Natalie Portman addresses Lucy in the Sky diaper controversy

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with re…

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.

The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small”.

One particular part of the tale saw Lucy wearing a diaper, which was omitted in the film and has led to backlash from some people – but Natalie admitted during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Friday, that she’s unsure why there has been such a strong reaction.

“The original story was that this woman drove across country to confront, or kidnap, depending on the version, her boyfriend and his new girlfriend,” Natalie explained. “And she wore a diaper so that she didn’t have to stop on the way. And we didn’t do that in the movie and everyone’s like, ‘Where’s the diaper?!’ Everyone is really upset to not see me in a diaper. I don’t know what that’s about?!”

When host Ellen joked that Natalie is wearing one in the film but viewers just can’t see it, the mother-of-two hit back by jesting that she was actually wearing a diaper during the interview.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, and Ellen Burstyn, is set to open in U.S. cinemas in October.

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Ralph Lauren offers up Naval whites and glittering dresses for spring 19

Ralph Lauren has served up Naval-inspired uniforms and sparkly dresses for spring/summer 2019.The American designer unveiled his latest collection at his Ralph’s Cafe, which is housed within his Madison Avenue boutique, as part of New York Fashion Week…

Ralph Lauren has served up Naval-inspired uniforms and sparkly dresses for spring/summer 2019.

The American designer unveiled his latest collection at his Ralph’s Cafe, which is housed within his Madison Avenue boutique, as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday (07Jan19).

Celebrities including Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Camilla Belle, Zazie Beetz, and Annabelle Wallis were in attendance, with all of the guests seated at tables positioned around the room for the show.

In a statement, a brand representative described the range as full of glamour.

“The spring 2019 collection celebrates a pure and powerful kind of luxury with punctuations of high contrast and sleek shine,” they said. “It’s a personal style that is sophisticated, confident, and glamorous.”

To open the spectacle, model Taylor Hill made a grand statement in a white Naval uniform-inspired blazer, complete with gold buttons, with the ensemble matched with gold hoop earrings and a pair of flowing white trousers. Carolyn Murphy followed in a crisp white dress which was cinched in at the waist with a wide black and gold belt, with Lauren going on to unveil a line of monochromatic numbers with uniform-inspired touches.

However, part way through the spectacle, the designer returned to his preppy roots, offering up a black sweater with a gold chevron design, white shirts, and black shift dresses, with many models carrying oversized black patent totes.

Some of the highlights of the collection included a pair of gold lame trousers, a black jumpsuit with spaghetti straps, a black and white flower print chiffon gown with crossover halter neckline, and a black beaded trench coat.

And Lauren upped the extravagance in the finale, having Bella Hadid sport a gold dress with long pleated skirt, while another model wowed in a flowing gold gown which looked like molten metal as she walked.

New York Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Brock Collection, Cushnie, and Jeremy Scott.

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Lourdes Leon and Juliette Lewis front Miu Miu’s spring 19 campaign

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on T…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.

Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on Tuesday (15Jan19).

One snap depicts Lourdes, 22, sitting in the back of a vintage car while wearing a black outfit, knee-high socks, and red stilettos, while another picture shows her posing across several seats in an old bus and sporting a glamorous ensemble consisting of a black sequinned blazer, matching skirt, and red satin pumps.

For her photoshoot, actress/singer Juliette sits in a vintage bus and shows off a denim dress and jewel-encrusted high heel sandals, with her hair swept back into loose curls.

In addition, the 45-year-old is seen sitting in a little black dress, with her outfit accessorised with a bejewelled purse and diamante necklace.

Rising stars including Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz, Chinese model Du Juan, and Maya Hawke, the daughter of film stars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, also appear in the campaign.

Regarding the concept, a Miu Miu representative explained that creative director Miuccia Prada wanted to capture the “transitory, fleeting nature” of fashion.

“Neither arriving nor departing, these images celebrate the notion of simply being – the geography hazy, the timing uncertain, they present a universal, everywhere and anytime,” they said in a statement. “Fleeting and transitory, reasoning uncertain, the travel could easily be an escape, or a coming home. The only concrete, the only constants, are the women themselves – singular, original, always unique. Somewhere, nowhere, yet someone.”

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Todd Phillips shares first picture of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker. After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins …

Director Todd Phillips has unveiled the first look of Joaquin Phoenix as iconic comic book villain the Joker.

After months of speculation, it was confirmed in July (18) that the Oscar-winning actor would be portraying the Batman villain in an origins movie to be directed and co-written by The Hangover filmmaker.

On Sunday (16Sep18), Phillips gave fans a glimpse of Phoenix dressed in character as the Joker. In the Instagram photo, the Walk the Line star can be seen wearing a green coat and shirt with scruffy, wavy brown hair, with a fringe covering one side of his forehead. His face is absent of the Joker’s signature make-up.

He simply captioned the snap, “Arthur”, seemingly confirming rumours that the character’s real name will be Arthur Fleck.

Phillip’s photo comes shortly after TMZ.com obtained images and video footage from the film shoot in Harlem, New York City on Sunday. The actor, who appears to have lost weight for the role, could be seen wearing a khaki coat, brown cardigan and white shirt with black trousers and shoes. Footage showed him smoking a cigarette on the street, having a conversation with a man dressed as a clown, and laughing creepily before he plucks the fake red nose off his face and throws it on the ground.

Warner Bros. executives have described the film, thought to be simply titled Joker, as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Robert De Niro and Deadpool 2 and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz will co-star alongside Phoenix. Alec Baldwin was in talks for a role but he recently tweeted he was “no longer doing that movie”.

Phillips co-wrote the script, for the movie which will reportedly follow the origin of the villain as he transforms from a struggling stand-up comedian to a criminal mastermind, with Scott Silver, and it is scheduled to hit cinemas in October, 2019.

It is not the only Joker standalone film in the works, as Jared Leto is set to reprise the character, which he played in Suicide Squad, for a solo spin-off.

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Alec Baldwin exits Joker movie

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project. B…

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.

On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project.

But on Wednesday, Baldwin shut down the casting news and told reporters at USA Today that he wouldn’t be involved in the flick.

“I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” he said, going on to cite “scheduling” issues as part of the reason for his departure.

In addition, he later took to Twitter to emphasise that he was not involved and rejected a claim by editors at The Hollywood Reporter who stated that Baldwin’s Wayne was to be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mould of a 1980s Donald Trump”.

“Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening,” the 60-year-old, who has previously received worldwide attention for his portrayal of U.S. President Donald Trump on sketch series Saturday Night Live, wrote on the social media site.

At present, little is known about the plot for the Joker film, though it is believed to centre on how the popular comic book villain came to be. Joaquin Phoenix has been cast in the part of the Joker, while Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron have all been attached to the film in unknown roles.

Production on the superhero flick is scheduled to begin on 10 September, while studio executives have slated 4 October 2019 as the U.S. release date.

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Robert De Niro in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker movie – report

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline. Should…

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.

The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline.

Should the deal be confirmed, the Joker movie will mark De Niro’s first foray into comic book films.

After months of speculation, studio bosses at Warner Bros. announced last month (Jun18) that Phoenix would play the DC Comics villain and Batman’s arch-nemesis in the film, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.

Todd Phillips, the man behind the camera for the hit The Hangover comedy franchise, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, with the screenplay described as a “gritty character study”.

In addition, Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz has been attached to play a single mother who draws the attention of the Joker before he becomes Batman’s nemesis in the project, while The Wrap has reported that Six Feet Under actress Frances Conroy is in talks to play the Joker’s mother.

No other casting details have been announced, though shooting on the film is set to begin in New York City in September. The film has been slated for release in October 2019.

De Niro was most recently seen onscreen in comedies Dirty Grandpa and The Comedian. He has wrapped production on The War with Grandpa, a family movie also starring Uma Thurman and Jane Seymour, and is also returning to his dramatic roots with Martin Scorsese’s biographical crime drama The Irishman, which follows a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Irishman, which features an ensemble cast including Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, is set to hit cinemas in 2019.

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Zazie Beetz pleased to be breaking racial stereotypes in Deadpool 2

Zazie Beetz loves that her Deadpool 2 character shows black actresses in a new light.The German-born American star is fast becoming one of the hottest names in Hollywood, first making a name for herself in Donald Glover’s TV series Atlanta, before la…

Zazie Beetz loves that her Deadpool 2 character shows black actresses in a new light.

The German-born American star is fast becoming one of the hottest names in Hollywood, first making a name for herself in Donald Glover’s TV series Atlanta, before landing the role of Domino in the latest Deadpool outing.

Talking to Vanity Fair about her superhero turn in the Marvel flick, Zazie explained how she’s pleased to be portraying something different from the usual stereotype.

“I think black women are often depicted specifically in terms of the struggle, and never having the privilege of feeling light at heart and feeling that release, right? And that is a pretty cool thing to see on a screen,” she smiled.

Zazie is joined by Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin in the big budget movie, with the trio also lined up to star in X-Men spin-off X-Force, with Deadpool writer Rhett Reese recently confirming the new movie will be an R-rated take on X-Men.

And looking even further into the future, 26-year-old Zazie reckons Domino could have her very own origin story

“I would love to see an origin story. I would like to see where Domino came from, because it is kind of a dark and interesting background,” she said in an interview with CBR. “With her luck, she doesn’t really have to worry if things are going to go her way or not, because they just do. Which I think lends itself to a light-heartedness and a light-footedness in everything.”

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Zazie Beetz won Deadpool 2 role in just three words

Ryan Reynolds knew actress Zazie Beetz would be a perfect fit for his Deadpool sequel just seconds after the pair met during her audition. The Atlanta star portrays lucky mutant Domino, also known as Neena Thurman, in the sequel to 2016’s hit action m…

Ryan Reynolds knew actress Zazie Beetz would be a perfect fit for his Deadpool sequel just seconds after the pair met during her audition.

The Atlanta star portrays lucky mutant Domino, also known as Neena Thurman, in the sequel to 2016’s hit action movie, reportedly beating out the likes of Kerry Washington and Sienna Miller for the coveted gig.

And leading man Ryan, who also serves as a co-writer and producer on the new Marvel project, reveals he was so impressed by her take on the comic book character, he was instantly won over.

“She read for the role and like, two or three words into it, I remember looking over at our brilliant director David (Leitch) and just going, ‘Oh oh oh oh…!’ She’s incredible.”

Ryan and David broke the news to Beetz in an early morning phone call not long after the try out, and she was so stunned, she shed tears of joy.

“I was (surprised to be cast), I know they were also testing with a bunch of other great people so I definitely, genuinely was very surprised,” she smiled on breakfast show Good Morning America.

“On the day I found out, Ryan was texting me in the morning and I was like, this is suspicious and early, and then him and the director Dave called me and… I think I cried a little…”

When the news of her addition to the Deadpool 2 line-up emerged last year (17), a number of Marvel fans took to social media to question the casting, as Domino is typically portrayed in the comic books as a white woman, and Beetz is of African-American heritage.

However, she did her own research into the mutant hero and declared, “I want to point out there was never a race assigned to the character, at least according to the creator, but yes, I look very different from the comic version.”

Deadpool 2, which also stars Josh Brolin as Cable, opens in theatres this week (ends18May18).

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