Holly to Bolly: Beckhams go quiet to honour 9/11 victims, Taylor Swift back in studio, and more

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Beckhams go quiet to honour 9/11 victims

The one thing you usually never experience at a fashion show, with its pounding music and high-decibel chatter, is silence. But just before the Victoria Beckham show on Sunday – at 10:28am – the room fell silent in observance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks. The only sound was the clicking of cameras, as the designer’s husband and eldest son – former footballer David and Brooklyn – stood in remembrance, along with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Then came the fashion, with Victoria focusing this season on innovations in traditional fabrics such as velvet, lace and satin. “I really feel I’ve come into my own with this season, I really do,” says Victoria. “It’s a lot about fabric development – I’m doing a lot of really exciting things inhouse.” – AP

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Ewan McGregor nervous about directorial debut

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has admitted to feeling “very nervous” about making his directorial debut with the movie adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival at the weekend, also stars McGregor in the lead role of a hard-working man in late 1960s America, whose family begins to fall apart after his daughter, Merry (Dakota Fanning), becomes politically radicalised. McGregor, 45, says he spent years waiting for the right directorial opportunity to emerge, but felt pressure in interpreting Roth’s work on the big screen. “I was very nervous,” says the Trainspotting and Star Wars star. “I think it’s a massive responsibility to take on – a responsibility to the producers, a responsibility to Philip Roth, a responsibility to everybody who had read that novel and who liked that novel.” He also wanted to make sure the film “represented me in some way”. McGregor added that Roth has seen the film and reacted positively to the adaptation of his 1997 masterwork, voted one of Time magazine’s 100 greatest novels. – Reuters

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Baar Baar Dekho visual chief pleased with results

Ravi K Chandran, the director of photography of the Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malotra film Baar Baar Dekho, says he is happy with how the film looks on the big screen. Nitya Mehra’s film captures the journeys of the characters through different phases in their lives, with extensive use of flashbacks. “We wanted it to be subtle moods and the DI (Digital Intermediate) process was a crucial element in achieving this,” Chandran says. “I directed the grading of the various sequences within the film to evoke moods, with distinct colour choices reflecting the characters’ states of mind. It was a great experience and I am quite thrilled with how Baar Baar Dekho looks on big screen,” he adds. – IANS

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Taylor Swift back in studio

Taylor Swift has started working on the follow-up to her 1989 album, according to model Gigi Hadid. Hadid, who was walking the catwalk at New York Fshion Week while Swift watched on from the crowd, told www.ew.com: “She’s obviously such a great friend, and you know she is starting to go back to work in the studio again, and really made time to be here for me, and I am so grateful for that.” Since 2006, Swift has released a new record every two years in either October or November. But the latest album will break that tradition. Swift debuted her previous album on October 27, 2014, but last month, Scott Borchetta, founder of Swift’s label Big Machine, said no new album would be forthcoming this year. –

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Denzel Washington enjoyed magnificent experience on Western remake

As a pastor’s son, Denzel Washington never got to watch Westerns as a child, but playing around with guns and horses in Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven was like being a kid again, he said at the Venice film festival. Fuqua’s take on a story about hired guns in the Old West protecting a town from thieves closed the 73rd edition of the world’s oldest film festival on Saturday, having previously premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. “To ride around on a horse, spinning guns and doing all that is like being a kid again, it’s really fun and they actually paid us,” Washington, 61, told a news conference. “I love my horse, I miss my horse.” The tale, a remake of the 1960 Western directed by John Sturges, which in turn is an Old West-style version of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese classic Seven Samurai, follows a band of outlaws who come together to defend a gold mining town from the murderous baron Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), after a widowed young woman vows revenge for her dead husband. – Reuters

Published: September 12, 2016 04:00 AM

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