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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Jada Pinkett Smith to receive Trailblazer honour at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The Bad Moms actress will receive the honour, which is bestowed upon “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment,” from her G…

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The Bad Moms actress will receive the honour, which is bestowed upon “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment,” from her Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish at the ceremony.

“Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning of her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” said Amy Doyle, general manager of MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, in a statement. “She is the epitome of someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”

The Red Table Talk show host, who can soon be seen playing an FBI agent in Angel Has Fallen in August, will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees which include Shailene Woodley, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson and Emma Stone, and most recently, screenwriter/actress Lena Waithe.

The big nominees going into the ceremony are Avengers: Endgame, Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG and TV show Game of Thrones, with four each. Endgame leads the nominees for Best Movie, which also includes BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Us, while the contenders for Best Show, alongside Game of Thrones, include Big Mouth, The Haunting of Hill House, Riverdale, and Schitt’s Creek.

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards will be hosted by Shazam! actor Zachary Levi at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on 17 June. Singer Lizzo and rapper/producer Bazzi will perform at the ceremony.

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Paul Andrew appointed as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo has promoted Paul Andrew to the role of creative director.The British designer joined the Italian house in 2016 as women’s footwear director and was promoted a year later to women’s creative director.It was announced on Thursday…

Salvatore Ferragamo has promoted Paul Andrew to the role of creative director.

The British designer joined the Italian house in 2016 as women’s footwear director and was promoted a year later to women’s creative director.

It was announced on Thursday (21Feb19) that Andrew has been promoted to the role of creative director of the brand. The move comes two days before the Salvatore Ferragamo women’s fall fashion show, which will take place on Saturday during Milan Fashion Week.

Andrew, who launched his eponymous men’s and women’s footwear brand in 2013, said he was “thrilled” with his new role in the “exceptional house”.

“(Ferragamo is) a tremendous platform from which to create and inspire — and we have the conviction to succeed,” he gushed. “I am thrilled by the opportunity and humbled by the challenge to contribute to the future of Salvatore Ferragamo and further realise the dreams of its founder.”

As women’s footwear director, Andrew’s ready to wear collections and footwear designs at the brand have received positive reviews, earning him a legion of celebrity followers, including Emma Watson and Emmy Rossum.

Hailing Andrew’s “dynamic vision,” Ferragamo’s chief executive officer, Eraldo Poletto, was quick to praise the designer’s creativity and passion

“Paul has a dynamic vision for the Ferragamo woman, which he has demonstrated with crystal precision and success in footwear over the past year,” he stated. “He has a sensitivity for the essential codes and values of the Ferragamo house, and is able to recast and reassert them with an exciting, modern energy.”

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Rick Owens teams with eco brand Veja on sneaker design

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runw…

Rick Owens has partnered with eco-friendly footwear brand Veja on a sneaker design.

The American designer launched his eponymous brand in 1994, and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his use of unconventional materials and controversial runway shows.

However, at Owens’ fall/winter 2019 presentation held as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday (17Jan19), eyes weren’t just on the garments, but the sneakers created in collaboration for the French company.

“It was the most environmentally friendly sportswear company I could find,” Owens stated of the shoes in his show notes, according to Footwear News. “I have absolutely no authority to promote sustainability, but I do endorse the idea of thoughtful living and planning for the future with kindness in mind. We all gotta start somewhere.”

Owens’ Veja sneakers are a light grey colour with black soles and grey laces. The minimalist design was worn on the runway by a model dressed in black shorts, white shirt and a large fluffy grey jacket.

Founded by Sebastien Kopp and Francois-Ghislain Morillion in 2003, Veja is known for its vegan-friendly products, with the trainers and accessories made of organic cotton, wild runner and recycled plastic bottles.

Celebrities including Emma Watson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Eddie Redmayne have all been spotted wearing the label’s footwear of late, and, the company received a major boost in October 2018 when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sported a pair during a sailing event with her husband Prince Harry for the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia.

A photo of Meghan in the shoes garnered thousands of likes on Veja’s Instagram page.

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Erdem Moralioglu made his first dress at the age of six

Erdem Moralioglu was just six years old when he made his first dress.The Montreal-born designer launched ERDEM in London in 2005, with the label known for its experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship, and adored by celebrities i…

Erdem Moralioglu was just six years old when he made his first dress.

The Montreal-born designer launched ERDEM in London in 2005, with the label known for its experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship, and adored by celebrities including Keira Knightley, Emma Watson and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

In a recent interview with British Vogue, Erdem explained that fashion was in his blood from a very young age, and as a child, he once decided to make an outfit for his twin sister Sara’s doll, in his favourite colour.

“Powder blue! Mum helped me,” he laughed, recalling the circle-skirted bustier frock. “Of course, my father was a proud Turk and all that, but looking back, we were raised in quite a gender-neutral way. If our parents thought we could do something well, then they encouraged us. It wasn’t like, ‘This is for girls, this is for boys.'”

Over the years, the fashion star has built up a reputation for adding a bold twist to an otherwise delicate garment, and often stitches pockets into dresses. He believes that incorporating casual measures helps his pieces cater to the needs of a new generation.

“I love the idea of arming someone with tools. I think that’s lovely,” the 41-year-old smiled.

Erdem previously shared that he enjoyed watching TV shows about designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano in his younger years and also takes inspiration from the costumes worn by movie stars in Alfred Hitchcock films.

But his designs are mostly influenced by his journalist sister.

“My fascination with the female species came from having someone who was part of me, but the opposite sex,” he said of Sara in an interview with Vanity Fair.

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