Saturday, October 22, 2016

American Pastoral movie costumes on display...

In the adaptation of Philip Roth's 1997 novel American Pastoral, Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and plays 'Seymour "Swede" Levov', a former high school star athlete and successful Jewish businessman living a seemingly perfect life in 1960s America, until his daughter 'Merry' (played by Dakota Fanning) and her radical new political views and terrorist activities threaten to destroy their family and way of life.

Original film costumes worn by Dakota Fanning
and Ewan McGregor in American Pastoral
American Pastoral movie costume exhibit
Dakota Fanning American Pastoral movie costume
Dakota Fanning American Pastoral Merry Levov costume
American Pastoral Merry Levov film costume
Ewan McGregor American Pastoral film costume
American Pastoral film costumes
These movie costumes designed by Lindsay McKay were photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema on October 21, 2016 to promote the crime drama.

Plus for more 1960s film fashion, be sure to check out these movie costumes from Bridge of Spies.

American Pastoral movie poster
American Pastoral movie poster
Buy the book the movie is based on: American Pastoral: American Trilogy (1)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride TV costumes on display...

Before audiences get to know Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange' on the big screen, it's worth noting that the British actor was entertaining viewers on the small screen with his enigmatic portrayal of a modern day 'Sherlock Holmes' in the BBC's Sherlock. In the 2016 special episode, between the show's third and fourth seasons, the infamous detective was transported back to Victorian England, the time period where Arthur Conan Doyle's literary creation was originally set.

Original costumes from Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Sherlock Abominable Bride TV costumes
Sherlock Abominable Bride costumes
Sherlock Abominable Bride costumes
Sherlock Abominable Bride Benedict Cumberbatch costumes
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Abominable Bride costume
Sherlock Abominable Bride Dr Watson costume
Sherlock Abominable Bride Mary Watson costume
Mary Watson costume Sherlock Abominable Bride
Sherlock Abominable Bride costume exhibit FIDM Museum
With a clever plot device, Sherlock was able to flashback to the past from its contemporary setting, and Costume Designer Sarah Arthur and Assistant Costume Designer/Costume Supervisor Ceri Walford were able to dress Benedict Cumberbatch in the Baker Street detective's iconic deerstalker hat.

These Victorian style costumes were photographed on display at the 10th Art of TV Costume Design exhibition at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on August 9, 2016.

Plus for another take on the fictional hero's look, be sure to also check out Robert Downey Jr.'s film costume from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows from 2011.

The Abominable Bride costume worn by Catherine McCormack
as Lady Carmichael in Sherlock
Sherlock Abominable Bride wedding gown
Sherlock Abominable Bride Lady Carmichael costume
Sherlock Abominable Bride costume
This spooky vintage veiled wedding dress would make for a cool Halloween costume, and if you like this gown, be sure to check out these other bridal looks, including this Father of the Bride wedding dress, Claire Randall's Outlander wedding gown, this ugly wedding dress from Bridesmaids and even Miss Piggy's Vivienne Westwood wedding dress from Muppets Most Wanted.

What do you think your Halloween costume will be this year, a ghostly bride or a classic deerstalker-wearing Sherlock Holmes?

Buy the episode: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Phil Tippett puppets, models, artwork and more up for auction...

Now's your chance to snap up some authentic artifacts from the archives of veteran effects artist and filmmaker Phil Tippett with Prop Store's latest online auction. With a phenomenal career working on films like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Ghostbusters 2, Willow, Dragonslayer and more fantasy and sci-fi films, this auction has over 400 collectable items for fans to bid on, from maquettes to concept artwork, screen-used models and props, plus movie memorabilia from many fan-favourite movies.

RoboCop 2 movie costume worn by Peter Weller
RoboCop 2 movie costume
An iconic costume which caught my eye was this RoboCop suit from the 1990 sequel, on which Phil Tippett served as Associate Producer and was credited with animated sequences in the futuristic sci-fi film. This cool robotic costume is expected to sell for $30,000-$50,000.

Duros Cantina mask from Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars Duros Cantina latex mask
Next up are two treats from 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. I think the reason many fans reacted favorably to The Force Awakens was that it returned to the original trilogy's use of location filming, alien masks and animatronic creature effects, rather than overly relying on CGI effects.

The Duros featured in Star Wars iconic Mos Eisley cantina scene in a corner booth was made by Phil Tippett as part of Rick Baker's makeup department.

This latex creature mask from the classic film will likely set collectors back around $50,000-$70,000.

Trash Compactor Monster from Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars Dianoga trash compactor moster puppet
And finally, most fans will immediately recognise this creature, the infamous eyeball on a stalk that popped out of the water in the trash compactor on the Death Star when Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbecca were trying to escape from Darth Vader's forces.

This cool Dianoga puppet created by Phil Tippett is estimated to sell for $50,000-$70,000.

There are also many more affordable items for movie enthusiasts starting their collections, so be sure to click through to Prop Store to browse all the Phil Tippett items available before the auction closes on October 21, 2016.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gravity Astronaut costumes and space capsule on display...

Alfonso CuarĂ³n's 2013 sci-fi spectacle Gravity won seven Oscars for its tale of a medical engineer (played by Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission when an accident strikes a routine spacewalk leaving her stranded in the blackness of space and fighting for her survival.

Gravity spacesuits and Soyuz capsule prop
Gravity spacesuits Soyuz capsule prop
Gravity Sokol pressure suit Soyuz capsule
Gravity Sokol pressure suit space capsule
Gravity movie costumes and space capsule
These spacesuits and this accurate version of a Soyuz space capsule used in the film's production were photographed on display at Warner Bros. Studios Backlot Tour on June 9, 2016.

Gravity movie billboard
Gravity movie billboard
In the feature film, which earned Sandra Bullock her second Academy Award nomination, the actress plays 'Dr. Ryan Stone', an astronaut stranded in space after her NASA space shuttle is destroyed by a cloud of debris and she has to reach the International Space Station with her fellow astronaut 'Matt Kowalski' (George Clooney) for a chance to survive.

Sokol pressure suit worn by Sandra Bullock
as Ryan Stone in Gravity
Sandra Bullock Gravity Sokol pressure suit
Sandra Bullock Gravity spacesuit
Gravity Ryan Stone Sokol pressure suit
Sandra Bullock Gravity movie costume
George Clooney's character is a veteran astronaut in control of this mission, his intended final journey to space, and after the accident he uses the MMU (Manned Maneuvering Unit) jetpack to get the duo to the International Space Station.

Sandra Bullock wears this Russian Sokul pressure spacesuit after reaching the ISS.

Astronaut costume worn by George Clooney
as Matt Kowalski in Gravity
George Clooney Gravity Astronaut spacesuit
Gravity Astronaut EVA spacesuit
George Clooney Gravity Astronaut costume
Gravity Astronaut film costume
Gravity Matt Kowalski Astronaut suit
George Clooney Gravity Matt Kowalski Astronaut costume
Sacrificing himself so she can survive, Dr. Stone uses a Soyuz module to reach the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 in order to successfully pilot another capsule back to Earth.

If you like these costumes and props, fans of cinematic space travel can also check out Matt Damon's NASA astronaut costume from The Martian and Anne Hathaway's spacesuit from Interstellar on display.

Gravity movie billboard
Gravity movie billboard
Buy the movie: Gravity [Blu-ray]

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Veep season five TV costumes on display...

This September Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home her fifth consecutive Emmy win at the 68th Emmy Awards for her role as Vice President 'Selina Meyer' in HBO's political satire, Veep. In a previous season she was elevated to America's acting Commander-in-Chief and here's a glimpse of some of her Presidential looks, and costumes worn by her staff, on the show.

Original costumes from Veep
Julia Louis Dreyfus Veep season 5 POTUS costume
Veep season 5 TV costumes
Veep season 5 Selina Meyer POTUS costume
Veep season 5 costume exhibit
Selina Meyer Veep season 5 Congressional Ball gown
Tony Hall Veep season 5 Gary Walsh costume
Anna Chlumsky Veep season 5 Amy Brookheimer costume
Julia Louis Dreyfus Veep season 5 red outfit
Original Veep season 5 costumes
Kathleen Felix-Hager is the Costume Designer responsible for dressing the female President (and her minions), like this blue Congressional ball gown and her military-style leather jacket with aviator shades.

These fun Veep costumes were photographed on display at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on August 9, 2016.

It's worth noting that Veep was designed as a parody of Washington, D.C. politics, but with this U.S. election year turning into the most divisive, vulgar and embarrassing in world history thanks to Donald Trump, it's getting harder to distinguish between real life and this scripted comedy series at times.

Let's hope a female U.S. President isn't just something you see on television shows this November.

Veep season five TV billboard
Veep season 5 TV billboard
Buy the series: Veep: Season 5 (DVD + Digital HD)

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