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Ana De Armas Is Dominating Hollywood

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Photographed by David Gomez Maestre. Styled by Skye.

From Cuba to Los Angeles, she’s had quite the journey

The following feature appears in the August 2016 issue of NYLON.

“Everything hurts!” says Ana de Armas, the saucer-eyed beauty who just got back from her daily training routine at Santa Monica’s Altus fitness studio, where she is overseen by a team of doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and chiropractors who “just kick your ass.” With only a few weeks until she leaves Los Angeles for Budapest to shoot the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, de Armas appreciates the extra motivation. “I’m the laziest person on the planet,” she says. “I’m happy just drinking wine and watching movies on my couch. I just show up to the gym because I know someone is waiting for me!”

Clad in shorts and a sheer navy V-neck tunic, de Armas is sitting in Venice Beach’s airy Rose Cafe, where she celebrated her 28th birthday this past April. She can’t reveal anything about the top-secret film project, which sees Harrison Ford reprising his original role as Rick Deckard alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, but is confident that in the hands of director Denis Villeneuve, fans have nothing to worry about. “There’s pressure because it’s a movie everyone has seen, but Denis is really a genius, and we’re working to build this character. We’re gonna do our thing.”

But there are projects that de Armas can talk about. War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller and directed by The Hangover guru Todd Phillips, is a testosterone-laced action flick that tells the true story of two childhood friends who become notorious arms dealers, and the story plays out like the fantasy of every unemployed stoner bro who ever owned a Scarface poster. But in a movie punctuated by high fives and fast cars, de Armas’s role as Teller’s girlfriend Iz acts as a moral lighthouse that lends the film an emotional counterweight. “Iz is strong but understanding,” she says fondly. “She has a point of view, and I thought it was really cool that she was able to say, ‘No more bullshit from you.’”

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Jacket by Simon Miller, shirt by Chanel, de Armas’s own jewelry.

Photographed by David Gomez Maestre. Styled by Skye.

It’s a confidence that de Armas herself seems to embody. Accepted into Cuba’s prestigious National Theater School (which enrolls just 12 new students a year) at age 14, the Havana native soaked in the creative environment, studying everything from puppetry to sonnets, and graduated four years later with enough moxie to move to Spain on her own, where she spent the next few years on the Spanish film and television circuit before deciding that moving to the U.S. was the best way to land opportunities that would challenge her in the next phase of her career. Soon after, she landed her first starring role in the darkly erotic horror movie Knock Knock, and suddenly found herself burying Keanu Reeves alive. “I can’t even say it’s been a dream come true because I never thought any of this would happen,” de Armas says of her sudden Hollywood clout.

In addition to War Dogs, de Armas can be seen in Hands of Stone, an operatic biopic of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (she plays Duran’s wife). De Armas calls the experience “the best time of my life.” Her parents, who still call Havana home, have yet to grasp that their daughter is on the cusp of stardom. “When I call my parents and tell them I got a role, they don’t always understand the magnitude of it—like, I might have to remind them who Keanu Reeves is—but they’re just so happy I got a job,” she says. Before she gets back to that job, de Armas is heading to her home near the beach for some quality time with her couch. Before she goes, could she spare at least one morsel of info about Blade Runner 2? She smiles and says, “It’s the future. Anything could happen.”

Jacket by A.P.C., brooch by Chanel. Hair: Suave Professionals. Celebrity Stylist: Marcus Francis at Starworks Artists. Colorist: George Papanikolas. Makeup: Melanie Inglessis at Forward Artists.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - Official Trailer (HD) www.youtube.com

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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