Saint Laurent serves up ’80s-inspired power suits for fall 20

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of…

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of Hailey Bieber, Kit Harington, Brooklyn Beckham, Joe Keery, Maika Monroe, Lily Collins, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Zoe Kravitz all perched on the front row.

Explaining his influences for the range, Vaccarello commented in his show notes that he was interested in subverting convention by combining traditionally feminine silhouettes with racier fabrics.

“Between gilded salons and nocturnal places inhabited by well-mannered girls and bad boys, the Saint Laurent woman loves to take risks, she wears lace and cashmere with Latex,” he commented.

With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the presentation opened with a model walking the runway in a red and black plaid jacket, matching pussy bow blouse, black Latex leggings, and large black and gold stud earrings.

Vaccarello then offered up a parade of super sexy outfits, with one model sporting a halterneck top made of Latex with black velvet trousers and thigh-high boots, and another outfitted in a black leather corset and long coat.

And despite building up a reputation for using black and muted shades, Vaccarello used his new collection to experiment with colour.

Partway through the spectacle, models showed off skin-tight trousers made from purple, magenta, and red Latex, while he also dropped a line-up of outfits utilising eye-catching combinations, such as a bold red jacket matched with a pink top and purple leggings, or a mustard yellow jacket paired with purple tights.

To conclude, the designer served up a range of eveningwear pieces, like a red sequin dress with pussy bow neckline and black velvet dress with plunging neckline.

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Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins join David Fincher’s Mank

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane. Mamm…

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.

The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane.

Mamma Mia! star Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins will portray Mankiewicz’s secretary, Rita Alexander.

British actor Tom Burke has also signed up to Fincher’s biopic, and will play the legendary Orson Welles, who directed and starred in Citizen Kane, with Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross and Ferdinand Kingsley cast in unknown roles.

Fincher’s movie will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for the film, which is considered to be one of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.

Mankiewicz also worked on The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with Welles became strained after he accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, and in a sweet twist, the screenplay for Mank was written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, prior to his death in 2003.

The 57-year-old will also serve as producer alongside Cean Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth.

Mank will be released in 2020.

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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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Tolkien director was ‘lucky’ to land leading man Nicholas Hoult

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien…

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.

The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien’s beloved wife and muse, Edith Bratt.

Now, Finnish filmmaker Karukoski has revealed that Hoult was his one and only choice, and even had to wrangle him away from filming commitments on superhero blockbuster X-Men: Dark Phoenix to ensure he was cast in the film.

“We actually cast Nick first. Yes, after I read the script, he came to mind immediately and I really wanted him,” he explained to Collider. “Luckily, (bosses at studio) Fox suggested him and I was so happy. We had to do a little bit of scheduling to get him away from X-Men to come shoot with us.

“It worked out, though. So much of the movie depends on who you have playing Tolkien. We were lucky to have Nick… After that we got Lily. She’s such a wonderful actress and they were great when they read together.”

The filmmaker also went on to candidly share that he had placed a self-imposed ban on making another biopic after 2017’s Tom of Finland, which told the story of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen.

“I didn’t really think I was going to be taking on another biopic. That’s the problem with biopics! They’re rigid. There’s an ending and things you have to hit along the way because those are things which actually happened. After Tom of Finland, I told myself, ‘No more biopics!’ Then I read the script and I love Tolkien’s work so very much, so I suddenly found myself doing a biopic again,” the 42-year-old confessed.

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Zac Efron signed on to Ted Bundy biopic because of mum’s reaction

Zac Efron was spurred on by his mother’s terror when it came to accepting the role of serial killer Ted Bundy.The 31-year-old actor stars as Bundy in new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which skews the traditional biopic by telling the…

Zac Efron was spurred on by his mother’s terror when it came to accepting the role of serial killer Ted Bundy.

The 31-year-old actor stars as Bundy in new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which skews the traditional biopic by telling the story through the eyes of the killer’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins).

In a chat with British newspaper Metro, Zac revealed that his mother wasn’t entirely happy when she learned of his involvement in Joe Berlinger’s flick, and that’s one of the reasons why he ultimately said yes.

“Well, the look on my mom’s face when I came home after I spoke with Joe about the movie… her name is Starla and she’s my momma and I love her very much – hi Mom! – but she is a very emotional person. She feels things very raw. She almost has this empathic ability,” he shared.

“When I came home, she said, ‘Are there any projects you’re looking at for movies?’ I said, ‘Well, there’s one but it’s a biopic. I’d be playing a real person.’ And she said, ‘Who?’ She was walking into the kitchen and I said, ‘It’s about Ted Bundy,’ and she stopped. I saw her hair stand up and she literally looked back at me with the most terrified look in her eyes. She said, ‘Did you just say, Ted Bundy?’ The terror in her eyes was one of the motivating factors.”

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and had a screening at Tribeca on Thursday (02May19). Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is now also showing in cinemas and on some movie channels and subscription services.

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Lily Collins felt responsibility playing real-life character in Ted Bundy biopic

Lily Collins hopes she does justice to Elizabeth Kloepfer, the then-partner of serial killer Ted Bundy, with her performance in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In the upcoming biopic, the Mirror Mirror actress plays Elizabeth Kloepfer, who …

Lily Collins hopes she does justice to Elizabeth Kloepfer, the then-partner of serial killer Ted Bundy, with her performance in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

In the upcoming biopic, the Mirror Mirror actress plays Elizabeth Kloepfer, who was in a romantic relationship with Bundy for years, and believed him when he protested his innocence after being accused of assaulting and murdering women across different states in the 1970s.

Elizabeth is still alive, and Lily has now described how meeting her on one occasion had a huge impact on her characterisation.

“I did (feel responsibility), you know, she gave me lots of information… and showed me handwritten love letters that he had written her,” she told reporters at the film’s recent premiere. “Some information, she gave me just for me to know in order to portray her that I was to keep secret forever but some she gave me as inspiration for the film so I wanted to do her justice and also keep things still between us.

“I felt like I had an inside look. There was all sort of things that she told me that I felt was just for me to know so I was toying with that line of being an actress playing a role that not many people knew about and paying homage to the woman and what she told me. It was a gift to be able to communicate with her.”

The biopic is based on Elizabeth’s memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, which was published in 1981 under the name Elizabeth Kendall, so it is told from her perspective rather being a standard serial killer movie, and this fresh take captured Lily’s attention.

“(The appeal) for me was the idea that Elizabeth Kendall, who I play, is still alive so for me to be able to portray this character and to have her to ask questions and to give her blessing which such a gift and to be a story that the world knows so well and tell it from her perspective is really special,” she said.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron, will be broadcast on Friday (03May19) on Sky Cinema in the U.K. and Netflix in other territories.

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Nicholas Hoult defends Tolkien biopic after family’s criticism

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explore…

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it.

The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Days before the film’s London premiere on Monday (29Apr19), the Tolkien family and estate issued a statement declaring that they didn’t endorse or approve of the project, and Hoult has now responded by defending the film on the red carpet.

“I think it’s been done very respectfully, as a fan. It’s story that stands alone,” he told the Press Association. “Such a remarkable life – his relationships, what he endured in World War One. What inspired him, hopefully, it will inspire new audiences now.”

According to London’s Evening Standard, Hoult also said he believed Tolkien’s great-grandson was attending the premiere and hoped he would like the film, which he described as “respectful and honourable”.

Director Dome Karukoski added that before the premiere, none of Tolkien’s relatives had watched their film, and offered to talk it through with them.

“It is a labour of love. It is done with respect and admiration for the professor. It’s a dramatic, beautiful, cinematic tale. It feels odd that a storyteller wouldn’t want that on the screen,” he said. “I have offered to sit with the estate and talk, and explain why some artistic choices have been made. It’s a tricky one, but I would just love to watch the film with them.”

Lily Collins, who portrays Tolkien’s partner Edith Bratt in the film, added that the author’s fans should know the man behind the books, which also include The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

The original statement read, “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

Tolkien hits cinemas from Friday.

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Zac Efron wasn’t interested in glamorising Ted Bundy in new biopic

Zac Efron only agreed to play Ted Bundy in a new biopic because he knew the notorious serial killer wasn’t going to be glamorised. In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the 17 Again star plays the infamous criminal, who assaulted and murdered…

Zac Efron only agreed to play Ted Bundy in a new biopic because he knew the notorious serial killer wasn’t going to be glamorised.

In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the 17 Again star plays the infamous criminal, who assaulted and murdered dozens of young women and girls during the 1970s.

Bundy has been portrayed onscreen multiple times, by the likes of Cary Elwes and Mark Harmon, and Zac wasn’t interested in doing another “run-of-the-mill” portrayal, and only signed up for the new biopic because it is told from Bundy’s long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer’s perspective.

“I really wasn’t interested in playing a serial killer, I’m not in the business of glamorising such a horrendous person or his acts, but there is something unique about the way we went into the psyche of Ted, and his long-time girlfriend Liz,” he told reporters at the film’s London premiere this week (begs22Apr19).

“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliche, body count gets higher and higher and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”

Bundy, who was executed in 1989, spent decades insisting he was innocent despite the mounting evidence against him before eventually confessing to committing 30 homicides while on death row, but the figure is thought to be much higher.

The film rarely depicts Bundy’s crimes and instead focuses on his relationship with Liz, played by Lily Collins, who believed his lies for years.

Zac admitted that he found it difficult leaving the evil character behind at the end of each day, saying: “I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night and it was almost impossible. I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t.”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be available from 3 May on Sky Cinema in the U.K. and Netflix in other territories.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s family distance themselves from upcoming biopic

The family of J.R.R. Tolkien do not endorse the upcoming biopic about The Lord of the Rings author. Nicholas Hoult plays the late English writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as h…

The family of J.R.R. Tolkien do not endorse the upcoming biopic about The Lord of the Rings author.

Nicholas Hoult plays the late English writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Ahead of the film’s cinema release in May (19), Tolkien’s family and estate have issued a statement outlining their lack of involvement with the feature.

“The family of JRR Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019,” the statement reads, according to Press Association. “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

It is reportedly the first time the family have made such a statement. According to Press Association, the Tolkien family wished to clarify their position on the biopic as they have consistently turned down approaches to make a film about the writer, who also penned The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.

Christopher Tolkien, 94, the author’s youngest son and literary executor, is known for being outspoken about projects based on his father’s works. In 2012, he told Le Monde that Peter Jackson “eviscerated the book” of The Lord of the Rings by making the 2001 film “an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25”.

Tolkien was directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski and also stars Lily Collins as the celebrated writer’s romantic partner and future wife Edith Bratt.

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Cate Blanchett is the jewel of the BAFTAs red carpet

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown. The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace an…

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown.

The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace and a thigh-high split, to the prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night (10Feb19). Later in the evening, she presented the Fellowship Award to Thelma Schoonmaker.

And the star wasn’t the only one leading the way in jewel tones on the chilly red carpet.

Amy Adams, who was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vice, stunned in a burgundy Prada gown with a jewel embellishment, and her hair scraped back into a sleek low ponytail.

One of the evening’s presenters, Lily Collins, wore a deep blue Givenchy creation for the occasion, which featured an intricately designed tulle skirt and a structured jacket.

The Crown star Claire Foy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in First Man, looked regal in a fringed green Oscar De La Renta strapless gown. While she braved the cold weather in London, Claire joked to presenter Dermot O’Leary on the red carpet that she was “so hungry” before the awards ceremony.

Monochrome was another huge trend on the BAFTAs red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman leading the charge in her black and white Emilia Wickstead custom creation.

Rachel Weisz, Olivia’s co-star in The Favourite who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong, was ethereal in a white Gucci tulle gown and Cartier diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a one-shouldered Alexander McQueen creation with Jimmy Choo heels.

Salma Hayek, who was visibly emotional as she presented the Best Film award to friend Alfonso Cuaron, was chic in a black velvet floor-length dress by Gucci, complete with a jewel lizard brooch on her shoulder.

Best Actress nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy also got the black dress memo, while Viola Davis complemented her black and white Armani Prive dress with a huge bow.

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