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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
Director Jim Mickle’s fourth feature film, Cold in July, is an adaptation of a novel by Joe R. Landsale, set in the particular, simpler landscape of 1989 East Texas. It’s also Mickle’s most accomplished and promising work to date, as it shows the director moving away from the genre hybrids he’s come to be known for, specifically the vampire apocalypse comedy Stakeland (2010) and his remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are (2013). While those films struggled with consistency and tone, often faltering irreparably under the weight of their derivative natures, Mickle’s latest is a mixture of scaled back flourishes and makes for a cold, mean, vicious neo-noir. The film certainly deserved more attention after critical praise following the Sundance Film Festival premiere, followed by an invite to play at Cannes and then a muted theatrical release in the Us. But its eventual destiny »
- Nicholas Bell
Japanese-Brazilian fashion designer Jum Nakao is fascinated by paper. He sees the material as both "very ephemeral, very fragile" and, with the right words scribbled across it, powerful enough to change the world. So when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked Nakao to create a piece celebrating the opening of its upcoming "Hollywood Costume," the artist naturally went back to the page. The assignment: Design and construct a dress inspired by the 2006 period drama "Marie Antoinette." The result: A lavish gown composed entirely of pages from Sofia Coppola's script. In the below video, Nakao slices, curls, frills, and stitches the basic Courier-imbued pages into something worthy of the big screen. Waxing poetic on the costuming art, Nakao says, "A costume is like a pixel in a picture. All of the pixels are important, not just the costume, the set or the lighting.When you are inside a perfect costume, »
- Matt Patches
By Anjelica Oswald
More often than not, best picture winners at the Academy Awards tend to fall into the same genre category: biopic, period piece or drama. “Genre films” have managed to break through and secure nominations for various other categories, such as acting, but they have a more difficult time landing a spot on the best picture nomination list. Since the 83rd Academy Awards, films such as Toy Story 3 (2010), an animated film; Django Unchained (2012), a western; and Gravity (2013), a thriller, all managed to secure best picture nominations, but none became best picture winners. Examining the films that currently stand as frontrunners or major threats in the Oscar race shows a normal pattern emerging, with a few films that may offer up some surprises.
As per usual, biographical films have been dominating the festival circuit, and many of them have been garnering Oscar buzz. Among the top contenders are The Imitation Game, »
- Anjelica Oswald
The Hateful Eight, the eighth feature film from Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction), will film entirely in Colorado beginning at the end of this year. According to the Denver Post: The film’s Colorado budget includes $15.7 million for payroll, including a Colorado crew of 168, and $9.35 million in other in-state spending, including lodging. The state rebate of $5 million represents 20 percent of that spending. Prep work should begin early next month with shooting expected to start on Dec. 8 at the Schmid Ranch, on Wilson Mesa 10 miles west of Telluride. The crew would be housed in Telluride and take a break over the Christmas holiday. The nearly 900-acre, high-mesa ranch, homesteaded in 1882, is under a conservation easement, which »
- Pietro Filipponi
Daniele Watts wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which she addressed the controversy surrounding her recent police stop that made headlines. The “Django Unchained” actress acknowledged that she could have been calmer and more patient, but stood by her use of what the Los Angeles Police Department officer on the scene called the “race card.” As Watts described the scene in her article, she and her partner Brian Lewis were standing on the grass when police approached them. “He said he had received a call about a couple engaged in lewd conduct and asked for our IDs, »
- Jason Hughes
The complete Gilmore Girls series will be available for streaming on Netflix Instant Watch beginning Oct.1, but there are also plenty of other shows and movies coming to Netflix in October.
Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, ran for seven seasons on The WB and The CW from 2000-2007, and the beloved mother-daughter show also featured Melissa McCarthy (pre-Bridesmaids fame) and The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry.
New On Netflix
In other TV news, fans of The CW’s The Originals and The Vampire Diaries will be able to get caught up before the shows’ season premieres. Season 1 of The Originals will be available for streaming on Oct. 3, with Season 2 premiering on The CW Oct. 6, while Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries will be available on Netflix Oct. 2, the same day as the Season 6 premiere. Reign’s first season will also be available for streaming Oct. 2, and the »
You may still be working your way through the latest movies to come to Netflix in September, but the October titles are already here! The streaming service is going all out this month with the great movies, with rad titles like Django Unchained, Catching Fire, Romeo + Juliet, plus romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle, and tons of recent seasons of TV shows, too (plus all of Gilmore Girls!). Looks like you have plenty of reasons to stay in this month. »
It’s funny to think that just a few months ago, the idea of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight seeing the light of day was nothing more than a pipe dream. After the film’s script leaked earlier this year, Tarantino stopped production on the film, but quickly calmed down and set the wheels in motion once more. Now, it appears that things are moving ahead even faster than expected, as we’ve just learned that cameras will begin shooting a month earlier than previously reported.
The Denver Post is reporting that The Hateful Eight will film exclusively in Colorado thanks to a $5 million incentive package. This makes Tarantino’s new western the highest-profile pic to shoot in the region since 1969′s True Grit. Now that a location is in place, Tarantino will reportedly begin prep work and start shooting on December 8th at the Schmid Ranch in southwestern Colorado outside of Telluride. »
- James Garcia
The film, a Chinese-French-Canadian co-production, was due to have been released Friday in China on some 26% of screens in the country, or more than 5,000 theaters.
Co-producer and sales company Arclight said that it was informed by email in the middle of the night by Yunnan Film Group, the film’s principal financier and Chinese distributor, that the release would not go ahead.
“The reasons for this are not clear. We simply don’t know if it is censorship problem, or something else,” said Mike Gabrawy, Arclight’s head of production. “Marketing and promotion have been done and money has been spent.”
Cage is not currently in China, though director Nick Powell and Christensen are in the country to support the release.
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- Patrick Frater
Given the news that Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix in October, you might be tempted to spend the entire month binging on that. We wouldn’t blame you, but there are some other exciting editions coming to the site this month if you want to take a break from Stars Hollow.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Oct. 22, giving you about a month to prepare for Mockingjay—Part 1. Netflix also has you covered when it comes to prepping for another fall release, the Annie remake, considering the 1982 Annie will be available Oct. 1. (So will 1995’s Annie: A Royal Adventure. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
In what was maybe a most unexpected, although intriguing pairing, a Django/Zorro comic book was announced in June of this year, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment and DC Entertainment, as well as Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner, and Reginald Hudlin. This will serve as a sequel to the film "Django Unchained," which will see our cowboy with the fast draw, meet the legendary Zorro, in a story written and "co-plotted" by Tarantino, and Matt Wagner ("Mage," "Grendel," "The Shadow, Zorro"), while Reginald Hudlin (producer of "Django Unchained" the film), was to work closely with Tarantino and Wagner as editor. "I'm »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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
Even though the movie won't go into production for another few months, Quentin Tarantino has already provided us with a good idea of who he wants to star in his next feature, The Hateful Eight. This past summer the Django Unchained writer/director hosted a very exclusive live-reading of the script, and helping him bring it to life on stage were the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walt Goggins, and Zoe Bell. While it may very well turn out that all of those stars return to work on the film version, but now new rumors are circulating saying that the filmmaker is looking at yet another big name to join his latest cast. A source has reported to the New York Daily News that Quentin Tarantino was recently spotted at the Greenwich Hotel in New York with History of Violence »
The call for submissions is open for the 23 Annual Pan African Film Festival (Paff), February 12 – 22, 2015 “Through the years, our guiding principle of ‘Pan-Africanism’ as a movement remains to unify and provide a platform for the meaningful stories of all people of African descent worldwide – African American, Caribbean, European, Latin American, South Pacific, and Aboriginal” said Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for Paff. Paff broadens the horizon of the film market and opens the minds of its audiences. In recent years, the reception to “Django Unchained,” “The Help,” and “12 Years a Slave” by both Black and crossover filmgoers were culturally »
- Press Release
Check out this great piece of concept art created for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The illustration was done by artist Brad Wright, and it features Django bloodily taking out a group of slave traders. There's a lot of violent energy featured in this piece. This was such a fantastic western, and I'm way excited for his next one, The Hateful Eight.
Via: XombieDirge »
- Joey Paur
A kimchi Western with a heavy helping of spaghetti and tasty trimmings of humor, “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” delivers a thoroughly entertaining if overlong gallop through the trusty old story of honorable bandits stealing from nasty rich people and distributing the proceeds to downtrodden peasants. , “Kundo” has run rampant at the South Korean box office, and should continue to do well abroad with its high-impact action sequences and funky Tarantino-esque packaging.
Setting the all-time record for opening-day biz (but eclipsed a week later by seafaring actioner “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” now the highest-grossing South Korean film ever made), “Kundo” is a rollicking good ride that’s marred just slightly by its tendency to linger a little too long on minor story threads here and there. But in the more critical departments of supplying well-defined heroes worth rooting for, hissable villains and an infectious spirit of fun and adventure, the film scores high marks. »
- Richard Kuipers
Civil rights leaders who initially defended Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts in her dispute with the Los Angeles Police Department are now calling on her to apologize. Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project Islamic Hope president Najee Ali and other activists held a press conference Friday, telling reporters that they now have doubts about Watts' side of the story. "I was one that was very outspoken about it," Hutchinson said about having come to Watts' defense when her story first broke, as quoted by NBC 4. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play
- Ryan Gajewski
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