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Elisabeth Moss drama ‘Shirley’ scores sales deal with cornerstone films

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Cornerstone Films has boarded director Josephine Decker’s (Madeline’s Madeline) psychological drama Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss as famed horror author Shirley Jackson with Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) as her Bennington College professor husband Stanley Hyman.

Logan Lerman (Indignation) and Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) play the young couple that move in with Shirley and Stanley in the hope of starting a new life but instead find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Shirley’s next novel. Above is a first look image.

Cornerstone will show first footage at the EFM next week. Paradigm and UTA are overseeing North American sales.

Shirley, which shot last year, is based on the screenplay by Sarah Gubbins (I Love Dick), adapted from the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell and was filmed in upstate New York, including at Vassar College. It is financed by Los Angeles Media Fund and produced by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman (Juliet, Naked), Christine Vachon (Carol), Sue Naegle (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs), Sarah Gubbins and David Hinojosa (First Reformed).

Heads of department include cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria), production designer Sue Chan (Gone Girl), editor David Barker (The Reagan Show) and costume designer Amela Baksic (Wiener-Dog).

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Elisabeth Moss & Susan Sarandon Set for Women’s Rights Movie ‘Call Jane’
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Elisabeth Moss & Susan Sarandon Set for Women’s Rights Movie ‘Call Jane’

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Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon have signed on for “Call Jane,” which follows a 1960s underground abortion movement in the U.S. Sian Heder (“Tallulah”) will helm the picture. Moss will produce along with Robbie Brenner, the Oscar-nominated producer of “Dallas Buyers Club,” under her Unburdened Entertainment shingle.

Moss will play Joy, a traditional housewife who falls pregnant. She then finds the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Sarandon). They save her life and give her a sense of purpose: to help other women take control of their destinies.

The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women,” Moss said. “We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next.

“It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now, and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.

Brenner added: “As a woman and a mother of two girls, I feel a responsibility with ‘Call Jane’ to tell the incredible story of these brave women at a time when women’s rights and empowerment hangs in the balance.

Protagonist has international rights and will introduce the movie to buyers at the EFM in Berlin. Endeavor Content and ICM Partners are handling North America.

The film is in pre-production and, along with Moss and Brenner, Kevin McKeon and David Wulf are producing. Michelle Mason Vella and the script’s writers, Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, will executive produce.

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Elisabeth Moss attends the SAG Awards 2019!
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Elisabeth Moss attends the SAG Awards 2019!

Elisabeth Moss attended the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (January 27) in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actress went glam in a cream-colored gown with a black belt as she stepped out for the awards show.

Elisabeth was nominated tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. Unfortunately she didn’t win.

Moss was wearing a cream Monique Lhuillier gown, Jennifer Meyer jewelry, and Brian Atwood heels.

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‘The Kitchen’ Gets An Official Synopsis
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‘The Kitchen’ Gets An Official Synopsis

Film buffs have been eager to hear just what this film could have in store, and now an official synopsis has been released. You can check it out below.

Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar
nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI.  Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

Directed by Andrea Berloff with a script from her, The Kitchen stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss.

The Kitchen will be released in theatres on September 20, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Elisabeth Moss attends the Hulu’s Holiday Party!

Elisabeth Moss was 2018 Hulu Holiday Party on Friday night (November 16) at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles.

The Handmaid’s Tale attended the party alongside fellow cast mates Yvonne StrahovskiEver Carradine, Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd.

Other stars at the party included Joey KingSissy SpacekGregg Sulkin and girlfriend Michelle RandolphEliza CoupeHaley Joel OsmentJulian McMahonBrittany IshibashiAnnaSophia Robb, and Christopher Abbott.

Moss was wearing a Balmain dress, Stella Luna shoes, and Anita Ko jewelry.

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The Kitchen first look: Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish feel the heat on set of 1970s Mob drama
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The Kitchen first look: Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish feel the heat on set of 1970s Mob drama

EW – On a muggy July day on Long Island, Elisabeth Moss is staring into a kitchen sink, but there’s nothing dull in the dishwater; in fact, there’s a lot of blood. Over her shoulder, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy swig booze and tensely discuss the incident responsible. Abruptly, Moss turns from the clothing she’s trying to scrub clean of bodily fluids and snaps, “I’m not sorry Little Jackie is dead. Are you?

If you thought The Kitchen was a culinary comedy, since it stars two of Hollywood’s funniest actresses, you’d be grossly mistaken. Rather, the fall 2019 crime drama, set in Hell’s Kitchen and based on the Vertigo comic-book series, follows three 1970s housewives who — in the event of their mobster husbands’ incarceration — take Irish Mafia matters into their own hands, dealing with the competition more viciously and voraciously than anyone expected.

I was excited by the idea of placing women in a position and world in which we don’t normally see them,” first-time director Andrea Berloff told EW during filming, which features set pieces like a dated subway-car interior, an FBI surveillance van (sparse in gadgets by today’s standards), and a wood-paneled apartment adorned with Virgin Mary figurines and crucifixes.

The lure of exploring unfamiliar alleyways attracted the cast, too. “It’s about these individuals instead of the Mafia as an entity,” says McCarthy, who plays Kathy, a devoted mother of two whose initial reluctance to enter the criminal domain is eventually diminished by her deft abilities. “It was more about three people who are put down and held back finally breaking out. There was much more humanity to it, which also made it scarier.

Moss, whose character Claire starts out timid but grows to relish her new role as an outlet for her anger (evidenced by a scene in which she takes rapt interest learning how to dismember a bathtub-bound body alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s character Gabriel), agrees. “They’re nobody special necessarily,” explains the Handmaid’s Tale star, “but they’re people that have a story to tell.”

Their characters might not be out of the ordinary, but Berloff knew immediately that she’d brought together an exemplary group of actresses. “I wanted that excitement of women in a Mob movie to permeate through the casting, so I cast people you wouldn’t expect across the board,” she says. “If we’re defying stereotypes, let’s defy them all over. Who says women can’t run the Mafia? Who says comedians can’t do drama?

Indeed, upon first meeting Haddish, “it was clear she had incredible range,” Berloff says. For Moss, one Girls Trip scene in particular sold her on her costar’s versatility. “I’ve never even told Tiffany this, but you know that scene where you get into a big fight with everybody in the lobby?Moss says, leaning into Haddish affectionately. “I remember rewinding and watching it three times in a row — not because it was so funny, but because it was so real. I was like, ‘That is a f—ing great performance.’ I knew she was going to kill this.” Haddish shrugs and smiles, “There’s a lot of layers to me.

The Night School actress plays Ruby, an outsider in an Irish community who seeks self-sufficiency once her husband isn’t around to protect her. “Ruby starts off quiet and observant, and then gets a little bossy and gangster,” says Haddish. “She has a plan; she’s just figuring out how to execute it. Who do I team up with? How do I get to the money, power, and success that you need in life?

The racketeer lifestyle doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of levity in the film (much appreciated after witnessing a scene in which a femur is snapped with a sickening pop), but the set atmosphere between takes is decidedly more playful. The girls tease Moss about her banana chip addiction, and at one point the trio dream up their own sitcom. “It’s a 16-camera dramedy,” says McCarthy. “It takes place underwater, is primarily with animals and babies, and shoots somewhere in New Zealand.” Adds Haddish, “We’ll be taking calls.

Maybe it’s not so outlandish an idea. The Kitchen argues that female collaboration is not to be underestimated. Berloff hopes that message will be among the movie’s main takeaways. “It’s about empowerment — but not just female,” she says. “Anyone can do anything. Everyone has a beast within them. We shouldn’t be hemmed in by society’s definitions of us.” Perhaps a woman’s place is in The Kitchen after all.

The Kitchen hits theaters Sept. 20, 2019.

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Elisabeth Moss attends ‘Her Smell’ Premiere at New York Film Festvial
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Elisabeth Moss attends ‘Her Smell’ Premiere at New York Film Festvial

Elisabeth Moss attended the premiere of Her Smell on September 29, at the Alice Tull Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The 36-year-old actress went glam in a sparkling silver dress as she premiered her new movie at the 2018 New York Film Festival.

Also stepping out the premiere included director Alex Ross Perry and fellow cast mates Gayle Rankin and Eric Stoltz.

In the movie, Elisabeth plays Becky Something, a “maniacally destructive punk rock star who pushes her relationships with bandmates, family, and followers to the limit as she wages a years-long war against sobriety while attempting to re-engage the creativity that had once led her band to massive crossover success.

Her Smell doesn’t have an official release date yet.

Elisabeth was wearing a Dior dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Jacob & Co. jewelry while carrying an Edie Parker clutch.

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Elisabeth Moss to star as ‘Typhoid Mary’ in new BBC series
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Elisabeth Moss to star as ‘Typhoid Mary’ in new BBC series

Variety

Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in and executive produce a new BBC America limited series about the infamous “Typhoid Mary,” Variety has learned.

BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.

Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.

I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC America and Annapurna,Moss said. “I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.

Moss is represented by WME and Ribisi Entertainment Group. Veith is also with WME while Morrison is repped by UTA and Management 360.

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Elisabeth Moss On Being a Boss Lady and ‘Hot Mess’
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Elisabeth Moss On Being a Boss Lady and ‘Hot Mess’

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” star, who produced two films and starred in three more over the last year, joked, “Sometimes I feel like a hot mess.”

Since winning her first Emmy last year, for lead actress in “The Handmaid’s Tale,Elisabeth Moss has certainly kept herself busy until today, where’s she nominated again for her performance in the Hulu drama’s second season.

I’ve done another season of the show and four — no, five — movies,” she says. Moss, who is a producer on “Handmaid’s,” also produced and starred in “Her Smell,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, and “Shirley,” about the horror writer Shirley Jackson.

She also appears in “The Old Man & The Gun” with Robert Redford, just wrapped “The Kitchen” with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, and is still in production on Jordan Peele’s latest film.

I’m actually super lazy and like to sleep a lot and don’t like to do much at all, but I do like acting, so when opportunities present themselves it’s difficult to say no — and there’s just some really good scripts lately,” she explains.

Moss was the guest of honor at Sunday’s Los Angeles Confidential pre-Emmys fete, and she took a moment to reflect on her work behind the camera.

You approach the project in such a different way when you are producing it because you are involved from the start like buying a property, like a book, and developing it from there. I pretty much always ask to be a producer, especially if you are the lead role, because you know, it’s your face that’s out there, and the more ownership you can have, why not?

She continues, “For me, I never wanted it to be a vanity title, and I think there’s definitely a little bit of that sometimes. But there are women producers who are not actresses who have really inspired me and there’s a couple actresses who were the first, like Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, who produce really good s–t.

She says Witherspoon in particular “has an incredible eye.” “In one year, she did ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild.’ She bought two of the hottest book properties before they were even out, I think. That’s not because you’re famous and you’re an actress; she actually has a knack for it creatively and those are the kinds of people I admire.

As for her work on “Handmaid’s,” Moss will begin shooting Season 3 next month.

The thing people don’t realize is how much we departed from the book in Season 1 and how much we changed and added with Margaret [Atwood]’s blessing so we weren’t as afraid of that concept as other people may have thought in Season 2. Of course, there are things we’re going to have to develop because the book is a first-person narrative. The thing that was most important to us was keeping the darkly humorous tone of the book. In Season 3, we are still mining the book,” she says.

For those who are already stressed out about not getting to binge enough of the show, Moss warns, “We are not interested in going on for 20 years; we have a story to tell and when it’s done it’s done. It’s always good to leave a party a little early. All my favorite shows, they’ve ended and you wanted more.

It will leave her more time to make passion projects like “Her Smell,” in which she plays a self-destructive punk rocker named Becky.

It’s a really intense character. She’s really out there, very abrasive and not always fun to be around or fun to watch, so it was a little scary watching it with a big group of people [in Toronto]. “Just when you feel like you’ve maybe had enough and you can’t watch this person self-destruct any longer, the film changes and gives you a wonderful relief.”

She’s also very relaxed on Emmy day. “The hardest part is making sure you get in the car on time,” she says.

Those watching the red carpet will notice her new, edgy blonde look.

In the last year [stylist] Karla Welch and I have been doing a lot of soft, classy, pretty-girl looks so we decided to change it up and do something a bit more rock ‘n’ roll-inspired by my playing a punk rocker. I’m not a fashion person or a model, so for me, the only fun thing about photo shoots is playing a character. We wanted to show another, probably more accurate side to me. And I’m a hot mess right now,” she laughs.

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Elisabeth Moss Says She Would Do a ‘West Wing’ Revival ‘in a Heartbeat’
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Elisabeth Moss Says She Would Do a ‘West Wing’ Revival ‘in a Heartbeat’

US Magazine

Paging Aaron Sorkin! Elisabeth Moss would be thrilled to reprise her role in The West Wing if the Emmy-winning NBC drama ever returned to television.

Oh, my God, in a heartbeat,” she exclusively told Us Weekly at the premiere of New York Film Festival premiere of her new film, Her Smell. “Of course! Obviously.”

Moss recurred as Zoe Bartlet, youngest daughter of President Jed Bartlet, in 26 episodes of the political drama, all the way until the show’s series finale — which aired the year before she became a household name as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.

Talking to Us at the premiere on Saturday, September 29, Moss said it would be “too soon” for a Mad Men revival, but the time is right for a West Wing continuation since the show’s 2006 series finale was “so long ago” at this point.

Yeah, why not?” she added.

In the meantime, Moss is earning rave reviews and prestigious awards for her role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. At the event on Saturday, the Emmy winner reflected on the Hulu drama’s relevance to the #MeToo movement and the ongoing fight for women’s equality.

It’s bizarre,” she told Us. “It’s very bizarre, honestly. I’ve never done anything where there have been so many correlations … I don’t know. It’s bizarre. It’s also rewarding to feel like you’re telling a story that’s important, and telling a story that’s relevant and that people should listen to. And that’s the problem — because we’re not listening and watching these stories. It feels rewarding to be a part of it.

And now fans will see a different side of Moss in Her Smell, as she plays a punk rocker struggling with sobriety. “It was really fun,” she revealed to Us. “There were no limits, there was nothing too far, nothing too crazy that you could do, and that’s incredibly freeing. Especially after something like Handmaid’s, where often I’m quite subtle and suppressed, it was really cool to just be able to throw that all away and just go totally mad.

The West Wing is currently streaming on Netflix, and The Handmaid’s Tale is available on Hulu. A release date for Her Smell has not been announced.

With reporting by Nicki Gostin

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