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2019 in Pop Culture – Dec 30, 2018

A Guide to Everything You’ll Need to Know About TV, Film and Music Next Year, Including Tarantino’s Charles Manson Obsession

by Steve Rose | The Guardian | December 29, 2018

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Hollywood has been like a ghost town recently. Where have all the actors gone? Where’s Brad Pitt? Where’s Leonardo DiCaprio? Where are Al Pacino, James Marsden, Dakota Fanning, Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Kurt Russell? Even Luke Perry goes straight to voicemail. Turns out, they are all over on Quentin Tarantino’s set, recreating the Manson family murders and the decadent, dodgily attired, flower-powered Los Angeles of the late 1960s.

Tarantino’s take is a mix of reality and fiction, he’s hinted. Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski, who was murdered by Manson’s followers in 1969. DiCaprio and Pitt (in their first time on screen together) play fictional friends – respectively a washed-up TV cowboy and his stunt double – who are, says Tarantino, “struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognise any more.”

Tarantino has described the film as “probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done”, which will be music to fans’ ears, but this could be his biggest challenge yet…

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Guide to the Movies and Stars to Watch Out For in 2019 – Dec 30, 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

by Paul Whitington | The Independent.ie | December 29, 2018

Next year, like most years, kicks off with a bang as the Oscar hopefuls crowd into the multiplexes to vie for our attention. There are some fine films in amongst all the usual awards hype, and January and February are definitely good months for cinema-goers.

The superhero craze shows no sign of slowing, sadly, and a clutch of noisy adventures will be heading your way in the early summer, including an Avengers finale. Lots of family franchise sequels and rehashes are on the way, too, including a ‘Dumbo’ remake, while for grown-ups Quentin Tarantino has an intriguing new film on the way, and so does Martin Scorsese.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

July 26

Quentin Tarantino has assembled a formidable cast for this intriguing drama set in Hollywood in 1969, on the eve of the Manson family murders. Leonardo DiCaprio is Rick Dalton, a washed-up TV actor who lives next-door to Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), while Brad Pitt plays Rick’s long-time stuntman. Damian Lewis, Al Pacino and Lena Dunham co-star.

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In addition, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood made Jacob Stolworthy’s ‘Films To Watch Out For in 2019,’ professing it as one of the movies we’ll likely be talking about when the 2020 Oscars roll around.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Update – July 24, 2017

First Look at Transforming Hollywood Boulevard Back to the 1960’s

by Chris Nicolas | LA Magazine | July 19, 2018

About one year from today, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theatres. Firm plot details are mostly being kept under wraps right now, but is rumoured to be split into thematic chapters in the style of Pulp Fiction – the story will take place in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969 at the height of hippy Hollywood when the Charles Manson cult was wreaking havoc. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor Sharon Tate, of the famed Manson Family murders. Even though the movie will deal with Charles Manson and the famed Manson Family murders, it’s been made clear that particular subject matter won’t be the main focus.

Damian has been cast in a small role as Steve McQueen but in what capacity, we do not know. For starters, the inclusion of Bruce Lee and Steve McQueen in the film is connected. Both actors were clients of Jay Sebring, a world-renowned hair stylist who was a major fixture in 1960’s Los Angeles. Sebring was known for bringing European hair techniques to America and he established a name for himself when he popularized the feathering and layering of male hair, which was dubbed the “Sebring Look.” Sebring helped Bruce Lee find work teaching kung fu to Hollywood stars, including Steve McQueen and Roman Polanski.

L to R: McQueen, Tate, Polanski

History states McQueen is said to have been invited by Jay Sebring to Sharon Tate’s (Roman Polanski’s wife) house dinner party, but he no-showed. Preparing to attend the dinner, McQueen ran into a female friend and decided to spend the evening with her instead. That night in 1969 would become one of the most notorious in modern American history: Tate and Sebring, along with two of their friends and Tate’s unborn child, were brutally murdered by the followers of Charles Manson. Spending the evening with his female friend saved McQueen’s life. His close call with death spooked him so bad that he went into a state of paranoia. His then-wife Neile Adams recalled that, after the murders, McQueen “became more paranoid and wouldn’t let me go anywhere without a gun.”

The facade of Jay Sebring’s former salon on Fairfax Ave in West Hollywood is being rebuilt. Sebring (Hirsch) reinvented the men’s haircut and the very image of a hairstylist. He was young and handsome and dated gorgeous actresses, including at one time, Sharon Tate. In the late ’60s, he owned a salon on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax that attracted a long list of celebrity clients, including Steve McQueen and Bruce Lee.  At the time, barbers charged around $1.50 for a haircut, but a session with Sebring could cost up to $25.

Source: Deskgram.org

As we wait for more information about Damian’s role as McQueen, let’s take a peek at additional set photos that are surfacing, as Los Angeles has been transported back in time. Store fronts, bus benches, theater marquee signs, billboards, neon signs and murals along Hollywood Boulevard and other West Hollywood thoroughfares have been gussied up to re-ceate the groovy, psychedelic era of the 60’s.

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Damian To Play Steve McQueen – June 6, 2018

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘ Adds Damian Lewis

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline | June 6, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in America has added to its cast of characters wandering about in Los Angeles at the time Charles Manson’s Sharon Tate murders.  The Sony picture has brought aboard Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, Al Pacino, Keith Jefferson and Nicholas Hammond in supporting roles for a lineup that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.

As befits a Tarantino film, the casting intrigues: Lewis will play Hollywood’s handsome ‘King of Cool’ and iconic actor Steve McQueen; Fanning is set as Squeaky Fromme, the Manson disciple who later tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford; Hammond will play director Sam Wanamaker; and Hirsch is Jay Sebring, the Hollywood hairstylist who was one of four victims in the Tate murders on Cielo Drive.

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Damian’s Lifestyle and Fashion List – March 1, 2017

Damian’s Lifestyle and Fashion List

by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – March 1, 2017

STYLE
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Suits: Tailor-made Huntsman and electric blue Brat Pack-style by Burberry
Shoes: Tan ankle boots by AllSaints
Trainers: Adidas Samba – three simple stripes
Jeans: Rag and Bone
Shirt: Tom Ford
Tie: Hermes
Underwear: Calvin Klein
Tuxedos: Burberry and Tom Ford
Coat: Nicole Farhi, slim waist
Hat: Kangol peaked cap
Socks: Turnbull & Asser

GROOMING
Face Wash: Dermalogica Cleansing Gel
Moisturizer: Elemis Daily Boost
Fragrance: Valentino Uomo
Razor: Gillette Sensor
Shampoo: TRESemme Deep Cleansing
Hair Product: VO5 Gel

FOOD AND DRINK
Dish: duck confit
Spirit: Knob Creek bourbon on the rocks
Beer: Kentish ales
Cocktail: Old Fashioned
Restaurant: J Sheekey
Bar: The Groucho
Club: The Garrick Club

PEOPLE
Style Icon: Steve McQueen
Childhood Hero: Elvis Presley
Muse: Helen McCrory
Actor: Al Pacino