Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cate Blanchett's gown plus sword and stone props from Robin Hood...

2010's version of Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott, told the untold tale of Sherwood Forest's legendary archer and in the movie Cate Blanchett played Robin's infamous love interest, 'Lady Marion Loxley'.

Original costumes and props from Robin Hood on display
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This costume and these actual props used in the film were photographed on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 30, 2011.

Robin Hood movie poster
Robin Hood 2010 movie poster
Janty Yates was responsible for bring 13th Century English fashion to life in the movie and you can also check out Russell Crowe's Crusader Knight costume from Robin Hood on display from March 2011.

Gown worn by Cate Blanchett as Marion Loxley in Robin Hood
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No stranger to period costumes, you can also check out Cate Blanchett's costume as Queen of England in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Also on display with this Robin Hood gown, described as a 'dancing costume', was this sword and stone prop from the movie.

Sword and stone movie props from Robin Hood
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Robin Hood inscribed stone prop
These props were used by Russell Crowe and the inscription on the sword's hilt reads 'Rise and rise again', whilst the verse carved into the stone expands on this 'Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions'.

If you like these, be sure to check out more original costumes, models and props on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on my last visit.

Robin Hood movie billboard
Robin Hood 2010 movie billboard

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

John Candy's costume from The Blues Brothers on display...

I grew up watching and laughing at the antics of John Candy in films like Uncle Buck, Spaceballs and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, so it was cool to see one of the outfits the Canadian comedian wore in The Blues Brothers on display at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 30, 2011.

Finale costume worn by John Candy as
Burton Mercer in The Blues Brothers
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Blues Brothers John Candy finale suit
John Candy Blues Brothers finale outfit
Deborah Nadoolman was Costume Designer on the 1980 cult comedy classic and if you like this outfit, be sure to also check out the preacher robes worn by James Brown in The Blues Brothers on display.

The Blues Brothers movie poster
The Blues Brothers movie poster
Watch the movie: The Blues Brothers

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Costumes and props from TV's House M.D. on display...

In addition to all the movie memorabilia on display at Universal Studios Hollywood, you can also see a rotating collection of television costumes and props exhibited from popular shows produced by NBC Universal, past and present.
Original costumes worn by Lisa Edelstein
and Hugh Laurie in House M.D.
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On my last visit on November 30, 2011, they had these original costumes and props from House M.D. on display. Cathy Crandall is Series Costume Designer for the show.

For eight seasons, Hugh Laurie has played the anti-social and arrogant medical genius 'Dr. Gregory House' whose team of diagnostic specialists help solve medical mysteries of the week, whilst being overseen by the Hospital Administrator and Dean of Medicine, 'Dr. Lisa Cuddy' (Lisa Edelstein) at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

In the past House suffered a severe muscle injury in his right leg, hence the use of a cane.
Actual props featured in House M.D. on display
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In addition to Dr. Cuddy's hospital scrubs and House's outfit from the season six episode 'Help Me', there was also this headset prop from the fifth season's 'The Itch' and more beside.
House M.D. TV poster
House MD TV poster

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Costume, mask and prop from Buck Rogers TV series...

On my most recent visit to Universal Studios Hollywood on November 30, 2011 I spied this cool collection of sci-fi costumes, masks and props from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Costume worn by Jack Palance as Kaleel
in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
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Included in the exhibit from the late 70's/early 80's TV show was this white satin robe outfit with purple trim, worn by Jack Palance as the evil mutant 'Kaleel' in the two part episode 'Planet of the Slave Girls'.

Robot mask and Draconian blaster stunt prop
from Buck Rogers on display
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Also on display was the prototype or alternate mask for the 'Tina' female robot that 'Twiki' falls for in the 'Cruise Ship to the Stars' episode, plus a stunt Draconian blaster used in multiple episodes of the series.

If you like these bits of TV memorabilia, be sure to check out more original costumes, props and Twiki masks from Buck Rogers on display.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV poster
Buck Rogers TV poster

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Concept art and storyboards from 1982's The Thing on display...

Even though 2011 saw another remake of The Thing, John Carpenter's version is far superior (and itself a remake of 1951's The Thing From Another World). Universal Studios Hollywood had this fantastic collection of concept artwork, set blueprints and storyboards from the 1982 film on display on November 30, 2011.

Storyboards and concept sketches from John Carpenter's The Thing
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The Thing 1982 movie storyboards

The Thing movie poster
The Thing 1982 movie poster
I'm sure sci-fi and horror fans alike will get a kick out of this pre-production art of what the shape-shifting alien could have looked like.

Alien creature concept art for 1982's The Thing
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Pre-production art 1982 The Thing movie
The film exhibit also had these architectural blueprints of the scientific Antarctic base where the alien is discovered.

Architectural drawings of The Thing's movie sets
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If you like these sketches and drawings, be sure to also check out the schematics and concept art for Jaws on display.

Plus if you're a fan, check out this alien creature prop head replica from The Thing on display at Universal Studios Orlando.

The Thing movie poster
John Carpenter The Thing movie poster
Buy the 1982 movie: The Thing [Blu-ray]