Timothee Chalamet: ‘I’ve still got a lot to learn as an actor’

Timothee Chalamet feels he still has a lot to learn as an actor, despite already having received an Oscar nomination. The 23-year-old actor, who bagged an Academy Award nod for his role as a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality in Call Me By Yo…

Timothee Chalamet feels he still has a lot to learn as an actor, despite already having received an Oscar nomination.

The 23-year-old actor, who bagged an Academy Award nod for his role as a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality in Call Me By Your Name, stars as the lead, English King Henry V, in David Michod’s new historical epic The King.

Promoting the film at the Venice International Film Festival on Monday, Timothee said that he is still learning his craft despite being one of Hollywood’s hottest properties.

“I feel that I’m really still learning, and I’m trying to chase whatever is the best version of an actor that I can be,” he explained, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In particular, he said he learned a lot from his co-stars Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris, who play Henry V’s wayward mentor Falstaff and Lord Chief-Justice, William, respectively.

“There are things you learn and you could note to people,” he gushed. “And there are things you learn that just drift into the subconscious. These are two visceral actors. I’ve learned from everyone, but I’ve had particularly educational experiences with them.”

Edgerton also revealed that shooting the film, which is based on several William Shakespeare plays, in England and Hungary, was often a struggle.

“I just remember sitting there thinking, I’m glad David’s directing this and not me,” he said. “I thought one day I was going to drown in the mud. And then one day I was fighting, and I realised I had mud all over my entire face.”

The King debuts in cinemas on 11 October ahead of a Netflix release in November.

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Virgil Abloh honours Michael Jackson with Louis Vuitton fall 19 men’s line

Virgil Abloh has paid homage to Michael Jackson with his latest men’s collection for Louis Vuitton.The designer, who also helms streetwear label Off-White, presented his fall/winter 2019 for the French luxury giant at the Tuileries Garden as part of Pa…

Virgil Abloh has paid homage to Michael Jackson with his latest men’s collection for Louis Vuitton.

The designer, who also helms streetwear label Off-White, presented his fall/winter 2019 for the French luxury giant at the Tuileries Garden as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday (17Jan19), with celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Offset, J Balvin, and Kid Cudi all perched on the front row.

As guests held their show invite, a single white glove like Jackson famously wore, they entered the venue to find a backdrop evocative of some of the King of Pop’s cityscape music videos.

Highlighting the theme even further in his show notes, Abloh described Jackson, who died at the age of 50 in 2009, as his musical hero and “the universal symbol of unity on the planet”.

To kick off the presentation, a male model walked down the runway in a boxy grey suit while carrying a matching oversized grey leather carryall, with a parade of grey ensembles following, including a quilted jacket featuring the Louis Vuitton monogram, and a grey knit jumper patterned with the stars and stripes of the American flag.

Abloh interspersed the collection with head-to-toe black and silver ensembles and injected a pop of colour via the addition of royal purple wool coats and shirts decorated with bibs, while a series of shirts and sweaters were printed with cartoon versions of the characters in Jackson’s 1978 musical film The Wiz.

However, the influence of Jackson’s iconic costumes was especially evident in militaristic jackets and coats, glittery sweaters which were matched with black trousers and white gloves, a grey knit sweater with a globe emblem, as well as a black T-shirt with a motif of the Billie Jean hitmaker’s famed black dancing shoes and white socks.

To close out the show, Abloh included a range of shirts, jackets and trench coats decorated with flags of the world – perhaps a nod to We Are the World, the tune penned by Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985.

Previously, Abloh shared in a chat with Interview magazine that he listens to Jackson’s music as he works in the Louis Vuitton studio and it was particularly influencing his creative process of late.

“My next Louis Vuitton collection is going to be based on Michael Jackson, and when I have Michael singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt, it’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants. Music is key,” the 38-year-old commented.

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Nicole Kidman and Olivia Colman triumph at the AACTA Awards

Nicole Kidman and Olivia Colman were among the winners at the eighth annual AACTA International Awards on Friday (04Jan19). The Aussie actress took home the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ (AACTA) Supporting Actress prize for her por…

Nicole Kidman and Olivia Colman were among the winners at the eighth annual AACTA International Awards on Friday (04Jan19).

The Aussie actress took home the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ (AACTA) Supporting Actress prize for her portrayal of a religious mother in Joel Edgerton’s gay conversion drama Boy Erased.

According to the Australian Associated Press, Nicole explained how Joel had offered her the role out of the blue when accepting the award at the ceremony at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.

“He called me up and said, ‘Nicole, I know we’ve never worked together before but I have something for you’,” she said.

Olivia continued her run of early awards season successes by winning the Best Actress trophy for her portrayal of Britain’s last Stuart monarch Queen Anne in The Favourite.

The male acting awards went to two stars playing musicians; Rami Malek won Best Actor for his starring role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and Best Supporting Actor was given to Mahershala Ali for playing jazz pianist Don Shirley in Green Book.

The top filmmaking prizes both went to Alfonso Cuaron, as his semi-autobiographical drama Roma won Best Film, and he was also named Best Director.

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, who penned the script for The Favourite, which follows the battle between two cousins for Queen Anne’s romantic affections, won the Best Screenplay award.

Here is the full list of winners is as follows:

Best Film

Roma

Best Direction

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Best Screenplay

The Favourite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Best Lead Actress

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Lead Actor

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Supporting Actress

Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

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Troye Sivan to receive Palm Springs award

Troye Sivan’s turn in Boy Erased has impressed editors at Variety so much they’re giving him a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.Better known for his music career, South African-born Australian star Troye has won over Hollywood with his p…

Troye Sivan’s turn in Boy Erased has impressed editors at Variety so much they’re giving him a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.

Better known for his music career, South African-born Australian star Troye has won over Hollywood with his portrayal of teenager Gary in Joel Edgerton’s drama about gay conversion therapy.

And on Friday (04Jan18), Troye will be awarded with Variety’s Creative Conscience in Film Award at the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch, presented by AT&T, at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel in California.

“Troye’s performance in Boy Erased, along with Revelation, the original song he wrote for one of the pivotal scenes in the film, showcases his commitment to LGBTQ activism in both music and film,” said Shirley Halperin, Variety’s executive music editor.

The film centres around Lucas Hedges’ character and his relationship with his parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. It’s based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name.

Boy Erased is already generating awards buzz, and has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards; Best Actor for Lucas and Best Song for Revelation, which Troye co-wrote and performed with Jonsi from Sigur Ros.

AT&T has been working closely with the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention organisation, and singer Dan Reynolds’ LOVELOUD foundation, to support conversations about identity and acceptance.

“Artists like Troye Sivan and films like Boy Erased help empower LGBTQ young people to be themselves and inspire new allies to support them,” said Trevor Project chief executive Amit Paley. “We hear from LGBTQ young people across the country about the powerful impact that music and film have on their lives, and we hope to see more messages of love and acceptance among them.”

Emily Blunt and director Ryan Coogler will also be honoured at the event.

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Joel Edgerton: ‘There’s enough room for two gay conversion therapy movies’

Joel Edgerton has insisted there is “enough room” for his film Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which both deal with gay conversion therapy.In mid-2017, it was announced that the Australian actor had written a screen adaptation of Garra…

Joel Edgerton has insisted there is “enough room” for his film Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which both deal with gay conversion therapy.

In mid-2017, it was announced that the Australian actor had written a screen adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased, about a boy who is put through gay conversion therapy by his religious parents in an effort to stop him being homosexual.

The film, which Joel also directed and stars in, made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September (18), months after the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenage girl who goes through the same scenario.

Accordingly, Joel has now admitted in an interview with BBC News that he was concerned when he first heard about the similar project, but believes there is enough space for them both to exist.

“When I first heard, as we were about to head into pre-production, that another movie was being made, I was definitely like, ‘Oh, damn.’ But I think that’s the only time I’ve ever been at all worried about it,” he recalled. “Because my answer to that in many ways is that every year I see that there’s like 20+ superhero movies, there’s dozens of romantic comedies, there’s 50 horror movies… It’s like, if there isn’t enough room in this time for two conversion movies in one space then that’s crazy.”

The Red Sparrow actor was also relieved to learn they are very different in terms of how the stories are told.

“The beauty is Cameron Post’s central character is a young lady, it’s a cheekier satirical aspect to its tone… there are enough points of difference between that they can definitely be a different meal on the menu for different people,” the 44-year-old explained.

Boy Erased, also starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, hits cinemas in February.

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Nicole Kidman took Boy Erased role to help raise awareness

Nicole Kidman was happy to take a supporting role in Boy Erased because she wanted to help shine a light on its shocking story.In the film, the Moulin Rouge! actress plays Nancy, the mother of Lucas Hedges’ character Jared, who is sent off to a gay con…

Nicole Kidman was happy to take a supporting role in Boy Erased because she wanted to help shine a light on its shocking story.

In the film, the Moulin Rouge! actress plays Nancy, the mother of Lucas Hedges’ character Jared, who is sent off to a gay conversion therapy programme by his religious parents who hope he’ll be cured of his homosexuality.

The drama is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name and written, directed and produced by Joel Edgerton, who also has a supporting role.

During a talk with BAFTA, Nicole revealed that her fellow Australian approached her for the part and she signed up immediately after she had read the book, because she wanted more people to become aware of the practice of gay conversion therapy.

“I read it (the script) and I didn’t realise that conversion therapy still existed or had ever really existed, I supposed I’d never been aware of it, so I subsequently then read Garrard’s book and I just went, ‘I’m in. Let me tell this story and let me be her,'” she explained.

“I always say that there’s films that you do because those stories need to be put in the world, there’s a reason for them politically or emotionally to be out there and then there’s other films that are entertainment… I wanted to be a part of (the film) because I was just shocked that they were in existence.”

When asked if she believes films have the power to “change the world”, the Big Little Lies star explained that telling stories can raise people’s awareness and spark conversation, which can eventually bring about change.

Gay conversion therapy was also the centre of the 2018 movie The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

Boy Erased, which also stars Russell Crowe and singer Troye Sivan, hits U.K. cinemas in February (19).

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Sweet Country and Boy Erased among big winners at AACTA Awards

Western drama Sweet Country dominated the 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards on Wednesday (05Dec18) as Nicole Kidman and Joel Edgerton were also honoured for Boy Erased. Australian moviemaker Warwick Thornton landed the covet…

Western drama Sweet Country dominated the 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards on Wednesday (05Dec18) as Nicole Kidman and Joel Edgerton were also honoured for Boy Erased.

Australian moviemaker Warwick Thornton landed the coveted Best Film and Best Director prizes for Sweet Country, which is set in the 1920s and follows the story of an Aboriginal man who goes on the run after fatally shooting a white adversary in self-defence.

Its star, Hamilton Morris, was the surprise winner for the Best Actor accolade, beating competitors including Lucas Hedges from Boy Erased, while the film also earned Thornton and his crew awards for Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing, taking its total tally to six honours.

Kidman triumphed in the Best Supporting Actress category for playing a religious woman who forces her homosexual son, portrayed by Hedges, to undergo gay conversion therapy, securing the title for the second year in a row following her 2017 win for Lion.

Meanwhile, Edgerton, who co-starred and directed Boy Erased, picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay gong.

Best Actress went to 17-year-old Angourie Rice for her role in Bruce Beresford’s comedy/drama Ladies in Black, and Mentalist star Simon Baker was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in surfing drama Breath.

In the TV categories, Mystery Road was declared Best Drama Series, while Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair landed supporting actor honours, and small screen movie Riot won Best Telefeature or Miniseries, Best Lead Actor for Damon Herriman, and Best Lead Actress for Kate Box.

The AACTA Awards, which celebrates the best in film and TV Down Under, took place during a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday night (05Dec18).

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Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth throw support behind #MakeItAustralian campaign

Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Hemsworth have signed an open letter calling on Australian government officials to support the film and TV industry in the country. The #MakeItAustralia campaign has been put together by organisers at the Austr…

Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Hemsworth have signed an open letter calling on Australian government officials to support the film and TV industry in the country.

The #MakeItAustralia campaign has been put together by organisers at the Australian Directors’ Guild, the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the Screen Producers Australia, and the Casting Guild of Australia to urge federal parliamentarians to protect and prioritise projects that are created by actors, directors, and producers in the country.

They are also urging lawmakers to offer better tax incentives to film in Australia.

“We are storytellers – writers, producers, directors, casts and crews who make screen stories that honour past Australians and connect present and future generations to our history and to our values,” the open letter, which has been signed by over 200 people in the industry, reads.

“You are elected representatives – the custodians of Australia’s stories, our unique culture. You create the environment within which our nation’s stories thrive or die.”

Campaign organisers are also urging Australian politicians to pass legislation that affects streaming services, including Netflix and YouTube.

“Our ability to keep telling Australian stories on screen is at risk, our voices are in danger of being drowned out by a deluge of overseas content,” the letter continues. “And if our nation’s stories aren’t told, they die. And when they die, future generations won’t know who we are and what makes us us.

“We call on parliamentarians, the custodians of our uniquely Australian stories, to commit to growing our screen industry so that our Australian stories will be told to our children, grandchildren and the generations of Australians that follow.”

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Charlize Theron suits up for Gringo premiere

Charlize Theron wowed in a white suit at the Gringo premiere on Tuesday night (06Mar18).The actress stepped out at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium theatre in Los Angeles for a preview screening of the Nash Edgerton-directed film, in which she plays the tough…

Charlize Theron wowed in a white suit at the Gringo premiere on Tuesday night (06Mar18).

The actress stepped out at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium theatre in Los Angeles for a preview screening of the Nash Edgerton-directed film, in which she plays the tough boss of a drug company.

Charlize posed for photographers on the green carpet and looked chic in a white Christian Dior suit comprised of trousers, blazer with satin lapels and white shirt made of a sheer fabric.

She matched her look with a touch of shimmery lilac eyeshadow on her lids, diamond earrings and gold heels worn with fishnet stockings.

Charlize was joined at the premiere by co-star Amanda Seyfried, who turned heads in a black lace dress from H&M which featured a high-neck and flowing skirt.

The 32-year-old accessorised her ensemble with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewellery from A. Fier Lifestyle, and chose to have her blonde tresses styled into bouncy ringlets and clipped into place with jewel-encrusted barrettes.

David Oyelowo, who portrays lead character Harold Soyinka in the action-comedy, attended the premiere in navy trousers and an eye-catching purple and gold jacquard jacket, while his wife Jessica Oyelowo looked lovely in a dress with off-the-shoulder neckline and green and violet patterned skirt.

Paris Jackson, who’s making her big-screen debut in Gringo, rocked the red carpet in a black Gucci gown with snake motif across the bodice. She was joined at the party by her older brother Prince, who sported a more casual look, made up of blue jeans and a black jacket.

Meanwhile, actor Joel Edgerton, the director’s brother, opted for a light brown velvet suit with a blue shirt, and actress Lupita Nyong’o showed her support for the flick and posed at the party in a black dress with corset-like bodice and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Joel Edgerton impressed with sex and violence scenes in Red Sparrow

Joel Edgerton has given his Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence credit for the way he handled the sex and violence in the film. The Australian actor was blown away by the filmmaker’s ability to take something that seemed very silly in the moment and…

Joel Edgerton has given his Red Sparrow director Francis Lawrence credit for the way he handled the sex and violence in the film.

The Australian actor was blown away by the filmmaker’s ability to take something that seemed very silly in the moment and turn it into one of the year’s movie talking points.

He and Lawrence reveal the sex scenes in the film, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, and one intense torture scene that will have moviegoers squirming in their seats were shot with great care.

Jennifer helped by joking in between takes, but director Francis and his leading man insist nothing was as intense as it seems on the big screen.

“Once Jen signed on we wanted to be really careful that we did these (sex) scenes right,” the filmmaker tells WENN. “It’s very easy for people to get shy about that material and had we not broken the ice early, the next thing you know you’re coming up to that scene and you’re worried about it because you haven’t talked about it, so you just have to be as open as possible.

“In terms of the violent stuff, I keep hearing about the skin grafting scene and people keep talking about how intense that is. It’s shocking to me because on the day it actually feels kind of silly. I mean Joel is tied to his chair in his underwear sort of writhing around and there’s a guy there with a rubber prop going at his back.”

“And I’m asking for more bits of towel to shove in my mouth because I’m gagged,” Joel laughs. “But, as actors, you kind of weirdly say, ‘Do this harder’. Everybody is game to make it look terrifying, but at the end of the day it is a little silly.”

“Hats off to Francis in the handling of those sexual scenes,” he adds. “To make it about the brutality and not some kind of attempt to excite an audience. It’s amazing how game you are when you sign up for a project. It doesn’t mean you don’t have anxiety going into it and you may wrestle with your own demons about it but you’re game and you become fearless.”

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