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Julia Stiles responds to idea of 10 Things I Hate About You sequel: ‘I don’t even know how that would work’



Julia Stiles has addressed the idea of a sequel to the hit romcom 10 Things I Hate About You

In an interview with NME, the Golden Globe-nominated actor was asked whether she would take part in a reunion sequel of the nostalgic fan favourite. 

“I would watch it, for sure!” she said. “I have no probelm at all [with it being made].”

However, she seemed less enthusiastic about a reunion of former cast members, commenting: “I don’t even understand how that would work.”

While Stiles did not address the subject of her former co-star Heath Ledger directly, it is likely she felt a sequel featuring original cast members would not work without the late actor. 


10 Things I Hate About You saw Stiles star as Kat, a feminist outcast attending high school in the US, opposite Ledger’s broody bad-boy character Patrick. 

The fresh take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew proved to be a breakthrough film for both Stiles, Ledger, and Joseph-Gordon Levitt. 

In the same interview, Stiles said of Ledger, who died in 2008: “It’s really tragic and sad that he’s not still around and I think he would be doing some amazing work right now.”

“My heart really goes out to Michelle Williams and his daughter.”

Following a string of romcoms and romantic dramas, including Save the Last Dance, Stiles has gone on to star in a diverse range of films including the Bourne franchise, TV shows such as Dexter and Riviera, and opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Golden Globe-nominated crime drama Hustlers



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Julia Platt Leonard’s favourite cookbooks of 2019



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Your cookbook shelf may be heaving with stacks of the things, but it’s time to make room for a few more. This year has been a bumper year in food writing.

Here’s our top 11 books of 2019 – it was that difficult to choose – to add to your collection.

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking ​(Clarkson Potter, £27.50) is a standout cookbook from 2019. Toni Tipton-Martin draws on recipes from her African American cookbook collection (ones she explored in her James Beard award-winning book The Jemima Code) and adapts them for the modern kitchen. The recipes reflect not only the cooking of enslaved master chefs but also the cuisines of the African American middle and upper classes.

Caribbean roast pork draws inspiration from island flavours of ginger, allspice and rum, while braised lamb shanks with peanut sauce has echoes of West African groundnut stew. This is food with finesse, style and grace and is a long overdue exploration of the huge contribution of African American chefs to American cuisine.

Baan mean home and hearth in Thai and that’s what Kay Plunkett-Hogge delivers in spades in Baan: Recipes and Stories from My Thai Home (Pavilion, £20)​. Plunkett-Hogge was born and raised in Thailand and these are the dishes she grew up eating and cooking, plus ones she’s tracked down on her Thai travels.

She knows her stuff and expertly guides you through Thai ingredients and cooking techniques. Best of all the recipes are packed with flavour – I dare you to make her pad krapow moo (pork stir-fried with holy basil and served with a deep-fried egg) and not scarf the lot. But then that goes for every dish in this dream of a book. 

Restaurant cookbooks are notoriously tough to pull off – what works in a professional kitchen might not back home. A noteworthy exception is Sardine: Simple Seasonal Provencal Cooking by Alex Jackson (Pavilion, £25). I would gladly eat Jackson’s apricot and brown butter tart every day.

The Quality Chop House: Modern Recipes and Stories from a London Classic by William Lander, Daniel Morgenthau and Shaun Searley (Quadrille, £30), does the 150-year-old restaurant proud.

They’ve even generously shared their recipe for confit potatoes – a dish so popular it’s never been off the menu since first introduced in 2013.

“Entertaining” sounds intimidating but having people over doesn’t. That’s the idea behind Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over (Hardie Grant, £22) by Alison Roman, the New York Times and Bon Appetit columnist.

The recipes typically serve 4-6 people, can be doubled easily and don’t require you to spent the night physically attached to your cooker. Snacks like garlicky beetroot dip with walnuts keep hunger pangs at bay while crispy chocolate cake with hazelnut and sour cream brings proceedings to a close.

Roman writes with humour (check out “When things don’t go well”) and you’d – well, you’d like to get an invite to her place. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine.

Alison Roman’s recipes are made to share when having people over – not entertaining – they’re unstuffy and, most importantly, taste great

A new cookbook from Diana Henry is always a reason to celebrate and From the Oven to the Table ​(Mitchell Beazley, £25) is no exception. These are recipes where the oven does the work, often one dish or roasting pan-delights like butter-roast aubergines and tomatoes with freekeh and koch-kocha (an Ethiopian sauce with chilli, coriander, ginger and spices) or baked sausages, apples and blackberries with mustard and maple syrup. Lots of vegetarian inspiration with separate chapters dedicated to spring and summer and autumn and winter veg as well as one on grains and pulses. For the omnivore, the chapter on chicken thighs is worth the price tag alone.

Diana Henry’s latest book, once again focuses on ‘simple’ food, which she means aren’t technical, but still all about the flavour (Chris Terry)

What’s for dinner? Meike Peters’ has a few suggestions – in fact she’s got 365 of them. Her latest book (her first, Eat in My Kitchen ​[Prestel, £29.99] won a James Beard Award) is 365: A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking. Peters splits her time between Berlin and Malta so expect a fresh Med meets comfort-food vibe. Recipes are arranged seasonally with dishes like sticky banana gingerbread to brighten up dull February days and lemon butter chicken with peaches and rosemary for a sun-soaked meal in July. Inspiration to get even the most jaded cook back in the kitchen.

Think Tex-Mex cooking and you might think heavy on the beef, beans and cheese. But the food of Josef Centeno, chef-owner of award-winning restaurants Baco Mercat and Bar Ama in Los Angeles, California, is vibrant, fresh and gorgeous. It’s his take on the food he grew up with in Texas, like fideo (something between a soup and a pasta); his Grandma Alice’s chipotle chorizo; and carne guisada – slow-cooked and meltingly tender short rib served simply with flour tortillas. Now Centeno and co-author Betty Hallock bring these recipes to the page in Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen (Abrams & Chronicle, £21.99)​. The result is bright and refined but never fussy – Tex-Mex sunshine on a plate.

From the ‘Sour’ cookbook is this lime pickle chicken recipe

Almost everything we eat could do with a hit of something sour. That’s the guiding principle behind Mark Diacono’s new cookbook, Sour: The Magical Element that Will Transform Your Cooking (Quadrille, £25)​. While sweetness gives an instant hit of gratification, sour – whether it’s the mouth-puckering citric burst of sherbet lemons or a spoonful of yoghurt in a plate of Turkish eggs – brings balance, complexity and oomph to a dish. There are practical bits on fermented foods, sourdough, vinegar and dairy but it’s the recipes – photographed beautifully by Diacono – that will convince you that there is something magical about sour after all. 

Leaf (Quadrille, £25)​ by Catherine Phipps is all about edible and aromatic leaves. It’s a big subject that covers everything from bitter endive to menthol-perfumed mint, and mild, buttery, bibb lettuce leaves – even the distinctive woody-pine flavour of rosemary. There are handy bits covering practicalities like storing leaves, drying herbs, flavouring salts, and curing vine leaves as well as imaginative recipes like gnudi with pea shoot salad and pistachio and herb vinaigrette, and basil and kaffir lime leaf cheesecakes. Beautifully written, meticulously tested recipes, and a clear love for the subject, make Leaf a winner.   

Aran Goyoaga’s earliest memory is the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla – cannelle et vanille – in her grandparents’ pastry shop in a small Basque town. That memory was the inspiration for her blog and now cookbook by the same name. Dishes like chocolate, olive oil and citrus cake – salty, tart with a crunchy crust and brownie-like centre; buttermilk-brined roasted chicken; and parsnip and ginger cake with cultured butter and creme fraiche icing show a welcome simplicity and keen understanding of flavour combinations and cooking techniques. That the recipes in Cannelle et Vanille ​(Sasquatch, £30) are all gluten-free will be an added bonus to anyone who, like Goyoaga herself, is gluten intolerant.



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Julia Roberts nearly cast as Harriet Tubman in 1990s biopic, screenwriter claims



Julia Roberts was suggested to play the 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a Nineties biopic, it has been claimed.

Gregory Allen Howard, the screenwriter for Harriet, a biopic released in cinemas this week and starring Cynthia Erivo, claimed that a studio executive once stated that it was irrelevant to cast Tubman with a black actor.

“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained, via Entertainment Weekly.

“When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”

Howard wrote the script for Harriet in 1994, but struggled to get the project off the ground until 2018. Viola Davis was previously attached to the role.

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Howard explained that Hollywood needed to change in order for a Harriet Tubman story to appear viable and worth telling.

“What I realise now is that the film was not going to get made until the environment in Hollywood changed,” he wrote. “Nobody in Hollywood wants to be an outlier. Hollywood has a herd mentality. There was no herd around the story of a former slave girl who freed other slaves.

“All the people I pitched this to, submitted the script to, were asking themselves one question: ‘How do I sell this story to my boss, to a studio, to my financial partners?’ Fear chilled them.”

Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons and co-starring Janelle Monae and Leslie Odom Jr, is released in cinemas on Friday.



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Diahann Carroll death: Trailblazing actor who starred in Julia and Dynasty dies aged 84



Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress who blazed a trail for black women on American television in the late Sixties, died on Friday at the age of 84.

Carroll had been suffering from cancer and died in her sleep at home in Los Angeles with her daughter by her side, Brian Panella, her manager, said.

“She had been fighting it for quite some time, and did not want the world to know,” said Panella, who had managed her career for 20 years.


With a handful of movie roles and an award-winning Broadway career already under her belt, Carroll landed the title role in the 1968 television show Julia. She played Julia Baker, a nurse struggling to raise a young son by herself after her husband was killed in the Vietnam war.

The show, which ran for three seasons and earned her a Golden Globe Award, was a breakthrough for African-American women who were only beginning to make inroads on the small screen at the time.

Carroll’s success in Julia set her up for another title role in the 1974 movie, Claudine, for which she received an Oscar nomination. Playing opposite James Earl Jones, she played a single mother again, this time living in Harlem with six children and on public relief.

She went on to play numerous roles, mostly in television shows and made-for-TV movies, until just a few years ago. Notably, she portrayed Dominique Deveraux​ in Dynasty in the Eighties.

Carol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on 17 July, 1935, the daughter of a subway conductor, and began singing with her Harlem church choir at age six, according to IMDB.com.

In 1954, she landed her first singing role on Broadway in the musical House of Flowers, before going on to play Clara in Otto Preminger’s big screen version of Porgy and Bess in 1959.

Her performance as a fashion model in the 1962 Broadway musical No Strings won her a Tony Award.

Diahann Carroll attends the Crystal + Lucy Awards on 11 June, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Women In Film / MaxMara)

Carroll, who had been married four times, also sang in nightclubs and recorded several record albums from the late Fifties to the mid-Sixties.

“She was a tremendous talent and just a very unique human being,” said Panella. “I was blessed to have her as my client for all of that time.”

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay was among those who paid tribute to Carroll on Friday, writing on Twitter: “Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms Carroll.”

Actor Gabrielle Union tweeted: “She is, was, and forever will be AN ICON!! Simply everything, EVERYTHING!”


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Empire co-creator Lee Daniels shared his own homage, writing: “I’m at an utter loss of words right now. The impact you have had on me, Hollywood, America, the World is telling that God exists. I love you.”

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus reacts to Marianne Williamson using Seinfeld catchphrase during Democratic debate



Julia Louis-Dreyfus was as surprised as anyone else when Marianne Williamson used a classic Seinfeld line during the Democratic debate.

Williamson used the phrase “yada yada yada” while discussing gun control on the debate stage Tuesday.

While the expression predates Seinfeld, it has become associated with the TV show since an episode titled “The Yada Yada” aired in 1997. In that episode, George Costanza is mystified by his girlfriend’s frequent use of the phrase, and wonders what information she might be hiding.


Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes on the sitcom, reacted to the “bizarre” debate moment on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday.

“I guess she’s going to pick me as a running mate – is that what that means?” she mused.

When Kimmel asked her what it felt like to hear the famous catchphrase referenced during the debate, she added: “It’s bizarre. It’s kind of like, worlds colliding and then some.”

Louis-Dreyfus just wrapped up a seven-year run as Selina Meyer in Veep.


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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Julia Butters reveals how Quentin Tarantino spotted her on TV



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Julia Butters has revealed how she caught the attention of director Quentin Tarantino

The 10-year-old, who stars in the film as a child prodigy who has to teach fallen actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) to rediscover his craft, was apparently on TV in the background while Tarantino was writing.

“It’s a funny story. I’m on this family sitcom called American Housewife,” Butters, who made her acting debut aged four on an episode of Criminal Minds, explained to The Hollywood Reporter. 


“Quentin likes to have the TV on in the background while he’s writing and I happened to be on TV while he was writing my character. He looked up and saw me and said, ‘Maybe she can try this.’ I’m so happy that the TV was on at that time and that moment because if it hadn’t, I wouldn’t be in the movie.”

Butters hadn’t heard of the filmmaker before she auditioned for the role, but the pair reportedly formed a bond during production and are now pen-pals. 

Set in the summer of 1969, around the time of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars DiCaprio as struggling actor Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his stunt double Cliff Booth. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, one of the victims of the murders on 8-9 August.

Overall, critics have been positive about the film and praised Tarantino’s depiction of Hollywood in the late sixties, as well as his take on real-life events.



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Homecoming season 2: Janelle Monáe replaces Julia Roberts as lead in Amazon series



Julia Roberts’s replacement as the lead in season two of Amazon’s psychological thriller Homecoming has been announced as Janelle Monáe.

Roberts’ casting as counsellor Heidi Bergman in season one of Homecoming marked her first major TV role. However, the actor – who was reported as one of the biggest snubs in the recent Emmy nominations – had only signed on to star in one series and she will remain on the show as an executive producer for its second run.

Singer-songwriter Monáe, who is also known for her roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, will play “a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.”


Homecoming, from creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, will continue to explore the first series’ storyline about dodgy pharmaceuticals firm Geist Group.

While their return to the show has not been confirmed, Homecoming season two is likely to star Hong Chau as the company’s new head honcho Audrey Temple, Bobby Cannavale as her now-inferior Geist employee Colin Belfast and Shea Whigham as Thomas Carrasco from the Department of Defence.

A release date for Homecoming season two on Amazon Prime has not yet been announced.



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