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'Captain Fantastic' and 'Tickled' were runners up in the narrative and documentary categories as the 21st edition of the festival wrapped up with a number of awards.The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the award winners for its 21st edition, which wrapped up today (June 27).The audience awards for best narrative and documentary features were won by Molly Shannon starrer Other People, written and directed by Chris Kelly, and Life, Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams, respectively. Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen, and written and directed by Matt Ross, was named the runner-up in the narrative feature category. In the documentary category, Tickled, directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve was the runner-up.Best short film went to Kahane Cooperman's Joe's Violin with John Stanton's The Last Bay Scallop? named the runner-up.In addition, winners were announced in the festival's Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, which recognizes the best unproduced screenplays and television pilots by emerging writers. Sameh Zoabi’s and Dan Kleinman's Tel Aviv on Fire won the feature screenplay competition. Zoabi received a $5,000 cash prize and one of four coveted spots in a Screenwriters Colony monthlong writing retreat in October. Julia Fontana's hour-long pilot Cleo and Wyndham Lewis' half-hour pilot The Godmother won the episodic screenplay awards. Fontana and Lewis each received a $1,000 cash prize and consultation with a Showtime executive. Lewis also secures one of four slots in the episodic comedy two-week writing and mentorship program as part of the Screenwriters Colony.In terms of other award winners, Michael Koehler's Waylaid was named the short screenplay competition champion, with Koehler winning a $500 cash prize, and the festival's teen view jury award, selected by a group of Nantucket junior high school students, went to The Bathtub.“We’re tremendously proud of this year’s festival, from the engaging array of films and signature programs to our highly-supportive audiences who spent five days enjoying our lineup and the glorious Nantucket sunshine,” Nantucket Film Festival executive director Mystelle Brabbee and program director Basil Tsiokos said in a joint statement. “We were thrilled to host filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world who provided thought-provoking content and conversation, and are grateful to our juries and audiences for recognizing this year’s talented award-winners.”This past weekend, at the Seth Meyers-hosted Screenwriters Tribute Awards, Oliver Stone accepted the festival's screenwriting tribute award, given to him by Bennett Miller. Shannon received the Compass Rose Acting Award, presented by Michael Ian Black. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady won the A&E Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award for their film Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Lear presented the award via video. And Sian Heder accepted the New Voices in Screenwriting award from Zachary Quinto.The festival also announced the winner of the ninth annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, with this year's $5,000 cash prize in honor of the late director going to Irene Taylor Brodsky for her HBO documentary Beware the Slenderman.
'Space Between Us,' starring Asa Butterfield as the first human born on on Mars who travels to Earth, had been set to open in August but will now roll out in theaters over Christmas; Chris Pratt stars opposite Lawrence in 'Passengers.'Fans of outer space will now have two sci-fi adventures with a little bit of romance mixed in to choose from this Christmas.STX Entertainment has pushed back the release of The Space Between Us from Aug. 19 to Dec. 21 — the same day that Sony had already staked out for Passengers, the high-profile space epic starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.And both movies launch one week after spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on Dec. 16.Director Peter Chelsom's The Space Between Us stars Asa Butterfield as the first human born on Mars (his mother, an astronaut, died during childbirth and he was raised in secret). When he's 16, the boy travels to Earth, embarking on a road trip across America with a young woman (Britt Robertson) in hopes of finding his father. But the space program wants to send him back to Mars, since his body can't handle Earth's environment. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino also star.Morten Tyldum helmed Passengers, set on a spaceship transporting thousands of sleeping humans to a distant colony. Two of the people awake prematurely only to find they are 90 years away from their destination.The two movies are certainly different in terms of story and could skew differently demo-wise, with Space Between Us playing to the YA crowd. However, both are counting on appealing to all audiences over the lucrative Christmas corridor, when schools are on break and many adults are off of work.STX insiders say its movie is indeed well suited for the year-end holidays, which can sustain more films than any other time of year.The two other films scheduled to open nationwide on Dec. 21 are Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, and Illumination and Universal's animated tentpole Sing. That's followed Christmas Day by the Bryan Cranston and James Franco comedy, Why Him?
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley sat down with THR ahead of the big-screen return of champagne-guzzling PR disasters Eddy and Patsy.More than two decades after the champagne-addled duo of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon and Patsy Stone first stumbled drunkenly into the public consciousness, Ab Fab is back, darling, and this time on the big screen.In Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, creator and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders returns as the mostly terrible fashion PR monsoon with Joanna Lumley tottering alongside in high heels as her perma-smoking sidekick. The story sees the pair flee to Cannes after accidentally murdering Kate Moss – naturally – and features one of the most impressive assortment of cameos ever assembled: a 60-star-strong list including the likes of Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Perez Hilton, Gwendoline Christie, Jerry Hall, Joan Paul Gaultier, Harry Styles and, of course, Moss herself (although the Ab Fab team only asked her at the last minute).Ahead of the BBC Films/Fox Searchlight comedy's release in the U.K. on July 1 (and on July 22 in the U.S.), The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Saunders and Lumley to talk the cameos they narrowly missed out on (Benedict Cumberbatch), launching the career, almost, of one of the U.K.'s biggest stars (Idris Elba), how Patsy and Eddy would react to the recent Brexit vote and Lumley's "bizarre" reception with Donald Trump.Did you set out with some sort of attempt to break the world record for number of cameos?Jennifer Saunders: I never thought about it like that. The truth is, we needed people for party scenes and red carpet and even for the news reporters. Actually, one of my favorites is [veteran BBC news correspondent] Orla Guerin, because you just think, it’s Orla Guerin!Joanna Lumley: She had flown in from the Middle East.JS: I think something had just happened over there and she didn’t know if she could make it because they might want her to cover the story. But she insisted on coming over. I literally had to pinch myself that it was actually Orla Guerin. It’s so funny. I loved it, because you write them in, like "newscaster" and they go, "who do you want?" and I went "wouldn’t it be funny if it was Orla Guerin" and they went "do you want Orla Guerin?" It was so extraordinary.You've also got Hollywood names like Jon Hamm in there. What did they – or even their agents say – when they found out they had about 10 seconds of screen time?JS: Actually people are very happy if you don’t want them for too long. Because often if you’re coming over for a small part, the last thing you want to do is to have to be there for a week. But if you actually say, come over for one day, you’ll be in the movie and have a great time, we’ll fly you over and fly you back, a weekend in London to do whatever you want. It’s easier to say "just do three lines." They love it.Didn't the producers have a heart attack when you showed them the list of celebrity cameo targets?JL: Did you actually ever make a list?JS: Not really.JL: There was this kind of sense that Stella McCartney thought Kate (Moss) would do it. Unfortunately we hadn’t asked Kate.JS: I was so nervous about asking her in case she said no. I had got everything ready, literally the cameras were turning and I said, "Oh I should probably go and ask her, 'Er, will you be in the film?'" Phew!JL: And with Kate comes the entourage of Lily Cole and Lara Stone, Suki (Waterhouse) and Alexa (Chung) all those gorgeous girls. And then they get a smell of who’s in it and who’s mucking in. There were people like Jerry Hall, who’s just a shoo-in. She’s divine.What’s the joke you have with Jerry Hall being really boring on the red carpet talking about her clothes?JS: The joke I like is when journalists ask you "so what are you wearing?" And you go, "oh, I’m just wearing a bit of this," and you move on. But she’s like "no, I’m going to tell you in the tiniest detail what I’m wearing, I’m wearing this and this is beautiful, and so comfy," and he just wants her to go...JL: "Did I tell you about my necklace its so beautifully crafted." And the whole thing happens while she's talking, Kate’s pushed in the river...Did anyone say they wouldn't be in the film?JS: I don’t think so. Lots of people weren’t available. People we wanted … Ben Cumberbatch we wanted.JL: We didn’t try to get him. I went to see Hamlet, went backstage to see Ben and he said “I’m gonna be in the movie, fantastic!." And this was after Hamlet, and I was going “I thought you did these things now." But then he couldn’t do it because he had to do something else, and it broke his heart. So rather than people not wanting to do it, people couldn’t fit it in, or were waiting, going "isn’t there room for me?"So who else might we have seen?JL: Now’s the time to just make up names.JS: CherJL. Ben AffleckJS: Dolly PartonJL: Matt DamonJL: Leo DiCaprio, obvs.JS: Idris Elba, there you go.Well, you did basically launch Idris’ career. (One of Elba's first roles was as a gigalo in a 1995 episode of Absolutely Fabulous)JL: He doesn’t like to say that. It’s never on his list of things he’s done.JS: He fled to America after, he fled!How do feel about first bringing the Luther, Wire and possibly 007 star that is Elba to the world?JS. I’m so happy that we launched him. Because one of my favorite lines of Patsy’s is when she sits on Idris’ knee and goes [puts on voice] "Can I talk to you like Shaun Connery" and he goes, "no."So, did you have the script, with Kate Moss as the key storyline, before you’d even approached her?JS: Yes. Of course. Hahaha!And when you did approach her, how did she react when she found out that not only would she be killed off but would be the butt of several jokes throughout whole film?JS: I didn’t approach really, I just said, "Will you be in the film?" She said, "send me the script" and then said "yeah, that’s fine." She’s so cool, she’s really no fuss. It’s quite a lesson really. What she has is that she knows what she’s best at, which is doing the stuff quite naturally on the day — don’t over complicate it, just let me do it. She just wants to make you happy.We've heard that the script came about when your long-term comedy partner Dawn French dared you £10,000 in 2013 that you couldn't finish it within the year. So do you owe her?JS: No, I did it.JL: Jennifer, own up, what did you do?JS: Well, because we had a New Year’s radio show, she said by the end of next year, by next Christmas’ show, I had to have written it and give it to her live on air. And I hadn’t written it. But what I knew was that it wasn’t actually New Year. It was Christmas. And I had another two weeks of grace to write it.JL: It’s not really two weeks between Christmas and New Year, Jennifer.JS: Ok, a week, a few days, ha! So I gave her a big script and it was literally just two pages of dialogue and the rest just said "blah blah blah blah blah." She didn’t say it had to have dialogue in it, she just said it had to be a script! Actually it was really good because I had that year spent a long time thinking about it and then by Feb 2015 had the basic script.Did you have a full script before you went into production? It was implied at the press screening that maybe this wasn't the case.JS: There might not have been a proper ending. What’s the hardest thing about writing a film? The hardest thing about writing anything is how to end it. It’s really hard. There are basically a lot of endings. And they’re all in the film. We could have ended there or there or there.There are obviously a lot of British jokes in the film — people laying Hunter boots at the shrine to Kate Moss, for example. With Fox Searchlight on board were there any attempts to open the humor up to an American audience?JS: There were a few. We’d have little missives coming over going "we don’t understand what this means" and you’d go "I don’t care, we understand what it means and people will understand what it means." Actually you can’t make everything for everybody. I wanted to make so that people who knew and loved the show wouldn’t think it had been too watered down.JL: Jennifer thinks if they don’t know, they don’t deserve to know.JS: Hahahaha!There were a couple of transgender jokes in there. Did you try to recruit Caitlin Jenner for a cameo?JS: No, I think she’s very very busy. I just thought it was because it’s about fads. Not that being transgender is a fad, but it’s in a lot of people’s consciousness at the moment and there’s a lot of TV and articles about it.For Mo Gaffney and Chris Ryan's characters, they’ve always just jumped on the next thing and I just love the fact that they’ve been everything – she’s been a rabbi, Scientologist, Muslim, fundamental Christian and I just thought, what would be the next thing? Oh, she’d be black, which was sort of half-inspired by that woman in America who told everyone that she was black and she wasn’t at all. Her parents said "this is her as a child" and she’s blonde and blue-eyed.JL: I was rather touched by her, I don’t know why everyone was so cross about it.JS: I thought that’d be funny, and she’d be persuading Chris that he’s a woman, because that makes life a lot easier for her.With the U.K. entering some a rather uncertain period of history, how do you think Patsy and Eddy would have reacted to the Brexit?JS: We decided that they wouldn’t know we were in [the European Union]. They didn’t know we came out!JL: They’d haven’t the smallest idea or interest in politics at all.JS: I think it would confuse Patsy quite a bit.JL: It would just be [puts on Patsy voice] "can you still get down to France"JS: They don’t watch TV you see, they don’t see the news much.JL: Patsy was disgraced with a politician once I think.And did I hear Patsy also had a Trump experience?JL: This was years ago, this must have been in the first series when Patsy admitted that she admired Ivana Trump.[Patsy voice] "I think Ivana’s rather marvelous actually."Donald Trump heard of this, although he’d never heard of the show, never heard of us, but at a party thrown for him it was decided that I should be brought along so he could have a look at the person who admired Ivana, to whom he was no longer married. He’d now married Marla, but he wanted to have a look at me. It was the most bizarre thing.Did you go as Patsy?JL: Well I put on some high heels, red lipstick and put my hair up. I went "Hello, Mr. Trump." But I couldn’t do it as Patsy because he didn’t know who Patsy was! So I just did my gushing Joanna “hello." It was a shocking moment.
Jessica Alba shared an adorable series of pictures and videos on Snapchat, while at her 4-year-old daughter Haven‘s preschool graduation on Friday.
The strawberry blonde tot smiled bright in the Snaps, waving to her mom during the opening of the Montessori school’s ceremony.
Dressed in the school’s official blue t-shirt and khaki shorts, Haven said the pledge of allegiance, and beamed during a shot while holding her diploma.
The 35-year-old actress added rainbow and sunflower stickers to the stories, including statement illustrations like “Can You Not,” “OMG,” “Awesome” and of course, “Love.”
Alba, who also has a 7-year-old daughter Honor Marie with husband Cash Warren, included a part of a speech from one of the school’s female teachers — who she deemed “Havie’s fave teacher.”
“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to make a living this way,” the teacher said, “and I want to thank you the parents for giving me the honor of teaching your amazing children.”
After the ceremony, Alba and Warren, 37, headed off to the Los Angeles premiere of Seoul Searching. The couple celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary last month.
The comedy, set in 1980s Korea, had an ’80s prom theme, which Alba rocked in a gold-belted, long-sleeve, low-cut black dress, gold-studded short boots and gold Octavia Elizabeth earrings.
Inside, actor Ken Jeong gave an opening speech, which Alba captured part of on video. “I love Ken Jeoong” she captioned the post, using a heart emoji.
Later on, she dined at Indian gastropub Badmaash in downtown L.A.
RELATED VIDEO: Cash Warren Reveals How the Paparazzi Caused Him and Jessica Alba to Parent Their Kids Differently
Last year, Alba said she liked capturing every moment of her daughter’s lives on Snapchat.
“They’re just so funny to me,” she told PEOPLE. “To me, it’s all groundbreaking, but they’re just average, funny, sweet little girls.”
— Dave Quinn
Instagram: Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson‘s ex Matthew Bellamy shared an adorable photo of their son Bingham on Saturday, while hanging in his homeland of England.
In the photo, Bingham, who turns 5 on July 9, is seen standing in the middle of a tall field of grass while the wind blows the grass around him.
The picture was one of the first posts on the musician’s new Instagram page, which he started last week.
The 37-year-old actress shared the same shot on her Instagram account minutes later, welcoming her ex to the popular social media platform.
“Bingy hanging in the fields with his Daddyo in England,” Hudson captioned the regrammed shot, adding two heart emojis surrounding the ear of rice emoji. “Welcome to Instagram @mattbellamy.”
Last Sunday, Bellamy shared a Father’s Day pic of his foot up against his son’s, writing “Having a lovely chilled Father’s Day in rainy Devon”
Having a lovely chilled Father's Day in rainy Devon
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The former couple have remained amicable after ending their engagement in December 2014, taking trips, going on lunch outings and working on their wine company together in the months following their split.
Last year, the pair toasted the start of summer on a family vacation in Skiathos with Hudson’s mom, actress Goldie Hawn, and Hudson’s first child with former husband Chris Robinson, 12-year-old Ryder.
“They blend in with other families and honeymooners,” a source told PEOPLE of the trip. “They are very focused on the kids and making it fun for them.”
RELATED VIDEO: Did You See the Adorable Flashback Goldie Hawn Shared of Daughter Kate Hudson?
Hudson previously told Late Show host Stephen Colbert about the antics of raising two mischievous boys, joking about one particularly tough night trying to get her “rowdy” boys to stop jumping on the bed.
— Dave Quinn
The Hills are alive with the sound of baby cries!
Audrina Patridge gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Friday, June 24, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Daughter Kirra Max Bohan was born in the morning, weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz.
“She’s perfectly healthy and Mom is doing great,” her rep tells PEOPLE.
Patridge, 31, and her fiancé Corey Bohan, who were engaged in November, announced their baby news in December — then Patridge revealed on her blog in March that they were expecting a daughter.
“Corey and I can’t wait to meet our baby girl, and we can’t thank you enough for your support. It truly means the world!” she said at the time.
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It's going to be weird not having a belly soon or feeling little kicks punches and hiccups allll the time, I'm so used to it now and am loving it. I've had a pretty good pregnancy so I'm very thankful for that and also for good genes…. Just gotta get her to flip!! I'll post a prego update blog for all my fellow prego girls out there:)! 👶🏼💗 (thanks @enviedefraise for my cute dress)
A photo posted by Audrina Patridge (@audrinapatridge) on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:02pm PDT
Patridge was also the guest of honor at a beautiful baby shower in May, thrown by her Aunt Connie in La Mirada, California, and attended by close friends and family.
“My family made me feel like a queen and my baby girl is going to be decked out in the cutest clothes ever — she even got a mermaid outfit,” Patridge told PEOPLE exclusively of the day.
Of becoming a first-time mom, Patridge told Fit Pregnancy and Baby for its July issue that she’s “so ready.”
“I want her to help the world be a better place — and to not make some of the same mistakes I did,” she admitted.
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Aili Nahas
A new video game that puts you in the shoes of a U.S. lawmaker trying to save lives with your "thoughts and prayers" as mass shootings break out across the country proves in elegant fashion just how effective that strategy is.Spoiler alert: It's not even a little bit effective, ever.Launched on Friday amid an actual, existing gun control crisis, Thoughts & Prayers: The Game has been tearing up the viral web all week with its poignantly frustrating 8-bit gameplay."America faces an epidemic of mass shootings," reads the free, web-based game's title screen. "It's up to you to stop them … with the power of your thoughts and prayers."The premise seems simple enough, at first, but after a few minutes of playing the game it becomes strikingly clear how little thinking and praying will do to combat gun violence.The shootings just keep on happening.After about 10 seconds of futilely clicking on "think" and "pray" within the game, a welcome "ban assault weapon sales" button appears on screen.Touching it, though, will only bring up blocks of text that scream things things like "THAT'S UNAMERICAN," "YOU DEPEND ON THE NRA FOR DONATIONS!" and "PRAY HARDER!!!"More than 17 million thoughts and prayers have collectively been sent out within the free, web-based arcade game since it was released — and yet, not a single life has been saved.Could it be that mass shooting victims aren't actually helped by all of the pledges to think and pray we see flooding Twitter when tragedy strikes?Um, yes, according to the game's creators."We had the idea a couple of days after the terrible shooting in Orlando," said Mike Lacher, who created Thoughts & Prayers with his friends and collaborators Chris Baker and Brian Moore for their series of satirical, U.S. election-themed games.(GOP Arcade)"As usual, all the 'thoughts and prayers' talk was starting to happen and we were like, 'We need to do something about this,'" Lacher told CBC News on Thursday. "My friend Brian was like, 'It would be funny to have a game where your only actions are to think and pray, to put you in that position of powerlessness.'"So, in the time outside of their jobs, the New York-based trio of freelance writers, designers and developers hustled to put out their sixth GOP Arcade game — and the response was worth it.Lacher said that more than 300,000 people came to share their thoughts and prayers in the first weekend alone, and he predicts the game's success may be due to the same phenomenon that inspired its creation."I think that the three of us had all been pretty frustrated by the lack of any sort of gun regulations despite the constant waves of mass shootings that happen in this country," he said. "I think it's a frustration that a lot of people have."'Thoughts and prayers,' the internet memeWhile the gun control debate rages south of the border, there's more to the game's message than the need to ban assault weapon sales.The act of tweeting out "thoughts and prayers" for victims in the wake of tragedies has itself been a hated, predictable and painfully annoying social media trope since at least 2012."People see something horrible happen in the world and they run to the internet, and they run to their social media, their Facebook, their Twitter, whatever they got, and they all write down the exact same thing: My thoughts and prayers," said comedian Anthony Jeselnik in his famous 2015 standup bit. "Do you know what that's worth? … Less than nothing."You are not giving any of your time, your money, or even your compassion," he continued. "All you are doing is saying, 'Don't forget about me today. Don't forget about me. Lots of crazy distractions in the news right now, but don't forget how sadz I am.'"Politicians have been called out many, many times in recent years for sharing "thoughts and prayers" online, but doing little else to combat gun violence, if not making the problem worse.In the wake of 2015's shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Ivor Volsky of Think Progress made headlines by retweeting dozens of American lawmakers who'd sent thoughts and or prayers to the victims — along with links to their gun control voting records, gun-related campaign contributions and NRA connections.He did the same thing earlier this month following the gay nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in Orlando.GOP Arcade took a different approach to lambasting the "useless" phrase, as Lacher put it, but the group's goal was similar."We thought that a game was a pretty effective way to show how little it does," he said, "to just sort of say those empty words and hope that maybe things will just change on their own when there's a pretty clear solution in front of you."
This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of the hit blockbuster Independence Day, which turned Will Smith into a massive superstar overnight. It became the first movie ever to gross more than $500 million worldwide, and, naturally, after that movie started raking it in at the box office, everyone wanted Will Smith in their movies. Over the next few years, Will Smith would go on to star in hits such as Men in Black and Enemy of the State, but the actor recently addressed one of his missteps, the 1999 Western action adaptation of the Wild Wild West TV show which brought in some sci-fi elemenst to boot.
Wild Wild West wasn't an absolute bomb in theaters, but it still came in far below the rest of his hits over the late 1990s. Wild Wild West took in $113.4 million domestically and $222.1 million worldwide, from a hefty $170 million budget back in 1999. Will Smith starred as James West in this remake of the hit TV series of the same name, leading a cast that also included Salma Hayek and Kevin Kline. During an appearance at Cannes Liones, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith revealed that Wild Wild West was a low point in his career.
"I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning. I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star, and what happened was there was a lag --- around Wild Wild West time --- I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it. ... Smoke and mirrors in marketing and sales is over. People are going to know really quickly and globally whether a product keeps its promises. My career has been strictly being able to sell my products globally, and it's now in the hand of fans. I have to be in tune with their needs and not trick them into going to see Wild Wild West."
It didn't take Will Smith long to rebound from Wild Wild West, starring as Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic Ali, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination. The actor would still go on to work with Wild Wild West director Barry Sonnenfeld again with 2002's Mem in Black II and 2012's Men in Black III. It's interesting to note that these statement come just a few months before one of the star's most ambitious projects, the comic book adaptation Suicide Squad.
In quite a big departure for the actor, Will Smith plays the villainous Deadshot, who becomes part of Task Force X, a Suicide Squad assembled by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to pull off near-impossible jobs. We'll have to wait and see how Suicide Squad does in theaters, when it opens August 5, but early buzz has indicated that it will certainly do much better than Wild Wild West.
Christy Carlson Romano has come a long way from her days playing an overachieving teen on Even Stevens: She’s going to be a mom!
The Disney alum and her husband, writer-producer and veteran Marine Brendan Rooney, are expecting their first child — a daughter — on Christmas Day, a rep for the actress confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“I am flabbergasted at the serendipity of having a baby on Christmas. It’s our favorite holiday!” Romano, 32, tells PEOPLE. “What a gift we’ll have this year. Feeling so blessed and grateful … and a little nauseous.”
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Their first child’s due date isn’t the only holiday that has extra-special meaning to the couple. Romano and Rooney, 33, were married in a winter wonderland wedding in Alberta, Canada, on New Year’s Eve in 2013. They met in February 2011, while both were students at Columbia University, and were engaged nine months later.
“I was the assistant director on an on-campus documentary about veterans,” Romano — who just directed her first feature film, Christmas All Over Again, which she co-wrote with Rooney — told PEOPLE in 2013.
“Brendan was the president of the Military Veterans at Columbia and we met while we were interviewing him.
“It was such a magical feeling that stayed with me, so I wanted to recapture that on my wedding day,” Romano added about why she chose the Fairmont Banff Springs, a hotel she visited while performing in The Sound of Music, as her venue.
Beating the heat! #fathersday #summer #pool #spf
A photo posted by Christy Carlson Romano (@thechristycarlsonromano) on Jun 19, 2016 at 12:13pm PDT
First Look at #ChristmasAllOverAgain with @massimodobrovic @seanryanfox7 @joeylawrence and #BrandotheGriffon Coming this #Christmas
A photo posted by Christy Carlson Romano (@thechristycarlsonromano) on Mar 29, 2016 at 4:04pm PDT
Aside from her directorial debut this year, Romano — who also provided the voice of the titular character in Kim Possible and played Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast in 2004 — will star in the sci-fi indie film Prism alongside her husband.
Rooney, who also co-wrote and co-produced Prism, is currently in development on two separate original one-hour television projects.
— Jen Juneau with reporting by Melody Chiu
Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Independence Day' Actress Maika Monroe Goes From Pro Kiteboarder to Breakout Star
The 23-year-old former athlete, who got her big break in 2014's Sundance hit 'It Follows,' is making the leap to tentpole with a role in 'Resurgence.'Up until age 17, Maika Monroe glided across a different shimmering surface than the big screen. The Santa Barbara native was living in the Dominican Republic as a top-ranked professional kiteboarder, an extreme sport that looks something like snowboarding on water. For years, Monroe had been sending out mostly ignored audition tapes to casting agents. But in 2011, she received a call about playing Zac Efron's love interest in the family drama At Any Price. She landed the role, and her future quickly changed course. A bit part in The Bling Ring and a showy role in The Guest followed before she nabbed the lead in the Sundance horror breakout It Follows. Now, she's making the leap to tentpole with Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore. Though she’s largely shelved the board and sunblock, she still gets out on the water between roles (“It really helps me stay sane,” she says.) The actress spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about who she bonded with most on set, the perils of Hollywood and whether or not we’ve been visited by ETs.How has kiteboarding helped you as an actress?It taught me determination, working hard for something. There's lots of discipline. I enjoy roles that are quite physical. That was really fun with Independence Day, being a fighter pilot, kicking some ass.You changed your name from Dillon to Maika. Why?When I was about 7 years old, I asked my mom other names she was going to name me, and she said "Maika" was her second choice. I was like, "That's my name!" So I went around to all my neighbors and my teachers and said: "I'm no longer going to respond to Dillon. My name is Maika." And it stuck.What was the audition process like for Independence Day?I started with I auditioned for casting agents, and then I went in and auditioned with [director] Roland [Emmerich]. Then the final audition was doing a camera test with Liam [Hemsworth] and all the producers. It was scene between Liam and I, and I’m talking to him via Skype. Liam, my fiancé in the film, is on the moon, so it’s us talking about what’s going on. My father’s going through a lot. He’s having these kind of nightmares and visions. So I’m trying to help him. It didn’t feel like an audition because we were on stages. It was really quite nice meeting everyone. It’s a really special group. People warned me, “Big films -- it’s a whole different pace than the indie world.” But you could feel that there was something different about this group.You were 3 years old when the first Independence Day came out. What do you remember?I saw it with my dad. It was at my house on VHS. Oh my goodness, the good old days of VHS. (Laughs.) I loved it so much — the comedy that was brought into this absolutely insane situation and these iconic characters. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum are just so memorable.Who did you bond with the most on the set?Jeff Goldblum. We spent a lot of time together. He does jazz nights on Wednesday nights, so now I'll go and hang out with him there.Who do you still get star struck by?If I met Jack Nicholson, I would probably get a little flustered. Not going to lie. I’ve watched his movies since I was so young. Such a fan.What is the worst thing about working in Hollywood?The lifestyle perhaps. There’s a lot of excess. It’s just quite different for me, coming from [the world of] professional athletes. It’s just very different. It can be consuming and you have to be careful of that. I think it’s very easy for that to [fall into a lifestyle of excess]. So having people around you that are grounded is important because a lot of this is just crazy. It’s not reality.What’s your dream project?I’d really love to work with Quentin Tarantino. There’s so many people that I’d love to work with, but there’s something about Quentin, and one of my all-time favorite films is Kill Bill. Something along those lines would be such a blast.After The Guest and It Follows, you were dubbed a scream queen. How do you feel about horror as a genre?I love horror movies. It’s so fun being absolutely terrified. It’s damn hard to shoot, though. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to make a horror movie as an actor. Physically and mentally, phew. It Follows was easily the hardest film I ever made, just because every day was so intense. Every day, you’re screaming, crying. And just physically, putting your body through that, going to those dark places every day for 12, 13 hours was really, really rough. After I finished shooting that, I went into hibernation.What’s been your biggest splurge since becoming an in-demand actress?I have to go to Tokyo for Independence Day press, and I got my mom a ticket to come with me. I’m surprising for her birthday. I want her to come along. She’ll love it.What’s up next?I’ll shooting a film called Tau in Serbia. I leave for that beginning of July, which will be quite interesting. I’ve been to Europe, but I haven’t been to Eastern Europe. I’m excited for the adventure. I’m [signed on] for more 5th Wave sequels? But I don’t know what they’re planning on doing with that, to be honest.Do you believe that aliens have visited Earth?I'd say that they have. I think there has to be something else out there. And if they're out there, maybe they've visited us. Hopefully they're nice.***Vital StatsAge: 23Born: Santa BarbaraBig break: 2014's It FollowsReps: WME, Luber Roklin and attorney Fred ToczekThis story first appeared in the July 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.