Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Behind-the-scenes of the Jurassic Park movies...

It's amazing what you can discover by visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood. Amongst their wonderful costume and prop exhibits they had the secret of how they created some of the dinosaur footprints in the Jurassic Park movies.

Jurassic Park dinosaur footprint shoes and stamps on display
Jurassic Park Raptor footprint shoes
Photographed on June 21, 2010, these are raptor and dinosaur shoes and stamps used by the crew to create dinosaur tracks on set for 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World movies.

Jurassic Park movie poster
Jurassic Park movie poster
Also on display was this Stegosaurus maquette used in the production of Jurassic Park: The Ride.

Jurassic Park Stegosaurus maquette
Jurassic Park ride Stegosaurus maquette

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hoverboard props from Back to the Future II on display...

Remember back in 1989 when the coolest thing was the 'hoverboard', flying skateboards, that Michael J. Fox uses as 'Marty McFly' in Back to the Future II?

If you do, you'll love these photos of two of the hoverboard props featured in the time-traveling sequel. Apparently it's what all the kids will be riding in 2015.

Original hoverboard props from Back to the Future II
Back to the Future 2 hooverboard prop
Hoverboard prop Back to the Future 2
The red and white 'Rising Sun' design was used in the movie by 'Whitey' played by Jason Scott Lee and the 'No Tech Knowhow' hoverboard belonged to 'Data' played by Ricky Dean Logan.

Back to the Future II movie poster
Back to the Future 2 film poster
Also on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010 was this other vision of the future, what designers thought a Mustang car may look like in 2015 back in the late eighties.

Mustang miniature model from Back to the Future II
Back to the Future 2 miniature Mustang modelBack to the Future 2 Mustang Miniature model
Back to the Future II miniature Mustang
Make sure you also check out more miniatures and cars from the Back to the Future movies here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Buy the Back to the Future movies in the USA: Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy [Blu-ray]

Monday, June 28, 2010

Michelle Yeoh's costume from The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor...

In the third installment of The Mummy movie franchise from 2008, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Michelle Yeoh plays 'Zi Juan' an immortal enemy of the villainous 'Emperor Han'.

Original movie costume and prop display from
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Zi Juan Mummy 3 movie costume
Actual Mummy 3 movie costume and prop
This colourful and wonderfully ornate original costume that the actress wears in the final battle scenes in the movie was photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor movie poster
The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor poster
Sanja Milkovic Hays was responsible for costume design on this movie and was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award in 2009 for her work on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Zi Juan costume worn by Michelle Yeoh in The Mummy 3
Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor movie costumeUniversal Studios movie costume display
Michelle Yeoh Mummy 3 movie costumeOriginal Mummy 3 movie costume
This Oracle Bones Book prop used by Michelle Yeoh in the movie was also displayed as part of the exhibit.

Be sure to check out all the other costumes and props from The Mummy movies here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Oracle Bones Book movie prop from
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Mummy 3 Oracle Bones Book movie prop

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Original props from Repo Men...

In the not too distant future, a company called 'The Union' can provide synthetic organs for any medical problem, but your health comes at a cost. If you default on your repayments, they send the debt collectors to reclaim their equipment, enter the 'Repo Men'.

Actual props featured in Repo Men
Repo Men movie props
Repo Men knife movie prop
Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are two of these company men and here are some of the props from the movie that they use to repossess the 'Artiforg' organs, literallly cutting them out of your body with a knife if they have to.

The 'Artiforg scanner' is used to scan the barcodes of the artificial organs, even when they have to cut you open and they are still inside your body.

Repo Men movie poster
Repo Men movie poster
These props were photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010.

Visit Jason in Hollywood for a movie review of Repo Men.

Buy the movie in the USA: Repo Men [Blu-ray]

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Opera House set moldings from The Phantom of the Opera...

These original moldings from the Opera House set from the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera which was filmed at Universal's Soundstage 28, were photographed at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010.

Original set moldings from The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera set moldings
Lon Chaney played 'Eric, The Phantom' in this 1925 silent movie adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel of the same name.

Apparently, part of the Opera House set still stands inside Soundstage 28 at Universal Studios and has never been torn down and is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Lon Chaney.

The Phantom of the Opera movie poster
The Phantom of the Opera 1925 poster

Friday, June 25, 2010

Meryl Streep's party outfit from It's Complicated...

In 2009 Meryl Streep starred alongside Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in the romantic comedy It's Complicated. She played 'Jane Adler', a divorced mother who gets romantically involved with her ex-husband, which is complicated by the fact that he's remarried to a younger woman.

Meryl Streep's party outfit from It's Complicated
Meryl Streep's It's Complicated costume
Meryl Streep It's Complicated party outfit
Sonia Grande was responsible for Costume Design on this movie.

It's Complicated movie billboard
It's Complicated movie billboard
This original costume was on display at Universal Studios Hollywood and was photographed on June 21, 2010.

Actual movie costume worn by Meryl Streep in It's Complicated
It's Complicated movie costume
It's Complicated Meryl Streep costume
Meryl Streep was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2010 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in It's Complicated, but was also nominated and actually won for her performance as American culinary legend Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

Clutch purse used by Meryl Streep in It's Complicated
It's Complicated clutch movie prop
If you're a fan of Meryl Streep you may also want to check out these costumes from Julie & Julia and outfits from Mamma Mia: The Movie.

Buy the movie in the USA: It's Complicated [Blu-ray]

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tiffany animatronic from Seed of Chucky...

This creepy looking animatronic is from the fifth installment in the Child's Play film franchise, which started as a horror series and has become much more a horror-comedy movie genre.

'Chucky' is an iconic horror villain and is a 'Good Guy doll' inhabited by the soul, via voodoo magic, of serial killer 'Charles Lee 'Chucky' Ray'.

In the fourth movie, Bride of Chucky, cinema goers were introduced to 'Tiffany Valentine', Chucky's former human girlfriend and murder accomplice. Chucky murders her then resurrects her as a doll.

Tiffany animatronic from 2004's Seed of Chucky
Seed of Chucky movie Tiffany animatronic
Tiffany animatronic Seed of Chucky movie prop
In the 2004 movie Seed of Chucky, we find out Tiffany and Chucky have parented a doll offspring.

The movie follows the events of Bride of Chucky and stars Jennifer Tilly, who plays herself and also provides the voice of Tiffany.

Seed of Chucky movie poster
Seed of Chucky movie poster
This wicked looking animatronic was photographed at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2010.

Tiffany animatronic on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
Tiffany animatronic Seed of Chucky movieTiffany animatronic Child's Play 5 movie
Seed of Chucky Tiffany animatronic model
If you're a horror fan you may also want to check out this Freddy Krueger movie costume and props from A Nightmare on Elm Street movie remake.

Buy the Child's Play movies in the USA: Seed of Chucky

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Universal Studios Hollywood costumes, models and props on display in June 2010...

To my delight the movie costume, model and prop exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood now features a totally fresh array of memorabilia and outfits from famous films since my last visit in February 2010.

Universal Studios Experience exhibit June 2010
Universal Studios movie costumes
Over the next few days Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props will feature new cinematic items from the worlds of sci-fi, horror, animation, comedy, fantasy, adventure and more, with creations from both the big and small screen.

Original costumes and props on display at Universal Studios Hollywood
Original Universal Studios movie costumes
Universal Studios movie models
You'll see costumes and props from the following films and television shows:

An animatronic werewolf and original costumes from The Wolfman

Original costumes worn on the big and small screen
Universal Studios actual movie costumesUniversal Studios Movie and TV costumes
You can also search through the archives to see what other movie costumes, props, models and vehicles have been on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Come back tomorrow for more exciting behind-the-scenes secrets from Universal Studios.

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