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Katie Holmes on Directing and her Connection to an Iconic Toy Store

Katie spoke with Parade and here is the story they released:

Katie Holmes has a special connection with the iconic toy store FAO Schwarz. (Remember the toy mecca in the scene from Big where Tom Hanks dances on the giant piano?) “I have such fond memories being a kid shopping there,” says the actress and director. She remembers when she saw FAO Schwarz for the first time during a visit to New York City when she was 10 years old. “It was so magical. The toys are so original and well thought out,” says Holmes, who is getting ready to begin shooting the action film Doorman. “It makes kids feel really special and happy to be a child, happy to dream and happy to play and imagine.”

On that trip she came home with toys that gave her lasting memories. “My dad got me a teddy bear which was really special,” she shares. “I was a big Barbie doll person so I got some holiday Barbies.”

This past week, when the toy retailer launched its new holiday collection at a special event at Bergdorf Goodman, Holmes got on board to celebrate. Best of all, the evening benefited KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that builds playgrounds and brings play to children, particularly those in underserved communities. “Playgrounds are so vital,” says Holmes, who is a mom to 11-year-old Suri. “Kids need to be outside. They need to be climbing and jumping and interacting with each other—not on a screen but in person. It’s part of being a kid.”

At the event, Parade had a chance to chat with Holmes.

What do you like to do when you have a day off?

I love wondering around the MoMA [The Museum of Modern Art]. It’s just relaxing. I like to go, not knowing what the new exhibit is, and just explore and take it all in.

Next year you will be directing another film, Rare Objects. What does directing give you?

I’m going to direct Rare Objects this spring in New York. I like storytelling. And my experience making All We Had was exciting because I also enjoyed working with the actors and putting the puzzle pieces together. I like visually experimenting with the composition of certain shots and how to tell a story in a certain way. I have been acting a long time, and it’s nice to take on another responsibility and be a part of what stories are being told.

You have also acted on Broadway. Would you like to do another play?

I would love that. I’m getting ready to start shooting Doorman next week and then I’m directing Rare Objects. But I love doing theater. Performing on Broadway was one of my favorite times. The rehearsal process is my favorite because you transform as actors. The play transforms and becomes alive. You get close to your castmates and are doing something all together. You’re creating every single day and it’s really pure.

What advice would you offer people starting their career?

I feel very fortunate with my career. I have worked with a lot of actresses and actors who have been very inspiring and kind. Different great films helped me grow as an artist. I tell people who are starting out as an artist to watch as many movies as possible. Develop your taste and figure out the kind of stories that you want to tell and then go forward with that. [For me], it’s hard to pick one great film, but my favorite filmmakers are François Truffaut, John Cassavetes, Cameron Crowe and Jean-Luc Godard, just to name a few. You learn something with every single shot. Their films are so poetic. Also, have fun with what you do.

Katie Holmes Confirms She’s Playing Herself in ‘Ocean’s Eight’

Katie is making a small cameo in ‘Ocean’s Eight’. Click the ‘Read more’ link below to see a video of her talking about the role.

Ocean’s Eight added another A-list actress to its cast.

ET confirms that Katie Holmes will have a cameo in the highly anticipated movie, which stars Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.

The 38-year-old actress was spotted arriving on set of Ocean’s Eight in New York City on Wednesday, casually dressed in a multi-colored coat, jeans, loafers and carrying a large black handbag.

During the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Friday, the Kennedys: After Camelot star chatted with ET’s Leanne Aguilera about her role in Ocean’s Eight.

“I’m a fan of all the Ocean’s movies. So, I’m happy that it has so many amazing women in it, so many amazing actresses. It’s really so much fun being a part of,” Holmes gushed. “I play myself. It’s just a cameo.”

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Katie Holmes Talks Reprising Jackie Kennedy Role After ‘Jackie’

Katie Holmes steps back into the role of Jackie Kennedy six years after she portrayed the iconic former first lady in the Reelz miniseries The Kennedys.

This time around, however, she has some competition in the form of Natalie Portman’s acclaimed portrayal in the awards contender Jackie.

Thankfully, Holmes says, there’s plenty of room for both.

“I think its really exciting. It’s just is a testament to how amazing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was and how much she meant to our country,” Holmes told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“I think Natalie did an incredible job, and I’m glad that we both have the opportunity to interpret this character and bring her to life. Although these projects are coming out close to the same time, ours is a different time period in Jackie’s life. You can see both and get something different.”

Bases on the New York Times best-seller After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, the four-part mini picks up immediately following the assassination of Robert Kennedy and spans decades, ending with John Kennedy Jr. getting on the plane that would eventually crash into the Atlantic in 1999, killing him, his wife and a close friend also on board.

“It was a bigger challenge because in this series she’s going through so many different things,” Holmes said of the longer time frame.

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Meet the Women Who Want to Fix Hollywood’s Gender Problem highlights the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program and Katie’s involvement in it.

Celebrating the second annual Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.

An all-woman slate of directors. The first woman to direct a superhero movie featuring a female protagonist. A remake of a classic movie starring four women instead of four men.

Each of these Hollywood headlines is cause for celebration—but their rarity isn’t. The underrepresentation of women in Hollywood is a chronic problem that isn’t getting better.

Through Her Lens, the Tribeca Chanel Women’s filmmaker program, is now in its second year and aims to change that very fact. Five emerging filmmakers—Ani Simon-Kennedy, Joey Ally, A.V. Rockwell, Catherine Eaton, and Sonejuhi Sinha—were selected to participate in the three-day workshop, which brings together women from every part of the film industry to provide support. One of the five will receive full financing at the end of the program to produce a short film; the other women will also receive grants.

In addition to funding, the program also offers the collective wisdom of Hollywood stalwarts. On Tuesday, the program kicked off with a lunch at NYC’s Locanda Verde. Host Jane Rosenthal, a film producer and the Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises, opened with a sly greeting to all the “nasty women” present, who seemed to rather appreciate the epithet—in this context, at least. Among the attendees were women from all over the film business; some, like Rashida Jones and Jennifer Westfeldt, were lending their expertise as mentors and jurors; others offered enthusiastic support.

Katie Holmes, whose first directorial effort All We Had will be out this December, noted that she herself had received a lot of support from other women, including Rosenthal. “It’s a pay it forward situation—I’ve been given so many opportunities by women,” she said of her film career. “Just like when you say it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to be an actor, it takes a village to be a director—it takes a village to be in this industry. It’s not easy. And for women, it’s particularly challenging.”

Mentorship of the kind offered by the Tribeca Chanel program is exactly what Holmes suggests young aspiring female filmmakers seek out. Drawing from her experience as an actress, she said that the industry can be labyrinthine and intimidating: “There’s a lot of things you don’t know when you’re entering [the industry] that you might feel shy about. You think that line should be changed? Go tell them why you want it changed. Have a point of view.”

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Katie Holmes Talks Cooking for Suri and Why She’s ‘Careful’ on Social Media

Katie recently spoke to about Suri, Social Media, and watching the political debates.

When Katie Holmes isn’t busy acting, directing, and looking after her 10-year-old daughter Suri, you just might find her in her New York City kitchen.

“I do like to cook,” the actress told PEOPLE at Quaker’s Oatober event in Manhattan. “In this business, you have months where you’re super busy, then you have months where you’re not. It’s not a consistent thing. So whenever I have time to dedicate to making a really nice meal, I really take it.”

In terms of her skill level, she says: “I think I’m a solid 7.” Holmes, who is the oatmeal brand’s new spokesperson, is particularly keen getting quality time with Suri in the mornings. “I like to make a nice breakfast and start the day calmly. I like that time with my little one before school.”

And when it comes to making dinner, she sticks to her (and Suri’s) favorites. “I like making pasta and lasagna; I usually follow Mario Batali recipes,” she says. “[Suri] has her favorites, like most kids,” she adds, admitting, “I don’t really have any tactics to help [with picky eating]. I think like most parents you make the stuff you know that they like, and every once in a while you introduce something new.”

On nights when she’s been working a lot, she’s not above ordering in and eating on the couch. “I watch a lot of CNN, especially right now,” the outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter says. And as for her ultimate TV-watching snack? “Nachos.”

Though Holmes is a notably private person, she is very active on Instagram, frequently posting artistic shots of her N.Y.C. surroundings — with the occasional food photo or selfie thrown in for good measure.

And if you think her Instagram account looks carefully crafted, that’s because it is. “I try to post things that take time,” Holmes says. “I am careful with what I share; I think about it. To me it’s like a magazine.”

The actress has also recently taken a major leap in her career — stepping behind the camera in the upcoming drama All We Had, which Holmes both directed and is starring in.

“I definitely have a greater appreciation for all of the work and all of the directors that I have worked with have done,” she says. “I really like having creative control over projects. You put so much into it and it’s a lot of work but I can’t wait to do it again and again.”

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Touched With Fire – New Clip!

Katie Holmes is on fire.

The actress stars as a woman with bipolarism who falls in love with a fellow patient at a psychiatric hospital in the new indie Touched With Fire and only E! News has an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming drama.

In the film, Holmes’ character is asking her mother (Christine Lahti) what specific incident triggered her mental disorder. “The doctor says something has to trigger it, so what was I doing?” she says.

When Lahti insists there “was nothing we could have done. It was going to happen no matter what,” Holmes storms off to the other side of the room.

“Please just stop lying to me,” she says, explaining, “I’m just trying to figure out who I am because I don’t feel like myself any more, even when I go off the medication. I don’t feel like myself.”

Lahti suggests they call her father to help.

“No, mom, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled,” Holmes says. “I won’t tell again. Don’t get dad.”

Holmes appears to calm down after Lahti suggests that they visit the hospital the next day to take a look at her medical files. “You can learn anything you want,” Lahti says. “You can ask anything, OK? We’ll figure all this out.”

Touched With Fire is in theaters on Feb. 12.

Holmes’ next film is All We Had. Not only is she in the film adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s novel of the same name, but the movie also marks her directorial debut.

You can watch the clip here…