Tuesday’s Topic: Fashion Week

Fashion Week has arrived in New York City and in honor of these stylish times MoviefiedNYC wants to celebrate fashion in film! We look back at some of the best fashion trends started by a character’s ball gown, bow tie or ballet flats. Here are our top 5 fashion moments in film:

1. The Great Gatsby (2013)

Director Baz Luhrman is not known for subtlety, the man goes all out with his movies whether it be with props, lighting, actors or indeed wardrobe. Moulin Rouge! was a phenomenal feast of courtesan dresses and pristine tuxedos. Strictly Ballroom was a vision of sequins and glitter and of course The Great Gatsby was held to the same standard. The entire film is a blur of pastel suits, vintage dresses, beautiful silks, pretty headpieces and numerous feather boas. No doubt it has inspired countless designers since it premiered this year.

2. Roman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn is the Queen of simplistic style: ballet flats, black leggings, simple stripes and crisp white shirts. Roman Holiday shows both glamour and simplicity as Audrey begins the film as a princess draped in pearls, lace and ball gowns and then switches to a normal girl in pretty midi-skirts, simple shirts and waist synching belts. Audrey shines as the runaway princess enjoying ice cream and vespa adventures in the sun with the handsome Gregory Peck.

3. Heathers (1998)

Plaid shirts, oversized blazers, shoulder pads and little white socks. Heathers is a lasting tribute to 1980s fashion that every style guru can turn to for inspiration. This cult classic showcases girls in matching skirt suits and boys in black leather grunge and preppy football sweaters. It’s the high school catwalk.

4. Dr. No (1962)

The first ever Bond film made some serious fashion statements. Sean Connery played the dashing 007 with slicked back hair, classic tuxedos and sharp suits. He was the ultimate manly man’s man. However the film was never really about him, at least not when it came to fashion, it was all about the swimsuit. Ursula Andress played the first ever Bond girl as Honey Ryder. Andress made a splash (excuse the pun) in one of the most famous bikinis in the world of film or fashion. She stole the show and the look was even recreated for Halle Berry in Die Another Day. Bravo Ms. Andress.

5. Annie Hall (1977)

Diane Keaton is a fashion lover’s dream in Annie Hall. She is perfectly frumpy, stylishly messy and sweetly masculine. Her oversized ties, long trousers and loose shirts are editorial and cutting edge but really just a present from Grammy Hall. She is covered head to toe, not a patch of skin to be seen bellow chin level and her layers have layers and yet she is undeniably attractive. On anyone else it would be an absolute mess but on Keaton it’s undoubtedly charming and the world of fashion has been celebrating it ever since.

– Sinann Fetherston

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Yesterday News: May 14, 2013

May 12th: Iron Man 3 continued to dominate at the box office, making another bajillion dollars this weekend. The real story, however, is the runner-up – Baz Luhrmann’s sexy The Great Gatsby update starring hot young(ish) things Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, which defied expectations with $51.1 million in its debut frame. You know what this means? Coming spring 2015: Howard’s End starring Justin Beiber and Kim Kardashian. Source: Box Office Mojo

May 11th: The imminent Star Wars VII will be filmed in the UK, according to BBC. Tagline: Keep Calm and Boba Fett on. Source: BBC

May 10th: The trailer for the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, August: Osage County, hit the internet this week. The film, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin centers on a family that converges at home after the death of its patriarch for dysfunction, laughter, tears and lots and lots of Oscars. Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 9th: Director Joe Wright has emerged as a strong contender for the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Wright was thrilled announcing “I was hoping that the Academy Award winning adaptations of Atonement and Anna Karenina would, one day, lead to my big break in porn.” Source: The Hollywood Reporter

May 9th: Old School co-stars Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell will reteam for Daddy’s Home, about a family man (Ferrell) whose life is turned upside down when his wife’s ex-husband (Vaughn) moves in with them. Old School 2 seems like Amour by comparison. Source: Variety

May 9th: In other trailer news, the preview for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock sent the interweb into a tizzy this week. The imminent alien attack can be attributed to extraterrestrials’ assumption that all humans have excellent cheek bones and are ageless. Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 8th: Marvel’s The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has taken to his blog to set straight the rumor that he was making upwards of $100 million for Avengers 2. Although the fact that he wrote the blog entry on a laptop made out of pure gold and lined with an ivory keyboard, isn’t helping his case (In other news: Joss Whedon Rules!). Source: Whedonesque

May 6th: Clueless director Amy Heckerling will join forces with Jada Pinkett-Smith and latino soap star William Levy for the appropriately titled Salsa, about a woman who reaches a turning point in her life through the art of, well, salsa dancing. Will it be a hit? Como si!

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MoviefiedNYC’s Opening in May

The Mayans predicted we would all be gone on 12/12/12. Obviously they got it wrong since we are all still here. But it looks like the end is near or has already arrived with this apocalypse themed summer movie season. It kicks off with Iron Man 3 opening wide on May 3 followed by doom and gloom everywhere, from global dystopias, alien invasions, to bank robbing magicians. Don’t forget to click on the titles to view the trailers. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater. 
– MD

May 3 

Iron Man 3 (in 3D)
With Ben Kinsley as Iron Man’s arch nemesis Mandarin, May can’t arrive soon enough. 

Greetings From Tim Buckley (Limited)
Follow Jeff Buckley as he comes to terms with his father’s legacy and lives in the famous folk musician’s shadow. I think I’ll wait for the Coen Brothers to dive into the ’60’s folk music scene with Inside Llewyn Davis. 

Love is All You Need (Limited)
It’s the lovely Pierce Brosnan but it feels a bit Hallmark-like channel to me. 

May 10 
The Great Gatsby MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
One of my favorite cocktails: Impossible love, highoctane tragedy, pretty people, and things with a dash of Baz Lurhmann! 

Aftershock (Limited)
Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) both produces and stars in this natural disaster horror thriller.

Sightseers (Limited)

Ben Wheatley, Kill List director’s next film is a dark, horror comedy about two young lovers, played by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. The trailer looks dark and fun. 
Stories We Tell (Limited) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell, about her own life and her own mother and father. 

May 15 

Cannes 2013 (until May 26)
“Ever since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level.”

source: Festival de Cannes

May 17 

Star Trek Into Darkness (in IMAX/3D) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
Bring it on, Mr. Abrams! 

Black Rock (Limited)
Two friends attempt to reconnect on a camping trip on a deserted island. Enough said.

Frances Ha (Limited) 

A valentine to New York City, from director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale).

May 24 

Epic (in 3D)
An adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men with the voices of Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell and many more.

Fast & Furious 6
It’s kind of awesome how good this sixth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise looks. 

The Hangover Part III
Can’t we all just join AA?

Before Midnight (Limited)
Before Midnight, the follow-up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) made a smashing debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (Limited)
Alex Gibney’s new documentary, the truth has consequences.

May 31 

After Earth
M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster sci-fi film with Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. I’m excited and scared at the same time.

Now You See Me
One heck of an ensemble cast Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco star as a group of magicians who team up to rob banks during their shows. Also, part of the cast include Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, and Mélanie Laurent.

The East (Limited)
Zal Batmanglij’s The East is his second feature following Sound of My Voice, a corporate eco-terrorist mystery-thriller starring Brit Marling.

The Kings of Summer (Limited)

A Sundance darling.

Shadow Dancer (Limited)

Oscar winning director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) British thriller stars Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson.

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Yesterday’s News: March 18th, 2013

March 17th: Oz the Great and Powerful continued to dominate the box office this weekend raking in another $46 million, while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone underwhelmed with the worst opening of Steve Carrell’s comedy career. The big story, however, was that despite its plot and Halle Berry’s hair both being from the mid-nineties The Call exceeded expectations with a $17 million opening. Source: Box Office Mojo

March 17th: The week in Emma Watson casting: First, Watson officially passed on Disney’s live-action Cinderella and then took to Twitter to (awesomely) clear up rumors that she had been cast in the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Source: Variety and Twitter

March 16: Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic Jobs has been pushed from its upcoming April 19th release date with no new date announced. Open Road, the film’s distributor, wanted more time to market the film, when they realized the film wasn’t a madcap comedy about a stoner misplacing his motherboard. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

March 14: Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to direct the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, the original of which, prepare yourselves for feeling very old, celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year. Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 13: Further proof that geeks now rule the world (and are doing a great job), the Kick Ass 2 red-band trailer has been released (NSFW). Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 12: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler will be re-teaming for the third time to star in a comedy about divorced parents who, after a terrible first date, end up getting stuck on a family vacation with their respective kids. The plot of the film is too sad for a joke. Sorry. Source: Variety

March 12: Groundbreaking ’70s sitcom, Good Times will be adapted into a feature film by mega-producer Scott Rudin. World, brace yourself for the annoying guy at your office trying to make “DYN-O-MITE” happen. Source: Deadline

March 12: It was announced this week that Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival this May. The film adaptation, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, will screen in all its 3D glory, for those who are always complaining that Luhrmann’s films are too subtle. Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 11: Not one, but two competing Lance Armstrong films are in the works chronicling the rise and fall of the disgraced cyclist. Upon hearing the news of the two biopics in direct competition with one another, Armstrong shouted: “Hey no fair! That’s cheating!” Source: Deadline

-Eddie Mouradian

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