Tom Hiddleston Talks to USA Today About Surviving a Bar Fight

Tom Hiddleston, Kong Skull IslandOn the advice he received from former members of Britain’s Special Air Service and a retired Navy SEAL about bar fights on the set of Kong: Skull Island: “If you get into a bar fight, the best thing to do is to pretend you don’t know what you’re doing and run, get the hell out of there. That’s what he said. You don’t want to get yourself in trouble.”

On what he would say if someone cut in front of him at a bar: “I’d say very politely, ‘Excuse me, I’ve been waiting X amount of time,’ Usually people are pretty good about that. That’s kind of social protocol. You don’t break that rule. People are like, ‘Okay, you go ahead.'”

On being in an action film as the hero: “Action has always been a part of me. In the Marvel films, it’s hidden in the playfulness and mischief of that character. But actually, there’s several one-to-ones with Captain America and Thor where the action requires choreography. But (Kong) puts all of that center stage.

On his character, James Conrad: “It’s like, this is the guy you want on the ground in a jungle. It’s lovely to be a hero.”

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Tom Hiddleston Talks to Bustle About ‘Kong: Skull Island’

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Tom Hiddleston likes to eat dessert before lunch. I know this because I’ve just watched him finish a piece of chocolate cake before diving into a plate of chicken and vegetables. We’re sitting in a makeshift room — composed of heavy fabric walls, a couch big enough for two, and a short table that holds his meal and “morning sugar rush,” as he calls it — inside of a grandiose ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles. Hiddleston’s here to promote his latest, Kong: Skull Island, and I’m here to try to uncover a yet-to-be-discovered layer of the man that is Thomas William Hiddleston — beyond his dining preferences.

I politely decline the latter — given my penchant for clumsiness I’d prefer not to interview the British heartthrob with a blouse covered in frosting. He asks me again (Hiddleston is very generous, it seems) and I again, decline. So we settle into the couch and I begin the conversation by relaying a message. Earlier in the day the film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, asked me to tell Hiddleston this: “It’s only forever.” I assume the sentiment is a reference to the lyrics of David Bowie’s “Underground,” (as any Hiddlestoner knows, the man loves Bowie) yet the actor assures me it’s not.

“The thing about making movies is that you’re constrained by time and daylight,” he tells me. “When you’re assembling the jigsaw puzzle with all its intricate pieces you want every piece to be perfect. We are both perfectionists, and when I would ask for another take because I knew it could be better, he would say, ‘I think we got it,’ and I would say, ‘It’s only forever.’ It became a kind of comradely slogan that was our call to arms every morning.”

Vogt-Roberts elaborates later, telling me: “Tom is really frustrating to be around because he’s tall and handsome and knows a lot about everything,” the director jokes. “Tom ascribed the right philosophy of ‘we’re making this forever.’ He’s a total dream for a director because he gives a fuck. He might care too much at times, but you have no choice but to like completely love him.” Continue reading

Hilarie Burton Talks to Refinery29 About Her New Film ‘Growing Up Smith’

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You know her from One Tree Hill — but Hilarie Burton is a lot more than Peyton Sawyer. Burton’s appeared in a variety of film and TV roles since the WB/CW show. She’s currently filming Fox’s Lethal Weapon reboot, and her film Growing Up Smith hits theaters next Friday. Oh, and she’s married to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a.k.a. The Walking Dead‘s Negan — and they own a candy shop upstate with Paul Rudd.

Growing Up Smith tells the story of an Indian family who move to small-town America in 1979. Ten-year-old Smith is fascinated by every detail of the United States, including his neighbors, the Brunner family. Burton plays matriarch Nancy Brunner, a woman who finds her voice amidst chaos in her family life. Refinery29 talked to Burton about the movie and why she thinks One Tree Hill should stay in the past.

Refinery29: What drew you to the role of Nancy? How did you get involved with the film?
Hilarie Burton: “I actually live in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where the film was shot. And I’m a mom, like Nancy, and my husband’s off working, so I’m bound by some rules as to what jobs I can take and what I can’t. Because I want to take care of my family, much like Nancy. Continue reading

Jessica Chastain Talks to USA Today

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After a contentious election, Miss Sloane arrives rife with lessons on cloudy American politics.

In the new political thriller, Jessica Chastain takes the reins as the ferociously intelligent (fictional) Republican lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane, who ditches a high-profile job to push a bill restricting firearm sales through Congress.

“It’s not interested in lecturing anyone,” says the actress, curling up on a couch at the Four Seasons. She says Miss Sloane, which reveals the sausage-making on (and off) Capitol Hill, could just as easily have used an issue such as climate change or immigration to make its point.

“It just uses that to show an inner world of the American political system and the fundraising — what it takes to get a bill passed and how corrupt the system can be when it’s led by money,” she says.

Chastain, 39, spent pre-production Googling top female lobbyists, and walked away from a trip to Washington with a decidedly different take on Sloane, a character she presumed would wear little makeup and rotate the same wardrobe day in and out.

“It was almost naïve of me to think that, because there’s something about the way Elizabeth Sloane dresses and about some of the women that I met in D.C. where they intimidate before they even enter the room,” says the actress, whose character’s war paint is dark nail polish and crimson lipstick.

Critics are praising her performance in the movie, which has a 72% positive rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes. “Equally icy and savvy, Sloane has no patience for hippies, naïve Millennials or the old boys’ club, whose glass ceiling she’s pretty much pulverizing with a jackhammer any chance she gets,” wrote USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt.

Director John Madden says he initially met Chastain while directing her in 2011’s The Debt, when the actress was virtually unknown. Today, “she’s become a spokesperson for women in the industry — roles that are serious and not defined by the clichés of mother, lover or girlfriend,” he says.

The misogyny lobbed at Hillary Clinton in the presidential election is top of mind for the actress, particularly when discussing words used to describe women like Elizabeth Sloane and the Democratic nominee.

During the debates, “the criticism against Hillary was that she was overprepared. I never heard in my entire life that a man was overprepared for anything. I am overprepared in my life,” she says. “What’s wrong with being ambitious, being overprepared, being one step ahead?”

Offscreen, Chastain seems ready to recalibrate her fame. The private star has even started sharing a small slice of her personal life via Instagram, selectively posting occasional shots with her longtime boyfriend, fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo. “Gian Luca and I have been together for such a long time, we’re in it for the long haul,” she says.

She’s also switching gears after working relentlessly, having just wrapped the Sitting Bull drama Woman Walks Ahead before beginning the Aaron Sorkin-directed Molly’s Game in Toronto.

“I’m at an interesting point in my life and in my career. A few years ago, I started to examine where I was in the world and what I was contributing to society,” says Chastain, adding that she’s ready to direct and share the spotlight.

“It becomes like you’re eating cake every day. You just want to share the cake!”

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Edge Talks to Rolling Stone About the Upcoming Joshua Tree 30 Tour

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Since their formation in 1976, U2 have aggressively avoided any move that even hints at nostalgia. But this year they’re going to finally look back by taking their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree on tour in stadiums across America and Europe in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary. It’s a chance for the band to re-connect with fans after the rather disappointing reception to their 2014 LP Songs of Innocence, and it gives them a chance to hit the road while continuing to put the finishing touches on their upcoming album Songs of Experience. A couple of weeks before the shows were formally announced, U2 guitarist the Edge phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour, reviving rare songs onstage, their next album, Donald Trump and much more.

Rolling Stone: Can you give me some background on how this tour came together?

Well, when we came off the last tour, the Innocence and Experience indoor tour, we headed straight into finishing the second album of that set, Songs of Experience, which we were pretty much complete with after a couple of weeks of the final touches leading up to the end of the year. And then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed. We just went, “Hold on a second – we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.” That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.

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John Legend Talks to PopSugar

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A lot has changed for John Legend in the past year. In April 2016, he welcomed Luna, his first child with Chrissy Teigen. In the months following, John released a new music video starring the two, spoiled the world with snaps of baby Luna, and executive produced and starred in La La Land, one of the biggest films of the year. In 2017, things are only heating up. With a fresh album and a new Super Bowl commercial partnership with LIFEWTR, John is already on his way to topping last year. Recently, we hopped on the phone to interview the music sensation about his Super Bowl venture, his new music, and his new life as a father.

POPSUGAR: What does it mean to you to be married to such a strong and outspoken feminist?

John Legend: Well, I’m a feminist myself! I believe in the message of feminism, that women have the right to an equal place at the table, an equal place in leadership. And I’m proud of my wife for standing up for that and being a fearless voice out there. I feel pretty lucky that I’ve found someone who . . . she and I are different, but in the ways that we’re alike, it works out really well. And in the ways that we’re different, it works out really well.

PS: Let’s talk about LIFEWTR. Can you tell me about the Super Bowl commercial and the creative process behind it?

JL: Well, the whole brand is about celebrating life, celebrating creativity, celebrating inspiration, and kind of appreciating all of that. Part of the way they manifest that is through the bottle itself, through featuring artists on the bottle, really embracing that idea of creativity and inspiration. We wanted to embrace that and incorporate it into the ad. And so we actually wrote a few lyrics to kind of fit with that theme: creativity, inspiration, and magic. And then we made a clip for the ad.

PS: You know, I’m actually curious about your creative process. How has it changed since you became a father?

JL: Well, I think I have new things to inspire me, obviously. On my new album Darkness to Light, I wrote about my daughter. I wrote about what it felt like becoming a new father. And obviously, I write about my wife and my relationship as well. I think, as I get older, as I have new life circumstances, I’m going to continue to be inspired by those things and write about them. When it comes to the process of writing, I still do it the same way. I still go to the studio, I focus and try to write a song within four or five hours. I start with the music, and then the lyrics usually come after. So that’s always been the same, but I think now I just have new things to think about, new things to write about, new inspiration.

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Nina Dobrev Featured In Men’s Health

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Jennifer Lawrence Covers Vanity Fair

Jennifer Lawrence, Vanity FairIn a mere six years, Jennifer Lawrence has blazed past every marker of Hollywood stardom, with no sign of slowing down: next month’s science-fiction romance Passengers will be followed by movies with Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, and Darren Aronofsky. In unreal circumstances, Lawrence is learning to assert herself as a real person, whether that means equal pay, privacy, or never being a bridesmaid again.

The bar of the Plaza Athénée, an elegant Upper East Side hotel, is empty save for an elderly French couple sipping Bordeaux at two P.M. when in bursts a tall blonde crackling with energy. It is Jennifer Lawrence, wearing a black cashmere sweater, jeans ripped at the knee, and black boots, her platinum hair chopped into a chic bob. Delicate gold jewelry circles her wrists, neck, and fingers, and her most pronounced accessory, a security team, looms nearby.

She orders tea and explains, “I am playing a ballerina in my next movie, so my first step is not drinking alcohol for every meal of the day. Obviously I’m still drinking every day,” she adds, in the same engaging, infectious manner America has come to love.

While most millennials are navigating student debt and entry-level employment, Lawrence, who turned 26 in August, hasn’t so much achieved the Hollywood dream as crushed and re-invented it by blazing an unprecedented career trajectory. In the past five years, she has won an Oscar (in 2013, for Silver Linings Playbook), earned three additional nominations (for Winter’s Bone, American Hustle, and Joy), collected three Golden Globes, gone full superhero in the $4-billion-grossing X-Men series, and fronted the nearly $3-billion-grossing Hunger Games franchise. With her next film, Passengers, Sony’s science-fiction romance, opening December 21, Lawrence has joined Julia Roberts in an elite league of actresses who have commanded $20 million for a movie. (Lawrence will also reportedly receive 30 percent of the film’s profits after it breaks even.) While Roberts reached this paycheck peak when she was 32 (for Erin Brockovich), Lawrence has already done so, a mere six years after skyrocketing out of obscurity. (For additional perspective, Passengers marks Lawrence’s 20th film, while Meryl Streep did not appear on-screen in a feature film until she was 28.) Continue reading