March 27, 2011 |
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.
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.
December 12, 2008 |
"Doubt" is a film with many fine elements, but its director, John Patrick Shanley, doesn't seem to trust them. Which is rather odd, because it was Shanley who wrote both the script and the play on which it's based. That play, gripping enough to win four Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize and attract film stars such as Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, is set in the pivotal year of 1964 in St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx.
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").