September 23, 2013 |
Looks like the most frightful ghoul this Halloween season will be the specter of the weak economy, as Americans spend less on this year's creepfest than they did in 2012. Some 158 million people are expected to observe the day, according to a survey Monday from the National Retail Federation. But that's down from a record high of 170 million celebrants in 2012. And each of those people will spend $75.03 on costumes, decorations, candy and other merriment, a decline from the $79.82 they shelled out on average last year.
September 18, 2013 |
After Tuesday's post about how dressing as Miley Cyrus this Halloween might earn you a bit of a reputation, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com reached out to let us know they've compiled an extensive DIY tutorial on channeling the former Hannah Montana. Every last detail of how to create one of Cyrus' looks from the "We Can't Stop" video is twerked -- pardon us, worked -- out in this post by Aleksandra Sobic, so we won't bother rehashing it here beyond noting that it involves, among other things, a pair of white hot pants and a teddy bear backpack.
September 17, 2013 |
While Miley Cyrus may well have twerked herself right out of a Vogue cover and an engagement to Liam Hemsworth , there was another unforeseen consequence: This Halloween, the Miley Cyrus costume has a dubious reputation, according to a dating website's recent poll of single men. Apparently an online dating auction site (we frankly had no idea such a thing existed) called WhatsYourPrice.com polled 7,304 single men “to determine which of this year's hottest Halloween costumes will be the 'easiest.'” The majority of respondents (84%)
July 31, 2013 |
A cane from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" sold for $420,000 and a collection of costumes from "The Sound Music" -- including the Von Trapp children's drapery outfits and the brown dress Julie Andrews wore while singing "Do-Re-Mi" -- fetched an eye-popping $1.56 million at a July 28 and 29 Hollywood memorabilia auction, according to Calabasas-based Profiles in History auction house. Both of those bids (like the other figures here, the amount given is the final "hammer price," which includes fees paid to the auction house)
July 30, 2013 |
As "Game of Thrones" has grown in popularity, its characters have begun to become popular subjects for cosplay at conventions and during Halloween. But according to "Thrones" star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, one of the most popular characters on the show, there's a very R-rated trick to make her character's costume more authentic: "Take it off. " Yes, there's copious amounts of nudity on the HBO series, more than you're likely to find at your local Halloween costume party, but she did offer a suggestion a little more realistic for would-be Daeneryses: "Just a toy dragon will definitely help take that costume from being just another costume to being a 'Game of Thrones' costume.
July 3, 2013 |
A collection of costumes from "The Sound of Music" -- including a full set of the Von Trapp children's drapery outfits -- will be up for bid at a July 29 Hollywood memorabilia auction, the Profiles in History auction house announced Wednesday. Among the pieces from the 1965 musical (which took home five Academy Awards and earned an Oscar nomination for costume designer Dorothy Jeakins) included in the auction are a dress Andrews wore during the “Do-Re-Mi” song ("a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with wheat-colored homespun blouse," according to the description)
June 21, 2013 |
Who would have thought a T-shirt could spark such a controversy? Janie Bryant, costume designer for “Mad Men,” certainly didn't when she put Megan Draper in a now-infamous red star T-shirt in this season's episode "The Better Half. " Since Sharon Tate wore a nearly identical shirt for an Esquire photo shoot in 1967 and was murdered two years later, "Mad Men" conspiracy theorists were convinced Megan would meet the same fate . It all spurred from series creator Matt Weiner's request that Megan wear a typical T-shirt in the scene in question.
June 20, 2013 |
Jennifer Lopez says criticism she's received for wearing skimpy costumes onstage isn't quite fair. Other pop stars do the same, she points out, to less outrage simply because they aren't as curvy as she. [Telegraph] Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been found guilty on Italian tax-evasion charges, given suspended 20-month prison sentences and ordered to pay about $670,000 in penalties. [ Los Angeles Times ] PHOTOS: "Devious Maids" premiere party It seems like George Zimmer, famous in pop culture for his TV ad slogan, "You're going to like the way you look.
June 19, 2013 |
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings apologized on Twitter on Wednesday after he posed for a photograph with firefighters wearing Mexican sombreros and fake oversized mustaches in front of a taco stand at a recent benefit event. The Hope for Firefighters event was held downtown and featured firefighters who cooked food and, in some cases, dressed in costumes. "I sincerely apologize for any insensitivity or disrespect to anyone offended by posing for the photo from the Hope for Firefighters event," Cummings said in a tweet.
June 13, 2013 |
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman expressed "sincere regret" Thursday for any "implied insensitivity" related to costumes of Mexican men worn at a recent downtown fundraising event. The department will review the use of such costumes at future events, the spokesman said. Links to photographs from the event were forwarded last week from the official Twitter account of LAFD Chief Brian Cummings. One photo shows the chief with three men in LAFD apparel wearing sombreros and exaggerated fake mustaches.