Saturday, 9 November 2013
Naomie, Blake Lively, Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood Makeup Artists Create Teachable Moments at White House
November 8, 2013
It was all Michelle Obama's idea, gushed mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, as he and some of Hollywood's greatest gathered at the White House Friday for a careers-in-film workshop for high school students out of D.C., New York and Boston.
Weinstein, Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively and a handful of directors and producers gave the kids a serious pep talk, emceed by CBS News' Gayle King.
Weinstein said that the idea to bring Hollywood to Washington to talk jobs came about around the same time Michelle Obama was being tapped to announce best picture last year at the Academy Awards.
"This is what I want to do," Weinstein recalled the first lady saying in a meeting. (Weinstein also revealed that he couldn't believe it didn't leak that FLOTUS was going to play such a pivotal part in the Oscars. "Amazingly, enough, we did keep in a secret," Weinstein recalled.)
At the afternoon discussion, while Goldberg, producer Bruce Cohen, director Ryan Coogler, actress Naomie Harris and director David Frankel all spouted words of wisdom, Lively's story stood out as she talked about her unexpected path into the business.
Lively said in high school she was disinterested in acting, the family business, and interested in attending an Ivy League school.
"It was the only thing I knew I didn't want to do," she said of a career in Hollywood. "I wanted to get a great education."
To pursue this goal, Lively became class president and practically overdosed on extracurriculars, to the point where the school tried to tell her no.
"They said, 'you can't do this,'" she recalled.
But the acting bug eventually got Lively and high school administrators again came down on her, not allowing her to walk at graduation because she missed too many school days shooting the movie, "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."
"They didn't let me do that because they wanted to shut me down," she said. (Years later, they asked the star to speak at graduation. She said no.)
Lively's breakout role came on the CW soap "Gossip Girl."
"I thought I tricked them," she said of landing the lead. "I was excited to get free food on set."
But, she told the kids, she still did have one minor regret.
"If I could, I would go back and I would go to college," Lively said.
In addition to hearing the experts speak, the kids -- brought in from film and visual arts programs -- learned a variety of skills: including makeup.
"And just so that the press understands, you maybe see some of our staff people with big gashes and cuts on their heads, it's just Hollywood happening here," Obama said when she took the podium. In particular, she called out her Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard.
"I was shocked that his nose was cut up," Obama said. "This stuff is pretty good -- very realistic."
Friday, 8 November 2013
Honoree Naomie Harris attends ELLE's 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
A treat for Luther lovers: Idris Elba and Alice Morgan reunite on the red carpet
By JUDY COGAN
PUBLISHED: 10:47, 6 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:41, 6 November 2013
It's a sight Luther fans have wanted to see since the finale of the TV drama series in July this year.
DCI John Luther and the murderous Alice Morgan reunited - or rather Idris Elba and actress Ruth Wilson who portrayed Luther and Alice came together in a warm embrace on the red carpet.
The pair crossed paths at 2013 Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at London's Claridge's Hotel on Tuesday where Idris took home the Man of the Year award.
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Reunited: Ruth Wilson gives her former Luther co-star Idris Elba at big kiss on the red carpet of the Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Year awards in London
Funny face: Ruth Wilson looked pleased to see her former co-star Idris Elba as he showed off his Man of the Year award
A treat for Luther lovers: Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson reunite on the red carpet seen for the first time together since Luther ended in July
Ruth looked stunning in a boldly colourful Peter Pilotto gown that epitomised the London designer's distinctive worldly prints and soft sculptural lines inspired by science and nature.
The dresses orange panels set off Ruth's red hair beautifully and made her stand out from more traditionally safe fashion choices on the red carpet.
She kept her make-up simple and accessories to a minimum and wore classic black peep-toe shoes in order to allow the gown to shine.
Show stopper: Ruth looked stunning in a boldly colourful Peter Pilotto with a daring sheer panel, worldly prints and soft sculptural lines inspired by science and nature
Fired up: The dresses orange panels set off Ruth's red hair beautifully and made her stand out from more traditional fashion choices on the red carpet
Pulled it off: Ruth looked stunning in her adventurous choice of outfit
In contrast to Ruth's colour pop on the evening Idris wore top to toe black with a buttoned up long sleeve top, smart tailored black trousers and loafers with no socks.
But on arriving to the event he looked even more dapper topping off his look with a three quarter length, double breasted sky blue wool coat with soft velvet collar.
The 41-year-old actor looked very happy to be representing the boys having won Man of the Year award and the female focused awards ceremony.
On for the boys: 41-year-old Idris Elba looked very happy to be representing the boys having won Man of the Year award and the female focused awards ceremony
Thumbs up: Idris looked dapper topping off his look with a three quarter length, double breasted sky blue wool coat with soft velvet collar
Luther to Loafer: Idris looked smart in a sky blue coat and loafers with no socks among an array of celebrities arriving to the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at London's Claridge's Hotel
A star turn: Idris Elba posed on the red carpet with American actress Gillian Anderson before the ceremony
Luther fans will be happy with news that since BBC drama Luther came to an in July it has been confirmed that the hit series will get the big screen treatment.
Big Screen: Luther is set to be made into a prequel movie starring Idris Elba
Writer Neil Cross has revealed that most of the cast will be back for the anticipated film, including leading man Idris Elba and Warren Brown as the detective’s sidekick Justin Ripley.
Viewers saw Ripley shot dead in the TV finale in July but Cross has revealed he was so keen to include the character in the film that he’s penned a prequel script.
Cross has revealed that it didn’t feel right doing a movie without Brown’s character, so it made sense to go back to the beginning for the film.
Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Cross revealed: ‘I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year.
‘Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time.’
Whilst Luther lovers will no doubt be thrilled by the resurgence of Ripley and other characters including Luther’s wife Zoe (Indira Varma) and colleague Ian Reed (Steve Mackintosh), the prequel leaves no room for the popular character of Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) to make an appearance.
However, Ruth could reprise her role as murderous Alice though, with rumours of a spin off series.
Winny an award: Naomie Harris appeared at Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in a bra-revealing Gucci gown after picking up the coveted award for British Actress of the Year
Strapping gal: Bond girl Naomie Harris plays Winnie Mandela in the hotly anticipated biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
Happy with her win: Naomie looked stunning in a Gucci gown and much younger than her 37 years
Meanwhile, Idris is set to star in hugely-anticipated Nelson Mandela movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom alongisde Naomie Harris who was also in attendance at the Harpers Bazaar event.
Naomie, 37, appeared at Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in a bra-revealing Gucci gown after picking up the coveted award for British Actress of the Year.
British actor Idris plays the extraordinary South African leader and campaigner and he is heard reading from Mandela’s autobiography A Long Walk To Freedom – in a convincing accent.
The long walk: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris star as Nelson and Winnie in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom out in January 2014
The Luther star’s first words are ‘I have walked the long walk to freedom. It has been a long walk and it is not over yet’.
Bond girl Naomie Harris plays Winnie Mandela in the biopic, and she has her own new poster for the film, which has the tagline ‘the leader you knew, the woman you didn’t’.
The movie, released in the UK in January 2014, tells the extraordinary story of Mandela's life, from his childhood in a rural village to being imprisoned on Robben Island and then becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.
Freedom: Idris plays the extraordinary South African leader and campaigner and he is heard reading from Mandela¿s autobiography A Long Walk To Freedom ¿ in a convincing accent
Idris, Ruth and Naomie were joined on the red carpet by the great and good of the fashion and showbiz worlds, including Oscar-winning British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia, who picked up the Green Award and Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham.
Rita Ora certainly commanded attention as she hit the red carpet, showing off newly-dyed platinum locks that were so bright they were almost white.
On the cusp: Naomi is best known for her turn as a Bong Girl in Skyfall, but is set for super stardom thanks to her impressive portrayal of Winnie Mandela
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2488292/A-treat-Luther-lovers-Idris-Elba-Alice-Morgan-reunite-red-carpet.html#ixzz2juKhLh7Q
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Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Honorees Shailene Woodley and Naomie Harris, ELLE Editor in Chief Robbie Myers and honorees Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon, Melissa McCarthy, Eva Marie Saint and Nancy Meyers pose with award onstage at ELLE's 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.