Austin Butler had 12-hour audition for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant…

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Butler described the audition process as “one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had,” and recalled to WWD that he sent the casting director a tape, not even knowing what role he was auditioning for.

“Normally you go into an audition and you’re there for 20 minutes and you’re gone. I was there for almost 12 hours, and he gave me the job at the end of the day. Which never happens,” Butler said. “We did a handshake deal at the end of the day and he said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Yes, you just made my life’ and I gave him a hug. And then I got back on a plane, went straight to the theatre and did a show that night, on a Tuesday.”

The actor, who recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, recently won the coveted part of playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about the icon and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Before news broke that he had beaten competition from fellow actors Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role of Elvis, Butler told WWD that he had been going backwards and forwards to meetings with Luhrmann for a month.

“We’ve been sort of working together for the last month. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I can’t talk about it at all, but yeah,” he shared.

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Sharon Tate’s sister in awe of Margot Robbie’s portrayal

Sharon Tate’s sister Debra is in awe of how Margot Robbie brought her late sister back to life in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Debra has long been sceptical of fillmmakers depicting her sibling’s brutal 1969 murder at the hands of the Manson Family …

Sharon Tate’s sister Debra is in awe of how Margot Robbie brought her late sister back to life in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Debra has long been sceptical of fillmmakers depicting her sibling’s brutal 1969 murder at the hands of the Manson Family on screen, but met with director Quentin Tarantino to discuss his movie before filming. And after attending the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday, she expressed her delight at Margot’s portrayal of Sharon – a Hollywood star who was married to filmmaker Roman Polanski.

According to TMZ.com, Debra said Robbie’s portrayal actually made her feel like she was visiting her sister, adding: “I wasn’t disappointed.”

The 66-year-old also praised Quentin for taking the time to discuss how he would depict Sharon, unlike other filmmakers.

“It’s the first time ever that I haven’t been lied to or tricked or not given any consideration whatsoever,” she explained.

Editors at the website claim Debra is so impressed with Margot’s performance, she’d like the I, Tonya star to play her sister in a biopic.

She also reportedly praised the film, which shows the brutal side of Hollywood at the end of its 1960s golden age, for perfectly capturing the time period, and hopes it will remind people how horrific Charles Manson’s followers’ crimes were.

Sharon was killed alongside three friends and a teenage visitor by the cult leader’s disciples after they invaded her and her husband’s rented apartment in August 1969. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time. The Pianist filmmaker was not at home as he was working in Europe.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood shows in cinemas from 26 July.

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Margot Robbie wows in white at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere

Margot Robbie wowed in a white dress at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.Some of the film industry’s biggest stars turned out for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, which focuses on the story of TV…

Margot Robbie wowed in a white dress at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Some of the film industry’s biggest stars turned out for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, which focuses on the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they set out to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Australian actress Margot portrays Sharon Tate in the movie, and for the star-studded event, she opted for a flowing white Chanel number with a deep-V neckline, flowing sleeves and floor-sweeping skirt.

Referencing the time period of the film, the 29-year-old’s hairstylist Bryce Scarlett styled her blonde locks into soft curls, while her make-up artist Pati Dubroff opted for a “hot summer ’70s vibe,” and used Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base and the Duo Bronze et Lumiere Clair palette to achieve her bronzed complexion.

Margot accessorised her ensemble with gold chandelier earring and a gold purse.

Meanwhile, Leonardo and Brad both looked handsome in sharp suits, and filmmaker Quentin chose a black suit with a velvet blazer.

Rumer Willis, who plays Joanna Pettet, rocked a beautiful white Grecian gown from Ong-Oaj Pairam and high heels from Christian Louboutin, and was supported by her sisters Scout and Tallulah.

Margaret Qualley, who takes on the part of Pussycat in the film, made it a family affair too, stopping to pose in her sheer Prada dress alongside her father Paul Qualley and sister Rainey.

Rising star Austin Butler, who plays Charles “Tex” Watson, was joined by his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, who looked stunning in a black Armani gown, with other castmembers to turn out for the bash included Timothy Olyphant, Rebecca Gayheart, Bruce Dern, and Zoe Bell.

Additionally, celebrities such as Adriana Lima, Rob Lowe, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Pierce Brosnan, Britney Spears, Robin Thicke, John Stamos, Chris Hemsworth, and Sofia Vergara got dressed to the nines for the night as well.

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Margot Robbie: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood celebrates Sharon Tate’

Margot Robbie has insisted Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a celebration of late actress Sharon Tate’s life. Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie is set in Los Angeles in 1969, at the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and follows the fictional washed-up act…

Margot Robbie has insisted Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a celebration of late actress Sharon Tate’s life.

Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie is set in Los Angeles in 1969, at the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and follows the fictional washed-up actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, respectively. The Australian actress portrays real-life actress Sharon, who was brutally murdered by followers of cult leader Charles Manson.

The film is reported to incorporate the murders into its storyline, but Margot has now claimed that the feature will be a celebration of the Valley of the Dolls star.

“Sharon embodies the best parts of the ’60s,” Margot told Empire magazine. “This is a celebration of her life. And you get a lot of hang time with her in this film.”

The Wolf of Wall Street actress was lent a pair of earrings and a ring that originally belonged to Sharon, and accordingly, wearing those items during filming really helped her to get into character.

“I guess it sounds like I’m being a bit spiritual or whatever, but it really did help me ground the character in something real,” the 28-year-old said. “I wanted to honour her memory and bring the best parts of Sharon forward. And I found it really quite moving to have a piece of her with me.”

The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, during which Quentin snapped at a reporter who questioned the limited amount of dialogue Margot had throughout it.

Smoothing things over, Margot explained, “I think the moments I was on screen gave a moment to honour Sharon. I think the tragedy was the loss of innocence. To show the wonderful sides of her could be done without speaking. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue, which is an interesting thing.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is due to hit cinemas from 26 July.

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Margot Robbie honoured Sharon Tate with braided Cannes hairstyle

Margot Robbie paid a subtle tribute to the late Sharon Tate with her braided hair at a recent Cannes Film Festival event.The Australian star plays the actress – who was murdered in 1969 – in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywo…

Margot Robbie paid a subtle tribute to the late Sharon Tate with her braided hair at a recent Cannes Film Festival event.

The Australian star plays the actress – who was murdered in 1969 – in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which premiered at the festival on Tuesday.

In one of two chic looks at the occasion, Margot wore her hair in an identical braided style to the one Tate sported when she attended the festival back in 1968.

The similarity was first noticed in a post on Twitter from writer Evan Ross Katz on Thursday.

During a photocall for the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robbie can be seen with her hair in a middle parting and a few front strands plaited into small braids. Bryce Scarlett was in charge of her locks, while make-up artist Pati Dubroff completed her beauty look.

Along with the ’60s-inspired hairstyle, she wore a white off-the-shoulder Chanel dress with tulle and lace details, paired with silver heels.

The movie, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Al Pacino, won rave reactions from critics who called it “brilliant” and “shocking.”

And for her appearance on the famous red carpet, Robbie, 28, opted for another ’60s-themed ensemble, selecting a Chanel babydoll dress which was worn over black trousers and styled with embellished boots and a black choker.

Tate was killed by followers of Charles Manson when she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with her and husband Roman Polanski’s first child.

Robbie previously opened up about how she prepared for the role in Tarantino’s highly-anticipated movie by meeting with Tate’s friends and family.

“They all said how kind, loving, and good-hearted she was,” she told People. “I was fortunate enough to step on to set with Debra Tate’s blessing, Sharon’s sister.”

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Quentin Tarantino: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t about Margot Robbie’s character’

Quentin Tarantino has defended his decision to only feature Margot Robbie sparingly in his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The director has been receiving high praise for his new black comedy, which is set in the late 1960s and revolves aroun…

Quentin Tarantino has defended his decision to only feature Margot Robbie sparingly in his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The director has been receiving high praise for his new black comedy, which is set in the late 1960s and revolves around washed-up Western star Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who lives next door to actress Sharon Tate – one of the victims murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult.

Robbie portrays Tate in the movie, which also stars Brad Pitt as Dalton’s best friend and longtime stunt double Cliff Booth, but during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, one journalist took issue with the number of lines the Australian actress delivers onscreen, prompting Tarantino to fire back, “I reject your hypothesis!”

Robbie tried to smooth over the tense exchange, saying, “I think the moments I was on screen gave a moment to honour Tate.

“I think the tragedy was the loss of innocence. To show the wonderful sides of her could be done without speaking. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue, which is an interesting thing.”

Tarantino has now shed a little light on his angry response in an interview with IndieWire, explaining Robbie’s role is purposefully small, because the film isn’t about Tate.

“It’s not her story, it’s Rick’s story,” he said. “And (Tate) is an angelic presence throughout the movie, she’s an angelic ghost on Earth, to some degree; she’s not in the movie, she’s in our hearts.”

Tarantino’s outburst at the press conference has since won him the support of Natural Born Killers star Juliette Lewis, who took to Twitter on Thursday to weigh in on the drama.

“Someone implying your value has to do with how many lines you have is insulting to actors everywhere,” she wrote. “And the implication that Quinton (sic) was somehow not valuing Margot because she didn’t have a lot of lines again INSULTING and intentionally divisive (sic).”

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Hilary Duff’s smile won her The Haunting of Sharon Tate role

Filmmaker Daniel Farrands cast Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate in his new movie because he was reminded of the tragic actress every time the So Yesterday star smiled. The actress and singer portrays the titular tragic character in The Haunting of Sharon Ta…

Filmmaker Daniel Farrands cast Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate in his new movie because he was reminded of the tragic actress every time the So Yesterday star smiled.

The actress and singer portrays the titular tragic character in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, a fictionalised version of the days leading up to the murder of Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife in 1969, and imagines her battling demons and ghosts, as well as members of the Manson Family cult, who stabbed her to death.

Farrands, who wrote and directed the thriller, didn’t have a “specific actor in mind for the role”, but the moment he laid eyes on Duff, he knew he’d found his leading lady.

“It was kind of serendipitous…,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Hilary was suggested to us by one of the producers, and we arranged a meeting.

“I remember when she walked up to this little cafe…, she just looked like someone who lit up a room when she came into it. There was something very natural about her. Although she’d been raised and groomed around Disney, she’s a very sympathetic, kind and good-natured person. Honestly, it was her smile, the way she smiled reminded me of the way Sharon Tate smiled.”

The Haunting of Sharon Tate has been widely panned by critics, including Tate’s sister in early 2018, when Duff’s casting was announced.

“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it – it’s just tasteless,” Debra Tate fumed to People.com at the time. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”

Farrands insists he didn’t make the movie to cash in on the anniversary of the tragedy, although he understands why his film may anger Tate’s loved ones.

“I get it,” he says. “I am not one to tell her (Debra) or any of these people how they should feel. I haven’t walked an inch in their shoes, much less a mile, so I can’t even begin to comprehend the horror they’ve lived through for 50 years.”

However, he adds, “I do wish that she hadn’t pre-judged this one so much… I sympathise, but I do hope on some level that people realise that this was made in honour of the (Manson Family) victims.”

Farrands goes on to reveal he actually reached out to Debra via email to explain his side of the story, but she didn’t respond.

The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which also stars Jonathan Bennet and Lydia Hearst, opened in select theatres last week (ends05Apr19).

It’s not the only film about the Manson Family murders to be released – director Mary Harron’s Charlie Says, which features The Crown’s Matt Smith as Manson, is set for release next month (May19), while Margot Robbie plays Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded project, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, which also boasts Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt among the cast and will premiere this summer (19).

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Drew Barrymore ‘really misses’ her thin ’90s eyebrows

Drew Barrymore “really misses” the thin eyebrows she sported throughout the 1990s.The Wedding Singer actress was one of the major trendsetters in the decade, often stepping out at red carpet events in slip dresses, leather jackets, and choker necklaces…

Drew Barrymore “really misses” the thin eyebrows she sported throughout the 1990s.

The Wedding Singer actress was one of the major trendsetters in the decade, often stepping out at red carpet events in slip dresses, leather jackets, and choker necklaces.

However, Drew has now shared that the fad she liked the most at the time was the craze for over-tweezed arches.

“I really miss my thin eyebrows!” she said in an interview with Refinery29.com. “Although I’m so lucky they grew back, because I tweezed them for so many years… I also loved bleaching the c**p out of them – I had a personal stock investment in (cream bleach product) Jolen.”

Another trend Drew got onboard with in the ’90s was the use of MAC’s Spice lip liner all over her pout and then tapping on a “chalky powder” over top in order to create her own matte lipstick.

And while current beauty trends are focused on bold brows and glossy lips, the blonde star would not be surprised if some of her old favourites make a comeback in the future.

“Well, the ’90s was really just ’20s make-up redone,” the 43-year-old noted. “Everything is cyclical, we’re always honouring different decades. We’ve had the ’70s and ’90s, but I can’t wait for the ’60s to return, from Twiggy to Sharon Tate – those eyes! That hair!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Drew spoke about the new launch for her beauty brand Flower Beauty, which is now being stocked in the U.K. for the first time.

The line includes Mix N’ Matte Lipsticks and the highly sought-after Supernova Celestial Skin Elixir Primer, and the mother-of-two is particularly proud of the quality and price point of her formulas.

“I just don’t like alienating people, because I know how it makes me feel and I don’t want anyone else feeling that way,” she added of her decision to keep the range accessible.

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Bob Mackie auctioning off Cher outfits

A selection of Cher’s Bob Mackie designs will be hitting the auction block in Los Angeles this weekend (17-18Nov18).Mackie’s work with Cher is one of the most famous partnerships in entertainment, with the designer creating some of the If I Could Turn …

A selection of Cher’s Bob Mackie designs will be hitting the auction block in Los Angeles this weekend (17-18Nov18).

Mackie’s work with Cher is one of the most famous partnerships in entertainment, with the designer creating some of the If I Could Turn Back Time star’s most iconic looks, including the revealing black beaded two-piece she wore to the 1986 Oscars complete with plumed headdress.

Going under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols: Hollywood, Street and Contemporary Art sale on Saturday, Mackie is parting ways with some of his treasured pieces.

“We sort of talked about doing this a year and a half ago,” Mackie told The Hollywood Reporter as he takes a break from stage musical The Cher Show, in previews on Broadway. “We picked out things that were fun, ones that I actually own, ’cause Cher owns all of her stuff. So, I have them for one reason or another. I didn’t steal them!”

Among the lots is the 1974 Academy Awards custom-made hand-painted silk ensemble comprising of a cape, a bandeau top with scarf and a low waisted layered skirt, which is estimated to reach between $4,000-$6,000 (£3,100-£4,700), and the spaghetti strapped jersey gown Cher wore on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which looks set to fetch between $3,000-$5,000 (£2,300-£3,900).

In addition to pieces designed for the 72-year-old megastar, Mackie is also auctioning off designs he made for Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Raquel Welch and Lauren Bacall.

Also this weekend, bidders will get the chance to buy a black Ford Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe, and the wedding dress murdered actress Sharon Tate wore to her 1968 marriage to Roman Polanski.

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Margot Robbie to play Holocaust victim in new Nazi hunter film

Margot Robbie is set to portray a Holocaust victim after playing slaughtered actress Sharon Tate. The I, Tonya star is currently playing tragic Tate, who was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s The Family cult, in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Onc…

Margot Robbie is set to portray a Holocaust victim after playing slaughtered actress Sharon Tate.

The I, Tonya star is currently playing tragic Tate, who was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s The Family cult, in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and now she has signed on for another harrowing role.

She’ll team up with Matthias Schoenaerts in World War Two thriller Ruin, according to Deadline.

Assassin’s Creed and Macbeth director Justin Kurzel will oversee the project, based on Ryan and Matthew Firpo’s script about a Holocaust survivor who teams up with an ex-Nazi captain to seek revenge on her captors, who killed thousands of her fellow Jews during the war.

The mismatched pair track down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad.

The film is slated to start shooting in Prague, Czech Republic in the spring (19).

Robbie has a busy period ahead of her – as well as shooting Tarantino’s new late 1960s period drama, she will be on the promotion trail for her new film Mary Queen of Scots, in which she plays Elizabeth I opposite Saoirse Ronan.

The in-demand Australian star will also play Harley Quinn in a new untitled Birds of Prey film for Warner Bros.

Margot first played Batman villain the Joker’s sidekick girlfriend in 2016’s Suicide Squad, and many critics felt her performance was the best thing about director David Ayer’s anti-hero movie.

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