Allison Janney expresses herself through vast sunglasses collection

Actress Allison Janney depends on her extensive sunglasses collection to look chic while out and about in Hollywood. The former The West Wing star expresses herself through eyewear that is both practical and stylish, utilising prescription lenses to h…

Actress Allison Janney depends on her extensive sunglasses collection to look chic while out and about in Hollywood.

The former The West Wing star expresses herself through eyewear that is both practical and stylish, utilising prescription lenses to hide tiredness and save time when she’s in a rush and hasn’t applied makeup.

“When you live in Los Angeles, a great pair of sunglasses is crucial,” she tells InStyle. “The hair and makeup process in this town is a lot, so you have to have shades to throw on that’ll make you look instantly chic when you’ve stayed up too late and don’t have time for any of that.”

Janney has developed quite the collection over the years and chooses her accessories to match her wardrobe.

“I’ve had bad eyesight for most of my life and hate wearing contacts, so I’ve collected dozens of prescription sunglasses over the years,” she adds. “I keep them all in a cabinet right by the door so I can swap them out every day, depending on my outfit and what I’m doing. I have lots of frames that I love, but lately I’ve become obsessed with the ones by the L.A.-based brand Jacques Marie Mage.”

The Oscar winner appreciates the wide range of offerings the brand has and the fact that proceeds from purchases benefit a good cause.

“They all have beautiful, luxe shapes and colourful tinted lenses,” she notes, “and for every pair you purchase, the brand donates to organisations that protect American wildlife and national parks, which is just the icing on the cake. I wear the thick green frames most often to work on the set of (TV comedy) Mom, and everyone says I look like a Greek shipping magnate.”

The 59 year old also depends on her frames to enjoy one of her favourite pastimes – people watching.

“When I want to go incognito, I wear the dark navy ones,” she shares. “I love to people-watch, especially at the airport, but unfortunately my height always makes me stand out. These glasses are like having a force field on, so I have more freedom to look around. When I put on the gold-wire aviators, I just feel cool – I know I look so much better in them than I do out of them.”

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Christian Siriano is anti athleisure

Christian Siriano isn’t looking to get into the athleisure market anytime soon, after turning his nose up at the trend.The former Project Runway winner is known for his glamorous evening wear, and is the go-to designer for a whole host of stars durin…

Christian Siriano isn’t looking to get into the athleisure market anytime soon, after turning his nose up at the trend.

The former Project Runway winner is known for his glamorous evening wear, and is the go-to designer for a whole host of stars during awards season.

And he tells HuffPost that he won’t ever venture too far from glitzy gowns.

“I think it kind of defeats the purpose of what I do for a job, which is making chic, glamorous clothing that you want to wear in your life,” he mused.

“It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you’re at the party and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, she’s so overdressed,’ that’s way more fabulous than everyone being like, ‘Oh god, she’s so underdressed and doesn’t look good.’”

So far this awards season, the New York based designer has dressed Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Connie Britton and Judith Light for the Golden Globes. He also outfitted Judith for the Critics’ Choice Awards.

And he’s proud that women of all ages and sizes come to him to find their perfect dress.

“Our philosophy is to celebrate women, celebrate beauty, celebrate everyone,” stated the 33-year-old. “When we’re doing red carpet, we don’t even think so much about ‘This is the mission, we have to dress these people.’ It’s just like, if they come to us, or if a stylist wants to work with us, I get excited.

“It’s nice to see that at the Golden Globes we can have such a range of age and size, and they all look beautiful. I think that’s what it’s all about.”

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Christian Siriano reflects on another successful Golden Globes

Christian Siriano has praised his team for their work on dresses worn at the Golden Globes.Project Runway alumni Siriano dressed Octavia Spencer, Connie Britton, Allison Janney and Judith Light for the ceremony on Sunday night (06Jan19) – which kicked …

Christian Siriano has praised his team for their work on dresses worn at the Golden Globes.

Project Runway alumni Siriano dressed Octavia Spencer, Connie Britton, Allison Janney and Judith Light for the ceremony on Sunday night (06Jan19) – which kicked off the 2019 awards season in Hollywood.

Taking to his Instagram following the red carpet call, the American designer thanked his team for all their work, as well as the stylists who chose him to dress their A-list clients.

“Thank you everyone for all the love and support tonight during the Golden Globes,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories. “A lot of time and energy goes into creating these custom looks for a red carpet. Our team works so hard and sometimes it can be a thankless job. I appreciate them so much and to all the stylists that also work so hard to make these moments happen, thank you! We love to create and we know there are a lot of options to choose from. So it’s just an honour to still be included.”

Transparent actress Judith wowed in a white floor-length gown, while Connie dazzled in a beaded crystal dress.

Allison, who last year walked away with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for I, Tonya, looked radiant in an icy blue number, which featured draped off-the-shoulder detailing, and Octavia opted for classic black sequins.

“Love this woman so much, the amazing @octaviaspencer in custom Siriano tonight looking so chic in our T-length beaded dress,” Siriano posted online.

“An honour to dress this amazing talented actress tonight @allisonbjanney (sic),” he added next to a photo of Allison.

He also deemed Judith to be “divine” and described Connie as “stunning”.

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Malcolm McDowell to play Rupert Murdoch in Fox News movie

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, acco…

Malcolm McDowell will portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in a new film.

The British actor has signed on to join the star-studded cast of director Jay Roach’s upcoming drama about the former Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes, according to Variety.

While Murdoch hired Ailes to helm the network in 1996, following a string of controversial comments and accusations of sexual harassment, the businessman ultimately made the decision to push him out of the company and succeeded him in the role until a replacement was found. Ailes died at the age of 77 in May 2017 after suffering a subdural haematoma, which was aggravated by his haemophilia.

In the currently untitled film, Ailes will be played by John Lithgow, while Nicole Kidman is to take on the part of former Fox & Friends presenter Gretchen Carlson, who filed a lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016 claiming sexual harassment.

Charlize Theron has been tapped to play journalist Megyn Kelly, who has also claimed to have been subjected to harassment by Ailes, and Allison Janney is to take on the part of Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich.

Margot Robbie has been cast as a fictional Fox News producer and Kate McKinnon is rumoured to have landed a part too.

Executives at studio Annapurna are producing and financing the film, with The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph penning the script, which is set to explore how a group of women in the company decided to take on Ailes as well as tackle the “toxic male culture” he presided over at the network.

The film is still in the pre-production stages and a potential release date has yet to be announced.

Veteran actor McDowell has had a career which has spanned over 50 years. Following his breakthrough role in the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange, the 75-year-old has had roles in films such as Star Trek: Generations, Time After Time and Halloween.

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Viola Davis regrets starring in The Help

Viola Davis has expressed some regrets about starring in The Help in 2011.The actress received an Oscar nomination for her role as Aibileen Clark in the movie, while Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress accolade. Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain…

Viola Davis has expressed some regrets about starring in The Help in 2011.

The actress received an Oscar nomination for her role as Aibileen Clark in the movie, while Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress accolade. Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and Allison Janney also starred.

Though the film received predominantly positive reviews, some criticised The Help for its focus on the white characters and their contribution in improving race relations, instead of the black maids. For this reason, Viola said the feature is “on that list” of roles she regrets.

“I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” she told The New York Times at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I know Aibileen. I know Minny (Octavia). They’re my grandma. They’re my mom. And I know that if you do a movie where the whole premise is, I want to know what it feels like to work for white people and to bring up children in 1963, I want to hear how you really feel about it. I never heard that in the course of the movie.”

However, Viola, who went on to win an Oscar for Fences in 2017, acknowledged that, in spite of this, she still enjoyed the experience and forged close relationships with many of the people she worked with.

“The friendships that I formed are ones that I’m going to have for the rest of my life,” she smiled. “I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than (director) Tate Taylor.”

The 53-year-old, who will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s Widows, also explained that acting as a role model for black women often adds pressure to her job.

“Being that role model and picking up that baton when you’re struggling in your own life has been difficult,” she lamented. ” ButI choose to be the leader.”

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Tate Taylor to direct Jessica Chastain’s Eve following Matthew Newton’s exit

Tate Taylor has stepped up to direct Jessica Chastain’s new movie Eve, following the departure of Matthew Newton.The Australian filmmaker, who also wrote the script, exited the project earlier this month (Aug18), after Jessica’s fans called for her t…

Tate Taylor has stepped up to direct Jessica Chastain’s new movie Eve, following the departure of Matthew Newton.

The Australian filmmaker, who also wrote the script, exited the project earlier this month (Aug18), after Jessica’s fans called for her to cut ties with him over previous domestic violence charges levelled against him. Matthew pleaded guilty to one count of common assault against his former girlfriend, actress Brooke Satchwell, in 2007, and ex-fiancee Rachael Taylor obtained a two-year domestic violence court order against him in 2010, after accusing him of “two unprovoked assaults”.

Now, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Tate, who is best known for directing The Help and The Girl on the Train, is helming the action movie instead, which Jessica is also producing via her Freckle Films banner, along with her production partner Kelly Carmichael and executives at Voltage Pictures.

The Molly’s Game star will be playing a female assassin, though further details regarding the plot have been kept under wraps.

Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam are also producing the flick. Matthew had also been set to produce as well.

Upon exiting the film, the 41-year-old released a statement, in which he said: “Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film Eve that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past.”

Tate, who also directed James Brown biopic Get on Up, is also currently working on thriller Ma, which will see him reunite with frequent collaborator Octavia Spencer for the fifth time, and Allison Janney for the sixth.

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Lesley Manville: ‘It took long enough but Hollywood is becoming age-inclusive’

Lesley Manville thought it was brilliant that most of the 2018 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees were over 50 years old.The 62-year-old actress was nominated for her supporting role in Phantom Thread, but lost out to 58-year-old Allison Janney, fo…

Lesley Manville thought it was brilliant that most of the 2018 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees were over 50 years old.

The 62-year-old actress was nominated for her supporting role in Phantom Thread, but lost out to 58-year-old Allison Janney, for I, Tonya in March (18).

The pair were joined in the category by Laurie Metcalf, 62, Mary J. Blige, 47, and 45-year-old Octavia Spencer.

“I absolutely took note of it,” Lesley said to Fox News of their ages. “(And) isn’t that brilliant? I mean, there was only one of the nominees who was between 40 and 50. I think the rest of us were all over 50. Isn’t that great? That means there were five really good roles written for older women.

“I mean, it’s kind of annoying that it’s something we have to talk about because it should just be a given… (but) there has been a shift because it’s getting better. It’s taken an awful long time.”

As well as her film work, Lesley is also a regular on the small screen. She has been playing widow Cathy on series Mum for the last two years, with the British sitcom examining what it’s like for older women to get back into the dating scene.

And the actress is glad producers are finally showing older women in a sexual light.

“It’s vital because it’s a reality,” she stated. “There are a huge number of people who are single… and your heart and soul are the same. They’re what they’ve always been. It needs to be fed and nourished with love and companionship and shared humour with somebody.

“Those desires, if you have them, they don’t go away and it’s very, very good and positive to see a series that is about fairly ordinary people, especially (characters) Cathy and Michael (Peter Mullan) falling in love and negotiating love with the great histories of their lives that they’ve got behind them.”

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Allison Janney worried her Golden Globes gown didn’t fit with dress code

Allison Janney was scared her beaded Mario Dice gown went against the unofficial all-black dress code at the 2018 Golden Globes.Hollywood stars opted to wear only black ensembles to the awards show in January, in support of the anti-sexual harassment m…

Allison Janney was scared her beaded Mario Dice gown went against the unofficial all-black dress code at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Hollywood stars opted to wear only black ensembles to the awards show in January, in support of the anti-sexual harassment movement Time’s Up, though the decision came last minute – leaving stylists scrambling around to find black dresses for their famous clients.

Allison, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress prize for I, Tonya, wowed in an intricate gown from Mario Dice which featured a cut-out butterfly design, but her stylist Tara Swennen has revealed the 59-year-old wasn’t sure at first.

“It was more pressure, and there were more things to consider than just what’s the prettiest dress,” stylist Ilaria Urbinati said of the black dress code during a roundtable chat for The Hollywood Reporter.

“It was a decision that was made very late in the game,” Tara noted. “Allison Janney’s Mario Dice dress had a little white beading, and she was very fearful. In the end, I said that I didn’t want that to impede our creativity. So we did it, and it was one thing that set her apart at the Globes.”

There was also a lot of confusion about how stars were going to represent the Time’s Up message, which was created in response to the sexual harassment and assault claims that swept Hollywood at the end of 2017.

Stylist Jason Bolden, who worked with director Ava DuVernay, recalled how the filmmaker had heard rumours that women were forgoing make-up for the glitzy event.

“My client Ava DuVernay said she heard no make-up, no jewellery. Then I looked at her and said, ‘We’re wearing make-up and jewellery’,” he shared. “It boiled down to the battle of the best black dress.”

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Jennifer Lawrence goes for gold as she leads Oscars glamour

Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock took inspiration from the Oscars statuette itself as they donned glittering gold dresses for the awards ceremony on Sunday night (04Mar18).The Red Sparrow actress looked stunning in her sequinned Dio…

Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock took inspiration from the Oscars statuette itself as they donned glittering gold dresses for the awards ceremony on Sunday night (04Mar18).

The Red Sparrow actress looked stunning in her sequinned Dior gown, which clung to her figure in all the right places, as she posed for photographers at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old teamed her dress, which featured a corset-style top and flowing bottom, with wavy hair and glamorous but simple make-up. She wasn’t the only famous face to have opted for gold for the ceremony, however. Black Panther star Lupita looked incredible in her Atelier Versace gown and joked on Twitter that the dress was made from Vibranium – a fictional metal found in the Marvel comic book series. “Vibranium by Versace. #Oscars #Wakanda Forever,” she tweeted. Lupita complemented her stunning dress with an unusual and eye-catching hairdo, which saw her locks braided around a gold thread, and was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles traditional to Rwandan culture.

Sandra Bullock was another star who opted for a metallic ensemble, shining on the red carpet in a golden Louis Vuitton dress. She teamed the outfit with poker straight hair and heavy smoky eyes, which gave her look an elegant, rock chick finish.

Gal Gadot followed suit in an equally resplendent Givenchy dress, which she paired with an eye-catching Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace.

Compared to previous years, the fashion on this year’s Oscars red carpet was relatively understated. Elisabeth Moss, Allison Williams, Mira Sorvino and Gina Rodriguez tried their luck in pastel offerings, while Meryl Streep and Allison Janney, who won the supporting actress gong for her role in I, Tonya, looked strikingly similar in long-sleeved red numbers.

Jane Fonda, Laura Dern and Mary J. Blige were white hot on the red carpet, while accents of colour came from Ashley Judd, who looked incredible in a deep purple number, and Jennifer Garner, who turned heads in her breathtaking cobalt blue Atelier Versace gown, finished with a staggering $605,000 (£439,100) worth of jewels.

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Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echo…

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.

The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echoed the wardrobe choices at the Golden Globes in January, in support of Time’s Up movement, which aims to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Despite not wearing all-black at the glitzy ceremony, Frances threw her weight behind the movement. Taking to the stage to pick up her Best Actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances addressed her decision to wear a black lipstick print Valentino dress.

“Thank you British film people. As Martin (McDonagh, Three Billboards writer and director) said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

Another guest who shunned the black dress code was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown, which she accessorised with a black ribbon belt and matching clutch bag.

It was unclear whether the pregnant royal would wear black prior to the big night, as it is against royal protocol for a member of the royal family to make a political statement.

Some viewers took offense to the colour of her dark dress, though Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney fully supported her decision.

“I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again,” she told the press backstage.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”

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