December 5, 2013 |
Long before Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" arrived in theaters in 1964, the studio chief was wooing the story's author, P.L. Travers, trying to nab the rights to the famed books that eventually became his blockbuster film. It was a bumpy ride, as we see depicted in the Dec. 13 release "Saving Mr. Banks," that pitted the cranky, obstinate English author (played by Emma Thompson) against the agreeable but resolute Southern California mogul (Tom Hanks). Travers was tough, and veteran costume designer Daniel Orlandi, who had access to both the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Disney Studio archives, wanted to make sure that aspect came across quickly.
December 4, 2013 |
Can fans ever get enough of "Downton Abbey"? In the first show of its kind in the United States, 40 wardrobe items from the PBS "Masterpiece" series will go on display this spring at what could be a "Downton" twin: Winterthur, the expansive 175-room Delaware estate created by Henry Francis du Pont. "Costumes of Downton Abbey" opens March 1 at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library near Wilmington , Del. It will contrast the "Downton" duds -- items such as Lady Sybil's harem pants, Lady Mary's engagement dress and the ill-fated wedding dress of Lady Edith -- with clothes and decorative items such as an 1874 Tiffany silver tea set at the du Pont house.
December 4, 2013 |
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place. Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to buy an assortment of blouses, dresses, sweaters, pants and shoes to decorate the scene. "It's like a one-stop shop," Didul said. "It's really important for us to have stores like Playclothes. Their inventory is always changing, and I know I can get things I need the next day and that they will stay open for me if I have an emergency.
December 3, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 costumes from the multiple Academy Award-winning 1965 musical...
November 14, 2013 |
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 8, 2013 |
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 |
"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 5, 2013 |
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 as Snake Eyes from the "G.I.