Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Tyler Perry dedicates new studio soundstage to one-time critic Spike Lee

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea mov…

Tyler Perry has dedicated a soundstage at his new Atlanta, Georgia film complex to former critic Spike Lee after revealing the two moviemakers have patched up their differences.

Lee, who once accused Perry of promoting black stereotypes in his Madea movies, has been honoured alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Oprah Winfrey with his own soundstage at the Tyler Perry Film Studios.

But in spite of his rocky history with Lee, Perry has now told TMZ Live that he had to include the director because of what he has done to advance African-American cinema.

“You cannot deny what he has done in the film industry and how he has been at the forefront to help me and everybody else get to the place where we are… I just wanted to honour him for what he has done,” Perry commented, revealing he and Lee once thrashed out their differences during a face-to-face meeting. “He came to my house and we sat down and we had a great conversation… This moment for me and Spike was a huge moment.”

Perry opened his new studio complex over the weekend and welcomed Beyonce, JAY-Z, Winfrey, Goldberg, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, to the new site, which features the first full-scale replica of the White House.

During a discussion in 2009 with Ed Gordon on Our World with Black Enterprise, the Do the Right Thing director equated Perry’s work to minstrel shows.

Lee argued popularising characters like Madea is a disparaging action that spreads the idea of “buffoonery” in relation to black culture.

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Whoopi Goldberg launches upscale clothing collection

Whoopi Goldberg has launched an upscale spin-off of her debut clothing collection, Dubgee by Whoopi.The actress, TV host and comedian is expanding her clothing line with the addition of Dubgee Forum by Whoopi, with prices ranging from $65 to $175 (£53…

Whoopi Goldberg has launched an upscale spin-off of her debut clothing collection, Dubgee by Whoopi.

The actress, TV host and comedian is expanding her clothing line with the addition of Dubgee Forum by Whoopi, with prices ranging from $65 to $175 (£53 to £144).

The size-inclusive line, which she designed with Julie Haus Alkire, ranges from small to 3X and includes easy-fit dresses, oversize tunics and shirts.

“It’s really wearable, it’s comfortable,” Whoopi told WWD. “That’s really what I’m looking for. I really just want to be comfortable, and kind of fashionable, but in my own way. What’s been really interesting for me in the last year is discovering there are a lot of women like me, who want something interesting that doesn’t look like everybody else’s and they have embraced me.”

And the Oscar-winning actress revealed that she is also thinking about designing a men’s line, which she’d like to introduce next year.

“It’ll be comfortable, really great sweaters and great peg pants. I’m having a lot of fun looking at things from the Forties, like wide men’s pants and wide men’s jacket,” she continued.

And the Ghost star, who launched Dubgee by Whoopi in May, is thoroughly enjoying people dressing in the clothes she has designed.

“I don’t want anything in your closet to p**s you off. I think there are many things in the world that can p**s you off. None of them should be in your closet. I want people to go into their closets, and say, ‘Whatever’s in here, I know I’m going to love putting on,'” the 63-year-old added.

The new collection is available to purchase now from stores in the U.S. including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. More items will be launched in January.

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Whoopi Goldberg calls on Disney bosses to make Sister Act sequel

Whoopi Goldberg is urging Disney bosses to seriously consider making a third Sister Act movie after popstar Lizzo paid homage to the hit franchise at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The singer took the stage at the California ceremony on Saturday to b…

Whoopi Goldberg is urging Disney bosses to seriously consider making a third Sister Act movie after popstar Lizzo paid homage to the hit franchise at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The singer took the stage at the California ceremony on Saturday to belt out her hit song Juice while wearing a purple choir robe with a pink stole, appearing to channel Lauryn Hill’s character in the finale of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, in which she began the group’s set as a soloist.

The camera then cut to a group of Lizzo’s dancers waiting backstage, who had been dressed in the same attire, as an assistant told them, “Lizzo says take off your robes,” mimicking the scene at the end of the 1993 comedy.

Lizzo and her crew all ended up stripping off their robes to reveal their real costumes underneath as they launched into the uptempo performance, while they also incorporated a few signature dance moves from the film into the awards show gig.

The Sister Act tribute earned the musician high praise from Whoopi online after tuning into the MTV broadcast on Monday, and during an appearance on her daytime talk show The View on Wednesday, the veteran actress took the opportunity to call on movie officials at Disney to grant the surviving members of the cast their wish to turn the series into a trilogy.

“I want to point out to anyone who’s not sure if Sister Act still works, just saying (sic)!” Whoopi remarked. “It was part of folks’ (childhoods) growing up. Lizzo was five when Sister Act 2 came out; she’s 31 now…”

She went on to reveal fans are always asking about a potential sequel, but the decision is ultimately not up to her.

“The question that I get all the time is, ‘How come y’all haven’t done it again (made another Sister Act movie)? Everybody else has done it (remakes/sequels),'” Whoopi explained. Then, looking directly into the camera, she pointedly added, “Hey, Disney…!”

The star, who portrayed Sister Mary Clarence, previously reunited with her Sister Act co-stars Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, and Harvey Keitel, and the film’s music supervisor Marc Shaiman, in September 2017 to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and admitted she would love to reprise the role once more – as long as studio bosses came up with a good script and kept Marc onboard.

Disney chiefs have yet to respond to Whoopi’s wish, although in 2015, they unveiled plans to reboot the original movie, about a Las Vegas lounge singer who enters the witness protection programme under the guise of a nun at a church.

In addition to spawning a 1993 sequel, Sister Act was also turned into a hit stage musical, debuting on Broadway in 2011.

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Whoopi Goldberg launches size-inclusive clothing collection

Whoopi Goldberg has joined the movement to promote more inclusive clothing size offerings by launching her own clothing line, DUBGEE. The actress and talk show host was determined to create a collection that she herself would be a fan of and wear, and…

Whoopi Goldberg has joined the movement to promote more inclusive clothing size offerings by launching her own clothing line, DUBGEE.

The actress and talk show host was determined to create a collection that she herself would be a fan of and wear, and insists she’s thrilled with what fans can now buy.

“You’re going to see me in my clothes,” she tells People magazine. “Because if I’m not wearing them, then you’re not going to believe what I tell you about them. You’re going to want to wear these clothes because they’re comfortable and that they’re made for your shape, regardless of what your shape is.”

The capsule, which includes a wide range of pieces that cater to a variety of body types was a challenge for the Ghost star initially.

“It was an experience I wasn’t really familiar with because I’ve always been able to find things that were comfortable and felt fine,” she shares, explaining the name of her new label was inspired by her initials: “‘W’ and ‘G’ – DUBGEE,” she adds.

The 63 year old set out to make sure that all of the items on offer were comfortable and easy to create casual looks with.

“The last thing you should ever worry about is what’s in your closet,” she shares. “My attitude is to make comfortable stuff that becomes a staple in your closet and you can style it however you want to.”

She also drew from her own frequently-changing weight and offers products that will make everyone feel good about themselves.

“My weight fluctuates, and if it goes however it goes, I want to feel good about everything I put on,” Goldberg says. “There are so many people that think they can’t be fashionable, but not with DUBGEE. You can be whatever you want.”

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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Christian Siriano: ‘I want to use my voice to celebrate people’

Christian Siriano is keen to use his voice as a fashion designer to “celebrate people”.The 33-year-old designer has been working tirelessly over the past decade to spread the message of inclusivity through his stunning creations and accompanying campai…

Christian Siriano is keen to use his voice as a fashion designer to “celebrate people”.

The 33-year-old designer has been working tirelessly over the past decade to spread the message of inclusivity through his stunning creations and accompanying campaigns.

He’s now celebrating the release of his new perfume, People Are People – which shares its name with a slogan first featured in his fall 2017 runway show.

Explaining how he came up with the slogan, and the message behind it, Siriano told People.com: “With the name of this fragrance, I wanted to show that I don’t care who you are, you can still be a part of fashion. You shouldn’t feel alienated by fashion. You should feel like you can be celebrated.

“It’s scary times out there. Acceptance is such a huge topic. It is. It’s not enough to just make pretty clothes anymore. As designers, we have a responsibility to put (ideas) out there, to get people to understand them. We have this voice, and I want to use mine to celebrate people.”

Siriano gathered family members, including his mother Joye and sister Shannon, and some of his famous friends, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Nico Tortorella, and Patricia Clarkson, to pose in a powerful image as he celebrated the new scent – a mix of jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla.

Other images feature solo shots of stars such as Alicia Silverstone and Danielle Brooks, but Siriano insisted the snaps aren’t a campaign or advertising shots.

“This is not for advertising. It’s not to make money off anything, we’re not doing billboards, we’re not doing ads in magazines,” he explained. “This is really just to bring a little awareness of what I think a fashion editorial should look like.

“It’s a call to action to show that this is what is beautiful in our fashion world, or just in our world in general. It’s about seeing all these beautiful people celebrating one another together, which I think is really a great thing.”

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Tyler Perry wants to make Sister Act sequel

Actor/director Tyler Perry is eager to reunite Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish on the big screen for a new Sister Act sequel. The filmmaker brought the two funnywomen together to play mother and daughter in his new comedy Nobody’s Fool, and they h…

Actor/director Tyler Perry is eager to reunite Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish on the big screen for a new Sister Act sequel.

The filmmaker brought the two funnywomen together to play mother and daughter in his new comedy Nobody’s Fool, and they had such a good time together on and off set, Tyler is already working on new ideas for the actresses to team up again – and reviving the Sister Act franchise is at the top of his list.

“We’re talking about a few things,” he teased. “I think there should be a (new) Sister Act… Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 3. That could happen!”

Tyler shared the proposal during an appearance on Whoopi’s U.S. talk show The View, and the Oscar winner was all for returning to the classic comedy and reprising her role as Deloris, a lounge singer who joins a convent and poses as a nun to hide from the mob.

Meanwhile, Tyler reveals landing Whoopi as the matriarch in Nobody’s Fool was a huge get, as he had penned the part with her in mind.

“As I was writing it…, I thought, ‘Oh, if she could do this I’d be so honoured…,'” he shared, “so I called and when she said, ‘Yes,’ we (he and his team) were all like, ‘Oh my God! She’s coming!’ It’s great.”

The film marked their third project together to date, after also working together in 2010’s For Colored Girls and in 2009 comedy Madea Goes To Jail, in which Whoopi makes a cameo as herself.

“I don’t get to often repeat with folks…, so it was really nice to get to work with him again,” the veteran actress said.

Sister Act first hit the big screen in 1992, and spawned a sequel, 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, featuring the return of original stars Whoopi, Dame Maggie Smith, and Kathy Najimy.

It was also adapted as a stage musical and launched on London’s West End and Broadway in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

It’s not yet known if Tyler will be able to realise his dream of making a third Sister Act, as in 2015, studio bosses at Disney began developing plans for a remake, hiring the writers behind Legally Blonde and The House Bunny to work on a script.

The status of that project is currently unclear.

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Brie Larson didn’t let rain put dampener on Rodarte’s NYFW return

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend G…

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).

Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.

Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend Grace Coddington and actress Rachel Brosnahan, the niece of late bag designer Kate Spade, also didn’t let the wet weather put them off sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, which was held at a cemetery on the Lower East Side. The show marked Rodarte’s return to the Big Apple after showing in Paris for the last few seasons.

Later on Sunday, Prabal Gurung showed off his latest line, with the Nepalese-American designer also attracting an A-list crowd.

Among the celebrity guests was the cast of smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Henry Golding, Tiffany Haddish and Kelly Rowland. Camila Mendes, Karrueche Tran and Indya Moore also took in the new season trends.

Opening Ceremony was one of the last brands to show on day five of New York Fashion Week, with design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who presented their latest Kenzo collection via a short film on Friday, tapping Christina Aguilera to perform a surprise gig as models strutted their stuff.

As well as Christina belting out tunes, Lim and Leon also enlisted the help of drag artists, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Sasha Velour, Jiggly Caliente and Miss Fame for their show, which was watched by Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko.

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Whoopi Goldberg wore Elizabeth Taylor’s red AIDS awareness ribbon to Oscars

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars. The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off t…

Whoopi Goldberg honoured her late friend Elizabeth Taylor on Sunday (04Mar18) by borrowing one of her red AIDS awareness ribbons to wear at the Oscars.

The Ghost actress and TV personality attended Hollywood’s big night wearing a dark green/blue off the shoulder floral Christian Siriano ballgown, and featured the red ribbon prominently on her neckline.

While the general purpose of the accessory was widely recognised, Whoopi reveals the ribbon was extra special because it was one of the exact ones philanthropist Elizabeth herself had actually owned.

“I was wearing the red ribbon which belonged originally to Elizabeth Taylor,” she explained on Monday’s (06Mar18) episode of her talk show The View.

“It was the 25th anniversary of her receiving the Jean Hersholt (Humanitarian) Award (from Oscars bosses), and we wanted to signal to people that the fight is not over, so… that was fabulous.”

Meanwhile, Whoopi, who rarely wears dresses, admitted she had a little trouble with her gown as she headed to the Dolby Theatre ceremony.

“It wasn’t so much a malfunction, but you don’t realise that there’s a lot of tulle in your dress, so it took four people to get me in the car, and once I got in the car, all the tulle was up (against the window)…,” she shared.

“Getting out of the car was interesting, because, of course, you don’t want to show everybody your business (flash people), but there you are!”

The 62-year-old, who was able to forgo wearing high heels to the event by hiding her favourite Dr. Martens boots under her floor-length skirt, faced another wardrobe issue once she stepped into the venue.

“I had this gorgeous dress and Christian put pockets in it so I could walk around (without a bag), so it was fabulous, but I realised, when I saw the seats inside the auditorium, that I wasn’t gonna be able to sit in that dress in that auditorium, because again, it would be showing (Oscars host) Jimmy Kimmel stuff he didn’t need to see!”

It seems Whoopi decided to spend the evening hanging out backstage as a result of her dress conundrum, as she was not featured prominently on-camera during the televised ceremony.

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