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'Dragon Tattoo,' 'W.E.' and 'Harry Potter' win Costume Designer Guild Awards

February 22, 2012 |  9:52 am

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Trish Summerville won the Costume Designers Guild Award on Tuesday evening for excellence in contemporary film for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," while Arianne Phillips won in the period film category for "W.E.," and Jany Temime earned the award for fantasy film for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

The 14th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards were given out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom with Jane Lynch serving as host.

Awards were also handed out in TV and commercial categories.

Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve won for outstanding contemporary TV series for "Glee," while John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani earned their awards in the period/fantasy TV series category for "Boardwalk Empire." Susannah Buxton took home the award for made-for-television movie or miniseries for "Downton Abbey," and Roseanne Fiedler won for excellence in commercial costume design for "Swiffer-Country Dirt Cowgirl."

Four honorary awards were also presented Tuesday evening -- Kate Beckinsale won the Lacoste Spotlight Award and costume designer Marlene Stewart received the Disaronno Career Achievement in Film Award. Eyrich, who won for "Glee," also earned the Career Achievement in Television Award.

And the Distinguished Collaborator Award went to costume designer Deborah Hopper and Clint Eastwood, who have collaborated on more than 22 films in the last two decades.

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Photo: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won an award for excellence in contemporary film. Credit: Baldur Bragason / EPA


People's Choice Awards: 'Harry Potter' finale a fan favorite

January 12, 2012 | 12:35 am

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
With no competition from a "Twilight" film at this year's People's Choice Awards, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" was free to clean up. The final installment of the wizarding franchise won awards — all of which are chosen by the general public through online voting — for favorite movie, favorite action movie, favorite ensemble movie cast and favorite book adaptation.

The "Potter" magic wasn't quite strong enough to win Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint or Tom Felton the award for favorite movie star under 25, which went to Chloe Moretz (of "Hugo"); perhaps the "Deathly Hallows" stars split the vote against one another. Radcliffe also lost out in the category of favorite movie actor, which saw perennial winner Johnny Depp crowned once again. Depp added a win for favorite animated movie voice for his title character in "Rango."

Emma Stone, who starred in "The Help" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love," took home two awards: favorite movie actress and favorite comedic movie actress. And it seems Twi-hards had a bit of say after all, as the Robert Pattinson-starring "Water for Elephants" won favorite drama movie, despite receiving mixed reviews and failing to set the box office on fire.

Following is a list of all the movie nominees and winners:

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Six points worth noting about 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' box office

July 18, 2011 |  8:09 am

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"Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" broke the opening-weekend box-office record with nearly $169 million. But where will it end up on the all-time totals chart?  How does it stack it up with non 3-D openings?  And what movies have the best chance to beat it? A wizardly -- and occasionally stat-minded -- edition of our Monday-morning-quarterback post.

Next stop Nolanville? The movie that "Deathly Hallows" beat for the opening-weekend record was "The Dark Knight." So it shouldn't have much trouble topping the comic-book movie's total on the all-time domestic chart ($533 million, the third-highest ever, and best ever for a film not directed by James Cameron). But as it turns out, that could be a tall order. "The Dark Knight" played solidly throughout the summer, as people not previously inclined to see a superhero movie began hearing the buzz. "Deathly Hallows" won't easily replicate that feat -- it might get repeat viewings from the J.K. Rowling faithful, but at this advanced stage of its story development, it probably won't attract a lot of new fans.

Splitting the atom. It seems like ancient history now, but there was originally carping about Warner Bros.' decision to make two movies out of Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," with skeptics seeing it as a money-grabbing move and wondering if the source material could sustain two films. In retrospect, of course, it proved a financially and creatively satisfying decision -- which may provide encouragement to those worried about Summit's "Breaking Dawn" mitosis.

The 3-D effect. Amid all the hype about the weekend record, it's worth remembering that "Deathly Hallows" did have the benefit of 3-D ticket prices. Adjust for that advantage and it's still a robust performer, but not anywhere near a record breaker. (Instead it's on par with "Star Wars Episode III" -- or, for that matter, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which tallied just north of $100 million selling 2-D tickets.) What "Deathly Hallows" has done, though, is set a new high-water mark for 3-D releases. That $53 million for "Green Lantern" looks even more paltry by comparison.

Holding history. How long will it hold the weekend record? There's no movie this summer that will come close. (Sorry, "Conan the Barbarian") But several will vie for the crown in the not-too-distant future. Next summer brings "The Dark Knight Rises," which has as an excellent shot of opening to even bigger numbers. And not long after that come two "Hobbit" movies as well as the final two "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" films.

Inflationary tendencies. If you're comparing "Deathly Hallows" with recent openings, inflation doesn't matter much. But some of the older films would give it a serious run if they came out today. Although the Daniel Radcliffe-Emma Watson blockbuster already is off on a breakneck pace that could see it reach a half-billion dollars domestically, that pales in contrast to the all-time inflation-adjusted record holder, "Gone with the Wind." Scarlett and Rhett raked in what would be about $1.6 billion dollars in 2011.

World domination. The $168 million for "Hallows" in the U.S. is impressive  But even more persuasive is how the boy wizard got the entire globe to move in lockstep. Overseas, the film tallied more than $300 million, giving it a great chance to be the worldwide top-grossing non-Cameron movie of all time. The number to beat? The $1.12 billion of "The Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King." The new Potter is already almost halfway there.

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Photo: Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." Credit: Warner Bros.


Harry Potter fandom, as introspective and quiet as it is public and raucous

July 15, 2011 | 11:04 am

Photo: Sarah Coluccio before a "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" screening. Credit: Steven Zeitchik People do crazy things for love, and crazier things for Harry Potter. Like Sarah Coluccio, a 23-year-old from Queens, N.Y., who, if a nationwide superfan contest was held, would stand a good chance of reaching the elimination round.

Is Coluccio on the most intense island in a sea of fanaticism? A case could be made. There's the Dumbledore quote that, she noted shyly, she had tattooed on her ribs a few years back, or the fact that she nearly got crushed against a police barricade earlier this week to be the first at the Harry Potter premiere. (It was worth it to get a glimpse of Harry, Hermione and Ron in the flesh. And besides, that alert NYPD officer was there to save her.)

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Coluccio was standing quietly inside the lobby of the AMC Loews Kips Bay Theater on the East Side of Manhattan waiting for the first screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." She was decked out in full-on Hogwarts uniform, her hand gripping a wand. (That's her above.) Potter dress-up is hardly new, of course -- it's been part of the ritual of book and movie releases for a decade -- but it often comes as part of a loud communal celebration. Coluccio was standing by herself waiting for a screening, and she spoke only in the singular about her history with the wizard franchise.

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Critical Mass: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2' is 'satisfying,' guaranteed

July 14, 2011 |  3:42 pm

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" is a "satisfying" end to the franchise. How do we know this? Because that very word, "satisfying," is the adjective du jour in reviews from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Hollywood Reporter, USA Today — well, you get the idea.

Why are the critics all using this particular S-word (other than them being part of a vast media conspiracy)? They're enjoying pure "Potter" satisfaction thanks to the film's craftsmanship, its fidelity to its source material and the undeniably avuncular feeling the audience gets in having watched stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up on film.

The Times' Kenneth Turan, who was not a huge fan of Part 1, says Part 2 provides a storybook ending to the eight-movie epic: "The Harry Potter films, like the boy wizard himself, have had their creative ups and downs, so it's especially satisfying that this final film, ungainly title and all, has been worth the wait. Though no expense has been spared in its production, it succeeds because it brings us back to the combination of magic, adventure and emotion that created the books' popularity in the first place."

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Harry Potter's Rupert Grint: 'It's weird that next year there won't be one of these' [Video]

July 12, 2011 |  9:08 am

If you're worried about experiencing withdrawal symptoms after the "Harry Potter" franchise takes its final bow this weekend, there might be some comfort in knowing that Rupert Grint is feeling some of those symptoms too. The man who plays pure-blood wizard Ron Weasley in the Hogwarts franchise says that he's become so accustomed to shooting and watching these films that he's not sure he can imagine a Potter-less world.

"It's weird to think that next year there won't be one of these," he told 24 Frames from the red carpet at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" premiere in New York on Monday night. "These films have become quite a big part of people's lives. It's been their childhood as much as it's been ours." (You can check out video from our interview with Grint below.)

Photos: New York premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'

Grint says that even though the production of the film has been a maturation process, he can't get his head around the fact that so much time has passed.  "I can still see the year 2000 Dan and Emma," he said, referring to costars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, adding, "I can't believe I'm 23 this year. It seems to have gone so quickly."

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Harry Potter's Emma Watson: I've become a better actress playing Hermione [Video]

July 12, 2011 |  7:00 am

One of the joys of the Harry Potter franchise has been the chance to watch performers such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint go from novice child actors to experienced adult ones.  At the "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere in New York on Monday night, 24 Frames talked to several of these actors and their directors.

Emma Watson said that her own interest in the character of Hermione increased as the series went on.  "As the material got darker, it got more challenging," she said. "When that started happening, I started to take more of an interest." (You can watch the full video of Watson above). She also expressed surprise that fan investment in the series grew as more films were made. "The following just seems to get bigger," she said. "That doesn't really happen with franchises."

Photos: New York premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'

Meanwhile, David Yates, Watson's director on four of those films, said he observed a change in Watson as she grew "more committed to" and "more passionate about" her acting in the time between 2007's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to the final film. "Their acting's improved as they've gotten older," he said of the cast. (He also said that Radcliffe's jokes got better.)

As for his own evolution, Yates said he found a huge difference between helming "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" on the one hand and the final two films on the other. "My previous movies ended with commas rather than full stops, and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' finishes with a really nice, fat full stop," he said

Check out the video from Yates below, with more to come from the series' other stars.

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-- Steven Zeitchik
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