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Ryan Hurd’s Journey From Songwriter to Artist

Ryan Hurd is still figuring it out.
The songwriter from Kalamazoo, Mich., who opted to try his hand at music after graduating from Nashville’s Belmont University with a degree in sociology, seemed to have made the right decision.
Over the past few years, he has racked up some pretty impressive writing credits including chart-topping hits including Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe’s “Lonely Tonight,” and Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good.”
But now, Hurd is making waves as an artist as well, a place he never expected to find himself.
Disarmingly humble and still kind of wide-eyed, Hurd’s first headlining tour to support his single, “To a T,” was so successful that he added more dates. The song, on which his wife, Maren Morris, sings harmony, has been streamed more than 100 million times and hit number one on SiriusXM’s The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown.
Before that, he wrote and released “Diamonds or Twine” as a wedding gift to Morris with the video showing clips from their relationship and the final scene a snippet from the marriage ceremony.

Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Hurd didn’t see music as his life’s mission growing up. His father is in advertising

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Argentinian Abstract Artist Ruben Alterio Makes His London Debut

SHAPE SHIFTING: As Brexit grinds ahead with all of its cross-channel animosity and anxiety, Londoners continue to throw open their arms to foreign talent, and business. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said from the start that, Brexit or not, London is open for business, and Osborne Studio Gallery Belgravia has turned those words into action.
A top gallery known worldwide for its sporting paintings and bronzes, Osborne has changed gears this month and invited the Argentinian-born, Paris-based artist Ruben Alterio to show of his abstract works — new and old — in the space on Motcomb Street, not far from Knightsbridge.
The show, which runs until April 4, features Alterio’s moody works made with broad, sensual sweeps and warm earth tones, such as russet, corn, indigo and teal. There is a rowboat and water inspired by a muddy river in the artist’s hometown of Buenos Aires; rounded elephant-like shapes and an oyster resembling a large, kohl-rimmed eye. A big brush stroke of dark sky hangs over a minuscule cityscape while a structure resembling a naïf beach tent looks as if it was cut from colored paper.

Riachuelo by Ruben Alterio, who is making his London debut at Osborne Studio Gallery.
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The dapper, 70-year-old Alterio, who

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Springtime Socials Flock to The Frick

Now in its 20th year, the annual Young Fellows Ball at The Frick Collection has become the ultimate photo-op for springtime socials, with its hard-to-resist combination of museum-after-dark backdrop, festive gowns and the occasional masquerade mask. This year’s party, “Notte A Palazzo,” was sponsored by Altuzarra and took its theme from the current exhibition “Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture.”
“I actually was really lucky to come and see the exhibition beforehand, and I think so much of what’s beautiful about Italian Renaissance painting is the idea of this expression of who you are through clothes,” Joseph Altuzarra said from one of the museum’s smaller side rooms, after posing for photos with Wes Gordon. “And I sort of feel like that’s what people are doing tonight.”
Prior to his sponsorship of the evening, the designer was relatively new to the museum and its collections.
“I have a close relationship with Paul Arnhold, who was the one who introduced me to this,” he said. “But it’s been really a joy getting to know the museum and the staff here have been incredible. It’s just been really wonderful.”
Guests including Gordon and Arnhold, Leandra Medine, Georgina Bloomberg, Elizabeth Kurpis, Pari Ehsan and more did their best

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Justin Theroux, Tavi Gevinson Hang With the Art Film Crowd at Metrograph Party

A cluster of New York’s coolest filmmakers, artists, musicians and writers congregated at Metrograph theater on Thursday night for the theater’s three-year anniversary party. Patti Smith, Cindy Sherman, Anna Sui, Justin Theroux, Tavi Gevinson and others packed out the art film house, celebrating both the anniversary and the launch of its in-house movie distribution company, Metrograph Productions.
“Our city needs places like this,” said Smith, wearing a black blazer that her friend, the British designer Paul Smith, recently gifted her. “We used to have lots of them. When I was younger — in the Seventies, you could go to a movie theater and sit all day for 50 cents watching all the [Ingmar] Bergman films. Or you could go to a lot of the small houses at midnight, see ‘El Topo’ or something.”
As one of the hosts for the night, Smith said she’s a fan of Metrograph’s dedication to showing obscure, old-school movies. But as far as the Metrograph Productions thing goes, that’s not in her wheelhouse.
“I don’t know anything about that stuff. I just like movies,” she said. “I don’t care who produces them, as long as people keep making great movies.”
Sui echoed the sentiment, adding that despite a slate

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Rashid Johnson Reimagines ‘Native Son’

Rashid Johnson has been thinking lately about microphones.
“In the current state that we’re living in, people have so much enthusiasm to have their voices more roundly and loudly heard,” the artist explains from his industrial studio in Bushwick on a recent afternoon. He was describing the motivation for several new works and works-in-progress on the wall for an upcoming show. The mixed-media pieces have built-in speakers, which he plans to utilize to create unconventional outlets for amplification, inviting poets and speakers into the art gallery environment. Touching upon the symbolism of a microphone, Johnson brings up the woman’s suffrage movement, Martin Luther King Jr.’s march in Washington, the fact that hip-hop is the only musical genre in which the lyricist directly mentions the mic.
“This opportunity to amplify one’s voice, the agency that comes as a result of it, is such an incredible historical signifier,” he adds.
Amplifying one’s voice can take many different forms. The 42-year-old contemporary artist, who has established himself in the art world through his conceptual works, turned to narrative film as the loudest vehicle for his latest message, a new cinematic adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel “Native Son” set in modern-day Chicago. The film, which stars young-but-soaring

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Molly Gordon, Hollywood’s New Comedic Darling

In a recent performance of “Alice by Heart,” the new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” a prop wristwatch accidentally flew from the onstage actors’ hands, clocking a woman in the audience in the throat (she was fine, rest assured).
The show’s Alice, 23-year-old actress Molly Gordon, found herself a bit out of her depth as to how to proceed.
“I’m very new to doing this,” Gordon says from the lobby of Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater, home to “Alice by Heart,” in her few hours of downtime. “It’s very different than the film stuff that I’ve done. A lot of mistakes happen — and publicly — and you kind of have to learn to just not be hard on yourself and let it go.”
A bit of quick thinking is not beyond Gordon, who is primed for a breakout 2019, between her stint on the New York stage and two buzzy comedies due this summer.
She grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of filmmakers: Her mother, Jessie Nelson, wrote the scripts of movies like “I Am Sam” and “Because I Said So” and was the writer of the Broadway adaptation of the movie “Waitress.” Her father, Bryan Gordon, has directed episodes

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Eyes On: Mandla Morris

Name: Mandla Morris
Age: 13
Hails From: Los Angeles
Résumé: Morris is one of Stevie Wonder’s sons; he had a small cameo in “A Star is Born” last year, and has plans to expand on acting and follow in his father’s footsteps in the music industry.
Why We Care: Morris was visiting a friend on the “A Star is Born” set just as the acting bug was kicking in, and caught the attention of Bradley Cooper.
“I guess he saw me doing something funny and then he was like ‘Oh, yeah, we should have that in a movie.’ I went there on a Thursday and they asked me to [come back] on a Friday,” Morris says.
Musically, he is hoping to have some tracks by the summer, and is going for a Frank Ocean meets Jorja Smith sound.
“He definitely gives me some advice, that it’s not going to be easy,” he says of his father. “There’s a little bit of pressure, having a dad with such a big name; people are going to be like ‘Oh, now he’s creating music.’ It’ll be all eyes on me.”
His older brother, Kailand, made waves at the men’s shows earlier this year, and Mandla says he wants to pursue fashion

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Versace to Stage Home Installation With Artist Andy Dixon, Interior Designer Sasha Bikoff

MILAN — Versace is further leveraging recognizable symbols and prints from its fashion line and translating them into its latest Home collection, which will be presented with a special installation running April 10 to 14.
Staged at Versace’s storied palazzo in Via Gesù here, the exhibit will be part of the Fuorisalone events held concurrently with the international furniture and design trade show Salone del Mobile.
On this occasion, Versace has collaborated with interior designer Sasha Bikoff and artist Andy Dixon. The furniture is all created by Versace.
Bikoff’s eclectic touch — influenced by cities such as New York and Miami where she grew up, and everything from 18th-century French Rococo mixed with Sixties Space Age Modern, to Seventies French Modernism and Eighties Italian Memphis Milano — will forge the installation. The American interior designer has conceived sets drawing inspiration from Versace’s fall 1994 campaign photographed by Richard Avedon, connecting the brand’s fashion with its home line.

An image of the Versace installation.
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“I have always felt a deep connection to Versace as it embodies everything I believe in, a sense of fun and freedom to be daring,” said Bikoff, adding that she has always been inspired by the brand. “Versace lives through color and pattern-breaking

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WWD Report Card: Spring Has Sprung

Pastels reigned supreme this week on looks from Poppy, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend and more.
Armie Hammer: C

Armie Hammer
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The coated linen blazer reads like leather — in order for that to work, he would have to pair it with a casual T-shirt. The fine polka dot shirt paired with the floral tie feels completely out of place. Even he looks uncomfortable with the choice.
John Legend: D

John Legend
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John Legend channeling a washed out version of Tinky Winky on the “Teletubbies” is priceless. The white booties add an unnecessary Vegas glam cowboy feel to the comical look. And by the way, the whole thing is two sizes too small.
Dylan Sprouse: B-

Dylan Sprouse
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There is something cool about this Fifties retro suburban dad look. But the slouchiness of the polo with the ultra-fitted pant is less than ideal. If the proportions were reversed, it would be way cooler.
Bradley Cooper: C

Bradley Cooper
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As Tom Cruise ages out of the “Mission Impossible” action star type — but still fit enough for “Top Gun II” — Cooper is seemingly auditioning for it. A word of advice: He should be channeling Steve McQueen with a bit of a turtleneck and a solid black motorcycle jacket.
Poppy: B+

Poppy in

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Jenni Kayne Releases Debut Book ‘Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining’

Designer Jenni Kayne always wanted to publish a book — she just didn’t know what exactly it would be about. After several years of people approaching her with proposals for different book projects, she finally homed in on the perfect topic for her debut: a book on entertaining. Out now from Rizzoli, “Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining” reflects her love of planning and hosting events, rooted in holistic wellness and a West Coast aesthetic.
“I’m really passionate about living in California and living well,” says Kayne, sitting in the lofted skylit basement of her neutral-toned Tribeca store. The designer had just touched down in New York for the week from L.A., where she lives with her husband, three children, and menagerie of pets. In addition to being organized by season, each section of the book highlights a different area of California, including Ojai, Santa Ynez, Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe, where she spends her summers.
“I really believe in living seasonally and living in rhythm with nature and trying to slow down as much as possible,” she says. “I think we all live such crazy lives right now, especially you guys in New York, and there’s something really nice about living seasonally,

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Hero Fiennes Tiffin Is Here to Sweep You Off Your Feet

If all you know of Hero Fiennes Tiffin is his brooding editorial shots, or the brooding scenes of his character in the “After” film trailers, you might be surprised by the wholesome humility of the real Fiennes Tiffin. Despite his debut lead film role on the horizon — and a majorly anticipated one, at that — the 21-year-old actor seems to be rooted in gratitude without the pretense. Aware that an interview had to be rescheduled several times to accommodate a worldwide promotional tour that was just starting to ramp up, he begins and ends the conversation with an apology for what was largely out of his control. “Sorry it took so long,” he says, for perhaps the third time.
He may play the bad-boy on screen, but in person his sweetness shines through.
For the British actor and model, his path to starring opposite Josephine Langford in “After” was a long time in the making. His first role was a one-day part for a friend of his father — a cinematographer and writer-director — when he was nine or 10 years old; his next part was playing young Tom Riddle in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” a part later portrayed

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Did Tom Ford Just Buy Halston’s Former Party House?

Is Tom Ford the secret buyer of late fashion designer Halston’s former Manhattan party pad?
After eight years of trying to off-load the Upper East Side town house he bought off Halston in 1990, the Swiss millionaire and photographer Gunter Sachs finally had some luck at the beginning of the year when an anonymous buyer paid $18 million for it.
That buyer was hidden through an LLC, but a source told WWD that it was none other than Ford, who has added it to his collection of luxury homes, including a New Mexico ranch with its own old Western town movie set. Ford could not be reached for comment Monday.
Property records showed that the LLC’s address is listed as that of Ford’s business manager, Chuck Shapiro, and it has been used as the address for some of the designer’s trademarks.
While Shapiro has a number of celebrity clients, it is also the same address as the LLC that Ford used to buy late heiress Betsy Bloomingdale’s Los Angeles home for just under $40 million in 2016.
As previously reported by WWD, Ford is expected to be confirmed as the new chairman of the CFDA on Tuesday, a move that will likely mean he will

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A Lot of White, A Bit of Weird: Fashion Designers’ Floral Choices Revealed

PARIS — On the first day of Giuseppina Callegari’s tenure at Lachaume, back in 1971, both Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent showed up at the historical florist, located at the time on the Rue Royale in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
“It was quite curious: They came separately, but they bought the same thing,” recalls Stephanie Primet, the granddaughter of the boutique’s famed owner, who runs the florist, which has now moved to the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, alongside her sister Caroline Cnocquaert. Both designers left the boutique with a single long-stemmed white rose, Lachaume’s signature bloom.
Nearly 50 years later, white flowers still reign supreme in the fashion world. Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior, sends thanks in the form of white ranunculus, usually picked at florist Eric Chauvin. At Berluti, Kris Van Assche works in tandem with floral artist Debeaulieu to create pristine bouquets of wild roses, peonies and anemones. Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller is careful to craft feminine and romantic bouquets with the help of Bastille-based florist Arôm, mixing peonies, dahlias, hydrangeas and roses in shades of white, nude and light pink, while Alexandre Vauthier likes to play around with carnations, hydrangeas and roses from Lachaume —

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Maura Roosevelt Explores Storied Family Legacies With Debut Novel

It was in the middle of a workshop with writer Mary Gaitskill that Maura Roosevelt realized her short story was anything but.
“It was a 40-page story and [Mary] was like, ‘This isn’t a [short] story,’” Roosevelt says, from the living room of her in-laws’ Brooklyn town house, her husband and baby nearby. “So I just kept writing it.”
The story evolved into what is Roosevelt’s first novel, “Baby of the Family” (out now from Penguin books). It tells the story of the modern-day Whitbys, who are descendants of Astor-esque New York real estate moguls. After the great patriarch of the Whitbys dies, his children, half siblings Brooke, Shelley, and the youngest, Nick, attempt to piece together their complex familial relationships.
First published as a short story in literary magazine “Joyland,” in 2014, “Baby of the Family” originally focused on just one of the Whitby children. “The story was only about Shelley,” Roosevelt says. “I tried to imagine her life and what her family was like and then it just got bigger and bigger.”
Roosevelt’s preoccupation with family is fitting considering her own ancestry: her great-grandparents were President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. “I’m kind of interested in how you define family and

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Film Director Ridley Scott Shows ‘Gladiator’ Spirit at 81

PARIS — “I am very moved tonight because I am welcoming one of the idols of my youth,” Antoine Arnault told the audience gathered on Thursday at the Elysées Biarritz cinema auditorium, just off the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, for a private audience with Sir Ridley Scott.
As head of communication and image for luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Arnault was hosting a special screening of Scott’s first advertising film in 15 years, a four-minute short called “The Seven Wonders of Hennessy XO,” which he made for the French cognac producer.
Also on the menu of the event: a conversation between the 81-year-old filmmaker and Isabelle Giordano, general director of UniFrance, the agency dedicated to promoting French films around the world, followed by a screening of “Thelma & Louise,” his 1991 feminist road movie starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.
“One of the first times I cut class was to go see ‘Thelma & Louise,’” Arnault confessed to the crowd. Speaking to WWD at a cocktail before the event, he said: “He is one of the people that inspired me at the time to work in the domain of image, communication and perhaps, eventually, cinema. The man is a living

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Hudson Yards Opens With Tom and Gisele, Sen. Chuck Schumer and More

“And it’s open!”
Eric Rutherford was in a properly enthusiastic state of mind Thursday night for the long-awaited official opening of Hudson Yards, which drew revelers by the thousands for a special preview of the mall.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen were reportedly there, having snuck in past the cameras to hole up inside Milo’s on the fifth floor. Anne Hathaway, Billy Porter, Jordan Roth, Andy Cohen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dylan Sprouse and more joined in to explore.
Sprouse arrived sans girlfriend Barbara Palvin (a rarity!) but with friends instead, who took photos of the actor as he posed for photographers.
“I mean, it’s not my favorite,” Sprouse said when asked to do a bit of press. “But I can do whatever and then when I get tired…”
Vera Wang was nearly rendered speechless at the sight of the Vessel.
“Wow — that’s spectacular,” she said, gazing up at the hulking sculpture. “You’ve got to grab a picture of that,” she added to her assistant. “With me in front of it.”
Wang has been eagerly awaiting the unveiling since the CFDA board was shown a model years ago. “I thought it would be done sooner, or at least they said it would be. But it’s done,

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Tables Turn: Fern Mallis to Face the Muse

And now, the questioner will be questioned.
Behind a calm and resolute exterior, Fern Mallis elicits surprising confessions from even the most reticent of subjects. Mallis, who probes fashion figures for the 92nd Street Y’s Fashion Icon series, on March 26 at 7 p.m. will find herself on the receiving end of the questioning when she submits to an interview by Bevy Smith, host of Sirius XM’s “Bevelations.”
“I’m a little nervous,” Mallis admitted. “This has been talked about for a couple of years. I keep putting it off and saying, ‘It’s not about me.’ When the Y told me March 26 was available, which is actually my birthday, I finally said, OK. We talked about a lot of different journalists. Years ago, when this first came up, I asked Katie Couric [who said yes]. When the reality of it happened, I thought of Bevy.”

Fern Mallis and Iris Apfel
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Mallis said she’s done a few radio shows with Smith and feels comfortable with her. “Bevy has spunk and she has a good following,” Mallis said. “She’s always respected me through the years.”
Asked if she’ll do anything to prepare for her interview, Mallis said, “I may diet a little bit beforehand.”
In the eight

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Neiman Marcus Opens at Hudson Yards With Katie Holmes, Whoopi Goldberg — and Liza Minnelli

Neiman Marcus has officially arrived in Manhattan, and with the opening came a VIP kickoff bash Thursday night, held just before the official Hudson Yards opening party that drew some 20,000-plus guests.
Fans of the retailer who turned out included Katie Holmes, Whoopi Goldberg, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Noor Tagouri, Charlotte Hope, Rebecca Minkoff, Diane von Furstenberg and more.
“Congratulations on everything,” Tagouri shouted over to Kloss as the got off the elevator, upon seeing the supermodel and new “Project Runway” judge.
Kloss, declining to chat with press as she’s accustomed to do, earned “oohs” and “ahs” from onlookers as she walked through the store. “Pocket or no pocket?” she asked her handlers of how to pose her hands, before heading toward the cameras.
The night culminated with surprise performances from Charli XCX and the one and only Liza Minnelli, much to the crowd’s delight.
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Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Sweep iHeartRadio 2019 Awards

At the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards show, women dominated the night’s most memorable moments.
Held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Thursday night and hosted by T-Pain, the awards show honored an array of performers, many of whom, including Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Drake, were absent from the telecast. However, the awards show brought together the likes of John Legend, Katy Perry, Elle Fanning and Maren Morris, among others.
Making a rare awards show appearance, Taylor Swift — wearing a purple paillette Rosa Bloom romper — was on hand to accept her awards for Best Music Video for “Delicate” and Tour of the Year.

Taylor Swift accepting Tour of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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While she wasn’t on hand to accept her awards, Grande appeared in a prerecorded performance of one of the latest songs from her “Thank U, Next” album, “Needy.”

I can be neeeeedy 🎵🖤@ArianaGrande #iHeartAwards2019 pic.twitter.com/hiLZDZquzs
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 15, 2019

The first woman to win the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, Alicia Keys gave the night’s most memorable performance, bringing onstage her eight-year-old son, Egypt, for a piano duet of “Raise a Man” and “Don’t Know My Name.”

Alicia Keys and her son, Egypt, perform at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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SXSW 2019: Nina Dobrev on Women in the Workplace and Writing Rom-Coms

By her own admission — and Instagram caption — Nina Dobrev had lost track of date, time zone and location by the time she arrived in Austin, Tex., for SXSW, on the heels of weeks’ worth of travel between Los Angeles for the Oscars and Paris for fashion week, where she attended the Louis Vuitton show.
Sitting down for a moment to chat between promotional commitments, Dobrev opts to sit on the floor by the window at The Line hotel, coffee in one hand, Loewe bag in the other, her knees pulled up around her.
“Oh, this is so fun,” she says — and any sign of travel woes (or geographical confusion, for that matter) one might expect are absent.
Dobrev is at the festival with her film “Run This Town,” which stars Damian Lewis, Mena Massoud, Ben Platt and Scott Speedman and tells the story surrounding the fall of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
“He was like a mini-Trump before Trump happened,” she says of Ford. “With his statements and his declarations, and his inappropriate behavior. We should have seen it as a warning.”
Dobrev plays a law student, Ashley, who graduates and discovers she can’t get a job in her field of choice.
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