Friday, February 26, 2010

Latest costumes and props on display at Universal Studios Hollywood...

Aside from the temporary costume exhibits at the ArcLight cinemas and the Cinerama Dome, the other place in L.A. to see a selection of original costume and props on display for a slightly longer time period is at Universal Studios Hollywood.

You can also find models, mask, conceptual drawings and even cars used in Universal Pictures movies at the theme park.

Universal Studios Hollywood Experience exhibit February 2010
Universal Studios Hollywood film costumes
Here are just some of the fantastic costume and prop displays from a variety of different film genres to check out in further detail:


Original film costumes on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
Authentic Universal Studios film costumes
If you're an auto enthusiast you may also like to check out some of these picture cars from famous movies:


As you can see there's lots to see, so enjoy exploring behind-the-scenes at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Monday, February 22, 2010

More original Frost/Nixon film costumes on display...

These wonderful original costumes are from Ron Howard's 2008 movie retelling the famous post-Watergate television interviews in 1977 between former President Richard Nixon and charismatic British talk show host, David Frost.

Original movie costumes from Frost/Nixon
on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
Frost Nixon movie costume displayOriginal Frost Nixon film costumesActual Frost Nixon film outfits
The movie was nominated for five Oscars at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Writing: Screenplay based on material previously produced or published for Peter Morgan (who had adapted the story from his critically acclaimed stage version) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Frank Langella, who reprised his award-winning theatre role as disgraced former 'President Richard Nixon'.

Frost/Nixon movie poster
Frost Nixon movie poster
Daniel Orlandi was responsible for these late-70's inspired outfits in the movie adaptation and he has recently handled costume design on The Blind Side and Angels & Demons movies.

Authentic Frost/Nixon movie costumes
Authentic Frost Nixon movie costumesFrost Nixon film costume display
The costume exhibit features a characteristic look for Patricia McCormack as former First Lady 'Pat Nixon' and retirement clothes worn by Frank Langella as President Nixon.

The photograph above also features a gold dress worn by Renee Zellweger in the Bridget Jones movie sequel (on the far right).

'Pat Nixon' outfit worn by Patricia McCormack in Frost/Nixon
Pat Nixon movie costume
Frost Nixon former First Lady outfit
Pat Nixon pink movie outfit
Be sure to check out these other original Frost/Nixon movie costumes worn by Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

Here's also a short video clip of the fabulous costumes on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 11, 2010.


Buy the movie in the USA: Frost/Nixon [Blu-ray]

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Milk movie costumes worn by Sean Penn, James Franco and Emile Hirsch...

These fabulous original 1970's era costumes were worn by Sean Penn, James Franco and Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant's extraordinary 2008 biopic of the life and assassination of gay activist and San Francisco Supervisor 'Harvey Milk'.

Original costumes from the movie Milk
on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
Original Milk movie costumes
Milk received eight nominations at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009, including one for Danny Glicker for Best Achievement in Costume Design (whose work can also be seen in Up in the Air, Thank You For Smoking and Transamerica).

Unfortunately he didn't win, but Dustin Lance Black won the Oscar for Best Writing: Screenplay written directly for the Screen and Sean Penn was awarded the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his amazing portrayal of 'Harvey Milk'.

Milk movie poster
Milk movie poster

Actual 'Harvey Milk' movie costume worn by Sean Penn
Sean Penn's Harvey Milk costume
Milk gay pride film outfit and prop literature
The costume above is worn by Sean Penn during the Gay Freedom Pride Parade in San Francisco, where Harvey Milk took to the stage, to spread his message of equality and hope, even after receiving numerous death threats.

His t-shirt proudly affirms that "I'll never go back (in the closet)".

Beneath the costume is an array of campaign support literature props for Harvey Milk to become the first openly gay candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

'Scott Smith' movie costume worn by James Franco in Milk
James Franco's Scott Smith Milk movie outfit
James Franco and Emile Hirsch Milk film costumes
These are the red jacket and denim jeans worn by James Franco as 'Scott Smith', Harvey's ex-lover, at his memorial service.

To the left of the costume you can also see a 'soap box' and 'We are very open' sign prop used in the movie.

'Cleve Jones' movie costume worn by Emile Hirsch in Milk
Emile Hirsch Cleve Jones Milk movie outfit
Actual Milk movie costumesCleve Jones Milk film costume
Also part of the costume exhibit were the clothes worn by Emile Hirsch as young gay activist 'Cleve Jones'. This particular outfit was used in a discussion scene with Harvey.

If you like this display, be sure to check out more original film costumes and props from the movie Milk.

Finally enjoy this short video clip of these costumes on show at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 11, 2010.

Visit Jason in Hollywood for a < href="http://jasoninhollywood.blogspot.com/2008/11/milk-is-good-for-you.html" target="_blank">movie review of Milk.

Buy the movie in the USA: Milk [Blu-ray]

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine van...

Even though this version of The Mystery Machine may not have actually featured in any live-action Scooby-Doo movies, it still looks fantastic on display at Universal Studios Hollywood and I couldn't resist featuring here on Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

The Mystery Machine van
Scooby-Doo The Mystery Machine van
Mystery Machine van Universal Studios Hollywood
A different version of the van featured in the live-action movie about Scooby and his teenage mystery-solving pals, but this version seems to be a replica of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon incarnation of The Mystery Machine.

The Mystery Machine original animated version
Original Mystery Machine animated version
This fun looking vehicle was photographed on February 11, 2010 and is usually accompanied by 'Scooby-Doo' and his best pal 'Shaggy' as they entertain the crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Scoody-Doo's Mystery Machine
Buy the original animated series in the USA: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - The Complete First and Second Seasons

Friday, February 19, 2010

Prosthetic mask and creature maquette from Hellboy II: The Golden Army..

Ron Perlman was the man behind the titular red demon mask in both 2004's Hellboy and the 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

These are photographs of the actual facial prothetic that he (and various stunt men) wore to become 'Hellboy' in the second movie, along with a fantastic maquette of an elemental forest god featured in the movie.

Original prosthetic mask and maquette
from Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hellboy The Golden Army mask and model
Original Hellboy 2 mask and maquette
Hellboy II: The Golden Army received a nomination for Best Makeup (Mike Elizalde and Tom Floutz) at the prestigious 81st Academy Awards in 2009, but rather sadly lost the Oscar to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army movie poster
Hellboy 2 movie poster

Original Hellboy prosthetic mask worn by Ron Perlman
Hellboy 2 Ron Perlman facial prosthetic
Hellboy 2 mask and elemental model
This wonderful maquette of an elemental forest god, formed the basis of the CGI creature that 'Hellboy' fights and reluctantly defeats in the film.

Elemental forest god model on display
at Universal Studios Hollywood
Hellboy 2 elemental forest god model
Hellboy 2 prosthetic mask and forest god model
If you like this fantastic mask and maquette, be sure to check out more original models, prosthetics and props from Hellboy II here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Visit Jason in Hollywood for a movie review of Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army movie poster
Hellboy II The Golden Army film poster
Buy the movie in the USA: Hellboy II: The Golden Army [Blu-ray]

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Renee Zellweger's gold Bridget Jones dinner gown...

In 2001 Renee Zellweger hilariously starred as the neurotic titular British character from Helen Fielding's bestselling novel, Bridget Jones's Diary. In 2004 she returned for its sequel, The Edge of Reason, alongside co-stars Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

On display at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 11, 2010 was this gold dress from the sequel.

Actual gold dress worn by Renee Zellweger
in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones 2 movie dinner gown
Actual Bridget Jones's Diary sequel dress
Renee Zellweger's Bridget Jones gold dress
'Bridget' wears this bright dress to accompany 'Mark Darcy' (Colin Firth) to the Law Council Dinner and can be seen unglamourously staggering from the taxi and up a flight of stairs as she arrives in the tight-fitting gown.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason movie poster
Bridget Jones 2 Edge of Reason poster

Original 'Bridget Jones' dress on display
at Universal Studios Hollywood
Bridget Jones's Diary 2 gold dressBridget Jones's Diary 2 movie costume
Also on display with this original outfit is Bridget's actual diary (besides actual costumes from Frost/Nixon).

Bridget Jones's Diary movie prop
Bridget Jones's Diary prop

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Morgan Freeman's costume accessories from Wanted...

The 2008 comic book adaptation, Wanted, about a guild of professional assassins, starred Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman.

These items of costume jewelry were worn by various members of the organisation of assassins in the action movie and all are designed with a 'Bee' motif, the symbol of the 'Fraternity'. They were photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 11, 2010.

Original Wanted costume accessories
Wanted movie costume accessories
Wanted Morgan Freeman movie props
In addition to the camera slate and clapperboard used in the movie, also on display was the bee ring worn by Common as 'The Gunsmith', the bee pendant worn by Dato Bakhtadze as 'The Butcher' and other jewelry used to complete Morgan Freeman's transformation into 'Sloan', the leader of the 'Fraternity'.

Bee motif cufflinks, ring and tie clip worn by
Morgan Freeman as 'Sloan' in Wanted
Wanted Sloan costume accessories
If you like these, be sure to check out one of the assassin gun prop from Wanted.

Wanted movie poster
Wanted movie poster
Buy the movie in the USA: Wanted [Blu-ray]

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