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Monday, June 11, 2018

Movies

Jameela Jamil Calls Out Quentin Tarantino for Casting Emile Hirsch in His New Film. Jameela Jamil called out Quentin Tarantino on Friday for casting Emile Hirsch in the new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. "Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my tiny female best friend until she blacked out at a party in front of dozens of witnesses at Sundance Film Festival (and was convicted) but Tarantino just cast him in a movie," The Good Place actress tweeted. "INTENSE case of rich white male [privilege] eh? Cool. Cool. Cool." Jamil then claimed Hirsch "left her [friend] with three years of PTSD and never paid for her treatment." She also alleged he "still hasn't apologized to her." "Emile Hirsch has not apologized for this heinous crime but is [rejoining] Hollywood's elite," she continued. "Slow clap to everyone involved in this movie. So many other actors who haven't attacked women to choose from... " E! News has reached out to Jamil's. Hirsch's and Tarantino's reps for comment. Back in 2015, Hirsch was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor intoxication for allegedly attacking Hollywood executive Daniele Bernfeld at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. According to the criminal complaint obtained by E! News at the time, the actor, who appeared to be drunk, called Bernfeld a "rich kid" and asked her why she looked "so tough." Bernfeld allegedly pushed him away and they both went their separate ways. However, the incident allegedly didn't end there. "Shortly thereafter Hirsch came up from behind Bernfeld and wrapped his arm around her to put her in a chokehold," the allegations stated, per the court documents. "Hirsch pulled Bernfeld across the table and onto the floor, where he landed on top of her. While Hirsch was on top of Bernfeld he wrapped his hands around her neck. Bernfeld said she felt as though the front and back of her throat were touching and she remembers things going dark. Bernfeld reported that she may have momentarily blacked out." Hirsch went to rehab after receiving the charges. According to The Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter), Hirsch pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to pay a $4,750 fine, spend 15 days in jail and complete 50 hours of community service. Per the report, the charge would be dismissed upon completion of the sentence. The actor opened up about the experience in a 2016 interview with Josh Horowitz on his podcast Happy Sad Confused. "I'm still just so sorry for what happened and still just shocked even that it happened," he said. "Also, grateful in a way that you know it gave me an opportunity to make my life a lot better and to do some of the things that helped me in finding ways of just clarity." Hirsch is set to play hair stylist Jay Sebring in the Tarantino film about the Manson family murders in Los Angeles in 1969. (Eonline)

Liza Minnelli typically slams or boycotts movies associated with her mom, but Lady Gaga's role in "A Star Is Born" could totally change Minnelli's mindset ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to Liza tell us she absolutely adores Gaga, and it's likely she'll actually go and see the singer play the role her mother, Judy Garland, once filled. If you didn't know -- and if you're under 55, that's likely -- Judy starred in the 1954 version of the movie. Liza's said she rarely, if ever, watches reboots of Garland flicks ... out of respect for her mother. The trailer for the new film dropped Wednesday and there's a ton of buzz. We're told Liza and Gaga are friends who admire each other's work ... so, that's why she's considering breaking her Garland rules. The latest 'Star' is actually a remake of a remake of a remake. It goes all the way back to 1937 when Janet Gaynor had the lead, then Garland's version, then Barbra Streisand in 1976 ... and now Gaga. See? What's old really is new. Several times. (TMZ)

'Suicide Squad' Sequel Gets New Writers. David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick are penning the script with director Gavin O'Connor. There's are a few new faces joining the Suicide Squad crew. David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick are co-writing the script for the Suicide Squad sequel alongside director Gavin O'Connor, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is a followup to the 2016 DC hit that starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto and was directed by David Ayer. Katz is known for his Black List script The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, and has multiple features in development, including Chasing Phil with Robert Downey Jr.'s Team Downey and Warner Bros. He also has comic book experience, performing a rewrite on New Line's Spawn as well as penning the play The History of Invulnerability, which is about the creation of Superman. He also penned a Jason Bateman comedy for Universal about two undercover FBI agents. Stashwick comes from the acting world and has worked on Fox's Batman prequel Gotham, as well as SyFy's 12 Monkeys. He recently revealed he was working on the Suicide Squad 2 script and describes himself as a lifelong DC fan. Warner Bros. is eager to move forward with a sequel to Suicide Squad, which may have struggled with critics, but earned $746 million worldwide. Legend of Tarzan's Adam Cozad had previously worked on a script to the sequel. Warner Bros. has multiple projects at various stages of development in the works with Suicide Squad characters, including several that could star Robbie's Harley Quinn and Leto's Joker. No release dates have been set for any of them. Katz is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Stashwick is repped by APA and Meghan Schumacher Management. (Hollywood Reporter)

"Either You're the Fastest or Not": Michael Fassbender on His Car-Racing Obsession. The two-time Academy Award nominee is part of a small club of actors turned race car drivers and is fresh off a first-place finish in the first of six series at the Daytona Ferrari Challenge, with another race on June 9. "What have I learned?" With the din of race cars screaming around the Laguna Seca racetrack outside Monterey, California, Michael Fassbender -- wearing a racing suit, hair mussed from the Nomex balaclava and helmet he's had on his head all morning -- leans in as a big grin spreads over his face. "I've learned that I'm always two seconds off where I need to be." Two seconds in a line reading might not mean much, but on this 2.2-mile track with 11 turns (on the corkscrew, "head for the tree," he advises), it's an awful lot of time. Part of a small club of actors turned race car drivers, from Paul Newman and Steve McQueen to Patrick Dempsey, Fassbender -- who spent his childhood in Ireland glued to the TV watching Michael Schumacher win one F1 title after another -- is the real deal. The 41-year-old star, who picked up the sport in 2016, possesses an encyclopedic, arcane knowledge of 1980s Group B rally racing and has logged more than 120 hours behind the wheel of his 488 Ferrari Challenge car -- valued at $330,000, featuring a 670-horsepower, 3.9-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. It's numbered 133, because, as he says, "three is my lucky number." Luck, though, had little to do with Fassbender winning the first of six series (his next race is in Montreal on June 9) in the Ferrari Challenge 2018 season, which opened at Florida's Daytona Speedway in January, where speeds exceed 190 miles per hour. Says Ferrari Challenge head instructor Didier Theys: "From the start, Michael has shown a great deal of dedication and talent as a competitor." Fassbender with members of the Ferrari Challenge team. Racing is the reward that rounds out a career marked (so far) by two Oscar nominations, for his work in 2013's 12 Years a Slave and 2015's Steve Jobs. "It's one of the things about the job that I do that's a huge perk, just an absolute dream come true," says Fassbender, who lives in Lisbon, Portugal, with Alicia Vikander, whom he married in October. "It was always a goal to do some sort of racing at 40, but I didn't imagine that I'd be in a series like this with very powerful, very fast 660-odd horsepower machines." Fassbender adds with a laugh, "It's a lot more fun prepping for this than learning lines at home," the downside being, "if you miss an apex or mess up a corner, you don't get a 'take two.'" He points out the other contrast between his two chosen vocations -- the type of risk involved: "It's a different kind of butterflies. For a film, I've usually been putting together this character, but haven't really shown it to anybody. That first day of shooting, it's like, 'God, I hope this works.' But racing, once you start doing it, focusing on what you have to do, you can't think of anything else. When you're driving, literally, if your mind wanders, you're going to go off the track." Fassbender with Angie King, the first transgender driver in the series. There's a process to maintaining composure while white-knuckling it for four 30-minute races over weekends that begin with Thursday practice laps and end Sunday. Says Fassbender, "When it comes to the first practice day, your brain and body have to assimilate to these high speeds. You get into the car and think, 'Oh, God, I can't do this,' but it's incredible how the body and mind adapt -- it's just about focusing and trying to get in a rhythm. Racing is something that really does bring that level of forced meditation -- it's very rare in life." "This track here has a lot to do with rhythm," he says. "If I'm overdriving, trying to push too hard, the tenths of seconds start to slip away." Over time, the actor, who plays Magneto in February's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, has reached an understanding about anxiety: "Before my first race here last year, I literally thought I was going to vomit. I was in the toilet beforehand, breathing. I was nervous, but that feeling is pretty special, that first race feeling." With Fassbender, winning really does seem to matter. "Like many of his fellow drivers, he's something of a perfectionist and determined to win," says Theys. Notes the star, making a nod to a perspective that many a fellow Oscar nominee might share: "You race to win, for sure, that's the goal. Either you're fastest or you're not -- that's the allure for me. It's always great to be on the podium." (Hollywood Reporter)

Fox Sports Picks Up Common-Produced Boxing Doc 'They Fight'. The doc follows an after-school program in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8. Fox Sports Films has acquired the North American rights to boxing documentary They Fight. Common and his Freedom Road Productions are behind the feature, producing alongside Argent Pictures -- run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo. Directed by Andrew Renzi, the doc follows an after-school program in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8 run by oach Walt Manigan's Lyfe Style Boxing. Walt mentors young boxers, "Peanut" Bartee and Quincey Williams on the path to the 2017 Junior Olympics, while he also fights to find a permanent home for his program to help young fighters avoid the troubles he found in his own youth. The film was executive produced by Argent Pictures partners NFL quarterback Drew Brees, the NBA's Tony Parker, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks and NBA All-Star Michael Finley. Fox Sports planned to acquire the film to join their "Magnify" series, whch was launched in November of last year and includes Shot in the Dark, from exec producers Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper, and the Wade-produced Q Ball that follows the basketball team at San Quentin State Prison. "It is important to share Coach Walt's story and see how he overcame extreme hardships and now serves as a mentor to the youth in Ward 8," said Common. "It is a true example as to how we can take the most challenging of situations and turn them into a positive, not only for ourselves but for others." The deal was negotiated by WME on behalf of the filmmakers. (Hollywood Reporter)

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