Gemma Arterton had input in her Summerland character’s look

Gemma Arterton had “the most fun” helping figure out her Summerland character’s look. In Jessica Swale’s new period drama, the Quantum of Solace star plays Alice, a reclusive writer who is entrusted with a young evacuee from London. Alice lives an iso…

Gemma Arterton had “the most fun” helping figure out her Summerland character’s look.

In Jessica Swale’s new period drama, the Quantum of Solace star plays Alice, a reclusive writer who is entrusted with a young evacuee from London. Alice lives an isolated life in a small town where the locals joke that she’s a witch and she doesn’t care much about her appearance, with her wearing no make-up, unflattering clothes, and unbrushed hair.

In an exclusive interview with Cover Media, Gemma shared that she was heavily involved in creating Alice’s look with the team and they were determined for her to look different from the normal 1940s style.

“That was one of the most fun processes, just working it out with Jess and obviously with our hair and make-up designer and costume designers,” she said. “We wanted Alice to look different to the usual 1940s wartime look, the hair all done and the lipstick. She doesn’t care, and yet she’s cool, in her own way, and wears clothes that are functional… I loved that.”

She also recalled the day she tried on Alice’s wig for the first time.

“For me a pivotal day was when I tried the wig on and this sort of crazy unruly hair, that had loads of grey in it, and was really straggly and matted, and I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s absolutely her,'” she remembered.

Gemma and Jessica then explained that they used a picture of late American artist Georgia O’Keeffe as a reference for Alice’s look, and the director then confessed she kept some of the character’s boots for herself.

“I have to admit, they’re the same size as my feet so I might still have them and they always make me feel a little bit more kicka*s when I wear them,” she admitted.

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Jessica Swale faced challenges shooting key Summerland scene in single take

Director Jessica Swale faced multiple challenges trying to capture a busy Blitz scene in London in a single continuous shot for her new movie Summerland. The playwright makes her feature directorial debut with the period drama, which stars Gemma Arter…

Director Jessica Swale faced multiple challenges trying to capture a busy Blitz scene in London in a single continuous shot for her new movie Summerland.

The playwright makes her feature directorial debut with the period drama, which stars Gemma Arterton as Alice, a reclusive writer who is entrusted with a young evacuee from London.

While the majority of the movie was shot in locations on the south coast of England, production had to relocate to London for the day to film a Blitz scene, and Jessica was determined for the footage of Gemma walking from her car down a street to a burning house to be filmed in one continuous shot, something which proved difficult to pull off.

“I was really determined that the final section would be Steadicam so it was one really long shot, from the moment that she got out the car to the moment that she got the house and it was nigh on impossible to do that,” she said in an exclusive interview with Cover Media. “Laurie (Rose, cinematographer) and I were so determined that we wanted that single shot that we wanted to do it at the expense of whatever else, even if it meant we only got it once and we had to use that version. I think we really put ourselves up against a wall trying to do that but it was worth it and it made the edit.”

Jessica, who directed the movie from her own script, found the London shoot the most challenging day of the production because it was so ambitious, full of extras, and the team had so much to do within a short amount of time. Plus, it was also very different from the rest of the shoot, which was largely filmed in the confines of Alice’s seaside home.

“We had been so used to working in the house and the sort of comfort of that,” she explained. “We got to know it really well, and you have your routine, the sunshine was always out… We worked really hard, but (we had that) sort of relaxation from being familiar with your set.”

Summerland is in cinemas 31 July.

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Gemma Arterton got stressed out by vintage car while filming Summerland

Gemma Arterton felt her stress levels rise while filming new movie Summerland as her character’s vintage car kept breaking down. The British actress stars as Alice, a reclusive writer who is entrusted with an evacuee from London during World War II, i…

Gemma Arterton felt her stress levels rise while filming new movie Summerland as her character’s vintage car kept breaking down.

The British actress stars as Alice, a reclusive writer who is entrusted with an evacuee from London during World War II, in Jessica Swale’s directorial debut.

In an exclusive interview with Cover Media, Gemma revealed her most challenging days on set were the ones that involved a temperamental car and numerous hill starts.

“It was an old car that was a right old banger and also was breaking down all the time,” she recalled. “I actually got pretty good at driving the car by the end of it but it’s the sort of thing you know is not going to make the edit – you’re like, ‘This is taking up so much time and eating out all the day and making me stressed but you’re never going to use me getting in the car and driving,’ but they did actually. Those are the sort of things you see in films and you just take for granted but they’re actually so annoying and stress-inducing, working with vintage cars, on a hill, a gravel hill.”

Jessica then suggested that having to jump into a slimy lake with her co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw can’t have been a particularly pleasant experience either, but the Quantum of Solace star admitted that she actually enjoyed filming that scene.

“That was so fun and all the reactions of Gugu and I getting in the slimy lake are genuine… We thought there were little creatures living in there, it was so gross,” she shared, while Jessica added: “And it’s a good job you can’t smell through the cinema, because that lake, I don’t know what had died in it, but it wasn’t the sort of blissful idyll we made it appear to be on the screen.”

Summerland is in cinemas on 31 July.

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Prada dishes up ‘uniforms of beauty’ for fall 20 line

Prada has offered up “uniforms of beauty” for its fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection.Creative director Miuccia Prada unveiled her latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the presentation attractin…

Prada has offered up “uniforms of beauty” for its fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection.

Creative director Miuccia Prada unveiled her latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Gemma Arterton and Blackpink’s Lisa.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, a Prada spokesperson explained that the garments were designed to explore the way in which “delicacy can define strength”.

“Tools of glamour, uniforms of beauty. For #PradaFW20, a consideration of the strength of women, with an emphasis on an inherent authority found in that which is intrinsically feminine,” they commented.

To open, a model walked the runway in a grey blazer with wide lapels that was matched with a black fringed skirt and wide black leather belt.

Miuccia opted for a muted colour palette of grey, black, and beige fabrics throughout the 60-look line, which also included knitted separates, tailored suits worn with collared shirts and ties, as well as faux fur jackets.

Partway through the show, the designer once again subverted convention by pairing ladylike shirts or sheer dresses with ruffled necklines with more traditional menswear garments such as boxy jackets. Models such as Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid also carried the new handbag silhouette for the season – a square-shaped leather tote with briefcase vibe.

A little sparkle was apparent in pastel lemon and purple beaded dresses that were accessorised with grey tights and puffy headbands, while other highlights included long coats covered in layers of fringed fabric and black satin two-piece outfits printed with an abstract white floral motif.

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Murder Mystery sequel in the works at Netflix

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

A sequel to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit movie Murder Mystery is in the works.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy followed New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embarked on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was a huge success when it was released on Netflix in June, and now editors at The Hollywood Reporter have claimed Vanderbilt is now in talks to pen a follow-up.

It is not yet known if Sandler and Aniston will reprise their roles, but as the Happy Gilmore star has an ongoing deal with bosses at the streaming giant, it is likely he will return.

A few days after Murder Mystery, which also featured Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp, dropped online, a Netflix representative posted on Twitter that the flick smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message stated.

A spokesperson later confirmed that the figures were correct.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright and Sandra Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

Vanderbilt has previously written screenplays for films including Independence Day: Resurgence, White House Down, and Zodiac. He is currently in the pre-production stages of The Janson Directive.

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman films inspire men’s fragrance line

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden …

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.

The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has teamed with bosses at lifestyle brand Coty Inc to come up with a scent inspired by the hit movies.

“As a unique, quintessentially British lifestyle brand, Kingsman fits perfectly within Coty Luxury’s portfolio and nicely complements our strong luxury men’s fragrance business,” said Coty Luxury president Edgar Huber. “Through our combined strength in storytelling and Coty’s marketing and commercial expertise, we are uniquely positioned to translate the Kingsman universe into a success in fragrances.”

The fragrance will be available in February, when prequel The King’s Man, starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, hits theatres.

“This partnership is a further evolution of the Kingsman brand, a collaboration that represents the same high quality and craftsmanship the Kingsman portfolio is known for,” Vaughn added.

“Working with Coty’s expertise in fragrance, and with a truly exciting campaign to come, I look forward to the launch of the newest addition to the Kingsman collection.”

Vaughn previously teamed with bosses at the men’s style brand Mr. Porter on a range of items inspired by the franchise and with Glendronach distillers in Forgue, Scotland on a Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage whisky.

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Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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Jake Gyllenhaal ‘learned a lot’ from Prince of Persia flop 

Jake Gyllenhaal “learned a lot” after his movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, was a huge flop. The 38-year-old actor has starred in critically-acclaimed films including Donnie Darko, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain, which earned him an Academy …

Jake Gyllenhaal “learned a lot” after his movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, was a huge flop. 

The 38-year-old actor has starred in critically-acclaimed films including Donnie Darko, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain, which earned him an Academy Award nomination as well as a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. 

However, his career took a turn when he landed the lead role of Prince Dastan in Disney’s video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, alongside Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina back in 2010, as the movie was panned by critics and flopped at the box office.   

Gyllenhaal reflected on his role in the film during a chat with Yahoo!, and admitted that he didn’t really think his decision through.   

“I think I learned a lot from that movie in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles that I pick and why I’m picking them. And you’re bound to slip up and be like, ‘That wasn’t right for me,’ or ‘That didn’t fit perfectly.’ There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do,” he explained.  

His bad decision barely affected his career, as he went on to star in Love & Other Drugs with Anne Hathaway, Nightcrawler, Everest and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, alongside Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.  

Now, he’s earning rave reviews for his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, opposite Tom Holland.  

Back in 2004, Gyllenhaal was in talks to replace the original web-slinging superhero Tobey Maguire for Spider-Man 2 after he suffered an injury during the production of Seabiscuit. Maguire went on to play the character in the sequel and a third instalment. 

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Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery breaks Netflix record

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Au…

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s new comedy Murder Mystery has broken a Netflix record.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, the mystery-comedy follows New York City police officer Nick Spitz, played by Sandler, and his wife Audrey, portrayed by Aniston, as they embark on an adventure to Europe, only to become entangled in the murder of an elderly billionaire on a superyacht.

The film was released on the streaming service on Friday, and according to a Twitter message sent by the @NetflixIsAJoke account on Tuesday, it has smashed all types of viewership records.

“30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide,” the message reads.

A spokesperson for Netflix later confirmed to editors at Variety that the figures were correct but emphasised that the company only counts views if subscribers completed at least 70 per cent of the 97-minute movie.

Murder Mystery marks the latest feature as part of Sandler’s ongoing deal with the streaming giant. The Happy Gilmore star agreed back in March 2017 to make four more flicks together, having previously collaborated on movies like Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.

Of late, the most-streamed films on Netflix have included Will Smith’s 2017 fantasy-action Bright, which a representative claimed had been viewed more times in its first week than any of its other releases.

While Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the biggest seven-day viewership for any of its original films to date when it debuted in December 2018, with the post-apocalyptic thriller watched by over 45 million global accounts.

Murder Mystery also stars Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, and Terence Stamp.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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