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January 25, 1996 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Been there? Worn that? So has Rita Ryack, one of Hollywood's busiest costume designers and creator of such recent sartorial throwbacks as "Apollo 13," a bouquet to Banlon from the '60s, and "Casino," an homage to the gaudy '70s. She spoke with freelance writer Betty Goodwin about the joys and perils of dipping into fashion's past, for work and for pleasure. * Question: What do you think of the rash of retro revivals?
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April 29, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Rita Ryack spent several weeks tangling with Tom Cruise's leather pants. The costume designer for the upcoming 1980s musical "Rock of Ages" (opening June 15) was instrumental in Cruise's conversion into the fictional rock icon Stacee Jaxx, a self-involved guitar-playing idol in the vein of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. The coyote-fur jacket, the jewel-encrusted codpiece and the custom-made cowboy hat did wonders in transforming the normally strait-laced Cruise into a drug-addled performer with more in common with Mick Jagger than Ethan Hunt.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Rita Ryack spent several weeks tangling with Tom Cruise's leather pants. The costume designer for the upcoming 1980s musical "Rock of Ages" (opening June 15) was instrumental in Cruise's conversion into the fictional rock icon Stacee Jaxx, a self-involved guitar-playing idol in the vein of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose. The coyote-fur jacket, the jewel-encrusted codpiece and the custom-made cowboy hat did wonders in transforming the normally strait-laced Cruise into a drug-addled performer with more in common with Mick Jagger than Ethan Hunt.
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November 30, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creating costumes for characters of the village of Whoville in the live-action film "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was no easy feat. After all, in the original 1957 book, the folksy Christmas-loving Whos are practically naked. The bigwigs at Universal Pictures wanted the Whos to resemble a community of "contemporary cultural icons." "They wanted a Who in a workout outfit, a Who as a soccer mom. . . .
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November 30, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creating costumes for characters of the village of Whoville in the live-action film "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was no easy feat. After all, in the original 1957 book, the folksy Christmas-loving Whos are practically naked. The bigwigs at Universal Pictures wanted the Whos to resemble a community of "contemporary cultural icons." "They wanted a Who in a workout outfit, a Who as a soccer mom. . . .
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March 23, 2001 | BOOTH MOORE and VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Essence magazine celebrated its first Hollywood issue and star style Monday night with a blowout party at Deep in Hollywood. Sighted: editor Monique Greenwood, Johnnie Cochran and Taye Diggs. There was a load of personal style at the Costume Designers Guild's annual awards gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel Saturday. Rita Ryack, who snagged a statuette for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," wore a 1950s-style navy blue dress she designed, with a print of menorahs and Stars of David.
NEWS
November 14, 2007
This week: Rita Ryack, costume designer for "Hairspray," talks about what went into creating John Travolta's wardrobe as Edna Turnblad. COSTUME design is an illustrative, interpretive, collaborative art. I think of costumes as foreground elements in cinematic paintings that change from frame to frame. Costumes define the characters within the special context of each film.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1989 | KEVIN THOMAS
The 1933 "Dinner at Eight" is such a cherished Hollywood classic that one can only approach a remake with trepidation. Yet TNT's new production, which premieres at 5 and repeats at 7 tonight, is a sparkling delight, thanks to an apt cast and especially to writer Tom Griffin. His updating is shrewd: His imaginative array of contemporary references underline what is timeless in playwrights George S. Kaufman's and Edna Ferber's observations of human nature.
NEWS
February 9, 2001 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Awards show season is heating up. Costume designers from nine films and eight television shows were nominated this week for the Costume Designers Guild awards. The winners will be honored at the third annual Costume Designers Guild awards show March 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The nominees for excellence in contemporary costume design in film are Joseph Aulisi ("Charlie's Angels"), Jeffrey Kurland ("Erin Brockovich"), Laura C.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
It seems fitting that Twiggy was one of the original co-stars of the 1983 Broadway musical, "My One and Only." Just as the skinny supermodel ushered in the human coat-hanger look for showing off clothes, so "My One and Only" celebrates a hanger kind of musical in which a skeletal story is used to hang a string of Gershwin songs (originally from the 1927 "Funny Face"), a lot of fancy dancing and flashes of bathing beauties dressed up as starfish and baskets of fruit.
NEWS
January 25, 1996 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Been there? Worn that? So has Rita Ryack, one of Hollywood's busiest costume designers and creator of such recent sartorial throwbacks as "Apollo 13," a bouquet to Banlon from the '60s, and "Casino," an homage to the gaudy '70s. She spoke with freelance writer Betty Goodwin about the joys and perils of dipping into fashion's past, for work and for pleasure. * Question: What do you think of the rash of retro revivals?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
A sweet silly story with a girl and a boy, the book was created for wordplay and joy. The artist behind it was a Geisel called Seuss, a genius cartoonist and baby-boom Mother Goose. The movie takes place in a bright-colored town, a twee little burg unblighted by frowns. The girl and the boy are quiet as slugs, when along comes a Cat dressed up in a rug. The Cat is played by the comic Mike Myers, a zany Canuck whom I tend to admire.
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November 12, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"After the Sunset" is an unalloyed delight, bright and breezy escapist fare that's pure entertainment, filled with romance, adventure, humor, action, suspense, beautiful scenery and beautiful people. Best of all, it's got more emotion than gadgetry and special effects -- although those are spiffy indeed. It just goes to show there's nothing like a clever script, along with perfect casting and, above all, direction that's feather-light.
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