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The ‘Spawn’ star, who has portrayed the boxing legend in 1995’s HBO movie ‘Tyson’, has some reservations about Foxx’s physical transformation for the upcoming film.

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Michael Jai White has thrown a subtle shade at Jamie Foxx ahead of the latter’s portrayal of Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic. Having played the former boxing champion in 1995’s HBO movie “Tyson”, the 52-year-old actor has weighed in on the forthcoming movie starring Foxx as the retired athlete.

Speaking to VladTV, the “Spawn” star cast his doubt that the “Django Unchained” actor would be able to pull off portraying the former world heavyweight champion. His reservations mostly came from Foxx’s physical transformation, which he deemed not up to standards to channel the former heavyweight boxer.

“If there’s another angle that Jamie’s pulling out then, hey that’s cool. That’s a helluva undertaking for him,” said White in an interview. When Vlad mentioned that Foxx has “bulked up” for the role, White insinuated that the pictures of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” star which have been circulating online cannot be trusted.

“I don’t believe a lot of stuff in pictures, ’cause when I see him-we’ve got a lot of friends in common. When I see him it’s like, ‘Did he just lose weight to catch this flight?’ ” he said. Noting that he’s “not going to disparage anything,” he added, “but you kinda know how-it’s clickbait.”

White went on noting that bulking up to gain muscle like Tyson in such a short time can pose to be a serious health issue. While he was able to do it for the TV movie, he was unsure if Foxx could handle the physical demands.


The still-untitled Mike Tyson biopic has been in development since 2014. Earlier this year, Foxx confirmed that the project is finally happening, with him teasing his transformation for the role during Mark Birnbaum’s Instagram Live series “Catching Up With Mark Birnbaum” in June.

“Every other day, I do 60 pull-ups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 push-ups,” Foxx said of his preparation for the movie. While his fitness routine has already changed the upper half of his body, the Academy Award-winning actor revealed that they would still need CGI and prosthetic to complete his transformation.

“I ain’t got no calf muscles, so we’re gonna have to get some prosthetics for that,” he shared. He added that he aimed to be 216lbs when filming starts as he plays a younger version of the boxer, and then he will “balloon to 225, 230 which will look like 250 on screen.”

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Kate Winslet | Kate Winslet questioned her method acting approach to Ammonite

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Kate Winslet believes she took method acting too far for her role in ‘Ammonite’.

The 45-year-old actress plays palaeontologist Mary Anning in the 1840s set romantic drama and revealed that she began living her life in isolation to get under the skin of her character.

Kate said: “I had to live a strange isolated life when I was playing her because when you are an actor they put you up in hotels and make it comfortable for you.

“I just knew I could not do really do that, because I had to do everything to be Mary and I got a bit method.”

The ‘Titanic’ star revealed that she questioned what she was doing as the cottage was so “isolated, cold and rattly”.

She told Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’: “It was so isolated, cold and rattly that when there was a big storm the waves would hit the windows of the house and the power would go down and I would lie there thinking, ‘Kate what are you doing?’ Just go to the hotel with everybody else.

“I would eat this weird soup, and walk around sketching things… it was ridiculous, actually.”

Kate stars in the movie opposite Saoirse Ronan who depicts Anning’s lesbian lover Charlotte Murchison and admits she was “proud” of the intimate scenes between the pair.

The Oscar-winning star said: “Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves.

“It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich. I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. Francis (Lee, the director) was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, ‘Listen, let us work it out.’ And we did. ‘We’ll start here. We’ll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here.’

“I mean, we marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative. I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on ‘Ammonite’. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.”



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Amber Butchart | Clara Amfo and Amber Butchart host Audible Original podcast FASHIONED

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Clara Amfo and fashion historian Amber Butchart have launched the Audible Original podcast, ‘FASHIONED’.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant and author-and-broadcaster Amber “uncover the secret history of fashion, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century” over six episodes.

What’s more, they delve into the impact of fashion on everything from gender and class, to its influence on feminism, civil rights, and the environment.

Clara has shared some of her fashion muses and faux pas over the years, from having her hair braided to channel her inner Lauryn Hill in ‘Sister Act 2′ to cutting her jeans to look like 90s’ Beyonce when she was in Destiny’s Child.

The 36-year-old presenter recalled: “In my early years I looked to posters and actors as my fashion inspiration which resulted in what I now affectionately call a “high street casualty”, I started braiding my hair to look like Lauryn Hill in ‘Sister Act 2’ which was a triumph.

However cutting the tops of my jeans off to look like early Destiny’s Child Beyoncé, or wearing jeans from the skate shop that were so huge that my not fully developed hips couldn’t hold them up were not some of my finest moments!

“Over the years my style has naturally changed and now I look to classic 80s/90s icons like Sade, Neneh Cherry and Grace Jones, and more recently Janelle Monae and Solange for inspiration.

“This series explores how fashion has been developed over millennia by social movements and culture and maybe, you will look at your outfits differently after listening and knowing the history behind each piece.”

Amber – who presented BBC Four’s documentary series ‘A Stitch in Time’ – added: “My initial idea for this series was to combine my two passions, clothes and literature, so it’s been a real joy delving deep into the research over the centuries, and digging out so many of history’s style stories.

“Fashion plays such an important part in history, in terms of culture, politics and economics, as well as self-expression and identity. So it’s great to be able to share these stories!”

‘FASHIONED’ is available to download now, free for Audible members, or free to download with Audible’s 30-day trial: www.audible.co.uk



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Bad Love talk to us about the power of Manchester and their desire to play live again [EXCLUSIVE]

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Manchester’s silky smooth synth-pop band Bad Love talk exclusively to Contact Music about their love of LANY, Lauv and Muna and how they are channeling the power of The Happy Mondays through Bez’s old rug! Andy, Tommy and Ben have had a busy eight months writing new songs and are itching to get out and play some live gigs and festivals in the new year. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Cure and Depeche Mode, among others, Bad love are quickly developing a reputation for sophisticated song writing. Their sound is one built firmly on hooks and melodies and blends a heady mix of vocals and synths to produce some premium pop that’s hard to resist. 

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For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?

I’d say it sounds like a ’90’s coming of age movie, set in LA about a kid from Manchester. 

What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?

I think one of the hardest things for any new artist is just getting off the ground. The industry is so inundated with music that just getting people to listen to your music, getting blog coverage and playlists is incredibly hard. We’ve been really fortunate so far to get so much amazing support and coverage and as an artist it’s that kind of affirmation you need that says you’re doing the right thing.

How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?

Nigh on impossible ha ha! Let’s face it there’s so much amazing music around now, but I think as long as you’re making art with meaning and doing something you love you’ll find the way to carve out how you need to.

How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?

For me personally it’s essential. Bad Love is such a personal idea for me from the sonic and lyrics to the aesthetic and visual, so I always want to make sure I know where it’s going. After that though you’ve got to be surrounded by people whose creative opinions you value to create something that feels more than one dimensional. 

Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?

Whilst I’m in love with the sounds of artists like LANY, Lauv, Muna and Nightly – I feel like we all take inspiration from so much more than music. We’re all lovers of art and cinema too and I think it’s about trying to experience how the wider world makes you feel and gives you something to say.

If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?

On top of the artists I love above, I think Sasha Sloan, Julia Michaels and Conan Gray are some of the absolute best songwriters in pop right now so I’d love to do sessions with them!

Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know. 

I’ve had a rug in our studio that used to belong to Bez and the Happy Mondays. I believe it to hold the power of Manchester within its fibres.

Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?

If music can do one thing for me I hope that it lets me see the world, I think that’s the same for all of us. Everyone wants a million quid and to play stadiums, but I’d love to get to create something I love, something that’s a little part of me, and that be the vehicle for me to go and live a life full of experience.

Where do you hope to be this time next year?

Anywhere that’s not inside my house like I’ve been for the past eight months! Everything’s so crazy right now so who knows. We’re spending the rest of this year, and the start of next, just finishing writing and production on a ton of songs we’ve had knocking around. So hopefully we’ll be in a place to release those, play a ton of killer shows and festivals and just get back to doing what we love. 



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