Anthony Mackie calls out lack of diversity in Marvel film crews

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew be…

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.

The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew behind the camera during an interview with Daveed Diggs as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies now where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” he stated.

The 41-year-old went on to note that the only exception has been 2018’s Black Panther, which was helmed by Ryan Coogler and featured a line-up of Black actors including Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore,” he continued. “He produced Black Panther. But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

Mackie explained that he was using his clout as the co-lead of Disney+’s upcoming TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to push for more inclusive hiring practices.

“My big push with Marvel, with everybody, is hire the best person for the job,” Mackie said. “Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their resume to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for and push the envelope.”

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Naomi Campbell instantly dazzled by Adut Akech’s star quality

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wed…

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.

The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wednesday. Reflecting on the time she first met Adut, Naomi shared that it was at Tim Walker’s Alice in Wonderland-themed photoshoot, also starring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“(Diddy) and I were getting ready in hair and make-up… and Adut walks in,” she remembered. “And we both look up in the mirror and we’re both just like, ‘Boom!’ It just hit us… we were like, ‘Did you just see what I just saw? Oh my goodness, she is incredible, special, a star.’ Knew it right away.”

Naomi then noted that she wanted to spend more time getting to know Adut follow the shoot, but couldn’t as the model had to study for her final school exams. Yet, the meeting left a lasting impression on the 20-year-old.

“They didn’t tell me you were there until I saw you so, you can imagine how much I would be in shock. But I was trying to keep it together, I was trying to keep my cool,” she smiled. “I was shocked overall that I as even there!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Adut also thanked Naomi for reaching out to her via text message after her first appearance on the runway at a Saint Laurent show in Paris.

“I went home that night and I cried. It was my first Paris Fashion Week, I’d just finished school, I’d just left my family and I was moving to New York. It was so overwhelming for me. I was like, ‘Wow, I feel like I’ve just found my first family member,” she added.

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Louis Vuitton contemplates time travel with fall 20 show

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing…

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux, Laura Harrier, Lupita Nyong’o, and Florence Pugh.

Titled Time Clash, the French designer had a cast of 200 characters or “live tableau” kitted out in period dress extending from the 15th century to 1950 standing in a gallery as a backdrop, with Milena Canonero, known for creating costumes for Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson’s films, creating the outfits.

“What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now?” he wrote in the show notes. “This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: Everyone can pen their own history.”

As with previous collections, Ghesquiere opted to merge Baroque flourishes and much more futuristic influences, with the spectacle opening with model Michelle Laff donning a sporty vest with a ruffled layered black leather miniskirt. The outfit was topped off with striped leather booties and a Louis Vuitton monogram tote.

Elsewhere, the fashion star juxtaposed petticoat-like dresses with sporty parkas, motocross-inspired vests with oversized skirts, and three-piece pinstripe suits with leather gloves and edgy cube-like bags.

Other highlights included an embroidered leather two-piece outfit with the words “I still breathe the past” written on the front of the jacket, a tiger print dress with black leather detailing, as well as a heavily beaded emerald green bolero jacket worn over a simple white shift dress.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Acting comes with a lot of responsibility’

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaim…

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.

Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as Jordan Peele’s horror Us and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lupita reflected on her six-year career as she accepted the Montecito Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Monday, telling the audience that she feels honoured to have been offered the opportunities she has.

“It still feels early for me to be reflecting on a body of work, but I feel blessed to have had the diversity of experience I have had so far,” she gushed, according to local news website Noozhawk.com. “It’s something I have always wanted.

“As an actor, real freedom is having that choice, and it’s hard to get there because acting is reliant on many other things. Acting is a privileged thing. It’s luxurious to play all day, and have people look up at you… It’s a luxurious thing, and also a thing that comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The Little Monsters star previously explained to British Vogue magazine that she is seduced by projects which might have a cultural impact.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” Lupita explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Lupita can next be seen starring opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in spy thriller 355 and leading the TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

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Jennifer Aniston wows in white at 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jennifer Aniston pulled out all of the stops at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.The 50-year-old, who won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in The Morning Show, stood out in …

Jennifer Aniston pulled out all of the stops at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.

The 50-year-old, who won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in The Morning Show, stood out in a vintage white silk dress designed by John Galliano back when he was creative director of Christian Dior between 1996 and 2011.

Speaking about her outfit during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet, Jennifer explained that she actually owns the gown.

“This is John Galliano for Christian Dior, this is a vintage dress that I sort of gave to myself as a present,” she said. “This is an investment. These are designers that are working for particular houses – I only have a couple.”

Jennifer completed her ensemble with jewellery from Fred Leighton.

But she wasn’t the only star to opt for white at the SAG Awards – Riverdale star Lili Reinhart looked elegant in a two-tone Miu Miu ballgown, The Handmaid’s Tale actress Yvonne Strahovski rocked a simple white gown from Khyeli and Christian Louboutin heels, while Millie Bobby Brown sported a Louis Vuitton outfit.

Other celebrities to make the best-dressed list included Zoe Kravitz, who matched her peach Oscar de la Renta column gown with white gloves and Tiffany & Co. bling, Cynthia Erivo, who stunned in a fuchsia and orange number from Schiaparelli, and Lupita Nyong’o, who dazzled in a strapless Louis Vuitton gown with silver sequin design.

Elsewhere, Renee Zellweger, who collected the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her film Judy, rocked a midnight blue dress from Maison Margiela with Jimmy Choo stilettos, and Scarlett Johansson made a splash in a teal blue Armani dress with plunging neckline.

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Steve McQueen slams BAFTA over lack of diversity

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to no…

Director Steve McQueen has slammed BAFTA chiefs after black actors and filmmakers were snubbed in the nominations for this year’s awards.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts bosses were left embarrassed last week after their members failed to nominate any black or ethnic minority stars for awards at next month’s ceremony.

Now, McQueen has criticised the lack of diversity at the event, rejecting organisers’ claims that the lack of diversity is down to wider issues with representation in the film industry.

“After a while, you get a bit fed up with it. Because if the BAFTAs are not supporting British talent, if you’re not supporting the people who are making headway in the industry, then I don’t understand what you are there for. Unless the BAFTAs wants to be like the Grammys, which is of no interest to anyone, and has no credibility at all, then they should continue on this path,” he fired in an interview with The Guardian, referencing the criticism of the annual U.S. music awards for snubbing black talent. “If not then they have to change. Fact.”

McQueen, who has an Oscar and two BAFTAs, went on to cite a number of British stars and filmmakers who he thinks should have received recognition, including Cynthia Erivo for Harriet – who has also condemned BAFTA for the lack of diversity – and Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in Queen & Slim. He also shared his disappointment at Lupita Nyong’o not being nominated for Jordan Peele’s Us.

“But not even just British talent, it’s talent in general. It’s crazy,” the 50-year-old added.

The 12 Years a Slave filmmaker went on to insist that if the BAFTAs failed on diversity, they would experience a talent drain as stars and creatives move to Hollywood to find success.

“If (filmmakers) are not recognised visually in our culture, well what’s the b**ody point? It becomes irrelevant, redundant and of no interest or importance. End of,” he concluded.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet looks relate to film characters

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, …

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, consider the outfits she wears when promoting projects to be an extension of the visual storytelling within the movie.

Accordingly, they treat each event with thematic precision, and explored female warrior iconography when Lupita was promoting Black Panther and mined circus and carnival references while stepping out to support horror movie Us.

“It’s really important to have a narrative, because we’re telling a story visually, just like in an editorial,” Erlanger told British Vogue magazine. “She’s never in costume, but her look has to relate to the character she’s there to talk about.”

However, their narrative dressing is put to one side when it comes to award shows, as they like to go for all-out glamour.

“It’s an extraordinary honour to walk the red carpet at these events, so you have to have the confidence to command a presence there and represent the best possible version of yourself,” the style expert added. “Lupita is the star of her own life and she dresses for that role in those moments.”

Erlanger, who also works with actresses such as Olivia Munn, Meryl Streep, and Gal Gadot, also praised the 12 Years a Slave star for coming into their meetings having done her homework.

“She’s an expert in tailoring and silhouettes, and her knowledge of what suits her allows her to be more daring,” she gushed. “She pushes me, I push her and we bring each other back down to earth. This trust has allowed us to see how transformative style can truly be. She’s become the ultimate muse and people want to work with her.”

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Lupita Nyong’o attracted to movies with potential for ‘social and cultural impact’

Lupita Nyong’o is seduced by film projects which may have a “social and cultural impact”.The 36-year-old won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first-ever feature film role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and has worked consistently ever since, wit…

Lupita Nyong’o is seduced by film projects which may have a “social and cultural impact”.

The 36-year-old won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first-ever feature film role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and has worked consistently ever since, with credits in movies such as Black Panther, Us, Little Monsters, and the latest Star Wars trilogy.

In a cover interview with British Vogue magazine, the actress explained that she has given herself “permission to take things slow” so she can carefully pick the projects that allow her to make a difference.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” she explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.”

Lupita, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in Jordan Peele’s horror Us, is next set to produce and star in a TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah – a project she fell “madly in love” with.

“I had never seen the African contemporary experience explored, celebrated and analysed in such a way,” the star gushed. “The observations she makes as a non-American black person about America are things that I had never articulated but had felt.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lupita shared that acting can sometimes be a lonely profession.

“With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating,” she admitted.

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Us is a triple winner at African American Film Critics Association Awards

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and …

Jordan Peele’s Us has been named the Best Film of 2019 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).

The movie, which banked just over $255 million (£193.5 million) at the worldwide box office, also earned Peele the Best Director title and Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson shared in a statement.

“With Us, he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically.

“The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”

Eddie Murphy was another big winner, taking the Best Actor prize for Dolemite Is My Name, while his co-star, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, picked up a supporting accolade, alongside Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy.

AAFCA officials also listed their top films of the year. In addition to Us, they named Dolemite Is My Name, Just Mercy, The Irishman, Clemency, Queen & Slim, Waves, Parasite, Atlantics, The Farewell, and Harriet as their favourites.

Meanwhile, there were double honours for Waves as Kelvin Harrison, Jr. landed Best Breakout Performance, and Taylor Russell claimed the We See You Award for rising stars.

Parasite was declared Best Foreign Film, its writer/director Bong Joon-ho scored Best Screenplay, while Queen & Slim won the Impact Award.

Best Animated Film went to Abominable, The Black Godfather won Best Documentary, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco was deemed Best Independent Film.

The winners of the AAFCA Awards will be celebrated at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 22 January.

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Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson lead 2020 SAG Awards nominees

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Ou…

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

He will compete with Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), while Johansson will take on Renee Zellweger (Judy), Charlize Theron, (Bombshell), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet).

The Black Widow star is also nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in Jojo Rabbit, and is up against her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), and Bombshell co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

In the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category, the nominees are Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), The Irishman co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, as well as Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Competing for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are ensembles from Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Stars of the small screen will also be honoured at the ceremony, and male actors nominated for their TV work include Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) are among the female nominees for TV prizes.

The nominations were revealed by actresses America Ferrera and Danai Gurira at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

As previously announced, Robert De Niro will be honoured with a lifetime achievement honour at the event, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on 19 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman – Bombshell

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Steve Carrell – The Morning Show

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader – Barry

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Patricia Arquette – The Act

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Joey King – The Act

Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Mahershala Ali – True Detective

Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Game of Thrones

Glow

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Watchmen

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