Blake visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Blake visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Blake Lively visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 13, 2018. She spoke about Baby Spice, tweets, “A Simple Favor”, and played a game with Jimmy, Carrie Underwood and her A Simple Favor co-star Henry Golding!

She was wearing a Dolce Gabbana velvet print vest, Dolce Gabbana velvet-straight leg pants, Christian Louboutin zazou patent leather brogues wore Valentino Micabo tux jacket (thanks to @blakelivelyreynolds.outfits)

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Blake Lively visits “Good Morning America”

Blake Lively visits “Good Morning America”

On September 10, Blake stopped by ‘Good Morning America’ for an interview. She spoke about ‘A Simple Favor’, parenting and kissing Anna Kendrick.

Blake was wearing a Bottega Veneta grape suede wool coat, Gucci floral fill coupe flare pants, Gucci floral jacquard jacket and Stuart Weitzman Juniper booties (thanks to @blakelivelyreynolds.outfits)

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Blake Lively visits “Live with Kelly & Ryan”

Blake Lively visits “Live with Kelly & Ryan”

On September 10, Blake stopped by ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’ for an interview. She spoke about the Ralph Lauren fashion show, The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsThe Rythm SectionA Simple Favor.

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Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and Anna Kendrick Get Naughty in A Simple Favor

Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and Anna Kendrick Get Naughty in A Simple Favor

Vanity Fair – Comedy director Paul Feig turns dark with his latest film, A Simple Favor—a noir thriller starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, and Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding—which gives its cast a chance to portray the sort of sinister characters they’ve never played before.

It was so much fun to play someone who is so incredibly heightened. My character is a complete psychopath,” said Lively at the film’s premiere, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday. “She’s so different than me. I don’t really swear, and I don’t drink. The whole experience was fun. I got to be a wild child.

Lively, who arrived at the premiere with husband Ryan Reynolds, was thrilled to work with Feig on a genre-bending movie like this one. “He cranks these characters up, and makes them so over the top that it makes it comedic and funny,” she said. “I love that, because every day we had complete freedom to be emotional—to be over the top, funny, and to make bold choices. You don’t always get that. Sometimes you’re boxed in.

Based on Darcey Bell’s popular 2017 novel, A Simple Favor (out September 14) centers on perky, type A, suburban-mommy vlogger Stephanie Smothers (Kendrick), who seeks to solve the sudden disappearance of her new friend, Emily Nelson (Lively). Emily vanishes after she asked Stephanie for a simple favor: to pick up her son from school one afternoon. Stephanie and Emily’s husband, Sean Townsend (Golding), set out to find where she has gone. The missing-person plot takes several warped twists and turns, keeping moviegoers off-balance as the mystery unfolds.

Golding, for one, said he was “gobsmacked” by that serpentine plot. “There are these moments where I was like, ‘This is insane!’ And there is a lot of potty-mouthed dialogue, and it comes from surprising areas.

Kendrick, tasked with playing an overzealous parent who video-blogs about homemade gazpacho, also found the film demanding—especially when her character had to go up against Lively’s.

O.K.—for real, it was a challenge,” the Oscar-nominated actress said on the carpet. “The character that I end up going head-to-head with is a very strong, beautiful woman, and my character is lonely, and she’s awkward, and doesn’t always say the right thing. So I tried to show her humanity as much as I could, because normally if I’m in a situation where I’m up against a 5-foot-10-inch blonde who’s beautiful, well dressed, and wealthy, I rely on wit and my sense of humor. And that wasn’t something that I could rely on with Stephanie. So I really had to dig deep and find the ways that I could show you that she’s been through trauma, and behaves in ways that are off-putting because she’s trying to cover the darkness that she feels inside of her. It was a lot of emotional work, but it was really fun. And it’s nice to have that kind of challenge.

As Emily’s morally ambiguous husband, Golding upends expectations at every turn. It’s a role completely opposite from his lovable, swoon-inducing on-screen persona in Crazy Rich Asians.

You’re kind of unsure if my character is good or bad,” said Golding. “That’s something that I want to continue—not just be stereotyped and be the heartthrob and romantic lead, but to play as diverse [of] characters as possible.

Golding had finished Crazy Rich Asians, his first big-screen role, a mere two weeks before Feig contacted him about A Simple Favor. Feig had learned about Golding through his wife, a fan of the Crazy Rich Asians books who had been following news about the movie. “I watched all of Henry’s travel shows that he hosted, and I fell in love with him,” said Feig. “He’s so charming and so charismatic. And then I called Jon [M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians,] and asked, ‘Can he act?’ And he said, ‘He’s the best. He works so hard. He’s the nicest guy in the world.’ And I was like, ‘He’s in!’ Henry is a movie star that I have not seen in a long time. He’s a version of Cary Grant.

Since the release of his first blockbuster, Golding’s life has changed dramatically. He’s getting recognized on the street, sitting in the front row at fashion shows, and enjoying the perks of fame—especially the special treatment he gets at airports.

One time, I got picked up at L.A.X., and they have this special car that takes you from the plane on the tarmac directly to the other place where they collect your bags,” he revealed. “It was like a little strange look into the world of Crazy Rich Asians. I’m not used to that at all. That was a treat!

Blake Lively attends ‘A Simple Favor’ premiere in New York

Blake Lively attends ‘A Simple Favor’ premiere in New York

On September 10, Blake Lively attended the premiere for her upcoming movie “A Simple Favor” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

She walked the red carpet with her husband Ryan Reynolds and was joined by her co-stars Anna KendrickHenry GoldingJean Smart and director Paul Feig.

Blake was wearing black suit by Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture and Christian Louboutin suede Clic Clac booties.

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Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick answer the web’s most searched questions

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves. Is Anna Kendrick scrappy? Is Blake Lively on LinkedIn? Does Anna Kendrick actually sing?

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Blake Lively on ‘A Simple Favor,’ being her worst parenting critic: ‘It means you care’

Blake Lively on ‘A Simple Favor,’ being her worst parenting critic: ‘It means you care’

USA Today – Blake Lively can make a mean martini.

It’s a skill the actress perfected while shooting the R-rated “A Simple Favor” (in theaters Friday), in which she plays blunt-spoken, cocktail-shaking housewife Emily, who will guzzle a stiff drink (or three) sooner than she’ll acquiesce to humdrum suburban life.

But despite her expertise and familial connection to the liquor business (husband Ryan Reynolds owns Aviation Gin), Lively doesn’t actually enjoy the taste of alcohol.

I am the in-house mixologist in my family, but I don’t drink, which is the joke,Lively says with a grin. “People come over and I start to pull out the shaker and muddler, and they’re like, ‘Why is she making me a drink? This is going to be terrible.’ And I say, ‘Just trust me.’

You wouldn’t be wise to believe her latest character, though. Shortly after striking up an uneasy friendship with chipper fellow mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), Emily asks her for “a simple favor” of picking up her son from school one afternoon. But after days with no sight or word from Emily, Stephanie and Emily’s husband (Henry Golding) begin to fear the woman they thought they knew has disappeared – or worse – which sets off a twisty, twisted chain of events.

Lively, 31, who struck surprising critical and box-office gold with shark drama “The Shallows” in 2016, knew she wanted to make “Simple” even before reading the script, primarily because director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) was attached.

When she finally read it, “I was suddenly very confused because the script was a thriller, and yet Paul Feig was making the movie,Lively says. “I sat down with him and asked him if it was a thriller or a comedy, and he said, ‘Yes.’

From the get-go, Lively leaned in to the story’s heightened tone and style, choosing to outfit Emily in chic three-piece suits accessorized by colorful pocket squares and walking sticks (inspired by Feig’s own dressy everyday wardrobe).

I thought, ‘This character has lived so many different lives, that in order to do that and not be recognized, she must jump ship and have a completely distinct identity in each life,’Lively says.

Adds Feig: “I always (encourage) my actresses to come up with their own look, and she was the one who decided she wanted the character to dress like me, with suits and ties and all that. She also had a lot of great ideas how to make Emily understandable and sympathetic, even though she’s a pretty devious character.

Before she vanishes and her dark past is revealed, Emily begrudgingly admires Stephanie’s adept parenting: cooking for her son every day and eagerly volunteering at his school, earning eye rolls from other moms and dads. Lively could relate to sometimes feeling inadequate, as a parent to daughters to James, 3, and Inez, almost 2.

Every good parent I know is hard on themselves, which is beautiful, because it means that you care,Lively says. “I live for my family, so where I might have insecurities about other things in my life, I know I’m giving the best of myself to my family. That’s not to say I’m without plenty of mistakes, but I’m confident that everybody knows how loved they are. I sleep easiest at night knowing I’m at least giving it my all.

The Lively-Reynolds brood sticks together even when they’re working, which means only one of the two actors is shooting a project at any given time. (Lively shot spy movie “The Rhythm Section” in Madrid this summer.) While the “Gossip Girl” star enjoyed flying solo in her 20s – traveling to places such as France and South Africa to study and explore – having a family made the concept of alone time null.

They’re always so much more fun and interesting to be around than being by myself,Lively says. “So when I do get the time to do nothing, all I want to do is drink them up.

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Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick have Tricks Up their sleeves in ‘A Simple Favor’ moving posters

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick have Tricks Up their sleeves in ‘A Simple Favor’ moving posters

People Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are out to trick you in moving posters — exclusive to PEOPLE — for their twisty new thriller, A Simple Favor.

Directed by Paul Feig (BridesmaidsSpy), A Simple Favor stars Kendrick, 33, as Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who attempts to figure out why and how her best friend Emily (Lively, 31) went missing. In the process, she discovers Emily isn’t exactly who she said she was.

The cheeky moving posters give a wink and nod to classic Americana like the Saturday Evening PostGood Housekeeping and American Gothic — but with a distinctly dark twist. Just as in the unpredictable movie, nothing is quite as it seems.

The posters, titled “The Domestic Bliss Series,” were photographed by Tim Palen.

Our Domestic Bliss Series is our way of having fun with the audience’s expectations of what they think this movie will be,” Feig tells PEOPLE. “It’s a slice of Saturday Evening Post, a dollop of Bad Housekeeping and a generous sprinkling of the Haunted Mansion on top.

Our movie is all about appearances being not what they seem and so we loved the idea of playing with the concept of ‘It’s not what you think.’ And I think these morphing photos do this in the most fun way possible.”

A Simple Favor opens Sept. 14.

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See Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig Pitch Their New Movie to Studio Execs in Hilarious Spoof

See Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig Pitch Their New Movie to Studio Execs in Hilarious Spoof

People – A Simple Favor, the new movie starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and directed by Paul Feig comes out next Friday, Sept. 14th. But if you were believe a funny spoof video — exclusive to PEOPLE — they just released where they try and pitch the idea to a movie studio, the dark comic thriller would have been a totally different movie. (More like Bad Moms mixed with a little bit of Bad Teacher.)

The video also makes fun of the idea that director Paul Feig has deemed it “OK for women to be funny!” (Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks also directed Bridesmaids and Spy.)

In the film, Kendrick, 33, plays Stephanie, a mommy vlogger who attempts to figure out why and how her best friend Emily (Lively) went missing—and though it isn’t exactly Bad Moms, the two do share a kiss at one point, which she recently opened up about.

“I mean, all I’m ever thinking about in [kissing] scenes is, who has gum? Who has a mint?” she told PrideSource in an interview. “And I think Blake is probably the same because I’ve never experienced a guy, searching for gum. So, we were the mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kissed in the history of America.”

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How Blake Lively learned to stop saying ‘I’m sorry’

USA TODAY – In “A Simple Favor,” Blake Lively plays her most unapologetic character yet.

Emily (Lively) is a martini-swilling, foul-mouthed enigma: effortlessly cool and besotted with her husband (Henry Golding) and young son (Ian Ho), but secretly desperate to escape their cushy suburban lifestyle and unleash her dark side.

Peppy mommy blogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is instantly drawn to Emily when they meet at their children’s school, and begins to emulate her confident approach to life as their friendship deepens.

Never say sorry — it’s a (expletive) up female habit,” Emily reprimands Stephanie early in the R-rated thriller (in theaters Sept. 14). It’s a reminder that Lively, 31, finds empowering, both in her own career and in the context of the film.

I don’t think it’s a female-specific thing, although maybe females are encouraged to apologize more often for themselves, unfairly,Lively tells USA TODAY.  “But I actually really love that Emily makes note of that: ‘Stop minimizing yourself, you don’t need to apologize.’ She sees a lot of value in Stephanie and is trying to say, ‘Step into your skin.’ She thinks this woman is awesome.

The “Gossip Girl” actress admits that, early in her career, she often felt discouraged from voicing opinions in meetings or on a set. But by choosing to work with open-minded collaborators, including “Simple” director Paul Feig, she learned to stop saying “sorry” for speaking up.

With age, you get more and more confident,Lively says. “I spent a lot of my creative life trying to just go along with it, and when I had ideas, I felt like they weren’t encouraged. People just want you to show up, put on clothes, say words that aren’t yours and do what you’re told to do, versus actually being a creative partner. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized how much better work I do when I get to collaborate, and it’s really not worth it otherwise.

“So I’ve found that the work I’m most proud of are the experiences in which I was valued and those are not ones where you’re apologizing — those are ones where any idea is welcomed and heard. Those experiences teach me to stand up for what I believe in, creatively.