2021 May 25

Elisabeth Moss, Michelle MacLaren, Daina Reid to Direct Apple’s ‘Shining Girls’ Adaptation

Elisabeth Moss, Michelle MacLaren, Daina Reid to Direct Apple’s ‘Shining Girls’ Adaptation

News for Elisabeth, more direction roles! Via Variety:

Apple’s metaphysical thriller “Shining Girls,” based on the 2013 best-selling Lauren Beukes novel of the same name, has finally found its directors. The trio is made up of Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren (“Breaking Bad”), Emmy and SAG Award winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”), and Emmy nominee Daina Reid (“The Handmaid’s Tale). Moss will also be starring in the show, which hails from MRC Television, and Beukes is attached to executive produce.

The eight-parter will be adapted for the small screen and executive produced by showrunner Silka Luisa (“The Wilding,” “To the Bone”). MacLaren will direct the first two episodes of the first season, Moss will direct two episodes and Reid will direct four.

“Shining Girls” follows Kirby (Moss), a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker. The series also stars Wagner Moura (“Narcos”) as Dan, a veteran journalist breaking the widening story of a copycat attack. Jamie Bell (“Rocketman) plays Harper, a mysterious loner with a surprising connection to Kirby.

“Shining Girls” is executive produced by Moss through her Love & Squalor Pictures banner, alongside Lindsey McManus. MacLaren executive produces through MacLaren Entertainment alongside producing partner Rebecca Hobbs. Leonardo DiCaprio serves as executive producer through Appian Way alongside Jennifer Davisson and Michael Hampton. Reid and Alan Page Arriaga will also executive produce.

Moss is repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment Group, Independent Talent Group (UK), Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, The Spotlight Company; McLaren is repped by ICM Partners and law firm Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher; Reid is repped by ICM Partners and RGM Artists in Australia.

2021 May 14

The Handmaid’s Tale = 4×05 Chicago Screen Captures

The Handmaid’s Tale = 4×05 Chicago Screen Captures

Screen Captures from the 5th episode of Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale has been added to the gallery.

2021 May 14

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Drops Season 4 Early On Hulu; Elisabeth Moss & Joseph Fiennes On Big Changes Ahead

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Drops Season 4 Early On Hulu; Elisabeth Moss & Joseph Fiennes On Big Changes Ahead

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: (UPDATED with video) “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for,” says the Elisabeth Moss portrayed June Osbourne in the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale as the battle against Gilead’s brutal theonomic regime intensifies.

In fact, the wait is over, kind of.

Hulu is dropping the opening trio of the April 28 premiering fourth season a little early, Deadline has learned.

The Colin Watkinson directed “Pigs” and “Nightshade” episodes, as well as the Moss helmed “The Crossing,” will appear on the Disney-owned streamer at 6 PM PT, aka in just a few minutes. Check out the video unveiling of the news from the cast here:

As in past seasons, the rest of the 10-episode season of the multiple Emmy winning series will arrive weekly going forward.

Another change this year for The Handmaid’s Tale is the move of Joseph Fiennes from Supporting Actor to the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category for awards consideration.

The Shakespeare in Love alum was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2018 for playing patriarchal predator Commander Fred Waterford. The “Mayday” conclusion of Season 3 of Handmaid’s Tale saw Fiennes’ character and his wife Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) both under lock and key in Canada for human rights violations, in the service of totalitarian Gilead – which is a pretty strong pivot into Season 4.

“Commander Waterford is in a constant battle with June, which sets them on a collision course this season, and Joe in a larger role than we’ve seen him,” Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller told Deadline of the motivation to move Fiennes to the Lead Actor category. “His performance is nuanced and central, and worthy of lead actor recognition,” EP Miller added of Fiennes.

Or as Moss said to me: “You know, you’re only as good as your villains, they say.”
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2021 May 06

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Screen Captures

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Screen Captures

Good evening, everyone! Hulu released Episode 4 of Season 4 yesterday, and here are screen captures from the first 4 episodes:

2021 Mar 30

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Official Trailer & Poster

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Official Trailer & Poster

A full trailer has dropped the Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale and also the first poster. The show premieres on April 28th on Hulu.

Elisabeth Moss in the First Poster of Season 4 of The Handmaids Tale

Just a month after a teaser trailer was released, the first official trailer for the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale has dropped, and it doesn’t hold back on the intensity for even a minute. While the teaser left a lot of the significant plot details in the shadows, this trailer delves deep into where this captivating story is heading for its fourth season. June seems to be gearing up to fight back hard against her captors in Gilead and will stop at nothing to bring them down.

The season is set to feature June continuing on her path to becoming a rebel leader who is determined to fight back against Gilead. Although June’s righteous journey will liberate her, it also threatens her safety and everyone she loves. Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford and Sam Jaeger. Moss has also reportedly made her directorial debut this season, helming three of the season’s 10 episodes.

Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale have been eagerly awaiting the latest season of the dystopian drama since the summer of 2019. The show was renewed for a fourth season on July 26, 2019, and went into production in March 2020, but production was cut short due to COVID-19. However, in June, it was announced that the fourth season would debut on Hulu in 2021, and filming continued starting September 2020, concluding this past February.

While superfans of The Handmaid’s Tale may have been forced to wait almost two years to find out what the fate of their favorite characters is, that wait is almost over. Given the quality the trailer exudes, it seems pretty clear that Season 4 will be well worth the wait.

Via Collider

2021 Feb 26

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Trailer & Premiere Date

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Trailer & Premiere Date

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 will premiere on April 28th on Hulu and June is out for war. Watch the trailer below:

2020 Dec 03

Hulu Lands Elisabeth Moss True Crime Drama Series ‘Candy’ From UCP

Hulu Lands Elisabeth Moss True Crime Drama Series ‘Candy’ From UCP

New project for Elisabeth! Here is the article via Deadline:

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Moss is expanding her relationship with Hulu with her latest drama project.

Deadline understands that the streamer has landed Candy (w/t), which comes from The Act writer and co-exec producer Robin Veith and exec produced by The Act co-creator Nick Antosca.

We’re hearing that a writers’ room is being set up for the project, which comes from UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and 20th Television.

The limited event series is set in Texas in 1980 and based on the true story of killer Candy Montgomery and her victim, Betty Gore. Moss will play Montgomery, who seemingly had it all – a loving husband with a good job, a daughter and a son, a nice house in the brand new suburbs – so why did she kill her friend from church with an ax?

Moss will exec produce alongside Lindsey McManus through their Love & Squalor production company and Antosca and Alex Hedlund via their production company Eat The Cat. Jim Atkinson and John Bloom are consulting producers. Veith, who also wrote on Mad Men, wrote the pilot script. Michael Uppendhal, who has helmed episodes of Mad Men and Fargo, directs.

It’s clear why Hulu was interested as the project brings together talent from two of its biggest shows: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Act. The dystopian drama, which stars Moss, is heading in to its fourth season in 2021, while last year, Hulu revealed that The Act, which stars Joey King and Patricia Arquette, brought in more new subscribers than any other Hulu original in its first month.

UCP, which has overall deals with Veith and Antosca, was the studio behind The Act and also scored a straight-to-series order for The Girl From Plainville, starring Elle Fanning, from the streamer.

When the project was being shopped earlier this summer, Moss said that she had been wanting to play an “anti-heroine” for a while and was keen to re-team with Veith, who she’d worked with on Mad Men.

2020 Jun 24

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Trailer + Season 4 Debut pushed to 2021

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Trailer + Season 4 Debut pushed to 2021

Hulu released a trailer for the 4th Season of The Handmaid’s Tale today, and the show’s 4th season debut has been pushed to 2021 due to Covid-19 Pandemic, which caused the production of the show to be stopped in March. Watch the trailer below:

2020 Jun 24

Film and Television Composers to Perform for MusiCares Benefit

Film and Television Composers to Perform for MusiCares Benefit

Over 75 composers, songwriters, and musicians will participate in digital event for COVID-19 aid

More than 75 film and television composers and songwriters will participate in an upcoming benefit digital stream with proceeds going toward the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film and TV Music Community will honor the composers, songwriters, music editors, music supervisors, studio executives and others who help to score and create soundtracks for countless Hollywood projects, many of whom have been out of work because of the ongoing pause on film and television production.

In addition to music scoring professionals like Jon Brion, Danny Elfman, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Nicholas Britell, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer, performers and special guests will include Sting, Catherine O’Hara, Ming-Na Wen, Patti LuPone, William Shatner, Elisabeth Moss, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Marla Gibbs, Jane Levy, Mandy Moore, Richard Kind, Alex Newell, Zachary Levi, Paul Reubens, Kiernan Shipka, Harvey Fierstein, Ginnifer Goodwin, Anika Noni Rose, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Danson, Auli’i Cravalho, Darren Criss, Drew Carey, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Reba McEntire, Bob Saget, Ken Page, Lucy Lawless, Mary Steenburgen, Dave Coulier, Kevin Smith, Peter Gallagher, Naomi Scott, Annie Potts, Clive Davis, Jodi Benson, Harvey Mason Jr., Susan Egan, Paige O’Hara, John Stamos, Andra Day and Rita Wilson.

“Thousands of music professionals and creators are struggling during this pandemic and remain in desperate need of assistance,” MusiCares Vice President of Health and Human Services Debbie Carroll says. “The continued support from the music community during these turbulent times has been heartwarming and inspiring. The power of music unites us all and gives us hope for better days ahead.”

The special will stream June 25th at Noon PT/3 p.m. ET on YouTube, Rolling Stone, Variety, and the Grammys’ social channels, as well as on soundtracklives.com.


2020 Jun 24

Elisabeth Moss Interview on ‘Shirley’ and the Status of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4

Elisabeth Moss Interview on ‘Shirley’ and the Status of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4

New Interview with Elisabeth who talks about portraying Shirley Jackson on screen and the halt of The Handmaid’s Tale production.

From director Josephine Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins, the indie drama Shirley tells a story about renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) that blurs fact and fiction. When the arrival of newlyweds (Odessa Young, Logan Lerman) shakes up her writing routine and raises the tension between Shirley and her husband Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg), they begin to toy with the couple and push their limits in a way that could have a lasting effect on their relationship.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Elisabeth Moss talked about why she was nervous about playing the brilliant but troubled real woman, the inspiration she got from co-star Michael Stuhlbarg, the research that was key in helping her find her performance, why it was liberating to explore Shirley Jackson, and what she hopes audiences take from watching the film. She also talked about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, and how they’re currently trying to figure out how to safely return to work to finish shooting the season.

Collider: I have to say that I just was so fascinated, enthralled and compelled by this film, and you and everyone else in this is just so phenomenal.

ELISABETH MOSS: Thank you. I really appreciate that.

Actors always talk about wanting to find characters that challenge them, and it seems like there are so many challenges with a character like this. What excited you about the challenges with something like this, and in what ways do you feel this character most challenged you, as an actress?

MOSS: This the first time that I’ve ever played a real person, I think. I could be wrong, but I think so. It’s been a long road, so I could be forgetting some poor soul, but it’s the first time that I’ve played a significant historical figure, I should say, that everybody knows. I think that was the challenge for me. It was a little frightening. I was a little nervous about that. I’m not really that interested in doing research and stuff, and I had to do all of this research, all of a sudden, and approach it in a completely different way. Michael [Stuhlbarg] was incredibly inspiring, in that sense, because he’s very good at that and that’s how he works. He really helped inspiring enthusiasm and also literally sent me material to read. I honestly don’t know if I could have done it without him. That was the thing that was new for me, and definitely a challenge.

What sort of research most helped you? Did you read the novel? Did you read her work? What was the key in finding her, for you?

MOSS: The thing that was the most inspiring was reading these letters, between Stanley and Shirley, that we got. That was really rare, that we found them. It wasn’t a biography, it wasn’t her stories, and it wasn’t her reading her stories, which we had a recording of. It was truly them. That’s how we really discovered their sense of humor, their intelligence, how much they loved each other, and how much anger was there. That was the most helpful thing, I think.

Did you approach this as though you were playing Shirley Jackson, the author, or did you approach this as a character that happened to be named Shirley Jackson, who was also a writer, since this is somewhat fictionalized?

MOSS: Yeah, totally. The honest answer is a little bit of both. The research into who Shirley was laid the groundwork. That was the bedrock of it. And then, at one point, I remember saying to Michael, right before we started, “Now, I think we have to let it go. I think we’ve gotta let it all go.” You can get so wrapped up in playing a real person that you care more about that than playing the other parts of them. And so, we both decided that we were going to do our own Shirley and Stanley, and this was gonna be our own version of them. You have to forgive yourself a little bit. It’s the only way that you can actually proceed without fear. I think that was really helpful for us to do, at a certain point. It’s not an exactly accurate story of Shirley Jackson. I think that it’s important to mention she was incredible mom. She was wonderful to her kid and a great cook. I’ve spoken to her son, and she was a great mom. Obviously, that’s not included in the story. So, it’s a slice of this woman.

Shirley is a blend of madness, loneliness, depression, sadness, despair, and all of these emotions. Is that fun to explore, as an actor, or do you have to learn to pace yourself through all of that?

MOSS: I love it. I love that kind of work. I am very fulfilled by it. I am not afraid of it. I’m not a method actor. Part of the reason why I’m not a method actor is because I do think that would be exhausting and maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I’d be a better actor, if I was a method actor, but it’s just not quite my style, so I don’t get exhausted by it. I love it. I find that all characters end up being a facet of your personality, and I have a lot of Shirley in me. I loved exploring that. It was liberating.

Is there a challenge in playing someone whose mind is something of a mystery, or do you just try to be present in each moment?

MOSS: I think that you do the latter. I remember talking to Sarah Gubbins, the writer, and for me, this was a story about a writer and their process, how difficult and challenging that process can be, and the places that you have to go in your imagination, in order to get the story, and to be that brilliant. That’s what I focused on. So, as far as the parts that were maybe not real, or maybe they were in her imagination, or maybe her mind was taking over, she did have a fair amount of drinking happening and she did have a fair amount of, unfortunately, a reliance on pills and diet pills, and that kind of thing, and I think that really was messing with her mind, quite a bit. I think the only way to do that, though, is to play it like it’s real because it’s real to her, and that’s all that matters.

What do you hope audiences take from this film?

MOSS: I love her so much. I have so much admiration for her. I think she was brilliant, and I think she was a good person, and I think she had a great sense of humor, and I hope that people see that. She was troubled, and she had substance abuse problems, and she was bit troubled in her mind, but I think that she was a brilliant woman. She was so ahead of her time and she inspired so many people that came after her. And so, I hope that people get that little bit of her. I hope they take that away.

You were only two weeks into shooting Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, before production shut down due to COVID. As a producer on that series, have you been a part of the conversations about how to get back into production safely? What are your biggest hopes and fears, in that regard?

MOSS: Yes, we have a production call, every week, and we have a producer call, every week. There have been a lot of emails, a lot of Zooms, and a lot of conversations. One of the great things that our line producer has done is basically gone to every single department and talked to them, and picked their brain and tried to figure out what their daily process is, and what they’re looking for and what they need, in order to feel safe, which I think is a really important part of it. There’s a lot of stuff that’s above my pay grade and above my head, that we’re all reading about in the Hollywood Reporter. But for us, as producers, and for most producers, it’s about, how do you do it and be safe? That’s all. Human life is not worth making a TV show for. Everyone wants to go back to work because we love what we do, and there’s also people that need to support their families and themselves. The producers contributed to a fund for our crew, that is out of our own pockets and has nothing to do with our larger corporation. We put a lot of money into it, and we’ve been keeping our crew going through that and supporting them being out of work. But we’ve gotta do it safely, and we’re just trying to figure that out. It’s all new territory, and we’re all in the same boat here.

Shirley is available at Hulu and on VOD.