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December 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The 101-year-old Western Costume Co. is continuing to clean out its closet, putting wardrobe pieces from such classic films as "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" up for bid at a Hollywood memorabilia auction organized by Profiles in History. The Calabasas-based auction house announced Tuesday that the items set to hit the auction block later this month will include a three-piece suit worn by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in the final "Rosebud" scene of "Citizen Kane," and a black mourning hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind.
November 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards - or as Martin Short called them, the "highest honor an actor can receive ... in mid-November" - were presented Saturday evening in Hollywood. And Short's joking comment aside, the evening made for a heartfelt tribute to three movie legends - Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi - picking up honorary awards for their body of work, as well as Angelina Jolie, winner of the academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
November 14, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
More than a dozen costumes from "The Sound of Music" -- including a jacket and pants worn by Christopher Plummer and a range of children's wardrobe pieces -- are headed to the auction block Dec. 21. The upcoming auction was announced Thursday by Calabasas-based Profiles in History -- the same company that arranged the July 28 Hollywood memorabilia auction that saw another collection of costumesĀ  from the multiple Academy Award-winning 1965 musical...
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It turns out we can thank Patrick Stewart's wife for the seemingly unending stream of joy that comes from the "X-Men" star's Twitter feed. The actor appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Thursday and Jon couldn't wait to show the photo Patrick posted around Halloween time showing the former "Star Trek" star in a full lobster costume reclining in a bathtub. It turns out the costume was purchased by Patrick's wife, jazz singer Sunny Ozell. And it was definitely presented to him against his wishes.
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, there was no gun, no violence, no shots fired, no victims, no angry manifesto -- just a massive police response and a big campus scare at Central Connecticut State University, all prompted by a student's Halloween costume on Monday. Senior David Kyem, 21, the son of a professor at the New Britain school just southwest of Hartford, apologized for the confusion, and said he was wearing his costume because he couldn't fit all of it into his backpack. He was dressed asĀ Snake Eyes from the "G.I.
November 5, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
"Marathon Jesus" made an appearance in New York City on Sunday. A man named Makoto Takeuchi from Chiba, Japan, according to the name registered under his BIB number, ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday (three days after Halloween) dressed as Jesus. Wearing only a loin cloth and a crown of thorns while running in bare feet, Marathon Jesus also had a huge cross ( reportedly made of either cardboard or foam) strapped to his back. There was a sign in support of the Boston marathon bombing victims attached to the back of the cross.
November 4, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A Virginia mother whose son dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween said she sees nothing wrong with the costume. In fact, it's something of a family tradition. Jessica Black is defending her 7-year-old son's costume, telling local television station WHSV that her brother also dressed as a Klansman "when he was in kindergarten and when he was 13. " She said the outfit was her son's idea. He told WHSV he saw the costume in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes. " Black said she warned her son that "there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," but she thinks there's nothing wrong with the KKK. "It's supposed to be white with white.
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Samantha Schaefer
A detective investigating the fatal burning of a man at a crowded Halloween carnival said the victim may have accidentally set his costume on fire while trying to light a cigarette. A video of the incident posted on YouTube shows a man engulfed in flames in the middle of a crowd of people dancing to electronic music at the carnival Thursday night in West Hollywood. As the man flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others helped put out the flames. Detectives initially thought foul play might have been involved.
November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The man who was walking through a Central Connecticut State University campus while possibly carrying weapons might have actually been in a Halloween costume, the campus police chief said Monday. Three college-aged men were taken into custody but not formally arrested after police received calls of an armed man on the New Britain campus early Monday afternoon, chief Chris Cervoni said at a news conference held shortly after officials ended a campus lockdown. No shots were reported fired, and no one was hurt.
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