Anna Wintour: ‘The 2019 Met Gala was the happiest I can remember’

Anna Wintour has described the 2019 Met Gala as one of the “happiest”.Famous faces who attend the prestigious fashion event, held annually on the first Monday in May, are given a theme to adhere to, which is based on the exhibition staged at The Costum…

Anna Wintour has described the 2019 Met Gala as one of the “happiest”.

Famous faces who attend the prestigious fashion event, held annually on the first Monday in May, are given a theme to adhere to, which is based on the exhibition staged at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Last year, the theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion, and in a new interview with Billy Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief recalled it being one of the best experiences she can remember as all of the guests felt so free.

“Each Met Gala responds to what the exhibition subject is. Some have been a little bit more stiff, like when we did (Charles James: Beyond Fashion) or more aggressive, when we did (Punk: Chaos to Couture),” Wintour explained. “It all depends on what the exhibition is. Camp was the happiest night that I can remember in all the years because I think people just so enjoyed themselves, enjoyed dressing up and not having any sense of, ‘Do I look right?’ It was, ‘This is who I am.’ Everybody had a smile on their face.”

And Wintour also defended the use of the word ‘camp,’ which has previously been used as a derogatory description of gay people.

“If you look at the history of what the word means, it means that things that are a little bit off – rather than the way that I think some people think of it. Camp is celebration of self-expression,” the 70-year-old commented, noting that the exhibition itself – curated by Andrew Bolton – was a celebration. “What we all wanted to celebrate in that exhibition is that you need to be who you are, and nobody should tell you anything else… It was beautiful.”

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Anna Wintour concerned fashion industry will ‘lose talent’ due to coronavirus pandemic

Anna Wintour is worried the fashion industry “will lose a lot of talent” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.In a new interview with Billy Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief candidly spoke about what she believes will happen in th…

Anna Wintour is worried the fashion industry “will lose a lot of talent” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a new interview with Billy Porter for The Hollywood Reporter, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief candidly spoke about what she believes will happen in the business after the coronavirus outbreak wanes.

“Like so many industries, (the pandemic) has been devastating for the fashion community,” she began. “But, I honestly think that we’re going to lose a lot of talent. A lot of people are going to lose their businesses.”

Wintour went on to explain that she foresees fashion slowing down, with sustainability set to become a major focus for designers.

“There will be a real sense that creativity is important. That clothes, accessories, everything that the fashion community stands for should not be thought of as disposable. (Customers) will want to invest money – that they’re going to have less of – in things that are meaningful to them,” the 70-year-old continued, before predicting that there will soon be less emphasis on “what’s new” and more on “craft and creativity”.

Wintour was also asked about the involvement of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue Fund in helping to combat the ongoing struggles faced by emerging designers and smaller labels trying to stay afloat during the crisis.

“We are giving out grants to young people, young businesses in our communities that are most in need,” she stated.

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Chris Evans was devasted after losing Fracture role to Ryan Gosling

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle …

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.

The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle of wits in court against young assistant district attorney, William ‘Willy’ Beachum.

But in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Evans admitted that he had “never had a better audition in my life” when he was being considered for the part and was naturally quite stunned when he was pipped to the role by Gosling.

“I hate auditioning. I despise it. I think most actors do, but I got that one and knocked it right out. And it was so great and I had such a great rapport with the director and really felt like it was coming my way,” he explained.

The Captain America star then confessed he was excited about the possibility of working with Hopkins on the drama, and hoped that he might be taken seriously in Hollywood after his previous roles in Fantastic Four and Not Another Teen Movie.

“Anthony Hopkins was already attached and you really think, ‘This is another one of those moments where I might be able to turn a corner.’ And to lose that one… obviously, Ryan, if you’re going to lose to someone, lose to Ryan,” the 38-year-old quipped. “But it was just one of those things where you think, ‘Man, this is tough.’”

Evans was most recently seen onscreen in TV miniseries Defending Jacob and is rumoured to have landed the role of Orin Scrivello in the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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Vivica A. Fox ‘couldn’t pass up’ opportunity to reunite with Liam Hemsworth on Arkansas

Vivica A. Fox “couldn’t pass up” the opportunity to reunite with Liam Hemsworth on crime thriller Arkansas.The 55-year-old plays Her, the love interest of Vince Vaughn’s drug kingpin character Frog, in the new movie, and explained that the chance to te…

Vivica A. Fox “couldn’t pass up” the opportunity to reunite with Liam Hemsworth on crime thriller Arkansas.

The 55-year-old plays Her, the love interest of Vince Vaughn’s drug kingpin character Frog, in the new movie, and explained that the chance to team up once again with her Independence Day: Resurgence co-star was a no-brainer.

“The only thing that led to confusion was when I read the script. It came as an offer at first, and once I heard that it was a film with Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn, I didn’t need to hear any more. I was like, ‘Liam and Vince Vaughn?’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah!’ So, I was like, ‘Absolutely!'” she laughed.

Fox told The Hollywood Reporter that she enjoyed working with Hemsworth so much on the 2016 sci-fi sequel, which was the follow-up to the 1996 classic Independence Day, that she jumped at the chance to star alongside him once again.

“It was a direct offer; I didn’t have to audition, and Liam and I had worked together on Independence Day: Resurgence. So, getting the chance to work with him again was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Fox explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, she revealed she considers herself and Jackie Brown star Pam Grier as some of the original action heroines.

“We were original with it. We came first, but that’s what we’re supposed to do. For me, Pam Grier was that original, kicka*s, bad chick. So, the fact that I can pass that baton to the generation next to me is cool, and they’re even bigger and badder,” she quipped.

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Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes training for famous fight scene in Kill Bill

Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes while undergoing intense training for her fight scene with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge thriller, and in one memorable moment from t…

Vivica A. Fox dropped two dress sizes while undergoing intense training for her fight scene with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge thriller, and in one memorable moment from the movie, Fox’s character has a fight to the death with Thurman’s scorned protagonist Beatrix ‘The Bride’ Kiddo.

The 55-year-old reflected on the intense preparation she underwent to get herself ready for the complex scene, and revealed that she worked out so much she dropped a few dress sizes.

“Oh my God, I trained for six months. I literally went from a size 8 to a size 2,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was intense and gruelling, but I loved every single bump and bruise.”

And the actress certainly had a lot of bumps from her physical encounter with Thurman.

“I’ll never forget the fourth and final day of filming the fight; I counted 30 bruises on my body, and I was proud of every single one of them. I earned them,” Fox gushed.

During the fight scene, former assassin Beatrix finally kills Vernita with a knife to the heart, and Fox revealed that it was done without any special effects, just editing trickery.

“We actually did that in two takes. I nailed it on the first take, and Quentin couldn’t believe it. He was like, ‘Your hair even died in slow motion. It was wet and stuck…'” she laughed. “If you look at how I go out… he went, “That’s beautiful!”

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Camila Mendes enjoyed taking on mature role in Dangerous Lies

Riverdale star Camila Mendes was thrilled to be able to take on a more mature role in Dangerous Lies.In the Netflix thriller, the actress stars as Katie, who is drawn into a web of deception and murder when the elderly man she cares for dies and unexpe…

Riverdale star Camila Mendes was thrilled to be able to take on a more mature role in Dangerous Lies.

In the Netflix thriller, the actress stars as Katie, who is drawn into a web of deception and murder when the elderly man she cares for dies and unexpectedly leaves his estate to her.

The part marks a big departure for Camila, who is known for playing rich high school student Veronica Lodge in Riverdale, and she was thrilled to have the opportunity to portray a different character.

“It was really nice to know that I could be seen that way, to play a more mature role. Obviously, I love playing high school, too. It’s not like I’m opposed to either. It felt nice to graduate to an older character,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Camila also liked getting to play a character who is struggling financially as she has been playing the wealthy Veronica since 2017.

“I really enjoyed that change of pace of playing a character that wasn’t born with money,” the 25-year-old continued. “I think it’s nice because not only does it make the character more relatable to the audience, but I also think it’s sometimes a more interesting story to have a character who is really working toward something. Not to say that Veronica isn’t. She definitely is very ambitious. But I always personally gravitate toward characters that are kind of figuring it out.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Camila revealed the film’s shootout sequence was her most memorable day on set because it was so time-consuming and emotionally difficult.

“It took an entire day to film. We had to shoot from every angle,” she explained. “I had to stay in that state of hysteria for an uncomfortably long time.”

Dangerous Lies is now streaming on Netflix.

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Matthew Vaughn loved Nicolas Cage’s Adam West impersonation in Kick-Ass

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big D…

Nicolas Cage came up with the decision to impersonate Adam West in Kick-Ass, according to director Matthew Vaughn.

In the 2010 superhero comedy, the Oscar-winning actor played former police officer Damon Macready, who transforms into his vigilante Big Daddy, who wears a Batman-like superhero suit, in an effort to bring down mob boss Frank D’Amico.

Vaughn opened up about making the hit movie to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and shared that it was Cage’s decision to have his alter-ego speak the same way West did when he played Batman in the iconic 1960s TV show.

“I wasn’t sure about it, and then he did it and I thought it was brilliant,” the British filmmaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “When he put on that costume, I can’t tell you how happy he was… he had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set.

“There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film.”

He used it on set when they were shooting a scene in which Big Daddy is burned alive by D’Amico’s henchmen while he screams out orders to his teenage daughter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz.

“That delivery, he just pulled that out of the bag on the day. I remember Matthew turning to me and looking really anxious and surprised,” producer Jane Goldman recalled. “He had just done a straight read at the table read. It was so strange and such a brilliant, bold choice.”

However, shooting the scene was one of the hardest sequences for Vaughn, as it was shot completely in the dark.

“That sequence was just a nightmare,” he laughed. “We were shooting in the dark and dealing with the strobe light of Hit-Girl’s weapon. Just getting the cameras to work was really difficult before you get into the timing of everything with the actors.”

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Neve Campbell confident new Scream film will honour late Wes Craven

Neve Campbell agreed to reprise her Scream role after she was convinced the new film would “honour and respect” the late Wes Craven’s original vision for the franchise.The actress was inspired to revive the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5 after Rea…

Neve Campbell agreed to reprise her Scream role after she was convinced the new film would “honour and respect” the late Wes Craven’s original vision for the franchise.

The actress was inspired to revive the role of Sidney Prescott in Scream 5 after Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett sent her a moving letter in which they reassured her the beloved horror filmmaker’s ideas for the series would be protected.

“I definitely had a period where I was thinking it would just be too odd to do a movie without Wes, and I wasn’t certain that I would want to do that,” Campbell told The Hollywood Reporter. “But, I think enough time has passed. I got this really, really respectful letter from the directors of the new one. They wrote a letter honouring Wes in such a beautiful way, and they expressed that the reason they make horror movies is because of Wes and the Scream films.”

In the letter, the directing duo expressed their excitement at being given the opportunity to resurrect the horror franchise and “how much they want to honour and respect Wes’ vision,” which impressed the 46-year-old.

Despite her enthusiasm, Campbell acknowledged it may be some time before she begins filming due to the Hollywood shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“So, we’ll see. We’re just in the beginning phases of negotiations, and we’ll have to see where it goes with Covid and everything (sic),” the star added.

Campbell previously played Prescott, who is hunted by the Ghostface masked killer, in the 1996 original and its three sequels between 1997 and 2011. All four films were directed by Craven, who passed away in 2015.

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Vivica A. Fox ‘would love’ for Quentin Tarantino to make Kill Bill Vol. 3

Vivica A. Fox would love to reunite with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Vol. 3.The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1 back in 2003, with her brutal showdown against Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo sparking the possibilit…

Vivica A. Fox would love to reunite with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Vol. 3.

The actress played assassin Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1 back in 2003, with her brutal showdown against Thurman’s Beatrix Kiddo sparking the possibility of a third movie in the saga involving her character’s daughter.

Tarantino himself has previously teased the idea of following Nikki, played by Ambrosia Kelley, as she avenges her mother’s death, and Fox is on board with the rumoured project.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t wait. It rears its ugly head every couple of years,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ll say, ‘So, Vivica, Kill Bill 3, they’re trying to make a sequel to all your movies,’ and I’m like, ‘I think they’re waiting for my daughter to grow up.’ And then you always hear that Quentin falls in and out of love with Hollywood. He’s like, ‘I’m done, I’m back, I’m done.'”

Fox confirmed that Tarantino and Thurman have been in talks to discuss a third Kill Bill movie, and she’s looking forward to her character getting her long-awaited revenge.

“So, the latest I’ve heard is that him and Uma have been talking, and I’d love for them to figure it out (sic). Quentin is great with flashbacks and figuring out some kind of way to make his characters alive again in a film. So, I’m really hoping that Vernita Green gets her revenge,” the 55-year-old added.

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Matthew Vaughn wanted Brad Pitt for Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Osca…

Matthew Vaughn originally wanted Brad Pitt to play the role of Big Daddy in his action comedy Kick-Ass.

The filmmaker marked the 10th anniversary of the movie in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed that he originally enlisted the Oscar-winning actor as a producer to drum up interest from Hollywood studios for the expletive-ridden offbeat superhero blockbuster, but the tactic wasn’t enough to convince executives to go for the project.

“No studio would touch it,” Vaughn recalled. “So I had to mortgage my house in order to finance the film, which was scary, to be honest.”

However, once the project got the green light, the 49-year-old courted Pitt to play Big Daddy, a former police officer who trains his young daughter to become the foul-mouthed vigilante Hit Girl, who was portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

Instead, Pitt signed up to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, prompting Vaughn to approach Nicolas Cage for the role, who he knew was a big fan of comic books and superheroes.

“I knew Nic loved comic books and superheroes, and this script was a love letter to superheroes,” the director explained. “The film imagines what it would be like if the ultimate fanboy suddenly decided to play superhero, and some people mistakingly felt we were attacking the genre, but I knew Nic would buy in.”

And Vaughn recalled seeing Cage put on Big Daddy’s costume for the first time and how the actor’s energy invigorated the cast and crew after a long day of filming.

“(He) had an enthusiasm which is vital on a film set. There are days where you’re so exhausted that you really rely on the enthusiasm, otherwise you end up with a flat film,” he shared.

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