Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A POSTHUMOUS OSCAR FOR EIKO ISHIOKA'S COSTUME DESIGN IN "MIRROR MIRROR"? TONI COLLETTE'S NEW SHOW "HOSTAGES"! NEW "HELIX" SF SHOW! JESSICA DE GOUW JOINS JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS IN "DRACULA" SHOW

 It's been a very dry week in the movie news business, people, so I have to entertain you today with some TV news! First, NBC's upcoming epic
 show DRACULA which I announced earlier last year with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role, has also cast ARROW's Jessica De Gouw who will play Dracula's love interest Mina! The show will be set in the 1890s London, where Dracula acts as an American businessman whose true aim is to seek revenge on those who ruined his life. However, his plans are thwarted when he falls in love with Mina, who resembles his deceased wife. Mina, who is described as forward-thinking, clever and independent, is the only female studying medicine at London's University College. The show is being planned for this Autumn and will have up to ten episodes.

HOLLYWOOD SPY TV NEWS
In other television updates today,  one of the best living actresses, amazing Toni Collette, who recently stunned us with her diverse portrayal of multiple characters in THE UNITED STATES OF TARA show, will come back to TV as the lead star of Jerry Bruckheimer's new drama
HOSTAGES. The CBS show will see Collette as a successful surgeon who is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, and her character is chosen to operate on the President of the United States. Meanwhile, "Deadline" reports that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Ron Moore is preparing a new sf show HELIX.  The thirteen episode show will air on SyFy and will tell the story of a team of scientists who must save the human race from annihilation following a disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility. Moore is busy these days, since he is also working on epic show OUTLANDER based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling saga for Starz, and a television version of A KNIGHT'S TALE for ABC!

POSTHUMOUS OSCAR FOR EIKO ISHIOKA?
Now, as you might have noticed your HOLLYWOOD SPY didn't cover 2013 Academy Awards Nominations, since Oscars are usually going to the wrong hands if you ask me, but one thing this year truly did make me rejoice - the nomination of wonderful costume designer Eiko Ishioka for the costumes she made for Tarsem's delightful blockbuster MIRROR MIRROR which scored success last spring
 around the world bringing much needed warmth of fairy tales and imagination to cinemas. Sadly, if Eiko wins the Oscar next month it will be a posthumous one since the legendary costume designer died last year from cancer. So what do you think? Will the iconic designer, who last time won an Oscar back in 1992 for her outstanding work in BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, be honoured at the Oscars this year for the stunning work she did in MIRROR MIRROR?
If you watched the film you remember the mindblowingly colourful, superbly vivid, charmingly picturesque and utterly enchanting gowns and costumes that the cast wore in the fantasy tale. Her nomination has been celebrated over in her Japan. Stunning costumes she designed for 
MIRROR MIRROR included a number of richly embroidered golden gowns for Julia Robert's character of Evil Queen, and also her legendary white wedding gown covered with thousands of silk leaves which was 20kg heavy and also with about 100,000 Swarowski crystals which went into her costumes. There were also adorable headpieces and
dresses for Lily Collins and her Snowhite, including the famous floral gown and the sensational light blue gown with a golden bow that she wore at her wedding with the prince. And let us not forget all the stunning costumes wore by the dwarfs, the royal soldiers and the guests at the palace, all done with intricate filigree details.
As you remember from my coverage of Eiko's death, she is also known for her masterful and otherworldly imaginative costumes from other three Tarsem's films THE CELL, IMMORTALS and THE FALL, for her costumes made for many music videos and also for the costumes made for Beijing Olympics! Let us all pray that Eiko gets a posthumous Oscar for her final masterwork! She was undergoing chemotherapy
while working on more than 400 costumes for MIRROR MIRROR but didn't live to see its premiere in March last year, since she died in January. Below you can check out the lovely song from the film - I BELIEVE IN LOVE from Lily Collins and the video shows some of the marvellous costumes seen at the wedding!

38 comments:

  1. I didn't like the movie (too silly), but these are nice costumes indeed, he deserved the reward.

    As for Dracula, it doesn't seem to change a lot from Coppola's movie, but I might take a look at the pilot, just to see if it is worth it.

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    1. I think the movie was amazing and delightful and a pure bliss of beauty and joy in today's world in which kids and youngsters are served horridly dark and irresponsibly morbid movies in cinemas. The only weak spot was Julia Roberts whose wooden and stiff acting has no traces of humour nor charm which the role and the film required.

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    2. Funny you say that, because many people I know who went to see it before I do told me she was the only good thing in the production X) But I truly believe that it could have been way better, still innocent and dreamy, but withouth the silliness I told you about. I was really disappointed, since I was looking forward to seeing this promising and very colourful movie very much :/

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    3. than those people don't know what they're saying, because everything and everybody else in the movie was outstanding, from the sets and costumes to the photography and direction, to the utterly charming and delightful performances from divine Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and all of the dwarfs.

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  2. Those are amazing costumes. I think he deserves the award.

    Nutschell
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    1. yes they are, but Eiko was a lady, a very delightful one.

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  3. Mirror mirror I saw this very pleasant movie watch .
    Greetings

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    1. glad you liked it, Vincent, it was a lovely movie.

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  4. I'm looking forward to the DRACULA mini-series :)

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    1. Those costumes are amazing - now I need to see the movie.

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    2. I'm also looking forward to DRACULA series and to rival project VLAD DRACULA which you have in FEATURED SHOWS section in my sidebar.
      And you should so watch MIRROR MIRROR

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  5. No expert, but those are nice dresses. It would be a nice tribute to get the award.

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    1. She just has to win if there's any justice

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  6. You know I don't usually like vampire stuff, but I am truly intrigued by this Dracula project. Probably because it's based in Victorian London. And it's JRM. :))

    Have no idea what motivates the Academy Awards people. Sometimes they come up with some shockers for nominees and winners.

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    1. I'm waiting to see what will be the visual aspect of the show. Should be good, although I'm not thrilled with the choice of the female lead currently.

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  7. I shall have to try to get a hold of that movie, if for nothing else than the costumes. That wedding dress is amazing!

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    1. you will be thrilled and amazed :)

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  8. Those Mirror Mirror costumes truly are spectacular!

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  9. mirror mirror did have brilliant costumes

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  10. I can always take a little more sci-fi hokum!

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  11. They're really trying hard to milk the "Vampire franchise" cow as hard as they can eh?

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    1. yep, but this one won't be a teen project.

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  12. Hi Dezzy - Loved the costumes in Mirror Mirror. Extraordinary!!!

    And Toni Collette. She keeps getting better and better. =)

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    1. Toni is in top three best living actresses with Blanchett and Winslet

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  13. Terrific costumes, I'm glad that she was nominated for a final time. And you're right, the Oscars usually do end up i the wrong hands. I certainly hope that won't be the case this year as I hope Bradley Cooper gets left in the dust.

    Can't wait for Dracula.

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    1. I really hope she wins, the fact that she is even nominated gives me some hope at least....
      LOL I'm almost sure Bradleylicious won't get the golden boy since it will go to Day Lewis... whom I don't really get, but who asked for my opinion :)

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  14. Cute kid in the first photo. And those costumes look at least, like they took awhile to put together. Nice to see that.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. 400 costumes. I'm guessing it took a lot of work and time.. and she was under cancer treatment all the time...

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    2. We have that a lot when we're doing what we love!

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