EXCLUSIVE Cheryl will not make red carpet return at Cannes

Jabeen Waheed For Mailonline

Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years.

The pop princess, 33 – who welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month – has said it’s ‘too soon’ for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work.

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No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

No red carpet comeback: New mother Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival next month for the first time in seven years 

‘Cheryl has always attended Cannes with L’Oreal Paris in her role as spokesmodel but there is no way she is going to leave the country with a new born baby. L’Oreal Paris are incredibly supportive of her decision.’

A spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris added to MailOnline: ‘Having only given birth less than one month ago, Cheryl will not be attending Cannes Film Festival 2017 with L’Oreal Paris.’   

It was claimed by The Sun that the singer would make her hotly-anticipated red carpet return at glamorous spectacle next month, marking her first public appearance as a mother.   

A source said: ‘As a brand ambassador for L’Oreal, Cheryl is contractually obliged to make an appearance at Cannes Film Festival. 

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it's 'too soon' for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it's 'too soon' for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Doting: The pop princess, 33, has said it’s ‘too soon’ for her to think about leaving the country for work purposes when she has a newborn baby boy at home

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

Smitten with her family: The singer (pictured in November 2016) welcomed her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, last month

'Too soon': A source told MailOnline: 'Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

'Too soon': A source told MailOnline: 'Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

‘Too soon’: A source told MailOnline: ‘Cheryl only gave birth last month so understandably it is too soon for her to return to work 

‘Cannes is the most glamorous showbiz event in the world and Cheryl is always incredibly proud to be invited and represent the brand.’ 

‘Prestigious Cannes is the perfect way for Cheryl to return to the limelight, show off her post-baby figure and let everyone see how happy she is since becoming a mum.’

Cheryl has always hogged the limelight at the star-studded movie festival since making her big debut seven years ago. 

For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year. 

In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown. 

New mummy: L'Oreal are said to have been 'incredibly supportive' of Cheryl's decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

New mummy: L'Oreal are said to have been 'incredibly supportive' of Cheryl's decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

New mummy: L’Oreal are said to have been ‘incredibly supportive’ of Cheryl’s decision not to return to the limelight for the glamorous annual film event  

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable red carpet looks the following year

Daring: The sizzling white gown plunged to her navel and bared her busty assets

Daring: The sizzling white gown plunged to her navel and bared her busty assets

White hot: For her first big look in 2010, she stunned in a sexy cut-out white gown, (L) before going on to take the plunge with one of her most recognisable outfits the following year

Her next appearance at Cannes saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown while in 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress. 

Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year.

She stunned in a multi-coloured, patterned garment which bared her enviable frame. 

Meanwhile, Cheryl’s ex-husband Jean-Bernard will be at Cannes this year, with his new eponymous pop-up restaurant, Versini. 

After months of swirling pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot.

The Promise This singer had gushed beside the image: ‘On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream.’

‘Although he still doesn’t have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.’

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Stunning: With the emphasis on her gown, she opted to wear her locks in a loose chignon and kept her make-up low-key

Stunning: With the emphasis on her gown, she opted to wear her locks in a loose chignon and kept her make-up low-key

Eye-catching: In 2012 she injecting a splash of colour to her gown with a red faux-fur train (L) and a year later flaunted her svelte frame in a wine-coloured figure-hugging gown

Statement: Cheryl's next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Statement: Cheryl's next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Statement: Cheryl’s next appearance at Cannes in 2014 saw her donning a flirty leg-flashing black gown as she hit the red carpet

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

Regal: In 2015 she oozed sophistication with a cream-coloured cape dress which flashed her toned pins with a saucy thigh-high split 

‘Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever.’

Liam then took to his own Instagram to share the same snap, writing a touching tribute to Cheryl beside the same candid image.

‘My close friends and family know there are very few times when I’m left speechless… wow!’, he wrote.

‘I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.’

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Off the market glow: Cheryl also chose Cannes to make her big debut after going public with her relationship with the One Direction hunk last year

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

Proud parents: After months of pregnancy rumours, Cheryl and Liam confirmed the birth of their son on Saturday 25 March with a sweet Instagram of Liam cradling the tot

‘I’m completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she’s really made my dreams come true.

‘We haven’t named him yet but he’s already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed.’

Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge – before embarking on a romance at the start of last year. 

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge - before embarking on a romance in early 2016

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge - before embarking on a romance in early 2016

Journey of love: Liam and Cheryl first met on the X Factor in 2008 when he was auditioning at the tender age of 14 while she was a judge – before embarking on a romance in early 2016

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Nicole Kidman leads the Cannes Film Festival

Alisha Buaya For Daily Mail Australia

She has already enjoyed a great start to the year with the success of films Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies.

And it seems actress Nicole Kidman won’t be slowing down, with the actress appearing in four different screenings at the Cannes Film Festival next month. 

The 49-year-old actress will appear in three different films and a TV series that will be screened during the two-week event.

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A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

One of the most anticipated films is The Beguiled with an all star cast including Nicole, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell, directed by Sofia Coppola.

The film, which is set during the American Civil War, has generated plenty of hype after it was announced that it was competing for the Palme d’Or.

Another Nicole Kidman film nominated for the prestigious award is The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or prize

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d’Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Her third film entry How to Talk to Girls at Parties, is a sci-fi romantic comedy directed by John Cameron Mitchell is unfortunately not up for any award, but will still be screened during the festival.

Nicole will play Queen Boadicea, alongside comedian Matt Lucas and Elle Fanning once again.

Meanwhile, acclaimed mystery drama series Top of the Lake will premiere its second season, titled China Girl, at Cannes.

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d’Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

The Moulin Rouge star is a recent addition to the star studded cast including Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham. 

Nineteen other films from all over the world have been nominated for the Palme d’Or award including You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenixm, and Good Time featuring Robert Pattinson. 

The Cannes Film Festival will run from 17 to 28 May 2017.

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

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Is a hat-trick in the Cannes for Nicole Kidman?

Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies

Nicole Kidman could be gracing the Cannes Film Festival next month with three movies.

The Oscar-winning actress gives, from what I’m hearing, a ‘magnificent’ performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’s film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, in which she is the wife of a surgeon (Colin Farrell).

Lanthimos made the much talked about Cannes success The Lobster, which also starred Farrell.

The line-up for the 70th Festival will be revealed next Thursday; and my Parisian friends tell me to expect to see this movie on the list of official competition films. 

That would be nice for Film4, which has backed Lanthimos’s works, including The Favourite, shooting in London now, with this year’s Best-Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman.

Nicole’s second film is likely to be How To Talk to Girls At Parties, about aliens who hang out in Croydon, South London. I was on the set with the actress and it was a wild and wacky affair — and that’s just Nicole’s wig! The picture is rumoured to have a slot in one of the Festival’s sidebars.

And the third offering? That’s director Sofia Coppola’s study of The Beguiled (again starring Farrell), about a wounded Yankee soldier who hides out in a school for young women in Confederate-held Virginia.

‘I like the directors and writers who don’t play safe,’ Nicole once told me. That ethos helps keep her at the top of her game.

Anya wins a big role… in The Miniaturist

Rising star Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist. 

Burton’s page-turner was a summer sensation three years ago, and has sold millions of copies in 30 languages since.

Anya, who has made six movies in two years, including art house success The Witch and box office hit Split, has started filming the 17th-century thriller about 18-year-old Petronella Oortman, who is married off to Johannes Brandt, a wealthy trader who lives in a grand Amsterdam house with his sister Marin.

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Anya Taylor-Joy has clinched the coveted lead role in the three-part BBC dramatisation of Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist 

Alex Hassell, a Royal Shakespeare Company leading man who appears in George Clooney’s new film Suburb-icon, will play Brandt, with Romola Garai as Marin.

The story follows what happens when Brandt orders a beautiful doll’s-house copy of their home; and Petronella commissions a miniaturist to furnish the replica.

‘It’s the journey of a girl into womanhood,’ Anya told me.

Petronella goes from initial isolation, and is able to gain confidence to ‘break out of societal confines’, she said.

It’s a big break for the young actress, now 20, who was born and raised in Buenos Aires until she was six years old.

She left school at 16 to become an actress. The Witch was her first movie. Directors have been queueing up to work with her, but a (hopefully) popular prime-time BBC costume drama will catapult her into living rooms around the world. The BBC production is being produced by British company The Forge and the American Masterpiece channel.

Anya said she grew up watching recordings of movies over and over, her favourite being Thelma & Louise. ‘There was something in the way it was shot, and I was so entrenched in the friendship of those two women,’ she told me.

She loves film sets, and studios, and the friendships that develop on location. ‘I’m into sharing the kind of nakedness of everybody,’ she said.

The TV adaptation of The Miniaturist, by John Brownlow, is based solely on Burton’s book, in which the author took a historical character and imagined her life. The real Petronella did have a doll’s-house, now in a Dutch museum.

The drama also features Hayley Squires, Emily Berrington and another RSC man, Paapa Essiedu.

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Fury over ‘airbrushed’ Cannes film festival poster

  • French media poured scorn on festival’s official poster for allegedly tampering
  • Organisers said to have airbrushed a picture of Italian acress Claudia Cardinale
  • The photograph is from 1959 of her swirling her skirt on a rooftop in Rome
  • People have questioned the need to slim down the famously sexy star 

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The official poster for this year’s Cannes film festival sparked an outcry Wednesday over claims that Italian actress Claudia Cardinale’s thighs had been airbrushed to make them thinner.

French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with a photograph of Cardinale swirling her skirt on a Rome roof in 1959.

‘Claudia Cardinale dropped a dress size in one swirl,’ said the left-leaning Liberation, while the culture magazine Telerama questioned why it was necessary to retouch the famously sexy star when she was in her heyday.

The Cannes Film Festival's official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year
The Cannes Film Festival's official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year

The Cannes Film Festival’s official poster for its 70th annual event taking place this year

Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals
Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals

Claudia Cardinale seven years after the Rome rooftop photo in the 1966 film The Professionals

‘While the poster is magnificent, the photograph has clearly and deplorably been airbrushed to thin the actress’s thighs. What a pity,’ it said.

There was a similarly hostile reaction on social media, with one Twitter user saying, ‘If even Claudia Cardinale cannot represent beauty without being retouched, we really are in trouble.’

Others bemoaned the ‘dictatorship of thinness’ or claimed that ‘Cardinale wasn’t thin enough for Cannes’.

Claire Serre-Combe, of the French women’s group Osez le feminisme! (‘Dare to be Feminist’), said it was a scandal that Cardinale who was ‘thin and magnificent in the original photo’, should have to ‘lose kilos’ for the poster.

But the festival’s director Thierry Fremaux told AFP that the poster had been ‘very well received’.

The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model's picture
The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model's picture

The poster which has caused much controversy in France featuring the model’s picture

John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman
John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman

John Wayne as Matt Masters, Claudia Cardinale as Toni Alfredo (left) and Rita Hayworth as Lili Alfredo (right) in the 1964 film The Magnificent Showman

Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of "Effie Gray" at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014
Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of "Effie Gray" at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014

Actresses Claudia Cardinale and Dakota Fanning attend the World Premiere of “Effie Gray” at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2014

The actress, now 78, said in a statement released by the festival that she was honoured to feature on the poster for its 70th anniversary year.

‘I am very happy about the choice of the photo,’ she said.

‘That dance on a roof in Rome – it reminds me of a time when I could never have imagined climbing up the red-carpeted steps of the most celebrated’ film festival in the world.

Tunisian-born Cardinale starred in some of the greatest European films of the 1960s and 1970s including Federico Fellini’s ‘8½’ and Luchino Visconti’s ‘The Leopard’.

The furore comes as Fremaux is whittling down the line-up for the festival, which runs from May 17 to 28.

Sofia Coppola’s US Civil War story ‘The Beguiled’, starring Colin Farrell as a wounded soldier who is given refuge in a girl’s boarding school, is hotly tipped to make the main competition.

Coppola’s previous hits ‘Virgin Suicides’ and ‘Marie Antoinette’ also premiered on the Croisette, and her new film comes with the starry trio of Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst.

Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa - translated to Of A Thousand Delights - in 1965
Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa - translated to Of A Thousand Delights - in 1965

Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale starring in the film Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa – translated to Of A Thousand Delights – in 1965

Fellow US indie director Todd Haynes is also among those thought to have made the cut with ‘Wonderstruck’ his time-shift story of two deaf children starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

Speculation is also swirling around ‘War Machine’, the big-budget Afghan war story starring Brad Pitt.

Matt Damon could end up being in two films at the festival, Alexander Payne’s sci-fi comedy ‘Downsizing’ and George Clooney’s new family drama ‘Suburbicon’.

There has been much talk too of a special screening of Cannes favourite David Lynch’s revival of his cult television series ‘Twin Peaks’.

There is also likely to be films from Palme d’Or winners Roman Polanski – ‘After a True Story’ starring Eva Green – and the unsparing Austrian director Michael Haneke tackling the migrant issue in ‘Happy End’, which reunites him with French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Another winner of the festival’s top prize, the Franco-Tunisian Abdellatif Kechiche (‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’) is expected to return with ‘Mektoub is Mektoub’ (Fate is Fate).

French Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius (‘The Artist’), whose film on the cinema revolutionary Jean-Luc Godard is called ‘Redoutable’, is also likely to be back this year. 

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Brynne Edelsten attends Fifty Shades Darker premiere

It’s the dark romantic movie based on a bestseller book series.

And Australian celebrity fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy were out in force on Wednesday for the premieres of Fifty Shades Darker in Sydney and Melbourne.

Starlets such as Brynne Edelsten and DJ Tigerlily did their best Anastasia Steele impressions in an array of slinky black ensembles.

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Mr Grey will see you now! Celebrities don slinky black outfits at Fifty Shades Darker premieres in Sydney and Melbourne

Mr Grey will see you now! Celebrities don slinky black outfits at Fifty Shades Darker premieres in Sydney and Melbourne

The 34-year-old ex-wife of Geoffrey Edelsten wore a figure-hugging black dress with scalloped edging that revealed her toned pins.

The American styled her blonde locks poker straight, wearing understated eye makeup and a nude lipstick.

Brynne accessorised her outfit on the Melbourne red carpet with a pair of towering platform heels and black handbag.

Bubbly look: The American styled her blonde locks poker straight, wearing understated eye makeup and a nude lipstick
Bubbly look: The American styled her blonde locks poker straight, wearing understated eye makeup and a nude lipstick

Bubbly look: The American styled her blonde locks poker straight, wearing understated eye makeup and a nude lipstick

At the Sydney premiere, DJ Tigerlily appeared to take the movie’s sensual theme to heart, wearing a see-through lace dress.

The 24-year-old looked stunning in the racy ensemble, with the sheer design flaunting her cleavage and exposing her knickers.

Tigerlily, whose real name is Dara Hayes, sported statement gold jewellery and styled her hair in a messy up do with bronzed makeup.

Revealing: DJ Tigerlily appeared to take the movie's sensual theme to heart, wearing a see-through lace dress

Revealing: DJ Tigerlily appeared to take the movie’s sensual theme to heart, wearing a see-through lace dress

Golden girl: Tigerlily sported statement gold jewellery and styled her hair in a messy up do with bronzed makeup
Golden girl: Tigerlily sported statement gold jewellery and styled her hair in a messy up do with bronzed makeup

Golden girl: Tigerlily sported statement gold jewellery and styled her hair in a messy up do with bronzed makeup

All black fan: The musical beauty kept her accessories black with pointed pump heels and a YSL handbag

All black fan: The musical beauty kept her accessories black with pointed pump heels and a YSL handbag

The musical beauty kept her accessories black with pointed pump heels and a YSL handbag.

Former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant Abbie Weir also embraced a sheer outfit.

The leggy blonde’s bra was visible through a see-through spotted top, which was tucked into a leather miniskirt.

Model of perfection: Former Australia's Next Top Model contestant Abbie Weir also embraced a sheer outfit
Model of perfection: Former Australia's Next Top Model contestant Abbie Weir also embraced a sheer outfit

Model of perfection: Former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant Abbie Weir also embraced a sheer outfit

Beautiful in black! The 20-year-old model paired the outfit with knee high boots and a simple clutch bag

Beautiful in black! The 20-year-old model paired the outfit with knee high boots and a simple clutch bag

Fancy seeing you! While on the red carpet, Abbie caught up with a another reality TV star - former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer

Fancy seeing you! While on the red carpet, Abbie caught up with a another reality TV star – former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer

The 20-year-old model paired the outfit with knee high boots and a simple clutch bag.

While on the red carpet, Abbie caught up with a another reality TV star – former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer.

The likeable 2013 winner, who recently revealed he was in a same sex relationship with best friend Ash Toweel, wore a satin black suit with a white button down shirt.

Suiting up: The likeable 2013 winner, who recently revealed he was in a same sex relationship with best friend Ash Toweel, wore a satin black suit with a white button down shirt
Suiting up: The likeable 2013 winner, who recently revealed he was in a same sex relationship with best friend Ash Toweel, wore a satin black suit with a white button down shirt

Suiting up: The likeable 2013 winner, who recently revealed he was in a same sex relationship with best friend Ash Toweel, wore a satin black suit with a white button down shirt

Breaking away from the black dress code was former Miss World Erin Holland and Real Housewives Of Melbourne star Susie McLean.

The blonde beauty looked chic in a fitted white dress, which featured corseted waist detailing and a satin high neck.

Erin kept her makeup simple, pulling her golden locks back from her face into a sleek ponytail.

White hot! The blonde beauty looked chic in a fitted white dress, which featured corseted waist detailing and a satin high neck
White hot! The blonde beauty looked chic in a fitted white dress, which featured corseted waist detailing and a satin high neck

White hot! The blonde beauty looked chic in a fitted white dress, which featured corseted waist detailing and a satin high neck

Natural beauty: Erin kept her makeup simple, pulling her golden locks back from her face into a sleek ponytail

Natural beauty: Erin kept her makeup simple, pulling her golden locks back from her face into a sleek ponytail

Ravishing red! A bubbly Susie wore a red maxi dress which showed off her ample cleavage and lithe figure

Ravishing red! A bubbly Susie wore a red maxi dress which showed off her ample cleavage and lithe figure

A bubbly Susie wore a red maxi dress which showed off her ample cleavage and lithe figure.

Models Hannah Perera and Tori Levett went for a boho take on the black theme, baring their tanned physiques in black gowns.

Home And Away star  Philippa Northeast stood out in a metallic dress whileX Factor’s Jacinta Gulisano and actress Kat Hoyos used sequins to give their outfits extra sparkle.

Boho babes! Models Hannah Perera and Tori Levett went for a boho take on the black theme, baring their tanned physiques in black gowns
Boho babes! Models Hannah Perera and Tori Levett went for a boho take on the black theme, baring their tanned physiques in black gowns

Boho babes! Models Hannah Perera (left) and Tori Levett (right) went for a boho take on the black theme, baring their tanned physiques in black gowns

Striking in silver: Home And Away actress Philippa Northeast stood out in a metallic dress

Striking in silver: Home And Away actress Philippa Northeast stood out in a metallic dress

Eye catching: X Factor's Jacinta Gulisano and actress Kat Hoyos used sequins to give their outfits extra sparkle.
Eye catching: X Factor's Jacinta Gulisano and actress Kat Hoyos used sequins to give their outfits extra sparkle.

Eye catching: X Factor’s Jacinta Gulisano (left) and actress Kat Hoyos (right) used sequins to give their outfits extra sparkle.

Oscars class photo: Seven things we spotted

Oscars class photo: Seven things we spotted

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This year’s Oscars “class photo” has been released – and as usual there are several quirks and questionable outfits.

The picture sees 163 of this year’s nominees gathered together and smiling away, but zoom in and there is a whole lot more going on.

Here are just seven of the things we spotted in this year’s photo.


1. Pharrell Williams didn’t exactly dress for the occasion

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All of this year’s male nominees are dressed smartly in tuxes and suits. Well, almost all.

The “dress code” memo must have gone into Pharrell’s junk email inbox, because he turned up wearing a green baseball cap and grey sweater.

To be fair – the sweater does have the Nasa logo on it, a reference to best picture nominee Hidden Figures.

Pharrell wrote several songs for the soundtrack to the film, which tells the story of three African-American women who worked behind the scenes at the space agency in the 1960s.


2. Michelle Williams is upstaged by Casey Affleck’s facial hair

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Casey Affleck’s facial hair is fast becoming the eighth wonder of the world. It gets longer with every awards ceremony he appears at this season.

It’s now on the verge of totally eclipsing poor Michelle Williams, Affleck’s co-star in Manchester by the Sea, who has to peep out from behind his mane.

She must be used to Affleck stealing her limelight.

Affleck appears in nearly every scene in the 137-minute movie, while Williams’s screen time clocks in at 11 minutes.


3. The writer of Moonlight wants you to know how many nominations it has

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Tarell Alvin McCraney brightens up the back row of the photograph with his winning smile.

He’s the man behind the stage play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue – which went on to become Moonlight, one of this year’s most hotly-tipped Oscars contenders.

McCraney is so pleased with the film’s success he wants to let you know just how many Oscar nominations the film has received, and he is seen here holding up eight fingers.

Also – hats off to Shawn Levy (who’s standing next to Tarell), who wins the award for the most delightfully bright smile of the whole photo. He is the producer of Arrival, which is nominated for best picture.


4. Justin Timberlake needs to sack his tailor

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“What’s your inside leg measurement, Justin?”

“I don’t know, maybe 32 inches?”

“Hmmm, I don’t have enough material for that. Have a 28-inch pair of trousers instead.”

“Great, that’ll do, thanks Derek.”


5. The front row is so where we wanna be

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Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Octavia Spencer are all sitting together in the front row.

Can someone please organise for us to join this BFF group, that’d be great, thanks.

Extra respect for Octavia Spencer for wearing a pair of white trousers while so many of the other female nominees are in a dress or skirt, and for Natalie Portman, who manages to create the illusion she’s impressively wearing high heels even while pregnant with twins.

(She is actually wearing her flat shoes and tipping her heels up. Crafty.)

Also – Manchester by the Sea producer Kimberly Steward (far right) is that sweet kid in your class who was accidentally never looking at the camera in the school photo every single year.


6. Ryan Gosling needs to cheer up

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You’re the lead actor in the jointly most-nominated film of all time, pal. Uncross your arms for goodness sake.

Slightly happier to be there is the lovely Dev Patel, in the row in front, looking every inch the Hollywood star.

He’s come a long way from how he looked at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 when he was starring in Slumdog Millionaire.

He told the BBC: “I first came to Toronto in my school shoes and I had a blazer and I was with Frida [Pinto, his co-star] and they said ‘You can’t put this guy next to her because he looks so terrible’. I think I got a free penguin suit that didn’t quite fit me and they gave me shoes.”

This year, he’s nominated for best supporting actor and is seen wearing a burgundy Valentino suit. Nice.


7. Is this gap for Meryl Streep?

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Missing nominees from the photo include Michael Shannon (nominated for best supporting actor for Nocturnal Animals) and Andrew Garfield (best actor, Hacksaw Ridge).

But of course, the most notable absentee is Her Royal Acting Highness, Meryl Streep – who is up for best actress this year for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Perhaps this gap in the back row behind Denzel Washington was intended for her, and she got held up in traffic.

Alternatively, perhaps she’s been to so many of these things she’s just had enough. Either way, we’re pretty sure she’ll be at the ceremony.

This year’s Oscars, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 26 February.


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Amy Adams gets Empire best actress nod after Oscars snub

Amy Adams gets Empire best actress nod after Oscars snub

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Adams also received a Bafta nod for her role in Arrival

Amy Adams may have missed out on an Oscar nod for her critically acclaimed turn in Arrival but the Empire awards have come good for the Hollywood star.

Adams is up against Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Emma Stone and Felicity Jones in the best actress category.

Jones’ nomination is one of nine for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, while Arrival picked up seven nods.

The winners, voted for by the public, will be announced at a ceremony in London next month.

The Star Wars spin-off film is also in the running for best male newcomer (Riz Ahmed), best film, best sci-fi/fantasy film and best director (Gareth Edwards) along with several technical categories.

Up for best actor are Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Eddie Redmayne for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange.

Portman is recognised for Jackie, Negga for Loving and Stone for La La Land.

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Hayley Squires is up for best newcomer

While there was an absence of female filmmakers in the best director Oscar nominations, Andrea Arnold (American Honey) found herself a place among a field of male competitors in the Empire nominations.

She will take on Taika Waititi, Denis Villeneuve, Ken Loach and Edwards.

Competing against Rogue One for best film are Hunt for the Wilderpeople, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool.

I, Daniel Blake’s Hayley Squires is up for best female newcomer.

Empire’s editor-in-chief Terri White said: “This year has once again seen the fans out in force to vote for their favourite films in the Empire Awards. Which is why we are the only awards ceremony in the world to recognise Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside La La Land and Arrival!”

The Three Empire Awards will take place at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London, on 19 March.


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Meltdown: Five times MIA challenged the status quo

Meltdown: Five times MIA challenged the status quo

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The star is known for her genre-bending brand of hip-hop, and her outspoken political views

One of pop’s true originals, MIA, has been handed the keys to this year’s Meltdown festival in London.

The musician said she would “bring together music’s best forward thinkers” for the week-long event.

Although the programme is yet to be announced, it is bound to combine her revolutionary politics with a restless passion for new music.

Created in 1993, Meltdown is curated by a different cultural figure every year, from David Bowie to Yoko Ono.

MIA said she intended to showcase “different types of music which have inspired each other to exist” on London’s South Bank.

The singer, whose biggest hits is the Clash-sampling Paper Planes, is known for pitting hip-hop beats against world music.

Her lyrics address oppressed peoples around the world, including Tamils, Palestinians, and African-Americans.

Often outrageous, always outspoken, her songs and videos have angered the US government, Super Bowl fans, and an entire French football team.

Here are five times she stood up to the status quo.

CHALLENGING SAUDI ARABIA OVER WOMEN’S RIGHTS

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The video for Bad Girls finds MIA perched atop a car as it races through the Moroccan desert on two wheels.

It was inspired by YouTube videos of “drifting culture” – a Saudi phenomenon, where daredevil drivers nonchalantly sip tea or smoke hookahs while their vehicle is tipped up on the passenger-side tires.

By putting herself in the driving seat, MIA was openly supporting the “Women to drive” movement in Saudi Arabia, which is (still) seeking to allow females the right to drive in public.

ACCUSING THE SUPER BOWL OF EXPLOITING GIRLS

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When MIA appeared as Madonna’s guest at the 2012 Super Bowl, she was instructed to censor a lyric during the song Give Me All Your Luvin’. She responded by raising her middle finger to the camera – and America went apoplectic.

“I literally had to make out of there like a diamond robber,” she told the BBC of the aftermath. “There was so much press. I was like, ‘I can’t believe this, it’s insane.'”

The National Football League attempted to sue her for $16 million, saying the singer broke a pre-show agreement to maintain its “reputation for wholesomeness”.

MIA responded with a feisty YouTube statement, protesting that at “the precise moment in question” you could see 15 dancers behind her, all of them under 16.

“They’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position,” she said. “Is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”

The dispute was eventually settled in private.

#MUSLIMLIVESMATTER

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As recently as last year, the star courted controversy by appearing to criticise the Black Lives Matter movement.

Asked about the upsurge in politically-motivated music by London’s Evening Standard, she said: “It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It’s not a new thing to me – it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s.

“Is Beyonce or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.

“And you cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”

The quotes were characterised as an attack on Black Lives Matter – an accusation the star angrily denied. Nonetheless, the controversy led to her being dropped as the headliner of the Afropunk Festival in London.

HIGHLIGHTING THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES

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As a former refugee, who escaped the violent civil war in Sri Lanka to come to London as a child, MIA has written about the refugee experience since her first album, 12 years ago.

But the self-directed video for Borders was her boldest statement to date, featuring boatloads of refugees, and people desperately climbing barbed wire fences in an attempt to flee tyranny.

She said it was inspired by an aerial photograph of “1,000 people in one boat” printed by Time Magazine, which pressed home the urgency of the topic.

“We’re at some sort of turning point,” she said. “Society was gearing up to become more closed off than it has been.”

Bizarrely, the biggest protest against the video came from the Paris Saint-Germain football team, who objected to MIA wearing a bootlegged version of the club’s shirt (it read “fly pirates” rather than “fly Emirates”).

An exasperated MIA said the team has missed the “bigger picture and the bigger message”.

“It’s gone over their head.”

PREDICTING WIKILEAKS

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MIA’s fourth album opened with a track called The Message – riffing on the spiritual song Dem Bones, with a lyric about government surveillance.

“Headbone connects to the headphones / Headphones connect to the iPhone / iPhone connected to the internet / Connected to the Google / Connected to the government.”

Back in 2010, critics derided the song as naive – but three years later, Edward Snowden leaked details of a massive global surveillance programme by the US National Security Agency.

MIA responded by posting a collage of those negative reviews on Tumblr, asking “Who said this three years ago?”

Her actions earned the praise of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who later helped her write lyrics on her fourth album, Matangi.

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Kanye West deletes tweets about meeting Donald Trump

Cast your mind back to Trump Tower on 13 December 13 2016 – Donald Trump emerges in his lobby with Kanye West.

The then president-elect told reporters they were meeting as “just friends” – but the rapper was less chatty.

In a series of tweets Kanye then explained they had met to “discuss multicultural issues” – but those posts have now been deleted.

He faced criticism for the meet, including from John Legend who described it as a “publicity stunt”.

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West has previously said he would run for president in 2020 and told an audience that if he had voted in November’s election he would have picked Donald Trump.

At the gig in San Jose, some fans booed him and threw items on stage.

He also asked for people to “stop focusing on racism”, saying: “This world is racist, ok. Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. We are in a racist country – period.”

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Meanwhile King Myers, who’s signed to West’s music label, has released Propaganda, an anti-Trump anthem.

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Kanye produced it, and it calls for the president to be impeached…how times have changed.

The Kylie Minogue vs Kylie Jenner trademark battle

The Kylie Minogue vs Kylie Jenner trademark battle

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Kylie Minogue has released fragrances, furniture and clothes with her trademarks on them

A trademark battle between Kylie Minogue and Kylie Jenner appears to have come to an end.

Jenner, who first shot to fame in the US reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, has been trying to trademark the name Kylie in the US.

But she has been blocked by the veteran Australian pop star Minogue, best known for hits such as I Should Be So Lucky and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

After a long and heated battle, the Kylies may have reached a settlement.

How did this all begin?

According to papers filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in April 2015 Jenner attempted to register the mark “KYLIE” in the US for “advertising services” and “endorsement services”.

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Ms Jenner is the younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian

In response, Minogue’s team filed their opposition in February 2016, citing possible confusion and “damage” to Minogue’s branding.

They noted Minogue was an “internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist” who already owns Kylie-related trademarks in the US in several industries, as well as the website www.kylie.com.

Jenner, on the other hand, was dismissed as a “secondary reality television personality” who had drawn criticism for her “photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts” on social media.

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In February 2016 Minogue tweeted this message, shortly after her team filed its opposition

The case was suspended at least twice in 2016 for settlement negotiations.

So which Kylie came out on top?

On 19 January Minogue’s team withdrew its opposition, which means Jenner’s application could proceed.

This raises the possibility that they agreed to a settlement.

The BBC approached both sides, but Jenner’s lawyers declined comment, and Minogue’s team did not respond. The USPTO does not comment on individual cases.

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Kylie Jenner, who is known for her full-looking lips, released a range of lip glosses last year

But meanwhile Jenner appears to have conclusively lost another battle – to trademark her full name.

In November 2015, Jenner’s lawyers separately tried to trademark the name “KYLIE JENNER” for a long list of clothing and accessories. But this was rejected in July last year.

On 23 January, Jenner’s team appealed against this decision.


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What is at stake in this battle?

Last year, Jenner launched a line of cosmetics called KYLIE.

According to her latest appeal, she wants to eventually have “KYLIE JENNER” branded clothing as well as loungewear, swimwear, and underwear.

Meanwhile, Minogue owns “KYLIE” and other similar trademarks in perfumes and toiletries, music and sound recordings, live entertainment, jewellery, dolls and toys, and printed matter such as magazines and books.

So far, Minogue has released fragrances, furniture and clothes with her trademarks on them.

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In 2007 Minogue launched her fragrance line which is registered in the US as Kylie Minogue Darling

She also had previously said in interviews she intends to one day produce a musical featuring her greatest hits, and owns the US trademark for “Lucky: The Kylie Minogue Musical”.

But it’s more than that. Since the 1980s, Kylie Minogue has never had to go by any other name but Kylie, and her team has argued it’s a fundamental part of the pop diva’s identity.

Even with a possible settlement, what the battle shows is that at the very least brand KYLIE is not won without a fight.

Reporting by the BBC’s Tessa Wong, Kevin Ponniah and Jay Savage.