Mia Goth defends controversial Miu Miu advert

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publicati…

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.

Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.

They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.

Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.

“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”

At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.

Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.

Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”

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Edward Norton didn’t want to ruin friendship with Thom Yorke over Motherless Brooklyn score

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period dr…

Edward Norton dropped plans to get Thom Yorke to score his new movie Motherless Brooklyn as he feared it would wreck their friendship.

The Fight Club actor originally wanted the Radiohead frontman to pen around 75 minutes of jazz music for the period drama, which he directs and stars in, but instead turned to Wynton Marsalis, a legend of the genre, to write most of the film’s music, with Yorke contributing one track, Daily Battles.

Speaking to The Guardian, the actor revealed that they decided not to work together as the musician felt a little upset with the use of his score in Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 horror Suspiria and he didn’t want a similar situation to ruin their friendship.

“Not to say that we don’t love Luca,” Norton said. “But Thom came off Suspiria feeling so burned.”

Explaining their decision to limit their collaboration to one song, he added: “The last thing you want with somebody you know is to get into a bloody situation. That’s the nightmare of all nightmares.”

Before turning to Marsalis, Norton considered Yorke’s Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood but he learned from the guitarist and composer’s longtime collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson that Greenwood’s working style would not have gelled well with his.

“(Anderson) said: ‘If you expect any iterative back-and-forth flow with Jonny, this is a mirage. He just sends me what he’s got and says: ‘Good luck to you’…And, well, no. That wouldn’t work for me,” the 50-year-old recalled.

Norton and Yorke nearly worked together on the same movie two decades ago – as the No Surprises hitmaker was offered the chance to score Fight Club. However, he turned the opportunity, with the musician explaining, “Got the email. Got the script. And I was just too f**ked up in the head to do it.”

Motherless Brooklyn debuted in cinemas earlier this month.

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Dario Argento not a fan of new Suspiria

Dario Argento, the director of the original Suspiria, is not a fan of the new movie, starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz. The filmmaker insists Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake “betrayed” his acclaimed 1977 version, which featu…

Dario Argento, the director of the original Suspiria, is not a fan of the new movie, starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

The filmmaker insists Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake “betrayed” his acclaimed 1977 version, which featured Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, and Flavio Bucci .

“It did not excite me and it betrayed the spirit of the original film,” Dario tells Un Giorno de Pecorca. “The film has not satisfied me so much.”

But the veteran stopped short of criticising Guadagnino directly, calling him “a fine person” and cooing about his set design, stating Luca made “beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes…”

Argento, the father of actress Asia Argento, appeared as the uncredited narrator in his version of the film, and he’s also credited as a writer on the new version.

He also didn’t turn on Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s revamp of music group Goblin’s score for the original horror film.

The rocker recently told The Hollywood Reporter it took him months to “even contemplate the idea” of creating the atmospheric music for Guadagnino’s horror movie, calling Goblin’s original score “one of those legendary soundtracks”.

“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do,” he said.

“I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously Goblin and Dario worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”

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Alek Wek keen to show she ‘wears the clothes’

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18). Thou…

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. 

The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18).

Though she’s forged an impressive modelling career which includes campaigns for labels like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, Alek is excited to show that there’s more to her than the designer outfits she’s put in.

“I love that I can finally show I wear the bl**dy clothes, the clothes don’t wear me,” the 41-year-old smiled during an interview with The Sunday Times. “That’s the thing with Alek Wek – 5ft 11in, Dinka (ethnic group) features. We can’t deny that, you know?”

Alek, who also made her film debut this year in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, was the obvious choice as host according to Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, who praised “her great sense of fun, energy and humour”.

While the professionals are confident in their decision, Alek thinks her mother will have questions over her aptitude as an awards show presenter.

“My mum is gonna be like, ‘Who put her up there?'” she mimicked. “I said, ‘Never put Alek Wek on a stage!'”

The model currently lives in Brooklyn, New York but noted that London is a special city as it is the place she was first scouted as a teenager.

And as well as her presenting role, Alek is looking forward to catching up with her nieces who are based in the British fashion capital.

“They love fashion and clothes, so Auntie Alek is the most popular – you can’t fight with her too much! I will block you, because I’ve learnt the technology,” the star laughed. “They’re naughty, these kids nowadays.”

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Dakota Johnson can’t get enough pumpkin spice during festive season

Dakota Johnson counts pumpkin spice as one of her favourite scents and flavours.The Suspiria actress was tapped as the face of Gucci Bloom, designer Alessandro Michele’s first perfume for the Italian house, last year (17), and appeared in the campaign …

Dakota Johnson counts pumpkin spice as one of her favourite scents and flavours.

The Suspiria actress was tapped as the face of Gucci Bloom, designer Alessandro Michele’s first perfume for the Italian house, last year (17), and appeared in the campaign alongside model Hari Nef and artist Petra Collins.

While Gucci Bloom, with its tuberose and jasmine notes, is Dakota’s go-to scent, she has now shared that she’s also a big fan of anything pumpkin spice when it comes to food or home fragrance.

“I made pumpkin bread the other day. And I like pumpkin spice scents and flavours, but you know what I don’t like? Those pumpkin spice Christmas candles. I’d rather smell something else,” she told Elle.com, adding that she will also sometimes head to Starbucks for one of the coffee shop’s infamous lattes too. “I used to love the eggnog latte from Starbucks even better (than the pumpkin spice version). But it has like 5,000 calories or something crazy. It’s really bad for you, but it’s so good.”

Dakota likes anything that smells “cosy”, especially baked goods or roasting vegetables. Additionally, she incorporates essential oils into her everyday beauty regime as well.

“I use lavender to sleep; I put it in the bath. I have candles and incense everywhere. And I like when rooms just smell like feelings. I like loving, cosy, romantic scents,” the 29-year-old said.

When Dakota’s not at work, she’s often spotted running errands in relaxed denim and T-shirt combinations, and she finally divulged where she gets her jeans from.

“(They) are APC jeans, but I had them tailored. I do that often,” she smiled.

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Chloe Grace Moretz to make directorial debut in 2019

Chloe Grace Moretz will be making her directorial debut with a short film in 2019.The actress made the announcement during Saturday’s (17Nov18) Vulture Festival Panel alongside director Desiree Akhavan with whom she worked on one of her latest films, T…

Chloe Grace Moretz will be making her directorial debut with a short film in 2019.

The actress made the announcement during Saturday’s (17Nov18) Vulture Festival Panel alongside director Desiree Akhavan with whom she worked on one of her latest films, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. In the Q&A hosted by actress Tatum O’Neal at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Chloe revealed that she had teamed up with one of her brothers to go behind the camera.

“My brother and I are actually co-directing for the first time next year,” the 21-year-old said, as reported by IndieWire. “We’re starting small, though, with a short film. We’re not trying to bite off more than we can chew.”

The Kick-Ass star has four brothers – Trevor, Colin, Brandon and Ethan – but did not specify which of her siblings she would be making her directorial debut alongside. And though she has contemplated taking the helm of her own feature for some time, working with Desiree taught her some of the intricacies behind the craft.

“You’re not just a director, you’re a conductor,” she said to the 34-year-old filmmaker. “I’ve made over 60 films now and that was the first time in my career when I felt that energy on set and that amount of respect.”

Chloe also recently starred in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, and is providing the voice of Wednesday Addams in the upcoming animated adaptation of The Addams Family, as well as the voice of Snow White in Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs. However, The Miseducation of Cameron Post marked a particularly special project for the film star.

“This is a project that gave me the ability to partner my love of my art with my activism and be able to have a socially aware, socially progressive project but in an entertaining, funny, attainable way,” she smiled.

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Dakota Johnson shot secret second role in Suspiria

Actress Dakota Johnson took on double duty for new horror remake Suspiria by secretly playing twins in a brief clip. The Fifty Shades of Grey star takes on the lead role of Susie in Luca Guadagnino’s revamped film, but the director reveals she also pl…

Actress Dakota Johnson took on double duty for new horror remake Suspiria by secretly playing twins in a brief clip.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star takes on the lead role of Susie in Luca Guadagnino’s revamped film, but the director reveals she also played a second part as her character’s twin sister Naomi in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot during the movie’s opening sequence.

“For a second in the main titles at the beginning: (you see Dakota as) her sister looming there,” he shared in an interview with Vulture.

Luca suggests he had initially intended for Naomi to have a larger part in the Suspiria story, but he ended up cutting it down to the brief glimpse.

“She (Dakota) plays two roles, but the second role is not in the movie that is coming out,” said the Call Me by Your Name filmmaker, who also worked with the actress on his 2015 drama A Bigger Splash.

“She’s really bombastic, and she’s really bold,” Luca gushed about Dakota’s style of acting. “She doesn’t shy away. She goes for it. She’s not pretty and nice and acting. She’s really committed to (just) be.”

The news of Dakota’s little-known second role in Suspiria comes less than two weeks after co-star Tilda Swinton confessed that she had used prosthetics and make-up to play 82-year-old first-time actor Lutz Ebersdorf, who portrays a psychoanalyst named Dr. Josef Klemperer onscreen, as part of an elaborate hoax for the movie.

Fans were quick to suspect Swinton was actually dressed up to play Ebersdorf after pictures comparing the two emerged online, but at the time, Guadagnino dismissed the suggestions as “fake news”.

Tilda eventually came clean in an email to The New York Times, and Luca explains the ruse even tricked half of the cast and crew, who thought Ebersdorf was a real German actor.

Joking about the future of Ebersdorf’s screen career, Luca added to Vulture, “He’s quite old. Maybe if he doesn’t die, we can hire him to do something else.”

Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 original, centres on an aspiring dancer who enrols in an all-female dance academy in Berlin that she later discovers is run by a coven of witches.

It opens in theatres this week (ends26Oct18).

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Dakota Johnson finds fashion shoots ‘difficult’

Dakota Johnson finds it “difficult” to pose when participating in fashion photoshoots.The actress is currently promoting Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name, in which she plays a dancer who enrols at a p…

Dakota Johnson finds it “difficult” to pose when participating in fashion photoshoots.

The actress is currently promoting Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name, in which she plays a dancer who enrols at a prestigious dance academy plagued by unusual occurrences.

Dakota also teamed up Luca for a surrealist photoshoot with W Magazine to celebrate the project, and during an accompanying interview, explained that she felt uncharacteristically at ease during the shoot.

“For me, fashion shoots are difficult. I don’t really thrive in them,” she said. “I love clothes, I love fashion. But modelling – that’s not my bag. I’m just not the most comfortable. This shoot was different, though, because it was very much a character.”

Dakota went on to share that she and Luca dreamed up a backstory for the photoshoot and wanted her to play a “trapped housewife who completely loses her mind”.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star was also inspired by the costumes she wore in Suspiria, which were designed by Luca’s regular collaborator Giulia Piersanti.

“The costume department was so extraordinary – but that’s the way with all of Luca’s films. They had amazing vintage clothes and handmade pieces. There were some fabrics that I loved that I wanted to re-cover chairs in,” the 29-year-old smiled.

Meanwhile, Dakota appeared right at home on the red carpet at the London premiere of Suspiria on Tuesday night (16Oct18). The brunette beauty stepped out in a figure-hugging, strapless silver sequin gown from Gucci teamed with Cartier jewellery.

Her co-star Mia Goth opted to wear silver too, and chose a tiered Givenchy gown with spaghetti straps, while Tilda Swinton donned a black silk suit.

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Tilda Swinton collects film festival prize hours after father’s death

Tilda Swinton received an honorary film award at Sitges Film Festival in Spain hours after her father passed away on Thursday (04Oct18). The Doctor Strange actress flew to Sitges in Spain to collect the Grand Honorary Award and present her new superna…

Tilda Swinton received an honorary film award at Sitges Film Festival in Spain hours after her father passed away on Thursday (04Oct18).

The Doctor Strange actress flew to Sitges in Spain to collect the Grand Honorary Award and present her new supernatural horror movie Suspiria, the festival’s opening night film.

During her emotional acceptance speech, she revealed her father Sir John Swinton, a retired major general in the British Army, had passed away that morning in Scotland, but she decided to attend anyway.

“I want to say thank you because this means a lot and I want to explain to you why,” she said, her voice cracking. “We are here properly to celebrate fantasy but I want to tell you the truth. Today is a very special day for me because my father died this morning.

“I was with him, in Scotland, and I’ve been with him for the last week and he’s been asleep but he’s been dreaming and I’ve been sitting there thinking about what he’s thinking about or what he’s fantasising about and I knew that I had this beautiful invitation from you to come here tonight and I thought, ‘Can I go? What if he’s still here?’ And he left this morning, just in time, and I asked myself, ‘Do I go to Sitges to accept this award?’ and I thought, ‘Yes’, because it’s for fantasy.”

The 57-year-old is expected to continue the festival circuit for the Suspiria remake at the London Film Festival later this month.

Her mother Judith passed away in 2012.

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Director Luca Guadagnino swears off a future Netflix film

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino can’t ever imagine himself directing a film for a streaming service like Netflix.The Call Me By Your Name director, who is also promoting his highly anticipated horror remake Suspiria starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson,…

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino can’t ever imagine himself directing a film for a streaming service like Netflix.

The Call Me By Your Name director, who is also promoting his highly anticipated horror remake Suspiria starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, simply enjoys making title credits too much to shrink his films to fit a small TV format.

“No, no, no. I could never do this,” he tells Esquire of making a Netflix movie. “This is where they shrink the screen down to a box in the corner, even before the credit sequence has finished? Do you know how long I spend on my credits and titles? I enjoy very much this part of my work! In this case (Suspiria), I worked with the legendary Dan Perri, who created the logo for Star Wars, The Exorcist, A Nightmare On Elm Street.”

Luca’s 2017 small-budget romantic drama Call Me By Your Name starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet picked up an Academy Award and a host of other honours and was touted as one of the best films of the year, and although he isn’t interested in making a movie for a streaming platform, the Italian director is certainly open to shooting a blockbuster.

“Let’s say it like this: I give myself no limits,” he says taking on a big studio blockbuster with a huge budget. “I wish to explore the meaning of cinema and the language of cinema and every possible expression of it. Yet, the only way in which I can execute this aim is having absolute control of my work. So if all those conditions are kept — which means control — then I would say, “Yes. I’m happy to go and deal with that kind of stuff.”

Meanwhile, Luca is focused on his new offering, Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic of the same name, with the director explaining although he is paying homage to the original, his version is distinct.

“Well, I wouldn’t judge people lazy because they call this movie a remake. I mean, it is a remake,” he shares noting he was “hyperventilating” over the task, “but I wish for people to look at this with open minds and open hearts and open brains and open guts. Just to soak into this movie in a way where there is openness that is not pre-judged, not judgmental. It is very personal and it reflects my feelings I had watching Suspiria.”

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