The story about Lucy Liu and Bill Murray getting into it on the set of the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels has been rattling around Hollywood for two decades. Legend had it that Bill stopped a scene mid-take, pointed to Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy in order, and said, “I get why you’re here, and you’ve got talent….but what in the hell are you doing here. You can’t act!” Um, rude. Then, Lucy *allegedly* “blew her lid” and “attacked” Bill. Apparently, this altercation was at least part of the reason Bill didn’t return as Bosley for the 2003 sequel.
Earlier this month the story got dredged up again when Shaun O’Banion, who says he was a production assistant on Charlie’s Angels, tweeted his version of events. Basically, Shaun says Bill upset the three female leads, Lucy told him he was way outta line, Bill insulted her (saying that she was just a TV actress, and this was the “big leagues”), Lucy responded with “Fuck you, you fucking cocksucker!”, and then she ran off the stage crying. Shaun said “no punches were thrown,” and called Bill’s behavior “really belittling and shitty.” Now Lucy is opening up about her side of things on the Los Angeles Times Asian Enough podcast. She says Bill was hurling insults at her, she stood up for herself, and she doesn’t regret it a goddamn thing. All the women! Who are INDEPENDENT! Throw your hands up at me!
When the latest film version of Charlie’s Angels hit theaters over the weekend, it flopped. Charlie’s Angels was made on a budget of $40 million and brought in $8.6 million in North America. Elizabeth Banks, who wrote, produced, directed, and acted in the new Charlie’s Angels, is aware that it’s been poorly received, and she recently had something to say about it all.
The Elizabeth Banks directed reboot of Charlie’s Angels flopped this weekend and, for me, it’s more of a question of “who?”, rather than “why?”. For example, who are those two chicks who aren’t Kristen Stewart? And who thought KStew was a big enough draw to compensate for the above. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a shit-ton more people would rather watch Christian Bale scowl in overalls while driving a fast car than watch KStew scowl in overalls while driving a fast car. Charlie’s Angels ate Ford V Ferrari’s dust earning just $8.6 million to FVF’s $31M.
At long last, the teaser trailer for Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot is here. And based off the two minutes and 53 seconds of trailer we got, it sadly looks like they only got about 10% of the disguises budget from the Cameron Diaz/Drew Barrymore/Lucy Liu films.
Elizabeth Banks spoke with The Hollywood Reporter alongside her husband and business partner, Max Hendelman. It’s the full-Hollywood interview, they talk about their life, how they met, blah, blah, blah, the industry, etc. Read it if you’re a Hollywood-aficionado and want to learn more about the behind the scenes politics of the entertainment industry. Like the high-octane information about the budget of movies? Hot.
Elizabeth also talked about some of the upcoming projects she has, including the new Charlie’s Angels-reboot which should be on its way to us soon. And Elizabeth said that it is very timely and will get into what a real highly-trained female super-spy has to deal with in the male-dominated world of super-spies.
When Charlie calls up his angels in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, he won’t hear Lupita Nyong’o purr “Good morning, Charlie” through the other end of the speaker receiver. But he will hear Kristen Stewart moan, “Why haven’t you, like, learned how to text yet. Like, no one uses the fucking phone anymore.”