Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wonderful film costumes, props and Q&As in L.A...

At times it's easy to forget I live in Hollywood and that seeing screen-used movie costumes and props is a regular occurrence, or even taking for granted seeing an actor or someone involved in the film-making process at a cinema screening. Then a friend who doesn't live here, or blog visitor will comment, and it reminds me of fortunate I am to see these things and people up close.

Wonder Woman costume worn by Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie costume
At the moment ArcLight Hollywood cinema has a fantastic display of the spectacular costumes and props from the new Wonder Woman movie.

Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
I've loved the DC Comics icon ever since the 70s TV show, have even dressed like her for fun runs and Halloween, and have seen the movie twice already.

If you're a fan you may also want to check out Lynda Carter's Woman Wonder TV costume that I spied at Warner Bros. Studios backlot last summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
movie costumes on display at ArcLight Pasadena cinema
Pirates Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales costumes
Meanwhile at the end of May, fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies could also glimpse costumes from the new Dead Men Tell No Tales movie at ArcLight Pasadena (and more at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood if you were so inclined).

Film props from The Book of Henry
on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Book of Henry movie prop exhibit
And also currently on display at the Hollywood location are these screen-used film props from The Book of Henry summer flick.

Salma Hayek and director Miguel Arteta Q&A
at ArcLight Hollywood for Beatriz at Dinner
Salma Hayek Miguel Arteta Beatriz at Dinner Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
Last night I also enjoyed a special Q&A after watching the new film Beatriz at Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek as an immigrant health therapist who is invited to a wealthy client's dinner party, directed by Miguel Arteta.
Salma Hayek Beatriz at Dinner director Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
It's always great to hear why actors and filmmakers chose the projects they do and what it means to them (especially how the director felt Donald Trump cast a dark shadow during the filming and beyond), and Salma Hayek was certainly looking far more glamorous in person than her character from the movie.

Like I said, it's easy to take all this for granted (a bit like all the theatres in London's West End or New York's Broadway scene if you live there), and that's why you have to enjoy these opportunities when they come along.

But enough about Hollywoodland, tomorrow we march for democracy...

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