Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese sign open letter calling for reversal of Oscar changes

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks. On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the …

Filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee have written an open letter to the Academy calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks.

On Monday (11Feb19), John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), announced that the winners of the Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Live Action Short categories would be presented with their Oscars during the commercial breaks and an edited version of their winning moment would be aired later in the broadcast.

The decision sparked outrage from members of the film industry who took to social media to condemn it, and now a group of filmmakers has come together to write a letter stating that “it’s not too late to have this decision reversed”.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” they wrote in the letter, which was published on film outlets on Wednesday.

“Since its inception, the Academy Awards telecast has been altered over time to keep the format fresh, but never by sacrificing the integrity of the Academy’s original mission,” they continued. “When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the Academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form.”

The letter was signed by more than 40 filmmakers, with directors such as La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Dee Rees, and Seth Rogen, and Oscar-winning cinematographers Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki adding their names to it.

On Wednesday, a letter was sent from the AMPAS’ board of governors to members in which they cleared up “inaccurate reporting” and insisted that “no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others.”

They confirmed that all awards would be presented during the Los Angeles ceremony on 24 February, but those four would not be broadcast live to help streamline the show.

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Kenzo’s Humberto Leon writes and produces first film

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a fam…

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.

The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a family of teenagers with unusual powers that bring them together”.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich stars as the matriarch, with Sasha Frolova and X-Men: Apocalypse stars Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee featuring as a group of young characters.

Regina Hall, Jay Ellis, Zsela Thompson and Leo Reilly also make up the cast, and filmmaker Spike Jonze has a cameo.

Kenzo’s fall 18 collection features throughout the 27-minute film, and the luxury label’s La Collection Memento No. 3 is also on display.

Leon and Lim, who are also behind U.S. retailer Opening Ceremony, frequently collaborate with writers and directors when it comes to Kenzo campaigns.

They previously teamed with Oscar winner Jonze on My Mutant Brain, an advert for the Kenzo World perfume, which starred The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley.

“We all have known each other for such a long time. It’s one of our favourite things when we get to work with people we know and admire so well,” the designers previously told Buro24/7 of working with Jonze and Kenzo World’s bottle designer, Patrick Li. “Both of them are geniuses in their respective fields and we were lucky that they were free to work on this project with us.”

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Jason Schwartzman & Amandla Stenberg star in Entireworld campaign

Scott Sternberg has recruited Jason Schwartzman, Amandla Stenberg, Katherine Waterston and Spike Jonze to help promote his new label.Band of Outsiders founder Scott excited the fashion world in March (18) when he announced the launch of Entireworld via…

Scott Sternberg has recruited Jason Schwartzman, Amandla Stenberg, Katherine Waterston and Spike Jonze to help promote his new label.

Band of Outsiders founder Scott excited the fashion world in March (18) when he announced the launch of Entireworld via a video posted to Vimeo.

And the designer is once again getting people talking with his new video campaign, featuring numerous Hollywood names.

Shooting separate videos starring each of his subjects himself, Scott also got actor Max Minghella and designer Ana Kras in on the action too.

In Jason’s clip, The Grand Budapest Hotel actor sits on the phone while lifting a dumbbell in white boxer shorts and matching T-shirt. While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Katherine relaxes in the middle of a tennis court as the camera pans away from her, and filmmaker Spike plays the piano in an empty auditorium.

Entireworld has yet to release Amandla’s video, though the others are available to view on YouTube.

When he launched his new project earlier this year, Scott, who walked away from Band of Outsiders in 2015 after filing for bankruptcy, explained why he felt the time was right for a new label.

“I guess the question was like, ‘Why did I want to start a clothing brand right now, I mean aren’t there enough brands out there, enough clothes? Didn’t I do that already, and didn’t that, like, not end so well?’ Well yes,” he mused over a video filled with clips of movies, music and world events. “But then I started thinking about everything I love about clothing – colour and fabric, it’s connection to history and film, music. I started thinking about what it would be like to make something more democratic this time, without compromising anything about the design or the quality.”

Made up of everyday classics, no Entireworld garment costs more than $95 (£72).

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Kenzo responds to Taylor Swift copycat accusations

A Kenzo representative has spoken out after Taylor Swift was accused of copying one of their adverts in her new music video.The popstar debuted clips from her new track Delicate at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (11Mar18), which showed he…

A Kenzo representative has spoken out after Taylor Swift was accused of copying one of their adverts in her new music video.

The popstar debuted clips from her new track Delicate at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night (11Mar18), which showed her wildly dancing at a swanky hotel.

However, many fashion fans have noted the similarities between Taylor’s video and that of a previous Kenzo advert directed by Spike Jonze in 2016, and the brand, helmed by designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, has since addressed the controversial claims.

“Listen, Tay, I feel you. It’s hard to stay fresh. Call us, we can help,” a rep from the French fashion house cheekily posted online.

Jonze’s campaign for fragrance KENZO World starred actress Margaret Qualley and depicted The Leftovers star ditching a fancy party before breaking out into an erratic, solo dance routine.

In an article posted on Monday, editors at fashion blog The Cut pointed out the many overlaps between the luxury label’s advert and Taylor’s musical offering.

“While music videos are often a pastiche of influences, the similarities are hard to ignore: The gowns are similar, as is the premise and the setting and the frenetic facial contortions,” they wrote. “Of course, there are also some major differences, primarily when it comes to the quality of dancing. Margaret Qualley is a classically trained ballerina, while Swift is mainly known for her weird arm-dancing at awards shows and something called the ‘dolphin body roll.'”

Many Twitter users also accused Taylor of allegedly ripping off the iconic ad, however, a source close to the Shake It Off hitmaker rubbished these claims in a statement to Page Six, and insisted that her video has a “beginning, a middle and an end”.

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