Quentin Tarantino working on war veteran novel

Quentin Tarantino is writing a novel about a war veteran who becomes jaded with Hollywood.The director previously revealed he would be retiring once he’s made 10 feature films and was planning to write plays and books instead, and he released his ninth…

Quentin Tarantino is writing a novel about a war veteran who becomes jaded with Hollywood.

The director previously revealed he would be retiring once he’s made 10 feature films and was planning to write plays and books instead, and he released his ninth feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, earlier this year.

And in a new interview with Martin Scorsese for the latest issue of DGA Quarterly magazine, he revealed that he’s already been working on the first retirement project, which will follow the story of a soldier who returns to the U.S. in the 1950s after World War II.

“Right now, I’m working on a book. And I’ve got this character who had been in World War II and he saw a lot of bloodshed there. And now he’s back home, and it’s like the ’50s, and he doesn’t respond to movies anymore. He finds them juvenile after everything that he’s been through,” he explained.

The veteran then becomes inspired by the works of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, and Tarantino said he was enjoying watching their iconic movies Seven Samurai and La Dolce Vita, respectively, as research.

“I find myself having a wonderful opportunity of, in some cases, rewatching and, in some cases, watching for the first time movies I’ve heard about forever, but from my character’s perspective. I always like to have a good excuse for just throwing down into a pit of cinema,” the 56-year-old shared.

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Claudia Cardinale set to auction off iconic couture dresses

Iconic Italian actress Claudia Cardinale is putting her collection of couture dresses up for auction at Sotheby’s Paris.The Leopard actress is gearing up to exhibit over 130 looks on 9 July and is thrilled to have the garments finally showcased. “It’s…

Iconic Italian actress Claudia Cardinale is putting her collection of couture dresses up for auction at Sotheby’s Paris.

The Leopard actress is gearing up to exhibit over 130 looks on 9 July and is thrilled to have the garments finally showcased.

“It’s very moving to see them here,” she told WWD. “They had been stuck in storage in my parents’ home in Rome for years and years. I didn’t remember them being so beautiful.”

The collection spans the first 20 years of the brunette beauty’s screen career, and features pieces from her roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Blake Edwards’s The Pink Panther. Among the pieces is a Nina Ricci printed dress from 1967 with a low-cut back.

“I didn’t like to show my cleavage. I refused all the low-cut dresses,” the 81-year-old shared. “So, this was obviously my way around it.”

Cardinale’s many miniskirts are also among the offerings.

“I was one of the first to wear Mary Quant’s miniskirts,” she said. “I even wore one to meet the Pope in the Sixties.”

While Cardinale’s art historian daughter Claudia Squitieri, who is helping to prepare for the event, commented that items such as miniskirts represent a “form of emancipation”.

“The silhouettes from the ’50s are quite plain, with a lot of girly and demure dresses,” she added. “You can tell they belonged to someone who was still a bit fragile with not a lot of freedom of choice. And then you feel there is a real moment at the end of the ’60s, when my mother became a lot more emancipated and allowed herself to experiment with more colour and styles, such as flared pants. The collection represents a transition from one era to another.”

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Moschino taking over Universal Studios Hollywood backlot for cruise 2020 show

Moschino is set to take over the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot in Los Angeles for its annual cruise 2020 presentation.The fashion label, spearheaded by creative director Jeremy Scott, will showcase its cruise 2020 line-up alongside its men’s sp…

Moschino is set to take over the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot in Los Angeles for its annual cruise 2020 presentation.

The fashion label, spearheaded by creative director Jeremy Scott, will showcase its cruise 2020 line-up alongside its men’s spring 2020 collection at the show, which is slated to take place on 7 June.

The iconic location is a landmark in the U.S. movie industry, and follows the Italian brand’s impressive presentation held at Rome’s legendary Cinecitta Studios in January, where it previewed its men’s fall 2019 and its women’s pre-fall 2019 collections.

The show bore a similarly cinematic theme, and paid tribute to celebrated Italian director and screenwriter Federico Fellini, whose popular credits include La Dolce Vita and La Strada.

Under Scott’s creative direction, the Moschino brand is renowned for its celebrations of pop culture, with previous references within the line including Barbie, Looney Tunes and SpongeBob SquarePants.

News of Moschino’s return to Los Angeles comes shortly after the brand launched its recent The Sims inspired capsule collection at Coachella last month.

Speaking of the collaboration, the designer gushed over his love of fantasy and shared that he likes to create storylines and characters within his fashion lines.

“I love the idea of being able to imagine, design and bring to life a world of individual personas with The Sims universe,” he said in a statement. “That concept emulates what I get to do for each collection at Moschino as I create a fantasy universe of spectacular storylines and characters.”

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