Patrick Stewart to be honoured by Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the org…

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.

The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the organisation’s seventh annual prizegiving in Los Angeles on 11 January.

“Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever,” said MUAHS president Julie Socash. “He is so deserving of this special recognition spotlighting his award-winning stage and screen performances, and we celebrate his great collaboration with our talented artists.”

Stewart, 79, will be presented with the prestigious prize by Brent Spiner, star of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Next Generation; James MacKinnon, an Emmy Award-winning make-up and prosthetic artist, and Michael Westmore, the Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and designer of the Star Trek franchise.

Previous recipients of the honour include Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy, and Guillermo del Toro.

Each year, members of the MUAHS fete the outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theatre.

Previously, officials announced that Thomas R. Burman, Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist, and Martin Samuel, Oscar and Emmy-nominated film and celebrity hairstylist, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Stewart will next be seen onscreen reprising his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in TV series Star Trek: Picard, which is set to be released in January.

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Billy Porter’s mainstream success forcing designers to change attitudes

Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series…

Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.

Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series, about the ball culture in ’80s New York, Billy was known as one of Broadway’s leading stars.

Thanks to Pose, Billy is now a household name, and over the last six months has brought his unique style to the mainstream red carpets at events like the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Met Gala.

“The very people who said, ‘No and no again,’ are literally hounding us,” Sam laughed to The Hollywood Reporter. “If there’s a change of heart, we’ll listen to it. But we don’t want to be anywhere that we’re not welcome. And it’s so funny, because they are interested in supporting when it works for them, but not when it doesn’t. ‘Come to the show and sit front row because you’re fabulous.’ However, when we go back and ask for things, it’s always a ‘no.'”

In February, the multi-talented star served as the official ambassador for New York Fashion Week’s men’s shows, sitting front row at numerous presentations.

He went on to stun at the 2019 Oscars, wearing a black velvet Christian Siriano ball gown, complete with a tuxedo jacket.

However, getting clothes sent in for the 49-year-old is no easy task.

“Others have told me in the best corporate way, ‘He’s a queen; we don’t want to work with him,’ or ‘He doesn’t have enough followers,’ or ‘We don’t like his Instagram aesthetic,’ or ‘He’s just not big enough.’ Which is generally what happens with Broadway talent,” Sam sighed. “Nobody wants to ever give them clothing. And these are often the most talented people in the world. They’re so deserving of looking fantastic. It’s a billion-dollar industry! We have to be able to open these doors.”

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Lady Gaga: ‘Fame is very unnatural’

Lady Gaga has dubbed fame an “unnatural” state and urged Hollywood to do more to support artists struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues.Gaga will next be seen in film A Star is Born, in which she plays aspiring singer Ally, who struggl…

Lady Gaga has dubbed fame an “unnatural” state and urged Hollywood to do more to support artists struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues.

Gaga will next be seen in film A Star is Born, in which she plays aspiring singer Ally, who struggles to break into the music business with guidance from fading artist Jackson, played by Bradley Cooper.

The movie screened at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) at the weekend (08-09Sep18) and at a press conference alongside her co-star, Gaga discussed the downside of fame.

“I think that would be wonderful, not just for artists, but the whole world, if we intervene early in life when we see people struggling,” the 32-year-old said, according to Billboard. “Fame is very unnatural. And we see that Jack is struggling in this film. There’s substance abuse, there’s trauma”, explained the Bad Romance hitmaker, whose character Ally is seen struggling with depression and a lack of confidence during the film.

In 2016, Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, won a Golden Globe for her role as The Countess in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel, successfully making the switch to Hollywood.

“I just feel lucky to be here,” she smiled. “I’m an east coast Italian American from New York who dreamed of being an actress, and I didn’t make it, and so I gave up and pursued singing,” she continued, before paying tribute to Bradley, who is making his directorial debut with the movie which hits theatres in October.

The pair both gained confidence from each other, with Bradley praising Gaga’s acting skill and her, his singing.

“She really gave me the confidence. We were singing 10 minutes into our first meeting,” Bradley recalled. “And I was freaking out over his voice, it was really good,” Gaga added.

“It’s one thing to sing in the shower, It’s another to sing in front of 20,000 people, The endorphins flow and your breath is the first to go,” he smiled.

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Gianni Versace refused extra security before murder

Gianni Versace was once urged by his family to hire extra security guards.The Italian designer, who helmed namesake label Versace – which is now run by his sister Donatella Versace – was murdered on the front steps of his Miami mansion in July 1997 by …

Gianni Versace was once urged by his family to hire extra security guards.

The Italian designer, who helmed namesake label Versace – which is now run by his sister Donatella Versace – was murdered on the front steps of his Miami mansion in July 1997 by Andrew Cunanan.

His shocking death 21 years ago was the subject of the second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story earlier this year (18), and People magazine have also analysed the case for a new episode of People Magazine Investigates, titled Crimes of Fashion.

“We had lived a very safe life without any problems,” Versace’s former partner Antonio D’Amico told People, adding that the 50-year-old designer always refused to hire bodyguards and extra security despite his family’s urging. “He thought people looked ridiculous surrounded by these giant men. We never felt in danger. He didn’t want to draw more attention to himself than necessary with all the bodyguards.”

Recalling the day of the shooting, D’Amico said his blood chilled when he heard the shots being fired just outside his front door. He also got a glimpse of killer Cunanan before he fled the scene.

“Right in that moment, I ran outside. We had this shocking vision of Gianni and then I saw this guy on the walkway and he turns back and looks at us with a kind of smile, a strange face, and I said to Lazaro (Quintana, a friend of Versace’s), ‘He did it, he did it, go get him,'” he remembered.

Cunanan was able to evade police and FBI agents for over a week, but as law enforcement officers closed in, the 27-year-old, who went on a killing spree before shooting Versace, shot himself.

“The FBI and the police couldn’t find a single person that didn’t like Gianni,” D’Amico said. “They couldn’t find a single reason why someone would want to kill him, because he was such a normal guy. He was a very normal, shy person.”

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Jennifer Love Hewitt apologises for terrible red carpet look

Jennifer Love Hewitt has apologised for her appearance at a recent TV launch event, insisting no one told her she’d be promoting her new show for 12 hours in New York humidity. The actress was announced as the new lead in Ryan Murphy’s emergency servi…

Jennifer Love Hewitt has apologised for her appearance at a recent TV launch event, insisting no one told her she’d be promoting her new show for 12 hours in New York humidity.

The actress was announced as the new lead in Ryan Murphy’s emergency services drama 9-1-1 on Monday (14May18), and spent the day posing for pictures and chatting to the media.

But the Party of Five star was far from impressed with her look as the day wore on, and she hit her Instagram Story account on Tuesday to explain why she looked so unglamorous in many shots, telling fans she was “melting”.

“It has been a really intense couple of days,” she wrote. “We go to the Upfront (press day) yesterday and nobody tells me the day is going to be, like, 12 hours long and the humidity is going to be almost 100 percent in New York City. So, I just have to apologize.

“Wearing a black suit? Not a good idea. Not wearing enough hairspray and teasing in my hair? Also a bad idea.”

“I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out,” she added. “I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look (perfect) when you step on the red carpet.

“That is not what I’m going to look like on the show. I’m going to have makeup on my face. I’m not going to be sweating. I’m not going to be overwhelmed by being in front of a red carpet and crews again. Honestly, I apologize. I should’ve really gotten it together!”

Hewitt then explained she’s planning to get into shape for 9-1-1 by “killing my boxing workouts again”, adding she’s “grateful” and “excited” to be back on TV.

The second season of 9-1-1 will air in the autumn.

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Edgar Ramirez ate more and worked out less to play Gianni Versace

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his si…

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.

The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his sister Donatella Versace, Ricky Martin starring as his lover Antonio D’Amico and Darren Criss taking on the part of killer Andrew Cunanan.

For the role, handsome Edgar had to emulate Gianni’s “typical southern Italian, robust body,” which meant eating more and working out less.

“Boxing basically sculpts your arms and your shoulders in a very natural way, so I needed to let the muscle mass go to convey the body that Gianni had,” he explained to American Vogue of quitting his usual fitness regime of boxing, Pilates, and CrossFit. “I had to put on some weight to fit his measurements. That was the fun part. The hard part is to lose it, so I’m still in the process.”

As well as his body transformation, the Gold actor had to undergo prosthetics to help change his physical appearance. He also swapped his dark hair for Gianni’s receding grey locks.

“It is a bald cap, and then I had four amazing wigs, depending on the time period that we were shooting,” he said, adding that he also had his forehead and hairline reshaped, which left him feeling “like a Conehead”.

“Impersonation is flat; it’s not alive. In the end, (the goal) is to capture what his essence might have been.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered on U.S. TV earlier this month (Jan18).

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