Cary Joji Fukunaga teases link between Casino Royale and No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.

Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as 007 in Fukunaga’s flick.

The director told Fandango that No Time to Die will complete the story arc that began in 2006, with a focus on Bond’s tragic relationship with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd, who he first romanced in Casino Royale.

When asked how the MI6 agent’s love for Lynd affects his current relationship with Madeleine Swann, played by Lea Seydoux, Fukunaga explained that while it was difficult to weave into the action movie, he was keen to deal with Bond’s emotional baggage.

“I think the emotionality was something that I was interested in, and wanted to explore, and (I) wanted to get deeper into the psychology of Bond after the tragedy of his relationship with Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale,” he shared. “And now, with the new relationship, with Madeleine Swann, what bringing all that baggage into this new relationship means.”

In Casino Royale, Bond and Lynd fall deeply in love, but he then discovers that she’s being manipulated by the shadow organisation – later known as Spectre – and she commits suicide in a flooded elevator after betraying 007.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, and Ben Whishaw, is in cinemas from 2 April.

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Chanel dishes up conservative chic for spring 20 couture line

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of P…

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.

Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Pharrell Williams, Eva Green, G-Dragon, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover to the front row.

The venue was transformed to resemble a cloister garden, complete with fountain and white sheets hanging on a clothesline, with the theme inspired by brand founder Coco Chanel’s childhood spent at a convent in the Aubazine region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

“What I immediately liked was that the cloister garden was uncultivated,” Viard stated in her show notes. “It was really sunny. The place made me think of the summer, a breeze fragranced with flowers. I wanted floral embroideries like an herbarium, delicate flowers. What interested me in this decor was the paradox between the sophistication of haute couture and the simplicity of this place.”

The show opened with Vittoria Ceretti in a black and white dress matched with white tights, socks, and black flats. A number of monochromatic ensembles followed, such as a tweed suit with lace collar and long dress coats.

Gigi Hadid evoked a mother superior vibe in a belted black dress with white Peter Pan collar, and Kaia Gerber modelled a white lace dress with black tulle detailing attached to the neckline.

Towards the end of the spectacle, Viard introduced a range of dresses with floral embroidery and appliques, with Adut Akech sporting a white top with long black tiered skirt, and Rebecca Longendyke serving as the “bride” in a wedding dress with a knee-length hem made of white crepe georgette with triple Peter Pan collar, and a veil embroidered with branches of wisteria.

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Sharon Rooney honoured to sing special Dumbo song

Sharon Rooney was honoured to be asked to sing Baby Mine in Tim Burton’s rebooted version of Disney classic Dumbo.Unlike the 1941 animated flick, the retelling focuses on the baby elephant’s interactions with the humans around him, like injured ex-sold…

Sharon Rooney was honoured to be asked to sing Baby Mine in Tim Burton’s rebooted version of Disney classic Dumbo.

Unlike the 1941 animated flick, the retelling focuses on the baby elephant’s interactions with the humans around him, like injured ex-soldier Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, and Eva Green’s trapeze artist Colette Marchant.

Burton cut lots of the original movie out of his film, including most of the songs, but Baby Mine was one of the exceptions. Sharon’s circus mermaid character was the one who got to sing it, and the Scottish actress said it was a honour to do so.

“I had very vivid memories of Dumbo, especially that song, it’s really special to me and my gran so it feels a bit of an honour and also a terrifying challenge to be given that song,” she admitted to Cover Media. “Every time I meet people, they’re like, ‘Oh is Baby Mine in it?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know… maybe’. So that was a big… I’m nervous about my parents seeing it actually.

“Singing Baby Mine was a huge challenge and a huge honour. That still feels very surreal, but very special. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this job. No matter what happens, I think this will be in here (my heart) forever.”

Recalling the day they shot the song, which, like in the original, serves as the backdrop to Dumbo sharing a special moment with his mother, the My Mad Fat Diary actress said the cast really supported her.

Though her co-star Nico Parker, the 14-year-old daughter of Thandie Newton, teased her in the lead-up to the poignant scene.

“Every day was incredible, but the day that we recorded Baby Mine is probably one of the most magical,” the 30-year-old grinned. “The set was quiet and the fire was on and Nico, who plays Milly, we had trailers next to each other, and she kept winding me up. She was like, ‘Are you nervous, are nervous?’ And after we did it she ran across the set and was like, ‘You were great!’ Moments like that when you feel like a little family and you have those memories that no one else has, it’s really special.”

Dumbo is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. from Monday.

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Colin Farrell hopeful for future Tim Burton projects

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nom…

Colin Farrell would do anything to work with Tim Burton again.

The Irish actor has teamed with Tim for the first time on new Disney reboot, Dumbo.

His co-stars include Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Michael Keaton, all of who have worked with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker a number of times.

When asked if Dumbo might possibly mark the start of a new collaborative partnership, the 42-year-old told Cover Media: “Oh I have no idea. That would be very optimistic of me to think yes… I could be one and done. Who knows?

“I loved working with him, yeah, yeah, yeah. I would do anything with him… I should be careful about what I say! I would love to work with him again, he was a joy. He’s so… every cell in his body just vibrates with creative energy, and he’s so playful. Not only is he a visual genius and master of the imagination, but he’s also got tonnes of heart! Yeah, he was a joy.”

Dumbo is now showing in cinemas around the world, with Tim putting his own spin on Disney’s 1941 original.

His story focuses more on the big-eared elephant’s relationships with humans, with Colin explaining the takeaway message.

“Just at its centre (Dumbo) is the time honoured idea that sometimes we kind of miss the mark in relation to inclusion and celebrating difference – not just accepting it but really celebrating it. And unfortunately, us human beings forget things like that are important,” he sighed.

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Eva Green helped design her costumes for Dumbo

Eva Green played a key role in helping to design her costumes for Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo.In the movie, Eva plays the role of Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the Medici Bros. Circus and ultimately…

Eva Green played a key role in helping to design her costumes for Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo.

In the movie, Eva plays the role of Colette Marchant, a French trapeze artist who performs at the Medici Bros. Circus and ultimately incorporates the titular flying elephant into her crowd-pleasing act.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the film’s costume designer Colleen Atwood revealed that the actress was instrumental in conceptualising her outfits for the part, which featured oversized skirts that were easily removed during her trapeze performances.

“The dropping the skirt idea came from the idea that a lot of times aerial artists had a cape when they came out,” she recalled. “Eva actually came up with the idea. (She said), ‘What if I have a big skirt and I can just drop that?'”

The designer went on to detail that, underneath the bravado, the structure of the costume was identical to those worn by real-life aerial artists.

“We figured out a way to do these grand skirts that just come off and then underneath, she had a traditional, sort of aerial artist (costume),” Colleen said. “She also had a rehearsal costume with a corset based on a picture I found in research. It was a (photo of a) real circus rehearsal corset for a trapeze artist.”

Colleen also opened up about the wider inspiration for the character and cited Hollywood’s silent movie stars as her main reference points.

“What inspired me for her was the old silent movie stars and the glamour of that world for her everyday clothes,” the Oscar-winning designer reflected. “(There was also the) high-art glamour of the most prestigious aerial acts of the time, (who) were probably the best-paid performers within the circus.”

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Eva Green ‘blessed’ to work with Tim Burton on third movie

Eva Green felt blessed to work with “genius” Tim Burton for a third time on Dumbo.The French actress, who uses her natural accent in the new Disney retelling of the little elephant who can fly, has previously been directed by the double Oscar nominee i…

Eva Green felt blessed to work with “genius” Tim Burton for a third time on Dumbo.

The French actress, who uses her natural accent in the new Disney retelling of the little elephant who can fly, has previously been directed by the double Oscar nominee in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows.

She joins an all-star cast, including Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito, in the updated Dumbo, and told reporters at the recent London premiere why she keeps coming back to Tim’s projects.

“I feel very blessed that this is the third time working with him. He’s a total genius full stop,” Eva said to Cover Media. “And then a wonderful man. He’s very humble; he’s full of heart, so it’s a real, real pleasure to work with this man.

“It’s a real honour working with such a genius, he understands the heart of outsiders. His movies are always very moving.”

She also touched on why the Edward Scissorhands director was the perfect fit for Disney’s latest live-action flick, which, unlike the 1941 original, focuses more on Dumbo’s relationship with the humans around him.

“Dumbo is a perfect Tim Burton theme; the unloved creature, different, he goes through a journey and finds himself and learns how to celebrate his peculiarity,” the 38-year-old smiled. “It’s just a very beautiful message. We live in a crazy world where people are told to look a certain way to be loved, it just says be authentic, be yourself and it’s alright – it makes you special.”

Dumbo is in cinemas now.

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Tim Burton’s ‘weird’ family reunion on set of Dumbo

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children an…

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.

The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows, as well as two of his Batman stars; Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.

Asked about what it was like to work with them all again on Dumbo, Tim said at the London premiere of the new Disney live-action film on Thursday night (21Mar19) that it was just like a family reunion.

“It was very special on a movie like this, with Eva and Danny DeVito, who I’ve worked with three times, and Michael Keaton. Because it’s a movie about weird families, this is a weird family,” he shared to reporters on the red carpet at the Curzon Mayfair.

Danny was also in Big Fish and Mars Attacks!, while Michael starred as cult icon Beetlejuice in Tim’s 1988 movie of the same name.

“All you have to do is read their names and it’s like a beautiful, weird family,” he smiled of his cast, which also includes Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Sharon Rooney, who were all working with Tim for the first time.

He also touched on the message of his updated Dumbo tale.

“It represents just that; a very simple image, a flying elephant, represents all that (outsiders and people dealing with otherness) it puts it in very simple pure form,” Tim said.

Dumbo hits cinemas around the world from 27 March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Dumbo reaffirms how individuality is a good thing’

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed…

Colin Farrell and the cast of the new live-action adaptation of Disney classic Dumbo have opened up on the powerful “universal” themes shared by both movies.

Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, stars of the Tim Burton-directed movie discussed the film’s “powerful” message.

“It’s such a powerful, universal story,” said Eva Green of the film. “You don’t need to be perfect to be loved.”

Green, 38, plays trapeze artist Colette Marchant, who is a member of Danny DeVito’s character Max Medici’s travelling circus.

In the film, former circus star Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, 42, is hired by Medici to care for Dumbo, who is initially a comedic attraction due to his oversized ears.

When Farrier discovers that Dumbo can fly, however, he and the rest of the struggling circus acts work tirelessly to make him a star.

“It reaffirms that individuality is a good thing,” Farrell remarked on the movie’s narrative, with DeVito, 74, adding that, “We need this movie right now.”

While the beloved 1941 animated original ends with Dumbo flying, the new adaptation begins that way, paving the way for a narrative that highlights the prejudices of modern-day society.

Speaking of the necessary change, Green shared her love for the original, emphasising that the new version is just “a new, modern take on it.”

Despite the political undertones, the movie is set to be an upbeat, vibrant experience, with DeVito highlighting that the film is all about “fun.”

“We got a flying elephant. C’mon! How much more fun can you have?” he exclaimed.

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