J.Lindeberg’s Creative Director Departs Brand

J.Lindeberg has parted ways with its creative director.
Jens Werner, who has been in charge of the design of the Sweden-based men’s label for the past two years, has exited the brand, WWD has learned. The veteran of Adidas and Tory Burch joined J.Lindeberg in fall 2016. For the first year, he was the design director of Sport and Fashion for the label and was elevated in November 2017 to creative director for the entire line. His first collection was for spring 2019.
Werner was brought on board by Stefan Engstrom, a minority owner, who had been chief executive officer at that time. Today, the ceo is Jonas Andersson, who was elevated to that role in December 2018. Andersson, who has been with J.Lindeberg for over seven years, did not respond to requests for comment on Monday about a successor for Werner.
Werner said Andersson is working to reposition the brand, and as a result, their visions did not mesh.
Werner said he had been working to “reshape the brand image and product, drive international awareness, and create new attraction. My brand concept, future archive, has aimed to explain the brand’s history and iconic archive, and my vision for its future. Spread over five

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Uncharted Movie Loses Another Director, Tom Holland Still Set to Star as Nathan Drake

Sony’s live-action Uncharted film has just lost another director, making Dan Trachtenberg the fifth director to leave the video game adaptation. Tom Holland, who is slated to star as Nathan Drake, is still attached to the project.

Deadline is reporting that Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) has stepped down as director on the Uncharted movie, and Sony is quickly trying to find his replacement. The report says a new director should be finalized by the end of this summer, and the film will begin production early next year.

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Evita director: ‘Charismatic despots are back in fashion’

Director Jamie Lloyd says the musical mirrors our “strange desire for big characters in politics”.
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Evangelion Director is Making a New Ultraman Movie

Hideaki Anno, the infamous director of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Shin Godzilla, is set to write and produce a new Ultraman film, according to Japan Today via Game Informer.

The new Ultraman film, titled “Shin Ultraman,” will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, who also co-directed 2016’s Shin Godzilla with Anno. Higuchi is also known as a writer on Evangelion, and a director on Attack on Titan. The similar titles (“Shin” translates to “new”) is surely intentional, given the co-director’s artistic direction they took on the Godzilla film. IGN gave Shin Godzilla an 8.5 out of 10, saying it “establishes its own unique style while taking inspiration from the classics in all the right ways.”

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D.A. Pennebaker, Master Director of Documentaries, Dies at 94

D.A. Pennebaker, a director and cinematographer known for his documentaries, including the classic “Don’t Look Back” (1967), “Monterey Pop” (1968) and “The War Room” (1993) and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” (2002), died Thursday night of natural causes, Variety has confirmed. He was 94. Pennebaker’s many other films included the 1973 David Bowie concert film “Ziggy […]

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Ryan Petz Named Director of PR at Lanvin

Lanvin is expanding its public relations team in North America. The company has tapped Ryan Petz as director of public relations, a new role.
He will work closely alongside Julie Deng, PR coordinator in the U.S., and a full PR team in Paris. Sophie Boilley is director of communications, based in Paris.
Most recently, Petz spent eight years at PR Consulting, rising to be an associate director.
Petz began Monday at the Lanvin offices at 20 West 22nd Street in New York. He reports to Paolo Montorio-Archer, vice president, commercial director, who is also based in New York.
In January, Lanvin appointed Bruno Sialelli as artistic director, signaling a new direction for the historic French house, which was acquired by Fosun International in February 2018.

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Apollo 11 director dies two days after moon landings anniversary

The man who founded NASA’s Mission Control has died just two days after the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
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Lion King director looked to Attenborough and Babe for inspiration

The director of Disney’s The Lion King has revealed he looked to David Attenborough documentaries and the animated pig Babe for inspiration for his stunning reimagined version of the classic.
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Sergio Tacchini Changes Owners, Names Dao-Yi Chow Global Creative Director

Sergio Tacchini wants to get reacquainted.
The Italian sportswear brand has changed hands and named Dao-Yi Chow of Public School as its global creative director.
Tacchini, which was founded by the Italian tennis star of the same name in 1966, is now owned by Stefano Maroni, an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of licensing firm GMI USA, along with private equity firm Twin Lakes Capital and B. Riley Principal Investments. Terms of the deal, which closed today after some seven months of negotiations, were not disclosed.
After filing for bankruptcy in 2007, the brand was sold to Hong Kong financier Billy Ngok in 2008. In 2013, Ngok formed a partnership for the brand with Wintex Hong Kong, through Wintex Italia, and sold the U.S. license to Maroni and GMI USA in December 2018.
Earlier this year, Maroni opened a pop-up with record producer and executive Chris Ivery to relaunch Sergio Tacchini in the U.S. and Canada under the name STLA. In addition to a core collection of tracksuits, polos and sweatshirts, which Maroni said had a “very positive” reaction, the brand also created capsule collections with Stampd and Barbie, the latter of which is still available online. There were also collaborations with Band of

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Derrill Osborn, Former Men’s Fashion Director for Neiman’s, Dies in Dallas

Derrill Radcliff Osborn, the flamboyant former men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus, died in his Dallas home Monday night. He was 76.
The cause is not known at this time, but his death was confirmed by Nelson Bell, a pastor at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Bell said Osborn, who had been ill for some time, had planned his own service and a date for the memorial will be set shortly.
Osborn was descended from pioneers and ranchers who settled in New Mexico. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started his retail career working at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the decade he was employed there, he worked his way up from a salesman to a buyer. Osborn also served briefly as general manager of the Lew Ritter men’s specialty store in Beverly Hills before joining Neiman Marcus, where he worked as a buyer for six years before being named vice president of men’s tailored clothing. He retired from Neiman’s in 2002.
Osborn, who was known for his flashy personal style — flowing capes, bowler hats, carnations in his lapel and his ubiquitous beard and mustache — had an unerring eye for fashion that helped put Neiman’s men’s store on the

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Derrill Osborn, Neiman’s Former Men’s Fashion Director, Dies

Derrill Radcliff Osborn, the legendary men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus, has died in Dallas, according to multiple posts on Facebook late Monday night.
No further details are known at this time, but his death was confirmed by Nelson Bell, a pastor at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He said Osborn, who had been ill for some time, had planned his own service and a date will be set shortly.
Osborn descended from pioneers and ranchers who settled in Mexico. After serving in the U.S. Army, Osborn started his retail career working at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the decade he was employed there, he worked his way up from a salesman to a buyer. Osborn briefly ran a men’s clothing and antiques boutique in Beverly Hills before joining Neiman Marcus, where he worked as a buyer for six years before being named vice president of men’s tailored clothing. He retired in 2002.
Osborn, who was known for his flamboyant personal style and ubiquitous mustache, is credited with helping to introduce luxury Italian lines to the store including Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni and Kiton.
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Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

He directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor and opera greats such as Maria Callas.
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Romeo and Juliet director dies

Revered Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for a film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and for staging extravagant opera productions, has died aged 96.
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New Ebola outbreak in DRC is ‘truly frightening’, says Wellcome Trust director

The head of a major medical charity says the spread of Ebola in the DRC shows no signs of stopping.
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Snow White: Amazing Spider-Man Director May Helm Disney Remake

Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man, Gifted and 500 Days of Summer, is reportedly Disney’s top choice to helm a live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Reported by Variety, Webb is currently in talks with Disney for this position. Erin Cressida Wilson, known for her work on The Girl on the Train, is in negotiations to write the film’s script. The project is said to expand on the original film’s story and music, with La La Land and The Greatest Showman’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul set to write new songs. Marc Platt is signed on to produce. Disney revealed this live-action adaptation was in the works back in 2016.

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Young pop stars ‘get crucified’ by media says Portman director

The director of a new film about a troubled pop singer says the industry is tough on younger stars.
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Director of Photography Not a Fan of ‘Sonic’ Trailer

A lot of people have opinions about the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie trailer that dropped on Tuesday, and none of them are good. That includes John Mathieson, the director of photography for rival video game-based movie “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.” “Funny enough, I was offered [‘Sonic the Hedgehog’] and after watching the trailer I thought I’m […]

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Tolkien director on family snub: ‘They didn’t like Lord Of The Rings either’

It’s not good practice to get too close to the family of the subject you are making a film about, according to the director of new biopic Tolkien.
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John Singleton, Director of Boyz n the Hood, Dead at 51

John Singleton, the famed director behind such films as Boyz n the Hood, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 51. Singleton suffered a major stroke last week and was taken off life support by his family just a few hours ago.

As first reported by TMZ, Singleton checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week after he returned from Costa Rica and was experiencing problems with his legs. He suffered the stroke in his hospital room and then went into a coma.

Today, John Singleton’s family made the tough decision to take him off life support. After he passed, they released a statement saying, “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”

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John Singleton: Boyz N The Hood director dies aged 51

The Oscar-nominated African-American director dies at 51, after suffering a stroke last week.
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Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton dies after stroke

John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated director of Boyz N The Hood, has died aged 51, his family has confirmed.
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John Singleton, ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director, Dies at 51

His first film, which he began shooting when he was in his early 20s, earned an Oscar nomination for best director — the first for an African-American.
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Director John Singleton Dies at 51

The Oscar nominated "Boyz n the Hood" director suffered a major stroke and passed away after being taken off life support. Get the details.
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Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in intensive care

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton is in intensive care after suffering a stroke.
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Oscars Music Director Rickey Minor Reveals 10 Secrets of the Telecast

Rickey Minor is an old hand at conducting music for live TV shows, having handled such chores on “American Idol,” the Grammys and the Emmys. This year, he scored his biggest gig yet: as music director of the Academy Awards. “It’s the biggest and most prestigious show for a reason,” he says. “It is the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Louis Wong Named Creative Director of Editions M.R

PARIS — Parisian men’s wear label Editions M.R has chosen Louis Wong as its first official creative director.
The French designer, who is best known for his work at A.P.C., joined the ready-to-wear company in March, and will present his first collection for the brand during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in June.
“When Louis and I met, I immediately felt we shared this common sensibility,” said Mathieu de Ménonville, who cofounded Editions M.R in 2010 (formerly named Melinda Gloss.) “I’m hoping his creative direction will lead to developing more fabrics and styles, but will also add a touch of eccentricity and bring a fresh outlook to the brand.”
After a stint at Louis Vuitton’s men’s studio working under Marc Jacobs, Wong, 42, spent 15 years at A.P.C., collaborating with Jean Touitou on the men’s and women’s lines. In 2011, the French designer launched his own men’s line at A.P.C., named Louis W.
“I am fond of the ultraclassic French aesthetic that Mathieu embodies,” said Wong. “And I like the relaxed feel, the refined proportions. The idea is to push a radical but subtle eccentricity while staying true to the roots of Editions M.R.”
Collections were designed in-house prior to Wong’s nomination. In the brand’s early

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Director Amy Berg on Why the Adnan Syed Case Still Matters

In 2014, “Serial” made a 15-year-old murder a cultural phenomenon. Berg’s HBO docu-series, which concludes Sunday, has raised more questions about the case.
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Vogue style director quits over ‘slavery’ party picture

The style director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has quit after an image taken at her 50th birthday party was condemned for depicting scenes of slavery from colonial times.
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Eidos Names Handis Creative Director

Simon Spurr may have moved on as the designer of Eidos, but one of his colleagues is stepping into the role.
Michael Handis has been named creative director of the brand, the younger-skewed collection from Isaia. He succeeds Spurr who left to join Seven For All Mankind as global creative director in January. 
Handis, a designer, stylist and archivist, will oversee the collection and its image.
Handis worked alongside Spurr at Kent & Curwen, Tommy Hilfiger, and Simon Spurr Collections. He has also worked with David Lipman, Karl Templer, and Peter Lindbergh. 
Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer of Isaia and Eidos, said, “We are confident that the brand’s path and momentum will continue to build based upon the success that we have seen over the past year. Eidos offers an easibility and modern perspective that is on the pulse of how men are wearing tailored clothing at the moment — mixing an element of streetwear casual with tailoring.”
Handis pointed to Eidos’ aesthetic as among its strengths. “Brand narratives with depth and passion are coveted now more than ever. It is the moment to tell this brand’s unique story and share its pedigree of sartorial excellence. I look forward to connecting the Neapolitan tradition and lineage of the Isaia family with the modern, international spirit of Eidos.”
Eidos was created

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Bafta: Queen director Singer suspended from nomination

The academy suspends the Bohemian Rhapsody director over sexual abuse allegations, which he denies.
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BBC director general Tony Hall apologises to stars over tax

Some presenters have big tax bills after being given no choice about changes to their employment.
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Chris Pine Dishes on Working With Director Patty Jenkins Again

The "I Am the Night" star gushes over how easy it was reuniting with the "Wonder Woman" director for the TNT mini-series. Plus, Patty weighs in too.
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Bulger film director ‘won’t withdraw’ from Oscars race

Vincent Lambe will not take his film off the Oscars list despite a plea from James Bulger’s mother.
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Dick Cheney ‘levied a lot of damage’, says Vice director

Vice writer and director Adam McKay clearly likes controversy.
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Mary Queen of Scots director Josie Rourke defends menstrual blood scene

Josie Rourke says she included certain scenes in Mary Queen of Scots as they reflected reality.
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Coming to America 2: Eddie Murphy Back, Empire Director to Helm

A sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America is officially in the works, with Eddie Murphy set to reprise his role as Akeem and Craig Brewer (Empire, Hustle & Flow) poised to direct.

Reported by Deadline, Paramount Pictures, the studio responsible for the original film, is looking to feature much of the original cast in the film, which includes Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley as Akeem’s love interest Lisa McDowell, John Amos as her father Cleo McDowell, and James Earl Jones as Akeem’s father Jaffe Joffer, king of Zamunda.

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Diamond Producers Association Appoints Managing Director for North America

The Diamond Producers Association, or DPA, has appointed Kristina Buckley Kayel as its North American managing director.
Buckley Kayel previously served as vice president of communications, North America for Van Cleef & Arpels. She has also held marketing and public relations roles at Bottega Veneta, Ferragamo and Baccarat.
Beginning her new role on Feb. 4, Buckley Kayel will be responsible for creating new marketing strategies that further the organization’s “Real is Rare” motto.
“Kristina’s experience in the fine jewelry sector, along with her comprehensive communications expertise, business acumen and creativity, gives her a unique industry perspective. We are excited to have her join the Diamond Producers Association and work with us to strengthen and build upon our mission in the United States,” DPA chief executive officer Jean-Marc Lieberherr said of the hire.
The DPA was founded in 2015 by seven of the world’s biggest diamond-mining organizations as an industry-saving measure. Lab-grown diamonds are on the rise and Millennials have proven averse to the diamond tradition — weary of their conflict-riddled past and high price tag. Thus, the mining companies sprung to action, looking to reingratiate themselves with younger generations.
The DPA’s ‘Real is Rare’ campaign was launched in 2016 with the goal to teach Millennials

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‘Leave No Trace’ Director Debra Granik Wins Bonnie Award

Debra Granik, who directed and wrote “Leave No Trace,” has received Film Independent’s second Bonnie Award, given to recognize a mid-career female director. The trophy, which includes a $ 50,000 grant, was presented Saturday afternoon to “Leave No Trace” producer Anne Harrison at the organization’s Spirit Awards brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Granik could […]

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Mexico City as the Director of ‘Roma’ Remembers It (and Hears It)

Alfonso Cuarón revisits the sights and sounds of the neighborhood that inspired his critically acclaimed film.
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Hong Kong Director Ringo Lam Dies at 63

Hong Kong-born action director Ringo Lam, who directed the influential crime film “City on Fire,” has died. Hong Kong media outlets reported the director, who was born Lin Lingdong, was found unresponsive in bed on Saturday by his wife. The 1986 “City on Fire” is considered a landmark film about Hong Kong triads, and won […]

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TV star-turned-Hollywood director Penny Marshall dies

Actress-turned-filmmaker Penny Marshall, who directed Tom Hanks in the family favourite comedy Big, has died aged 75.
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Mamma Mia director sends all-female Shakespeare trilogy to schools

The director of Mamma Mia is making her all female Shakespeare trilogy available to schools to counter what she believes is a decimation of the provision of arts.
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The Director James Wan: If ‘Aquaman’ Doesn’t Work, Blame Me

He took on this film thinking the superhero had few fans. Then some other DC movies didn’t excite the public; now the new one faces unexpected pressure.
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‘The Bureau’ Director Laila Marrakchi Unveils New Feature Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

High-profile Paris-based Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi (“Rock the Casbah,” “Marock”) is partnering up with Backup Films (“Donnybrook”) and Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”) on “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,” her long-gestating English-language project based on Annabel Pitcher’s bestselling novel. The book has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned many […]

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Director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90

The film-maker behind Don’t Look Now and Performance has been hailed as “a master of the art”.
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Acclaimed film director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90

British film director Nicolas Roeg has died at the age of 90, his family have said.
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Director ‘overwhelmed’ by response to £50 Christmas film

Forget the big budget festive adverts from the high street stores – one advert made with £50 has proved that it does not take money to move people at Christmas.
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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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Chris Evans’ pay revelation a factor in his exit, says BBC director general

The BBC director general says Chris Evans felt “under pressure” after his salary was published.
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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.
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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

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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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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

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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’

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Lewis Gilbert: Director of Alfie and three Bond films dies

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‘Guardians’ Director Shocks Fans by Clarifying Groot’s Fate (Again)

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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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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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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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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’

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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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Texas Chain Saw Massacre director dies aged 74

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

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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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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.
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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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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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Loving director ‘desperate for equality’

The director of new film Loving, about an interracial couple, has told Sky News we are “in desperate need of a clearer definition of equality”.
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How the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Bright Lights Changed Its Director

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, 1972Apparently directing Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had the same effect as watching it will.
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Frozen director confirms theory about Tarzan link

Frozen director Chris Buck has confirmed a fan theory linking its two hero sisters to Disney’s 1999 movie Tarzan.
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Mackintosh Appoints Kiko Kostadinov Creative Director of Mackintosh 0001

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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“I would like to push Mackintosh’s qualities into more modern areas of fashion and clothing. I don’t want people to see it only as a brand for luxurious

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‘Hobo With a Shotgun’ Director Jason Eisener Set for Thriller With Wes Ball (EXCLUSIVE)

“Hobo With a Shotgun” Director Jason Eisener will direct an untitled thriller for Fox with Wes Ball’s Oddball Entertainment and Jeremy Platt’s Plattform producing. The film is inspired by Eisener’s “One Last Dive” short film, which he directed and co-wrote with Rob Cotterill and John Davies. The short centered on a diver investigating an underwater… Read more »

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Marrakech Fest Salutes Director Abdellah Masbahi, Comedian Abderrahim Tounsi

MARRAKECH, Morocco — The 16th Marrakech Festival paid tribute on Tuesday to the late director-producer Abdellah Masbahi, and 80-year old comedy actor Abderrahim Tounsi. Often known as Abderraouf, Tounsi created a Moroccan Chaplin-style character that was hugely popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, typically wearing a red hat as he represented the humble “fool”… Read more »

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“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards has a cameo in the film

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Director Gareth Edwards says he gave himself a cameo in the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” But, as with most things “Star Wars,” Edwards is staying mum on what exactly that entails.
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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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Halo 4 Creative Director Josh Holmes Departs 343

Josh Holmes, studio head of first-person shooter development at 343 Industries, is leaving the Halo-focused studio.

Speaking on Halo Waypoint, Holmes talked about his past seven years at 343 and explained why he’s moving on.

“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.

Before becoming a studio head at 343, Holmes served as the creative director of Halo 4. With his departure, Chris Lee will take over in his place, previously having served as head of production on Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians.

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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 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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