Chadwick Boseman tapped for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman follow-up Da 5 Bloods

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to star in Spike Lee’s next movie Da 5 Bloods.The director has been enjoying huge success with his most recent film BlacKkKlansman, which was nominated for six Oscars – including Best Picture and a no…

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to star in Spike Lee’s next movie Da 5 Bloods.

The director has been enjoying huge success with his most recent film BlacKkKlansman, which was nominated for six Oscars – including Best Picture and a nod for Lee as director.

And now he’s plotting his next move, after signing up to take the helm of Da 5 Bloods, which “follows Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence”, according to Variety.

The industry publication adds that Netflix is already in talks to distribute the film, which is based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, and a rewrite by Matthew Billingsly.

Lee is also set to produce the film with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin and Jon Kilik.

Speaking about the upcoming project, Lee told Variety: “To quote my brother Jay-Z from Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn ‘On to Da Next One’.”

It’s expected that production on Da 5 Bloods could start as early as next month (Mar19) – following the Oscars and conclusion of Lee’s awards campaign for BlacKkKlansman.

Leon: The Professional actor Jean Reno and Get Shorty star Delroy Lindo are also said to be in negotiations to star in the film. Da 5 Bloods wouldn’t be the first time Lindo has teamed up with Lee – they have previously worked together on movies Clockers, Crooklyn and Malcolm X.

Like Lee, Boseman enjoyed a stellar 2018, following the release of Black Panther, in which he plays the title role. He’s gearing up for the release of Avengers: Endgame, which will see him reprise the character, and also recently finished shooting action flick 17 Bridges, in which he stars opposite Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, and Taylor Kitsch.

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Black Panther set to dominate at NAACP Image Awards

Black Panther has landed 16 nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards. The blockbuster, which is up for seven Oscars, will compete in a string of major categories on 30 March (19) when the winners are announced at the Dolby Theatre in Los Ang…

Black Panther has landed 16 nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The blockbuster, which is up for seven Oscars, will compete in a string of major categories on 30 March (19) when the winners are announced at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of people of colour in TV, music, literature and film.

Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is second among the film nominees with nine mentions.

Both movies will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture with BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians, and The Hate U Give, and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture alongside BlacKkKlansman, Nappily Ever After, Sorry To Bother You, and Traffik, while Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and If Beale Street Could Talk’s Stephan James will compete for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) will fight for the Outstanding Supporting Actress honour with Black Panther trio Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Meanwhile, Boseman and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and King will take on Beyonce and basketball superstar LeBron James for the Entertainer of the Year crown, and Black-ish leads all the TV nominations with eight and H.E.R. tops the music mentions with five.

The full list of nominees is:

Entertainer of the Year

Beyonce

Chadwick Boseman

LeBron James

Regina King

Ryan Coogler

MOVIES

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Michael B Jordan – Creed II

Denzel Washington – The Equalizer 2

John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Stephan James – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk

Sanaa Lathan – Nappily Ever After

Viola Davis – Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give

Winston Duke – Black Panther

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Danai Gurira – Black Panther

Letitia Wright – Black Panther

Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther

Regina Hall – The Hate U Give

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Nappily Ever After

Sorry To Bother You

Traffik

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Storm Reid – A Wrinkle In Time

Letitia Wright – Black Panther

Winston Duke – Black Panther

John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians

The Hate U Give

Widows (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Crazy Rich Asians

If Beale Street Could Talk

The Hate U Give

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Amazing Grace

Making The Five Heartbeats

Quincy

RBG

Whitney

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Peter Chiarelli & Adele Lim, Crazy Rich Asians

Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Steve McQueen, Widows

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Alan Hicks & Rashida Jones, Quincy

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta

Black-ish

Dear White People

Grown-ish

Insecure

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Dwayne Johnson, Ballers

Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black

Issa Rae, Insecure

Logan Browning, Dear White People

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis, Insecure

John David Washington, Ballers

Laurence Fishburne, black-ish

Marcus Scribner, black-ish

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Essence Atkins, Marlon

Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Natasha Rothwell, Insecure

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Outstanding Drama Series

How To Get Away With Murder

Power

Queen Sugar

The Chi

This Is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Mitchell, The Chi

Keith David, Greenleaf

Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar

Omari Hardwick, Power

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, Marvel’s Luke Cage

Naturi Naughton, Power

Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jesse Williams, Grey’s Anatomy

Joe Morton, Scandal

Jussie Smollett, Empire

Romany Malco, A Million Little Things

Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

CCH Pounder, NCIS: New Orleans

Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf

Sanaa Lathan, The Affair

Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Erika Alexander, Black Lightning

Kendrick Lamar, Power

Kerry Washington, How to Get Away with Murder

Loretta Devine, Love Is

Tisha Campbell-Martin, Empire

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Behind The Movement

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Seven Seconds

The Bobby Brown Story

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Michael B. Jordan, Fahrenheit 451

Russell Hornsby, Seven Seconds

Woody McClain, The Bobby Brown Story

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field

Gabrielle Dennis, The Bobby Brown Story

Jeanté Godlock, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Toni Braxton, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

A Thousand Words With Michelle Obama

AM Joy

Angela Rye’s State of the Union

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama

Unsung

Outstanding Talk Series

ESPN’s First Take

Red Table Talk

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Real

The View

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

Iyanla: Fix My Life

Lip Sync Battle

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Shark Tank

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

2 Dope Queens

Black Girls Rock!

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo

Saturday Night Live

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

Outstanding Children’s Program

Doc McStuffins

Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

Motown Magic

Sesame Street

Top Chef Junior

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alex R. Hibbert, The Chi

Lonnie Chavis, This Is Us

Lyric Ross, This Is Us

Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Miles Brown, Black-ish

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith – Red Table Talk

Joy Reid – AM Joy

LeBron James – The Shop

Lester Holt – NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Iyanla Vanzant – Iyanla: Fix My Life

LL Cool J – Lip Sync Battle

Queen Latifah – Black Girls Rock

RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Steve Harvey – Family Feud

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and the Media

King in the Wilderness

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Shut Up & Dribble

Time For Ilhan

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Justin Simien, Dear White People

Marquita J. Robinson, GLOW

Peter H. Saji, Black-ish

Regina Y. Hicks, Insecure

Trevor Noah , Steve Budow, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Dan Amira, Lauren Sarver Means, Mr. Daniel Radosh, David Angelo, Devin Trey Delliquanti, Zachary DiLanzo, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Janine Sherman Barrois, Claws

Kay Oyegun, This Is Us

Lena Waithe, The Chi

Patrick Joseph Charles, Black Lightning

Lena Waithe & Dime Davis, The Chi

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Anna Deavere Smith, Notes From the Field

J. David Shanks, Seven Seconds: Matters of Life and Death

Katrina M. O’Gilvie, Behind the Movement

Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi, Fahrenheit 451

Shalisha Francis, Seven Seconds: Of Gods and Men

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Hiro Murai, Atlanta

Ken Whittingham, Atypical

Millicent Shelton, Insecure

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Ayoka Chenzira, Queen Sugar

Deborah Ann Chow, Better Call Saul

Dee Rees, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Marvel’s Luke Cage

Zetna Fuentes, How To Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Ernest Dickerson, Seven Seconds: Until It Do

Ramin Bahrani, Fahrenheit 451

Tanya Hamilton, Seven Seconds: That What Follows

Tracy Heather Strai, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Victoria Mahoney, Seven Seconds: Witness for the Prosecution

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

Issa Rae, Bojack Horseman

Laya Deleon Hayes, Doc McStuffins

Mahershala Ali, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Samuel L. Jackson, Incredibles 2

Shameik Moore, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding New Artist

Ella Mai

Jade Novah

Koryn Hawthorne

Omar Wilson

Tory Lanez

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars

Childish Gambino

John Legend

MAJOR.

Raheem DeVaughn

Outstanding Female Artist

Andra Day

Ella Mai

H.E.R.

Janelle Monae

Janet Jackson

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA

Could’ve Been – H.E.R., Bryson Tiller

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

Everything Is Love – The Carters

Outstanding Jazz Album

Facing Dragons – Christian Sands

Hollywood Africans – Jon Batiste

RISE! – Ben Tankard feat. Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr.

The Story of Jaz – Jazmin Ghent feat. Jeff Lorber, James P. Lloyd, Kim Scott, Philippe Saisse

Waiting for the Sunrise – Camille Thurman

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Hiding Place – Tori Kelly

Make Room – Jonathan McReynolds

One Nation Under God – Jekalyn Carr

Unstoppable – Koryn Hawthorne

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

APES**T – The Carters

Could’ve Been – H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

This Is America – Childish Gambino

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA

Outstanding Song – Traditional

Amen – Andra Day

Better With You In It – MAJOR

Beyond – Leon Bridges

Long As I Live – Toni Braxton

Never Alone – Tori Kelly feat. Kirk Franklin

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop

As I Am – H.E.R.

Boo’d Up – Ella Mai

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

This Is America – Childish Gambino

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By – Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari, Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Travis Scott

Greenleaf, Season 3 (Music from the Original TV series) – Various Artists

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two – Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Insecure Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 3 – Various Artists

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack From & Inspired by the Motion Picture) – Various Artists

Outstanding Album

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

Even More – MAJOR

Everything Is Love – The Carters

I Used To Know Her: The Prelude – H.E.R.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

Better Late Than Never – Kimberla Lawson Roby

Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Prose Novel – Jesse James Holland Jr

Envy – Victoria Christopher Murray

They Come in All Colors: A Novel – Malcolm Hansen

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston

Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth – Beverly Bond

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author)

May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem – Imani Perry

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row – Anthony Ray Hinton (Author), Lara Love Hardin (With)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Heads of the Colored People: Stories – Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement – Janet Dewart Bell

Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice – Dr. Sheila D. Brooks (Author), Clinton C. Wilson II (Author)

Small Country: A Novel – Gael Faye

Us Against The World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family – David Mann (Author), Tamela Mann (Author), Shaun Saunders (With)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston

Becoming – Michelle Obama

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke – Jeffrey C. Stewart

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela (Author), Sahm Venter (Editor)

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist – Franchesa Ramsey

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration – Carla Hall (Author) Genevive Ko (With)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – Donna Brazile (Author), Yolanda Caraway (Author), Leah Daughtry (Author), Minyon Moore (Author), Veronica Chambers (With)

Poised For Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond – Karima Mariam-Arthur

Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With)

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman – Allison Elaine Joseph

Ghost, Like a Place – Iain Haley Pollock

Refuse – Julian Randall

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart – Alice Walker

The Gospel According to Wild Indigo – Cyrus Cassells

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man – Tonya Bolden

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly (Author), Laura Freeman (Illustrator)

I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t – Diane Dillon

The 5 O’Clock Band – Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

The Word Collector – Peter H. Reynolds

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin – James L. Swanson

Harbor Me – Jacqueline Woodson

The Journey of Little Charlie – Christopher Paul Curtis

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson (Author), Tonya Bolden (With)

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Laura Harrier & Danielle Macdonald head campaign to promote eco-friendly Oscar dresses

BlacKkKlansman star Laura Harrier and Bird Box actress Danielle Macdonald are spearheading a campaign to promote eco-friendly fashion at the Oscars. The two women have agreed to take the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge at the Academy Awards later thi…

BlacKkKlansman star Laura Harrier and Bird Box actress Danielle Macdonald are spearheading a campaign to promote eco-friendly fashion at the Oscars.

The two women have agreed to take the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge at the Academy Awards later this month (24Feb19).

The initiative was launched over a decade ago by actress-turned-activist Suzy Amis Cameron, who annually encourages A-listers to sport pieces made from sustainable materials to the big event.

“Sustainable living is important to me so it’s very exciting that I’ll be able to apply that sensibility to the dress that I’ll wear to the Oscars this year for BlacKkKlansman,” Harrier tells People. “Suzy’s efforts are so commendable and I’m thrilled to join the Red Carpet Green Dress campaign for the 10th Anniversary.”

Macdonald is also excited to be part of the movement, adding, “I’m so honoured to be a part of Red Carpet Green Dress this year. I believe it is a powerful initiative and allows designers to think outside the box to create environmentally-friendly fashion. I am thrilled to be a part of such a positive movement to help create the change I want to see in this world.”

Harrier will be attending the Oscars to support Spike Lee’s drama, which is up for Best Picture, Best Score and Best Director, among a slew of nominations, while Macdonald will be there representing Skin, which is up for the Short Film (Live Action) award.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” Cameron says. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet.

“What we wear has a tremendous impact on the environment and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle.”

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Spike Lee turned down Bradley Cooper for film role

Spike Lee had an awkward encounter with Bradley Cooper at the Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday (04Feb19) after the actor-turned-filmmaker recalled a failed audition. Bradley reminded the BlacKkKlansman director of a previous meeting,…

Spike Lee had an awkward encounter with Bradley Cooper at the Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday (04Feb19) after the actor-turned-filmmaker recalled a failed audition.

Bradley reminded the BlacKkKlansman director of a previous meeting, when he was up for a role in one of the moviemaker’s films, during a filmmakers’ panel chat at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend, and on Monday the two stars met up to discuss the try out.

“He says it happened and I believe him but he doesn’t know what film it was,” Lee said. “He wasn’t Bradley Cooper then, but you know what? It worked out for him. He’s doing alright. My brother Bradley Cooper, he’ll be alright.”

Spike revealed the audition took place “about 10 years ago” and insisted that Bradley wouldn’t have to try out for him these days.

“He ain’t auditioning no more, nor should he,” the director laughed. “You have to offer him the script and the role.

“He and I are cool and I would love to work with him one day.”

During the event at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles, Cooper said, “You get a chance to read for Spike Lee, I mean you’re never going to forget that.

“He was so kind. I still remember, you sat down for a minute, you said, ‘Hello, how are you?’ You asked me about Philly. And then I did the thing (audition). You said, ‘Thank you’. You got me out quick!”

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Laura Harrier fights stress related breakouts with intense beauty routine

Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier has adopted an extensive skincare and beauty regime in order to fight stress breakouts. The actress, who also appeared in the Golden Globe nominated BlacKkKlansman, has become a red carpet favourite, and that…

Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier has adopted an extensive skincare and beauty regime in order to fight stress breakouts.

The actress, who also appeared in the Golden Globe nominated BlacKkKlansman, has become a red carpet favourite, and that means gathering up products and routines that help her to maintain a flawless glow.

The 28 year old has stepped up her self-care treatments in recent years after noticing her hectic schedule was taking its toll on her skin.

“I didn’t struggle with (breakouts) until late in my 20s,” she tells The New York Times style section. “That has been really annoying. It’s all the travel, stress and whatever else.”

Harrier swears by serums from iS Clinical and a lactic peel that is best used after showering.

“If I’m breaking out, I’ll go for the Active serum, and if my skin is dry, I do the Pro-Heal,” she adds.

While she once relied on at-home treatments, she has found these aren’t enough, due to the changes in her skin.

“For a long time, I was very into superclean, natural skincare,” she explains. “I’ll still do a manuka honey mask in the bath, but with all the breakout issues, I’ve had to amp it up. When my skin was perfect, the natural stuff was cool. But if I’m having issues, they don’t do enough.”

Among her go to items are SPF 30 sunscreen by Control Corrective and Bioderma micellar makeup removal water.

When it comes to makeup, she prefers to keep her look simple but favours Nars concealer in Caramel, Glossier Boy Brow every day in Black,

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette, and Lash Slick by Glossier.

As for her hair, she prefers a hair mask to fight dryness.

“My hair is so dry, it’s like the desert. It’s like sand in the desert, it’s so rough,” she says. “I do make an attempt to moisturise, but it’s really tough to get ahead of it when I’m working a lot. All the heat styling damages it, and I have really fine hair.

“I do Olaplex a lot,” she adds. “I like the Shu Uemura shampoos and conditioners. I also use Oribe Gold Lust hair oil.”

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Sorry to Bother You director blasts Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman for ‘revising history’

Boots Riley has slammed Spike Lee’s movie BlacKkKlansman in a lengthy essay, accusing the veteran director of revising history to paint the police as heroes.The Sorry to Bother You director, who has gained critical acclaim for his debut movie, which st…

Boots Riley has slammed Spike Lee’s movie BlacKkKlansman in a lengthy essay, accusing the veteran director of revising history to paint the police as heroes.

The Sorry to Bother You director, who has gained critical acclaim for his debut movie, which stars Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield and Armie Hammer, shared his thoughts on social media last Friday (17Aug18), prefacing it by saying that he holds the highest respect for Lee, who inspired him to take up filmmaking.

However, he criticised BlacKkKlansman, which is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington, a black detective who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with his white partner, played by Adam Driver.

Calling it a collection of “fabricated story notes” which attempts to makeover the police as “heroes”, Riley continued: “It’s a made up story in which the false parts of it try to make a cop the protagonist in the fight against racist oppression. It’s being put while Black Lives Matter is a discussion, and this is not coincidental.”

The rapper, producer and now director is critical of the movie’s storyline, which he views as an attempt to portray the police in a more favourable light in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, and says it is designed to ease relations between black people and law enforcement.

Riley also questions the truth of Stallworth’s memoir, which he claims was written to “put himself in a different light” and Lee’s subsequent adaptation, which included incidents in the movie which did not take place.

“There was no bombing that Stallworth or the police thwarted,” he added. “This was not in Stallworth’s memoir. That was made up for the movie to make the police seem like heroes.”

He further alleges that in reality, Stallworth was a member of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro), “whose objectives were to destroy radical organizations, especially black radical organizations”, and that “there was no directive to stop the rise of white supremacist organizations”.

In closing, Riley referenced the fact that Lee received $200,000 (£155,000) from the New York Police Department in 2016 “to help in an ad campaign that was ‘aimed at improving relations with minority communities.’”

“Whether it actually is or not, ‘BlacKkKlansman feels like an extension of that ad campaign,” he wrote.

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John David Washington surprised The Old Man & the Gun director by pursuing small role

Director David Lowery was puzzled by actor John David Washington’s keen interest in a “tiny part” in his new Robert Redford movie The Old Man & the Gun. The BlacKkKlansman star had his agent chase down the chance to audition for the small supporting r…

Director David Lowery was puzzled by actor John David Washington’s keen interest in a “tiny part” in his new Robert Redford movie The Old Man & the Gun.

The BlacKkKlansman star had his agent chase down the chance to audition for the small supporting role as a police officer, and Lowery couldn’t figure out why Denzel Washington’s son would be so interested in the gig.

“When I heard from his agent that he was interested in reading for a part in the film, I’ll admit that I was surprised – it’s a tiny part, just a few moments in a large ensemble,” the filmmaker told IndieWire.

“I didn’t think that anyone would want to play it, but he was excited about taking a crack at it. I really liked his energy, but even more than that, I admired his enthusiasm.”

John easily won the job, and was as dedicated to nailing the part, no matter how small.

“I was very clear that it was a tiny role and there would be many scenes where he might feel like there was nothing much to do, or where he’d be in the scene but largely offscreen,” recalled Lowery.

“He got it, and here’s what he did with those scenes: without saying a word, he played them as if they were a close-up. He’d be deep in the set, flipping through a police file or listening to some other character rattle on about something. He doesn’t distract from the primary action, but if you pay attention to him, you see an actor doing good work.”

Even when he didn’t have any scenes to film, John, 34, showed up to the set to study the art of filmmaking.

“He would be there on his days off, just sitting back on the set and watching,” Lowery said. “That sort of spirit is all too rare.”

The Old Man & the Gun, based on the real-life story of career criminal and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker, also stars Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, and Elisabeth Moss, and is set for release next month (Sep18).

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Jordan Peele redefining storytelling in ‘unimaginative’ Hollywood

Jordan Peele has comfortably been able to fill the gap left by a “lack of imagination in Hollywood”.The 39-year-old rose to fame as one half of comedy duo Key & Peele with Keegan-Michael Key, but gained critical acclaim and box office clout after p…

Jordan Peele has comfortably been able to fill the gap left by a “lack of imagination in Hollywood”.

The 39-year-old rose to fame as one half of comedy duo Key & Peele with Keegan-Michael Key, but gained critical acclaim and box office clout after penning and directing smash hit 2017 horror movie Get Out.

After winning Best Original Screenplay at the 2018 Oscars, a full year after Get Out was released, Jordan has become one of the industry’s most in-demand talents.

“There has been a lack of imagination in Hollywood, which sets us up to bring in really new, creative ways of storytelling,” Jordan, who also runs Monkeypaw Productions, told Variety. “The imagination, especially, when we talk about representation, has been dull. For years and years and years, there’s this preconceived notion that diversity presents a struggle for projects. Well, the truth is, we haven’t invested in diversity. We haven’t invested in artists. So there’s a lack of courage, and I think, when you take leaps and you bring courage and confidence to projects, it works.”

After the success of Get Out, Monkeypaw, founded by Jordan in 2012, went from a small scale organisation only producing Key & Peele, comedy movie Keanu which starred Jordan and Keegan-Michael and Get Out, to hot Hollywood property.

The Oscar winner’s latest projects include Spike Lee flick BlacKkKlansman, upcoming Lupita Nyong’o horror flick Us and the highly anticipated The Twilight Zone reboot.

While it’s important for Jordan to tackle serious social issues in his work, he also wants to have fun with it.

“I think when you entertain first, you can get at something socially profound or intellectual much easier,” he mused. “I think people prefer a story to a lecture or a history lesson. At least I do.”

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The Meg delivers massive sharkbite to dominate North American box office

Jason Statham’s new monster shark movie The Meg has taken a huge bite out of the North American box office. The film has debuted with a strong $44.5 million (GBP34.8 million) to harpoon the biggest shark movie opening ever. The Meg has out-performed …

Jason Statham’s new monster shark movie The Meg has taken a huge bite out of the North American box office.

The film has debuted with a strong $44.5 million (GBP34.8 million) to harpoon the biggest shark movie opening ever.

The Meg has out-performed experts’ expectations, hauling in more than twice Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s weekend, to end Tom Cruise’s latest number one run.

The latest Mission: Impossible blockbuster slips to two.

The Meg, which was Warner Bros. studio bosses’ biggest opening of the year so far, also impressed outside North America, raking in close to $100 million (GBP78 million). That figure, added to the U.S. box office tally takes the film past its $130 million (GBP102 million) production budget.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh update, Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor, has picked up another $12.7 million (GBP10 million) at the North American box office to take third place, while low-budget horror movie Slender Man debuts in fourth after already meeting its $10 million (GBP7.8 million) budget in its first weekend on release.

And director Spike Lee’s hard-hitting new movie BlacKkKlansman, about a real-life African-American police officer’s efforts to infiltrate white power organisation the Ku Klux Klan, debuts at five with a healthy $10.8 million (GBP8.5 million).

The movie, starring Denzel Washington’s son John David, was a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18), picking up the Grand Prix award for Best Film.

BlacKkKlansman debuted on Friday – the first anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally, during which a white power activist rammed his car into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters.

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BlacKkKlansman costume designer inspired by female Black Panther leaders

The costume designer for Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman took inspiration from real-life female leaders from the Black Power Movement of the ’70s.Designer Marci Rodgers curated the looks for Lee’s film, which tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the…

The costume designer for Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman took inspiration from real-life female leaders from the Black Power Movement of the ’70s.

Designer Marci Rodgers curated the looks for Lee’s film, which tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African American detective to join the Colorado Springs Police Department in the ’70s. Based on his book, Black Klansman: A Memoir, the film follows Stallworth, played by John David Washington, infiltrating and becoming a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan.

“I did a lot of historical research,” the costume designer told Fashionista. “(Patrice) wears black because that was her uniform, if you will.”

Rodgers stayed authentic to the time period, combing through ’70s-era ads in vintage issues of Essence, Jet and Hustler magazines, and shopping at vintage stores as well as making custom pieces for Laura Harrier’s character, Patrice.

She referred to iconic ’70s images of civil rights activists, such as Kathleen Cleaver, former Black Panther member and current senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law, and Angela Davis, political activist, feminist and humanities professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who wore long, leather jackets, turtlenecks, knee-high boots and wore their natural hair in afros, like Patrice.

“I used different types of black fabric to give her dimension,” added Rodgers, who designed many of Patrice’s coat and A-line minidress ensembles.

For Ron’s looks, her job was made easy by the fact that the costume designer had access to the real-life former cop.

“Obviously, we had his book as a reference,” she said. “But I was able, thankfully, to have a conversation with him about what he felt made him, you know, jazzy when he went undercover.”

Rodgers came up with idea of not putting him in a suit in a key scene during the movie, which would make him stand out from the clan during initiations, as their own dress code was their version of Sunday’s Best.

“So artistically, I just stuck to that and added Ron’s version of his suit, a walking suit (a matching shirt and pants) – which was obviously a trend for men in the ’70s – and insert that into that world,” she explained. “Therefore, there was a stark line of how he walked in and what he looked like (compared to) what the banquet attendees looked like.”

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