February 8, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Color, craftsmanship, comfort and joy were some of the words that Joseph Altuzarra used to describe the inspiration for his fall 2014 collection presented Saturday afternoon during New York Fashion Week. The look : Bold and sophisticated but relaxed. Classic sportswear in the tradition of old masters Calvin Klein and Bill Blass in neutral tones enhanced with vivid brights. Key pieces : Double face cashmere wrap coat in navy and cobalt blue; hand-woven pink tapestry-like knit dress with the craftsy look of a fiber art wall hanging; forest green belted blazer and pencil skirt with splices of magenta color; body skimming white silk crepe dress sliced and slit to reveal the body; boxy shearling jackets that brought to mind an haute Patagonia fleece; Technicolor plaid intarsia fur coat.
February 5, 2014 |
Elton John knows a thing or two about ostentatious outfits, f rom fringed jumpsuits to oversize sunglasses to sparkly sequined jackets. Now he can apply that expertise to a newly announced animated film adaptation of the hit musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. " John's Rocket Pictures announced Wednesday that it has acquired the film rights to the stage production by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, which is based on the "coat of many colors" story from the Book of Genesis.
December 19, 2013 |
In the latest casualty of Hollywood's march to digital technology, Technicolor Inc., the French-owned film processing and post-production company, has closed its film lab in Glendale less than three years after its opening. The 40,000-square-foot-facility adjacent to DreamWorks Animation on Flower Street shut down Thursday, an employee at the lab told Times. A spokeswoman for Technicolor did not returns call seeking comment. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Opened in 2011 , the facility replaced a much larger lab at Universal Studios that closed.
July 21, 2013
I couldn't disagree more strongly with Steven Zeitchik ["All in Black and White," July 14] when he writes, "Because most movies are now shot digitally, modern black and white does have a different look than it did in the 20th century, offering sharper and more vivid contrasts. " The issue with the current state of digitally shot and projected (particularly the latter) movies is that they simply cannot achieve true deep black — nor can they accurately depict shadow detail. For those who can't see this for themselves, I have come up with a very simple test that one can do on the next trip to a movie theater: Look at the movie screen.
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June 7, 2013 |
The water, Esther Williams once quipped, was her favorite costar. With her beauty, sunny personality and background as a champion swimmer, Williams shot to stardom in the 1940s in the "aqua musical," an odd sub-genre of films that became an enormous hit with the moviegoing mainstream, fanned popular interest in synchronized swimming and turned Williams into Hollywood's Million Dollar Mermaid. The MGM bathing beauty, whose underwater extravaganzas made her one of the most popular actresses of the era, an idol in competitive swimming and a fashion force, died in her sleep early Thursday in Beverly Hills, said her publicist, Harlan Boll.
June 6, 2013 |
Even her dog could swim. That's one of my favorite memories from interviewing swimmer-turned-movie-star Esther Williams at her house in Beverly Hills in 1984. Williams, who died Thursday morning at the age of 91, was delightful talking about her fabled past at MGM. And of course her house had a pool - that's where her little terrier would dog paddle. Like many baby boomers, I grew up watching the former swimming champ's vastly entertaining MGM Technicolor musicals like 1944's "Bathing Beauty" and 1949's "Neptune's Daughter" on television, swooning over her extravagant, almost psychedelic swimming routines.