Sunday, August 4, 2013

Costume, prop and cinema display round-up from L.A. in June and July 2013...

Even though there are a lot more big blockbusters over the summer months, rather bizarrely there tend to be less costume and prop displays to support them. I guess when the major studios are spending huge amounts on advertising, they forget about the special behind-the-scenes treats they could be giving and special bonds with cinema goers they could be forging (hmmm, I wonder why there have been so many big budget flops this summer, just saying).

Original costumes and props on display 
at the NBC Universal Experience Exhibit
NBC Universal Experience Exhibit Jul 2013
Original NBC Universal TV movie costumes
With less movie exhibits at the likes of the ArcLight cinemas I headed off to Universal Studios Hollywood at the end of July to see if they'd made any changes their NBC Universal Experience attraction, and to my delight they had.

As well as continuing to showcase the restored DeLorean time machine car from the Back to the Future trilogy, the ever-changing exhibit which houses costumes, props, models and concept artwork from the treasure vaults of the small and big screen had such movie memorabilia from Les Miserables, Oblivion, Seabiscuit, Fast & Furious, Mamma Mia, The Flintstones and more besides.

Be sure to check out all the latest fantastic costumes and props on display at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Cinema lobby standee for DreamWorks animated movie Turbo
DreamWorks Turbo cinema standee
Turbo cinema standee
Meanwhile, whilst not strictly a movie prop, I did love this illuminated cinema standee for DreamWorks new computer-animated movie Turbo, about a snail that gains incredible super-fast powers.

The sheer number of animated films, like Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, Disney Planes and Epic mean there are going to be less real-life costumes and props to be displayed at this time of year when the children are not in school.

Original screen-used film props from The Conjuring
film props The Conjuring
The Conjuring film props
From kids movies to something rather more grown-up, and the supernatural horror The Conjuring is the second low-budget movie this year after The Purge to do surprisingly well at the box office, whilst many of the big budget blockbusters have failed miserably this summer, like White House Down, R.I.P.D., Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger.

This possessed doll and creepy props from the movie about a true life case investigated by paranormal specialists 'The Warrens' in the 1970's were discovered on display upstairs at ArcLight Hollywood in July 2013.

If you're a fan of the movie, be sure to take a closer look at these screen-used film props from The Conjuring on display.

Original movie costumes from The Lone Ranger on display
Disney Lone Ranger movie costumes
Back in June the ArcLight Hollywood also had a display for Disney's The Lone Ranger remake. Normally these film costumes would be on display at the El Capitan Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard when the movie was released, but as Monster University was playing at the same time Disney was about to exhibit them in this location for a change.

If you're a fan of the movie, be sure to take a closer look at the costumes worn by Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter in The Lone Ranger.

Speaking of all things Disney, I'm excited to be going to the D23 Expo next friday at the Anaheim Convention Center which will also have some fantastic original Disney costumes, props and memorabilia on display. Take a look at the movie exhibits at D23 Expo in 2011 to see the kinds of things to expect.

White House Down movie costume exhibit
White House Down movie costumes
And finally these costumes worn by Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in White House Down couldn't help this Roland Emmerich action movie this summer.

Part of the problem was that another terrorists invade Washington D.C. movie had already opened earlier this year in the form of Olympus Has Fallen, and let's face it, there's only so many national monuments you can blow up before audiences get bored of it and want something fresh and new.

Hopefully in the weeks and months to come there will be more movie exhibits on display around L.A., so stay tuned as I'll be sure to hunt them down and share them with you all in the future.

Here's to happy hunting in Hollywoodland...

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