Cindy Bruna tapped as brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris

Cindy Bruna has been named as the new international spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris.The French model, who is of Italian and Congolese descent, was discovered at the age of 16 and has since gone on to star in campaigns for the likes of Prada, Burberry, a…

Cindy Bruna has been named as the new international spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris.

The French model, who is of Italian and Congolese descent, was discovered at the age of 16 and has since gone on to star in campaigns for the likes of Prada, Burberry, and Chanel.

Now, Cindy is about to make waves in the beauty world, having landed her first major gig for a cosmetics company.

“Today, I’m very happy to announce some great news that is happening in my life. It has been one of the biggest dreams I’ve had since I started my modelling career and I’m very humbled to announce that I just signed with L’Oreal Paris,” she said in a video posted on Instagram. “I grew up watching the commercials on TV, I grew up admiring these women and it’s such an honour for me to join this big family. As a French girl being the new face of such an iconic brand from my home country is everything.”

Cindy joins a roster of diverse spokespeople, including Viola Davis, Celine Dion, Helen Mirren, Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Camila Cabello, among others.

And the brunette beauty insisted that she has always appreciated L’Oreal Paris’ famous “Because I’m worth it” tagline.

“It means so much to me. It’s this deep sense of self-esteem that makes us beautiful. It is embracing who you are and the diversity around you because we are all worth it. Especially in this tough time we are going through right now. Let’s not forget that even in the darkest moment we can see beauty,” the 25-year-old added.

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Viola Davis: ‘It took me a long time to wear red lipstick’

Viola Davis took a “long time” to get the confidence to wear red lipstick.In a new interview with People.com, the Oscar-winning actress and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador opened up about the changes to her beauty regime now that she’s in her fifties. …

Viola Davis took a “long time” to get the confidence to wear red lipstick.

In a new interview with People.com, the Oscar-winning actress and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador opened up about the changes to her beauty regime now that she’s in her fifties.

Specifically, Viola noted that she is working to highlight her features rather than hide them.

“I love embracing my nose and my lips. It’s like all of a sudden I was like, ‘Viola, that’s what your lips always looked like? Why’d you have a problem with that?'” she shared. “I love wearing red lipstick, which took me a long time, because I think my lips are fabulous. Now, I don’t want to look like anyone other than me. That was a big thing in my twenties.”

Viola also revealed that she used to struggle to find the right foundation and concealer for her skin tone, especially after her complexion changed as she got older.

“(You don’t want one) that is too ashy or too dark,” the 54-year-old explained, noting that she needed a formula that “feels like a part of your skin” so you “don’t feel like it’s wearing you.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Viola confessed she once dreamed of looking like Oprah Winfrey after falling in love with the outfit she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

“I wanted to look like Oprah, especially when she went to the Oscars for The Color Purple,” she gushed. “I thought she was the most beautiful (woman).”

But Viola has never admitted that to Oprah’s face, even though they’ve since become friends.

“Literally, Oprah went to one of my weddings and I never had the guts to say, ‘Oprah, I was always trying to look like you!'” the How to Get Away with Murder star laughed.

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James Gunn reflects on ‘hard time’ while filming The Suicide Squad

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbi…

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.

The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the DC Comics saga, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Gunn celebrated the end of filming The Suicide Squad with a touching post on Instagram on Saturday in which he revealed that he had a hard time helming the project while grieving the loss of his father and his pet dog.

“And that’s a wrap on #TheSuicideSquad,” he wrote alongside a snap of the entire cast and crew. “My father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog died two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a movie.”

The 53-year-old writer and director also honoured the star-studded cast, which also includes Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and Michael Rooker in mysterious roles.

“The professionalism, talent, compassion and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me every day. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department – I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for you all. You are why I make movies,” Gunn concluded his emotional post.

The Suicide Squad will hit cinemas in August 2021.

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Viola Davis swaps sky-high heels for sneakers at 2019 Emmy Awards

Viola Davis has won praise for swapping her sky-high heels for chic sneakers during the 2019 Emmy Awards.The Oscar-winning actress walked the purple carpet with her husband Julius Tennon on Sunday night, and looked stunning in a black and white one-sho…

Viola Davis has won praise for swapping her sky-high heels for chic sneakers during the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The Oscar-winning actress walked the purple carpet with her husband Julius Tennon on Sunday night, and looked stunning in a black and white one-shoulder custom Alberta Ferretti gown, which she matched with a pair of black Stuart Weitzman stilettos.

However, eagle-eyed viewers spotted that the 54-year-old had changed out of her heels into a pair of silver platform sneakers when she appeared on stage to present the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which was collected by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage.

Fans took to social media to sing the praises of Viola, who were impressed with her decision to rock the casual footwear at such a big event.

“Viola Davis is wearing a red carpet gown and sneakers, because she can,” one wrote on Twitter, while another added: “Viola Davis stole my diamonds and sneakers aesthetic and she’s doing it way better than I do.”

“Viola Davis presented in her gym shoes. I have no choice but to stan even harder,” a third user commented.

And it’s not the first time that Viola, who missed out on the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series to Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, has gone low-key with her footwear.

The How to Get Away with Murder star changed out of her heels following the Academy Awards in 2017, after scooping the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.

She arrived at the ceremony in a red off-the-shoulder Armani gown, with yet another pair of Stuart Weitzman pumps, but changed into a white suit and gold Stella McCartney platform brogues for the Vanity Fair Oscars party.

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David Ayer fed up with criticism of Suicide Squad

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”. On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movi…

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”.

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movie. In response, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich tweeted that it was hard to be excited about a sequel to “some dumb piece of s**t that literally every sane person on Earth hated with a passion when it came out like 10 minutes ago.”

The filmmaker noticed the “mean-spirited” comment and replied, “A lot of people dedicated their blood sweat and tears and came together to make the original. It’s incredibly painful to have two years of my love attacked in such a way.”

After the journalist explained that he was simply frustrated about franchises continuing regardless of previous results, Ayer added, “The film industry is exactly that – an industry – it keeps growing and moving forward. Yet I know @JamesGunn will make something amazing. My frustration comes from being hammered for something that was not my original vision.”

The 51-year-old continued to tell his followers he “cannot wait to see this movie” and that Warner Bros. executives were “blessed to have @James Gunn.” Gunn responded to the praise by tweeting the praying hands emoji.

The Suicide Squad, which is said to be a reboot of Ayer’s movie, will feature returning cast members including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman, while newcomers include Idris Elba, Taika Waititi, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson. When Gunn unveiled the confirmed cast list on Friday, fans were quick to notice that Jared Leto was absent, leaving them to wonder who will be playing the Joker next.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit cinemas in August 2021.

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Viola Davis named as brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Pe…

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.

Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Perfect products to mark one of her first beauty campaigns.

“As a young girl, I wasn’t always told that I was smart, beautiful, or worthy. I worked tremendously hard to get where I am today – overcoming feelings of doubt to become a woman who truly believes I am ‘worth it’ in every way,” the 54-year-old said in a statement. “I believe it’s so important to build confidence in women from a young age, and to role model diverse perspectives of beauty. To now be part of a brand that has been championing women’s worth for more than 40 years and to use my voice to help empower others is truly surreal.”

In the role, Viola joins a roster of diverse spokespeople including Celine Dion, Helen Mirren, Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Camila Cabello, among others.

The Fences star will appear in TV, print, and digital advertising campaigns for Age Perfect beginning later this month.

Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, global brand president of L’Oreal Paris, commented that Viola’s appointment builds on the company’s mission to reflect the diversity of the modern world, as well as promote inclusivity, self-worth, and empowerment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Viola as a member of our family. Viola’s tenacity, authenticity, and bold spirit resonate with and inspire so many people,” she praised. “She challenges the status quo in all aspects of life and her drive to succeed has proven itself time after time – she leads by example and is the perfect conduit to elevate our core message, ‘Because I’m Worth It.'”

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Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman to star in adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman are to star in Denzel Washington’s adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.Oscar-winning actor Washington has spoken about his plans to oversee and produce the project for several years, and on Wednesday, executives at N…

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman are to star in Denzel Washington’s adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Oscar-winning actor Washington has spoken about his plans to oversee and produce the project for several years, and on Wednesday, executives at Netflix confirmed that they had won the rights for the film, to be based on the 1982 play of the same name by August Wilson.

Set in Chicago in the 1920s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom follows the lead character, or “Queen of the Blues,” as she makes a record in a studio. The narrative explores how tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and her bandmates.

Washington’s Fences co-star Davis and Black Panther actor Boseman will take on major roles, while the cast also includes How to Get Away with Murder’s Glynn Turman, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Colman Domingo, and True Detective’s Michael Potts.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks filmmaker George C. Wolfe will direct, while Ruben Santiago-Hudson is adapting the script.

In addition to Washington, Todd Black and Dany Wolf will serve as producers, with Constanza Romero executive producing.

Academy Award winner Ann Roth is designing the costumes, and Branford Marsalis is composing the score. Filming will commence next month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opened on Broadway in October 1984, playing 276 performances before closing in June 1985. Featuring direction by Lloyd Richards, the play cast Theresa Merritt in the title role. Nominated for a Tony Award, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won the 1984 New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

It was also revived for a run in 2003, with Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton featuring.

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Viola Davis: ‘Hollywood is afraid to shine the spotlight on people of colour’

Viola Davis has stated that Hollywood doesn’t focus on the stories of people of colour because movie bosses are afraid. The 53-year-old vented her frustrations at the discrimination in the movie industry, and spoke about the importance of taking a sta…

Viola Davis has stated that Hollywood doesn’t focus on the stories of people of colour because movie bosses are afraid.

The 53-year-old vented her frustrations at the discrimination in the movie industry, and spoke about the importance of taking a stand and creating inclusive films.

Viola, who won an Oscar for her role in Fences back in 2017, said during a keynote presentation alongside her husband Julius Tennon at Variety’s Inclusion Summit that it’s “fear” holding movie execs back when it comes to telling some people’s stories.

She added that the “people in power” are the ones who need to make the change.

“They’re not being asked those hard-hitting questions,” she said.

Julius, who runs production company JuVee along with his wife, advised people of colour to “just ask” for what they want to see happen during meetings.

“My momma always told me if you don’t ask you don’t get, so guess what, if you’re in deals with companies you just have to ask. It’s about the project and about doing something big, it’s called development for a reason, things aren’t sussed out all the way,” he explained.

While Frances McDormand’s powerful acceptance speech at the Oscars last year urged fellow Hollywood stars to demand inclusion riders in an effort to increase the diversity in casting and production staff on movies, Viola confessed she didn’t think it was going to solve the problem.

“I do not want to be a part of any piece of paper that has to force people to see me,” she fired.

Viola also revealed that her husband often has to play the role of peacemaker at their production company.

“He keeps me from going crazy, I’m the one who’s like, ‘kiss my a*s’,” she laughed.

The duo also revealed their next JuVee project will be Emanuel, a documentary about the 2015 Charleston church shooting where nine black parishioners were killed by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

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Cate Blanchett is the jewel of the BAFTAs red carpet

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown. The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace an…

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown.

The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace and a thigh-high split, to the prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night (10Feb19). Later in the evening, she presented the Fellowship Award to Thelma Schoonmaker.

And the star wasn’t the only one leading the way in jewel tones on the chilly red carpet.

Amy Adams, who was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vice, stunned in a burgundy Prada gown with a jewel embellishment, and her hair scraped back into a sleek low ponytail.

One of the evening’s presenters, Lily Collins, wore a deep blue Givenchy creation for the occasion, which featured an intricately designed tulle skirt and a structured jacket.

The Crown star Claire Foy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in First Man, looked regal in a fringed green Oscar De La Renta strapless gown. While she braved the cold weather in London, Claire joked to presenter Dermot O’Leary on the red carpet that she was “so hungry” before the awards ceremony.

Monochrome was another huge trend on the BAFTAs red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman leading the charge in her black and white Emilia Wickstead custom creation.

Rachel Weisz, Olivia’s co-star in The Favourite who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong, was ethereal in a white Gucci tulle gown and Cartier diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a one-shouldered Alexander McQueen creation with Jimmy Choo heels.

Salma Hayek, who was visibly emotional as she presented the Best Film award to friend Alfonso Cuaron, was chic in a black velvet floor-length dress by Gucci, complete with a jewel lizard brooch on her shoulder.

Best Actress nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy also got the black dress memo, while Viola Davis complemented her black and white Armani Prive dress with a huge bow.

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Steve McQueen: ‘I deal with racism every day’

Widows director Steve McQueen has claimed he experiences racism every day.In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave director discussed the lack of Golden Globe nominations for his latest film, which is based on an …

Widows director Steve McQueen has claimed he experiences racism every day.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave director discussed the lack of Golden Globe nominations for his latest film, which is based on an ’80s British TV series about four women who plan a daring heist, and stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo.

When asked if he had experienced more racism since Brexit, when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, he scoffed: “Every day, mate. Yes, of course!… You deal with it. You have to or you go mad.”

The 49-year-old insisted that Britain has taken “two steps backwards”, blaming a rise in Nationalism for the hostile political climate. He also recounted a racist moment experienced by his mother when she was out shopping.

“She had a new credit card with her and was struggling to remember the pin. The guy behind the till said: ‘It’s four digits in this country,'” he recalled. “But the day before Brexit you wouldn’t have even thought about saying that. Apparently, you’re allowed to now.”

McQueen’s film, which received rave reviews in some quarters, was snubbed at the nominations for the Golden Globe, which is run by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

While many in the movie industry were shocked, the Hunger director was pragmatic about the omission.

“As an artist, you have your path and that’s fine. And sometimes the world won’t agree with you…,” he continued. “I’m here hopefully for a little while and will do my work. I’m just telling a story about four women trying to get their s**t together, about the environment in which we’re living, in a way that’s not high heels and handbags, that’s about human beings and full-on conversations.”

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