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Dakota and Elle Fanning List Los Angeles Home – DIRT

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A low-key but luxurious home in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, owned according to well-informed sources by actor sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, has come to market at almost $2.7 million. The siblings, former child actors who have both gone on to grown-up success on the small and silver screens, purchased the property via an inscrutable trust just about three years ago for $2.3 million. Described in listings held by Robert Walters of Leland Properties as an “East Coast Transitional-style home,” the family-sized residence is hidden down a private, gated lane in the until recently relatively unsung but rapidly gentrifying Valley Village area with six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in just under 4,600 square feet.

Flanked by lush landscaping and white rose bushes, the front door opens into a wide central gallery and stair hall that connects the various areas of the two-story residence that mixes traditional architectural detailing with in-ceiling speakers and wide-plank hardwood floors. A marble-faced fireplace anchors the formal living room, which spills out to a picayune porch through French doors, and the formal dining room’s baby blue brocade pattern wallpaper is set off against a gleaming, white-laminate and clear acrylic dining table and chairs. There’s a wet bar at the base of the stairs in the entrance gallery and, at the back of the house, an all-white kitchen, arranged around a huge island and expensively outfitted with premium-grade culinary accouterment, is open to a sunny breakfast nook and family room. A TV surmounted fireplace sits between built-in display shelving, and glass sliders open the room to a covered patio that overlooks the backyard.

An en suite downstairs bedroom is well suited for guests or staff, while four more en suite guest bedrooms share the upper level with the master suite, which is replete with a fireplace, a large terrace, a walk-in closet lined with floor-to-ceiling glass-fronted wardrobes and a gleaming, all-white bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and freestanding soaking tub that easily accommodates two bathers.

The backyard isn’t especially large but is equipped with an integrated exterior sound system and is fully surrounded by lush hedgerows that ensure privacy from the neighbors. Just outside the family room, a covered patio gives way to a dining terrace with built-in grill and a dark-bottomed swimming pool and spa.

The elder Fanning, Dakota, clearly has consistent taste in real estate. Last year, the “Twilight Saga” star, a co-star of TNT’s “Alienist” and “Angel of Darkness” TV series who is scheduled to appear in an upcoming film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s iconic novel “The Bell Jar,” shelled out almost $3 million for a strikingly similar residence in the celeb-favored Toluca Lake area of the San Fernando Valley. Marketing materials from the time of the sale describe the house as a “Cape Cod traditional masterpiece” with five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a high-hedged backyard with an outdoor kitchen and a swimming pool.

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Why Nicole Avant Made Doc About Her Father – Variety

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When Nicole Avant was growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1970s and ’80s, her father, Clarence Avant, was one of the most connected and successful African American power brokers in the music industry. He launched record labels, owned radio stations and became a key figure in politics and the civil rights movement.

The Avant home was always buzzing with a stream of Hollywood and Washington insiders coming and going. “I knew that he was very powerful because the phone rang constantly and I always heard him fixing something or giving advice,” says Nicole, who made her producing debut with Netflix’s “The Black Godfather,” a documentary about her father. “And then I did see him on ‘Soul Train’ one day, and he was giving an interview with Don Cornelius. …That’s when I thought, ‘Oh, he must be a big deal because he’s on television.’”

That point is driven home by the documentary, which features interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, David Geffen, Jamie Foxx, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the late Bill Withers, whom Avant signed to his Sussex Records while the singer was still working as an aircraft assembler.

Nicole Avant, who is married to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, says she had plans to shop the doc around before her husband snapped it up for the streamer. “I actually had this idea in my head since I was a little girl. I really did,” Avant, who served as Obama’s ambassador to the Bahamas, says on this week’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “I had told Ted, even when I was dating him, there’s this idea I have for this film, and I said to him, ‘I’m going to take it to HBO.’ Once I started getting the interviews and everyone started confirming, Ted said, ‘Do you really have all these people saying yes?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, for sure.’ He said, ‘Let me take a look at it again.’ And then at that point, Ted is a part of the family, and he saw a solid film, and he saw an important film, and he actually wanted to tell the story just as much or even more than I did.”

What do you want people to know about your dad?

I really wanted people to take away that it’s important to have a strong sense of self. It’s important to keep moving forward. It’s important to pay back. It’s important to move the needle. Also, it’s very important to take risks in life. Sometimes you’re going to fail. Sometimes people are going to say no. So what? It’s a part of life. You keep going. You pick yourself back up again.

What did you learn about your dad while making the documentary that you didn’t know already?

I took it for granted how hard his childhood was and how abusive it was — having a stepfather, really beating up my grandmother in front of him and in front of the other children. My dad didn’t really have a childhood, and he took care of seven kids because everyone was working and they were so poor.

How hard was it to hear those stories?

Very hard for me. And it made a lot of sense when everything did fall down for him and everything blew up at one time and we lost everything. I think everything triggered to his childhood again of not having things he didn’t have or anybody to really rely on.

Tell me about a time in which someone really big turned up at the house and you were like, ‘What is this person doing here?’”

The one time I was very star-struck was when Whitney Houston showed up one day and I had just been listening to the “Greatest Love of All.” I’d sing it in the car like I was Whitney Houston. I was floored; I stood at the front door and I thought, “Oh, my God, this is a real celebrity. This is a big deal.”

If you were to make a scripted narrative about your dad, who would play him?

Forest Whitaker could play him because he knows him and he could “get” him actually.

This interview has been edited and condensed. Hear it in its entirety below. You can also listen to “The Big Ticket” at iHeartRadio or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.


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Even Prince William Has To Deal With This Classic Family Dinner Challenge

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There’s no question about it: lockdown has changed our lives and transformed the way we work. And that goes for royals, too. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have adapted, taking their royal duties online, via a number of zoom calls. But not everything has changed… On his latest call, Prince William revealed that even he has to deal with this classic family dinner challenge.

Speaking to representatives of the PEEK Project, a Glasgow-based charity, on May 20, the Duke of Cambridge said the success of his family meal depend very much on “what’s on the table”. Joking with community chef Charlie Farrally, Prince William agreed that dinner time can be very challenging: “If parents put something on that children love, dinner time goes very well,” he said. “But if you put something on the table they don’t want to do, that’s another ball game.”

PEEK Project, Possibilities for Each and Every Kid, have been working throughout COVID-19 to provide balanced, and hot meals for families in need. The Duke of Cambridge praised them for their work and pointed out the immense pressure that parents are under as well.

The PEEK project has been supported in it’s work throughout the pandemic by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. Were it not for lockdown, the Duke of Cambridge would have been in Scotland this week to meet representatives at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Obviously, this couldn’t go ahead face-to-face, but he still spoke to the chefs, volunteers, and the CEO via a video call. “I hope when I find myself up in Glasgow in the near future I can come and see you guys in person and congratulate you,” he added.


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Ozark’s Esai Morales to Replace Nicholas Hoult As ‘Mission: Impossible’ Villain – Find Out Why

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Esai Morales, known for his work in Ozark and How to Get Away with Murder, is joining the cast of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, director Christopher McQuarrie revealed on his Instagram on Thursday (May 21).

However, Deadline is now reporting that Esai, 57, is actually replacing Nicholas Hoult in the movie in the villain role for the films.

The reason why Nicholas is being replaced? The Coronavirus pandemic has delayed production of tons of movies and television shows across the globe. As a result, the “delay put Hoult in conflict with another commitment.”

The film currently has a release date of July 23, 2021, but that could change as many films have had to alter release dates due to the global health crisis.

If you missed it, Nicholas just made a super rare comment about his two-year-old son.


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