Keri Russell to Star in Supernatural ‘Antlers’; Here’s Everything We Know

Keri Russell to Star in Supernatural 'Antlers'; Here's Everything We Know

Last December, we heard that Guillermo del Toro would be producing Antlers, a film of the supernatural. Now comes word via THR that Keri Russell (TV's The Americans, above) is in negotiations to star. What do we know about this project?

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Keri Russell to star in Star Wars: Episode IX

OHMYGOSSIP — Keri Russell is being eyed for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’.
The 42-year-old actress is reportedly set to star in the upcoming final main instalment of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to a report from Variety magazine.
Keri’s role is not yet known, but it will bring her back together with the movie’s writer and director J.J. Abrams, whom she last worked with on 2006’s ‘Mission: Impossible III’.
According to Variety, her role calls for action-heavy fight scenes, which is believed to have pushed casting directors toward Keri because of her experience with tough stunts though projects including FX show ‘The Americans’ and 2014 movie ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’.
J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm were said to have met with several actresses for the role over the past two months, and are believed to have settled on Keri earlier this week.
Abrams is said to be deciding on two more casting choices, which will be revealed before the film begins production at the end of the month.
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will see current main stars including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver all return to the franchise.
Meanwhile, Abrams – who previously helmed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – was brought onto the project after Colin Trevorrow exited following creative differences.
Colin left the production in September 2017, and recently admitted he only has positive memories of his experience working on the hotly anticipated movie.
He said: “I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films.
“When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that.
“Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

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Keri Russell Is Joining ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’; Here’s What We Know So Far

Keri Russell Is Joining 'Star Wars: Episode IX'; Here's What We Know So Far

Fans can look forward to many familiar faces returning for Star Wars: Episode IX next year, including Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, but now we know of at least one new addition. Variety has revealed that actress Keri Russell is in talks to join the cast of the sequel, which follows last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi to conclude the "Skywalker Saga."

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Azealia Banks Launches Struggle GoFundMe To Sue Russell Crowe

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We want to lead off this piece by saying that Russell Crowe should absolutely pay the price for his alleged actions against Azealia Banks, but we do think there’s got to be a better way. The Harlem rapper has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to sue Crowe and also give to charities that help protect oceans or something like that.

For background, back in 2016, Banks claimed Crowe and violently tossed her from his hotel room during a party she attended. Banks said that the actor used an offensive term and spat on her as well, and then threw RZA under the bus for not defending her during the dispute.

As she writes on the GoFundMe page, Banks wants to make Crowe pay for his actions by donating to charity and we’re still trying to see the connection here.

“Russell Crowe spit on me at a party in 2016 and denied it, had a group of people gaslight me causing irreparable damage to my acting career and my reputation as well as loads of emotional damage. Whatever money comes of this will be donated to ocean clean up charities,” Banks wrote in the opening statement of her fundraiser ask.

She goes on to say correctly say that men in Hollywood should pay for their actions and that women of color, especially Black women, have faced harm in this fashion but according to Page Six, she’s apparently already over her cause’s original intent.

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On her Instagram story, however, Banks said she might “f–k the Russell Crowe thing and use those donations to give back to ny foster children in the city…I can cook a lot of meals for kids with whatever is in the fund.”

OK, then.

So far, Banks has raised $ 2,068 for her goal of $ 100,000.

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Keri Russell spent last Mother’s Day roughing it in the woods

Running Wild With Bear Grylls Monday, 10 p.m., NBC Keri Russell wasn’t served breakfast in bed last Mother’s Day. Instead, she slept on a bed made of pine needles and dined on grilled crickets. It was one year ago that Russell, 42, jetted to the Canary Islands for a few days of canyon-rappelling with outdoorsman…
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Party for a Princess! Ciara and Russell Wilson Celebrate ‘Angel’ Daughter Sienna’s First Birthday

Is it Sienna Princess… or Princess Sienna?

From the looks of the birthday celebrations for Ciara and Russell Wilson‘s daughter, it may be the latter!

Sienna turned 1 on Saturday, calling for a birthday bash that included countless balloons. The parents delivered, showing the little one wearing a larger-than-life pink tulle skirt, covered in flowers and surrounded by countless balloons and an extra big birthday cake.

“Princess Sienna’s 1st Birthday! 4.28.17,” the “Goodies” singer, 31, captioned her Instagram post. “Forever one of the best days of my life! #HappyBirthday angel.”

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The Seattle Seahawks footballer, 29, also shared the adorable image, writing, “1 year ago. Jesus blessed us with you. I love you my sweet SiSi. #HappyBirthday @Ciara.”

The cute moment follows up the family’s Easter celebration photo, which featured a beaming Ciara smiling alongside Wilson, Sienna, and 3½-year-old Future, Ciara’s son with ex-fiancé Future.

In March, the Pandora Jewelry Radiant Shine brand ambassador and mother of two opened up to PEOPLE about how her fashion routine has changed since giving birth to her second child.

“I think there’s something kind of cool to me not having much time,” she said. “It kind of makes my fashion choices, I think better because you end up whooping things together and end up discovering something really cool.”

“I can whoop up a fresh look in like five minutes!” Ciara added, quick to note that sometimes she had to plan her outfits ahead of time “because you’re like, ‘If I don’t think about this then I really don’t know what may happen.’ “


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Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Russell Simmons Tossed Out

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Russell Simmons can claim a mild victory against the mounting claims that he sexually assaulted a number of women. One woman who made such a claim and filed a lawsuit seeking $ 5 million in damages saw her case dismissed, which sometimes signals something was worked out behind doors.

TMZ reports:

Jennifer Jarosik sued Simmons for millions of dollars, claiming he’d sexually assaulted her after she denied his advances. According to docs, the suit was dismissed Wednesday morning. It was dismissed with prejudice … meaning she can’t refile.

Typically, that’s a sign there’s been a settlement. Reps for Simmons had no comment.

The dismissal comes a couple weeks after Simmons filed a pretty strong response to the lawsuit, claiming Jennifer had sent him text messages and nude photos after the alleged assault.

Despite this positive uptick, Simmons still faces accusations from over a dozen other women.

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Russell Simmons denies latest woman’s claim that he raped her

(Reuters) – Hip hop music producer Russell Simmons on Thursday denied an accusation leveled in a civil lawsuit that he raped an aspiring documentary film maker at his Los Angeles home in 2016, the latest of several women to claim they were sexually abused by the music and film producer.


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Russell Simmons Facing Lawsuit for Alleged Rape of Documentary Filmmaker

Russell Simmons is facing a lawsuit from a documentary filmmaker who claims that he raped her at his home in 2016. Jennifer Jarosik alleges that the hip-hop mogul invited her to his house on Doheny Drive in Los Angeles and then asked her to have sex. When she said no, he became aggressive and pushed […]

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Movie News: Russell Crowe Joins Chris Hemsworth in ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

Movie News: Russell Crowe Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Bad Times at the El Royale'

Bad Times at the El Royale: Russell Crowe (The Mummy, above) has joined the cast of Bad Times at the El Royale. Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges star in the thriller, which is set at a hotel in Lake Tahoe. Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) wrote the original screenplay and will direct. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5. [Cinema Blend]

 

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Eva Marcille’s Boyfriend to Defend Russell Simmons Against Rape Accusations

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Russell Simmons is the latest industry bigwig to be hit with multiple accusations of sexual assault. At least five different women have accused the Def Jam co-founder of various levels of inappropriate contact, from unwanted fondling to full blown rape.

Simmons will be represented in court by former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling, who happens to be the boyfriend of model Eva Marcille. The couple are currently expecting their first child together. The hip hop icon is also being represented by attorney E. Carlos Tanner, according to The Jasmine Brand.

Earlier this month, Marcille defended Simmons on social media, saying it is unfair to condemn the music mogul based purely on accusations.

“Allegations and accusations are not facts…how quick we are to condemn an amazing man because of what someone says…what about his denial of these horrible accusations, do they not have weight? I know Russell to be an amazing upstanding man period.”

The father of two has already decided to step down from his various companies, with J.C. Penney and HBO disassociating themselves with his brand soon after allegations were made public.

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Movie News: Kurt Russell, Your New Santa Claus

Movie News: Kurt Russell, Your New Santa Claus

Christmas Movie: Kurt Russell will play Santa Claus in a Christmas movie for Netflix. He'll star alongside Judah Lewis (Netflix's The Babysitter) and Darby Camp (HBO's Big Little Lies), who will play Chicago siblings trying to catch Santa on camera to prove that he's real, only to inadvertently cause his sleigh to crash, precipitating a Christmas crisis. Chris Columbus (Home Alone) will produce; Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie) will direct. [THR]

 

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J.C. Penney Drops Russell Simmons’ Argyleculture Collection

J.C. Penney has decided to discontinue selling Russell Simmons’ Argyleculture brand in light of the sexual assault allegations that caused the hip-hop mogul to step down from the helm of his many companies on Thursday.
In a statement to WWD, the Plano, Tex.-based retailer, said: “In light of the recent allegations against Russell Simmons, J.C. Penney has decided to discontinue selling Argyleculture merchandise.”
Last fall, Penney’s took over from Macy’s as the primary distributor of the preppie-inspired urban brand Simmons founded over a decade ago.
The decision came as Simmons, who cofounded Def Jam and went on to start Def Comedy Jams, Phat Farm, Tantris Global Grind and more, released a statement Thursday stating that he would be leaving these businesses.
This follows a guest column by writer Jenny Lumet in the Hollywood Reporter accusing Simmons of making her have sex with him in 1991. Simmons has a different view, but said “feelings of fear and intimidation are real.”
According to Simmons, his companies will now be led by a group of executives, but he didn’t detail who or which companies they would be leading.
“The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness

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Iconic Black-Owned Construction Firm, H.J. Russell & Co., Launching New S.P.A.C.E. Division

An iconic BE 100s company, H.J. Russell & Co. is launching a new division that will build or renovate everything from sports stadiums to entertainment venues nationally.

Known as Russell S.P.A.C.E. Venues (Sports, Public Assembly, Convention, Entertainment), the unit will be part of the firm’s construction/program management service business.

Other projects the Atlanta-based company will take on include public assembly venues such as auditoriums, convocation halls, civic spaces such as parks, courtyards, and promenades as well as convention centers and exhibit halls.

Russell, No. 14 on the 2017 BE Top 100 list with revenue of over $ 253 million, plans to leverage 25 years of building those type of structures and applying its industry expertise to become a bigger player in the highly sought after and competitive business in the US; renovating existing facilities will be among the segments Russell will target.

Taking Their  Facilities to “Another Level”

 

CEO Michael Russell says there are thousands of college sports facilities from coast to coast, and it’s not unheard of for colleges and universities to have $ 50 million-plus renovation budgets to revamp their facilities. “We would gladly be a part of helping them take their facilities to another level with our decades of proven experience.”

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Founded in 1952 by the late legendary Herman J. Russell, the company has grown into one of the nation’s largest minority-owned real estate development and construction services firms. It has evolved from its start as a plastering business to a builder that has changed the skylines of American cities, particularly in Atlanta.

Herman Russell invested in developing the west side of Atlanta before developing the west side was trendy. Exactly 25 years apart, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium was built with Russell’s involvement as part of the HHRM Joint Venture ((Holder, Hunt, Russell, Moody) and it helped build the Georgia Dome, which will be torn down this month in the Barton Malow, Beers, Holder, Russell Joint Venture, a news release states.

Helped Build the $ 1.5B Stadium Where Atlanta Falcons Play

 

The $ 1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Georgia Dome, respectively, is—and was—the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Russell is certainly no novice to building big venues, something it has done for a quarter of a century. Its work on high-profile projects includes the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the Phoenix Convention Center to name a few. Now, it hopes to grow and sustain its long run in the business with S.P.A.C.E.

(Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Image: hjrussell.com)

 

“We believe we can, with our experience, help other markets and communities shape their skylines and sports, convention and entertainment patron experiences by building exceptional facilities just as we have and will continue to do in Atlanta,” Russell said in a press release.

The company hopes that being minority-owned and finding clients that value the diverse perspective it can offer will help add new business and set it apart from rivals.

“We want to work with clients who want to have a blended team that in many cases looks like the customer base or fan base they are ultimately trying to serve,” Russell says.

Goal to Land Three New Projects in 2018

 

On revenue growth, Russell says a dollar amount “is not our major concern for year one.”  He says the focus is really about continuing to grow the company’s presence in the S.P.A.C.E. sector and landing three new projects of significance in 2018. “We do, however, anticipate an incremental increase in revenue in 2018 and beyond as a direct result of this initiative.” The company made some recent strategic hires to support the new division.

Projects that Russell is involved with include the Atlanta Hawks Development & Practice Facility in Brookhaven, Georgia, this year. Another will be the Philips Arena Renovation in Atlanta in 2018, where the Atlanta Hawks play. In 2019, Russell will work on the Georgia International Convention Center NBA D-League Expansion in College Park, Georgia.

Brand Awareness and Enlightening Clients Among Challenges

 

Yet, a challenge with the new unit is establishing brand awareness with potential clients that Russell has done multiple projects beyond Atlanta.

Another will be making it known that the firm’s program management business is equal in size to its construction business. The program management group represent the owners and orchestrate every aspect of a project outside of construction. Russell says the firm has been providing these services at the national level for decades.

“We want the nation to know that we are here, we have the expertise, we have a unique perspective and we have the resources to support these types of projects anywhere,” Russell says. “We’re ready to go.”

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Gentleman of Style: Ian Russell, Duke of Bedford

Gentleman’s Gazette has already mentioned Sir Ian Russell here as the author of The Duke of Bedford’s Book of Snobs. But his witty remarks on the British peers of the realm and elegance were not exhausted in that book; he wrote three others, and we’ll try to show our readers some of his best quips and life tips. Meet Ian Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford.

Ian Russell: Poor Rich Kid

Ian Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford

Ian Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford

If you think that it is easy to belong to a family who “thought themselves slightly grander than God”, as the Russells did, try to imagine that your dad and your granddad won’t allow you to touch your own share of the fortune because they consider you an irresponsible lad: A year before the 11th Duke died in 1940, Ian Russell’s father Hastings disinherited him because he disapproved of Ian’s – then 22 – marrying a divorcee thirteen years his senior. A penniless Russell then went to work as an estate agent, collecting rents in Stepney.

A Silver Plated Spoon

A Silver Plated Spoon

In his first book – A Silver-Plated Spoon (1959) – he pours his memoirs and reproduces some letters exchanged between him and his father, showing the bitterness inside the familiar network.

A High-Flying, Eccentric Family

Mary Russell, 11th Duchess of Bedford - The Flying Duchess

Mary Russell, 11th Duchess of Bedford – The Flying Duchess

His family was, well, peculiar. His grandmother – Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford – was an ornithologist and aviator, a late-life practice that made her known as The Flying Duchess. This, by the way, was the title of Ian Russell’s third book, published in 1968, where he outlines a picture of his mother. During the 1930s, she broke many long-distance flight records with her single-engined Fokker F.VII, “The Spider.”

A Moth Major airplane

A Moth Major airplane

However, in 1937, she left Woburn Abbey in a DH.60GIII Moth Major and crashed into the North Sea; her body was never found.

Tahiti Blue Lorikeet, bred by the 12th Duke

Tahiti Blue Lorikeet, bred by the 12th Duke

Ian’s father, Hastings Russell, was a naturalist and an ornithologist, an interest he shared with his mother: He bred two lorikeet species, recognized as the world’s first breedings in captivity. He had a pet spider, which he regularly fed with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding; Hastings, on the other hand, was a vegetarian. Austere, he didn’t smoke, drink or gamble, and was even sued by his wife for “restoration of conjugal rights”, who portrayed him as “the most cold, mean and conceited person” she ever met.

Woburn Abbey, the Family Seat

The fans of TV series such as Downton Abbey are able to see how life must have been in the homes of dukes and bearers of lesser titles that compose the peerage of the British Empire.

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey

Obviously, the cost of keeping such fabulous residences, some verging on (or exceeding) the size of palaces, is not small, as this article in The Telegraph shows. Also, the large household staff started to dwindle after WW I, for financial and lodging reasons. For all this, something around 1,200 country houses were demolished in the 20th century.

John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, by Hans Holbein the Younger

John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, by Hans Holbein the Younger

But not Woburn Abbey. A gift from Henry VIII (actually, he took it in 1547 from the Cistercian Abbotts) to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, it became the seat of the Dukes of Bedford. It was a marvelous residence: John Adams, the future second President of the United States, visited some homes in that area and noted in his diary that “Stowe, Hagley, and Blenheim are superb; Woburn… beautiful.”

The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell

The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell

One of its occupants, the 7th Duchess, Anna Maria Russell (1783-1857), became famous for the invention of the afternoon tea in the mid-1840s: she favored Darjeeling tea, cakes, and sandwiches to fill in the gap between lunch and dinner, which was served late.

The Stately Home

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey

Our portrayed gentleman of style received Woburn in 1953 after the death of his father and faced the heavy inheritance duties. Besides, the mansion was half-demolished, half-derelict. Not a man to quit easily, the Duke of Bedford kept the ownership instead of handing the estate to the National Trust and, in 1955, opened it to the public for the first time.

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park

In 1970, he added Woburn Safari Park as an attraction, with great success. Asked about the unfavorable comments from his peers after he turned the manor into a visitor’s spot, he said, “I do not relish the scorn of the peerage, but it is better to be looked down on than overlooked.”

He was not the first peer in the business of stately homes, an expression that has been used to indicate a country house that opens to visitors at least some of the time: its pioneer was Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath (1905-1992) and its Longleat. In 1947, also due to inheritance duties, he opened the house to the public, adding a safari park in 1966.

How to Run a Stately Home

How to Run a Stately Home

But Ian Russell elevated the stately home business to an art, to the point of writing a book on it: his fourth and last book is How to Run a Stately Home, published in 1971. The Duke was a keen observer of human behavior and a peculiar sense of humor, but the book is useful for anyone who wants to do as he did and receive visitors – and who knows how many of his once scornful peers have read the book and followed his advice…

Here is a tongue-in-cheek remark from Russell on the importance of comfort stations, for instance:

“Very well, you may say impatiently; your advice has sunk in. Loos are important. All right, they are most important. But do you mean to say that nothing else really matters?

“No, I do not. While loos must come first, they would not take you far without teas and car-parks. A Stately Home with excellent loos, good teas served at a reasonable price, and sufficient car-parks (near the loos and the tea-rooms) will prosper. If you provide these three commodities, then – according to my computer – 87.3 per cent of your visitors will not notice if you have no house at all.”

An Original Dresser

It is noteworthy to say that the 13th Duke of Bedford was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1985, a list that includes, among other well-known names, Gianni Agnelli, Giorgio Armani, Fred Astaire, Pierre Cardin, and Lapo Elkann.

The Duke of Marlborough

The Duke of Marlborough

However, it must be said that being a Duke does not grant you a good fashion sense, as this picture of the Duke of Marlborough shows.

Ian Russell’s view on one’s image helps to explain why he cared so much about dressing well: “never mind the essence, it is only the appearance that matters.” A clear and deliberate contrast with his father, perhaps, with the latter’s almost spartan and ascetic lifestyle?

I believe so: according to Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA Since 1945, a book by Grace Lees Maffei, the Duke “commoditized his life. He appeared on television, allowed a nudist camp in his grounds, hired himself as a dinner companion and raffled the services of his butler, James Boyd, as a prize in an American competition”. By the way, we must surmise that the poor winner of Mr. Boyd’s services could not enjoy them properly, for the guy’s house “was invaded by so many camera-men and newspaper reporters… that he was unable to carry on his normal duties”.

The Duke’s Style

Suits

The Duke in a Mao suit

The Duke in a Mao suit

Here he dons a Mao suit in front of Woburn Abbey.

The Duke and Duchess at home

The Duke and Duchess at home

The same suit is worn indoors, in the company of his third wife, Nicole.

A conservative suit

A conservative suit

He could also be conservative, as this picture above shows.

The Duke wears a jacket by Henry Poole

The Duke wears a jacket by Henry Poole

Suits “must be made to measure“, he said. “Ready-made suits will not help you in the snobocratic world”. He was strict about colors: “dark grey, navy blue, and black are the only possible colors for a man’s suit… Do not go in for green suits and as for brown, it is fatal. You will be the ‘type of man who wears brown suits”. (Personally, I disagree about black suits, but we’re talking about the Duke of Bedford’s opinion.)

Henry Poole ledger page for the 13th Duke of Bedford

Henry Poole ledger page for the 13th Duke of Bedford

Your clothes, he quipped, “will never be too fashionable, they will never follow the latest craze, but their quality and cut will tell even after many years. Clothes should be obviously good but they must not scream: ‘Look at me, how elegant I am!’ The wearer’s personality should always be stronger than his clothes”.

The 15th Duke of Norfolk

The 15th Duke of Norfolk

On one of his peers, he commented that “the… [15th] Duke of Norfolk always wore appalling clothes. They were old and comfortable, and he liked them. Members of his family kept telling him that he just couldn’t go about dressed like that. ‘Why not?’ the Duke retorted. ‘No one knows me in London. And everybody knows me here – so what does it matter?’”

The Clarney shirt

The Clarney shirt

In this picture, for instance, we see the Duke wearing Turnbull & Asser’s Clarney shirt in 1966, with ruffles instead of the permanent ascot of the Brook Brothers’ version, in a flagrant contradiction to one of his own rules: “You should be just one or two steps behind the latest fashion – but no more. Frilly evening shirts should not even be looked at.”

One of his funniest moments shows as a quip on sheepskin coats: “I should hesitate to pronounce a firm verdict. They are both in and out, I should say. But if this delphic pronouncement is deemed a shade ambiguous, I would say – with a hardly audible sigh – all right, go on wearing them. I have always been a tolerant sort of fellow.”

Accessories

His sense of humor comes through in remarks such as this one about handkerchiefs: “These popular and necessary articles should be kept in the pocket and not – I repeat: not – in the sleeves of your jacket.” And on knitted items: “Generally speaking, anything knitted by daughters and nieces at school, while they may be touching, are not to be touched.”

The Duke and Duchess in their regalia

The Duke and Duchess in their regalia

On ties, he favored some color, thinking that “they are excessively dull and quiet in Britain.” He thought that details, such as socks, were the secret of a well-dressed man: “Even if a man is not greatly interested in clothing, he should pay some attention to his socks. It is no good leaving the buying of socks to your wife or a retired nanny, nor it is right to wear the socks which these charming and thoughtful ladies might knit for you”.

Hair

A good haircut, he thought, was essential for a proper image. “When Britons emerge from the hairdressers… they look like the victims of practical jokes”. Thus, completed him, “choose a barber who – rare specimen though he may be – knows a bit about cutting hair.” On facial hair, his advice is to avoid it, or be discrete: “Moustaches with double twists… mustaches which disappear behind your neck and come out again on the other side, should be avoided. Do not turn your face into a joke. If you cannot make other and better jokes, leave the humor to others.”

Conclusion

He finishes his book with some remarks on climbing the social scale: “Being an upstart is, perhaps, natural to many human beings. Being a down start is much rarer; but also much wiser.”

Though the Duke certainly achieved notoriety by virtue of his title and fortune as an English peer, his wit and style make him a notable character of the modern world of a gentleman.


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Leon Russell: The Voice Death Can’t Touch

I saw the late Leon Russell just once, on October 29, 1971, at Duke University. It was a wonderful concert, but I remember the details mostly because someone announced from the stage that Duane Allman had died in a motorcycle crash earlier that day. That put, to say the least, a grim twist on the night. A first rate buzzkill, in fact. But shocking as it was, it fell squarely within the realm of possibility, rock stars then having the life expectancy of a milk carton.

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Russell Simmons, Stephen G. Hill, and Bozoma Saint John Talk About the Importance of Saving Kids Through Art [Video]

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Celebrities, business luminaries, and artists gathered on July 15 at the Art For Life benefit, one of the hottest Hamptons parties of the summer. But besides enjoying the luxury of fine dining, live entertainment, an array of art on display, attendees raised over $ 1.1 million for an art education initiative founded by brothers Russell, Danny, and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons.

 

Russell Simmons Art For Life Honoree Chuck D. and Russell Simmons (Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images Courtesy of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)

 

 

Their organization, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF), was launched in 1995 to provide children of color with access and exposure to the arts while helping to develop and support underrepresented artists, curators, and audiences. To fund the org, proceeds from Art For Life benefit RPAF’s arts education and gallery programs, which have directly served tens of thousands of at-risk youth for the last two decades. This year, the benefit, “Midnight at the Oasis,” was held at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, New York, and sponsored by Merrill Lynch, UBER, and Coty Inc. Renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien returned to host the gala, which welcomed stars like Star Jones, Super Bowl champion Darrelle Revis, artist Elle Varner, and legendary music executive Kevin Liles.

While on the red carpet, Black Enterprise spoke to the 2017 Art For Life honorees, including former President, Consumer Beauty Division for Coty Inc. Esi Eggleston Bracey; legendary hip-hop artist Chuck D; Chief Brand Officer for Uber Bozoma Saint John; former President of Programming for BET Stephen G. Hill; and 2017 featured artist, Sanford Biggers.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve been coming to this event for a long time and now to be honored amongst such great artists, I’m so excited about that,” Saint John told BE, before mentioning her recent move from Apple to Uber.

 

 

Hill, who announced a surprising departure from BET in March, spoke about how the power of art unites cultures and stimulates innovation.

 

 

With the growing demand for STEM jobs, O’Brien lamented that funding for art programs “are often one of the very first things that get cut” from schools. She added her thoughts on the huge impact RPAF has made in the lives of disenfranchised children through scholarships and its signature programs in New York City schools.

 

 

BE also spoke to Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning artist Cynthia Erivo, who delivered a stellar performance at the benefit.

“Art is a wonderful way of teaching,” she said. “Whenever a child is able to access art, it opens up another side of them, and I think that’s important to share. The more ways that we can get kids to learn, the better.”

 

 

During the dinner, Russell Simmons took the stage and joked about the all-vegan menu created by Great Performances Chef De Cuisine Mark Russell, urging guests to keep an open mind. He also stressed how vital art is to student achievement and our overall well-being.

“When kids struggle, there’s nothing greater than exercising creative muscles,” said Simmons. “The creative process is how we move from step to step in life. Beyond the political landscape that we find ourselves in, the political landscape before that or even before that, we’re here to do the work for our kids. You guys have helped us do that for 22 years.”

Later, the media mogul hosted a live auction that raised an impressive $ 150,000 in less than 10 minutes. However, Chuck D stole the night with a surprising performance of the 1989 classic hip-hop hit “Fight The Power.”

 

 

 

Following the dinner and performances, Danny Simmons talked to BE about the immense impact that Art For Life has had on inner-city kids.

“We have been able to reach thousands of children through the New York City School System, we put kids in college, [and] we have kids who been through college that come back and teach other kids,” he said, adding that they plan to expand the programs outside of New York and Philadelphia. “We want to make this national because we know it works.”

Jaleel Wilson, a 19-year-old freshman at LaGuardia Community College in New York, is just one of the students who benefited from RPAF. He told BE that the Art For Life scholarship he received last year has helped him financially and pushed him closer to his aspiration to launch his own art organization.

“It’s helped me with college so that I don’t have to come out of my pocket and spend money for college. So I appreciate them very, very much for that.”

Likewise, Ardelia Lovelace, a 19-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, said being awarded a full scholarship through the Rush Arts has relieved her of an immense financial burden. No longer am I “worrying about how am I going to pay for college,” instead, the scholarship “allowed me to put that money and focus onto other things instead of stressing about if I’m in debt and how much I owe.”

She added, “Art is such an amazing part of life and I feel like a lot of people aren’t able to experience that.”

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Kurt Russell And Goldie Hawn’s First Date Was Interrupted By Police

As much as we may hate the term “relationship goals,” there’s really no better way to describe Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. The couple, who’ve been together for over 30 years, have defied the odds of celebrity romances. 

During a Friday appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show “Harry,” Russell dished on the night it all began. Russell and Hawn were filming the 1984 World War II movie “Swing Shift.” Sexy times were had and police were involved. 

“I said, ‘You know, if we have to dance in this, you’re a professional dancer,’” Russell recalled. “‘You know how to dance, but I just need to figure something out.’ She said, ‘We should go somewhere and dance to that kind of swing music.’ I said, ‘I’ll find that.’ The Playboy Club was the only place that had that. So we went to the Playboy Club, and I just immediately was having a great time with this girl, Goldie.”

When the two left the club, they agreed their night was far from over. They wound up back at Hawn’s house, which was being renovated at the time. That’s when things started to get interesting. 

“We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture, and we were in the imaginary bedroom, now, and we are realistically having sex when the police walked in, because we had to break into the place to get in,” “The Hateful Eight” star said.

Russell couldn’t help but laugh about the incident as he retold the story, noting it was “bizarre and weird.” “We were being told to go get a hotel room, which we did,” he said. 

And the rest is history. 

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Tumbling Jack Russell Wins Hearts After Hilariously Bad Dog Show Run

You don’t have to be a winner to go home a champion, as one rescue dog proves.

The Jack Russell terrier named Olly is winning hearts around the world following a hilariously bad performance at the Crufts dog show in the U.K. on Friday after being tasked with navigating an obstacle course.

Entertaining video captured the pooch enthusiastically giving it his all as he dashed and leaped in the air as part of the program’s Rescue Dog Agility, as a woman with the Blue Cross tried to keep up.

Unfortunately for Olly, though he sure had speed and stamina on his side, his precision was a bit skewed. The tiny dog was seen running circles, face-planting after a premature jump and at one point pausing to sniff out a corner.

“Oh, what a nose dive! And he couldn’t care less,” the announcer said while laughing after watching a replay of the dog barrel rolling across the floor before jumping back onto his feet as if it never happened.

“Olly’s totally crazy, as you can see he’s having a ball. Loves life and exercise,” the announcer summed up the endearing pooch’s carefree performance.

By Sunday, video of Olly’s antics became one of the top trending videos on YouTube, earning him internet gold.

You go, Olly.

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Russell Simmons Leads ‘I Am A Muslim Too’ Rally in New York

Music mogul Russell Simmons led thousands of New Yorkers in a show of solidarity for Muslim Americans at the “I Am A Muslim Too” rally on Sunday in Times Square. 

Simmons headlined the event, which was co-organized by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and the Nusantara Foundation in response to the increased anxiety over President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

“We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention, that they have been misled. We are here unified because of Donald Trump. We want to thank him for bringing us together,” Simmons told the crowd

He added, “We are focused on things that are not helpful to America, we’re using the Muslim community as a scapegoat. We are being mean to the people who are the victims of terrorism. All of the diversity we see here today will prevail.”

Also at the rally was New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chelsea Clinton, Q-Tip and Susan Sarandon, who the Daily Mail reports told the crowd that it’s no longer possible to remain neutral and that “We will fight hatred with love.”

Earlier this week, Russell co-authored a blog for The Huffington Post with Rabbi Marc Schneier that promoted Sunday’s rally and argued that Muslim immigrants have made great contributions to the country:

All of the above-mentioned people are Muslim immigrants who have proven through their life’s work that they truly “support our country and deeply love our people.” It is high time President Trump should acknowledge — perhaps through a series of tweets ― that these American patriots and untold thousands of other Muslim immigrants from all walks of life are improving the quality of life of all Americans.

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David O. Russell Explains Why It’s the Perfect Time for His New Prada Film

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Just FYI, Russell Wilson And Ciara Aren’t Having Sex

We haven’t heard that much about Russell Wilson and Ciara’s relationship, until now. 

The pair, who made their public debut as a couple back in April as they walked the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner together, were rumored to have ended their romance as soon as it started. But it turns out that’s not the case. In a Q&A with San Diego pastor Miles McPherson at The Rock Church on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback got really, really candid about the couple’s sex life, or lack therof

“He has anointed both of us and I know that he’s calling for us to do something miraculous,” Wilson said. “I told her … If you can really love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody.” 

Wilson was talking about not having sex, just in case that wasn’t totally clear. 

He said the 29-year-old singer agreed with him, adding, “I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now. I need y’all to pray for us! I know you seen her on the screen … If there’s a 10, she’s a 15. Pray for me. Keep my mind clear. Keep my heart clear.”

Good to know. Also good to know: Wilson, 26, was previously married to Ashton Meem, whom he divorced in 2014, while Ciara was previously engaged to rapper Future, with whom she has a 1-year-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn

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Russell Crowe Comes Under Fire For Saying Actresses Must Act Their Age

In an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly, Russell Crowe made some inflammatory comments about actresses and age-appropriate roles. Crowe’s remarks appeared online two weeks ago, but caught a wave of attention on Monday morning which resulted in accusations of sexism.

Crowe was promoting his directorial debut, “The Water Diviner,” when he spoke about portraying a father of three grown sons in the movie. Saying he couldn’t have played the role 20 years ago, Crowe launched into a sermon about women’s place on the big screen:

The best thing about the industry I’m in — movies — is that there are roles for people in all different stages of life. To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can’t understand why she’s not being cast as the 21-year-old.

Meryl Streep will give you 10,000 examples and arguments as to why that’s bullshit, so will Helen Mirren, or whoever it happens to be. If you are willing to live in your own skin, you can work as an actor. If you are trying to pretend that you’re still the young buck when you’re my age, it just doesn’t work.

I have heard of an actress, part of her fee negotiation was getting the number of children she was supposed to have lessened. Can you believe this? This [character] was a woman with four children, and there were reasons why she had to have four children — mainly, she lived in a cold climate and there was nothing to do but fornicate all day — so quit arguing, just play the role!

The point is, you do have to be prepared to accept that there are stages in life. So I can’t be the Gladiator forever.

A slew of vitriolic headlines popped up in response to the actor’s remarks. Slate, for example, wrote Russell Crowe Says Older Women Don’t Get Movie Roles Because They Refuse to Act Their Age, while Jezebel published its reaction with the headline Always Full of Shit Russell Crowe Says Actresses Should Act Their Age. Here’s Everything Russell Crowe Got Wrong About Women In Film, Australian site Junkee wrote.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted Crowe’s rep for further comment but did not receive an immediate response.

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