Janelle Monae wants to take over Storm role in X-Men franchise

Janelle Monae wants to take over the role of Storm in the X-Men movie franchise. The singer/actress created her 2018 album Dirty Computer in Atlanta, Georgia at the same time Ryan Coogler was filming his Marvel superhero movie Black Panther there. Spe…

Janelle Monae wants to take over the role of Storm in the X-Men movie franchise.

The singer/actress created her 2018 album Dirty Computer in Atlanta, Georgia at the same time Ryan Coogler was filming his Marvel superhero movie Black Panther there. Spending time with the film’s stars, like close pal Lupita Nyong’o, gave her a taste for comic book movies and she now has her eye on mutant Storm, a role made famous by Halle Berry.

“I definitely have thrown it out there. One of my dreams has always been to play Storm,” she told Empire magazine.

Although the X-Men are Marvel Comics characters, the mutant superheroes have been kept apart from the main Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to rights issues, which have been resolved by Marvel Studios’ parent firm Disney buying 21st Century Fox, which owned the rights to X-Men, last year.

And the star would love to see a Black Panther and X-Men crossover, with her adding: “I don’t know if she comes in Black Panther, but it would be a dream to have her in it. I don’t know where they are with that.”

The actress currently in place as Storm is Alexandra Shipp, who played a younger version of the weather-altering mutant in the last two X-Men movies – but Janelle wants to be next in line.

“A lot of women have played Storm and they’ve done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice,” she stated.

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Chris Rock’s horror Spiral postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Chris Rock’s highly-anticipated horror Spiral has been postponed by studio bosses due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The movie, a reboot of the Saw franchise, was due to be released on 15 May, but was pulled after cinema chains across the U.S. and…

Chris Rock’s highly-anticipated horror Spiral has been postponed by studio bosses due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The movie, a reboot of the Saw franchise, was due to be released on 15 May, but was pulled after cinema chains across the U.S. and around the world temporarily closed their doors in response to the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

Executives have also halted the release of Janelle Monae’s historical drama Antebellum, and thriller Run, starring Sarah Paulson.

A studio spokesperson said alternative release dates for the three movies have not yet been decided, but they will announce more information once cinemas “safely and fully resume operations”.

Spiral, which also features Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella, follows Rock’s veteran detective Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Banks as he investigates a serial killer who is targeting police officers.

Antebellum, from directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, focuses on Veronica, played by Monae, a successful author who finds herself transported back to the 19th century as a slave in the United States.

And Run features American Horror Story star Paulson as an overprotective mother, desperate to keep a sinister secret from her home-schooled daughter.

Also pulled from release in the wake of the global pandemic is Marvel’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson.

Other big-budget films affected by the coronavirus crisis include Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place II, and the 25th instalment in the James Bond saga, No Time To Die.

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Naomi Campbell wears hazmat suit to travel due to coronavirus fears

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and too…

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.

The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and took as many precautions as she could to ensure she didn’t catch the virus, which has infected more than 121,000 people in 120 countries.

She documented her safety measures on Instagram by sharing pictures of her wearing the white suit, usually sported by people looking to protect themselves from hazardous materials, with a blue N95 face mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves. The snaps showed her sat in her car in the protective gear, walking through the terminal with her white suitcase, sitting on the plane, and talking on the phone after her trip, with a camel cape worn on top of her white suit.

Across the captions, she wrote, “Safety first”, and, “Safety First NEXT LEVEL. Thank you @lindaevangelista Full video coming on my YouTube soon…”

The 49-year-old didn’t explain why she had credited Evangelista, but the fellow model wrote in the comments, “You’re welcome!” with a heart emoji.

In addition, Marc Jacobs commented, “Next level safety. I’d expect nothing less from you my dear @naomi,” Christy Turlington posted, “This is everything,” and actress/singer Janelle Monae wrote, “My queen is smart.”

Her outing comes months after she posted a viral video on her YouTube channel in which she detailed the lengths she goes to in an effort to avoid illnesses while travelling. She revealed she wipes her aeroplane seat down with sanitisers and wears medical masks.

Earlier this week, Naomi also sent words of support on Instagram to those on lockdown in her former home of Italy, the most affected country outside of China and South Korea.

“My beloved ITALY Of which I spent the first three years of my early life. I’m with you. Thank you for always embracing me and giving me so much love #wishing speedy recovery,” the star wrote.

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Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.

The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.

He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.

However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.

The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.

“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.

“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.

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Slick Woods thanks friend for saving her life during medical ordeal

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Slick has be…

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.

The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Slick has been regularly sharing updates with her fans, and on Wednesday, took to Instagram to post a video of her smiling and laughing in her hospital bed after recently suffering a scary medical ordeal.

“Now that I’m feeling a million times better and walking again thanks @cheyalli (Chey Allegra) for saving my life during an unexpected seizure in the middle of the night, man there’s so many people going through way worse #staygoofy,” she captioned the clip.

It’s not known if Slick had suffered seizures before, or if the event is related to her treatments.

But a number of the Fenty Beauty star’s celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post, including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Janelle Monae, and Karrueche Tran.

“Thank god, quick recovery! We love you @slickwoods,” wrote Adut Akech, while Jasmine Sanders posted, “Praying for you baby!!”

And singer-songwriter Miguel added: “Sending love and lightning.”

Last month, Slick shared a string of videos on her Instagram Stories showing her joking around with friends while at The London in New York City and noted that she was able to enjoy a night out when she was provided with a wheelchair by staff at the hotel.

“Legs numb left hand still numb I hate bulls**t and The London gave me a wheelchair,” the 23-year-old stated.

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Cynthia Erivo felt Harriet Tubman was ‘around’ while she filmed biopic

Cynthia Erivo felt like former slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman was “around” while she played her in the biopic Harriet.In the drama, the Widows actress portrays the famed slave liberator, who passed away in 1913, as she escapes from slaver…

Cynthia Erivo felt like former slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman was “around” while she played her in the biopic Harriet.

In the drama, the Widows actress portrays the famed slave liberator, who passed away in 1913, as she escapes from slavery and travels 100 miles on her own to safety in Philadelphia. However, she cannot find peace knowing her family and friends are still enslaved so she journeys back and forth to free them all, plus hundreds of others.

Tubman regularly speaks to God to ask for guidance and Erivo, who describes himself as a person of faith, prayed before going on set, where she felt the activist’s presence.

“(I prayed) to make the space safe and open for her because I feel as if Harriet is complicit in this storytelling. I feel that she’s around. It’s comforting to be able to reach into your faith to tell the story of somebody who has faith,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

The production was physically demanding, with the British actress having to sprint through forests, jump off bridges and wade through rivers, but she kept it all in perspective by thinking of what Tubman went through in real-life.

“While we were on set, if anything got difficult there was a saying: ‘HTH’, which was ‘Harriet Tubman hard’. So, if it wasn’t Harriet Tubman hard, it was fine, we were going to get through it. And nothing was Harriet Tubman hard, so we always got through it,” the 32-year-old stated.

Harriet marks the third film role for Erivo, who is earning Oscars buzz for her performance.

The biopic, which also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, and Joe Alwyn, is in cinemas now.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Hollywood can be oversensitive to sexism at times’

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’…

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’s happy people in the movie industry are now more sensitive to accusations of sexism, chauvinism, and abuse, at times she suggested they take things too far.

“I think there’s also at times an oversensitivity, which I just think is the nature of the pendulum shifting, and it takes time to find the balance,” the 36-year-old actress explained as she praised the industry for hiring intimacy coaches. “I’m quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward.”

Intimacy coaches ensure actors are comfortable during sex scenes and Nyong’o explained that they were now more commonplace.

“In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that,” she added. “Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don’t happen.”

As for her own real-life romances, the star closely guards her privacy, despite fans speculating over potential relationships with both male and female stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Janelle Monae.

“I feel like there’s parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don’t,” Lupita explained of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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Janelle Monae wears tuxedos as an ‘act of rebellion’

Janelle Monae wore tuxedos for years as means of “rebelling” against those who suggested she needed to dress more feminine to succeed. The Tightrope singer nearly always sported a suit when she first started out in the music business, and quickly beca…

Janelle Monae wore tuxedos for years as means of “rebelling” against those who suggested she needed to dress more feminine to succeed.

The Tightrope singer nearly always sported a suit when she first started out in the music business, and quickly became known for her androgynous style and penchant for a black-and-white colour palette.

However, in recent years, Janelle has been branching out from her signature aesthetic, and in a new interview for U.S. InStyle, she explained that she only wore tuxedos for so long to prove a point.

“When I began touring, stylists would tell me to dress more feminine. And that’s the reason I stayed in my tuxedo so long – out of rebellion,” she shared. “I wanted to prove that I could make it by being my authentic self. It was about proving that, as women, we can wear tuxedos, we can wear dresses, we can show skin, or not show skin. But we need to be in control of that.

“I look back to when I was wearing black-and-white tuxedos every day and people were saying that I dressed like a man and that I should look more feminine if I want to get ahead. But ultimately, I chose to express myself in what made me most comfortable.”

The Moonlight actress is also known for her love of hats, and she admitted that she didn’t know how many she possessed, but her favourite was a vintage black fedora which she usually wears tilted back on her head because it makes her “feel like Peter Pan”.

The 33-year-old took her hat game to a new level at the Met Gala earlier this year, when she wore a stack of fedoras on her head, and Janelle noted she wanted the “surreal” look to represent her multi-faceted career, adding, “I’m a woman who wears many hats.”

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Janelle Monae to ‘reinvent’ Siamese cat song for Lady and the Tramp reboot

Janelle Monae is to “reinvent” the problematic Siamese cat song for the Lady and the Tramp reboot.Directed by Charlie Bean, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic will feature Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of…

Janelle Monae is to “reinvent” the problematic Siamese cat song for the Lady and the Tramp reboot.

Directed by Charlie Bean, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic will feature Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of the titular American Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Schnauzer, respectively, with the voice cast rounded out by Sam Elliott, Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong and Monae.

However, editors at Variety are now reporting that the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is to also perform two new songs for the film, while her artist collective Wondaland is overhauling The Siamese Cat Song from the original, due to its offensive depiction of Asian culture.

In the 1955 version, recorded by Peggy Lee, two Siamese cats, Si and Am, sing the lyrics: “We are Siamese if you please / We are Siamese if you don’t please / Now we lookin’ over our new domicile / If we like we stay for maybe quite a while.”

Wondaland’s Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur are said to be working on the updated version, which will not feature Siamese cats. No further details were given.

But at the recent MUSEXPO Creative Summit in California, Kaylin Frank, a vice president in Creative Music and Soundtracks at Disney, explained that she and her colleagues were partnering with Monae and her team, and emphasised how the new tracks were a collaborative effort.

“We’re dealing with Wondaland, (Monae’s) team of incredibly creative writers and producers that she works with. So, our director has engaged with her in terms of what the storytelling (of) the song needs to be,” she shared.

The live-action Lady and the Tramp, also starring Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, and Yvette Nicole Brown, is scheduled for release on Disney’s new streaming service on 12 November 2019.

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