Ryan Gosling ‘in awe’ of partner Eva Mendes’s clothing collection

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her…

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.

The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her biggest fan.

“Ryan is incredibly supportive and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People, before adding that the Oscar-nominated actor has already picked out his favourite pieces from her recent collection.

“He’s been loving the pants I’ve been doing,” she shared. “I’ve been getting into pants more, especially soft pants like joggers.”

Gosling also has to remind Mendes of all the hard work she puts into designing each of the pieces in the Eva Mendes Collection.

“He makes me realise that (making the collection) is actually a lot of work,” the 45-year-old said. “I have so much fun doing it, that I don’t really realise.”

Mendes is constantly inspired by the women in her family and confessed that an old photograph of her mother in the 1980s directly influenced the creation of a silk blouse and matching trousers for her latest line.

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” the mother-of-two continued. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.

“And then of course when you see your family in one of your dresses, your creations, it’s beautiful, because you know they’re not doing you any favours.”

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Eva Mendes: ‘Dresses store memories for me’

Actress Eva Mendes has flashbacks whenever she looks at a dress in her wardrobe.Clothing means more to The Place Behind the Pines star than most, as she recalls fond memories whenever she views a treasured item in her closet.“Whatever special occasio…

Actress Eva Mendes has flashbacks whenever she looks at a dress in her wardrobe.

Clothing means more to The Place Behind the Pines star than most, as she recalls fond memories whenever she views a treasured item in her closet.

“Whatever special occasion holds a dear place in my heart, I usually remember what I was wearing or what my mother was wearing or my sisters,” she explains to People. “When I was really little, my mom worked at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. We would ride the bus to go to work, (and) I’d go to work with her. She would wear this red geisha gown that you had to wear at that time, and it was so beautiful. There’s so many memories tied to that.”

Eva, who is now a mother of two with longtime love Ryan Gosling, has also used the memories of her mum’s clothing to inspire her latest collection for New York & Company.

“When I think of my mom, her whole look wasn’t as uptight (in the ’70s) as maybe it was in the ’60s,” she explains. “I look at photos and there’s just more relaxed hair going on, bell bottom pants, bold patterns – and I love bold patterns. So I think I was really inspired by my mom, but also women like (actress) Gena Rowlands.”

The star is also inspired by her kids and admits the days she spends making a mess while playing with the tots will help her come up with fashion looks down the line.

“I’m inspired by my children’s art work,” Eve smiles. “It’s just amazing what they create when they sit down with the crayon or with some finger paint. I have something really fun inspired by them coming soon.”

Eva’s latest collection with New York & Company became available for sale last week (14Mar19).

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Costume designer Mary Zophres: ‘Damien Chazelle is there whenever you need him’

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.And while …

Director Damien Chazelle collaborates closely with the wardrobe department on his films.

Costume designer Mary Zophres has worked with Chazelle twice now; first on his Oscar-winning spectacular La La Land, and then again on new film First Man.

And while the two films dealt with totally different stories, Chazelle’s style remained the same.

“It was very much like La La Land. It was just a different subject matter, but his approach is very much the same,” Zophres said at the Gold Derby Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel. “He knows exactly what the film is going to look like. He’s very much a collaborator and is very open to ideas and to meetings and discussions and meetings and show and tells. He’ll be there whenever you need him to be there.”

Zophres herself landed an Academy Award nod for 2016’s La La Land, and she was also nominated for True Grit in 2011.

Her other credits include Catch Me If You Can, Fargo and Gangster Squad, among many others.

In First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as space hero Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife Janet, Zophres opted for a lot of natural fibres.

“Cottons and wools,” she explained. “And to be able to pull back some of the colour so it would have the effect of a Kodachrome photograph. That’s how we wanted it to look. And I knew we were going to shoot on 16 mm. Some of it’s 16, some of it’s 35 and some of its IMAX. You don’t know what it’s going to look like. That was a little intense and intimidating, but in the end, it really makes the movie make a lot of sense story-wise to me.”

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Ryan Gosling almost turned down First Man role

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wi…

Ryan Gosling has admitted he considered turning down the role of Neil Armstrong in his latest film First Man.

The actor has received rave reviews for his portrayal of the first man to set foot on the moon, which also stars Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife Janet Shearon and is directed by Damien Chazelle.

In an interview with Britain’s Total Film, the La La Land filmmaker admitted that Ryan “was the only person I ever thought of for Neil”, but the Blade Runner 2049 star wasn’t so sure.

“I actually didn’t know if I was interested,” Ryan admitted to the publication. “I certainly didn’t feel like I wanted to do a biopic. But I think when I started diving into the materials, almost kind of by chance… the mission to the Moon, and the idea of what that mission meant and what it took and what it cost: that started really fascinating me.”

The 37-year-old added that while he was aware of Armstrong’s “contribution to history”, there was plenty he didn’t know about his life. And the filming experience, which included being strapped into a ‘multi-axis trainer’ to simulate being in outer space, proved to Ryan that he wouldn’t make a very good astronaut himself.

“It was…unsettling,” he chuckled. “But, you know, kind of amazing. I realised I couldn’t (actually cut it as an astronaut). Any fantasy I had about that was quickly shattered. It’s a very specific person who wants to get into a machine that has never been flown, and fly it for the first time, and to actively push that machine to its breaking point, to see what its weaknesses are.”

First Man hits cinemas on 12 October (18).

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Jason Clarke struggled with claustrophobic First Man scenes

Jason Clarke has admitted he almost needed a mild sedative to deal with filming the claustrophobic scenes in First Man.Jason stars opposite Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in Damien Chazelle’s new film, which tells the story of the first man on the moon,…

Jason Clarke has admitted he almost needed a mild sedative to deal with filming the claustrophobic scenes in First Man.

Jason stars opposite Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy in Damien Chazelle’s new film, which tells the story of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Damien decided on lots of scenes depicting the space man’s chosen career, which meant the cast including Ryan, Corey Stoll, as Buzz Aldrin, and Jason, who plays Ed White the first American to walk in space, all had to shoot in rockets.

“(It was) insanely claustrophobic. It was almost to the point where you needed a mild sedative. I don’t say that lightly,” Jason told British newspaper Metro. “Claustrophobia is not something you can just turn off. Damien really made no exceptions. The camera had to fit the reality and everybody had that mantra.

“The capsules were scaled to real life. It was not fun — we’re not pilots, we’re not used to doing this every day. So I wasn’t used to the fact I’m totally reliant once I was strapped in. I can’t do anything: my oxygen, my communications, my ability to get out, it’s beyond my control.”

The film is in cinemas now, with Kyle Chandler and Claire Foy also starring. And being cast in the La La Land director’s new movie was a dream come true for Australian star Jason.

“It was in my bucket list to do a space movie,” the 49-year-old smiled. “Blade Runner, 2001, they’re a couple of my favourites. To do this story, with this team and the access this team got, was a pleasure. The size and scope of this movie… that’s quite rare.”

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Claire Foy regrets not meeting Janet Armstrong

Claire Foy will always regret not meeting Janet Armstrong before she died.Claire, who recently bagged the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Crown, plays Janet, the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong, in new movie First Man, but …

Claire Foy will always regret not meeting Janet Armstrong before she died.

Claire, who recently bagged the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Crown, plays Janet, the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong, in new movie First Man, but sadly didn’t get to meet her before she died in June (18).

“I was never in a room with her. I’ll always regret that,” she sighed to New York Magazine. “But then at the same time, I wonder whether, when playing her, it was helpful that I didn’t meet her; there was some distance. She was very private about her relationship with Neil anyway. I didn’t want to put her in a position where she was having to talk to some random actress about her marriage. Nobody wants to do that!”

In First Man, Ryan Gosling takes on the role of Neil, the first man to walk on the moon, with the actor re-teaming with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for the project. Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll and Kyle Chandler also star, with the story focusing on the legendary space mission Neil and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin (Corey) and Michael Collins (Lukas Haas) embarked on in 1969.

Before shooting began, Claire and Ryan, along with the young actors who played their onscreen children, worked hard to get their chemistry just right.

“Improvised is a general term for what we did. We were doing takes tied to dialogue and takes where Damien would be like, ‘Do whatever you want!’” The Crown star recalled. “It was more of an exercise, I think. But before shooting, we did two weeks of pure improvisation. Me and Ryan and the kids were a family, all of a sudden, in a cabin. We were like, ‘Hi! Hello. We’re a family.’”

First Man premiered at Venice Film Festival, and hits cinemas from October (18).

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Eva Mendes draws inspiration from eldest daughter’s style

Eva Mendes is starting to draw inspiration for her women’s fashion line from her young daughter after discovering her keen eye for stylish ensembles. The actress and clothing designer reveals Esmeralda, her eldest child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, ha…

Eva Mendes is starting to draw inspiration for her women’s fashion line from her young daughter after discovering her keen eye for stylish ensembles.

The actress and clothing designer reveals Esmeralda, her eldest child with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, has been having fun trying out different looks whenever she picks out her own wardrobe, and she once even rocked her pyjamas as an asymmetrical top.

“Our four-year-old, Esmeralda, she dresses herself and comes up with some pretty interesting things,” Eva gushed on breakfast show Good Morning America.

“Like, she’ll just do the one sleeve (top), and we’re like, ‘Amazing!’ It’s just a one-sleeve jammy!”

Eva and Ryan’s second child, two-year-old Amada, is also starting to develop an early sense of style, giving the Hitch star another source of inspiration as she continues to design pieces for her eponymous New York & Company line.

“It’s so fun to see them kind of like, without any (direction), just to see what they do naturally (with clothing) is really exciting,” Eva shared, “because I’m just mum when I’m with them.”

The 44-year-old beauty has long been known for her effortlessly glamorous appearance, but these days, she leans towards wardrobe items which are more of the casual comfort variety – and she’s added a few to her latest range for the Eva Mendes Collection.

“I have a two year old and a four year old now, (so) sometimes it’s just a challenge to get dressed, so I brought in the tees (T-shirts),” she said.

And the Latin stunner’s evolving style still gets the thumbs up from her beau Ryan, because he approves of everything she wears.

“Ryan’s so sweet. He’s so beautiful, he thinks everything looks great,” Eva smiled.

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Damien Chazelle explored the ‘uncertainty’ of space with First Man

Damien Chazelle wanted to explore the “uncertainty” of space travel in movie First Man.The director is gearing up to start promoting the biographical drama, which is based on James R. Hansen’s 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong an…

Damien Chazelle wanted to explore the “uncertainty” of space travel in movie First Man.

The director is gearing up to start promoting the biographical drama, which is based on James R. Hansen’s 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong and looks at the life of the American astronaut and his involvement in the United States space programme.

Chazelle is reuniting with his La La Land star Ryan Gosling on the movie, with the actor taking on the lead role, and the filmmaker has now shared that he wanted to convey a very realistic view of what it was like to be involved with NASA in the late 1960s.

“We don’t think about how dangerous that first era of space travel really was,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We might know about some of the disasters, but we think largely in a triumphalist way. We hear trumpets blaring and see the flag waving and it all looks noble and dignified in a way that makes it seem easy, like a fait accompli. I wanted to unwind all of that and make it as scary and uncertain as it really was.”

Chazelle went on to explain that he knew very little about Armstrong when he first started researching the film. But he spoke with NASA experts and some surviving astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in order to get a sense of exactly how risky space travel to the moon would be.

“I remember thinking, if I could somehow get this movie to capture that combination of the utterly mundane and the utterly terrifying and the awe-inspiring (it would be wonderful). But that’s a difficult combo,” the 33-year-old added.

In addition to filming at air force bases, Chazelle also had Gosling and Claire Foy, who portrays Armstrong’s first wife Janet, and their onscreen children improvise some scenes before the shoot began.

First Man, also features House of Cards actor Corey Stoll and Bloodline star Kyle Chandler, is due to hit cinemas in October (18).

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Neil Armstrong’s sons defend new movie after flag controversy

Neil Armstrong’s sons have defended the new Ryan Gosling movie about their father’s mission to the moon. Gosling plays the iconic astronaut in First Man, which focuses on the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Directed by Damien Chaze…

Neil Armstrong’s sons have defended the new Ryan Gosling movie about their father’s mission to the moon.

Gosling plays the iconic astronaut in First Man, which focuses on the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Directed by Damien Chazelle and based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie was called anti-American by critics who took offence to the film’s failure to show the moment the American flag was planted on the lunar surface.

Rick Armstrong and Mark Armstrong released a statement jointly with author Hansen on Friday (31Aug18) to dismiss reports that the movie was unpatriotic.

“We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest,” the statement read. “Quite the opposite. But don’t take our word for it. We’d encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves.

“This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement ‘for all mankind’,” they continued.

Oscar-nominated director Chazelle also defended the film amid the outcry, and said his goal with First Man was to “share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America’s mission to the moon”.

He added: “This film is about one of the most extraordinary accomplishments not only in American history, but in human history.”

Gosling also responded to the criticism, and told reporters after the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (29Aug18): “I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement (and) that’s how we chose to view it.”

Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82.

First Man is set to be released in the U.S. on 12 October.

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Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle’s new film a big hit at Venice Film Festival

Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s new Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, lit up the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on Wednesday (29Aug18). The movie, starring the director’s La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling, earned a three minute standing…

Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s new Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, lit up the Venice International Film Festival in Italy on Wednesday (29Aug18).

The movie, starring the director’s La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling, earned a three minute standing ovation after its world premiere on the opening night of this year’s festivities.

Chazelle and Gosling returned to the Italian city just two years after gracing the red carpet to debut their Oscar-winning movie musical La La Land, and the response from critics for their new project has been just as favourable.

The film, in which Gosling portrays the late astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, is already receiving rave reviews, with many critics touting the picture as an early Oscars contender.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman hails the film as “turbulently spectacular and enthralling”, while The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney praises Gosling for a “thoughtfully internalized performance”, and applauds Chazelle for delivering “emotional involvement, visceral tension” and suspense, as well as “stunning technical craft” in First Man.

During a press conference before the screening on Wednesday, Gosling admitted he had his work cut out as he researched Armstrong’s life, as the astronaut and qualified pilot was known for guarding his privacy.

“I’ve never had more help in my life on a film…,” he told reporters. “Whether it was Neil’s sons or his late ex-wife Janet or Neil’s sister, his childhood friends… NASA opened the door to the facilities.

“Neil was a very famously introspective, quiet, humble person, so the challenge was to honour that but also to create windows into what he might be or had been experiencing emotionally at the time.”

The actor even took a flying lesson to try and better understand his character – although he soon abandoned the idea after his instructor encouraged him to take the plane into a controlled stall.

“I thought what I should do was learn how to fly,” he shared, before adding, “I thought in that moment, ‘This is a terrible idea and there was a reason why Neil Armstrong was destined to be one of the greatest pilots and I’m not.’

“In that moment, I realised something about Neil. It’s a certain kind of person that will get into a plane and intentionally push it to its breaking point for the sole purpose of pushing our aeronautics forward.”

First Man, which co-stars Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Claire Foy, is among the top contenders for the Venice festival’s prestigious Golden Lion honour. It will compete against Joel and Ethan Coen’s new western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Paul Greengrass’ 22 July, Luca Guadagnino’s hotly anticipated horror remake Suspiria, Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican family drama Roma, and The Favourite, a period piece starring Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

Director Guillermo del Toro will lead the main jury to decide the winners of the 75th annual event, which runs until 8 September (18).

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