Last night was the premiere of the Lifetime movie The House of Versace. The film is based on the life of Donatella Versace and her family after the death of Gianni Versace in 1997. I expected to see Diana make some sort of appearance but she was every where in this film it really makes you think about how much influnce she had on the brand at the time.Who knew at the time of her divorce that the Versace's was really trying to help Diana break free of the royal restraints in her wardrobe. In this film she was mentioned at least seven times and shown on screen via real footage through out the film. . Many would wonder why she was such a major influnce in this movie one reason is because she helped put VERSACE on the map, she also was a friend of the family.The way Diana was put in this film was very tastful and there wasn't any cheesy actress portraying her.
::Photos from the Film::
::A look at Diana's Versace Wardrobe::
These gowns are also made for Diana by Versace
there were made for foreign tours and private functions
they are currently on display in the Diana a Celebration exhibit
DESIGNED BY VERSACE IN THE 1990'S, FOR A FOREIGN VISIT TO AN ARAB COUNTRY.
::Diana at Her Friend Gianni's Funeral::
This is the last time Diana ever wore Versace a few months later we would lose Diana.
It was at Gianni's funeral that Diana and Elton John made up after a silly rift between them over the book
Rock and Royalty.
Diana was asked by Elton to write the Foreword to Gianni's book and when she found
out that it had featured nude photos she refused to be a part of it.
This led to Diana and Elton not speaking for awhile.
Thank god they were able to make up before the tragic ending to Diana's life.
Naomi Watts paid tribute to Diana by wearing Versace to the Premier of her movie DIANA
.. ‘Inquest’, Spec That Takes ‘JFK’ Look At Princess Diana Tragedy, Bought By Wayfare Entertainment By MIKE FLEMING JR | Deadline.com –. ‘Inquest’, Spec That Takes ‘JFK’ Look At Princess Diana Tragedy, Bought By Wayfare … .. . . EXCLUSIVE:
Wayfare Entertainment has pre-emptively purchased Inquest, a spec by Sam Cohen. It’s sure to raise a ruckus over its premise, that the death of Princess Diana might have been premeditated. Based on true events, the political thriller is about a London investigator who’s hired to discover whether her death was a tragic accident or something more. When he begins to uncover a conspiracy, the gumshoe’s own safety is compromised. This possible version of events feeds into a theory that Princess Diana’s death was similar to whether Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy in the murder of President John F. Kennedy, which was covered in film with Oliver Stone’s JFK. This whole sale was a bit shrouded in intrigue. Sam Cohen isn’t the writer’s name. I’m told it’s Josh Simon, a former studio exec who worked in the strategic planning group and as a development exec at Disney and later the DreamWorks-based Color Force, run by former Disney topper Nina Jacobson. This is his first feature sale, though he previously sold a scripted TV project to FX along with Noah Oppenheim. When WME and Apostle’s George Hiller shopped the script selectively, they included copies of confession letters culled from Princess Diana’s private diary that she was in fear of her life. Wayfare executive Sarah Shepard brought the project into the company and will produce with principal Ben Browning. Simon will also serve an executive producer.
Emily blunt has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Naomi Watts by playing late Princess Of Wales Diana in a new film.
Watts plays the late British royal in upcoming movie Diana, which focuses on the last two years of the Princess’ life before she died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Blunt, who was rumoured to have turned down the role earlier, is now said to be in talks to play the royal in another project, based on the memoirs of Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, reports contactmusic.com.
The movie adaptation of Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, is being developed by producer Stephen Evans.
Naomi Watts did her own sleuthing before agreeing to portray Diana in a film about the late Princess of Wales and her bid for happiness with a heart surgeon.
‘I did struggle with the idea of doing it,’ the Oscar-nominated actress confessed. The thought of signing on to star in a movie about a woman who, even 15 years after her tragic death, still polarises and provokes public opinion, made her hesitate.
‘It’s definitely risky. But having said that, it’s a story that had to be told. It’s a piece of history. We do like to look back on big stories, though it’s a little fresher, perhaps, than a film about Henry VIII,’ she said.
Lovers: Naveen Andrews plays heart surgeon Hasnat Khan in the film (pictured for the first time here in his doctor's whites). The movie concerns itself with the two-year, secretive relationship the princess had with him
Diana, as the picture is called, concerns itself with the two-year, secretive relationship the princess had with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, a man she desperately wanted to marry. It was an affair often conducted with Diana’s butler Paul Burrell (played by Douglas Hodge) acting as go-between.
After Naomi was approached to star in the film, she went through Stephen Jeffreys’ script line by line, asking for verification of what it claimed.
‘There is so much information available, and one story conflicts with another, so you don’t know what source to trust. It was important for me to know what was true. I asked for proof, and wanted to know whether some things took place.
‘I went off and did some of my own research, and spoke to people who knew Diana,’ Naomi, 44, told me during a break from shooting additional scenes in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, which is standing in for the gardens at Kensington Palace.
Tribute: Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. The actress hesitated about taking on the role at first
Dead ringer? Naomi Watts has acknowledged that she and the princess are not at all alike
There’s no doubt that casting an A-list star — Naomi starred in Mulholland Drive, The Ring and King Kong, garnered an Academy Award nomination for 21 Grams, and could well be in contention again for her powerful performance in new film The Impossible — gives the movie class and stature.
Naveen Andrews is Mr Hasnat and he has some stellar credits, too — Lost and The English Patient among them.
But a number of factors caused Naomi concern. ‘I was afraid of the comparison that comes with playing any iconic figure — and because of her memory .?.?. we’re fond of her memory.
‘And the way she died .?.?.’ she added suddenly, almost shocking herself at the memory of the princess’s death following a high-speed car crash in a Paris underpass. ‘Is it going to open it all up again? We’re certainly not trying to upset the boys, though they’re men now,’ she said referring to Princes William and Harry. ‘I hope they’re OK with it.’
Glamorous: Naomi Watts certainly looks the part as she acts out scenes dressed in a sequined dress
She also acknowledged that she and the princess are not at all alike. Though as she spoke she lowered her head, and gave me a flash of blue eyes under long lashes that was classic ‘Shy Di’. We both roared with laughter.
‘I’m not the same height. I don’t look like her, though we’ve tried our best with hair, make-up and clothes. It’s an interpretation,’ she stressed, adding that to do the whole ‘mimicry thing’ would be absurd.
For scenes where director Oliver Hirschbiegel recreates the famous Panorama interview, the actress strove to get the princess’s voice spot on, because the TV footage is in the public domain.
Behind closed doors, though, ‘we have the freedom to create the character as it becomes my own’.
Naomi left the UK at 14 and moved with her mother to Australia. She watched Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 on television, but lost track of the soap opera the marriage turned into. But when the princess died, she was ‘absolutely struck with emotion and grief. It was devastating, like it was someone I knew. I think we all felt that.’ The more Naomi delved into Diana’s life, the more impressed she was. ‘She was a remarkable woman,’ she told me. ‘She was complicated, strong, intelligent and vulnerable.
Lights, camera, action: Naomi Watts is seen filming scenes from the film about the last two year of Princess Diana's life
Truthful: The film is an interpretation of the truth, based on a lot of research
Love affair: Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews share an embrace as Diana and Hasnat Khan
‘I grew up with a mother who is strong and opinionated, so I’ve always gravitated to women like that. What I loved learning about Diana was that she really fought for happiness. She didn’t cave in, though she may have had her moments.’
I watch as Naomi, dressed in khaki slacks, pink shirt and sleeveless sweater, keeps wicket as Naveen Andrews, as Mr Hasnat, bowls to Prince Harry (Harry Holland) while Prince William (Laurence Belcher) fields.
(Interestingly, Harry Holland’s brother Tom plays Naomi and Ewan McGregor’s son in the scorching film The Impossible, about the Boxing Day tsunami.)
Did such a cricketing moment really happen? ‘They certainly spent time together in the palace (Kensington) with the kids,’ said Robert Bernstein, who is producing Diana with Ecosse Films partner Douglas Rae.
Diana reincarnated: Naomi Watts transformed into the late princess to shoot new scenes for the forthcoming royal biopic
Battle: The actress fought through a pack of paparazzi during adrenaline-fuelled scenes
Mobbed: Before her death, the princess was followed everywhere by adoring fans and photographers
‘The film is our interpretation of the truth, based on a lot of research. Many people close to Diana were interviewed,’ Bernstein added, though he refused to say who his team spoke to.
Kate Snell, who penned a book about Hasnat (Diana, Her Last Love), acted as a consultant.
And many of Diana’s friends confirmed individual incidents. For instance, the princess’s friend, the acupuncturist Oonagh Toffolo, was there when she met Mr Hasnat. He was treating Toffolo’s husband in hospital when Diana visited. ‘All I can say is that the facts of their meeting have been confirmed,’ Bernstein said.
He said the film is ‘essentially about a woman who is empowered. We focus a lot on the work she did with land mines,’ he said.
At its core, though, Diana is a love story, and the movie declares that the Princess and Hasnat had a full relationship. ‘They were together for nearly two years,’ Bernstein said. ‘It’s very delicately done, but the insinuation is that they have a physical relationship. But obviously we’re not voyeuristic or sensationalist in any way.’
It seemed clear from what he was trying to tell me that there are no explicit scenes that would embarrass the Queen, or any other members of the Royal Family.
‘No, no, no,’ Bernstein assured me. ‘We’re not here for sensationalism or titillation. We’re here to tell a love story.’
We shall find out if they succeed next autumn, when Momentum, the film’s UK distributor, releases Diana after it has done the film festival rounds.
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With her blonde hair perfectly coiffed, a jewelled choker sitting around her neck and a plunging black dress highlighting her slim frame, there is certainly no confusion about which role Naomi Watts is taking in on her new movie.
In the first official picture from the upcoming movie about Princess Diana, Naomi takes on what was arguably the late princess' trademark look.
The official shot has emerged after it was announced that the movie, previously reported to be called Caught In Flight, will go by the title of just Diana.
Scroll down for video of Naomi filming as Diana
Yesterday, Naomi was seen wearing one of Diana's most iconic outfits as she sported the plunging dress and jewels to film a dinner party scene for the movie in Croatia.
Naomi was locked in conversation at the recreation of a black tie event attended by the then troubled royal.
She appears to be completely flinging herself into the role after initially feeling apprehensive about taking the part.
However, it seems the chance to work with German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who is famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall, was too good to turn down.
The acclaimed filmmaker said that Naomi is ‘a truly exceptional actress’ who embodies ‘the warmth, humanity and empathy’ of the ‘global icon’ Princess Diana.
And she was certainly working hard to make sure her performance at the nighttime dinner party scenes was note perfect.
She was seen spending much of the day preparing, and was locked in discussions with Oliver about the best way to approach filming the important scenes.
Glamorous: Naomi looked very much like Princess Diana left, as she filmed scenes for the late royal's 1997 birthday celebrations
The film is a particularly difficult balancing act, as it follows the last two years of the tragic royal’s life before her death in 1997.
The film is thought to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and also looks at her time with Dodi Fayed, who she was with at the time she died. The movie will include her death, aged 36, in a car in a Paris tunnel in 1997 with Dodi.
Miss Watts, who at the start of her career starred in Australian daytime soap Home and Away, has admitted she is ‘absolutely terrified’ of playing the part of the princess.
The Oscar-nominated actress has said of her controversial new role: 'She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending.
'The film-makers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say "no" but I couldn’t.'
Miss Watts moved to London’s Kensington to prepare for the role and was said to have visited Diana’s favourite places -such as The Harbour Club and Beauchamp Place - as part of the preparations to get into character.
Filming of Diana comes after news that another movie about the tragic princess has been scrapped.
The Keith Allen-directed documentary Unlawful Killing, about the deaths of the British princess and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed in a Paris car crash in 1997, claimed the royal was murdered in an establishment plot involving her former father-in-law Prince Philip.
However, the movie, which was screened at both the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Galway Film Festival in Ireland in 2011, will not be released after producers failed to secure insurance to protect distributors against legal action.
Lawyers had warned there are 87 contentious allegations that would have to be cut before a British screening and although there were plans to release it in the US in August to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the deaths, the insurance was needed to protect the European offices of the distributors.
A spokesman for the movie said: 'Unlawful Killing has been sold all around the world. But there was a specific form of insurance needed by the US distributors to cover them for their French and UK offices. This proved impossible to secure. The film has been withdrawn in perpetuity.'
Nice to see you! Naomi steps out of a chauffeured car as she filmed scenes for Caught In Flight last weekend
There will be very little posting going on this weekend as I plan to kick back and enjoy the jubilee festivities via television.This sort of event only happens once in our life time so why not enjoy it and give thanks for her Majesty and raise a glass in her honor. Here is a beautiful sketch of The Queen in her cornation dress and robes.
CNN will also be covering the Jubilee
On June 3 - 5, the UK's Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee year with a series of parties and pageants. CNN's Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin will be there to follow the festivities. Join them at the following times: June 3: 1030 (ET), 1530 (CET); June 4: 1730 (ET), 2230 (CET); June 5: 0900 (ET), 1400 (CET).
(CNN) -- Excitement is building for what are expected to be jubilant festivities to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne.
The flags are already out across the United Kingdom and CNN will be at the heart of action as the country gears up for a long weekend of revelry from June 2-5.
CNN International will be covering all the key events online and on air, but if you're planning to join in the fun, here is a guide to what's happening.