Billy Porter challenges fans to recreate his Met Gala outfit

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as t…

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.

The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as they self-isolate, and the first task was to emulate his theatrical ensemble from the prestigious fashion event last year.

Porter donned a bejewelled golden Sun God catsuit created by The Blonds, which featured 10-foot gold wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti heeled boots.

The 50-year-old actor set out the rules on Instagram, telling his followers that he was making the challenge difficult to test their DIY skills.

“Using items found ONLY in your house, give me your best recreation of my 2019 @themetgalaofficial lewk (sic) and post a photo or video on your Instagram (grid or story),” he wrote alongside photos of himself on the red carpet at last year’s bash.

“Be CREATIVE and have FUN! Get the whole family involved… I’ll share my favorites! Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, hennies!”

The Like a Boss star later shared a link to a Vogue.com story about the challenge, which featured some of the entries to Porter’s unique creative task.

“I’m GAGGED over all the incredibly creative and chic responses to the Fashion Challenge! Now you’re all featured in @voguemagazine, divas!” he shared on Twitter. “More challenges to come, hennies!”

The 2020 Met Gala was recently postponed as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected around 488,000 people, with more than 22,000 deaths.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration.

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Production halted on Camila Cabello’s Cinderella movie

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast in…

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast including Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

According to editors at Deadline, the crew were sent home from the project, which is based at Pinewood Studios near London, for two weeks.

Director Kay Cannon is helming the musical blockbuster, which also stars newcomer Nicholas Galitzine and British comedian Romesh Ranganathan, with Corden’s company Fulwell 73 producing.

Universal also confirmed it has sent home the crew from Jurassic World: Dominion, which was also filming at Pinewood.

“The Pinewood Group is continuing to follow guidance set out by the government, and the studios remain fully operational,” a statement from the studios read.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which are both filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England, have also halted production as the Covid-19 outbreak escalates, with more than 1,500 reported cases and 55 deaths in the U.K. so far.

“At the moment, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will remain open and operational. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will post any updates on our website,” the studios said in a statement.

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Billy Porter contemplating launching his own fashion line

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outf…

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.

The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outfit with matching hat for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

However, Porter has now revealed that he’s currently working on incorporating his extravagant style into a new fashion collection.

“I’m working on figuring out what a fashion line would look like,” he told People magazine. “I’m not sure if it will be clothing or accessories. I’m not sure, but it’s on my brain.”

Despite still being undecided on a foray into design, Porter emphasised that whatever he ends up doing will be focused on inspiring confidence amongst his fans.

“It’s not just about what I’m wearing,” the 50-year-old shared. “It’s about how I feel. About how other people feel.”

The actor has a busy year ahead of him, after landing roles as the genderless Fairy Godmother in Camila Cabello’s musical live-action fairy tale movie Cinderella, and as the voice of the man-eating Venus flytrap Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

However, Porter is still focused on the fashion event of the year, the 2020 Met Gala, and revealed he’s already working on his show-stopping ensemble.

“I’m going. I don’t know who or how, but I’m going. We’ve landed on a designer, but that’s all I know right now,” he teased.

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Chris Evans in talks to play dentist in Little Shop of Horrors remake

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the…

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, and Billy Porter are also circling the project, which will be directed by Greg Berlanti, and production is set to begin this summer.

The Captain America star seemingly confirmed his upcoming role on Twitter on Monday, as he shared a link to The Hollywood Reporter article and captioned it with a tooth emoji.

Back in March, the actor told the outlet he was desperate to star in a musical and said his dream role would be the maniacal dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

“I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re (remaking) Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?'” he said at the time.

Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of florist shop worker Seymour, who discovers his Venus flytrap can speak and sing. He names it after his co-worker Audrey, who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, dentist Orin. But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

Negotiations are still ongoing for Rocketman star Egerton, who is up for the role of Seymour, and Johansson, who will reportedly play Audrey, but Porter has already signed a deal to lend his vocal talents to the Venus flytrap, according to the outlet.

The movie would serve as a reunion for Evans and his Avengers co-star Johansson, who last appeared together in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.

The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.

He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.

However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.

The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.

“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.

“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.

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Giles Deacon inspired by Kensington Palace when creating Billy Porter’s Oscars outfit

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.

The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.

The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.

He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.

The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.

“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.

The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.

And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.

“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”

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James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver join Cinderella musical

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling …

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.

The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling of the classic fairytale.

The British star will play one of the mice who is turned into a footman to take Cinderella to the ball alongside fellow comedians John Mulaney and Romesh Ranganathan.

Meanwhile, rapper Elliott will play the Town Crier in the flick, while Driver has been tapped for the role of Queen Beatrice, according to Deadline.

The newcomers join Senorita singer Cabello, who is making her feature acting debut in Cinderella and will also be involved in the music, and as well as relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine, who has been cast as love interest Prince Robert.

Pierce Brosnan will also be playing the King, Idina Menzel will serve as the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

The musical comedy re-imagines the traditional Cinderella tale and follows the heroine as she tries to make her ambitious dreams come true. Production on the movie is set to begin this month.

Corden and Leo Pearlman are serving as producers on the film, alongside Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who was executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The musical is set to hit theatres in February 2021.

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Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson circling Little Shop of Horrors remake – report

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musica…

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to editors at Full Circle Cinema.

The much-loved movie follows the story of florist shop worker, Seymour, as he discovers an alien Venus flytrap that speaks and sings, who he names after his co-worker Audrey.

But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

In addition, insiders have told the website that Johansson is in line to portray Seymour’s love interest Audrey, originally played by Ellen Greene, and Pose star Billy Porter is being considered to voice Audrey II. Greg Berlanti is apparently attached to direct.

The original movie, which also starred Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy, received mixed reviews upon release, but has since grown into a cult classic thanks to the star-studded cast and catchy songs.

The musical, which has toured all over the world, was last staged on Broadway in 2003.

Egerton, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman, will next be lending his vocal talents to reprise his character of Johnny in the Sing sequel.

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Billy Porter rocks motorised hat to 2020 Grammy Awards

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja E…

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja East designer Scott Studenberg.

Porter accessorised with a Judith Leiber bag, Alexis Bittar bling, and Coach boots, but it was his matching headgear, made by Sarah Sokol Millinery, which received the most attention, with the item featuring a layer of silver fringe draped across the front that could be opened and closed using a remote control from Smooth Technologies.

Speaking to E! News during the pre-show, Porter’s stylist Sam Ratelle explained that he was inspired to get creative with the 50-year-old’s accessories after seeing Billie Eilish sport a bonnet-style headpiece with veil to the 2019 American Music Awards in November.

“It really originated from the moment Billy had with Billie Eilish at the VMAs. She wore this beautiful Burberry hat, designer tissue and a bonnet with a beekeeper’s net. (Porter) said, ‘I love that hat,’ but he was like, ‘There’s no way I’m covering my face,'” he recalled. “So, I found these incredible hats designed by Scott Studenberg from Baja East, and they have fringe coming down pretty much covering the face and they’re so dramatic.

“There’s a clicker that I’ve been holding as I trail down the carpet and every time he gives me the signal to open the hat then I open the hat.”

Meanwhile, Studenberg took to Instagram to share a string of images of the outfit and noted that he was thrilled with the final ensemble.

“Thank you, @theebillyporter for always welcoming my crazy ideas with objective positivity. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make art, so this is a dream. These moments don’t happen magically. It takes a strong support system, planning and countless hours of hard work and sleepless nights – many times even until the very last minute,” the designer praised.

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Billy Porter makes history as Allure magazine’s first male cover star

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in e…

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.

The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in extravagant outfits by Area and threeASFOUR.

“She’s a cover girl, y’all! I’m so unbelievably excited and proud to be gracing the cover of @allure’s February 2020 “The Art of Beauty” issue! It is such an honour to be the first male to be on the cover in history,” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of his cover. “This is a testament that times can change and are changing. And it happens with visibility. Ya’ll better RUN to newsstands.”

In the accompanying interview for Allure’s February 2020 issue, Porter opened up about his love for fashion and clothes, and joked that when he was younger, his family insisted his taste was too expensive.

“It was always an expression for me. I always wanted to do something different. I always wanted to express myself in my clothes differently. And I always had great taste. And expensive taste. When I was 10, I could walk into a store for my Easter suit and scan the suits, and it would inevitably be the most expensive suit in the store,” he laughed, adding that he was told by his loved ones that he had to get a job so he could afford high fashion.

“I understood they couldn’t give me the s**t I wanted.”

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