Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the …
Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.
The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for her work on 2014’s Selma.
More recently, DuVernay helmed Disney fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, and now her latest project sees her telling the story of the late music legend.
“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” she told reporters at Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”
In addition to being approached by members of the Kiss hitmaker’s estate, editors at Deadline also report that Prince personally reached out to DuVernay with a view of working together before he died in April 2016 at the age of 57.
The 46-year-old, who also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, has been granted full access to archives, recordings and even unreleased material by the flamboyant singer-songwriter.
The project is still in its early stages, and DuVernay, editor Spencer Averick and other members of her team have paid repeated visits to Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios in recent months.
Last month (Sep18), executives at Netflix denied that a Prince feature was in development after reporters at The Daily Mirror claimed that producers at the streaming service were hoping to sign Bruno Mars up to play the icon.
However, after the story was picked up by multiple outlets, representatives on behalf of the 24K Magic singer commented that the rumour was “100 per cent” false.
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Bruno Mars’ representatives have denied a recent report claiming Netflix wanted him to play Prince in an upcoming biopic.According to The Daily Mirror, the online streaming service was allegedly planning to develop a new movie dedicated to the life of …
Bruno Mars’ representatives have denied a recent report claiming Netflix wanted him to play Prince in an upcoming biopic.
According to The Daily Mirror, the online streaming service was allegedly planning to develop a new movie dedicated to the life of the music icon, who died at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose in April 2016. The publication reported that the 24K Magic hitmaker was “at the top of Netflix wish list” with a movie source insisting the gig would be “the most nerve-racking move of Bruno’s career” if he were to accept the role.
The story was picked up and circulated by a number of outlets, but according to Billboard, the singer’s representatives have announced that the report is “100 per cent false.” Netflix also added that there was no such film in development.
Bruno has previously cited the Purple Rain singer as one of his biggest musical influences and led tributes to Prince at the 2017 Grammy Awards where he delivered a show-stopping performance of his hit, Let’s Go Crazy.
Though best known for his catchy tunes, the songwriter has picked up some acting experience during the course of his entertainment career. He made his acting debut as a child in 1992 comedy Honeymoon in Vegas, where he paid a character called Little Elvis alongside an all-star cast including James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.
A little more recently, he turned his talents to voice acting and took on the character of Roberto, a confident and charismatic Blue macaw, in Rio 2. Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx also provided voices for the flick, and director Carlos Saldanha decided to recruit Bruno after he saw him perform on an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2016. The Finesse singer added his own personal touches to his character, and also provided a song for the soundtrack: Welcome Back.
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Donatella Versace believes her bold clothes perfectly embody the current feminist movement.In response to the sexual harassment and assault allegations that recently rocked the entertainment and fashion industries, women from all walks of life have bec…
Donatella Versace believes her bold clothes perfectly embody the current feminist movement.
In response to the sexual harassment and assault allegations that recently rocked the entertainment and fashion industries, women from all walks of life have become outspoken, telling their own #MeToo stories.
And the movement is something Donatella has championed through her overtly sexy designs since the beginning of her career.
“I want to make women feel that they can do that in Versace, and never be too shy to say what they think. That is what we have always stood for, but especially in this time,” she told Porter magazine.
In keeping with her brand’s aesthetic, Donatella, who took over as the head of Versace after her brother and label founder Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997, always wear flattering silhouettes that perfectly show off her slim frame.
Because for the 63-year-old, clothes are a way to convey her sultry side.
“It is a weapon. When your clothes are desirable, your attitude is too,” she commented. “It’s important to have something to say so that people want to listen to you, but it’s about people choosing to notice you because you look a certain way, so you need to have the voice to go with it.”
While Versace has long been the go-to brand for lots of A-listers, a new generation of stars are finding the label’s designs in something Donatella has dubbed a Versace “revival”. Hip-hop trio Migos and Bruno Mars have even dedicated songs to the Italian fashion house.
“Young people and millennials are obsessed with (Versace),” Donatella smiled.
“Those artists are the royalty of today. They are singing about real life and they convey what is desirable today – that youth culture isn’t afraid of being and looking sexy. It is a rebellion against forced minimalism and everyone dressing and looking the same. I always say that if everyone is wearing the same thing and saying the same thing then nobody is desirable.”
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