Blake Lively developing fashion TV series with Amazon Prime

Blake Lively has signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new scripted fashion TV series.Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour over the weekend, and confirmed bosses had close…

Blake Lively has signed a deal with Amazon Prime for a new scripted fashion TV series.

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour over the weekend, and confirmed bosses had closed an exclusive deal with the 31-year-old actress to develop and produce TV shows for the streaming giant.

“It took a long time, but we just closed our deal with Blake,” Salke said. “We closed a first-look deal and we’re talking and developing a show. It’s not ready…”

News of Lively’s partnership with Amazon first surfaced in October, and Salke revealed that the Gossip Girl star has pitched a scripted TV series set in the fashion world.

“It’s set in New York, there’s a fashion component,” she added.

The pregnant mother-of-two is also in talks to bring another project to life with Amazon Prime, but Salke kept those details under wraps.

“There’s another (project) that’s around a piece of IP (intellectual property),” she teased.

The news was announced on the same day Amazon executives revealed they had struck deals with Dirty John star Connie Britton and Lena Waithe, who is set to develop a horror TV series entitled Them.

And Blake’s project isn’t the only fashion-focused TV show on the streaming service – Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are currently filming and executive producing their new show, Making the Cut, with supermodel Naomi Campbell, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, as well as designers Joseph Altuzarra and Nicole Richie.

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Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton to star in Good Joe Bell

Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton have signed on to headline biographical film Good Joe Bell.The Hollywood stars are to take lead roles in the Oregon-set movie, which will be based on a true story, according to editors at Variety. Wahlberg is set to tak…

Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton have signed on to headline biographical film Good Joe Bell.

The Hollywood stars are to take lead roles in the Oregon-set movie, which will be based on a true story, according to editors at Variety.

Wahlberg is set to take on the part of father Joe Bell, who sets out to walk across America with his son, Jadin Bell, to be played by Reid Miller. It has not yet been confirmed which character Britton will take on.

Reinaldo Marcus Green, who helmed 2018 crime-drama Monsters and Men, is to direct, while Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain screenplay writers Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are to pen the script.

No other casting details have been announced, though production is set to begin in Utah as early as next week (begs15Apr19). Wahlberg will serve as a producer, alongside Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Ahrens, Eva Maria Daniels, Riva Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ossana and McMurtry will be among the executive producers on the project.

Wahlberg, 47, was most recently seen onscreen in action movie Mile 22 and comedy-drama Instant Family, and is currently in the post-production phases of his frequent collaborator Peter Berg’s Wonderland, in which he plays an ex-felon named Spenser who returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.

Meanwhile, former Nashville star Britton has garnered praise for her TV roles, including her performance as Vivien Harmon on American Horror Story and as Debra Newell on Dirty John. The 52-year-old is also portraying Beth Ailes in Jay Roach’s forthcoming biographical drama about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, also featuring Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.

And up-and-coming young actor Miller has had roles in TV shows such as A Girl Named Jo and Play by Play.

A potential release date for Good Joe Bell has not yet been set.

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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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Connie Britton: ‘I don’t stress about ageing – there’s no point!’

Connie Britton doesn’t see the point in fretting about ageing.The Nashville actress has just turned 51, though thanks to her youthful complexion and red hair, looks much younger than her years.And when it comes to looking and feeling older, Connie sa…

Connie Britton doesn’t see the point in fretting about ageing.

The Nashville actress has just turned 51, though thanks to her youthful complexion and red hair, looks much younger than her years.

And when it comes to looking and feeling older, Connie says there’s no point stressing over the inevitable.

“Yeah, not even. It kind of doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” she explained to In Touch magazine on the topic of ageing.

“Every once in a while I’m like, ‘Oh God! This is what they talk about!’ But I try not to let my head go in that direction.”

As well as her refreshing attitude to getting older, Connie also tries to keep the balance right when it comes to worry and stress. Although the Friday Night Lights star tries to let in a minimal amount of stress, she admits life doesn’t always work that way.

“I actually try to live a life with as little stress as possible, which is not easy to do, and I feel like I don’t do very well,” she sighed.

However, as a mother, Connie channels all her thoughts into raising her young son, Eyob. The actress adopted the seven-year-old from Ethiopia in 2011 and is bringing him up by herself.

“I feel a lot of gratitude for the life that I have been given, and I never take that for granted. I feel that every day, and I think that helps a lot,” she smiled.

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