Helena Bonham Carter took sewing lessons to perfect Ocean’s 8 designer character

Helena Bonham Carter insisted on sewing classes before she started shooting Ocean’s 8, because she wanted to look like someone who could make a dress from scratch. The Brit, who plays Irish designer Rose Weil in the new movie, has often been ridiculed…

Helena Bonham Carter insisted on sewing classes before she started shooting Ocean’s 8, because she wanted to look like someone who could make a dress from scratch.

The Brit, who plays Irish designer Rose Weil in the new movie, has often been ridiculed for her dress sense in the tabloids and for the blockbuster, and in the film, she not only wanted to look good, she wanted to look like she knew what she was doing.

“Even if Rose is no longer at the top of her game, she is actually a skilled designer,” Helena explains to WENN, “so I wanted to look as if I could make a frock.

“That’s the gift of doing what I do – you get to see the world through another person’s eyes. As Rose, it was through a designer’s eyes, which was a completely different experience for me.”

To perfect her research, the actress spent days in the costume department, taking sewing lessons and learning how to drape properly – and nail her Irish accent.

“There’s absolutely no reason why she is Irish, plot-wise, but I thought it would make her more ‘away with the fairies’, as if I need any help with that,” she smiles.

Her research paid off and she’s receiving acclaim from the critics and her castmates.

Sandra Bullock, who leads the cast, loved working with the Brit: “Helena is the queen,” Bullock states with pure admiration. “I have never met a more unique and sweet human being. And you never know where she’s going to go in a scene; it could be written a certain way and then… there goes Helena. She forced us to stay light on our feet.”

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Awkwafina has no idea why she was cast in Ocean’s 8

Awkwafina is still questioning why she was offered a role in Ocean’s 8.The rapper and actress first entered the public eye in 2012 after uploading a comedy rap video online titled ‘My Vag’, and though she has since starred in films such as Bad Neighbou…

Awkwafina is still questioning why she was offered a role in Ocean’s 8.

The rapper and actress first entered the public eye in 2012 after uploading a comedy rap video online titled ‘My Vag’, and though she has since starred in films such as Bad Neighbours 2, she is relatively unknown compared to her Ocean’s 8 A-list castmates which include Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna.

And Awkwafina, real name Nora Lum Ying, has admitted that she’s mystified by her inclusion.

“No one knows why I was cast,” the 30-year-old laughed in an interview with The Guardian. “Even I don’t know. (Director) Gary Ross really took a chance on me. He saw something in me that I don’t think I even saw in myself. Because of his confidence, I felt confident, too.”

Plenty of the Ocean’s 8 actresses have praised each other for the fun and friendship they all shared on set. However, Awkwafina confessed that she was particularly nervous about working amidst such a high calibre of talent.

“I had waking nightmares I would say something weird. But they welcomed me, they were so warm,” she smiled. “There was so much laughter on set. I consider them my heroes – but now they are also my friends. It’s always a joy to wake up to a text from one of them.”

Shooting the heist flick also brought back memories of her former life, as the comedy star happened to film one scene outside the building she once worked in as a publicity assistant – before being fired for uploading her controversial rap video six years ago.

“We were shooting this glamorous scene and I looked up and saw the office I got fired from. I thought: ‘Oh my God, everything has come full circle,'” she recalled. “I left that job in pursuit of Awkwafina. And here I was shooting a scene with Rihanna.”

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Incredibles 2 smashes records in North America but it’s still a Jurassic World

Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has enjoyed an incredible debut at the U.S. box office, hauling in an estimated $181 million (GBP136 million) over the weekend. The animated sequel, which features the voice talents of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samu…

Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has enjoyed an incredible debut at the U.S. box office, hauling in an estimated $181 million (GBP136 million) over the weekend.

The animated sequel, which features the voice talents of Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sophia Bush, has beaten a string of superhero blockbusters, including Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, and Batman v. Superman, to score the eight best opening of all-time, and the best ever for a PG-rated movie.

Incredibles 2 easily breaks Finding Dory’s $135 million (GBP101.6 million) opening record for an animated film,

Ocean’s 8 drops to two, while Tag debuts at three.

Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2 round out the new North American box office top five, while horror movie Hereditary, the Super Fly remake, Avengers: Infinity War, Adrift, and Book Club complete the top 10.

John Travolta’s much-maligned mob drama Gotti failed to make the top 10, limping in at 12 with $1.8 million (GBP1.36 million).

Meanwhile, internationally, it’s still a Jurassic World.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom snagged a big opening in China on Friday (15Jun18) to stay on top of the global box office with a $300 million (GBP226 million) worldwide tally. The dinosaur blockbuster, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, is expected to hit the $400 million mark (GBP301 million) early next week (beg18Jun18).

The film doesn’t open in the U.S. until 22 June (18), when it is expected to shatter domestic box office records.

All five Jurassic Park/World movies have now made over $4 billion at the international box office, according to Forbes, making the franchise one of the 10-biggest of all time.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘I could have turned into my Ocean’s 8 character’

Anne Hathaway based her Ocean’s 8 character on an alternate version of herself.The 35-year-old plays Daphne Kluger in the Ocean’s trilogy spin-off, an arrogant and self-obsessed award-winning actress. Anne has insisted that the character wasn’t inspire…

Anne Hathaway based her Ocean’s 8 character on an alternate version of herself.

The 35-year-old plays Daphne Kluger in the Ocean’s trilogy spin-off, an arrogant and self-obsessed award-winning actress. Anne has insisted that the character wasn’t inspired by anyone she had met in Hollywood, but instead stemmed from someone a little closer to home.

“It was just an idea I had about how I might have been if, at the beginning of my career, I’d taken fame very seriously,” she explained in an interview with Britain’s Hello! magazine. “And what would have happened if I’d cared about myself more than I care about other people.”

Anne is in the company of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna all taking on roles in the Ocean’s 8 girl gang. The concept of the movie, combined with the impressive cast, meant that the job was one the Les Miserables star couldn’t turn down.

“I love heist movies – George (Clooney)’s Ocean’s franchise was so much fun to watch,” she praised, going on to compliment her fellow actresses. “I genuinely love all those women. Cate and Sandy were very warm and welcoming to all of us and they made sure to let me know that this was a family-friendly set, and that I could bring my son (two-year-old Jonathan) there any time.”

Anne recently shared that her co-stars also gave her a body confidence boost on set, as Ocean’s 8 was her first time shooting a movie since giving birth.

“Sandy Bullock just looks up and goes, ‘Looking good mama.’ And I was like, ‘Oof that made me feel amazing,'” she recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres show. “And then Rihanna looks up and goes, ‘Damn girl, you got an a*s.’ And I of course was freaked out and loved it so much.”

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Fans divided by Sarah Paulson’s ‘ravioli’ dress at Ocean’s 8 premiere

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their n…

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their new heist movie, a spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy.

For the night, Sarah chose to wear a pale pink tiered dress with scalloped hem from Valentino’s fall/winter 2018 collection, which she matched with pink stone earrings from Irene Neuwirth and pink satin platform heels from Brian Atwood.

However, Sarah’s sartorial statement quickly caught the attention of social media users, who were split in their opinions over the look.

“Too many scallops. Looks like ravioli,” one user wrote on a picture of Sarah posted on her stylist Karla Welsh’s Instagram page, while others commented that the dress reminded them of bubble gum tape or the “piece of cloth that comes with a pair of glasses”.

Yet, the discussion wasn’t all bad, with a number of people praising the 43-year-old for making a bold choice.

“The dress is sooo hers! Great job,” one user noted, while another added: “Cotton candy dream!”

The other stars of Ocean’s 8 got dressed up for the evening too, with Sandra Bullock rocking a striped sequin jumpsuit from Zuhair Murad and Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Helena Bonham Carter wowed in a silver dress from Vivienne Westwood and Mindy Kaling looked gorgeous in a black gown from Alberta Ferretti which she matched with Brian Atwood heels, a Jimmy Choo purse and Cartier bling.

While Cate Blanchett turned heads in black trousers and a grey feathered top from Louis Vuitton and Rihanna risked a wardrobe malfunction by donning a gold draped dress with plunging neckline from Poiret. She complemented her ensemble with strappy gold high heels, a dark gold clutch as well as a slick of bright red lipstick.

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James Corden no longer eats meat

James Corden decided to give up eating red meat after reading about cruelty to elephants. The Late Late Show with James Corden host has explained in an interview with Britain’s Radio Times magazine that he stopped eating meat after being put off by wh…

James Corden decided to give up eating red meat after reading about cruelty to elephants.

The Late Late Show with James Corden host has explained in an interview with Britain’s Radio Times magazine that he stopped eating meat after being put off by what he read about the abuse of elephants at the end of last year (17).

“At Christmas, I read a story about the mistreatment of elephants and realised I was upset about animal welfare while eating a bacon sandwich,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, you really can’t be upset about elephants and not think about the pigs.’ I hope I can keep it up. I will certainly try.”

The 39-year-old also plans to adopt a vegetarian diet by cutting out fish as well.

“I’m going to try to phase out fish next. It’s going to be a gradual process,” he added.

The British star, who is currently starring in heist movie Ocean’s 8, may now have a healthier lifestyle, but he still cannot resist eating bread. In a recent interview with The Sun, he described baked goods as his “nemesis”.

“They delivered this basket of warm, fresh bread and we’re like, ‘It’s happening, we’re doing it. Who are we trying to kid?'” he joked. “It’s our nemesis, it’s out to destroy us!”

James relocated to Los Angeles with his wife Julia and their two children Max and Carey at the start of 2015 after he was hired to front The Late Late Show, and he lost six stone (38 kilograms) by employing a personal trainer and changing his diet ahead of his new job.

“I’ve cut out sugar and bread, and only eat at mealtimes now. I didn’t realise before that it wasn’t O.K. to constantly graze all day, that this wasn’t a thing and that it was frowned upon,” he told The Daily Mirror newspaper in 2015.

James and Julia have since welcomed a third child, a daughter named Charlotte, who was born in December.

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Sandra Bullock looked to Kim Kardashian for Ocean’s 8 high heel help

Sandra Bullock channelled her inner Kim Kardashian to walk confidently in high heels for the new Ocean’s 8 movie. The Blind Side star was a little unsteady on her feet as she was filmed walking down some stairs at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art…

Sandra Bullock channelled her inner Kim Kardashian to walk confidently in high heels for the new Ocean’s 8 movie.

The Blind Side star was a little unsteady on her feet as she was filmed walking down some stairs at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for the hit heist comedy, which is set during the venue’s annual Met Gala, where her character, Debbie Ocean, and her team of crooks set out to steal the Toussaint, a $150 million (£112 million) Cartier necklace from Anne Hathaway’s diva actress Daphne Kluger.

Reality TV star Kim and her half-sister, model Kendall Jenner, make cameo appearances in the ensemble project, and Sandra reveals she tried to take notes as she watched how they carried themselves while strutting around in stilettos.

“I got a little nervous, because I had to walk this entire staircase in that dress and I couldn’t look down because I was supposed to keep an eye on it (the prized necklace),” she told breakfast show Today.

“The Kardashian sisters (sic) were right there (in the scene) and I kept looking at their feet, going, ‘How are they not falling…?’.”

Director Gary Ross had Sandra did a couple of takes of her walk down the stairs, and on the second try, the Oscar winner tried her best to walk in the same way as Kim and Kendall.

“Gary would be like, ‘OK, do it again!’ and I’m like, ‘Ugh,'” she recalled. “I’d try it again and be like (telling myself), ‘OK, do it like the Kardashians!'”

Sandra was particularly careful to avoid tripping and falling in all her finery, because her fake Met Gala outfit was a “work of art”.

“All of us ladies got to wear some pretty amazing dresses for the gala,” Bullock explained. “Alberta Ferretti designed my dress and the craftsmanship that went into it was fantastic. I don’t know if it was intentional, but my character’s last name is Ocean, and when I looked down at the bottom of the dress and the train, there were starfish and shells and waves all embroidered in gold and silver on top of this sea of black. It’s a work of art.”

Ocean’s 8 also stars Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

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Ocean’s 8 cast ordered filming breaks for Anne Hathaway to pump breast milk

Anne Hathaway was so thankful to her fellow Ocean’s 8 leading ladies for ordering filming breaks when the new mum needed to pump her breast milk. The new ensemble movie was the Les Miserables star’s first job after giving birth to her first child, son…

Anne Hathaway was so thankful to her fellow Ocean’s 8 leading ladies for ordering filming breaks when the new mum needed to pump her breast milk.

The new ensemble movie was the Les Miserables star’s first job after giving birth to her first child, son Jonathan, in March, 2016, and she is relieved to have been surrounded by such supportive cast and crewmembers as she adapted to life as a working mum.

“I was so happy because I was breastfeeding and I had that moment where I was like, ‘Oh, is this gonna be a positive environment to just be able to do that?’,” she recalled to breakfast show Today, “and everybody was fantastic and they understood.”

Hathaway played diva actress Daphne Kluger, the target of the film’s heist, and co-star Cate Blanchett jokes her swollen breasts “really worked” for her character’s costume.

“It really did!,” laughed Anne. “My entire character was built from the chest up!”

Taking a more serious tone, she shared one particular memory from the New York shoot.

“I remember there was one moment when we were shooting a little long, and I just kinda went, ‘Ughhh’ and the girls were like, ‘What’s wrong?’ and I said, ‘I should have pumped an hour ago,'” Anne explained. “The girls just formed (a circle) around me and they were like (to filmmakers), ‘We need a break. Annie needs to go do this.’

“It was just like, who gets that? I mean, everybody should but (it’s not common).”

Anne recently revealed the all-female stars also helped her regain her body confidence as a new mum, after Cate and Sandra Bullock complimented her figure as she arrived on-set in a pair of jeans.

However, it was a remark from Rihanna which really got her excited.

“Rihanna looks up and goes, ‘Damn girl, you got an a**!’,” Anne recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week (07Jun18). “And I, of course, was freaked out and loved it so much and go, ‘Really?’ And she goes, ‘You got an a** like me.’ And I can honestly say I’ve never had that experience on a film set before.”

Ocean’s 8, which was directed by Gary Ross, also stars Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

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Ocean’s 8 stars were dressed by the world’s top designers for fake Met Gala

The world’s top designers lined up to dress the Ocean’s 8 cast for the film’s fake Met Gala. Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, and her team of crooks plan a heist at the annual fashion ball in New York, and in several scenes the group of ladie…

The world’s top designers lined up to dress the Ocean’s 8 cast for the film’s fake Met Gala.

Sandra Bullock’s character, Debbie Ocean, and her team of crooks plan a heist at the annual fashion ball in New York, and in several scenes the group of ladies appear in all their finery after stealing a priceless Cartier necklace from Anne Hathaway’s diva actress Daphne Kluger.

To make sure the stars, including Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, looked stunning for the ball scenes, the film’s wardrobe mistress Sarah Edwards worked with some of the world’s top designers to dress the film’s eight leading ladies after first chatting to the cast about the fashion moguls they felt would suit their characters.

“All of us ladies got to wear some pretty amazing dresses for the gala,” Bullock explains. “Alberta Ferretti designed my dress and the craftsmanship that went into it was fantastic. I don’t know if it was intentional, but my character’s last name is Ocean, and when I looked down at the bottom of the dress and the train, there were starfish and shells and waves all embroidered in gold and silver on top of this sea of black. It’s a work of art.”

Co-star Helena Bonham Carter was paired with Dolce & Gabbana and recalls, “I went to their studio and saw this dress in the corner – a sort of 50s, white frock with roses all over – and I said, ‘That’s (character) Rose!’ And then, to make it even better, it was hand-painted to make the roses stand out dimensionally. I was like a moving rose garden.”

Kaling felt a personal connection to her character Amita’s dress, noting, “My gown was designed by Naeem Khan, who I’ve been a fan of for years. He’s Indian, which was especially meaningful for me… It was such a wish-fulfillment exercise as a woman who loves fashion.”

Castmate Awkwafina’s gown was created by Jonathan Simkhai, Sarah Paulson opted for a navy-blue velvet dress by Prada, and Givenchy created Cate Blanchett’s edgy look.

Rihanna was dressed by Zac Posen, who appears in the film, and Hathaway’s Kluger wore hot pink Valentino gown with a matching 25-foot cape.

“I have a long history with the house of Valentino, so I knew whatever they delivered would be incredible,” the Oscar winner says.

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Jerry Weintraub loved the idea behind all-female Ocean’s 8 before his death

Legendary movie mogul Jerry Weintraub signed off on the cast of Ocean’s 8 before his death. The producer behind George Clooney’s Ocean’s franchise was approached by Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh with an idea for an all-female heist movie, and he lov…

Legendary movie mogul Jerry Weintraub signed off on the cast of Ocean’s 8 before his death.

The producer behind George Clooney’s Ocean’s franchise was approached by Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh with an idea for an all-female heist movie, and he loved the idea.

Director Ross already had casting ideas and Jerry loved the premise of creating a new film with Sandra Bullock as her late brother Danny Ocean’s sister.

“Steven (Soderbergh) is a close friend and we’ve unofficially collaborated on a number of projects over the years,” Gary shares. “If he hadn’t been involved, I don’t think I would have done it. It was great working together.”

“Gary came to me and said, ‘What about Sandy as Danny’s sister?’ I thought that was really interesting, so I said, ‘Let’s take it to Jerry (Weintraub)’. And Jerry thought it was a terrific idea.”

Weintraub then reached out to Sandra to sign on: “There wasn’t even a script yet, but Jerry’s energy, his joy and his passion for this franchise were very infectious,” the actress recalls.

But the legendary moviemaker died in 2015 before filming began.

“It was difficult to imagine an Ocean’s film without Jerry at the helm as a producer,” Soderbergh states. “Jerry wasn’t just a producer; he was a larger-than-life figure.”

Weintraub’s longtime collaborator Susan Ekins, who had served as an executive producer on the previous Ocean’s films, stepped up as a producer, giving Soderbergh someone he knew he could rely on to bring the project to fruition: “Gary and I went to her and said, ‘You were part of the brain trust of the first three (Ocean’s films), so we would love for you to take a more central role here’.”

“I had the pleasure of working with Jerry Weintraub and Steven Soderbergh, both brilliant filmmakers. And now I get to continue that legacy with Steven and Gary,” Ekins says.

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