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‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Costumes Make 2018 Cdg Awards Cut

The nominations for the 20th Costume Designer Guild Awards were revealed today and thanks to three thematic categories for both Movies and TV there were few omissions to complain about. Expected Oscar nominees “Phantom Thread,” “The Shape of Water” and “The Greatest Showman” all made the cut in the very competitive Period Film field with Jacqueline Durran‘s work in “Darkest Hour” and Ann Roth‘s costumes for “The Post” being the only true snubs (although Durran did earn a Sci-Fi/Fantasy nod for “Beauty and the Beast”).

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Steven Spielberg on How Longtime Collaborators Helped Push ‘The Post’ on the Fast Track

Steven Spielberg on How Longtime Collaborators Helped Push ‘The Post’ on the Fast Track
Fox’s “The Post,” about The Washington Post’s 1971 decision to publish the Pentagon Papers — and the political and business consequences of that choice — was produced on a fast track. Filming began on May 30; the final sound mix took place on Nov. 13. Director Steven Spielberg spoke to Variety about how many of his longtime collaborators made that happen.

Production designer Rick Carter

“We shot in White Plains, New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn and some in D.C. The newsroom was in an abandoned building in White Plains, with real windows looking out over real scenery. Rick added new walls and a ceiling. With his entire department Rick was going for authenticity. Even if the camera wouldn’t catch details like the desktops, the actors and extras sitting at those desks would see newspapers of that exact date, so every actor would feel part of the experience. If every detail was authentic, even though
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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance

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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance
There’s topical, there’s timely, and then there’s “The Post,” which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017. While Steven Spielberg’s latest film rivetingly dramatizes the publication of the Pentagon Papers (and eloquently unpacks the consequences of their dissemination), “The Post” wears the Nixon era like a flimsy disguise that it wants you to see right through.

That’s not to take away from Ann Roth’s ratty and exquisite period costume design, or to detract from how immaculately set decorator Rena DeAngelo recreated the smokey thrum of the old Washington Post newsroom. It’s certainly not to diminish Meryl Streep’s fraught and powerfully grounded portrayal of the late publishing scion Katharine Graham — she hasn’t been this good since “Adaptation,” or maybe even “Death Becomes Her,” if ever.

On the contrary, it’s just to
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The Post Trailer Debuts: Ann Roth sets the Tone

Costume designer Ann Roth, arguably one of the greatest of her craft still working in Hollywood, has costumed director Steven Spielberg’s latest The Post, and by the looks of this first trailer we are in for a muted treat:

What we have are gentlemen sporting classic collar points with moderate spread, sometimes short sleeve (always with a chest pocket – a very American touch) and medium breadth neckties. The occasional kipper, but this 1971 is a very different world than, say, The Deuce (costume designer Anna Terrazas).

Most of the male cast are are old school in their style of dress. The 1960s is far from leaving their wardrobes.

As Kay Graham, Meryl Streep gives perhaps the broadest hints as to the film’s era. She is an a position of wealth and power, which would have afforded her the latest fashions – as comparatively conservative as they seem here.

The seventies
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Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet

Melissa Leo Remembers Her Greatest Fashion Hits on the Red Carpet
Two-time Oscar nominee and supporting actress winner Melissa Leo is still getting used to the limelight. “It’s a struggle that I frankly have had, of not having grown up as an actress walking red carpets and being seen in places, except my work,” she says. “And now, at fiftysomething years old, this old actor finds she’s got to find a graceful way to walk in that world.” She credits costume designer greats including Ann Roth and Marlene Stewart for teaching her how to dress for her body. She often considers her character in her fashion choices. “I don’t think, should I get invited to wonderful places this year with ‘Novitiate,’ that I will show up in a habit,” jokes Leo, who’d always longed to play a nun. “But I think a ladylike gracefulness would go along with the Reverend Mother; dark colors would suit her. It’s a respect that I pay to
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'The Post,' 'Shape of Water,' 'Mudbound' Producers Talk Keeping Actors Happy on Set

'The Post,' 'Shape of Water,' 'Mudbound' Producers Talk Keeping Actors Happy on Set
During the second producers masterclass panel at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By Conference NY, the producers and crewmembers from Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, Steven Spielberg's The Post, Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water and Dee Rees' Mudbound reflected on the importance of keeping talent happy on set.

The Post costume designer Ann Roth said perceives her job as a way to read the mind of the director and translate it into a way that can make the cast happy.

“The director basically asks the producer for the designer and the designer’s job is to make the director’s life...
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The Only Living Boy In New York Trailer Stars Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon And Jeff Bridges

Coming to theaters August 11 is The Only Living Boy In New York, starring Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner and Jeff Bridges.

Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress.

Check out the brand new trailer now from Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.

Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey.

Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman
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Variety’s Mentor of the Year, Bradley Battersby, Takes Experimental Approach to Teaching Film

When Bradley Battersby was hired to head the undergraduate film department at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2009, the program was so small fellow professors on campus didn’t even know that it existed.

“We were pretty nimble, we had a new curriculum and it was a little bland,” says Battersby, who is being honored by Variety as Mentor of the Year, of those nascent days at the Sarasota school. “We had just gone through accreditation, and we had to change everything. I had to get the word out about it, the college didn’t even know we had a film program. They had tried before to get momentum, they had gone through two other department heads, but it was tough.

“Ringling was out in front in terms of making art with computers — in particular, its animation program grew up literally alongside Pixar — so they had tasted success and
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In a fix, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi and Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer

Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.

Joseph Cedar on the costumes: "Michelle Matland is the person I should be crediting. We did these wardrobe trials at Ann Roth's studio." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian
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In a fix, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Brooklyn Diner - Norman's (Richard Gere) tip to Jo Wilf (Harris Yulin): "That meeting happens here." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi give Oscar caliber performances in Joseph Cedar's Sony Pictures Classics and Tadmor Entertainment's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, with a very strong supporting cast that includes Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé.

Joseph Cedar: "Luxury in general, at least from my point of view, has to come with a certain kind of wink." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On Sunday morning, the director of the Oscar-nominated Footnote (Hearat Shulayim) met with me at the Brooklyn Diner, one of the locations used in his latest film. We discussed his production designers Kalina Ivanov and Arad Sawat, costume designers Ann Roth and Michelle Matland, Harvey Weinstein and Otto Preminger's Exodus,
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The Star Wattage of Mildred Pierce (1945)

The 1945 cinematic adaptation of Mildred Pierce, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring, of course, Joan Crawford, is a very different beast to the 2011 HBO mini-series starring Kate Winslet. In all honestly it is not as good, but more significantly it is very different in terms of costume. Interestingly enough the mini-series, which is evidently a period piece, is closer in terms of historical accuracy than the near contemporary set Crawford version. This is not the be all and end all, because while Winslet’s Pierce may feel more real in terms of costume and setting, Crawford’s is arguably more fun. If for no other reason than to exemplify how the importance of star wattage took over everything back then regardless of what was contained in the script. Make no mistake, the story may be centred on Mildred Pierce but the movie is one hundred percent centred on Joan Crawford.
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James Corden Jokes About the First Time He Met 'Complete B***h' Meryl Streep: 'She Is the Worst'

James Corden Jokes About the First Time He Met 'Complete B***h' Meryl Streep: 'She Is the Worst'
James Corden is revealing his deep, dark feelings about his dear friend, Meryl Streep!

The 38-year-old comedian took the stage at the 19th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, introducing the Florence Foster Jenkins star as the recipient of the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Naturally, his speech was full of jokes and harsh digs.

Watch: Mandy Moore Channels Kate Middleton in Sheer Red Dress, Jokes She Takes Credit for Choreographing 'La La Land'

"I'm here tonight to present an award to Meryl Streep," Corden said. "I remember the first time I met Meryl, we were in London, and Meryl was having a bite to eat with Christine Baranski and I walked over to the table and I said, 'Hello, I'm James,' and she looked me right in the eye -- and I'll never ever forget it -- she said to me, 'I'd like the
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Overrated Actress Meryl Streep Gets Another Award, Continues to Prove the President Is a Joke

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Overrated Actress Meryl Streep Gets Another Award, Continues to Prove the President Is a Joke
After Meryl Streep destroyed Donald Trump during her amazing acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards in January, the actress continues to shut him up without saying a single word. Meryl, who didn't mention Trump by name when she spoke about respect and diversity while accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award, was met with a toddler-like tantrum from the president over her honest words. He took to Twitter soon after the show to call her "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood." The only problem? He's wrong and should sit the hell down. The Hollywood icon won yet another well-deserved award on Tuesday when she took home the distinguished collaborator award from costume designer Ann Roth at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in La. Meryl, who brought daughter Mamie as her date, was recognized for her "unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers." Fellow star
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Meryl Streep, Jeffrey Kurland to Be Honored by Costume Designers Guild

Meryl Streep, Jeffrey Kurland to Be Honored by Costume Designers Guild
The Costume Designers Guild has selected Jeffrey Kurland for its career achievement award and Meryl Streep for its distinguished collaborator award.

The honors will be presented at the 19th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Salvador Perez, president of the guild said, “Jeffrey Kurland and Meryl Streep’s contributions to our industry are immense. As leaders of their respective crafts, their work has influenced and entertained us for decades and continues to do so. We are thrilled to be honoring them both this year.”

Previous recipients of the career achievement award include Ellen Mirojnick, Julie Weiss, April Ferry, Eduardo Castro, Judianna Makovsky, Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell and Ann Roth. Past recipients of the collaborator honor include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Helen Mirren, Judd Apatow, Clint Eastwood, Rob Marshall, Jim Burrows and Lorne Michaels.

Kurland has been the costume designer on 15 of Woody Allen’s films.
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Hamptons International Film Festival Earns Rep as ‘Telluride East’

Hamptons International Film Festival Earns Rep as ‘Telluride East’
In a world of constant comparing there is a never-ending drumbeat of “this is that” and “that is this.” Based on its impressive awards-season history, excuse us for crowning the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival with the title “Telluride East.” The regional event has become a bellwether of Oscar winners and nominees with its past six Audience Award winners earning best picture nods. According to artistic director David Nugent, films that screened at the Hamptons over the same period have earned an impressive total of 144 nominations.

But providing an early look at prestige players wasn’t necessarily part of the festival’s mission when it began back in 1993.

“There was a movement early on for the festival to really try and focus on American independents but I think that’s a particularly hard bracket to play especially when you’re two and half months before Sundance,” Nugent says. “When I came
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Film Festival Roundup: Woodstock Reveals Slate, Mill Valley Unveils Lineup, Hamptons Picks Opening And Closing Night Offerings

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Film Festival Roundup: Woodstock Reveals Slate, Mill Valley Unveils Lineup, Hamptons Picks Opening And Closing Night Offerings
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The fiercely independent 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival presents an outstanding lineup of films to be shown in Woodstock, New York, as well as Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. The festival runs October 13 – 16.

The festival opens on October 13 with the World Premiere of “Blind,” a romantic narrative feature written by Michael Mailer (son of famed American author Norman Mailer) and starring Alec Baldwin (who will attend the screening with Mailer) and Demi Moore. You can find out more about the slate right here.

– The Mill Valley Film Festival, presented by the California Film Institute, has announced the complete lineup for the 39th edition of the Festival, taking place October 6 – 16. The 11-day event will screen films across Marin County and will feature premieres, panel discussions,
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Doc Corner: 'Women He's Undressed' Reveals Hollywood Couture

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand.

Gillian Armstrong is nearly as prolific as a documentarian as she is a dramatic filmmaker. While the likes of her “Seven Years On” series (an Australian 7 Up), her Bob Dylan concert doc Hard to Handle, or the true crime murder mystery of an interior design queen in Unfolding Florence aren’t as well-known as her collaborations with Judy Davis, Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, and Winona Ryder, they are eclectic and passionate works nonetheless. As she said in her interview with Jose last year at Toronto, “there’s a different art to making documentaries” and unlike many other directors who split their time between mediums, her documentaries do feel distinctly unique from her other work and yet equally essential.

Her latest non-fiction work is Women He’s Undressed, a peek behind the velvet curtain at Orry-Kelly,
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Doc NYC 2015: Early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Clockwise from top left: Hitchcock/Truffaut, Women He's Undressed, Best Of Enemies, Where To Invade Next Photo: Courtesy Doc NYC Doc NYC is the place to see on the big screen costume designers Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood, Catherine Martin, Michael Wilkinson and Kym Barrett speak about Orry-Kelly - Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader discuss Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut - Michael Moore conquering Europe and Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. trying to conquer each other.

Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed, Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best of Enemies, Hitchcock/Truffaut directed by Kent Jones and Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next, are four of this year's early bird highlights.

Women He's Undressed

Ann Roth in Gillian Armstrong's documentary about the great, triple Best Costume Design Oscar winner, Orry-Kelly,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Women He’s Undressed’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Women He’s Undressed’
Nothing against production designer Ross Wallace, but if a documentary film needs a production designer at all, it’s a sure sign something’s afoot. Such is the case with “Women He’s Undressed,” the first film in five years from Gillian Armstrong, whose 1979 feature debut, “My Brilliant Career” was a defining moment in the Australian New Wave. An illuminating and involving portrait of the prolific, Down Under-born and Oscar-winning costume designer Orry-Kelly, whose crowning achievement was that gravity-defying gown Marilyn Monroe fills out admirably in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like it Hot,” the film overstays its welcome by punctuating his story with ill-advised dramatic fantasy sequences that are meant to illustrate the anguish of a gay man in mid-century America, but come across as heavy-handed and mean-spirited. Armchair Hollywood historians and fans of the artist’s films will be drawn to the subject, but in the end it feels
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Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening to Star in Adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ (Exclusive)

Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening are set to star in a movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” which has been added to the Cannes sales slate of Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl.

The film will be directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony in 2007 for “Spring Awakening” and was nominated for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” last year. It has been adapted by playwright Stephen Karam, who wrote Pulitzer Prize finalist “Sons of the Prophet.” The producers are Leslie Urdang (“Rabbit Hole”), actor-producer Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”) and Bob Salerno (“21 Grams,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

Bening, who has been nominated for four Oscars, most recently appeared alongside Al Pacino in “Danny Collins.” Ronan’s latest credits include “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Sundance player “Brooklyn,” which Fox Searchlight picked up for the U.S.

Also in “The Seagull” are Corey Stoll, who was
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