The Weeknd to make big screen debut in Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems

The Weeknd is to make his movie debut in Adam Sandler’s crime drama Uncut Gems.The Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was rumoured to have shot scenes for the film last October, but on Tuesday, officials from the Toronto International Film Festiv…

The Weeknd is to make his movie debut in Adam Sandler’s crime drama Uncut Gems.

The Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was rumoured to have shot scenes for the film last October, but on Tuesday, officials from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) confirmed in a Twitter message that he was part of the cast.

Set in New York City’s diamond district, the movie has been directed by Good Time’s Josh and Benny Safdie, from a screenplay by the Safdie brothers and Ronald Bronstein.

The plot will follow Sandler’s character Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score.

“When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win,” a synopsis reads.

Other castmembers include Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, and Paloma Elsesser.

It is not known what role The Weeknd will play, or whether he will be playing himself. Uncut Gems marks the 29-year-old’s first feature film role and the first time he has starred in a project onscreen besides his music videos.

Despite that, he already has an Oscar nomination to his name – for Best Original Song for Earned It, which appeared on the soundtrack for 2015 movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

Uncut Gems is to premiere at TIFF, which will run from 5-15 September, and will be released on Christmas Day in the U.S., as part of Sandler’s deal with streaming site Netflix.

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The Weeknd unveils clothing line designed with help of fans

The Weeknd has launched a new clothing collection featuring looks created with the help of fans. The Starboy hitmaker unveiled the line on Thursday (21Feb19), showing off an array of styles that combine futuristic and retro pieces. Aptly named On Thur…

The Weeknd has launched a new clothing collection featuring looks created with the help of fans.

The Starboy hitmaker unveiled the line on Thursday (21Feb19), showing off an array of styles that combine futuristic and retro pieces. Aptly named On Thursday, it marks the first capsule line in a series of releases.

The singer, born Abel Tesfaye, drew inspiration from fans Ayoob Ali and Abhidyu Sharma, who had been posting artistic tributes to him via Instagram. Through the photo sharing site, he connected with the artists and ultimately enlisted their skills to create the items.

Among the eight pieces are T-shirts, long-sleeved tops, a pullover, a zipped hoodie, and a flannel shirt – some of which feature graphics referring to different phases used in the Canadian-born star’s career. The designs play off the 29 year old’s hit projects

Beauty Behind the Madness, Starboy, and My Dear Melancholy.

The Weeknd has been making a mark in the fashion world in recent years. Last June (18), he joined forces with Marvel to release a limited edition line to coincide with the release of his Starboy comic book series. He also debuted two sets of merchandise lines through his XO label, and currently serves as a global ambassador and creative collaborator for Puma.

Last month (Jan19), he debuted the limited edition Asia Tour line inspired by his concert trek of the region.

His latest clothing collection is now available through The Weeknd’s official online merchandise store.

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The Weeknd teases A Bathing Ape collaboration

R&B star The Weeknd has given fans a sneak peek at a new line of streetwear with Japanese brand A Bathing Ape. The Starboy hitmaker took to Instagram on Monday night (30Apr18) to share a photo of the back of a black jacket, which featured his signatur…

R&B star The Weeknd has given fans a sneak peek at a new line of streetwear with Japanese brand A Bathing Ape.

The Starboy hitmaker took to Instagram on Monday night (30Apr18) to share a photo of the back of a black jacket, which featured his signature “XO” logo in the centre of a large circle in an orange camouflage design, with the words “A Bathing Ape” and “Till We Overdose” printed in white.

The company’s trademark ape heads were also worked into the image.

“coming soon,” he teased in the caption.

The Weeknd didn’t offer up any further details about the clothing collaboration, but it’s not his first foray into the streetwear world.

He previously worked alongside Swedish retail bosses at H&M to release a menswear range, titled Spring Icons Selected by The Weeknd, back in March, 2017. The line included a mix of urban bomber jackets and hoodies, as well as tailored shirts and blazers, with a few of the pieces also having his “XO” logo incorporated into their designs.

However, the singer abruptly ended his deal with H&M in January (18) and vowed never to work with them again following the launch of an ill-advised U.K. advertisement, in which a young black boy posed in a green hoodie sporting the caption, “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”.

Blasting fashion bosses for the insensitive promo on Twitter, he wrote, “woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm (H&M) anymore.”

H&M officials quickly released a statement apologising for the offensive undertones of the post and pulled the item from sale. The blunder also cost the firm its partnership with rapper G-Eazy, who axed plans to unveil his fashion line with the store in March (18).

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