hollywoodreporter.com – Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann are in negotiations to star in New Line’s romantic comedy How to Be Single.
Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) will helm the film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo, published by Atria in 2008.
The film is an ensemble comedy, said to be similar in style to other projects with multiple, intersecting storylines like He’s Just Not That Into You and Valentine’s Day. The story focuses on singlehood from both the female and male perspectives, and suggests it is not our relationships, but our single times in between, that define us. Topics of single life that will be explored include blind dating, when to get married, casual sex and fear of commitment.
Alison Brie, who was circling the film in mid-2014, is also in final negotiations as the film gears up to shoot in April in New York. The comedy is slated for release just in time for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12, 2016.
Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein wrote the original draft, and Dana Fox worked on the current draft.
Fox and John Rickard are producing, while Marcus Viscidi, Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore are executive producing. Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing the comedy for New Line.
Johnson stars in Universal’s highly anticipated adaptation of EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, hitting theaters in February. She’s also wrapped work on Black Mass, A Bigger Splash and Chloe and Theo. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.
Wilson, who delivered memorable comedic performances in Bachelorette, Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, will next be seen in Pitch Perfect 2. She’s also wrapped work on Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen. She’s repped by WME.
Stevens, known for his role in popular TV series Downton Abbey, was most recently seen on the big screen in The Guest and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. His upcoming films include Criminal Activities and The Ticket. He’s repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates in the U.K. and Peikoff Mahan.
Mann recently starred in the comedy The Other Woman and will next be seen in New Line’s Vacation remake. She’s repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
I finally got my hands on the new issue of Australian Women’s Weekly magazine and have added the scans of Rebel to the gallery. She looks absolutely beautiful in these shots so be sure to check them out.
VIEW: Magazines & Publications > February 2015: The Australian Women’s Weekly
people.com – Rebel Wilson isn’t shy about addressing her weight – in fact, she views her shape as an asset.
“I took something that was seen as a disadvantage – no one thinks, if you’re fat, that you’re going to be an actress and everyone’s going to love you – and turned it into a positive,” she told Australia’s Daily Life.
Wilson, 28, believes her physique works especially well for comedic roles. She’s set to reprise a character named “Fat Amy” in the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2.
“Bigger girls do better in comedy,” she said. “I don’t know why. Maybe because people find it easier to laugh. It’s very hard to laugh at someone who’s very attractive, I think. And normally those people don’t have a great personality anyway.”
The Bridesmaids star (who also holds a law degree!) adds that she has no plans to slim down.
“I do have these dreams, like, ‘What if I just went to a health farm and lost 50 kilos? What would happen? Would it affect my career?’ But then I think, that’s never going to happen.”
I have added a brand new shoot of Rebel to the gallery. There are SQ but hopefully bigger versions will be released soon. She looks absolutely beautiful in these so be sure to check them out.
VIEW: Photoshoots & Outtakes > 2015 Photoshoots > Session #001
stuff.co.nz – Rebel Wilson leans in towards the lens, her bangled hands resting on bent knees, as a photographer’s assistant aims a hand-held Makita blower at her face. The little wind gun throws her platinum hair spectacularly about her head as she pouts and purrs “like a tiger” – the effect is Marilyn-esque – then gives playful “rap hands” across her chest before flashing the toothy, ecstatic-to-be-here smile that Australia, and now the world, has come to love.
There’s the shot.
“I told you I’m doing some of my best modelling today,” deadpans the daughter of a beagle breeder from Sydney’s north-western suburbs, shuffling from under the hot lights towards a bank of monitors chequered with photos of her face.
“That’s a delete,” she says, chuckling at one image in which her delicate features are scrunched into a mess of creases. But the overall assessment of the pictures so far is unflinchingly positive: “Crushing it.”
Confidence is a tough look to carry off. On the wrong person, in the wrong light, it can read as conceited. But on Wilson – who threw aside a promising career in law to pursue acting and who, despite looking like nobody else in Hollywood, is fast becoming one of its biggest stars – confidence is utterly beguiling.
That’s partly because she’s the kind of tall poppy who’s not afraid to take the axe to herself. Wilson knows she is every bit as photogenic as those Hollywood girls her Pitch Perfect character, Fat Amy, would call “twig bitches”, but she’s also quick to take a dig at her fuller frame. “One time I got X-rayed by a chiropractor and he goes, ‘You know, you don’t actually have a big build,’ ” she says, laughing. “It’s like, you’re just fat!”
It’s also because there’s little false modesty. Wilson owns her success, and the smarts that got her there. Reflecting on a stunning four years in Hollywood that kicked off with a minor role in Bridesmaids, exploded with Pitch Perfect, and this year will see her in the film’s sequel, Wilson gets mathematical.
“The odds of an Australian girl making it in Hollywood is, like, one in 25 million,” says Wilson, who has done the calculation by extrapolating from a report she read about the odds of an American making it in the movie business. How did she manage to be that one? “I’m lucky,” she begins, taking a sip of Diet Coke before quickly adding: “But I also think I worked hard. I deserve it.”
The night before, Rebel Wilson posed for the paparazzi as she headed into a hip restaurant with Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell. That morning she had been at Flower Power Glenhaven with her nan, buying plants and having a bite.
“That’s life now,” says Wilson. “You can spend time with family or friends in a very low-key situation, or you can be on a private jet flying somewhere to introduce Miley Cyrus.”
Lately, life seems weighted towards the latter. Her social media accounts – Twitter, 1.97 million followers; Instagram, 735,000 – show Wilson hamming it up at glamorous premières with Night at the Museum co-stars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Sir Ben Kingsley, and tearing through Disneyland with the “Bellas”, her co-stars from Pitch Perfect 2 (out in May).
Then there are the commercial endorsements, including one for Fairfax Media and Channel Nine’s forthcoming streaming service, Stan (she and housemate Matt Lucas, of Little Britain fame, have “like 800 channels on cable, but you always need more”). And she’s just bought a $US2.2 million home in the Hollywood Hills, meaning her friend Jennifer Lawrence is now also her neighbour.
new-magazine.co.uk – Actress REBEL WILSON is begging friends who attended her New Year’s Eve party in Sydney, Australia not to release footage online because she fears she’ll be banned from leading hotel chains if bosses see the extent of the damage she caused in her suite when a sparkler stunt got out of hand.
The Pitch Perfect star was ringing in the New Year at the Park Hyatt with pals like Matt Lucas and Hugh Sheridan when she sparked a “fireball” by suggesting they light 50 sparklers at the same time.
Wilson admits in hindsight it was a terrible idea because it burned one pal and caused damage in the suite.
She tells Aussie radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O, “We kind of trashed the hotel room.
“I thought it would be a funny idea to set 50 (sparklers) alight at once… on the balcony. Don’t do it at home because it causes a huge fireball.”
Wilson reveals a nearby ice bucket helped limit the damage to the room, and she has offered to pay for the clean-up – but now she worries that someone might leak the footage of the fireball incident.
movieweb.com – Paramount Pictures has pushed its spy comedy Grimsby from its originally-slated July 31, 2015 release date to February 26, 2016. The spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen was set to go up against Warner Bros. Point Break remake, Focus Features’ Selfless and The Weinstein Company’s Southpaw on July 31, 2015. Now it will face Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake next winter.
Grimsby centers on a British secret agent (Mark Strong) who is forced to go into hiding in his hometown with his dim-witted soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Penélope Cruz also stars as a benevolent corporate leader who is hiding a secret. Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas and Isla Fisher round out the supporting cast.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing Grimsby from a script he co-wrote with Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids, Wreck-It Ralph). Now that the release date has been pushed, it seems we’ll have to wait quite some time for the first trailer, but, in case you missed it, you can check out the first photo of Sacha Baron Cohen as the title character from July.
Grimsby comes to theaters February 26th, 2016 and stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier.
Rebel is featured in the upcoming issue of Aussie’s Womens Weekly magazine and we have one photoshoot photo that I added to the gallery. Hopefully more will be released soon. I will have the magazine scans up soon.
aww.com.au – Australian actor Rebel Wilson is due to appear in an R-rated comedy this May in which she plays a young woman who does ‘scandalous’ things while wearing a burqa.
The ribald sex scenes were shot before the Charlie Hebdo massacre, in which Islamic extremist murdered four Paris cartoonists for making jokes about Islam.
In an interview with The Weekly conducted last December, Rebel said no offence was meant, and that none should be taken.
“It’s MA15-Plus and it’s scandalous,” she said, of her performance as Dawnie in Grimsby, a film made by her friend, Sacha Baron Cohen.
“One hundred per cent, you will not be disappointed in the outrageous nature of that movie.
“Just so you know, it’s not actually me that’s naked in that film. That’s the body of a South African burlesque dancer
“Anyway, Sacha has said I might need extra security when the movie comes out. There is a scandalous bit, quite controversial, where I wear a burqa.
“Obviously, I don’t mean any offence to Muslims. I asked my Muslim friend, ‘Do you think this is alright, to tell the joke we’re telling?’
“And she said yeah. But she’s pretty liberal and lives in New York. So who knows? But it is a joke and no offence meant.
“But however bad it is,” Rebel continued, “I’m following it up with being a full-grown, female panda in Kung Fu Panda III, which is a proper family movie.”
Rebel’s comments, which appear in this month’s issue of The Weekly, were made before the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and before the Sydney Lindt cafe scene.
Freedom of expression – including the freedom to make jokes – is considered a sacred human right in the US. It was raised by several Hollywood actors during last week’s Golden Globe awards.
The Cecil B. de Mille award winner, George Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal, wore #Je Suis Charlie badges to the ceremony, as did Helen Mirren and Kathy Bates.
Clooney addressed the matter during his acceptance speech, saying: ‘We will not walk in fear.’
However, Sony bowed to pressure and cancelled the release of one of its movies, The Interview, earlier this year, after its servers were hacked, apparently by a deeply offended North Korea.
The film centres on a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
Wilson is one of Hollywood’s brightest new stars, having burst into consciousness with an hilarious performance as Fat Amy from Tasmania in Pitch Perfect just two years ago.
Now she can barely move for the scripts being thrown her way.
In her interview with the Weekly, Rebel says she’s particularly proud to be “the first Australian woman to really break into comedy in the US. I think I can say that I am and that’s been amazing.
“I mean, at first, they were intrigued, like, ‘How does a girl like you [not being a size four] become an actress?’ Then they were like, ‘But actually, we have nobody else like you’. Because I write, I produce and I’m an actress, and I had a background in improv and stand-up, and I had all the bases covered.
“So, of course, I’m still learning, but they were like, ‘For somebody so young, you have so much experience and we can use that’.”
Besides being one of the busiest actors in the game, Rebel is arguably one of the most intriguing. Her name really is Rebel (one of her siblings is called Ryot, as in Riot); she was raised in a family of dog breeders (despite being allergic to dogs) and she is related to Walt Disney (which gives her special privileges at Disneyland.)