Blake Lively: ‘Research for The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a…

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.

In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie is a heroin-addicted prostitute who lives on the streets, and Blake admits the preparation for the role was hard to take.

“I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,” she told Britain’s HELLO! magazine. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the actress also had difficulties during the shoot, as she sustained a hand injury while filming an action sequence in Ireland in December (17) and production was suspended while she reportedly had surgery. The production then down indefinitely in January to allow the 31-year-old, who had to have a second operation on her hand, to fully recover. Filming resumed in the summer.

The film is directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell from his 1999 novel of the same name. The thriller also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown and is due for release in February.

Blake is currently on the promotional trail for her new comedy-thriller A Simple Favour, co-starring Anna Kendrick.

She admitted to the magazine that she was challenged on that shoot, too, because she had to go up against a comedic natural like Anna.

“Getting to do a comedic part with Anna is just like being asked to play tennis for the first time at Wimbledon – it’s just the best of the best,” she gushed. “It’s incredibly intimidating, but it also really heightens your game.”

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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Gemma Chan loved seeing ‘sexy Asian men’ in Crazy Rich Asians

Gemma Chan was delighted to see “sexy Asian men” in Crazy Rich Asians.The British star plays Astrid in the romcom, alongside the likes of Constance Wu, Awkwafina and Henry Golding. As well as being a huge critical and commercial success, Crazy Rich…

Gemma Chan was delighted to see “sexy Asian men” in Crazy Rich Asians.

The British star plays Astrid in the romcom, alongside the likes of Constance Wu, Awkwafina and Henry Golding. As well as being a huge critical and commercial success, Crazy Rich Asians is also the first major movie to feature a majority Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club in 1993. And Gemma is heartened to see Asian characters represented in a new way.

“It’s fun seeing Asians in an aspirational way,” she explained in an interview with The Times. “Asian men have been emasculated on screen for so long – never the romantic lead, always the sidekick or a stereotypical, probably quite demeaning role. So how great that we have sexy Asian men in it!”

Gemma added that the film’s “mad title” meant she “was a bit suspicious” of the premise at first, but is glad she got involved as Crazy Rich Asians “brought home the fact that Asian culture is not homogeneous.”

The 35-year-old’s upcoming projects include playing geneticist Minn-Erva alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel and playing Elizabeth Hardwick, a friend to Queen Elizabeth I, in Mary Queen of Scots.

Though she feels progress has been made in terms of diversity and representation, Gemma believes there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“Well, for example, if you do see a person of colour in a TV show, they have to justify why they’re there. You have to justify your seat at the table or you get accused of tokenism,” she considered. “So I think there’s still a way to go with that.”

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Julianne Moore immersed herself in opera for Bel Canto

Julianne Moore took the challenge of playing an opera singer in movie Bel Canto very seriously.The Oscar-winning actress portrays a famous American soprano named Roxane Coss in the Paul Weitz-directed drama, which is based on the 2001 novel of the same…

Julianne Moore took the challenge of playing an opera singer in movie Bel Canto very seriously.

The Oscar-winning actress portrays a famous American soprano named Roxane Coss in the Paul Weitz-directed drama, which is based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Patchett.

Taking on the part of a singer was a daunting task for Julianne, but she has now explained that she took lessons from professional performers prior to filming.

“I studied with a coach, Gerald Martin Moore, who was so lovely and generous, and really taught me the same way he would teach a singer,” she told Town and Country magazine, adding that she even had to learn new languages for the part. “I don’t speak any of these languages, so I learned by sound – almost by syllable.”

Though Julianne invested a lot of time learning how to sing opera, the voice heard in the film is that of soprano Renee Fleming. Accordingly, filmmaker Paul was delighted with the final result.

“It was a specific decision to ask Renee to do the voice of the character. What I was hoping for was some sort of alchemy,” he explained. “With actors you’re always hoping to get out of their way to help them find their character. I knew that if I got out of the way of Julianne and Renee, that’s what would happen.”

But Bel Canto isn’t just about music, and in the major narrative thread, Roxane becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. And Julianne is thrilled that the film respects the original story.

“It was one of those books that I remember coming out. There was a big to-do about it, but I hadn’t read it because it always seemed like it was on the verge of being made into a movie,” she smiled.

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Rebecca Ferguson: ‘My character needs to be vital in a film’

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – F…

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.

The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

While she’s fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, Rebecca is picky when it comes to choosing her projects.

“I think it is so important (to play a strong woman) but I think what is so lovely is that both Tom (Cruise) and Chris (McQuarrie, director) believe that their characters and all the people in their films have an arc,” she exclusively told Cover Media. “And for me, when I choose a role and a script, I want her to interest me. I’m interested in the word strength – whether it be vulnerability or character development.

“If I take her out of the story, there needs to be a hole in the story. That’s what I’m going for.”

In the latest Mission: Impossible instalment, Rebecca reprises the role of butt-kicking former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, who audiences last saw in 2015’s Rogue Nation.

Proving she’s just as tough in real life, Rebecca recently revealed that she performed some of her stunts while pregnant, after conceiving when production temporarily shut down after lead actor Tom broke his ankle during a stunt.

“I love doing the stunts and I think 80 per cent of being a part of this film is having the opportunity of actually doing them and enjoying it,” she told U.S. chat show The Talk. “So, we had done most of the kicking scenes… but there were a couple of catch-up scenes that we hadn’t done.

“I came back a little bit larger everywhere and we had to do a couple of jump up sequences, so I had two stunt guys lift me up on top of (castmate) Sean Harris.”

Rebecca welcomed a daughter in May.

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Off-White honours sport superstars with spring 19 line 

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought …

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought the worlds of fashion and competitive sport together in harmony.

As well as having the likes of athletes including Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior sat alongside Cara Delevingne in the front row, eight elite sportswomen joined fashion royalty on the catwalk – which was designed to look like a combination of a running track and a concrete street.

British athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith walked the runway, as did American sprinter English Gardner, with a cluster of supermodels including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn also strutting their stuff.

Abloh, who named the collection Track and Field, explained to reporters at British Vogue that he had been inspired by working with tennis champ Serena Williams on the Serena Williams X Nike ‘Queen’ collection, and was pleased to base his spring 2019 offering on true sport.

“Track and Field is where you compete. There’s a foundation to it; it’s not just clothes for clothes’ sake,” he commented.

The 37-year-old teamed up with Nike once again and incorporated the iconic tick logo into casual fitted jackets and mesh vest tops, while also adding the letters ‘OFFF’ across collars and splashing the oversized text over blazers and sleeveless jackets.

Ensembles stuck to one colour scheme, most notably in striking white and neon yellow, while Abloh continued in “making a new aesthetic by crashing two things together which are not related” by mixing pieces like a sporty cut-out T-shirt with a full ruffled floor-length skirt.

The designer debuted a new Nike trainer too, a collaged shoe called the Waffle Racer.

Isabel Marant and Rick Owens also showed as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night.

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Toni Garrn tapped to front Hugo Boss’ heritage-inspired collection

Hugo Boss has tapped Toni Garrn to front a new capsule collection inspired by the brand’s heritage.The luxury label has designed a new line called Boss ‘Made in Germany’, a 12-piece capsule for men and women all envisioned and manufactured in the natio…

Hugo Boss has tapped Toni Garrn to front a new capsule collection inspired by the brand’s heritage.

The luxury label has designed a new line called Boss ‘Made in Germany’, a 12-piece capsule for men and women all envisioned and manufactured in the nation.

Chief brand officer Ingo Wilts told WWD that the brand was “proud to be the biggest premium fashion-maker in Germany” and wished to celebrate its origins in the latest limited-edition project.

The collection has been based on Hugo Boss’ signature tailoring and used exclusively developed Italian fabrics to reinvigorate six pieces for men and six for women.

Men’s garments include a checked double-breasted coat, a twill suit, a crewneck sweater and an embossed leather bomber jacket, while women are able to purchase items such as a checked pencil dress, a wool mohair mixed rollneck pullover and a silk bow blouse.

“We also know that whenever we go outside Germany, in France or Asia, for example, they really appreciate (articles) made in Germany,” Wilts added.

He also explained that the collection took some inspiration from the characters played by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the 1968 heist movie The Thomas Crown Affair, but insisted that the pieces “fit perfectly well into (the brand’s) overall colour range and sports tailoring direction this season.”

The Made in Germany capsule is hitting select Boss stores worldwide and will go live online from 1 October (18), while being supported by a campaign featuring Garrn as well as Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl.

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