September 2 2014

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11 posts tagged "Uma Thurman"

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Uma Thurman Wish You A Merry Christmas


Charlotte GainsbourgThe talk of Cannes today isn’t even in the festival: It’s Lars von Trier’s latest, Nymphomaniac, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg (left) as a woman recounting her erotic experiences after surviving a vicious beating. (Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia LaBeouf costar.) Von Trier being famously unstinting, the film depicts unsimulated sex—but according to one of the film’s producers, Louise Vesth, who spoke at the festival today, it will actually be a high-tech visual effect, where images of stunt doubles having sex will be digitally imposed onto images of the more famous actors. Naturally, it’s been the buzz of the Internet all day. For my part, I think the most boundary-crossing detail isn’t the F/X, but the release date: The film is slated to come out in von Trier’s native Denmark on Christmas Day. God Jul, as the Danes say.


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amfAR Takes the Battle to Tribeca


HBO’s forthcoming documentary The Battle of amfAR won’t air until December, but its debut screening at the Tribeca Film Festival last night certainly managed to draw a crowd, with Uma Thurman, Harry Belafonte, and Fern Mallis all coming out in support. Mallis—a founding board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS—told that she remembered giving amfAR one of DIFFA’s first grants, back in the eighties, to buy a refrigerator. These days, amfAR can afford its own iceboxes. It’s also evolved into one of the world’s leading funders of AIDS research, and the charity’s work and donations have made many new therapies available. And, of course, it’s amassed an impressive roster of celebrity endorsers—heck, Sarah Jessica Parker chaired its New York City gala in February.

But one mustn’t forget amfAR’s first famous patron, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The Battle of amfAR chronicles Taylor’s work with clinician Dr. Mathilde Krim in mobilizing during the early days of HIV. In the film’s opening moments, Taylor addresses a congressional committee on the burgeoning AIDS crisis. In a voice-over, the late actress explains that she watched as, one by one, her friends grew ill. “And so I thought, Bitch, do something!”

After the film, Kenneth Cole moderated a Q&A with Krim and amfAR CEO Kevin Frost. Krim, now 86, received a standing ovation as she took the stage. Cole asked if she has ever felt hopeless in what seems to be a never-ending battle. Said Krim: “No. I’ve never felt like throwing in the towel. From the very beginning, my feelings, my anxieties, my hope are the same as they are today. Is that a good answer?”

Photo: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

Marilyn And Uma Forever


With diamonds, caviar, and a live lounge singer accompanied by a three-man band, last night’s dinner at the Chopard boutique was an event Marilyn Monroe might have enjoyed. Which was fitting, as the evening was dedicated to the late actress and recurrent style icon. Chopard invited a small group of private clients to preview its collection of Haute Joaillerie, as well as an in-store exhibition titled Marilyn Forever, a show of unpublished photographs of the actress from iconic Monroe photographer Milton Greene’s archive. Along with a clutch of Chopard gems, the most striking snap, which pictured Monroe kneeling in a black robe, greeted guests at the door. Fun fact: Apparently the pose was chosen because Ms. Monroe had broken her ankle before the shoot.

The guest of honor was Uma Thurman, who actually played Ms. Monroe on five episodes of NBC’s Smash (well, actually, she played an actress who was playing Marilyn, if you want to get precise). “I loved her in The Misfits,” Thurman said, noting that the scene in which Monroe plays with a paddleball is easily her favorite Marilyn moment.

After admiring the photos, which were on display for one night only before being flown to Art Basel for Chopard’s joint party with W magazine, Thurman flipped through her own iPhone pics of her two-and-a-half-month-old baby, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson—or Luna for short. Draped in a black Maria Cornejo gown (and Chopard jewels, of course), Thurman had a motherly glow about her. When asked what was on her holiday wish list, Thurman replied, “Peace.” But, she admitted, she wouldn’t mind a few of those Marilyn prints, either.

Photo: Will Ragozzino /

Coming, Going, Gone


Norman Parkinson was an instrumental force in taking fashion photography out of the studio and into the street in the 1950s. Visual proof: Coming and Going, a diptych featuring Nena von Schlebrügge (a.k.a. Uma Thurman’s mom), which will go on the auction block at Christie’s in London next month. (She’s wearing, for the record, Yves Saint Laurent’s first collection for Christian Dior [Coming] and Estrava [Going].) “Norman Parkinson revolutionized the world of British fashion photography in the 1950s with images such as these, where he brought his models from the staid studio environment into the more dynamic outdoor setting—in this case the streets of London,” Christie’s specialist Mark Wilkinson tells the Telegraph. “He paved the way for others who then developed this concept, most famously, David Bailey.” The diptych is expected to fetch £3,000 to £4,000 at the September 3 auction.

Photos: Norman Parkinson / Christie’s

All Jazzed Up For Coquette Atelier


The twenties were roaring loud and clear last night at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG restaurant, where Linda Fargo (who was looking fabulous in a Jerry Hall for Thierry Mugler, champagne-colored lace pantsuit with matching bunny ears) and company toasted the launch of ready-to-wear line Coquette Atelier. Guests including Uma Thurman, Kim Cattrall, Woody Harrelson, Angela Bassett, Fred Armisen, and Paz de la Huerta enjoyed an evening of live jazz in the venue, which was Deco-ed out, right down to the napkins, matchbooks, and old-school cocktails. Rona Gaye Stevenson and Cassandra Grey, the design duo behind the new, Los Angeles-based label, scour vintage markets far and wide for one-of-a-kind pieces (like the suit Fargo was wearing) to rework. (Grey is the wife of Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, which may help to explain the heavy Hollywood quotient.)

“I’m not telling you my secrets, but I shop all over,” Stevenson told Grey added, “It’s like we’re waiting for impeccably dressed socialites to die.” The main event was the performance by vocalists Alice Smith and Frieda Lee, who just so happens to be Stevenson’s mother. They cooed and scatted along to tunes like the Gershwin classic ” ‘S Wonderful.” Lee had never performed in New York before and dedicated her set to “the love of all things fashion, history, Chicago, and, of course, jazz.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus /