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A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary Pickford’s “Little Annie Rooney” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Bank”; a screening series and panel discussion complementing the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition; and six diverse films from director Edgar G. Ulmer are all part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ November programs. Ticket holders for Hollywood Costume will receive free same-day admission to Hollywood Costume-related public programs.
The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Best Picture nominee “The Shawshank Redemption” onNovember 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The evening will feature an onstage discussion with writer-director Frank Darabont, who received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay, Best Actor nominee Morgan Freeman, and star Tim Robbins.
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- Michelle McCue
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
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.”
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 »
- Movie Geeks
You’d think it would be easy to talk about sex – it’s all over the place and right in your face. Television teases barely dressed young men and women in order to keep advertisers happy and Tumblr in business, and salacious gossip is on the cover of every magazine, people desperate to know which celebrities have been making the beast with two backs – or the beast with one back and a funny shaped middle, depending on preference and athleticism. When some horrendous excuse for a human being uploads naked pictures of a dozen or so reasonably famous women without their consent, that’s front page news for days. Meanwhile, there are teenagers in small towns all over America who think that ‘fellatio’ is a character from Shakespeare.
The problem with a subject that’s so vital to the human race and yet so overpoweringly taboo in so »
- Ben Cooke
“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” — Alfred Hitchcock To be a person of virtue, one must possess the characteristics of being morally just and kind-hearted. It is rather easy to determine whether or not a person is virtuous based on interactions with them, but to be able to convey cinematically that a person is of virtue, unfortunately must be expressed through the way an actor or actress looks and acts. In the world of the early horror films, filmmakers did not have the luxury of time to develop the personalities and back-stories of secondary characters. Filmmakers were to generate a tale of a monster to scare the masses, and quite honestly, couldn’t be bothered finding time to explain why the damsel in distress was worth anything other than eye candy and something for a monster to desire. The color »
- BJ Colangelo
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set) [Blu-ray] – $119.99 (45% off) The Godfather Collection »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. As always, only limited quantities available so act fast. Details below. Marilyn Monroe: Classic 9 Film Collection [Blu-Ray] - $34.99 (83% off) - The eight film collection includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. Up to 70% Off Ken Burns Documentaries like Prohibition, The War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, Baseball, and many more Up to 60% Off HBO Gift Sets like Deadwood, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and more Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set - $49.99 (60% off) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) – $9.99 (76% off) Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $70.99 (56% off) Seinfeld: The Complete Series – $59.49 (60% off) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled (10-Disc »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In the opening credits of 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire, the onscreen billing order ran Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and then Lauren Bacall—though it was advertised with Monroe billed first (the success of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes earlier that year put her well on her way to swooning super-stardom). Either way, Bacall came last.
But that didn’t stop the late actress from stealing the movie.
Before getting any further, it’s important to establish that this is the kind of movie where somebody wins. How to Marry a Millionaire is about three models who conspire to marry rich. »
- Jackson McHenry
The line-up has been announced for this year’s Behind the Screen at Somerset House, featuring filmmakers in conversation as part of the 10th Film4 Summer Screen season (Aug 7-20).
Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will fly in from New Zealand to talk about their careers in comedy, which has led to vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows on the night it receives its UK premiere at Somerset House.
The directors »
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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, »
- Michelle McCue
Two weeks of links. It’s exciting.
Mindbogglingly thorough look at the costumes and modern fashion influence of Gpb.
Kristin M. Burke’s headless costumes go on a little jaunt to ignite Emmy fever.
…and here’s an interview with Ms. Burke where she talks about her career so far. And quilting.
Not seen this yet but Superqueen makes a captivating case for this film being the new Drive in terms of heavy gloves symbolism.
A very brief insight into Angelina Jolie’s extravagant look. Look out for Clothes on Film’s coverage (hopefully) soon.
…a bit more about Anna B. Sheppard’s process.
…and Nathalie Atkinson gets to the bottom of all those feathers, with a teeny tiny bit of insight from CoF.
‘Everything is Bigger in Texas’. Tyranny of Style Visit The Set of Dallas and interview »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
It’s that time of year again when Somerset House launch their wonderful Summer Screen season and once again, you can’t fail to be impressed. That’s not all either because if you’re quick, as it closes on Thursday, you can vote for the Audience favourite as they’re celebrating their 10th Anniversary!
To mark the milestone season, the Best of 10 vote will relinquish control from the curators for one night and for the first time, let you ladies and gents choose which film you’d like to see again at Somerset House. A list of 10 films, selected from some of the best-sellers since the season first began, are in the link box below for you to vote on!
The winner will then be added to the bill and voters will be invited to an exclusive 24 hour pre-sale, to be given the chance to secure tickets first for this special one-off anniversary night. »
- Dan Bullock
Michelle Williams was Oscar-nominated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Monroe in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn (2011). The movie centered on Monroe's fraught relationship with her then co-star Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in Britain.
Reflecting upon the role, Williams said: "Gosh, sometimes I can't even believe I did it because the challenges were just...
"In a way, you had to remove the fact that she was an »
Beyoncé is a bombshell—but you already knew that, didn't you? The 32-year-old entertainer graces the cover of Out's Power Issue, wearing a blond wig reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Posing topless and cupping her breasts in the racy photo shoot, the R&B diva opens up about her self-titled visual album, sexuality and more. The "Drunk in Love" singer has been hailed as a feminist hero in recent years. Beyoncé hopes to inspire other women to behave similarly. "There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality," she explains. "There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. »
No round up last week because we were a bit busy, so this week is Mega Jammed With Costume Goodness.
Puttin’ on the Glitz
We teamed up with Amber Jane Butchart and The British Library to talk jazz age fashion and dandy gangsters. Further coverage to follow…
Costume Test Images
Business of Fashion
Costume designers, fashion designers, studios, brands, and a business venture 100 years in the making. Thanks to Ajb for putting this thought provoking article under our nose.
Birds Eye View Film Festival – Fashion and Film
Curated by Kathryn Ferguson, who will hold Q&A’s with some of the directors featured. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
The merchandise that comes through the Dina Collection runs the gamut. From the sparkly to the strange, you never know what you’re going to see on an episode of Beverly Hills Pawn. Since it's the time of year for love and romance, we thought we should take a look at some of the sexiest items we've seen on the show. Can any of these pieces hold a candle to Yossi's sex appeal? Probably not, but they're fun to look at anyway.
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Sure, there are plenty of sexy actors in the world, but only a few have been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. While most muscle cars are sexy in their own right, the fact Channing Tatum himself drove this 1970 Camaro in 21 Jump Street makes it one of the sexiest cars in all of North America. »
- Mandy McAdoo
Quentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’ screenplay leak Quentin Tarantino will no longer be making the Western The Hateful Eight. Why not? Well, Tarantino claims he sent out the film’s screenplay to a group of six people, one of whom allegedly showed it to his agent, who then showed it to other agents, who then began calling Tarantino’s agent Mike Simpson, asking him to cast their clients in the film. (Photo: The Hateful Eight screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino was quoted as saying at Deadline.com, which first broke The Hateful Eight Screenplay Leak story on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” Now, before they begin flailing and wailing, Quentin Tarantino fans should be »
- Zac Gille
17 items from 2014
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