More than 20 years after My Best Friend’s Wedding hit theatres, the cast of the film has reunited. Fronting the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s romantic comedy issue, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett, had a lot to talk about, including the alternative ending.
In case you haven’t seen My Best Friend’s Wedding *Spoiler Alert* ; the film tells the story of Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) who discovers that her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) is marrying rich college student Kimmy (Cameron Diaz), so she heads to Chicago to sabotage the wedding with the help of her best friend George (Rupert Everett).
Probably the most remarkable part of this movie is the ending. In contrast to many other romantic comedies, Julianne doesn’t end up with Michael. Instead, she attends his wedding with Kimmy solo as his best woman.
Well, it turns out that director P.J. Hogan had a completely different ending in mind for Robert’s character – she was supposed to fall in love with a wedding guest played by John Corbett. He told EW: ‘once I knew that the studio would pay [to reshoot] the last scene, I thought, “There were a couple of other scenes I think sucked – we best do a better job.’
Hogan added: ‘the focus group didn’t want Julianne to have a happy ending. They still hadn’t forgiven her. They just weren’t ready for her to end up in the arms of another guy.’
In addition to the very last scene, they also ended up reshooting the bathroom scene at Chicago Union Station. Originally, Cameron Diaz’ character almost immediately forgave Julianne, but the actress said ‘it wasn’t as gratifying.’
‘I think it just kind of revealed that it was needed. When the movie was put together, everybody kind of just went, “It wasn’t good for her character to not have [her moment], you know,’ Cameron Diaz said. ‘If Kimmy didn’t stand up for herself, it felt different for the end of the story.’
Time to re-watch My Best Friend’s Wedding – it’s on Netflix, FYI.
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At the 2016 Oscars, a reluctant star was born. So how is Brie Larson doing three years on? As she takes the lead in the Marvel franchise’s most anticipated movie, she talks to Keah Brown about vulnerability, finding inner strength and her plans to diversify the film industry
When Brie Larson won an Oscar for the 2015 movie Room, I jumped for joy as if I knew her. I hadn’t even seen the film yet, but I’d just finished the moving novel by Emma Donoghue that it was based on (about a mother and her five-year-old son held captive in a room), and felt certain she had done the role of Ma justice.
I wouldn’t get to know her until 2017, when we started following each other on Twitter. I was feeling insecure about being vulnerable, so when I heard her talking about her own vulnerability, I decided to reach out to her. What would follow were messages about work, life, self-care and cross-stitching. These messages were sporadic in nature. After all, we are both busy people. She is an actor, producer and director; I write about pop culture, disability (I have cerebral palsy), blackness and womanhood. But the consistent, overriding impression I always got was that Brie Larson is a person who cares about the world and the people in it.
‘I’ve never craved the spotlight that often comes along with success in this business’
Aside from Room, the 29-year-old has starred in Trainwreck (2015), the critically-acclaimed indie film Short Term 12 (2013) and the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (2017). Last year, she made her directorial debut in the indie comedy-drama Unicorn Store. It’s an impressive body of work in a relatively short space of time, but most people might not realise that far from being the ingénue, Larson – who was born in Sacramento, before moving to LA with her mother and sister – has been working since she was a child. Best known stateside for the sitcom Raising Dad (2001) and Disney Channel movie Right On Track (2003), she also had a stint as a pop star, signing a record deal at 13. These days, as a Time’s Up activist and advocate for sexual-assault survivors (she famously refused to clap when presenting Casey Affleck with an Oscar because of allegations against him), the actress utilises any power she has to be vocal about social and political issues. I can’t wait to see what she does with the power that comes with her latest role – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel, the 21st (and first female-led) film in the multimillion dollar franchise.
Meeting Larson in person for the first time, it’s immediately clear why she was chosen for this role. Passionate, funny, genuine and kind, she’s eager to see the diverse and inclusive world she lives in reflected back on the big screen. She might not be a superhero in real life, but she’s ready to fight like one to make the world better…
I was thrilled you requested me to interview you. I thought, ‘This is game-changing’. It’s the biggest opportunity I’ve had. Nobody usually wants to take a chance on a disabled journalist. I’d love to know what your particular reasons were.
‘About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male. So, I spoke to Dr Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.’
And people don’t realise how vast the disabled community is. It isn’t just white men in wheelchairs. Some of us don’t use mobility aids, others use them part-time; some disabilities are visible, others are physical but invisible. I find it so hard to see people in this industry who look like me, so if I have any sort of visibility or notoriety, I can lift somebody else up.
‘I want to go out of my way to connect the dots. It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel. [The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them.’
I guess you got a taste of that power with the success of Room. I heard you found promoting the film quite overwhelming.
‘I’ve never craved the spotlight that often comes along with success in this business. It’s a by-product of the profession and a sign of the times. But any uncomfortableness I feel is balanced by the knowledge that it gives me the ability to advocate for myself and others.’
You had messages of support from Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, which must have helped.
‘I found a supportive sisterhood, not just in Emma and Jen, but in the many women I’ve had the opportunity to come across and learn from over the past few years. It’s a community of like-minded people, which has been a gift.’
Let’s talk about Captain Marvel. What do you think it means for young girls and people who identify as female to see this woman not need to be saved, but to do the saving and be the strong person in the face of so much adversity?
‘It’s so interesting, as it’s not something I thought about until I was in the cinema watching Wonder Woman. About two minutes in, I was sobbing and thought, “Why am I crying so much over this?” But it was seeing all of these warrior women who were so self-sufficient. That wasn’t something I identified with growing up – my hero was Indiana Jones. To have the chance to be one example of this is powerful and exciting.’
There’s a long way to go, though, don’t you think?
‘It’s just the beginning. Captain Marvel will not be the answer to all of these things. It’s about breaking it open to say, “Here’s another way; here’s something to look at to then continue the conversation further.” For me, just the act of accepting the role and the process of getting physically strong [Larson worked out for four and a half hours every day for three months] changed me so much and made me stronger mentally. Hopefully, that will remind others, whatever journey they’re on, of their inner strength.’
What do you think makes a hero?
‘One of the biggest qualities is having an awareness outside of yourself, and understanding that the world doesn’t revolve around your needs. I think part of who I am, and part of who she [Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel] is too, is having the theory of mind to put yourself in other people’s shoes.’
You hesitated before accepting the role, which isn’t surprising given you’re a very private person and this film comes with a degree of notoriety…
‘It’s an odd one that I’ve had to come to terms with. There aren’t many jobs where, in order to gain success – and in my case, more freedom in my creativity – I have to give up something that’s equally important to me. I spend my time off with headphones on, walking around the city alone, so the idea that might become a different experience – where instead of being an observer, I’m the observed – feels terrifying.’
It’s the capital ‘c’ celebrity thing…
‘Yeah, they think I’m different, that I don’t get up and have the same morning as they do or that I’m immune to flaws and don’t get acne. All of those things happen to me as well, it’s just harder for people to see when they’re looking at things from the perspective of a red carpet or a movie that’s been edited.’
That reminds me of what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said about you… that you were cast because of your ability to balance the character’s vast powers with humanity and relatable flaws.
‘I lucked out in that Captain Marvel is super-flawed; she makes mistakes and has a temper. The fact that I’m not playing this idealised version of perfection makes me feel more comfortable about stepping into the role.’
As a journalist, I’m conscious of not asking the same questions you must always come across. It bugs me that the women of the Marvel universe are asked things like, ‘So, how was it getting into the suit?’ I mean, why does that matter?
‘They’re going to walk away from the movie like, “You know what I was really excited about? She got into the suit…”’ [laughs]
When did you realise the real impact of the character?
‘It wasn’t until I was filming a movie called Just Mercy and my co-star Jamie Foxx came up to me and was like, “That trailer is crazy!” He set up a screening room and kept bringing people in. He held four screenings of the trailer for people on set [laughs]. It was the first time I saw how excited people were and it made me understand, “This is impactful, this matters.”’
The first time that I ever messaged you was about malicious criticism. How are you handling that now?
‘My friends and family have been encouraging me to talk more as I have a tendency to just be like, “I can handle it on my own.” Usually, I just go quiet and stay alone all day. But it’s a wonderful thing to be able to be of service to one another.’
I think the way we communicate in terms of our vulnerability and other emotions is based on how we were brought up. What kind of child were you?
‘I was incredibly shy, and then aged six or seven, I started bugging my mom about wanting to be an actor. She was super-confused because I was so shy. She was like, “There’s no way this is possible that she wants to do this.” But she got me into acting lessons, and I’m so grateful as that was the catalyst.’
I want to be awkward and talk about money. I never had it growing up. We couldn’t afford cable, so we just watched Gilligan’s Island, M*A*S*H and In The Heat Of The Night.
Does that make you feel uncomfortable about money now?
‘Yes. I wouldn’t say I had a surplus [amount] of money until about two years ago. So, it’s still a fresh experience for me and, because I never had it, I always felt scared of it.’
What about when it comes to buying yourself nice clothes and that kind of thing?
‘I grew up getting mine at the thrift store. When I was finally in a position to go out and buy a T-shirt, I was like, “How is it $100? I could buy 50 of them at the thrift store.”’
So, what do you spend your money on?
‘The extra money I have is like energy, it’s a currency I can use. I’ve realised I’ll go broke for the people I love, and I love a lot of people. I’m happy to pitch in and help others fulfil their dreams, get on their feet, whatever it is. I donate to GoFundMe. I don’t need that much stuff, I’ve had this jean jacket I’m wearing for three years. I’m good, I don’t need another jean jacket.’
Shout out to jean jackets, though!
‘I love them. I know for myself that material objects don’t make me feel anything really. So, it gives me pleasure to be able to help others out. I’m grateful that I grew up with so little because I know for sure that I don’t need anything.’
You’ve acted, produced and directed, and won an Oscar and you’re not yet 30. I’m particularly excited that you’re producing and starring in a biopic of Victoria Woodhull, the first US female presidential candidate. What other ambitions and career goals do you have for yourself?
‘I have so much that I want to do. Most of my goals are trying to bring in people, who are not traditionally associated with the movie industry, to tell their stories and help facilitate that. I also want to help with a non-profit school to teach young people, folks who have just gotten out of prison, or anyone who is diverse to learn skills in different departments, so that we can better diversify the industry that I work in. And then I have personal stuff – I’m passionate about martial arts, so I’d like to spend as much time as I can getting better at that. I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I can do creatively.’
Captain Marvel is in cinemas from 8 March. Keah Brown’s book, The Pretty One, will be published in August by Simon & Schuster.
Instead, the award show made news as the Academy suspended a key nomination, just days before the ceremony.
Bohemian Rhapsody director, Bryan Singer. Credit: REX
Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer became subject to allegations last month, as a report published by The Atlantic saw four men come forward to accuse him of having sex with them when they were under age. All incidents reportedly took place in the 1990s while the men were teenagers.
While Singer has denied the allegations, it was announced this week that his BAFTA nomination had been rescinded.
‘In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately,’ BAFTA announced in a statement.
‘BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values. This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr Singer’s denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved.’
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
The statement concluded: ‘BAFTA believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this.’
The Academy has announced however that Bohemian Rhapsody ‘remains nominated in the Outstanding Film category’.
The BAFTAs is due to take place on Sunday 10 February.
Janice from Friends. Everyone knows her, whether you watch the show or not, thanks to that pitchy, nasal and loud laugh. Despite only appearing in 19 episodes of the show, she’s a fan favourite thanks to her signature bray (as well as her regular ‘OH MY GOD!’s).
Now, actress Maggie Wheeler has opened up about how she developed her character’s iconic laugh.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Maggieexplained that Flipper the dolphin, Woody Woodpecker and Arnold Horshack of Welcome Back, Kotter inspired the infamous chuckle.
She told Emma Barnett: ‘There was a character called Arnold Horshack and he used to laugh and he would say [laughs].
‘Then I grew up watching Flipper which was a fantastic show about a dolphin, and I was in love with that dolphin and of course the dolphin sounds like a dolphin…
‘So I sort of say she’s a combination of Arnold Horshack and Flipper and Woody the Woodpecker. I don’t know, I think Janice was some kind of conglomeration that I invented on the day.
‘That laugh was a really organic life-saver, because Matthew Perry [Chandler] was so funny and I had to work with him and I knew he was going to crack me up. I knew that if Janice couldn’t laugh on set or laugh at that moment, I was going to be in big trouble and that is why that laugh exists.’
Add that to the list of things you never knew about Friends.
And if you’re ditching Valentine’s in favour of a girlmantic Galentine’s on February 13th, we’ve got big news: cinemas will be playing Mean Girls and Legally Blonde for your viewing pleasure.
Everyman Cinemas will be screening the films nationwide, meaning all you’ve got to do is don your best pink outfit (it’s a Wednesday, duh).
The event description reads: ‘Inspired by Ariana Grande’s instantly iconic single Thank U, Next and the films it parodied, we’re showing a cult classic chick flick: Mean Girls – the story of new student Cady Heron who gets into the wrong crowd…the A-List clique The Plastics. [And] Legally Blonde -the story of LA beauty Elle Woods and her journey to law school.Tickets also include a cocktail to enjoy alongside the film.’
That’s right – you also get a cocktail.
You’ll be able to watch Mean Girls at Everyman Cinemas in Barnet, Esher, Glasgow, Harrogate, Liverpool and in Birmingham, while Legally Blonde will be playing on the big screens at Altrincham, Chelmsford, Crystal Palace, Leeds, Muswell Hill, Stratford-Upon-Avon and York.
The films will start at 8pm, and ticket prices vary. All you have to do is get down there and enjoy.
In fact, Bradley Cooper’s directional debut has emerged as one of the Oscars’ frontrunners, raking in a whopping eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Film and of course the Best Actor and Actress nods.
But while the public breathed a huge sigh of relief that Gaga and Bradley were given an Oscar nomination for their leading performances (something that Lady Gaga admitted reduced her to tears) and of course their song ‘Shallow’, Cooper was snubbed of a Best Director nomination, something Lady Gaga addressed.
Instead, it was Kit Harington’s revelation that he had told his new wife and former co-star, Rose Leslie, how the show ends – and she didn’t seem to take it well.
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It seems that Rose, like the rest of us, hate nothing more than a Game of Thrones spoiler, and not expecting to get an answer, pushed her hubby to tell her the ending. When Kit told her however, she was pissed. We get you, Rose.
‘I told my wife last year how it ended, and she wouldn’t talk to me for about three days…and she’d asked!’ Kit explained on the radio to Kiss FM UK, according to Entertainment Tonight.
So what can we expect?
‘The last season of Thrones seemed to be designed to break us. Everyone was broken at the end,’ Kit explained to GQ Australia earlier this year. ‘I don’t know if we were crying because we were sad it was ending or if we were crying because it was so fucking tiring. We were sleep deprived.’
He continued: ‘It was like it was designed to make you think, “Right, I’m fucking sick of this.” I remember everyone walking around towards the end going, “I’ve had enough now. I love this, it’s been the best thing in my life, I’ll miss it one day — but I’m done.”‘
Well. We’re not done – and we need the new season to start NOW.
It may have been six years since Gossip Girl left our screens, but it still feels like it was just yesterday.
And while the show’s end left a Blair and Chuck shaped hole in our hearts, it also left us with a lot of questions.
Does Henry Bass have any siblings? How are Serena and Dan enjoying married life? Are Georgina and Jack Bass actually together now? And please tell us that William Van Der Woodsen has been discovered as the biggest villain ever – well, second biggest if we’re counting Bart Bass.
After unanswered calls for a reboot of the CW show, we had all given up hope, but today the news we have all been waiting for finally arrived.
Gossip Girl might well be coming back.
Yes, this is not a drill. We repeat. This is not a drill.
CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed that there was a conversation about a GG reboot just this week, telling reporters at the TV Critics’ Association press tour: ‘There’s a discussion, but I don’t know if we’re there yet. I don’t know what it would be.
‘A lot is up to Warner Bros. and Josh and Steph, cause you don’t want to do anything without them,’ he continued, referencing Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the show’s executive producers.
Providing they say yes though, we could well see a GG reunion very soon.
BRB – off to the Met steps to discuss this over yogurt!
Consider yourself a Friends superfan? You probably quote it at least once a day, it’s likely you know the exact scene that Chandler started wearing glasses and you were horrified to learn that no one liked the Friends theme tune when the show started.
However, there’s one moment that passed us all by – even those fans who have watched every episode at least three times.
Remember that time that Rachel was caught wearing lingerie by Joshua’s parents? The season four episode, The One With Rachel’s New Dress, sees the couple trying to plan something romantic. They end up at Joshua’s parents house while they’re away on holiday, and Rachel slips into her silky dress to seduce her boyfriend. However, his parents come home early and find her in her undies. Awkward.
The scene is a fan favourite, but did you notice there’s something really creepy going on in the background?
This Reddit thread points out that while Rachel is trying to justify her outfit by saying it is loved by the stylish women of Milan, Joshua’s mum suggests that it might be a hit in LA rather than New York.
If you look closely, you’ll notice there’s a statue behind Rachel. As this line is spoken, its eyes light up and become bright red.
Once you spot it, you won’t be able to unsee it.
The eyes appear to glimmer behind Rachel and Joshua for the rest of the scene.
What does it mean? Why does the statue suddenly have glowing red eyes? And how did we never notice this before?