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Celeb in 5: Friday's best entertainment and gossip news.

1. Margot Robbie has provided some chilling details about how she prepared for the role of murdered actress Sharon Tate.

When Margot Robbie appears on the screen as murdered actress Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there’s an eerie link that connects the two actresses.

In order to prepare Robbie for the role, the film’s costume designer Arianne Phillips, managed to source jewellery which previously belonged to the late actress herself.

“Coincidentally, Debra [Sharon’s sister] was preparing an auction and arranged a loan of Sharon’s jewellery for Margot to wear,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It felt like a talisman for myself, Margot and Quentin.”

Watch the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood here:

Video by Sony Pictures

The majority of Robbie’s 60s-inspired, retro wardrobe was also sourced from designers Tate herself wore, like “Rudi Gernreich, Jean Muir, Betsey Johnson, Courrèges and Ossie Clark,” said Phillips.

In one particular scene, Robbie is wearing a “yellow hot pants outfit,” which the Oscar-nominated costume designer explained was inspired by an “original that Sharon Tate was known to have worn.”

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Margot wears an outfit similar to one worn by Sharon Tate. Image: Sony Pictures.
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Speaking about her involvement in the film, Robbie told US talk show, Today that it was "sometimes very sad to be that closely connected with real-life Sharon".

"It kind of hit you at moments, and suddenly the tragedy of it all would kind of hit you and you would be tremendously sad, and then other times it just made me feel so happy."

In 1969, Sharon was two weeks away from giving birth when she was murdered by the Manson Family cult, under orders from Charles Manson himself. On the night of her death, August 8–9, 1969, she was entertaining her friends Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and his partner, Abigail Folger, who were also found dead at the scene.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood combines a fictional story line between a has-been actor, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), with reference to the real-life story behind Tate's tragic murder.

The film is set to premier in Australian cinemas from August 15, 2019.

2. Meghan Markle has seemingly responded to negative press for the first time while walking a red carpet.

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Since marrying into the Royal family, Meghan Markle has been subject to a great deal of media attention. At times it's been positive, praising the Duchess of Sussex for the breath of fresh air she brings to the traditional family, and at times it has been ruthlessly mean.

From rumours of a right royal rift with her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, to criticism for being too "private", Meghan Markle has had her fair share of negative press.

Markle, mother to her two-month-old son Archie, seemingly responded to this for the first time while at The Lion King premiere in London this week.

A conversation was overheard between the Duchess of Sussex and Pharrell Williams that sees Markle address the overwhelming attention.

"So happy for your union," Williams told Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. "Love is amazing. It’s wonderful. Don’t ever take that for granted, but what it means in today’s climate, I just wanted to tell you, it’s so significant for so many of us. Seriously. It’s significant. We cheer you guys on."

"Thank you," Markle is heard responding. "They don't make it easy."

Although there's no proof she is specifically talking about the press, it has been widely considered since that it is the media she was referring to.

3 . The Bachelor star Brittany Hockley said there’s an easy trick to spotting the winner each season.

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Excuse us, but the new season of The Bachelor with astrophysicist Matt Agnew will be here in less than two weeks and we are wanting all of the goss. Please.

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Luckily for us, Osher Gunsberg shared a few secrets of this year's season on the Logies Red Carpet to Mamamia, confirming that Matt indeed chooses someone at the end.

Although he didn't reveal to us who exactly this woman is, Brittany Hockley, who was one of the final two women on Nick Cummins' season of The Bachelor, has a few hints for us.

During a YouTube video on Cassandra Wood's channel, the reality TV star said viewers can locate the final two women by studying the screen time they receive.

"For me, because of the ending and where I came, they kept me quite hidden [in the edit] so I didn't have a lot to deal with in the first half [of the season]," she said.

"They sort of put you to the side a little bit because they don't want to show you too much, they don't want to give anything away."

Well then. We better get our calculators ready.

4. Beyoncé has released a new album and it even features her daughter, Blue Ivy.

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Beyonce at the Lion King premiere. Image: Getty.

Stop. Everything.

Beyonce has dropped a new single and yes, this is the exact news you needed for your Friday afternoon.

The singer-songwriter released a new album "A Love Letter to Africa" to accompany the reboot of the 1994 classic The Lion King.

The album features artists Pharrell, DJ Khaled, Diplo and, to make it even better, her seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy who she shares with Jay Z.

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Yes, Blu Ivy features in the new album as a co-writer on the song "BROWN SKIN GIRL".

The album is separate from the official Lion King soundtrack, but features renditions of songs from the original including "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."

That's our weekend playlist sorted.

5."JUST MAKE IT STOP." Literally 9 questions we all have after watching the Cats trailer.

Something weird happened today and we don’t want to sound dramatic but… life will never be the same again.

Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats and look, in absolutely no circumstances did we ask for that. Not even a little bit.

But sometimes we get things we don’t ask for, like a reboot of Gossip Girl and the return of flared pants.

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Excuse me Dame Judi Dench, but what you doin'?

The Cats trailer is somehow the best and the worst thing you will ever see. It will make everything seem better and worse. You’ll want to laugh and cry at the same time.

We re-count the whole cat-astrophe (you're welcome) in our previous post here.

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