Bryce Dallas Howard wouldn’t accept The Help role if offered it today

Bryce Dallas Howard wouldn’t accept a role in The Help if the film was offered to her today.The 2011 movie, which also starred Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone, was based on Kathryn Stockett’s book, and focused on racism encountered by blac…

Bryce Dallas Howard wouldn’t accept a role in The Help if the film was offered to her today.

The 2011 movie, which also starred Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone, was based on Kathryn Stockett’s book, and focused on racism encountered by black maids in America’s southern states during the 1960s.

Bryce played the spoiled and selfish Hilly Holbrook in the film, and while she is “grateful” to have landed the role early on in her Hollywood career, she wouldn’t sign on for the project now.

The 39-year-old told The Los Angeles Times that because the movie, directed and adapted by white filmmaker Tate Taylor, was “created by predominantly white storytellers”, she felt it was time for audiences to look for projects featuring black storytellers.

“Right now, in this time, stories are going to play a crucial role in our ability to empathise and to be inspired into action, and the storytellers who we must listen to right now and look to and learn from,” Bryce explained. “There’s an extraordinary body of work that centres on black characters from black creators.”

When asked if she’d play Hilly if offered the part today, she replied: “No.”

Earlier this month, the actress addressed the news that The Help has become the most-watched film on Netflix due to ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the world, and urged her followers to watch other films that focus on the struggles of the African-American community.

“The Help is a fictional story told through the perspective of a white character and was created by predominantly white storytellers. We can all go further,” she posted on Instagram, and suggested her fans check out films such as Malcolm X, Selma, and Just Mercy instead.

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Bryce Dallas Howard suggests alternatives to The Help in support of Black Lives Matter movement

The Help star Bryce Dallas Howard has written a list of recommendations of “more appropriate” films for people to watch in order to educate themselves on racial inequality. The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Howard, …

The Help star Bryce Dallas Howard has written a list of recommendations of “more appropriate” films for people to watch in order to educate themselves on racial inequality.

The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Howard, focuses on two black maids who have their racist experiences documented in a book by a white aspiring journalist, played by Stone. Despite its success at the time, the movie has since been denounced for focusing on the ‘white saviour’ narrative and sidelining the black characters.

Last week, The Help was added to Netflix and went straight to the top of the streaming service’s movie chart, but as the addition coincided with the widespread Black Lives Matter protests over the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd, film critics later took to Twitter to suggest viewers watch alternative movies if they wanted to be educated on racial injustice and inequality.

Howard joined in on Sunday night by sharing a collage of films and TV shows that she would recommend instead of The Help.

“I’ve heard that #TheHelp is the most viewed film on @netflix right now!” she wrote in the caption. “I’m so grateful for the exquisite friendships that came from that film — our bond is something I treasure deeply and will last a lifetime. This being said, The Help is a fictional story told through the perspective of a white character and was created by predominantly white storytellers. We can all go further.

“Stories are a gateway to radical empathy and the greatest ones are catalysts for action. If you are seeking ways to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, lynchings, segregation, Jim Crow, and all the ways in which those have an impact on us today, here are a handful of powerful, essential, masterful films and shows that center Black lives, stories, creators, and / or performers.”

Howard went on to list Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, film Selma, and TV miniseries When They See Us, as well as the films Just Mercy, Malcolm X, and I Am Not Your Negro.

Her co-star Davis previously voiced regrets about starring in The Help, and told The New York Times in 2018: “I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard.”

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Film critics speak out as The Help reaches number one on Netflix

Film critics have urged audiences to watch better “black films” in response to The Help becoming the most-watched movie on Netflix.The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, is set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and…

Film critics have urged audiences to watch better “black films” in response to The Help becoming the most-watched movie on Netflix.

The 2011 drama, starring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, is set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 and focuses on two black maids who have their racist experiences documented in a book by a white aspiring journalist. Despite its success at the time, the movie has since been denounced for focusing on the ‘white saviour’ narrative and sidelining the black characters.

The Help was added to the streaming service this week and went straight to the top of the movie chart. Its popularity on Netflix coincides with widespread Black Lives Matter protests over the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd, and critics and journalists responded to The Help’s chart position by urging people to watch other documentaries and films about racial injustice and inequality instead.

“I’m so sorry but the last thing folx (folks) need to be watching are bootleg ‘racial reconciliation’ movies like ‘The Help,'” film critic Rebecca Theodore-Vachon wrote. “If you need a list of Black films, Black film critics are on here happy to suggest some really good ones.”

“Do not watch the f**king ‘Help’ right now…literally anything but ‘The Help,'” Ashly Perez posted, before suggesting viewers watch Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, as well as her movie Selma, and the filmmaker’s four-part miniseries When They See Us.

The Help was a box office hit, grossing more than $216 million (£171 million) worldwide, and Spencer landed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as maid Minny.

However, her co-star Davis previously confessed she regrets starring in the movie as she was disappointed with the focus of the film.

“I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard,” the Oscar winner told The New York Times in 2018. “I never heard that in the course of the movie.”

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Met Gala 2020 officially cancelled

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled. The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled Ab…

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

Back in March, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour announced the fundraising event had been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and museum officials subsequently declared on Tuesday that there will be no Met Gala this year.

The Met has been closed since March and it looks set to reopen in mid-August or shortly after, in accordance with New York authorities’ phased reopening plan for the city.

About Time: Fashion and Duration, which documents the changes in fashion throughout the Met’s 150-year history, is currently scheduled to open on 29 October and run until 7 February 2021.

Met officials have scrapped all talks, tours, concerts, and events to be held at the museum for the rest of 2020. They hope to resume the Met Gala and other events, including a belated celebration of its 150th anniversary, next year. The 2021 bash will be focused on next year’s Costume Institute exhibition.

The co-chairs of the 2020 edition were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Vogue hosting virtual Met Gala event

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the op…

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

But while regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour confirmed that the 2020 Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely back in March due to the coronavirus crisis, she has now unveiled a line-up of online content for keen fashionistas.

“It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways,” she said. “So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment – one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

The programming will kick off with a look at actress Liza Koshy’s best red carpet moments, followed by British supermodel Naomi Campbell reflecting on some of her most iconic looks.

The A Moment With the Met will begin at 6pm EST, with the livestream to include performances from Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh. Another clip, entitled Everything You Need to Know About the Met Gala, is to start after.

And on Tuesday, fashion stars such as Cardi B, Jeremy Scott, Liv Tyler, and Stella McCartney will take part in further Met Gala-related discussions.

As part of the initiative, bosses at Vogue will be donating to the Costume Institute and A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief. They will be asking viewers to consider contributing if they can.

While guests for the 2020 Met Gala were not revealed prior to the postponement, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

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Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone working on new movie

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which h…

Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been spending the coronavirus lockdown pitching his feature directorial debut to film studio executives.

The Social Network actor revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has written a film which he plans to direct and has teamed up with his Zombieland co-star Emma Stone and her fiance, Brigsby Bear director Dave McCary, who will produce the project.

“I have spent the last two weeks pitching this movie that I wrote and am directing to financiers and studios. I’d have these hour-long pitches with my producers, Emma Stone and Dave McCary, and when I was doing that, it felt like a typical workday, except for the fact that it was all on the computer,” Eisenberg shared. “It was one million times better than I would have expected. We would have had to drive around to 20 different offices and studios, and this way, we did them all over two days. We ended up in the best possible situation for us. But, of course, the irony is that we never know when it can possibly get made.”

All film and TV sets shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it is not known when production will resume. The 36-year-old was supposed to be Bosnia shooting an episode for Amazon Prime Video anthology series Modern Love.

“I was directing and acting and writing this episode for Modern Love, and I thought it would be so cool to set it in Bosnia. Then the pandemic started to shut things down, and I thought, ‘Oh my (episode) will be the first thing to go. And it wasn’t the first to go, but maybe the second. We are still waiting on that, so I am looking at when America will open up but also Bosnia,” he explained.

In addition, Eisenberg was in the middle of recording an audiobook he wrote when the pandemic struck. He had recorded his and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard’s parts and was preparing to record Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever’s, with him adding, “If L.A. shut down two days later, we would have been done.”

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Anna Wintour postpones 2020 Met Gala

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exh…

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

However, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour announced in an article published on Vogue.com on Monday that the event would be delayed indefinitely.

“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time,” she wrote. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”

Wintour added that fashion fans would be give a preview of the “extraordinary exhibition” in the May 2020 issue of Vogue.

While guests had not yet been announced, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been closed since last Thursday, with executives abiding by the recommendation from officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for the immediate future to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs injured by her The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel corsets

Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs have “fused together” due to the corsets she has to wear for her role on hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.The 29-year-old, who has won two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards and an Emmy for her portrayal of groun…

Rachel Brosnahan’s ribs have “fused together” due to the corsets she has to wear for her role on hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

The 29-year-old, who has won two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards and an Emmy for her portrayal of groundbreaking stand-up comedienne Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, has revealed her restrictive costumes have resulted in a painful “injury”.

“We talk so fast on the show that to get all the words out you can’t really take very many breaths,” she explained while on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “And I think I wasn’t breathing a lot and I was a bit constrained and apparently some of my ribs are sort of fused together.”

“Oh my goodness,” fellow guest RuPaul exclaimed, and gasped as Brosnahan further shared her health woes.

And alarmingly, the costume problems are still affecting her breathing, as she added: “I can’t take super deep breaths anymore.”

But Brosnahan downplayed the health ailment, and called it a “Champagne problem.”

“It’s really fine guys,” she laughed to the audience.

The actress isn’t the first star to suffer serious side-effects from very tight costumes.

Oscar winner Emma Stone revealed her “organs shifted” after she wore corsets for 2018 period drama The Favourite, while Kim Kardashian said she was in a great deal of pain while in her custom-made Thierry Mugler gown at last year’s Met Gala.

“I have never felt pain like that in my life,” she confessed.

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Emma Stone was in best shape of her life when playing Billie Jean King

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie trans…

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.

The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie transformed her body and her self-confidence.

“That role required me to get physically strong. I’ve never felt more beautiful or powerful than I did when I felt strong and capable in my body,” the La La Land star explained. “It was an incredible experience and one I take with me daily.”

She went on to explain that while she’s not diligently kept up with the training, feeling strong helped change her perception of beauty.

“Admittedly, I’m a hell of a lot weaker than I was then, but it reinforced the truth that beauty comes from how you feel, not how you look. People looking aesthetically pleasing, which is entirely subjective anyway, is just a bonus,” she added.

Emma, who currently serves as the face of Louis Vuitton’s fragrance campaigns, then shared how perfume helps her get into character.

“I’ve been using fragrance to help me define each character I’ve played since I was 16. Even now, I can smell that scent and be taken straight back,” the 31-year-old shared. “Scent has always been the quickest sense-memory for me. I remember most of the time periods in my life through scent.”

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Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour among co-chairs for 2020 Met Gala

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour are among the co-chairs for the 2020 Met Gala.On Thursday, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will be centred on the theme of Ab…

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Anna Wintour are among the co-chairs for the 2020 Met Gala.

On Thursday, officials at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will be centred on the theme of About Time: Fashion and Duration, and will be on view from 7 May until 7 September 2020.

In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will take place on 4 May, with the evening’s co-chairs to include Ghesquiere, who is Louis Vuitton creative director for womenswear, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, as well as Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The annual event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements, and draws in a number of top fashion designers, models, and names from the entertainment industry.

Meanwhile, the exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion, from 1870 to the present, as part of the museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of “la duree”- time that flows, accumulates – representatives explained that they wanted to explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future.

“Fashion is indelibly connected to time,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said in a statement. “It not only reflects and represents the spirit of the times, but it also changes and develops with the times, serving as an especially sensitive and accurate timepiece. Through a series of chronologies, the exhibition will use the concept of duration to analyse the temporal twists and turns of fashion history.”

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