Also cast in the series, from The Killing creator Veena Sud and Fox 21 TV Studios, is Patrick Murney (Public Morals).
Written by Sud, Seven Seconds is based on the 2013 Russian action movie The Major (?????). Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City, where a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.
Mosley will play Joe “Fish” Rinaldi, a seasoned New Jersey detective assigned to work with prosecutor KJ Harper (still to be cast). Murney will portray Gary Wilcox, a cop working with Diangelo (David Lyons), Osorio (Raul Castillo) and newcomer Peter Jablonski (Beau Knapp) on the Narcotics squad in Jersey City.
Mosley starred as Johnny on USA’s Sirens, and most recently recurred on Castle, Longmire, and Elementary. He’s repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment. Murney played Petey ‘Mac’ Mackenna on TNT’s Public Morals and also had guest roles on Person of Interest and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees Set(11/15/16) Here’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Margot Robbie Near Deal To Join ‘Peter Rabbit’(10/24/16) Margot Robbie is in final negotiations to join Peter Rabbit, Sony/Columbia’s live-action/CGI hybrid feature film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic characters. The pic has been casting up, with Deadline breaking last week that Domhnall Gleeson has been set to play menacing farmer Mr. McGregor.
Will Gluck is directing, with Gleeson and Rose Byrne playing the live-action roles. Robbie joins James Corden as Peter, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki in the voice cast. Production starts at Australia’s animated VFX studio Animal Logic in January with an eye at a April 2018 release date. The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck.
Robbie is already aboard another classic fairy-tale pic, Fox Searchlight’s untitled A.A. Milne project centered on Winnie the Pooh. That one also stars Gleeson as well as Will Tilston as a young Christopher Robin. Simon Curtis is directing and shooting began last month in and around London.
Robbie, who stole the show in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad, is repped by CAA, Management 360, attorney Jeff Bernstein and Aran Michael Management.
SNL Premiere Promo: Kate McKinnon Toasts First-Time Host Margot Robbie(9/29/16) (Video) To celebrate Margot Robbie‘s inaugural stint as Saturday Night Live host, cast member (and recent Emmy winner) Kate McKinnon got the Suicide Squad star into the hottest, most exclusive bash in town.
“The SNL pre-premiere pre-party,” McKinnon tells Robbie, who will emcee the proceedings in Studio 8H this Saturday night (11:30, NBC), kicking off Season 42 with musical host The Weeknd.
Of course there’s no such thing, but that doesn’t stop the Australian actress and McKinnon from getting down — complete with EDM backup — and having a little wine in one of several silly promos for the season premiere.
Other announced Season 42 hosts include Hamilton creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda and The Girl on the Train star Emily Blunt.
SNL enters its new season without three cast members: veterans Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah and featured player Jon Rudnitsky. EP Lorne Michaels has added a trio of newbies to the Not Ready for Primetime Players: improv performer Alex Moffat, SNL writer Mikey Day and Latina impressionist/actor Melissa Villaseñor.
Margot Robbie To Keep Circus Theme Going With Starring Role In WB’s ‘Queen Of The Air’(8/10/16) Hot off the success of playing DC’s clown-themed villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Deadline has confirmed that Margot Robbie is sticking with Warner Bros and the circus theme, taking a starring role in the studio’s upcoming biopic Queen of the Air. Based on Dean N. Jensen’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name, the film will tell the story of famed trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel and her tragic romance with fellow acrobat Alfredo Codona. The German-born Leitzel became a sensation in the 1920s for her death-defying stunts, eventually entering into a famously volatile love affair and marriage with Codona. She died tragically in 1931 during a live performance when her rigging snapped; Codona died 6 years later in a shocking Long beach, California-set murder-suicide. No director has signed on the film, scripted by Cat Vasko with Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) aboard as producer.
Harley Quinn becomes divisive breakout of 'Suicide Squad'(8/5/16) Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was the breakout star of "Suicide Squad" before the movie was even finished. Audiences were captivated by this insane villain with the high-wattage smile, baseball bat, fishnets, pigtails and a T-shirt that read "Daddy's Lil Monster."
But now that the film is out in theaters and being savaged by critics, that tide may be turning. Harley Quinn has become a divisive figure. To some, she's still the breakout. To others, she's the unwitting victim of a misogynistic story and an abusive relationship.
In the film, she's the kind of character who cackles gleefully after surviving a harrowing helicopter crash, and coyly asks "What?!" after changing into some skintight hot pants in front of dozens of men. She's also obsessively devoted to her boyfriend, the Joker (Jared Leto), who is also the one responsible for her transformation from accomplished psychotherapist to all out psychopath.
"It is a very difficult role," said director David Ayer. "You want to talk about a really, difficult, complex performance? Margot delivers."
Early on he got a tip from Warner Bros. that he should look at the rising Australian actress for the part. Ayer liked Robbie's ability to disappear into her roles and cast her in the film.
And they went to work crafting one of the more dysfunctional on-screen relationships this side of Sid and Nancy.
The character of Harley Quinn was introduced in the 1990s television show "Batman: The Animated Series," but soon the character seeped into the main DC comic books. While nowhere near as popular as, say Wonder Woman, she gained a sort of cult status. Filmmaker Kevin Smith even named his daughter after her.
In bringing the relationship to the screen, everyone was keenly aware of the potentially problematic nature of this unhinged couple. They had to strike a delicate balance.
Even Robbie has acknowledged her initial confusion about Harley's complete devotion to a man who treats her poorly.
"We wanted to make sure that she wasn't victimized and didn't come off being victimized," said producer Charles Roven.
Thus, they sought to make her the driver of her own actions. Producers also said they tried to make sure the Joker is as obsessed with her as she is with him.
In the movie, the Joker tortures her with electro shock therapy and gifts her to another man, while she fantasizes about suburban domesticity. In some versions of the comics, he regularly physically and emotionally abuses her.
Leto said that they pushed boundaries even more while shooting, but held back in the final edit.
"There's a lot that's not going to be on the screen ... (We) pushed the envelope quite a bit during filming. There are scenes that may never see the light of day between Harley and the Joker where we explored those other dysfunctional sides," Leto said.
Ayer's film needed to be PG-13, though.
"It's a very interesting time that we live in — a time where people are often crucified for mistakes. I can understand why people are very cautious about the decisions that they make," Leto said. "At the end of the day, the filmmakers and the studio have a film and they need to do what's best for the film."
Still, many critics, like Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore , MTV's Amy Nicholson and The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato , are dismayed that the relationship and the complex figure of Harley Quinn is not investigated further.
"What we see on screen is this ditzy blond who seems to be willing to do anything for this guy," said Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer for The Washington Post. "If that relationship's meant to be powerful and complex and ugly, it also needs to be complete. It deserves to breathe."
Margot Robbie says Prince Harry is a good texter(8/2/16) Margot Robbie thinks it’s no big deal that she’s text buddies with Prince Harry.
“He’s pretty quick on text actually,” Robbie, 25, told “Extra” this week. “Unlike me — I write back four days later, weeks later sometimes.”
As for how they met, Robbie told E! News, “Well, he’s friends with Cara [Delevingne]. They’ve know each other for years, and we met through friends.”
Though Robbie and Harry are pals now, their initial meeting didn’t go so smoothly, since Robbie mistook him for fellow redhead Ed Sheeran.
“I didn’t know it was a prince, it’s not like he was wearing a crown … When I saw him in those glasses, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I didn’t know Ed Sheeran was at the party!'” she said in a sitdown with Jimmy Fallon in March. “He got really offended. He was like, ‘Shut up!'”
Margot Robbie's Glittery Gold Unicorn Gown!(8/2/16) (Pic) In case you hadn’t quite caught on to the fact that Margot Robbie‘s style was one-of-a-kind, you won’t be able to miss the memo when it’s this giant, glitzy and golden — and galloping across her gown.
The Australian actress sparkled in a sequined Alexander McQueen gown on the black carpet at Monday’s Suicide Squad premiere at Beacon Theatre in New York City. Robbie, 26, was dressed in the sequin embroidered unicorn spot tulle gown from the British fashion house’s AW16 collection.
The darkly glamorous dress, with its sheer panels and enormous mythical beast — plus her undone pony and vampy lip — was the perfect goth-glam pick for the premiere of a film in which she plays the maniacal villainess Harley Quinn.
Robbie has beautifully amped up her style choices during the Suicide Squad press tour. During her appearances, the star has worn designer labels such as Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Monse, Calvin Klein and Rosetta Getty.
Also at the N.Y.C. premiere were Margot’s costars Cara Delevingne (wearing Anthony Vaccarello), Karen Fukuhara (wearing Valentino) and Viola Davis. And the ladies weren’t the only style standouts. Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman and Jared Leto, who wore head-to-toe Gucci, also brought their fashion A-game.
Margot Robbie Speaks Up About "Really Weird" Vanity Fair Interview: Maybe I'm Desensitized to It Now(7/26/16) Hindsight is 20/20—just ask Margot Robbie.
The Suicide Squad actress sat down with Vanity Fair's Rich Cohen as the cover girl of the August issue. While the magazine declared this the "summer of Robbie," that's really where the compliments ended.
Cohen's complete profile immediately came under fire after it went live on the publication's website, critics taking aim at the author's confusing and controversial commentary about the star. He compared Robbie's looks to "a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance" before subtly insulting Australians, saying the country is "a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people."
"I remember thinking, I said, 'That was a really odd interview I don't know how that's gonna come out,'" Robbie told The Project. "Then when I read it, I was like, yeah, the tone of this is really weird, like I don't really know what he's trying to get at or play at."
While the 26-year-old actress initially kept mum about her encounter, her wide-reaching supporters immediately came to the rescue. "I didn't expect there to be like an uproar about it at all," she continued. Still, fans from her native Australia rushed to her digital side. "I had like this bit of Aussie pride where I was like, 'Don't mess with the Aussies."
Unfortunately, despite a very fast rise to stardom, the talented leading lady has already gotten used to being criticized on her performance, her looks and everything in between. 'I've read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis," she told The Project. "I don't know. Maybe I'm like desensistized to it now."
9 Things You Didn't Know About Margot Robbie as We Gear Up for Suicide Squad(7/25/16) Are we about to hit peak Margot Robbie? The actress may not be the top-billed name on the Suicide Squad poster, but going into the film's August premiere, she's certainly garnering the lion's share of attention – well, her and Jared Leto, anyway – for what's sure to be a memorable turn as DC anti-hero Harley Quinn.
And while Robbie, 26, is certainly no stranger to the moviegoing public at large, given her roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus, there's still plenty to learn about the beauty from Down Under. Let's take a look at some of the things you might not know about Robbie.
1. She plays hockey
Robbie apparently plays right wing in an amateur hockey league in L.A. "We don't have ice hockey in Australia, but we did have The Mighty Ducks," she told Vulture. Oh, and she cut short the filming of her Wolf of Wall Street audition tape to catch a New York Rangers game.
2. She shared the screen with a Hemsworth before either of them were famous
That would be Liam, in The Elephant Princess, in 2008.
3. She's an amateur tattoo artist
Among the more innocuous stories from the Suicide Squad set – and it says a lot that stories of stars tattooing each other is "innocuous" on the set of this film – was that the stars were getting all ink-happy with each other. Robbie tattooed director David Ayer and costar Cara Delevingne with matching "Skwad" designs.
4. She got her start in Australian soaps
Well, technically, her first acting role was in a friend's low-budget thriller in Australia. No thanks to her agent – Robbie was cold-calling casting directors herself – she landed a role on the Australian soap Neighbours that bloomed from a guest spot into a full-on regular role.
5. Her American accent is really good
Robbie practiced her American accent while working on Neighbours, and completely fooled everyone working on the short-lived Pan Am, the drama that was her first American role. "Even members of the crew will come up and be like, 'Wait, wait! Where are you from?'" she told MSN.
6. She was such a big Harry Potter fan growing up she lied to get glasses
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Robbie dredged up a photo of her at 13, clearly over the moon to be reading a Harry Potter tome. "I have 20/20 vision and I lied to get glasses so I could look like Harry Potter," she told Kimmel. "They're not even cool ones. They're, like, ugly glasses."
7. She's also really good at eating and drinking a lot
Despite her envy-inducing figure, Robbie might have a second career as an eating-contest contestant. "I can chug beer pretty quickly," she told PEOPLE in June, adding that she won an eating contest while working on Neighbours that saw her put down "four kilos of spaghetti Bolognese in an hour."
8. She's had some unorthodox auditions
Robbie made the split-second decision to slap Leonardo DiCaprio across the face during her Wolf audition, and landed Focus after not having slept for 48 hours. She also purchased her audition outfit right before the audition.
9. Robbie is also really good at pickpocketing
Robbie learned how to pick pockets for her role in Focus, the first time she shared the screen with her Suicide Squad costar Will Smith. "I had to slow down my steals, because the camera couldn't see them," she told Vulture.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum on Her Daughter’s ‘Funky’ Fashion Sense: ‘I Let Her Be and Find Her Own Style’(7/22/16) Jenna Dewan-Tatum‘s daughter Everly just celebrated her third birthday in May. And since then, her famous mom says she’s all about letting her embrace her own style as often as she can.
“She picks [her outfits] out every morning. She calls it ‘her style,’ ” she told PEOPLE at Thursday’s launch celebration for Target’s new children’s line, Cat & Jack.
“Every now and then I can be like, ‘How about we choose this one?’ ” adds the actress, dancer and wife to Channing Tatum. “As long as she has clothes on when we’re leaving the house, I’m happy.”
The biggest challenge Dewan-Tatum, 35, has faced since letting Everly dress herself?
“Generally, whatever she wants half the time is [to be] naked,” she says.
But when the 3-year-old daughter of the Step Up couple does want to throw on some clothes, Dewan-Tatum says she encourages her to be particular about what she chooses.
“[Everly]’s very funky and not overly girly. Every now and then she has a random tutu on,” Dewan-Tatum says. “I let her be and find her own style.”
Following in her mom and dad’s athletic footsteps, Everly’s always in “leggings or some sort of jumper” to fit into her active lifestyle.
And when Everly’s not raiding her own closet for stylish accessories, Dewan-Tatum admits her daughter loves to peek into her personal jewelry collection.
“She likes to put on my necklaces and organize my jewelry,” she says. “It just ends up being a pile of tangled necklaces on my end!”
Michael Mosley on Rush Hour(7/21/16) “The Dark Night” – When seemingly upstanding members of society are being publicly humiliated by a mystery man, Detectives Carter and Lee search for someone targeting powerful people with something to hide, on RUSH HOUR, Saturday, August 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST inlcudes: Michael Mosley (Jack), Ned Vaughn (Brighton), Scott Lowell (Richard Wakefield).
Margot Robbie Wipes Out While Surfing, Thanks ''Creepy'' Paparazzi for Capturing the Hilarious Moment(7/21/16) (Pic1, Pic2) Margot Robbie might think she has some bad angles, but—between movies, magazines and paparazzi shots—we've pretty much seen them all, and she definitely does not.
Case in point: her latest surfing bail that one photog creepily (yet somewhat gloriously) captured.
Wearing a white, one-piece bathing suit while hitting the waves in Hawaii alongside her man, Tom Ackerley, Robbie experienced quite the wipe out on her surfboard. Despite the bail, she managed to still look good, and there are photos to prove it.
However, she took to Instagram to share a different opinion. "Photo cred to the creepy pap hiding in the bushes," she captioned the pic. "Thanks for always catching me at my best angles #blessed."
Meanwhile, after wrapping filming for the Suicide Squad as well as her promotional tour for The Legend of Tarzan, Robbie took some much-needed R&R in Hawaii with Ackerley.
The pair was spotted showing some major PDA while playing around in the ocean, looking totally in love and enthralled in one another's company.
Robbie's toned body looked on-fleek in a multi-colored, crochet bikini as she soaked in the sun.
But despite having an incredible body to be proud of, the actress admits filming sex scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street was still a little uncomfortable.
"I hadn't done a proper sex scene before. I'd done scenes where it's leading into sex or sex has just finished, but I hadn't done a start-to-finish sex scene like I did in Wolf," she told Vanity Fair magazine in a recent interview. "That was my first."
"Tons of people are watching you," the starlet admitted. Regardless of her inner apprehension, there was no turning back. "There isn't an option. It's just like, 'This is what you need to do—get on with it. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can stop doing it.'"
Universal Options Matt Ruff Novel ‘Bad Monkeys’ With Margot Robbie To Star(7/20/16) Universal Pictures has optioned rights to Matt Ruff’s novel Bad Monkeys, a psychological thriller to be adapted as a feature by Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. They will produce with Margot Robbie for her LuckyChap Entertainment, with Robbie also attached to star.
The 2007 novel centers on Jane Charlotte, who has been arrested for murder. She says she’s a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that she’s working with the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons — aka “Bad Monkeys.” Her confession lands her in the jail’s psychiatric wing and earns her countless hours of poking, probing, and questioning by a professional. Is Jane crazy or lying? Or is she playing a whole different game altogether?
LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara will serve as executive producer. Jon Mone will oversee production for Universal and Nicholas Nesbitt will oversee on behalf of Bluegrass. CAA, which represents Stuber, Robbie and Ruff, packaged the project.
Robbie is now onscreen playing Jane in Warner Bros’ The Legend Of Tarzan, and her Harley Quinn is around the corner in Suicide Squad. She is now in production on LuckyChap’s Terminal. She is also repped by Management 360, Aran Michael Management in Australia, and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.
Ruff is also repped by publishing agent Melanie Jackson of Melanie Jackson Agency.
Australians offended by Vanity Fair’s Margot Robbie cover story(7/10/16) They’re still up in arms Down Under over Rich Cohen’s Vanity Fair cover story on Margot Robbie, who likened Australia to “America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback.”
Cohen wrote, “They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney,” and Robbie’s from Queensland, where “a dingo really will eat your baby.”
His piece has been blasted as “patronizing,” “arrogant” and “misogynistic.”
The national paper The Australian proclaimed, “If there’s one thing Australians will not stand for, it is being ridiculed by America.”
Aussie New Yorkers also recoiled.
Consultant Malcolm Carfrae said the article “sounds like it was written in the ’50s.”
Margot Robbie Dishes on Her 'So Awkward' Sex Scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio(7/6/16) Filming a sex scene is always a bit awkward – especially when it's your first.
Margot Robbie opened up about filming her infamous sex scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, revealing that it was the first time she fully stripped down on screen.
"I hadn't done a proper sex scene before," she told Vanity Fair in its August issue. "I'd done scenes where it's leading into sex or sex had just finished, but I hadn't done a start-to-finish sex scenes like I did in Wolf. That was my first."
While Robbie, 26, said she did film a shower scene while working on an Australian film, nothing quite compared to the level of nudity in Wolf.
"I was practically naked there," she said. "But it wasn't anywhere as much as in Wolf."
The Australian actress said one of the strangest parts of the experience was having "tons of people" watching as they filmed the different scenes. "It's so awkward."
"There isn't an option," she said of having to overcome her nerves. "It's just like, this is what you need to do – get on with it. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can stop doing it."
But despite feeling a little uncomfortable, she delivered an impressive performance. The actress is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies, with roles in this summer's Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan.
And with her growing fame, Robbie said she's learned how to deal with people who try to diminish her success.
"There's a thing in Australia called tall-poppy syndrome," she said when asked if if people back home were proud of her. "It's a pretty prevalent thing – they even teach it in school. Poppies are tall flowers, but they don't grow taller than the rest of the flowers, so there's a mentality in Australia where people are really for you to do well; you just can't do better than anyone else or they will cut you down to size."
Margot Robbie and her boyfriend have four roommates(7/1/16) She may be the fastest-rising star in Hollywood but you won’t find Margot Robbie, who can boast a reported net worth of more than $10.75 million, dropping her hard-earned money on extravagant spending sprees.
“I don’t spend much money at all. It actually makes me really anxious, just the idea of it. It seems crazy to spend a huge amount of money on things you don’t need,” she tells news.com.au. “I’m pretty frugal.”
She’s not kidding. Robbie, 25, together with her boyfriend, assistant director Tom Ackerley, share a flat in the London suburb of Clapham with four roommates.
More than a tad unusual given her flush circumstances. “Not really. Actually, we’ve downsized. Until recently we were living with seven others.” She laughs. “I like living with lots of people. It reminds me of the house I grew up in.”
With such a full house, her living conditions must be a little chaotic at time. “Well, I’m not super domestic but everyone chips in and does the dishes; the boys do the bins because that’s a boy job. It’s definitely not glamorous.”
Surely, with that many cohabitants, lack of privacy must be an issue?
“It’s funny. I always think I want privacy because I’m never actually on my own, ever. But then when I am I hate it,” she confides. “After five minutes I find people to hang out with.”
The pragmatic star continues, “I’ve never spent money on staying anywhere beautiful and I’ve never paid a lot in rent. I’ve saved my money from my time on ‘Neighbours’ (playing Donna Freedman from 2008 to 2011) and spent it on moving to America, acting classes and dialect coaches.”
Evidently, the acting lessons paid off. Following her pivotal role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and her not-so-monumental role in “Focus” (2015), she currently stars in two big budget Hollywood movies: “Tarzan,” and “Suicide Squad.”
Robbie also graces the cover of the upcoming Vanity Fair issue — quite a leap from her days on “Neighbours.” “It’s mind-boggling,” she nods, grinning. “It’s really exciting to shoot with those photographers that you’ve read about for years in Vanity Fair.”
Robbie’s personal life appears to be equally exciting. Her relationship with Ackerley began on the set of “Suite Francaise” in 2014 and they seem to relish the gypsy lifestyle. She’s not ready to settle down and start a family.
“Well, you’d have to be in one place and I’m never in one place. I can’t even have a pet because I keep moving around too much. So family is definitely going to have to wait for now.”
But it seems she does enjoy certain domestic joys. “Well, I’m a terrible cook and I recently bought olive oil from Hungary (where she is shooting “Terminal” with Mike Myers and Simon Pegg) because my boyfriend is a very good cook. So, I provide the ingredients which is a subtle invitation for him to cook me a dinner.”
Certainly no damsel in distress (outside the kitchen), she plays a modern version of Jane to Alex Skarsgard’s “Tarzan.” I tell her that her handsome co-star said their sex scene had to appear “primal” and in doing so, he was left with many scratches on his back.
She laughs. “That was literally the easiest part of the job. I think when you’re watching Tarzan and Jane, two people that have such primal urges and are so madly in love, you kind of want that to be represented in their love life. And (director) David Yates definitely encouraged that when we were on set.
“When we were shooting he was like, ‘Be more aggressive! Dig your nails in! Punch him!’ And I was like, ‘OK, we’re going for it!’ It was fun.”
Meanwhile, with Australia’s federal election looming, she says, “I’m not following as closely as I would be if I was living there and I’m not going to be home to vote. But definitely I think everywhere the political scene’s being shaken up a lot. And yeah, I think crazy things are happening.”
The conversations turns to Brexit. “I really hope people stop and take the time to maybe research things before making decisions or casting a vote because I think we’re going to have to deal with the repercussions for a long time to come.”
Margot Robbie Gets a Super-Seductive New Gig(6/30/16) (Pic) It was only a matter of time before a high-fashion house called dibs on Margot Robbie for a gorgeous ad campaign — and Calvin Klein ended up being the lucky brand to nab the Legend of Tarzan actress. See Robbie’s fresh, sexy ad, Amanda Seyfried’s first-ever partnership with Miu Miu and the seven famous faces fronting Jimmy Choo’s 20th anniversary campaign.
Robbie filmed a print and TV campaign for Deep Euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance; the print ad features her posing seductively on a plush, velvet chaise, while the TV spot is set to follow her character “as she remembers a series of flashbacks from the night before that blur the lines between fantasy and reality, ultimately revealing her deepest desires,” according to the press release.
“I’m thrilled to be the face” of the scent, Robbie said in a statement. “This is my first advertising campaign and I am honored it is with Calvin Klein, an iconic brand I have known and loved for so many years.”
Robbie plays thoroughly modern 'Jane' in new 'Tarzan' film(6/26/16) With her cut-glass cheekbones, porcelain skin and cascading flaxen locks, it is hard to imagine a better choice to play Tarzan's love interest than Australian actress Margot Robbie.
But the 25-year-old, who appears as Jane in "The Legend of Tarzan," the latest take on one of Hollywood's most enduring colonial era adventure stories, is anything but a shrinking violet.
"I've never wanted to play the damsel in distress, and Jane is anything but," said the actress, who rose to worldwide fame starring in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Robbie agreed early on with director David Yates that her take on Jane Porter, and later Lady Greystoke, in the 51st live-action Tarzan movie would be a feisty character, capable of fighting back.
In one memorable scene, Belgian ruler Leopold II's dastardly henchman Leon Rom, played by Christoph Waltz, demands of a captured Jane that she scream to attract Tarzan's attention, and instead she spits in his face.
It is a gesture of the kind of fiery insouciance common in the roles Robbie has picked, from her portrayal of the feisty Naomi Lapaglia in "The Wolf of Wall Street" to the villainous Harley Quinn in the much anticipated "Suicide Squad" from DC Comics.
The Queensland native, whose first regular acting job was in Aussie soap "Neighbours," is enjoying an unusual trajectory in an industry where many female actresses complain of the shallow roles they are offered.
- Positive response -
Studies consistently show that men outnumber women by up to three to one among speaking parts in feature films, with the few starring female roles often largely just foils for the male star.
"I think it's definitely improving. And I think people have finally recognized that half the ticket sales are coming from women," Robbie told AFP at a publicity event in Beverly Hills Sunday for "Tarzan," which hits theaters on July 1.
"And if they don't create the kind of roles that women are going to be able to relate to then they're not going to enjoy watching them as much.
"And if they don't enjoy watching them as much, they're not going to be able to make their money. I think they needed to recognize that and I think the industry has really responded in a postive way and people are really making an effort."
Robbie says she is still offered parts that strike her as problematic, but senses that producers and directors are keen to work with her to give the role more depth.
One notable feature of David Yates's take on Tarzan is that, for once, it is the male lead, Robbie's co-star Alexander Skarsgard, who spends much of the duration half-naked while Robbie was able to keep her clothes on.
Yates, who directed the final four "Harry Potter" films and is helming JK Rowling's forthcoming Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," revealed he had turned down the studio's suggestion of "Superman" actor Henry Cavill for the role of "Tarzan," preferring Skarsgard's lower profile and physicality.
- 'Not completely naked' -
"He was so motivated. I did ask him -- and I did this with Eddie Redmayne on 'Beasts' because they both had to work out -- 'can you send me photographs of yourself?' which seemed kind of not right.
"So every week, there would be photographs of Alex naked -- not completely naked -- and after about three or four weeks I just thought 'ok, that's fine, it's great."
"The Legend of Tarzan" picks up the King of the Jungle's story several years after his adventures in Africa with Jane.
Now a parliamentarian in London, Lord Greystoke is persuaded by Samuel L Jackson's former US civil war soldier George Washington Williams to go back to the Congo Free State to investigate reports that Leopold II is engaged in mass enslavement of the locals.
Jackson told AFP he visited Washington's grave in Blackpool, northwestern England, last year while shooting Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," which is due out in September.
"George is a pretty fascinating guy," said the 67-year-old Hollywood veteran.
"He fought in the civil war, underage, and had this darkness about him that took him to the Mexican-American War where he joined the cavalry and ended up killing a whole bunch of Indians, which disturbed him greatly."
Jackson describes Tarzan as "an origin story more than anything else."
"You find out exactly why he is Tarzan of the Apes and what his relationship is to that ape community, how he was treated in it, who loved him, who bullied him," he said.
Fox Searchlight Confirms Domhnall Gleeson And Margot Robbie To Star In Winnie The Pooh Creator Pic ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’(6/14/16) Fox Searchlight today confirmed the news that Deadline previously broke about Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie being set to star in Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin. Gleeson, who scared the bejeezus out of kids worldwide as the evil General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will play Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne. Robbie plays his wife Daphne. Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) directs with the script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Simon Vaughan (War and Peace). Damian Jones (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) and Steve Christian (Belle) will serve as producers.
Pathe developed the project, which will go through Jones’ first-look production pact with Fox Searchlight, news of which Deadline broke a few weeks ago. This is shaping up nicely for Jones, who has been on a roll of late with local hits Dad’s Army and The Lady in the Van as well as the feature adaptation of classic comedy Brit TV series Absolutely Fabulous, which Fox Searchlight will distribute and co-finance with BBC Films.
“I am delighted to be collaborating with Frank Cottrell Boyce to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the family behind the creation of Winnie the Pooh,” said Simon Curtis. “We are assembling a wonderful cast, headed by two actors I am longing to work with – Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie,” says Curtis.
The story gives a glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books. The enchanting tales brought hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, the film will look at what the cost might be to the family?
The film will be overseen by Fox Searchlight co-heads of production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, and director of production & acquisitions Katie Goodson-Thomas. Gleeson is repped by The Agency and Paradigm and Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, Aran Michael Management and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Winnie the Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, has become one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. Disney famously adapted the character into a popular animated character, first appearing in the 1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Connie Britton, Margot Robbie & More Join NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’(5/24/16) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tony Hale, Iwan Rheon, Sterling K. Brown, Yvette Nicole Brown, Margot Robbie, Jane Lynch, Connie Britton, Jay Pharaoh and Mayim Bialik are among the celebrities who have signed on for NBC’s Red Nose Day Special. The fundraiser that aims to help lift kids out of poverty will be broadcast live on May 26 from 9-11 PM ET on NBC. The special, hosted by Craig Ferguson, features comedy, music performances, and short films that shed light on children in need here at home and around the world.
Also scheduled for the special are Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Ellie Kemper, along with Kristen Bell, Emma Watson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Rose Byrne, Blake Griffin, Emma Thompson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine and Ron Funches. Additional talent will be announced at a later date.
Created by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill), the idea of Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives.
Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK has become a cultural phenomenon where people across the country come together to have fun, raise money and change lives. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, and raised more than $23 million, with the money now at work in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated.
Margot Robbie In Talks To Join Domhnall Gleeson In ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ About Winnie The Pooh Creator AA Milne(5/18/16) Just a day after news broke that Margot Robbie had been the catalyst for a Harley Quinn spin-off project, Deadline has confirmed the 25-year-old Australian actress is in what we’re hearing is negotiations to appear in Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin. That project, set up at Fox Searchlight, charts the relationship between A.A. Milne and his son, which led to the creation of Winnie the Pooh, named after Milne’s son Robin’s teddy bear. Robin, who initially had a difficult relationship with his father, also served as the inspiration for the character Christopher Robin. The real Robin’s toys also lent their names to other Winnie the Pooh characters such as Tigger, Eyeore and Piglet.
If the deal completes, Robbie would join Domhnall Gleeson in the film. Brit producer Damian Jones is producing along with former Pinewood Pictures head Steve Christian. Pathe developed the project, which will go through Jones’ first-look production pact with Fox Searchlight, news of which Deadline broke a few weeks ago. Robbie will be seen this summer as Harley Quinn in WB’s Suicide Squad, as well as The Legend Of Tarzan. She’s also co-producing Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr under their production company LuckyChap Entertainment, and is attached to star in and co-produce I, Tonya, about disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding. She’s repped by CAA, Management 360, and Aran Michael Management.
Warner Bros Sparks To Margot Robbie Idea For Female-Centered DC Pic(5/16/16) Warner Bros is moving forward with plans for a stand-alone DC Universe pic that will feature all female super heroines. This is all early days, but the idea came from Margot Robbie, who plays anti-hero Harley Quinn in Warners’ upcoming Suicide Squad, which bows August 5. We’re hearing the studio flipped over her take on the project, and she will produce and star in it reprising as Quinn. Other characters in the ether include members of the super heroine Birds Of Prey comics, first published in the early 2000s, on which the premise for this spinoff could be based. Warners is not commenting on the project. THR broke the news of it first.
Margot Robbie Scores Her First Vogue Cover and Opens Up About Boyfriend Tom Ackerley(5/13/16) (Cover) Margot Robbie has officially made it.
The 25-year-old Australian actress appears on her very first Vogue cover, via the magazine's June 2016 issue. It's a major coupe for any woman in the entertainment industry, to be sure, though Robbie previously thought she'd "made it" in Hollywood after people started spelling her name correctly. After all, it can be spelled in a variety of ways—Margaux, Margo, Margot. "I always said, 'Mom—there was a really cool way of spelling my name, and you picked the boring way that gets everyone confused. They forget the T or call me Mar-got,'" the Legend of Tarzan star explains. "Now everyone's finally spelling my name right—that's how I knew I'd made it."
All this attention is a bit surreal to Robbie, who comes from a working class background. "I went to a school where all of my friends were very well-off, and I went to their houses a lot, and so I knew what it looked like to be rich but I didn't have it, so I was like: OK—I know exactly what I want," she says. Prior to acting, Robbie worked several odd jobs—tending bar, making sandwiches, selling surfboards—all of which boosted her confidence at a young age. "The whole fake-it-till-you-make-it thing has really worked out for me. The more times you do that, the more you realize that no one really knows what they're doing; everyone's kind of figuring it out or pretending they know until they do know. And you can apply that to anything—you just have to hustle."
Robbie realized she wanted to be an actress while watching a TV show at age 15. "There was a girl my age doing a scene, and she said her line, and it was just not that good," she recalls. "And I remember thinking, 'I could have done it better.' And then I thought, 'Well, why is she doing it? Why isn't it me?'" After cutting her teeth on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Robbie moved to L.A. in 2011 and was cast in ABC's short-lived TV series Pan Am. The actress next appeared in Richard Curtis' About Time, followed by Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
Oscar winner Jared Leto was blown away by Robbie's performance in the latter film. "She took a role that other people would have had a very difficult time with and elevated it to something spectacular," says Leto, with whom Robbie co-stars in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. "To be able to stand alongside [Leonardo DiCaprio], one of the titans of the industry, and be there face-to-face, blow for blow, and not only hold her ground but really shine, was kind of a rare, explosive discovery. It reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface." At first, Robbie wasn't even sure she wanted to play Naomi Lapaglia in the biopic of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort. "When I first read it, I thought, 'I have nothing in common with her. I hate her.' It was a really tricky one to get my head around," she says. "But her motivation was, 'You guys are doing it—why shouldn't I? It's this man's world, and I'm going to get mine.' And I understand that."
Robbie had similar reservations when Warner Bros. approached her about playing Jane in The Legend of Tarzan. "There's no way I was going to play the damsel in distress," she says. The script changed her mind. "It just felt very epic and big and magical in some way. I haven't done a movie like that. The Harry Potter films could have been really cheesy, but David Yates made them into something dark and cool and real—plus it was shooting in London, and I, on a whim, had just signed a lease on a house there."
Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the titular character, was taken by Robbie from the beginning. "I met her in L.A. about a year before we shot the movie, just before The Wolf of Wall Street came out. She lived in this tiny studio apartment in Hollywood. We were supposed to just have coffee and talk about the project, but we spent the entire day together. I remember being blown away by how cool and down-to-earth she was," he says. "And then Wolf came out, and she went from relative obscurity to being the hottest actress in Hollywood." When the film finally started shooting in London, "She was living in a house with six other people," says Skarsgård, describing it as "kind of a frat-house vibe." As she became more famous, Robbie stayed humble. "On weekends she would go to Amsterdam and sleep in bunk beds in a youth hostel with Canadian backpackers, or to some music festival in Northern England and sleep in a tent," Skarsgård tells the magazine. "She's not precious at all."
Many of Robbie's co-stars, including Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's Tina Fey, adore the up-and-coming actress for her wicked sense of humor. But the man who adores Robbie most is Tom Ackerly, the assistant director she met in 2013 on the set of the World War II drama Suite Française. Robbie describes her boyfriend as "the best-looking guy in London." But not long before they met, she tells Vogue, "I was the ultimate single gal. The idea of relationships made me want to vomit. And then this crept up on me. We were friends for so long. I was always in love with him, but I thought, 'Oh, he would never love me back. Don't make it weird, Margot. Don't be stupid and tell him that you like him.' And then it happened, and I was like, 'Of course we're together. This makes so much sense, the way nothing has ever made sense before.'"
What Does Margot Robbie Do When She's Off-Duty? It Involves a Tattoo Gun(5/13/16) These days, acting isn’t the only thing that Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie is good at — she just revealed that she has another major talent: Drawing tattoos.
In her cover story for Vogue‘s June issue (she covers the mag in sexy leopard Michael Kors Collection swimsuit!), Robbie shares that her skills stray far beyond performing in hit films. When she’s not acting, you can find her drawing tattoos on her friends and co-stars, using a tattoo gun given to her by her best friend Sophia.
The star tells Vogue that while shooting Suicide Squad, “People would come into my trailer: ‘Hey Margs – can I get a tattoo?’ “Sure, sit on down!'”
So what celebs have landed on her list of clientele? Cara Delevingne, for starters, who had Robbie draw a different emoji on the bottom of each one of her toes.
But once the cast saw her work, they all joined in — including the film’s director. “And then we all decided to get Squad tattoos, David Ayer [director] included,” the actress adds.
For more from Robbie, head over to Vogue.
Kate Upton, Mike Vogel, Christine Woods Join Indie Comedy ‘Wild Man’(4/22/16) Kate Upton, Mike Vogel and Christine Woods have joined coming-of-age indie comedy Wild Man. The movie stars Ted Welch (The Help) and George Dalton (Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer) as unlikely friends who meet when Bo (Welch) serves house arrest across the street from Elliott (Dalton).
Upton will play Bo’s bohemian girlfriend, with Vogel playing a suburban boat salesman — and Bo’s nemesis. Woods plays the female lead, a single mom and Bo’s former classmate.
Wild Man is produced by Jacquie Phillips and Sarena Khan with Brian Adler and co-executive produced by Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs of Bonsai Creative Enterprises. Welch co-wrote the screenplay with Stefanie Black, who serves as co-director with Phillips and has a supporting role in the film. She is repped by Authentic Talent and Literary.
Upton is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Grubman Shire & Meiselas. Vogel is repped by WME, GEF Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Woods is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
Margot Robbie ''Beat Me Up'' During ''Animalistic'' Sex Scene, Says Tarzan Co-Star Alexander Skarsgård(4/18/16) We've seen Alexander Skarsgard's incredibly hot body in the upcoming The Legend of Tarzan, but what really has us salivating looking forward to the new flick is his sex scene with Margot Robbie.
We caught up with the two stars at CinemaCon and had to ask about the much talked about romp.
"Our director [David Yates] wanted it to be primal and animalistic," Skarsgård explained. "What I kind of liked about this script was that when you first meet them, they are very civilizedit's not loin cloth, 'me Tarzan , you Jane.' It's them in London very buttoned up, he's drinking tea with the prime minister and then they go back to the jungle. When they have their first sex scene it's in the little village that she lived in as a teenager. David kind of egged us on and wanted it to feel very primal and she beat me up."
Not exactly, says Robbie.
"I didn't injure him," she clarified. "I guess we got caught up in the moment. I didn't punch him in the face. I'm getting a bad rep that I hit all my co-stars."
As for Skarsgård's incredible physique, Robbie said of seeing him shirtless, "My mind was blank and my jaw was on the floor with everyone else in the crew. People stopped working. Even the men were just like, 'Whoa.' It's amazing. He worked so hard. I've never possessed the self-discipline to get in shape like that, I'm so impressed."
Skarsgård previously told me he trained for several months before shooting began.
"I obviously had a very good trainer," he said. "I basically had him and a nutritionist. I've never done anything like this before, this extreme. I was just really nervous. It was a big challenge and I didn't know how my body would respond to the training and diet."
The Legend of Tarzan swings into theaters on July 1.
Margot Robbie Attached To Play Disgraced Ice Skater Tonya Harding In ‘I,Tonya’(3/21/16) Margot Robbie has come attached to I, Tonya, a script by Steven Rogers about the crazy story of Tonya Harding. Remember her? She was the ice princess who emerged from a poor upbringing and rough childhood in Portland, OR to rise to the top of the sport of figure skating with a ferocious determination and athleticism that allowed her to become the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions. That propelled her to victory in the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and second in the World Championships.
She was expected to battle Nancy Kerrigan for gold in the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Of course, Harding is mostly known for the infamy that occurred when her husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a couple of hired thugs tried to incapacitate Kerrigan by breaking her leg. They merely bruised Kerrigan, got caught, and Gillooly turned against his wife as he tried to stay out of jail. Kerrigan wound up winning the silver medal at that Olympics, and the completely distracted Harding finished eighth as her life was circling the drain. As the ensuing scandal unfolded, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship and banned her for life.
I, Tonya is being produced by Bryan Unkeless and his Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie also is coming aboard in a producing capacity through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. Unkeless also is producing Bright, the Max Landis-scripted David Ayer-directed Will Smith-Joel Edgerton pic that just sold in a massive sale to Netflix. There is no director on I, Tonya yet, but Robbie is taking it upon herself to find a filmmaker to build this project around herself. Financiers also are circling.
Depending on how it’s done, it has the potential to be another To Die For, the Gus Van Sant-directed film that starred Nicole Kidman in a tale of naked ambition and the price for fame. Rogers wrote his script after doing extensive interviews with both Harding and Gillooly, capturing the absurdity of what happened but also the tragic part of the Harding saga, and trying to come from nothing to prominence in a sport where most of the competitors are the children of wealthy families that can afford all the ice time and trainers needed to get to that high a level.
Robbie has shown a propensity for taking risks, which led to her breakout turn in The Wolf Of Wall Street. She next stars in the Warner Bros summer pic Suicide Squad in a cast that includes her Focus star Smith, and she also stars this summer in The Legend Of Tarzan. She most recently starred opposite Tina Fey in Whisky Tango Foxtrot. She is repped by CAA, Management 360, Australia-based Aran Michael Management and Jackoway, Tyerman. Rogers is repped by Gersh and Grandview.
Ashley Greene Shares Her Favorite Splurges: Grits, Cheese and Wine!(3/9/16) For Ashley Greene, staying healthy is all about balance, especially when it comes to what she eats.
“What I put into my body has a huge impact on the results I get out of it,” the actress, 29, says in the April issue of SHAPE. “Eating keeps my metabolism cranking.”
Greene’s diet mainly consists of fish, chicken and vegetables. She is also a master of healthy swaps – the Twilight star (in a THEPERFEXT Bella Top on the cover) opts for spaghetti squash instead of pasta and cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes.
“These foods energize me for my workouts,” she explained.
But she definitely makes room for splurges as well, telling the magazine her favorites are grits, cheese, red wine, and chocolate!
Greene makes up for her occasional cheat meal with a dedicated fitness regimen, and swears by early morning workouts.
“To fit my workout into my day, I have to be out the door early,” she said. “That means I don’t have time to think about whether I’m tired or to come up with excuses. And I’ve found that when I exercise in the morning, I have a much more productive day. After I finish my workout, I feel as if I can conquer the world.”
When she can, Greene loves to exercise outside, whether it’s going hiking or surfing.
“Getting outdoors is so refreshing to me,” she said. “It’s a combination of the exercise, soaking up my surroundings, and clearing my mind. It’s my happy place.”
2016 MTV Movie Award nominations(3/8/16) Fan voting is now open http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/. The awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, air Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Review: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' looks inside war reporting(3/2/16) Journalism is having a moment at the movies.
Days after the journalism procedural "Spotlight" won best picture at the Academy Awards, Paramount is releasing "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," a comic drama about war reporting with Tina Fey as a rookie correspondent finding her way.
Fey plays Kim Baker, a 40-something New York TV producer summoned to a meeting of "unmarried, childless personnel" to consider a three-month assignment embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Three months becomes three years, 2004 to 2006, as Baker evolves from clueless newbie to savvy reporter, navigating the country's repressive cultural norms and the off-the-clock lifestyle of drunken debauchery shared by her expatriate colleagues.
Longtime Fey collaborator Robert Carlock ("30 Rock," ''Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") based the screenplay on former Chicago Tribute reporter Kim Barker's memoir "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
If "finding yourself" in your 40s is a cinematic cliché, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is guilty. And it will surely be criticized for casting white actors as key Afghan characters. But the film offers a fresh look at the adrenaline-laced lifestyle of war correspondents and a timely criticism of TV news. And it delivers some laughs, too.
Fey's Baker is sorely unprepared for her new circumstances. It's like she's even lost her New York smarts when she takes out a wad of American cash on a busy Kabul street. She forgets her headscarf and barges into places where women aren't allowed.
Her translator, Fahim (Christopher Abbot), tries to protect her in the field, while fellow journalist Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie) guides her through the rowdy ex-pat social scene.
As Baker adapts to her new cultures, she develops a professional relationship with an Afghan official, Sadiq (Alfred Molina, always outstanding), and a romantic one with fellow reporter Iain (Martin Freeman). Both test the limits of how far she's willing to go for a story.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" ("WTF," get it?) may be more drama than comedy, which suits the subject matter. Many of the laughs come from subtitles translating the local language Baker inevitably misunderstands. Others come from Fey's bumbling and Col. Walter Hollanek's (Billy Bob Thornton), no-nonsense intolerance for such behavior.
Ultimately, Baker faces two challenges in the film: the farfetched one of rescuing her boyfriend from Taliban kidnappers, and the more realistic one of not finding an audience for news from what one soldier she interviews describes as a "forgotten war, capital F, capital W."
"Everyone loves the troops," a TV producer tells Baker, but no one wants to see them on TV anymore.
As newspapers have closed and news conglomerates grown, realistic portrayals of the people who gather news are critical to the survival of journalism as a democratic institution. Like the HBO documentary "Jim: The James Foley Story," ''WTF" explores what motivates war correspondents, that pursuit of adrenaline and truth. Like "Spotlight," which follows four investigative reporters uncovering the Catholic Church's child-molestation scandal, "WTF" shows the tenacity characteristic of reporters on any beat.
So let journalism have its moment, "WTF." Oscar and Tina Fey are fine representatives.
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," a Paramount Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images." Running time: 111 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Carry On Up the Khyber: Afghan war comedy hits cinemas(2/23/16) War in Afghanistan may be no laughing matter but a new comedy starring Tina Fey based on the memoir of an American war reporter opens next week as a modern-day "Carry on Up the Khyber."
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" shortened euphemistically to "WTF" recounts the exploits of a cable news producer who swaps office drudgery and a lackluster boyfriend in New York for life on the front line.
It opens at cinemas on March 4, starring Fey as heroine Kim, Australian actress Margot Robbie as beautiful TV reporter Tanya, Billy Bob Thornton as a gruff US colonel, and British actors Martin Freeman and Alfred Molina as Fey's hapless love interest and long-suffering Afghan fixer.
The action is basely loosely on "The Taliban Shuffle," a pithy 2011 memoir written by journalist Kim Barker of her time as South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009.
The book is a hilarious romp round Afghanistan and Pakistan by a ballsy reporter dropped in at the deep end to confront war and cultural differences, party with the expat set and juggle unsatisfactory romantic entanglements.
"There actually are so many great war comedies," Fey told reporters, defending the decision to make Hollywood entertainment out of a conflict that last year recorded 11,002 civilian casualties -- the highest number since 2009.
"This movie at its core I think is a human story, it's about relationships," said Fey. "It's about a woman who's sort of making a choice to blow up her existing life and go on this adventure, for lack of a better word."
The movie focuses on Afghanistan, deleting Barker's adventures in Pakistan and her account of being romantically pursued by former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was re-elected two years after the book was published.
- Amorous Afghan -
"WTF" changes Barker's name to Baker, re-packages her as a TV producer and inserts an amorous Afghan attorney general who has a crush on her.
Much of the script is made-up -- including a rescue of her kidnapped boyfriend -- but the movie captures the spirit of the memoir before accelerating Taliban attacks shut down much of Kabul's high-octane, expat scene.
In a sequence of events that would make any journalist green with envy, the film came about after Fey read a New York Times review of the book comparing Barker to "a sort of Tina Fey character."
"Because I'm an egomaniac and a moron, that really spoke to me... so I got hold of the book," Fey said. She "loved" it and quickly set about getting it adapted.
Barker said it was exciting to be played by one of America's most acclaimed female comedy stars, and appeared philosophical about the changes inevitable in adapting a book to the big screen.
"It's Hollywood," she said. "You can't get too wrapped up in it."
Filming in Afghanistan was never an option, so the production team scoured locations in Israel, India and Abu Dhabi before settling on New Mexico, home to hit TV narcotics thriller "Breaking Bad."
One success of the movie is the believable set. Street scenes resemble those in Kabul. Fey's interactions with the military also ring true.
A US para jumper who lost a leg in Helmand and an Afghan former translator for the US military, worked as advisors.
- Accurate -
Military personnel helped build the remote outpost where Fey goes to report and actors filmed a scene on UH-1 Huey helicopters.
Iranian-born filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand travelled to Kabul to capture footage, and so the staging was a mix of digital tricks and giant sets, including parts of New Mexico's state penitentiary turned into Kabul airport.
Barker said she had seen the movie twice -- the first time "terrified" with her brother -- but said she was "really pleased" with the result.
"I think that it is really accurate to my narrative arc and to the absurdity of how we lived over there and to the sadness that we saw and to the war that continues to go on in Afghanistan," she said.
If Barker's book was criticized by some for focusing too heavily on her escapades, the political context she offered has been lost entirely.
"To me, as a dumb American, Afghanistan I could get my mind around," said screenwriter Robert Carlock. But Pakistan, a nuclear ally of the United States accused of sponsoring the Taliban, was a step too far.
For box office purposes that's probably just as well.
War fatigue is high in the United States. Nearly 10,000 US troops are still based in Afghanistan and yet the 14-year conflict barely features in the 2016 race for the White House.
A comedy can sell. A serious movie, perhaps not.
‘Dream Team’ ABC Pilot Casts Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft & Michelle Buteau(2/16/16) Michael Mosley (Sirens), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On) and Michelle Buteau (Key & Peele) are set as series regulars on Dream Team, ABC’s single-camera half-hour from comedy writers Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel, and Warner Horizon TV.
Written/executive produced by Lizer and Wrubel, Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds, and their disparate parents.
Mosley will play Rick Johnson. Although he doesn’t consider girls’ soccer a “real sport,” he’s completely on board with getting his daughter, Tiffnee, onto a top-notch soccer team. Kraft will play Michaela, who’s married to Leslie (a competitive OB-GYN with a passion for sports) and is horrified by the idea of being a soccer mom, knowing full well most of the heavy lifting will fall to her. Buteau is Olga Diaz, the mother of 11-year-old Vanessa, who’s vying for a spot on the soccer team. Olga approaches everything as if it’s a competition she’s got to win.
Mosley starred as Johnny on USA’s Sirens, and recurred on Castle and Longmire. Kraft played Marguerite Macaw on HBO’s Getting On. She is repped by The Burstein Co. and SDB Partners.
Margot Robbie To Star In Vaughn Stein’s ‘Terminal’; Highland Film Group Financing & Selling – Berlin(2/12/16) Margot Robbie has boarded Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal. David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Molly Hassell (The Trust) will produce alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their production company LuckyChap Entertainment. Stein is also penning the screenplay, with Highland Film Group financing and selling in Berlin. CAA is handling the U.S. rights.
Terminal details the story of two hit men as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way the unlikely pair find a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) may be more involved than they had originally suspected.
Robbie will next be seen in Paramount’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot which opens March 4 and is repped by Management 360 and CAA, who arranged for the financing and negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
Highland Film Group recently wrapped on Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa. Its slate includes Kevin Connolly’s Gotti starring John Travolta, Elliott Lester’s 478 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Blink starring Jamie Foxx, Steven C. Miller’s Marauders starring Bruce Willis and the Brewer Brothers’ The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood.
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Ashley Greene: Settles with Doorman in Apartment Fire Lawsuit(1/4/16) "Twilight" star Ashley Greene has put a 2 year legal dispute over an apartment fire to bed.
We've learned Ashley settled a case with Adrian Mayorga, the doorman of the legendary West Hollywood building which Ashley accidentally torched ... apparently with a candle.
Mayorga claimed he was hurt while running through the smoke-filled hallways, yelling for residents to flee.
The settlement is for an undisclosed amount.
Ashley's Fox Terrier, Marlo, died in the blaze.
Margot Robbie Sizes Up Tina Fey in Hilarious Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Trailer(12/17/15) Margot Robbie Sizes Up Tina Fey in Hilarious Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Trailer: video.
‘The Legend Of Tarzan’ Trailer: First Look At Alexander Skarsgard-Margot Robbie Pic(12/9/15) ‘The Legend Of Tarzan’ Trailer: First Look At Alexander Skarsgard-Margot Robbie Pic: Video.
SAG Awards Nominations For Former Soap Stars(12/9/15) Final voting by all SAG members will be due January 29, with winners revealed at the ceremony January 30 live on TNT and TBS.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Billy Campbell & Karine Vanasse Cast As Leads In CTV Drama ‘Cardinal’(12/1/15) Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Revenge alum Karine Vanasse have been cast as leads in CTV’s six-part one-hour drama series Cardinal (working title).
The cinematic murder mystery, adapted from Giles Blunt’s novel Forty Words For Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, stars Campbell as the intelligent, reflective, and dogged detective named John Cardinal, from the northern city of Algonquin Bay, who is burdened by a wrong he committed years ago. Vanasse will play Cardinal’s partner Lise Delorme, a shrewd, tough, imaginative, and gifted investigator from the town’s French Canadian community. Cardinal will premiere as part of CTV’s 2016/17 schedule, with production set to begin in February 2016.
Campbell starred in AMC’s The Killing and is also known for his role as Rick Sammler on ABC drama Once And Again. Film credits include cult classic The Rocketeer, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Enough. Vanasse’s recent television credits include ABC’s Revenge and Pan Am and the upcoming French series Blue Moon. She has had lead roles in films including Polytechnique, which she also co-produced.
Cardinal is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with Bell Media’s CTV.
Find Out How You Can Own a Piece of Under the Dome(11/23/15) Is your holiday shopping at a standstill because you can't find the perfect gift for the Under the Dome fan in your life? Here's your chance.
ScreenBid and Under the Dome are partnering up to host an auction that will feature more than 500 pieces of memorabilia from the show, which was recently canceled by CBS. The items will include wardrobe pieces, set decorations and props that were actually used in the series - from rubber asphalt from the dome's edge to Barbie's (Mike Vogel) dog tag.
The auction will kick off on Cyber Monday, Nov. 30. Fans can preview some of the items beforehand on the bidding site.
Ashley Greene’s apartment fire case suffers a setback(11/6/15) “Twilight” star Ashley Greene suffered a setback in a suit against her filed by tenants of her former LA building who claim a fire in her West Hollywood apartment in March 2013 damaged their units and caused them health problems.
Sources tell us that last week Greene’s lawyers asked the court to let her skip a deposition, to keep any depositions in the case confidential, and that plaintiffs, who include John Luciano and Adrian Mayorga, not be present.
One source said her plea was due to work conflicts and because there have been incorrect leaks in the case. Her requests were denied and she’ll have to be deposed within 30 days. Her rep did not comment.
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Chris Martin and Annabelle Wallis Kiss, Can't Keep Their Hands Off Each Other in Paris(10/18/15) Chris Martin and British actress Annabelle Wallis kept their romance light and playful as they walked around Paris hand-in-hand on Saturday.
The pair, who were first spotted together in August, were openly affectionate as they embraced and shared several kisses.
Wallis, 31, of The Tudors and Peaky Blinders, beamed as she and Martin chatted and dance around the French capital's streets.
Despite Wallis and the Coldplay crooner's PDA, a source tells PEOPLE that Martin isn't looking to immediately settle down after splitting from actress Jennifer Lawrence in August.
"He's a nice guy, just having fun. What woman wouldn't like that," the source says.
Martin, 38, was married for 10 years to Gwyneth Paltrow before they "consciously uncoupled" in March of last year. The two have remained close, often spending time with their children, Apple, 11, and Moses, 9, together.
Lawrence and the musician dated on-and-off over the past year, but broke up for a second time because, according to a Lawrence pal, she got "tired" of him "being so noncommittal."
Bradley Cooper and Ashley Greene are ‘Workout Buddies’!(10/1/15) (Pic) Sometimes a gym can be just as star-filled as a red carpet!
Ashley Greene and Bradley Cooper recently sweat it out together at Rise Nation Fitness Studio in West Hollywood, California.
The Twilight star, 28, posted an Instagram photo with the actor, 40 — dressed down in a gray T-shirt and baseball cap — along with the gym’s owner, personal trainer Jason Walsh.
“Not the worst looking group of @risenation workout buddies. See you soooooon @risemovement #werise #weclimb,” the actress captioned the snap.
Greene and Cooper aren’t the only famous fans of the gym, which utilizes a climbing machine and promises “the first true 30-minute full body workout” – Hilary Duff loves the workouts too!
“It’s really changed my body, and it looks really hard, but it’s 30 minutes, and you can do anything for 30 minutes,” Duff, 28, told PEOPLE at the fitness studio’s grand opening in August. “Obviously I have a 3-year-old and doing things quickly is important for me, but it’s kind of addicting!”
We even tried the workout ourselves, and totally understand why there are so many celebrity fans!
“The climber requires you to move your legs and arms at all times, so you really do get a full-body workout,” says a staffer. “The class makes you break a sweat within the first minute, so it was an exhausting experience but also fun – once I figured out the machine, it felt like a really intense dance class. Any workout that gets me in and out in 30 minutes is a winner in my book!”
Amazon Confirms 6 Pilots From Shane Black, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tig Notaro & Louis CK, Others(9/23/15) Amazon Studios, coming off its first Emmy wins for Transparent, once again waited for its pilots to be fully cast and in various stages of production to announce them. This morning the streaming service officially unveiled its lineup of 6 fall 2015 pilots: Western Edge, from Shane Black and Fred Dekker, starring Max Martini, Ryan Kwanten and Yvonne Strahovski; the 1969 newsroom-set Good Girls Revolt, starring Genevieve Angelson, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jim Belushi; Highston, a comedy about a 19-year old (Lewis Pullman) produced by Sacha Baron Cohen and co-starring Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell, with Shaq and Flea playing themselves; Tig Notaro/Diablo Cody/Louis CK’s dark comedy One Mississippi; political thriller Patriot co-starring Terry O’Quinn; and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald bio-series Z starring Christina Ricci, directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Not included is David E. Kelley’s legal drama Trial starring Billy Bob Thornton, which is expected to go straight to series. Here are detailed descriptions of Amazon’s six newly announced pilots with full casting information:
Based on George G. Gilman’s best-selling book series of the same name, which has been described as “the most violent western in print,” Edge showcases the sly, raw power of the western genre. Set in 1868, Max Martini (Pacific Rim, Captain Phillips) stars as Josiah ‘Edge’ Hedges—a Union officer turned cowboy, who prowls the post-Civil War American West doling out his own peculiar (and savage) brand of justice. When we meet Edge in the pilot, his mission is personal and his vengeance hath no fury. Edge also stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as Merritt Harknett, and Yvonne Strahovski (The Astronaut Wives Club, Chuck) as Beth. Edge was developed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) and Fred Dekker (Tales from the Crypt, Star Trek: Enterprise), teleplay by Dekker and Black, is directed by Black, and executive produced by Black, Dekker, Barry Josephson (Bones, Turn: Washington Spies), and David Greenblatt (Battle Los Angeles).
Good Girls Revolt
In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms.Good Girls Revolt follows a group of young female researchers at “News of the Week,” who simply ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships. Good Girls Revolt stars Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom) as Patti, Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) as Jane, Erin Darke (We Need to Talk About Kevin) as Cindy, Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley) as Finn, Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Doug, Jim Belushi (Show Me a Hero) as Wick McFadden, Joy Bryant (Parenthood) as Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron. A co-production with TriStar Television, Good Girls Revolt is written and created by Dana Calvo (Made in Jersey), directed by Liza Johnson (Return), and executive produced by Calvo, Lynda Obst (Interstellar), Darlene Hunt (The Big C),Don Kurt (Justified) and Jeff Okin (Dark Skies, Stanley Park). The pilot is inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book, The Good Girls Revolt.
Highston Liggetts (newcomer Lewis Pullman) is a 19-year-old with a wide circle of celebrity friends—that only he can see. His parents, Jean (Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24), and Wilbur (Chris Parnell, Saturday Night Live) force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong, American Dad!) thinks he’s just fine. Highston is a comedy about what it means to be normal in a world that’s anything but. The pilot guest stars Shaquille O’Neal (Thunderstruck) and Flea (The Big Lewbowski), and is written by Oscar-nominee Bob Nelson (Nebraska), directed by Independent Spirit Award winners Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), and executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Todd Hoffman (Love Stinks), Nelson, and Todd Schulman (Bruno).
A dark comedy, loosely inspired by Tig Notaro’s (Boyish Girl Interrupted) life, One Mississippi follows Tig as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi, to deal with the unexpected death of her mother, the interminable life of the party, Caroline. Reeling from her own recently declining health, Tig struggles to find her footing with the loss of the one person who actually understood her, with help from her older but not always wiser brother, Remy, played by Noah Harpster (Transparent), and her emotionally distant stepfather, Bill, played by John Rothman (The Devil Wears Prada). A surprise visit from Tig’s girlfriend, Brooke, played by Casey Wilson (Gone Girl) only compounds the reality of how out of place Tig is in a world without her mother. A co-production with FX Productions, One Mississippi is written and executive produced by Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno), executive produced by Louis CK (Louie), Blair Breard (Louie), and Dave Becky (Everybody Hates Chris), with pilot directed and executive produced by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said).
The political thriller Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Australian newcomer Michael Dorman, Wonderland). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover” — that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A bout with PTSD, the Federal government’s incompetence, and the intricacies of keeping a day job in the “front” industrial piping company, cause a barrage of ever-escalating fiascos that jeopardize Tavner’s mission. The pilot also stars Terry O’Quinn (Lost) as Tom Tavner, John’s State Department Director of Intelligence father, Michael Chernus (Manhattan Project), as John’s older brother Edward Tavner, a young Texas congressman, Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz), as John’s wife Alice, Aliette Opheim (Sandor slash Ida) as Agathe, a brilliant young homicide detective from Luxembourg hot on John’s trail, and Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show) as Mr. Claret, John’s stickler of a new “boss” at the piping firm. Patriot is written and directed by Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man), and executive produced by Conrad, Gil Bellows (Temple Grandin), Glen Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love, Focus), Charlie Gogolak (Focus), and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love, Focus).
Z is a bio-series pilot based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Starring Christina Ricci (Monster) as Zelda Sayre, Z starts before she meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse,Allegiance), and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage—made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time. The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years. Z dives into the fascinating life of a woman ahead of her time, an artist determined to establish her own identity in the tempestuous wake of a world-famous husband. The show pulls back the curtain on her triumphs and dark secrets. It’s a modern take on one of the most notorious love stories of all time, played out in salons and speak-easies from Montgomery, Alabama to the Cote D’Azur. Z is written by Dawn Prestwich (The Killing) and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing), directed by Tim Blake Nelson (Anesthesia), and executive produced by Pamela Koffler (Still Alice) and Christine Vachon (One Hour Photo) of Killer Films, as well as Ricci. The show also guest stars David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) as Judge Anthony Dickerson Sayre, Kristine Nielsen (Savages) as Minnie Sayre, Maya Kazan (The Knick) as Livye Hart, Sarah Schenkkan (30 Rock) as Eleanor Browder, Jamie Anne Allman (The Killing) as Tootsie Sayre, and Holly Curran (Alpha House) as Tilde Sayre.
Margot Robbie the hit of Cantor Fitzgerald’s charity telethon(9/12/15) (Pic) Traders couldn’t get enough of “Wolf of Wall Street” star Margot Robbie at Cantor Fitzgerald’s annual Charity Day telethon.
Robbie was inundated with so many questions from callers, organizers had to step in.
“In some of the scenes they used actual porn stars and they had to cut a lot out,” she told callers of the Leo DiCaprio movie.
Someone wanted to talk to her “Suicide Squad” co-star. “No, it’s not possible to talk to Ben Affleck,” she replied.
50 Cent was heard telling a caller, “There’s about 20 hot girls in here, and they all are saying that you should be making the trade.”
Dr. Ruth said her tactic was to “promise them terrific sex.” A-Rod, Ed Burns and Whoopi Goldberg also manned phones. The event raised $12 million.
‘Under The Dome’ To End After 3 Seasons(9/1/15) Under The Dome, the series that ushered in a new business model for original summer scripted series on CBS and helped blur the lines between in and off-season with big premiere ratings, is ending its run. The upcoming Season 3 finale on September 10 will serve as a series finale as CBS has opted not to order a fourth season. The cancellation of Under The Dome bodes well for CBS’ other bubble summer drama, Extant, whose renewal chances have now significantly improved. (CBS brass also have been bullish on the sci-fi series’ creative reboot in Season 2.) Freshman Zoo, the strongest of the three this summer, has been expected to be renewed all along. CBS already has ordered a new drama series for next summer, BrainDead. Word is that, if the network only brings back two existing dramas, there may be room for a second new drama series next summer.
Under The Dome was a phenomenon when it launched in June 2013 with 17.8 million Live+7 viewers tuning in for the premiere, the highest summer drama debut in 21 years and the second-highest-rated opener of the 2012–13 season. The adaptation of the Stephen King novel could not sustain the initial ratings highs and has been on decline ever since. (It also has drawn gripes from fans with some of its plot twists.) Still, Dome remained one of the most watched summer shows for the past three summers. It also introduced a new model, with the TV premiere of an episode followed by a streaming debut just a few days later, which, paired with strong international sales, made Under The Dome profitable for producer CBS TV Studios even without its CBS run. CBS and CBS Studios replicated the model with two other series, Extant and Zoo. Amazon was the studio’s streaming partner on Dome and Extant; Netflix is carrying Zoo. All three seasons of Under The Dome will continue to be available for unlimited streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video where Dome has been a solid performer.
“Two years ago, Under The Dome broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant and Zoo. We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the Dome coming down as dramatically as it went up.”
Per CBS, “in the series finale, when the Dome comes down, many questions about its origin and power will be answered, as two groups of residents engage in one final conflict that some won’t survive.” Here is a promo for the finale:
Under The Dome stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Eddie Cahill, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz and Kylie Bunbury star. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Tim Schlattmann and Peter Leto are executive producers.
Suicide Squad Stars Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney Visit Toronto Girl's Lemonade Stand to Help Her Sick Brother(8/26/15) (Pic) Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney don't just help save lives on the big screen…they're also real-life superheroes!
The duo visited a young Toronto girl's lemonade stand over the weekend to help her raise money in finding a cure for her brother's rare neurological illness.
Five-year-old Na'ama Uzan's older brother, Nadav, suffers from Angelman syndrome. The rare congenital disorder is caused by genetic malformations, making it difficult for the 7-year-old to walk or talk and giving him frequent seizures.
Na'ama—a superhero in her own right—opened the lemonade stand in 2014 to raise money for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. So when Robbie and Courtney found out about it while filming in Toronto, they absolutely had to pay a visit.
"I heard about Na'ama's story and what she's doing for her brother Nadav," Courtney told CTV Toronto while visiting the lemonade stand. "There's no act too small when you're talking about making a difference."
Both stars were blown away by Na'ama's dedication to the charity, especially considering her young age.
Robbie couldn't help but note, "I used to do little stands like this when I was little and I'd just spend the profits on lollies at the corner store. I'm glad she's doing something far more noble with the cause."
So far, Na'ama has raised more than $64,000 for the foundation, which has helped put several clinical trials for the disease in place. She eve has a research chair dedicated in her name to finding a cure for Angelman syndrome.
Did Margot Robbie Just Tattoo Suicide Squad Director David Ayer While in Full Costume?(8/19/15) (Pic) Harley's Tattoo Parlour is open for business!
As filming continues for the highly anticipated film Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie appears to be commemorating the experience in a very personal way.
"Skwad," David Ayer wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon alongside a photo of Robbie in full Harley Quinn costume as she seemingly inks an unknown man's left arm.
While the lucky fellow's identity remains a mystery, we can confirm Jai Courtney recently received a "Skwad" tattoo. Will Smith also tattooed Joel Kinnaman, as seen in photos posted on Instagram. Does this pic on Ayer's account mean that the movie's director is the latest guy to get inked? Hmmm...
What we can tell you is the upcoming movie is going to be dark. It's so dark that Ayer has hired an on-set "therapist" of sorts to prevent his cast from going too far for their roles.
"David Ayer is about realism," Adam Beach shared with E! News. "So if your character is tormented, he wants you to torment yourself. He wants the real thing." (So obviously if your character is tattooed...)
Beach continued, "We kind of have, like, a therapist on board if you fall off the wagon and really are villainous...Us actors explore very fine thin lines going to the dark side and he wants to make sure we finish a movie and don't disappear somewhere and then don't show up for work."
The highly anticipated action movie tells the story of a secret government agency that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous missions in exchange for clemency. Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Scott Eastwood and Ben Affleck also star in the film.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theatres Aug. 5, 2016.
Syfy Sets Premiere Dates for Childhood's End and The Expanse(8/12/15) Syfy will debut both Childhood's Endand The Expanse on Monday, Dec. 14, the network announced on Wednesday.
A six-hour limited series, adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Childhood's End will also air on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 at 8/7c. Mike Vogel, Charles Dance, Yael Stone and Julian McMahon star in the drama which takes place after a peaceful invasion of Earth by aliens who promise to eliminate poverty, war and sickness, but whose intentions aren't quite what they seem.
The Expanse will follow Childhood's End at 10/9c for a two-night premiere on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. The following week, it will continue to air on Tuesdays at 10/9c.
Set 200 years in the future, The Expanse follows a detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship captain (Steven Strait) as they team up to find a missing young woman and unravel the largest conspiracy in human history.
Margot Robbie Covers Elle, Says People "Seem Outraged" by Her Age(7/13/15) Margot Robbie has quite an impressive résumé—it's so impressive, actually, that it's almost hard to believe she's only in her mid-twenties.
"People seem outraged that I'm 24," the actress, who turned 25 on July 2, tells Elle magazine's August issue. "People think I'm a decade older."
Tina Fey, who stars alongside Robbie in Fun House, has a theory on why the Australian star might come off as more experienced than her contemporaries. "Like a lot of actors who got their start on soap operas—Julianne Moore, Alec [Baldwin]—Margot makes great, strong choices but then is still very quick and flexible," she tells the mag.
Robbie isn't so career-focused that she misses out on fun stuff like other gals her age. According to Simon Van Zuylen-Wood, who interviewed Robbie for Elle, she and her longtime BFF/personal assistant Sophia happily rapped along to "a rather filthy Lil Wayne song" without missing a single word.
The Australian star also tells the mag about Rat Rat, the pet rat given to her Jared Leto's Suicide Squad character. According to Robbie, she kept the rat because, "If Harley [her character in Suicide Squad] got something from Joker [Leto's character], she'd probably cherish it."
Robbie didn't mind telling Elle about Rat Rat, whose diet reportedly consists of organic berries from Whole Foods. She did not, however, want to discuss her boyfriend Tom Ackerley, who she met on set of Suite Française in 2014 when he was working as an assistant director. "He was a third AD, he's now working as a second AD," she says, "and that's, yeah."
Fair enough! For Robbie's full interview, pick up the August issue of Elle when it hits stands July 21.
Margot Robbie Adopted Pet Rat from Suicide Squad(7/13/15) In the upcoming action movie Suicide Squad, the Joker (played by Jared Leto) gives something very special to Margot Robbie's character, Harley Quinn: a rat.
While crew members suggested killing the rodent, the Australian actress had other plans.
"If Harley got something from Joker, she'd probably cherish it," Robbie tells Elle magazine in the August issue.
Not only did Robbie save the rat but she's also given her pet – which she named "Rat Rat" – a luxurious new life. Rat Rat dines on organic berries from Whole Foods, Robbie tells Elle, a level of achievement most humans can only aspire to.
Suicide Squad, which also stars Will Smith, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne and, making his Hollywood debut, Rat Rat, arrives in theaters on Aug. 28.
Margot Robbie celebrates birthday with amazing Harley Quinn cake(7/4/15) (Pic) The latest "Suicide Squad" set photo comes from none other than Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie. The actress celebrated a birthday on Thursday (July 3) and was given her very own customized Harley Quinn birthday cake, which she posed with in costume.
"Thank you squad," she writes with the photo, which shows a cake made to look like a stack of Harley Quinn comic books. Robbie is decked out in pigtails and a "Daddy's Lil Monster" shirt for the shot, with gun-toting men in military uniforms behind her.
With production on "Suicide Squad" well underway, it's unclear whether the movie will have a presence at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. It's been announced that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will be presented though, with the full cast. Perhaps that panel will at least reveal the first footage from the movie.
"Suicide Squad" is set for theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.
'Under the Dome's' Mike Vogel: 'Barbie becomes much more of a believer in the supernatural'(7/2/15) Zap2it: What does your character Dale "Barbie" Barbara think the dome is?
Mike Vogel of "Under the Dome": I would not say that I am a massive sci-fi freak but what I love about good sci-fi is that it's real people reacting to completely unbelievable circumstances. ...
Julia was kind of always the (one) who had a -- I don't want to say a relationship with the dome -- but she understood it as a thing and it interacted with her. For Barbie, it was just about how do we keep these people alive for as long as we possibly can until A) we can get them out of here, or B) get this thing down. And I think last season Barbie saw a lot of things that he could not explain, from going through a portal into his hometown and finding a way back into the dome to get everyone out ... . But I think this year, Barbie becomes much more of a believer in the supernatural that surrounds this whole thing.
Zap2it: How have fans been when they've spotted you out in public?
Mike Vogel: The fun thing about shooting in Wilmington (N.C.) is that it's a small town and has a really intimate feel, so everyone knows the things that are shooting in town and what's going on around town. ... Wilmington kind of functions as a little mini-Chester's Mill. Everyone's invested in the show. They are all wanting to know this season what's happening, what is different. "I hope you kill Big Jim this year. I hope ... ." They really get into the relationships, which is exciting for us because it shows that we're getting through the message of what we're trying to put out there. But yeah, it is funny. Wilmington functions as its own little Chester's Mill here.
Her Outfit Costs What?! Margot Robbie's $3,125 Sheer Airport Style(7/2/15) (Pic) Sure, we've seen plenty of stars rock sheer gowns on the red carpet (ahem, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé). But sporting sheer for the airport? That's a new one.
Margot Robbie—whose birthday is today, hurray!—took a swing at the sheer trend, arriving at the Toronto airport earlier this week. The delicate lace dress turned the see-through trend into a perfectly sleek street (or airport) style staple.
If you're thinking this sheer style looks pricey though, you'd be right. But just how expensive is it? Let's review.
Margot's breezy black sheath comes courtesy of Zimmermann with a hefty price tag of $575. As for her footwear, flat sandals were an obvious choice, especially when you're towing your own luggage. But at $650 a pair, her Giuseppe Zanotti sandals aren't exactly what the average gal would throw on for a casual day of travel.
Now, designer bags are notoriously pricy. Meaning that the actress' $1,900 black Fendi tote isn't all that surprising, but still—that's a lot of dough for a purse!
And the total for this airport style is: $3,125.
Breaking it down piece-by-piece:
Zimmermann dress - $575
Giuseppe Zanotti sandals - $650
Fendi bag - $1900
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Not Returning for Season 2(6/24/15) Lifetime is officially giving Lizzie Borden the ax; the Christina Ricci-led drama will not return for a second season, TVLine has confirmed.
Originally billed as a limited series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles — which starred Ricci as the real-life historical figure, acquitted of murder in 1892 — ran for eight episodes earlier this year. Chronicles was a spinoff of the Lifetime original movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, which centered around the titular character’s murder trial.
But don’t worry about Ricci finding her next gig; as TVLine exclusively reported earlier this week, she’s starring in the Amazon drama pilot Z, in which she’ll portray celebrated American novelist Zelda Fitzgerald.
Are you bummed by this news, or did you not expect to see more of Borden’s (mis)adventures?
Christina Ricci to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon Drama Pilot Z(6/22/15) Amazon and Christina Ricci have come up with a novel idea for a new TV series.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Ricci is set to star in and exec-produce an Amazon pilot about celebrated American novelist (and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald) Zelda Fitzgerald.
The hour-long project’s working title is Z.
An Amazon rep declined to comment for this story.
Ricci recently played another iconic American woman — Lizzie Borden — in Lifetime’s eight-episode The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (and the TV movie that preceded it).
Margot Robbie - Looks Snatched Up, But Is It Promise Ring or Real Thing?(6/18/15) (Pic) Margot Robbie is out of the game ... on the bench ... off the market ... NOT ever going to be yours -- 'cause the Aussie hottie and her man are flashing gold bands that reek of marriage ... we think.
Margot was walking around Toronto -- where she's shooting "Suicide Squad" -- with the gold piece. Thing is ... her beau, aspiring director Tom Ackerley, was sporting similar jewelry last week. Both of them have it on THAT finger.
Robbie and Ackerley hit the one year mark this month... so, it could be perfect timing for him to pop the question.
There's still hope fellas -- they could just be promise rings. Plus, what newlywed or newly engaged chick (especially a smoking hot one in Hollywood) doesn't flash her diamond?
Then again, reality is ... you never had a chance.
Ashley Greene on Body Image in Hollywood: 'Anyone Who Doesn't Feel Pressure Is a Really Good Liar'(6/17/15) (Pic1, Pic2) Hollywood can have unrealistic expectations, and Ashley Greene is happy to ignore them especially when they’re about her appearance.
“There’s always going to be pressure. Anyone who doesn’t feel pressure is a really good liar. You’re always going to be too skinny or too fat or too muscular, and I’ve gotten every single one of those,” Greene tells Health in the magazine’s July/August issue. “At this point, I care more about what people are saying about my acting ability than what I look like.”
But the Twilight alum admits being critiqued on her acting skills can still be tough. “You can have an amazing performance and a great role, but the second you don’t get the next one, the feelings of rejection and not being good enough kind of come back to you,” Greene, 28, explains. “Thankfully, I have a good support system. But the struggle is real.”
In fact, the actress shares her loved ones have really helped her to deal with hearing the word no.
“I feel lucky to have my family, and friends who will call me on my s—,” she says. “To hear yes all the time is just not healthy…. Every single day, no matter how successful you are, there’s always gonna be failure.”
And Greene admits she’s learned another important lesson from her family: the value of money.
“You have to allow yourself to splurge once in a while,” Greene shares (she splurged on a Burberry bag and Marc Jacobs bag when she got her first big paycheck). “It’s hard when you grow up relatively poor. I watched my dad work for everything we had. So being able to buy things you only dreamed of, you have to check yourself. Because if you do that too much, you’re gonna be broke — but with a bunch of really nice bags!”
One other treat she splurges on? Her weakness for a certain salty snack. “I like Cheez-Its a lot, which goes against everything I stand for,” Greene says. “I like sodium so much, but that’s difficult when you’re on-screen because it makes you retain water.”
As for starting a family of her own, Greene — who’s been dating boyfriend Paul Khoury — admits she’s not ready just yet.
“No more than three [kids]. Probably two. I’m the opposite of my mom — she had us really young, and now she and my dad are able to have fun,” she says. “I want to get married, enjoy that, and then when I’m ready to completely give myself to my kids, I will. But I’m a little too selfish still.”
Winona Ryder & David Harbour To Star In Duffer Bros. Netflix Series(6/15/15) Winona Ryder and David Harbour are set as the adult leads in the Netflix untitled eight-episode supernatural period drama series written and directed by young genre filmmakers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines) and executive produced by Shawn Levy. Last Resort co-creator Karl Gajdusek has come on board as executive producer and showrunner of the series, previously known as Montauk.
Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, the series is set in 1980 Montauk, Long Island, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. In her first major TV series gig, Ryder plays Joyce, the boy’s working-class single mother reeling from her son’s disappearance. In the quest to rescue her son from terrifying forces, she summons a strength she never knew she had. Harbour will play the town’s weary and disheveled chief of police tasked with investigating the disappearance.
In addition to writing and directing, the Duffer brothers will serve as executive producers alongside Gajdusek and 21 Laps’ Levy and Dan Cohen for Netflix.
Ryder, repped by Gersh, Anonymous and Hirsh Wallerstein, will next be seen in the HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero. Harbour, repped by ICM Partners, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan, is in post-production on Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and in pre-production on Sleepless Night.
Ashley Greene Goes 'Rogue' For DirecTV(6/10/15) Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga franchise)has landed a series regular role on the upcoming season of DirecTV’s suspense drama series Rogue starring Cole Hauser and Thandie Newton. Production on the second half of a 20-episode order is underway in Toronto.
Greene will play Mia Levesque, a beautiful and highly intelligent former NSA contractor who desperately needs Ethan’s (Hauser) help after an attempt is made on her life. She will pull Ethan into the high stakes world of corporate espionage. As Ethan grows closer to her, the body count around her begins to rise, and Ethan will question if he can trust this master manipulator.
Greene is best known for her role as vampire Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight Saga franchise. She will next be seen in Burying The Ex, which hits theaters on June 19. Upcoming films include In Dubious Battle, Urge, Shangri-La Suite and Staten Island Summer.
Rogue is produced by Entertainment One (eOne) in association with DirecTV. The series is created by Matthew Parkhill (The Caller) who also serves as executive producer together with John Moraynis for eOne, Nick Hamm of Momentum TV and Michael Rosenberg.
Margot Robbie - 'Z for Zachariah' trailer(6/5/15) Margot Robbie is caught in a terrifying post-apocalyptic love triangle in 'Z for Zachariah' trailer: Video.
'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe's' Kelli Garner: Marilyn was 'accessible in her beauty'(5/30/15) It isn't easy to play an icon and actress Kelli Garner admits she was nervous to tackle the challenge in the Lifetime miniseries "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe."
"I was extremely apprehensive. I wasn't sure I could pull it off," Garner says during an appearance on "The Today Show" Saturday (May 30). "I knew it would, if anything, make me a better actress."
The role of the blonde bombshell is definitely quite a feat in the miniseries, as Garner has to play Monroe from the ages of 16 to 36.
While this is certainly not the first time Monroe's life has been tackled on the small screen, "The Secret Life" dives much more into the actress' mental health and relationships with women, especially the complicated one with her mother, Gladys Mortenson played by Susan Sarandon.
Flaws and all, people are still fascinated with Monroe and her life even more than 50 years since her death. Garner says one of the reasons is because of the actress' timeless beauty.
"There was something extremely sincere about her. She lights up," Garner says. "She's accessible in her beauty, and I think that's just ever lasting."
"The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" is a two-night event starting Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
Margot Robbie -- NERDGASM On 'Suicide Squad' Set!!!(5/17/15) (Pic) Margot Robbie became Harley Quinn Saturday ... and both the real and fictional are really hot.
A photog got this pic of Margot Saturday on the set of "Suicide Squad" in Toronto.
The "Wolf of Wall Street" star is there with co-stars Jared Leto, who plays The Joker, Scott Eastwood, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, and Ben Affleck.
The movie sounds awesome. And she's SOOOO hot.
Suicide Squad(5/3/15) (Pic) Prepare yourselves, DC fans, the Suicide Squad is finally here.
Director David Ayer shared the first official cast photo of the entire group in character, minus the Joker, who is played by Jared Leto.
From left to right, the characters pictured are Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
Earlier in April, Ayer shared a picture of the entire assembled cast (again, minus Leto) but this is the first photo that shows them all in their supervillian costumes.
The film will also star recent Oscar-winner Common, Viola Davis, Ike Barinholtz and Scott Eastwood. According to The Hollywood Repoerter, there are rumors that the film may also feature cameos from Ben Affleck's Batman and Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, who will appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Filming has already begun in Toronto and fans will be able to catch the project when it's released on Aug. 5, 2016.
'Sirens' ends after Season 2(4/22/15) USA Network has opted not to go forward with a third season of paramedic comedy series Sirens, from Fox 21 TV Studios, Denis Leary and Bob Fisher.
Sirens was the first original half-hour comedy series to launch under USA’s push in the genre following the off-network acquisition of Modern Family. It was soon joined by Playing House and Benched, two of which, Sirens and Benched have now been cancelled. It was a slow build out of the gate in Season 1, but Sirens developed a following from a loyal core audience and even showed ratings growth over its freshman run, despite losing its Suits lead-in halfway through, earning a second season renewal.
USA reaffirmed its commitment to Sirens in October when the network signaled a retreat from original scripted comedy. The quirky comedy, starring Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley and Jessica McNamee, has been well received, with Season 2 getting even higher marks from some critics. Ratings-wise, there was no growth, and I hear the fact that the show could’t find a big enough audience beyond its passionate fan base coupled with the fact that it is not owned by USA led to the network’s decision not to go with a third season. Playing House, which also has enjoyed critical praise and a small but devoted following but is owned by USA, was able to clinch a renewal with a new windowing model introduced by the network where new episodes will premiere first on video-on-demand platforms, before airing on the linear USA channel a week later. Season 2 of Playing House debuts in August.
In addition to Playing House, on the comedy front USA has six-episode Donny!, a semi-scripted comedic series toplined by Donny Deutsch, set to launch in the fourth quarter.
Katie Holmes Producing Victim Advocate Drama For Cinemax(4/21/15) Actress Katie Holmes has teamed with former Sons of Anarchy co-executive producer Mike Daniels for a character-driven action drama, which has been sold to Cinemax. Universal Television, where Daniels is an overall deal, is the studio.
Based on characters conceived together by both Holmes and Daniels, the untitled show follows a victims’ rights advocate who is attacked by a stalker and then returns to the streets of her crime-ridden past to seek justice. Daniels will write the script and will serve as showrunner. He and Holmes executive produce. There are no current plans for Holmes to star.
This marks Universal TV’s first project for Cinemax. The studio recently set up a high-profile show at sibling HBO, starring and executive produced by Alec Baldwin.
Holmes, repped by ICM Partners, Untitled and Sloane Offer, co-stars opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold and recently made her directorial debut with the short film Eternal Princess at the Tribeca Film Festival. She will next be seen in a season-long recurring role on the third season of the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.
Daniels, whose series credits also include Pan Am and The Vampire Diaries, is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.
Margot Robbie -- PDA ... Public Display of Ass-Grabbin'(4/15/15) (Pic) "Wolf of Wall Street" star Margot Robbie's boyfriend has his hands full ... of that ass.
Looks like Robbie and aspiring director BF Tom Ackerley want everyone to know they're not only in deep, but they're also not afraid to put the PDA on full throttle .. the two went at it Monday on the streets of Toronto.
No doubt she'll be slipping into something tight for her role as the Joker's squeeze, Harley Quinn, in the upcoming DC Comic bad boy blockbuster, "Suicide Squad" ... which she's up there filming.
No joke here ... those buns are fine.
'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles' Christina Ricci: 'We definitely decided that she was sociopathic'(4/12/15) Zap2it: How would you characterize the relationship of sisters Lizzie and Emma Borden on Lifetime's "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles"?
Christina Ricci: I think it's a very need-based relationship. Lizzie sort of views her as her property, and Emma's always taken care of her but it's not, at least from Lizzie's point of view, a loving relationship. She's not really capable of love in a normal way.
Zap2it: Is Lizzie a fun character to play?
Christina Ricci: Yeah, really fun. Anything that is fantastic and sort of extreme is really fun to do as an actor, at least for me.
Zap2it: How did you approach creating her?
Christina Ricci: Well, I think a lot of the character is based on the action, sort of, [which] implies who she is, really. Somebody who is able to take human life like this and actually derive pleasure from it is going to be a certain type of character (laughs). We definitely decided that she was sociopathic, that she either played at the emotions of a normal functioning person but that she probably didn't have them for herself.
Zap2it: Was shedding her at the end of the day difficult?
Christina Ricci: No not really. I mean, this is a very lighthearted kind of piece. I mean, it's just supposed to be fun and sort of gory and fantastic. So I think there were like two emotional scenes in the whole series for my character because she doesn't really experience emotion. So it's not the kind of thing, a kind of heavy role where you go home and you live with it or are affected by it.
Suicide Squad's First Cast Photo Is Here: See Cara Delevigne, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis & More Assemble!(4/9/15) (Pic) Ladies and gentleman, we present to you, the Suicide Squad.
Fans of the film adaptation of the popular DC comic book were treated to a special surprise this evening when director David Ayer tweeted the first cast photo!
"Cast read through today! #SuicideSquad," he captioned the snapshot, which featured famous faces like Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and newcomers Adam Beach and Ike Barinholtz.
There was one very familiar face that was noticeably absent from the picture. Where the heck is Jared Leto aka The Joker? It's possible he was the one taking the photo, but why would they do that to us?
Suicide Squad is based on the DC Comics story of villains who are forced to take on the role of heroes. The initial Suicide Squad casting announcement came out back in early December.
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are teaming up once again as executive producers on the highly anticipated feature film.
Production is due to begin this month in Toronto with a tentative release date of Aug. 5, 2016.
In a statement made shortly after the release of the casting news, Warner Bros. President Greg Silverman said, "We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer's amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero."
'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles': Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall are truly twisted sisters(4/5/15) One might not consider the story of 19th century ax murderess Lizzie Borden anything to laugh at, but it's the seriocomic treatment of the subject in the limited series "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" that drew respected film actresses Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall into the fold.
The hourlong eight-part series, which premieres Sunday (April 5), on Lifetime, presents a fictionalized look at the events and people surrounding Lizzie's (Ricci) life following her acquittal of the horrific murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. Now famous, Lizzie finds herself living the life of a celebrity, complete with scandalous love affairs. When several people close to her turn up dead in strange and brutal circumstances, suspicion falls on you-know-who.
The series is a continuation of the 2014 Lifetime telepic "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax."
"It's a very fun, kind of outrageous show," Ricci tells Zap2it of the new offering, "where you're rooting for two antiheroes the whole time and kind of delighting in the macabre. It's mostly macabre and kind of campy and fun. Above all, it's just supposed to be a really fun show."
The most fun part in playing an unbalanced character such as Lizzie, according to Ricci, is that anything goes.
"The only rules," she says, "are kind of the rules you establish for yourself and for the character because it's somebody who doesn't really adhere to the rules of society."
"I think a lot of the character is based on the action, sort of," Ricci continues, "[which] imply who she is, really. Somebody who is able to take human life like this and actually derive pleasure from it is going to be a certain type of character. We definitely decided that she was sociopathic, that she either played at the emotions of a normal functioning person but that she probably didn't have them for herself."
One who was on the receiving end of Lizzie's manipulations was sister Emma, whom the actress who portrays her, DuVall, describes as Lizzie's enabler.
"In the very beginning," DuVall explains, "she really took a back seat to Lizzie and really just served as her caretaker. And as the story evolved, she starts to get her own life and evolve into her own person and really has the opportunity to branch out from just being Lizzie's sister. ... She develops relationships outside of Lizzie, which she never had before, and finally taking the steps toward creating her own life and getting married and cutting the cord."
"She feels threatened," DuVall says of Lizzie, "and she feels scared because ultimately she is like a little girl who kind of learned to cope in not the best way."
Margot Robbie Is the Beer-Drinking Teammate You Need for Your Next Game of Flip Cup(2/27/15) Margot Robbie Is the Beer-Drinking Teammate You Need for Your Next Game of Flip Cup: Watch Now!
Smith and Robbie 'Focus' fun is no con job(2/27/15) If only there were video of this high-stakes audition.
Imagine you're Will Smith, looking for your female lead. Everyone in town is auditioning to play the mouthy street kid who falls for his seasoned con man, Nicky, in the dramedy Focus (out Friday). Your dance card is, let's say, packed.
Then in walks Margot Robbie.
"No makeup and wet shoes," says Smith, recalling the moment.
Robbie laughs. "Ripped little shorts and a pajama shirt."
"Like you didn't want this job at all," says Smith.
Robbie had been in Croatia when she got the call about the audition the next day. "It was a mad dash to try and get a catamaran to a bus to another bus to an airport to France to New York. By the time I got there they had lost my luggage. So when he says I didn't look like I wanted the job…I actually went into Topshop right before the audition and grabbed a blouse. But that was the best I could do."
In truth, Robbie is no stranger to squaring off with Hollywood's A-list: in The Wolf of Wall Street she impressively held her own against Leonardo DiCaprio's manic playboy as his gorgeous, take-no-prisoners wife. Next year she'll star as Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgard in Tarzan, and this month she was in New Mexico working on a film starring Tina Fey.
The key to the Aussie's indomitable confidence?
"I get really bossy on set, I don't know why," she says with a grin. "Honestly, bad auditions lead to really good work. I hit Leo in the face in my audition for Wolf, like slapped him in the face — and I wasn't meant to, obviously."
She turns to Smith. "In our audition I called you a (jerk)."
"That wasn't in the script," says an amused Smith. "That's what got her the role! She walked out, and everybody's going, 'Oh my gosh, she's fantastic! And I'm like, 'Yeah, she called me a (jerk).' "
To prepare to play con artists, Smith studied up on psychological diversions and Robbie practiced lifting cellphones off unsuspecting production assistants.
"I chickened out when I had to do the actual lift and the guy turned around and my hand was in his back pocket," says Robbie, mimicking her shame. "And it just looked like I was trying to cop a feel. Every time I walked past him in the hallways he'd put his back to the wall."
Smith calls out: "That's Margot Robbie, Australian ass-grabber!''
Margot Robbie Slapped Leonardo DiCaprio During Passionate Audition for The Wolf of Wall Street(2/25/15) (Pics) Who gets away with slapping Leonardo DiCaprio?
Turns out, Margot Robbie did after a passionate and way ad-libbed audition for her part as his wife, Naomi, in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, Harper's Bazaar UK reports in its April cover story.
"In my head I was like, 'You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don't do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it,' " Robbie shared of her split-second decision to go for it, which landed her the part.
The first scene together quickly turned out of control, she added, creating the perfect tension for their reckless coupling in the film.
"And so I start screaming at him [Leo] and he's yelling back at me. And he's really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, 'You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me,'" Robbie, 24, recalled as she promoted her latest film, Focus, in which she plays the sexy foil to another onscreen con man, this time played by Will Smith.
"So I walk up really close to his face and then I'm like, 'Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?' But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, 'Whack!' I hit him in the face. And then I scream, 'F--- you!' And that's not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze."
Quickly, the Australian-born actress (and emerging fashion star) reeled from her bold choice, her mind racing with thoughts about possible repercussions.
"I'm thinking, 'You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They're going to arrest you because that's assault,' " Robbie recalled. " 'You're definitely never going to work again, that's for sure. They'll probably sue you as well in case there's a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else.' "
She needn't have worried: They offered her the part.
The April issue of Harper's Bazaar UK is out March 5.
Margot Robbie Debuts Shorter Haircut at the 2015 Oscars, Stuns in Plunging Black Gown & Massive Vintage Necklace(2/23/15) (Pic1, Pic2) Ladies and gentleman, Margot Robbie has arrived (we can hear the va-va-voom from here).
The Australian beauty stepped out on the 2015 Oscars red carpet in a plunging, sheer-sleeve Saint Laurent gown and vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace that literally took our breaths away. (Must...inhale...)
The beaded stunner is fit for a museum, as Ryan Seacrest noted, which led Margot to further explain the massive statement piece: "This necklace right here is worth more than my life, [so I] better not lose it tonight" she quipped. "It was created for the Duchess of Windsor [Wallis Simpson] in the '30s so I'm very lucky to be wearing it."
Another notable aspect of Margot's red carpet look? Her newly cropped locks! The Focus actress sported a sleek blond long bob, which was angled just above her shoulders (really, this haircut is unstoppable). And it's perfection in bob form if we do say ourselves.
And in case you needed an upclose of that, er, bling.
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Margot Robbie Auditioned for Focus After Not Sleeping for Two Days(2/10/15) Margot Robbie: National treasure? Discuss.
Exhibit A is probably the following anecdote Robbie, 24, told during a press conference in L.A. on Sunday for the upcoming Focus, in which she shares the screen with Will Smith.
Robbie had apparently been on vacation in Croatia (according to Smith) when she got the news she'd be auditioning for the role in Focus, and had to head to New York for the audition in somewhat ... trying circumstances.
"It was 6 in the morning," Robbie told reporters. "I'd been swimming, and I got the call saying, 'Oh, yeah. You need to be doing an audition with Will Smith like tomorrow in New York. So your flight's booked for tonight.' "
"And I was like, 'Tonight? Oh, my God.' I asked the lady at the hostel I was staying at, 'Oh, how do I get off this island? I need to go to the mainland.' And she was like, 'Oh, there's only one boat a day, and it leaves in 20 minutes.' And I was like, 'Oh, my God.' "
"[I] grabbed all my stuff. Left half of it probably in the hostel ... got to the airport. Waited eight hours, and then I went to France, and then I went to New York. And by the time I got to New York, I'd now not slept for, like, well over two days."
"And they lost my luggage. And my audition was about seven hours away. So I walk into the audition in wet sneakers and denim shorts and a pajama shirt, which was the only dry thing I had before they lost my luggage. I just walked in. And I was like, 'I cannot meet Will Smith in my pajama shirt.' So I went to Topshop and grabbed this top and then walked in."
Of course, wet, no-sleep Margot Robbie is still, you know, Margot Robbie, so obviously she got the part. But still, what a story. Focus hits theaters Feb. 27.
Why Margot Robbie Doesn't Want to Date Any Actors(2/7/15) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Margot Robbie's interview could end up haunting her!
The Focus actress covers Marie Claire's March issue, and in the accompanying profile, she makes a bold statement about dating fellow actors. "I am officially off the market," proclaims Robbie, who last dated assistant director Tom Ackerley. "I made a conscious decision not to date actors, but not because I hate actors. That's a nasty generalization to make, and that's not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile that it puts a lot of stress on a relationship. So, two people with profiles, I figure it's just double the amount of scrutiny, and I'd like to avoid that at all costs."
In January, however, she was seen kissing Alexander Skarsgard at the Sundance Film Festival.
Neither Robbie nor Skarsgård have commented on the club hookup via their reps. And while the blond and beautiful actors may have packed on the PDA, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're a couple.
Robbie, it seems, is still getting used to life in the limelight.
"I have a normal 24-year-old life," says Robbie, who co-stars with Skarsgård in Warner Bros.' Tarzan. "If I were a waitress, I'd probably have the exact same lifestyle," she continues. "I'd go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people."
The Australian actress nearly stole the show in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, but to her credit, Robbi hasn't let fame get to her head. Growing up, she says, "It was weird because a lot of my friends were very wealthy. It was interesting to see what you can have in life and know what it was like not to have it. It makes you very ambitious. It seemed horrible at the time, but I'm grateful I had it that way, because I knew what I wanted to achieve." She's since joined high-profile projects like Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, but she remains wary of how Hollywood works. "I'm so overly optimistic to a fault, but this job has made me start questioning people's motives…I have never been a cynical person. I'd rather trust nine people and have the tenth one stab me in the back. I'd take that fall in order to have those nine friendships or working relationships instead of having none," she tells the magazine. "That's not living."
The March issue of Marie Claire is on newsstands Feb. 17.
Image Acquires Joe Dante's 'Burying The Ex;' 'Twilight's Ashley Greene Goes Zombie(2/3/15) Image Entertainment has acquired the Joe Dante horror comedy Burying The Ex and will give it a multiplatform release of theaters and VOD in the summer. Alan Trezza-scripted pic stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario. Pic premiered at Venice. Yelchin plays a nice guy with an overbearing girlfriend (Greene). She gets worse when they move in, and he’s relieved when she dies in an accident and he meets someone nicer (Daddario). Trouble is, his dead ex returns as a zombie who doesn’t want to give him up and she was a lot more charming as a Twilight Saga vampire.
Oscars: Margot Robbie & Miles Teller To Host Sci-Tech Awards(1/28/15) Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) and Miles Teller (Whiplash) have been tapped as hosts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 21 awards to 58 individual recipients during the evening.
“We’re very excited to have Margot and Miles hosting this year’s Sci-Tech Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Both are fresh voices in our industry and will be a welcome addition to the night where we honor our colleagues’ technical achievements.”
“Margot and Miles represent some of the best of the next generation of rising stars and it is only fitting that they host an evening saluting the film innovations and innovators who will inform the future,” said Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Robbie’s breakout performance came in 2013’s Oscar-nominated feature The Wolf of Wall Street. Her recent credits include starring roles in Z For Zachariah and Focus, which is due out next month. In the summer of 2016, Robbie will be seen starring in Tarzan and the highly anticipated Suicide Squad.
Teller stars in Best Picture nominee Whiplash. Later this year, he will appear in the feature Bleed for This, as well as The Fantastic Four and Divergent sequel Insurgent. Teller also appeared in 2013’s The Spectacular Now.
Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast.
The 87th Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 22 on ABC.
Michael Mosley on Sirens and Why He's Happy He 'Finally' Got a Second Season of Something: 'I Thought I Had the Stink on Me'(1/28/15) (people.com) Sirens returned for a second season on Tuesday, and star Michael Mosley sure hopes you watched!
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Mosley, 36, confided that he was worried he had "the stink" on him following leading roles on such short-lived series as Kidnapped, Kings, Pan Am, Last Resort and the Scrubs pseudo-spinoff.
The series, loosely based on the British series of the same name, follows a group of Chicago EMTs. Adapted by Denis Leary and screenwriter Bob Fisher, Sirens is the workplace comedy you might not be watching but absolutely should be. The comedy is as accessible as it is smart, and, as Bustle points out, it even passes the Bechdel test – ladies need not worry that the typically male setting leaves them out.
Mosley stars as Johnny, the de facto leader of his fellow EMTs Hank (Kevin Daniels), Brian (Kevin Bigley) and Cash (Bill Nunn). Having almost married his cop girlfriend Theresa (Jessica McNamee) in the first season finale, the second season sees the couple moving in with each other … with mixed results.
We spoke to Mosley the day after it was announced that Benched – a USA comedy starring his former co-star, Eliza Coupe – had been canceled. It's tough to be a USA comedy these days: The critically acclaimed Playing House was on the bubble for months before picking up a second season renewal, and yet the universal appeal of Sirens earned itself a second season renewal just one month after the first season finale aired in May.
We talked to Mosley about Sirens, how it's been able to achieve success, and why he's happy he's not a show-killer. Plus, he confirms everything you knew about Denis Leary: He "gives zero f---s."
To what do you think you can owe the success of Sirens, given the current climate for USA comedies?
That really sucks, about Benched. That was bad. I don't know why we're getting lucky. Who knows why any of these things work or don't work? I think it just comes down to a little bit of luck and enough people showing up to the party. Sirens had good numbers in its first season, and there seems to be a lot of support from the ground. People who are fans are kind of rabid. So, that really helped us a lot.
I know that we had a blast making it. We have fun making the show and we just laugh all day, and once in a while they call "action" and they call "cut" and we just try to crack each other up, and I hope that's coming off, you know?
Such a bummer about Benched!
It was really great. But it's just baseball, you know? You just get a helmet and you keep going. I've been on a bunch of shows that got canceled. This is the first time I've seen a season 2 of something – I thought I had the stink on me! [Laughs] It felt like … "Oh God, they're going to think I'm season 1 Mosley, over here." When I finally got a second season of something, I felt like I totally spiked the football. I just hope people watch the second season now!
I actually loved the Scrubs spinoff …
It was kinda half the old show, half of a new show. I don't think they even wanted to put it on without the old guard, I don't know. It was fun, though. That was kind of when I realized how much I like doing comedy. I kind of saw myself – or maybe my agents or handlers did, or whatever – as a serious actor, but when I got on Scrubs I realized how much fun it is to make a living laughing.
The thing about shows like that, you do about six episodes in, the numbers start coming out, and if the network's not happy with what it is, they'll start futzing with stuff and changing sets, characters, plot lines and everything. On Sirens, we were allowed to do the whole season kind of unencumbered. They came to see us once in Chicago. By the last episode of last season, we really understood what the show was. That's kind of rare, to be allowed to find out what the show is, as opposed to it getting tinkered with while we're shooting and seeing numbers and all that crap. We never had to worry about that stuff. We really got to fly free, and this season, I'm really excited for people to see because I think it's stronger. We're a self-actualized show.
Speaking of the upcoming season, Johnny's relationship with Theresa is ramping up. What's their relationship going to be like in the season ahead?
Well, they move in together, and sometimes when people move in together, things need a little spicing up. All of a sudden, you see somebody in their pajamas all day and with their hair all messed up, and it's not as exciting watching somebody brush their teeth and scratch their ass. So, they'll learn to spice things up and have a little fun.
I love Johnny's relationship with Hank – they're basically married themselves. What's coming up for them this season?
He is a big supporter of Theresa and Johnny being together. Hank ends up dating this dude in Theresa and Johnny's building, and he ends up dating this super annoying hipster. A craft beer-drinking, fedora-wearing, alternative, trendy kinda kid with an ironic mustache. He drives Johnny insane. He cannot wrap his head around why Hank would be with this guy who is like, hatching chicken eggs in his backyard.
You guys are getting a lot of comparisons to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Do you think those are apt? Or is it just a tendency to compare?
Whatever gets people watching! I don't remember it was who wrote something like this, but after 9/11, there was a huge fear of putting first responders and rescue workers in any kind of ironic or fallible light. What's fun about Brooklyn Nine-Nine and what's fun about Sirens is that it's fun to see these folks be screwballs and messing up. I think it's kind of a release, and it's fun to see these people be themselves.
What's it like to work with Denis Leary? I'm assuming lots of profanity.
He hasn't been around as much this season, since he's working on his new show, Sex&Rock&Rock&Roll, but last season, he was there the entire time. He would be crouched down in the back of the ambulance with a monitor, smoking a cigarette while we were shooting a scene.
In the season one finale, we shot in a church. It's a real church, and he's pulling out a cigarette, and I'm watching him, talking with the guys, and I'm like, "Denis is about to light a cigarette in this church right now." I'm watching him and he's not even thinking about it, and sure enough, he lights a cigarette in a f------ church and I'm like, "Oh my God. This guy gives zero f---s." He's amazing, hysterical.
The show is now available on Netflix – why should people watch if they see it in their recommendations?
It's not deep, you know? It's just fun. I just think that you'll like Johnny and Hank and Theresa and everyone. I just think that you'll like these people.
Sirens airs on Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on USA.
Michael Mosley on Castle(1/26/15) “Resurrection” – When clues in a murder implicate Castle and Beckett’s nemesis, Dr. Kelly Nieman (guest star Annie Wersching), Castle is called in to consult on the case. But as the team delves deeper into the investigation, they uncover connections to notorious serial killer Jerry Tyson (guest star Michael Mosley), on Part 1 of “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: Annie Wersching as Dr. Kelly Nieman, Michael Mosley as Jerry Tyson, Laura Coover as Susan Watts, Amy Rosoff as Katrina and Maya Goodwin as Laura.
“Resurrection” was written by David Amann and directed by Bill Roe.
Is Romance Blooming Between Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie?(1/25/15) (Pic) Tarzan and Jane forever!
Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie have been hitting up the party scene at the Sundance Film Festival.
The stars of the upcoming Tarzan movie got things started at the Sabra Hummus Kick-Off Party on Friday. Skarsgard, 38, met up with the actress, 24, who was "holding court with an entourage" that included Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
"They came separately but left together in a big group," says a source. "Alex told the girl at the door he was coming to see his 'friend.' They asked who his friend was and he said Margot Robbie ... he came to see her."
The pair then moved on to the 1OAK pop-up a little after 11:30 p.m.
"They arrived together and sat together," says a source who was at the Tinder and VO|CO sponsored event. "And the couches there are not big at all."
Skarsgard and Robbie later party-hopped to Tao.
The pair were also planning to attend the Freixenet hosted Art of Elysium Party together Saturday evening, but Robbie was a last-minute no show.
The True Blood hunk instead roamed the bash with Bel Powley, his costar from the upcoming movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Studios Betting Big On Margot Robbie Sports Wagering Tale 'Dangerous Odds'(1/23/15) The hot package on the auction block has Margot Robbie poised to play Marisa Lankester, a young beautiful woman who became an insider atop the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., and eventually a victim of a dangerous world of corruption. Lankester’s story, which almost sounds like a version of Robbie’s breakout rags to riches to rags saga The Wolf Of Wall Street, will be scripted by World Trade Center and Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff, based on Lankester’s memoir Dangerous Odds. I’m told that several studios have chips on the table for this sports betting tale. Reps for Robbie and Berloff–Management 360 and CAA– and the producing shingle Film 360 are running an auction that began yesterday for Robbie to play Lankester, a thrill-seeking beauty who became an insider of the sports betting empire run by Ron “The Cigar” Sacco. She fell in love with his business partner, and moved the business with him from L.A. to Vegas and then the Dominican Republic, where gambling is legal. While she became a top model as well as a gambling mogul there, her existence devolved into a nightmare of incarceration and rape, before she finally escaped. She now lives in Switzerland. This one should play out quickly. Hot on the trail is Warner Bros–she’ll star in Suicide Squad for them–though I’m told that others are vying as well. I will keep you posted.
Castle Baddie Returns(1/13/15) Nine apparent lives and all, the cat is (sigh) out of the bag.
As part of Castle’s annual-ish February sweeps two-parter, the ABC series — in addition to returning guest star Annie Wersching (24) as 3XK groupie Dr. Kelly Nieman — is bringing back Michael Mosley as Jerry Tyson himself, EW.com reports.
A serial killer, Tyson first appeared in the Season 3 episode “3XK,” and then seemingly bid this mortal coil adieu in Season 5’s “Probable Cause,” when the psycho plunged off a bridge after Rick shot him several times. The villain’s improbable return was hinted at last season, when a pair of eventual murder victims cosmetically altered to look like Espo and Lanie stole all 3XK files from the 12th’s records room.
Christina Ricci Is All Smiles at Post-Baby Appearance at Lizzie Borden Chronicles TCA Event(1/10/15) (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Christina Ricci has returned to work after giving birth to her first child five months ago and seemed to be in great spirits as she made her first major public post-pregnancy appearance.
On Friday, at a Television Critics Association 2015 Winter Press Tour event promoting the Lifetime Television series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, the actress showcased a big smile and a chic look, a black outfit with white floral designs down the sleeves. Ricci reprises her role as a 19th century former murder suspect, which she played in a 2014 TV movie.
The 34-year-old The Addams Family movies alum has largely stayed out of the public eye since the weeks before she and husband James Heerdegen, 32, welcomed a baby boy, their first child together, in August. She has since then, however, occasionally posted hilarious tweets.
Her hubby, a dolly grip who recently worked on the 2014 film Birdman, met on the set of the ABC show Pan Am. She played a flight attendant on the '60s-themed drama series, which aired for one season and ended in 2012. A year later, she and Heerdegen tied the knot in New York.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles series was filmed this past October. Ricci first played Borden, a wealthy Massachusetts woman who was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother, in the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, which aired on Lifetime in January 2014 and is based on a true story. The new, eight-part series premieres in April and is not as historically accurate. Clea DuVall also reprises her role as Borden's sister, Emma.
The miniseries focuses on her life after the trial, during which several people close to her, including her half-brother William, played by Hatfields & McCoys' Andrew Howard, and her business associate and underworld kingpin Mr. Flowers, played by Breaking Bad and new prequel Better Call Saul's Jonathan Banks, are found dead, mysteriously, Lifetime said in a statement.
Lizzie Borden's Christina Ricci Talks 'Satisfying,' Expanded Round 2(1/9/15) Some things just go well together. Lifetime and famous murderers? That’s a winning combination.
Following the success of last year’s TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, the cable network will debut its limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles in April — now with two additional episodes, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
Christina Ricci once again will star as Borden, the real-life woman who was tried (and acquitted) in 1892 of murdering her father and stepmother.
“It’s a fictionalized version of what happens after the trial, as she continues to misbehave,” Ricci said of the eight-hour series. “This is an imagining of what could have happened.”
So, how did Ricci prepare to inhabit such a dark role once more? Easy: It was fun.
“I never expected to play her again, but she’s really fun in this interpretation,” Ricci said. “This version of her is actually a lot more satisfying. She has a sense of self-awareness. But at the same time, we do deal with the complexities and emotions behind what created this monster.”
Will viewers find themselves rooting for Borden, much like Dexter and Breaking Bad viewers cheered for those antiheroes? Maybe, says director Stephen Kay.
“There’s an element where you don’t understand why you’re rooting for her, but you are,” Kay said. “But in the same breath, you’re going, ‘Someone freaking stop her.””
'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles' Gets Order For 2 More Episodes From Lifetime(1/9/15) Lifetime has ordered two additional episodes of its new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. The follow-up to Lifetime’s original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax stars Christina Ricci in a reprisal of her role as the notorious murderer. Clea DuVall also reprises her role as Lizzie’s sister, Emma, in the eight-part series, which premieres in April.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (Lizzie Borden Took An Ax) and Ricci. Lizzie Borden Took An Ax averaged 4.4 million Total Viewers in its January 25 world premiere.
BAFTA Rising Star Nominees Include Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley(1/7/15) BAFTA has announced this year’s crop of nominees for its EE Rising Star Award, with a handful of names in the mix whom many would consider already pretty firmly established. The group consists of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack O’Connell, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. That there are three women in the mix is an evolution from last year’s two — a few years ago the org was criticized for selecting an entirely male roster. This is the only BAFTA award that is voted on by the British public; it honors actors and actresses “who have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.”
Mbatha-Raw recently won the British Independent Film Award as Best Actress in Belle. Her other feature credits have included Larry Crowne, Odd Thomas and Beyond The Lights, as well as TV appearances in Spooks and Dr Who. Her upcoming films include The Whole Truth and Jupiter Ascending.
O’Connell broke out in TV’s Skins and 2013’s feature Starred Up, as well as last year’s war drama ’71. He’s currently starring in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He recently won the Best Breakthrough Performer prize from the National Board of Review and is nominated as Best British Actor by the London Critics’ Circle. O’Connell’s next role is in Tulip Fever alongside Christoph Waltz and Holliday Grainger.
Robbie, previously of TV’s Neighbours and Pan-Am, had a breakout feature role in 2013’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. She next stars opposite Will Smith in Focus.
Teller’s feature credits have included Rabbit Hole, Footloose, Project X, 21 & Over, The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment and Divergent. Most notably, he starred in last year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Whiplash. He’ll next play Mr Fantastic in The Fantastic Four.
Woodley starred in the biggest sleeper hit of the summer with The Fault In Our Stars. Last year, she led Divergent and reprises that role in this year’s Insurgent. Her breakout was way back in 2011 with The Descendants for which she won the Supporting Actress Indie Spirit and National Board of Review prizes. In 2016, she’ll star in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Rising Star winner will be announced at the BAFTA Film Awards on February 8 in London. Voting is now open to the public at ee.co.uk/BAFTA.
'Focus' Trailer: Will Smith, Margot Robbie & The Big Con(12/22/14) 'Focus' Trailer: Will Smith, Margot Robbie & The Big Con
Google's Year In Hollywood Search(12/16/14) Trending Actresses
1. Jennifer Lawrence
2. Renee Zellweger
3. Betty White
4. Ellen Page
5. Kim Novak
6. Margot Robbie
7. Jacqueline Bisset
8. Lena Dunham
9. Melanie Griffith
10. Lea Thompson
Shailene Woodley tops all-women 2014 IMDb star list(12/8/14) Shailene Woodley has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence atop IMDb's annual Top 10 Stars list, which for the first time is composed solely of women.
The ranking is a highlight of the Internet Movie Database's Best of 2014 section launching Tuesday, featuring lists based on searches by the site's 200 million unique monthly visitors.
Woodley ranked No. 64 on 2013's full Top 100 Stars list and shot to the top this year after appearing in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, two hits aimed at Internet-savvy audiences.
"This was Shailene Woodley's breakout year," says IMDb managing editor Keith Simanton. "She has a huge amount of onscreen charisma. And this was the year the world just got her."
Simanton was also impressed by the first female sweep of the Top 10, which has been compiled for a decade. Last year, seven men made the list, led by Leonardo DiCaprio at No. 3. This year he was again the highest ranked male, but at No. 11.
"Normally, it's fairly well distributed says Simanton. "But there were a lot of strong roles for women this year."
Among the other lists to be revealed Tuesday is the Top 10 Breakout Stars, which features actors entering the annual Top 100 for the first time. No. 1 on the Breakout list is Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), who is also No. 3 in the Top 10. After her Wolf performance as DiCaprio's eye-catching wife, "Everyone came on the site to say, 'Who the heck is that?' '' says Simanton.
The Australian actress has also landed a high-profile role for 2016, as Jane in Tarzan.
Other highlights from the lists:
Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, 2013's American Hustle) makes her fourth appearance on the Top 10 list, dropping a spot to No. 2.
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones) grabs the fourth Top 10 spot, moving up one slot from 2013. She'll portray Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator Genysis.
Transformers: Age of Extinction star Nicola Peltz debuts in the Top 10 Stars list at No. 6 and in the Breakout list at No. 2.
Rosamund Pike might be a former Bond girl, but it took a starring role in Gone Girl to propel her to No. 8 on the Top 10 Stars (No. 3 on the Breakout list).
The men made a stronger showing in the Breakout list with Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt (No. 4), Divergent's Theo James (No. 6), Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winner Jared Leto (No. 7) and Fifty Shades of Greystar Jamie Dornan (No. 10).
IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2014*
1. Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars)
2. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)
3. Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
4. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
5. Scarlett Johansson (Lucy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
6. Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
7. Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay, The Equalizer)
8. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
9. Emma Stone (Birdman, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
10. Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire)
*List determined by total page views in 2014.
Top 10 Breakout Stars*
1. Margot Robbie
2. Nicola Peltz
3. Rosamund Pike
4. Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie)
5. Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)
6. Theo James (Divergent)
7. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
8. Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black)
9. Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
10. Jamie Dornan (2015's Fifty Shades of Grey)
*Stars who appeared on the Top 100 chart for the first time in 2014.
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto Commit To 'Suicide Squad' Lineup(12/2/14) Warner Bros has firmed Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie for its DC Comics villain team Suicide Squad, and has set Jared Leto to play The Joker, Jai Courtney to play Boomerang and Cara Delevingne to play Enchantress in the David Ayer-directed film. Smith plays Deadshot, Hardy Rick Flagg and Robbie Harley Quinn. Most of these were reported on. Not in the studio announcement is whether Jesse Eisenberg brings his Batman V Superman villain Lex Luthor to the DC cavalcade, as I’ve heard will happen.
Ayer, coming off Fury, is scripting and the studio set an August 5, 2016 release. Charles Roven is producing with Richard Suckle and Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are exec producers. Pic is a Dirty Dozen-type mission movie where a group of supervillains are brought together to tackle high-risk black ops missions for the government.
It’s Smith’s second superhero turn, if you count Hancock. It’s also his second pic with The Wolf Of Wall Street star Robbie, with whom he stars in the grifter tale Focus.
Margot Robbie Take the Plunge for Underwater W Magazine Cover Shoot(11/22/14) (Margot Robbie Cover) Jake Gyllenhaal and Margot Robbie are testing new waters—literally!
The beautiful Australian actress graces the cover of W's December/January issue, while the handsome Nigthcrawler actor covers the December 2014 Art issue—and both photo shoots were done under water! Photographer and video artist Bill Viola, who is known for using water in his work, snapped both stars submerged in a tank in his Long Beach, Calif., studio.
Robbie revealed in her interview that she prepared ahead of time for the wet photo op.
"I've been practicing in my bathtub," the 24-year-old admitted. "I'm so excited. I've been holding my breath to see how long I can go without turning blue."
The Wolf of Wall Street actress, who stars opposite Will Smith in next year's Focus, divulged that her main goal for the shoot was "to project serenity. I am pretending that I'm lying at the bottom of a stream in a peaceful state," she said.
She certainly succeeded! The blond beauty is effortlessly stunning as she calmly floats in an embellished Donna Karan New York dress.
A self-professed "water baby," the Z for Zachariah star also shared how much she loved swimming in her family's pool growing up on the Gold Coast. "My mom could not get me out—she'd put my dinner plate at the end of the pool, and I'd eat my meals in the water."
Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal's experience with the underwater photo shoot was the complete opposite of serene and peaceful!
"I didn't expect the sensations—the water would go up my nose and out my eyes, which made it difficult to keep my eyes open," the 33-year-old Nailed actor confessed.
"There's a panic that sets in, because you're running out of breath," he continued. "And even though you can hear [people] talking, telling you to move your arm or open your eyes, mostly you're in your own head. You feel very alone."
Despite his not-so-wild time in the water, the Prisoners star is still sexy soaking wet in his all-black Boss ensemble!
Ashley Greene Fire -- No Crack Pipe Or Arson Evidence(11/2/14) Cross crack pipe off the list of possible reasons Ashley Greene's apartment went up in flames -- according to Sheriff's investigators who sifted through the burned out pad right after the fire.
TMZ broke the story ... Ashley's building manager says a cleanup crew claimed to have found a glass crack pipe in Greene's unit. But we got hold of a report filed by the Sheriff's Arson/Explosives Unit ... and there's no mention of a crack pipe.
That could mean there was NO pipe, but it could also be that investigators just missed it. According to the docs ... there was also no sign of arson.
As we first told you ... a preliminary report said a candle ignited a sofa -- and indeed, the Sheriff's doc says investigators could NOT rule out an accidental cause.
Pan Am Alum to Play Marilyn Monroe in Lifetime Miniseries(10/27/14) Apologies to all you lovely ladies out there, but Lifetime has found its Marilyn!
Pan Am actress Kelli Garner will play the iconic role in the network's four-hour Marilyn miniseries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, the miniseries will explores Monroe's family life, which was far less glamorousthan the one she presented to the outside world.
As previously reported, Susan Sarandon will play Monroe's mentally ill mother Gladys in a script written by The Kennedys' Stephen Kronish.
Garner, who most recently appeared on HBO's Looking, joins a long list of actresses who have portrayed Monroe. Most recently Michelle Williams earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn.
Marilyn premieres in 2015 on Lifetime.
Lifetime Orders 'Lizzie Borden' Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci(10/22/14) Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie’s Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden’s sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015.
Lifetime has turned successful movies into series before. It did it with The Client List, also from Sony TV, which became a regular series with the movie’s star Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cybill Shepherd reprising their roles. It ran for two seasons. Lifetime also has done two-hour movies/backdoor pilots, most recently Nicholas Sparks’ Deliverance Creek, whose series future is yet to be determined.
Lifetime is going through an overhaul of its scripted schedule with Devious Maids as the only existing series guaranteed to return next year. Witches Of East End is still in limbo, while freshman The Lottery was just cancelled. In addition to Lizzie Borden, Lifetime will introduce two new dramas in 2015, UnREAL and the straight-to-series Omen sequel Damien, and has pilot Clan Of The Cave Bear.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will feature a fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to die mysteriously under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their demise. John Heard will portray William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew, while Lizzie’s half-brother William will be played by Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys).
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden, but no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Lifetime’s Rob Sharenow. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles is executive produced by the film’s exec producer Judith Verno and Ricci. The limited series will be written by Greg Small & Rich Blaney (Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret), Barbara Nance (House Of Lies), Jason Grote (Mad Men) and David Simkins (Grimm). Stephen Kay (Sons Of Anarchy) will direct the first two episodes.
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax premiered in January with 4.4 million total viewers and triggered strong social media response. In 2014 YTD, it is ad-supported cable’s second-most-watched movie telecast among women, behind the Lifetime Original Movie Flowers In The Attic, which Lifetime also built into franchise with several movie sequels.
Ashley Greene Stuns on Women's Health Cover, Reveals Her Guilty Pleasures and How She Maintains That Hot Bod(10/17/14) (Cover) News flash: Ashley Greene is gorgeous.
Wearing a form-fitting, blue cut-out mini dress, the beautiful actress flashes her killer smile as she crouches down on the cover of the November issue for Women's Health next to the words "Next Level Sexy," and yes, we'd say that's pretty appropriate.
It's no secret that the 27-year-old's body is on point, and she credits her great physique to maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active and watching what she eats.
"I grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., on the beach we always had water around us. I actually grew up the first 14 years of my life in Middleburg, Fla., and we grew up on dirt roads and my dad built our house," Greene told the mag. "My neighbor had horses. I got to have a little bit of that lifestyle and enjoy nature. We went outside to entertain ourselves and play. I was selling mud pies and playing football with my brother."
She continued, "My brother is a year and a half older, so I was a tomboy as a result of us being so close. It's transferred over to my adult life. I think being athletic as a child and always being competitive in sports and martial arts definitely transferred over to my adult life. Now for me it really is this kind of lifestyle choice. I feel like I really need to be outside. I need to have nature. We go up to Big Bear all the time because it's such a different world than it is being in the midst of everything."
As for her diet, the Twilight star keeps it healthy...for the most part. Greene does admit that she has a couple guilty pleasures when it comes to tasty treats, but her biggest kryptonite might surprise you.
"I try to eat relatively clean. That being said, part of the benefit of being active is that I kind of can eat whatever I want from time to time. Before photo shoots, I have to cut back on the sodium. I'm not really a sweets person, but I love pickles. They're always sitting in my fridge," she said.
"I was talking to my friend, I was like, ‘I don't have a problem with anything else, but I really just want to eat one of those pickles and I can't do it.' I'm probably going to have one tonight. Pinkberry has this new peach flavor. I'm pretty sure I ate the whole tub of it. And Cheese-It's. I can't keep them in the house because I love them."
Don't worry, Ashley, you're not alone.
Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Crazy Chemistry in Focus Trailer(10/10/14) (Trailer) The sparks are flying between Will Smith and Margot Robbie—onscreen, that is!
The first trailer for Focus debuted Thursday, depicting Smith, 46, and Robbie, 24, as a couple of star-crossed con artists.
In the dramatic romantic comedy (think Hitch, but a lot grittier), Smith portrays Nicky Spurgeon, a seasoned con-artist who boasts he can "convince anyone of anything." Robbie, who plays up-and-coming con artist Jess Barrett, is a little too eager to learn.
"I want in," she says, adding provocatively, "Maybe you could teach me in your room!"
"That is so bad," he replies, laughing about her seduction attempt, "Does it feel sexy on your face?"
"A little," she admits.
He then concedes, taking the blond beauty under his wing. Calling his young contemporary the "intern," Smith's character teaches her the tricks of the trade, later admitting, "You might be one of the best I've ever seen."
Initially, the twosome work in tandem, but as the stakes get higher, tensions rise. "There's no room for heart in this game," says Smith's character. "That'll get you killed."
Focus isn't all serious, though! There are some LOL moments even in the trailer, like when a passenger asks bluntly, "You hitting' that?" Robbie's character, sitting in the backseat, exclaims in disbelief, "I'm right here!"
It looks entertaining to say the least! Focus hits theaters Feb. 27, 2015.
CBS RENEWS HIT SERIES "UNDER THE DOME" AND "EXTANT"(10/10/14) CBS announced today that the hit series UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT will return for broadcast in summer 2015. Both from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, UNDER THE DOME returns for its third season, and EXTANT for its sophomore season.
"We're committed to delivering our viewers and advertisers year-round programming with a wide variety of storytelling," said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. "We continue to see summer as a great place for unique concepts, innovative business models and passionate television audiences."
The successful second season of UNDER THE DOME was the summer’s top scripted series, with 11 million viewers, 2.7/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.6/10 in adults 25-54. EXTANT, starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, won its 10:00 PM time period with 8.64 million viewers, 1.7/06 in adults 18-49 and 2.3/07 in adults 25-54. In addition to their broadcast on the Network, UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT had additional viewing on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, which provided exclusive online subscription streaming four days after the airing on CBS.
For summer 2015, UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT will join the previously announced freshman drama ZOO, based on James Patterson's bestselling novel, and the next edition of the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER, which has been renewed for 2015 and 2016.
Charlie Hunnam & Margot Robbie In Talks For 'The Mountain Between Us'(9/4/14) Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie are in talks to star for Paradise Now helmer Hany Abu-Assad in The Mountain Between Us for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment. An adaptation of the Charles Martin book, the film is a harrowing tale of survival and a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy.
The film will be produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment. The project’s scripters include J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank. Marisa Paiva is overseeing the project for Fox 2000.
Hunnam, whose seventh and final season as the leader of the Sons Of Anarchy gang is just getting underway on FX, separately was set by Warner Bros and director Guy Ritchie to play King Arthur in what is conceived as multiple movies about the Knights of the Round Table. Robbie is separately negotiating to play the female lead in the DreamWorks Japanese comic book adaptation The Ghost In The Shell. She just wrapped Focus opposite Will Smith.
'Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie Eyes 'Ghost In The Shell'(9/4/14) The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in Ghost In The Shell, the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese comic book for DreamWorks. Bill Wheeler wrote the script and Avi Arad, Steven Paul, and Mark Sourian are producing.
The story follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Robbie’s next films include Focus opposite Will Smith and Z For Zachariah. She’s repped by CAA, Management 360, Aran Michael Management in Australia,and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
Margot Robbie Plants a Fat Kiss on New Boyfriend Tom Ackerley(8/27/14) (Pic1, Pic2) Love is in the air for this Aussie beauty.
The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie was spotted getting extra close and personal with a young cutie who has been identified as Tom Ackerley while in London. Wearing a long floral dress, Robbie was snapped by shutterbugs as she wrapped her arms around her new beau and planted a big smooch on Ackerley, who kept it cazh in jeans a T-shirt.
In another PDA-friendly shot, Ackerley kept his hand around his lady's waist as the duo stared into each other's eyes. Yeah, it sounds like a romantic comedy, but apparently this is real life for some people.
So who is this guy, anyway?
Well, Ackerley is part of the entertainment industry, but he is not an actor. According to his IMDb page, Ackerley has worked as a crewmember and assistant director on multiple films.
Recently, he was the third assistant director on Robbie's film Suite Française, which comes out later this year. The length of their relationship is unknown, but their flick Suite Française began filming in June 2014, so it wouldn't be wrong to assume that this movie was the meeting place for their budding romance.
Regardless, these two are just too cute.
Johnny Galecki Splits from Kelli Garner(8/27/14) Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have called it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The breakup of The Big Bang Theory star and former Pan Am actress, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang costar Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve.
Reps for Galecki, 39, and Garner, 30, have not commented on the split.
The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, who signed a new, three-year deal that will pay him – along with Cuoco and Emmy winner Jim Parsons – the same $1 million-per-episode salary given to the cast of Friends in its final season.
Christina Ricci Welcomes Her First Child(8/8/14) One of America's favorite former child stars is now a mom!
Christina Ricci and her husband James Heerdegen recently welcomed a baby boy, Us Weekly reports.
This is the first child for the couple, who met on the set of the short-lived 2011 ABC drama Pan Am and wed in October 2013.
Best known for her roles in The Addams Family and Casper, Ricci most recently starred in the title role of Lifetime's Lizzie Borden Took an Ax.
Teen Choice Nominations(7/18/14) Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars
David Lambert, The Fosters
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
Mike Vogel, Under the Dome
Margot Robbie: I'm just a Plain Jane(7/10/14) (Photo) Aussie stunner Margot Robbie is “pretty” special — even if she doesn’t think so.
The sexy “Wolf of Wall Street” star says she can’t understand why admirers find her so beautiful, insisting she’s a Plain Jane compared with her friends.
“In my big group of girlfriends back home, I am definitely not the best-looking,” Robbie, 24, tells August’s Vanity Fair. “I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive.”
Be that as it may, she sizzles in the pages of the magazine, posing in bathing suits in beach-club settings.
Ashley Greene -- Torched Apartment Sells for a Million After Amazing Makeover(7/10/14) (Photos) Ashley Greene's ex landlord finally unloaded the Sunset Strip apartment the 'Twilight' star set on fire last year -- for $1.1 million -- but Ashley could still be on the hook, financially, for the blaze.
The 2-bedroom, 1,800 square-foot Hollywood apartment had to be completely remodeled -- the photos show the transformation -- after it was burnt to a crisp back in March 2013. Our real estate sources tell us the repairs cost $303,000 ... and the building's HOA insurance ended up footing the bill.
As we previously reported -- Ashley, her brother, a friend and her 2 dogs were inside the apartment when a lit candle started the fire. One of the dogs died.
By law, the new owners had to be told about the fire and the dog.
Ashley's still dealing with lawsuits from her old landlord, the building owner, several neighbors, and even the doorman -- and the HOA is still trying to get her insurance to reimburse the $303K.
You never know what's in the stars when you're a star(6/4/14) Christina Ricci told British Esquire: “Houseplants are dirty. Touching one freaks me out.”
Margot Robbie Steps Out with Fiery Red Locks-See Her New Hair Color(5/31/14) (Pic1, Pic2) Ever since Margot Robbie's breakout peformance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, she's had a whirlwind 2014—complete with plenty of changing hair colors for different roles.
Since January, Margot has been a blond, a brunette, and as of today, she is a redhead.
The 23-year-old actress stepped out in London Friday morning sporting brand new, fiery red locks. She looked especially chic in a pale blue coat with black lapel detailing, black skinnies and tortoise-rimmed sunglasses.
Margot had dyed her hair brown for the upcoming film Z for Zachariah, but clearly her obligation of being a brunette is over and she decided to switch things up with a brand new hair color.
We think this new color just may be Margot's best look yet. Which is your favorite look: Margot as a blond, brunette or redhead?
Christina Ricci Expecting First Child(5/24/14) (Photo) First came love, then marriage and now Christina Ricci is ready for a baby carriage!
The actress, 34, is expecting her first child with husband James Heerdegen, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The mom-to-be’s pregnancy was revealed as she made her way through Los Angeles International Airport in a belted black dress with Heerdegen on Saturday.
After meeting on the set of her former show Pan Am, Ricci and Heerdegen, a camera technician, went public with their relationship in February 2012, and announced their engagement one year later.
In October, the couple wed in an intimate ceremony at Manhattan’s Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall.
“I can’t wait [to call him], ‘Husband,’ because then I can really throw my weight around,” Ricci joked to PEOPLE before the nuptials.
And soon it will be, ‘Dad!’
Fashionistas brave garbage stench to attend Dior show(5/9/14) Dior designer Raf Simons booked the Brooklyn Navy Yard to show the brand’s pre-spring collection on Wednesday night, but the attending fashionistas were struck by a pungent smell of garbage.
One spy at the show that drew Rihanna, Marion Cotillard, Margot Robbie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Williams, Olivia Palermo and Christian Louboutin said arriving guests on a ferry from Manhattan were met by “an overpowering stench of sewage or garbage.”
Some VIPs even felt queasy until they made it inside the show and escaped the olfactory onslaught.
But, visually, Simons’ show got high marks. Guests then headed to private dinners followed by a party at The Standard.
Ashley Greene Challenges Boyfriend Paul Khoury to a Car Race: But Who Won?(4/23/14) (Photo) Talk about one lucky fish!
Sure, he may have been out of the water, but the fella undoubtedly thought it was a small price to pay to be held by the likes of Margot Robbie. In a bikini, no less!
The beautiful Wolf of Wall Street actress took to Instagram on Tuesday and graciously posted a pic of herself sporting a sexy two-piece on a boat in Nicaragua.
While our view of the hot 23-year-old is slightly obstructed here by her newfound friend, we're certainly not complaining.
And it's probably safe to say that Robbie returned her pal to the ocean, seeing how she did write as the caption, "Fish are friends not food! #HappyEarthDay."
The stunning star went from blond to brunette back in January.
She recently revealed the change to her lovely locks was for her role opposite Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the post-apocalyptic drama Z for Zachariah, about a small farm town that's pressing on after a nuclear war.
No word if the part calls for a bikini. Fingers crossed, though.
Ashley Greene Challenges Boyfriend Paul Khoury to a Car Race: But Who Won?(4/14/14) Ashley Greene felt the need for speed before she hit the Coachella music festival in California on Friday.
The former Twilight star, who's the new face of the Oakley eyewear Made for More campaign, challenged her boyfriend, Paul Khoury, to a race around the track at the Thermal Club on Thursday in Palm Springs.
The 27-year-old suited up in full racing gear and slipped into a brand new Bentley at the Oakley Learn to Ride event as she took on her Aussie TV star beau.
Greene's inner adrenaline junkie took over as she put the pedal to the metal and beat Khouri with a 26.3-second lap around the track – not bad considering the 27-year-old was wearing booties with two-inch heels!
Margot Robbie Goes Makeup Free as She Wolfs Down a Burger on the Streets of London(4/10/14) (Photo) Lip gloss can get in the way of a good cheeseburger.
And the beautiful Margot Robbie was not having that when she hit the streets for some shopping Wednesday.
Flaunting a makeup-free face and fast-food filled hand, the Wolf of Wall Street stunner palled around with a girlfriend who was also indulging her hunger with some McDonald's delicacies.
The 23-year-old actress was dressed for the damp U.K.weather in a black bubble jacket over a comfy cream sweater and also wore a satisfying grin as she devoured the ooey-gooey goodness.
The blonde turned brunette is truly enjoying her time across the pond.
Just days ago she posted a picturesque shot of a stormy London skyline with the caption, "Rainy days in old London Town."
She also revealed her Instagram skills are still at a novice's level, adding "#discoveringhowtousefilterswoo! #stillcanthashtag."
"In My Dreams" Premieres Sunday, April 20, 2014(3/19/14) Nick (Mike Vogel) and Natalie (Katharine McPhee) are the perfect couple, but there are a couple of things blocking their path to romantic bliss. First, they’ve never actually met, except in their dreams. Second, they have precisely seven days to turn those sweet dreams into a blissful reality in “In My Dreams,” the new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie premiering on SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Interviewed on the “In My Dreams” set, Mike Vogel describes how Nick and Natalie get together–in their dreams at least. “There’s an old wives’ tale involving the Hayward Fountain in our mythical town,” he recounts. “If you make a wish, then toss a coin in the fountain, you’ll meet the man or woman of your dreams, and you’ll have the most fantastic dreams for seven nights. But if the dream couple haven’t actually met in the real world before that time limit expires – well, it’s all over. So it’s really a race against time.”
Charlotte (JoBeth Williams), Nick’s meddling mother, is determined to introduce her son to Ms. Right. Mike Vogel says that mother--son dynamic is one of the things that attracted him to the script and the project. “Nick’s Mom is a meddler,” says Vogel. “But she’s not mean-spirited. Her heart’s in the right place. She means well, she really does. She just can’t help herself!” Vogel describes “In My Dreams” as “a romance with hints of comedy.” His co-star, Katharine McPhee, agrees with that description. “This is a romance, first and foremost,” she says. “I firmly believe that Mr. or Ms. Right is out there for all of us. And who’s to say that throwing a coin in a fountain won’t lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the romance rainbow. I mean, if that can work for Nick and Natalie, why can’t it work for all of us? The trick is to find the right fountain!”
“In My Dreams” stars Katharine McPhee (“American Idol,” “Smash”) as Natalie, Mike Vogel (“Bates Motel,” “Under the Dome”) as Nick, JoBeth Williams (“The Big Chill,” “My Name Is Bill W”) as Charlotte, Joe Massingill (“Epic”) as Joe, Rachel Skarsten (“Lost Girl,” “The Vow”) as Jessa, Antonio Cupo (“Bomb Girls”) as Mario and Jessalyn Wanlim (“A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song” as Sharla.
“In My Dreams” was directed by Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “Steel Magnolias”). Teleplay by Teena Booth (“Fatal Honeymoon,” “Amish Grace”) and Suzette Couture (“The Last Templar, Jesus”), with the story by Teena Booth. David A. Rosemont (“Pillars of the Earth,” “November Christmas”) is producer, Brent Shields (“The Magic of Ordinary Days,” “Christmas in Conway”) is executive producer. It is from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.
Ashley Greene Transforms Into Priscilla Presley, Rocks a Retro Bathing Suit for Shangri-La Suite(3/8/14) (Photos: Ashley, Ron) Ashley Greene is transforming into Elvis Presley's former ladylove.
The 27-year-old Twilight actress stars in the upcoming indie film The Shangri-La Suite as Priscilla Presley, alongside Ron Livingston, who plays the late King of Rock ‘n' Roll.
In one of the shots taken on the set, Greene rocks a retro yellow bathing suit and smiles wide, as she films a scene with Emily Browning and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who portrays the couple's then six-year-old daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
Livingston, meanwhile, sports Elvis' signature sideburns and haircut in the film, and rocks open shirts to show off his chubby belly.
The film, which takes place in 1974, centers on two troubled mental hospital patients, Karen and Jack (Browning and Luke Grimes), who fall in love and drive cross-country to try to murder Elvis during one of his concert appearances in Los Angeles.
Aside from the plot, details on a release date for the Eddie O' Keefe-directed film have not been released.
Margot Robbie: 'I Feel Very Mysterious as a Brunette!'(3/7/14) It didn’t take us long to decide we loved Margot Robbie’s brown hair when she debuted it on the red carpet at Sunday’s Oscars. It took her a little bit longer — but now she’s a convert.
“I did a movie and I didn’t have time to go back to blonde,” she told PEOPLE of her dark chocolate strands, which she wore femme-fatale style on the red carpet. “I’m liking it! I’m getting used to it. I feel very mysterious as a brunette!”
The star, who Tweeted “She ain’t a Duchess no more,” from the set of Z for Zachariah (the film for which she went dark), is now thinking she might keep the brunette locks around for a while. “I might not dye it back right away,” she said. “I’ll wait until I know what my next movie is.”
2014 MTV Movie Awards nominees(3/6/14) BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Liam James, "The Way Way Back"
Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
Will Poulter, "We're the Millers"
Margot Robbie, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Miles Teller, "The Spectacular Now"
USA's Sirens Finds the Comedy in Life and Death(3/6/14) EMTs, aka emergency medical technicians, deal with life or death situations on an almost daily basis. However, between administering life-saving CPR and trying to shock someone's heart back to life, they see some pretty some weird (read: hilarious) stuff.
"When we're talking to EMTs about the show ... I say it's a comedy and they say, 'Thank God,' and they tell me 10 funny things that happened to them on the job," Sirens executive producer Bob Fisher tells TVGuide.com. "A little bit of it is as a coping mechanism ... but, the body can be a funny thing, and so when you're dealing with these EMT calls, you're dealing with the heart of what is funny."
That is the idea behind Sirens, a new half-hour comedy about three Chicago EMTs. Premiering on Thursday at 10/9c on USA, the show follows best friends and longtime co-workers Johnny (Pan Am's Michael Mosley) and Hank (Modern Family's Kevin Daniels) as they show the ropes to new addition Brian (Game Change's Kevin Bigley).
The comedy was developed by Fisher and Denis Leary, who is no stranger to saving (TV) lives after playing a firefighter for seven seasons on the dramatic but also surprisingly hilarious Rescue Me. With that in mind, the creators of the original British comedy Sirens approached Leary about adapting the show for American television. Leary, whose own wife is an EMT, then reached out to Fisher, best known for writing buddy comedies like Wedding Crashers and Traffic Light. "I think the friendship between Johnny and Hank started the show for Denis and I," Fisher says. "Men are super sentimental, and their friendships mean a lot to them, and the way they express that need and that connectedness a lot of times comes from giving each other a hard time or fighting over sports or any of this other stuff. But underneath it is this tremendous love and loyalty."
Although this line of work is more often ripe for dramatic fare, such as on NBC's current hit Chicago Fire and the short-lived Trauma, Fisher says the job title also made him want to sign on. "What appealed to me specifically about EMTs is that there's genuine stakes and life and death stuff going on," he says. "On a television show where you don't have any of that, it can feel kind of silly after all."
That balance between the comedic moments and the potentially dramatic ones is what drew Mosley to the series. "It's fascinating this tempo that they live in — they're racing to a job and 75 percent of the time, it's going to be somebody having a panic attack that thinks they're having a heart attack or some little thing, but it could be the worst day of your life," he says. "Part of their coping is to bust each other's balls and make light of things that maybe other folks would take a little more seriously. I like the idea that you can sit there and listen to these guys go on for four minutes about who ate the last donut and then kind of get slammed with something a lot larger or more essential."
In addition to the banter between the EMT team, the job itself, and specifically the outrageous calls they sometimes receive, leads to some hilarious moments as well. "When an EMT comes to your house, you're not ready for them. You didn't straighten the pillows. You didn't hide the stuff that's embarrassing," Fisher says. "That's really interesting and we explore a little bit of that."
However, the show will have serious moments too, such as like a patient's death at the very beginning of an episode. "It ultimately creates a conversation between the characters about their relationship with this kind of larger question," Mosley says, "and then they all spin off onto their own kind of tangents of discovery and what it means for them."
But Sirens still hopes to make you laugh rather than make you cry. "Whether we succeed or not, we want EMTs to go, 'OK, that's funny,'" Fisher says.
Sirens premieres Thursday at 10/9c on USA.
Margot Robbie's Dark Brown Hair Makes Red Carpet Debut at the Oscars(3/3/14) (Photo) You probably did a double-take when you saw Margot Robbie hit the red carpet at the Oscars. This is the first big award show the actress has attended as a brunette, and she’s almost unrecognizable! (She’s also one of those lucky people who can pull off any hair color. Sigh.)
The Wolf of Wall Street star paired her black strapless Saint Laurent gown — featuring an embellished bodice and bow detail at the back — with loose Old Hollywood-inspired waves and a deep plum pout. While she couldn’t look more polar opposite than her on-screen character, Naomi the Duchess of Bay Ridge, the star’s dark wavy strands make her eyes green eyes pop even more.
Robbie first debuted her darker do — for her role in the new film Z for Zachariah — in January.
“First day on set for Z! She ain’t a Duchess no more,” she Tweeted, adding, “Prep for Z for Zachariah is well and truly underway – I’m now officially a brunette and spent the day milking cows and driving tractors!”
What do you think of her new dark hue?
Ashley Greene Plays Priscilla To Ron Livingston's Elvis In 'Shangra-La Suite'(2/27/14) Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20 year olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
Margot Robbie Cuddles Up to Rumored Boyfriend Henry Aitken-Take a Look(2/26/14) (Pic1, Pic2) Is Margot Robbie no longer a single woman?
The Wolf of Wall Street star has been spotted cuddling up to a handsome young man named Henry Aitken while shooting her next project in New Zealand, where Aitken works in the film's art department.
But this seems to have already surpassed the sweet crush stage and gone to something a little more serious, because Aitken has changed his Facebook profile picture to a snapshot of him with a woman who looks to be Robbie being camera shy behind his shoulder.
The main point is she made it to his Facebook profile picture. That's a big deal, you guys.
Margot was also photographed giving her rumored beau an adoring look while working on the post-apocalyptic drama Z For Zachariah, which also stars Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
E! News was surprised to find out that the starlet was unattached while talking to the beauty at the Golden Globe Awards, and even mores stunned to find out that the celeb was looking for someone who didn't share her same career path.
"No, I don't really wanna date an actor, so this probably isn't the night I'm gonna find someone," she told us that evening.
Well, Aitken is not an actor but he is in the industry. His Facebook page says he now lives in Auckland and studied at the New Zealand Film and Television School. He is the art director for multimedia production company Sakowski Studios, has a profile on modeling and talent agency Ican's website and has also worked on feature movies as well as short films and documentaries.
Seems kinda perfect, right?!
Ashley Greene Celebrates 27th Birthday With Twilight Costar Kellan Lutz, Boyfriend Paul Khoury(2/22/14) Ashley Greene spent her 27th birthday with her two favorite men: Kellan Lutz and Paul Khoury! The Apparition star invited a few friends to celerbate at West Hollywood's DBA Thursday, E! News has exclusively learned. "Ashley came with her boyfriend, Paul," a source says. "You could tell they really like each other. It's cute."
Guests were served Ketel One vodka and champagne, and at one point, a confetti gun went off. "It was really fun!" the source says. The birthday bash also gave Twilight stars Greene and Lutz a chance to reconnect.
"Kellan and Ashley are really good friends, and since they hadn't seen each other in a long time they finally had a chance to catch up," the source says. "They sat together talking for quite some time."
Lutz, 28, came with two guys in tow and proceeded to flirt with a few girls at a neighboring booth. "At one point Kellan lifted one of the girls over to his table to dance with him," the source tells E! News.
Greene treated herself to an early birthday present this year when she reportedly bought a Spanish-style home in Beverly Hills for $2.435 million. Not a bad gift!
WB's 'Tarzan' Swinging Forward With Skarsgard, Robbie & July 2016 Release Date(2/11/2014) After putting the brakes on their 3D live-action Tarzan pic last year, WB is charging ahead again with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård set to play the loinclothed Edgar Rice Burroughs hero. The pic, now in pre-production, will open on July 1, 2016. Skarsgård was attached to star in the David Yates-helmed pic when the studio cautiously stalled plans to move forward last spring. At the time Jessica Chastain was circling the female lead, but now the Jane role has gone to Margot Robbie who had a breakout turn in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street this Fall.
Tarzan will tell the familiar tale of the eponymous hero, orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, who returns to urban London as a man. Samuel L. Jackson and his Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz will also star. Jerry Weintraub, David Barron and Alan Riche are producing. Skarsgård is repped by CAA, Principal Entertainment LA, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Jackson is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Waltz is repped by ICM Partners.
Sneak Peek at USA's Sirens: Being a Paramedic Can be a Pain in the Butt...Literally(2/10/14) Everyone thinks their job is a pain in the butt, but most 9-to-5 gigs are nothing compared to the work paramedics do.
The new USA comedy Sirens, from executive producers Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, hopes to show just that. Take, for instance, a man who gets a soda bottle stuck up his butt. "We are paramedics, sir," Hank (Kevin Daniels) tells the patient. "Even if there was a device that sucked soda bottles out of the place we dare not go, our budget wouldn't cover it."
As the promo says, "Funny things happen when you save lives for a living."
Get an exclusive sneak peek at the comedy's new promo here.
Sirens premieres Thursday, March 6 at 10/9c on USA.
Margot Robbie: Acrylic Nails Were Essential to Playing My Wolf of Wall Street Character(2/6/14) She may have been snubbed for an Oscar nom for her role in The Wolf of Wall Street, but Margot Robbie has definitely captivated the fashion world (and PeopleStyleWatch.com editors) with her spot-on style moments, which is why we’re so excited to reveal some exclusive photos of the star in a beautiful new shoot for Violet Grey‘s “The Violet Files”. We’re also so excited that she’s opening up about the crazy nails and spray tan (seriously, we left the theater with an urge to go to Beach Bum) that defined her character.
Robbie said the No. 1 trick to getting in Naomi’s (AKA the Duchess of Bay Ridge) head was to get her acrylic nails on. “The first thing I said was that my character needs acrylic nails all the time, because that changes everything. I couldn’t do anything the way I wanted to: I couldn’t wipe tears the way I would, I couldn’t brush my hair the way I would … it seriously created the character.” And of course, her transformation wouldn’t have been complete without that allover golden glow. “On Sunday night, I’d get my nails and my spray tan, after I finished watching football.”
In the new shoot, the actress looks the complete opposite of her Wolf character wearing a menswear-inspired gray suit and slicked-back hair. “For this photoshoot I was trying to channel power and the idea that I ran an empire,” Robbie says.
Read Robbie’s full interview on Violetgrey.com.
'Twilight' Star Ashley Greene -- Takes Bite Of Bev. Hills -- Drops $2.4 Mil On New Crib(2/5/14) (Photo) "Twilight" star Ashley Greene will have a brand new view of the breaking dawn -- she just dropped $2.43 million on a home in Beverly Hills, TMZ has learned.
Real estate sources tell us Greene -- who played vampire Alice Cullen -- bought a 3 Bedroom, 2,713 sq. ft. home in one of the canyons.
Ashley had been living in a West Hollywood condo ... until an unattended burning candle torched the place last year.
Check out the pics ... Ashley's new crib has a lot of fancy stuff, but best of all -- a master suite with a private sitting room, fireplace, dry sauna, steam shower and soaking tub.
No need to go outside ... at all.
Margot Robbie Dyes Her Hair Brown(1/28/14) (Photo) Just when you were starting to recognize The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie with her clothes on, the Australian actress (and red carpet newbie) has thrown you another curveball — she’s gone brunette, as seen in the WhoSay photo.
Robbie dons a newly dark do and a trucker hat on the set of her new film Z for Zachariah, in which she stars as a girl in postapocalyptic America with a mysterious visitor. And appropriately, she captioned the photo “First day on set for Z! She ain’t a Duchess no more” — referring to her lavishly attired and super-glam character in Wolf. The actress had already given fans a heads-up that she was sporting a new look a few days earlier, Tweeting “Prep for Z for Zachariah is well and truly underway – I’m now officially a brunette and spent the day milking cows and driving tractors!”
Jeremy Davidson Heads to Elementary(1/28/14) Jeremy Davidson has landed a guest-starring role on Elementary, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The Army Wives alum will play Gordon Cushing, a man long suspected of murdering his wife. But when he receives a ransom note claiming she's still alive, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) must figure out if the apparent kidnapping is real or merely an attempt by Cushing to clear his owned name.
Davidson, whose other credits include Pan Am and Brothers & Sisters, will appear in an episode slated to air in March.
Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.
'Lizzie Borden Took an Ax' was the best Lifetime movie in ages(1/26/14) One of the best things about Lifetime movies -- and this is said in the most affectionate, loving way possible -- is their low-budget crappiness. So imagine the shock after watching Christina Ricci in the historical thriller/courtroom drama "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" and realizing that it was actually pretty good! No caveat required, no guilty pleasure tag needed.
The movie took on the infamous 1890s trial of young New England woman Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax (hence the title), and was later acquitted.
Lifetime has a knack for attracting top-tier talent for what often ends up being silly little movies, but "Lizzie Borden" seemed different -- everyone was having a lot of fun without getting too over-the-top campy. The script was soapy enough without getting too melodramatic, and the costumes were fun and period-reminiscent, but not too high-maintenance.
The great performances, combined with some excellent editing (erotic, slow-mo ax murder inserts notwithstanding) and a fun, modern-feeling rock soundtrack made "Lizzie Borden" more than your run-of-the-mill period piece and more than your run-of-the-mill dramatic Lifetime tale.
It was legitimately good, not just Lifetime good. (Again, that is a loving term.) It's almost a new category of Lifetime movie -- there's the cheesy/terrible good, like "Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story," the inspirational, like the upcoming "Gaby Douglas Story," and the cheesy/terrible bad, like the incredibly disappointing Lindsay Lohan comeback vehicle, "Liz and Dick."
"Lizzie Borden" was fun, enjoyable, a little shocking, and overall well-made -- bravo, Lifetime!
What did you think of "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax"?
'Lizzie Borden Took an Ax': Was real-life Lizzie Borden guilty of murder?(1/26/14) Lifetime' "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" was not only one of the network's best made-for-TV movies in ages, it was also based on the very true story of Massachusetts woman Lizzie Borden, played by Christina Ricci, who was tried and acquitted of killing her parents with an ax.
The case is a thing of legend in the Northeast U.S., but perhaps isn't quite as famous in other parts of the country. Here's a quick guide as to what actually happened and what Lifetime took liberties with:
In the movie, just as in real life, Borden was accused of the murders but was ultimately let off. The film also managed to mention some of the real-life evidence: that LIzzie had inquired about buying poison in the days before the murders, the number of times each victim was sliced with the ax, that Lizzie burned her dress after the police wanted to admit it into evidence, that Lizzie fainted when the skulls of her murdered parents were presented in court.
The movie actually did an admirable job of alternately making us think that Lizzie did and didn't do what the prosecutor called "an incredible crime, a bloody and unthinkable crime" -- especially since it was committed by a woman.
The popular opinion of the case throughout the years seems to be that Borden probably did it, but there wasn't enough evidence to convict. But "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" took a definitive position: girlfriend did it, and she even confessed to her horrified sister after her acquittal. In the movie, Emma left Fall River, Mass. and never spoke to Lizzie again after the confession, but in real life the sisters lived together for more than 13 years before Emma moved out of their home.
What did you think of "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax"?
Christina Ricci Takes a Whack at Lizzie Borden for Lifetime(1/23/14) Was legendary ax murderer Lizzie Borden nothing more than a cold-blooded killer? That's the basis for Lifetime's latest film, which stars Christina Ricci as the titular woman standing trial for the murder of her parents.
While there are countless theories about Borden's crimes — including that her father Andrew Borden's illegitimate son committed the murders or Lizzie committed them during an epileptic fit brought on by menstruation — Lizzie Borden Took an Ax seems happier sticking to the general consensus that Lizzie did the deed.
"What we came up with was that [Lizzie] was somebody who has severe antisocial personality disorder and was very sociopathic and manipulative. [She] could only sort of express herself in needs and in a very narcissistic way," Ricci tells TVGuide.com.
While much research has been done on the Borden murders, many questions remained unanswered, and the Lifetime movie doesn't bother offering any theories of their own. In fact, the film only barely touches upon Lizzie's motives, vaguely alluding to an incestuous relationship with her father as well as the financially and socially conservative lifestyle being forced upon her.
Instead, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax focuses the majority of the time on the trial and how she got away with it. "What was more interesting for me to play was a guilty person trying to convince other people and possibly also herself that she is innocent," Ricci explains. And with such a flimsy alibi, Lizzie has a lot of convincing to do — especially with regard to her sister Emma (Clea DuVall), who is often brushed aside in retellings of the crimes.
Even after catching Lizzie burning the dress she wore on the day of the murders, Emma's faith in Lizzie remains mostly intact — though painfully strained — throughout the film. "There's this sort of alignment that they have," Ricci says. "And she admits that they have to protect each other because they understand what the other one has gone through."
All these years later, the legend of Lizzie Borden lives on — due in part to the unique circumstances of the crime. While most women kill with poison or a more hands-off murder approach, Lizzie chose to bludgeon her father and step-mother with an ax. "I think that shows a ton of rage and a desire to really kind of destroy and punish these two people," Ricci notes.
And even though Lizzie was realistically the only person who could have committed the murders, she was acquitted because in 1892 , mostly because it was unfathomable that a woman could possibly murder anyone, let alone her parents. It's the story's tabloid-ready appeal that perhaps makes it a perfect fit in the Lifetime Movie vault.
"It was one of the first really sensationalized courtroom dramas in our country," Ricci says of Lizzie's trial. "Especially [because] she was a young woman who was also an ax murderer who got away with it. I think that this was something that really captured and horrified the nation."
It was these darker aspects to the story that Ricci, a true crime fan, enjoyed tapping into with a morbid glee. "It's really fun to play something that's so extreme, something that's so outside the realm of possibility for you," she says. "It's more like the kind of playacting you did as a child, because it's just so in your imagination and far from who you are."
Plus, Ricci notes, "How many times are you naked with blood on you wielding an ax?"
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax airs Saturday at 8/7c on Lifetime.
Margot Robbie Wanted for Playboy: Hugh Hefner Thinks She'd Be Great!(1/23/14) Hugh Hefner probably isn't the first guy to want to see Margot Robbie in the pages of Playboy. But he is the one who really matters.
It turns out the publishing legend was a big fan of The Wolf of Wall Street—and its leading lady, who played Leonardo DiCaprio's super-sexy trophy wife, Naomi.
"She should be in Playboy! Send her a message!" Hef agreed when Us Weekly asked him at Playboy's 60th anniversary celebration at (where else?) the Playboy Mansion if he thought Robbie would be a good fit for the mag's storied pages. "We're ready for her. She would be great."
And obviously Playboy is all about striking while the iron is hot.
"We always want the latest, most popular girl of the moment, and that changes week to week," Hefner said.
(Well, the only man who can pull off pajamas in public also said that he loved American Hustle, so we can only guess that Jennifer Lawrence isn't too far from the top of his wish list, either.)
And Robbie, who did go topless in Wolf of Wall Street, certainly seems comfortable in her own skin. She tells a great story in the latest issue of Manhattan magazine about wanting DiCaprio to get out of her light during their big sex scene.
"He was so incredulous that I had told him to get out of my light, and physically moved him out of the way, he was like, 'Did you really just do that?'" she recalls. "I don't think anyone has told him to get out of their light in quite some time. He seemed extremely [shocked], but it was kind of funny."
Then again, Playboy also may not want to hold its breath.
"I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful," Robbie recently told London's Telegraph. "If they've put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that's disgusting. And you can always tell.
"But," she added, "I also think it's disgusting when someone would have got naked in real life, in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet. Seeing someone being choreographed into being covered up irritates me just as much."
Hence her willing to strip for the sake of Martin Scorsese's vision.
Meanwhile, the normally bright-blond Robbie tweeted that she is now officially a brunette for her role opposite Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the post-apocalyptic drama Z for Zachariah, about a small farm town that's pressing on after a nuclear war.
'Wolf Of Wall Street's Margo Robbie Set To Star in 'Z For Zachariah'(1/19/14) Margot Robbie, the 23-year old Australian actress who made her breakout in The Wolf Of Wall Street, has signed on to play the female lead in Z For Zachariah. Directed by Craig Zobel, the film is an adaptation of the post apocalyptic Robert C. O’Brien novel and focuses on a young small town girl who survives a nuclear war. Robbie will star with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. She recently wrapped Focus opposite Will Smith, and Suite Francais. She’s repped by CAA, Management 360, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Aran Michael is her Australian agent.
Margot Robbie: 5 Things to Know About the Wolf of Wall Street Star(1/17/14) Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill may have nabbed Oscar nominations for their performances in The Wolf of Wall Street, but one of their costars has no doubt been stealing much of the spotlight.
That, of course, would be Margot Robbie, the 23-year-old blond beauty from Australia who plays DiCaprio's trophy wife in the Martin Scorsese flick.
Whether its audience members watching the movie, or TV viewers eyeing the gorgeous gal during, say, the Golden Globes, many are wondering, "Who is that?!"
Well, allow us to fill you in. Here are five things you need to know about her.
1. She's Done the Soap Opera Thing: Like many stars, one of Robbie's earliest gigs was on a sudser. In her case, it was the long-running Australian TV soap Neighbours from 2008 to 2011. Other famous faces who have appeared on the popular program over the years include Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbruglia and Delta Goodrem. The series has also had its share of celebrity guest stars like Lily Allen and former Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton.
2. Why She Might Look So Familiar: Most folks probably got their first glimpse of Robbie when she starred on the short-lived ABC show Pan Am opposite Christina Ricci. She also appeared in 2013's About Time with Rachel McAdams.
3. She's Single: While walking the recent Golden Globes red carpet in a dazzling Gucci gown, Robbie revealed her status to E! News but noted, "I don't really want to date an actor, so this probably isn't the night I'm going to find someone."
4. She Loves Hockey: Upon moving to the U.S., Robbie instantly became a New York Rangers fan, telling Film.com, "I always wanted to play ice hockey back in Australia, I'm not sure why, but we didn't have any ice where I lived...so I played field hockey."
5. She's Not Going Away Any Time Soon: She will be seen later this year in Focus alongside Will Smith. In it, Robbie plays an impressionable woman who gets caught up—and then becomes romantically involved—with Smith's veteran grifter. She's also slated to shoot the crime thriller Violent Talent with Garrett Hedlund.
Orlando Bloom 'flirty' with Margot Robbie(1/17/14) Has Orlando Bloom moved on from his divorce with Miranda Kerr?
The star was spotted showing a lot of interest in “The Wolf of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie at CAA’s Golden Globes after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunday.
Our sources said “There was flirting going on at the party, and why not? She is single and gorgeous.” But the source played down a Star report that the pair ended the night by kissing in the corner.
Bloom and Kerr announced they were separating last October after three years together, but have remained good friends. Kerr has since been linked to Australian mogul James Packer, but his rep says they are “not in a relationship.”
Margot Robbie: Kissing Leonardo DiCaprio for 17 Hours Isn't as Fun as It Seems(1/15/14) Margot Robbie has arrived.
The Australian newcomer made her big awards show debut at Sunday's Golden Globes and sparked a flashbulb frenzy in her show-stopping, silk Gucci gown. Not only has she mastered the red carpet, but she's heating up the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street – and earning rave reviews.
Robbie, who starred on the short lived ABC television series Pan Am talks to PEOPLE about sharing kisses with Leo, dealing with her nude scenes and her obsession with ice hockey.
"I'm still pinching myself," Robbie, 23, says about playing DiCaprio's feisty wife in her first major film role. "I'm extremely honored to be a part of this film. To work with Leo was unbelievable. He has always been my favorite actor and he became this wonderful big brother. He took me under his wing and always looked out for me, which is really nice."
When it came time to film her kissing scenes with DiCaprio, who picked up a Golden Globe for his role, Robbie admits it wasn't as sexy as it looks on screen.
"All of my girlfriends interrogated me and asked, 'Is he an amazing kisser?' I'd sit them down and say, 'All I know is his screen kissing is great.' Then they'd get upset and say, 'Tell me it was romantic and there were fireworks.' There weren't any. You do the takes in 17 hours, and it's just hot and sweaty."
Kissing was one requirement that came with the job. The other was being nude for multiple scenes.
"At first I was absolutely petrified. No matter how much mental preparation I did, I was still very nervous about it," Robbie says. "I just had to get it over and done with. By the end of the film there was so much nudity nobody was fazed about undressing. Now I have no concept of modesty anymore! It's funny how quickly I've got desensitized to that."
Although she is no longer bashful about showing off her body, she still likes to dress up. Her favorite is her hockey uniform.
"I'm a bit of a tomboy. I've always loved ice hockey," she says. "Growing up I always wanted to play, but I couldn't because we didn't have ice back home so I played field hockey and then I moved to America and started to play ice hockey. I play in a league in L.A. with my friend Liz. We are the only two girls. My position is right wing. My hockey is good, but my ice skating is terrible. It's a bit of a mess to watch!"
Revenge Ups Karine Vanasse to Series Regular(1/14/14) Revenge's Karine Vanasse has been promoted to series regular for Season 4, Deadline reports.
Vanasse began recurring at the start of this season as a French heiress who knew the Graysons growing up and recently relocated to New York to run Voulez Magazine. She is also a love interest and ally for Jack (Nick Wechsler).
Although Revenge has not officially been picked up for a fourth season, it is expected to be renewed in May. Vanasse, 30, previously starred on the short-lived ABC drama Pan Am.
Revenge airs on Sundays at 9/8c on ABC and moves to its new slot at 10/9c on Sunday, March 9.
Christina Ricci Inspires New Trend "Riccing" After Squeezing Into a Refrigerator(1/14/14) (Photo) What tiny space can you fit into?
You've heard of Tebowing, Kaepernicking and—after last night's Golden Globes—Lawrencing, but actress Christina Ricci sparked a new photo trend called "Riccing." The latest phenomena came about after the star started sharing photos of herself squeezing into tiny spaces.
"Being small does have its benefits however. Look out for my new photo series, 'I Can Fit In That!'," Ricci wrote with a photo of her coming out of a dryer.
Most recently, the celeb fit her entire body into a refrigerator. "Yes, pants would have been more appropriate fitting-into-fridge attire. But, hey, I saw my opportunity and took it," she wrote with the snapshot. "That's not my fridge, FYI. Work fridge. Work shenanigans."
The photo trend caught the attention of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, and shared their own photos of Riccing earlier today, after Ricci appeared on Live With Kelly and Michael.
"Kelly fits in tiny places! #Riccing under her desk. Christina Ricci," the Instagram account for the television show wrote with a photo of Ripa hanging out under her work desk. Straham also participated in the fun...kinda.
"Look who else fits in tiny places!! Lol Michael #Riccing under a table. #ChristinaRicci," the show wrote with a photo of Michael "under a table," except he kinda cheated. Strahan lifted the table above him, because let's be real—the guy is 6 foot 5 inches.
"@KellyandMichael Nicely done, @michaelstrahan ! See? Big people can play too!," Ricci tweeted.
Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki Smooches His Girlfriend on the Beach in Mexico(1/8/14) (Photo, Photo2) What an interesting time to suddenly show off some very public displays of affection, Johnny Galecki.
Nearly a week after ex-girlfriend Kaley Cuoco tied the knot to Ryan Sweeting, the Big Bang Theory star was spotted relaxing on the beaches of Mexico with his longtime girlfriend Kelli Garner. And the couple wasn't afraid to show just how crazy they are about each other to the paparazzi.
Galecki, comfortable in his swim trunks, cuddled close to his ladylove while laying down on the sand, and made sure to steal a few kisses.
The actor, who is usually very underwraps with his private life, secretly dated Cuoco for two years.
In the October issue of CBS Watch! Magazine, Kaley opened up about dating Johnny, who was her real-life boyfriend while he played her onscreen boyfriend. "It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it," Cuoco tells the mag in an article accompanied by a steamy photo shoot. "It was a wonderful relationship but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together."
Regardless of the romantic history, Galecki told E! News at the L.A. premiere of CBGB that he's "very, very happy" for Kaley after hearing of her sudden engagement. "She's very happy, which makes me terribly happy," he said.
Galecki wasn't surprised, however. "I don't think any of us in the cast make any sort of...I don't think we surprise each other anymore at all," Galecki said, laughing.
Margot Robbie had to face nudity fears to play DiCaprio's wife(1/7/14) Actress Margot Robbie had mixed feelings when she learned she had won the role of Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie wife in The Wolf Of Wall Street - because she’d have to strip for the cameras.
The modest Australian admits she auditioned for the role of Naomi Lapaglia on a whim and never thought she’d have to worry about the film’s nudity - because she felt sure she wouldn’t get the part.
She tells WENN, “I did the audition tape in L.A. and never expected (director) Marty (Scorsese) to see it. We were just hoping that (casting director) Ellen Lewis would see it. She handed it straight on to Marty and then I got a call saying Marty wants to see me read with Leo in a room with him in New York."
“There was the nudity thing with Wolf Of Wall Street and I didn’t want to do nudity but then why did I audition?"
“In hindsight the nudity seemed really intimidating but now that I’ve done it, it doesn’t seem like a big deal at all. There was no question of why it was in there. There are scripts I pick up where there is no reason why I’m getting my clothes off. That’s nudity for the sake of nudity which I do not agree with, ever. But when the nudity is warranted I totally agree with it."
“In this case that’s Naomi’s power over Jordan and her currency in the world of millionaires. It makes perfect sense for her to use her body to manipulate him.”
But she still had to confront her ethics: “For the sake of showing it on screen I had to confront that somewhat shock value... It was, ’Am I able to deal with that?’ It’s just different in this day and age because of the internet that if I do this it will be forever on YouTube."
“And it’s not just a repercussion on myself but my family, my brothers and my grandparents have to deal with that! It affects everyone around me, so it’s not something to be taken lightly... But, if there’s ever a time to do nudity, it’s in the hands of Martin Scorcese. He will do it tastefully and he doesn’t exploit nudity, so I was confident in the fact that it would be done well and would be done tastefully. It was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”