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March 26, 1998 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Movie: "Primary Colors" The Setup: Committed, yet emotionally flawed, Bill Clinton-like Southern Gov. Jack Stanton (John Travolta) runs for president with his brainy, tough-skinned wife, Susan (Emma Thompson), at his side, based on the novel by Joe "Anonymous" Klein. The Costume Designer: Ann Roth, an eight-time regular on director Mike Nichols' team (including "The Birdcage," "Working Girl" and "Heartburn"), who won an Academy Award for "The English Patient."
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March 27, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As Mildred Pierce, the proud single mother in Depression-era Southern California in the new HBO miniseries of the same name, Kate Winslet scrambles around town trying to find a job — after kicking her cheating husband out — in a mud-brown floral-print dress. Long-sleeved and body-skimming, it's "the kind of 'good' dress women had a few of in their closet in those days," said legendary costume designer Ann Roth, who designed hundreds of outfits for the epic HBO drama, an adaption of the 1941 novel by James M. Cain that premieres Sunday.
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March 27, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As Mildred Pierce, the proud single mother in Depression-era Southern California in the new HBO miniseries of the same name, Kate Winslet scrambles around town trying to find a job — after kicking her cheating husband out — in a mud-brown floral-print dress. Long-sleeved and body-skimming, it's "the kind of 'good' dress women had a few of in their closet in those days," said legendary costume designer Ann Roth, who designed hundreds of outfits for the epic HBO drama, an adaption of the 1941 novel by James M. Cain that premieres Sunday.
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March 16, 2003 | Valli Herman-Cohen, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 16, 2003 | Valli Herman-Cohen, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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October 2, 1985 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
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.
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September 27, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"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.
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June 16, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
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").
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January 14, 2009 | Susan King
"Slumdog Millionaire," "Iron Man" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" are among the nominees announced Tuesday for the 11th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. Nominees for excellence in the contemporary film category are Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen for "Iron Man," Ann Roth for "Mamma Mia!," Patricia Field for "Sex and the City," Suttirat Larlarb for "Slumdog Millionaire" and Amy Westcott for "The Wrestler."
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March 26, 1998 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Movie: "Primary Colors" The Setup: Committed, yet emotionally flawed, Bill Clinton-like Southern Gov. Jack Stanton (John Travolta) runs for president with his brainy, tough-skinned wife, Susan (Emma Thompson), at his side, based on the novel by Joe "Anonymous" Klein. The Costume Designer: Ann Roth, an eight-time regular on director Mike Nichols' team (including "The Birdcage," "Working Girl" and "Heartburn"), who won an Academy Award for "The English Patient."
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June 25, 1993 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alfred Hitchcock once said that a thriller is only as good as its villain, so shouldn't a "Dennis the Menace" be only as good as its menace? Well, yes and no. As the infamous Dennis Mitchell in the new film version, little Mason Gamble isn't very menacing, but his bemused peskiness is a welcome relief after the hyperenergized Macaulay Culkin of the "Dennis"-style "Home Alone" films. He's almost recognizably human.
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April 9, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
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.
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