Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New cinematic and televisual treasures at Universal Studios Hollywood in April 2014...

As it's approaching that crazy Summer period when tourists flock to Universal Studios Hollywood in their thousands, I thought I'd pop along and check out what new film and TV treasures the archivists have dug out of storage to delight the theme park's visitors this season.

Authentic movie and TV memorabilia on display at 
Universal Studios Hollywood
NBC Universal experience TV movie exhibit
Original movie TV costumes on display
movie TV costumes display
Universal Studios Hollywood movie costume prop exhibit
My last visit to the NBC Universal Experience attraction was in January earlier this year and I'm glad to say almost the entire selection of costumes, models, sketches and props had been refreshed with many new and exciting items from the worlds of comedy, science fiction, drama, animation, romance, history and more besides, both from the big and small screen.

One of the things I love the most about the NBC Universal Experience exhibit is the mix of old and new movies and shows, contemporary and classic pieces on display, like this lovely dress designed by Edith Head for Alfred Hitchcock's muse, Tippi Hedren.

Costume worn by Tippi Hedren as Marnie Edgar in Marnie
Tippi Hedren Marnie movie costume
Tippi Hedren Marnie movie dress
 The actress wore this outfit as the titular 'Marnie' opposite Sean Connery in Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 movie about a habitual female thief with serious psychological issues.

Large mandible prop from Jaws
Jaws mandible movie prop
From romantic thrillers to dangers from the deep, and helping to set the scene in 1975's iconic horror movie, Jaws, for Robert Shaw's 'Sam Quint' shark hunter is this large jawbone of a shark prop.

Spirit animal props from Couples Retreat
Couples Retreat spirit animal movie props
Couples Retreat spirit animal film props
Speaking of animals, this trio of wooden spirit animals were used in the 2009 comedy, Couples Retreat.

The wolf carving is used by Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis in the movie as they are pack animals, the donkey guide belongs to Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman as they are both stubborn and the rabbit is for Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman's characters because they overcome obstacles in their way.

Universal Studios Tour 50th anniversary exhibit
Universal Studios Tour 50th anniversary exhibit
E.T. Adventures animatronic 1991 - 2003
Also included within the exhibit at the moment is a special display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Universal's Studio Tour, with a few familiar faces, like this animatronic E.T., along for the ride to showcase some of the iconic rides and attractions from the theme park's storied history.

Costume worn by Ice Cube as James Payton 
and original props from Ride Along
Ice Cube Ride Along movie costume
Ride Along movie props
In addition to mementos from the past, the exhibit also had costumes and props from very latest movies, like the recent Ride Along comedy. In the film, security guard 'Ben Barber' played by Kevin Hart wants to impress his girlfriend's cop brother (Ice Cube) and goes on a ride along with him. Here's Ice Cube's police detective costume (designed by Sekinah Brown), plus Ben's Atlanta police academy acceptance letter and game controller featured in the movie.

This is just a selection of what's on offer at Universal Studios Hollywood from their cinematic and televisual vaults, so be sure to stick around for more discoveries, including:

Original film costumes from the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club
Channing Tatum's Roman centurion costume and shield prop from The Eagle
Robotic Cylons from TV's Battlestar Galactica and Caprica
Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly costume and props from the Back to the Future Trilogy
Simon Pegg's film costume from The World's End
Original props featured in TV's Warehouse 13
An animatronic Triceratops and props from the Jurassic Park movies
Costumes worn in TV's Psych by James Roday and Dulé Hill
Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde movie costumes from Endless Love
Clive Owen's costume and film props from Children of Men
Megan Hilty's dazzling Ivy Lynn dress from NBC's musical TV series Smash
Melissa McCarthy's movie costume from Identity Thief
Denzel Washington's movie costume from American Gangster
Stop-motion animation figures, concept sketches, models and more from The Boxtrolls

Original costumes on display including outfits from the
Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club
Original movie TV costume exhibit
Stay tuned in the days to come for even more photos of these costumes, models and props in more detail for you all to enjoy if you can't make it to the L.A. based theme park in person.

I always think people discount this attraction when they visit, preferring the excitement of the rollercoasters and simulator rides, but when the public does discover this treasure trove of delights it's always interesting to see and hear their reactions when they glimpse something from a favourite film or TV show.

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