Zendaya and Eva Longoria invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Actors including Zendaya, Eva Longoria, and Olivia Wilde have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Officials at the Academy, which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday they have invited 819 industry fi…

Actors including Zendaya, Eva Longoria, and Olivia Wilde have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Officials at the Academy, which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday they have invited 819 industry figures to become an AMPAS member. Those who accept the invitation, which most do, will be able to vote in the 2021 Academy Awards, which have been pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 25 April.

Other actors invited to join the 2020 class include Bobby Cannavale, Awkwafina, Ana de Armas, Natasha Lyonne, Constance Wu, Booksmart co-stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, Lakeith Stanfield, John David Washington, Zazie Beetz, GeorgeMacKay, and Ben Mendelsohn.

There are 75 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners, on the full list, with recent acting nominees including Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio, Harriet star Cynthia Erivo, and Little Women’s Florence Pugh.

Notable director invitees include Matthew Vaughn, Lulu Wang, Ari Aster, Matt Reeves, and Robert Eggers.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy President David Rubin in a statement.

Academy officials set inclusion goals in 2016 in response to the #OscarsSoWhite diversity controversy and vowed to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020. As such, the new class is comprised of 45 per cent women, 36 per cent underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49 per cent international from 68 countries.

“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one,” added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards.”

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Super stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert form Black Fashion & Beauty Collective

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries. In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion in…

Fashion stylists Law Roach and Jason Rembert have founded a non-profit organisation to support black creatives in the fashion and beauty industries.

In response to the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality in recent weeks, fashion industry leaders have been addressing racial discrimination and the lack of representation in their own companies, pledging to do more to be inclusive and diverse.

On Tuesday, Roach, who is best known for his partnership with Zendaya and Celine Dion, Rembert, who works with Lizzo and Issa Rae, and hairstylist Lacy Redway, whose clients include Tessa Thompson, announced the formation of Black Fashion & Beauty Collective (BFB Collective), a non-profit organisation which will represent black creatives in both industries, bringing them together to create a community.

“Our plans have always been to form a community of us, of voices that are very influential in the industry and can really see change happen,” Redway told Footwear News. “We were in the similar position that we are in now, in that we were just really fed up with not having proper representation in so many areas in our industries, and we were all fighting similar fights but fighting them individually.”

Roach has also donated $25,000 (£20,000) to help kickstart the collective’s Black Fashion and Beauty Business Relief Fund, which is partnering with the My Block, My Hood, My City organisation. The founding pledge and other funds raised this year will help support businesses affected by incidents of police brutality and subsequent protests.

“We want to inject capital into businesses whose storefronts may have suffered as a result and help them get back on their feet and get their businesses back up,” said celebrity stylist and BFB Collective president Rachel Johnson.

In addition to their main fundraising goal, the collective will help fashion and beauty brands to make progress with diversity and inclusion.

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Dune cast heading to Hungary for reshoots in August

Denis Villeneuve and the cast of Dune are heading back to Hungary this summer for a series of reshoots. The Arrival director and the cast, which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, shot the sci-fi epic at the Origo …

Denis Villeneuve and the cast of Dune are heading back to Hungary this summer for a series of reshoots.

The Arrival director and the cast, which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, shot the sci-fi epic at the Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary, as well as locations in Jordan and Norway between March and July last year.

And on Thursday, editors at Deadline revealed that additional filming was set to take place in August, with extensive coronavirus measures in place. They report the extra shooting won’t cause a delay to its 18 December release date.

Star Wars actor Isaac confirmed the news to the publication and insisted he’s experienced last-minute reshoots in the past.

“We’re going to do some additional shooting in mid-August… they’re saying in Budapest in Hungary,” he said. “I saw some things cut together and it just looks amazing. Denis is a real artist and it will be exciting to see it come together. It’s kind of wild that we’re doing some additional shooting a few months before it’s supposed to come out, but that happened with Star Wars as well.”

Dune, which is being split into two films, is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers.

Much of it was shot in the desert, and this proved challenging for some cast members who had to wear thick, rubbery costumes in the scorching heat.

“I remember going out of my room at 2am, and it being probably 100 degrees,” Chalamet recalled to Vanity Fair in April. “The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.”

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Denis Villeneuve names Dune as ‘most difficult’ project to date

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci…

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic novel for its latest big-screen adaptation has been hard work.

“It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality – and with a lot of characters,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair magazine. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is, therefore, the most valuable commodity in the universe. The scale and breadth of the story has confounded others, but Villeneuve realised early on that he needed to break the sprawling narrative in half.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” he explained. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

The Sicario filmmaker wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts and shot the film in desert locations in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates with a vast ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem.

And while the book was written 55 years ago, he believes the story of a planet being mined to death is still very relevant today.

“No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” the 52-year-old stated. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation – the overexploitation – of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

The first part of Dune is set to be released on 18 December.

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Timothee Chalamet struggled with scorching temperatures while filming Dune

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazin…

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.

The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine accompanying new images from the movie, the Call Me by Your Name star revealed the difficulties of filming in the desert.

“I remember going out of my room at 2am, and it being probably 100 degrees,” he recalled. “The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.”

Chalamet and his co-star Rebecca Ferguson wore thick, rubbery armoured costumes, called stillsuits, during filming, and this helped them to realistically portray their characters’ frustration and tiredness while in the desert.

“In a really grounded way, it was helpful to be in the stillsuits and to be at that level of exhaustion,” he shared.

The film was shot in remote desert locations in Jordan and on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the 24-year-old found the shoot to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was really surreal. There are these Goliath landscapes, which you may imagine existing on planets in our universe, but not on Earth,” Chalamet explained.

The Vanity Fair images also showed his co-stars Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin in costume as their characters.

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s book is being released in two instalments, the first of which is set to hit cinemas on 18 December.

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Zendaya used fashion to break free from child star fame

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, includi…

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.

The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, including TV movie Frenemies and hit series K.C. Undercover.

Back in 2016, Zendaya launched her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, and began working with American designer Tommy Hilfiger in March last year.

But in an interview for the new issue of Love magazine, the star revealed that she used clothing, and her show-stopping appearances on the red carpet, to try and break free from her Disney personas.

“There was a phase when I was using fashion to identify myself as a person outside of Disney,” she shared. “I think that was why I was able to have a Vogue cover and still be on Disney Channel.”

Her breakthrough movie role was in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming alongside Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, and she’s since gone on to appear in The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and HBO’s Euphoria.

And as her career has begun to skyrocket, Zendaya confessed that she’s trying to make the most of her free time by doing absolutely nothing at all.

“I’m kind of just allowing myself to be as lazy as I want to be because I’m going to be unable to have any kind of social life or off-time once the show starts,” the California native explained. “It’s very demanding and once you go in it, you’re in it.”

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Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection criticised for excluding plus-size customers

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was rel…

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.

The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was released over the weekend and quickly sold out.

However, many customers were disappointed to discover that the range only went up to an XL, which translates to a U.S. size 16-18 or U.K. size 20-22, and took to social media to criticise Beyonce for using inclusivity to promote the line but not including larger sizes.

“I love Beyonce. I am a noted member of the Beyhive. It is also incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size people from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time,” one user wrote, referring to Beyonce’s first Ivy Park release with Topshop in 2016.

“We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus-size dancers and background singers, but ignore us *again* when it comes to this,” another fired. “The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”

To promote the line, Beyonce told Elle magazine that she was making the clothing gender-neutral after realising how many men were fans of her 2016 Ivy Park release, and also sent the entire collection to an inclusive range of celebrities including Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, and Lizzo.

On Monday night, the 38-year-old took to Instagram to thank her fans for making the new collection a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain,” she wrote. “All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing. I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B.”

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Beyonce gifts Reese Witherspoon and Cardi B new Ivy Park collection

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his share…

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his shares to assume full ownership of the brand, Beyonce revealed in April she was partnering with Adidas bosses to release the new Ivy Park, which is due for release on Saturday.

To promote the line in the run-up to the launch, the Formation hitmaker decided to send the entire unisex collection, contained in a big orange box on wheels, to a bunch of celebrities, who took to social media to gush about their coveted gift.

The Legally Blonde star shared a video on Instagram of her mother wheeling the orange box up her driveway before the pair unclipped the front. The footage then turned into a montage of Reese stepping out of the box and posing or dancing in a variety of Ivy Park ensembles, such as the purple jumpsuit, the purple form-fitting dress, sneakers, and a beanie hat.

“Does this officially make me the newest member of the #Beyhive?” she wrote in the caption. “Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!”

Cardi also posted a video of her standing in front of the orange box before filming herself sifting through items on the rail.

“So, I just got home and look what I got. B**ch Beyonce done give me a closet… I gotta open it,” she can be heard saying.

Zendaya simply shared a picture of her posing in front of the orange box on her Instagram Stories and thanked Beyonce in the caption, while model Hailey Bieber shared a video of her going through the rail and called it “the coolest thing I’ve ever been sent”. She was photographed wearing the purple crop top and matching tracksuit bottoms while she visited a dance studio on Wednesday.

Actresses including Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, and Issa Rae were also sent the surprise gift.

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Anne Hathaway dazzles in gold at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging…

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging neckline from Versace.

Anne teamed her outfit with Alexandre Birman high heels, Messika jewellery, and a Judith Leiber purse, and took to the stage during the ceremony to present the Best Actor prize to Joaquin Phoenix for his performance in Joker. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for her role in Modern Love.

Taking to Instagram before the ceremony, Anne posted a mirror selfie in which she showed off her glittering outfit, along with the caption: “Welcome back xx.”

The post quickly racked up thousands of likes and comments, with Camila McConaughey writing, “Looooove!!!!” and Anne’s Ocean’s 8 co-star Mindy Kaling exclaiming, “ANNIE.”

Neither Anne nor Adam has confirmed the birth of their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old son Jonathan. However, the couple was spotted carrying a baby seat while out and about in Connecticut in mid-December.

Meanwhile, other stars to make a splash at the Critics’ Choice Awards included Zendaya, who turned heads in a hot pink Tom Ford ensemble and Christian Louboutin stilettos, Jennifer Lopez, who rocked a nude Georges Hobeika dress and Harry Winston bling, as well as Charlize Theron, who opted for a silver sequin Celine gown and blazer.

Shades of orange were a big trend on the night too, with Laura Dern sporting a tangerine Emilia Wickstead gown, Alison Brie choosing an orange Brandon Maxwell dress, and Rachel Brosnahan stepping out in a Carolina Herrera dress in a similar colour.

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Zendaya stuns in metallic breastplate at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO dra…

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO drama Euphoria, stunned as she hit the red carpet wearing the $15,000 (£11,500) bespoke piece from the designer’s spring 2020 collection.

Zendaya complemented the unique creation with a floor-length fuchsia skirt, Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out that the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and called the Spider-Man: Far From Home star a “Warrior Woman” in a post on Instagram.

The piece was also recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to lavish praise on the young star.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

Other famous faces who also rocked bright colours on the red carpet included Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who wore a two-tone pastel pink and red dress with open-toe velvet Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Kristen Bell made a bold statement with her neon green caped jumpsuit by Cong Tri, paired with matching heels, while Awkwafina wowed in a bright yellow Ellie Saab gown, which featured a flowing skirt and sleeves, and Stuart Weitzman platform shoes.

Renee Zellweger, who scooped the Best Actress prize at the ceremony for her role in Judy, bucked the colourful trend by wearing a black strapless Dior gown, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge rocked a one-shouldered sheer dress also created by designers at the French fashion house.

Little Women star Florence Pugh was among those who embraced show-stopping glittering gowns for the annual ceremony, wearing a silver sequinned column-style dress by Prada, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an elegant cream cut-out gown with embellishment by Georges Hobeika.

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