Kelvin Harrison Jr. turned down The High Note three times

Kelvin Harrison Jr. turned down his role in The High Note three times because he feared he wasn’t good enough.In Nisha Ganatra’s new comedy-drama, the Waves actor plays unsigned singer David Cliff, who is discovered by Dakota Johnson’s aspiring m…

Kelvin Harrison Jr. turned down his role in The High Note three times because he feared he wasn’t good enough.

In Nisha Ganatra’s new comedy-drama, the Waves actor plays unsigned singer David Cliff, who is discovered by Dakota Johnson’s aspiring music producer and convinces him to let her produce his debut album.

But in a new interview with Collider, Kelvin revealed that he turned down the project repeatedly because he didn’t rate his vocal skills.

“I said no, three times before even auditioning,” he shared. “I read the script and I thought it was wonderful, but I was like, ‘You can find someone that’s better. I don’t wanna embarrass myself. I don’t wanna do that to your movie. You deserve a good supporting male.’

“But they convinced me, eventually, and I met with the director, who was wonderful. So, I did my first tape, and then they brought me in for a chemistry read with Dakota, and I was like, ‘I’m never gonna get this job. I’m not tall enough. I’m not cool enough. Dakota is beautiful. She’s just better.’ I think all of those things played into that.”

The 25-year-old then noted that he didn’t get the part at first but it eventually circled back round to him, and it was refreshing being able to play someone who wasn’t still in high school for once.

“I’d never played a day older than 18, so the first challenge was figuring out, ‘What’s it like to actually live like a grown man? I’m a 25-year-old and I’ve been pretending that I was in high school, since I left high school.’ That was the first step,” he explained.

The High Note, also starring Tracee Ellis Ross, is now available on-demand.

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Tracee Ellis Ross proud to make singing debut in The High Note

Tracee Ellis Ross decided it was time to make her singing debut when the script for The High Note came her way.The Black-ish actress, the daughter of Motown legend Diana Ross, plays soul singer Grace Davis in Nisha Ganatra’s latest comedy-drama.While…

Tracee Ellis Ross decided it was time to make her singing debut when the script for The High Note came her way.

The Black-ish actress, the daughter of Motown legend Diana Ross, plays soul singer Grace Davis in Nisha Ganatra’s latest comedy-drama.

While Ross has never been heard singing on screen before, she decided to push through her fears when the part came along.

“It was my childhood dream, I always wanted to sing,” the 47-year-old told BBC News. “I didn’t put it away, but I think the longer you wait to do certain things the more frightening they get… The idea of comparison because of who my mom is, or the judgement of doing it now at this age, became bigger than the dream. So, when this role came along, I was like, ‘It’s time.’”

The High Note marks Ross’s first onscreen film role since 2009, and she explained that her busy TV schedule leaves her with little time to pursue other projects.

“The truth is it’s left me little desire to pursue certain things, because I’m tired and I have a full schedule, but it takes something I’m really excited about and then I’m like ‘this is it’,” she said.

Ross was drawn to the story, about her world-famous singer’s relationship with her assistant, played by Dakota Johnson, because both women were pursuing their own dreams and “not against each other”.

The High Note was originally supposed to be released in cinemas but is now available to rent digitally, and Ross admitted she would have liked to have seen her singing debut on the big screen.

“I’m actually kind of excited,” Ross stated. “Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see myself on the big screen as Grace Davis, but I have a pretty big TV screen! I feel like there’s something really wonderful and intimate about being able to meet people where they are, in their homes.”

The High Note is out now.

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Tracee Ellis Ross pushed out of comfort zone with The High Note wardrobe

Tracee Ellis Ross was pushed out of her comfort zone with her wardrobe in The High Note. In the new comedy-drama, the Black-ish star plays world-famous singer Grace Davis, who can usually be seen wearing glamorous high-fashion clothes, complete with st…

Tracee Ellis Ross was pushed out of her comfort zone with her wardrobe in The High Note.

In the new comedy-drama, the Black-ish star plays world-famous singer Grace Davis, who can usually be seen wearing glamorous high-fashion clothes, complete with stilettos, designer bags, and a full face of make-up while out in public.

And while Tracee didn’t find the wardrobe super comfortable, stepping into Grace’s outfits really helped her channel the diva.

“It always starts from the wardrobe. It’s like the shoes up. How is your character touching the ground? Although I do not love wearing stiletto heels at all times, although I do not love wearing eyelashes because they’re so uncomfortable, Grace Davis does!” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I wanted her to be different from Tracee, because she is… I wanted her to be bold, strong, not afraid to be the most powerful and most eye-catching person in a room at any given time.”

Tracee also considered the details of Grace’s look, from her nail colour and eyelashes to her hairstyle changes.

“I really felt like Grace Davis was a woman who changed her nail polish colour with her outfits, which we did,” the 47-year-old continued. “I really felt like Grace Davis was a woman who wore eyelashes, which I don’t, but she did. I felt like Grace’s hair had to always feel iconic. And so even her stage hair was sort of rock and roll and long, and then her other hair was sort of, I don’t know, I called it my ’70s porn hair.”

The High Note, also starring Dakota Johnson and Kelvin Harrison Jr., is now available to watch digitally.

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Tracee Ellis Ross insists The High Note isn’t inspired by her superstar mother Diana Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross has rubbished rumours her character in The High Note is not based on her mother Diana Ross.In the upcoming drama, she plays fictional music icon Grace Davis, who is trying to reinvent herself after a decade-long hiatus by recording a …

Tracee Ellis Ross has rubbished rumours her character in The High Note is not based on her mother Diana Ross.

In the upcoming drama, she plays fictional music icon Grace Davis, who is trying to reinvent herself after a decade-long hiatus by recording a new album.

And in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tracee was quizzed about the inspiration for her character, and slammed reports that she was based on her mother, who herself made several comebacks in the music industry.

“I did not share any of this with her. I told her I got a big movie, but I did not tell her what the movie was and that I had to sing in the movie,” the 47-year-old explained. “I walked through that on my own and with a lot of tears with friends.

“And I understand there have been a lot of questions, like, ‘Are you playing your mum in the movie? Is this movie inspired by your mum?’ And the answer to that is no.”

Director Nisha Ganatra also revealed that she collaborated with Tracee on the role and made a conscious effort to avoid Grace Davis having any similarities to the Endless Love hitmaker.

“We used a lot of references. It was Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Tina Turner. We pulled from all the biggest, biggest icons to make this character, Grace Davis, and pulled really specific things from each one of them so that she had a very clear idea of who she was and where she came from and wasn’t doing an imitation of her mum,” she stated.

“That would have been, I think, just disappointing for everybody.”

The High Note, also starring Dakota Johnson, is now available via on-demand streaming services.

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Dakota Johnson started production company to gain more creative control

Dakota Johnson set up her own production company so she could have more creative input in the filmmaking process.The Fifty Shades of Grey star found she was getting sidelined on the sets of her films and had no creative control over the finished produc…

Dakota Johnson set up her own production company so she could have more creative input in the filmmaking process.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star found she was getting sidelined on the sets of her films and had no creative control over the finished product when she was just an actress, so she became a producer and set up TeaTime Pictures with former Netflix executive Ro Donnelly last year so she could be more involved.

“For a long time, I’d do a movie and have no say,” she told Marie Claire magazine. “I could go into something, and it’ll be one thing, and then it comes out as a totally different thing. As an artist, you’re like, ‘What the f**k?’”

Johnson, who has denied she was unhappy with the Fifty Shades films, explained that she didn’t want to be blindsided by the final film anymore and wanted to be involved in high-level decisions like casting, writers, and the overall aesthetic of a project.

“I definitely want to have my craft, my artistry, and my ideas respected and tossed around. I want to be part of the process,” the 30-year-old added. “When I work, I’m constantly thinking about the job. It takes up so much of my brain… Not all of my projects are only good messages, but all of them have a little bit of something that makes me feel like it’s an okay thing to pour my heart into.”

Johnson shared that she doesn’t have a method for picking projects and described her process as “very intuitive and emotional”. She generally follows her heart and goes for films that speak to her at the time. For example, when she was “in a place that felt very dark”, she was drawn to The Peanut Butter Falcon, alongside Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Zack Gottsagen.

“I think Shia might be the greatest actor of my generation, which I wouldn’t say to his face,” she gushed. “Zack Gottsagen has become one of the greatest loves of my life… He totally shifted my world.”

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Dakota Johnson joins Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry, Darling

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and C…

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine.

The movie is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert and follows the story of a housewife, played by Little Women star Pugh, who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life.

Wilde will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay based on an original story by Shane and Carey Van Dyke. The script will be penned by Katie Silberman, who also co-wrote Booksmart.

“I think therefore I stan Dakota. Very happy. Very grateful. Very ready to get to WORK,” the 36-year-old filmmaker wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot confirming the casting news.

Fans had previously speculated on social media that Johnson would be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” to Wilde in a viral hand-washing video back in March.

It was announced in April that Pugh, LaBeouf, and Pine would be appearing in Wilde’s sophomore movie, and the mother-of-two took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” Wilde posted on Twitter. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/s**tting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson’s The High Note skipping cinemas

Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson’s The High Note is going to premium video-on-demand.Directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Flora Greeson, the comedy-drama was originally set to be unveiled in U.S. cinemas on 8 May. But in light of the Covid-19 p…

Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson’s The High Note is going to premium video-on-demand.

Directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Flora Greeson, the comedy-drama was originally set to be unveiled in U.S. cinemas on 8 May.

But in light of the Covid-19 pandemic leading to closures of theatres around the world, Tracee announced on Monday that The High Note will now hit online platforms from 29 May.

“I have some exciting news to share. The movie that I have been so excited about finally has a revamped release date. The High Note will be available on-demand, on streaming platforms for you to rent starting on May 29 for a 48-hour period,” she said in an Instagram video. “I’m so proud of this movie… I get to sing in this movie, which is a lifelong dream and one of my biggest fears. And I play a singer – I mean, what was I thinking? It’s so exciting. This is not what any of us expected, but you know what? We go with the flow and we move with the moment, we make the best of what is here, and this movie is going to bring some joy into your heart, I hope.”

In the flick, Tracee plays Grace Davis, a music superstar whose talent and ego have reached unbelievable heights, while Dakota takes on the part of her overworked personal assistant Maggie.

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, and Ice Cube also feature.

And in a recent interview with The Guardian, Tracee – who is the daughter of music icon Diana Ross – admitted that it took her a lot of time to feel confident singing in front of other people.

“At 47 years old, to go into the studio and start singing, and discover that I actually had a voice that could work… it was life-changing for me,” the star shared. “And, typical me, I didn’t do it small – I decided to do it as the lead in a movie playing a musical diva.”

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Jamie Dornan grateful for the varied career he’s had since Fifty Shades

Jamie Dornan is grateful for the wide variety of roles he’s been offered since starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise. The actor found international fame after starring as Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman with a penchant for BDSM who …

Jamie Dornan is grateful for the wide variety of roles he’s been offered since starring in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise.

The actor found international fame after starring as Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman with a penchant for BDSM who embarks on a new relationship with Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, in the movie adaptations of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic book trilogy between 2015 and 2018.

While the movies were poorly received by critics, they performed well at the international box office, and Dornan counts himself lucky that their success has afforded him a variety of opportunities.

“One thing with this job is to challenge myself and one thing is to keep a very large element of variety. I just wouldn’t – and I’m not trying to discredit anyone who’s in this world – but I just couldn’t be an actor who does action film after action film or, indeed, who does comedy after comedy,” he told Variety. “I’m not closed off to being in an action movie. I just don’t want to do four a year.

“And I think I’ve been lucky in everything post-Fifty Shades. There’s a lot in the market of the $5 to $15 million budget movie. And I personally believe that’s where the best scripts are. I’ve done things like Anthropoid or A Private War, and some of these movies, I’m really proud of. I’m just lucky they came my way because of the box office success of Fifty Shades.”

Dornan added that he wasn’t too concerned about being typecast after Fifty Shades because the films were so unique.

“It can’t be typecast. There aren’t a million scripts lying around about millionaires who are into BDSM,” the 37-year-old explained. “I’ve never done anything close to it since and probably never will again, because it’s kind of its own thing.”

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Dakota Johnson shocked by ‘nightmare’ scrutiny over her tooth gap

Dakota Johnson was shocked by the scrutiny she faced after the gap between her front teeth closed.Back in August, the actress was photographed smiling at the premiere of her movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, with fans soon noticing that the space betwee…

Dakota Johnson was shocked by the scrutiny she faced after the gap between her front teeth closed.

Back in August, the actress was photographed smiling at the premiere of her movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, with fans soon noticing that the space between her two front teeth was significantly smaller than before.

And in a new interview with her Bad Times at the El Royale co-star Cailee Spaeny for U.S. InStyle magazine, Dakota confessed that the intense media attention she faced over the dental work was her worst nightmare.

“It will always be strange to have so much scrutiny on your appearance,” she explained. “Like, everyone was freaking out when they thought that I’d closed the gap in my teeth. The whole thing was a nightmare for me, honestly. I was so upset because I’ve had the gap my whole life.”

Dakota insisted that the gap had closed after she had a retainer on the back of her teeth removed, and she was left stunned by the worldwide coverage that focused on the gap.

“The fact that it was global news was so shocking to me because of the actual global news that we should be talking about. But, anyway, now I have a retainer, and I’m trying to get my gap back,” the 30-year-old laughed.

Previously, Dakota opened up on losing her tooth gap during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and joked that she was now getting food stuck in her teeth.

“I’m sad about my gap tooth too so I’d really appreciate some privacy during this time. I have to deal with a host of new problems now, I get food stuck in my teeth whereas before it would just slide right through,” she quipped.

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Gucci demystifies backstage rituals with fall 20 runway spectacle

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as pa…

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.

The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as part of Milan Fashion Week at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, with the likes of Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Florence Welch, and Amandla Stenberg all perched on the front row.

But rather than hold a conventional presentation, Michele chose to unveil exactly what occurs behind the scenes, with guests entering the venue to find themselves in the “backstage” area where the models were getting ready and designers, stylists, and tailors were applying final touches.

“There’s the rapture of a gift, in this unrepeatable ritual. There’s the promise of a precious delivery. Lights out. The congregation lingers, awaiting with open hands,” the designer commented in the show notes. “A pin-drop silence, to receive my uneven heartbeats and my thrills. I offer my poetics to this tribe of emancipated spectators. May they use to wonder. May they help me understand it. They can use it to reawaken dormant questions. Or else, they can simply reject it, if they can’t find a way to open a door of compassion.”

With the stage set on a revolving platform, the models in complete stillness at the front.

As always, Michele drew upon an eclectic mix of references, including ladylike dresses with Peter Pan collars, Tudor-inspired lace with embroidery, ruffled ballgowns, Puritan-esque hats, and conservative tartan skirts paired with high-neck lace tops.

Other highlights included a suit with delicate floral pattern and matching tie, a blue velvet baby doll number worn with orange tights, and a lace dress accessorised with a black leather harness over the top and heavy crucifix necklace.

To conclude, Michele offered up a hippy-inspired look comprised of a peasant top, bandana and torn jeans and a jaunty suit made up of plaid trousers and a tangerine blazer with black silk lapels.

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