Dan Stevens was terrified before filming Beauty and the Beast

Dan Stevens was terrified before filming the live-action Beauty and the Beast.The remake of Disney’s animated classic was released in 2017, and featured a star-studded cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, and the vo…

Dan Stevens was terrified before filming the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

The remake of Disney’s animated classic was released in 2017, and featured a star-studded cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, and the vocal talents of Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen.

Stevens played the titular beast in the musical blockbuster, which raked in more than $1.2 billion (£957 million) worldwide, and he told IndieWire that “calibrating the right amount of terror” is how he ended up accepting the role.

“I think something has to peak my curiosity and, this doesn’t go necessarily for every single project, but I think if something seems like a challenge, it seems like something that might be slightly terrifying but also thrilling if I was able to pull it off, then it becomes that little bit more attractive,” the Downton Abbey star explained.

Stevens was underneath a motion-capture suit for a majority of the movie, as his character attempted to woo Belle in order to break a decades-old spell and transform him back to his human self.

He also discussed performing Evermore, his solo song in the live-action flick, and said he would like to sing again on screen one day.

“I loved learning to perform in that way and it’s something I would definitely do again. And musicals, as well. It’s definitely opened the door to more musical stuff and I think there’s more to come,” he shared.

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Emma Watson: ‘Never buy clothes unless they’re perfect’

Emma Watson won’t buy clothes unless she deems them perfect.The Harry Potter actress was recently named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.And in a chat with British Vogue, she explained how people could shop smart by choosin…

Emma Watson won’t buy clothes unless she deems them perfect.

The Harry Potter actress was recently named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

And in a chat with British Vogue, she explained how people could shop smart by choosing quality over quantity.

“Invest in (higher quality items) and don’t buy fashion you’ll throw away. Never buy anything unless it’s perfect. I’ve convinced myself to buy some strange things because I said I’d alter them or I’d grow etc. And I don’t!” the activist said.

The Beauty and the Beast star lives by the mantra of her clothes having a cost per wear, meaning every time she wears it, it reduces the overall cost.

“A bargain isn’t a bargain if you never wear it or it falls apart! I often leave a shop and if I don’t go back for the item, it’s a sign I didn’t really want it,” Emma commented.

Further in the chat, the 30-year-old shared her advice on how to become an expert at buying eco-friendly pieces.

“Really learning about yourself, who you are, and what you actually wear enables you to be a smarter buyer,” said the star, who is also serving as chair of the Kering’s sustainability committee. “Tailoring, modifying and being creative with clothes gives them a longer life, more meaning and personality.”

She also disclosed that she keeps all of her old clothes, and took a dress to a photoshoot earlier this year that she first wore when she was 15.

“I carefully archive and catalogue everything special I wear in my wardrobe and keep everything!” she laughed. “The best-dressed people I know have figured out their formula and know they tend to wear a few favourite things over and over again.”

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Kristen Stewart’s casting as Diana, Princess of Wales receives mixed response

The announcement revealing Kristen Stewart will portray late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales in a new movie has divided social media users. On Wednesday, editors at Deadline reported that the Twilight actress would be playing the royal in Pablo…

The announcement revealing Kristen Stewart will portray late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales in a new movie has divided social media users.

On Wednesday, editors at Deadline reported that the Twilight actress would be playing the royal in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which will focus on her decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles.

The casting news proved controversial on Twitter, particularly among British people, who weren’t thrilled with an American being given the role.

“I’m sorry Kristen while she is a good actress simply isn’t the right fit for this role… Diana was class and elegance Kristen is the complete opposite of that,” one user wrote, while another posted, “Princess Diana is rolling in her grave! Can we get a petition to prevent this from actually happening?”

Another suggested British actress Emma Watson would be a “better fit” for the role.

On the flipside, verified film critics noted that Stewart understands Diana’s relationship with the press and will be able to use that for her performance. They also praised the way in which Larrain depicted former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s life in 2016’s Jackie.

“Kristen Stewart playing a famous woman who was doggedly pursued by a press that made a savage feast out of her personal life? I think she’ll be able to tap into that,” wrote Kristy Puchko.

“Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana in a PABLO FREAKIN’ LARRAÍN FILM? Apocalypse cancelled!” wrote The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin, while Variety’s Guy Lodge added, “It’s funny how Pablo Larraín’s name changes the headline ‘Kristen Stewart to star as Princess Diana’ into very good news.”

And Leslie Carroll, author of Diana and Charles: Royal Affairs and Notorious Royal Marriages, defended the casting of an American, telling Fox News, “If she can embody Diana’s body language and convey her famous breathy, posh Sloane Ranger voice, it won’t matter where she was born.”

However, Neil Sean, the author of The A to Z of Harry and Meghan, told the publication: “The casting of one of the world’s most famous women in Stewart just shows how out of tune the makers are with what the public’s image and above all love for such a great lady is.”

Production on Spencer is due to beginning in early 2021.

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Emma Watson to promote sustainable fashion with new Kering gig

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. a…

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. and Balenciaga.

Her role was announced by Kering bosses on Tuesday, and she was nominated on to the board by shareholders, alongside fellow new additions Tidjane Thiam and Jean Liu.

Watson, who is well-known for her passion for sustainable fashion, will also utilise her eco-friendly activism by serving as Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the conglomerate.

The 30-year-old has guest-edited an issue of Vogue Australia on eco-friendly fashion, and she is one of the supporters of the Good On You app, which rates the ethical and sustainability practices of global fashion brands.

Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, welcomed the new appointments, and described Watson “one of the world’s most popular actors and best-known activists”.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organisation. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team,” he said of the new board members in a statement. “Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions.”

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Greta Gerwig goes ‘feral’ while making movies

Greta Gerwig goes “feral” while making movies, because she becomes so dedicated to the project.The director has received critical acclaim for her recent adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson…

Greta Gerwig goes “feral” while making movies, because she becomes so dedicated to the project.

The director has received critical acclaim for her recent adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, and Timothee Chalamet.

She has candidly revealed that while on the set of her films, she becomes so involved in the process that she almost turns animalistic.

“Everyone who works with me can attest to this – I go into a zone where I don’t wash or return calls and I go feral,” Gerwig told Elle UK magazine. “I can go into hyperfocus as well as becoming more scattered.”

She went on to add that she thinks she would’ve been good in a newsroom, because she “likes things that have a great deal of pressure and a lot of deadlines, because I need it.”

However, the 36-year-old readily admitted that she’s good at taking charge of the cast and crew on the sets of her films and trusts her own instincts.

“I mean, they all want to do what you say. It’s not like I’m teaching a class full of kids who are resistant to learning algebra,” she joked. “They are people who would like to please me.”

Despite previously admitting that working with Hollywood legend Streep “terrified” her, Gerwig stated that she likes to collaborate with her actors.

“I think there are some directors who wish they could clone themselves 200 times to do every job on set themselves, but I like people bringing things and surprising me. You want them to see the film and feel like, Well, that is what I gave you. You didn’t misuse my gift,” she explained.

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Greta Gerwig was ‘terrified’ to direct Meryl Streep

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the …

Greta Gerwig was “terrified” to direct three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep in her new movie adaptation of Little Women.

The filmmaker was beginning to put together her cast for the period drama when Streep reached out and expressed her interest in the project, based on the literary classic by Louisa May Alcott, and bagged the role of Aunt March.

However, Greta has now admitted that it was a daunting experience making a movie with the acting legend, as she was intimidated by her excellence on set.

“I was terrified as a director, because what am I going to say to her? She’s so smart and she knows more about how films are made than anyone,” the 36-year-old told Elle UK. “There were a couple of lines I wrote to get a character from A to B, inelegantly, and you know when Meryl asks, ‘Now why do I say that?’ you’d better have a f**king good answer.”

Revealing her fear of looking silly in front of the movie icon, she added: “It’s intimidating, but it forces you to be better. Unfortunately, it’s uncomfortable to get better, because it means you have to look like an idiot in front of her. But she’s fabulous.”

Despite her apprehensiveness in front of Streep, Gerwig seems to have built a rapport with her cast, which also includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Timothee Chalamet.

Praising the director, Chalamet commented to the publication: “She has a way of talking with actors that is uniquely insightful. That’s perhaps because she’s an actress herself, but also because she has this intuitive way of speaking about movies, about acting and about the direction of a story.”

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Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan rock all-black outfits to Little Women premiere

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta …

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.

The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel.

Ahead of the movie’s release on 25 December, the star-studded cast gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday to celebrate the world premiere of the hotly anticipated film.

Emma, who plays eldest sibling Meg March, wore a black Balenciaga silk gown with a rough lace trim and thigh-high black velvet boots, while she accessorised with a clamshell-shaped purse and Fred Leighton jewellery, including an ear cuff.

The Harry Potter star kept her brunette hair off her face in a loose bun, while she chose to keep the Gothic theme going with her full dark brows and crimson lips.

Three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse, who portrays headstrong Jo March in the movie, channelled prairie chic with her embellished high-neck Gucci dress, which featured sheer sleeves and a thigh-high split.

Meanwhile, her former Lady Bird co-star Timothee rocked an Alexander McQueen suit and Cartier bling, with Laura, who plays the March family matriarch Marmee, wowing the red carpet in a sparkling navy blue Ralph Lauren Collection crystal-embroidered gown.

Hollywood newcomer Florence, who plays youngest March sister Amy, wore an off-the-shoulder turquoise Valentino gown, teamed with drop earrings and strappy gold sandals, while Sharp Objects star Eliza, who takes on the part of studious Beth March, wore an eye-catching white Khaite gown with high neck and puffed sleeves.

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Kristen Stewart plays both Romeo and Juliet in Pirelli Calendar

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruc…

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.

The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruck character from William Shakespeare’s play.

Kristen, Chinese popstar Chris Lee, and Indya Moore are also among the famous faces who play both parts of the doomed lovers in the imagery, as well as the accompanying film, shot and directed by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“I was looking for a pure soul, someone full of innocence that combined strength, beauty, tenderness, and courage. I found this in the glimmer of an eye, in the gestures and words of Emma and Yara, Indya and Mia and in the smiles and tears of Kristen and Claire…” Roversi said in a statement. “There’s a Juliet in every woman.”

For 2020, the format has also changed, with Roversi ditching the traditional spiral-bound calendar for a hardback book and a short film.

In the film, which took six months to shoot, each of the women audition for the role of a modern-day Juliet, and answers questions about their own experiences with young love and recite lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Kristen also reading Romeo’s lines.

“I think this is really a portrait gallery of different women, who all express their own character and personality,” Roversi told Fashionista. “It’s not just an image they’re giving, but a presence.”

The photographer’s daughter, Stella, and Spanish musician Rosalia also feature in the calendar.

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Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Claire Foy star in Pirelli calendar

Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Claire Foy star in Pirelli’s new calendar.Photographed by fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, the shoot was inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet, and each of the women portray their own interpretatio…

Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Claire Foy star in Pirelli’s new calendar.

Photographed by fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, the shoot was inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet, and each of the women portray their own interpretation of the character Juliet in the images.

Actresses Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and Mia Goth, Chinese singer Chris Lee, Spanish star Rosalia, and artist Stella Roversi also feature in the calendar.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Harry Potter star Emma said she has always wanted to work with the 71-year-old Italian photographer.

“His photos look like these unbelievable paintings. It’s lovely to have the narrative behind the image still. I think that makes it a richer image,” she gushed.

And Twilight actress Kristen was drawn to the calendar theme as she is a “huge advocate” of Juliet, and jokingly said she thought the lovestruck teenager was “a baller.”

“I am still searching for my Juliet and I will be searching all my life,” the photographer said. “Because Juliet is a dream.”

In one image, The Crown star Claire wears a red wig and an almost angelic headpiece and white dress, while English actress Mia portrays a Tudor-inspired Juliet.

This year’s Looking for Juliet theme marks the tyre brand’s shift away from the provocative, sexy imagery it was famous for.

The Pirelli Calendar was first published in 1964, and was given as a limited-edition gift to clients and celebrities. It was discontinued in 1974, but was brought 10 years later, and has previously featured actresses including Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Uma Thurman.

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Greta Gerwig: ‘I feel so blessed to have worked with Saoirse Ronan twice’   

Greta Gerwig feels “so blessed” to have been able to work with Saoirse Ronan on both of her directorial projects.   The Frances Ha actress cast the Oscar-nominated star in the lead role when she made her directorial debut with 2017 comedy-dram…

Greta Gerwig feels “so blessed” to have been able to work with Saoirse Ronan on both of her directorial projects.   

The Frances Ha actress cast the Oscar-nominated star in the lead role when she made her directorial debut with 2017 comedy-drama Lady Bird, and then turned to her again when looking for her Jo March in the latest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women.    

Previewing images from the upcoming drama in Vanity Fair magazine, the 35-year-old explained that Saoirse is not simply her lead performer, but an essential filmmaking collaborator.    

“I’m so blessed to work with (Saoirse) twice,” Gerwig said. “She’s such a filmmaker as an actor. She’s like a barometer of … that truth that rings true.”   

The Atonement actress had nothing but praise for Greta in return, adding, “In the truest sense of the word, I just idolise her.”   

It’s not just Saoirse who returned for Greta’s second directorial project – Timothee Chalamet, another Lady Bird star, came onboard the project to portray Laurie, the boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo which never becomes romantic.    

Greta explained the duo’s physical appearances were just right for the characters.     

“They find each other before they’ve committed to a gender,” she continued. “It wouldn’t be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothee beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.”    

The other March sisters are played by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Sharp Objects’ Eliza Scanlen, with Laura Dern as the family matriarch and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.   

Little Women has been adapted for the screen numerous times in the past, with Jo March most notably portrayed by Katharine Hepburn in 1933 and Winona Ryder in 1994.    

The film is scheduled to hit cinemas from December.  

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