Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Quentin Tarantino: ‘Kill Bill: Volume 3 is definitely in the cards’

Quentin Tarantino is considering making a third instalment in his Kill Bill film series.The director released Kill Bill: Volume 1 back in 2003, with the movie starring Uma Thurman as The Bride, a woman who swears revenge on a team of assassins and thei…

Quentin Tarantino is considering making a third instalment in his Kill Bill film series.

The director released Kill Bill: Volume 1 back in 2003, with the movie starring Uma Thurman as The Bride, a woman who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader, as played by David Carradine, after they try to kill her and her unborn child. Tarantino unveiled Kill Bill: Volume 2 the following year, with the samurai flick also receiving positive reviews, and during a chat with U.S. TV host Andy Cohen on radio show Andy Cohen Live earlier this week, the 56-year-old stated that he has an idea for a third movie with Thurman.

“I just had dinner with Uma Thurman last night,” he said. “We were at a really cool Japanese restaurant. I do have an idea of what I would do with (Kill Bill Vol. 3). That was the whole thing, conquering the concept. What has happened to The Bride since then? And what do I want to do?”

Thurman, 49, received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in both movies.

However, Tarantino insisted that he wouldn’t be making another volume in the narrative just for the sake of it.

“I didn’t just want to come up with some cockamamie adventure. (The character) doesn’t deserve that,” the filmmaker stated. “The Bride has fought long and hard. I have an idea now that could be interesting. I still wouldn’t do it for a little bit. It would be at least three years from now. It is definitely in the cards.”

And Tarantino has a number of other projects to make before he even thinks about starting work on Kill Bill: Volume 3.

“What I did when I wrote Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was, normally I finish a script and we go and we open up offices, but I had more to do,” he explained. “I had more stuff in me. So, I pulled it off and I wrote a play and then I wrote a five-episode TV series.

“To some degree or another, I’ve kind of written what I’m going to do for the next three years. And then after that, I’ll get around to what the next movie will be.”

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Maya Hawke: ‘You feel more naked making contemporary films’

Maya Hawke feels “naked” when making contemporary films because it’s difficult to have insight into the current period of time.The 21-year-old, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, made her screen debut in the 2017 TV adaptation of classi…

Maya Hawke feels “naked” when making contemporary films because it’s difficult to have insight into the current period of time.

The 21-year-old, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, made her screen debut in the 2017 TV adaptation of classic period tale, Little Women, before making a splash this summer in ‘80s-set Netflix show Stranger Things and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set in 1969.

Maya will soon be seen in two contemporary dramas – Human Capital, alongside Marisa Tomei and Liev Schreiber and Gia Coppola’s Mainstream with Andrew Garfield – and the actress admitted she felt more exposed making those modern pieces compared to the period ones.

“I love serious stuff, and I love dressing up in cool costumes and going through that transformation. There is something more naked about doing a contemporary piece,” she told Refinery29. “You’re really trying to reflect on your own time, and it’s hard to have insight and perspective on your own time. But I love working with Gia; she’s brilliant and funny and has such a wonderful visual imagination. All the actors in that cast are unbelievably talented, and I am really excited for people to see that movie.”

In addition to appearing in two big projects this year, Maya also recently launched a music career, and she explained she was exploring her passion while waiting around to get cast in roles.

“Acting is amazing… But the problem is that you’re always waiting around for a call; you’re waiting for someone to give you permission to do your work,” the star explained. “The nice thing with music in the last three years alongside the acting work I’ve done is that I didn’t have to wait for anyone’s permission… The months I just spent just waiting to get a part, I’ve been able to work on this. It has given my life some structure and purpose so that I’m not just waiting around and losing my mind and crying.”

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Quentin Tarantino: ‘Kill Bill was always one movie’

Quentin Tarantino considers his Kill Bill movies to be one film rather than two.The writer and director began filming the star-studded epic, featuring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, back in 2002. The three-hour…

Quentin Tarantino considers his Kill Bill movies to be one film rather than two.

The writer and director began filming the star-studded epic, featuring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, back in 2002.

The three-hour movie was slated for release in October 2003, however, Tarantino was told by the crew, producer Harvey Weinstein and film studio Miramax to split the film into two parts.

Three months before the full three-hour masterpiece was due to hit cinemas, the director finally decided to cut it into Kill Bill: Volume I and Kill Bill: Volume II, which was later released in 2004.

And in a new interview on the CinemaBlend podcast, the director insisted that Kill Bill is in fact one movie.

“Technically we released it as two movies, and there is a closing and an opening credits (on each movie), but since I made it as one movie and I wrote it as one movie, (it’s one movie),” the Oscar winner shared.

Looking back on his decision, the 56-year-old confessed that the movie does work much better split in half.

“Now it works really good that way. Frankly, the truth of the matter is, I don’t think it would’ve been as popular as a four hour movie. I literally had a guy say that to me. It was one of those weird diamond bullet moments where you can’t unhear it. He said, ‘Quentin, here’s the thing. My uncle would love this movie, but he wouldn’t love it at four hours’,” Tarantino explained.

This helps explain why Tarantino has called his new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth film, as would be his tenth if you counted Kill Bill as two.

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Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman still discussing Kill Bill 3

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman are considering making a third instalment of Kill Bill, even though the actress accused the filmmaker of putting her life at risk when they last worked together. The director has revealed he is still in discussions wi…

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman are considering making a third instalment of Kill Bill, even though the actress accused the filmmaker of putting her life at risk when they last worked together.

The director has revealed he is still in discussions with Thurman about continuing the bloody 2003 and 2004 action films, which revolved around her vengeful character The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo.

“Me and Uma have talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth,” Tarantino told podcast Happy Sad Confused. “I’m not sure if I’m going to do it, but I have thought about it a little further… I’ve wondered what happens to The Bride 10 years later, 15 years later – what happens to her daughter.”

The news may surprise some, as it comes 18 months after Thurman publicly called out the director for knowingly putting her at risk when he insisted she perform a dangerous car stunt on the set of Kill Bill: Vol 2 and she was left injured after crashing the vehicle on set.

“The circumstances of this event were negligent to the point of criminality. I do not believe though with malicious intent,” she told The New York Times. The actress also released footage of the incident, which the director gave her.

He later expressed his regret over his decision, telling Deadline, “As a director, you learn things and sometimes you learn them through horrendous mistakes. That was one of my most horrendous mistakes, that I didn’t take the time to run the road, one more time, just to see what I would see.”

Thurman later clarified that she did not want the accident to negatively impact their creative relationship.

“When you know someone for as long as I’ve known him, 25 years of creative collaboration, yes, did we have some tragedies take place? Sure. But you can’t reduce that type of history and legacy,” she told Entertainment Weekly, insisting she would work with him again “if he wrote a great part”.

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Versace fashion guru Luigi Massi dead at 56

Versace designer Luigi Massi has died, aged 56. The style guru reportedly passed away on Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by three sisters. Massi’s sudden death comes just days after one of his l…

Versace designer Luigi Massi has died, aged 56.

The style guru reportedly passed away on Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by three sisters.

Massi’s sudden death comes just days after one of his last posts on Instagram saw him posing alongside a male pal in Verona.

The designer was beloved by celebrities like Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez, who all wore his Versace creations on the red carpet.

Thurman paid tribute to the late designer on her Instagram account, lighting a candle in a church and adding the caption: “Missing you Luigi.”

The Kill Bill star added: “This Man made every RED Carpet Dress made by Atelier Versace for my whole life, an artist, a beauty, a soul. The world will not be as beautiful without him.”

Massi was also responsible for creating Irina Shayk’s stunning Golden Globes gown for the ceremony earlier this year, and shared several pictures of himself alongside the Russian model on his Instagram page at the time.

It wasn’t the first time he has dressed Irina, as she previously took to Instagram in 2017 to thank him for coming up with the gorgeous silver and white ensemble that she wore to the Fashion Awards that year.

“@massiluigi CREATOR, master one and only my Luigi…Thank you so much for letting me treat myself to delicious pizza and pasta and dessert and thank you for fitting the dress in such ingenious way,” she wrote underneath a snap of herself posing at the London ceremony.

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Matt Dillon fine with negative reactions to ‘disturbing’ new movie

Matt Dillon is fine with people being upset by his new film The House That Jack Built.When the horror film, shock director Lars von Trier’s latest effort, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18), there were reports of mass walkouts, with cri…

Matt Dillon is fine with people being upset by his new film The House That Jack Built.

When the horror film, shock director Lars von Trier’s latest effort, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May (18), there were reports of mass walkouts, with critics calling the depiction of women and children being murdered at the hands of Jack (Dillon) disgusting. However, von Trier, who was showing at Cannes for the first time after a seven-year ban, also received a 10-minute standing ovation.

The House That Jack Built opens on British and American cinemas in December, with Dillon defending the controversial feature in a chat with Mr Porter.

“I’m OK that people are upset,” he said. “It’s meant to be upsetting to you, and you should know, if you’re going to see this that it is going to some very dark, disturbing places. But I think it’s a good film. Really good. And I’m glad that I did it.”

The film also stars Uma Thurman and Riley Keough and features lots of gruesome scenes during the 155-minute runtime.

The 54-year-old also has drama Head Full of Honey coming out before the end of the year, as well as upcoming projects; action movie Proxima and crime drama Fonzo.

And after working in Hollywood for close to 40 years, the 54-year-old says he finally feels secure in his chosen profession.

“I feel much more comfortable with the job than I did when I was younger, with what I’m doing, creating. Absolutely,” he smiled. “I think it’s because I’ve accepted it’s OK to get lost. Getting lost is part of what makes the medium work, right? Failing is important. The potential for failure is really important. You have to have the freedom to potentially not do it right, ’cause you can do it again, and you’re gonna learn from that. And that’s just part of the process. When you’re younger, you just go, ‘Oh, I’ve failed.’”

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Maya Hawke lands Zac Posen fashion job

Zac Posen has tapped rising star Maya Hawke to star in his spring 19 lookbook.Budding actress Maya, the 20-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, made her acting debut in 2017 mini-series Little Women, and will also appear in series three of…

Zac Posen has tapped rising star Maya Hawke to star in his spring 19 lookbook.

Budding actress Maya, the 20-year-old daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, made her acting debut in 2017 mini-series Little Women, and will also appear in series three of Stranger Things, which hits Netflix in 2019.

For her new fashion gig, Maya was shot by Gia Coppola and posed fully clothed in a swimming pool.

“I love Zac’s clothing because the dresses don’t aspire to be ‘cool’ and they don’t try to overshadow or manufacture the personality of the women who wear them,” the brunette star told Vogue Runway. “They aspire to be beautiful and to highlight and frame one’s natural graces. There is something romantic and nostalgic about the shapes he chooses. The dresses are era-less yet original.”

Zac, who took his new muse to her first CFDA Awards and her first Vanity Fair Oscars party, has swapped runway shows for film and images over the past few seasons.

Explaining why he is shunning the catwalk at the moment, the designer said his current focus is creating projects that feel personal, and “capturing something that has atmosphere”.

“These images feel like something lasting versus having a runway,” he explained. “I love runway shows, but I could potentially put these in a book in the future.”

Palo Alto director Gia, who got her first big break when Zac hired her to make the video promo for his Target collection in 2010, also praised Maya for her charisma.

“She’s a natural born star,” she smiled. “She tapped into exactly what I was looking for without having to express it. She delivered so much – I really attribute the photos to how much she brought to the table. I’m really excited for her.”

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Damon Herriman cast as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film indu…

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film industry in 1969, with the actor happening to live next door to Sharon Tate, who is later tragically murdered by the followers of cult leader Manson.

While the shoot is already underway, editors at The Wrap have now confirmed that Herriman is to play Manson in the film, joining already established castmembers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

The Australian actor is best known for his role as Dewey Crowe in FX’s Justified, and has also had minor roles in Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake: China Girl, as well as parts in The Lone Ranger and The Water Diviner.

Empire star Rumer Willis has also been cast as British actress Joanna Pettet, a friend of Tate who had lunch at her house just hours before her murder, while Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens.

Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti, Margaret Qualley and Madisen Beaty have landed parts too.

In addition to directing, Tarantino has written the screenplay and will produce the feature in collaboration with Gravity’s David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, who previously worked with the 55-year-old on his movies Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, but is now expected to debut on 26 July.

Lena Dunham was also recently added to the ensemble cast, as well as Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo.

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Lena Dunham lands first major movie role in Quentin Tarantino’s new project

Lena Dunham has been added to the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded new movie, along with family members of the moviemaker’s past leading men and women. Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’…

Lena Dunham has been added to the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded new movie, along with family members of the moviemaker’s past leading men and women.

Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo, have joined Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Luke Perry, among others, in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Vanessa Hudgens’ actor boyfriend Austin Butler is also a new addition to the film, which is set in the late 1960s and revolves around a washed-up western star, played by DiCaprio, who lives next door to tragic actress Sharon Tate, who was slaughtered by members of Charles Manson’s cult The Family.

Pitt plays the longtime stunt double of DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton.

The project marks the first major feature for Dunham, who previously appeared as the star of cable TV series Girls. She also had supporting roles in Happy Christmas and This Is 40.

Hawke, whose father is actor Ethan Hawke, made her mark as one of the stars of the BBC’s three-part adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic Little Women. She is also set to star in the upcoming third season of Netflix hit Stranger Things.

The film also features Timothy Olyphant, Emile Hirsch, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, and Tarantino regulars Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.

Dakota Fanning is part of the ensemble too – she has signed on to portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975 – and Brit Damian Lewis has been cast as movie icon Steve McQueen.

Tarantino has described the film as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August, 2019.

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