Cate Blanchett to head up Venice Film Festival jury

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in …

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.

The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in competition and decide which should win the coveted Golden Lion.

“Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world – a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year’s jury president,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Her appointment comes two years after she served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

“Cate Blanchett is not just an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past 20 years and adored by moviegoers of every kind,” Venice boss Alberto Barbera added. “Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.

“Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a Jury President.”

Blanchett’s film Elizabeth premiered at the festival in 1998 and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her performance in I’m Not There in 2007.

The 77th Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 to 12 September.

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Spike Lee to lead Cannes Film Festival jury

Spike Lee will serve as jury president during the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.The BlacKkKlansman director and his team of jurors, which are yet to be announced, will watch all the films selected for the official competition and decide which should receiv…

Spike Lee will serve as jury president during the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

The BlacKkKlansman director and his team of jurors, which are yet to be announced, will watch all the films selected for the official competition and decide which should receive the Palme d’Or for Best Film.

“In this life I have lived, my biggest blessings have been when they arrived unexpected, when they happened out of nowhere. When I got the call that I was offered the opportunity to be president of Cannes jury for 2020, I was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time,” Lee said in a statement. “To me, the Cannes Film Festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world – no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema.

“In closing, I’m honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival. The Lee family sincerely thanks the Festival de Cannes, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux and the great people of France who have supported my film career throughout four decades. I will always treasure this special relationship.”

The director has had a strong relationship with Cannes since his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It, premiered in 1986, and his follow-up, Do the Right Thing, was selected for the official competition in 1989. He has had seven films debut at the French festival, with his most recent effort, BlacKkKlansman, winning the Grand Prix in 2018.

Lee follows in the footsteps of Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who headed the jury in 2019 and selected Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite for the Palme d’Or. The thriller became the first South Korean film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars on Monday.

The 73rd Cannes Film Festival is set to run 12 to 23 May.

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Alessandra Ambrosio unveils new waxwork at Madame Tussauds

Alessandra Ambrosio has been honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York.The Victoria’s Secret Angel unveiled her wax double – which is based on her stunning look from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – as part of the museum’s Fashion Exp…

Alessandra Ambrosio has been honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel unveiled her wax double – which is based on her stunning look from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – as part of the museum’s Fashion Experience exhibition on Thursday.

At the film festival in May, Alessandra wowed when she was photographed wearing the daring red halterneck Julien Macdonald gown, which featured a racy thigh-high split.

“It was definitely one of my favourite (looks) and it came out everywhere,” she told the New York Post’s Page Six Style column of the decision to choose that particular outfit for her Madame Tussauds figure. “So I was like, let’s just do that one.”

And she revealed that designer Julian recreated the dress just for the waxwork. “It was pretty amazing,” she gushed.

Alessandra also discussed her panic over wearing the red gown, as she was due to wear another outfit from a different designer but changed her mind at the very last minute.

“The funny thing about this outfit is when I was walking to the carpet, I had a different dress to wear. And maybe like 30 minutes before I got dressed, they shipped this dress,” the 38-year-old beauty added. “And when I opened the dress, I was like, ‘Let me try!’ and it fit like a glove.”

The Fashion Experience exhibition offers visitors to the museum the opportunity to hit the catwalk and strut their stuff with tips from the Brazilian beauty.

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Brad Pitt named brand ambassador for Brioni

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni. The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released …

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni.

The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released in January 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the company.

“Brioni is pleased to announce legendary actor Brad Pitt as its brand ambassador. An icon of cinema and style, Pitt embodies and reinforces Brioni’s bond with Hollywood. #Brioni #BradPitt #TailoringLegends,” a brand representative posted on social media.

Alongside the announcement on Instagram, the reps also shared a close-up picture of a label that had the words “Brad Pitt for Brioni” stitched into some black fabric.

Pitt follows in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and Pierce Brosnan, who have all appeared in previous campaigns for Brioni, which is known for its made-to-measure men’s suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections, and leather goods.

The 55-year-old is no stranger to the company, having worn black bespoke Brioni suits at recent red carpet events, including the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in May and the Venice Film Festival premiere of Ad Astra in August.

Pitt, who will likely be making many appearances during the upcoming awards season, has previously served as brand ambassador for watch company Breitling and was made the first male face of iconic perfume Chanel No. 5 back in 2012.

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Kendall Jenner ‘took a risk’ wearing her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress

Kendall Jenner took a big risk when she wore her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress for the red carpet.The supermodel wore the flowered gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and revealed that it was one of the first looks that she had “a lot of fu…

Kendall Jenner took a big risk when she wore her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress for the red carpet.

The supermodel wore the flowered gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and revealed that it was one of the first looks that she had “a lot of fun with, in terms of taking risks with fashion and walking red carpets.”

“I wore a short little white dress with a floral print on it that had this long train that was blowing in the wind. It was so much fun; I remember I loved it and I felt so good in it,” Kendall told Vogue.com. “It was the first carpet where I was like, ‘I’m really going to go for it; I’m not just going to wear something simple and safe. I want to have fun with it.’ I feel like that was my first Giambattista Valli moment.”

The reality star is currently fronting the campaign for the Italian designer’s collaboration with high-street store H&M, which will be released on 7 November.

And when Valli called Kendall to ask her to be the face of his new collection, she signed up straightaway.

“I remember, I was trying on one of his dresses with my stylist for an event and we FaceTimed him to say hi and just show him the dress. He was like, ‘I have a surprise: I’m collaborating with H&M and I’d love for you to be a part of it.’ Considering he and I had such a great relationship, it was an easy yes,” Kendall explained.

The model already has a favourite piece from the collaboration – a fuchsia pink ruffled minidress – and said it was “really cool” the designer was giving more people an affordable opportunity to wear his creations.

“His dresses always make me feel powerful, elegant, confident. There’s something about how big and fun they are that throws you into a different world, like a character almost,” she shared. “They’re super affordable. It’s really cool to have a couture line at H&M.”

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Naomi Campbell claims she was blocked from French hotel over her skin colour

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, hav…

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.

The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having most recently walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and H&M x Moschino.

Yet, in spite of her global fame, Naomi has now insisted she is still subjected to racism and was turned away from a hotel in the south of France when the Cannes Film Festival was taking place in May this year.

“I was recently in a town in the south of France while the Cannes Film Festival was going on, where I was invited to take part in an event in a hotel that will remain nameless,” she recalled in an interview with Paris Match. “They did not want to let us come in, my friend and me, because of the colour of my skin. This guy at the door made out that the place was full. But he was letting other people in.”

Naomi went on to describe the incident as “revolting”. However, she emphasised that encountering racist behaviour simply inspires her to continue expressing herself and to find new ways to “make myself heard”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Naomi reflected on her career and some of her biggest champions, including late designers Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, while she cited African-America model Bethann Hardison, who rose to fame in the early ’70s, as a “pioneer” for the promotion of diversity in the fashion industry.

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Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego Maradona respected my tough questions’

Documentary director Asif Kapadia earned the respect of soccer star Diego Maradona by courageously asking him really tough questions.Following on from his success with documentaries about racing driver Ayrton Senna and popstar Amy Winehouse, Kapadia ha…

Documentary director Asif Kapadia earned the respect of soccer star Diego Maradona by courageously asking him really tough questions.

Following on from his success with documentaries about racing driver Ayrton Senna and popstar Amy Winehouse, Kapadia has turned his attention to a subject that’s still alive – the notorious and controversial Argentine soccer star.

The Oscar winner sat down with the retired sportsman for his latest documentary, simply titled Diego Maradona, and admitted that he sometimes crossed a line when he was probing him about aspects of his life.

“There was a moment when he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve got a nerve asking me these questions… but for that I respect you,’” Kapadia remembered to Time Out magazine. “But once he’s in the right mood, he’s a very good storyteller. I’d have loved to have hung out with him in the ‘80s. I mean, I would have been terrified.”

The British filmmaker had been waiting to do a documentary about Maradona since film school, but it took years for everything to fall into place.

“I’m a football fan and I remember at film school thinking about how great it would be to make a film about Diego Maradona one day,” he recalled. “It took a long time to come about, but (eventually) it felt right because I’d made films about two brilliant people who tragically died young and this was different.”

Kapadia also said he believes Maradona’s story could work as a feature film but pointed out that it would be difficult to find an actor to play him, given his unique body shape, and that soccer scenes “always look clunky”.

The documentary, which is made from more than 500 hours of previously unseen footage, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It is now showing in U.K. cinemas.

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Marc Jacobs debuts new line

Marc Jacobs has launched his latest fashion venture, new collection The Marc Jacobs.The American designer, who has helmed his namesake label since 1986, has been teasing details of the line for some time, but the creations finally went live on Thursday…

Marc Jacobs has launched his latest fashion venture, new collection The Marc Jacobs.

The American designer, who has helmed his namesake label since 1986, has been teasing details of the line for some time, but the creations finally went live on Thursday.

Made up of clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories, Jacobs shared with editors at Vogue his ideas behind the collection.

“We wanted to do something that is unlike the runway collections we are doing, in that it is more ‘item-y.’ The items are things that you could put together to create your look,” he outlined. “The Marc Jacobs is really item-driven, it is about pieces, not necessarily a head-to-toe look. That include keychains, tees, totes, etc. I love anything that had the authenticity and integrity of what it is.”

Jacobs folded his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs in 2015, but now it seems the time is right to add another division to his popular brand.

The name for his new project comes from the fashion star’s Instagram handle, and he has been sharing first-look images of the range on his social media pages.

“I am so proud and pleased to announce THE MARC JACOBS,” he told his 1.2 million Instagram followers.

And asked by Vogue what has inspired the new looks, the 56-year-old said: “A lot of things inspire me: music, art, pop culture, but the thing that probably inspires me the most, the thing I know the most about is fashion and style.

“Different periods in fashion and the style of different times that I was either present for or I romanticise being alive during, are always the catalysts for us doing a collection, whether that be Runway or The Marc Jacobs.”

The designs are already being coveted by the A-list, with Elle Fanning donning a The Marc Jacobs dress at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

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Selena Gomez inspired by her travels while designing Puma collection

Selena Gomez was inspired by her travels around the world while designing her new casualwear capsule with Puma.The singer and actress wanted to express sentimentality and love with her activewear and was keen to share her passion for adventure in the p…

Selena Gomez was inspired by her travels around the world while designing her new casualwear capsule with Puma.

The singer and actress wanted to express sentimentality and love with her activewear and was keen to share her passion for adventure in the pieces.

“I’m in the stage of life where I love to adventure; I love to actually soak in the places that I visit,” she told Vogue.com. “I enjoy myself when I’m able to see the world in any capacity, even if it’s for work.”

Selena opted for small emblems and mementos from her life to be featured on the collection of leggings, workout tops and sweatshirts, instead of her name.

Fans of the Hands to Myself hitmaker will instantly recognise the semicolon – one of the 26-year-old’s tattoos – on a pair of sneakers, the coordinates of her hometown of Grand Prairie in Texas printed on the heel of the shoes, and the 072292 graphic, representing her birthday.

“I wanted to just have a little piece of who I am in the collection,” she explained. “I wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for who I was raised by, so I just think it’s nice (to include that in the collection).”

The popstar, who recently rocked a daring Louis Vuitton white two-piece outfit – complete with Madonna-esque bustier – on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, wanted something subtle for her Puma collection.

“I wanted to keep it very light so that even if you don’t know who is associated with it, you could pick it up and think that it’s comfortable or that it’s cool. I tried to balance both as best as I could,” Selena shared.

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Elle Fanning: ‘I learned so much about movies as Cannes juror’

Elle Fanning had a hard time leaving the Cannes Film Festival after becoming the youngest person ever to sit on the competition jury. The 21-year-old loved picking the winners alongside directors like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Yorgos Lanthimos, and…

Elle Fanning had a hard time leaving the Cannes Film Festival after becoming the youngest person ever to sit on the competition jury.

The 21-year-old loved picking the winners alongside directors like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Pawel Pawlikowski, among others, and after reflecting on her time at the annual festival, Elle admits she feels her life has been transformed and her movie knowledge boosted.

“I didn’t know how I would come out of this experience,” she said at Saturday’s closing ceremony. “I do feel like I see films in a different way. I learned so much. I will never forget these 10 days. I don’t want it to be over.”

The Maleficent star’s jury service ended with the presentation of this year’s Palme d’Or, which was handed to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho for his movie Parasite.

Panel chairman Alejandro was quick to heap praise on his Cannes colleague, insisting Elle was a “gift” to have around.

“Elle is an old soul in a way. She has been doing films forever. But to have the fresh ideas, it really grounded us. We saw it through her young eyes. We learned a lot from her too,” he enthused.

Elle also made headlines at the 2019 festival after passing out at the Chopard Trophee dinner on 20 May. She and her older sister Dakota were escorted out of the party and Elle later took to social media to assure fans she was OK. The young star, who made a splash with her fashion choices during the festival’s run, suggested she fainted because her Prada dress was too tight.

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