March 16, 2003 |
It was Ann Roth's idea to give Nicole Kidman the nose. The much-discussed prosthetic nose that helped Kidman change physically into Virginia Woolf for her Oscar-nominated role in "The Hours" came from Roth, a veteran costume designer whose suggestion, said the film's producer and director, allowed the actress to transform more fully into the famous English writer. The attention Kidman's fake nose has received disturbs Roth.
March 25, 1997
Visual Effects: Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney and Joseph Viskocil, "Independence Day." * Film Editing: "The English Patient," Walter Murch. * Cinematography: "The English Patient," John Seale. * Foreign Film: "Kolya," Czech Republic. * Original Song: "You Must Love Me" from "Evita," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. * Documentary Feature: "When We Were Kings," Leon Gast and David Sonenberg.
April 9, 1985 |
To steal a line from "Plaza Suite": Some ideas look better in the window than they do when you get them home. Take Neil Simon's notion of reworking "The Odd Couple" into a vehicle for two actresses--Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers, at the Ahmanson. It sounds like a cute idea, and not that implausible. Two divorced friends try to share an apartment and find that they drive each other up the wall. These days this could happen as easily to two women as to two men.
October 2, 1985 |
Love whom you will among country singers, there's no sound to match that of the great Patsy Cline--that throbbing catch, that growl that slips into a yodel. It's the raw, full-throttle voice of a woman who seems to meet life head on, cigarette in one hand, beer in the other. Patsy Cline does just that in Karel Reisz's "Sweet Dreams" (Egyptian, Westwood) , in which Jessica Lange plays the scrappy '60s singer with sweet ferocity. "You want to be Kitty Wells, don't you?" a record producer asks her.
September 27, 1985 |
"Maxie" (citywide) is a flaming flapper whose spirit just won't stay locked behind those pearly gates. Killed in a car crash on her way to a screen test with D. W. Griffith, Maxie was not to know whether she could have been a star. But now, nearly 60 years after her death, she has another chance to find out.
June 16, 1994 |
The Movie: "Wolf." The Setup: After Manhattan book editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf, his body and spirit are transformed in alarming, canine ways. The Designers: Special makeup effects by Rick Baker ("An American Werewolf in London," "Harry and the Hendersons," "Coming to America," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan"), costume design by Ann Roth ("Silkwood," "Klute," "The Day of the Locust," "Hair," "Places in the Heart," "Midnight Cowboy").