Giorgio Armani’s filmmaking course goes global

Giorgio Armani’s filmmaking course, Armani/Laboratorio Project, is going global as it returns for its second instalment.The intensive programme will take place in Milan, Italy later this year (18), and while it was only open to Italians when it debuted…

Giorgio Armani’s filmmaking course, Armani/Laboratorio Project, is going global as it returns for its second instalment.

The intensive programme will take place in Milan, Italy later this year (18), and while it was only open to Italians when it debuted in 2017, this time the organisers are accepting applications from budding filmmakers from around the world.

Offered free of charge to young students, the 10-day programme is comprised of eight subjects, including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, make-up and hair styling.

All will be taught by stand-out names in international cinema, while this year’s course will be overseen by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, whose film Call Me by Your Name was nominated for four Academy Awards this year, winning the Best Adapted Screenplay accolade.

“Growth, identity, the new world of women – these are the themes we’ll concentrate on,” the 46-year-old filmmaker explained in a press release. “Universal but also topical themes, and therefore very Armani.”

The project will conclude with a film created by both students and mentors.

“Cinema, like fashion, enchants us with the use of images,” the designer added. “It’s the product of teamwork in which the end result depends on everyone’s contribution. Armani/Laboratorio is my idea of a ‘film atelier’ where stories are created by students working together with guidance and support from the most highly skilled key players in the industry.”

Applications are being accepted until 2 October through the Silos section of Armani’s official website.

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Kevin Smith teases big budget project

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers. While Kevin has been…

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.

The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers.

While Kevin has been laying low since suffering a major heart attack in February, he indicated that he is feeling much better on Sunday (29Jul18) by sharing in a social media post that he is gearing up to tackle his next big project.

“Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s the most massive IP (intellectual property) I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…”

Kevin concluded the post with two hashtags, that of his own name and “#writing”. He did not add any further details about the potential gig but did divulge that he hopes to unveil more details soon.

“Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year,” the 47-year-old noted.

Though Kevin has helmed recent episodes of TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, he recently shot down rumours speculating that he was looking to partner with Marvel Studios or Lucasfilm on a movie.

“Waiting on @ThatKevinSmith to confirm or deny these @MarvelStudios or @starwars also keeping my fingers crossed,” a fan wrote on Twitter in late June, to which the filmmaker responded: “Easy to deny. The only @starwars or @MarvelStudios movies I’m involved with are the ones I pay to see in theaters. Promise.”

In the five months since his life-threatening heart attack, Kevin has lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and has transformed his diet and lifestyle. Speaking to E! News while at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, he explained that he had consulted with a nutritionist and decided to adopt a vegan diet.

“I said, ‘You know what? I ate any way I wanted for like the last 47 years. For one year I am going to try life as a vegan.’ It’s been okay, I don’t miss much,” he said of the plant-based eating regime.

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Riverdale’s Ashleigh Murray refuses to play Disney’s first African princess Sade

Riverdale star Ashleigh Murray has rejected suggestions that she play Disney’s first African princess, Sade.Deadline recently reported that the studio is helming the story based on an original idea by screenwriters Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer,…

Riverdale star Ashleigh Murray has rejected suggestions that she play Disney’s first African princess, Sade.

Deadline recently reported that the studio is helming the story based on an original idea by screenwriters Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer, while Nigerian-American director Rick Famuyiwa – responsible for The Wood, Brown Sugar and Dope – has been attached to produce the project.

Though delighted by the concept, Ashleigh, who plays Josie McCoy on the teen drama series, was adamant that she would not be accepting the titular role.

“People have tagged me in posts about this new project,” the U.S.-born actress posted on Twitter on Sunday (29Jul18). “It’s very sweet and honestly I would love to be a live-action Tiana (The Princess and the Frog character), but this princess deserves the African roots, African skin, and African voice that I could never give. #blackgirlmagic #disney #Sade.”

The fairytale feature follows a young African girl named Sade, who accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people against a mysterious evil force threatening her kingdom. Sade embarks on an adventure with the help of a prince, in which she embraces what makes her special to save the kingdom.

Sade will mark a first-time that an original Disney princess fairytale is led by a female African character, while 2009’s The Princess and the Frog featured the studio’s first black princess, Tiana, voiced by Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose.

A director has yet to be named, but Scott Falconer will executive produce through the Verse production banner he shares with Famuyiwa, while Tendo Nagenda and Zoe Kent are overseeing the project for the studio.

Marvel’s Black Panther, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide for Disney, breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director, Ryan Coogler. It is the second-highest-grossing film of 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers not interested in James Bond role

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has dismissed chatter about a possible James Bond role, insisting he has no interest in playing 007. The Irishman is one of the many names linked to the role following Daniel Craig’s expected departure after one more Bond adventur…

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has dismissed chatter about a possible James Bond role, insisting he has no interest in playing 007.

The Irishman is one of the many names linked to the role following Daniel Craig’s expected departure after one more Bond adventure, but the 41 year old would rather play a bad guy.

“I just don’t think that part would suit me at all to play, but I wouldn’t mind playing a Bond villain – they are always much more fun,” Jonathan told British show This Morning on Monday (30Jul18).

Rhys Meyers, who plays a spy in new movie Damascus Cover, might not be interested in stepping into 007’s shoes, but there are a couple of actors who are – Dominic Cooper and Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Henry Cavill have both made it clear they’d love to tackle James Bond.

Henry recently told Yahoo! Movies, “I would love to do it, of course, I think Bond would be a really fun role. It’s British, it’s cool. I think that now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge, we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well.

“That’s not to say they weren’t doing real stunts (in the Bond franchise), I’m just saying it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learned on this (film) and carry it through to a movie like Bond. I’d love to play a Brit. I don’t get to play a Brit very often. So yes, I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask I would say ‘yes’.”

And Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again star Cooper said, “I’d love to (be Bond), he’s an astonishing character. He plays in every English boy’s childhood memory. I had the original Aston Martin DB5 as a toy car. As long as I felt I could bring something else to it, do something dynamic, I’d love the challenge.”

Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, and James Norton are also on fans’ wish lists to take over as Bond.

Meanwhile, Craig’s fifth and perhaps final outing as Bond will begin shooting in December (18) and open in theatres in October, 2019.

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Mark Wahlberg turned to coffee to stay ‘lit’ for intense Mile 22 shoot

Mark Wahlberg turned to his old friend coffee to stay amped while filming action scenes in his new movie Mile 22. The movie star plays high-energy CIA operative Jimmy Silva in his latest collaboration with director pal Peter Berg, and guzzled caffeine…

Mark Wahlberg turned to his old friend coffee to stay amped while filming action scenes in his new movie Mile 22.

The movie star plays high-energy CIA operative Jimmy Silva in his latest collaboration with director pal Peter Berg, and guzzled caffeine throughout the shoot to look and feel wide awake.

“I needed to figure out how I could stay as energetic and as lit as Jimmy Silva is all the time,” Mark tells WENN. “I’m a pretty mellow guy until I really get upset in real life and then it’s a whole other story.

“But to be lit like that the entire time, I resorted to drinking coffee which I don’t drink in my real life… I would drink double shots of cappuccino five times a day.

“I think the last time I drank coffee like that was on (2013 movie) Lone Survivor, and when we went up to the mountain (to shoot scenes) there was no bathroom, so I had to be able to go before I went up or I was going to be very uncomfortable. The only other time I drank coffee before that was when I had to be high on cocaine in Boogie Nights, so I just drank coffee instead.”

Mile 22 is Wahlberg’s fourth film with Berg, and the two friends are also working on a fifth movie for Netflix and a new revamp of 1980s detective series Spenser For Hire.

The actor admits he loves working with the director after discovering a unique chemistry: “We share the same agent who was always trying to put us together and for whatever reason we weren’t really sure (at first),” he explains. “Then, once we got together on Lone Survivor, it was like, ‘Wow!’ It’s a brotherhood, it’s a partnership, a bromance (sic) but we have a real profound respect for each other. We push each other. We don’t mince words.

“We talk all the time. He always FaceTimes me at the most inopportune times!”

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Guardians cast sign off on James Gunn support statement

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have signed an open letter supporting the film franchise’s director, James Gunn, after he was fired following a Twitter scandal. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and their co-star…

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have signed an open letter supporting the film franchise’s director, James Gunn, after he was fired following a Twitter scandal.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and their co-stars have OK’d the note, which Pratt posted on his Instagram account on Monday (30Jul18).

Disney executives fired Gunn from the upcoming third Guardians movie earlier this month (Jul18) after an ill-advised Twitter joke he made about paedophilia several years ago was unearthed.

Gunn has since apologised, revealing he once foolishly liked to post things to shock followers, and Bautista was quick to support him, urging Disney bosses to rethink their decision, while Pratt and Saldana both addressed the drama on social media, without taking sides.

Posting the open letter online on Monday, Pratt added the caption: “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”

The statement, also signed by Karen Gillan, the director’s brother Sean, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff, also urges Disney bosses to re-hire Gunn.

“We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss,” the letter reads. “In that time we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3, as well as discouraged by those who were so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories around him.

“Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot.”

The letter continues: “There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope American from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.”

Meanwhile, a Change.org petition demanding his reinstatement has now amassed over 335,000 signatures.

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