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.

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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’….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Éden

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And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

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In this story, João (Nuno Pardal) and Pedro (Pedro Sousa Loureiro) live in this garden. What João wants the most is for Pedro to be happy and the only way he found to make that happen is to support him in his escape with Sara (Sara Barros Leitão). On the other hand, Pedro learned how to love João and does not want to leave the garden. But one of them ate the forbidden fruit.

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Director Fábio Freitas
Portugal 2014
12 mins

Fábio Freitas was born in Vila Franca de Xira in 1987. Graduated in Audiovisuals and Multimedia at Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, Lisbon (2010), works for seven years as Continuity Assistant at NBP/Plural (2007-2013). He has been working since 2013 in the production of Bem-vindo a Beirais, a successful series for the Portuguese Public Broadcasting System – RTP, and in several entertainment programs for the production company Shine Iberia. His first work in cinema was in 2012 as scriptwriter and producer of the short film Sara (2012), directed by Miguel Antunes. On the following year he directs his first short film Leaving (2013), exhibited in several international film festivals.

Come into the world of Éden

 

 

 

Steve McQueen’s dunebuggy in The Thomas Crown Affair

In 1967, Steve McQueen wasn’t as synonymous with cars and motorcycles as we remember now. Aside from his motorcycle scenes in The Great Escape, there wasn’t anything that really connected him to car and motorcycle culture in any of his dozens of movie appearances. That all changed in 1967, though. Beginning with The Thomas Crown Affair, he wouldn’t star in a movie until 1973’s Papillon that didn’t have cars as some part of the story. But Norman Jewison’s 1968 film put McQueen in one cool car after another.

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1968: Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway co-starred in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. The movie is about a millionaire businessman who pulls off the perfect high-class robbery. (Pierce Brosnan reprised the role in 1999.) McQueen did his own stunts in the film, including playing polo and driving this Meyers Manx dune buggy dune buggy across the Massachusetts coastline (Click photo to enlarge).

The original script for The Thomas Crown Affair called for the star to run Faye Dunaway around Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts in a Jeep. Probably a fair choice to not get stuck in the sand, but can you imagine how dull that scene would’ve been without the spinouts, jumps and raw, unmuffled exhaust note of the dune buggy?

McQueen wanted more, and what’s more than that, he’d do the driving. He contracted with Con-Ferr Manufacturing in Burbank, California. For years, Con-Ferr built all kinds of accessories for the growing four-wheel drive market, fitting racks and brush guards on Jeeps, IH Scouts, Broncos and even early Suzuki Samurais.

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They also built a handful of their own off-road vehicles, so McQueen contracted them to produce the ‘Queen Manx’, which the company completed in just eight weeks. It started life as a standard Manx, but it included:

A 4-barrel 140 HP Corvair engine. McQueen wanted a Porsche engine, but ran out of budget. He claims it had 240hp in the behind-the-scenes video below
Con-Ferr used an engine adaptor made by Ted Trevor, the guy who developed the Corv-8 conversion for Crown Manufacturing, to mate the swing-axle VW transaxle with its flipped ring & pinion to the Corvair engine
Special extra-wide rear wheels cast by American Racing that were produced to accommodate the Firestone racing tires from Andy Granatelli’s STP Special (#40) turbine car (which almost won the 1967 Indy 500)
Unique headlamp scoops to accommodated the smaller 5¾” DOT approved 12-volt headlamps
A marine-style, super-short windshield and rails
Custom waffle stitched Naugahyde seats and interior trim, crafted at Tony Nancy’s Sherman Oaks, California upholstery shop, using Datsun Fairlady seat frames
Elongated side panels to eliminate the need for side pods; According to HunterDunebuggy.com, Bruce Meyers never incorporated this feature, because it prevented the fiberglass bodies from being stackable
A Con-Ferr nameplate on the hood replacing the Meyers Manx badge

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Steve McQueen Manx interior (Click photo to enlarge).

After the movie, Bruce Meyers started building Corvair-specific Manx Buggies in conjunction with Con-Ferr called the “Manx-Vair.” If you find a Meyers Manx with a serial number beginning in “CC,” it was Corvair-powered. “CV” serial numbers refer to buggies powered by Volkswagen engines.

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Manx Vair ad. (Click photo to enlarge).

Con-Ferr also produced Corvair powered replicas of the Queen Manx, with marketing materials that referred to the movie. Consider, for a moment, what it would cost a company today to market a product using the name of a film with an Oscar under its belt, even if that Academy Award was for “Best Song.” Con-Ferr’s kits paired a modified  Meyers Manx body with a custom-fabricated chassis, rather than using VW floorpans.