Donatella Versace has no desire to step down from Versace: ‘I feel full of life’

Donatella Versace has no plans to step away from Versace.The Italian fashion mogul doesn’t want to work up until her death – like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was still at the helm of Chanel and Fendi when he passed away at the age of 85 in Febr…

Donatella Versace has no plans to step away from Versace.

The Italian fashion mogul doesn’t want to work up until her death – like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was still at the helm of Chanel and Fendi when he passed away at the age of 85 in February – but she won’t be resigning any time soon.

“At some point, you understand you need help,” Donatella told Business of Fashion. “But at the moment, I feel totally full of life.”

She also briefly discussed fellow designer Riccardo Tisci, who was reported to be taking over at Versace after his resignation from Givenchy in 2017. However, the negotiations fell through.

“I stayed where I am, and he went somewhere else,” she stated, noting that Riccardo is now the creative director of the British label, Burberry.

Elsewhere in the interview, Donatella confessed she wasn’t happy that Ryan Murphy chose her brother’s murder in 1997 as the subject of his U.S. drama series last year – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – which starred Penelope Cruz as Donatella, Edgar Ramirez as slain fashion mogul Gianni, and Darren Criss as killer Andrew Cunanan.

The 64-year-old said there were “errors” in the show but offered no specifics as to what they were.

“I know what happened,” Donatella cryptically added.

The FX programme won seven Emmys and two Golden Globes, with former Glee star Darren scooping three awards for his terrifying portrayal of the serial killer who shot Gianni dead on the steps of his mansion in Miami.

Despite her disappointment at the crime anthology series, Donatella is a big TV fan, and revealed she had recently binge-watched HBO’s Big Little Lies and Netflix’s The Society.

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade are surprise winners at WGA Awards

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19). Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a c…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a comedy-drama inspired by the memoir by late biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The Oscar-nominated duo beat the writers of Black Panther, A Star is Born and Oscar frontrunners If Beale Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The big shock of the night was Bo Burnham picking up Best Original Screenplay for Eighth Grade over A Quiet Place and Oscar nominees Roma, Vice and Green Book. The surprise win made Eighth Grade the first film to win the WGA Original Screenplay award without being nominated for an Academy Award since Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine in 2003.

Taking to the stage, Burnham, who also directed the film, joked about being the underdog and praised his young actress, Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher.

“To the other nominees in the category – Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” he joked. “No, I prepared nothing. This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn’t done it.”

Burham previously won the First-Time Feature Film category at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the film is up for four Independent Spirit Awards prizes, but has been largely overlooked at the big award ceremonies.

In the TV categories, The Americans landed the Best Drama Series prize and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the Comedy Series gong, while The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was named Best Adapted Longform Series, and the Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock scored the Original Longform Series award.

The awards were handed out in bi-coastal ceremonies. The WGA East held its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York, while the WGA West staged its bash at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Adapted Screenplay:

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Documentary Screenplay:

Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant – Bathtubs Over Broadway

TV Drama Series:

The Americans

TV Comedy Series:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best New Series:

Barry

Longform – Original:

Castle Rock

Longform – Adapted:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Shortform New Media – Original:

Class of Lies

Shortform New Media – Adapted:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Animation:

The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead

Episodic Drama:

Homeland: Paean to the People

Episodic Comedy:

Barry

Comedy/Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez sign on for Marcel Marceau drama

Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez are to star in the upcoming Marcel Marceau drama Resistance.The Hollywood actors have signed on to appear in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s new project about the French actor and mime artist and his involvement…

Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez are to star in the upcoming Marcel Marceau drama Resistance.

The Hollywood actors have signed on to appear in Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz’s new project about the French actor and mime artist and his involvement in the French Resistance during World War II.

It was previously announced that Jesse Eisenberg is to portray Marceau, while editors at Deadline have now confirmed that four-time Oscar nominee Harris will take on the part of General George S. Patton and Ramirez will play a character named Sigmund.

Actress Clemence Poesy will round out the cast as Emma, a member of the French Resistance, and German actor Matthias Schweighofer is to take on the role of Nazi leader Klaus Barbie.

“Ed Harris was already a legend when I started thinking of becoming a filmmaker. Edgar Ramirez is one of the best of his generation. I’ve been a fan of Clemence Poesy since I first saw her in In Bruges,” gushed Jakubowicz of his castmembers in a statement. “I can’t explain how inspiring it is for this grandson of Holocaust survivors to have the privilege of telling the story of these forgotten heroes, and what they did in the most challenging circumstances imaginable, with some of the best actors in the world.”

Jakubowicz previously worked with The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor Ramirez on 2016 boxing drama Hands of Stone, which also starred Robert De Niro and singer Usher.

Resistance began shooting in Prague in September. The film is set to be released in 2019.

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Cindy Crawford honours Gianni Versace with InStyle photoshoot

Cindy Crawford stands triumphantly on a mountain of men for a special InStyle cover that pays tribute to Gianni Versace.The front page, which is only for those who subscribe to the American magazine, carries the tagline “Cindy Crawford’s Versace Moment…

Cindy Crawford stands triumphantly on a mountain of men for a special InStyle cover that pays tribute to Gianni Versace.

The front page, which is only for those who subscribe to the American magazine, carries the tagline “Cindy Crawford’s Versace Moment”. It shows the 51-year-old supermodel wowing in a gold Versace gown, from label head Donatella Versace’s spring collection, which was inspired by her late brother, who was tragically murdered in 1997.

Cindy, along with Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer, walked on the catwalk together when the line was unveiled in September (17).

Editors at InStyle shared the image on the publication’s official Instagram page on Wednesday (31Jan18).

“You better work!” the caption reads. “Here to remind us what makes a supermodel most, our second special March subscriber cover star @cindycrawford lives out the fantasy of Donatella Versace’s spring collection, a tribute to her late brother, Gianni.”

In the accompanying interview, Cindy told InStyle’s fashion news director Eric Wilson that the Italian label remains iconic in her eyes.

“Versace celebrated powerful women but also beautiful and sexy women who are unapologetic about not being a victim. Gianni loved women and wanted them to feel beautiful in the clothes,” she said. “Donatella Versace has carried on the original brand, but she brings a female perspective as well.”

The issue comes weeks after Ryan Murphy’s new TV series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiered in the U.S., which the Versace family distanced themselves from.

As well as talking to InStyle, Donatella is also the latest star of Vogue’s 73 questions feature, which was filmed in Gianni’s lavish Milan apartment.

Asked what her brother would think of her work as the artistic director of their brand, she smiled, “Not good enough”.

She also said his life served as an inspiration to her, and that her favourite memory of him was them being backstage together at the last Paris show before his death.

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Edgar Ramirez ate more and worked out less to play Gianni Versace

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his si…

Edgar Ramirez had fun piling on the pounds to play Gianni Versace but is now struggling to shift the extra weight.

The Venezuelan actor portrays the murdered designer in Ryan Murphy’s second American Crime Story series, with Penelope Cruz playing his sister Donatella Versace, Ricky Martin starring as his lover Antonio D’Amico and Darren Criss taking on the part of killer Andrew Cunanan.

For the role, handsome Edgar had to emulate Gianni’s “typical southern Italian, robust body,” which meant eating more and working out less.

“Boxing basically sculpts your arms and your shoulders in a very natural way, so I needed to let the muscle mass go to convey the body that Gianni had,” he explained to American Vogue of quitting his usual fitness regime of boxing, Pilates, and CrossFit. “I had to put on some weight to fit his measurements. That was the fun part. The hard part is to lose it, so I’m still in the process.”

As well as his body transformation, the Gold actor had to undergo prosthetics to help change his physical appearance. He also swapped his dark hair for Gianni’s receding grey locks.

“It is a bald cap, and then I had four amazing wigs, depending on the time period that we were shooting,” he said, adding that he also had his forehead and hairline reshaped, which left him feeling “like a Conehead”.

“Impersonation is flat; it’s not alive. In the end, (the goal) is to capture what his essence might have been.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered on U.S. TV earlier this month (Jan18).

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