A release date and synopsis for the film “Rush” has been announced! It will be released in theaters on September 20, 2013.
A new trailer has gone online for Deadfall, the debut crime-thriller from screenwriter Zach Dean that stars Eric Bana (Star Trek) and Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy). Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters), Deadfall follows a brother (Bana) and sister (Wilde) who flee from a casino robbery gone wrong. Making a run for the border, they draw an innocent family and the local law enforcement into their ordeal. Deadfall also stars Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams.
The film opens December 7th.
“I’m a huge lover of fashion, I just wish that their were more ways for me to combine my love of fashion with my love of philanthropy,” actress Olivia Wilde said.
Wilde, who has starred in Tron: Legacy and The Change-Up, has graced the red carpet in designer fashions from Marchessa and Gucci, but has also spent a considerable amount of her recent energy traveling in Haiti on behalf of the charity Young Artists for Peace and Justice, which she founded with friend Barbara Burchfield. The charity is the youth outreach division of Artists for Peach and Justice, which has the goal of building schools in Haiti—the first, the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, opened in 2010. “We opened this secondary school not long after the earthquake,” Wilde said. “Every year we add more to the school so more students can be invited. We are the only free secondary school in Haiti.”
A big component of charity work is of course raising money. “We were doing traditional fundraising, but we were also searching for a creative way to fundraise, and we were really inspired by the idea of conscious commerce, products for a purpose and the movement that was happening with that,” Wilde said.
It’s that search that led Wilde and Burchfield to develop the “Message Bag” in collaboration with Alternative Apparel. “We were inspired by a bag that I always carried in Haiti, and old vintage army bag,” Wilde said. The $138 bag that is for sale is a cross-body that converts to a backpack, featuring vintage army canvas, pebbled leather trim and antique brass hardware. 20 percent of the bag’s proceeds will go to Academy for Peach and Justice—and Academy for Peace and Justice is screen-printed on the inside of the bag so consumers can remember exactly where their money is going. Alternative Apparel has also pledged to give bags, backpacks and other supplies to the school throughout the year as part of the collaboration.
“We are hoping to encourage people to consider where their dollars go, and to really understand the power of commerce,” Wilde said. “Your dollar is your vote, and everyone can really make a big difference because of that.”
Wilde hopes that a bag purchase will translate to sharing in the many moving moments she has had while working on the ground in Haiti, her favorite, seeing the school open. “These kids filed in in their perfectly pressed uniforms, their notebooks at the ready. It was really overwhelmingly beautiful,” she said. New programs being added to the school include a basketball program and various arts programs, which proceeds from the bag will help to support.
Wilde is of course not the first to launch a conscious commerce fashion product. Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson launched FEED Projects in 2007 with the aim of selling bags to defeat world hunger. Ralph Lauren has long supported breast cancer charities with various “Pink Pony” products. Still, conscious commerce is a movement that seems to be picking up steam with many fashion brands as both a marketing tool and a way to give back simultaneously. The movement also signals the new way that many companies are approaching corporate social responsibility. “I applaud all of the companies that are making this a priority,” Wilde said.
Olivia Wilde just keeps adding to her resume, releasing a sized-down messenger bag designed in partnership with Alternative Apparel. Sales of the limited-edition style, dubbed the “Message Bag,” will benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ELLE caught up with her at a release party that she attended in New York City on Monday night to talk summer fashion and guilty pleasures.
ELLE: Has the bag become a constant in your summer wardrobe?
Olivia Wilde: I’ve been carrying it a lot because it’s the perfect summer bag. It’s good for the beach and good for traveling—you can shove everything in there and it fits a lot more than it looks like it can. The collaboration came about because we were working with Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, which is a very hot place, and every time we were down there, we’d live in Alternative Apparel maxi dresses, short dresses, and tanks.
ELLE: The bag can be worn multiple ways. How have you found yourself carrying it?
OW: I’ve done all of the options, but I really like it as a backpack—especially in New York, because it seems so useful.
ELLE: Have you fallen into any guilty pleasures over the summer?
OW: I recently watched the entire ninth season of Top Chef.
ELLE: Were you a Top Chef fan before that?
OW: Yes, but I’ve never [watched] it in such an extreme way. I was shooting in Chicago and working a lot, so I wasn’t going out at night. I’d go back to my house and just watch it every night. I couldn’t get enough of it.
ELLE: How quickly did you go through it?
OW: There are 22 episodes right? So 22 nights.
ELLE: One per night? You really restrained yourself.
OW: No, no. There were some nights when I was like, “I must know, I must know!” That show is definitely my major guilty pleasure.
CBS Films released the new trailer from the upcoming romantic drama “The Words.”
The photo gallery at Olivia Wilde Source has been updated with 23 HQ and MQ images of Olivia Wilde at the launch of The Message Bag by Alternative Apparel + Shopbop that was held last night in New York City.
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Last night Alternative Apparel and Olivia Wilde celebrated the launch of the Message Bag–the result of a collaboration between the two hosts and Wilde’s best friend Barbara ‘Babs’ Burchfield, which will benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Haiti.
We happened to arrive at the event just as Wilde and co-designer Burchfield stepped out of their taxi. Despite being ridiculously beautiful (her green eyes are exquisite), Olivia seemed much more like a cool, normal girl hanging with her bestie than the A-list movie star that she is. Perhaps it’s because she takes her role as activist and philanthropist seriously and happens to be just as comfortable toting her messenger bag around Haiti as walking a red carpet. How many actresses who’ve scored the number one spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 can say that?
Naturally, Olivia and Babs were both carrying the limited edition Message Bag, an army green, canvas bag that doubles as a cross body and a backpack. The bag retails for $138 and is sold on Shopbop.com and in Alternative Apparel stores. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Academy for Peace and Justice, a secondary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti funded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis’s charity, Artists for Peace and Justice.
The event took place at the James Hotel, where Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This helped members of the media customize their bag with stencils and studs. Before Olivia headed to the DIY table to stencil O.W. onto hers, we had a quick chat with her and Babs to learn more about what their work in Haiti means to them.
Fashionista: Tell us about your collaboration with Alternative Apparel.
How did you decide on creating a bag?
What would people be surprised to know about Haiti?
Would you ever consider designing more in the future?
“I have been a vegetarian since I was like… 12,” actress Olivia Wilde said while sitting next to Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This at the James Hotel on Monday night. “But [being vegan] has been something that, for the past four years, has at times been consistent, other times less so,” she said of her more recent and more challenging dietary decision. “It helps if you have the right support system,” Wilde explained. “The person who really showed me the best way to do it was Alicia Silverstone. We were shooting a movie called ‘Butter’ and we were in Northern Louisiana — where there is no vegetarian food — and she cooked the most incredible recipes from the Kind diet for me everyday. I have never looked or felt better in my life.”
“[Being vegan] is not always easy and accessible,” she continued, “but it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better. My skin was better, energy was better.”
This all-around feeling of wellness was present throughout the Shopbop-hosted evening, a celebration of Wilde’s “Message Bag,” which she designed in collaboration with Alternative Apparel and her charity organization Campaign Happiness, which provides aid to schools in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. To make it all a bit more special, Domesek was on-hand to help attendees customize their bags with safety pins, studs and stencils.
“Olivia is getting involved with sharpies and paint pens” the DIY blogger said, pointing to Wilde’s specialized messenger bag which had her initials “OW” on the front. “Like my email!” Wilde explained, “When you get an email from me it just says ‘capital O.W.’ and people always laugh when they get it because they’re like ‘ow!’”
But this bag is no laughing matter. In fact, it is inspired by the vintage army bag Wilde picked up years ago and would bring with her on trips to Haiti with Artists for Peace and Justice every few months. “We went everywhere, and I always brought this bag,” Wilde recalled, “it would be [filled] with everything from bug spray to malaria pills to scarves to lenses. I’d throw it in the back of a pickup truck, throw it in the dirt. It was our go-to, all-purpose bag.”
The original bag, much like the ones she and Domesek were working on, was customized. “My original bag had on it, ‘Finally Stopped Dressing For The Boys.’” Wilde said, “It came with that, which was why I bought it. Someone had typed it on. I thought, ‘that’s so cool, that’s something I am proud to show off.’”
And she can be proud of this one, too.
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There’s now a featurette online to promote “The Words” being released on September 7th!