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Exclusive: Michael Pena Talks Filming ‘American Hustle’: “It Was Nerve-Racking”



American Hustle received top honor on Saturday night during the 20th Annual SAG Awards, taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

It’s no secret that Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper are an incredibly talented cast; so that might be the reason why co-star Michael Pena called working with them … “Nerve-racking.”

“What I thought was going to be an easy job was nerve-racking, especially when you’re just doing a cameo,” Pena told HipHollywood while on the red carpet for the SAG Awards. “It was an exciting set. Everybody was on their game and really killing it. It kind of made it nerve-racking but it was really cool.”

Earlier this week, David O. Russell’s comedy also garnered 10 Academy Award nominations.


Oprah Loved Being A Braided Blonde Bombshell In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’



Oprah Winfrey is a blonde bombshell in Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and she loved every minute of it. HipHollywood sat down with the media mogul along with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling to talk about playing the Mrs. and their elaborate hair, make-up and costumes.

“Girl we had hair for days,” gushed Winfrey. “My favorite was the ponytail, the braid.”


Celebrity hair guru Kim Kimble, who frequently works with Beyonce, headed up the film’s hair department. For the film she turned Lady O into a blonde, Reese into a red head and gave Kaling fab braided locks. “They were like [hair] sculptures,” said Kaling who plays Mrs. Who.

So how long did it take to get these ladies out of this world ready? “Hours,” joked Winfrey and Reese in unison.

To be exact, the ladies were in hair and make-up 3-5 hours daily as lead hairstylist Kim Kimble and make-up artists LaLette Littlejohn and Derrick Rutledge got them camera ready. “I think Kim and the team worked for days before, sculpting and making it right,” added Winfrey who plays Mrs. Which.

Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey’s personal makeup artist who also worked on the film, designed rhinestone eyebrows for each Mrs. Which ensemble. Meanwhile costume designer Paco Delgado drew from volcano explosions and depictions of galaxies to create costumes that made Winfrey shimmer and appear larger than life.

In the Disney big screen adaption, the three celestial beings – Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit lead 13-year-old Meg (Storm Reid) and others on a journey to rescue the girl’s scientist father (Chris Pine) from evil otherworldly forces.

It’s better seen than simply described, so be sure to check out A Wrinkle In Time in theaters now!

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