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July 27, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
LOOKING at a curtain rod jutting from the shoulders of the Miss Starlett dress -- a gown Bob Mackie created for a "Gone With the Wind" spoof on "The Carol Burnett Show" -- it's hard not to laugh all over again. Mackie famously included all the drapery fittings from the plantation's curtains, including giant tassels, cording, valance and the inspired touch: the rod.
Oh, those wacky caption writers at Sports Illustrated. No pun is too strained, no entendre too double for the magazine's annual swimsuit issue, which went on sale this week. Our favorite blurb accompanies a shot of bountiful model Stacey Williams, wearing nothing but a sopping wet T-shirt: Waiting for a warm breeze to get that pesky dampness out, Stacey stands out in an after-swim dress by Michael Kors . . . . Well, what do you expect?
March 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" continues to be a tornado at the ticket counter (opening weekend saw $80.3 million in domestic ticket sales, making it the most successful 2013 release to date), the inhabitants of the Emerald City aren't the only ones who stand to see some serious green. Long before the movie touched down at the multiplex, Disney Consumer Products was in full flying monkey mode, making sure there were merchandising tie-ins that would appeal to every level of fan, from books and dolls for those with Munchkin-sized wallets to high-fashion runway gowns and designer handbags.
April 21, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE
What's with the mysterious Tony Danza graffiti that's been popping up around town? The "Who's the Boss?" actor is the subject of tags on freeways and utility boxes that say: "No food. Tony Danza will pay. . . ." (My spies have spotted it on the westbound offramp of the Marina Freeway and on overpass pillars on the southbound San Diego Freeway north of LAX.) Does the poor guy have an enemy, a disgruntled former employee? Could his name have some underground meaning?
April 8, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
Few set designers begin production with the intention of creating a deliberately gaudy and tacky stage. However, Thomas Buderwitz, scenic designer for South Coast Repertory's "The Prince of Atlantis," sought to do just that — to "push the boundaries of good taste. " The just-opened play by Steven Drukman follows Joey Colletti (John Kapelos), one of Boston's biggest seafood importers, as he lands himself in a minimum-security prison after getting into trouble with his company.
August 17, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Documentary: "The Hollywood Fashion Machine" (American Movie Classics, Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) * The Costume Designers: Travis Banton, Gilbert Adrian (see related story, Page E3), Jean Louis, Edith Head, Hubert de Givenchy, Theadora Van Runkle and others. * The Setup: Designers and other fashion authorities explore how movies have influenced what we mortals wear, from the '30s to the present.
August 11, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." The Setup: On a drag version of a road trip, three queens of diverse fashion persuasions leave Sydney, Australia, and travel across the country to put on a show at a resort. The Costume Designers: Lizzy Gardiner, who has worked on several Australian movies and television series, and Tim Chappel, a drag performer and designer for whom "Priscilla" marks his feature debut.
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.
March 31, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "Jefferson in Paris." The Setup: Romantic escapades of Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte, pictured) when he was America's minister to France from 1784 to 1789. The Costume Designers: Jenny Beavan and John Bright, who shared an Academy Award for "A Room With a View." The pair also designed costumes for "The Remains of the Day," "Maurice," "The Bostonians" and "Howards End." Bright, who owns the London costume house Cosprop, also did "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Tess."
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