Big congratulations to Olivia on this award!
What happens when an actor steps behind the camera to direct short films for a fashion magazine? Readers of Glamour magazine are about to find out. Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria have all partnered with the magazine’s Reel Moments program, for which they’ll direct short films telling the real stories of Glamour readers.
Saldana’s film, Kaylien, is about a young girl who feels like an alien. (Spoiler alert: it turns out that the girl is autistic.) She cast Bradley Cooper and Malin Ackermann in the 20-minute short, which she told Women’s Wear Daily was an important story for her to tell. Saldana’s niece is autistic. And in order to tell the story right, she even hired a few members of the Avatar team to help with stunts and special effects.
Longoria is taking on what she calls the “surprisingly humorous” story of a woman facing a double mastectomy. It hasn’t been revealed what Wilde is working on yet (although we do know from this photo that Justin Long is in it), but the thrust of the project seems to be stories with a definite didactic message. She told WWD that she wanted to do a short film to learn how to be a better actor — and because there aren’t enough women who direct films.
“I’ve always kind of mourned the small number of female directors in this business and I kind of complain about it a lot without doing anything. So instead of whining about there being a lack of female directors, why don’t I become one and create my own story. So it’s been a dream for a long time.”
Whether or not the films will be a dream come true remains to be seen, but the Reel Moments program has gotten some A-list talent to direct films in the past. Since 2005, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston have made shorts, and if they were happy with the results, we’d bet the viewers (and new directors) will be, too.
They’re no strangers to glamming it up on the red carpet, and now, beauties Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde will be glamming it up together as the new global brand ambassadors for Revlon. The up-and-coming actresses will appear in various television, print and digital campaigns beginning in early 2012.
“Revlon recognizes that every woman is multifaceted and magnificent in their own way and the expression of individuality is as important to Revlon as it is to me,” Stone, who has been known to experiment with makeup in the past, said in a statement. And for her, the connection to the brand stems from childhood. “I have been familiar with Revlon for as long as I can remember,” she added. “I vividly recall my mom wearing Revlon makeup and I remember getting to the age when I was finally able to wear Revlon myself.”
For Wilde, being the face of a brand that’s committed to helping others was key. “I have always admired Revlon and their commitment to giving women the confidence and tools they need to feel beautiful, both inside and out,” she said. “Creatively, Revlon has never been afraid to push the envelope, which is important to me. I also love that they use their tremendous recognizability around the world to do good as one of the industry’s biggest champions of women’s health. It’s exciting to join a company with a big heart and big ideas!”
The duo’s first campaigns will be tied to the launch of new color cosmetics and nail enamel products. They’ll also participate in Revlon’s fundraising efforts for women’s health issues; the brand has raised more than $65 million for women’s cancer research in the past 10 years.
House creator David Shore has confirmed that Olivia Wilde will play a minimal role in the show’s eighth season.
The Cowboys & Aliens star plays Dr. Remy ‘Thirteen’ Hadley on the Fox medical drama, but appeared in just seven episodes last season due to her film commitments.
“[She will] not [appear] a lot [next season] unfortunately,” Shore told TV Line. “She’s a movie star.”
He added that Wilde is currently expected to appear in “something like” one or two episodes of the new run.
“I regret losing her, but, again, this was not our choice,” he said. “Things happened at the end of last season that I wasn’t happy about and I hadn’t planned for.”
However, Shore insisted that he is “very happy” with the coming season, which will introduce new regular characters played by Odette Annable and Charlyne Yi.
“This has turned out to be a real opportunity,” he claimed. “We’re really doing some cool stuff at the start of the season and it’s pumped some fresh blood into the show.”
House will return to Fox on October 3.
Olivia Wilde is scheduled to be a guest on the talk show “Conan” tomorrow, August 3rd! The show airs on the TBS network at about 11PM. Check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.