9 items from 2014
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
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.
Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.
Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”
She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and »
- Carmel Dagan
"…that’s what you get, folks, for makin’ whoopee."
When Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) crawled seductively across the top of Jack Baker’s (Jeff Bridges) piano while singing a rendition of Eddie Cantor’s "Makin' Whoopee!" in The Fabulous Baker Boys, a highly spoofable moment in Hollywood history was born. What was it about that scene that has made everyone from Ellen Degeneres to the Animaniacs want to spoof it? Was it the moody cinematography of Michael Ballhaus, the playful piano stylings of composer Dave Grusin (the real Jack Baker pianist), or the smoldering, almost languid, sensuality of Pfeiffer’s performance? Whatever it is, the "Makin' Whoopee!" scene is unforgettable and will likely continue to inspire spoofs and homages for years to come.
With homages on our minds, we started to put together a list of some of the other movies Hollywood loves to spoof. Help us rank the scene »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
It takes a lot to grab someone’s attention in our current multitasking-obsessed culture. Agency Preuss und Preuss looked to the annals of cinema for its eye-catching campaign, promoting the book Marilyn: Intimate Exposures. Released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the silver-screen legend’s death, the illustrated volume celebrates Monroe’s beauty through iconic photographs and more. The company came up with a clever ad that brought a little peekaboo and cheesecake to an interactive poster. Modeled after Monroe’s famous film moment over a subway grate in The Seven Year Itch, a flowy skirt and set of gams drew passersby to a pole. Lifting up the skirt, viewers were greeted with a Qr code that offered more info about the book and...
- Alison Nastasi
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
On Beverly Hills Pawn, we get an inside look at what goes on at Yossi Dina's legendary pawn shop. Many of his clients are looking to sell iconic pieces of Hollywood history, so we decided to see where the most famous props in the history of film have ended up, and how much it cost people to get their hands on them.
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Beverly Hills Pawn | The Wizard of Oz | Citizen Kane | Casablanca | The Maltese Falcon | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | The Seven Year Itch | Modern Times | Raiders of the Lost Ark »
- Sean Gandert
In this latest run-down of the most popular posters on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr—covering the last four months of daily posts—I’m not leading off with the number one most liked and reblogged poster (the Hitch-centric Rear Window, below) because that was the main poster in my loquacious posters post a couple of months ago. So I’m starting with the second most popular: a superb retro take on Gravity by artist Peter Stults which was one of a number of alternative takes on the film commissioned by the UK magazine ShortList back in October.
The rest of the top 20, shown in descending order, are a pleasingly eclectic grab bag, with posters from nine different countries and seven different decades. Three of my very favorite recent discoveries appear all in a row: that French La notte, »
- Adrian Curry
Happy New Year everyone!
Life Without Zoe, The Canyons
Two well researched and well written posts by Superqueen. This site is always worth a scoot around.
12 Years a Slave
Costume Designer Patricia Norris is 82 years young. Cancel your retirement.
The Most Iconic Costumes of all Time
Marilyn’s dress in The Seven Year Itch? No, frankly.
The Costume Cafe podcast with a lady we adore here at Clothes on Film.
Frocktalk reviews the extraordinary ‘sweaterville’ work of Mary Zophres for the Coens’ latest.
For Guise magazine, Joe Kucharski chats to Michael Wilkinson about digital illustration in costume design.
Big Screen Style Moments of 2013
According to The Hollywood Reporter. Alhough, guys, Gucci did not ‘design the costumes’ for Rush.
- Lord Christopher Laverty
The white frock worn by the actress in the 1955 film has been named the favourite in a survey conducted by the British Heart Foundation, reports contactmusic.com.
- Lohit Reddy
9 items from 2014