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The Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head was known for her ability to recognise the so-called physical flaws of the actors she dressed and for her technical abilities in highlighting their assets and disguising their imperfections.
In 1967 she shared that wisdom with the wider public when she published How to Dress for Success (reissued in 2011, Bloomsbury), an advice tome for women on getting ahead in love and life. The book is filled with the sort of did-she-really-say-that tips your grandmother would have offered, as well as all the trials and tribulations of dressing Hollywood stars.
Now, as an exhibition of Head’s work opens at the Bendigo Art Gallery showcasing more than 70 film costumes created during her 50-year career, we look back at some of her advice
• Edith Head: costume designer and star of Google Doodle – in pictures
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- Alexandra Spring
Signing on to narrate Man in Red Bandana, a poignant new documentary about a young hero who lost his life while saving others on 9/11, turned out to be a case of six degrees of separation for Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Oscar-winning actress had never heard of Welles Remy Crowther when she said yes to narrating the film, which premieres Friday, about the 24-year-old equities trader who helped people escape from the World Trade Center’s burning south tower before it collapsed, Matthew Weiss, the film’s first-time writer-director, tells People.
Weiss says he was “tickled pink” when Paltrow agreed to »
- KC Baker
Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Adriana Floridia8/15/2017 1:45:00 Pm
Movie lovers from all around the world look forward to the Toronto International Film Festival each and every year. One of the largest film festivals in the world, Canada’s own Tiff is always guaranteed to satisfy every type of movie fan—with big Hollywood titles to smaller indie films, international cinema, horror and genre films.
Today Tiff announced a plethora of additional titles to their already stacked line-up. Every week, Tiff has been adding new films to their 2017 slate, and we're becoming overwhelmed with the amount of films that we want to see at the festival this year. In addition to the ten films we previously highlighted, we've added ten more titles to our list to give you an ultimate guide regarding twenty of the hottest movies you'll want to either see, »
- Adriana Floridia
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.
Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie. »
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After more than four decades in the industry, Jessica Lange continues to deliver standout performances and rack up awards. She’s up for an Emmy this year for playing Joan Crawford in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and has taken home two trophies from the ceremony in recent years for her work on “American Horror Story.” But Lange is one of very few women her age who continue to be cast in major roles.
“Ageism is pervasive in this industry,” she says in a new interview with Aarp. “It’s not a level playing field.” And particularly not for women. The Oscar winner explains, “You don’t often see women in their 60s playing romantic leads, yet you will see men in their 60s playing romantic leads with costars who are decades younger. I think about how few wonderful actresses of my generation are still doing viable, important film work. You go to television. You go to the stage. You do whatever you can because you want to keep working.”
Lange’s frequent collaborator, Ryan Murphy, has spoken out against ageism in the industry as well. “I feel like it’s ridiculous that women over 40 aren’t working,” he’s said.
While TV is dramatically more welcoming to older actresses looking for meaty roles, the small screen is still ageist — and sexist. Dr. Martha Lauzen’s research report on the 2015–16 TV season revealed that “42 percent of male characters were 40 and older but only 25 percent of female characters were 40 and older. Few characters of either sex age into their 60s and beyond. Five percent of males but only 2 percent of females were 60 and above.”
In the past, Helen Mirren — one of the few actresses her age who continues to book leading roles — has also addressed the fact that men age and their romantic co-leads don’t. When she was asked about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s admission that, at 37, she was “too old” to play a 55-year-old man’s love interest, Mirren responded bluntly: “It’s fucking outrageous. Fucking outrageous. It’s ridiculous, honestly. It’s so annoying.” The “Eye in the Sky” star insinuated that the double standards for aging male and female actors are nothing new, saying, “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”
Quote of the Day: Jessica Lange Says “Ageism is Pervasive” in the Film Biz was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Sarandon will play Samantha Winslow, the strong, focused head of a motion picture studio.
“Ray Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber as the titular L.A. fixer — the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Jon Voight also stars as Mickey Donovan, Ray’s ex-con father from South Boston. Rounding out the “Ray Donovan” cast are Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. A Showtime production, “Ray Donovan” is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro and was created by Ann Biderman.
Sarandon can currently be seen on the aforementioned “Feud,” where »
- Oriana Schwindt
London – “The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It’s about the passion,” Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director’s career at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. “To retain that passion is the key.”
Scorsese spoke about his passion, his work with film preservation and how the industry has changed during his long career. The Oscar-winning director also spoke about his upcoming project “The Irishman,” though he avoided mention of the rumors currently swirling around financing and rights to the film, including the possibility that Netflix could take worldwide rights in an eyebrow-raising deal.
The long-gestating “Irishman” is set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for a ninth time and would mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. “Al and I have been trying to get to do a »
- Robert Mitchell
Mark Wahlberg may be a diehard New England Patriots fan, but he’s still able to prioritize! The father of four had to miss the team’s surprising victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night after one of his sons was under the weather during the Super Bowl.
Watch: Tom Brady Shares Emotional Moments With Family and Teammates After Super Bowl Victory
“I had to leave the game early because my youngest son wasn't feeling well,” he said of Brendan. “Trust me, I would have loved to be at the stadium -- but family first. Doesn't mean I don't love my Patriots too!”
The Boston native has been a longtime supporter of the Patriots. For the big game his sons wore Gronkowski and Blount jerseys, and he gave »
"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...
Tomorrow is twice blessed. You’re probably already excited for the first reason, the Oscar nominations announcement. It’s also the centennial of Ernest Borgnine, an actor I have never particularly liked. But this coincidence makes today a perfect opportunity to talk about one of the worst movies ever produced by a Hollywood studio: 1966’s The Oscar.
The film begins and ends at the Academy Awards, where fictional Frankie Fane (Stephen Boyd) is as Best Actor nominee for Breakthrough, perhaps the most on-the-nose fictional title of all time. His newly estranged best friend Hymie Kelly (Tony Bennett, in his film debut), glares at him from the next row. Bennett would retire from acting immediately after The Oscar, for reasons that are obvious from the moment he starts talking »
- Daniel Walber
Chicago – The year 2016 was a dangerous one to be a famous person. In the past twelve months, one dozen of my former photo subjects passed away, celebrities who at one time or another famously posed for my lens. However, on a positive note, at least photos are forever. Or to quote the immortal words of Pee Wee Herman – “Why don’t you take a picture, it will last longer!”
The ranking of the portraits are based on a combination of the star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the difficulty of landing the quarry…for those budding smart-phone-celebrity-stalkers who may wish to play along at home. So without further adieu, I present my top 20 celebrity portraits of 2016.
Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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