Brad Pitt and Leonardo DicCaprio in new Quentin Tarantino Movie

 

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be the next comedy directed by Quentin Tarantino and has an absolutely all-star cast. The new Hollywood comedy starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio dropped its first movie poster. It will tell the story of two actors trying to make it in Hollywood.

The plot of the film will follow former star of a western TV series Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). They will be living in Los Angeles in 1969 struggling to make it in Hollywood. However, things get a bit quirky because of Ricky’s neighbor, Sharon Tate. The film will also feature Margot Robbie, Damien Lewis, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, and Dakota Fanning.

The poster stays incredibly true to the hippie Hollywood vibe of 1969. The two actors both look fantastic in their wardrobe and the car in the back keeps everything grounded in the decade. It is sure to be an intense but quirky movie as we’ve come to expect from Tarantino.

Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood pays homage to the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood. Hitting US theaters on July 26 and UK theaters on August 14, this highly anticipated film is sure to be a wild ride!

 

 

 

 

Return of the masterpiece with the support of Chanel: Last year at Mariënbad

 

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In 1961, for the film L’Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Mariënbad), a film that launched a thousand dissertations, and one of the most visually beautiful films ever shot, Gabrielle Chanel designed Delphine Seyrig’s dresses. With the support of French Maison Chanel, a restored version of the film is now being released. In collaboration with Studiocanel, Chanel has helped return this masterpiece to its original glory.

You never seem to be waiting for me, but we kept meeting at every turn of the paths. Behind every bush, at the foot of each statue, near every pond. It is as if it had been only you and I in all that garden.

dir. Alain Resnais, L’Année dernière à Mariënbad (Last Year At Mariënbad)

To celebrate this achievement, the restored version of Last Year at Marienbad will premiere as part of the classic film section at the Venice Film Festival, where the original film was awarded a Golden Lion close to 60 years ago. The digitisation and restoration in 4k were conducted using the original negatives. The colour grading, an essential step, has faithfully restored the beauty of film’s original contrast and images.

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On release, the film’s delicate and elegant photography fascinated the public with its troubling intensity, the loss of temporal reference points, and the characters’ psychological games. The film invites the spectator to follow a train of thought through the corridors of the hotel that represent ‘the labyrinth that is the human brain’, as analysed by film critic Jean-Luc Douin.

Gabrielle Chanel always cultivated a close relationship with the art world. To Alain Resnais, François Truffaut and Luchino Visconti, her avant-gardist fashion represented a modern and forward-thinking world, and they would call upon her to dress their greatest actresses.

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Alain Resnais did not want Delphine Seyrig to wear specially created costumes, but rather a wardrobe tethered to everyday life, one that would evoke the allure of 1920s cinema stars, as well as a modern and timeless elegance and Gabrielle Chanel, who was already ruling the fashion world and still setting the trends for the 1960s, was the only one who could achieve this.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 

Delphine Seyrig would later explain that she appreciated Chanel because, by blending elegance and comfort, the designer enabled women to feel ‘as comfortable as men’, a subject dear to the actress who would become a fervent feminist in the 1970s.

Alain Resnais would use Delphine Seyrig in his next film as well, another French Cinema classic that initially wasn’t received well, but has grown in regard as time has passed.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria and Abdul, a film about the Queen and her Indian servant

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A new film starring Judi Dench details the inspiring true story of the Queen of England and her unique friendship with a servant from India. Watch the trailer here now…

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for its new biographical film, Victoria and Abdul. Directed by Stephen Frears, the movie is based on the real life events of Queen Victoria (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and puts the focus on her unexpected friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a servant from India.

How dare you look down on Abdul, I am the Queen of England, Empress of India. Abdul has risen on his own merit. He too was a servant. Now, he’s my friend.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Queen Victoria at her desk, assisted by her servant Abdul Karim, the ‘Munshi’. Date: c. 1885

The must-watch trailer shows glimpses of a deep bond between the pair despite the disapproval of her close confidants.

Victoria and Abdul, which also stars Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard, is scheduled for release on September 22, and you can probably bank on some kind of fall festival appearance. Watch the trailer below:

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Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series Revealed: Russian Royals

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Nearly two years after America said goodbye to Don, Peggy, Roger, and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is finally ready to reveal his next project: The Romanoffs, an anthology series centered around people who believe themselves to be the modern-day descendants of the Romanov family.

Every single episode—and there will be eight—has a different cast, a different story and a different location. The thing that holds them together is that all of the stories involve people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Romanov [family].

Matt Weiner

Of course, the Romanov family was the last dynasty to rule Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. In July of 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children and remaining loyal servants were executed, a slaughter that has, over the years, inspired conspiracy theories, including the myth that Nicholas and Alexandra’s daughter Anastasia survived the attack. Weiner’s unconventional of the Russian surname reportedly reflects both the pronunciation and how it was spelled up until recently.

We’re at a place in our history where people are looking for a close connection to their roots, and for some kind of revelation about who they are. There’s great debate about who is a Romanoff and what happened to the Romanoffs. The story for me is that we’re all questioning who we are and who we say we are.

Matt Weiner

There’s no date set for the show, but Weiner hopes that the it will debut on Amazon in the spring of 2018. And as for whether we’ll see Weiner teaming up ‘Mad Men’ stars like Jon Hamm or Elizabeth Moss once again, he said, “I definitely would not rule that out”.

Natalie Portman’s Piaget silver screen moment in Jackie

 

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Natalie Portman’s role in the film ‘Jackie’ comes complete with costume details created exclusively by Piaget.

Four historic days in the life of Jackie Kennedy, the most elegant First Lady of the USA, is the theme of ‘Jackie’, a new biopic by Pablo Larraín starring Academy Award nominee Natalie Portman, in cinemas now. And no portrait of Jackie Kennedy would be complete without faithfully reproducing her iconic, top-to-toe style, including her watch and jewels, which are key to replicating her polished look.

Piaget is the watch and jewellery brand most closely associated with the 1960s, so it is not surprise that Jackie Kennedy was often seen wearing her gold and diamond Piaget watch with a jade dial, below. Now in Piaget’s private museum collection, this very same watch was loaned to Natalie Portman to wear in the film.

Today, Piaget has recreated the timepieces, following the same oval-shaped dial of the iconic gold Piaget watch, the new creations are crafted in white and pink gold, with a dial that comes in malachite, lapis, turquoise or cornelian.

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Jackie Kennedy’s iconic Piaget watch with a jade dial, as worn by Natalie Portman in the film Jackie.

Natalie Portman also wears contemporary Piaget jewels that evoke the former First Lady’s style. A Limelight strand of pink freshwater pearls and diamonds, below, captures the simple chic style of Jackie, while pink gold diamond tassel earrings, top of article, add a touch of restrained glamour.

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To mark Piaget’s moment in the limelight, the Swiss watch manufacturer has created two new versions of this watch. Both feature the instantly recognisable gold strap, so finely articulated that it drapes around the wrist like a bracelet.

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In celebration of the biopic, Piaget have released two new versions of Jacky Kennedy’s famed watch. This version is in yellow 18k gold and has a red cornelian dial  ($51.000)

The gold is hand-decorated to create the ‘Palace’ pattern that is a key design element of this watch, little changed since the 1960s. One version is in rose gold with a red cornelian dial, above, also surrounded by diamonds. The second is in white gold with a turquoise dial and diamonds around the dial, below.

 

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The second new interpretation of Jackie Kennedy’s famed watch comes in white gold with a turquoise dial (£56,500).

Discover the exclusive Piaget Kennedy-inspired timepieces here, which feature in the trailer for ‘Jackie’….

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Big Voice In Gay Filmmaking Debuts Short Film ‘American Male’

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When’s the last time you were told to just ‘be a man’? How did that make you feel? ‘American Male’, a short film by MTV, shows how gender norms about masculinity drive men into violent, self-destructive lives.

When filmmaker Michael Rohrbaugh began directing his latest five-minute short film, he says “the goal of the film was to explore America’s narrow, and often toxic, notions of what it means to be a man”.

A lot has changed in the past years. ‘Gay’ has reached the mainstream, and that’s fantastic. But large swaths remain convinced of this toxic lie. As a result, many LGBT youth grow up in a world that teaches them to be ashamed of who they are and how they love, leading to depression, anxiety, and rates of suicide that far exceed the national average.

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Michael Rohrbaugh believes that thanks to centuries of homophobia, many young men (both straight and closeted) walk around secretly terrified that they’ll be labeled ‘gay’ – a term too many Americans still conflate with being ‘weak’ or ‘less-than’. As a result, he continued, “these young men overcompensate, adhering to strict gender norms that restrict who they’re allowed to be, and how they’re allowed to behave. Unfortunately, this need to overcompensate often comes with a serious psychological toll”.

The five-minute film follows a young man (played by Rob August) as he crushes beers with typical ‘bro’ friends, lifts weights, and eventually erupts in violence against a younger man. All the while, the young man recites all the things that women and men are ‘supposed’ to do. “Order beer not wine”, he says. “And beef not chicken. Never light beer though. And not tofu. Never tofu. Can’t get more gay than tofu”. The list of restrictions goes on to include clothing, professions, and hobbies.

By the end, the young man is disillusioned with his own identity as he tries desperately to live up to his own gender. “I am no longer a person, but a set of social cues”, he says.

‘American Male’ is a winner of MTV Network’s Look Different Creator Competition, which invited emerging filmmakers to create groundbreaking films on the topic of privilege. Created by filmmaker Michael Rohrbaugh the short film explores issues of masculinity, shame, and internalized homophobia.

Michael Rohrbaugh is the filmmaker of American Male, a winner of MTV’s Look Different Creator Competition, which invited emerging filmmakers to create ground breaking films on the topic of privilege. His upcoming projects include a network documentary exploring LGBT issues in American sports and a feature script, American Grunt, a military drama set during the final days of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. Rohrbaugh is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share this deeply personal film with the help of MTV Networks.

Come into the beautiful creative world of Michael Rohrbaugh.

 

 

 

 

A New Documentary Promises to Prove That We’re Not Alone in the Universe

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Film distributor The Orchard just picked up the rights to release a documentary called Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the Greatest Secret in Human History. The company is planning on putting it out early nex year, and its press release has some of the loftiest and, frankly, most exciting/unbelievable claims imaginable.

The film, directed by Michael Mazzola, takes a look at where America’s real UFO technologies reside and the governments’ past and continued efforts to keep such things secret. According to a press release, the film will present ‘the best evidence of extraterrestrial contact dating back decades, with over 100 hours of top-secret military, corporate and intelligence whistleblower testimony, documents, and UFO footage’.

Director Michael Mazzola reportedly focuses his film on Dr. Steven Greer, ‘an emergency doctor and founder of the global Disclosure Movement who has briefed many senior government officials, including the CIA Director, Pentagon Admirals and Generals and senior members of Congress’. Dr. Steven Greer is very confident in this findings.

We are excited to have the support and distribution heft of The Orchard for this historic documentary film that establishes that we are not alone in the Universe. It is time for the truth to be known and we are honored to have The Orchard as a partner in this effort.

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“There’s no question, no matter your beliefs, that Dr. Greer has tirelessly and consistently exposed startling revelations about UFOs, technology and the secrets being kept from the American public”, added Paul Davidson, EVP Film and Television for The Orchard. “We are thrilled to be partnering with him to bring his most stunning work to the widest audience possible”.

Many people belief that there is more between heaven and earth, and many people, all over the world, have ‘seen’ things. Now does anyone think this film actually will prove anything? Time will tell….. I love this kind of stuff, especially when serious people are involved. I can’t wait to see what findings, footage and more brought about such positive feedback.