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Razzies: Singer Sia named worst director for controversial film Music



Singer Sia has been named “worst director” for her controversial debut film at the Razzies, the pre-Oscars prizes for the year’s worst movies.

Titled Music, her film won three Golden Raspberry Awards in total, including worst actress for Kate Hudson and worst supporting actress for Maddie Ziegler.

The movie has been criticised for casting Ziegler in the autistic lead role and for its portrayal of autism.

It was described as an “insensitive” and “ill-conceived” “autism musical”.

The film follows Zu, a newly sober drug dealer played by Hudson, who becomes the guardian of her young autistic half-sister, played by Sia’s protégé Ziegler.

The Australian pop star has previously apologised for casting a neurotypical actor as a nonverbal autistic girl, and for scenes depicting the use of restraints on autistic people.

“I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings,” she tweeted in February, shortly before deleting her account. “I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough.”

‘Fake news snooze-fest’

Now in their 40th year, the Razzies have previously honoured titles such as Cats and Showgirls. This year’s winners were announced in a video on YouTube.

The award for worst film to the “fake news snooze-fest” Absolute Proof, which claimed there had been fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. Its star and director Mike Lindell also won worst actor.

Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s cameo in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, saw him win worst supporting actor. Mr Giuliani dismissed as a “complete fabrication” a clip from the film which appeared to show him with his hands down his trousers on a bed in a hotel room.

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr’s critically-panned remake of Dr Dolittle picked up the award for “worst remake, rip-off or sequel”.

A special prize went to 2020 itself for being “the worst calendar year ever”.

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Hundreds of women protest against gender-based violence in Ivory Coast



africanews– Hundreds of women marched in Abidjan on Saturday to protest violence against women and to demand punishment for rapists.

Under the slogan “Orange the world”, organised by the UN Women’s Generation Equality, women in Ivory Coast and around the world participated in different activities to call the attention and create awareness about the violence suffered by thousands of women and girls every day.

“Rape has to be punished and we are here to show that everybody has to be aware of the fact that when a woman says ‘no’ it’s no,” said Claude Kohon during the march.

Ambassadors and representatives of the United States, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and other countries in Ivory Coast, attended the demonstration.

“We have to mobilize, women, obviously, I am a woman, but men too, that’s why there are also men in the demonstration,” said Anne Lugon-Moulin, the ambassador of Switzerland to the west African country.

“We need a change of mentality and little by little things will change” she said.

According to statistics published by the World Health Organization, about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

The 16 days of the “Orange the World” campaign takes place in different countries, demanding solutions against gender-based violence.

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Maria Sharapova and Iris van Herpen Turned Evian Bottles Into Haute Couture for the British Fashion Awards



vogue– When Maria Sharapova started to think about her outfit for the British Fashion Awards, she knew she wanted something different. Though she’s known for loving understated looks from labels like Givenchy, Dior, and David Koma, Sharapova wanted her first trip to the ceremony to be a departure. “I take more chances on the red carpet than in my everyday life, but I’m also much more confident now in my 30s than I was when I was younger,” she shared on the phone from London. “The great thing about fashion is it allows us to experiment and step outside our comfort zones to try something new.” With that in mind, Sharapova sought out a look that connects to fashion’s future. Her custom Iris van Herpen gown is as striking as any of the designer’s haute couture pieces, but it comes with an eco-friendly twist. 72% of the material used comes from recycled Evian plastic bottles.

Known for using environmentally conscious materials and hi-tech processes, van Herpen’s haute couture is far from traditional. A 3D printing pioneer, she’s used the technology in her collections since 2010. More recently, she’s turned her forward-thinking sensibility towards eco-fashion by linking with non-profit Parley for the Oceans and using fabric created from upcycled marine debris for her spring 2021 couture runway. The Dutch designer’s artistry and innovative, creative process attracted Sharapova. “Once you see the pieces up close, you appreciate the level of craftsmanship and thought that goes into them,” she says. “She’s an artist. One of the reasons we all notice her work is because it’s so sculptural. All the different forms and shapes that she utilizes fit the body so well. [Before this] I hadn’t worn one of her dresses, but I’d admired her creativity for so long.”

A longtime ambassador for the French water brand Evian, Sharapova has witnessed the company’s push towards a completely circular business model. Evian’s goals connect with van Herpen’s British Fashion Awards design. Working with a new fabric meant waiting to see if it would be able to hold the intricate forms van Herpen had dreamed up. “It took some time to see if the material itself would be up to our standards, but it all turned out beautifully,” says Sharapova. “Evian has done fashion projects before—every year, they collaborate with a designer on a special bottle—but this allowed them to put creativity at the forefront while reducing waste. 28% of the material was silk, but the other 72% came from recycled plastic from bottles that weren’t up to [traditional] recycling standards, which means they would have eventually become trash.”

Van Herpen and Sharapova started discussing the look in January, and stayed in touch via email, phone, and Zoom. “We discussed the dress’s shape in great detail, and I gave feedback on what works for me.” Some changes were subtle—a slight tweak in the neckline to create a more flattering silhouette—while others, like the addition of sleeves, altered the mood of the overall look. “The dress has evolved from our initial concept,” says Sharapova. “Altogether, this took more than 750 hours of work, so there are so many little details throughout.”

Due to international travel restrictions, Sharapova was only able to see everything in person in November during a trip to Amsterdam, when she stopped by van Herpen’s studio. It was worth the wait. “Being able to see the attention to detail that everyone there put into all the dresses they were working on was so impressive,’ she says. “[Iris and I] were able to spend a few hours together, and just seeing her process was incredible. So much of the society we live in is about the future, the metaverse, and artificial intelligence. With Iris, you see that futurism and the side of fashion that is purely about work ethic.”

Of course, the beauty of van Herpen’s final creation is evident even if you’ve never peeked into her studio. Dubbed “Memesis” the piece perfectly encapsulates the oceanic themes thanks to the hundreds of reflective laser cut petals (all made from recycled bottles) stitched onto gossamer light silk. “I love the metallic effect used on the paillettes that makes them almost look like pearls,” says Sharapova. “The subtle shift in colors captures the [feeling of] waves, and the movement a body of water has.” Despite the wealth of detail, it wasn’t cumbersome to put on. “At a glance, the material might seem heavy, but once you put it on, it’s incredibly light,” says Sharapova. “I’m wearing a corset beneath—which is a first for me—because it’s so lightweight and airy. This is such a statement piece. Dressing up and being on the red carpet allows you to be playful and step out of your comfort zone, and all of that is so well represented within this dress—now I’m just excited for everyone to see it.”

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Bryan Adams dedicates Pirelli’s 2022 calendar to ‘the great stars of music’



cnn– Pirelli has unveiled “On the Road,” its 2022 calendar starring some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Iggy Pop, Cher, Grimes and Jennifer Hudson. This edition of the renowned calendar, which was put on pause last year due to the coronavirus, was shot by Canadian singer-turned-photographer Bryan Adams and is dedicated to the “greatest talents in the world of music,” according to a news release.

“On the road is where I have been for the last 45 years,” Adams said in the statement, “because the life of a musician is made up of roads, travel, waiting in hotels, hours backstage.”
Since 1964, the Pirelli Calendar has been interpreted by a total of 37 photographers — including Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Herb Ritts — and has featured an impressive roster of talent, such as models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and actors Sophia Loren and Maggie Cheung. For the 2017 calendar, Peter Lindbergh captured a throng of Hollywood actors, including Uma Thurman and Kate Winslet, in a series of stripped-back, black-and-white portraits.
The 2022 version, which is the Italian tire company’s 48th edition, is a curated glimpse into the life of a touring artist. From the glamorous multi-story billboards that tower above street level to the remnants of room service: silver cloches strewn aside, half-eaten salads and empty water tumblers. The photographs follow a playful narrative arc: each month, Adams introduces not only a new star but a new scene.
For May, the phrase “entering backstage” introduces three images of Cher strutting through an unnamed venue’s labyrinthine hallways like a stage manager. In November, only the word “aftershow” accompanies several photos of Rita Ora posing inside a bathtub, absentmindedly pouring liquor over the edge. Each month is timestamped, too, meaning Adams’ story of life on the road is neatly packaged to represent the span of a single day: beginning in January at 7:45 a.m. and stretching into the small hours of a December morning at 4:12 a.m.
It’s rockstar iconography at it’s finest, drawing on the beloved — if not slightly clichéd — imagery of smashed lipsticks, abandoned microphones and stars perched atop pianos. The entire calendar was shot in just three days, with most celebrities photographed in Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont or the Palace Theatre, while photos of Saweetie were taken from Hotel La Scalinatella in Capri, Italy.
Adams’ himself closes the calendar, with an aviator-clad self-portrait and the wistful kicker: “On the way to the next show.”

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