Cardi B joins Fast & Furious 9

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagr…

Cardi B has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, revealed on Tuesday that the Bodak Yellow star would be appearing in the long-running action franchise by posting a video on Instagram which showed him and Cardi on the U.K. set of the film.

“Day 86 here on the set of Fast 9. I know I’m exhausted, we all gave every single thing we could for this movie, put it all on the table, put it all out there,” he told viewers, before Cardi added, “I’m tired – but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, this is gonna be the best one.”

“We’re so blessed. The last day of filming in the U.K. All love always,” Vin continued. They both started laughing when the 27-year-old joked that she needed to take a nap and the video concluded with them repeating the film’s release date “May 2020”.

Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster appeared to approve of the casting, as she wrote in the caption, “Yaaaaaasssssssssssssssss (sic),” with the raising hands emoji, and Meadow Walker, the daughter of late Fast actor Paul Walker, also gave her seal of approval.

It’s not known what role Cardi will be playing in the movie, which marks her second time acting in a film following Hustlers earlier this year.

In October, the rap star had teased that she had another acting job in the pipeline on The Ellen DeGeneres Show by saying, “Yup. I am going to film for a movie this month.”

Cardi B’s casting comes just a day after Vin revealed Latin popstar Ozuna had bagged a role in the film. They will join Fast & Furious regulars Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel as well as returning stars Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron and fellow franchise newcomers John Cena and Michael Rooker.

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Ozuna joins Fast & Furious 9

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9. Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franch…

Latin music star Ozuna has landed a role in Fast & Furious 9.

Vin Diesel, who produces and stars as Dominic Toretto in the franchise, announced the Latin trap and reggaeton singer, full name Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, had joined the long-running franchise by sharing a snap of himself with Ozuna and director Justin Lin on Instagram on Monday.

“As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film,” he wrote in the caption. “They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente (For my people)! All Love, Always…#Fast92020 #YoungSantos #Ozuna #Fatherhood.”

The hashtags also revealed that Ozuna will either play the younger version or the son of Don Omar’s character Santos, who had a big role in Fast Five and a small appearance in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. He is a supporting character who aligns himself with Dominic’s crew.

The Puerto Rican star, who recently won two 2019 Latin American Music Awards, is also in talks to be part of the film’s soundtrack.

The casting marks his third appearance in a film following 2018 romantic comedy Que Leon and its upcoming sequel Los Leones, which is set for release in November, the same month his third album Nibiru drops.

Fast & Furious regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Nathalie Emmanuel are returning for the ninth instalment, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles, while John Cena and Michael Rooker are new additions.

Dan Casey wrote the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. The film is set to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Helen Mirren wants more beauty products for older women

Helen Mirren wants to see more beauty products made for mature women.The Oscar-winning actress is currently the face of L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect range, and while there may be more inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, the 74-year-old wants…

Helen Mirren wants to see more beauty products made for mature women.

The Oscar-winning actress is currently the face of L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect range, and while there may be more inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, the 74-year-old wants there to be more choice for women of her generation when it comes to quality skincare products.

“Certainly, I think more needs to be done in the development of products,” she explained in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “Everybody’s entitled to look the best they can, to feel great, to enjoy doing their hair or putting on make-up, or a dress or suit. It should be open and accessible to everyone, and not just a select few who only look this way.”

And she revealed her own empowering personal philosophy which has helped her feel comfortable in her own skin.

“Try to find joy in your life, wherever you can, and be optimistic as far as is possible. Because I think this weird thing called ‘beauty’, which I’m not too sure I altogether agree with that word, has many different forms, and only one form is the outward form of your physicality. There are many other ways of being and feeling beautiful,” Mirren added.

On Sunday, The Queen star walked the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week for L’Oreal’s Le Defile show, alongside fellow L’Oreal Paris brand ambassadors including Camila Cabello, Eva Longoria, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Doutzen Kroes.

Mirren stunned as she joyfully ran barefoot down the runway while wearing a black and white chiffon Giambattista Valli gown, and she later confessed to Harper’s Bazaar that she was so grateful for the opportunity to take part in the inclusive presentation.

“I’m so happy that I witnessed that, and it’s come in my lifetime,” she smiled.

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Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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Viola Davis named as brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Pe…

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.

Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Perfect products to mark one of her first beauty campaigns.

“As a young girl, I wasn’t always told that I was smart, beautiful, or worthy. I worked tremendously hard to get where I am today – overcoming feelings of doubt to become a woman who truly believes I am ‘worth it’ in every way,” the 54-year-old said in a statement. “I believe it’s so important to build confidence in women from a young age, and to role model diverse perspectives of beauty. To now be part of a brand that has been championing women’s worth for more than 40 years and to use my voice to help empower others is truly surreal.”

In the role, Viola joins a roster of diverse spokespeople including Celine Dion, Helen Mirren, Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Camila Cabello, among others.

The Fences star will appear in TV, print, and digital advertising campaigns for Age Perfect beginning later this month.

Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, global brand president of L’Oreal Paris, commented that Viola’s appointment builds on the company’s mission to reflect the diversity of the modern world, as well as promote inclusivity, self-worth, and empowerment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Viola as a member of our family. Viola’s tenacity, authenticity, and bold spirit resonate with and inspire so many people,” she praised. “She challenges the status quo in all aspects of life and her drive to succeed has proven itself time after time – she leads by example and is the perfect conduit to elevate our core message, ‘Because I’m Worth It.'”

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Charlize Theron gets ’90s-inspired bowl haircut for Fast & Furious 9

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher,…

Charlize Theron has opted for a ’90s-inspired bowl cut for her appearance in Fast & Furious 9.

The Academy Award-winning actress made her debut in the eighth instalment of the action franchise, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, in which she played Cipher, a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist who coerces Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into working against his team by holding Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) and their son hostage.

For her part in the movie, Charlize sported platinum blonde locks which were styled into twisted braids, but on Monday, she took to Instagram to upload a snap of Cipher’s new hairdo – a short brunette crop with honey blonde highlights.

“She’s baaaaack #Fast9,” she captioned two snaps from the set of the film.

Charlize, 44, didn’t share any further details about her latest transformation, however, her longtime hairstylist Adir Abergel uploaded a post in which he explained that the bowl cut was influenced by “early images” of 1990s supermodels Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford by photographer Peter Lindbergh.

“I always feel so blessed collaborating with this insanely talented human @charlizeafrica. I was inspired by early images of Linda Evangelista shot by @therealpeterlindbergh. It took some rad people to make this one come to life,” the hair expert captioned a picture of Charlize, before adding a vintage photo of Linda and Cindy and writing: “I was inspired by Linda Evangelista and Peter Lindbergh early ’90s vibes for Charlize’s new hair look. This image of @lindaevangelista@cindycrawford has been in my brain for a long time.”

A number of Charlize’s celebrity followers were quick to praise her bold new look too, with Lily Collins writing in the comments section, “Love this!!” and January Jones adding, “This hair is next level good. But would only look good on you.”

Fast & Furious 9, also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, and Helen Mirren, is due to hit cinemas in May 2020.

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Helen Mirren takes issue with the word ‘beauty’

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements …

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements – rather than looks – when giving out praise.

“Sometimes I clean up nice with a lot of help… So I want a new word instead of ‘beautiful,'” Mirren said during an appearance on British show This Morning. “I think ‘being’ is a good word. My ‘being’ tip is really to be curious and interested in other people and not think too much about yourself. Give your attention to other people and that has a way of making you, if you like, more beautiful in many ways.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mirren confessed she sometimes cuts her own hair with the kitchen scissors, even before red carpet events.

“I do often cut my own hair,” Mirren shared. “I said to my brilliant hair guy here, Stefan, ‘The cut I have right now, Stefan, is something that I did with the kitchen scissors about a week ago in my kitchen. So you know, maybe you could clean it up a bit for me?’ So yes, I do cut my own hair.”

The British actress, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, previously revealed she hated going to the hair salon every six weeks, so took matters into her own hands.

“I only go about once a year,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014. “In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.”

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Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren returning for new Fast & Furious sequel

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel. Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s…

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel.

Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious for the ninth movie in the film series, which is currently in production in London and features the addition of new castmember, John Cena, whose role is still under wraps.

Sharing the news in a video posted on Instagram, Diesel said, “Week 3, Fast 9. Here on set. We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. A few new surprises, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie.”

Theron previously admitted she had “no idea” if she would be invited back for another round as cyber-terrorist Cipher, although she was “so humbled” to have a part in the hugely successful all-action blockbuster, which scored the highest-grossing opening weekend worldwide at the time with a whopping $541.9 million (£433 million) debut.

It has since been overtaken by Avengers epics Infinity War and Endgame, but the entire action saga has racked up more than $5.1 billion (£4.1 billion) at the worldwide box office.

Meanwhile, Mirren’s return will mark her third appearance in the franchise, after also playing the mother of Jason Statham and Luke Evans’ characters in this summer’s Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.

Jordana Brewster is also returning to the ninth Fast & Furious instalment, alongside Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel.

Fast 9, directed by Justin Lin, is set to debut in theatres in May next year.

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Karl Lagerfeld remembered at star-studded Paris memorial

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, …

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.

The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, and conceived by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen.

The Grand Palais, the usual venue for Chanel’s runway shows, was filled with huge photos of the fashion godfather, alongside a black, red and white stage – designed to mirror the colour scheme in Lagerfeld’s studio – and rows of black and white chairs.

As well as models Delevingne and Hadid, Stella McCartney, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Valentino Garavani were spotted among those paying their final respects to the design guru, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

Delevingne, 26, was one of the guests chosen to speak at the event and she took the stage in a pink feathered dress to perform a poem by French writer Colette, one of Lagerfeld’s favourite authors.

Tilda Swinton, who was dressed in a tweed peplum jacket and bloomers, recited an extract from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, another of the designer’s beloved works.

“Clothes wear us and not we them,” she told the mourners. “They change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us.”

Helen Mirren was also among those who hit the stage – she read from Lagerfeld’s memoir, The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld, accompanied by violinist Charlie Siem.

The elusive co-owner of Chanel, Alain Wertheimer, was also interviewed for the first time, and told reporters why he hired Lagerfeld in 1983: “Above all, I was seduced by the prospect of having conversations with him.”

Royalty was represented at the memorial by Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie of Monaco, while France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, also attended.

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Helen Mirren debuts pink hair at Cannes

Helen Mirren has traded in her silver hair for a new pink hue.The British Dame unveiled the fun colour at The Best Years of a Life premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend.The pink tinge matched her floor-sweeping, rose gold Elie Saab dres…

Helen Mirren has traded in her silver hair for a new pink hue.

The British Dame unveiled the fun colour at The Best Years of a Life premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend.

The pink tinge matched her floor-sweeping, rose gold Elie Saab dress and Chopard jewellery perfectly. The gown, shown at the label’s couture spring/ summer 19 show, features sequin detailing and a cinched-in waist, as well as draping to reveal one shoulder.

The dye job was only temporary though, as Helen was back to her silver roots for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Philanthropic party in the French city on Sunday night.

Other stars to shine on the red carpet at the screening of the French language film included Andie MacDowell, Priyanka Chopra, Iskra Lawrence, Monica Bellucci, Toni Garrn and Martha Hunt.

Andie, who starred alongside Helen in 2001 TV movie On the Edge, went for a structured one-shoulder white top and teamed the garment with a pair of wide-legged grey trousers. The pair happily posed together for waiting snappers, with both blowing kisses to the camera.

Priyanka upped the glam factor in a tiered white Georges Hobeika gown, which was reminiscent of a wedding dress. Her husband Nick Jonas joined her at the premiere, donning an all-white suit.

Plus-size model and L’Oreal ambassador Iskra wore a custom-made red sequinned number by Valdrin Sahiti, Monica was dressed by Dior in a plunging black dress with a statement alligator necklace, Toni went for a structured purple and a burgundy and violet asymmetric silk Ralph & Russo design, while Martha glowed in a gold mini dress.

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