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‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern & Zoë Kravitz Confirmed For Season 2 Return

DEADLINE – Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz have closed their deals to return for the second installment of HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies, all three reprising their roles from Season 1. They’ll be reuniting with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who were previously confirmed to return, along with new cast member Meryl Streep.

Woodley plays Jane Chapman: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy. Dern is Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage. Kravitz plays Bonnie Carlson: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past

Kidman is Celeste Wright: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was. Witherspoon plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family. Streep is Mary Louise Wright: Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.

Per HBO, the subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.

David E. Kelley will write all seven scripts based on a story by Liane Moriarty, and executive produce; along with executive producers Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg and Andrea Arnold, who will also direct all seven episodes. Moriarty produces.

The long rumored second installment was officially greenlighted in December with a seven-episode order, matching the length of the first season.

The drumbeat for a second season of Big Little Lies had been growing since the first installment of the adaptation of Moriarty’s novel cleaned up at the Emmys, winning eight in all including Best Limited Series (Witherspoon earned a statuette as an executive producer) and Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for star/exec producer Nicole Kidman. It has since picked up a slew of additional honors, including Golden Globes, AFI Awards, DGA Award for Vallée, a PGA award and SAG wins for Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard, among others.

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Shailene receives Golden Globe Nomination

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced today! Shailene has been nominated for her work in Big Little Lies for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Big Little Lies was nominated for the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and some of Shailene’s co-stars were also nominated for awards. Congratulations to the whole cast and crew! The Golden Globes will air on January 7, 2018 on NBC.

EW – Welcome to awards season: Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for this year’s 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, an event that annually honors the best in television and film.

In the television categories, HBO’s Big Little Lies, which was just renewed for a season 2, dominated with six nominations. FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan followed with four, with This Is Us, Fargo, and The Handmaid’s Tale tying for third place with three nods each. In terms of network, HBO nabbed 12 nominations total, while Netflix followed with nine and FX with eight.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

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Shailene on Her Emmy Nomination and Feminist Evolution

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Once again, the women of “Big Little Lies” will be pitted against one another, this time at the Emmy Awards. But please don’t call it a rivalry, said Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series alongside Laura Dern. (Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are up for lead actress.)

“We all played very different roles, had very different story lines, and there is no competition,” she said in a phone call from Fiji, where she is filming the survival movie “Adrift.” “A win for any of us is a win for all of us.”

In the HBO series, Ms. Woodley plays Jane, a single mother who, after enrolling her son, Ziggy, in a progressive elementary school in idyllic Monterey, Calif., finds herself an outcast among certain parents by virtue of her economic standing — chief among them, Ms. Dern’s character, Renata, a C.E.O. and power mom who seems to have it all.

To have Ms. Dern, who played her mother in “The Fault in Our Stars,” hiss and snarl as her nemesis added hilarity to the proceedings. “We had become quite close, and when I received the script she called me and said, ‘If you don’t do this show, we’re going to have a problem,’” Ms. Woodley recalled. “It’s so much fun to pretend to be angry at someone that you love and adore.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Tell us about your character Jane.
When we meet her in “Big Little Lies,” we meet a girl who’s trying to live in an adult world, who’s coping with the extreme suppression of anger and sadness while also trying to deliver a life full of possibility and positivity and wonder to her young child. And I think that’s why she was able to bond with so many of the women from Monterey, because although they didn’t have similar personalities, Jane saw that they, too, were coping with some sort of deep grief despite the facade of white fences.

Those women were played by real powerhouses. What was that like?
It was wonderful. Reese, Nicole and Laura would discuss with Zoë [Kravitz] and me how times have changed since they were teenage actors, and reflect on the progress that has been made in Hollywood. I still think there’s a long way to go when it comes to depicting females in films. But being on a set where we had the camaraderie and compassion and support of so many women — and not just the actors, but our crew and producers — was an unparalleled experience.

You’ve spoken about the need for empathy toward the show’s male characters, even the abusive husband played by Alexander Skarsgard.
A bully generally is not bullying just to bully. They’re bullying out of pain and internal conflict and brokenness. Obviously there is no complacency on my end for any act of violence. But it’s worth looking at why we have so many rapes and acts of sexual violence. Many young men and women feel out of control or that they don’t have support for the traumas they’re experiencing, and I think paying attention to that and providing support would create a world where we have less acts of violence.

Female friendships are important to you. And yet in the past you’ve said that you’re not a feminist.

I would today consider myself a feminist. If females start working through the false narrative of jealousy and insecurity fed through a patriarchal society, then not only will we have more women feeling confident in themselves and supportive of one another, but we will start introducing a type of matriarchy, which is what this world needs. We need more softness and more silence and more pause through the chaos.

You’re an environmental activist. Have you considered running for political office?

There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, “Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years.” And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.

Do you have a favorite Emmy nominee this year?
I’m rooting for “Feud,” and I’m all on the Susan Sarandon train, just because she’s brilliant and brought so much to that show.

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2017 Emmys Nominations

The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning! Congratulations to Shailene for her “Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie” nomination, and congratulations to the cast and crew of Big Little Lies for their nominations! View the complete nominations list here.

Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies)

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Shailene is Passing on the “Divergent” TV Movie

Shailene Woodley is Officially Passing on the Divergent TV Movie

The star’s participation has been an open question since word broke that the dystopian series was moving to the small screen.

VANITY FAIR – Shailene Woodley is officially done with the Divergent films. When asked Tuesday if she would star in the final installment of the young-adult science-fiction franchise, she gave a short and concise answer.

“No,” the Oscar-nominated actress told Vanity Fair at the premiere of her new HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies, at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater. “I’m not going to be on the television show.”

Ascendant, the fourth chapter and final movie based on the best-selling novels by Veronica Roth, was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in March of 2017. But after the franchise’s third story, Allegiant, earned disappointing box-office receipts, the picture is now being developed into a TV movie—one that will reportedly also serve as a pilot for a spin-off TV series. Woodley indicated in September that she probably would not participate in the TV movie but had not yet confirmed that she would definitely be sitting it out. It seems likely that her co-star, Miles Teller, will not appear in the TV movie either.

Fans may be sad to know for certain that Woodley will not return to wrap up the story of strong-willed heroine Tris, but they can take solace in watching Woodley in another empowering role. She plays a single mom opposite heavy hitters Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern in the seven-hour limited series Big Little Lies, debuting February 19 on HBO. Being a part of a female-driven ensemble was a career high—but Woodley hopes the rarity of casts made up of women will soon cease to be a hot topic.

“Until we reach the day we do a red-carpet for a show like this and people don’t [ask] what was it like working with four female leads, and until it becomes a societal norm, we have a lot of work to do,” she explained on the carpet. “You don’t see five men leads talking about working with five other men. This is a great step in the right direction, and we need to continue this momentum so that it becomes the normal—and it doesn’t become the ideal or the celebrated.”

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Shailene has been promoting Snowden which hits cinemas officially today

The press tour for Snowden started in July with Shailene taking breaks from her activism work to promote the new movie. Pictures from Comic-Con International’s Snowden Press Line in July, and the LA Press Conference in August have been added to the gallery.


JUL 21 | SNOWDEN PRESS LINE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL, SAN DIEGO

JUL 21 | SNOWDEN PRESS LINE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL, SAN DIEGO

AUG 27 | SNOWDEN PRESS CONFERENCE, LA

AUG 27 | SNOWDEN PRESS CONFERENCE, LA


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Second Wave of “Teen Choice 2016” Nominees

The second wave of of nominations for Teen Choice 2016 has been announced. Shailene has been nominated for another two awards for The Divergent Series: Allegiant. The awards will take place on Sunday, July 31, LIVE on FOX.

Voting for Wave Two is now officially open via TeenChoice.com, the FOX NOW app and Twitter. Starting today through Thursday, June 23 at 12:00 PM PT, fans can vote once each day per category, per platform user ID, for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2016 Wave Two nominees. Vote via Twitter by tweeting a category hashtag (please see below) with the nominee’s name (either @nominee, or if the nominee does not have a Twitter account, please use #nominee). Fans may only vote for one TEEN CHOICE nominee per Tweet.

Choice Movie Chemistry (#ChoiceMovieChemistry)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dylan O’Brien, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany & Chadwick Boseman, “Captain America: Civil War”
Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen & Jeremy Renner, “Captain America: Civil War”
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
Daisy Ridley & John Boyega, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”
Shailene Woodley & Theo James, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Choice Movie Liplock (#ChoiceMovieLiplock)
Henry Cavill & Amy Adams, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Emilia Clarke & Sam Claflin, “Me Before You”
Chris Evans & Emily VanCamp, “Captain America: Civil War”
Chris Hemsworth & Jessica Chastain, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
Shailene Woodley & Theo James, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

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First Wave of “Teen Choice 2016” Nominees

Shailene and Allegiant are nominated for this year’s Teen Choice Awards in two categories! The awards will take place on Sunday, July 31, LIVE on FOX.

Voting is officially open via TeenChoice.com, the FOX NOW app and Twitter. Starting today through Thursday, June 2 at 12:00 PM PT, fans can vote once each day per category, per platform user ID, for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2016 Wave One nominees. Vote via Twitter by tweeting a category hashtag (please see below) with the nominees name (either @nominee or if the nominee does not have a Twitter account use #nominee). You may only vote for one Teen Choice nominee per Tweet.

Choice Movie: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovie)
“Deadpool”
“In the Heart of the Sea”
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
“Spectre”
“The Divergent Series: Allegiant”
“The Jungle Book”

Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Charlotte Riley – “In the Heart of the Sea”
Kaya Scodelario – “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
Léa Seydoux – “Spectre”
Morena Baccarin – “Deadpool”
Shailene Woodley – “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

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Shailene Woodley Joins Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

VARIETY.COM – HBO’s A-list limited series “Big Little Lies” is getting even more star power.

Shailene Woodley is joining Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in David E. Kelley’s project, based on the book of the same name.

Adapted from Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel, “Big Little Lies” is described as a darkly comic drama centering on three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Insiders tell Variety that Woodley’s casting has been in talks for a while, though her deal is not yet closed. She will reportedly play a single mother. HBO has yet to confirm her involvement. Kidman made the announcement at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Saturday.

Witherspoon and Kidman — who optioned the book rights through their respective production shingles, Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films — are also serving as exec producers with Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films’ Per Saari. Kelley is also exec producing and writing an undetermined number of episodes of the television adaptation.

Woodley will be seen next in “Snowden” and “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

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Shailene Nominated for People’s Choice Awards 2016

Shailene and Insurgent are nominated for the People’s Choice Awards 2016. Head over to vote.peopleschoice.com to vote for Shailene and Insurgent!

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Charlize Theron
Emily Blunt
Michelle Rodriguez
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley

Favorite Action Movie
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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