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Oscars: A Close Look at Costume Designer Colleen Atwood’s Career Thus Far

Colleen Atwood (Rafael Pulido/Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to the best costume design category at the Academy Awards there are few who shine brighter than the legendary Colleen Atwood. This talented woman has been nominated 12 times — including this year — and, out of those times, has taken home the trophy three times so far. Let’s take a deep dive into Atwood’s career and see how she stacks against her peers.

As mentioned above, the 68-year-old costume designer has been up for numerous Oscars. Films for which Atwood was just nominated for include: 1994’s Little Women, 1998’s Beloved, 1999’s Sleepy Hollow, 2004’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2009’s Nine, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and 2014’s Into the Woods. Films for which Atwood has won, on the other hand, include: 2002’s Chicago,
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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi series 9 interview

On a June visit to the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff, we enjoyed a round-table chat with Peter Capaldi about series 9…

Despite being hamstrung by a list of not-for-discussion topics as long as the Mara (plot specifics, new monsters, returning characters, series arcs…), you can always rely on Peter Capaldi to fill an interview to the brim.

It helps that he’s fluent in nerdy Doctor Who detail, from anecdotes about his old pal Jim, designer of the original Zygons, to being able to reel off the name of Jon Pertwee’s season eight stuntman, to chatting about Chumblies.

Along with a handful of fellow journalists at the Cardiff studios earlier this year, we spoke to Capaldi about all of the above, series nine, looking back at his first year in the role, his own fandom, and more...

On where the Doctor and Clara are at the start of series
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Absolutely Anything review

From Monty Python's Terry Jones comes Absolutely Anything, starring Simon Pegg. The late Robin Williams steals the show, though...

Absolutely Anything has been on comedy fans' radars for a long time. Terry Jones' first directorial effort since 1996's The Wind In The Willows is touted as a zany sci-fi comedy with shades of Douglas Adams and Monty Python's Flying Circus, with a cast that includes Jones' fellow Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, alongside other comedy stars like Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley and Robin Williams.

Alas, the material doesn't live up to the star calibre, nor the literally limitless potential suggested by the title. Loosely based on H.G. Wells' fantastical comedy short story The Man Who Could Work Miracles, the film begins when a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by the Pythons) discover a probe with information on Earth's culture and decide
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Hollywood Costume Exhibition: Last chance to visit

The critically acclaimed exhibition Hollywood Costume, in the final days of its worldwide tour at Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire May Company building, will have extended hours through its closing on Monday, March 2. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Costume celebrates and examines costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. It brings together more than 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the present, including such treasures as the Academy’s pair of the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress. Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski and curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®-nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. Extended Hours For Final Days: Thursday, February 26, 11 a.m.
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Criterion Collection: Time Bandits | Blu-ray Review

Terry Gilliam’s second solo directorial effort, Time Bandits, remains an oddly hilarious bridge between his work with the Monty Python gang and his subsequent dystopian solo films like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and even last year’s The Zero Theorem. Drenched in English dry wit and warped by the cartoonist’s soul that pervades all of Gilliam’s work, the film sees a gang of little people abandoning their posts as the creator’s right hand men to leap through the corridors of time pillaging as many treasures as they can drag with them, while a child gets wrapped up in the mischief along the way. Of its period in more ways that one, it feels a bit like a valiant attempt at emulating Spielberg with Gilliam-Goggles on.

With a stolen map of all time and space in hand, the little gang of burglars, led by Randall (played by a
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Disney’s Cinderella Trailer: The Costumes of Sandy Powell

The first full-length trailer for Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Cinderella was this week and featured tantalising glimpses of what promises to be a visually gorgeous film. The costumes, designed by three time Academy Award winner Sandy Powell, appear to be absolutely stunning.

With a clever mix of the eighteenth century, the 1830s, and a little 1950s couture thrown in for good measure (Powell has been quoted as saying she was aiming for the look of “a nineteenth-century period film made in the 1940s or ’50s”), Powell has created another jewel to add to her already over-bling crown. Here is a quick rundown of some of the looks we’ve been teased with…

Cinderella (Lily James) wears a frothy, light blue dress for most of the trailer. The pale and airy fabric expresses her innocence and kindness. The design of her gown takes inspiration from the late 18th century,
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Fashionistas Bring Star Power to Celebrate Academy’s Hollywood Costume Exhibit

Fashionistas Bring Star Power to Celebrate Academy’s Hollywood Costume Exhibit
Despite the fact that well-dressed celebs like Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Kiernan Shipka joined costume designers like Sandy Powell and Julie Weiss on Oct. 1 at the former Wilshire May Company building for AMPAS’ celebration of its new Hollywood Costume exhibit, curator and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis maintains that the art of costume design is more than just fashionable garments.

“This is not an exhibition about clothes,” Nadoolman Landis told reporters earlier in the week. “This is an exhibition about the movies, about storytelling, about the characters; how, when you see a movie, you can see it over and over and over again because you want to be in it, you want to be with those people. And it is true, sometimes you want to dress like those people. Sometimes, as I know as a designer of ‘Indiana Jones,’ you want to buy that jacket, you want to buy that hat … why is that?
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The Academy Celebrates The Opening of The Hollywood Costume Exhibition in Los Angeles

By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue

“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”

Edith Head

On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.

Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.

Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Time Bandits

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

There's adventure and fantasy afoot in Time Bandits.

The 1981 adventure fantasy Time Bandits is a energetic and engaging voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam (Brazil).

In the film, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery, The Man Who Would Be King)—but Evil (David Warner, Titanic) is watching their every move.

Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and Monty Python’s Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.

The film has been out in
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Doctor Who: casting call for film of Tom Baker's life

The Letter, about the early life of Tom Baker, is heading for production soon. Here are some details...

Comfortably one of the funniest autobiographies we've ever had the pleasure is Tom Baker's Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, which we talked about in the Den Of Geek Book Club (which is a thing), right here.

Now, however, news has reached us, via The Digital Fix, that there's a one-off drama heading to our screens that tells the story of Tom Baker's early life. A casting call for a project called The Letter has appeared online, with the focus on "how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builder's labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who".

The following roles, lists the casting call, are all required for a single day of filming. Given that contracts are on a "deferred profit share" basis and
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Hollywood Costume Lands At The Academy

This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis,
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Absolutely Anything wraps shoot

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Absolutely Anything wraps shoot
First image released of Simon Pegg in the comedy that reunites the voices of the Monty Python team on film.

Shooting has wrapped in London on Absolutely Anything, the new comedy starring Simon Pegg from Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

The story follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.

The aliens will be voiced by Jones himself alongside Monty Python co-stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle.

The cast also includes Kate Beckinsale, Us comedian Rob Riggle and Robin Williams, who voices Pegg’s canine companion, in Jones’ first film as director in 18 years.

Finishing the shoot, Jones said: “Kate, Simon and Rob breathed such life into the characters. I couldn’t have imagined anyone else playing those parts”

The script was co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott. Gfm are
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Unused Venom Costume Revealed from Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 3'

Unused Venom Costume Revealed from Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 3'
While we wait to see who will play Venom in Sony Pictures' spin-off to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marvel_Spider has uncovered some unused costume test videos and photos for the Venom character from director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, who was played by Topher Grace. We also have photos of the prosthetics for Thomas Haden Church's Sandman from the 2007 sequel. It remains to be seen what this new version of Venom looks like in the spin-off, but check out these unused designs from Frontline Designs who collaborated with three-time Academy Award winning Costume Designer, James Acheson, on the movie. They created Spider-Man's suit, prosthetics for Sandman and even a fully functional Venom animatronic puppet.

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Venom Costume Test For Sam Raimi's Spider-man 3

Thanks to Marvel_Spider for coming across this cool image of an unused Venom costume, designed by the talented crew at Frontline Design. In 2004, Frontline Design collaborated with three-time Academy Award winning Costume Designer, James Acheson, on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. They created Spider-Man's suit, prosthetics for Sandman and even a fully functional Venom animatronic puppet. Thanks to the heads up from Marvel_Spider. Spider-man 3 - Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man's suit black, his darkest demons come to light changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains - the deadly Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and the New Goblin (James Franco
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Lionsgate UK takes Absolutely Anything

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Exclusive: Lionsgate has picked up UK rights to Terry Jones’ comedy Absolutely Anything from Gfm Films.

Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale lead cast in Monty Python star Jones’ first film (as director) in 18 years, which got underway in the UK on Monday (24).

The deal was struck between Michael Ryan for Gfm Films, producer Ben Timlett and Zygi Kamasa and Nick Manzi for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate will release the film in the UK between April and July 2015.

Interview: Terry Jones

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.

The Aliens will be voiced by Jones himself alongside Monty Python collaborators John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle.

The film’s supporting cast includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle and Robin Williams, who voices
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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything

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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything
Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.

Shooting begins on Monday (March 24) on Absolutely Anything, a high-concept comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.

It marks the first time that Monty Python member Terry Jones has directed a film since The Wind in the Willows in 1996.

“I sort of gave up on the film industry when The Wind in the Willows wasn’t distributed,” Jones told ScreenDaily of the film that was critically well received but only received a limited relase. “It was so appallingly handled.”

While it is clear those wounds have yet to heal, Jones thought “it was about time” he made another film and is “very excited” to be back in the directors chair.

The comedy, co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott, stars Pegg as a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the
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Beckinsale joins Terry Jones comedy

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Beckinsale joins Terry Jones comedy
Underworld actress joins Simon Pegg in high concept comedy, Absolutely Anything.

Kate Beckinsale, star of the Underworld franchise, has been cast in Absolutely Anything, the upcoming comedy from Monty Python star Terry Jones. Start of shoot is set for March 24.

Beckinsale will star as female lead Catherine and romantic interest to Neil, played by Simon Pegg. The British actress recently finished shooting Eliza Graves with Michael Caine, and Michael Winterbottom’s Face of an Angel with Daniel Bruhl.

The Absolutely Anything cast also includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, in addition to a voice cast featuring Jones alongside his Python co-stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin alongside Robin Williams.

The comedy follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space. As he struggles
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Costume Designer Catherine Martin to Receive Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award

Costume Designer Catherine Martin to Receive Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award
Academy Award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin will be inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style on Feb. 28.

The city of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee will honor its 21st (and first Australian) recipient for her contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.

Martin will be the first costume designer to get the honor solo. The only other costume designers to be feted were Edith Head, James Acheson and Milena Canonero, who shared the honor back in 2006. Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace and other fashion designers have also been tapped.

In 2001, Martin won Academy Awards for best costume design and best art direction–set decoration for “Moulin Rouge.” This season, Martin has received praise for partnering with brands like Prada, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co. to recreate the Jazz Age for “The Great Gatsby” — a project that earned her two BAFTA Awards and
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Top Costumes of the Year 2013

What a busy twelve months it’s been for costume design. Really though, this art, or craft, or business (Deborah Nadoolman Landis insists it is definitely a business) gets more talked about each year. 2013 was especially exciting however as it seemed every month something even more thrilling arrived to fawn over. In the last few weeks alone we have had The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Sleepy Hollow, and now American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street on the horizon. Dipping back further, it was Stoker that got us excited about subtext, The Great Gatsby that slammed the lid on that twenties revival once and for all, and Behind the Candelabra that put Michael Douglas in a 16ft fox fur cape and white brocade jumpsuit.

With just so many memorable movies and TV shows to cover, Clothes on Film asked some respected contributors to the site for their opinions on the best,
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Simon Pegg To Star In Terry Jones Directed Comedy Absolutely Anything

Bill & Ben Productions announced that Simon Pegg will lead the Terry Jones directed comedy feature Absolutely Anything.

Pegg will play Neil Clarke, a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by some aliens. The aliens will be voiced by the wonderfully familiar line up of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Robin Williams will also star as the voice of Clarke’s hilarious & faithful dog. Additional casting is underway.

Pre-Production starts 2 February 2014, with Principal Photography commencing in London on 23rd March.

Commenting on his role, Simon Pegg said ‘As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing, working with them is something else.’

Simon Pegg is the Absolutely Perfect Neil!’ – said Director/Co-Writer – Terry Jones.

The film is being produced by Ben Timlett
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