Top fashion brands commit to Kering-led sustainability pact

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to …

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to bring together the leading players in the industry, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing environmental impacts.

Now, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz in France over the weekend, Pinault has announced that the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Moncler, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Selfridges Group, and Stella McCartney had agreed to be a part of the coalition.

In addition, the so-called Fashion Pact has the backing of Capri Holdings, the parent company of Michael Kors and Versace, Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s PVH Corp., and all Kering labels, which include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

“Private companies, working alongside nation states, have an essential role to play in protecting the planet. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement,” a Kering representative said in a statement. “A collective endeavour by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century.”

The Fashion Pact’s objectives draw on the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, which focuses on stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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Joaquin Phoenix was hesitant about playing the Joker

Joaquin Phoenix had reservations about playing the iconic Batman villain in Joker.  Todd Phillips’s upcoming crime drama follows the Walk the Line actor’s failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who is mentally ill and disregarded by society, as he tu…

Joaquin Phoenix had reservations about playing the iconic Batman villain in Joker.

  Todd Phillips’s upcoming crime drama follows the Walk the Line actor’s failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, who is mentally ill and disregarded by society, as he turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City and slowly becomes the legendary antagonist, the Joker.  

 In a new interview with Total Film magazine, Phoenix admitted he was hesitant about joining the superhero genre in a role that had been made famous by the likes of Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.    

 “It took me a while (to commit). Now, when I look back, I don’t understand why,” he said. “There was a lot of fear, yeah. But I always say there’s motivating fear and debilitating fear. There’s the fear where you cannot make a f**king step, and there’s the kind where it’s like, ‘OK, what do we do? That’s not good enough.’ And you’re digging deeper and deeper. I love that kind of fear. It guides us, makes us work harder. 

 “I think oftentimes, in these movies, we have these simplified, reductive archetypes, and that allows for the audience to be distant from the character, just like we would do in real life, where it’s easy to label somebody as evil, and therefore say, ‘Well, I’m not that.'” 

 However, Phillips’s movie ignores the comics and is a completely original standalone origins story which is more of an intimate character study of Fleck/Joker than a regular entry in the superhero genre.  

 The director and co-writer explained that taking this approach meant he could explore the character more.  

 “There are times where you’re going to feel yourself connected to him, and rooting for him, and times when you should be repulsed by him,” he shared. “And I like that idea of challenging the audience, and challenging myself to explore a character like that. It’s rare to explore characters like that in any movies, but specifically in the superhero genre.” 

 Joker will debut at the Venice International Film Festival next week ahead of an October release. 

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Fans stunned by Charlize Theron’s transformation in Bombshell trailer

Fans have praised Charlize Theron’s remarkable transformation in the new trailer for Bombshell.The Academy Award-winning actress stars as former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in the upcoming movie directed by Jay Roach, which follows the late Roger Ail…

Fans have praised Charlize Theron’s remarkable transformation in the new trailer for Bombshell.

The Academy Award-winning actress stars as former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in the upcoming movie directed by Jay Roach, which follows the late Roger Ailes’ fall from grace in 2016.  

In the trailer released on Wednesday, Theron made her debut as Kelly, alongside Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, who successfully sued Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment.  

Margot Robbie also appears in the tense clip as fictional news producer Kayla Pospisil, which shows the three women getting into an elevator to the second floor of the Fox News headquarters.  

And Twitter users could not believe just how believable Theron looked in character as Kelly.  

“Looks good but no way that’s Charlize Theron,” one wrote, while another posted: “Damn. That’s the most unrecognisable Charlize Theron’s looked since (2003 film) Monster.”  

Back in 2016, Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment – which he denied – and prompted many more women to come forward with allegations against the former chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations.  

He was forced to resign, and Carlson settled with the firm for a reported $20 million (£17 million). 

Kelly came under fire for failing to come forward with allegations against Ailes, and instead chronicled her experience in her 2016 memoir, Settle for More.  

According to the journalist, Ailes promised to advance her career in exchange for sexual favours and made physical advances toward her on several occasions, which she refused.  

Bombshell, which also stars Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Alice Eve, Allison Janney and Kate McKinnon, is set to be released in December.

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Bruce Lee’s daughter: ‘Quentin Tarantino misrepresented my father to younger generation’

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her …

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.

  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her father in his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood “belittling” and “irresponsible”.  

 “For a lot of people this is going to be their first introduction to Bruce Lee, in particular, younger generations, they’re going to think this is what he is – that he was this arrogant guy that liked to challenge people,” she said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” 

 Bruce, who died in 1973 aged 32, is played by Mike Moh in the filmmaker’s latest movie. Shannon has expressed anger at a scene in which he is shown boasting before picking a fight with Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth. 

 Quentin defended his depiction of the Fist of Fury star at a press junket in Moscow, Russia earlier this month by explaining that he had done biographical research. He also commented, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.” 

 However, Shannon did not accept the 56-year-old director’s view.  

“I think he (Quentin) was very irresponsible. I think that he created a view of him that was a caricature. He wants to say, ‘Oh, this was a fact, this is what he was like,’ but this is a fiction movie so don’t bother yourself too much about it,” she continued. “My father is very beloved by many, many people. He was really a big symbol for many Asian men and Asian American men in particular.  

 “(People) mistook his confidence, which he had in spades, as arrogance. In particular, if they were white men in Hollywood or in the martial arts or something like that… 

“He could have handled it in a way that was respectful of my father as well as served his story purposes… The way that he’s portrayed by Quentin Tarantino in the film, is exactly in that way, sort of belittling him.” 

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Universal chiefs deny Tom Petty and Tupac masters burned in fire

Universal Music Group chiefs have denied Tom Petty, Tupac Shakur, and Steve Earle’s master recordings burned in a 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot. Earle, Petty’s widow Jane and representatives for Shakur’s heirs are parties in a class-actio…

Universal Music Group chiefs have denied Tom Petty, Tupac Shakur, and Steve Earle’s master recordings burned in a 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot.

Earle, Petty’s widow Jane and representatives for Shakur’s heirs are parties in a class-action lawsuit demanding damages for losses from the fire, which reportedly resulted in the loss of work by artists including Eminem, Nirvana, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, and Judy Garland.

However, according to Billboard magazine, Universal’s lawyers filed a declaration on Wednesday, stating an investigation had found that the trio’s masters were safe. With Courtney Love’s band Hole having withdrawn from the lawsuit based on assurances their masters were safe, Soundgarden is reportedly the only plaintiffs in the case whose masters remain unaccounted for – and an investigation into their whereabouts is ongoing.

Emails filed as part of the declaration claim the artists only lost secondary production tapes and video products, assets that are replaceable from alternate copies.

The plaintiffs were asking for a portion of the proceeds from a legal settlement and a reported insurance payment Universal received after the fire, plus half of whatever value they didn’t cover.

They filed the suit after an investigative report was published in the New York Times Magazine in June, alleging Universal chiefs played down losses from the fire publicly, but that legal and company documents put the losses far higher, stating 500,000 song titles could have been destroyed in the blaze. Universal bosses have denied misrepresenting their losses.

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Ezra Miller confirms The Flash standalone movie

Ezra Miller has confirmed The Flash standalone movie is still happening.The 26-year-old made his debut as Barry Allen and his super-quick alter-ego with cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, before having a …

Ezra Miller has confirmed The Flash standalone movie is still happening.

The 26-year-old made his debut as Barry Allen and his super-quick alter-ego with cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, before having a much bigger role in Zack Snyder’s ensemble superhero movie, Justice League, in 2017.

In a recent interview with W Korea, Miller was asked what’s next for his career, and replied that The Flash, Fantastic Beasts 3 and a number of musical projects were “absolutely confirmed.”

A spin-off for The Flash has been in the works at Warner Bros. for several years, but has been repeatedly hit by delays and creative differences.

Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the first script, with Rick Famuyiwa attached to direct, however, they both left after issues with studio bosses.

Directing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were the next filmmakers hired by Warner Bros. to helm the movie, but quit amid a clash with leading man Miller, who wanted a darker approach to The Flash tale.

It: Chapter Two filmmaker Andy Muschietti is the latest director to take on the DC Comics standalone movie, while Miller’s script with author Grant Morrison has been scrapped in favour of a screenplay from Christina Hodson, who penned DC’s upcoming Harley Quinn film, Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie.

It was announced earlier this year that the third Fantastic Beasts movie, starring Miller, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, would be delayed until at least 2021 to give Warner Bros. more time to prepare for production, according to Deadline.

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Christina Hendricks stuns famous pals with American Beauty revelation

Christina Hendricks has revealed she was the hand model for the iconic American Beauty movie poster.The 1999 film was advertised with a poster featuring a woman’s hand holding a rose on a naked stomach. And in a post on Instagram on Thursday, the Mad M…

Christina Hendricks has revealed she was the hand model for the iconic American Beauty movie poster.

The 1999 film was advertised with a poster featuring a woman’s hand holding a rose on a naked stomach.

And in a post on Instagram on Thursday, the Mad Men actress told her fans that hers was the hand in the snap.

“Fun fact…. wait for it…I used to be a model and sometimes a hand model…. this is my hand and another model’s stomach….proud to be a part of this film in ANY WAY!!! #americanbeauty,” she wrote alongside the poster.

Christina’s revelation was met with shock from many of her famous friends, with her Good Girls co-star Retta commenting: “Staaahhhppp”.

“This is important. How come I didn’t know this?” her former Mad Men co-star January Jones asked, while Busy Philipps wrote: “Wait…. What!?”

Meanwhile, Elle Fanning added: “I’M SHOOK!!!!!!”

American Beauty, which starred Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Mena Suvari, won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2000, with Kevin also winning the gong for Best Actor.

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Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton team up for virtual reality project

Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton have joined forces for new virtual reality project entitled Glimpse.According to Variety, the narrative is “set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda… a talented illustrator who is going through a painful bre…

Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton have joined forces for new virtual reality project entitled Glimpse.

According to Variety, the narrative is “set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda… a talented illustrator who is going through a painful breakup from his girlfriend – a deer called Rice, who dreams of becoming a musician.”

The script for the project will be written and directed by Benjamin Cleary and VR creator Michael O’Connor, with the Rocketman star, 29, and 25-year-old Bohemian Rhapsody actress voicing the panda and deer, respectively.

“I was so excited to get involved with Glimpse. Its storyline and themes are some I find the most exciting and intriguing to explore,” Boynton shared about the project. “I love that as beautiful and enchanting as it is visually, it doesn’t sugar-coat anything. It feels really poignant, authentic and hopeful. I fell in love with the characters and the script immediately.”

O’Connor added the concept “was born out of this fascination with how we remember and relive the many threads of a romantic relationship from its beautiful birth to its mournful end.”

Glimpse will be entered in the Venice Virtual Reality Interactive showcase and unveiled during the Venice Film Festival, which runs from 28 August to 7 September.

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Miley Cyrus was fired from Hotel Transylvania over risque photographs

Miley Cyrus was fired from children’s animated film Hotel Transylvania after she was photographed licking a “penis cake”. It was announced in late 2011 that the singer, who was then starring in TV show Hannah Montana, would be voicing the teenage vamp…

Miley Cyrus was fired from children’s animated film Hotel Transylvania after she was photographed licking a “penis cake”.

 It was announced in late 2011 that the singer, who was then starring in TV show Hannah Montana, would be voicing the teenage vampire Mavis, the daughter of Adam Sandler’s Dracula, in the animated movie, but in February 2012, she departed from the project and no reason was given for her exit.  

However, the 26-year-old posted a lengthy message on social media on Thursday night to deny claims she had cheated on her estranged husband Liam Hemsworth during their short-lived marriage, and in the post, she reeled off a string of indiscretions and revealed that she was dropped from the 2012 movie after photos of her licking a penis-shaped cake went viral. 

 “I got kicked off hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake for his birthday and licking it,” she wrote, shortly after confessing she lost “a massive Walmart deal at 17” for smoking marijuana from a bong. 

 “I’m not perfect, I don’t want to be, it’s boring. I’ve grown up in front of you, but the bottom line is, I HAVE GROWN UP,” she continued. “I can admit to a lot of things, but I refuse to admit that my marriage ended because of cheating.” 

 Miley, who announced her separation from The Hunger Games star in early August, was subsequently replaced by fellow Disney Channel star Selena Gomez, who has gone on to voice Mavis in the 2015 sequel and Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, which was released last year. The franchise has been a box office success for Sony Pictures Animation and a fourth instalment is slated to hit cinemas in 2021. 

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Guillermo del Toro rules out returning to comic book movies

Guillermo del Toro has ruled out directing another comic book movie.The Mexican filmmaker helmed Blade II in 2002, which starred Wesley Snipes as Marvel’s crime-fighting vampire, and 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, with Ron P…

Guillermo del Toro has ruled out directing another comic book movie.

The Mexican filmmaker helmed Blade II in 2002, which starred Wesley Snipes as Marvel’s crime-fighting vampire, and 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, with Ron Perlman as the titular character from the graphic novels by Mike Mignola.

However, del Toro has moved on with his career and comic book movies don’t interest him anymore.

“At each moment of your life, you do the things that attract you. And back when I was doing Hellboy and Blade, it was a little bit counter to what was being made,” he told Variety. “But as you grow older, your concerns as a filmmaker change. I only direct the things that I’m incredibly avid to see, and that would not exist if I didn’t tackle it. I always ask myself, ‘Would this movie exist if I didn’t make it?’ And if the answer is yes, I don’t do it.”

While he’s ditching superhero movies, the Oscar-winning director is set to bring the tale of Pinocchio to the big screen, and warned fans of the Disney animated classic that his take will be much darker.

“To me, Pinocchio, very much like Frankenstein, is a blank canvas in which learning the curve of what the world is and what being human is are very attractive to do as a story,” he said of the beloved tale, which is based on Carlo Collodi’s 19th century novel.

“I’m very attracted to it because, thematically – and I don’t want to spoil what the movie’s about – it’s about something that is in all of my movies, which is choice. That’s a theme that is very dear to my heart. It’s essentially a very brutalist fable about what a sin disobedience is. I think there’s something that’s very attractive about seeing disobedience as a virtue, or as the beginning of a virtue.”

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