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Daily News: Lily Collins Shares Wedding Snaps, Fresh Air At NYFW—Literally! Alberta Ferretti’s Fashion Fantasy, Vogue’s New Editors, And More!

Daily News: Lily Collins Shares Wedding Snaps, Fresh Air At NYFW—Literally! Alberta Ferretti’s Fashion Fantasy, Vogue’s New Editors, And More!


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Lily Collins is officially married

Lily Collins and now-husband and filmmaker Charlie McDowell wed this past weekend against the backdrop of a waterfall in Dunton, Colorado—and the pictures are even more beautiful than they sound. The actress tied the knot in a long-sleeved lace Ralph Lauren dress and, of course, her Internet-famous one-of-a-kind rose-cut diamond. The beautiful bridal look was styled by her longtime collaborators, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn. After sharing the post to Instagram this afternoon, it immediately racked up more than 1.7 million likes in less than an hour. The couple, who became engaged last September, was first linked in 2019.

Condé Nast appoints new editorial leaders at Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia

Anna Wintour has named new editrixes across the Atlantic: Eugénie Trochu and Francesca Regazzi will helm Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia, respectively. Replacing longtime Vogue veteran Emmanuelle Alt, as head of editorial content, Trochu will be in charge of redefining trends across French fashion. Regazzi, the Italian edition’s former fashion market director, will take on a similar role at Vogue Italia. Both women will work closely with Wintour and European editorial director and British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enniful. The appointments, announced simultaneously, confirm the publication’s global efforts to cut costs and streamline its operations by introducing more digitally-inclined editors to the masthead that will oversee shared content between editions. 

Alberta Ferretti honors Venice with an anniversary celebration 

On the occasion of the 1,600th anniversary of Venice, luxury label Alberta Ferretti took to the city’s esteemed Cà Rezzonico to celebrate with a glorious display of fashion. Held on Saturday in sync with the Venice Film Festival and at the historic palace, the anniversarial celebration included a cocktail hour and an offering dedicated solely to the crossroads of Venetian culture and fashion. Just think: embossed leather, blown glass jewels, silk damasks, cascading fringe, lace-tulle blends, phytomorphic embroidery, and more, made in collaboration with local artisans. The homage to Venice is nothing surprising, though, especially for namesake founder Ferretti, whose love for the locale has shone through in collections past—her 2017 offering in specific. Feast your eyes on the fashion below: 

CFDA invites 12 new members to its lineup

After a year without expansion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is growing its membership base, with the announcement of 12 new members! Among the additions to this year’s membership list are Christopher John Rogers, Autumn Adeigbo, Abrima Erwiah, Claudia Li, Hillary Taymour, Jonathan Cohen, Kenneth Nicholson, LaQuan Smith, Marina Moscone, Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, and Willy Chavarria. The appointments nod to the CFDA’s ongoing efforts to diversify its membership base and attract new talent to the industry. What’s more, the organization will offer an associate member tier for existing members who, in recent years, have been absent from the production line, as well as introduce an interim member tier—a means toward CFDA membership for promising emerging brands. 

Cardi B welcomes second baby

Cardi B took to Instagram yesterday to make an announcement—and it wasn’t your average Birkin boast! The rapper announced the birth of her second child with husband Offset. Dressed in blue (and Louis Vuitton!) to celebrate the arrival of their unnamed baby boy, the duo announced they are “overjoyed to finally meet” their son. Baby Bardi, as he’s been referred to as of now, is Offset’s fifth child—with three from previous marriages. The couple, who secretly married back in 2017 and temporarily split in 2020, are already parents to daughter Kulture (whose Birkin collection is already giving her mother’s a run for its money). We’re expecting the same haute wardrobe for little man, too. Congrats!

Molekule and Altuzarra are bringing a breath of fresh air to NYFW!

In honor of a grand return to the runways, official air purification partner of Madison Square Garden Molekule has teamed up with global luxury label Altuzarra to bring quality air to New York Fashion Week. The duo worked together to install a combination of Air Pro RX and Air Pro devices throughout show spaces, ridding them of viruses, bacteria, mold, and anything else you’d prefer your fashion week environment to be free from. Joseph Altuzarra, who is making his runway return this upcoming Sunday, said that keeping health and safety top of mind for a non-virtual NYFW was nonnegotiable. “Coming back to show in New York is extremely monumental for myself and my brand, however doing so while taking precautions was critically important for me to prioritize,” said Altuzarra. 

ALTUZARRA Pre-Spring 2020

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Queen Letizia style: Royal looked ‘flawless’ in mother-in-law’s floral dress


Letizia completed her look by wearing a slicked-back ponytail and smokey eye makeup.

Last week Letizia and Felipe said goodbye to their daughter Princess Leonor as she left for her new boarding school in Wales.

Heir to the Spanish throne Leonor has enrolled on a £67,000, two-year course to study for her International Baccalaureate diploma at UWC Atlantic College.

The school, situated in a 12th-century castle in Wales, offers activities and subjects like Tai Chi and Tibetan literature, leading it to be nicknamed ‘Hippie Hogwarts’.

‘Justin Bieber: Our World’ Documentary to Premiere on Amazon Prime


Justin Bieber: Our World will make its worldwide premiere on Amazon Prime via Amazon Studios on October 8th. The Michael D. Ratner-directed documentary was produced by Ratner’s OBB Pictures, Bieber Time Films, and Scooter Braun Films, and gives a backstage view of the singer’s return to the stage after a three-year hiatus from performing live.

The film follows Bieber as he prepares for T-Mobile Presents New Year’s Eve Live with Justin Bieber. The intimate concert of 240 invited guests took place on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel and streamed live as 2020 came to a close. Ratner followed Bieber and his team for the month leading up to the event; the film also includes self-shot footage from the singer and his wife Hailey.

“Performing live and connecting with my fans through music is deeply meaningful to me,” Bieber said in a statement. “Especially during the past year, being able to provide a service and share my gifts to bring some happiness to people during such a sad and scary time has meant the world to me. This film documents an intense and exciting time, preparing for a return to the stage during this season of real uncertainty. Coming together with my team, overcoming the obstacles, and delivering a special show, surrounded by friends and family; it’s all here.”

The documentary follows Ratner’s work on Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, which he directed and produced. In a statement, Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, called the film “a raw and unprecedented snapshot of Justin and those closest to him during a pivotal time in his life and career.” Added Ratner: “Make sure to watch it with the volume maxed out.”

In March, Bieber released his sixth album, Justice. He will perform “Stay,” his Number One hit collaboration with the Kid Laroi, during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

Tamar Braxton Is Excited About Her First Musical That Just Came Out



Tamar Braxton shared a message on her social emdia account, telling her fans and followers that she is excited that her first movie/musical is out. Check out her post here.

‘I’m so grateful and excited about my very first movie/musical #gangland is FINALLY out on @amazonprimevideo @hulu and @starz go check it out NAOW❤️✨🙏🏼’ Tamar captioned her post.

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Someone said: ‘This is wonderful!!! I am so happy for you!! ❤️❤️❤️’ and a commenter said: ‘OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t even know what to say. But I’m screaming and crying all at the same time ! You are phenomenal.’

One fan said: ‘You sound AMAZING too!!!!! Congrats Sis. The first of many many roles 🤩’ and a follower posted this: ‘Congrats. I can’t sleep, so I’m definitely about to watch this.’

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Someone said: ‘You bet I’m about to watch that movie right now!! 😍😍🔥’ and another follower posted this: ‘This video gives me the Alicia keys vibes but this song 🎶 imma has to get 🔥🔥🔥’

A fan posted: ‘Love love LOVE hearing you sing.’

Tamar Braxton   shared a photo on her social media account featuring her son’s first school day. Check out cute Logan in this pic that his proud mom dropped on IG.

‘Me and my bestie @loganland8 first day of school😩 3rd grade came so fast ✨✨… but praise God cause Logan gets his friends back ✨ and I get my daytime back while he’s in school😅😂 won’t he do it!! We are BOTH excited😫😫✨👌’ Tamar captioned her post.

Tamar Braxton is telling her fans to remember to have fun. Check out the happy clip that she shared on her social media account.

‘Remember to find a way to have fun.. it could be a struggle like this note.. but u will eventually get there☺️🤣The note was struggling to find me tho😫🤣 have a great silly day y’all❤️ i am #extraordinaryTamar ✨’ she captioned her post.

Victoria Justice Through the Years | Pictures


Can you believe Victoria Justice has been in the Hollywood spotlight for almost two decades? The 28-year-old star got her big break with a role on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 in 2005, later appearing in iCarly, and starring in Victorious until 2013. Over the years, she’s made more than a few memorable red carpet appearances, growing up before our eyes, and now she’s starring in Netflix’s new comedy Afterlife of the Party, alongside Midori Francis and Spencer Sutherland. In honor of the premiere of Afterlife of the Party, let’s take a walk down memory lane and look back at Victoria’s Hollywood evolution in pictures.

Nasty Gal launch Sports Illustrated collection shoppers obsessed with


A Sports Illustrated model has rocked a figure-hugging item to launch an affordable fashion collection that has shoppers flocking.

It’s the magazine brand famous for its annual swimsuit edition – but Sports Illustrated has just launched a collection of clothing that has been met with rave reviews.

The brand, which was recently praised for its “inclusivity” at Miami Swim Week in July, has partnered with affordable fashion brand Nasty Gal to release a range of womenswear – that has been modelled by Sports Illustrated regular Josephine Skriver.

Within the 45 piece “functional sportswear” capsule are loungewear sets (ideal for lockdown) and trendy bike shorts available in sizes 4-28.

Since hitting virtual shelves on Friday, e-tailer Nasty Gal confirmed the tracksuit set was proving extremely popular online, currently priced at $71.50 due to the website’s current 50 per cent off everything offer.

Josephine said she could “live in” the set in a post shared on Instagram wearing the green ensemble.

“I love all the matching sets! They’re so easy to throw on and mix and match, whether you’re working out, grabbing coffee, or relaxing at home,” she added.

Fans were quick to comment, calling the outfit “amazing” and stating they would “definitely buy”.

“I need this,” one said, while another wrote: “*adds to cart immediately*.”

Of course no SI collection would be complete without a skimpy option too, with a pair of figure-hugging bike shorts, $68, and a skin-tight unitard for $90.

The collaboration was designed to celebrate women in sports and inspire fans to “get out there” with inspiring messages adorned graphic T-shirts such as “Throw like a badass” and “Don’t play games, play sport”.

The men’s magazine shared a similar female positive message at Miami Swim Week in July with runway shows featuring women of diverse body types, ages and races.

Among the variety of women walking in its famous annual show were body positive ambassador and plus-size model Amanda Kay and the “oldest/shortest Sports Illustrated rookie ever” – 57-year-old model Kathy Jacobs.

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Britney Spears’ Father Files Petition to End Conservatorship


Britney Spears’ father, James “Jamie” Spears, has filed a petition to end serving as the court-ordered conservator of his daughter’s estate, as CNN reports. The filing marks a possible turning point in the contentious battle, which may signal a victory for the pop star.

In court documents filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jamie Spears referred to his daughter’s requests to terminate the 13-year conservatorship, which has governed Britney Spears’ life, from career choices to personal and financial decisions.

“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight,” the petition states via CNN. “She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”

“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance,” the filing said.

A lawyer for Britney Spears and a lawyer for Jamie Spears did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s requests for comment.

Since 2008, the pop star’s life has been controlled by a conservatorship primarily overseen by her father. In late June, Spears addressed the court seeking to end the conservatorship. She claimed she was forced to work nonstop, was not allowed to get married, have children, or have her IUD removed, among other accusations under the conservatorship, which she called “abusive.”

Last month, Jamie Spears filed legal documents to remove himself from the conservatorship, despite him having questions on whether it would be in Britney’s “best interests.” Last week, the singer’s lawyer, Mathew S. Rosengart, accused her father of trying to “extort” $2 million to step down from her conservatorship in a court filing.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 29th.

It’s T-2 Days Until The SUPIMA Contest! Here’s How To Watch The Show In Real Time


Mark your cals, fashion fans! The SUPIMA design contest is just days away. Taking place this Thursday in-person at 608 Fifth, aka the new home of NYFW on Fifth Avenue, super stylist Law Roach will once again host the next-gen design talent search. Here’s how to tune in!

The 14th annual contest, in which design students from around the country compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a money-can’t-buy introduction into the industry, will see six finalists showcase their eveningwear capsule collections which they created with SUPIMA cotton fabrics. The action kicks off live via the SUPIMA website and Instagram from 11AM EST on 9/9—so set your alarms accordingly.

Roach will be joined on the day by an esteemed panel of judges, including Nicola Formichetti, Fern Mallis, Edward Barsamian, Luke Meagher, Kelly Augustine, Godfrey Deeny, The Daily’s Freya Drohan, Gianluca Longo, Emilia Petrarca, Avril Graham, Claire Thomson Jonville, Rajni Jacques, Maria Bernad, Tyler McCall, Tati Cotliar, Shibon Kennedy, and the competition’s 2016 SDC winner, Jeffrey Taylor. Designer Bibhu Mohapatra will also join the SDC for his seventh year as mentor to the finalists.

The finalists are Cat Pfingst of Drexel University, Jiarui Cai of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Yitao Li of Fashion Institute of Technology, Alana Tolliver of Kent State University, Yuki Xu of Rhode Island School of Design, and Bora Kim of School of Art Institute of Chicago.

“Given some of the challenges we are still facing, we are so proud of this year’s group of finalists.” Buxton Midyette, VP of marketing and promotions for SUPIMA says. “They are all extremely talented and have been able to embrace the true meaning of the SDC with their creativity and innovation. After last year’s shift to a completely virtual format, we are thrilled to announce that we will be showing live once again.”

We can’t wait!

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Porsha Williams Enjoys The Queen Treatment That She Has Been Receiving Lately



Porsha Williams is treated like a queen by her boo. Check out some of the posts that she dropped on her social media account.

‘It’s the Queen treatment for me🌹 #Energy 👑 #WeDeserve #MelaninGoddess (( Hair @gonakedhair ))’ she captioned her post.

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Someone said: ‘It’s the HAPPY for me. Simon is good with me long as you smiling sis❤️’ and a followe rposted this: ‘Absolutely Fabulous! You look happy and of course gorgeous as always in our @shopsaisankoh shirt dresses. Thank you @porsha4real 😍’

A fan said: ‘As a Southern Gutl should be treated!!❤️ ATL babyyy! We different! Ijs..❤️❤️❤️’ and a commenter posted this message: ‘Awwwwnnnnn I see you having his baby idc what they say ima stick beside you!’

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One fan said: ‘I know that’s right every girl should be treated like a 👑 👏❤️’ and a commenter said: ‘At this point he dont have to be African I just want him to be rich🙏🙏.’

One toher follwoer posted this message: ‘It blesses me to see black women being treated like the queens we are. 👑’ and someone else posted this: ‘Oh dear…the bitter witches are going to come out soon…just wait😂.’

Someone else said: ‘You look sooooo happy and you deserve it!!!!’ and a followe posted this: ‘I’m so happy and excited for you both ❤️’

Porsha Williams shared a fascinating post on her social media account. She joins CEO Stacey D. Stewart in a discussion surrounding covid and more interesting subjects.

‘Join me and @marchofdimes CEO Stacey D. Stewart in a discussion surrounding COVID-19, the Black Maternal & Infant Health Crisis, and NICUs – this Wednesday, September 1st @ 3:30pm ET on IG Live @porsha4real!#MarchofDimes #NICUAwarenessMonth #Moms #WomensHealth #BlackMaternalHealth”’ Porsha captioned her post.

Stay tuned for more news about your favorite celebs.

Three times Kate Middleton has dazzled in the Queen’s jewellery – photos


The tiara was then gifted to the Queen when she was still known as Princess Elizabeth, to mark her 18th birthday.

Several members of the Royal Family wore the tiara before Kate did at her wedding, including the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret.

The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, has also worn the tiara in public, most notably during her tour of New Zealand in 1970.

But the Queen has not been publicly pictured wearing the tiara during her reign.

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Teasers Drop


Those pesky red and blue pills are back in a new website teaser for The Matrix Resurrections, the long-awaited fourth installment in the sci-fi series.

The website features both a red pill and a blue pill. In the first Matrix movie, Keanu Reeves’ Neo famously took the red pill and learned the truth about the Matrix, while the blue pill would’ve allowed him to remain content with his false reality and ignorant of all that existed down the rabbit hole.

Each pill on the website links to a corresponding teaser featuring footage from The Matrix Resurrections. The red pill clip features narration from a new character played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, while the blue pill clip boasts narration from Neil Patrick Harris’ character. Both teasers end with the same message: The first full trailer for the new film will arrive this Thursday, September 9th at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.

As IGN notes, the Matrix Resurrections website actually revives the same site — WhatIsTheMatrix.com — that was launched with the first movie back in 1999. At the time, it featured an array of hidden pages, as well as games and comics based on the film.

The Matrix Resurrections will feature both Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, while Lana Wachowski — who co-directed the original film with her sister, Lilly — returned as the writer and director.



Revlon CEO discusses pandemic beauty habits, staying nimble


NEW YORK (AP) — When Debra Perelman took over as Revlon’s first woman CEO in its 89-year history in 2018, the global beauty company was already facing big challenges.

The publicly traded company, which is backed by her billionaire father Ron Perelman’s MacAndrews & Forbes Inc., and which also owns iconic brands like Almay and Elizabeth Arden, had been struggling for years. That includes a heavy debt load, changing consumer tastes and intense competition, most recently from celebrity launches like Kylie Jenner-backed Kylie.

Revlon’s problems only intensified with the pandemic, which hurt sales of lipsticks as people masked up. Sales fell 21% to $1.9 billion in 2020. The company avoided bankruptcy late last year by persuading enough bondholders to extend its maturing debt.

It’s a big change from when Revlon in its heyday throughout much of the 20th century was the second largest cosmetics company by sales, behind only Avon. Now, it’s ranked number 22, according to a ranking by fashion trade WWD. Shares of Revlon are trading around $11, far from the near $80 level it traded 20 years ago.

Perelman, 48 and a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, says she’s optimistic about the future. As women venture out, Revlon’s makeup sales are rebounding, though she’s monitoring the delta variant. She also has used the health crisis as an opportunity to double-down on investments online. During the pandemic, Elizabeth Arden launched one-on-one virtual consultations, for example.

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The company is learning from celebrity launches like Kylie to be more nimble; it’s cutting months off of developing new product launches. Perelman says she’s also seeing Revlon regaining market share. For the first half, the company’s sales increase nearly 18% to $942.4 million and its losses shrunk to $163.7 million from $340.7 million in the year-ago period.

Perelman has also made a commitment to such issues as diversity and sustainability. Her current leadership team is more than 50% female. The pandemic has also inspired her to hold talks on mental health at the company. Thirteen years ago, she co-founded Child Mind Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Perelman has a personal connection to the issue: her now 17-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an anxiety condition as a young child.

The Associated Press interviewed Perelman about beauty habits during the pandemic and how to stay nimble. Her responses have been edited for clarity and length.

Q. Do you find it odd that you’re Revlon’s first female CEO in its long history?

A. I’m extremely humbled to be the first female CEO in Revlon’s history. While I’m the first woman to hold the CEO role in our peer set of large legacy beauty companies, I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me. Elizabeth Arden, as an example, founded her namesake brand over 100 years ago. Today, there are many female leaders in the industry who have had tremendous impact, particularly when we look to the indie space.

Q. What are your key priorities?

A. In 2018, our e-commerce as a percent of our net sales was 2% and at the end of last year it was 20%, which is an incredible acceleration of our capability as well as from a business standpoint, our results. I’ve also made a commitment within the company on diversity and inclusion and sustainability.

Q. Tell me more about diversity and sustainability.

A. At the beginning of 2021, (new product developments) — two thirds of them — had sustainable elements. Most recently, we partnered with United Negro Fund in funding scholarships of students in the market as well as we partnered with the not-for-profit Beauty United, which is committed to increasing diversity and beauty.

Q. Which product areas are you focusing on?

A. During the pandemic, we were very focused on skin care as well as hair color. Whereas today we’re focused on color cosmetics, skin care fragrances, which has had an incredible comeback in the market.

Q. How do you reverse declining market share?

A. The focus has been on strengthening key brands and key markets. And when you look at Revlon, the number three global color cosmetic brand, we still have an incredible place in the market and very high brand recognition. In our most recent quarter earnings, we’re growing beyond the category, which means that we are gaining market share.

Q. How do you compete with celebrity brands like Kylie?

A. I think they’ve been incredible for the beauty industry. They’re bringing new users into the industry. So that’s better for all beauty companies, and they have been able to create a path and a different business model in terms of how they’re executing a market to really resonate with the consumer. It has helped us in different ways, such as how we accelerate e-commerce.

Q. Any examples?

A. We started to work in specific pods that were responsible for that business. So they made all the decisions on how they were going to go to market, what they needed and how fast they needed to move. It wasn’t up a chain. It was just isolated to that business group, which was a tremendous learning for the company. And we rolled it out to other parts of the business so that we can be faster.

Q. What is it like to have your father, Ron Perelman, as the chairman and majority owner of Revlon’s shares through MacAndrews & Forbes?

A. We have a very good working relationship. We speak every single day. I am very fortunate that he has such experience with not only this company, but so many other companies, and he’s able to bring that experience and guidance to the table with me.

Q. How has the pandemic changed your management style?

A. It has changed my leadership style. And I think it’s changed a lot of people’s leadership style because we had to adapt to the changes that were going on with our employees. So I do think that empathy and compassion has become much more of a presence in my leadership style, and I think in others’ leadership style.

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London Film Festival: Ten things to watch out for when this year’s event starts next month | Ents & Arts News


One the film calendar’s flagship events was launched this week – the prestigious London Film Festival.

Starting next month, it will return to a physical, in-person event, after the pandemic forced last year’s online.

And while the industry continues to find its feet amid the spread of the delta variant and new filming protocols, the festival promises to wow film-lovers with its dazzling line-up of 159 movies, 21 of which will be world premieres – as well as a fan favourite TV show.

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Sky News has collated a list of things to watch out for ahead of the festival’s start in October.

British film fans will get their first glimpse of Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess Of Wales in Spencer

Arguably one of the most anticipated films of the year, Spencer will get its British unveiling at the festival.

The latest depiction of the people’s princess has been made by Chilean director Pablo Larrain and is set at the Sandringham Estate over the course of a Christmas weekend in the early 90s.

It will look at what could have happened over those days, as her marriage to Prince Charles stalled – but she was still required to be involved with the Royal Family.

It got rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, with Kristen Stewart in particular winning praise.

It screens on the 7, 8 and 17 October at the Royal Festival Hall.

Kristen Stewart is the latest actress to take on the role of Diana, Princess Of Wales. Pic: Topic Studios
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Kristen Stewart is the latest actress to take on the role of Diana, Princess Of Wales. Pic: Topic Studios

King Richard – the new Will Smith drama about the Williams tennis sisters

It got its world premiere at Telluride festival in the US last week, but European film buffs will get their first look at the latest Will Smith film.

King Richard is based on the true story of the Williams sisters‘ rise to stardom, told from the perspective of their father Richard.

It’s already got “Oscars buzz” (read: critics reckon Smith might get a look in at the Oscars for it) and those who have already seen it reckon it’s a good film.

It screens at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 and 16 October

Will Smith leads in King Richard. Pic: Warner Bros
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Will Smith leads in King Richard. Pic: Warner Bros

Wes Anderson’s new film – The French Dispatch

The film world absolutely loves a Wes Anderson film – which are known for being colourful, quirky and distinct.

His latest effort, The French Dispatch, is no different, having been described as a “love letter to journalists” (Thanks, Wes – we love you too), it stars one of the busiest men in Hollywood at the moment, Timothee Chalamet, as well as ensemble cast featuring comedian Bill Murray, Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton, and Loki actor Owen Wilson.

It follows the the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper as it creates its final issue.

As you would expect, it’s already had plenty of praise heaped on it since it had its Cannes premiere, so expect screenings to be pretty busy.

It screens at the Royal Festival Hall on the 10, 11 and 13 of October.

Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Benicio and Alexandre Desplat pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The French Dispatch' at the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, July 12, 2021. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
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Wes Anderson (left) and some of the cast of The French Dispatch. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

Starry Shakespeare is closing the festival

The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new version of the classic Shakespeare play, will close the festival on 17 October.

We’ve seen a lot of big screen Shakespeare adaptations throughout the years, with this latest one starring two Oscar-winning actors – Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand – in the lead roles.

It’s in black and white, and has an exciting, ethnically diverse cast, including the likes of In The Heights star Corey Hawkins, Irish acting royalty Brendan Gleeson and the rough-voiced northern Game Of Thrones actor Ralph Ineson.

Joel Coen (one of the Coen Brothers – Hollywood’s power-siblings) is in the directing chair for this one, and reviews are yet to come out, because it doesn’t get a screening until later in September at the New York Film Festival.

The Tragedy Of Macbeth will close the festival. Pic: Apple TV+
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The Tragedy Of Macbeth will close the festival. Pic: Apple TV+

One fans have been waiting for – season three of Succession

But hold on – this is a film festival?

Yes, it is, but with line between film and TV blurring every year, it feels right to include the blockbusting show at the festival.

The first two episodes of the third season of Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong’s comedy-drama will screen at the event before it hits Sky later in the year.

David Rasche in Succession season two. Pic: HBO
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David Rasche in Succession season two. Pic: HBO

Two noteworthy Westerns

This year’s festival will open with the world premiere of The Harder They Fall, inspired by the real African-American cowboys whose stories are rarely told.

It’s a first feature from director Jeymes Samuel but the experienced cast includes Idris Elba, Regina King, Jonathan Majors and Delroy Lindo.

Later in the festival The Power of the Dog, from director Jane Campion (the first and only female director to ever win Canne’s Palme d’Or for The Piano back in 1993 – you’re welcome festival trivia fans!), will tell the story of two rich brothers running a ranch on the edge of a frontier town.

The film premiered to very favourable reviews in Venice last week, with Benedict Cumberbatch being tipped for the awards race for his performance in the drama, which also stars Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.

Idris Elba during a photo call for Luther series 5, at the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 11th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
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A new Idris Elba western will open the festival

Directorial debuts

First timers are certainly welcome at LFF with one of the prizes going to the most original and imaginative debut, but there are two we wanted to highlight.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will bring her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter to London, starring Olivia Colman as a woman who while on holiday becomes obsessed with another woman and her daughter. The supporting cast includes Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Paul Mescal.

Elsewhere Sadie Frost is turning her hand to documentary with Quant about the fashion designer Mary Quant.

She told Sky News she’s thrilled her film’s been included as it’s been a massive undertaking: “I got an opportunity to direct and even though I’ve done short films before I’ve never actually directed a feature-length documentary and the responsibility of that is huge, but I threw myself in to it and I’ve gone back and done a masters in film studies and a directing course at Raindance.”

Olivia Colman. Pic: Jennifer Bloc/Geisler-Fotopress/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Olivia Colman will be featuring in The Lost Daughter To London. Pic: Jennifer Bloc/Geisler-Fotopress/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Family fun from a British studio for a British festival

Ron’s Gone Wrong is the first film from British animation studio Locksmith and explores what happens when Artificial Intelligence has a mind of its own.

It’s directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith who told Sky News how exciting it was to be included on this year’s line-up: “We were delighted because to have the opportunity to have a big UK event, it’s a UK studio and we’re super proud of that, and the London Film Festival is unbelievably vibrant – who could not be proud of this country in terms of films when you see the London Film Festival”.

Ron's Gone Wrong is the first film from British studio Locksmith. Pic: Locksmith
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Ron’s Gone Wrong is the first film from British studio Locksmith. Pic: Locksmith

Watching films in augmented reality

As if the mere idea of watching a film in a cinema with other people isn’t exciting enough after the last 18 months, there’s also plenty on offer for those wanting a new way to experience storytelling.

This year’s expanded programme at LFF has, well, expanded – the idea is to showcase different mediums so expect Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, immersive audio and more as the festival looks to highlight work that doesn’t come under the traditional ‘film’ heading.

The London Film Festival becomes less London-centric!

It might be called the London Film Festival but that doesn’t mean you have to be in the capital to get involved.

After last year’s event was forced to be virtual, organisers were pleased with how going online increased accessibility and as well as a virtual offering this year, partner cinemas across the UK will also show a selection of festival films.

The BFI London Film Festival runs from 6 to 17 October.

How a Beatles-Obsessed Producer Landed on Drake’s New Album


Drake waits until the second half of Certified Lover Boy to deploy the gloomy R&B bomb that has been one of his most reliable weapons since Take Care. That album included “Marvins Room,” which found Drake drunk at a club plotting the pettiest of revenges — calling his ex and smearing her new boyfriend. The dynamic is reversed on Certified Lover Boy‘s “Race My Mind:” This time, the object of Drake’s interest is out “all night dancin’” and “coming home intoxicated” — if she comes home at all. Drake’s delivery is smooth but weary, glassy-eyed and edging past irritable; his dignity is dissipating rapidly. “I hit you like, ‘please come home to me,’” he sings. “You’re not understandin’, no/You gon’ make me beg, make me plead.”

“Race My Mind,” which has already amassed more than 17 million streams with just three days of data available, is co-produced by Scott Zhang, a 23 year-old singer, multi-instrumentalist and sampling obsessive who records as Monsune. His major placement comes despite his low profile — he has just six songs to his name, and he had never done a phone interview before speaking with Rolling Stone. Like most producers the morning after their name appears in the credits of a Drake album, he sounds pleasantly dazed by the whole experience. “I feel like [Drake] hasn’t really done a wounded R&B track for quite some time,” Monsune says. “I’m glad he brought that energy back.”

Monsune grew up in the Toronto suburbs, where, like many kids, he developed a healthy obsession with the Beatles. But unlike most of his peers who admired the Fab Four, Monsune was driven to try to emulate their mixture of accessibility and technical wizardry while he was still in middle school. “Do you know that song ‘Because’ on the Abbey Road album?” he asks. “The first thing I ever recorded was me trying to do the vocal harmonies to that.” 

His consumption of music was intense plus omnivorous — “I would just come home, listen to music, and practice guitar; for a long, long time, that was all I did,” he explains — and his enthusiasm for a wide range of talent, from the Brazilian great Gal Costa to the harpist Dorothy Ashby, Tame Impala to Prince, bleeds through the phone. “What partially fueled my obsession [with music] was the fact that my parents were immigrants who came to Canada from China in the 1980s,” Monsune continues. “They didn’t have a reference for Western music, and didn’t play it around the house, so I felt like I was a little behind. I thought I had to dig harder because I don’t have as much of a starting point to go from.” 

He began piano lessons early, and added guitar, drums, and some trumpet to his repertoire before high school. But Monsune also became increasingly consumed by the art of sampling, which allowed him to play around with whatever sounds he liked, even the stuff he couldn’t play on an instrument. “I got into those people, J Dilla, Madlib, 9th Wonder, the ones who are really the greats when it comes to sampling,” he says. “I was very into this idea of taking samples and using them in a pop music context.”

In 2017, while attending college, Monsune decided to release one of his sample-heavy compositions for the first time. “It was just a young person’s desire to share something they’re proud of,” he says. “There wasn’t any real expectation.” Monsune is self-effacing; he calls the video for “Nothing in Return,” made on the cheap with friends at a local park, “such high-school type shit.” 

But only the most curmudgeonly listeners could apply that description to the song, which starts with an arresting sample that lands somewhere between the harpsichord sound from early Ne-Yo hits and wind-chimes quivering under pressure from intense winds. The beat is a funky lope, and Monsune’s singing is convincingly anguished: “If you kept me waiting on your word/Would you give me nothing in return?” Horns add a vivid flourish in the middle of the track, adding more rich texture; this could be a sample, but it’s Monsune’s playing — “I’m not very good,” at the trumpet, he says modestly, “but I can still play simple shit” — which helps bring the track to a peppy end despite its depressing final line. “I guess your silence keeps me warm,” he sings. 

The warm response to “Nothing In Return” convinced Monsune it might be worth trying to pursue a musical career. “Let me run with this, see how far it can go,” he remembers thinking. He moved back into his parents’ house to reduce his cost of living and focused on producing more music. He put nothing out for nearly two years. “It took a really long time,” he says. “I tend to take a long time.”

Monsune’s next batch of tracks built on the funky promise of “Nothing in Return.” This was especially true for “Cloud,” which positions the singer as a one-man neo-soul outfit, and “Outta My Mind,” which has some of the lush beauty and handsome harmonies of late Seventies yacht rock. The track’s video shatters the reverie with a restaurant brawl; in the song, Monsune also unleashes an unbridled scream of the type rarely heard in modern R&B — or any other genre — which he sees as a tribute to Prince’s “International Lover.” 

“Listening back, did I really do that?” the singer says. “It was really adolescent experimentation stuff. I’m like, ‘I actually did that. That’s so indulgent.’” But listeners don’t seem to mind, as “Outta My Mind” has amassed more than 28 million streams on Spotify alone. 

Around the time Monsune released Tradition, his debut EP, he also received an invite to a Red Bull Music Academy event in Calgary where he connected with a number of producers, including Nile Goveia, who subsequently became a friend. “He’s one of those best kept secret guys,” Monsune says. “The first time we linked up, we made three beats,” including what would eventually become “Race My Mind.” Goveia “was talking to some people in OVO at the time” and sent over some instrumentals, which is more or less how modern big-budget albums come together. (Goveia also co-produced the Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne track “Seeing Green” from May.) 

While waiting and wondering on the fate of “Race My Mind,” Monsune has quietly started building his resume as a beat-maker for others, collaborating with his friend Jonah Yano and co-producing Foushee’s “My Slime” single. “Working on something on my own, putting my own voice on it, sharing it with the world, that’s kind of stressful,” Monsune says. “I feel like working on other people’s music is less of a personal headache.”

Following the credit on “Race My Mind,” it’s likely Monsune will have ample opportunities to work with other artists, should he choose to. He’s in no hurry. “For the next couple weeks I’m gonna ride this high,” he says, “and eat a lot of good food.” 

Kandi Burruss Says That NeNe Leakes’ Late Husband, Gregg Leakes’ Life Was Not In Vain – See What She And Xscape Did



Kandi Burruss shared a post in honor of NeNe Leakes ‘ late husband, Gregg Leakes . Check out her post here.

‘The life of @GreggLeakes was definitely not in vain! We wanted to lift his memory up in song. @majorgirl @therealtamikascott @iamlatocha & I send our love to @neneleakes & the entire Leakes family. #RIP #GreggLeakes ❤️🙏🏾’ Kandoi captioned her post.

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A follower posted this: ‘That was so thoughtful. Well done ladies.😢😢’ and a commenter posted this: ‘Y’all made me cry…. This was my sisters favorite song to sing in the bathroom.’

Someone said: ‘Aw Gregg. It’s so hard to believe he’s gone.’

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A fan said: ‘Y’all were fantastic last night and this is so beautiful. Much love to Gregg’s family. ❤️’ and a fan said: ‘🙏🏾♥️🙏🏾♥️ Y’all don’t always see eye to eye with NeNe however I think it’s so beautiful that during this time everyone put their differences aside for her !! Gregg was truly a beautiful soul !!’

Someone else dropped this message: ‘That was beautiful had me tearing up like I knew Gregg!! His spirit is infectious and kind RIP’ and a fan said: ‘That was AMAZING and very kind of you’ll! No matter your differences, you have to support folks when they are down and/or growing through LIFE.’

A follower said: ‘This was very thoughtful and sweet. God bless you all. Well done 🙏🏽’ and a fan said: ‘Y’all better sang that. Deepest condolences to NeNe and her entire family. Love this. Prayers to them.’

Everyone in the celebrity world is mourning the passing of RHOA star   NeNe Leakes     ‘ husband,   Gregg Leakes .

As we revealed earlier today, he passed away at the age of 66 due to cancer.

He battled the terrible disease during the past years, and finally, the nightmare won and took his life.

The news comes just days after the RHOA star shared her husband was ‘transitioning to the other side.

Our Secret To A Joie-full Fashion Week? Joy Bites Chocolate!


And just like that, it’s NYFW! While we all know the deal—running a mile a minute from show to show trying to keep hanger pangs at bay—it’s been a while since we’ve truly experienced the madness that comes with attending in-person shows. This season, to ensure we don’t get caught off guard, we’re stashing some Joy Bites chocolate in our on-trend purses.

Why? Let us count the ways! Joy Bites are confectionary brand Russell Stover’s first-ever no sugar added assortment of joie-inducing treats, which are made from Fairtrade cocoa and stevia extract with only essential ingredients. In other words, these flavorsome little candies boast maximum taste while having no added colors, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives—and the packaging is sustainable and earth-friendly too.

Furthermore, we like our indulgences to be of the purpose-driven kind. Joy Bites, which counts Daphne Oz and Bobbie Thomas among its chic ambassadors, has recently partnered with Step Up on a thought-provoking and inclusive campaign. Step Up, an organization that inspires women and young girls through mentorship and support, will enlist Joy Bites in its mission to lift up those in its community.

As Daphne Oz, Emmy-winning TV host, bestselling author, and lifestyle authority, puts it: “Prioritizing little moments of calm and delicious fun in my days is so important. I celebrate the balance of happy and healthy… so when I tasted Joy Bites from Russell Stover with no added sugar—it was a very exciting day! I can’t wait for you to try them and work a little extra bite of joy into your day!”

So if you’re wondering where we are during this hectic NYFW, chances are we’ll be indulging in a quiet moment with our new go-to favorite on-the-go snack. The only question, which delicieux variety to pick first?! Head to russellstover.com/joybites to order today. Life’s sweet!

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Lauren London Celebrates The Birthday Of Her And Nipsey Hussle’s Boy, Kross



Lauren London is celebrating the birthday of her and Nipsey Hussle ‘s son, Kross. Check out the post that she shared on her IG account.

Someone said: ‘A virgooooo 🖤🖤 happy shared bday Kross’ and another follower posted this: ‘Happy birthday, blessed Prince🎉🥳 Sweet hugs!! Happy birthing-day you too sis!! ✨🙌🏾’

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Someone posted this: ‘Happy BIRTH day to you both! God Bless you beautiful Kross!! 😍’ and a commenter said: ‘Happy BIRTH day to you both! God Bless you beautiful Kross!! 😍’

One other follwoer posted this message: ‘My nephew may god continue to make you grow into the 👑 king you are kross the boss #Hussle💙 @laurenlondon @nipseyhussle.’

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A fan said: ‘Happy birthday King Kross!!! Love you lil guy!!! ❤️’ and someone else dropped this post: ‘BIG BOSS ENERGY. 💙 and HAPPPY BIRTHday to you Lauren!’

Lauren also praised the memory of Nip:

Happy Birthday, My King! I Love You Today, and Forever Missing you is just a part of my DNA, and I wear it with honor. Kross reminded me that you are “36” like me.
💙✨1 of 1 Hussle The Great there will never ever be another.’

Back in April, Lauren London   addressed some really important subjects these days. Check out the video and the details provided by The Shade Room.

‘Exclusively spoke with Entertainment Tonight’s Nischelle Turner about her role in the upcoming movie Without Remorse. She stars alongside fan favourite Michael B. Jordan in the action-suspense film. This is Lauren’s first movie role since the unfortunate passing of her partner and beloved artist,  Nipsey Hussle   ,’ TSR notes.

TSR also noted: ‘During the interview, Nischelle asked Lauren about the importance of her children seeing her working again.’

‘We can’t stop, you know? We do have a purpose, all of us, and it’s important for my sons to see me moving forward with grief, not just curling up in a ball, because I curled up in a ball for a long time,’ Lauren said.

Corey Stoll on ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Film ‘The Many Saints of Newark’


The ‘Many Saints of Newark’ actor talks playing Uncle Junior, being drawn to tragic villains, not singing in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ remake, and more


There’s a strong argument to be made that Uncle Junior is The Sopranos funniest character. He was the writers’ favorite, according to David Chase, because he was “very direct and outrageous.” Whether he was insulting whoever was nearby, telling off-color jokes, or just taking a spill in the shower (“Ah! Your sister’s cunt!”), the famously bespectacled old crank was guaranteed to bring a moment of levity to the show’s often dark proceedings.

Corey Stoll is better known for drama than comedy, but the brooding characters he’s played in everything from House of Cards (the alcoholic Congressman Peter Russo) to Ant-Man (the villainous Darren Cross) and even Julius Caesar (he was Brutus in a New York presentation of Shakespeare in the Park) have plenty in common with Uncle Junior — simmering resentment and constipated rage, for starters. That’s a vein Stoll taps liberally in his performance as a younger version of Corrado Soprano in the new prequel film The Many Saints of Newark.

Stoll’s Junior is as quick to take offense as he is to attack in kind, and in a few scenes, he even gets to recite memorable turns of phrase that actor Dominic Chianese used on the original series. “For the superfan, that could be a bit of pressure, to say those authentically,” Stoll acknowledged during a recent Zoom interview. “But I just felt like it was this incredible gift that David gave me to be able to dip into that mythology a little bit.”

Stoll, who can next be seen on the small screen in HBO’s remake of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage (September 13th), and on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story reboot (December 10th), spoke with Rolling Stone about making one of TV’s most iconic characters his own.

Corey Stoll photographed by Joe Pugliese for Rolling Stone. Produced by Walaa Elsiddig and Shelby Gordon. Grooming by Melissa Dezarete for Kalpana US. Styled by Luis Campuzano. Coat by Hermes. Turtleneck by Stoffa.

Corey Stoll photographed by Joe Pugliese for Rolling Stone. Produced by Walaa Elsiddig and Shelby Gordon. Grooming by Melissa Dezarete for Kalpana US. Styled by Luis Campuzano. Coat by Hermes. Turtleneck by Stoffa.

Joe Pugliese for Rolling Stone

Did you watch The Sopranos back in the day?
I’ve seen every episode at least three times. Saw it when it first came out, and then when my wife was pregnant, she had never seen it, and we spent that summer going through it. We had to slow down a little bit. It’s a very stressful show. We didn’t want her to give birth prematurely. And then when I was cast, I rewatched it all really quickly — which I really don’t recommend. I definitely recommend anybody see it, because it really holds up. But give yourself some time. Don’t watch three or four episodes a night. It’s just brutal.

What did you like about the show back then?
It was the beginning of when TV was starting to be respectable. Growing up, I had a picture of Martin Scorsese on my wall when other people had Pamela Anderson. That’s the world I wanted to work in: film! [The first time I saw The Sopranos] I was somewhere in a hotel room, and it was on HBO, and I said, “Oh, my God, this is as good as any movie out there.” I was hooked immediately. Just the humor and the intelligence and the scope of the show, that you could have this family drama, and this crime drama, and it pulls back wider and gives you a broader, more sociological thing. Every scene was so well-written, and everybody was so well-cast. It just worked.

What did you think of Uncle Junior as a character when you were originally watching?
I loved him! He got so many of the best lines. And as a character, he deepened as the series went on. He started out as this somewhat buffoonish villain. And if you take it all the way to the very last scene that he has, there was this incredible pathos. There’s a real deep sadness in him that’s undeniable.

What was your reaction when you heard about the possibility of being in Many Saints?
I said, “Yes!” My agent was like, “We think it’s a good role?” I don’t think they knew [who it was]. And I started reading it and went, “It’s gotta be Junior.” 

Why did you think it would be Junior?
It makes sense. I think I’m good casting in a lot of ways. I’m very different from Dominic, but aside from obviously being bald, I play a lot of characters who have a villainous side but also a real humanity to them. And a lot of protagonists that I play have a weakness that leads them to not be exemplary people.

Why do you think you keep getting those kinds of roles you just described?
Must be something about me, I don’t know [laughs]. I think I’m drawn to that kind of complexity.

COREY STOLL as Junior Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark

Stoll as Junior Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark.”

Warner Bros Pictures/New Line Cinema

A lot of the movie’s actors have shared similar stories about being given coded material at first. How much did that stuff resemble the actual shooting script?
There was a lot of rewriting. It was very different. I think they had a lot of conflicting pressures on this project. Honestly, if David Chase was not the one writing it, it could have been a mess. Because there are these fans who are so loyal, and it’s such a rich mythology, that you don’t want to mess it up. But you want to get in new people. The fact that they had David at the center of it, calling the shots, really gave it an authenticity and a spine.

David is famously paranoid about spoilers — he even had spies on The Sopranos set to sniff out leaks. But Marvel may be even more paranoid. Where was that sense of secret-keeping more palpable: on Many Saints or when you joined the MCU for Ant-Man?
The MCU. I could actually get a paper copy of the script for Many Saints. For the MCU, it was this thing with a link, and I’m sure they could tell exactly how many seconds you were online looking at it. 

What did you pick up from watching Dominic Chianese play Junior in the series that you wanted to incorporate into what you were doing for Many Saints?
First is just the mannerisms, the vocal inflections. That stuff, you have to get on a certain level but then reverse-engineer it. How would this sit in a younger man? What has he developed in his personality since the events of this movie that we then see in the series? It was a rare gift to have 86 hours of material [to work off of]. Dominic isn’t in all of that, but he’s in a lot of it. The dialect coach made me this supercut of all the jokes that Junior tells. I listened to it over and over again. He’s a great joke teller! Uncle Junior has this glint in his eye. I think there’s a comfort that Dominic had in his body that my Junior hasn’t quite developed yet. Junior has, which so many villains share, a feeling of being passed over. And a feeling of entitlement [about what] he doesn’t get, in terms of power and respect, both within and without the family. That was a recurring theme: There was always some moment of insult to his pride.

When we see Uncle Junior in flashbacks on the show, played by Rocco Sisto, he still has some hair. Did they talk about you wearing a hairpiece of some kind?
We did a whole wig fitting. It looked like Michael Caine in the Sixties, this sort of bushy, longish hair. It was kind of cool. There was a moment where we were gonna show this huge transformation from the Sixties to the Seventies, [but] it’s just not a big enough span of time. He’s already an adult. He already has this sense of style, and he’s not gonna lose his hair that quickly. We just went with what I had.

As a fan of the show, what was it like being in scenes where Vera Farmiga is so perfectly capturing Livia, or John Magaro sounds so much like Silvio?
I didn’t fall into a dissociative state where I didn’t know where I was, but I had constant fanboy moments. If this was a straight-up sequel, or just previous to the events of the series, I think it would have been a lot weirder. But the fact that it was a whole other world, and it’s a movie, and the storytelling is very different … That helped give us all a little bit of ownership of the characters. There’s a real epic quality to this that is very different from the TV show. There’s a grandeur to the way this story is told.

At this point in your career you’ve done so many different kinds of movies and TV shows. Are there particular projects you get recognized for over and over when you’re out in the world?
It’s really funny — sometimes, I feel like I can predict before they open their mouths what it’s going to be. “OK, it’s going to be House of Cards.” Or, “That’s gonna be The Strain.Non-Stop, the Liam Neeson movie, I actually get a lot, because it’s on TV all the time. And then there are the people who are really into me as Hemingway [from Midnight in Paris]. When Billions was on the air, it was that, and I’m sure it’ll be that again when it’s back this fall.

You also have Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake coming up, where you’re playing Detective Schrank. What was that experience like?
It was great. I was the guy who got to come in, not have to sing or dance, or really rehearse. And it was just all these amazing performers who had been training and rehearsing for months before I even showed up. So it was really a wonderful vibe on the set. A lot of really young performers, it was their first time on camera, a Steven Spielberg movie. There was a real excitement, and a joyous energy on that set. I got the feeling that Steven was feeling it, too.

How did that manifest itself?
I’ve never worked with him before, so I don’t know what to compare it to. But he was ebullient. He really seemed inspired by the energy of the singers and the dancers and that sort of storytelling.

If they had wanted you for one of the musical roles, can you sing?
No. I mean, I could’ve done it, but I don’t think people would’ve wanted to spend $15 to go to the movie theater to listen to me sing.

Princess Maria Anunciata of Liechtenstein marries Emanuele in ‘Diana inspired’ dress


Following the ceremony, the happy couple waved to royal fans outside the church before being whisked on a horse and carriage. 

As for what Princess Maria wore for the evening reception, she changed into a floor length white gown embroidered with jewels. 

She had also changed her hairstyle and wore it down, tucked behind one ear in Hollywood style waves. 

A bridal hair piece adorned one side of her head. 

Emanuele opted for a black suit, white shirt and black bow tie. 

While the wedding between two people is a happy occasion, the festivities undoubtedly had a sad tinge to them, as the Liechtenstein Princely Family is still mourning the death of Princess Marie, Prince Hans-Adam’s wife, who passed away on August 21.

But, guests including her maternal uncle, Grand Duke Henri, cousins Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Prince Félix and his wife, Princess Claire of Luxembourg attended as well as her mother’s other royal siblings. 

Musician Uses Red Hot Chili Peppers to Cover Red Hot Chili Peppers


Los Angeles-based musician Tyzo Bloom recently shared one of the most literal covers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Can’t Stop,” performing the song with actual red hot chili peppers.

In the clip — shared on social media last week — Bloom crafts his rendition of the song with a Makey Makey, a device that allows users to create circuits through any kind of conductive object. These circuits can be used to mimic everything from a keyboard to a sampler to a synthesizer.

For his “Can’t Stop” cover, Bloom connected six chili peppers to his Makey Makey, then programmed each one to re-produce a sampled note of the original song’s lead guitar riff. After laying that down, he re-programmed the peppers with some light chimes and tapped out the song’s main melody as well.

Bloom has used his Makey Makey to produce an array of other literal covers, which he’s shared on social media. He constructed a bunch of paper planes to play M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” used Sour Patch Kids to play MGMT’s “Kids,” cans of black eyed peas to recreate the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is the Love,” and the various contents of his spice cabinet to cover the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”