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Mother! The Movie

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Publicity begins for new movie

Jennifer Lawrence has insisted she would challenge film bosses if she discovered her Mother! co-star Javier Bardem was getting paid more.

Spanish actor Bardem plays Jennifer's husband Eli in Darren Aronofsky's horror movie in which she plays Grace, a young wife whose life is turned upside down by creepy guests who invade her home.

In 2015, Jennifer spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood in an impassioned essay she wrote for her friend Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter, after learning she received considerably less money than her male American Hustle co-stars.

During promotional duties for her new film, Jennifer was asked if she thinks there has been any improvement when it comes to pay parity in Hollywood or if she thinks the "game is rigged."

"I do, yeah. I think there's still a lot of unfairness and we are making changes the gap is very slowly closing but there's still is work to be done," she insisted in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday (06Sep17).

And when asked whether she had checked if she was getting paid the same amount for the movie as co-star Javier, who took home a best supporting actor Oscar for his chilling turn in 2008 movie No Country for Old Men, she responded: "I didn't look at what Javier was getting, I just looked at what I deserved and I fought for that."

In her Lenny essay, Jennifer blamed herself for getting less pay than her male co-stars saying she had "failed as a negotiator because I gave up early." But when asked during the BBC interview what she would do if she found out he was getting paid more, she answered confidently: "There would be a phone call."

Mother!, directed by The Hunger Games' star's new beau Aronofsky, also stars Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer as the terrifying housemates who shake up Eli and Grace's lives.

So far the movie has received mixed reviews and the actress is well aware it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

"There will be no 'eh' with anybody who sees this movie," she conceded. "It's not enjoyable while you're watching it's hard to watch, it's an assault."

Mother! opens in Australia October 12.

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Meanwhile a Victorian Ad Agency was forced to apologise after painting over a Sydney mural

The 'It's like a jungle sometimes' artwork has been a favourite of Sydney-siders for years, until St Kilda ad agency painted over it as a paid promotion for the film, Mother.

No comment as yet from the client Paramount Pictures, who assumedly paid and authorised the "work".

Hey Newtowners, Let's just start by saying we're sorry to you all and you've been heard loud and clear. We managed to get in touch with the original designer/artist and he is a ripping bloke. He told us the history of the mural and what it represents. After chatting at lengths about this, and our common journey of losing someone to suicide, he has asked that we collaborate on the new mural and become part of the story. It shows the mark of the man that despite us painting over the mural without approaching him first and despite the public outcry from you all, he wants our team member to tell the story of her brother within the new artwork - in his words "This is all just another chapter in the story of this mural." We have expressed our regret for painting over it and apologised for our ignorance. We are going to work together to restore the original mural in the coming weeks. In the meantime, he has asked that we finish our mural. He is supportive of what we do and understands that we are a collective of sign writers who employ artists to do what they love doing - we are not a faceless corporate entity. After we complete the final stage of this mural, we are going to restore the original mural in collaboration with the artist and we have agreed to cover all costs, assist him in painting it and get the story of the mural out there to as many people as we can. We are also going to use this opportunity to raise money for a local charity of the artist's choice to raise awareness around youth suicide. Again, we apologise to the Newtown community for painting over this much loved mural, hopefully something good will come out of all of this. Before posting this, we gained approval for the artist to do so. From the artists and creators of Apparition Media

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