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The Real Reason Julia Stiles Wanted to Be in 10 Things I Hate About You. It's been over 20 years since 10 Things I Hate About You debuted. However, fans still have plenty of love for the '90s flick. Julia Stiles looked back at her role in the classic film during an interview with InStyle published Tuesday. "I am really grateful for that experience, and I don't take it for granted that people still care about a movie that came out 20 years ago," she told the magazine. "I see it as a positive thing." For those who haven't seen the movie, the film is about a new student named Cameron (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who desperately wants to date his fellow classmate Bianca (played by Larisa Oleynik). However, Bianca's father (Larry Miller) won't let her date until her sister Katarina (Stiles) does. There's just one catch: Kat has no interest in forming a romance. Still, Cameron is determined and hatches a plan to set Kat up with the school's bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger). His buddy Michael (David Krumholtz) enlists the help of Joey (Andrew Keegan) -- a popular kid who also wants to date Bianca but knows her father's rules. Joey offers to pay Patrick for taking Kat out on a date. But as Patrick pursues Kat, he starts to fall in love with her -- making the whole scheme even more complicated. Stiles knew she wanted to play the independent heroine as soon as she got the script. "The reason that I wanted that part so badly was because I thought it was so refreshing, seeing a teenage girl be feisty and opinionated and be a fish out of water, but proudly [so]," she recalled. "I think that I probably wasn't alone, and that's what other girls and women responded to, and the movie had a real bite to it." The movie was a huge success and Stiles went on to star in many other popular films, including Mona Lisa Smile, The Prince and Me, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. She's currently starring in Sundance Now's Riviera and appears in Hustlers. She's also enhancing her skills as a director. So, while many still like to remember the roles from her past, Stiles is looking forward to the future. "In my 20s, I might have been worried about anticipating being an actress approaching 40," she said. "I wouldn't know where my career was going to go or if there would be opportunities for me beyond an ingenue or a girlfriend role. Now I think that I'm really excited about the opportunities that are out there for me and my peers, and I think the roles that we're playing have gotten so much more interesting than what we were doing in our 20s." We can't wait to see what she does next! To read her full interview, check out InStyle. (Eonline)

Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong Join Voice Cast for Animated Feature 'Extinct'. The U.S.-China co-production has been written by a team of veterans from 'The Simpsons,' with 'The Simpsons Movie' director at the helm. Adam Devine (The Righteous Gemstones), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) and Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians) have joined the voice cast of upcoming U.S.-Chinese animated feature Extinct. The co-production, being directed by David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) and co-directed Raymond Persi (The Simpsons), follows two doughnut-shaped animals called Flummels who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show), Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek), Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show With James Corden) and Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) are also set to add their voices. Written by The Simpsons veterans Joel Cohen, John Frink and Rob LaZebnik, and produced by Yanming Jiang, Joe Aguilar and Matthew Berkowitz, Extinct has also landed an Oscar-winning composer in Michael Giacchino (Up), who will write the score. The film comes from China Lion, HB Wink, Huayi Tencent Entertainment and Tolerable Entertainment, with Timeless Films having come on board to handle international sales, beginning at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is in production at Cinesite in Montreal and is slated for a 2020 theatrical release. "We are thrilled to be working on this amazing project and introduce the world to flummels," said Timeless' CEO and chairman Ralph Kamp. "Joel, John and Rob along with David and the producers have put together a world class team and we know audiences worldwide will fall in love with these characters. We are really looking forward to screening the first footage from this incredibly funny film to our distributors at Toronto." (Hollywood Reporter)

Billy Crystal to Direct Tiffany Haddish in Comedy 'Here Today'. The actor will also star in the feature he co-wrote with fellow 'SNL' alum Alan Zweibel. Billy Crystal will direct and co-star with Tiffany Haddish in comedy Here Today. Astute Films is behind the feature that follows veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns (Crystal), who, while slowly but surely losing his grip on reality befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Paige (Haddish). Together, they form an unlikely -- yet hilarious and touching -- friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust. Crystal co-wrote the screenplay with Saturday Night Live alum and Emmy-award winner Alan Zweibel, based on the latter's short story The Prize. Crystal, Haddish and Zweibel will also produce, along with Fred Bernstein and Dominique Telson. Executive producers are Rick Jackson, Claudine Marrotte and Samantha Sprecher. Said Crystal, "To write this with Alan was a joy, and to have Tiffany as my co-star is fantastic. The generational differences in our comedy will be great to play with. She's explosively funny and genuinely human at the same time. Excited to explore all our possibilities together." "Billy and Tiffany share an incredible ability to bring warmth and intelligence to their humor," said Astute Films president Fred Bernstein. "Astute is thrilled to bring such iconic comedic talents together onto one screen. Their timeless humor will bring genuine laughter to a film that will resonate with audiences worldwide, and bridge the gaps among all age groups." Rocket Science is handling international sales on the highly anticipated feature. CAA is handling U.S. rights. Crystal, who was last seen in Tribeca title Standing Up, Falling Down, is repped by CAA, MBST and Sol Rosenthal. Haddish will next be seen opposite Rose Brynne and Salma Hayek in Paramount's Like a Boss. She is repped by UTA, Artists First and Ziffren. (Hollywood Reporter)


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