Jordan Peele to receive BAFTA’s Britannia Award for directing

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles. The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia A…

Jordan Peele is to receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from BAFTA Los Angeles.

The filmmaker, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, will be honoured with the 2019 John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of his two horror films, Get Out and Us.

“Jordan Peele has earned record-breaking success and critical acclaim through work that pushes boundaries and shines a light on stories of important social relevance,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards in a statement. “His imaginative storylines, inclusive casting, and bold style evokes John Schlesinger’s spirit of independence, integrity and commitment to excellence. We are honoured to celebrate Jordan’s talents at this year’s ceremony.”

Peele follows in the footsteps of previous directing honourees including Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will hand out the honours during in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California on 25 October.

The 40-year-old will join other stars at the event, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is set to receive the British Artist of the Year prize, Jackie Chan, who will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment accolade, Jane Fonda, who will be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and British actor/comedian Steve Coogan, who will be given the Excellence in Comedy honour.

Peele is currently producing The Twilight Zone TV show, a remake of horror classic Candyman, and animation Wendell and Wild. He served as a writer on all three projects and has also lent his voice to the latter.

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Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

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Jackie Chan to receive honour from BAFTA Los Angeles

Jackie Chan is to be honoured with a Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment prize by BAFTA Los Angeles. The Rush Hour star has been chosen as the recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment by execu…

Jackie Chan is to be honoured with a Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment prize by BAFTA Los Angeles.

The Rush Hour star has been chosen as the recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment by executives at the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) organisation in recognition of his career in the movie industry.

“Over his 50-year career, Jackie has become a beloved, revered personality we all know and love for his innovative stunt work and unique blend of martial arts and comedy. He rose from rags-to-riches through years of hard work and tireless dedication to perfecting his craft, ultimately earning him global fame and success,” BAFTA Los Angeles chief executive Chantal Rickards said in a statement of the 65-year-old. “We are delighted to honour this inspirational actor with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.”

The Hong Kong-born actor, who was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, will receive the new honour during the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards on 25 October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, alongside Jane Fonda.

The Grace and Frankie actress was previously announced as the recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

“Jane Fonda is and always has been an unstoppable force on stage, on screen and behind the camera. The legendary actress’s illustrious career has spanned decades and awarded her with numerous accolades for the dozens of characters she has so brilliantly portrayed,” said Los Angeles chair of the board, Kathryn Busby, back in May. “We could not think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film and are looking forward to honouring her outstanding achievements.”

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Jane Fonda lands BAFTA Los Angeles honour

Jane Fonda is to be honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.Jane will pick up the accolade at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards, held on 25 October at The Beverly Hilton. In a statement, B…

Jane Fonda is to be honoured by BAFTA Los Angeles with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

Jane will pick up the accolade at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards, held on 25 October at The Beverly Hilton.

In a statement, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles chair of the board, Kathryn Busby, praised the 81-year-old screen legend for her contribution to acting.

“Jane Fonda is and always has been an unstoppable force on stage, on screen and behind the camera. The legendary actress’s illustrious career has spanned decades and awarded her with numerous accolades for the dozens of characters she has so brilliantly portrayed,” Kathryn gushed. “We could not think of a more deserving recipient for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film and are looking forward to honouring her outstanding achievements.”

Previous recipients of the prize include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep.

The British Academy Britannia Awards is the biggest BAFTA event held outside of the U.K. and will be streamed live in the U.S. and Canada.

Over her nearly 60-year career, Jane has picked up two other acting awards from BAFTA; in 1979 for Julia, and the following year for The China Syndrome. In addition, she bagged Oscars for ’70s movies Klute and Coming Home.

The Barbarella star also has seven Golden Globes and an Emmy to her name.

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Jane Fonda’s fitness line gets release date

Jane Fonda’s very first fitness collection is set to be unveiled in July.The Hollywood star announced last November that she was developing a lifestyle brand with Evine, with the range to be aimed at women over 50. Now, editors at WWD have confirmed …

Jane Fonda’s very first fitness collection is set to be unveiled in July.

The Hollywood star announced last November that she was developing a lifestyle brand with Evine, with the range to be aimed at women over 50.

Now, editors at WWD have confirmed that the line will include 25 pieces and will officially launch on 5 July.

Fonda is famous for her at-home fitness videos in the ’80s, and despite her dedication to following a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years, this is her very first activewear collection.

The Grace and Frankie star was involved in designing every item of the line, which includes T-shirts, sports bras and leggings. Prices start at $40 (£31) for a cotton/jersey blend T-shirt and go up to $125 (£99) for a terrycloth/spandex zip-up sweatshirt.

Fonda, who sold more than 17 million copies of her Jane Fonda Workout series more than 30 years ago, is proud of her inclusive range.

“Inspired by my lifetime love for fitness, I wanted to create a line that is fun, comfortable and timeless. It was also really important to me that the line be accessible to everyone, both in its price point but also with inclusive sizing,” the 81-year-old shared.

As part of the partnership with multiplatform and video commerce retailer Evine, there will be activewear, athleisure, health and nutrition products and fitness equipment available to buy, and the Oscar-winning actress will also be making appearances on the network.

“Jane Fonda has a lifetime of experience in the health and fitness industry,” Evine’s Nicole Ostoya gushed back in November. “She holds the unique ability to relate to women of all ages and backgrounds. We love what she stands for as an artist, expert and activist.”

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Jane Fonda: ‘I never felt beautiful’

Jane Fonda has reflected on getting older and admitted that she has never felt beautiful.The veteran actress made the comments during an interview for British Vogue, where she discussed the challenges of ageing and what the process has taught her. “I t…

Jane Fonda has reflected on getting older and admitted that she has never felt beautiful.

The veteran actress made the comments during an interview for British Vogue, where she discussed the challenges of ageing and what the process has taught her.

“I think (getting older) is harder for women,” the Grace and Frankie star confessed. “But what’s so lucky for me is that I never felt beautiful.”

The 81-year-old claimed that she has “gone through periods of time where she was definitely not beautiful,” and suggested that self-confidence and strength are as integral to beauty as aesthetics.

When discussing self-maintenance, the Youth actress stressed that women should start young to help make getting older easier.

“It’s survival,” she insists. “It’s really a matter of self-interest. I wish I could help young people understand the importance of laying a foundation of muscular strength and aerobic fitness.”

The star also highlighted that, despite being in her 80s, she remains independent, and revealed that she prefers being single because she doesn’t have to cater to someone else’s needs.

“I cannot be in a relationship with a man. That is my failing,” the Julia star stated. “I realize I can never overcome it. When I’m with a man, I give myself up.”

The Hollywood icon concluded that, despite the challenges that it brings, she is “fond of age”.

“I like being over the hill because I’ve discovered there’s a whole new landscape,” she said. “I’m glad I’ve lived this long… I mean, it’s better than the alternative.”

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Lily Tomlin jokes she ‘may not live’ to see 9 to 5 sequel

Lily Tomlin has joked she may not be around by the time a sequel to her movie 9 to 5 is made. The 79-year-old actress – alongside co-star and fellow Hollywood icon Jane Fonda – opened up about the film during the Grace and Frankie panel at PaleyFe…

Lily Tomlin has joked she may not be around by the time a sequel to her movie 9 to 5 is made.

The 79-year-old actress – alongside co-star and fellow Hollywood icon Jane Fonda – opened up about the film during the Grace and Frankie panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles, and she had “hope” for the long-rumoured project.

“(We’re) waiting for the script,” Fonda shared, while Tomlin quipped: “Everybody is very hopeful. We may not live to see it.”

The pair also revealed that they are still hard at work trying to get their 9 to 5 co-star Dolly Parton to guest star on their hit Netflix series.

The comedy, about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves, was released in 1980.

A sequel has been discussed for years, but the trio’s busy schedules have hampered negotiations, and last year (18), Parton said that she, Tomlin and Fonda had all signed on for the 9 to 5 follow-up during an interview with ABC News’ Nightline.

“All these years we’ve talked about doing a sequel to 9 to 5, but it never made any real sense,” she shared. “Until just recently (with) all the equal work for equal pay and all the harassment in the workplace (backlash) – we decided that we are going to try to do another one.”

And Parton revealed that if the script was right, they wouldn’t hesitate to go ahead with the sequel.

“We’re trying to get the script and all that. Everybody is very interested, and we’ve all agreed that we’d love to do it, if it’s right,” she explained.

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Jane Fonda is latest star to launch lifestyle brand

Former fitness guru Jane Fonda is launching a lifestyle brand.The 80-year-old Hollywood star was famous for her at home workout videos in the ‘80s, and she’s still dedicated to following a healthy lifestyle more than 30 years on.She’s now partner…

Former fitness guru Jane Fonda is launching a lifestyle brand.

The 80-year-old Hollywood star was famous for her at home workout videos in the ‘80s, and she’s still dedicated to following a healthy lifestyle more than 30 years on.

She’s now partnered with multiplatform and video commerce retailer Evine to launch a lifestyle brand aimed at the over 50s market.

“I have a life-long passion for fitness and health not just because I look better when I take care of myself but because it makes me feel better and think better,” Jane said in a statement.

“I am excited about partnering with Evine because their strong marketing platform will allow me to bring my fitness knowledge and creative ideas to a market that is lacking strong offerings for women over 50. We are, after all, the fastest demographic in the world.”

As part of the partnership, there will be activewear, athleisure, health and nutrition products and fitness equipment available to buy, and the Oscar-winning actress will also be making appearances on the network.

It marks the Barbarella star’s first apparel line, and Jane will be hands-on when it comes to design, fabric selection and factories.

“Jane Fonda has a lifetime of experience in the health and fitness industry,” Evine’s Nicole Ostoya gushed. “She holds the unique ability to relate to women of all ages and backgrounds. We love what she stands for as an artist, expert and activist. What has been most impressive is her dedication to domestic production and executing quality and sustainable practices. These values align perfectly with what our customers have been asking for.”

The brand is slated for a spring 2019 launch.

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Book Club director pressured to ditch Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton for younger stars

Jane Fonda has slammed Hollywood ageism after her Book Club director confessed he was pressured to ditch her and Diane Keaton for younger actresses. The 80-year-old appears alongside Diane, 72, Mary Steenburgen, 65, and Candice Bergen, 72, in the film…

Jane Fonda has slammed Hollywood ageism after her Book Club director confessed he was pressured to ditch her and Diane Keaton for younger actresses.

The 80-year-old appears alongside Diane, 72, Mary Steenburgen, 65, and Candice Bergen, 72, in the film about four older women who look to add spark to their sex lives after reading E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Director Bill Holderman told the Press Association studio bosses put him under a “tremendous amount of pressure” to reduce the ages of the characters so they were in their late 40s.

Jane added that the attempt to ditch her and her fellow veterans from the movie proved that “ageism is alive and well” in Hollywood and explained: “It’s an industry that’s very much driven by youth and beauty.”

She did express a hope that the industry was “beginning to change” as Bill and his team stuck to their guns and insisted on casting older stars.

Meanwhile, Diane claimed that ageism was not just a problem in the arts, saying: “It’s tough always for older people. They’re used less frequently in every field – it’s not just in the performing arts.”

And Melvin and Howard actress Mary said that despite Book Club featuring three Oscar winners, including herself, it was a “miracle” it was made – as Hollywood asks actresses to “disappear” when they get older.

“That’s a shame because people should be able to enjoy life and be reflected in movies and television scripts as long as they’re alive,” she sighed.

Candice was even more scathing about the way Hollywood chiefs had tried to snub veteran actresses like Jane and Diane, who have three Oscar wins and eight additional nominations between them. The Starting Over star said the initial dismissal of her venerable co-stars told other women in Hollywood to get “a day job”.

Book Club, which was co-written by Bill and the actress Erin Simms, is in cinemas from Friday (18May18).

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