‘Scream Queens': Lea Michele On Her Makeunder

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Comic-Con Day 4: ‘Heroes’ Return to San Diego, ‘Scream Queens’ Scare Up Hall H.

The 56-year-old actress has teamed up with esteemed American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their forthcoming TV show Scream Queens, in which she portrays character Dean Cathy Munsch.Comic-Con 2015 wrapped up Sunday evening with FX closing out Hall H with “The Strain” and Denis Leary’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” For the final day, the San Diego Convention Center was full of familiar faces (Con favorite Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries”), newbies (Jamie Lee Curtis who stole the show during “Scream Queens’” debut panel) and, of course, hotly anticipated TV shows, including the return of “Heroes.” “‘Delena’ sounds, potentially, like a disease. ‘Steroline’ sounds like the cure for the disease.” — Paul Wesley playfully mocks “The Vampire Diaries” ship names, given by fans, for his character and panelist Candice Accola’s, plus Ian Somerhalder’s and Nina Dobrev’s, who exited the CW series earlier this year “By the way, I have no problem playing a 17-year-old in my mid 60’s.” — Wesley, 32, joked about job security, to which his costar Somerhalder replied, “You don’t look a day over 40!” “I’ve been selling yogurt that makes you sh-t for 6 years!” — Jamie Lee Curtis, Activia spokesperson, explains why she never made it to Comic-Con before this year’s convention where she was on hand to promote Fox’s “Scream Queens” “Yeah, I want to play a b–ch…it was delivered.” — “Scream Queens” star Abigail Breslin recalls what she first told Ryan Murphy about her character aspirations for the upcoming horror anthology series “We’ve had a long rest and a good night sleep and we’re ready to save the world again.” — “Heroes” creator Tim Kring teases his upcoming NBC revival, “Heroes Reborn,” on the Sunday panel, which brought back original star Masi Oka as a surprise

Murphy, famously known to stay mum on spoilers, offered up a few details on the upcoming season of “AHS,” much to the delight of Con attendees in Hall H. “Everybody on this side of the table are bad boys and girls this time,” Murphy said looking at cast members Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates. And while promoting Scream Queens during a panel chat at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, Jamie Lee spoke of how impressed she is with the programme’s script writing. “As someone who has spent her life working in horror films, many of them not written well, the reason why we are all here is because of the writing,” she gushed, according to Deadline. “Everyone has so many colours. And the connecting tissue to the two shows, co-creator Ryan Murphy, sat smack dab in the center of the panel, bridging the established horror series with the new. “What if it’s ‘Halloween’ meets ‘Heathers?'” Murphy queried to the crowd, which was the exact question he asked his non-present co-writer Brad Falchuk regarding their new TV endeavor, “Scream Queens.” “When we were writing the pilot of this, I asked to meet Jamie Lee, who I had loved forever,” Murphy said. When they met he told her, “Look if you don’t do this show we’re not going to do it.” Curtis’ has long worn the “Scream Queens” crown since her “Halloween” days back in 1978.

Ryan’s shows are quite complicated … the genius is you think you know who Cathy is, but as more is revealed, it contradicts the original impression. As for the most anticipated star on the new season, Lady Gaga, Murphy says she’ll also play bad — which is something the star requested. “She said, ‘I want to be evil,’” the show creator recalled of his first meeting with Gaga, who approached him for the show, as she’s a big fan herself. “I said, ‘You came to the right place.’” “It was one of the weirdest things of my career ever,” Murphy continued, recalling Gaga approaching him for her part. “‘Horror Story’ has a lot of fans obviously and I get calls from some people…how it happened with Gaga is she wrote and said, ‘I love the show, would you consider putting me on it?’ And I wrote back, ‘Yes. CAPS CAPS…’ The best call ever is ‘Please wait for Gaga’…and she got on the phone and could not have been lovelier.” Murphy said that the superstar will shoot all of her episodes during one window to accommodate her busy schedule. “She likes to do one thing at one time,” he explained, confirming that she will only be acting — no singing for Gaga in “AHS.” The creator also teased Gaga’s style on the series. “When you work with someone like her, you sign up for something that is larger than life and I think that’s what you want,” he said on the panel. “Part of her role involves fashion. Although Murphy was mum about the identity of the killer (a fact that not even the cast knows), he did say that people meet the killer in the premiere and that (he thinks) the episode makes it clear who the killer is.

But Murphy would allow cast members of “American Horror Story: Hotel” reveal the name of the characters they will be playing in the rebooted season set in a hotel. The designers have been coming out of the wood works with looks for her.” The fifth round will also bring back even more familiar characters, Murphy confirmed, bringing truth to longstanding theories that all “AHS” seasons are connected. “Things are connected,” he said. “This season, you’ll see more and more and more of that.

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

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‘Joy’ review: Jennifer Lawrence cleans up in enjoyable biopic.

Writer-director David O. Their latest collaboration — following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — is a biographical picture about the life and times of Joy Mangano.Jennifer Lawrence groans when she’s asked about singing the classic Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet Something Stupid with co-star Edgar Ramirez in her new film Joy. “David [O Russell, the movie’s director] texted me last night to ask if he could put it on the soundtrack and this is what I texted him back,” the actor says as she digs around for her mobile phone and reads out her response verbatim. “‘David, no!!!’ and it is three exclamation marks.In a very abbreviated nutshell, that actually happened to Joy Mangano, 59, the fabulously successful Long Island entrepreneur/inventor and HSN pitchwoman whose rags-to-riches journey started with the invention of a mop.

Russell has made three kinds of movies: offbeat romances (“Flirting With Disaster”), surreal comedies (“I Heart Huckabees”) and dramas about dysfunctional yet appealing families (“The Fighter”). In real life, Mangano is the Long Island housewife and inventor who became famous and eventually rich after bouts of near-bankruptcy, by creating and marketing her Miracle Mop. Out Boxing Day in Australia, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the fictionalised life story of Joy Mangano, a single mum from Long Island who made her fortune selling a mop. On Christmas Day, “Joy,” a movie inspired by her struggles as a divorced, single mother turned mogul by way of that mop, will open at movie theaters across America.

This was before she hooked up with the giant Home Shopping Network, becoming their most effective pitch person and eventually selling her parent company, Ingenious Designs, to HSN. Gross, I can’t listen to it; I have to go to bed.’ And I said yes, but it’s a groaning, reluctant yes.” It’s the kind of unfiltered moment you come to expect when interviewing Lawrence, who may now be one of the most famous actors on the planet but still blurts out whatever she’s thinking with such self-deprecating charm it’s impossible not to be, well, charmed.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time. Lawrence, 25, looks genuinely surprised when complimented about how unchanged she seems from our earlier interviews before the fame and Oscars. “But there would be no reason to change,” she says with a shrug. “I just have a job and I love my job. In the film, Lawrence’s Mangano is a colourful character, a single mom with a unique relationship and friendship with her ex-husband, and an enterprising woman who parlays her creativity into an incredibly successful business.

Mom (Virginia Madsen) stays in her bedroom and watches soap operas, until she falls for a Haitian plumber (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who fixes a hole in her bedroom floor. She landed minor roles on TV shows such as Monk, Cold Case and Medium before her 2010 indie film Winter’s Bone led to her becoming the second youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. This is true even when the film tilts off its rocker with a bit of Russell-esque madness built into the screenplay, and with the director failing to always keep the energy going. That resulted in not only a string of critically acclaimed films, an Academy Award and another Oscar nomination, but also her very own mega-franchise as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Joy’s grandma (endearing Diane Ladd) delivers messages of empowerment and smooths over constant fights, but she’s opposed by the money-grubbing rich woman (Isabella Rossellini) who dates Joy’s dad and sends negative messages about her. Lawrence’s endearing habit of speaking her mind resulted in a controversial essay she penned on Lena Dunham’s website about her discovery during the Sony hacks that she was being paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” on her recent films, including American Hustle. “I completely understand when people say actors shouldn’t talk about politics and things they don’t know about, but this was my gender at stake and it was being threatened with unfairness and I thought, ‘What is the point of having this voice if it’s not to speak out for myself and for everyone else who can’t?’,” she says unapologetically.

Upon learning that Lawrence would be playing her mom, Miranne says, “I braced myself so I wouldn’t fall on the floor.” As for Mangano, she says Lawrence playing her “made me feel old, number one. Lawrence hangs out with a posse of celebrity girlfriends, including Amy Schumer and singer Adele, but the reason is simple. “The friendship gets expedited a lot when you meet someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt has no agenda,” she says. Draining her savings and taking out loans, she started off small, selling her mops to local boat owners. “She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” says Mason. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.” Sales skyrocketed and Mangano’s career as a QVC pitch woman was launched. That’s so amazing there aren’t even words.” Mangano and her three children didn’t view “Joy” until the Dec. 13 premiere in Manhattan, though a family outing to see “Trainwreck” included a trailer.

This is, after all, the self-confessed reality-show junkie who confessed in a recent Vogue interview that on the night of her 25th birthday party, friends surprised her with a visit from reality queen Kris Jenner, who presented her with a cake inscribed, ‘Happy Birthday, you piece of shit!’ The only time she seems tongue-tied is when asked about her relationship status, after a four-year stint with X-Men: First Class co-star Nicholas Hoult and a year with Coldplay singer Chris Martin before their breakup earlier this year. “Next!” Lawrence says in a no-nonsense voice, pausing as she decides if she’ll continue that thought. For one thing, Mangano’s childhood is not that interesting for a film, despite some flashbacks to her as a youngster (when she is played by 10-year-old Isabella Cramp, who does actually look like we imagine Lawrence could have at the same age). A satire on the acquisitiveness of the public? (Here, QVC foists unnecessary things on gullible viewers who could better save their money.) Russell doesn’t seem to know. And, of course, the grave ending would be a lie: Mangano is very much alive at the age of 59, still inventing, still pitching products, still a superstar of the American home shopping universe. There’s the Clothes It All luggage system, essentially a rolling suitcase with a removable garment bag, and the Super Chic vacuum, which releases fragrance into the air.

If I even casually say something to a reporter, that quote haunts me for the rest of my life,” she says, “so I am never, ever, ever talking about boys again!” I don’t think any of us brought enough tissues!” A good portion of the film was shot last winter in Boston, and though the always-busy Mangano was twice scheduled to visit the set, snowstorms made travel impossible. He has mixed genres successfully before, as in the anti-war comedy-drama “Three Kings,” but the blender often grinds to a halt in “Joy.” Just as we’re getting used to the realism of Mangano’s fight for respect, Russell photographs Rossellini as if she were a gargoyle.

One of her creations, the thin and velvet-covered Huggable Hanger, remains a bestseller for HSN, at more than 300 million sold, and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Cooper, De Niro and Russell all supported her with fine work; here they lay back and make the movie a one-ring circus where she has to be acrobat, bareback rider and clown.

He had a presence all of his own.” At one point, Miranne says, “Jennifer grabbed Joy’s hand and said to David, ‘Look at the nails, a French manicure.’ ” (That manicure is a Mangano signature.) Lawrence revealed that in studying for her part as Joy, she watched recordings of the inventor’s early pitches on HSN, including ones for “Huggable Hangers” and found her so compelling that she wanted to buy them on the spot. There is something special when creative people get together.” Mangano’s take on Lawrence? “She’s beyond her years, so brilliant, hysterical and so talented.

Critically, Russell’s sense of wonder and beauty turns elegiac moments — especially when Joy Mangano becomes fully realized as a woman and as a business executive — into scenes of great beauty. Lawrence recently said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that the movie was “half Joy Mangano’s story and half [Russell’s] imagination and other powerful, strong women who inspired him.” The director mined much of his Mangano material by phone.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci (in a mock TV soap opera that gives Joy some of its silliness) and even Melissa Rivers as her late mother Joan Rivers. There’s no situation Joy cannot overcome or circumvent.” At a Newsday photo shoot at Mangano’s luxurious but serene 42,000-square-foot mansion on 11 acres in St. As for parting advice for the ambitious? “If this movie inspires even just one more person to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams, then it’s made a very special impact in this world.

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