Iris Apfel: ‘I go with my gut when it comes to colour’

Iris Apfel always goes with her gut instinct when it comes to design.The fashion legend, who celebrated her 97th birthday in August (18), is one of the most recognisable women in the industry thanks to her oversized, thick rimmed glasses, penchant for …

Iris Apfel always goes with her gut instinct when it comes to design.

The fashion legend, who celebrated her 97th birthday in August (18), is one of the most recognisable women in the industry thanks to her oversized, thick rimmed glasses, penchant for feathers and love of chunky accessories.

And although she is only a few years away from turning 100, Iris still works extensively. She recently teamed with Nude Glass on a line of glassware, a year-long partnership which also includes a glass Iris doll created by American designer Harry Allen.

“Colour is very emotional. I don’t intellectualise what I do, it comes from my gut,” she told the Metro of her work process.

“I’ve always been interested in anything that is fine and beautiful… sensuality is so important.”

Iris started her career working in textiles with her late husband Carl Apfel, and was regularly employed by the White House for restoration projects, working under nine presidents in total, including John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

Talking to AnOther magazine, the style icon implored the younger generation to ignore trends and embrace originality.

“Express yourself, not what your neighbour has,” she pleaded. “There’s very little creativity left. Everybody copies everybody else. I don’t know whether everybody wants the same or the designers give it to them – I have no idea, I’ve been out of it for too long – but it’s very sad. It used to be that people wanted some individuality, so when you walk into an apartment you know whose apartment it is.”

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Ava DuVernay directing Prince documentary for Netflix

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the …

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.

The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for her work on 2014’s Selma.

More recently, DuVernay helmed Disney fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, and now her latest project sees her telling the story of the late music legend.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” she told reporters at Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

In addition to being approached by members of the Kiss hitmaker’s estate, editors at Deadline also report that Prince personally reached out to DuVernay with a view of working together before he died in April 2016 at the age of 57.

The 46-year-old, who also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, has been granted full access to archives, recordings and even unreleased material by the flamboyant singer-songwriter.

The project is still in its early stages, and DuVernay, editor Spencer Averick and other members of her team have paid repeated visits to Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios in recent months.

Last month (Sep18), executives at Netflix denied that a Prince feature was in development after reporters at The Daily Mirror claimed that producers at the streaming service were hoping to sign Bruno Mars up to play the icon.

However, after the story was picked up by multiple outlets, representatives on behalf of the 24K Magic singer commented that the rumour was “100 per cent” false.

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Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez sign on for Marcel Marceau drama

Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez are to star in the upcoming Marcel Marceau drama Resistance.The Hollywood actors have signed on to appear in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s new project about the French actor and mime artist and his involvement…

Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez are to star in the upcoming Marcel Marceau drama Resistance.

The Hollywood actors have signed on to appear in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s new project about the French actor and mime artist and his involvement in the French Resistance during World War II.

It was previously announced that Jesse Eisenberg is to portray Marceau, while editors at Deadline have now confirmed that four-time Oscar nominee Harris will take on the part of General George S. Patton and Ramirez will play a character named Sigmund.

Actress Clemence Poesy will round out the cast as Emma, a member of the French Resistance, and German actor Matthias Schweighofer is to take on the role of Nazi leader Klaus Barbie.

“Ed Harris was already a legend when I started thinking of becoming a filmmaker. Edgar Ramirez is one of the best of his generation. I’ve been a fan of Clemence Poesy since I first saw her in In Bruges,” gushed Jakubowicz of his castmembers in a statement. “I can’t explain how inspiring it is for this grandson of Holocaust survivors to have the privilege of telling the story of these forgotten heroes, and what they did in the most challenging circumstances imaginable, with some of the best actors in the world.”

Jakubowicz previously worked with The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor Ramirez on 2016 boxing drama Hands of Stone, which also starred Robert De Niro and singer Usher.

Resistance began shooting in Prague in September. The film is set to be released in 2019.

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Jennifer Lawrence creates production company

Jennifer Lawrence has launched her own production company. The Hunger Games created Excellent Cadaver with producing partner Justine Polsky and they have now signed a first-look film deal with bosses at Makeready. Lawrence and Polsky will develop mov…

Jennifer Lawrence has launched her own production company.

The Hunger Games created Excellent Cadaver with producing partner Justine Polsky and they have now signed a first-look film deal with bosses at Makeready.

Lawrence and Polsky will develop movie projects together independently or with Makeready’s partners at Universal Pictures and Entertainment One, according to Deadline.

“(Makeready)’s Brad (Weston) and Pam (Abdy) are visionary producers with incredible taste and a history of supporting diverse and compelling storytelling,” a statement from Lawrence and Polsky reads. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Makeready and look forward to this exciting collaboration.”

The actress and Polsky are working together on several upcoming projects, including Burial Rites, a film adaptation of Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel. The movie will centre on Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830. It will be directed by Luca Guadagnino.

They are also collaborating on Bad Blood, in which Jennifer will star as disgraced Theranos blood testing founder Elizabeth Holmes, the woman who skyrocketed to prominence as one of the youngest self-made billionaires ever, only to fall from grace after her biotech company came under investigation. The film will be directed by The Big Short’s Adam McKay.

The 28 year old will also portray socialite Zelda Fitzgerald in Ron Howard’s Zelda, which she will produce with Polsky. Lawrence is also looking to make her directorial debut with Project Delirium, which will centre on American government officials who tested the effects of chemical weapons on soldiers in the 1960s.

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Tyler Perry ready to put Madea to rest

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Madea movie franchise next year (19) by bidding farewell to the beloved comedy character. The Gone Girl star has been cross-dressing as the tough family matriarch ever since in…

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Madea movie franchise next year (19) by bidding farewell to the beloved comedy character.

The Gone Girl star has been cross-dressing as the tough family matriarch ever since introducing his 68-year-old alter ego onstage in a 1999 production of I Can Do Bad All by Myself, a play he also wrote and directed.

He has since reprised the character in various theatrical shows and movies, including 2009’s Madea Goes to Jail, Madea’s Big Happy Family in 2011, and 2016’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, as well as guest appearances on Tyler’s TV series House of Payne, and Love Thy Neighbor.

However, the 49 year old has since declared his next Madea outings, in the suitably-titled Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral and a stage tour, will be his last.

“I’m sick of that old broad (woman), man…!” Tyler quipped on breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (30Oct18). “Madea’s Family Funeral (sic) comes out in… March, and that’s the last one (film).”

Perry admits the main reason for putting Madea to rest is his advancing age, and his desire to focus on a variety of other projects.

“I don’t want to be her age playing her!” Tyler confessed. “Listen, she’s had a great run. She’s had a really, really great run, so it’s time to move on.”

“That’s why I’m doing something like Nobody’s Fool with Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg…,” he shared of his latest film, his first R-rated comedy. “It’s just so much fun.”

Tyler will have starred as Madea in 10 movies after A Madea Family Funeral, while he also made a cameo as the grumpy grandma in 2008’s Meet the Browns. Ahead of the final film’s release, the franchise has grossed over $500 million (£393.5 million) worldwide.

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Crazy Rich Asians to be released in China

Jon M. Chu’s hit summer film Crazy Rich Asians has been given the green light for a cinema run in China. The country’s strict censors have told producers they will be granted a release, prompting a scramble to promote the movie in time for its debut o…

Jon M. Chu’s hit summer film Crazy Rich Asians has been given the green light for a cinema run in China.

The country’s strict censors have told producers they will be granted a release, prompting a scramble to promote the movie in time for its debut on 30 November (18).

“China will be interesting, because it will be a big release on November 30 and we don’t have a lot of time to promote it,” producer Brad Simpson tells WENN. “However, we know that it has been a big talking point in social media, so there is awareness.”

And fellow filmmaker Nina Jacobson admits she can’t wait to see how Chinese film fans react: “They have no shortage of representation on the screen. The fact that here, in America, it was such a long drought and it meant so much for Asian Americans to see themselves onscreen… People could not think of any movie where they saw an Asian man and Asian woman kiss each other on screen in an American film. It plays different in all those places than it does here.”

Simpson adds, “For the rest of Asia we’ve had pretty great results, like in Singapore, it’s the biggest romantic comedy ever. In Malaysia and the Philippines, it’s gigantic. In Indonesia all kinds of products and advertising are out there… I mean it’s crazy.”

Meanwhile, Jacobson has confirmed reports suggesting the film’s two sequels will be shot back to back.

“We will develop the scripts from the books (by Kevin Kwan) because we do have such a big cast. (Director) Jon (M.Chu) is in demand and to pull together this many popular beloved actors and get them together for enough time… We want to shoot them all as one big movie so we can release them closer together but also get everyone back, because they’re all blowing up in different ways.”

Reports suggest the first sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, will be filmed in Shanghai, China.

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