Mark Wahlberg helped ex-felon land Hollywood role after serving time

Mark Wahlberg helped an ex-felon land a role in his movie Spenser Confidential after serving a 16-year prison sentence.During an interview with The Guardian, the actor, 48, confessed he’s not a fan of “cancel culture” – where fans withdraw support from…

Mark Wahlberg helped an ex-felon land a role in his movie Spenser Confidential after serving a 16-year prison sentence.

During an interview with The Guardian, the actor, 48, confessed he’s not a fan of “cancel culture” – where fans withdraw support from a celebrity over a mistake – and revealed how he helped one man break into Hollywood after troubled beginnings.

“Well… I don’t know,” he said, when it was suggested cancel culture stemmed from “morality”. “I think it would be easy to look at it and say that, but having been through it and experienced it, I think it’s a different thing.

“You see the gentleman who just came in here,” he continued, as a man greeted the star while exiting the room. “He just did 16 years in prison. OK? He got out and I put him in the movie. That could have easily been my life. Being in a situation like that and having nothing else – certainly I made a lot of terrible mistakes and I paid for those mistakes dearly.”

Mark, the youngest of nine children in a deprived area of Boston, was bullied by his older brothers, and by the age of 13 was known by police officers for his penchant for cocaine and other substances. He was sentenced to two years in prison for felony assault in the 1980s but he only served 45 days.

He insisted he turned his life around after he “took it upon myself to own up to my mistakes and go against the grain and not be a part of the gang anymore.”

“So I think no, judging a person on what he’s doing and where he’s coming from and all those things, no, I would hope that people would be able to get a second chance in life,” the Daddy’s Home star added.

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Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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Gisele suffered from panic attacks early in career because she ‘wanted to belong’

Gisele suffered from panic attacks at the start of her career because she desperately wanted to be accepted.The Brazilian beauty candidly opened up about her struggles with anxiety in an interview with Britain’s Observer and revealed that when she firs…

Gisele suffered from panic attacks at the start of her career because she desperately wanted to be accepted.

The Brazilian beauty candidly opened up about her struggles with anxiety in an interview with Britain’s Observer and revealed that when she first started out in the industry, she desperately made an effort to please people.

“I wanted to belong, I wanted people to like me and it was important to me so I would go out of my way to say yes to everybody. I wanted to please everybody. God forbid I would, like, disappoint anyone. And hey, that’s why I got panic attacks,” she said.

Gisele went on to recall a time in 2004 when she realised that she had “hit rock bottom”, despite being one of the most photographed women in the world and in a relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I was eating steak and fries every night. I was drinking a bottle of wine and smoking cigarettes and having a mocha cappuccino for breakfast,” the 39-year-old shared. “That wasn’t so good. It was uppers and downers, it wasn’t drugs, but I couldn’t sleep because I was drinking so much coffee during the day.”

The mother-of-two, who’s now married to American football star Tom Brady, then realised she had to overhaul her lifestyle in order to combat her crippling anxiety, and started meditating.

“When I had a panic attack, I thought I was going to die. I was scared. I couldn’t breathe. And what I realised was that I am creating this for myself: we are creating the lives we are living with our actions and we have a choice,” she explained.

However, she has since caused controversy by slamming the use of anti-depressants and medication to help sufferers of anxiety and panic attacks.

“That’s the problem with today’s society, people want instant gratification,” she fired. “I could have taken a pill, but I decided no.”

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Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a card on Mother’s Day

Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a lovely bouquet and note on Mother’s Day.The Chanel creative director passed away at the age of 85 in February, sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Roitfeld was one of the first to honour her …

Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a lovely bouquet and note on Mother’s Day.

The Chanel creative director passed away at the age of 85 in February, sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Roitfeld was one of the first to honour her friend following the sad news, and in a new tribute piece penned for The Guardian, the French stylist recalled how Lagerfeld would regularly send her flowers and sweet notes.

“You are the proof that one can be both a great stylist and an amazing mother,” she recalled to the publication of the message in one of the cards he sent her.

Roitfeld went on to explain that Lagerfeld was the only person to call her “Madame Roitfeld” and was also the first to get in contact with her after she departed her role as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in January 2011.

“He encouraged me to be original, telling me: ‘Everything you’re doing, you are to be the first to do.’ It was a trait he valued above all else. When I wanted to start my own perfume line, he said: ‘OK, you want to do a perfume, now be the first one to do it. Be the first editor to make a perfume. You have to surprise people, because people are always bored,'” the 65-year-old recalled.

Roitfeld labelled Lagerfeld as her “rock” and noted that the designer was a “very faithful” person. She was always impressed by his attention to detail and politeness on set too.

“He is always in my thoughts, so present that I still catch myself using the present tense when I talk about him today,” she concluded.

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Harry Styles liberated by his new androgynous style

Harry Styles has found embracing androgynous fashion to be very liberating.In recent years, the Adore You hitmaker has built up a reputation for sporting bold outfits, including sheer shirts, colourful Gucci shirts, and fun accessories. Yet, in a new …

Harry Styles has found embracing androgynous fashion to be very liberating.

In recent years, the Adore You hitmaker has built up a reputation for sporting bold outfits, including sheer shirts, colourful Gucci shirts, and fun accessories.

Yet, in a new interview with The Guardian, Harry explained that while he is very excited to be experimenting with clothes, his outfits aren’t references to his sexuality.

“Am I sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting? No,” he told the publication. “I tend to make decisions in terms of collaborators I want to work with. I want things to look a certain way. Not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool.”

And Harry confessed he has finally become comfortable enough in his own skin to express himself through fashion.

“A part of it was having, like, a big moment of self-reflection. And self-acceptance. I think it’s a very free, and freeing, time. I think people are asking, ‘Why not?’ a lot more. Which excites me,” the 25-year-old noted.

The former One Direction singer also shared his views on gender in fashion and said he doesn’t mind if he wears clothes that were designed for women.

“What women wear. What men wear. For me, it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though,'” he stated. “I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a lot easier.”

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Jane Seymour: ‘Not every designer will dress someone my age’

Jane Seymour has claimed certain fashion designers are hesitant to dress older women.The actress rose to fame as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 flick Live and Let Die, and has become a red carpet staple, regularly stepping out in designer gowns from t…

Jane Seymour has claimed certain fashion designers are hesitant to dress older women.

The actress rose to fame as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 flick Live and Let Die, and has become a red carpet staple, regularly stepping out in designer gowns from the likes of Versace, Escada, and Nolan Miller.

However, Seymour recently told The Guardian that borrowing looks is becoming increasingly difficult as she gets older.

“I was never paid by a designer to wear anything, although nowadays not every designer will dress someone my age,” the 68-year-old said, before sharing her own thrifty tip. “I don’t care whether re-wearing clothes is acceptable or not – if I’m feeling the dress and the occasion, and if it fits, then I’ll wear it again.”

Despite the occasional rejection, Seymour doesn’t have to worry about where her next look will come from, as she became accustomed to designing her own garments early in her career.

“When I was younger I didn’t have any money so I’d buy good fabric from Liberty – the offcuts that nobody wanted – or I’d go to vintage stores, bring-and-buy sales or church sales, and turn them into outfits for myself,” she confessed.

But that DIY approach was short-lived, as the star soon became pals with late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who used to lend her clothes he made for his sister, Donatella – including the beaded catsuit she wore to the 1991 Emmys – as the two wore the same size.

“Looking back, I can’t believe I wore it,” the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman actress said of the daring ensemble.

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Paris Hilton owns at least 100 Juicy Couture tracksuits

Paris Hilton can’t stop adding to her Juicy Couture tracksuit collection.The socialite/TV personality was one of the major trendsetters of the early 2000s, and when she was not hitting the nightclubs in tiny party dresses, was often seen sporting velou…

Paris Hilton can’t stop adding to her Juicy Couture tracksuit collection.

The socialite/TV personality was one of the major trendsetters of the early 2000s, and when she was not hitting the nightclubs in tiny party dresses, was often seen sporting velour tracksuit sets from California-based label Juicy Couture which she matched with Von Dutch T-shirts.

Yet, Paris has never grown tired of wearing tracksuits when off-duty, and in an interview with The Guardian, she shared that she has a wardrobe full of them.

“Growing up, I always had my own sense of style. I loved being unique and original and coming up with my own trends,” she told the publication. “When I go to a party, I love to be glamorous and go all out; I like to sparkle and feel amazing. However, my everyday wear is very comfortable. I love Juicy Couture’s velour tracksuits; I probably own 100 of them in every colour. That’s my uniform when I’m chilling at home or going to the beach – anything that doesn’t involve a red carpet.”

Paris went on to name Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham as two of her style icons, and also noted that she appreciates her younger sister Nicky Hilton’s “understated” fashion choices.

Elsewhere in the chat, the blonde star reflected on her favourite style moments and selected the silver chainmail Julien Macdonald dress she wore to her 21st birthday party in 2001 as one of her top looks.

“It’s amazing that it has become so iconic; everybody wants to wear it. I feel proud every time I see someone wearing a version of this look,” the 38-year-old added.

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Geena Davis using artificial intelligence to diversify Disney’s films

Geena Davis is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help Disney analyse scripts to diversify its films.The Thelma and Louise actress has founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, for whom University of Southern California experts have dev…

Geena Davis is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help Disney analyse scripts to diversify its films.

The Thelma and Louise actress has founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, for whom University of Southern California experts have developed GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias, an AI tool that uses machine learning to check diversity in scripts.

According to The Guardian, Davis announced that Disney will be using the tool, which tracks percentages of “gender, race, LGBTQIA (and) disabilities” that apply to characters, as well as “non-gender-defined speaking characters” featured in scripts.

“We’re going to collaborate with Disney over the next year using this tool to help their decision-making (and) identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion in the manuscripts that they receive,” the star said at the Power of Inclusion event in New Zealand. “We’re very excited about the possibilities with this new technology and we encourage everybody to get in touch with us and give it a try.”

Davis added that the plan was not to “shame and blame” screenwriters but to reveal any biases in film projects before they entered production.

The star previously called on movie chiefs to cast more women in leadership roles, claiming that seeing female role models on screen would help girls realise their ambitions in the future.

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Kim Cattrall won’t be ‘bullied’ into making Sex and the City 3

Kim Cattrall has reignited her feud with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sex and the City producers by accusing them of “bullying” her to star in a third movie. The actress, who played vamp Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City television series and tw…

Kim Cattrall has reignited her feud with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sex and the City producers by accusing them of “bullying” her to star in a third movie. 

The actress, who played vamp Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City television series and two movies, has previously spoken out about her decision not to return for another film – and now she insists it’s high time for her co-stars and former bosses to move on without her. 

In a new interview with The Guardian’s Observer magazine, Cattrall commented, “I went past the finish line playing Samantha Jones because I loved Sex and the City. It was a blessing in so many ways but after the second movie, I’d had enough. I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time bullying. No means no.”  

Cattrall recently took another swipe at Parker in an interview with Mail Online, insisting she wants to work with “good people” moving forward. 

Asked if she’d ever considered a Sex and the City return, the 62-year-old replied: “Never. It’s a no from me… You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun.” 

Parker and her other Sex and the City co-stars, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, had previously indicated they would be interested in starring in the follow-up to 2010’s Sex and the City 2.

Yet, the Divorce actress has since confirmed that any further plans have been shelved, even though a script had been completed.  

“We were excited about it,” she shared of the third film in a chat with U.S. breakfast show Today in late 2018. “I thought it was an exquisite, unbearably painful, heartbreaking, joyful story, that felt like the beginning in a lot of ways, but it appears for the time being that that will have to be sufficient, just having read the script will have to be enough for me… Sorry!” 

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Raf Simons discusses post-Calvin Klein plans

Raf Simons has spoken about his post-Calvin Klein plans for the first time.The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative director roles at Jil Sander, Chris…

Raf Simons has spoken about his post-Calvin Klein plans for the first time.

The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative director roles at Jil Sander, Christian Dior, and the American fashion house.

However, Simons abruptly parted ways from Klein in December (18) after a two-year stint, and in a new interview with The Guardian, he has shared how he is now focused on his eponymous brand and collaboration with Danish textile company Kvadrat.

“It frees you up if you go and do something different,” he said of the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, which is comprised of upholstery, cushions, and throws, and his other upcoming projects. “But also, I’ve never officially defined myself as a fashion designer, maybe because I didn’t study it.”

Simons did not comment directly on his exit from Klein, with the company now undergoing a major revamp and shifting focus from high-end fashion and runway couture to denim and underwear.

Yet, the fashion star indicated in the chat that he didn’t miss the fast pace of the house and the responsibility of overseeing collections throughout the year.

“(Fashion has) been changing since the ’90s,” the 51-year-old commented. “In the past, a designer made a collection and presented it to a small audience of professionals, then one picture appeared in a magazine, and months later the clothes came to the shops. Oh my God, the desire that created! Now everyone sees the runway show right away, and by the time the clothes are available, people have moved on to something else. This fast communication, it’s exciting but it can be dangerous, too. Damaging.”

In addition, Simons noted that he is expanding his art collection and is considering setting up his own public museum.

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