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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Martin Freeman: ‘I will be returning for Black Panther 2’

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie. The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: C…

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie.

 The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: Civil War, and returned for 2018’s Black Panther, where he was injured in the line of duty and saved by Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, before going on to help Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and his forces battle Michael B. Jordan’s antagonist Erik Killmonger. 

 Original director Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct a follow-up, but further details are currently unknown. However, in a new chat with Collider, the British actor said he expected to be back for the sequel.  

 “As far as I know, I will be returning,” he shared. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”  

 It isn’t known when the sequel will be released, but as it didn’t appear on Marvel’s slate for 2020 and 2021 during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation, it’s likely it won’t be due until at least 2022.  

 Alongside Freeman, other castmembers expected to return for the sequel include Wright, Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke. 

 Last year, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly the plot for the sequel was coming together and he teased that audiences would be seeing more of Wright’s Shuri.   

 “One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one,” he said. 

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Karen Elson ‘nervous’ to wear Lupita Nyong’o’s dress for photoshoot

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot. To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet …

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot.

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses, with the British model wearing gowns made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Julianne Moore, among others.

The 40-year-old beauty also sported the plunging pale blue Prada dress the Black Panther star wore when she collected the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and can be seen wearing the iconic gown while resting on a sink in a public bathroom.

Sharing the image on Instagram, Elson revealed she was so anxious about wearing the outfit that hairdresser Lacy Redway sent a picture to the actress herself.

“This picture gives me the chills. The amazing hairdresser @lacyredway sent this picture to the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o as we were shooting as she wore this gorgeous @prada dress for the 2014 Academy Awards,” she wrote. “I was nervous that maybe she’d be freaked out that another woman was wearing something that was so iconic and specific to a time in her life.

“The point of this shoot is to pay homage to both the brilliant and powerful women who brought life into these gorgeous dresses and to the designers who created such timeless pieces. It’s this alchemy and collaboration between the actor and designer that made this shoot so special.”

Nyong’o is yet to respond publicly to the shoot, but Paltrow heaped praise on Elson for wearing the pale pink Ralph Lauren dress she wore when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999.

“You wore it better,” the Avengers: Endgame actress responded, adding a heart emoji, before the catwalk star quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Chiara Ferragni unveils debut cosmetics collection for Lancome

Chiara Ferragni has launched her first capsule collection of cosmetics for Lancome.The Italian fashion star has risen to prominence since launching her blog The Blonde Salad in 2009 and now boasts over 11 million followers on Instagram. Chiara was nam…

Chiara Ferragni has launched her first capsule collection of cosmetics for Lancome.

The Italian fashion star has risen to prominence since launching her blog The Blonde Salad in 2009 and now boasts over 11 million followers on Instagram.

Chiara was named as Lancome’s latest muse last March, seeing her follow in the footsteps of Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Hill, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins, and on Monday, she unveiled her Lancome x Chiara Ferragni line on social media.

“This is such a milestone for me: my own capsule collection for @lancomeofficial, that is going to be available worldwide. Later in (Instagram) Stories (here it’s 5am) I’ll show you how the palette and products look like and all of the different sort of make-up looks you can achieve but for now, thank you for loving it and making me feel special,” she captioned a post on Instagram. “The #LancomexChiaraFerragni capsule is now available online (link in bio) and soon in stores all over the world and it’s better than in my dreams.”

The range features the Flirting Make-up Palette, which is made up of pink, red, and gold-toned eyeshadows and blushers, and contains three brushes. There is a black Hypnose Drama mascara too, as well as three new shades each of Lancome’s L’Absolu Mademoiselle Shine lipstick and L’Absolu Lacquer gloss. Each item is presented in sparkly pink packaging with Chiara’s signature blinking eye logo, with prices ranging from $35 – $67 (£28 – £53).

Regarding the concept, Chiara told Harpersbazaar.com she was determined for the products to work with all skin tones.

“I feel like the palette, out of everything in the collection, defines what I feel about beauty,” the 32-year-old commented. “I love that you can achieve so many different looks by just buying one product, because it has a little bit of everything – whereas normally palettes just focus on one thing. It means you don’t have to carry around as many beauty products.”

The Lancome x Chiara Ferragni collection is now available to buy at Douglas stores in Italy and will roll out across Europe and the U.S. later in the year.

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Dior collaborates with African artists for cruise 2020 line

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Ap…

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.

The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Apr19), with celebrities in attendance including Karlie Kloss, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, and the Haim sisters.

Entitled Common Ground, the show was influenced by an excerpt from philosopher Naomi Zack’s 2005 book, Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality, and celebrated a “common ground for women and culture across territories”.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri has always had her heart set on establishing creative exchanges with African cultures,” a Dior representative said in a statement. “With this collection, she sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers.”

Accordingly, Chiuri consulted with French anthropologist Anne Grosfilley on African wax fabrics and the techniques that make the intricate patterns, while the Italian designer also worked with Moroccan craftswomen on the set design, which included bonfires and pools filled with floating candles.

Famed South African shirtmaker Pathe Oueedraogo, aka Pathe’O, made a shirt which paid homage to late President Nelson Mandela, and milliner Stephen Jones teamed with Daniella Osemadewa and Martine Henry on pan-African headpieces and turbans.

In addition, British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner and African-American artist Mickalene Thomas offered up their interpretations of Dior’s classic Bar Jacket and New Look skirt. Other highlights of the collection included off-the-shoulder patterned dresses and leather belts with the Dior logo on the front, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of red carpet-ready gowns, including a black number with a sweetheart neckline and fringed hemline.

The show marked the first time Dior has shown in the North African nation in spite of the fashion house’s long-held ties to Morocco, with former couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who helmed the label in the ‘50s, considering the country his second home. In 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech.

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Anna Wintour impressed by pregnant Duchess of Sussex’s high heels

Anna Wintour has been impressed by the stilettos Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has worn throughout her pregnancy.The former Suits actress and her husband Prince Harry are currently expecting their first child, with Meghan thought to be due to give birth at…

Anna Wintour has been impressed by the stilettos Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has worn throughout her pregnancy.

The former Suits actress and her husband Prince Harry are currently expecting their first child, with Meghan thought to be due to give birth at the end of the month (Apr19).

Previously, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna has praised Meghan for “bringing modernity” to the British royal family, and in a new video for her series Go Ask Anna, she shared that she was impressed by the 37-year-old’s ability to walk in very high heels while expecting.

“I’ve been very taken by the way Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been dressing. Throughout her pregnancy, her heels actually seem to be getting taller every time I look at a picture of her,” she commented. “When pregnant, I think it is very important to continue wearing your own personal style. I never understand why women suddenly decide they want to hide their pregnancy. Why not celebrate it? It’s an incredibly joyful time in a woman’s life. And it’s nothing to be hidden or be ashamed of. Much better, in a way, to flaunt it.”

Anna went on to name Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Lupita Nyong’o as her “modern” style icons, because the three women “always look exactly like themselves”.

In addition, the editor commended politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s personal style, but noted that she wishes more people would focus on what the U.S. Representative has to say.

“I do personally love the red lipstick and the hoop earrings,” the 69-year-old smiled, referring to the young politician’s signature look. “I think it’s wonderful to have a young woman in the political arena that is obviously not frightened to say what she means, that represents another generation that is independent thinking, that isn’t falling into line with the conventional wisdom of what a woman in politics should be or how she should look or how she should conduct herself… So, good for her. I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes us.”

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Jordan Peele’s impressions helped Lupita Nyong’o capture Us character

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get …

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.

The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get Out.

Lupita found acting opposite herself tough and told film website Collider: “It was a challenge to act against yourself and never meet your scene partner. That was twisted.”

However, she revealed that Jordan’s knack for doing impressions of her and her castmates really helped.

“We did have incredible support,” the 36-year-old commented. “Jordan was actually awesome. For me, what he would often do – because he’s such a good mimic and impressionist – he would often play on the mic, play the other character. That was really, really helpful.”

The Oscar-winner explained that although her director’s mimicry could have come across as unkind or unprofessional, it hugely improved her performance.

“Because he’s so good at it you think it would be funny but it was actually intriguing because he would kind of own it,” she added. “He was not making fun of you, he was actually trying to give you (advice). That was the coolest thing, to have a director who could do that, who (would) take on that responsibility so that you’re actually working with a spirited version of your other side.”

Lupita’s co-star Winston Duke, who plays Adelaide’s husband Gabe Wilson, also found that Jordan’s impressions added to the “shock value” of being on set.

Us is in cinemas now.

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Jordan Peele was determined for Us to be a ‘monster’ movie

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a g…

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.

The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

Speaking about the doppelgangers, especially the double of Lupita’s character Adelaide Wilson, Jordan has now shared that he wanted not only to create a character, but also a monster that would be on the same level as horror film icons Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.

“That was the goal from early on,” he said in a video interview for Collider.com. “I wanted to make a monster movie. I think part of it is, you know, when you see a charismatic and well-designed monster, it is magnetic and in the tradition of monster stories I think, empathy lies underneath it.”

Jordan went on to explain that he had been intrigued by the idea of a doppelganger from a young age, though he confessed to spending a lot of time down a “rabbit hole” investigating the concept while working on the script.

“I tried to get to the bottom of why doppelgangers (are) fairly universal. Just about every mythology has some version of the doppelganger tale. And there tends to be a harrowing menace attached to the mythologies as well. I did some research,” the 40-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Jordan explained that he gave his set production designer Ruth De Jong and her team permission to include “Easter eggs” for viewers wherever possible.

And on the topic of whether he plans to continue to make a shared universe of horror movies, following on from Us and his acclaimed 2017 movie Get Out, the star remained tight-lipped.

“Yes, I have thought of it. (I’ll) save it (for now),” he laughed.

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Lupita Nyong’o studied spasmodic dysphonia to come up with Us voice

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia. The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing fa…

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia.

The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing family haunted by a group of demon lookalikes.

Lupita had to distort her voice to portray her onscreen antagonist, Red, and she decided to borrow aspects of the neurological disorder after learning that it was something attorney and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had once overcome.

“I was fascinated, and I started doing research,” she told The New York Times. “I met with people who have the condition and built it from there.”

Medical experts have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of spasmodic dysphonia, but that gave the Oscar winner flexibility in the way she developed her broken speech pattern.

“It could be a trauma in your life – someone dying, or a physical assault. It varies,” she shared. “For me, it felt very organic as an inspiration for Red, who’s had this kind of strangled past.

“Red’s character is very ID-driven, so one of the things that we were looking for was for that to come across in the quality of her voice – just the raw emotion, the raw rage.”

The sounds she began spewing as Red gave director Jordan Peele a chill, and he knew at that moment Lupita had perfected the part.

“I (had just) described it as a voice that hadn’t been used in years,” he recalled telling the actress. “She sat me down and said ‘Are you ready?’ It was like nothing I had ever heard. So creepy.”

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