Australian author Liane Moriarty says Nicole Kidman is definitely a great fit for a juicy role in her new book, Nine Perfect Strangers.
Kidman and Australian producer Bruna Papandrea have already landed the rights to the book, which tackles the booming wellness industry and centers around a group who meet at a remote health resort. Moriarty made an appearance on CBS This Morning on Tuesday to talk about her latest novel, and said she had Kidman in mind for a major character.
“Definitely Masha, the 6-foot tall charismatic, narcissistic Russian resort leader,” she said.
She also talked about her decision to make a wellness retreat the center of her new book.
“It’s transformation really, it’s that desire to be somebody else,” she says of why so many people take part in wellness retreats. “When I was doing research for this book, I just did a five-day retreat and I remember on the drive there, honestly thinking to myself, ‘Maybe I’ll be transformed by the end of these five days.’ But of course, I stopped at the first cafe on the way back home.”
“Women obviously have such an emotional connection to their bodies and such a sense of shame,” she also says about the desire to lose weight.
Later, Moriarty talked about Big Little Lies season two, specifically, how she actually wrote Meryl Streep’s character for the Oscar-winning actress. Streep is playing Mary Louise Wright, the mother of the late Perry Wright — Kidman’s character Celeste’s abusive husband who died in season one of the hit HBO show.
“I got Meryl, yes,” Moriarty said of the amazing casting get. “So, my sister said to me, ‘Only write [season two] if you think it would be fun to write it, and why not write a role for your favorite actress, Meryl Streep?’ So, I thought, why not write a role for Meryl Streep?”
Moriarty named Streep’s character after the actress’ real name — Mary Louise.
“I was looking up to see what her middle name was because I thought it might be fun to call the character by her middle name,” she explains. “And I found out that her real name is Mary Louise, so I called the character Mary Louise.”
Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon recently talked to ET about working with Streep on season two. Watch below:
Uganda is at "big risk" of the spread of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak from neighbouring Congo, a senior health official said Thursday, even as he said the situation is "being handled well" there. Uganda's director of health services, Henry Mwebesa, spoke to The Associated Press a day after the World Health Organization said Congo's outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but called for an "intensified" response. Uganda is the most threatened as the risk of Ebola's regional spread is "very high," with confirmed cases discovered in recent weeks near the heavily travelled border. WHO has not recommended any travel restrictions. Twice-weekly market days during which 10,000 Congolese cross into Uganda have put the country at "big risk," Mwebesa said. Unofficial border crossing points also are a cause for concern. The current outbreak of the highly infectious Ebola virus in northeastern Congo has had 185 confirmed cases, including 107 deaths. Congo's health ministry has said millions of travellers have been checked for Ebola at various points of entry since the outbreak was declared on Aug. 1. Mwebesa said 222 suspected cases of Ebola have been identified and isolated in Uganda among people arriving from Congo but none have tested positive. He said travellers arriving from Congo are screened for a high body temperature. Uganda has had multiple Ebola outbreaks since 2000. The chair of the WHO's emergency committee on Wednesday said that if the virus infects another country, that could trigger another meeting to determine whether this outbreak should be declared a global emergency. Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, told the BBC ahead of the meeting that his country didn't want the declaration, saying that "I think the situation is quite under control." His ministry, WHO and aid groups have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month amid the threat of attack by multiple rebel groups and sometimes hostile community resistance to health workers in a part of Congo facing its first Ebola outbreak.
Uganda is at "big risk" of the spread of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak from neighbouring Congo, a senior health official said Thursday, even as he said the situation is "being handled well" there.
Uganda's director of health services, Henry Mwebesa, spoke to The Associated Press a day after the World Health Organization said Congo's outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but called for an "intensified" response.
Uganda is the most threatened as the risk of Ebola's regional spread is "very high," with confirmed cases discovered in recent weeks near the heavily travelled border. WHO has not recommended any travel restrictions.
Twice-weekly market days during which 10,000 Congolese cross into Uganda have put the country at "big risk," Mwebesa said. Unofficial border crossing points also are a cause for concern.
The current outbreak of the highly infectious Ebola virus in northeastern Congo has had 185 confirmed cases, including 107 deaths. Congo's health ministry has said millions of travellers have been checked for Ebola at various points of entry since the outbreak was declared on Aug. 1.
Mwebesa said 222 suspected cases of Ebola have been identified and isolated in Uganda among people arriving from Congo but none have tested positive. He said travellers arriving from Congo are screened for a high body temperature.
Uganda has had multiple Ebola outbreaks since 2000.
The chair of the WHO's emergency committee on Wednesday said that if the virus infects another country, that could trigger another meeting to determine whether this outbreak should be declared a global emergency.
Congo's health minister, Oly Ilunga, told the BBC ahead of the meeting that his country didn't want the declaration, saying that "I think the situation is quite under control."
His ministry, WHO and aid groups have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month amid the threat of attack by multiple rebel groups and sometimes hostile community resistance to health workers in a part of Congo facing its first Ebola outbreak.
Wedding bells are ringing for two former houseguests!
According to a source inside the ceremony, Robyn Kass, Big Brother’s casting director, officiated the ceremony.
The black-tie wedding, which took place in the late afternoon, was attended by several of the couple’s former reality TV friends and co-stars. The source says Big Brother alums Elena Davies, Mark Jansen, and Corey Brooks attended the wedding, as well as Bachelor star Vanessa Grimaldi.
Just an hour before the ceremony took place, the pregnant bride shared a celebratory snapshot of her long wedding veil to her Instagram story, where she excitedly shared, “Guys! I’m getting married!”
The lovebirds, who met during Season 19 of Big Brother last year, got engaged on Feb. 13, just two weeks before their season 30 finale of The Amazing Race, where the pair came in first and took home $ 1 million.
In September, ET caught up with the happy couple just after they announced they were expecting their first child together, and she opened up about how they found out the exciting news.
“We actually found out while watching the finale of The Bachelorette,” Graf recalled. “I wasn’t feeling well and decided to take a test even though I was pretty sure I wasn’t pregnant. I didn’t tell Cody — I just went and laid back in bed with him, pregnancy test in my hoodie pocket. The show distracted me, so I forgot it was in there until after it ended.”
As the episode came to a close, Graf said she suddenly remembered she had the test stick in her pocket and pulled it out to see the anticipated results.
“I pulled the stick out and immediately gasped at the result,” she says. “Cody looked at me scared and confused at the look on my face, [then] when I handed him the stick he immediately burst out into laughter and I burst into tears. It was the best surprise!”
Congrats to the happy couple on their new union!
“I might or might not have thrown an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep. In a scene, ’cause she made me mad,” Witherspoon told co-host Robin Roberts. “It’s going to be really good. And I think it’s one of the top moments of my entire career. For real.”
Above all, Witherspoon — and Streep for that matter — was most impressed with her aim. “And I hit her! Like, I nailed it!” she bragged. “She turned around and she was like, ‘Yeah you got me.'”
When ET spoke to Witherspoon earlier this month, she reiterated how exciting the scene was to shoot.
“I did that!” she said at the time. “It’s a top five moment in my career for sure.”
Though she couldn’t reveal the plot of the HBO show’s second season, Witherspoon did share the origins of the story.
“The amazing author Liane Moriarty wrote a follow-up novella that will never be published, but it gave us the basis for what is going to be the entire season two and it’s so good,” she said on GMA. “We were all just excited. I think you can tell when you watch the show that we just deeply love each other and we were having a lot of fun.”
In addition to Big Little Lies, Witherspoon is also busy promoting her book, Whiskey in a Teacup, which drops Sept. 18.
“Well my grandmother used to say, ‘Southern women are like whiskey in a teacup.’ They’re sort of beautiful and ornamental and put together on the outside, but they’re really strong and fiery on the inside. And it’s true!” she said of the book’s title. “… I just learned a lot about being a part of a community and part of a family from my grandparents, who were just the biggest influence in my life.”
On top of all of her projects, Witherspoon is also a mom of three — Ava, 19, Deacon, 14, and Tennessee, 5 — and currently in the midst of the busy back to school season.
“I see all the people post the cute pictures of their kids going to kindergarten, [but] mine won’t let me take a picture. There’s like a picture with [the sign] over his head,” she lamented. “I’ve got one in kindergarten, one starting high school and one started college. I’m not going to lie, I was a little stressed. I was a little stressed this year.”
“They approached me with the idea,” she told Roberts. “This was this empowered moment, a feminist moment back in the early 2000s, wouldn’t it be interesting to revisit her as she’s turning 40 and she what challenges she’s facing? It’s really a good idea, so I’m excited!”
Witherspoon also shared her excitement about the flick when ET spoke to her earlier this month.
“I got to go to a meeting the other day and we talked about all the new plot points and all the characters and some returning characters and some new characters,” she said at the time. “…I mean, I got so excited just in the meeting. I was like, ‘This is going to be good.'”
Legally Blonde 3 is set to premiere on Valentine’s Day 2020. In the meantime, check out ET’s interview with Witherspoon:
There are a lot of reasons Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern are looking forward to shooting the second season of their hit drama Big Little Lies — but the addition of Meryl Streep to the already star-studded cast is definitely at the top of the list.
ET caught up with Kidman and Dern at the Calvin Klein Fall 2018 runway show at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night, and the actresses couldn’t help but fangirl a bit about their new co-star.
“It’s amazing!” Dern exclaimed. “When I tell anyone in my life that Meryl Streep is joining us, it’s incredible!”
It was announced in January that the three-time Oscar winner would be joining the show for their upcoming season, playing Mary Louise Wright, mother of the deceased Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard) and mother-in-law to Kidman’s Celeste Wright.
While Dern joked that she felt as if everyone involved in making the show “worked very hard to beg her,” Kidman said it didn’t take that much convincing to get Streep to sign on.
“Reese and I were just [thinking], ‘She would be so amazing in the role!'” Kidman recalled, admitting however that, at first, “We didn’t think we’d get her.”
“It was written for her and we wanted her,” the Lion star said, adding that the whole cast “greatly appreciate” the acclaimed actress’ support and faith.
“It really is her standing up and going, ‘I support you as women, and I believe in you.’ I think that’s a big statement from her,” Kidman said of Steep’s decision to take on the project.
“We’re determined to give her an extraordinary experience,” Kidman added. “She’s had a lot of experiences so we just want to make it fun for her and vibrant and exciting.”
Production has not yet begun on the second season of the acclaimed HBO drama, which is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
Before they were landing coveted covers like Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, these celebrities had, as Oprah Winfrey would call it, an aha moment.
Winfrey joins Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Chastain, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Michael Shannon, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy and VF‘s editor Graydon Carter on the magazine’s cover, which was shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In a video accompanying the issue, which is available nationwide on Feb. 6, the stars are asked, “What has forged you to create your own authentic path throughout your career?”
Of course, Winfrey was thrilled to answer this question. “OK, so here’s the authenticity moment,” she begins. “Laughing at myself as a young TV anchor woman, I had this moment where I realized I can be a better me than I can be a pretend Barbara Walters — and that’s what changed my life. From that moment forward, I felt more like talking like myself and being like myself.”
Dropping even more wisdom, Winfrey continues, “Your ability to show the truth of you is also somebody else’s truth and that when people can see that, that is what they’re relating to.”
Witherspoon also shares what has kept her going in this business. “Whenever I accomplished something, instead of feeling good about it, I was always pushing myself to think, ‘Well, what now? What’s next?’ I’m just really obsessed with learning and pushing myself to be knowledgeable about things I don’t know.”
As for Kidman, she says she got into acting because it serves as an “outlet” for all her emotions. “That’s what pulls me through,” she explains. “That’s my authentic self.”
When Hanks is asked about authenticity, he ponders the age-old question, “What is your big break?”
“In truth, the big break is the very first time anybody asks you to do it professionally,” he shares. “That’s the break that begins everything else. But really, the only reason you’re doing it is for the sheer joyful experience.”
The release of the star-studded cover comes just a few days after the Oscar nominations were announced. Here’s a look at this year’s nominees:
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The end may be near for The Big Bang Theory. Television’s most-watched comedy, currently in its 11th season, could likely close its doors at the end of season 12, star Johnny Galecki told reporters at CBS’ Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, where he was promoting Living Biblically, which he executive produces. “The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping [The Big Bang Theory] has been that we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes,” Galecki said, via…
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As the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt. For the Manchester United manager, it wasn’t the Champions League at all.
“For the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayerns, the Champions League starts in February. Now is just the warming up,” Mourinho said after a routine win for his Manchester United team over Swiss club Basel. “Let’s qualify, let’s make the points to qualify for the knockout phase. When we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.”
United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all cruised to easy wins on Tuesday, scoring 17 goals between them and conceding none.
Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus was something of an exception, if only because the Italian team — last season’s defeated finalist — had been expected to put up more of a fight.
In the event, Lionel Messi started another European campaign in imperious fashion with two goals against an injury-depleted Juventus side.
Messi adds another game-winning performance
Lionel Messi started the new European season with yet another game-winning performance for Barcelona, while the Catalan club’s record signing Ousmane Dembele made his debut.
Still, Barcelona’s three-goal winning margin against a weakened opponent was slight revenge for its loss to Juventus in last year’s quarterfinals.
On Tuesday at the Camp Nou, Juventus was missing defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira through injury, while Juan Cuadrado was suspended.
Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Greek side Olympiakos, taking the lead after just 69 seconds through forward Seydou Doumbia, on loan from Roma.
Lukaku on a roll for Manchester United
Manchester United’s players didn’t have to exert themselves too much to see off Swiss side Basel 3-0, as Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in six United appearances.
Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford’s goals completed the win for United.
In a worrying sight for United fans and coach Mourinho, captain Paul Pogba hobbled off with a possible left hamstring injury.
In Lisbon, Benfica let slip a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to CSKA Moscow, with substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov scoring the winning goal four minutes into his Champions League debut.
PSG, Bayern post easy wins
Two woefully uncompetitive games saw Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich post easy wins.
PSG’s expensively assembled forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani ran riot against Celtic in a 5-0 win, scoring four between them. A Celtic own goal ensured a night to forget for the Scottish champion.
Bayern seemed rustier in its 3-0 win over Anderlecht, leading by just one goal at halftime despite Anderlecht having a man sent off in the 11th minute.
The red card allowed Robert Lewandowski to score from the penalty spot, before Bayern wasted a string of opportunities. Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich added to the scoreline in the second half.
Chelsea thrash Qarabag
Davide Zappacosta’s stunning long-distance goal from the right flank impressed the Stamford Bridge faithful, but Chelsea needed nothing special to thrash Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 6-0.
A poor Qarabag defence also conceded goals from Michy Batshuayi, Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko. There was also an own goal by Maksim Medvedev.
Atletico Madrid sees itself as a contender to win the Champions League, but poor finishing made it look well short of that standard in a 0-0 draw with Roma.