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From canvasses to costumes, this girl is on fire
By Myriam Gabriel-Pollock
It’s early September in New York City, and though it’s a balmy 85 degrees outside, in this cozy hotel suite with costume designer Trish Summerville it is nothing but cool. After all, she’s here to accept the award for Costume Designer of the Year at the Style Awards, which kicks off this year’s New York Fashion Week. Summerville is known for her edgy, memorable work on the costumes seen in 2011’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” for which she won a Costume Designers Guild Award for contemporary film. Next we’ll see her eye-popping, fabulous costumes for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which opens November 22.
Summerville’s work on “Dragon Tattoo” led to a successful collaboration with H&M: a 30-item fashion line inspired by Lisbeth Salander’s hacker-chic wardrobe in the film. The leather jacket, ripped shirts, army pants and distressed hoodies were signature pieces in a collection that signified Salander’s tough, intense aesthetic; women obviously loved the wearable, trendiness of the clothes, as the line sold out in record time.
“Hunger Games” fans looking to channel Katniss Everdeen will be thrilled to get their hands on Summerville’s latest collaboration. In a partnership with high-end fashion retailer Net-a-Porter and Lionsgate Studios, a new line called “Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville” will roll out this fall, in time for the release of “Catching Fire,” the second film in the phenomenal “Hunger Games” series. Sixteen ready-to-wear pieces—clothing as well as jewelry and leather goods—inspired by the film will be available exclusively on net-a-porter.com.
We spoke to her about her work and inspiration for “Catching Fire.”
MSN Movies: Were you already a big fan of the "Hunger Games" films or books when you were asked to do the "Catching Fire" costumes?
Trish Summerville: To be totally honest, I didn't really know it, because I had been working a lot. Once I have down time is when my reading begins to happen. And it's in the same way as before I did Dragon ["Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"]; I had just gotten Dragon Tattoo the book to read it. And then that came up. So it was ironic. So for this one too is when I got the call for it, the movie hadn't come out yet. And so I had heard a friend of mine's daughter was talking about Katniss Everdeen, how amazing Katniss Everdeen was. So I started wondering, "Who is this Katniss Everdeen...what are these books?" And then I got the call for this and went to see the film because there wasn't quite a script yet, and then started reading the books.
Your mind must have been firing off: "Okay she can look like this, or like this..." I can only imagine.
It's so much to cover. For any costume designer, this is such a great project because it's expansive as to what you can do. So there was constantly...everything I wanted to fit in, how I'm gonna do all this, what's our color palette for each thing. It's a lot.
Judianna Makovsky did "The Hunger Games," and I think she did a great job. I was wondering between yourself and director Francis Lawrence, how did you guys come up with trying to keep certain things the same as "The Hunger Games," and then also moving towards your own vision of how things should look as well?
We had a meeting about it...and one of the things I thought that we should definitely keep that they all agreed upon was the hunting jacket and her boots. Because that's such an iconic thing for her from the first film. We wanted to travel that over to the second film. And then keeping the looks of Districts 11 and 12, having them have the same kind of essence of what they had in the first film, but then to build on it in the second film because we have other seasons. Before we only saw them in summer, and we mainly saw them at the reaping, where they're in their Sunday best. So we never kind of see that.
They're at the reaping, but this time they know who's being reaped. So they don't all come dressed up, 'cause they're not gonna leave and go to the Capitol. 'Cause it's only gonna be Peeta, Katniss and Haymitch that go. And they don't really care how they're going to the Capitol 'cause they're so anti- the situation now. So we were able to change that and kind of build on what they had from the first film for those two districts.
And then all the other districts you didn't see in the first film. So we got to completely do those anew. As far as Panem and the Capitol, fashion changes in the Capitol each season. So we got to completely do an overhaul on the entire Capitol because they constantly are wearing new, better, improved, "what can we have now." So we had a lot of liberties and we could just change pretty much everything.
I changed all the peacekeepers as well because this time around the uprising is starting and there's a lot of tensions. So they needed to look much more intimidating. They needed to look much more fierce and strong. And as well as President Snow, I changed his look completely because it's that same thing. His authority is being challenged. He has to step it up. He has to look more dignified, more regal, more powerful. So we were able to change all that because of the storyline.
That gives you a big, broad --
Big palette to work with. [Laughter]
I read that when you do a movie, you create inspiration boards. And I think in "Catching Fire" you said you created 40 or 60. And hopefully someday they'll be on display somewhere...
I hope so, too! I have a lot of them at my home. And then we were just trying to think, 'cause at one point we took photos of them because we were gonna ship them. And they were like, "Who has the photos?"
And how do you go about creating them? Do you just have canvasses around and you just start sketching?
It's sketches, it's tears, it's fabric swatches, it's yarns, it's color chips. It's anything you could --
It's a collage.
It's a total collage of everything. At one point when I was starting, when people start coming into your department to work, and you have to do the rundown of what each thing means, some were like, "What does that mean?" Because for me a lot of times it's like my boards can be really random. It's just something that inspires me, that I just wanna just throw up there, whether it's an artist's work, or it's a building, or it's bugs, or it's one piece of fabric, or a piece of metal.
For "Dragon," one day I found a piece of barbed wire on the ground. And I cast a bracelet out of it and made that for Lisbeth Salander. And in this, it was the whole thing with the seashells for the fishing district. I wanted to make sure we incorporated just various kinds of shells that they could have in their clothing.
Fans will be happy that you decided to give Finnick no shirt. [Laughter]
[Laughter] Yeah, he has no shirt. He has no shirt and then a low shirt. [Laughter]
I read that Sam Claflin, when he got cast, was like, "I was out of shape, I was this white British guy, I don't work out. And then I'm getting cast as this God-like gorgeous guy." So he's hoping that between the training and the costumes and some movie magic, he'll look like the Finnick that the fans are expecting. And he looks pretty good.
He does! We had this funny conversation when he first came in 'cause we were talking about different things. 'Cause I was saying, "I try to read the fan sites to see what the fans wanna see, what's really important to them." And he was like, "Oh God." And I was like, "But you don't read them?" And he said, "Well, one girl even said, 'Oh my God, Sam Claflin...if it's him I'll just literally kill myself.'"
That's pretty intense!
I said, "If she feels that strongly about that, there's not much you can change." And then at the second fitting and third fitting when he came in, I was like, "You are Finnick. The fans are gonna embrace you as Finnick. There's no better Finnick than you." He's great and he worked so hard and trained so hard. And he's just easygoing and sweet and lovely and a giant goofball. And he completely transformed himself to be Finnick. And he did an amazing job.
Did any of the other actors have any kind of input? Like, "I want to look like this," or "I think I want this accessory." Or did they kind of just leave it all up to you?
I think also too because it's such an interesting story that you can't base... with period films you have documentation of what that looks like, of what people wore, what body shapes they were, how their hair was. But for this because it's this mysterious time and place, and it's all fantasy in your mind of what it could be, it's the future, but we're not sure when. So I think it's once we started doing fittings with them, they would have maybe a few ideas or concepts. But they were really good about me being like, "Hey, I think you're wearing this because here's why, and this relates to your district because of this."
And they were all really open and really eager to see what my ideas were. Everybody was really great. It was really, really great. The biggest thing I would always kind of ask for them is when we were trying on the Games costumes. Literally, can you do squats across the room and roll around and jump up and down and do jumping jacks, so we can see can you move in this. Because it's the thing that they have the most function in and the most stunts.
Because they're wearing that the whole time in the arena, right? That kind of black and white, gray--it looks really high tech, and really stretchy.
Yeah! [Laughter] Super functional, yeah. I was trying to make it functional physically, comfortable for the actors, making it visually appealing. And then what fits on 24 different body types, 'cause you have 24 different body types. And they're wearing it for such a long period. They're wearing it in the water, out of the water, running up the hill, in the jungle, in the heat, in the cold. And even with the shoes--what could they swim in, what could they run in. So it was really, it was a little bit challenging to kind of encompass all of that.
Was there a character that was a bit more challenging for you to come up with certain costumes for?
I think the thing that was challenging...not being a particular character, but with all the districts...the victors that come forward, the tributes. For the stage interview with Caesar Flickerman, and with the chariot, you have to relate it to what their district does. So some of them are challenging. There's a grain district. There's the lumber district. The power district. So it's like trying to find interesting things that you can do for each one of those that isn't comical, but is a bit tongue in cheek about what their district does, but is still an interesting idea. So that was challenging.
Was there a particular costume you just had so much fun with and really loved?
There's a lot that I love. I really love one of the jackets we made for Jeffrey Wright, who plays Beetee. One of the ones we did for him; we had two different ones. One of the jackets we had just put all kind of gears and electronics. We hand-sewed all these gadgets. It's as if he's working in the factory, he kind of puts things on his clothes, his character. And these are backstories that you don't see. But it makes sense that his glasses, he hooks on with his own wire. And then on his chariot costume, his jacket looks like power surges of different colors. And we have light strips that are sewn onto all of it that actually light up. So those were fun.
And then also for the grain district, Seeder's dress is made out of husk. And then she has a lot of wheat that we hand-sewed onto her dress.
Amazing. We haven't seen these in the trailers yet.
No, and I don't know how...it's sad because there's certain things I don't know how much you will actually see in the film. 'Cause there's a lot of things that you make that you never actually see. So I hope at some point there'll be photographs of it that will circulate. 'Cause her little dress was so cute.
Have you seen the film?
I have. It's not totally complete from what I've seen. But it looks amazing.
Was it just incredible to see your work up there alive, moving?
It is incredible to see your work. But it's also for me the whole overall of it matters so much. Just seeing some of the opening shots are so beautiful. And there's nothing of mine that's in that of this opening. But the shots are so beautiful and so moving, and hearing some of the music that they've laid in--that's amazing and great. The special effects, the visual effects are amazing. So overall I'm so happy for Francis and for everyone who's a part of it. Because it just really is gonna blow people away.
Just the trailers are amazing.
Yeah. The trailer is so good.
It seemed to capture the essence.
And there's a lot of really emotional scenes in it that are really moving that you get a little caught off guard. [Laughter] You're like, "Oh!" You get a bit tripped up.
Are you prepared to sort of be, if not already, a household name? You had the H&M line for "Dragon Tattoo," and now you've got this new line coming up [for "Catching Fire"]. And it's got your name on it: "The Capitol Couture Collection by Trish Summerville!" Are you prepared for this change--to be a bigger thing in the fashion world, while now you're known in the movie world? Now you'll be huge in both.
I hope so. For me, I just stay the course and I take each project as it comes. 'Cause we never know what's out there for us. And we never know what can happen. So I just try and take each project as it comes and really focus and give it my all. Like I was saying, it's like when I get a project I kind of eat, breathe, live, sleep it. I engulf the whole thing. And I kind of do that with each thing that I do.
And I hope that this expands and opens up. 'Cause I wanna do everything. I wanna do a line, I wanna do a jewelry line, I wanna keep doing film. I wanna experiment with everything.
That's what I'm really excited to see. Other than the clothes, I can't wait to see the accessories, the leather stuff.
I think people are gonna really like it. It's interpreted from the film, but it's ready to wear items that you can wear. A part of the reason I didn't do Effie's kind of clothing is because her clothes are so much more over the top. And I think Effie needs to stay that way. She needs to stay couture runway, and a tribute to McQueen in that sense. But the other things that we've done, we've kind of done it and interpreted it so that it's wearable clothing that is functional for your life.
I have to ask you about Katniss' wedding dress. Because we've seen the front, and we see that little bit in the trailer where she spins, 'cause Caesar Flickerman asks her to. And then you see the back of it, you see the shape, you only see the front. And then you see Snow's reaction. How did you and Tex work out how that would look?
It's actually two different dresses 'cause she's in the wedding dress and then she spins into the Mockingjay dress.
The top one burns off, right?
Right. And so I was working with [Jakarta designer] Tex Saverio on the wedding dress, figuring out what fabrications make it light so that it can spin and she can move in it. And then keeping the cage, the metal piece of the cage; it feels like it's flames and fire. And then there's laser cut pieces around the waist that are laser cut to look like feathers. So it's like white fabric that's just cut in the shapes of feathers. And then having the straps kind of work so that you can buy that maybe the other dress is underneath and this one burns away. So yeah, we did a lot of Skype sessions before he came to town.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens November 22.
Acclaimed director discusses how an ordinary day becomes extraordinary in his latest movie
By Patricia Reaney
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director Richard Curtis' latest film "About Time," a time-traveling romantic comedy, began with a conversation between old friends about happiness and what would make a perfect final day.
After writing hit films such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," and directing "Love Actually," the 56-year-old New Zealand-born filmmaker said he was at a time in his life when he realized it would be a normal day with family, friends doing what he usually does.
In "About Time" Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim Lake, a charming, insecure young lawyer trying to find his way in life and love, who can travel back in time and comes to the same conclusion.
"I've tried to really write a film that isn't only just about friends and love but about family and children and about losing members of your family, and about protecting members of your family," Curtis said about the movie that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.
The film reunites actor Billy Nighy, who appeared in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Love Actually," with Curtis. He plays Lake's father, who tells his 21-year-old son that the men in the family can travel through time to revisit and change events in their own lives.
"About Time" is a bit of a departure for Curtis, whose earlier romantic comedies, although witty and tender, were grounded in reality. But the director thought the best way to show how special an ordinary day could be would be to invent someone who could change what happened in his own life.
Naking every day count
In addition to Gleeson, who appeared in "Anna Karenina" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the film also stars Rachel McAdams, of "The Notebook" and "The Time Traveler's Wife," as Mary, Lake's love interest.
Stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan is the family's matriarch, a woman whose style icon is Britain's Queen Elizabeth, and Australian actress Margot Robbie, who stars in the upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street," is his first love.
Curtis said he chose McAdams for the part because he thought she would be the perfect actress to transition in the film from a young woman on a first date to a mother of three.
He envisioned Nighy as the universal father.
"We loved the idea that people would be able to put their own father in the place that Bill was occupying," said Curtis, who lost both his parents in the last five years.
Set in London and the southwest coast of England in Cornwall, "About Time" follows Lake, who was disbelieving at first but finally gets the knack of time travel. He uses his gift to woo and win Mary after a false start, to help family and friends out of professional and personal problems, and to relive precious moments with his father.
But ultimately Lake realizes that he doesn't need time travel to find happiness and make the most of his life.
"If the movie has integrity it is because I actually believe it would be great to try and be happy every single day with very simple ingredients," Curtis said.
"About Time," which is produced by Working Title Films and is distributed by Universal Pictures, is his third turn as a director. It is likely to be his last after he confirmed media reports he has no plans to direct another film.
"I caught up with what I'm thinking about life," he said.
But Curtis will continue writing and is working on "Trash," a film about street kids in Brazil that will be directed by Stephen Daldry.
"I think there will be other journeys," he said.
The critically acclaimed actor returns to the silver screen in 'Dallas Buyer's Club'
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After transitioning from a Hollywood heartthrob to a critically acclaimed actor, then fronting a rock band with worldwide success, Jared Leto takes on one of his biggest challenges yet, playing a transgender HIV patient in his return to film.
"Dallas Buyers Club," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, is based on a real story. Leto, 41, plays Rayon, a HIV-positive transgender woman who helps homophobic drug addict Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) smuggle much needed medication not approved in the United States to other AIDS patients.
Leto, who rose to fame as a complex teenager on 1990s TV series "My So-Called Life" and has had roles in 1999's "Fight Club," 2000's "Requiem for a Dream" and 2002's "Panic Room," recently focused on being the front man of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. Rayon is his first film role in five years.
Leto, spoke to Reuters about why he was drawn back to acting and what he has learned about Hollywood through his film and music.
Reuters: You've established a very successful career in music that seems to be keeping you occupied full time. What drew you back to film after five years away?
Jared Leto: I fell in love. I was seduced by the idea of bringing (Rayon) to life. I saw her as an incredibly gracious, kind, funny, fun, big-hearted dreamer, and I couldn't say no.
How did you interpret the relationship your character develops with Matthew McConaughey's Ron?
They need each other. Ron ultimately needs Rayon because she changes him and I think that Ron provides a certain father figure to Rayon. They both help each other in that fight, that battle to stay alive.
You went through an extreme physical transformation to convey the symptoms of a HIV-positive character. How challenging was that?
It's one of the most challenging roles I've ever taken on, physical and emotional. But when I read this, I thought it was a really steep climb and I wanted to walk down this path.
I started at the beginning as far as research goes, listening, meeting with transgender people, learning about the culture. Then (there were) a series of other challenges, from the voice, the dialect, the register, the body center, the movement, the emotional conditions and circumstances. And then there were the heels, the waxing of the body, the removal of the eyebrows, the losing of 30-40 pounds (13-18 kilos, so there was a lot there, but it was an incredible and fascinating experience.
How challenging was the weight loss?
It's absolutely brutal, as it should be. But the weight loss is really important because it changes the way you walk and talk, the way people treat you and the way you feel about yourself. So it becomes a really essential tool.
Your role as Rayon has not only garnered critical acclaim, it has generated awards buzz. How important is it to you to have awards recognition?
Oh, it's certainly not important to me to have it, because I never, ever get it. I'm never around. If it was important, I'd make films more often but it's absolutely wonderful that it's happening now. It's great, it's incredible to celebrate art and creativity in a film and performance, yes I think it's great. The people that thumb their noses at that, I don't understand the bitterness there.
The funny thing about art and success is that you fail all the time, you just succeed sometimes. You fail much more than you win, there's all kinds of failures all the time, and once in a while something happens and you celebrate that.
How does your music inform your acting?
I wasn't looking to make a film, I hadn't made a film in five or six years, and I hadn't read a script in years. That's a very wild thing to do after you've worked so hard in the business, to walk down a different path. But I think it was a really good thing for me to do. I think it made me a better actor. It gave me more to contribute because of the experiences I had with 30 Seconds to Mars and in turn with my life.
Were you worried you wouldn't be taken seriously when you transitioned from acting to fronting 30 Seconds to Mars?
I always knew that would be a challenge but I also knew that I wasn't going to let that stop me from pursuing my dreams. I think in the end, consistency, commitment, passion and results speak the loudest.
"Dallas Buyers Club" is out in theaters Nov. 1.
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Legendary film maker talks latest project, what he hopes people will get out of his latest project & feminizing the planet
A handful of journalists were lucky enough to be invited to a roundtable with Oliver Stone to discuss his latest endeavor, "The Untold History of the United States" and also the re-release of "JFK" on Blu-ray. The three time Academy Award winner and legendary film maker, who has produced, directed and/or written hits such as "Platoon", "Born on the Fourth of July," "Wall Street" and "JFK", took time from his busy schedule to talk about a range of topics from his films, American credibility, female leaders and even Edward Snowden. We definitely left the room thinking about the world differently than when we came in.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment debut "The Untold History of the United States" Blu-ray 4-disc set on October 15th. The release includes the 10 part mini-series along with 2 new chapters that never aired on Showtime as well as a new documentary "A Conversation with History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone." It took Stone five years to narrate, direct and co-write documentary which we found interesting, reflective and hopeful.
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"JFK 50th Commemorative Ultimate Collection's Edition" on Blu-Ray will be available November 12th to commemorate fifty years since President John F. Kennedy's assassination. It will include a new documentary as well as Chapter 6 from "The Untold History of the United States."
I'm from Vietnam and learned a lot about the history of Vietnam from your movies. That was the first time I was really exposed to it, so thank you for making such great movies. My history teacher showed us "JFK" when I was in high school. Do you see a trend of schools re-teaching history (according) to how you see things?
Oliver Stone: I wouldn't go so far as to say you saw the history of Vietnam in my films. You saw the atmosphere of three stories that I did. My own, to some degree, Ron Kovic's and Le Ly Hayslip's but they're not histories.
I would suggest Chapter 7 of "Untold History (of the United States)" to get a sense of Vietnam, historically and that's not complete, it's just part of the story. That was a devastating, devastating step back for the United States. It was what I would call a reversal of fortune. There was no end to that war. It was a huge mistake, as Martin Luther King pointed out very early.
Lyndon Johnson was committed to American credibility. It always comes back to American credibility. We're hearing that today with the Obama Administration and we always hear it in the newspapers. It's a false argument. When you go into it, I think it's the basis of so many mistakes, tragic mistakes. Your question is about what exactly?
I saw "JFK" when I was in high school in my Social Studies class. Is there a trend that…
By the way, on "JFK," please look at our Chapter 6 because it's "To the Brink." It shows you more context for that period and I think it's the supplement to the movie. We're not talking about the movie, but the movie and Chapter 6 breathe side by side. In our revival of the movie, in some theatres, two-hundred-and-something theatres, in November- the Blu-Ray DVD release, you'll see the enclosed Chapter 6, which I think is great. Warner Brothers has both films, so it's a beautiful marriage.
I don't think there's a new trend. I think some teachers will take the film and put it in their classroom and show it. High school teachers- it would be great. Eleventh grade- perfect. It'll be thick stuff, but it'd be to teach them an alternative on the atomic bomb, on Vietnam. Although Vietnam does get criticized in history books but the atomic bomb doesn't get much of a major review. The whole thing has to be (re-written).
This is political now. You're getting politics, you see? The books are controlled by the school boards. The school boards always have the conservative hard-liners. In Texas they've got the worst, as you know. I don't think they are teaching evolution quite honestly yet, are they?
You've got a whole problem, a political problem about education in this country. The best thing is to make stuff independently and have teachers bring it in the classroom and show it. They can't take the text and put it in the classroom without permission, I believe, but you can show a film.
You get things on Showtime and this DVD release, you hope that it gets around and gets talked about. This is evergreen, in a sense that it doesn't (get dated). Warner Brothers will hopefully be selling this for the next 10, 15, 20 years.
In the closing of "Untold", you talk about a woman that you met in the 1970's, and her telling you to feminize the planet, and you closed it with love. How did that come about?
I don't want to trivialize it but yes. I know a young woman now, who's worked on Move On. She's not this woman but her new documentary is about testosterone. She says that it's testosterone that's ruining this planet.
I'm curious to see it, but there is an argument to be made that testosterone has to be modulated. When men get this and women too- I include Hilary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Golda Meir. (Indira) Gandhi in India- the woman leader. They've been very, very hawkish.
Let's not separate that, but the concept of going head-to-head and fighting something out, has got to be re-examined. It doesn't work through time.
Negotiation, peacekeeping is the highest value of all. Those heroes like Henry Wallace and Martin King, John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt- those are the peacekeepers. We need them. Carter tried. Clinton briefly tried. Obama I think tried but I think we need these people in our system. Our system defeats them, time and time again because money is made by creating conflict and strife.
Do you feel that you have more power because you're a filmmaker, versus someone like Snowden, who…?
No. Snowden has changed the world. He'll be in the history books.
But the U.S. came after him and he's no longer…
Yeah. Look at the U.S. power in the world. Isn't it amazing that he can't get asylum, except in three or four Latin countries? Europe, in the olden days, would have given him some asylum. France might have. Switzerland should have.
Look how scared they are of the U.S. Yet at the same time, he told them- we're spying on every one of them. It's sad. It's ironic that in 1945, you'd be coming from Russia to the U.S. In 2013, he's fleeing from the U.S. to Russia.
If somebody reads your book, sees your series, feels that things have to change, they want and desire to change things, what do you think they should do with that energy? What do you hope people do with what you teach them?
Learn. Educate. Participate. Join groups, protests. Write your Congressman. Do everything you can, within the limits of your energies. You should write about it. You can be an enlightened critic.