Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro Will Be First Ladies
“Jennifer Aniston is very attractive… and I was just like, hey, how about…we’re married,” says lesbian comic Tig Notaro (One Mississippi). And now they are.
Or will be on film, anyway.
The premise — one that Aniston agreed to based on nothing more than a pitch — is part of an in-progress script called First Ladies, and it involves Aniston as the first woman president and Notaro as her wife. It came about when Notaro and her real-life wife and screenwriting partner, Stephanie Allynne, joked with each other about running for office. Then it became an idea for a movie, and then Jennifer Aniston said yes, and then Will Ferrell jumped on board, too.
This is not the normal way projects come to life in Hollywood, but Notaro is on a roll, in spite of One Mississippi’s cancellation, and if she’s given the chance to do it her way, very funny material happens. This one could take a couple years to see movie screens, but it’s a reason to keep on living.
Amandla Stenberg Talks “Salty” Reshoots for The Hate U Give
A film about systemic racism fires a cast member for racism. You can’t make up this stuff, and it happened recently to the film adaptation of Angie Thomas’s National Book Award-finalist YA novel The Hate U Give.
The story of a young girl (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses a close friend’s murder by police, and who then gravitates toward the Black Lives Matter movement, the film from George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food) was in the can when it came to light that supporting actor Kian Lawley, a YouTube star, had posted videos with racist language.
He was fired and replaced with Riverdale’s Archie, K.J. Apa, and Stenberg — who identifies as pansexual, non-binary, and prefers the pronoun “they” — was, in their own words, “salty” (for readers who don’t keep up with young-people slang, it means angry or agitated; you’re welcome!) during reshoots but says that it improved their performance.
Slated for later this year, the drama also stars Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae and Grimm star Russell Hornsby.
Romeo San Vicente can be quite tangy but is never salty.