Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan’s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.
Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.).
No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O’Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O’Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O’Donnell, Patrick Brammall, Nick Forward and Rob Gibson are executive producers.
All six episodes of the second season of No Activity will premiere at once on October 26 on Stan.
Rose Byrne is in the midst of May madness. On Friday, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising comes out in theaters across the U.S. Both joyously silly and surprisingly on-the-nose, the film is a follow up to Nicholas Stoller’s 2014 comedy Neighbors. The entire cast is reunited, from Byrne and Seth Rogan, who star as Kelly and Mac Radner, suburban spouses coming to terms with parenthood; to Zac Efron as former fraternity bro extraordinaire Teddy Saunders; Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo as Mac and Kelly’s misguided best friends; and Lisa Kudrow as the publicity-conscious university dean. Even Elise and Zoey Vargas, who played Mac and Kelly’s baby daughter Stella in the first film, have reprised their role. Two years ago the Radners entered into a prank-filled rivalry with a neighboring fraternity, while this time their enemy is a little more relatable: a sorority created by a group of young women (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, and Beanie Fieldstein) who just want to party on their own terms.
If that isn’t enough, next week Byrne will celebrate the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, another blockbuster sequel with an impressive ensemble cast. “X-Men is more the emotional and intelligent end of the superhero spectrum for my taste,” she comments over the phone. “They always bring something operatic to the pictures.”
Raised in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and currently based in New York, Byrne grew up watching the British sitcom Fawlty Towers with her family. “John Cleese was one of my acting idols,” she recalls. At 13, she made her film debut in Dallas Doll (1994). In her early 20s, she dropped out of university in Sydney to work on her second film, Two Hands (2009), with Heath Ledger.
Recent roles in Get Him to the Greek (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), Spy (2015), and the Broadway play You Can’t Take It With You (2014) have cemented Byrne’s status as a comedian, but she is by no means a one-note actor. Over the course of her career, she’s worked with noted directors such as Sofia Coppola, Peter Weir, George Lucas, Danny Boyle, Paul Feig, and Derek Cianfrance, and held her own against seasoned thespians like her Damages co-star Glenn Close.
“I think comedy is very hard,” says Byrne. “It’s very scientific getting the beats of it. Comedy and drama are challenging in different ways, but they come from the same place,” she continues. “The stakes are very high when something’s funny and the stakes also have to be high for something to be dramatic.”
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“Don’t you have a lock?” Rose Byrne asks, her forehead under her bathing cap creasing with concern. We’re in the women’s locker room at the YMCA on 14th Street, steps away from the pool — the only pool, Byrne has informed me, that she has found in her decade-plus of living in New York that even comes close to replicating the spacious outdoor ones in her native Sydney, Australia. Byrne hasn’t been here in six weeks, ever since she gave birth to her first child — Rocco, with Vinyl star Bobby Cannavale — which might be why she looks so dismayed that I’m now holding up the works by forgetting something as obvious as a padlock. Or maybe it’s just that Byrne’s face — while very pretty, even in a bathing cap — is naturally melancholic, with its downturned pout and wounded Bambi eyes. Nonetheless, I feel a flash of guilt that I’ve delayed what might well be an innate Australian need to plunge into water by failing to predict that this YMCA, one of the seeming last bastions of middle-class decency in all of Manhattan, might be rife with pool-locker thieves.
A metallic clang sounds out behind us, and an elderly woman in a skort shuffles by with a walker. Byrne gives me a wry look, like: See? There’s an element here.
Which is a small but telling example of the comedic sensibility that has made Byrne, 36, “the most in-demand supporting actress for comedies,” as The Hollywood Reporter rather specifically put it. […]
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What the hell did we do to deserve Rose Byrne? A gifted actress who’s stolen so many movies that she should be arrested for piracy, she’s previously been a secret weapon in comedies like Neighbors — and 2015 was the year that the secret got out. As Spy’s Rayna Boyanov, a sadistic supervillain who dresses like “a slutty dolphin trainer,” Byrne delivered beautiful insults with the deadly panache of Blofeld dropping a henchman into a shark-infested pool. When Edison first dreamed up the notion of moving pictures, this woman casually asking Melissa McCarthy if her hemorrhoids are “large, or just tenacious?” is almost certainly what he had in mind. DE
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The original comedy Neighbors was a rare non-visual effects-filled studio-released summer blockbuster, it ended up being a huge hit when it was released back in 2013. When inexpensive movies make studios huge profits, it usually means that the sequel green light isn’t far off – and the Nicholas Stoller-directed comedy is no different. Now Neighbors 2 is set for release next summer, and it has just been revealed that it has a subtitle which gives us some insight into what the movie will be about: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Really, we should have seen this coming.
Production Weekly posted the full title, which seems to sync up with what we’ve learned so far about the sequel currently in production. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will revolve around a sorority house moving in next door to the family played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne from the first film. When they have trouble dealing with the sorority, they turn to their previous nemesis, played by Zac Efron, for help. We assume shenanigans ensue at this point.
As was confirmed earlier this week, Chloe Moretz has been cast in a major role in the film, and it’s expected that she will be the primary antagonist sorority sister. The female Zac Efron if you will. Moretz was the highlight of the Kick-Ass movies and we know Hit Girl could get pretty vile, so Moretz should feel right at home with the exceptionally vulgar comedy. In fact, we’re more than a little curious to see what this plot will have her up to.
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Unfortunately, Rose wasn’t at the Comic Con yesterday but here’s a description of what happens in the first footage of the movie in which Rose appears! Let’s hope she will be part of the movie promotion later!
Straight from their Hall H panel at San Diego, Twentieth Century Fox screened X-Men: Apocalypse Comic-Con footage and our own Edward Douglas described it as follows:
The footage opened with a nuclear explosion and we cut to Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey gasping, saying that she had seen the end of the world and all this death, to which James McAvoy says that it was only a dream. There’s a voice over from Oscar Isaac about how he’s been seen as a God. ‘I’ve been called any things over many lifetimes, Ra, Krishna, Yahweh, and the footage shows Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert telling Charles about how when people find out about mutants they, form cults that worship them but that she investigated one such person from the beginning of time that’s thought to be the first mutant.
Apocalypse gives a big voiceover speech to the young mutants saying they’ve lost their way by following blind leaders. ‘Everything you’ve built will fall and from the ashes of the world, we’ll build a better one.’ Then we see Apocalypse in a hood as Magneto asks him “Who the F are you?” and Apocalypse responds “Come and See” as we get to see Oscar Isaac in the full costume and he looks exactly like in the comics.
We learn from Professor X that Apocalypse can control other mutants and we see a scene where the X-Men are facing Apocalypse with a bunch of them including Storm and Ben Hardy as Archangel sided with Apocalypse, as well as Magneto who uses his powers to pull a slumped-over Charles in a wheelchair towards him. We get a glimpse of all the characters… but just a shot of Nightcrawler, Jubilee and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke. I didn’t even see Havoc and Cyclops only had one shot as well. We did see a quick Quicksilver shot. We don’t see their powers because that’s FX that is still being worked on.
The titles during this footage said ‘Prepare for Apocalypse.’Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique says that a great storm approaches and that’s why she’s here. To fight. We see Professor X under the Cerebro helmet a few times as he comments that Apocalypse seems to be enhancing his power. ‘I’ve never felt power like this before.’ The footage ended with the classic Professor X look, in a wheelchair with a bald head (the crowd went wild for that, too).
Over the Fourth of July weekend, former Disney honcho Michael Eisner caused a bit of a stir when he suggested that it was extremely rare to find extremely beautiful women who were also deeply funny. “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman,” he told the beautiful, funny Goldie Hawn during a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online — but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.” […]
How widespread is this prejudice against the pretty? Do executives harbor a bias, perhaps unconscious, against attractive women trying out for comedy roles, wondering whether or not their looks are inducing laughs? Most importantly: Does this finally explain why Rose Byrne is not yet the brightest comedic light in Hollywood?
I bring up Byrne specifically because I’ve wondered for some time now why she isn’t headlining two or three comedy flicks a year. That question became all the more urgent after a weekend viewing of “Spy.” Her haughty Hungarian villain steals the show, providing a perfect foil for Melissa McCarthy’s newly minted CIA agent. Byrne was similarly riotous in last year’s “Neighbors,” playing a sassy straight woman to Seth Rogen’s dumpy hubby.
The post-“Bridesmaids” career paths of Byrne and McCarthy most clearly demonstrates what Hollywood thinks of attractive funny people as opposed to their Plain Jane kin. Despite inspiring just as many laughs as McCarthy as one of the eponymous wedding party members — and, arguably, having to do it in a more difficult manner, one that didn’t rely on bodily humor to get the giggles rolling — Byrne has spent the last few years locked into supporting roles.
New photoshoot! And a truly amazing one! Rose featured in a Violet Grey interview with a brand new photoshoot shot by Naj Jamaï, styled by Penny Lovell, makeup by Kate Lee. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking!
Do you remember the first time you saw Rose Byrne? Perhaps it was on Damages, where she appeared on screen, equal parts magnetic and fragile, opposite the great Glenn Close. Or perhaps it was in Bridesmaids, where her character Helen ran circles around Kristin Wiig’s Annie in the great competition that is the contemporary wedding party. Byrne, who moved to the U.S. from her native Sydney, Australia over 15 years ago, is memorable for her doll-like beauty, with her wide eyes and tiny nose. But she’s also wickedly funny, full of zingers and withering glares, an accomplished “straight man” who can hold her own with Melissa McCarthy and then run off with your heart.
Over the years, Byrne’s evolved into an actress to watch both on and off the screen. She’s a style icon for chic smart girls, as comfortable in glittering Chanel as she is in sleek Calvin Klein. Her look is youthful but still tasteful, proper but not prim. “There is something very classical in her beauty but then there is also something very unique to her and the proportions of her face,” says makeup artist Kate Lee, creative director for this month’s Beauty Test and frequent collaborator with the actress. “A little bit like Jean Shrimpton. She’s incredibly easy to imagine transitioning genres and decades. I think her beauty is truly very versatile.”
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Aussie actress Rose Byrne says the hacking of Sony Pictures could pave the way for equality in the movie industry because the leaked emails exposed the rampant sexism in Hollywood.
The scandal hit headlines last year when cyber criminals infiltrated the company’s database and stole reams of private information, including emails which revealed stars’ salary details. Among the revelations was the gender pay gap on Oscar-nominated movie American Hustle, with emails suggesting the film’s female stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, were paid significantly less than the male actors.
“All that stuff that was leaked through the internet when Sony was hacked – it all speaks for itself. So, it is beyond just misogyny,” Byrne said. “It’s legitimate discrimination based on gender, which is illegal. Any discrimination is, whether it’s sexuality, race or gender.”
Byrne, who has founded an all-female film production company, has now declared the hacking could actually benefit Hollywood because it has turned the spotlight on problems facing women in Tinseltown and prompted a probe by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“The statistics are still so dreadful for women in film,” Byrne tells Pridesource.com. “Now the ACLU is doing an investigation into it because they’re starting to realise it’s actually discrimination – it’s not just good ol’ fashioned misogyny that everyone’s quietly tolerated for years. “The business is sort of the wrong way in the sense that the statistics are just really dreadful for women in terms of speaking parts and pay cheques for women.”
You can also read this great interview : Q&A: Rose Byrne Speaks Out On Hollywood Sexism (‘It’s Discrimination’), Talks Drag Inspirations & Playing Gay
She played a good girl lawyer in Damages and was perfectly, poisonously hilarious in Bridesmaids. Now Rose Byrne is a Bondesque villain in Spy. We meet the good girl gone baddie.
It’s three o’clock on a warm weekday afternoon, Rose Byrne and I are in a genteel Italian restaurant in New York’s West Village, and our waitress – with an entirely straight face – has just asked if we’re interested in today’s special, a 20 oz pork chop. “Let’s start with that; one each,” suggests a laughing Byrne. “It’s almost worth it, just so you could write about it.” In the event, sadly, the slender Australian actress chooses minestrone soup. “We’ll get the chop next time, I promise,” she tells our waitress, apologetically.
To some, 35-year-old Byrne may still be most recognisable from the five years she spent till 2012 playing Ellen Parsons alongside Glenn Close’s ruthless Patty Hewes in the American legal thriller Damages. But in recent years she has shown some serious comedy chops, in films such as Bridesmaids and Bad Neighbours, and now, her latest, Spy.
The Bond-inspired spoof features her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy as a back-office CIA agent working undercover in the field for the first time, and Byrne as her nemesis, Raina Boyanov, the Oxford-educated daughter of a Bulgarian arms dealer.
“It was a very conscious decision,” Byrne says of her move into lighter material. “I’m Australian – we don’t take ourselves too seriously – but I really didn’t know if I would have any luck,” she shrugs. “Just because you’re funny in real life doesn’t mean you are necessarily a funny actor; and if you’re funny on screen it does not mean you’re bound to be funny in real life,” she notes.