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written by Admin on October 08, 2019

Jennifer Aniston on How Me Too (and Matt Lauer) Influenced ‘The Morning Show’

It’s been 15 years since Jennifer Aniston signed off as Rachel Green on “Friends.” In that time, she’s received plenty of other offers to star in a TV show, but she hadn’t been tempted by any of them. “I was doing so many films at the time,” Aniston says on a recent afternoon, sitting in the living room of her Bel-Air mansion, as her two dogs — Clyde and Sophie — scamper around her. “So I never thought, ‘Oh I’m nostalgic.’” And she didn’t think anything could compare with the professional experience of “Friends” anyway. “If I was going to go back anywhere, that’s where I would want to go. Meaning in my mind.”

Next month, Aniston returns to the medium that made her into a household name and an international star (with box-office hits such as 2011’s “Horrible Bosses” and 2013’s “We’re the Millers”). In the Apple TV Plus drama “The Morning Show,” she plays a veteran anchor, Alex Levy, who finds herself in the spotlight after her famous male colleague, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), is fired over sexual misconduct allegations. Aniston is an executive producer on the series along with Reese Witherspoon (who plays Bradley Jackson, a local newswoman who takes over the newly vacated co-anchor chair).

The original pilot for “The Morning Show,” which focused on the cutthroat world of morning TV, was completely re-written after Matt Lauer was fired from “Today” in November 2017. And while Carell’s Kessler, the disgraced anchor on “The Morning Show,” bears some eerie resemblances to Lauer, Aniston insists that the show is a work of fiction.

Still, she studied old episodes of “Today” and “GMA” to find rhythms of her character, and she spent time grilling Diane Sawyer, Willie Geist and Gayle King about their early-morning routines. She even re-watched “Today” on the day before Lauer was fired. “Did he know? Did he not know?” Aniston asks. She felt disgust at the news of his abusive conduct. “I was so devastated,” Aniston says. “It’s such a strange thing; it felt oddly like my dad did something terrible. I trusted him and had been interviewed by him. He was there for so many moments in my life. And when ‘Friends’ was ending, it was Katie [Couric] and Matt interviewing us.”

For this week’s Power of Women issue (where Aniston is honored for her philanthropy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital), the actress spoke to Variety about her new TV role, the legacy of “Friends” and the one time that Harvey Weinstein tried to bully her.

What was it like producing “The Morning Show” before Me Too became a national movement?
The show got picked up. We sold it to Apple with an outline. Then, about four months later, the whole s— hit the fan and, basically, we had to start from scratch.

Did that change your process for building the character?
I work with this wonderful [acting coach] named Nancy Banks. We read. We think about her. We think about what her physicality is. Here was the big kicker for me. [Nancy] would take me places that I was not sure I wanted to go emotionally. So if I was bumping up against something, she would say, “Well how does this feel…” Almost like therapy. I also lost having a life, because Sundays were always spent with Nancy for four or five hours, going over the week’s work.

Because it was shot like a movie?
A series of movies out of order and the most dense material.

Were all the episodes done out of order?
Most of them were. We’d shoot this and then we’d say, “Well, we’ll throw in some of Episode 104.” And while we’re adding a scene from 107, you have to go, “Where was I and where will I have gone by then?”

“Friends” must have been so different.
“Friends” was like going to see a play for three or four hours. And it was just laughing and wonderful fun. And this is fun. It’s just a lot harder. My bandwidth had to expand so that I could take in all the information.

I know you spent some time with Diane Sawyer. What other journalists did you model Alex on?
All of them.

Did you watch “Today” episodes when Katie Couric was on?
I actually watched those live when I was growing up. But yeah, it was very interesting. I went to the DVR that I had of “Today” before Matt Lauer was fired and then the day he was fired, because that was so fascinating to see. Mitch Kessler is not based on him at all. He’s just sort of the archetype of all of the men that he’s representing.

There’s a scene where Mitch’s wife leaves him to go to the Hamptons that reminded me of Lauer.
Yes, sure. Who doesn’t live in the Hamptons on the East Coast? Who isn’t going to go to Amagansett or somewhere fancy for the weekend?

Are all the characters in “The Morning Show” meant to be fictional?
All fictional, but also kind of highlighting aspects of the archetype of a charming narcissist, of a generation of men that didn’t think that was bad behavior. That’s just the way it works. And men are flirts and women are coy and find it flattering. And thankfully, with the sacrifices of these women who have come forward, this isn’t going to happen anymore. It’s wonderful that you’re accountable and you have to check yourself.

Did you ever work with Harvey Weinstein?
I did one movie, “Derailed,” with Clive Owen.

Did you spend time with Harvey?
I had to. There was the premiere dinner. I remember I was sitting at the dinner table with Clive, and our producers and a friend of mine was sitting with me. And he literally came to the table and said to my friend: “Get up!” And I was like, “Oh my gosh.” And so my friend got up and moved and Harvey sat down. It was just such a level of gross entitlement and piggish behavior.

Did he ever try to bully you?
He knew better. I remember, right when [his ex-wife] Georgina’s clothing line Marchesa was starting. That’s when he came to visit me in London while we were shooting. He’d be like, “Ok, so I’d like you to wear one of these to the premiere.” And I went through the book, and at the time, it wasn’t what it is today. It was not for me. He was like, “You have to wear the dress.” That was my only bullying. And I was like, “No, I will not wear the dress.”

And he accepted that?
Well, what was he going to do? Come over here and make me wear it?!

Do you think that the Me Too movement has led to permanent change in Hollywood?
Absolutely. I think there’s still room for improvement, but I think that kind of behavior is done. I think people have had the s— scared out of them. It’s also this big pendulum. Everybody has this new playbook and everybody’s trying to figure out what the new rules are. But what’s so wonderful about doing this show is that it is so unapologetically honest in terms of topics and the situations. It’s basically showing all sides. It’s showing how things are said behind closed doors during Me Too, that no one else has the balls to say in front of the world.

Have you been inspired by the wave of female empowerment that’s happening right now in Hollywood?
I think it’s an incredible moment. Look, there are unsung voices, unsung talent that has yet to be discovered. Our eye is now on that prize. You have to make people think it’s not a choice anymore. This is actually the new normal, as it should be. And I think it’s going to get better and better. Our show has six female producers. As a woman who has been in this business for 30 years, it’s been great and it’s been tough. And now here we are. We have the first show bought by Apple.

Did you have any reservations selling “The Morning Show” to Apple?
Yes and no. But I have to say the “no” outweighed the “yes,” because we knew what we were doing — even though they didn’t have walls yet or telephones.

How did you meet with them if they didn’t have walls?
They came to CAA. There was really something exciting about being the first at Apple. Apple is pretty awesome. They make cool stuff. Why wouldn’t they maybe make cool television? And they are all about quality, not quantity, so that was really appealing. And in spite of their comical secrecy, it’s been worth it. Who doesn’t want to be part of the Wild Wild West?

You’ve signed on for two seasons of “The Morning Show.” Could there be more?
If there’s stuff to talk about and if we’re not dead tired from it. I literally went into my covers for two weeks when we wrapped.

Why did you decide to return to TV?
It wasn’t until the last couple of years when these streaming services were just sort of exploding with this amount of quality that I actually started to think, “Wow, that’s better than what I just did.” And then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen.

The movie business has changed dramatically.
It’s changed so much. I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the “Terms of Endearment” back out there. You know, “Heaven Can Wait,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Goodbye Girl.”

Do you think that all this content that the streaming services are producing is the new future of Hollywood? Or do you think that this is a phase?
I don’t know. I’m shocked this is where we are, but excited that this is where we are. I didn’t see it coming. I remember not understanding. What the hell does streaming mean? They’re like, “It’s there all the time.” So tuning in on Thursday nights at eight o’clock is not a thing anymore? Or you’re not going to the bathroom on a commercial break and someone yells, “It’s back on!” That doesn’t happen anymore? It’s kind of sad.

Were you surprised that WarnerMedia spent so much to buy the streaming rights to “Friends?”
I’m shocked. I’m amazed. And you’re welcome.

Why didn’t you ever do a “Friends” movie?
Because our producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us. Look, it’s not been without our desire to, because our fans have wanted it so much.

So there were points when the six of you would have done it?
It depends. I mean, we haven’t all sat in a room. But would we have loved to have done something together? Yeah. It would have been fun. We could have redesigned it for a couple episodes. But whatever. Maybe it’s better this way, but we’ll never know.

On Netflix, it feels like “Friends” is still one of the most watched shows in America.
I know. It’s a phenomenon that I am amazed by. To have a whole new generation of children adoring the show as much as they did back in the day when it was airing for the first time is incredible. I want to know what people love so much about it, because there wasn’t any of this. Now most people’s consumption is the [phone] screen, which I’m very conflicted about. If you can’t drive until you’re 16 and you can’t drink until you’re 21, why should you be allowed to have social media? Like to have a distraction that prevents you from learning to connect with people?

Do you think there should be an age limit for social media?
I don’t know. I don’t have kids. I just know that I’m watching my girlfriends’ children and they’re all struggling because of social media. Do you know that mental health has gone through the roof? And primarily what they’ve discovered, it’s because of social media. It’s compare and despair, over and over again. Do they like me? Do they not like me? Am I good enough? It’s hard enough as it is being a kid without the damn “likes” or “not likes.” I wish they would remove the “like.” Why do they need them? Why do we need a comments section, where these trolls with no lives try to be hurtful?

But going back to “Friends,” I think the reason that it still continues to be popular is that the its thesis was that you don’t need a romantic partner if your friends are everything. That was an idea that was ahead of its time.
Right, right, right. It makes you happy. Even when I stumble on it, it makes me happy. I love it and I’ve also forgotten most of it, so it’s really fun for me to rediscover.

written by Admin on September 18, 2019

Variety Announces 2019 Power of Women Honorees: Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Awkwafina, Chaka Khan, Brie Larson and Dana Walden

Variety will honor Jennifer AnistonAwkwafinaMariah CareyChaka KhanBrie Larson and Dana Walden at the 2019 Power of Women Luncheon. Six hundred guests are invited to attend the event, which will take place Oct. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons.

Aniston is being honored for her work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Carey supports the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah, while Khan is being recognized for supporting Little Kids Rock. Awkwafina support Building Beats, while Larson works with the Equal Justice Initiative and Walden supports the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Variety’s commitment to hiring more women for its cover shoots resulted in Peggy Sirota shooting this year’s Power of Women cover featuring the six honorees. The effort will lead to more women being hired for cover shoots throughout the year. This year’s Power of Women issue will contain a feature celebrating Lifetime Television’s 35th anniversary as well as the annual Women’s Impact Report, a report highlighting 50 women in the entertainment industry dedicated to making a lasting impact.

“Since its inception, Variety’s Power of Women has been a celebration of female empowerment, philanthropy and the commitment to progress being made by the professionals of our industry every day. We are so proud that the event continues on as a beacon of positivity in these challenging times,” Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller said.

Variety is partnering with Lifetime Television to host the 2019 Power of Women Luncheon, during which Tony award-winning actress Jessie Mueller will perform a song from her new Lifetime Television film “Patsy and Loretta.” The film tells the story of country musicians Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

“None of this would be possible without the courage and leadership of our founding partner, Lifetime, who will once again join us to celebrate the honorees and our charity partners,” Variety group publisher and chief revenue officer Michelle Sobrino-Stearns said.

Audi and Moroccanoil are the event premiere sponsors.

written by Admin on November 14, 2018

Dumplin’ | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Directed by Anne Fletcher, DUMPLIN’ follows an outspoken plus-sized teenage girl named Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), who’s known as Will to her friends and Dumplin’ to her mother (Jennifer Aniston), a former beauty queen who now runs the local Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant. In her small Texas town, Will confidently ignores comments about her weight and listens to Dolly Parton songs obsessively. But when she decides to enter her mother’s pageant in protest, her bold move encourages other contestants to follow in her footsteps, redefining the town’s traditions in the process.


Watch Dumplin’ on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80201490

written by Samantha on September 14, 2018

Netflix Buys Jennifer Aniston Comedy “Dumplin”

Netflix has bought Jennifer Aniston’s comedy “Dumplin,’” and plans to release the film on the streaming platform later this year in the U.S. and select international territories.

“Dumplin’” will also be released in select U.S. theaters. Danielle Macdonald stars alongside Odeya Rush, Dove Cameron, Harold Perrineau, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj.

Anne Fletcher directed from a script by Kristin Hahn, based on Julie Murphy’s novel. Dolly Parton has recorded new versions of her songs with collaborators such as Sia and Miranda Lambert, in addition to six new original songs co-written by Parton and Linda Perry. Michael Costigan, Mohamed AlRafi, Hahn, and Trish Hofmann produced. AlRafi produced through 50 Degrees Entertainment. Aniston and Danny Nozell executive produced.

The story centers on a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston) — taking a job at the local fast-food joint. She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back, but when she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant and gaining respect for her mother.

Variety first reported in 2015 that Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively prior to publication of Murphy’s Texas-set novel with Costigan producing. Disney decided not to go ahead with the project.

Macdonald broke out as the star of the 2017 Sundance drama “PattiCake$.” Fletcher’s directing credits include “Hot Pursuit,” “The Guilt Trip,” “The Proposal,” and “27 Dresses.”

News of the Netflix deal was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

Source – Variety.com

written by Admin on May 12, 2018

Jennifer Aniston Has Ladies Night Out With Courteney Cox and Ellen DeGeneres

Newly single Jennifer Aniston is sticking close to her girl squad, which happens to include one of her Friends co-stars.
The 49-year-old actress — who announced her split from husband Justin Theroux in February — hit the town with pals Ellen DeGeneres and Courteney Cox on Thursday for a casual dinner at Hollywood hot spot Craig’s.
The gals all showed up to the restaurant in separate vehicles, and while Aniston kept a low profile while entering and exiting the eatery, Cox and DeGeneres smiled for photographers. Both the 60-year-old daytime talk show host and the 53-year-old Friends actress sported all-black outfits, and Aniston also appeared to be wearing a dark-colored blouse. Per usual, the A-list star’s hairstyle was on point. Aniston and Theroux have been anything but homebodies since their breakup. The actress has attended several soirees for her famous friends, including Gwyneth Paltrow’s engagement party and a birthday bash for Jimmy Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney. As for Theroux, 46, he’s been spotted out and about in New York City.

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written by Admin on May 07, 2018

Jennifer Aniston in Trailer for Iraq War Drama ‘The Yellow Birds’

The film is based on Kevin Powers’ 2012 novel. Jennifer Aniston, Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan and Toni Collette cope with the intensity of the Iraq War in the first official trailer for The Yellow Birds.
Based on Kevin Powers’ 2012 novel that draws from the author’s real-life experience serving in the Army as a machine gunner in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, the film follows Ehrenreich’s Brandon Bartle and his relationship with fellow soldier Daniel Murphy (Sheridan) as they serve in the Iraq War.
Struggling with a promise that he made to Murphy’s mother (Aniston), the trailer features harrowing battle sequences intercut with Bartle’s time back home, struggling to cope with what happened overseas and a dark secret he’s holding on to.
The war drama premiered at Sundance in 2017 and is scheduled for release through DirecTV Cinema on May 17.

written by Admin on April 02, 2018

Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler reunite in ‘Murder Mystery’

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have been named to the cast of Murder Mystery, a new comedy film from Kyle Newacheck of Workaholics. Murder Mystery follows a New York Police Department officer, played by Sandler, who goes vacationing with his wife (Aniston) in Europe. While there, they become the prime suspects in a case concerning the death of a billionaire. James Vanderbilt, of Independence Day: Resurgence and the first two Amazing Spider-Man films, wrote the script for Murder Mystery. The project’s director, Kyle Newacheck, previously co-starred in, wrote for, directed and created episodic comedy series Workaholics, and then Game Over, Man (again, Netflix) which reunited the three Workaholics leads in different circumstances. Anne Fletcher of Hot Pursuit and 27 Dresses had previously been associated with the director’s role; she helms upcoming Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald beauty queen comedy Dumplin’. For Sandler, Murder Mystery marks his sixth on-camera collaboration with Netflix, starting with The Ridiculous Six and continuing with The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and April 2018’s The Week Of.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Punch-Drunk Love, a Gotham Award for “The Meyerowitz Stories” and has been nominated for 35 Golden Raspberries over the course of his career, winning seven for poorly-received 2011 effort Jack and Jill. He returns to the Hotel Transylvania franchise this July as leading character Count Dracula.
Aniston played Rachel Green over ten seasons of TV sitcom Friends, receiving a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award for the show. After a post-Friends run that included the critically-panned Rumor Has It, Love Happens and Just Go with It, her performance in 2014 trauma recovery drama Cake resulted in additional nominations at the Golden Globes and SAGs. The Yellow Birds in which Aniston plays a key supporting character, was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and is due for general release in June 2018.

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written by Admin on February 16, 2018

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux signed ‘ironclad’ prenup, reports say

Jennifer Aniston’s mega-fortune will remain intact after her split from Justin Theroux, according to multiple media reports that the couple signed an “ironclad” prenuptial agreement.
“Friends” star Aniston, who was named by Forbes as 2017’s highest paid actress of the year, made about $25.5 million last year. But she reportedly won’t have to worry about splitting her fortune with Theroux.
“Jennifer has an ironclad prenup with Justin. It would be very hard for Justin to contest it. The prenup talks before the marriage were long and intense,” a source said to Us Weekly.
Radar Online also reported the pair protected their separate assets before their marriage.
E! News estimates the A-listers are worth a combined $240 million. According to the celebrity news site, Aniston’s fortune accounts for $220 million of that, and Theroux is worth a reported $20 million.
Aniston and Theroux met in May of 2011 and got engaged in the summer of 2012. The couple then tied the knot in 2015 with a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home, which included celebrity friends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Sandra Bullock, Chelsea Handler and former “Friends” castmate Lisa Kudrow.
On Thursday, Aniston and Theroux shocked fans with the news of their separation.
The couple released a joint statement which read, “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”
The news of Aniston and Theroux’s breakup comes after the Hollywood couple was photographed enjoying a Mexican vacation with celebrity couple friends Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka in December.
The couple joined Bateman and his wife in Cabo San Lucas to ring in the New Year but, according to Us Weekly, the Mexican getaway was the couple’s final attempt to try and save their the seven-year romance.

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written by Admin on February 16, 2018

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separate

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux announced their separation on Thursday after less than three years of marriage, immediately sparking speculation that the former “Friends” star might reunite with her first spouse, Brad Pitt. “We have decided to announce our separation,” Aniston and Theroux said in a joint statement. “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.”
Aniston, 49, and “The Leftovers” actor Theroux, 46, married in August 2015.
The statement gave no reason for the split.
“We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” the statement said.
Aniston, whose marriage to Pitt ended in divorce, is one of America’s most popular celebrities.The news swiftly became the top trending topic on Twitter, where fans chimed in with memes and comments about a possible Pitt-Aniston reunion.
Pitt left Aniston for actress Angelina Jolie in 2005, but he and Jolie split up in 2016. Their divorce is being dealt with in private court and Pitt is currently single.
“Guys! #JenniferAniston and #BradPitt are tooooootally getting back together! Then the #JenniferAniston love curse will FINALLY be over and she can be the stepmom of #AngelinaJolie’s kids!!!,” Twitter user Lauren Mastro posted on Thursday.
Aniston and Theroux married in a secret ceremony at their Los Angeles home in 2015 that took many of the couple’s guests, as well as the media, by surprise. They began dating in 2011.
Aniston has forged a lucrative film career in romantic comedies such as “Horrible Bosses,” “Marley & Me” and “Just Go with It” since the 2004 end of the hit TV comedy “Friends,” which made her a global star.
Theroux, who is also a writer and producer, is best known for his role on the HBO series “The Leftovers,” which ended last year. His other movies include “The Girl on the Train” and “Zoolander 2.”

written by Admin on December 31, 2017

Netflix bosses hint that sitcom will be streamed in the UK in 2018

The final episode aired 13 years ago, but the British public’s appetite for US sitcom Friends has been lost. Fans of the cult Nineties series went wild on Saturday when streaming service Netflix hinted that it was acquiring the show. Posting a cryptic message from the Official Twitter account, the service-provider prompted speculation that they would be the new outlet in 2018.The tweet read: ‘The One with the Show Everyone’s Been Asking Us to Add’ and provided no other explanation to the 41k followers.


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