12 January 2019
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Several weeks ago, news broke that Drax Project’s “Woke Up Late” would be impacting pop radio on February 5.

At the time, the news omitted a rather important detail: the promotional push will not concentrate on the original version.

Rather, it will be a remix of the song featuring Hailee Steinfeld.

In a blast being issued to radio programmers (and set to cover this week’s Mediabase pop radio chart), 300 Entertainment confirms that the new version of the song will be released to radio at 12PM ET on January 21. It will then, as noted, officially impact on February 5.

8 January 2019
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Hailee Steinfeld is open to making more Bumblebee movies.

The Oscar-nominated actress portrays Charlie Watson, a teenage girl who finds and befriends a Transformer named Bumblebee, in the new flick – the sixth instalment of the live-action Transformers franchise.

Bumblebee has won praise for the 1980s setting and Steinfeld’s performance, and she has now indicated that she would be open to exploring her character further in a sequel.

“I think she’s still capable of so much and we see that throughout the course of this film and we see how much growth takes place in such a short period of time that by the end of the film, you know, even though she’s overcome so much,” the 22-year-old said in an interview with Cinemablend.com. “I still feel she’s got so much to say, a lot more to learn and a long way to go. So I would be interested in exploring that.”

Bumblebee was released in late December (18) and has so far been a success, garnering $97 million in the U.S. and $192 million at the global box office.

Previously, director Travis Knight stated that he would be interested in making more films if “the world wants more”, while Steinfeld’s co-star John Cena, who portrays former U.S. Army Ranger Jack Burns, has also indicated that he would want to appear in another flick.

“I really enjoyed working with Travis, but I love the movie and it looks like it’s going to make a lot of money too, so hopefully we’ll be able to do it again,” he said.

But if a new Bumblebee film did get the go-ahead it may be some time in the future, as Steinfeld has a number of projects on the go, including TV series Dickinson, which looks into the life and work of American writer Emily Dickinson.

8 January 2019
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Critics have been hailing “Bumblebee” as the best Transformers movie and they point out Hailee Steinfeld’s emotionally resonant performance as one of the big reasons why it works.

“There was quite a bit that I found I could relate to with this character. I love first of all how driven and passionate she is just about life in general, what she loves about the people around her. I definitely think we share that,” said the Filipino-American actress in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

When she was just 14, Steinfeld became one of the youngest ever nominees for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “True Grit.”

When asked how she found out what she really wanted to do in life, she said: “When I was younger, I jumped around to so many different hobbies so quickly. It was dance one day, basketball the next day. It was another type of dance the next day… it was all these random bits that my parents would fully invest themselves in because they knew that it was something that I wanted. And then I would do it and decide that it wasn’t for me.”

“It wasn’t until I got the idea of performing is what was of interest to me. I didn’t necessarily know what that meant until I really got into it. I guess I have my parents, my family for supporting me fully,” she added.

Steinfeld, whose grandfather is Filipino, has played many memorable characters but there’s something close to home that she hasn’t done yet.

“I have not [come across a story where there’s a Filipino character] but if I did, I absolutely would love to. It’s something I am very proud of. I’ve been only once, I have to go again. To this day, going to the Philippines, one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had in my career, so I would love to go back. So yeah, if there was ever a part, I would love to play it,” she said.

The movie also stars Angela Bassett as the voice of the villain Shatter while Dylan O’Brien voices Bumblebee.

It’s now out in US cinemas and will be shown in the Philippines starting January 8.

3 January 2019
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Hailee Steinfeld wants nothing but positivity in 2019. The Oscar nominee made headlines on Wednesday, January 2, when she shared a cryptic message about relationships on her Instagram Stories — not long after her split from Niall Horan.

Steinfeld, 22, reposted a message originally shared by Julia Michaels that read, “New Years resolution: No more dating narcissists.” The True Grit star captioned her post: “God bless you @juliamichaels. Preach it.”

Steinfeld then reposted a series of quotes about how “narcissists are masters of manipulation” who “believe they’re entitled to every shred of their partner’s attention, so they label anything else as ‘selfish.’”

Some fans were quick to speculate on social media that the actress’ posts may have been about Horan, 25, but she was quick to shoot down the rumors.

“No hidden messages my loves,” she tweeted later on Wednesday. “Just reposted an interesting read that I’m sure some of y’all can relate to. Nothing but love!”

Steinfeld and the former One Direction singer, who never publicly addressed their romance, were first linked in early 2018 after being spotted together at London’s West End production of Hamilton. Over the months that followed, they continued to get cozy and packed on the PDA while out and about in Los Angeles.

However, the pair ultimately decided to call it quits later in the year. “They split months ago,” a source told Us Weekly in December. “Niall wrapped up his tour and had more free time, but Hailee’s work schedule really ramped up, so they didn’t have time for a relationship. They still have a lot of love for each other.”

25 December 2018
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When Hailee Steinfeld took to the stage at the MTV Music awards 2018 last month, it was natural placement for the 22-year-old. The actress, songstress and host for the night commandeered the stage with an unmistakable demeanour — the kind of striking presence embodied only by great showmen.

As Steinfeld’s mini dress, entirely encrusted in glitter caught the light — and along with it, the audience’s attention — her ineffable personality shone brighter, engaging viewers in her every word. On the same night, she returned onstage to perform her single “Back to life”. The earworm, which features in the soundtrack of what also happens to be the latest of her filmography: hollywood blockbuster “Bumblebee” — a spin-off of the “Transformers” series.

Every bit a seasoned performer, Steinfeld enthralled the crowd as she manoeuvered the sprawling stage all while nailing dance choreography without missing a beat. Every move in her performance is a reminder of her immaculate talent, equally impactful when stripped down from a showy production to an unadulterated silver screen role.

At just 22 years old, the Los Angeles native counts more than a decade of experience in the entertainment business. Her accolades, too, go way beyond her years.

“I watched ‘Paper Moon’ when I was eight and started acting shortly after. My parents felt it was important for me to study so they challenged me to commit to classes for a year. We made a deal that if I was still passionate about acting at the end of the year, we could explore getting an agent,” says Steinfeld in an e-mail interview with T Singapore.

The fire in her belly burnt stronger with time. When Steinfeld was 14 years old, she became an Oscar-nominated actress for her role in Amercian revisionist film “True Grit” (2010), later earned herself a Golden Globe award nomination for the coming-of-age classic, “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016), and along the way established herself as an identifiable figure in tinseltown through her role in the widely popular installments of “Pitch Perfect” amongst other films.

In a seemingly natural evolution succeeding her performance in “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015) and “Pitch Perfect 3” (2017), Steinfeld dabbled further into music with a self-empowering debut single titled “Love Myself” in 2015, closely followed by the release of an extended play, “Haiz” (2015) and a slew of other singles in the following years. (more…)

22 December 2018
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Early in December, Hailee Steinfeld roused herself from bed and tweeted to her more than one million fans: “Woke up beaming with excitement this morning … ♥”

And why not? She was about to celebrate her 22nd birthday. The animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” in which she’d voiced Gwen Stacy, had just been nominated for a Golden Globe. Best of all, she’d spent the week bouncing between Berlin, London and Los Angeles, where she lives, to promote “Bumblebee,” the latest “Transformers” installment. And the word on the street was glowing.

“I’ve been getting so much love from fans, and I just have moments that it kind of hits me,” Steinfeld said. “I was like, ‘This is crazy!’ I’ve never been a part of something on this scale, and seeing it come together for the first time was just incredible.”

“Bumblebee” is not one of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” (although he’s a producer). Directed by Travis Knight, this Bumblebee origin story steps back to 1987, where the stouthearted, blue-eyed Autobot has been hiding from the evil Decepticons as a yellow 1967 Volkswagen Beetle in a California beach town.

And Steinfeld, the franchise’s first female lead, is not a typical “Transformers” babe. As Charlie — lonely, on the edge of 18 and grieving her dead father while tinkering on his 1959 Corvette — her body isn’t the eye candy of yore. Instead of cleavage and abs, Charlie flaunts her biceps and quads in punk rock T-shirts and ripped jeans, a symbol of strength, independence and self-reliance as she screeches along highways and puts up a fight. In fact, the only ones removing their tops in “Bumblebee” are the guys.

It’s the perfect vehicle for Steinfeld, who notched an Oscar nomination at 14 for playing Mattie Ross, a farm girl avenging her father’s murder, in the Coen brothers’ 2010 remake of “True Grit.”

She’s also a pop star in the making who showed off her voice in the second and third “Pitch Perfect” installments and last summer opened in Britain, Barcelona and Lisbon for Katy Perry on “Witness: The Tour.” In a phone interview from Los Angeles, Steinfeld spoke about sliding into the Transformer’s seat, her long-awaited album and discovering her own voice.

Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

You’re turning 22 in a couple of days. Any big plans?
I’ve been joking about this for a few days now. I’m flying to Hong Kong tomorrow night, which means I will be flying all of the 11th and landing on the 12th, so I will be spending this one in the air. [Laughs] We’ll see what that has to offer. (more…)

22 December 2018
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Actress Hailee Steinfeld is rumored to return for a female-centric spinoff to the animated Spider-Verse film, leading the next film alongside characters like Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman and Silk. When asked about the possible spinoff movie, Steinfeld expressed excitement at the future of the Spider-Verse.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: “Oh my goodness. To be a part of this and play this strong female superhero, in this film particularly, is quite a privilege. The thought of a spin-off is incredible. If that were to ever happen, I would be thrilled to be a part of it. I would love that opportunity. Anything to do something like this again with these people would be amazing.”

Hailee also revealed she was blown away by her animated character’s appearance.

She said: “I remember seeing her for the first time and feeling like this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done. And it was one of those things where you hear about the directors were so excited about how she was coming together, and the outfits, her look as a whole… I was hearing all about it. It was one of those things where I was like, ok, now they’re going to show me a sketch and I’m going to have to act like it’s great… And sure enough when they showed it to me… like I said, this is the coolest thing ever and too bad this isn’t live-action, because I wish I actually look like that.”

13 December 2018
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Fans are heavily speculating that Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan have broken up.

Rumors began in the fall when they noticed the couple was rarely photographed together, but they gained traction in November when the “Bumblebee” star was seen with her ex-boyfriend, Cameron Smoller. The former couple appeared in an Instagram story video of a Republic Records party, which was then circulated on Twitter.

There also have been reports that the former One Direction crooner has joined the exclusive dating app Raya, which is described as the “Tinder for celebrities.”

Steinfeld turned 22 on Tuesday, but unlike last year, Horan failed to give her a social media shoutout. In fact, the “True Grit” star unfollowed Horan on Instagram. He, however, still follows her.

The perhaps-former couple confirmed their relationship when they were spotted kissing at BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in May.

Reps for Steinfeld and Horan didn’t immediately return our request for comment.

12 December 2018
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Hailee Steinfeld felt “a little depressed” when she first moved to New York City.

The 22-year-old actress made the move to the Big Apple on her own last year, and has said that at times, being alone in a large city made her feel down, despite the other part of her knowing that the move was “awesome”.

She said: “I’ve never had this opportunity of living alone in a new city. I was feeling my way around, and feeling comfortable with that … Part of me was a little depressed, and the other part of me was like, this is awesome.”

The ‘Bumblebee’ star celebrates her 22nd birthday on Tuesday (11.12.18), and says she doesn’t have any “specific feelings” about becoming another year older, although she does think 2019 will be “the best year” of her life.

Speaking to Who What Wear magazine’s December issue, she added: “I don’t have any specific feeling about it. Twenty-one taught me a lot about myself. I do feel like I’m heading into the best year of my life … I feel like I have so much in me right now, and I want to keep going and going. And I will.”

Meanwhile, Hailee – who is believed to be romancing One Direction singer Niall Horan – recently said she feels “very fortunate” to have supportive family and friends who are always around to “protect” her, especially from the dangers of Hollywood.

She said: “I think that I had so much incredible support from everyone around me when I was very young. I have had so many people around me to look out for me and protect me. Of course, any territory and any field of work there are inner and outer obstacles, and things you have to go through. I have been very fortunate to have the support of the people around me.”

11 December 2018
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There are some early-20s milestones that feel cliché enough to fall right into a rom-com: move to a big city, live alone for the first time, spend a night on the town making friends out of strangers. Unless you’re Hailee Steinfeld, though, that timeframe won’t likely include touring with Katy Perry and Charlie Puth or heading to Spain for 24 hours for the MTV EMAs, too. In 2018, of course, Steinfeld can check off all the above—relatable or otherwise—but what I want to know is what’s next for the young star.

“In the New Year, taking time off is important,” Steinfeld tells me shortly into our conversation. It’s a chilly Saturday morning in November, fresh off the first snow of the season, but we’ve found a cozy booth in the restaurant of The Williamsburg Hotel. The actress arrives for our interview wearing faded jeans and a pastel blue thermal, a far cry from the glitter-covered neon looks she wore in Spain. In about an hour, she’ll be decked out in after-hours attire for our December cover shoot, but for now, the multi-hyphenate is makeup-free, hair still wet from the shower, and comfortably settling into the corner of the booth, where she sits with her feet tucked up—sometimes one, sometimes both.

Steinfeld seems to reserve the slightly perched stance for when she speaks about things that excite her most, like performing live on stage for her fans. But those who track Steinfeld’s moves closely—like her nearly 11 million Instagram followers—might say the enthusiastic posture is fitting more generally, given how many exciting projects she has through the end of the year. First, she’s currently filming a TV show (more on that later). Then, it’s the December 14 release of the already critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated feature for which Steinfeld voices Gwen Stacy.
Finally, it’s Bumblebee, a Transformers prequel, out in theaters December 21. In her second holiday season film debut, the actress portrays Charlie Watson, a somewhat similar lead role to the coming-of-age characters she’s played for most of her career. Think Emily in the second installment of the Pitch Perfect trilogy, who we meet as an awkward, songwriting legacy Barden Bella. Or the quick-witted, hyperbolic, quietly (sometimes not-so-quietly) grieving Nadine in The Edge of Seventeen, a performance that nabbed Steinfeld a Golden Globe nomination.

“There was something about this character,” the actress says of Bumblebee’s Watson, “that I felt was lost but still independent. She’s launched into this world of people she feels don’t see or hear her. Being seen and heard is so important, especially today.”

If you’ve ever listened to Steinfeld’s music, such a sentiment should come as no surprise. Where her onscreen personas have often represented women developing their voices on the brink of adulthood—“It’s just me projecting,” Steinfeld jokes of how her life has
sometimes paralleled her scripted work—her music has been a vehicle for communicating with confidence, the most obvious example being “Love Myself.” (more…)

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