Category: News & Rumors

#MeToo: “We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is.”

“This has all got to stop. We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is.”
Rachel McAdams, Vanity Fair

As you might know, activist Tarana Burke created the #MeToo hashtag and actress Alyssa Milano is credited for popularizing the hashtag and starting a movement on twitter. Today, Vanity Fair published an in-depth interview with Rachel and Selma Blair in which they shared their traumatic encounters with director James Toback early in their careers. The article can be found below/after the jump. Please be aware that both encounters are very detailed and could be triggering. In case you are in need of support we would like to highlight the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline and the “Spotlightsurvivor resources page. Finally, to paraphrasing director Ava DuVernay: “Saluting [Rachel and Selma Blair] and all who speak out. And all who don’t. All who survive this. And all who don’t.” We are with you all.

A week after The New York Times and The New Yorker ran back-to-back reports cataloguing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged serial sexual harassment of women in Hollywood, actress Selma Blair saw a story on HuffPost about writer and director James Toback’s new film that made her blood run cold. The piece, written by a female reporter who interviewed Toback at the Venice Film Festival, was titled “James Toback Gets Us, He Truly Gets Us in ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman.’”

Blair tweeted the story with a single word in response: “Ironic.”

In the days that followed, Blair, who has appeared in films such as Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, and Hellboy, learned about a group of women on social media who claimed to have been sexually harassed by the director (Two Girls and a Guy) and Oscar-nominated writer (Bugsy). Their accounts sounded eerily familiar. The group, which included Blair, worked with Los Angeles Times reporter Glenn Whipp on a story that broke on October 22, citing 38 women in total who alleged sexual harassment suffered at the hands of Toback. Since then, the number of accusers has risen to more than 200 women—including Blair and Oscar-nominated actress Rachel McAdams, who both spoke exclusively to Vanity Fair this week about their experiences with Toback. (Toback, 72, has written for Vanity Fair in the past. When reached by phone Wednesday evening, Toback said he had no comment on any of the allegations.)
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“Disobedience” Selected For TIFF 2017!

“Disobedience” Selected For TIFF 2017!

The Toronto International Film Festival just announced it’s first wave of movies (special presentations and galas) and it has been announced that “Disobedience” is part of their line-up as part of their special presentations program. According to their official website the screening will be a world premiere and the running time is 114 minutes. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. To see the full lineup, be sure to head over to the official website.

Disobedience | Directed by Sebastián Lelio
United Kingdom | 114 minutes | 2017 | Colour | English | World Premiere

Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.

The schedule will be released on August 22nd. Film4 and FilmNation also just revealed the first look of the movie featuring Rachel and costar Rachel Weisz, which you can find after the jump, and we have added the still in our gallery as well.

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“Slings & Arrows” Prequel in Development?

“Slings & Arrows” Prequel in Development?

We came across an interesting news tidbit which we overlooked before. It seems a prequel for “Slings & Arrows” is in development. Co-creator Mark McKinney, who currently stars in NBC’s Superstore, and star of the series talked about the possibility of a prequel last year with the AV Club. It appears no reports have been made about the development recently. Judging on twitter reports from before, it seems the creators have been hinting about the prequel since 2014 and most recently talked about it during the creators Shakespeare 400 panel in 2016. No reports have been made on who of the original cast will return and if this would include Rachel. Given that it’s a prequel, we are not sure there is an arc for Rachel’s character Kate but we will keep an eye out for developments on this! The excerpts with McKinney can be found below.

AVC: Is there ever any talk of a Slings And Arrows revival? Is that universe closed at this point?
MM: We’ve been working on it for a couple of years now. We have a prequel locked and loaded that we’re going to set up somewhere. It’s a good one. It’s a true prequel, it goes back several years, almost to the foundation of the New Burbage Festival itself. It’s a great story.

AVC: Do you think it might get picked up?
MM: We were with the CBC in Canada, as we were with the original Slings And Arrows—and the original, they dropped it right before, almost at this exact same point, we were ready to go. And unfortunately, I think the almost the identical thing happened. So now we’re looking around. But it’s a vastly different landscape. We might be looking down here [in the United States], we might be looking up there, I’m not sure.

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Reminder: AFI Diane Keaton Special Airs Tonight!

Reminder: AFI Diane Keaton Special Airs Tonight!

We would like to remind everyone that TNT will air the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award Special for Diane Keaton tonight, at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Check your local listings for the time. The special was recorded this past weekend and Rachel was in attendances and was one of the filmmakers taking the stage to pay tribute to her co-star. You can find our photo coverage in our previous update. TNT released the first TV spot for the special, which features a glimpse of Rachel in the audience. The TV spot and a social media compilation of video coverage have been added in our video archive. During Rachel’s tribute Rachel called working with Diane Keaton, “one of the greatest honors” of her life to work her with idol and hero. Be sure to tune in tonight to see the special, and check back later for our coverage. After the jump you can find the first video look of Rachel in the special.

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The Red Nose Day Special Trailer

The Red Nose Day Special Trailer

NBC released a trailer for their the Red Nose Day special earlier today, which features a glimpse of Rachel. We have added the trailer in our video archive. Rachel has joined the special, as we previously reported, will will air tomorrow on NBC. Red Nose Day is an annual charity campaign to help end child poverty. It has not been announced how Rachel will be part of the special but be sure to tune in on Thursday, May 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) or check your local listings for the time! For more information about Red Nose Day, be sure to head over to the official website.

Rachel Joins The Red Nose Day Special

Rachel Joins The Red Nose Day Special

It was announced earlier today that Rachel is one of the people who joined NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special. The special is in support of Red Nose Day, an annual charity campaign to help end child poverty which was founded by Richard Curtis. This reunites Rachel and Mr. Curtis who previously worked together on “About Time” which he wrote and directed. It has not been announced yet in what capacity Rachel will appear in the special, but be sure to tune in on May 25 and check your local listings for the time. For more information about Red Nose Day be sure to visit their official website.

More stars are joining NBC’s star-studded television event THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL on Thursday, May 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) to have fun, raise money and change the lives of children in need in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world. Bryan Cranston, Mindy Kaling, Matt Lauer, Rachel McAdams, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Al Roker, Ben Stiller and Kenan Thompson have joined NBC’s third annual special to benefit Red Nose Day, an annual charity campaign to help end child poverty.

In support of the Red Nose Day campaign, iconic buildings across the country will light up in red on May 25, including the EMPIRE State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago, the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Miami Tower in Miami, the Bank of America Plaza in Dallas, the Orlando Eye in Orlando, and the WoodmenLife Tower in Omaha. The Terminal Tower in Cleveland will turn red on May 24.

The one-hour “Red Nose Day Special,” hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign. Previously announced stars appearing include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Patrick Dempsey, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Dax Shepard, along with “This Is Us” cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones.
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Rachel Joins “Game Night”

Variety is reporting that Rachel and Jason Bateman will star in “Game Night“. THR is reporting Rachel is “in negotiations to star opposite Jason Bateman”, while EW also confirms the news by reporting that Rachel and Bateman will “headline the New Line comedy”. Rachel previously worked with Bateman on “State Of Play“. Daley confirmed the news on his official twitter account by writing, “very excited to announce this!”

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams will star in the New Line Comedy “Game Night.”

“Vacation’s” directing duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will helm the movie with Bateman producing alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

“Game Night,” which has been in development at New Line since 2013 when Mark Perez wrote the original script, follows several couples who gather for their regularly-planned game night when something goes terribly wrong.

Although Bateman has only recently formally signed on to star, Aggregate has been producing this project since the pitch stage and brought on Goldstein & Daley. They were also instrumental in getting Rachel McAdams on board.
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“Disobedience” Casting Update

News is going slowly this past few weeks. Deadline reported earlier this month that actor Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of “Disobedience“. Nivola will play Rachel’s husband and seem to confirm the news by retweeting it on his official twitter account. As previously reported filming is expected to start after the holidays, on January 3.

Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.

Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.

Fun fact: Rachel was spotted in the audience of Othello at New York Theater Workshop New York earlier this week. This adaptation of Othello stars Rachel Weisz’s husband Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.

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