Luka Sabbat sued by fashion brand over lack of social media promotion

Rising model-turned-actor Luka Sabbat is facing a lawsuit for reportedly reneging on a deal to promote a brand on social media. The 21-year-old, who features in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, is accused of failing to follow through on…

Rising model-turned-actor Luka Sabbat is facing a lawsuit for reportedly reneging on a deal to promote a brand on social media.

The 21-year-old, who features in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, is accused of failing to follow through on an agreement signed with officials at streetwear brand Konus to advertise their products online.

In court papers filed under Konus’ corporate name, Catwalk to Sidewalk Inc., in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, lawyers claim Sabbat was paid $30,090 (£23,900) to pose for a photoshoot, modelling pieces from their 2017 autumn/winter collection.

As part of the contract, he was also supposed to post two of the images on Instagram, but they never materialised on his timeline, and now Konus chiefs are demanding $40,000 (£31,800) in damages, reports Variety.

Also listed as a defendant is Sabbat’s father, Clark Sabbat, as both men reportedly assured Konus representatives Luka would hold up his end of the bargain on numerous occasions since February, 2018 – to no avail.

The actor’s attorney, Alex Leibson, has yet to view the new complaint to issue a comment, although he did reveal a similar suit filed against his client in New York last year is close to being settled.

In that instance, Sabbat stands accused of only fulfilling part of his promotional agreement with Snap Spectacles executives, who had allegedly paid him $45,000 (£35,700) to upload one advertising image on his main Instagram page, and three more on his Instagram Stories timeline. The plaintiffs claim he only posted one of each request.

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Selena Gomez: ‘Shooting The Dead Don’t Die was the most fun’

Selena Gomez had “the most fun” while filming her new movie The Dead Don’t Die.The star opened up about the experience at the Jim Jarmusch-directed movie’s New York premiere on Monday night, and told Extra TV the whole situation couldn’t have been bett…

Selena Gomez had “the most fun” while filming her new movie The Dead Don’t Die.

The star opened up about the experience at the Jim Jarmusch-directed movie’s New York premiere on Monday night, and told Extra TV the whole situation couldn’t have been better.

“I think it was the most fun for me, to be honest. It was such a blast!” she gushed. “Everyone that worked on this movie was such a respected actor – and director as well. It was so nice to see everyone let loose… Bill Murray would sing slow jams in the make-up trailer. You couldn’t ask for a better situation.”

The 26-year-old went on to admit she tries to maintain a positive atmosphere while on set, adding: “It’s not a lot of hard work (to be kind). Why would anyone want to be in a place and feel bad?

“I want to go to work and make sure everyone’s happy.”

While the star enthused over her work in the film industry, she also revealed she’s putting the finishing touches on new music, which fans can expect to drop soon.

“I can say that it’s done… I just have to do my own little things with it,” Selena shared. “I’m excited! I’m more relieved.”

The Dead Don’t Die also stars Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, and Danny Glover, and hits cinemas from 13 June.

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Chloe Sevigny: ‘Hollywood still feels pretty old-fashioned’

Chloe Sevigny says it’s “very hard” to accept that women filmmakers are still in the minority in Hollywood. The actress, who stars in the upcoming Jim Jarmusch zombie horror The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, opened up about her…

Chloe Sevigny says it’s “very hard” to accept that women filmmakers are still in the minority in Hollywood.

The actress, who stars in the upcoming Jim Jarmusch zombie horror The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, opened up about her frustration that the gender balance is still unequal.

In an interview with Deadline, the 44-year-old said she was more “at ease” being around – and working with – women, as she feels objectified by men.

“We’re talking about it, we’re more vocal about it, but it still feels pretty old-fashioned,” Sevigny explained. “Especially when you walk on set. I was making The Act in Savannah and there are female filmmakers and producers, and a lot of women involved, but I still walked on set and I was the only woman in the room and there were like 40 men around me.

“And you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, right. Where are all the ladies?’ And that’s very hard.”

She also admitted she felt comfortable on the set of The Dead Don’t Die, especially when she was playing the part of a zombie, because she wasn’t sexualised.

“Doing Jim Jarmusch’s movie, the day when I was a zombie was the most comfortable day for me because I was like, ‘None of these men are going to be sexualizing me or looking at me in that way.’ And I don’t know if that’s more telling about who I am or how I see things, but that was the best day,” she confessed.

And Sevigny will always be eager to sign up for any future female-driven films, as she’s far more interested in women than men.

“I think I’m more interested in telling stories about women because I understand women. I mean, I like boys, I like sleeping with boys and flirting with them. But I’m more interested in hanging out with girls and talking to girls,” she shared.

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Tilda Swinton treats Cannes Film Festival like a family reunion

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion. The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, whi…

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion.

The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, which premiered in Cannes earlier this month.

And Swinton was excited to return to the festival, which she dubbed a “school vacation”, as it meant reuniting with old co-stars and friends who she’s known for so long she now regards them as family.

“There are many ways of coming to Cannes, sometimes you’re trying to sell a film, sometimes you’re trying to get a film made, you might be here on a jury or bringing a film. But coming at any time and for any reason is a sort of fiesta-come-school vacation,” she explained to Deadline.

“This year to be with this particular family of filmmakers – Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray, who I’ve known very well on many different films – is like a family reunion.”

Swinton has appeared alongside Murray in no less than seven movies, including 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom and their latest endeavour, The Dead Don’t Die.

The Oscar-winning actress plays an eccentric zombie-killer in Jarmusch’s comic horror, and confessed she would say yes to any project the director suggested because she adores working with him.

“I would probably say yes to anything that Jim proposed because I really love him and his work, so even if he said let’s do a film about a sofa I would probably say, ‘Yes let’s do it’.

“It’s always a great group with Jim because people with any kind of intelligence are drawn to working with him,” she said of her co-stars, including Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Luka Sabbat.

“It was essentially a summer vacation. We had a great summer in upstate New York, going around a series of little towns to create our own version of a little town, seen in the film.”

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to compete at Cannes Film Festival

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will premiere as part of the official competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Industry insiders had been expecting the Pulp Fiction filmmaker’s latest movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad P…

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will premiere as part of the official competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Industry insiders had been expecting the Pulp Fiction filmmaker’s latest movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, to be included in the official competition when it was unveiled on 18 April (19), and festival boss Thierry Fremaux subsequently explained to reporters that the film was not finished but he was hoping it would be a last-minute addition to the line-up.

On Thursday (02May19), Fremaux confirmed that the movie had been completed in time and would have its world premiere at the annual French film festival and compete against the likes of Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life for the coveted Palme d’Or.

“We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be released until late July, but Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes,” Fremaux said, according to Deadline. “Like for Inglourious Basterds, he’ll definitely be there – 25 years after the Palme d’or for Pulp Fiction – with a finished film screened in 35mm and his cast in tow.

“His film is a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, a rock music tour of 1969, and an ode to cinema as a whole. In addition to thanking Quentin and his crew for spending days and nights in the editing room, the Festival wants to give special thanks to the teams at Sony Pictures, who made all of this possible.”

He also announced that Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo, the latest film by Abdellatif Kechiche, the Palme d’Or-winning director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, was another last-minute addition to the competition slate.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival runs from 14 to 25 May.

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Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie to open Cannes

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France. The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick…

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick off the annual movie spectacular on 14 May.

The film focuses on the residents of peaceful Centerville, who find themselves having to battle an army of the undead.

The movie, which Jarmusch also wrote, will be among the competition at this year’s festival.

The filmmaker has been a regular at Cannes for years, screening films like Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Dead Man at the event.

Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will front this year’s (19) festival jury, becoming the first Mexican to take the role.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu previously said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury.

“Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as jury president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The official selection line-up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled next week 18 April. It is expected to include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory, and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as the British rock star.

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Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop teaming up for Jim Jarmusch zombie film

Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop are among the stars featuring in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die. Bosses at Focus Features announced the cast on Wednesday (27Mar19), confirming that Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, …

Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop are among the stars featuring in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die.

Bosses at Focus Features announced the cast on Wednesday (27Mar19), confirming that Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, RZA, Rosie Perez, and Tom Waits will star alongside Selena and the punk icon.

The plot of the undead comedy, which the Coffee and Cigarettes filmmaker has written and directed, is yet to be revealed, however, Bill let slip a few details before a secretive shoot last summer.

“I’ve got a good job coming up. Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie,” he told Philly.com. “Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that’s so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors: Rosie Perez, Daniel Craig. It’s titled The Dead Don’t Die, and it shoots over the summer. But, no, I will not play a zombie.”

The James Bond star appears to have dropped out of the film as he is not featured on Wednesday’s official cast list.

Chloe also dropped hints about The Dead Don’t Die’s themes during a recent interview with U.S. website Collider.

“The Dead Don’t Die is more in the vain of a comedy,” she explained. “It’s Adam Driver and Bill Murray and myself, and a whole cast of characters. He refuses to say that it’s social commentary, but zombie pictures often are, and it’s pretty easy to ascertain what he would be speaking on. There’s an environmental catastrophe that sets this thing off.”

She also gushed that working with Bill, who she also had a scene with in Jim’s 2005 drama Broken Flowers, is a “dream,” adding that the Ghostbusters star is a “genius” and a “sweetheart”.

Iggy previously appeared in Jim’s 1995 Western Dead Man, and the filmmaker directed a 2016 documentary about his band, The Stooges.

The Dead Don’t Die will debut in North American cinemas in June.

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