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Mildred Pierce: Uniform Appeal

30 November 2011 6:06 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Ann Roth’s Emmy nominated costume design for Mildred Pierce has received considerable press, mainly for Kate Winslet’s richly tailored suits and Evan Rachel Wood’s glamorous Katharine Hepburn-esque lounge ensembles. Yet the show’s outwardly dowdy housedresses and waitress uniforms are just as interesting. Further to our earlier essay on the former, we shall analyse the displaced sex appeal of the latter.

The sex appeal of the uniform, in this case Mildred’s plain white cotton waitress uniform, buttons at the front, trimmed in brown gingham with a simple rever collar, is entirely one-sided. Lecherous customers grope Mildred as if they have somehow earned the right. These men are aroused by Mildred’s uniform, not because it draws any specific attention to her form, »

- Chris Laverty

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HBO Sessions Video: Clothes on Film Discuss Mildred Pierce

21 November 2011 11:07 AM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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Recently Clothes on Film editor, Chris Laverty was invited to discuss the costumes, themes and food in HBO mini-series, Mildred Pierce. Joined by journalist, Georgie Hobbs; senior content producer for Sky Atlantic, Ben Boyer and Julia Murphy Buske from the Primrose Bakery, we chatted in detail about what made this superb adaptation come alive.

HBO ‘Sessions’ video (including expert pie making tutorial) below:

For further discussion of Ann Roth’s meticulous and beautifully symbolic costumes in Mildred Pierce, try our article on the functionality and sex appeal of the housedress, plus keep your eyes peeled at Clothes on Film over the coming week for more on the subject…

HBO’s Mildred Pierce (directed by Todd Haynes) is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 28th November.

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- Chris Laverty

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Costume Designer Theadora Van Runkle Dies Aged 83

8 November 2011 12:27 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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Well known and respected Hollywood costume designer, Theadora Van Runkle, passed away from lung cancer in West Hollywood on 4th November. She was 83.

Van Runkle essentially fell into costume design. While working as a fashion illustrator she happened to meet costume designer Dorothy Jeakins at a function who required a sketch artist for her upcoming project, Hawaii (1966). Van Runkle then took the job that Jeakins turned down as costume designer for Bonnie and Clyde (1967). This was her first experience in the industry. She may not yet have understood the finer realities of costume design (“I just stumbled through” Van Runkle later admitted) but she knew trends inside and out, instigating a timeless look for the film that stands up as a fashion classic today.

Theadora Van Runkle »

- Chris Laverty

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Emmys: Ann Roth of 'Mildred Pierce'

18 August 2011 4:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Deadline contributor Elizabeth Snead files this Emmy report: Iconic costume designer Ann Roth has received three Academy Award nominations for her work (Places In The Heart, The Hours, and The Talented Mr. Ripley) and took home the Oscar for her clothes in The English Patient. Now she is Emmy-nominated for the third time (past nods include Roanoak, Angels In America) for her work on HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Director Todd Haynes' adaptation of James M. Cain’s classic novel had to distinguish itself through story and look from Michael Curtiz’s 1945 original adaptation starring Joan Crawford. Roth says that Haynes didn’t want to see a single shoulder pad in Cain's tale of a hard-working but long-suffering woman abused by cheating, indolent men (James LeGros, Brian F. O’Byrne and Guy Pearce) and ridiculed by her beautiful yet irretrievably indulged daughter, Veda (Evan Rachel Wood). “The words ‘shoulder pads »

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The Emmys Are Starting to Look a Lot Like the Independent Spirit Awards

14 July 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While the Emmy Awards exclusively honor television broadcasts, this year's nominations underlined the crossover between television and film, particularly indie film. From Todd Haynes and Laura Linney to "Carlos" and "Becoming Chaz," here's 10 notable things about the nominations in that regard: 1. 21 nominations for "Mildred Pierce": From Todd Haynes (writing and directing), Carter Burwell (music), Ed Lachman (cinematography), Ann Roth (costume design), and Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, »

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O Canada, we stand on link for thee!

1 July 2011 3:32 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Pajiba celebrates the hottest Canadian celebrities for Canada day. I didn't even know that Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Helo  (Tamhoh Penikett) were Canadian.

Movie|Line opts for "badass Canadians" like Carrie-Anne Moss and Nathan Fillion

unexamined / essentials Lovely review of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. (I hadn't considered Gil's insomnia before.) Hey maybe when Woody is done with Rome he should continue his world tour in Canada. Maybe Montreal? Winnipeg?

Guardian a new book of private candids of Elizabeth Taylor and famous friends. Fun fact: Liz married Richard Burton (the first time at least) in Canada. The second time they were married in Botswona. Obviously.

Brando & Liz, so candid its almost demystifying.

Rants of a Diva Halfway Report: best rentals, hot boys, best films, and more...

Chud Why there's no sequel to Spike Lee's Inside Man and what might be next for him. 

Awards Daily They're now calling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, »

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Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce: Sex and the Housedress

30 June 2011 4:33 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

HBO’s five part adaptation of Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet debuted 25th June on Sky Atlantic. A prevalent theme in the first episode is how domestic costume, specifically the housedress, can be read as a signal for sexual availability.

Mildred Pierce (Winslet) is abandoned by her husband at the start of the story and left to bring up her two daughters alone during America’s Great Depression. At present there is little cause for Mildred to choose anything other than rudimentary housedresses. As costumed by Ann Roth, Winslet wears three such dresses in total. One is calf length in brown floral crepe, belted with long slashed sleeves and high round neckline. It is reused several times. Perhaps in the strictest definition of the term this is not a housedress, yet the episode is keen on exploiting it as Mildred’s ‘go to’ piece. Correctly accessorised, the dress could suffice for almost any occasion. »

- Chris Laverty

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'He's a real chameleon'

26 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From stoner to alien to all-American hero, Jeff Bridges immerses himself in every role. Here, his friends, co-stars and directors uncover the man behind the movies

Loyd Catlett

Stand-in, stunt double, assistant and/or actor in all Bridges's films since The Last Picture Show (1971)

I met Jeff on The Last Picture Show, which I had a small part in, and we hit it off really well during the rehearsal period and started hanging out together. He was trying to polish his southern accent for the film, so he was taking his cue from mine. I stayed in Los Angeles after we finished looping, and started pursuing an acting career. One day, while talking with Jeff on the phone, I mentioned that there weren't any parts coming my way; he suggested, since he was going to Europe to start a film, perhaps he could help if I was interested in being a stand-in for him. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Dressing the Stars: British Costume Design Exhibition

12 May 2011 11:28 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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Here is something irresistible for fans of British costume design in film: Dressing the Stars, an exhibition of largely Oscar winning pieces from some of the most famous designers in the business, including Jenny Beavan’s recent work on The King’s Speech.

The exhibition will take place at the Fashion Museum in Bath, running from 12th July – 29th August. Emphasis is predominantly, though hopefully not exclusively, on period and fantasy. Expect to see Orlando Bloom’s costume from the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (designer Penny Rose), Gwyneth Paltrow’s from Shakespeare in Love (Sandy Powell), Meryl Streep’s from The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Tom Rand), Keira Knightley in The Duchess (Michael O’Connor), among many others.

Exhibition curator Yvonne Hellin-Hobbs explains her idea:

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- Chris Laverty

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Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Stiller Left Out Of Tony Nominations

3 May 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

New York, New York (X17online) - This year's Tony Award nominations are out, and Daniel Radcliffe, Robin Williams, James Earl Jones and Ben Stiller are absent from them. Musical The Book of Mormon swept the nominations with 14. Actors including Al Pacino, Vannessa Redgrave, Edie Falco and Frances McDormand all scored nominations, while Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Stiller and Robin Williams did not. Radcliffe won rave reviews for his performance in the revival of the Tony-winning play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The production itself was nominated eight times this year. The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park, won at the box office despite its lack of big-name actors in the cast. Williams, had he won a Tony, would have been the eleventh actor ever to win a Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar. Alas, he was not nominated. Stiller was starring in The House of Blue Leaves. »

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“Book of Mormon” leads Tony noms with 14

3 May 2011 7:26 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Tony Award winners Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Broderick announced the 2011 Tony Awards nominees live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City Tuesday morning.

“The Book of Mormon,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s well-received musical, leads all nominees with 14, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and four acting nominations.

The Tonys will air on CBS on Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. Et.

The full list of nominees, from BroadwayWorld.com, are:

Best Play

Good People

Author: David Lindsay-Abaire

Jerusalem

Author: Jez Butterworth

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis

War Horse

Author: Nick Stafford

Best Musical

The Book of Mormon

Catch Me If You Can

The Scottsboro Boys

Sister Act

Best Book of a Musical

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Alex Timbers

The Book of Mormon

Trey Parker, »

- Sean O'Connell

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2011 Tony Awards nominees: 'The Book of Mormon' leads all with 14 noms

3 May 2011 6:59 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Broadway veterans Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose were on hand live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Tuesday morning (May 3) to announced the 2011 Tony Awards nominees.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the men behind "South Park," saw their original musical "The Book of Mormon" get nominated for just about every award it could have been up for, for a total of 14 nominations. Close behind was musical "The Scottsboro Boys" with 12 nominations and coming in third was the revival of "Anything Goes" with nine noms.

Other notable nominees include Broadway legend Joey Grey getting a Directing nomination for "The Normal Heart," John Larroquette being nominated for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which is Larroquette's Broadway debut, and a nomination for Al Pacino for his work in "Merchant of Venice, »

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Costume Designer Ann Roth: “I Don’t Dress Movie Stars”

28 March 2011 11:28 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

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Here is an extract from an enlightening interview with Ann Roth, costume designer of Working Girl (1988), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) and now 1930s set TV drama Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet. Read the full interview over at Harper’s Bazaar to learn why costume design is definitely Not fashion design.

Interestingly, Ann Roth touches upon a similar point made by The Tudors’ costume designer Joan Bergin in our exclusive interview. Bergin explains that, like Roth, she creates for characters, not catwalk. This is a common misconception of the costume designer’s role. Sometimes there is overlap, intentional or not, but costumes are intended to serve the narrative; any allusion to contemporary fashion is either intentional (if it is part of the plot, say with The Devil Wears Prada) or inferred by the audience. »

- Chris Laverty

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Cameras Roll On Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close As It Heads From The Page To The Big Screen

1 March 2011 7:35 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hanks And Bullock Headline The Cast Under The Direction Of Stephen Daldry

Burbank, CA, March 1, 2011 . Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed novel “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” The film stars Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, and is being directed by Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours”) and produced by Scott Rudin (“The Social Network,” “True Grit”).

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close also stars Thomas Horn, making his acting debut as 11-year-old Oskar Schell, an exceptional child with an off-kilter world view and a daunting mission ahead of him.

Oskar is convinced that his father (Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: Rabbit Hole

3 February 2011 5:46 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest

While it may be uncomfortable to watch, Rabbit Hole is nonetheless essential viewing.

Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are a suburbanite couple in mourning from the recent death of their young son. As Becca seeks solace in repression interspersed by outbreaks of rage, Howie wants to share his pain in hope of catharsis. Unsurprisingly their togetherness, their marriage, is slowly breaking apart. This is a film that defines its characters’ identity by their grief and how they choose to experience it.

Kidman is a model of self-control as the Cath Kidston-esque housewife who seemingly has it all. Of course, money, stability and a loving husband are no substitute for the irrevocable agony of burying her child. In fact, life is no longer quantifiable in such a way for Becca; even if she overcomes her anguish she »

- Chris Laverty

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'Network' Head

25 January 2011 10:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

At last week's Producers Guild of America Awards, Scott Rudin made history as the first producer to have two films nominated for the best picture award. Regardless of what happened that night, Rudin was already guaranteed to go home a winner; he had also been named the recipient of the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, which celebrates a producer's body of work. And an impressive body at that: He was nominated that evening for 'True Grit' and 'The Social Network,' his 73rd and 74th films as a producer, both of which have since earned several Oscar nominations, including for best picture. Rudin's accomplishments are as legendary as his reputation; it's not hard to find stories about Rudin's temper and treatment of employees that run the gamut from terrifying to hilarious. But nobody questions his results. In a lengthy career that began as a teenager assisting theater »

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