Thandie Newton quit Charlie’s Angels after Amy Pascal meeting

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she w…

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.

The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she was called in to meet then-Columbia Pictures boss Pascal.

During the chat, Pascal allegedly told Newton there was a challenge in making her character “believable” as a college-educated woman, and then suggested there could be a bar scene in which her character “gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty”.

“She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character,” the 47-year-old told Vulture. “Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that’. She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different’. That was Amy Pascal. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it. I didn’t do the movie as a result.”

In response, Pascal, who stepped down from Sony Pictures in 2015 after an email hack revealed racially insensitive emails between her and producer Scott Rudin about former U.S. President Barack Obama, said she was “horrified to hear” Newton’s allegations and insisted she had “no recollection” of the meeting.

“I’ve long considered Thandie a friend; I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future,” she stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress recalled an awkward meeting with the film’s director McG in which he detailed the opening scene.

“The director said to me, ‘I can’t wait for this. The first shot is going to be… You’re going to think it’s, like, yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realise it’s the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a*s it’s going to look like tarmac,'” she shared. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together’…I didn’t want to be put in a position where I was objectified.”

Charlie’s Angels, which starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, went on to make over $200 million (£159 million) worldwide.

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Thandie Newton was ‘so scared’ of Tom Cruise during Mission: Impossible 2 shoot

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality. The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s…

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality.

The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt, in the 2000 film in an extensive interview with Vulture.

During the chat, she recalled how working with the action man pushed her into a place of “terror and insecurity”.

“I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done,” she shared.

She remembered shooting a scene set on a balcony in Spain that involved many extras and pyrotechnics and how Cruise was “not happy with what I was doing” because her lines were not well written, so he suggested they rehearse on-camera, with him doing her lines and Newton doing his.

“It was the most unhelpful… I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest,” she continued, before describing what happened when they re-shot the scene the following week.

“The next time we shot it, I went in there and I just basically manifested all the – because I realized what he wanted. He just wanted this alpha b**ch. And I did as best as I could. It’s not the best way to get the best work out of someone,” she stated.

Newton, who noted that Cruise’s then-wife Nicole Kidman got her the role, went on to insist that he “wasn’t horrible”, just “really stressed”, while she was “so tender and sensitive” at the time.

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Kate Moss sells iconic vintage leopard print coat for charity

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Coll…

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.

The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, with one lucky bidder nabbing the piece on 31 March for $276 (£224).

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to nonprofit organisations working to help those affected by the Covid-19 virus, including the World Health Organization, the Paris Hospitals Foundation, Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, and fundraising efforts in Italy’s Lombardy region.

Actresses Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton also donated to the auction, alongside Vogue Japan editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

Vestiaire Collective co-founder and president, Fanny Moizant, was delighted to have received overwhelming support for her online auction, and was stunned when Kate offered up her leopard print coat.

“Her fashion influence goes without saying! She has such a recognisable style and this jacket epitomises that,” she gushed.

Other auction highlights include a rare antique pink Christian Dior dressing gown from Margherita Missoni, Thandie Newton’s Jimmy Choo collection, and Laura Bailey’s Prada dress.

“It’s great to see so many parts of the fashion industry act in such a resourceful way to support the effort,” Moizant told Vogue.com. “I’m really happy that we can use our platform and community to play a part.”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Tom Cruise up for any stunt thrown his way

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films. For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the …

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films.

For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the 56-year-old action man performing his own stunts like usual.

Talking about how they up the action ante from film to film, producer Jake Myers exclusively told Cover Media: “It starts with Tom wants to do something, then it’s trying to figure out how to put it into the movie. Then there’s a little bit of gamesmanship, like, ‘Wait, what can we make him do that might be fun and he’s not going to say no to?’ Which he never does!”

Over the last 22 years, Mission: Impossible has become a Hollywood institution, with everyone from Thandie Newton to Jeremy Renner popping up in the movie series.

For the latest film, Tom is joined by core cast members Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, returning stars Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin, and newcomers Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett, among others.

Speaking about the tone of Fallout, Jake, who also worked on 2015’s Rogue Nation, said it was important to balance the humour with a more serious storyline.

“I think (the humour aspect) is huge. I mean the last film was very humour heavy and I think there was somewhat of a conscious effort to have a little bit more drama in this film,” he shared. “But if you lose the humour in Mission, you really lose the ability to tell the audience they can have fun and to reset. So I think the film can’t take itself too seriously, I think the humour is key.”

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Richard Quinn launches debut collection for Debenhams

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah a…

Richard Quinn has launched a collection of dresses with high street store Debenhams.

The 28-year-old winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has dressed celebrities including Amal Clooney for the 2018 Met Gala, Adwoa Aboah and Thandie Newton and is known for his floral prints and prom-style silhouettes.

And the British designer, who made headlines earlier this year when The Queen sat in the front row of his fall runway show, has now created an 11-piece capsule collection making his couture style a little more accessible.

“It was an effortless collaboration and it’s always nice to have different entry points,” the designer explained to WWD of his decision to collaborate with Debenhams. “Perhaps the girl who doesn’t shop at Net-a-Porter or MatchesFashion can now have a Richard Quinn garment that is still intrinsically ‘us.'”

Quinn explained that he borrowed a few ideas for the prints in the collection from his personal archive, as well as creating some exclusive ones for the line.

Key pieces include an electric blue velvet Bardot dress, a printed jumpsuit and a super-glamorous strapless, floral evening gown with a train perfect for a summer wedding or a red carpet event.

All designs retail at reasonable price points ranging from $91 – $198 (£69 – £149).

Christine Morgan, director of public relations at the store, explained the brand didn’t want Quinn to tone down his signature style.

“We’ve kept it more to his handwriting than to ours,” she said. “It is quite a brave range for a store like Debenhams, but we haven’t tamed it down too much or diluted it – which is a great thing.”

The collection’s standout is a sheer panelled floral-print dress that’s flying off the shelves.

“People have been actively searching it out and we’ve had a really good reaction to it so far,” she added.

Quinn’s second collection for Debenhams will launch for spring 2019.

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Thandie Newton showcases black Star Wars characters in stellar dress at Cannes

Thandie Newton paid tribute to every black Star Wars character in the franchise’s history as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (15May18).The British beauty portrays interstellar criminal Val in director Ron Howard’s new H…

Thandie Newton paid tribute to every black Star Wars character in the franchise’s history as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (15May18).

The British beauty portrays interstellar criminal Val in director Ron Howard’s new Han Solo spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and she donned a stellar couture Vivienne Westwood dress to attend the screening on the French Riviera.

Thandie’s stylist Erin Walsh explained how the gown came about in a post on Instagram, revealing the 45-year-old wanted to celebrate the diversity of the sci-fi franchise and her landmark casting in the new film.

“For tonight’s #StarWars premiere (at Cannes), Thandie had the brilliant idea to make a dress covered in a print with photos of iconic black @starwars characters!” the fashion professional gushed on the picture-sharing app in a caption attached to a sketch of the dress. “She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!! She is the first black woman onscreen in a @starwars movie with a leading role.”

New York-based fashion photographer Christian Hogstedt captured the images used for the eco-friendly gown by taking photos of toys from Thandie’s private collection.

“@christianhogstedt photographed the action figures from her personal collection and (designer) @viviennewestwood made a SICK print on a gown that’s totally ethical given the guidance of @ecoage and @liviafirth… more on this to come, but have a peek at the sketch and up close on the print!!!” Walsh gushed.

Thandie isn’t the only star kicking up a storm at Cannes with out-of-the-box fashion choices – jury member Kristen Stewart defied the festival’s heels-only policy by walking barefoot on the red carpet on Monday (14May18), while her jury president Cate Blanchett also caused waves by recycling her her 2014 Golden Globes gown at the festival last week (08May18).

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Thandie Newton wows in couture at Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere

Thandie Newton looked out of this world at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere on Thursday night (10May18).The British actress joined her co-stars on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of the latest instalment of the…

Thandie Newton looked out of this world at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere on Thursday night (10May18).

The British actress joined her co-stars on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of the latest instalment of the Star Wars anthology, which explores the adventures of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca.

While Thandie is costumed in a leather jacket and matching trousers for her role as Val in the film, she opted for a much more glamorous look for the screening, choosing to wear a black gown with sheer skirt from Christian Dior for the night.

“Out the door and J’ADORE,” Thandie’s stylist Erin Walsh captioned a snap posted on Instagram of the actress as she headed to the event. “Kicking off the #HanSolo #starwars @starwars tour #letsdothis.”

Emilia Clarke, who takes on the part of Qi’Ra in Solo, got dressed up for the night too. The Game of Thrones star rocked a dark red ballgown with white floral print from Valentino and had her freshly dyed platinum blonde tresses swept back into an elegant ponytail. She accessorised with Christian Louboutin high heels and topped off the glamorous ensemble with glittering earrings from Neil Lane.

Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich made a sartorial statement in a blue three-piece suit, while Donald Glover, who plays Lando Calrissian, chose to wear a red suit which he complemented with white sneakers and a couple of gold chains around his neck.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge got into the theme of the evening by donning a long white sequin gown from Adam Lippes which she matched with Gianvito Rossi heels, while Woody Harrelson stuck with his signature relaxed look and wore a blue suit with a black T-shirt.

A number of celebrities turned out to show their support for the film as well, with Sofia Vergara rocking up in a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta dress, and Jaime King wowing in a sheer gown with multicoloured tiered skirt from Schiaparelli.

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Claire Foy goes for Grecian glamour at TV awards

Claire Foy opted for Grecian glamour in a simple but stylish column dress as she attended the 2018 BAFTA Television Awards on Sunday night (13May18).The 34-year-old actress wowed as she walked the red carpet in a strapless Rosetta Getty gown, which ski…

Claire Foy opted for Grecian glamour in a simple but stylish column dress as she attended the 2018 BAFTA Television Awards on Sunday night (13May18).

The 34-year-old actress wowed as she walked the red carpet in a strapless Rosetta Getty gown, which skimmed her curves in all the right places.

While the dress was relatively plain, it featured a rope belt detail which added to the overall Grecian theme and provided some shape by cinching Claire in at the waist.

Complementing the simple style of the ensemble, Claire went for an understated make-up look, with a touch of mascara and a pink lip, while wearing her brunette hair swept to one side. Accessory wise, The Crown star opted for a cuff on one ear with a hoop in the other, while clutching a box bag to finish off her look. Claire also showed her support for Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement by wearing a pin on the breast of her dress.

While simplicity was key for Claire’s BAFTA look, it was a different story for her The Crown co-star Vanessa Kirby.

The 30-year-old screen star, who played Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of Netflix’s royal drama, went for all-out glamour for the occasion in a stunning Dior dress. The gown featured a corseted top to highlight Vanessa’s trim frame, before cascading into a full skirt. The sparkling fabric gave the look another decadent touch, and Vanessa upped the glamour even further by wearing her blonde hair in 1920’s style waves and finishing off her ensemble with a swipe of dark red lipstick.

The actress didn’t only win on the red carpet either. As well as topping the evening’s best-dressed list, Vanessa won the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role in The Crown.

Other stars to wow on the BAFTA Television Awards red carpet included Thandie Newton, who showed off her figure in an asymmetric tropical print gown, and Anna Friel, who went for an old-school glamorous look in a strapless olive green ballgown.

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Thandie Newton: ‘My Star Wars casting is a big deal’

Thandie Newton believes her Star Wars casting is a big deal, as she’s the first “woman of colour” to have a prominent role in the franchise.Thandie has joined the sci-fi universe for upcoming spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, which tells the stor…

Thandie Newton believes her Star Wars casting is a big deal, as she’s the first “woman of colour” to have a prominent role in the franchise.

Thandie has joined the sci-fi universe for upcoming spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, which tells the story of a young Han Solo, a part made famous by Harrison Ford and played by Alden Ehrenreich in the prequel.

While other black actresses, including Lupita Nyong’o, have previously appeared in Star Wars films, 45-year-old Thandie, who plays a character called Val in the movie, says it’s the size of her role that makes it so special.

“I’m the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the Star Wars legacy,” she told Radio Times. “There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong’o was a computer-generated character (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), but you didn’t get to see the colour of her skin.

“I’m the first. I’m going to have a toy and everything. It’s exciting, but that’s all I can say. It is a big deal.”

The film is due out next month (May18), and will premiere at Cannes Film Festival before hitting cinemas around the world.

It was initially meant to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, but they quit the project in June (17) over creative differences with Lucasfilm bosses. Ron Howard stepped in to the director’s chair, and Thandie has previously reassured fans the film is still “dope” despite the director shake-up.

Talking about the importance of sci-fi in cinema, the English actress said: “Sci-fi really captures people’s attention like nothing else, but the fans are absolutely bonkers.

“I took my four-year-old to a park in Los Angeles last year, but I didn’t realise there was a huge Star Wars convention taking place up the road. All these grown-up men dressed as Stormtroopers were riding around on a kids’ train in the park. It was the most surreal sight.”

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