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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
After bringing his own iconic coming-of-age book The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the big screen, Stephen Chbosky is tackling another big screen adaptation. EW has learned that the author turned screenwriter and director has come on board Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, adapted from the studio's 1991 animated musical. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is still getting behind the camera for the film, but Chbosky will write a new draft of the script. Previously we heard the film would be a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical," but could that change with Chbosky on board? It's unlikely that the musical elements of the film will go away, especially since they plan to use most of the songs written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman from the stage play and the animated Disney film. But maybe the young adult angle will be played up more than it »
- Ethan Anderton
Beauty and the Beast is among the centuries-old fairy tales that Walt Disney Pictures previously adapted into an animated feature – and now, the studio is re-inventing the story as a modern live-action movie. The project has a director in Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2), along with an initial script draft put together by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules); according to the latest update, though, the screenplay is getting a rewrite.
EW is reporting that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast retelling is going to get a fresh script draft penned by Stephen Chbosky, the author/filmmaker whose past work includes the critically-acclaimed movie adaptation of his own teen coming of age novel, ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Consider J-Hud part of the Beyhive! Jennifer Hudson appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, Sept. 24, where she discussed her relationship with her former Dreamgirls costar Beyonce. One caller asked whether Beyonce gave her advice on the set of the 2006 musical drama, which was Hudson's acting debut. "I just remember her telling me, 'You have such an amazing start. Like, no one gets this opportunity,'" the American Idol alum recalled. "I felt like just being able to sit there and watch and learn from her [...] »
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Earlier this month it was reported that Mike Epps (The Hangover, Sparkle) had an explosive screen test for the role of Richard Pryor in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian, and now director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has taken to Twitter to confirm his casting, with Epps set to star alongside Oprah Winfrey…
Several actors have been under consideration for the role of Pryor over the years, including Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, with the latter actually signed on to the film when it was at Sony, with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) then set to direct. As it happens, the biopic won’t be the first time we see Epps as Pryor, as he is set to appear as the late comic in Cynthia Mort’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, whihc is currently in post-production.
- Gary Collinson
It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mom of the year? Jennifer Hudson recently threw the mother of all Nickelodeon-themed birthday parties for her son David Daniel Otunga, Jr., who turned 5 on Aug. 10. Iconic characters such as SpongeBob Squarepants and four heroes in a half shell made an appearance. "Look who came to Little David's Birthday Party!" WWE wrestler David Otunga, the boy's dad and fiancé of the 32-year-old Oscar and Grammy-winning Dreamgirls actress and singer, said alongside a photo collage of their family at the event, posted on his Instagram page. "Not sure who was more starstruck, him or Mommy & Daddy." Hudson, a former celebrity spokesmodel for Weight Watchers who has wowed »
New photos are out from Henry Hobson's "Maggie" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farm dad coping with the fact that his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been infected by a virus during a zombie apocalypse. The film is slated to premiere this Fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. [Source: Empire]
The musical itself follows a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends. [Source: Screen]
DreamWorks has locked down a September start date in New Zealand and Australia for filming on Derek Cianfrance's "The Light Between Oceans" based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz star.
The story »
- Garth Franklin
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
Bert V. Royal (Easy A) has signed on to write the screenplay, which centers on a teenage boy who is at the top of his social circle in Manhattan. In the aftermath of his parents' messy divorce, he is transplanted to a small town in Indiana, where he finds himself "uncool" for the first time in his life. With his bar mitzvah coming up, he hatches a plan to become cool again, which doesn't go quite so well.
Dan Elish and Robert Horn wrote the book for the play, with Jason Robert Brown penning the music for the play, which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2007, before moving to Broadway in 2008.
Bert V Royal adapts the musical about a 13-year-old boy from New York who relocates to small-town Indiana and concocts an ill-judged plan to make friends.
Bob Boyett, who produced 13 on stage, is also producing, and David Blackman serves as executive producer.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The freaks will invade Broadway this fall, with the high-profile regional revival of cult 1997 musical “Side Show,” directed by Bill Condon, booking the St. James Theater for a run that begins performances in October.
Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, who starred in the production’s prior two engagements as the conjoined twins at the center of the story, will reprise their roles in New York.
The retooled version of “Side Show,” with a significant chunk of new material including new songs and a rewritten book, earned strong reviews in its recent run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The summer stint there had followed an earlier run at the La Jolla Playhouse, which co-produced the revival with the Kennedy Center.
- Gordon Cox
When it comes to recreating the world of iconic ’60/’70s chart toppers, Sharen Davis has become the go-to guru of sartorial splendor, especially when it comes to outfits that pop on stage.
For “Dreamgirls,” the musical inspired by the mercurial rise of the Supremes, and “Ray,” the cradle-to-the-grave biopic about bluesman Ray Charles, Davis’ costumes ranged from fanciful to picture-perfect accuracy. But for the James Brown movie “Get On Up,” her approach landed somewhere in between.
“On ‘Ray,’ even though it was the same time period, I kind of really stayed correct with him,” explains the two-time Oscar-nominee who reteamed with “The Help” director Tate Taylor on the Brown biopic. “But, for ‘Get On Up,’ the script is so wildly non-linear, I told Tate, ‘I think I need to take a few liberties when he’s not on stage.”
Even in performance, she spruced up Brown’s duds, altering the »
- Steve Chagollan
I don't expect biopics to ever give me the full story or even an accurate story for that matter. In fact, many documentaries are only giving us one side of the argument and sometimes less than that when compared to films based on a true story. So when it comes to Tate Taylor's take on the life of the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, Get On Up plays like a film that gives us a small taste of the darkness that was in Brown's soul after a rough upbringing and a life in which he felt he was always on his own. The result is entertaining and inspiring while also being a little bloated in the middle. One thing, however, is for certain, Chadwick Boseman continues to impress, following up his performance in 42 with another "out of the park" portrayal of an iconic, bigger-than-life star. The screenplay by Jez »
- Brad Brevet
Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.
As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »
- Jordan Adler
Actors who've been in the biz for years without ever snagging an Academy Award probably shake their heads and sigh when they think about these six celebrities rounded up by Biography.com —all of whom won Oscars for their film debuts. A sampling: Lupita Nyong'o: Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave , 2014 Julie Andrews: Best Actress, Mary Poppins , 1964 Barbra Streisand: Best Actress, Funny Girl , 1969 Jennifer Hudson: Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls , 2006 Anna Paquin: Best Supporting Actress, The Piano , 1994 Click for the complete list, which does include one man , and more details. »
- Evann Gastaldo
Despite two "Sherlock Holmes" films with Robert Downey Jr and two different TV series ("Sherlock" and "Elementary"), another new film based on the popular detective is now in development. And it stars Ian McKellen. The actor took to Twitter to unveil a first look at himself as Sherlock in the film called "Mr. Holmes." He writes: "Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn." Check out the photo below. The new movie is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) and co-stars Laura Linney. It's currently shooting in the UK and focuses on an aged (93 years old), retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellen) as he looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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
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