My name is Ron Avery and my father was Sid Avery. When people ask if I'm Sid's son, I joke, "That's right, I'm SOS." Not the appeal for help mind you, but rather, Son of Sid. For the 45 years I knew my dad, I always considered myself very lucky to hold that title. I tried to model my career after his and admired him not only as a person but also for his work. To honour the memory of my dad, I thought it was high time to let others share in some of the magic he captured through his lens during his extraordinary career. More than that, though, I wanted the reader to hear, for the first time, my dad's stories about the assignments he shot on and the interactions he had with some of the 20th century's most celebrated icons. These stories are sometimes as interesting as the images themselves.
I was always in awe of my dad's work ethic. Whether I was helping him in his studio as a child during my summer break or when I began working with him full-time as an adult, he always treated everyone with respect and kindness, from the first assistant down to the lab technician.
MR PORTER has, for the first time, edited a hip list of the key styles for the forthcoming season. These are the 11 items, shapes and colours that represent the best of the spring/summer collections, and which will define the way stylish men dress between now and next fall. These styles range from the practicality of a backpack to the elegance of Gucci's horsebit loafers. Many of these trends can easily be absorbed into a man's wardrobe - Henley shirts and round sunglasses come to mind - while others, such as floral-print shirts and tailored shorts, may call for a little more thought. Here we list their trends and thoughts on the subject of how to wear them.
"I just keep myself to myself, mostly," says Mr Whishaw. "Perhaps that's why people don't see me as this larger-than-life... celebrity." To his credit, the way in which he almost retches out that last word like a cat coughing up a fur ball shows you his disregard - or rather, what little interest - he has in our cultural obsession with the famous for being famous.
''I do get stopped on the street, and they always have something lovely to say. Someone was talking to me about that poor girl in the Twilight films - Kirsten, is it?''
Kristen, that's right. I wouldn't like that. Not at all. Living in hotel rooms and being mobbed. A terrible state of existing. Terrible!"
Child's Pose, a Romanian drama about a domineering mother using her social position to try to save her son from jail, won the Golden Bear for best picture at the Berlin film festival on Saturday.
The movie, directed by Calin Peter Netzer and starring Luminita Gheorghiu in the central role, had been among the favorites for the coveted prize, which extends the remarkable success of Romanian filmmakers on the European festival circuit. The awards ceremony brought to a close the 11-day cinema showcase, where hundreds of movies were screened across Berlin and stars including Matt Damon, Nicolas Cage, Anne Hathaway, Jude Law and Catherine Deneuve walked the red carpet.
In Child's Pose, Gheorghiu shines as the wealthy 60-year-old Cornelia, who attempts to buy off the poor family of a boy killed by her son in a road accident.. The veteran actress also appeared in Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a grisly abortion drama that put Romanian cinema firmly on the international map when it won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival in 2007.
We believe that a tux looks best with a bow tie. However, while most men believe a bow tie should be hand tied, rather than clip-on or pre-tied, the majority of bow ties sold are indeed pre-tied. Rise above the sartorial morass by taking a few moments to learn how to tie a bow, and do it when there's no pressure of time. Experience tells us that this is a very hard skill to master if there's someone standing over you saying, "Why did you start this now? We're going to be late."
Two tips: if you're struggling, try doing the bow around your thigh, and then learn the movements before you go back to doing it blind around your neck. And while a mirror is necessary to finesse the knot it won't help while you're trying to nail the knot.
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When it comes to cinema, Mr Elijah Wood, 32, is a card-carrying internationalist. "Predominantly, the movies that I love the most these days are being made in Europe or Mexico or Asia," he tells MR PORTER over coffee, on a clinically bright Los Angeles morning. "A fair amount of incredible film-makers have come out of Spain in the past five to 10 years. I just worked with two Spanish film-makers on their English-language debuts [Mr Eugenio Mira, Grand Piano; and Mr Nacho Vigalondo, Open Windows]. And I was recently in Japan, talking to some film buyers there. There are some incredible film-makers in Japan too."
'I think everybody has a costume - I'm pretty simple. I just like things that are relatively classic and timeless'
Speaking of his current involvement in a movie from that most visceral and controversial of sub-genres - gore - he says, "The thing about this particular Maniac is that it's a stylised version of the original." He plays the mother-fixated psycho in a remake of the 1980 grindhouse landmark. The new Maniac is directed by Mr Franck Khalfoun, who rings the changes by making explicit an admiration of Italian giallo legend Mr Dario Argento - one of splatter cinema's most revered stylists - and shoots the entire movie from the killer's point of view.
'A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century'