Friday, August 2, 2013

TV and movie treasures on display at Universal Studios Hollywood in July 2013...

This week I ventured to Universal Studios Hollywood once more to see what new screen-used delights they had on display from their extensive TV and movie archives. Once again I wasn't disappointed as there were costumes, props and models from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, sports, period drama, comedy, crime, horror, musicals and more besides.

Original costumes, props and models from NBC Universal's vaults on display
NBC Universal Experience Exhibit July 2013
NBC Universal Experience costumes July 2013
TV movie costumes NBC Universal Experience
Original NBC Universal movie costumes props
Included in the NBC Universal Exhibit in the amusement park's Lower Lot (next to the new Transformers 3D ride in case you want to visit) on July 30, 2013, was one of the signature suits worn by Telly Savalas as the New York City Police Department 'Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak' in the 1970's television crime series, Kojak. The dapper detective was famous for his bald head and love of lollipops.

Original suit worn by Telly Savalas as Kojak
Telly Savalas Kojak suit
On display beside his outfit were some film props (including some grisly teeth forensic evidence) from the 2002 crime thriller, Red Dragon.

Original movie props from Red Dragon
Red Dragon movie props
It's no surprise that NBC Universal would want to remind their visitors about 'Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter' as they currently have a TV spin-off based on the characters in Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, simply called Hannibal, which has been renewed for a second season.

I'm very fortunate to live in West Hollywood and have an annual pass to the theme park, so I stop by on a regular basis to check out the ever-changing exhibits.
Jaws movie exhibit
Jaws movie exhibit
Jaws movie miniature shark cage
On my most recent visit in May 2013 they had Roy Scheider's Amity Police Chief uniform from Jaws on display, plus a variety of concept sketches and schematics, but this time they also had this fantastic miniature shark cage used in the production of the underwater scenes of the 1975 horror movie.

Donna's guitar prop from Mamma Mia: The Movie
Donna's guitar prop Mamma Mia Movie
Mamma Mia Movie Donna guitar prop
Donna guitar prop Mamma Mia Movie
On a lighter note, this time they also had this cool sticker-laden guitar prop from Mamma Mia: The Movie, which belonged to Meryl Streep's 'Donna' and was bought for her by Colin Firth's 'Harry' (which cost him £10 and his Johnny Rotten T-shirt).

If you're a fan of the big-screen 2008 musical, be sure to also check out these original costumes and props from Mamma Mia: The Movie on display.

Props from TV's Eureka
Eureka TV props
Eureka Memory Lattice prop
In amongst this eclectic mix of TV and movie memorabilia, they also had these scientific looking props (a memory lattice, plus data disc reader and analyzer) from SyFy's Eureka television series, which was a show about a small town with a big secret, and ran for five seasons from 2006 to 2012.

If you're a fan of the sci-fi series, be sure to check out these other costumes and props from Eureka on display from my previous visits.

TV costumes from Friday Night Lights and Crossing Jordan
Friday Night Lights Crossing Jordan TV costumes
Jill Hennessey Crossing Jordan formal dress
Also on display were the signature outfit worn by Michael B. Jordan as 'Vince Howard' in American Football TV drama Friday Night Lights (more on that at a later date), plus this purple dress worn by Jill Hennessey as crime-solving forensic pathologist 'Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh' in Crossing Jordan

Debra McGuire was series costume designer on the crime drama that aired from 2001 to 2007, and if you're a fan of the show, you can also check out more props from Crossing Jordan here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Kenneth Ellen Parcel tombstone prop from 30 Rock
Kenneth Parcel tombstone prop 30 Rock
Finally, there was this slightly macabre grave headstone from the 100th episode of sitcom, 30 Rock, for character 'Kenneth Parcel', played by Jack McBrayer.

If you like this collection of screen-used costumes and props, be sure to stick around in the days to come for more original items including:

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's Oscar-nominated costumes from Les Misérables
Tom Cruise's futuristic costume and bomb prop from Oblivion
Original costumes from the Fast & Furious movies
Mary Steenburgen's Western costume from Back to the Future Part III
Actual nurse costume and props from Atonement
Elizabeth Taylor's costume from The Flintstones movie
Tobey Maguire's costume from horse-racing movie Seabiscuit
Siege tower miniature model from Masada
Maureen O'Hara's classic costume from 1955's Lady Godiva of Coventry 
Rachael Leigh Cook's Josie and the Pussycats film costume
An actual picture car from 2007's Transformers movie

I hope you'll enjoy this new assortment of goodies from Universal Studios Hollywood, and Whovians don't despair, I've also still got loads of Doctor Who costumes and props to share with you all in the future too.

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