Pitti Immagine Names New Tutorship Director

MILAN — Pitti Tutorship, Pitti Immagine’s business division aimed at supporting emerging designers in the development of their brands, appointed Luca Rizzi its new director, effective immediately.
Succeeding Riccardo Vannetti, who left Pitti Immagine in June to join Salvatore Ferragamo as chief marketing officer, Rizzi, 34, worked for several fashion companies, including Tomorrow Ltd. and Metradamo, prior to joining Milan-based fashion consultancy Lagente in 2011 and then funding his own agency, called Creative and More, in 2014.
“With this appointment we kick off a strategy aimed at reinforcing what we have done with Pitti Tutorship from 2012 to today,” said Pitti Immagine chief executive officer Raffaello Napoleone. “We are also creating a group of professionals supporting our team,” he added, citing Franco Penè, honorary chairman of Onward Luxury Group, and fashion education guru Linda Loppa, as the new members of the Pitti Tutorship advisory board.
As part of Pitti Tutorship’s effort, British designer Eleanor McDonald, who in June scooped up the ITS Award for best collection, will present a special capsule collection at Pitti Uomo, which will run in Florence Jan. 8 to 11.
In addition, due to the support of Pitti Tutorship and ICE, the Italian trade agency, Italian emerging brand Ice Surface Temperature, designed

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In a Netherlands Museum Director, the Nazis Found an Ally

As Dutch museums scour their holdings for Nazi-looted art, historians are revisiting a wartime arts administrator associated with tainted works.
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Danny Leiner, Director of ‘Dude, Where’s My Car,’ Dies at 57

Danny Leiner, a film and television director whose feature films included “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” died Thursday. He was 57. Leiner’s collaborator Ross Putman confirmed his death in a Facebook post, and described its cause as a long illness. “If there’s one thing I can say about […]

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Busan: Why ‘Rib’ Director Zhang Wei Accepted 40 Minutes of Censorship Cuts

Independent Chinese director Zhang Wei must be one of the best-tempered auteurs in the industry. He repeatedly accepts setbacks like badges of honor, but plows on anyway. Zhang has produced, directed and financed socially aware films “Factory Boss” and “Sound of a Dream,” with his latest film, “The Rib,” world-premiering at the Busan International Film […]

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007 producers reveal unexpected director pick

The new director for the next James Bond film has been announced, with shooting due to begin in March next year.
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Facebook to hire human rights director after Rohingya abuses

Just weeks after banning several high-ranking Myanmar military officials, Facebook is hiring a director of human rights to address how it could be contributing to human rights abuses.
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Hervé Léger Has a New Creative Director

Christian’s New Gig: Contemporary designer brand Hervé Léger, best known for its body-con “bandage” dresses, has a new creative director: Christian Juul Nielsen.
According to Nielsen’s LinkedIn profile, he also has served as the creative director at advanced contemporary brand Land of Distraction since November 2016. It is understood that he will continue at the startup brand while bringing a shot of energy to the Hervé Léger brand. The latter was part of the BCBG portfolio owned by Max Azria until the company fell on hard times and found itself in bankruptcy proceedings last year. Brand management firm Marquee Brands acquired the BCBG trademarks — including Hervé Léger — and then sold the Hervé Léger brand to Authentic Brands Group. ABG is also a brand management firm.
The profile also said Nielsen’s past stints include senior designer, women’s wear, at Christian Dior; consulting design director at J. Mendel; design director for Oscar de la Renta, and designer for Nina Ricci. Sources said he has been working on the new Hervé Léger line since the summer in preparation for a presentation at New York Fashion Week next month.
The brand Hervé Léger began as a couture-only business founded by Hervé Peugnet in 1985. It

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 ‘on hold’ after director sacking

Disney and Marvel have reportedly halted production on a third Guardians Of The Galaxy film following the sacking of director James Gunn.
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Bond movie delayed after director Danny Boyle quits

The new James Bond movie will reportedly miss its scheduled release date following the departure of director Danny Boyle. 
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‘The Wife’ Director Björn Runge Sets ‘Remember Me’ as Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Wife” director Björn Runge has signed on to direct the indie feature “Remember Me.” Runge will direct from a script written by Stephen Glantz, which is based on the true story of Abe and Regina Tauber, who fell in love at a young age, were separated by the German invasion of Poland, and their […]

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Prps Names Donadi as Creative Director

Prps has named designer Mattia Donadi its new creative director.
In this role, Donadi will steer and oversee all design and product development at the high-end denim line, including setting the creative tone and positioning of the New York-based brand.
He has quietly been working with the brand since February, right around the time founder Donwan Harrell left the label that he had founded in 2002. However, spring will mark the first official collection designed by Donadi, leading Prps to go public with the news of his appointment now.
Donadi has worked in fashion for nearly 20 years and served as senior director of product development for Helmut Lang as well as director of production for R13. He also founded two consultancies specializing in product design, production and branding prior to joining Prps.
He is considered a leader in the art of denim washing and a trendsetter in denim development and production techniques.
Prps, which stands for purpose, was founded by Harrell in 2002. It now offers men’s and women’s sportswear and lifestyle products in addition to the core denim Prps products, as well as a selvage denim collection under the Prps Noir name. The brand is carried in over 450 stores in 20 countries including Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s

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Guardians of the Galaxy stars back sacked director

Stars of Guardians of the Galaxy have written an open letter expressing their support for director James Gunn, who was sacked over offensive tweets.
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An Influential French Director Is Accused of Sexual Abuse. The Reaction Has Been Muted.

Allegations against Luc Besson have not set off a chain reaction in the French film industry, showing how #MeToo has played out differently.
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Louise Trotter Exits Joseph as Creative Director

GOODBYE, JOSEPH: Louise Trotter is leaving her post as creative director of Joseph after nine years. Her last collection for the British label will be pre-fall 2019, WWD has learned.
Hirosuke Takagi, chief executive officer of Joseph, said Trotter had decided to leave, having made “a significant contribution to the brand, in particular our international expansion, the launch of men’s wear and, most recently, accessories.” He added that the company was grateful “for her important contribution to Joseph and the foundation she has built for its continuous success.”
Trotter said her departure marks the end of an era. “Working for Joseph for the past nine years has been an incredible experience, and I feel very lucky to have been surrounded by such an amazing and talented team who worked alongside me with passion and creativity. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my team and the brilliant collaborators who have traveled on this journey with me.”
Trotter will leave at the end of August and a new creative director will be appointed in due course, the company said. Trotter joined Joseph in 2009 from the British high street label Jigsaw, where she also held the title of creative director. Before Jigsaw, she served as

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Ernest Sabine Named Creative Director of J.W. Hulme

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Ernest Sabine has just doubled his workload.
The designer and founder of the accessories brand Ernest Alexander has been named creative director of J.W. Hulme Co., a leather goods and canvas products brand that was founded in 1905. J.W. Hulme, which is based in St. Paul, is best known for its handmade, heirloom-quality products and Old School finishing techniques.
Sabine, who started his Ernest Alexander label in 2009, is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was the recipient of GQ’s Best New Designer in America award.
He said Dean Vanech, the owner of J.W. Hulme, “had been looking for ways to evolve the brand from both a product and branding point of view. My name came up and we connected. It instantly felt like a natural fit — there is a lot of crossover between my background in the men’s bag world and J.W. Hulme’s rich history of making beautiful bags and leather goods.”
Sabine said the initial deal is for one year with the potential to collaborate on future seasons. In addition to overseeing the artistic direction and aesthetics of the brand, he will also be involved in its marketing and advertising efforts.
Sabine said that,

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Thor: The Dark World Director to Helm Sopranos Prequel Movie

Alan Taylor, known for his work on Game of Thrones, Lost, Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys, is reportedly set to direct a prequel film of The Sopranos.

According to The Wrap, Taylor has signed on to direct The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film written and produced by David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos. Taylor won the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for The Sopranos’ sixth season episode “Kennedy and Heidi.”

The story is set in the 1960s during the peak of riots caused by racial tension in Newark, New Jersey. Various characters from the Sopranos are expected to appear in the film, though its cast will naturally be entirely new due to the age differences.

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‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Taps Director Alan Taylor

New Line is moving ahead with movie prequel to “The Sopranos,” hiring Alan Taylor to direct “The Many Saints Of Newark.” New Line set up the feature film in March when it bought the script from “The Sopranos” creator David Chase. The film is set in the 1960s in Newark, New Jersey, amid conflicts between […]

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Jay Z Named Creative Director at Puma

Jay Z will have an executive position at Puma.
The artist and entrepreneur has joined the sports brand as creative director of basketball operations and will work on player signings, product design and marketing strategy.
The appointment came on the same day that Puma said it was relaunching its basketball division. It hosted an event in Brooklyn with former New York Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who was honored with a lifetime Puma contract.

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This relaunch comes shortly after Puma signed Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley and Zhaire Smith to its basketball roster. Ayton is predicted to be the number-one pick at this Thursday’s NBA draft and Bagley’s deal is one of the biggest rookie shoe deals since Kevin Durant signed with Nike in 2007. Vince Carter was the last NBA player Puma endorsed in 1998.
In his new role, Jay Z will influence which players Puma works with in its basketball division and how the brand develops aesthetically. Roc Nation, Jay Z’s entertainment company, has worked with Puma before on different sneaker releases including Jay Z’s 4:44 Clyde sneaker that had a limited release at Kith, and Emory Jones’ two-shoe collaboration that was released last February.

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Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp’s Ex, Marries Film Director Samuel Benchetrit in France

Vanessa Paradis has a ring on it.

Johnny Depp’s former companion married film director Samuel Benchetrit in a discreet ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

This is the first marriage for the French singer and actress. Paradis and Depp’s two children — daughter Lily-Rose, 19, and son Jack, 16 — were also in attendance.

According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the couple married in a small schoolhouse town hall in Saint-Simeon, a commune located one hour west of Paris in north-central France.

The bride, 45, carried a bouquet of pink roses while wearing a lacy cream-colored gown with an embroidered veil. Her hair was styled down, with flowers among her tresses.

The couple became engaged last November, a source tells PEOPLE, after they worked together on the film Chien, which screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Approximately two dozen guests were invited to the ceremony, according to eyewitness reports.

Since the couple went public last fall, several locations were thought to have been on the short-list for the ceremony this summer.

Saint-Simeon, a tiny country village of less than 900, was selected for its discretion as well as the attachment Paradis has for the village. She has a country estate nearby, and until his death last year, her father owned a small restaurant in the quiet country commune.

Paradis is a superstar in France, where she began her career as a 14-year old child pop star following the international success of her single “Joe le Taxi.”

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She and Depp were a couple for 14 years until their 2011 breakup.

Depp, currently on tour across Europe with the Hollywood Vampires, is scheduled to perform Saturday evening in Klam, Austria.


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Jay Z Named Creative Director at Puma

Jay Z will have an executive position at Puma.
The artist and entrepreneur has joined the sports brand as creative director of basketball operations and will work on player signings, product design and marketing strategy.
The appointment came on the same day that Puma said it was relaunching its basketball division. It hosted an event in Brooklyn with former New York Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who was honored with a lifetime Puma contract.

Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Deandre Ayton 
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This relaunch comes shortly after Puma signed Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley and Zhaire Smith to its basketball roster. Ayton is predicted to be the number-one pick at this Thursday’s NBA draft and Bagley’s deal is one of the biggest rookie shoe deals since Kevin Durant signed with Nike in 2007. Vince Carter was the last NBA player Puma endorsed in 1998.
In his new role, Jay Z will influence which players Puma works with in its basketball division and how the brand develops aesthetically. Roc Nation, Jay Z’s entertainment company, has worked with Puma before on different sneaker releases including Jay Z’s 4:44 Clyde sneaker that had a limited release at Kith, and Emory Jones’ two-shoe collaboration that was released last February.

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A Week Before Premiering Billy Zane Movie ‘Lucid,’ Director Adam Morse Reveals He’s Blind

A week before the world premiere of his debut feature film, “Lucid,” at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, young British filmmaker Adam Morse has revealed in public for the first time that he is registered as a blind person. Even one of the film’s lead actors, Billy Zane, didn’t know until the shoot was underway, and […]

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Reebok’s Former Creative Director Thomas Steinbrück Talks Shop, Ready for His Next Move

IT’S ALL GOOD: Rejuvenating in Switzerland now that his two-year run as Reebok’s creative director is over, Thomas Steinbrück said he is gearing up for his next post with a European company. With that announcement expected to happen in the next few weeks, he was relishing some down time with his mother. “It’s so calm. There’s nothing — just mountains, quietness, cows, fresh air, good food and I sleep like a baby here. A week is like five weeks of vacation on the beach for me,” he said.
With Reebok, he lined up the collaborations with Vetements and Cottweiler, among others. He said he oversaw a 50-person team handling graphics, creative direction and colors, but was holistically influencing more than 100 people, including the design team for shoes, apparel and Reebok Classic, among others. Steinbrück said, “I loved what I was doing. I loved that brand. I loved the team. The people are awesome there. The story of the company is incredible. I learned a lot.”
He also imagined the interiors for Reebok’s new headquarters in the Innovation and Design Building in downtown Boston working with the architectural firm Gensler. His suggestions included open seating for employees so that no one is in

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Dennis Basso’s Creative Director Emily Burnett to Exit

GOOD-BYE ON GOOD TERMS: Dennis Basso’s 2019 resort collection will be a swan song for creative director Emily Burnett.
After 10 years at the company, she is exiting at the end of this month. A replacement has not yet been named, but candidates will be interviewed next week, Burnett said.
Basso said Wednesday, “Emily was a wonderful part of the design team, she understood my vision and ‘the Basso woman.’ I wish her great success in her future endeavors.”
Burnett plans to launch her own young designer women’s wear collection this summer with the support of an undisclosed business partner. The first collection will be pre-fall shown in December.
She said of her departure, “I felt that I had all of the training and a really great network. I met my business partner and we just thought it was the right moment to start a female founded brand.”
Burnett graduated from The New School’s Parsons School of Design, studying fashion design in a class that included Cushnie et Ochs’ founders Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and another New York designer Elizabeth Kennedy. After earning her diploma, Burnett started her career at Polo Ralph Lauren working under Whitney Fairchild on the Ralph Lauren Black Label. At

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Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll “manbabies” who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi.
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Actress accuses director Luc Besson of rape

French filmmaker Luc Besson – known for movies including The Fifth Element and Leon – has been accused of raping an actress in Paris.
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Former GQ Staffer, Tech Start-up Founder and Creative Director to Unveil Seam

Justin Hruska, a sneaker collector with a background in tech, wasn’t satisfied with his online shopping experience. Oftentimes he would visit larger e-commerce sites and feel shortchanged because he knew he wasn’t seeing everything a brand had to offer, which meant he had to visit other sites to find what he was looking for.
“A lot of brands use wholesale for awareness and put their best-selling products on their own site,” said Hruska. “So the consumer has to jump through all these hoops before they can purchase a $ 300 sweatshirt. With Seam, we want to reimagine what that looks like.”
Seam is a men’s and women’s shopping app set to launch this summer that was cofounded by Hruska, the chief executive officer, and Jake Woolf, the editorial director. Nate Brown, who cofounded Studio Institute, a creative firm that’s worked with artists including Beyoncé and Jay Z on tour visuals, is a partner and a strategic adviser who worked helped design the app.
Similar to Farfetch, Seam will serve as a marketplace, but instead of partnering with boutiques, Seam works directly with brands and designers and the app will mirror the product available on their e-commerce sites. Woolf said because Seam holds no inventory

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What could a female director mean for Star Trek?

Acclaimed TV director SJ Clarkson is tipped to helm the next Star Trek film.
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Jonathan Anderson Named Director of Loewe’s Board of Directors

BOARD GAME: Jonathan Anderson’s role at Loewe is no longer limited to the creative side of things. The designer has been appointed director of the company’s board of directors, Bernard Kuhn, general counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said at the group’s annual general meeting Thursday. Sidney Toledano has been named the board’s chairman. The Madrid-based house falls under his purview in his role as executive chairman of LVMH Fashion Group.
The news comes on the heels of a wide-ranging reshuffle at the group which, in November, appointed Pietro Beccari as chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, succeeding Toledano.
Anderson joined the Spanish leather goods firm in 2013, bringing a strong fashion injection to the house, with former Céline executive Pascale Lepoivre coming on board as ceo in September 2016.
His runway debut at Loewe, a brand that dates back to 1846, came one year after LVMH took a 46 percent stake in his London-based signature label J.W. Anderson.

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Metropolitan Museum Names Director

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named Max Hollein as its new director. Mr. Hollein led the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and he succeeds Thomas Campbell, who resigned from the Met last year as the New York museum was struggling with years of financial missteps.
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Oliviers to name best director award after Sir Peter Hall

The theatre great had been left out of the In Memoriam segment at Sunday’s Olivier Awards.
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Qualcomm Makes Independent Director Its New Chairman

Qualcomm named an independent director as its new chairman, while its suitor Broadcom pledged not to sell strategic pieces of its target to foreign companies, the latest maneuverings as the U.S. reviews a proposed hostile takeover between the two.
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Director Lynne Ramsay: ‘Violence has become banal’

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay is not one to shy away from violent topics.
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Lewis Gilbert: Director of Alfie and three Bond films dies

The Oscar-nominated director made You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and many other films.
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James Bond and Shirley Valentine director dies

Lewis Gilbert, who directed three James Bond films including The Spy Who Loved Me, has died aged 97.
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‘Guardians’ Director Shocks Fans by Clarifying Groot’s Fate (Again)

While engaging with fans on Twitter Tuesday, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn revealed a major plot point from the films — Groot is dead, and Baby Groot is his son. What started out as a debate over who to save between Groot and porgs from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” led one fan […]

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Robert Arthur, Music Director for ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ Dies at 89

Robert Arthur, the music director for “The Ed Sullivan Show” from the 1950s through the ’70s, died on Jan. 21. He was 89. A Long Island native, Arthur graduated from Colgate University with degrees in economics and Spanish, and began a career as an accompanist, conductor, and arranger. He was drafted into the United States […]

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Oscars: First female director nod in eight years

Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig has become the first woman to get an Oscar nomination for best director since 2010.
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‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao Receives Inaugural Bonnie Award

Chloe Zhao, who produced, directed and wrote the Western drama “The Rider,” has won Film Independent’s inaugural Bonnie Award, given to recognize a mid-career female director. The trophy, which includes a $ 50,000 grant, was presented to Zhao at the organization’s Spirit Awards brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Her film, which debuted at the […]

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Star Wars: ‘It’s time for a female or non-white director’

The Last Jedi director says it’s time a woman or “director of colour” took charge of an instalment.
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Director Ridley Scott talks about replacing Kevin Spacey in new film

The film director says Kevin Spacey’s alleged behaviour could not be tolerated.
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IDFA: ‘Time Trial’ Director Finlay Pretsell On Working With Tour De France Cyclist David Millar

AMSTERDAM — Sports films mostly follow a familiar arc, usually an underdog story in which the little guy fights back, or comes back, against extraordinary odds. At first glance, that would appear to be the case with IDFA Competition entry “Time Trial”, in which Scottish director Finlay Pretsell chronicles a heroic effort by professional road-racing […]

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X-Men’s Page ‘outed by homophobic director’

Actress Ellen Page has claimed she was publicly outed at the age of 18 by film director Brett Ratner on the set of an X-Men movie.
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X-Men’s Page ‘outed by homophobic director’

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Last Jedi Director to Create Star Wars Trilogy

Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be creating a brand-new trilogy of Star Wars films, and is set to write and direct the first of the three films.

StarWars.com announced that Johnson will write and direct the first of the three films along with his long-time collaborator Ram Bergman as producer. The trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga and “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Though reports have said Lucasfilm is looking into making more films beyond Episode IX featuring the characters introduced in The Force Awakens, the official announcement of Johnson’s films indicate these will be entirely different projects.

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Star Wars Director Rian Johnson Developing a New Film Trilogy

Rian Johnson, Carrie Fisher Star Wars the Last JediThe Force is strong in Rian Johnson.
Lucasfilm announced Thursday afternoon that the 43-year-old writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15) will create a…

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Brett Ratner: Director denies accusations of sexual harassment

Six women have made claims about the Hollywood director in an LA Times article.
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Deathstroke Movie Might Have Found Its Director

The Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans may direct a standalone Deathstroke movie.

TheWrap reports Evans is in early talks to write and direct the film, which would star Joe Manganiello as the DC Comics assassin. Warner Bros. and DC executives were reportedly impressed by the director’s pitch for the film.

IGN can confirm the talks are early because the project is still in early development.

Deathstroke was originally supposed to appear in Ben Affleck’s The Batman film. However, after Affleck stepped down as director and War for the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves took over the project, Reeves reportedly shelved Affleck’s script.

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Oscar-nominated director ‘accused by 38 women’

Oscar-nominated director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women, according to a report in the US.
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Thor: Ragnarok Director Won’t Whitewash Akira Movie

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi confirmed to IGN that he has been approached about directing a live-action feature film adaptation of Akira, but he was coy and non-committal about whether he would.

He confirmed there had been “talks” but alternated between speaking about the project in the past and present tense even as he also offered his thoughts on his approach to adapting the material and casting the film.

When I asked Waititi if he was going to direct Akira, he replied, “I am — that was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate about — am passionate about.”

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Amnesty director in Turkey faces terror charge

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking to jail human rights activists, including an Amnesty International director, for 15 years on terror charges.
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Salvatore Ferragamo Appoints Paul Andrew Creative Director, Women’s Collections

MILAN — The trifecta format didn’t work.
On Thursday, Salvatore Ferragamo revealed that Paul Andrew, who had joined the company as women’s footwear director in September last year, will now be in charge of the women’s wear ready-to-wear line as well. His first collection for the brand in this new role will bow for fall 2018. Andrew will oversee the development of all women’s product categories, as well as the creative contents of all marketing, communication and image activities.
The appointment was made public after trading hours in Milan, where the Florence-based company is listed. Shares closed down 1.51 percent to 22.79 euros.
In November 2016, Fulvio Rigoni was appointed women’s ready-to-wear design director and Guillaume Meilland as men’s rtw design director. Rigoni debuted his looks on the catwalk in September 2016, but his efforts have received a mixed response, while Andrew’s footwear collections have generally been praised.
“Paul has a dynamic vision for the Ferragamo woman, which he has demonstrated with crystal precision and success in footwear over the past year,” said chief executive officer Eraldo Poletto. “He has a sensitivity for the essential codes and values of the Ferragamo house, and is able to recast and reassert them with an exciting, modern energy. I

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Director Behind ‘American Masters’ Tries Something New With ‘Spielberg’

Susan Lacy, who pioneered the biographical documentary at PBS with “American Masters,’’ is rolling out a film about Steven Spielberg for HBO.
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Star Wars: Episode IX director Trevorrow quits

Writer and director Colin Trevorrow has “parted ways” with the producers of Star Wars: Episode IX.
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HTC, Variety Celebrate ‘The Deserted’ Director Tsai Ming Lang at Venice Film Festival

Tsai Ming Lang, the Taiwan-based auteur director of “The Deserted,” one of the most buzzed about virtual reality experiments which competed at this year’s Venice Film Festival, was celebrated during a cocktail organized by Variety in association with pioneering cell phone and tech company HTC. The event, which took place on Sept. 3 at the… Read more »

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The female director who was issued a fatwa for her first film

Her film, In Between, depicts three young Arab women drinking and taking drugs.
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre director dies aged 74

Hollywood directors have paid tribute to Tobe Hooper, who shot horror films such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, following his death.
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Wonder Woman director on ‘backwards’ comments

The director of Wonder Woman has hit back at James Cameron after he criticised the film as “a step backwards”.
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James Cameron Was a Smug Asshole About Wonder Woman, So Director Patty Jenkins Called Him Out

“He is not a woman.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Director Alan Taylor Breaks Down Timeline in ‘Beyond the Wall’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 7 Episode 6 of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Beyond the Wall” While the “Game of Thrones” episode “Beyond the Wall” had many talking about the insane fight sequences between humans, zombies, and dragons, others were more concerned with gaps in the timeline of… Read more »

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‘Shot Caller’ Director on Getting His Movie to Theaters: ‘This Was One Massive F—ing Boulder’

Ric Roman Waugh is no stranger to the examining the American criminal justice system. The stunt-man-turned-director’s latest prison film, “Shot Caller,” shows how even the best of men can be corrupted by the current correctional system. Following “Felon” and “Snitch” Waugh finishes off what he has deemed his ‘Prison Trilogy’ with “Shot Caller” — a… Read more »

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A White Director, the Police and Race in ‘Detroit’

Is Kathryn Bigelow the right filmmaker to tell the story of “Detroit,” about three horrifying deaths in 1967? She says doing nothing is not an answer.
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French Label Paule Ka to Part Ways With Creative Director

NEW HORIZONS: Suggesting short tenures are the new norm in fashion, Paule Ka is the latest fashion house with a change in creative direction.
According to market sources, Alithia Spuri-Zampetti and the French firm are to part ways after a two-year collaboration. Officials at Paule Ka declined to comment.
Spuri-Zampetti worked to extend the brand’s appeal in daywear and separates, bringing to the task a passion for fabric innovation and a sense of elegance rooted in the classic French fashions of the Fifties and Sixties.
Formerly the head designer in charge of women’s ready-to-wear collections at Lanvin, she was the first designer at Paule Ka since the departure in 2014 of founder and creative director Serge Cajfinger. Spuri-Zampetti also has stints at Valentino and Bottega Veneta under her belt.
The Italian-American designer grew up in Rome and the U.S. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London.
Paule Ka has targeted expansion in the United States, Middle East and Asia since Change Capital Partners bought a 70 percent stake in the firm in 2011. “We have a global objective of doubling in size in the next five years,” Catherine Vautrin, chairman and chief executive officer of Paule Ka, told WWD last year.
The label’s

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Nike Sportswear’s Design Director on the New Breed of Air Max 97s

Dylan Raasch talks culture, hyped releases, and what it means to update an icon.

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James Bond 25 Director Frontrunner Emerges

Yann Demange is reportedly MGM and Eon Productions’ top choice to direct James Bond 25.

According to Variety, Demange, best known for helming the 2014 drama ’71, is the frontrunner, though other directors are also being considered.

In addition to Demange, Deadline reports Denis Villenueve (Arrival, Prisoners) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) are also in the running. All three directors have allegedly had meetings about helming Bond 25.

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Titanic 20th Anniversary Special From Director James Cameron Is Heading to National Geographic

Titanic, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio20 years later and we still haven’t let go.
Prepare for the documentary special of your dreams: National Geographic is teaming up with director James Cameron for a one-hour special…

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‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ric Roman Waugh will direct the next installment in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, “Angel Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler. Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role. Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-BASE production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson…. Read more »

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J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Draws Finnish Director Dome Karukoski

Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien. Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have been developing the project since 2013. Tolkien’s epic novels — set in Middle Earth — served as the basis for the film trilogies “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit.” The movie’s script by David Gleeson and… Read more »

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Ciongoli to Exit Eidos as Creative Director

Antonio K. Ciongoli, cofounder and creative director of Eidos, the more fashion-forward division of Isaia, is leaving the brand after this season to launch his own collection.
Ciongoli, who has designed the collection for four-and-a-half years, will stay on through the end of this season and retain his equity stake in the label.
“Building Eidos has been a life-changing experience for me and I cannot thank Gianluca Isaia and Jim Shay [Isaia’s U.S. president] enough for the opportunity to do so,” he said. “While moving on from anything one cares about is difficult, I am optimistic about Eidos’ potential and I look forward to watching its future evolution,” Ciongoli said.
He declined to provide details about his next project at this point, saying he would unveil weekly updates via his Instagram account.
“In the last six years, I have seen the retail landscape change dramatically. The value in today’s market is the opportunity to connect directly with the people to whom our product speaks, and I’m interested in creating an immersive, content-driven platform that expands that dialogue.”
Isaia launched the brand in fall 2013 as a lower-priced tailored clothing and furnishings collection. It has since been expanded to a complete lifestyle offering. Eidos is now

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Lanvin Taps Olivier Lapidus as Artistic Director

PARIS — Olivier Lapidus, a designer not well known outside certain Paris fashion circles, is being thrust into the international spotlight as the new artistic director of Lanvin.
His hire was effective Monday and he is expected to show his first Lanvin collection in September for the spring 2018 women’s ready-to-wear season, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Lapidus takes over from Bouchra Jarrar, who left Lanvin after only 16 months, as reported on July 7. WWD had already identified Lapidus as a possible successor.
He arrives at the French house as it manages challenging times for wholesale-driven busineses, and multiple internal woes. The company, founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889, has been majority owned since 2001 by Taiwan-based media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang. It has seen sales erode for several years after peaking at more than 250 million euros in 2012, according to sources. Last year, the house posted its first loss in more than a decade.
According to sources, orders for women’s collections have been falling at a steep double-digit rate. The brand has also struggled to build a handbag business, a chief pillar for most European fashion firms.
The former head of the Ted Lapidus label, founded by his father, Lapidus

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Director compares Styles casting to picking Ledger

Director Christopher Nolan has defended casting the “charismatic” Harry Styles in his upcoming war epic Dunkirk.
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Bouchra Jarrar, Artistic Director at Lanvin, Is Out After 16 Months

The departure at the French fashion house comes amid poor sales and internal turmoil.
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Ron Howard steps in as Han Solo director

Ron Howard has been announced as the replacement director to take over Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars spin-off Han Solo.
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Brioni Taps Nina-Maria Nitsche as New Creative Director

MILAN — Brioni has appointed Nina-Maria Nitsche as its new creative director.
Nitsche joined Maison Martin Margiela in 1989, working closely with the founding designer for 23 years. After Margiela’s  resignation, in 2009, Nitsche took over the creative direction of the brand. She joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris earlier this year.
“Ever since I met her in 1996, I have been impressed by her creative approach, starting from a clearly defined concept and then transforming that into products that accurately resonate with the customer,” said Brioni’s chief executive officer Fabrizio Malverdi. “Her point of view will allow the brand’s core values to prosper and yet inject a contemporary dialogue that will enable Brioni to evolve into the future.”

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“Thanks to its long sartorial history, Brioni has the potential to redefine its position as a unique luxury brand,” said the designer. “The house’s philosophy is based on a pioneering approach to men’s wear. My aim is to reinforce and invigorate this longstanding tradition.”
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and ceo of parent Kering, added: “I am delighted to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to Brioni and within Kering. Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director Masterfully Trolls Marvel Executive Impersonator

The plan was simple: Open an Instagram account under the name Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and producer of a gazillion blockbusters, and begin messaging James Gunn, director of the fantastically popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, thinking no further about a producer and a director of such caliber using Instagram’s chat feature as a standard medium of communication.

And yet whoever hatched it likely underestimated Gunn’s appetite for internet trolling. Both sides appeared locked in a surprisingly lengthy battle of one-upmanship over Marvel secrets in the ensuing conversation. 

The director shared screenshots over Facebook Thursday afternoon to document his encounter with the mysterious Feige impersonator, including many attempts to offer false information about current Marvel projects.

Gunn announced in April that he will be helming a follow-up to “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.”

Rest assured, Groot will not lose his head, probably. 

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‘Juice’ Director Says We Can’t Let Future Generations Sleep On Classic Black Films

Twenty-five years since the release of “Juice,” Ernest R. Dickerson is proud that his directorial debut has stood as a cultural staple in America.

This month, Paramount Home Media Distribution will commemorate the film’s anniversary with a special release of a Blu-ray disc. Starring Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins ― with cameos by Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah ― the powerful drama follows the lives of four teenage friends in pursuit of power and respect in their Harlem neighborhood as they grapple with the trials of inner-city life.

Inspired by his adolescent years growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson ― who broke into the industry as Spike Lee’s cinematographer ― tells HuffPost that he wanted the drama to accurately portray the obstacles young black men and boys face living in America.

“It took about nine years to get the film made. But it grew from out of several places,” he said. “I wanted to talk about how kids were growing up in society and we were horrified by that. And so, in wanting to craft a thriller and a film noir around 16-, 17-year-old antagonists, it just felt like that was the way to go and the best story to tell. Peer pressure was always gonna be a part of it.”

The commemorative release will feature new and vintage interviews with members of the cast and crew, never-before-released footage and the original film’s alternate ending.

“Juice” marked Shakur’s first major starring film role. He beat out the likes of actor Donald Faison and fellow rapper Treach for the role of the troubled, gun-toting teen Bishop. Shakur’s seminal performance was applauded by fans and film critics.

“He understood the pain inside Bishop and could express that in his acting,” Dickerson recalled. “He made Bishop a more four-dimensional character in that he knew that this anger came from someplace. The anger came from a deep hurt.”

“Part of it was the experience of having to see [Bishop’s] father brutalized and traumatized in prison; that’s one of the things that we end at in the film. That’s the thing that Pac brought, too. When he came to the audition, people believed he was Bishop. And he believed he was Bishop, too,” he said.

The filmmaker added that prior to Shakur’s untimely death in 1996, he was “hoping to find another project” to work on with the rapper-actor.

With its January 1992 opening, the film debuted at No. 2 at the box office. It earned over $ 8 million in its opening weekend and has grossed $ 20.1 million domestically to date, according to Box Office Mojo.

Despite its relatively low earnings, Dickerson says it’s imperative to reintroduce black cult classic films ― such as “Juice,” “Boyz n the Hood” and “Menace II Society” ― to enlighten a new generation of viewers. 

“These films are a part of our cultural heritage,” the filmmaker said. “And we have to make sure that they’re there for future generations to experience, and to enjoy and learn from. These are not throwaway films, this is the cultural heritage of America, and we need to make sure that we preserve that.”

“Not just these films, but all films. Films are important,” he continued. “It’s one of the greatest art forms of the 20th and 21st century. People need to take film much more seriously and the preservation of film much more serious.”

The special 25th anniversary edition of “Juice” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. It will also be released on Digital HD on June 13.

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PopPolitics: ‘War Machine’ Director on the Futility of Another Troop Surge in Afghanistan (Listen)

David Michod, the director of the new Netflix movie “War Machine,” debuting this weekend, said that his initial reaction to reports that President Trump’s advisers are calling for more troops in Afghanistan was one of “bewilderment.” “I can’t pretend to be surprised,” he tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “We are now in the 16th year… Read more »

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‘SNL’ Asks: Who You Gonna Believe? The FBI Director Or The Guy Who’s Lying?

Donald Trump isn’t “done yet,” conceded “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost on “Weekend Update.” But “Mike Pence is definitely warming up in the bullpen.” 

Things don’t look too promising for the “president-for-now,” even though he denied that he told booted FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into Russian connections to the Trump campaign, Jost noted on the “SNL” season finale this weekend.

“This sets up a real dilemma,” said Jost. “Who are you going to believe? The head of the FBI or the guy who’s definitely lying?”

Trump’s appeal to Comey to announce that the president was not under investigation “sounds pretty suspicious,” Jost added. “If you’re watching an episode of ‘Law & Order’ and the husband asks the detective, ‘When are you going to announce I’m not a suspect in my wife’s disappearance,’ that guy definitely buried a lady in the woods.”

Jost also mocked the revelation that Comey wore a suit that would blend in with the curtains in the Blue Room of the White House so Trump wouldn’t notice him.

“If he really wanted to avoid interacting with Trump, he should have just married him,” Jost said.

As for Trump calling Comey a “nut job,” Jost joked: “I’m just happy a nut job wasn’t something that happened to Trump in a Russian hotel room.”

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The segment included farewell “Weekend Update” appearances by Vanessa Bayer as muddle-mouthed weather woman Dawn Lazarus and Bobby Moynihan as Drunk Uncle. This is the last “SNL” season for both.

Bayer also played a flatulent old-Hollywood glam movie star in a film skit, and a super-bratty girlfriend in an ad whose fed-up boyfriend (Beck Bennett) tries to shut her up with a Cartier diamond-encrusted fidget spinner.

Moynihan, meanwhile, appeared on this weekend’s episode as an anemic trash-talking wrestling rival of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He also appeared as a mad scientist infuriated by a rival’s creation of a sex molester robot, in the program’s riskiest skit that was earning lots of Twitter hate Saturday night.

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Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73

The Oscar-winning film-maker also made such films as Philadelphia and Stop Making Sense.
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Silence Of The Lambs director dies aged 73

Film director Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.
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Fern Mallis Named Director of the FIT Foundation

Fern Mallis, a fashion and design consultant and the founder of New York Fashion Week, has been named a director of the FIT Foundation.
The FIT Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that builds long-term support that furthers the purpose of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
As a director, Mallis will serve as a mentor, industry liaison, advocate and philanthropic adviser to advance the mission and vision of FIT.
Mallis is the creator and host of the Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis series at the 92nd Street Y. Earlier, she was senior vice president of IMG Fashion and former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Currently president of her own international fashion and design consultancy, Mallis is the author of “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis. In 2013, she received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from FIT.
In addition to Mallis, FIT Foundation directors include Jay Baker, Pamela Baxter, Joy Herfel Cronin, Diane D’Erasmo, Abbey Doneger, Morris Goldfarb, Jill Granoff, Sam Haddad, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Laurence C. Leeds Jr., Kevin Mansell, Athanasios (Tom) Nastos, Elizabeth Peek, Roberto Ramos, Bruce P. Rockowitz, Peter G. Scotese, Gary Sheinbaum and J. Michael Stanley.

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Keira Knightley Once Told Love Actually Director Her Next Movie Was ‘Some Pirate Thing — Probably a Disaster’

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has raked in billions of box-office booty, but according to her Love Actually director, Keira Knightley wasn’t always sold on the idea.

In an op-ed posted to Radio Times, Richard Curtis, the romantic comedy’s writer-director, reflected on where his stars were in their careers when the film debuted in 2003. “When we shot the film, I remember Keira Knightley saying that her next project was ‘some pirate thing — probably a disaster,’ ” he revealed.

Of course, that project turned out to be the wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that made her an international superstar. And Knightley wasn’t the only Love Actually alum to score a role in the blockbuster. As Curtis pointed out, “Bill Nighy was also later a be-tentacled Davy Jones” in 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

The writer-director also mentioned that Andrew Lincoln, who famously professed his love to Knightley with cue cards in Love Actually, “had never come across, let alone killed, the Walking Dead.” And Chiwetel Ejiofor, who went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 12 Years a Slave in 2014 “hadn’t been a slave for five minutes, let alone 12 years,” wrote Curtis.

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The trip down memory lane comes in the wake of Friday’s U.K. debut of a short follow-up to Love Actually, which promises to catch up with its main characters over a decade later. The reunion features most of the original cast, and was created to benefit Red Nose Day, a popular U.K. children’s charity.

“I know the film is very much not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been surprised ever since it came out, and so grateful, that some people are really fond of it,” Curtis wrote. “So I hope that a lot of you will turn on to BBC1 on Red Nose Day to see the mini-sequel and maybe find it in your hearts to give a bit of cash to save and change a lot of lives, at home and abroad. What a strange and delightful outcome that would be for our little, old, slightly chaotic ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Christmas film.”


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Loving director plans new indie film festival

The director of the Oscar-nominated movie Loving has announced plans to launch his own independent film festival.
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Man of Steel 2: Kingsman Director is Reportedly WB’s Top Choice to Direct

Warner Bros. is reportedly eyeing Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to helm Man of Steel 2.

According to an unconfirmed report from Collider, Vaughn has been in talks to direct the Superman sequel, though discussions are said to still be very much in the early stages. Even if a deal can’t be struck for Vaughn to direct Man of Steel 2, Warner Bros. is still interested in the filmmaker directing another movie in the DCEU, according to the report.

New Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich is said to be particularly interested in having Vaughn as the latest director to join the DECU. Emmerich was reportedly one of the main reasons why Matt Reeves recently signed on to direct The Batman.

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PopPolitics: ‘Cries From Syria’ Director Says Trump’s Refugee Ban May Help ISIS Recruitment (Listen)

Evgeny Afineevsky, director of “Cries From Syria,” which debuts Monday night on HBO, suggests that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban could actually be used as a way for terrorism groups to recruit young refugees seeking shelter and relief from the war-torn region. “Most of the kids that are trying to survive under this mess… Read more »

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Manchester By the Sea Director Defends Casey Affleck After Student Journalist Slams the Actor

The Oscar-winning writer/director of Manchester By the Sea is slamming a student journalist from his alma mater for writing an opinion piece highlighting the sexual harassment allegations against the film’s star, Casey Affleck.

Kenneth Lonergan condemned the article in a letter to the editor of The Wesleyan Argus, in which he accused the sophomore journalism student of writing a “tangle of illogic, misinformation, and flat-out slander” against Affleck, who recently won an Oscar for his performance in the film.

Last week, in a piece titled “How Wesleyan Is Complicit in Affleck’s Sexual Misconducted by Endorsing Lonergan ’84,” assistant opinion editor Connor Aberle criticized the college for its “praise” of Lonergan, and called Affleck’s Best Actor win “severely problematic.”

“Wesleyan University cannot insist on claiming credit for Kenneth Lonergan unless they also acknowledge their complicity in the success of a perpetrator of sexual violence,” Aberle wrote. “Lonergan essentially won Affleck his Oscar by handpicking Affleck for his movie.”

Aberle’s comments refer to the two sexual-harassment lawsuits that were filed against Affleck in 2010 by two women who worked with him on the film I’m Still Here. Affleck has denied the allegations, and settled the suits out of court for undisclosed amounts. In the settlement, the actor did not admit any guilt, and he and his accusers are barred from discussing details of the case.

Lonergan responded to Aberle’s article with an opinion piece of his own, titled, “How Connor Aberle and The Argus are Complicit in Slandering Casey Affleck.” The director slammed Aberle’s writing as slander, writing, “Only the author’s presumed youth can possibly excuse his deeply offensive display of ignorance, and warped PC-fueled sense of indignation.”

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He added, “He writes as if Casey Affleck were actually guilty of a crime. In fact, it was alleged 7 years ago, in a civil lawsuit for breach of contract, that Casey sexually harassed two women formerly in his employ. Casey denounced the allegations as being totally fabricated. Like most civil suits, this one was settled out of court by mutual consent on undisclosed terms … In other words nothing was proved or disproved. So how does Mr Aberle dare to write as if he knows who was telling the truth and who was not?”

After Affleck won the Oscar, many took to social media to criticize the decision. In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Affleck — the younger brother of Ben Affleck — addressed the criticism, saying, “There’s really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

Affleck told the Globe that he is not permitted to speak about the now-settled lawsuits, and said that the people condemning him on social media don’t know the facts of the situation. “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent,” he added. “Everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”


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Metropolitan Museum’s Director Resigns Under Pressure

The departure by Thomas P. Campbell came as a surprise, though economic difficulties had been growing at the nation’s largest museum.
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Nightwing Movie in the Works From LEGO Batman Director

LEGO Batman filmmaker Chris McKay is in talks to direct a Nightwing live-action film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. wants to expand the DC Extended Universe with the Batman-centric character, who’s also known as Dick Grayson or the first Robin. Nightwing hasn’t been seen so far in any of the films, though one Robin was apparently killed by the Joker as part of the backstory in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Accountant scribe Bill Dubuque is reportedly working on the Nightwing screenplay.

Warner Bros. is releasing Wonder Woman and Justice League, with Aquaman and The Flash films planned for the future. In fact, we have compiled every upcoming DC Extended Universe movie.

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Batman Spinoff ‘Nightwing’ in the Works With ‘Lego Batman’ Director

Warner Bros. is developing a live-action “Nightwing” movie, based on the DC character, with “The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay in negotiations to helm. The Nightwing character first appeared in a 1963 DC comic book as an alias used by Superman in stories set in Kandor, a Kryptonian city that was preserved in a… Read more »

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La La Land director triumphs at DGA Awards

La La Land film-maker Damien Chazelle has danced off with the top honour at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.
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Iranian director snubs Oscars over Trump ban

An Iranian director whose film is nominated for an Oscar will not attend next month’s Academy Awards in protest at President Trump’s travel ban.
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Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscar Ceremony

The director, whose film ‘The Salesman’ is nominated for an Oscar, cited President Trump’s visa ban for citizens from Iran and other primarily Muslim countries.
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Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Will Not Attend Awards Ceremony

In the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims and refugees, Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has announced that he will not attend this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.   

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that temporarily suspends refugee resettlement and bars individuals from seven countries from entering the United States. Among those countries is Iran, where Farhadi was born and lives. Based on the executive order, it was unclear whether Farhadi would be able to attend the awards show. Federal judges have since temporarily blocked parts of the order.

“Over the course of the past few days and despite the unjust circumstances which have risen for the immigrants and travelers of several countries to the United States, my decision had remained the same: to attend this ceremony and to express my opinions about these circumstances in the press surrounding the event,” Farhadi told The New York Times in a statement. 

But he’s since had a change of heart, noting that “it now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip.”

He added that he hopes “the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations.” 

After news of the executive order broke, The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences threw its support behind Farhadi and the cast and crew of his film “The Salesman,” which is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

“The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences,” a spokesperson for The Academy said in a statement. “As supporters of filmmakers ― and the human rights of all people ― around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran ‘A Separation,’ along with the cast and crew of this year’s Oscar-nominated film ‘The Salesman,’ could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin.”

Earlier this week, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in “The Salesman,” spoke out about the anti-Muslim order and announced she would not attend the Oscars ceremony in February.

“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians and others is a racist move and unacceptable,” she wrote on social media in Arabic and English. “Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest.”

To read Farhadi’s full statement, head over to The New York Times

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LONDON — Mackintosh, the Scotland-based heritage label known for its raincoats and performance fabrics, has announced the launch of a new designer line dubbed Mackintosh 0001 and the appointment of London-based up-and-comer Kiko Kostadinov, as its creative director.
Kostadinov, a Central Saint Martins graduate, launched his label at the beginning of 2016 and garnered buzz for his antidecorative, utilitarian approach.
Andrea Austoni, global commercial director at Mackintosh, said the company was drawn to Kostadinov’s aesthetic and innovative methods of constructing garments, which involve countless fittings in his North London studio to achieve functional yet interesting silhouettes.
“Kiko has the ability to merge his own modern vision with the luxury traditions of Mackintosh. We were first drawn to his work because of his innovative pattern cutting and intricate garment construction and look forward to the new contemporary direction he will bring to our brand,” Austoni said.
Kostadinov is looking forward to exploring the brand’s heritage while adding contemporary touches and new categories to the label. He also aims to push its reputation beyond the classic raincoat.

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Haspel Names Swillie Managing Director

Will Swillie has joined Haspel as executive vice president and managing director. The newly created position will be based in Baton Rouge, La., where the seersucker pioneer is headquartered.
Swillie has more than 27 years of industry experience in traditional retailers, e-commerce sites as well as wholesale. The Louisiana native most recently served as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of Stein Mart, where he was in charge of the men’s sportswear business. Prior to that, Swillie was the division president of Clad, a luxury web site dedicated to contemporary men’s wear that was a joint venture between J.C. Penney Co. and Esquire magazine. He had also been director of brand management for Rue La La, an Internet company where he launched the men’s business in 2010. He has also served as a men’s buyer for both Neiman Marcus in Dallas and Ralph Lauren in New York City.

At Haspel, Swillie will oversee sales, merchandising, licensing, marketing and brand building. He will oversee the company’s operations in both Baton Rouge and New York.
He reports to Laurie Aronson, president and chief executive officer of Haspel. “We are so pleased to welcome someone so experienced, connected and motivated to the Haspel team,” Aronson said. “Will is an inspiring

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Sarah Hyland (and Her Puppy!) Is Picture-Perfect as Candie’s New Creative Director

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Halo 4 Creative Director Josh Holmes Departs 343

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“I have loved every moment here on Halo, but I find myself drawn to new horizons,” he said.

“This month I’m leaving 343 Industries and excited for my next adventure to pursue independent game development,” he continued.

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‘Back to the Future’ director: How we predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency

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‘Back to the Future’ has been all the craze for the last 13 months, ever since October 21, 2015. It has come to be known as “Back to the Future Day”, the date referenced in ‘Back to the Future II’, and it showed us which visions of the future made in the 1989 movie actually came true.

Sure, we know ‘Back to the Future’ was pretty spot on about virtual reality, tablets and even the Cubs winning the World Series (even though they were a year late). But perhaps the biggest prediction was Donald Trump’s Presidency as referenced in the film by Biff Tannen becoming the mayor of Hill Valley.

BTTF director Robert Zemeckis explained to me that the Biff Tannen character was based on Donald Trump but that they didn’t have the audacity to think that Biff could run for President.

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Nigel Barker Named Artistic Director at Flag and Anthem

Nigel Barker is putting his weight behind a new men’s wear brand founded by former Macy’s and Lord & Taylor buyers Azod Mohit and Brad Gartman, who helped grow the men’s business for brands including American Rag and INC.
The photographer will invest in the brand and has been named artistic director. Barker, who also invests in the buzzy Meatpacking District gym The Dogpound, was connected to Mohit and Gartman through a friend who is a part of Barker’s workout group at The Dogpound.
“I’ve never endorsed or gotten behind a specific brand in this kind of capacity ever in my history,” Barker told WWD. “But when I walked into the showroom I immediately had a reaction and thought these are exactly the kind of clothes that guys want to wear.”
Mohit and Gartman, who will preview the spring line at Project in Las Vegas this week,  believed there was a gap in the market for men leaving college who have graduated from teen specialty stores but can’t afford aspirational brands and have no interest in traditional men’s wear brands.
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A Touch of Frost: Gieves & Hawkes’ New Design Director Discusses Changes at the Brand

LONDON — Mark Frost was promoted to the role of design director at Gieves & Hawkes earlier this month after the unexpected exit of Simon Spurr, the brand’s former creative director. Spurr’s first collection was going to be for spring 2017 at London Collections: Men. He had succeeded Jason Basmajian, who is now chief creative officer at Cerruti 1881.
Frost was named to the post after four years on the brand’s creative team. He previously worked with Tom Ford, and Hackett. WWD sat with Frost to discuss his new role and upcoming changes at the brand.
WWD: What are your plans and vision for the brand?
Mark Frost: I’ve been here just coming up to four years, and the new role is obviously a really exciting position for me. We’ve got a great foundation that has been building over the last couple of years. It’s my role to continue that development, really. My personal taste is probably slightly more playful, and we need to continue on this slight modernization of the brand to stay relevant. I want to try and make it feel a little more playful, a little more British, and young.
WWD: How do you feel about taking the helm?
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ModCloth Taps Lizz Wasserman as First Fashion Director

ModCloth, the retro-minded e-tailer that in January brought on Matt Kaness as chief executive officer, has just hired its first fashion director.
Lizz Wasserman, who is based in Los Angeles and will work out of ModCloth’s office there, will report to Kaness and co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger, who are both based in the brand’s San Francisco headquarters. Wasserman will create seasonal collections for ModCloth’s line of branded apparel, which was introduced in August.
Wasserman, who studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has spent time at brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters, and was most recently Global Creative Director at 20th Century Fox Film.
“Her expertise will be invaluable as we grow our namesake label into a true ‘collection’ of high-quality pieces that are joyous, whimsical and make you feel your best,” Koger said.
Wasserman said that she was drawn to ModCloth’s supportive community and its vintage DNA, and described her aesthetic as “simpler silhouettes in beautiful prints and easy fabrics, with standout pieces.”
In this newly created role, Wasserman will “have an immediate impact on our product narratives, visual concepts and overall brand storytelling,” said Kaness, who also spent time at Urban Outfitters (although the two did not work there

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LONDON — Annette Worsley-Taylor, a former creative director of London Fashion Week who helped reignite global interest in British fashion, died this week at the age of 71. The cause of her death was lung cancer, a British Fashion Council spokesman said.
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Emmenegger is replacing Octavio Garcia, whose next projects could not be immediately learned.
Emmenegger has been freelancing with the Swiss watchmaker since 1999, masterminding the creations of Tradition of Excellence models 2, 3 and 4, as well as the brand’s famous Royal Oak series.
He began his career with Longines, followed by Gucci, where he created 23 collections including the G watch, according to the company.
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Joshua Oppenheimer‘s 2013 documentary “The Act of Killing“ detailed the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, which has been estimated to have claimed the lives of about half a million people. Now Oppenheimer is back with a follow-up film called “The Look Of Silence,” which is enabling Indonesians to finally address horrors their country has yet to recover from.

“‘The Look Of Silence’ has, I’m humbled to say, helped catalyze a fundamental transformation in how Indonesians are responding to the genocide and its present day terrible legacy of corruption, fear and violence,” Oppenheimer told HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd on  Thursday. “It’s helped energize a movement for truth and reconciliation and some form of justice.”

Truth and reconciliation legislation would help bring closure to many Indonesians. But the documentary takes a different approach to exposing the genocide. 

“The Look Of Silence” follows one family of survivors’ tragic discovery of how their son was murdered in 1965 and who his killers were. The film documents the family’s youngest son, Adi, as he confronts his brother’s killers. Oppenheimer explained the effect the documentary is having in the country at its center.

“Indonesians through the film are acknowledging how torn the social fabric of the country is, and how urgently truth and reconciliation are needed,” Oppenheimer said. “And the government, in response to this debate the film has raised, has now introduced a truth and reconciliation bill. Woefully inadequate, but a tremendous start in a way.”

Watch Oppenheimer discuss his moving documentary in the video above, and click here to watch his full HuffPost Live conversation.

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Dressing 9 to 5–What the Most Stylish Women Wear to Work: Steven Alan Creative Director Aï Bihr

by HAYLEY PHELAN | edited by ANNY CHOI

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When it comes to building her wardrobe, Aï Bihr certainly has a lot of options. As Steven Alan’s creative director, Bihr has a whole store’s worth of goodies right at her fingertips — and is in the enviable position of being able to actually create exactly the kind of garment she’d like to wear. And if that wasn’t enough to make you wish you were in her shoes, Bihr speaks multiple languages, has lived in Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, holds degrees in both neuroscience and pattern-making. Here, she gives us the scoop on what she wears to work.

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On a work day, I try to wear mostly Steven Alan because it’s good for me to wear what we’ve made; if we need to improve something or if something’s not working great, then I know it. I love to wear a big Steven Alan shirt — I usually get something a bit oversize. So I’ll wear a men’s extra-large reverse seam in white, with a pair of jeans we’ve made. I also have a lot of old Levi’s because I collect a lot of denim. I love a 501, but I like to buy a big men’s size and then cut the legs so they’re kind of wide and cropped. I go to a lot of vintage stores to hunt for them; when I lived in Paris I went every weekend to look at the flea markets. I’m also a big vintage eyewear collector and have really loved designing the Steven Alan Optical collection.

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On my feet, I usually have sneakers or oxfords. Or like, a penny loafer. My whole team knows I’m addicted to these Japanese high tops called Shoes Like Pottery. I wear them constantly, year round. I don’t want to be boring, but I always look the same! Even if there’s a corporate event or I have to make a presentation, I always look the same. I try to stay very consistent and have been very consistent for a long time. I’ve always worn a lot of jumpsuits–whatever brand I go to, I make jumpsuits for them. They’re kind of great because they’re so versatile. You can even tie the sleeves at the waist and they make really great pants that way. I have a nice collection of vintage jumpsuits, some from the Yves Saint Laurent Safari collection, and I’ll wear those tied at the waist or zip them up and belt them. And if I’m wearing a jumpsuit like that I might add a little heeled sandal. Maryam Nassir Zadeh makes beautiful shoes. If I do go to a party and I feel like wearing something a little bit different I’ll put on sandals from Maryam. One of my best friends, Mona, designs A Détacher and she makes really beautiful skirts and dresses. I recently bought an indigo skirt/culotte thing from her. It’s the perfect length and so good for summer parties.

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Dress for the Seasons

When the weather is this hot and humid, I love to wear linen and cotton poplin. We have these really great cotton poplin wide trousers from Steven Alan called the Picnic Pant. When you wear a wide-leg trouser like that, it’s nice to wear something small on top. You can’t wear something too big, or else you look like a tent. It’s also a great pant to wear with a linen T-shirt.

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In the fall, I’m usually in a suit. I’ll wear a suit jacket and a pair of trousers, with a T-shirt and sneakers. I have a few different jacket styles that I really like–one is a schoolboy that’s a bit smaller; The Row makes a really nice one every year. And then I like a boyfriend notched lapel in tropical wool; it’s actually the first jacket I made for Steven Alan when I joined the company and it’s still my go-to. I also always love to have a peak lapel double-breasted blazer. I think the key to pulling off a suit is–well, first of all you just really have to find the right suit for you. But then you also have to have a more casual element in your accessories or what you’re wearing the suit with, like a T-shirt and sneakers.

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Quality Control

When I’m shopping for myself, I always look at the finishing of the garment. I’m looking on the inside, not just the outside, examining the fabric, rubbing it on my neck and doing all the crazy things that designers do. You want to make sure there’s a clean finish–basically, that you don’t see all this thread wrapped around the seam–so that it doesn’t look like things are going to snag. It’s good to pay attention to these kinds of things, because they’re going to dictate the longevity of the garment. And really touch the fabric. Customers aren’t stupid, they know when they’re feeling good fabric. This is why we choose to use really good fabric at Steven Alan, because our customers are smart. They know they’re not getting garbage from us. That’s one thing I’m really proud of: There’s no room for poor quality. I’m really proud to say that more than 90 percent of the things I make are made in New York. And if it’s not made here, it’s made at the best factory in Japan.

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RBG Says Natalie Portman ‘Insisted’ On Female Director For Biopic

Natalie Portman reportedly refused to sign on to the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic until it had a female director.

Portman is set to play the Supreme Court justice in “On the Basis of Sex,” which will chronicle Ginsburg’s early days as a lawyer.

In conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu at this year’s American Constitution Society convention on June 13, Ginsburg revealed that that Portman was adamant a women direct the movie, putting the project on pause.

“Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg said. “And one thing interesting that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented [women] out there.’ And now they do have a woman director.”

In May, it was reported that Marielle Heller, director of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” is currently in talks to direct the movie, though the director of the film has not been formally announced.

Beyond pushing for more women calling the shots, Portman discussed the need for more dynamic female narratives with Elle UK in 2013: “The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”

(Though we can all agree that Notorious R.B.G. totally kicks ass.)

Portman recently directed her first feature film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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‘Bravetown’ Director Tells Why Latin Americans Can Relate To Theme Of Losing Family To War

Daniel Duran has made a name for himself directing music videos for some the world’s biggest Latin stars. Now, the 35-year-old Venezuelan-born director has combined his passion for music with a dramatic script for his first feature film, “Bravetown.”

Duran’s directorial debut focuses on 17-year-old New York City teen Josh Harvest (Lucas Till, “X-Men: First Class”), who is a troubled but talented DJ sent to spend time with his estranged father (Josh Duhamel) after an accidental drug overdose. As Josh arrives to deal with his own family problems, he begins to realize that residents of the small Army town in North Dakota are struggling to come to terms with losing many of their loved ones to war.

“Bravetown” also includes performances by Kherington Payne (“Fame”) and Oscar-nominated actress Laura Dern (“Wild”), as a clinically depressed mother unable to cope with the loss of her son.

Duran recently discussed the film with The Huffington Post via email. He opened up about how his relationship with his father connects him to the film, and how many Latin Americans can identify with the movie’s theme of losing loved ones to violence.

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Director Daniel Duran (left) and actor Josh Duhamel on the set of “Bravetown.”

You were born and raised in Venezuela. How did you end up doing a film that deals with topics like the trauma of returning war veterans and how a town in middle America is dealing losing loved ones to war?

From the start, the theme was something I felt was very universal because it’s a story about a DJ that has these personal and family problems — problems that affect anyone in the world, from any nationality — and that was my main focus.

I think when you deal with conflicts concerning family, love, heartbreak, father-son relationships, they’re topics that anyone can identify with and that’s where I got hooked in this project. Plus, the movie is charged with music and I come from that world with my music video [background]. It was easy for me to understand Josh’s musical world and how he used music to deal with the whirlwind of emotions he was living. It is a movie that exists in a totally American world, but at the same time it touches upon very universal themes.

How did you feel personally connected to the story?

I feel I connected with the emotions. I also come from a family with separated parents, in which I didn’t have a relationship with my father. The difference is that Josh experienced that as a teenager, and for me it was imagining what that relationship would’ve been like. But unlike Josh, my relationship with my mother has always been spectacular and I never had the type of issues he had [with his mom.]

On the other hand, I felt I identified with Josh’s musical connection as a DJ because music has always been present in my life and in my creations. One of the things I’ve always liked is to talk to young people and I feel that his movie connects with teens, because despite it being a very mature story, it is seen from their point of view.

What kind of obstacles did you face while working on “Bravetown?”

This was my first film and it was a big cast. I think my first obstacle was how to face that challenge and the insecurity I had at one point about being able to succeed. Having English be my second language was also a big obstacle, to think that at some point I wasn’t going to be able to communicate exactly what I wanted. Thank God I had the proper words to be able to express what I wanted to the crew and cast, to be able to steer the wheel of this boat.

Back to the theme of losing loved ones to war and how you deal with that, there are plenty of people in Latin America who can relate to what it’s like to lose someone to violence.

Perhaps in Latin American countries we don’t lose soldiers, but we have a high percentage of deaths caused by crime. That’s a kind of war with which we’ve have to deal. I think that people from other countries will identify with “Bravetown,” because it’s that feeling of losing a loved one to violence that creates wounds that are difficult to heal. And how you face that loss, that is the important point of the movie.

What was it like working with Laura Dern, who recently was nominated for the Oscar for “Wild”?

Laura is a true lady and working with her was incredible — a delight. I learned a lot from her. For me it was an experience to create that character with her because it was written one way and when we sat down to talk, we gave it a different tone. That’s the magic that happens when you work with someone with her talent.

This was your first film, but what can we expect from you in the future?

I want to continue telling great stories and entertaining. Right now I’m focused on closing the chapter with “Bravetown,” but I am starting to read and write ideas. But I don’t know what’s coming yet.

And now that you are closing the chapter, how do you feel about your first film?

I feel very happy, excited and enthusiastic about people seeing my first project. I think it was an incredible project with an excellent cast. … I [also] had the opportunity to work with my director of photography Angel Berroeta — who has been with me since my music videos and with pride I can say he’s from Maracay, Venezuela — Salvadorian writer Oscar Torres, Argentine production designer Tomas Voth, Venezuelan composer Angelo Milli. You could say this was a movie made by Latinos for Americans, and that makes me very proud.

“Bravetown” will be in select theaters beginning on Friday, May 8.

CORRECTION: This article has been edited to correct the reference to Laura Dern, who has been nominated for Oscars twice, but has not won.

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DKNY Could Be Looking for a New Creative Director

DKNY CREATIVE HEAD: Could DKNY be looking for a new creative director? Industry sources say a search is on for a person to head the design team at the label, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Caroline Brown, chief executive officer of Donna Karan International, is said to be tapping into the young designer market to come up with a candidate for the role. Public School, Prabal Gurung and Andrea Lieberman, designer of A.L.C., are among the names that have been bandied about. Lieberman had no comment, as did Gurung and a spokeswoman for DKI. Asked whether he was considering the position, Maxwell Osborne, design partners with Dao-Yi Chow in Public School, said, “not at this moment,” adding that they have enough going on with their own line. Jane Chung is the longtime executive vice president of design at DKNY.

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Selma director Ava DuVernay was on home soil while directing the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic on location in Montgomery, Alabama. Ava’s father grew up in Montgomery during the civil rights movement, and her parents still live right outside the city.

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Solange Knowles Marries Video Director Alan Ferguson

NEW YORK (AP) — Solange Knowles is known for her fashion as much as her music, and her weekend wedding didn’t disappoint.

Her publicist confirmed Sunday that the 28-year-old singer (and sister of Beyonce) wed 51-year-old video director Alan Ferguson over the weekend. The bride and groom both wore ivory, a color also worn by key attendees, including the bride’s mother, Tina; brother-in-law Jay Z and niece Blue Ivy.

This is the second marriage for Knowles, who has a 10-year-old son, Daniel. She told Vogue that the nuptials, in New Orleans, were a labor of love.

Knowles made headlines earlier this year when leaked video footage showed her attacking Jay-Z, with Beyonce standing nearby. The trio told The Associated Press in a statement the incident was “unfortunate” but they stressed they loved each other.
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‘Women In Comedy’ Director Heidi Ewing Discusses The ‘Pretty Isn’t Funny’ Stereotype

Women have always been funny, but it wasn’t until recently that society allowed them to look beautiful and make us laugh.

Filmmaker Heidi Ewing, who directed the documentary “MAKERS: Women in Comedy,” dropped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss her work on the history of funny females, and she spoke with host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about the long-held concern among women comics that an attractive appearance would make it harder to win over an audience.

Lucky for comedy lovers, that stereotype is quickly dissipating thanks to hilarious women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and many more who aren’t afraid to rock a glamorous gown while they rattle off punchlines.

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‘Golden Boy’ Director Slams Sharon Stone, Says Her Demands ‘Bordered On Ridiculousness’

Italian director Pupi Avati knew he wanted Sharon Stone to star in his film, “Golden Boy.” What he didn’t know, he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Friday, is how difficult it would be to work with her.

Avati told The Hollywood Reporter that he was thrilled that Stone agreed to act in the low-budget project, until Stone’s reps reportedly reached out with a lengthy list of demands.

“It was a negotiation that bordered on ridiculousness, concerning embarrassing details, as if Italy was a third world country. By the way, we do have electricity in Italy,” he said.

The director claimed Stone’s antics didn’t end there, either. According to Avati, when Stone saw a television crew and photographers filming a scene, she allegedly left the set unannounced.

“Then my brother [Antonio Avati] received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager. She wouldn’t come back on the set until the photographers and especially that damned TV cameramen had gone away. Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car, instead of coming to ask us directly,” Avati said.

“None of this is true,” a representative for Stone told HuffPost Entertainment in an email. “Ms. Stone is the consummate professional.”

This isn’t the first time someone has alluded to Stone being difficult to work with. In a scathing 2010 piece for Deadline.com, Nikki Finke, the site’s former editor-in-chief, slammed the actress for her on-set behavior.

For more on Avati’s complaints about Stone, read the full interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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The Hopping Vampires Will Getcha: Rigor Mortis Director Juno Mak – The CFQ Interview

2014-07-04-Rigor_Mortis_CGI_Still_FightScene2_410.jpgEven in the anything-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping world of Hong Kong cinema, Rigor Mortis stands out. The story of a famous actor, Chin Siu-Ho (played by actual famous actor Chin Siu-Ho — your heard us), who has to contend with a seedy apartment building whose walls reverberate with echoes of his most famous film, the hopping vampire horror-comedy Mr. Vampire — including mysterious spirits, a mystical warrior-cum-resterateur (played by Mr. Vampire cast-mate Anthony “Friend” Chan), and, yes, a hopping vampire — the film plays as both a tribute to, and a dark and dizzyingly intense reimagining of, a beloved sub-genre. Director Juno Mak makes his feature film debut with this visually stunning, shockingly violent, and at times surprisingly moving, effort, and we were eager to discuss the roots of the project in the legendary Mr. Vampire franchise, and the challenges of creating this effects-laden feast.

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MEXICAN DIRECTOR AMAT ESCALANTE SPEAKS ABOUT BEING ON MARTIN SCORSESE’S JURY IN MARRAKECH

“I came because of Martin Scorsese,” Mexican director Amat Escalante said, explaining his reason for accepting a position as member of the jury at the Marrakesh International Film Festival, which will choose the winning Competition film this evening.

Escalante, the winner of the Best Director award at Cannes last season, was delighted that Martin Scorsese, president of the jury, had seen and liked two of his films, and moreover, seemed to know them “in photographic detail,” discussing them shot for shot with the younger director here in Marrakech. It was an honor to receive such enthusiastic appraisal from an esteemed veteran like Scorsese, Escalante told us.

“Being on the jury with Scorsese is great,” he added. “He is a good listener. He listens openly to our opinions. Listening to him discuss the films, I learn a lot too.”

It was also interesting to be on this jury for Escalante because everyone has “their own opinion, their own criteria. A film will touch one jury member for personal reasons, but not another.”

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What were Escalante’s own criteria for choosing a good film?

“I like a film that will take me forwards and keep my interest, make me curious about what will happens next. I like a film with suspense.”

In his own films, he noted, he makes an effort “to make exceptional things happen—like people dying”—since “reality can be pretty boring.” Escalante’s own favorite movies are genre films, like Westerns and horror flicks.

Does it ever get stressful, trying to come up with a consensus with ten people?

“No,” laughed Escalante. “It’s after all just a movie.”

As for trends that Escalante–who has been on five juries in the last couple years—sees in contemporary films, he joked: “Well, there is a lot of vomit. Yellow vomit even.”

But on a more serious note, Escalante pointed out that social issues were at the forefront of the films he has seen.

His own masterful film Heli, which earned him Best Director award at Cannes, is the story of vulnerable bystanders getting in the way of a drug cartel in Mexico, with a much discussed graphic torture scene at the climax, including a penis burnt to a crisp. The film, he told us now, has been very appreciated in Mexico, as Mexicans know the reality of which the film speaks.

“Are you as hopeless about the future as your film?” a journalist asked.

“No,” Escalante leaned forward. ” Everything can change. It can change in Mexico. What is frustrating is that change is not allowed. The media has numbed and stupefied everybody so they will follow governmental orders. Two channels in Mexico basically control the country: control who will run for president, what people are going to buy. Even soap operas deliver messages. For example, now the president wants to privatize gas. So we have a soap opera star talking about how it would be good to sell petrol. If Mexico could be liberated from this media control, that would be a revolution.”
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